Monday, July 23, 2007

Ariella Rose

I just talked to my mom and found out the name of my niece! Yay! Ariella Rose is such a pretty name, hey?

In other news, I read the new Harry Potter book on Saturday, in about five hours. Trevor told me that around two pages a minute is a bit slower then my normal speed of three pages an hour. I didn't realize he was timing me... lol Overall, I'm a little disappointed with it. Most of my theories were pretty accurate, which was cool, but she didn't wrap things up well - it felt rushed at the end. I was expecting the book to be a bit bigger then it was, but it was a pretty enjoyable five hours, despite all the time I spent bawling. I'm sure she didn't mean to write it as an allegory, but it certainly had a lot of allegorical characteristics. Pretty cool!

So the predicted temperature for today is ranging from 30-35, and we're having a youth group campfire tonight. That should be fun - might be a bit too much heat, even for me... :)

Ahhhhhhh....I just realized that "Rose" is one of the names I've always liked for a middle name for a baby...ack! Maybe my sister and I are more alike then we'd thought... :)

Friday, July 20, 2007

I love summer!

I love being warm - it's so great! You won't hear me complaining about the heat, it makes me happy. I do wish we had a yard and garden, but I'm really working hard at not complaining so much, being thankful for what I have, and trusting God to give me the desires of my heart. As nice as it would be to have a garden, I'd probably then complain about all the work involved. :)

I'm going to the Harry Potter release party at the Dalhouse Chapters tonight, and then I plan to spend all day tomorrow reading. In preparation for this momentous occasion, I'm just about done re-reading all six other books - if I can talk Trevor into cooking supper, I probably have time to finish the last one before I head out tonight!

I've been thinking a bit about our Survivor youth retreat that we've started planning for November. Planning for that really dropped off because of all the work involved in the youth gathering, but now that I'm mostly recovered from that, I'm getting excited about Survivor again. We've had some really cool ideas about stuff to do, and I really enjoy seeing how everything comes together in the end. I find that Survivor is one of the most rewarding things I do all year!

Oooh, did I tell you guys that my bridesmaid's dress for Scott and Sam's wedding came a few weeks ago? I really, really love it - it's so pretty, and I got a great pair of sandals and a wrap to go with it. And Trevor's going to wear a tux, so the Heumanns are going to be looking pretty hot. :) I'm thinking that photos of us all dressed up will make good Christmas presents for the family!

Monday, July 16, 2007

It's a girl!

My brother texted me to say we have a niece, but he didn't give me any other info, so I don't know anything else at this point! lol

I did go see Harry Potter last night - I have mixed feelings about it, but for the sake of those who haven't seen it yet, I won't say anything about it yet. :)

All my Ottawa photos are up! You can find them here...

Friday, July 13, 2007

Impending Aunthood...

My mom just let me know that my sister is in labour! Hopefully there will be a niece or nephew by the end of the day...!!! I still haven't mailed the baby present...I really should get on that today, I suppose.... :)

Hey, is anyone interested in going to see Harry Potter with me tomorrow (Saturday)?

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Gathering Reflections

Last night I got home from the 2007 Lutheran Church Canada National Youth Gathering "i am", which was held in Ottawa. It was an awesome week, full of so many things that I could probably write for days and not even be able to sum up the complexity and emotion and events that took place. So I'll try and give you an overview of the serious stuff, and you can check out my Facebook and my web album in a couple of days for the crazy fun stuff!

Who owns you?

This was something that really stuck in my mind from the gathering. There were many themes and words and phrases, and many of them resonated with me, but this idea was the most resonant of all. I'm not actually sure who, or what, owns me, but if I have to ask myself that and search so hard for the answer, it makes me think that it's probably not God. I think maybe I've been trying to own myself, or make my situation into what I want to own, if that makes any sense...

Missing You

This is something I've been struggling with lately - I feel that no matter where I go, who I'm with, or what I'm doing, there are people who are really important to me that I miss. Quality time is a pretty high-ranking love language for me, and right now, all of my best, closest, longest-term friends live somewhere that I don't, and that fact make chances for quality time pretty slim. (I do have good friends in Calgary that I love, and I don't want to short-change them at all, but as dear as they are, we're all too busy to really have the time for quality time either!) I find that thought kind of depressing, and I've been trying to make decisions based on where the people I love are located. It seems logical to me - God put these specific people in my life, so why wouldn't He want me to be closer to them?

Letting Go

I didn't have any big, earth-shaking revelations at the gathering, but on the last afternoon, as we sat on the bus, I did hear a still, small voice that said to let go. I said "ok God, I'll say good bye, and then I'll let go". Ironically enough, I didn't get to say good bye to the people I wanted to! I think it was a hint... :) I guess that He gave me friends in the first place - "you give and take away, my heart will choose to say, Lord blessed be Your name" - I really need to just let go of what I want and just trust that He has it all under control. For the last couple of months, I thought I was trusting, but really, I was just praying that what I wanted would happen. I still want it, and feel that it IS what He wants, but my attitude and motivations were more centered around myself then they should have been.

Heaven is like a Gathering

One thing that I really cling to for hope, and that gives me much joy, is that I know I will see my friends again, and we'll have all the God-moments and all the worshiping and fun that we have at a youth gathering, but with out all the work and stress that we put in now. :)


...I'm exhausted, but content. One of the people at work, when I told her how tired I was, said "you don't look tired, you look great". I don't feel "great", but I do feel peaceful. God reminded me of His awesomeness and attention to detail this last week, and while I feel totally drained, I have a lot of hope for whatever He's going to do with me next! I just have to be patient and let go of what I want, and be ready for and open to what He wants for me.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

And we're off!

We're leaving in just two hours to head to the airport and off to Ottawa for the LCC National Youth Gathering. I'm really excited about some parts of it (seeing all the people I know and the music) and I'm freaking out about some parts of (well, mostly just one - the cabana, which I've been in charge of organizing). I still need to shower and finish packing and feed the cats and water the plants and....ahhhhh....

But I thought I'd throw out a quick plug for Evan Almighty. Our 5th Anniversary was on June 23, and we went on a dinner and a movie date. I was a little skeptical, because I really didn't like Bruce Almighty at all - it was just too irreverent, too un-God like, and had waaaaay too much Jim Carey. But Evan Almighty was amazing - soooo good. It had a great message about faith and God's timing and families sticking together - it was really, really, really good. I highly recommend it! And it had really cute alpacas... :)

Did I mention we've been married for FIVE YEARS now? We've been together for 7 and a half years - it's crazy - sometimes it feels like only yesterday, and sometimes it feels like forever!

I'm sure we've been up to a lot in the last few weeks since my last post, but I can't remember any of it right now - all I can think about is making sure I've packed everything...probably a sign that I should be packing up my computer now! So stay tuned for photos from the capitol sometime next week!