Sunday, April 29, 2007

I've never been homesick before. Last semester I would have said that I missed home, but not to the point that I was sick for home. During the past few weeks, I have developed an acute case of homesickness. I have this extreme longing to go home and see the people that I love so dearly that are at my home. These people make home home. I was thinking about it and if my family were to move somewhere, I would consider that to be home. They are home. And no matter where they are, that is my home. I guess what I am trying to say is that I miss my family so much it hurts and I can't wait to see them again and talk to them and laugh with them. I can't wait to come home to my own church where they sing hymns the correct speed and don't drag the words out so much that you want to shoot yourself. I am very thankful for my wonderful family and church! I only have 19 days until home. So here begins that countdown to home!

Although, I guess that really isn't my home either. My home is in heaven. I wonder if I should be homesick for heaven? I guess I should long and desire to go home to my home in heaven. And I suppose that I should long more for that home then my earthly home. I wonder why I don't? Where do you strike the balance? How do you long for heaven and live your life? Because when I am longing for my earthly home, it distracts me from the jobs that I am doing. How can you long for heaven and not let it distract you from what you are supposed to be doing right now? Maybe it is just keeping heaven in your thoughts and remembering that this world is not our home and we are just passing through... If we were to keep this in our minds, the things of this earth wouldn't seem so important all the time. I don't know... there are a few random thoughts for you all to think about or read and go on with your lives.

John 14
1Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
5Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?

That last verse was thrown in there for Luke. If any of my family sees that, please show it to him. I had to teach him this whole section for AWANA. heh. I remember that last verse quite clearly. It is really funny to hear Luke recite it.

Good night all. I have to get some sleep. I can't write anymore of this research paper tonight. It is killing me. Thank God for summer and family time!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

One of my friends at RUF recently became engaged and her ring has diamonds set on the side of the big diamond. Since class was cancelled today, I started thinking about rings (heh, I'm such a girl). I'm not a big jewlery fan. If I wear it, I like simple stuff. I like my Mom's first ring and how simple it was (but I don't like yellow gold). I defiantly like the rounded bands better. As much as I like my friend's ring, I think that I love the classic look so much better. It is just so elegant and classy. I like that. And I really like silver. heh. Here is sort of what I am talking about. I don't know if that is the cut stone that I like. But this was one of the first to pop up on a google search.

So if you have a ring, what does your ring look like?
And any of you, what style do you like?

***Note for all you mothers and other people rushing me to married: Just so you all know, I am not planning on getting married or engaged for quite a while. I'm in no rush. I like the place in like that I am in right now. I like school and I love learning. That 11.11.11 date appeals to me a lot!!! How cool would it be to get married on all 1s. Or if that was too far away for some of you, 1.11.11 is pretty cool as well or 1.1.11. But guess what...? It isn't up to you, it is up to me. haha. I almost didn't post this because of you all, but my blog has been lacking in good discussion material, so talk it up! Tell me about your rings or what you want.
There are about 110 people in our Vibrations class.
Normally about 30 - 40 of those students come.
Today only 23 came.
Our professor gave us extra credit for coming to class today.
See, it does pay to never skip class! :)

Oh, and I just got an email that says that my professor in English is too sick to hold class. I had a presentation to give today. Too bad about that... HA! Things are looking up in the world!

Psalm 111

1Praise the LORD.
I will extol the LORD with all my heart
in the council of the upright and in the assembly.

2 Great are the works of the LORD;
they are pondered by all who delight in them.

3 Glorious and majestic are his deeds,
and his righteousness endures forever.

4 He has caused his wonders to be remembered;
the LORD is gracious and compassionate.

5 He provides food for those who fear him;
he remembers his covenant forever.

6 He has shown his people the power of his works,
giving them the lands of other nations.

7 The works of his hands are faithful and just;
all his precepts are trustworthy.

8 They are steadfast for ever and ever,
done in faithfulness and uprightness.

9 He provided redemption for his people;
he ordained his covenant forever—
holy and awesome is his name.

10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
To him belongs eternal praise.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Hey! It is after midnight and I am still waiting for a part of my presentation to be email to me by one of my group partners. I assigned this to him a week ago and he still hasn't sent it. He is starting to get on my nerves because he is a youth pastor at some church in the area. He dresses and talks flippantly like a youth pastor (he even uses mildly bad language from time to time). It annoyed my before. But now that he slacks in his work, it annoys me even more. And next time I see him, it is going to take a lot to hold my tongue. Pray that I don't go off on him or maybe that is what he needs... GRRR!!

