Friday, December 30, 2005

Well....

We're back. It was alot of fun, but sadly I have no tan. I really enjoyed getting to see all my cousins again, they were definately different then last time ( five years ago. ) Here are some pictures:

Our House Posted by Picasa

Mark, Scott and Jenny Posted by Picasa

Jenny and I Posted by Picasa

Private and Captain Posted by Picasa

Jason Posted by Picasa

Lynn, Mom, Grandma and Jeanne Posted by Picasa

Our Family w/ Grandma Posted by Picasa

The Truwit Family Posted by Picasa

The Gross Family w/ Grandma Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Feliz Navidad

City side walks,
busy side walks
Dressed in holiday style
In the air there's a feeling of Christmas
Children laughing
People passing
Meeting smile after smile
And in every corner you'll hear.

Silver bells, silver bells
It's Christmas time in the city
Ring a ling,
hear them ring
Soon it will be Christmas day.

Strings of street lights
Even stop lights
Blink a bright red and green
As the shoppers rush home with their treasures

Hear the snow crunch
See the kids bunch
This is Santa's big scene
And above all the bustle you'll hear.

Silver bells, silver bells
It's Christmas time in the city
Ring a ling, hear them ring
Soon it will be Christmas day.
Soon it will be Christmas day.

Christmas day.
Silver bells.

I think this will be my last post until my family gets back from our trip on the 30th. Sadly I won't be going to Winter Conference, so I hope that all you people who do go have a wonderful time and don't miss me too much! :)

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Angel's Sing

This week has been fun. Mostly because all my classes had parties for the last day and then because I'm done with school until January! Yippie!!! :) Last night I helped with the babysitting at church and then I went over the Faris's with Ruth to assist her while she put them to bed. We ended up watching The Last of the Mohicians. If you haven't already heard me say this - it is my favorite movie!

Here's one of my favorite quotes:

Duncan: "There is a war going on in the east. How is it you are heading west?"
Hawkeye: "Well, you face north and, real sudden-like, turn left."

Tonight I went to the Angels Sing ICC concert at St. Luke's. It was really good. I got to go up and sing with the alumni... makes me wish I was still in it. I got to see some of my old friends, they thought I had died or something because I didn't come to graduation last year. :-( And I think I have to come to a close now. Goodnight, sleeptight and remember to comment! :)

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Comic


I thought this was pretty funny. :) Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Christmas Controversy

This is an excerb from a book called "Conduct for the Crayon Crowd." Its written by Edna Gerstner for children and most of the stories she is talking to her daughter Rachel who is six. I thought maybe it would help me add a little to the discussion that's been going around on blogs.

The Christmas Tree
"Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image." Exodus 20:4


Mrs. Gerstner especially loved the Christmas tree. When she was a little girl, she explained, she had to to give up having a tree. One year they had gone into the forest in the jungles of India to cut down a tree for their living room. There were no fir trees, but they had found a small tree with lots of leaves. They had such fun stringing popcorn for garlands. But the Indians did not understand what they were doing. They had said to her father, "What sort of holy tree do you worship?" They did have a sacred tree, the "people tree." They would put food out for the gods under its branches. They had thought that the Christmas tree was an idol, and that Grandmother's delicious fudge was for the gods.
Mother told Rachel about this time in her girlhood as they shelved their potato peeling fo the day to make Christmas cookies.
"How said," said Rachel.
"Yes. But in a way it was good for us children. We learned not to do anything that would cause another child of God to stumble. It was good for our souls to have to give up the Christmas tree. It was especially necessary for us because as well as having neightobrs who were Hindus who worshiped idols, we had neighbors who were Muslims. Muslims did not worship idols. They believed in the Ten Commandments also. Their prophet, Mohammed, took much of his teaching from the Old Testament, and they were especially careful to keep this commandment, the second of th ten. 'Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.' They would not even allow themselves to be photographed because this would be a graven image. We did not photograph them. We respected their customs. But do you think this is what God meant in this commandment, Rachel?"

"I hope not," said Rachel, who had asked for a camera for Christmas.
"The rest of the verse explains what God meant. Let me read it to you while we set the timer for the cookies. In Exodus 20:5 God explains the commandment: 'Thou shalt now bow down thyself to them, nor serve them.' We are not bowing down to our Christmas tree nor to our snapshot albu, so we are allowed to have both of these and not sin. We did not wave our own photographs around to offend our neighbors, so we did not need to give up our cameras in India. But it is very hard to hide a lighted Christmas tree, so we did not practice this custom in order not to harm what the Bible calls the weaker brother."

As for the idol, a craftsman casts it
a goldsmith fashions chains of silver.
He who is too impoverished for such an
offering selects a tree that does not rot;
He seeks out for himself a skillful
craftsman to prepare an idol that will
not totter.

This only touches on the subject of a Christmas tree, but I thought the way it was written was good and it made me think. I do celebrate Christmas and we usually do have a Christmas tree, though this year, because we'll be gone we're not having one. I realize that Christmas is not a celebration of Christ's birth anymore, but I think that at Christmas people are more open to hearing the truth and we need to be willing to share it. Please tell me what you think.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Snow

I don't know how everyone else feels about winter, but I know that I wouldn't love it nearly as much without snow. Snow just seems to make everything so beautiful... I can't even try to describe it. But with snow comes so many fun things, like snow-ball fights, sledding, skiing and snowboarding all of which I love! Tonight after the "parent's night out" thing at our church, Ana and I had snow-ball fight, I haven't done that in forever and I loved it! :) I guess it was cold and its not the nicest feeling at the moment when snow goes down your shirt, but I enjoyed myself more then I could have imagined. If you are ever in the mood for a snowball fight and I'm around... I'm willing as long as I have gloves!

I was listening to Josh Groban and I absolutely love this song that he sings by Linkin Park, but when I tried to look it up on the internet I couldn't find Josh singing it, so I'm putting the Linkin Park version, but its not the entire song because it cuts off towards the end. Here are the lyrics -

Linkin Park - My>DSMBR
This is my December
This is my time of the year
This is my December
This is all so clear

This is my December
This is my snow covered home
This is my December
This is me alone

And I
Just wish that I didn't feel
Like there was something I missed
And I
Take back all the things I said
To make you feel like that

And I
Just wish that I didn't feel
Like there was something I missed
And I
Take back all the things that I said to you

And I give it all away
Just to have somewhere to go to
Give it all away
To have someone to come home to

This is my December
These are my snow covered dreams
This is me pretending
This is all I need

And I
Just wish that I didn't feel
Like there was something I missed
And I
Take back all the things I said

To make you feel like that
And I
Just wish that I didn't feel
Like there was something I missed
And I
Take back all the things that I said to you

And I give it all away
Just to have somewhere to go to
Give it all away
To have someone to come home to

This is my December
This is my time of the year
This is my December
This is all so clear

Give it all away
Just to have somewhere to go to
Give it all away
To have someone to come home to

Give it all away
Just to have somewhere to go to
Give it all away
To have someone to come home to

Quote of the post:
"Lucius: Honey?
Honey: What?
Lucius: Where's my super suit?
Honey: What?
Lucius: Where - is - my - super - suit?
Honey: I, uh, put it away.
Lucius: Where?
Honey: Why do you need to know? [helicopter explodes outside]
Lucius: I need it! [Lucius rummages through another room in his condo]
Honey: Uh-uh! Don't you think about running off doing no derrin'-do. We've been planning this dinner for two months!
Lucius: The public is in danger!
Honey: My evening's in danger!
Lucius: You tell me where my suit is, woman! We are talking about the greater good!
Honey: 'Greater good?' I am your wife! I'm the greatest *good* you are ever gonna get!"
From the Incredibles

Song of the post:
"My December" by Linkin Park

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Swimming

400 back
6 100's IM

12 150 back/breast kick/free

6 75 free
4 50 free
200 back pull

4 75 free
4 50 free
100 back easy

I know that's not all of it. When Otto and I added it up right after practice it was more like 5000 something, but what I wrote only adds up to 4250. Oh well, that's just a taste of what one afternoon practice is like. I really didn't think it was that hard either. Anyway my swimming is going great! I always feel kinda bad posting about it, because it feels kinda like a one-sided interest. I hope I don't bore you people.

