Saturday, December 15, 2007
tonight i am staying in Milwakee, Wisconsin. north carolina will be tomorrow. the snow is beautiful here.
Friday, December 14, 2007
so tonight. while eating the rest of the cookie dough ice cream, bowl-lessly. i find myself more ready every second to step into the Tarheel state with friends and family.
There are two goals that i have decided to set for myself while home:
- Feel free to get carried away with the southern twang!
- Remember i do have manners, though my father shows no mercy acknowledging his lack thereof.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
3 friends of mine are getting married this summer (2 of them younger than myself)
There is a wonderful REAL Christmas tree in our house.
16 consecutive wonderful dinners
School is coming to a close this semester.
My long-time and still NC residing friend Tori and I have decided to do one of the craziest things that we both have ever done together...train for a marathon. We both are aware of the prayers that we need. Training for a marathon is painful, time consuming, and big goal. Staying healthy and away from injuries is important, so feel free to keep us in your prayers.
Lastly i have the day off of work...so nice.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
But you will not believe what was seen on the very streets of Colorado the other day! A COP GIVING ANOTHER COP A TICKET! I knew that something looked odd about a cop writing something on paper to another, so I had to ask (while running Chandler...a dog), "you givin' him a ticket?"
The response, "Sure am." Kinda Quita like too. He was a motorcycle cop if that means anything.
...17 days till North Carolina. Wow.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
it's almost frightening.
i have lost myself. i didn't know that God would take me so seriously when I wanted to give Him my life. He did. and enjoys it.
i have lost myself to His passion. i am lost in a love for His people. people i do not know. ones that know Him and others that don't. regardless my heart is burdened for the love to be shared. i can't hold it all in, nor would i want to.
being lost means needing direction. His Word has been perpetual in guiding my every step, especially of late. i came to colorado reading exodus and i have found myself there again. (for an update on the reading plan)
God is asking of me. please pray for me. this sounds so selfish, but i desire so strongly to listen to Him, hear correctly, and know that i am joining in on His plan where He would have me. and i know that i cannot do this alone. so thank you in advance.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
But you know the funny part is that every time I think of it or realize its presence, I think about my Savior...well our Savior. About how I am falling in love with Him. Even though the connection between the two is not so clear I am reminded of how uncontrollable my feelings for Him are.
I have been able to meet some of our great neighbors. Ike and Donna that live at the end of our road have become quite special to me. I drove Donna home from the Perk after a long walk today and her tone of voice just carries the gentleness of God. Her dog rode with us. Nothing about the dog reminded me of God. However, I hope to get coffee with her and Ike soon.
Don't you think that zits should be spelled kzits? Like gnats. or...never mind, that is silly.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Please take a look at her blog so that you can get caught up on all of her Catan trash talking so that when I blog again, my victoious post will not come to you as a surprise! As long as there are baked goods things shouldn't get too ugly.
- On the most beautiful, clear, sunny, fall day mountains and little streams just glow and glimmer, leaving you speechless and amazed...
- then, you camera batteries go dead!
typical. this was the chosen word for the situation.
However, Raleigh and I had a wonderful time aimlessly (well, not intentionally aimlessly) wandering through the beautiful Rockies, stopping at a reservoir where we were able to take a few pics and have a fun snack. I can't believe the colors of these pictures:
quoted, "just take the picture."
because i happened to maybe of confused Buena Vista and Brekenridge, we didn't quite make it to our destination (not Buena Vista), but WE DID MAKE IT TO DENVER!! haha.
There are a few more things that I must share:
- This past Wednesday i joined Vanguard Church as my home church. Where i believe that i have been called to serve, fellowship, and make myself willing to be discipled in Christ.
- Saturday night a bunch of friends got together for an early Thanksgiving dinner which meant lots and lots of desserts and turkey and friends!
