Monday, October 29, 2007

Pictures will be Elsewhere...

Hi faithful blog readers! We have been busy around here because my dad came home for a little over a week and we got to hang out with him. He left for Colorado again this morning and will be back on November 16th to (supposedly) move us! Prayer for our house to sell is still needed, and many thanks to all of you who have prayed for us so far. We now have a FAMILY blog

And that is where we will be posting pictures of what our family's been up to. I will still post on this blog, but I will also be posting on the family blog. So go the above link and see what there is to see! God bless all of you...

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Whispers in the Dark...

Lately this song has been running through my head... It's really spoken to me and encouraged me, and I hope it does the same for you (although it won't be the same without the great music to accompany it *smile*). I must say the the first verse is my favorite--it gives so much glory to God (God is the one singing the song).

(Verse 1)
Despite the lies that you're making
your love is mine for the taking
my love is just waiting to turn your tears to roses
I will be the one that's gonna hold you
I will be the one that you run to
my love is a burning, consuming fire

you'll never be alone
when darkness comes I'll light the night with stars
hear my whispers in the dark
you'll never be alone
when darkness comes you know I'm never far
hear my whispers in the dark

(Verse 2)
You feel so lonely and ragged
you lay here broken and naked
my love is just waiting
to clothe you in crimson roses
I will be the one that's gonna find you
I will be the one that's gonna guide you
my love is a burning, consuming fire

You'll never be alone
when darkness comes I'll light the night with stars
hear my whispers in the dark
you'll never be alone
when darkness comes you know I'm never far
hear my whispers in the dark

whispers in the dark
whispers in the dark..."
-WHISPERS IN THE DARK by Skillet from their album Comatose

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Quite an Experience

Last night my family, Mrs. Burrage, and I sat still for two and a half hours, listening to a foreign language and looking at people who never spoke. (By the way, this is a riddle.) What were we doing??? (DON'T LOOK BELOW UNTIL YOU GUESS!)

We were listening to Opera! (the artists never spoke, they only SANG!)

At Bronow (sp?) University in Gainesville, they put on an opera once a year and it's quite a big deal. This year my mom heard of the event and before I knew it, we were all dressed up and heading to an Opera. On the way there I was thinking to myself, "What are we DOING? Opera is boring and the artists sing in a different language anyway." But I went along with Mom's little idea because, I reasoned, Who knows? Maybe, just maybe, it'll be worth watching (and listening to). Okay, that wasn't the only reason I went along quietly; there was a catered mini-meal after the opera and I didn't want to miss out on that *laugh*.

I was pleasantly surprised: I enjoyed the Opera! Of course, they sang about quite, um, sorted things; but it wasn't like you knew what they were saying! The maestro would get on a microphone before every piece and tell the audience what the artists would be singing about and none of it was pretty. A lot of love stories where everyone dies in the end (don't get me started). But if I just forgot about what they were supposed to be singing about and just listened to their voices--oh my, that was beautiful. I don't know if you've ever heard the Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring soundtrack, but on that soundtrack Enya sings a couple of songs in Elvish and I really enjoy those scores because her voice is so beautiful... Same thing last night. This one Asian lady had one of the most beautiful voices I'd ever heard--it was heavenly. And she made it look so EASY! I liked when the guys and girls sang together. This one thin guy came out and when he began to sing I was totally surprised: his voice was SOOOO deep! I was like, Wow! He just didn't LOOK like the type of fellow who'd have a deep voice, you know? They sang in Italian mostly, throwing some French and German songs in there as well. The German sounded the most interesting. And some of the artists were really good actors. Their facial expressions were quite moving...

