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Finding The One…

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Did you think I was talking about a man? Ha! No, well kinda…2 years ago my family and I left the church we were attending. There was a political uprising and our Pastor was fired. Sadly the whole thing was a mess and there was another pastor waiting in the wings…not how it’s suppose to be done but that’s life. Our pastor went about things and eventually started his own church. Anyway, my family and I decided to look at other churches. Our first choice stuck. I’ve been going to church my whole life and never, since childhood, have I felt so at home in a church. The people are are amazing. Everyone is so friendly. They actually make you feel as if you are a family.  We’ve been at this church for 2 years now and I can’t imagine ever going somewhere else. Yesterday, after 2 1/2 years we voted in our new pastor. The previous pastor left to start his own church, at least that is my understanding. Pastor Heath answered the  view of call and came to preach. He was awesome. Kind of nervous, which is understandable, but his message was awesome. It was about unrealistic expectations, which I found to be very fitting. As you can imagine there are people out there who will expect the new pastor to be just like the previous pastor or the interim pastor we have had. I kind of feel like he was saying “I am me, I am not them and don’t expect me to be.” Anyhoo, after the service we had a luncheon and Pastor gave his testimony. After a Q&A session he and his family were taken upstairs and we cast our votes. It was a silent vote. We marked yes or no on a slip of paper we were given and they were counted. It was almost a unanimous vote yes.

We are all so excited to have Pastor Mike as our shepherd. His first official Sunday will be April 24th and sadly I will be out of town at a book festival.

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My 2013 Year Review

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My year started out just like any other year. Same ole same ole. Work was going well, aside from the loss of my boss and friend. That broke my heart. Family was good. As we did the year before my niece and I started our plans for our trip to Comic-Con in San Diego. In March my volunteer work came to an end as I was kicked out of the group for reasons I am still unclear of. No big loss there really.

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In may my mom and I made a trip to Phoenix to see Chris Tomlin in concert at Grand Canyon University. Check one off my bucket list. It was a great couple of days with my mom shopping and seeing this concert. The energy in the stadium as we all praised God was amazing.

Finally July came and my niece and I were off on our road trip to San Diego.

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This trip is always so much fun. There is never a minute that there isn’t something happening somewhere in downtown San Diego. Once we arrived we hung out at the convention center for a while as we had some time before picking up our friend at the airport.

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I found this while going upstairs to pick up our badges 🙂

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Ballroom 20 line

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Inside ballroom 20

We saw the Vampire Diaries cast again

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We saw the Once Upon a Time cast

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We also got to see part of the Once Upon a Time in Wonderland pilot.

and there there were the headless horsemen from Sleepy Hollow

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The whole trip started with a midnight showing of “Psych The Musical”

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We also saw the True Blood panel…minus Alexander Skarsgard and Stephen Moyer.

I could spend hours going on about what we did and who we saw.

The Walking Dead cast showed up at the Hilton

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In at the end of August my heart fell apart and part of my world ended.  My dad passed away. I can’t tell you how it feels to be 2 states away when your parent is slipping away. That was the worst phone call I’ve ever gotten. I really had no idea what to do. I just sat here waiting for a call back that my dad made it. Sadly that wasn’t the second call I got. So I went to my moms house and cried on her shoulder.  In September I flew to Houston to say goodbye to my dad for the last time.

In the process I did get to see some family I hadn’t seen in a long time

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My favorite cousin and I

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My amazing uncle 🙂

And THEN…In October my mom and I again went to Phoenix. This time to see Stephen Curtis Chapman with Laura Story and Jason Gray.

So as you can see it’s been a good year mixed with a lot of sadness.

Weight Loss Update

I saw the Dr today. Like I do every 2 months because I’m on weight loss medication that is part of the 80’s Phen Phen thing, but it’s working so I don’t care.  It’s also NOT causing any of the medical issues it did back in the 80’s. Which is good. When I started seeing this Dr I was 265lbs. Yeah..I know.  We started talking about different option. He suggested gastric bypass. I have a cousin who went that way and has done well but I personally didn’t want to go that way. We also talked about the lap band. Since I’m not all that versed in what my insurance will pay for and don’t have a lot of extra money to pay out in hospital bills I asked it there was another way. He suggested the Phentermine/Topamax way.  So..Just to give you an idea of how well this has worked..This is me a year ago

 

Scary I know. Size 4x 26/28

In February my Dr started me on the meds and gave me small goals. 10lbs in 2 months.  Every 2 months I see him and every 2 months he ups the goal.  In July I went home on vacation to San Diego (Comic-Con baby!!) this is how I looked then.

 

Much better. Down to a 2x 20/22 and I FELT so much better! We walked all over the place.  The Comic-Con convention is a lot of walking. We literally walked all over downtown San Diego. I’m talking blocks and blocks. From the convention center to NerdHQ and back. From the ExtraTV stage to NerHQ and back. I can’t even tell you how many mile we put on our flip flops in those 5 days.  When I got home I joined the gym and started working out. Can you believe it?!?!  I started on the treadmill at a mile a day. I’m up to 3 miles.  So today I saw my Dr. The official weight loss total so far is 52lbs and this is how I look today.

 

Size 16/18 I asked my Dr. how much I should lose because my goal is to out of plus sizes all together. I figured 150 is a good weight for my hight. He agreed.  I weighed in at 193 this morning. So excited to be under 200!

Mask

When I saw the theme for this months blog event and then saw the prompt for today’s blog I have to say I though all of those things.  I know many times people put on masks to cover up feelings or things they are going through. Either because they don’t want to deal with them or because they don’t want others to see what they are going through. I know this is true in my own life. Probably in everyone’s lives at some point.

You have the mask of protection from being hurt again.  So you pretend everything is ok. Which leads to the covering and performance which leads to the mask of persona because you then become a whole different person.  It’s a dangerous cycle because you’re not really dealing with the problem at the core. Taking off the masks and allowing others to see what is going on is part of the healing. It’s tough I know. Been there.