Monday, December 31, 2007
My name is Amy. I am a friend of Liz's. Today is the day I learned to play the game, "Settlers of Catan", a board game type of deal. It was actually quite enjoyable for a board game... type of thing. I'm not a fan of board game type of things because they take too much attention and many people become too aggressive and change their personalities so it becomes un-enjoyable. However, this was a rather pleasant experience for your's truly. Probably because the people I was playing with were awesome. The famous, Liz and Gina and Kelly. They're pretty cool folks. A few people in the world who help it seem brighter.
Friends; what would this place be without them?
Love, peace and happiness!
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Monday (Christmas Eve)
-Shopping, surprisingly the malls were empty
-Christmas Eve service
-Wrap Gifts/Watch It’s A Wonderful Life
-Open Gifts after Lee-Ann and I woke the parents
-Christmas Dinner with Relatives
-We returned home to play Settlers of Catan
Wednesday (Boxing Day)
-Lee-Ann and I built our gingerbread train
-Mommy and I went to see August Rush
-Drive around looking at lights
-Two more games of Settlers
-Shopping at the Forks
-Visit to the Train Club
-Dad and I had a date to see Beowulf in Imax 3D
-Mom and I went shopping
-Last game of Settlers
-Family supper out
Saturday, December 29, 2007
We loved it. The few times I looked over Lee-Ann was on the edge of her seat delighted in the story. At the intermission I joked with her that it was time to go home and she was very upset that it was over till I let her know that it was only a short break. So she asked if she could get something to eat. We explained that there were only drinks available. To which she responded with this:
“I think I saw a hot dog stand.”She was right, sort of, in the lobby there was a hot dog like cart serving coffee. Thankfully they also sold giant cookies to satisfy a little girl's rumbling tummy. It was a wonderful last night with my family. I am flying home tomorrow at 11am so I am off. Night.
Friday, December 28, 2007
The engine that pulled us.
But it gives you a picture of what the ride was like.
“Christ is Born”
One of the lights displays
Mummy and Me
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
With out a lover I did not recieve the traditional partridge in a pear tree. However my family did bless me with the gifts I had really hoped for and a few very nice surprises. I love my presents but I was more excited watching my family open their gifts, weird how things change.
Once everything was open I went back to bed. Lee-Ann woke me a little later to show me that her wiggly tooth had come out. I think the tooth fairy might be visiting tonight. I am trying not to be jealous but when I was little the tooth fairy skipped out house and yet my sister is in the fairy’s database? Doesn’t seem fair. The rest of the day was spent in phone calls to family, then Christmas dinner with relatives in Winnipeg, and a game of Settlers of Catan (which I was heralded the great benevolent rule…the peasants rejoiced.) Aaron shared this with me:
Monday, December 24, 2007
I love being home with my sister. Sister comments from today:
“I want to follow my sister everywhere…except not in the bathroom.”In the midst of a conversation about the cost of a mission I may possibly be a part of this summer Lee-Ann cut in with,
Lee-Ann: “I’m not giving Zizzy any of my allowence!”
Dad: “Why not Honey?”
Lee-Ann: “It sounds like too much money.”
The flights were good. I got bumped in Toronto which had me thinking nasty words but they were able to put me on the next flight and because of my first flights delays it just gave me enough time to get to the terminal.
I got in an hour later than planned but I was still was able to hug my family tonight. We had a Christmasy Eve of Christmas Eve Feast to celebrate.
Now I am off to bed, my arms are tired after all that flying.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
I arrived in Moncton late this afternoon to see Steph, Ben, and baby Hana. The plan was after supper Steph and I were going to brave the malls for some last minute shopping while Ben and Baby watched "Santa Claus is Coming to Town." I think the movie choice is what got us reminiscing about the Christmas specials we watched as kids. The classics were mentioned like Rudolph and Frosty. Then I tried to describe four shows I vaguely remember watching but didn’t know the names. The first was about elves and they were working in New York. The second a brother and sister move to the North because there mother is a scientist, and I think one is angry and gets lost and discovers Santa’s village, and then for some reason someone is going to find out and they have to help Santa. The third is a with puppets or stop motion and it starts with a counsil of eternal beings deciding if they should make Santa who is near death or dead immortal and they review his life. And the last show memory was of a claymation sining of different Christmas carols. The only parts I remembers was between songs different groups tried to sing the song here we come a wassailing but they always got it wrong like "waffleing" and the camels singing we three kings.
Of those four memories Steph and Ben only knew of the last one. We laughted at the memories and they Steph and I went to out to spend money. While we were out Ben had found the claymation special on youtube:
What are your all time favourite Christmas specials?
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
The story is fantasy. If you don’t like the genre in general you won’t like this one either. There are talking animals and witches and a whole world operating with it’s own rules. Fantasy is normally enough to get Christian groups riled up.
From what I understand the author Phillip Pullman’s trilogy is to Atheism what Narina is to Christianity, which has been like adding gas to a burning fire. Pullman is quoted as saying, "I'm trying to undermine the basis of Christian belief…" in the Washington Post back in 2001, I couldn’t find the original article just many that site it. But Pullman also recently said in an interview on Today, "Well, you know, I always mistrust people who tell us how we should understand something. They know better than we do what the book means or what this means and how we should read it and whether we should read it or not." I found this quote here.
