Monday, 27 September 2010

Do I know you?

You know those people that always remind you of someone else? Your bff when you were 5, your college roommate, some celebrity...???

Apparently, I am one of those people. For YEARS I have been told "You remind me so much of my best friend! I mean, you look like her and you talk like her and...!!!!" or "I feel like I know you. Do I know you? I swear I know you! You look SO FAMILIAR!"

One time when I worked at HEB I was checking out a lady (you know, scanning her items. Get your mind out of the gutter). She goes "OMG! You so look like Jennifer Aniston!" And proceeds to pull People Magazine off the rack and hold it up to my face. "See?!" Her friend agreed. I smiled, nodded, and said "Thanks!" I don't see it at all. But she's not the only person who has said that, either.

Other things I have heard:
"You look like Maggie Gyllenhaal!"
"You look like Kirsten Dunst!"
"You look like that one girl from Blue Crush (Kate Bosworth)!"
"You look like Amanda Bynes!"
"You have the same smile as Renee Zellweger!"
And most recently (yesterday): "You know, have you ever been told you look like Maura Tierney?"

I had to look her up. I had no clue who she was. I don't see that one either.

Interesting how I always remind people of someone else. I don't get it! I mean, I'm flattered - all those women are beautiful, but they all look so different! I can't look like all of them!

I'm trying to come up with some theories, but so far the best I've got is that I have some strange chameleon-like tendencies that I am completely unaware of.

Friday, 24 September 2010

Abundant Blessings

Numerous times since Matt and I have moved into our home here at camp, we have talked about how truly blessed we are. And the more I think about it, the more I realize that we are abundantly blessed.

Think about it. We are newly married. We went on a wonderful honeymoon that I will remember for the rest of my life! And as newlyweds, our living and working situations are wonderful!

We get to work at the same place, and we don't ever have to drive to work.

We get to witness beautiful sunrises over the hills every morning...except for when it is cloudy/misty/foggy. But then I can pretend I live in Ireland. Or the English countryside. And I do (pretend, that is).

We have a beautiful house with plenty of storage, and we don't have to pay for it.

We live in a loving, supportive community.

We have friends all around us, and all of them within walking distance.

Our bosses care about our marriage and go to great lengths to protect it.

Our meals are provided a lot of the time.

I could go on and on. I just love living here! This afternoon as I was walking home from work I decided to stop by my friend's house to ask her a question and visit briefly. She and her husband have chickens and those chickens lay eggs, which they let us have! They are cheaper than the grocery store and I feel good knowing that there are no chemicals or weird things in the eggs. I feel good knowing that the chickens are well taken care of. But I love the fact that I can stop by a friend's house to ask about eggs and then be able to visit for 45 minutes. It makes me feel like I don't live in 2010.

There are also some pear trees around camp (Well, 2. And they are right next to each other.). Last week I climbed up in them and shook them to get the pears out! I came home with 15 pears without paying a single cent (although I did get some scratches and a bruise), and that night I made pear meringue pie with the pears I got from the trees and the eggs we collected from our friends' chickens. It was just so...satisfying! And the pie was delish!

So I think I have made my point that I feel like Matt and I are blessed beyond measure. Yes, things can be hard sometimes, but when it comes down to it...wow.

Recently, a family I went to church with in college moved to Haiti to share the love of the Lord. I have read their blog for years now, and it's always been interesting. She always has something to say, and she has such a gift for words and story telling! Her family is hilarious, and she had some wonderful ideas for being a good steward, but more than those things, her blog was honest and raw and filled with such wisdom! Now that they have moved to Haiti, her posts are heartbreaking and inspiring all at the same time.

And now more than ever, I realize that my clean house and American life are luxurious compared to the lives of those they live with in Haiti, and most people around the world. By American standards, Matt and I don't amount to much, but America has some pretty "high" standards.

I know Matt and I will not always be here. At some point, the Lord will call us somewhere else. And up until recently, I never really thought much about where that would be. I never even considered anything other than the US. Now I'm not saying we are going to move to India and never be heard from again, but I do realize that I have to be prepared for whatever God asks us to do. He may not call us to another country. He may call us to ministry here in the States as He has for years now. But I don't know.

Just some things to think about.

