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  1. Ride On
    27 Aug, 2016
    Ride On
    For the first time in months, I got to ride my bike!  I am ridiculously excited by this.  Of course, before I could ride, I had to oil the chain.  And wipe the accumulated dust off my bike.  (I live on a dirt road; you can imagine the rest.  Sigh.)  AND pump the tires back up. After that, adding the chronometer to track time and mileage was easy.  I feel like it is such a production to get ready for a bike ride.  I usually plan for a minimum of an hour, and try to budget longer to get ready
  2. Slow Cooker Magic
    26 Aug, 2016
    Slow Cooker Magic
    I have used my rice cooker a lot more than my slow cooker.  I decided Thursday that I should remedy this.  I texted my work partner for Friday and asked if we could do a slow cooker meal for one of the meals we’d eat during our shift. The answer was a resounding and enthusiastic YES.  I then inquired about what my partner might be in the mood for, since I wasn’t sure what I was hungry for either.  I started throwing out suggestions.  My partner immediately settled on lasagna. I hunted out my
  3. Random Wrap Up
    25 Aug, 2016
    Random Wrap Up
    I feel like it has been a while since I have done a random facts and info blog post.  (For all of you people clamoring that it has, in fact, been less than a month, shhhhhh. Facts are not welcome here.) Moments from D-Day: I have been called Bridget, Betsy and AMY during this event.  The Betsy, I understand.  I look like my friend who runs the event, who answers to that name.  Bridget, okay, it is close to Brittany.  Amy?  Who even knows.  After the event, I have decided that all staff
  4. PASSION
    24 Aug, 2016
    PASSION
    Passion. This was a topic that came up one Sunday morning during fellowship.  I am part of a home fellowship.  We aren't a large group of Christians.  In fact, it is more like a family gathering, which... shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who is a believer.  We ARE family, and family is the framework God put in place to help us grow and mature and be encouraged and strengthened. Anyway.  This is not the post where I talk about that.  But, passion.  The question was asked: What do you put
  5. Back to Work
    23 Aug, 2016
    Back to Work
    As I survive my shift at the EMS job today, I’m really, REALLY glad that I didn’t schedule anything on Monday following D-Day (I slept in until noon, if we are being honest – I was exhausted).  I don’t have any time at the fire department until Saturday, which gives me time to regroup, unpack my vehicle (HA!) and get my feet under me again. My sister and I were talking at the end of the D-Day event that we were both looking forward to coming back to work.  There were multiple EMS calls, heat
  6. BOOKS
    22 Aug, 2016
    BOOKS
    Because I haven’t had a moment to squee over books recently, I thought I would write about some of my reading pleasures lately.  Some of my recently read have been re-reads (just as valid, I swear!) and some have been new... And I have also been delving into Audible, a program for books on tape.  And by that I mean, I can play them from my phone in the car. One of my best friends griped at me that I hadn't read All Quiet on the Western Front, written by Erich Maria Remarque.  He griped enough
  7. Six Question Character Challenge
    21 Aug, 2016
    Six Question Character Challenge
    I ran across this challenge right after completing the August Beautiful People Challenge… and decided I couldn’t overwhelm my readers with TOO much writing related stuff, especially about my characters.  And… then I wrote about 7 D-Day related posts in a row, and… yeah.  So perhaps overwhelming people is kind of a contradiction. Anyway.  I found this challenge on Kristen Kieffer’s blog (kristenakieffer.com) via Twitter (@ShesNovel).  I immediately wanted to do it for my characters.  I mean, you
  8. D-Day 2016
    20 Aug, 2016
    D-Day 2016
    D-Day, the Day of Infamy.  Wait, wrong date?  Ahh. Saturday of the D-Day Event is THE DAY.  Everything else is pretty much a dress rehearsal, with bugs being worked out on the previous days. I have approximately 350 volunteers on the grounds today.  350.  Yes, I’m still trying to wrap my brain around that number.  I remember doing this with fifty, max.  We never have quite enough volunteers.  It’s kind of that general rule of thumb.  No matter how many more we gain in a year, we will always be
  9. D-Day, Take 1
    19 Aug, 2016
    D-Day, Take 1
    Friday I hit the ground running.  Almost literally, but not quite.  I had a morning meeting at 0800 for my volunteers. It is such a cool feeling to see so many people ready and willing to head to work to make this happen. One of our biggest challenges every year is having volunteers guard the gates -- we have 5 of them, folks -- and basically stand there on traffic patrol.  They get forgotten about (better now that we have the tracking system in place) and they are BORING.  And often in direct
  10. D-Day Minus 1
    18 Aug, 2016
    D-Day Minus 1
    As the D-Day Event has grown and changed over the years, I sometimes think fondly back to when it was smaller.  And Thursday just... didn't really happen.  And then we decided (or rather, the collective group of reenactors decided) that they wanted more things going on Friday... which meant that check-in had to happen on Thursday, as well as Friday. Thursday has since become a busy day, full of set up challenges and tasks to be accomplished.  Thankfully it isn't a day of the event, but the
  11. D-Day Minus 2
    17 Aug, 2016
    D-Day Minus 2
