Monday, October 20, 2008


So, it seems that my blog has been tagged by my best-and-longest-friend, Caroline. I don't always oblige to such things, but I enjoyed reading her entry, so I decided to go for it. I even learned new things about her, even though we have been friends since 8th grade! (Care - who knew we non-dancers shared a secret desire to be a ballerina or that you are not good at matching clothes?!?) So, here are the rules:
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

And here goes:

1. I, like Caroline, harbor regrets that I was never a ballerina. Even though I do not dance in public, I often spin and leap around my house when no one else is around. People often point out that I have a tendency to stand on my toes, which I don't even notice. I do know that I tend to stand in 3rd position when I am just standing still, though I am pretty sure that comes from 3 years of colorguard in high school...

2. I have a very strong gag reflex. Though I don't often throw up (only Peru seems to have that effect on me), I gag every time I brush my teeth. It is also sometimes quite a challenge not to gag in front of my patients and families at work, but somehow I manage to do a good job of saving that for when I am out of sight.

3. My favorite season is fall. I am loving it right now! I love the blue skies, the crisp cool air after the stifling heat of summer, and the vibrant colors of the leaves changing. I am thankful that God is so creative in giving us so many different aspects of nature to enjoy!

4. I love all things mint. York peppermint patties are my favorite candy for about 10 months of the year - that is until the mint M&M's come out in November. (I haven't seen any yet, but I am looking!) I love peppermint mocha frappuccinos, peppermint mocha coffee creamer (also only exists at Christmas) and mint chocolate chip ice cream. Peppermint ice cream from Jake's in Decatur is even better!

5. I hate shaving my legs. I think that is one of the reasons that I hate wearing shorts. I tend to only shave when it is absolutely necessary, which means hardly ever during the winter...

6. The only car accident I have ever been in involved my car and a wild turkey. The details include a stretch of interstate in middle-of-nowhere, West Virginia, me driving alone from Pittsburgh to Florida, a shattered windshield, random sketchy men stopping to try to help, a seemingly endless (probably around 30 minute) ride with a tow truck man to a slightly less middle-of-nowhere town to get my windshield fixed, and me being very insistent that they would fix it that day, because I definitely was NOT going to stay in a hotel in backwoods, West Virginia by myself. At least that's how I remember it. I am sure that West Virginia is a lovely state with lots of non-sketchy men, but my memories tend to leave those people out. And, who knew that turkeys flew anyways?? Apparently they often fly across interstates in West Virginia, because no one there but me seemed to be surprised that one flew into my windshield...

7. I consider myself a very low maintenance girl, with a couple of exceptions. I do insist on straightening my hair every day, and I love to indulge in a pedicure every now and then. Other than that, I don't wear make-up (I don't really own any, mostly because I don't know what to do with it) and I am most comfortable wearing jeans and flip flops, though I think skirts are fun every now and then. I hate high heels. I also don't like coats. (Random, I know.)

Yay! I finished! That probably took way too long, but it is my day off and I am procrastinating my To Do list. (Two more things about me - I am definitely a procrastinator, and I am not good at lists...) I am going to break the rules because I am not sure that I have 7 blogging friends to tag that have not already done this. But, I will tag Melissa (my peppermint loving friend), Sarah (in an effort to get you blogging again, though I have no room to talk...), and Erin (my once-upon-a-time-in-a-land-far-away-we-used-to-be-friends friend. I miss you)

Saturday, August 9, 2008

I just listened to this sermon by Matt Chandler. It's a good one, and I thought that I would share...

(It's the 8/3 sermon, entitled Perplexed)

This one's good, too. Hard, but good.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

New Obsessions

Thanks to my friend Lacey, I am currently obsessed with the new Coldplay song, Viva la Vida. If I knew how to link audio, I would do that right here. But, since I don't, you should go to iTunes and check it out for yourself. It has such a good sound. The verdict's still out on what the song means. Feel free to let me know what you think.

