Monday, November 10, 2008

Operation Christmas Child

Being the hands and feet of Jesus...
This is such a neat and awesome project to take part in. Anyone can do it, whether by yourself or with a group (church, school etc). Two guys in the residency program here headed up an Operation Christmas Child Shoe-Box Party for tomorrow night where we all pack and wrap our shoe boxes together to be shipped off. Just to think of all the children all over the world who don't have a Christmas, who don't even know the true meaning of Christmas. This makes such a difference in so many little lives while at the same time sharing the Good News of God's love. They are so content with a small box full of little toys. Here, in the States, we always want more. Reminds me of how much we take for granted.
The simple act of giving reaching so many...really so much more than just a shoe box. Just check out the video below.

Sorry, I know this is HUGE but have no clue how to make it smaller... anyone know??

Farm Fun

Russ and I wanted to get away for the weekend before the craziness of the holidays and work (and working the holidays):( all started. So, what better place than the farm in Carrollton!! We were able to spend time with some family, enjoy the beauty surrounding us and most importantly...relax! We also cooked out and roasted marsh mellows(forgot the graham crackers for smores) at the cabin. We had a great time! Just a few pictures...


cabin


lost little goat


my huntin' hubby

Friday, November 7, 2008

Letting go...Part II

Found this verse today in a stack of note cards Russ would give to me with different verses. Just some encouragement for myself and maybe for whoever else reads this...

"Anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go,...you'll have it forever, real and eternal".
John 12:25

Thursday, November 6, 2008

bittersweet...

...cookies.
My friend Sally and I decided to make cookies for the Georgia/Florida game to bring to our husbands since they were both on call all day! Fortunately, we made them before the game started...otherwise I would've wanted nothing to do with them. Not that the game changed my status at all as a Georgia fan; I was just very disappointed! We even had an extra batch we were going to take at half time to the huge Florida fans down the street. Good thing we waited on that one! I didn't even watch the second half.
Oh well..the cookies were fun to make! Maybe next year Florida fans!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Pumpkin Fun!!

Last weekend, Russ and I went to Loganville to visit my family and go to a wedding in Atlanta. We had a great visit and definitely made time to watch the UGA/LSU game (most of which was recorded because we were at the wedding...although all the guys were pulling out their blackberries/palms to check the score during the ceremony...ohh boys)!!
Anyways, we even did something pretty creative...made a pumpkin plant (it was all my mom's idea so I can't take any credit)! Just a fun, easy little project!



This week: getting ready for the GA/FL game. We're not going (Russ is on-call) but we will be cheering VERY hard for the dawgs!! April- hope you and Destin have fun...so jealous you are going!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Letting go...

Slowly...

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:8-9


Russ gave me this verse not too long ago to read and think on. I just read it again the other day and realized how true this is and the fact that I try to control so much in my life/future. I think this has been on my mind so much lately because as Russ is getting closer to 3rd year and finishing up in Greenwood...we have many decisions/choices to make. As I have blogged before, Russ and I know we have a desire for medical missions. At first, we just thought we would do short-term mission trips, but after Bangladesh, we realized God could be calling us to something more. So, Russ and I had another talk last week and he pretty much feels that going overseas for a year or two (or longer...who knows) is what we need to do. We don't know when or where but we know God will lead us and we're praying that He will begin to bring us clarity in all this.
Well, I was talking to my friend about this (who we hope to maybe go overseas with) and sharing with her my worries/thoughts/fears. We discussed a lot of things and I realized that its okay if I'm not completely ready to go now...I don't have to be. The Lord is using this time to prepare me and show me things, and Russ too. I know we're not ready to go yet. There is a reason why we are in Greenwood now and a reason why Russ is in residency. We're not expecting to be done with residency and then just go. We know there is still a lot of work that has to be done in us. There is a lot I still need to let go of. So much you think this world has to offer...none of it eternal. Its still a scary thought for me...going overseas. Leaving family, friends...my comfort zone! Is it about me though...
Will we for sure go??..only God knows. As long as we have a willing heart..God will use us. But for now, my hope and prayer for my husband and I is that we will continue to let go of the ways of this world and hold on to what God has in store for us!

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

I'm sure more blogs about this issue to come....

