viernes, diciembre 26, 2008
There was a cabbage. [what better way to begin a story??] This cabbage had waddled (rolled really) through four years of college. It had been great fun and the cabbage was all the greener and leafier because of it, but she had finally rolled out of college and that was that.
Now beyond all expectation certain kindly vegetables had granted the cabbage some funds for rolling out of college. These were unexpected, but very welcome. And now she had a choice, what to do with all this funding? Well some went where it needed to go (even a cabbage’s life has expenditures), others she traded to a potato for his ipod touch (he didn’t need it anymore), but when it was all done, she was still in possession of a sizeable fortune... at least for a cabbage, you know.
So the very simplest thing that a simple cabbage could think to do after she rolled out of college, was, quite naturally, to roll some place else.
California, for example.
Yes, there was a thought for you, she could roll to California for a few days vacation, then roll back to her home in Indiana. A perfect idea.
And so the very simple cabbage decided (after some not-so-simple deliberation) that she would in fact go to California at the next available date– Monday sounded good – and take the potato with her (he was her brother after all). They would roll over the Rockies in their cabbagemobile, see the sights of California, and roll back the same way. Simple really.
And... well... that is where the story must pause for the moment, because quite frankly the rest hasn’t happened yet. But don’t worry, we’re sure the cabbage will have some very fun and hopefully not-so-life-threatening adventures with her brother, the potato, and return to tell the tale some day.
Perhaps she will post pictures on the pea bowl during the trip. Perhaps not. But if you don’t hear from her for a while, never fear. Somewhere between you and the Pacific Ocean is a cabbage/potato combination sure to be having fun somewhere. And before they know it (at least hopefully before the potato’s school starts up again!) they will be back.
miércoles, diciembre 24, 2008
sábado, diciembre 20, 2008
I find it strange, at this supposedly auspicious junction, to actually be congratulated. Now naturally I'll accept any amount of random joy and felicitations from my friends & family, but the thought that I've accomplished something truly great is beyond me at this point. As far as I can tell, all I've done for four years is gone to a little state school three miles away, studied, worked some campus jobs, and accomplished what millions of other young adults could have done with probably less grousing. It was my job for 4 years. I was just doing it, and wonder now about all the buzz.
But that's just grousing again. For I forget easily. I forget how I got here. I forget the countless hours (amounting to *days* really, if you think about it) that they have put up with my endless babble about literature or chemistry, or French...
I forget about the dining room table that they let me take over, the cups of hot tea brought to my bedroom, the celebrations that were held each time I finished a semester.
I've forgotten that they supported, prayed, and cheered me to where I am today. They deserve to celebrate this milestone, for they helped bring me here.
And then I forget about the frantic prayers before tests, prayers that were answered... amazingly, wildly beyond my desert. About the agonizing periods of writers block into which came clarity. The moments of fatigue into which came either strength or rest. (How could I forget them??? And is the weakness so far behind me that the congratulations are now really for me?)
And I forget about the times (there were so, so few of them) that I was on the giving, rather than the recieving end, of important information. That someone who was munching their dinner or discussing their homework got a little stab of the gospel into their day. How many times, hundreds... maybe thousands? could I have said something that I didn't? I forget that the God who endures such cowardice still promises bright and beautiful things in the future. That is something to remember, when college is long gone.
Yet it's done. It's over. And in the blink of an eye I am standing with four years of unpayable mercies behind me, and the cheers and encouragements of all around me. Congratulations?? I'm just a little puddle into which He has come along and dumped a load of diamonds. And oh, if I were just worthy of the gift...
But these are all just post-graduation mumblings... a piece of clay with eyes wide at what the Potter has done. And to all the clay's startled misgivings, He simply says in Hosea 14:4, Oh yes
I will love them...
lunes, diciembre 01, 2008
miércoles, noviembre 12, 2008
miércoles, noviembre 05, 2008
I've found nothing pure
Maybe I'm just idealistic to assume that truth
Could be fact and form
That love could be a verb
Maybe I'm just a little misinformed.
