Day Fourteen -My God

Well, HOW long did it take me to write 14 days worth? 21?! Well, today marks the official 14th day of my speaking joy series. Secretly, I thought MAYBE I could speak SO MUCH joy, I'd wake up with a positive pregnancy test. Well, not this month. I still want to choose joy and continue to speak it. I have joy in my heart because of my relationship with Christ. In the past 17 months, I've had a hard time communicating with God and working out my anger. In the past month, I have sensed a burden lifted and a calm upon my spirit, just basking in the love of God -even though things don't go my way. Today I sat in church and thought to myself, "who am I, that I think my ways are the best?" I have joy that of ALL the religions in the WORLD, we worship the only Saviour that ROSE from the dead. No other religion has a being that is still living! I have joy knowing that He is alive and living in me. I have joy that He still speaks to me, even when I am not actively listening or pursuing Him. His Holy Spirit still speaks to my soul and leads me, encourages me. I have joy that the Bible is full of the TRUE living Words and that Jesus lived out those words and modeled them for us. I have joy that He has chosen ME to follow Him and serve Him on this earth. Speak Lord, I am listening and I want to obey. … [Read more...]

Day Thirteen -My Sister Liz

My oldest sister also brings me joy and she and her family have made the decision to move CLOSER to family -that includes me! How JOYOUS is that?! We have been talking for years now about moving closer to each other and they are taking it for the team. I am elated that our children can grow up together, we can go to birthday parties, we can go down for the weekend just for fun. Now to get April to move at least to the U.S. again. ha. Liz and I are a lot alike. I have followed in her footsteps numerous times in my life. I chose her alma mater for school, packed up my life and moved to the big city of Chicago. Lived with her for a summer in a studio apartment and we both worked at the fabulous Bubba Gump Shrimp Restaurant on Navy Pier. I pretty much carry her around in my back pocket and anytime I need her, I call. She is my constant, spell checker, cover letter approver, basically life coach. Ever heard of those? I've always wanted one and she is FREE! I am proud of Liz. She is the first generation homecoming queen (tee hee), first generation college student, first generation triathelete (sp?), first generation to climb up the ladder to an executive position and I'm sure she'll pave more roads. I know if I needed Liz at my doorstep within a day, she would do it and she has before. Twice. I'm glad to see that we parent in similar ways and it brings me joy to share each other's stories and trade advice. I love you Liz and you are my best friend! … [Read more...]

Day Twelve -Community

My community has brought me joy. Those from my childhood who I connect with on Facebook. Those who I've acquired through marriage. Those who have become our family here in Pittsburgh. Those who are in every stage of life that mentor me. I cannot imagine what it would be like if we didn't have the kind of community that we have now. The majority of our friends here in Pittsburgh, we have met through church or theatre. Just this Wednesday, I hosted a women's Bible study in our living room. 9 women and 14 KIDS?!! wow! But it was nice to sit and talk with women who go through the SAME battles that I do and encourage me even still. I have dear friends that have already had children in the toddler ages but now their children are teenagers, these friends call me and talk about the real issues of life with me and mentor me along the way. I EAT it up. I should probably just take a notepad with me when we meet because I'm taking so many mental notes. Being around them puts life into perspective that I'm not crazy, that ALL kids do "that" and I know that they pray for me. Sometimes I wonder what they could POSSIBLY be getting out of our relationship. I sure do feel like its a one way street, because I get A LOT out of it. Dale and I made the joke the other day as we were hanging out with "newer" friends. He asked me if I wanted to make our "new friends" move. I said, no, why? Because every time we become better friends with people -THEY MOVE. Seriously. In the past 3 years, 4 friends have moved FAR away. We have GREAT friends though that DIDN'T move. Ones that we can count on for anything and know that they will be there. Ones that'll show up at the door asking for dog food when they run out. Ones that have seen my house like we NORMALLY live in it. Those who give and give and give of themselves on big and little projects. Those are the friends that you stick with through the thick and thin and come out better for it on the other side. And for all those friends who live far away, it is nice that a lot of them are Dale's friends because when you're friends through a guy, it is MUCH easier. There isn't any drama of "you haven't called me in 6 months" like us women do. They can just pick up where they left off and don't give us any grief. We make annual trips to visit most of them and those memories are fun. … [Read more...]