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Well, it is the eve of Christmas day. The food has been eaten, the fellowship has been had, and the snow has fallen.

Yep, I said the snow has fallen.

My hometown has not seen a white Christmas since 1947. Wow. I am beside myself about the snow, and I can’t believe that I have finally seen a white Christmas!

Take a look!

These photos are on my front porch. I actually took them from just inside the door because I didn’t have any boots handy and I didn’t want to mess up the snow! I live in the mountains right now, so this is not much snow at all, but never-the-less, I LOVE snow and it makes it ten times better that this snow fell on Christmas day, and it covered the ground. Wow!

Ok, one last look!!

Isn’t it beautiful!! I’m in love!!

Merry Christmas!

Lots of love,

Ireland Dreamer

 

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Christmas Eve

Tomorrow is the big day…everyone has been planning for this day for the past several weeks, months even. Thinking of gifts and fellowship that is being exchanged during this time, well it is here. Finally. I’m so excited about our church services that were tonight. At both services, there were carols, smiling faces, laughing, scripture, children, and candle light all wrapped up in a beautiful bow in an exquisite sanctuary where God, Himself, was present.

The first service consisted of mostly families with their young children who will chat, cry, and squeals of excitement and anticipation throughout the service. It was wonderful!

The second service consisted of mostly adults, it was a quieter service, but a busier one for my family. Adults will squeeze into pews and hug those whom they haven’t seen in a while. Tears were shed over the alter where so many tears have fallen before. This is the place where sinners lay down their prayers on the Lord’s breast, and though He already knows, they share with him their regrets, concerns, and praises. This alter has seen young and old hands brace heavy laden bodies as they kneel before the Lord, tears of joy and sadness, and it has felt the love of families and friends surrounding each other, embracing the moments that quickly pass.

The second service, the 11pm service, is my favorite of the two. There is something soothing about the warmth of the atmosphere, the joyful smiles on people’s faces, and the Spirit of the Lord who has joined us yet again. At the end of the service, there was a candle light ceremony as we sang Silent Night together. Every year, I fall in love with this service more and more. I can only imagine the meaning it will hold when I have children of my own.

Finally, as the second service came to a close, it was officially Christmas. We as a congregation have brought in the day that the baby Jesus was born. We are reminded of the true importance and meaning of Christmas, the thing we should be focusing on. This little baby, an infant who God brought into the world to save us all. What a miracle we have all been given. God. Is. Good.

Tomorrow is the big day, and after sharing with my church family my exciting news about going to Ireland, and the privileges I am so fortunate to have received I am now home. Ready to lay down my head and rest in the Lord’s arms for the night. Tomorrow will come soon enough, but for now, I am content with the appreciation of the birth of this little baby boy, Jesus. Who was born of a virgin, and who finally died for my inevitable sins.

Merry Christmas!

Love,

Ireland Dreamer

 

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Reconnecting

You know…something that I LOVE more than so many other things is reconnecting with friends. Recently I have had the pleasure and privilege in catching up with folks that I haven’t had the opportunity in communicating with in YEARS!!

Yep.

YEARS!!!

I have caught up with people I graduated from high school with and people that I worked with several years ago. It is so much fun to get to know someone again a few years later.

People change you know. I’m sure you know, of course because we are all changing constantly. Every day is a learning experience and an adventure in itself. I love chatting with people I haven’t talked to in a long time. It is refreshing and exciting. Honestly, I love talking to all sorts of people, but old friends are sometime hard to come by. People move and sometimes change so much that you don’t even want to reacquaint yourself with them at the end of the day. On the other hand, there are others that instill in you a new spirit and are a wonderful influence on your mind, spirit, and soul.

There was one old friend who contacted me last week and he was not one that I cared to reacquaint myself with, but I was nice and asked him how he was doing and what was going on in his life and we caught up with the usual small talk.

Two other friends contacted me and it was so absolutely lovely to hear from them that I just wanted to chat with them both all night long! Isn’t that an awesome feeling? The discussion flows, and we travel down a meandering path of the past, filling in the potholes that were left open along the way, describing to each other the important things and even the minute details of our day to day lives that resume the relationship where it was left off. These are the discussions I have been having with my long lost friends over the past several days.

I can’t wait to see them in person. I have to say, even as great an evil as Facebook is, it has allowed me to have frequent contact with these persons, and I am EXCITED! I love finding out what a long lost friend has been doing over the past couple of years while our communication has gone by the wayside. In the near future, I look forward to hanging out with some of my long lost buddies, and isn’t it the most opportune time of the year…Christmas.

I always think of Christmas as the time of love, birth, and renewal. It is the time of year that I am gathering all of my feelings of the years past and packing them up in boxes and sharing my love with the people I care about the most in my life. I’m enjoying the Christmas carols, rosy cheeks, frigid winds, and snow which covers the earth with a fluffy blanket. I love this time of year.

Check out the snow we have now…isn’t it beautiful!! Believe it or not, there are buildings that you should be able to see, but it was still snowing so heavily that you couldn’t see them.

This has been the week of reconnecting with people and the celebration of Christ’s birth. The snow has been falling and the weather is reminding us that the earth needs to rest and restore itself to prepare for the spring to come in just a matter of months. It is a joyous time and I am savoring every moment of it all.

Reconnecting.

Lots of love,

Ireland Dreamer

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Blizzard HO!!

Well I’m told by our local weather man that we are bound for rough weather, and finally, after the whole day of just a bit of snow on the ground and no falling snow, we are getting some impressive winds that seem to be aiding the snow in becoming a blizzard. Yep. I said it…BLIZZARD!! I have to say I’m excited about having a large amount of snow, but the term blizzard seems so daunting. At this time we have about 4 inches on the ground and we are expected to get a LOT more.

