The Dash

There is a dash that we are all going to end up having. From the moment we are born to the moment we die, we are forming that dash. For some it is short lived, and for others it is filled with years of joy, sorrow, blessings, laughter, and struggle.

8/17/09 From the desk of Jeanne…

Dear Maloree,

Hello from Kansas! Its cloudy & cooler here this a.m. – The guys are working on our roof again this morning and should finish today. I’m glad its cooler for them to work.

We had good services yesterday…

We will pray with you for this mission trip. Trust all goes well. Oh, yes, thanks for the picture. Is it your class?

Praying for you,
Jeanne

I cherish letters from people. Those hand written notes that you receive un-expectantly from people you love and care for. I also love routine. I remember every Sunday morning while at home (in Lakin) walking up the aisles to give Jeanne a big hug. Even though she was small body framed, her hugs were some of the biggest in the world. I am thankful for the life she lived and for the lives she touched!

September 22, 2012 3:25am…

Jeanne passed away at 1:05am

She lived a full life! A blessed life! She lived a life that was completely focused on the Lord. She was full of wisdom, dignity, and respect. Thankful for who she was in my life and for the lives of others that surrounded her.

Praise Jesus that she gets to dance beside him now!

 

The Dash

By Linda Ellis

I read of a man who stood to speak

At the funeral of a friend.

He referred to the dates on her tombstone

From the beginning…to the end.

 

He noted that first came the date of her birth

And spoke of the following date with tears,

But he said what mattered most of all

Was the dash between those years.

 

For that dash represents all the time

That she spent alive on earth

And now only those who love her

Know what that little line is worth.

 

For it matters not, how much we own,

The cars…the house…the cash.

What matters is how we live and love

And how we spend our dash.

 

So think about this long and hard;

Are there things you’d like to change?

For you never know how much time is left

That can still be rearranged.

 

If we could just slow down enough

To consider what’s true and real

And always try to understand

The way other people feel.

 

And be less quick to anger

And show appreciation more

And love the people in our lives

Like we never loved before.

 

If we treat each other with respect

And more often wear a smile…

Remembering that this special dash

Might only last a little while.

#bestrong

I wanted to share a story with you and how awesome God is! He places words on your heart and he truly blesses the day of! I’m a nurse at a local hospital in town and had gotten to work as usual to care for my patient. This particular patient started having difficulty breathing and just would not give up on the fight within their body. I went into the patient’s room and asked what was wrong. The patient said that they were afraid. It made me immediately think of a Psalm that was shared in church that very same day (Psalm 91). The patient began to explain in their small weak voice how they were fearful of falling asleep for the fear of death. In that moment, I had the opportunity to be fearful myself and not do anything about it or #bestrong and allow the Lord to use me as a vessel for this weak soul. I took that opportunity to read to this patient Psalm 91, and afterwards pray with them. I do not know how to explain it but to say that the Lord was here. His presence was ever new and there was a peace that came upon my patient’s face. I even saw a glimpse of a smile come from them (a smile that probably has not been there in weeks). I told them…

You may be old and I may be young, but the Lord provides comfort for those who seek him. We do not have to be afraid when we (fear) follow God. He can give us strength. He can provide comfort.
God provides testimonies in ways that we may not always seek. He provides small miracles in our everyday lives if we would just be willing to seek them out. He asks us to fear Him and #bestrong.
What is your greatest fear?
How are you trying to overcome that fear?
I want to encourage you with this this week, and drink in the words that God provided to David in a time when he needed to lean on God to overcome his fears…

Psalm 91

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
    will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
    he is my God, and I trust him.
For he will rescue you from every trap
    and protect you from deadly disease.
He will cover you with his feathers.
    He will shelter you with his wings.
    His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
    nor the arrow that flies in the day.
Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
    nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
Though a thousand fall at your side,
    though ten thousand are dying around you,
    these evils will not touch you.
Just open your eyes,
    and see how the wicked are punished.

If you make the Lord your refuge,
    if you make the Most High your shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you;
    no plague will come near your home.
11 For he will order his angels
    to protect you wherever you go.
12 They will hold you up with their hands
    so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
13 You will trample upon lions and cobras;
    you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!

14 The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
    I will protect those who trust in my name.
15 When they call on me, I will answer;
    I will be with them in trouble.
    I will rescue and honor them.
16 I will reward them with a long life
    and give them my salvation.”

You could say it has been a few days since I have sat in the yellow chair… Ok, maybe it has been more than a few days, but still. I felt the need to jot down my thoughts since it has been a while.

I feel as though a lot has been going on near the 238 lately. Now that summer is out of swing, and fall is coming around (thank you Jesus for that cool weather), I can officially say that traveling has slowed down, and I have been able to enjoy my home and mundane life a little bit more. I love to travel, but I also love to just be at home. My best friend refers to it as being a homebody… I guess I never really thought of it in that kind of light, but I guess it is what it is.

Hi, my name is Maloree, and I am a homebody (on occasion).

Homebody in the term that I do enjoy just being in my home editing photos, listening to a good sermon, organizing cabinets (yes, I do that for the fun of it), and cooking good home cooked meals.

Do not get me wrong, I do enjoy being out and about with people, running errands, going to IIID, church, and spending life with others, but I do enjoy the slowness and stillness of the 238.

So what exactly has been going on around here amidst the simple life routine… glad you asked!

I just recently started up a small group through my church for “young professionals”. It is for those people who are just finishing up college and/or who have started a career and are not in full out family/marriage/children life mode. We have never really been given a good name for this age group, but I guess we can go with that for now. I was asked at the beginning of summer to think about leading a group, but I just was not quite ready. The concept of committing to lead a group of young adults was not there. If I was going to commit, I wanted to commit 100%, but I also wanted to do what the Lord would have me to do. I finally took that nudge the Lord was giving me and went forth with it.

