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It was a good day!

Let me think about today….

4 point nutritional breakfast

didn’t take the time to exercise this morning because traffic has been SO bad and I didn’t want to cut it close for a 9 am meeting (now is that a lame excuse for not exercising or what??)     it did take 50 minutes to get to church though

meeting; lots of details, good plans for important ministry ventures

prayed for lots of hurting people     

11 point (yikes!) totally high fat lunch     it did fill me up though

3 or four mini-meetings in the afternoon      not much else accomplished

hurried out of the office to get to Jason’s 30th birthday dinner!!        left my phone on my desk….oh, brother

ate with the family at The Union Restaurant      yummy, eclectic, good service      i had “thin beans,” delicioso creamed corn, buttered broccolini, roasted fingerling potatoes      hmmm…estimating a 6-8 point meal

jason opened birthday presents as we (actually, the fam minus me!) feasted on cappucino ice cream and homemade donuts for his “Birthday cake”

had fun with the kids      asa looked like he was 3 with his new haircut….he’s 5 days short of 2!     lydia and nora are just in love with each other and it’s a joy to watch them having so much fun together     all three kids had spaghetti which added entertainment value to our meal!

came home to catch up on e-mails and record today’s meals     3 points over so i’ll use 3 weekly points as a bonus for celebrating jason’s 30th!

america’s got talent…..final 4….finally!

nite!

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This has been an interesting week! Several of us took 7 4th/5th grader kids on a short term mission trip right here at home! We brought the “fresh bread” of God’s Word to children living in an apartment complex in Clarkston as well as at our own SqPeg Ministries apartment in Roswell. Our first day of ministry was at an apartment complex in Clarkston. We visited the mission housed in the Leasing Office which is directed by a wonderful, big-hearted bear of a man named Bennett

We brought some games, a puppet song, an interactive Bible story and a stick song named “Arise My Love” with which to minister to the children.

Following are a few photos to give you the flavor of the day. The first one is our team at Tim Cummins’ office. He gave us an orientation about apartment complex ministry to refugees and other immigrants. Tim is an awesome man of God and made our trip possible.

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Two Muslim teenagers Two Muslim teenagers

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A variety of enthic groups live together in this apartment- all of them refugees from war torn countries. Although the children I’m speaking with look Hispanic, they were Asian- mostly refugees from Bhutan via a refugee camp in Nepal. Notice the three women in the background.

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The kids in the complex were SOOOO excited we were there. However, that excitement turned to craziness in their behavior as in stealing much of our equipment right out from under our noses: microphone, squirt guns, my sunglasses and more. We finally had to send half our team to play games with the children while the other half of us (see the orange shirts in the background?) quickly set up. We recovered most of our stuff by chasing down the guilty parties.

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Notice the different ethnicities of children- all sitting on the same beach towel!

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Bennett is the director of this mission. He runs a full after school program for his kids every week day during the school year. During the summer he feeds children two meals a day. He is a precious man.

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Two refugee moms watched our program. 

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I loved the dicotomy of color between the boys we were visiting and boys on our team.

DSC01865Staci graciously agreed to join our team on this trip. One of the things she did was to teach our group the stick choreography to the moving song “Arise My Love.” 

 Bennett had asked us to not be too overt in our Christianity, simply beacuse of his work in developing relationships with the Mulims living in his complex. It takes time to develop trust with those of a completely different background. He is using the tools of his after school programs to develop the relationships necessary to introduce families to Jesus. So, in order to respect Bennett’s wishes, we closed our program with the “Arise My Love” ministry in place of a salvation call. After the song, which tells the story of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, the little boy in the following picture questioned one of our team members. He asked if Jesus was still dead, giving our team member a great opportunity to tell the little guy the truth of what Jesus did for him. You can see the interest on his face!

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After the ministry, we of course gave our kids a chance to cool off in our hotel’s swimming pool. We didn’t know until then that Cece could actually levitate!!

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Random Thoughts

Since I started working at Mt. Paran North, I have just utterly let my blog go which does not make me happy. I am determined to keep this thing up! On top of that, the photo blog I began is in complete disrepair as well. You might remember that I broke my camera a couple of months ago- and that sure brought the 86400 photo blog to a screeching halt. However, in looking at our bank account today, I see Darrell spent $220 at BrandsMart the day before he left on the trip I will mention below. Here’s hoping it was for a camera to take on vacation! I sure can use it for my blog.

I was considering what to blog about today and decided to check over at Amanda’s blog, hoping for a family update. Here’s why. Basically, my whole family (dh, d, s, dil, gd#1, gd#2, sis & n*) went to California yesterday for a week to celebrate the wedding of our nephew Paul and his bride, Tera…as well as go to the beach, enjoy Disneyland, eat good food (Darrell and his sisters are just the best cooks) and have fun family time. I’m not crazy about my grandbabies being on vacation and I’m not there!! But, I could not get away from church on this particular weekend. However, back to the subject, Amanda has “auto-posted”- she doesn’t like to miss a day of blogging- but that doesn’t give me any vacation updates, does it? So, I guess I’ll just blog about what I’m doing instead:

After leaving church today, I bought some new tennis shoes. Darrell and I are joining the YMCA in an effort to get back in shape. While Darrell was sick, I just let my entire workout priorities slip and I have not gotten back on track all this time. That is going to change!

90% of what I’ve eaten this week has been fruit and vegetables. In order to keep that up tonight, I ate at Doc Greens and got the Dr. Grilled Vegetable salad. Lots of veggies: portabello mushrooms, yellow squash and zucchini as well as regular salad greens and veggies. it was very filling. I’m not a big squash and zucchini eater- but the grilling made them tender and delicious.

Tomorrow, Staci, Kristen and I are going to work on organizing/cleaning our ministry storage area. At the close of camp, we always just kind of throw stuff back into storage without really going through it. Well, we decided that has to stop- and tomorrow we are going to do something about it.

Change of subject: would somebody please just start offshore drilling, mining oil out of shale (or whatever you do with it), mow down ANWR or do SOMETHING!! I am driving Darrell’s truck tomorrow for the storage room cleaning and it’s on empty. That means I had better have a one-hundred dollar bill in my pocket. Now that is ridiculous. I don’t care if you are a Democrat or a Republican- somebody better start listening and do something about gas prices. Congressmen: Stop yelling and start taking some action!

*made up my own codes!

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