Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The Travel Bug is a Powerful Bug

I feel like I have nothing to say today... Not much has really gone on this week. My Aunt went to LA with my mother for an Herbalife meeting and came back with some little presents from my mom-- Magnolia Blossom perfume from Bath & Bodyworks, some freebie cards, night cream--girlie stuff basically. Herbalife has also come out with a new shake flavor, cafe latte, which tastes delicious so I'm excited to have a new flavor to add to my breakfast choices!

I feel like I'm getting the travel bug again. My mom brought it up first so it's really her fault. Then I was looking at my "Where I've Been" Map on facebook and felt that it was lacking. There are a lot of places that I still have to visit. So I'm thinking about starting in London (because I will never go across the ocean without stopping in my city) then maybe heading to Germany and taking a train to Poland and then through to Russia to Moscow and then St. Petersburg.

I also have to figure out about flying to LA sometime to check out apartments and Ashley said she was going home to Santa Clarita for Baylor's spring break and that I could go with her and she could help. BUT, Megan and Kyle's spring breaks from Dental School and Physical Therapy school happen to fall on the same dates and I really want them to both come up to visit.... What a conundrum.

I better start saving...


Saturday, October 20, 2007

Marriage and Being Underaged

I had an epiphany while watching Friends the other day. I realized how you can be so bothered about not being married while at the same time knowing fully well that it's not the right time and you really don't want to be married right now. Before you go to college, you have your family-mom, dad, brother, sister, animals, etc. They are YOUR family and your central focus. Then you go to college, you're away from them and you are beginning to live on your own. You finish college and become even more independent. They are still your family, but not in the same way. Now, you are independent and eager to start your own life and your own family. Being a young, single adult is such an adventure in so many ways and you don't have to consider how your life-changing decision is going to affect your spouse. But in a way, you feel like you don't have a family, or you are in between families if you will. Friends is in no way a model for living a fulfilled life, but it shows how friends can be your family. But even that is hard when you're not in one place for very long. I love where God has me right now and I know that He has so many incredile things planned for my life, but being in that in-between stage of life can be difficult. That's why ya' gotta have friends!

Sooooooo anyway, I went to church tonight and it was great as always, but my aunt's in LA and my grandmother didn't feel well enough to get out so I went alone. I stopped by Walmart on the way home to get some milk for grandmother and a few other things for my "World Travels" scrapbook, including rubber cement. I went to check out and the lady scanned the rubber cement and then the screen asked if the customer was over 18 and the she actually stared at me. I asked her if she wanted to see my I.D. and she said yes. I didn't mind being carded, because I understand that as long as that's happening, it's a good thing, but when I dug through my purse, I realized I didn't have it. I must have left it in my gym bag this morning so I told her that I didn't have it, but that I was 22. Then she glared at me and goes "When's your birthday?" "5-12-85".... She stared at me (rather rudely I felt) then scanned the rubber cement. "Don't you need your I.D. to drive?" Well there's a rule I didn't know had been put into place. I was like, lady what kind of 16 year old junkie goes to Walmart dressed in church clothes and buys milk, lettuce, persimmons, avacados, ribbons, and RUBBER CEMENT to sniff after she eats her salad? I hope I don't look like an underaged junkie when I go to church...


Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Putting off sleep

Guess what Pastor Joe Putting preached on at church... tithing. It's interesting how God does that sometimes.

Photo Diary of being in Florida:

Grandmother shooting a pistol (just a pellet gun)
View from Aunt Sandy and Uncle Tommy's house

Aunt Sandy and Uncle Tommy riding their motorcycles to the flea market

Before dinner at the Chart House

Goodnight and sweet dreams

Friday, October 5, 2007

On an ending note

Just read Courtney's blog and this is basically what I was trying to say in the last part of my last post, but I think Courtney said it much more clearly! Thanks Court!

"To you it was shown that you might know that the Lord, He is God; there is no other besides Him." (Deuteronomy 4:35)

"...I have seen that God wants to do cool & supernatural things in our lives - just to show how cool HE is! He wants to do things that make us stand in awe of Him & praise Him because He gives good things to those who love Him! He wants to lead you to pray for something, then give it to you, just to prove that He is faithful. He wants to give you a vision of something, then bring it to pass, to show that He keeps His promises. He wants us to think about how COOL He is! I now pray for specific things that I feel led to pray for because I can then watch for God to work & recognize that He really is orchestrating the things I hand to Him (which should be everything, I remind myself)."

I hope this affects you!

Random thoughts

My cousin Gloria is here, with her boyfriend Daniel. It feels good to have some young people around. And they brought Krispy Kremes, and I would love to have one... but I can't.

Aunt Sandy went to Atlanta for her 35th highschool reunion, leaving me to care for Bailey (a white golden retriever) and Freddy and Cheeto (the birds) since Tommy doesn't get in until around 4am and doesn't get up until 10 and naturally the animals need to be up and fed by 7:30.

Still trying to get plugged into the church, but I feel like it's taking too long. But I really like the people who I have met and absolutely feel that God is speaking through the sermons-- you know how you just know when God is speaking through someone? I think it's the Holy Spirit speaking to you and He just leads you to the right church. I hope that I can become a part of this fellowship.

I LOVE tithing. Is that weird? I always see God work so quickly in response to that type of obedience. Being here, I was worried about how I was going to make money. I didn't want to wait tables (though I knew I could make substantial cash) because this could be the last holiday season that I get to visit all of the family and I didn't want to give that up, but working out a definite system with my aunt wasn't going very well either and it looked like I wasn't going to be making much money. I also kept meaning to pay my tithes from my summer job and was down to about $200 in my checking account, about what I needed to tithe. Finally, I got myself in gear and sent half to Stonegate (in Midland) and half to Highland (in Waco). The very next day after one of the checks cleared, my aunt proposed to pay me more than I had planned to settle for. This will give me saving money and a little spending money. It amazes me how God ALWAYS takes care of me. I'm sure it will be more difficult to tithe so willingly when I don't have my mom as a safety net, but God has really showed me that He will take care of his flock. In today's world, when everything is about money and possessions, I would encourage you to tithe (which is required, not requested and is differen't from your offerings). God is faithful to you so be faithful to Him!