Flying Geese Watching Over Me

The last two months have been something of a whirlwind for my family. To call things bittersweet would be an understatement. August 14, 2014 will forever be a day remembered as being bittersweet. On that warm Thursday morning, I was preparing for my final interview and getting ready to sign my first teaching contract; excitement was running through my blood. However, when I was sitting in the conference room during my interview, I felt an overwhelming sense of unease. Little did I know that outside the walls of the room I was in, my world and my entire family’s world would change forever. On August 14, 2014, I lost my brother-in-law in a tragic traffic accident. Life as we knew it was suddenly different. I had to find out the news from my best friend’s father. But, worst than that, my sister had to put the pieces together while she was at work at the hospital. Our lives were different. In the blink of an eye, everything had changed. However, this isn’t a post about sadness or telling a tear jerking story. This is a post about hope and knowing that God is watching over every single one of us.

To tell this story, I need to backtrack many years. Growing up, my grandfather was an avid hunter. When he passed away, my whole soon began to feel a connection with the geese that took up home at the local ponding basins. It all began at his funeral when a flock flew directly over us. From then on, everywhere we looked, everywhere we went, there were a flock of geese flying over.

When my sister, Megan, and my brother-in-law, Matthew, got married, there was a flock of geese that flew over the venue as soon as the groomsmen made their entrance. And, to top things off, there was one fat goose that was trailing behind. We all joked this was my Papa attending the wedding and letting us all know he was there.

Fast forward to August 15, 2014. I had to get out of the house and go for a run the day after the accident. I felt like I could go forever that day. But, after about 6 miles I just froze where I was alongside the road, dropped to the ground, and started balling my eyes out. I couldn’t help but think that life wasn’t fair. I felt like I couldn’t go on, then, over the loud sound of my iPod, I heard them. I heard the geese. I looked up to the sky and there was a small flock going right above me. That is when I knew I wasn’t alone and I would never be alone.

At the candlelight vigil held in his honor, a flock of geese flew directly over home plate and then circled around the field. Matthew was with us that night. When we had the graveside funeral, again, a flock of geese flew directly over the burial site. Matthew was with us that day too.

Everyday on my drive to work, there is a flock of geese that guides my path, and I know that I am safe. I am safe because I have two special guardian angels up in heaven and I have a God whose love is beyond compare. Isaiah 46:4 states, ” I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” We are truly blessed to have a God that loves us so much that he carries us all, through every tragedy and every triumph, we are on his shoulders. He is there to keep us afloat and save us when we are falling. When life is going well, we often forget to thank him. But when hard times hit, thats often when we instantly go to blame God. So I urge you, to seek Him even on the days when you don’t feel you need His strength because the truth is, you need Him more than you may realize.

And so, I will always be thankful for the flying geese watching over me.

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Pumpkin Harvest

I know, I know, I have been really bad at updating this blog lately. It has been hectic adjusting to the new school schedule, plus the heat just does not seem to want to leave, so baking has been the last item on the schedule.

Anyways, with fall finally setting in, it was time for harvesting Penny the Pumpkin. Natalie planted the seed while she was in kindergarten and was so excited to watch it grow in the back yard all summer long. So needless, here are some pictures of Natalie being so excited to finally harvest her pumpkins.

 

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Introducing Nala

If there is one thing that must be known about me, it is that I have an unhealthy obsession with my yellow lab, Nala. You will see her frequently in posts and I promise there will be lots of pictures of our adventures together. Nala was born on September 11, 2011 and has a very special place in my heart. I got her during my junior year of college right after my 20th birthday.

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She has been a diva from day 1 and love to play fetch and chase her tail. If you have a treat to give her, Nala will give you a high five or shake your hand. She hasn’t met a puddle that she doesn’t love and is usually covered in mud from playing so much. She was my study buddy during college, and even took up a liking to my physics manual. But at the end of the day, Nala is just a big puppy who enjoys a good nap.

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I graduated, now what?

I remember the day I left for the University of California, Davis like it was yesterday. My mom’s Tahoe was packed full of clothes, dorm decorations, and of course a pink cruiser bike to get around town on. I was able to experience life on my own and meet the closest friends a girl could ask for. Of course, there was heartbreak, hardships, and lots of tears shed, but there is no doubt in my mind I have become a better, stronger person thanks to being able to attend such a great university. Now, four years later, that journey is over and I am left to wonder what is next in my life. Obviously, I know I want to become a teacher, and am working on earning a credential, but I feel like a part of me is missing now that I am no longer in my favorite little college town of Davis, CA. It is not depression, but rather the concept of being away from a place that has become home and friends that have become my family. So, here I am now, trying to figure out what comes next, and I am so excited to share that with all of you. The time between college and starting a family is going to be very special. It will be a time for me to grow as a person even more, strengthen my relationships, try new things, create new recipes (even if some are disasters), and live life without regrets. Here’s to the next chapter in my life. I hope you all enjoy.

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