Monday, December 31, 2007

2007 in pictures

Events This Year:
was the youth retreat

the scavenger hunt

hannah's sweet sixteen

and the first highschool christmas party

I got "adopted" by several wonderful families that I've started babysitting for:
The Veleke's

The Hodson's

and the Seaver's

I have the coolest friends...this year I was able to reconnect with some, meet new friends, and get to know others even better:
Meagan

Micah

Ming

Steffi

Stephen

Bethany

Garrett and Mindy

and Janelle

So this year, although crazy was absolutely wonderful and I can't wait to see what 2008 will bring!

In the 2008th year

My resolution of the year:
which is sometimes a whole lot harder than it seems.

AND IN FIVE, FOUR, THREE, TWO, ONE......HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well, actually not for several more hours, but I figured that I'd go ahead and get it done because I've decided that in 2008 I will NOT procrastinate....(pause for laughter).

Anyway....I'm not sure what exactly I'm doing tonight...we're having chinese food for dinner (yay!) and I'm hoping I will get to see the new year but If I'm like way tired I am so going to bed...lol!


This year has been so crazy, so many different things...steppin out into the real world of college and stuff was such an experience...and I know I've already posted about that but it's just so amazing...It's like I've been watching the past year go by as a onlooker just watching my life from afar and then living it at the same time. Yeah I know, I'm wierd but this is just how my brain sees things sometimes. Anyway, hope you guys have a great evening! See you all next year lol!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

We spent yesterday evening over at Shawn and Shelley's here are a few highlights. Oh yeah Shelley is due with baby number two on her birthday...August 26th :) (It better be a girl this time lol...just kidding)



Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Looking back



Words to describe life: circumstances, consequences, development, enlightenment, growth, happiness, journey, knowledge, suffering, trials, tribulations, joy, stress, laughter, tears, sorrow, noise, peace, busy, crazy, insane, etc. etc. etc.

This certainly has been an interesting season of life for me. With all that God has given me in this life, the joy and the sorrow, I wouldn't trade it for the world. The things I've gone through and the friends I've made have helped me grow and strengthen my foundations and beliefs.

This year:
1. I got to experience college life for the first time, the stress and tests and professors and friends and all that good stuff. (Made an A in one class and a B in the other!!)
2. I got the privilige of planning the first Highschool Christmas Party...that provided plenty of opportunities for creativity and learning to be submissive and more responsible...now if I could only do that at home! (Those are two of my weakest areas)
3. I was asked to be a student teacher for the spring semester of Abiding Worship dance...Melly is teaching with me in the 5 year olds. It's going to be a great time of growth for all of us. We aren't having a program at the end of the semester so it's more like a dance workshop...equiping the girls with the tools to help them grow in their personal worship. I'm excited and looking forward to all God is planning for this.
4. I've been able to meet SOOO many people this year. From the ladies who work at the hospital where I volunteered over the summer, to classmates, to the people of the Deaf Community, it's been so wonderful to be able to interact and have the chance to reach out.

This live brings us so much and it's nice to be able to look back and see how God has used us. To look back and see the stupid things we've done(and trust me there are a lot of them). To look back and see God's faithfulness through trials and his wonderful grace. "The beauty of grace is that it makes life not fair" ~Relient K ~ Be my Escape

Friday, November 23, 2007

Christmas With a Capital "C"

Okay I know it's only the day after Thanksgiving but I honestly couldn't resist. This may be funny but it's absolutely true! Make sure you pay close attention to what he's saying in between the lyrics. He captures the ridiculousness of being "politically correct"...I mean seriously, would a Christian living in Israel be offended if someone said Happy Hanukkah to them?? Think about it.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving


Well, I had a great thanksgiving...I'm now sitting here eating some leftover homemade mac&cheese...you know I'm happy lol! Anyway, just contemplating today I realized how blessed I am...I have so much to be thankful for, I can't imagine how I can complain as much as I do. I guess thats one of the things I need to work on. But for now, I'm just posting some pictures of my wacky family for you to enjoy. Happy Thanksgiving!!!


This is Jennifer aka woofer :D and mom

Sherri and Christie

Woofer and lil sis Erica

Julie and Randy (I'm being good Julie, I didn't post that other one :D)

the true Jennifer :D

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Good Medicine



Jeremiah 17:9 – ESV – The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick who can understand it?
Jeremiah 17:9 – NIV – The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?

One verse, two versions, same meaning. Desperately sick? Beyond cure?! How hopeless does that seem? As we look back in time and remember things we’ve said or done, this verse makes sense… “I can’t believe I said that to her! I must have some kind of evil or twisted thinking!” No…not evil or twisted thinking but a desperately sick heart that is beyond cure.

