Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Hi blog! It's nice to see you again. It's been ever so long since we spoke last. My how much has gone by.

Haha...it has been a while since I've been on here. School and life have just been a little overwhelming, so I just haven't had the time. But here I am now.

It feels like a Saturday morning, but it's really a Tuesday morning. I'm on Christmas break and am sooooo excited about it. But I've learned that now that I'm getting "older" I can't sleep in! Well actually I am since I woke up at 8 and usually have to get up at 5. But I'm used to the sleeping until 10. :) But it's ok because the Lord showed me some things this morning and has been over the last week or so that I want to share.

I've been reading through Psalms for a while now, and have made it to Psalm 78. It is a recounting of Israel's history and it points out their well known cycle--good with God, turn to other gods, God warns, God judges, Israel returns to God. At the beginning of the chapter, it tells the people to share the goodness of God with the children. Which is what I get to do everyday in my job. But it caused me to stop and think about how often I actually share God's goodness with my little ones. I need to do it every day, all day. They need to know clearly. It will shape their lives.

This is just one thing I learned from this Psalm though. I'll be sharing more soon. :)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Thankful on Nov 6-8

I'm not doing so well at getting on here each day this time around. I'll work on it this next week and see if I can do a little better.

Three things I'm thankful for are....

1. My family. I came home on Friday and there was no one to talk to. My dad was studying for something at work and no one else was home. And I was lonely. But then mom and Julie came home and eventually Peter did too and things were happy again. I love them. Yesterday, Julie, Peter and I went to breakfast. While there, we talked about how in just a few more weeks, Becky and Grace will be there too and we would all be together again. We can wait... III can't wait!

2. My best friend. Yesterday, Joni and I got together for coffee. Actually she get's a kids hot chocolate and I get coffee. And Starbucks has their Christmas cups out now with their holiday drinks!! Oh happy day! So we sat and talked and shared and she gave me this bomb necklace as an early birthday present. I like her. She's a good gal!

3. My extended family. My aunt and uncle from Washington--see pics from trip to their house from last summer--came in to town yesterday. They're going on a cruise tomorrow and are staying here for a few days first. It's good to see them again! And today we are having a bbq with them and both grandmas (crazy and normal) and my other uncle. It will be fun!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Thankful on Nov 5

Today I am thankful for my little class of kingergarteners. After last year, where unhappiness and discord abounded, this fun, sweet and excited group of 4 and 5 year olds is so nice! I am so happy! I think I found my place...and that is a great feeling. I love that they are funny and silly. I love that they are so earnest about the things that are important to them. I love that they say things that make me laugh. I love it when they are goofing off--I have to correct them of course, but sometimes it's so hard to do it with a straight face!!! :) I'm thankful God gave me kindergarten this year. It's good...

Thankful on Nov 4

Like I said, I'm catching up here. Yesterday I was thankful for friends who love music as much as I do. I had a friend send me a long list of music to look at that he loves and thinks I might like too. I was excited. I can't wait to get a good look at them and buy some. I had another friend remind me that he can always play the piano for me at church whenever I need a break. I like that too. And I'm thankful for him and his offer and his love for music. It's a true blessing!

Thankful on Nov 3

I'm late posting here. Sorry!

On Nov 3, I was thankful for cell phones. I got to talk to Grace all the way in Michigan and it was nice. I'm thankful for them...even when they don't work too well. Like mine right now :p I need a new one!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Thankful on Nov 2

Today I am thankful for the amazing gift of salvation. I was saved when I was very young, and I'm so thankful for that. But you know how there are some people that you pray for for a very long time? The people that you long to see come to Christ, but you wonder if it will ever happen. Today I'm thankful that it does happen.

I remember the day that my neighbors moved in. I was very sad because my friends that had been living there were gone. A couple moved in and they seemed nice enough. As we continued to grow, we got to know Jesse and Stella more. They were so sweet and neighborly. Always more than willing to stand outside and talk...especially Jesse. Oh the conversations we've had. :)

They were also unsaved. Very nice but not part of the family of God. So we've been praying for them. We've prayed for their salvation for years and years. We've witnessed to them. We've invited them to church. We've shared the gospel with them. All to no avail.

Until now. Today, Stella called my mom just to say hi and to tell her thank you for being such a good friend. And she was so excited because she had wanted a personal one-on-one relationship with Jesus and so she asked Him in her heart.

