Monday, November 26, 2007

Presenting...

You always knew the Trost family could really dance!! Here's proof! Enjoy

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Resolutions.....

Theres so many things/people/moments in my life that inspire me. With this inspiration comes a need, a desire, I'm not really sure what it is but whatever it is, something is pressing me to make a resolution list. Why is it that I find satisfaction in making lists just so I can check things off? There's just something about checking that box of completion. But the thing is, it's a never ending process. There will always be boxes to check and things to cross off. So with that, comes my resolution list of things I hope to accomplish in 2008 (yes the resolutions are coming early this year).

1. Work for a good cause - I so badly want to go to africa and help out in whatever way I can. maybe for a couple of weeks, maybe for a month, who knows but I want to do it
2. Learn to play the guitar - this has been on my list since I was about 10 years old. Hopefully i can get this one checked off sooner than later
3. Spend a day with Matt and Dave - is this really attainable?! I say yes! A girl can dream can't she.
4. Invent a new letter - you know, i've been working on this one since, well, kindergarten. I'm convinced that it can happen but no luck so far. You should definitely hear some of the sounds I've made trying to come up with a new letter :)
5. Spend more time with Jesus - doing my best....
6. Take more pictures - I'm thinking I should include video in this too. Youtube is a big hit these days! I should jump on the bandwagon and starting keeping record of some of my finer moments.
7. Run in a race - I debated on putting this on my list. Someday I'd like to say I ran a marathon, but I'll settle for a 5K.
8. Sing "The Hills Are Alive, with the Sound of Music" while running across a field in Austria - this is going to happen for sure! I've loved the Sound of Music since the first time I saw the movie (that would be age 6, at least thats the first time I remember it) So I would think a dream of 18 years should probably come true. Right?!
9. Write something - I'm going to write a book someday. Not sure what, when, yada yada, but its on the resolution list.
10. Be at peace - wow, this ones deep. There's a lot going on in my life and I really just need to find peace in it all. The aloneness, the happy times, the tears, the unanswered questions, the wait.

So theres a list of 10 resolutions I hope to someday cross off my list. I should probably add a resolution to stop biting my nails but you know what, I've come to terms with the fact that no matter how hard I try, when I get nervous, its inevitable! Another resolution would be to discover new music artists. I already do this but maybe if I write this down I'll really make a point to put more effort into it. And someday, I want to spend a day hanging out with Rev Run and his family! How fun would that be!!! That family is hilarious. I can't wait to check out this ole list of mine a year from now. Lets hope I can at least cross one off the list. We'll see..... later gators!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Two Birds/One Stone



I just had to post some pictures from the Dave Barnes and Matt Wertz concert last night. Seriously, both guys in one place performing together!! What a great concert! Best Halloween Ever!

Friday, October 05, 2007

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Some great things that happened today

A couple things happened today that really just made me laugh so I thought I'd share. We had this massive storm go through the state this morning/afternoon/evening (yes it rained pretty much all day) so there was a lot of standing water on the streets. The rain had stopped finally and luckily it was time for me to go home from work. I was driving home and I noticed some kids walking home from school so I slowed down a bit. This one boy was skipping in front of the rest, he must have had a good day. There was a car in front of me that was going a bit faster and before I knew it, the car plowed right into a giant puddle. A giant tidal wave splashed on top of the boy. If you could have seen his face, you would have wet your pants from laughing so hard. I about did. He was this little thing and here he was, skipping home from school, when he gets drenched by a giant splash of water. You ever have that look where you're like "what in the world just happened?" Well, he did, but he was about 8. Priceless!

Then, I was talking to one of my kampers tonight and she was telling me about how she's been watching the Discovery Channel a lot lately. She said that every time she watches Shark Week she thinks of me. I was like, "hmmm, thats odd." Then it hit me. Back in the Real Deal Kanakuk Days, Julie and I made up a story that I was in a shark attack. It was probably one of the greatest improv stories ever told. I couldn't believe that she still remembered it. It really made my night. Thanks Ryane! (If you're reading this, sorry that we told you a lie and that you still believe it to this day. You made my night though!)

And with that, I close. What started out as a dreary raining day, God brought the sun. With the sun God brought lots of smiles. And where there is smiles, there is thanks.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Ramblings in my head when I can't sleep.....

Writing has always come easy to me. I'm not sure if it comes from the insane amount of thoughts that pass through my head every day or that I just find some peace in writing. Many times I'll write a story in my head and thats where it will stay. Very rarely will those thoughts be written down into a journal and its even less likely that they'll appear on this here blog. However, on occasion some funny thing happens to me or I have some random thoughts and I just can't take it, it has to be written down.

