the end of November

Friday, November 30, 2012

Things have been crazy busy stressful lately! I haven't had time to even think about keeping up with this blog here. Anyway, to start off, I thought I'd finish the month of thankfulness posts for November:

Today, I am thankful for...
Day 22: I am thankful that school is almost over! Two weeks and I'm done with the Fall!!
Day 23: I am thankful for I recently ordered a few {very cheap} good books that I can't wait to start reading once I finish my finals! I love looking for books on that site!
Day 24: I am thankful for the prospect of a new year! I cannot wait for the new year: new beginnings, new resolutions..and ALMOST to our duty station!
Day 25: Also with that, I am so thankful for Christmas and the reason for the season! Christmas music has been playing nonstop, Charlie Brown Christmas was on ABC the other day, and I can't help but feel all warm and fuzzy inside when I think of our SAVIOR whom allows us to celebrate such a wonderful, blessed holiday!
Day 26: I am thankful for our air mattress! It is much nicer than sleeping on the floor, since we don't have much of our household goods with us {that was shipped to Camp Pendleton}...Though Trigger did poke a hole in it, so it slowly deflates overnight, that's been fun!
Day 27: I am thankful for my job! Even though it's a temp holiday job at the bakery, it is so much fun!!! Yesterday the owner complimented me on how well I was doing, with learning my way around the kitchen and being able to help everywhere -dishes, register, cookie batches, fondant decorations... It is so much fun & I LOVE it! I am determined to find a job at a bakery once we move, and find a way to do pastry school next summer also.
Day 28: I am thankful for notecards! I know it sounds silly, but every day I take a notecard and write the date: day of week, month, number, year; and write down the homework I'm going to finish that day, the errands I need to go do, when I work, etc. It keeps me so organized and I seriously don't know what I'd do without this little something we all take for granted.
Day 29: I am thankful for cake! Of course working at a bakery this comes to mind, but I always get to snack on some of the leftover cake once it's carved into whatever creation the decorators are making for the day. Cake is delicious - and I don't see how I can go any longer than a couple days without some, seriously!
Day 30: We are thankful for going home for Christmas!!!! I know this all isn't about me, it's about Marshall and I, and going home to Texas for a week is something that we are more than ecstatic about! I am also thankful that I got the couple of days in there off work to be able to go, though not ready to drive 3 hours to the nearest airport that morning... Oh, still waiting for American Airlines to send the tickets our way since we used a flight voucher...making me nervous! But we still have time! Can't wait to see family!!!
..I have been SO behind!! Life got in the way..
Well, The following are a couple things that have kept me busy lately!
*Working at the bakery!! Anywhere from 4-6 hours a day, Mon-Thurs and a couple Saturdays {Like tomorrow morning}. I have learned a lot about baking and sweets in my short time there so far & feel so blessed to be able to work there!
*School..has been ridiculous! The past couple of weeks I have been getting a little behind on my coursework turning it in later than I wanted, but still {barely} on time..because of working so much, I suspect. And losing sleep. This week I had 2 discussions, 4 quizzes, 1 economics report and 1 lesson plan. That with all the readings accompanied...Kind of a lot to do in a week. While working 5 days of that week.
*Sleep..When I do get to sleep, it's really wonderful. I seriously took sleep for granted before things started getting hectic with work hours and schoolwork...and taking care of Marshall and the apartment, running errands, and everything else that comes with life. I've been trying to sleep every chance I get {unless I set a goal to finish some schoolwork that night..That takes priority!}
Anyway, that may not sound like much to some, but with as much time as school, work, and being a productive member of our little household take, it sure is a lot. Things have been stressful, but somehow I still manage to fit time in to at least try to keep up with friends and family, or just to take a break and search for more books on Amazon.
November has been a crazy little month! We have so much to be thankful for.
December is also going to be interesting! The Fall for me is done in 2 weeks {yay!}, I work for another {definitie} 3 weeks, we're going home for a week around Christmas, we're {very sadly} not going to put up a tree this year - we don't have a fake tree, just a tree stand, we're not going to be here, and school for both of us is going to be too crazy to take that time to get one.
I am just so ready for December 14th to come..the last day of the Fall semester!! Then I will be able to relax, with only a week or so left at the bakery, and getting ready to go home to see friends and family and celebrate the joy of Christmas. With that said, I can't believe it's already December!!! It is almost the new year, 2013...This year has sped by. I know I sound repetitive but it's really hard to believe.
Well, I'm gonna go for the night. I might add a picture or two later, we'll see. Just wanted to get all of this good stuff out there!

