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Five Things

My friend over at Knightly Chats tagged me to do this little survey about me… so please, if I have tagged you, humor me and do it also. It’s fun to learn more random things about each other to get to know one another better! 

The Rules:

1. The rules of the game get posted at the beginning.

2. Each player answers the questions about themselves.

3. At the end of the post, the player then tags five people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read the player’s blog.

4. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.


What were you doing 5 years ago? 

– I was a junior in high school, having just finished the most difficult year of high school ever junior year, since I took a few AP (advanced placement) classes, one of which was European History which I did not enjoy, the other was Calculus which I loved!

– I was not a happy camper at this time, probably would have been diagnosed with depression… 

– I was going to local community church with my best friend Amanda which God was using to bring me to Him in the years to come. 

– My parents, my rabbit, Buddy, and I (my brother and sister were in college in Maine) moved from a house that we lived in for most of my life (ages 5 to 17) and next door to my best friend Amanda to a house right by a beautiful lake just 10 miles north, where I knew nobody but was still within the same school district. 

– Later in July I started working at Chipotle where I was the youngest and only white girl so I was hit on by the many older Mexican men… eventually leading me to quit after 7 months. 

What are five things to do on your to do list for the day?

– Read and feast on God’s Word and journal about it.

– Pray for myself, my husband, my family, friends, church, and those who do not yet know the Lord.

(Both of the above I “plan” to do everyday yet often fail to… please pray for me to follow through with it!)

– Take a walk/job outside or go work out at the downtown “Y” (YMCA)

– Organize some more boxes, particularly office supplies… and re-pot my basil plant! 

– Cook a new recipe for dinner tonight (from of italian pork meat ball pasta… should be good! 

What are five snacks you enjoy?

– Dried cherries that my mom me gets from Shipshewana, Indiana

– Chips and salsa

– Wheat thins with roasted red pepper hummus

– Fresh crunchy/juicy grapes

– Baby carrots with ranch dressing for dipping

What five things would you do if you were a billionaire? 

– pay off our debt and never use a credit card again (if possible)

– pay off our church’s and help support them in building more campuses/churches

– give to my sister’s ministry

– pay off my brother’s debt and help him get a place of his own so he can take care of his kids and so that my mom doesn’t have to work and take care of the little kiddos 

– help out my sisters in Christ who are struggling to make ends meet (enable my good friend Heidi to be a stay-at-home mom as she so desires!)

What are five of your bad habits?

– staying up late/sleeping in

– wasting time on internet, though I think I’ve gotten better

– picking at my hair/face when I’m stressed or anxious rather than immediately praying and giving it to the Lord

– being extremely pokey when getting ready to leave which means…

– almost always being 5-15 minutes late 

What are five jobs you have had?

– soccer referee 

– chipotle mexican grill… burrito extraordinaire

– receptionist at a women’s health club 

– sales associate at american eagle outfitters (clothing store)

– nursing assistant at a local nursing home/long-term care center

What five people do you want to tag? 

– my sister Jen

– my friend Heidi

– my ‘blog friend’ Kathy

– my ‘blog friend’ Stacy

– my friend from college Britt


Blessed by my ‘elders’ and friends!

I hate to call them elders, but I’m not sure what else to call the older women who I have met at my church that have been SO sweet and generous and hospitable to me since I’ve been them a few months ago! Since we’re moving tomorrow, and since I was a little curious how we would do it ourselves, I sent out a mass email to pretty much anyone living nearby that I knew that could possibly help us with our move. I’ve received countless offers to help us and I’ve been so blessed! A few of my close girl friends from our small group are coming (one with her cute 8 month old girl!!) and then we have my mom, my brother, John’s dad and his brother as well! I’m hoping the day goes well with all this help and that we don’t step on each other toes too much. I’ve also been amazed at how the two older women who lead a women’s group that I’m in have made sure to call and offer their time to come help us. They both were planning to cancel their plans to come help us! I can’t believe that! One of them was planning to pick stuff up at our place on their way to a city a few hours south of us and then drive it back to our new place the next day when they returned. I’m just feeling so blessed by the love these older women are showing me! It’s not something I’ve really ever had before, I suppose because I’ve never really known older Christian women. Well anyway, I just wanted to share with you the joy of being blessed by my sisters in Christ and encourage you all (and myself) to try and bless those you know as much as you can! 

Back to a busy busy night of packing! 

Getting Serious

I realize I am not doing so hot in regularly posting on my blog. I doubt this has caused much distress for my 2 readers. :) But seriously, I would like to do this more regularly. I’ve been especially inspired by my dear friend Heidi, who has a very lovely and interesting blog. Her ability to post regularly has shown me that it really is possible! :) So here’s to starting a regular pattern of posting on here… I hope you look forward to it as much as I do. 

ni hao!

Well, here I am again, starting yet another blog. I think over the past 10 or so years I have had at least five. I feel that at this point in my life, things are changing so rapidly, and since I type much faster than I handwrite, and I hate not being able to write my thoughts as fast as I think them, I suppose a new blog is in order. I was also inspired by a few of my friends from Bethlehem and the encouraging blogs they have, so I thought this would be another nifty way to connect with them and have mutual upbuilding. :) And, as I said, things are definitely in major transition for me at this point in my life. For those who may not know, I am engaged and will be married to the amazing John H. in only a month and a half, August 17th, 2007. :D Wedding planning is nuts, mostly because of my nuts-o family who has never planned anything of this magnitude before, but I am enjoying it as best as I can. There is just SO much that goes into planning the big day. I want our wedding to be beautiful and reflect the amazing unifying power of our Lord who is uniting John and I in the holy covenant of marriage. It’s no light matter, so I want our wedding to reflect that, while not dabbling into the worldly over-the-top materialistic side of weddings. It’s sometimes a tricky balance.Anyways, I’m getting ahead of myself! This was only supposed to be my “hello!” blog. (By the way, ni hao means hello in Chinese. I took Chinese for 9 years and I miss it…). Well here I go now, time to dig into some meaty sanctifying books… :)