This blog is simply the story about my little life
with my sweet family that the Lord has blessed me with
and the day in, day out things that we do.
It basically is my online diary/photo album of our life.
I'm glad you're here!

Monday, April 20, 2015

It's already been a year!

 One year ago today I started my new job! It has been a wonderful job, I am so happy here!
 I thought I would share with you kind of a typical day for me at work.
It's been really different because before I only had a 5 minute commute and parked right next to the building. Now I have a 30 minute commute and I have to park in a 6 level parking structure. I usually park on the 3rd or 4th level, but some days it's busy and I have parked at the very top.
 One good thing about the parking structure is that I do get a little bit of exercise!
 After I park I have a little walk to get to the hospital. I enjoy it.
 I walk through the vacant lobby, which is really sad to me. I used to work in this building 8 years ago and it was constantly jammed packed with people. They built a new building and that's where all the activity is, but they kept this campus open and just a few departments and offices are open here now. I really miss all of the hub-bub of activity and people.
 I walk through two sky bridges.
It's a beautiful morning!
 Looks like I'm the first one here today, I need to unlock the door.
 When I get there the first thing I do is turn on the lights and open the blinds.
 It's a bit early, so no one is here yet.
 I sit at this giant desk. Before they opened the new hospital, this was the HR department and three people sat at this desk.
 I've organized it and made it professional and comfortable.
 I enjoy sitting here because I get to chit-chat with all of my co-workers as they come into the office.
 I recently brought in a few accessories to make it more cozy and inviting.
 If no one has made the coffee, I'll make a pot.
 I sit down with my coffee and water and log onto my computer.
I check for phone messages, but there usually aren't any. I am thankful the phone does not ring much; my phone at my old job rang all the time, sometimes I would get 100 calls! I've noticed that I don't get the neck and upper back pains like I used to when I answered all those calls!
 I do however, get many emails and sift through them first thing.
 I love the work I do!
 I love my 20 hour a week schedule!!!
 I am an education associate, which is basically an administrative assistant in the Education department.
I help the full-time education associate get everything done. We enter all of the classes that the 4,000 employees take. We also teach the computer portion of the new hire training. I have lots of other duties that I do too. I love knowing that I have a lot of work to do when I get to the office.
Lately I have really been enjoying my job as I have created a SharePoint site for the education team. It has really stretched me and been so rewarding. I had to figure out how to do it all on my own as there is no IT support for this program and it feels really good to me that I accomplished this!
 With the stress and sadness that I've been going through with one of my kids, my job has been such a delightful thing in my life. I am so very thankful to God for giving me this job. I think if I were still at my old job during my son's issues, I would have been really down. It's been so nice to have a job that I look forward to going to.
 I work with wonderful people and they value me.
 I get to dress up too, which I enjoy. I work hard, accomplish a lot, stretch myself, enjoy my office mates, have fun and to top it off,  the days fly by! Oh, and I got a nice raise and have collect a paycheck! It's perfect!
 Before I know it, it's time to clock out and hike the stairs to my car.
 There's my little red car! Now I get to head home to the farm!
One year and one month ago, I was very unfulfilled and kind of depressed at my job. I had been looking for a new job for a long time, I had interviews, but was never hired and felt like I was stuck (click here to read about it). God gave me this miracle job and now I am rejuvenated and very fulfilled with my work. I am so thankful I work for a company that promotes within and for a great supervisor and co-workers who value my work. I am so thankful for such nice co-workers who have become my friends.  I am so very thankful to God for giving me this job!

"Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4

Hugs, Sharon

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Happy Easter!

 He is risen! He is risen indeed! Easter is such a wonderful time to celebrating remembering that we are saved through Jesus Christ who died on the cross for our sins and arose on the third day! I thank God so much for His precious sacrifice. Here are a few pictures of our Easter decorations this year. I stenciled this sign and placed it out on the front porch along with some sweet little chicks.
 Little bunnies out on the front porch.
 Cute little Peter Cottontail is there to greet our visitors.
 I love these egg wreaths.
 I just made this wreath yesterday. I glued on several different fun vintage spring and Easter items onto a floral wreath. I love how it turned out.
 I simply glued a ribbon to the back of this cute old cardboard cut-out.
 I decorated the top of my pie safe with more vintage Easter eye candy.
 The wooden Easter Express wagon was a real find. I purchased it at a garage sale and the gentleman said it was his as a boy about 70 years ago!
 I have two of these sweet little ceramic chicks pulling an Easter cart. The first one I purchased from a home candle party back in the 80's and was my first Easter decoration. I later found a twin at a thrift store.
 I love this vintage wind-up tin chicky.
 I put more fun vintage Easter chicks in the window.
 They are so cheerful!
 I like this shot because you can see our tulips in bloom out in the garden.
 I put some fake chocolate bunnies on my black hutch.
 In the family room I made a little vignette on a silver tray.
 I love this old handcrafted treasure with Jesus inside. It's made from a real egg! I am so happy it has survived and now I get to display it.
 I am having fun changing out the box display on our farm table. For Easter I filled it with two ceramic bunnies, hydrangeas and several vintage German eggs.
 I love these bunnies! I got them at a garage sale for $10.00 for the set.
 They are just fantastic and remind me a bit of Beatrix Potter's bunnies.
 I appreciate the work that goes into handcrafted items. This egg is so detailed and so pretty.
 I have been collecting these made in Germany cardboard eggs for many years. I usually find one a year. The illustrations are so amazing.
 Here's the backside of the centerpiece.
 I am so happy to have a neat way to display these vintage eggs.
 The green wire basket filled with eggs in the center was from my mother-in-law's collection. I love it.
 Mrs. Bunny is so busy and so sweet!
 I placed a few things in the powder room.
 Love the darling vintage postcard.
 I filled this antique basket with all kinds of vintage treasures. I especially love the sugar egg, it's amazing that it has survived all these years.
We lit up the old rugged cross that's out in front of our house to celebrate our Risen King!

Wishing you a very special Easter.

“And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.” Luke 24:2-3

Hugs, Sharon
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