Tuesday, May 30, 2006


Yes, it's time for a break. Some rest and relaxation. No noise, extreme heat, extra work, etc.
I know!
Let's go on vacation!
Sigh. Our vacations are fun, but not relaxing. We pack furiously for days- we claim we will leave at six in the morning- and yet Mom and Dad are still packing at 8am even though they only have room enough to pack a toothbrush and pajamas. We are leaving for Colorado June 1st and we are staying for about ten days. We are camping in tents, because that is the cheapest way to go. I don't mind camping, really- but oh help- Mom read the description of our campsite to us yesterday. We are MILES from the bathroom(yes, I'm a wimp), it might get down to 45 at night, and it is, apparently, black bear season. Visions came to my head of one of the boys being eaten alive by a bear in front of our very eyes. Be optimistic!, you say.
Well, at least there's more room in the tents now, and it will be that much quieter around here. I get his sleeping bag!

I'm sure we will have alot of fun. Any tourism suggestions are welcome. You can expect blogging to begin again on the 12th or 13th.

Saturday, May 27, 2006


I. Am. Bushed.
Graduation went very well, I got lots of cards, shook many hands, and talked myself hoarse. I am so tired! Josh and another boy “decorated” all the graduates cars. I’m going to bed early- we have church tomorrow, visit a family at the hospital and Grandma, and then Dad has to take Josh back to college. Then Monday- Oh never mind- I’ll tell you later. I’m going to bed.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Important events

Graduation graduation graduation! I am sure you are all tired of this topic by now. My apologies, but it’s all I can think about right now. One more day and it will be over. The rest of the family went out this morning- I am grateful that I am able to have some time alone today for calm reflection and thought before tomorrow, when we will be so busy. Josh is home for the weekend; and it’s going to be very hot tomorrow- 95 or so.

Psalm 121:1-2 (ESV)
I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
[2] My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.

I am thankful for my parents, who decided to home school originally because we lived in Japan when Josh and I were school age and they didn’t want us to go to a Japanese school, but by the time we moved back to the states, they were convinced home schooling was the way to go.

I am thankful for my sister, Jen, who is always supportive and a very good friend. We enjoy talking about everything under the sun; she’s the only one able to get me totally silly, make me so nervous that I tremble, and push me to the verge of tears when I see her dance(I’m not a emotional person so that is unusual).

I’m thankful for my four younger rowdy, noisy, dirty, silly brothers who test my patience and teach me new things and remind me of old lessons every day. They also help me with my sense of humor and teach me how to deal with tense babysitting situations involving lots of blood.

I am thankful for our 1000 book high school history course, all of both our libraries poetry books, my watercolor pencils, our big dusty old house, our business, the reply letters we have received from the soldiers we write, the many opportunities we have had to learn wonderful and marvelous things, and all the blessings God has given us.

Besides celebrating my graduation and Memorial day this weekend, I am also celebrating my first blog anniversary TODAY! Has it really been a whole year?!?!?!?!
Here’s how I got started:
Jen: Em, you need a blog. I’ll set it up for you.
Em: I’m kind of busy…..
Jen: Here’s your password, and here’s how to post. Have fun.
Em: Oh.

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Thursday, May 11, 2006

Wisdom teeth are out!

We left home at 6:45am to get to the dentists’ office by eight. We didn’t have to wait long in the reception area before a nurse called me back to the room of doom. They had me get in the chair, took my blood pressure, covered me with a blanket and stuck three monitors on my chest. Then they put the much dreaded IV needle into my arm. It wasn’t NEAR as scary and painful as I thought it would be- the nurse was very friendly and gentle. Then after the Doctor came into the room, the nurse put something in my IV needle and I just dropped off to sleep. Apparently, what the Doctor did was slit the gums on my top teeth and pull the wisdom teeth out, then slit the gums of the bottom wisdom teeth, then cut those teeth in half because only half of the tooth could come out at a time due to the jawbone and the shape of my other teeth. Then he sewed me up. I woke up about 45 minutes after being put to sleep and the nurse helped me into a wheelchair. It was very hard to focus on anything and my mouth was full of gauze. My legs were like wet noodles. I wasn’t all there. In the car on the way home Mom had me put ice packs, magnets and pain relief oil on my face. When we got home I had to change the gauze twice, then Mom made me go to bed. I slept for two hours then got up and drank four cups of grape juice and some guacamole- I was hungry! Now the numbness has worn off and I can feel my face again. My jaw is very sore. It hurts to open my mouth and chew, and my jaw aches but not too bad. I still feel weak and wobbly. My face is a little swollen but not bad.
And that is my exciting story.

Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Greetings to my ardent followers!

I am having my wisdom teeth out this Thursday. I will be glad to get it over with so this cloud of doom will not be hanging over my head any longer. The only good reason for having my wisdom teeth out(besides medical reasons) is that I will have something interesting to post about, at least, interesting for my male readers because I know all guys like disgusting stories. I tried to figure out a way to live blog the procedure from the dentist’s office, but gave up on that because I don’t see how I can when they are going to put me to sleep.

Other interesting news: I am going to vote tonight for the first time. We are voting for Governor, Senator, state Senator, and some other position which I have forgotten. I am not really worried about who is going to be our next governor, because all of the candidates are decent, conservative men. It would be nice to get Senator Ben Nelson out of office but I am not sure that will happen.
So, if you have the time, pray for me on Thursday and for the voters of Nebraska today.