Norwegian Golf is defined as…

Well I better get first things first done, some of my readers asked what makes Norwegian Golf different from other golf so though I better not leaving them hanging and describe it. This was the first time Ive ever played and didnt even know that was what it is called until someone told me. It also is called ladder ball. You have a thing that basically looks like a small ladder with three rungs on it. Then you have golf balls tied on to string (two golf balls tied onto string). Each rung of the ladder is a point…top is 1, middle is two, buttom is three. The goal is to get the balls to land on the rungs. Its harder than it sounds though but sure is lots of fun. Not the best explanation but I think you get the idea. Now that that is out of the way, I wanted to let you all know that I am going on a little trip for the weekend so wont be blogging for a couple of days. A dear seminary friend and I are meeting up in South Dakota for the LifeLight Festival. Im super excited. LifeLight is similar to SonShine…100 concerts on 6 stages. Im looking forward to hearing Go Fish, Casting Crowns, Rebecca St James, etc. My friend C and I are going to have a blast together. Figured it was a good time to get away for a little break before things get crazy busy around here. Besides my 28th bday is on Sunday and it is no fun to spend your bday alone. C has to be back to her internship site church to preach on Sunday so Ill probably go to my dads and help him paint the house. He’s trying to sell it so him and his girlfriend can move into a new house. She wants to retire and move to my home town. I wonder if they will ever get married! Well I suppose I should head to bed since I have to be up early to head to text study tomorrow. Have a happy Labor Day Weekend! And Ill be back up and blogging early next week!

It was a good day…but Im tired now!

Today was Rally Sunday at my church. I was excited to finally get to know the kids and start Sunday School etc. Since I started on June 1, I havent gotten to know many of the kids because the church isnt very active in the summer months. Today was awesome a local christian worship band from youth in the area played and some other youth from the congregation also did the special music. It was a glorious day but I think even greater was the attendance at our Garden party. When I started the Pastor and I talked about having a kick-off picnic etc for Rally Sunday, wed provide brats, hamburgers, drinks while the congregation was to bring salads, desserts, etc. We had taken a count but there was more people than we expected. In fact, at one point, I thought we might run out of food but we didnt. It was so awesome to see people who barely come to church or dont come at all that came today. We set up a volleyball net, played Norwegian golf, etc. It was great. People came out and started playing games and before I knew it, it was almost two in the afternoon. Im so delighted and excited that this idea went over soooo well! It puts a smile on my face. Im also excited to meet and get to know the youth of this congregation. However now I think Im going to go take a nap, being out in the sun for sooo long sure makes a person tired. Praise be to God that Rally Sunday was such a success!!!!!

Happy Birthday Sis!

I cant believe! 25 years ago today my little sister came into the world! It seems almost impossible that that much time has flown by but then again doesnt seem possible that I will be 28 next week either. Today just has been thinking about the day Ann was born. I dont remember much of it since I was only three but Ive heard stories. My mom said that her water broke so they called Grandma and Grandpa and told them that they were bringing me over because they were headed to the hospital. Mom and Dad dropped me off at Grandma and Grandpa’s house. Then after Ann was born, they called to tell me that I had a new baby sister. When we were little, we used to fight a lot but over time we have become close. I wish I could spend it with her today. However I know her friends are being good to her and taking her out so that makes me feel better but wish I could be there too. Thanks for being such an awesome sister! Happy 25th birthday sis!! I love ya!

Back to School Friday Five

1. What is your earliest memory of school? My earliest memory of school was meeting my best friend Mandy. Mandy is a couple years older than me but had been held back because she had a kindey transplant. I tried to cheer up and soon we became very close friends. My other memory was having to retake kindergarten. Because my bday is Sept 3, I had already started school in Nebraska because the deadline was the 4th. In ND, the deadline was the first so they called state and they let me start but really I probably should have just waited a year.

2. Who was a favorite teacher in your early education? Hmmm my fave teacher was probably Mrs. K. She was just a joy and a delight to be around! I learned so much from her!

3. What do you remember about school “back then” that is different from what you know about schools now? Lets see schools are probably more apt to wait for students to start if there bdays are close to the deadline. I also think schools have become more intentionally about teaching certain classes especially in the older classes.

4. Did you have to memorize in school? If so, share a poem or song you learned. Im sure I did have to memorize but I dont remember what it was!

