Tuesday, July 22, 2008

What missionaries do when they're bored.

A pile of matresses and blankets. A little time to spare. This is what happens. :)

Lots more fun photos on my flickr.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

It's almost time...

...for Poland! At the moment I'm experiencing an interesting mixture of excitement, anxiety, stress, with little spurts of giddiness thrown in for good measure. :)

I don't know if I've shared many details about the trip. Fifteen of us are going, plus one that has been there since the beginning of the month. We will spend two days in Krakow. During that time many of us in the group will visit Auschwitz. We will head to Wisla at the end of the 2nd day, and will attend a church service. We will work with two Vacation Bible Schools during the week, and will also do some construction work on the church.

I'm excited about working with the VBS -- at this point it looks as though I will be working with crafts for the younger ones. Yay! :) One of our crafts is a foam pencil case. The edges are hole punched, and then stitched together -- I don't even know how many holes I have punched this week getting those ready! I think Mike will be working with recreation/games with the older (middle school age) kids. In the evenings, we may be hanging out with the teens who will also be working with the camp.

I am excited to have the opportunity to spend time with these kids. Not so excited about my inevitable butchering of the Polish language - lol. Mike and I listened to a tape and practiced basic phrases tonight -- wow!

If you could, please keep our group and the VBS that we'll be helping with in your thoughts and prayers over the next couple of weeks.

I'm really hoping I will get to blog while I am there. I'm gonna have to be a laptop bum, though, as my computer is just a bit too big to take on the plane - hehe.

Any last minute travel tips? :)

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Catch-up time!

Wow, it's been a long time since I posted. Mike and I have been visiting the parental units this week, so it's been difficult finding time to blog.

First of all: eight days until Poland!!! I'm getting more and more excited by the day. And my friend Stacy is going to watch Lola while we're gone -- big relief! All I have to do in exchange is take photos of her son. :)

I'm at my parents' house right now. I'm making a quilt square by hand -- I used to sew a lot, but the "by hand" part is new for me. But I was inspired by her massive stash of fabric, and am almost finished with a "Jacob's Ladder" block for her quilt.

We saw the Tecumseh outdoor drama with Mike's parents on Monday night.
They used cannons.
Real cannons.
I kinda freaked out, because I knew they were going to go off -- I just didn't know when.
Probably a good time to mention that I really, really, really don't like sudden, loud noises.
But I made it.
I seriously wanted to cry, though.

I've been taking an online class this summer about technology in the classroom. One of the activites this week was to familiarize ourselves with the SMS language (for texting, IM, etc.), because this is how many students communicate with each other. One of those "good to know" things. We had to translate a letter we would normally send home to parents/students into SMS language. I had so much fun with this, so I just had to share!

trip 2 rgnl TSA comp fast apprchin. will b deprtng 4 comp from PCHS Feb 28 @ 7:30 am.
expctd 2 rtrn 2 HS @ 4:30 pm. pls sgn & rtrn attchd frms & return 2 Mrs. B by ths Fri. ty 4
ur hlp & spprt.

Oooh, I just got tagged by Lisa! (I'm alternating between catching up on blogs that I missed and catching up on my own blog, so if that just seemed totally random, that's why.) :)

Question #1: What was I doing 10 years ago?
Ten years ago, I was 18. I was getting ready to start college, and was working concessions at the city pool (coughcoughcitybathtubcough). Definitely the worst job I have ever had. Nasty, disgusting place. Super rude lifeguards. Working every. single. day. No days off.

Question #2: 5 things on my to do list for today.
1. Finish this post.
2. Finish my quilt square.
3. Go for a jog at the lake.
4. Make brownies (cheesecake brownies).
5. Play with the new camera. (We decided on a Canon SD8hundredsomethingorother. I like it.)

Question #3: Snacks I enjoy.
Cheesecake brownies, carrot sticks and creamy italian dressing, Wavy Lays and Tostitos queso (I don't partake of that last one very often -- it's horribly addicting and bad for me and yummy.)

Question #4: Things I would do if I were a millionare.
Invest wisely. That way I could stay a millionaire.
Also, buy a house. Fix up my parents' house. Donate to causes I believe in. Travel.

Question #5: Places I have lived.
Staffordsville, KY
Berea, KY
Paris, KY
Cynthiana, KY

Now it's my turn to tag some people. I choose: Tania, Jill, Melonie, Charin, and Traci (and of course, anyone else who wants to join in!)