WOOOOOOOOW!!!!!!!!!! How unexpected was that! My mom went through the gospel with her to make sure she understood that we aren't saved by works but by faith. (Eph 2:8-9) She got that and oh, she was just so excited about it. She said everyone says that she talks too much--she's normally a pretty quiet person. They say she talks about Jesus way too much. But she and my mom decided that it was just because they are feeling guilty. :)

How neat is it to see the excitement of a rescued soul. I'm thankful for salvation today!

Now we need to pray for Jesse. He's heard the gospel, but he says he's too bad for Jesus to save him. We all know that's not true. Let's pray for his soul. May the Lord save him too!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Thankful on Nov 1

Today I'm thankful for my church. It is a beautiful Sunday morning and I'm so excited to go and be with the people that are my brothers and sisters in the Lord. I've grown up around them. Some of them knew me before I was born. :) Some of them I've know since I was a teenager. Some of them I've only known for a year. No matter what, they are so willing to invest in my life and share in my joys and sorrows. They prayed for me to get a new job and look at me now! They've been my faithful friends, and I'm so thankful for all of them!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Out of bondage

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
Galatians 5:1

The Galatians were believing that circumcision could save them. However, Paul had preached the true gospel to them before. Here they were going back to the law and trying to keep it. Earlier in chapter 3, Paul calls them foolish, asking who had bewitched them. They knew Christ had died for their sins, but here they were trying to earn their salvation again. Now he calls this work a yoke of slavery. Someone who is trying to pay for their sins themselves really is in slavery. You are yoked to your sins as you try to pay for them. But it's never ending. Many times I am more than happy to grab my sins and hold on tight as I feel guilty for them and feel regret over them and try to reason with God about them. Yes I should feel guilt and regret. But at the same time, I need to lay them down at the foot of the cross where Christ payed for them. If I keep coming back and trying to pick them up again, then Christ died for nothing and His grace means nothing in my life. But NO!! He has set me free. He has released me from needing to pay for those ugly, nasty sins. I need to live in the freedom He died to give me. What about you? Do you struggle with this too? If so, I encourage you to let Jesus pay for your sins. It's a whole lot easier! :)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Pray for the Murphys

I've been following this blog for a while. Almost 3 years ago, Ian Murphy was in a bad car accident and has been in a coma ever since. But comas are strange things, and his brain has slowly been waking up and he's been able to do more and more.

Well a month ago, his dad had major seizures and was diagnosed with brain cancer. He had surgery and started chemo.

Exactly 4 weeks later, Ian started having seizures. They don't know why.

Then his dad started having seizures again and they found that the tumor was growing again. He's having surgery again, but the doctor gives it a two-thirds chance that it will be successful.

Please pray for this family. They have been through so much, but their witness is amazing. Visit their blog, read and lift them up to the Lord.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Meals for Manipur Fundraiser Update

Well on Saturday, we got together and collected lots of recyclables. It was a greatly successful day! Thank you to all who donated and who came out to help with the drive. It was great to see everyone sorting and stomping on cans!

That day with the recycling and the donations given by those who had nothing for the drive, we collected a grand total of $337.78.

Our church itself raised $855.00.

So total, we are able to send $1192.78 to our dear brothers and sisters in Manipur, India.

However, we need to continue to pray for the church there. They are still living in desperate times and need to be continually lifted up before the Lord.

Thanks to all for your help!!!!

Do Hard Things!!!! :)

This and that

Things have been pretty busy around here lately. But I've been makin' it! :) Here are some things that I've enjoyed.

--I started teaching kindergarten. There have been a few laugh out loud moments already. One was when one of my students insisted that Jesus was God's last name. haha!!! Or when they continually ask if it's bed time or snack time. Constantly!! It's fun. It's busy. It's way cool!!

--I just bought 2 pairs of aerosole shoes. I've had 3 people tell me that they are the most amazingly comfortable shoes ever. One of my friends who teaches with me wears them all the time and loves them. I'm still recovering from the blisters I got on the first day of school from my new Payless shoes. Thought I'd give these and these a try.

--I love this post on Kristen Leigh. It's just so sweet!

--The can drive went amazingly well. I'll post more on that a little later.

