Saturday, June 28, 2008

Coming Soon...DinoDectives



Hey there! This picture is Mechelle holding up our "main" sign for the Sanctuary area. It will go above the baptistery.

Again for the fourth...maybe fifth year, the young adults are in charge of decorations. We are making a dinosaur (named Fred), the puppet stage to have a volcano backdrop (which is where the lyrics will be displayed for music time. We are painting a white square on the backdrop for that to be done.

Today...I'm not sure how the work day will go...some of the people will not be in town and others may come at a later time as Mechelle is moving into her dad's house until the wedding.

So...I need to get ready to head in there, before I eat biscuits and gravy for breakfast.

More pictures to come of decorations.

Monday, June 23, 2008

A picture from Friday night's reunion...



Hi there again...One of the classmates with a camera on Friday night took this picture of me. I really thought it turned out well and thought I'd post it...since I finally have learned how to post pictures on this blog.

Today when I got home from work there were many emails from classmates expressing the great time they had both nights. I really am glad that I was able to attend both days. It's so funny how nerves and the fear of the unknown can really mess a person up. What is really funny is I felt the same way when the 10 year reunion was planned...I didn't want to go, but thought I'd go for a little while, and ended up staying until the end of the evening.

The reunion took up the most of the weekend...but Sunday it was back to normal. Church services were good...I wore the dress I bought for the reunion and has many compliments on it. My friends Kat, Mary and Sara also dressed up...three of us in black, and Mary displaying a mixture of both black and white. I didn't think to take a picture with the camera. Us girls are thinking of planning a night to do a nice dinner out and dress up for it. I wonder if we can get Ben, Dave and Steve to go too. It's going to be hard to get Steve and Ben dressed up...Dave usually dresses up a lot...at least for church services when he's preaching and stuff.

It was back to work today...and Joyce was back too...YEAH!! She had a good time at the quilt show...and showed me pictures of it. I was glad to see them. She took one that had penguins on it. She said that when she saw it she thought of me...and just had to take a picture. YEAH, ME!!

Tomorrow night is going to be working on decorations for VBS. I think the dinosaur is coming along well...I may posts some pictures of it. His name is Fred...he still has a ways to go, but I think he's going to be really good when he's completed.

Well...that's about all for now...I've got to go get some clothes put away...family is visiting this week/weekend and I need to find the floor again. LOL!!!

Until next time...

Saturday, June 21, 2008

My 20th year high school reunion...


Last night was the first night of the 20th reunion...wow! I've been out of school for 20 years...that's crazy. I enjoyed myself so much that I'm planning to go to the dinner tonight. I wasn't sure I was going to go, but it was a good time. It was good to see those who were able to make it.

Tonight we met at Austyn's for dinner. It was really nice. We were able to get a group picture...and we waited for David Crosan to show up, but he didn't make it until after the picture. We had cake tonight...and I've added a picture of it.

I'm really glad that those who worked to get this together took the time. I had a good time and the work they put into it was great. I believe we may have a 25th reunion...at least it was mentioned tonight. Some may not come to that one...but it will be okay.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Summer is here...

tomorrow...That means it's time to really get things started at church with VBS. Interesting how last year we did an amazing amount of decorations and thought to ourselves 'we really need to start earlier next year.' So we met right after they decided which VBS to use (maybe late March), and we had a meeting about what we wanted to do with the decorations. Met another Saturday early April to begin working on the decorations. We worked that Saturday on getting the stones painted for the memory verses, and then we waited...and waited...and waited. Until two Saturdays ago and thought 'we really need to start the decorations' we made a list of stuff we would need to work with...and we met on a Thursday (I believe it was last Thursday) to shop for that stuff. Saturday morning we met (I cleaned the church while they worked on some stuff), and we met again Tuesday and Thursday of this week. Tuesday I began working with the chicken wire to make Dinosaur legs for our Dinosaur coming out of the baptistery. Kat worked on some things, Sara worked on the signs to hang in front of the church, Ginger and Mary worked on trying to get the molds to work. Tonight we met again. I worked on the head of the Dinosaur, and got it shaped. Mary worked on the memory verses, Sara worked on the sign for the front of the Sanctuary, and Kat worked with me on the head and the sign with Sara. We feel we are getting more done this year, but I know there is still more to go. I was looking at the calendar today and we have 7 more work days scheduled...one of those is the Saturday before we want decorations completely up. We have set some time aside to work on these ideas and we have goals for each work session. I think we can do it...it may be crazy at times, but I really think we can do it.

