Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A Month's Difference

It's amazing what about a month can do, both for babies and for big people like me and Mike. Last month we watched this little thing for a weekend while her mom & dad had a Valentines getaway. The weekend felt similiar to the sensation of jumping into a cold pool. It was totally new to us and not the most pleasant. I'm sure if she could talk, she'd have similiar sentiments about staying with two kid-less people who don't know how to interpret her cries.

But after a month or so, life is good. We're adaping and able to read her better. She's a little older and more easily distracted from whatever is ailing her to the dogs walking by. Despite Mike's facebook status, last night with the kiddo really wasn't so bad. (After her mom & dad stopped by to calm her down for us.) And after a few hours of kicking on the floor, chewing on keys, going to sleep right away and tons of smiles when she woke up - I think she just be breaking her Aunt B and Uncle Mikey into this whole thing. Or at least I won't feel like I've just been to war when she leaves. I think I actually might miss her a little.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Too Much

I now have a Twitter. I'm finding it harder to keep up with Facebook now, and very rarely post on my blog. I'm in a little bit of electronic overload at the moment.

This past week was wonderful. Staying with our traveling hobby of visiting state capitals, Mike and I ventured to Oklahoma City for a few days to take in the red dirt, good eats and relaxation. Thanks to priceline.com and a generous boss/Dad who shared a piece of the yearly insurance agency bonus with me, we were able to take a super-affordable and much needed getaway.

Something I've learned lately is the difference between sleep and rest. I get plenty of sleep each night. That's actually one of the biggest blessings that has come from working flexible hours. However, I don't get enough rest.

I was reminded this past week to stop. To not just sleep in, but to actually let my body rest. To shut down my brain, my computer and my task list and enjoy life. It's hard not to focus on to-dos when it feels like there are so many. But I'm finding it's a must when I'm trying to make sense of it all. If God can take a break in the midst of putting the whole world together, surely I can take a few days and power down too.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

She's Not a Mean Girl

Last Tuesday several girlfriends and I huddled around Leah's TV to watch one of our favorite sisters, Beth Moore, teach us about Jesus, Esther and mean girls.

My long-time friend Leah kicked off the discussion by saying that she thinks she is a mean girl ... or that she used to be. She then talked about her and I's friendship history. We've both done 180's from our college days - she's stopped a crazy lifestyle to follow Jesus, I put an end to my legalism and judgmental spirit to follow Jesus. We went from teammates on a 6th grade volleyball team, to friends, to enemies, to 'stop stealing my friend' acquaintances, to band-rats, to 'let's hang out some', to good friends again, to roommates, to good friends again and now to super close, 'I'll always have your back' sisters in Christ.

When I think of transformation and one of the biggest blessings in my life, I think about my bud Leah. We have both grown so much, and experienced the power of God alone bring us together. He used us to change each other. Leah told the girls that God used my constant presence in her life to change her heart. She kind of was a mean girl back in the day, but she's changed. God has used her to teach me about unconditional love and how to follow in obedience and love like Him.

As sisters in Christ, it's been awesome to continue walking and growing together. We're still different, but what bonds us together is our history and reminder of what God's done for us. I'm so proud of her as I've seen her grow so, so much. She's a wonderful leader, mom and friend.

She's had a very interesting, ABC Saturday night drama-type of life lately. And it just got even more interesting this week. But despite it all, she's stayed sane, calm and turned to God every step of the way. Sure some days are harder than others, but I am so proud of her and thankful for God's hand in it all. This life isn't easy. But that's not our guarantee. And despite the crazy, unexplainable craziness of it all, we're to find hope in a God who can relate, and people who can walk alongside of us through things that are hard. I'm going to be praying for my bud Leah all weekend, and I encourage you to join us on the journey too.... http://mamalochiano.blogspot.com/