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Monday, July 6, 2009

Where's your head at?

So, I've officially lost my mind.

Today, after already leaving the house late to deposit my sad little < $100 paycheck in the bank, I did the goofiest thing ever. Instead of driving to my internship, I drove to my church.

There is a place in the road where 301 separates into two sections, you can either continue following 301 all the way down, or merge onto the interstate. I go down 301 to get to my summer internship, I merge onto the interstate to get to church.

I was on the interstate before I even knew what I was doing. And I thought to myself "Crap, I'm really losing my mind."

So, I continued driving to my church, because that was the only way I could turn around and head north toward the office. Now, my gas tank is dwindling, and I have about an 8th of a tank left to get me to my babysitting job, and home again.

I really screwed up this time.

I probably drove there because nearly every spare moment of my life has been spent at my church this summer, which is not a bad thing at all! I love my church. Last night, we had our last Dominican missions trip training (I leave Saturday at 12 a.m. for Dulles airport!!!!!). This morning I'm a little sore (understatement...I pulled my back and neck muscles...) because we did the lifehouse drama not once, not twice but THREE times.

If you haven't seen this skit, seriously watch it. It is powerful. And it represents something I think we can all relate to. The only thing more powerful than watching it, is actually acting it out. But, if you're the main girl, you pretty much get WAILED on. I got punched in the eye a couple of times, grabbed in places I should not have been grabbed, among other things.

Therefore, I am walking around like a little old lady today. All for the love of Jesus :) I hope the message will get across to the Dominicans this weekend, and I hope it will get across to you too!

Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_M33GcJAmU
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Where's your head at?

So, I've officially lost my mind.

Today, after already leaving the house late to deposit my sad little < $100 paycheck in the bank, I did the goofiest thing ever. Instead of driving to my internship, I drove to my church.

There is a place in the road where 301 separates into two sections, you can either continue following 301 all the way down, or merge onto the interstate. I go down 301 to get to my summer internship, I merge onto the interstate to get to church.

I was on the interstate before I even knew what I was doing. And I thought to myself "Crap, I'm really losing my mind."

So, I continued driving to my church, because that was the only way I could turn around and head north toward the office. Now, my gas tank is dwindling, and I have about an 8th of a tank left to get me to my babysitting job, and home again.

I really screwed up this time.

I probably drove there because nearly every spare moment of my life has been spent at my church this summer, which is not a bad thing at all! I love my church. Last night, we had our last Dominican missions trip training (I leave Saturday at 12 a.m. for Dulles airport!!!!!). This morning I'm a little sore (understatement...I pulled my back and neck muscles...) because we did the lifehouse drama not once, not twice but THREE times.

If you haven't seen this skit, seriously watch it. It is powerful. And it represents something I think we can all relate to. The only thing more powerful than watching it, is actually acting it out. But, if you're the main girl, you pretty much get WAILED on. I got punched in the eye a couple of times, grabbed in places I should not have been grabbed, among other things.

Therefore, I am walking around like a little old lady today. All for the love of Jesus :) I hope the message will get across to the Dominicans this weekend, and I hope it will get across to you too!

Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_M33GcJAmU
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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Ain't no stoppin' us now...

This post is dedicated to Peri, because she always does this. People say some pretty interesting things in my life; I ALWAYS write them down. Now they're in the blogosphere.

Dominican Republic Final Missions Training, 2009 - 4:30 p.m.

"Get two pieces of wood..."
-Charlie Andrews *one of those random, loud outbursts spoken when the room suddenly goes quiet


"I'm going to be Hitler!"
-Bill Andrews in response to team members saying that they would step up and be "water Nazis during the trip

"Poop medicine"
-what my sister wrote on her list of things to pack for the D.R.

"Clear pee..if it looks like liquid gold...drink more..."
-Elizabeth Andrews in response to how much water we should be drinking per day

"Unless you're me lying down, licking the floor...do not open your mouth in the shower."
-Dwight warning us not to drink the water

"You are going to be kissing my feet...you're going to say 'Dwight, your feet are so beautiful...''
-Dwight talking about how light he made all of our backpacks with the mini portable sound systems

"I unzipped my pants."
-Dwight

"We have nothing but what we have."
-Dwight's profound quote of the evening

"This is America. We can't even shoot our children."
-Dr. Andrews in today's sermon
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Ain't no stoppin' us now...

This post is dedicated to Peri, because she always does this. People say some pretty interesting things in my life; I ALWAYS write them down. Now they're in the blogosphere.

Dominican Republic Final Missions Training, 2009 - 4:30 p.m.