Giving Thanks

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

 Just thought I'd share with you some Disney Thanksgiving artwork inspired by the original (right), a famous Norman Rockwell painting. Funny I stumbled upon this, since earlier I was watching a show about Walt Disney himself! I can't explain how excited I am to be able to move and to be so close to DISNEYLAND! I know it's not the same thing as Disney World, but it's still Disney, nonetheless!! Only a few more months till the West Coast :)

Talking about giving thanks, we have so much to be thankful for.

Things have been interesting lately, but we've gotten through it. Personally I just finished midterms, started a new job, and am still trying to keep up with housework and weekly grocery shopping (Traffic... miserable!!). Sometimes I find it difficult to explain that these classes I'm taking are an entire semester's worth of material - that's four months of material - squished into only two months, a mere 8 weeks of classes. I'm also taking 4 classes at once, 3 out of 4 are reading intensive, so it adds up to a huge bundle of work. But I'm doing alright..2 A's and 2 B's! Thankful that I've learned to manage my time a little bit better..

We also have eachother! Love love love being married to my soulmate. That's more than enough to be thankful for, and we've been trying to focus more on our relationship lately rather than our silly routines. Sometimes, I get sidetracked with little computer games rather than schoolwork, and Marshall plays his Xbox for an entire day or afternoon...but it's going to change. Lately I've felt so consumed by this new schedule that I've been losing track of cleaning, dishes, laundry, etc.. The little things..But we're getting better, adjusting to life's curveballs along the way. I can't even begin to explain how wonderful marriage is - even if these routines sometimes get in the way - It is a huge blessing and I am so thankful to be married to Marshall. He is my studmuffin.

Speaking of marriage... I've been meditating a lot on Scripture lately, and that sure has helped my work ethic. This is a photo once again from that wonderful organization I talked about the other day - Made in His Image. I can't help but read their website whenever I get online - it is so inspiring!

This is also something I've needed lately - sometimes when I'm feeling overwhelmed by all this work and busy that's been going on, I forget to realize the reason for the season, so to speak. Sometimes, I become so consumed that I forget to look to God to take away this stress and give me the strength to move on. This is something I've been coming to realize much lately. It also helps that I've been listening to Christian radio every morning and afternoon from work, whenever I go out really, because it is just so encouraging, and it really brings my spirits up. And Pandora never fails me with encouraging study music, too!
SO much to be thankful for. And also, I'm really behind on this...
Today, I am thankful for..
Day 16: I am thankful for the fall, and the wonderful weather that comes with it.
Day 17: I am thankful for the sacred institution of marriage, and how blessed we are!
Day 18: I am thankful for Christian music! I don't know what I'd do, or where I'd be without it. Lately I've been listening to a bunch of Shaun Groves and David Crowder Band... Love love love.
Day 19: I am thankful for the complex minds we were created with and the thought processes that come with it..specifically the ability to multitask and manage our time. As well as memories - for instance- Last week in Psych we studied the role of emotion in memories we create, and how a fairly strong emotion, rather happy or sad, can become "etched" in our minds - because of the signifigance of the event itself. It's so crazy learning about the complexity of the mind!
Day 20:  I'm thankful for a dishwasher at home! Love not having to clean all of the dishes by hand...It is so time consuming, as I've noticed at the bakery lately. So many dishes..
Day 21: I am thankful for a place to live! It is so much nicer having a 2br apartment than 1br..So much more room! I get my own little makeshift office too (We don't have most of our furniture with us). It's such a blessing not to have to worry about the little things, such as where to live, when we will be able to eat, etc, and I'm so thankful that Marshall provides for us. He is a blessing.

Banana & Sweet Potato Fritters

Saturday, November 17, 2012

A couple of weeks ago I met with some wonderful spouses of Charlie Co. from TBS that also relocated to the Camp Lejeune area temporarily. It was really nice to catch up and hear from everyone! Also, seeing familiar faces is always a plus, as this was soon after we moved down here. We went to Yana's, a wonderful retuaraunt in Swansboro, maybe 40 minutes east. It was a sweet little town right on the water! And Yana's was amazing - the food was good, but my favorite part were their famous fruit fritters. Fritters, in this instance, consist of mashed up fruits mixed with flour, and a little bit of baking soda and salt. So it's basically deep fried fruit, that taste much like a funnel cake (It reminded me of the Texas State Fair - fried everything!!}. Simply wonderful. {Oh, and it's a really awesome way to use up your bananas just right before you have to throw them out before they go bad!}

I was really craving these earlier, but didn't want to go out to the actual resturaunt. So I found a recipe and went to the grocery store.....

