Monday, February 08, 2010
"Don't trust anyone who doesn't laugh"
"If he says he isn't ready for a relationship believe him"
"Marry someone you want to sit next to for the rest of your life"
"The guys who were nerdy in high school make the best husbands"
"Never tattoo a guy's name on your body"
AND my favorite
"If he likes you, you'll know. If he doesn't you'll be 'confused'"
Saturday, October 03, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
7 Facts of malnutrition and starvation:
- 1 in 10 Infants die within the first 12 months of life
- 1 in 5 children suffer from chronic malnutrition
- More than 12 cases a month of Marasmus or Kwashiorkor are seen in one
clinic in Alexander
- 1 in 10 children suffers from severe malnutrition
- 50% of children have a calcium, iron and zinc deficiency
- 75% of South Africans, have inadequate access to food
- More than 1 in 5 children are physically stunted due to malnutrition.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain in to joy.
And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
In 2000, I became a Christian at the age of 23. Two years later, I was working at one of the largest churches in the country. After two more years, I left that job to help start a brand new church. Four years later, I stopped attending church. So...no church, to attending church, to working in a church, to starting a church, to leaving the church - all in less than eight years. Now, I am visiting 52 churches in 52 weeks in order to redefine my faith. This is reflection 31 of 52.
Remember how kid's shows always had a word of the day? Like "ball," and then they would spend the whole episode discussing balls.
This week's word for stop 31 of the Church Experiment is "contradIcTion."
First, I'm going to contradict myself multiple times. Including a huge contradiction at the very end, so no matter how judgmental I may sound throughout this post, you have to keep reading until the very last sentence. Second, I'm going to discuss my visit to Southland in a way that highlights many of their contradictions (from an outsider's perspective). You'll see what I mean.
First, a little backstory: a young lady from Kentucky began following the Church Experiment months ago. As I recall, from the beginning, she wanted me to come visit her church in Lexington. The only thing I know about Lexington is that I loathe UK basketball, so a trip seemed unlikely. Then, a while back, she gave me an update about "IT." Southland began a summer-long marketing blitz for a series beginning August 1st, titled IT. No one knew what IT was, only that IT was going to be huge. My interest was piqued, so Saturday night, I made the 90-minute drive from Cincinnati to Lexington to experience IT firsthand.
When I first pulled into Southland's parking lot, I was overwhelmed (in a good way). I literally had to park so far away from the main building that I expected an airport shuttle to go racing by. Even though I arrived on Southland's campus five minutes early, I walked into the building a minute late. That's how far away I had to park.
READ the rest here.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
I think this is SO cool- he paints himself a lot big portraits and after he was paralyzed he continued to paint. I learned about him at Opportunity Village a not-for-profit organization that serves people with intellectual disabilities by providing them with vocational training, employment and social recreation services that make their lives more productive and interesting. I am volunteering here this summer while school is out. Its been a really cool experience.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
John Ensign, in 2004:
Marriage is the cornerstone on which our society was founded. For those who say that the Constitution is so sacred that we cannot or should not adopt the Federal Marriage Amendment, I would simply point out that marriage, and the sanctity of that institution, predates the American Constitution and the founding of our nation. Marriage, as a social institution, predates every other institution on which ordered society in America has relied.
Sen. John Ensign today announced that he violated the sanctity of marriage by having an affair. It is certainly undisputed that people make mistakes (Christians would cite Rom. 3:23, "for all fall short of the glory of God") and politicians are no exception.
I will not admonish Sen. Ensign for his adultery. Rather, I am more concerned with his hypocrisy. When President Clinton was in the middle of Monica-gate and impeachment, Sen. Ensign stated that President Clinton "has no credibility left."
After fellow Republican Senator Larry Craig was caught in a Minneapolis airport restroom soliciting another man for sex, Ensign stated that "whether it's a Republican or Democratic senator — we certainly have had plenty of Democratic scandals in the past — we need people who are in office who will hold themselves to a little higher standard."
Admittedly, both Clinton and Craig did have criminal liability at stake, and there is no evidence that Ensign did anything criminal. Perhaps an analogy to former Republican Senator David Vitter would be a fit? [Vitter was the Senator whose number was in the D.C. Madam's phone book.] To that scandal, Ensign did not suggest resignation because the infidelity "happened before he got into the United States Senate, and there were no laws that were broken as far as anybody knows."
These quotes show Sen. Ensign's history of casting stones [John 8:7] at fellow politicians who err in their personal lives -- those who do not "hold themselves to a little higher standard," as he would put it. John Ensign has fallen below that personal standard by both his acts and through his hypocrisy.
