Thursday, August 28, 2008

Good bye for now...

If you are still checking this blog - you probably noticed I have not posted in a while.

I am studying for a couple of really big tests and I need to focus on that - for now.

But, I didn't want you guys to stop checking my blog and forget about me once I am done with these tests. THEN - I will be able to devote my time to blogging...

For now - I am only checking email for a few minutes at bedtime. The temptation to surf the net, look up recipes, read blogs is too much for me - so I am going to abstain from the 'net until after my tests.

Friends - you know who you are - call me if you need ANYTHING...but please remember that I am easily influenced, fall to peer pressure, and can easily be swayed to stop studying, grab a coffee, go out to guys know what to do (or NOT to do!)

Just in case you think I've forgotten - here's a list of things to do once I am back in the real world:

1) Register for White Rock Lake Marathon and help raise money for Scottish Rite (for my niece Sofia)
2) become friends with Kristen again :-)
3) FINALLy go see Chappy's house, Raider and salvage my friendship with her.
4) Feed Shauna's kids
5) Attend to my friends who are prego - Stacy (due on 9/29) and Adeline (due on 11/17 or earlier!)
6) Watch Gare-bear play pee-wee football! Take Maddie on a girl's day.
7) See my Duncanville friends - and actually make it to a dinner.
8) Be a better wife to my neglected husband.
9) Be a better momma to my puppies.
10) Be a better...just be a better person overall...doing all this stuff for med school makes me miss my life.

Peace out - for now - but check back around November....

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Sometimes we just don't understand

I know I keep promising the 4 of my dedicated blog readers pictures and updates but so much is going on in OTHER peoples lives that are so much more important than mine.

I asked you to pray for a friend of mine's baby cousin, Joseph, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor about 8 months ago.

Today, Joseph's battle with the tumor ended. He passed away peacefully and in very little pain in his home today. He was surrounded by his family, friends, and in prayer by all of you who have been praying for him.

I am studying for the STEP I exam right now and haven't been blogging because of it. But, I really feel like this post needed to be written. In circumstances like these, no one understands why God does what He does sometimes. Why did He take a 4 year old (yesterday, Joseph turned 4 years old) from his family? Why? Why? Why?

These questions come up and we (even the most devout Christians) begin to question why the One is supposed to heal - chooses not to do so. It's so difficult to even process it. But, one thing I have learned from Joseph's story, is that God was working through Joseph his entire battle. It is much easier for me to say all of this because it's not my child, my brother, my cousin, etc....but if you take a few moments and read through his blog - you will see how his parents stood firm that THIS was God's plan for him. How amazing is it that this little boy's story reached so many countries, reached thousands - maybe millions of readers, and touched the lives of so many!

His story and his battle - even his death - is God at work. Sometimes we don't understand why - and maybe we'll never really know - but trusting in Him in ALL times - is faith. Thank you to Joseph and to his family for showing me what REAL faith truly is.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Important post!

Hey ya'll,
I am back home in Dallas! Craig and I had a smooth trip back to the greatest state EVER - TEXAS!

I have so many pictures to upload and so much to share with you - which I plan on doing this afternoon after I have my spa day :-)

But, I want to share with all of you an important blog. I've been asking for your prayers for my best friend Shauna's family.

They have been going through quite a lot lately. Randi has been held tightly by Satan the past few years and has been caught in a world of drugs. But, praise God, once again, our Savior has rescued another one of His sheep. She is currently in prison and is dealing with the consequences of her actions, but right now, this is the PERFECT place - because this is where God wants her.

Please put her on your prayer list. Read the blog, read the stories, and if your heart compells you to do so, link up her blog to yours. Open your heart and your mind, free yourself from judgement, and take a look at how God works miracles in even the darkest of places.

"Oh Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief. Do not bring your servant into judgement for no one living is righteous before you." Psalm 143: 1-2

Thursday, August 7, 2008

I have this final tomorrow... school final...NEVER a fun thing.

I am WAY unprepared but can only do so much. Seriously - it's 7PM and I still have not covered all the material.

Roommate and I loaded up on Starbucks Frapuccino's, lattes, pastries...and fresh donuts :-)

We figured this was the last time we'd be able to eat like crap together since we're going home (me to Dallas and her to Wisconsin) - tomorrow. So - we're celebrating - by eating junk food, studying all night, and praying like crazy for God to get us out of this mess we've created...again.

Regardless of the outcome, I am thankful. Thankful of this opportunity I've been given, thankful for His constant faithfulness even when I'm so undeserving, thankful for my health, my family, my friends, thankful for Jamie (I'll miss you roommate - no tears though - happy times are ahead...ok so studying for the USMLE in a hotel room isn't THAT fun), thankful for today, and thankful for His grace.

But still - PRAY for me tomorrow for the test and for a safe trip home.

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
-I Thessalonians 5:16-18

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

I love you friends!

We have lots of catching up to do friends - and once I am done with the semester - only 4 days left - I will post tons of pics and give ya'll updates.

Prayers please for: my final exams (one on Wednesday and the other Friday of this week), safe flight for Craig on Thursday to Miami, safe road trip back to Dallas (YIPPEEE!), my best friend Shauna's family.

Until then - watch this video - it makes me so happy!

What a blessing!

 Baby Birthday Ticker Ticker