30 December 2007


Finally, the long awaited answers...

1. The sun is hot and that old clock is movin' slow, and so am I. The workday passes like molasses in wintertime, but it's July. (Five O'Clock Somewhere - Alan Jackson/Jimmy Buffet)

2. Any man of mine better be proud of me, even when I'm ugly he still better love me. I can be late for a date that's fine, but he'd better be on time. (Any Man of Mine, Shania Twain)

3. All my bags are packed and ready to go, I'm standing here outside your door. I hate to wake you up to say goodbye. (Leaving on a Jet Plane - multiple artists)

4. When you're in your little room and you're working on something good. But if it's something good you're gonna need a bigger room. n (Little Room - The White Stripes)

5. Maybe it was the moonlight, the scent of you on the breeze. Maybe it was your shadow fell over me. Such a beautiful stranger... (My Heart is Lost to You - Brooks & Dunn)

6. Coke bottle glasses, I'm sitting in the corner with my finger up my nose....another day of sch0ol with my friends. (Suckerpunch - Five Iron Frenzy)

7. He said I was in my early 40s, with a lot of life before me, and a moment came and stopped me on a dime. I spent the next days look at the x-rays... (Live Like you were dyin' - Tim McGraw)

8. When I was born, they looked at me and said, what a good boy, what a smart boy, what a strong boy. (What a Good Boy - Bare Naked Ladies)

9. Sometimes, some crimes, go slippin through the cracks. But these two gumshoes are pickin up the slack. (Chip & Dale, Rescue Rangers - Disney Afternoon)

10. Yeah we're comin' to your city. Gonna play our guitars and sing you a country song. (Comin' to your City- Big & Rich)

11. She's gonna break soon, gonna break soon, gonna break soon. So many problems in her life, it really comes as no surprise. (She's gonna break soon - Less Than Jake)

12. No, no, no, no, don't phunk with my heart. I wonder if I take you home, would you still be in love? (Don't Phunk with my Heart - Black Eyed Peas)

13. I play chicken with the train, play chicken with the train. (Chicken with the Train - Cowboy Troy)

14. I was working in the lab late one night when my eyes beheld an eerie sight when the monster from my slab began to rise, and suddenly before my eyes... (Dr. Demento - Monster Mash)

15. They think we're nothin, are we nothing? No! They think they've got us, do they got us, no! Even though we ain't got hats and badges we're a union just by sayin' so... (The World Will Know - Newsies!)

16. Goodnight my angel time to close your eyes and save these questions for another day. I think I know what you've been asking me, I think you know what I've been trying to say. (Lullaby - Billy Joel)


27 December 2007

Merry 2 days after Christmas

Hello my friends...

A very merry 2 days after Christmas and not quite New Year's wish to all of you.

I hope your Christmas was great or is going well! Mine was quite lovely - I managed to get home, hang out with family, see some good friends, eat much too much food, and hear Pastor Herm preach twice!

Things are pretty much back to normal over here - I'm back to work again, which was a little rough after having 4 days off, but it's not going too badly :) I got a new camera for Christmas, so you'll be seeing some fun pictures up here when I get the chance to take them off my computer!

Best wishes to you!

05 December 2007

try this...

You might surprise yourself... check out this quiz that the Washington Post put together about republican and democratic presidential candidates and their answers to 25 different questions.

Note: When you choose how "important" an issue is to you, you are choosing the number of points that you attribute to the unknown candidate. If no answers work for you, pick any answer and just say "not important."

Check it out!

04 December 2007

life is good

Finally, pictures from Thanksgiving! A fun picture at the Parthenon...

And bowling fun for 99 cents a lane!
Other than that, life moves on. I'm working a lot, but I enjoy my job so it's all good.

We're getting our 5th roommate this weekend. She's nice, so I'm excited to see how things work out. It will be an adjustment, but I think a good one.

I was thinking the other day... do you ever buy things on sale just because they are on sale? I have a pair of jeans that I bought on sale that I never really wear. I think I may have bought them, not even needed jeans, for the sole fact that they were so cheap. Anyone else do that? Anyone else do that with things other than clothes?

