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Monday, December 15th, 2008

Subject:Wow...long time
Time:2:20 pm.
I was just thinking today that I haven't posted to this livejournal in a long time. Turns out its been since April 2007. Yikes!

I'm pregnant...22 weeks right now. Due APril 19th, 2007. It's a boy. We're both pretty excited about the little guy. :o) The tentative name is Andrew Lee Horrell. ANd call him Drew. Turns out, the baby has told me he'd like to be the next karate kid...he's always wiggling and moving in me. Kind of an odd feeling to be kicked from the inside. Other than that....being pregnant at Christmas time is beautiful. The readings at church and the sermons I write seem to help me relate more to the birth of the light of Christ into our world. Especially in that I'm carrying a little boy, I feel like I'm connecting more with Mother Mary.

Hope you are all well & doing fine. Here's a few pictures...

21 weeks pregnant.
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October in Asheville, NC for my cousin's wedding.

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Baby's 1st ultrasound at 10w3d.

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Our new doggy Charlie Brown (he's 6 & a rescue dog--this was the week we got him in May & he's looking kind of rough/tired/worn down--post more another time)

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Our wedding. 6.9.07

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Sunday, March 4th, 2007

Subject:We're moving!!!
Time:10:28 am.
well...

I've been assigned. The bishop called me yesterday and we're moving to Northeast Iowa! The synod is REALLY excited to have me there and said that there are a lot of openings that match my ministry preferences.

All of this is really weird. When I entered seminary, I knew that I would be on the road to being a pastor. But, at the start the end of all of seminary felt so far away. And now it is here and the reality that I will be Emily, the Pastor....Pastor Emily is just so darn weird.

I'm happy. Scott is extremely happy too. The bishop's office is going to call sometime next week to set up a time that I can come and visit the synod office in Waverly. The NE Iowa synod goes from Route 20 starting at Dubuque, going west to about 20 miles west of 35....and north to the MN border. These churches are mostly former ALC, which means they are Norwegian Lutherans versus German/Swedish. This will be a change for me, having grown up at a former LCA church(German/Swedish type) which has a top down mentality(pastor has control), versus the bottom up one(congregation has control versus pastor).

I look forward to my visit in Waverly and to discover new exciting places that ministry is going to happen for the 3-5 years. I just hope that this weirdness about FINALLY becoming a pastor will wear off. It might take a year or so, but that's life. Transitions are like that.

Em
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Friday, January 26th, 2007

Subject:a few pictures from winter fun & my bridal shower in Iowa
Time:1:41 pm.
Mood: content.
Scott & I sledding a few days ago...
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Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

Subject:too funny
Time:2:45 pm.
QuizGalaxy!
'What will your obituary say?' at QuizGalaxy.com
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Sunday, December 31st, 2006

Subject:Myspace post, figured I'd put it here too
Time:6:41 pm.
Isn't she lovely?


Yeah, life is good folks despite all of the little stupid mistakes that have been happening lately on my end. It all began with my car not wanting to work the day before xmas eve. The heat blower broke and I was unable to have running heat in my car, which also meant there was NO way I was going to drive to Iowa 6 hours in 30 degree weather on Christmas day to see my lil' Horrell. My dad worked frantically on Christmas Eve to get it working just so I could leave. He knew that I wanted to see Scott. Dad checked every stupid fuse hoping it'd work and well...it didn't. Christmas Eve as a family we went for the last time ever to the 11pm service. Its always a bit nostaglic going to that service. Without fail there are always families that never come any of the other 52 Sundays in a year. But, generally these are folks I went to school with...so its fun to bump into them and see how we've all changed. I talked to this girl Jamie who I haven't seen in years, turns out she's getting married next year too. It was fun to catch up.

