Thursday, August 31, 2006

I just got home.
Mom made me chicken pot pie!
It is one of my favorites.

It is weird, I like being home, but I miss College Park.
And I forgot my flowers. :(

Okay, here is last night's post. It was a merry little adventure. Today I was freezing when I arrived and campus and was regretting not having a jacket of some sort. But then I jogged up to the Student Union (which is up a hill) and bought two new books and some graph paper (so exciting!). Then I walked down the hill (about ten minutes) and over to the Armory ot find one of my classes. Then I timed how long it was from that classroom to my physics lab (which is one the third floor of the Physics building). Ah, yes. It is about a ten minute walk or a six minute jog. When I got to my physics lab, it was canceled and so I came down to the Engineering building to update up all on my day. Woohoo. Exciting isn't it?!? I am totally LOVE this campus. It is beautiful and I love exploring it and finding new ways to take to other classes and discovering the shortcuts and such. Great fun. The driving is becoming easier, but it is still a little unnerving.

Wednesday Night

Today was an adventure. I left my last class of the day (which happened to have the funniest professor I have ever had, but he was a substitute. Yes, a substitute professor on the first day of class. How odd) and walked through the rain over to a computer lab to wait for the rain to slow down or stop. I started doing some of my homework and reading some physics, boring stuff like that. The rain slows down and I head out to my car. After walking ten minutes I reach my car and I stick the key in the trunk lid to open it (if anyone knows, my car only opens from the trunk or from the side passenger door, the drivers side door lock is broken) and I don’t here the locks pop up. So I sit there and play with it for a while and the only think I can get to unlock is the trunk. So I play with the passenger side door for a while and still it won’t open. So here I am, standing in the rain in a parking lot around 6:00, on the edge of campus. I call Dad. He doesn’t answer. I call Mom. She tells me that Dad is in class, but she’ll call the college. She does and calls me back and tells me to wait around because some person was going to get Dad from his class and tell him to call me (let me interject here how wonderful it is that he doesn’t work at a huge university and that when they say that are going to go get him, they go get him and he comes almost right away, unlike some college campuses, where you have to wait around...). Dad calls around 6:30 and I explain the situation to him and he tells me the secret of the BMW passenger doors (they open if you do the right tricks even when the power locks aren’t working). Thanks to Dad I am able to climb into my car. Dad told me to try the keep and that is when it hits me, it wasn’t just my doors that were dead, it was the entire car. I had left my lights on. AH! Big city driving is going to be the death of me.

At least now I could sit in the car instead of out in the rain. So I call Mom and ask her to look up Public Safety’s number or the Information Desk’s number. She goes online and calls me back with the information desk’s number. So I call. No answer. It is a fax machine and it starts buzzing in my ear. I call Mom back and she has found a different number on the website. I call it. After waiting on hold for ten minutes I tell them my problem and I am forwarded to a voicemail of some guy that works in the Department of Public Safety. I sigh. And I leave a voicemail, “Hey, I’m stuck in parking lot 11c. I just needed a jump start and the information desk forwarded me to you. If you get this message in the next couple hours I may still be here. Thanks.” I thought he would enjoy hearing how messed up the University’s phone system is. I start to get a little annoyed around this time because it is 7:00 and I need dinner and it is raining and no one seems to be able to help me. Then I started thinking about all the blessings I had and how great it was that this wasn’t a really emergency where I was bleeding to death or something. Thinking about all that God has blessed me with really cheered me right up.

Around this time I was like, alright there is one of those emergency blue telephone pole things that sit in big parking lots and you are supposed to be able to go call for help on those. After an hour of trying to reach them on the phone I figured, it is now an emergency. So I walk over to the blue pole and push “call”. Nothing happens. I push the operator button. Still, nothing happens. Finally I give in and push the emergency button. Nothing happens. I push it like five or six times out of frustration. This is becoming silly. Nothing happens, no one comes, no one seems to care. I call Jared to see if he could find the number on the website. He doesn’t answer. I start calling people I know at College Park. No one is answering their phones. I call Matt knowing that he lives right across the road from my parking lot and he would have jumper cables. He doesn’t answer. I call Mom back and walk her through what websites to go to to where I might think that a Department of Transportation and Safety might be. I love our dial-up connection. Woohoo, wait for that speed. About this time I was laughing because I could have walked over to Public Safety faster than all of this technology. Somewhere around this time I called the Transportations number that is listed on the bus stop near my parking lot (right next to the blue emergency phone that didn’t work). Yeah, the girl I got there didn’t know anything either. She forwarded me to maintenance or something. Mom finds the number around 7:30 and I call for a jump start. Fifteen minute later they show up and jump start my car and I thank them several times. The guy that actually started my car was hilarious because he was like, “Wow, this made my night, I never thought I would get to jump start a BMW.” Haha.

