Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Last Night...For Now

Tonight was Seans last night serving as Chaplain at Condell for the winter term.  He has one more semester starting in the fall and then he'll be able to officially pray over you for pay in almost any hospital, nursing home or military base!  He's worked his chaplain hiney off since October writing papers, attending classes and serving shifts at the hospital, and now he deserves a little rest.  But one last night!

I'll usually bring him dinner when he's on.  He'll do a 5pm-8 am shift so I have to make sure he gets fed otherwise he's starve and pass out from exhaustion when running to a emergency room call!  I can't let that happen!

Tonight was the last dinner for the semester... Sad?  Happy?

And the last "Chaplain Sean" hospital scripture reading...

I can't wait until I have my own "official" Chaplain to pray for me!  I mean, he does now, but everyone knows a certified chaplains prayers are worth way more!!!:)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

My Dad

The other night I was downstairs, near my dad's desk, putting away some of my winter stuff.  On the way back upstairs as I passed his desk, I happened to glance over and something caught my eye.  There were some notecards that maybe looked familiar, so I went over to actually look at them and this is what I found.

And in that moment I was incredibly overwhelmed by how awesome my dad was!  He wasn't perfect, he didn't become some god of a man that everyone would think, what would Al do?  But he was trying!  He memorized scripture that would feed into his life and control him in his responses to everything that surrounded him in his everyday life.  "A soft answers turns away wrath", "he who is slow to wrath is of great understanding", "a merry heart doeth good like a medicine", " the fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom"... Just some of the verses that he had in his cards and verses that I think did affect his life and change him little by little.

Let's just say that when he died, I don't know of anyone who didn't like him and most people I know would even say that they respected him.  Did he ever fail us, yes.  Did he always have the right answer or the best response, no.  But I do remember at the end, he did look to God and found his comfort there.

Thanks to my dad for being an example and a dad who tried, even though he often failed, to do what he thought was the right and the God thing.  It's funny how much hindsight is 20/20 and you don't realize how amazing someone is until they're gone!  

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Birthday Celebration!

Today is Patti's birthday!  Yay!  We usually get to spend her b-day together because we're at IAHCSMM every year!  It's a tradition!

This year we had Cristina with us so we got to take her out for breakfast - birthday breakfast!

We went down by the beach so we got to enjoy the waves and the semi sun!

Birthday breakfast and gifts!

And birthday hugs!

And now we're going our separate ways - who knows when we'll see each ither again!  But we had a few great days together!

Now back to Chicago and who knows what the weather is there:). We'll see!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Enjoy The Sun While It Lasts

Sunday, my friend Cristina flew in from Dominican Republic for a 14 day visit.  I picked her up from the airport, we headed to Beach church, went to brunch and then went "home" where she met Mrs Gartland.  We chatted for a bit and then I had to zip her down to the beach! 

Came back to the house, finished cleaning up, chatted with "mom":)....

Then we got in the car and headed out in A-1-A to get some beach front views on our drive down to Fort Lauderdale!

Today was the conference and vendor fair and all that wonderful stuff!  

Unfortunately for the next few days, rain and no sun is predicted.  I guess a good reason to stay inside for a conference!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Down Home

This coming week I have to attend a central sterile department meeting in Fort Lauderdale, workshops start on Sunday. I figured while I was down this way Id fly into Jacksonville to visit Seans mom and then drive down to the conference on Sunday.

I got in around 5 and went over to the house and had dinner there with Mrs Gartland and then I excused myself and went down to enjoy the sun setting on the beach!

This morning I'm back on the beach for just a few and then Mrs Gartland and I are gonna hit the town and bond!:)

May I add - it's sad not having my Sean here:(. He's up in Minnesota (blech) for his oldest daughters award ceremony for the ROTC.
We'll be back as a pair though to enjoy the sun and surf and his mom!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Please Don't Wake Me..

We're in a super duper long and boring Infection Control Webinar today.  It's got some good info but these speakers are snooze a paloozas!  The one we're on now has a super southern drawl.  That's what's keeping me awake - just enjoying the drawl!

This is me when the webinar started....

This is me an hour after it started...

Ok - it's an actor playing me...  Her name is Curly Murphree and she was lost under a bed at my house so now she's awaiting transport back to her home.  Couldn't just leave her sitting bored at my desk!  I wanted her to suffer too!:)

So one thing I'm putting out there for you all to take into consideration.... 50% of antibiotic use is inappropriate.  Meaning - your dr might just prescribe an antibiotic to get you off his back and if you take it, you could actually be doing more harm then good!  You're helping to create super viruses because they become resistant to drugs.  Same with anti microbial soaps.  They just kill things that learn to breed other things that learn to become immune and create more problems.

That's my free hand down!  Enjoy and use wisely!:). 

Oh - and just have to post our first great grandbaby... First one is my nephew and Harper...
And then there's Harper herself looking super excited!  I think this is her opinion of Infection Control webinars...:)