January 29, 2009

twenty five things you always wanted to know...

1 i have a unique cupcake eating regimen…i break off the bottom half of the cake and put it on top, like an icing sandwich. try it. you’ll like it

2 i sent an audition tape to
the amazing race with my friend jason

3 my dad was in a nursing home for awhile before he passed away, which is part of the reason i work at one now

4 i am the very proud owner of a baby grand piano…which currently lives in st. louis with my mom

5 $2 is my upper price limit for a box of cereal…and i take that very seriously

6
ozzie smith is, and will always be, my favorite baseball player. my childhood goal was to be a shortstop for the stl cardinals so we could be teammates

7 i never, ever get tired of watching friends re-runs

8 i have seen the movie
back to the beach more times than i could ever count…and every time i watch it i crave a peanut butter sandwich

9 i was on homecoming court in
high school and college

10 i have a hole in my left shin where i was kicked by a horse while on a trail ride two days before starting eighth grade

11 i am madly in love with
hyvee (the grocery store)

12 i was once the lead in a church musical where i played an alien named zak from a planet of blue people (the color, not the emotion)

13 i’ve had a recent fascination with the cause of world war one

14 i remember very specific details from the days of oj’s car chase, the oklahoma city bombing and 9-11

15 when i was in college my dad randomly bought a red corvette and would let me borrow it for weeks at a time

16 i am a lifetime member of the
international thespian society

17 i was a canoe instructor at new life ranch…i know the five basic canoeing strokes and how to do a deep and shallow water rescue

18 i have exceptional map reading skills and a good sense of direction…this is why i love exploring

19 i don’t like using capital letters…and i like think of it as part of my artistic style

20 in my old car the stereo volume had a numerical display, and i always had to leave it on an even number

21 we owned a boat my whole life and i love being out on the water

22 in seventh grade i wore a yellow smiley face pin that said “Jesus loves you” every day. literally. every day.

23 i have an art degree because it sounded fun (and it was)

24 growing up we had a lot of trees and my job was to pick up sticks so my dad could mow. i hated this job. once i was so distraught about my situation that i leaned up against a tree and sobbed about the fact that my parents only had me for the purpose of picking up sticks

25 my college flag football team, the killer bees, were the undefeated champions two years in a row…awwww sting ‘em!

January 16, 2009

i just love birthdays...

laugh if you'd like, but happy half birthday to me! that's right, today i turned 29 1/2. normally there is not a whole lot of fanfare surrounding my half birthday, aside from me announcing it to whoever i happen to come in contact with that day (and my wonderful mom sending me a card), but today was a different story. (it is, after all, a pretty important half) i was working at john knox and when i came back into the office from serving lunch i was showered with confetti and streamers as amber yelled "happy half birthday!" it was a delightful surprise, complete with balloons and a bag of popcorn. the residents i work with are great (and often amusing), but my co-workers entertain my crazy ideas and are equally fun!


and just because i like to show off my friends, here's a picture from last fall when we celebrated the 80th birthday of our faithful and fabulous volunteer carol.

shelly . amber . carol . dia

January 14, 2009

happy first birthday kester...

i was the lucky girl who was picked to be the official photographer of kester turning one. we had quite a fun photo shoot last weekend...here are a few of my favs.


January 4, 2009

my mexican adventure...

the first thing i learned in mexico is that the desert in the winter is COLD! i wore two pairs of pants and four shirts every day...which may have been a bit obsessive, but i was just trying to stay warm.

we worked with a ministry called tapestries of life that i am really impressed with. the work they do is very well planned and organized and they seem to be very good stewards of the things they have been given.

four of the days were spent working on the orphanage, which is called the casa de las gemas or the house of gems. everything they do and use to build this home for the children is quality. steve (the founder) has a thousand and one stories about how supplies, funding and volunteers have come together at the right time. the construction days were a lot like my days at habitat...we all divided up to work on a bunch of different projects. some guys put the ceiling up in the big atrium area in the middle of the building, there was a tile crew and some others did some drywall mudding and sanding. my friend spencer and i were in charge of painting one of the rooms that will eventually house 13-15 year old boys (okay, technically spencer was in charge and i was the assistant to the head artist). castle ministries, which is the organization i went with, has sponsored this room so they wanted a castle theme. not to brag or anything, but our room blows the other rooms out of the water. i can say that because most of the talent came from spencer, so it's not really bragging.

my stone wall

the grand entrance

then wednesday we took a break from construction for mercy day. on this day we purchase a lot (and i really mean a lot) of food to hand out in an impoverished 'neighborhood' in mexico. we handed out groceries for over 250 families, and toys and stocking hats to lots of kids. it's humbling to know that some of these families may not have eaten in days and this food is really an answer to their prayers. the few hours that we are handing out the food is organized chaos, but again the tapestries staff had a plan for everything. we also handed out quality food...each family received beans and rice, meat, cheese, onions, tomatoes, carrots, peppers, eggs, bread and toilet paper.

the whole gang: castle ministries and the wisconsin crew

hopefully this was a good overview for those of you who have read this far. (and there are more pictures on facebook) i'd love to tell you more if you're interested and if you're ever looking for a ministry to work with on a mission trip for your church, youth group, or whoever i would highly recommend you check out tapestries of life!