Tonight I'm missing my grandpa and I was struck with the concept of "life." Its got me feeling a bit overwhelmed. We're all here for a purpose right?! And we spend a good chunk of our time on this Earth searching for that purpose and/or trying to live it out. Does there ever come a time when you say "Okay, I've done all I can do, I've searched as far as I can go" and then you just stop? Will I ever feel like I've really achieved my purpose here? Or will there always be more. A lot of people have desires which they seek to fulfill and I think that many times, those desires get in the way of our purpose. You want the family, the successful job, the house with the white picket fence, the dog, 2 cats, the cars, the box seats......... They start out with the question "whats my purpose or what am I here for?" A majority will answer that question with the desire to have a family. That desire then spills into the rest of their life where they try to achieve things that, while good, really leave you wanting more. Desires are great but they are not purpose.

Again, the question is asked "what is your purpose?" I personally believe it's to go and make fishers of men. But once again, I'm left feeling confused and overwhelmed with that answer. Where do I go? How do I go? I'm left with the feeling that purpose can never fully be achieved while I'm on this Earth. Its hard to find peace in that, don't you think?! That what you're called to do can never fully and completely be achieved. Theres always more to be done, places to go, you're never fully satisfied. This is something that I've struggled with for a good 1/2 of my life. What path am I to take and where will that lead. Sure there will be many accomplishments along the way, many highs and lows, and thats all part of your journey. You're filling in that circle that is purpose. But will it ever be completely filled?

After you read this and you're more confused then ever, welcome to the club because as I read this back, I'm not sure if it even makes sense to me. I guess what I'm trying to say is that trying to figure out life is impossible. Am I where I'm called to be? When will this place feel like home? If I've learned anything, I've learned that this Earth is not home, heaven is home. Until that day that I am reunited with my grandpa in heaven (home) I must go through this life trying to live out what I've been called to do, my purpose. (Jer 29:11) Whether I completely understand it our not doesn't really matter because as they say "Thats life."

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Where does life go when you're not looking?

Where do you begin when you're not really sure where the last couple months went. Why does it seem that as I get older, the years just get faster and faster. Have I really been out of college for 2 full years now? Am I expected to be totally immersed into the "real world" or can I still get by with that "I have no idea what I'm doing" look?
This summer was, wow, so busy I wonder how I even had time to sleep. Weddings seemed to be the theme and I happily partook in all the festivities. Casey, Beth, Teeda, Lindsay, Doug and the list goes on and on and on..... Throw in vacation, working overtime, concerts, its a wonder I even got to follow baseball season this summer. Now, its mid September and I'm thinking to myself "holy crap its going to snow soon and I barely got a tan!" (well maybe I'm just thinking this summer went really fast but I do look a little pasty for September)
I've missed so many writing opportunities because I was just flying through life. I can think of about 8 stories I want to write but know that in reality, the moment has passed and I won't do them justice. I can, however, inform you that I've joined Farrells kickboxing so there's bound to be some funny stories from my experience. In fact, I'm pretty sure after I'm done writing this I'm not going to be able to get up off the couch because my muscles have decided to cramp up and my legs won't move. Awesome right.
What I'm hoping for the fall is that I can write a little more, catch some episodes of The Office, watch the Hawkeyes dominate, have fun with my friends, and take time to enjoy life. Maybe I'll read a good book or two, if I have time. So, bring it on fall. I'm inspired!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Who knew Tiger Woods was so funny?!

Below is a little excerpt from the Today show interview with Tiger Woods. For some reason, I found this hilarious and couldn't stop laughing! Read below:


So what’s more difficult, Lauer asked, a must-make shot on the golf course, or changing a dirty diaper without any spills?

“Number two,” Woods laughed. “Literally.”

Monday, August 13, 2007

Back from vacay

Stay tuned for the rundown and the picks.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The Joys of people watching

Have you ever been in a public place and you just find yourself just watching people?! Its something I really love to do, just sit and watch people. Awkward? no way, people watching is practically an art form! Not only do I love to people watch but I especially like to watch people in compromising situations. Lets take for instance, the escalator. (you're thinking to yourself, how is this compromising) Well, let me tell you. First off theres the entrance. You see people who walk confidently on to the escalator and ride smoothly up or down. Then there are those who are not quite sure which little square they want to stand on so they hesitate, thus throwing off the line forming behind them of future riders... always funny to watch.

The best, I must say, is the exit. You've got those people who take a decent step off to make sure all shoelaces and extremities are clear of the stair before it gets sucked down into the unknown; then theres those who ride it all the way to the end, again, slowing down those riders behind them which once again, is always funny to watch.

But today, I witnessed something that I'd never seen before. I watched a lady get on to the escalator and ride it smoothly down but as she neared the end, I could see the tension start to build. Do I go now, wait, no now, no.... Finally, she just leaped off it! And I'm not talking a small leap, this lady literally hurled herself off the escalator. If escalator exiting were an olympic sport, she would be in the top running for farthest jump. It was amazing. I burst out laughing and then quickly realized that I was that person walking in the mall who is laughing to themselves and people look at you all awkward. But today, I didnt care. I laughed all the way out the door.


btw. whats up with those kids who race up the down escalators? (oh wait, i was totally one of them!)

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Beth Got Married!!!