- For the first time, Thanksgiving will be spent away from Ma an' Pa an' the fam. It will be different, but i have been humbled by the way such new friends have just opened their homes by inviting me for thanksgiving dinner. However, I couldn't think of any other way for spending my first Thanksgiving in Colorado without the Tillman gang. They have been so sweet. There is some kind of competitive PIT tournament going on that night (scratching and hair pulling allowed!) that seems pretty intense too. trophy awarded.
- This is what Raleigh, and her sisters Risa and Reade had waiting for me when I got home the other day:
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
- a snow plow truck driving through the crosswalk on-campus...on a sunny day?
- hot pink high heels and a denim button up shirt confidently worn?
- a fifty year old man nodding his head in the car to Missy Elliots "Music make you lose Control"?
- arm pit sweat so prevalent just from walking to class?
Thursday, November 1, 2007
a shower to refresh
will make tea
letting the pot boil fall into a slumber
waken in frantic of a sizzling teapot
school time comes
too quick, having to run
frost covers creation and candy wrappers
do class and work
finished for the week
first step outside
feet swept from underneath
frost is gone
some didn't know it was there
He let me see it
can the day be new again?
can i be new again?
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
But you will never believe who was at the Harvest Hoe Down tonight bouncing around in the bouncing gym thingy that Phyllis (whom you will meet later) and I got to watch over and even (yes, it's true) see fly...Jeffery Gordon!! He surely was the best bouncer out there!!
The Harvest Hoe Down was a sweet, good time. Watching all kids just go circles and circles around this huge jungle gym of a thing and coming down the slide screaming, "YAAAAYYYYY" or "I did it, look Mommy!"
And as earlier, I had mentioned Phyllis. Haha...well here she be. She proudly walked into the Hoe Down with her pants held high and a pep in her step that shook that 'fro and let tha glossy glimmer on her lips shine from every angle the sun would let it! Haha. Phyllis seemed to think that my name was Jane for some reason. I told her that she could call me whatever she thought necessary for the fact her shirt sang true of us country folk being "BIG on the PIG."
I hope that you all had a Happy Halloween too with many trick-or-treat-er's and candy to eat for months!
Monday, October 29, 2007
Also, I'm sure that now you are all quite aware that the Colorado Rockies were in the World Series. Though they were swept seemingly easy, making it to the World Series after winning a Wild Card playoff is a big feat! Right before they started game on, a local FOX camera crew wanted to interview Pikes Perk customers at 7 a.m. about their knowledge. First of all nobody wants to be on t.v., secondly there are only a hand full of die hard Rockies fans (I know, it makes no sense coming from a state that only recognizes Tarheel Blue). So what does this mean...I was "the last resort" and had to get interviewed in full Barista wear. Haha. They told me all the answers to the questions before it started thankfully!
P.S. How is Jeff Gordon doing in the points?
Monday, October 22, 2007
Then what happened next?...oh yea. On the way back I realized that the leaves were turning all sorts of fallish colors. It crazy the kinds of things that seems so unreal to you when you have lived around pine trees for the past 2 years.
The next day I think, it looked like it was going to rain hardcore. The massive mountains were hidden behind these downpours of rain. So I ran up above our school rec center to a bench and took a couple shots of...well...rain.
(i don't know if you can see it, but those rock humps in the center left part of the pic are the Garden of the Gods Rocks...crazy huh?)
Then lastly we shall talk about snow. Which real snow, snow falling from the heavens, I have not seen for 3 years. So going on a walk and letting the wet flakes fall on my face and soak the top of my head was necessary. Gosh, I hope that NC gets snow this year. Seriously Cabarrus County would never have school in these conditions.
As a result of all of this, a windshield scraper and new big rug was bought for scrapin' an' insulatin' of course! See, just a couple buys makes it a much easier transition.
