Wednesday, December 28, 2005

This Christmas......

I could go on and on about how wonderful Christmas was this year. I really hated leaving and having to come back to work. But I guess that made me appreciate the break more. Nonetheless, I was and am so blessed this Christmas season. I got to see many of my friends from around the US that I havent seen in such a long time. Most of all I got to spend some much needed time with my family. Friday they let us leave work an hour early which was a nice treat. I hopped in my car and headed home. I was the first one home as Jon's flight from Vegas wasnt in yet and Jason wasn't coming home until Sunday. So Friday night I hung out with my parents and watched a few Hallmark Christmas movies (always a favorite). Saturday I slept in! Yeah. Went sledding in the afternoon as you can see in the previous blog pictures, and then got ready for church. Went to the Christmas Ever service with the family and then headed to Griffiths for the annual Christmas Eve Party. Barnes and I took a picture of us holding up the Dixie Stampede cups. Barnes made a sign that said "Go North" in commemoration of our trip to see the stampede after kamp this summer! (so funny) Everybody got together and played a few card games and then the Anderson's showed up so we played Trivial Pursuit 90s edition with everyone. It only took us until 3am to finish but my team won! (of course)
Christmas morning was a little unusual. We didn't open our presents. Instead, we all went to church as a family. Jason made it home from Chicago in time for 9:30 am church! So we went to church and then came home to get ready for our Christmas party. My cousins on my mom's side came and the Griffiths came over. We had a fun time laughing about memories and catching up. Watched a little basketball, ate some good food, and played Phase 10. Opened a few presents and then everybody left. At about 6:00, we decided to open our presents. I was very pleased with what I received. That night instead of going to a movie like we usually do, we stayed in and watched "Little Giants." Classic. Monday morning we opened our stockings which we forgot to do, Eric came over before I left, and I just hung around the house before I had to head back to WDM. All in all, great Christmas! I can't wait to hear about everyones Christmas!! Love you all.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

More Sledding Pictures!!

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Sledding in a Winter Wonderland

Growing up, the wintertime only meant one thing, fun in the snow. Most winter days you could find us out building snowforts, making snow angels, building snowmen, or having snow ball fights with kids from the neighborhood. But the most fun of all was when my dad would take us sledding. Being an Iowa kid, we had a lot of opportunities to do this. Its amazing now that I'm older, the cold weather seems so much colder but when I was a kid, I could play outside for hours.
Nonetheless, its fun to come home, especially during the holidays, and remember all the fun childhood memories. To look back on old photos, watch family videos, and catch up with old friends. This morning, my brother and I were hanging out downstairs and he says to me " I want to go sledding." I was thinking the exact same thing. The weather was perfect and we had the best kind of snow for sledding. We called up a few friends who were just as excited to go sledding as we were. We rounded up some sleds (it's just something every family has lying around in the garage) and headed out to the hill. I, of course, brought along my camera because you never know when you'll have a Kodak moment, and with sledding, there's always one!. We have countless hours of video tape of us sledding and well, crashing. Gaining enough speed to hit the homemade ramps, now thats a picture waiting to happen.
The snow crew that joined in the fun included Jon T., John B., Justin, Taylor, Kaytlyn, Cindy, John I., and myself. We had so much fun and so many laughs. It's definitely fun to be a kid again. Before I go to warm my feet by the heater, I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas. It's important to remember the reason we celebrate Christmas. Enjoy the time spent with your family and most of all, remember to have fun. Christmas is a time of celebration.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 23, 2005

All I Needed to Know About
Life I learned from Santa

Encourage people to believe in you.

Always remember who's naughty and who's nice.

Don't pout.

It's as much fun to give as it is to receive.

Some days it's ok to feel a little chubby.

Make your presents known.

Always ask for a little bit more than what you really want.

Bright red can make anyone look good.

Wear a wide belt and no-one will notice how many pounds you've gained.

If you only show up once a year, everyone will think you're very important.

Whenever you're at a loss for words, say:
"HO, HO, HO!"

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Top 5 Things I'm excited about today:
1) It is a beautiful sunny day outside
2) Work is over and it's almost Friday
3) Christmas is just around the corner
4) Janie is home!!
5) One of my best friends Kmart, aka Kristen, is engaged!!

Top 5 things I'm not excited about today:
1) I might have strep throat
2) It's not Friday yet
3) Christmas is not here
4) I didn't get much sleep and I don't have any vacation to make it up!
5) I miss my friends and wish I could spend the holidays with each and every one of them.