5. Did you ever get in trouble at school? Were there any embarrassing moments you can share? I was usually a pretty good child so I didnt get into trouble too often and if I did it was probably for talking to much while the teacher was talking or something like that. When I was in Kindergarten, I wet my pants during recess and that was a very embarrassing moment for me!

Captured in Time

Good Evening everyone! I hope this finds you all doing well. I just finished washing dishes and was going to watch Celebrity Fit Club but decided to post instead. I’ve been thinking a lot about photos lately. Its so awesome how so many wonderful things, memories, etc can be captured in a photo. I love scrapbooking so of course photos are a big part of that but there is so much more to a photo for me. I love how a photo can just capture a memory in time. I agree its probably not as great as being there but it does preserve that moment. Tonight I found myself once again scanning my scrapbooks. Each of my scrapbooks has stories to tell. There is the scrapbook of my family. There is the scrapbook of all those wonderful summers of camp. There is the scrapbook of college. And then I get to my last two scrapbooks, my scrapbooks of seminary…life, friends etc. Camp and seminary seem to be the only places that have warranted more than one scrapbook at the moment. As I look back on all of my photos, I find myself just sitting there, escaping to that time and place and thinking about how I felt, what it smelt like, what we ate and how it tasted, etc. Something about looking at pictures makes me smile and remember those times in my life that I want to treasure so closely to my heart. Maybe that is just why I have learned to appreciate photography and capture the beauty of each and every moment. In college, as a communications major, I had to take a photography class but needless to say, I wasnt very good at it. Maybe it was because I was suppose to take pics of certain things etc. I think now if I took that class, I would do much better. I think over the course of time I’ve really managed to appreciate and understand photography. What a wonderful gift to treasure and remember such awesome memories. I know some people dont like to have their pictures taken and part of me wonders why that is? I guess I really dont have an answer. I hope that in time they will let their pictures be taken without hesitation. For me, photography has become such a wonderful thing and I hope to capture the beauty of lifes moments through the pictures I take.

A Cheeky Friday Five!

The RevGals came up with yet another fun Friday Five! Below you will find five phrases seen or heard by Songbird on her British holiday. Use your imagination to define them. Points will be granted for humor. If you are one of our British RevGals, don’t play, but please e-mail either Songbird or Kathryn to let us know of any definitions you find particularly amusing or inventive. There will be lovely prizes provided by Kathryn (Diocesan magazine, St. M’s notelets, history of St. M’s, parish magazine–come on Barbara Pym fans, I know you want that last one!!!), so do your best!

Adverse Camber:When an individual on snow skis moves in an opposite direction of the skies. Adverse camber causes the skis to pull away from the skier. Not exactly what you want to happen when you are on a ski slope.

Butts Wynd:What happens when you are sitting at a restaurant and the individual sitting at the table before you left there cigar butts in the ash tray. Yes the ash tray may have been taken away from the table but the butts smell is still smelt in the area thus a butts wynd!

Plague Church: A plague church is a church that constantly bothers others trying to get them to attend their services and come to their church. A plague church will stop at nothing to get new members!

Free House: A house that anyone is welcome to occupy without paying. Since it is free, it can become quite crowded at times.

Mind the Gap:Means to pay close attention to our thought, perception, emotion, will, memory, and imagination when shopping at the gap in order not to spend too much money.

Not sure how good these are but at least I gave it a shot!

Do Not Read If You Havent Seen The Finale of America’s Got Talent Yet!

If you are a fan of America’s Got Talent and you havent watched the finale yet then you better not read the rest of this entry. I must admit Im a huge reality tv junkie. I love to watch shows like Americas Got Talent, American Idol, Amazing Race, Big Brother etc etc etc. Well tonight I sat down to delight in the finale of America’s Got Talent, and yes America does have talent. I was totally awed by what I saw. I couldnt believe how many young acts had such awesome talent. Taylor Ware, The Millers, Bianca Ryan, etc. From the very beginning I fell in love with Bianca. Not only does she have an amazing voice but she is cute and is an awesome entertainer. I thought it was so cool when Brandi told her that she made her want to go practice more. It was even more awesome when all the judges compared her to a young Liza Minelli. How amazing to be compared to such a wonderful performer! Well tonight they got down to the buttom and there were three left…Taylor Ware, Bianca Ryan, and Celtic Spring. Before Regis even read it, I knew Bianca had won. But what happened next just made me cry, Bianca was totally shocked and tears fell from her eyes. Regis handed her the million dollars and asked her if she would sing one last time. She was like Ill try. I am so happy she won. And all I can say is YOU GO GIRL! Congratulations Bianca!

