Moments that I Cant Seem to Shake or Forget

Our lives are made up of moments….moments that are forever captured in time. Sometimes those moments are happy moments, Sometimes those moments are sad moments, sometimes those moments are joyful moments etc. I remember the moment I was consecrated as a Diaconal Minister in the ELCA. There are the moments that I treasure spending with my friends and family. And then there are those moments that I can’t seem to forgot about, no matter how I try. I think of Representative Gabrielle Giffords as she and many others were shot yesterday in Arizona. But the one moment that I think of is last January and the Haiti earthquake, realizing I had friends there. As we remember the Haiti earthquake this week, may we remember all those who lost their lives there…the Haitian people, my friend Ben Larson, and so many others. This Wednesday Jan 12th, the one year anniversary of the earthquake, take time to tell those you love how much you love them. And in the words of Ben Larson,” God’s Peace to us We pray.”

My 365th Post or Today’s Friday Five

Wow…..my 365th post…crazy to think!I thought Id play the Friday Five today since I havent played it in a long time!

1) What food item was one of your favorites this year – a definite keeper? It’s always the cheese ball my Grandma makes for Christmas. It has a bunch of veggies in it (green peppers, onions, dried beef, cream cheese, etc) So yummy!

2) Was there a meal or party or a gathering that stands out in your mind from this mose recent holiday season? It’s always the ones with my family. Just so good to spend time with them.

3) Were you involved in a jaw-dropper gift? Were you the giver or recipient or an on-looker? Kind of. There was an item on my Christmas list that I never thought I would get but the thing is I DID GET IT. The item on my list was a Kindle and boy am I loVING IT!!! My family tricked me and numbered three presents… the first I opened was a gift card to Amazon, the second was the case and the last was the Kindle.

4) Was there at least one moment where you experienced true worship? Yes!

5) What is at least one thing you want to make sure you do next year? Not sure!

Teaching Confirmation

Sometimes I enjoy teaching Confirmation so much, and other times it can be such a task. Today was a great night. I had so much fun teaching my 7th graders and their mentors about the Apostles’ Creed. I played Agapes’ song “I believe.” Just a good night. I hope I can be this excited about teaching all the time. I also hope that I make a difference when I teach. Other than that, not much, enjoying the Peoples Choice Awards which I recorded, then off to bed after reading a little on my Kindle. Such a great Christmas present. I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!

Entering Into A New Year

Happy 2011 Everyone! I can hardly believe a year has gone by already. Hope things are going well. I’ve been thinking a lot about where I was a year ago at this time. Hard to believe that a week from Wednesday it will be the one year anniversary of the Haiti earthquake and the death of seminarian and friend Ben Larson. (I promise to post again on that date!) It really has me appreciating those relationships in my life. I am so glad to have been blessed by so many wonderful people. Thank you my friends!

The Diaconal Ministry Formation Event is happening now in Gettysburg PA so please pray for all the participants as they embark on this two week journey. I was so blessed by my experience there but also was incredibly blessed by being a small group leader there last January as well. (I’ll say more on this later too!)

Thinking about Haiti, the DMFE, Basin and Towel, Tissue, and String Cheese……(Some of you are probably wondering what the heck I am talking about and others of you totally will appreciate this statement!)

P.S. I’m inspired by a friend (You know who you are!)so I am going to try and post every day too. It probably will be difficult but its worth a shot

A Good Samaritan and a New Year

So today has been a crazy day. As blizzard one came to an end and before the start of blizzard two, I decided to venture down the block to the local CVS to grab a few items. On my way there, I got stuck! YUCK! Luckily a gentlemen stopped to help me but in the commotion, I locked my keys in the car with my CAR STILL RUNNING AND IN REVERSE!!!! I called the locksmith and waited an hour for him to get there. Luckily the kind man let me wait in his van. Tonight so happy to be back in my nice warm apartment and soooo soooo soooo thankful that there are still Good Samaritans out there. (I was actually shocked by the number of people who stopped to ask me if I needed help!)And so after today, I am glad for a new year to begin!

I can hardly believe that the end of 2010 is coming to a close tonight. Wow…2010 has been a year filled with so many emotions…happiness, sadness, joy, pain, etc. 2010 begin with the earthquake and Haiti and finding out that my friend Renee, her husband Ben, and Ben’s cousin Jonathan were in Haiti during the earthquake. Renee and Jon made it out but Ben was killed during the earthquake. So glad I was with WTS people during this time and also am thankful for the many people who surrounded us during these difficult days. There has not been a day when I haven’t thought of Ben, Renee, Jonathan or their families. Myfriend Sarah was also in Haiti but wasnt in the direct hit of the earthquake. So glad she was safe too! I also got to spend some time with my mom this summer sharing why CCM is one of my favorite places in the world and means the world to me. Life at work was busy and crazy but oh so good….so happy to still be in a place where I feel my gifts are so used there. 2010 also was spent with dealing with the many churches etc who have left the ELCA because of the homosexuality vote. It has been so difficult but I for one am thankful for the gift this vote was for my friends who have long awaited this. So much has happened this past year, but I am ready to put it in the books. I hope that 2011 brings you all happiness, prosperity, peace and joy! I also look forward to seeing what 2011 brings us all…maybe Ill finally meet my Mr. Right!!! 🙂 I am ringing in the New Year in my apartment; probably watching Carson Daly or Ryan Seacrest. Im not venturing out after my adventure this afternoon!Happy New Year to my blog readers and my dear friends!!!!