Saturday, March 31, 2007

Test Results

Okay, about the results....
I am so very surprised that no one thought that Billy Graham was my high-school graduation speaker! :-O ;) Only three people got it right that I have one ear unconnected and one ear connected. I mean, isn't that a usual thing to have? On Scott's scince project (a heredity tree), he had to put down stuff like eye color, and stuff like that, but ears being unconnected or connected was one of them, so I was an irregular! ;) I think everyone guessed that my favorite thing to do is taking pictures. No one guessed that doing algebra was my favorite thing? Gosh, I'm surprised, I thought I could trick everyone with that one! ;) I wasn't surprised that Megan (in this case, it meant Suzanne :) knew me best. I mean we've only been friends (and fiends) for ever! ;D

(Kris, just so you know, I only counted your highest score. :)

Friday, March 30, 2007

Spring showers!

Spring is here!!! Yippee!! Spring showers! It was sooooo tempting to jump in all of the puddles, but I restrained myself. ;)

Oh! By the way, I saw "Facing The Giants" last weekend. It is soooo good!!! I know you have probably heard it before, but it is an awesome movie! I don't get into sports (except for maybe mighty-mighty-scoop-noodle-challenge :) very easily, so I wasn't sure exactly what to expect. The beginning does quite grasp your attention right away, but maybe that is because I saw it out of sequence! :D Anyway, the movie is sooo good! Okay, I think I've said that a few times! ;D I'd say more, but I'd probably give something away!

Extreme Security

I thought I would share part of my devotions from last night with you. It is taken from the extreme book, Extreme Devotion...
Troublemakers. They are the children in class who cannot stop talking. They are the bullies in the school lunchroom who steal others' money. They are the gossips in the office maligning others and spreading rumors like disease. Christians are not called to be troublemakers. In fact, Jesus calls us to be peacemakers. This rule has one exception, however: We must be troublemakers to Satan and his schemes. We cannot afford to be overlooked by the devil as merely harmless for the kingdom. Prayer is our most affective weapon. How often do your prayers disrupt Satan's work? Get busy today by praying in Jesus' name against your adversary's plans.

Put on the full armor of God so that you can
take your stand against the devil's schemes.
Ephesians 6:11

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

How well do you know me?

Create your own Friend Test here
Rachel did one of these not too long ago. So, I thought I would do one too. Thanks Rachel for helping me out! :D
Okay, Megan E. is actually Suzanne. She couldn't get logged in, but she showed me that she knew the right answer. ;)

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Psalm 24:1-2

The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;
for he founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the waters.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Two 1/2 months!!!

My how they've grown!!! Sorry that some of the pictures are blurry, but it's hard when they are constantly moving!!! :D Enjoy!

WAHOO!!! They are going to give us attention!!!!

Awwww, don't you want one? You know you do! ;)

A lot of black!

"All that running is a lot of work!"

"It's mine!"

Insult or...compliment??

Does anyone else have this problem/blessing?
;D [smiles] ;D

Friday, March 23, 2007

Extreme Sides

I was so happy when I found this. It is my favorite (or one of my favorite) story. Speaking of happy, I am SOOOOO HAPPY TODAY!!!!! I got a B- on my english essay! That might not seem like much, but it is quite a step up from my last paper! :) Since I got my paper, I have been singing "O Happy Day." Not necessarily the song, but the 'happy day' part. :D And the weather is beautiful today. It is wonderful, gorgeous, fantabulous. Did I mention that i was happy?! :D ;D :D Anyways, here is Extreme Sides...

Russia: Hypocrites

They were singing choruses when the two soldiers entered with rifles. The service came to a halt as the Russian soldiers stared at the believers with wild eyes.

“What are you doing here?” they shouted. “Worshiping your imaginary God?” The church members cowered in the pews, wondering if there were more soldiers and more guns outside.

“All those who are faithful to God, move to the right side of the church,” said one of the soldiers, his face a mask of hatred. “You will be shot for your faith. You who wish to go home and keep your life, stand on the left side. You must decide to live or die. Those who are faithful to this ‘God’ will die. Those who deny him can live freely.”

Ten minutes earlier, everyone had sung praises equally. Now it was a question of life or death. Some stood to the left, looking sadly or waving apologetically to those on the right. Some stood on the right, their eyes closed in last-minute prayers.

“You on the left are free to go,” one of the soldiers said moments later. Those people filed out, taking one last look at those who would soon be dead.When only those on the right remained, the soldiers put down their weapons. “We, too, are Christians,” they said, “but we wish to worship without hypocrites.”

Defining moments come to us when they are least expected, and we cannot prepare for them. We must experience them “as is” and learn from the consequences. A defining moment is any situation involving a question of character. It may be as complex as a church service interrupted by perpetrators who demand our allegiance to one faith or another. Or it may be as simple as deciding whether or not to walk out of an offensive movie. Our response to a defining moment will side us with that which is Christlike or that which is questionable. Ready or not, we meet our real character face-to-face the moment we decide to take sides.

He who is not with me is against me,
and he who does not gather with me scatters.
Matthew 12:30

Thursday, March 22, 2007

We have a teenager in our midst!

Happy birthday, Scott!!!
Scott is a teenager this year!! Yikes! How in the world did that happen?!
Well, not to long ago he looked like this... :D

It really helps to have scrapbooks!! :D

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Just a picture...

