Another Better Late than Never Friday Five

1. What is your favorite bird, and why? I love watching birds but I am not sure if I have a favorite. Robins are so pretty. I also think parrots and parakeets are so much fun!

2. What are you most forgettable about? (insert “forgetful” where I wrote forgettable) Oops! I went to visit my momma today and half way there, I remembered I forgot to get the popcorn she asked me to pick up for her! 🙁

3. Which do you like better, sunrises or sunsets? Both! There is just something so incredibly holy about both sunsets and sunrises on the prairies of ND!

 

4. What ever happened to Grape Soda? Yum! Every once in awhile my inner kid comes out and I have to have a Grape soda! I love Fanta and have been able to find it once in awhile at restaurants.

5. Use these words in a sentence: U-turn sign, bat, mouse, cerulean blue, late.   The bat was flying through the cerulean blue sky while the mouse came upon a U-turn sign which made him late for supper!

Past Years Friday Five

For today’s Friday Five, share with us where you were and what you were up to 1, 3, 5, 10, and 20 years ago! What were your dreams—did you follow them? Who was journeying with you? Feel free to keep it light (I was on vacation at the beach with my bestie!) or reflect more deeply (a call was brewing…). Have any pictures from those moments to share? We’d love to see them!

1 Year ago—I was serving as the Director of Home and Family Ministry at Dilworth Lutheran Church in Dilworth, MN. Little did I know that later that year, I would find myself accepting a new call.

3 Years ago–I was continuing to serve at DLC. Also according to my Timehop, I was spending my time with two cute girls (B and C) while their mom and dad had some kid free time! 🙂 I also was finding myself reflecting on the death of Bin Laden.

5 Years ago—Serving at DLC…getting ready for the end of another school year.

10 Years ago—I was Wartburg Seminary getting my Masters degree in Youth, Culture, and Mission. Some of my favorite memories are of WTS.

20 Years ago—I was a freshmen in high school. Little did I know that my parents would get divorced a year later. I was busy enjoying time as the VB manager, spending time in LYO, and so much more. I was dreaming of becoming an author…which I still dream of. My best friend was Mandy! (May she rest in peace!)

Leading Up to Easter Friday Five

1. What is your favorite Easter candy? Jelly Beans!! I also really like the malted milk ball eggs! Oh and frosted sugar cookies! 🙂 (Yeah maybe I do have a little bit of a sweet tooth! 😛 )

2. Do you have an Easter memory from childhood to share, then please do. Or any Easter memory. Dying Easter eggs with my sister.

3. Speaking of, what your most favorite day of the past two weeks been? Why? Today (and last night) have been pretty great! Time with new friends. Starting to feel like this place is home!

4. I am kind of digging’ Chipotle’s sofritos these days (marinated and “shredded” tofu) and have been eating them like twice a week. Is there something new in your life that keeps bringing you back for more? (be ye creative here…) Zumba! I was going pretty consistently and then moved…so its been awhile since I have gotten back into a routine. I am finally getting back to routine now and am continuing to go back for more Zumba!

5. Of course, a sentence. Using the following words (or some form thereof): Tree frog, squares, kleenex, eyeglass, lost, daffodil, palms, lamb, Peeps, licorice jelly beans, and donkey

The tree frog wearing an eyeglass and blowing his nose with kleenex saw the lost lamb near the square of daffodil bushs where the donkey was eating licorice jelly beans and Peeps under a palm branch.

Recharging My Batteries Friday Five

Share five things that steady your pace, recharge your batteries and invite peace to your soul.

(1) Watching tv….good mindless tv. I love watching reality tv and I think it is because so often it is not “reality” at all. Sometimes watching tv is just what the dr ordered especially when it comes to watching tv shows that I watched growing up..Full House, Boy Meets World, etc.

(2) A nice long walk. And it would be even better if that walk was with a good friend. There is just something so incredibly holy about spending time talking with a good friend. And it would be even more incredible if I was talking and walking with a good friend in one of my fave places—SuperAwesomeBibleCamp! 🙂

(3) A good book! I love a good book. I have gotten out of my routine of reading every day so I need to get back into that routine. It will be great when Spring finally arrives and I can sit outside on my patio reading. One of my favorite things to do in the spring and summer.

