My life is not my own, for I belong to Christ.
It is because of God's grace and for His glory that I "live and move and have my being."
I am currently back in Indiana, studying English Education at Purdue University, far from the home I've come to know and love in Victoria, Australia
My family means the world to me.
Living in America and loving in Australia, I am blessed indeed.
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Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Benji had a friend, Josh Hart, over to spend the night. We also had Mary Ray over. He asked us if we were going to swim in the morning and we said that we might. He replied, "Aww man! Yuck, 's bathing suits are ugly! And the ones with two pieces are disgusting!" I was like, "I agree on the last one. You're a smart little boy!"
Later on Mary and I were laying out on my deck in the sun when Benji and Josh came out to swim. They saw us and said, "Wow, that looks soo boring! Why would you want to do that??" And we're just like, "Well, it's relaxing!" They then said that we must be doing it because we want to look beautiful for our boyfriends. After that we got in this huge discussion about why it would be stupid for us to have boyfriends and what age you should start thinking about marrige, etc. It was so funny! They finally gave up and started squirting us with squirt guns. When we didn't respond to the soaking, they got bored and went inside. Little boys are so fun to tease! :)
Charity | 6:11 am
Monday, June 28, 2004
I really need to start training for the bike trip! I don't know how I am going to do that at my cousin's, though. Grace says I should run and build up my endurance...I don't know. Where would I go??? :( Grace and I got to go to Northside last night for church. It was so great seeing everyone again! :D Hey everyone email me in Vegas puh-leez! And I would really, really appreciate prayer, too. Welp, I better go. I hope everyone has a wonderful day!!!
Charity | 11:58 pm
One of the major highlights of ECHO was square dancing the last day. The interns let us s borrow really cool skirts and Danny brought music to dance to. At first it was really easy, then he gave us some harder faster dances. On the last one, we were all so horrible(well my group!) that we just sort of started making up things! But it was still so fun!!! :) Ok, well I need to stop talking about ECHO and post something else. Hey all you ECHO people out there, wake me up at a quarter after!!
Charity | 11:54 pm
If you saw me now, you wouldn't know who I was. I'm ten shades darker and have so many scars I've lost count. But I wouldn't trade the last fourteen days for the world!
Charity | 11:48 pm
No day is over if it makes a memory.
Charity | 11:45 pm
Sunday, June 27, 2004
Wow I am so depressed right now. I am ECHO sick and I am giving my testimony tmoorrow(ok so that's not really depressing...just kinda scary) and I have to leave in four days to go to Las Vegas. This is really sad. :(
Charity | 10:11 am
Saturday, June 26, 2004
The car ride there was FANTASTIC! I loved it so much!
The first night, we stayed at Selma RP church. We played "I've Never" and it was tons of fun till we got into really personal stuff and sorta wore the game out for a while. Also, David and Luke bought these shot glasses and 2-liters of Sprite remix and had a little "drinking contest"(I hope this is ok to put on my blog...) Anyways, they both got to THIRTY glasses! Afterwards David puked in the toilet for a while. Now THERE are some great pictures! (I can't wait to publish them on my blog!!!!)
Monday morning, we had to get up at 3 AM to leave. We got to ECHO at about...hmm....maybe 4ish? And most of the s braided eachothers hair in little tiny braids. We sang really silly songs and played great car games such as, the ABC game and 20 Questions.
The first day of work was OK, but pretty hot and hard. In the morning I did weeding which was horrible! But the afternoon(workin' with Keith for the first time! LOL!) was not that hard, just really, really hot! That night we went to Wal-Mart and Luke and Elijah bought these halarious, dorky hats called "Shade Shacks". And we also played round-robin that night. Well...I attempted! :)
We went to the beach on Wednesday and it was really fun! But David and Luke swam under the water and scared me to dea/th!!!
