Wednesday, February 28, 2007
After that, there's a mad dash to the lunch room and the fighting begins.
Over the microwaves.
You see, our students are blessed to have a fridge and microwaves to use for their lunches and they certainly uphold their end of the deal. So it's usually about 12:09 when I sit down to lunch, because I'm normally the last one to get to the lunchroom which also means I'm last in line. After warming up some rice Tuesday, I sat down at the girls table just in time to hear a story about mayonnaise.
Jen (not to be confused with redheaded Jen from a previous post:)) was the storyteller and her audience was unwilling yet captive listeners. So Jen begins...
A particular family loves mayonnaise but one day the jar is finally emptied. Saddened that they don't have any more mayonnaise, the family goes to bed but the next morning they find the jar refilled! So they joyfully eat the mayonnaise and declare it to be the best they have ever tasted. By the end of the day, the jar is empty again. But miracles do exist, and the next morning the family finds it full again. They gobble it all up and are determined to find out where it comes from, so the father says he will stay up that night and watch. The next morning the family breathlessly asks the father about the strange refillings of the mayonnaise. The father replies, "Last night around midnight a man walked in with zits all over his face and leans over the jar..."
Right about then, my fork hesitated in mid-air as the disgusting mental picture crept into my mind. Ewwww! To make matters worse, Rebekah chose that moment to begin talking about where rice comes from... "It's really maggots that have been frozen..." blah, blah, blah.
Um, I thought boys were supposed to be the disgusting ones! So today as I sat down at the table, one of the girls asked, "Miss Hammond, does jello come from crushed-up horse hooves?" Where do they come up with these things??? And why does it have to be at lunch time???
Tomorrow I'm going out to lunch with 4 co-workers to celebrate a birthday... hopefully the conversation does not revolve around mayonnaise and horse hooves:o) Don't forget to enjoy some mayonnaise!
Monday, February 26, 2007
Do you remember this post? Boy, if I was excited that Wednesday, then my thrilled level jumped about 10 times that this past Wednesday! If you were in church last night (I should say at LVBC, because I'm sure many of you were in church last night, just not here:o)), then you already heard my blessing (unless of course you were stuck at home because of the snowstorm, so then during the streaming over the Internet you saw me - I think - but didn't hear me!) Anyway! (What did we always call that in Bible Institute when our teachers did that, Rachel? Rabbit trails???:o))
I sat down a week ago Friday night to figure out how much it would cost to go to Thailand for 2 1/2 months this summer (this also includes my bills back home), and I was pretty discouraged over the total moolah needed for this missions trip. All I could say was, "Oh boy. Oh no... uh oh." After that, I thought of any and every possible job I could take on for the next three months and even went to the extent of asking my sister-in-law to keep her ears open for babysitting or cleaning jobs.
Just to insert this in, I'm sure God was laughing while I had that conversation with Ann:o).
As I was talking with a co-worker on Tuesday, I made the statement, "I know God's going to provide... I just don't know how." We both agreed it would have to be God though, because the amount was waaay too big for me!
Since this is the big world wide web, I would like to believe that only nice people come for a visit here. But I do know better than that, so I'm not going to be divulging the amount I needed or the amount I received! If you do want to know the specifics, you can e-mail me:o).
But I will tell ya this: God provided in a very unexpected way and it was two-thirds the amount I needed!!!!
If it seems to you I'm a little excited, well, you're right... I was truly flabbergasted at it all, but then I started laughing because it's so like God to provide! May I refer back to my all-time favorite quote by Hudson Taylor?
"Depend upon it, God's work done in God's way will never lack supplies."
So if you heard a little shouting on Wednesday afternoon around 3:30 from Pennsylvania, that was me:o).
The other thing I did want to share was the fact that God gave back to me what I had given back to Him through tithing and faith promise last year.
Plus a little extra.
Ha! God is good and I can prove it;o).
