Sunday, September 21, 2008

WE'RE BACK UP AND RUNNING

We have had quite a crazy last eight days. First off, last Saturday, 9-13, my cousin Bryan got married to Brittine, and the goings on at that wedding kinda set the tone for events that have just ended today, lol. I won't say anymore about that. You also won't be seeing any pictures of that wedding because in my family we only remember to bring our cameras and forget to charge all three of the batteries that go with them, enough said. The next evening, Sunday, the wind started to pick up and up and up, and by 9:45 we did not have electricity, which isn't all that bad, except that it didn't come back on until Tuesday evening around 7:30. So we spent the next couple days running back and forth between our house and my parents' house to do all those pesky little things like bathe, and of course my work involves me to constantly be on the computer so I had to work at my parents' house also. On top of not having electricity, our phones were also dead, which with cell phones again isn't that bad, except..............we have no service in our small neck of the woods, and, yes, we still have dial-up, which meant I did not have the ability to get online. That caused me a little concern because I wasn't sure how long it would take for withdrawl to set in and I wanted to be prepared. Well, I now can tell you exactly how long it takes, SEVEN DAYS!!! Yep, we just got our phones back on today. Seriously how long does it take to fix this stuff??? Every time I would go into Sugar Grove and would see an Amish buggy, I couldn't help but wonder how humerous they all found us Englishers this last week, complaining about no light, no use of the toilets (for those of us who have wells), no TV, computers. I could just sense them shaking their heads at us and laughing. Well, I know I would never make it as an Amish woman. I am completely accustomed to the life I live, lol, and I'm sorry to say I complained the whole 48 hours we didn't have electricity, the phones not so much. And the grand finale to this week was that Logan has tonsillitis and a cold, which she lovingly is trying desperately to give to her mother and I. I'm pretty sure I've caught the cold so I'll be a little foggy from self-medicating my way through this coming week, and Leyna is well on her way to another lousy week also. So to make a long story even longer, I can't wait until October finally gets here!!!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

THERE IS A GOD! (Lyrics by 33 Miles)

There's a beauty to the dawn
A rhythm to the rain
A silence in the soul that I just can't explain.
There's a breath of life I breathe
A beating in my heart
A magnificence, a scary sense of what lies past the stars
Beyond what we can see
Behind the mystery
I know that it could only be...

There is a God
This is the proof
That all around the evidence is speaking the truth
From the center of my soul
To the edge of the universe
Creation is crying out
Believe it or not...There is a God!

There's a debt that has been paid
A grace that I've been shown
A hope that I've been given that I have never known
There's a love that conquers darkness
A peace alive in me
There's a life that's not just here and now, but for eternity
Beyond what we can see
Behind the mystery
I know that it could only be that...

I believe it, I believe it
There is a God
I can feel it, I can feel it
There is a God
And the more I find, the less I need to see
I've never been so sure, so sure of anything

There is a God
This is the proof
That all around the evidence is speaking the truth
From the center of my soul
To the edge of the universe
Creation is crying out
Believe it or not...There is a God!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Church of Christ Day at Idlewild Park 8-30-08

After a seven or eight year hiatus, my family consisting of Me & Roger, Leyna & Logan, Mom, Amanda, Christopher & McKayla once again attended the Church of Christ Day at Idlewild Park in historic Ligonier, PA. With Roger being the only guy he kinda just went with the flow (again! lol), and after making the 3 1/2 hour trip, we all arrived safe and sound to start the adventure. For those of you who are frequent amusement park goers, the kids will tell you they had a great time, but for me it always seems like there's a lot of bickering and whining going on most of the time amongst the troops, i.e., I want to ride this next, they got to ride what they want to ride, my turn, I want this, I want that. You get the picture? No exceptions here I'm afraid, lol. Without getting into anymore detail than is necessary, I'll let the pictures do most of the talking. There have been in the past at least 1,000 fellow Christians who attend this particular day and this year was no exception, so we saw some familiar faces from Pennsylvania Christian Camp (PCC) where mom and I worked in the kitchen this year for one week at the end of July, and some others that I hadn't seen in what seems like a lifetime ago.


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