Thursday, October 30, 2008
During the course of the night, I got to interview a kid named Vantrell. Vantrell went to camp, and goes to Snider. He is a Junior, and is a good guy. He is extremely well spoken, and well he did an awesome job. I just kind of interviewed him and made him feel comfortable in front of all those people. I LOVED IT!! God is so good people!! The power is literally limitless. You just have to have the willingness to step out in FAITH, and just get on along for the ride. With God, all things are possible. I AM JUST SO PUMPED FOR WHAT GOD IS DOING IN FORT WAYNE FOR YOUTH AND THE PEOPLE DIRECTLY IMPACTED BY THE YOUTH!!! Nothing but huge smiles coming off this face tonight.P.S.
I got a 98% on my Australia presentation. It should have been a 102%, but that is still acceptable.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I don't know how to feel about this. I mean, the second I think to myself, "ohh gas is really on the decline, I bet it get's dirt cheap again." It will bounce up to $4.00/gal again. I suppose I will try to say as neutral as possible. Gas is just one of those things I don't try to understand. It will do what it will do I suppose.When I got out of work, I went straight to school and found a brilliant spot to just sit and type. The English paper got a lot of solid work done to it. Not quantity, but quality. I was in the basement of one of the buildings, where I had no phone reception, which meant no disruptions or distractions. Just typing and thinking, typing and thinking, typing and thinking. BRILLIANT! I took breaks where I visited my best friends g/f at the on campus coffee shop.It was really nice to take a break and go and have intellegent conversation with someone I enjoy having it with. Perfect break kinda gal, that is what Allison is. :-)
When I decided I was just done, I went on over to Nicky's house (Jared's parents house). To get a little Halo 3 action, and visiting time with Nick. Turns out I had just missed Jared by like 5-10 minutes. It's all good though. Nick and I had fun.Just in case your are saying to yourself, "dang, I wonder if the veins in Mikey's neck are usually sticking out like that when he is playing a video game?" The answer is....yes ;-) It get's intense, and compared to Nick, I am a peón.
I am going to bed though.
Monday, October 27, 2008
BSF was awesome tonight. And challenged me as well as taught me new things. I LOVE BSF!!
I am going to end with a quote from St Francis of Assisi,
Sunday, October 26, 2008
I am making this complicated. Just like my English paper, I need to go back to what I know, and expand on it.
shoot, ENGLISH!!! I have to do English tonight. Stupid Précis!!!
I was going to talk about how I took Matt (my cousin) to Dave Church tonight, and how I think he really liked it, but my thoughts and the pulls of the time kind of side tracked me. I should have taken a picture of me and the other Dave Church attendees interacting with Matt, and the fun he had, but I forgot to do that. So, just pretend that there is a picture above of Matt sitting on a couch near Richard, and Rachel just got done making a really good milkshake, and Margie is being a really loving and smiling woman, and Dave is talking some sense into me, and I am just being a goof. That is the picture I wish I could have taken tonight. OK, off to homework time.
Below are some notes I jotted down during Church.
1 tim 6:6-it is not speaking about gaining more things/money, it is speaking about the desire for those things. people @ the bottom want more things just as bad as the people @ the top. luke4:14-21 Christ fulfilled the prophecies. When we are stripped away from everything, this is where we seek Christ the most. Proverbs 30:7-9 IT'S ALL ABOUT BEING CONTENT. Mark 12:41-44 the poor woman gave out of her Faith and even in poverty gave her all.
PEACE......>Grace & Peace that is. :-)
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Okay, now the things in this poem are cool, but what I can do with my BLOG is even cooler. If you go back one year from today. Ohh, say to October 27th, and look at what I did then, you will be surprised at what you see. Last year on October 27th, two friends and I went to see a silent film. Today on October 25th, two friends, my cousin and I went to go see a silent film. We saw Nosferatu (Dracula) a silent film, accompanied by the pipe organ. Pretty awesome stuff in my opinion. Now I could see how if you weren't quite into the older films of the day, and how you need bright stimulation and loud special effects then this would not be your cup of tea. BUT, if you can really appreciate things of the past, then this is great. Just like last year, there was a magic act performed by Dick Stoner.Dick Stoner is a well known magician in Fort Wayne, and he can really put on a show. I took a picture of Dracula during the movie, and it turned out pretty good. Check it out.This was one of the many very creepy shots through out the movie (I took this picture with my phone, it turned out pretty darn good). I thought it was really cool, and I had a lot of fun. I super like this kind of stuff. I remember last year, Amanda did not like the black pirate at all.