Christmas day, Dad, Carolyn, and I went to Sandwich, IL to spend the day with my mom at the nursing home. I remember talking to my mom earlier that day on the phone....and she kept saying Merry Christmas and crying. I guess I didn't understand it until after I hung up. This is the second Christmas mom hasn't been home. She's tired of being in the nursing home. But, she still can't walk and she's still so sick with her diabetes. The hope of her coming home, sometimes feels hopeless and the situation is really starting to grade on my dad. Its a 2 hour drive from their house to Sandwich...and well...his misses having my mom with him daily. Who wouldn't? Christmas was nice at mom's. We had brought down homemade beef roast, mashed potatoes with gravy, green bean casserole, rolls, and cookies for dessert. Really good! Everyone seemed to love their presents too, especially the Wicked Tickets I bouhgt my sister for her. We're going on January 12th downtown in Chicago. I'm way excited too! My parents bought Scott and I this Circle of Love statue which is a all white and its a man holding up his wife to carry her over the threshhold. I think we're going to use it for our cake topper....because its not cheesy like half of those you can buy at party/craft stores. My parents also got me some jewelry, CDs and I got a Psalm calendar, Bradley University alumni sweatshirt & ornament from my sister. You know you're getting old when you actually RELISH in getting alumni stuff!

The day after Christmas dad worked hard to get my car working, with still little luck. I wanted to just LEAVE and get to Scotty. After a few failed attempts I finally said to my dad that it was time to take the car to the dealership. So we went. THEY found the fuse, of course! All fixed by 10:30, I was off to Iowa. I was off a little too fast. By the time I hit Dubuque I got a speeding ticket for going 70 in a 65 zone. Which, was REALLY gracious considering I was going way over 70. Now I have a $76 ticket to pay, lovely!

We opened presents when I got to Scotty's parents house. THey were REALLY generous to both of us. Scott was very generous to me. He bought me a beautiful red leather jacket, a super cute X and heart gold bracelet, and the Sarah McLachlan Christmas CD Wintersong that I'd been wanting. He also got me a twist ice cream cone ornament, which is very meaningful. I know, you're probably thinking...twist ice cream? Scott and I are starting this tradition(that I learned from my old roomie Claire) of buying each other an ornament every year and for our children too. Twist ice cream cones is a tradition that my grandpa started with me when I was a little girl. We'd go out for drives in the car and it'd always end us up at a Dairy Dream shop or something of the sorts. I passed that tradition to many friends....and to Scott now.

Scott's parents were also very generous to us. They bought me the entire Willow Tree angel nativity set....a red glittery cardigan sweater from JCPenney....some hoop earings and some money. Scott's grandparents even gave me money, which was an unexpected surprise. Then....just when we thought the opening of gifts was over, there was more. Presents for Scott & I--off of our registry we got our air compressor(his recently broke), two board games(Scattergories, Apples to Apples), luggage set, tv tray set, and our red toaster oven. So nice!

Scott seemed to like the presents I got him too, especially the out of print Prince CD--The Gold Experience. He was more excited about that thing than anything.

All has been well the last few days. We went karoking Wednesday night with Scott's best friend Scott and his wife Katie. We all SANG TOO! The boys sang us All My Life by KC & Jo Jo. Katie and I sang Lisa Loeb's stay. We had a ton of fun!

Yesterday I was sick. Mainly a sore throat and a major tummy ache. I pretty much laid on the couch while he was at work....did a load of wash. I managed to blow up a black pen in Scott's dryer though. Made a huge mess, but luckily got all of the ink out of his clothing that was in with the load of wash. Whew.

Here we are at New Years Eve. We're having a little party at the house with some of the guys from the prison. I really like throwing little bashes with food and stuff. Hopefully the yucky rain and sleet happening in Iowa won't detour too many folks!

Please keep my mom in your prayers. My mom is back to the Univ of chicago Hospitals because her infection is back.

God bless you friends,



Em
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Sunday, December 24th, 2006

Time:3:45 am.
Sorry that I rarely post friends. I've been really into myspace which distracts me from livejournal. Things are well. I'm on a long break until J-term on Jan 8th. Until then I'm spending xmas with my fam & then out to Iowa on Christmas day to give smooches to Horrell.

I'm not too terribly excited for Christmas this year. Not really sure why. Maybe its because I'm far removed from church life and it feels almost like a big ol' void in my life without leading worship every week. I look forward to having a church sometime next fall. I've requested Region 5 (S. Central WI, SE Iowa, NE Iowa), Region 7 (New England Synod(maine, CT, vermont, etc) & Upstate New York), and Region 9...whole region includes N. & S. Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Georgia. We'll see where God wants me.

