Life Update

So my life has been a crazy whirlwind recently.  Here is in short what is going on with me.

-I have a new job.  I work at Panera

-I changed my degree.  I am now working on a MA in Youth and Family Ministry.

-I am working with a youth group again and I couldn’t be more excited.

-School is over soon.  One week of classes (aka 2 days in my life) and then finals (1 day for me).

-I am looking for a second job for the summer, maybe babysitting or another restaurant, who knows – hopefully it will work out

-I desperately need to find some scholarships for school or I might have to take a semester off

-I adopted a dog.  She’s a 5 year old Pug I named Baylie.

I think that’s about it for what is going on recently.  It might not seem like much to you, but my life has been pretty crazy!

Baylie

So I never blogged about it, but I adopted a sweet 5 year old Pug that I named Baylie about a month ago.  She is my baby and I love her to death!  Here are some fun facts about this wonderful addition to my life.

-She loves to chew – bones, my fingers, & sometimes thing she’s not supposed to

-She sleeps ALOT!

-She didn’t bark for 3 days and then decided to start barking, but she doesn’t bark a lot

-She is not intimidated by the 150+ pound dog that also lives with us.

-She snores and it is so cute

-She runs circles around me when I get home and let her out of her crate

Here are some pictures of my sweet baby Baylie.

Spring Break

(beware – this is the first post in several to catch up on the blog slacking I have done recently)

Spring Break 2011, aka. Spring Reading Days, were full of several different activities and trips.  I took full advantage of having a week off from school and work, probably more  than I should have considering I had a huge paper due a week after break was over, but it was a much needed break no less.  So what exactly did I do?

The first weekend of break I went to Cedarmore with Lizzi Beth and the girls to KY BCM LTC.  I watched Caroline and Addison so that L-B didn’t have to worry about them on top of everything else that she was doing that weekend for the conference.  On top of watching two of my favorite little girls I got to surprise some friends from WKU who were coming to the conference.  It was so fun to see friends that I hadn’t seen in three months.  I love spending time with C & A as well as college students from across the state and this was a fun free getaway to start my break off right.

Sunday after LTC, I came home, unpacked, repacked, went to Life Group and to help with the youth group and then drove to my parents house for a couple days.  Here I got to spend time with my family and pick up my baby (Baylie – my dog) whom they had been keeping for me while I was at LTC.  I stayed at mom and dad’s until Tuesday and then I headed back to the ‘Ville to do another, unpack and repack for my trip to BG which was the big plans that I had for my break.  I stayed around the ‘Ville on Wednesday and on Thursday morning I packed up my car with all of my stuff and Baylie’s and off me and my baby headed, down south for some fun in the sun with come awesome friends.

In BG I had lots of fun and random things to do.  I started off hanging out in the square with Aly, then went to $ lunch at the BCM.  Lunch that day was outside and it was a glorious day to enjoy God’s creation.  After lunch I went to spend time with Lauren until Heather got off work.  After Heather got off work we went out to dinner and Stakz (fro yo) with Molly and then went back to Heather’s apartment to hang out and go to bed.  Heather had to go to work the next morning, so I slept in a little and then went to visit some friends and hang out for the day.  Lunch on Friday was spent at the park with Heather, Molly (& her dog Maggie), Brittany, the boys Heather nannies for, and Brittany’s cousin.  We had a blast hanging out, eating, and watching the boys.  After the park we went to Stakz for more fro yo. Yum!!  Friday night I hung out with some awesome people, Sara, Kalli, & Sandra among others at the park, driving around and ending up at another park for several hours. Saturday, I got up and went to lunch with Amber and then to hang out with the Gathrights (the family I babysat for) and go to thier son’s birthday party.  I can’t believe that Reid is 2!  When I started watching their boys, Reid was only 9 months, and just a month or so later they found out they were pregnant with twins.  Now the girls are 7 months old, Reid is 2 and Caleb is almost 4.  I miss these kiddos so much and if I could I would hang out with them all the time (too bad they live 2+ hours away).  Saturday night brought dinner and a movie at Heather’s with her and Molly.  Sunday brought worship with my LHBC family, coffee dates with Emily and Katie, and Spring Sing.  Sadly, Monday brought a 2 hour drive home, a shift at work, and an end to an awesome and relaxing week.