So then I made it back to the Howards around 8:15 and ate dinner and talked to Dad and Sarah and now I am going to go to sleep so that I can get up tomorrow and do all the things that I have to do before I leave for home this weekend. I’ll post this as soon as I can tomorrow, so you all can enjoy reading the adventures of Faith. They keep getting better and better. What an exciting life I lead up here in the big city. Two things I learned today: 1. Program the Safety People’s phone number into your phone and 2. Those Blue telephone boxes you see in dark, scary parking lots that are supposed to make you feel better, they don’t work and no one answers or comes if you are in trouble. Haha.

God is good.
Praise His name forever.
I am so glad it wasn’t pouring down rain while I was outside.
Then I might now be able to laugh as much at the situation.
It is pretty funny now.
I wasn’t late for a class. I didn’t get hurt.
I just had to sit around for a while.
There is nothing wrong with just sitting and thinking about the blessings of God. Take some time to do it this week, before God puts you in a situation that you’ll have to stop and take some time to think.
See you soon.
A few photos from daily life.
I'll try to get some of the college, but it doesn't ever turn out well from a camera phone.

some truck I saw
okay, so I am obsessed with my flowers :)
Tuesday Afternoon/Evening

I took yet another wrong turn on the way back from College Park and started heading South on 1 instead of heading North towards the Beltway. I will learn someday. Thanks to my father being so patient to stay on the phone with me all the time while I tried to figure things out. Like I said, I won’t be taking my computer to school except on Tuesdays and Fridays so unless I find a computer lab, this entry won’t get posted until Friday and by then it will be quite long. I need to stop in and ask about a computer lab and what ones I am allowed to use. I should have done that today. Oh well. There is always time.

It is raining right now. It is really nice. I came back from the Safeway just in time not to get soaked. I am hungry. I need to eat something good for me. I might go try one of the new lemon chiffon yogurts I bought today. I felt way too old today, going places without anyone to watch out for me. I signed up for a Safeway card and bought groceries. I have bought groceries before, but for my family and not just for myself. It was a really odd feeling. Somehow I still ended up with the family size box of Goldfish and Dark Chocolate Raisets (they were both on sale and I need some sugar and junk food!). I saved almost twelve dollars today. Isn’t that exciting? Life was buy one get one free, so I had to buy two boxes and Frosted Mini Wheats were half off. What fun. That should last me a few weeks. I am seriously missing being able to go online whenever I wanted. I’ll get used to it, but it is really weird not to be able to check my mail every day.

Oh and I forgot all my cds. I didn’t really forget them, but I left them behind thinking that I had all the ones I wanted loaded onto my computer. Well, I forgot that the car has a cd player. I did remember to bring my John Piper CDs so I’ll just listen to them until I go home this weekend and pick up a few others favorites. I’ll probably write more tonight.

Tuesday Night
Tonight has been very relaxing. I am feeling more and more at home each day. Mrs. Howard let me help with dinner tonight. I got to shuck corn, grate corn, and set the table. Then I got to wash dishes after dinner. I am slowly learning where everything goes and how to do everything. It is a grand adventure. I was telling them all about Jared tonight and how great he is! I really like that kid. It is rare that I don’t already have an audience that knows about Jared, like anyone that reads my blog, you all know about Jared and you are probably skimming this paragraph and rolling your eyes. Haha. I don’t blame you. I can’t wait for Jared to come up and meet the Howards. I think it will be really fun when he visits and we all get to sit down for dinner together. They said they might make him sing for his dinner. Haha, poor Jared. I guess he might not eat that night. He gave me our National Anthem on CD, but it is in QuickTime format and I haven’t downloaded it to my computer yet. I will do that this weekend when I go home and then I can watch Jared sing our National Anthem and the Lord’s Prayer. Classes start tomorrow. I don’t know how much I will sleep tonight. Blessed be the name of the Lord for this wonderful opportunity!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Well now, the gangs all here. I spent the last half hour talking to Chris, who I used to go to school with back at SU. We don't have any of the same classes, but it was nice to see a face that I knew and someone that would talk to me.