We are bound for a blizzard y’all so batten down the hatches!

On another note, I spent the weekend with one of my best friends in Charlotte, NC where I watched her coach basketball for a team of eight and nine year old girls. The kids were so adorable and the girls were learning an incredible amount from each other and their coaches. They played hard and at the YMCA, there are no loser, all winners. Its wonderful to see all the children learning how to work together, as a team, to accomplish a positive result. Team sports are so incredibly important for children to participate in at a young age because it teaches them to how to work together. Awesome!! Anyway, they were super cute as they were running from one side of the court to the other working together to procure a positive result. It was wonderful and funny and adorable all at the same time. Later on Saturday, we went “out on the town” as I like to call our nights of letting our hair down with a couple of friends where we had a glass of wine and sat and talked. It was a wonderful reward for a hard semester of classwork, homework, projects, internship, and work and I feel rejuvenated from a long semester and I’m ready to start getting some things done down. All I need are boxes.

Yeah, boxes.

I have to pack up and be ready to move next weekend(ish). I have to wait on the weather and decided on exactly when I’m going to move because the weather could cause a problem….surprised? I’m not. The snow could prevent me from moving at the time I want to move, but I’ll work it out. No matter what. I’ll work it out and make sure to get moved in an appropriate amount of time. Oh goodness…I have a full week ahead of me and I’ll have to base everything on the weather.

lots of L-O-V-E!

Ireland Dreamer

 

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Reminders

It’s so funny that when something big happens in your life, that everything around you begins to remind you of the new “big thing.” I enjoy watching One Tree Hill because it is interesting and I’m not really sure why else. The people are beautiful and kind of live an idyllic life. Who knows, maybe I dream through them or maybe it is so vastly different from my life it is fun to escape into another life. I suppose I enjoy watching that show for the same reasons that other people watch other shows. They are entertaining. Either one, I don’t know, but I enjoy watching the TV show. Anyway…there is a actress who plays a newly discovered vocalist on the show who is from Ireland. Her accent is INCREDIBLE, and it makes me dream of those people I will meet in just a matter of months.

Oh my goodness, I’m so excited!

On another note, I worked today for seven hours and tomorrow I am spending time in the classroom with my supervising teacher for student teaching in Boone. Her name is Erin, and she is wonderful. I can’t wait to see her and meet all the children. It makes me so excited to be involved in a classroom where I will learn so much.

Today was the fourth day…yep, I said fourth day…in a row that the school systems have had to close and tomorrow the students are on a 2 hour delay. Oh my…I guess it is that time of year. It isn’t that there is all that much snow on the ground, but the sun decided to shine today, which then began to melt the snow we already had, and yep, you guessed it, the stuff that had melted re-froze tonight and now there is a TON of black ice out there. So, it is extra dangerous tonight and early tomorrow morning. I hope the kids get to go to school tomorrow…although, it will be extremely hard to get them to focus and do as they are asked to do when they have been out of school for so long. Either way, I think it will be fun and we will enjoy hanging out with each other.

Well, it is really late for me to be up. I’m a grandma. What can I say, I like my sleep!

Lots of Love,

Ireland Dreamer

 

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One Step Closer

I know…it has been a while.

Although, I have to say that rightfully so, I have been MIA. I am one step closer though. One step is all that it took for me to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Last night, I posted my final final project onto the internet and submitted it for grading. That was the last thing that I needed to turn in for the semester. Yep, that means that I am just a couple of weeks away from officially being a student teacher!! Oh my goodness. I can not express to you that I truly can not believe that I have come this far, been through this much, and survived. Yep, I survived.

I survived this semester not on my own, but with the help of family who constantly believe in me, friends who have provided endless support, and professors and teachers who have continually provided their vast knowledge and experience to help guide and teach me. These are the people who have gotten me through this semester and I could not have done it without them.

Wow.

I can’t believe I’m here. In just six months I will be a college graduate who will take her first step into the world as an adult looking for a job in this market who is not supportive of new employees.

I have a lot ahead of me.

I have chosen to look at the next couple of months as an adventure and a learning experience. I look forward to learning from the children and teachers who will be around me. My heart and mind is an open book for those around me who host a desire to impress upon me the wisdom and knowledge they have earned throughout their lifetime. Life is changing before my eyes and it is only inevitable that I will change with it. Hopefully for the better, of course.

Thank you to all of you out there who have supported me along the way. I could not be the person I am today without each and every one of you. Thank you.

Much love,

Ireland Dreamer

 

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Almost there

So…over the past couple of weeks, I have been finishing up the massive projects that I have to finish in order to progress to student teaching next semester. There have been five projects that have been consuming my time. All of my time. I have not had any social life for the past several months of my life. Pitiful, right?! Oh my….that is about to change and it makes my heart race with anticipation and excitement because this weekend…I’m going out! Yep, out on the town with my girlfriends and of course with a plethera of guys who are our friends and will keep us from being hit on by creepy old men who think they “have game.” (Whatever that means…) Anyway, they are going to look out for us. BUT, that is still a couple of days away. Until then, this is what I’m going to be doing…
…yep…that is cookie dough and hot chocolate. It has recently become incredibly cold where I am and well…cookie dough has become my bad habit that gets me through all of the typing, writing, editing, rewriting, and so on and so on. I’m almost there. That is what I have to keep reminding myself. THIS is what it takes. Just have to keep on truckin’ on.
Until then I will be dreaming of Ireland!

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