On Flexibility

As I reflect back on the last few weeks, the word flexibility comes to mind. Perhaps it’s the little boy laying next to me who is fast asleep (keeping me from my normal tasks during nap time) that reminds me again that God continually works in our lives. For whatever reason, today my little guy would not sleep on his own. Perhaps God wanted to use this time to speak to my heart instead of getting tasks done.

Just yesterday I was reading in Philippians where it says, “he who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion”. Over the last few weeks this verse has sounded more like, He who began teaching me flexibility and reliance on Himself will carry it on until completion. I am not usually a very flexible person. This weekend I had the opportunity to discover some more of my strengths and my personality type. In case you were wondering, I am task oriented and pretty structured. Yet, over and over again I am placed in certain situations that require flexibility. And I find myself embracing them! Perhaps I realize how important this will be when we are overseas. Perhaps I understand how important it is now. Or perhaps I am finally grasping the knowledge that God will use any situation to teach me more about himself. Whatever the case, Philippians encourages us that God will continue to work in our lives until we are completed. His work isn’t just work either, the Bible says it’s good! We can be confident of this – we’ve been made in His likeness and He won’t stop working on us for our betterment until we are perfectly completed!

How encouraging these words are! I am convinced that God doesn’t do this work in our lives (this hard, but good work) because He has to, but because he wants to. God has chosen to do good work in our lives and in so doing, we are drawn closer to Himself. So, I will embrace these two hours of “forced” rest this afternoon to learn a little bit more about my great God.

He is not finished with me yet!

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Dusting off the ol’ Stethoscope!

Recently, I had to opportunity to sub for the nurse at Doug’s school (grades 6-12). This was my first experience as school nurse (except for a few hours in nursing school). First of all, I was pretty nervous (it has been a little bit since I’ve been in “the field”). The school nurse from last year assured me it would be fun! So, I started getting excited, then nervous again. Did I mention I had an energetic almost-nineteen-month old with me (the school was in a real bind…)? How on earth was this all going to work out?

Weight and measurement: check. Enjoying it: not so much. For the record, he did this himself!

Day 1: Nathaniel was a perfect gentleman! He hugged the headmaster first thing, gave out plenty of fist bumps, blown kisses, high fives and smiles to every student who passed by in the halls, and went with Daddy to homeroom! Meanwhile, I gave out bandaids… The whole day worked out really well – when Doug was free, he took our little guy. All the other times, Nathaniel stayed with me. The awesome thing was that I had a walkie talkie, so I didn’t have to stay locked in an office all day long (because an open door with an energetic almost-nineteen-month old is WAY TOO tempting for escape exploration!). I just posted a note on the door and we went exploring! Did I mention he took a great nap in the afternoon too?!

How to keep an almost-nineteen-month old busy with post-it notes!

Day 2: Daddy didn’t have any free periods, so it was just Mommy and Baby all day. Oh boy, it was long… It didn’t help that the little man was tired from the get go. However, even though he was exhausted he wouldn’t just sit or stay in the health room with me. We had to be “walking”, BUT (here’s the catch) we would get halfway down the hall and I’d hear, “up up up!” and look beside me to see two very outstretched little arms. Poor thing. Meanwhile, I was juggling sick* students… Through all of this Nathaniel kept dishing out the smiles, fist bumps, high fives and flirting with all the pretty girls (he even took a short nap). All in all, we are extremely impressed with how he handled himself. He really did a great job.

Nurse Nate, day two

Would I do it again? Yes. Did I love it? Not yet. I’m used to crazy, insane, busy nursing and this was a very different experience. I found myself sitting for what seemed like hours in between student visits (I understand that this is normal for the beginning of the school year and, honestly, this is what I needed with my energetic almost-nineteen-month old, so I am in no way complaining!). If this were a more permanent position, I’m sure I would embrace it and find it “fun”! For now, though, I’m recovering (two concurrent full-time jobs will wear a person down…)

*sick Р(adj.) to describe any feeling of discomfort, which can easily be remedied with: 1) an ice pack, 2) a bandaid, 3) vaseline, 4) a mint or 5) a cute little boy.

p.s. I forgot how much I love my scrubs!

p.p.s. I am indebted to third period study hall. They are Nathaniel’s new favorite people (and mine)!

Where in the world have we been?

Time for an update? I think so!

What a busy summer we have had. First, we visited Uncle James’ firehouse! Oh man, we had a blast. Nathaniel even got to see all the fire trucks and engines leave, sirens blaring AND watch them come back. So fun!

There were clothespin shenanigans. Whatever keeps him occupied, right?!

And Nathaniel’s FIRST TIME AT THE BEACH! He was rocking the suit and the hat, don’t you think? He loved the water washing over his toes and digging in the sand.

Then we took a few weeks at home before taking another trip. This time we went to North Carolina to complete our missionary training with SIM. Yes, that’s right, we’ve been officially accepted as missionaries with SIM and will be serving in Cape Town, South Africa!¬†

While there, Nathaniel got up close and personal with his first love: TRACTORS!

It was seriously heaven for our little man!

Then during a rare, free afternoon, we lounged at a local pool. Check out those goggles! Two words: chick magnet!

And of course, here’s a picture at the NC welcome center.

Now we are home and ready for the next steps. You can follow our missionary news on our NEW WEBSITE! Have no fear, we will still use this space to keep you up to date on family happenings and personal news.

Backyard fun

Our little man pretty much begs to go outside as soon as his eyes are open. Nathaniel used to just stare wistfully out the back door. However, asking to go outside has now turned into a parade of sorts. First he will bring me his shoes, sometimes together, sometimes one at a time. If Mommy doesn’t get the hint, next comes the jacket (which we had to wear one chilly morning recently). Then come Mommy’s slippers, one at a time (which he has successfully slipped on my bare feet). And if that still doesn’t do the trick, then the next course of action is to sit on the floor surrounded by a jacket and a pair of shoes with me looking down at him trying not to laugh and look at Mommy with the most pitiful face and start to cry.

Most days I’m ready for the inquiry, so the parade skips that last terrible step. I love that he loves being outside. I love that he’s so curious about everything. And I love being outside, so I embrace it! Here are a few photos from a recent outing (thankfully, this was in the afternoon not at 7:30 AM).

Filling the bird feeders:

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Climbing on rocks!

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Wearing shades like Daddy:

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And the helicopter! (this was at the park with a bunch of friends, not our backyard)

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