Tuesday, May 20, 2008


So I am sitting at work once again. :) But it's good. I really like my job a lot. I work at a shelter for abused women and children. Working here has really changed me and will really help me in future practice. I have learned to be a great listener, have a ton of empathy, to not let others and myself be manipulated, how to handle certain crises, etc. It's been a great all around thing. I'm so glad Kristie told me about it. It's so sad to hear the stories of these women, but also great to see them finding strength to keep going.

That would be so great if there were two more days in the week where you could volunteer instead of work. I was looking in the paper last week at the different volunteer opportunities here and there is delivering meals, adopting a pet, the soup kitchen, being a big brother or sister, and so much more. I was surprised to see so many things for how small our area is.

Wow, it's late. That's it for today.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

great quotes from great girls

Sooo, I have been leading a small group of high school girls for a church in town over the past four years. I started when they were freshmen, and now they are almost done being seniors. They have grown in numbers, strength, and passion. They have kept me going through all of OT school and almost all of my college career. Yes, the girls are 5 or more years younger than me, but I have learned innumerable things from them. They have shown me so much and helped me to keep staying young......which I always plan to feel. I love them as strongly as I love my sisters, and that is what they truely are. My sisters, and some of the best friends I could ask for. We have all had victories and all have fallen, but we can do it knowing that the others will be there to cheer us on or pick us up. We all try to stay as rooted in faith as possible, and help each other do it.
This year, we've been passing around a traveling journal where the girls can write whatever they'd like inside. There are a lot of amazing things inside, but I'll only pull out some phrases that they have quoted others on.

*You don't get to choose how you're going to die, or when. You can only decide how you're going to live. Now.* Joan Baez
*Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of the mind, than on outward circumstances.* Benjamin Franklin
*You've got so much love in you. You've got so much love in you. I'm amazed that I'm talking to you.* Rocket Summer
*Just because everyone's doing it doesn't mean it's right. Just because it's right doesn't mean everyone's doing it* Sarah
*I believe in the sun even when it's not shining. I believe in love even when I don't feel it. I believe in God even when he is silent. I believe.* Barlow Girl
*My grace is sufficient for you! For my power is made perfect in weakness. That is why for Christ's sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecution, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.* 2 Corinthians 2:8&10
*Love all you can. It's a mistake not to. It doesn't so much matter what you do in particular, so long as you have your life. If you haven't had that, what have you had?* Henry James
*A ship in the harbor is safe, but that's not what ships are built for*
*An archaeologist is the best husband any woman can have: the older she gets the more interested he is.* Anon
*Don't forget to entertain strangers, for by doing so some people have entertained angels withought knowing it.* Ephesians 13:2
*For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.* 2 Timothy 1:7
*So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks, or the church of God-even as I try to please everybody in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.* 1 Corinthians 10:31-33
*Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God.* Phillipians 4:6
*Oh no, you never let go! Through the calm and through the storm. Oh no, you never let go. Lord you never let go of me!* Song by ??
*God never gives you more than you can handle*
*The Lord is merciful, compassionate, patient, and always ready to forgive.* Psalms 145:8
*I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.* Proverbs 4:11-12
*When there's no where else to turn, all your bridges have been burned. Feels like you've hit rock bottom. Don't give up it's not the end, open up your heart again. Someone loves you even when you don't think so. Don't you know that you've got me and Jesus.* Song
*It's taken so long but now I know. I had to find out on my own. When nothing could convince me, your love it convinced me that it's gonna be ok.* Song

I love how much these girls have to offer. I just wish that they'd all be able to see it in themselves. I think that's a huge problem in today's world....especially for girls. That's why we're reading Captivating. It's a great book, but I hope it sinks in to them. Good night, I'm @ work and just trying to lazy this night shift along. :)

Friday, May 9, 2008

Me + Traveling = Love

I haven't been on here for quite some time.....

My goal is to get better at it over the summer. So grad was last weekend and it was fun to walk and get hooded. I'm not really sure where to put my hood, but it's fun to have it! :)

This month I'll be working full time at the shelter so that'll be awesome. We (Andy & I) are going to Africa this summer and need to do some major fundraising. I'm super pumped to go but there is a LOT to do before that I really hope all comes together. I have always wanted to go to Africa and would really like to go back and travel and serve in other countries. We're going to Cameroon but other countries I REALLY would like to go to are Kenya and Uganda too.

My dream job would be either something where I could travel with Andy to these other countries and places of need in the states and we could work together to help however: I could do the medical part and he could do the business part....or something that would allow us both to take at least a few weeks off every year so we could go on a short term mission trip. I know that I may not find these things right off the bat, but everyone needs a dream right?

We're also trying to save up money for my trip to Guatemala for some of my fieldwork. There's almost 10 of us going that are made up of mostly students and one or two faculty. That's in November so I'm lucky to have a little time before I do that. :) It will be great though.

So I guess if you could just send a little prayer this way that we'd raise all of the support that we need.....it would be MUCH appreciated. :)

Ya bye!