(4) A bubble bath! Something so relaxing about a bubble bath!

(5) Spending time with friends and family. (I miss you guys!). Whether it be at a movie. Or chatting over dinner etc.

Bonus answers: Prayer! As I have been praying through my FB friends list during Lent, I have found it truly recharging my batteries. It has allowed me to not worry about my life and myself but to focus on those I love so dearly.

Writing/Blogging- Words have always been so important to me. There is something so healing and holy for me about putting words on a page. For me, writing can often be a form of prayer.

Spring Friday Five

1. Your favorite spring flower. (Is it blooming yet? If so, share the joy by posting a picture of that loveliness with those of us still waiting!) Lilacs and the ND state flower; the wild prairie rose.  And nope not blooming yet!

Wild Prairie Roses

2. Your spring cleaning routine. Do you have one? Is there a family memory or tradition around it? I really dont have a spring cleaning routine. I dont really remember one as a child either.

3. A personal area of growth where you have seen some success lately. It can be personal, physical, spiritual or familial. As I have been in my new call about 3-4 months, I finally feel like I am starting to meet new people and make new friends. Winter was sooooo long and it was hard to meet people.

4. When does “spring” usually arrive in your area? Are you holding out for late May? Or are you one of the lucky ones who has already put away her sweaters and mittens? In ND, hard to know when spring really will show up. I would say I am holding out for May! 🙂

5. A verse or set of verses from Scripture that speaks “new growth” to you.

2 Corinthians 5:17—“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, behold, the new has come!”

James 1:17—“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”

Going to the Movies Friday Five

1) Is there a film that so captured your imagination that you couldn’t stop thinking about it? In what way(s) did it affect you? Frozen. There is just something so magical about that movie! Maybe also because I live in ND! 😛

2) What religious/spiritual film has touched you? This could be something overtly thematic, like The Last Temptation of Christ, or something more subtle, like Enchanted April.    Hmmm…this one isnt an easy one for me to answer. “Saved” is a funny movie that takes a humorous take. I dont recommend it to everyone because  Im sure some people will be offended by it.  I did like The Passion of Christ movie.

3) When the going gets tough, is there a film you turn to for distraction and/or to help shift your mood? School of Rock always makes me laugh. Rent is the one movie that I watch all the time. I just love that musical.

4) What is your all-time favorite movie? Man I have so many favorite movies…Grease, Because of Winn Dixie, Silver Linings Playbook, Harry Potter, Love Actually, Dirty Dancing…I think you get the idea!

5) If you were to choose a film for viewing and discussion with your congregation, what would you choose? Pay It Forward, Simon Birch, etc. But really the first movie I would choose would be Silver Linings Playbook. It is such a beautiful movie about mental illness and teachs about the illness. I think it would be a great way to talk about the illness and how we can make all God’s people feel welcome.

Bonus: If your life were to be made into a feature film, who would you want to play you? I think it would be fun to have some one like Jennifer Lawrence or Amy Adams or someone to play me!

Another Random Random Friday Five

1. A color that you enjoy (and where you find it–GREEN! My Iphone  5C is neon green, my bedding is green, a lot of my clothes have green in them, Green cups and glasses. I think I might be a little obsessed with green! 😛

2. A food or drink you have discovered recently that is just da bomb!
Hmmm…I cant think of anything. I recently found Pure Leaf tea and I have really been enjoying that!

3. A simile for tiredness– (Saw this and thought it was cute!)

4. A random picture from your phone, camera or computer

I have tried to post a picture three times but my computer is being dumb. The picture is of the St
Louis arch from our hotel room at the beginning of February.
 

5. Your least favorite bill: car mechanic, dentist or plumber?
Totally car mechanic. Since moving at the end of December, I have had to put new tires, a new steering hose and pump in my car! I hope..and pray that I am done for a while now!

BONUS: If you are going to have a Lenten practice or discipline, what is it? If you have a book or on-line resource, be sure to share it! For the last several years, my practice has been to pray through my friends list for Lent. I love it…and plan on doing it again this year.