The Borretts, how cute! Beth finally married Blake after what seemed like a fairly long courtship. I've never seen her happier than the day of her wedding. She was a beautiful bride and I'm so happy for her!

Thursday night was the bachelorette party which is always fun. We took the party van (aka Agrimson family vacation van) and Jenna being the sweetheart that she is opted to drive. We hit the town, Cedar Rapids that is, and pretty much brought the party to wherever we were. It was a blast. I loved having Teeda and Kmart in town as well. Crazy girls!

Friday morning we went and checked on the flowers, decorated the church, and ran some errands. Friday night was the rehearsal and the dinner at the Coe Alumni House. It was a beautiful little building with a garden out back. So pretty! After the dinner, we all went back to Beth's parents house to roast smores. YUM

Saturday, the big day. We all got our hair done and then headed to the church to get ready. Pictures, pictures, pictures..... but you know me, I love pictures. Then came time for the wedding and thankfully, I held it together as best as I could ( I only cried a little) Beth looks absolutely gorgeous and Blake looked oh so handsome. After the wedding, the LIMO! We took some more pictures and then headed to the Marriott for the dinner and then party time! I danced my little shoes off, it was such a blast.

Sunday was the brunch and gift opening at Beth's parents. From there we all said goodbye and went home to recover from the fun, exhausting, exciting weekend. In less than 1 month, I get to do it all over again for Teedas. YEAH!!

As it has been pointed out to me (many times) I'm the last one of the fab 4 to be married. Looks like my wedding will have to be over the top whenever that day comes.....!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

My Dream

I'm not really sure why we dream the things that we do but mine last night was definitely great. Let me first say that before I fell asleep, I watched the Mets beat the Cardinals and I watched Matt Wertz new music video on the internet. Start dream ......

Jane was there, sitting in a little booth because apparently she was my tour manager (or personal assistant). Turns out I was the opening act for Matt Wertz. David Wright was performing after me, although what he was performing I'm unsure since he's a baseball player. Anyways, about 15 minutes before the show I realized that I had one of Matt Wertz song as part of my set. Since I was opening for him, I didnt think it was wise to sing one of his own songs. SO, I started with a Bethany Dillon song and when that was done, I kind of freaked for a second. No fear, I recovered quite nicely. I decided I would just have to improv and make up a song as I went along. Let me tell you, this song would have won me the Grammy. I wish I could have remembered the words or even the melody because seriously, it was awesome! I was called I Need You ( I think) but I know it was about Jesus so of course it was good! I was so impressed with myself that I was making up this song as I went along that I just belted it out. Instantly the crowd turned from about 40 to about 400 and I was on this massive stage. Or at least it felt like it b/c I was singing with my eyes shut. The crowd cheered so loud and I was so excited that I opened my eyes to see them and yup, I woke up. End dream....

It was an awesome dream but then it hit me that I'm not a recording artist touring with Matt Wertz. bummer.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Some more fun little whatchamacallits from work

Rhyming Riddles
To find your riddle answers, think of two words that rhyme
Example: Question - What do you call a rabbit who tells jokes?
Example: Answer - A Funny Bunny

1. What do you call a cat who weighs too much?
2. What is a person who fixes a broken watches or time pieces?
3. What do vampires wear to keep their heads warm?
4. What did Santa have when he dyed his whiskers green?
5. What do you call a purple gorilla?
6. What do you call someone who steals diapers?
7. What do you call an orange peel or banana skin?
8. What do you call someone who is the same color of banana?
9. What do yo call a thief in the library?
10. What do you call a sad fruit?


Answers below so don’t scroll down until you're ready….









1. Fat Cat
2. Clock Doc
3. Bat Hat
4. Weird Beard
5. Grape Ape
6. Diaper Swiper (or my answer: a brief theif)
7. Fruit Suit
8. Yellow Fellow
9. Book Crook
10. Glum Plum

Friday, June 08, 2007

Some brain teasers my boss gave us today

1). A palindrome is a word, sentence or group of words that reads the same backward or forward. (it sort of works)

Elderly Tigers

S_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ S

2). Which three numbers give the same result when they are added together as when they are multiplied?

3). Four words with "cat" in them fit the definitions below:

1. A disaster
2. A type of boat
3. A listing
4. A religious building

4). Starting with "A," move in a clockwise direction and fill in the missing letters:

A
? C

O F
?

5). Find the word that best completes the following sequence:

Nine Eight Ten Nineteen

A. Seven
B. Twenty
C. Ninety

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The Kountryside






Every summer I struggle with the feeling that I shouldn't be in Des Moines but inside a barn that is hotter than hades, surrounded by kids dressed in crazy costumes who havent showered, singing songs at the top of your lungs, sweating all day long, working alongside the greatest friends who would do anything for you, being led by directors who I strive to model my life after, did I mention sweating all day long, all while praising the Lord. It must be kamp time!

