Wednesday, August 31, 2005
And I would never go cave diving (even in caves that people had already scouted out -- insain!!!). Who wants to do such dangerous crazy things...? I guess you get to go somewhere that no one has gone before, but look at the risk that it takes to get there. Man! Dark Water, Tight Spaces, weird animals, sharp rocks, and not being able to see what is in the water around you... sounds like fun, right?
So, it was a wonderful end to my first two days of school. God shall provide! Blessed be his name.
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Also, I have seen all my favorite teachers in the hallway. So, I have someone to talk to instead of wandering around by myself. Hooray for Mrs. Perkins. She is my favorite professor at SU and I've never had her. :( Alas poor me, I don't like Biology. But I do get to take Dr. Ackerson for History next semester (which I am highly looking foward to). That is going to be a lot of fun. And maybe I will get to play soccer with him next summer!! I really missed Thursday Night Mens pick-up league this year.
I also was not looking forward to labs because last year I had two of the greatest lab partners ever!! I mean, we had so much fun being goofy during labs and not making them as stressful and boring as they are meant to be. We actually blew up and burned a few things. Heh. Well, both of my lab partners were Chemistry majors, which means that weren't going to be in my classes at all this year. Yesterday, one of them walks in and I almost danced around for joy. He and one of his friends and I have joined forces against the powers of evil. Haha. Or something like that. It was great to see them again. Although I must say that I shall miss Jenna greatly. She was THE BEST lab partner and note taker EVER! I will miss all of our rushed homework sessions in the library after basketball and you finding all the mistakes in my work while I tried to explain it to you. :)
Oh, and I don't mind getting up early. I have been getting to school around 7:30. What is up with that? I don't have class until 10, but I like the closer parking. haha. If anyone knew me, even a year ago, I hated getting up early and would stay up until at least two every evening. Now -- I go to bed at 9:30 and get up at 5:30. I am going crazy. :) It is not be my own power or strength. Praise be to God.
So overall it has been a wonderful first two days of school. Only 14 and a half weeks to go and I will have 96 college credits to my name and I will be classified as a Senior! How cool is that? It doesn't do me any good without the right classes, but it is still cool to be able to say. :)
Monday, August 29, 2005
God is my refuge and strength, an ever present help is trouble, therefore I shall not fear!
- To scrape or grope about frenetically with the hands.
- To struggle by or as if by scraping or groping.
- To climb with scrambling, disorderly haste; clamber.
- To make hasty, disordered markings; scribble.
- To make or obtain by scraping together hastily.
It's a pretty intense (meaning long -- but fun) board game. Heh
Friday, August 26, 2005
Thursday, August 25, 2005
This is why I love my work -- we stop during the day for discussions on ethics. I wish we could have debates like this in college classes... our universities and colleges are lacking in good ethical discussions. I guess it takes to much work to think about these questions. I find it fascinating.
Discussion of the day at work:
* It is 1933 and you are walking through the streets of Germany, you have the chance to assassinate Adolph Hitler. If you knew what you knew now, would you kill him? I think is is easy to say that no you would not kill him, since it won't affect you.
* But what if you were a Messianic Jew living in Germany and you had a family... would you kill him then?
* Last question for the day, you and your family (three children under the age of 10 and a spouse) are being held hostage by terrorists, they go around the room and tell people to deny Christ or they will shoot them. They shoot several people, a person denies Christ and they let him go, several more refuse, and then they come to you. They decide that too many people are getting shot and it isn't entertaining enough, they tell you that everytime you refuse to deny Christ they will shoot one of your children and finally your spouse. What do you do? You don't know if they will shoot you in the end or release you.
by Caedmon's Call
album: Share the Well (2004)
Father God, You have shed Your tears for Mother India
They have fallen to water ancient seeds
That will grow into hands to touch the untouchable
How blessed are the poor, the sick, the weak
Father, forgive me, for I have not believed
Like Mother India, I have groaned and grieved
Father, forgive me, I forgot Your grace
Your Spirit falls on India and captures me in Your embrace
The serpent spoke and the world believed its venom
Now we're ten to a room or compared with magazines
There's a land where our shackles turn to diamonds
Where we trade in our rags for a royal crown
In that place, our oppressors hold no power
And the doors of the King are thrown wide
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Hee hee. This made me laugh. I'll keep smiling everytime I think about this. I didn't think anyone had noticed. I always take my sandels off and leave them under the desk until I leave. I even walk around the office in barefeet. Haha. They moved my desk when we rearanged the office two weeks ago and so my desk no long sits in sight of the door. Poor lady. She must feel like it is winter outside.
