lunes, mayo 30, 2005

Short trip home

Well, we're leaving for Texas tomorow to have my graduation Yippee!! I probably won't be able to get to a computer but comment randomly, post on your own blog or xanga, and I'll be back on Monday the 6th. Be praying for safe travel, good visits with friends that we may not be able to see for a while, and God's blessing on Friday night. :o)


jueves, mayo 26, 2005


Gosh I dunno. This whole blogging thing. ::sigh::

OK, for one I started it because it was a good way to connect with people -


[Attn: This grumpy sentence was just interrupted with a news flash] Wow. I just checked my email and found a letter from a missionary in Russia, just sitting there smiling at me. Our church sabbath school class has been studying missions, and we were each supposed to get a pen pal. Well back in February, one lady in our class gave me hers because she couldn't do a lot of emailing. I wrote the missionary then but she didn't write back, and anywho I heard that she was on furlough in the states (how ironic!). No less than 4 months later... She wrote back!! She apologized for not getting it sooner, said that she had just returned to Moscow and is ready to roll again.

What an unexpected nicey sort of surprise! I have to say that I was in a pretty despondent mood, but suddenly there it was - a letter from Moscow from a woman who was excited to hear about me, and thrilled to tell me whatever I'd like to hear about Russia. How cool is that?! Kindof zapped my little grumpy thing I had going.

On other more businessliker notes - I still don't know how my blogging's gonna go. I may just try to take a break for a while (since it seems that I'm not blogging anyway). Next Tuesday we're headed down to Texas for a few days for my graduation, so I prolly won't have time to write until after that. If you're a hoosier - gimme a big hug while you can, if you're a Texan - I can't wait to see you!!!

Arg, I can't be grumpy over logging right now, and still I have to write a graduation speech Whatta weird day this is going to be!

Oh, and the Sycamore Covenant Academy students (our church's part time co-op) are taking their last finals this morning - please pray for them!

lunes, mayo 16, 2005

A "What's going on with me today" post

Well, to copy a fellow blogger's grocery list style, today in a whirl.

7:20 - Wakey wakey time; delicious biscuits; chauffeuring duty

8:15 - Study a while in the Word. Had a particular burden on my heart that I got to pray about, and share with someone else. (Get an accountability partner, folks, God uses them and for me these are the times when He has shown Himself to be so gracious.)

9:00 - Geometry. I had a lot on my mind during the college school year, so I paused my homeschooling courses. Now I'm back to simple, self-checked 30 problem lessons. Ahhh.

10:45 - Oh the joys of lunch on the road! We set off for Carmel and Mom asks for some munchies. What do I pull out of my magic bag? Raisin bread, cold hotdogs, and celery!! No mustard, chili, pickles, nah just the crushing reality of leftovers in a 10" by 12" box. Needless to say... we had a blast.

12:10 - Music. Pam. Dog hairs. Yeah, the works.

3:00 - Arrive back in Kokomo, fruit salad (yummers!), blog

4:00 - Kokomo Homeschool Youth Ensemble. Big name, small group. But we have fun -Bach, Beethoven, Rossini, they were awesome dudes. I will sit by our Concertmaster, Joel, and try 1) to keep up, 2) to play few enough "eewies" to escape Mr. Christensen's irrepressible smile. One day, for example:
::Candace screeches to the end of a passage and sticks out her tongue::
Cabbage: "Goodness, sorry about that Mr. Chrisensen, I just feel really off today."
Mr. Chritensen: "Oh really? ::titters:: It didn't sound at all out of the ordinary to me!"
But in truth he's a great guy, we just have so much fun with the witty sparing, I'm not sure I could have stuck it through two semesters of ensemble without him.

5:30 - Ensemble ends, hitchhike home (read: Catch a ride with our pastor's wife), supper (in the words of Ben "We have a choice! Beans, beans, or beans.")

6:45 - Ejercicios at the YMCA. A Yoga class (mom's idea).

8:00 - A movie date with a tall, dark-featured Spaniard (who incidentally assumes the shape of Marius the orange Cat from 12:38 am to 11 pm the next night.)

