Monday, April 26, 2010

6-day update

What to write? It's been about a week since my last post, and life has been a little bit busier than usual:

Wednesday (21st) I went to my Public Speaking class, where I selected a topic for my upcoming persuasive speech. I've chosen to do my speech on blood donation, in hopes of convincing the class that they should all go donate their blood, and continue to do as often as they can. I still have a fair amount to still complete, but the speech is coming along...I just can't wait to give it and be done with it.

After class, I was glad to be able to spend the rest of the day with a good friend that I rarely get to see. We shopped at a few different stores, tried out the Chipotle that just came to our town (it was pretty good!), and went to see a movie. The time together was great, and I hope we can do it again sometime!

Thursday (22nd) I went to the dentist in the morning to get my temporary crown re-cemented (it came lose during class on Wednesday. Yes, I was chewing gum...). After that I did a housecleaning job for two hours, and then waited around until it was time to go to my Dr. Appointment. I've been having some kind of weird breakout/rash that looks like bugbites since the end of February...and since it hasn't gone away I figured I should see a doctor, and hopefully get some help. He prescribed me some permethrin cream, and said that if it didn't help by May 3rd (my next appt. to see him), he would send me to a dermatologist. I'm praying that whatever this is will clear up before Africa!

Friday (23rd) I slept in until 10:00 because my mom said I needed more rest to help heal the bumps. I didn't do much of anything all day until my Spanish class at 4:30...which lasts until 7:00. It went well, and then I headed off to the church to help prepare for a rummage sale that a friend and her mom organized to help raise money for my trip and my friend's trip (she's going to India at the same time I'm going to Africa). We had a lot of fun sorting through the different donations and trying to create some kind of order in how everything would be put out the following morning. We stayed up till about 1:30.

Saturday (24th) After a refreshing 4 hrs? of sleep on the hard carpet floor of a sunday school room, we had a quick breakfast and started moving stuff outside to the front of the church. I couldn't believe how much stuff people had donated, and hoped we would be able to sell most of it. My sister and I were able to stay and help until about 11:00, but then went home because, also going on Saturday, was the cast party celebrating the conclusion of our Spring Play this season, "The Princess and the Pea." It was a blast but by the end of the day, I was ready to sleep! Before bed I put on the permethrin cream (which smells like pesticides), and was thankful for the rest!

Sunday (25th) Never been happier to take a shower - I couldn't wait to wash off the smell of the cream! Not sure if it helped yet or not, but I hope so. Church was nice, and I found out that we took in a little over $600.00 to split between the two of us from the rummage sale! What a blessing! God has been just pouring in money. I've brought in almost $1500.00 toward my trip in just this last week! What a confirmation, and how good it is to know that God provides! He is so good, and I give all the credit to him!

Monday (26th) This morning I was rushing to finish up my full-outline of my speech so that it'd be ready for class at 1:30. However, when I got to class, our teacher wasn't there...class had been canceled. I have till Wednesday to make it even better! Only two weeks left of the semester - I'm so excited that it's almost over! Tonight I had Fire Explorer Drill at our station #3. The Fire Marshall came and gave a presentation on fire prevention/suppression/alarms/investigation/public education. It was a lot all bundled into one, but very interesting and I'm glad for the opportunity to learn! It was so interesting, in fact, that I think I'd like, if I had the opportunity, to take the Fire Investigation course at our college sometime. Not sure when, but maybe sometime next year if they're offering it again!

And that was pretty much the last 6 days of my life. Probably not the most exciting on the grand scale of things, but it kept me busy and I'm enjoying my life.

Countdown to Africa: 47 days.

Outside Temp: 70°F

Verse of the day:

Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst."
John 6:35

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Africa on my mind

Thinking about Africa again tonight. It's hard to believe that I'm going back, and this time for almost 2 months! In 2008 I went with Global Expeditions to Madagascar on a three-week trip and it changed my life. Now, this summer, I'm going back to Africa with Global Expeditions, this time to South Africa and Zambia! It is going to be an extreme challenge, but I'm looking forward to all that God is going to do not only in my own life, but in the lives of my team and the people we meet there. I feel so blessed to have this opportunity to reach out and serve across the world. I will admit at times I start to get scared, but then God's peace surrounds me because I know that he's got my back, and that the safest place I can be is in His will.
Countdown to Africa: 53 days.

Inspired by a friend, I experimented with some beads today and made a necklace in the shape of Africa! I thought it might be a cool to make more and try to sell some to raise funds for my trip, but I'm not sure if anyone would be interested in buying one. I think it's cool, but not sure if anyone would wear them. Here's a few pictures!

The first picture is my original, and the last is the same thing but with a card-stock background.
The reason I tried a background is because the wire I have is so thin that the shape wasn't holding, so it was to keep it together. I might go buy some thicker wire and make some more without the background. What do you think? I supposed these could also be ornaments to hang on the tree, or windowsill, or anywhere really! Just as a reminder to remember and pray for those in Africa.

Outside Temp: 57°F (We had a very windy day today...hoping for some rain but none has come yet!)

Verse of the day:
Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday.
Psalm 37:5-6

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Quest for boots has ended...

Today I'm really excited because I was finally able to go out of town to a Fire Supply store (United Fire) and buy some steel-toed boots that fit me and are legit! I also was able to get some navy blue workpants that fit! Hallelujah! I've been a Fire Explorer at our fire station for about 5 months now, and nothing they have ever fits me because I'm so much smaller than everyone else, and I'm one of only a few girls. So the quest has ended... $129.00 later...but I'm really pleased with the price.

Now I just need to break them in a little. Next drill isn't until monday, so I've got some time!

Completely unrelated, I also am excited because I got to go over to the home of some friends late today and have dinner and visit. I haven't really gotten to spend a lot of time with them, and so it was really nice to talk and we're already planning to get together again sometime in the next week. I feel so blessed to have the friends and family that I do! Unfortunately, I'm also "blessed" with going to college right now, so I have to go do some homework. This blog is also a way of procrastinating, so half the time I'm on here it's probably because I should be doing coursework.

Outside Temp: 76°F

Verse of the day:
Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy.
Psalm 33:18

Monday, April 19, 2010

Warmest welcome!

I always feel so awkward writing introductions, so I'll be brief:

I created this blog just for fun, as a place to write out my thoughts, experiences, and anything else that comes up. I'm not entirely sure how often I will post here, or what I will post, but suffice to say if you read past this you have been forewarned that you may find all manner of things. I do live in the desert, and sometimes the heat can get to read on at your own risk. And hopefully, enjoy!

Outside Temp: 84 °F

Verse of the day:
Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones.
Proverbs 3:7-8