Monday, December 23, 2013

Happy Winter

"In the midst of winter, I found that there was within me, an invincible summer." 
-Albert Camus





Embracing every warm moment.

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

A Snowy Saturday

I always get this excited/nervous feeling when I hear snow is coming. Growing up in Texas, those mornings that you wake up, peek outside your window, and discover a winter wonderland, were far and few between, but here in Dayton, Ohio, we have already seen that there is no shortage of snow and I'm excited for the many winter wonderlands to come!


This snowy Saturday was off to a great start when we traveled to a nearby Christmas Tree Farm and cut down our own tree, something I had never done before. I was super giddy about this experience and couldn't help but to frolic, skip & weave in and out of all the trees as we were trying to pick which one we would chop down and take home. 




The day continued to get better when our Baylor Bears played their last game ever in Floyd Casey Stadium, sported the coolest 1950s throwback uniforms, stomped UT, and won the Big 12 Championship!!! BCS bowl here we come!!!

The day ended on a high note with A's ENT Christmas party. Andrew feels extremely blessed to be a part of of this incredible group of surgeons and he is truly learning from and working with the best. In addition to being a talented and smart group of docs, this group knows how to have some serious fun!  

ENT Residents
Residents & Attending Physicians 

Ready for another snowy Saturday! 

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Brokenness Aside

The worship team at our new church home in Dayton, has been leading with several songs from the group All Sons & Daughters recently. I'm loving this group and their music. Their lyrics are so relevant & relatable. They sing a lot about brokenness, freedom in Christ, grace, and hope.  Here's one of my favorites, "Brokenness Aside".



Chorus: "I am a sinner, if it's not one thing, it's another.
Caught up in words, tangled in lies.
But you are a Savior and you take brokenness aside, 
and make it beautiful."

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Monday, November 25, 2013

True

“My feelings are not God. God is God. My feelings do not define truth. God’s word defines truth. My feelings are echoes and responses to what my mind perceives. And sometimes - many times - my feelings are out of sync with the truth. When that happens - and it happens every day in some measure - I try not to bend the truth to justify my imperfect feelings, but rather, I plead with God: Purify my perceptions of your truth and transform my feelings so that they are in sync with the truth.”

-John Piper, Finally Alive



Reminded today of His truth...

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

God Bless Texas

A few months ago Andrew let me know that we weren't going to be able to visit our families over Thanksgiving or Christmas this year (the life of a first year resident who gets to work on Holidays)...but being the sweet & smart hubby he is, he quickly followed up that statement with "so you should pick a weekend sometime in November or December and fly to Texas to see your family, otherwise, you'll be a complete disaster." And he knows me so well! :) So last weekend I jumped on a plane to Cowtown and spent much needed time with family and friends.

A day with the Lees...
How lucky am I to be Aunt Gigi to these two? 
Never a dull moment. 
My sweet sister-in-law who has always been a sister, a best friend and a role model to me.
My bro gets the best dad of the year award. 
Doing a little house hunting with Jen...she needed to make sure the bath was cozy enough.
That's right we have matching overalls! 
Swag. He let his Gigi put together an outfit for him at the Gap.
8th grader playing on a team with seniors. I'd say she's a baller. 

More family time...
Silly Sawyer 

Lunch with Mom & Mar 

Reunited with childhood friends...
Got to see one of my oldest and dearest friends, Lincoln, marry
the girl of his dreams. 
Old friends reunited. 

God bless Texas and everyone there who is dear to me. 

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Change

"Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile."
-William Cullen Bryant

Over the past 4 ½ years I have grown to love the midwest for many reasons but one of my favorite things about living in the midwest is Fall. I could write a book about my love for Texas but the one thing that wouldn't be in that book is the dramatic transition from Summer to Fall that you experience here in the midwest. This is our first Fall in Dayton and I have been anxiously anticipating the change of colors in the leaves and I must say that my expectations have been greatly exceeded. The vibrant colors of the leaves up and down the streets of our little neighborhood are truly breathtaking & miraculous. 