I thought I would update you all on my comings and goings. My friday class has been cancelled, so that means...
I am coming home

Hope you all are ready for that. Haha.
I would go to choir, but I think I will be coming home after that. My last class ends at five, so I won't be back to Salisbury until around 8. We'll see.

My circuits class doesn't seem like it will be that bad. I normally would be in lab today at this time, but since it is the first day of class and we didn't learn anything new, he saw no point to lab. Exciting, yes? MATLAB also doesn't seem to be that difficult. We are allowed to come to lab on Fridays if we want, except this Friday when it is cancelled. I really like the professor. He is really funny and likeable. I don't know what else to say about him, he loses his place and forgets where he was. He has gray curly hair, I mean like really really curly hair. So, I have physics in a little while and that should be interesting, since I have already had this class. Funny that I have to take it again, but a nice boost to my GPA. :) YAY. There is already homework posted on the class website, but I can't get into it, so I have to email the professor already. Tomorrow I have my first Stats class. That should be fun. I am thinking that it will be the hardest class I have this semester. But that is cool. If it is the only class that I don't really like, I won't mind it.
Hey! I am sitting in a computer lab that I have my second class in. But it isn't for another two and a half hours. So I am just enjoying more peace and quiet. I love computer labs for that reason. There are people in here (all guys, but that doesn't bother me anymore), but they are all here to use the computers without being bothered and there is no talking or eating and it is great. I wrote an entry last night, but I forgot to save it to my flash drive so you'll have to wait to read more of my adventures. Haha.

I have decided that I am not made for city driving. I am too nice to try to butt my way into a lane. Today I got off and exit and I had to cross two lanes of stopped traffic at a light to make it into the left turn lane so that I could turn at the light. It was madness. I felt like stopping right then and there and crying. I don't like having to ease my way into lanes and make people mad at you for getting in front of them. AHHHHHH!! I felt so sick when I woke up this morning. I didn't want to roll out of bed. Then I remembered something I had read on Mr. Howard's blog the day before, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.-Colossians 3:23" So I rolled out of bed, took my shower, ate some more of Mrs. Franklin's bread as I read my Bible, went downstairs and ate some cantaloupe and a yogurt (yogurt with splenda is gross... remind me not to buy that ever again). I packed my lunch and left the house by 7:55. I got to school around 8:10 and walked over here. I feel much more alive now. I just want to see some people that I know. I am so glad that three guys that I know will be in my class. Thank God for that. I need something that I am used to!!! Oh, and I explored for a while and found an even quicker way to my next class. So that is really good because I only have ten minutes between classes and don't want to be late. :)

I talked to Hayley for over half and hours last night because she answered the phone when I called my house. Yeah, she has taken over my room and is cleaning it. I was planning on doing that this weekend, so that Luke could stay in it whenever he wanted, but dear little Hayley is doing some of my cleaning for me. Bless her soul. I love Hayley! I should have thought that since Hayley spends so much time at our house she might take over my room when I left, but the thought didn't even dawn on my. Haha. I am glad someone is getting some use out of it.

Also read Hannah's post of Romans 12:1-3. A favorite of mine.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006


Today is Tuesday and I am sitting in the hallway, right outside the doorway to the main office of Fire Protection Engineering. It was the first bench I could find on the first floor. So, what have I done today?!? I woke up around 6:30 this morning and it was way to hot to get up so I just lay in bed for another hour or so until 7:30 and then I picked up my Bible and read for a while. Around 8:30 I finally got out of bed and took my shower (a nice cold shower! And it felt so good). Then I decided to go to campus for a while and see what I could find. I wanted to see where all my classes where before I actually had to go to them. I am weird like that. I feel much more at home at a school if I know exactly where I am going and when and how I am going to get there. So I left for campus and I took a few wrong turns, mainly because I knew that Dad said left, but for some reason I can't get my left and rights straight ever! I mean this. People say left and I turn right or I will hold up my right hand and say left. It is rather odd. I am a rather odd person and that is just another thing about me that is weird. I can't explain it. My brain doesn't do left and rights like everyone elses. So I turned right several times, until I called Sarah and was talking to her about how Dad said to turn left and I turned and couldn't find the road and then it hit me that I had turned right and that is why I couldn't find the road. So I turned around and found my way to campus quite easily then. When I got to campus I realized that I had left my parking pass at the house. So I had to turn around and go back to the house and get my parking pass. Then I drove back to campus and parked and walked to the engineering building.