So Raleigh and I made a day of it. Which even though we live together, it rarely happens. Pastor Kelly had a great sermon on the Daily Pursuit of Redemption then Rals and I went and chatted over coffee/hot chocolate about how important it is to make a daily decision to follow Christ. She said something that has really stuck: "You know, when you think about following Christ for the rest of your life it can seem overwhelming, but you can make that decision today. You can do that. And then when you wake up tomorrow, you can make that decision again." It's fun to think that way. That God would wake us up to mercies renewed, with snow sometimes or even rain, and give the opportunity to be willing to walk with Him today and let tomorrow worry about itself.
One more funny thing (even though the above is somewhat serious) before I have to rush to work. Raleigh has been coughing of late, and yesterday she was getting a little crazy at the coffee shop. So I asked her how she was feeling. Her response, "Well, I am very aware of my throat today."
Haha. She is funny.
Pictures soon I hope!
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
In Autumn, it seems like its the season to celebrate change, and the ending of one thing to start something new. So here are some things that have changed for me being here in CO:
- Thinking more "Green"
- Buying more organic, all-natural foods
- Applying lotion 5 times a day
- A slower pace of life ( which has been hard to say the least)
- Getting involved in a wonderful church -- Vanguard Church
- A greater desire to learn
- Wearing shoes and "closeting" the flip flops.
- Having time to celebrate what is going on the lives of my friends.
These are really just a few things honestly. Also, I have started (well today) a one-year Bible reading plan which I am totally pumped about. The plan takes you chronologically through the Bible, and I am looking forward to seeing how God will move in His scripture in this crazy season of my life.
I've heard that back home in NC that they have hardly gotten any rain. That is so crazy...like level 3 water restrictions. I wish we could take some of this snow on top of Pikes Peak and send it that way, cause I'm sure we gonna have enough. No bonfires for the Pumpkin Carving Contest...what a bummer.
One more thing. My friend Rudy that played soccer at IWU, that I met through Riccara and Raleigh (as you notice all my friends' names start with R), ran the Denver marathon this past weekend and totally qualified for the Boston Marathon in March. Isn't that awesome? She was haulin' that's fo sho!
60 days till NC.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
This fall is going to be different however than ever before. I get to see the leaves change color and the trees become bare. Then snow is going to fall and cover the empty branches. It will be cold. I will complain, surely. But I hope that God sends more snow. So much that we get snowed in and drink hot cocoa endlessly...or coffee.... or even have coffee ice cream.
Most of all. I just want to fall in love with my Savior and have Him hold me and keep me warm...so I can believe that I am just as white as His fluffy snow.
Then hopefully we can make snow cream! Even through the winter.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
He chooses to. not because of anything that i have done. yet for some reason i can expect that of Him. and even though i can expect that, sadly it always surprises the heck out of me. He cares about the tiniest aspects of our lives. for example:
in all of the unpacking, washing, putting things in their set places things had began to be repetitive. and all that i wanted was to remove something from a box with bubble wrap (so over cardboard and Styrofoam at this point). though it was somewhat of a joke, it would have put a smile on my face to jump on, twist, or see how silently a bubble could be popped.
so nonetheless, the cashier at ROSS's wrapped our discounted (yet, stylish) dishes in bubble wrap the very next day. God would do that. why wouldn't He?
the same God that provides bubble wrap, provides not only friendship, a home with furniture, or a bangin' job. but even more so, He provides us with His Son as a way to possibly grasp the smallest concept that He loves us beyond understanding even to the tiniest of details in our lives.
i know i have a tendency to get spiritual over things. but it doesn't take much for me to get excited. and to know that God knows that...
i hope that you receive your "bubble wrap". i'm taking He is willing to hand deliver.
please, please enjoy the before and after pic's (it's worth getting excited over by all means):
our "twice painted green" kitchen:
my personal joy...the bathroom (actually painted a light blue):
God is still providing.
Friday, September 14, 2007
One thing that is definitely a blessing to see is how "so in love" mom and dad are...without a doubt. Of course while we were at G of the G's, mom was going through this funky posing stage, but dad just let her do her thang. Which makes since considering he did marry a red head (there is no stopping us).
