Miss Type A

This post has nothing to do with the wedding, or moving to Savannah, or what cute and fun thing the Tar Heel and I did this weekend.  But it is something I wanted to share in case someone else can relate to my post or the post that inspired this one.

Did you know that God doesn’t need my help?  You probably already knew that, and I’m sure deep down I know it too. But being a Type A personality at it’s finest, I feel like I have to give the Maker of the Stars a little heads-up about certain situations.  Indeed, He doesn’t need me to explain a situation prior to asking Him for help.  He doesn’t need me to go through, point-by-point why I am right and they were wrong.  He doesn’t even need me to physically ask for His guidance and help.  He just needs me to trust and rely entirely in Him.  That’s it.

I love having friends that you can send an email to explaining a difficult (lack of control related) situation and they respond with this:

…I will pray for your comfort and relief in knowing His timing is omnipotent.

Reading this post and that email just put it all in perspective for me. Recently I have felt like my life has been turned entirely upside down.  I mean, wouldn’t you if you were:

1) Starting a brand new full time job with new (huge) responsibilities.

2) Starting your final thesis for your Master’s Degree

3) Taking additional classes at night to prepare for your second Master’s Degree and applying for your next program

4) Planning a wedding

5) Preparing to live an entirely separate existence from the one happiest part of your life for several months (how on earth can I make it apart from the Tar Heel?)

6) Preparing your heart and relationship to be the best it can be in marriage and life with your soul mate and God (again, no pressure Miss Type A)

This  list is by no means all-inclusive .   I left out so many little things happening around me that dampen my hopeful spirit and make my Type A personality yearn for control of things I cannot change (sickness, death, hurtful situations, etc.).  But reading that simple post really helped me to realize that God can so handle everything I throw at Him, and He actually wants me to give it all to Him.  How awesome is that?  He really can “get along”  without my aid.   Here’s to taking the big step of relinquishing control and moving forward as positively and resolute in my goals as humanly (hear that God? I know you are so much stronger/bigger/wiser/better than us little humans) possible.

Last day

Today is my last day at my job of more  than 2 years.  I started this position one week after I graduated from NCSU in 2008.  It has had it’s fair share of ups and downs and unexplainable shenanigans.  But all along the way I have made it through with my coworkers that have become dear friends. Since I know my favorite coworkers will be reading this, I figured I would give them each a little shout-out.  They made this job so much more bearable… :)

Ms. Alma (aka Elsie #1) :  I remember my first day here I heard you say “Don’t make me cut you” to someone and I thought “Did she just say she was going to cut someone?”  I knew right  then that you were someone special if you could threaten a coworker in a corporate office and no one even blinked an eye. ;)  I love how you always take care of me and force me to take care of myself.  You actually take care of EVERYONE and you should seriously start charging for your medical advice services.  But I love you and t hat’s why  you are so special; you have the biggest heart and the most SASSINESS of anyone I know.  On top of that you love the Lord and let everyone see it through your love for others. 

Beth (aka Elsie #3):  I don’t even know where to start with you!  I guess I will start back at my first day.  I remember my first thought when I met you was “OH I love her shoes!”  My next thought was “Dang, she has nice legs.”  Haha!  You are such a beautiful person inside and out and I am so happy God placed me here on this project so that we could become friends.  I think He knew how much we both  needed each other.  You got me through some of the hardest times I’ve ever had emotionally and professionally and I don’t know what in the world I would have done without you here! I love you and I’m proud to call you my friend. :) PS – Thanks for convincing me to go on that date with the Tar Heel.  I don’t think I can repay you for that encouragement…!!

Rita (honorary Elsie):  I don’t know if I have the power to make you a part of the Elite Elsies (I think only Ms. Alma can do that) but you definitely deserve a spot in the group.  I hate we haven’t worked together longer, but I am so thankful for the time I have had to get to know you.  You are such a wonderful person and so genuine, a characteristic that is hard to come by.  I know all the mommies and babies in Labor & Delivery miss you, but I am selfishly so glad you found your way here because it meant I got to work with you. :)

I can’t wait to see each of you at my WEDDING next year!!! Ms. Alma, I am putting you down to bring your “special punch” and I hope you bring little Braylon as your date.  His white auntie wants to meet him. :)

Love you guys,

Elsie #4

1 Corinthians 2:9

“However, as it is written: No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him!” 1 Corinthians 2:9

I wanted to take a second to thank everyone who prayed on my behalf for the new job I interviewed for.  I got my job offer yesterday!!!!  I am so happy.  The Tar Heel and I keep saying this is one more “domino” of events falling into place for us and we are thrilled.  We have prayed and prayed that the Lord would work out everything regarding this job so that I wouldn’t have to drive so far every day and he is certainly our God of Provision! :)

Now that I am officially employed, I can share a bit more  information about the awesomeness of my new job.  It is with the Department of Bariatric Surgery at Pitt County Memorial Hospital within the Brody School of Medicine at ECU.  Get all that?  Basically, I will be working with the Department of Bariatric Surgery at the hospital on the clinical research side of things.  I will be working on several studies involving patients who undergo gastric bypass and lap band procedures.  One of the major studies going on right now involves identifying and isolating a molecule which may potentially be the reason for eradicating Type 2 diabetes in gastric bypass patients……. awesome right!?!??!!?!? I can share more details of my day-to-day once I start July 26th :)

YAY!  The Tar Heel and his sweet mom, KSG, took me out  to dinner last night to celebrate.  It was so special!  And we get  to continue the celebrating because the Tar Heel and I leave tonight for our first vacation together in Charleston, SC!!!! Remember this post  where I told you all about my love for Charleston?  Well I am super excited to show the Tar Heel all the reasons why I love that place.  He has never been and I keep joking with our moms that I feel like I’m taking him to my hometown for the first time.  It is just such a sweet and dear place to me so I am excited to go back, this time with the love of my life!  I mean can it get any better?!  I bought  the cutest Lilly Pulitzer dress for the weekend too.  Here’s the style I got but my dress is a way prettier (pink, green, blue and yellow) pattern.

We are going to Magnolias on Friday night and I wanted something very “Charleston” to wear there.  Nothing says Charleston like a Lilly dress in my opinion.  :) We will take lots of pics to share with you all!

The picture of the Tar Heel and I above is from  July 4th weekend that he took with his new (really old)  film camera.  It was his one of his first film shots and they all turned out amazing!  Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!