26 November 2007

vacation in a list.

a list of all things good this weekend, in no particular order:

- good friends and laughter
- falling asleep during Hairspray, which turned out to be a wise choice
- being named Boggle Queen
- Mall Madness!
- hanging out with someone's family and not feeling awkward
- scads of wonderfully fun and hilarious photos
- a pause to watch one YouTube video turns into watching YouTube for 2 hours.
- videos like these: Love Song ; Llama ; Miss South Carolina ; and The iRack
- depriving myself of sleep for the mere purpose of spending more time with people
- meeting Kelly Pickler
- falling into our friendships like we'd never been apart
- 99 cent bowling!

There are so many more things to list, but there's just no time or space. It was great. Even being sleep deprived is worth it. Tonight I sleep scads to make up for it, and back to work again tomorrow!

20 November 2007

I reign victoriously.

That's right. I win. Finally. With a little help.

Internet is here! We finally have internet at our house, wirelessly nonetheless. As of 9:45pm tonight, I can now check-a my e-mail, post-a on my blog, and have-a smile! So, you can e-mail me in the hoardes. Comment frivolously. I shall be here to read, respond, and recycle!

In other news... I've changed positions at my job. I will now be working in the clinic as the receptionist/office manager. Things changed because of some other employee-related things, but it's all good on my end, because now I have the job that I originally applied for, plus I understand my boss better, so I think it's great. Plus, I don't have to dress up for work anymore - I have scrubs to wear! Hooray! No more dressy clothes that eat my money fund!

So, all is good over here. How are you?

12 November 2007

i know, it's been forever.

I'm sorry I haven't posted in forever.
We still don't have internet at our house, and the latest guess is sometime between Nov/Dec-ish. Who knows.

I spent the weekend in Sheboygan with Sarah and Rosh. It was fantastick.

hanging out, getting good pictures together!

Matthias was as cute as could be!

It was a great weekend and nice getaway. Hope you're doing well.

27 October 2007

Not just any place...

Well, friends, I sit in the coffee shop for what may just be the last time to pilfer internet.

That's right, we have promise of internet next week. We got the official flyer in the mail this week and they say they can get it going for us. 2 months later, it's finally going to happen! I am feeling much excitement, and quite thusly enjoy talking in such manner.

And, I'm going to a Halloween Parade today. And not just any parade...a parade in the Halloween Capital of the World.

That's right. Maybe they're self-proclaimed like LeMars and their ice cream, but it's quite exciting to be going. Although, it's a tad chilly out, so that is not the highlight of the day, but I'm quite excited for the parade. Apparently they throw out free candy. Hoorah.

Well, then, I shall go and get groceries before going to the parade in...where was that? Oh, yes...the Halloween Capital of the World.

11 October 2007

let's see how far we've come.

friends, it's been over 5 weeks since I moved to my home in Minneapolis.

I have something monumental to share with you:

I have plans this weekend!

That's right. I am hanging out with some friends this weekend (no, they're not my roommates) as well as spending some time volunteering.

I'm so excited, as you can probably tell. I've not been very proactive, but a new potential friend took the initiative, called me up, and said, "Come hang out."

So, it's all working out in its own time. I'm so happy now, plus I have tomorrow off of work :)

Have a great weekend!!

05 October 2007


That's how many phone calls we have to make yesterday and today.

I'm writing this because I'm taking a much needed morning break. Yesterday I probably called over 180 doctors, some of whom I had to call back.

Today will mark 40 hours of work this week. Lucky me, I'm working this weekend, too.

At least I get Monday off. And probably more time off because I'll work more than 8 hours this weekend.

I hope you're all doing well. While I may be making many phone calls, I do have a job and I'm not making phone calls 40 hours a week for the rest of my life. Because then I would quit.

I really do hope you're doing well. What is new with you?

23 September 2007


Good/God things are happening:

- I've been at my job for 10 official work days.
- Volunteers came and painted at our house yesterday...goodbye aqua stairs!
- I found a church I enjoy
- I've met people at church and played dutch bingo...of course they're either from or know people from NW Iowa!
- All of my stuff is finally unpacked and "in its place" in my bedroom. I'm really happy with how my desk looks.

Now all we need is internet at our place and we'll be golden. They say it will probably be another 2-3 weeks. Sigh. It will be worth all the money we save, though.

God is good. Good is God.

16 September 2007

i live in the midwest....

