Chapstick & Sticky Notes

.Last day of work today.

It’s honestly insane how many people showed me such amazing love today, I’m really gonna miss all my co-workers, and my patients!!! 

My day started with a bang, unbelievable how even my Cardinal Delivery man was sad to see me go, “I’m sure you’ll settle just fine in Grand Rapids, you are such a sweet and nice young woman, your parents must be so proud.”
Various co-workers would stop by and wish me luck in all my endeavors.
Throughout the day I would be passing by a friend or patient who would hug me goodbye and say that they were sad to see me leave.

One of my co-workers said, “Why do all the sweet ones leave?”

At one point, one of my fellow pharm girls said, “Sarah, look at all the people who love you!”
I responded, “I know, I’m overwhelmed, its so bittersweet to leave…I hope I have as equally amazing co-workers in Grand Rapids.”
The other pharm girl, “Sarah, you could go anywhere and suck the sweetness out of anybody”

It was amazing working ten hours
I was able to see off everybody and give as much love as I possibly could.

My lovely pharm girl, who was the main one who trained me, made a sticky-note that she stuck to my name tag that said
“My Last Day 😦 ”


I, once again, was glad that people were as attached to me as I was to them.
It was so crazy, I unstitched my “CPHT” patch from my smock.
And return my stuff to my bosses.
Both bosses stopped by at different times in the day,
to shake my hand and thank me for my hard work.
I equally gave my appreciation,
I’ve been blessed more than I could have EVER dreamed.
My boss’ dad, who ran the company before them,
even set all his stuff down to hug me and say that he
would really miss me.
He is SUCH a precious man,
he told me that I would ALWAYS have a job there.  

SO this morning, I had my last picture in my smock…
my awkward goodbye wave to the Pharmacy.  

I definitely am looking forward to my pharmacy goodbye dinner Wednesday.
We’re going to the Brewery and just relaxing in a different environment, it’ll be unforgettable, I can feel it.

As I was leaving the parking lot,
my chap~stick ran out as well,
I’ll probably always keep that tube and my “Last Day” sticky note…

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Alternatively Positive

I have been blessed with this influence in my life, in particular.
A group of six marvelous servants

-I served on the Positive Alternatives board for six months-
I have been astounded by the work of God right before my very eyes.

Tuesday night was my last meeting and some marvelous cookies were munched and business was gone over, ideas presented, and digression never avoided.
I smile every time I think about the power of Christ shining through them.
Chris said, “I think before we leave, we should all popcorn pray for Sarah”

Standing there, they prayed for me.
I almost felt like, “I shouldn’t be here, I feel like I’m eavesdropping”

But because words of affirmation are SO important to me,
I started crying gently as their sincere love for God was showered upon my spirit, comforting me and letting me know, once again, I was not more attached to them than they were to me.

That mutual appreciation and care meant so much to me.

Snipits of their love:
“I pray you comfort her and protect her heart in ways she didn’t know she needed”
“Let her know you are there, even in the fearful times”
“Thank you for Sarah, and her heart”
“Thank you for bringing Sarah to us”
“I know You will do great things with her there, as she’s already done great things here”
“Protect her purity as struggles will abound”
“Thank you for allowing Sarah to work for me, for now I know what I need to look for”

The praise and worship just kept going…
I was honored to be a part of their lives

Having that spiritual uplifting every month was a great alternative…
a positive one

God is good all the time,
All the time, God is good.

Anchors Aweigh

Beach time…
My schedule has been, work day, beach day, work day, beach day…
how amazingggg is that!?
{{and friends made it even BETTER! then ICE CREAM made it even AWESOMER}} 


It was great to just…BE

I didn’t HAVE to DO, or SAY, I love the beach for that reason. I can just breathe and BE.

Laying on my towel yesterday, hearing the rush of the wind through the trees and the waves crashing upon each other, God just talked.
Like, you know how you don’t have to pursue Him, cause He’s always pursuing you…this was one of those days when I felt that.

Just talking to Him is refreshing…cause there’s always so much on my mind, and Mi Amor couldn’t come to the beach with me to get it out verbally…
I  have found that, in the words of Mattie Montgomery
“We get so wrapped up in doing things FOR God,
we forget to do things WITH God.”

One of my favorite ways to connect with God is enjoying what He created.
That’s just another reason I love traveling-
exploring more and more of what He created me to see.

I’m gonna miss this connection while I’m in Grand Rapids…no bonfires, or millions of fireflies, or vast starry skies.
I’ll have to find some new escapes with Him.

Sometimes, I feel like me working on my heart is a big joke.
Its one of my priorities this summer, even though it should be all the time…but, like at points I can be SO in awe of Christ, and then…other times I get so distracted…and sometimes, its even in the same moment.

This is me; translucent as ever;
These are my anchors:
\\lust//

~riches~

*vanity*

+desires of travel+

>pride<

{{envy}}

Tomorrow, I am getting a foot tattoo
Anchors Aweigh”
It is a sailor term, meaning that the anchor is being lifted from the sea’s floor.
I’m using it as a reminder for God to strip me of the anchors of my life; those holding me from sailing all the waters He has for me to explore.

Cool things is, even if I feel like a hypocrite and a joke at points,
God still just wants me. He wants my heart despite my anchors.
I really really really just wanna hug Christ sometimes…

Delicacies of Days Off

Beginning of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough CupCakes.. Yummm

 

Cookie Dough {eggless}

 

Cupcake batter {chocolate of course}

 

Batter up!

 

Drop of dough

 

Chill the frosting

 

Puffed up!

 

Simple delicacies of life

 

 

Voyage de l’esprit

Rizo is back from France!!!

There’s always something so refreshing about hearing a great international journey.

After making brunch and talking over the past month of events with her, Rizo and I began teaching each other our languages.
Although, my Spanish is absolutely TERRIBLE and I’m basically worse than a two year old, I’m excited to try to bring back all the communication skills I had while in Panama {almost 2 years ago}

I love to hear Rizo speak french. There’s something utterly INTERESTING about it.

At the realization that we are both on the same page, where we both don’t have a lot of baggage, we are just ready to move forward, we were talking about service.
When we’re out in G.R. together, we both want to motivate each other to get involved in service with “the least of these”{the church, community, homeless, etc..}

I’ve had this thought in the back of my head so intensely recently; I want to get another reminder tattoo. I want it to be my own; unique; reflective of myself.
When I’m out in G.R. I know I’ll need reminders to keep my focus on serving Christ. It really means a lot to me to reflect on Jesus’ teaching of
{‘not coming to BE served, but TO serve’}

Mulling over ideas and getting a good solid one that I truly am passionate about is very important.
This is the one that I have now,
{paciencia; patience in Spanish-the first word I REALLY had to learn in Panama}
{αγαπη; Greek for unconditional love-reminding me that it is my choice to love, not based on anything they do, or can do}
{the vines; a spin on an African tribal symbol reflecting trusting God to provide the harvest}
{the compass; utilizing my love for travel and presenting God as the leader and director of my life}
{Treble Cleff (also the ‘south’); my love for music}

\\I love art//