"Get two pieces of wood..."
-Charlie Andrews *one of those random, loud outbursts spoken when the room suddenly goes quiet


"I'm going to be Hitler!"
-Bill Andrews in response to team members saying that they would step up and be "water Nazis during the trip

"Poop medicine"
-what my sister wrote on her list of things to pack for the D.R.

"Clear pee..if it looks like liquid gold...drink more..."
-Elizabeth Andrews in response to how much water we should be drinking per day

"Unless you're me lying down, licking the floor...do not open your mouth in the shower."
-Dwight warning us not to drink the water

"You are going to be kissing my feet...you're going to say 'Dwight, your feet are so beautiful...''
-Dwight talking about how light he made all of our backpacks with the mini portable sound systems

"I unzipped my pants."
-Dwight

"We have nothing but what we have."
-Dwight's profound quote of the evening

"This is America. We can't even shoot our children."
-Dr. Andrews in today's sermon
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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Think about what you're trying to do to me...

Oh, freeeeeeedommmm (thank GOD for Aretha!).

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY! Today I celebrate not only the independence of the U.S. from Britain, but also the independence of me from my ex-boyfriend.

A year ago today he and I broke up...at a cookout...at our pool. It's kind of funny now to think about. There we were, swimming along, then all of a sudden, "BAM!" the "we need to take a break" bomb was dropped.

Break-ups take a long time. I remember this one was especially long. We took a walk back to my house, and there we sat in my living room for three hours talking about how our relationship over the past four years had turned sour; blah dee blah.

Then he drove away I went to watch the fireworks at the baseball diamond with some friends. I was in quite the chipper mood, let me tell ya.

So, I decided that today when I woke up, I would have the best Independence Day ever (since last year's was so rotten) and I would celebrate the wonderful things God has done in my life since that blue (not so much red or white) day in 2008.

1. I got waaaay more involved in my church. Became the "drama coordinator," starred in a Late Nite Fandango movie, went and fell in love with the Dominican Republic, and made 25 of the greatest friends for life.
2. I founded a Christian sorority with three of the greatest girls at the greatest school in the COUNTRY. Became vice-president, and am living with the president next year!
3. I, with my a capella group, made a CD "Breaking and Entering."
4. I had the best academic year of my college career.
5. I went to New York and had a pretty epic trip - a true collegiate experience with stories that will remain engraved in my memory forever.
6. I survived a car accident.
7. I wrote TONS for my school paper "the Breeze," and had two articles published in "Madison 101" a magazine for rising freshmen.
8. I discovered Regent University, and am seriously planning on attending graduate school post graduation (all the pieces seem as though they are falling into place!).
9. I reconciled a lot of relationships that were put on the backburner when I was caught up in the whole being-in-a-serious-relationship thing - including my relationship with Jesus Christ.
10. I got an internship :)

Finally, I learned a lot about myself: I learned that despite struggles, failures, drawbacks, stress, and utter catastrophes I (through Christ) can pull through and get things done.

This is what I'm celebrating today - let freedom ring!
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Think about what you're trying to do to me...

Oh, freeeeeeedommmm (thank GOD for Aretha!).

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY! Today I celebrate not only the independence of the U.S. from Britain, but also the independence of me from my ex-boyfriend.

A year ago today he and I broke up...at a cookout...at our pool. It's kind of funny now to think about. There we were, swimming along, then all of a sudden, "BAM!" the "we need to take a break" bomb was dropped.

Break-ups take a long time. I remember this one was especially long. We took a walk back to my house, and there we sat in my living room for three hours talking about how our relationship over the past four years had turned sour; blah dee blah.

Then he drove away I went to watch the fireworks at the baseball diamond with some friends. I was in quite the chipper mood, let me tell ya.

So, I decided that today when I woke up, I would have the best Independence Day ever (since last year's was so rotten) and I would celebrate the wonderful things God has done in my life since that blue (not so much red or white) day in 2008.