As the dead moon rises, and the freeways sigh
Let the trains watch over the tides and the mist
Spinning circles in our skies tonight
Let the trucks roll in from Los Angeles
Maybe our stars are unanimously tired
Let your love be strong, and I don't care what goes down
Let your love be strong enough to weather through the thunder cloud
Fury and thunder clap like stealing the fire from your eyes
All of my world hanging on your love
Let the wars begin, let my strength wear thin
Let my fingers crack, let my world fall apart
Train the monkeys on my back to fight
Let it start tonight
When my world explodes, when my stars touch the ground
Falling down like broken satellites
Let your love be strong, and I don't care what goes down
Let your love be strong enough to weather through the thunder cloud
Fury and thunder clap like stealing the fire from your skies
All that I am hanging on, all of my world resting on
jueves, octubre 16, 2008
lunes, octubre 13, 2008
::gives gmail a big hug for spiriting her away from the school webmail and instantaneously making life easier::
ahh, that felt good.
sábado, octubre 04, 2008
sábado, septiembre 13, 2008
Today for the first time I put marshmallows in my coffee.
Yes, I did.
Actually, it started out as a desperate search for any sort of decent creamer (which sadly there was a void of) so I reached for the next white sweet thing I could could find, and poof! (as my French teacher says) there we were! Actually it wasn't half bad. Try that next time you're board...
Aaaaand, I'm already running out of things to say. Part of this is perhaps due to giving some plasma today (a profitable venture in more ways than one). The upside is that you get to help your community and get a bit o compensation. The down side is that your brain (or my brain) sometimes goes with it...
Aaaanywho.... perhaps I shouldn't have used those marshmallows after all...
Speaking of which... marshmallows?? Since when are they marshmallows and who ever says it like that anyway?!
(ok, note to self: no more marshmallows, and certainly not in coffee... adverse mood affects...)
Innnn other news.
Oh yes, I can put up random pictures from my phone, that shall be diverting.
To preface them, in my various travels about this land, I've started just taking pictures with my cell phone (since it's always with me) so this could be considered a haphazard pictoral representation my life the last few months...*
*as you will note that the pictures came from a phone, you will in kindness excuse their poor quality...
First?? A Christmas picture of course! Three dazzling siblings of various shapes and sizes.
More importantly, what *are* Ben and Amy doing in this picture?? Interpretations??
Next, a random love note/graffiti scribbled on a white board at school.
Of course, those of us who work in the library are gratified.
Next, more sibling photography, only this one is showing off his drum skilzz... Rock band! :D
What could be better than rock band? Fireworks! Our timeline moveth forward to the Fourth of July...
This picture was my special phone background for many moons. Taken in the Creation Museum. (no, not in today's news you silly...)
These next two go together. I say no more.
I have many pictures from New York, but methinks I'll save them for *gasp* another post!
Suffice it to have these two shots from the Delaware County Fair and you can see one side of the... rustic beauty that I was enjoying...
#1: a tee shirt
#2: a sign in the bunny barn
You probably can't tell, but the eyes of the Himalayan Bunny depicted here are red and for the first time I pondered the existence of red-eyed abominable mountain bunnies...
Be afraid. Be very afraid.
jueves, agosto 28, 2008
There's a fine line between,
genius (or even 4.0s) & insanity
biscuts & cookies (it's a British thing)
purple & happiness
leather sandals & stinky feet
siblings & vivacity
siblings & snorts
couches & sleep
lunes, agosto 25, 2008
(Acts 8:38- If you believe with all your heart, you may.)
You think, poor seeker, that you are not allowed to rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory; [that] if you are permitted to get inside Christ’s door, or sit at the bottom of his table, you will be well content. Ah! but you shall not have less privileges than the very greatest... When Jesus comes into the heart, he issues a general license to be glad in the Lord.
...Perhaps our reader is saying, “I wish I could enjoy the promises, and walk at liberty in my Lord’s commands.” “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” Loose the chains of thy neck, O captive daughter, for Jesus makes thee free.
