Thursday, July 29, 2010

WalkAbout the Wilderness.

At 3am in the morning, which is pretty much tonight, I will be put on a people mover and on my way to Tennessee. Shortly after I will spend eight days in the wilderness wearing only two sweaty outfits and experiencing no showers. Thankfully I'll be able to brush my teeth., with baking soda, but at least they'll be clean. We got our group assignments this morning. My leaders are Tim and Julie and my group members are Millie, Christie, Jay, Read, and Kale. I'm excited to get to know all of them., which shouldn't be too difficult since the wilderness and trying times will force a bond unlike much other. Among this there will be two days of solo. This means 48 hours of no food and no sleeping bag. I'll get my Bible and a journal along with whatever clothes I decide to layer. I'm excited for that opportunity of complete solitude with God. It's so easy to get wrapped up in all the technology we live by these days. I use my computer and cell phone every single day. It's almost become like a breath of fresh air and it shouldn't be. Whatever happened to 'be still and know that I am God.' ? We need to remember to get back to that every once in a while and I'm excited to have that opportunity. My greatest fear is doubting myself through all of this hiking. I tend to reach a level of activity where I just give up on myself, and I think this will be a good challenge for me to learn to persevere. Updates will be in store when I am back.

On the way opposite side of wilderness, there seem to be more additions to the blog world everyday. I suppose it's the new fad that's sweeping the world, perhaps. I'm not even sure if people read this. Somedays that makes me want to stop. But I guess, if I wanted to stop I would., but there's something pretty fun about blogging.

  • About 25 percent of the population sneezes when they are revealed to light. I guess I'm not really allergic to the sun.
  • A dime has 118 ridges and a quarter has 119. Hmm.
  • I have to haul furniture around at 7 and then hopefully sleep until 2am. woo. hoo.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

"There was nothing in the world I cared less about at that moment".

Whatever I did yesterday must have been unimportant up until about noon, because I don't remember it. But. At noonish, Blake's family took us to Subway. I tried the new turkey and bacon guacamole sub. Man it was delicious. Then they said their goodbyes and eventually Blake, Kyle, Brian and I played Funglish for a while. Then Blake and I ate and worked out and took residency in her room for the night. To be honest, I don't even remember all that was done, but I do remember that an incredible amount of laughter was shared. We did watch some Mitcher Davis on youtube, which was wonderful. We also read our entire wall-to-wall and tried to remember the sources of all of that nonsense. Eventually we went to bed. Eventually.

With a sigh of happiness I can say that I am so blessed to be reunited with Blakeley. I know that I can never live far away from her. We decided that now that we're together again it seems like no time has passed, but about two days ago it seemed like forever., and that is a sign of true friendship. Always and forever.

Today Em is coming and we're gonna go to Target to get all of that stuff that we forgot at home, forgot we needed, or just want to have. Then maybe help move some walkabout stuff then finally dinner with Sarah Anne, which will be grand. I'm not too sure what the rest of the night holds but all of the other RCs are supposed to come today, so I suppose some catching up will be in store.

  • The centipede is Tennessee's state bird. Actually. That's a lie.
  • I really like Needtobreathe. Not 'I really like., need to breathe' but I really like the band called Needtobreathe
  • This blog entry was boring and I'm sorry.

Monday, July 26, 2010

The Bittersweetness of Life.

To set the mood, I am listening to Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve. Often times I think that life is just a common motion of bittersweetness, and I am currently once again caught in the bittersweetnesses of life. In case you're wondering, bittersweetness is an actual word, but bittersweetnesses is unfortunately not. But. When I want a word plural, I make it plural.

So. To sound dramatic, life has once again ripped me away from my home and taken me back to school. The thing that stinks is that I'm already missing my besties from home. The goodbyes came too soon and the hugs seemed to never be enough.
And now to sound non-dramatic, I love my location and my other besties here. Rachel Dee and I are staying in a dorm together until our places of residence finally open up. It was incredibly excellent to see her last night and exchange the couple hours of long overdue chit chat. I also got to see Nikweeta for a little while which was once again, excellent.
Today I got all of my stuff moved into to the dorm. Temporarily. Until I can move into my house. By the way.. Do you know what's worse than hauling stuff?... Hauling stuff twice. Yes. But on the positive side, it's a great workout. Then. Finally at last I got to see Sarah Anne. I tell ya, that hug was long overdue. I'm crazy excited to cook meals and watch movies with her and be her roomie! It will be a grand time.

Well. Now that I've gotten in a couple minutes of relaxation it is time to go help get stuff ready for walkabout. Adios amigos.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Beautiful Ruins.

Most people would say that 'beautiful ruins' is an oxymoron, but I would have to say that it makes perfect sense. To me, there is something about ruins that has such a beauty and such a potential to be something great. And then we're always left with the ability to picture what it looked like before it was ruined. And we wonder How did it get that way? I think sometimes in our lives we can look a lot like beautiful ruins. Maybe at times people can only see one side of us; that being either the beauty or the ruins. But I think the better you know a person the more you can see that each one of us has both beauty and ruins and it is our ruins and the way we get through them that makes us beautiful.

