Saturday, March 31, 2007

Busy

Between working at my job, helping my brother build a gazebo, cleaning the house of a friend who just moved away, and writing a research paper for my missions class, I haven't had much time to think, let alone write something eloquent. Here are some great quotes from Robert Frost, though:

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.

By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.

Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.

The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Officially Seventeen

Seventeen seems dreadfully old, but I felt the same way when I turned sixteen, so I'm sure I'll get used to it. I had a very nice birthday, including a lively game of Jenga.
We actually ended up taking all available blocks, so we had to just push it over when we finished.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The Cup is Half Full

Don't ever become a pessimist ... A pessimist is correct oftener than an optimist, but an optimist has more fun - and neither can stop the march of events. - Robert A. Heinlein

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Developing Vision

On March 9-10, Papa, Seth, and I went to a conference sponsored by our church on multigenerational vision.  They were seeking to inspire families, and especially fathers, to not just think in terms of having a well-paying job, kids that look good, and a comfortable retirement, but rather to seek to reclaim the world for Christ and raise families who will continue to do so for generations.  I came away inspired to seek after God more wholeheartedly; to search out his plan for me and what he would have me doing here and now.  As a junior in high school, people ask me all the time what plans I have for the future, and I’ve really been thinking in terms of what I will do when I grow up, or when I graduate, but God has a purpose and a place of service for me now, and I need to be sensitive to his leading.  Ultimately, there’s nothing I’d rather be than the wife of a godly man and the mother of many children, but, in the meantime, I have time and energy that can be devoted to God’s service in other ways.

Monday, March 19, 2007

The Luck O' the Irish

I was at the rodeo on Saturday, which was St. Patrick's Day, as you know. As I was in the sea of people ascending the huge ramp up to the upper levels of the stadium, all of a sudden, somebody pinched me! I turned to see who in the world was pinching me, and I found a complete stranger! It was a guy who appeared to be in his late teens who immediately said, "Oh, I'm sorry, you do have green on!!" I was wearing a white t-shirt with a green rhinestone shamrock on the front, thank you very much.

I couldn't be too offended, because the guy's friends started giving him a really hard time with a chorus of "Way to go, loser!" They'd probably dared him to do it in the first place. I think he needs to find new friends.

And maybe next year, I should wear a shirt that has green on the back too.

By the way, what's the deal with teenaged guys lately?

Thursday, March 15, 2007

The Tool Called Time

I read an excellent article recently that was about the importance of using our time wisely and productively at every stage of life. It said we should "redeem the time, not just fill the time." I appreciated that challenge, and it has caused me to think more about how to really live for God and best use the time that I have. Time is a tool that can easily be mis-used or under-used if we're not careful.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

San Antonio Folk Dance Festival

Last weekend Katie and I were in San Antonio for the SAFDF. On Saturday evening there was a perfomance by groups from San Antonio, Austin, Houston, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans. Our group did a set of dances from the Czech Republic. It was perticularly exciting for me, because it was my first show to direct and choreograph. We came up short of perfection, but we got lots of good reviews from the audience, and I think the Houston dancers were pleased with how things went. Overall, the whole show was the best I've seen in the three years I've been going. People had obviously put a lot of work into costumes and practice, and the lights and sound came off without a glich. There was more of a feeling of energy and excitement than there has been in past years.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

What's the World Coming To??

I've been listing stuff for sale on ebay today, and I happened to notice their list of top buyer searches:

1. wii
2. xbox 360
3. ps3
4. britney spears hair

Pictures for Beka

And anyone else with an incurable case of curiosity!




Much thanks to my model, who prefers to remain anonymous.

Friday, March 9, 2007

Beyond Conservatism

I tell people that I am a conservative because it is the quickest way to communicate to them a basic idea of where I stand on many issues. In reality, though, I would prefer to be known by some other title. The goal of conservatism is to preserve what we have or to get back what we used to have. Conservatives are like people in a fort on a hill. They are constantly fending off attacks from those who would drive them from their stronghold. The conservatives may be strong and smart, and they may have provisions to last for years and years. Eventually and inevitably, however, they will be pushed back, if their goal is last year’s status quo.