I found a decent review of the movie on Kidology’s site. They also have a forum discussing the movie and whether Christians should see it. What I found refreshing about the article was that it did not tell you not to see the movie, it goes over the plot, gives four areas to be aware of, and three teachable themes with biblical references to enrich a discussion. I also liked that it was written to help pastors, teachers, and parents to engage in those who have seen the movie. The article is good stuff.
Back to the movie. The Magistrate, which I understand in the books symbolizes organized religion or the Catholic Church, is more like a corrupt government. It could be compared to the ruling powers in Animal Farm, Brave New World, or V for Vendetta. They want to dictate what people think and do and stop free will. The heroin and friends set out to discover truth and defend free-will. I didn't mind not liking them. They were evil, but I didn't feel like I as a pastor was being attacked. I hear the anti-church theme was watered down for the movie, that could be the reason the anti theme wasn’t as noticeable.
One of my bigger issues is that it is not a children’s movie. We saw parents taking young ones to see it. The Canadian rating is PG, but I agree more with the PG-13 rating the US gave. The Golden Compass is filled with frightening concepts (Gobblers stealing children in the night), suspenseful moments, violence, and death. Even the lighting was dark and spooky, if I were a child I would be up all night with fear. Not a kid's flick!
So, yes, I did enjoy the story and all the subplots. The characters were introduced and developed well and I became increasingly drawn into the tale. The most frustrating thing was the conclusion. It had that same let down as the end of the Fellowship of the Ring, when you realize the two hours you just watched was really just an introduction. The ending can only mean they plan to make the next two.
Also I got really excited to see the new Narina trailer…May 2008=Prince Caspian!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
These were the angel delegations (and the prophets Moses and Isaiah) at Michael's meeting.
The two angels in this picture are Gabriel and Michael. Michael has the sword.
One of the boys knew the whole musical inside and out. His father told me he would listen to the practice CD every night with his script. There were even a few times they came in to say goodnight and he had fallen asleep with the book open. He was hilarious to watch this morning. Any time some one was lost or forgot their line he would cue them. My favourite moment happened at the end, I was standing in the back of the sanctuary ready to give a cue when I heard one of the guys lean over and whisper to boy "hey what’s my next line." I had to hold in the laughter; for me it was everything a kid’s play should be.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Maybe I am just be overwhelmed after today’s dress rehearsal. There were sound check issues, costume chaos, two really good temper tantrums (I though for sure someone was going to be punched but thankfully only a chair was hit. Poor chair didn’t hurt anyone), and just general pandemonium. I am amazed that we actually finished the two hour practice on time. I am taking comfort in the fact that bad dress rehearsals equal good performances and hope that isn’t just an ol’wives tail.
Christmas Countdown Update:
The annual church board Christmas party on Monday and last night’s youth Christmas party were great. We had the youth party at a game room that just opened up. It had two Wii’s and four Xbox 360’s. The kids (and me) had a blast with Guitar Hero, Wii Sports and a few others. I also learned I am just as bad at Halo 3 and I am at original Halo. We played two teams of team, my team lost 50 kills to 35….I didn’t have a single kill. I hang my head in shame. The only thing that redeemed me was winning Wii Bowling.
The children’s Christmas musical is tomorrow.
5 days till the year’s last youth night
8 days till I am in Winnipeg with my family
10 days to Christmas.
And 2 weeks till Robin's in Japan.
Well, I’ve been at the church for ten hours and it just hit me that all I’ve eaten today are two two-bite cupcakes and a timbit. I think I am going to take my last minute list of to do’s home, eat left over pizza from last night’s party, and hope to sleep some time before tomorrow’s service.
Friday, December 14, 2007
The best part was the T-Rex answering Bowler Hat Guy’s question on why the boy had not been caught, "'Cause I have a big head and little arms, and I'm just not sure how well this plan was thought through. [the pause in which Bowler Hat Guy stares angrily into handheld mind control device. T-Rex give a cute face] Master?"
The storyline was decent and the characters likeable. I give the flick two "little arm" thumbs up. It's a good one to watch over Christmas break.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Other thankful things from this week are:
-unexpected discounts at two different stores on Saturday
-letters in my mail boxes…not just bills
-my friend Amy and Gina
-an upcoming movie date (it’s with Sheri so not a "date" date) we’ve been trying to get together since the summer and our schedules always has us busy when the other is free, but it looks like this Saturday we’re going
-life…I am thankful for my life.
Why do we stop discovering the world in the ways we enjoyed as kids? There are tons of classes and workshops for kids...not as many for adults. My cousins use to go to these cool summer programs, one learned to do magic shows and the other tried claymation. I am jealous of the opportunities and freedom children have to express. There were things that I tried once or twice as a kid that I enjoyed but I was only average (or horrible at) it wouldn’t be profitable to invest in the activity. I miss the freedom to try new things.