Wedding planning is going. Slowly but surely. about 5 months to go! Eeks! I'm so ready though. I hate this long distance engagement and wedding planning. I miss Scotty.

Merry Christmas mi amigos!

Take care & May God bless you richly with His love this holiday season!

Em
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Saturday, October 28th, 2006

Subject:I apparently have a lot of nude interests
Time:2:55 pm.
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Time:2:39 pm.
Trying to plan one's life


Last night was our annual Halloween party at seminary. It was a strange revelation about halfway through it that this will be our last together. I told Scott when I got home and called him on the phone....that it was sad, this was my last Halloween party ever. He said, "wait a minute, aren't we going to have Halloween parties?" I suppose he's right. But, they are just not the same. Halloween parties from here on out are going to require Emily as Pastor, which means there's no alcohol consumption in excess...dancing to Abba....and overeating crab dip. Patrick throws a mean party, btw! Man, it was fun :o) See...halloween parties in the future will be about nice churchy costumes & candy exchange with little kids in the parish. Strange thought.

This past week I had a meeting with our field Ed director, Connie to discuss our "what's next?" meeting for seniors in the spring. She told me Feb 20th, we will know our region and from there on out...we'll know more specifics in the following months. I talked with Connie about how I didn't feel really all that drawn to any place. I told her I had been praying and praying about it and every time I felt the Spirit saying..."be open." Scott feels the same in his prayer life. Why the hell would this overly type J...planning freak....want to put oh yeah....I'm open to the WHOLE church! Yippee! Its just a gut feeling. I think I've learned the lesson one too many times that where I want to go....isn't ever where I end up. I never get what I want. I end up in strange places like Phoenix, AZ and Algona, IA versus closer, comfortable locales.

After telling all of this to Connie she says to me, "well what kind of city do you want?" I said small town of 6,000 all the way to suburbia would be good. Well...she says to me, "there's a place I'm thinking of that has 3 openings....my family is there, its a town in NW North Dakota with 40,000 people." I tell her okay. I go home to research and I think she's talking about Minot, ND...her hometown. So now, I look into North Dakota. What dork LOOKS into moving to ND? Its kind of exciting. Not ND, but the prospect of the unknown....the unfamiliar and the hope that somehow, God is at work in all of this--the details, the anxiety, the pastors, the congregation, churchwide, and me. That is a wonderful thing.

Happy Halloween to you my friend. Be safe. Eat a twix or two for me!

Em
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Monday, September 25th, 2006

Subject:hey all!
Time:9:45 am.
Mood: good.
Hey everybody, hope things are going well with you! Life is pretty good over here. Hectic is the understatement of the day. I have 4 classes every week with enough reading for 10 people! Surprisingly, I am doing all of my homework and assigned readings. All, not just some, ALL! Its way weird. This past Saturday we went to House of Brides and Davids bridal near Woodfield, we had luck finding a bridesmaid dress. I'm still deciding a color, we put down Pool, which is a turquoise color that I'm not sure that I'm fond of. THe other two colors I still like are apple red and periwinkle blue. Red is my favorite color, so I'm leaning towards that and ignoring that our wedding is in June.

Here's the dress on Lisa bo bisa.

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This is it in pool

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And, I have yet to find a dress yet...I mean, I found one I LOVE in Iowa and everytime I try on other dresses, I keep thinking about that one. So I'm pretty certain that's the one for me. Trouble is, Scott saw me in it because he was at the store. My dad seems to think that it is bad luck for Scott to see me in it. I don't know that I believe in that stuff.

Here's one of me in a dress I liked, I like the neckline(no strapless for me)

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Man, I feel grown up. Its weird. Where did you all register for your weddings? Scott & I thought Target for sure, I like Pampered chef for entertaining stuff, and the 3rd place we're drawing a blank. Stores like Bed Bath & Beyond and Kohls aren't near Ft. Dodge where his family lives. We thought about Younkers, which is Carson Pirie Scott and Bergners.

Let me knwo your thoughts.