This past Memorial weekend I got the privilage to spend some time at the Kountryside visiting friends and having a great time. Janie and I watched some movies, baked some cookies, laughed a lot, you know, the norm. I love that girl. No matter how far apart we live or how often we talk, her friendship is like no other. I've been gone a day and I miss her already. But enough about Jane, she knows shes cool!

I got to spend some quality time with friends I see about once a year. So naturally, I have to take advantage of it when I can. Sarah B, the sweetest girl on this planet and also really funny. Shes got some great stories which, wow, I laugh my head off every time. The Bretts - McLaughlin and Myles - quality guys with quality hearts. McL knows he's got the rhythm that makes the ladies go crazy and Myles, I just love to talk baseball with him! I can't say enough good things about them. Heather - love her! I definitely dont see her enough. Lundeen - my most favorite blond, marathon star, swedish, auburn alum, law student friend. Its always a good time when Lundeens around. We have the greatest conversations talking about nothing. What I love about the Sache is that we can laugh at anything. This girl doesn't know how much I love her friendship. Rudy, oh Rudy, what a guy, what a pal. The only thing I dislike about Rudy is that he's a Cardinals fan and that pretty much sums it up! Jason, my best friend, if only he could be me for 2 seconds to see himself and how much he's changed in the past 2 years. (did that sound weird?). He's super motivated to run all these races and do some iron mans and I have all the faith in the world that he can do it. Me, I'll be that friend rooting him on at the finishline :) Jason's another who I dont think realizes what a great friend he is to me. Katie H, I could hug that girl every day! Then there's Katie and Pete and little ryles. They are a great inspiration, they challenge me to be a better person, and I will always have a special place in my heart for the Newman family.

K-Kountry is a place where I've met some of my best friends, where kids have impacted my life more than I realize, and I've come to know the Lord in way that I never thought possible. God is so good.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Some 4's

>
> >Four Jobs
> 1. Wells Fargo
> >2. Kanakuk Kamps
> >3. Cedar Falls Rec Center
> >4 Cuna Mutual Insurance
> >
> >Four Movies I like to watch over and over...
> >1. The Sound of Music
> >2. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
> >3. She's the Man
> >4. Sister Act 2
>
> >Four favorite foods...
> >1. Hamburgers
> >2. Corn on the Cob
> >3. Ice cream
> 4. Jamba Juice
>
> >Four Places I would rather be now...
> >1. London
> >2. California
> >3. Hawaii
> >4. At a Justin Timberlake concert
>
> >Four Places I have lived...
> >1. Nashua, IA
> >2. Cedar Falls, IA
> >3. West Des Moines, IA
> >4. No so west but still in West Des Moines, IA
>
> >Four Favorite TV Shows... ( I went with a top 5)
> >1. The Office
> >2. The OC
> >3. Runs House
> >4. So You Think You Can Dance and/or Dancelife
> >5. Friends
>
> >Four places I have been on vacation...
> >1. Europe
> >2. California
> >3. Colorado
>.>4. Florida

Monday, May 21, 2007

American Idol and my mom

My mom has the best quotes ever and she doesnt even know it. The other day I asked her who she thought was going to win American Idol and this is what she said.

"Well Jordin is amazing. Blake, he doesnt sing great but he makes noises well."


I about lost it!

Saturday, May 19, 2007

My birthday is here!!!



I woke up bright and early this morning to a bird chirping outside my window. It really was a pleasant sound. I got ready for work slowly with no rush so that I would just feel relaxed when I came in to work today. My coworkers bought me flowers and all day I felt like I was sitting in a meadow with the smell of spring flowers all around me.

One of my coworkers brought in pastries for everyone so I got a dutch letter. Oh so tasty! We also played a little catchphrase which is always a welcome break. Tonight I went to my cousins graduation and got to see all of my family. Its still hard for me not having my grandpa there but I know he's with the Lord and he's happy.

I will take time today to appreciate everything. My family, my friends, the weather, the tv show The Office, good food, etc. :) It’s a great day to be alive. I'm so glad I was birthed on this day, 24 years prior. Happy Birthday to me.

Music of the Day: Justin Timberlake all day long
Weather: A mazing!
Dessert: it’s a dessert day all day long!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Birthday Celebration Countdown Day 2

From head to toe I am dressed in Gap attire. You know those feelings of when you walk in to a store and you realize that everything you have on came from that store. That’s how I feel today. When I say everything, I mean everything, even my shoes. Perhaps I should expand my wardrobe. Oh well.

Today we are going to paint pottery. How fun will that be. I will have to put my creative skills to the test to try to wow my boss (probably not going to happen as she's very crafty). I always enjoy our little team events. Lunch out on the town, a fun little activity, great conversation. What a way to spend this lovely hump day. I'm usually not a fan of Wednesdays but this Wednesday means its just one day closer to the big birthday. Enjoy your day, peace out brussel sprouts.

