Nov 30, 2009

All I Want For Christmas

It is this time of year when we start to make Christmas lists in our heads if not on paper of all the things we would love to get. Well, this Christmas all I really want is to be in Rome, serving along side my team. I don't want stuff, I don't want more clothes, or even cool gadgets, all I want is to be able to say I have finished raising all my support and that I can pack my bags and begin this ministry in Rome.

So if you want to get me something this Christmas that I really want, don't head to the store, or pick up your knitting needles, just join my financial support team and make my Christmas wish come true!

I need $6295 a month pledged for my Christmas Wish to come true. Right now I have $2465. How sweet would it be to have my Support raised by Christmas and be able to point to Jesus on the day we celebrate His birth and thank Him for the lovely gift of love in His great provision, and then to spend the rest of my year serving him in Rome as a thank you for all they ways He has blessed me again and again!

Jesus is after all the Reason for the Season, and if my only gift was what made it possible for me to serve Him all year long doing what He has called me to do it would just be soooo cool!

If you want to give towards my best Christmas Present Ever and the work of God in Rome, just click the link below!

Trinity's Christmas Gift

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Sep 19, 2009

This Is - old news

For the faithful few you may recall that last October I posted about my Halloween Costume "old news" when inspired by Project Runway I made my own outfit out of newspaper. Now it turns out I may have inspired Project Runway.

This weeks mission on PR was for them to make an outfit out of Newspaper! I watched as they struggled with some of the same issued me and my assistant (Brianna) had as we made our dress. They came up with some fantastic looks, but I was still pretty proud of the dress Brianna and I put together.

The contestants had many things to their advantage. First and Foremost they are designers, I took a sewing class when I was 10 or 11. They had forms to build their outfits on and adequate workspace, I had my kitchen floor. They had sewing machines I had packaging tape. They had rolls of newsprint if they wanted, I had old Good Times or Growing Up in Santa Cruz papers.

With all that in mind I think Brianna and I could have totally held our own. We rocked it out in the same time frame, we also completed a belt and a hand bag.

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just in case you needed a laugh

My littlest sister posted this on her facebook, and it made me laugh. Thought you might enjoy!

Sep 18, 2009

Breaking all the Rules

I drive the same road almost everyday and each time I pass the sign that says please call to report drunk drivers I think..."hummm, if I were to call 911 to report the drunk driver would I not also be breaking the law?"

I live in CA (in case you were unaware) and in my state it is now illegal to talk on your phone while driving unless you have a hands free deal. Which I do not have. I did have one but it never ever called the person I wanted to talk to, in fact sometimes it would dial random numbers for people I did not even know. I spent more time trying to push the buttons on the "hands free" device then I ever do on my phone. Not to mention that my "hands free" device was to be attached to the sun visor of my car, so when I had to look at it to figure out who it was calling or what button to poke I had to look up. It was really more of an "eyes free" of the road device and thus really really not a wise solution to the whole no cell phone law. Did I mention how utterly stupid the people on the road look when I glance over and see them yammering on and on to themselves? (yes I know they are talking to someone somewhere, but it looks like they have issues.) It really looks funny when they are passionate about whatever it is that they are yelling about.

Back to the road while I am in agreement that no one should drive drunk, it is ridiculous to assume that I am going to break the law when I know that once I reach the operator they ask, "could you tell me what street you are at?"

"No, no I cannot, because if I do then you will be here to not only arrest the drunk driving in front of me but give me a ticket as well."

Speaking of tickets, I have noticed that most people in CA choose not to obey the no cell phone law, either because they don't think they will be caught or they have done the math and figured they will just pay the stupid ticket when they do.

So my solution to this (though I am not really suggesting that we adopt it as I too am a CA who tends to not obey the law) is ...Instead of giving a ticket take the bloody cell phone away and hold it for 72 hours at which point the perpetrator can go down to the local office and recover their property after paying a fine. I am telling you this would put a stop to the driving while calling situation.

