Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Jordan & Krystle

My brother and sister-in-law, Jordan & Krystle, left tonight for an 8-month journey around the world. Ok, well maybe not around the world, but they are traveling far, far away from home.  For years Jordan has had the dream of moving to Spain to learn Spanish fluently.  When he and Krystle were dating, they decided that someday they would take his dream and accomplish it together.  They are first going to Costa Rica for 4 months and then heading over to Spain for 3 months.  On their way back to AZ, they're going to stop to visit friends and family on the east coast...which will bring them back here to AZ in October sometime.  I am so proud of them for having the courage and determination to follow their dreams and live life to the fullest.  They both quit their jobs, they're renting out their house, and they moved all of their stuff into storage.  I don't know if I'd have the guts to do that in this economy but they're not letting anything get in their way.  I hope that they have the best time and enjoy all of their time together.  I'll be praying that they have safe travels and that they'd make so many memories that they can share with each other for the years to come.  I miss them already! :(  I'm hoping to be able to go with my parents to visit them once I get out of school in May!!! 
I love you Jordan & Krystle!! Come home safe!

Monday, January 4, 2010

new year & decade

It is the start of a new year...and decade! I wonder what is in store for my life in the coming years.  I have no idea but God knows and that causes me to rest in His peace.  I know that whatever may happen in 2010 and beyond, God will give me all of the courage, strength, patience, and wisdom to handle anything that may come my way.  At times I may be faced with things that seem too hard to bear, but that's why I have God to walk this journey with me.  He is always right there, leading me on and He wants to carry my load, all I have to do is ask Him.  
I remember back in 1999 when the craze was to think that we were all going to die once the clock struck midnight on New Years, or that all of the computers were going to crash so the world was going to come to an end.  I was twelve years old and quite naive to all of the hysteria.  My parents weren't wrapped up in all of the panic and we celebrated that New Years just like any other year.  As we all know, there weren't any computer crashes and there wasn't any world-wide catastrophic events.  God was (and is) still in control.  It's amazing how much panic can be developed in this world when we put our trust or faith into a man-made idea or theory and forget to go to God for guidance and comfort.  The other day I was hanging out with a friend of mine and she told me that her family and some of their friends made a time capsule that New Years that would be opened at the end of that decade.  They just opened it last week because it's already been ten years.  I loved that idea and I might put something together for my own time capsule that I can open in 2020. 
A look back at 2009:
Jordan & Krystle got married in January
I got accepted into the ASU nursing program in April
Carissa & Nate got married in AprilGrace became a one year old in June
The nursing program started in August
I was awarded a Banner Health scholarship & job (once I graduate) in October
My parents celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in December :)