Also, pray that I give an okay presentation tomorrow. I am doing it solo. The professor said it is more professional that way. I don't like talking in front of people. What a bother. Oh well. This is all for a reason, right? Keep pressing on towards the prize. God is in control!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

EDIT: I moved this post from yesterday.


She understands me better than anyone else. She has this way of cheering me up like no one else can do. Almost always, when I talk to her, I feel much better about life. Sarah is one of my best friends ever and I am so glad for her! I am so proud of my sister. I just want to show off her artwork all the time and tell people about her grades and try to explain to them how funny she is. But no one will ever understand how dear Sarah is to me! I am so thankful for every minute I get to spend with her.

Congratulations on only two more weeks until you graduate. I am so sorry I will miss your graduation! I really really wanted to come. But it is right in the middle of finals week. I will be praying for you these last two weeks! I love you and miss you!

Thanks for calling me tonight.
I miss you more that I can ever say.
I even cried about you when I got off the phone with you.
I'm getting really emotional. It is weird.

Isn't she beautiful!?!?!
I love this picture because my Dad is actually smiling/laughing!!
Well, as many of you know, I couldn't stay for Sunday School on Sunday because I had to be back on campus for a meeting at 1:30. This meeting was because my Fluids lab group can't meet by themselves, they need me (for some odd reason). I told them to meet while I was gone and work on their parts and I would work on mine, but NO. They said they needed me there. And you want to know why? It is because they can't do work unless I walk them throught everything and keep them on track. So for five hours on Sunday I was helping my poor childish group do THEIR work, not mine, THEIRS. Anyhow, it was a bit annoying. So you think when I sent them on there way and told them to have there work finished by our meeting on Monday that they would do it... but no. Let me give you a little bit of my schedule yesterday.

9:30 - 11 - arrive at school - do homeowork and add the finishing touches to my Fluids project report
11 - 12 - go to class
12 - 1 - go to class
1 - 2:30 - meet with DeWalt team to build prototype
2:30 - 3:15 - Professor's office hours for Fluids
3:15 - 4 - making sure one of my fluids partners did his work, while I sat and encouraged him.
4 - 7:30 - met with my other two Fluids partners and made sure that they did their work.
8 - 9 - get home and eat some food and do vibrations homework
9-10 - talk to Sarah
10 - 11 - more vibrations homework
11 - bedtime

And here is today's schedule:
8:30 - 9:30 - writing english paper in computer lab
9:30 - 11 - go to class
11 - 12:15 - help Fluids partner do work
12:30 - 2 - English class
2 - 3 - DeWalt testing
3 - 8 - Writing the Powerpoint for my fluids presentation tomorrow because it will be easier than trying to get someone else to write it. I might try to get them to write a slide or two. We will see how much patience I have with them at this point in the day. I mean seriously, I have to stand behind my partners and ask them if they have done this, or why don't you write this or do this. They ask me how would you do this or say this all the time! And if I don't say anything, they don't work. They sit there and play games online. I told my parents I am babysitting a bunch of children. It is rather annoying.
8 - 9:30 - Probably work on my english paper and presentation on Thursday.
9:30 - 10:30 - flag football game (if I am still awake at this time of the day)
11 - home and sleep

And then it starts all over again...

Three and a half weeks to go!!

I apoligize ahead of time if I don't respond to any phone calls or letters that I might receive ( I don't really expect any because they have been very slow lately, but just in case... I probably won't get to them for a while). There is this trail that I really want to hike on the C and O canal. I have been waiting all semester for it to get warm enough to go and now I am too busy to go. It is quite sad. There is always next year. And I haven't been to DC or Baltimore or Annapolis yet this semester! What in the world! I am so glad this world is not my home and I am just passing through. It is a very comforting thought.

I still do love what I am learning. It is just a lot of work. I'll be glad when I get to apply a lot of this stuff this summer.