I had so much fun just relaxing and hanging out with people over Spring Break and am so glad that I got to see so many of my wonderful friends.  Well, that’s the end of my narrative, that no one probably even cares to read about, about Spring Break.

Here are some pictures from the week

“It is finished”

As Easter is in just minutes from now I wanted to post some of what God has been teaching me about the death and resurrection of His son, Our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Last night my church had a Good Friday service and we meditated and reflected on a passage of scripture from the gospel of John chapter 19.  I am going to include the whole Chapter, before having you focus on part of it.

John 19

Jesus Delivered to Be Crucified
19 Then Pilate took Jesus and flogged him. 2 And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head and arrayed him in a purple robe. 3 They came up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and struck him with their hands. 4 Pilate went out again and said to them, “See, I am bringing him out to you that you may know that I find no guilt in him.” 5 So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Behold the man!” 6 When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him, for I find no guilt in him.” 7 The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has made himself the Son of God.”8 When Pilate heard this statement, he was even more afraid.9 He entered his headquarters again and said to Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. 10 So Pilate said to him, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?” 11 Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin.”
12 From then on Pilate sought to release him, but the Jews cried out, “If you release this man, you are not Caesar’s friend.Everyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar.” 13 So when Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called The Stone Pavement, and in Aramaic<a id="fb1-1" title="Or Hebrew; also verses 17, 20″>1 Gabbatha. 14 Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover. It was about the sixth hour.<a id="fb2-1" title="That is, about noon”>2 He said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” 15 They cried out, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” 16 So he delivered him over to them to be crucified.
The Crucifixion
So they took Jesus, 17 and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. 19 Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” 20 Many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Aramaic, in Latin, and in Greek.21 So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but rather, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.’” 22 Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.”
23 When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his garments and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier; also his tunic.<a id="fb3-1" title="Greek chiton, a long garment worn under the cloak next to the skin”>3 But the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom, 24 so they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be.” This was to fulfill the Scripture which says,
“They divided my garments among them,
and for my clothing they cast lots.”
So the soldiers did these things, 25 but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.
The Death of Jesus
28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” 29 A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Jesus’ Side Is Pierced
31 Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away. 32 So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him. 33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. 35 He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth—that you also may believe. 36 For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken.” 37 And again another Scripture says, “They will look on him whom they have pierced.”
Jesus Is Buried 
38 After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body. 39 Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus<a id="fb4-1" title="Greek him“>4 by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds<a id="fb5-1" title="Greek one hundred litras; a litra (or Roman pound) was equal to about 11 1/2 ounces or 327 grams”>5 in weight. 40 So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. 41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. 42 So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.

What an AMAZING story!  This is the hinge of Christianity and being able to claim salvation through Jesus!  I am so thankful and so honored that God would send His only son to die this death and then rise again so that I (and you) can spend eternity in His presence.

Last night we focused on verses 28-42.  The part that hit me the most was verse 30 when Jesus said “It is finished,” and then released his spirit.  How great is it that Jesus said, “it is finished,” and at that point died with all of our sins.  He finished the work of His father, by dying so that we could spend eternity with God in Heaven.  Knowing that I am unworthy and could never get to heaven on my own it is peaceful to know that Christ made it possible and finished the work that His Father had for Him.  I feel blessed!!

I hope that through reading this narrative in John’s gospel that you consider the work done by Christ and the free gift that you have been offered through His death.

