Friday, August 27, 2010


So, today is Friday. The beginning of the end. The last weekend before the fall semester starts and it is already getting super busy.

I started my GA work this past week and I also got a couple of my syllabi and am trying to get started working on some readings and summary papers. Every time I get a new syllabus I get nervous. I don't think I have ever done anything as intense as this program is going to be and I really am nervous/anxious/excited/:)!

I got a beautiful little card in the mail today from a dear friend :) She is very encouraging and strong in the Lord. On the card it had a cute picture of a yellow umbrella. Essentially the card said that she could not protect me from the "rain" b/c she did not have a huge yellow umbrella. Rather, she will walk with me in the rain! And then of course there was encouraging words and scripture to follow. It is wonderful to know that people are praying for me.....and I know this sound slightly selfish and self-centered. That is not my intentions. I truely am humbled and blessed to have people around me that care about me and want to support me in prayer. I recognize too that MANY people have been through programs with jobs/kids/and more. I know that there is nothing special about me....

I also know that some people cope with different things in different ways. For whatever reason, unbeknownst to me, this MSW program is nerve wracking to me along with having to work 20 hours and complete internship hours and be a wife etc....some people might not think that is stressful at all and that is okay. Stress is in the eye of the beholder....right? I don't know what I'm saying.

I'm blessed and I'm glad for friends and support, and I'm glad that I have God who is SOOO GOOD and wonderful! I know that He really will help and give me strength through this whirlwind of a time! I am very happy to be going through this program. I really am!!


"Joy unspeakable
that won't go away
And just enough strength
to live for today
So I never have to worry
What tomorrow will bring
'Cause my faith
is on solid rock
I am counting on God

The miracle of Christ in me
Is the mystery that sets me free
I'm nothing like I used to be
So open up your eyes you'll see"

Until next time,
Krystal V.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Praise the Lord Moment!!

Just a quick note of Praise here! The Lord has been SO good to Preston and I. I'm glad that my husband is such a man of God who is patient and strong in his faith.

Anyway, I got another half GA position!! Which is great and it means that my entire schooling will be paid for and I will be getting a larger stipend. AND Preston and I will not be wiped out of savings account by the end of May! :) We are SO excited, and I'm a bit nervous because it does add an extra 10 hours to my week. I am trusting in God's leadership and He did open this door for us. I know that HE will give me strength to preserver in this year. Below is such a beautiful verse:

I am a blessed woman of God. I pray that I continue to follow His voice and live a fruitful life!

God is good....all the time....

:) Krystal

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

4.0 and counting....or rambling

So, summer classes are finished. I completed the 2 courses both with an A, which is nice. I think those were probably the easiest classes i will have so I must be grateful for the good grades.

Now I have about two weeks before the fall starts and I'm trying to make the most of it and get things done. Right now I'm working on some sewing projects. I'm beginning by making some purses for my little sis-in-laws. I'm worried b/c they are getting older and I don't know that they
will really like homemade purses anymore. This one of the ones I have made:

All of them will be different shapes/sizes/colors etc. So, we'll see. The next project will be a group project with the older sister in laws. We are going to try to make a wall hanging for our
parents/in-laws. Again, we'll see how that works out. It is nice to sew when I have people to sew for. I would like to get better at sewing clothes but I'm just not very confident in that and I hate making mistakes because I feel wasteful! I also made this card holder for my sis-in-law...I thought it was a cute pattern and I wanted to try it out. I think it turned out to look okay!

Anyway, I really look forward to the day when I'm a stay at home mom. Now I catch glimpses of what is to come. If I were not in school I would have started up a small garden this year...which I will definitely do when I'm done with school next season or so. At some point, when we do not live in city limits, I would love to have our own goats to get fresh goats milk which we LOVE...and then I would have enough to make other things from the goats milk. Just being a mother is something I look forward to very much. I can only image that having children is 100 times more fulfilling than the way I feel about having my cats :) hehehe

Something that slightly concerns me is getting them into a sleep routine. I know that children who have a routine tend to be calmer and feel more secure. So, I have just finished reading this book:

I really liked the way that it put things. It allows for a mom not to worry about the first 4-6 weeks and just enjoy being with the baby and being a mom...and then after about 4-6 wks is when training begins. However, the author does allow for some flexibility in the schedule. She mentions that parent's do not need to adjust their lives for the baby but rather the baby needs to learn how to live within the families normal routine.
Also, the author talks about crying....and she says that there is no learning that goes on after 5 minutes of crying. So, she does not advocate for a child to cry themselves to sleep...which mak
es me happy. I just feel like doing that would go against my motherly nature to comfort my child. Anyway, it is a great book with good rules but not so strict that it is overwhelming to me. Again, we'll see what happens.

One more thing before my rambling stops. This week at work someone brought an ice cream bar...which was really cool and super unhealthy! But on the bar there were mini bananas...which I thought were neat and I had never seen before.

The End.