Tuesday, January 31, 2006


Uh, Ari Hest anyone...

Someone To Tell

At my foot is a diary
A lone piece of paper
There the results of my investigations
I'm searching for takers
I want you to ache with my aching
I'm a long way from home, carrying a message
Eager to send that message to you

Lend me your ears tonight
I'm venturing out, I'm leaving my shell
I just want you to hear me out
And it just won't feel right
Without someone to tell

Someone to help me through
Someone to walk in my worn shoes
To disconnect me from my stubborn shadow
To convince me that I have grown
And I'll set you free from your own
So run from your heartache
Run away from your shame
We will bury the troubles we've been fighting to tame

Lend me your ears tonight
I'm venturing out, I'm leaving my shell
I just want you to hear me out
And it just won't feel right
Without someone to tell


PS. SHOUT OUT TO JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE ON HIS BIRTHDAY TODAY!! WHAT WHAT!!

Thursday, January 26, 2006

"Can't you see that it's just rainin, ain't no need to go outside....

As much as I love that song, today is definitely the day to be outside. 60 degree weather in January. I just love it. The sun, the warm breeze, what more could we ask for in January.

I do love "banana pancakes, sleepin in, and pretending that its the weekend....

Oh no, not today! How I wish I had someone to go on a little stroll outside with me. My poor friend Hayl is stuck on the couch getting a drip. I guess I'll have to go outside and explore on my own.

"But I guess tomorrow I will wake up slow...

Saturday, January 21, 2006

No Kidding
1) FLorida - each county has a "Nuisance Alligator Rustler"
2) Missouri - first commercial U.S. winery (1823)
3) Michigan - Aretha Franklin's voice is a "state natural resource"
4) Colorado - once staged a bullfight (1895)
5) Washington - resolution to make "Louie, Louie" state song (did not pass)

Source: World Features Syndicate

Friday, January 20, 2006

After I got off work yesterday I headed over to my best pal Hayl's house. She's prego and is not so well. She has to be hooked up to this old grandpa machine to give her fluids every day. No fun. Anyways, it was good to talk with her and to just hang out. After we watched The OC, we tuned to this tv show called "14 kids and pregnant again." This show was incredible people. It was like the Trost kids, well not really. The only reason I compared us to them is because all of the kids names begin with J (like my family). I'm proud to say that everyone in my family begins with a J, including my parents where as the duggar family, the mom's name is Michelle! haha. Anyways, this show was hilarious. The girls were made to wear mom outfits and these oversized jumpers because it brought "countenance to their faces." What would you do with 14 kids, and now 15 in a house with only 2 bathrooms. I left about halfway through the show so I didnt see the end but Hayl informed me today that they did an update of the family and yes, its true, the mom is pregnant with the 16th child! CARAAZZY! I just thought I would share this with you and tell you to tune in if you ever come across the show. You will literally be amazed! haha

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Colossians 1:1-8
1) Faith: Placing wholehearted trust in God's son.
2) Love: Living out consistent devotion to God's people.
3) Hope: Being completely confident in God's promises
4) Truth: Embracing the good news of God's grace
5) Growth: Producing spiritual fruit in God's world.

I love this next verse and I believe its very important to live by it. Without strong faith and trust in the Lord, we are nothing!
Colossians 2:6-7
"And now, just as your accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overlow with thankfulness."

Remember, "he is no fool to give what he can not keep to gain what he cannot lose." J. Elliot

Sunday, January 15, 2006

57, are you for real 57. It's January people. It's not supposed to be 57. I just got back from a great little jog/walk. What is this crazy place I live in called IOWA. I'm definitely a beach kind of girl and this "warm" weather really throws me off. And heres the thing, its probably going to snow this week. Only in Iowa people, only in Iowa.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Iowa Football!!!!!!

The day starts before sunrise for most Iowa fans as the parking lots, grass fields and small homes around the stadium fill up with tailgaters. Vendors line Melrose Avenue selling everything from Hawkeye souvenirs to Big Ole Turkey Legs. Some fans park in a nearby town (Coralville) and ride the Hawkeye Express train to the game, just as fans did in the early 1900's. Smoke rises up from grills all across the city.

Meanwhile, from Sioux City (town in Northern Iowa) to Centerville (town in Southern Iowa) local bars are filling up with people to watch the game. I-Club gamewatch locations throughout the country and world are gathering – from Phoenix, Arizona to Memphis, Tennessee to Kuwait City, Kuwait.

Farmers throughout Iowa are climbing into the cabs of their John Deere combine for a full day’s work of bringing in the harvest. As the blades on their bean head start to whirl they turn on WHO radio to listen to pregame and cheer on “the boys.”

