Thursday, January 31, 2008

Singing in Alexandria

My singing group, Adoration, traveled to Alexandria last weekend. It was a really fun trip. We left Saturday afternoon and drove for four hours. It was a fun drive filled with everything from theological discussions to practical jokes.

After getting to the Church building in Alexandria, we were fed our choice of several different kids of very yummy soup, complete with 3x5 cards with all of the ingredients listed for the sake of one of our girls, Liz, who is deathly allergic to many different foods.

After we ate, we got together with some of the youth that was there and played games. One of the games we played was called Ninja Tag. The pictures you see below are of us trying to tag each other while our feet remain stationary on the ground.

We all went to our respective host homes and our group let Emily take pictures of us some more, because we love her so much...*wink*...okay, to be honest, we begged her to take pictures of us.

The next morning, we sang at Alexandria Church of Christ. It went pretty well, I thought, with only a few minor hitches. It was really exciting for me, because my cousin, Mandy, showed up for the second service. I didn't know that she was going to be there and she didn't know that I was going to be there. So, when I came out to sing, it was a really happy surprise. I will say, though, that I'm slightly offended, because she recognized two of my classmates before she recognized me...hehe.

I love singing in Adoration. We have such fun times and I get to spend a lot of my time doing one of the things that I love best: singing. Next month, on the 10th, we're going to Mason City, IA, and then we get the rest of the month off for Spring Break. Then in March, we'll kick it back up again, traveling nearly every weekend.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Thanks to God through a bunch of friends and family, it looks like I'm going to be able to go back to Jamaica next month with my Dad and a group from the college. This trip will be different from the one that we took over the Summer. We will spend time doing several different kinds of work, including VBS, community projects, and a few other things. I feel really blessed to be able to go back and I'm very excited. Please be praying for all of that are going to be going. And for me, specifically; I don't have quite all of the money together, yet. But God has worked a miracle in supplying nearly $700 since Wednesday when I made the decision to try to go, so I'm confident that He'll also help with the rest of it.
Today is the first day that I really allowed myself to think about how I will most likely be able to go. So I spent some time looking through some of last years pictures and thought I'd share a few of them.
Luke and I doing dishes with the Jamaican kids after one of the lunch meals.

The eleven students that were baptized during the first week of camp.

Right after being tackled to the ground, my first introduction to Rakeem.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Bob's Song

A song written by my brother, Bob. It is still untitled.
At the beginning I'm grinning because Bob was being goofy and in the middle I glance at Bob because I made a mistake. =D

Monday, January 21, 2008

"Everything" by Lifehouse

Some of you may have seen this video on my sister's blog, but for those of you who haven't, it is a very powerful video about becoming a new creation in Christ. The skit was performed at my Church a short while back.

The Many Faces of Joel

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


My niece, Caitlyn, called me last night to talk just to me. That made me really happy, because usually when she calls she asks me "Is Peggy home?" or "Where's Grandpa?" But this time she called for me. Hehe, yeah, a little bit of an aunt's jealousy sometimes comes into play.
We talked for a while about things like school, and how Joel's birthday is coming in 6 weeks, but hers isn't for a while yet. Then, I asked her, "Do you want to come over and have pizza?" She laughed, "For breakfast?!" "No, for supper." She laughed harder, "No! For BREAKFAST?" I, again, said "No, for supper. Right now." She laughed harder and said "No! Get it? For breakfast? Get it? It's a JOKE!!"
I didn't get the joke, but it really didn't matter because my grin was so big just hearing her giggle like that, that a person looking at my face would've thought that I'd just heard the joke of a lifetime...I kind of felt like I had. I'm still grinning.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Officially a Music Theorist

At Crossroads College, the goal of every Music Theory student is to become a "musical snob." A musical snob is a person who can look at a song and tell you why the Neopolitan 6 chord was used there and how it was leading to a foreign key. Musical snobs get together in little groups and talk about Italian 6 chords and chromatic mediants and about the song they just heard that explores atonality. Only the true Theory Geeks make it this far.

Today, my professor present me, and the other students in my class, the official card, proclaiming us musical snobs.

I just thought I'd share my exciting news with you and, perhaps, illustrate to you just how snobbish we card-carriers can be.