Artist of the Day: Hanson (yes I said hanson)
Weather: Glorious sunshine with a bit of a breeze
Dessert: I'm treating myself to a bagel from Brueggers! I had a little ice cream too!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Birthday Celebration Countdown Day 3

Well, the rain puts a damper on things but not my spirit! That’s for sure. Last night was a funny funny night watching kids run around the klife house, participating in games such as the bottle log, a rope swing, or desert island. I even had a little soft serve, thanks to the Colby's. It was a wonderful night (a little on the warm side and the mosqitos were out) but nonetheless, klife is done for the year. I will say the funniest part of the night was when Mitch, a 20 year old volunteer, ran smack into the screen door and basically just fell over. I about had a hernia laughing so hard!

Tonight I wilst return my library books, then head home for some American Idol and Gilmore Girls Series Finale. I'm sure it will end how we all expected it to. What a run those gilmores have had. Today I chose to wear a skirt and my pink polo. I kind of wish I had a headband in but I was running really late this morning and did not have time to really get ready at all. Whoops. Oh well. Its Tuesday….only a few days more till the weekend.

CD/Artist of the Day - Matt Wertz
Weather: Raining
Dessert of the Day: Dark Chocolate kisses baby!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Birthday Celebration Countdown Day 4

Let the party begin. Its Monday, its wonderfully warm outside (on the verge of hotness by noon) and I am wearing a new shirt I bought this weekend. I must say, its quite cute. I had a really good mothers day yesterday even though I didn’t get to see my madre. Lots of people around the house, picnic outside, got a good workout in, etc etc etc.

Tonight I have blowout Klub for Klife which is always fun. We have a challenge course all set up which always makes for an interesting evening. Then Runs House! Whats more exciting than that.

CD of the day: James Morrison - Undiscovered
Weather: Simply beautiful

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Word to your mother

I wish I had some great story to tell or something inspirational to write but frankly, I just love my mom and thats all I gots to say! What a lady. The many who have had the chance to be in her presence have been wowed by her charm. She's a lady who can whip up a mean "cut out" cookie; balance a demanding schedule between work, kids, and a social life; keep the Trost residence looking oh so spiffy; and well, she finds time to look slim and trim! What a lady, what a gal. Thats my momma. Everybody thinks their mom is the greatest but nobody has a mom like Julie. She truly is the greatest! word to your mother







ps. the birthday countdown is on......

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Sad days.....

Yesterday my grandpa passed away. Even if you prepare for someones passing, it never makes it easy. The littlest things spark tears of saddness, tears of joy, tears of remembrance. My grandpa was the most courageous man I've ever known. A surviving prisoner of World War II, his stories of courage and strength I will always remember. I'm going to miss seeing him when my family gets together, the Casey's donuts that would appear every morning because he was up before the sunrise, his hugs. I'm going to miss the way he used to sneak $10 into my hand so my parents wouldn't see, how he and my grandma would come to as many sporting events as they could, the family vacations. I'll miss how he'd be waiting there at the end of an event to tell me good job and give me a hug! I can't express enough what a great grandpa he was to me, what a great dad he was, or what a great husband he was. I know there will be rough days ahead where all I'll want to do is sit with my grandpa, but I know I'll be okay. The Lord knows the number of our days.... he will be dearly missed.
I love you Grandpa.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Today I decided to write my profile... and this is what came out

I have a fear of paper cuts
I become easily obsessed with things (don’t let that scare you, it’s always healthy obsessions - although that may be an oxymoron)
I think people who want to run marathons are crazy, but secretly, I'm jealous of them
I've seen justin timberlake in concert 6 times, and counting….
I find those awkward moments in life hilarious
Life would be a lot more exciting if people broke out in random song from time to time
A dream of mine is to be in a completely random place and suddenly everyone there knows the choreography to a dance and starts doing it, kind of like high school musical or grease
I have really bad posture and every day I fight to not bite my nails
I'm a whiz at Wheel of Fortune
The word "moist" grosses me out
I'd rather go to a musical than to a movie
I make To Do Lists with things I've already done, just so I can check them off
I want to live by the ocean some day but vacation in the mountains
I can talk for hours and hours, but I'm also a great listener
My parents used to call me megaphone when I was little because I would never shut up
I have more energy than a 3rd grader. I can never sit still. Ever since I was 5, I've had this problem when I start laughing and I'm supposed to be serious, its almost impossible for me to stop.
Dark liquids make me nervous
I love to read all kinds of books
People would describe me as a happy person with a good heart
Im a huge iowa hawkeyes fan
I absolutely love rollercoasters
I've always wanted the power to move things with my mind (and one time I thought I could)
I have an addiction to music.
I'm going to be a great mom some day
I feel a great sense of accomplishment when I can complete a crossword puzzle by myself
I notice the little things in life, and I enjoy them….
I expect guys to open the door for ladies
I'm close with my family yet I don’t see them that often
I value friendship more than you know
I enjoy that my life is random
I say I'll try anything once
I love christmas carols and classic hymns.
I'm a shopaholic who knows how to budget and save
I've got personality for days


and I think thats just about it..... for now!

Monday, April 16, 2007

After todays events at Virginia Tech...

