I have been absent for a few weeks...just busy life, as usual. I think I caught up all the pages, and I laughed, Shann, at the multip story.
My friend Shawna moved down here a month ago and has been living about 40 minutes southeast of us in Newport Beach. She lived with me back in '06 and was in my wedding. Over the last two weeks we've been able to catch up a bit, but now she's moving back to WA. I guess her housemates invited her to come and stay and do ministry with them, knowing she didn't have rent money and a job, and now that she hadn't yet gotten a job, insisted that she leave by this weekend. They were all about "living in faith" but apparently their faith ran out this week. She's coping with it okay, but it makes me mad. God wants us to trust Him, yeah, but He also wants us to be wise. I think she should have raised the money first and tried to find a job online or long distance so she'd be established when she got here. They're all YWAMers, though, where the philosophy is just try stuff out and if God doesn't provide then it must not be His will.
I'm bummed to lose my friend; let's be real. We'll be okay, but it kind of sucks. And though I know her housemates and enjoyed meeting up with them a couple weeks ago, this whole experience sours me on seeing them again. Which is a bummer because it's nice to have old friends sometimes.
Anyways besides that I've been working and baking. And I'm back to counting points with Weight Watchers and in three weeks I dropped all the weight I gained over the summer. I'm also realizing how fattening are the baked goods I've been making...which is probably what contributed to those extra pounds.
To make up for high points days I've been working out more, and tonight we bought DDR for the Wii which definitely burns some calories! I'm all about having more fun when I exercise because I despise exercising for its own sake.
If you could lift up a prayer for me, I'm struggling with not wanting to go to work because of some bad experiences lately and general work politics (I work in an all-women environment). I worry about how I am perceived (competent or not) and if I will get enough hours. With Ryan out of work we are completely dependent on my job to pay the bills. Plus we have no family here. I have been feeling very tired over the last several months and I know it's from pouring myself into working hard and extra whenever I can. I know I need to give my fears to God, and I am trying, but my faith is definitely being stretched. Mostly I just would like to not have dread when I go to work. I love my job but I haven't been able to enjoy it lately.
I am going to try to write something for the Challenge. I have 6.5 hours left, which should be enough.
Glad to hear of all the good news; good to see some old friends; and praying for those who need a lift.