I am also currently a little hooked on drinking Powerade. Random, I know. I guess that I am just in a sick-of-drinking-water stage. The strawberry lemonade and orange flavors are particularly yummy in my opinion.

Apparently, I am also quite stuck on the word ridiculous. It has a pervading presence in my vocabulary lately. I am trying to put this to a stop, but have been sadly unsuccessful thus far.

What are your latest addictions?

Failures, Successes, and Spiritual Gifts

I am not a very good blogger. I know this about myself. Although I enjoy catching up with other people through their blogs and anticipate new posts, I recognize that I am not a very faithful blogger myself. I'm sorry, friends. I will try to do better. A blogger that I follow recently posted a list of "Blogging Tips," one of which being that you should not start a blog unless you are committed to updating it, with his recommendation being at least every 3-5 days. Oops. I will try to get better, friends!

I am so excited! I have successfully managed to keep flowers alive for more than a week! If you know me, you know that I have an extensive history of planting flowers only to watch them die, seemingly in a matter of days. But, not this time! The flowers I planted a couple of weeks ago are not only still alive, but seem to be growing and making new buds! I know this may seem like a small victory that may be short-lived, but I am super excited about it nonetheless!! Here is my favorite one, which started with 3 blooms and now looks like this:
Exciting, huh?? Here's hoping it continues to grow! I actually have no idea what kind of flower this is, so if you happen to know the name, feel free to leave a comment to enlighten me. Here is a close-up of one of these flowers that came out blurry, but that I like for it's artsy feel:
I am also excited that my gerber daisy that I thought was done blooming also has new buds beginning to grow. The vinca that I planted are still alive, too.
Spiritual Gifts:
My community group has been studying through the spiritual gifts for the past month or so. Looking primarily at the passages in Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12, we have tried to identify and define the gifts in an effort to identify our own gifts. This has been such a good (though often challenging) process. I so enjoy studying Scripture in a group setting where I can hear the perspectives of those around me and see what kinds of insight the Lord has given them about His Word. It has been cool to watch my friends use their gifts even as we study what they are. It has also been interesting to realize that we are often hesitant to accept the gift that the Lord has placed in us. Several members of our group, including myself, have sort of balked at the idea that our spiritual gift may really be...(fill in the blank). I wonder why this is? As I have considered this question in myself, I think that it is partly my insecurities that hinder my ability to accept the truth that God has uniquely gifted me in certain ways. I should instead accept my gift in freedom, praising Him and thanking Him for the way that He uniquely created me. Pursuing this together in community has emphasized the way that the Lord has uniquely gifted each of us as individuals for the purpose of building up the body. Each of the 11 of us are gifted differently, but as a group we embody most, if not all of the gifts. I think this is part of the beauty of community, and of the body of Christ.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day!!

Happy Father's Day to the best Dad a girl could ask for! Thanks for all that you have done for me. I hope that your day is a great one!

Things I learned from my dad:
* How to make "Lahey cookies," which some argue are the best chocolate chip cookies around.
* How to drive a golf cart long before I was old enough to actually drive (and may I say that I was the daughter who did so without running into trees or people)
* How to be a good Braves fan - I loved watching games with Dad and still love our yearly trips to Turner field
* How to work hard - he always encouraged me with words and example how to work hard and always give it my best
* How to enjoy Christmastime - my dad loves the holidays, which are always filled with innumerable batches of cookies, many trips to the mall, and multiple viewings of It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street
* How to love Jesus - my parents always made sure that we were at church any time the doors were open while we were growing up, and I will always be grateful for that!

Thanks for all the things that you have taught me, Dad! I love you!

**Note: Dad tried to teach me numerous other useful skills, like how to bowl a strike, or how to swing a golf club, or how to make lists so that you don't forget things when you are packing, or how to keep a checkbook balanced. Unfortunately, a girl can't be good at everything...

