Thursday, September 27, 2007


It's been a crazy week at work. The new agent is in school this week so he's been gone all week. Joyce is on vacation in the Greenup office, so they have moved Crystal in that office to help Katherine (the newest member of the Bureau). So since all of my people are gone in my office, my boss (the agency manager) has been working with me. It's been an interesting week. My permanent record is growing my leaps and bounds, because he's seeing all my "problem" areas. LOL!!! He teases me about my "permanent record." I've been told it's so big that he's had to go digital to hold everything. I told him he could be like the President and pardon me...LOL!!! He really has been a help...well, if you call answering the phones with the following, "Farm Bureau, may I help you?" (long pause...) "Hold one moment while I transfer you to the secretary." Yes, that's about all he says. Actually today wasn't as bad as the first part of the week. I really hope tomorrow is even better.

Things at the church have been getting underway to begin work on the Christmas Cantata. I had to call the Mustard Seed Bookstore to check on the order. It should be coming into the store in the next few days. I hope we can get them before this Sunday so we can begin to work on it.

Kat is already getting the backdrop ideas. We are hoping to be able to incorporate a new way of decorating. I'm not sure it's going to work, but you never know...

Things with Dave are still going. We have been dating a little over a month. We had a really nice date last Saturday night. It seemed that we both had been too busy to enjoy getting to know each he wanted to just take last weekend and just rest. He didn't get to rest too much, but I had a good time. I was able to get the church cleaned on Friday night, so I could take all of Saturday off. I met up with Dave around 5:00, he had just finished up cooking dinner for me. We had a really delicious chicken dish. It's called "Hot Chicken Salad." Not hot as in spicy, but hot as in heat. It's baked in the oven with potato chips crumbled on was really good. After we ate, we went for a drive in the Honda he purchased. I hadn't got a chance to ride in it as it was in the garage getting the A/C fixed. As we began our drive, we stopped by some friends of his house to visit and see the dog "Tucker" ... who I thought was a puppy...however, even though he was only 7 months, the dog could stand on his hind legs and be my height. It was quite the visit...He licked my hair...and I think he left have the saliva from his mouth in my hair. LOL!! Yes can say it...also was sneezed on by a horse. It was an interesting beginning, but it did get better.

After leaving the friend's house, we stopped and got a milkshake, then headed to Ashland, where he showed me the building where the store he used to work was located. He made a comment about starting at that building in 1977. Well...there is an age difference between Dave and myself...and I was just making a comment when I said the following statement, but I have to say I think I may have dug myself into a hole. Anyway...after he said the year he began, I said, "oh, I was 7." The look he gave me was priceless...mind you he was only 17, but it was just a passing thought I had. Anyway, after apologizing for the statement, he showed me where he lived most of his life as well as the apartment he moved to before moving where he currently lives. It was a really nice time...even with my poor choice of statements. LOL!!!

Last Sunday evening, I was sitting in church and pastor had asked the congregation to pick out a verse to share. Well...if any of you know's very difficult for me to pick just one of I shared my life chapter "Psalm 139", but I read verses from I Thess. 5:12-22. While I sat there waiting for my time to share, I began to think it would be a good idea to memorize these verses, so I'm doing my best to memorize them. These are some of the most shortest verses, but such powerful building blocks to build onto the foundation we have in God.

12 But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction
13 and that you esteem them very highly in love becuase of their work. LIve in peace with one another.
14 We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone
15 See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people.
16 Rejoice always;
17 pray without ceasing
18 in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus
19 Do not quench the Spirit;
20 do not despise prophetic utterances.
21 But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good
22 abstain from every form of evil.

Anyone who knows me knows music is a big part of my life and I really enjoy listening to good Christian music. Since that's the's really hard for me to pick a FAVORITE what I do is pick "Songs of the moment." These are songs that I end up listening to over and over for a period of time. Sometimes I go for several months and not listen to this particular song after it's been a song of the moment...and sometimes it stays in the rotation of my collection. It just depends. Currently my song of the moment is "Total Praise" the version my Avalon's CD "Faith: A Hymns Collection." I really like how they arranged the song. It's a song I probably wouldn't have fact, it's in the movie "Second Chance" and I didn't realize it until I watched the movie again (after hearing this song). My favorite line is "I lift my hands in total praise to You." As a young girl, I was raised in churches that didn't do this. Seeing now that God loves it when we raise our hands in total surrender and total praise to Him is something I really enjoy adding in my praise. I really love listening to this song in my car...I sometimes will sit in the car until it's over so I can finish my time of praise with God. It's a really great song...Check it out if you get a chance. (On a side note...I think I will be having a new Song of the Moment very soon...I just heard a sample of "Hallelujah" off the new David Phelps Christmas CD.'s AMAZING. Just thought I'd give you a taste as to where I'm heading in the next few weeks with my music listening. LOL!!! It's the most wonderful time of the year....