Why were and are my feet bare? Heh. It is just so much more freeing to go without shoes. :) And more fun too! That is probably one of the reasons I wear sandels so often. I can slip my feet in and out all day. Haha. Shoes just aren't as much fun!
Some things in life are so beautiful and make me so happy that I want to cry. Laying in a field starring up and the stars, gazing at the reflection of the moon in the water, looking down from the tops of mountians... Music is one of those things. Certain songs are perfectly written. These things remind me of my creator and the beauty of life.
Music makes me want to live life to the fullest, run and never stop. Isn't music exciting? It grips you and takes you for a thrilling ride. It catches you up and makes you believe you can fly. Music makes you smile when there is nothing to smile about. Music amazes me.
To really know the light
The scent of rain
The weight of clouds
Pulling down the sky
Sometimes it takes a storm
To know how you feel
To understand indigo
And the varnished sun
Lighting up the fields
I love you
I was just passing through
And taken by surprise
Between the black sky
And the blue
I love you
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Monday, August 22, 2005
Here is us waiting to get seated. My wonderfully crazy family and Mackenzee.
This would be me hiding in the bush outside the resturant and everyone else wanting to have fun and look creative with me. Sarah seems to have resized the picture and so you can't see my face... but believe me it is a great expression. Haha. And the last photo is me reaching for lobster pizza! Woohoo.
"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
I wish someone would tell me what is going on... I have been doing some serious praying the last two monthes and no one seems to be able to offer any advice at all, the only think I can think is God is teaching me to be patient. I will continue to try to be content with all that he has give me (both the good and the bad-- then again, nothing is really ever bad if it is in his plan -- just uncomfortable for us -- so the uncomforable and the comfortable).
Friday, August 19, 2005
The drummers begin to drum
I don't know which way I'm going
I don't know what I've become
For you I'd wait... 'Til kingdom come
Until my days... my days are done
Say you'll come... and set me free
Just say you'll wait... you'll wait for me
While we were partying at the Howards, Hope cut her head open and had to get seven stitches. Man. Poor child. She wanted Ritas so my parents went to Ritas last night. I have my dad hooked on the Mango Gelati! Haha.
Thursday, August 18, 2005
I need to get married or something so I will have a valid excuse to turn away boys that ask me out to lunch and not sound like I am a mean evil person. Heh. The ladies in the office think he is cute (gag gag). They have been trying to set us up ever since he told them he likes me. AH! Why do people always have to try to set me up with people? I am content being without a significant other. Life and love and friendship is all in God's hands, I trust Him completely about this. However, ask me what I want to do with my life after college and I will probably stress out (for some reason I can't stop worrying about this).
Well, at least I don't have to take four classes with this guy, unlike my "wonderful" lab partner (who is great to work with because we both were always so goofy -- it never seemed like work). He wouldn't be that bad besides the fact that he asked me out twice last year (and we only had one class together -- what will it be with four class? Hopefully he has found a girlfriend over the summer -- we can only pray).
God put a smile upon my face!!!
He brought me Sarah...
Sarah on IM: has he every said anything to you?
me: other then hello...
Sarah on IM: or does he just creep up and down the back stairways
How does she do it? She always says somethign to make me laugh. I love her. Maybe that isn't that funny unless you have met this mail boy trying to be a firefighter.
Andrew, some woman, and Leslie.
Leslie -- she can do anything
Andrew -- he can do pretty much anything too.
And Even Farmer -- he keeps us all amused.
If a guy has to wear a t-shirt, ringer necks are a must!! Otherwise, stay in dress shirts. :) Haha. Although, I appreciate an open dress shirt with a t-shirt under it. Alright, enough of me rambling on about nothingness.
May we always keep her in our prayers as she is away from us.
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Pray for this to be true all the time.
Man so many people have visited the office today. It is crazy insain how many peopl e have come in here to visit and tall for a while. I love the summers. No one has anywhere to be and there isn't really any stressful jobs to strive to get done. Wonderful days. It does get rather boring sometime when I forget a book. But I love my job. I have really greet ac right now. They moved my desk right next to the window and the floor unit is right next to the window. It is nice and cool.
Monday, August 15, 2005
Praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD, O my soul.
I will praise the LORD all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
Do not put your trust in princes,
in mortal men, who cannot save.
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
on that very day their plans come to nothing.
Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the LORD his God,
the Maker of heaven and earth,
the sea, and everything in them—
the LORD, who remains faithful forever.
He upholds the cause of the oppressed
and gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets prisoners free,
the LORD gives sight to the blind,
the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down,
the LORD loves the righteous.