And yes I will freely admit that laughter, fried chicken, and yaw's after yaw's were full force while they were in CO. Surprisingly, no Jeff Gordon convo's or sweet tea. But you will have to ask the folks about getting snowed on while at Pike's Peak.
...how small we really are.
sunrise towards the east. close to tree line (11,500 ft.).
from the tip top by 9:10 a.m.. And let me tell you joy of seeing this face...
change to this face...
was well worth all of the hard work. And there are even more rewards: it only took half the time to get back down, Leslie's head didn't hurt as bad as it possibly could have, we were only charged for one buffet at Pizza Hut instead of two, and it is totally okay to laugh now at Leslie's picture!! haha. See, isn't it worth it?
What a blessing.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
The UNCW Volleyball team is playing in Boulder, right outside of Denver, so maybe we will get to see them.
Mine and Raleigh's new house is getting closed on today and is ready to be moved in as soon as we all get back from Denver.
It's been absolutely crazy thus far with Les. It's been fun having her be the first introduced to my friends, who were technically her friends first, plus some wonderful new ones, and be apart of my "living day-to-day" life. Though I believe that my life has been blessed as quite exciting, it honestly doesn't compare to what it is like when she is around. I told her that I expect to the unexpected when she's around. For example, we summited the second highest mountain in the connected U.S.. We camped out the night before beside the glorious mountains beside the Twin lakes, woke up at 4:45 and were at the top by 9:15!! We enjoyed the miraculous view for like 10 minutes considering I had fatty, frozen hands and she was missing something quite vital for survival (OXYGEN). Haha. The summit was worth every bit of the hilarious comments made on the way up. In which we didn't laugh at any of them until we were on the way back down.
Les and I attempted "Tracy Edwards" baked spaghetti... SUCCESSFUL!!
Raleigh and Leslie decided to talk me into running off a plank (for speed), ride down a zip line, kick my legs (for more speed), then extend my legs to brace the impact of a gianourmous tree. The running led to a 2 foot leap of faith where my hands slid off the bars where I then proceeded to plummet 10 ft to the solid earth. I was then greeted by Leslie's classic laughter and her firm belief that I wanted to fall off because I "chickened out." Though not true. I don't know which would have hurt worse.
Settler's Settler's Settler's of CATANNNN!!!!
In a quick summary, "Who needs sleep when they could be eating Choc-O-Lot's chocolate chip cookies?"
Monday, August 20, 2007
The aid station that we worked at was called the "Cirque Station". This was the last station before the runners reached the summit. To them, we were "heaven sent". Though we were thanked for helping them, it was truly humbling to see these sweet people achieve their goals.
Raleigh and I did the water along with several other people who handed out grapes (millions of grapes), candy, and Gu type gel. There were all types of people too. Old, young, in shape, fairly out of shape, hating life, loving it, some looked amazing, and other looked like sheer death!
As for the Cirque, it is a 1500 ft. depth off the side of the summit of Pikes Peak.
Not a bad view from the station is it?
Just for an update: I have totally been inspired to run a marathon. So I started my own training today by buying new shoes that feel like an air puff cloud (Riccara and I decided that's what it should be called) and carrying a Nalgene of water. So in my sudden struck professionalism I went for a drink of water while running, which then went up my nose, caused a seriously intense burning sensation of the nose, coughed and choked, and snotted in the midst of Colorado Ave. (a.k.a. Main Street). Mostly embarrassing and highly obvious that I did not run that race. None the less, many updates to come on the training.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
WATCH OUT FO' THA "NO NO" NANNY LOOK!!
it might still be in play!
