Saint Rose!!

24 Aug

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Yesterday was the feast day of Saint Rose, my patron saint for confirmation.  As some of you may know, earlier this year I dedicated my blog to Saint Rose.  For some reason, her name comes up a lot in searches on my blog, and so I think that was kind of a little nudge to talk about her more.

Saint Rose was known to take small sufferings upon herself, and through the suffering, she offered it all up to God for his glory.  Let us also offer up little sacrifices and our daily crosses and joyfully glorify God through the crosses that come our way!

There was an article published yesterday on catholicexchange.com that I would like you to reference to get to know her a little more.

As we journey through life, let us lift up our hearts in prayer, and pray to God in the words of St. Rose, “Jesus, be with me!”

 

 

Guess who turned 92 yesterday?!

5 Aug

He lives on his own, drives his own car, buys his groceries, and attends Mass every day.  He is one of the most godly men I know.  He puts God first, no matter what, and treats everyone in the way that Christ would treat them.

I am honored to call him my grandpa.  If you know my grandpa, then you know that he is one of the most thoughtful men in the world.  He is a self-taught handy man.  He can fix pretty much anything.  When I was little, he and my grandma, (who passed away a few years ago) would come visit.  He would work on projects around the house for my mom, and would read to us kids.  One day when I was about fifteen, grandpa was outside in our backyard, and came back in the house with a rose and gave it to me – a simple gesture of love.  He has always been that way – thinking of other people and putting their needs before his own.

One of my most vivid memories of my grandpa is from when I was about 8 or 9 years old.  I was spending the day with him and my grandma and we were in the car driving near their house.  My grandpa saw a car pulled off to the side of the road with car trouble, and my grandpa pulled off the road to help him.  He looked at his car with the guy He helped him and gave him some cash to get supplies for his car.  I remember thinking how generous and selfless my grandpa was to that man.  He is like that to his friends, family, and total strangers.

My grandpa and I have “date nights” at his house where he fixes us dinner and we talk and sometimes look at the atlas and talk about history, or watch an old timey tv show.  A few years ago, I taught religious education once a week at the Catholic church near his house.  I would drive over after teaching, and we would talk about everything from the Catholic faith, to geography, to the economy, and politics.  To this day, I love going to his house for our Grandpa/granddaughter date nights.  He refuses to let me wash the dishes, and he cooks everything before I come so that it’s hot and ready to eat when I get there.  For dessert we almost always have ice cream – we both LOVE ice cream :-)  He tells jokes and we laugh until we have tears in our eyes.  His favorite phrase is, “Are we having fun or WHAT?!!”

Yesterday we celebrated grandpa’s 92nd birthday!!  We met up for dinner – we, as in all six of his children, their spouses, and most of the 40 grandkids!  Below is a picture of one of my cousins, my grandpa, and me.  My cousin shares a birthday with my grandpa.  She turned five.  (She was soo proud of her earrings and the pink ring on her finger🙂 )

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Here’s to my grandpa!!!  May God continue to bless him with health, happiness and holiness!!

I PASSED!!!!!

3 Aug

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The exam for my insurance license took 2 hours and 32 minutes to complete – whew!!  The questions were complex, so I took my time, using nearly all of the allotted time for the test.  When I pressed the button that said “finish” I thought to myself, “I sure hope this is right”  and proceeded to exist the test room.

I walked nervously to the desk where they printed my results, praying that I passed.  The gentleman at the counter looked up my test results, printed them, and handed them to me.  I took the papers, glanced down, and walked it of the room and out of eyesight.  I didn’t want to cry I front of anyone.

As I entered the hallway to get my car key from my locker, I looked down at the test results and read he word in bold “PASS.”

I was elated!!

As I left the test center, tears of joy and relief started trickling down my face. I. PASSED!  I prayed, “Thank you, Lord!”

You guys!!!  I did it!!!  Thank the Lord!!  And thank you for praying for me!!  I am now a certified insurance agent!  WOHOOO!!!

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I need a break

30 Jul

I need to take a break from studying.   This insurance licensing stuff is no joke..  I had class Tuesday-Friday this week from 8:00 AM until 1:00 or 2:00 in the afternoon, depending on the day.  Man, we covered more miles in those four days that I would cover driving from here to Alaska and back again!

Here is my current view:

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We went through two books of roughly 563 pages of LEGAL TERMS, STATE CODE, the Commissioner’s responsibilities, our duties as insurance agents, and soooo much more.  It’s been good learning and soaking it all in.  BUT I NEED A BREAK.  I have been reading, studying, thinking and breathing insurance.  It’s almost too much for me to handle.  A couple nights ago, my boyfriend came over and we made Chinese stir fry for dinner.  Afterwards, we went outside to chat on my yard glider swing.  I mentioned how good brownies sounded.  So, what did he do?!  He made brownies and cleaned the kitchen while I studied. <3  Seriously, he is amazing!!  I fought back the tears of stress and worry while I shared with him how much there is to remember.  On the one hand, I want the test to be over.  And on the other hand, I’m nervous about my results.  You see, if I pass, I get my INSURANCE LICENSE!  And if I don’t pass, I can take the exam again, no big deal, right?  But I would hate to have to take the exam TWICE.  I really want to pass the exam the first time.

Will you please pray for me?!  Can you pray that the Holy Spirit fills me with knowledge and helps me remember everything and that I pass the exam coming up on Tuesday!??!  Thanks in advance!  It means the world to me that you are with me in prayer.  I will keep you posted!!!

~Rachel~

When life throws you insurance…

27 Jun

Hi!  How has your summer been?

Mine has been complete with a job change, my sister B’s wedding, traveling to Wisconsin, and going to the doctor for the first time in forever due to a really sore throat I got with a virus.   (Thankfully it wasn’t strep throat!)  I’ve also been studying for my insurance licensing class.  Who knew that I would be studying for my insurance license this summer?!?  I sure had no clue.  Thankfully Saint Anthony and my dear heavenly Father helped me find this job that has landed me a fresh and new opportunity in the business world.

After I hired in, my manager signed me up for class.  I’ve been studying a lot and listening to the insurance CD’s in the car.  I feel like I’m learning a whole new language with the new terminology for property and casualty insurance. Here is what one of the study books looks like:

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A couple weekends ago I went to an airshow with my boyfriend B. and his family for his birthday.  We got to sit in the cockpit on one of the jets!

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IMG_2526[1].JPGWouldn’t it be neat to fly in this plane?

 

In August I’m going to be running a 5K with some of my siblings, and I ran for the first time today.  It felt good to be running again after a long hiatus.  One of my friends and I are going to start running together to keep each other on track.  It’s more fun when there is someone else to exercise with.

A couple weeks ago I was sorting some paperwork and ran across my blog topic folder and almost threw all my notes away because there are so many topics and not enough time.  But I kept all my scribbles of paper in hopes that someday soon after my insurance class and licensing, I can pull out the notes for my blog, pick some topics, and write to my hearts’ content (*sigh*.)

How have you been?  Have you been enjoying this beautiful summertime weather?  Do you have any tips for studying for insurance testing/licensing?

 

Peace and God’s blessings,

Rachel

 

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