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Remembering Everyday Life

So, I started writing this post like a month ago! It was late and I got too tired to finish, so I saved a draft and… you guessed it, forgot about it. I can’t believe I haven’t updated since July! I’ve wanted to but just haven’t done it, mainly because I’ve been really busy and overwhelmed recently and honestly, didn’t have much of a life last semester. That’s my fault because I let myself get behind in my schoolwork. But there were also several big changes happening in my house at the same time. And I got a whole lot more responsibility at work in August. All of this added up to a stressful, tiring mess of a semester. I went to work and did schoolwork – that’s pretty much all. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t resent ANYTHING that happened in my family, and I’m extremely grateful for the experience I’m gaining at work. But I do regret letting myself get so behind in school.

So, I decided to cut back and take only one class this semester. I’m working on my organizational skills and work habits and learning how to take better care of myself physically, mentally and spiritually. I guess you could say I’m growing up. It’s not easy, but its something that needed to happen and I know I’ll be a better, healthier person because of it. Watch out world, here I come!

One New Year’s Resolution or goal I made, besides the one I already described, was to do a better job of documenting my life. I do journal occasionally, but it is usually related to what I’m reading in the Bible, prayer requests, etc, and I don’t really do a lot about the day-to-day things. When the new year came I started thinking back on the past year and was shocked at how little I could remember! I remember highlights of course – the conference I went to in October, a concert in April, visiting a best friend in Texas in June, holidays and birthday celebrations, etc, but a lot of the day-to-day things, like conversations, evenings with my family or how doing such-and-such made me feel, have been forgotten. And that’s just one year. Multiply that by 50 or 60 years and it’s easy to see how many great memories and life lessons I could forget. This blog is one way to make sure that doesn’t happen. I hope to write at least one post a month. Friends, if you see me slacking, I give you permission to get on my case. I promise I won’t get mad at you! 🙂

Well, this post is getting long. I have a lot more I could write about, including my older sister’s pregnancy and the addition of a wonderful younger sister, who joined our family through foster care in January. But that would take a lot more time and probably a lot more pages, so I’ll leave it for my next post. I don’t have very much going on this week so I hope to write again in a few days.

Fourth of July Memory?

I know its no longer the Fourth of July. However, several days ago I thought back to memory I wanted to share.

Many years ago, when I was probably about 10 or 11, I remember watching fireworks from on top of a car. I don’t think it actually happened on the Fourth of July and I don’t know when it happened, but I guess the fireworks made me equate it with the Fourth. However, I think what made the event special was not the fireworks (though watching them from on top of a car was pretty cool!), but the fact that I was enjoying them with my cousins Rachel and Becky. I don’t remember the circumstances behind why we were together, but I do remember that we were all at a hotel together from some reason and watched the fireworks from the parking lot. It was a great view and all three of us really enjoyed them.

I don’t know why this particular memory has stuck with me, but it has. Now more than 10 years later, Rachel is married with two children and Becky is recently married and expecting her first child. At a time when we’re all growing up and starting our own lives, I guess its fun to remember back to simpler times.

Poker Exploits

This weekend I learned how to play poker for the first time. Me, my mom, and my sister and brother-in-law played for a while on Sunday afternoon.  It’s a good thing we weren’t playing with real money because I would be broke.

Best quotes from the game:

“Oh, man! I guess I don’t have anything! But I almost have a flush; shouldn’t that count?”

“I have 2 pair, so you won. Oh, wait. I have a flush! I won!! Oh, man, why did I call it already?”

New Blog!

Hello and welcome to my new blog! I recently came over here from xanga. I like xanga for its community aspect and there are a ton of great themes to choose from. But it got frustrating that only members can leave comments, and they also don’t have widgets unless you either pay for premium or make them yourself. So, I’m trying both WordPress and Blogger to see which one is better suited to my needs.

In other news, I want to make a quick shout out to my sister Sandra (or Sandy as I call her), who is 31 today! Happy Birthday, Sandy! You’re the best sister a girl could ask for!

Long Overdue Post

It’s been too long since I’ve written, but I honestly don’t feel like much of interest has happened lately. I can’t believe its March already! I still feel as if I just stepped off the plane from Chicago, but that was 7 months ago!

