Oct 30, 2008

Let That Be Enough - Switchfoot

I wish I had what I need
To be on my own
'Cause I feel so defeated
And I'm feeling alone

And it all seems so helpless
And I have no plans
I'm a plane in the sunset
With nowhere to land

And all I see
It could never make me happy And all my sand castles
Spend their time collapsing

Let me know that You hear me
Let me know Your touch
Let me know that You love me
Let that be enough

It's my birthday tomorrow
No one here could now
I was born this Thursday
22 years ago

And I feel stuck
Watching history repeating
Yeah, who am I?
Just a kid who knows he's needy

Let me know that You hear me
Let me know Your touch
Let me know that You love me
And let that be enough

Oct 29, 2008

Am I washed by the water?

Even when the rain falls
Even when the flood starts rising
Even when the storm comes
I am washed by the water

~Needtobreath, Washed by the water

I think sometimes... when a storm comes I tend to put up my umbrella and hide it out. I don't want to get wet, who does? If its a hot shower maybe, but not under a sky cracked with lighting and cold pelting rain. But
even when the storm comes i am washed by the water...
I don't think its automatic. Its a choice you need to make.
even when the rain falls...
Get wet!
even when the flood starts rising...
Swim! An open mind and a forgiving attitude is your lifesaver.

So I wonder. Am I washed by the water? Am I learning everything I can from each storm? I think I need to drop the umbrella...

Oct 27, 2008

Best thing of the day journal - Week 2

Monday, October 20, 2008

Shopping at Mervyns

Mervyns going out of business. Big storewide sale. Ye-ah

Tuesday, October 21, 2008
At the Park with Asher there were beautiful dandelions and I taught Asher how to blow them into the wind. It was getting to be close to evening so the flowers cast long shadows on the grass. I wish I had my camera.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Reading on the porch
I took my history reading outside today. It was the perfect temperature and
there were birds singing.

Thursday, October 23, 2008
Autumn walk
I walked about two blocks in the city, and adored the crunch of leaves under my feet. I couldn’t resist taking a picture of the leaves sitting in the sun on the side walk. Way too beautiful.

Friday, October 24, 2008
tub Talk
Late night with two good friends and we wanted a place alone in our hotel room =P We decided on the bathtub. I can’t remember what we talked about… but it was good.

Saturday, October 25, 2008
I saw a late night showing of Fireproof. SUCH a great movie. I just was crying over and over (a had to use my sweatshirt as a handkerchief =P). Seriously. Go watch it.

Sunday, October 26, 2008
Kit and Wanda Reichow came all the way to my house to bring me to day7 (because Jared was gone and couldn’t take me).



Oct 20, 2008

Best thing of the day journal - Week 1

This is a new journal I started. Each day I write down the best thing that happened that day. It forces you to look on the bright side of things. Here is the pilot week...

Monday, October 13, 2008
My Apple Crisp

My mom turned on the oven in the morning to warm up the kitchen, and asked me to bake something. Since we didn’t have eggs I couldn’t do muffins, so I made an apple crisp. There was Granola in the topping and honey mixed in with the apples. It was delicious.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Government Class
Mr. Winther discussed the economy, mostly inflation. The economy is a scary thing... Even though He wasnt discussing Happy things, it was my favorite class so far.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Seeing the world sparkle in the morning
In the morning, all the trees were covered in diamonds of dew. They sparkled when they were in the sunlight.

Thursday, October 16, 2008
Mackenzie's Quote
“Bethany look, a green spider… with antlers!”

Friday, October 17, 2008
White Chocolate Mocha
It was just Nathan, Jared and I at home and Jared brought me a White Chocolate Mocha from Los Gatos Roasting Company. Paradise in a cup…

Saturday, October 18, 2008
Jared was given two free tickets to the San Jose Symphony by his violin teacher, Susan Stein (who plays violin in the symphony). He and I went to see the show, in the California Theater in Downtown San Jose.

Sunday, October 19, 2008
The Sun
Driving up Redwood Gulch on the way to church, opaque sunbeams came through the trees in front of us. Gorgeous…

Oct 15, 2008

Order From Chaos

I decided that creating order from chaos is one of my stronger points and its also a sort of stress reliever. Over the last week or so I have been cleaning my Moms office/craft room. There is a Whole lot of stuff in there... Old photos in random places, drawers stuffed to the brim with nothing in particular, many many unfinished projects, and a nice blanket of dust. Not to say that is some ancient castle that never gets used. We use it a lot, but because of the former description it isn't very convenient.
So I've been cleaning it out... It is a kind of sanctuary for me to just go there where no one else is and clean. Bit by bit it is coming together. I'm actually almost done!

Also a couple days ago the sink was full of chaos. It is a very grimy thing. =P Dishes and yucky water and food scraps and silverware and washcloths... Another chance to create order. Nathan washes dishes, but I cleaned out the sink and stacked the dishes in an orderly fashion. It was a satisfying sight ^.^

Anyone need help cleaning your room? (actually after saying all that my room should be spotless. =/ oops)

Oct 9, 2008

Virginia Weekend

Hi all,
As most of you know, my mom and I visited Brady in VA this weekend. He is a Student at Patrick Henry College which is a wonderful Christian school started eight years ago by the founder of HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association). Michael Farris also founded the speech and debate league I am in. Patrick Henry has been referred to as "God's Harvard". It has very high academic standards as well as moral.
We flew in on Thursday and a kind friend of Brady's picked us up at the airport to bring us to our rental car... [enter problem] The rental car place closed at 6:00, we landed at 6:30. Not a good situation. We ended up having our ride take us all the way back to the college. He was so funny. He came from Chicago area... "ChicAgo". I love the way local say that ^.^
So we were at PHC Thursday night which was the night of the big VP debate and there was a big dorm party to watch it. That was fun. All the students had their lappy's and would IM while the debate was going because it was rude to talk. I thought that was pretty clever.
We were at a Bed & Breakfast! Basically a hotel held in someones house. Much more homey and comfy. And of course you get a homemade breakfast. I decided that when I retire I am going to run a B&B. ;-)
On Fri. homecoming weekend officially started. There is chapel 3 times a week at PHC, and Fri. is one of the days. It is basically a short church service; there is worship, announcements, a speaker and more worship. After that Brady had a class in the morning. It was a literature class and they were discussing the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelly. The Professor was so funny! I loved him. He often closes his eyes when he is making a comment. I guess it helps him think =)

On the way there a lot of people commented on how much my mom and I were alike. One lady especially, as I was getting off the plane, said "Never cut your hair! It is beautiful long." And earlier she had been telling my mom how it is so rare to see mother/daughter matching long hair.
I got to see DC for the first time! On Sunday afternoon we drove in to Washington DC (w/ our nifty little GPS leding the way). We ate lunch at 'America', a restaurant in Union Station. They take classic dishes from around the country and compile them into their menu. e.g. "San Diego Fish Taco's" After lunch we walked to the Mall (the place with all the museums). My mom had wanted to see the National museum of art, so we walked around in there for a while. The only Leonardo De Vinci painting in the US is in that museum. Very cool.

After that we didnt want to walk any more so we went and got our car and saw the Lincoln Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial (and the Washington Memorial, but that was from the steps of Lincoln).

We left Monday afternoon and there was just enough time to see the start of one of Brady's soccer games. It was kinda too bad because he was playing when we left so we didn't really say bye =/ As we were leaving we remembered we wanted to go the the gift store and I got a sweatshirt.

I think thats a record for my longest post... ttyl (type to ya later) ;-)