Thursday, December 23, 2004

living in the lap of luxury

well, here i am back in the calg, in the hamptons, living the life. what have i done so far today? well let me tell you... even tho i am a little ashamed of the ridiculousness of it all. this morning my momma booked me a massage appointment, the first ever, and my mom and danielle made this woman think that i am the biggest massage moron in the world! they told her that i was so afraid of a massage and danielle told her i have a low pain threshold! hmm. i don't understand that bit, really. anyhow, the first massage ever went fine. in fact, it was enjoyable. it just kind of seems like a frivolous thing to pay for. anyhow, karan has booked me another appointment next week. item 2 on today's agenda. a haircut. apparently since i refused to have a spa day with my mom, she thought she could sneak it in in increments, like i wouldn't notice. but i was sad about getting a haircut. terrified in fact, as any of you who have seen me loving my long hair would know. but thankfully i had a lovely girl who listened to what i said and really only trimmed it. so it is impossible to tell by the naked eye that it is cut. but i am happy, and hopefully it will just grow all the longer now that it is healthy again.
so later this afternoon we are going to get our family pictures done. so far today has been pretty posh. but perhaps it is the niceness after yesterday's super late plane fiasco.
i was supposed to leave ottawa at 7:20 last night, but there was a lot of snow in the t-dot, so, the plane i was supposed to be on was still in toronto at 7:20. then we finally flew to toronto, but also got delayed there. they had to de-ice the plane in ottawa and toronto, so i ended up getting in at 1:20 am alberta time. so 3:20 ottawa time, and i had been up since 7 with like 5 hours of sleep from the night before. but there is a shortage of beds in this house so i get to sleep with my momma this week. and that makes me very happy.
just as expected i do miss my ottawa kinsmen (or as thom would say my bosom chums!) already, but it is so good to be here. i feel a love for my sisters this year that is stronger than ever. the hairdresser called us charlie's angels. maybe she wanted a tip, or maybe, just maybe. the van patter sisters are the hottest sisters ever.
i love it!

hopefully i get to see my dad tonight.

posse out!

Monday, December 20, 2004

i love life!

God is good, all the time, and all the time, God is good!!! i must say that i have had the best semester of my life this year. i just love the people that i am joined with here. i love my family i love beth's family. i love the best's. sheesh... i am filled to the seams and fuller with love right now and it is awesome.
beth and i just got back from a short time in campbellford. my soulmate town. it was lovely to be there and to spend a bit of time with doug, marilyn and jill. i missed paul and janice by one day, but hopefully closer to new year's i will see them. beth and i also spent a day in peterborough, beth got her G.. (hurrah!) and then we went and surprised carla and the amandas at king street. and then off to the best's where cindy was busy preparing a christmas dinner for jamo and his friends. i got to make a cranberry tree. we also got to hang out with tomata, nat and luke. then josh called and he and april want cam and i to emcee there wedding reception! imagine toi! i am stoked, and it is all the better that i get to do it with cam! fabulous. so there are at least 4 weddings to go to this spring. i am excited for this.
we also got to spend some time with mattie, we went hiking in the woods behind his house, and beth wore the greatest parka in the world, and a picture of the three of us made mattie laugh as i have never heard him laugh before. we spent some sweet time praying as well. i love praying with people. i love how God is moving, and he loves it when we ask.
last night thom was saying how sweet it is to be cocky in God, and in his word. how when you ask things according to God's will you can be so cocky because you know what will happen. i love it!!!
beth and i have a final in just over an hour, but it is open book and we have marked up our pages, and we are not too worried. then micro tomorrow, and nursing theory on wednesday. some people are done their exams by now, i myself and just starting today. go figure. 3 exams and they just had to be in the last part of the exam period.
but then off to the calg to see my lovely family and spend christmas with them.
danielle has been home since the 11th and they had a big turkey dinner without me! i was practically excommunicated from christmas!! i mean really, we never ever have turkey! and the one time they do i am convenienly stuck in ottawa waiting for my exams. i can't wait to see them.
then back here on the 29th for new years... although, thom conveniently took a shift on the night of the 29th... the great ditch!! but he doesn't work in the 30th so we shall get to hang out then.
then beth shalll come back and we will be reunited. during exams we were seperated for i think, 5 days and we spoke on the phone at least 3 out of the 5 days. i tell ya. to quote her "i can only hope that my marriage will be as successful as this friendship".

i think that's it for now. i am looking forward to what God has for the next few days.

For unto us a child is born! (ps. this is not any child! this is the christ, the messiah! the savior of our world!!! hurrah!)


Thursday, December 02, 2004

YESSSS! (with a double arm pump!)

hurrah hurrah hurrah hurrah hurrah!!! i am done my essay! the last assignment of the semester before exams start! i couldn't be happier even if i caught the golden snitch! i am so so so happy. plus. i only have one more class and one small evaluation meeting on monday. but other than that i am done! can you even believe? i am half done year 3? imagine toi.
ok so to be truthful.. my essay was due yesterday at 1 pm. but i am only losing 5%.. which is not too bad, and beth is right on board with me. like she said in her post, we are far better at encouraging each other in the things of God. maybe next semester that will include school? we'll see. procrastinating until the day before an essay is due largely contributes to it being handed in late, but also due to the fact that on the day before our essay was due we spent a copious amount of time with our favourite boys.

that is me, beth, pat, thom and mattie in the front. we are all laughing so hard because we have been telling mattie that there is no way we will fit in the picture and we need to crouch down. mattie is laughing so hard because he knew we were wrong.

