The Anniversary of the Haiti Earthquake

Well today is January 12, 2011. Today is the one year anniversary of the earthuake that shook Haiti. I can’t help but think of them today. I think especially of my friend Renee, her husband Ben, Ben’s cousin Jonathan and their families. I also can’t help but think about where I was that day. I remember sitting in small group on Tuesday morning Jan 12 listening to one of Ben and Jon’s songs during my small group at the Diaconal Ministry Formation Event. That day is a day forever stuck in my mind. It seemed so impossible that this could happen to friends. Today I wasn’t sure how I would feel but I find myself remembering that day and praying for the people of Haiti.

This morning was an unusual morning for me. I hardly ever wake up before my alarm but at 7 am this morning I was awake and had a hard time falling back to sleep for about another hour or so. (The church office doesnt open until 9:30 am) As I lay in my bed, my mind kept returning to a year ago but it also made me think about all my friends scattered near and wide. You all are so important to me!

May we continue to pray for all those shaken by the events of a year ago today now and always! And in the words of Ben Larson, God’s Peace to us We pray.

Moments that I Cant Seem to Shake or Forget

Our lives are made up of moments….moments that are forever captured in time. Sometimes those moments are happy moments, Sometimes those moments are sad moments, sometimes those moments are joyful moments etc. I remember the moment I was consecrated as a Diaconal Minister in the ELCA. There are the moments that I treasure spending with my friends and family. And then there are those moments that I can’t seem to forgot about, no matter how I try. I think of Representative Gabrielle Giffords as she and many others were shot yesterday in Arizona. But the one moment that I think of is last January and the Haiti earthquake, realizing I had friends there. As we remember the Haiti earthquake this week, may we remember all those who lost their lives there…the Haitian people, my friend Ben Larson, and so many others. This Wednesday Jan 12th, the one year anniversary of the earthquake, take time to tell those you love how much you love them. And in the words of Ben Larson,” God’s Peace to us We pray.”

A Good Samaritan and a New Year

So today has been a crazy day. As blizzard one came to an end and before the start of blizzard two, I decided to venture down the block to the local CVS to grab a few items. On my way there, I got stuck! YUCK! Luckily a gentlemen stopped to help me but in the commotion, I locked my keys in the car with my CAR STILL RUNNING AND IN REVERSE!!!! I called the locksmith and waited an hour for him to get there. Luckily the kind man let me wait in his van. Tonight so happy to be back in my nice warm apartment and soooo soooo soooo thankful that there are still Good Samaritans out there. (I was actually shocked by the number of people who stopped to ask me if I needed help!)And so after today, I am glad for a new year to begin!

I can hardly believe that the end of 2010 is coming to a close tonight. Wow…2010 has been a year filled with so many emotions…happiness, sadness, joy, pain, etc. 2010 begin with the earthquake and Haiti and finding out that my friend Renee, her husband Ben, and Ben’s cousin Jonathan were in Haiti during the earthquake. Renee and Jon made it out but Ben was killed during the earthquake. So glad I was with WTS people during this time and also am thankful for the many people who surrounded us during these difficult days. There has not been a day when I haven’t thought of Ben, Renee, Jonathan or their families. Myfriend Sarah was also in Haiti but wasnt in the direct hit of the earthquake. So glad she was safe too! I also got to spend some time with my mom this summer sharing why CCM is one of my favorite places in the world and means the world to me. Life at work was busy and crazy but oh so good….so happy to still be in a place where I feel my gifts are so used there. 2010 also was spent with dealing with the many churches etc who have left the ELCA because of the homosexuality vote. It has been so difficult but I for one am thankful for the gift this vote was for my friends who have long awaited this. So much has happened this past year, but I am ready to put it in the books. I hope that 2011 brings you all happiness, prosperity, peace and joy! I also look forward to seeing what 2011 brings us all…maybe Ill finally meet my Mr. Right!!! 🙂 I am ringing in the New Year in my apartment; probably watching Carson Daly or Ryan Seacrest. Im not venturing out after my adventure this afternoon!Happy New Year to my blog readers and my dear friends!!!!