We in Roanoke finally got our first good snow… yesterday. It threatened to snow many times throughout the past 3 months, but never did, even when cities as close as 30 minutes away were covered. But yesterday it finally came, and its gorgeous! Great packing snow too! Lots of snowmen around…

Actually, now that I think about it, a lot has happened since my last post! My sister and brother-in-law, who used to live in Ohio, now live with us. I also have my first real, paying job! I work for the Town of Vinton, supervising parties and events, and occasionally working in the office at the War Memorial. Its not very many hours, but its good experience and I work with great people.

Other than that, I’m now halfway through my second semester of Grad School. Only 2 more after this (maybe…). This week is officially Spring Break, but I still have homework. 😦 But I like it, so its okay. I’m learning a lot about different writing styles and techniques. This week I’m writing a memoir.

Well, I should go… 24 starts in 3 minutes. I try not to wait 7 months before I post again… for my sake and my readers sake… when I wait so long I forget what’s happened in my own life – never a good thing!

Grad School Dilemma

I returned from my Project in Chicago 3 weeks ago. It was an amazing experience that I’ll never forget. I grew in so many ways, and the people I met became my best friends. I’ll write more about it sometime.

Before I left for Chicago, I was contemplating attending Graduate School and put in applications at Radford, where I got my bachelor’s from, and Regent University. At the time I was really intending to continue at Radford, but didn’t want to put all my eggs in one basket. In the end, after much prayer and consideration, I decided to attend Regent. Both schools had many pros and cons and it was a very hard decision. I love Radford. I know the campus, the teachers, and the people. Most of my best friends are there as well as a Church that I did not want to leave. But Regent’s program is online, which would allow me to stay at home and get a job. I felt that the program in Journalism would be a much better fit for me than English, which is what Radford offers. When I called to explain that I would not be able to finance school at Regent (its more than twice the cost of Radford), the ladies I was working with went out of their way to help me figure out what to do, including getting me a scholarship despite the fact that I didn’t meet the GPA requirement (close but not quite). So, in the end I chose Regent and just have to trust God that I made the right decision.

An Amazing Few Days

I’ve been wanting to blog for quite some time, but either have been too busy or too tired most of the time. I have been in Chicago for a month and can already tell I won’t want to leave. The first 10 days of project was orientation, and then we were broken into teams and started working at various ministries throughout Chicago. My ministry team is me, Mike, Akeelah, Stephanie, Meredith, and Katie. So far we have worked at By the Hand Club for Kids and Salvation Army. This week we worked at Pui Tak, a Chinese Christian School in Chinatown and will continue working there next week. The whole project has been amazing so far, but the past few days have been particularly exciting. When we arrived at Pui Tak on Monday, we were all sent to different classrooms to serve as Teacher’s Assistants. I am in Music. Although I have a talent for music and love it, I felt that all the skills I learned as an elementary ed major would best be utilized in another class. However, I was able to teach the last few classes on Thursday and most of the day on Friday as well.

On Friday evening all of us on project played games outside the Adler Planetarium. It was a beautiful night and we all had a lot of fun. After a small group of us decided to go get ice cream. We met a man in need of food, so we took him in with us. Once inside, we also met 4 middle school boys. Due to a conflict with the owner, the man we brought in and the boys were all asked to leave the store, which they did. Most of us decided not to buy anything after that, but went outside to talk to the people who had been asked to leave. We ended up going back in to get them ice cream and food. To make a long story short, one of the boys accepted Christ!! We then took them to the grocery store across the street to buy them dinner and helped them pay for their bus fare home. We also invited them to come to The House, a Hip-Hop Worship Service, with us the next night (Saturday). They all said they wanted to come, so we agreed to meet at 5:00 to get them dinner beforehand. When we got to our dorm we were all so excited we did not want to sleep and had an amazing time of worship in our lounge.

Yesterday (Saturday), was a completely free day, which does happen much on project. I slept in for a long time and did not really do much in general. At 4:30 we let to meet the boys and 3 of the 4 showed up. They said the other boy was on his way, but we never found him. We took them to dinner and then made our way across town to The House. They had to leave early, but seemed to enjoy it. While we were waiting for our train, we were able to show Lamont, the boy who accepted Christ, how to use the Bible we gave him. I just hope he will read it and grow in his new faith. This weekend was such an amazing example of how God’s plans are often different and better than ours. We thought we were done for the day and went for ice cream just for fun, but God had other plans!

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Our group with Lamont, Tremain, and Alan. I know I don’t look happy, but I was. It was just cold…

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Rebecca showing Lamont how to use his new Bible