that's a picture of us back in the fall going to the caves. hard to believe that i only knew mattie for a month and thom for like 5 days. these boys are so sweet. everyday they make me laugh, and one of the best things that beth and i get to do with them is pray. God is moving people. prayer is going up and blessings are coming down.
anyhow, today i am off to maxville for another sweet day with nathan, and then next week we are off to campbellford (c'ford what!) i am stoked. marilyn has our advent calenders waiting!

anyhow, i'm out.

ps. 2o days til i go to see my family!!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

i am not my own mentor...

last week was beth's birthday and thankfully pat came up with the best present ever... otherwise i would have had nothing! beth is just one of those girls who really doesn't ask for much. anyhoo. we (mattie, pat, thom, laurie and i) wrote a song for her and recorded it onto a cd. oh my friends, it is funny! beth and i listen to it at least once a day, and it is so catchy that it is always stuck in your head. it's really hard to hear me singing most of the time as those boys were way louder. but i did get one little solo. "if i ever want to spoon, you are there for me. if one of us were a boy we could get married" followed by mattie saying very seriously "but you're not" oh i love it. plus we got her a little tree. a ficus benjamina, which very sadly is losing all it's leaves. mattie and alex had one in first year and he said that all the leaves fell off. we are very sad. also, to get the tree i got to go on a veyr hot date with thom and laurie. laurie whom i had just met the night before, but i insisted that the 3 of us ride up in the front together. i love those campbellford- (and surrounding area) ites. i love meeting more and more of campbellford.
tomorrow thom asked me to go to the museum with him to go learn about dinosaurs. he is mentoring me and teaching me all about the things my dad never did. oh it is so much fun! on of the lessons i have received thus far is that my mentor is always one step ahead of me, and last night when i went to take the ice cream out of the fridge, i discovered that i had already done it and i said "oh look i am one step ahead of myself, i could be my own mentor!" and thom, being a very good mentor indeed, did not chastise me until i dropped the ice cream container under the table. i learned my lesson, i am not my own mentor.
mattie and i were supposed to go on a hot date to listen to a presentation on the boreal forest but it looks as tho he is skipping out on me. ah well it will be a good time on my own. plus james raffan will be there talking a bit about the canoeing part of the event. HURRAH!

we had sweet cell last night about baptism. about how this is what God says:
to be saved you need to:
Believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord. (Romans 10:9)
when you are saved your old nature dies.. it is exchanged for a new nature.
Then to throw off that old nature you need to:
Be baptised in water. (Colossian 2:12)
also, 1 Corinthians 10:1&2 shows us a picture of moses coming thru the sea. when they reached the other side, the waters washed over all that was behind them. killing all the
enemies in the army (the whole army!) and cutting off everything from their old life. they could not go back.. only forward.
in baptism in water we are burying our old selves so we do not need to carry around a dead body forever.
Then to be equipped you need to:
Be baptised in the Holy Spirit (acts 1:4&5)
this is what beth once said ... (i am adding to it a little) but becoming a christian is like all of a sudden being aware of a moving river. being baptised in water is like getting in a canoe on the river. you are now moving and leaving your old self behind on the bank, and being baptised in the Holy Spirit is now you have a paddle and you can move faster and with purpose and order.

i believe very firmly that it is these three things that needs to happen to all who believe. i believe it because of acts 2:38. i do not believe that acts 2:38 means that you recieve the baptism of the Holy Spirit just by being baptised in water... (you can while you are being baptised in water, but it is not because of the water baptism). there are far too many examples in acts of people not knowing about the Holy Spirit baptism (and they are have been baptised in water) or people who have been baptised in the Holy Spirit and not in water yet. whatever they had not recieved, the apostles prayed for. (ie. acts 19:1-5, acts 10: 44-48)

i love baptism. it is so cool. i love to hear noah talk about baptism.. it his favourite thing next to talking about the body of christ. which is the church. church is not a place or a building.!

i think that is all for now.


Sunday, November 14, 2004

i see joshua camped on the plains of jericho...

i see walls collapse and people marching in. the Lord in our midst is mighty. (part of a song by cecily from the church in vancouver)

ok. first things first i need to quote trevor from long ago, "God is sweet.... BOOYA!"

he is... he really really is. the meeting this morning was so amazing, God is doing some good things here. i was so overwhelmed with God's love for us this morning. i nearly burst! i could only shout when i prayed. and then we sang that song by cecily and it is all about our history! and really it made me think how Jesus said we would do greater things than him.... GREATER!!! i mean really... think of what Jesus did! he healed the sick, he taught so many, he spoke truth and life and he raised people from the dead and we will do greater than him! (john 14:12) imagine toi! it is so cool.
this is what i realized about God's love this morning. it is more than enough. way more than enough. and we were singing the banqueting table song and when we sang the part that goes 'i am my beloved's and he is mine', i just realized again how much God loves us. and not just like a father or a friend (which he also does), but he loves me in the way that he is pursuing me everyday. that Jesus is the most romantic person in the world, and that he has been wooing me and courting me since the day i was conceived. i mean the Bible says things like lover of my soul! to me that is very cool.
i love life. i love God. no matter what he is so good. and not just today when things seem so good. but all the time. regardless of anything.
in the words of biblical hair sara "huzzah!"

today keegan beat mattie in a handstand competition (keegan is 8 and mattie is 21), victoria (7) said(again) "stop! in the name of the Lord!" while they were making the shields for the armour of God in kids work, and tom taught me about an allosaurus.

all in all it just really was the best day ever, and i can say without a doubt that tomorrow will be even better.

i leave you with the words of a defeated boy
" you've won this round keegan." -mattie kennedy


Wednesday, November 10, 2004

God shines his light.

ok... there is nothing better than watching God send amazing, beautiful lights all across the city with your 3 favourite people. if only tom had been there! then it would have been 4 of my favourite people. anyhow. God is so good, we had cell tonight and it was lovely. marie shared about being real with people and just sharing God with them by telling them about your own relationship with Jesus and not needing to add anything else. just being real.
then we came back to watch shrek 2, but lo and behold God had better things for us to watch. such as his lovely northern lights, or as pat would say the dolores borealis. oh pat, always muddling up the english language. but they were grand, and the backdrop... a beautiful starry night sky. i saw no less than 3 shooting stars and one with a beautiful long tail. as mattie said 'those ones are the best'.
people, i love the capital. it is a swell place to be right now. i pray that everyone is growing closer to God and learning about how much he loves you. i pray that you are allowing him to move so much wherever you may be.