Friday, October 24, 2008
(FRONT)Of course, this will be a tri-fold brochure.
It will look amazing, and I can't wait to pick
it up on Monday morning.
Today at work, I had to approach dealing with some things that aren't very fun. Things that make my job rather difficult. Without naming names, or pointing fingers. There is just a specific individual who is causing "issues" at YMCA child care. It is not a child, and it is not a worker. But, this individual is causing problems. I stayed after for ohhhh, maybe close to a half an hour, and talked over some new strategies with my fellow workers. I hope, come Monday, that we can work this out, and that the "problem" becomes no more a problem. :-) This is what I want.
When I got out of work, I went and worked out at the YMCA, and boy did it feel good to just get super duper sweaty in the Sauna. I also talked to a very interesting guy, who was very talkative, and super polite. IT WAS GREAT!! I am beginning to really enjoy the Sauna talks I have been having. When I left the YMCA, I went straight to Nicky's house. We blasted some bad guys on Halo 3, then I got him to help me out with some school stuff. I took him to the 24/7 computer lab. And, well he helped me finish this Power Point that will be playing during the presentation.Nick didn't know I took this picture, but he was actually having fun I do believe. You sure can tell I was. he he he This guy has such a great personality, and is so incredibly funny. It reminds me of playing with his brother when I was younger. Good times, tied to good memories. I LOVE IT!!
And now, I do believe it is time to be finished with the day.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I got my wallet stolen. Okay, here this. I went to school, didn't really get much out of it. Then.....well, it doesn't really matter. Lets skip ahead a bit. Okay, I went home and gathered my clothes, work out shoes, and what not for showering. I went to the YMCA to work out. When I got out of the sauna & shower, my wallet, shoes, dirty underwear and socks were all GONE!! I went and told the front desk...where I found out this happened to another guy. It's all very disturbing. So, this is what happened. I made it known to the front desk. Then I called the police. I go back to work, and get a phone call. THEY FOUND MY WALLET!! Apparently, when the guy (who happened to be a dude who someone with a membership brought in as a guest to play basketball) found there was no Ca$h in my wallet, he threw it into some random locker. He still stole my bag, shoes, underwear, and socks. Well, when I went to pick it up, I was informed that they found him on camera. GOT HIM IN THE ACT, walking out of the locker room and one of the stolen bags was in his hands. Jeeeze, it is not a nice thing to do.
I got my PROJECT done for my Australia thingy. It is going to look so good. If I can figure out a way to show it off on my BLOG, I will in deed do that. I am off to bed.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
After my meal was over, I went to Wendy's to get a large Strawberry milkshake and a small chili. This was not for me, but for my friend Nicky Bush. You remember Nicky from on Sunday. Well, I had asked him what his favorite fast food meal was and he told me about this milkshake and small chili from Wendy's. SO, I told Nicky not to eat school lunch on Wednesday. I got his food, and went to Snider. It worked out so RADICAL!! I went to sign in at Snider, and the secretary Pat, stopped me and said, well, you look pretty suspicious. I told her that I had the food under my coat, and she let me know that I couldn't take that into the cafeteria. I was disappointed, but of course I agreed to whatever I had to do, even if it meant to throw it away. Well, she explained that there was another option. I could take Nicky back into one of the unused conference rooms. SO I DID JUST THAT!! I went and pulled Nicky out of the cafeteria, where he was patiently looking all around for me, and took him "secretly" to a back conference room. HE WAS SO PUMPED!! I WAS TOO!! We had some fun talk, and it really made my day to have lunch with Nick.