A. No one wants their cell phone to be out of their possession for 72 hours.
B. You do this with kids and it works. They break a rule you take their stuff away, they get mad, but you win.
C. You are now not able to work anywhere you like for 72 hours, for many their phone is much more than just a phone at this point.
D. It is inconvinent to have to go pick it up
E. There is the fee still.
F. That is more than enough reasons

Friends on a side note if you have not tried option B with your kids and you have kids I highly recommend it. I myself have no kids!!! But I have taken care of thousands, and I was once upon a time a child...Option B works.

A Completely Random Example With No Bearing on My Life ;)

If your kids have drums, and you tell them not to bang on them and yet they continue to do so. Take the sticks away. Or the drums. Or both. I guarantee if you take both you will not have to listen to the pounding.
Of Course you could like the police should do give them back after 72 hours and a fee. You may be thinking..."Trinity my kids do not have money, or any money they do have was mine to begin with." Good point. But trust me there are many other ways that you can have them earn their belongings back. Like say, vacuuming, dusting, taking the dog for a run, leaving you alone for an hour.

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Okay see I had not rambled about random stuff for sometime, so this one is a really long one.

Aug 9, 2009

I have yet again found a new topic for which I can blog about. While it is true that I am not at all keeping up with the blogs that I have. Namely this one, Local Girl and some others, this one has me excited for the time being and has sparked some creativity in my otherwise numb mind. So check it out get involved, I want opinions and feed back and ideas. Lots of ideas. Here is the link add it to your list, become a follower or stalker or whatever and lets keep blogging.


I went to see an amazing movie yesterday. It was super enjoyable and while I was waiting for the theater to be cleaned before going in I overheard a conversation downstairs between two employee's. It went loosely like this...

Guy "I think I am over water. Drinking it."
Girl "what?"
(My thought's exactly)
Guy "Yeah, well ice water anyway."
Girl "Yeah, I know."
Guy "It just takes so much energy to drink it that it is not really worth it. I waist all my energy that I would have gained from it just drinking it."
Girl "Yep."
Guy "So it is not worth it. Ice water, you might as well skip it because if you drink it you are more dehydrated when you are finished because of all the energy you waist drinking it."
Girl "You are right, your lungs have to work so hard."

Seriously? This was one of the silliest conversations I have heard. I did not see the two individuals, so I cannot hold this against them in the future, nor draw any conclusions based on their looks. My best bet is the guy is a 20 something guy who thinks too much and that is where he waists his energy. And the girl may have not thought much about anything except the guy, and thinks that whatever falls from his lips is golden truth, no matter how little sense it makes.

See good think I sat down to write in my new little would have missed out on one of the random moments of my day.

In case you yourself are wondering if there is any reason to be concerned about drinking ice water rest assured there is not. Unless you cannot afford to loose calories. That is right my friends due to the stupid conversation I did minimal research and discovered that in fact drinking 8 glasses of Ice water a day you can burn up to 70 Calories. So if you did that everyday for a week you would burn 490 Calories. Not really a great diet plan, but wouldn't hurt. Might make up for some other more enjoyable beverage. Though when I drink 8 glasses of water a day I have very little room for an enjoyable drink.

To check my research for yourself click hereor just trust me. Have I ever lied to you about water?

Aug 8, 2009


Everyday I think, "oh that is something I could blog about." Then I get back to my computer and for the life of me I cannot recall what it was I wanted to blog. And that is so frustrating, because I really did wish to share something with you. So today I am going to go purchase a little notebook to carry with me so that I can right down all my random blog ideas and stop this stupid cycle. Expect some rants soon people. And if you are one of those people I hang with a lot and have told you, "hey, I should blog about this..." and you happen to recall what that was leave me a comment and let me know, cause for the life of me I cannot figure it out, and that kills me. I know you do not wish me dead, so if you know what I was thinking let me know.

Off to buy a journal.

Jul 6, 2009

Creating Traffic

In most cases Traffic is bad news. No one like to sit in traffic, and to be sure being the cause of bad traffic is even less fun. But I am hoping to drum up some traffic on my other not quite as popular blog. So faithful and not so faithful readers of this blog click here to read the other equally good, but perhaps new to you blog. It is all about my adventure of following God to Rome.

Jun 25, 2009

Told You It Got Better

As I expected the BBQ was fun.

