“Oh, The Place’s You’ll Go!”-Dr. Seuss

I am beyond EXCITED to share with y’all a few things that God is working in and providing!

1)  I was going to go to work from home with my current company BUT that may or may not have lasted long with my personality!  GOD showed up BIG time and PROVIDED more than I could ever ASK or IMAGINE!  I am going to be working for AAA in Lafayette as  Travel Agent!!!!

2) I am able to get into my doctor on Tuesday March 10th!  PRAISE GOD!  The pain is bearable or I have just gotten used to it.  Either way, I can function again and I thank God for that!

3) I am going to have a “NORMAL” schedule and be able to go to church again!

4) Cooking dinner and being at home at night!

5) Opening up other doors in life that I can’t share about just be in prayer about.

What is God up to in your life?

Pain Pain GO Away and DON’T come back!

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This has been a week to remember and one for this history books!  Last Saturday afternoon I started to get a dull pain that would come and go in my shoulder.  It was tolerable but I laid flat most of the afternoon.  Sunday came and I got up and went to work.  It was tolerable but I started to take pain meds.  Monday the pain was rearing to kick me in the butt!  I was on Tylenol every four hours.  I left work to go and have a medical massage to see if this would bring relief but ah NO!  I left in tears and the pain at this point was a SHARP pain as in someone digging into my left shoulder with a knife!  I went back to work until my time to leave.  Tuesday morning I woke up in unbearable pain with no relief in sight.  Putting ice on it, it felt like sizzling a fire!  I went to the ER at IU and they took x-ray’s.  The ER doc said “that area is hard to x-ray.  Have you had any trauma?”  I said, “Nope, but I did bend titanium rods so I don’t fit the “normal” text book patient.”  X-ray’s taken in tears and an hour later two scripts one for a muscle relaxer and the other for anti-inflammatory.  I got them filled and was not going to go to school that night. I also called my Neurosurgeon in in Indy to pull the X-ray’s up and take a look at them.  He did and did not see anything however in a month he wants a full set of scoloi x-rays, a CT Scan and an MRI!   I took the medicine religiously and the pain was getting worse not better!  I had a lull in the pain and went to school as it was the last night of the class and lasted all of two hours.  I got home, laid on the heating pad and went to sleep until 12:30a.m. when that ugly pain reared it’s head and I was attempting to get pain meds without screaming because it flat out hurt to stand.  It felt as though there was no muscle on my left shoulder.  I took the meds and at 4:30a.m. was up again in pain I wanted to scream!  I called work and explained I would not be in, in tears.  I was worried I’d loose my job and the pain was so intense I couldn’t stand it!  My roommate decided she’d take me down to Methodist in Indy where my back surgeon is.  I got in there and waited and waited and waited.  Finally the doctor comes in and says “It sounds like nerve pain! And there is not a single pain medicine that can help with this!”  She had PT come in and work on the area.  Now mind you at this point the only comfortable position was lying down!  PT has me stand up and sit up and tests my muscles, more like torment me!  But all was in tack!  Then he say’s “Is the left side always raised like that?!?!”  And I said “Uh, NO!”  So, he proceeds to put ice and electric treatment along with showing me some stretching exercises.  He tapes the muscle and I’m headed home with a script for PT and a steroid!  I get home and get comfortable and think Thursday will be the day I can FINALLY go back to work!  Nope!  I go in and then send me right back home!  I thought Friday! Nope the pain was the WORST and at this point I was ready to do anything!  I finally called for PT and could get in later that day and I also found an Acupuncture person that could get me in that morning!!!! PRAISE GOD!  The Acupuncture finally provided the relief I needed!! I have used Acupuncture before my back surgery and found relief!  I was so grateful!!  Now I rest tomorrow and hope to work on Sunday!!!!!!!!!