Here is what I came up with, and a recipe to go along {It's really been too long since I've put up a recipe!}

Banana Fritters!

8-9 medium ripe bananas
{those with blackened skins are perfect!}

1 cup flour

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon of salt

Oil for frying
Mash up the bananas into a pulp, a potato masher works well {or whichever fruit you choose - I also made them with sweet potatoes and it turned out very well!}.
Add the flour, baking powder, and salt.
Heat oil {about 2 inches deep} on medium heat
Use large spoon to scoop and drop the batter in the oil {gently, and low to the don't want hot oil to splatter everywhere!}
Fry a few at a time until golden brown.
Remove from the fryer when done, and enjoy!
~~~The finished product:~~~

**Fritters are very similar to funnel cake in make and form..And they are WONDERFUL because the batter is infused with FRUIT!!! Very awesome!!

**Note: Best enjoyed with powdered sugar! You can also drizzle honey or even chocolate syrup on them. The sky is the limit!

inspirational update

Thursday, November 15, 2012

I just thought I'd share some beautiful pictures I found from a wonderful organization and website I recently discovered: Made in His Image. At the physical location, the organization is an inpatient medical center for women who have suffered from abuse, eating disorders, or something else similarly unfourtonate. Patients are treated medically, physically, and spiritually - and are educated on their dignity and worth as a daughter of God. Forgiveness is a tool that is greatly emphasized in the healing process.

Here are just a few of the many inspirational images and quotes that the organization uses to inspire women all around the world (via their website) in the Word of God. So wonderful.
The above is my personal favorite: "Beauty comes from the heart and radiates out."

God can bring beauty out of ashes. Isaiah 61:3

Beauty is in your heart - let it out - let it beat - give yourself a treat.
See the emphasis on beauty here??  Loving this!

Emerson is, as previously noted, one of my all-time favorite authors. I love this quote.
"Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting."
So true.. Now can you see the signifigance in beauty?? So wonderful!

On a slightly different note...

With making a lesson plan for my education course last week, I focused on the concept of acids and bases for 5th graders, and how to correctly identify them by a variety of practical applications, and to further use this to grow spiritually in the Word. (Ex. Red flowers turn blue or green in a base - like watery baking soda, whereas blue flowers turn red or pink in an acid - vinegar.) Based on this...I thought the above was funny -- "Don't let bitterness acidize your soul." So funny that I found this -- it was on a church sign! -- after creating that lesson!!

Now on to more homework! This is midterm week (wk 4 out of 8) but luckily enough, there are no midterms in these classes! I do have a lot to do by Monday, though: another lesson plan, 3 quizzes, an outline, and an economics report. Thankfully I have all my readings done for all of my courses except much reading! Seriously there at least 100 pages to read a week in that class, but it's not too bad so far...

As for my grades, I am very pleased with how I am doing so far in these courses. Grades for each week don't post until about 2 weeks later, because all the prof's also have classes on campus, or are teaching classes purely at distance (online) aside from jobs in their actual fields. Does that make sense? Anyway. Although we're at Week 4 now, only my grades from Week 1 & 2 are up..and cumulatively from the first 2 weeks I have three A's and one B. Whoop!

I can't wait until December 14th is here and I will be done with the Fall, adding 12 more hours to my transcript!!! That is also very exciting because around that time we will be going home to Texas for Christmas, and the new year!

Also, after this Fall, I will only need 9 more hours - THREE classes - to order my Aggie Ring...It looks like I will sadly have to wait until May to order it...If only we weren't moving the middle of the earlier Fall term I could take more classes and  order it sooner!!! At least I'll get it in less than a year! (If I order it in May, then I'll get it in September! Of course, it will be mailed to us, unless that's a time that Marshall can request leave for us to go back to Texas...Just depends on how it all is out there.)

Oh, and we will be moving to California in February...Ahhhh!!!! West coast living sure will be nice, but I really wish we could just move back home, instead of pass through home on the way over there. But since we have to... I just can't wait to get to our destination, get an actual house- our first home!! - and to make it ours. We might even be able to get a home with a pool - I've found a few in our BAH range (housing allowance)! To just settle into this life for the next couple of years will be nice. And to finish school, take my certifications, get a teaching job, perhaps go to Pastry school, and maybe even work at a Sprinkles (I did get offered a job at Sprinkles Georgetown but couldn't take it! Bummer!!!).  We'll see if I can get that all done in the 3 years we'll be there!

(As for Pastry school, I have found some summer programs, and if I can get approved for the MyCAA military spouse grant, then one summer I will use the grant to cover it --the Pell grant doesn't cover summer school anymore so I felt this was an appropriate alternative! I would love to go to pastry school, and one day use that experience to open a bakery or home cupcake business, or the like. Marshall approves too -- but right now my education degree takes precedence!)