I feel deep sorrow for the students who experienced what went on and sadness for the families who lost someone. Basically today, I was left with a loss of words as I watched the news. I was reminded of a song today and I just thought I'd share the lyrics.....

I'm finding myself at a loss for words and the funny thing is it's okay
The last thing I need is to be hear but to hear what You would say
World of God speak, would you pour down like rain
Washing my eyes to see, your majesty
To be still and know that you're in this place
Please let me stay and rest in your holiness
Word of God speak

I'm finding myself in the midst of You
Beyond the music, beyond the noise
All that I need is to be with you and in the quiet hear your voice

Word of God Speak......
I'm finding myself at a loss for words and the funny thing is, it;s okay.

Monday, April 09, 2007

And now I'm officially obsessed...

I spent a good part of my day reading articles about Zach, listening to commentary, watching some videos, etc etc etc. Here's a few that I liked. I also, added the conversation my aunt and I had during the Masters.

It takes 'normal guy' to slay Tiger
Opinion: In the final analysis, this Masters that made no sense makes perfect sense. That is, Zach Johnson makes perfect sense._ "I'm just a Midwest guy from Cedar Rapids, Iowa," Johnson. "Just a normal guy. That's what it's all about."

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18014173/from/ET/

And this is why I'm a fan….

Johnson blessed to win on Easter
Zach Johnson will take a win at the Masters any day. That he did it on Easter made it even more special.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18014678/from/ET/


During Easter, my entire family was watching the tournament. My aunt, throughout the tournament yesterday, kept commenting on Zach b/c she knew we were big fans of him. She kept saying things like "Jill, why aren't you married to him? I mean come on, you should be in georgia with him" "Why didn't you go after that guy?"
My response: "well, that would be nice but I think he's married"
My aunt "Well I dont care about that. Hes going to win the Masters!"
My response - "haha, true..."

Later at the end when he won and he was kissing his baby and hugging his wife
my aunt : "On second thought, maybe you shouldn't go for him
my response :well maybe I could be their nanny!

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Zach wins!



Zach Johnson wins the Masters!!! I could not be more excited!! I feel so proud and happy for him. The entire Trost family (and extended family) was glued to the tv waiting for Zach to win, cheering him on! It was just a great Masters. Yeah Zach!! Congrats!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Ahh, Wentworth

Don't you just love that smile! (you need to click on his name to see the picture)

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Mauer vs. Wright


So my Dad and I had a little heart to heart on our way home from Chicago tonight. And by heart to heart, I mean we talked about who we thought was a better baseball player, David Wright or Joe Mauer. I'm a big David Wright fan (for obvious reasons) so I naturally think he's the better baseball player. At 24 years old, he plays a wicked third baseman wearing that number 5. With 67 homers to his nameand .311 average, whats not to love. But, my Dad knows more about baseball than anyone I know. So when he has an opinion, I generally listen. Joe Mauer had a pretty good year last year so I guess I'll give him that. We'll just see how this year goes for him..... But I do love my Mr. Wright!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Dance already!

I'd like to share with you a one minute story of an occurrence that happened to me awhile ago when I was in Target. It went like this:

I was in target picking up a few groceries for a chili making event, when I rounded the corner of the aisle and a little girl by the name of Annika was spinning in the aisle (or twirling, whatever your personal preference is). Her mother says to her "Annika, stop dancing"
Annika's reply, "Mom" (and she keeps on twirling)
Annikas mom: You can dance when we get home
Annika: " But mom, I dance….. Because the song…. Is in my head!" (she says this in a loving way, you could tell the passion in her voice)
I was like YES! I gave her a little wink and I walked on by. I had a smile on my face for the rest of the time I was in target. That little girl, wow, what a future she will have! If only we were inducting new members into Adagio. Its that kind of passion that we need and dedication that we strive for. Think about the reasons you dance, ponder that thought, and the next time you hear the music in your head, just dance!


for my fellow adagio membersa

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Is Chivalry Dead?

Call me old fashioned, but I like it when a guy opens the door for me or pulls out my chair. But is it just me or does it seem like this is happening less and less. I hate the fact that I'm taken aback when a guy actually opens my car door. Tonight when I was at the gym, I was walking towards the drinking fountain and there was a guy in front of me. He turned around and let me get a drink first, before him! I was so impressed, granted he could have just wanted to stare at my a**, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. Does it seem wrong to want to have a conversation with a guy where cussing isn't part of his vocabulary?! I'm not jumping on the bitter bus towards guys or anything but if you really want to impress a girl, hold the door open for her, take her coat, walk her to her door, etc etc etc. All those little things that you don't think really exist in today's world, are really the little things that we love! So take note fellas, and don't let chivalry die!


why can't I just find a nice guy like Jim from The Office? Even Dwight Schrute would make me laugh! haha

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Oh the snow...