I wandered around trying to look like I knew where I was going and ended up in the Mechanical Engineering Department. I thought it was just up the stairs. :) I am so good sometimes. Haha. I walked up there and found out where the TBA class was being held. Then I walk down to the basement to find the classroom. After that I walked over to the Chemical Engineering Building and found that classroom really easily. I was feeling great until I had to find my physics classroom. It took a little more doing, but it was a fun walk because they have this giant kaleidoscope that you can stand it. It is really awesome. When you come visit me I will take you to it so that you can take pictures in it. It is great. I stood in there for a while and marveled at how cool it was and wondered if I could make myself one. Nevermind, probably none of you would appreciate it or love it as much as I did. But if you ever do want to see it. I am willing to take you there. Next I wandered down the hallways to the Math building and looked for my class. The schedule said B infront of the number so I went down to the basement, but all the classrooms there were numbered 0 and then the number. Then I saw the sign, it said that the classroom I was looking for was in the basement's basement. I went down an even creepier staircase than the one to just the basement and found myself in this long hallway. I found my classroom and quickly went back upstairs to the light. No wonder math people are so weird! Just kidding. I have to say that physics professors and students are much weirder and I am so glad that I am not a "real" physics major. It looked like they had just taken the SU faculty and students and cloned them and transported them all to UMD and multiplied by 100 or so. It was a rather amusing walk.

Then I found this bench so I could check my mail and email people and update my blog. It has been fun so far. I am really looking forward to classes starting so I will have something to keep me busy. I am not saying that I don't miss you all because I do miss you. But at the same time I am really growing to love everything new up here. It is so different; as it becomes familiar it is becoming a lot more enjoyable. So I miss you, but I don't all at the same time, if that makes any sense. I am sure it will to some of you.

Call me or email me, I would love to hear from any of you.
I'll write back. But I don't know how long it will take once school starts. :)
I've used 6/100 stamps so far.
Ps. I think is is odd how the blogger spelling check doesn't have the word blog in it. Strange.
Thankfully Anna posted pictures so I could steal them and post them on here!
Thank Anna!

I had to hold these the entire way up. I made it over the bridge and I forgot that I was supposed to be holding them and they fell over and all the water spilled out. You would think that since I had made it that far, I would have been good. BUT No. I was careless in the end. Let this be a lesson to you. Keep pressing on, even when it gets boring and seems like you have been doing the same thing forever. Then you won't get water all over the van floor. :)

My flowers on my desk.
I never thought I would enjoy getting flowers. But boy, do I ever!!! Just seeing those flowers every few moments makes me smile like nothing else. They add such brightness to my room. I think I am going to buy a plant to put on my desk. I know, I told Jared I wouldn't like a plant inside. I have changed my mind. I need something growing and living to keep me happpy. Plus, it will make there be more oxygen in my room. Haha. Anyhow, I am going shopping for a plant sometime in the next few weeks, after my beautiful flowers die.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for the flowers!
This is my entry from Monday. I am currently writing an update for today. I had to get around the firewall on campus and so now I finally did that and I am trying to get the formatting right. Such is life. Always leave yourself extra time to do everything you need to. :) PS. I LOVE THE CAMPUS! And I can't wait for classes to start.

Well, I am now living two and a half hours away from everyone I have ever known. And it is an extremely weird feeling. My parents and Anna drove me up here today and they watched me unpack everything. I felt like I brought so much stuff. But I have fit almost everything into my room, except for my office supplies. I need to purchase something to put them all into so that they will not be in view at all times. Other than that, I am perfectly settled into my new room.

So far today, I have written five letters to people that I have been meaning to write to and if you write to me, then I’ll promise to write back. So ask my parents or siblings for my address, email me at, or call me if you know my number.

Mrs. Franklin gave me a loft of bread and it smells absolutely delicious. I sat it on one side of my desk so that I could smell it all the time. I told John yesterday that since I am now sort of my own family unit, I should get my own Christmas loft of bread from the Franklins. Haha.

And on the other side of my desk sits my flowers from Jared just because he loves me. Well, they were actually for our eleventh month anniversary. How exciting is that?!? Anna took pictures of the room, but not when it was all put together. So maybe I will ask Jared to bring up his camera and be my photographer for the day once I put everything together. But then the flowers will have died by then and it won’t look as cheerful in here. However, my closet is extremely cheery. I opened the door to hang up my skirts and dress clothes and I noticed immediately that the door is purple and black. I love it! It makes me smile every time I open it. I also have many brightly colored pairs of flip flops on the floor, so it makes opening my closet quite exciting.