Thursday, November 04, 2004

tut tut tut it looks like snow... FINALLY!

sometimes my blog titles seem lame and little compared to other people's, but that's ok. in fact, it's me... as i am sure most of you can imagine, i did just look out my window and say that to myself. good times, good times.
these days i see less and less of beth as she has commenced a romantic liason with school. i miss her on wednesday nights, i miss her on thursdays, and i miss her on fridays, tho to be fair, friday is my doing. tho to tell you the honest truth, if i were in ottawa on friday it would then still be her fault! really. anyway.
halloween... not the worst ever... but definately not the best. it would seem that halloween in ottawa really isn't that spectacular. or perhaps i still compare all halloweens to my last one in saskatoon, when jill and i dressed up as cowboys and made a killing... and sue said "you did not just go trick or treating!" but we did. and it was the best ever.
i just got a lovely card from jill. to go to her reception. i feel left right out of that girl's life, but she surely wrote me a lovely note inside it. i miss her. i wish i could see her and tell her of my life from the past 4 years, and to hear of hers. oh, it just brought tears to my eyes! geez.
anyhow, halloween. we were too late (again) to go to paul martin's and adrienne clarkson's for trick or treating, (next year, i swear!) but mattie and tom came over and mattie carved a wonderous pumpkin, and tom made some lovely pumpkin seeds, and then mattie made me beautiful fairy wings. i laid on the floor and shed some tears about not being able to go trick or treating. but maybe we will have a fairy party done the road. that would be lovely.
last night i had supper with duane, it was such a good catch up time, he is such a lovely lad and we talked about how i could go work for his parents next summer in the green house!!! imagine toi! we'll see. so far not much is planned except for 1 million and 1 weddings. well really only 5 but seriously. oh yes the number has increasedi very much forgot to say awhile ago that josh and april got engaged!!! at the cn tower.. which may sound cheesy, but april is american so i am sure that she loved it. i love those two.
mary's engagement ring has been on the bathroom shelf a few times over the past little while, and i have decided that if i had to choose an inanimate object to be in love with i would choose that ring. i even tell it that i love it "i love you little ring, you are so pretty, yes you are, i just love you and i love you." seriously, i am losing it. at least the wedding dreams are no longer!
after supper with duane we had a fantastic music practice and noah taught me a new strum and i learned how to play D/F# which is so sweet because it is in every worship song practically, plus we played 'evermore' and then it was just such a good night.
life is good. despite bad midterms which has taken a serious toll on my mind... this is the after effects... at cell the other night this was the observation i made "everyone's hair keeps getting longer or shorter" oh dear.
anyhow, today is a day to clean, quilt, and not worry about exams.
i'm out.

Sunday, October 24, 2004

God is great, and his praise, fills the earth, fills the heavens...

God is so good, so very very good. i love my church body so much... it is like the biggest, best family i ever had. this morning we just had the best time singing and praying and prophesying over each other's lives. so much so that we ended up not having anyone speak.. but when the Spirit leads, the Spirit leads! it was a busy weekend... but a very good one. i prayed in church for the first time in so long and it was lovely. i really can't even express what a good morning it was. walls were broken down... hearts were changed... people were encouraged... love was shared. this is what it is all about... really. when it comes down to it. to be Christ to each other. God has put us in a body and in community for a purpose and it is so important that we walk that out.
jillian k. was here this weekend (the little beth) and it was lovely, and she is lovely and i love that i get to know her. God is so good. i would love to make a family tree of how we are all connected thru God. i think that it would be so sweet to see.
nat and cat were here this weekend too... and at one point there was matt, nat, cat and pat on a couch... i kid you not.. it was pandemonium.
i have my first midterm tomorrow, and truly i hope that all goes well otherwise i fear the loathing of school may return.... i do not want to hate school anymore. it makes it very much not fun.

this weekend jill didn't remember paul (her brother), beth needed a lot of attention, and i carried a ginormous pumpkin home from the grocery store.
all in all one fabulous weekend.


Wednesday, October 20, 2004

i long for canoeing

it's a beautiful day, the sun is shining thru my window, and i have so much school to do. really all i want to do is go canoeing. i wish i had a canoe, and i wish i had a car to put a canoe on and then off i would go to not return for a few days. i was just looking at my thanksgiving pictures from a few years ago. from the grey owl trip, and the trip with andi's p.'s. with andi, knoxy and ninny. with ambi. i miss those dudes. they are loverly friends. one day i do indeed hope that a trip will be had again. at the very least with the loveliest of lovelies, little ninny g. yesterday we talked all about her and her adventure racing and broken limb.
why cannot all my friends live in one place? i also got an msn message from soya. about a sleepover with her, tasse, and hayley. i miss the days of yore. but i also love the days of new.
yesterday at cell we talked all about purpose... and the purposes of God for us. and how when we are saved God calls us into a purpose to see the name of Jesus fill the earth. and how we are given all the ability to fulfill this purpose and walk out our function and we do not need to wait a long time to be equipped because we already are. i love how good God is. no matter what is going on in our lives, no matter how confusing situations may be, he is still good.
i love when we can realize things that are wrong in our lives.. (and sometimes still wrong after all these years) and realize that Jesus nailed them to the cross. and that it is never too late to change. that the old me, the dead kate is laying at the bottom of the baptism tank at emmanuel baptist church.. right next to the old soya, and the old scott and the old greg... and all the old dead of all who have been baptised there. fabulous.
life is good.

yesterday beth could hear the wheels turning in my head in a seminar about children and literacy, we (beth, kate, mattie, tom, pat) had some of janet's cheesy casserole, and tom loved that i sang "you got to give me some lovin'!" to him and beth.
all in all it was one glorious day.

today, already i have finished a book, had a little chat with april, and thought about what needs to be changed in my life. i still have plans to finally finish my philippines posting, post for integration and study for micro.
all in all it looks to be a pretty productive day.

bon voyagee!

