Sunday, December 25, 2005
Saturday, December 24, 2005
Friday, December 23, 2005
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Sunday, December 18, 2005
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Monday, December 12, 2005
Saturday, December 10, 2005
and all through the town
not a sign of Baby Jesus
was anywhere to be found.
The people were all busy
with Christmas time chores,
like decorating, and baking,
and shopping in stores.
No one sang, “Away in a manger,
no crib for a bed.”
Instead, they sang of Santa
dressed up in bright red.
Mama watched Martha Stewart,
Papa drank beer from a tap.
As hour upon hour
the presents they’d wrap.
When what from the TV
did they suddenly hear?
Except an ad, which told
of a big sale at Sears.
So away to the mall
they flew like a flash.
Buying things on credit
and a few on cash!
And, as they made their way home,
from their trip to the mall,
did they think about Jesus?
Oh, no… not at all.
Their lives were so busy
With their Christmas time things.
No time to remember
Christ Jesus, the King.
There were presents to wrap
and cookies to bake.
How could they stop and remember
who died for their sake?
To pray to the Savior,
They had not time to stop.
Because they needed more time,
to “Shop ‘til they dropped!”
On Wal-mart! On K-mart!
On Target! On Penney’s!
On Hallmark! On Zales!
A quick lunch at Denny’s.
From the big stores downtown
to the stores at the mall,
they would dash away, dash away,
and visit them all!
And up on the roof,
there arose such a clatter,
as Grandpa hung icicle lights,
up on his brand new step ladder.
He hung lights that would flash.
He lung lights that would twirl.
Yet, he never once prayed to Jesus,
Light of the World.
Christ’s eyes…how they twinkle!
Christ’s Spirit…how merry!
Christ’s love…how enormous!
All our burdens, He’ll carry!
So instead of being busy,
overworked, and uptight,
let’s put Christ back in Christmas,
and enjoy some good nights!
Friday, December 09, 2005
When the weathermen in Kansas City forecast snow - they mean SNOW like this picture of my parents back porch.... now when they predicted snow in Kentucky - everyone on the news made such a huge deal and freaked out the entire city, closing tons of schools, including two colleges that I know of, and made for just all out pandamonium. But turns out we got sleet/freezing rain and less than an inch of snow. Now to prevent myself from becoming the big bitch that I'm sure people will assume me to be if I keep going on and on about this sort of thing, I'm going to make fun of KY once - and once only - concerning this subject and then let you judge for yourself. When you say snow, you better be talking about at least 3 inches, because unless all the grass is covered and I can't see the topes of blades of grass, it doesn't count. Learn to drive on slick roads people, I've seen people freak out when it rains and drive crazy like that in the summer. You may be able to move away from snow people, but you can never move away from rain, so learn to drive in any kind of slippery weather starting with and including rain. No you don't need to run to the store and stock up on milk and canned food everytime it threatens to snow. If people in Colorado can somehow manage and somehow don't need to run to the store...um....everday, then so can we. I'm just amazed and I guess very thankful that I grew up in the midwest where you can appreciate a good snowfall and teach your kids to do doughnuts in the parking lots rather than teaching them to freak out at the possibility of snow. Ok....ok...I'm done now....maybe...
Thursday, December 08, 2005
10. Find a way to kill off mass quantities of brain cells so you can actually start believing what Bush says. It'll make life easier. Ignorance, after all, is bliss.
8. Prepare to bomb another country whose populace is generally "darker" than our Anglo ruling class... ...under false pretense of necessity and hocus-pocus groundless intelligence that exploits many Americans' cultural and geographic ignorance, once again reemphasizing our stupidity and general unworthiness to the rest of the world. Woo, that one was smokin'.
7. Get one of those dumbass bumper stickers that'll say something like, "Don't blame me, I voted for ________"
6. Apologize for your country's general stupidity and ignorance anytime you go overseas and meet people who'll ask you questions like, "Why did zee Americans elekt Meestar Boosh again?"
5. Engage in finding, chemically, "alternate realities" as a form of escapism
4. Prepare for Israel and Palestine not to resolve anything, with our full backing
3. Prepare for the passing of the "Super Patriot" Act -- whereby Arabic as a spoken language is simply outlawed.
2. Change your name from Habib to Mark
1. Move (to Canada, Netherlands, etc.)
Ok, now how about some predictable commentary (a.k.a., Republican/right wing backlash) about how if I don't like it here, I SHOULD just move and good riddance (i.e., the redneck "love it or leave it" philosophy, which defeats the whole purpose of democracy and intelligent, critical discourse in an open society, etc.). C'mon! Any takers? I'm tingling in anticipation of the comments I may get...