Today was a good day for me! Spanish wasn't too bad, though I would majorly appreciate prayers because I have a huge test on Thursday. It covers all the material we've learned this semester and I am not looking forward to it. But back to today being a good day - I was singing Christmas carols while I put the groceries away and I finished the list of the people that I want to give gifts to this year! Then my grandma sent us a snowman in the mail, Jessica decorated a gingerbread tree and finally, just to make it all even better, it was snowing outside! Anyway I thoroughly enjoyed my day! :)

Quote of the post:
"Love is a great beautifier."
-Louisa May Alcott

Song of the post:
"You'll think of me"
- Keith Urban

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Decode:

yy u r yy u b i c u r yy 4 me

All you have to do is tell me what that says. Either all you bloggers are really smart and you can decode this easily, or you are like me and can't figure it out until you read the answer. Please comment with what you think the answer is! Have fun! :)

Friday, December 02, 2005

Lacey's Song

This song might not be theologically correct. But I think its adorable and it makes me think about how sometimes we need to back away from life and just look at it kinda like this: ;)

The moment was custom made to order
I was riding with my daughter on our way back from Monroe
And Like children do, she started playing twenty questions
But I never could have guessed one could touch me to my soul
She said daddy
When we get to heaven Can I taste the Milky Way?
Are we going there to visit or are we going there to stay
Am I gonna see my grandpa ? Can I have a pair of wings?
And do you think that God could use another angel
to help pour out the rain?
Well I won't lie
I pulled that car right over
And I sat there on the shoulder tryin to dry my misty eyes
And I whispered Lord, I wanna thank you for my children
Cause your innocence that fills them often takes me by surprise
Like daddy when we get to heaven can I taste the milky way
Are we going there to visit or are we going there to stay
Am I gonna see my grandpa? can I have a pair of wings
And do you think that God could use another angel
To help pour out the rain
Well I thought about it later on and a smile came to my face
And when I tucked her in to bed I got down on my knees and prayed
Lord when I get to heaven can I taste the milky way
I don't want to come to visit cause I'm coming home to stay
And I can't wait to see my family and meet Jesus face to face
And do you think Lord you could another angel
To help pour out the rain?
Hmm can I help pour out the rain...

Song of the post:
"Help pour out the rain (Lacey's Song)" by Buddy Jewell

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Break

I have had a busy, but wonderful break. Friday night I got to hang out at Starbucks with Sara and Jessica. We got caught up on what's been going on in each other's lives. I miss you while your at college Sara! Saturday I was at church almost all day. I got there at ten to help Mr. Brown cook for the wedding and I was there till around seven cleaning up. He taught me how to decorate pineapples with strawberries and surprisingly they looked beautiful when they were done! I didn't get to see any of the wedding, because I was in the basement the entire time but I'm sure it was beautiful! :) After the wedding Ana and I went to Starbucks and Wamart then we went and saw Chicken Little. We laughed through the whole thing, but it is mostly dumb movie! :)

Verses of the post:
"May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. May he send help." Psalm 20:1-2

Song of the post:
"Incomplete" by the Backstreet Boys

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Thanksgiving

Today was a good reminder of the things I am thankful for. My family went to my Dad's sister Sharon's house in Southern Indiana. It was a good time, and I got to spend some time with my Grandpa. He had a stroke when I was seven and he's been in a nursing home for the past five years or so. Today was the first time in a while that I was really able to talk to him, even if it was only about how he was feeling and how I could help him. I am so thankful that I do remember what he was like before he had the accident!

I am thankful for: (in no particular order)

- Family, both immediate and extended.
- Friends, I know I'm really weird and I am so thankful for my friends who put up with my weirdness and who forgive me for my mistakes and who stand by me no matter what.
- People who talk sense into me. This kinda goes along with ^_^, but I do a lot of dumb things and I am so thankful for the people who take the time to talk it out with me and set me straight.
- Love.
- My church, for all the problems my church has, I wouldn't be the person I am today without it. - My bed and pillow. :)
- Being warm.
- My car, even though its really ugly, I'm still thankful that I have something to drive.
- Music - I don't know what I'd do without it!
- Shoes! (something random here)
- You - even though I might not even realize who reads this post, I am thankful for you, whether or not I know you and whether or not you know me.
- Angels, I want to meet one someday! :)
- God.

Song of the post:
"Calling all Angels" by Train

Quote of the post:
"The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone. " -George Elliot

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Cansado

Yo extremamente cansado.

I don't even know if that makes any sense. Its supposed to say that I am extremely tired. The past couple days have been really busy and I am really looking forward to having a couple days off for Thanksgiving. But it won't really be that much of a break because I still have Spanish on Tuesday. Anyway this is boring, so I'll tell you about my weekend.

Friday afternoon was worldview and right after that, Grace, Beth, Ruth, Danny and I went back to Noah Judd's house for a game night. It was a lot of fun, we played imagine-if, scatories and bolderdash. Unfortunately all the girls had to leave at 6 because Ruth and I were going down to the Blackwood's and Grace and Beth wanted a ride home.

Once we were at the Blackwood's we got to see their rooms and then we went down to the basement and watched "signs" and "raise your voice". It was fun, we had a bit of screaming and I think we made "signs" a lot scarier then it really is. We went upstairs around 12:34 and went to sleep around 1:15. I was pretty tired.

Saturday morning - we had chocolate chip pancakes and bacon. Yummy! :) Then we got dressed and Mrs. Blackwood drove us to deals and to goodwill. Charity and I tried on so many outfits, most of them were hideous and/or too small, short, tight or big. We took pictures and I think Charity said she was going to put them on her blog/xanga, I would like to put them on mine, but Maria has my camera at the moment.

We went to McDonald's for lunch and then straight to the Southside church were I got to see some of my friends who go to Southside. My mom drove Ruth and I back up to Northside, but we didn't get to go to any of the leaf rake. :-( I was so tired after I made two pies and so I took a nap in the afternoon, then I just hung out on the computer listening to music and went to bed.

Today was our church luncheon. The food was really good and Ruth and I got to practice her songs. I really wish some of my lyrics had music at the moment. I really want to sing some of the stuff I wrote, but when I try to sit at the piano and write a tune it turns out awful. I am not very talented musically.

Question of the post:
Which is worse?
Getting your tongue stuck on a pole
Getting your head stuck in a bucket

Song of the post:
"Listen to your heart" by DHT

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Cold

It was snowing this morning! I was sitting in the car and I could see the snowflakes coming down on the windshield and then melting. They were so pretty and it made today much less depressing. Some days I absolutely love storms and gray days... but this morning it was so cold, I got my coat out and I was shivering. I love winter - don't get me wrong, but its much nicer when its cold and sunny.

Right now I am writing a paper about Odysseus for Worldview. (technically I am updating my blog, but I'm also writing the paper.) While I'm on the subject of school if you guys could remember me in your prayers because I have alot of school to get done right now and I'm not being very constructive. I am also somewhat depressed because of something else in my life right now, so I'd appreciate the prayers!

Quote of the post:
"We gather strength from sadness and from pain Each time we die we learn to live again."
-Source Unknown

Song of the post:
"So Cold" by Breaking Benjamin

Monday, November 14, 2005

Ugh

I wish I would have never put that Willy Wonka song on my blog. It is the most annoying thing in the world!!!! (okay maybe not THE most, but it comes pretty close.) So basically the reason I am updating is so I can change my song. Great reason... huh? :)

Wisdom Builder classes are over till January. Its a really weird schedule where we only have classes for eight weeks, then a break and another eight weeks. Only thing that's not fun about having this break is that my Algebra teacher still gave us homework... she says that if we didn't do any the entire break we wouldn't remember any when we came back. But I'm not quite convinced that would be such a bad thing. Anyway not having composition class gives me much more time to work on my Spanish, which by the way is going quite well. I'm starting to really enjoy class because I can actually understand stuff. :)

Quote of the post:
"Death and honor are thought to be the same, but today I have learned that sometimes they are not." -Colonel Munro from the Last of the Mohicans

Song of the post:
"Have you forgotten" by Darryl Worley

Friday, November 11, 2005

Geekdom

Even though last time I put something from the newspaper on here it didn't turn out that great, I still thought this was really interesting and kinda weird.

You are a geek if . . .
-You have studied an artificial language
-You have created an artificial language.
-You have worn two or more watches at the same time to keep track of multiple time zones.
-You have corrected a professor in class.
-You have indexed and catalogued any personal collection.
-You have quoted Yoda in conversation or debate, at least semi-seriously.
-You have been a game master.
-You have been to band camp.
-You want a real light saber.
-You want a 100-sided die.
-You want to take over the world.
-You wear your shirt tucked into your underwear.

If you answered yes to more then three of these questions you should visit this website, you can create your own geek code! And just in case any of you were wondering, I did not answer yes to any of these questions, I just find it highly amusing to read.

Wednesday night my family watched Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, I had heard from alot of people that it was really weird and that I would hate Johnny Depp afterwards, but I didn't. I thought it was a very well done movie that showed how great families are. I thought Willy was halarious. Anyway that's about all I have to tell you all! Luv and miss you!

My favorite quote from Willy Wonka:
Charlie's Grandma: "You smell like peanuts. I like it."
Willy: "You smell like old people.... and soap. *pause* I like it." :)

Song of the post:
"Wonka's Welcome Song"

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Captivating

Last night my mom picked up "Captivating" from the library for me. You might have heard of "Wild at Heart" for guys, well Captivating is for girls - about how to unveil the mystery of a women's soul. One thing I absolutely love is that Stasi quotes movies, books and poems. She uses examples of Aragorn and Arwen, as well as examples of real people who have real problems like us. But in the end she (and her husband John) bring it all back to the Bible and God. I've only had time to read a small section of it, but I already love it and I recommend it to everyone, even the guys.