Yeah for the Lord for He is my strength. If it wasn't for Him, well, I would be dead.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005


So Wartburg played Iowa almost a month ago now and I'm just posting some of the pics of the game. So I guess, enjoy!

Left: Thats my bro with his back to us passing the ball to a teammate I'm assuming during pre-game warmups.
Above Right: That's Jonny in the center on the Hawkeye!
Right: Warming up some more

Bottom Left: Greg decided that he needed to shoot a free throw!
Below: Good luck, good luck, good luck, good luck
Below right: Me and the Bros.

PS. This morning I locked my keys in my car, with the car running!! Who does that? Well, apparently I do! Oh what a day it has been. I can't wait to go to Klife tonight to see what kind of white elephant gift I walk away with. Last night I got some desk stationary from 1980, a box of practical jokes which went into the garbage, and the book of Esther on cd (which I might add, I will probably use). The anticipation for tonight is mounting!

Monday, December 19, 2005

This is what I feel like after work! Need I say more...

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Today is definitely an "I heart everything that begins with a J" day!! I love those days.

I am obsessed with the song "Cry on my Shoulder" by Overflow. It gets me everytime! I'm not going to post the lyrics because I want you to check it out for yourself. But if you ride in my car with me, I'll sing it to you. (I'd say that's 10 times better!) The song is just so great. That's why I love music so much, it just makes you feel good and it makes my heart happy. Plus, you can pass that "feel good feeling" on to someone else through music. Oh what would I do without it! Sometimes its just the littlest things that make the world go around!

Heres some life lessons I learned today.
1) Open your eyes to the two kingdoms at war contstantly. These wars are not only between heaven and hell but they are in our hearts. Thats why it is so important to guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life.
2) Resist the pull toward the Earthly kingdom of pride, prestige, and power.
3) Pursue the kingdom of Christ with humility, servanthood, and worship. That is so important to remember, especially during the Christmas season.
4) Honor the King of kings with the best gifts you can offer Him. We get so caught up in giving everyone else gifts during Christmas that we forget who's birthday we are actually celebrating! The next time you pray, offer your gift to Christ, whatever that may be. Your heart is a good place to start.

Come to Jesus, Come to Jesus, Come to Jesus and live!

He who be faithful and little will be given much.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

I'm not quite sure what happened to the Panthers last night.  We had the game
but then we just lost momentum! Shame shame! Anyways, I'm officially done with my
Christmas shopping and can now just relax. I'm feeling a little under the weather
today so I need to just chilax. I can't wait for Christmas to get here! Here's a
fun little poem on what its like to be in Iowa this time of year. Its soooo true!

Christmas time in Iowa

When it's Christmas time in Iowa,
And the gentle breezes blow,
About seventy miles an hour
And it's fifty-two below.
You can tell you're in Iowa
'cause the snow's up to your butt.
And you take a breath of Christmas air
And your nose holes both freeze shut.
The weather here is wonderful,
So I guess I'll hang around
I could NEVER leave Iowa.
My feet are frozen to the ground.

Friday, December 16, 2005

I know I post a lot of lyrics but you're just going to have to deal with it because I love music way too much! I can't wait to see Shawn at Konnection! (we're on a first name basis here)

As I look into the stars
Pondering how far away they are
How You hold them in Your hands
And still You know this man
You know my inner most being, oh
Even better than I know, than I know myself
What a beautiful God
What a beautiful God
And what am I, that I might be called Your child
What am I, what am I
That You might know me, my King
What am I, what am I, what am I
As I look off into the distance
Watching the sun roll on by
Beautiful colors all around me, oh
Painted all over the sky
The same hands that created all of this
They created you and I
What a beautiful God
What a beautiful God
And what am I, that I might be called Your child
What am I, what am I
That You might know me, my King
What am I, what am I
That You might die, that I might live
What am I, what am I, what am I, what am I
What am I
What am I
What am I
What am I
What am I

ps. Go PANTHERS!!!!!!!

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Yes it is true.. the Snow Ninja strikes again! Be looking for a special note in your mailbox from the Ninja sometime in the future. I am thinking that it will possibly appear during the dead of winter when the NINJA is at her best! You never know though, that is why she is called a NINJA. She is super stealth, super crazy, and will totally catch you off guard. So be prepared. And don't say that I didnt warn you!

btw: i'm crazy, I know

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

My feelings can best be described by this song:

When peace like a river
Attendeth my way
When sorrows like the sea billows roll

Whatever 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 with my soul

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole, yeah
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight

The clouds be rolled back as the scroll
The trump shall resound
And the Lord shall descend!
Even so, it is well with my soul.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

What does Love mean?