I went back to school, then to work, and then finally to YOUNG LIFE!! It was crazy packed there. And, there was a belching contest.Belching contests are fun. For rizzle, my nizzle.
P.S. I just feel the urge to inform of this:::I do much more during my days than what I speak of in this simple BLOG. If a camera could really follow me around all day, it would be quite the day to day experience. I live a very exciting and fulfilling life. Always crazy twists and turns around every corner. :-)
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I am so tired, I can't hardly think.
I got into a little fight/commotion with one of the ladies at work. I was being overly sensitive & decided to make myself known. When I want to make myself known, I tend to be extremely and overtly conflictive. This was the case today. It took me a while, but when I was driving to school to work on this project, I called her and appologized. I explained everything, and I think we are on the same page.
Time to go home, I can still make it to bed by 10PM!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Having the actual needle placed into my vein is not a problem. It is that darn tape that is so excruciatingly painful. When the tape comes off, so does all the hair on my hairy arms. OUCH!!! Today was really a blessing at the hospital. I was so hungry, and they brought me out this meal, and it tasted so good. It looked really good too. I could tell the cook actually put some time trying to make it pretty, it looked good, and more importantly, it tasted awesome! I am not going to diss on hospital food any longer after this experience.Now doesn't that look pretty? :-)
Today, after I got my infusion, I met up with Tom (Young Life staff) to talk about a the "talk" I will be giving next Wednesday at club. After speaking with him, I am getting so totally excited about it. It is going to be just awesome. I have no worries, God will use it for whatever his purpose is going to be. I just want to make myself a vessel for him to use. Tom is to the left, and I am sitting to the right.....It is kind of a funny picture of us, because I don't usually have my shirt off, I have gained some weight.
In the evening, I went to BSF. It was such a good time. I get so much out of the talks now, it is very uplifting. I wish I had time to explain things I learned and took from the talk tonight in great detail, but I don't. SO, I am just going to highlight the grand points, and explain in brevity how they are impacting my life.
This last week, we went through (Exodus 6:28-10:29), the first 9 plagues that God sent to the Egyptians. There were some amazingly challenging questions, and insights I took from the talk Jack gave tonight. CQ stands for challenge question(s).
*What will it take to surrender fully to God and abandon all other God's?
~Pharaoh hardened his heart & showed an obvious lack of fear for God.
-Sin has hardened man's heart. It is when I diligently refuse to submit to God that I choose NOT to follow Him.
~I must accept the obvious path God is leading me to. By refusing to do so, I am "diligently refusing to submit to God."
-Courage to do hard things in God's will glorifies Him.
-The longer sinners resist God's will, and refuse his word, the louder he speaks through judgment.
(?)CQ(?) How has God kept me safe?
How or when have I chosen to ignore God or hiw will?
Satan wants humans to believe that compromising to unGodly things is okay. It is when we compromise, that Satan is able to slowly get rid of the thorny ball, and turn it into a smooth ball, easy to handle. I remember my 5th grade teacher use to tell us that that when we tell lies, there is a ball inside us, that has sharp thorns sticking out of it. Every time we lie, the ball turns a little bit. At first it hurts to lie (regret, guilt, etc.), but after a while, the sharp thorns sticking out get worn off and it becomes very easy and painless. That is how I envision consistent sin, not being given to the lord looking like.
These notes really impact me deeply because of some challenges I have set for myself in my life.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
The drive home was a pretty one, but I am thinking that pretty much anywhere in Indiana with tree's is a pretty drive right now.
The drive home was enjoyable, but leaving the farm was not. It is like I am back in High School. When I was in High School, I would get a churning stomach feeling when I had to leave Dick's farm. I love it there so much, almost as if I belong there. ~SIGH~
The most bizarre thing happened too right before I left. I said my goodbyes, and received my final words of wisdom..things like, "don't eat the rat poison." But was completely thrown for a lope when I was handed a check for an amount of money far crazier for me to comprehend. I was paid for this weekend??? I was paid real money to do something that I would happily pay my own hard earned money to do myself. This was hard for me to understand. I am still not really sure why Dick decided to pay me, but I didn't turn back or rip up the check. I will just be extremely grateful, and put the money to good use.