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
(X) smoked a cigarette
(X) crashed a friend's car or relative -I crashed into Pam's car with mine the night before we left for our cruise! Ham! :)
( ) stolen a car - and why would you be admitting this to all your friends on email?
(X) been in love
(X) been dumped
(X) been asked to be a God Parent
( ) been fired
( ) been in a fist fight
(X) changed a tire
(XXXXXXXXX) snuck out of your parent's house - I wouldn't have had a social life in HS had I not!
(X) had feelings for someone who didn't have them back - don't know - they were confused :)
( )been arrested...
(X) gone on a blind date
(X) lied to a friend
(X) still have friends from grade school
(X) skipped school
( ) seen someone die
( ) been to Canada
(X) been to Mexico
( ) been to Africa
( ) been to China
What the heck - where are all the other cool countries in the world like New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Spain, Amsterdam, Belize, and Grand Cayman?
(X) been on a plane
( ) purposely set a part of yourself on fire... WHAT KIND OF A QUESTION IS THIS!
(x) eaten sushi
(X) become a minister .... I'm in the process - and what kind of question is this - are there honestly that many people doing this? Because where are they if there are that many people
(X) been water-skiing
(X) been snow-skiing
(X) met someone from the internet
(X) been at a concert
(X) taken pain killers
(X) love someone or miss someone right now
(X) laid on your back and watched cloud shapes go by
(X) made a snow angel
(X) had a tea party (as a kid) - I had one on my 20th B-Day in NZ too :)
(X) flown a kite
(X) built a sand castle
(X) gone puddle jumping
(X) played dress up - my mind is in the gutter-I'm going to hell :)
(X) jumped into a pile of leaves
(X) gone sledding
(X) cheated while playing a game (do drinking games count?)
(X) been lonely
(X) fallen asleep at work/school
(XXXX) used a fake ID - again I wouldn't have had a social life in college had I not!
(X) watched the sun set
(X) felt an earthquake - in NZ - they have over 10,000 every year!
(X) been in a tornado
(X) slept beneath the stars
(X) been tickled
(X) been robbed
(X) been misunderstood
(X) said something your sorry for saying
(X) petted a reindeer/goat/kangaroo
(X) won a contest
(X) run a red light/stop sign
( ) been suspended from school
(X) been in a car crash - I swear it wasn't my fault!!
(X) had braces - and EVERY other tooth problem you could imagine
(X) felt like an outcast/third person
( ) eaten a whole pint of ice cream in one night
(X) had deja vu - does it count that you've been to the Night Club Deja Vu? ;)
(X) danced in the moonlight
(X) liked the way you looked
( ) witnessed a crime
(X) questioned your heart
(X) been obsessed with post-it notes (Don't hold this against me please)
(X) squished mud through your bare feet
(X) been lost
(X) been on the opposite side of the country - all sides of it!
(X) swam in the ocean
(X) felt like dying
(X) cried yourself to sleep
( ) played cops and robbers - again my mind is in the gutter - but no - haven't done this one :)
(X) recently colored with crayons - I work with 3 year olds every W & F - what do you think?
(X) sang karaoke
(X) paid for a meal with only coins - I don't think a meal - but definitely gas!
(X) done something you told yourself you wouldn't
( ) made prank phone calls
( ) cut down your own christmas tree
( ) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose
(X) caught a snowflake on your tongue
(X) danced in the rain
(X) written a letter to Santa Claus
(X) been kissed under the mistletoe
(X) watched the sun rise with someone you care about - yay for Fiji!!
(X) blown bubbles
( ) made a bonfire on the beach
( ) crashed a party
(X) gone roller-skating
(X) had a wish come true
(X) gone skydiving
(X) gone bunjee jumping
( ) ever had anyone throw you a surprise party for your birthday
(X) kept up with family and friends thru the email
( ) entered anything into the county fair
( ) allowed your pet to do things you would never allow your child to do
Sunday, December 04, 2005
Friday, December 02, 2005
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Monday, November 14, 2005
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Sunday, November 06, 2005
Friday, November 04, 2005
Laura, you are a Guardian.
Guardians, are the cornerstone of society, for they are the temperament given to serving and preserving our most important social institutions. Guardians have natural talent in managing goods and services--from supervision to maintenance and supply--and they use all their skills to keep things running smoothly in their families, communities, schools, churches, hospitals, and businesses.
Guardians can have a lot of fun with their friends, but they are quite serious about their duties and responsibilities. Guardians take pride in being dependable and trustworthy; if there's a job to be done, they can be counted on to put their shoulder to the wheel. Guardians also believe in law and order, and sometimes worry that respect for authority, even a fundamental sense of right and wrong, is being lost. Perhaps this is why Guardians honor customs and traditions so strongly--they are familiar patterns that help bring stability to our modern, fast-paced world.
