Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Hurricane Katrina

Today is hurricane Katrina's two year anniversary. Some of you might not be aware, but I was in Mississippi this summer doing Katrina relief. The damage was mind boggling. There were people I met that refused help, there were times where I felt so...unwanted. On Oprah today a man was talking about how it's so easy to forget Katrina. And I understand that. Before I left for Mississippi, it's true I had forgotten. I could never forget my experience in Mississippi.

In little ole' Marion,Indiana, or wherever you live, we think we are so far removed from the damage. In all reality we aren't that far removed from the damage, what if a devastating tornado or flood came through, how long would it take to get help and how long would we be rebuilding for? I like to think teams would come here to help rebuild like we went there, but who really knows?

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

So I'm in class right now. I only have about ten minutes, so it'll be short. School lately has been super hectic. Dang Mr. Munns class, and Mr. Lakes. I don't think I have time to go into any funny stories here. I promise I'll do a real update soon.

Love you all.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Worship team

I'm not here for long. I just wanted to say that the worship team at FUMCY is getting better and better. Devin, Dillon, Mike, the names of the rest of them slip my mind, But they are getting really good. Kudos.


This is funny a funny site. More on this later.

There are several things I've been thinking about this week.

One is how not funny the teenage pregnancy crisis is in grant country. Grant county is third or fourth in a state. I know I've laughed about the teen pregnancy rate. There are so many freaking pregnant girls at the high school this year. It's called self-control, or birth-control, take your pick.

Teenage drinking.

I was in English this week. I overheard two girls talking about how they were going to a party. I heard one tell the other "Don't let me do anything stupid while I'm drunk" and then the other repeated it back. I don't fully understand that. I don't understand how one drunk girl can prevent another drunk girl from doing something stupid. Can someone explain that to me?

thats it for now.

Love you all,

Monday, August 20, 2007

Dani Is a Sexy Non-Man Beast

Danielle Alene Foster=Amazing

I love her.

I really need to go now. I promise I'll give a real update soon. I love you all.

Sunday, August 19, 2007


A brief update before I go to bed. I just finished my homework. AP Gov, Algebra two, and AP English. I'm fairly comfident I did a good job on them.

On Saterday I went to World Pulse Festival, a day long outdoor music festival. I saw Superchic[k],Third day, Micheal W. Smith, Sanctus Real, The Desperation Band, and I'm missing one. Someone fill in the one I'm missing for me. That was a lot of fun.

Today we had a family party here. It was....interesting. Then I went to youth group. It was good. Devin and Dillon are getting to be pretty amazing. Kudos to them.

I think thats about it for now.......I am exausted so I'm going to bed. Sorry it's such a short post...but I will leave you with a song...well lyrics anyway.

Third day
Wherever You Are

Well I won't pretend to know what you're thinking
And I can't begin to know what you're going through
And I won't deny the pain that you're feeling
But I'm gonna try and give a little hope to you
Just remember what I told you
There's so much you're living for

There's a light at the end of this tunnel
There's a light at the end of this tunnel for you
For you
There's a light at the end of this tunnel
Shining bright at the end of this tunnel for you
For you
So keep holding on

You got your disappointments and sorrows
You ought to share the weight of that load with me
Then you will find that the light of tomorrow
Well it brings new life for your eyes to see
So remember what I told you
There's so much your living for

There's a light at the end of this tunnel
There's a light at the end of this tunnel for you
For you
There's a light at the end of this tunnel
Shining bright at the end of this tunnel for you
For you
So keep holding on

So remember what I told you
There's so much you're living for

There's a light at the end of this tunnel
There's a light at the end of this tunnel for you
For you, yeah
There's a light at the end of this tunnel
Shining bright at the end of this tunnel for you
For you, yeah
There's a light at the end of this tunnel
For you, for you, yeah
Shining bright at the end of this tunnel
For you, for you
So keep holding on
Keep holding on
Keep holding on now

You got your disappointments and sorrows
I'm gonna try and give a little hope to you

Love you all,
Keep watching for an update about the cocnert. Right now I have a family party I must attend to. But have a good day everyone.

love you all,

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Today at school was pretty good.