I miss home, in that this is so different. But at the same time I am really enjoying having it being so quiet around here (and as I wrote that sentence Mrs, Howard started to practice the piano… haha). But even still it is a different kind of noise. Does that makes sense? I don’t mind it at all. It makes me sort of wish that I had practiced my piano more and stuck with it and learned how to play really well. It is still quiet and still around the house. There are not people running in and out of doors or up and down the hall. I am not hearing parts of many different conversation and trying to figure out what is going on in everyone’s lives. I miss the noise of a full house with my siblings. But I also love being able to sit back and think and read and write letters to people that I have been meaning to and not being distracted. I am extremely thankful to be here. It is an amazing blessing to have a house to stay in, with a family, instead of an apartment off somewhere by myself. I would be so homesick and be miserable if I were in that situation. Thank God that the Howards are kind enough to let me stay here. And they feed me too! Thank God for a room over my head and good food and people to talk to.

I feel like I am living out someone else’s life. It doesn’t feel like my life yet. I can’t wait for school to start. Is it wrong for me to want to do homework? Ha. I can’t wait to start learning! I know, I know, a few weeks into the semester and I will be tired of it. But right now, I am ready to go and I want to start. I want to be challenged. I was understand things that I have never understood. I want to know things that I didn’t even know existed. Think of all the lessons to be learned and professors to make like you. Think of all the hours spent studying for exams and redoing homework and thinking for a solution until your brain hurts. As much as I complain about it, I really do enjoy it some days. Right now I miss it. It keeps me busy. I like to be busy. I wonder why that is? I need to take my contacts out. I am going to go read some. I’ll have to post this tomorrow because I can’t seem to find a decent internet connection around here. More thoughts to come. Believe me, you will hear many thoughts of mine. Look for updates on Tuesday and Fridays. Those will be the days that I have room in my backpack for my laptop. I might be able to find a computer lab on campus to use the other days. I don’t know yet. Check in and use my links to other people’s blogs. I can’t wait to read how all the rest of you are.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Jared sang at the Shorebirds last night. I am so proud of him! It is really exciting and a great honor to get to tag along ad go out on the field with him and take pictures and videos. My family, the Singers, and the Perkins came. Jared and I left in the middle to get Rita's and came back. When we came back a baseball bounced right up to us in the parking lot. It was pretty funny because one of the guys Jared works with asked him to catch him a baseball. Hope was rather disapointed that we couldn't give her the baseball.
I spent the first part of the day packing and shopping for stuff. I went to Walmart three different times (it is a sin to have to go to Walmart that many times). Then Dad bought us subs and pizza for a late lunch/early dinner and we left for the game.
Today I figured out how to hang up all my skirts (normally I just throw them over the ladder in my room that goes up to my loft), packed my sweatshirts and undershirts, reorganized a few of my bins so I could fit more in them, cleaned the inside and outside of Dad's car and now I am about to play soccer Mom and take Hope to her first soccer game at the Complex. It is at two if anyone wants to come over and visit me.

Thanks to Hannah for going shopping with me on Thursday! It was so nice to relax with a good friend and pick up some good deals.

Friday, August 25, 2006

eleven is such a great number

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Jared is singing at the Shorebirds
Friday night!
The game starts at 7:00.
Jared sings before that.

Fireworks afterward.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Hope and I are making this dress. She picked out almost the same pattern, but it is a blue background. I had her pin the pattern today and I cut it out. We might start sewing tonight or I might start her off tomorrow morning before I go over to Mrs. Shelton's to sew pajama pants and a pillowcase!! Woohoo. Sewing is fun.
I went to bed at 8:30 last night. I was so tired after playing around all day. I woke up around 6:30 and now I am cleaning my room and packing stuff. AH! What a job! Pray for me to stick with it. It is going to take a while to get this all sorted out.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Yesterday I woke up at 5:30 to take Anna and Elizabeth to Dover to visit friends. We went to the 8:15 service and then went out to get Bagels with some people that they knew. I just answered questions about myself and what I did and what I was doing in school. I really enjoy talking about school now that I know what I am doing. I don't have to make up stuff anymore. Then we came back and I went to lunch at Andy and Nancy Anderson's home. Lauren and her adorable dog were also there. Jared house sat for them so they invited us to see pictures and eat really good food. After that I took a nap and went to the hymn sing at church and then I found out that Hannah Townsend wanted to come to Jolly Rogers and I claimed her as my partner.