Practical and down-to-earth, Guardians believe in following the rules and cooperating with others. They are not very comfortable winging it or blazing new trails; working steadily within the system is the Guardian way, for in the long run loyalty, discipline, and teamwork get the job done right. Guardians are meticulous about schedules and have a sharp eye for proper procedures. They are cautious about change, even though they know that change can be healthy for an institution. Better to go slowly, they say, and look before you leap.
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
At the same time - dating in general - I know, I know - we all suffer from the same excitement of the situation, but here are some of my thoughts on the subject. We all want and hope to find someone, to find that person with whom we can share our dreams and thoughts found only in the secret fissures of our hearts, and I am no different, but then somehow the situation always seems to be different. Something I’ve been struggling with lately is in the beginning stages of dating, or just getting to know someone in general. In order to get to know someone, I must make them, or our situation a priority in my life. However, I don’t feel it necessary to make them a priority yet, because I don't know that they are worth being a priority, and I know that this is mainly because I do not know them, who they are, etc. enough to desire to make them that important in my life. I know this makes me sound stuck up, to insinuate that someone is “not worthy of my time,” but that’s not my intention. It’s such a catch 22 – in order to make some a priority in my life I need to know who they are, what kind of person, that they are worth making them a priority in my life. BUT I must allow for them to be a priority in the first place in order to get to know them. In order for someone to be important in my life, they must ALREADY be important, so that I can discover whether or not they should be that important... ok...I’m done.... I'll just continue to be single and busy - maybe if I keep myself busy enough I won't notice being single... ya think?
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Saturday, October 22, 2005
Jamie, my New Zealand brother, currently living in London came over from London just for the weekend for the wedding! I guess the fact that the bachelor of century got married was a pretty big deal! Jamie is holding Charlie because they are ready to catch the garder (sp?). Good luck!
The first thing that I think of today when reading this scripture, is that Jesus must not have been familiar with Big 12, Tiger, or Cornhusker football when he said this. How is a Cornhusker honestly supposed to love a Tiger on a football Saturday half way through the season when they are tied for first place in the northern division? But, all joking aside, this scripture still presents a difficult question. How are two people, two very different people, supposed to love one another, in with the same amazing love with which Christ has loved them? And in attempting to address this question, even still, Chad, how is your unmarried, younger sister supposed to give wisdom and thoughtful reflection on this passage and marriage? Frankly, I cannot give that type of wisdom, because I do not know how. Quite frankly, I cannot speak to that type of wisdom for lack of experience. However, I do know how to speak of two parallel things to that type of wisdom. I know how to speak of the gospel, and I know of this love, which Jesus speaks of in this passage, the love, which Jesus shows to us all.
Both families have come here today, to this celebration of love, and have raised you two in love. Love from both families, friends and family alike, are represented here today in the fact that you have over 200 people here to celebrate the love between you two. Chad, I know that we have grown up with love, and Christie, that I have seen immense love within your family. I saw immense love during such a hard time just a few months ago and it still pours out passionately from all sides of your family, including from above. Vince still provides his true and great love to you and your family today, on this joyful celebration of love between you and Chad.
Now I am not suggesting that I even begin to understand this love you two share, because I know it is great and powerful, and something only the two of you can understand between one another. But I do affirm, as does this passage, that it must be like the love God has shown for us. As is the love of Christ, it should be unending, powerful, and unconditional. You can dedicate your life to it, spend a lifetime in this love, and yet there will always be more love than you can imagine, offering more to one another than you could ever know. As I can spend years studying the love Jesus has shown all of us, you can dedicate your life to the love between you two, and in both instances, it should be one of the most eloquent and powerful things you will experience in your life. Whether I speak of the love you two hold for each other or the love God offered to us through God’s Son, Jesus Christ, it matters not, because it holds true for both. Your marriage should be a reflection and joyful celebration of the love Christ has shown to us, and as he charged us to show one another.
Although it was not read today, Jesus continues on in this passage to speak about laying down your life for another as the greatest expression of love. Today you two are laying down your life for one another – not in a sense of a sacrificial death as in the case of Jesus Christ – but in that you offer your lives to one another, to join in life with each other. This sacrificial love you two are showing to one another is what Christ speaks of in John, that we love one another as he has loved us, in the fullest manner, in the greatest way we know how, through the example Jesus Christ has shown us. Christ laid down his life for us, so that our joy might be complete in him, and exemplifies one of the highest forms of love you could know. It is through this example today that you Chad & Christie are laying down their lives for one another in love, giving their lives to one another in love. Through joining your lives together, offering your life to one another, you give new life to your relationship and too each other, newness to a life joined with one another. While marital love is flawed and imperfect, because as humans we are flawed and imperfect, our love should strive to reflect divine love, laying down your life, offering your life to one another in love.