Which this could possibly also be used as an "Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires" poster. Whatever works best, is fine by me.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Now I have to tell you about mine and Leisha's hil-freakin-larious experience today:
Raleigh and I go to Wal-Mart. Pretty typical American thing to do I would say. On the way we start joking around about putting on chap stick and lip gloss. I put on chap stick...she puts on lip gloss. Things first begin to get out of hand because Raleigh all of a sudden has shinny lips. Haha. This doesn't happen ever so it's odd and so, so funny. When we (I, Raleigh, and her shinny lips) get to Wal-Mart we head inside where a friendly man by the name of John proceeds to give me a shopping cart putting Raleigh a few steps in front of me. In the meantime, Rals is just struttin' her stuff and her shinny lips past two men. Then one specifically (tall, light mocha skinned with dreads) thoroughly becomes enthralled by her presence, completely checks her out, licks his lips, nods his head, and practically makes her toes curl up in discomfort by his "Mac Daddy" looks. So I see all this happen. The first encounter. The head-to-toe stare down. Dred's totally workin' his game. Then Raleigh's knees buckle only due to gag reflux. So he might of gotten 3 steps past me before I burst out into massive belly laughter which was quickly joined by my little-did-I-know "suga momma" new roommate. Oh, such uncontrollable laughter. There is only one explanation for this whole dilemma: darn LIP GLOSS!!
How dangerous of an item she was wearing! Haha. As for an update, she has recovered well I suppose. It's hard to say considering for some reason she reapplied before we got to the Thrift Store. Haha.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Just a great friend of mine and roommate of the past 2 years, Lauren Isenhour, hates with a passion the fact that I don't say "good-bye" when I get off the phone. For example, tonight I didn't say "bye" to her before I hung up the phone, so she called back within seconds again reminding me of her extreme dislike of this habit. Though it's not a big deal to me, I really feel like/know that she hates it and maybe should make an attempt to change my ways.
So I think that I just need outside opinions on this matter. Is "talk to you later" or "aight, be good" or "i'll holla atcha lata" acceptable? Hmmm.
Even this blog. Wouldn't it be the same if I put...
Friday, August 10, 2007
The top picture, Vanna gracefully shows off eastern Colorado...into Kansas. Below is where either a tornado or mud slide shredded a multitude of trees that we passed through several times on the switchbacks in search of the top of this giant!
From the top:
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Filo Tomato Tart
Peach Caprese Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette
Fresh Corn Cakes
Field Greens with Toasted Walnuts and Raspberry Vinaigrette
Chili-Lime Grilled Chicken and Shrimp (yes Dad...seafood)
Homemade Cookies & Cream Ice Cream with Reese's pieces con a la waffle cone served with Riccara's Chocolate Cake
...for a birthday dinner. Let me tell you, not only is it humbling, but filling! And yaw the whole time I am just overwhelmed with joy and trying to figure out how I could be blessed with such great, great friends in such a foreign land when God literally places His majesty outside the front window. A full rainbow...double rainbow radiates separating the darkest of clouds from the brightest of sun.
God is that BIG. Just like my brother in Christ, David says, "I can expect my God to be that BIG." If it has taken me 20 years to believe that. 20 years to know that if you let God take you where He desires, serve Him in whatever the circumstances, and know that each day is a gift of God then so be it. But I pray that each person that I have been blessed to meet, know, and grow to love will be able share that peace, because there is an inexpressable joy that is to be had.
So even though I didn't have enough air to blow all 20 candles out I can expect my prayer for you to still come true. Thank you all!
In His Mighty Name.
Sunday, August 5, 2007
So what had happened was Riccara and I were sitting in the living room, you know, just talking the night away. Then all of a sudden...POW, POW, POW!!!
Therefore the only cause and effect reaction that I can think of is Duck and Cover...DUCK AND COVER!! Before I knew it I was under the window sill and my knees were on the ground. And Riccara?...nothing, just sitting there on the couch like firecrackers being shot off in the road is a normal thing. NO...now I've heard plenty enough stories at school (not Wilmington) to know that gun shot sounds mean danger, and get cho tail as low as be possible. Even though Momma ain't raise no fool, Momma sho ain't never taught me that.
