March 19, 2011

Update on my life...

So, this past week you may have seen several of my facebook statuses mentioning things like "need  lots of prayers today...please" and "could use a few prayers today".  Well, I only feel it is fair for all of you to know what is going on, so please take some time to read this and pray for my grandmother for a while.  Back in November, my grandmother was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  As soon as we heard this, my family drove up to Michigan to be with her and the rest of the family as she underwent surgery.  She came out of surgery successfully and has been doing well until recently.  My grandparents decided to come to North Carolina to visit and while they were here, my grandmother was not acting herself.  My mother and father decided to take her to the hospital to get checked out; while she was there, they transferred her to a different hospital.  According to the nurses and doctors, there has been some swelling in her brain that is causing her to act more strangely than usual and right now they are trying to reduce the swelling with steroids. So far, that is all we know about her and I will be sure to keep you updated.

The sad part of this whole situation is that I am working this weekend in the residence halls, so in other words, I am on duty/on-call the whole weekend and will not be able to see her.  I mean, if something bad truly happens, I will be sure to find someone to take my shift, but until that point I will be here. If she has to stay in the hospital for a while (I pray that she doesn't), I will be able to visit her more often because she is in a hospital extremely close to campus...I guess there are perks to living in Raleigh.

So, in other words, I am worried...who wouldn't be worried about their grandmother?  All I am asking of you are lots of prayers.  Tomorrow, when you go to church, pray for her; before you eat, pray for her; before you go to bed; pray for her....I think you get the point.  I fully believe the power of prayer heals all!

Until then......
{ love will hold us together }

March 16, 2011

missing the country....

Today was beautiful...ok, so the weather was a bit shaky, but it was so perfect because I had the opportunity to go home for a short little while. I haven't been home in quite a while because the RA job tends to keep me at school more than I would like, but I think it is the job that makes me enjoy home that much more.  I don't hate my job, as a matter of fact, I actually really do love it. It is always a challenge, something new and amusing, and it is great getting to know so many people across campus here at NC State.  There is nothing better than walking around, seeing one of your residents that you consider a great friend and just saying "hey" to each other in passing.  Each and every one of my residents has been a blessing to my life...they just make me smile :) Back to my original story...I had to go home today to pick up a gift basket my family's feed store had made for the NC State Agri-life Ball.  It was a cute little dog themed basket with treats, toys, and an NC State dog fun. I cannot wait to take it to our meeting tomorrow night. I spent some time at the feed store, which is always fun. This is one of the best times of the year because we are getting 350 chickens weekly, getting in new plants each and every day, and there are so many people excited for the nice weather so they can get their garden going.  Even though I get sick of it sometimes, mostly because I have spent my whole life there, I love going back there and socializing with the regular customers.  It is just a breath of fresh air to be back in the little town of Pittsboro.

I went home to drop some things off, raid the pantry for food, and played with the dogs for a short while.  Being an animal lover, it is so hard to be away from those silly dogs.  As much as Obi barks and Trixie like to throw up on my bed, I do miss scratching their bellies and taking them on walks.  I didn't want to go back to school so early, but knew I had to because I had school work to do.  It took me a lot longer to get back to school because I decided to take every other exit on US 1 just so I could drive the country roads with my windows rolled down and Dixie Chicks playing.  Lame, I know, but sometimes you just miss that smell of farmers spreading their chicken manure or freshly turned soil.  There is just something about it that makes any country person happy....

All in all, I love this time of year and look forward to going home a bit more frequently, especially since Pittsboro Feed is going to be a hopping place this spring and the plain fact that I just miss home. As a good friend of mine always said

"Whenever you have the opportunity, go home and spend time with your family 
because they are not always going to be there."

P.S. Aren't they just cute :)