Monday, April 21, 2008

Submitting

Last night was the areas monthly youth service “Rally in the Valley”. When I arrived I asked my friend if there was anything she needed help with before we began. She did. Someone needed to make an announcement about mature subject matter before a version on the following skit was presented:

I didn’t want the job. In essences I was the TV announcement saying “viewer discretion is advised”. I thought it was unnecessary and dumb. This was a youth rally full of youth who lived with these themes and topics all the time. Warning them seemed silly to me. I tried to reason my way out of the task…it didn’t work. So I made the announcement, rather awkwardly because I still thought it was silly.

After the skit I watched a woman, who I assume was a mother, escort two young girls (maybe 7 or 8) back into the service. It was in that moment I no longer thought the announcement was dumb. I actually was glad someone had thought about the younger audience.

I’m not always right. Sometimes it’s not an issue of “right” or “wrong”. Sometimes it not even an issue of who had the better idea. A leadership theme I’ve heard taught is unity with leadership in the face of disagreement. Today the concept is no longer theory. Sometimes we just need to let go and submit.

And to you who reads this and made the call to have the “dumb” announcement –Good Call!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Friday's Five

1. What song frequently gets stuck in your head?
Share the Well by Caedmon's Call or one of the kid's songs from Sunday morning
2. Choose one line from a song that sums up your life thus far.
Not really such but at the moment I think maybe:
“Now I live and I breathefor an audience of one, 'cause Iknow this journey is my own”
-Sara Groves, This Journey Is My Own
3. Do you have one all-time favorite song (if so, what is it?) or do you skip around?
I skip around, right now the three CDs I’m listening to the most are:

Share the Well -Caedmon's Call
Conversations -Sara Groves
Without Condition -Ginny Owens
4. How do you listen to music most often (pod, radio, etc)?
CD
5. American Idol: fantastic show or overrated?
It’s okay, I’ve followed some seasons and others not so much.
What are you five answer to these musical questions?

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Thankful Thursday

I am thankful for my (early) birthday present. It came today.

It's pink and perfect.
My Dad is wonderful and knows me well.

Monday, April 14, 2008

The Tale of a Lost Key

This story begins with a silly choice. Earlier this evening I drove into Kentville to run a trail one of the girls in the running group had told me about. It was my first time on the trail and I found it very enjoyable, the ground was level and pleasant and there were a few families, dog walkers, and other people out for a stroll.

Before I began I decided to take my car key off the ring and hid the remaining keys, my cell and purse under a coat and locked the car. My thought was that it would be easier to run with one key and I would be less likely to drop or lose a single key -I was wrong.

I didn’t notice my mistake till 1.5 km later at the end of the trail. I walked back slowly searching and asking any one if they had seen it. No one had. I prayed as I walked and just assumed with each bend that I would find it around the next turn. When I reached my car with out success began to feel just a little frantic. I had no real choice but to walk back over the trail a second time. My prayers were now out of desperation and the only thing that kept me somewhat calm and fearless. It was through the conversation that I thought out my options if the key wasn’t found. It is an odd thing to be in a place of turmoil and peace in the same moment. It was a all an huge oxymoron. I was fine and I wasn’t fine. I realized it wasn’t that big of a deal but at the same time it was. I knew everything would work out…but would it really?

On this last walk through one of the dog walkers I stopped to ask about the key offered to meet me at the other end of the trail and drive me if that would help. He said if I wasn’t there he would assume I had found it and that he had a daughter my age (I am sure he guessed my age wrong, most people do) and would hope someone would help her. The offer was kind but it also had me worried. I didn’t know the man and who knew what could happen. This just added to my prayers. The trail ends in downtown Kentville, the man wasn’t there. I guess I took too long walking…I was relieved.

I walked to the library which I knew was open on Mondays. Sadly they closed at 5pm and it was close to 8pm. I almost went to the funeral home, where a member of the church worked (I just called there place and learned that I should have) but I was afraid of crashing a wake in my bright orange running pants (there was no wake). So I chose the local Tim Hortons, and called the only number I knew by heart…and had to leave a message on the machine. The funny thing about this is the father of the family I had just called was working at the funeral home I was afraid of visiting. I left a message.

As I thought of who to call next, someone from my church who was at Tim’s asked if I was okay. I told him and his friends my tale of the lost key. None of them had a car but one let me use their cell phone and they bought me a tea. I called Danielle who came to my rescue, drove me home, helped me break into my house (which is the second time in two weeks), and drove me back to my car.

The story has a happy ending: When we got back to my car another car waiting. One of the families I had past had found the key. They had looked for me but when they couldn’t find me they had dropped it off at the police stations. They had just come back to leave a note for me on my car. What was lost is now found…and I will pick it up tomorrow.

Life Lesson: When running where a single key on a string around ones neck. I know for next time.

Visit Sunday Scribbles for more stories from those who probably showed greater amounts of fearlessness.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

No Pain, No Gain?

I hurt...

...and I have no one to blame for the discomfort but myself. It is causing me to re-working my theology of Hell…eternal punishment will involve running long, long distances.

I joined a running group. Saturdays at 9am we meet and run. Then through out the week there is runner’s homework. They have given us a schedule of how many times we need to run on our own and how far we should run. I only got two finished of three distances last week and I felt it today going up a hill.

