Thursday, June 30, 2011

Coming Out of a Funk

These past few days have been a little trying. I'm hanging in there, though. Tomorrow I finish one of my summer classes! :)

I've just been in a funk. Sometimes I get disappointed that I can only sit up so long or walk so far. Then, people who mean well say something about it, which doesn't help matters.

I don't stay like this for long, though because I am quickly reminded of how far I've come. A few years ago, I couldn't go to church at all because of how much pain I was in. Now, I get to go to one service a week and help out with the Media and Publications team on another night of the week! I can't tell you how much it blesses me to be around my church family.

I'm writing this to say, Quit letting your mind tell you how much of a failure you are! (This is for me, too). If you are depressed and downtrodden, you can't do everything God wants you to do.

Wake up in the morning and say:

Today is going to be a good day

I believe that God has given me everything I need to be a success

I refuse to let negativity get me down

I have a joy inside of me that I can't contain

I love myself

That love spills over to those around me

Now,You have to be smiling after reading that!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

So Grateful

My sweet little nephew Mason had to have surgery on Wednesday. It was unexpected to say the least. Ever since he was born, he would vomit almost every time he was fed. He was in and out of the doctor's office, but nothing seemed wrong...on the outside. Finally, he was coughing up blood, so they took him to the ER. Soon after, he was diagnosed with pyloric stenosis, which means he had a narrow opening to his small intestines.

This is a picture of him a little while after his surgery. Isn't his blanket adorable?

He is home and doing so much better. I went to see him yesterday, and he was sleeping peacefully as I left. All praise goes to God for taking care of my sweet little man.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Studying Too Much Means Crazy Dreams

You know you've studied too much theatre when...

You go to bed and have a dream about you doing a play with some classmates and you forget all of your lines. It was bad, my friends. I woke up wondering if I really had been THAT bad in the play. I was stumbling over my words. Plain and simply put, it was bad.

I must have come to my senses a little bit in the dream because I started making up lines instead of standing there with my mouth gaping open. In my dream, the audience seemed to love my improvisations, but my teacher was so sure. I guess she was just glad we finished the play even though it was different from the script At least I didn't look like too big of a dummy.

Anyway, I just wanted to share my crazy dream with all of you. Hope it made you laugh!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Not Tiptoeing through the Tulips

It's been a few days since I have written. I have had to process many emotions as I come to terms with my granddaddy's cancer. Yes, he has cancer. I haven't said anything until now out of respect for him. What I'm going to say today, he would approve of.

In the midst of life, we all deal with things. It absolutely amazes me how some people react when things are suddenly not going their way. People complain and fuss about things that don't even matter in the grand scheme of things.

Last week, I was thinking about my granddaddy and this thought came to mind, "At the end of your life, do you want to look back on things only to realize that you spent the majority of your life fighting with your family?"

I don't. Each day, I have to make a choice whether or not I'm going to react in love to those around me. Life is too short to be complaining. God has done so much for each one of us that we ought to be ashamed at ourselves. The truth is, most of us will just go on taking that grace He so freely gives for granted.

Wake up, people! Ask God to help you see others as He sees them. We have ALL messed up. None of us are perfect. Whatever happened to treating others as you want to be treated?

Monday, June 13, 2011

Book Review: Spring for Susannah by Catherine Richmond

I recently read the e-book version of Spring for Susannah by Catherine Richmond. It's a fictional novel that automatically swept me into the story. Susannah Underhill is a girl who finds herself out West knowing no one except her minister's brother, Jesse Mason. Her parents died, so she had no one to turn to. She's supposed to marry Jesse, but she doesn't even love herself. With each passing day, she breaks through those walls that have kept her isolated from the world for so long. She even surprises herself at how wonderful things can be when you let love heal your heart.

I had never read any of Catherine Richardson's books, so I wasn't sure what to expect. When I started reading, I couldn't put the book down because I wanted to know what happened next. I loved how Richardson painted a picture of Susannah. Her words made the character leap off the page and allowed me to experience her hurts, frustrations, and even joys. This would be a great book to take to the beach. It's a love story in more ways than one with some unexpected twists and unique characters along the way. I would definitely recommend this book if you're looking for a new one to read!

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Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Learning New Things

My summer classes have officially started. I'm really enjoying my Theatre Appreciation class so far. I never would have thought of my daily interactions with people as theatre, but according to what theatre is, are. Think about it. We change outfits depending on where we are going(school outfit would be different than a party outfit). Most of us talk different in front of our grandparents than our friends. These were just a few of the things my professor pointed out in her lecture. I just thought that was so interesting because I had never thought about it!

I'm working on some new posts. I just haven't gotten everything together yet. Hope everyone is having a great week!

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Running on Empty

This is just a quick blog post to update everyone. I haven't been feeling so great these past few days. Today, I woke up feeling sluggish, so I've just been trying to listen to my body and rest. My summer classes start in the next few days, but I've gotten a head start on some of the material. :)

I think my body is still having to adjust to doing my physical therapy at home. I know what my goals are, but slow and steady wins the race, right?