Thursday, July 31, 2008

Life is Good

(A Griff- what "Maggie Mae" will look like)
(the real "Maggie Mae" at her home now)

As stated in the title, life is good. First and foremost, I finally sat for the NCLEX-RN (the national board exam for registered nursing) last Thursday. It was quite challenging but my computer DID cut off at 75 questions which I was very happy about. Then, the weekend rolled around and I hadn't seen my license come up online-- so I got worried and impatient and called the VA Board on Monday morning. And-- I PASSED!!! I was never so relieved to hear the line "congratulations, you have a license!" It finally felt official-- I was a REAL LIVE nurse. It was time to celebrate and to back away that NCLEX prep book and CD-ROM for good. It even felt so good to return a box of unsued "drug cards" to Barnes and Noble the next day. Ahh, the simple pleasures in life. Thank you to everyone out there who prayed for me last Thursday-- God is good.
In addition to that, Justin and I recently (about two weeks ago) decided that we would like to get a puppy to start our family. We looked around for awile and even drove down to Luray, VA to look at a litter of Puggles (put + beagle). Although the two little pups left were very sweet, we drove home and decided that we really didn't have the means to train a puppy right now due to our schedules. Therefore, we talked it over with some other dog owners who recommended us think about getting a young adult dog that would be more able to stay alone when we were both working. Therefore, we turned to our VERY favorite breed-- the Brussels Griffon (the little dog in the movie As Good As It Gets). We found a breeder in VA who was selling two adult (2.5yrs) Griffs who were much more suitable for our young family. So... we decided to get "Maggie Mae" (her name may change) a female Griff from them. We are going to pick her up when we return from our honeymoon in about 4 weeks. I am so excited because these dogs sound like little people in everything I read about them-- and they are adorable! Keep us in your prayers as this is a BIG undertaking for us.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

God's Promises

Our God is faithful to his promises-- just like his breathtaking promise depicted in the rainbow. What I'm talking about is that Justin and I believe we have found a home church. When we last spoke, we had tried two churches already with no luck, but after one more "strike" we landed at Grace Fellowship Presbyterian. Our dear friend Patrick, whose wedding pictures you saw previously, suggested that we try a PCA as a "good medium" between Justin's Catholic background and my Baptist upbringing. Not only was this church an excellent medium, it was also an answer to our prayers for a church family. The members were incredibly welcoming, the senior pastor was well spoken (and even noticed us as newcomers), and God even placed us next to another young couple. This young couple got marriend right out of college, she was an RN, and they had searched for a church as well and found Grace Fellowship. We had such genuine conversation with these people and even mentioned the idea of grabbing dinner together at the infamous Wegmans since they live very close to us. It was just so wonderful to have this prayer answered! Now, I am continuing to pray with expectency that God will hear about my passing the nursing board exam-- the NCLEX-RN. Keep me in your prayers as well!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Church Shopping

Yes, I know it sounds terrible, but I feel like Justin and I are church shopping. Actually, we have been looking for a church in the Fairfax area for about a month now with little success. The first one we tried was overwhelmingly technologically advanced--felt like the true message really faded into the background, and yesterday's was quaint and friendly but much smaller and, well, older than we had in mind. I guess God wants us to keep searching for that place he would have us call church home. Keep us in your prayers.
As for today--Monday--it's back to the usual. Justin left for work far earlier than I even woke up. Now, I'm debating whether or not to travel the 25mins to Leesburg to return my mom's gift (not because I'm mean). I also plan on studying hard today... so I'm not sure what I'll do. O well. I'll stay busy nevertheless. Love ya'll!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Writing's on the Wall

Alas, proof! I graduated for the University of Virginia. After spending over a month lying on the bed in the guest bedroom, I finally coaxed Justin into hanging my enormous college diploma in our apartment. If memory serves me, I believe UVa is the only university that still uses the original diploma format used at the time of the first graduating class. i.e.- Our diplomas are not the tradition 8X11 types... nope... this sucker is 16X20 without the mat and frame. Yeah, so we always have to make a statement... after all... we are The University. ha! Just wanted you all to see it. Much blood (literally-in the hospital), sweat (literally-at football games and the AFC), and tears (literally-of both sadness and joy) went into earning that very large piece of parchment.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

My Best Friend's Wedding

Ahh-- a movie title-- one I've never seen actually. In reality, I just got back (a few days ago) from my childhood best friend, Emily's, wedding. It was such a beautiful occasion, and she looked absolutely stunning the whole weekend. Emily at Patrick got married on St. Augustine Beach in Florida, so I flew down to Jacksonville last Friday for the rehearsal (I was a bridesmaid, after all). When I arrived, I was greeted in the airport by Emily's gorgeous friend from Liberty University, Haley... and my other highschool counterpart, Christen. It was quite an experience to be with Emily and Christen at the same time again! We met up with the blushing bride outside the airport, then traveled down to St. Augustine to meet Patrick and his groomsmen for lunch. We ate at this darling resaurant called Scarlett O'Hara's, which was right up my alley-- most of you know my unfettered love for Gone With the Wind-- and if you don't-- "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn!" Afterwards, we had the rehearsal on the beach, showered, and enjoyed a lovely rehearsal dinner complete with a slideshow prepared by the bride. As put best by Haley, "there's just so much emotion--it's gonna get wet." And... it did... I think I started crying during this slideshow, and I'm not sure if I've even stopped yet despite being home for 3 days now. Saturday morning was the BIG DAY, and it went perfectly. I couldn't help but to think of how much Emily and Patrick deserved such a spectacular wedding day. Emily was truly a radiant bride, a tearful Patrick testified to that on many occasions. The weather was wonderful, the dancing fun, and the food unbelievably great! Despite many many tears, I think the couple knew how happy we all were for them. I could not imagine a better husband and wife for one another-- here's a final toast to the new Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Lee Shaw!

Welcome Friends

Well, it's truly amazing you ended up here. Blogs are one of those things that I've always found very intriguing but never quite believed I could master-- you know, just something Hillary Duff did in that movie about finding her mom a date. However, I suppose we can do just about anything we set our minds to. Enjoy!