--My mom found my Bible after it's been missing for about 8 months. I'm way excited to have it in my hands again. It's such a comfortable Bible. Something that is so nice to study out of.

--Both of my grandmas are still alive. I call one my normal grandma and the other my crazy grandma. Why? Because one is normal and one is crazy. Well this wonderful Labor Day morning, when I was so looking forward to sleeping in, the phone rang at 6am. It was crazy grandma who is in a convalescent home right now recovering from a bladder infection ect... She is not happy to be there. My mom answered the phone and this is what I heard...
"Hello? What's the matter? (in a slightly concerned tone) What's the matter? (in a slightly irritated tone) No they are not holding you hostage!!! You're at a convalescent home! No, do not call 911! You didn't want to go to Marlora (another convalescent home) so they took you there. If you act like a mental patient, they'll treat you like one. The last time you called 911 the firemen told them to unplug your phone because you were tying up the phone lines. Just lay there, take your medication, drink lots of water and get better. Can't you turn on the TV? If you would put in your hearing aids you would be able to hear it. Just lay there, take your medication, drink lots of water and get better. Who is the man? Does he work there? I don't know who he is. Just lay there, take your medication, drink lots of water and get better. No do not call the police. You are just in a convalescent home..."
And it continued from there. It was quite comical. But I do ask you to pray for crazy grandma to get better soon because things are always kinda crazy when she's sick.

--We just finished BBCs North and South. What a good story! If you have Netflix, I highly recommend getting it. And if you get that and like it, you should also try Bleak House, which was amazing. It was my favorite. My second favorite has been Little Dorrit. Such good, good stories! They are worth your time. Good clean stories.

Well that's all my misc. for now. Have a good Labor Day!!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Meals for Manipur Fundraiser

We are going to be raising money to send to our brothers and sisters in Manipur, India. If you remember, in my previous post, I explained what is happening in that region of India. Our brothers and sisters in Christ are starving to death because the rats in their villages are eating their crops. Here are the details:

Bring your cans, glass and plastic bottles, and even your newspapers to our church.
We will bring them to the recycling facilities that afternoon and ALL proceeds will be sent to Manipur, India. We are sending it through the IFCA.

Where: Grace Baptist Church
1502 McDonald Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90744

Date: September 5, 2009

Time: 10am-1pm

We would love for as many churches as possible to get involved. Please let me know if your church would like to participate. If you have any questions, please e-mail me or just leave a comment here.

Monday, August 17, 2009

New Computer

Here it is!



And it's really cool cuz the keyboard glows. It's amazing! God was so good to let me have this. So fun!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

A Rebelutionary Idea

In church this last Sunday, my pastor brought to our church's attention the fact that our brothers and sisters in Christ in India are starving. You see, about every 50 years, a certain species of bamboo in India flowers. This blossoming brings out the rats who love to eat the blooms. Once they are done with the blooms, they race on to the fields, destroying crops. This increase in food also causes them to reproduce more rapidly, bringing on more problems because in India they worship rats and refuse to exterminate them. However, within a few months, this usually dies down because the flowering season for the bamboo is short. This time, though, the flowering season has lasted 13 months, causing the problem to be even worse. There has been no harvest for these people in over a year. They are eating whatever they can get their hands on.

Our church belongs to the IFCA, and on August 23 the IFCA churches are taking up a special offering to send to a church in India. This money will be used to buy rice for these families that have nothing.

Now to my idea. I thought it would be great if we could do a fundraiser to raise more money to send to these people. The thoughts that have run through my head have been a car wash (maybe even at several different locations on the same day) or a recycling drive. Or both. Because of the timing of things right now, I'm not sure that I could get this together before August 23, but maybe soon after. I'm sure the church in India would be more than glad to receive a gift whenever we can get it to them.

To be honest, I actually have butterflies in my stomach as I write. For two reasons.
1) I'm 27 and therefore I don't fit the Rebelutionary definition.
2) Will it work?
But I'm gonna try to do this anyway.

So my question to you is...do you want to help? Do you have any ideas? I'll be trying to formulate this plan over the next few days, so if you have advise, ideas or a desire to be part of it, please let me know!