As I was picking up thread for prophet costumes I also purchased a meter of stripped fabric I liked. I am going to make something from an original "Liz pattern" (not sure what it is yet but I am excited). I don’t expect to make it on Project Runway but I hope I can rediscover a dormant love. My creative buds are tingling with anticipation…this could be fun or a horrible failure.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Any cat lovers have suggestions how I can keep the felines from jumping up on the counter I would love the advice. I’ve tried splashing them with water but it hasn’t helped. I’m going to try orange peels next.
Monday, December 10, 2007
1 hour till the church board annual Christmas party
4 days till the youth Christmas party
6 days till the children’s Christmas pageant
10 days till the year’s last youth nightand
13 days before I fly to Winnipeg and hug my sister and mommy and daddy.
I am going 'home'. This is truly the most wonderful time of the year.
Sunday, December 09, 2007
You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone…As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.James 2:24 & 26
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Mid-morning I read the final chapter of Sidney Poittier’s Measure of a Man. I was disappointed; I think the reason was I had an impression of what the content would be from reviews and a “Dinner with Sidney Poittier” special on Oprah and it didn’t match the actual book. There were a few parts I enjoyed but overall I was unsatisfied. I’m glad I got it finished because there were more books waiting for me at the library. I currently have the following signed out:
Due Dec 20th
Infidel –Ayaan Hirsi Ali
The God Delusion –Richard Dawkins
Due Dec 29th
A Long Way Gone –Ishmael Beah
God is Not Great –Christopher Hitchens
Due Jan 10th
I Heard that Song
Before –Mary Higgins Clark
Why do all the books on my reading wish list become available at the same time? I am not sure how/if I’ll be able to get all these read before their due dates but at least they waited till after November before coming in. In my favour there are only three chapters left in Captivating and five to go in Disappointed with God. I’ve temporary stopped reading Doug Fields’ Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry (the youth leadership team is going to read it together in the new year). Still there will be much reading in the days ahead.
-I love to write.
-Writing never follows the outline.
-Stories write best when ideas are written out fresh, opposed to shared with friends then trying to recover the momentum of the brilliant idea to capture on paper.
-I will participate in NaNoWriMo again next year.
-Rough drafts are always bad.
-Bathtubs are giant sinks. Jeff passed that advice on to me. Thanks Jeff.
I think I am either going to start revising the story I just finished or start one of my ideas after the Children’s Christmas pageant.
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Now I realize this isn’t for everyone. Scott’s family went to see it last Tuesday. As the credits began he and Sheri both turned to say how cute it was but before they could their youngest boy stood up, let out a huge sigh and said very loudly, “Well, I am glad that is over. That was the longest movie ever.” He wasn’t into the mushy lovely dovely kissing stuff. So be warned it is a modern girlie fairy tale.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Turned out to be a good thing not only did I get caught up on a the cleaning I put off last month, I got half way through Measure of a Man, started a puzzle mom gave me last Christmas, and rearranged my room the plow didn’t get to our road till after 2pm so even if I could have got out of the driveway this morning I wouldn’t have gotten very far.
Inu has recently gotten in the habit of sitting on the back of the couch right behind me. Most of the time he just sits and flicks his tale against my neck, which is annoying but livable. The other day, while writing, his little paw touched the top of my head (no claws) and he ran it down to my neck. He then repeated the action a few more times. I had to shake my head, I was being pet by the pet. I think he was just trying to lull me into a false sense of security because now he waits till I least expect it and pounces on my head –no cool.
Monday, December 03, 2007
I’m not looking for validation or complements but I am wondering how do you deal with “off” days especially in ministry?
Sunday, December 02, 2007
"You think everyone should agree with your perfect knowledge. While knowledge makes us feel important, it’s love that really builds up the church."1 Corinthians 8:1 (NLT)
Bevere was good tonight! The final hour on "the eternal importance of humility, the supreme importance of walking in love, and the immeasurable value of your influence." It was a closer look out our own personal influence. I loved what he said about love and humility.
John shared out of his own life how God gave him freedom for pride. While feeling good about himself after overhearing some say how loving and kind he was God said "You don’t love the people in your church." John was, "yes I do. God didn’t you hear what they say about me." The God explained that it was selfishness masked by niceness. He was saying kind things even if they weren’t true because he was afraid of the confrontation. It was the love of self and the fear of rejection that motivated his words. John then went to the opposite extreme for awhile where he’d "fry Christians" with hard messages with out compassion and love. He finished by saying how God brought spiritual freedom from his selfishness into his life.
Other things that stood out to me were, "If we see people below us, we’ll teat them as such. We will take their needs lightly and we’ll speak down to them…If we value individuals, we’ll seek to build and strengthen their lives out of a heart of compassion and love." His given me a lot to think about and more than that there are a few major areas that God pointed at that he wants to deal with, which was painful and good. These are exciting days.
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Congratulations goes out to Jessica who also reached the 50,000 word count goal. She made some incredible writing leaps the last week making her my NaNoHero. Thanks Jessica for not letting me finish alone.
Friday, November 30, 2007
I have successful finished the NaNoWriMo challenge of writing a novel (of 50,000 words) in 30 days and will never do something so crazy (till next November).
I am now off to celebrate, sleep, do laundry and all the other house work I’ve ignored this month, drink a chai latte and enjoy a slice of cheesecake or…pie (mmm pie), not necessarily in that order.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
-phone calls with my family. Today I had an hour talk with my mom and Tuesday I got to my dad and Lee-Ann, both calls were wonderful
-plane tickets, I’m going to see my family for Christmas!