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, "What does love mean?"

"When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore.

So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love."

Rebecca- age 8

"When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different.

You just know that your name is safe in their mouth."

Billy - age 4

"Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other."

Karl - age 5

"Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs."

Chrissy - age 6

"Love is what makes you smile when you're tired."

Terri - age 4

"Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK."

Danny - age 7

"Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more.
My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss"

Emily - age 8

"Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen."

Bobby - age 7 (Wow!)

"If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,"

Nikka - age 6
(we need a few million more Nikka's on this planet)

"Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday."

Noelle - age 7

"Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well."

Tommy - age 6

"During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling.

He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore."

Cindy - age 8

"My mommy loves me more than anybody .

You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night."

Clare - age 6

"Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken."

Elaine-age 5

"Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford."

Chris - age 7

"Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day."

Mary Ann - age 4

"I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones."

Lauren - age 4

"When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you." (what an image)

Karen - age 7

"Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn't think it's gross."

Mark - age 6

"You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget."

Jessica - age 8

And the final one -- Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge.

The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child.

The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.

Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.

When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said,

"Nothing, I just helped him cry"

When there is nothing left but God, that is when you find out that God is all you need.

Monday, December 12, 2005

I'm a little beside myself. I missed The OC on Thursday because Tivo deleted it before I watched it. Dumb technology. Oh well, I guess, thats what the seasons on DVD are for. Can I really wait that long. Anyways, I suppose I'll just have to let it go. So, enjoy my favorite Christmas song.... ps. you have to sing it while you read it!!

My all-time favorite Christmas song ever.

Oh holy night!

The stars are brightly shining

It is the night of the dear Savior's birth!

Long lay the world in sin and error pining

Till he appear'd and the soul felt its worth.

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices

For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!

Fall on your knees

Oh hear the angel voices

Oh night divine

Oh night when Christ was born

Oh night divine

Oh night divine

Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming

With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand

So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming

Here come the wise men from Orient land

The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger

In all our trials born to be our friend.

Truly He taught us to love one another

His law is love and His gospel is peace

Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother

And in His name all oppression shall cease

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,

Let all within us praise His holy name.

I'd like to hear what some of your favorites are!

Sunday, December 11, 2005

I am so blessed this Christmas season. Saturday, I didn't even complain because it was snowing. I just enjoyed it! Its amazing how your day changes if you look for the better in things rather than the worst. I got to talk to Julie Penuel Friday night while she was stuck at the airport. I'm sure she was thinking "what a burden that I'm stuck in this airport, but I looked at it as "yeah, I get to talk to Julie and help her pass the time away!" You see how that works. Now you all try it! As we say at kamp, you dont have to do something but you GET to do something! It makes the world a much brighter place.

Now let me inform you of the craziness that took place yesterday. The fam has been gone to Florida you see (i'm still a little bitter) so the mail wasn't picked up regularly. Well come to find out, I got summoned for Jury Duty. However, I obviously didnt get the letter because they sent it to my parents house so I didn't go! I am now a criminal running from the law! I guess it can be looked at as a funny story but it's also pretty serious. When I originally got selected for Jury Duty in October I told them I was moving. They said that until I move, I still have to report and to just call if I got summoned and tell them I moved. Well, I obviously wasn't informed in time, thus, I am now probably in contempt of court and will hopefully just have to pay some fine. I'm going to have to try real hard to find the good in this story to write it off as a laughable matter!
Then, last night we were headed to Wartburg to for my brothers basketball game and we were on a back road out of Nashua. In the distance we could see something in the road but it was too dark to tell. As we got closer, we realized it was a herd of cows!! Can you believe it?! We almost ran into a herd of cows! Only in Iowa! Haha, only in Iowa. When we got to the game, we met up with some family friends and my grandparents were there as well. My grandma is absolutely hilarious at the comments she yells out. She'd often yell out things like "get it, get it," sink it sink it, or "hustle" which is completely normal at a basketball game. Then she started saying things like "interception, we need and interception" to which I had to remind her we wanted a steal, not an interception. Then at one point during the game, Jon (my bro) hadn't gone in so my grandma, (mind you she is an old fashion Lutheran Christian), says " I wish I was a ventrilaquist so I would go down there and say to the coach Jackass, why don't you put somebody else in!" I about lost it when I heard that. After the game, which Wartburg won, a bunch of us went out for pizza at The OP and had a great time. It was a fun weekend to come home to and now I can't wait for Christmas.
I'd also just like to add that my mom has officially gone crazy. I'm not even going to explain, just take my word for it. But you've got to love her though.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

I heart marc broussard!!