But most importantly, PRAY!!! Pray for our brothers and sisters in India. Pray for this idea and what may come of it. Pray that the Lord will be glorified in all.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

The Big Surprise

A few weeks ago, my sister Becky was so homesick she didn't know what to do with herself. She was pretty unhappy. And then my other sister Grace told me she wanted to come home. And I thought..."Hmmmm." So I called Becky to find out what she was thinking. Well, she wanted to surprise my parents. I thought it was a grand idea. So we got to work.

We decided what days she wanted to be here. And then one morning while my mom was still asleep, Becky (who was driving from PA to NJ at the time) called me and I got on-line and we bought her tickets.

Well we had this great plan that we were going to take my parents out to dinner for their 30th anniversary (which was a few weeks ago) on Thursday and then show up with Becky. Big surprise. Lots of crying. We told our parents we wanted to take them out and they said no! My cousins were going to be here from Wisconsin, so we had to go to my grandma's that night. Hmmmm.....

So I talked to Becky and she said that she just wanted to walk in the house and surprise mom, and then run out and greet dad when he got home to surprise him.

And that is what we did. I picked her up from the airport on Thursday after work. We went to lunch and then we went home. My mom thought it was me and then she took a good look and couldn't really believe he eyes. She cried and laughed just like she should. It was happy. Then we went to go get our toes done. (Leilani, my toes are soooo pretty!!!) And then we got home to wait for my dad. He drove up and she ran out and....well he couldn't believe his eyes either.

I love surprises! Especially when they work out so well like this one did. And I'm sooooo happy to have Becky home for a little while. It's nice to have the whole family together again.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Under construction

I'm not sure what I'm doing here. But I wanted a new look. It looks a little crazy. I'll be working on it though, so don't worry. Any suggestions?

The Rebelution Was Good!

I went to this yesterday.
I was greatly challenged. One of my pet peeves is when people expect teenagers to have the attitude, be disrespectful, unhelpful and lazy. When the words, "Well you know, he's a teenager; you should expect that" come for an adult's mouth, it hurts me just a little. The reason is that the Bible never gives them that excuse. Up until about 100 years ago, children that age never had that excuse. No, we are called to live holy lives, whether we are 15 or 45. This is the message that Alex and Brett Harris are spreading to their generation. They need to do hard things. Young people need to rebel against the low expectations that society has for them and rise to the potential that God has instilled in them.

I would say more, but the Harris boys explain it much better on their blog. Click here to read about the Rebelution. I highly suggest that you also click on the links in this article to read about the myth of adolescence. They have also written a book called Do Hard Things that challenges young people in this same way.

I went to this conference not as a teenager, but as a sister, friend and teacher of teenagers. Lord willing, I may someday also have a teenager of my own. My desire is to challenge the young people around me to Do Hard Things. During the conference, the twins' father, Greg Harris, spoke to the parents, asking them to encourage their children to pursue their talents and to do what the Lord lays on their hearts to do. I'm not a parent, but I can still encourage the young people around me to live up to their potential, to serve the Lord with all of their talents and abilities. I'll be praying about this and thinking about ways to serve my little brothers and sisters in Christ in this way. I'll be sharing in the future here on Brand New Teacher because maybe it will give my readers some ideas to serve in their own ways.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Happy

Here are some things that made me smile, may have given me goose-bumps even, or maybe even made me tear up a little...and all just today!

*Hearing our church sing--I am sick again, so I couldn't sing today. But it was a good thing because I got to hear our church sing out together to praise God. So cool!

*Seeing my little sis and her boyfriend teasing each other in the back seat of my car---I was their chauffeur. :)

*Eating at In-n-Out for the 3rd time in 1.5 weeks--not so sure it is good for the waist, but good for the taste buds!

*Hearing about Papua New Guinea from our friend Amber--she is here on an 11 hr layover on her way back to Michigan.

*Hearing that Leilani got her hair cut--she's been wanting it to happen for a while now.

That's all I can think of right now off the top of my head. :)

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Monday, June 29, 2009

The Project

I've been working on a project for quite some time now. Hopefully it will be finished soon. It is a special quilt that I have the privilege of making. After my friend Mike went to see Jesus, his wife gave me a bunch of his shirts, wanting a quilt to be made out of them. I was way excited to do this for her, but that was about a year or more ago. I finally started on it and I'm getting it done. :) Here are some photos of the process. I'll show you the whole thing when it's finally finished (which hopefully will be by the end of July).