Quote of the post:
"I will find you. No matter how long it takes, no matter how far - I will find you." - Nathaniel to Cora in The Last of the Mohicans

Song of the post:
"Cry" by Mandy Moore from a Walk to Remember

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Why?

Today was church. Pastor Fairs preached from Genesis 8 "God remembered Noah." It was really good. We also had a special man named Little Bear Wheeler come and speak during Sunday school. That was interesting, he spoke about the Piigrims and talked about some of the customs are and things they wore, etc.

Ruth recorded the song "why," and I am attempting to learn how to sing it. I am excited for us to actually write and record some songs. :) After service we went into the old building and practiced the two songs she recorded for me. Our voices are different so she kinda has to transpose the song into a different key, but its so pretty. I wish I could play the piano like her, she makes me feel somewhat untalented. Sometime once its very natural to sing and play it, we might ask James if we can perform it for Small World Cafe. That would be really fun! :)

Quote of the post:
"Oft expectation fails and most oft there Where most it promises, and oft it hits Where hope is coldest and despair most fits. - William Shakespeare

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Dreams

Tuesday morning I babysat my neighbor and I watched part of Cinderella with her. I hadn't really thought about the words to this song for a long time, so I thought I'd let all of you think about it with me! ;)

A dream is a wish your heart makes
When you're fast asleep
In dreams you will lose your heartache
Whatever you wish for you keep
Have faith in your dreams
and someday, your rainbow will come shining through
No matter how your heart is grieving
If you just keep believing
The dream that you wish will come true
A dream is a wish your heart makes
when you’re feeling small.
Alone in the night you whisper
think no one can hear at all.
You wake with morning sunlight to find fortune that smile on you.
Don’t let your heart be filled with sorrow
for all you know tomorrow the dream you wish will come true.
The dream is a wish your heart makes
The dream is a wish your heart makes
You wake with the morning sunlight to find fortune that smile on you.
Don’t let your heart be filled with sorrow
for almost in tomorrow the dream you wish will come true.
No matter how your heart is grieving
If you just keep believing
The dream that you wish will come true

Love and miss you all!! :)

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Updation

This past weekend has been really busy. Friday night and Saturday morning I had my Rivi swim meet. I swam the 400 Individual Medley, 500 Free, 200 Free, 50 Free, 200 Breaststroke and the 100 Backstroke. I was signed up for more events on Sunday, but I didn't swim them. It was actually a lot of fun, I was nervous, but I got best times in every event minus one.

Saturday night was our church hayride at the Koss's farm. We sat on haybales and talked forever, then the hayrides were fun and taking walks in the dark is a blast! :) Towards the end though, I was getting extremely tired... and I was so happy to crawl into my bed that night.

Sunday was church. Pastor Johnston preached in the morning from Genesis and Pastor Fairs preached in the evening about Faithfulness. I was convicted that I need to be more faithful in doing my quiet-time. My problem is I just do it when I have time, not at a set time every single day. You can pray for me that I would find a time that will work well.

Yesterday was Halloween. My little sister Jessica and I carved pumpkins all afternoon. I can remember doing that when I was little, and how getting my hands all slimy pulling the seeds out was so cool, and now Jessica is the same way. :) You should have driven by our house, our pumpkins looked so cute from the road! :) I ended up going over to church to watch "Luther" with people from our church. That was an okay time. If you haven't seen that movie I recommend it, I've seen it like three or four times, so it wasn't that exciting for me.

Today I have to babysit all morning, then I have a Spanish test. I come home from that go to practice and then work from six to nine. It'll be a long day, but I'm actually looking forward to it, because when I'm busier I tend to get more things done faster. :)

Quote of the post:
"If I am not allowed to laugh in heaven, I don't want to go there." - Martin Luther

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Quote

Do you or do you not agree with this quote? Why?
"God helps those who help themselves." - Benjamin Franklin

I read this little article in today's newspaper and I thought it would be interesting to post some of it. Its talking about the top ten beverages that Americans drink daily.

- Bottled Water, 72 percent
- Soft Drinks, 62 percent
- Milk, 61 percent
- Coffee, 61 percent
- Fruit Juices, 51 percent
- Black Tea, 31 percent
- Vegetables Juices, 17 percent
- Green Tea, 15 percent
- Beer, 14 percent
- Hard Liquor, 10 percent

I think that it's very good to see that water is on the top of the list, hopefully that will stay on top. I was surprised that coffee is the same percent as milk. Apparently we are becoming more dependent on caffeine. Comments are appreciated!!!! :)

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Joy

Yesterday I went to my orthodontist and I got my retainer. I am excited to have it because it will help my jaw, but its painful, makes my cheeks look weird and I can't talk very well. But that's only supposed to last the first couple days. I have to wear it all the time except when I am eating or brushing my teeth. Unfortunately, I don't know how I'm going to speak Spanish if I can't speak English, so class will definitely be interesting. :)

10 Things that make me joyful: (because I was tagged by Ana Liza)

1. First and foremost that Jesus died on the cross for me. If I had everything else in the world but wasn't going to heaven someday none of it would be worth it.

2. All my wonderful friends. Even though there are always going to be ups and downs, you guys are always there for me when I need to talk or when I need a hug. I've had so many friends, and I'm not as close to some of them as I wish I could be, but at the same time I don't know what I'd do without you people!

3. My family. They are the people who see me for who I really am and they love me for who I really am. My parents have made such a big impact in my life, and I know I wouldn't be who I am today if my brothers or sister were any different then they are. I may want to change my family sometimes, but in the end I know they are good for me!

4. Music is a big joy! I could sing and sing and sing!!! I am constantly listening to something, even if its just playing in the background of my room. There are so many different types of music, but I don't even think I have a favorite, little bit of everything is the best way to go! ;)

5. What can I say except I love swimming! There's a certain joy in completing a set, in dropping time or even finally getting the hang of the stroke. Even when it gets hard and I'm sore, or depressing because my progress is slow, a smile from Therese makes me know she think I can do it. That makes me so happy! :)

6. I have had some awesome opportunities to travel!!! I went to Hong Kong and China for 11 weeks when I was twelve. I just recently traveled to London and Paris with my Grandma for a vacation. And then there are all the trips we took to Williamsburg, Philadelphia, Gettysburg, Washington D.C., Florida, the Caribbean and to Grandma's. I love to travel, even riding in the car is fun especially when you are with people you love! :)

7. And kinda to go along with that, being homeschooled! I have had so much more flexibility to do things like travel because my parents decided to homeschool me. People always ask me if I want to go to school, and truthfully it might be interesting, but in the end I would always want to come home. And its not just for things like doing school in my pajamas or sleeping late, its being able to be taught by someone who loves me, and being able to believe what I believe and incorporate it in my school.

8. Living in my house. I have lived here my whole life that I can remember. Our neighborhood has always been so welcoming and friendly. It has been special to be close to the Johnstons and the Pulliams but most importantly the church. Sunday morning we can see people drive by our house and on Monday's we see James running by. I have so many memories of hide and seek and bloody murder. Our house has so much character and it's really become our home. I can't ever imagine moving.

9. Rainy Days like today! Even though they can be depressing they also show the awesomeness of God like nothing else does. I love curling up with a book an a cup of coffee - just seems like perfect example. I guess its a comfort thing.

10. Sleep. Here's the cold hard truth: if I never had any sleep I would never ever be joyful. Waking up after getting a good night's sleep is so refreshing and going to bed after long days feels so wonderful. My pillow is my best non-living friend. :)

I tag: Alyssa, Alissa, Beth, Bekah, Sara and Tamera.

Quote of the post:
"A joy that's shared is a joy made double." -English Proverb

Monday, October 17, 2005

Fall Ministry!

I'm back! Did you miss me? lol.

I know this is a great way to start out, but I hate group games, I know they are supposed to be ice-breakers, but more or likely they are just another way to make a fool of ourselves. The only one that I've actually ever liked was the one we played at SONrise where we tied a string to a balloon, and tied the other end to our ankle and we had to pop everybody else's balloon. Anyway I ended up having a better time then I expected.

Friday night was a combination of group games, a speaker, finding out where we were headed and just hanging out and talking. I slept at the Faris's, and ended up talking till pretty late. Addy and I were the first two people - besides Mrs. Long - in the church basement Saturday morning. Breakfast and making our lunches was fine, and then Rebekah Sawyer drove my group up to Lafayette.

