Monday, October 31, 2005

Life is "Slammin'" (sometimes)

This may be a short blog, but I know me... I tend to write lllllllooooooooooonnnnnnnng blogs...oh well. I must accept who I am:)
Hmmm... what to write about. I guess my life. Not much new here in ole Virginny...

Krista had a slammin' party(I word I recently picked up) on Friday. I decorated the dining room, it was supposed to be girly, so we did the light pink, black and dark purple color theme. I used some tulle in the decor, for you guys out there, it's a filmy gauzy, type of cloth stuff. Krista and her peeps ended up "watching" 3 movies... and went to bed at 6 or maybe they fell asleep at 6:)
I had to leave the party for a bit to go pick up a table I needed to borrow from a church in town. I had another jewelery sale thingy... at the "Oktoberfest." I ONLY sold jewelery bought a couple gel bracelets from the vendor next to me...a chicken sandwich, etc...they had a table on an Avon walk for breast cancer. I didn't consume any alchohol. The event was really small, the people puttin' it on didn't do enough advertising so they didn't even charge me for the table. Which was great. It was another cold day outside selling my jewelery! Brrrrrrrrr.....(but it wasn't raining!)
One of the ladies from this neighboring vendor actually made the largest purchase of the day! Yeah ha!
Tara spent the night last night. We, Krista, Tara and myself, all came from youth group last night. Pray for Tara, she could use the extra boost. She's workin' today, from like 3:30-close. She works in a store at the mall. Being as it's Halloween I dressed her head up... she couldn't wear a costume or anything that covered her face, so I gave her french braids, lined her top eye with liner and made a coupla curly q's come out from the corner of her eyes, with black makeup pencil. I sprayed her with Krista's hair and body glitter spray... and what really added alot were these white rhinestones I glued to her hair like a delicate crown, that dipped into her forhead... I used elmer's glue. She also had lipslick and eyeshadow on....
We dubed her "character" Cleopatra, who was kidnapped to work at the "Children's Place"(the store she works at)...

Krista also woke me up this morning to do her up. She works at a restaurant-"South Street Grill"....she was the "Good Dream Fairy." She had on black and white clothes... a shirt with silver metal shiny things all over the top and the bottom of the shirt, skirts into petal-like shapes.
I glued rhinestones below her neck and did this cool swirly thing with white face paint than I brushed on loose powder makeup that's skin color so she has this cool-skin colored swirly effect on her neck and chest..I should sometime get some pics, of her up on the blog...
Also I glued some rhinestones, one being a star to her fore head. Her lips were black with glitter gloss, and I did her eyes similar to Tara's the black lined look and curly q's. The glue I used on Krista was this heavy duty stuff that only people over the age of 18 can buy, ever heard of such a thing? Because younger ones would possible use it to get high. A while after I glued a rhinestone to her chest... I looked at it and it was pink around it, kinda like a welt... ekkks... oh well she got that type of glue.....wanted me to use it. Well when she's 80 with rhinestones stuck to her body you'll know why...(actually she's used the glue before and the rhinestones came off:)
Krista was also sprayed with the glitter spray. It would've been fun to have gone to her work, to see people's reactions!

About the whole job thing...well I got info about "Baby Sitting" an elderly man here in Front Royal...we'll see. I'm waiting on two reference letters before I submit my application to working in the Warren County school district. Chad and Andrea I may join you're ranks of working in the public schools....we'll see!

Keep me in your prayers! God bless and be with you all this week....
By the way I'm moving in the direction of getting more involved or am more involved in Youth Ministry. I talked to my Youth Leader last week about it and may meet with her again this week. So pray about that tooo....if you will. Why don't you just pray for me ALL THE TIME! Jk:)
Maybe I should go outside for a bit, been a gorgeous day! Keep in touch ya'll.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Our God hears our Prayers!

I just finished reading alot of people's different blogs. Inspires me to blog again:) Guess what I'm actually listening to? Backstreet Boys, one of my siblings has it on our hard drive. It's actually pretty... never listened to them much. The song is "Incomplete." Some guys love sick cry to his woman...heartbroken cause she's gone.