But surely Christ could not have meant that a Tiger should love a Cornhusker! Despite the fact that you as Tigers and Cornhuskers normally do not get along, Chad and Christie I know that your love will work through any dilemmas that may come, through football and basketball season, through joyous and distressing days, through faults and forgiveness, as Christ’s love has done the same for each of us. Christ still offered life to us through our faults, in the same way a new life in marriage is offered despite faults and indifferences that may come your way. Martin Luther says, "Marital love begins when intoxicating love disappears." While I hope this intoxicating love and infatuation does not have to completely die in marriage, Luther's point is well taken: in marriage we must not confuse loving our spouse with always feeling that our spouse is lovely. Although I can’t speak from experience, I trust there will be plenty of bad times in marriage where being "in love" will be replaced with perseverance, the ethic of love, until the feeling of love can be nurtured to return. This perseverance of love, the ethic and principle of love is what always remains, regardless of those feelings of loveliness that may from time to time disappear. Continuing from today, through this commitment and those you have already made to one another, your love will continue to grow through all of these instances, moments in thinking your spouse is lovely, and instances when you think your spouse is many other things, but regardless of these times, there will always be love.
I want to finish today with a reading I have found since starting at seminary; a reading that I believe speaks to love from Christ, and the love we can all show to one another. Whether you are dedicating your life to the love of Christ, or adding to this dedication to Christ through marriage, I believe you must give yourself to love, every type of love, and all that it allows you to enjoy in life – because of love.
Kind friends all gathered 'round, there's something I would say: That what brings us together here has blessed us all today.Love has made a circle that holds us all inside.Where strangers are as family, loneliness can't hide.You must give yourself to love if love is what you're after; Open up your hearts to the tears and laughterand give yourself to love, give yourself to love.Love is born in fire; it's planted like a seed.Love can't give you everything, but it gives you what you need.And love comes when you're ready, love comes when you're afraid; It will be your greatest teacher, the best friend you have made. So give yourself to love if love is what you're after; Open up your hearts to the tears and laughterAnd give yourself to love, give yourself to love. Chad and Christie – may God grant that your love for one another, reflect the love of Christ for us. May it continue to grow as you faithfully serve Christ in the world - through this reflection of love in your marriage today and your reflections of love forever more.
After the ceremony all 16 members of the wedding party and significant others included hopped onto a party bus that would take us from Dodge to the thriving metropolis of Fremont. We had plenty of champagne and beer to go around...Maybe Laura had one too many bottles of champagne on the bus on the way to the reception?
Like I said - I'm still a daddy's girl at 23! We had to be at the church at 10:30am for pictures - this was definitely an all day event. During all the pictures, you better believe we had the Mizzou/Nebraska game on! The game started at 11:30am, the weddding was at 2:00pm and entering into the ceremony it was a tie game at half time, 24 - 24, I'm not sure anyone would have listened to my homily had I not mentioned the game and the score in the middle of it....
Friday, October 21, 2005
The Bride and Groom one day before! We had to set up for both the reception and the rehersal dinner on Friday, decorations, arranging tables, and course making sure there was plenty of room for the bar. :) Chad, unfortunately your hat didn't help the cardinals here, but Christie, your "Bride" hat certainly seemed to be successful! ;)
Thursday, October 20, 2005
2. If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve its full potential, that word would be “meetings.”
3. There is a very fine line between “hobby” and “mental illness.”
4. People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.
5. You should not confuse your career with your life.
6. Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.
7. Never lick a steak knife.
8. The most destructive force in the universe is gossip.
9. You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight savings time.
10. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she’s pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment.
11. There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age eleven.
12. The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status, sexual affiliation or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above average drivers.
13. A person, who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person. (This is very important. Pay attention on first dates! It never fails.)
14. Your friends love you anyway.
15. Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic. (We'll have to discuss this ark thing, but I still thought it was a good point) :)
Monday, October 17, 2005
YOU KNOW YOU ARE LIVING IN 2005 when...
1. You accidentally enter your password on the microwave.
2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.
3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of 3.
4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.
5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses.
6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.
7. Every commercial on television has a website at the bottom of the screen.
8. Leaving the house without your cellphone, which you didn't have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.
10. You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee.
11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. : )
12. You're reading this and nodding and laughing.
13. You read blogs of people you've never met or talked to, yet you feel so close.
14. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.
15. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on this list. AND NOW U R LAUGHING at yourself.
I promise I will start posting real posts when I get back from my brother's wedding - I didn't realize how crazy my life in KY would start out and take off so quickly!
