Thursday, September 11, 2008

Before I die I want to...

  • Follow God's will for my life...please Him first and foremost
  • Be a grandmother of many
  • Have everyone I love around me at one time
  • Make and keep good friends
  • Ride a horse in the surf with someone I love
  • Travel worldwide...Israel, Egypt, Italy, France, England...
  • Collect a coin from every country
  • Give Bible studies
  • Make an impact on my family, my community, my friends and co-workers
  • Jump off a bridge...for fun!
  • Laugh until I cry
  • Stay debt-free
  • Learn a second language...Spanish, French, Swedish, Sign...
  • Teach someone to read
  • Wear heels every day for a month
  • Have lots of children
  • Be a Proverbs 31 woman
  • Study world religions
  • Marry the will of God for me
  • Live up to the high expectations of those who love me
  • Write letters...real pen-and-ink letters...not email!
  • Memorize whole books of the Bible...I'm starting with Phillipians
  • Have a vast library of the classics...and read them all
  • Dance in front of Bel-Air
  • Adopt a child
  • Run ten miles
  • Live in a dump and make it beautiful
  • Have a fairy-tale wedding
  • Walk where Jesus walked (that's Israel!!!!)
  • Play the piano well
  • Take lots of pictures
  • Give out 100 one dollar at at time!
  • Rent a nice car and go somewhere
  • Have a conversation with Nina where we DON'T disagree (impossible goal...but I'm working on it!!! ;O)
  • Pray all night long
  • See my daddy and Rush back in church
  • Be a leader
  • Go to the top of the Empire State building
  • Read every version of the Bible
  • Break a piggy bank to buy something I've been saving for
  • Eat something strange...not sushi!
  • Witness to an unlikely person
  • Go sky diving
  • Stare fear in the face and win
  • Eat dinner blind-folded
  • Watch a sunrise with someone I love
  • Live life to the fullest possible extent..."Live like I'm dying"...thanks Bro. Tyre
  • Be in a room full of yelling people and smile
  • Lap the church until I'm winded
  • Send packages to people I don't Uganda
  • Have all my own teeth when I die
  • Be fashionably late to something
  • Support a missionary
  • Give my very best every day
  • Praise Him anyway
  • Visit all the homes I've lived in
  • Study my family geneology on both sides
  • Cook for hundreds of people
  • Plant a tree
  • Learn to play a sport I don't like
  • Play matchmaker
  • Ask Liz Waage to do my hair
  • Write a book
  • Plant a garden
  • Dream big...and work to see it happen
  • Know my language and use it properly in speech and writing
  • Measure my words
  • Give up junk food
  • Become a master flower arranger
  • Wear wild clothes
  • Lead others into truth
  • Dance
  • Learn about the heavens and stars
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Learn to imprint Bibles
  • Go down in a cage with a shark
  • Be an original
  • Complete a knitting or crochet project
  • Plan everything in advance for a week
  • Temper my sarcastic tendency
  • Be a servant
  • Sway like a black sista'
  • Follow hard after God
  • Take voice lessons
  • Milk a cow
  • Dress up for no reason
  • Own a fish
  • Fast for 21 days
  • Live by candlelight for a week
  • Be a cheerful old lady who talks a lot...lots of great stories!
  • Be in more than one place at a standing on a border

    • Some of these I can already check off (like finishing a knitting project and owning a fish), but to do everything on my list will take lots of time, money and effort.

      And while I do want to do all of these things, the item most important to me would be to follow God's will for my life...dancing in front of Bel-Air and having Liz Waage do my hair are just for fun!

      Saturday, July 12, 2008

      Junior Camp Fun!!!

      Junior Camp was a total blast! I went this year as part of the kitchen crew. I know, you're thinking yeah, right, but we really did have a good time. I would even think it would be safe to say that I had more fun at Junior Camp than Senior Camp. We had to look for fun and make it a good time...a couple of skills that I've learned from mom, Aunt Kirsten, Sis. Young...and many others.

      First things first --I have to talk about my sister Olivia. This was her first year at youth camp and she was a little nervous about the whole thing. Most of her close friends weren't going, and that is scary to a kid...I mean, who am I going to HANG OUT WITH??? It turned out great though. She had a blast and made new friends. She slept next to me which helped with the whole "being away from home" thing, and on the last night SURPRISE, SURPRISE she got camper of the week for her age group. That was pretty cool! (Not to brag, but she got camper of the day one of the days, AND the Miss Smiley award!! I'm proud of Livie! Ok...I am bragging. So shoot me! JK!)

      We had a great time in the kitchen. My time was really scheduled and I was busy, but the others that worked there made it fun. Just want to say: I LOVE CHRIS HUFSTEDLER! She is the neatest, most easy-going and yet efficient person on earth! I loved working the snack bar...boy could I tell stories, but you never know who reads your blog, so....

      The services were amazing. They were so, skits, songs, but at the end the holy-ghost fell and we had a MOVE OF GOD! I don't know how many kids got the holy-ghost, but 4 from our church did, and lots of them got awesome blessings. It was really neat to be a part of ministering to children in that way. I was very moved as I watched the children respond to the presence of God.