                                                                                                                      
With the change of the season, comes alot of reflection and re-evaluation for me. It's crazy to think how much change we have experienced in just the past 6 months...the change from med school to residency, moving to a new city, new home, new friends, new church, new job etc...all of this change has not come without challenges but as I have learned before, change & transition can be a good thing if you allow it to be. With all of this earthly change in our lives I have also been thinking about how much I desire spiritual change and growth in my own heart. I'm already thinking back to the New Years Resolutions I made in January. Did I live up to these resolutions?...Does my life look different now than it did last year? Has there been change and growth in my own heart and life since I wrote that post almost a year ago? In some ways yes but in so many ways no...I'm reminded of Paul's conflict in his own heart in Romans 7 and how much I can relate to the battle he experiences as a Christian desiring to follow and serve God with everything he is but so often failing to accomplish that. 
 15 I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
Thankfully, I serve a God who is "slow to anger and abounding in love"... I have family and friends who consistently love, support and encourage me...and it's never too late in the year to re-evaluate your new years resolutions and re-comit your heart to Him...if fact, why not re-comit our hearts to Him every day...our lives would look so differently if we did. 

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Britters in Dayton

It's November, the month of thankfulness and I am so thankful to have spent last weekend with one of my dearest friends Britters. I'm really thankful she actually made it to Dayton from Chicago considering she encountered many obstacles along the way such as flat tires, tow trucks, motor homes on the highway, police men with guns, no coffee filters at the tow truck place, detours etc...but don't let the blonde hair and sweet smile fool you, this girl can hold her own, and if I were ever to be stranded on the highway somewhere in Indiana, I would want to be stranded with Britters because she's guaranteed to have a homemade mixed berry pie on hand :) 

Here are a few pics from our lovely weekend together.


Photo Opp at Press 
Sloan Boutique in Cincy 
Hula hooping at Rhinegesit 
Exploring the Oregon District

Come back soon Britters!!

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Brightened Spirit

Two weeks ago, just when my soul was in deep need of friends, Rebes & Ash road tripped from Chicago to my front porch and saved the day! These spunky, free spirited, lovers of life came zooming into Dayton, Ohio and instantly brightened my spirit with their squeals, hugs, laughter and these beautiful purple Celosias in a shiny gold Anthro pot.



"I was once told that the mark of deep friendship is someone you simply want to grocery shop with."
-Rebecca Win Goldstein from Midwest at Heart

Not sure how it's possible to have so much fun searching for the perfect bacon at the grocery store, or running around the city in the pouring rain, but with Rebes and Ash all things fun are possible :)
 The weather may have been overcast but there was not one gloomy moment of this weekend! 

The rain did not stop us from walking in it...

or go exploring the city in it...



...and it certainly encouraged us to snuggle, sleep in, drink lots of coffee, talk for hours in the breakfast nook, watch all of our favorite "So You Think You Can Dance" performances, and talk for more hours.


I am so blessed by the friendship of these two delightful women of God and if you're a godly guy, and you're single, you are 100% crazy if you have not taken one of these amazing, gorgeous girls out on a date ;) 

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Strong

I often feel like I have to "get it together" and feel strong and godly before I can worship the Lord and commune with Him. Sometimes I think...well I have't been very godly this week, and I'm feeling kind of weak...so how can I worship Him right now...But on my way to work this morning I listened to this amazing song by Kari Jobe and I was encouraged and reminded by the truth that He takes us right where we are. I don't have to have it all figured out and feel all of this godly strength before I can offer my requests and worship to the Lord.  In 2 Corinthians 12:9 Paul said "So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me." It's in those moments of weakness, when I come to the Lord, that I become strong. 

"I'll find you in the place I'm in, I'll find you when I'm at my end, I'll find you when there's nothing left of me to offer you except for brokenness. 
You lift me up, you'll never leave me thirsty,
When I am weak, when I am lost and searching,
I'll find you on my knees."

-Kari Jobe 


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Friday, September 20, 2013

Home Sweet Home

Three months ago, it was sad moving out...

But exciting to move in... 
Dr. A likes it here and Samson is smiling about it too...
And I can an truly say that our little house in Dayton, Ohio has really begun to feel like home. Here are a few pics of our home sweet home...













"...as for me and my house we will serve the Lord."
Joshua 24:15

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