– And, until I get a more professional picture… this is a picture of my husband & me! It’s one of my favorites, as I feel that it demonstrates the type of “enthusiasm” that God intends for each of us to experience in the life He’s given us. He died & rose again SO* that we may have LIFE, and have it in FULL!
I’m from Lewis Center, Ohio and am actually an occupational therapist (OT) for a number of schools within the Olentangy Local School District. Last year ((my first year in the district)) I was at 2 elementary schools, 1 middle school, AND 1 high school! I’m so excited that this year I’m spending more time with the younger kiddos, as I’m assigned to only 2 elementary schools and 1 middle school =) For those who’ve not heard of the profession, being an “OT” means that I work with students with disabilities – ((of a large range, from students in the typical classroom with learning disabilities, low vision, and/or self-regulation difficulties, to children in specialized learning centers (SLCs) with autism, down syndrome, cognitive delay(s), and the list goes on… )) – to build the skills needed for school and life =) * – Such skills include handwriting (letter formation, orientation, sizing, and spacing), cutting & glueing, typing fluency, coping skills, planning, sequencing, organization, …and so many more!
I’ve recently begun a new venture in starting a small business called ((…you guessed it!)) ColorfullyEnthused* – which consists of faith-inspired creations and encouragement. Here, you can find the first part of my story on how this all came to be! Long story, short: My life’s journey has led me to the understanding that I was made to…
~ encourage, motivate, and uplift others
with my words, work, and smile *
Therefore, my purpose in creating this blog is to encourage, motivate, and uplift YOU* – through my CoLoRFuLLYEnTHuSeD* life! This encouragement is provided through written reflections on various faith (and life) – based topics, demonstrations of my Bible journaling & documented faith entries, and education on & promotion of occupational therapy and mental health. I hope you enjoy – and I pray, right now, for YOU* >> that each time you visit my blog, you feel a boost of encouragement… and that you’re reminded of the truth that you’re not walking this life alone. I may not know you face-to-face, but as I share my heart and personal bits&pieces of my day-to-day, I hope to get to know you* personally… very well. But more & bigger & greater than me – God’s wanting to walk with you hand-in-hand, step-by-step… down to the valleys, and up to the mountain tops!
Meet my boys: Jordan & Hank ~
Jordan’s a firefighter and paramedic for the Columbus Division of Fire. He got on the department when he was 20 years old, is stationed at one of the busiest houses, and absolutely loves it! And I love that he does – as well as the culture of the fire community.
Jordan and I met when we were 6 & 8 years old, on a summer league swim team that we grew up on… and later coached together for several years! We also swam together on a club swim team. Our parents became great friends, as they cheered us on in the stands… and soon we began having family “Game Nights” >> his parents, 2 brothers, and himself + my parents, my 2 sisters, and me! After he got his driver’s license, our moms decided “it would only make sense” for him to become my personal chauffer. My parents literally paid him to take me to and from every swim practice, through each of our swimming seasons: the high school swim team, our summer league swim team, and our club swim team. We began having a love-hate relationship, as I was only allowed to “stay out past curfew” at swim team dinners, hang-outs, and movie nights IF “Jordan Schmitt” was present AND* the one bringing me home. Needless to say, over the course of those many years, Jordan became my very best friend. I’d get into his car all worked-up after a bad day at school, and he’d find a way to calm me, offering his alternative perspectives (( – As you can imagine… because of the stability of our friendship, these conversations weren’t always super nice & kind & patient – but rather, involved lots of arguing and yelling. My mom even yelled at me once for physically hitting him too much… OOPS! ;-) )) But, eventually… his words (always) got through. He “won” every time ;-) But… we truly were: Just* Friends.