-friends who listen to me vent late into the night
-lunches with Sheri
-moments when the writing just flows
-TV nights with Amy and Gina, they make me smile
-deadlines, NaNoWriMo is almost over which is stressful right now but very good because I would never complete a story without a deadline
-the anticipation for completing NaNoWriMo and having another chai latte and maybe a slice of cheesecake or….pie. mmmm pie
Wrimo Word Count: 46,725 only 3,275 words left to write.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Only I realized recently that I did make three of my resolutions a reality this year. I have stopped biting my nails, I’ve posted more frequently (in fact I have blogged more this year that the pervious two years combined) and I’ve nearly finished writing a novel. It got me thinking, why wait till the first to make a New Year’s resolution? Why not start the change today? So I’ve decided this week to work on one area of my life. I want to be a better grocery shopper. So my plan is two fold, I am going to keep a food log that tracks the cost of items I buy so I will know what a good deal is and I am going to make weekly menu plans and sick to them.
Wrimo word count: 45,872
I feel like an author tonight and it is not because I am about to post or that my novel is almost done (4000 words to go). No, tonight I feel like an author because of the sweater I am wearing. It’s a brown thick knit sweater with large wooden buttons. The sleeves cover the my palms so all I can see are my fingers as I type and it just gives me the feeling of a writer.
One night about two weeks ago, I was madly writing when I realised that I was able to write without interruptions. Normally when I get into a writing zone Inu and Kima decided that is the best moment to sit on my lap regardless if there is a laptop there or not. But they were no where to be found. Turns out they had gone into the bathroom, batted about the door, it closed and they were trapped. They’ve done this to themselves a few times but I’ve also encouraged them to hide out in there so I could work on the novel.
The downside of their time alone is that they have discovered the shelf that stores the rolls of toilet paper. I had a mess to clean up last night and this evening. I some times wonder why I have cats…then I remember there are no mice in the apartment this fall, which is a very good thing.
Wrimo New: three days left in the nanowrimo challenge and just under 5,000 words to go.
Monday, November 26, 2007
The idea came from Egad! where I get most of my crazy game ideas from. The premise is there is bowling followed by a breakfast cereal pot-luck. Joined together they make a cereal-bowl. I love the cheesy punny event name. To add to the fun I invited anyone willing to wear appropriate pajamas keeping with the morning theme.
The night went really well. Bethany’s Testify team was visiting for the next days service and joined in the bowling fun. Four of the members shared about their relationship with God to close out the night. The night went better than I could of hoped for. Only downside was the first snow had caused bad roads on the mountains keeping a few of the teens away. An added join Gina, Kelly, and Cale came. Yay for bowling fun and yummy sugary goodness!
I have to ministry related questions this week:
1) I am working on the youth Christmas party. We wanted to rent lazer tag gear but the cost is just too much. Any other suggestions of what we could do?
2) I want to make Advent calendars with the children this Sunday but the best Nativity craft I’ve been able to find is from the Latter Day Saints. It is almost exactly what I want. I might try and adapt it but I would prefer something different. Does anyone have a suggestion or a site that might help?
Sunday, November 25, 2007
He did a quick review then began to give areas where grace can be multiplied in our lives. They were giving, prayer, and serving in ministries. Like the past weeks nothing he said was new to me but the topics felt more concentrated. It was one of the best teachings I’ve heard on giving money. I felt challenged but not like he was begging.
The two big take things that hit home to me was when we partner with a ministry by giving, prayer, or serving (even if it is something small that goes unnoticed) we are credited/rewarded for the good they do in Heaven. Made me think of that Ray Boltz song "Thank You". The second thing was that our attitude and motivation also affects our reward. If we do grudgingly it is nothing but cheerful giving is honored and rewarded. I think I need to let the message marinate in my mind a bit longer.
Wrimo Word Count: 41,643
The basic story is a scriptwriter who has been prepaid for a movie script but wasted the months and only has three days to come up with the idea. He hires Hepburn to be his typist to help finish the story. Alex and Emma is very similar, like a modern retelling. Both have their own unique qualities. I wish I could write whole stories in the time periods the writers are give, NaNoWriMo would be done for me.
Wrimo Word Count: 40,190
Friday, November 23, 2007
This is where I am at with the story...only without the mad writing at the end. I sit in front of my computer and my head (and subsequently the story) is goo or maybe a word that rhythms with goo…
I am trying to remind myself this challenge is all about quantity not quality but it’s difficult. Even when I tell my inner editor that this is just a pre-pre rough draft the nagging voice says "give up" but I won’t. At this point I know I am going to finish nanowrimo; I’ve come too far not to. It's just a mystery what the final 15,000 words will be…. maybe drinking Amp will increase my word count, that's what the commercial seems to say.
Wrimo Word Count: 36,293
My goal for today is another 4,000 words
My thoughts are with the other nano writers. We can do this. Don’t give up!
