"Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"
~Isaiah 6:8 NIV
"He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?"
~Micah 6:8 NASB

Monday, March 28, 2011

Is There Other Life Out There?

This is the Core of the Milky Way
 Is there really life out there somewhere?  I'm reading a book right now called, "Is Mars Inhabitable" and it got me thinking.  Could there be life on another planet out there somewhere?  We serve an almighty God with infinite power and wisdom.  Do you ever wonder if He created another solar system just like ours billions of light years away that we haven't discovered yet with planets just like ours and with people just like us?  I wonder if they have the same hopes and dreams that we have?  I wonder if they have turned their back on God like we have so many times.  I wonder if God is weeping for His children and calling them back to Him too?  I wonder if they are looking up to the heavens and wondering if there is other life out there.  I wonder...
When I was in Junior High, I thought it would be fun to be an Astronomer or an Astronaut.  I loved science and the beauty of the night sky was always breath taking to me.  I thought it would be really cool to go into space and witness the majesty of God's creation.  Obviously, life took me in other directions, but I still love to be still with nature.
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day."  Genesis 1:1-5

Thursday, March 24, 2011

My New Job Starts Tomorrow

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I get to start my new part time job tomorrow.  Who knew that I could be unfairly fired from the Sears in the mall, then go work for the Sears Homestore in South Bend?  I'm excited about it though.  I already have some knowledge about the stuff I will be selling and it's a family-owned business.  They close at 7pm during the weeks, so I will only be working on the Friday and Saturdays, and possibly some Sundays but not many. It's a pretty new store and they don't feel like the have the business yet for me to be on commission like I was at the mall, so I will be hourly instead.  I don't know yet what the hourly amount will be, but I trust it will be fair.  The new location is on Michigan St, just north of Ireland.  The Grand Opening is April 9th, so I hope all my friends and family can make it to support me and the new store.

I have a second interview next Tuesday for a part time job that would be Monday-Thursday evenings and Saturdays for 20 hours a week.  It's for 4-C's in South Bend and it's a data entry job that feels like it will be very similar to what I'm doing at the YWCA now and they even said I could work some from home.  My mom used to have an at-home day care with 4-C's and the lady I had my first interview with actually remembered my mom.  I feel a little overwhelmed at the thought of potentially working three jobs.  I will definitely have to get my time organized, so I don't work myself to death. 

Am I crazy? Possibly, but I don't see it as my life forever.  I figure if I work like a crazy person now when Steve and I start a family, I won't have to work as much.  I really want to be able to stay home for as long as I can after the child is born.  I also really want to pay off our debt.

I was so stressed and angry when I lost my job at Sears, but it seems like things are really coming together.  It's been a long few weeks, but I'm ready for the next adventure.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day: The Prayer of St. Patrick

The Prayer of St. Patrick

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea,
Stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock.

I arise today
Through God's strength to pilot me;
God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me,
God's hand to guard me,
God's way to lie before me,
God's shield to protect me,
God's hosts to save me
Afar and anear,
Alone or in a mulitude.

Christ shield me today
Against wounding
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of creation

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Steve and I have One Million Dollars!

Steve got me this puzzle for Christmas. We decided to start when we were sick. We have been working on it for about two weeks now and we finally finished it last night. It has 1000 pieces and all the money on it equal 1 million dollars.

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Babysitting Fun!

I'm so exhausted today. I've had a great weekend so far though.  Friday after work I filled out some job applications and then went home clean the house. Since Sarah is hiring allergic to everything, I had to dust and clean everything. The house looks really nice right now.  Friday evening, Steve and I were on babysitting duty again.  The girls were very excited about having a sleepover at the Pitneys. We let them play in the living room while we worked on our puzzle. For dinner, we had cardboard pizza, carrots, corn, and fruit. Yum!  After dinner, we played some more games  and turned on the Wii.  We played some tennis, baseball, bowling, and some others. I have to say that I like video games like the Wii much better than the games I grew up with or at least people my age since all we ever had was an Atari.  These games involve getting up and being active while playing, instead of sitting on the couch and playing. The girls are pretty good at the games too. Kariana and I beat Steve and Cadence at tennis. Cadence beat Steve at bowling a few times. When Steve got a spare, Cadence always said, "Oh, Steve you were close."
Saturday morning, the girls got up and ready for their mom to come pick them up. Steve left for Chicago to pick up Sarah.  After lunch, the girls came back to our house so Shere could go to work. The girls helped me clean and I took them with me for some grocery shopping.  It was nice out so we played at the park for a little while and then went home for some dinner of turkey, corn, and grapes. Yum! The girls wanted to bake some brownies to surprise Sarah, so the girls helped me make some brownies. I think Steve and Sarah really liked them.  After my sis got off work, we played some more Wii games and then she took the girls home for bedtime. Today we are just relaxing. We  love the girls and they such great kids, but I'm exhausted today.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

A Busy Week!

Moments after this picture was taken, she snuggled up with Steve and said, "Is it bedtime yet?"
We have had a busy week this week.  Last weekend, we babysat on Friday.  We played some Wii games and I lost at Connect 4 to a 4 year old three times in a row.  Saturday, I went to a dinner get together and a family friend's house and played some more Wii games.   I had never played the dance game before, but it was really fun.  It felt good to be out with friends since I had been so down all week.  I really needed a good pick me up.  I have spent the last week applying for jobs online for a new part time job.  I have gotten a few calls, so we will have to wait and see what happens.  My old Fazoli's manager is still managing at Taco Bell and he said I could go and work for him. I'm not sure if I want to go back to minimum wage food service, but I'd be willing to do if I have to for the short-term.  It was nice to be home all week to spend time with Steve.  Things are starting to look up.
Wednesday, Steve's mom and step dad came into town, so we went to dinner with them to Red Lobster.  Cheddar Biscuits = yummy.
This weekend is going to busy again because we are babysitting again on Friday and Saturday.  The girls are actually having a sleepover at the Pitney's on Friday night.  That should be loads of fun.  Our friend Sarah is coming to visit us on Saturday until next Wednesday, so Steve will be driving to Chicago on Saturday to pick her up.  So that means, I'll be watching the girls all day all myself on Saturday.  

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

My New Phone

My Palm Treo has been pretty sick lately.  The speaker was failing, so basically, in order for me to hear someone I was talking to I had to have the phone on speaker phone.  Steve found a website online that was selling Droids for $20, so I started reading all the reviews to see which one was the best.  After reading the reviews, we bought the Droid 2 Global.  It had, by far, the best reviews. 
It arrived at our house yesterday afternoon, so Steve went home during lunch to get it.  I know I did not like that I have to pay the extra data plan fee, but I think I'm going to like it.  Usually I just use my phone for phone calls and the occasional texting, but I figure since I'm going to paying for it, I might as well us it.  I downloaded a free audio book application and today I am "reading" The Phantom of the Opera, the book not the play.  There are quite a few free books, so I'll have to decide what I want to "read" next.
My mom gave me the first call on my new phone.  It was then that I realized that I was not a big fan of the default ring tone, so I reset all the sounds.  I got my calendar to transfer to my new phone, but I haven't been able to get my contacts from the old phone to transfer yet.  The phone did automatically add all my Facebook contacts on the phone, even though I didn't ask it to.