Monday, September 29, 2008
Kel would not let me in her house for a few days b/c she was working on a "project." The project ended up being some bridesmaid gifts. The day I flew to Arizona and was feeling TERRIBLE, she came over and game me the gift. It was wrapped up much prettier but I took it apart.
I was SOOO excited to get these goodies. She knows my weakness for sweets...thanks for helping me fit into that bridesmaid dress. Besides the cute card/poem she created, my favorite part about the gift was the free NETFLIX subscription!!
I was pumped and already ordered my first movie. They even have all season of The Hills on Netflix :)
It is going to be a year filled with lots of wedding stuff and I'm very excited about it.
*I do have to note that I think there is a conspiracy against pink starbursts. They are my absolute FAVORITE and there were only 3 in my box. :(
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I am in Arizona right now and I guess I was feeling a little crazy.
I will blog more about it later (and post pictures), but I feel like a real woman now.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
With another one down, it just makes it another day closer for Ellen and I to take our turn behind the camera. Ellen, I'm thinking we should have our dogs in the pictures...everyone loves to look at cute labs! :) I will just hide behind O'Malley and smile!
Take a look at how GORGEOUS Kat looks in her BELIEVE shoot...
Thursday, September 18, 2008
There was an analogy section and you had to match 2 words that had a direct relationship. (if that isn't what you were supposed to do then I'm not sure how I passed) Anyways, lately I feel like this is the analogy of my life- Becky:control freak.
Routine and structure are things I love in life. I like to control situations so these things stay in place and life is happy! I have a hard time just "being" and letting the Lord work. That is where "trust" comes into play. Do I trust myself- YES, do I trust the Lord- sort of. not good enough!
One of my sweet friends has been praying for me and sent me this verse today. Nothing else in the email, just this verse.
Proverbs 3:5-6 "Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths."
Rely on the Lord and not yourself- man, what a novel concept!
So I plan on making some new analogies in my life. You will just have to wait and see...
Amy decided to start a project called BELIEVE-Portraits of Women. She asked all the girls in our bible study help her kick it off and be apart of the project. Oh boy :)
Here is her goal for the project-
The goal: Empower you, the women around me, to see yourself from a new angle. To enjoy what others love seeing in you—grace, love, humility, confidence, talent, sincerity, fierceness, loyalty, laughter and joy. The fact of the matter is that we are bombarded all the time with images that tell us how we should define beauty, and I have had a lifetime of wrestling with how I fit within these definitions of beauty. This project is all about empowering women to believe in their own beauty.
Caroline and Helen were the first women to participate. Their pictures are beyond AMAZING!!! One because they are gorgeous women, but also because Amy does such a great job.
Ellen and I are scheduled to do our shoot October 2nd, and I have to admit I'm already nervous. I LOVE taking pictures of other people but I'm not that great in front of the camera. I guess that is the whole point of the project...I think this is going to be really good for me!!!
Amy- work your magic please.
Please take a look at the two beauties-Caroline and Helen! If you need a photographer, Amy is for hire :)
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday I got to play with Salem while the Bruce's headed to Virginia. I miss O'Malley so it was great to be able to walk Salem and have some company in the house. Saturday was filled with "stuff" that isn't really important.
Saturday late afternoon I headed to 24-7 and it was AMAZING. Did I mention it was amazing?!?! The music was great, my own little room was perfect and I had a great time with the Lord.
After that, I whipped up some guac and headed to the Fleming's house. Helen, Molly, Kat and I hung out at Kat's house while we got ready. Kat, Helen and I wore the exact same outfit...oh well! We drank wine, laughed and of course took some pictures before heading to the Reule's party.
Helen and I were being dumb!
Kat making Helen look like LC!!
Church was AWESOME this morning. They started a new series on relationships and it was exactly what I needed to hear. Pastor does a great job of preaching the word and making it relevant to many situations. After church, I finished packing and headed to the airport.
Brad picked me up from the airport in his fancy new car (you're such a baller Bradley) and we headed to a yummy dinner. I'm alive and well on the 55th floor of my hotel with my luggage and blankies. This week is already starting off much better than last week.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I woke up and my luggage still had not arrived.
I had a full day of classroom presentations, meetings with professors and club presentations.
It was 8am and where else would you go to get clothes...WALMART!
Yes, I drove the dookie brown mini van to walmart. I got all my toiletries and then headed to the clothing department. There were slim pickings but at a last glance, I found a cute black dress. It wasn't a suit, but it would work for the day. I grabbed some underwear and bra and then picked out a pair of shoes to go with the dress.
$12.00 dress and $7.00 shoes- I thought it was a steal and I will wear that dress again!!
I was trying to be flexible,adaptable and have a good attitude which I AM NOT good at! I was blessed with a team that helped me laugh it off and think positive.
