Sunday, October 31, 2010


I've had a pretty uneventful Halloween so far. I'm shocked at how quickly October has gone by! (Although I am happy to be rid of all the scary movies and decorations all over the place). No, I am not spending my day passing out candy to happy children, or going to a scare house to cling to my fiance. I spent the whole morning at work and am home for a few hours before my second shift of the day begins. I tried to get someone to work for me tonight, but I knew no one would step up to do it. So, once again, my Halloween will be spent serving spagghetti to the Hoosier population.
Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings verbalized how I feel right now perfectly. "I feel like butter spread over too much bread" (or something to that effect).

Well, now I'm off to work again. Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Outlive Your Life

This past week has been quite busy! Exams, both work schedules, and now I'm trying to find the time to add in housecleaning! Insane.
But of course, I found time to read Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado.
It's definitely one of the few 'self help' Christian books I have read that keeps my attention! I felt like I could not get enought of it. Definitely a must read for anyone who is feeling down on themselves. It was almost like the book was written for me, at this exact point in my life. He encourages us to let God use us where he chooses, and not to get discouraged because we are 'blue collar' workers. God used what society considered 'low status' people to share the gospel so long ago, why wouldn't he look to use normal people today as well. He gives great ideas on how to incorporate how the disciples gave, taught, and treated others into our culture today. I especially loved the part on micro financing a small business in a developing nation and helping out not just one family, but the entire community! (I actually have been looking into doing the same thing.) What I got most out of this book was that the small things matter. What we do for other people that may seem meaningless and dull to us, could be a deal breaker for someone else.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is willing to get a wake up call!

Saturday, October 16, 2010


It's here! It's here! I have been waiting all week for my first book from booksneeze to get here and it came today!
For the next few days, aside from studying for school, I will be reading Out Live Your Life, by Max Lucado. In anticipation for this book to get here, I decided to get a jump start on Christmas shopping for the year. I got my neice and nephews children's books by him. (well, I also got one nephew Thomas the Train Phonics but it's still educational!) I feel like not only do Lucado's books teach children to be good to others, and to look to God but they also focus on feeling good about yourself. Isn't  that a wonderful message to send to our future generation?! I surely think so!
Anyways, as soon as I'm finished I'll write about it, but I'm sure it's going to be great! Everything by Lucado is usually pretty good!


Saturday, October 9, 2010

The Journey Home

It has been a year and two months since I moved to Indiana. I have been overwhelmed with schooling, working two jobs, and everything else that life throws at you to really notice. Not that I don't miss home, but making time to do so is the difficult part. We have a four day weekend off school, and it is my best friend from high school's baby shower and yet I still find myself making a list of things I could be getting home if I stayed in Butler.

Even 150 miles away from my fiance I cannot escape the overwhelming film of hunting that has surrounded my life for the  past eight days. Yes, it is finally the dreaded hunting season. The part of the year where I lose my significant other to the outdoors, and find more and more of my own clothing being converted to 'Mossy Oak'. I arrived at my parents to a 15 degree temperature drop, and only a hunter's camo sweater in my backseat. Look whose going to the baby shower in a white dress and a tree! They at least know who I'm marrying, so I hope I don't offend anyone.

I had a good, long conversation with my dad today about life out in Indiana. By talk,  I mean, I vented about my irritations with life in general and he kindly offered to show me land for sale not too far from their house. I don't mean to complain, honest, I don't. I know what I should try to work things out. My normal course of action would be to ignore it, and try to let everything go. But honestly, I know that's not the healthy way to go about things.

Being at  the wedding last weekend in Pittsburgh reminded me of the young woman I was in high school. My total and complete focus had been on God, and helping others back then. I still feel that tug to go on missions trips, and volunteer, but the dedication to both has greatly declined. Everyday since last Saturday I have been growing more and more dissatisfied with the way I am living my life. I want to put myself back into the mindset I had just a few years ago and focus on God, not on what I think I need to be doing.