::looks at watch:: Almost 3:45, time to get life into gear again. Hope I didn't bore you all to bits a pieces. But I'm just a staff writer here, if you don't like something - write a letter to the editor. :P !

miércoles, mayo 11, 2005

Martha-ing around

Confessions of a Teenage Procrastinator

How is it that when I have the most time, and my summer begins to open up I suddenly find that I have time for nothing, and that I feel like it's been eons since I quieted myself before God, and prayed or read His Word? (on a side note, do you see what summer also does to my sentence construction?)

Here's how it goes. ::Cabbage in the middle of cleaning her room, or replying to emails, or working on some Spanish:: "Gosh I'm fried, this stuff is so unengaging, why not sneak off for half and hour and read in the Bible, why not find some good Psalms and sing them, or read the stories of godly people in a good biography?" "Nope, too much fun. This has gotta be done right now, I'll just stick it out because God would rather me do this."

Kindof dumb, huh? In fact, really dumb. The thought came rolling home this evening, that although there is a place for my work, my duty, and all that other me stuff, the whole point of His salvation is to bring me to worshipping Him. And the very means of grace that I could be mining for refreshment, growth, and joy are the things I'm neglecting because "clearly" there are other things that need to be done first. Satan laughs. It pleases him best when I carry heavy loads of dawn to dusk Duty; all that my Father wants me to do is cast away the weight and besetting sin and run with the light and easy load.

Yet let's glance a moment at the other hand, it's unbelievable but true, that staying faithful in the mundane is pleasing to him as well. smiling as my little bro raves about his new picture lens flair, these things are glorifying, even pleasing to God. A bit of a paradox, ain't it?

And where does blogging fit into it all? For starters, it is to be done like every other good work: heartily, as unto my Maker and Husband (Isa 54:5). And so I wanna stay connected with you guys. This is a gift from Him, and those are to be taken seriously. Here I can hear my Mom's voice in the back of my head, "Not every one can be the perfect blogger all the time, that would mean that you didn't really have a life worth talking about. It's ok to fall off the face of the world every now and then." Thanks, Mom. I will.

miércoles, mayo 04, 2005

Gracious and merciful


My last official school obligation was a Chemistry test. When I got out of it this morning, I almost floated out of class. While I was waiting for my ride, I pulled out a pocket Bible, and read a Psalm

Psalm 145

A Psalm of Praise, of David.

1I will extol You, my God, O King,
And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
2Every day I will bless You,
And I will praise Your name forever and ever.
3Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised,
And His greatness is unsearchable.
4One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.
5On the glorious splendor of Your majesty
And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.
6Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts,
And I will tell of Your greatness.
7They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness
And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness.
8The LORD is gracious and merciful;
Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.
9The LORD is good to all,
And His mercies are over all His works.
10All Your works shall give thanks to You, O LORD,
And Your godly ones shall bless You.
11They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom
And talk of Your power;
12To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts
And the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom.
13Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.
14The LORD sustains all who fall
And raises up all who are bowed down.
15The eyes of all look to You,
And You give them their food in due time.
16You open Your hand
And satisfy the desire of every living thing.
17The LORD is )righteous in all His ways
And kind in all His deeds.
18The LORD is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.
19He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him;
He will also hear their cry and will save them.
20The LORD keeps all who love Him,
But all the wicked He will destroy.
21My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD,
And all flesh will bless His holy name forever and ever.

God was very gracous to me in all three of my finals. Several times I felt perilously clost to either way overworking, or throwing in the towel. On Tuesday night all I could do before my Spanish test was ask for His shear mercy, knowing that whatever academic stamina of my own just wouldn't cut it. He has showered me with his mercy and I have laughed for joy at the closing of this chapter, my first baby year in college, and my last year of High School. May I pant after Him and run the way of His commands through the Summer.

lunes, mayo 02, 2005


One of the worser aspects of staying up until 10:30 pm is that your tummy has had enough waking hours to start to get hungry again.

::rumble rumble::