Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Holy Week

As I have progressed through this week of remembrance and celebration I have become so aware of my complacency. I have been given so much throughout my life. Sure, I’ve experienced hard times: my parent’s losing their jobs and then our home, parent’s divorce, poverty (not really, but in my mind it was), my own job loss and now my husbands’. But you know, I’ve never suffered. Through all those hard times God provided and protected, I never wanted. He provided, just as he provided Jesus for my sins-for the world’s sins.

This week God’s provision was made so real to me as I traveled to rural New Mexico and Colorado for work. I visited two towns with a poverty I have never seen or experienced. You hear about it and you see it on the news, but until you walk in it, you do not know. I still don’t know how the people in this town feel or what their lives are like, but just to see it is life changing. I’ve been consumed lately with my plans. My plans that D should have a job now because it’s house-hunting season and we have to have a house by a certain time because the time to start a family (by my plans) is coming soon. Then I realized this week, I should glory in this moment God has given me. D and I have been supernaturally blessed with wonderful new friends here in Houston. Friendships I know are real and genuine and that came so quickly. Blessed to be a part of a church living the Word-genuinely and actively. I am blessed with a job I like and a boss I love, a job that provides for all our needs and more. God provides and I need to be satisfied and content in what he provides in this moment, not worrying about when my plans will come to fruition. Why would I want my plans when his are so much more awesome? It makes me laugh at myself.

The devotion listed below spoke volumes to me, made me appreciate my Savior and my God. Take a look and let me know your thoughts in the comments. I hope it brings you blessings.

Happy Easter!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Hello Old Friend

Um, yeah, ok, it's been quite a while since I've posted one dang thing. I've been a little busy with, ya know, LIFE. I miss you bloggy world. Where else can I be the total dork that I am?

So, sorry for all 2 of you who read my blog. I cannot promise I will write everyday, but I have made it my goal to post at least once a week. We'll start there and see where we end up.

Where have you been, GrumpyPants, you ask? Well, bussssay! Where to start? I'll make a list, that always helps my Type A, Melancholy brain.

1. Started a new job in October. If you read this blog, you know that at least. I love my new job, but it's a Big Girl job. No more breezing through the day. No more going to work and not being challenged. No more wondering how the people I report to ever got their job and have kept it for 30 years. And, hallelujah, no more Baby Boomers making me feel like a worthless idiot simply because I'm a woman and under 40 years old. I love that my boss is exactly my age and bases her opinion of me on the quality of my work. It rocks! But this job entails a lot of hours. I'm at work by 8am and leave between 5:30 and 6pm. No lunch people, there is no time. Oddly enough, I enjoy this because the days zoom by. It's great, no more watching the paint peel and begging God to make the day go faster. There's also a bit of traveling involved with this job. I've never had a job where traveling was required. It's taking a lot to get used to - mainly getting used to being away from the Hubs. But it's totally manageable. So work is good-for the first time in my career.

2. The new job brought Hubby and I to Houston, TX. It's very different from Shreveport, but we are learning to love it as well. God has been so wonderful to us in Houston. We have a month to month lease and I live less than 30 mins from work - I never have to take a Loop, or a Freeway, or a Toll Road, or an Interstate. If you are from Houston, you know what a miracle that is. The only drawback is Hubby is still trying to find permanent employment. I love him so much. He gave up a steady, easy, cushy job in Shreveport to follow me to the great unknown. He's been so incredible. He's handled it with his usual faith, patience, and trusting attitude. I want to be like him when I grow up.

3. We joined an awesome church, Houston's First Baptist. The moment we set foot in the sanctuary, we knew it was the place for us. Since we've been here we've joined the most amazing Sunday School class, the church, and choir (me). Love it and it keeps us busy. We absolutely adore our Sunday School class and small group. The very first day we visited Sunday School we had friends. We've been making friends ever since. This is such a blessing. I was so concerned it would take us years to form the same close relationships we left in Shreveport, but God let it happen in 2 months. He rocks and so do all the sweet people in the Veritas Sunday School class.

4. Then there is P90X. Have you heard of P90X? If you haven't, then apparently you're not cool. Because all the cool people are doing it. No, not really, but everyone we know seems to know about it. It's the most extreme workout program, or at least that's what they say in the infomercial. Anyway, I have gained about 20 lbs since the whole Thyroid thing started happening and it's now time to get it off. So Hubby and I borrowed the DVDs from our friends. Again, this is why my husband is the most awesome man ever. He gets up with me every morning at 5 am and works his butt off. He rocks! We began the routine 3 weeks ago. It's been tough and I know exactly how out of shape I am. But just watch out - I'll give updates periodically. Apparently in 90 days I'm supposed to have a completely new, Victoria's Secretesque body. Watch out Heidi Klum, here I come.

So, as you can see, I've had a lot taking up my time and there's been no time for blogging. Between moving, starting the new job, traveling every two to three weeks, going to church, going to choir, working out, and oh yeah, making time for my man -there hasn't been much down time. If there is, I'm sleeping.

But, I will be back. Look for a recipe post soon. It might even be more interesting than this post. So, there you have it, that's what's been going on in my so called life.