Thursday, May 30, 2013

What it means (to me) to be a Christian pediatric nurse.

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1) It means my job is my mission field. I get to be His hands and feet in this way.

2) It means I pray for the safety of my patients and sing worship songs on the car ride to and from work. I love "Live Like That" by Sidewalk Prophets. "...people pass, and even if they don't know my name, is there evidence that I've been changed? When they see me, do they see You?"

3) It means that when I have free time, I may stumble upon sweet conversations with co-workers, encouraging one another in Christ. In some conversations, I find out about someone who has different beliefs than I do. And it's ok.

4) It means that I am asked to sing "Jesus Loves Me" with that little patient who can't seem to fall asleep.

5) Sometimes, it means that parents ask me to pray with and/or for them.

6) It means that in the middle of a chaotic night, I get to rock that tiny baby to sleep, sing and pray for that baby, and tell him/her about the great plans our Savior has for them."You are fearfully and wonderfully made," I whisper.

7) It means that on the days I am frustrated or angry at a particular situation, I get to go to a quiet place (sometimes the only quiet place is the bathroom) and offer it up to God, for His glory.

8) It means encountering life, death, hope, discouragement, trust in God. Sometimes, all in one night.

9) It means that on good and bad days I have to ask myself, "What if I was taking care of Jesus tonight? What if one of these patients is Jesus Himself?" What would be my attitude? Would I be kind? Compassionate? Loving? Angry? Would I have a complaining spirit? Would I really care if He keeps calling me for a popsicle or an apple juice? (the last one would be pretty funny). It keeps me in check.

10) It means that I am doing the work of and following the One who loves the children and their parents way more than I could ever love them.

Heavenly Father, Thank You. Thank you for the opportunity of serving You, children and adults this way. I praise You. Be what radiates about me as I go to work. May my life and my work as a nurse always bring You glory.

"Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.'" Matthew 19:14


Love, 
Gabby

Just a side note: Names of patients/healthcare workers, specific ages, specific gender, specific dates and/or specific details will never be included on my nursing blog posts to protect patient/health care worker privacy. :-) 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Greg's visit to Texas: Enchanted Rock.

There is this place, about two hours from where I live, that is completely breathtaking.

It is called Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, part of the Texas park system. It is in between of Fredericksburg, Texas and Llano, Texas (two small towns). It is a huge granite rock formation.

We love finding places like these. I wish I would live closer!





Isn't the view breathtaking?



Boys. 



Praise Him!



Dramatic effects. ;-) It wasn't THAT steep.


Freedom. 




Wild Flowers.



Sometimes, I still can't believe it!








I was taking pictures and as I turned around to see if Greg was near, I found him laying like this. 
He was probably trying to soak up the sun before he returned to cold Minnesota!
We did get really tanned (more like red), though. I still have a tan line mid-forearm!







We had an awesome day hiking. My heart was overwhelmed with so much goodness!
All creation really sings.

What's not to love about You? 
Heaven and Earth adore You
Kings and Kingdoms bow down
Son of God you are the One. You are the One.
Sing, sing, sing, and make music with the heavens
We will sing, sing, sing, grateful that You hear us
When we shout your praise, lift high the name of Jesus.

(Sing, Sing, Sing - Chris Tomlin)

Love, 
Gabby



Monday, May 27, 2013

Greg's visit to Texas: Puzzle & Jenga/Jumbling Tower!

As I had mentioned on a previous post, Greg came to visit me in Texas (he is currently in Minnesota).
The first or second night he was here, we found a puzzle and a Jenga/Jumbling Tower at the store for less than $10! We wanted to buy a board game, but these looked so much fun (besides, they would entertain us for hours)!

This is the puzzle we chose (1000 pieces!). Fall is our favorite season!
I would also love to have a house like this one...but that is another story. ;-)


My handsome. 



Greg was so good at this. I didn't even have two pieces together and he had this already!


Initially, I wanted to separate them by shape. We ended up separating every puzzle piece by color (my right-minded husband worked best like this). I think that is why he was so good at it. ;-)


After about two and a half hours of placing puzzle pieces together, we took a break and played with the Jenga/Jumbling tower! This was so much fun. It took a lot of concentration! 




We ran out of blocks to move without the tower falling!


Most exciting part of the game? When a player moves a piece of the tower that makes it fall.


But then we can build again!

I have so many more pictures to share, but I will save them for the next post! 

How was your weekend?

Love, 
Gabby

Sunday, May 19, 2013

He is God!

Picture from a mission trip to Jacmel, Haiti, two years ago! 
Shout it
Go on and scream it from the mountains
Go on and tell it to the masses
That He is God!

and all will sing out, "Hallelujah!"
and we will cry out, "Hallelujah!"

