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Since getting back to camp, I have been semi-faithful with garage-saling. You wouldn’t BELIEVE the finds I have gotten. Shannon’s brother is pulling a trailer of my stuff to Colorado, and I do not have a lot of personal belongings. We will be filling up the trailer with furniture. God really blessed me with a lot of random finds at sales I was not planning on going to.

Rocking chair for our bedroom to be painted white – $15

Dresser for our bedroom to be painted white – $20

Coffee table for the living room – $2!!!!

My favorite find – a beautiful madison oak dining room table and four chairs for $90. AMAZING!!!


And…because we all love Jonah, and I happen to have a picture of him from last night…




My new nephew, Oliver Tristan, was born on Tuesday morning, weighing 8 lbs., 11.2 ounces.










I have been flying all over the place lately. Flying used to be terribly exciting, but it has sort of disintegrated into a “means of travel” for me. That doesn’t mean that my flights have been uneventful, however. I thought that I should share a couple of the things I have encountered.

1. Do you speak English?
I chose the window seat because I didn’t know that I would have to get up. But I REALLY had to get up. There were two seats next to me; in the middle sat a lady, and in the aisle seat sat her son (I think). From what I could figure, they were from India, and I am not sure if they spoke English or not. I was not wearing a watch, and of course, my cell phone was off, so I did not know what time it was. We had been flying for quite some time, and as I said, I REALLY needed to get up and use the restroom. I figured that I would just hold out and wait until we arrived. Then, the pilot announced what time we would land, and I saw from the watch on the lady next to me that it would be another hour. I couldn’t wait that long. So, I meekly asked the woman if I could get out for a minute. She gave me a blank stare. I wasn’t sure if she spoke English, but I apologized profusely to her and her son, and eventually they let me out. They didn’t speak a word, though. When I got back, she was standing up in the aisle, and let me back in again. Once more, I apologized profusely and thanked them, but they didn’t say a word.

2. A Penny!
I was sitting in the aisle seat, and a steward walked by. He noticed a penny on the floor, and said something to the extent of, “Hey! A Penny! Do you want a penny?” I took it and slipped it into the front pocket of my backpack.

3. Where does a bird go to cash his check?
On my flight into Burbank, the little girls in front of me were fairly animated. They made up this joke: “Where does a bird go to cash his check?” “To a bird bank!” Ha. Wow.

4. Southwest Glares
Southwest Airlines does not assign seats. You get a letter (A-C) and a number (1-….something) when you check in. You can check in online up to twenty-four hours before your flight. When they board the plane, you line up by letter and number (“Now boarding letter A, numbers 1-30,” etc.); thus, the early bird catches the worm. Usually, you hear someone say, “It doesn’t really matter!” when people get confused. Deep down, though, it must matter, because when someone is in the wrong place, you see the “Southwest Glare” from other passengers. It means, “I stayed home from my granddaughter’s ballet recital to print this boarding pass, and I am going to be the 27th person on this flight or else!”

5. Feet
I was calmly sitting in my seat on a plane when lo and behold, The Foot popped out at me under my seat. I wasn’t sure if it was a boy foot or a girl foot, but it was a bare foot in a sandal, which just isn’t nice to see that close. I adjusted so that I wasn’t touching The Foot, and the flight continued. A few minutes later, The Foot appeared again, only this time, it was to my right, where my right hand would be if I relaxed it. This time, I noticed that it really wasn’t a very nice foot; however, I would point out that no foot is really a nice foot unless it is under age four.

I could think of more stories, but The Foot tops them all, and I learned in English class that you are supposed to order things like that from worst to best. Therefore, this is the end.

The End.

I’m Off Again!


I’m leaving again. I hope I get that guy for my flight attendant.

Wedding Shower

Wedding Shower

Hello, World!

My blog has become terribly impersonal as of late. I refuse to be (if I can help it…conditional refusals are wonderful, no?) one of those people who quit blogging after they get married, so here’s a post to counteract my recent lack of personal sharing.

I am doing well – very well, in fact. I haven’t had a whole lot to do this past week, so it’s been a nice time to relax and rest up for the next three months before the wedding. I like to think while I work, so I was able to do some of that – as you can see from previous posts, I shampooed the living room and front room carpets (plus the stairs and some furniture). I feel like I must have done some other work, too, but I can’t remember what it is at this moment. I have been sewing pillows for the apartment – that has been fun. (You can see one of the two matching pillows in a previous post, as well.) I traced a couple of those tree-like things on the fabric onto some off-white cloth and am working on embroidering it. I hope it turns out nice. I got some thin brown cording to go around it in a pillow. I’ll post a picture of the completed project once I finish.

I have been thinking a lot, too. God is good to me. In the last month or so, I’ve been flipping back and forth between being super excited to get married and move to Colorado and being sad to leave NY and family and friends and, well, everything familiar. But, I think familiarity is overrated. Nothing ever really stays the same forever, anyhow. One of my “theme verses” right now is Joshua 1:9 which says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” I woke up with that verse in my head one morning after having a a day particularly dedicated to being sad about leaving home. 🙂 I very much have felt the presence of the Lord with me lately. It makes me tear up to think about. I almost feel that He is/will very literally carry me into this next season of life. I am looking forward to it. I almost feel a sort of separation from any earthly attachments, as if life is about so much more than a sense of security. That is very true, actually. It hasn’t been working to comfort myself with things like, “Once I get there, I know I will be fine,” or “I won’t miss everything so much after awhile.” That’s true, but it helps me so much more to look at my past, look at where He has brought me, and know that He – not anyone else (though He has used people; mostly my parents) – has been the one guiding me and leading me, and He will continue to do that. He promises that He doesn’t “change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17), and He will be faithful to that promise.

My mom and I will be going out to visit Shannon for a while at the end of the month. I am really looking forward to that – not only will it be nice to see the apartment, the area, and things like that, I can’t wait to see Shannon again! This will probably be the last time I see him before the wedding in August (though if we get desperate, we might squeeze in a weekend at some point…), so we are going to treasure every minute! My mom is really nice to be coming…

Another thing I have been doing lately is playing piano accompaniment for a local elementary school’s spring concert. A girl from my church is directing it (a group of about 100 kids), and she asked me to play for her. I’ve been going twice a week to practice; this Tuesday and Thursday are the concerts. I think they will go well; the kids do a really good job. Beth is a great choir director. The concert theme is “going green,” so all the songs have a “green” theme – “My Planet, Your Planet,” “It’s Easy Bein’ Green,” and “Let’s Clean Up Our World” being on the list. Really, though, the music is fun.

Next month, I get to go stay with Martha for awhile when she has the baby. I am really looking forward to that. I’m glad I get to get in some early bonding time with another nephew. 🙂 Though, I must say, I am really looking forward to having kids of my own. Shannon and I would not complain if we had a baby by next summer…but, of course, that’s up to God! As much as I would love to have a baby right away, I would also love having time as a couple, so I’m good with anything!

I don’t have much else interesting to write about, unless of course you want to hear about my “engagement syndrome.” I have been such an airhead lately – or, as Dad says, one step away from being an airhead. In all the years I have been driving, I never locked my keys in the car once. In the last month and a half, I’ve done it THREE TIMES! Three times! Today, I accidentally forgot to halve the butter in the rhubarb crisp I made. It wasn’t really crisp, it was more like, well, rhubarb syrup. Anyway, I’ve been making lots of little mistakes like that, and everyone is chocking it up to “engagement syndrome,” or something like that. Three more months to go, and I sincerely hope it goes away after that. I’m blonde enough on my own without outside forces!