So does this mean that we can just give up? “My heart is beyond cure…its useless to keep fighting when there can be no cure…right?” No way! Just because there isn’t a cure doesn’t mean that our condition can’t improve. Just like in the medical world, there are many diseases that are incurable but with the proper care and medicine, the condition will get better and sometimes even disappear…that doesn’t mean that the disease is gone…its just being held back by a stronger force.

So what is our stronger force…our medicine? The only thing that can help us is prayer and diving into the word, reading your Bible daily as if it were a life-saving pill. That’s what it is in effect…a life saving and life altering pill. We could not have come this far without it…think about it, becoming a Christian was our first dose of healing ointment. And every new day that we draw breath and every time we meet with God in prayer is proper care for our desperately sick heart.

So think of it this way…I have a desperately sick heart that is beyond cure, I’m waiting for a transplant that I can only get when I go to heaven. I have to do regular check-ups and sometimes even surgery to help keep my heart healthy. Prayer is my proper care; the Bible is my medicine. With that combination, there IS hope.

Lamentations 3:20-24 “My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness!”

So we have our prescription and we have our medicine. Let us not fail to take it faithfully until the day when God calls us home for our new heart. Faithfully read your Bible and meet with God everyday, this is the only medicine that can help. Yes our hearts are desperately sick with sin and worldliness and pride and yes it is beyond cure BUT with the right medicine and the proper care, we can fight this battle!

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Church Plant: For the Mission


Well, last night I found out that we're losing 4 awesome families...the good news is that they will be planting a church...not states away but minutes away in Mooresville. This is the fruit of the families who came down here 16 years ago and I shudder to think where I would be if it weren't for those families who gave everything up. These families are so amazing because the ones that are going have done it once already...and now they are going out again, it will be a great loss for us but who better to plant a church than the ones who began this one 16 years ago?

I'm going to be really sad to see these folks go and it will be even harder I suspect as more people join in but God will provide and he's working with my character(because if it were up to me...nobody would go lol!) I'm having a lot of mixed feelings (all selfish I'm sure) but I know that God will do a work in me and everyone else as the time draws near.

The thing that really makes me nervous though is the prospect of a move...I've lived in the same house for my entire 16 years and even the idea of a move scares me but I'm trying to put my fears aside and trust in what the Lord has for my family. Daddy told me last night that if we were called, we would go because anything else would be running like Jonah. We'd be in the belly of a fish and I don't like seafood :) so if God calls us I pray that I would be ready and willing to give it all up to help with the spread of the Gospel.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now am found
Was blind but now I see.

Pray for the spread of the gospel and our new church plant team as they prepare for the Mission

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Book Study: The Divine Dance by Shannon Kubiak Primicerio

Well I've decided to do a spotlight on a book my mom and I are going through...I'll post some exerpts that really stand out to me (of course knowing me that might be a whole chapter at a time XD) So I hope you enjoy...The Divine Dance by Shannon Kubiak Primicerio. In this book there are so many illustrations that just make things so clear and give you a new perspective on things it's just amazing! The first question this book asks is: "If the world is your stage, who are you performing for????" WOW!

Tonight I am posting the Forward by Robin Jones Gunn author of the Christy Miller series (and much more).

Forward
'All the fairy tales are true, you know. There is a real Prince. He came from the vast kingdom of His Father with one purpos: to woo and win His long-sought-after bride. One day, He will return to carry her away, adn they will be together forever. Thousands of stories, movies, and songs tell this story. All of them have borrowed the theme from one book: the Bible.
Several years ago I was on a live radio interview where the host started by saying, "How can you call yourself a Christian and write 'romance' novels?" In that moment (after gulping mightily), I had a piercing thought.
"It's because when i was in high school I read a book that changed my life," I answered. "In the first few chapters everything falls apart and you think they're never going to get back together. About three-quarters of the way through the book, He moves heaven and earth to prove His love for her, and still she won't come wholeheartedly to Him. But finally - in the last chapter - He comes riding in on a white horse and takes her away to be His bride and live with him forever."
The radio host scoffed. "How could a book like that change your life? It sounds like a formula romance novel to me."
I grinned and said, "Really? That's funny - because I was talking about the Bible. There's a white horse and everything!"
The host froze. Radio listeners everywhere caught nothing but dead aid.
"It's all true," I said plainly. "God is the Relentless Lover adn we are His first love. He never gives up because He wants us back."
We cut to a station break rather abruptly, and the radio host looked at me through teary eyes. "You're right. I never saw it that way before."'

That's not all of it but I thought that would give you a taste of what's to come. That ^ floored me...I knew the Bible was a love letter to us but I'd never thought of it as how Robin Jones Gunn described it. How amazing.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

ASL and other things


I'm really liking my ASL class, it is definately challenging but my teacher has quite a sense of humor so I really enjoy it. I just got out of lab a few minutes ago. It only took me about a half-hour to get the rest of my lab work done! (The lab closed last night and I only had a little left to do so mom dropped me off at CPCC to finish while she goes for a meeting)

School has been going pretty well and I like most of it :) I'm still not quite sold on Writing Strands or Home Ec(I have to build a house) but I'm still lovin it!

