Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Which path to take?

When faced with a fork in the road how do you know which path to take?
As a believer you are supposed to listen for God's leading, but how do you know? When the decision between two good things comes how do you choose one over the other?
My dilemma is a challenging but familiar vs easier-going but new. Do I trade connivence for relationships? Do I choose what I want over what would be easier on my family?
The more questions I ask the more questions I get. So many big decisions I've been chewing on for awhile now. We've made a few and moved forward with those choices but another one comes right around the corner. This is stressful for someone as indecisive as me, LoL.. I've found that avoiding the decision and doing nothing is the easiest, but that is in itself making a choice too. It's choosing what is already there over what is in front of me. It's choosing what feels safe and known over the unknown. I don't have an aversion to change really, I just want the decision made for me. How crazy is that? I don't want any choices in life? Why am I that way? Life would be so much easier for me if I was more decisive.
God give me discernment and courage to walk thru the doors YOU have opened for me. Lead, guide and direct me toward YOUR WILL. Don't let me mess it up or get it wrong.
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For people wondering about my tmj

It occurred to me that I haven't updated on my condition since it improved. Isn't that always how it is? I've adjusted to life with the splint as I did 5 years ago when this all started. I am able to eat most things now with it in besides things like steak, brisket, roast, etc. I am sleeping thru the night with the upper nighttime splint which is was a big adjustment. The headaches have decreased both in number and intensity. My neck pain is barely noticeable and my face pain only comes in waves instead of constant like before. I still have some jaw joint discomfort regularly but nothing compared to the searing jolts of pain I had a few months ago.
Overall I am considered 80% healed as long as I'm in a splint at all times. What fun. I still have to travel to Norman every few weeks to the specialist and will receive treatment for the rest of the year at least. The hope is, after this first year, that I will eventually be able to wean down to only wearing the upper nighttime splint for the rest of my life. Oh, the thought of eating without this stupid thing in my mouth! What joy that will be! :D I've fought with insurance companies and finally gotten some reimbursement tho it is not much compared with the immense cost this has been on our family's budget.
To sum it up, I am beginning to see a light at the end of a long dark tunnel. For that I am very grateful. I thank God for getting me thru a very difficult time and for my family's survival thru it as well, lol.



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Monday, June 20, 2011

The Peach Keeper

Guess what??!?!!
I got asked to join a Book Club! :D
Whooo!
If you're a person like me.. who loves to read, a lot.. then you are excited with me! If not then just skip this post and consider me what I've always been - a booknerd! ha!

Anyway, this is my dream come true. So for the first book, The Peach Keeper was chosen. We met for dinner and discussed this book, other books, our favorite books, had some small talk and some laughs and I am even more excited now than when I got asked to join, yay!

So, this book was just okay. I mean it was an interesting story and all, it just wasn't the best written thing I've ever read. There were some characters that just didn't make sense to me and some events that weren't followed up on and left me hanging.
I'm glad I read it though because I enjoyed the main characters and their interactions with each other. I wish it would've focused more on the friendships between the women.
I'd read it again I think, well IF I ever made it through the other hundreds of books on my "Plan to Read" list on Shelfari of course!

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Bahamas

In celebration of our upcoming 10 year Anniversary, we stayed at the Sandals Royal Bahamian, an all-inclusive adult couples-only resort in Nassau.




We spent the days on the beach or at one of the two main resort pools. The Manor Pool was for relaxing and the Windsor Pool was for fun!

Night 1 was on the private island, Sandals Cay. We took a ferry boat over to it for the Island Beach Party with a great dinner, games, entertainment & a beach bonfire. What a fun night!
Our view of the resort on the main island from the ferry boat on the way to Sandals Cay.



Night 2 was a Mediterranean Buffet at Spices followed by  a romantic stroll on the beach  and watching the beautiful sunset.
Our view from the fire pits on the main beach.


We ate lunch at the Royal Cafe after spending the day lounging in the Manor Pool. What a beautiful view before us of the main beach and the pier.

The 3rd evening we had a perfect spot in the big red couches in front of the fire pits. A live band came and couples danced in the sand. We finished the night with new friends at Cricketer's Pub.
The last day we had our Vow Renewal Ceremony on the beach.
It was just like a wedding ceremony with a preacher, photographer and everything.
What a romantic moment that I'll never forget.
We got a wedding cake and champagne in a gazebo in the beautiful gardens. We had our "honeymoon" dinner at Kimono's. It was like the Japanese steakhouses back home that I love!

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