Friday, November 26, 2010

Thankfulness

Ah, hello blog friends.  I feel like it has been so long since the last time I wrote a post, probably because it has been a while.  I've been busy lately studying for and taking the GRE, working on several class projects, taking exams, and a whole lot of other stuff that needs to get done.  I'm also trying to figure out what I want to do with my life, grad school or job and what major and where and a whole lot of other questions that I'm not sure of the answer right now. I should write a whole post on that.
Anywho, I thought I would write a post appropriate for my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is so wonderful to me because the food, our whole family gets together without the stresses that accompany Christmas, the food, and people are generally in higher spirits as they remember to be thankful, and did I mention I love the food?  But in all seriousness, it is a wonderful holiday.  I thought I would make a list today of some of the things that I am thankful for, in list format none the less.
1. I am thankful that I get to spend the holidays with my family and extended family.  I am fortunate enough to have 3 grandparents to also spend holidays with, and I also pray that God will keep him here for many more years.
2.  I am thankful that I have a loving and supportive family.  Throughout my life they have encouraged me and been there for me numerous times. I know that they will continue to support me no matter what I choose do.
3.  I am thankful to have a wonderful best friend/boyfriend.  I couldn't say enough about Matt if I tried.  He's helped me through a lot and is almost always the person I run to when I need help.  He also loves to dance, I know ladies, you are jealous.
4.  I am thankful for my health and the health of my friends and family.  I hope that this can continue for a long time.
5.  I am thankful for the many opportunities I have had in my life.  Opportunities to learn more, to travel, to experience new things, to be challenged in new ways.  Many of these opportunities have been the result of efforts of my parents, but others have also added to my opportunities.
6.  I am thankful for the many friends I have made over the years, both new and old, near and far.  I never imagined I would have met and made so many new friends 5 years ago.  I remember when I first moved to Iowa City and I spent the first weekend there alone and crying.  I thought I would never be able to meet new people because everyone my age was already settled into there group of friends.  It's hard to imagine that I was like that now.  So I am thankful for the people who went out of their way to help me out when I first moved to Iowa City, for those who invited me out, who called me, who hung out with me.  You are wonderful.  I am also thankful for those friends I made at Wartburg, even though I don't get to see you nearly enough you are often in my thoughts.
 7.  So the list for my thankfulness goes on and on, but I am going to cut this one off.  I am so lucky for the many wonderful people in my life.

I have some more good ideas for posts so hopefully I will be able to write some more soon.
Happy Thanksgiving (a day late and a dollar short)!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

They called them crazy when they started out. Said seventeen's too young to know what loves about

Today is Matt and my's 6th year anniversary.
Happy Anniversary babe.  I love you.

In some ways, this year's anniversary was like any other but in others it is very different.  We talked on the phone last night about getting to spend time together this coming weekend, and doing fun things like going out for dinner.  You sent me a text today to tell me happy anniversary and I replied.

In many ways this anniversary is very different for us.  It's been quite the year for us.  Maybe one of the toughest we've had since we started dating.  A lot of tears have been shed, there have been sleepless nights, and begging to God.  It's the first year where I actually thought that we might never make it to this anniversary.  But here we are again and I am so glad. 

I'm still scared for the future, don't get me wrong.  Especially a future where we don't know if we will still be able to be together.  A future in which we don't know where we will be a year from now much less three months from now. 

These last few months together have been great though.  Since I've been able to put the constant worry of the unknown future out of my mind and focus on the present, I've been able to enjoy our time together much more and I hope you have too.  I've been praying a lot and asking God to help us through this and find our way.  And I've found great comfort in the fact that if this relationship is meant to be then God will find a way and in the end we will be together.  For now I hope we can just keep living in the present.  After all if we just spend all our time worrying we will waste it all away.  No matter what happens though, I know that these last six years have been worth it.
I don't know where I would be without you.  You have given me many laughs, smiles, joys, tears, and a lot of other emotions.  I didn't know I was capable of loving someone this much for so long.  And I can only hope that this love grows stronger and lasts much longer.