Thursday, November 22, 2007
-pretty year plans that seem to fit
-my vacuum cleaner and a clean living room floor
-my church family
-being rescued when I forget to put gas in my car (Gina you are my hero)
-movie nights and just hanging out friends (Gina, Amy, and Kelly this is you)
-phone calls with friends who live too far away to visit (Steph and Aaron this is you)
-story help (thanks Jeff!)
-and last but not least…I am thankful for my American friends.
Happy (American) Thanksgiving, eat turkey and a slice pumpkin pie for me!
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Stranger: Where’s your hometown?
Liz: I am a Nomad
Stranger: Where is Nomad?
I waited till I was alone before I giggled. The conversation still makes me smile.
Last night the girls and I went to see Mr. Magorium Wonder Emporium. It was fun. It brought out the seven-year-old in me. There was bright colours, magical toys, a world of imagination and they called Jason Bateman "Mutant" because Mr. Magorium misunderstood the term accountant and thought it meant a mutant who counts. There were a few minor things I didn’t care for they can be over looked. Has anyone noticed the not so subtle hints of worldviews in movies?
I added a countdown to the end of nanowrimo on the sidebar yesterday. It makes the pressure seem more real. I get overwhelmed but the challenge still. The goal is still obtainable if I write 2000 words every day till the end of the month. Sounds easy actually doing it will be much more challenging. I haven’t even started writing today’s quota yet. I should get on that.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Hope Farm is finished! And all the children yelled for joy. Yesterday morning we let the 3, 4, and 5 year olds into the room for the first time in five weeks. This little guy stopped and said, “Wow, this place is awesome!” It made me smile.
The video is a clip of the whole room. I suggest muteing the sound because the mic picked up the loud furnace rumbling in the next room. The hum bothers me to listen to. I am not talented enough to make it quiet or put music over it.
One room done…four to go.
Word Count: same as Saturday
Sunday, November 18, 2007
I saw Sheri Horsman as the worship band started to play. She prayed for me and that made all the difference. God showed up and it just happened. I had an intro that connected, I even got a few laughs, there was also a middle and an end. Message in a nutshell: Know the Word – Live the Word. It was all God; I couldn't repreach the message if I wanted to. After the service a few kids came to thank me. The best conversation for me was with this one guy who told me that God used the message to deal with him, only the thing God had done was only a very minor part of the message. I totally know it was a God-think not a me-thing. That makes me happy.
Each month RITV is at a different location. Tonight we met at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Why are Catholic churches so much more beautiful than our sanctuaries? We met in the church’s gym but before the service they let me into the main chapel/sanctuary to pray, read my notes, and deal with pre-service jitters. The room and its imagery blessed me. I love visual forms of worship.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
I’ve discovered reading and writing don’t mix. I returned The God Delusion to the library today. It was three weeks over due and I was only 40 pages into it. I might try to read it again in the new year or some time after nanowrimo is done. The trip to the library also had me signing out A measure of a Man again. I have three weeks to finish it, not sure if it will happen.
In other wrimo news: I went to the Coffee Merchant this afternoon, there is a coffee shop in my story that is surprisingly similar, for my well earned chai latte. It was simply wonderful. I had it with a tastily chicken and cranberry sandwich and even splurged a little and tried their pumpkin-ginger spice cheesecake. It was interesting and for the most part very enjoyable, it almost tasted like Christmas till I got a piece of real ginger that wasn’t chopped fine enough.
Word Count: 28,688
Friday, November 16, 2007
This means I get my chai latter later today when stores open and normal people live. Yay for words and chai lattes. If I had energy I would to a happy dance instead I think I am just going to go collapse on my bed.
The polls are closed with Viridian and Now Till Sunday tied for first, each with eight votes. Not sure which would be better take a second vote or just flipping a coin . Too bad it couldn’t be a game of rock, paper, scissors to finalise the winner.
Out of the two, Viridian or Now Till Sunday, which should be the band's name and why?
Word Count: 25,093
Thursday, November 15, 2007
I am thankful that Matthew found a way to make the ***s work. I know it is just a little thing, but I like reading new posts on friends’ blogs and I like having my blog read. So yay for Matthew, hip hip horray!
I am thankful for Gina and Amy. I love spending Tuesdays and Wednesdays with them.
I am thankful for facebook cause it helps me stay in connect with friends and cool people far away, and I really enjoy the grow plant application.
I am thankful for goals. This writing challenge is very frustrating at times. But I have learned I love writing and I love having a goal to strive for. In fact, if I reach 25,000 before I go to bed tonight I am treating myself to a chai latte tomorrow.
I am thankful for the youth leaders who give their time each week. They come early, stay late, pour into the kids, care about what happens to the group, and they make me look good. They are an amazing team.
I am thankful for my Daddy and Mommy! They are good people!
I am thankful for everyone who has already voted for one of the ten band name nominations. The poll closes tomorrow at 11:59pm (Atlantic Time).
I am thankful for Steph and Jessica who have joined me on the NaNo adventure. They make attempting such a huge task less daungtings. I love you two!
I am thankful for my characters Lina and Lily. They surprise me every few thousand words by saying or doing something I hadn’t expected. And I am thankful for words. I am more thankful for words already written in my story. A story I should get back to.