I am getting really excited about the spring semester of dance. I'm still trying to narrow down my choices for songs and then I have to combine my songs with Melly's songs and we'll have to choose from them. I think that it will be so much fun! Right now we're looking at 14 5-year-olds...so it shouldn't be that bad.

Well I'd better get off the computer and let someone else on and I'll go read the 2 books I (wisely) brought :) Thats all for now I'll post more later.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

ASL-111

Well tonight was my first CPCC class. My ASL teachers are both completely deaf so we're diving right in. :) I'm excited and nervous too. Not much else to say!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Saturday, August 18, 2007

The Babysitters Diary: Entry 2


Well this morning, I was awake earlier than everyone else! The Y's have been sleeping in lately so I enjoyed the half-hour of quiet! :) Now Liam is playing with blocks and running around crazy :) lol! Anyway...we're fixing breakfast (waffles and bacon) that will be ready in a little bit. On with the day I say! I'll post more later :)

Friday, August 17, 2007

The Babysitters Diaries: Entry One


Okay...this is what I'm calling the Babysitters' diary. You see...I'm going to be babysitting pretty much the whole weekend :) I'm currently at the Y's where I just got done watching HSM2!!! I loved it btw...anyway so I figured that I would post my activities and even let the kids post something now and again :)

Today: Friday August 17, 2007 beginning at 4:30pm
Arrived :)
fixed Liam dinner: butternut squash casserol, chicken, rice, and carrots, with applesauce for a bedtime snack and fixed barbecue chicken on a salad and rice for me!
watched VeggieTales with Liam for 1 hour
put him in the bath and let him play around :)
tucked him in and read him a book and prayed with him
proceded to watch HSM2 :)


Nite!

Thursday, August 9, 2007

What's with all the music?

Okay so I better explain why I've been posting music lately...

There are days when I am completely speechless(yeah it really happens) and struck dumb by God's wonder and awe...and I cannot put to words what I want to say, music and lyrics say it for me. My words cannot even begin to do justice to praise God how I want to praise him. I am totally useless to praise him how he deserves.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Some of the best Southern Gospel songs

This is the Martins singing Except for Grace...this is the coolest song...and how true.



This was the Isaacs a really long time ago but what a fun song it's called Reaping in the Spirit. :)



This is the Booth Brothers singing He Saw it All...This is the neatest song! Here are the lyrics to the chorus.

"I was trying to catch the cripple man
Did he run past this way?
He was rushing home to tell everyone
What Jesus Did today
And the mute man was telling myself and the deaf girl
He's leaving to answer God's call
It's hard to believe
But if you don't trust me
Ask the blind man, he saw it all"

Sunday, August 5, 2007

My Last First Day


Well, tomorrow is my last first day of highschool. I can't believe I've come this far.

I'm hoping that the Lord will really show me where I'm supposed to go this year. I hope that my relationship with God will grow and I pray that my relationship with my family and friends will also grow stronger.

This year I hope that I will have lots of oportunities to befriend non-Christians and I pray that God will be able to reach many people through me.

This year I want to learn so much and grow towards being a wonderful homemaker. I pray that God will help me be diligent and give me much grace to keep going when it gets tough.

I pray for this year, my last year of highschool...that it would be a great year.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Happy Birthday Carter!

Well my nephew turned one 2 weeks ago and we went to his party on Sunday...my camera decided to die so I had to grab some pictures from my sisters blog :) So here he is!



Thursday, August 2, 2007

There's No Place like Home


What a week! Oh so busy. So far, I've spent a grand total of 26 hours in my own home. I never want to do this again but I suspect there will be many more weeks like this one. When I came home Wednesday night my dad asked "Who are you and why are you in my house?" He was joking but that's exactly what it felt like! :) The only reason I am posting this now...so late is that I cannot sleep and I felt like writing something. But I am SO going to sleep now! Nite!

When you realize you are all alone
The first thing you say is There is no place like Home
~an original couplet by Chels :) composed at 12:04am :)

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Old School Part 2: Pictures




People tried to get everyone to sign their notebooks so this was one of the many signing groups in the room.

Kailey, Darcy, Joanna, and Amanda hangin out

Tim, Wes, Emily, and Ron gabbin before worship

"The Guys" Jordan, Chris, Chad, Jon and Garrett


Jordan, Ron is on Wes's shoulders

The stage

dodgeball

soccer :)

Our fearless leaders, Mr. Morrison, Mr. Connolly, and Mr. Campbell! Thanks guys! We had a BLAST!!!! Can't wait for the next one!
Well I think I'm going to grab a quick bite to eat and go to bed early...poker playin at midnight is really tiring on a person :) haha!