Is it okay to be frustrated?

Is it okay to be frustrated? Tonight I attended my first council meeting. It went well but when I brought up a new piece, a piece that needs to be reworded and changed, I was challenged. Do we really need to make this change? Now after many discussions with pastor, I truly believe this is in the best interest of the youth. It was extremely frustrating to be challenged. Being the new one in the bunch I dont always think of what I need or want to say until after the meeting is over. I know that I am called to this ministry and know it is hard for this congregation since it is a huge change for them. They have always used Youth Directors in the past and my position is definetely different than that. My focus is to be more family and youth orientated…to make it intergenerational; part of a life-long faith formation. So I am sure it is hard for them to change their mindset but at times, I feel so frustrated. What if Im a disappointment to the congregation? What if Im not doing a good job? What if…what if….what if? Well sorry just had to get that off of my chest. I know that I have gifts for ministry but some days this job is a lot harder than other days!

Books, Books, Books

One book that changed your life: I would have to say Praying Our Goodbyes by Joyce Rupp. A friend recommended it to me and I was glad I read it. It helped me get through saying goodbye all the time at seminary. I recommend it to anyone who moves a lot or has to say goodbye a lot! Another book would be anything by Mattie Stepanek. He is an amazing writer and had so much to say at a young age.

One book that you’ve read more than once: I love to read so if it’s a good book, Ill read it again. I’ve read Danielle Steele’s book “Jewels” like five times. I like the history and the story behind the book. I’ve also read several other books numerous times as well.

One book you’d want on a desert island: The Bible of course! But if I could pick another book too, Id choose anything by Maya Angelou

One book that made you laugh: Jenny McCarthy’s book Belly Laughs. I haven’t read the whole thing but a friend when she was pregnant shared some excerpts and we both were laughing so hard. It’s hysterical.

One book that made you cry: I’m an easier crier. My friends laugh because I even cry at Hallmark commercials…LOL! However the funny thing isn’t I can’t remember even one book that I cried at when I read it. Maybe later Ill think of one.

One book that you wish had been written: Well since I want to be an author, that would have to be my book. I would love to have a children’s book by me some day. It also would be cool to have my own poetry book published.

One book that you wish had never been written: At this moment of time, I’m drawing a blank and cant think of a book that I wish wouldn’t have been written.

One book you’re currently reading: I’m reading Tracie Peterson’s book “Under the Northern Lights”. I also am reading Max Lucado’s devotional, “Grace for the Moment (the second edition).”

One book you’ve been meaning to read: I love to read. I need to read “The Notebook.” I’ve also been meaning to read Mitch Albom’s books. I also have been meaning to read “The Da Vinci Code” too. Anyone got any other ideas? I’m always looking for new ideas!

Now tag five people: Lets see, Ill tag Rev Abi, Stumbling, What is Going on Here, Skdo, and Missionbound. Anyone else feel like doing go for it!

The Ringer

I finally got around to watching the Ringer today. For those of you that havent heard the Ringer is a Farrelly brothers moving starring Johnny Knoxville. The movie centers around Knoxville’s character rigging the Special Olympics competition etc. I was a little worried about how the athletes would be portrayed etc. However I learned that Special Olympics wouldnt let the Farrelly brothers do the movie unless they consulted SO and also used real SO athletes. So the movie went ahead and was made and yes they did use real athletes. For example, the Jimmy character is popular SO athlete Leonard Flowers. Ok so I decided to purchase the movie on Pay per view and watch it today. I must admit I was extremely satisfied and happy with the results of the movie. The Farrelly brothers did a good job portraying true SO athletes. It was fun to see things like the real oath,” Let me win but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt” in the movie. This movie could definetely be used as a teaching tool. Kudos to the Farrelly brothers and SO for making a movie that captures the SO spirit! I worked with SO last summer and it was one of the best experiences of my life. These athletes have such an awesome drive and spirit. Its fun to watch them compete. I learned so much from them! Check out the movie for yourselves! I think you will be truly surprised.