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Word of the Year

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Some of the blogs that I read are committing themselves to a word this year. This word is meant to improve the bloggers life over the period of a year. I have thought about this concept a lot since the first and this morning I think God showed me what my word is. As I listened to The Message, a radio station on Sirius XM, on my way home from work today, He confirmed it for me. As I was thinking about my word of the year, a new song by Rascal Flatts came on the Christian radio station. For those readers out there who do not know who Rascal Flatts is, the band is typically a country band, so it was a very unusual song for me to see on the display.

For the past year or so, I have been unhappy with my career. I had randomly applied for jobs at many companies since December 2011. I have been emotional about my job with my current employer and the amount of stress I go through on a continuous basis. I was determined to find another job. Finally, in October, I get a call from MD Anderson. They have seen my resume, and they would like to interview me. Would I prefer to interview for the evening shift or the night shift? I interview for the evening position first. Let’s just say that it went less than stellar… in fact, God made sure that I was less than stellar. But really, it was ok: I had not been on an interview in 4 years, what was I supposed to expect, perfection?

As it would happen, after the evening interview, I ran one of the 8 interviewers in the lobby, joked around with him for a minute, got directions and left. This guy was the first one to contact me about interviewing at MD Anderson, and called me back for my second interview with the night crew at the end of November. At the night interview, I got along well, made some jokes with the interviewers, and was told it would be mid-December before I knew anything. Two days later, while I am at lunch I receive a phone call, offering me the position! I was floored, but God knew what he was doing and he had been guiding my path long before I knew it.

My first day will be on Monday. The first Monday of the new year. I am nervous, excited, and hopeful. This is where God has brought me. And that is why my word of 2013 will be CHANGE. I believe this year will be about change for me, big and small. The name of the song by Rascal Flatts? Changed.

Happy New Year… and another cooking experiment!

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

I hope that as we reflect on 2010 we can recognize the blessings that God has placed in our lives. T and I have much to be thankful for: a new healthy family member (H.R. our youngest nephew), our jobs, our health, a roof over our head, and much, much more. We have been truly blessed. We also have many friends that have new additions to their families – and we hope and pray for these new additions to grow to be strong and healthy.

Our meal last night was absolutely delish! I had intended  to make Barbecue Ribs, Twice Baked Potatoes, and Turnip Greens. The turnip greens were left by the wayside due to an unforeseen cooking experiment (which will not be pictured here today) also known as Beer Cheese Soup. Unfortunately, I needed chicken broth for the turnip greens, and I had previously used my last can of chicken broth for the Beer Cheese Soup earlier yesterday afternoon at the bequest of T. (more…)

Oh Boy!

Monday, May 24th, 2010

It seems like EVERYONE I know is having a baby… ok, that is an exaggeration. I can, however, name off several friends and family members who are expecting though. For one of our friends, I made a card to congratulate them on their expected bundle of joy. I had T write the inside, something to the effect of, “May your child have all the wonderous things life may bestow upon him. Remember to be nice to him, because he will be the one picking your nursing home.” I left it with “…and Jennifer” with the intentions of T signing it before he took it to our friends, but he instead just stuck it in the envelope and handed it to them. It apparently gave  mom-to-be a good giggle for the rest of the evening when he asked her for a pen and signed it right there :-) God Bless T, I love him… lol!

For our other friends who were there that evening… I am working on yours, too. I promise… you may or may not get it before his 18th birthday, but I am working on it!