Thursday we went to the Shell Factory in the evening. It was a really cool store. When we got home we played round-robin again. We had three lives and I got out each time by Luke! Then I was sitting on the edge of the couch watching them finish the game when Stephen slammed the ball, Luke swung his paddle backwards and smacked me hard in the face! First I fell back on the couch laughing. Then people started telling me my mouth was bleeding. So I went to the bathroom with a lovely busted lip. But it's all healed now and I guess I forgive Luke. lol jk. :)
On Friday we got ice cream!!!!!! I was sooo excited cuz I had been asking for it the entire trip! We also did square dancing. That was...interesting! ;)
Saturday we had to work for a couple hours. We did mulching and it was soo hot! Plus everyone was tired and grumpy. But we did get a lot done, which was good. After working, we went to the mall. Our first meal out! I had Chinese and it was soo good but I ate barely any of it! Later that evening we went to the beach and played keep away/football gi/rls against guys. Cindy sliced her toe really badly, and several people cut and scraped their feet.
OH MY GOODNESS!!!! SUNDAY WAS HALARIOUS!!!! In the morning this missionary guy came and preached...which was interesting. Also we sang for the whole church. They had a fellowship meal for us and Cindy, Grace, Julie, and I all sat at a table with this HALARIOUS old guy named Herb. Poor guy had some problems. But he was sooo funny! The guy in the evening was extremely mixed up and like had no point! When we were about to sing a hymn about giving your life to Jesus etc...the guy said, "I dare you not to stand up if this is not what you want for your life!" We all looked at each other like, "woooaaahhh! Should we get up???" We all did get up, but hardly anyone sang. It was soo weird.
Sorry this is so extremely long. I'm not even done yet, but I need to be done for today!
Charity | 11:39 pm
OH my goodness. I miss ECHO sooooo much!!! I wanted to go to the tri-athalon SOOOO badly! You have no idea. But, I hope everyone does well in it and survives!!! Guys, tell Mr. Edwards I said I am so sorry I could cheer for the grey heads coming towards the finish line. Wait, I need to get my notebook and tell you guys things that happened about ECHO. And don't worry, pictures are coming ASAP! Mwuhahaha I have GREAT blackmailing pictures in there! Jk, I'll just post them on my blog anyways, though. Ok next post: Journal from ECHO.
Charity | 11:34 pm
Sunday, June 20, 2004
HIIIIIII EVERYONE!!!!! I AM AT ECHO AND LOVIN' IT!!!! :)))) I have a nice busted lip(well it's not that bad anymore) and gross scratched up legs and...yeah! But it's the BEST!!!! I LOVE AND MISS YOU ALL WHO LOVE ME ENOUGH TO READ THIS!!!! Heheheheh. ;)
Charity | 6:53 am
Saturday, June 12, 2004
Dad: *sigh* I don't know what we're going to do for school next year!
Me: I know! We will just not have school for a year!
Dad: Ohh great idea! Will you come visit us in jail??
Charity | 1:13 am
Ahhhh!! One day till ECHO and I'm not even all the way packed!!! We have to clean our WHOLE house today THEN I get to finish packing!!! My mom even wants to bleach the walls!! Oh and Zachary is getting his wisdom teeth out today. Fun stuff, huh?
Charity | 1:11 am
Friday, June 11, 2004
If you look up Mary Ray on google search, this will be one of the things that comes up:
Mary is known for her glowing personality and her professional attitude. ... Please call Mary for information on a worry free advertising experience."
I laughed soooooo hard when I read it! No offence, Mare!! :)
Charity | 11:17 am
My brothers are home!!! :) Allen's knee is disgusting!!!!! He brought us back sea shells(is that one word??) from "the bottom of the ocean", according to him! ;) He also brought back a tub for me(well for ECHO!) and a hat he said I could take as a work hat. But I can't keep it! Hehe. It's really funny looking. It's like a combination of a cowboy hat and a straw hat. He says I can't pack it cuz it will get smashed, so I should prolly just wear it on the way there!! So you people can't make fun of me! I am planning on bringing a regular baseball cap in case you do...;)
Charity | 11:09 am
Working on my blog sales pitch!! :)
cherry46239: and you should still get one!!!(a blog)
cherry46239: why not?