In other news...tomorrow night I'm heading to meet with some classmates for a 20 year reunion...I can't believe I've been out of school for 20 years. It's a little depressing in a way, because I never thought my life would be this way, but yet in a way, the way I had dreamed it is probably not what God has planned for my life. Perspective is the key ... I could think about the what if's, but really I believe I'm where God has planned for me to be. I may not like it at times, but as long as I'm faithful to God and what He has for me to do, then I need to be thankful at where I am.

Well...that's about all for now...I'm getting tired and I probably should head to bed...I need good rest for tonight...as Joyce will be out of the office tomorrow...and I'm not sure how long Brent will be staying ... if he even comes into the office.

Until next time...

Monday, June 16, 2008

Comfort Zones...

It's amazing to me how sometimes when I don't step out of my comfort zone, God will allow circumstances to cause me to take a step anyway. Here's the deal...The company where I work, has two offices. My boss is manager for both offices. I used to work in the main office until January of 2007 when I was moved to the branch office. This was not a good move for me...or so I thought. I ended up accepting the move and made it home. So when I was called last Tuesday and told that I would be moved back to the main office, I wasn't too happy. In fact, I was really upset, as I felt I was being ripped from my home. Now what's interesting is when I was moved from the main office, I wanted this day to come quickly...but now that I got used to my customers in the branch office, I realized it was a great place to work.

Let's just say the first day I was having a hard time dealing with the move. Last Wednesday, I requested prayer from my church family to pray that I would be able to adjust quickly to the move and that any bitterness would be uprooted before the deep roots set it.

PTL! I'm adjusting well. Thursday and Friday my boss was not there, and it helped me to get back into a routine of what I needed to do. The sort of traffic coming in the office is different. The people in the branch office, are there to pay their bill and pretty much leave afterward...the people dealing with the main office are farm people and are usually not in a hurry. It's been a nice pace...even though the main office is "busier." I have been able to get adjusted to the pace of work. In fact today I actually left with all my paperwork completed on my desk. That was a nice feeling.

Something that I realized this weekend was how I was struggling with the change, but when my friend Mary was singing on Sunday morning, I realized I needed to look at this situation as a way to bring glory to God. She was singing "Bring the Rain"...I know the song was written out of a pain circumstance and it's nothing about moving jobs, but I could take that song to relate...that when God wants to move me to a different work place, I need to bring glory to Him. My favorite line of that song comes from the second verse...

I am Yours regardless of
The dark clouds that may loom above
Because You are much greater than my pain
You who made a way for me
By suffering Your destiny
So tell me what's a little rain
So I pray

"So tell me what's a little rain"...no matter what we are going through it doesn't compare to what God has done for us ... taken our death payment. Since He did that for us...'what's a little rain.' It's made my viewpoint much different.

I'm glad God has given me this job...and my friends have reminded me of a job I had before this one, where it was a lot more worse conditions...and for me to accept this change in zones is not going to be a "big" deal.

God is good...and I'm glad He steps in to allow those changes to help draw us closer to Him.

Until next time....

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Tobymac in Theaters and some news about life...

Hey there...just wanted to give some news to you peoples...

Last night June 9, 2008, the 2008 Artist of the Year Tobymac had a showing of Tobymac's Alive and Transporter in 101 theaters across the United States. I had the privledge to go to the showing at Marque Cinemas in Huntington at Pullman Square. It was a blast. My friends Ben and Kat went with me. We had a really good time. Ben asked me on the way there if this was a movie or a concert. I told him "both"...he said, "no there's two different events...there's a certain way to act at a concert and a certain way to act at the movies. How am I supposed to act?" I said..."however you want to."

