Two Years

I would really love for this to be a deep and profound post… but it probably won’t be.

Two years of marriage has taught me quite a bit, though I know that my learning is far from over.  One of the biggest things that I have learned is just how selfish I am.  God has used my marriage to allow me to look at myself as through a microscope to see my flaws in greater detail, and I am grateful for it!  My mom used to tell me that falling in love has a tendency to make people selfish, but I never believed her until I fell in love and saw for myself.  However, I have been infinitely blessed to have been given a very selfless husband.  His love for me is absolutely incredible; I know that I can be a difficult person to live with, but you wouldn’t know it to talk to my sweet husband.  I am so grateful for the man with whom I am blessed to spend the rest of my life.

On a side note… this is what he gave me for our anniversary:

And this is one of the very first pictures I took with it 🙂

Our piano and Christmas tree

And this one… though not the best picture of us… I was still excited



Some of you may know that I make chocolate chip cookies every now and again {cough cough}… frequently, that is.  Since I am trying to lead a healthy lifestyle, I have been looking for ways to substitute the sugar and butter in the recipe that I use, and without much success until now.

Today I used this recipe:

  • 3 c flour (I usually use whole wheat, but today I just used unbleached)
  • 1/4 c granulated sugar
  • 1 overripe banana
  • 1/3 c honey
  • 3/4 c brown sugar
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 c butter
  • 1/2 c applesauce
  • 1 package chocolate chips (I prefer Ghiradelli)
  • 2 eggs

Combine eggs, sugars, banana, honey, butter, applesauce, and vanilla.  Mix well.  Then add dry ingredients, adding flour slowly.  Mix well.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Drop 1 tablespoon of dough onto cookies sheet/cooking stone and place in 350 degree preheated over.  Let bake for 10-12 minutes.

They turned out really yummy with just a hint of banana flavor, not overpowering at all.


Wanna Hear Something Cool??


I never win anything so I am s.o.o.o.o.o.o. excited!  I entered this sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to Colorado for the Madrigal Banquet at Glen Eyrie Castle in Colorado Springs and two copies of the book it’s promoting, and I won!!!  When I first received the e-mail I thought that it was a fake, but then I realized that this was something that I actually entered.  How cool!

I chose my mom to go with me since Andrew is unable to because it is during his exam period.  I wish that he could come with me, but I am excited to take my mom.  She has actually been to Glen Eyrie before and said that it is gorgeous so I’m excited {I need to think of another word!!!} to see it, especially when it will {hopefully} have snow on the ground.

We also have the opportunity to meet {and have lunch/dinner with} the author of the book, which I’m a little nervous about.  I think we may have to run to the library and read it quickly so that we have a clue what we’re celebrating!

On another note, I am starting to get very anxious about airport security.  I have zero desire to be seen in great detail on an x-ray scanner or be inundated with radiation.  Low radiation my ***, I don’t care!  Radiation is cumulative and I have been exposed to plenty.  And the only person who needs to see me in all my glory is my husband.

Anyway, airport security aside, I am stoked!!!!!


I was so sneaky for about ten days while planning Andrew’s surprise party.  I turned the computer away when checking RSVPs, made phone calls and texts when he wasn’t around.  I had it all set.  He had no clue what was going on {I did way better than the last surprise party}.

People were assembled in the house, just talking and waiting.  We knew when to expect him (there was traffic on 1-4 because of the Magic game so he should be delayed).  All of a sudden we hear him say, “What’s going on here?!”  to which we replied {out of sync} “Surprise!!!!”  {Crickets}

Very anticlimactic.

Then I told him about his next surprise.  You see, in order to get him out of the house, I had his friend Preston invite him over to play the Playstation Move, Preston’s new game.  But what Andrew didn’t know was that the Move was actually his!  He was so excited when I told him.  He had been asking for the Move for many months and really had no hopes of getting it… surprise!!!!

Andrew and the guests played with his new toy for hours.  I ended up telling one of the girls there that anyone who played would be ten pound lighter the next day because of how intense it was.  It was so much fun to watch them play!

It was a lot of work to pull all of this together.  Between cleaning, grocery shopping and cooking, I was busy all day and ate breakfast around nine and then nothing else until 6:30 but it was worth it to see him have so much fun.

We are so blessed with such wonderful family and friends!


I’ve wanted to share some pictures with you just in case you were ever curious as to exactly what my bionic back looks like, but because my camera is broken {boo!}, I had to wait until I had access to someone else’s camera.

