Saturday, July 31, 2004

Which path will you choose?

What an amazing week at girls camp! We learned great songs about how we need Jesus now in our lives. I was so excited to have 14 amazing young ladies to spend a week with--It was exactly what I needed before conquering the mountain waiting for me at church. I know I go as a servant to show God's love and grace to the girls, but I am just as much touched and affected by the activities at camp. I play the games, I get in the canoes, I sing the songs and do the motions. Sometimes I feel guilty that I am having so much fun--and I can only pray that the girls are getting as much, hopefully more out of it. If I can be used to change the lives of anyone, and that change brings Glory to God--I am more than willing. It is by grace alone that I am able to be where I am--and I am ever so grateful.

Sunday, July 25, 2004

Rainy days and picnics

So today-the only day it was truly cold and  a little rainy-was our church picnic.  We had a good time anyway (i.e. I actually hit the volleyball).  The kids wanted me to go swimming, but they are nuts being as everyone in sweatshirts was cold.  They went.  I watched. for .2 seconds as we were leaving.  I did get to actually talk to people at church who weren't expecting me to hav miracle answers for the crisis of sunday school, etc. so that was fantastic.  That made me feel a little better.  I like sundays because I feel like I am actually doing my job.  I am maybe taking over the teen sunday school class in a few weeks, but the problem being-I yet to be free enough during that hour to attend sunday school-let alone teach.  So scott may do it.  You may be thinking--isn't there a youth director-why yes-there is.  NO COMMENT.  I am supposed to be packing for girls camp-at this time tomorrow-i'll be in chapel--YAY for camp!! Funny story-I took a nap after the picnic (put off packing) and I woke up at 7:10.  There was light coming in the window and I thought I had slept ALL NIGHT and was going to be late (the trip to camp is 2 hours, I need to be there by 9:30) as I had not yet packed.  So I rush up the stairs...only to discover it is PM.  Now I have to pack. For real.  

Tuesday, July 20, 2004


Well, I just left home yesterday to work in kankakee for a few days and tonight i miss scottie.  I'm just so used to him being around :)  He's had a rough week, and i wish i could be there to cheer him up.  I feel bad because we still don't know very many people, so he just stays home watching tv.  The good news is that so far this week, the theatre has been super-fun...which makes it easier being here.  If only it were a little closer :)

Friday, July 16, 2004

Happy Birthday

Today is my brothers birthday.  In a few short hours we will be heading to kankakee to celebrate.  The most exciting thing about this trip to kankakee---MY CAR IS FINALLY FIXED.  They are supposed to call me today with the total (which i am sure is more than i have) and I will get to go pick up my car, and bring it to our new home in indiana for the first time.  I am very excited, I have missed my car terribly.  It's sad that we become so dependent on things like that, and how much we take them for granted.  Not anymore.  I am throwing a welcome home party for my car sometime this weekend.  I think there will be balloons, cake and of course, heartwarming speeches.  I think I will invite all the guys from the service station--since they have probably gotten to know my car really well in the last 2 MONTHS.  Anyway, that totally makes my day.  And i also have to say--its about time.  If i am truly this excited, then my car has been away too long.  There will be no sad goodbye with the devil summit i have been driving in my cars absence.  I am sure it will be happy to be back home with my parents.  Too bad i can't drive it into the river.  :)

Thursday, July 15, 2004

the best of times.

today i had an activity with our 4, 5, 6 graders at the swim club. It was way fun, and i got sunburnt. Megan was here all day. Ryan came to get her and we went to fazolis for dinner. Then we went to sonic to get ice cream. THEN we decided to take a trip to the county fair. It was way better than the kankakee fair has ever been. We had SO much fun. There was no drama, and i found myself almost wishing megan and ryan lived closer so we could hang out more. Anyway, it was crazy fun, i rode spin-ny rides without getting sick and ate fair food, and was just a good day.

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Water anyone?

So, I work in kankakee on monday and tuesday every week. I get there yesterday, only to find that a pipe or pump or some main thing has busted and there is no water in the entire area, unless they have a well (which thankfully, my parents do-go hicks!). Anyway, as a food service establishment of sorts, we can't be open without water. So I got the day off yesterday and got to hang out with joel and rachel, which was super fun. Then today, because they issued a boil order until things are restored, we had to serve soda out of 2 liters..which meant we had to keep going to the store to buy soda. Not fun, but an experience anyway. It made my job not so dull. Then tonight, Megan offered to ride home with me (oh how i love the homeless) and so we had a fun car ride to hang out--which i totally love--i love megan when she is just being megan-with no one else around. So that was fantastic.

Sunday, July 11, 2004


So, we officially have friends in Kokomo. I'm not sure if it counts, since they just moved from Momence, but oh well. We got to hang out with people without anyone having to drive over 2 hours. Molly and Brian made us dinner and then we played Yatzee like old married people (which i guess we are). Brian rocked all of us the first game, but ended up coming in last overall. It was pretty funny. It was relaxing and nice to have plans for a change-even though I'm sure I missed some great saturday night tv. The best part was that there was no drama. Kokomo is getting better and better.

Friday, July 09, 2004

The sad truth.

So, it would be easy to say i am not a political person. In fact, I have no idea where to even begin to understand. I have taken classes on politics, and as a 25 year old i should at least have some idea, but the whole concept is lost on me. This has been deeply troubling to me in light of the upcoming election. How do i decide who to vote for? I honestly don't think either candidate is fit to hold the office. Of course, I don't feel like i have a right to say that because of my political ignorance. Nobody is perfect, but it seems like these guys are totally off base. How do you decide who would make a good president? And what if you are wrong? Its very stressful. In fact, I am currently losing sleep over it, among other things. Ah well, I suppose I may as well get some stuff for work done. No point in rambling aimlessly all night when I don't even know what I am talking about.

Tuesday, July 06, 2004

What a great idea.

So my endless ramblings and self doubt can now be posted for the world to read. One of my dearest friends gave me the idea to try this crazy thing, and hey-i'm always up for adventure.