You have to have the right tools. Rotary cutter, rulers, mat, pencil and fabric.

Sometimes it's easier to sew a bunch of things at the same time and then cut them apart later.

I sewed two squares together twice diagonally through the center (two dark lines). Then I cut them apart on the center line and you have two squares made of two different fabrics.


You must press things a lot! It's very important...


Grams helped a little too.



I put all of the pieces where I wanted them. The next step would be to sew them all together.

Adding on to it a little more.
This is the center part of the quilt all sewed together. The red is the border that will go around the center and then I have 9-patches that will go around that. It's gonna be really big!!! :)
I can't wait for it to be finished so I can see the whole thing together. Now I just have to get back over to Grams to work on it some more! :)

**Thanks to Ms. Amy for letting me share this!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Catch Up Time

Wow! It's been almost a month! Sad times... Well I'm back. I've been sick the last few days, so life has been pretty low key for me. My throat is still feeling pretty yucky, so that gave me time to get these pictures uploaded and ready to share with you. So here is what I've been doing for the past few months.......

First of all, school is OUT!!! I hung in there and loved them till the bitter end. And then I sent them out the door. :) With a hug of course...really! Here is some of their artwork that was up behind my desk. I had to take everything down, pack it up and take it home cuz I kinda didn't know if I would have a job next year. Turns out I will, but not the same one I had this last year. More details on that when things are finalized.
My lovely SmartBoard. Those things are GREAT!
Then my mom graduated her last baby this year. Yes, my baby sister Julie is a high school graduate now. Congrats to her of course. But we had a graduation party for my mom. It's quite an accomplishment. So we did it up good with flowers and balloons...and a goofy looking brother.

And a Wii!!! She sure was happy! And we were too...we like the Wii.

Somewhere in all of this stuff, Peter and I went to a Celtic Women concert. It was amazing!!! I love them.
And then a week later, a few people from church and I went to see Third Day at the Nokia Live Club. We got to stand way close...as you can see. And I caught a pick that they threw out into the crowd. It was really good music and a very fun night.

I've also gone to the beach a few times. Here I just went to watch the sunset at Torrance Beach. I love the way the sun shines off the windows in the houses on the hill. Such beauty.
And I also love when there is just a speck of the sun left in the sky. If you click on this to make it bigger, you'll see just that little speck left. That's my favorite part of the sunset.

Then we went to Resolved. Unfortunately, I'm not used to having a camera, so this is the only picture it took there. Fortunately it has at least 3 good things in it. First of all, my good friend Astrid looking beautiful as always. Second, her camera who's name I cannot remember right now. This was the camera's last trip to Resolved...she's a bit old. But we love her. And third, the strange carpet at the Palm Springs Convention Center. When you walk through the lobby, in your peripheral vision, it looks like the ground is moving and it kinda makes you dizzy. But it's way cool.
And last but definitely not least, I cleaned our room. Here are the before and after pictures.
Before
After

There is much more I've been doing, but that's for my post tomorrow. Or Monday. Not sure if I'll blog on a Saturday that is going to be way busy. Bye for now.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Difference

As of today I have 13 days of school left. And boy, am I happy about it. I've been counting the days down since about day 60. And now I only have 13, one of which I will be in Palm Springs at Resolved. :) It sure is a great feeling to be so close to being done.

But wait. As I was driving home the other day, thinking about this joyous news, I was greatly convicted. And I was reminded of something. As a woman who is single, I have read many books about dating and singleness and waiting, ect... And I remember reading in some book somewhere that as a single Christian, I should not be dwelling that "goal" of marriage because that is not where I am at now. There is much to be done during the wait. True... But that definitely does not only relate to singles and marriage.

As I drove home, the Lord reminded me that while I may only have 13 or 9 or 3 days left of school, that is also how many days left that I have to make a difference in the lives of these children. I've said before that I have a hard class. I will be glad not to have to deal with drama every day. But these are little hurting people that need someone to love them. The Lord chose to use me to love them. I have 13 days left to wipe their tears and talk with them and let them know that somebody really does care about them.

As of today, I have 13 days to make a difference in their lives.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

My Dancing

This is from Chris. It will make you laugh. It is a scene that totally played out just like this in his living room. Hilarious.

Click here to watch me dance.