Today for part of our mission adventure we started to help fix up the 'ruins' of a place. The last cleaning schedule on the bathroom was from 2007, so I suppose you could say it's been a while since some upkeep has occurred. It was an assisted living place and now it's getting made into a place where women from abused homes can go. There's going to be cops there too in case husbands try to come. I think it's a wonderful thing to give these women a place to go because really, what is there to do in a situation like that? All I can say is that I'm glad I've been so blessed with the life I have been given.

In other news I'm finally done complaining about packing. That's because I'm almost done. Crunch time is/was today since tomorrow I'll be on the road. I've got about.... 1/7th of the trailer packed so in my mind, that's progress. Tonight is a wonderful night of Jennaswan and Carly Love so I'm greatly looking forward to all the giggles and hugs that will be shared.

I have no random facts today because my fact book is already packed away. In fact. It may be at least a whole week until we hear from that great book.
I am thankful for Jennaswan and Carly.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Oh California Ohwhoaoh.

2 posts in a day. Illegal; I know.
I just had an awesome run. And all I have to say is thanks to the old man who upped the awesomeness. Around 19 minutes and 22 seconds I was getting pretty winded, since it's incredibly humid out, and this lil old man was getting the mail. And he gave me the biggest cutest smile I've seen in a long time. And then he says, "Great day for a jog, isn't it?" And it just made my day. Not to mention he was wearing an awesome teal colored polo, which is one of my favorite colors; and all of that helped me get through my half hour. Then on my cool down Oh California by Vampire Weekend came on. Need I say more?

Malachi 3:6.

So I found this really weird video on youtube. And the song is actually quite catchy.. but I'm not too sure about the video. Little wild strawberries and crazy kids dancing in ghost suits? Anyways... it's worth a watch.

I know all I do is constantly complain about packing these days, but I'm going to do it again. I hate packing. If I could skip ahead about 2 weeks and just be all settled in and unpacked, I'd be totally okay with that. But there's this whole process of "Do I need this? Where should I put it? Will I use it?" with pretty much everything I
own. But since I am not a fan of complaining, I am going to try and stop that.

Yesterday was a blast. I got to see quite a bit of my friends. 7 of them to be exact. Plus my dad. He counts. So 8. And Carly and Jennaswan and I watched a bunch of Andy Samberg videos. And how can you beat that? Not easily. Maybe Saturday night we will when we watch Hot Rod. Wait. That has Andy Samberg too. Guess you can't beat him. Anyways. We played with Jennaswans Talking Tom kitty cat app on her ipod which is pretty amazing. It heightens your voice and makes everything sound 12 times cuter.

Next on the agenda today is a run in my yellow magic Nikes with iJango. It feels like it'll be a good one today. Then a shower and some power packing. Then tonight we have a mission thing at 4. We're gonna serve a meal and then sleepover at church. Mixed with miscellaneous projects like pulling weeds and whatnot. Always a good time.
  • I am reunited again with The Absense album by Paper Route. I lost them in the Great Loss and decided to buy them on itunes because I just missed them. And I'm listening to them right now. Wonderful.
  • Funny short story: I can't move in my house right away because they're putting in a sprinkler system. So I called Rachel to ask her if I could live with her until that whole system is a go. Then she says that she was gonna call me to see if she could live with me because there is a summer camp in her house. So. That will be a fun thing to figure out.
  • My God is so GREAT so strong and so mighty. There's nothing my God cannot do :)

See Shel.

Jennaswan picked 'A Light in the Attic' and Carly picked page 66. A team effort brought us to:

Wild Strawberries
-by Shel Silverstein
Are Wild Strawberries really wild?
Will they scratch and adult, will they snap at a child?
Should you pet them, or let them run free where they roam?
Could they ever relax in a steam-heated home?
Can they be trained to not growl at the quests?
Will a litterbox work or would they leave a mess?
Can we make them a Cowberry, herding the cows,
Or maybe a Muleberry pulling the plows,
Or maybe a Huntberry chasing the grouse,
Or maybe a Watchberry guarding the house,
And though they may curl up at your feet oh so sweetly,
Can you ever feel that you trust them completely?
Or should we make a pet out of something less scary,
Like the Domestic Prune or the Imported Cherry,
Anyhow, you've been warned and I will not be blamed
If your Wild Strawberry cannot be tamed.

Turns out there was a band once named Wild Strawberriez. Sweet.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Tuesday Talking Time Together Today.

My thoughts are a little scattered today so we'll see how this goes.

Today I woke up and made an egg on toast for breakfast. Then I watched the Bachelorette and worked on some friendship bracelets. Then Erik and I took Andre for a walk. Then Carly came over and we laughed a lot. Then I went to work where I laughed some more.