His hypocrisy is exacerbated by his organizational ties. According to the New York Times, Ensign is a "born-again Christian" and is active in the evangelical group Promise Keepers. Promise Keepers pledge to keep Seven Promises, including "#3: A Promise Keeper is committed to practicing spiritual, moral, ethical, and sexual purity" and "#4: A Promise Keeper is committed to building strong marriages and families through love, protection and biblical values."
Again, I will reiterate the message of Rom. 3:23, "all fall short." But those that "hold themselves to a little higher standard" should -- in the interests of your family, your faith, your state and your country -- not remain in the United States Senate.
Please, Sen. Ensign, resign.
Saturday, June 06, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Melissa and Daniel get married in August in Lexington.
Both couples are high school sweet hearts like Nate and I...what are the odds!
I am so grateful to be apart of their lives and so excited for what the future will hold.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Friday, May 01, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
The plight of children half a world away took center stage for people in the valley on Saturday.
Members and supporters of a non-profit group known as "Invisible Children" marched from the Stratosphere to Hertitage park to make their message clear.
They're trying to spread awareness, gain support and use their voices for change.
About 150 signed up for the event, mostly teens, giving up what they call the comforts of home to symbolize all of the children in Africa who are being forced into a Ugandan civil war.
Alot of outrage and alot of compassion culminating together for all of the youth being abducted and forced into violence.
"They were forced against their will, and it made me appreciate what I have even more. To see the children deprived of a regular life, it's really sad to see the hurt that they've gone through," said Amanda Walters, a student at Seville Middle School.
Walters says she never knew about this widespread suffering for children in Africa, until she saw a video at school. That's when she knew she had to get involved.
It wasn't just Las Vegans joining in on the march. Tourists who were around for other reasons also got word of the event.
"They're having to murder other people, not something they want to do. No one is speaking out for them. We need to speak out for the children," said Jennifer Drake, who was visiting from Fresno for a wedding.
Drake brought her 12-year-old son along, who is suffering from diabetes. She thought it was important for him to see that other childrens' struggles are worse than his own.
Organizers of the event said they planned on spending the night outside in sleeping bags at Hertiage Park.
What they're hoping for is a brief appearance from a local politican or celebrity to help speak out for the cause.
They say, if that doesn't happen, they plan to take their march to the front steps of City Hall until somebody recognizes.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
*There are so many great organizations out there that I would love to work for one day. This one is based out of NYC. Advocating for social justice is so appealing to me- through my school practicum I was able to spend time today at a WIC clinic. We have so many services in the US for those struggling with poverty not all nations are as blessed.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
You do not want to miss the LIVE UNITED t-shirt Flash Mob taking place, Saturday, March 14th at 10am. Who wants to say they were buying groceries or sitting on their couch at home when history in southern Nevada is being made?
Because underneath everything we are, underneath everything we do, we are all people. Connected, interdependent, united.
Come be a part of history as United Way of Southern Nevada and its Volunteer Center embark on its first LIVE UNITED t-shirt Flash Mob in Las Vegas. The first 200 participants to register will receive a FREE LIVE UNITED T-shirt.
The “top secret” details will be emailed to you in the next few days.
Not sure what a flash mob is?
It is a group of people who quickly assemble in a public place, freeze for less than 5 minutes, and then disperse. Click HERE to view United Way of America’s LIVE UNITED t-shirt flash mob that occurred November 13th of 2008 at Union Station in Washington DC.
Children under 14 are welcome with a parent/guardian.
All participants must pre-register prior to the event!
Check in opens at 8:45AM. All participants must be checked in by 9:30AM. Check in closes promptly at 9:30AM with the event starting at 10:00AM.
Impact Areas: Community Enrichment, Arts and Culture, Citizen Action/Academy, Community Enrichment, Other
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Ken Starr, who led the campaign to impeach President Bill Clinton, filed a legal brief last month -- on behalf of the "Yes on 8" campaign -- that would forcibly divorce 18,000 same-sex couples that were married in California last year before the passage of Prop 8.
Watch "Fidelity" and see what you think about this issues. Please do not leave any hate or remarks that I will have to remove from my blog.
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Sunday, February 01, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Pure Barre is an intelligent exercise technique- each strengthening section of the workout is followed by a stretching section in order to create strong, long, lean muscle without the bulk, while increasing range of motion. Pure Barre will not only quickly transform your body, it will clear your mind, help you focus and contribute to a happy and healthy life.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Very good Bush. Very good.
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Saturday, January 03, 2009
Thursday, January 01, 2009
Also received beautiful and delicious strawberry cupcakes from Edgar's Bakery
My friend Celeste and her mom Elaine brought them back from Alabama!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
1. I don't like dogs...or really any animals
2. I'm not remotely ready to have kids.
3. I love tattoos, I only have a small one though.
6. I have moved up a pants size.
7. I have two more semesters of college.
*Miss Amanda you should do this.