Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Karma is not a B

I love Christmas! And I love that we finally make our own money so that we can do special things. 
I am also a huge believer in "karma"....or in that whatever you reap, you will sow. 
We have been keeping our eyes open for chances to donate to a good cause this Christmas and came across a couple of cool stories. 
The first is Mike, or Mr. Mike as he is known at my nephew's elementary school. A family friend of ours posted on facebook about this guy and how he was an exceptional janitor at their elementary school--so good at what he does and so cute with the kids. He got diagnosed with cancer and the chemo ruined his teeth. He wasn't able to pay for the dental work so parents at the school were getting together to raise money. Our friend posted it on facebook so we donated what we could and they were able to raise enough to give him a fat check so he could get a new smile for Christmas: 

I saw this picture today and it made my heart so happy. True testimony of karma for this guy...and that a life full of small deeds never goes unnoticed. God takes care of things.

Secondly, we have a family that we go to church with that we have come to admire from afar. They have a large family and live far away from their roots, so it's just the mom and dad working hard to provide for their family. Sweetest, and most humble family. We wanted to do something for them but debated about the amount because we ain't rich. Well here's where the story gets cool. One day, Ryan's mom came over to visit after work and tells us that she was telling her co-worker what Ryan does for a living (helps the elderly and handicapped, and he is SO good at it!) His mom's coworker was so touched by it that she went home and told her elderly parents about it. Well, out of the kindness of their hearts, they wrote Ryan a check for a pretty dang good amount of money and on the memo they put: "Thanks for caring." When Ryan's mom handed it to us we were floored, not only because that is an overly generous thing to do just because, but the amount they gave us matched the amount we wanted to give to this family. It was like God had written that check himself or something, saying to us "Thanks for caring." 
Such a testimony builder to me. 
I don't mean to write this to brag or make us seem like such good people...
because we have a long ways to go. 
I just had to write it all down, and tell you that
karma rocks my socks. 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Happy Merry Christmas Time

Last Friday my brother Matt and SIL Amber threw their annual Ugly Sweater Christmas Party. This is the first year we've been able to attend and we wanted to go all out....

Do we creep you out? I hope so. That was our goal. Sorry for the poor picture quality. For some reason my phone doesn't take good pictures in my parents basement. 

As if our outfits weren't creepy enough, we found this new app that lets you blur stuff out like you're flashing somebody: 

Ryan and I have many a laughs texting "nudified" pictures back and forth during our days. 
Hilarious I tell you! 
Speaking of nude...we were having dinner one night with our good friends the Moyle's and they were talking about how Jack's mom dared everyone to come up with the most outrageous Christmas card and send it to 25 people. Whoever wins will win a giftcard or something. We were talking that night at dinner about what they could do and we talked about how funny it would be if they all pulled their pants down for the picture. Erin texted me this picture last night and I was dying:

My favorite touch is Erin's trampy Christmas stampy. We love us some Moyle Family. They just bought a house here in KC so that means they will be here for at least 5 more years. We could not be more happy!


We love living in Kansas City! Especially when it's 70 degrees & we have great friends & family to play with.
We took Luna for a walk in the city last Sunday and discovered so many cool little shops and parks. It's like a new city we've never been to before, even though we both grew up here. This is our home and we feel very settled here. 

Our life is very good right now. We have so much to be thankful for, especially at this time of year.
I'm so grateful to have a job. Even though I have to deal with patients who are losing their minds. 
On Tuesday this lady was walking around the halls yelling "F&^% all the nurses in the world!  (pointing to every nurse she saw) F(*& YOU!!! and F(*&^ YOU!!! I hate you all!!!!!!"
It was kinda funny but mostly sad. Her mind is not there. That's what drugs will do to you. 
That day we also had to chase a guy down a stairwell because he was trying to escape. 
& I don't even work in the behavioral health unit. Just think about the fun they have over there! 
Our hospital serves the population that doesn't have insurance. And why don't they have insurance? More than likely it's because they did drugs or got caught up in some kind of addiction..whatever it may be. 
It's just sad to see what life has in store for some of these people. 
I have also had some amazing patients who have just had rough lives but are still smiling. I ADORE them. I tell them I'm going to take them home with me and love them forever. 
I'm thankful for a sweet puppy who will jump in your lap & kiss your face until your face is wet. 
I'm thankful for a loyal husband who laughs when I toot in front of him and likes to cuddle at night. 
That's my favorite. 
I'm also grateful to live close to our families. I'm grateful we all get along beautifully. I love the relationship I have with my incredible parents, and that I get to build an even stronger relationship with Ryan's family as well. I love my siblings, and my crazy nieces and nephews. I love seeing them get older. They amaze me everyday. 
I am also grateful for my Savior and my Heavenly Father. I'm grateful to live 10 minutes away from a temple and that I feel close to them there. They have given me everything I have & I am not deserving.

I am also grateful for this show: 

Texas Forever! We are almost done with the final season and I can't stop thinking about it. Thank goodness for Netflix and that I can go back and watch it over and over again. I am so in love with all the characters. The acting is AMAZING! Here's one of my favorite Coach Taylor quotes: 
"Every man at some point in his life is gonna lose a battle. He's gonna fight and he's gonna lose. But what makes him a man is that in the midst of that battle, he does not lose himself."
That man is genius...and I guess the writer for the show is too. 

I didn't mean for this to turn into a grateful post and it's probably really scatterbrained. 
But I guess it just needed to be said.