For clarification it was just a firecracker. But for explaination, one is needed. Why in the world would one just automatically do that? Oh Quita, I dunno.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
So here I am, honestly floored by the majesty of God as He totally does His thang in the prayer answering business, left with this blog to tell you what life in Colorado is like. Therefore in all attempts to do so I am capable of but one explaination--Nothing compares...NOTHING. Which we know (if you don't, it's true, and it's worth knowing), but why is it dumbfounding when you actually see it? Then to think that He says, "If you have faith even as small as a mustard seed,you could say to this mountain, "Move from here to there", and it will move (Matt 17:23)." This means the Rocky Mountains too yaw. And regardless of whether or not they are doing the movin', He is. He is here and miracles are happening. Amen.
So believe it or not, I am left speechless. Again...Amen.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
- You can't see a wave crash from the DUB campus...though the salt in the air is quite refreshing.
- You are less likely to be taken out by a bicycle, skateboard, or a person on roller blades.
- You increase your red blood cell count walking between classes.
- Less revealing clothes, which is helpful when tan session are at a minimum.
- and, tight jeans with big belt buckles. Haha! I mean...
This is the attempt at getting the front of the school. Had a little nature issue.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
I just finished the book "Living the God Life". It's highly recommended. If the fact that I actually finished reading the book does not sell its potential, then how about I am going to read it again. Hah!
This weekend Tristen and I were driving down the road (well she riding and I driving) and she likes to look at the clouds and find things out of their shapes. So she sees a cloud and says, "That cloud looks like a baby cub in an airplane."
"Oh, yes mam you are right. It sure does." I replied. "What else do you see?"
"Well, that cloud looks like a big, long paint brush."
I search deeply to find the image, then confirm with a, "Sure does! What do you think is being painted up there?"
The quickest response ever: "A baby cub in an airplane."
Right. Duh right? How could anyone miss that?
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Then meet Raleigh, a.k.a. Raleisha. While at the Warren Barfield concert we proceeded to fight over which of us was going to meet, kiss, marry, and spend the rest of our lives with Warren and his guitar first. Though only at worse a few scratches came out of the big ordeal, we did call truce, become friends, and take a picture with "our/my man" together.
Fortunately blessings upon blessings have come out of knowing Rals and her fam. A lot of those pertaining to ice cream and cat chasing, but all full of laughter and great one line statements, "Does she know she is a fish?" So as we both enter 2 more years of school, we are praying for doors to open for a place to live near UCCS! It's so fun how God works. You know, He does a better job at being God than we give Him credit for.
So what are you thinkin' about Colorado so far?
Thursday, July 12, 2007
So next thing you know I'm eating a puzzle piece. Not so tasty. That's funny, so I try to hide my laughter so I won't be embarrused in front of a 5 year old. Not to mention it was the ONE piece I had been looking for. No one will ever know which one it is. Until the light reflects the teeth marks.
Haha. Everybody wave to Jesus!! Surely He joined the Heavens in laughter. Who wouldn't?
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Yes, that is correct. Thanks to my dear friend Raleigh we chatted the night away. In checking the time thinking it was 12:30, to our surprise (mine mostly) it was 3:18. So how exactly do you celebrate such an accomplishment? None other than 4 a.m. French Toast an' Fellowship! Praise tha Lord!
Friday, July 6, 2007
"What?", mom replies in interest.
"Oh, well it's just a deer." ...silence (searching fervently for a way to find such a typical animal important enough to halt such magnificent conversation). "I mean it's really horny. The deer."
Nooooooooooooooo... is this happening? Thankfully the deafening silence quickly turned into a burst of laughter from my favorite red head, which followed with a, "Hey Tommy (my dad) listen to what your (his not hers) daughter just said!"
Yes, the recovery process may take some time. I will be spending much of it researching ways to describe beauty. Thank you to all that can share in such embarrassment.
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
However this did bring me back to the time in 8th grade when I went to sit beside my friend Jasmine, but before I could take a seat she snapped at me and said, "Girl, what is you thankin'? Did you get dressed in the dark?"