Current Word Count: 20,304
Words needed before bed to earn a Chai Latte: 4,696
I can appreciate people wanting to group together. It is why cities have "Little Italy" and Christians have their own elementary schools. We humans like being in bubbles with those who are similar to us. It is comfortable, safe and we have the strength and support of a community but isn’t this separate school a real "nobly motivated" segregation? It seems like a step back. Isn’t this the very thing Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. spoke out against? If it was a white group making the suggestion red flags would be raised. Why is this different? Just my first reaction, what do you think?.
NaNo Word Count: 18,227 hoping to be at 21,000 before I got to bed tonight.
I’ve added the poll box above to make it easier to find. If you haven’t voted your favourite band name vote now! The top suggestion at 11:59pm Friday night will be the group’s name in my story.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Inu in the snow:
NaNo Word Count: I haven't started writing yet today but my goal is 4,500 words. I'd like to be at 25,000 at the end of the 15th.
If you haven't selected a band name to be used in the WriMo story cast your vote in the poll below.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
1) The Kingdom of God is not a democracy, it is a kingdom.
2) When we co-operate with God out of obedience that is true humility.
3) God prepared our assigned tasks in advance (Eph 2:10; Ps. 136:16; and Jer. 1:5) The question is will we fulfil what was planned for us?
Beyond the actual subject matter the two best things were: the return of the statement "I just preached myself happy" and second while talking about Joseph having a vision of leadership then being thrown into the pit he said, "and we know what P.I.T. stands for Pastors In Training." It made me laugh.
This is the last chance to make band name suggestions. Tomorrow night’s post will begin the voting.
NaNo Word Count: 13,107 out of a 50,000
Saturday, November 10, 2007
When I left the church at 10:00pm power in town was gone. It was dark everywhere not even street lights, with the exception of Blockbuster which was open and running on generator lights. If there was no power who would rent a movie to watch on the TV that has no power to run it?
I’m still taking band name nominations…just leave a comment with your suggestions. My novel thanks you.
NaNo Word Count: 11,606 of 50,000
Friday, November 09, 2007
The shoreline is coming along, I am satisfied with its development. A few unexpected things have happened, always fun when the author is surprised. I am looking for some reader participation. My character Lina is the lead singer in an indy band and I am at a lost on what to call it. How you can help is make any suggestions. My plan is to take nominations from now till Sunday. On Monday voting will begin based on the suggestion. The one with the most votes will be used in the novel, unless the name is horrid (bookshelf and my little pony are fine names for fish but not for bands). If it matters Lina has short spiky green hair.
NaNo Word Count: 11,046 out of 50,000
Thursday, November 08, 2007
-Visual expressions of worship
-Encounter weekend and the road trip
-Loaned vehicles to drive to amazing youth events
-Children’s ministry workers
-Words coming out
-Friends and writing encouragement
-Getting together with another kid’s pastor to talk and be inspired
Mom, if you read this could you call me tomorrow?
NaNo Word Count: 7,000 of 50,000
The setting is a Christian college campus (they say write what you know) and follows two roommates their freshmen year who are day and night opposites. The roommates are about to met for the first time and I am trying to think up real things that will drive them crazy about the other person. Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas they are willing to share (real or fictional) that I could adapt for my story?
NaNo Word Count: same as yesterday…
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Inu and Kima have been great supporters of my writing ambitions. In the past when I want to type they seem to feel that is the best moment to seek my affection and undivided attention. But the last two nights they have managed to trap themselves in the bathroom. How I think it works they dash into the bathroom when I open the door and follow me in and when exit I leave the door open but I think they hit it thinking it’s a moving toy and it shuts them in. I don’t rush to rescue them because I am enjoying the writing freedom.
NaNo word count is slowly growing: word count 6,438/50,000
Monday, November 05, 2007
That wasn’t my only encounter of the weekend. As cheesy as it sounds I did encounter God at Encounter (or Booster…or boostounter). It was the not having to organize or leading that allowed me to focus my energy on just being in God’s presence. I like that, being with God not just doing for God.
Atlantic was amazing, it was all my group talked about when I asked them what they liked. I loved the visual connections especially of the enormous cross* hanging down from the sanctuary ceiling and the while paper "streamers" being shot over the cross/crowd during worship when "washed whiter than snow was sung." The three speaker thing was neat. I thought all three connected with the students.
Word Count: um...working on that now, currently 4,774 of 50,000.
*I found the picture on Jenn McCann's Facebook.
Sunday, November 04, 2007
The statement that stood out to me was that the believer’s judgment isn’t about where they will spend eternity but how they will spend it. I see that each will be blessed according to how they have lived on earth but with that affect their quality of life too? I might re-watch the lesson later this week when my brain is not thinking about how gloriously sweet sleep is. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s account of boostounter and my crushed ego.
Word Count: 4,315 of 50,000
Saturday, November 03, 2007
I forgot how good this movie is. I am really enjoying it. It is much more enjoyable than writing. This might be one of my top ten favourite movies or at least one of my top chick flicks. Definitely worth owning. There is a part near the beginning about knowing who you are that I think would fit with a talk we’re going to be having in the next few weeks. I’m glad to be right here, right now, with these girls, watching this movie.
Word Count: 4,217/50,000 only 45,783 words to go.