      We had a massive water war on the second day. I have never been a part of a water fight that huge. It went on forever! Being part of the kitchen staff was great...we had access to AMMO!!! We used pans, bowls and pots while everyone else had balloons. Shaving cream and silly string got in the mix and everyone was a sight! It started out as the kids against the staff, but before it was over it was every man for himself! Needless to say, we all got soaked and had a lot of GOOD CLEAN FUN!

      Another great thing was pranking. Now, my mom really isn't into all the pranking (TPing, forking lawns, etc.) so we haven't done a lot. Truthfully, I think it can be inconsiderate to leave a mess all over people's property too. So I haven't done a lot of that, but at camp it was another story! For the first time I was a part of all the craziness that went on after everyone else was asleep. Let's just say that Sis. Shawna and Sis. Tishawna look innocent...but I learned a lot this week! They are SO MUCH FUN!!! We used TP and saran wrap and soap and had a blast!

      I really want to go back to junior camp...what a great time!

      A little wet, wouldn't you say?

      Here everyone thought that we were in trouble for turned out to be a false alarm, but oh, those EXPRESSIONS!!!

      Bro. Waage was our ally, but turned traitor and became our target...or were we his?

      Kitchen staff...great bunch of ladies.

      Having a lot of fun when we should have been sleeping...

      Livie gets her trophy...what a great ending to a great week!

      Saturday, July 5, 2008

      Cell Phone vs. Bible

      Freedom week was fabulous this year. I was so blessed by the services and by the fellowship. In the past I have often gone to Freedom Week or Ladies Retreat with the mindset that I was there to get something, not there to minister. This year at Freedom Week I really felt a shift in my life in regard to this. I did recieve wonderful things from God...things I really needed, but I also felt as if I was able to reach out and be a blessing to others also. It is a good feeling to be moving into a new place in God.

      Bro. Lance preached 3 awesome messages and used this illustration in one of them. It was funny because I came home and told my mom about it and THAT DAY she got this email...coincidence?


      I wonder what would happen if we treated our Bibles like we treat our cell phone?
      • What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?

      • What if we flipped through it several times a day?

      • What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?

      • What if we used it to receive messages from the text?

      • What if we treated it like we couldn't live without it?

      • What if we gave it to kids as gifts?

      • What if we used it when we traveled?

      • What if we used it in case of emergency?

      This is something to make you go....hmm...where is my Bible? Oh, and one more thing. Unlike our cell phone, we don't have to worry about our Bible being disconnected because Jesus already paid the bill. And no dropped calls!

      Makes you stop and think 'Where are my priorities?'

      Thursday, June 26, 2008

      We're just a crazy bunch...

      Everyone thinks that we are all so well-mannered and reserved but really deep down we are a bunch of hickville supremo's (as Franklin likes to say.)

      Here are a few pictures to give you a laugh...I'm sure you need one if you've been to the gas pumps lately.

      I CANNOT believe I'm sharing this...if I'm not at C&C tonight maybe my siblings murdered me!

      Susanna has fun with her naturally curly hair!

      Olivia...or Raggedy Ann?

      Franklin...when he was MUCH younger...LOL!

      Snaggarooter party...oh, my!

      Rush...too weird.

      Yes...that is my brother back there...or is it Stevie Wonder???
      Part of our Disneyland group.

      More snaggarooter...Franklin...PLEASE stop!!!!

      Julia...she just fits right in!

      Monday, June 23, 2008


      A few things I'm thankful for...
      • JESUS CHRIST, my LORD and SAVIOR!!!

      • To be a member of THE ROCK CHURCH in ELK GROVE, CALIFORNIA under the leadership of PASTOR & SISTER YOUNG and BISHOP & SISTER WILSON!

      • For my job at THE BIBLE HOUSE.

      • My godly parents, grandparents, great grandparents AND great-great-grandparents are Apostolic.

      • That I live in a free country and can study the word of God...although it seems as if our freedoms are on the line...

      • To be old enough to VOTE! And maybe make a difference...

      • DOUG & KARI MORGAN...nobody like them on earth!

      • The LOMBARDO family (Love you Uncle Chris and Aunt Lisa! And all the guys are awesome!)

      • ICE CREAM...especially on summer days!


      • That my mother has taught me to be discreet, ladylike and thankful in word and action.

      • FOR MY HAIR...I love the testimony that it is, and the doors that it opens to be a witness.

      • For the HOLY-GHOST and a Pastor that preaches TRUTH!

      • Being BAPTIZED in JESUS NAME...the ONLY saving name!!!

      • JAMES & EMILY WILDER and C&C...learning the word with my peers in a fun, comfortable setting is a blast. I'm thankful for the VISION that is being imparted to me, and for the memories I'm making with my friends.

      I know this is a lot like my "Things I like" post, but I was just thinking this morning about things I'm thankful for and wanted to tell the world! Anything you're thankful for?

      Thursday, June 19, 2008

      Something else to think about...


      Wednesday, June 18, 2008

      Something to think about...

      Worry does not empty tomorrow of it's sorrows empties today of it's strength.

      -Corrie Ten Boom