By the way -- sorry there aren't many updates on what Marshall's doing here at Logistics school, from what I hear it's pretty boring...At least compared to what he's used to! It's definitely not as busy crazy stressful as TBS was! They are in classrooms all day, but luckily have very nice hours (Home at 5 rather than 8 or 9pm!). It's a lot of studying because the field (Logistics) is so broad. Within this short school they are only given the big picture, and are basically going to be learning a lot on the job, at the first duty station. I know I'm excited for our move west, but it's also going to be a very stressful time for us, for all the new beginnings. At least by that time we will have Scruffy back, our little spice girl, to brighten our days (see: sweet picture above!)!!

That's my little update for now!

Today, I am thankful for...
Day 11: I am thankful for FAFSA, which gave me the Pell grant the past two semesters to make school so affordable!
Day 12: I am thankful to finally have a phone, after nearly 2 weeks! Although no one has texted me..and I lost all my numbers...Nonetheless!
Day 13: I am thankful to be able to get this early experience of creating lesson plans! It was very rewarding and I learned a lot about myself, specifically how much creativity can transform a lesson, and the template we were given was so easy to follow. I can defintely see already how much Learning Theory is preparing me for the future!
Day 14: I am thankful for books and the ability to read! I love books, and just recieved a book from Amazon that I am DYING to read! It's called The Story, and is basically an easy, readable, version of the Bible, NIV, in it's own words - in novel form. There's also a timeline of events and a map of events that puts this amazing story into perspective.
Day 15: I am thankful for forgiveness. Just going to keep this one simple: the ability to forgive.

"On Teaching"

Saturday, November 10, 2012

"On Teaching"
by John Steinbeck

It is customary for adults to forget how hard and dull school is. The learning by memory all the basic things one must know is the most incredible and unending effort. Learning to read is probably the most difficult and revolutionary thing that happens to the human brain and if you don't believe that watch an illiterate adult try to do it. School is not so easy and it is not for the most part very fun, but then, if you are very lucky, you may find a teacher. Three real teachers in a lifetime is the very best of luck. I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.

My three had these things in common. They all loved what they were doing. They did not tell -- they catalyzed a burning desire to know. Under their influence, the horizons sprung wide and fear went away and the unknown became knowable. But most important of all, the truth, that dangerous stuff, became beautiful and precious.   

I found this passage in a search for sources for my Learning Theory & Portfolio Development education course. I know, I probably shouldn't be up this late, but I got in a groove of schoolwork and couldn't stop. First of all, I really do enjoy John Steinbeck. He writes some brilliant stuff. My favorite of which was probably East of Eden, though the most famous is Grapes of Wrath, or Mice of Men (The latter I haven't had the pleasure of reading yet.)

My favorite of his work, East of Eden, is simply wonderful. I read it on my own one summer, a number of years ago, and couldn't put it down. It deals of the nature of good and evil, set in the Salinas Valley region of California during the time of the Dust Bowl in the 1930s - which is described in extensive, intricate detail. Essentially, the story follows two families - the Hamiltons and the Trasks. The first, reprising stories of Steinbeck's own family, and the latter, reprising those of the Biblical story of Adam and his children, Cain and Abel (echoed by Caleb and Aron in the novel). I'm not going to get in to much more detail, for it is definitely worth it to read yourself.... The following verse is the inspiration for much of the novel itself - in full reading of the text, the Biblical parallels are clear.

And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the Land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
--Genesis 4:16

Back to the previous subject: the above passage is ultimately what I hope to become as a teacher. It is necessary to have a loving and passionate teacher in order for the students to become respectable, responsible, and knowledgable members of society. Why? Well, because, this is where they learn the basics. These values and lessons learned in elementary school are going to be built upon year by year, therefore a solid foundation set in active teaching and learning is necessary. It creates/molds students with a basis and means to grow as individuals. If you want to know more, just ask me what my teaching philosophy is. It's really wonderful to be able to extensively to explore this in class! Also, if you want to know even more - ask me about the movie Matilda, or even the paper I wrote about it last semester. It is beautiful (The movie is, I mean! In it's own, inspiring way!).