The problem with conservatism is the goal. Our goal should not be to make America what it was 50 years ago or 200 years ago. It should not be to make our churches like 17th century churches or even 1st century churches. We should not base our clothing, our music and movie choices, our theology, or our ethics on what we grew up with or what our great-grandparents grew up with. Our standard has to be the Scriptures. We need to fight not for man’s institutions, but for God’s Word to have authority over every area of human existence.

Thinking this way allows us to take the offensive, instead of propping up systems, like the government school system or an artificial dress code. We can engage the culture where it stands, since we have a standard that is universally relevant and which never becomes antiquated. Now we are free to abandon the fort and pursue better ground.

So what am I, if not a conservative? A radical? A reformer? A progressive? I don’t know if there is a label that fits. But I do know that by God’s grace I will never just sit back and be satisfied with the status quo, whether in government, church, or my personal life.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Don't Jump to Conclusions

So, what does it mean when a girl gets a set of nice glass dishes, a set of cooking pots, a slinky nightgown set, a cheese grater, a wall hanging, and a wedding dress all on the same day?

Well in this case, it means that my very generous and apparently unsentimental friend, who is moving out of state, gave me a whole car load of stuff to either keep or sell. She thought the things she had were too valuable to just give to Goodwill, but she didn't want to mess with trying to sell them. It wasn't all things of a...um...bridal variety, by the way. There were normal clothes, an old Barbie doll, and a balaliaka. What fun!

So did my sister and I try on the wedding dress? Of course!

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Guitar Tapping

I enjoyed this a few days ago. My hands are way too stiff to ever do that on a guitar.

My Past Month

I know I haven't updated in a month, but I think that I'll blame it on our weekend without internet and being miserably sick with a throat infection for a week and a half. I'm much better now, though, and it's high time for a blog update, so here are some rather random pictures from the past month.

We had this giant head of cabbage. In case you can't read the scale, it weighed over 6 1/2 pounds! This is a neat experiment we did. We projected the image of the candle onto the white notecard using the lens.
Laura turned eight on February 2.
We enjoyed getting to see the MacDonalds again! This was the girls table. We visited, jammed, and watched funny videos. (Grapes, anyone?)
My grandparents were here for a weekend, but, unfortunately, it was right in the middle of my illness and I don't have any pictures. For the same reason, I don't have any pictures from Seth's 14th birthday. I was too sick to enjoy it at the time, but I did enjoy the leftover dessert! I'm so grateful to be healthy again.

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Another Funny Story

We went to a nursing home to visit today, and we met a blind, crippled, but hilarious old man. First, he told us about how he'd been in the navy during World War II. He was twenty-eight and newly married when he got shipped out. We commented that maybe his wife was sad about that. He said, "Maybe she was happy!"

Then, he started talking about his roommate, who was asleep and didn't even stir in spite of all the commotion we were making. Our new friend said, "He keeps his eyes closed even when he's awake! He never talks. I call him The Mummy."

Saturday, March 3, 2007

Happy New Year!

Yes, it's been a long time. I make no guarantee that I will post faithfully in the future, but I do appreciate the few of you who have continued to check back occasionally. You're either persistant or bored.

In the past weeks, (okay, months) my family celebrated three birthdays, reacquainted ourselves with a traveling family band, enjoyed a visit from my grandparents, and many other fun activities. We also found a church which we intend to join.

On the work front, I've had a few outdoor projects lately. I built a deck, and I've started a gazebo. The gazebo is actually a replacement for an existing gazebo which was beginning to fall to pieces. A feng shui advisor told the homeowner that a wooden structure was one of the best things he could have in that quadrant of his property, so he figured he better have one that was in better condition. I hope he doesn't blame me if he gets sick or has a car wreck before I get the new one built.

Friday, March 2, 2007

What Do You Do With Nice Weather?

If you need a way to get an unexpected amount of exercise, a good dose of amusement, and some fresh air, I suggest going on a two-mile walk with an eight-year-old, and trying to step on each other's shadow the whole time. It worked for me, anyway. :-)