The LORD watches over the alien
and sustains the fatherless and the widow,
but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.
The LORD reigns forever,
your God, O Zion, for all generations.
Praise the LORD.
Now if anyone wants to buy me a iced coffee (I am sorry, frappachino--haha) I wouldn't be opposed to the idea. And hey if you go to Starbucks, check out the air ducts.
Nothing exciting happened at all this weekend. I am so glad my parents are coming home today!! *does the happy dance around her office--looks funnier then usual because she is doing it one handed* Oh and I might get to go shopping with Steffers tomorrow! Woohoo. That thought makes me happy too. I need a cup of coffee. Maybe the Presidents Office has some brewed this morning. I think I shall take a stroll down to the coffee pot and see if I can make myself a cup without dumping it all over something. I am hopeless and helpless with only one hand. Heh. I need a Jeeves to follow me around and help me (which reminds me-- I watched one of the funniest Jeeves and Wooster scenes ever yesterday -- the epidsode itself wasn't grand -- but yeah, it was great... I can't really say anything about it because it would ruin the shock value -- haha, but it was great. I laughed and laughed and laughed).
Saturday, August 13, 2005
In other news, my hair has curled itself into Southern style ringlets. It was better this morning, but now I have been laying around on them for a while. But it is still pretty cool. It is weird how it does that somedays and not others. Haha.
Ben left for college tonight and I didn't really get to say goodbye. :\ Ben is like the bestest older brother that I never had for me. I shall miss him even though I didn't even seee him this much this summer. Ben's a great guy ("but master what should we do" "it doesn't matter now, just let them come" -- hopefully that made Linnea laugh). Haha. I miss spending time at Chickfila with Linnea. I hated being there. But I loved goofing off with Linnea, Matt, and Sarah.
Anyhow, the volleyballers are inside. So I think I may go actually talk to someone. What fun! I am so happy. People are inside and around to talk to. YAY!!
Friday, August 12, 2005
Rachel is having a bonfire tonight and it is unlike me to not want to go to a fun activity on Friday night, but I would have been no fun tonight. So I hope you are all having a wonderful time. Thanks for the invite and I am sorry that I can't come. :) I shall be alive enough to do fun things again some day. And maybe I will have two arms then too! Woohoo.
I'm going to go eat a big bowl of Lime sherbet and watch either Wind in the Willows again or Indiana Jones. Probably I will end up watching Indiana Jones because I doubt Luke wants to watch something so incredibly jolly and happy with me. Hardy har.
Oh and my parents are gone again until Monday. So Sarah is the only driver and she is babysitting all day tomorrow and Sunday (and was babysitting today and yesterday too - along with working at dear old Chick-fil-A). My parents won't let me drive until at least three weeks after surgery because then I am allowed to move my shoulder to a 90 degree angle (thrilling isn't it -- well I will be thrilled -- I feel stuck without having my car around -- as much as I hate driving around Salisbury, I would rather have my freedom).
Thursday, August 11, 2005
I have this song running through my head... It is opinionated to be "ridiculously jolly". Haha, but I thoroughly enjoy it.
When Toad came home!!
The clever men at Oxford know all there is to be knowed,
But none of them know one half as much as intelligent Mister Toad.
As intelligent Mister Toad.
The animals sat in the ark and cried, their tears in torrents flowed.
Who was it said, "There's land ahead?" Encouraging Mister Toad.
The army all saluted as they marched along the road.
Was it the king or Kitchener? No, it was Mister Toad.
The queen and her ladies in waiting sat at the window and sewed.
She cried, "Look, who's that handsome man?"
They answered Mister Toad
And also praise God for my family who continually makes me laugh and smile on even the roughest of days. Even though they all stay in my room until one in the morning (when I have to get up early for work), I love them dearly.
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
I forgot to post this... Jared told me on Sunday that the praise team is going to be singing Majesty by Delirious. I adore that song. That positively makes my day. Forget that I am tired. That is a great happy thought darkened slightly by the fact that someone in my family misplaced the cd that song is on and so I think I am going to have to break down and buy another copy. We will find it as soon as I buy it. That has happened with so many things that get lost for years and then oddly enough turn up when copies are bought. However, here are the lyrics to the awesome song. I think it means so much to me because it came out during the Fall or my freshman year and I listened to it all the time. The song just lifts my spirits. :)
Here I am humbled by your Majesty
Covered by your grace so free
Here I am, knowing I'm a sinful man
Covered by the blood of the Lamb
Now I've found the greatest love of all is mine
Since you laid down your life
The greatest sacrifice
Your grace has found me just as I am
Empty handed, but alive in your hands
Forever I am changed by your love
In the presence of your Majesty
Here I am humbled by the love that you give
Forgiven so that I can forgive
Here I stand, knowing that I'm your desire
Sanctified by glory and fire
Now I've found the greatest love of all is mine
Since you laid down your life
The greatest sacrifice
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Saturday, August 06, 2005
Hey Hannah I have more than one chapstick. haha. Thanks for returning the "melon medley". haha. Love you too.
