Rachel is one of my younger cousins… She and I proudly hold the “tallest women in the family” station together.. but, she’s way prettier and cuter!

Easter of ’07 I think..

I Love this girl…
The one on the left is November ’09, the right one is a few years ago doing surprise family pics for parents and grandparents.

She is beautiful in so many ways, witty, charming, loving, passionate, intelligent, caring, funny, and loves the Lord like crazy. I am so proud to be related to her!… And, praise the Lord for skype.. and skype dates! 🙂

25 to 26…

This is officially my birthday week!

YESS! I love birthdays 🙂

This week I plan on posting some of my favorite birthday memories… I have lots and lots of them 🙂

I will be not recounting all the horrible birthday memories because sadly I have had quite a few..  Of no real fault of anyone or the plans various people have made, just life gets in the way sometimes.

Hurray for birthday week!!

The transition of 25 to 26 has begun!


Thank goodness this week is over, and ended on a great note!

One of my new friends here in DC invited me to go to a birthday party with her.. and the theme was “Newsies” So, we all dressed up..

This is my outfit I put together with a new pair of shoes and a hat 🙂

And, this is my beautiful new friend and I circa 1899 New York style…

So much fun!.. Glad the week is over!


When the first thought you have in the morning is “Why isn’t this Friday!?!??!?!?!?!” … you KNOW it is not going to be a good day… And, it wasn’t.

Still reeling a bit from the news of last night, I woke up, not in a bad mood, but just tired.. in almost every sense of the word, and certainly physically tired. But, mostly I was just worn out emotionally and mentally. So, because my mind was not totally coherent this am, it took me a bit longer to pick out an outfit (which I usually do mentally while laying in bed as I fall asleep the night before), my hair took a while to fix.. I missed my long “pull up in a pony tail and go” style this morning.

Thankfully I “accidentally” made the coffee a little strong.. Thank you Jesus!

I am learning a lot. I know, I keep reminding myself of this. I am purposefully learning in school, and dragging my feet learning at work, but even still I will praise Him. Work was not pleasant today, and I still am working through how to change my attitude and perspective because it is not good nor anything resembling it.

I left work thinking “what am I doing?!?! I. Am. Stupid….”

Thankfully my coworker/friend and I made plans to go out for dinner.. and we did.. and laughed at random things and the ridiculousness that is our life, and the things that make us “that girl.” Then, I returned my mom’s phone call because she somehow always knows when I am not ok, and had left me a voice mail saying “I was thinking of you, wondering how you are doing, and hoping you are having a good day…” I. Love. Her. We chatted for a while, swapped frustrations from work, and were reminded how much life can suck, but how much that ultimately does not change things.. I love her, she loves me, God loves us both.. and in the end, at the end of the day.. God makes the stupidity that is us ok again.

Life is crazy, but God will get me through this, and whatever is coming around the corner. I have NO idea what His plan is for this seemingly never ending plight of either stupidity or insanity on my part.

Thankfully I was able to then come home and laugh with a couple of my roomies, about I am not even sure what.. But, regardless, we laughed for a while.

Life is hard, God is good.

There Will Be Days…

There will be days like this…

I found out the man who ran into my car on New Years Eve does not have insurance because of “lapse of payment” … Which means now I have to work with my insurance to take care of it. *sigh* Not the end of the world, just obnoxious.

My Finance Principles classes is ridiculously hard… But, I feel better after my instructor said it is like learning a new language.

After getting my butt kicked at the gym I finally settled into homework, and while taking a mental break I started reading odd comments on facebook by my kids where I used to work… After tracing them back, then double checking with an old co-worker I found out one of my boys who used to live there hung himself yesterday.

Then one of my old boys began talking to me, we talked randomness for a bit, then talked about the boy who committed suicide.. which lead to talking about Jesus.. which lead to him telling me he’s Atheist, and his friend’s call him a devil worshiper. Which lead to a great and very interesting, but mentally tiring conversation.. while I was trying to finish homework I was struggling to understand.

I so glad today is over, and the Lord gives me a new tomorrow.


Today I arrived on time for work.. only to discover half an hour later we had a 2 hour delay. Dang it.

However, thankfully my morning went by very quickly, with I am not even sure what, there was hardly anyone at work, but I seemed to keep myself fairly occupied with random things I guess.

I got off work a little early, went and swam for a while at the gym.. I was really happy with the 800 I swam, although I was incredibly sore from my Monday work out.. And am a little dreading tomorrow’s work out… and Thursdays haha.

I came home to find out that the car accident was “reviewed” and they have decided I do not have an appropriate claim.. And, of course the place was closed for the day when I called to find out exactly what their review process was to determine if they will pay for a new door on my car.. Ps… I really dislike not being able to open the door most of the time, and the loud road noises it no longer blocks out. So, I shall call tomorrow.. Hopefully with a good composure and not take out my frustration with the person I talk to.

Then, I spent all night doing homework. I am beginning to fear that maybe this REALLY was a stupid idea, and that I might just not be cut out for a double masters program.. Or at least not this finance/economics crap classes that just do not seem to make any sense in my brain. Hopefully the professor has pitty on me and helps me understand, cause reading the textsbooks do not seem to be cutting it.. I hate not being able to ask questions when they come to me like in class. GAH!

Overall my day was fine, but I still find myself annoyed at the end of the day. I really dislike that. Lord, please help tomorrow to either be better.. or my attitude to be better.

You’re Beautiful…

I heard this song tonight on the radio, and I just really love it, it says all the things I need to hear, and that every girl or woman I know should hear every day.

So, to my girl friends: You’re Beautiful, you are treasured, you are sacred, and you are His. You were meant for so much more than all of this, you’re beautiful.

Love you 🙂