I have spent numerous hours with many different kids after babysitting for about 8 years now. As many people know, kids can say or do the cutest (or sometimes most shocking) things. A few stories I don’t want to forget…

Back in October my Grandma was in the hospital after breaking her hip, and my mom, my cousin & her kids, and I went to visit her. Somehow we got on the topic of Jesus and my little 4 year old [boy] cousin Christian said to her (his Great-Grandma), “Jesus is in your hip!!”
It was so sweet.

I used to babysit this little boy [Sam] every Friday night, from the time he was a baby until he was about 4 or 5 years old. We became really close after I watched him grow up and saw him every week. I wish I would of written down stories or things he used to say. I hardly remember specific things anymore. I know I would have looked back and enjoyed the memories. I do remember our movie was “Finding Nemo”; we watched it every time!! Eventually “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” replaced that (yes even after Christmas). The thing we would ALWAYS play is trains. He had these little wooden train tracks that we put together (always a different design). One absolutely adorable story I remember is one night I was trying to teach him the “Mockingbird” lullaby after reading it in a book. He memorized the whole thing (I’m guessing he was about 3 years old). It was so precious when he sang it. I can still remember that memory.

“Hush little baby, don’t say a word. Momma’s gonna buy you a mockingbird. And if that mockingbird won’t sing, Momma’s gonna buy you a diamond ring…..”

I get to babysit him this Saturday for the first time in probably a year or longer. He’s all grown up now! (Okay well kindergarden seems grown up to me).

January 7th

There’s nothing like a first kiss.

Today holds a special memory from 3 years ago. First kiss (did I mention amazing?) with a cute boy named Ryan. You may think it’s funny to remember such a date, but I think dates & numbers hold significance. I believe God works with them. There are several important numbers in the Bible that mean certain things (ex: 12 is the number of completion, which is why 6 (x3) is evil because it’s half of that). There’s also the book of Numbers. I bet some of those numbers hold significance we don’t even know about. Anyway…

I think it’s really cool that today also marks the day of my parents’ first date. Ironic? Maybe.


10 Random Facts About Me

1. If I just THINK about things that give me the goosebumps, which is a long list (chalkboards, sandpaper, ceramics, etc), I get them. If I think about eating a sour food, I ‘pucker up’ like I really am.

2. I’m really terrified of getting a needle poked into my veins (for blood work, IV’s, etc). The last time I had it done I was too young to remember. Once again, just the thought of it makes me want to pass out.
3. I have a habit of/love chewing ice but I’d like to stop to save my teeth.
4. I often remember my dreams, which are vivid.
5. I am extremely “directionally challenged.” I’ll get lost anywhere.
6. I usually eat cereal & soy milk two times a day (morning & night). I love it!!
7. I hate hate throwing up or anyone else throwing up.
8. I need cuddling & hugs like I need water & air.
9. Mexican food is my favorite.
10. My tongue gets burnt easily from hot food or liquid. So I have to wait for things to cool off a bit.

God Story

This is a random post about a short story that happened about 2-3 years ago. I just thought it’d be fun to write down.

I began attending youth group at the First Church of God during the fall of 2005.
I believe at this point I had been going for at least several months, maybe longer. I can’t remember when it was exactly. One Wednesday night I was getting ready to go to youth group and I decided to pray by myself beforehand. I went into my room, shut the door, and prayed about the night ahead of me. That was the first time I had ever done that specifically and strangely enough I remember that short moment with God quite clearly.

That night at youth group, just like every week, someone read a verse from the Bible. Just a random verse that someone would choose I suppose.

Guess what the Scripture was that night?

“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:6 (NIV)

I knew that was not a coincidence. I still love thinking about this simple, yet powerful “God story.”

First blog!

Well I’ve been blogging on Xanga but I discovered Blogspot and decided I might like it better. We’ll see how it goes. I start at Missouri S&T in a week! I took this past semester off (wasn’t in my plans, but God’s) and now I am transferring to S&T from AU. However, I hope to return to AU if things go well at home within the next year or so. I am majoring in biology, but after substitute teaching this semester I think I might add a secondary education major to that. But then get certified for elementary because I don’t want to teach middle or high school. It’s just the easiest way to go so I can still major in Biology. Otherwise I would be double majoring in El Ed and Biology. Biology & Secondary Ed are complementary majors. I’m not for sure if I want to teach!! But this is my plan for now. I also want to do something with nutrition and psychology, but I don’t know how that will work out. Hmm. Anyway, this upcoming semester I am taking Microbiology, Cell Biology, Educ 40 (it’s the first Ed class), and then another class that I’m not for sure on yet. I’m very nervous!! First off, I won’t know anyone and I’m really shy; not a good combination. Also, it will probably consume my life just like last year. I’m also afraid of how I will handle/balance the stress of school and the issues at home with my dad. Yikes. Ready or not, it will be here in a week.