My life.

March 23, 2008 at 10:14 am (and...ACTION!, birthday, blog, friends, fun, life, music, orchard valley, people, school, shows)

Yes, I know I am lame lame lame.

So here’s what’s gone on in the past…oh jeez…month?

Emma came!

The musical was AMAZING!

Got a part in the jazz choir (only 7 people did so i guess that’s pretty good)

Got the part of Belle for the upcoming Disney thing. More on that later.

Great BIRTHDAY!

Hel-yeah-icopter egg drop yesterday at The Orchard.

Today I’m on my way home to Chicago to go to the Easter service at my old church.

Happy Easter to everybody!

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A Bit of a Reality Check.

February 16, 2008 at 2:54 pm (aww, jesus, kids, orchard valley, small groups, thoughts)

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This is Amanda. She just joined my small group a few months ago.

This morning at our FUEL meeting, I got to talk with Amanda’s mom for a while and she told me that Amanda has been trying to part her hair to the side “because that’s how Bekah’s is”. She also told me that the other day they were at the store and Amanda started running around the store whipping clothes off the clothes racks and chucking them in the cart. Her bewildered mom had asked what in the world she was doing and she said she was picking out Bekah clothes.

I’ve heard things like this from a few moms, which really makes me think about how I live my life.

These 6 year old girls want to be just like me.

I never realized how much of an impact I actually had on them. They want to talk like me, dress like me, do what I do. I’d better make sure I’m living every moment and breathing every breath for Jesus Christ and setting the best example I can.

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Our Mini-Adventure in the Chi.

February 10, 2008 at 5:36 pm (food, friends, fun, haha, kids, life, orchard valley, people, youth group)

So here’s a little review of what went down yesterday.

Once we got there we went to eat at Ed Debevic’s where Ben was horribly slammed by our waitress…

….her name was Ernie but we called her Bert.

Then to be funny Ben tried to get the credit card all wet and dirty before she came back…and he accidently dropped it in.

He’s just smooth like that.

After getting lost in a parking lot with no cars in it and hitting many dead ends….

…we finally made it to the bean.

We took HUNDREDS (no exaggeration) of stupid pictures of ourselves with the bean in funny positions.

But then we realized that being superheroes was much much more fun.

But being so super is easily tiring (and we’re not the kind that have super heat laser vision so it was really cold).

So the amazing 7 ran over to Caribou.

Unfortunately, poor Ron doesn’t like to run. He got stuck in the middle of the street.

Once the whole group was reunited we sat down and winded up having some very deep and meaningful philosophical and theological conversations.

Anna apparently was quite bored with us.

 By the way…this is Todd. He’s a stud.

On the way back to the van we sound some awesome artwork and this humongous steel swing.

 

 To pass the time on the way home we took billions of pictures and showed our support for TWLOHA.

 And that was our insanely fun day. (as short as I could make it)

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Webkins

February 3, 2008 at 5:58 pm (friends, fun, haha, kids, orchard valley, small groups)

I don’t really understand these things but apparently Hayley and I missed the memo that it was National Bring-Your-Webkins-to-Small-Group-Day, so in an effort to relate to our girls….

 we turned ourselves into Webkins. Haha. Beat that.

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Good Night.

December 24, 2007 at 11:13 pm (aww, christmas, fun, god, haha, jesus, kids, music, orchard valley)

Well I am exhausted. Christmas Eve at The Orchard was incredible….what else would you expect? We did Wizards in Winter by the Trans Siberian Orchestra with lights and smoke and the whole nine yards. It was awesome.

Well I hope you all have an amazinly wonderful Christmas and keep your focus straight tomorrow.

I’m off to bed. ((I already fell asleep with Naomi earlier and became the subject of much paparazzi who apparently thought it was adorable))

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Disappointment, Excitement, and a New Blog

December 20, 2007 at 4:23 pm (blog, christmas, friends, orchard valley, shows, youth group)

I have been hopelessly and sickeningly stingy with the blog lately as I’m sure you would agree but anywho, in other news, I didn’t make the musical (I am on 3 tech crews though), Christmas is only in 5 days now!!!, and the youth group is getting their own blog! Administered by the one and only Ben Hammond the Great. Come check us out!

studentsattheorchard.typepad.com

 

peace.

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Happy Birthday to…

December 1, 2007 at 4:40 pm (birthday, friends, orchard valley, people)

SCOTT! Pretty much one of the most amazing people you will EVER meet.

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Doors.

October 8, 2007 at 5:54 pm (friends, life, orchard valley)

At The Orchard we’re doing a series right now called Doors. I’ve really been chewing on what Scott has said lately. One thing that really sticks out in my mind is a quote from yesterday. He said,

“Some of us are standing in front of a closed door, waiting for it to open, when there’s a wide open door just waiting for us.”

Maybe it’s time for me to recognize the closed doors in my life. Maybe it’s time for me to move on to better things. I don’t really know right now what I’m thinking at the moment, but I’m so glad that I have the right doormen women in my life to help me make those decisions.

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Great Weekend!

September 11, 2007 at 4:07 pm (food, friends, fun, orchard valley, small groups, youth group)

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Yes this weekend was really great! Small groups went even more amazing than I had hoped. There were only 4 girls but I can already tell that it is going to be absolutely phenominal this year!

After small groups I went home with Hayley and we had some FANTASTIC subs at this cute place called MichaelAngelo’s and then I rushed home to grab my swimsuit and went to a youth group pool party at the Huebners’ place. It was a blast. There are SO many new kids, and they’re all mainly junior highers. It was really great being able to see them connecting to each other and having fun together. There are so many of them that are completely new to this whole “church” thing. They honestly don’t know how to act… they don’t know what to do. They don’t know that youth group is a place for them to be themselves. As I walked by on Sunday I overheard a group of kids talking and one mentioned that she was afraid of youth group. Now, she’s only been there a few times but it was really a hard thing to hear. I want to make it my goal from now on to make sure that everyone is as welcome as humanly possible when they come. I want to do everything I can and then let God do the rest.

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