Thursday, December 07, 2006

Update of the month

It's been way to long since my last post...almost a month! So much good has happened since then! Thanksgiving was a treat...Luke and Kendra were with us and then I had 2 1/2 days off because of snow the week after...and to top it off Malia was here visiting! I got to spend some quality time with her and other friends and now I am back in to the 10 hour school days! aaghh! Lucky for me...only 6 more school days until Christmas break! I'm lovin' this new schedule! The long hours of teaching pay off when I get to the breaks!
So...yesterday at chapel a pastor came and spoke to us about his ministry in Nigeria. It was absolutely phenomenal! I guess that in Nigeria, there is an extremely high incidence of paralytic polio. He showed a video of so many disable men, women, and children walking around on their hands and crippled legs...they looked like primates...their bodies had adapted to their disability and their backs curved down and they wobbled from side to was truly devastating. They are outcasts in society, the children aren't sent to school, and they are never higher than anyone's waist. Can you imagine what it would be like to live life on that level? How degrading, frustrating, and humiliating would that be!? One of them had to pick up her leg in order to scoot along on her bottom in order to move....seriously. The first thing that went through my head was why don't they have access to the polio vaccine? that is a whole other story that I don't have enough info on yet. However, this pastor has a ministry where he makes these modified wheelchairs that are tough enough for the roads and terrain there. They have 3 bicycle wheels and they pedal the chair with their's truly amazing to see the difference it makes! Today they have made over 1200 chairs for the disabled of Nigeria...given them a new perspective on life and hope for a better life, for education, and dignity. I started to presentation really moved me...maybe I should look into a career in public health...specifically international public health, but then...last week I wanted to open my own really who knows where God will lead me next...just as long as he leads and not me, it'll be okay.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

A few verses that fit my title theme...

The question...
"Canst thou by searching find out God?" Job 11:7

The answer...
Ye shall seek me and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. Jer. 29:13

Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6

Search the Scriptures...they are they which testify of me. John 5:39
…my second entry…so I figured if I am going to email my family and friends about my new online journal I better put something of substance on it for them to read! So I figured I would recap the past year…so since I graduated in December, I’ve been staying busing…traveling to Spain to visit the Basque exchange students I met the previous summer, flying out to visit my grandma and family in South Dakota, and vacationing in Mexico with a couple of my roommates (finally getting in a good surf lesson!), oh and then I went to Malibu with my young life girls!...and with all of this travel I had to work…and so I continued to nanny and help out at the salon more full time! It was pretty fun and relaxing taking some time off away from school and cautiously looking to the future.
As most of you know I have always had this dream…or maybe fear?...of wanting to become a doctor…and so I started the process of trying to get into medical school…not really knowing when and if it will ever work out. I studied over the summer for the MCAT (admission exam) and had been anxiously awaiting the results…because of course…depending on how I performed…I would then know whether or not medical school was for me! But now, I have gotten my results back…and I still don’t know if that is where I’m supposed to be…not because of my test results, but because so much has happened in the past few months and I feel as though I am more confused than ever! God has led me into a new and exhilarating experience away from the field of medicine…teaching! It really shouldn’t be a surprise…my dad is a teacher and my mom works in a school library…even though I was trying to stay away from that profession, God had other plans!
After much frustration from trying to find a job that utilized my biology degree and help me gain experience in the medical field…I was on the verge of a breakdown…(thinking I would be a receptionist my whole life…no offense cristy!) and then the Lord responded. I got an email from Kendra saying that her school was looking for a physiology teacher and was that what I studied in college and would I be interested in the position? As I read the email a spark ignited deep inside my soul and I was instantly excited about this unique opportunity! So I called Kendra…and she talked to a few people…next thing I know I’m talking to the Dean of Students on the phone and setting up a time to meet the following week! In less than 7 days I found out about the job, interviewed, and was offered the position! And here I had been…frustrated for months…searching for the perfect job…and what happens, it just falls into place, as a testimony to the Lord’s faithfulness and perfect timing. His ways are so much higher than mine!
So now I am into my second month as a high school teacher and am tired and exhausted physically…but haven’t felt so refreshed and at peace and energized with my life’s work as I do now…I have been so blessed with this opportunity and am thankful everyday with where the Lord has placed me…now if only I could figure out what to do with my medical school ambitions! well...the entry was more on the serious side…but hopefully you’ll continue to check in occasionally…I would love to hear from you!

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

A few pics

Summer at the Hood Canal

The Girls in Malibu

The Graduate!

Finding the way...

So...I think that hard part of the blog is over...creating the title. However, I hope that I can change it later down the road? So tonight after reading my friend malia's blog I decided that I needed one for I can share my life with others and have a place to organize my thoughts!
There is the way I live my life now...and the way I desire to live...I don't know if I will ever perfect my life to the point that I have no regrets or failures, but I will continue to persevere and practice living the fullest life possible. I know that I have a's being written moment by moment and my one desire is that its story line would reflect the love and character of Christ. When I live my life with the eternal perspective that there is a creator, a beginning, an end, eternal life, and one true way...I am encouraged and strengthed to live for my God all the days of my life.


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