Monthly Archives: October 2016

A New Walk for Me

Hello again!

So recently I re-started my walk with Christ and started going to church again.

Garrett’s mom has gone to the same church for years (the one we got married in), and I wasn’t interested in going for the longest time, but one day something in me changed, and I wanted to go. So I started to go with her, and even got Garrett to come with!

I love Bart, the minister we have at church, and I learn something every week from him. I really appreciate that the sermons make sense to me and I’m not intimidated by the word of God. I bought myself a new bible (I had one but it got lost in the many moves I’ve made over the years) and did some research into whether I was baptized or christened as a baby.

I found out I was baptized as a baby, so I asked to join the church and place my membership there. Once I did that, I had a meeting with Bart as he likes to make sure that people know that there’s more to being a church member than just showing up on Sunday mornings. One of his sermons was so on point for me at this time as he discussed the mission of our church: Love God. Grow in Jesus. Serve the World. Now for a newbie for me, this list made sense in words, but I wasn’t sure how to accomplish this in act. Fortunately for me his sermon gave me a list of ways to Grow in Jesus: 1. Read your bible. 2. Regularly attend Church. 3. Find a community group. 4. Get baptized. 5. Give. 6. Share Christ. 7. Serve.

Hooray for me for being a part of a church where our minister seems to know what to say so that I understand what I can do. So I’m working my way through this list. I read my bible (starting in the New Testament has made a HUGE difference for me), and I go to church every weekend (I actually look forward to it. What a difference from me being a kid!) but I wasn’t sure about the community group part. But Bart told me about some of the classes that our church offers, and I’ve found a Sunday School group that I enjoy and appreciate. I’ve also started helping out with the children’s ministry. I’ve helped teach the preschool class for the past few Sunday’s and starting later this month, I get to teach the preschool class on Wednesday nights, as my own class! So its very exciting to get to spend time with kids and help them learn about God’s love as I am.

Next on the list was baptism. Bart and the church feel that baby baptism where you get sprinkled with water doesn’t fulfill the bible, so this past weekend I got baptized at church. I did it this past weekend, right before my 30th birthday so that I could enter a new era of my life as a new version of myself.

Here’s me right before, with Bart:

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And here’s me right after:

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I’ve got video, but can’t put it here without paying for the premium service, so I’ll figure out how to get those up too.

So besides giving (which is hard to do when you’re not working, but plan to do as soon as we have money to give) and doing my best to Share Christ with those around me, I feel like I’m doing alright with this list. I’m trying to be a better person every day, and am trying to live with this verse in mind:

Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience… And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. ~Colossians 3:12,14

I heard this verse in one of the first sermons when I started to go to church, and I just love it. It makes so much sense, and is simple but powerful and I’m doing my best to live up to it and be a better person and react in a better way towards others.

That’s all for now 🙂

~N

Hello Again

Hello friends!

I know its been a while, but I just didn’t know how to write down what has been going on in our lives. 2016 has been a very rough year for us.

January started with Garrett’s Dad, Bill, passing away very suddenly. Then on the day we buried him (also the anniversary of Garrett’s parents), Garrett’s Aunt, Andy, died. And  when we came home from Andy’s visitation, we found our lovely bird, Icarus, dead in his cage. So January was a rough month for us.

I had a job that started right after that, that I left as Garrett’s mom wasn’t handling being home by herself very well. At this point Garrett was still working from home, but 3rd shift, so slept all day while I was working and my mother-in-law just wasn’t handling it well.

The next job I got was through a temp agency, and promised to last from April to July, but lasted all of 2 weeks. I started a new job again, in a call center, and after getting 4 calls back to back where I was yelled at, I had a panic attack and had to go home. Then the next day, just driving back to work, caused another, so I resigned to make sure I didn’t have panic attacks each day.

I found a new job in August and they over hired, so was gone from there  in 3 weeks, but that was right in time for school to start. Yeah, I decided to go back to school, and finally got all the financial aid straightened out, so I’m now attending Somerset Community College for an Associate’s degree in Medical Office Management. It’s a short 2 year track, and I can do it all online, making it perfect for me to work part-time on campus, and hopefully I’ll get word on that job asap as I just had the interview the other day and the lady definitely wants me, it just has to be approved by the work study guy.

Garrett lost his job in June when the company accepted his resignation early, after putting him through a lot of hell and making him jump through unnecessary hoops. He told them, in June, that he’d be leaving sometime in August for a different position (one that the offer was later rescinded) and the company decided to resign him a week later instead.

Along with job issues, I’ve had some health issues. I’ve had some serious stomach and throat issues, making my doctor think that taking my gallbladder out last year wasn’t helpful nor necessary to aid in my stomach problems. I had a CT the other day, and am scheduled for a scope next week, to help figure out what could be wrong.

I saw one ENT for my throat, and he thinks the pain is caused by acid erosion. My primary doctor sees me when my tonsils are huge, so is sending me to a new ENT to see if this one will take my tonsils out, or come up with a better strategy than “magic mouthwash” to help my throat issues. Not an ideal surgery to have as an adult, but better than chronic sore throat the rest of my life.

Jack turned one this year, and is as cute as ever. We took a trip up to Chicago to help Grandma prepare for a garage sale and he was able to spend some time with the family and get lots of love from them. Usually its just me going to Chicago to see family, so it was nice that time to have all 3 of us go and get to see people.

So that’s 2016 so far, I’ve had some good things happen too, but that includes videos, so will be the next post.

~Nicole

 

 

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