Lafayette is a great city, and they have a wonderful church. I can definitely see God working especially with the college age people. Two teams went to Lafayette this year, one team to the church and one team to the Pentecostal camp that Winter Conference is held at. My team included, Pat Hart, Ben Jones, Julia Cerbus, Ellen Edwards and Rebekah Ray. Our leader was Emily Humphreys, and we cleaned the Lafayette church building, pledging the pews, vacuuming, washing the windows inside and out and getting rid of all the cob-webs. We finished all the work early, as did Micah Humphreys group at the camp. The two groups combined and played ultimate Frisbee and "I never", then we ate our dinner of pizza together at the church.

Julia, Ellen, Rebekah and I went back to the Humphrey’s for the night. Emily did a wonderful devotional about serving, and then we watched "13 going on 30!" Be proud of us - we got to bed by 11, though I know I feel asleep before the others, so you'll have to ask them how late they stayed up. In the morning we all got ready for church and Emily made monkey bread which was delicious. Church was encouraging, Pastor Long preached on having a "teachable spirit." I loved seeing some of the people I know that go to church up there, though the one week I was actually at your church Sara you weren't there. :) After service, Mrs. Kessler made us a wonderful meal which was also delicious.

Since we didn't have to be back at North-side till 4 we played scategories (sp) and just hung out. We got back to North-side and I talked to Ruth until service. Last year a lot more people stayed and went to North-side service, this year nobody did. It was kinda sad. Anyway I had fun, though I was pretty tired when I came home. Thanks to all you who prayed.

Quote of the post:
"He had a feeling that the answer was quite different and that he ought to know it, but he could not think of it. He began to get frightened, and that is bad for thinking." - J. R. R. Tolkien

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Hola

Today was Spanish - we have been learning about ar, er and ir verbs and how to conjugate them. Last Thursday we had a test on ar verbs and I am happy because I got a 95% on it. Our assignment for next week is to memorize the er and ir conjugations because we will be having a test on them. In our text book we've been learning about time, and I'm actually pretty excited because I actually feel like I'm learning something and I can see myself making progress.

This week for Composition we had to write 3 paragraphs about homeschooling. Topic's including "Homeschooling: the only option", "Homeschooling: A good option" and "Homeschooling: not an option."I had fun coming up with reasons to put under each of those, and hopefully I was creative enough! :)

Swim practices have been going well. I can't explain how much I love swimming even though it makes me so extremely tired. Going back and forth across the pool may sound boring to some people, not me. At the end of October we will be having the annual Rivi swim meet at the Natitorium. I am excited and hopefully I will drop some time.

Tomorrow night (Friday night) starts Fall Ministry. Last year was my first year and I had a blast going to Michigan with Alyssa and Charity! :) This year I don't know what to expect so I'm looking forward to seeing what God has in store for me. My top 3 choices are 1) Lafayette 2) Kokmo, 3) Bloomington. You can pray for me that I will have a good attitude no matter what! Luv and miss you all!!!!

Quote of the post:
" I pretty much try to stay in a constant state of confusion just because of the expression it leaves on my face. " - Johnny Depp

Saturday, October 08, 2005

My Week

I've done several hundred pages of school and I've swam several miles. I haven't gotten enough sleep all week but I'm still up early on a Saturday. I've stressed out over a Spanish test; stressed out over getting all my Worldview done and stressed out over my work hours. There is something I'm signed up to do, but the more I think about it; the less excited I become. I don't understand why people are like they are, why people say certain things; why people don't say other certain things, why people talk; why people don't talk. Wondering, "is that my fault?" Last night in family Bible Study we read Jude, here are the verses that stuck out to me:

Verses of the post:
"But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life. And have mercy on some, who are doubting; save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh. Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen." Jude 1:20-25

Monday, October 03, 2005

Little People

Today I had classes at College Park Baptist Church. Since one class is from 9:30 to 10:30 and I have a long break before the next one at 12:30 so, I get to help out with the 3 and 4's. Today their letter was "C" and their number was "3". We colored pictures, practiced cutting on the lines, read books, played with play-dough, and told stories. I had so much fun, some kids are a lot harder to watch and play with then others, but these guys were way more on the fun side! :) Here's a song I wanted to post - I can't find the music itself, so here are the lyrics:

LITTLE PEOPLE -

They laugh at me, these fellows, just because I am small.
They laugh at me because I'm not a hundred feet tall.
I tell 'em there's a lot to learn down here on the ground.
The world is big but lil' people turn it around.

A worm can roll a stone.
A bee can sting a bear.
A fly can fly around the sky 'cos flies don't care
A sparrow in a hut, can make a happy home.
A flea can bite the bottom of the pope in rome

Goliath was a bruiser who was as tall as the sky.
But David threw a rock, and gave him one in the eye.
I never read the Bible but I know that it's true.
It only goes to show what little people can do.

A worm can roll a stone.
A bee can sting a bear.
A fly can fly around the sky 'cos flies don't care
A sparrow in a hut, can make a happy home.
A flea can bite the bottom of the pope in rome

So listen here, professor with your head in the cloud
It's often kinda useful to get lost in a crowd
So keep your universities -- i don't give a care
For better or for worse it is the way that I am

be careful as you go
cos little people grow
and little people know
when little people fight,
we may look easy pickings
but we got some bite!
so never kick a dog
because it's just a pup
you'd better run for cover when the pup grows up

and we'll fight like twenty armies
and we won't give up

A worm can roll a stone.
A bee can sting a bear.
A fly can fly around the sky 'cos flies don't care
A sparrow in a hut, can make a happy home.
A flea can bite the bottom of the pope in rome

I thought that was really thought provoking - in the movie Les Miserables one little guy is singing this and picking up bullets from the fallen enemy soldiers when he gets shot and dies. When I saw the play I was sobbing during that part. It was so sad. Sometimes we think little people are just little people, but I'm slowly learned how much little people can teach you, including patience - which James should be proud of me for mentioning.

Quote of the post:
"To be pleased with one's limits is a wretched state." - Unknown

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Ello -

I feel like I'm due for an update. Right now nothing much is happening in my life. There's school, swimming, work and church. That's about it. Sometimes I feel like life just goes on without me. The funniest thing I've done since I came back from Europe has been going to Starbucks. Going out with college people is alot of fun, though they kinda make me feel awfully little.

I updated my links... Taking several people off etc. And then I added a Spanish word a day thing since I'm taking Spanish this year. Anybody know how to put accents in a word while your writing? I know its possible, but I don't know how. Maybe I should just download some sortof Spanish software. There seems to be a lack of comments lately. And I'll just tell you that every comment I get makes my day! I luv and miss you all!

Verses of the post:
"In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls." 1 Peter 1:6-9

Quote of the post:
"Criticism is prejudice made plausible." - Unknown

Saturday, September 24, 2005


The Eiffel Tower at Night.  Posted by Picasa

Entertainment in a French Restaurant.  Posted by Picasa

Flowers on a English Pub by Windsor Castle.  Posted by Picasa

Jessica with English Policeman outside Buckingham Palace.  Posted by Picasa

Double Decker Bus in London. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Quiz Thingy

Looks like I've been tagged by Sara. So here goes... :)

5 years ago I was:

10 - nothing significant comes to mind

1 year ago I was:

Starting Highschool
Taking Biology
Swimming for real

Yesterday I:
Swam at 5 am
Took my composition class
Went to Algebra
Babysat for my neighbors
played on the computer
Listened to my new CD

5 snacks I enjoy:
Sour Rips
Mint Chocolate-Chip Icecream
strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, backberries... :)
Almost all fruit

5 songs I know all the words to:

Happy Birthday
Sk8ter Boi
Friends
Star Spangled Banner
Phantom of the Opera
And tons more I don't have room to mention

5 things I would do with 100 million dollars

Go to college
Get a Corvette, Miata, Jeep and maybe a Mustang
Donate Money to Special Olympics
Take a tour around the World
And go visit the Blackwood's while they are in Australia

5 places I would run away to:

LA
Chicago
London
My Grandma's
My room

5 things I would never wear:

A jean jumper
pants that go up past my waist
any baggy clothing..

5 favorite tv shows:

CSI
CSI: Miami
CSI: NY
Joan of Arcadia
Lost

5 bad habits:

Drinking cappacinos before going to bed
Not studying/doing homework when I should be.
Saying things I regret.
Being grumpy alot
throwing my stuff all over the floor

5 biggest joys:

God.
Friends.
Family.
Swimming.
Chocolate.