Monday, October 18, 2004


oh the most lovely trip was had yesterday. pat, mattie, tom, beth and i went out to gatineau park in noah's car. after many wrong turns because the info lady refused to tell us how to get to the lusk caves, we finally made it. to all of our dismay, the canoes were already locked up for the winter (uh, hello... there is no snow on the ground! why are the canoes locked up?) and looked next to impossible to 'borrow'. so off we went to the lusk caves. to mattie and tom's surprise, the caves are filled with water (i guess beth and i failed to mention this, but somehow pat knew). so they were in their skivvies the whole time and i was in hysterics.
the water was freezing! painfully freezing... tom loved it the most and could be heard to say over and over... "ok let's go back you guys.. good idea tom... ok time to turn around... this isn't fun... " and other such comments.... when the water rose to waist level, mattie serenaded us all with an 80's style rock song called 'my testes are broken'.... all about trusting a girl and she led him into icy cold water and now... his testes are broken. my favorite part... holding tom's hand at the back of the line because i was too afraid of being last. the best part about that... i have known tom for one week... we are tight! it is so very spectacular having those three boys in ottawa. beth and i praise the Lord for them everyday. oh, the other best part of the night.... beth wearing tear away pants with nothing (and i mean nothing) underneath them... because our dry gitch was in the car, and our wet gitch was too cold and chafy to walk back in.
on the walk back we were given the privilege of again being serenaded by mattie, but this time in german, plus a little acapella 'stand by me' from all 3 boys. i then proceeded in classic 10 times fashion to trip on a rock and sprain my ankle, to the point where everyone had to stop while i tried not to cry and let my ankle swell up. but i managed to walk out... i figured if amber can do it with a shattered ankle, a sprain can't stop me! and then later pat, mattie and beth prayed for it, so it doesn't hurt anymore and i was able to dance in the meeting, but it is very swollen and very stiff. also, my knee has a sweet bruise on it.

tonight robyn, mary, beth and i laid in beth's bed and had many laughs together. i love my housemates.... i just love having a home to come to. it makes me do leaps of joy. plus sylvie and rachelle just moved in to the building next to us and we can yell to her from our kitchen window. i love it!...

today tom loved the flashy pin my mom sent, robyn wore a beautiful new fleece, and mattie tried to put breasts on his foam man in sunday school.
all in all it was a very fine day.

word to your motha...

Saturday, October 16, 2004


well, i must say.... i just realized that it is october 16th and i as of right now still have no idea what to be for halloween.. i mean there are some ideas being thrown about, but nothing concrete. this may not seem like a big dilemma to the normal university student... but as i am sure most people already know, i am not the normal uni student. especially when it comes to halloween. last year i told kate h. that she ruined halloween because she changed her costume idea on october 1st. i like to have these costumes planned out... i like to make costumes and have enough time for mistakes. plus this time always falls in around mid-terms and i need time for studying and sewing! anyhow... the two ideas right now are either.. beth and i being the dead girls from 'the shining'..... "come and play with us danny, forever, and ever, and ever, and ever." and of course if do manage to find the perfect dresses than we are hoping to convince mattie to be danny. we'll see. the other idea stemmed from beth wearing the new tutu i made her, she also thru on the red hi-tops and an apron-made-into-a-cape combo. we thought just random super hero's... of course i would sew us real capes... but i don't know... in my eyes it seems kind of like a halloween cop out. ah well.

last night a bunch of us went to hear a man named joe boot talk on the science of belief. it was really good for me to hear because a lot of the time i think of the spiritual side of being a follower of christ... the passionate side, the perhaps more creative side... which is never a bad thing but it is good for me to hear a more scientific view on things. i think one of the things i was most greatful to hear was that when people tell us (christians) that we are forcing our beliefs on them, first of all for the most part i don't think we do (always exceptions tho) and the second thing is everyday in our lives securalism and worldly views are pushed on us! in school, in what we watch in movies and on tv, basically everyday the world is forcing us to believe what they believe.... untruth.

there was a nice rainstorm last night... i got to wear the yellow rubber boots and the red rainjacket. it was fabulous. also a shout out to the SK folks, i was wearing my u of s huskie shorts and sara mcclure said..."hey! i have those shorts!" to which i said.. "no you don't" but really she does! her and aunt and uncle live in saskatoon! imagine toi! fabulous.

yesterday i started to finish my own quilt, beth read about how there is no denying, that there is a baptism in the Holy Spirit, and pat did some research.
all in all one productive day.

today we get to help sylvie move in next door, maybe go to gatineau on a sweet hike and perhaps a wee canoe trip, and hopefully start a puzzle tonight.
all in all it looks to be a swell day

well. i wish you all a fine day... and i leave you with the thoughts of mattie kennedy..
"who do you think would win in a fight? 1 mister T or 6 master T's?"

a bientot!