And wonderful, beautiful family of mine, I hope you are all having a blast!! I can't wait to go camping with you all when I come home this summer. I am really looking forward to hiking with you all and playing games and all that fun stuff. :)

Monday, April 23, 2007

Romans 5:1-11
1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope.

5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

6You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him! 10For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!

11Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

I can't wait to come home again! Love you all very much! I can't wait to go our west with you all! Woohoo! It is very exciting. I only have three and a half weeks of school left. I will be at school from 9 - 8 today, but it will all be over soon. :)

James 1:2-7
2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

So here is a question for you (I have already made my decision, but I'll let you all weigh in on the choice anyhow):

Okay, you can either live at a wonderful old house, with two great people (who cook for you and clean the house and rake the leaves and everything else and all you have to do is wash the dishes and clean the bathroom every other week or so). There is also a perfect running trail right accross the street, in a beautiful park. And you can walk to church. Downsides to this are that the house is creepy when no one is around and you have to stay at least one night alone in the house every week. You also have to know how to recycle and what gets recycled and what doesn't or what gets composed and what doesn't. You also have to know to put the silverware in the dishwasher sticking up, take short showers, remember to put the shade in the bathroom up, and bring the paper in (on your way out to your car).

OR you can move in with your friends, live closer to campus, and have people to talk to and live with. But you will have to cook all your own meals and you probably won't get as much studying done. On top of that you will be paying $5000 a year for housing. More downsides would be, there is probably no running trails and there are more distractions from studying. But at the same time, you won't feel lonely every time you had to eat by yourself because there would always be people around with four roommates.

I was given this choice yesterday and I had to make a decision by today. Somehow 5000 dollars wasn't worth not being lonely. I'd rather be lonely every once in a while and live with sweet dear older people and keep the money.

heh. So Dad... you want to make a donation to the car fund. :D I saw the sweetest car today! It was a brand NEW M6 (more remembered than seen). It was hot. Wow, it was a nice car. I would have followed it, but it turned on to 95 and I had to get to school for my Vibrations Exam. I can't really buy that becuase then my car would cost more than my house, but I have decided that the 7 series are much better because of all the room that they have. The 5s are nice, but they are a little cramped for my style. When I graduate baby!! 7 series BWM! Oh, and it doesn't matter what color anymore. I just want a sweet ride that will last me a long time.

Wear your orange and maroon tomorrow!!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

I'm auctioning off a wonderful six night, seven day stay with me in Silver Spring! All meals included (or as many as you can find around the house). I will even throw in creepy wind that shakes the house and opens doors that were closed and knocks over things and a radiator that makes strange noises all night long.

Actually, my Mom is coming to stay tonight and tomorrow night with me!!! Woohoo. I am so excited. I am about to die of a heart attack in this old house. It makes the weirdest noises! I could have sworn someone was trying to open my bathroom door yesterday. It banged around and then the door handle rattled. I seriously stood in the bathroom and shook for like five minutes yesterday. The house is great during the day, but at night it is a completely different world. Hooray for my Mother for coming to protect me and cook me meals. :)

Monday, April 16, 2007

John 16:31-33
"You believe at last!" Jesus answered. "But a time is coming, and has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

John 14:1-3, 18, 27
1"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. 2In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

18I will not leave you as orphans;

27Peace I leave with you; my
peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your
hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Dad called me today to tell me about the Engineering school shooting in Virginia. It shook me up quite a bit. Why am I alive and talking to my Dad on the phone while over thirty people are dead and will never talk to their parents again? It made me stop and think. I shouldn't take a single moment for granted. So often I too much attention to school and that is all I focus on. There is a whole world of people around me that are hurting and need a savior. What happens to them if someone was to come into College Park tomorrow and start shooting engineering students here? It isn't death that scares me so much as knowing what I could have done and haven't. It scares me to lose the people that are dearest to me, but I know that I will see them again. We have a promised eternity together.

Ecclesiastes 1:16-18
16 I thought to myself, "Look, I have
grown and increased in wisdom more than anyone who has ruled over Jerusalem before me; I have experienced much of wisdom and knowledge." 17 Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind.

18 For with much wisdom comes much sorrow;

the more knowledge, the more grief.