... of me and my grandpa.

I love you soooo much Grandpa!!!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Luke 15:3-7

Then Jesus told them this parable: "Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.' I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

When I was reading this passage, verse five really struck a visual picture in my mind. "And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home." I thought of a little girl being picked up by her daddy, and riding on his shoulders, after she had just fallen on the sidewalk and skinned her knee. In the same way, Jesus picks us up on His shoulders after we have stumbled and fallen. What a great comfort!!

Monday, March 19, 2007

Don't cry over spilled...


This weekend I was making Stromboli (it is like pizza all rolled up). So, I was grinding a teaspoon of pepper (there was a grinder on the thing-a-ma-bob), which was taking quite a while! Bu then I spilled it!! Yeah, good ol' graceful me! Oooo, was I mad at myself!!! I was thinking "all that work for nothing!!" But then I began thinking that when we make a mistake, God doesn't say "Well, all that work for nothing! Why bother with these humans?" No, He says, "For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more." (Jeremiah 31:34) He lets us start over.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Two months and five days!!

Okay so I went a little overboard taking pictures of the puppies this week! A little taking at least 13 good pictures in less then about fifteen minutes. :D I was going to only post a couple pictures here of the puppies and have the rest at my other blog, but it was so hard to choose!! However, there are a couple more pictures at my other blog, Puppies Galore! (I thought that was a very fitting name!)
` Twins, only there are three other pairs plus an extra one! :)
This puppy just waited for its picture to be taken and then just sauntered away! Wait, do puppies saunter? Definition of saunter: to walk about in an idle or leisurely manner

The proud mother. Or maybe she is just an exhausted mother.

Scott holding a puppy (his birthday is on the 22nd-- Scott's, not the puppies :).

"Should I go outside or not?"

Before dinner...

... and after dinner

I was able to take this picture when the puppy was on my leg! Pretty impressive, right? Just say "yeah, sure," even if it is sarcastic. :D

Friday, March 16, 2007

Extreme Family

Okay, so I totally forgot about Jesus Freak Friday last week. But I was home on Spring Break; there, that's may excuse. :) Oh, by the way, I started a blog about our puppies-- same pictures that I post here, but worth a peek if you want to see how they have grown! :D Anyway, I got this story from the VOM website from the Extreme Devotion book. (Sorry for all the links! :)
The woman was one month away from graduating from Bible school along with her daughter. It was the same Bible school where her son, Stenley, had gone before he went to another Indonesian island as a missionary. Stenley was killed for carrying the gospel, but his testimony had prompted many others to go to Bible school and to accept God’s call to share his love.

When they had completed their training, the woman and her daughter planned to go to the very village where Stenley had died. She hoped for a chance to show Christ’s love, even to the men who had beaten her son to death. A visitor to the Bible school, hearing of her plans, was surprised. “Are you not afraid to die?” he asked her.

The woman seemed confused by the question, as if it was not something she had thought of before. “Why should I be afraid to die?” she answered simply.

Her faith in God’s goodness was complete. If he chose to use her in the village where her son died, so be it. And if he permitted her to die there, she would accept that call as well. Her death would bring her into the presence of the Christ she loved. Death was not an obstacle or a punishment, merely a doorway into the eternal presence of God.

Facing death can remind us of children standing above the edge of a water hole. We hug our own shoulders tightly to our bodies, shivering with the anticipation of the unknown. Will it hurt? Will I make it? We don’t want to be the first to jump—not with all these uncertainties. Fortunately, we don’t have to. History is full of family members who have leaped across the boundary between life and death. They are saints who died in full assurance of their destination. Jesus Christ, in fact, has gone where no other person has gone before—to death and back again. Christ, the head of our Christian family, has taken the terror out of death and replaced it with assurance. Heed the call to come on in. The water’s fine.

Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?
1 Corinthians 15:55

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Psalm 57:10

For Your lovingkindness is great to the heavens
And Your truth to the clouds.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Before and After

I thought I would share some pictures of before and after Spring Break. Yesterday was the beginning of skirt weather!! Yeah!!!
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Before Spring Break, Trisha and I walked around campus (but my batteries died on me!!).

The Library

A Random Tree

Look at those huge icicles!!!!!

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During Spring Break, it was so beautiful so I took pictures while I was on the porch. Without a coat, I might add, for people who think North Dakota is just another Antarctica. My frontyard. (I'm pretty sure that there is less snow now :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Happy Birthday!!

Happy 20th(!) birthday Trisha!!!

Some interesting fact about Trisha Suzanne:

  • Her current obsession is playing freecell.
  • She has webbed toes. And because of her webbed toes, her feet can't "breathe" when she is wearing toe socks. :D
  • She thinks the word "shoe" should consist of five letters.
  • She tends to hide under the bed for no apparent reason... among other weird things.
  • She is easily amused.
  • She doesn't like flip-flops.
  • She thinks that blue eyes are scary and that "you can look right through them. " I have blue eyes, so I can scare her!! [evil laugh]
  • She isn't superstitious-- she has walked under a ladder, had lots of black cats cross her path, and she was born on a Friday the 13th.
  • She is old this year-- 20, yikes! :D

Comment here or go on over to her blog and wish her a happy birthday!!

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Almost 2 months!

Here are the promised pictures of the labrador puppies (born on January 13th, so they are ready to sell)! [smile]

"Give me attention!!"


Just sniffin' around.