Amen, sir, amen.
jueves, agosto 21, 2008
little voice: You know… you really need to post on your blog. You’re officially back home now, and you told them that you wouldn’t leave it forever…
me: Yeah yeah. But I have business to do this morning! I’ve already been bumming around. And you know all those emails I said I’d do last night? Well they still need to be written! Big important emails. Shouldn’t wait on them.
You told them you would post.
I know!! Clam up! I have to prioritize!
Well look at you now. All you’re doing is lurching around Microsoft Word and cleaning out a jar of peanut butter. Prioritizing, are we?
Hey, my sustenance is important. No food. No Cabbage. No blog. Besides, with you nagging me like this I won’t be happy enough to write something good anyways. I won’t be able to tell them about all the coolness from New York, seeing mountains, or the fawn, or watching Olympics, or getting to know the Lord Jesus Christ better… none of that will come out; no excitement or joy or peace like I’ve had. All it will be will be grousing because I want to post but don’t have the time to write a good post because school is starting in four days and I don’t even know where all my socks are. They’ll all just see that I’m in process and still trying to figure things out, and then where will we be?!
Right where we’ve always been all along…
sábado, julio 26, 2008
Where oh where has Candace gone? and Why isn't she responding to my incessant messages on blogger/facebook?
The answer to the question #1 - Walton, New York - may only produce further perturbation.
Where on the planet is Walton New York???
long answer: here
Which is precisely why I came.
Basically, this has been a whirlwind summer for me. Really a whirlwind half a year. First a fun but busy semester. Then Mexico for 7 weeks, then some rapid catching up with friends, and lastly the conference at Calvin where sleep as a HS counselor was so little of a priority that we only managed 1.4 hours on the last night. Sooooo yeah. First on my list of things to do in the next 48 hrs is sleep, sleeep, sleeeeeeeep.
I guess the bigger issue, though, is that on top of it all, this has been a pretty brain-intensive time as well. The Lord has had a lot to teach me in the last 7 months and it was pointed out to me that my brain can't just have input time, it needs processing time as well. So I wanted a place to process.
And that is why I'm writing this note from upstate New York and not my home in Indiana (much as I love it there!). I first came to Walton on a trip this Spring Break, and the beauty, quietness, and hospitality of it all so impacted me, that when I started thinking of places to get away to this was the first one on my mind. It isn't that I can't think and pray in Kokomo, but a wittle voice inside of me warned that all of the legitimate claims, duties, and opportunities of home would distract from the task of resting, seeking, and praying. Middle of Nowhere, here I come.
And in case you're wondering why I didn't tell you about it sooner, quite honestly I didn't know about it any sooner. I've been wanting to get away for a while, but this specific plan didn't burst upon my cranium until... ah hem, very recently. A few Walton friends very graciously offered to give me a ride and a bed, so on Friday I packed my bag of tricks and here I am.
Now to the second question, Wherefore are thou on facebook or blogger, oh Candace?
The general plan while I'm out here to pray, read and memorize scripture, pray, get to know the local Walton RP congregation, pray, work and help out a couple of families as I can, pray, and lastly, get out into the woods and pray some more.
See anything about Facebook on there? Nope. Sorry, this girl needs a Facebook and blogger break.
So let me be abundantly clear:
I am not checking my Facebook while I'm out here.
if you poke me on Facebook - I will not see it.
if you invite me to an event on Facebook - I will not see it.
if you make me your friend on Facebook - I will not see it.
if you send me a comment or message on Blogger or on Facebook - I will not see it.
if you send me a flagwaving, green and purple superhug via superpoke - I will not see it.
So alas, what can you do?
Well, if you truly wish to contact in the next week(s) before I get back for any greeting, question, sanity checkup, or interpretive dance, do this:
That's right folks! In the dawn of time before Facebook there was email! I will check my email (which ironically is on my facebook wall) from time to time, so your salutations and concerns will eventually be seen there. And I won't be gone for ever anyways, methinks I'll get back to it all when school starts. If you could care less that I fall off the face of the earth, good for you; have a donut and enjoy the rest of your day.
And lastly, when will I be getting home?