101 Things in 1001 Days

So a couple years ago I started doing 101 things in 1001 days, but failed miserably.  So I am going to start over starting tomorrow.   I have made a new list of things I want to do and am going to try my hardest to complete this list. So, here it is…

Day 1 – April 20, 2011

Day 1001 – January 15, 2014

1. Make Bagels

2. Read the bible all the way through

3. Go on a road trip

4. Don’t use a computer for a week

5. Blog everyday for two weeks

6. Stay off Facebook for two weeks

7. Write a letter to my future husband every week for 4 months

8. Make fried chicken

9. Grow my own herbs

10. Make a scrapbook for my sister

11. Learn to play guitar

12. Stargaze in a field

13. Go to a “warm” beach

14. Go to Disney

15. Finish Paying off my car

16. Do 100 hours of volunteer work

17. Go see a musical

18. Pay for someone behind me in a drive thru

19. Buy my parents dinner

20. Get a jar and put all my change in it for 365 days

21. Go camping

22. Go ice skating

23. Go to a midnight movie showing

24. Make tie dye shirts

25. Visit North Carolina

26. Bake a cake from scratch

27. Make a calendar with pictures

28. Go without jewelry for a week

29. Dye my hair red again

30. Have a picnic lunch

31. Go to a concert

32. Keep a journal and write in it every day for a month

33. Color an entire coloring book

34. Give up soda for a year

35. Don’t eat sweets for a month

36. Move out on my own

37. Write a different friend a note everyday for a month

38. Carve a pumpkin

39. Listen to a different podcast everyday for a week

40. Share my testimony and faith with 5 people

41. Grow my hair out

42. Lose 30 pounds

43. Go on a mission trip

44. Cook a dinner for friends

45. Take individual pictures of all of my friends and make a friend collage

46. Go on a boat

47. Go white water rafting

48. Paint a decoration for my room

49. Take my sister out for lunch

50. Make an encouragement wall and write something new every day and keep it up for at least 2 months

51. Take a new picture every day for 365 days

52. Leave encouraging notes for a friend every day for a week

53. Watch all the Aladdin movies

54. Have a Harry Potter movie marathon

55. Take my dog on a walk

56. Buy a new camera

57. Go to a wedding

58. Read 5 books in a month

59. Mentor someone

60. Go on a police ride along

61. Eat something new

62. Learn to speak a new language

63. Go shopping with my mom

64. Run a 5K

65. Get a pedicure

66. Go skiing

67. Go horseback riding

68. Bake desserts for some group

69. Take a walk around downtown Bardstown just for fun

70. Go to the Washington Monument

71. Take a friend out to dinner

72. Read the entire Narnia series

73. Get a manicure

74. Paint my nails black

75. Play UNO

76. Go to a basketball game

77. Go to a football game

78. Buy a pair of TOMS

79. Get some Chacos

80. Visit Nashville

81. Make a milkshake

82. Bake bread

83. Don’t send a single text for a whole day (and being somewhere without cell service doesn’t count)

84. Don’t set an alarm and sleep until I just wake up

85. Put flowers on someone’s grave

86. Ride a roller coaster

87. Go to a horse race

88. Learn how to edit photos

89. Go to Holiday World

90. Go to a drive in movie

91. Dress up every day for a week

92. Go swimming

93. Spend the night with a friend

94. Send a package to my friends overseas

95. Go consignment shopping

96. Buy a DVD

97. Read a Classic book.

98. Memorize a new bible verse every month for 1001 days

99. Give flowers to a friend

100. Watch a season of a new show

101. Take a cake decorating class

Nobody’s Going To …

Remember…

1. Any of the Brewster Family

2. Playing EKU in football

3. The Bracken’s

4. Sabrina

5. Manna Meal

6. Powersource

7. Prayer Room

8. No Ping Pong Tables

9. Melissa

10. other people that meant a lot to me and my friends

11. No International Cluster

12. Single Tommy

13. Not have stakes in the yard

14. Not having Execs

 

And the list goes on.

 

These are just a few of the items that Sara, Adam, Hannah and I came up with while reminiscing about our time at the BCM at WKU.  IT is crazy how in 4-5 years so many things can change.  The fact that the freshman, some of the sophomores and anyone starting next year won’t remember these things is crazy to those of us who were around BCM these past few years.

 

I just thought I would reminisce a little more here today.