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  1. Behind the Blue
    08 Jun, 2016
    Behind the Blue
    I am a paramedic by trade.  It is my profession, and I am passionate about it.  I want to be the best medic I can possibly be, making a difference and... well, the plain truth of the matter is that EMS isn't that glamorous.  It's not like Chicago Fire or Rescue Me or Trauma.  We wear blue.  We wear long blue pants when everyone else is wearing swimsuits or shorts.  We wear boots when everyone else is wearing flip flops.  And as part of that, we sweat.  True, a portion of our day usually is
  2. Beautiful People Challenge: Childhood
    07 Jun, 2016
    Beautiful People Challenge: Childhood
    One of my favorite things came swimming into my e-mail box the other day!! Cait at paperfury.com blog sent out a Beautiful People Challenge: Childhood Edition. I love this writing challenge because, well, obviously, CAIT (ahem, paperfury.com) is funny and awesome and I love getting to "hang out" with her. Also, I like the fact that it challenges me to look at my characters closer and get to know them. And... well, I'm a writer. I obviously love my "babies" and I love talking about them to
  3. Lest We Forget
    06 Jun, 2016
    Lest We Forget
    I wanted to write something special about the 72nd Anniversary of the D-Day Landings in Normandy, France.  This is arguably one of the biggest dates of WWII... and more and more people don't have a clue what that stands for.   There are so many pieces and parts of this date that are swirling around in my mind today.  I could talk about the broad overview of what went into this day.  The massive stockpiling and training and planning and hoping and waiting that went into putting something
  4. Why I Like Natasha Romanoff
    05 Jun, 2016
    Why I Like Natasha Romanoff
    I've been wanting to write a post about the Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff) for a very long time.  She is one of my favorite Marvel characters for a variety of reasons, and I wanted to share that with YOU ALL.  So this is who Natasha Romanov IS, for anyone who hasn't seen the Marvel movies... Oh wait.  I should also share the official profile with you.  It will save time.  So.  My reasons for liking this fierce little dynamo.  First: She’s fierce and physically tough and she can kick
  5. Farmers Market
    04 Jun, 2016
    Farmers Market
    Saturday June 4 was the first Farmers Market in downtown Wooster -- kicking off the start of this market's 19th year despite intermittent sprinkling rain and gray skies.   For my mom, this was the long awaited beginning of a season that spans June through October every year.  She has been growing vegetables for years, and has been a member of this market for the last 18 years. Her growing journey is long and colorful, but that is another story for another time.  Today, I just want to treat you
  6. Life to the Full
    03 Jun, 2016
    Life to the Full
    The more tired I am, the more clumsy I become.  I know this well, from long experience.  It is definitely something that has been a long standing tradition in my life.  Last night, I was at that stage by 10 p.m.  I had been up since 0530, but that wasn't the problem -- lack of sleep is a pretty common phenomenon in my world.  The fact that I was trying to look at something on my phone and waking up who knows how much later when I dropped the phone... well, my brain still thought I was awake and
  7. Challenge Accepted
    02 Jun, 2016
    Challenge Accepted
    Today I took the time to start entering a few of the miles I have accumulated since the end of March.  I still have several more logs to catch up on... but since it is the beginning of June, I thought I would re-evaluate some of the challenges I committed to this year. For anyone not wanting a personal... bragging? talking excitedly and randomly about my accomplishments? Ehhh... anyway.  Read on at your own risk. The challenges that are still ongoing include the 1000 Mile Challenge for 2016.