Woohoo! Hannah Townie! I don't think I have said in a while how much I like her! We went on so many rides. After lunch we joined Emily and John and wandered around and went on bunches of rides. What fun. Let's see what did I do?
* Black Hole - 1 - boring
* Cannonball - 1 - too much clorine in the water
* Body Slide - 2 - okay, but the line got too long
* Double Tube Slide - 4 - a pretty good ride
* Stealth - 1 - Look at me, going on the scary ride. I would have gone again but my neck snapped back so badly I didn't want to chance it again. Grrrr. Now my neck is all sore. BUT I went on the stealth. Thanks Hannah!
* White Water Rapids - 2 - John and I flipped on the end of this ride. And we bumped heads two times. I don't really know how that happened.
*Master Blaster - FAVORITE RIDE!!! - 8 times
* 6 lane Racers - countless

I love love loved the six lane racers and the master blaster!!! What a fun time. I was getting rather tired by the end, but it was a worth the entrance fee. It is so much fun to ride the six lane racer, but when you win it makes it even better! Woohoo.

Thank you Hannah for being my ride partner and making me laugh all day!
Thank you John and Emily for also making me laugh and riding rides with me.
Thank you Luke and Hope for making the car trips entertaining.
I'm glad I went.

Friday, August 18, 2006

So last night I went with Jared to Ocean City to help campain for Bonnie Luna. They were having a gathering at Palmer Gillis's bayfront home and the governor was coming. I didn't have time to eat dinner anywhere because as soon as I left work I had to go meet Jared at his house. I stopped long enough to get a large Cheesesteak at Red Door because I thought, Jared always drives, why would tonight be any different. Well, I get to his house and Linnea had asked to use the car and so here I am with a delicious cheesesteak waiting to be eaten, but I have to drive and I am wearing a white skirt. Hmmm, so I ask Jared to grab me an apron and I stick that on and lay my half of the sub on my lap. And somewhere on 90 I finally finished it. Do you know how hard it is to eat a sub when you are driving. Yeah, tell me about it. I would not recommend doing this anytime soon unless you have an experienced co-pilot that is willing to grab the wheel while take a bite to eat. I love life.

When we got there we could either drive people to the house from the parking lot or hold signs to say where to turn. I'd had enough driving for the day so we got to hold signs out on Ocean Highway telling people where to turn. It was a very interesting experience. We stood out there for about an hour holding signs and smiling and waving at people and Jared answered a few questions from people.

Then we were allowed to go into the party at Mr. Gillis's nice little house. He had a huge house, a guest house, and a open bar and grill little house and a nice little yard in between the three of them. I so wish I had a camera. It would have made some great pictures. *this post has been edited*

I think life would be extremely boring if you could have everything you wanted. I mean, I would be entertained for a while when I first got what I wanted, but then I would soon tire of that and want something else or more of what I had or the next best thing. This is not to say that I don't like money, I am just becoming more and more thankful that God doesn't give us everything we want. He gives us what we need when we need it and if he hasn't given it to us, then we don't need it. Now how can I ever be not satisfied knowing that? And yet I am, time and time again. God save me from myself.

Last day of work at SU!!!

Goodbye work!

It has been fun, but I'm moving on.

I have all of next week off, until school starts!
This is the first time that I haven't had one or more jobs since I was fifteen and a half.
It is sort of weird.


Thursday, August 17, 2006

Bless my sneaky little Mother! I told her I was going to go out shopping for school supplies and she asked what I needed and I showed her my list and she told me she would look around the house for a few of the things on my list. Well, I come home last night and there is this big box on my bed with all sorts of things that were on my list and some.


Stuff like:
AUSSIE conditioner
AUSSIE shampoo
big boxes of tissues
little packs of tissues
milk duds (from Hope)
pencil lead
a new pillow
laundry soap
all sorts of fun stuff like that

I am so excited.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

I get to see my Hannah Singer at the Sharptown Carnival tonight!

Pictures to come of the fun.
Thanks to Anna!

Monday, August 14, 2006

Two of my favorite siblings.
I have four favorite siblings. :)
Stolen from Anna. See more on her blog.