elazabee: i won't post alot
cherry46239: you could still get one
cherry46239: Allen hasn't updated in.........forever!
cherry46239: like two months
cherry46239: but he still got one
elazabee: i don't know how
cherry46239: ooh it's easy
cherry46239: go to blogger.com
cherry46239: and it has create a blog in three easy steps
cherry46239: I'm sure you will see it
elazabee: you should be a sales lady
Charity | 6:35 am
This week we have been sorting through all our toys, books, clothes, etc that we don't want. We plan to have a garage sale prolly next week. It is really helping us clean up our basement, too! :) Which is good because tomorrow Danna(sp?) and Paul Soma and their two kids are coming over to spend the weekend. I only get to see them on Friday though! :( Danna used to be our helper in Evansville. After my mom's 3rd brain tumor surgery, she needed some extra help with all her wonderful kids! So we had some people who came and lived with us for a while. We loved them....until they got us in trouble! No just kidding. :)
Charity | 1:16 am
Awww don't I have a nice wittle sissy! She just made me a yummy fruit shake without me even asking! I already had a bowl of cereal...but I don't want this to go to waste! hehehe.
Charity | 1:14 am
Thursday, June 10, 2004
Maria and I went to the Rays last night and we put on weird face masks(*sigh* reminds me of COVFAMIKOI! Who remembers! lol :))and put cucumbers on our eyes. Mine kept falling down and Mary said, "Hmm...maybe we should make cucumber glasses!" Then we watched Air Bud and made fun of it(hey the movie is dumb, but kinda cute!) It's sort of a tradtition with us and the Rays. :) Then we made deeelishious omlets and shoothies for breakfast(they were YUMMMMMYYY!) And..uh did some other stuff, but you know it's the Ray's so it's borrring. JK JK JK! ;)
Charity | 12:29 pm
Three days till ECHO! I just got back from youth group. We went miniture golfing. I didn't want to go at first, but now I'm glad I did because it was a lot of fun! I was HORRIBLE at it, but I still had tons of fun. :) There was this one hole and you had to hit it up this hill....my ball went backwards! It was so awful and everyone was laughing at me, but it was soo funny! I don't know what my score was and I don't even WANT to know!
Charity | 11:22 am
Sorry I couldn't update yesterday or this morning. Details later...:) Welp, it's Allen's LAST day at ECHO and he...busted his knee open. I guess he was running for some reason. I don't know all the details. He sent beautiful pictures of it(not) and we're sending them to Mrs. Ray to see if he needs stiches. Personally, I think he does cuz HELLO! HE HAS A HOLE IN HIS KNEE! I just came back from upstairs and Allen IS getting stiches. Wow, great way to end your trip, huh? So if you think of it just pray for him that it will heal quickly and he won't be in too much pain on the way home tomorrow. Lol, I just got off the phone with Mrs. Ray and she agreed that they should take him to the hospital. She also said that the pictures made Mary sick. I TOLD HER NOT TO LOOK AT THEM!!!!! :)
Charity | 11:12 am
Tuesday, June 08, 2004
Me: Dad, can we have Mary over even though you and mom are going to be gone?
Dad: No. Any other questions?
Me: Why not? Don't you trust us?
Me: I mean, seriously, what would we do??
Mom: I don't know...that's what makes me afraid.
Dad: Trust comes in small doses.