Just one more thing, and then I'm done. If you go here and click on February 25 AM, you'll hear what I think was one of the best messages I've ever heard on tithes, offerings, and faith promise. And I'm not just saying that just because it's my Pastor preaching;o).
Since this is Bountiful Blessings, don't forget to leave a blessing of what our amazing God has been doing in your life! For 5 minutes in Sunday School yesterday we shared blessings about people who have been generous to us, and it turned into a blessing for me to hear! Let's encourage one another, shall we?!?
Until next time... :o)
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Ok, so I'll start.
"Hi, I'm Anne and I'm from Pennsylvania!"
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
But let me backtrack and explain...
It was a dark and stormy night.
Well, it wasn't too terribly dark out, but there were a few rain drops! Actually it all began when I walked into the Chapel at 6:55 and noted that I was the only one in a skirt. That's a good thing since the rest of the people in the room were guys:o). As I braved the table surrounded by guys, I snatched up a map and headed for a seat, hoping that the last minute rush would include some girls! Thankfully three more girls joined me, so we decided to match up another map with the map I had in my hand so we could all drive together. As the brunette went to go talk with Bro. Reeder about directions, I stayed behind and chatted with the redhead. Soon we were prepared and ready to go. With the question of who would drive out of the way, we headed to the parking lot and prayed for receptivity in the hearts of the people.
I should pause and insert a piece of vital information here: I didn't pray for safety on the road.
We pulled out of the church parking lot with cars in front of and behind us... all heading to the same area. The conversation quickly turned to teeth, shopping, and how Jen's not good with reading a map. With that said, I handed the maps back to Sarah and Nina, trusting them to get us to our destination.
We drove along a very-familiar road (this particular road leads to Wal-Mart, so we know it quite well!) before turning on to S. Lane. My two rear passengers suddenly implored me to turn left, so with a quick spin of the wheel, we were on another road, leaving the safety of the "pack" we were traveling in, yet certain we were going the right way.
As we approached an unfamiliar road, I heard my redheaded friend say, "This isn't right. Go back to S. Lane and turn left."
Okie dokie. Rachel and I often say, "This car does reverse!" (particularly on Visitation...hmm, I see a trend!) so I turned my little car around on the deserted road and headed towards S. Lane, confident that out of three girls, one of them should get me to where I needed to be.
As I drove along the windy road, Sarah suddenly exclaimed, "Swabia Creek! We're going the right way!" so I pressed on. But within a 1/2 mile, I heard a "I don't think we're going the right way. Maybe we should turn around." With that uttered, I did reverse (again:o)). Now keep in mind I barely glanced at the map; I figured that's what three passengers were for!!! So I sweetly followed their leading;o).
The mood in the car was light and fun as we attempted to find the streets that we were supposed to do. We headed the other way on S. Lane, but after two miles and seeing the local ski resort lights in the distance, we realized (yet again!) that we were going the wrong way. So I turned around and started going the way we just came.
Have you counted the reverses yet?;o)
One road on the map was called Macungie Road, so my redheaded friend Jen told me to head towards Wal-Mart/Macungie Road and we would go from there. As I pulled up to the road, we realized Macungie Road and Lower Macungie Road are two different roads. Two very different roads. Realizing our mistake, we wondered what direction to take. I kid you not, I heard "left!" "right!" "straight!" all at the same time as I approached an intersection with a green light. Ahhhhh! It turned yellow and I stopped; waiting to sort out something from all the chaos and confusion. Nina was very persistent that we should go straight, so I did.
It was at that point that Jen got on the phone with her brother and told him we were lost. After he asked who she was with and the laughter on his end died down:o), Jen began to rattle off street names that were on our map, but to no avail. The only thing Jeff could come up with for road names was Wheatthins. Wheatthins???? Who in the world calls a road after a cracker???
*Sigh.* Only in Pennsylvania.