Students came, some even brought me cards and Lizzie brought cupcakes she had spent the afternoon making for me, and Brianna brought me balloons. It was pretty sweet. Plus I surprised them with 3 new games. The first one was a keeper, the other two not as amazing.

After the Youth Group BBQ some of my friend and I went to Chocolate for some good birthday girl time.

The funniest thing is that every girl who came to Chocolate brought me a card and though each card was different each one contained a promise of a meal and a pedicure. This was not planned, and that made it that much funnier.

As if the night was not humorous enough we went to see The Proposal, which I will honestly say I did not have high hopes for.

Luckily I was surprised by how utterly hilarious it was. I had not laughed that hard in a theater for a very long time.

It was a fantastic end to a fabulous birthday!

Jun 24, 2009

It's My Birthday and I'll Blog if I Want to

Yep. Today I am 29. So is my old roomie, Darbi (Happy Birthday to you) and a surprisingly large group of my friends have this birthday as well...guess it is as good as day as any to be born.

If you know me at all you know I love birthday's, mine especially but other peoples as well. I have friends (you know who you are) who do not share my passion for birthdays. Why do I like them so? Because, you usually get together with people you love who love you, you get to have a party or maybe 2 or 3 depending how much you like to party. And let's face it you get spoiled a little.

I was not really looking forward to my birthday this year, because 29 is just some random year, not a biggie like 1,16, 21, 25, or 30...also because it is awful close to that Big 30. But then I thought you know what, I love birthdays and this may be my last birthday in the states at least for awhile and with this group of friends, so why not make it a big deal. So instead of settling for a lame not so amazing birthday I decided to really let myself enjoy 29.

So far things are working out well, and I can see that they are only going to be getting more spectacular. My birthday started with one of my student spending the night last night and having to be up at 6:30 am (I am not a morning person, but somehow this was all fine)She wished me a happy birthday on her way out the door to work.

Then my Dad took me out for our Annual Father Daughter Birthday Breakfast. I got to pick so I picked Harbor Cafe, cause their Blueberry French Toast is the best sliced bread ever. Sadly they were closed, so we went to my second choice...Sweet Pea Cafe, where I ordered my absolute favorite Crepes Benedict SOOOO Good! We got to cruise about in a sweet 2009 Toyota Avalon because my jeep is in the shop. I was pleased to discover that the GPS and I agree on the shortest routes to places, and the GPS is just one more way to practice Italian!

I went to the mail, and got Birthday Cards (another plus of birthdays)! Then when I got to the office our new Office Manager had brought me a goodie in a white paper sack to enjoy later when I am not so full.

Not sure when that will be, because at 1pm my family is coming to take me to lunch at Taco V and I never leave there hungry.

Tonight is our first Sr. High Summer BBQ and I am actually pretty excited to be with my students, we have had a two week break, and when they are excited it makes youth group so much more fun. We also get to welcome the freshmen tonight.

Because Summer Youth Group gets done early some of my girl friends and I are going to Chocolate for desert and then to see The Proposal! This is not a bad birthday.

And all this is today my PARTY is on Saturday! And you know what? almost 30 of my favorite ladies of all ages are coming to party with me! Likely 29 because I was never allowed to invite more people than my age to my birthday parties. A good rule, and one I am pretty sure is going to play out.

So 29 is a pretty fabulous Birthday! Thanks Friends and Family and if it is your Birthday today too I hope it is equally amazing!

Hitting the Road

I am heading up to my old stomping grounds in Crescent City July 11th and will be at Pelican Bay Evangelical Free Church on the 12th. I am bringing my dad and little brother along for the ride, and we will be there till Tuesday the 13th. We would love to see as many of our Crescent City Friends as possible while we are there. Please send me a message, give me a call or drop me and email, if you have time to see us those days.

Jun 13, 2009

Later that day I got to thinking...

I have always found that there are certain characters on TV or in the movies or books who can somehow capture what I am experiencing and express it so well that I just sit there and say...exactly.

While I would not claim to have all things in common with any of these characters,we do share similar opinions at times. This week, no maybe this year I have felt that Carrie Bradshaw, of Sex and the City has summed up some of my feelings on things.

Carrie : When did being alone become the modern-day equivalent of being a leper? Will Manhattan restaurants soon be divided up into sections -- smoking / non-smoking, single / non-single?