This is what you would see from the front if you had x-ray vision.

Doesn’t it look like there is cheese grater in there?  The next picture is the real doozy.

Well, golly, no wonder my back hurts sometimes!

Let's put this in perspective

Every time I look at these x-rays I am still amazed that God gave us {well, someone else, not me} the genius to be able to do this!  When my brother told me earlier this week that he hated math and science and didn’t see a need to learn it, I pointed out that without math and science, I would be paralyzed right now.  I am so grateful for those who have dedicated their lives to discovering new technologies that allow countless people who would have faced lifelong disabilities lead normal lives!


I’m disappointed, but I know that God knows what He’s doing.  I’m going to have to reapply to grad school for the summer session.  {Sigh}

I’m sure it’s for the best.  Now I can focus on taking and passing the certification exam for NICU.  I can also focus 100% on doing a good job as co-chair of our unit practice council.  Maybe something better will come along.  Just like when I couldn’t graduate on time because of my tumor, God worked it out for good in many ways, one of which was to provide me with my current job.

It will all work out… eventually.


I’m feeling a little bit down right now, so in an attempt to remove myself from this icky mood, I have decided to make a list of things for which I am thankful.

  • The Lord, whose unconditional love and forgiveness blows me away
  • A husband who helps out around the house and is always looking for ways to show just how much he loves me
  • Parents who are pretty much the best ever
  • In-laws who destroy all stereotypical “in-law relationships”.  I am so blessed by the Irvins, Doyals, and Gentiles 🙂
  • I have a job
  • A beautiful roof over my head
  • Sweet Harrison who loves to cuddle
  • This beautiful weather
  • That I didn’t have to pay out of pocket for that MRI!
  • My new Bath & Body Works candles
  • The fact that Heather is going to have a baby boy!
  • That my siblings know and love the Lord and are making a difference for Him
  • Music
  • I know how to play the piano
  • My true blue friends
  • Electricity
  • Running water
  • Cable
  • The internet
  • Facebook (though I need to learn to limit myself more)
  • Chocolate
  • Sangria
  • My extended family
  • Oregon
  • Snow
  • Mountains
  • The beach
  • Watching storms on the water
  • Antibiotics and all of the marvels of modern medicine
  • A brain that works
  • Free will
  • hydrangeas
  • color
  • photographs and videos… love capturing those special moments
  • cars
  • airplanes
  • Port d’Hiver
  • I don’t have a tumor anymore
  • Christmas

I have a really good life.  I have no room to complain.  I am so blessed.


I finally finished Forgotten God last night.  As you can probably tell from my previous posts regarding this book, I pretty much love it.  It is chock full of good, thought provoking “stuff”.  If you need something to read, I would absolutely recommend it.  In fact, I think that I’m going to have to reread it soon, just to make sure that I gleaned everything that I could and continue to challenge myself to grow in my relationship with the Lord.

Next up, God’s Pursuit of Man by A.W. Tozer.


I’ve been reading Forgotten God for about three weeks now.  At first I only read a chapter a day because I couldn’t absorb that much at one time; Chan presents some “duh” yet profound statements that resonated with me deeply.  Well, I began to rationalize this “needing time to absorb” to become lazy and leave the book on the table unopened for a week.

I reopened the book today and quickly found this passage that speaks right to the core of me and is so very applicable in this season of my life.

There are very few people in the Scriptures who received their life plan from God in advance (or even their five-year plan, for that matter!).  Consider Abraham, who was told to pack up his family and all his possessions and start walking.  He didn’t know where he was going.  He didn’t know if he would ever be back.  He didn’t know any of the details we consider vital (e.g., his destination, how long the venture would take, what the costs/rewards would be, whether he’d receive a 401(k) or health insurance).  God said to go and he went, and that’s pretty much all he knew.

I think a lot of us need to forget about God’s will for my life.  God cares more about our response to His Spirit’s leading today, in the moment, than about what we intend to do next year.  In fact, the decisions we make next year will be profoundly affected by the degree to which we submit to the Spirit right now, in today’s decisions.

It is easy to use the phrase “God’s will for my life” as an excuse for inaction or even disobedience.  It’s much less demanding to think about God’s will for your future than it is to ask Him what He wants you to do in the next ten minutes.  It’s safer to commit to following Him someday instead of this day.

Yup, just what I need to hear.