August 24, 2010

I can climb the sky

     I gave up on Daughter of Silk. I just thought I would admit that to world here and now. I couldn't handle all the historical super accuracy of it. But, thankfully having not given up on literature completely, I'm now reading Not My Will by Francena H. Arnold, and quite enjoying it. It's a very old book (copyright 1946) and it's about a girl named Eleanor, whose parents died when she was a baby and she was sent to live with an aunt. Aunt Ruth, they call her. Both Eleanor and aunt Ruth were extremely stubborn and headstrong, so the first few chapters were about their battles, mostly concerning boys (aunt Ruth's experiences with men had made her bitter, so she never wanted Eleanor in their company). Eventually, when Eleanor is ready to go to college, aunt Ruth contracts a rare disease and she dies - leaving Eleanor her entire estate, but she has to wait until she is 25, and if she marries, she loses it all. Well, Eleanor, by some chance that only an author could weave, falls in love with a man who happens to have the same last name, so they end up getting secretly married, and that is where I am in the book now. Just finished chapter 9.
     Last night we played ultimate - yet, it was not just another game of ultimate... thanks to me and John being ingenious, it was secretly a surprise going away party for Randy! Keeping secrets is hard for me, by the way. Maybe not as hard as it is for Kiera, but hard nonetheless. So on the way to the park we stopped at Target and I picked up a card for everyone to sign that said "I smile everytime I think of you." and then on the inside, "I smile a lot." Here is Randy with the cake my sweet mother baked and decorated for him. Regrettably he was not AS surprised as we would have had him be... seeing as he found his card between two pizza boxes and said, "hey, is this for me?" :P but he was surprised enough, and that was the idea. Nik even brought him some soap so he can stay clean at college. :) We'll miss you Randy!!!! (oh yes! and photo credit goes to Jenna, as usual!)
     My whole body is sore. I like the feeling, but maybe I shouldn't work out today? I can't remember if you're supposed to work out when you're sore or not. I'll probably jog for sure though. I just feel better as a person, as a whole, when I do that everyday. And today I will be getting the last three textbooks I need for school. I have to pay full price for the world music one :( $145. sigh sigh sigh. I'm still excited for school, though! I'm borrowing the math book from Nathaniel... and it looks like it won't be TOO far over my head. So I'm even excited for math.

Have a lovely day, my friends!

August 16, 2010

life just ain't the same when I'm with You

it's beautiful outside today! I woke up at 7:45 and heard my mom talking to my dad downstairs. I remember wondering if I should get up and talk to her about what I was going to do at the college today... but I fell back asleep. Then I woke up again at about 8:30 with a text from my mom asking if I was awake. I was about to reply when she called! This fact kinda cracked me up. I ended up leaving the house at 9:30 to make my 10:00 appointment. This is the extent of what I got done in town today.
1. Anna (my advisor) told me to take math and English. um, thank you?
2. I found out I'm taking a placement test tomorrow at 2:30.
3. I found out New Student Orientation is on Thursday.
4. I filled out the exact same application that I filled out ten days ago, except this one said "$15.00 due at the time of registration" at the top in large black letters.
5. I paid the $15.00.
6. I went to Smith's gas station and paid $35.00.
7. I came home and had a quesadilla and watched Prince Caspian.
(Technically number 7 doesn't count because the list was of things I got accomplished in town today... haha oh well!)

