New Year – New Word

Happy New Year! I’m super excited for 2019. First of all, I love odd numbers. Since this is an odd year, I’m hoping it’ll be a good one. Secondly, I’m going to take up the one word ‘challenge’ again. I barely wrote about my word in 2017, I wasn’t in the mood to write. I didn’t even pick a word for 2018, again, I wasn’t in the mood to write. But hitting the end of 2018 has me feeling like I’m in the mood to write again, so why not choose a word, a theme on which to center the blog?

What word have I chosen? I’m so glad you asked. This year, I’m choosing the word UNCONDITIONAL. Why? I’ve been struggling to live and let live, to accept life as it is, to let go of expectations of myself and others. Because of this struggle, I’ve been allowing self-pity to rear its ugly head. I’m not okay with this. I’m not okay with this because it shows a lack of faith that I haven’t experienced in some time. I’m choosing this word because I sense the Lord leading me to take this journey with him. God is all about sanctification, molding, shaping, changing me into the person he had in mind from the beginning. And I say yes! Here I am!

So yeah, UNCONDITIONAL. It’s my word for 2019.

What about you? Have you chosen a word for the year? Leave me a comment. 🙂

~ m


So Long Frank Lloyd Wright

I had to get myself a laptop computer for Christmas. Why? It all started with a new travel contract. But first, a little back story. The last laptop I owned was a windows version. And that version was the not so great one that tried to make the laptop like a tablet. It seemed great in theory, but then it had all kinds of bugs and gremlins and glitches so it was really not a great idea after all. So I got rid of it. I figured I have an iPhone and an iPad, I dont even need a laptop or PC, right? Which brings me back to the reason I bought myself a laptop for Christmas this year.

For those of you who don’t know, I’m a travel nurse. I’m finishing up a contract in Georgia and will be heading to Florida next. One of the requirements for the new contract was to complete 15 hours worth of online education. When I tried to begin this education, I discovered most of it required adobe flash, the one system tool that doesn’t work on the iPhone or iPad. Meh. 😐 I didn’t lose heart though. I did a bit of googling and discovered an app that would allow me to use adobe flash. Hooray! 🥳 I plowed through half of the 15 hours before I hit the next wall. One course required I set up a web conference. In the instruction email I learned that said conference would not work on any device accept a windows or mac laptop or PC. Bummer! 😑

I resigned myself to investing in a laptop. But then I thought it would be silly to have a phone, a tablet, and a computer. So I decided to sell back the iPad and put that money toward a new mackbook air. And here we are, two weeks later, computer on my lap, writing this post.

All this to say, the year didn’t go the way I expected it to go. Last year at this time I thought I would live in Arizona for one more year. I’ve been in Georgia for half the year. I thought I would be planning for a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail. I changed my mind and started section hiking the trail instead. I thought I’d be content working for the company that staffs ambulatory surgery centers around Phoenix. I wasn’t, so I dove back into travel nursing. I thought that when my youngest came home from the Middle East, we’d pick up like he was never gone. He got engaged and now my family is getting a new member.

The year may not have ended the way I expected but, It has been a wonderful, adventurous year nevertheless. I think God really wanted me to have this laptop too. I think he wants me to start writing a bit again. Writing from the WordPress app never quite did it for me. But getting on here, on the laptop, feels so fluid. Another reason I think this was part of God’s plan – my Florida kids bought me a digital photo frame for Christmas – which only works with an SD card, a flash drive, or a computer. Ha! So yeah, God’s plan.

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. Proverbs 16:9 ESV

Goodbye 2018. Thanks for the memories!

~ m

P.S. I finished those 15 hours of education a week ago. 😉

The Happily Ever After

“When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.” Psalms 126:1 ESV

This is a good description of how I’ve felt for the last 13 years of my life! When the Lord restored my life, it was like I was in a dream! The happily ever after came to me!

Happy Saturday!


When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad. Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like streams in the Negeb! Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him. (‭Psalms‬ ‭126‬ ESV)