Carrie : Everywhere I looked, people were standing in two's. It was like Noah's upper west side rent-controlled ark.

Carrie: Some people are settling, some people are settling down, and some people refuse to settle for anything less than butterflies.

Carrie : Think about it. If you are single, after graduation there isn't one occasion where people celebrate you. ... Hallmark doesn't make a "congratulations, you didn't marry the wrong guy" card. And where's the flatware for going on vacation alone?

Carrie: Faced with her own inadequacy, Samantha did something only Samantha could do -- she threw an I-don't-have-a-baby shower, to let everyone know she was fabulous.

Carrie : It's really hard to walk in a single woman's shoes -- that's why you sometimes need really special shoes!

"It's like the riddle of the Sphinx... why are there so many great unmarried women, and no great unmarried men?"

~ Carrie Bradshaw

So because she says it so well, I thought I would let her say it for me.

May 15, 2009

Relaxing day at the Beach-I think NOT

It's my day off and so my good friend Heather suggested that we get ourselves to the beach for the second Friday in a row. Of course it did not take a lot to convince me to go to the beach. So after a really disappointing lunch at Aldo's (normally I enjoy the food there, but today we both were not impressed) we made our way to Third Ave.

We knew something was up when we pulled up and saw two men decked out in suits standing at the edge of the cliff, one on a cell and one just standing there awkwardly. Heather quickly determined that they were lawyers and likely from out of town, as no one dresses like that in Santa Cruz especially at the beach.

Turns out that our relaxing day at the beach was going to come with a show, but not the type I usually tune in to. (Think - MTV "reality-TV") Shortly after laying out our towels two cops showed up and began conversing with the suits. Then all four of them came down the stairs onto the beach, as they passed by one of the suits flipped back revealing a badge.

The four confronted a group of scantily clad students who had gathered around a washed up piece of driftwood. It was clear they were on a mission to speak to one of the girls. After talking to her they began chatting it up with a guy and then put him in cuffs.

Now if this was me I would have been freaking out by now. Crying or thinking ohCRAP but not these kids they all just stood around acting like this is just a normal bit of life. Sadly after watching the remainder of the day play out this may very well be everyday life for them.

So anyway, as I was saying they cuffed Mr. Too Cool for School (which is where by the way all of these students should have been on a Friday afternoon)And they walked him and Little Miss Blue Shorts up to the road. Still everyone was pretty calm and all the friends just kinda stood around and then two by two they began to take off until the group dwindled down to about four or five. This is when Little Miss It's All About Me decided to show up...I have no idea where she was until that moment, but once she showed up there was no ignoring her even if you wanted to. She was all F*** this and F*** that and F*** and oh F*** seriously there were some other words in there but all we got the joy of hearing was F*** F*** F*** you get the idea. She was yelling about Little Miss Blue Shorts and into a cell and at the guys and you know I am pretty sure she was just not a happy camper.
(I could be wrong)

Then finally she stalked off with some boy still swearing up a storm. As they made their way down the beach the Lifeguard rolled up in his truck and began going through the kids stuff...not sure the legality of that, but I guess he knows. Anyway he found some alcohol and poured it out on the beach. The seagulls sniffed it out (well if they have noses that is what they did) but sadly did not lap it up. (come to think of it do they have tongues?) Anyway I cannot tell you I saw drunk seagulls, though that would have added to the excitement.

Pretty much as soon as the Lifeguard took off some of the students were back. Including Mr. Too Cool For School, which I don't get at all. Especially since sometime during all of the swearing and such we were able to determine that he was a 17 year old kid who had just earned himself a misdemeanor by hitting Little Miss Blue Shorts. Possibly some other stuff as well. I am not a cop (shocker I know) but I am thinking that if you arrest a minor you should notify the parents and maybe hold them until the parents come and pick them up, you should perhaps not release them and the girl to the same beach to ride home with a bunch of other minors who had been drinking and were now all at war with Miss Blue Shorts. Just a thought.

We were there for about 3 hours and this was still playing out as we left. And people wonder why I am in NO rush to have kids, not that I think I am going to screw them up, but there are just so many out there who are screwed up that there is no need to add to the mix at this point.