    The drive to Conneaut is about three hours... I'm not sure EXACTLY how long it took because I had to stop and pick up coffee creamer for my brother and company, because there are no stores near him.  I jest, you understand.  I was mollified with the offer of coffee and storage space in the fridge to keep my cool groceries during the week. This year, they are renting a house that is actually closer to my operations tent than registration was.  I was most appreciative. The drive up went by
  12. D-Day Minus 3
    16 Aug, 2016
    D-Day Minus 3
    Today I am reminded of why I always take the ENTIRE week off work.  Well, almost the entire week of work.  Taking Tuesday off meant that I could work my 24 at the Fire Department on Monday and in THEORY, arrive on site at Conneaut Lake Park Tuesday. The fact that this hasn't happened in the last 4 years hasn't escaped me.  Usually I work Tuesday and go up Wednesday, whichever job I happen to be working.  Last year I had the Tuesday off, but spent it helping my mom recover from her emergency
  13. D-Day Minus 4
    15 Aug, 2016
    D-Day Minus 4
    Monday found me at the firehouse, working my first 24 hour shift in what felt like a century.  It is always a fun time... I was "riding In Charge" of the Medic, which is my normal job at my other job.  The reporting software is totally different between the two, but the basic role remains the same.  I was paired with a veteran paramedic that I truly enjoy working with.  It was a slow morning and a slow afternoon.  I was literally walking laps in the firehouse trying to find SOMETHING to do
  14. Star Trek Sunday
    14 Aug, 2016
    Star Trek Sunday
    Sunday afternoon my parents, little brother and a friend-turned-adopted-sister from Texas went to see Star Trek Beyond.  My little brother and I had already seen it, but I was more than prepared to see it again. Spoilers, if you haven't seen it and want to... YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! This is the third installment of the newest Star Trek movies, following Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).  Starring Chris Pine, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, John Cho and
  15. D-Day Minus 5
    13 Aug, 2016
    D-Day Minus 5
    If you are a reenactor, especially WWII, you are well aware of people who "research" their impression (who they are and what they wear) via movies.  There are definitely a set of WWII movies that are "must watch" movies for any reenactor... but BOOKS are where the true research is accomplished. Kelly's Heroes.  This is THE classic WWII movie that I will gladly watch over and over again.  Starring Donald Sutherland, Telly Savalas, Clint Eastwood, Don Rickles, and Carroll O'Connor... this movie
  16. D-Day Minus 6
    12 Aug, 2016
    D-Day Minus 6
    You know you're in trouble when you have one of the nation's largest World War II reenacting events in less than a week and you A) have no idea what you are doing B) no food plan C) barely know if your uniforms fit D) are still packed from an event 6 months prior E) are more concerned about coffee availability F) are toying with the idea of wearing wigs G) aren't even worried H) ALL OF THE ABOVE. Guess which one I fall into!  Yep, H.  It is that moment of sheer and utter numbness where
  17. Gold Medal Movies
    11 Aug, 2016
    Gold Medal Movies
    Yes, this is a second Olympics Themed blog post in two days.  Consecutive and everything.  No, I am not sorry.  This will be short, I promise.  Watching the Olympics brings some awesome movies to mind.  I know there are probably a LOT more than I can think of, and you might have other picks.  But these are the ones I remember… and I’m sure you’re dying to know which ones I am thinking about – so keep reading! Chariots of Fire is the first one I think of when I think of Olympic movies.  Eric
  18. Olympic Spirit
    10 Aug, 2016
    Olympic Spirit
    The 2016 Rio Olympics are ruining my blogging and writing life this week.  I was sitting at work with multiple blog posts to write, a story to keep writing on and innumerable things to do, and I seriously spent MOST of my time watching the Olympics. In fact, I wish I could take a week or two off and simply enjoy watching the games.  I love watching the feature stories about athletes and countries that nobody knows.  I love watching the triumph of the Olympic spirit throughout the games.  Sure,
  19. Top 10 Ways to Take Care of Your EMT
    09 Aug, 2016
    Top 10 Ways to Take Care of Your EMT
    Top 10 Ways to Take Care of Your EMT (or Medic) Feed them.  This should be self-evident, but seriously.  Make sure your partner eats.  Most likely they get hangry, cranky and upset when their blood sugar is low.  It always helps to steer a fine line between "voice of reason" and "encouragement" if they are trying to watch what they eat.  This rule could also be titled "snacks" -- keep them on hand all the time. Make them laugh.  This is a huge point.  If you can make your partner laugh, the
  20. Beautiful People #20: Appearance
    08 Aug, 2016
    Beautiful People #20: Appearance
    Beautiful People #20: Appearance This month's installment brought to you courtesy of Cait @PaperFury (http://paperfury.com/) and Sky @ Further Up and Further In (http://www.furtherupfurtherin.net/)  other compatriots elsewhere.  This edition is about appearance, and the rules can be found here:  (http://paperfury.com/beautiful-people-20-appearance/) I always enjoy these "get to know your story / characters better"... so... here you go! I will be featuring people from my Stand in the Rain
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