Saturday, October 15, 2005
|So it just finally clicked for me yesterday that I live in Lexington, all on my own, and that I will for quite a while....I mean, it's it not like I've been on drugs since August and haven't noticed - but it just sort of clicked the other day because I'm so used to moving all the time. Ever since high school I've continued to move almost every semester, city to city, hell country to country, never really living anywhere for the summer because I'm always at camp or traveling or something and other than living at home last year, this is the most permanent I'll live in one place for a long time since I was in high school. (Can we say run-on sentence?) It's like I've felt as if someone were going to wake me up one day and say "we're just kidding, this isn't your apartment, you don't live here, you don't live on you own, move out, either into a dorm or move home with your parents again...." I guess I did live at home for quite a while last year, but I think I'm also trying to block out how it made me feel like a big loser to live with my parents at 23.... :) Bottom line - I'm feeling very comfortable living on my own, no roommates and in Lexington in general :)|
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Monday, October 03, 2005
Sunday, October 02, 2005
So my friend Kelley - native Kentuckian - recently went on a date with her step brother and discovered a new way to plan her life, make major decisions, and basically a new religion to follow. It's called "The Cube." Wanna know what the cube says about me? I'm sensual and mysterious, my lover is moralistic but has fogotten to show up, my thunderstorm can be predicted about as well as Hurrican Rita, but fixed with Prozac, my children are inside my womb as an extension of my blonde self, and my lover is closer to my friends than me. As for Andrea, she wants to show her kids off and wants a Clydesdale of a man :) We're waiting to find out about Kelley until she's done dating her step-brother.
Friday, September 30, 2005
Thursday, September 29, 2005
Mean Girl from Subway: "If you're a doctor, then I want a second opinion."
Neela: "Sure then, Dr. Lockhart would you like to offer a second opinion?"
Abby: "Your ankle may be broken and you're a bitch"
Monday, September 26, 2005
Sunday, September 25, 2005
I want to thank you who have taken the time and trouble to send me your chain letters over the past 12 months. I must send my thanks to whoever sent me the one about rat crap in the glue-on envelopes cause I now have to get a wet towel with every envelope that needs sealing. Also, I scrub the top of every aluminum can I open for the same reason. Thank you for making me feel safe, secure, blessed, and wealthy. Because of your concern I no longer drink Coca Cola because I know it can remove toilet stains. I no longer drink Pepsi or Dr Pepper since the people who make these products are atheists who refuse to put "Under God" on their cans. I no longer use Saran wrap in the microwave because it causes cancer. I no longer check the coin return on pay phones because I could be pricked with a needle infected with AIDS or another terminal disease. I no longer use cancer-causing deodorants even though I smell like a water buffalo on a hot day. I no longer go to shopping malls because someone will drug me with a perfume sample and rob me. I no longer receive packages from UPS or FedEx since they are actually AlQaeda in disguise. I no longer shop at Target since they are French and don't support ourAmerican troops or the Salvation Army. I no longer answer the phone because someone will ask me to dial a number for which I will get a phone bill with calls to Jamaica, Uganda, Singapore, and Uzbekistan. I no longer eat KFC because their chickens are actually horrible mutant freaks with no eyes or feathers. I no longer have any sneakers -- but that will change once I receive my free replacement pair from Nike. I no longer buy expensive cookies from Neiman Marcus since I now have their recipe. I no longer worry about my soul because I have 363,214 angels looking out for me and St. Theresa's novena has granted my every wish. Thanks to you, I have learned that God only answers my prayers if I forward an email to seven of my friends and make a wish within five minutes. I no longer have any savings because I gave it to a sick girl who is about to die in the hospital (for the 1,387,258th time). I no longer have any money at all, but that will change once I receive the $15,000 that Microsoft and AOL are sending me for participating in their special e-mail program. Yes, I want to thank you so much for looking out for me that I will now return the favor! If you don't send this e-mail to at least 144,000 people in the next 70 minutes, a large dove with diarrhea will land on your head at 5:00PM(EDT) this afternoon and the fleas from 12 camels will infest your back, causing you to grow a hairy hump. I know this will occur because it actually happened to a friend of my next door neighbor's ex-mother-in-law's second husband's cousin's beautician. Have a wonderful day.
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
So this is one of Chad & Christie's MANY MANY engagement photos - which they are all fabulous - (done by www.kellyjackson.com). Anyway - I just had to share with everyone.... Christie must be some lady to get Chad "I used to crawl up the grand stand at Busch Stadium" - to sit ON TOP of a high rise building! :) Congrats you two - can't wait for the wedding!
Sunday, September 18, 2005
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Monday, September 12, 2005
This weekend I went to a wedding in St. Louis of long time family friend. It was really great to see the Ammann crew, including all four girls and all their children! It was also a really nice time to see my family since I've now been in Lexington a month! It doesn't feel like it, although my apartment definitely appears lived in :) Charlie & Kate were adorable, and I'm sure they will do awesome in our upcoming family wedding! The next time I get to see the fam is at Chad's wedding in October!! The wedding was beautiful and a fabulous time, those Ammann's sure know how to throw a party - I guess the should know by now since this IS their third :) Congrats Susan & Chris!
