Wednesday, August 22, 2007

TODAY

I love poems(as if you can't tell.) I was reading a book and found this piece. I loved it and thought I'd share it with you. I'm trying to take it to heart, and I'll hope that you will too.


TODAY

Mend a quarrel. Search out a forgotten
friend. Dismiss suspicion and replace it with
trust. Write a letter. Share some treasure.
Give a soft answer. Encourage youth.
Manifest your loyalty in a word or deed.

Keep a promise. Find the time. Forego a
grudge. Forgive an enemy. Listen.
Apologize if you were wrong. Try to
understand. Flout envy. Examine your
demands on others. Think first of someone
else. Appreciate, be kind, be gentle. Laugh
a little more.

Deserve confidence. Take up arms
against malice. Decry complacency. Express
your gratitude. Worship your God. Gladden
the heart of a child. Take pleasure in the
beauty and wonder of the earth. Speak
your love. Speak it again. Speak it still
again. Speak it still once again.

Author Unknown


God Bless,
Alena

Friday, August 17, 2007

College, a Calling, and Hair Loss

Alright, we are going to play a guessing game. One of those items up there, is something I stressed about, another is something I was frustrated about, and the other is result of the stress and the frustration...so have you guessed which goes with which? Yep, I was stressed about college, frustrated about not knowing my calling, and as the result of that (plus a Senior recital, graduation, grand choir concert and my whole life changing) I started to lose my hair, not something I would recommend. Don't worry though, I still have plenty left, but it was a bit of a scare. Everyone thought I might be sick, so I went to the doctor. My wonderful doctor just said "Are you experiencing any big changes in your life right now? Ah yes, then let me tell you, you have plenty of time to figure things out, and let us start you on a multi-vitamin." So I stopped stressing, started taking about twelve to fifteen vitamins a day, and thankfully, everything turned out fine.
Now, I would like to share with you what I learned from that experience: If we follow the Lord, do not worry, and trust in Him, He will take care of us:~) I am past all of that now, and it is amazing how everything started working out when I finally got down to breathing and taking each day as it comes. I think it is funny when we finally learn something that the Lord has been saying to us for years, "Do not worry" seems to have been my particular lesson this summer.

In case anyone was wondering (and so I don't have to answer this question a hundred more times ;~) I will be doing my college through a program called College Plus! the website is linked, as they are better at explaining what they do than I am. So hopefully I will have my bachelor's degree in 18 months, because after that I believe I will be going to graduate school, where I will possibly be getting my masters in both Christian Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy ( I am still investigating all of this). I have succeeded in shocking many acquaintances, who might have actually expected something like this from a home schooled graduate, who is 19 and doesn't have a boyfriend, and really does like her parents ;~) All kidding aside, I have been overwhelmed at the love and support people have given me as I move on with life, even from those who might not completely understand how or why I am going to do college at home. That is a quick and brief update to fill in any gaps. I will try to post something more meaningful coming up here soon, there are still a few details with college and work that are consuming my time. For now, I will leave you with this quote from a dear old book that I love:
"Flapdoodle, trust and obey. His eye is on the Sparrow."
In Christ,
Caitlin

Monday, August 6, 2007

And We're Back!

That's right...maidenology is back in the blogosphere. SO much has happened since our last real post! Caitlin graduated and had her senior recital (and did beautifully, if I may say so). If you were checking the family blog, you will know that we had a Father's Day concert with our church youth choir. That was indeed an experience that we will remember for a long time. We had our yearly piano competition. Grace took 2nd at the county level, and I went all the way to win state and carry on the recent family tradition. Caitlin took the title last year, and it was my turn this year. Perhaps Elizabeth will be next year =) We also had a few family reunions, which were most enjoyable. A few changes have happened. Some good, and some...well, some were not asked for. But for the most part, things remain joyful and blessed. For now, I will give you a brief update on what is going right now.

Caitlin is preparing for college, but I will let her be the one to tell you about that if she so chooses. We are both working at the same building. I as a gymnastics coach, and she as a front desk worker and a fill-in coach when she needs to be. I am currently spending more time at the piano than before (and on my guiter as well), which I really don't mind at all. There are more pieces to learn than ever, so I am kept quite busy. We are wrapping up the Summer with some last minute swimming, relaxing (when possible) and spending time with family and friends.

As for the future of the blog, Caitlin and I recently got our own laptops. They will mainly be used for schoolwork, but we do plan on keeping the posts fresh, and it will be much easier to do that being as we have easier computer access. There are plenty of things to write about, and I hope to find time to share them with you all. I hope that you are having a blessed Summer's end, just as we are!

In Christ,

Paige