Monday, June 26, 2006

Busy Life!

I've had such an incredibly busy weekend, and a bit frustrating as well. It all started last Monday when I ran out of gas, and my car wouldn't start back up. First of all, let me tell you that in all my 31 years I have never run out of gas before!!! So I had to have my car towed home. I didn't know that in a lot of Fords the fuel pump is in the gas tank and when you run out of gas, it kind of ruins the pump. So on Friday I had to have my fuel pump replaced...which cost a LOT of money (thanks Dad for helping me out--aren't Dad's the best?) I had to work on Saturday in Seattle so as I was driving down the freeway Saturday morning my car started shaking, and I started praying and panicking!!! It stopped, I kept started again, and I turned back home! I went to Les Schwab today had the tires balanced and one of my tires fixed and seems to have fixed the shaking in my car. However, I now have a slight grabbing when I turn corners...going to worry about that later. I honestly need more work done on my car or just a new car; however, not being able to afford either right now I am praying that my car will keep going, that I will get extra finances to do a little work, that a cheap mechanic (but good) comes my way, or that God provides me with a new car soon.

As I said, I had to work in Seattle on Saturday...KMPS had a huge pre concert party at Qwest Stadium for the Kenny Chesney concert. And I mean HUGE...the other country stations were kind of put to shame! We were out at the parking lot at 8am setting up for games and activities...keeping in mind that the concert didn't start until 4:30pm. We had pools with sand, palm trees and tiki torches in them. We had a stage for a band to play on. Our DJ's were broadcasting live and interviewing some of the artists...Blaine Larsen and Dierks Bentley. We had tons of KMPS listeners come out sporting KMPS gear in hopes of getting front row seats! It was insane. I helped with a lot of the games....right in the sun...all was hot and sweaty! My sister Camille came down to watch the concert with me and we had a blast. The concert was Blaine Larsen, Dierks Bentley, Big and Rich (our favorites), Gretchen Wilson and Kenny Chesney. We stayed through about three songs of Kenny's and then we this time it was almost 10pm and I was pooped! What a great concert though....and what wonderful weather.

Sunday I worked with KMPS out at NW Trek for Slug was fun to watch kids do the human slug races on wet, soapy tarps...kind of like slip 'n slide but inside of "slug" suit!

Then I worked again on Sunday night for KMPS at the Emerald Queen Casino for the LeeAnn Rhimes concert. She was great...short show (only an hour), but she is an amazing singer for only being 22. Even weirder is the fact that she has been a recording artist for 10 years! WOW!

So that has been my weekend....busy, busy, busy. I have Monday through Wednesday off then I work again Thursday through Sunday. Taste of Tacoma is next weekend for anyone who wants to come visit me at the KMPS booth!!!!

AND....My vacation is almost here! I leave a week from Saturday to go on a Disney Cruise to the Bahamas with my best friend Susana, her parents, her brother and family, and her sister and family....14 of us in all!! What a great trip it is going to be......I am so excited to have a few days to visit my friend and get more sun!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Survey for Josh

ok...I got this from my nephew Josh, so I thought I'd do it for him. :) Plus, it's kind of fun....enjoy..... Love Ya Josh!

9 lasts

1. cigarette: Never
2. beverage: Fresca w/Peach Citrus (yum)
3. kiss: Never been Kissed
4. hug: Yesterday
5. movie seen: The Lake House (da ya know Keanu is um..Hot)
6. cd played: Me and My Gang by Rascal Flatts
7. song listened to: Dark Dreary Day by the Noted (can be found on my friends list...yeah Sean)
8. bubble bath: ummmm...months, years?
9. time you cried: last week?

8 have you evers

1. dated one of your best friends: No
2. skinny dipped: Yes
3. kissed somebody and regretted it: No
4. fallen in love: No
5. lost someone you loved: Yes
6. been depressed: Yes
7. been drunk and threw up: No
8. ran away: No (thought about the circus, but...)

7 states you've been to

1. Washington
2. California
3. Georgia
4. Florida
5. Texas
6. Colorado
7. Tennessee

6 things you've done today

1. Tried to start my dead car :(
2. Met w/Melissa Bixler
3. Emailed about upcoming MC Retreats
4. Checked the Mail
5. Played Super Collapase at
6. Paid bills

5 favorite things in no order

1. Maddy
2. Books
3. Music
4. The color blue
5. My comfy bed with all my comfy blankies

4 people you last talked to

1. Shannon K.
2. Charlie
3. Chipo
4. Melissa E.

3 wishes

1. A god fearing husband
2. Kids
3. Debt Free

2 things you want to be when you grow up

1. Wife
2. Mommy

1 thing you regret

1. I don't regret anything, because God uses the mistakes I make to better me, show me something in my life, or to get me to the next level. I've made stupid decisions, but I don't regret them for that is who I am today! Do you know God loves you???!!! HE DOES!!!!!

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Skechers and #100

These are my brand new pink skechers!!! I am so excited for them. So I was shopping the other day with my friend Holly, and we walked into Famous Footwear just to see what they had. I found these totally cute pink skechers there, and really wanted them. However, they were $40 (on sale too!), and I quite honestly didn't have an extra $40 to spend on shoes. So I was thinking of various ways to get money for a new pair of shoes. That same night I was at church and they were short childcare workers for the night...I helped out...I got $20. And they need help next week for another $20...isn't it wonderful? I totally thank God that He provided a way for me to get some as insignificant as shoes....however, remember that the things we might see as insignificant and unimportant to God are the things He wants to bless us with because He knows how much it means to us! I love serving a God who pays attention to the details of my life!!!