Monday, September 05, 2005
The Psalmist penned the words to describe the Hebrew people's overwhelming despair after being marched into exile. An enemy far more powerful than they could reasonably resist had conquered them. They had been forced out of their homes. They left behind most of their personal belongings. No longer could they look out on the familiar landscapes of home. They did not know when or even if they would ever return home. With each passing day, fewer and fewer found the strength to muster the courage to hope. The psalmist describes it this way: "By the waters of Babylon, we sat and wept."
Barbara Jones, Regional Minister for congregations of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in hurricane ravaged Mississippi and Louisiana quotes the Psalmist in an email today to describe her own sense of being overwhelmed at one of the worst, if not the very worst natural disaster in history of this nation.
"By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept." In quoting those words, Barbara Jones, touches something deep within each us - this growing sense of being overwhelmed, helpless, even made hopeless in the face of circumstances beyond our control.
With many of you, I have struggled all week to find an appropriate way, particularly for LTS to respond. My first instinct, to encourage a group from the seminary to head south and help, was quickly jettisoned by the reality that New Orleans does not need a group of well-intentioned, but untrained, unskilled people trying to help but really getting in the way. While you and I might not be able to do much, there are some things we who feel overwhelmed can do - not the least of which is praying and weeping.
In the midst of the frustration of wanting to do something to help, but not knowing what to do, remember there is the opportunity to pray for and to weep with the suffering. Don't underestimate that as a contribution. There is something greatly to be valued in prayer; something healing about weeping with those who weep. Indeed, "By the waters of Babylon, we sat down and wept."
He goes on to mention the Week of Compassion, a direct relief arm of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) which is a much more organized and worthy way of giving time, or utilizing them as a resource to help in any way you can. www.weekofcompassion.org And as he said, prayer & weeping are not to be underestimated as a contribution. Therefore I will pray, and weep with them.
Friday, September 02, 2005
Couldn't pass up posting this - I know why gas prices have shot up lately, so I'm not going to complain about having to pay for them knowing what other people are going through - but I seriously just thought I was going to fall out of my chair this is so funny.... :)
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Wow - I am speechless to know this is right here in the US. Worst of all, I really had no idea this storm was even coming, because I had no cable or internet, therefore no television, I don't et the paper etc. I went to a friends house on Sunday night to watch the MTV VMA's and they all told me about it, and finally had the chance to check out some information on the internet etc. Luckily, my best friend and college roommate Emily Compton, who lives in Baton Rouge, had already left and was waiting out the storm at home in the mid-west. Nonetheless, I'm still in awe, and paralized at how to react to all this, all the news, all the pictures, all the death, neglect, reaction of the USA...all of it... Weird to think the storm could also affect weather this far north into KY.... Our prayers are with you all!
Sunday, August 07, 2005
The New Zealand and American families are finally togther! It only took a wedding to do it! For those of you who don't know, my New Zealand family met my parents/sister/brother when they all lived in Syracuse, NY in the 70's. Ever since then, each person in my family has visited them in NZ and they have all come to the US/KC, but never together. So for the first time in history, we were all together in California for Rupert & Liza's wedding!! Congrats Rupert & Liza, it was amazing!
Friday, August 05, 2005
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Monday, July 25, 2005
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Do I look like a Lion? This year's theme for VBS was Serengheti Trek - "Where kids are WILD about God!" - I was in charge of the "Mane Event" so I figured I needed to get into character. Yes that is my own hair - and yes it went back to normal!
Monday, July 18, 2005
Tomfooleries with Emily, her brother Michael and some of their friends from Truman State...what a night!! I told Michael I would pay his bar tab if he licked the bowl clean from our Spinach/Artichoke Dip. Guess I should never make that sort of statement to a poor college student eh?
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
SO - This is my brother... he's getting married October 22 - the bachelor party is this weekend though... and I mean ALL weekend - it starts today, Wednesday, and goes until Sunday... it's costing them over $3000 to throw this thing.... but this was him last night....trying on the petti coat to his fiance's wedding dress. She's obviously been hiding her dress and all pictures of it and when he saw the petti coat - he thought that IT was the dress! How are we even related?