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

it's one of those things i cannot live without...

this is what danielle has said about her curling iron... and it got me to thinking, what could i not live without? because it is definately a pretty drastic thing to say that one cannot live without a curling iron, no serious personal offense to danielle here, i don't think she meant to be so serious.
after reading lisa's blog does it seem like i am trying to be extra Godly by saying truly the only thing that i could not live with out is Jesus? because truly he is life. i mean, without him we are the walking dead, just waiting to be buried. there are other things of course, but even these come back to him. i couldn't live without beth because nobody in my life encourages me or challenges me to live for him fully. i said to her today... "what do people talk about when they don't Jesus, beth? it seems like meaningless gibberish if it doesn't come down to him." i couldn't live without my church. that being the whole ottawa body, then peterborough and toronto, and then the whole ministries without borders body and then really, the whole body of christ. because when it comes down to it i know that other believers would have the best for me in Him. i guess i need shelter, water and food. but really why worry? i know that he has provided for me all summer when i thought ends would for sure not meet.

it's like the NIN song, hurt... johnny cash style. truly... we have nothing but dirt on this earth. we talked about purpose last night at cell (sort of.. it was a tangent) but also, steve b. preached on it on sunday morn, and how we are all called to a purpose when we become christians, to share LIFE with those who do not have it. we are talking about life and death here people! it's like knowing someone is going to be killed and not saying anything, only it's way bigger than that! i have been realizing the desperation in actually telling people about Jesus... we cannot sit back any longer in this knowledge... it is silly and stupid... and not fair. i mean sure it's possible that people will think that you are crazy, or pushy or silly. but truly, if we believe this to be truth than why aren't we sharing it more? i don't even know.

this post was supposed to be all about my weekend at the best's and i don't even know where all this came from. i think i will have to do a whole other one just because the 2 don't fit together... wait.. no they do.. because again, i was spending time with Christ's body and enjoying his creation and fellowshipping with other believers.

sunday morn was a such a lovely time to be in peterborough, lots of familiar faces that i have not seen in forever. mike and kristen, who are getting married so soon, jeff and mary who are moving to ottawa in january, and we just found out that mary is pregnant! hurrah! a pregnant momma in ottawa! so happy. also, everyone was dancing to my favourite song, "song of freedom", and i don't mean just tapping their toes, i mean full out dancing. i got to have 2 sleepovers with april, and how i love spending time with her and josh because they have a such a lovely God honouring relationship and it is so good to see. just like ben and maryann. fantastic. and i got to have a big best thanksgiving dinner with nana and poppa best and all the relatives. it was so good. i got to see tomata, and meet sarah, and oh me oh my. cindy have tentative plans for a big sewing weekend.. maybe in december. oh yes.
then on monday i headed to c'ford (my wished home) and spend time with the keenes. i also got to meet fife and heather and go for a fabulous rowboat ride in uncle erwin's rickety rowboat (mattie and thomas took heather, fife, beth and i out for a little row). then i got to see the tree that bunged up mattie's knee. also, then beth and i went on a little jaunt in the woods behind her house and i got to step in some straightup campbellford cow dung, try and tell me now that i am not from c'ford alex!!! ;) i had some seriously good marilyn keene supper, and was sent home with a mitten basket and a tin of cookies. and then the icing on the cake..... when i got home i read roslyn's blog, seriously... check it out.. i cry almost every time i read it because it is so beautiful and refreshing and it is just so happy to have a sister in the kingdom.

then last night at cell we talked about baptism and how glorious it is. i love it... i love that it is so good, and that first we leave our old selves behind in water baptism and then we get equipped in Holy Spirit baptism... if you wanna know more about HS baptism... ask i would very much love to tell you!

on the weekend jamo had trouble with std's, april wore a beautiful pink skirt to church, and mattie told a story of putting his hand in fife's poop.
all in all a most delightful weekend.

peace yo

Saturday, October 09, 2004

the most delightful thing...

perhaps not the very utmost delightful thing, but a very good thing. i just got back from maxville and my room is still so clean... that's right folks..clean... i even vacuumed it and things are put away and even when i pulled fabric out the other day i put it away right away! imagine toi! i got home to a lovely surprise... maryann's engagement ring... i think it is the most beautiful thing i ever laid eyes on... i almost cried. it is lovely.

i was taking care of nathan yesterday.. so fun, that little boy makes me laugh so hard. we cut little pieces of paper ( to work on his fine motor skills) for an hour. so fun. then we played cars.

then last night i was at the youth centre.. fun all around except for mediating (sort of) a spat between two gals. it was craziness. but i love it there (imagine! me loving youth!) anyhow, i am off the peterbrough for the best thanksgiving (fyi this is a family's last name) and it's gonna be good.

on thursday beth wore a green tutu, maryann wore a yellow one, and i wore a pink one and mattie thought we were cuckooladoo.
all in all one twinkly toed day.

posse out

Thursday, October 07, 2004

the best thanksgiving

this thanksgiving i get to stay with the bests! hurrah! it will be good times... talking quilting and nursing with cindy... finally meeting luke's girlfriend, chillin and illin with jamo, hopefully a sleepover with april (who is not a best but a very lovely gal) laughing a lot with steve. it's gonna be good. plus i should be back in time for turkey with t & s and j & k on sunday night. oh a good weekend shall be had indeed, and then maybe on monday i can finish my quilt... or start to finish it at least... we'll have to wait and see.

the only sad part of the weekend... not seeing beth for 4 whole days... i am sure that there will be some serious withdrawal. how shall i cope without her by my side every hour of the day? we'll just have to wait and see i suppose. last night we had a good rousing laughter before we prayed about the differences in our bodies. lots of laughing, to the point of tears.