Before the concert/movie started, the previews came on and they showed a preview of the new movie by the church that made "Facing the Giants" and "Flywheel". It stars Kirk Cameron and is called "Fireproof". It looks good. I'm excited to see more about it closer to the release date.

I really liked how they set up the movie for "Alive and Transported." On the DVD, it has the entire concert, and then bonus features are of band member profiles, Toby talking about preshow, postshow, etc. But during the showing in the theaters it blended the artist profiles in between the concert footage. It was really good.

After the concert/movie ended, I leaned over to Ben and asked "was it a concert or a movie?" He answered "yes." I said, "I told you." He said he would probably call it a rockumentary.

We left the theater and headed home listening to Toby as we drove back to their house.

Tomorrow I have an eye appointment. This is a checkup to check the pressures in my eye for the glaucoma I have in my right eye and to see if the drops are working.

I got news today that I'm going to be working in the Greenup Office indefinitely. I hate change. I have a feeling that God has been showing me that I need to step out of my comfort zone more than I have lately. I mean, I did do a few things differently, but as far as work, I'm getting VERY comfortable. I know that once I get settled into things I'll be doing better, but it's just the fact that it's hard to change. Please be in prayer for me. This is going to affect my gas budget, so pray I'm able to change the budget easy.

I'm hoping to see "The Happening" on Friday with my friends. It comes out on Friday the 13th...which is one of my favorite days. I think it's because a lot of people don't like it. I'm not for sure if the entire gang is going to go though...Kat is scared to go at night...but I think she will be fine with everyone with her. I guess we will finalize plans tomorrow night at church.

Well...that's all for now. Until next time...

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Praise You In The Storm

The past few days has brought a new term to this phrase. The song by Casting Crowns has been in my head for the past few days because my friend Sammi sang it on Sunday morning. This song is a favorite of my friends because we each have been able to relate to it. Another song with a similar message is "Bring the Rain" by Mercy Me (sung by Mary Ferguson at my church).

Anyway...Storms rolled in on Tuesday and Wednesday. The storm on Tuesday didn't seem as bad as the ones Wednesdays storm. We were watching it roll in while I was at work. The sky looked very frightful, but there I was standing at the door frame with the door opened watching the clouds move quickly over the area. Thankfully I had sense enough to head inside when the rain began. The lady in the office next to us was watching it with me and I looked down the street and about two blocks from us we could tell it was raining, and then we saw it coming. I have seen that once before...and it really amazes me how God can allow rain to fall on one place and not another.

Anyway...last night we were sitting at church, and my friend heard this noise and asked "what's that noise?" I said, "oh no, it's the leak." So I ran back to the fellowship hall to get the trash can, then I endedup having to get another one for a new leak found. Our church is an older building and has a lot of character. When Pastor began the service, my mind had been thinking about songs to sing. I had "Rock of Ages" in my head, but it seemed to not fit my mood...so I looked in the back for something else, and came upon "Sunshine in my Soul". I thought it was a good twist for us to sing about sunshine, when it was storming outside. Right before we began to sing, it sounded like hail outside. After church was over and I had taken the trash to the alley, I was heading back in the church and heard another round of rain begin at the beginning of the street...I began running to the back door...and almost didn't make it before it was really pouring. There were some who were still talking, so Pastor and I made rounds around the church to access any other leaks. We found one in the office area and in the kitchen...both from windows that have been fixed. I pray the windows they just covered in the fellowship hall will be okay now...It would be horrible for a leak to come through now that we have covered the windows.

So back to the "Praise You in the storm"...Working for an insurance company after a storm can be crazy. I walked in the office this morning and had three people waiting for me to call them back to report damage for claims, and one in the office. While I was working with that person in the office, I answered the phone and had to take the customers' name and number as it was another claim. I was the only one in the office that knew how to do claims. My normal co-worker was working in the main office this morning. So I began entering the claim in the system. As I was finishing up with her, I had another person come in to report a claim.

