“Our oil is your oil.” -Riss

“Well, y’know how on the major holidays you want to have a sweetheart? Like on . . . Christmas, or New Year’s, or Valentine’s Day . . . or Cinco De Mayo.” -Riss

“It’s like having an earthquake in your nose.” -Grace

“I’m an emo-healer!” -Grace

“I have used ‘haha’ enough times tonight that I’m nearly twitching. haha.” -Grace
“haha” -Abby
“haha!” -Abby
“haha” -Grace

“Man. You see through me like I’m a ….crystal goblet (a goblet which is NOT etched, contrary to most crystal goblets, because if I was etched you could not see through me well at all. I would reflect light in your face and blind you if I was etched.)” -Grace

(I found this draft from waaaaaaay back on my blog. From over year ago. I laughed my way through it, and have no idea what the context of most of them is at all, but…still found them rather funny. And then I added this last one that happened just last evening as my roommate and I were preparing to retire for the night.)

“You know, Rachel, there are just going to be some scary things that will happen to you in life.” -Grace
“Like your hair?” -Rachel

Happy Disease.

Sometimes I don’t carry my camera with me when I step out of my house . . . purely for my own sake.

I kid you not. It would take me a week to get home some days if I had my camera with me.

F’rinstance, I see the clouds and think what a beautiful picture it would make. And, oh! look at the cornfields with the clouds above them…that looks like a calendar. That railroad crossing sign is perfect–I must have a picture. Oh, the hawk! It’s landing! RIGHT BY ME! Wow, look at that sky–such a storm. That lightning would have been perfect to get a picture of. Those sunflowers on the side of the road are just begging to have a picture taken–oh, look! now there is a rugged fence right behind the sunflowers . . . that’s even better! The way the telephone lines etch across the stormy sky asks to be photographed. The newly plowed field. The bright red barn with a horse and trainer out front. The crop duster. The swollen river. The cute elderly couple walking and holding hands. The perfectly picturesque bright blue hippie van with fabric garlands in the window. The mountains with sun rays streaming over them. The horses running freely across the field. The sweet new puppy.

I’ve gotten to a point where I see practically everything as a picture–and it makes me want to stop my car every few feet and pull out my camera. I have no time for this!

Seriously . . . it’s like a disease. A happy sort of disease, but . . . a disease nonetheless.


Helllooooooo, world!

Did you miss me? Yeah, I wouldn’t have, either.

You would not believe how crazy busy I am. No, honestly, you wouldn’t. I don’t even.

On my list of things I have been doing and still have to do are:

– Wash and fold almost 100 sets of sheets.
– Mow the lawn (it’s like an estate lawn–takes about 2-3 hours just to mow it on a riding lawn mower!)
– A trip to Sam’s Club–to purchase tons and tons of bottles of water and approximately 450 rolls of toilet paper . . . and some other things.
– Staff meetings every day
– Coordinate shuttle service for approximately 100 people from the airport
– Meet with the caterer
– Coordinate volunteers for several days of set-up and clean-up

And . . . lots more.

But, you know what? That is inconsequential in the grand scheme of things. The GREAT thing that I want to talk about is how strangely calm I’ve been in the midst of all of these things. Usually I would be weighed down with stress and worry over whether I’ll have time to get it all done and whether or not my health would hold out.

Folks, I’ve been seeing miracles happen right in front of my eyes. Both in my life and in other people’s lives. And I don’t ever want to go back to a life of stress and worry when I have a Lord who wants to take those burdens away; I have a God who answers prayers!

Don’t take that last statement lightly. I’ve been realizing how vital prayer is. I don’t say that casually, either. I have been surrounded by powerful pray-ers (praying people) who refuse to let the devil have any ground in their life or the lives of those around me. This has impacted me more than I can put into words. And it has grown my prayer life to something it has never been before. Honestly–my “prayer life” doesn’t know what hit it. But it’s good.

And I’m going to add a few verses of a Psalm that I have really been loving lately:

1My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;

Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.
Listen, O daughter, give attention and incline your ear:
Forget your people and your father’s house;

Then the King will desire your beauty.
Because He is your Lord, bow down to Him.
The daughter of Tyre will come with a gift;
The rich among the people will seek your favor.
The King’s daughter is all glorious within;
Her clothing is interwoven with gold.
She will be led to the King in embroidered work;
The virgins, her companions who follow her,
Will be brought to You.
They will be led forth with gladness and rejoicing;
They will enter into the King’s palace.
In place of your fathers will be your sons;
You shall make them princes in all the earth.
I will cause Your name to be remembered in all generations;
Therefore the peoples will give You thanks forever and ever.