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Midland

"You have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you don't have an accent." You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

The Inland North
North Central
The West
The South
The Northeast
What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

11 September 2007

....por fin.

Well folks, this is the blog post you've all been waiting for:

I have a job!

I was called in for an interview today with an office that does MRI Imaging - I faxed them my resume almost a month ago, so I had actually forgotten about them... Anyway, the interview was this afternoon and after a long and somewhat random interview, I was offered the job, full time, in the wage range I was looking for!

So, I'll be the assistant (mostly administrative?) to the owner of the office, starting tomorrow morning at 10am! I'm sure I'll have more details later, but for now I'm just super excited to finally have employment!

04 September 2007


A change to my post...

Here is my bedroom...
I'm currently spending plenty of time in coffee shops, trying to get internet access and look for jobs. The church job didn't pan out, they chose someone else... so now I'm applying for temp jobs and coffee jobs and hoping that something will turn up. Life marches on, my friends.

Click on the picture for more pictures. Not all are very good, but some are!

28 August 2007

Go Meat!

If any of you know the song "Boom Chicka Boom," this commercial will surely make you laugh! Also check out the other ones at the end...they're all wonderful (except for the remakes...)

27 August 2007

important information.

-I have a job interview tomorrow...
-I move on Saturday...

Crazy week!

20 August 2007

bits & pieces

thoughts running through my head...

- the house is official!
- I move in 11 days!
- I have things all over the basement. It looks like an earthquake hit, boxing up some things but not others.
- I worked 40 hours last week. Hopefully 20 this week.
- There are so many people to see before I leave. Are you included? Have I not had coffee or hung out with you yet?
- Is this all real, or is it a dream?
- I've submitted 10 resumes last week, 5 this week. Will something turn into something?

That's all I've got! My head is pure randomness, and I always seem to keep busy in some manner or another!

11 August 2007

my house.

Well friends, here's the house I'll probably be living in in Minneapolis! It's kind of hard to get an idea without seeing the inside, but you get the idea...we'd be living in the 2nd and 3rd floors!

06 August 2007


Well, I'm home now for about three to four weeks.

I wasn't sure if I'd have enough to do, but it seems that between unpacking, repacking, patched together work hours, job searching, and errand-running, there's more than plenty to do. Good. I feel useful then.

Know anyone in Minneapolis who would have good job search advice or be willing to let me know when they hear of something good coming up? Let me know...I'm looking!

29 July 2007

i am...

also...Ruby Garcia is the winner!

22 July 2007


A new car! This weekend I bought myself (with help from my parents, of course) a maroon 2002 Honda Civic, pictured below.

But I need your help, my friends. What will I name my car? Take a vote, post your opinion - choose one listed below or suggest a new one...

1. Ruby Robinson
2. Ruby Tuesday
3. Ruby Garcia
4. Matty the Magnificent
5. Razmatazz
6. Zoe

17 July 2007

it's all over.

the job has been given to someone else.

but i'll be going to minneapolis anyway, that's where God is calling me.

the job search continues.

08 July 2007

the waiting game.

i had my interview on Friday. i find out this week hopefully soon. i don't want to talk about how it went anymore. it was in spanish. the end.

02 July 2007


Well, my calendar says that it's July 2nd already. It's hard to believe. I feel like May and June were such a blur, but here July is, ready to go. I think I'm ready for it to go, too.

I have an interview in Minneapolis this week, on Friday. It's a second round interview. I'm excited and nervous all at the same time, but it's kind of amazing that I've made it to the second round of something. So I'll be going there at the end of this week!

23 June 2007

alive ...and well?

I made it through week 2. Crazy, for sure. Frustrating, for sure. Done? For sure. Am I doing well? I don't really know. I think I am. Camp messes with all of my sensibilities.

But now, to rob from my dear sister, I have a few questions to ask of you (answer any or all of them):

1. What kind of pictures would you like to see from me (it could be silly - be specific and I might just take it for you)?
2. Recommend a good book
3. What kind of non-profit agency do you support?
4. Where do you see me career-wise?
5. Tell me what's new with you
6. Tell me when you're going to come and volunteer at camp
7. Have you heard any new music I would like?

Okay, thanks, brother and sister for putting this up on your site so I could modify it and rob it from you!