I was looking at a shirt yesterday and thinking about buying it. On the front it said, "I don't play hard to get...." and than on the back it said, "I am hard to get." I love the saying but didn't get it cause I didn't want to pay around $13 for my purchases...I did wonder if it was too flirty.
One of my friends was shopping with me and she thought maybe it was:)

This friend, Tara was having a rough day earlier yesterday. She had prayed before coming to church that God would give her a fun day... life is kinda rough for her sometimes....alot....also a number of us had prayed for her too.
God definately answered our prayers! Krista and I took her to lunch after church at Mario's...a little Italian resturant near our church. Than we met up with Jessica, who was in a Bible Study with our Youth Leader....
Also Rachel was in the BIble Study. Jessica was gonna hang with Krista and me, Tara ended up hangin' with us too, Rachel asked if she could come along tooo.....they'd hang with us until youth 6 pm. so we ended up in my parents Corolla, a sad 2 toned little 5 seater car. We had someone in each seat!
It was tons of fun! We stopped at Gabrial brother's I bought a really cool $3.00 scarf...a plummy mauvy color with black, bright orange, light pink and magenta woven throughout it...the scarf is made in a delicate's really light weight.
Also I bought a pack of socks cause I got embarressed by a pair I wore the other day, that were kinda stained...with dirt? and off white paint:) 6 pair for $3.49! Yeah! Gabe's is an awesome store!!!!
Than we herded over to Wally world and I picked up my 5 rolls of film all developed! Yeah! I got doubles of all of them. If you stand at the counter and go through your pics you can take out the pics you don't want and they won't charge you for them. So I got 5 rolls of doubles for like $21, which is a great price:)
I got quite a variety of pics. I even had a roll my bro Matt took, with mostly pics of Lexi:) I had a Bible School roll, a roll from California when I went there last summer... a roll when Shania was with us at Uncle Phil's camp...:)

I stopped at the Micky D's they have at Walmart, inside actually, and bought a double cheeseburger...
We, all the girl's met up at the front of the store to head over to Youth Group which is like 2o mins. from Wally World.
I put my Burger down when we got into the car...Krista had alot of bags...a few were mine:) As we're driving along Jessica is putting hair elastics in Rachel's hair... her hair is a short shaggy she had all these little pigtails all over her head, poor Rachel's all moaning and groaning, either in pain and/or for effect:)
While this is going on, I want Krista to find my burger, I want to grub (eat) ya know, so she's lookin' around for it...she just can't find it. I'm kinda frustrated. Eventually I look on the seat that she's sittin' on. I see part of a McDonald's bag...the rest of the back was under her butt....SHE'D SAT ON MY DOUBLE CHEESE BURGER!!!!!!!!!!!! We laughed and laughed....I got tears in my eyes... and *sigh* yes I ate it. The paper was still on when she sat on it:) It tasted like a hamburger, just alot flatter:) Oh goodness!

Let me tell you some about these girls, Tara is I think 18 years old. Rough back ground but grounded in God and trying to figure things out about what to do and figure things out with her inner life too... she's funny and I'm very much myself around her. She's like a sister to me.
Jessica is around the same age....I guess...out of high school also, and is a nurse at an Old Person's home. She's also studying at a Community College. Jessica's taking ethics which is a killer class. Her prof. is Buddist... and he attacks her for her Christian's been a really ROUGH class for her! Only her younger brother is a Christian in her family. (Her family life's rough too.) She actually led him to Jesus:) She and Tara get together and get LOUD and CRAZY... I think they're venting from life...:)
Rachel is like 17 in high school, 11th grade? She's reallly funny. I told her she should do stand up comedy. She's so confident in her humor:) Rachel's hair is shaggy, blonde, probably dyed and she had added red/bright pink color to parts of it. She dresses in baggy pants and shirts...
She's pretty serious about her faith and livin' the life. Also comes from some rough stuff in her family...
Both Rachel and Jessica have glasses.

Well anyways, Tara got her prayer answered because of hanging with all her friends, Her Jesus family, and we went to Youth Group-which was also alot of fun!
Yesterday was a GREAT sunday... pray for our youth group and for these girls. They don't have their parent's praying for them. I've prayed before that Tara would have as much prayer for herself as I do. I have prayer from my friends, you guys, and older ladies that God has laid a prayer burden on their heart for me...and I have my family praying for me regularly... so ya'll can add to the prayers for each of these girls... we all can be the body of Christ and hold them up...even though you've never met them.

PS-Please pray for my job situation... I'll possible submit an application for working in our local public schools... we'll see how life unfolds. Would be a great way to rub shoulders with the real world. I can also pray more pointedly for this area, by praying for individauls...PLEASE PRAY for me. I need to do something!

Monday, October 17, 2005

"The Answer"

Tentatively I come Your way...
I've messed up, more than I can say...
I fall down on my knees.

I'm sad, lonely and terrified.
I don't know the last time that I've cried.
part of me's died.

Broken and wounded, no where to go.
I look ahead, behind, below...
no friends only foes.