Em
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Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

Subject:Hello again....
Time:12:30 pm.
Mood: cranky.
So its been forever and a day since i have updated on here. I've been busy. I know that's not an excuse. Really, my life has turned back from Vicar to Student. I really dislike being a student again. I'd rather be done with school and all of this and get settled into my life as pastor. But, we're given only these little glimmers of time to cherish...sleeping in, staying up late, reading too much, and writing too many papers. My anxiety has hit a more or less all time high. I'm stressed about school, I'm stressed about the wedding.

In wedding news, no date has been officially picked because we haven't found the right reception hall. It is between 5 now...I will look at them Friday and put the deposit down.

My financial aid package sucks this year. I have $36.47 coming back to me. The lady asked if I wanted a check, I laughed at her. What for? I said. I sure hope my synod sends some cash my way this year.

Its been a hard few weeks. I lost my best friend Kim. A fight over her irresponsiblity and lack there of and pushing her problems onto me...her pug dog, Lilly, to take care of while she was in Arizona. She doesn't communicate. I was going through some emotional times on my own end and I just didn't have time to deal with her problems(...and boy she has a lot). Scott grew upset that Kim was so unstable and dumping her problems onto me so he left her a firm phone message with solutions to the problem(her dog in this instance). Kim called me and yelled at me twice. She said hurtful things to me and things about Scott. Unacceptable when I was bailing her butt. Anyhoo.

So Kim is gone. SHe is no longer in the wedding, not even invited. There comes a time in many friendships, that you just have to let them go. She said some pretty unforgiveable, presumptious things about Scott because he confronted her poor behavior. This is best to be let go.

My cat Callie, dislikes living with Jonah...my roomate Heidi's dog. She keeps me up half the night scratching the door to be let out of my bedroom..so she can go and terrorize the damn dog. Its annoying and affecting my sleep.

I just started taking care of an 18 month old, she's super cute. Strawberry blonde. The parents are tree huggers though. Down to the core. They use cloth diapers. This is taking some getting used to.

That's about all new in my neck of the Chicago woods. Rain just keeps falling on my head here. Day 2 of rain in Chicago. Yuck.

I miss my Scotty. And I don't see him until October. Oy!

Ttyl,

Em
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Monday, August 28th, 2006

Time:8:46 pm.
nothing much to say. Other than I'm in Chicago again and wedding planning has begun. Scott has been here since Saturday and we've looked at 9 reception halls so far. I've only liked 2 and of those 2 only one is a possiblity in Lakemoor, IL. The hall holds up to 450...so we'll be a-ok with all things considered with about 200-250 on our guestlist.

Wedding planning drives me crazy. And going crazy is so not worth it.

Oy vey.

My last year of school ever starts after Labor day.

Em
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Saturday, July 22nd, 2006

Subject:Thought You'd like to see...
Time:10:51 pm.
Mood: tired.
June 24, 2006 my seminary friends, Mike & Michelle got hitched in Illinois.

Em, Michelle, Mike, & Heidi

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T&T(20's & 30's) Group--(my project to start in Iowa)--we're at the races

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Grace & Em...she's so cute, I love her.

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Thursday, July 13th, 2006

Subject:So I'm stressed
Time:5:52 pm.
Mood: scared.
Yes, I'm stressed today. Not sure why. Probably the millions of life transitions that will not only happen within the next month, but also the coming year.

To name a few:

Really soon transitions include...

In exactly 1 month, my internship will be over--I hate leaving places, I will miss it here. And I will cry.

I'm leaving Scott in Iowa--Again, I hate leaving places with ones I love, I will miss Scott dearly. And yes, I'll cry more.

I have my final eval for internship done, but haven't even begun my Approval Essay for ordination that is seemingly 12-15 pages long.

We have engagement photos Aug. 1--hopefully I don't look too fat for them.

Scott has to meet my family yet.

Scott and I have appointments with Pastor Dufur, reception halls, and photographs...all in one week in Aug.

We don't have a wedding budget.

Callie will become a city kitty in Chicago, with a new doggy roomate named Jonah!

Approval Interview in October.

I need to find a job in Chicago, yuck.



So more transitions...decisions:

Who to have in my wedding. I have a good idea for the most part. I'm going to go with family and friends who have really been there for me. Kept in contact, remained a part of my life on a regular basis. Friends that fade into the shadows don't need to be in my wedding.

Scott is applying to graduate school and taking the GRE.