Five Favorites Friday Five

1. Food: I love Mexican food–Enchiladas, Mexican Fried Rice. I also love German food–Knoephla soup, Dumplings, Strudels, Kuchen. Papa Johns pizza for some reason hits the spot once in a while too. Supreme pizza that is!!
 
2. Drink: I am normally a water drinker but sometimes I love a Dr. Pepper, or a Pure Leaf iced tea or sweet tea, etc. I also love hot tea and cappucinos etc. Once in awhile I love making a Starbucks or a Caribou stop! Alcoholic drinks–I love margaritas, Angry Orchard Apple Cider Beer or Red’s Apple Ale.
 
3. Animal: I am a cat lover! But I also love dogs and so many other animals!
 
4. Color: This one is sooo easy! I LOVE GREEN! My friends always give me a hard time when we go clothes shopping because I head straight for the green stuff. One of my all time favorite blankets that I was given by the DLC quilters has green in it! I have green eyes!
 
5. Time of Day: I like almost any time of the day! I like sunrises and sunsets!

Bonus: So many things I love: I love my friends and family! I love Wartburg Theological Seminary! I love Camp of the Cross ministries. I love reading and music too!

Church Olympians Friday Five

Deb at RevGalBlogPals writes, “With the Olympic Games in Sochi just around the corner, I started thinking about all the athletes who attend the Games and never win a medal. The hours of practicing, sacrifice and dedication don’t get noticed by the media. Yet, for the love of their sport, they persevere.

Then I began to reminisce about the “Olympians” in the Church. Perhaps you can think of faithful ones who never get up to preach, sing or read, but faithfully come, week after week, to serve. It seems to me they deserve a medal of sorts.

So, for this week’s Friday Five, share stories or memories of those “medalists” of the Church who have encouraged you in their faithfulness.”


(1) My momma! Even though she has lived her whole life with a mental illness, she has always been the most faith filled woman I know! Love her to pieces!

(2) J and B. A sweet older couple. At the last church I served they were always willing to help out. B volunteered throughout the week. And J would always bring us coffee/tea and goodies when B worked. We always had to stop and take a break with them. Though they are now getting older, they still are very involved in the church.

(3) The Church quilters! At all the congregations I have served these ladies are awesome. I don’t know the quilters at my new church yet but hopefully soon will get to know them. I love that at my past call they made baby blankets to give to the newly baptized as a symbol that they will always be wrapped in a community of faith. When I took my new call, they made sure I got a quilt to take with me. Every time I wrap up in it (and that has been a lot this winter) I think of that community of faith that has blessed my life incredibly!

(4) The Home and Families of the congregation I serve (and have served) I love watching families engage in faith conversation and watching them as they are equipped to pass on faith and values. I know they are busy with life so it is so awesome to see them take the time together.

(5) My friends Renee and Jon. I know that this has not been an easy journey for them. Renee and Jon and Renee’s first husband Ben were in Haiti when the earthquake hit and Ben lost his life that day. I  know that they have mourned and grieved and even doubted in the midst of this all. Yet they are both incredible leaders for this church. THANKS BE TO GOD! 🙂

Last Few Days Random Friday Five

1. What is the best thing you have had to eat in the last couple of days? I treated myself to a cherry icee and a soft pretzel while I was at Target today. It tasted so very good!

2. What is the topic/subject of the best thing you have read in the last couple of days? I am currently reading Jodi Picoult’s book The Storyteller which is good of course. The story is about the Holocaust. So at times it can be a little much.

3. Who would you like to give a shout out to that has been in your life the last couple of days? My friends. I know many of your arent here physically but I miss you all!

4. How have you practiced self-care in the last couple of days? Starting to get back into a consistent workout pattern again. Taking my day off.

5. Use the following words in a sentence: couple, shutter, smile, pillow, groan, skip, baby elephant, red shoes. The couple with the red shoes saw the baby elephant smile as the camera shutter opened while the giraffe let out a groan and the monkey and his friend skip around the zoo landing on a pillow.