19 June 2007

...when 36 hours....

....feels like forever.

It's Tuesday night. Day 2 of the 3rd graders' 2-night camp is over. They leave at 10am. Their craziness makes me feel like they've been here for much longer.

This week so far, I've learned how to talk sternly, authoritatively, quietly, and threaten the loss of pool time.

17 June 2007

1 week down.

So, here I sit, at home. It's quite lovely. I've been away for four weeks and I'm spending the weekend at home. So nice.

4 weeks into camp and the 1st week of campers is done. Things went really well, minus the fact that I managed to get a hoarse voice, so it's only at about 80% strength. Hopefully it will feel better soon so that it doesn't just continue to get worse. People say that resting the voice is the best cure, but that's difficult to do in a camp setting. I might just need to make my counselors do a lot of talking for me.

Friday was my birthday, it was good. I jumped in the pool 3 times with my clothes on, mostly because my campers sent me fake mail. Ah, well, if they like it, why not? Home for supper, which was amazing.

Today it will be back to camp after celebrating Fathers' Day. Another week about to begin.

Job search is going well, also, I've sent in a few applications, we'll see what happens. I'm trying not to get my hopes up about the jobs that I'm really interested in.

Hope all is well with all of you. Jehova Jaira.

08 June 2007


Now that it's the weekend, I can finally post pictures.

Just under a week ago, Neil and Sarah got married. Click there to check the pictures out. :)

05 June 2007


So, this past weekend... Neil and Sarah got married!

The wedding was really lovely and it was great to see so many friends. Although the trip was much shorter than I really wanted it to be, it was so good to go and see them get married. Pictures may be coming later, but right now I'm at camp where the internet is slow, the wireless is slower, and I'm not sure if I have my camera cord with me!

Life here at camp keeps on going, we're in our final week of staff training, and I've had the opportunity to get things done with what I'm responsible for, so I'm starting to feel like I'm ready for the campers to come.

Other than that, my life isn't very interesting :) But it's moving along. Hope you're doing well.

Jehovah Jaira.

20 May 2007


things that are good:
- seeing a friend after 5 months of "facebook-ing."
- driving across Iowa
- getting ready for camp
- coming up with fun crafts
- reading a new book you've been waiting for
- having a friend say hey randomly
- having a hang-out date with a certain archaic-German friend...

God is good, all the time.

14 May 2007

me gradue.

Well, it's official. I are a college graduate.

I even made my parents proud... ;)

Fraulein friend is a graduate, too...

And so is Shannon-friend.

And Rosh, too!

(And, of course, just a few other people). Fun was had by all on graduation day, I am sure. It was a lovely day, great weather, all that good stuff. Click here for more pictures if you're interested...

Oh, if you want my camp address for this summer, post on my blog and I'll get it to you.

08 May 2007

Raise your hand...

if you like Sufjan Stevens.

Because I just discovered him, and I like him much!!

04 May 2007


Well, the day finally arrived and Roshelle had a beautiful baby boy! Here he is when we went to visit, wearing cute little mittens so he doesn't scratch his face :) They say he's a happy baby, and I would agree.And this happens to be Sarah and me, making our "We're excited to be aunts!" faces. We took a lot of silly pictures, I love her.

This is it. Today is the last day of classes. Only exams await me.

Hope you are well.

26 April 2007

life should be...

...more like this....

...or like this....

I'm working on remembering the good times. The good people. The good situations. Because right now, frustrating papers, frustrating people, and frustrating schedules are going to be the end of me. 1 day until the weekend, 6 days of classes, 14 days until graduation.

25 April 2007


Liliana pushed the dress into the corner of her closet and shut the door. She had moved on in life. She had asked for a normal life, and she needed to stop thinking of the past life. It was the past, after all.

"Let's go!" Lewis called out from the kitchen. She came out and noticed him standing near the door, his hand on the handle. He turned and pulled his hand away. "You're wearing that?"

She looked at her black suit pants and red sweater set. "What's wrong with this?"

He laughed. "Go put some jeans on."

"Stop making fun of me," she protested. "You don't know how hard this is for me."

"Whatever," he shooed her into the bedroom. "Just put some pants on, we're only going to Applebee's."