Sunday, September 28, 2008

I did it!!!

I made it to the finish line!! On Saturday, Russ and I went with our good friends to Greenville to run the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5k. My friend asked me to do this with her awhile ago but I just started training 2 weeks before the race. Now, to many, this is not a big deal...running 3.1 miles is like nothing, just like a day off. However, this was a BIG deal for me. If you know me, you know I like to work out and I'll do the treadmill/elliptical any day! But, running around outside for what seems like forever just does not excite me...just isn't my thing.
But...I had a goal. I would train for the 5k and run it in 34 minutes (which would be good for me). So, we get to the race and the start line and I then decided I needed to run it in 30 minutes. Not gonna happen. By the second mile, I was struggling. Fortunately, Russ was nice enough to run with me and kept pushing me to run faster. He should be glad I didn't have any extra energy to yell at him! I made it though, in 33 minutes without stopping or walking! I accomplished my goal (the original one) and will set my next one for 30 minutes! I'm glad I did this though..it was worth it. It felt good to be among survivors and people who have been affected by breast cancer in some way. Any race will make you feel good...but this one makes you feel really good!

pre-race

me and Tia after the race


post-race

Thursday, September 25, 2008

UGA vs. ASU

GO DAWGS!!! Russ and some of his friends had this random idea to go to Arizona for the Georgia/Arizona State game this past weekend. Really, it wasn't that random since our good friends live out there...just another reason to visit them! So, we all got together and flew out there for the weekend! Needless to say, come game time, it was HOT! But, as soon as the sun went down, the weather was perfect and the dawgs took over! I'm so glad they won considering we went all the way out there (and those ASU fans were rough...watch out)!!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Back to the blogging world...

So, I'm just now blogging about our summer even though the fall season is just a few days away (which I'm so excited about)!! Russ and I had a very busy summer so that's probably why I haven't had any new posts. I know my last (and only) post was back in June when we were getting ready for our mission trip. Well, I wanted to put up some pictures of the trip to Mexico but felt I should write something about it too. So, kind-of in a nutshell, our trip to Mexico continued to reveal to Russ and I why we do medical missions. This is what God has called us to...I believe this is the one real reason both of us are in the medical field. These are the skills God has given us and we have opportunities to help people all over the world; mainly people who have no access to health care at all. Sometimes I wonder why we should just stay here and do health care when there are millions of people suffering all over the world who don't have what we have here. This is something we continue to think/pray/talk about....we know we have the desire to do mission work, but for now, we will continue doing short term missions until another door opens for us!






Another trip we made last month was to the Acadia National Park in Maine with my sister and her boyfriend. We had a blast and the park is so beautiful! I will post some pics from there too!


Friday, June 13, 2008

Getting ready for MEXICO...who would have thought?!

So.....Mexico it is!! Back in December, we visited our old church in Augusta and were asked to go to Kenya with MCO (Medical Campus Outreach). I wasn't sure, but Russ was very excited from the start. Eventually, the Lord changed my heart and I was excited about this opportunity. Not long after, we were informed that because of the government issues in Kenya, the trip had been changed to a different location, Guatemala. We were a little disappointed but still willing to go. But, obviously, the Lord still had other plans for this group when problems arose with Guatemala as we are now heading to Mexico as our final destination!!
Even though Russ and I have been on several medical mission trips, we still never seem to be quite prepared and always seem to forget something. However, this time, we might just have everything (we think) we need. We fly out tomorrow evening to Mexico City and will be staying in Guanajuato for two weeks. We are going with the same group from Augusta that we always go with so we are excited to be with our friends again and meet new people. There are about 80 students, doctors and nurses going.
Since Russ is basically off this month (he is on a very light rotation to end his intern year), we have been spending the past week in Carrollton on the farm where Russ grew up and his parents still live. It has been nice and relaxing...today we had some much needed rain!! We have been walking through the pastures, going to the lake, fishing, eating some good home-cooked (organic) meals from mama Ayers and visiting with family and friends! Even mama Kehir came to visit before we leave...I'm so glad she could make it!


This is Russ and I fishing at the lake on the farm...and yes, this is me in my full fishing gear...just the redneck in me!:)