Friday, May 25, 2007

Sap in the Woods

Tomorrow (or technically, today) I will embark on the previously mentioned beloved annual camping trip. I am very excited about this, as I only really get to go camping once a year. My parents don't make for very happy campers. So I get to join a very kind family from JH (no, not Jr. High--Joint Heirs) who invites me every year. I believe this will be my third year (?) with them. They generously provide everything from food to tent--even an air mattress. I am amazed at their sweet away-from-home hospitality every year. A different family gives me a ride to and from there every year, which also blesses me incredibly. Lots of fun conversation and laughter is to be had during this weekend. Everybody loves to play games late into the night. Well, everybody but the party poopers, that is.

So, for those of you who may have some time this Saturday and want to drive over just to visit some happy campers for the day, you'd be more than welcome. But if you can't make it, I hope to have lots of fun tales and photos to share when I make my return from the great outdoors.

And, yes, I am bringing my snowpants.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

7 Things

Jen tagged me. I'm flattered--thanks Jen! As Jen said, "That means I have to tell 7 (true) things about myself, and then tag 7 friends so that they have to do the same."

1 ~ This is a little like the icebreaker at Women's Retreat where they simply told us to take as much toilet paper off of a roll as we wanted. Well, I thought about it and considered the possibility that we'd be somehow limited in toilet paper the whole weekend to the amount of toilet paper we were to take at this moment. So I decided more is better (which is hardly ever right. I don't know why my reasoning was so errant!) and took lots and lots of toilet paper. I should have considered that the ladies who lead the retreat are very nice and would never do such a thing to us. Some ladies took only one square, and as I saw them I smugly thought, "Well, they'll be sorry!" But alas, it was the other way around as Kristi B. announced that everybody should divide up into groups of three, and for every square of toilet paper you took, you had to tell something about yourself. Needless to say, it was very embarrassing when I had the most squares in the group and couldn't think of anything to say! Anyway, I've given myself a while to think since I was tagged, so I ought to be able to think of some things now.

2 ~ I have a tendency to "suck cold from the air" as mom puts it. I take off my socks and immediately, my feet are so cold they hurt. If I don't blow dry my hair in the morning, I'm irritated all day because I'm cold. As I said before, though, I don't get cranky just because I'm cold. For some reason, when I'm cold, everything hurts. Not sure why.

3 ~ I think I've blogged about this before, but I love "The Amazing Race." I want to be on The Amazing Race. Lately, I've also discovered the delightful "Jon & Kate Plus Eight" and "Kids By The Dozen." I want a huge family. I think this partially comes from my love of kids and partially from having been an only child for so long. One time, I visited a family of nine kids for the day. I got home and burst out with, "Mom, they're so cool. They have BUNK BEDS!" Mom was somewhat irritated, as they'd just gotten me a new double bed.

4 ~ I think I'm Mexican, Italian and Chinese. I love their food. Of course, I love American food too...

5 ~ I love the game "Settlers of Catan." This will be my first year of going to the Memorial Day campout with my very own Travel Edition. Did I mention I love camping too? Camping is cool. Last year, I was terrified of being cold at night, so I brought all my snow gear (including parka) and wore it inside my sleeping bag. Very classy.

6 ~ I don't really know why, but I always feel like spending money at Target. I love Target. They have the coolest stuff. I don't like shopping at other places, though--unless we're grocery shopping. Now that's a different story.

7 ~ I'm way too gullible. My manager messes with my mind all the time. It's not fair.

So now I tag: Leila, Barbara, Mo, Sean, Clyde, Stacia, Micah, Kim, Natalie and Jesse. What's that you're saying? Yes, I know the rule says seven, but I'm gonna tag ten. So there.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Grace Alone

As I was reading this article today, I was reminded of how God brings people together.

This occurs especially in salvation; unifying those who, apart from Him, could never find unity. I am reminded of the lyrics:

"Once strangers chasing selfish dreams, now one through grace alone."