Friday, September 28, 2007

Today we have school and tonight is movie night. We will be watching "The Wizard of Oz" while eating, as we do every Friday, popcorn and having hot chocolate. I just wanted to let you all know that I am doing well, even though I still have not been able to meet anyone I could call a friend. I have a little less than a month left here; I hope I am truly helping this family.

Anyway, I am just peachy, even though I have not been able to post as much as I would like to!

Monday, September 24, 2007


I will never again voluntarily serve anyone spaghetti.

Singing "I'll fly away" was never before sung with so much emotion as it was during after dinner clean-up while one is picking spaghetti noodles off the floor!

I'm so spoiled

But first a bit of history:

"The Cape Fear River is a 202-mile (325 km) long blackwater river in east central North Carolina in the United States. It is the longest river entirely within North Carolina, and it flows into the Atlantic Ocean near Cape Fear, from which it takes its name. It is formed at Haywood, near the county line between Lee and Chatham counties, by the confluence of the Deep and Haw rivers just below Jordan Lake. It flows southeast past Lillington, Fayetteville, and Elizabethtown, then receives the Black River approximately 10 miles (16 km) northwest of Wilmington. At Wilmington, it receives the Northeast Cape Fear River and turns south, widening as an estuary and entering the Atlantic approximately 3 miles (5 km) west of Cape Fear. During the colonial era, the river provided a principal transportation route to the interior of North Carolina. Today the river is navigable as far as Fayetteville through a series of locks and dams. The estuary of the river furnishes a segment of the route of the Intracoastal Waterway."

Anyway, about being spoiled- here I am eating chocolate, perfectly healthy(until I finish this chocolate, anyway) having lived a comfortable life. I have never had to sacrifice anything great, never been hurt worse than a broken toe, never lacked food or a comfortable life.
But it's still so hard to give up my time, comfort and belongings to serve others!

What are some good sacrifice-related Bible verses to memorize?

The Fair

It was sunny and 95 degrees out. We went because if you brought a Church bulletin you got in free!

Friday, September 21, 2007

I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country

Nathan Hale (before being hanged by the British, 22 September 1776)

From the Patriot Post:

Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers, a Democrat, has just taken the frivolous lawsuit to a new level: He is suing God. Chambers' suit seeks an injunction against God for causing "fearsome floods, egregious earthquakes, horrendous hurricanes, terrifying tornadoes, pestilential plagues, ferocious famines,devastating droughts, genocidal wars, birth defects and the like." How about charging Chambers with asinine alliteration? His real reason for filing the suit, he says, is to prevent the state senate from passing bills aimed at limiting laughable lawsuits. "The Constitution requires that the courthouse doors be open, so you cannot prohibit the filing of suits,"chimes Chambers. "Anyone can sue anyone they choose, even God." Somehow,we don't think this proves him right. As The Wall Street Journal's James Taranto teased, "The good thing about suing God, too, is that you're unlikely to lose at trial. Eventually He always settles out of court."

This man is a thorn in Nebraska's side. He's been in the NE Senate since before I was born and is the reason that our politicians have just created term limits. Thankfully we won't have to put up with him much longer.

Joshua 1:6-9

6 Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.
7 Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go.
8 This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.
9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

This post was a little bit of everything, I guess. I really can't post too much about what's going on here because if I do I will be invading Mrs. O's privacy. Everything else that happens here is just normal stuff, like laundry and making lunch and babysitting! Ugh, I did at least five loads of laundry yesterday- all the dirty stuff that piled up from our little vacation to the beach.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Wa ha ha ha ha

Such a pretty flower. And so useful, too. How? you ask. Read on.

From Wikipedia:
Oleander is one of the most poisonous plants and contains numerous toxic compounds, many of which can be deadly to people, especially young children. The toxicity of Oleander is considered extremely high and it has been reported that in some cases only a small amount had lethal or near lethal effects. The poison is "present in all parts of the plant, but are most concentrated in the sap." The entire plant including the milky white sap is toxic and any part can cause an adverse reaction. Oleander is also known to hold its toxicity even after drying. It is thought that a handful or 10-20 leaves consumed by an adult can cause an adverse reaction, and a single leaf could be lethal to an infant or child. There are innumerable reported suicidal cases of consuming mashed oleander seeds in South India.
Let's invite Hillary Clinton up for tea!

I'm back

And I have seen the ocean.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Here I am

Here we are, at the beach. We are staying in a beach house at Myrtle beach, not even one minute walking distance from the ocean. We have five bedrooms and two balconies. It's a nice house but a bit hotel-like. I really enjoyed my first ocean wading. That much water and power is just so cool, an awesome part of God's creation. I called Jen as soon as I saw the ocean and I wish she was here with me!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Babysitting duty continues

Today it's Batman; yesterday it was Spiderman. Who knows what it will be tomorrow!

Monday, September 10, 2007

These are the times that try men's souls

The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it NOW, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."

-Thomas Paine

How are YOU ALL doing? I may not be a full fledged Yankee, but I will not turn Confederate!

I made it through Church again- every Sunday I feel like I am running the gauntlet when I meet people and they ask me questions. I am trying to remember people's names and recognize people, and they are asking me questions like "Where in NE are you from?" when the only city they know of in NE is Lincoln anyway so it does no good to explain that we live in the country outside of a town of 1300! The whole situation makes me so flustered that I leave in mortal terror of next week's torture session!

But I am doing well. I had baklava for the first time ever- that stuff sure is sweet. Yum!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

My Book Pile

I went to the library today, so it increased considerably. Anybody read any of these?

Sunday, September 2, 2007

I took a walk yesterday

We don't have red dirt where I come from.
The young pine trees look really pretty.

The weather was perfect for a walk- cloudy and slightly breezy, so it wasn't too hot. Mrs. O took the kids out so I did a little cleaning and then wandered out on my own, onto one of the trails in the woods here on base. I enjoyed being away from houses, and seeing all the different plants, and just the peace and quiet, though I did see several people out walking and running.