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to the most amazing mom ever! I love you, Momma! Hope your day was great!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Bone Marrow Registry

Some info on a subject close to my heart:

In honor of Mother's Day, from May 5-May 19, the normal fees involved in joining the National Marrow Donor Registry are being waived. This means that you can register to be a potential bone marrow donor for FREE! Do it, friends! Bone marrow transplant is the only option for survival for many children that I know. I have watched and participated in saving lives of precious children through transplant. Unfortunately, not all people who need a transplant are able to find a match. That's where you come in! Register! Now's the perfect time! There is an easy online process that you can find here.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Feeling a bit bipolar...

After my bout of productivity and fun this afternoon (see previous post), I am already feeling blah this evening. Which leaves me thinking to myself, Why am I so moody sometimes?? I suppose it could be the abdominal cramps that have returned too quickly despite the slightly absurd number of Ibuprofen I have already taken today. Or perhaps the realization that I am working 8 out of the next 9 days. Regardless, I have an insatiable desire to curl up in a ball and wallow in the comfort of my couch and be alone to enjoy the quiet and stillness around me. Which is what I going to do right now...

Top Five...

Reasons that today was a good day:

1. I felt very productive as I crossed off half of the things on my to-do list. I don't make lists very often, but sometimes it is very satisfying!

2. I had my very first prospect come and look at my house! AND, the local mailer came with my house listing in it, which was fun to see. Here is the ad, and some pictures of my happy home:

3. Peppermint mocha frappuccino - no further explanation necessary :-)

4. I treated myself to some pink tulips, which are now happily displayed on my kitchen table. I love tulips! They make me happy every time I walk by.

5. I am having dinner tonight with a fun friend!

Overall, I think I am finally feeling rested and recovered from the events of last week. Just in time to head back to work tomorrow. Hope that things are going well for you!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008


As you can see, Pam and Jeremy weren't the only ones displaying their affections on Saturday! This is the precious ring bearer and flower girl at the reception.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Introducing the new Mrs. Robinson!

My little sister is married. It still seems a little crazy to think! I am so excited for her and Jeremy (affectionately referred to as J-Rob) and the life that they are starting together. The most exciting thing is to know their love for the Lord and their desire to serve Him together with their lives. I know that the Lord is going to do amazing things in each of them and that they will impact His Kingdom (even IF it has to be in North Dakota...)

Here are a few pictures from the weekend:

Now, I just need to sleep for a few days! Good thing I don't work until Thursday!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Moving On (at least the first steps...)

Hi friends!

I hope that you all had an amazing weekend celebrating Jesus on Easter! I enjoyed the 7:30 service on Sunday morning, then went to Erin's parents' house for a yummy Easter lunch, followed by the evening service in Midtown and dinner afterward with my friend Lacey and some new friends! It was a great day!

The big news, though, is that I finally decided to take a step forward and put my house on the market. So, I signed the paperwork and should have a "For Sale" sign in the yard soon. I have been thinking about this for a long time now, and finally decided to go ahead with it. Who knows what may or may not come of it or how long it may take, but we'll see! One of these days when I charge my camera batteries, I will take some pictures of my little house to share with you.

Hope that you all are enjoying your week!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter!

I hope that you all have a blessed Easter! Celebrate the risen Lord!

"On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus." Luke 24: 1-3

Sunday, March 9, 2008

A Week in Review

Whew! It's been a busy week or so. I have intended several times to post an update, but couldn't make it happen. So, I thought I would catch you up a little...

Last weekend, I made a trip home to celebrate my little sister's quickly upcoming wedding with a bridal shower. I still can't believe that she will be walking down the aisle in about a month now! We had a busy but very fun weekend, which included a last minute trip downtown with her in her gown to try to get a few pictures. She got a few strange looks and a couple of "Congratulations" along the way. Here are a few pictures from the weekend:

This is me and my youngest cousin Keri:

A couple of shots from the "photo shoot." Even though I doubt that Jeremy frequents this page, I didn't want to give him any views of the dress, so here are a couple of close-ups:

On Monday, I drove down to Melbourne to spend the afternoon with one of my best friends, Caroline. We have been friends since middle school, and it is always great to be able to spend time with her. She's the one that I know I can always call and know that I am known and will be understood, even if it has been a while since we have seen each other. Care is married and has a beautiful little boy, Christopher. I wish that I lived closer to them! While Chris played and napped, we spent the afternoon talking and catching up on life. It was great to get to see her!

