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away in a cottage

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2009 at 8:36 am
 

In celebration of one year of marriage Phillip and I took off for the weekend to Charlottesville. It was a weekend of coffee cake, walks through the woods, GPS confusion, apples, country folk, used bookstores, and love. Here’s to love most of all. It is what gets us through.

Mexican food

Mexican food

The path to the spot of our engagement

The path to the spot of our engagement

The engagement looked a little something like this

The engagement looked a little something like this

Exactly

Exactly

I found "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm"...i.e. the Lord was with me

I found "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm"...i.e. the Lord was with me

Our backyard

Our backyard

Finding our inner country

Finding our inner country

Ohh yes

Ohh yes

Only thing on the menu we could eat

Only thing on the menu we could eat

Fresh apple butter

Fresh apple butter

Self explanatory

Self explanatory

I have quite the crush

I have quite the crush

Sunday afternoon drives through the mountains with NPR

Sunday afternoon drives through the mountains with NPR

Our cottage for the weekend

Our cottage for the weekend

I love you Phillip. It has been the best year of my life. May the dancing continue!

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conversations; reflections

In Uncategorized on October 7, 2009 at 10:59 am

Well there is no need for desperation today…it appears that I am beginning to mend. I by no means feel my best but I do feel better. I have the day off my internship because my field instructor was horrified by the sound of my voice yesterday and told me to stay away until I was better. This I do not mind at all because I am actually catching up on some school work that would have otherwise plagued my mind over Phillip and I’s weekend away.

This morning I also had the pleasure of talking with a friend who lives far away. We talked about her job working with children with Autistic Spectrum disorders and what treatment modality she uses. I had not heard of it before. We commiserated over student loans. I complained about having to pay the deductible on our health insurance and other unexpected medical bills. She reminded me that she and many other Americans would be so lucky to have health insurance. We pondered our disgust at how health reform seems to be going nowhere (well at least no where we want it to go). We talked about how bills remind us that we are becoming adults. We don’t really like that part of adulthood. We both like dressing the part though. For her it is dark jeans that make her feel grown up. For me it’s all about a belt that fits my waist, not hips…i.e. requiring higher waisted pants. I shared about a recipe disaster I had last night, whiich I got from Real Simple Magazine. She commented that she loves Real Simple and then gave me a much better sounding recipe (sauteed apples+goat cheese+toasted bread). She had to go to work. I had to return to being sick. She said a prayer for my bills. And the conversation was done.

If I had more time on the phone with her I would have probably shared some of my discomforts as of late. I would have shared that sometimes I am scared that I spend time with God more out of obligation and a need to be “filled up” spiritually so that I can minister to other people. I would have shared that I am bothered by the way I discount the words of some people just because I see them as difficult. I am realizing that there are a lot of people who God would like to speak to me through, but I either do not take them seriously or am annoyed by all of their conservative chatter that surrounds the other worthwhile things they say. I would share that this past year of marriage has been wonderful and I have grown a lot, but that I can still today see how I value myself above all else way too often. None of these things are good. In fact they are all very, very bad. I am comforted by the words of John I read this morning in chapter 15. Jesus spoke thousands of years ago and yet his words have travelled the distance to tell me that without Him I can do nothing; so there is no use trying to change on my own. And so I will remain in Him, and He in me. I suppose we will work this out over the coming days, months, and years. By the time we really get somewhere I suspect that I will either be dead or somewhere close…probably wearing my belted pants just under my boobs at that point.

sniffles 2.0

In Uncategorized on October 6, 2009 at 2:00 pm

sickness brings out the desperation in me…yesterday’s desperation was to go to the doctor for a second time. surely there had to be something they could do. no. there was not.

today’s desperation involves mixing as many medicines together as possible. for instance i just made hot echinacea tea. then i added a packet of Thera Flu to it. then i added some rum.

tomorrow’s act of desperation? well i don’t know yet. perhaps prostrating myself in front of student health and begging for a chest x-ray? only time shall tell….

the sniffles

In Uncategorized on October 5, 2009 at 11:25 am

things are always a little bit stressful in the Brock household when the world’s biggest hypochondriac (me) gets sick…or if Phil gets sick my hypochondriac self still comes out, except then I am scared Phil is dying…so yeah. I’ve been sick since Friday night and am still feeling amazingly crappy this Monday morning. For whatever reason I do not remember colds being this debilitating when I was a child. Unless I have the flu…which I don’t really want to think about. On a more enjoyable note I just talked with Phil on his lunch break and half way through our conversation Phil says “I just got shot with a water gun”…”I just got shot again”. Somethings I am convinced only happen at the Faison School.