Everyone running and hurrying, no one explaining.
I kneel here alone, heart only paining...
no song refraining.

Wait...I see someone ahead, above me...
I whisper, I speak, I hollar my plea.
"Please, set me free!"

He walks toward me...all I see are His eyes.
No hate, no scorn, He doesn't despise...
He holds me and cries.

He takes my heart, as I place it in His hands.
His tears fall, as He weeps they land...
on my broken heart.

I realize, He's crying my tears and feeling my pain.
He shares my hopes and dreams shattered, lost like rain.
By sharing, He heals.

I look into the depths of His soul and see...
a woman beautiful, happy, peaceful, and free...
Is it? is me!

He places my heart in my shaky hands
I look down and there it stands
healed, alive and whole.

JESUS is the only one, the only one that heals a heart.
He loves, mends...and gives a new start...
a new life.

Oct. 5, 2001

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

It was a Darkish and Stormy Day...the adventures of Marie the Jewelery Artist

I will now update ya'll on my adventuresome life.... well it's not terribly exciting... but it's MY life:)
I had the jewelery sale. I sold my jewelery at Front Royal's annual "Festival of Leaves." It went quite well. I made a nice tidy sum of money. Even made enough to cover the cost of the spot. I'd say if it wasn't raining it would've been a whole lot better. But I believe God blessed my time there:) Yeah God:)
I got up early like 6:30 than went back to bed cause it was raining. Than I got up like 7 something got dressed, my mom made me breakfast and I packed up our trusty durango with my goods to sell. I prayed with my parents before I left because it was raining. I didn't have a canopy to put over my stuff. I was worried some. I couldn't put my stuff out with out something to protect when it was raining, it'd wreck some of the stuff... But was helped to trust God that He would provide...
I got to Front Royal finally. I found the lady Susan who had signed me up for the spot to rent. Someone mentioned that the rain was suppose to, like go away at 10. So I go and stand near my spot under an awning and wait for the rain to go away.... it didn' was a rainy day...
I had called my parents and told them about my predicament. They called Ginger Holland and were going to get a canopy from her. It was the type that you stick into the ground- who knows how solid and trusty a canopy it was... maybe it was a dinky weak canopy...They'd come around in like 45 minutes...
During that time an older lady who was part of the festival commity comes in her yellow slicker and umbrella and informs me that the boys are gonna bring me a canopy that they borrowed from St. John's! Yeah! So in awhile 4 guys are carrying this big canopy down the street and another guy is directing on a golf cart...and it's still raining.
So I got my canopy. But I still can't set up cause I don't have my table. The table is in le trusty durango, but it's tooo heavy for me to move by myself. So I wait some more, but I did bring some of my boxes over and placed them under MY canopy!
........and wait.........I'm frustrated! There are alot of other people all set up. The festival had officially started at 9. So it's like 10ish....... I'm talking to myself in my head and wishing I'd asked someone to help me with the table. Instead I'm waiting for my parents to come to help me.
So I pray that God will send someone to ask if they can help. Finally one of the guys comes along and somehow I recrute him and his buds to help, they were very willing. So they follow me through an alley to the durango and help bring the rest of my stuff to my canopy. One big guy carries the big heavy table all by himself to my canopy! Yes I am female and I am weakish...:)Yeah... soon after my parents arrive... and help me set up.
I was wearing these little slip on shoes that only have a space for the toes and an open back, indian style type of shoes, beaded and little. Walking in the rain, the streams, my shoes got soaked and my feet got wet and soggy and even some of the turquoise dye of the shoe got on my feet. The shoe was also made out of satin so I wonder if they've shurnk, hope not:( I even rolled up my khaki pants cause they were wet. I was WET! when your feet are wet you get cold...
I got really time I wasn't feeling too hot,(literally) at all... not to good. Almost sickish, plus hadn't eaten much that day. I had worn the wrong type of shoes for a cold and rainy day:) Told my mom I needed a break. So I went across the street to the Daily Grind, a coffee shop and got a Chai Tea Latte. It helped some.
I actually bought some jewelry for myself from one of the venders. It was this really cool necklace and earring set made out of wire. This girl shaped into very perfect squiggly links, and connected it. Each squiggly link is almost perfect and the same as the next. Her name is Becky , the artist of my necklace and her dad is like an architect and her family are perfectionists, so she got it to. It was a piece of neck architecture...for the neck. My sister is best friends with her older sister. They are all homeschooled.