Now I could have looked at this situation as something to get me frustrated and worked up, but I could look at it as a way to help our clients by reporting the damages to the claims center and trying to help them access the damages. People seemed to be understanding with me calling them back to report the claim, instead of being frustrated that I wouldn't do it when they called, but I thought it would be best to work the claims the way they came in...and if a person was standing in front of me then they would get service as well. Bryan, Crystal, Michele and I have been talking about the importance of customer service...make people know they are important to our company...let them know we want to hear about not only the claims, but also the good things too. Be helpful and attentive to each client. I have noticed that I like my job when I'm able to see that I'm being helpful and appreciated, than when I think it's crazy and frustrating.

So my attitude this morning was to Praise God in the storm. Not the "literal" storm that had just passed over, but the affects of the storm, causing waves in my day. It ended up being a GREAT day for me. My friend Ben put my new car stereo that my friends got me for my birthday in. It sounds great. I am really excited about taking cd's with me tomorrow to work so I can listen to them on the way to work. Even though the commute is short, it's still fun to be able to have the option of listening to cd's too.

Well...that's all for now. Hope you all praise God through the storms of your life. He is definitely worthy of our praise.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

The weekend...

Well...it's been pretty crazy the past two weeks...I hope to be able to get back to normal...whatever that is, right? Actually I have a feeling this past weekend is just a taste for what is to come for the next 7 weeks. VBS is fast approaching in July (13th - 18th)...I believe we will begin working each week (hopefully) to get projects done so we won't be rushing to finish everything a week before like normal (did I just say something about getting back to normal though...LOL)

Anyway, Saturday morning, I woke up on Kat's love seat...I chose that to sleep on, since Mary was sleeping on the couch. I slept with my headphones hooked up to my ipod...but I don't remember any songs throughout the night.

Kat made breakfast for us to celebrate the beginning of Ginger's birthday. After breakfast, I went to clean church and then headed home to rest a little. I took my time showering and changing for dinner to celebrate Ginger's birthday...she chose Cheddars. Good food, bad service (sorta). It was crazy that night...we were trying to post-pone it so Ben could meet up with us, but he was on a bus that he was unable to control...so he ended up not being able to go. Ginger seemed to have a good night. After dinner some of them went to the movies, but I came home as I wanted to check with with my parents to see how they were doing.

I woke up this morning, and rolled over to see the time...it was after 7 and I thought "wow! I get to sleep in since it's Saturday." so I rolled back over, and then realized it wasn't Saturday, but Sunday...It was after 8 before I got out of bed, and I began to run even slower...it was horrible...I finally got to church around 9ish. Sammi sang for special music..."Praise You In the Storm"...she did a good job.

After church was over, my friends got together (minus D33) to celebrate my birthday. I know it's about 5 days late, but with family visiting and my trip to Lexington, this was the first time to be able to celebrate. I chose Red Lobster. It was great food and great service. We had two waiters and they both seemed to have things under control. I got a great dessert too...a cookie that they put a candle on...I could have done without Ben's comment about it not having enough candles on it. LOL!!!

My friends chipped in and bought me a car stereo. I had mentioned a while back that my car CD player was broken and Ben thought "that's not good...especially for DeeJay". I told him it wasn't a problem, since my cassette player still works...I plug my ipod into a cassette adapter and am able to listen to the ipod through the stereo speakers. He still thought I should have a CD player, so they all chipped in and bought me one...with a usb port...which I can plug my ipod into... Did I say I have a great group of friends? I love each of them...and am thankful to God in bringing each of them in my life.

Tonight's message was really good. It was "Encouraging the Faithful Servants"...one of pastor's points was how God brings Christian friendships into our life to encourage us. I said "amen" to that. He also talked about the "Word of God" being an encouragement to us. It's been really good hearing the messages and seeing how I can apply them in my daily walk. I really believe God is doing some major behind the scenes work for something in my life...I'm not sure what it is exactly, but I feel it's coming...whatever it is. I'm praying that I'll be ready for whatever it is.

After church we had a semi-long choir practice. We were going over songs for the next two weeks...but we decided to have another choir practice next week anyway for the following week since we have a VBS meeting that night.

Well...that's all for now...tomorrow is a work day...yuck! I guess it's back to normal for me. LOL!!! Oh...I am called to report for jury duty...not really sure if I really want to do that...so pray for me.

Until next time...