This is true if I don't keep my focus where it should be. Wisdom and knowledge do bring about grief and pain and longing to know more, unless I understand where this knowledge comes from and look at in light of eternity.

Isaiah 35
Joy of the Redeemed

1 The desert and the parched land will be
glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.
Like the crocus, 2 it will burst into bloom;
it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,
the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;
they will see the glory of the LORD,
the splendor of our God.
3 Strengthen the feeble hands,
steady the knees that give way;

say to those with fearful hearts,
"Be strong, do not fear;
your God will come
he will come with vengeance;
with divine retribution
he will come to save you."

5 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened
and the ears of the deaf unstopped.

6 Then will the lame leap like a deer,
and the mute tongue shout for joy.
Water will gush forth in the
wilderness and streams in the desert.

7 The burning sand will become
a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs.
In the haunts where jackals once lay,
grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.

8 And a highway will be there;
it will be called the Way of Holiness.
The unclean will not journey on it;
it will be for those who walk in that Way;
wicked fools will not go about on it.

9 No lion will be there,
nor will any ferocious beast get up on it;
they will not be found there.
But only the redeemed will walk there,

10 and the ransomed of the LORD will return.
They will enter Zion with singing;
everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee away

Someday all of this sorrow will be over and gladness and joy will overtake them. Isn't that a wonderful promise? I really do believe that! Thank God this is the only hell that we will have to experience.

Please pray for the families of these students at VA Tech. I can't even begin to imagine the pain that they are going through. How terrible. I feel sick to my stomach.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

As of today because of a Jared dare, I have gone eight months without make-up.

Edit: It isn't like I was forced into it. I thought it was an interesting challenge. And I have really enjoyed how fast it makes getting ready on Sunday mornings. I really didn't wear make-up that often. So I am giving up wearing mascara like twice a week (Hayley says I have short eyelashes...heh). Jared isn't competitive, so if I dared him to do something, it wouldn't work. I guess he is giving up seeing me as often. He only gets to see me every fourteen days or so.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

I went to another Delirious gig tonight. I can't express how much I adore Delirious. I forget that I am at a concert when I listen to them play. It is like a little bit of heaven. :) And I got to ride in the car for five hours and eat dinner with some of my favorite people. I love my parents and my sister Sarah, I love the rest of them too, but this post isn't about them. Sorry guys. It was so good to see my family. I can't believe how much I miss them this semester. I had to drive home about half and hour from where I met them this afternoon and I cried almost the whole way back to the Howards.

My parents and Sarah and I went and bought FIVE dozen Krispy Kremes (you could say we are a little obsessed). We waited until they were hot out of the oil and bought them. Oh man, Krispy Kremes right out of the hot oil, there is pretty much nothing better. WOW!! You have to understand that the last few times we have gone for KK's the stores have been closed and turned into silly things like cell phone stores. So, this was a highlight of my trip. I love food.

Then we headed off to a really good mexican resturant. It was time for more good food. But first we had a really great laugh because of the liberty tax person. We were staring at this person dressed up as the statue of liberty and laughing at how funny they looked, from the other side of the road, and then we turned to drive by them and saw that it was this big, fat, man talking on his cell phone while being dressed up in this costume. There was something extremely hilarious about the situation and we all wished that we had had a camera. Words do not discribe how funny this scene was.

And then we went to see Delirious. Since we own all the cds, we have to buy other random junk now. Sarah and I both bought a rain down shirt. I bought a poster and we split a pack of pins. I love my sister!! Love love love love love love love her!!! She makes me smile and laugh like no one else. She is the greatest and I really miss spending hours in her room avoiding schoolwork. :) I can't wait until this summer!! Woohoo.

Below are a few random Delirious photos:

British people are so cool.

One of my favorite parts of the concert is when they sing "Here I Send Me". Another one during their song "holy" song when they display the word holy over and over again on the screen, in different languages. It is amazing worship. Majesty has to be my favorite song though. That song is incredible!!!

