Thursday, June 16, 2005

Blood of the Lamb

When I went to the Derek Webb concert in Phoenix last December with Kristen, he sang this song called Blood of the Lamb (by Woody Guthrie). It hasn't been released on any of his albums...sad...BUT, I am so excited because it is going to be on his live dvd that comes out October 15th of this year. wohho. I can't wait.

I recently bought Billy Bragg and Wilco's Mermaid Avenue Vol. II. It is all Woody Guthrie songs that they put to music after his death. He wrote Blood of the Lamb. It is such a great song...

Blood of the Lamb
Are your garments all spotless? Are they white as the snow? Are you washed in the blood of the lamb? Is your soul all spotless? Is it clean as the snow? Are you washed in the blood of the lamb?

I am washed, yes I'm washed I am washed in the blood I'm all washed in the blood of the lamb I'm all clean I'm all spotless I'm all pure like the snow I'm all washed in the blood of the lamb

Have you laid down your burdens? Have you found peace and rest? Are you washed in the blood of the lamb? I've laid down all my troubles I've found peace and rest I'm all washed in the blood of the lamb

Have you learnt to love your neighbors? Of all colors, creeds and kinds? Are you washed in the blood of the lamb? I've learnt to love my peoples of all colors, creeds and kinds I'm all washed in the blood of that lamb

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Midnight Movie

Batman Begins was AWESOME!

And Christian Bale is super attractive...

Monday, June 13, 2005

Summer Reading

I thought I'd post a list of good books. That way, when you're bored and have nothing to do, you can read! Yay for reading...These are fantastic books, too. I picked my favorites (some of them...).

A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken. This is an absolutely wonderful book. I highly, highly suggest it.
Shadow of the Almighty by Elisabeth Elliot. You must read this book, it's fantastic!
Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot. I read this over two years...I recommend reading it quicker :). It's so good!
Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper. This is one of my all-time favorite Piper books. And it's a fast read.
The Holiness of God by RC Sproul. I love this book too....hmmm, what's new?
These Strange Ashes by Elisabeth Elliot. I liked this one because it focused on her life in the jungle before they were married. It's a lot of fun little stories of her time spent among the Indians...

Here are some more...these are all very easy reading and oh, so good!
The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis. I'm reading these myself (am on #3) because I wanted to read them BEFORE the movies come out.
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare. It's about the Salem witch trials/hunts, etc. I haven't read it for a while but it was really good.
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. After reading it three times I still love it so much...and its a mystery!
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. My absolute, all-time favorite childhood book. Mom first read it aloud to us and then I read it again on my own later good!!! (and it's a series)
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. This is a super hilarious book.

Though there are many other good books, these are on my top top list. Please read, they're fantastic!!

Saturday, June 11, 2005

The Sibling Camping Adventure

I know it's taken me a while to post about this most amazing story. But here it is, finally, with lots of pictures to go along :)

On wednesday night we decided to have a siblings camping trip. Aaah, it was quite the experience...

Ready to depart from home Posted by Hello
The adventure begins... Posted by Hello
Before we left... Posted by Hello
We left in the afternoon to drive up Mt. Lemon. We wanted to leave time to find a campsite, set up, and hike around a bit.
We got up there, bought a pass, and found a hiking trail. It was the same one my SALT group the big rock. It was lots of fun, but Luke is a mad hiker and was a million miles ahead of us the whole time J. We ran into the strangest people at the big rock...This guy with amazingly frizzy hair (named Asher) and his friend (I didn’t get a good look). They were so funny. They kept getting “lost” and separated from one another so we could hear them calling out when they were really only lost by like 15 ft. haha. It was amazing.

Fun on our siblings hike Posted by Hello
Kristen and I left in the dust...(of Luke) Posted by Hello
Luke on rhe big rock Posted by Hello
Yay for brothers and sisters!!! Posted by Hello
After the hike (it was short) we decided to set up camp. Well, it took a super long time to find a site. Everything was so deserted and in the middle of no-where. We liked the idea of being near people. We finally found tents set up at The Rose Canyon Lake campground. We saw a site that had one large tent and one little one. Perfect! It must be a family or something. So we set up.
The strangest thing was happening, though. In the vacant campsite next to us, a fire was smoldering in the fire pit. Hmmm....campfires are NOT ALLOWED (there were signs posted everywhere). I decided it was a ghost family living next door. Kristen and Luke didn’t exactly believe me but they followed along.

Setting up Posted by Hello
Our ghost neighbors and their creepy campfire Posted by Hello
All this time I was thinking about the chicken tenders we had brought (from basha’s) for dinner, and how much I really wanted ranch with them. I tried to convince Kristen to take us up to Summerhaven to buy some...she wouldn’t. Pretty soon Luke really wanted some too, but Kristen wouldn’t be convinced. So Luke and I devised this most amazing plan to “kidnap” Kristen and take her to Summerhaven. As we were walking towards the car, ready to grab her and throw her in, Luke received a message from God! There was a ranch wrapper on the ground in front of him...We explained it all to Kristen and, long story short, were able to get her to take us. Side note: the country store in Summerhaven is super cute.

