Thursday, November 22, 2007

Time to head to bed...

Thanksgiving.... when I think of this one simple words my mind runs in many directions. God, Friends, Family, Food, Shoes, Clothes, Health, Money, A place to live, a car to drive, and many more things. I believe this Thanksgiving is a little different for me. A lot has occured over the last year in my life that has shown me a different meaning to thankfulness. Life is a precious thing that so many of us take for granted. The fact that we are alive and breathing at this very moment is an awesome thing to be thankful for. Within the past year I have been allowed to lose a close family member, and go through some difficult situations. But through it all I have to thank God that He has been there with me and that I knew I was safe in His hands. This Thanksgiving I have so much to be thankful for. I hope you to friends have lots to be thankful for.

Tomorrow, my family is going to have a huge meal and just spend some quality time together. I am very excited about it. As a family tradition we eat all day long, and play a few games. Upwords, Mad Gab and several others. I for one can't wait to play upwords. My cousin was at one time undefeated at this game, but just a couple of months ago I broke that record. I'm waiting to see who will win tomorrow, whether it be Joshua, myself, or some other lucky soul.

Well, friends I hope that you realize how blessed we really, are and that you give God praise for everything from the smallest to the greatest blessing you have in your life. Have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Teen Power @ YMCA

So, I am involved in a ministry called Teen Power. Its basically a group of students that get together & go downtown Cincinnati pick up teens that we have contact with, and take them to church. We have songs, a game, a short devotional, small groups, and then finally snacks. It is a very rewarding ministry to be a part of. I love it so much & more than anything I love the teens.

Last week instead of picking them up and taking them to the chapel we took them to they YMCA in Dayton, Kentucky. Here we all played ping pong, pool, arcade games & lots of other things. It was a lot of fun! Here are just a few pictures of the evening.

Melisa Phelps & Kelly Williams
Chris Watson, Myself, and Joshua Jamison
Marcus & his adorable daugher
(I should say My son & grand-daughter) Kelly Williams, Joe Hough, Cheryl
Daniel Bond, and Josh Jamison
AA group of teens!
Nicole, & Tenisha praying with Dorcus & Jacinda

These are just a few pictures of the night! We all had a great time. Jacinda spoke on Loving God, and just gave her testimony about How God saved her, and has helped her so far in her walk with Christ. Afterwards, Nicole was asking questions & wanted people to pray with her. She didn't get saved that night, but it was great to see her seeking for answers to her questions. What a great night!

Catching up...or at least trying to

WOW! Its been a long time since I have blogged. I have a lot to catch up on, but it will have to wait just a few more hours for now I'm going to go to bed and get a few hours of sleep. :) I plan on blogging a lot & getting caught up a lot has happen that I'm dying to tell. Good-night for now friends

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Harvest Party!

Last night was the Harvest Party for our church at my Aunt & Uncles house! It was soo much fun. The preparation before hand wasn't so much fun but it was worth it after all. Before hand my mom and I was doing laundry(which I brought home from school to save me money) making a gallon of tea, baking cookies, another dessert that doesn't have a name yet, but their YUMMY, and cutting up the potatoes & vegetables for the soup.

Once, we got to Aunt Karen's & Uncle Terry's we had soo much food. Some of the food was Chili, Potato soup, Chicken Noodle Soup, White Chili, Mexican Chili, Potato Salad, Oyster Crackers, Chips, Chocolate Chip cookies, Pumpkin Bars, Peanut butter no-bake cookies, Hot Chocolate, and a lot more. As you can tell trying to decide what to get once you were in line was a little bit difficult. All that I had was very good!

After the wonderful food, we sat around the bon-fire for awhile. One of the exciting things that happen was the guys playing football. There wasn't enough space for them to play tackle so they played two-hand touch. It was dark and it was funny to watch them trying to play.

Finally, it was time for the hay ride! The hay ride was suppose to be about 6-7 miles. We were all piled close together and sharing blankets. Some came prepared for the long cold ride and some didn't. I was one of the one's who did. I had on a long sleeved shirt, two sweatshirts, and a marshmallow coat. Needless to say I was very warm. :) So, we're on the hayride riding along FREEZING but having soo much fun. All, of a sudden the wagon felt like we were on a gravel road, but wasn't. The people in the back of the wagon was screaming and telling us to stop. So, Larry flashed the light at Uncle Terry and we stopped. Yes, the least expecting thing happened. We blew the back tire on the wagon. Now, what are we suppose to do? We're sitting along side of the road a couple miles away from the house with a flat tire...not going anywhere.

The vehicle that was following us decided to take all of the children back to the house. So we where left w/o a vehicle behind the wagon. When we would see a vehicle coming Uncle Terry, Pastor Chip, and Larry would shine the lights in their eyes hoping that they would stop. It took a long time for the vehicles to stop but they finally did. One of the vehicles was a conservation officer just out looking for people who were shooting deers, who shouldn't be. It was kinda of funny to have him there while we waited on the other vechiles to come pick us all up. Needless, to say we never got to finish our hayride. We all got to ride back in various vehicles and the wagon got pulled home:(

Although we didn't get the hayride, we got to spend time together as a church family, had lots of good food, and overall had a BLAST! I must run to dinner now. Bye until next time

Saturday, November 10, 2007

My uneventful Day

I will bless the Lord at ALL times.... So, this wasn't the exact thought that popped into my head at 6:00 o'clock today but it should of. So, I got to bed a good time last night, and was so excited about getting to sleep in. My body is use to waking up between 5-6 every day so natuarlly it did it again today. I was kinda bummed out because my first class wasn't until 8:50.

So to start my day off to a good start I finally made myself get out of bed once I realized that I wasn't going back to sleep. I got ready went down to the cafeteria for breakfast, came back upstairs went through class and chapel then work. After work today I went down to TOPS and tutored some students there and enjoyed every mintue of it! After TOPS I took a couple of teens from downtown home & went back to school.

My evening I had decided was going to be spent sleeping! But a friend called and wanted to know if I could go to the Cheesecake factory with them...of course I couldn't turn that offer down. We all ordered appetizers( popcorn shrimp, nachos, and taquitos) and shared them. It was all very good! Afterwards we had Keylime Cheesecake, which was good, but soo sour.

When we got back to school I was determined to get some sleep before I travled home tonight, but of course that didn't work out very well either. Within 45mins of arriving on school, packing & loading the car I was on my way Home! :D Needless, to say my day was busy but was very uneventful.

The best part about the whole day is that I get to sleep in my own bed, and that I don't have to worry about getting up early in the morning. Well, I feel like I am rambling & this is going no where except in circles. So I think I will sign off and go to lala land. Until next time.... Good-Night!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Here Goes

So I couldn't stand by and watch Becky & Esther talk about their blogs without getting one too. I love reading their blogs, but I'm afraid that I will either spend too much time on here, or else totally forget about it and never blog. Hopefully, I will be GOOD and blog quite frequently but NOT spend much time on here.

Well, for starters today was a very good day for me. I learned yesterday in Chapel that my first period class was cancelled for both Thursday & Friday morning :) which I am very thankful for. The Lord knew that I needed the few hours of extra sleep. So, instead of getting up at 5 I was able to sleep in till about 7:30. I went to all my classes, passed both of my test with good grades :) and then went to work.

The best thing about the whole day was I got to play v-ball with some friends :) I wasn't with the program at all tonight, and was missing the ball or being very stupid and hitting it with one arm not good. Needless, to say I laughed very hard, and about made Becky pee her pants. :)

Well, I think I will sign off for the night and get some extra sleep. Good-Night!