Monday, October 27, 2008


Today my friend died. Wow...that's huge. She's gone. My ice-skating buddy. My other grandma. My motivator to cleanliness. My friend. My Mona.

She predicted Julie's birth when my mom swore that she'd never have another kid. She threw the baby shower when my mom got pregnant.

She has been a great neighbor. She always let us come down to "borrow" her TV when there was something we wanted to see. She loved ice-skating like we did. She loved Andre Rieu like we did. She made the best cookies. She made the best juice stuff when we came over to "borrow" that TV. She always had her opinions about the skaters that were so funny. She mispronounced so many of the names. She was great!

She always gave us socks. For Christmas...for our birthday...when we graduated from some level of school. Socks and some kind of candy. I have all different types of socks from her.

When I found out that I didn't graduate from CSULB after all, like I thought I had, I ended up at her house. She was so compassionate. She felt my pain.

She loved my friends. She loved my family. She loved me. The last time she talked she was asking about us...about me and my crazy class.

And I love her too. I'll miss my friend. I'll miss my Mona.....

Mona and her granddaughter Jessica (my other sister)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Romans 8 is good!!

It starts out like this...
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (vs 1)

Then it continues like this...
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. (vs 26)
**That's my Amy verse.

Then it finishes like this...
Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died--more than that, who was raised--who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, "For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (vs 34-39)
Praise our sweet Jesus for loving us so much that nothing can separate us from Him. We don't deserve it, but there is no condemnation for us because we are in Jesus. Yeah!! I had a friend who was always harping on how good this chapter was and I always wondered why. He was always quoting from it. He was so right........

***PS Pray for Amy and her dog. It hurts my heart that her doggy is so very sick. It sounds crazy to say, "Hey pray for my friends dog." But I'm saying it now with all my heart. My students are convinced that God will do miracles. He does. We'll see what kind He does here. In the mean time, pray please.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Mac Vs PC (Restarting)

Or this one is good too... Exactly what happened yesterday while I was lesson planning... Stink!

South Park Mac vs. PC

I in no way, shape or form approve of South Park, but this video goes along with my last post. haha!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Why I don't like PCs

(sung to the Brady bunch song)

Here's a story about Miss Baldwin
Who was lesson planning for her 5th grade class
On her school PC not her Mac
What a big mistake was that!!

All of a sudden without warning
Her PC was turning it's self off
Evidently there were some updates
So it decided to continue without permission

(ok so I'll work on the last part...but Grace and Astrid should still be proud of me)

At least my Mac is polite and asks if I want the updates without just randomly turning ITSELF off!!! AHHHHH!!!!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Wedding pics

All right. Here they are................

Katherine and I--normal version
Katherine and I crazy version

My beautiful Grandmother

My lovely cousin Sophia and me with random bridesmaids in the background

I always love the candid pics of everyone. Who knows what we're doing!

My lovely mother and I--she didn't recognize me when she first saw me...hahaha Isn't she the prettiest mommy in the world???
Peter-o and his mohawk that gave my aunt a heart attack...HA

We couldn't find Grace so Sophie stood in for her. PS Isn't Julie gorgeous????

Me and the strange man...Morgan. He didn't talk really until he got drunk.

Aww aren't they sweet???

Two pics of my hair. I loved it!!! So pretty. The lady did such a good job! And then I slept on it that night and it didn't budge! haha

By now he was pretty plastered so he had no problem talking.

Awkward!!! You all know how I can't dance. And here I am on camera. Sad times! Nice tan line though. ha

The flower girl and ring bearer were adorable. They were brother and sister. During the dancing, the flower girl left the poor guy standing all alone. Sooooo to put an end to this awkwardness, I grabbed him. He was quite the dancer!
Wow! Grams can shake it! She is so cute!

The tan line once more...haha And my handsome bro Pete.

Now it's all over. On to Leilani and Chris!!!! Can't wait you two!

Monday, October 13, 2008

My watch broke

it stinks!!!!! Do you know how annoying it is to be outside teaching PE and not have any idea what time it is? No fair! And I like my watch. I guess I'd better find time (haha) in my busy world to get it fixed.

The wedding

is over. It was fun and I'll be posting pics as soon as I have some to post. (I have to borrow them from other peoples) But here are a few of the car I got to rent...such fun! My little cousins thought it was the best thing in the whole wide world. Little Sam kept yelling, "This is AWESOME!!!! I'm in a convertible!!!! This car is soooo COOL!!!!" It was sooo fun!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Prayer requests

My friends, would you pray for me? I have not felt so scattered as I do now. And I really need it all to come together. I leave for Wisconsin to be in my cousins wedding on Thursday. I have so much to do and get organized by then. I'm not really sure how I'm going to get it all done and get the sleep I need too. (I could pack for my trip in the bags under my eyes...ask Leilani) I feel so overwhelmed. But Psalms says that when I am overwhelmed, I need to come to my Lord. He will help me. Pray that I come to Jesus to give Him this burden. If I can do that, I will have no worries.

Also please pray for my friend Mona. She is very very sick with cancer. She is in the last stages. And she doesn't know Jesus. Every day that she has is a gift from God to give her a chance to accept Him. Pray with my family and countless others all over the world for Mona's salvation. She is depressed and quiet. She is scared. She is not sure where she is going. I know where she is going and it breaks my heart. I love her a lot. Pray with us for her salvation...please! I'll keep you updated.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Fish Tank

Today is Saturday. And I am such a dedicated teacher that, yes, I went in to do some work in my classroom. I have a ton to get done before I leave for my cousins wedding on Thursday. My wonderful bro came with me to help out with cleaning and organizing. Then the 4th grade teacher--who is also way dedicated to be there on Saturday--came in with a big box. She is teaching some kind of life science right now and she had goldfish, but they all died. She said she went to Petco to get new fish and ended up with a new fish tank.....FOR FREE!!!! I was way impressed. And then she told me it was a deal only for fourth and fifth grade teachers and....I'M A FIFTH GRADE TEACHER!!!! So Pete and I went on over to Petco and the wonderful people there very nicely took me around, took some info from me, filled my cart with a fish tank, fish food, filters, gravel, water treatment stuff and little plants all for FREE!!! I had to pay a little for a few things that were only halft price. So I got all of that stuff for a whopping $24. And I get $10 in fish later when the tank is ready for them. I'm so excited! Now if my kids would only behave.....