Friday, February 27, 2009

Weekend, YAY!

Well, it's Friday, and I'm SOO happy about that! This week has been wonderful at times, but also has been filled with some crazy emotions. For obvious reasons, I can't really write every detail of my ups and downs, but a long story short...I've been hurt, disapointed, and lost trust in several people I've been close to throughtout my life. If you think this is you....I'm sorry, I just can't handle it anymore. I've let go of a lot of things.....a lot of people. I've realized that the Lord has plans different from my own, and all I want to do is follow after him! I'm SO SO SO very thankful for those that encourage me each day and keep me going! That would me Michael, my mom, and 3 lovely girls who have become my dearest know who you are! :)
It seems that just when I sit down and read my Bible in the mornings, and step out my bedroom door, Satan starts right then throwing darts at me, trying to make me fall in any way he can. My prayer everyday is that the Lord will help live in me and live through me as I go to work and everywhere else.
Ok, so on to something else....
Wedding plans are driving me crazy right now. I mean, I'm so ready for June 6th to get here, I can taste it! I have all these things floating around in my head, and on a few to-do lists, and I can't really do anything until: A. Spring Break or B. I get some more money. So pretty much, I am learning patience! We get to meet with the potential DJ next weekend and I'm pretty excited about that. Engagement pictures are coming up, and we are getting our passports, rings sized, and ordering invitations all on the same day, so that should be fun....oh, AND I have a family reunion type thing at my house that day. I hope we can get it all done!
Also, I'm waiting on 7 out of 9 bridesmaids to pay me for the material so we can order that, and get their dresses made. I'm still looking for flowers and stuff for the front porch decorations, have no jewlery, no groomsmen gifts, haven't ordered wedding favors, haven't talked with Diane Wilson, which is doing my cake and flowers, haven't ordered my veil, don't know what shoes my bridesmaids are wearing, haven't ordered organza for the reception, haven't competely decided on centerpieces, don't have plane tickets, haven't paid off the honeymoon, and STILL don't know when my bridal tea is......
(BIG SIGH....)
But that's ok, I know it will all get done. If you know me at all, you know I'm an organized person, and I have it all under control.....well sorta! I think that's about all the wedding talk I can scrape up for now. The bottom line of the story is that I love Michael so much, I love being with him, and we're both so ready to marry each other!
I guess I could wrap this up by saying that I'm excited about the weekend.....doing absolutely nothing tonight or tomorrow, and seeing Michael's mom and aunt on Sunday, and going to lunch with them. :) How exciting!

Sunday, February 22, 2009


So for those who don't know, my cousin died on January 11th serving our country in Iraq. This obviously came as a huge shock for my entire family, and has been difficult especially for my aunt and cousins. I wasn't as close to him as I would have liked to have been, but that's don't realize what you want or what you have until it's gone. So, I'm not writing this to talk about his death or whatever, but to talk about how perspectives change when something so drastic happens in your life.
You see, before his death, I never looked at this war, or our freedom as anything special. I never thought about the price of our freedom, or any of that. NOW, however.....I see what freedom is all about. It's about men, women, boys, and girls fighting for us. Just as Jesus Christ came on this earth to live a perfect life, and make that sacrifice to pay the penalty for our sins so we could have eternal life with are the soldiers fighting everyday to maintain our freedom in America.
I look at the American Flag differently, can't hardly sing the national anthem without crying, and can't stand to hear about someone being deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. I say all of this to remind you to think about how blessed we are. Don't let it take something so personal, so close to home to hit you to realize the wonderful life we are able to live here in America. When you see a veteran, thank him or her. When you look at the American Flag, realize the glory of it, and how beautiful the meaning of it is. when you sing the National Anthem...especially that part where it says "and the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air; gave proof through the night, that our flag was still there"....realize those rockets are still glaring and the bombs are still bursting. Pray for those directly and indirectly effected by that. Pray for those who have lost their sons and daughters....who had to go to the airport and see them come off the plane in a casket instead of seeing them step off that plane. You see, he was supposed to come home to visit the end of January, and we were making plans for that. Making plans for family get-togethers, and all that good stuff.
It's tough...and it was just my cousin. I hurt for my aunt, my other 3 cousins (his 3 sisters), my grandmother.....I hurt for them. Sorry this was so sad or whatever, but it's my thoughts. I think about it ALOT!!! Just had to get it off my chest.

Friday, February 20, 2009

life of a Social Work intern!

So, today was a wonderful but crazy day at "work"....which is really my internship, which is technically called my Social Work practicum, but I call it "work" :)
I got to complete a case summary for a family which we are having to report to the DA's office to have charges pressed against the parent bc she hasn't cooperated with our efforts to help her... AND her kids have missed too much school! (Yep, it's crazy!) But so I typed that up, and we meet with the DA Monday. Dorann (my supervisor, which you will probably hear me talk a lot about) and I went to one of the schools to then meet with a mom who's daughter has had head lice on and off since November! Mom is an avid lier and came across acting like she's done nothing wrong. Long story short, we think we have her and the school administration all on the same page there, and hope the child has no more occurrences with the head lice......ugh, this makes me itch!
THEN, we went to another school to talk with a single mother (who's ex husband just died) and discuessed with her the difficulties she is having with her 3 boys. The dad had custody, but since his death, she now has custody (well sorta....long story). So, we pretty much just recommended some counseling and therapeuatic care for the kids, and talked with mom. That was neat...she's really trying hard.
Glad it's friday....we were running around everywhere today! Next week will be another busy week, but I'm excited about it all! I'm having a blast.....loving life and ready to graduate!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

New to this

So, I don't really know why I'm starting this, or what made me want to do it...except that I just like reading other people's blogs sometimes, and thought it would be nice to start one of my own. I guess it's a pretty good time to start one too, considering I'm graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work on May 9th and getting married to the love of my life, man of my dreams, Michael Hicks on June 6th. There is also the fact that I don't always get to talk to people as much as I should, so maybe this can be a way for them to keep up with me on a semi-regular basis. :)
For those who don't know, I've been doing my internship this semester at the Shelby County Schools, and I'm loving every minute of it. If you ask me about it, you'd better have about an hour, because I'll talk your ears off!!!
As far as wedding plans are going, I get to pick up my dress on April 10th! We're taking engagement pictures on the 14th of march I think it is....and we just have a lot of small detail stuff to figure out. It's pretty exciting, but overwhelming at times. But I wouldn't trade it for the world!
I guess that's all for today, my first official blog! I'm so proud!
I'm off to Michael's (soon-to-be "our") house to start cooking a yummy supper!