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Saturday love.

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2010 at 8:41 am

Saturday agenda:

1. Sleep for more than 8 hours…Done, woke up at 9am.

2. Enjoy the beautiful sunshine coming through the window since the weather report called for thunderstorms.

3. Figure out where we should walk to for breakfast. My vote is for Lamplighter because of the way they put roasted garlic on my bagel. There is no beating that.

4. Walk to the new farmer’s market that has opened up on Monument and Robinson. Find some good veggies and fruit.

5. Spend a lot of time in the garden- compost the vegetables already planted, build another planter box for more vegetables. Spend time with God in the garden…there are few better places to spend time with the Creator than in a garden.

6. Pick up more boxes…moving day is getting closer and closer.

7. Create a meal plan for next week’s lunches. I’ve never done this before but it needs to be done. My first thought is for fresh veggie sandwiches with white cheddar and garlic cream cheese spread with a side of fruit, chips, and more veggies.

8. Plan for a quick trip to the beach later this weekend with my family. Find all those delicious signs of summer (sunscreen, pleasure books, snacks, camera in a plastic bag, sunglasses, and a baseball cap) that you back into a specifically beach bag, and then carry around feeling like a kid again.

9. Clean out the fridge…it is full of remnants of last week’s party.

10. Have a hot date with my husband at Balliceaux. Possibly put on heels.

11. Do all the other things that make Saturdays one of the best days of the week.

I hope you have a beautiful Saturday as well my friends!!

here. there.

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2010 at 8:10 am

Life has been a little out of whack lately. I started my job about three weeks ago and it has been crazy. Last week I had graduation and got sick just to make things a little more insane. I’m struggling to find time to write mostly because I am rarely around computers anymore. I spend 3 to 6+ hours a day in my clients homes and spend the rest of my time in the office or driving from one client to the next. I don’t get off work usually until 7:30 or later and by then I just want to hang out with Phil….so yeah, it has been a struggle to blog. I will be back though. There is too much to ponder, share, and honestly rant about.

Speaking of rants. Police recently shot a 7-year-old in the face, killing her, after they had already thrown a stun (or flash) grenade into her family’s home that caught the girl on fire. The police were looking for a suspect they believed was staying in the upstairs of the home. Since when is it the practice of our police to use military grade technology in a family home in the early morning hours? Don’t they know that there is probably a family there? Uggghhh. It breaks my heart. What a complete lack of forsight, wisdom, and in general the ability to think things through to their conclusion.

A less violent example of this would be Virginia’s own governor declaring a while back that we would be celebrating Confederate History month…one that makes no mention of slavery. Not sure how he could have missed the amazingly inappropriateness of it all, but he did. A local African-American pastor summed it up pretty well “These days we cloak our racism, instead proclaiming our right to celebrate our ‘heritage'”. Well put Pastor Cardwell. Well put.

I hope you have a love-filled day…I hope that you can take time to pray for all those who make decisions that lead to 7-year-olds being shot, and entire groups of people once again feeling the sting of racism. Lets pray a better world in. Lets do it together.

Springtime Weekends

In Uncategorized on May 18, 2010 at 9:03 am

taking the world into my arms

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2010 at 10:56 am

There is nothing like the last two weeks of school to make a person disappear from blogging forms of life. For me this has been multiplied this time around because these are my last weeks of graduate school, period. Everything is moving so fast, and while I want to be done with school, part of me longs to hang on. A few nights ago, as I my friends and I gathered in one of our favorite cozy Fan spots to celebrate our last day of classes, I kept looking from face to face and thinking this is all happening too fast. For the past two years I have spent Tuesday mornings over coffee, laughter, tears, and commiseration with these ladies…and now that tradition will be no more. There will be no more breaks between classes to grab a second cup of coffee, or times where we dash from class in time to make it to wine down at Ipanama.

Beyond the friendships, everything else seems to be moving fast. It is exciting, tiresome, and a little scary all at once. I finish my field placement today and on Monday morning I will wake up and go to work. Thats right folks, WORK. I got a job. As of last week I am now employed with the Greater Richmond League of Therapists. I feel so blessed to have found a job period; but above and beyond I got the job I wanted. I’ll share more about it later, but suffice to say I will be doing in-home family therapy, and working on an autism treatment team.

I got an email yesterday asking me to come in Monday morning so that I can meet the family that I may begin seeing by myself on Thursday…what??!! Like I said things are moving very fast. I struggle with this because I love to be fully present in moments, and then go tuck myself into the corner of a coffee shop and journal about it all. As of yet, my journal still has no idea that I got employed, if that tells you about how fast things are moving.

I trust though that it will all be okay. The past few months have been a time to learn how to trust God in a new way, and I’d like to think that I am trusting more. I wrote a post just a few weeks ago about waiting and trusting God in the process. So far the word spoken over me about having my future path be wide and clear has been true. In the same day God gave me a job, he/she also gave Phil and I a car for free. Grace never ends. It starts new each morning; and I trust that it is going before me even as I move quickly from one chapter of life to another.

I’ve also been in the process of saying goodbye to all my coworkers and clients this week. It has been hard, but good. Once again God has had amazing timing. Clients that I would otherwise not have been able to see in person have been at my every turn this week. Some were hospitalized for one medical reason or another, others have just happened to stop by, and others have come in for tests. Just yesterday morning as I walked into work a dear client was sitting outside in a wheelchair. After dropping off my stuff I popped down on the sidewalk for about an hour to talk with her. I told her it was my last week. She told me her chemo was not working and they had given her a year to live. We talked about death, and we talked about what it meant for her to live. She shared her goals for her last year. They were beautiful. We discussed our gardens. Sometimes we just sat in silence letting the spring breeze blow over us. Lastly, we hugged and said goodbye.

I thank God for all these times over the last week, because truly they were sacred. I believe human relationships are so vital to what it means to be alive…and I have been blessed to honor my relationships with my classmates and friends, coworkers and clients over the last week. As a parting token to my clients I gave them all a copy of the poem “wild geese” by Mary Oliver. She is one of my favorite poets, if not my very favorite. She also wrote this next part that basically sums up my heart on life:

When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
–   Mary Oliver

In Uncategorized on May 6, 2010 at 1:53 pm

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A great picture I found over at Femisting.

Say what you want about immigration. I have a big problem with any law that makes the Christian lifestyle of loving your neighbor illegal…My prayers and support go out to all of those affected by this unjust law, and to those who are committing nonviolent civil disobedience in protest. Stay strong, one day justice and love will prevail.

revise no more

In Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Current location: Cabell Library basement

Currently occupied by: Printing off my senior research project with my partner, Leah…..pages 1 through 72.

Currently laughing at: The thought of the look on my professors face when she finds the book we just wrote in her mail box.

Current thought:”If I don’t get an A on this thing….”

Next thought:”Who cares. Grad school is officially done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”