Tuesday, January 27, 2009

25 Random Facts...

I did this on facebook and I thought I would put it on here too. Just something to pass the time...
25 random things about me!

1. I still remember the scariest dream I ever had as a child, even though I've never had it again.
2. My ultimate dream would be for my husband and I to own our own restaurant.
3. I want to adopt a baby boy from Kenya. (Maybe someday they'll have open adoption!)
4. I think of Hesston every single day.
5. Mike and I eat at Chipotle at least once a week.
6. Organizing brings serious satisfaction to my soul. Although sometimes I don't always seem organized.
7. My strongest desire currently is to be pregnant. But all of the realities of life are saying a big fat NO. (don't worry mom, we're waiting).
8. I love really windy days. It makes me smile to stand outside and feel the wind blow.
9. My husband still gives me butterflies.
10. I'm clumsy.
11. I kick myself a lot for not playing softball at Hesston.
12. I wish I would have majored in Nursing. (i wish i was smart enough to major in nursing).
13. I secretly loved waitressing at Amish Acres, and I would go back in a heartbeat.
14. I shed at least one tear almost everyday. Even if nothing is wrong.
15. I married into a wonderful family! I feel as if I've known them my whole life.
16. I'm so blessed with two of the most forgiving parents.
17. I love my extended family. My cousins are some of my best friends.
18. I have a little case of OCD.
19. I love grocery shopping.
20. I broke my rib my freshman year of high school during Powder puff football.
21. Large dogs tend to scare me. Always have.
22. I love love going out to eat. I think it's a social and cultural experience.
23. Everyone says "no regrets", but I've never quite been able to live my life that way. I'll always regret some things.
24. I've never had a single cavity.
25. I don't have a single artistic bone in my body - but I really wish that I did.

Thursday, January 22, 2009


Three's about Me...

Three jobs I have had in my life: a soda "jerk", Hesston College Tele-Counselor, IUPUI Geology Receptionist
Three movies I would watch over and over: Italian Job, Step Up, A Christmas Story
Three shows that I watch: Grey's Anatomy, Real World, American Idol
Three places I have been: Kenya, Kansas, Jamaica
Three of my favorite foods: potatoes, my mom's spaghetti, tacos
Three places I'd rather be right now: in bed, Siesta Key beach, Kenya
Three things I am looking forward to this year: my first year of marriage with my husband, Marshall Family vacation in July, anything unpredictable that turns into a highlight.
Three jobs I would love to have: well considering i'm currently unemployed- any job would be great. but i would love to be a Grief Counselor, Vacation Resort Critic, Interior Designer
Three people you would like to Tag to do this: Leah, Kevin Myers, and my Aunt Mary.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Though I don't agree with all of President Obama's policies and opinions, I will pray for him. I need to remember that God is in control of this country, not the President. I appreciate President Obama's policy of change, and his enthusiasm. I respect him as a father and husband. And I pray that I will respect him as a president in his first term. Prayer is the most powerful thing we can do for this new leader.

Monday, January 19, 2009

In Honor...

of Mr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I'm a keeper of quotes. I have a book filled with some of my favorite quotes. Here are two of my favorites from MLK, Jr.

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is 'What are you doing for others?'"
"Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend."

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Notes from a Newlywed...

Mike and I have been married for 1 month, 3 weeks. I asked Mike last night if he's enjoying married life, and he said "absolutely. Why wouldn't I? I spend everyday with my best friend." He's sweet. But it's true- I don't remember what it's like to NOT see him everyday. We've enjoyed learning more about each other everyday. As much as Merrillville hasn't exactly been my number one pick of a place to live - it's been a benefit being away from our friends and family so that when there is conflict, we are forced to work it out ourselves. But honestly, we haven't had very much conflict. It seems that when we were engaged most of our conflict came from the distance between us!

Just an update on our lives. I would love an update on yours!

Monday, January 12, 2009


Sad news for this Colts fan -- Tony Dungy is announcing his retirement. Dungy isn't just a coach. He is a quality man that led a team with respect and dignity. He wore his faith on his sleeve for the public to see. He has been through a lot in his family life- which turns public - but he always composed himself in a very dignified and composed way. Indianapolis will miss Tony!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

I spent all day Monday in Indianapolis at Riley Hospital with the Rohr's and their family and friends. It was a strange set of emotions that were being tossed around that day as we sat in the waiting area for hourly updates on Keri's surgery. There was certainly and obviously the thick, almost palleable, sense of concern and tension, ,mostly due to the unknown of what the doctor might find. There was also the ever-present sense of hope that kept everyone going throughout the day. Everyone hoped that the next update would be one of joy - that the tumor was not cancerous. Unfortunately, in the sixth hour of surgery, an update was brought that the tumor was cancer. Fear, shock, denial, and anger could all be felt. I was a mere outsider at this point. I hurt for the family. For Keri. I hurt for the nurse who had to deliver this news. I immediately began to pray for peace and understanding. But in that moment I felt God say - "it's ok to be angry." Sometimes I forget that God understands our mix of emotions.
A couple days have passed since that very long day for the Rohr's. Please continue to keep them in your prayers as further treatment is done and explored. Also keep Keri's emotional state in prayer as, being only 9, she's having a hard time understanding God's plan. Heck, at 23 I'm having a hard time understanding His plan. You can only imagine how she must be feeling.

Sunday, January 4, 2009


I've known Don and Tonya Rohr... well for a long time. Their oldest, Trey, grew up with my brother and when they were younger they were great friends. Tonya used to do my make-up for me in high school before dances or prom. I've always looked at them as "my parents friends" or "Trey's mom and dad", but over the last couple years they have become great friends of Mike and I. They are actively involved in the youth at NMC and they are constantly giving of themselves. Now, it's time for us to rise up for them. They are currently down at Riley Children's Hospital for their youngest daughter, Keri, who is nine years old. A walnut sized tumor was found on Keri's brain. She's scheduled for surgery at 11:30am Monday morning. Please keep them in your prayers. You can follow their journey here.