Friday, August 29, 2014

I'm Already Missing You and I Haven't Even Left Yet!

Said David to me this morning at 3:55 as I dropped him off at work.  Aw babe. :-) That and...."do I really have to go to work today?  As soon as I get there I can't wait to come home to you!"

The shifts at David's new job as a dialysis PCT are pretty much like hospital shifts, 12 - 14 hours.  So he's getting up reeeeaaaally early for work.  That means that he only has to work 3 days a week....BUT the days are super super long and he's on his feet all day.  Poor guy!  But I'm proud of him for working so hard!! I usually drop him off because I need the car for school or shopping.  And as hard as it is to wake up at 3am....its actually been SUPER good for my study schedule.  Like this morning.  Got up, made him food for the day, drank coffee and had devotions together, dropped him off, and then came back home. Had my devotions (more coffee), planned my day, and then started on my homework at 5:20.  I stopped studying just now, at about 8:20.  That's three hours of studying under my belt and the day has barely started!!  I feel like I get so much more accomplished when I get up early like that.  I will easily fit 6 hours of studying in today. Broken up into 2hr chunks?  THAT is doable for me. 

Call us naive, call us newly-wed-and-blind, call us stupid, but there are SO many moments throughout our day where we just stop and look at each other and we're like, "Man, I can't believe we're actually MARRIED!  This is so great!  I just love this!"   I keep telling David that, being married to him and being in nursing school is for me, living my dream.  Every day.  

I love snuggling on the couch and reading The Five Love Languages together.  I love spontaneously jumping into the hot-tub at 9pm while waiting for our laundry load to finish.  I love laughing with him over movie quotes... like.....motioning towards an interesting looking guy at the pool and being like, "Agent 99, that is DEFINITELY.  A bad guy!" I love going grocery shopping together, me begging him to buy me a blouse (it was on clearance!!!) and him begging me to buy him a giant jar of Nutella because with out it, he would mostly likely get cancer or  

I love him calling me princess and praying with me every night and stopping me mid-sentence to say, "Rachel, I am SO in love with you!" 

Stuff like falling asleep in his arms while he explains how he fixed his car, or me wearing his over-sized jersey.  Watching movies together with a giant jar of M&M / skittles between us.  Him holding me and affirming his confidence in me when I'm crying over school.  Hearing him say how desperately he wants to be good at his job so he can focus more on really showing God's love to the patients, actually caring for them, instead of freaking out over how to run the machines.

Having him randomly text me during me day with messages like, "Your pretty much my most favorite of ALL time in the history of EVER! Just wanted to let you know that :-)"

It's things like this ....that make me so GLAD I'm married to him.  :-) Call me unrealistic, but why does this have to stop? Ever?  We are having such a great time together and, with Jesus at the center, why should that ever end?  :-)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday Afternoon

It's a lazy Sunday afternoon at our apartment.....and we're just loving being married!!  

(Strawberry lemonade with a slice of lime that we found in a stray shopping cart outside of Walmart.   Um....yeah.  We'll do anything to save, it was a free lime!)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

When It's Hard.

"Surely God is my Salvation, I will trust and not be afraid.  The Lord, the Lord is my Strength and my Song, He has become my Salvation."

- Isaiah 12:2

The Lord, my Strength.  The One who has carried me through every hard time, the One who has never failed me, Who has been my constant companion and comfort.   Why would He stop now?  

I'll be honest and say that school, having just started this week, has already had me in tears several times.  (And it's only orientation week.....) This nursing stuff is going to be hard.   After making an appointment with my advisor to try and figure out the online curriculum and set up a study plan, I found myself only more and more confused as I sat at her desk, watching her click effortlessly through billions of links.  And then she's like...."And that's it! Understand?" many different ways are there to say NO? 

(My only consolation in the nursing office is that every desk has a bowl of candy on it.  But laffy taffy was only slightly comforting yesterday.)

But this morning I'm reminding myself that the same God who has brought me to this point will not leave me to do this on my own.  Good grief I didn't think there was even a .005% chance of me making it into nursing school in the first place.  In fact....I  kinda planned on bombing the entrance exam on purpose....and yet, with a 50% washout rate, I still made it in the program.   

The same God who created the stars and the moon, Who raised Jesus from the dead and is responsible for everything that exists, lives in me.  (Romans 8:11)  I have access to this same incredible Lord who demonstrated His own love for me by dying in my place.  This same God, lives in me.  HE is my Strength, through every good day and every bad day.  

"I can do everything through Him Who gives me strength."
- Phillipians 4:13

He strengthens me to do what He has called me to do.  And a big part of following Him, in spite of the challenges along the way, is focusing on His calling for me today.  Not tomorrow, or next week, or the whole year.  But simply, today.  Jesus tells us "not to worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself." (Matthew 6:34) Plan, yes.  Worry? No. 

Instead of getting overwhelmed with EVERYTHING I have to do...I am focusing on today.  The right now.  Living fully in each minute.   For me, that includes only focusing on today's homework.  Not all 50 chapters that have to be read this week.....but the number I need to get through today.  It includes striving to be the very best wife I can be for my wonderful new husband.  It means seeking Jesus all throughout my day, deepening my relationship with Him.  

In the midst of how overwhelming school seems to be at the moment...I am reminded this morning how grateful I am to be where I am right now.  This season of life is wonderful, full of joy and very exciting.  I have a wonderful, caring husband who never fails to point me to Jesus (and makes me laugh, a LOT).  We have a cozy little apartment that we can call home and that I love living in.  We have a huge circle of Godly friends who were SO GENEROUS during our wedding (9 days ago!) and as a result, we have lots of new things to set up house with.  And God is providing.  Each day.

"Let God's promises shine on your problems."
-Corrie Ten Boom

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Women's Retreat! *Excited*

Hey!  Sharing a video post today :-)  Isn't it fun to run out of breath in the middle of a song lol.....


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Baptism / Our Kitchen :-)

A few weeks ago, Calvary had a baptismal.  Quite a few people were baptized, it was really exciting to see so many people giving / re-dedicating their lives to the Lord.  :-)  David was super excited to get to baptize one of the guys on his fire department, it was his first time baptizing someone.  And I GOT TO BE THERE for it!!! It was a really special moment.  

Being the chaplain of his fire department has given him a lot of opportunities to share Christ, with people as they go on calls, and just with the other guys on the team.  It was really cool to see him baptize someone he's invested so much in spiritually.  God is good.  :-)

And....the other day mom and I went down to the apartment to work on it.  We had brought a lot of stuff last time, but everything was just sitting in boxes, with trash everywhere.  In NO way a working home :-)  We spent most of the day there, cleaning, organizing, putting away, etc.  Now it looks like we actually live there :-)  I LOVE my kitchen, and I LOVE our home!!! :-)