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  1. Peace in the Whirlwind
    27 May, 2017
    Peace in the Whirlwind
    The month of May has been... well, a whirlwind is one way of putting it.  I have been trying to wrap my brain around what is happening, trying to absorb as much as I possibly can.  The result is a mental "deer in the headlights" feeling.  It isn't a feeling of panic, just an overpowering sense of being slightly overwhelmed and trying to take in as much information as possible while trying to maintain a sense of "normal" and "grounded." The new adventure has been low-key in regards to work.
  2. Another Madcap Adventure
    03 May, 2017
    Another Madcap Adventure
    This post has been a long, LONG time in coming. My apologies.  I have owed you ALL some explanation for why there has been a 5 month hiatus from the blog.  And somehow that made it harder to get started.  There has been a LOT going on in the time I've taken a break.  Last fall, my sister and I went to San Francisco, and it was a blast.  I hugely enjoyed my time there.  And then in December, I went with my baby brother, my best friend and HER baby brother (who might as well be MY baby brother
  3. HIS Year
    01 Jan, 2017
    HIS Year
    Hello everyone.  I kind of took December off.  In case you were wondering if I was ever coming back... Well, I'm back.  December was a very full month for me.  I got to take a vacation full of hiking and adventures and best friend time.  I worked what felt like non-stop for the rest of the month, including some very long holiday hours.  I walked up my driveway from December 13 (the day I got home from vacation) until December 25.  I started a diet -- am still currently working through that
  4. Give Thanks
    26 Nov, 2016
    Give Thanks
    Thanksgiving has been one of my favorite holidays for... well, ever.  I can't remember a year where we didn't spend the holiday with family.  I've been blessed beyond belief to not have to work on Thanksgiving for my entire working career.  This was the year that changed. I work in EMS and Fire.  We are never guaranteed to have the holiday off to spend with family.  That's part of the deal.  We never close, so... someone is working and away from home on every holiday and special day
  5. Sea to Shining Sea
    18 Nov, 2016
    Sea to Shining Sea
    This November, my sister and I took off and went to San Francisco.  We actually flew out the day after the elections... which proved to be... INTERESTING... to say the least.  Leaving politics aside, it was a grand adventure.  We had good traveling experiences on the way out, a few headaches that my sister's blood pressure could probably STILL be elevated by mentioning (to say nothing of my own!)... but all in all, it worked out well. I was able to connect with a friend I made on my trip to
  6. END the Drama
    09 Nov, 2016
    END the Drama
    Watching this election play out in 2016 has been one of the most excruciating experiences.  Not the worst.  Let me be absolutely clear about that.  There are many other things that come far ahead of this.  But seriously, people.  Excruciating. It always has bothered me to see intelligent, rational people become raving lunatics.  Double standards, lies, manipulations and double-speak are anathema to me.  I hate politics.  At any level, of any kind.  Politics, actually, could be used as a curse
  7. Descent into... November
    01 Nov, 2016
    Descent into... November
    Okay.  I just realized I have been doing a massive stint of procrastination on my blog post writing.  I have been hung up on posting daily, because that is what I had in my head I wanted to do.  I write more often than once a week.  The challenge of writing more frequently has been a good one... but I feel it is time to admit that my life, between LIFE, trying to sleep, work EMS and Fire jobs, go on adventures, READ, and maybe sleep some more... writing a blog post isn't happening. I don't
  8. Balance
    18 Oct, 2016
    Balance
    Balance is something I can't seem to find often.  I try and try and try... but at the end of the day, the balance between work and time off, time with family and time alone, time working on writing projects and time spent DOING things... it never seems to quite add up to an equal sum. What I have found, is that instead of the "descent into madness" and the "heights of exultation," I have the steadiness of walking through life's challenges and through the joys.  I'm not really one for living in
  9. A Day at the Firehouse
    17 Oct, 2016
    A Day at the Firehouse
    Today was that day... warmer by far than this time of year should be.  I was working at the fire department.  Morning training -- EVOC (emergency vehicle operations course) power point lecture -- was cancelled due to technical details.  (The inter-departmental comm system was... non-operational, to nobody's surprise – it has been marginally operational only half the time lately.) That left the morning for cleaning the station, running an errand (out to repairman to switch out the battered
  10. Running With My Brother
    16 Oct, 2016
    Running With My Brother
    If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go with others. That was a saying or proverb I remember reading a long time ago, right before running my first 5K with my sister.  This was a special day, because it was the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 5K in Columbus, Ohio.  My sister had beaten breast cancer the previous October, and I had been training for this run since March. My sister decided she would run the race in her cowboy boots, cowboy hat, and jeans.  Not exactly the best
