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Sunday, September 24, 2006
I am having some real troubles remembering what month it is. Maybe it's the fact that this year seems to have gone by SO quickly. Maybe it's because it's quickly turning to spring...and September is supposed to be fall weather! Or maybe it's just because I sometimes have trouble keeping up with things. ;-)
So much has changed since last September. There are obvious things -- like us coming here to Oz, me moving up a grade (I still think it's weird that I'm a junior! :-P) etc. But looking back, I can see some more subtle ways that I have changed. It's kind of bittersweet to recall the happenings of last year and also years past. This afternoon, my siblings (excluding A) and I have a lovely little time reminiscing over days at Southside and Evansville. Also, we girls have fun recalling what it was like last "summer" when we first got here to Oz. Even since then, *so* many things have happened! Okay, I won't ramble too much here...just wanted to cap some thoughts that have been running through my little mind lately.
Well, I really don't have a whole lot to post about. I would ramble on about how school holidays have been and such, but I really should get going. :-) I should try to update this more often...but then again, getting 25 comments is awfully fun at times! Ha, well have a lovely week, my friends!
Oh and check out Becca's recent"This is True" post! I really appreciated it, as did my family. :o) And, as always, check out Zachary's website! (Yesss more new albums! hehe.)
Song of the post ~ (Yup, you guessed it!) "Wake Me Up When September Ends" by Green Day
Charity | 8:34 pmComments-[ comments.]
Monday, September 18, 2006
Dear family and friends,
Greetings from Australia! I miss you all very much and hope all is well with you.
As many of you would know, my dad recently accepted the call from the church here to stay and be the pastor. This means our stay here is indefinite. But, we do hope to make it back to the states to visit when we can. My mom and I are praying about coming back in December. Allen and Zachary, Lord willing, will depart on December 28, so we may try to travel close to or on that date.
I'm sure you all realize how very costly this trip would be. To fly to America around Christmastime is about $2,000 (USD) per ticket. So I am writing to ask you to pray with us that God would provide. If you feel inclined, we would be very thankful for financial support. I would love to attend the CYPU (Covenanter Young People's Union) annual Winter Conference, if possible. Also, my mother would love to spend time with her family in the States.
Most of all, I would ask you to pray for our ministry here in Australia. If you would like to hear more, I would be happy to share about what God has been doing through us and teaching us here.
Thank you for considering this and for keeping in touch over the months!
p.s. If you were inclined to assist financially, you could e-mail me for an address to send it to, or you could send something to my dad's paypal account (www.paypal.com) with the button below (the button just takes you to another page where you have an option to donate if you would like).
Charity | 2:00 pmComments-[ comments.]
Saturday, September 09, 2006
[In someone else's head...]
I was sitting near the beach, overlooking the beautiful, serene water and the magnificent sun. It was slowly setting. The rays turned the clouds soft pinks, pale orange and yellows, which reflected down upon the waters. I soaked it all in... the peacefullnes, the quiet. All at once, the perfect stillness was broken by voices of about 5 or six kids running down the path. They smiled at me, and then continued running past me down onto the sand. It looked like small scratches covered their arms and legs. One girl especially looked slightly tired, yet they all had a vibrance about them. 'They must have had a grand little adventure today," I thought. They were smiling and laughing, crouching down on the beach as if looking for something. I heard exclamations of wonder as they found some shells and something they kept calling "sea glass". I decided they must be brothers and sisters by the way they related to one another. I stood there and found myself watching them instead of the sunset. I tried to pick out where they must be from by the sound of their accent. I brought my jacket more tightly around my shoulders as it was getting more chilly. Finally, one of the boys stated that they probably had enough and should leave. As they gathered their things and started to head back, one of the girls turned and smiled at me once again. "Have a wonderful evening!" she said. I smiled back and decided to voice at least one of my questions. "What is that sea glass I hear you talking about?" One of the other girls answered, explaining that it was the glass made smooth from floating through the sea. "Ah, of course," I thought, nodding. They seemed so friendly that I decided to venture a few futher questions. After a few minutes of chatting, I learned that they were indeed siblings and Americans--Indiana Americans, to be exact--who had recently moved to Frankston. I noticed a church's name on one of the girl's shirt, and asked about that, too. Then I further learned of their reasons for being in Australia and a little bit about their church. They wished me a good evening once again and hastened up the path. I found myself smiling after them. "If only all young people were always so friendly..." The vibrant sunset soon captured my attention as before.
Okay, so maybe that wasn't exactly what she was thinking....but you never know! ;-) It's kind of a good reminder, though, that you never really know what your actions produce. People watch you, even if you don't notice. It's nice to try to acknowledge them in cheerful way.
Oh and, Amy, dear, I wasn't trying to copy your idea of a post, I promise. :-)
We did have a grand little adventure today! The scratches were from our fearless leader's (aka Allen's) brilliant idea to wade through some bushes after corageously climbing over and sliding down rocky cliffs. I never want to hear the phrase, "There's a path just ahead! Seriously!" again. :-P Oh my, were there some great quotes today! I only wish I had the brain to REMEMBER them.
Well, I'd post more, but Allen is in the process of smashing me.......ahhh! I'll finish this another day when Zachary posts his photos. Believe me, you shall be impressed and awed...
Charity | 7:45 pmComments-[ comments.]
Friday, September 08, 2006
So my parentals are going out tonight on a double date (*chuckle* my parents! I love that.) with Jackie and Brett. In their absense, we kids are gonna throw a crazy party. Orr...maybe we're just having a friend or two over for pizza and movies (with my parent's permission, I might add. It was actually Dad's idea!). Allen is coming home tonight--yay!--and we invited Amy (from across the street), Matthew Pluke, and another guy who goes to school with Z. Matt is sick (riiight ;-)) and the other guy has something else he's doing, so I think it's just going to be us six kids and Amy. It should be fun stuff, though! I'm excited. It's been forever since we've just randomly invited a friend over on a Friday night. PLUS, it's FRIDAY! My case sleeps. (<-- a select few will utter a snort or two of appreciation and amusement at that phrase.)
LAST NIGHT was pretty fabulous, as well. Went over to Matt and Justine Glovers' for coffee, cheesecake, and chats. Now tell me, can life get any better than that?? I love those guys (and not only because they feed me coffee and cheesecake--TOGETHER)!
song of the post ~ "A Foggy Day" by Michael Bublé
Argh! They don't have the full song. :-P This is my FAVORITE of his.
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Saturday, September 02, 2006
On Thursday, I made a new friend. So maybe that's not so amazing, but see if you think this is:
1. She's 16
2. She's a Christian
3. She lives directly behind us
4. She and her mom (Claire) and grandma (Rosa) moved into their house the same exact day that we got to Australia and moved into OUR new house! :-O
Yep, I'm pretty excited. We had them over for dinner on Thursday and had a grand time just chatting, eating, and playing fast Scrabble. We decided we should have a game night sometime. Hehe, sounds kinda nerdy, but it should be fabulous fun!
Song of the post ~ "Man It's So Loud in Here" by They Might Be Giants
(This makes me think SO MUCH of old GCA days...driving with Allen. It also makes me think of Covie last year 'cause we listened to TMBG most of the way there. I miss our old mini-van and the good times we kids had in it.)
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