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Bible Study Outreach

15 Mar

I am involved in this wonderful Bible Study group that is comprised of wives of medical students. We range from first years to fourth years. We are nurses, teachers, students, stay-at-home moms and psych’s.

I L-O-V-E this group. We seriously have such a great time. One week last year we decided to do something a little different from our usual study. We wanted to reach out to the local homeless community. We originally wanted to cook something, but (can you believe this?) all the volunteer spots were filled for months! (woo-hoo community! nice!) So we started to brainstorm and eventually decided to make “bags”. Included in these bags were daily essentials (soap, socks, razor and shaving cream, toothbrush and paste, water, snacks, etc) and a list of local resources for them.

Little Baggy Guys

We kept these little baggy guys in our cars and handed them out whenever we came across someone in need. We all enjoyed it so much. Every bag I handed out was met with a “Thank you” and “God bless!”. I must admit something so you all don’t think that I am mother Teresa over here… I am one of THOSE people… you know, the one who pretends to not see the dirty man standing on the middle of the street holding a sign that screams “please help me”. Yup. That’s me. I don’t make eye contact. I turn on the radio… a little louder. Oh! Look over there! Wow! What’s that? Oh darn, light is green. Sorry dude. Sad. I know, but I was raised to think they were drunks who were on drugs and just wanted your money to buy more and that they were crazy/scary/dangerous.

*Funny side note: I once saw a homeless guys with a sign that read: “I’m not going to lie. It’s for beer” Bahahaha, at least he was honest! And another time I watched a guy leave his post in the middle of the street, walk to the parking lot, and get into his shiny Escalade. Hmmmm.*

Ok sorry, back to what I was saying. I never gave these guys/gals anything before. I always would judge them and just keep driving by. After we made these bags and were supposed to hand them out, I really started thinking about this. Just because some people are wanting some cash for drugs/alcohol doesn’t mean that’s what they are all after. And besides, these bags had no money in them at all. So the first time I saw someone and had the bags in my back seat, what do you think I did? I drove right past that guy! Ha! Such a chicken! Well I eventually came back after I was struck with life depressing guilt and handed him the bag. YAY ME! Well since then, I ran out of bags and made my own to pass out. My Bible Study got together again recently to make more bags. Here are some pics of us and all our loot!

Toothpaste and brushes to keep those pearly whites white!

Filling our baggy guys full of love!

For Christmas we each bought a new pair(s) of shoes and socks for the homeless TEENS in our community. (Doesn’t that just break your heart to hear there are homeless teens?)

What have you done for your community?


New Nephew

16 Oct

So yesterday I got to spend a lot of time with my family. I went to my sister’s ultrasound where we saw that she was indeed having a little boy! Yay! Then we (me, sister, nephew and another sister) went shopping and out to lunch, all to be followed by having a family dinner to celebrate my brother-in-law’s birthday! I am cherishing these times where I get to spend all day with them because I don’t know where we will be next year. Happy weekend!

Welcome Fall

4 Oct

This past weekend we went up to Spokane, Washington. No, not for an interview {yet}, for a wedding. J’s (and mine now, too) childhood friend got married on her parent’s property up there. I’ve never been to WA and was very excited to go. We found out that our friends were on our flight too! Way exciting! We arrived in Spokane in the dark =( on Friday but Saturday was beautiful! Clear skies. Trees with leaves changing colors. Crisp air. Blue water. It was a perfect day. Especially since our first few days of “fall” back home were anything but this. HOT! HOT! HOT! Sunday was cold and rainy… which was fabulous! I love changing weather! We slipped over to Coeur D’Alene for the morning and walked around. Loved it! Anyway here are some pics of our little trip ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy!


11 Sep

On this day of sadness and remembrance I have something to celebrate. My youngest brother is 18 today! I can’t believe he is an adult and not the tiny little “chubby cheeks” anymore! Happy Birthday Bro! Love you!

New Baby

8 Sep

Just a quick little post on my life today…

This morning at 3:43 am I received a text that my best friend Amy was being admitted to the hospital for labor. Her baby was due on Labor Day ๐Ÿ™‚

Here we are at 4 am and after epidural…

Here she is with her brand new bundle of joy, shedding a few happy tears ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย ย at 9:12 am…

This baby is simply adorable! She is so loved!

The happy family of 3 ๐Ÿ™‚

…and then my turn to hold the baby! ๐Ÿ™‚ YAY!

So blessed to have been a part of this! Great job Amy! She’s adorable!

Ant Invasion!

25 Aug

There’s nothing like going on a vacation for a much needed break. With all the stress and long hours that medical school and our lives require and demand of us, it’s so nice to just simply get away. But even if you can get away, you must still come back. Sometimes its refreshing to be home and in your own comfy bed, expect when the moment you come in the door you find out that your house has been invaded by ants! Millions and millions! All the cousins and aunts and uncles! And they keep coming! No matter what we do, they still come back. They are in the kitchen, the bathrooms, the office, the laundry room… everywhere! I found them attacking my shampoo! What the heck? Its been such a pain. We have had so many people tell us tricks to do and we have done them, but still they come back. And its so disgusting. I clean the house, searching every corner and crevice for them. I clean them up and feel like I have really gained control back and BAM! There they are again! There are moments in life when self control goes out the window and one must simply scream in order to remain sane. This is that moment! AHHHHHHHHHHH! J thinks my lack-of-control is hilarious and laughs every time I get frustrated. He says “honey, its just a little ant.” He then nicely sprays the little ant and sends him off to his little ant grave. This is the moment I usually pick to throw a tantrum and tell him how much I hate ants. I hate them so much I even dreamt of them last night. I am not making this up! I was taking a walk with a friend and we were waiting at a light to cross the street and noticed a huge army of ants nearby. GAME ON. I followed the trail like a detective and found the hole where they lived. HA-ZA! I then pulled out my trusty can of RAID and emptied the entire can in their little hole! (Because in dreams you can have whatever you want at any moment you want!) Then nearby I found a huge piece of cement and threw it with super-human strength as hard as I could onto the opening. TAKE THAT! The hole then sealed over and all the ants were dead! VICTORY! I woke up thinking 2 things: first that I was so awesome for being so cool that I could wipe out the ants, and second, that I really am crazed because I just dreamt of ants! HA! I then got out of bed and walked into the bathroom where one little anty guy was roaming around the sink counter. So since these ants insist on living with me, I will continue to keep RAID in every room of my house until they finally get the message that they are not welcome! I surely hope someone else out there loathes the ant as much as I do. We will be instant friends.