Does anyone remember Hayley Wozny?
Well, her brother does claymation stuff and draws stuff.
I found this on his site today and
I laughed.
Heavenly Father, if I should suffer need, and go unclothed, and be in poverty, make my heart prize Thy love, know it, be constrained by it, though I be denied all blessings. It is Thy mercy to afflict and try me with wants, for by these trials I see my sins, and desire severance from them. Let me willingly accept misery, sorrows, temptations, if I can thereby feel sin as the greatest evil, and be delivered from it with gratitude to Thee, acknowledging this as the highest testimony of Thy love.

When thy Son, Jesus, came into my soul instead of sin He became more dear to me than sin had formerly been; His kindly rule replaced sin's tyranny. Teach me to believe that if ever I would have any sin subdued I must not only labour to overcome it, but must invite Christ to abide in the place of it, and He must become to me more than vile lust had been; that His sweetness, power, life may be there. Thus I must seek a grace from Him contrary to sin, but must not claim it apart from Himself.

When I am afraid of evils to come, comfort me by showing me that in myself I am a dying, condemned wretch, but in Christ I am reconciled and live; that in myself I find insufficiency and no rest, but in Christ there is satisfaction and peace; that in myself I am feeble and unable to do good, but in Christ I have ability to do all things. Though now I have His graces in part, I shall shortly have them perfectly in that state where Thou wilt show Thyself fully reconciled, and alone sufficient, efficient, loving me completely, with sin abolished. O Lord, hasten that day.
I had the privilege yesterday of sitting in on a Matt Robins and Jared Shelton recording session. For anyone that doesn't know, they are recording a Christmas cd. It is going to be release near the end of Novemeber (if all goes according to plan). It was really neat yesterday to see all that goes on behind the scenes of putting a song together. Matt has to play the song like twenty times, each on a different instument and making sure that everything sounds right together. After all of that, they have to go back and mix the songs and clean up the sound. It is pretty crazy. After about eight hours this weekend, Little Drummer Boy was almost finished (Matt needs to add some more percussion). I don't think I would have to patience to record a album, much less a song. Kudos on the hard work. I hope you finish. The word on the street is that the Album will be called, A Chirstmas Without Faith because I doubted that they would ever record a cd. :) Ha.

Friday, August 11, 2006

I get to have lunch with one of my favorite people today!
What a wonderful surprise!

I'll tell you a secret...
I really like Jared Shelton.

Isn't God good!?!

Philippians 4:4-7
4Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again--rejoice!
Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.
6Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

So carry me
I'm just a dead man
Lying on the carpet
Can't find a heartbeat
Make me breathe
I wanna be a new man
Tired of the old one
Out with the old plan

New Jars of Clay song!!!

I'm so excited.
Even if Jared DOESN'T like them.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

It is a beautiful thing that Arby's has Orange Cream shakes all the time now!!!

Of course, I did have to buy a milkshake the day it was colder outside.
Now I am cold.
I mean, I am actually shaking at my desk.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Vote for Bonnie Luna!!
She's running for Maryland House of Delegates.

Tuesday, September 12
Primary Election Day!
I am so ashamed of all my typos this week, I think I may just skip posting today. That and I don't have anything of value to write about.
I mean, I never do, but today I have nothing.

I stayed up too late last night talking and laughing with my family and watching my favorite scenes from the Music Man on my new computer.

Monday, August 07, 2006

And we have lift off... I mean, a NEW COMPUTER!!!!
How exciting is that!?!?

And the arrow keys work on this one.
Jared is bringing me a wireless mouse tonight and then everything will be just dandy.
*new pictures of Phantom and stuff below*

Yesterday, Mrs. Taylor had Sarah and I down to go boating with Anna Peipon. When we finally got the boat out it was pretty fun, but getting the boat out was another story, as I am coming to learn about boats. Then we went to church and heard Brae Howard speak about China. I could have sat there all night listening to her speak. The Howards all have a great gift with their words. They make everything so interesting! Then I took Anna to the Townsends and Rachel gave me a bag of Middleswarth chips (for anyone that doesn't know how awesome these chips are, you cannot try mine... they are my favorite barbque chips -and they remind me of Creation with the Townsends! Great times). I stayed there until 11ish and came home and read through some DC pamplets my parents picked up for me!

