Wednesday, February 23, 2005


American Education

Between the coughing, burning fever, and growing homework pile, getting sick is quite a drag. I am finally back and blogging again but my day did not inspire much thought. Only so many chick flicks can be crammed into a 48 hour time period. Before long, even the shows my brother watches are enough to keep my attention. So, I spent my day reminescing on my younger childhood days filled with pbskids. channel 10. :) I learned how to say hello in cherokee and how to draw Arthur. I have decided that school is too slow for my learning ability. Why sit in a classroom, when I can sit dead in front of a tv and call it educational? Perhaps the Trigonometry homework just isn't calling my name. But until I recover, I admit that I will be watching some shows aimed at kids 10 years younger than I am. But, why complain, when I am easily entertained?

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Cheerio heaven

The Danger of Cheerios

For the past two weeks, half of my school has been out with a cold. By chugging through water everyday, I have managed to avoid it. However, this morning as I ran out the door, I grabbed a cheerio granola bar to cover for breakfast. In the car, I took to large of a bite and began choking. On cheerios!! They are more dangerous than I realized. :) I have not stopped coughing yet and my throat is near raw. Perhaps tomorrow, I will sit down to eat a real breakfast and not risk the easily chokable cheerio.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Carmel Cofee

Carmel Coffee

Coffee is an interesting substance. It is one of those things that tends to be better on the other side of the fence. I enjoy visits to Starbucks and could spend my living there. But my order is a simple carmel apple cider. However, this came pretty close to my order. I may be willing to risk the caffeine affects for a cup of carmel coffee. The recipe is easy:

Tbsp. ground MAXWELL HOUSE Coffee or YUBAN Coffee, any variety
1/2 cup KRAFT Caramel Topping
4-1/2 cups cold water
3/4 cup thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
2 Tbsp. chopped chocolate-covered toffee
PLACE coffee in filter in brew basket of coffee maker.
POUR topping into empty pot of coffee maker. Prepare coffee with cold water. When brewing is complete, stir until well blended.
TOP each serving with a dollop of the whipped topping and chopped toffee, if desired.

The directions are simple enough. But I found the second set of directions more entertaining.

Make it Easy
To prepare a single serving of this delectable coffee treat, stir 1 Tbsp. KRAFT Caramel Topping into a hot cup of brewed MAXWELL HOUSE Coffee.

Perhaps the next time I feel like cooking some gourmet dish, I will pull out my Tbsp. of KRAFT Carmel Topping. :)

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Rocks in Water

Rocks in Water

Tonight I had youth group at my church. The worship thought really made me think. Sometimes, as long as I am busy doing good things, I ignore how much time I actually have for God. The analogy went something like this:

There once was Bob. He was a great guy. Really filled with the holy spirit (water). But as he became older, his life became more filled with friends, sports, music, and school (rocks). Before long, he had changed his priorities. He still loved God, and He still fit in somewhere between the rocks, but it was harder to find time for Him. Even good things can be bad if they take away all of our time for God.

You can still live life. But think about it. Is God just filling in the cracks of your busy schedule? Or is He a priority?

"There is more to life than increasing its speed." Gandhi

Monday, February 14, 2005

Roses are Red...

Valentine's Day

Another Valentine's day has passed. A day filled with profit for Hallmark and expectations on relationships. Being single, the day is pretty much like every day plus some extra red and pink balloons floating through the halls. For each person this holiday has a different value of importance. When my 7 year old brother woke up this morning, he had a whole day of fun activities planned to spend with his sisters. Unfortunately he had the idea that Valentine's day meant a day off from school. However, when I got home from school, there were cut out hearts hanging from lights and windows. He had not missed out on the opportunity to celebrate. Here are what a few people believe love is:
When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouths.
Billy - age 4

Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.
Noelle - age 7

When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.
Karen - age 7
Whatever Valentine's day means to you, don't forget to tell those you love how much you appreciate them. And don't limit loving others to one day a year.

1 Corinthians 13:1-8
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not selfseeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Sunday, February 13, 2005



This last Wednesday at my school, a lady introduced us to a program taking 6 week mission trips during the summer. I searched through the options and comtemplated the thought of joining one. Before long, I was convinced that I would enjoy a long trip to Nepal:

"Today Nepal is changing - and you can be one of the pioneers bringing the Gospel to this unbelieving nation. Jump in through this open door with other committed believers who have a vision for breaking through the darkness and releasing the bonds of Hinduism which enslave this people. You will also be trekking through the mountains reaching small, isolated villages. Some of these villages are un-reached, and have never heard a Gospel presentation. You will be the first Christians they will have ever met. Your team may also minister in an orphanage to bring light and joy to hurting children."

I enjoy travel and the apprehension of going on a trip. I started searching the condition of Nepal to come up with a convincing introduction for the idea to my parents. It was not long before I was aware of current issues in Nepal. Their king has many of his cabinet members under house arrest and all lines of communication to the outside world have been disconnected. Perhaps the idea of convincing my parents is temporarily impossible. But for now, I can browse through beautiful pictures and pray!