Many people may not realize it, but what Steinbeck says about a true teacher being an artist is, well, very true - I read about it in studies about learning styles and processes each week. It is an art in how you are shaping, as Steinbeck says, the human mind and spirit - to become productive members of society. To become knowledgable, and passionate members of society. There is something much more deep, and meaningful about why I chose this area of study and profession, and it's a process I'm coming to terms with, though a lot of it has shone through in these late studies. And John Steinbeck beautifully captures this trail.

Ultimately, John Steinbeck has always been one of my favorite authors, alongside Ralph Waldo Emerson, and C.S. Lewis, among others of course!!

Learning about learning is awesome. It's even better when you're taking a Learning Theory course, as well as a Psychology course, at the same time. It's even better than that when you are at a school that instills Biblical values and teachings into lessons and material for each week (I've been using these words so much in assignments and discussions lately!). Love love love Liberty!

Today, I am thankful for...
Day 8: I am thankful for having the opportunity to attend Texas A&M University - although my time was cut short! - and I am grateful for being a part of such amazing traditions (Midnight Yell, Silver Taps, Muster, Bonfire Remembrance, Maroon Out, The Big Event, and getting my Aggie Ring - September!! among much more!), as well as an inspiring fellowship (Aggies in Mission - AIM). Also, thank you A&M for allowing me to meet my husband while bringing me closer to God at the same time (AIM)!
Day 9: I am thankful for our furry children, Trigger and Scruffy. We love our kitty and miss our puppy to pieces. It feels wonderful that we took them both in - Trigger as a stray living underneath a house at a month old, and Scruffy from the shelter, found wandering the dangerous streets of Bryan. I don't know what I'd do without animals - especially these two!!! They bring us so much comfort and happiness.
Day 10: I am thankful for having such a strong conviction to be a teacher. After much second guessing, contemplation, and prayer (as well as direction from Marshall) it feels great to know that I am going in the right direction, and that I made the right decision for my future career. And, if I ever find myself in doubt...I confirm these feelings whenever I watch Matilda - Miss Honey is so inspiring! I hope one day I can be like her.... And my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Haun, my 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Carter, and my 8th grade science teacher, Mrs. Look. ---That's three real teachers! I guess I'm pretty lucky then, by what John Steinbeck said :)

to clear the air...

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Today, I am thankful for....

Day 6: I am thankful that no matter the election results, we have an all-powerful God whom has a plan for our nation...we may just not be able to understand it yet. He is in control and He has a plan.

One Nation, Under God...
Day 7: I am thankful for our military -- these brave men and women, no matter the political leanings/tendencies of our country, are out there sacrificing their lives for our freedoms. We owe everything to them, and that includes our respect.

"Ask not what your country can do for you; Ask what you can do for your country."

"Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world, but the Marines don't have that problem."
--Ronald Reagan

I just want to clear the air. Yes, we may not personally believe much in the left side of the spectrum, for the best government is one that governs least (Read the quotes above and below, please), but... This is our country. Our military fought and is currently fighting for our freedoms and our right to vote, and we must respect election results no matter the outcome, if not for our own satisfaction then for their sake. Moreover, God is all-powerful, Our Creator, and has a plan for our nation. We just need to sit back and let Him take control.

From the wise mind of one of our Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson...

"A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities."

"My reading of history convinces me that most  bad government results from too much government."

Yes, I may have said that we want to move to Australia, so why not now...But we're going to save that for later. We both want to live there for a couple years anyway, it's on our bucket list. But that comment wasn't intended to be sparked by late political comings. It is simply on our bucket list. That comment is not to flee God's current plan for our country, it is simply a statement of an extended vacation that we want to go on. It would be wonderful to live in Australia for a number of years. It is a dream. Who wouldn't want to see as much of this beautiful world of God's Creation as they can?

Back to the previous subject... Like it or not, the Commander in Chief is Marshall's boss, my dad's boss, our military's boss, and our country's boss. We have to respect that. There are men and women deployed around the world who are sacrificing their lives and safety for our freedoms. We have to respect them too.

It doesn't seem fair that, though our troops are fighting for and defending our freedoms and rights all around the world, many of our deployed troops in the Middle East and elsewhere never saw their ballots counted. Why does a priority like this one take so long to come to action? Those ballots should have been sent months ago, realizing something such as not getting to them in time, or having them sent  back to the States in time, would happen.

