Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Who knew?

Check this out....fashionable diapers



I cannot wait until tomorrow. I get to hang out with a dear friend who loves me, encourages me, gives me guidance, and is on my side. What more could I ask for?!

Monday, September 29, 2008


The other day I was watching TV and caught an ear full when I heard that a grad student was auctioning off her virginity. She was introduced to this idea when conducting research for a project. This concept inspired her and thought she'd try it out, she thought by doing the auction it would be good research for her project and also help pay for grad school.

The two commentators had opossing views, one thought it was a good idea in the name of "research" while the other thought it was ridiculous to lower your standards and make money off of this activity.

Wow, the extremes people will go through to make a little extra cash.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Fall Fun Day

Today the entire family headed to Jonomac Orchard. It was a gorgeous fall day and we all began by picking apples. Trying new apples was yummy and getting a variety to eat and bake with was an adventure. Once we picked our half of bushel we had some apple donuts and slushies to cool us down before we headed to the corn maze.

The corn maze was shaped in a huge apple to celebrate the orchards 25th anniversary. There were numbers and words carved into the maze as well. As we have done in the past, we divide the family up into two teams. The boys which includes my dad, Matthew and Mark. Then we have the girls which includes my mom, Ashley, my sister-in-law Angela and myself. The goal is to get through the maze, figure out all six clues in the maze and get the appropriate hole punches, and finish with the fastest time. The boys started out 5 minutes ahead of the girls. Once we were in there we had a blast and the competitive juices kicked in. At times we could hear the boys team and knew it was going to be a close race. I am proud to say that the girls team kicked butt. We all worked together and had just such a fun and exhilarating time and can't wait to do it again.
We ended the evening by coming home and making caramel apples. The caramel was way too thick so we all have sore jaws from chewing. This is a tradition I want to keep!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Last week was speed bumps and this week...potholes?

Not sure where to begin to capture my thoughts and emotions. Well lets see, I figured that while I was waiting to see if I will be trying to move to CA again I thought I would be a substitute teacher. There were lots of good reasoning behind this being a good idea so I went forward with it. After I've completed all the paper work and ready to turn it all in I was informed that I would not be able to start subbing until November. WHAT?!?!

Seriously, I feel like every avenue I'm trying to go down the bottom keeps dropping out. I'm getting frusrtated and discouraged and it's harder to trust that God is in control.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A little laugh

The other day at work, 2 funny sayings were said.

Number 1: Gina, do you know how to make macaroni and cheese? If I could have only responded with something sarcastic like no at culinary school they don't teach me how to boil water!

Number 2: The dad was telling his 3 year old daughter that before going to bed she needed to change her panties and the 5 year old chimed in with or you can wear no panties like mommy! I about lost it! Then the dad replied with honey I know we don't keep secrets but that is one secret you can keep.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The past few days

Well, it's been a few days and the dust is settling. I have to admit those first few days of hearing the news that I wasn't moving to CA on Monday was a little heart wrenching and confusing. Tears of sadness were wept and the emotional drainage continued with having to tell family and friends what had happened.

I'm glad to say that a corner has been turned. It is SO interesting to me to see how immediately God is placing ideas, possible work opportunities, and people in my path to encourage me as I prepare to stay in IL for a few more weeks while I figure out my next step. I can honestly say that I am excited to stay here and see how these weeks will pan out. I'm reminded that God has His watchful eye on me and definitely cares for me and will continue to provide.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Bump in the road

I cannot believe that I'm all ready to move to California. I've cleaned out all of my storage stuff, purged things from my closet, had the brakes done on my car, all of my friends were contacted of where I would be spending the nights along the drive out, a suitcase of clothes was sent with a friend who was traveling to CA this weekend, I met up with all of my friends and family to say those good-bye's...AND THEN I get a text message from the lady I'm renting my room from saying that she wants me to postpone my trip because a ill and unemployed family member showed up at her house and is staying in my room.

I was completely shocked!!! I stayed calm when I read this but today I'm a bit ticked off. I realize that this is not the time I'm suppose to go out there, but I still want to move there, but I feel like I am back to square one. I felt like as long as I had a place to live (and I wanted to live with someone from my friends church or friends of friends) that that would be enough and I could look for a job and find a church and get settled. Now the other roommate possibilities that I had are taken and now I don't know where to look or how this is all going to pan out or when I will get there.

Wow, now there is a bunch of uncertainty...Please God give me your peace and continue to guide me of where you want me to be.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

House Sold

Last week was a bit rough. I was emotionally drained and sometimes I wondered how I would keep on trucking. In the midst of it all, my parents received some news that they received a contract on their house. Their house has been on the market for over a year and nothing has happened. Everyone was so pleasantly surprised by the contract. The wheeling and dealing between both parties worked and my parents have sold their house. WAHOO!!!

I'm so happy for them. The tricky part is that they have to be out in 3 WEEKS!!! Insanity if you ask me, but possible. A friend of mine just moved on Friday, so Saturday I was over there picking up moving boxes to start the packing. The packing party began and boy oh boy we got SO much accomplished this weekend. (I felt like I didn't have a weekend, but what are you going to do!!!) My family is off to a good start and I'm happy I could help relieve some of that stress. And this was a great distraction for me....