  8. Fire Shenanigans
    01 Jun, 2016
    Fire Shenanigans
    Today was the first 24 hour shift I've been able to work at the Fire Department job in far, far too long.  I am loving it.  I'm also on the medic...  ah well.  It has been unexpected.  I didn't really have a plan for what I wanted to write about today, but as I sit down, with about a half hour to get words down on a page...  I want to talk about a lot of different things. Today was hot and humid -- sticky sweat factory style weather -- until the rain came through.  Of course, the rain began
  9. Wheelie Fun Day
    31 May, 2016
    Wheelie Fun Day
    Today I had a "wheelie" fun bike ride... (Okay, okay!!  Mom, that was for you.) As you might guess, I was able to take a bicycle ride today.  It is my third for the year.  Yeah, I know, that's really incredibly super specific.  (But really, I CAN be that specific... because I did 13.5 miles and then completed 15 miles and change earlier this year when we had a random sunny, nice day.) We haven't really had a ton of nice weather at the same time that I was off work.  This makes me sad, and
  10. Remember
    30 May, 2016
    Remember
    Memorial Day 2016 So many people have written eloquent and moving tributes for today. I don't even want to muddy the waters with attempting a tribute for Memorial Day. What I found myself thinking about today while watching the local parade -- a stream of local bands, random "celebrities", a llama 4-H club, and local Fire & EMS vehicles -- were the stories I've read about service men and women through the years.  Not all of them are war stories, but all of them are stories I think should be
  11. Techno Babble
    29 May, 2016
    Techno Babble
    Tech Updates I like technology.  When it is practical, applicable, saves me time and energy and effort…  I am NOT a fan of technology too sophisticated to figure out.  Or things that require you to do MORE work before they will do what it is you wanted them to do in the first place. Today, of all things, I am fighting with my WiFi connection.  It is either the “hotspot” device or something internally with my laptop.  Neither is particularly welcome, wanted or anything I want to delve into
  12. Running With Eagles
    28 May, 2016
    Running With Eagles
    Today I ran my first 15K Race.  Please understand, I use the words RUN loosely.  The total distance of 15K is roughly 9.3 miles.  It is exactly 3 times longer than I have ever attempted running. I ran/walked intervals for the first 4-5 miles before succumbing to the "I will finish" mentality and speed walking.  My official finish time was 2 hours 13 minutes 29 seconds.  I have nothing to compare it against, so I will just be excited! This race was called the Fallen 15.  It was a 15K, with
  13. Holiday Weekends
    27 May, 2016
    Holiday Weekends
    I was driving home from work today and realized that there are tons of campers, vehicles hauling ATV and 4-wheelers behind them and motorcycles on the roads.  It is a beautiful day, in the 70's, sunny with a light breeze... I can understand people taking advantage of the outdoor weather. Then it dawned on me that it was 0900 on a Friday morning........ and, well, it is a holiday weekend.  Memorial Day Weekend, for the record.  I have to say, I started snickering to myself.  Not because of the
  14. I'm Fine
    26 May, 2016
    I'm Fine
    You never know what kind of a day you are going to have when you roll into work.  I wasn't sure what to expect as I came on shift at 8 pm yesterday.  I was about to work my first 36 hour shift at my EMS gig. This is a new thing for this job.  Our former rules were that you were only allowed to work 4 hours past our 24.  We will see how this works. I've made it 24 hours.  I have the night half to go... Evenings can be really good or really bad.  Today has been the "normal" kind of chaos.  I
  15. A DAY OFF
    25 May, 2016
    A DAY OFF
    Some days I’m very, VERY glad that nobody thinks to check my internet (synonym mostly for Pinterest) search history.  As a writer, I find myself looking up incredibly random things. For example, this week I have looked up YouTube clips of bagpipes, pipes and drums, and sat through an entire hour of the Edinburgh Tattoo (basically a show with bagpipes, drums and both of these wonderful things combined.  And fiddles.  Can’t forget those.)  I have long since faced the fact that bagpipes and drums
  16. Book Dragon Musings on YA Books
    24 May, 2016
    Book Dragon Musings on YA Books
    It is always fun following the current threads of conversation on Twitter, or any other social media site, for that matter.  Except when politics are being discussed – those I find incredibly boring.  Anyway. There are quite a few writers peeps I follow on Twitter and the conversations range from character quirks to why people don’t read more books to Young Adult stories. Before plunging into the whirlwind of Twitter, I have to confess I really didn’t pay any attention to book classifications.
  17. Medic Madness Monday
    23 May, 2016
    Medic Madness Monday
    I wanted to share a random collection of EMS or medical related quotes with you today.  Some of these are wrapping up from my WALS course and talking about what I learned.   Talking about patient packaging: "You don't strap a fragile object to a 2x4 and trust it to the US Postal Service.  No, you pack it in a box with lots of bubble wrap so it can't move."  (Robin, WALS Instructor) A great reminder for how important it is to pad and package our patients who DO need it.  In the "front country"
  18. RUNderful Life
    22 May, 2016
    RUNderful Life
    I have a Triathlon in less than a month.  I feel woefully under-prepared for this undertaking.  My bike?  Yeah, I've ridden twice.  Running?  More than that, sure... Swimming?  I am feeling better about swimming, but nowhere near as good as I should be. And things aren't getting any calmer around me.  The weather has been ridiculously cold for biking when I've been off.  Running I can at least do inside... and swimming, the nights I've been able to work with a coach, have been great.  I feel a
  19. When It's All Been Said and Done
    21 May, 2016
    When It's All Been Said and Done
    Motivation vs Discipline Motivation: the act or process of giving someone a reason for doing something; the act or process of motivating someone; a force or influence that causes someone to do something; a motivating force, stimulus or influence; incentive, drive. Discipline: training that corrects, molds or perfects the mental faculties or moral character; self-control. Today I find myself thinking a lot about both of these things: motivation and discipline. Both are good things, and both
  20. Random Thoughts
    20 May, 2016
    Random Thoughts
    Writing, Music I Am Currently Enjoying, Old Movie and Georgette Heyer.  None of these seem to actually go together, right? I am staring at my page, ready to fill it up with words, and wondering where to start.  What breathtaking topic I will be tackling.  Then I remember that this post will most likely be a collection of the random.  (You can duck out now, I promise I won't hold it against you.) I was staring at my word count total for the month of May in my 750 Words a Day program.  15,106
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