Stu G!
Martin. He brought all of their kids and wives out on stage tonight. It was so neat and adorable!! There was something very familyish about the whole things. I love being part of the family of God. Oh and the megaphone is part of a song. They play this neat version of "On Christ the Solid Rock We Will Stand". I have the dvd if any of you want to see it. :) I got it for Christmas. Woohoo.
And you should buy this cd because it is great. The artwork is cool. And I have to go to bed. I love you family! You are amazing and I can't wait to see you again!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Mr. Howard has some cool links on his blog. I did the one about how many people have my name...

* There are 42,222 people in the U.S. with the first name Faith.
* Statistically the 860th most popular first name.
* There are 7,962 people in the U.S. with the last name Harr.
* Statistically the 4562nd most popular last name.

BUT, there is only ONE Faith Harr.

P.S. If I marry Jared, I will be one of sixteen. YUCK! There is something else to consider. I don't know if I want to not be all by myself anymore. I like being special. Maybe I will just stay single for the rest of my life so that I can be one of a kind! w00t. I still want to marry someone with the last name Htiaf. Then my name would be Faith Hannah Htiaf. That would be so awesome! :D

Click here to find out how many of you there are.

So, I decided to go running again today. But instead of running around the neighborhood (how boring), I decided to run down to the hospital and back (the hospital is one mile away). Well, I got to the hospital and I felt great, so I kept running. It was completely sunny. I ran for another mile and all of the sudden it started to rain. So I decided to turn around and head home. As I ran home it started raining harder and the sky grew dark. It wasn't too bad because the trail I was running on goes through the woods, by the creek. About half a mile from home it started to thunder (Mom is going to love this). So I sprinted the last half a mile to the Howards house and now I am safely inside (you can rest easy Mom). In honor of the rain, I decided to put a Delirious song below (and because I am going to see them in concert (yes, again) tomorrow)!!!! YAY! I get to see my family and Delirious tomorrow. What fun!

Looks like tonight, the sky is heavy
Feels like the winds are gonna change
Beneath my feet, the earth is ready
I know its time for heaven's rain
It's gonna rain

Cos it's living water we desire
To flood our hearts with holy fire

Rain down all around the world we're singing
Rain down can you here the earth is singing
Rain down my heart is dry but still I'm singing
Rain down rain it down on me.

Back to the start, my heart is heavy
Feels like it's time, to dream again
I see the clouds, and yes I'm ready
To dance upon this barren land
Hope in my hands

Do not shut, Do not shut, Do not shut the heavens
But open up, open up, open up our hearts

Give me strength to cross this water
Keep my heart upon your altar
Give me strength to cross this water
Keep my feet don’t let me falter

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

So today, when I came home from school, I decided to go running, but when I went outside it was raining. It didn't look like it was raining outside because the sun was shining. But it was raining, quite hard. I decided to go running anyhow. I ran two miles before I decided to call it quits. And now I feel much better. I forgot how much I love running and playing outside in the rain. It is quite fun to go outside in the rain (when it is spring or fall and sort of warmish, summer too) and get soaked in the rain. There is something very happy and satisfying about it. I hope I will run tomorrow. I want to have more endurance when we start playing football in the next couple of weeks!
I love rain! :)

I saw a picture on drudgereport of Niagara Falls and I decided to post it here. It reminded me of how small I am and how great God is. It is amazing when you think about how powerful God is and how he cares for us each day. It is also a wonder to ponder all the beautiful and majestic things around us. You know those things that take your breath away when you see them? Well, then I think about how God is even greater than that. It is impossible for my little brain to comprehend.

And when I searched for Niagara Falls on the web, this picture came up. I figured I would post it and give you all a good laugh. This man is appreciate the glory of God and is taking joy in the things around him that God has created. :) John Piper would be proud.

And one last comment about Niagara Falls for my family and Hayley (because they were the lasts ones to go to the Falls with me), the speed walker that passed us. Heh. I just remembered him today and it made me laugh.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Today was interesting. I went to class and then I headed over to talk to the "Transfer Credit Center". dun dun dun. They aren't transferring two of my classes and engineering sent me to talk to this guy. His name was Ray, but so we keep his identity a secret and because I don't feel like looking up his last name, I won't tell you his last name. Well, I walk over to Ray's office (1130 Mitchell building, if you care to know) and I talk to the women in the front of the office (I guess they were secretaries). I told them that engineering sent me to talk to Ray and I had a transcript to show him and he needed to fix something in the computer system so that I could have my class! Well, these lovely women told me that I didn't need to talk to Ray and I needed to go see someone in 1113. I told them that I was sent specifically to talk to Ray and he had told me to come see him. They said, "no no no no! Go see the people in 1113." And I said, "No, no, no, no, I want to see Ray." In the end they won out by making me feel like an idiot who didn't know where I needed to be.