Around 4pm I decided enough is enough and I was heading to the airport. It was only 10 minutes from campus and was about the size of the Traverse City Airport. I got there and talked to the gate agent about my frustrations. She said there was nothing she could do. I thought I might have a melt down and cry the river Jordan at the USAir ticket counter. Then a man came up with my baggage and said it had just come off another flight!
24 hours later, I got my luggage back.
I changed into my suit and was ready to rock and roll.
I slept like a baby last night and didn't wake up a single time.
Heading off to campus now to interview all the little college students. Man, I miss being in college.
Let's say a quick prayers that USAIr doesn't lose my luggage when I fly home tonight.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Last night was like any other night before a trip. I lay out all my clothes and match up all the different outfits/options before I put in my suitcase. I tried to minimize the items I usually bring with me this time, but that didn't work out.
Here a few "comforts" I like to bring on trips with me...
slippers-hate touching hotel floors
Bathrobe- use everyday at home while I get ready
coffee mug/cup- won't use the ones in hotel rooms after I saw a special on dateline
hairdryer- don't like to use the ones in the room b/c I know how mine makes my hair look
Anyways- I woke up early so I could get some work done before heading to the airport. I should have known from the minute I woke up that it wasn't going to be a normal day.
1) Made my coffee and realized my milk was spoiled
2) Ran to Nova's real quick to get coffee. Walked out and spilled it on myself. Went back inside and bought a second cup
3) Was getting ready and some how dropped my CHI (straightener) in the toilet! yes, I broke my straightener and I'm pissed I have to drop over $100 for a new one. Dang it for having trash wave hair.
I should have known this day was heading south fast!
I got to the airport and the only floor open was the roof. I know I'm weird but I ALWAYS park on the 4th floor, row G. yes, I'm OCD but it works for me. So I had to suck it up and park on the roof. I got to the airport in plenty of time to get through security, buy an intelligent magazine (People Magazine), and head to the gate. They decided to delay my flight for an hour, then we sat on the runway for another hour before taking off. When we got to Philly, we practically ran to catch the shuttle to other terminal. An old man on the shuttle saw my app state shirt. He said his son went there and hated it. Awesome, thanks for letting me know.
Got to the terminal, and caught our next flight with plenty of time.
Our plane arrived in State College and my luggage decided it wasn't going to make it!!! WHAT?!?!
There was nothing I could do about it, so I put on my big girl pants and dealt with it.
Went to get my rental car and the only one left was a dookie brown mini van. Pimpin the mini van on a college campus...love it!
We went to the hotel and got ready for dinner. We were taking our interns out to a "nice" dinner. When I walked in the restaurant, I saw everyone stared at me. Probably b/c I was in jeans, rainbows, and an app t-shirt. Embarrassing much?!?!
Dinner was good so I got over the whole dress thing. I just got a call from USAir baggage claim dept. My suitcase will not be arriving until TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!
I'm okay I don't have my slippers, toothbrush, face wash or pajamas. But my blankies are in that suitcase. I know, I know. I'm 26 years old and still sleep with blankies! I have slept with those blankies for about 24 years and I can't stop now.
So all that to say...its been one long day! Yes, I admit that I'm dramatic and need to learn to be more flexible (okay, I need to be flexible period!). I would take a picture of my sad self and post it, but my camera broke on Saturday. So add that to the list too!!!
Lord, what am I being taught now?!?!?!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
I was on point this morning to be the greeter at the theatre entrance for the 10am service. My sole responsibility was to hand out pens, the bulletin and make everyone feel welcome. This is my favorite spot b/c I get to hear the music and say hello to everyone that walks in.
This is where "Henry" comes in. Henry came last week (as Mindy later told me) but didn't make it in the church. He lives on the streets and doesn't know Jesus. He walked up to me and didn't really know what to do. I gave him a big smile and welcomed him to Elevation. I got out a pen and bulletin to hand to him. I reached out to hand it to him, but he wouldn't take it. I said, "this is for you to write anything you want down and then you can keep the pen." Henry smiled so big, tucked the pen in his pocket and went to sit down.
After the service, I went and got Henry a "first time guest shirt." All guests get a free elevation tshirt as a token of appreciation for coming. I found Henry, touched his shoulder and gave him the shirt. I was not prepared for his reaction. His eyes filled with tears, he hugged me and said thank you so much.
Powerful moment much?!?!?!
Henry was given a pen, paper and a tshirt and you would have thought he won the lottery. Well, to him, maybe he did win the lottery this morning. This is what grateful and genuine should look like.
The Lord has blessed me with so many "things" and NONE of them are mine. I seem to forget that a lot. Henry better come back next week b/c I'll be waiting to greet him again.
It's not about me..that's for sure!
CORN HOLE CHAMPS!
Friday, September 5, 2008
We're going to THE ROCK!