The Table

I absolutely love this song!  I don’t know about you but for me communion is something that is rich, and brings healing and hope to it.  I love this song because communion represents many times I have had healing through communion.  It’s an outward representation of what Christ did for me on the Cross.  He dies for a sinner just like you and me!  I can remember growing up as a child and sitting with my parents as the communion plates were passed but not making the connection, as I was in jr. high I can remember breaking the bread and dipping in the cup as my counselor served us.  This took on deeper meaning as it was a physical outward symbol.  Then as I grew I was the one serving.  I can recall the first time I served, I had it all backwards saying “….campers name, this is the blood broken for you….”  The camper didn’t care it was the action.  I got it right after a few mess ups and you know looking the person in the eye and saying their name brings about a powerful connection.  When given the opportunity I love serving communion because as you make that eye connection with the person and say this is the body of Christ broken for you or this is the blood of Christ broken for you, it brings hope that there is more to this life and Jesus loves us so much that he did this for us!

I am actually quiet excited to have this song sung at Byron’s and I’s wedding as we take communion and then give our guest the opportunity to receive!  It’s going to be an amazing thing!

A Sunday to remember!

Yesterday Byron and I went to church in Dayton, IN at the United Methodist Church.  I was excited because I love hearing Pastor Mike preach and I love seeing Shirley!  These are my pastors from about 3rd grade through 6th grade but our lives intertwined throughout the rest of my adult life.  Here’s the cool thing, Byron and I have been searching for a church and I think we may have found it!  It was amazing to worship next to him and listen to a sermon preached not on “The Story” but on balancing “Grace & Truth”!  We had the opportunity to go out to lunch thanks to Mike and Shirley!  It was neat for me to see my fiancé connect with people who matter to me!

We then went to the Purdue Women’s Basketball game and I loved watching the game in person over t.v.!  After the game we made a short drive down to the Purdue Airport where my friend Kevin works!  He has been there for me over and over again and it was extra special to see Byron and Kevin connect just like they had known each other for ever!  That was exciting because to me that means we can hang out and do things together as life allows!

Next stop was Fowler!  We popped in on several friends and ended the evening with a scrumptious dinner cooked by Deb Parker!  We went over our premarital counseling and it was so neat for her to see us interact together!  I am grateful and blessed!

Christmas Eve and the Rockettes!

Christmas Eve has always had a special place in my heart but this year it marked a VERY extra special place!!  Why you might ask?

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Well, because THIS happened!!!!

Yes!!! It’s OFFICIAL!!! Byron and I got engaged!  I KNEW it would happen on Christmas Eve but just was not sure about the when! :-)  He had mentioned he wanted snow but in Nashville it was a balmy 50 degrees with no snow in sight!  We went to the Rockettes at the Grand Ol Opry!  This was something I had always wanted to do and what more perfect time than to spend it with the one I love!  The Grand Ol Opry is a beautiful venue and I would go there again for an event!  Not a bad seat in the whole place!  And you gotta love sitting on a padded church pew!  The Rockettes were amazing!  Towards the end of the show though, I thought to myself what a great performance but not a mention of Jesus and his birth but WAIT!  It came in the form of a beautiful living nativity!  I’ve seen MANY live nativities and this one toped them all!  It was absolutely beautiful and well done!

After the Rockettes we went over to Opryland hotel and walked around the gardens.  We eventually made our way outside and waited for the lights to come on.  Many things were going through my mind, one it’s awfully muddy out here for Byron to get down on bended knew and the place he wanted to propose we couldn’t get to.  Well, we could have jumped the wall but that would have been fishy.  This is where he wanted to…..

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We went back inside the Opryland hotel and at this point had walked over 3 miles!  I was ready to go to the car and thought oh well he’ll propose at 1a.m. in Downtown Indy under the tree.  As we were headed towards the doors to leave Byron was like “wait, where are we going” and I said “to the car”.  He was like um no we need to go back to the garden.  Away we went on our walk to find that perfect place.  We found a gazebo with a few benches and that is where the proposal happened!  He started by saying that the rose he had given me earlier in the fall was a symbol of his love in action and then he said the next step is to make a promise to take care of the kids and I and at this point I just about started to cry but the smile was way to big on my face!  Then he said he wanted to spend the rest of our lives together and I said oh that is a long time! :-) Then he pulled the ring out and asked if I would accept the ring and marry him!!!!!!! Of course I said YES!  June 6th is when the blessed event will happen!  I seriously did not know I could love someone so much the way I love Byron!

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Merry Christmas!