Luke's sign from God Posted by Hello
Kristen held at gunpoint to get ranch Posted by Hello
Success!!! Posted by Hello
We got back, ate our chicken (yum...ranch), and got the Coleman ready to roast marshmallows (remember, no campfires). I was getting jealous of the ghost family who I’m sure were roasting marshmallows over their fire. Oh well, Coleman’s work too. We had a fantastic time roasting marshmallows and making s’mores.

I really wanted my marshmallow in the picture...and they thought that was the funniest thing. Posted by Hello
YUUMM Posted by Hello
After clean up we decided to play cards in the tent. This was amazing. We were all laughing so hard we almost peed our pants. So many funny things happened...I couldn’t retell them because they won’t be as funny to anyone else. But let me just say, Luke is sooo funny when he laughs really hard.

Pretending to sleep (because we really got NO sleep at all...). Luke took the pretending thing super seriously :) Posted by Hello
Fun in the tent (before the night really got started...) Posted by Hello
At around 8, our neighbors showed up...The ones we thought were a cute little family. We were wrong. They were all guys...Rico, Clay, and Ollie (more on how we know there names later). We were in bed by 8:30 and were able to sleep until 10:30 (ish). But from that point on, sleep was scarce because the party had started. As Kristen says, we were camped next to an R-rated movie. They were drunk almost all night, music loud, cussing a ridiculous amount (the F word every other word...literally), singing, throwing knives, shooting airsoft guns, etc. Watching drunk guys is entertaining for a while, but it gets old. And trying to sleep next to them is very frustrating. Needless to say, we got about 4 hours of sleep.

They kept talking about this friend of theirs, Jeremiah, who showed up around 12:30-1:00 with three others...Tim, Ashley, and Josh. Things got crazier. Ashley was a little confused why she was the only girl. Hmmm...we were kind of afraid for her. We thought Jeremiah was going to be nice because the others ragged on him so much for seeming too responsible, etc. Not the case. At around 1:30 Jeremiah decided to bring out the weed. We thought it might mellow them out...not the case at all. The party raged on.

Jeremiah and his buddies left around 2:30 and the others (Ollie, clay, and Rico) continued to party. Rico kept saying how “all he wanted was a fight...all he wanted to do was beat someone up.” We kept pretty darn quiet. They kept telling each other the same stories over and over because they had forgotten they already told them...this is super annoying at 4 in the morning. Oh! I almost forgot about the dog. They had a dog, scrappy, who we thought was “crappy” because they wouldn’t say it clearly. It was funny.

From what we deduced, they had about 15 beers each or so. After Jeremiah left, they decided to count what was left. This was super amusing. Rico counted nine and Clay said that meant three each...this really set Rico off with the brilliant comment: “Wow, Clay, you should be a mathematician” which was followed by much giggling. At this point they started throwing up. But they kept drinking...and eating (yucko). Rico sang about his shrimp to the tune of the songs on the radio...Ollie was in and out of bed the whole night...and Clay was just around. He and Rico were the most obnoxious.

At five in the morning they decided to get three hours of sleep. Thank goodness! We had peaceful sleep for two hours. They got up around 7:30 (I still think they should’ve been passed out for longer). Rico was still super loopy. In fact, the others finally said “Hey do yourself a favor and shut up.” We laughed.

The only positive about the night (besides the fact that they didn’t beat us up or anything) was their choice of music. They had classic rock on and switched between it and country.

We packed up camp and left at about the same time as Ollie and Clay (they were going fishing). They left Rico in the tent passed out...I got a picture of their campsite. We really wanted to leave them a note that addressed them each by name. How fun would that have been?! But we didn’t.

The infamous campsite (that's more than famous...that's IN-famous) Posted by Hello

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Senior Trip

Yay...I have finally gotten around to posting about senior trip. Actually, I am pretty much going to leave it at pictures (there are a lot...). It was a fantastic trip, I loved it. Disneyland was fun (mostly the second half of the day)...We had great luck with lines for rides.
Sometimes it is still weird to think that I won't be seeing these people again (either forever or for a while). I think the reality of it all won't REALLY hit until i leave this fall. Oh, speaking of this fall...My mom bought our tickets for Hillsdale! I leave August 20th...

Oh, a quick update about a job. Kylea called me and said the Children's Place wants an interview! Praise God!!! She said they should be calling me this This is so exciting! Please continue praying that this whole job thing will work out...

That's all I have :). Enjoy the pics...

The whole group Posted by Hello
Pizza on the roof! Posted by Hello
I love my friends! Posted by Hello
Beach day!!! Posted by Hello
Just hanging out Posted by Hello
At the Tarzan tree house Posted by Hello
Honey, I Shrunk the we look super cool or what?! Posted by Hello
yay for friends! Posted by Hello