I found a quote that was very fitting for us.
Distance is not for the fearful; it’s for the bold. It’s for those who are willing to spend a lot of time alone in exchange for a little time with the one they love. It’s for knowing a good thing when they see it, even if they don’t see it nearly enough. ~Oprah Winfrey

I wouldn't trade these last six years for anything.  I still love you.

Monday, November 1, 2010

People join people

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to attend a conference in Houghton, Michigan.
I have to admit, I didn't really want to go at first.  I was missing the Iowa-Wisconsin football game, and I had to leave on Thursday and therefore miss two days of class and had to work really hard to get ahead on homework before I left.  And it was a really long drive.  And I do not like sitting in cars or driving by myself (even though I only had to go to Minneapolis and back by myself).  But alas, I decided to go and it turned out to be a good decision after all.
The conference was the regional conference for Theta Tau, the professional engineering fraternity I am involved with.  Now usually these conferences are fairly boring, with a few break out sessions, a campus tour, and a pointless building game.  This one, however, turned out to be a little different.  This time there was an outside speaker brought in from a company called Phired Up which specializes in recruitment services for membership organizations especially Greek organizations.  The presentation was mostly about how to better recruit better members using dynamic recruitment.  I learned some interesting stuff, but that's not the point of this blog.  One of the things that Vince (our presenter) told us that day was, "People don't join organizations, people join people."  He then asked the group to think back to when we joined Theta Tau and think about the one person who really brought us in.
The name I thought of was Adam Smith.
Now I have no idea if Adam will ever read this post, but rest assured I've already told him that he was the reason I joined.
So let me tell you the story.  In August 2008, I moved to Iowa City and was to start my first semester at the University of Iowa (I was a transfer student).  I knew some people from high school going to school there but I didn't really know any engineers.  And boy was I scared and nervous.  I had received a mailing about Theta Tau earlier that summer and decided to go to an event in an effort to meet some people and partly because Matt told me girls couldn't join fraternities, so I set out to prove him wrong.  Not like me at all...okay just kidding.
Anyways, I met Adam at the first event I went to a speed meeting type of event. I did talk to him a little that evening but it's the next event that sticks out in my mind.  On Saturday morning before the first football game, a tailgate (non-alcoholic) was planned at the engineering building as a rush event for Theta Tau. I went to this event after much debate.  I had no one to go the game with and it's possible that I spent the previous night crying by myself because I thought I was never going to meet anyone.  Back on topic, I went to the event and had a good time and found out that Adam and his then girlfriend, now fiance, Sam, were going to the game too.  So I went along with them.  When I got over to the game, I realized that I had pulled my barcode of my ticket.  Adam gave me his number and I walked all the way home to get the rest of my ticket and came back.
When I finally arrived back at Kinnick, I called Adam and proceeded to try and find him.  And oh my, I was sooooo lost.  I had been to Kinnick a few times before, but I was by no means familiar with it.  And Adam, bless his heart stayed on the phone with me.  The crowd was so loud at times, we couldn't hear each other. But he stayed on the phone and patiently explained where he was to a very confused me.  I did eventually find him and sat by them the rest of the game and cheered.  And it was a good day.
I know this probably doesn't sound like much.  But when I think about how easy it would have been for him to just hang out the phone when the crowd got loud or to never answer my call at all, it becomes a bigger deal.  I can't say whether or not I would have still joined Theta Tau if it wasn't for that one day, but I can say that after Adam did that for me, I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of.
I didn't realize then what a big part of my life it would become either.
People don't join organizations, people join people.
Thanks Adam.

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Also coming up soon:  Why do I still put time into Theta Tau?
I am also trying to figure out how personal I want to make this blog and what I should focus on.  Right now, I just seem to talk about various things going on in my life and I will probably continue to do that.  I am considering delving more into the personal side of my life.  Thoughts from any of the 3 bloggy friends who read this?
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