I got alot of customers. There was one couple that came along and checked out my bracelets. They asked about baby bracelets. I told them I could make one there and they could come back in like 15 minutes. So the mom and I figured out to make the bracelet 4 and a half inches long including the clasp. I made it out of white pearls. It was gorgeous. This tiny little bracelet for a 2 year old. I even made an extention for the bracelet when she gets older. I've never made such a little bracelet in my life.
Krista finally showed up at around 4 ish. She brought me a DRY pair of jeans, DRY shoes, Lands end shoes, and a DRY pair of socks.
I went and changed at the Daily Grind...I felt better. I even warmed my feet up by putting em in the sink and running water over them. (one foot at a time, not both at once:)if I had I'd probably rip the sink off the wall:)
I rolled the bottoms of these pant up too. I was real cute... with my smiley faced socks peekin' out.:) When it's wet and cold and you've been wet and cold for hours, you don't care......nope nope nope:)
The festival was going to end at 6. Since I paid good money for my spot I was going to stay till the bitter end. Actually we started packing up the stuff around 5:30 there weren't many people there at all any more. We quite possibly were the last ones there:)
So we packed up everything. A process in itself. And the final touch was taking the canopy down. It's one of those accordian type. You have to take out some pins and it starts folding itself up kinda than you push it together and it folds itself... finally you have a piece of plastic, and metal that's small enough to put into the back of the trusty durango.
We dropped it off outside of the Local Heritage place... they host the festival, it was closed...
Krista wanted to shop some... I agreed...I was wasted....wasteddddddddddddd..........
One place we went to was Peebles, a nice department store. I asked for samples of perfume. The lady got me alot of samples. Around 8 different ones. I asked if both Krista and I could have one of each and she gave us one of each. It was fun! You should try it, if you're a girl... maybe they have samples of guys cologne? too... you just ask a department store if they have samples of perfume...they have alot of free samples to give out. YEAH! So I can smell differnt every day! and than some.
Most of the samples last for awhile. They're great purse sized perfumes too:) Anyways:)
F i n a l l y we got home. Watched a movie... "a simple twist of fate," I saw that movie when I was in many years ago, cause my brother Dana was going to watch Outbreak( a movie about this killer disease that's spread by monkey spit than from human to human by body fluieds, if you get the disease your innards turn to mush and you bleed to death, heart warming eh?) with his buddies, and I didn't want to watch that and Amy Aldrich my neighbor invited me over to watch "A Simple Twist of Fate." It's a pretty good deals with some mature themes some but doesn't show anything...
Another answer to prayer is that God provided a guy to work with our youth group. His name is Luke and he moved from PA to learn ministry through our church. He is a professional baseball player-like professional amatuer...Little Leagues? I don't know what you call it... but it's pretty good ball. He's switched his old all out passion for ball to following God. He's 25, wow someone close to my age... at my church... there's not alot of people close to my age. Maybe 5ish... most of them I don't even hardly talk to if at all. 4 of them are couples... so...
My group is the youth:) And they're all like4-6 years younger than me. Hey I'm almost 24 so he's only 1-2 years older than me. He seems shy... I'm involved with the youth too so maybe I'll make a friend closer to my thought...
Well even our Youth Leader is like as close to me in age as the youth, she's 28 I think. There is another girl in her 20's I'm friends with at church, single but she's not involved with Youth and doesn't always come to church...
There's a gap of a certain age group at my church... where are they all? College? But we're after college age...they must've fallen off of hte face of hte earth... maybe we need to go out there and work with God to see em saved? hmmmmmm....:)
It's encouraging when God answers prayer... like providing a canopy... didn't cost me a penny:) Yeah Hah!
The whole job thing I think is shaping up too. I put an application into a place at the mall, it's called the Picture People. I'd love to get the job, I think... it'd be taking studio quality pics of......PEOPLE! I think I could really enjoy that job... they're hiring for the holidays... we'll see.
Also my dad called me about working with an accountant, and he said to call them at the beginning of next week.
And I stopped by at a staffing group yesterday and they told me about 2 possible jobs... I just need to send my resume to them. I'm holding on that for a little cause I want to give the Picture People time.
Out of all possible jobs I'd like to work for picture people. I'm good with people, and I have an eye for'd be fun! Please pray that God will lead me to the right job. I want a job that makes me interact some with people. I like and need people:)

Well now that you've caught up on certain aspects of my life, take care and have a good day... drop me a line at that leetle comment spot down yonder, doesn't hurt...much;) These blogs are a great way to stay up to datish with you all. I've read alot of ya'lls different blogs:) They're great!

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Drop By! Say "Hi!"