5 fictional characters I would date:

Will Turner
Aragorn
Frodo
Mr. Darcy
Valjean

5 people I tag to do this:

Hee hee this is the fun part!!
Nathaniel
Alyssa
Stacey
Daniel
Bekah

There are two people I would like to tag but can't because they don't have blogs.. yet!!! So, whenever Jessica and Andrew get blogs they are tagged to do this quiz! And for all you people who want me to post more pictures... that will be my next post! Luv you all! :)

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Rain

I love the rain
For the difference
That it brings
Adding a new personality
To the day

Each puddle
Its own little world
Each drop
Adds another character
To the picture

The eerie sky
Creating a melodramatic background
As life goes on
Playing out the passions
As depression rears its head
Searching for a helpless victim
Among the million of candidates
Pouting about the rain

-Unknown

I went with my brother Daniel to help close up Mr. Faris's stand tonight. We take down the sign and put all the vegetables in the cooler. Right before we were done it started pouring down rain. We had no other choice except to either walk or run in the rain. We ran. It was amazing, I don't think I'd ever quite run in the rain like that before. Anyway I thought I'd share my wonderful experience with all of you.

Now on to something a little more boring. I'm slowly get back into my swim team schedule, morning practices started this week and that's all I've been to. I know right now afternoon practices are really full, I can't wait till high-school swimming starts and a lot of people don't come to Rivi practices anymore. That might sound mean, but when there are less people Therese can really help with stroke technique and stuff like that.

School is okay, its still school though. I feel really behind in Spanish because I hadn't been there for 3 classes, I think I kinda made a fool of myself today. *sigh* And this next Monday, Algebra and composition start. I'm not really looking forward to that very much, this'll be the 3rd time I've tried to take Algebra. And its just kinda depressing. But Worldview is going well, I really enjoy the Iliad, though our class kinda argues an awful lot over which God's are better. What's your opinion?

Verses of the post:
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." 1 Peter 1:3-5

Question?

Do you guys want me to post more pictures?

Monday, September 12, 2005


This Tiny LIttle Car. Itsn't it cute? Posted by Picasa

The Mona Lisz. Posted by Picasa

Grandma, Mom, Jessica and I in Paris. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Back home again in Indiana...

This will just be a somewhat short post before I crash. London and Paris were wonderful, the tour majorly exceeded my expectations! But I have to say I never totally got over the jet lag while I was there, so now it is finally catching up with me. I need to sleep. We got to the Paris airport at 7 am their time this morning. Its a 6 hour difference so about 12 midnight IN time. And now we're here at home - 8:30pm. It's been a very long day and I am so happy to be home. Anyway I'm going to sleep. Tomorrow I have Worldview, of which I got some of it done... maybe. Anyway pray that I will get enough done to go to class tomorrow. Goodnight!

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Goodbye

We leave tomorrow afternoon - I'm excited, though the last "tour" I went on wasn't that great, so I'm hoping this trip will exceed my expectations. I'll be missing three of my Spanish classes and one worldview, so I would appreciate prayers that I'd be able to get some school done while I'm on the trip. And then that when I come back I can just get right back into the school routine. You can also pray that Mom, Jessica and I will be a blessing to my Grandma. I love you all and I promise to take lots of pictures!!! :)

Here's several quotes I wanted to leave you with:

"Come, let's have one other gaudy night. Call to me. All my sad captains. Fill our bowlsonce more. Let's mock the midnight bell." -William Shakespeare

"The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time." -Abraham Lincoln

"My only fear is that I may live too long. This would be a subject of dread to me." -Thomas Jefferson

"He was a wise man who invented beer." -Plato

"Gain from your opponents without sacrificing your own strength." -Japanese Proverb

"It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it." -Eleanor Roosevelt

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Happy Birthday!

Hello -
Wednesday morning my mom left with my brothers to go to my Grandma's in Pennsylvania. They'll be getting back Sunday night and they are bringing my Grandma with them. Then next Wednesday at 3 pm, Mom, Jessica, Grandma and I are flying to England and then Paris. I don't know how long we are staying at each place, but we'll be gone for 10 days. I'm excited, though with school starting that might be kinda challenging.

Which by the way, both the classes I've started - Spanish and Worldview - are going well. I'm taking Spanish at this new place downtown and my teacher is really cool. He's a black man who was a missionary in Mexico, he's got dread-locks and he's relaxed, which makes the class less stressful. We had our second Worldview class yesterday, it went well. The material was harder then last year, but I'm really looking forward to this year, because I enjoy the class alot, even if its not easy!

And last - Happy 17th Birthday to Jesscia Young! Wednesday was her birthday and I just wanted to remember her! :) Jessica has been one of my best friends ever since they came to our church for several months like 3 years ago. I call her up so much and I'm just like "you wanna do something" "sure what" "i dunno"... :) We went to the state fair like 5 times this year. The last time we went we bought a box of fudge and we lost it. :-( I love you Jessica! :)

Quote of the post:
On my own, pretending he's beside me. All alone I walk with him 'til morning. Without him I feel his arms around me,and when I lose my way, I close my eyes and he has found me. -Les Miserables ( We're going to see the play Les Miserables on our trip! )

Monday, August 22, 2005

School

I guess I'm due for an update. Today was our first day of school. But only one of my classes has started so I didn't have that much to do. I work from 11-7 with Jessica. We had alot of fun because we were the only two guards - excluding the manager - and there weren't that many people there. I'm really sad to be starting school. My summer has been so awesome! I got to go to ECHO and meet new people, and become closer to my other friends. I've gotten to be on the Rivi swim team and to have a real job and to make over $1,000! God has really blessed me.

Though I can't sit here and say that my summer has been perfect. There have definitely been things I would change. Things that I regret. Things that I will remember for the rest of my life. There have been times I've just wanted to call people up and tell them exactly how I feel, but I've held it inside. Or I've just laid on my bed and sobbed. I know God puts those kinds of things in our lives for a purpose, and because its part of his plan. All I have to do is remember that, but sometimes its so hard.

Quote of the post:
"We gather strength from sadness and from pain. Each time we die we learn to live again." -Source Unknown

To end on a lighter note, here's a joke I wanted to post:

Two campers are hiking in the woods when one is bitten on the butt by a rattlesnake. "I'll go into town for a doctor," the other says. He runs ten miles to a small town and finds the only doctor delivering a baby. "I can't leave" the doctor says. "But here's what to do. Take a knife, cut a little X where the bite is, suck out the poison and spit it on the ground." The guy runs back to his friend, who is in agony. "What did the doctor say?" the victim cries. "He says your gonna die."

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Quiz Thingy -

1. Name: Elizabeth Ann Cutter

2. Nickname: Ellie

3. Single or taken: Single

4. Place of Birth: Methodist, Indianapolis, Indiana

5. Zodiac Sign: I dunno

6. Male or Female: Female

7. Your last name: Cutter

8. School: Homeschool

9. Occupation: At this time in my life - Lifeguard

10. Residence: House.

11. Your sn: swimmingfree21 or EllieIzabeth1



__Your Appearance___



12. Hair Color: Brown

13. Hair Long or Short: Inbetween

14. Eye Color: blue

15. How do ur nails look: during the summer they are long and clean

16. Height: 6'4"

17. Do you have a crush on someone: I think so

18. Do you like yourself: Sometimes

19. Braces? I'll be getting them soon

20. Think you're hot? Sometimes, but its not like I would know.

21. Piercings: None.

22. Tattoo: Nope.

23. Righty or Lefty: Righty



___Your 'Firsts'___



24. First Kiss: Not yet.

26. First best friend: Alissa Swigart

27. First Award: hmm.. not exactly sure

28. First Sport You Joined: dunno about that either

29. First pet: Peter (was a rabit)

30. First vacation: probably to my Grandma's

31. First Concert: Josh Groban

32. First Love: Jesus



___ Favorites___



33. Movie: dunno I love so many

34. TV Show: CSI

35. Color: Lavender

36. Music: I don't know

37. Song: the questions are getting harder

38. Food: no comment

39. Drink: Dr. Pepper!

40. Candy: Wow...

41. Sport To Play: swimming

43. Brand Of Clothing: I love Old Navy

45. School: don't have any favorite

46. Animal: I dunno about that

47. Books: Bible

48. Magazines: World?



___Currently___



49. Eating: Just ate a salad

50. Drinking: Water

51. Mood: Tired, kinda depressed

52. Online: At the moment.

53. Listening to: Simple Plan

54. Thinking About: lots of stuff

55. Wanting To: forget the past

56. Watching: The screen

57. Wearing: Awesome clothes.





___Your Future___



58. Want Kids? Yes

59. Want to Get Married? Yes

60. Careers in Mind: Police Officer - and yes I know I'm crazy



__Which is Better With The Opposite Sex___



67. Cute or Sexy: Sexy

68. Lips or Eyes: Both

69. Hugs or Kisses: Both

70. Short or tall: He has to be taller than me, but that's not that hard.

71. Easygoing or serious: Both at the right times

72. Romantic or Spontaneous: Both at the right times

73. Fatty or Skinny: I don't really care

74. Sensitive or Loud: Both at the right times

75. Hook-up or Relationship: Relationship

76. Sweet or Caring: Both

77. Trouble Maker or Hesitant: Trouble Maker



___Have You Ever__



78. Kissed a Stranger: No

79. Drank Bubbles: Yes

80. Lost glasses/contacts: Nope

81. Ran Away From Home: Yes

83. Got an X-ray: Yes.

84. Broken Someone├é’s Heart: Yes

85. Broke Up With Someone: Yes

86. Turned Someone Down: Yes

87. Cried When Someone Died: Yes.

88. Cried At School: Since I'm homeschooled, that would be a Yes



___Do You Believe In___



89. God: Yes I do

90. Miracles: Yes, from God.

91. Love At First Sight: I don't know

92. Ghosts: Holy Ghost, yes.

93. Aliens: No.

95. Heaven: Yes.

96. Hell: Yes.

98. Kissing on The First Date: probably not

99. Horoscopes: Nope

___Answer Truthfully___

100. Is There Someone You Want But You Know You Can't Have? Yes, I wish I knew who God has chosen for my husband so I could be with him now.