also!!! i spoke to myriam on the was lovely, and we laughed about weddings and how i thought i had it bad with there being 4 weddings this srping... but she has been to 11 this year!!! 11!!! can you even believe? i am in awe. she is doing very well and it was so good to catch up and tell her about roslyn and have her be so excited. hopefully we shall get to play together sometime soon.

pat was in a bike accident. some lady opened up her car door and he hit it and went flying, he flipped right over it and landed on his butt. i am all in a tizzy about how much that lad needs a helmet... especially since he is riding my bike and very rarely do i let anyone ride it without a helmet, but mary has mine and probably it would not fit that o'halloran cranium.

also, beth and i got to watch mattie paint, and i think we think it was a dream. because his paintings look like they come from an old dead guy. not your 21 year old friend. it's weird but we are stoked about what God is going to get him to paint.

anyhow.. i must away to enjoy the day.

yesterday beth and i skipped class, lee got all of our poop on his hands and maryann wore yellow boots.
all in all one exciting day.

peace yo

Monday, October 04, 2004

"in your bum?"

ok.. beth is going to maybe slap me because i used that quote far too much today... but there is this girl in my micro class who is very funny and always yells out answers about random things but is always wrong or uses funny terminology.... that one was from the first day and we were talking about bacteria and where most of it is found and people were saying things like the mucosal lining, the epidermis, and the intestine and this girl just yells out "in your bum?" and the worst was that she was sitting beside me reading my notes and i was like egads! what if someone thought i yelled that!? then today, we were talking about salmonella in turkeys and how the inside has the most bacteria and that is where the least cooking is done and where you put the stuffing, and she pipes in with her cooking advice on how she always boils the turkey first, and that it tastes good but then afterwards proceeded to say that she didn't care about salmonella because she is a vegetarian! i don't even know. anyhow, it makes class more interesting.

today i was bethless in between my community health class and my international health and i finally branched out and sat with some other girls from nursing. hurrah! it was sweet and they were really nice and then i got to sit with them in class too. i have made a lot of new friends so far this year i feel, and it is good because i used to be only loving the gold friends (make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other's gold ... this is a song fyi) anyhow, beth has been a good influence to encourage me to branch out and meet new people and it is good, and that is what God wants us to do, and that is how we get to share the gospel and see people saved.

speaking of which, tonight beth and i watched part of the hillsongs united dvd, and it was totally rockin for jesus! like youth and students totally pumped for God and praising him and dancing and jumping and totally on fire.... and beth said that is the vision that God gave ashley about church in rez. oh halleluia!!! i am stoked.

also, i talked to ramona the brave tonight about baptism, and for some reason she has been told to wait a year to take some classes... show me where in the bible it talks about taking baptism classes, really i'd like to see it... if it comes down to it i'm gonna put her in the tub at christmas... holy... God is so good, imagine that i get to talk about roslyn being baptised.....
sing praise! sing praise! forever God is faithful forever God is strong, forever God is with us forever!!...with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, His love endures forever. for the life that's been reborn, His love endures forever!!

today kate turned 20, beth had an inside joke with herself, and jes wore a stripey scarf.
all in all one fine day.

peace out

Sunday, October 03, 2004

just like we talked about... the days keep getting better and better!

today i got to walk to church with a lovely bunch of students and on the way there and back mattie told me all about his last year. best part, he got stuck in a big hole(while traveling not while walking to the meeting).

we also talked about how God keeps making life better and better and just when you think that the best things in life hae happened God just pulls out another.

like this for instance... tonight i check my blog and there is a little comment from ramona the great... so off i head to her little blog and lo and behold!!! she is going to get baptised!!! hurrah hurrah hurrah. i am so happy. God is so good. you chould check out her page... it is a lesson in faith and excitement in the Lord

i just wonder when my parents will stop thinking it's a phase... i thought that maybe after me they would have been more accepting right away. i suppose truly it is satan trying to convince them otherwise, that perhaps it is not a life altering event. oh silly parents.

anyhow, i am faithful in prayer and i know that God is faithful to answer consistent, Jesus centered prayer.. so the whole fam shall be saved! hurrah!

today beth and i laughed so hard, ryan and mattie played haki sack with a huge purple gym ball, and vistoria said she was learning a math that i didn't know about (she's 7).
all in all one great day.

yours til the kitchen sinks

the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist.

ryan, beth and i just finished watching 'the usual suspects' as ryan had never seen it before and beth had never seen the end (I KNOW!.. can you even believe? all but the end?) but i love that quote that kevin spacey gives about kaiser soze. because it is so true, if the devil has convinced us that he does not exist then we never worry about being in battle with him.

one funny note, in the middle of the movie beth said this 'this always reminds me why i'm not a criminal... these movies' which made me wonder to myself in a funny kind of way... if beth didn't watch these movies would she be a criminal? or at least forget why she was not a criminal? perhaps i should go check my wallet (just kidding beth!)

today was a serious effort to clean the room. it's almost all done.... finally. then i can vacuum. it's gonna be a good sunday... plus we are downtown tomorrow and not in barrhaven and that means we can walk! a whole posse of students on their way to church! hurrah!

also, the cold is feeling slightly better, but still not great. so pat is praying for me and i believe that i will be well for the meeting tomorrow morn.

i always love sundays... because i love meeting with all God's people (not that we can't do that during the week, just that you know everyone will be there). i was gone lsat week and seriously it seems like forever since i was last there. pat knows this as well because he was just in ireland and i think missed 2 sundays! that would seem like an excruciating amount.

robyn wore a scarf today, with her little blue cardigan. mattie had a fabulous day. and ryan could possibly have a stalker.
all in all, one exciting day.