This week was a huge blessing to me in many ways... for those of you who don't know, I was a counselor at Big Sky Bible Camp this week. The week was all girls, 3rd to 6th grade, and it was the very last week of camp. all girls camps are so much fun... I went out to camp on Sunday night and spent the night, swing danced in the dining hall, watched Kiera dance EVERY dance (teeheehee!), learned what star-tipping is (another teeheehee would be appropriate here) and finally slept through breakfast. Cindy came to Big Hawk (my cabin) ten minutes before staff meeting to wake me up and said, "Am I going to have to take care of you ALL WEEK?" "No," I responded, embarrassed. (for the record, she didn't have to. I was on time for everything the rest of the week.)
Here is a photo of me and my eight campers being surprisingly not crazy. Back row, left to right, is Bailey, me, Rachel, Dorothy, and Abby. Front row is Hannah, Abby, Grace and Ashley. Yeah, I had two Abbys. It made it difficult for me to yell at them. "ABBY! YOUR STUFF IS EVERYWHERE!!" *sad look from the wrong Abby* "No it's not... I cleaned up everything, and your stuff too!" "Oh. I meant, um, not you. I meant the other Abby." Just kidding! I totally didn't yell at these beauties EVER. I did have to get a little firm a couple times, but never yelled. They were so thoughtful and compassionate, I was very proud of them. Now, this picture will give you a little better insight to what my week was like...
Here is some of what I wrote in my journal on Sunday, the day after I got home from camp.
     "Lord, I come to You
Let my heart be changed, renewed....
Rachel and Dori
I feel like my heart has been softer since camp. It stretched me in so many ways, beyond what I am used to. I learned to put others' needs ahead of my own, I learned to pray every night and to sleep without noise. I learned to answer difficult questions and to relate to girls who are six years younger than me and yet have the same fears I have. I learned to hide my emotions, and how to be firm yet loving. I learned I love kids on a deeper level than I ever knew. I learned that God knows what I have need of before I ask, and that He is the ultimate Protector. I learned to love God's Word even more and to search it for answers. I learned I really only get on facebook when I am at home and think there is nothing else to do. I learned to act like an adult and to treat kids like small adults, too." I know there were many more things I learned this week that didn't make it into my journal and thenceforth won't make it onto my blog, It was a great week - I had the most well-behaved group of girls, and that's not even an exaggeration. These two were mine (Rachel and Dori) and so were these two (Ashley and Hannah were cousins and best friends. They were SO CUTE when they got each other giggling!!
     In other news, I'm killing time right now waiting for it to cool off enough to go for a jog. I think I need to start working out every day again. Build up my endurance. (oh, sigh.) After my jog I'm going to shower and then at 11:00 we're going to go to the airport to pick up Jason! I haven't seen him in months, quite literally. When he left Kalispell, I didn't have my license, I was not a college student, I had not been a camp counselor, and I didn't have a checking account (haha, wait, what?). Before he left we were hanging out and I was like... "man.. I'm really gonna miss you... things will be different when you come back." and he replied "you'll probably be dating some guy. And you'll have a job." Well, no job so far, but piano lessons will start up again soon. And no prospective boyfriends. Not seeing anything in the near future either, I'm talking myself into being okay with it!! (No no, this is confession time.)
     There's a mammoth spider that lives on the side of the house. I kinda want to get a lighter and then pour gas on it... the spider, not the house. and then light it up. I love watching spiders suffer. On that note, I'm gonna go get skinny! Toodles! (annnnnd I watched Prince Caspian today, so I think this song is appropriate. Mostly because it's stuck in my head.)

It started out as a feeling, which then grew into a hope
Which then turned into a quiet thought,
Which then turned into a quiet word.
And then that word grew louder and louder
'Til it was a battle cry
I'll come back when you call me, no need to say goodbye.

August 4, 2010

save me from myself and all i do

     I absolutely love this necklace! I have fallen in love with it ;) I'm going to look for it in-store this weekend, or whenever my order comes in. I need to take a break from buying clothes.. haha! :) 
     I can't believe my niece turned six on Saturday!! I gave her a tinkerbell porcelain decorative wall thing... I'm so tempted to call it a plaque but the spelling bothers me because it is spelled the same as the nasty stuff we get on our teeth. Anyway, it says "shhhh... fairy dreaming". So cute, it will match their tinkerbell room. 
    I'm getting everything figured out with FVCC to take classes this year. Apparently you can only register early if you go to new student orientation (or if you have taken classes before) and you can only go to new student orientation if you apply, get everything squared away with your advisor, and have like.. immunization records ready. None of which I have got. Sooo, I am meeting with an advisor next Monday (I am at camp this week) and then the week of the 26th I can register. So! Pray that the classes I want to take aren't filled! :) 
     I'm excited for camp this week. There is something just awesome about wearing a staff shirt. hehehe >:D my niece will be going as a camper. All girls junior weeks are so much fun!! 
      Hannah and I are hopefully gonna get together today, and do a little fun spa-ness. We did a foot soak the other night, it was divine. First I have to do the dishes... *sigh*. And clean up the dumbness the lawnmower left behind yesterday. I guess this post will end up being pretty short because I never really had anything to say, I just wanted to post the picture of the beautiful necklace I'm coveting. And bring you up-to-date on a little of what I've been doing lately. (Not much, apparently.) OH SUMMER, PLEASE STAY A LITTLE LONGER.

P.S. Happy birthday to my buddies - Isaac Hoch, Ashleigh Kiehn and Mariah Kiehn! They are ALL 15 today! :D