Friday, November 02, 2007
Last night I worked on the story at a local coffee shop, I have become a living cliché. The girl working was very kind; she filled my teacup up with hot water three times helped resolve a character/plot issue. With the problem behind me I should be able to plunk out a few thousand more words.
I’ve added a links list to the other two bloggers I knew participating. Did I miss anyone? If you are just comment and I’ll add you the list and my nano buddies (even though I am not sure how to do that yet).
Word Count: 3270/50,000
Thursday, November 01, 2007
-my Mummy and Daddy. I love when I get phone calls from them. YAY for family!
-Watching TV with friends. YAY for Gina, Amy, and Danielle!
-that November is finally here. I’ve been anticipating the start of NaNoWritMo for weeks and it is here now. I am glad it’s begun even if I am not sure what to say next.
-friends also participating in NaNoWriMo. YAY for friends!
-the coffee shop I am currently sitting in while waiting for further inspiration to hit.
-my laptop. I’ve had it for awhile, it was a gift from my daddy just before my internship in 2004. I am so thankful for it. I use it everyday. Dad, if you read this THANK YOU!!!
-for successful events, last nights Trunk or Treat went better than I expected and all the feedback I have been hearing has been positive. A church member even told me today how our sign advertising the event had triggered a conversation with some quirious about what it was all about. Another girl had told her friends about last night and the friends response was "wow, that is a cool church" YAY for good things happening.
-for left over candy. mmm…chocolate
-everyone who participated in the Trunk or Treat from carving pumpkins to passing out candy especially those who set up or stayed to clean up.
-people, books, and websites that get me excited about ministry and what is happening at our church
-for the opportunity to preach this past Sunday
-the NB Sunday School Conference and that I could participate even if I am from NS, that actually won me a prize.
-Steph and Ben Perry. YAY again for friends!
NaNoWriMo word count: 2703
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Last night we attempted to dye Mollies and my hair blue. It is now the colour of swamp sludge. I am a little worried that one friend didn’t even notice the change in colour.
Just 23 minutes till nanowrimo begins, you can still sign up.
Monday, October 29, 2007
She was amazing. Everything has a place and can easily be found. There were things in the closet I didn’t even know we had like frog costumes, seashells, and a cloth nativity that I thought was lost. She also found boxes and boxes of old Sunday school curriculum, dated lessons, and old clubhouse programs. What do you do with material once it has served it purpose or is out dated?
Heaven is always an interesting subject. I found myself nodding in agreement most times but a few had me tilt my head to the side and think "interesting…" These are a few his interesting or new to me thoughts. (Paraphrased so I might have it wrong; he did have verses to back up his thoughts) In the final battle after the millennial reign there will be those who are neutral. They are not the saints but they are not in torment. They live outside the city after the judgment the saints will rule over them. Another is that saints will be able to travel about in an instance. The last was that in the land outside God’s city it will be possible to look down and see those suffering in torment as a deterrent from rebellion.
After we watch the videos we have a group discussion time, with Scott away I facilitated the questions. We had a guest visiting the study for the first time. She mentioned that she was confused by the fact that we could see the suffering and said that she was under the impression that Jesus’ death was for the salvation from everyone why was he sending people to hell. We asked her question which lead to more questions. After I closed in prayer a few woman gathered with the guest to talk with her some more. They came over twenty minutes later to tell me she had excepted Christ into her life.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
I love kid’s ministry and connecting with others but the draw to this conference was Doug Horley. He lead worship. I was introduced to his CD, Whoopah Wahey! while at Bethany. I am so glad I went. Everything was...whoopah wahey, and I got close to Jesus. Only downside: I can’t get the Okey Dokey song out of my head.
Friday, October 26, 2007
10 Wonderful things about Liz
1. she's so sweet she doesn't think there should be "10 wonderful things about Liz" on her own blog.
2. She as driven 6 hours on three different occasions to come see me.
3. She's beautiful.
4. She knows how to laugh and have fun in any circumstance.
5. She reads intersting books.
6. She knows how to listen and respond.
7. She's more creative in discussions than just saying "that's stupid and you're wrong".
8. She happily changed a wet diaper for me, even tho she had never used cloth diapers.
9. She tells people wonderful things because she really loves them and means what she says.
10. She's letting me blog this anyway.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
-My church family that appreciates me
-Pastor Scott and his family
-For the youth groups parents
-My AMAZING youth leaders
-That I am seeing Steph tomorrow
-Old movies, I watched "Paris When It Sizzles" last night. It was very enjoyable
-A clean apartment, even if I am the one who has to clean it
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
October 31st is just a week away (eight days till the start of nanowrimo). The church is hosting it’s first ever trunk or treat Halloween night as a "safe fun alternative to traditional festivities". I am really excited but at the same time really nervous it is going to flop. There is still so much to prepare and I am not sure we have enough people signed up to help and there are a few programming issues. I’m also looking for some fun site/carnival game ideas…any suggestions?
This has been an on going issue the last few weeks. I sit down to blog and they suddenly want to be affectionate and the only suitable place to sit is on the keyboard. This affectivity blocks my sight of the screen and the ability to type. Then they try make up for it by be all cute and loving -rubbing my cheek and licking my nose. If I put the computer down to pet them the jump off till I pick it up again to try and type. It’s been frustration but I never expected it to get worst.
