What Keeps Me Up At Night

What keeps me up at night is uncertainty.  I’ve made decisions, but are they the right ones?  Maybe I should rethink those decisions…  How are we going to handle the next three years?

Why can’t I let these things go??

Florida

Erin: Gosh, it’s really hot in here.

Andrew: Yeah, it kinda is.

….

Oh!  I know why!  I turned off the A/C!

Erin: Oh, mercy.  No wonder it’s 86 degrees in here!

*Sigh* Who turns off the air conditioner when it’s over 91 degrees outside??

A Few Randoms

I finished The Voyage of the Dawn Treader yesterday.  I think that I like it best out of all of the books in the series. It is such a wonderful portrayal of the Christian life and how Christ is with us every step of the way—guiding us if we will listen, and loving us even when we don’t love Him.  And, oh!  To have faith like Lucy’s!

Last night we had a few friends over to play games and chat; Andrew and I wanted to entertain just one more time before he started school.  We had some different groups represented, but we both had a really fun time seeing a few people that we don’t see very often, as well as some of my best friends.

Yesterday my wonderful husband moved in our newest piece of furniture.  It’s amazing how much you (I) can do when someone (Andrew) pushes you… for example… I can help move/lift a very heavy piece of furniture that I was quite certain I couldn’t budge when lovingly prodded to help.  I’m still a little surprised that neither of us were injured… anyway, I am now in love with our living room.

Breastfeeding

I was watching The View this morning to see Bethenny Frankel and within 1 minute, Joy Behar ticked me off.  Bethenny made a comment that no one told her that breastfeeding was difficult and Joy immediately scoffed, “No, it isn’t!”  Well, as one who has never breastfed but who has helped many… Yes, Joy, breastfeeding can be very difficult.  Ask the countless mothers of preemies who fight to keep their supply up while being away from their children for most of the day, working moms who have to pump at work, and women with lactation consultants who aren’t worth their salt; I could go on and on.  Breastfeeding is hard work!!!!  It does not come easily to everyone!

Here is a link to the clip… you have to wait through an ad first, though.

If I Could Relive One Day

What a great day

If I could relive any one day, I would relive my wedding day.  I know it sounds cliche, but it was such a fun day!  We had a big wedding and I spent so much time greeting people that I didn’t have much of a chance to just have fun with everyone.  The whole day was completely surreal and as much as I tried to absorb it all and take it all in, I can only absorb so much.  Maybe I just need to plan to renew our vows in a few years so I really can relive the day 🙂

So.

So.  We’re not going to run that 5k after all.  It’s in two very short weeks and we are both way out of shape.  Hopefully we’ll be able to do it next year.

I decided that I am going back to school; I’ve been thinking about going back for over a year now, but it took me a while to decide what I wanted to do.  I was tossing around the idea of going to chiropractic school, but then after looking at the tuition and average starting salary, I decided that was not my best option.  I ended up settling on going back to become a neonatal nurse practitioner.  The program is at UF and takes about two years going part-time.  I am planning on starting next fall and am really excited!  I have to start studying for the GRE and hope to take it in just a few months.

I won’t lie, I’m nervous about having both of us in school at once.  I’m also nervous about what this means for our plans for having children…  Will we have to delay?  Will I be able to stay at home with them?  I have no idea!  At this moment I am content to trust the One who gave me these desires and let Him work it out.

Dream Vacation

There are any number of vacations that would like to go on, countries I would like to visit and places I want to see.  I would love to travel through Europe and really spend a lot of time there seeing all of the historical sights and enjoying the culture.  Andrew wants to go back to Turkey, and I would like to go, too, but I’d rather include Turkey as a stop on a Mediterranean cruise 🙂  The cruise would probably be my real dream vacation, but, alas, we will not be going on one anytime soon.

While I dream of that cruise, I’m planning another vacation as well, though I don’t know that it will actually be any less expensive.  You may know that my parents have family out west and that I love visiting them; in fact, I would probably live there.  I have been blessed with the opportunity to visit almost every year since I graduated from high school, but I have never been able to see much outside of the Portland area.  The West Coast has so much to offer… Napa Valley, the Pacific Ocean, Seattle, Vancouver, mountains, whitewater rafting, hiking, etc., etc., and I intend to see all of it.  You see, my little plan involves spending some time in San Francisco and then head north to Napa and take in the sights and going on some tours of the wine country.  We’ll make a little detour to the Sequoia National Forest on our way up north to Klamath Falls and a few other national parks.  We will then spend a few days visiting family in Eugene and Portland before checking out a stop or two on the Oregon trail and progressing further north to Seattle.  After spending a few days in the Emerald City we will move toward Canada and the great city of Vancouver.  On my dream trip this would all culminate in an Alaskan cruise.  Hey, a girl can dream, right?

My Husband

My husband is wonderful.  He is so selfless and loves me so much better than I deserve.

Case and point, last night Harrison got sick and threw up several times on the carpet leaving a chunky, nasty mess.  Andrew immediately started cleaning up the mess and would only let me help minimally, so I moved on to comforting our yucky feeling dog.  After midnight I was really tired and ended up going to sleep, but Andrew stayed up (willingly and without complaining) until 2 AM to clean up the mess.

I have the best husband ever!

I Lost It

I remember going to my first church camp the summer before I entered 6th grade and having such an incredible time.  I came home pumped!  I wanted to be at church all of the time and spent so much time reading my Bible and praying.  Sometime between eleven and twenty-three that passion was lost.  While I don’t think that it is a bad thing that I don’t desire to spend every waking moment at church, I do miss that passion for absorbing the Word of God and putting it into action.  When I came back from that first camp, I was on fire.  I miss that.