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Friday afternoon I said my final goodbye and moved to Westerville.  I’ve been anticipating the move for almost two months.  I can tell I am experiencing some anxiety because my arthritis is flaring up in spurts.  My knee and elbows are swollen today.  I wish I knew the exact cause of a flare up, but it seems to be due to a mixture of causes.

When I attended Bowling Green from the fall of 2009 to the spring of 2010, my arthritis was at an all-time high.  I was miserable, drained, sore, and weak.  I lost over 15 lbs. because the medication I was taking upset my stomach which lessened my appetite.  I will have to monitor my weight now that I have moved because I don’t have the privilege of having a fridge full of food at all times.

I went grocery shopping with Matt on Saturday and was successfully able to keep the cost under $50.  That was a big deal to me because I have created a budget and want to stick to it.  Since I am responsible for all of my meals, I am trying to lean towards healthier food purchases, which I hope will improve my joint soreness.

Yesterday I surprised Matt while he was at work at Starbucks.  I decided that since I would have at least 45 minutes until he was done, that I would bring my Bible and do some reading.  I chose to read from Romans chapter 3 and really liked verse 22.  “We are made right in God’s sight when we trust in Jesus Christ to take away our sins.  And we can all be saved in this same way, no matter who we are or what we have done”.  I was made right with God when I was 9 years old when I asked Him to come into my life and to lead it.  I remember giving my life to Him very clearly.  I was sitting in the kitchen having a conversation with my mom and was asking her question’s about God, Heaven, and Hell.  She explained to me how she accepted God into her life recently and told me it was my choice and that no one could make the choice for me.  Looking back, that is by far the biggest decision I have made in my life and I am forever grateful for it.  Of course the second biggest decision has been this move.

On Wednesday I will work from 9-2 with the children I will be nannying for.  I am excited to spend more time with them so they can become more comfortable around me.  I still am not confident enough to drive to their house without using a GPS because last time I tried to do so, I missed my turn and was 15 minutes late.  It has been my prayer that I will fit right into the family and that the children and I will have a strong bond.

I didn’t mean to take such a long hiatus from blogging, but up until the move, I hadn’t been in a writing mood and felt like I didn’t have much to report.  I have a feeling that will change 🙂

This is a picture of my key that got stuck in our door.  I had to call my roommate Anna to come help me get it out, but she wasn’t able to do so either.  Eventually Anna called for help from a friend named Steven, and he was able to get the key out within a minute.  Go figure.

My first Joshua House experience with Scarlet and Anna.  Joshua House is an evening church service that is geared towards “20 somethings”.  The worship was really good and the message was interesting!

Until next time, don’t get your key stuck in a door!

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2012 in My battle with RA

 

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Getting closer

There are just twenty one days left until I make the big move!  This in-between waiting period is both speeding by and sluggishly moving along.  To add some excitement, I bought a bright pink ottoman to liven up my new room and I can easily store it because it is collapsible.  I will be posting some pictures once I move in.

I have so much to look forward to, the list is lengthening and I am quite pleased with that.  Matt and I have already discussed having movie nights, bike rides, walks, you know…normal activities that we’ve been deprived of because of distance!  Only living ten minutes away from him is going to seem unreal for quite some time. I am so pleased with my living situation and I am anxious to get to personally know the other gals who I will be sharing the huge house with.

It was a pleasure to celebrate the 4th of July this year with two of my best friend’s, Bre and Cassie.  I am not sure how many more chances we are going to get to spend together once I move, but I plan on visiting “home” when possible.

On June 29th, I had the privilege of attending the wedding of two of my friend’s that I have met through campus fellowship.  They are an incredible couple and I am blessed to know them.  Derrick unfortunately wasn’t around when I had this photo taken, but I was happy to get one taken with the lovely bride, Brittany.  I decided to wear 5 inch heels, I guess I was feeling brave.  Considering I have arthritis, it probably wasn’t the wisest choice, but I only managed to walk away with one blister and zero foot or ankle pain.

In my previous post, I mentioned that I was going to be getting a 90 day supply of my medications, however, that did not go as planned.  When I picked up my medications, the pharmacy told me that the insurance I have only covers month by month.  Slightly bumming, considering it was going to make my life a bit easier.  Win some, lose some.

Maybe this isn’t as big of a deal as it seems to me, but after two year’s of sweating and dealing with it, I finally have air conditioning in my car.  I kept putting it off because of cost, but when I took it to the shop, they didn’t have to replace it.  They charged it, which I have had done before, but this time it seemed to have worked.  I am hoping and praying it isn’t a leak, I guess time will tell.

Until next time, get AC in your car, it’s worth the money.

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2012 in My battle with RA

 

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In the blink of an eye

I’ve been anxiously awaiting to be able to write a post about this, and the time has finally arrived!

I am moving out and I found a nanny job!!!!  I will finish working as Secretary on July 27th, and will leave for my new home that afternoon.  It still seems completely unreal to me.  “Is this real life”?-(David after the dentist)  I will be living with six other gals who all love God!  We each get our own room, and my parent’s have already moved down the majority of my furniture.  I can’t even begin to imagine how wonderful it will be to only live less than ten minutes away from Matt.  We’ve been dealing with distance since our relationship began, so it will be nice that I won’t have to actually plan times when I can visit him…I can just drive over!

I am so thrilled to nanny for such a wonderful, Christian family.  God has truly opened doors of opportunity for me that I hadn’t even known existed just a few short months ago.  I knew that if this were to all work out, that I would have to totally let go and let God guide my footsteps.  I experienced anxiety, peace, hopefulness, but most of all patience during the waiting period.  I am incredibly thankful for what He has allowed to happen.  Now that the puzzle pieces have aligned and fit together for the next chapter of my life, I can joyfully move forward!

The pressures of properly budgeting and accepting all responsibilities of living on my own are certainly starting to settle in my bones, but I’m up for the challenge.  I guess you could say I’m putting my big girl pants on.  I’m so blessed to have been taught how to save money, because I wouldn’t be able to move out had I not been extra careful with my finances.  I’m looking forward to grocery shopping, doing all of my laundry, making meals, working full-time, and yes, even mowing the lawn at our house.  I’ve been spoiled living with my family because every one of those responsibilities were always taken care of.

I have decided that for the time being, I am going to stay with my current rheumatologist even though I am moving farther away.  I literally just transferred and had my first appointment with him in April, so I’d rather not have to go through the whole transferring of records and x-ray process all over again.  I am going to have to find a new pharmacy to pick up my monthly prescriptions, but I’m pretty sure I’m already gonna go ahead with Kroger since it’s super close to my new home.  There is just so much floating around in my mind, so many details that I need to figure out once I move in.

Until next time, be careful what you wish for cause you just might get it 😉

“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps”. Proverbs 16:9

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2012 in My battle with RA

 

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