And tomorrow I will give you a little more interesting post about what I've actually done since last time I updated, and just for everyone's information you all haven't been commenting! I feel very unloved. 'Night.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Country

I love summer!
Last night I went to the state fair with Sara, Jessica, Bekah, Laura, Luke, Liz, Amber, Jeremiah, Josh, Stacey and Jacob. It was alot of fun, we walked around looking at the 4H stuff, we saw this dance on the side of a building. We all paid 4 bucks to get 2 family packs of tickets for rides, so I went on two rides! No offence to the state fair or whatever, but those rides aren't too great. Especially if you compare them to King's Island or Six Flags. Twas fun though. Around 11:30 we rode the train around like 4 times, giving everybody walking by high-fives! That was alot of fun. Oh, and I bought a white cowboy hat, I really wanted to buy one for a long time, but I never actually had the courage to buy it because I was afraid that I would never wear it anywhere else, but since last year I've decided to embrace my country side a little more. I really do love my dad's side of the family! :)

Quote of the Post:
"Firelight will not let you read fine stories but it's warm and you won't see the dust on the floor." -Irish Proverb

Monday, August 08, 2005

State Fair

Remember how last year a bunch of us went to the fair and we had a really great time and we said, "let's do it again next year"? (Some of us did anyway...) Well, that time has rolled around again and Sara Young is trying to get a group together to go on Thursday the 11th. She's planning on going there early that morning to watch Bethany Fisher's horse show at 8am. If anyone's interested in seeing that, let her know! Then we might go home for a while and go back late afternoon/night time. They're running a special on rides that day at the Midway--unlimited rides for $20, from noon to eleven pm. that sounds fun :-). So, basically, whatever time people want to come is fine with us. Somebody will be there. And hopefully a bunch of us can all hang out together! The best way to get a hold of Sara is her cell, 217.0218, or you can just comment, etc. :) I love the state fair so much, but its not fun unless lots of people come.

Last night I had a blast with alot of older people. Jacob Fisher, Bekah Nelson, Julie Neel, Ana Marie Magnuson and I went to Starbucks after church, I have to admit that Jacob is very fun to ride with. We had a good conversation, we talked about music forever which was really fun. But I did decide that its not good to drink a venti coffee frapppechino (sp) before trying to go to bed. lol It took me forever to go to sleep last night. So anyway I'm pretty tired and I'll probably take a nap later this afternoon. And again - I love comments! :)

Quote of the post:
"Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God." -Corrie Ten Boom

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Time

You know those summer days where you don't have any concept of time, you don't have to be anywhere at a certain time and you just go and go without really realizing how much time your taking. Kinda like when your having fun time goes by quickly -

Yesterday I went to morning practice. Then I went to the Emporium with Chris and Charlie, we walked back to Rivi. I had to walk over to the Young's house since I was going shopping with them so Charlie kept me company. We happened to meet Charlie's dad who owns the Baskin Robbins that's close and he gave us free milkshakes. I finally got to the Youngs around 10:00am and then we left straight and went to Castleton.

We went into so many stores I can't even count, mostly expensive "I'd never buy anything there" stores. :) We even went in Sax, where Sara bought a sweatshirt for like $50 that was originally like $105. ( she had a gift card ) It was really fun pretending we could actually afford to buy a pair of sweatpants for 80 bucks. When we went to Old Navy I actually bought something, jeans and this really cool short-sleeved sweatshirt. Last we went to Kohls and I bought one of the those hanging door things. I'm not going to try to describe it, just come over and you can see it. :)

Funny thing is, we did all this and we really had no concept of time. We were in Kohls and we realized that it was like 5:00pm. So sadly I had to come home - though I do have to admit my feet were kinda tired, though really that might have had something to do with swim team. :)

Today I went to practice, our last one till next week. And then I came home and went to my ortho appointment. That was interesting, they want to put this plastic thing in my mouth, I don't know what its called but its not a retainer. Anyway its supposed to correct my jaw, and I really want to get it. But its kinda gonna cost alot so my parents have to talk about it.

I went to work from 3 - 8. Today it was actually fun. Jessica and I stayed after the pool closed and we around breaking all the rules. Going over the lane-lines and down the little kid slide. I did want to have a party there, but I don't think that's going to happen this summer. The next few weekends are all kinda full and I don't know if peoples parents would let them come if it was during school. Anyway I guess we'll have to see.

And that's about it. For once I actually wrote a somewhat long post. Be proud of me! :) And a reminder: I LOVE comments!

Quote of the post:
"Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like an orange." -Unknown

Song of the post:
"Somebody's Hero" Jamie O-Neal

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Band

I guess I'm due for an update. My life is so busy right now, which makes it go by so fast, I wish for once I could slow it down and make the end of summer last forever. Do you ever wish you could rewind life and change the things you did? I do. Do you ever want to go back to a certain time in your life and never move on? I do. But God doesn't work that way, and we have to learn from our mistakes.

On to bigger and brighter subjects, I want to start a band. Actually that would be Ruth and I. We already have our first song, titled Why? by Ruth Enas and Zachary Blackwood. So if you have any musical talent and would like to join our band just leave a comment. :)

Quote of the post:
The best, most beautiful, and most perfect way that we have of expressing a sweet concord of mind to each other is by music. -Jonathan Edwards

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Impossible

Today was an awesome day! I went to practice as usual, Therese is at sectionals so Suzy coached which was different. Then I went and helped with camps, so I'll be doing that all week, anyway I had a blast playing will all the kids, they are all so cute. I had a window of 2 1/2 hours before I had to guard, so I came home. Then I went back and guarded, but there weren't very many people and I got taken off rotation to watch this cute little boy named Nate, who goes by Nature Nate. Isn't that cute? Jessica and I went off the boards after almost everyone else was gone and then Michelle let us leave early! Oh, and chef Fred gave us bread sticks, they were really good! :) Overall it was a really wonderful day. I miss and luv you all!

Quote of the post:
"Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities." -Aristotle

Verse of the post:
"For nothing will be impossible with God." - Luke 1:37

Monday, July 25, 2005

100th Post!

I know in my profile it doesn't say that this is my 100th post, but it really is. I've had my blog for over a year - I got it when I came back from ECHO last year. I know I haven't been very faithful, but I am glad I got one and I'm glad all my friends have them too! :) Its such a good way to keep up with everybody I don't see often.

Today it was really hot at the pool, the temperature is like 93, but the humitity is like 105 or so someone told me. I think I got slightly burnt, but there were several people who got worse then me. Its quite surprising how tired you get from just sitting out in the sun all day. Whenever someone wasn't in a chair, my boss had them walk around with cups of water, and right now I'm thanking God for air-conditioning. :)

Thanx to Nathan for the music - I couldn't figure out how to put the media player on my blog, and he did it for me! Now I just have to figure out how to change the song, but I don't think that will be too hard!

Quote of the post:
"The pool is a great place to be on a hot day, unless your a lifeguard."
-Michelle Viehmann, a fellow lifeguard

Song of the post:
"Unusually Unusual" by Lonestar

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Update -

I guess its time for an updation.

Yesterday - I went to practice. Then I came home and Ana Liza Platt picked me up and we went shopping and out to lunch. It was really fun, but sometimes duty comes before fun, we kinda had to cut our time short for me to go to work. Work was fine - kinda hot, this might sound mean, but I had fun putting these 4 little boys in time out. :) I think sometimes I'm a kinda mean lifeguard. After work I came home, my dad bought a car, its a Toyota something, I don't really like it very much. Before bed I watched "Les Miserables" with my mom. Its a really good movie and I recommend it to anyone who hasn't seen it.

Today - I'm working 10-5 and then 8-10. It'll be a long day - I'll probably come home in between. Hopefully it won't be too hot. I'm trying to think if I have anything else to post. Oh, my mom and dad have cell-phones and we're not very happy with it so they want to renew their plan, but its not up till September. So they got me/the kids a prepaid cell phone. So now you can call me!!! :) E-mail me if you want my number! :) Luv and miss you all!!!

