Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas Favorites

Some of my Christmas favorites are:
Buying Gift wrap and ribbon
Wrapping Presents
Buying little gifts
Listening to the song by Amy Grant " Breath of Heaven"( Mary's Song). I cry every time.
Sending and Receiving Christmas Cards (I did not send this year! and have felt bad bad bad)
Thinking about the Birth of Christ and how magnificent it was and still is.
Seeing the Kids reaction to Santa Clause
Choosing our Christmas Tree
Watching Christmas shows and movies
Trying to recall the excitement of Santa Clause when I was young and trying to create that magic for my own children.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Survey Question #4:

Is it okay to use the earth friendly Target bags in Walmart?

Friday, December 12, 2008

Survey Question #3:

What do you do if someone cuts in front of you while waiting in line?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Surevey Question #1

Do you think stretch denim is an evil creation?

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Survey Says

I love surveys and love to find out others opinions about simple questions.
Do you prefer hot or cold?
Beach or Mountains?
Would you like to receive socks as a Christmas gift?
Do you like to give socks as a Christmas gift?

I am thinking of starting a daily question on my blog, Facebook, and/or twitter.
Would you answer?

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thanks Giving

With the up-in-coming holiday I have been mindful of things I am thankful for. Most often it is modern conveniences and forgiveness.

Spell check: I've used it three times since beginning this post!
Hair dye
Noise machines
Leather-furniture or shoes
Eye glasses especially cute frames
Long tank tops- for those long torso people
Pain medicine- especially epidural
Washing machines
Heaters and air conditioners
Post office
Blue Jeans

I am thankful for forgiveness because daily I take advantage of this gift I have been given so freely. Often times I am unaware of all of the times when I have graciously been granted forgiveness by others for my missteps ignorant of the error. Then there are those times that I have wronged someone or better yet the Lord that I am so aware of yet continue on the path taking full advantage of the grace I have been given. I wonder where does that put me before the throne. Shall I be ashamed. Shall I walk boldly in the knowledge of my deed and the act Christ fulfilled in freeing me?
Dear Jesus thank You for forgiveness. Thank You for freeing me by giving Yourself.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Losing patience with being a patient

I am a patient.
I am pregnant, (obstetrics patient).
I have a pacemaker, (cardiac patient).
I am alive, (general practitioner's patient).
I have teeth, (dental patient).
I am a mother of two, I oversee two young patients.
I am a wife, I encourage another when he should be a patient.

Since I encounter the medical field so frequently I may be a bit sensitive or just overly exposed. But there is a HUGE deficit in the customer care side of the medical field. I encounter wonderful medical care; it is the other care that is completely lacking in most practices I visit. Why is it that the nursing and office staff of most practices seem as if there is one hundred other places they would rather be than in scrubs?

Each office I visit could benefit from visiting my dentist's office. Buzz Nabors in Knoxville, TN has the best run office and friendliest staff I have EVER encountered. The atmosphere is nice, the staff makes a point to call you by your name, and engage you in conversation. This particular office has every right to treat me with disdain too. I have missed at least three dental appointments. For one reason or another I have had to reschedule appointments and one I completely forgot- and they had called me the day before to remind me and spoke directly to me! However; Stephanie the office employee I deal with most frequently treated me with kindness and respect when I called three weeks later to reschedule- yet again!

I have worked in several customer service oriented fields. I know dealing with the public is difficult and tiresome. But it does seem since the medical field is such a necessity that the staff would treat each patient with kindness and concern. I understand that the nursing and office staff can't fathom what type of visit a patient may be having. There are times when the news you receive is devastating or elating. How are they to know or even try to engage you? They are not. Let's start with a smile and begin treating the patients with kindness, compassion, and respect.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Homage to Jeremy

Homage to Jeremy.
I am a critical wife. Often looking at the negatives as if they are the whole of the person. Jeremy is under this umbrella of criticism daily. Often I am able to get glimpses of what a treasure he is, yet many times fail to recognize them myself or acknowledge his actions with the simple thank you it would deserve.
I read a Novel Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers this week. It is a quick read, beautifully written. This story was written as a love story from our Savior to us. However if you read this book thinking that there are men out there like Michael who is the hero of the story you will be greatly misled and immensely disappointed.
Which brings me back to my husband. He is perfect for me. What qualities I lack he has. What qualities I have he acknowledges. It is my turn.

1. He is one of the most loyal people I have ever met. His humility in his friendships shocks and impresses me.
2. I know not one other person who has the determination that he has. He looks at a challenge with light in his eyes.
3. Which leads me to how hard working he is. This characteristic I often see as a negative. My Mom often reminds me what a treasure it is.
4. He allows me to be exactly who I am. He does not try to put me in a box or carve me into an image of the ideal wife. I have become more of who I am because of his support and faith in me.
5. It is not always immediate; but, He is always willing to work through things.
6. He recognizes when he is wrong and apologizes.
7. He listens to me.
8. He listens to others.
9. Jeremy's ability to see outside the box is one of his traits that impress me the most. The ability to look at a situation from several angles is something I struggle with. He helps me to see other points of view.
10. He rarely attacks me when he thinks I am wrong in situations that do not involve him.
11. Commitment. He never gives up. With me, his job, his friends, his family.
12. I love his humor. I love his cynical attitude. I love his cockiness. I love his mind. I love his strength.

So the next time I decide to get on Hating Jeremy Express. I need to take a minute to reflect on these qualities rather than jump on board.