Thursday, June 30, 2005

No Time

I hadn't thought that my getting a full-time job would hinder me from keeping up with this blog. My sister has three children under the age of three, and she still manages to find time to post just about every day. Me? I'm lucky if I get on once a week now.

Work is good. I'm working on my own projects now. Its neat to actually be responsible for something being produced. I'm learning a lot, too. I went to school to learn how to operate a computer program (well, a genre of computer proograms), and now I'm learning how to actually create things using those same programs.

Life outside of work is good, too. Last weekend, we went to mid-Ohio for a barbeque at Bill's cousin's house. I met a bunch of his cousins on his dad's side. They're all just like us: fun-loving and a bit sarcastic. They all give each other a hard time, which is exactly how we are. I got along famously with them, and I hope I get to visit with them again. We have a standing invite to visit one of his cousins in Florida (can you say winter vacation?).

This weekend, my aunt and uncle are coming up from West Virginia. We'll be hanging out "at the lake" (my parents' lake house in SE Michigan) with them and the rest of my family. Dad says that beer drinking adds a new dimension to pontoon boating (or the other way around): "let's go over there and drink beer." So we'll have to see. Bill and I are champion beer drinkers, so this could be fun: how much of the lake can we see before we pass out :)

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Start Your Engines...

We're off to the races this weekend! Nascar and Craftsman Truck series races are at Michigan International Speedway this saturday and sunday, and we managed to get tickets to both!!! We're going to camp across the street from the track, and our seats are in the Center Grandstand at the Start/Finish Line! I'll be sure to post a pic or two for those readers green with envy :)

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Seeing the World Through New Eyes

I had an epiphany on Sunday. Well, I think that's the right word. Anyway, on to the story.

I was talking with someone who was struggling with the evil in his life. I was telling him about God's love and forgiveness, and helping him to understand that he was worthy of both. After about 30 minutes of this, a strange feeling came over me. My hands began to shake, and I felt light-headed and breathless. There was such a sense of peace that consumed me. I realized that the Holy Spirit had taken over my body and was speaking to this person through me. I was so thrilled and thankful for the opportunity, I felt an uncontrollable urge to share it with my family. I drove the 15 miles to my parents' house to find that they were out of town. Luckily, my sister and her tribe were home, so I got to share my experience with her.

On Monday, I awoke early. My husband and I went to breakfast with his brother and cousin. Everything I saw was somehow more beautiful and awe-inspiring. Tree trunks were especially intriguing. God came into me and filled me, and gave me a new look on life. For those of you who know about the struggles I've had lately, you know that this new outlook came none too soon.