Monthly Archives: May 2010

Nashville. What lays ahead…

Sorry I haven’t been around.
I’ve been spending the last week getting the house ready to pack.  Finding my bins, getting the paper, and gutting out stuff we won’t be taking with us.
This new opportunity is exciting, scary, challenging, and an incredible opportunity.  I’ve bounced around between all those emotions, as well as a couple of homesick moments, but all in all, I kinda can’t wait to dig in.
Unless you’ve been visiting Mars for the last few weeks you’ll know about the flood that’s destroyed the lives of so many.   Here are some pictures of OUR center and operations during and after the flood.  These are not pictures I’ve taken, but they are the only one’s we have.
During the Flood
This is our residential program.  Our clients had to be removed by boat.
Our Chapel. 
See the top of the van?
After the flood.
As you can see we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us. 

Posted by on May 13, 2010 in Uncategorized


Pity Party, Table for one?

Ugh!! I did it again!! I turned a perfectly notmal day into this churning mass of emotions that left me sad, cranky and moody!! You’d think that one day, I’d learn not to do it to myself, but… I can’t seem to get it through my head.

I’m lonely. 

It sucks.  I miss my friends. I miss having people to tlak to.  To laugh with.  To just relax with.

McHubby is wonderful, but he’s got so much stuff going on right now with work he’s doing, work he’s planning on doing, and work others are telling him about.  He seems preoccupied, when he’s home, or we’re out, he’s checking his phone every 5 min in case there’s something he’s missed about work. And I get it. Sorta.  I’m queen of the laptop, sitting on the couch means the laptop is in my lap.  But I’m working on it, trying to get out of the habit and instead engaging on whats going on around me.

I kinda miss “the job” too.  Having a phone, being important.  That used to be my job.  Now I get the distinct impression that my new job is a “McHubby’s Wife” job.  Maybe you know the kind?  Where “woman’s work” is just that, and where wives shouldn’t worry their pretty little heads about things? 

We’re kinda going through a crisis at work.  A pretty big one.  And we’re not even there yet.  So people are trying to keep McHubby in the loop, and trying to make sure he knows what he’s facin, but… I’m going there too.  I’ll be working there too.  And right now, I feel directly on the opposite side of the loop.  Like I’m getting tidbits of whats going on.  McHubby tries to keep me up on what he knows, but like I said, he’s got so much on his plate, and he’s distracted so sometimes I know, sometimes we’re talking about it and he says “I told you that already” andhe didn’t and then I get sad because I’m not the person he’s sharing his work stuff with, because in the run of the day he’s bombarded with a whole bunch of stuff, and by the time he gets home, he’s kinda on overload.

So you may remember my rant about McHubby having moved here before me, making friends before me, and me feeling like an outsider?  Well with this new work thing, the new city, new people all that was supposed to change.  It was supposed to be the time when people got to know Mr and Mrs wonderful, not just McHubby.  This was my chance for “us” to make friends and meet people, not for me to just kind of intrude on relationships he’s already built.   I get the feeling thats not going to happen.  With trying to find out as much as possible about what’s going on, he’s getting info from wherever he can. 

It shouldn’t bother me that he’s already got people he can talk to in Nashville, when I don’t have anyone in the country, right?  It shouldn’t bother me when people from his LAST move call him up to talk about stuff that I already feel left out of.  Maybe I’m just jealous of the fact that he has people here who care about him, and I don’t.  Not in the same way he does.  I have people I know, but no one I would call up if I was having a problem, or no one who calls to see how my day is going, or if I need someone to bounce things off of.  Maybe it just reminds me of what I left behind.

I think what set it off was I spent an hour yesterday talking to someone from Canada, someone who I didn’t really know all that well when I was there, aside from being their kids Sunday school teacher, and it felt so good to have that person to talk to. To have this person ask how I was, ask some pretty indepth stuff, because they cared about me, about what was going on with me. I felt good after I talked to her.  In fact, better then I had in a LONG time, because I actually got to say how I was feeling, what I was thinking, and she was interested.  And then it changed.  I don’t know why.  But yesterday afternoon, I felt alone.  And I threw myself a little pity party over it. to the point where I cried when he wouldn’t tell me something about Farmville.  Yep… I’m THAT nutty right now.

And the worst part was, I didn’t or couldn’t tell him what it was.  What kind of wife gets upset when her husband tried to make new friends?  I’m not that person, I don’t want to be that person, but I want to be a PERSON, not just “and wife” or “Mrs.” and I don’t have that here.

I miss home.  The routine, the places, the people.  Or maybe I just miss Me.


Posted by on May 7, 2010 in Uncategorized


Please excuse the mess… but there’s a natural disaster happening!

Last post I mentioned that we were moving. It’s an exciting time for our family. We’ve been keeping a close watch on the happening’s in Nashville.

If you’re living under a rock, and don’t know what’s going on right now, here’s what CNN is saying.

A storm that killed at least 15 people in Tennessee and Mississippi rolled into Georgia early Monday, flooding parts of Atlanta.

The rain and flooding left at least 11 dead Sunday in Tennessee, closing interstates, displacing thousands from their homes, prompting evacuations of hotels and nursing homes, and turning streets and parking lots into raging rivers.

Parts of the state were drenched with up to 20 inches of rain, and more was expected.

In Nashville alone, more than 1,000 people were rescued from the water over the weekend, city officials said.

(Officials) said Sunday that more rain has fallen in Nashville in the last 24 hours than has ever been recorded in the city.

The job we’ve got waiting for us in Nashville is this; We’re assuming command (official lingo) of The Salvation Army’s Nashville Adult Rehabilitation Center (or ARC).

ARC’s comprise the largest resident rehabilitation program in the United States. Individuals with identifiable and treatable needs to to these centers for help when they no longer are able to cope with their problems. There they receive adequate housing, nourishing meals and necessary medical care, and they engage in work therapy. Residents may be referred or be remanded by the courts. Our holistic approach provides rehabilitation for the Body, Mind, and Spirit.

We’ve gotten word this morning that our ARC was flooded with 40″ of water, and has been evacuated.

Please Please Please, if you’re the praying type at all, pray for not only the people of the southeast who are affected by this (TENNESSEE, MISSISSIPPI, ATLANTA, KENTUCKY, and INDIANA) but for the staff and clients of our ARC. The men who are struggling as it is against all odds to turn their lives around. These are men who’ve been places we’ve only had nightmares about. And now these men are facing this new devastation.

See the sign on the side? “Hope” is being washed away. I am willing to bet many of them are feeling like this building this am. Please pray that they feel Gods presence with them as they are displaced.


Posted by on May 3, 2010 in Uncategorized