I’ll never forget when, after breaking up with my first boyfriend, my dad said “Hey, why don’t you call up Jordan and go get ice cream?” And, well… that’s just what I did! Then there was the night that the weight of how much he meant to me, truly hit me…
You see, every year it was tradition for the high school seniors on the swim team to “hand something down” at the end-of-the-year banquet. In 2005, the graduating class took turns, one-by-one… handing down their “lucky goggles” or “favorite cap.” When it was Jordan’s turn, he stood up to the microphone empty-handed. As soon as he started with: “Ever since I turned 16 and got my license, there’s been this girl….” – then and there, it hit me. Totally unexpectedly. Then and there, I began to cry… HARD. Not just tear up, but cry… the kind of tears where no one asks if you’re okay, because they’re all too uncomfortable. Big, huge, can’t-catch-your-breath, snot running, choking-on-alligator-sized-tears type of tears. All, in all, he ended up “handing me down” to his little brother… to take care of me while he was away at college.
We hung out – as friends – every time he came home from college. And even though he had a girlfriend at the time, he’d always call me to keep him company during his drive back to school. We kept in touch and our friendship remained while he was away… but after breaking up with his girlfriend, he made it clear he was ready for more. I turned him down repeatedly, honestly concerned that dating would ruin our unique and irreplaceable friendship. He patiently waited… And then, the summer after I graduated from high school – before heading to Kentucky for college – I began to think about what it’d mean to live hours away from & without my best friend. On June 24th, 2007 – I finally decided to risk it all for the sake of a potential “forever,” and asked him: “Okay, can we give this a try?” He didn’t say a word – just silently grabbed my hand, and smiled =) And the rest is history!
Here, you can find the 100 Day Countdown to our wedding day – which includes 100 reasons why I fell in love with him!
And to understand a little bit more of what he means to me, here’s something I made for him this past year (May 2015) to represent / symbolize the a gift of concert tickets to see Imagine Dragons for his birthday, as well as the words I wrote about him:
“Let me tell you about This Guy. People may say, ‘Well yeah. It’s easy to bet your life on a guy who’s a firefighter & medic for one of the busiest fire stations & departments in the nation… DUH.’ But, no. It’s more than my physical safety that I entrust to him. I bet my life on him. That no matter what he does or where he goes, he will be The Best. Because he’s The Most* dedicated, stable, dependable, courageous, and selfless man I know. His values, priorities, and character do not waver ~ which is all-the-more honorable in a society where people are constantly changing to meet the status quo. My husband. He could care less about the status quo. He cares more about ALWAYS* doing the right thing. Some, who don’t know him very well, have described him as ‘intimidating.” And while I can understand that, I wish they’d just take the time to actually* know him – instead of staring in wonder at his confident stance. They’d discover that he’s also compassionate. He may not respond to your text or email, because those don’t communicate NEEDS, but he will always*** answer your call – no mater what the time of day or night, or heck… even during a run at work! He answers. And he’s there. He’ll always be the first to arrange his schedule to be there to help a family member, friend, coworker, or evan an acquaintance in need. It humbles me to admit this – but he’s the more compassionate one of the two of us. I empathize & sympathize… He shows compassion. And there’s a big* difference. My husband is a leader. He leads people wherever he goes. By his steadfast morals, ability to problem solve on the fly, and determination to do the right thing without hesitation. He leads by the way he lives. He makes a difference in the lives around him by the strength he offers. And I am the lucky and undeserving wife that gets to claim him as MINE – Every day babe, from now until forever, I bet my life on YOU* “
In Summary ~
I think that’s it! If you clicked on each of the links above, you know just about everything you need to know to understand & “get into” the head and heart of this girl behind the letters. You know me, where how this whole thing took off, and the guy who stands beside me… helping to make it all possible by pushing me forward along the way. Thank you* for taking the time to read all of this – for joining me in this journey… for jumping on board and giving ColorfullyEnthused* a shot at ((by God’s grace, through His guidance, and with His skills)) boosting you in the midst of your day, or your week. I’ll do my best… but don’t be shy! Please know that I want to know* each of you as well! Leave comments, send emails, contact me via any of my social media outlets… please!! …Let’s do this life together!
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