(All the Poor and the Powerless - by All Sons and Daughters) 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Hiking.

Last week, Greg and I went hiking!

As we were hiking, we came across this huge slanted rock that we had to climb to get to the other side.

As Greg bravely (and quickly) climbed the rock, I froze.

I must confess, I am not afraid of heights, but I am afraid of huge holes. Including those cracks in between big rocks, etc. I am especially afraid if I can't see the bottom! Is this weird?

Anyway, this angled rock had one of those! It was only about two to three feet away, but I was terrified. What if I slip and fall down that hole? Who is going to get me out? Greg is going to have to call for help. What if I break a leg or an arm? I was about to cry and began hyperventilating.

Greg tried his best to tranquilize me. He told me to grab his hand and assured me he would pull me over. I stood there for about five minutes until I decided to grab his hand and place one of my legs on the "other side". However, I let go of his hand and told him I would not cross. I had to cross, though. It would be more difficult and time consuming to turn back.

Minutes later, I found another way around the rock (which still required climbing/crossing) that wasn't very slanted, and Greg helped me cross with no difficulty. Once I felt safe, we continued through the trail.


This experience taught me two things:

1) Trusting in my husband. I did not trust him as he told me to grab his hand. I decided to go my way and then he could come and help me. I am all about safety, following the rules, and having it all under control, and this was not one of those situations. This experience, along with other experiences throughout his visit, taught me that Greg listens to me all the time and I need to start [fully] trusting my husband whenever I have, or don't have, it all under control. I think it is difficult for me to transition since I haven't depended on others (with a few exceptions) for years.

2) Don't we all have this same attitude towards God? When I see or am faced with an obstacle on my way and I can't see  how "deep" it is, I can quickly loose sight of how big and faithful God is. I start questioning Him and questioning myself. Even though he tells me "do not be afraid", "do not be terrified", "don't fear", "fear not", etc, over and over again. And even more amazing, when I disobey him and go "my way", God teaches me a lesson, but... He is still there. Holding my hand (sometimes carrying me), not letting go.

I think that God asks us to do difficult things and He places what may seem like obstacles in our way to build us (perhaps very cliché of me to say). But most importantly, to seek Him, acknowledge our dependence on Him and for Him to be glorified.

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Does this make sense? I hope it encourages you.

Have an awesome week, almost weekend! I have one more night of six 12 hour night shifts (with a day off in between)! Pretty exhausting, but thankful! I really love what I do. Anyway, now I am just rambling, maybe I should
go to sleep (I just got home at 0730 am). :-) 
Love, 
Gabby

Monday, May 13, 2013

Keith + Diana : A Proposal.

On April 25th, 2013, a boy asked a girl to be his wife. 

She said, "What are you doing here???!!! YES!!!".

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My sister's boyfriend came to visit her from Minnesota (yes, he also happens to be from Minnesota and he happens to be my husband's best friend!). 

One night, my sister had to go to work (she is also a nurse). In the meantime, he had gone to visit his family in Texas and run some errands. When he arrived to the apartment, he told me he was about to propose to my sister and he was leaving in twenty minutes. 

TWENTY. 

He was so nice and allowed me to go to capture it all. I quickly got ready and went to the hospital. 

I was so nervous for my sister. She was about to be engaged to the man she loved and she didn't have a clue! 

He was a nervous wreck, too! ;-)

When we arrived at the hospital, Keith, my sister's then boyfriend, asked an EMT if he would allow him to propose to his girlfriend, who was a nurse in the hospital, in the back of his ambulance. The ambulance was parked and there were no patients in it, nor did he have any calls to pick up any patients, so he kindly allowed Keith.  

Waiting inside the ambulance.


One of my sister's coworkers (who knew all about the plan) told my sister she was quickly needed outside by the ambulance area (or something to that matter).

My sister ran outside. 

Opened the ambulance door.


 And...






The ring Keith gave to my sister belonged to his Italian great-grandmother! It has quite the story. 



I am so happy and grateful my sister found her life-long friend! Her Mr. Darcy. ;-)

Sometimes, I can't believe my little sister, my best friend, my backbone, my almost-twin, will be a married woman! 

So many changes will take place in the next few months. I am still soaking it all in.

Diana - I love you, unconditionally. I can't wait to see what God has in store for you! I know you will be a great wife and mother, someday. Can we be neighbors? ;-)

Keith - Take care of our girl. 

God has been so good. So perfect. 

"Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you." Psalm 63:3

A very happy sister, 
Gabby