I was wrong. Inu managed to pulled out the cable connecting me to the internet. Not once but twice, with a few failed attempts. He is now hiding in the other room because the last attempted gave him a squirt of water in the face.
In unrelated news, this is bowl of stew(art)’s 300th post, maybe that's why the cats are jealous.
Monday, October 22, 2007
This morning I overslept, it was a case of last night thinking I was turning on the alarm while I was actually turning it off. It made getting out the door looking presentable a hectic task. And then I remembered the youth were coming to my house after church and nothing was ready, there were dishes in the sink, the litter box wasn’t changed because the store I buy litter from closed early last night, there was nothing to feed the youth because the same store closed early last night, and the cats had knocked over a plant while I was sleeping. How was everything going to get done? There were tears and prayer followed by almost tears and desperate pleas to God. Even when I made it to the church and wonderful people were helping set up I felt like I was behind and messing up. Everything in my head kept rushing around causing traffic jams of thoughts. The thinking dug up the inadequacy I felt Thursday night and built on it. The end result was doubt and frustration. Seemed the day couldn’t get any worst….
…and it didn’t. Somewhere from the moment I told God I can’t do this to the start of the service everything changed or at least things in my head did and if that was all that change it was enough. The day was good. And this is when the unexpected surprise came in. It’s Pastor Appreciation Sunday, which is connected with Pastor Appreciation Month. I had expected a finger food type fellowship after the service and maybe a card. I was surprised. Speechless. Wow. The congregation had given gift baskets to Scott’s family and me. Shari (Sr. Pastor’s wife) and I both were given a dozen roses…I got roses. Beautiful pink ROSES! And the best was the cards of encouragement from the church family included in the gift. I counted 22 cards. In a week when I was discouraged God provided away to be pulled out of it. It was not the day I expected.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Tonight I have a place to sleep, food to eat, friends to visit with, a job I love. The things I forget to notice matter the most. Today I am thankful that God is in my life. Everything good comes from him.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
This is your imagination. I know work, school, and general craziness have been keeping us apart lately. But there's something we need to do together this November. It's called National Novel Writing Month. For it, we'll bash out a
50,000-word novel, from scratch, in 30 days.
You and me. Writing a book. Together. I need you to sign us up. Because I don't have any arms.
Anyone else interested in signing up? Just fourteen days till the mad writing begins. I have a vague forming of a characters, crisis, and plot. I hope the details don’t get lost before I am officially allowed to start writing
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
In other ministry news, a local artist began painting our preschool classroom. The murals are the finishing touches too a project we started in January. I loved the storybook sketches Moni showed me I can’t wait till the walls are done.
Moni at work
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Hour Three was on those who have been deceived. They believe that they are going to heaven, but are found amongst those that Jesus says, "away from me, I never knew you." Much was said, it is a 45 minute video, different reasons were given. He came down hard on seeker-sensitive churches for making it too easy to join the "born-again-club" and not explaining the call of Christ to come die and take up your cross. Hour Four Bevere walked through Scriptures warning that believers can lose their salvation.
During both I remember thinking "good word, good word" but none of those instances stand out right now. After the second video a lady I was talking to said, "He’s saying the things I think better than I can." I agree, nothing he is saying is new, but it is all concentrated with an eternal focus. It’s like I’ve been looking at an art book full of studies, a snip it here or a section there, but here’s a large picture. The subject tonight rubbed a few people the wrong way, the discussion time was good. I am glad we are doing this as a church. I am now off to bed in hopes that my gray matter with but less goo like tomorrow, I leave you with the passage that stood out and encouraged me the most tonight:
To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.Jude 24-25
How the hunt worked: Each team was given a bag with a mascot (I love the dollar store), a disposable camera, game instructions and rules, and a list of 50 items to photograph; they could double up items they wanted. Thank you to everyone who gave suggests, it made the list of 50 possible! They then dropped off the cameras for one hour photo developing and I picked up after the event. I couldn’t wait so I took a peek right in the store. Hilarious, the teams did wonderful. I earned a few weird looks due to my great laughter.
Some of the fun things gathered that got me giggling:
-helping an old lady cross the street
-rolling down a hill
-eating ice cream
-a pink car
-dinosaur eggs…the group that got this went to a grocery store and took a picture of a box with cartoon dinosaur eggs
My favourite picture was the whole team in the library with their frog mascot and a librarian holding 26 books, each of the books starting with a different letter. I’ll be announcing the winner in church today. The winning team claims bragging rights, heralded as mayor of Catan…wait wrong game, and earns the golden elephant (an elephant figure glued to a upside down plant pot painted gold. I love the dollar store). Happy Days!
Friday, October 12, 2007
Everyone’s scavenger hunt suggestions. If you have an idea to add please leave a comment
Those who are willing and able to do the things I am weak at like budgets and accounting
Encouragement from unexpected places
Long talks and phone calls from family
Thursday, October 11, 2007
I’m struggling to come up with a picture list. If you have any suggestions funny, practical, impossible, out of this world, or realistic that could make for interesting pictures or interesting adventures trying to take the picture please leave a comment. Thank you.