Uh, sometime... before school starts. In August. sometime.
Honestly, I'm not too worried/specific on that end. I know that I'm here for at least a week, and maybe longer than that. I'll work out transportation when it becomes clear that I need to head west. NY has planes, buses, cars, and cows, one of those is bound to do when I get me back to Hoosier-land.
Are we cool now? On the same page? Clear as mud?
on the other side.
lunes, julio 14, 2008
Mexico was real, and great, and really great (and it seems that my mind is only operating in quotes right now. oh well, here's looking at you, dolt). Coming back seems to ask for a change of skin, and aridness seems to suit my pallet for now, so enjoy.
Anywho, wouldn't it be nice if I could just put out a list of "99 Useful life lessons that I learned in Mexico that I won't have to learn any more..." Somehow the burrito just doesn't seem to roll that way.
It's not that I didn't learn things, lots of things; they just seem to go all gushy and gray when I try to quantify them into neat little platitudes. Perhaps I wasn't learning so much about México in the end - after all, wikipedia will tell you any number of facts you are looking for, this is not why your travel. At the risk of being sappy (a risk I'm always dangerously happy to take) I get the feeling that somehow the thing I learned the most about in the end... was my own wittle self. Dangerous faring indeed, seamates.
But enough about that, for today let us stay in more navigable waters. In fact, why not just go to the old list idea...
21 not-so-life-altering yet usefull things I learned in Mexico:
1. In any situation “Por Favor” and “Gracias” can do a world of good
2. Some countries are just a nation full of people waiting to be your friend. Then, there is America.
3. Don’t drink the water
4. water from the tap will make you sick
5. no bebe el agua
6. if you drink the water, you diiiie. X-P
7. A “gringo” is a white foreigner from a different culture
8. we were gringos
9. Mangos, though a delightful fruit, can leave certain acids on your skin when you bite their juicy rinds. We gringos called the resulting rash “Mango Chin” and it is not an attractive facial accessory.
10. You can put lime juice on *anything* and it will taste good.
11. You can also put chili sauce on *anything*, and it will sometimes taste… bizarre.
12. Chili sauce on papaya…. baaaaad idea.
13. Honking while in traffic is a perfectly acceptable way to vent frustration. Never mind that four cars in front of you have already poured their wrath on some random object – somehow adding your own blast will still help the situation along…
14. Beware of altitude. Just because the air is cool, doesn’t mean your skin won’t be crispy red at the end of the day.
15. Being the temporary teacher in a language school does not save you from any number of personal questions, but if you tell them how much you like Mexico, the outcome will be good.
16. McDonalds is everywhere.
17. The Simpsons is everywhere.
18. we grieve over this.
19. “Ahorita” meaning ‘a little moment’ is a time unit that spans anywhere from 2 minutes to several hours. Somehow no one thinks this ambiguity diminishes its usefulness.
20. Goth or emo kids are not to be taken at face value. Oftentimes if you make a crack, they get it first, if you ask them their opinion, they will eloquently express it, and if you shoot them a smile they are suddenly your friend.
21. When the day is done and you are abroad, you may be lonely. You may be exhausted. You may have frittered another precious 24 hours away on google or youtube or facebook, trying to fill a void. But behind it all is a God that is stretching your brain, viewing both successes and failures with mercy, and saying to you in your darkest moments “It is I; do not be afraid” (Jn 6:20).
sábado, julio 05, 2008
lunes, abril 28, 2008
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings..."
But to be honest, we won't discuss many of those things here.
This is a post to say that I won't post here much, anymore
Yes, my friends, the time has come to talk of different things. And different things deserve a different blog, so go forth with me to a different blog spot, and view our travels at www.candaceabroad.blogspot.com
(at this location
for the summer)
I thought you'd like that :}
sábado, febrero 16, 2008
Yet there come moments in all of our lives when the powers of silliness collide with such overwhelming force that all we can do is stand back...
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you:
Veggie Tales + Relient K + Pirates of the Caribbean.
miércoles, febrero 13, 2008
Behold what manner of LOVE the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.