Care and I in the driveway before I left (a self portrait and not the most flattering one):

Mr Christopher playing in the garage:

From Melbourne, I drove to Ocala to spend the night with my Grandpa Jones. I love to spend time with him. He cooked me dinner and showed me some pictures he had taken of the many birds that frequent his backyard. He has several bird feeders and loves to watch them from the kitchen window. We woke up early on Tuesday (he always does) and went to breakfast at a little diner where the waitresses know his name and pretty much what he is going to have. I love that! After we sat down, a couple of his friends came in and joined us at the table. It was good to spend time with my Grandpa!

This is Grandpa with his grandchildren (minus 1) a couple of years ago:

On my way home, I did get to stop by my other grandparents house and spend a few minutes with them, too, which was fun. I had just seen them at the shower, so I wasn't planning to stop by, but I accidentally took a detour that led me right to their house! I got back to Jacksonville on Tuesday in time to go see the play that my older sister Carla is in this month called Play On. This is her first experience in a community theater production, and she did a fabulous job! She plays a slightly ditsy girl named Violet who within the play herself is in a play where she is an early century British socialite. I think she manages to have romantic interests in every guy in the play at some point. I went to the last dress rehearsal since I would not be back in Jacksonville to see the "real thing." It was a little strange to be the only one in the audience, but the play is really funny and they did a great job!

Here is a picture of Carla from this past Christmas Eve:

On Wednesday, I headed back to Atlanta. I got home just in time to have dinner with my roommates, which was great! Then I went over to my friend Lacey's house and caught up on life with her for a while. I love Lacey! She makes me laugh and is a great friend, and it was great to spend time with her!

Here is Lacey and I at a friend's wedding in February:

On Thursday, it was back to work! I worked Thurs, Fri, and Sat during the day, and it was a bit crazy! Between taking care of a baby who wouldn't stop seizing and a teenager with every endocrine disorder in the book on top of admissions and discharges and kids without parents who push the nurse call button with every need (usually something like a spoon), it was a busy few days! I came home completely exhausted last night and fell asleep upstairs. I woke up there this morning and decided to post an update. I am now sitting on the couch eating Goldfish for lunch, since I haven't been to the grocery store in a while. Consider yourself updated on the recent events of my life! I would love to hear what is going on with you!

Friday, February 15, 2008


I am sick. Blah. Being sick makes me miss my mom. She is a great nurse! But, alas, instead of curling up in my bed, I have to go and take care of some cute little people who are sicker than me. And while this should (and probably will) provide me with a bit of perspective, I must confess that right now I would love to continue to wallow in the warmth of my favorite fuzzy blanket...

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


I am having a really great week. I am so thankful for:

*Several days off in a row.
*My community group and the fact that Monday nights are always full of good food, amazing friends, and lots of laughter.
*My Lord who is so faithful to remind me of His presence in my life and the Truth that He has called me to.
*An amazing Godly woman who makes room in her schedule to spend time with me on a regular basis and who speaks truth into my life and intercedes on my behalf.
*BEAUTIFUL weather!
*Mint chocolate trifle and coffee.
*Fabulous roommates who love the Lord and with whom I can struggle to know and love the Lord better.
*A Valentine's Day card from a precious family that I love.
*Time to relax and read a good book.
*Getting to know new people.

I hope that you all are enjoying this week as well!

Saturday, January 26, 2008


Tonight I have a heavy heart.

Tonight I am broken for those that are suffering around me.

Tonight I am looking forward with expectation to the day when God will restore all things to the way that He intended from the beginning.