So I headed down the hallway to 1113 and asked them for help. The woman that I needed to talk to was busy so I sat around for a while. She then came out and took me back to her office and I explained the situation and I handed over my last sealed official transcript. I need to order some more. I don't know why, but everyone seems to want a copy of this transcript because of the way this one thing is listed on there. I have been to see five different people already and they all wanted copies, official unopened copies. Not that it has helped at all, once they see it they tell me, "Oh we see how that is worded weird and we see how we missed that. We'll check into it and get back to you." They never do. I end up going to talk to someone else about something else. It is getting annoying. Anyhow, so she opened my transcript (which has been sent to her department four times now and no one has ever seen this change and corrected - I guess they just throw them away when they get them because in the system they have marked down that they have received them all, but the last copy that they keep on record is one that doesn't even have last spring semester on it. Yeah). I pointed out the change to yet another person and she says, "Oh, I see how that is listed and that you should have credit for this course, but because of the way that it is put on the top of your transcript instead of at the bottom, I'm not sure what we can do about this."

Let me stop here... I am not sure what we can do about this, hmmmmm... Maybe give me credit for the course!!! Anyhow, let's let her continue..."The person you really need to talk to is down the hall in room 1130. His name is Ray." UH, yeah. So obviously no one know what they are talking about. And I am starting to go in circles. But she said that she would call him and get back to me tomorrow and then she gave me her card and told me that if I didn't hear from her, I could call her and bug her. I would prefer to stop by and bug her, but either way. As long as I have an open invitation to check into this matter, I'm good. It is just a ridiculous bother for me to have to get all this stuff fixed. I can't wait until my transcript looks like it is supposed to look and I have credit for all my classes.

This isn't as bad as yesterday when I went to the engineering credit center and the secretary (which is a student employee) decides to harass me for twenty minutes asking all sorts of stupid questions until she finally gave me an appointment to see one of the advisers (who sort of know what they are talking about). I was trying to explain to this student (who is also foreign) that one of my courses was inputted into the computer incorrectly and the wrong number was listed before it and so I wasn't getting credit for me. She would look it up and say, we can't give you credit for that, it is PHYS221 and that doesn't transfer and ENME350. I would argue back, "yes, but PHYS311 does and that is what is on my transcript!" And I would point to my transcript and show her and she would point to her computer and show me what the computer said. And I told her that someone entered it wrong and that is why I was there to get it fixed so that I could get credit and she would tell me that I couldn't have credit for it because it wouldn't transfer in as anything. AHHHHHHH! It was very bothersome. I think the other secretary (who was an older woman than this student and looked like she had worked there for a while) noticed that I was getting annoyed and came out of her office to help me. And she told this student employee to give me an appointment with another lady in the office. Thank God! When I talked to the other lady, she saw the problem right away and understood what I was talking about and fixed the numbers in the computer and gave me 4 more credits to my name!! Woohoo. Tomorrow I am hoping to claim back 6 more credits and then I will be awesome! heh. What a mess.

I hate being treated like I don't know what is going on. It is one of the worst feelings in the world, to know that you are completely right and have everyone treating you like you are a fool. I don't like being treated like I am a fool.

In other news, my paper partner is still missing. My professor still doesn't know where he is and he has dropped the class. But since I have already turned in the paper, I really don't care that much. I am curious to what happened to him. Also, all the seniors are getting kicked off campus next semester because there are too many housing requests. So they are all protesting by sleeping in tents out on the mall, in front of the library. This is because freshman orientation is on Friday and they want to make a statement. It is amusing. I would be very annoying if I were them.