I think it’s so beautiful!

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Just a few thoughts real quick before I shake my hair out of this towel and climb into bed:

1. How many of you can say that you’ve been in a 4 and 1/2 hour long staff meeting–and loved every minute of it? And have another staff meeting first thing in the morning, and are actually looking forward to it?

I can.

I just have to say that this group of people I get to work with every day is amazing–definitely a group knit together by the Lord’s own hands! Each one is vibrant and gifted–and yet each one is unique from the others, everyone brings something different to the table. No one has to worry about edging around someone else’s prickly edges for fear of offending them. Our times together are filled with joy and laughter–and lots of bold praying. Everyone is genuine. There is so much mutual encouragement, inspiration, good-natured humor. I love each and every one of you and am so glad I know you!

(How many people can write that kind of paragraph about their job and coworkers? I feel so blessed and humbled.)

2. Don’t pray for something with boldness and utter faith unless you really want the Lord to hear and blatantly answer that prayer. Because He will answer it. I’ve seen it right in front of my eyes in the past few weeks–and it’s amazing! There have been some supernatural things going on around here lately . . . there’s just no other explanation for it. I’ve seen people brought to the Lord in remarkable ways–people who had pretty much been given up on in human terms.

3. I don’t think it should be windy like Wyoming in Colorado. Ever. And I don’t think it should ever snow on a Thursday night (or any other night of the week) in May (May!!). Ever.

4. Giveaway coming up in the near-ish future! We beat a previous record–more hits in one day than ever before (actually doubled the previous record!) Yesterday was a busy day on this blog! (Who’d ever know that a poll on Peanut Butter would bring the masses?)

5. I was praying this evening and really asking God to take me outside of my comfort zone. I don’t want to ever be at a place where I’ve plateaued and just . . . stay there. I don’t ever want to become complacent. I refuse to be “ok” with where I’m at. Endless frontier! Like I said earlier, Don’t pray for something unless you truly want God to answer that prayer. He’s taking me outside of my comfort zone already–and I prayed that prayer not even two hours ago! Conviction, you are painful–and yet so wonderful because I know that it is God refining this self of mine and refining me with His fire! Within minutes after I prayed that prayer this evening, He poked at something in my life–something that I never really equated with “being in my comfort zone”. But, as soon as it was brought up, oh yes . . . definitely not something I’m going to be exceptionally comfortable with branching out into. It would seem so silly and paltry and stupid if I were to mention here what this thing is–and it totally wasn’t the answer I was looking for. Seems such a strange thing, but . . . there’s no doubt it needs to be dealt with. It’s a huge weak spot in my life that I had never even realized had anything at all to do with . . . anything. But it does!

So, it will be dealt with post-haste–that breach will be built up without delay. Comfortable or not, I will not balk!

6. “Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto Thy name give glory, for Thy mercy, and for Thy truth’s sake.” Ps. 115:1

Fodder For Future Updates!

I figured this could really give me some stories for future updates . . . so I present you with……

…..a really long list!

(Completed Items in bold, wish to do items in italics)

1. Touched an iceberg
2. Slept under the stars
3. Been a part of a hockey fight
4. Changed a baby’s diaper
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Swam with wild dolphins
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a tarantula
10. Said “I love you” and meant it
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Stayed up all night long and watched the sun rise
15. Seen the Northern Lights

16. Gone to a huge sports game
17. Walked the stairs to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
19. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
20. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Bet on a winning horse
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
4. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb

26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Taken an ice cold bath
28. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Ridden a roller coaster
31. Hit a home run
32. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
33. Adopted an accent for fun

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Felt very happy about your life, even for just a moment
36. Loved your job 90% of the time
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied

38. Watched wild whales
39. Gone rock climbing

40. Gone on a midnight walk on the beach (and got called a hellion!!)
41. Gone sky diving
42. Visited Ireland

43. Ever bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited India
45. Bench-pressed your own weight
46. Milked a cow (goat?)
47. Alphabetized your personal files
48. Ever worn a superhero costume
49. Sung karaoke
50. Lounged around in bed all day
51. Gone scuba diving
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Done something you should regret, but don’t
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business (ish?)
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Been in a movie
60. Gone without food for 3 days
61. Made cookies from scratch
62. Won first prize in a costume contest
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Been in a combat zone
65. Spoken more than one language fluently
66. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone
67. Bounced a check
68. Read – and understood – your credit report
69. As an adult, played with a favorite childhood toy
70. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
71. Called or written your Congress person
72. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
73. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
74. Helped an animal give birth
75. Been fired or laid off from a job
76. Won money
77. Broken a bone

