Saturday, November 12, 2011


This past week (well more like the past two days) I was in Cleveland!  Yes, little farm town me was in Cleveland, but at least it wasn't downtown :) Before I get to my point, I have to share a picture with you that I saw on Thursday.  And yes, that is a Shrek doll on a little kids car, on a big car hauler... haha!

This was on a car hauler... totally made my day :)
I was there for a job interview.  It feels like interviews run my life right now, and I'm not complaining about it.  I am extremely blessed to have them right now, so I will just give praise and say thank you to God for what He's given.

Anyway, the title of this post... Stop!  On my way to Cleveland (via the turnpike... can you say 70mph-->Yay!), God stopped me, literally and figuratively.  Once I got on the turnpike, I grabbed my little ticket and then put it somewhere.  I thought I put it in my lap, but turns out I didn't.  I had probably been driving for about 45 minutes before it dawned on me I had no idea where the ticket was, meaning by the time I got to Cleveland, trouble would be near if I didn't find it.  So like all bad drivers (<--confession of a 21 year old, oops.  Normally I'm not a bad driver) I started to search for it.  After say 5-10 minutes of this scary driving, I realized this was a dumb idea and pulled over at a service plaza.  I parked the car and started searching.  Of course it turned out to be in plain sight.  Ugh!  So I took the ticket and clipped it to my visor, ready to return to the road. 

Doesn't seem like much other than a confession that I can be a bad driver, right?

That's what I thought too!  Until about 15 minutes more of driving and God and I had a conversation.  They normally start with, "Hey God, what are you doing up there?" :)  I went to Him to talk about the job search, my family, my friends, school, my future, stuff like that.  But in the moments of silence, I realized something.  The ticket getting lost was much more than me realizing I can be a bad driver. 

So often in my life, I have issues, like issues with people.  Stuff that is small enough to be overlooked (like the 45 min of not knowing I had misplaced the ticket), but big enough that it starts to bug me. Enough that it nitpicks at my attitude, slowly breaking it down.  And then I do stupid stuff to avoid whatever I need to do to resolve the problem (like the bad driving instead of pulling over).  What I really need to do is Stop! and fix the issue instead of letting it ruin my attitude and my actions.  If only it was that easy, huh?  But maybe it is that easy, and we just choose to ignore that fact.  We make a bigger deal out of everything. 
And the ticket was found!

I got back on the road and got to Cleveland safe and sound.  I'm totally being spoiled by interviews; I mean with the hotels, the fancy food, the nice places, I'm extremely spoiled!  But the interviews went well, it was a nice place.  Looking forward to what God's got in store for me.  I just sometimes wish it was here sooner, but I know that I truly will miss what I'm doing right now and should enjoy it.

Here are some pictures from my hotel... holy cow!

Oh did I mention it snowed yesterday?!?! Yep, first snow of the year, 11/11/11. Kind of cool, yet not entirely welcoming to wake up to before your interviews.
This is what I woke up to...

Petey was really cold.  Wanted to be in the garage.... Poor thing

Like last night.  Ashley came over and we definitely just chilled on the couch catching up on life.  The CMA awards were on in the background (we DVR'ed it. Love DVR!), but we just got to enjoy spending some time together.  Good stuff. 

Well to those reading this, I'm heading down to Marmon in about 20 minutes with a friend, so I should probably make sure I've got everything!  Great time to spend with friends and horses.  Love it!


  1. I hope your interview went well! Nate and I unloaded our UHaul in that snow haha. Let me know next time you're in the city. We now live about 15 minutes from downtown!

  2. I am Jamie from the ornament exchange! God has lots of wonderful things in store for you! Keep that awesome positive attitude! Can't wait to get to know you better! :)


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