Besides the point, I'm praying that our president will have enough heart to be able to give the credit to our military instead of himself, given the many situations he perhaps hasn't been so keen on doing so. I'm praying for our military. I'm praying for this country to realize Jesus' sacrifice, and run by His direction. I'm praying for a country based on Biblical values, as it was intended to be (One nation under GOD). I'm praying for Biblical values reflected in new legislation, and for Americans to, by this, realize their country's intention. I'm praying for a president that takes responsibility for the events that happen during his term of presidency, not instead blaming it on the previous president's terms. I'm praying for America. I'm praying that perhaps in future elections, the deployed military are given priority, and are mailed their ballots in plenty of time for collection and counting.

This is a country built on the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform, as well as Jesus' sacrifice, being a nation founded on the beliefs of GOD and freedoms from an intrusive government. And, consequently, one that is "supposed" to be a limited government, not interfering with our civil liberties (Read the Constitution, the Declaration, Why our Founding Fathers left England, etc...). I'm praying that God will guide our President to do what is best for this country, One Nation Under GOD. HE is in control, we just need to let HIM take control. It is all a part of His plan.


one step closer..

Monday, November 5, 2012

Well, we got an email saying that our shipment of household goods has arrived in San Diego!

Since greater San Diego is around 20-30 minutes from where we will be (Camp Pendleton is between LA and San Diego), I assume that it is the closest storage facility that Covan (one of the the moving companies that works with military) uses. It's so exciting to hear that because we are one step closer to being at our final destination!!

Every now and then I've been looking online for homes for rent out there, and I get so excited when I see how much house we're going to be able to get!! Quite a few of them within our BAH budget also have pools....That's my goal...Now it's just a matter of finding one and securing it (Probably by late January..) ensuring that they allow both dogs and cats...We are going to take Scruffy with us from Texas when we move, Can't Wait!!!

I also finished everything for Week 2 earlier today...25% of the way done with the Fall!!! I love love love these 8 week terms, because everything goes by so much faster, and I really feel like I get something accomplished in so little time, it's really awesome. I prefer it better than spending an entire four months working on the same amount of material....I think it's more rewarding accomplishing it all in less time.

In case you were one to read my previous entries about how frustrating the doctor situation was in Quantico (It took 3 months for them to refer me to the right one listened to what I knew I needed!) you would be happy to hear that the other day I went to the Naval Hospital at Camp Lejeune and was able to get in no problem. I already got the name of my PCM too, now it's just a matter of making an appointment. Seeing how easy it was to get everything done here, it's unbelievable the mess I had to go through in Quantico!!

So something happened to my phone the other day and the screen is cracked on the inside, and is all black/white/pixel-ish. Basically, it's dead. I spent half the day today trying to get a new one (traffic...) but when I finally found the Verizon store, they said they couldn't do anything for me unless Marshall was there. Bummer...But thankfully, his days are much shorter for this school, so hopefully we will be able to go back tomorrow to get me a new phone. I guess when we made the plan, I wasn't given "priveleges" or whatever it is..I even asked if I could use our Power of Attorney but they wouldn't take it! That seemed ridiculous..what if he was gone and I had this problem? POA should work in situations like this, as it would work in situations with rent or TMO...

In other news..I figured I'd start the whole month of thankfulness posts! Happy November!
Catching up on the past few days..

Today, I am thankful for...

Day 1: I am thankful for my best friend, my studmuffin, my Marshall, whom I was so blessed to marry a year ago! Thank you for teaching me how to change oil today in the freezing cold (40 degrees..)!

Day 2: I am thankful for being able to go back to school so soon, thanks to Liberty and the Pell Grant making it so affordable. Now since we're paying my own way, I am so much more motivated and it's a wonderful feeling!

Day 3: I am thankful for Liberty's religion courses which are required, which led me so much closer to the Word of God than I ever dreamed I would be. It has made me realize that my faith is much more important than trivial day-to-day matters, and it helps me to keep it in perspective with everything I do.

Day 4: I am thankful for that 8-10% chance of survival at birth (specifically of the surgery being technology, and all), allowing me to be here today. Seriously, when I heard my dad tell that story a few years ago I couldn't help but nearly break down.. I am truly so blessed to be here today, saved by the Grace of God! This also puts everything into perspective for me..

Day 5: I am thankful for our families; We will be with y'all again soon enough!!! (CHRISTMAS!!!)

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