Hey I'm back... sooner than normal, eh?:) Today's my dad's 51st birthday. I bought him an Elvis CD for not too much at a really cool store. My dad likes Elvis. Elvis had a rough life. Someone we know talked to his brother-in-law once and the brother-in-law said Elvis was very religious... hopefully he knew Jesus.
He loved singing old gospel songs and hyms. I think he has a cd with hymns on it.

I've been making jewelery alot recently. Put in 6, 7, 8 hours of work today into jewelery stuff. I made some more feather earrings, turquise with beads glued as embellishment also made another pair of peacock feather earrings, at first they were huge, than I trimmed 'em down-there're still big but not in competetion with my face the same way:)

Since it was my dad's birthday my mom made a special meal of Stir-Fry. My dad set up 2 tiki torches out side on the deck and I put five water goblets (no water in them) with votives in them between the torches on the railing. My dad had set up 4 chairs in a semi circle around our coffee table outside too with another candle on it and I put more votives on that table. So we had his birthday dinner outside - a candle/tiki torch lit meal.
The weather's been lovely here. Fall is here... the leaves haven't turned colors yet! But it's cool at night and nice during the day.
It's crazy that it's fall...snuck up on me. Christmas is in less than 3 months! I already have some of my christmas shopping done! My brother Dana and his family are probably going to come up for Christmas!
My friend Melody Shorey, used to be Melody Craig is expecting and the baby is due Dec. 20th! They don't know if it's a boy or a girl. So I've bought the baby yellow stuff:) Neutral color. Safe.
Man where is everyone? I haven't gotten many new comments recently? Maybe it's because I haven't been posting regularly for awhile? Please if you stop by just drop me a hi... makes me feel good:) I check my blog alot to see if I have any new comments. It's like getting e-mails to me:)
Krista's 17th birthday is Oct. 20th! Adam's , ahhhhh oh my word... 20th birthday is ...his 20th birthday? yeah his 2oth... ekks... wow! is Dec. 19th. Maybe Melody's baby will share his birthday. That would help me remember the baby's birthday. Out of everyone in my family the date of Adam's birthday is the date I have the best in my mind. My mom's in June, don't know the date, Matt's is flag day, June 14th... I believe, Dana's in July don't know the date.... my dad's is today so I know it's the 4th of Oct.:)

Take care ya'll. Come visit me sometime:) I like company. I ate all my junior mints so we could have a butter finger each:) Can you have a stash of candy with only like 5 small butter finger candy bars... yeah sure, cept it's a little stash:) We could go on a lovely walk down our winding country road. parenthased by mountains and cow pasture.... it's beautiful! Please come visit I'm kinda lonely at times:( :) We could make some jewelery... it's gonna come out of my ears... if I'm not careful... when I sleep I'm gonna dream about it and make motions in the air as if I'm makin' earrings but I won't have any tools in my hands... "air jewelery making" kinda like "air guitar." I'll be able to do it with my eyes closed!

Good night all!

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Beware of Camels Near the Road-and other Random thoughts!

Hey I'm back! I know I haven't written in my blog for awhile. Tara says to blog something random. I'm on the phone with her now. For those of you who don't know Tara she's a friend of mine from church. She's 18 years old and was saved 2-3 years ago. Jesus found her when she was 15. She's grown quite a bit in her walk. I love her alot:)
Tara was the first person to get saved at our church:) Cool beans...

My parents just got home... Krista's in bed... I bought peacock feathers to make earrings out off. I've been making feather earrings recently. I really like em'. Gonna make myself a pair sometime, yea ha! I wore a pair of bright yellow feathers today with a yellow skirt that was Krista's.... a friend said I looked like a duck! Well maybe I did a little... well I skined a duck for the earrings... for real... do ducklings really have yellow feathers? Chicks do...

I bought a pack of Junior mints today, special ones, for only .89 cents. They were special cause they were "reversed" Junior mints. The white part was on the outside and the inside was dark chocolate but creamy... They're really good. Me and Krista were eatin' em. I put the rest in the freezer. I have a "candy stash." Yeah! My other candy is butter fingers. I got 10 little ones for one dollar at the dollar store:) They are also in the freezer. My candy is stashed in the fridge...:) Come on over and share some with me. I like company. We can watch a good movie... too, cept ya can't eat all of em:) then I won't have a stash any more.... ya now that would be a bummer. But I definatly know the destiny of them candies.... the pit... of someone's stomach...he, he, he....(she cackled as she rubbed her hands in anticipation!)

I'm gonna blog off now... ciao... (is that a word?) bye:) shalom... paka(russian in case ya was wondering?)... adios......