Back in Iowa City more and more fans start to gather on Melrose Avenue and funnel into Kinnick Stadium. You aren’t really sure whether the chill down your spine as you walk through the gate is that of anticipation or the ghost of Nile Kinnick, the war hero and Heisman Trophy winner who watches over the stadium. The crowded corridors are full of fans wearing everything from top hats to black and gold striped bib overalls. Finding your place in the stands, the public address announcer yells, “Are you ready for the boom!” and the band starts to play the fight song as they march across the field. All eyes turn to HawkVision as it replays Nile Kinnick’s Heisman acceptance speech and a chorus of 70,000 bumblebees, as Iowa fans are affectionately referred to, sing the national anthem. Then the speakers vibrate as Mettalica’s Enter Sandman is played, “Exit light, enter night, take my hand, off to never, never land…” The Iowa football team enters the field, hand in hand, in the “swarm.” And then the game begins…
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If you ever have the pleasure of attending an Iowa football game you will leave impressed by nothing yet moved by everything. Kinnick stadium is neither the largest nor the smallest. The football team is not the fastest or the slowest. Our coach is not the nicest or the meanest. We don’t have a live tiger running around the stadium and our team doesn’t enter the field with smoke. There is not a terrific view of the mountains from the upper deck or a special chant from the stands.

Yet there is something very old-fashioned, pure, American about the Iowa football experience.

After the game you’ll still find tailgaters in their parking spots as the last rays of sunshine fade. A few remaining coals from the charcoal grills glimmer in the dusk. Its six Saturdays a year, but the experience of a lifetime. (anonymous)


ps. today is definitely an I heart everything that begins with a j day!
Friday the 13th

That is indeed the day it is! Scary. Actually driving to work this morning, the sky was a clear blue, very crisp like, and the moon was huge and bright orange looming over the western suburbs of the city. It was quite beautiful actually. I wish I had my camera.

This day has turned out to be everything that it's supposed to be I guess. I'll spare you the details. Lets just say I think tomorrow is going to have to be an "I heart everything that begins with a J day"!!!!

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Within these next couple of weeks I think I'm going to make some changes in my life. Who knows where they will lead or what will come of it but I guess that's the purpose of faith right. It's just really scary taking that leap sometimes. It shouldn't be scary because the Lord knows exactly what He's doing for "greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world" (1 John 4:4).

It's funny how you can be planning to make all these decisions one day and then God will kick you in the face (my term I like to use) and totally turn you around to take a different direction. He's a funny guy that God of mine, letting me think I have things figured out when all along He had something He was going to throw at me. The devil works his way into your mind letting you think you can handle things on your own, even when deep down, you know you can't. That's the way he works, he prowls on your weaknesses.

"Finally be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's scheme. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand" (Ephesians 6:10-13)

WOW! I think I should just stop there, its always good to end with the Word!

Wednesday, January 11, 2006




Marc Broussard, who doesn't love him!

My God, my God
Why have you forsaken me?
I cannot find the light
And I'm constantly running from thee

My God, my God
Help me find the way
Back to your loving arms

Oh you are the way, the truth and the life
Burn over me
Lord send your might
Oh I can do nothing without you
With your strength
This dark night I'll get through
I'll get through

My God, my God
Heal this sin-stained soul
I give my life to you
Take me and make me whole

My God, my God
I'm lost and so alone
Drowning in a sea of desolation
Help me find
Help me find my way back home

Oh you are the way, the truth and the life
Burn over me
Lord send your might
Oh I can do nothing without you
With your strength
This dark night I'll get through
I'll get through

My God, my God, my God
I know you're not forsaking me
But I cannot find the light
And I'm
And I'm constantly running from thee

My God, my God
I'm lost and so alone
Drowning in a sea of desolation
Help me find
Help me find my way back home
My God

Oh you are the way, the truth and the life
Burn over me
Lord send your might
Oh I can do nothing without you
With your strength
This dark night I'll get through
I'll get through

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Here's one of my faves to contemplate for the day.

Isaiah 55:10-11
"The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for teh farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to and it will prosper everywhere I send it. "

Monday, January 09, 2006

Some good stuff for the girls... (and I suppose guys too)

Matthew 7:6 --- Do not throw your pearls to the pigs!
Be careful that you do not give something precious to someone who, at best, cannot recognize its beauty, or at worst, will trample on it. Consider your feminine heart and beauty your treasure, your pearls. A woman can test and see if a man is willing to move in a good direction by offering a taste of what is available with her if he does. She does not give everything in a moment. As God does, she allures and waits to see what he will do.

Jeremiah 29:13 -- You will find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Not only will we find God when we seek Him with all our heart, but this is the way a woman should live as well. Not defiant, not hiding, but alluring and watching to see if "he" wants to come closer.

