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The Long Road Here

The Long Road Here

Driving with my family along the Veterans Memorial Highway nestled in the Adirondack Mountains in Lake Placid, New York, we came to a quaint toll booth. It reminded me of something one would see around Christmas, almost like a gingerbread house. Made mostly out of wood and gray stones, the building seemed to have two parts. The first part was a small, almost round stone building with a tall pointed roof that was horn shaped and reminded me of something…

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10 Things I’ve Learned This Summer

10 Things I’ve Learned This Summer

I believe it is important to reflect on the past and see where we have come from on occasion to see more clearly where we are going. Every three months I plan to list a few of the things I have learned, both serious and maybe seemingly silly things – whatever sticks out the most. Here are some of the things I have learned this summer! 1. I adore companionship. I love being alone, but I don’t love being by…

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Trucks and Change

Trucks and Change

I recently shared about my last day working for Kohl’s. It was an ending, but it was also a new beginning that I was (and still am) happy about. I didn’t mention, however, was that evening was another new beginning, but in a much different way. Andrew recently sold his truck. We used to joke that if he ever sold the truck, I was going with it because I love that truck in the most ridiculous way. I don’t believe…

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A Chapter Four and a Half Years Long

A Chapter Four and a Half Years Long

There’s something about knowing something is ending that makes me extremely sentimental, especially when it’s something that’s been going on for a long time. On occasion, I’m just done and walk away without looking back. Other times, I take pictures to remember as much as possible and try to fight back tears. Still, other times, it’s more of a celebration. Today I’m celebrating. Closing a chapter in my book that’s been open for almost four and a half (long) years….

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The Peace of Focusing

The Peace of Focusing

Sometimes, I get in this bad habit of negative thinking. Something happens and I get stuck in a mental battle with myself. Probably 95% of the time it’s health related. Something happens and I forget that this is my life whether I like it or not and I can either have a pity party and be miserable or I can live my life to the fullest and enjoy what God has given me. When I allow pity parties, it causes…

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First Year of Marriage

First Year of Marriage

Today marks Andrew and my one year wedding anniversary. To celebrate, he took me on a surprise trip to Natural Bridge, Virginia where we enjoyed the weekend alone together. I’ll write more about our travels in later posts (with pictures!) but today I’d like to list off a few things I’ve learned in this first year of marriage. First: it went by way too fast. Actually, most time seems to be going too fast nowadays. I’ve been taking time to…

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Notes From My Seat on the Rocks

Notes From My Seat on the Rocks

My friend Alyssa and I decided to go on an evening adventure and ended up at High Rock in Cascade, MD. It’s a popular place to hang out and watch the sun set around here. Some days, there’s hardly anyone here. Other days, like today, it’s so full it’s hard to not be in some else’s way. We decided to not sit on the usual old look out, but on a different rock further back instead. It’s interesting to people…

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Gentle Cleansing?

Gentle Cleansing?

I took some time this week to do a chore I had been putting off. I’d like to say I was putting it off because it’s been hot, but really,I just haven’t felt like doing it. I use Norwex cloths for cleaning, but I use the body cloths most often and have a small collection of them. Over time, I find they start to absorb less and less water which says to me that it’s time to deep clean them….

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The Power of Time

The Power of Time

Time is an amazing thing. Especially when I think about how God isn’t restrained by time, which means it’s something he made for the sake of our sanity. Can you imagine life without time? There would be no structure, no order, no way for us all to be on the same “page”. Imagine making doctor appointments or trying to go to our jobs when our bosses want and expect us there. My own personal thoughts about time make me think…

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Where is the Joy?

Where is the Joy?

It has been a heck of a year already. Do you feel that way, too? So much has happened, good and bad, and at times I am exhausted thinking about it all. Although, everything is exhausting right now since I’m on all these meds and hardly sleeping. Yet, somehow, I have managed to get a lot more done today than I have in a while. I am running off of three hours of sleep and I still worked today, cleaned…

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Hospital Stays and Control

Hospital Stays and Control

June 13-14 I had a scheduled stay at the hospital. They have wanted me to stay for two nights and I went into the “trip” knowing I did not plan to stay two nights if I could help it. They wanted to do a bronchoscopy to see if I still have mycobacterium growing inside of me. I was as okay with the bronchoscopy as I was going to be, but I was not thrilled about staying the night at the…

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Tired. Worn out. Burned out.

Tired. Worn out. Burned out.

It’s been a long week. I feel like I hardly got anything done. I haven’t been home to do anything. I’ve worked both of my jobs and I’ve helped get ready for my best friend’s wedding but I still feel like I have gotten nowhere. Except, I have been working through an email series by Carolyn Watts called “An Invitation to Rest”. I found it after reading a blog post called “When life takes a detour“. It was very timely…

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Rest

Rest

We crawled out of bed at 4:40 in the morning. We were going to the beach. I am not a fan of early mornings. Even being surrounded by some of the people I love the most, I was not a happy camper, or, I suppose in this case, beach goer. We hit the road a little after five, stopping at a gas station soon after getting into Maryland to fill up on gas and grab some food for the trip….

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Sundays

Sundays

Sunday, May 19, 2019 started like any normal Sunday, except for the fact that it didn’t at all. I suppose waking up to Andrew’s alarm was normal enough, but not going to church was not normal. My best friend, Kiara, graduated that morning, so I was going to support her at ten o’clock instead of going to church. I got ready as usual, but instead of getting in my car to drive a few blocks to church, I drove thirty…

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The Beginning

The Beginning

The beginning is a good place to start. If only I knew where that was. I find it ironic I am starting when a lot of other things are ending. School is ending, I have friends graduating high school and college, the Wednesday night program at my church is ending for the school year, and Shekinah (the ballet company I participate in and help teach) is on a break. Life is slowing down for a lot of people, which is…

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