Wednesday, January 25, 2012

two thousand eleven.

My 2011 consisted of:
  • Finishing my last college class for my degree.
  • Moving out of Shawnee and saying goodbye to OBU after 3 and 1/2 life-changing years.
  • Planning a wedding.
  • Substitute teaching at Jenks Middle School.
  • Multiple flights to Louisville and Mississippi.
  • A final father/daughter trip- surfing in Barbados.
  • Wedding showers and lots of love and support from my home church.
  • Moving 22 years of stuff to Kentucky.
  • Marrying my BEST FRIEND!!!
  • Surprise (perfect) honeymoon to northern California.
  • Steve and Hessica's wedding in the oklahoma mountains.
  • A ten-day trip to China with my husband and his mississippi church.
  • Honored to be a bridesmaid in Ocho and Anna's wedding in tejas.
  • Complete with an east to west drive across the state of Texas, discovering an old german town, horchata, and pig intestine tacos on the side of the road.
  • A very long Louisville summer: nannying, and coffee shop, 8am-11pm erryday.
  • Jay and I completing a Summer List of Fun including eating 100 ice pops, going to every museum in town, and sitting through 3 innings of a Louisville Bats game.
  • Cole Family reunion in Ohio.
  • Spontaneous road trip with my husby to ride our bikes around Chicago.
  • Continuous wise counsel from our friends the Noltemeyers.
  • Driving to ATL to see all of my sumo Oliver sisters in one place!
  • Dominating my first (and probably last), seminary class. hermeneutics.
  • A September trip to Oklahoma to cure my homesickness blues.
  • Working part-time at World Market for 4 weeks of my existance. that was enough.
  • 2,500 mile road trip over fall break+ a week long birthday celebration!
  • Getting to see newborn baby Grey Williams in the hospital in Tulsa.
  • Starting a new job at St. Joseph's children's home.
  • Quickly learned that I am not Mary Poppins and I have little to nothing to offer to abused/traumatized kids, but God is faithful to equip when he calls.
  • Quitting the coffee shop after 6 months of caffeinated merriment.
  • A fancy-pants date to Proof on Main with my husby.
  • After months of praying and searching and living in 500 square feet, God provided a little blue house on the happiest of streets.
  • Finished my 2nd half marathon; which by my reasoning equals a full marathon.. with a little 4year break in the middle.
  • Pneumonia, food poisoning, kidney infection, flu, and an untimely upper respiratory infection on her honeymoon. note to self: get a better immune system.
  • First thanksgiving together; my parents came to visit/cook/do slave labor.
  • Another 2,500 miles of driving fun in December to celebrate Christmas with our families and take photos for a dear friends wedding in Dallas.
  • First Christmas together, establishing our own family traditions was simply wonderful.
  • Surprise visit to see my grandparents in Florida, making both of them cry tears of joy=winning!

Reflecting on 2011 sends my heart on an emotional roller coaster. It was packed with change, challenges, lots of growth, lots of joy and lots of tears and lots of learning and relearning God's faithfulness and steadfast love.
Might I add that I sincerely hope that God in His sovereignty decided before laying the foundations of the world that 2012 would be little less intense, yet equally as happy.
Whew. 2011...


this is Scout. our new puppy. he's 2 months old today and figuring out the world and his nose, which is much bigger than the rest of his body.

since getting Scout two weeks ago, i think Jay and i have turned into dog people. those people. i reach into my jacket pocket and pull out a hand full of dog treats. every piece of clothing i have now has little puppy hairs stuck to them. my day now consist of at least an hour of walking through the park. even in the rain.
one of the things that convinced Jay to get a dog (i've wanted one since the day after our wedding) was reading Living with Other Creatures, which exposes how some creatures weren't created for humans at all, (i.e. wasps), but only for God's glory through fulfilling their little animal, or insect, roles. also, [and probably the most convicting thing I've ever heard], the book said that animals help humans worship God, by turning humans away from their prideful selves.
humbling really, considering i have absolutely no control over this 9 lbs of teeth, curiosity, and cuteness. as crazy tree hugger, animistic as it sounds, our 8 week old puppy has definitely made me a more patient person and in turn, hopefully, a better reflection of our Creator.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

at about 4am monday morning, my hubs head-butted me in the shoulder blade. After obviously getting my attention, he pointed to my phone that was lighting up. I had a missed call from my dad. thats when i knew something was wrong. i called him back immediately, assuming it was something wrong with my mom. he answered and told me they were up at the hospital because my brother had been shot in the face.
he reassured me that it was not life threatening. Of course, my first thought was "guns kill people dad! how is this not life threatening?" he told me he was in the emergency room, waiting to go into surgery to get the bullet out. I went back to sleep assuming that my dad was completely sugar coating this situation, sad that we don't live closer to our families, and really just confused about reality.
as the story unfolded over the next few days, i realized that the situation was not sugar coated at all. The whole thing, from beginning to end, was covered in God's crazy divine protection! my brother works as a county deputy, and got a call about domestic dispute; a man was attempting to kill his wife. The wife had escaped and called the police. The gunman was barricaded inside. When my bro went in to get him, the gunman fired a shotgun. He missed and fired a pistol. The pistol, aimed directly at my brother, went through a pillow, two picture frames, hit a table and stuck in his chin. had the gun been raised only two-inches it would have been a direct hit.

God is active! "he who keeps you will not slumber" psalm 121:3
It has been so encouraging to hear stories about prayer warriors all over the state of oklahoma covering my brother in prayer. "what is man, what you are mindful of him?" psalm 8:4

I am so thankful that God- in his sovereignty- not only ordained all of this to happen for His glory, but actively sustained my brother, slowing down the bullet at His command.

i am thankful.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

new years resolution:

blog more.
run more.
pray more.

not in that order.

here's to 2012.