Remind me again why I live in Iowa......

http://www.iowadot.com/2007_blizzard.html


but I can't complain. Yesterday was 77!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

My random life

This is just a little insight in to how random my life is. This morning I woke up and I swear, I did not move an inch while I slept last night. I woke up in the same spot I fell asleep, I'm positive. Any time I do this, I know I got a good nights rest because usually I'm tossing and turning. I have antsy legs, what can I say. Anyways, I have to explain my dream. I was in a room full of people and for some reason, I just happened to be sitting next to the one, the only, David Hasselhoff (no I was not impressed). Turns out we were at an auction for celebrity junk. You know, stuff like Britney Spear's gum, Star Wars gear, that sort of stuff. I guess I was there to bid on a piano owned by Billy Joel. David leans over and asks what I'm there to bid on so naturally, I tell him. He proceeds to tell me how he's just there to make sure someone good gets his car. As soon as he mentions his car, Ian Zehring (Steve from 90210) comes sliding over and is like "dude, I'll buy your car." I'm thinking all along the car they are talking about it Kit from Night Rider. So they hackle back and forth and finally David accepts Ians offer. Well, turns out that the car they were talking about was a beach cruiser from Baywatch. When Ian finds out, he began to hurl insults at David who in turn, started sending them right back. 90210 vs. Baywatch. classic. Then I woke up.. That's it, random right!

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Boredom....

It's one thing to be bored but it's another thing to be sick and bored. At least when I'm just bored, I have all these options of stuff I could do but when I'm sick, there's not a whole lot you can do when you cant even lift your arms over your head! You can only check your email so many times or even update your facebook status. I think the concept of boredom is why they invented tv marathons. A mindless activity that will keep you occupied for hours.... until you come to the realization that you haven't moved in the past 5 hours.
I try to read my book but even that lasts only so long. I did a little spring cleaning in my room, checked my email, organized some bills, checked my email, turned on the tv in hopes that something interesting was on (there wasn't), checked my email, made myself a snack, and here I am. I think I'll give my book another go. I guess there really is no point to this little blog except that I'm wasting time trying to pass the hours. More importantly, I'm just ready for summer when I can go sit out in the sun or take a walk. I never seem to be bored in the summer (or sick either!)

Thursday, March 01, 2007

My mom, part 2

Coming off of my last post about becoming my mom, I want to make it clear that although I love my mother dearly and want nothing more than to model my life after her, it is a bit scary to come to the realization that it could actually happen. I could become my mother! Although its laughable at this stage of my life, when I think about what I want in the future, alot of it stems back to how I grew up. Growing up in a small town in Iowa definitely has its benefits. I was able to get involved in so many activities and my parents were always there, supporting me. I can probably count the times my mom wasn't at one of my games on one hand No matter if we won or lost (we usually won! ha) my parents were there at the end of the game to tell me they were proud of me. Its amazing what positive reinforcement does for a teenager. My parents taught me to be a humble winner, a gracious loser, a teammate! When I think back on all of the things that my parents have done for me and my brothers, I'm amazed. What selfless love, to truly put others before yourself. I think back on the times when my parents were carting us all around the state of Iowa for this or that. I hate it when I hear people say they had to put their life on hold for something like having kids. I guess it doesn't really make sense to me. Its not a matter of putting your life on hold but listening to the desires of your heart and making that your life. I would want my LIFE to BE my kids.
But hey, I'm only 23 and that seems like a ways off for me at this point. I guess I dont have to worry about becoming my mother quite yet. But, if someday God molds me in to half of the lady that she is, I'll be happy. With that, I think I'll go call my mom! Yeah, I love my mom.


ps. No kidding, during this little snow storm that we have going on here, my mom has consistently called me to make sure I'm okay. I'm like, "yes, I'm at my house, I'm safe"... everytime.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Little Theodore Everett Nixon





Dear Baby Nixon,
You are the cutest little thing I have ever seen. I just want to cry when I see your precious little face. You're so content curled up in that little ball resting on my stomach. To see your parents look at you and smile, it brings joy to my life. What an awesome gift God has given. You look so much like your father, I can tell we're going to be great friends. This is my prayer for you, that the Lord will protect you on your walk through this thing called life. The He will guide your every step, bless your every though, and grant you your heart's desire. No dream is too small, no heart is too big. Honor your parents, smile often, and laugh as much as you can. "Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." Romans 12:2

I cant wait to watch you grow up! Love, Jill

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Spiritual Gifts

This morning in church my pastor talked a lot about spiritual gifts and the idea of art. Whenever the topic of spiritual gifts comes up, its always cause for some concern in my life. I like to think that I'm good at a lot of things but when I try to think of something that I really excel at, I have a hard times pinpointing that gift. Athletically, I can hold my own; I'm pretty organized, sure; administration I can handle; evangelism isn't a strong point but I'm working on it; I like to think I'm pretty in tune with the music world; I love kids and the discipleship factor; and when it comes to art, I pretty much suck! Sitting in church, I was thinking, artistically, I make a mean snow angel and thats about it. Good thing I live in Iowa right! I find myself constantly praying for God to give me direction on what I should be doing with my life. I have a hard time when He answers me with "just wait, I've got everything under control." I'm the type of person that likes to have it all figured out. Ephesians 4:1 says that we are to lead a life worthy of God's calling, for we have been called by God...to be patient... Patience is definitely a virtue. We are the clay, He is the potter (Jeremiah 18:6). Let God mold you in to who He has called you to be. I guess thats the beauty of it. I dont have to have it all figured out. The Lord knows the desires of my heart and I can rest in the fact that I will be okay. Ephesians 2:10 --For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.