Until next time....

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Just blogging...

It's really cool how things can change in a matter of a few moments, days, weeks, months, etc. I work at an insurance office as a secretary...dealing a lot with customer service. What's interesting about my job, is I can figure out the answers, but they don't want to hear from me the answer...they want to hear from the agent. Which is fine with me, as long as the agent will call the customer. The problem a few weeks ago...we had an agent who didn't work in the office much. NOW...we have a wonderful agent. His name is Bryan Carroll. His wife has been coming to learn the system as well, so if we need her to do anything. I really am excited how this change has affected the stress from my job. Thank the Lord...

Another praise...I had lost the name I drew for the family drawing for year 2006...since we didn't do Christmas last year, they had decided to just use the names for that year. I had lost mine, and was concerned about how I would get the correct person a gift. Well...after much searching I found the name. Praise the Lord.

That's all for now...Until next time...

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Feels like fall is here...

Until next week that is...I hear it's going to be back in the 90's...I personally like the cooler weather. I hate being hot and not being able to breathe.

Something interesting...I found an old journal I started. It was called the "guilt-free" journal. It was set up that it didn't matter if you wrote in it everyday or once a week....or even once every two or three years. I happened to find it a couple of days ago and saw where the last time I wrote in it I was going through a difficult time. It was right after a heartbreak. Funny thing I found it a day before the anniversary of the breakup. It was interesting how I was thankful that breakup had happened. To be reminded that God knows best and He is sovereign was an eye-opener for me. It was a Jesus moment for me and I'm glad I had it.

Speaking of Jesus moments...I'm singing today at church...I think I am going to end up singing "Jesus" by Avalon...but I'm still not sure. I'm sure I'll decided before I leave...especially if I forget to take any other options with me. LOL!!!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Labor Day weekend...and new beginnings...

Well...It was a VERY busy weekend for me. Saturday I was in a friend's wedding, so Friday night was spent at the rehearsal and with my friend as she was getting ready to embark on her new adventure. The wedding was was a little different, but the vows were beautiful. Some I had never heard before...Since it was an outside wedding, I was thankful the wedding had a break. The girls in the bridal party ended up not wearing any shoes...I was thankful because the wedding was 45 minutes long. I wasn't sure I would be able to make it in even the small heals I got. Thankfully, the bride was cool with going barefoot.

After the wedding, I had planned a birthday party for Dave, so my friend Erica took me to get my car at another friend's house and I went home to change and get ready for the party. I think Dave had a good time. It was nice having his friend's with us for the party. When we left there, Adam, Marisa and Isaac came back to Dave's house, but we had to make a few stops before getting there. I gave Dave his presents and he seemed to like them. It was a good, but long day.

Sunday was a little easier, but the typically Sunday. I got up, went to church, and then met Dave for lunch. Our church service was really nice because the message went along with our Sunday school lesson (once again...). Pastor spoke on worship. The spiritual discipline we finished up was on worship...even if the message doesn't actually cover the discipline we talk about, it usually reinforces what we did cover that morning. It's been really neat to see how God works with those things.

During the afternoon, Dave asked me to go to Walmart for him and pick up pictures that he wanted to give to his cousin on Monday when we headed to Columbus. Marisa ended up going with me and that was nice to be able to hang out with her. I got back to the house, but it was VERY close to the time I needed to go and Dave was worried about me being late and my driving, but I had called my friend who I was meeting before church and she said it was okay.

After church, Mary and I drove out to Dave's house to meet them for the evening of bowling with his church. We had a good time. I got to catch up with some other people that I hadn't seen the last time I was at his church. I bowled one game, but was tired after that so I ended up just watching the others.

Yesterday for Labor Day, Dave and I went to Columbus to visit his cousins. He has those two left on his mom's side of the family and he asked me to go with him. We had a good time and a very long trip back it seemed. We did get back earlier than my mom had expected me. His cousins are very sweet and fun to be with...

I'm really excited about this week of work. Today will be a hectic day because we will not have an agent officially in the office, but tomorrow Bryan starts his day. I'm really excited about getting started and getting the routine set.

Well...I must get ready for work now. Until next time...