It is so lovely up here. The sunshine, the heat, the lake, the mountains, the family, the sunsets, the moon. It is truly scumptious. The colours in the skies change so often, so beautifully. The shading on the mountain is always picture perfect; in the morning you can see the greens and yellows and browns and pinks, and at night it washes into a silhouette of wonderfulness. So many stars, so far away, so big, some we can't even see but they're there. It is amazing. And so adventurous. We had a picnic last night, built a log cabin up in the hills this morning, and just now Matt and I came in from a fight out on the dock, ending with both of us in the water fully clothed. Don't worry, Mom and Dad, no one got hurt and no one got upset. It was much fun.

Come visit me, will you?


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"Jem told me I was being a girl, that girls always imagined things, that's why other people hated them so, and if I started behaving like one I could just go off and find some to play with." -- To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee


"he chit."

[Titus 2:11-14] For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

The more time we spend with our Savior, the more we will come to know Him, the more we will become like Him, the more we will glorify Him. He is faithful, even when I am not, even when I am completely unaware of His hand on my life. God is so good.



[Amazing Grace, v.2&3 - by Rev. John Newton, 1779]

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieves;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believed

Thro' many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home


just a coffee.

::My frightening ordeal of the day....ordering "just a coffee"::

I ventured to Starbucks this afternoon with my Dad. Before I ran in to grab us some drinks, I asked him what he wanted. He replied with an answer that I will never be able to get over. "Just a coffee," he said. I agreed to fulfill his request and with my leg half way out the door I realized I didn't know how to order "just a coffee" from Starbucks. Ordering "just a coffee" from Starbucks is implausible, unheard of, never been done before. I was completely lost. When I went to seek council from my dad about how to overcome this he said to just make up some kind of low-fat-so-fat-no-fat-go-fat-thing and kind of morph it all into a mumble.
I must be honest, ordering a drink from Starbucks often terrifies me, for they have created a language and class of their own so complex that everyone knows you have to be at a certain level to be able to casually walk into a Starbucks, order your drink, and be out in less than a minute and a half. I stand in awe of those people. I am one of those customers who walks in with sweaty palms, darting eyes, and my ears trying to catch every conversation around so I can maybe get a hint about what I am supposed to do in that jungle of business men and faithful college students.
After a pep talk from my dad, I confidently got out of the car and walked into the coffee shop. I ordered my own drink first, only to blank out on the low-fat-so-fat-no-fat-go-fat-thing. I gave up and told her to surprise me. Predictably, the overly friendly young girl who obviously studied for nights to be able to say "tall nonfat cinnamon dolce latte" in less than half a second flat to get her wages at the end of the day so she can pay for her first car made a good call. This horrifying situation ended pretty well as my dad received his drink and was more than satisfied as we drove away.

I can tell you that it will probably be a long while before I am able to face those mighty jaws, waiting to suck me into the heartache and misery of questioning the law of coffee, just so I can get a caffeine buzz, ever again.

For now, I think I'll stick with my dietPEPSI.
And I don't even like dietPEPSI.


'till her daddy takes the t-bird away.

[Isaiah 12:2-6] Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation. With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say in that day: "Give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name, make known His deeds among the peoples, proclaim that His name is exalted. Sing praises to the Lord, for
He has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth. Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

WORD OF THE DAY (this isn't from today but i liked it) :
\KWAG-myr; KWOG-\, noun; 1) Soft, wet, miry land that shakes or yields under the feet. 2) A difficult or precarious position or situation; a predicament.