Monday, July 11, 2005
So I have this list of 100 things I would like to do before I die. Some are fairly simple, or don't require lots of money, like falling in love or graduating from high school, while others are a little more dramatic, like get married, beoome a mother, see the Taj Mahal or see the Great Wall of China. I've been working on this list since about 1995. Since graduating from Mizzou (which was also on my list) in May 2004, I've been living at home and working a pretty monotonous job which I haven't been very happy about and pretty much though my life at home was just this temporary time of loser-ville in which I was living with my parents and in this dead end job. Well - now that I look at my list of 100 things - this past year I have accomplished or at least contriubted to 10 of those things on that list!! So maybe this year wasn't such a waste of living at home and not moving onto grad school right away. :) I know, I know - it wasn't a waste - but there were definitely times this past year, you could have fooled me!!
Sunday, July 10, 2005
Friday, July 08, 2005
The girls and I went to Granfalloon last night - the new one that just opened up near Zona Rosa. Laura is single and fancy free now - so let's take advantage of that! We had a great time, and it was good to hang out with the girls from high school for a while. Michael ended up coming, just as my brother and Christie did, and as well, Jason Breit. I ran into lots of people from Mizzou, including one friend of mine who actually lives in St. Louis - so that was random. Good to hang out with everyone before I head off to KY!!
Monday, July 04, 2005
Grant puts sticks in my car. This is Grant - One of the campers from my CYF camp in Northwest Missouri. He likes to throw sticks at me, so he thought it appropriate to fill my car with sticks. That's ok though - since I'm a counselor, I can go into the boys cabins - so I took all the sticks from my car and put them in his bed, only after I stole his bedding and stored it in my now locked car. CYF camp in Trenton is my favorite, the kids are great and I love the counseling staff as well. I'm sad that I might not be able to come back next year. :( Not to mention that there is a celebrity in our midst when we are there. Nathan Brooks - the greatest up and coming singer ever... www.brooksrock.com. (There's your plug Nathan!)
Monday, June 27, 2005
Charlie came over for a day because he was sick and Kerri still had to work - so mom and I babysatt sick Charlie. Were we in for a treat!! Charlie thought it would be quite fun to throw up all over my bed - so as you can see in the picture, there are no sheets on my bed - but he's smiling away, just minutes after the event. I've been trying to pack my room and all of my stuff for my move to Lexington - and Charlie made it so much easier by being sick and being there :) It was good though - I'm afraid I won't get much more time with my family before I leave, so I'm not complaining on anytime that I've been spending with the fam! Charlie also helped me pack for the next camp I'm off to in Trenton, MO - then I'm done with camp - I'm only slightly excited.... :)
Monday, June 20, 2005
Chad isn't even a father and the only pictures we have of Father's Day is of my brother because he is a tool. We went over to my aunt Mable and Uncle Lyle's house as usual on Father's Day and my grandfather was there too. So Chad took it upon himself to use Grandpa's scooter in order to go get himself a new beer. Instead of walking 15 steps to the cooler, he thought it much more efficient to get on the scooter - use grandpa's "reaching stick" to get in the cooler and then back the scooter up to his chair again. I dread the day he actually does becom a father and teaches his children these things. I'm sure he's dreading payback as well for everything he put his father through! :)
Amber Cantrell and I headed off to NYC June 15 - June 19 to celebrate Shively's 21st birthday!!! Lindsay Shively (my Kappa pledge daughter) is in NYC this summer with an internship with Fox News (we'll forgive her for that later). She is insanely lucky and gets to live in the NYU law dorms!! Pam also lives there with her boyfriend, so I was extremely lucky to also get to see her. I miss my Ham!! Amber and I definitely burnt the candle at every end while we were in NYC! We managed to see the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Ground Zero, Little Italy, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, Central Park, The Empire State Building, Grand Central Station, Chinatown, SoHo, NoHo, Greenwich Village, Serendipity, The United Nations Building a street fair, and I'm sure I forgot to mention the rest!! That's where we are in the picture - feeding each other our goodies from the street fair - a raspberry lemonade and a mozareppa!! (It's mozarella cheese cooked in between two pieces of corn bread). Fattening and insanely wonderful I might add! We looked all over for Carrie Bradshaw - but surprise surprise we didn't find her... I guess that just means we'll have to go back!!
Saturday, June 11, 2005
CYF Camp at Tall Oaks was a blast for me this year. We had three Liberty kids there which was really amazing especially considering what has been happening at our church lately. Camille Yameen was there for her first time and had a blast. Joe Massiovecchio was a senior this year, and also on the CYF Cabinet, a position I also held when I was in HS. Michael Williams came back after a few years and it was great to get to know him in my small group. It's always very refreshing to be at camp, but especially at CYF camp. Where at the Junior High camps, there is very little opportunity for you to have your own experience with God, and really experience camp for yourself, at CYF (HS) camp allows all members of the camp to participate on a fairly equal level. I feel like I can talk to these kids on more of a peer level than some adult sponsors and that they really appreciated that. At least I hope so!! One of our speakers was Bruce Frogge which was a real delight since he's been a part of my faith journey and he was able to catch up on what I've been up to etc. Bonnie Carenan is a DPF Intern this summer, and was on the KC CYF Cabinet with me in HS, so it was exciting to share with her my experiences, and also re-connect with her. Nathan Brooks came to visit and play with the "house band" so at one time we had three DPF Peace Interns in the group, and we also had all three Brooks siblings there... scary!! Thank you everyone for such an amazing week!!