78. Ridden a motorcycle
79. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100 mph

80. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
81. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing
82. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
83. Eaten sushi
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read The Bible cover to cover
86. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
87. Gotten someone fired for their actions
88. Gone back to school
89. Changed your name
90. Caught a fly in the air with your bare hands
91. Eaten fried green tomatoes

92. Read The Iliad
93. Taught yourself an art from scratch
94. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (I helped. *shudder*)
95. Apologized to someone years after inflicting pain
96. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
97. Been elected to public office
98. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
99. Had to visit someone in the hospital
100. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you

101. Had a booth at a street fair
102. Dyed your hair
103. Been a DJ
104. Rocked a baby to sleep

105. Ever dropped a cat from a high place to see if it really lands on all four
106. Mowed a lawn
107. Made a snowman
108. Rode the subway
109. Worn a mood ring
110. Ridden a horse
111. Carved an animal from a piece of wood or bar of soap
112. Cooked something and someone asked for the recipe
113. Buried a child
114. Gone to a Broadway (or equivalent to your country) play
115. Been inside the pyramids
116. Shot a basketball into a basket
117. Danced at a disco
118. Played in a band
119. Shot a bird
120. Gone to an arboretum
121. Tutored someone
122. Ridden a train
123. Brought an old fad back into style
124. Eaten caviar
125. Let a salesman talk you into something you didn’t need
126. Ridden a giraffe or elephant
127. Published a book
128. Pieced a quilt
129. Lived in a historic place
130. Acted in a play or performed on a stage

131. Asked for a raise
132. Made a hole-in-one
133. Gone deep sea fishing
134. Gone roller skating
135. Run a marathon
136. Learned to surf

137. Invented something
138. Flown first class
139. Spent the night in a 5-star luxury suite
140. Flown in a helicopter
141. Visited Africa
142. Sang a solo
143. Gone spelunking
144. Learned how to take a compliment
145. Written a love-story

146. Seen Michelangelo’s David
147. Had your portrait painted
148. Written a fan letter
149. Spent the night in something haunted
150. Owned a St. Bernard or Great Dane
151. Ran away
152. Learned to juggle
153. Been a boss
154. Sat on a jury
155. Lied about your weight
156. Gone on a diet
157. Found an arrowhead or a gold nugget

158. Written a poem
159. Carried your lunch in a lunchbox

160. Gotten food poisoning
161. Gone on a service, humanitarian or religious mission

162. Hiked the Grand Canyon
163. Sat on a park bench and fed the ducks
164. Gone to the opera
165. Gotten a letter from someone famous
166. Worn knickers
167. Ridden in a limousine
168. Attended the Olympics
169. Can hula or waltz
170. Read a half dozen Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys books
171. Been stuck in an elevator
172. Had a revelatory dream
173. Thought you might crash in an airplane
174. Had a song dedicated to you on the radio or at a concert
175. Saved someone’s life
176. Eaten raw whale
177. Know how to tat, smock or do needlepoint
178. Laughed till your side hurt
179. Straddled the equator (c’mon . . . I was minutes away from it! And I was going to go visit it but my trip was suddenly cut short!)
180. Taken a photograph of something other than people that is worth framing
181. Gone to a Shakespeare Festival

182. Sent a message in a bottle
183. Spent the night in a hostel

184. Been a cashier
185. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
186. Won a trophy
187. Donated blood or plasma
188. Built a camp fire
189. Kept a blog
190. Had hives

191. Worn custom made shoes or boots
192. Made a PowerPoint presentation
193. Taken a Hunter’s Safety Course
194. Served at a soup kitchen
195. Conquered the Rubik’s cube
196. Know CPR
97. Ridden in or owned a convertible
198. Found a long lost friend

199. Helped solve a crime
200. Shopped at a garage sale

(stolen from Rissy)

Spam Commenters

I suddenly have an influx of spam comments. They make me laugh. They aren’t the typical “aweoiha.  bnie hoieho saneni fsawn. GO TO THIS LINK!!!!*@#&#&*!!!!” type spam comments, either.

They sound like they’re from real people, but they have nothing to do with the post they’re commenting on. And the links they put to their own websites are bogus.

(If any of you are reading this who left me “wat ur fb pge?” type spam comments . . . well, thank you. They make me laugh.)

“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.” -Audrey Hepburn

I love people who make me laugh.

And I need a couple of those tonight.

It’s been a day that was an overall wonderful day, and because there are spiritual forces out to get me down on a day like today–a day that is filled with praising the Lord–I’m feeling a bit under it right now.

I feel like I get bombarded with stuff after a particularly wonderful, God-filled day.

Pray for me?