I could bless the water
But it wouldnt turn to wine
Paint a picture of the sunset
Hanging there in your eyes
But it'd just be some compromise

I could write a million verses
Every word youve heard before
Steal some of dylans best
But it'd leave me wanting to say more
Cause theres so much more

Baby if you could love
somone like me
Theres no end to the possibility

Hopes and dreams push away the pain and regret
But loving you just lets me know
There might be hope for me yet
Hope for me yet

Sometimes when I look back
I dont even know myself
It blows my mind to think that ive found grace in someone else
Baby your grace is something else

Baby if you could love somone like me
There's no end to the possibility
Hopes and dreams push away the pain and regret
But loving you just lets me know
There might be hope for me yet

For a man whos done nothing
I've been blessed with so much more than i deserve
I'm smart enough to know that ive been handed something
Can't put a price on what its worth

Baby if you could love somone like me
Theres no end to the possibility
Hopes and dreams push away the pain and regret
But loving you just lets me know
There might be hope for me yet
Hope for me yet
Hope for me yet

Friday, December 09, 2005

Once again, I stole this from Sarah!
1) My uncle: George is hilarious

2) Never in my life: have I jumped out of an airplane

3) When I was five: I'm pretty sure I thought I was a superstar and would run around and perform songs and dances for everyone who would watch

4) High School was: great, especially athletics

5) I will never forget: my first summer at kamp

6) I once met: a guy who dated a girl who dated John Mayer! haha, I dont think I've met anyone really famous

7) There’s this guy I know who: has a secret talent called the fart trick

8) Once, at a bar: I met my best friends

9) By noon I’m usually: eating some lunch and reading

10) Last night: I went to dinner with my mom and her college friend.

11) If I only had: an unlimited amount of wishes

12) Next time I go to church, I'll: be happy

13) Terry Schiavo: sad.

14) What worries me most is: not being able to have kids

15) When I turn my head left I see: a treadmill

16) When I turn my head right, I see: a chair and a wall

17) You know I’m lying when: I start laughing

18) You know what I miss most about the eighties: hypercolor t's, side pony's and jelly shoes

19) If I were a character written by Shakespeare: I'd have a really weird accent

20) By this time next year: I will be that much older

21) A better name for me would be: I love my name

22) I have a hard time understanding: why people don't accept Christ

23) If I ever go back to school I’ll: be a little smarter

24) You know I like you if: I talk to you. I love my friends and I dont get to talk to you near enough

25) If I won an award: I'd feel important

26) Darwin? Mozart? Slim Pickens? Geraldine Ferraro? what?

27) Take my advice, never: wish to get out of college fast.

28) My ideal breakfast is: a big bowl of special k cereal with bananas and fresh strawberries and florida oj

29) A song I love, but do not have is: John Mayer Trio and their new stuff. I have to get the cd

30) If you visit my hometown: come in the summer when you can go out on the lake!

31) Tulips? character flaws? microchips? track stars? tulips are so pretty, we all have character flaws, microchips are probably important for some things, and I hate track.

32) Why doesn't everyone: smile a lot more!

33) If you spend the night at my house: we'd laugh most of the night away, and bake and eat food!

34) I’d stop my wedding for: Nothing!

35) The world could do without: the devil.

36) I’d rather lick the belly of a cockroach than: touch a snake

37) My favorite blonde is: zack morris

38) PAPER CLIPS are more useful than: seran wrap

39) If I do anything well, it's: being a good friend

40) And by the way, you should: love Jesus. He is the best! ( i agree with sarah)

Its Official. The reports are in and this last week was recorded as the coldest first week of December in Iowa, ever! Well, maybe not ever but as far as the records go back which is to the 1800's, Iowa has never had a first week in December be as cold as it has been. Now, this really makes me mad that my family was in Florida without me while I was stuck "weathering" through this cold and snow. One thing is for sure, we do have a lot of snow. I'm just glad I'm in West Des Moines where snow removal is a priority rather than in Cedar Falls where they get to it when they feel like it, whether that’s later that day or NEVER!

My car, Stacy, really stood up to the test of the weather and handled nicely. Although she sputtered a bit this morning, you can't blame her. Having to start running your engine in -15 degree weather the past 5 days with windchill even higher would make me sputter too! Nonetheless, she gets the job done getting me from point a to b, faithfully.