18 April 2007

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front, by Wendell Berry

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more
of everything ready-made. Be afraid
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know.
So, friends, every day do something
that won't compute. Love the Lord.
Love the world. Work for nothing.
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it.
Denounce the government and embrace
the flag. Hope to live in that free
republic for which it stands.
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers.
Invest in the millenium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.
Say that the leaves are harvested
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion - put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come.
Expect the end of the world. Laugh.
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts.
So long as women do not go cheap
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep
of a woman near to giving birth?
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie down in the shade. Rest your head
in her lap. Swear allegiance
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos
can predict the motions of your mind,
lose it. Leave it as a sign
to mark the false trail, the way
you didn't go. Be like the fox
who makes more tracks than necessary,
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

07 April 2007

Happy Easter!!

Happy Easter weekend my friends.

When peace like a river attendeth my way;
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say:
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
let this blest assurance control:
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate
And hath shed his own blood for my soul!

My sin, Oh the bliss of the glorious thought -
My sin, not in part, but the whole
Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more
Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord, Oh my Soul!

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll.
The trump shall resound and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul!

03 April 2007

it must be true

I got that letter in the mail today, the one about exit interviewing for loans. Along with it was a lovely statement of the loans that I need to pay back. And it was only for about half the loans that I have.

My heart stopped. I had a sad look on my face. Mark hugged me and offered to burn it for me.

I must be graduating. That's a scarier thought than I had anticipated.

02 April 2007

6 random things

(I stole this from numerous people, but it sounded like fun!)

1. When getting ready in the morning, I dance to Latin music, even in front of the mirror while blow drying my hair.
2. When I get angry or frustrated or stressed, I clean things. The kitchen is usually the cleaning area of choice.
3. I regularly watch a Spanish telenovela (technically, a soap opera) since I watched it with my Costa Rican family all last semester.
4. I listen to Black Eyed Peas music.
5. If I could be anywhere in the world, it would be in an indigenous island off the coast of Panama.
6. Baseball season marks an exciting time of the year for me - it means baseball watching with my dad and it feels like more worthwhile watching than anything else on TV.

There they are. Your turn.

28 March 2007

...the highlight of tour...

I forgot to mention pretty much the most exciting thing that happened on tour... you get the picture ;)

27 March 2007

Jiggity Jig.

Hello. I am back from tour.

We went all over the place: Alberta, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, South Dakota. It was a busy tour, for sure, but it was good. Fun to get to know more people.

Now it's back to the grind. Only 7 more weeks until graduation...eek! Somehow in there I have to write 3 major papers and do a lot of other stuff, too!

Hope you're well.

14 March 2007


Hello all.

Today I leave for Spring Break tour with the Band/Orchestra. It shall be an adventure, that is to be for sure. We begin with an 18-20 hour drive up to Canada. Hopefully things will stay interesting and we'll be able to get enough sleep, all at the same time!

You may not hear from me for a while, depending on if I get internet access. If not, have a good Spring Break or week and a half or whatever time of year it is for you.

Also, props to Justine. She broke my stalemate. I vowed to make no more posts until someone commented, and then she went and commented (without knowing about my stalemate)!


07 March 2007

...oh, heresy

So, today I realized that my Heresies class is pretty hilarious. So, in honor of his hilarity, here are a few encounters with the class, many which involve the professor....

Encounter 1: Professor: "And where do you place the Bible?"
Student: "On the head of Judaism and the butt of Catholicism."

Encounter 2: Professor: "How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?"
(students have no idea how to answer)
Professor: "Depends on what kind of dance."

Encounter 3: Professor: "Calvin says, are we born equal? No, we are not!"

Encounter 4: (premise: discussion on the feeding of the 5,000 and whether or not Jesus fed exactly 5,000 people)
Student: "No, it wasn't exactly 5,000."
Professor: "How do you know?"
Student: "I was there."

Encounter 5: Mark: "I just performed a miracle. I could be a saint!"
Tim: "Does that mean we get to kill you?"

As you can see, the class offers a lot of interesting interaction. It makes up for some of the experience we experience at times. Maybe it's geeky theology humor, but it makes me smile.

06 March 2007

My Inspiration for the Day

"And what does the Lord require of you? To do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God."

01 March 2007


Hello my friends.

