Monday, January 11, 2010


It seems that I not only have problems with December, but January as well. For the second year in a row, I got back from the holidays, and was laid off. It's hard enough to lose your livelihood once, causing you to move accross the country, but to have it happen twice in one year is a bit of a shock.
I'm taking this as a warning to slow down and regroup. I need to spend more time with God. I need to get things in the house in order. I need to reconnect with people that I haven't had time to connect with. While the finances will be a struggle, it is a blessing to be able to get the rest of my life back on track, and to get my priorities straightened out.
I am blessed to have a network of amazing people around me to support me. And ultimately, I am grateful to have this time to set aside to devote to the important things in life.
I am praying for everyone who is facing struggles in this economy. I ask you to pray for me too.


Monday, December 7, 2009

More Water

Once again it's December, which means time for more water problems. This time, it's not a burst pipe, but a clog in the pipe somewhere outside where all of the units in this building come together. Anytime anyone in the building uses water, it backs up into our unit and our next door neighbor's unit. Plumbers were here all day yesterday and now again today. I guess you don't realize how much you take water in the house for granted until you can't use it. I think I will be much more appreciative of these things in the future.


Saturday, September 12, 2009

Planned Parenthood Exposed

Please watch this.


Saturday, July 11, 2009

Tag! I'm It!

It seems that Jessica found the way to get me to post again, by tagging me! So, here goes:

8 Things I'm Looking Forward To:
1. Finding a job
2. kids
3. deepening my faith
4. finishing the move (I miss my stuff that's still in Seattle!)
5. seeing my friends in Seattle!
6. getting super healthy
7. watching the amazing things Keith will do in his new job
8. rekindling some old friendships

8 Things I Did Yesterday:
1. Met with my spiritual director
2. Had lunch with my husband
3. watched our wedding video
4. drank ginger ale out of a champagne flute
5. changed lightbulbs
6. spent way too much time on facebook
7. saw a kids production of The Velveteen Rabbit
8. played with the dogs

8 Things I Wish I Could Do:
1. learn to forgive myself
2. play the piano
3. live in two places at once :) (but only if Keith could too)
4. be better about praying
5. travel as much as I used to
6. knit
7. update my blog more frequently!
8. be the perfect wife for my husband.

8 Shows I Watch:
1. So You Think You Can Dance
2. The Soup
3. Glee (when it's on again)
4. Pushing Daisies (wish it was still on)
5. How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?
6. Don't Tell the Bride
7. Say Yes to the Dress
8. The Muppet Show (on DVD)

I tag April and Keith


Thursday, March 5, 2009

Thank You

I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for their prayers for Keith and I. In the midst of the move, the wedding planning, the job loss, the economy, and everything else, your prayers and friendship have made all the difference.
I've been truly blessed with the amazing friends I've made out here in the short time that we've been here. You've shown me what true openness and caring can do.
My friends back home have remained friends and not drifted with the distance, and it's a true testament to the power of friendship.
As Keith and I continue to discern where God is leading us (geographically speaking), it is comforting to know that wherever we end up, He has provided us with a network of people who truly care, and are truly being His hands and feet. Thank you...for everything.


Friday, December 26, 2008

Fr. Ed made me do it!

Keith and I went to dinner the other night with our friend, Fr. Ed, who pointed out to me that I haven't updated my blog in quite some time. He is right! So that I don't continue to disappoint, here is my attempt to re-cap my and Keith's non-vacation thus far:

The Perils of Debbie and Keith

Keith and I were quite lucky to get out of Seattle at the end of a storm in Chicago and halfway through one of the craziest storms the Pacific Northwest has seen in awhile. Our flight was on time and very smooth. This trip was off to a great start!

Pretty much as soon as we landed, the snow started coming down in Chicago. Again. Half the people that we were supposed to meet for dinner were unable to make it out. No big deal, we had a great time with everyone we got to see. After dinner (and an hour drive home in the snow) we were beat and fell asleep.

The next morning, Keith and I are excited because all of our friends are coming over. This is great because A) we get to see everyone! and B) they are all coming to help us pack up the house once and for all. It was fabulous! We got the entire house packed up in record time, and moved all of the boxes into the garage to await their journey to Seattle. (This is all good so far....keep gets better.)

