Monthly Archives: April 2012

All Done

They’re in the mail. All of the last pieces for my application to Pratt.

Now, let’s wait and see what they have to say.

To be continued….

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Running and Swinging

Running is refreshing. Running is reviving. Running is good for my body, my mind and my soul. I feel like a different person when my day begins with a run. And it’s a bonus when I’m with my kid and we stop in the park for a bit to go swinging.

Swinging with my kid. It’s good for my body, my mind and my soul.

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Remembering Back

Someone asked me yesterday about my "story." They asked how I got involved with our house church here in NYC and about my past. I shared with them a promise that I had read in 2005:

1 Peter 5:10 – "And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you into His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, strengthen and establish you."

He promised that. I believed it. He did it. He never fails me. Never has, never will. He promises love, mercy, grace, compassion and faithfulness. He’s never withheld any of these things. I am truly grateful.

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18 Years

Today marks 18 years.

In 1994, I lost a very dear friend to a battle with cancer. She was my first grade teacher. She was dear to my heart and one of the most unforgettable people in my life. Her name was Judy Frank.

I often wonder what she would think about my life today. She never met David. She never knew I moved to New York City and she never had the chance to meet my little girl.

I miss her. She was a delight.

I can’t believe it’s been 18 years. Time really flies much too fast.

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It has been submitted

Well, I did it. I’ve just applied for grad school at Pratt. I was hung up on a stupid paragraph. I was annoyed that it took me so long, but when I look back at what I wrote, I think there was a reason why it took me so long to get it right. I couldn’t just say stuff. I think it really had to come from my heart. Here’s the paragraph that I wrote tonight while listening to 2 of my favorite Cold Play songs:

History has always been a hobby, a pastime. I didn’t realize until I moved to NYC that it could become a part of my everyday work life. A friend of mine said that historians don’t just know about history, they live it. They love it. I have been offered the opportunity to grow in my career in a field that I have always loved. I have always been moved by stories about the past. Moved by the people who once lived in the buildings that remain standing. The past is extremely significant in our present day world, and in our future. The past is why we are here today. Everything from unique architecture to artifacts; they tell stories. They give us the key to a world that was never documented like our world is today. My brother-in-law has a journal from an ancestor who was a drummer boy in the Civil War. I was able to hold this journal last summer and read through its pages. A 12 year-old boy wrote about his experience in the Civil War. I can still remember the feeling of awe as I slowly turned the pages while reading the very faint writing. I was holding on to a glimpse of the past that only a few people have ever had the chance to read. A historical society in Warsaw, Indiana, is helping preserve that journal. That is what I want to be involved in, preserving the past.

Now, let’s see what Pratt has to say.

To be continued…

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Still working on it…

Still working on my statement of purpose for grad school. My neighbor said to me today, “Gosh, I can blow through those statements easy.” I know, I know. Some people can, but I can’t. And it’s really tough not being able to.

I’m wordy. I’m too wordy. I want to make things all flowery when all they want to hear is why I want to go to school. If I could say it in two simple sentences, I would. But they encourage no more than 500 words, so that’s a sign to me that they want some length in an answer.

I’ve sent Round 3 to someone to proofread. I’ve got 1 out of my 3 recommendations in, and I’m just hoping to get this submitted in the next week or so.

I really want to get into school. It’s going to be really hard work. Very time consuming, but so worth it in the end. I’ll actually be able to work a job that I like. A job that I’ll find challenging and interesting.

I really want to get into school.


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