I, your bubble-popping friend, will be the Day Camp Coordinator at Inspiration Hills this summer. That's right, they're entrusting me to be in charge of small children! Yippy!

As you may have already guessed, this was the big decision I had to make this week. After much deliberation and consultation with many people, I came to the conclusion that I could go for it. I'll start looking for a "real job," as they call it, while I'm there.

Since it's official, I thought it would be exciting to share the news with all of you :)

27 February 2007

growed up

they say there comes a point in your life when you have to act "grown up" and you have to make your own decisions. No one can tell you what to do.

Well, I don't like it. Basically, I have a job-related decision to make this week and I'm still wavering back and forth on what to do. I'll probably be able to say more next week, but at the moment, it's all "up in the air" as they say.

In other news, I just wrote a paper proposal in Spanish because I'm going through withdrawal from not writing assignments in Spanish. I miss it so much, I wrote my assignment in Spanish and then put the translation in English at the bottom - both for my sanity and to find out what the professor will do. If anything, it made me smile.

Now, off to read about pietism and heresy. Tomorrow, 80's day in HPER class!

19 February 2007

Todo es bueno, bueno es todo

Well, it's all good, my friends.

No, I don't have a job...yet. But I have found lots of possibilities and my resume and all that jazz is almost done, so I'm starting to feel better. At least the process has started, the ball is rolling, and so on and so forth.

Life is good. All is good, good is all.

15 February 2007

4 questions summarize my life

...to summarize where my brain is, answer these questions:

1. A 1000kg car travels down the road with a constant velocity of 28 m/s due north. What is the net force on the car?

2. What was one of the main tenets of the Eastern Orthodox paradigm of mission?

3. Who was Tertullian? What makes him theologically significant?

4. What will I be doing when I graduate?

11 February 2007

all i have to say is...
"Hi, my name is Two K's,
I rode the short bus...
So check me out!"
(apologies, I'm not in this picture, but it's the bus I rode)

08 February 2007

give yourself a pin and get going

... my friend Mike, who's basically the same person as me, said this in October. I just found it now and it's basically exactly what I'm trying to live... (he even entitled the post, 'Popping the Christian Bubble'!)

The "Christian Bubble" is the network of friends in which all of the people share common ideals, beliefs, and convictions insofar as it relates to Christianity and God. We all have them, and they are not totally bad in and of themselves. God did intend for believers to have fellowship with one another. Our faith is not one to be lived out in isolation from one another. We need that network of Christians for support, community, and accountability. However, may I suggest that the same "Christian Bubbles" we need to survive as believers can also be a set back in out responsibility to reach the world. Here's what I mean. Often, we get so isolated from the world in our Christian circles that we lose all meaningful contact with the world that we are called to reach. We are so caught up with not being "of the world" that we isolate ourselves from it altogether. The whole idea of the unsaved coming to us is nice, but it just doesn't work that way. We can't just stay in our comfortable churches and wait for the unsaved to come running to us for answers. We have got to go to them and get our hands a little dirty. Having a solid Christian support system is a vital part of evangelism, but it is not healthy when that support system isolates us and thus hinders us from fulfilling the Great Commission. Many of us belong to "fundamental, evangelical, Bible believing churches." Shouldn't one of the purposes of such churches to be evangelism? If so, why are we creating the mindset of isolation from the world by establishing impenetrable Christian Bubbles? Think about it.

06 February 2007

this is me, doing my homework

So, once upon a time, I ordered a book online for a class. I ordered it 1 week before classes started, hoping it would arrive sometime during the week classes started.

And, it didn't. In fact, it never arrived. 3 weeks after I ordered it, I could finally file a complaint and get a refund for the book.

I then ordered it from somewhere else where it came in 3 days.

So now, this is me, doing my catch-up homework, reading about 60 pages for class tomorrow. Can't you tell I'm doing my homework? Sometimes I'd like to do anything but...blogger and facebook are bad when I'm in that kind of mood...

So, like I said...

This is me, doing my homework.

05 February 2007

Someone said that once...

Since I can't think of anything to post, here are some interesting quotes from all over my life...

"Don't tickle my napkin eater!"

"I'm the stupid neighbor girl..."
"No, not that kind of stupid!"

"And then we gonna eat some fruits."

"I'm captivated by the nuances of your face."