My dad proves once again to be the most awesome superhero in dad-form that anyone could ask for. I was short on totes for packing and some new ones magically appear in my room.
On the subject of packing... I don't want to do it. I'm definitely a last minute packer, and it's not quite last minute yet. I have 4 whole days until I leave. That's crazy soon, but I just don't feeling like putting it all in boxes yet.
On the subject of leaving... I don't really want to do that either. I do. But I don't. There are things about going back to school that I'm going to just love like my friends, the freedom, the wonderful little town, a schedule, Bible studies, love, DQ runs, and the list goes on. But at the same time there are things about home that I was just starting to get used to. Mainly my new buddies from the Missions trip and my new brother, Erik; along with my wonderfully painted room, my pillow-top mattress, and Carly and Jennaswan and Kyah Jo who I didn't spend nearly enough time with yet. I just don't want to leave them yet. But I know I'll get to school and remember how wonderful it is. Aside from all that homework jazz.

Today this kid came into DQ and he had a piece of paper taped to his head that said "Kiss me. My name is Joe." Can I just say that I don't think anyone would actually follow those directions. I guess I shouldn't be so critical, but I'm finding I don't mesh much with people who try to draw attention to themselves in ways such as that. On another note, there were a lot of sweet people who came through drive through and delivered smiles to me. I like that. Tiff, Cortt, Trina and I ran the entire store tonight, and let me tell you, we are quite the team.

  • Word of the day just for Kate: impedimenta: baggage or other things that retard one's progress. Makes total sense right? Speech impediments? Slows a person down.
  • In the urban West, one out of three women has blond hair; only one in 20 is blonde by nature. Dumb. Brunettes have more fun anyways.
  • I love Andy Samberg.
  • I enjoy the new B.o.B. album immensely.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

No Greater Love.

If you're reading this, you're about to embark on a semi-long journey. It's been a while since my last blog entry and I've had a lot of thoughts and changes since then. Thoughts and changes about matters of the heart and thoughts and changes of the way we should look at the world everyday. Anyway, if you like to read, strap on your seatbelt and enjoy.

First I'd like to say that my new current favorite song is 'Glorified' by Jared Anderson. Wonderful lyrics for a wonderful God. Take my heart and let it be all for You and for Your glory. I like this because I think we can often get distracted with our selfishness and we forget about who we're meant to serve. And sometimes, it's just good to be reminded.

Mission Minneapolis

Starting July 4th, Cornerstone Youth Group and Living Hope Youth Group combined to venture to the north to run a church camp for kids from the cities. To be honest, I wasn't sure what at all to expect. I'm the kind of girl that usually just goes along for the ride and hopes to enjoy it. This ride though turned out to be the best ride of my summer by far. I would go back and do it again in a heartbeat.

The summary of the week was this:

Sunday: Leave church and drive to northern Wisconsin. Stay in cabins at the camp.

Monday: Plan the camp for the kiddies and bond with our group (most of us didn't know each other). This included a very sweaty fun rope course, swimming, chapel, and some games.

Tuesday: Pick up the kids from the cities and bring them to the camp. Eat lunch, go swimming, go to chapel, do some crafts, variety show, have some talk time, night hike and stargazing.

Wednesday: A full day of camp. Swimming, canoeing, scavenger hunt, crafts, chapel, talk time, cabin time, booferama and a campfire.

Thursday: Breakfast and chapel and time to send the kids home. Complete a service project of hauling wood and go swimming. Move everyone into the log house. Then, gather around the campfire for testimonies, which will become one of the best nights of the week.

Friday: Drive to the cities and have breakfast at Living Hope. Hang out and split up for girls and guys nights. Not sure exactly what the guys did., but the girls went to Applebees and did crafts for the boys along with some girl talk of course.

Saturday: Breakfast. Somali Mall. Science Musuem and Dead Sea Scrolls. Drive to the Millenium hotel. Dinner at Buca de Beppos. Do some swimming and a night walk and some more talking and hanging out with our new friends.

Sunday: Sad day. Time to leave. Church and then a ride back home.

So, after that long detailed summary comes the good stuff. The thoughts and changes. I was on program staff so my week was not as involved with the kids as the councelors, but I did definitely see God working in their lives. A lot of them liked chapel better than the variety show and wanted to sing more songs. They loved the stargazing. It was a neat opportunity for them (and for us) to see so many stars without the distractions of street lights and be able to be in the awe of God's creation.
Testimonies on Thursday night would have to be my favorite happening of the week. It was amazing to me the trust that was built between our groups so quickly and the love and comfort we were able to give to each other. Everyone opened up faster than most people normally would and everyone shared their walk with God and some struggles thus far. What I learned from this was the importance of support. If you think you're alone in something, I'm gonna say.. there's a 99.9% chance that you aren't. In some sort of way, someone can relate to you. And if we lean on those that are willing to let you lean and talk to them, I think we'll all find that life is a lot easier and a heck of a lot more fun.
I also had one on ones with each of the girls from the group which was also one of my favorite things. To me, it's so interesting to see the different levels of life that people are at but also be able to see that it always comes back to trusting God. Trusting God for love, trusting God for patience, trusting God for perseverance, and pretty much anything else you could think of. He's got it all figured out. And it's when we try to figure things out alone that life starts to get messy.
So at least, this week was a reminder to me to keep trusting God and praising God in everything. For the friends I meet and the experiences I have been blessed with.

There is no greater love.