There was more too this but I think you had to be there to fully appreciate the Drama.

Apr 27, 2009

Can't Remember

I honestly do not recall the last time I posted on here. Guess that just goes to show you how busy life has been. You would think that my course on Intentional Living would have helped me have more time, but I think it just helped me prioritize, and let's face it this blog could not be at the top of my list or hopefully yours.

Let's catch up a bit though. There are many many changes taking place in my life, exciting big changes. The biggest is what is causing the rest I suppose. I am like I told you I am sure, moving to Rome, Italy. Not to be confused with any of these:

Rome, GA
Rome Ave, Newfield, NJ 08344
Rome, Newfield, NJ 08344
Rome, Rochester, MI 48307
Rome, NY
Rome Ct, Houma, LA 70363
Rome, Ohio 44085
Rome, Kentucky 42301
Rome, MS 39108

While, I am sure all of those places have something to offer they are not where I am headed. Before I move to Rome I am moving to Boulder Creek, Redwood Christian Park to be exact. Not a big move as far as distance is concerned, but it does involve some big changes. I have sold just about everything I own, minus clothes, journals, books, movies and my bed. I am moving from my apartment on my own to a room in a home with a family of 5. A mom, dad and 3 little boys.

You know by now that I totaled my car, but what you might not know is that this same amazing family is loaning me their Jeep to use until I move to Italy! I am loving this change from Stick to Automatic. From owing money on my car to being paid off in full! Not to mention I get to use a super cute blue Jeep, a vehicle I have always wanted.

(this is not the actual jeep, but it is what it looks like)

Let me see what were those other changes...I don't recall, but at least we are a little more caught up.

Oh wait I also wanted to let you know that my sister Krista started an online store on Etsy that sells our pictures from our travels. It is her way to help support me in my ministry in Rome. Half of the proceeds go towards my ministry. The store is called, check it out when you have a moment. She has some great Africa pictures on there as well as some of my pics from Rome, with more being added.

Mar 10, 2009

New Toy

I got a new camera and it takes great pics see...

Mar 5, 2009

So Saturns Do Dent

I own a Saturn Vue, and a few of the boys in my life think that it is great fun to punch it again and again because, "Saturns don't dent, they kind of spring." Well, boys hate to let you down, but turns out Saturns do dent.

Here is the story...

Youth group went great, but Mike and I had not eaten dinner so we jumped in my car and headed out to find food. Problem is there are not a lot of options at 9pm and we were indecisive as usual, so we decided to drive until we figured it out. (this is normal in my life) But we passed everything and still had not figured out what sounded good. Then the idea of Applebee's in Watsonville came up and it was decided. So we got more gas and then got back on hwy 1 South. It was raining off and on, and I don't like driving at night that much so we were not going very fast. But all of the sudden traffic just stopped. I did not want to run into the cars in front of me so I swerved into the fast lane where there was no one. My car decided this was not a good plan and began to fishtail out of control. A truck that had been a long way's back at some point crashed into the back drivers side corner of my car, which I think made us spin and sent them skidding across the freeway. We landed in the center divide facing the beach. (though for once in my life that was not really a major concern)The truck that hit us ended up on the other side of the road facing south.

During the spinning and swerving my head banged into my drivers side window once or twice, and we both got knocked around a bit. The guys and the dog in the other vehicle were fine minus a bloody nose! Praise God!

Talk about the peace of God, as we were spinning or somewhere in there I remember clearly thinking, well I am not going to die, cause I am going to Rome, God said so. I am so thankful that no one was really hurt, and that I was with Michael. That's an angels name in the Bible and I don't know if it is who Michael was named after, but he fit the bill last night.

He was great. He made sure we were all ok, helped the guys move their truck, stayed calm and spent most of his time checking on me and making sure I was ok. I told him if I ever needed a crash buddy again I would want it to be him or someone as great as he was.

If you think my car looks bad you should see the truck that hit me. As my dad said, guess you shouldn't hit me in the butt, cause look what happens...

We went to empty all the stuff out of my car today so the insurance company can take it to the scrap yard, it was filled mostly with stuff for RAW our weekly worship service, so there were candles and prayer books strewn around my car and the freeway. Which is kind of a cool (yet not) picture of my car and the freeway being covered in prayers...literally. Which as you can tell from the pictures has to be the truth.