Tonight I took Mary down to drop her car off at a Honda dealership in Silver Spring and next door to it was a BMW dealership. I wanted so badly to just wander off and walk around their yard full of cars for a couple hours. But I had to wait in the car and drive Mary back to the house. And while she was filling out the information for her car, I couldn't even see the BMWs because I was parked at the back of the Honda place and they had these tall bushes that I couldn't see over. It was torture. I really want to drive back up there one of these days and look around. Here is the symbol of BMW for you.
How about a little quiz?
1. What does BMW stand for?
2. What does the symbol mean?
3. Why is the symbol blue and white?

Monday, April 09, 2007

Hello all.

I figured that I should write about this weekend before I have a billion things to do. Don't expect too many updates in the next six weeks. It is going to be pretty crazy!! Anyhow, so Friday morning I woke up and I decided, after calling my Dad, that I would come home. I was so set on not coming home Thursday night when I went to bed. But the more I thought about it, the more depressed I thought I would be if I didn't come home. So I went to class at 11 and we asked if we could go first (because we have gone last the past 4 times there have been orders of things). So our my favorite professor let us go first and now he is even more favorite!! heh. I left campus right after our presentation (around 11:30) and headed home. I arrived home around 2:30 and played Bang with Sarah, Anna, Luke, Hope, and Dad until 5:00, while helping Mom make tacos!!! Woohoo for Tacos!! Then Jared came over and we had tacos and we ate in like fifteen minutes because Jared had to be at the church at 6:00 to practice his awesome song with Avery. Mae invited me to sing with the choir, but I didn't say yes. She had Jared and I chew gum so that we could stick it in the candle holders up on the stage so that the candles wouldn't fall out. I guess you all didn't need to know that. But, if you wanted to know... the candles stayed up on Friday night because they were stuck the the candle holders by my gum. heh.

After the service, and Jared's amazing song, we went over to Matt's house to watch a movie and eat good food. I ate so much. I love going over to the Robins and having unlimited drinks (that didn't come out right... I only had water to drink, but they have a frig filled with all sorts of drinks, coke, sweet tea, water, assorted sodas...). And they had dutch chocolate ice cream with strawberries and whipped cream! It was really good. Afterwards Jared took me home and I went to bed.

Saturday morning I picked Jared up at the church and we went to have breakfast at Panara Bread. Yummy coffee and Cinnamon buns! Then we headed over to his partner's football game. And we watched two hours of football in the freezing cold (expect we stayed in the car with the windows cracked, so it was pretty comfortable). Then we went back to my house and played Bang with Luke and Hope. After Luke and I played for quite a while and no one was dying, we called it a draw. Then Jared and I went movie shopping at Sam's and Best Buy so that we had something to watch that evening. We found the Truman Show for a good price and I had never seen it and Jared said that I needed to see it. After that we stopped at Dress Barn because Linnea told me stuff was on sale (and it was, but none of it fit me). We went back to my house and my family went out to eat at Chinatown (even more food!!!). And finally we headed back to my house to watch the movie. Sarah really enjoyed the movie. I think because of all the Prisoner like features. I thought it was good too.

Sunday morning I went to church at my own dear church!!! I love my church!!! I miss it so much. And after church I went over to the Shelton's to see everyone. But I had to leave at three and Jack and Stacey didn't show up until three and Hannah and Patrick had gone over to his parents. So, I had to leave before they ate. But, boy that food smelled good. I hope to be able to eat at the Shelton's many times this summer. heh. Mrs. Shelton, I figured that I would warn you ahead of time. I need to get that recipe for those rolls again. I love them so much! I was very sorry to miss the Easter egg hunt that Linnea was holding for all the "Shelton kids and their special friends". I really wanted to read some of those fortunes. I bet they were hilarious! So often I wish I could be two places at once. It would make life so much easier. After leaving the Shelton's I drove up to the Huntington's for lunch around 3:50. And then I left there around 5:15. I love my church family!! I just have to throw that in there again. I was so happy while I was at the Huntington's. They had invited all these people from church and we celebrated Sarah Meadows and Hannah Townsend's birthdays. And we ate lots of good food and sat around and talked. It was nice. I can't wait until next year! I will come back for that.

I got back to Silver Spring around 7. I found a beautiful box of baked cookies and snacks sitting on my desk when I walked in to my room. What a great surprise. My family sent me treats to study with!! heh. It was a wonderful surprise. I would have been happy with a letter from you all, but this is even cooler! THANK YOU THANK YOU!!

