Hike and Soapbox

Just about three more days of living in my fabulous Colorado and being with some of my favorite people in the world. I have had quite a few people ask if I am excited in the last few days. I am excited. Very excited to see what God has in store and to hear His voice in these next few months. I can honestly say however that I am so unsure of what is in store for me (A good stretching experience) that I am more in extreme curiosity and a little bit of apprehension rather than excitement at this current moment…I know myself well enough though to know that I do this before all big stages or adventures in life. Give me a bit of time to get used to the situation, and I’ll be ready to kick butt through the whole thing. πŸ˜‰

Huge thoughts the past few days. And I feel like I am learning that it is okay to wonder these things and have these questions yet still be unsure. God has it in His hands, and I will know when I need to know. The concept of orphans has confronted me like fifty bazillion times in the last three days. Why is that? God, what are you trying to tell me?

It seems there is a reason God has not explicitly stated everything in His word for me. The point is not some formula to be followed. The point is a relationship with Jesus Christ. The point is that we were created to worship Him. The point is He knows how each of us can individually do that. I can only do that by spending time with Him as I would with someone I love.

Off the soapbox now. πŸ™‚ Yay for Sunday hikes in cold weather! My fabulous friends Carly and Aaron went with my family to one of the greatest hiking places near our house. Thus, pictures. The top one is the result of my Mom’s yearly attempt to fit us all in a picture at once and looking presentable. This year was not so bad although it took several tries as usual…

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Pics….

I got a new camera for Christmas, so I have been taking lots of pictures. I figured it was time to post some.


Yup, that’s me.

Emily and I were having fun at the park. πŸ™‚

Lookin’ tiny.

You can’t see me. πŸ™‚




Um….

I look mean here. He he….

Having too much fun with a new camera. πŸ™‚

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My favorite littlest sister.

Having fun with Jo and Aubry.

My favorite big little sister.

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Nothing really…


Check out the weird picture. It is called “New Toy from China”. Ha! Can’t decide quite what I think about it…

I know, I know I’m a slacker. I haven’t written. That’s okay. I only have like 2.5 people who read my blog. Yeah, I know, there is no such thing as half a person, but I don’t care. It sounds like a more legitimate statistic that way. My excuse. I had a test on Monday, one one Wednesday, and one coming up in two hours that I should be studying for right now. πŸ™‚ He he…

The big news is I only have one test to study for this weekend. What a concept. Man, my life is exciting.

Actually, there is some news. I am looking for a place to stay in Pueblo that would be closer to school. I haven’t really had any luck yet. Any prayers would be appreciated!

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So, since I have been gone for so long, there has been a lot going on in life. In June, I left for Mexico for 5 days. It was an amazing experience that got me in the mindset for Africa. I never thought living conditions could be worse. I got back and left on the plane for Africa the next day. It was experience that changed my life and hopefully the lives of the kids I was around. When I left, I felt like I left a part of myself there. I have some pictures of both Mexico and Africa posted here.

Additionally, please check my Mom’s blog for another opportunity to bless the kids in Kenya. The skirts were a huge success in Webuye, Nambale, Kimilili, and Uganda. I was so blessed to see how blessed the orphans were by the skirts that everyone contributed.

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Me and my Tootie

My eyeball…

Don’t mess with me! πŸ™‚

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Woo hoo, I maintained the 3.5 gpa. Just barely at 3.568. Keeping the scholarship, thank you God! πŸ™‚

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Snowmen, Shakespeare, and the Chaos Theory

I am going to-once again-going to attempt to show the snowmen Aubry and I made in our last big snow. I’ve tried several times to share the fabulous creations, but it hasn’t worked so far. Curses to the new Blogger! Anyway, mine is on the top, and Aubry’s is on the bottom. Aren’t they lovely? We used dried noodles for hair and colored water in a squirt bottle for clothes. Who ever heard of an unclad snowman…. πŸ™‚

The never failing Shakespeare has once again come through:
“Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.”
Now that is real love…the kind that comes through regardless of trials, circumstances, and appearances.

I have found a new fascinating idea. The chaos theory! Also known as the butterfly effect, this theory can be summed up in the title of a paper written in 1972: “Predictability: Does the Flap of a Butterfly’s Wings in Brazil set off a Tornado in Texas?” This theory asks whether or not every single action a person does or doesn’t take affects life…forever. Examples of this theory can be seen in “The Butterfly Effect” and “Jurassic Park”.
Once again, this idea seemingly brings up an interesting question of the sovereignty of God. How much sovereignty does He essentially “put into effect”? And how much do our decisions change and effect our lives and the lives of those around us? For example, say God was calling me to go into full time missions work. Because of my sinful nature, say I didn’t. Would that change the course of my life and someone else’s life or would God intervene and make things still go the way He wanted? I acknowledge that He is all powerful and completely in control, but I do wonder sometimes how much our decisions play into the course that our life takes. I mean, say my Mom hadn’t decided to go to wherever it was that she met my Dad that day like…I dunno…twenty or something years ago. Does that mean I wouldn’t be here if she had decided to stay home and watch a movie? Hmmm…. πŸ™‚

Oh, and check out the new blogs on the sidebar. One is the fabulous Bonnie’s blog, and another is a newly discovered blog from the Boundless magazine. I have been reading their articles, but I did not know they had a blog. Also, see the blog of Markus Wolf who is a missionary in Ukraine who does a lot of work with kids.

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The Notorious Dinner

So, I was WAY tired after work. The rest of the family was going to a potluck. This meant I needed to figure out dinner for myself. All these circumstances equalled a microwave dinner-my first ever. Believe it or not. Since I am a really….yeah, I guess REALLY poor college student, I got one at the dollar store. I told Emily that and she said it gave her “make-fun of rights” for a really long time. Well, I am sad to say I didn’t discover some great, new cheap food. Uh-uh. I discovered rubber that you pay a dollar for and call food. Guess I’ll have to try the lasagna next time…Or not!
This part of the night makes up for my “soon to be notorious if left up to Emily fettucine” story. I made calzones. Yeah, I did it all by myself. And, yes, I know they are ugly, but I taste-tested two for dinner after the fettucine was a failure, and they were fabulous. I made like twenty, so I can put them in the freezer and just grab them really quick for school in the morning. Considering I have to leave town at 6:30 for a calculus class. *Mutters about leaving warm covers for a math class* Anyway, it was my type of cooking! I made dough, and then rummaged through the fridge for all the cool pizza fillings I could find. I made barbeque hamburger meat with cheese ones, meat lover ones (bacon, hamburger meat, and pepperoni), and just cheese and pepperoni. I made a nice big mess and actually had fun cooking. πŸ™‚

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