Monday, August 26, 2013

Rejection Is Like Chicken

Wondering what in the world that title means?  Well, you'll have to check out my latest post on the England Edition to find out!

I never use stock photos, but it's a picture of a chicken. Wearing shoes. It was too perfect to pass up.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Day Trip and YouTube

I was in Blacksburg on Saturday; it was primarily a trip for partnership meetings, but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy myself too.  I got to see my sister and brother-in-law, and another couple I hadn't seen in several months.  It was so good to see everyone, catch up in person, and share about my upcoming ministry in England.  After we had had dinner and talked about everything we needed to, Amanda and I shared some of our recent YouTube favorites, something that has become tradition when we're together.

She showed me this first one, and then I shared the other two.  And it might help to know what's happening in the first one.  These adults have recorded children having conversations, and then they act  it out.  There are lots of different versions of these, but this is one of the best.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

What's In A Name?

I was at The Firehouse for a few weeks before my name tag was made but I finally have it now.  I like my name and I like being from Lynchburg, so I like having a name tag!  And it's already started a few interesting conversations.  One lady asked if I was really from Lynchburg, and when I told her yes, she said that her family had just spent some time in Lynchburg and on their way home to Blacksburg they decided to just keep driving and come to The Firehouse for dinner that night!

Windows Down...In the Rain

Last night I was at Buffalo Wild Wings with some friends when it started pouring.  I was pretty sure my window was down but decided no to worry about it.  I figured it was just a summer downpour and it would probably stop as soon as I got out there anyways.  Besides, I had a towel in the backseat I could sit on if I needed to.

It did stop raining soon after, and we decided to go to Marble Slab for dessert.  The girls were going to ride over with me, and when we got to the car and I was shocked to find the whole front dash wet, and standing water in the middle console!  I guess I shouldn't be shocked, the window was down, but I've never seen the inside of my car that wet.  Usually just the door and the edge of my seat get wet.  The rain must have been coming in horizontally, because even the passenger seat was wet; Lauren ended up having to sit in the back!  The towel kept my butt dry, but my back still got damp because the back of my seat was wet.  It was a mess!

But there's nothing like ice cream to take your mind off your troubles!

Coffee ice cream with a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Creative Canvases

One thing that's fun about living with six kids is that I never know what I'll find when I head out into the den, or upstairs, or the yard.  This morning when I opened the front door I was welcomed by colorful stick figures, hearts, sunshines, and road signs.  They had spent most of Friday afternoon using the driveway as their canvas...and apparently they used my car as a canvas when their hands got a little dusty :)

Monday, August 12, 2013

England Edition

Time for some changes folks!  I now have a second blog, A Tale of Two Feet: England Edition, where from here on out I'll be blogging about all things England/Globalscope/Canvas related!  I encourage you to go ahead and subscribe to that blog as well, but I'll be linking to the new blog for a while so you won't miss out on anything.  Head on over and check it out!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Thrifty Thursday

A friend and I went thrifting on Saturday and this is what I scored...

A bunch of vintage pillow cases that I'm going to use for an upcoming project.  I got one for .67 cents at Goodwill, and the rest were .25 cents at Heaven Sent Family Outlet.

And some shirts.  None of these are name brand, so I won't bother with that part of it, but the Boston t-shirt and white ruffle collared shirt were $1.50 at Heaven Sent, and the brown tank and chambray shirt were $4.67 at Goodwill.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013


6 towels, 4 pairs of flip flops, 4 noodles, 2 sets of floaties, 7 diving toys, 4 and a half sandwiches, 4 water bottles, 2 bags of chips, and a pack of Oreos make for a good afternoon at the pool.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

What's Happening

This post is LOOONNNGG overdue.  In fact write "What's Happening" post has been written on the top of every To Do list I've written for the past month and a half.  I'm not kidding.  And I write a lot of To Do lists.  So for all of you wondering what exactly I'm doing these days or where I'm living, here ya go...

I knew that I wanted to only work part-time while I raised support, so that I could have lots of time to devote to support raising.  But if I was just working part-time I couldn't afford to keep living on my own, and even having a roommate again would still be stretching it financially.  So I made it known to my church that was looking for a place to live, expense free, and a wonderful, generous family responded and said that they would love for me to come live with them.  There are six kids, ranging in age from 5 weeks to almost 9, so there are always lots of things going on, and lots of noise, but I hardly notice anymore.  They're really good kids, and so funny!  I've been writing down some of the funny things they say and could probably publish a book by the time I leave.  I've been here for about 5 weeks now, but it feels like much longer; in a good way!  Right from the beginning I felt comfortable and this is definitely home now.

When I started thinking about living with family it was important for me to be able to give back in some way; I didn't want to feel like I was mooching off of people's generosity.  And I am so thankful that that has been the case.  Less than a week after I moved in baby number 6 was born, so I was able to help out a lot during those first few weeks.  With another set of hands, life for the other five kids really didn't change much, and that's important.  Even though things have gotten into a routine again, I'm definitely still helping out.  A few days a week I'll watch the kids so Melissa can run errands or go into work for a few hours, and I help with general crowd control when I can.  I really am so thankful that this has been a beneficial thing for all of us involved.

Not only have I been blessed with a great family to live with, but I've been blessed with a great part-time job too.  I'm a server at The Firehouse restaurant, which is a local BBQ restaurant.  It's a really neat place; the restaurant is actually in the old Johnson City fire station, which has obviously been restored and remodeled, and there's even an old fire engine in the lobby.  The owners are an amazing Christian couple and that is definitely reflected in the way the restaurant is run.  It's a great environment and everyone really works as a team to get things done.  Something about greeting people and serving BBQ is making my southern accent a little bit stronger though.  I can really hear it at times.  I've been told that they're going to love my southern accent as much as I'll love they're English accents.  That should make having conversations with people really fun!

If you remember, I said I wanted to only work part-time so I could commit several hours a week to support raising, and that's what I've been doing.  Each day I'm making phone calls, updating databases, keeping in touch via email with my team at the CMF office, meeting with people, and sending letters and thank you cards.  I'm trying to do as much of my support raising  as possible through face to face visits, and so I've even been doing some traveling to accomplish that.  This has all been a bit more time consuming than I originally thought, so I am so thankful that I am able to work only part-time.  And support raising is going really well!  I'm pleased with the start I'm off to financially, and I've just really enjoyed sharing with people.

So that is the condensed version of what's happening in my life recently.  I'm either watching kids, working, or working on support raising.  It keeps me busy, but I know that I have been incredibly blessed by the Lord and very thankful for all that is happening!

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