Last week was the official official meeting time, and it went awesome! A group of us went over to the church and helped with an organization called Safe Harbor before heading over to my place for the Bible Study. The first few weeks of the community group we are having the opportunity to tell our stories to the group. I find that this is extremely vital to build community. In order to build trust and relationships with one another, you must know each other. Telling our stories gives this opportunity.

I am excited to see where the Lord leads this group. I know that the Lord has great plans in store and wants to do a mighty work in the lives of the young adults that are a part of it. He has called us for greater good and to be able to have the opportunity to be a part of the stories that are told is incredible!

I would ask that you all pray for this journey and that the Lord would continue to speak to those who feel as if they are suppose to be a part of this group! He has a greater purpose for each person!

Acts 2:41-43

The Believers Form a Community

42 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper[a]), and to prayer.

43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders.

Summer Days

I was working on making a photo book of all my Instagram photos when I realized something… It’s been a great summer. Not only has it been great, it has been memorable and lived to the fullest. There is that saying out in the world: #YOLO (You Only Live Once). I feel like I lived very much this way. Here are a few snapshots from my phone…

The Color Run, Denver, CO

Raissa & Corey’s Wedding, first wedding to be a part of

 

 

Coldplay Concert

 

 

Summer days with new friends!

 

 

Europe: Traveling to Sweden, Germany, & Poland

Meeting a US Olympian! Great job Donn!

 

Happy Nurthday

July 1, 2011 at 2:55am…
I had rolled over in bed and turned my computer on. Ok, I just tapped the space bar beings I had been checking every 5 minutes anyways… My heart was pounding, nerves shaking, body tense. 5 years of schooling, at least 25 ATI exams, and 1000 of hours studying for this one moment.
 
Last name: Hamel
First name: Maloree
 
And then I saw it.
Maloree J Hamel RN
 
I had to look multiple times, retyping my name over and over. Could this really be it?! The phone rings. My best friend is on the other line practically screaming… YOU DID IT! YOU DID IT! The Lord did it! Wow! From that moment on, I was going to be Maloree Hamel RN BSN. It was really official. Of course, I called my mom tears flowing in every direction (I could just see it even though we were miles apart). It really was true. I would be days away from starting a career as a Cardiovascular Intensive Care Nurse and it was all done because of the Lord’s strength & grace in my life.
 
I know this is not getting posted until: two days and one year of being a nurse, but I wanted to make sure that I had this down in writing. It’s funny because I am trying to jot down all my thoughts I have had for this first year in a quick blog… 🙂
 
Anywho… This year has definitely been amazing in the nursing realm. I think I have seen more and done more than I would have ever thought I would do or experience my first year. (Sorry, due to HIPAA violations, I will not go into any details :)) I have been pushed and challenged more than I thought I could and have even shed a few tears in the back of the employee lounge. I was on orientation for almost 6 months which has made me officially on my own for about 6 months. I have been conquering the night shift by the grace of God who gets me through every shift providing me with the rest I need when it is needed. I have learned how to work with families and how to grieve when patients pass away. The biggest thing of all is that I have learned that I will ALWAYS be learning and will ALWAYS be growing. Here are a few other things I have learned.
 
1. Always ask questions
2. If you are unsure, gather wisdom from those who have the experience on that specific issue
3. Always be eager to try new things
4. Take every opportunity and run with it
5. Practice; you are not going to get any better at pulling femoral sheaths if you do not practice
6. Get over the secretions and fluids that come from every part of the body; Jesus cared for even the least of these
7. When you ask, give in return
8. Plan ahead; it is ok to set your admits room up with the best gown on the unit
9. Bring dental floss to work (trust me on this one)
10. Keep a pack of the neon sticky labels from target in your bag; these are great for labeling your IV lines
11. Try to pick one thing in your life that brings constant routine (my one thing is that no matter what time of the day it is, I wake up drink a cup of coffee with my morning breakfast and read my Bible, journal, and blogs) I treat that as my constant since my work schedule changes so often
12. Make your rooms presentable. How would you want your room to look for your guests? Be hospitable to the family. They are very much your patient as the patient lying in the bed.
13. Read up on the hemodynamic system every couple of weeks; you can ALWAYS pick up on something new
14. Be confident in who you are as a nurse; not cocky, but confident; Doctors can see fear; don’t give that to them
15. Be secure in who you are. The Lord blessed me with an amazing gift to be a nurse and the best way that I know how is to give back to him through serving my patients as He would
 
One last thing… something I learned from a good friend… You don’t have to say sorry for everything little thing. It’s ok. This one I’m working on. 🙂
 
This is a journey that is just beginning. I am always learning and know that the Lord has great things in store. He is good… forever good.
 
 

Waldo Canyon Fire – Colorado Springs

I am sure most of you have heard of the fires going on in Colorado Springs area. If not, I would highly encourage you to watch this video to get a full scope of what has been going on. Many prayers have been prayed over the lives being effected by the fires that are blazing through the mountains. I have many friends who live in the area who have asked for prayers and that the rains may come. So may that be our prayer… that those working to control the fires would be protected, that the rain may be showered upon the mountains and the city, and that the lives being impacted would be comforted with encouraging words!

I have gathered a few photos from around the web. Please remember that I did NOT take any of these photos. They are all courtesy of others to get the message across!

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of: http://environmentalpolicy.ucdavis.edu/category/keywords/resilience (Taken from the view of Chapel Hills Mall)

 

Photo courtesy of: http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2012/06/27/wildfire-burns-homes-in-colorado-springs/ (Pray for the lives of the people impacted by the fires)