So all in all I enjoyed it very much. However, I must say that when the first artist (a lady) sang her piece, I was trying really hard not to laugh. It was just new, seeing a person on a stage, staring at the ceiling, and singing in a funny-sounding language (I soon began to think the language pretty, but it took a couple of minutes). Robert was even worse. I was dreadfully afraid that somebody behind us would hear all his comments. He didn't say anything rude, it just took him a little while to get used to it :)

So go to an opera sometime--it'll be a really neat experience; and who knows, you may even like it! I'll give you a little advice: if' it goes late, either bring a snack to munch on at midnight, or make sure you're going to an opera that has sandwiches, cake, and punch afterward!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Youth and Parents

Last Sunday night was our church's Youth and Parent meeting. I am no longer a highschool student, but I have friends who still are so I went as the photographer. I took a whole lot of pictures; in fact, I took so many that they didn't all make it on this blog! It was fun--I LOVE to take pictures! This event took place at the Smith home...
First we ate pizza. From left to right: Steve, Caleb, Hunter. Yeah, I caught some of them at a bad time :)

The ladies. From left to right: Ali, Bekah, Mandy. That's my food in-between Bekah and Mandy.

To me this picture portrays three very different personalities: Mr. Thomas--slightly wild. Mr. Burrage--not really wild at all. Christopher--too wild.

Wyatt, Mik, and Robert enjoying their pizza on the front porch. That's Mr. Ballard's hand holding his plate in the right corner.

To start the official festivities, Mr. and Mrs. Burrage (the youth helpers) dressed up in fun costumes and led a rousing game of Family Feud... They were hilarious.

Whoever knows the answer to the question and slaps Mr. Burrage's hand first, get to answer the question first. Mr. Ballard and his son, Mik, take a go at it.

Mr. Cooke and his son, Noah, have a face-off. Mr. Cooke looks into it, and Noah looks happy (as usual).

And I got it right here, folks. Robert beating Mr. DiMauro by a split second! I love this picture :)

Go Robert!

Mr. Shugart against his daughter, Bekah.

The parents are disappointed that they lost...

After the game we had a short devotional and then everyone just hung out making conversation for a while. From left to right: Mrs. Burrage, Mrs. Shugart, Mrs. Cooke, Mrs. Lidle (sp?)

Noah and Steve in the kitchen.

My mom and Mrs. Smith.

Mrs. DiMauro with her daughter, Mary-Ellen.

Mary-Ellen and Elizabeth kindly pose for me.

From left-right: Mrs. Ballard, Christopher, Mr. Ballard, Mr. Smith.

My dear friend, Bekah, and I.

Ellie and Mary-Ellen having a lovely chat.

My fellow Katie :)

So I go in to get a civilized picture of the guys and I am not able to succeed. Dylan (orange shirt) started all the trouble by refusing to look at the camera for a picture so Caleb and Hunter kindly held him down for a shot, but as soon as they did that I knew my "nice picture" was never going to happen. And don't ask me what Robert's doing--I'm not responsible.

Bekah and Brooke watched my pitiful attempts at order. I wanted order, so I took a picture of them. Made me feel better, you know.

Mr. DiMauro and Mr. Ballard looking quite cheery. :)

Noah, looking as he always does in pictures. After I'd tried to reason with him about how he'd look BETTER if he'd just smile, he told me that if I begged him "on my knees" he'd look normal. What?! I told him to forget it--in (so) many words.

I'll leave you with a sweet picture of Steve and Ali smiling. Have a great week!

Friday, October 5, 2007


Well, this is my official new blog! It's pretty much the same as my old one though :)

I have some important news: we are now moving near the end of November as a pose to the end of October. Please please pray that our house will sell! That would be such a huge blessing... But God knows best (as always!) and we're trusting in him. Thanks for praying for us as we continue to simply live the life God is calling us to every day of our lives!

On a more personal note, I'm happy our move has been delayed. I love our church and I LOVE Georgia in the Autumn! It's sooo beautiful. So God has made me happy in that little way--thank you, Lord! He's so good and I so don't deserve it...

"Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly FAR more than all we could ask or imagine..." -Ephesians 3:20


Thursday, October 4, 2007

I've Done It

I know it's annoying when somebody changes a blog or email or whatever, but I was having technical issues with my old blog and so started a new one! I'm sad that I lose all the old posts I'd made, but I'll soon fill this new blog with more than enough! Adios for now...