Friday, June 03, 2005
Good riddins Hanger! Today is was my last day of work - and I couldn't be more thrilled!! My boss has always hated me because I'm not this submissive woman that is going to take his crap or lies... So knowing how much he loves me, since Fridays are casual day - I took it upon myself to wear my shirt that says in very large letters right on the front "EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH" Obviously not the truth since Hanger doesn't have that title, but I'm sure he was pissed off and wanted to say something which was nice. :) Last night Sasha and Doris arranged for lots lof people to come out and say goodbye to me since I will officially be leaving for good!! Thanks a ton for the cards everyone and for coming out with us, Derrik (my sober driver, just incase), Heather, Amber, Sasha, Doris, Cindy, Lori, Debbie, Marty, & Angela. It was a blast and even though I won't even remember the job because I miss it that little, but I will miss the people!!
Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Memorial Day was at my lake house with my family - minus Chad & Christie. Christie's dad passed away unexpectedly last week, so after we all traveled up there for the funeral, we all came back to the lake for the weekend. Hopefully Chad & Christie can be there for the next time that we are all there together. Nonetheless, we still had fun and it was very relaxing. We all took turns cooking dinner and I will have to say that Derrik and I made some of the best fajitas I've ever tasted. I think he did a little more of the work - but you can't discriminate because I'm slow at cutting vegetables. We also celebrated my birthday down there with Angel Food cake (my favorite) - what can I say... I'm just so important that the whole country takes a three day weekend for my birthday! Did we really have to come back to the reality of our jobs?
Friday, May 20, 2005
What is Pam doing? Pam came into town tonight and we went to La Bodega for some tapas and sangria! Then after talking to the waiter - Pam discovered a very authentic night club to go salsa dancing! We had a blast - the only two white girls in there - but that made us a novelty! As you can see from the picture, Pam is wearing a white tank-top underneath a black sweater that is pretty see through. Well when you wear a sweater and go salsa dancing, Pam starts to sweat and then all the fuzzies off of Pam's sweater cling to her skin. So we go to the bathroom and she thinks, "hey I'll take off my sweater, I'm hot" - which turns into - Hey, Pam looks like a 45 yearold hairy man because there is black stuff EVERYWHERE!! Needless to say, she had to leave the sweater on even though she was really hot. OK - so it was probably much funnier if you were there in the bathroom with us... sorry.....
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Ham graduated!! I went down to Columbia to celebrate with Pam and her family. My parents also drove up from the lake to see Ham graduate! Now she's off to a middle eastern country to leave me alone in the good 'ol Kentucky! I can't believe it's been three years since she scared me into joining AIESEC and becoming best friends... Does this mean we have to be responsible and such now that we are both done with school?
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Derrik finally came home May 1st!! Yeah!! I don't think I could have been more excited to see anyone in my entire life!! It's amazing how much I don't know how to actually be in a relationship that is normal as this seems. I mean, we spent so much of our relationship apart, started out being long distance, and now that he's home, it's like I don't know how to be in a normal relationship. :)
Jon came home to KC from KS to visit for the weekend so it was like old times across the street at the Gallagher household. We missed you Emily - but we understand that finals come first!! All the boys were there, and all the girls except Emily - the old gang is back again!
Saturday, May 07, 2005
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
Disciples Bible Study was a 36 week long Bible Study that I took through my church, Liberty Christian Church. I really enjoyed the class although it became really tough as the year progressed and more drama in my church surrounded our study. Gossip became most of the discussion rather than the Bible Study - but I had to stick with it. I was allowed to teach part of it, which was really nice because it helped me get some experience etc. It just so happens though, our last Bible Study and dinner was on May 1st - the same exact day that Derrik is getting home!! I saw him briefly before the dinner and then afterwards, so I survived. I'm just so happy he's home!
Monday, April 18, 2005
Lexington Theological Seminary here I come!! So it's been almost a month since I've written on here - how horrible! Sorry!! Although the pictures say this was two years ago, April 13 I flew to visit LTS in KY. Kelley (and everyone else, Courtney, Andrea, Jeff, Kevin and all) thank you so much for showing me a great time! What a hard decision to decide where I would be going to Seminary...but I'm infinitely happy now that I've actually made the decision!! So everyone get ready to send your care packages to KY and come visit me during the derby :)