October

In Uncategorized on October 2, 2009 at 7:57 am

And so October enters with beautiful weather. I feel like there is so much to look forward to in this beautiful month. First on my list is my one year anniversary with Phillip. I’m pretty excited to run away with him for a weekend to a cute little cottage in the Charlottesville area. What a grand time it will be. I’m pretty excited for our cottage; from the pictures I do not think that there is a tv there to tempt us with its mindless, and sometimes wonderful, distractions. Also there is no internet. I am sure many would wonder why would a cottage need internet in the first place, but many that we looked at did. It simply was not an option for us. The point of the weekend is to unplug and simply be together. Thankfully God blessed us with the perfect place for this. It looks to be a weekend of sleeping in, hanging out constantly, eating good food, going on hiking and running adventures, and returning to the exact place we got engaged.

Speaking of marriage, a friend of mine is getting married this weekend. I am really excited to see her get married. Her fiance and her share so many of the same passions.  It is always hard to see couples together that care about one another but seem to work in different directions. I tend to believe that God’s perfect plan is to bring each of us partners that complement us and push us farther in our dreams by working for them with us and us likewise with them. It is clear that this has happened for my friend. She and her fiance through their passions and plans for life face a lot of danger. They are literally putting their lives on the line to share their faith. I am amazed and challenged by their faith and obedience,  and I pray grace, peace, love, and safety over them in their marriage and work.

On a different note. Pumpkins. Yes, it is pumpkin season. Many of you are probably buying pumpkins from the local grocer to decorate our front porches or kitchen tables. Perhaps you have already been to the pumpkin patch- I’m still working to get there. I for one have never baked a pie by myself my entire life. I helped my mother when I was younger, she made amazing pie for the record, but never did I make one on my own. Just last year though, if I had imagined making a pumpkin pie it would have certainly been a canned pumkin pie. This is no longer a possibility in my household. It speaks to the culinary culture we are losing around when we use pumpkins more for decorating than for eating. Pumpkins are a local and available source of nutrition during the fall and winter months. I still not sure that I will be making a pumpkin pie but I will be making other pumkin things. On tap for this week is pumpkin soup (the recipe looks easy and mostly involves coconut milk) and pumkin puree so that Phil and I can switch from oatmeal with strawberries from California to pumkin spice oatmeal. I hope both of these will be good. Perhaps I will try to make pumkin bread as well. Ohh and I also saw a recipe for pumkin pasta sauce. There is much to be made with pumpkins and I haven’t even scratched the surface.

To start of the month of October I had a rather awkward and semi-frustrating meeting with Chesterfield DSS yesterday. The day turned around though because I had a lovely dinner at Cous Cous with my friend Shari. We dined on amazing curried vegan chicken salad, flaming cheese, and some rather disappointing stuffed portabellas. Afterwards Shari, Phillip and I took in on a hilarious episode of the Colbert Report. Where would the world be without satire. Honestly.

In the midst of all this October grandness will also be a couple of school papers, fall break, new clients at work, the start of the Employment Support Program I am a part of, a few friends’ birthdays, a hopeful dinner party that will hopefully  involve hale bales, and always communion with God that I am so thankful is possible every single month of the year.

I pray that you all have a blessed and peaceful day. Pray for those affected my this weeks earthquakes and floods. Pray for peace and understanding between the U.S. and Iran. Pray for all the children traumatized by war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pray for all the poor among us. Pray in hope for our Lord is big and we have yet to see all the she/he can do.