The next day, Keith and I run some errands, and then we are off to meet Fr. Ed for dinner. We are going to go straight to dinner, but I insisted on going home first. It's a good thing we did. I heard a strange sound coming from my fireplace. When I bent down to investigate, I saw water coming out of the electrical socket. Thinking that this can't be a good sign, we call a plumber and then head to dinner with Fr. Ed. Halfway through dinner, Keith left to meet the plumber, and arrived back at dinner an hour later. It was a small pipe burst, we caught it right away, and there is no damage. Hooray! Anyway, we had a fabulous dinner (Thanks Fr. Ed!) as we always enjoy spending time with him.

The next morning, Keith and I wake up to more strange sounds. It sounds like water is running, but there is no water on in the house. I check the water meter, and it's spinning around like crazy! I mention that perhaps we have another burst pipe. Keith can't believe we would have two burst in as many days, but he goes to investigate anyway. A look of horror comes over him as he realizes the only place left to check is the garage...the very place we just put all of our belongings. He opens the door, and there is water everywhere. It is spraying from the pipe. Boxes have been toppled from the force of it. There are 2 inches of standing water on the floor. Keith and I are remarkably calm as we cancel all of our plans for the day, and prepare to go through each and every box to see what we can salvage.

After a very long and exhausting day, we realize that we've managed to save about 75% of our stuff. The best news is that everything that really meant a lot to, books...were all spared. In some cases, entire boxes were destroyed, but the one thing in those boxes that meant something was ok! Thank you God for having this happen while we were in town and thank you for not taking everything! It was a good lesson in letting go and not holding onto material things.

The next day is Christmas Eve. Since we missed our dinner with Fr. Britto the night before, he graciously made room in his schedule for us to come meet him this morning. We navigate our way to Evanston through the snow and ice, and have a wonderful meeting with Fr. Britto. Later that day, we meet our family at church for Christmas Eve Mass, which was wonderful!

The next day is Christmas, and it was one of the most non-commercial Christmases I've had! It was great. It was good to see family and friends, and keep the reason for the celebration above all the other stuff.

Today is the day after Christmas. We are excited because we are going down to Florida to spend some time with Keith's family. Keith's family is excited because they haven't seen him in a really long time. Keith's nephew is excited because he gets to celebrate Christmas again when we get there! We get to the airport, check in, etc. only to be told that our flight to PHL is delayed, and we won't make our flight to JAX, so we can either stay overnight in PHL and hope to fly standby in the morning, or stay in Chicago tonight and try the trip again tomorrow. We opt to stay the night in Chicago. Keith's family is sad, and Keith's nephew informs us that it's the ice's fault.

To kill time, I go shopping with my mom. Oh my goodness. I will never go to Woodfield again! At least not the day after Christmas! I cannot get over the consumerism and greed, etc. that I witnessed today. It's hard to believe we are in a recession after seeing the activity today. I also see that any "good Christmas cheer" that people may have had the day before, appeared to have gone missing. It was an absolute jungle. From the parking to the walking to trying to take two steps inside the mall. I've never been a fan of the commercialization of Christmas, but this just solidified it for me. I think next year, I will be making all my gifts and spending the entire day at church. The experience did, however, make me happy that Christ has come, and I wonder what people celebrate at this time of year when they don't take the time to celebrate Christ.

If any of you are still reading this really long post about this really long couple of days, I can only say that through all of the headaches, heartaches and struggles, what comes through for me is the blessings that I have. I have an incredible fiance, an amazing family, and wonderful friends. I have a God who loves me so much that he sent his Son to us to save us. What more could I ask for? Well....maybe a safe flight to Florida tomorrow. :)


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Is Anyone Really Surprised?

No, really. Please tell me. Are you surprised?

Illinois Governor Arrested....Click here for story.

Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not taking delight in anyone's personal pain. I am, however, happy to see at least a little bit of justice coming to the Chicago political machine. This has been long overdue. It's high time to be looking at accountability. Who is next on the list?