Saturday, October 02, 2004

tonight was the night.....

i met ross and janet!!!!(mattie's parents) now i just have to meet jim and betty-dawn and i am set. janet is the polkaroo to beth... so she may be sad and say 'janet was here? and i missed her again?' maybe tomorrow before they depart she could rendezvous with them.

so i only got one and a half things done on my list... i cuddled with beth and hung out with pat and mattie, sans beth. she has been youthing it up in maxville for the night. i miss her already and when i tried to make the joke the three of us and beth... i just couldn't do it because i always want beth to be a part of the 'team' (alex's term for us). anyhow, i am off to rest my weary sinuses.

posse out

Friday, October 01, 2004

she calls early in the morning...

...about money that i might of spent. it's a classic case of i don't know where it went. -weeping tile

i am sure that sarah harmer wrote this song when her mom called about dwindling funds (at least that is what i am like when my mom calls) anyhow, i bought the weeping tile cd 'cold snap' yesterday as well as a few others on a lovely afternoon date with pat and beth. i finally walked all the way to pat, mattie and alex's place(so now i never have to do it again! well.... maybe one more time..) then i serenaded pat and beth while we made a splendid supper of tuna melts and soup. mattie came home just in time to enjoy the fruits of our labour and a lovely supper time ensued.

then off to hang out with the campbellford posse yet again. at robin's this time. but there was like 9 c'ford people and little ol me trying to prove that i could indeed achieve campbellford status. i love those little campbellfordites (for more interesting facts about campbellford you should visit beth's blog )

this morning i woke up with a full blown cold... one of the perks (i am sure) of spending every waking moment with elizabeth margaret keene... seriously... i now start to feel withdrawal if i do not see her for a couple of hours... i am sure it sometimes sickens those around us.
sadly this cold did mean that i did not get to play with nathan today:( that is now 3 weeks in a row for one reason or another. sadness.

plans for the day:
-clean room
-cuddle with beth
-chill and ill with mattie, pat and beth

that's all for now

'catch you on the flip side'-sir

Thursday, September 30, 2004

how could i forget!?!?!?!

last night!!! i can't even believe that i forgot! one of my university time dreams has been fulfilled. as some of you may know, and probably most don't, i have been extremely fascinated with the firehall at the corner of laurier and king edward. i love to watch those firemen run and jump into their get ups and clamber aboard their trucks and race off to save the world. well, oh me oh my, last night when we were walking by, i said when will we ever go in and see the fire hall and beth said right now... and we went in and met the firemen and i got to sit in a fire truck and pull the horn and the lights were flashing and i even got to see the poles that they slide down!! and they for real use them! and they said i could come back anytime!!! imagine toi!!! it was so cool.

if it weren't for prophecies over my life i could die a happy woman right now..
peace out

heh heh heh..... ye-ah....

it's so good to have pat back after a 2 week hiatus in ireland. the three of us (beth, kate, mattie) and pat are united again. what a sweet little posse, i'm lovin it.

tonight was a fabulous night of a soup party at lisl's and ice cream to follow. glorious. yet again i was mocked for thinking that massages are like foreplay (hello!? rubbing peoples backs?) anyhoo. beth and i rented 'mean girls', i gotta say it was a huge disappointment, nothing at all as i had hoped. it was just kind of a rough not even very funny movie about highschool life. too bad, it's the first time in a while that i have been disappointed by the teeny bopper movies. we rented 'win a date with tad hamilton' on monday night and that was really good. sigh, such a nice story. also my ultimate fave of right now 'what a girl wants' with amanda bynes. so so good. i am all about the G rated movies right now.

sometimes i get mocked and noah say's i am picky, but truly, is it a bad thing to not want to watch a bunch of yucky sex and promiscuity in a movie? i think not.

tonight the boys are playing poker, their excuse to hang out and talk, but it actually makes me really sad to see all the boys in our church gambling. is that the only reason they can come up with to get together and chat? i guess. still it makes me sad. at this point it would seem that all i can do is pray about it (all i can do ! sheesh, i make it sound like prayer has no power! when clearly it has the most power!)

tomorrow is a day off (kind of) and i need to tidy up this mess i call my room, seriously, i don't even know how i can live in it. hopefully one day i can outgrow it. enough is enough. i think cheryl said she had a book about being organized and not messy, and i think that it is a christian book which is kind of cool (and interesting).

i finished reading 'matilda' today, and while i was reading it on the bus this morning i was able to spark a sweet convo with a kid and his dad. boys who read matilda are sweet, just like ben's cabin at boys camp that one year. very sweet. speaking of ben, i hope that he is well and enjoying the newest nephew that has been added to the hettinga family.

started another book, one i read in grade 6 for a book report, i just found it at a garage sale 'the true confessions of charlotte doyle'. hopefully it is as good as i remember.

oh also, hopefully beth and i will walk to mattie and pat's tomorrow and i can see alex again and prove to her that i could be from campbellford (c-ford what!!!!) as if i couldn't. if i don't go visit dave in waterloo at thanksgiving i will go to the 'ford and live it up with the keenes and get jed to fetch me a stick.

anyhow, i'm out.