I enjoy running, I do, I enjoy running. The joy doesn’t come till after the run is over and my whole body celebrates. The whole thing makes me question own my sanity. I found this poster on Despair, Inc. it sums up my thoughts at the 2km point this morning.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Friday's Five

1. When were you born?
12:01 April 26th
2. What's your favorite photograph?
Not sure if I have a “favourite” picture. There are two I posted of Lee-Ann and me, this awesome black and white of Lee-Ann and Dad walking on a beach when she was still little, and shots with friends and good memories…I like pictures.
3. What's the longest distance you've run?
6 km
4. What is familiar?
My routines and habits
5. What do you count on?
I count lots of things, so things I don’t even realize I count on till they don’t live up to my expectations. I count on my car starting when I turn the key, and lights going on when I flip the switch. I count on Gina to rescue me when I run out of gas (it’s only happened twice but she’s come both times). I count on spring following winter and summer following spring.

I count on God, too.

How would you answer these five questions?

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Thankful Thursday

I am thankful for my youth group.

Tonight one of they guys was telling me how things are going between him and God. It blessed me.

I am thankful.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Cat Tales

I think Inu is having an identity crisis. Maybe it is because his name means “dog” is Japanese he has begun to chase his tale.

A few weeks ago I was filling the tub when he decided that the tub’s ledge was the best possible place to tale chase. I laughed at him and told him he was going to fall. After three frantic turns he tumbled onto the bathroom floor, shook his hind leg as if he had planned to fall, and sauntered off like nothing happened.

The next night I was reflecting on Inu’s fall as I filled the tub again. My conclusion was that it would have been a better story if he had fallen in water. As I was thinking, Inu jumped up on the ledge and begun spinning around intent on capturing his tale again. It was if he wanted the better story because seconds later there was a very loud splash. It must not be much of an identity crisis; he still has a cat’s hate of water. A streak of wet fur flew out of the bathroom at record speed and didn’t return the rest of the night.

He hasn’t completely learned…he’s fallen the tub by chasing his tail twice since that night.

Monday, April 07, 2008

"The Photograph"

These are two of my favourite “sister and me” photographs:

Giggles and Smiles Over a Cup of Tea


An Afternoon with a Princess



Both pictures were taken last year during our family wish trip to DisneyWorld. I posted about the trip here, here, and here.

Visit Sunday Scribbles for more photos and thoughts.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

One of Those Days

I don't know where my head was at yesterday. Kelly things I'm burnt out. It started beautifully. I woke early, enjoyed breakfast, had my devotions, and took part in the first day of a running group’s “running for beginners” program. Today I’m questioning if the run was actually a good thing. Since I woke I’ve been discovering sore muscles I never knew I had. That aside that yesterday had a good beginning.

I knew the rest of the day was going to be full day. At 7pm I had organized a games night for the young adults (which was at Gina’s house) and I needed to finish preparing for Sunday. We started a new tropical themed curriculum adding regular Sunday preparations. Nothing seemed ready. There were supplies to pick up, decorations to set up, and all those things you don't remember till the last minute. With so much to do I made a detailed list of everything that needed to be done or bought and when it would happen. Nothing went according to plan.

-I arrived at the first store realized I had left my purse at home. I had to drove home before anything else could happen.

-Next stop: The Dollar Store. I was already rung through when I discovered the cash I had specifically taken out to go to the dollar store was…at home. I found a cash machine, stood in line again, and waited as all the items were rung in again.

-Leaving the store I looked for my cell phone to call the girls who were going to help me tropa-fy our room. The cell phone was at home…grrr.

-I made the calls from the church and everything was fine for awhile. Gina came and was a huge help. All the preparations went smoothly; they just took longer than expected. We didn’t leave till 6:30pm.

-I dropped Gina and Kelly off at 7pm (people were waiting). Dashed to the store, picked up munchies (thought I got everything but learned this morning that I forgot juice for snack time -oops!) made it home.

-Ran in, grabbed a different coat and Settlers of Catan. Ran back to the car and looked for my keys. Realized the keys were in the coat I had just switched.

-I broke into my apartment. Grabbed the keys. Ran back to the car.

-Realized I had left some of the food in the fridge. Went back to house two more times before I was satisfied I had everything.

Arrived at games night 45 minutes late which everyone forgave and had a good night. I believe the clich√©; if my head wasn’t attached to my body I would have lost it yesterday.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Friday's Five

1. What have you sold?
-pizza
2. What do you want to change?
-myself
3. What does your answering machine / voice mail message say?
-it’s one of generic messages all I said was my name
4. Where did you go to school?
-which one, there were a lot.
5. Friday fill-in:
If you'd like to reach me try facebook.
What are your answers?

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Thankful Thursday

I am thankful for...

...Bananagrams...

and leaders...

and the that it is getting warmer out...

and I am excited to go see Grease at Horton Highschool tomorrow night.

It's been an awesome week.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Last Post -Ever!

I’m leaving bloggerdom!

Trying to blog since the lost of my laptop has been frustrating. When I have a thought or the motivation to write I’m not able to post and the few moments I set aside before or after work hours doesn’t give me enough to write anything creative. So I am done!

Okay this might be the best place to say “April Fools” I am not leaving bloggerdom (today). The frustration is real and I have thought about just throwing in the towel. The problem with that solution is that I miss writing and posting daily. So, I am going to use April as a trial period. I've bought a notebook to write my thoughts out at home and I'll coming in to work an hour earlier to post. We’ll see how the month goes, if I’m still unsatisfied this might be the end of the bowl of stew(art). Anyways…
Happy April Fools Day!