Friday, August 05, 2005
Thursday, August 04, 2005
Jared and Mrs. Shelton came by to see me on Tuesday evening and brought me Wind in the Willows and Zorro the movies and an Icee. Woohoo. Thank you Hannah for suggesting the Icee. I am most appreciative!
Wednesday morning, I stayed awake for all of Wind in the Willows to fall asleep during the theme song of Zorro (which I will try to watch again after I finish this). Then it was pretty much pain all day. We had to tear off these foamish like bandages all over my shoulder. Praise be to God that I will never experience that again. It was like pealing duct tape off of a bruise. It was terrible. But now it is off! Woohoo. Jared's card was the first brightspot in the day. Linnea calling me was the second. and Linnea watching Man on Fire with me was great too. Ben came to pick up Linnea and I almost cried when he told me he was going back to college soon. This medicine is making me so blasted emotional.
I don't know what Noah was thinking when he bought me the candy, made me the cd, and brought me his whole dvd collection. But it was really sweet of him. I am still in amazement. The cd is really a bunch of great songs to relax to. And I have been practically living off the Mr. Goodbars. :) It is seriously all I have felt like eating. The whole thing is just really sweet because I wasn't expecting it. And there are a few detailed things, that you would have had to thought about to plan it right, that turned out into great little inside jokes. Blessed be the name of the Lord for the wonderful friends He has blessed me with.
Well this was very scatterbrained. It is sort of how I feel right now. Thanks for listening. My mother is great too. I need to throw that in there. She is putting up with a lot from me. I start crying every so often because of the strangest things.
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Noah and Greg surprised me with a visit yesterday. They also brought me candy (Mr. Goodbars!!!, Movies, and a cd (Noah burned me a “Feel Better, Faith” album. I’ve had it on repeat since he gave it to me yesterday. It is great music to fall asleep to. I wouldn’t try to run to it, but it is wonderful for such a time as this ). It was perfect timing when they came because I had just woken up again and was complaining how bored I was. It is extremely dull around here. I just sit around, sleep, drink lots of water, and eat cheese soup and goldfish. So, thanks to Noah and Greg for that awesome surprise! What great kids.
Well, I am sick of typing left-handed. I need to close my eyes for awhile. See you around. If you are up in North Salisbury, drop by and see me.
Monday, August 01, 2005
It is really weird being one of the oldest and having parents think you are going to be responscible for their children. That's what I did friday. I took countless children to walk around Williamsburg (and I will post pictures of them and more when I get back from surgery later this week). It was really fun though. We took a little longer getting back because I wanted to see where a road went and then when we got to the end of it I wasn't quite sure what roads to take back, but I figured it out and we made it safety (woohoo and had a good laugh at the same time). I took a nap, ate dinner, and various other things for the rest of the afternoon. We all met that evening to play games. I played a crazy game of spoons with Luke Downes, Greta Downes, Hope, Hayley, Sarah, Anna, Erin Price, Emily Price, and Luke (my brother). We did this while eating more candy and cookies. What fun.
Saturday we sat around and finished our ugly 1000 piece puzzle. Sarah, Anna, Hayley, and I then went to the outlets (J. Crew and Gap were awesome!!! ). We found this great little kitchen store with crazy samples and kept eating and eating and eating ("I must have had two whole bites..." haha). It started to rain again (no surprise) and we went to Williamsburg to buy my Whithe Candy (they have the best dark chocolate... yum). We first went to the toy shoppe and then it started to pour. So we decided to make a run for it to Whithe (which is across the road). It was really a lot of fun. We were completely soaked when we made it over there, well all but me, I had the umbrella. Haha. We came back and did a 750 piece puzzle in an hour and a half and we sang the whole time. Heehee. That was a lot of fun too. It was Sarah, Hayley, Anna, Dad, and I in the beginning and then Emily and Elizabeth and Greta and Erin joined in.
Sunday we went to Richmond and saw the Confederate White House and other fun stuff. The city was really neat and I want to go back again. We also went to Machipongo for church last night, which was also a great time. I want to go back some time soon. Anyhow, I need to go take a shower. Picture will be coming from both camping trips once I feel a little better. :) See you.