  11. Grins and Giggles
    15 Oct, 2016
    Grins and Giggles
    I swear I started this writing with an idea.  A goal for a blog post.  And... I stare at the blank page in front of me and wonder just WHAT I was thinking.  Good grief, you're thinking.  Didn't we just read a random bunch of thrown together thoughts a day or two ago?  Umm... welcome to my life...? Grinning.  Well, here is my Twitter (and other places like it) Hilarity Collection, just for you. I think this was re-tweeted under the heading of "Scots folk on Twitter are the best..." (And for the
  12. Just Keep Calm
    14 Oct, 2016
    Just Keep Calm
    Just stay calm.  That's all... and it can be hard to do in a crisis.  Today was a fun day.  No EMS calls at all -- AT ALL -- from 0800 to 1800 when my partner left (she had stayed over from working a 24 already, and is usually a black cloud, so this was UNUSUAL)... and then it happened. My partner and I were toned out for an unresponsive patient, not breathing.  We bailed out of the station, adrenaline running high.  The second truck was seconds further out, and I could see them as I turned
  13. Random Scribblings
    13 Oct, 2016
    Random Scribblings
    My "to be read" pile of books is metaphorically about to devour me whole... thankfully I've been accumulating most of them electronically on my Kindle.  So no actual towering piles of death and destruction and imminent doom... I know, everyone is disappointed. I actually want to re-read a ton of Alistair MacLean books that I've read about a dozen times.  I want to read some classics, like Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South.  I want to read some steampunk / fantasy / science fiction stories.
  14. No NaNo November
    12 Oct, 2016
    No NaNo November
    October has been full of people frantically and happily prepping for November's NaNoWriMo challenge of writing 50K words in 30 days.  Sound slightly insane to you?  It does to me -- sound delightfully, deliciously insane.  I keep reminding myself faithfully that I CANNOT PARTICIPATE in this year's scribbling madness. Why, you ask? Because, reasons.  One of which is the fact that I am in the middle of finishing (yes, figure that muddled thought out!) up a current story.  I need to finish this
  15. EMS Rights
    11 Oct, 2016
    EMS Rights
    Disclaimer:  This blog post is made in a spirit of SARCASM and INAPPROPRIATE HUMOR.  Do NOT continue reading if you are sensitive to the above.  See also, EMS HUMOR. Okay, so I have to start this post off with a story.  I was talking to a friend of mine who writes, and we were talking about evoking emotions in our writing.  They immerse themselves into the emotion.  I write outside the emotion.  Mostly personality differences, but I also have a strong sense of self-preservation from being in
  16. Writing While Deliriously Tired
    10 Oct, 2016
    Writing While Deliriously Tired
    Writing While Deliriously Tired (a picture from Facebook that resonated more than just a little...) While Writing: I'm so creative right now, it's like all the  normal constraints have been lifted.  Wow I wrote 2,000 words in 30 minutes!  This is going to be great. Rereading the Next Day: I used the word 'Beautiful' 8 times in this sentence and instead of 'reassuring' I wrote 'refrigerator.'  Also the tenses switched 3 times in one paragraph and I started writing about a character who isn't
  17. Dad Time
    09 Oct, 2016
    Dad Time
    After several scheduling false starts and hiccups, my dad and I had finally settled on a date to go ride our bikes on the Ohio Erie Canal bike trail in the area of Peninsula, Ohio.  I was squeezing this in between a back 12 at the fire department and a back 12 at my EMS gig, but hey, it was going to work. Today was gorgeous.  I mean, it truly was like the best day fall creates: cool, crisp, sunny... gorgeous.  It was a perfect day to ride a bike, because you wouldn't get overheated.  The
  18. LISTS Are (not) Life
    08 Oct, 2016
    LISTS Are (not) Life
    I'm reduced to making lists, people.  I have a vacation coming up in exactly... hold on while I pull out my phone and count on fingers and other inanimate objects... Okay, way longer than two weeks.  Not counting today.  Sigh.  I honestly thought there were less days, so this is actually quite discouraging.  But on the bright side... it means I have more than a week!  So, yeah.  Lists.  I am a list making person.  For one, I like putting down all the things I need to remember, things to do,
  19. Introverts Are Funny Too
    07 Oct, 2016
    Introverts Are Funny Too
    Being an introvert does not mean I have no sense of humor.  I have a very strong, very weird, very eclectic, oddball, quirky, and sometimes inappropriate sense of humor.  I just... don't always choose to share my hilarity with everyone else. Being quiet and responsible and "prim" comes naturally, especially when I am not sure who my audience is, or if I'm not fully comfortable being myself with people.  Once that wears off... watch out! What brings this up, you ask?  Well.  I've had at least
  20. Courage Over Fear
    06 Oct, 2016
    Courage Over Fear
    Some days, courage is that still, small voice saying, I will try again tomorrow. I wanted to put a "shout out" to the barista today who had two small tattos: Mind over Matter, and Courage over Fear.  What made the black letters on the inside of her arm remarkable is that they were over multiple small scars criss-crossing and healed up and down her arms.  That spoke more profoundly than words.  Cutting is something some people do "to feel."  It is a coping mechanism.  From the outside looking
Made 4 Him