"Well, I wouldn't name my rabbit Wilfred."

(in order: Spring Break '05, Conversation with 'Laine, Emily, Colin, Hayley)

29 January 2007

A little James Blunt will do anyone good...

My life is brilliant. My love is pure.

Things are looking up, my dear friends. Week 3 is looking a bit more manageable. And I'm starting to feel okay about saying "yes" to some things. I just need to know when to say "no" as well.

And I don't know what to do.

You know, people keep asking the doomed 2nd-semester senior question: and what will you do when you graduate? So, before you, too, ask that question: I don't know what to do.

You're beautiful. You're beautiful, it's true.

Maybe you pop-music fiends have noticed a trend. But let me say, you, my friends are beautiful. If you're not here, I miss you, as always. If you know of rockin' jobs where you are, shoot me an e-mail. I'm pretty open to just about everything.

It's time to face the truth...

The end of academia is coming to an end. So is my scattered post.

25 January 2007


When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrow like sea billows roll;
What ever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

It is well with my soul;
It is well
It is well, it is well with my soul
with my soul;

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurrance control.
That Christ has regarded my helpess estate,
And has shed his own blood for my soul.

It is well with my soul;
It is well
It is well, it is well with my soul
with my soul;

My sin--O the bliss of this glorious thought!--
My sin, not in part, but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more;
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

It is well with my soul;
It is well
It is well, it is well with my soul
with my soul;

O Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll,
The trumpet shall resound and the Lord shall descend;
"Even so" it is well with my soul.

It is well with my soul;
It is well
It is well, it is well with my soul
with my soul.

23 January 2007


Why are all of you gone? Why does this Dordt community with such a reputation feel so shallow, so empty? Why will my mind not let the job-less future rest? Why do I feel so restless here? Why do I feel so changed, so usefully changed, yet so empty?

18 January 2007

2 questions...

1. Do you shop at Wal-Mart? Why/Why not?
2. Do you donate to any charities? If so, how do you choose?

16 January 2007

feelings running through my head... (and brain and body...)

- awkward
- odd
- un-normal
- frustrated
- apprehensive
- excited
- anxious
- self-conscious
- forward-looking
- backward-looking
- sintiendo falta de personas
- empty
- unsure

Anyway, this isn't a post created to make you feel badly for me. It's just how I'm feeling and I needed to get it out there.

13 January 2007


So, about this post...Blogger and my computer aren't agreeing at the moment, so I'm finally posting upstairs...silly computer. I think it's because it's low on memory.

In other news, I'm back from Connecticut. A wonderful trip that got me thinking about future job opportunities as well as missions and connections with people from all over the world.

I originally entitled this post "endings," because I had blogged about things like wrapping-up an end in Costa Rica, finishing the conference, and starting my last semester (D.V.) at Dordt. That's all true. I just feel as inclined to reflect on that :)

So, here's a fill to the post with only a title earlier.

Jehovah Jaira

07 January 2007

New Englanding it Up

Welcome to New England. We've been here for about 6 days now. I feel like quite the traveler!

This week we were at a conference in Connecticut which was really good. A good time, great way to meet more people, expand your boundaries, and I've been learning a lot, too :) We're going back to the conference tomorrow, so we needed a place to hang for the weekend. We're at some of my family's in Pennsylvania, which has been really fun. We've been able to play with kids and sleep in and hang out. This morning we were greeted (woken up!) by a 5-year-old girl ready to hang out. It was funny, and, luckily, only 5 minutes before we were planning to get up!

Today we're heading into Philadelphia to see some of the sights and hang out. It turns out we'll be spending the night in a hotel in Philly because they can't take us to the train tomorrow morning, and then we'll be taking the train back to Connecticut tomorrow. The conference goes all through next week and we'll be getting back late Friday night. I'm excited to go back and hang out with people that I've gotten to know. We've met some amazing people, so hopefully we can keep these connections going. And, maybe this week, I won't hear the eternal "so what will you do when you graduate?" question!

Well, that's about it. We're heading to Philly soon. Should be an adventure with 3 kids, their parents, and the two of us. (Me & SVD). Hope all is well with you and yours. I'll be seeing some of you soon. For those of you I won't be seeing...keep in touch as always!

Jehovah Jaira