We won't know what grad school he's accepted to until the Spring & we won't know what Synod I'm called to until that time either.

May 20, 2007--I graduate from LSTC.

Wedding on June 9, 2007

Transition to married life--moving from Chicago to Fort Dodge after the wedding if we have a gap between my graduation and first call.

Move to only God knows where for my first call & Scott's grad program.





Man, I feel like I could throw up right now...I hate not knowing where life is heading...I need to reassure myself that things WILL work out and be okay. Somedays, my head literally wants to spin. I need to trust God more with this. And not worry so much. I don't need to worry. Not this much at least. Scott didn't feel his interview for a promotion at the prison went well. He wants to go into a grad program for some sort of Masters Degree in administration....within schools or more likely as an Urban & Regional Planning. Its a 2 year program. I just want this to work out. I want him to be satified with work. I want him to succeed at whatever he does in life.

So...for you Bradley Grads!!!!?!? DOes Craig Fitzpatrick teach at Bradley now? My sister has him for theory this fall. Weird.

Ok, that's enough for now.

Em
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Monday, July 10th, 2006

Subject:Bridezilla & Valtrex.
Time:9:38 pm.
Mood: crazy.
So you ever see those bridezilla shows on We? Yeah, the goal is NOT to turn into one of those. But, really it seems hard not to when one already has anxiety in the first place. :o) I have this list that seems never ending...to do's up the wazoo...people's feelings and calendars to worry about...short on cash and too many expenses.

Sometimes, I need to just stop and breathe. Seriously.

I'm going to need to get on Xanax by the time November hits. Haha. Really, it isn't funny, but at least I can poke fun at myself.

You know what else makes me laugh? The new genital herpes commercial for Valtrex. They are the best looking herpe patients I've ever seen. Not that there is a proto-type about who looks like they could or could not have herpes.

With everything, sometimes we need dorky commercials to make us laugh. That one did it for me tonight.

Em
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Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

Subject:I love this one.
Time:9:54 am.
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Friday, June 9th, 2006

Time:1:52 pm.
This Is My Life, Rated
Life:
7.6
Mind:
6.3
Body:
6.7
Spirit:
9.2
Friends/Family:
5.7
Love:
7.7
Finance:
8.1
Take the Rate My Life Quiz
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Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

Subject:Second chances...
Time:2:08 pm.
Mood: giddy.
So life is a beautiful thing friends. Gorgeous, lovely, and new. I'm so thankful for second chances and for love. Scott & I are going strong and we're heading on week 4 this Wednesday. For him, I am forever thankful. I remember a lady from church telling me once after a long 8 months of singlehood and bad dates, "Emily, don't settle for scraps...God didn't promise you scraps, He promises you an abundant feast before you."

God has surely given me my abundant feast and I am so incredibly blessed. Scott is my one. And only.

I truly believe when you know, you know. And boy do we know :o)

Emmers
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Thursday, May 4th, 2006

Time:3:29 pm.
Anyone know how to make my ENTIRE journal friends only entries?

There have been some problems with our seminary "official" people reading our posts...which runs into issues with Visions and Expectations.

Em
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Sunday, April 23rd, 2006

Subject:Wedding stuff.
Time:9:25 pm.
For my 25th Birthday, I spent over 6.5 hours in the car with April/Jason from church to arrive in the lovely Grand Island, Nebreska for Connie (our youth director) and John's wedding. Really, I thought Iowa was boring...well, Nebreska is BORING! Sorry, Becca, but its true. Omaha seemed cool and well, I slept through Lincoln on the way there. I don't care to ever live in Nebreska(this is a future note to self). THe wedding was pretty. Simple, but pretty...red and ivory were the colors. Reception was buffet style with prime rib/turkey. Good stuff. Nothing much else to say. I was exhausted by 9:30p.m., went to our hotel room a lil' after 10 and spent 8 hours in the car in transit back to Algona, Iowa. We made two pit stops for breakfast and lunch. Boring drive again, naps were had. I'm so glad to be back home.

First Lutheran Gang at Connie & John's Wedding

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Thursday, April 20th, 2006

Time:4:59 pm.
GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRrrrrrrrrrrrreat! There is an outbreak of MUMPS in Iowa.

Oy vey.
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