Feb 17, 2009

6 or 7 Degrees of Separation

Okay I know about the 7 Degrees of Separation thing. Some of you may know it as the Kevin Bacon theory regardless the idea is that each of us is only 6 or maybe 7 people away from any other person in the world. Pretty amazing. I had not really thought about this theory for sometime until tonight when I was trying to find one of my students on Facebook, typed in Taylor and ended up with over 500 people. I never found the Taylor I was looking for but it took 22 pages with 10 profiles per page before I ran out of Taylor's whom I share a friend or more with. That is 220 or so Taylor's whom I am connected to. Pretty amazing. Not that I know all of them, or would even really think to add them as my friend, but that they share friends with me. Such a small world. And they were from all over it, as were my friends that we have in common. It got me thinking about how easy it would be in today's world to really change the world, just because of the connections that we have at our fingertips.

So if you could spread a message or change the world with your connections what would you say or do? I want to know...maybe I can help spread your message!

Feb 12, 2009

Poke'mon ??? What theJunk?

Seriously day two of staying home with the sicko is not made any better by the addition of Poke'mon. If I was not sure what was on the screen and I was just listening I would have, no make that I do have some serious concerns about this show. There is so much moaning and groaning and then high pitched voices and gasps. Then the people have names like Diane and Butler, seriously? It is such a weird show. And then there are the random musical interludes, by some equally random singer. I know I am a 28 year old female, but this has to be one of the worst shows ever.

Feb 11, 2009

Sick Day

Every year for the past oh I don't know 6 years I think I have spent this week watching my little brother and sister. When I started I think Jordan was 2 and Lizzie was 8. (I really don't remember how long it's been) I watch them so my parents can get away and go the the Pastor's and Wives convention in San Diego.

Every year is different and this year Jordan is sick. Started with stomach issues and has morphed into a high fever and sore throat with headache. Jordan is not the kid who gets sick very often, so this is totally new to him. He is not the normal sick kid. Most kids that I know when they are sick want to lay on the couch or in bed all day watching TV or movies, sleeping or laying low. Jordan on the other hand, wanted to clean his closet out so we could turn it into a secret hide out. He also wanted to invent something, and oh yeah he wanted to be sure he got his home work and his class work done, so I went to the school before class this morning and met with his teacher, got the directions on how to construct a valentine castle, and all the parts.
We did sort through his whole closet, threw out most of the stuff, and then added an arm chair, rug and a table. Then to fulfill the invention request we made a lamp out of a gumball machine, electric parts from the garage, and marbles to look like gumballs. Of course there was some TV watching, but he did his homework while he watched.

Somewhere in there I found time to do all my work for the day.

Feb 8, 2009

Life or Something Like It

I wasn't going to write this blog, because it seemed, I don't know whiny, but now I have more so hear me out.

I went to see He's Just Not That Into You. It was funny and I would see it again, but it was also sad, true, depressing, frustrating and some how redemptive too. All this in less than two hours. I have always been one to say, why can't life be more like the movies, but after movies like this I leave wondering how could life be any more like the movies?

I sat a watched as girls like me read into what guys were or were not saying. As other women worked on steeling men that were not available, while knowing people like that or who have been on the other side of that watching their men cheat on them because of a newer model. Then there was the girl who was "stuck" in a wonderful relationship with the man she loved, who loved her, but had lost hope in ever getting married...I know too many people in this boat. And I was even moved by the guys claim that this was all he was able to offer and why was it not enough. I kind of had to agree with him at some point during the movie, as I watched "happy married's" putting up with each other but not loving each other. Then there was the girl who just wanted someone anyone, and could find not one, and the guy that just wanted the sexy girl so he could have her, not because he loved her, but he was willing to give her what "every girl" wants even though it was not what she wanted but he didn't know because he never really knew her.

As I watched all this unfolding before me, and I laughed, I also wanted to cry. I wanted to cry because no where in all of this jumbled up mess were the happily ever afters that I was fed as a child. And I realized that I didn't really expect there to be. That is really what the movie was about, He's Just Not That Into You, meaning that regardless of how hard we as females try or don't try, misread signals or lead people on, there is no fairy tale perfect way to love and be loved. It's Just Not Realistic to think that there is.