Friday, May 8, 2009

The Blood Song

This is adorable. Some day I'm gonna have a little girl like her. I love this!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Let him ask

Prayer is hard for any Christian. It's true. It seems even harder for me. haha I have this way of thinking in general, though. All growing up and even now, I'd rather not ask for something than be told no. I don't like rejection. I don't like being told "no" or "wait." So I just don't ask. There is a fear that I won't get what I want. (how sinfully selfish is that????)

I was thinking about it last night and realized that the way I am with my earthly dad...and others (just don't ask) is the way that I am with God (just don't ask). I'd rather not ask then be left hanging. There have been somethings in life that I do ask for. With my earthly dad...and others...if I can see an easy way to get it already and the giving won't be too hard, then I'll ask for it. If I see the chocolate cake on the counter and I know my dad's in a good mood, then I'll ask for a piece. Same with God. If it is something that is pretty easy for me to see the answer to, I'll pray for it. Then I'll ask for it. Less chance for rejection.

But that's not the way my dad works all the time. Sometimes he may have a trick up his sleeve. I have to just ask for it. That's not the way God works either. My pastor has been preaching on Matt. 7...you know the ask, seek, knock part? At the end of that section, he says something to the effect of if your earthly father knows how to give you good things, how much more does your heavenly Father know how to give you good things? It's true. I have to trust and believe that He wants to bless me...even though, like we learned at church this last week, I don't deserve His blessing.

So James said, "Let him ask in faith, with no doubting." I doubt. But there is no reason to. I have two stories to back this up. A friend of mine has been praying for something for a long time, faithfully. God answered her prayer this week. After almost a year and a half of praying. And how many other people do I know that have prayed for things for an even longer time? And my grandma. She had God answer a prayer for her in a really neat and unexpected way this week. She was pretty excited about it. I was too :) Because God showed me yet again that he does answer prayer.

So I will go into my day slightly late for work, but praying and expecting answers. Remembering all the times God has already answered. He is good!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

2 years

Early Monday morning, it will be 2 years since Mike had his first glimpse of Jesus. It will have been 2 years since his faith became sight. As hard as it's been for Amy, Whit and Judy, and Ed and Jodi and the rest of us, I'm so glad for Mike. He is experiencing his dream right now. And he will be for all eternity. I sang this song in church today. I think it was fitting.

Arrived

Watching and waiting our whole life through
For the moment when we arrive in Glory.
We’ll be standing before His emerald throne.
O what a day it will be!

All tears are gone and suffering ceased.
Perfect new life with no earthly strife
For we’ve finished the race, run to His embrace
O what a day it will be!

When we’ve arrived, stunned and surprised,
All things resolved in the blink of an eye;
No more distractions, no sin left to fight.
The first glimpse of Jesus and faith becomes sight.

Feel the ground shake, hear thunder roll.
See blinding light and seraphim flight.
All amazed we will fall, yet the Father will call,
“Stand, I have made you my own.”

A choir with angels, martyrs and saints
Sing in His praise with no end to the day,
Shouting, “Holy, holy, holy!” to almighty God;
O what a song that will be!

When we’ve arrived, stunned and surprised,
All things resolved in the blink of an eye;
No more distractions, no sin left to fight.
The first glimpse of Jesus and faith becomes sight.
©2008 Resolved Music. All right reserved. International Copyright Secured.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Catching up

Here is a pictorial update on my life. The high lights and main events.

First of all, my car passed 50,000 miles. I took a picture of it one mile later.

Next, here is that surprise for Becky and Grace a.k.a. that fun thing I've been working on. I think it turned out very cute. They are those paper albums from Creative Memories. Such fun!



Then, we went on two field trips. Here is the first one. You can appreciate my wonderful picture taking skills in the fact that I got no one's face full on. This is bad if you are taking pics for good memories. It is good if you are a teacher and want to legally prove that you went on a field trip to the Los Angeles Music Center.

And then a mere 5 days later we went on yet another field trip, this time to the West Basin Municipal Water District water recycling facility AND to the Manhattan Beach Pier Aquarium. Here is the water that looks like gross sewage but really is not and actually doesn't smell that bad.Here is the scary eel I caught looking at me at the aquarium. It kinda freaked me out. And as I was trying to take it's picture, it continued staring at me while opening it's mouth wider and wider. Needless to say, I was unsettled by the guy.