Charity | 2:46 am
Welp, I'm at the library right now. Maria, Benji, Tamara, and I all biked here. It's only about three miles from out house. We wanted to sign up for the summer reading program and check out some books to read for it. Well, we did get to sign up, but it doesn't start till Monday. And I think I am too old for it now. (I just saw a sign that said something about preschool through 8th grade!) Noooooo! :) We also realized that we don't have a library card to check anything out. Mine is in my purse...lost somewhere ;), and my mom and dad and brothers(the only other ones with cards) are all gone. Soo...here I am wasting my life away on the computer. Lol, jk. :)
Charity | 2:42 am
Five days till ECHO. I still have a bunch of things before I leave, too! Tonight we have choir practice, but Nathan said we also have S&P(Which I've never been to cuz it's only for people going into 9th and 10th grades.) So if it's at the same time as choir, I proll won't be going. Then tomorrow, my mom wants to like clean our WHOLE house-she's talking about bleaching our walls! Wednesday, I have babysitting for Women's prayer and then, I think, youth group. Miniature golf??? WHY!?! :( And I really have to train for the bike trip! I still wonder if Mr. Hanson will train me. They have nice, country roads to bike on! :) And I still have to pack, and today I also need to do another chapter of Genesis questions! Ugh, I'm sorry my blog is so boring right now. Nothing exciting is going on!
Charity | 1:23 am
Monday, June 07, 2004
Well, the program wasn't so bad. A little scary(for me) getting up there, though. It was really funny when Daniel Sturm said, "The highlight of our class was when Mrs. Ray was wrong." Mr. Ray was like dying laughing back there! :)
Charity | 11:24 am
Oh yeah! We have out annual Bible school program tonight at church. All the classes put something together to sort of tell the s what we've learned about. Apparently since I joined the church, I should have learned lots in the church info class so I have to share about that. We only have 30 seconds to share something before Mrs. Ray starts waving in the back! Lol she really said she was going to do that! :) Maria says I should go 35 seconds just so she'll do that! Oh and also we are having a meeting for the Bible Quiz Bowl at Calvin this afternoon. This is going to be our second meeting for it, and last time I checked, we were the only teams signed up. I told my dad, "We're gona be the only team, but we're not gona know anything!" Our team names are(I think I already posted this, but oh well:)) The Five Fine Fat Cows(The thing is over Genesis if that helps), Adam's Ribs(gi'rls), and The Other 23(the guys...does anyone get it???:)) Well, I have to work on some questions for that now so tata!
Charity | 6:04 am
Sorry I can't really update every day because our internet stinks and it keeps working on and off. Aggghhh! I leave for ECHO in less than a week!!! I just went shopping with my mom yesterday and got some stuff for it. Anddd, uhh I don't really have anything to update about!
Charity | 6:02 am
Saturday, June 05, 2004
I have a piano contest sort of thing today. It is not exactly a contest. More like a judge of your skill, I guess. I am not nervous...yet, but I know I will be when I get there. It is in a small room with only a piano, the judge, and me. I am playing three pieces, which I have been practicing for months, and will be VERY glad to get rid of! I like the pieces and everything, but it's just annoying to practice them for soo long!
Charity | 12:49 am
Anna, Beth, Cathy, Grace, my mom, and I all walk in the play.
Mr. Long: Wow, is it gi'rls night out or something?
Me: Yep! Sort of.
Mr. Long: (talking to my mom) You're very brave.
Charity | 12:35 am
Before the play, everyone(except for Grace who wasn't there) went swimming for a few hours. I got really sunburnt, tripped over my toes(lol, Anna! :)), and had to go to the play with wet, very chlorinated hair! But it was definitely worth it! We had so much fun!! :)
Charity | 12:33 am
Last night, Anna, Beth, Cathy, Grace, and I all went with my mom to see "Music Man", a play put on by a homeschool group. Several northsiders were in it. It was VERY good! My mom really liked it, too! :)
Charity | 12:29 am
Thursday, June 03, 2004
WWWWWWWWOOOOOOWWWWIIIIEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!! THE COMPUTER WORKS!!!!!!!!!!!! YAAAAYYY!!!!!!! I was really bored so I thought I'd just check and see if our internet works, and I really didn't think it would! I'm soo happy! Cathy's coming over any minute and tomorrow we're taking her to the play thingy that Cindy and Becca and everyone's in. So if you want to see me just come to the dress rehersal! lol, jk. :)
Charity | 8:43 am