This year has been one filled with accomplishment and awe in how God works!  I have blogged about many of those things from starting the year off in a Ice Storm to being blessed by a church group helping me move, to God providing a place for me to live.  To God opening up doors at JCPenney beyond my imagination to God providing EXACTLY what I needed when I needed it in Byron!  I am 17 months away from FINALLY graduating with my bachelor’s degree in Integrated Leadership!  I’m beyond blessed, the kids are all healthy.  We continue to navigate the waters of being a divorced family and soon to be a blended family in June of 2015.  May you and yours have a blessed year!

Happy Thanksgiving!

While the Thanksgiving’s over the years have been each different.  Growing up as a child I recall we had a group of friends who we would either go to their home or they would come to our home.  They were the McDonald family and as kids we would go through the Black Friday ad’s circling the things we would want to see under the tree then the mom’s would get up early and try to get one or two things off those lists.   There was the adult table and the kids table as well.  Many memories were made including a song about my brother “Johnny Corn Cobb why oh why do we love you!”  We would sometimes go to work with my dad and watch the newest release along with the hundreds of other families who had eaten too much but wanted to spend time together.

Then those times ended and we had Thanksgiving with our small family.  As us kids grew up, I would work on Thanksgiving and the dinners were just another day to celebrate on the calendar.

As I got married we would go home for Thanksgiving each year but over the years we would have a Thanksgiving dinner with my family and some friends in Iowa.  Those were some of my favorite Thanksgiving’s but the best one was when my bonus mom and dad cooked dinner at their home and it was one of the first time’s my mom had cooked a turkey.  Lily held the heart of the turkey.  It was memorable!  Both my grandparents were still living.

Then there were the Thanksgivings following my back surgery and my parents came down to have dinner with us. I am grateful that we were able to create memories of Thanksgiving in our home!  Now this year is different and  I look forward to creating new memories with Byron and his family with the time that I have.

Working retail is a different beast as we give up our Thanksgiving’s to serve the people who are wanting to get the best deals on stuff.  That is all it is, stuff that won’t matter years from now!  What will matter is the memories I create with family.  That is what matters.

For this I am grateful for the warm house I am in now, for the laughter of five children that awoke me this morning and the love that overflows from many places!

Thanksgiving thoughts

Today while I was at Wal-Mart I observed that they don’t open until 8p.m. on Thanksgiving night!  Great call!  Wal-Mart may be one of the largest box stores around and they get that family matters.  I’ve worked in grocery stores that were open until noon on Thanksgiving day and that was because they were small family run stores where the owners family was making sure the doors were open.  I don’t need to state where I work as those who read my blog know this already.  We are opening at 5p.m. on Thanksgiving day to get an edge on the competition.  Is an hour really going to make a differences in sales to help get the company into the black?  When did we loose the importance of Thanksgiving as a day that we set aside to give thanks for those who came across on the Mayflower?  But rather we are more concerned about making a dollar.  While I know my store leader will be there, where will the people in the corporate office be?  At home with their family.  Shouldn’t those who are in the higher positions take pay cuts that will help the company long term rather than hope for a quick fix on Thanksgiving by an hour or two?

Ring Shopping

Well, this past weekend Byron and I went ring shopping, yes for an engagement ring.  To get the info out of the way here you go:

How long have you known each other? Since July

Isn’t that awfully fast?  It’s all a matter of opinion and when God is at the center of a relationship you allow him to lead.

While he has not YET proposed but will sometime around Christmas I am told, we have a date set.  The reason we have the date set is because he coaches wrestling and we need to check out when was after that and also when we would have our kids at the same time.  This marriage is not only about us but it’s also about brining two families together.  We also know the importance of the time alone following the wedding and he will have spring break AFTER the wedding.

This relationship is like none other.  I’ve blogged about it.  I have stepped back and allowed Byron to lead.  That is God worked on my heart and prepared my heart for Byron prior to us ever meeting!  With God’s help Byron is the leader in this relationship.  God has taught me about his love that I am so unworthy of through Byron.  I am growing and learning still!

When we started talking about marriage he was the first to bring up the premarital counseling classes!!  I didn’t have to say a word but I was thinking it!