At Tucker I am pretty sure Mr. Keller talked for the entire two and a half hours. I wanted to shoot myself up the nose. It was ok though. A few juniors and were asleep. It was kinda funny.

In Economics we did the standard "get to know you" survey. One of the questions on this survey was " Who is your favorite music group?" The following dialogue occurred.

Mr. Hyman "Who is your favorite music group or artist?"
Boy that sat behind me "Lil' Wang"
Mr. Hyman " That sounds like a personal problem...I wondered why they were calling you pee-wee"

After than he asked one of the guys in the class if they would shop at a lingerie store if they could shop anywhere. It was pretty funny. He also called Mr. Munn a woman.

Algebra was ok nothing terrible or great to report about it.

In Munns' class we got textbooks( yes plural, we got two). He talked for a bit and we took a practice AP test.

In English we got textbooks and talked about college.

I am only taking four classes at the high school, yet I am going to have six books. Evil AP classes.

I'm off shower clean up some things.

Have a good night. Tomorrow I think I'm going to post something special so be watching.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

First Day of School

Today was pretty good. I'm pretty excited for the semester, yes even Mr. Munns' class.

A couple weeks ago we got a a mailing saying AM Tucker people meet at Tucker for the first day. and no transportation will be provided back to the high school. Last week or so we got another mailing telling AM Tucker kids to just meet at the HS. This morning I got a call from Bobby-Jack, he told me that we're meeting at tucker. So I hung up with him and called the school. They repeated what he said and that there would be no transportation provided. My mom wasn't happy about that, at all. But she was like whatever. I get to tucker and Mr. Keller (my teacher from last year) starts his introduction to the class speech. I'm sitting next to Bobby-jack and I mutter something to him. Keller moves me next to him. And I roll a chair slightly behind him. A few minutes later he pushes me forward and asks if I'm making funny faces at the class. I then start making some funny faces at the class. I make a few sarcastic comments during his speech.

I can't think of any other funny stories about my school day. It was
a good day. Algebra two scares the living daylight out of me.

Anyway down to some shirts I found today that I love.

These are all from XXX Church.
The following are found here.

I'm done here I think.

Love you all,

Monday, August 13, 2007

Senior Year

I am a senior in high school. I am a major cross roads of what I want to do with my life. I have no idea where I want to go to school. What I want to major in, if I want a Christian school. All I really know is that I want a real college, one with dorms and a student center.

I'll finish this later. Love you guys.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

So today I didn't really do much. I went to the knitting circle at the library. We had probably seven or eight at the group including myself. We were missing some, but it was good. For a while we had a four or five teenagers. It's now back down to myself and Bethany.

Tomorrow I have a meeting with my school councilor, Mrs. Pearcy, about my schedule. I'll probably walk away with a night class or something.

I'm done here I think. But before I go I have a huge unspoken prayer concern. If you want to know details email me, or catch me on IM or something.


Wednesday, August 08, 2007

The Fundamental Differances

I have spent a fair amount of time with both of my youth groups this summer, more with FUMCY, than Paradigm. I just returned from a mission trip with paradigm, as some of you know. I noticed several differences between both the backgrounds of those in the gruop and the leadership of the groups.

Mike vs. Tony:

I have been around Mike for about 3 years. During all three of these years Mike has been a very physical guy. Meaning he beats the crap out of the guys when they misbehave. So the guys beat the crap out of each other, following his influence.

Tony doesn't beat the crap out of the guys when they don't behave. He talks to them and lets them know to not do it again.

FUMCY VS. Paradigm

Most of FUMCY is kids who go to youth group, sometimes Sunday morning, but none of our parents really go there. Most of the kids aren't from church families. I can think of one of two.