Thank you for everyone that welcomed me home this weekend and talked to me and made me feel loved! I had a blast at home and I am so glad that I came home. I am sorry that I didn't get to see everyone that I wanted to, but summer is coming and I will be around Salisbury. Woohoo. Love you all. And I can't wait to see you again.

Friday, April 06, 2007

They say there's a place
where dreams have all gone
They never said where
but I think I know
It's miles through the night
just over the dawn
on the road that will take me home

I know in my bones
I've been here before
The ground feels the same
though the land's been torn
I've a long way to go
The stars tell me so
on this road that will take me home

Love waits for me 'round the bend
Leads me endlessly on
Surely sorrows shall find their end
and all our troubles will be gone
And I'll know what I've lost
and all that I've won
when the road finally takes me home

And when I pass by
don't lead me astray
Don't try to stop me
Don't stand in my way
I'm bound for the hills
where cool waters flow
on this road that will take me home

Love waits for me 'round the bend
Leads me endlessly on
Surely sorrows shall find their end
and all our troubles will be gone
And we'll know what we've lost
and all that we've won
when the road finally takes me home

I'm going home
I'm going home
I'm going home

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

This is pretty much a rant about life that I wrote on facebook.
You can read it if you need something to do.
Otherwise, it is boring so skip it.

I didn't go home this weekend, even thought I had planned to (because Jared was singing in a wedding and I love to hear Jared sing). I stayed in College Park and did homework all weekend and worked on Projects. I thought, maybe if I get all this stuff finished now I will be able to relax a bit next week. Well, it has been the complete oppisite of that!!

I have a research paper due Thursday and I have finished all my parts, but my partner for the project has dropped off the face of the planet. We were supposed to swap copies and proof read each others work this weekend (make that Thursday) and have the project finished by Sunday evening. As of today, I haven't heard from him. So instead of being finished this project, like I thought I was, I have to go and rewrite his whole project and make it flow and fit everythign together. I also have to write a cover letter and summary (both his jobs - but since I haven't heard from him, who knows if they are completed). So that is job one that popped out of nowhere. I don't think I have ever been this mad at one person before. I just want to curse whenever I think of him and I never swear. So...

Second, I get to class on Monday and I already knew that we had a presentation due on Wednesday. It was easy stuff, put together a powerpoint and write down a few equations. That is all that he told us two weeks ago and that is all it says online. Well, the rest of my team is busy on other things so I was putting together the powerpoint. Monday, in class he tells us that we also have to turn in a five to six page report on the subject. This wouldn't be bad if I wasn't writing it alone. So I spend some of today meeting with various teammates and trying to get parts written.

Third, I checked online and in this folder that no one can see, on blackboard, there was a homework assignment due this thursday. Why didn't the professor post a note saying that he has put this homework up? Nobody in the class knows. We just know that we have homework due and it was hidden from us until Monday.

So, where did all this work come from and what did I do all weekend? Those are very good questions that I would love to have answered. Maybe I was working on my fluids homework, or the fluids powerpoint, or maybe my indiviual reseach paper for english, or maybe studying for my test in project design, or working on my Dewalt design project... or maybe all those things together. And I was so happy to finish them all and now, I am even more happy that I spend the weekend here and finished them all. If I had waited and tried to do them now, I would be about to go crazy... well, I am about to go crazy now... but I would have probably gone crazy.

So, where does this leave us? Ummmm, I should go do some work. Never be writing patners with someone who randomly disappears a week before the paper is due. Make sure you do your homework before the night before. I guess that is about it. Maybe I will see you all this summer. Life has got to slow down soon.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

I thought I should let you all know...

I was offered the job at AWB engineers and I accepted it!!

Woohoo! I can't wait to start. It is going to be a lot of work, but I am looking forward to learning a lot of great applicable stuff. They seem like a wonderful bunch of people to spend my summer with. Thank you all for your prayers!! Please join me in praising and thanking God for his blessings in my life! He is an amazing God that does beyond what we could ask or expect! What a wonderful Savior is Jesus My Lord. He provides for me each and every day!

Thank you again for your prayers on my behalf!