How wonderful are they!?! They knew I REALLY REALLY REALLY want to go to DC and since I will be living near there now, I can. So they picked me up some information just to start me off. Man, there are so many places I want to go. It is going to take me weeks and weeks to be able to do everything that I want to do. I am going to have so much fun there.
First off, the SPY MUSEUM!!!
I have been waiting for at least six years to go here, probably more. I can't remember how long. I just know I want to go and I am so close to being able to go now.

It is exciting me greatly.
The whole thought of this next semester is thrilling to me.
New places, new professors, new classrooms, new courses, new food!
I can't wait!
My birthday trip to NYC!!!
American Girl!!!
Wow wow.
I think we were more excited to be there then some of the little girls.
We were the oldest children there.
Subway to NYC.Samantha's Nightgown
Hayley and Faith
Why did I just type in Faith?
Oh well, haha.
Josefina's Nightgown.
SubwayMolly's PajamasWe're so cute!
What fun!Oh yes, the main reasons we came to NYC!
What a amazing birthday gift.
I don't think it can ever be beaten, EVER!
For Hannah Singer!

Senior Graduation Dinner
My little Greg Taylor and Luke Franklin. Looking all grown up. I feel so old.
More sisters!
The Seniors.
Some other people and Linnea, Kyrie, and Britney!
I NEED this shirt (but in green)!
Oh my word, this is awesome.

Saturday, August 05, 2006


Linnea Ruth Shelton.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Here are a few pictures from the Ogburn picnic last month. Enjoy.
If you have a facebook, I put a few more up there.
Blogger takes too long to post all of them.
Han Han and Bright.Bug Bright.
Fly Linnea.
Uncle Jared and Bright.
I think this adorable.

Bright would run under this table and then pop out and Jared would make faces at her and she would laugh. It was really cute.
Well, I think it was cute. Hannah is adorable too! I love Hannah Townsend.

"Though Christians be not kept altogether from falling, yet they are kept from falling altogether."

Thursday, August 03, 2006

I shouldn't be shopping during the month I just bought my textbooks and computer, but I love Fossil stuff so much!!! No, I am not buying anything, just admiring (admiring - To regard with pleasure, wonder, and approval). Haha. I should throw a picture of my BMW on here to make this post complete. :) But I'll spare you.
I put my books in my cart and the total came up to $569.94. That makes me sick. I literally feel ill. My stomach is all twisted up in knots. It is a good thing they recently expanded my credit or I wouldn't be able to put that and my computer on my credit card. AH!!

*Update* I looked at the book list and I own two of the books and I found one of them online for a bit cheaper, but I still ended up paying $320.49 for four books (and one was a lab manual - should be cheap). *shudder* Sick and WRONG!!
ya heard!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Three more rules that I forgot about:
* No calling Mom and Dad
* No Biting the Couch!!
* No Panama

I'm not sure how the last two made it on the list, but they are on there and no I don't understand why. Just enjoy the randomness.
I stole this from Anna. Look how wrinkled my shirt is!!!
We do NOT look alike. Our faces are shaped differently and so are our eyes.
I love my sister!
She's a cool bean, even though she steals my stuff sometimes.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Therefore sin is not small, because it is not against a small Sovereign. The seriousness of an insult rises with the dignity of the one insulted. The Creator of the universe is infinitely worthy of respect and admiration and loyalty. Therefore, failure to love him is not trivial—it is treason.
It defames God and destroys human happiness.

-John Piper
My siblings are pretty amazing. I love them all! They have come up with a whole set of rules for living while my parents are gone. Such rules as (there are more, but I can't remember them):
* They will get up by seven.
* They will then take a walk around the neighborhood together.
* They will then have family devotions and eat breakfast.
* One hour of online time per person per day.
* Everyone must be in their own room by 9pm.
* Lights must go out by 10pm.

So I suggested that they memorize a verse, I didn't think they'd take me seriously. But they call me at work today and tell me to get busy. I need to memorize all of Psalm 27 by the time my parents get home. Wow. That is 14 verses (so we need to memorize about 3.5 a day! Get busy). I have posted it, so that all of you can join in and memorize it with us. :)

Psalm 27
1 The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall.
3 Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident.
4 One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.

5 For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.
6 Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD.
7 Hear my voice when I call, O LORD; be merciful to me and answer me.
8 My heart says of you, "Seek his face!" Your face, LORD, I will seek.
9 Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, O God my Savior.
10 Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me.
11 Teach me your way, O LORD; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.
12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, breathing out violence.
13 I am still confident of this: will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.