Ruth 1:16 --- Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.
Friendships between women provide a safe place to share in the experiences of life as a woman. It is a great gift to know that you see as another sees, an immense pleasure to be understood, to enjoy the easy companionship of one you can let your guard down with. Some who knows what its like living in a world run by men.

"The only place where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers of love is Hell." C.S. Lewis

Much of this stuff I'm just taking and elaborating from the book Captivating by John and Stasi Eldridge.

Sunday, January 08, 2006







Nashua-Plainfield Alumni Game 2005

I'm definitely feeling the after effects of the basketball game and its been a couple of days now. What's that saying about myself being in shape? Ah, negative!! On December 30, 2005, Nashua-Plainfield alumni took on Rockford alumni. I can't tell you how much I love to play basketball, especially with some of my old teammates. It's like we get out on the floor and things have never changed. We can still read eachother's moves and know how eachother plays. I had such a blast being back at my old stomping grounds. Plus, any excuse to wear guys basketball shorts, I'm there!! The gym was full of spectators, both old and young, who came out to watch some fun and hilarious alumni basketball. There were 12 girls who played and 15 guys played who played for the NP teams. I think the age range went from 18 years old to about mid 40's. I'm not quite sure what the exact final score for either games were but I know we (the girls) beat the Rockford girls by over 30 and the guys won by over 25. NP has still got it! haha. Anyways, after the guys game was over, there was a reception at the country club for all the fans and the players from all the teams. It was a fun time just hanging out, laughing at the old men, and catching up with some past classmates. It's so hard for me to believe that this summer is my 5 year class reunion! AHHH. But I'm actually looking forward to it. Anyways, the alumni game is a great tradition and I had such a great time. I got some good stats, great exercise, and I only embarrassed myself once. (The first play down the court, Heather through the ball to me and it just went right through my hands and between my legs! I just turned to the audience and did a bow. What can you do!)

ps. we're playing in the Iowa games this summer so watch out!

Wednesday, January 04, 2006



220 East 9th Christmas Extravaganza

So, it didnt turn out to be quite an extravaganza. We were missing one member and the main course didn't quite turn out like Hayl and I (and Michael) had hoped. Nonetheless, just being around one another brought back memories and created an atmosphere of fun. We all gathered at the Slaters around 6ish and chatted away for a bit. Michael and I prepared the meal while Hayl and Jane ran to the grocery to pick up some essentials. Linds, Matt, and Doug rolled in a bit later bringing with them smiles and stories. After we sat down to dinner, Michael treated us to some spectacular piano playing. And when I say spectacular, I mean, it was almost as if he wasn't even playing at all! After the concert, we put on our swimsuits and jumped in the hot tub. Oh the memories of that hot tub and the crazy things I remember. Hayl and Linds didnt last long while Jane, myself, and the rest of the boys "chilled" in the hot tub. (I'm not sure the word chill really works in that sentence) The boys started to get a little crazy which signaled Jane and my exit.
Later on, we broke out the NSync Christmas cd and the dancing began. Michael got his video camera out and did some great film work. The dancing wasn't quite up to Adagio par but some great dance moves were created throughout the night. Hayl and Michael treated us to a special video revealing a very happy surprise. Hayl also gave us nice little gifts from GAP Body. I love Hayley, she is the best. All in all, there were many laughs, smiles, and some great dancing. I love my girls of 220 east 9th. May our legacy live on.
ps. Brooke, we missed you but you were in our hearts every dance move!

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Outback Bowl 2006














I really don't have words..... just tears.
What can I say, I'm angry, I'm sad, I'm frustrated, I'm disappointed, I'm confused, I'm etc. etc. etc. All I really can say is that I love my Iowa Hawkeyes.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Happy New Year 2006!!
Yeah, for 2006. A lot happened over the course of 2005 and I'd say it was almost all great. I had a great year and I look back on so much with a big smile. I can only hope for the best for 2006 and that it can only get better.
First things first: Tomorrow is the big game!! IOWA HAWKEYES vs. the florida gators. 10 AM! You can bet I'll be up bright and early with my Iowa attire on, the food and party snacks made, and the energy will be at an all time high! I can't wait for the game. All I can say is Go Hawkeyes!!
Second: Now that it's January, warm weather is just around the corner. I made it through December and I'm sure January won't be too much of a fuss, but it's that darn February that gets me. Hopefully, it won't be too brutal this winter.
Third: With the Christmas season over, its time to start looking forward to the next break...SPRING BREAK. Even though I'm out of college, it is still something to look forward to. Can't wait!! I hope you all had a great break, a wonderful Christmas, a happy New Years, etc. Can't wait to see some of you and catch up. Oh Happy Day!