I'm headed home for the weekend to visit the family. Should be an uneventful weekend in Nashua, however, whenever I roll into town, fun is bound to happen! Haha. I hope this Friday finds you all in good spirits and enjoying the Christmas Season. Be sure to blast your Christmas music as loud as you can, bake some Christmas goodies, and enjoy the time with your family.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Don't ask me what is going on in this picture but I think it's obvious that my old roommates are going crazy since I'm not living with them anymore! I know I already posted for today but I couldn't resist!
You shouldn't expect anything. You can just sit and wait and see what happens, or you can go out and make things happen. But, never expect anything.
What is more important, fame or integrity? What is more valuable, money or happiness? What is more dangerous, success or failure? If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy. Take joy in the way things are. When you realize you have all you need, that's when you find truth. What I have is all I need. I am happy with it. The Lord is all I need and he is enough. I am happy!

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

i think now is a good time for this

5 years ago ...
I was a senior in high school anxiously awaiting the start of my senior basketball season!

How old were you?
- 17

Where did you work?
- I didn't work anywhere, athletics pretty much took all my time

Where did you live?
- Nashua, Iowa

Where did you hang out?
- my house was the hang out house, sometimes at ami's, the gym on the weekends, ah fun times

How was your hair style?
- dirty blond and just past my shoulders

Did you wear braces?
- nope.

Did you wear glasses?
- nope

Who were your best friends?
- Cindy, Ami, Sherry, Shelly, I hung out with a lot of my teammates

Who was your boyfriend/girlfriend?
- nobody, tear...

Who was your celebrity crush?
- Justin Timberlake

Who was your regular-person crush?
- nate

How many piercings did you have?
- just my ears

How many tattoos did you have?
- none.

What was your favorite band?
- I think it's fair to say I was obsessed with N'SYNC

What was your favorite tv show?
- Friends, American Idol, anything that had NSYNC on it (haha, but I'm serious)

What was your biggest fear?
- College and all that goes with growning up

Had you smoked a cigarette yet?
- no, gross

Had you gotten drunk?
- nope

Had you driven yet?
- oh yes

Well, I'm all grown up now, or at least I'm on my way. I don't live with my parents anymore and I'm a much stronger person than I once was (spiritually that is) in terms of muscles, I was in much better shape in high school than I am now!

How old are you?
- 22 years old

Whats your educational status?
- BA Degree, woo woo!

Where do you work?
- Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Where do u live?
- West Des Moines

Where do you hang out?
- harrisons, hayl and michaels, klife house... I'm in the process of making new friends

How is your hair style?
- well, now its brown and long with blond highlights, though, I want my plain brown hair back

Do you wear braces?
- nope.

Do you wear glasses?
- nope

Who are your best friends?
- hayl, jane, Beth, cindy, all the 220 e. 9th girls, so many of my Kanakuk friends who I get to see not nearly enough: Teeda, Kmart, ty, jason, bryden, chris, josh, sarah l, rachel, sarah w, tbone, adam, justin p, melissa, theres so many of you!!! etc. etc. etc.

Who is your boyfriend/girfriend?
- no boyfriend

Who is your celebrity crush?
- adam brody, justin t, wentworth miller is pretty hot

Who is your regular person crush?
- i can't tell you that

How many piercings do you have?
- just my ears, still.

How many tattoos do you have?
- nada.

What is your favorite band?
- i like way too many different artists, I think I may have a slight obsession with music and concerts. Some artists I like: Marc Broussard, Gavin Degraw, Jason Mraz, Journey, Bon Jovi, Ari Hest, Jack johnson, matt wertz, dave barnes, john mayer, jeremy camp, shawn mcdonald, kelly clarkson, I love Christmas music, etc etc etc

Favorite tv show?
- The OC, Laguna Beach, Gilmore Girls, and Amazing Race

What is your biggest fear?
- being an adult and I really dont want to be alone forever

Have you smoked a cigarette yet?
- never, gross.

Have you gotten drunk?
- nope

Have you driven yet?
- still driving

well that was fun reminiscing about the old days, I encourage you to do the same, its quite refreshing to see how far you've come!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Yeah, its the first day of December!! That means Christmas is just around the corner and you can blast your Christmas music as loud as you want without getting wierd looks from those people who are still recovering from Thanksgiving. I woke up this morning to a winter wonderland of snow. We got about 3 inches or so. It really wasn't so bad because it's not that cold outside and the snow makes things look pretty. But from what I hear tonight, we're supposed to be below freezing temperatures. All the more better reason to travel to a place with a warm climate!!