**********POST NUMBER 100**********

This is also my 100th post on my blog. I have to tell you that I totally love the blogging world. Where else can I talk so much, at least through typing, and not have anyone tell me to be quiet. I love it. I also love catching up with old friends and making new friends. If you want to be a friend just ask me, I'll probably say yes (unless you are some totally psychopathic murderer).

To all the dads, papas, granddads, uncles, and brothers to all of us princesses "Happy Father's Day!"

Friday, June 16, 2006

MC Graduation Breakfast

I have to say that some of my favorite people are our MC students from this year. I truly love working with this program and these students. We love to honor our students with a Graduation Breakfast, and we like to do it in style.
So on Monday the 12th, we took them up to Salish Lodge at Snoqualmie Falls for the famous Salish Breakfast. It was marvelous. It is like a five course breakfast, all plated and served to us in style. The staff at the Salish are great...we love going up there every year.

Chipo is one of my favs as we were able to get to know one another before MC ever started last year. Last summer we were housemates taking care of an older gentleman Tom.
We spent many nights together watching tv and just talking and laughing. I love her to death. If you think about it, please pray for her. She is still working with INS in order to stay in the states. Did I forget to tell you, she is from Zimbabwe!

We also take with us any of our council members that are able to steal away from work for the day! Sshhhh....don't tell anyone, but quite a few took the day off (not naming any names...fawcetts...west...).
This is Terry Fawcett, who we all affectionately call Momma T. Not only are her and her husband Mike council members, but they have also opened there home to students for the last three years. I know that they are great listeners and prayers, but I think most people want to stay there because Momma T knows how to cook!

Some of our students are just plain weird! But then again, so am I. Maybe that's why I fit in so well. This is Branden, one of our second year students posing with flowers in his ear.

Remember, I said that it was a five course plated breakfast? This is some of our natives chomping at the bit for their food. On the left is Harry Partl, a first year graduate who has a great heart for technical ministry (makes all of us look and sound great on stage) and Alfredo Harrison Baker Llapitan (I had to write it all out, because I messed it up at graduation...sorry), also known as Harrison, on the right who is a second year graduate.

I don't really know what to tell you about these two! The are reading a watch manual to one another in French...a tad weird? Yes, I agree!

We also celebrated two birthdays while we were there. One was Shannon's, and the other was Josh Bradford's 19th birthday. Both birthdays were actually on the 13th. Happy Birthday Josh! Josh is coming back to MC next year as a second year student focusing on Thrive, our junior high ministry. He is awesome with young kids!

And last but not least, Johnny and Chipo outside the Lodge near the Falls! Love you both!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Happy 31st Birthday!

So, my friend, pastor, leader....Shannon Kapp is 31 today. He has this thing with getting older...he doesn't like it. So I thought that I would be nice and wish him a Happy Birthday on the world wide web...and post a few pics! It's ok to get older, as he so nicely points out to me as I am older than he is!!!

Our wonderful MC leaders.....Shannon and Liz Kapp...and their children Chandler, Chase, and Zoe.

Busy Weekend!

What a weekend! Our Masters Commission finished this weekend, with graduation on Sunday. I spent all last week and most of the weekend getting ready for the graduation...buying food for the reception, making programs, printing diplomas, running around for graduation presents....busy but I love doing what I do for MC. The only glitch to the whole weekend was that our graduation rings, which we order online, got stuck in customs from Canada to the they didn't make it to us on time. Which meant that our students received empty boxes on Sunday...I felt bad, but what is a girl to do?

The ceremony was great! We commissioned our four second year students, who then in turn helped us present diplomas to our 13 first year

Congratulations to Second Years: Branden, Harrison, Katie, and Ashley guys have
done an awesome job these last 18 months.

Our first year graduates are: Melissa Bixler, Kenny Blight, Joshua Bradford, Johnathan Brunet, Chipo Chikara, Melissa Clapp, Kimberly Fader, Johnny Heese, Dustin Holaday, Harry Partl, Laura Quann, Nicole Russo, and Carol Wilmot.

New Puppy!

Barb, the lady I live with, brought home a new puppy last Friday. His name is Samson and he is an English Bulldog, Jack Russell Terrier mix. He is totally adorable, soft and cuddly.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

A Rock in Iowa

I have seen an email message that has gone around the world wide web for more than a year now. A friend of mine recently passed it my way again. I decided it was worth showing if only to remind us of where we live and the freedom we have. And more importantly to give thanks to a God that has allowed us these freedoms. Not only freedom of free speech, and the right to vote, the freedom to own property and the freedom to not be slaves...but more importantly the freedom to worship the true God! The freedom to express our thanks in the way that God himself has given us talents. Not all of us can sing the praises of God with a voice like an angel, not all of us can stand up to thousands and preach the gospel to the hungry and hurt, and not all of us can express our worship in painting as the young man did in these pictures. I don't know if this young man is a Christian or not, but I do know that he truly has a heart of a servant to give thanks to those who have paved the way for him!

This is the text that has been given in the email, along with the pictures. I hope that you not only enjoy these pictures, but that you realize God has given you talents and that you are able to recognize what those are!

"I've been told that there is a huge rock near a gravel pit on Hwy.25 in rural Iowa. For generations, kids have painted slogans, names, and obscenities on this rock, changing its character many times. A few months back, the rock received its latest paint job, and since then it has been left completely undisturbed. It's quite an impressive sight. Be sure to scroll down and check out the multiple photos (all angles) of the rock. I thought the flag was draped over the rock, but it's not. It's actually painted on the rock too."

This is a picture of the artist Ray "Bubba" Sorenson. Thank you for using the talents God gave you and the freedom that our country allows to visibly allow us to remember the men and women who have fought for our counry, our freedoms and our very lives.