Real life is in fact a lot like this movie. Girls will always read into what a guy says and does or doesn't do or say. Girls will steal other woman's husbands and lovers, people will leave you a marriage right or wrong, some will stay in marriages or relationships that have turned out to be anything but perfect because they do not see another option or no longer care, some people will never find love, others don't want to. That is just life, and today I am kind of over it. I want to go back to the days when I believed in happily ever after, that marriage was for keeps, that divorce was a last resort and not something everyone did. I know that life and marriage and relationships are messy and not perfect, I am not asking for perfection, but I do want my hope restored. I want to have butterflies in my stomach over a guy and not think don't bother, cause eventually it will end. I want to be able to tell the students I love that marriage and happy marriage is possible.

Feb 2, 2009


So needless to say, though I am saying it has been a long time. Sorry.

Life has a way of becoming, dare I say, more important and more pressing than blogging I'm afraid. Let me catch you up on life just a bit.

Umm never mind, it doesn't really matter suffice to say I was busy, out of town, sick and oh yeah busy. Now I am just three of those things. (I'm in town)

Today has me perplexed, for lack of a better word. I am not feeling nearly as sick as I have been for the past week, and yet, I am really light headed and kinda cold and shaky. I woke up feeling better, and I even got my walk in with Heather, then headed to my "office" (coffee cat) to spend some good quality time with God. Not a bad start to a Monday.

Then I got to my office and simple things like printing papers and such all decided to become very difficult. Printing off centered or leaving portions off all together. I was then thrown off because someone I know and love is having a bad day, and making choices that are not the best in my humble opinion. I could do nothing to sway them, so I am left feeling saddened for them. I have also come to realize that there are just somethings I cannot control, and though I have always known that, it drives me nuts when I cannot help people. As I was praying this morning I was so aware of how many people I know who are suffering, and how many more I know who are falling away from God. And it just breaks my heart. Then there are so many many friends who are in financial need, or in need of a job. I guess you could say today I am overwhelmed.

I had a great time with the students and leaders who went on the snow trip last week. God was really faithful in opening doors for communication change, but now we are back. I long to have those doors remain open for us to continue to allow God to heal and mend and work, but then I see them already closing.

So this is a sad and kind of disjointed blog. but that is how I am feeling at the moment.

Jan 21, 2009


I am not a person who fears or even dreads change. In fact I kinda like it. I like trying new things, altering routes to places, sampling foods I have not had, you get the picture. Maybe that is why I am really enjoying this year. I am seeing and participating in change, all over the place, and that is just so life giving to me.

This Year...(or since the beginning of December at least)

  1. I have changed my hair color again. From Red to Brown.
  2. Gone from Bangs to none.
  3. Am in the process of changing jobs...Felton Bible Director of Student Ministries to Missionary to Rome.
  4. Re-organized and changed my home.
  5. Added Scarfs to my wardrobe.
  6. Started walking 5 or more days a week 2-5 miles a day. Which is a change, in activity, schedule, time with my good friend and walking bud, in energy and hopefully size.
  7. Less caffeine.
  8. My students are changing! Becoming more like Christ!
  9. Ministry Team has changed.
  10. I now enjoy wedges.
  11. I am trying to live through my strengths, and not worry about the things that I am not created to do. Which changes everything.
  12. My thyroid levels have stopped being changed so that is a change!
  13. My health is much better allowing for energy, and focus a much needed and appreciated change.
  14. and of course we got our new President! A welcome Change, which I am praying leads to more and more change!
  15. Oh and I found some Change in my pocket.

quotes i love

  • "they will never care how much you know until they know how much you care."
  • "never be afraid to trust a well known God with an unknown future." - Corrie Ten Boom
  • "God doesn't need you, He loves you, that is much better."
  • "the world has yet to see what God can do through a man/woman who is totally commited to him." - D.L. Moody
  • "be who you is, cause if is ain't who you is, you is who you ain't."-
  • "some people say movies should be more like real life. I say real life should be more like the movies."