P.S. - Can you tell I went into work at 6:30 this morning? I sure can...

Monday, 20 September 2010

First Married Post!

Well, hi! I know, I know. I said I was going to do a better job at blogging. And for a while there, I totally was. I was rockin' it! But...then I got married. Boy does that throw a wrench in your blogging plans!! You won't hear me complaining, though. I love being married! :) Of course, if I were married to anyone other than Matt, I think I wouldn't like it near as much.

I will try to be brief in my description of what has happened over the past month (yes, Matt and I have been married one month as of today!!!).

The ceremony was beautiful. All the music was Trace Bundy, our favorite. My dad stepped on my dress while giving me away, thus not allowing me to walk up to Matt. It was hilarious and probably one of my favorite memories of the day (not sure if he did it on purpose or not, though...!)!! The reception was alright. A lot less people than we were expecting (and hoping) were there. Mostly extended family. Don't get me wrong - I love my extended family! But I would have loved to see more friends there. I was, however, extremely glad to get to spend time with the friends that did make it!

Our honeymoon was fantastic! We went on a cruise with Carnival Cruise Lines to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. Thanks to my little Ewok, Heather, I had some awesome sunglasses for each bathing suit that matched each destination perfectly (not planned - it must have been destiny! ;) ps - i love sunglasses.)

In Jamaica we opted out of the super packed beach excursions and went to Croydon Plantation in the beautiful mountains! We were the youngest couple there, but that didn't surprise us at all. It was beautiful! It started out sunny and then a storm rolled in over the mountains. It rained on us and MAN was that rain COLD! You don't really expect Jamaican rain to chill you to the bone, but trust me. It does. Anyway, we got to eat starfruit, coconut, some citrus fruits, 7 different kinds of pineapple, and got to try ginger beer (non-alcoholic. Very tasty but man does it have a bite!) and pineapple juice made from the skin and husk of the fruit rather than the actual fleshy part!

In Grand Cayman we met a really nice guy in a store who was there from the states on an internship. He gave us some tips about getting around the island without getting ripped off, so we promptly took a bus to 7 Mile Beach, which was nothing short of glorious. Afterwards we made it back downtown for our excursion - snorkeling along a barrier reef! It was beautiful and so fun! We swam with a stingray (I think we were the only ones out of the whole group who saw one) and that coral is HUGE! I even swam TOWARD giant fish (like the length of my arm) and not AWAY! This was by far our favorite day of the cruise.

In Cozumel we went to a resort which had an open bar, water toys, and a lunch buffet! We had rum punch, strawberry daiquiris, and pina coladas. I didn't like Cozumel as much as the other places - it seemed dirty to me. However, it was still enjoyable!

The ship was fantastic! I have never seen anything like it. It was so elegant on the inside! We ate in the Monet dining room, which was decorated with the Eiffel Tower (everywhere!!) and one of Monet's Water Lily paintings. The crew was wonderful and the waiters danced on the tables every night - it was always HILARIOUS! The food was fantastic and I don't really have many negative things to say about it at all!

We have been back at camp for a little over 20 days now, and I am still loving it! It is interesting balancing working and cooking meals and keeping house for 2 people, but not bad! I really enjoy it all, actually! I don't feel like living together has been a huge adjustment, either. The most difficult part is when I have to work really late nights - I hate not being able to spend evenings with him! But I do love my job, and we are so blessed to be here.

Matt definitely has his work cut out for him! He works 10 hours a day, 6 days a week. He works so hard and I am so proud of him! He is also getting to experience the "in sickness" part of our vows rather often. On the cruise I got sick with a few different things and the promptly caught a cold upon returning. Since then, I have taken a hard fall in the office and bruised the crap out of my leg. The following day, a steering wheel burned all the skin off my elbow! He has been so sweet, making sure that I am taken care of, bandaged, and medicated with ibuprofen and lots of kisses!

Today is my day off and I have spent the majority of the day cleaning and doing laundry. I don't really mind, but I wish I had a little more time to just relax! In about an hour I am going to start making dinner...so I think I am going to try to get some reading in :) We'll see how well I do with blogging now that I am married and the next 2 months of my life are going to be super busy (busy season for retreats!!)! :)
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