I wish that I could put into words the emotions that I am feeling tonight. Three times I have begun to type and then erased the words because I can't seem to express the thoughts that are running around in my mind. This week has been a very hard week. I have seen so much suffering that I am overwhelmed and can't help but let tears flow as an expression of that. I wonder if the Father is grieving, too? I wonder if God grieves alongside His children that are hurting, knowing that this broken world is so far from the way that He intended it at Creation.

Please pray for my friends. Pray for a family that has been battling cancer for 4 years. They are tired and weary. Please pray for the families of the three girls that died this week. Pray that they would know the peace and rest that can only come from the Lord.

This song that I love just came to mind:

All who are thirsty
And all who are weak
Come to the fountain
Dip your heart in the stream of life

Let the pain and the sorrow
Be washed away
In the waves of His mercy
As deep cries out to deep, we sing

Come, Lord Jesus, come
Come, Lord Jesus, come

Lord, I anxiously await Your coming. I long for restoration. I am thankful for a God who is Holy, yet hears the cries of His people. I am thankful that You are faithful even when we struggle to be. I am thankful that You are good and that we can hope in You.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


I am not good at New Year's Resolutions. I stopped making them a long time ago. This year, though, I decided to take one month at a time and try to work on some things in my life as I feel the Lord leading. For January, my goal was to work on four things:

1. Delight in the Lord through the book of Genesis.

2. Take care of my body by making healthier lifestyle choices.

3. Be a good steward of financial responsibility by establishing a new budget (and actually trying to live by it.)

4. Consider simplicity and how to better apply it to my lifestyle.

I am happy to report that I am really trying to follow through with these things. I am almost through with the book of Genesis and have really enjoyed being reminded of the stories of God's love and faithfulness to His people. I decided that my body needed a bit of a de-tox after the holidays, so I have avoided all forms of dessert this month and have been starting to make some use of the treadmill upstairs that has been sitting idle for some time. I have, however, noticed that I am drinking way more coffee and tea in my effort to avoid sweet things. Perhaps that is something to tackle in February... I revised my budget to make it applicable to my life, and have been trying to pay attention to what I am spending money on. I still have a little ways to go on this one, but I am kind of excited about finding better ways to save money and get rid of debt. I have been reading a book by Dave Ramsey, who is very hard-core about getting rid of debt fast. I think maybe some of his ideas will be helpful. Number 4 is probably the one that still needs a bit of work. I would really like to simplify my life and live in a way that honors the things that the Lord has taught me through His word and also honors and serves the poor around me.

Feel free to give me your feedback or comments to help me stay accountable to these things!

Monday, January 21, 2008

An introduction - continued...

Some more facts about me:

My favorite flower is a tulip.

I don't like corn (or cornbread, or corn nuggets, or corn casserole). I don't like tomatoes either.

My favorite season is fall.

I would love to visit all of the continents. Well, all except Antarctica that is. I am not all that interested in ice.

My favorite shoes are flip-flops. I don't really wear any other kind.

I really like a good chai latte. Or coffee with peppermint mocha creamer. But, as previously mentioned, they only sell that at Christmas. So sad for me.

I am the middle child. I don't think that I have any associated syndromes.

Here are some pictures of some people and things that I love:

My parents - My dad would like you all to know that he taught me all that I know about baking chocolate chip cookies. While this is true, I still argue that mine are better :-)

My mom and I in an elevator on a cruise ship. I think she is the source of my nose genes.

My sisters and I on the beach on Christmas Eve.

Pam and my soon-to-be brother-in-law Jeremy (aka J-Rob)

My Bella all sprawled out like a frog (except for the paws crossed part)

My roommates Erin and Avivah in front of our Christmas tree (which was beautiful even though you can't actually see it in this photo).

Some roommate fun in Decatur

Amanda, Emily, and Kristy - some fabulous Furman friends that I love

A pink tulip - my favorite!

Just one of many reasons that I love Peru

The only kind of shoe that I wear. Given the 20 degree weather today, I am trying to branch out. I still think that my foot would rather be a little cold than shoved into a real shoe...

Some fun friends - including about half of my community group, which I love!