Friday, February 16, 2007

How I know I'm becoming my mother...

-- I refer to people in movies and tv as "oh they were from that Hallmark movie"

-- I look forward to baking on the weekends

-- you can often find me reading a great book

-- wheel of fortune isn't a challenge

-- some days I'm an emotional wreck

-- i plan my grocery list in the order of which aisles I will go down

-- I bought a Jim Brickman cd

And how I really know I am turning into my mother: I rushed home from the gym the other night to catch the end of a Lifetime Original Movie (mind you, I had already seen the movie twice!)

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Just wanted to send a little shout out to my brosef, Jonathan. He turned 21 yesterday. Holy cow! Happy Birthday Brotheren!

Monday, February 12, 2007

What Goes Around...Comes Around (Director's Cut)

Why so much hate Justin? Why?

Saturday, February 10, 2007

I'd like to fill you in on a little daily ritual of mine. Every day when I'm driving home from work I like to pick a random song and that suddenly becomes my American Idol audition. There's no way I would ever try out for the show but I always wonder what the judges would say (if I did). "It's all about song choice" the judges always say, so every day I choose a random song and sing my heart out! Its one of those times where you are oblivious to the things around you because you're so caught up in the moment. You're singing so loud and don't even realize that people can actually see you.

Well, the other day I was driving, singing along to Beyonce (not an easy task) and I came to a stop light. I was in midsong when I looked to the left (how ironic) and there was a 20 something guy performing his own American Idol audition to Beyonce. I mean, we're talking hand jestures, emotions, everything. My eyes had never seen something so strangely hilarious. He had no clue that I was staring right at him and something tells me that even if he did, he wouldn't care. The light turned green and he raced off and I was just sitting there, wondering what I had just witnessed.

It's moments like that which really make my day. I'm sure I'll never see that guy again (you never know b/c WDM isn't that big) but he gave me my laugh for the day and for that, I am grateful. How many people have seen me singing in my car and wondered what in the world I was doing? My first reaction, whenever I'm caught singing is instant embarassment, but you know, they're probably going to go tell their friends what they just saw (kind of like I just did) and that really makes it all worth it. I guess its my ability to laugh at myself that makes me who I am. That's probably one of the greatest blessings.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

She's Back!

As much as I'd like to claim the title of bringing sexy back, this blog is far from it. Over the past couple of months, the blog has slipped and been victim to random posts of other peoples articles, games, and interesting internet quotes. It became more of a miscellaneous hodge podge if you will. I'm not saying that back in the day my posts followed a particular order and weren't random but way back when, I actually gave them some thought. SO, I'm here today to annouce that I'm back! New laptop in hand, a fresh batch of new music for inspiration, and a world of possibilities for topics. You still may see some random posts from time to time (probably more often that not) but at least it'll be me behind it. I wish I could fill these pages with the quick wit of sachie or even quote the comic genius that calls herself Tbone. But its jill the thrill that you'll have to settle with and I'm here to say, it feels good to be writing again! Stay tuned!!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Justin Timberlake in a box
When did haters scratch Justin Timberlake off the list of celebrities to loath? And even more importantly, how did this former Mouseketeer and 'N Sync veteran gain the respect of even the most dedicated naysayers?

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17008732/from/ET/

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

He Calls Himself God A Puerto Rican minister says Christ 'integrated' with him. Others call him a cult leader and a charlatan. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16840066/site/newsweek/from/ET/


All I have to say is "ARE You Kidding ME!!!!"



fyi, and not that these two subjects go together but stay tuned for some JT pics and clips! woo hoo!!

Saturday, January 27, 2007


Today!!! The day is finally here! I am off to see Justin Timberlake bring Sexyback!!! Woo hoo!!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

For Todays Blog:

I just have to give a shout out to my friend Rachel. Everyone must go read (ie. watch) her blog today. It is hilarious! Thats why I love her!

http://www.sachie3.blogspot.com

Monday, January 08, 2007

To all my favorite Hawkeye fans, I thought I should pass this important news on to you all:


Federal Investigators suspend ISU Football Practice

(Ames, IA)--Iowa State Cyclones football practice was delayed nearly two
hours today after player reported finding an unknown white powdery
substance on the practice field.

Practice was immediately suspended and the police and federal investigators
were called. After a complete analysis, FBI forensic experts determined
that the white substance unknown to Cyclone players was the GOAL LINE.

Practice resumed after special agents decided the team was unlikely to
encounter the substance again.