Then a short two days later, we had an open house for the community. My classroom was SO clean that I just had to take a picture...well actually a few pictures. Ahhh..... The first three are the view from my desk and the last is the scariest. It is my desk. Yikes!! It's actually worse right now. But report cards are coming up...it's a good excuse.

Hope you enjoyed a look into my craziness. And may you never meet an eel like the one I met.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Laura Story - Grace

As I have been struggling to be faithful in my personal relationship with Christ, I realize how unfocused on Christ I really am. There is so much around me that I focus on instead of the One who gave His life for me. That is a pretty discouraging thought. But God has been giving me the grace to seek His face more faithfully and I am so thankful for that. I am reminded of Mike always saying that God's grace is sufficient for everything. He was so right. I found this song on Pandora--this website where you can make your own personal radio stations. This song has played at least 2 times a day for the last 3 days. It's become the song in my heart and I wanted to share it with you.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Please pray

My dear friend, Amy, has to say a final good-bye to her doggie today. She has been through so much already, and it is hard to have to see her say one more good-bye. Pray for her at 9am. It will be so hard.

Also on prayer... I thank those of you who have been praying about my quiet time. It has been a true struggle for me these past months (like since September!) to spend quality time with God every day. I've been sharing with friends and church family and asking for prayer. I've had 3 friends in the last few days come along side me with encouragement, scripture and a good early wake-up call. Thanks for your faithfulness to me! Please pray that I continue seeking Him.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Spring/Summer Dream List

I have decided that there are a few places I need to go around SoCal. There are way too many beautiful towns and little (and big) museums that I have never gone to (or that I have gone to but it was so long ago I can't remember much). One reason for this is because I was not homeschooled. My bro and sisters were and they went on some amazing field trips while I sat at school (not that this is a bad thing). Oh well. It's time to make up for lost times. So here is my list. I will keep you posted on my trips as I take them. It'll be fun!!!

1. The Getty Museum
2. The Getty Museum-Malibu
3. See the wildflowers blooming
4. Go to San Diego
5. Mission San Juan Capistrano/Del Mar
6. Nixon Library (re-visit)
7. Reagan Library
8. Hearst Castle (re-visit)
9. Santa Barbara Zoo
10. Pismo Beach/Carpinteria
11. Santa Maria (re-visit)
12. Los Angeles Music Center
13. Nethercut Museum
14. San Francisco

If any of these sound like fun to you and you would like to tag along, let me know! We'll plan it!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Taste and see

My students are memorizing Psalm 34:8-9. It starts out, "Oh taste and see that the Lord is good." We do serve a good God. They were wondering how we could taste that God was good. I tried to explain, but I'm not sure it was understood. haha But it has been a good reminder for me every day to remember how good God is. To taste it and see it. To look around me and see how faithful and merciful He is when I definitely do not deserve it. Praise God for the cross!

Well, I'm not counting or anything, but we only have 56 more days of school left. And tomorrow is a field trip. And that is just so cool! But first thing tomorrow, I'm going to get up and drive on over to the Long Beach Airport at dawn to take pictures of Air Force One. Yeah... Our lovely president is here in SoCal dispelling all fears and he brought this really cool airplane with him. Way exciting...the plane, that is... We'll see if Peter and I actually make it out there. haha It'll be fun. Then I'll go to Starbucks and onward to school to prepare for the Music Center field trip. Yeah!

For those of you who are wondering, I am still walking/running. Actually more walking than running. But we did actually run for a while yesterday and today. I really enjoy doing that. I feel so much better! And I'm getting skinnier again. :)

Oh and soon, I'll post pictures of my special project I was working on for my sisters. They have recieved it by now, so I can post it. They were really cool.

Last random thing....
So in preparation for my up and coming new vocation as a wedding planner/florist/musician/ect... with Amy, I follow a few wedding photography blogs to get ideas and see pretty things. I went to one that I often frequent and saw this new post. It's a very pretty wedding and there are some extremely cute pictures...and stories. For example, their first kiss. So cute! You should read it.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Walking, walking

Kerrie and I started walking today. Our friend Kristy joined us too. We walked down by the beach between the Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach piers. It's 2 miles between those piers. But then we parked at least a half mile (if not more) past the first pier and up the hill from it too. By the time we were done, we walked at least 5 miles. Needless to say, we got our workout. And I'm pretty excited cuz as all of you know...I'm short. But these two ladies are very much taller than I am. And I kept up with them and was even ahead of them for a while too. And when we did our little running sprint for a few feet, I was totally ready to keep going, but they wanted to stop. Which is totally fine. But I'm excited cuz I think I can totally run this 5K coming up in April. Oh yeah baby...I'm gonna run it!

