Wednesday, October 08, 2008

A Look Back and Forward

10 Years Ago:
October 1998

I was a Sophomore at Furman University in the midst of soccer season. I was enjoying being a member of my sorority and hating Chemistry class. I was finally dating a boy I'd had a crush for a long time, and who eventually broke my heart. (Don't worry, I got over it). My grandmother came down from Philly to watch me play soccer and help me pomp our float for Homecoming. She's so fun. I still have the picture of me, her and Mom on the Furman Mall.

5 Years Ago:
October 2003

I was living in Mt. Pleasant and working for the Charleston Battery Pro soccer team. I was a member at Seacoast Church and was preparing to go on my first mission trip to Sri Lanka. I had no idea what was in store for me. I would soon quit my job, go into full time ministry and the whole course of my life would change as a result of that trip. I was living with my buddies, Claire and Carrie (*and our surrogate roomie, Nate, who didn't spend the night but was there probably more than Claire was! We all loved having him around). I was kinda hanging out with a guy who was in med school. That ended without any hearts being broken.

1 Year Ago:
October 2007

I was a new mama to Ella, learning all the in's and out's of taking care of an infant. I was married to the man of my dreams, Brandon, and living in Greer, SC in our new home! I was struggling with the big changes in my life...I went from full time graduate school and part-time employment to being a stay-at-home mom with the sole responsibilty most of the day to develop a world-changer.

I was also spending a lot of time in Charleston and Columbia due to my mom's illness...we thought we had lost her at MUSC, and she was blind, paralyzed and in a coma for 2 weeks...But God.... I remember staying with the Nortrups and getting treated so well, running with my old running buddy Shannon Phelps for the first time with our babies in strollers to get my mind off things, my Aunt Rosemary and Uncle Chip driving through the night to be there for us, and the look of shock on every doctor's and nurse's face when they walked in to see my mom completely healed and discharged after only 2.5 weeks. A complete miracle.

1 Year from Now:
October 2009

I'll be the mother of a 2 year old and a 6 month old (some of you may have just heard/read that for the first time), probably working hard to get my pre-baby body to emerge again, and still trying to figure out how to handle 2. Brandon will be further along with seeing his vision for Revolution Youth Ministry taking over for the Kingdom of God! Mom will have new lungs thanks to a transplant at the Cleveland Clinic and will be recovering so well the doctors and nurses will all be shocked again.

5 Things On My To-Do List Today:

1: Spend some time in the Word after Ella goes down for a nap
2: Run errands to Target, Grocery Store, Etc...
3: Laundry and Ironing
4: Pick up Pooh, Rock and Amanda for church
5: Work in the soundbooth while for the youth service tonight

5 Places I've Lived:

1: Greenville/Greer, SC
2: Pasadena, CA
3: Mt. Pleasant, SC
4: Columbia, SC
5: Philadelphia, PA

5 Things I Love about this season:

1: Pumpkin Spice
2: Football
3: Cool enough weather to turn off the AC and throw open the windows
4: Leaves changing colors
5: Thanksgiving

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Matt and Brooke said...

You're pregnant?! (delayed reaction) Congratulations! We were thinking about having ours close together too. I'm so excited for Ella! She's gets to be a big sister! Yea!

Anonymous said...

Congrats, Coley! Can you keep a secret (most everyone locally knows this, but I haven't put it out on my blog yet and probably won't for another few weeks) . . . I'm due May 1st with #3, ha ha ha. Here's to birthing around the same time :)

martyver said...

You have kids?!! WOW!! (just kidding) Just stumbled across your blog... glad things are going well. Half the guys from Sri are on Face Book now. Was great to spend time with Dishan and Stephanie here in August. Miss you!

davispictures said...

loved this post! great idea! and most of all...CONGRATULATIONS ON BABY BERRY #2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!