Quote of the post:
Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true.
-Charles Dickens

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

I know...

I know what my life purpose is
I know where I'm going when I die
I know when I sin God's not happy
I know why Jesus died
I know how much that means to me

I also know that people don't really like to comment unless I update, and they also don't like to comment unless I comment on their blogs, most people return the favor, and I'm sorry if I haven't been commenting alot recently as most of you know I'm kinda busy. Today was about the usual - except that after work I went to the RCA championships with Sara and Jessica Young and Bekah Nelson. It was fun, though I'm not really much of a tennis fan. Weeeellll, that's about all for tonight. Goodnight - I Luv and miss you all!!

Quote of the post:
If everybody thought before they spoke, the silence would be deafening.
- Anonymous

Monday, July 18, 2005


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Today -

The things I've accomplished today -
1. I woke up on time, and went to swim team.
2. I came home and cleaned my room.
3. I succeeded in taking apart and putting together a table in a reasonable amount of time.
4. I found my little sister when she disappeared for a while.
5. I went to swim team again
6. I did my best and had a good attitude

I really don’t know if those are considered accomplishments, but oh well. Sometimes swim team really does feel like an accomplishment, especially today. I am really tired, and I’m literally falling asleep as I type. Oh, and I said I would post a picture of our new kitten – for one day her name was MJ, but now her name is Margaret, not exactly the name I would pick, but its cute. I luv and miss you all!!!

Quote of the Post:
As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat. – Anonymous

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Storm

Hello people!
The thunder is rumbling outside, like it has been for the past several hours or so, its so amazing. The weather has been so random recently, one minute is sunny and then it suddenly gets cloudy and it pours down rain and after it stops it becomes extremely hot and humid. Right now that's not happening though, its just raining, and I did my absolutely amazing thing again - I jumped on the trampoline in the rain. You should all try it.

Anyway today I woke up and Mom took me to the bank, I put most of my check in my account, but I cashed some of it. We stopped at Target on the way home; I bought a new boom-box and a pink wallet. My mom wanted to get her hair trimmed so we stopped and I decided to get mine done too, it doesn't look that different but it feels better. :) Tomorrow is our church luncheon, so my brothers and I helped set up all the tables at church, and when we came home I made two pies for it. Oh, and about 2 this afternoon our power went out, a tree apparently fell on the wire, so we didn't have power till 5 at least. And then I babysat this evening, and I had to update before I went to bed, so that's about it. Luv and miss you all!!!

Question of the post:
What is your view on wives taking their husbands name when they get married?

Quote of the post:
The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man is in his heart.
-Benjamin Franklin

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Long Day...

I woke up at 5 am. Sat at the computer and drank my coffee, then I walked outside and got the newspaper, read the comics - woke up my Mom and then she took me to swim team. We swam from 6:30 - 9, and then did weights for half a hour. After practice Mom picked me up and I came home and ate. I then got ready for my ortho appointment at 11:40, which was both positive and negative. I have TMJ – it’s a jaw thing, I’m not going to explain it, but basically my jaw does a lot of popping and sometimes it’s very painful. I had a lot of x-rays done, and I’m schedule to go back for a consultation soon. I’m excited to get it fixed, but it’s probably going to be very expensive – so I guess we’ll just see what happens. Anyway I was there getting my x-rays done till 2:30, my Mom picked me up – then I picked my swim team and work stuff up – and she dropped me off at Rivi. Technically I was supposed to work from 3 – 8, but today was a very rainy, overcast day – so they didn’t need me at 3. I went to swim team, 3 – 4:30 and then Terry said I could work from 5 – 8. Not a very long shift, but at least I got some hours. From 7 – 8 I sat on the island, there were basically these two guys swimming laps for-ev-er! Anyway that was one of the longest hours in my life. Mom picked me up, I ate here at home and now I’m updating.

I love being busy, though I really think my busyness would be a lot easier for my mom if I could drive – I should make an appeal to the president, probably more likely the governor that home-schooled children should be allowed to get their licenses when they turn 15, but of course the parents would have the choice to allow their children to, or not to….. Another dream unfulfilled. *sigh* oh well.

I think I’ve started rambling, which for me that probably is a bad thing. So I'll be done - I luv and miss all of you!

Verse of the post:
“For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God”
- Hebrews 3:4

Quote of the post:
“Never, never pin your whole faith on any human being: not if he is the best and wisest in the whole world. There are lots of nice things you can do with sand; but do not try building a house on it.”
- C.S. Lewis

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Updation

I feel like I need to update, though at the moment I can't think of anything I should update about. It feels like everybody is gone - mostly to Covie, and yesterday the swim team when to King's Island. I didn't go to Covie - obviously - and I didn't go to King's Island. :( So I guess I'm in a sortof depressed mood. I woke up in the middle of the night, and it was raining so I sat and watched the rain. Then I read Psalm 56, and cried myself back to sleep. If you all could please pray for me right now I would really appreciate it.

On to bigger and brighter subjects - We named the Kitten MJ, though I didn't even know that until I asked my mom this morning. Everyone needs to come over and see her eventually, she is really cute. Yesterday I finished the book "Phantom of the Opera" I liked, everyone I talked to told me I should just see the movie, but you know how usually the movie isn't as good as the book? Well, I think the book was really good, obviously they couldn't actually sing in the book, but it made the whole story a little less confusing. I don't know about anyone else, but I thought the movie was somewhat confusing, especially when you see it for the first time.

And that's about it.

Verses of the post:
"When I am afraid I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?" -Psalm 56: 3-4

Quote of the post:
"But above all things, dear brethren, study to practice in life that which the Lord commands, and then be you assured that you shall never heard nor read the same without fruit." -John Knox

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Kitten

I don't know if any of you guys heard what happened to our cat Kelly... basically there were these pit-bulls that came to our house because of our chickens, my brother called 911 and the police and the animal control came and took care of them, but they killed all our chickens and Kelly. You can go to his blog, to see pictures. ( just scroll down ) Anyway I had talked to Maria Blackwood about taking one of their kittens, so last night our whole family went over to the Blackwood's and had dessert, swam, Charity and I had a nice long talk and then we brought home this beautiful little gray kitten. We haven't named it yet, so if any of you have ideas, we'd appreciate it. :) Anyway that's my news for today or for yesterday. Oh and as soon as Daniel comes back from Covie I can put a picture of the kitten on here! :)

And one last thing - everyone needs to tell me what they think of my backround, I'm trying to learn how to do it, and this was just a random picture I found that I thought I could make it work. Anyway it might be changing again in the near future... just tell me what you think! :) Luv you all -

Quote of the post:
"When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers."
-Kikuyu Proverb

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Gone

Today was my day off. It was really nice; for once I could just hang out at the Rivi and just play around. Andrew and I biked down at like 10:30; we went off the diving board and down the slide. Ed - one of the swim instructors - bought a kayak, so we played with that in the pool. I was going to buy us lunch, but I didn't have any money with me and they wouldn't let me put it on my tab because I wasn't on duty. Mom picked up Andrew at 12:30, then I hung out with Chris till swim team. All the people in the office had a cake for Ingrid because today was her 72nd birthday, I got in on that, and it was really fun to surprise her! :) Then I went to practice, it wasn't that hard, kinda boring actually, but oh well! After practice all the swim team people went off the diving boards, it was alot of fun! I love diving boards!!! :) And I really want to have a party, but I don't know if I'm allowed. I'm going to talk to Therese about it! :)

Here's the song I've had in my head all day, I was kinda bugging Chris because I keep singing it, the same part over and over... and over and over! :)

Gone - by Switchfoot
She told him she'd rather fix her makeup
than try to fix what's going on
But the problem keeps on calling
even with the cell phone gone
She told him that she believes in living
bigger than she's living now
But her world keeps spinning backwards
and upside down

Don't say so long, and throw yourself wrong
Don't spin today away, cause today will soon be

Gone, like yesterday is gone,
Like history is gone
Just try to prove me wrong
And pretend like you're immortal

She said he said live like no tomorrow
Every day we borrow brings us
one step closer to the edge, infinity
Where's your treasure, where's your hope
if you get the world and lose your soul?
She pretends like she pretends like she's immortal

Don't say so long, you're not that far gone
This could be your big chance to make up
Today will soon be

Gone, like yesterday is gone
Like history is gone
The world keeps spinning on
You're going, going, gone
Like summer break is gone,
Like Saturday is gone
Just try to prove me wrong
You pretend like you're immortal.

We are not infinite
We are not permanent
Nothing is immediate
We're so confident
In our accomplishments
Look at our decadence

Gone, like Frank Sinatra, like Elvis and his mom,
Like Al Pachino's cash, nothing lasts in this life
Gone, my high school dreams are gone,
my childhood sweets are gone
Life is a day that doesn't last for long.