Made 4 Him is the blog I started this January, and I would like to welcome you to the adventure.

I have one goal: to carry the presence of Christ with me wherever I go, to reflect Christ in all I do, and worship Him with my life. I was made for a purpose, with a grand and glorious adventure ahead of me. I believe God gave us LIFE, and He intends us to have life to the FULL.

My purpose and goal in writing and hosting a blog is simply to glorify Him. Why do I write? Because that's what He created me to do. I can't NOT write.

Writing is the way I can share the things God is showing me, teaching me and encouraging me as I walk. Hebrews 10:23-25 comes to mind: "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near." (ESV)

I want my writing to encourage others and build them up in Christ. As a writer, I am a signpost pointing back to Christ, always being ready to answer those who want to know more about the hope that I cling to.

I want every bit of my writing, from humor about EMS scenarios or sharing about my writing process to have that overarching theme -- my faith may not be defined and stated in each line, but it is part of the fabric of who I am, so much so that there can be no doubt about who I serve or where I stand.

My blog doesn't have a simple topic I am writing about, because life isn't simple. I'm not a machine that only can function and complete one task. He created me to be a writer, but He also has placed me in a position to serve Him as a paramedic and a firefighter. He is challenging me physically with running, swimming and biking. He has blessed me with opportunities to travel.

In the Old Testament it talks about the the words of God's commandments being on your heart, taught to your children... talked of as you sit at home, as you walk along the roads, when you rise up and when you lie down, written on your doorposts and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6) This is how my faith should be, and everything flows out as an extension of my faith.

My blog is about the journey and the adventure He is taking me on, the situations and people and lessons I am learning as I go.
I believe writing should make a difference, be meaningful, to have a purpose. Sometimes, that purpose is simply to fulfill the calling placed on my life. It is a way to process and understand what He is sharing with me. It is a way for me to document the mile stones along my path in following Him, so I can look back and see where I have walked.

And at the end of the day... my hope and my passion is that everything in my life would glorify Christ.


                                                                                  Soli Deo Gloria -- Glory to God Alone