Now for my blistered feet....ouch!

PS Sorry you got sick Lani-loo!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Oh my, oh my

Random post here...

I am very sick of being sick! Coughing and hacking is not my favorite. But hey! At least I am on my feet and not flat on my back in bed.

Today was a pretty long day, but really neat too. The long part was teaching and parent/teacher conferences. The neat part is that our school is having a fundraiser through Barnes & Noble, so we spent a few hours at our local bookstore and the proceeds of things bought this weekend (if you mention our school name) go to our school. It was pretty fun. And then after, I was sooo hungry and Ms. Kerrie was too, so we got to spend some quality time in the Starbucks cafe with some quality food. I'm so glad I get to work with her!!! God is sooo good! This is us on the 100th day of school. She bought cool glasses that were 100s and we wore them that day to celebrate. :) How fun was that! My kids said something about me looking weird. haha

Oh and I found this picture today. I love my nails...oh and that's Leilani's ring on my finger. Don't let Chris see!! haha I think I need a manicure again..... Maybe soon. We'll see. I really liked that flower.........hmmm... And you can vaguely see my toes in the background. How cool!And I will leave you with with these words from a song about our Lord off the Sovereign Grace Psalms CD that has been an encouragement to me...

Glorious and mighty,
You're awesome in beauty,
Greatly to be praised!

What a great God we serve!!!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Again and again

This week has not been nice. I've been yelled at...and I mean YYYEEELLLLLLLLLLLLED at...at least 4 times in the last week all by people under the age of 13. And my instinct is to get huffy and puffy and...yeah, you know. But instead, it has reminded me of something far greater. How many times have I YYYYYYEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLED at God and been disrespectful and disobedient right to His face. Yet He forgives. He welcomes back. He is patient. He loves me. I am not saying that I excuse the behavior of the afore mentioned pre-teens. But it's a good reminder.

I watched the movie Fireproof at church tonight. This came up yet again. Good reminders. Good thoughts. Thanks Lord!

And if you've seen my facebook status....it's true. I am NOT going to get sick!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Astrocamp

Well I learned a few things.
1) I could live in the snow if I needed to.
2) It's nice when other people discipline your students.

The snow was cold, yes. But in all reality, it was pretty. I wouldn't choose to live there, but if I had too, I could. It wouldn't kill me. Although the thought of driving in it scares me. Here are some pictures.



Friday, February 20, 2009

So cool!

I just read this article. I was so blessed. God is so faithful and good. Even in the face of our grave and desperate sinful state.

Happy Birthday Mali!

It's been a year today since I bought my car. What a blessing it has been and what fun I've had with it. I am so thankful the Lord provided for me in this way. So Happy Birthday Mali!! (Hey Mom, I think I just named my car. haha)

**I was going to post a picture, but it's not working for some reason. I'll post it later....

I'm back!!!

I survived Astrocamp. Praise God! I'll be posting pictures later. Whew!!

Oh and my class has a new class song. "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey. haha They all know all the words. It's so funny!!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

I'm going

to Astrocamp tomorrow. You can pray for me, Peter and my students.

Oh and my mom has a blog now. How cool is that! She's the blog in my Blog list that is titled "Beam me up"...so like my mom!! haha

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Beautiful Trees

There are these trees that flower in the middle of February. I love them. love love love love them. Every year, i love them. So this year I have a camera and I decided to go and photograph them. There is this one little service road at Cal State (my good old alma mater) that is lined with them. You know in Anne of Green Gables how she talks about the White Way to Delight? yeah this is the city version of it. Did I mention that I LOVE it??? So I took a chance and ran down there on Saturday. Most of these trees around town have turned from white to green already, so I was praying that these would still be blooming. They were!!! And this girl offered me the last 26 minutes on her meter, so I got to park for free too!!!!! They are just sooo pretty.........