When I got home, I decided I would go to the library to write some of my English paper......well that didn't go too well, so I went to my best friends parents house to hang out with his little brother Nicky. Nicky goes to Snider (the school I do contact work at for Young Life) and I have needed to spend time with Nick, so I just did it. Super fun too!! Nick is AMAZING at Call Of Duty 4 (action/first person shooter game for X-Box 360).Nicky is such a cool dude. Far cooler than most kids I know, and I know quite a few. He is extremely genuine, and funny. His humor reminds me of his brothers, and that is hard to come by.Yes, we ended the evening with some PIZZA HUT. By far not our first choice for pizza, but really the only place we could go to late at night none the less. So, we made it work. Nicky is the man! Pizza is the food! Bernie is the dog! And it is time to hit the sack.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
And so, the day just had to come to an end. I didn't want it to, but the sun goes down without permission. The moon was beautiful, and seemed extraordinarily large tonight. Just icing on the cake I suppose.
Friday, October 17, 2008
This thing is really quite an amazing piece of machinery. To be able to walk around in the engine compartment and just get an idea for how MASSIVE it is, well it's something to behold. Now, Tyler, Dick's farm hand was over at one of his other farm locations working on a blower (dries corn off before storing it) that had just broke hours before the combine. Dick says, "when it rains, it pours." Good ole, Tyler. Working with corn up to his belly button. This is not too uncommon of a typical task you might see him doing around the farm. For sure not an every day type of job, but stuff breaks and has to be fixed on the farm all the time.
Now, as soon as the combine was fixed and the dryer was drying. I got to start driving as well. I was driving Semi-Trucks. The combine would fill up the truck, I would take the truck back to the main farm where the silo's were, and empty them, and then take an empty truck back to the field. Here are 2 of the 3 Semi-Trucks I was driving.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
The drive home was my favorite part though. I gave these two brothers a ride home, and we smashed (sang to) some free style beats I have. It is like one of the only CD's of mine that didn't get stolen. It was super fun making up stupid and crazy rhymes with these guys. I have an OLS test tomorrow. I prepared for it, but I could have done a more thorough job. I have some time in the AM to study, but I don't have complete confidence in this one. I ask for prayers around 12:30, for that will be when I take it. If you are reading this BLOG post after 12:30, pray anyways, because God breaks the whole time thing. He's crazy good like that.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Then I got to study some OLS, horribly boring and silly stuff really. But it was all worth it when I walked out of one of the buildings and got to see the most beautiful leaves crawling up the side of one of the buildings.Well, I just hung around school for most of the day. I ate lunch there and everything. While I was one of my "breaks" I happened to come across a bridge being built to connect one of the most westerly parking lots to where the new soft ball fields will be I believe. It is a neat looking bridge.It's really cool looking, and there were some HUGE cranes holding that thing up. It looks kind of high tech. I really like my University. It makes me feel glad to be a part of it. :-)
Well, eventually, off to work I went. We are doing this walk for fitness thing in the YMCA, and so I like to take the kids for a walk through a near by neighborhood. We found a little part yesterday, and I promised them time to play at it today. We just had to find a quicker way to get there. Well, we did, it was to cut across a low stream. I helped all the kids get over it by standing precariously on 3 small rocks, and hand by hand got all of them to the other side safely. It was fun.They liked the little park, even though the equipment is not as nice as the other one, but I think because it was different and just some new things to crawl on, it was good.
I went home after work, and eventually made it to the YMCA to work out. I ended up in the sauna before I showered off and went home. It was sweet because I ran into a in the SAUNA, who I got to share a little bit of my story with. I got to share just a little bit of Jesus with. :-) It could very well open up new doors in the future. I see him around often, so ya never know how God will work that one.