Wednesday, December 3, 2014

one snow

sparkling crystals
floating from heaven
guided by the silently whispering wind
slowly and softly
gently laying a blanket of white on the earth

dreams of your footsteps
walking beside me
huddling close in the crisp winter cold
snowflakes that sparkle
eyes with a twinkle knowing we're safe from harm

thoughts of the moment
sparkle as snowflakes
patiently waiting for answers unknown
still I am searching
watchfully waiting, though never alone

Monday, October 6, 2014


I'm hooked. Again. I'm obsessively watching How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM) episodes. Thank you to the Netflix gods for hooking a sister up with season 9. This past summer I started back at episode one, season one and have slowly but surely been making my way through all nine seasons.

For those of you who either don't own a tv or are slightly out of tune with cultural references to modern day sitcoms, HIMYM is a legen...wait for it...dary chronicle of Ted Mosby relaying the story to his two children of how he met their mother. Throughout the course of the show the viewer learns about Ted, his friends, their current lives, their younger selves, as well as plenty of shenanigans that they get into along the way (see photo below).

For me, I enjoy the show for it's lighthearted nature and yet heartfelt message. Many episodes I can relate to the dating woes of someone in their twenties. The online dates. The crazies. The jerks. The stories that somehow get a bit more exaggerated each time you tell them. I feel for Ted as he watches his friends move on in their lives, meet their spouse, get married, have kids, all while sort of feeling like you're being left behind. The struggle between giving up hope that you'll ever find someone, and holding onto the hope that your special person is just around the corner at the end of the street.

I'm in the middle of Season 9 right now. We've finally met "the mother" and I'm spending the final ten episodes watching how Ted's life plays out. It's made me think a lot about my life. I don't know my ending yet, but I know I have some great upcoming episodes...because you never know what is just around the corner...stay tuned...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I'm baaaack...

It's been awhile. There have been some ups and downs. But instead of reliving them all, we're moving forward from them. I'm on a new adventure.

The marathon.

No! Please don't leave! Don't get scared! There will be other things too!

This is just something I need to do. For myself. But I'm going to share it with you...whomever you are. And I'm going to be totally honest. And I hope that you come on this journey with me. No, I'm not asking you to run with me. Just read. If you're moved to leave a comment, that's always neat too.

More to come. But today is Day 2. And for today, here are my stats. I'm not particularly proud of them, but I'm still a work in progress. And everyone has to start somewhere right? So this is where I'm starting...

Name: Andrea
Age: 30
Weight: 187.0 (Smacks, did I just put my weight on the web for the world to read? Yup. Totally just did that. Never be ashamed of who you are. If you don't like it, work to change it. Which is what I'm doing. I'm working to change it. Own who you are. God loves you. Why shouldn't YOU love you?)
Body Fat %: 37.9
Bone: 5.5
Water: 45.3
BMI: 30.0
Workout: 4 sets- run 1 minute and walk for 5 minutes
Distance: 2.15 miles
Time: 31:31
Calories burned: 240
Average Mile: 14' 39"

- Run the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon, October 2015
- Make healthy food/fuel choices
- Reside in a physically fit body

I have one year. Ready, set...


Thursday, February 20, 2014

I am Second.

I like to blog and I like to write. But lately I’ve been stuck in a bit of writer’s block. I’ll sit down and start to write what I think is going to be the next gripping blog post that is going to attract hundreds of thousands of readers to my blog...or maybe just fifty readers...or maybe only ten...and then about a third of the way through I lose interest in what I’m writing about. Or I think that it’s just not that interesting. But for the sake of promising my students to write the same assignment that they have and sharing it with them (ONLY if they all get it done), I’m going to try and plow to completion.

Today in class we watched a video of Sean Lowe and what “I am Second” means to him. Recently Sean was on the reality TV show, “The Bachelorette” and then later “The Bachelor.” Along with being a participant comes the tabloids and the scrutiny of every aspect of your life. He talked about how before going on the show his professional life had crumbled and the challenges that came along with that. He looked at becoming The Bachelor as a door that God was opening to him, even as he struggled through filming with whether or not what he was doing was right.

Sean was very open about why he is the way he is. The driving force in his life is Jesus. Jesus is the center of Sean’s life and the reason for the decisions that Sean makes. Recently a friend of mine told me that she enjoys hanging out with me because I talk so openly about God and his role in my life. She told me that she struggles with that...being open and honest about the role that God plays in your life.

As we go through life, we have many opportunities that helps to grow as individuals. Successes. Failures. Disappointments. Experiences. All of these opportunities provide us with a wide variety of emotions that help us to decipher what we as people see as positive and negative experiences, which in turn teach us about ourselves. As you learn about yourself, you start to become more comfortable with certain aspects of your life. For me, that comfort came when I was working in an environment where, initially, it felt like everyone was different from me. But everyone was willing to learn about me, who I was, and what I stood for. And it was their open mindedness about me, that really encouraged me to accept myself and be proud and confident in who I am. To be comfortable in sharing with them who I am, and why I am.

And so I’m just me. I try to live my life as an honest reflection of who I am. 

Who am I?

I am a daughter.
I am a sister.
I am an aunt.
I am a friend.
I am a listener.
I am a talker.
I am a runner.
I am a finisher.
I am a realist.
I am an optimist.
I am a work in progress.
I am a seeker.
I am a teacher.
I am a student.
I am a baker.
I am a musician.
I am a director.
I am a fighter.
I am a leader.
I am a follower.
I am a dreamer.

But it all of these things…

I am Second.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


i don't know.
so many unknowns.

if i...then...
but if i...then...

how do i fit.
where do i fit.
is it supposed to fit.

questions. without answers.
so much time that's never enough.

where to turn.