1. I got waaaay more involved in my church. Became the "drama coordinator," starred in a Late Nite Fandango movie, went and fell in love with the Dominican Republic, and made 25 of the greatest friends for life.
2. I founded a Christian sorority with three of the greatest girls at the greatest school in the COUNTRY. Became vice-president, and am living with the president next year!
3. I, with my a capella group, made a CD "Breaking and Entering."
4. I had the best academic year of my college career.
5. I went to New York and had a pretty epic trip - a true collegiate experience with stories that will remain engraved in my memory forever.
6. I survived a car accident.
7. I wrote TONS for my school paper "the Breeze," and had two articles published in "Madison 101" a magazine for rising freshmen.
8. I discovered Regent University, and am seriously planning on attending graduate school post graduation (all the pieces seem as though they are falling into place!).
9. I reconciled a lot of relationships that were put on the backburner when I was caught up in the whole being-in-a-serious-relationship thing - including my relationship with Jesus Christ.
10. I got an internship :)

Finally, I learned a lot about myself: I learned that despite struggles, failures, drawbacks, stress, and utter catastrophes I (through Christ) can pull through and get things done.

This is what I'm celebrating today - let freedom ring!
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Friday, July 3, 2009

These are a few of my favorite things*

1. My church:
This is the sanctuary to the beautiful St. Giles Presbyterian Church in Richmond, VA. Notice the red and blue shirts...they were a fundraiser for our youth group's trip to the Dominican Republic. Blue shirts are going, red shirts are commissioning. Even Pastor Hill is wearing one...way to go!
The representatives of youth going on the trip. (Blue shirts left to right: Joey Andrews, Grey Lambiotte, Caroline Wilson, Alex Hernandez, Me, Tinsley Jones). This is in our Resurgence youth room.
2. Being on stage:
This is where my passion becomes alive. This is where I become alive.
3. Following God's call/The future:
This summer, I am avidly praying for God's calling for my life post graduation. Regent University in Virginia Beach seems to be the perfect place for graduate school. It is the headquarters for CBN broadcasting - hello! Basically, I am interested in entering the Christian media field, and reversing secular media's and advertising's effect on old and young Americans alike. It is in the backyard of the Founder's Inn, a place where my family visits on our way to the Outer Banks. It is our annual vacation that our family looks forward too (a.k.a. best week of the year). So many opportunities have sprung forth from this bizzare discovery. Also, if I get a full time job at this inn that has such a strong hold on my childhood memories, I get 75% off of tuition. WOAH!
4. My family:

The Wilson and Shannon (cousins from Texas) kids on the steps of the communications building at Regent...and my crazy Aunt who jetted across the frame as the picture was being taken. Yup, we're related.

So, those are just a few of the things in my life that I am passionate about. Surely, there are so many more - but I don't know if the blogosphere/my attention span can hold them all at once.

Oh, I just thought of another thing I love: 5. THE FOURTH OF JULY! Hands down, my favorite holiday. It is the one holiday our nation celebrates that hasn't been sullied by consumerism and family obligation. It just happens, and you get to spend it with relatives that you actually like, and your friends. And you get to play with fire. Duh.

*in no particular order...
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These are a few of my favorite things*

1. My church:
This is the sanctuary to the beautiful St. Giles Presbyterian Church in Richmond, VA. Notice the red and blue shirts...they were a fundraiser for our youth group's trip to the Dominican Republic. Blue shirts are going, red shirts are commissioning. Even Pastor Hill is wearing one...way to go!
The representatives of youth going on the trip. (Blue shirts left to right: Joey Andrews, Grey Lambiotte, Caroline Wilson, Alex Hernandez, Me, Tinsley Jones). This is in our Resurgence youth room.
2. Being on stage:
This is where my passion becomes alive. This is where I become alive.
3. Following God's call/The future:
This summer, I am avidly praying for God's calling for my life post graduation. Regent University in Virginia Beach seems to be the perfect place for graduate school. It is the headquarters for CBN broadcasting - hello! Basically, I am interested in entering the Christian media field, and reversing secular media's and advertising's effect on old and young Americans alike. It is in the backyard of the Founder's Inn, a place where my family visits on our way to the Outer Banks. It is our annual vacation that our family looks forward too (a.k.a. best week of the year). So many opportunities have sprung forth from this bizzare discovery. Also, if I get a full time job at this inn that has such a strong hold on my childhood memories, I get 75% off of tuition. WOAH!
4. My family:

The Wilson and Shannon (cousins from Texas) kids on the steps of the communications building at Regent...and my crazy Aunt who jetted across the frame as the picture was being taken. Yup, we're related.

So, those are just a few of the things in my life that I am passionate about. Surely, there are so many more - but I don't know if the blogosphere/my attention span can hold them all at once.

Oh, I just thought of another thing I love: 5. THE FOURTH OF JULY! Hands down, my favorite holiday. It is the one holiday our nation celebrates that hasn't been sullied by consumerism and family obligation. It just happens, and you get to spend it with relatives that you actually like, and your friends. And you get to play with fire. Duh.

*in no particular order...
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