Monday, May 17, 2010

my first week in counseling.

It seems as though 2010 is quite a huge year for me.

In February, my sister and her husband adopted their amazing daughter, Bella.

In April, my boyfriend proposed to me - what a life changing experience.

In the same month, we also celebrated a year together.

In May, I finished up my 5th semester of Graduate school.

Thoughout April & May, I have been planning a wedding for this December.
I even found THE dress 2 weeks ago. SO excited!!!

But last week, I started seeing clients. Talk about ups and downs this year... last week was one huge roller coaster. I spent 8 and 1/2 hours collectively last week in a room with different people talking about their problems and hurts. My first client ever has dealt with more pain and loss than I could ever imagine. My second day of seeing clients, I had to make a hotline call because of abuse in the home. My third day, I sat and cried with a woman whose father had abused her all through her childhood. And to end the week, I sat with a woman who has such an addiction to pain pills that she has lost custody to all four of her children.

There is something about hearing those people's stories firsthand that causes my heart to soften to everyone. I would have never guessed that these people were carrying such hurt and pain with them when they walked into our office - so it causes me to think about everyone else I see on a daily basis.

I heard a quote one time (I think it's by Plato) -

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."

I cannot help but agree. So often, I write people off that interrupt my day, don't do what I want, or just get in the way of what I want. Counseling other people is an amazing and humbling experience. I feel like I'm learning just as much as my clients are learning, and God is showing me a lot about myself. It's ironic, but I'm extremely thankful that I've been called to this field. For many reasons, but one of them is the plain fact that I will be challenged and refined as a person for as long as I'm present and doing what God has called me to do in counseling.

"You cannot wipe the tear from someone else's eye without getting your hand wet."

I know that my clients will bring out things in me that need to be brought out. This field is an extremely rewarding and challenging one, but I know I'm in it for a reason. I've just finished up my first week, and I feel like I'm where I'm supposed to be. It's so overwhelming to prepare and educate yourself through school and life experiences and etc - and to sit in a room with someone else and USE those things you thought you might never would. I'm sure my thoughts and experiences in counseling will be a theme in my blogging - it's my calling.

Monday, April 26, 2010

what a weekend.

this weekend was filled with a LOT of family time. Ryan & I went to dinner @ Boomerang's on Garrison... they have THE best catfish ever. And then we went and saw Date Night - it was a really funny movie, and it was nice to get to go out with my parents!

Saturday, mom & i spent some time shopping for the wedding. it's crazy how you shop ALL day and get like 4 things... they will be important later im sure :)
After the shopping, I met up with Ryan and we headed up to Fayetteville - originally to watch the Red/White scrimmage because we love razorback football... but the crazy Arkansas weather ruined those plans, and we ended up meeting our great videographer Aaron Szabo ( ) at Buffalo Wild Wings. He is completely amazing, and we are very excited to get to work with him. Also - we have THE BEST photographers in the world, too. Check them out! ( ).

We headed back to my house that evening, and my sister/jason/bella were there to spend the night. I got a great chunk of time with my niece this weekend, and it was wonderful! we talked, laughed, sang, and danced... she spit up - i gagged... it was great :) she's an absolute miracle and blessing to our family... adoption has truly shown its many blessings to us. --And really, bella marie is cutest baby i think i've ever seen!

-carrie anne

Thursday, April 22, 2010

about carrie anne

So this is my first REAL blog... a little behind? maybe...

My name is Carrie Anne Craig -- soon to be Feero -- we'll get to that later, and I'm 23 years old. I live in Fort Smith, Arkansas and pretty much have my whole life. I was born here, but I spent the first few months of my life living in New York City (today actually marks the 23rd anniversary of my older sister Chrissy's bone marrow transplant. we moved to NYC for the procedure, and my older brother Casey was her donor - 23 years later, she is married with her own daughter now. I will talk about this much more later!). I grew up the rest of the way in Fort Smith, though...went to Woods, Chaffin, Southside, and then on to the University of Arkansas- Fort Smith.

In the summer of 2006, i moved to Atlanta, Georgia for reasons unknown to me at the time, but I came back at the end of the summer feeling like a new WOMAN instead of a girl - that season really taught me a lot about life, and I cherish the memories and lessons I experienced there. Now, I am attending John Brown University in Fort Smith - working on my master's degree in counseling. I am a Graduate Assistant through the college, and I work at the JBU CARE Clinic as well. My expected graduation date is August of 2011. Could it be any further away?! :)

My family is a MAJOR priority in my life. I have 2 of the most loving parents - William & Carole - who i know would do ANYthing for me or my siblings. I have an older sister Chrissy (30), who is married to Jason. They just adopted the MOST beautiful baby girl in February - Bella. I also have an older brother Casey (24) who is one my closest friends. My half brother Bob and his family live up in Seattle, which makes visits close to impossible. Can't leave out my amazing puppy, Freckles - he's been my BFF since 7th grade, and he turns 11 this year. I have no idea what I'll do when he's gone.

The biggest source of my attention, though, goes to the love of my life - Ryan Keith Feero. He recently asked me to be his wife, and we are planning on getting married December 11th of this year. He's my absolute, hands down, no doubt, no denying it - BEST FRIEND. He's been my rock, my friend, my companion, my jokester, and lovebird for over a year now, and i can't imagine life without him in it. We have many big plans for our life together, and the next few months will be filled with a ton of new things for the both of us. Wedding planning is proving to be pretty stressful and unique to say the least! I can do anything with Ryan by my side, though - so my outlook on everything is pretty great.

So other than God, family, school, work, and Ryan... life is pretty normal. I love music (LOVE it), art, photography, a good book, learning, strawberries (it's even my nickname), college football (go hogs!), and the office :) I'm a busy woman, but I always try to make time for what's important.
I'm hoping to keep up with this blogging pretty well - we will see how it goes! :)

carrie anne