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

that is not from campbellford..

that's right folks. sadly i am not from campbellford, home of the giant toonie, world's finest chocolate and a nearby cheese factory and beer brewery. you would think with all that knowledge i could be from campbellford. truly tho, doug and marilyn... like my ontario parents. and seriously... with a best friend who pronounces campbellford minus the 'r' thus letting everyone around her believe that she is in fact french.... i love that gal.

anyhoo, it was alex who said i was not from campbellford when the whole posse was together: robin, the other kate, mattie, alex and beth, and me; the girl not from campbellford.

tonight was a fantastic cell and we got together in small groups and prayed. i love praying and encouraging people. it is so practical and i just always know that it is going to be good and God is going to do sweet things and i can hardly wait til next week to hear about it.

today was ramona's birthday. ramona (for those of you who do not know) is my little sister, recently saved out of a life going nowhere into a life of freedom and grace. roslyn, a fabulous little sister. what a lovely day.. the day of the birth of a girl that God planned on saving from the beginning of time. praise his name!

i just thought of the little huss and how i have not talked to him in eons and how i am a bad friend to him sometimes and i need to call him. i hate when we neglect the important people in our lives. the ones who always love us no matter what we do.

also... i hope so much that the girl who said in the last comments "i am the punk rock prom queen" is none other than soya.

one more thing, i got to see kate higgins tonight, which was so happy because i haven't seen her in 5 months and i am filled with love for that girl. i never had a friend named kate before and it is always a good time.

love never fails.

peace yo...

ps. tomorrow is a soup party at lisl's and i am stoked.. partly because i love soup and partly because i love lisl and partly because i love all the others who will be there.

Monday, September 27, 2004

i'm a punk rock prom queen!!!

i wish i was a punk rock prom queen... but truly it is only josie and the pussycats, a cd i just purchased at none other than the unclaimed baggage store. it reminds me of soya... i can just see her with her microphone shampoo bottle belting it out. oh soy.

so i had my weekend in montreal, it was really good to see my mom and know that she is ok and not crying anymore and doing such responsible things such as selling her own car. i guess roslyn told her that she needed to start acting more like an adult and make her own decisions. oh ramona, always so wise. i love my mom, so much... when i think of all the things i put her through when i was a rotten teenager. my mom makes me think of jesus' forgiveness. how no matter what i have done he still loves me and still gave up everything for me.

i was up late last night so i need to take a nap now.... but i have more to say about my weekend

'stay tuned!'

posse out

Friday, September 24, 2004

...and maybe i could get a freezie?!

ok ok ok...
so yesterday beth and i bought 14 new cds for the low low price of i think 54 dollars... which kind of sounds like a lot... but think about it.. 14 cds at a usual average price of 15.99 each... that makes 223 dollars and 86 cents.... so you ask.. how did we get them so cheap? a little place called 'unclaimed baggage'. that's right friends, there is a store with people's unclaimed baggage. so imagine if you lost your whole cd book while travelling... imagine more likely if scott kurtz lost his whole cd book. that is a lot of cds and a lot of good cds. check in all your home towns! see if you have an unclaimed baggage store.. it is a like a little miracle.

then after a laundry stint at noah's, beth and i made supper for jeremy and our new friend mattie... oh well mattie is not beth's new friend but just mine. (i mean that they were friends before, not that they aren't friends). then beth, mattie,(side note on mattie....he has this lovely kind of bonjoviesque hair) and i rented 'the shining' which both of them had never seen before and which i did not remember how creepily scary it was. jack nicholson is one scary man. but when we went to rent it i got a free freezie! now that is a good rental store.

today i am off to maxville to chill with the youth and then tomorrow to montreal to see danielle and my momma. oh and my aunt leslie too. it's gonna be good.
i was thinking this morning about how when i am with my family i do not want to stop moving in the Holy Spirit... in fact even more so i should be praying in tongues and just spending time letting the Spirit move through me talking to them. more of Him less of me. but really what i was thinking that i do not want to not pray for people on the street just because i am with my family... so basically i am praying that i will have an oppurtunity on the streets of montreal to pray for somebody (maybe even heal someone! who knows!). anyhow, it's gonna be a good weekend regardless and i am gonna tell my mom all about Jesus and how much he loves her and wants to protect her and take care of her.

oh just one other thing. you know how sometimes you say something maybe a long time ago but you don't really remember it ? well the other day i was sick and didn't go to class and one of the girls in my program asked beth where her friend was, and beth was confused and thought that she was talking about blonde beth, and said well she decided to not be a nurse. this girl was so upset and said... 'oh no! i just remember that one class last year when she said that the reason she was in nursing was to heal children.' beth laughed and said that's kate! she is still here, just sick today.
but it is funny to me that something i was totally just saying about myself encouraged someone so much. i mean i only said it in realizing that half the people in our class were in it for the money... egads! i do not want a nurse who just wants to make money!! we need to be passionate about our jobs! (and not just nurses) anyhow... i am going to go talk to her next week... she wants to work with kids just like me.

over and out.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

shades of pink

i like this idea of blogging. i like being able to know what is going on in the lives of my saskatonian friends (a shout out to all of you livin' it up in the SK!) and perhaps they would like to know what is going on here in my life in the capitol city. we'll see. perhaps this will simply become another procrastination tool. no... i think it will not... this is the year of studying. it's gonna be good.

last night beth, robyn, maryann and myself had a sweet time talking to God before bed. a lot of laughing occured.. which usually happens when our head coverings turn into a pharoah look alike contest. oh beth. anyhow, we've been having a copious amount of new students join our church as of late and we spent some time praying for them and for relationships to be formed with them.

yesterday when i was walking to meet ryan and beth for lunch, i was encountered by a boy selling books on yoga and meditation and vegetarianism... maryann informs me that this boy is a hare krishna (oh). anyway, i stopped and spoke with him for awhile and i told him i was a christian and he tried to tell me that in fact Jesus is not God, but a pure soul bringing people back to God. it was actually a very good conversation.. except he kept telling me that all religions lead to the same God... but if they don't all lead to Jesus than really there is not point. anyhow, we are to get together for coffee at a later date. the thing that i thought of as soon as we parted ways was... how come there are people on the street preaching wrong things and leading people astray when i know the truth and i am content with walking home without sharing a word of Jesus to anyone!!!! this is ridiculous... and if nothing else.. God has used that boy to put an evangelistic spirit in me..

working with teenagers, evangelising... what next? God i am ready! bring it... whatever i said i would never do i am ready to do it!!!

posse out