I keep up with a lot of blogs thanks to my awesome Google Reader feed.
One of my very favorites is Stuff Christians Like. The writer of this blog, Jon Acuff, is hilarious! He nails every Christian cliche with amazing accuracy. Reading his blog not only makes me laugh, it's actually very humbling.
Today's post is one of those that makes you chuckle but has a good lesson behind it.
Alex's alarm went off around 5:15 in the morning. I rolled over and buried myself under the covers, trying to ignore his alarm and keep sleeping. Then I heard him gasp and say, "Look outside." I jumped up, peered out the window, and there it was. Snow! Everything was covered in it and more was coming down. We threw on our jackets, grabbed our camera, and ventured out into the cold. We were probably the only ones really excited to be playing in snow at 5:30 am. What can I say? We're from Miami.
Alex still had to go in to work today. Boo... So I went back to sleep and now I'm up again...watching the snow fall and the inauguration of our next president.
Be in prayer, my friends...that Obama can be a great leader for our country and that Alex drives safely in the snow.
I've actually really enjoyed it and it has been such a blessing to me in so many ways.
The only thing that I disliked was waking up at 6:30 am everyday! I know to some this may not seem like a big deal, but I am just not a morning person. I have to drag myself out of bed and force myself out the door. And by midday I'm dragging.
But every time I wake up early I always think about Alex. He wakes up as early as 4:30 on some days in order to be at work by 6am. He gets a lot less sleep than I do, but he never complains. He always wakes up and goes to work. I admire him. I really don't know how he does it, but I am thankful that he does.
I know...I know...I've been neglecting the blogging community.
To be honest, I haven't been very inspired to write anything. I'm halfway done with my J-term class and I am actually really enjoying it. It's challenging. Not just academically... My professor is a biblical counselor and everyday he challenges us to think biblically. I never realized how unbiblical my thinking was. I have been a Christian for about seven years now...and I honestly had no idea so many of my thoughts did not reflect biblical thinking. I'm trying to take it all in and I'm trying to change...but it's hard! I'm fighting 23 years of conditioning here!
During the holidays I was starting to feel really down. I was just sad and ready to move away and never come back to Wake Forest. However, on January 2nd I had a change of heart. I just gave all my troubles to God and I'm feeling a change in my attitude. I know this time in my life is crucial and I honestly couldn't be happier to be here.
Today was the first day of the J-Term. For the next two weeks I'll be consuming my mind with counseling theory.
At first I was a little anxious about this class. I mean, it's a LOT of information to learn in just two weeks. Do you KNOW how many different counseling theories there are? Do you KNOW how complex they are? However, after going to class today I felt encouraged. Yes, I will have to work hard...but it's not anything I can't handle. Plus, the topics we'll be discussing in class all interest me. So at least I don't have to be cramming information I don't care about into my brain.
I am extremely grateful that we were able to go home for Christmas. Although we did not get to see everyone we wanted to see, we did have an incredible time. There was not a moment of boredom throughout the whole trip.
We arrived in Miami on Christmas Eve. After running a few errands and getting cleaned up we headed to my sister's house for the festivities. The food was delicious as usual! [Her father-in-law is one amazing chef! And I think her husband takes after him.] Danibel made some yummy lobster mac and cheese that I'll have to try to make...some day. The head-less pork was good too. :-)
Christmas day was spent at the Lopez residence. As usual we had MANY visitors. We ate, talked, exchanged gifts, and enjoyed the beautiful weather. Nothing like a 75 degree Christmas.
Friday night Alex and I had dinner at the Soucy home. Brigitte made amazing Samurai-type food. After dinner and conversation we rocked out with Guitar Hero World Tour. [I need this game in my life] I loved it. We also tried out Rey's Wii Fit since he was out of town and they were baby-sitting it for him. Alex really wants one now. I think he should just go run around the block a few times. ;-)
Saturday my mom organized a Women Day with some of her friends. I tagged along as their personal photographer. We took a walk around the lake, had lunch, and talked...a lot. Well, they talked...I listened. It was cute. Alex kept bust by going around town and visiting friends.
That night we had dinner with my biffles. ;-) The Amadors, Vazquezs, and Acevedos all gathered for a delicious dinner prepared by Tati. Then we had a mini photo shoot, of course. After that Lia introduced us to 'Polish Uno.' It was then that I realized the difference between playing a game in Miami with these crazy hispanics and playing a game in Wake Forest with our well mannered friends. ;-) I loved it. There was screaming, tears, laughter, blood, and more laughter. I won...twice. Ha. [I also lost twice, but hey, that's a 50% success rate]
The next morning we woke up way too early to have breakfast with Alex's mom, aunt, and cousin before driving Alex to the airport. It's the first time we've been apart since we got married! So while Alex headed back to NC, I spent the rest of my days in Miami watching movies with the girls and shopping with my mom and sister.
Again, I am so grateful for this vacation. It was great to be back in the Florida sun with all my lovelies. We hope you all are blessed in 2009. See you soon!