Life is more than money, time was never money
Time was never cash, life is still more than girls.
Life is more than hundred dollar bills and roto-tom fills,
Life is more than fame and rock and roll and thrills,
All the riches of the kings end up in wills
We've got information in the information age but do
We know what life is outside of our convenient Lexus cages?
She said he said live like no tomorrow
Every moment that we borrow brings us closer
to the God who's not short of cash
Hey Bono, I'm glad you asked
Life is still worth living, life is more than what we are.

Quote of the Post:
Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes. Every day you are alive is a special occasion. Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God.
-Mary Manin Morrissey

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Burnt

*sigh* I did it again, and this time it is much worse. Yesterday I spent the whole day at a lake, in my bathing-suit, in the sun! I am horribly, terribly, awfully, can't describe it, burnt. My face is really red, and it hurts to move. So now that I've informed all of you, I'll stop complaining!

I have had a very nice week so far. Sunday night, a bunch of people came up from Southside, it was really nice to have them, especially since they came on the night we had refreshments! :) I had a really good talk with one of my friends - God's really been teaching me a lesson, there was something I wasn't content to let God have control of, but I've given it to him, so please keep me in your prayers.

Tonight I went to a Birthday Party for Elizabeth Enas. It was really fun and there were alot of people there! She had no idea that all of us were coming over and we really surprised her! :) Anyway I don't know when I'll see most of you people again, since almost all of you are going to Covie - I wish I was going, but I'm not. So I'll have a good attitude! :)

"Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Hello -

Here's an overview of my weekend:
Friday -
I didn't have to work, but I went to swim team from 6:30 - 9:30. Then went out to breakfast at the Illinois Street Emporium and hung out at Rivi till about 11:30. I came home and slept for an hour, then went back to Rivi to pick up my pay-check! My mom and I went to the bank and cashed it, and on the way home we stopped and got drinks for symphony on the prairie. I took a shower and got ready, and then my mom decided that her, Daniel and Jessica were going to come too. We got there early and so we walked around the village with Bekah. It was really fun, until certain people started yelling at us on the phone *cough* Allen *cough*. J/k. we walked back over and found them, then most of us walked back to the cars to get all the food, we rode the trailer thing back... and then the bottom of this back broke. We were all laughing, and Allen ate all the chips off the ground. :) Somewhere in the middle of this we found out that they were giving away free starbucks shots, we all had a lot and I personally had like 15. They were really good! :) More people got there… and we played volley-ball and rolled down this hill. I got dared to see if I could summersault up the hill, and I did. Then the concert started. I have to admit, I didn’t really listen to very much of the concert, I was talking and dancing. Some people *cough* Zachary *cough* Nathan *cough*, wouldn’t come dance with us. We watched the cannon’s go off and then the fireworks. It was really fun, I wanna go again!  I also received an awesome CD from Andrew; it’s him playing the piano. I’ve listened to it several times since I came home, and actually I’m listening to it right now!  We didn’t get home till like 11:30, so I read and then went to bed.

Saturday –
I slept in till like 10:30 – which if you consider what time I usually get up, that’s pretty late! Anyway, Philip and I went to Kast-a-ways with my mom. I bought a new suit, cap and goggles. Philip bought flippers. Then I went to work, and Daddy took me out to dinner afterwards. I read till 11:11… kissed my knee and went to bed.

And that’s my weekend. This afternoon about 4, Beth Long and I are going to work on picture posters, I was asked to also make an ECHO one, so we’ll be working on that. I wish I knew what was going on tomorrow. I’m supposed to work from 1-5, and I don’t think I can get out of it, so I don’t think I’ll be going to the Owen’s, but we’ll see. Anyway this has turned out kinda long – so here’s my quote:

Quote of the Post:
It was, perhaps, one of those cases in which advice is good or bad only as the event decides. -Jane Austen

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Rain...

You have no idea how absolutely amazing it is to jump on the trampoline in the pouring rain. If you look up at the rain, its like you are flying towards it, and it towards you and its so... I can't even explain it.

I know I have said I love rain before, but I just wanted to make sure that you knew. Only sometimes it ruins plans, like tomorrow if it rains we won't be able to go to the Symphony on the Prairie. And if that happens I will be extremely sad. I am really looking forward to seeing everyone again. Here is a poem about rain -

Rain
Rain is water,
Rain is sky,
Rain looks like clear glass falling from the high,
Sometimes it looks like snow,
Falling softly to the ground,
But then there may be the sprinkle,
Very few it may be,
But still it shall be rain,
When it hits the ground it looks like shattered glass
has fallen,
But softly though,
It falls,
Rain feels like wet warm showers,
But though sometimes it feels like cold,
Freezing water,
Rainbows appear above,
After the rain is gone,
I am sad because of this,
There is no rain,
But rain is my name

Katie Rains

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Sleep

Have you ever been so tired, but you can't go to sleep because you might sleep too long, or because its the middle of the day you might not be tired when it comes time to really be tired? That's how I feel right now.

1 four-hundred freestyle
1 three-hundred IM
1 three-hundred Pull

10 one hundreds freestyle

4 three hundreds pull

10 fifties - your worst stroke
400 IM - all out
10 fifties - all freestyle
400 IM - all out
10 fifties - your best stroke

200 warm down

Now I know that's probably confusing to people who don't swim, but let me explain a couple things. In our outside pool a 100 is 2 lengths of the pool, down and back. In our inside pool a 100 is 4 lengths of the pool down and back, down and back. So if you feel like doing math you could figure out exactly how many lengths we swam. I just don't feel like engaging my brain in something that complicated at the moment. And that's about all for this post.

Monday, June 27, 2005

CPR

Is anyone certified in CPR?
Tonight was in-service; we have it once a week to review our rescuing skills and to go over situations that happened during the week. We have one at 6:30 and then one again at 8 for the people who were on duty. I was the victim in the 6:30 one - it was really fun. I got to jump in and be a passive drowning victim, someone would rescue me and then they would use the backboard to pull me out of the water. At 8, I was one of the rescuers and Michelle, Danny and I did CPR on Jeremy. I'm glad we review it every week because if we didn't I'm sure I would forget what to do in a real emergency.
Quote of the post:
"The formula for water is H2O. Is the formula for an ice cube H2O squared?"
-Lily Tomlin

Saturday, June 25, 2005

I got soul...

Hello - And Goodbye. Just a song and a quote today! luv you all

Song of the Post:
When there's nowhere else to run
Is there room for one more son
One more song
If you can hold on
If you can hold on, hold on

I wanna stand up, I wanna let go
You know, you know - no you don't, you don't
I wanna shine on in the hearts of men
I want a meaning from the back of my broken hand

Another head aches, another heart breaks
I am so much older than I can take
And my affection, well it comes and goes
I need direction to perfection, no no no no

Help me out
Yeah, you know you got to help me out
Yeah, oh don't you put me on the back burner
You know you got to help me out

And when there's nowhere else to run
Is there room for one more son
These changes ain't changing me
The cold-hearted boy I used to be

Yeah, you know you got to help me out
Yeah, oh don't you put me on the back burner
You know you got to help me out, yeah.
You're gonna bring yourself down
Yeah, you're gonna bring yourself down
Yeah, you're gonna bring yourself down

I got soul, but I'm not a soldier
I got soul, but I'm not a soldier
I got soul, but I'm not a soldier
I got soul, but I'm not a soldier
I got soul, but I'm not a soldier
I got soul, but I'm not a soldier
I got soul, but I'm not a soldier
I got soul, but I'm not a soldier
I got soul, but I'm not a soldier
I got soul, but I'm not a soldier

Yeah, you know you got to help me out
Yeah, oh don't you put me on the back burner
You know you got to help me out, yeah.
You're gonna bring yourself down, yeah.
You're gonna bring yourself down
Yeah, oh don't you put me on the back burner
You're gonna bring yourself down
Yeah, you're gonna bring yourself down

Over and out, last call for sin
While everyone's lost, the battle is won
With all these things that I've done
All these things that I've done
If you can hold on
If you can hold on

Quote of the Post:
"No man is condemned for anything he has done: he is condemned for continuing to do wrong" - George McDonald

Friday, June 24, 2005

A Child's Dream

I sit and wonder at my window,
Will the moon show full and bright,
Will my dreams come true,
Will we dance on the moon?
I sit and wonder at my window,
Are you coming to take me away,
Are there places to go for love,
Are there fantasies that come true?
I sit and wonder at my window,
Knowing that some will come,
And some will go to a place,
A place where I can not go.
So the moon so bright,that's fading fast,
Don't be long, I'll see you again.

-Monica Kay Sleeper

I'm falling asleep as I type - today has been really nice and relaxing. I went to practice this morning, read all afternoon, and then babysat this absolutely adorable little boy all evening. Right now I can really feel this mornings practice, I think I must have done something to my shoulder because its kinda painful. Anyway - Goodnight, Sleep tight, Don't let the bed bugs bite...