At Paradigm most of the youth are church families. I am one of the only ones who aren't, that come to mind anyway.

I am not bashing either church. They are merely observations.

I think I'm done for the night. love you all.


Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Missions PT 2

OK, sorry that my last post was a little scrambled. This is more about Wisconsin.

We arrived in Wisconsin about 6 or so in the evening. Josh and Jamie went over house rules, meal prep and clean-up, and shower times. All fourteen of us settled into their basement. After that we made dinner, did a tour of the church(which sits right in the Hiltys' backyard), and devotionals. We went to bed after night showers.

On Tuesday we started cleaning out the churches basement, moving things and taping off walls to paint. We worked until lunchtime, ate lunch and went back to work. At 3:30 afternoon shower people ( including myself) and dinner prep people stayed behind while the rest of our team went out to invite neighbors to the VBS the next day. We had dinner and then hosted a youth group type night for the church. After the youth group there was free time. During free time night shower people showered, and the rest of us watched movies, played games, or just relaxed.

On Wednesday we started painting the ceiling of the basement. Around lunchtime on Wednesday one of our adult leaders, Joel, got sick and was out of commission for two-ish days. Haley was also sick on Wednesday. After we finished working in the church on Wednesday, we did afternoon showers and preparations for VBS. Thursday and Friday followed the same pattern as Wednesday. We finished painting on Friday( I'll post pictures when I get them.)

On Saturday we worked at the church in the morning and went to Devil's Lake State Park for a hike. It was mostly rainy while we were hiking. We had dinner at Devil's Lake. After dinner we had preparation for the Sunday morning service. Four of five us came back early from the preparations because we were feeling sick. We were well enough to go to church in the morning though.

On Sunday we went to church, then after church we went to the largest water park in America, Noah's Ark Waterpark. We had a lot of fun there.

Monday morning we left for home after goodbyes and hugs for Josh and Jamie. We arrived home around 7:30 Monday night.

One morning Marlane was waking up one of the girls and as a wake-up tactic she said " your mother goes to college." The day before we had been saying " Your mom goes to college" repeatably. We spent most of that day mocking Marlane by saying "Your mother goes to college." Jewel changed it to say "Your mother attends the local university." And Taylor changed it once again to say, "Your mother attends the local post-secondary educational facilities."

I"m done for now

Love you all,

Monday, August 06, 2007


I'm home for the summer. I got back about three hours ago or so from Wisconsin. Ten hours in a church van...wooot!

We painted the basement of Parkway Wesleyan Church. We also put on a VBS. I'll be putting up pictures of the basement as soon as I get them. The VBS went really well, I think anyway. On the first day we had one boy, Ryan, about 6 or so. And a little girl, Shay, two. We sang songs, played games, and did a craft. We played kick ball(which Ryan loved), painted a magnet picture frame thingy that said "Jesus Loves Me." The second day we played kickball again and did a craft. The craft was a mosaic cross. On the third day we did a craft, salvation bracelets, and instead of playing kickball we played with water balloons. On the third day we picked two more kids, Demarcus,11, and Micheala(sp), 8,. It was good. I'll post more stories about VBS later.

The daily Riutine went something like this
7:30 AM breakfast
8:30 AM Start working at the church.
12:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM work at church
3:30 PM afternoon showers/ freetime/ VBS prep
5:30 PM Dinner

Depending on the night after dinner we had free time, VBS , or a youth group type service.

It seemed like all we did was eat, sleep and paint some days. We played a lot of Apples to Apples. Who could ever forget those vicious girl scouts? And of course your mother attends the local post-secondary education facilities.

A few thank yous

Thanks to Josh and Jamie for letting all fourteen of us live in their basement for a week.
Thanks to Tony and Brookhaven Wesleyan for planning this whole trip.
Thanks for Jamie for cooking for sixteen people for a week.
Thanks the team for all the great work we did.

This week was truly amazing. Thanks Josh and Jamie.

If there are any errors anyone notices about the trip let me know.