At this point, I had pulled off to the side of the road and asked to see the map. Recognizing a road that I knew for sure exactly where it was, I did reverse and headed for some sort of sanity on my part.
I was about 1/2 mile from the known road when I heard Jen say, "Ok, so we have to turn around, go back to S. Lane and turn left? Ok." Being the type of person that just had to prove I knew where I was going, I kept heading for the road and finally turned left onto it just as Jen said good-bye. She reiterated we were supposed to go back to S. Lane, but I said, "I just know that Macungie Rd shoots off from this road and then we'll find the roads we need to do!", but then I realized that I was being rather obnoxious, so I meekly turned around and headed back towards S. Lane. I was just about ready to turn left when Jen's phone rang and she was told to turn right on to S. Lane and to wait at The ______ School.
John Nadaskay Jr. was going to meet us there and take us to our streets.
That was like placing the cherry on top of an ice cream sundae. To be stuck at The __________ School and to be "rescued" by John Jr. is the epitome of us girls failing and failing miserably:o).
So we waited and 30 seconds later John shows up and takes us down the original road we started on. Do you remember Swabia Creek and the reverse I did soon after that? If I had gone 10 more feet, I would've seen the road that I needed!!!!!!!!!!
And that, my friends, was the capstone to a highly entertaining evening of spending one whole hour in my car and being 5-10 minutes away from church;o).
What's even more amusing is that we managed to pass out the fliers and invitations in 20 minutes.
I rest my case.
The most amazing thing is that this happens on Visitation more than we care to admit. Like the one time Jen was driving and Tim was following and Jen turned onto what she thought was a road but it was actually a construction site. Or the time Rachel and I were driving in a nearby town and were lost, so we pulled over into a deserted parking lot to consult the map (a lot of good that does, right!). Then this policeman drives in and asks us if we were lost. Uh, nope! We just like to hang out in parking lots of unfamiliar places;o).
But the blessings from Visitation far outweigh the frustrations, and so we keep going out. Besides, who knows? Perhaps a seed was planted tonight... We'll never know until eternity.
Sunday, February 18, 2007
But the seat is empty.
Lord, here am I, send me...
... to the store
Friday, February 16, 2007
(The 'Englishers' at the Chinese Bible Study)
Thanks K.S. for the picture!
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
So you ask, what was this special gift? Let me give you some background information...
Back in October, the Holy Spirit stirred my heart through the preaching of Bro. Milton Martin. In short, I was convicted about taking a missions trip this summer to Thailand. When Rachel told me she was going on a 5-month trip to the exact same place, I questioned the conviction and thought perhaps I wasn't to go. You see, the Lord had me examine my motives for going... ouch! After getting some priorities straight, I began to ask God questions via the Gideon-putting-out-the-fleece style.
- Fleece # 1: God, if you want me to go, have my Pastor be in agreement. Pastor said yes.
- Fleece # 2: God, if you want me to go, have Bro. Gaudet be in agreement. Bro. Gaudet said yes.
- Fleece # 3: God, if you want me to go, provide $100.00 for my birthday. My sister gave me a check for $250 (but out of that came $100 for babysitting and $70 for my cell phone), my parents gave me $25, and my brother and sister-in-law gave me $30. Grand total: $125.00.
By this point, even though I'm a little blond:D, I figured the answer had to be GO. That's fine and all, but there my eye of sight was, desperately searching for something important to get me there: moolah.
But. MY GOD PROVIDES!!!!
And that was my special gift tonight from my Valentine. He has provided a little more for me to go through a friend. THANK YOU friend! On this day we celebrate love, I'm basking in the greatest love of all: that of my Saviour's.
One of my all time favorite quotes I've listed below...
"Depend upon it, God's work done in God's way will never lack supplies." ~ Hudson Taylor
It will never lack supplies! Oh the thought... oh the promise!
Happy Valentine's Day <3
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Everyone had a blast and the mom of two of the girls came to give a devotional on (what else?!?) singleness. But it was a good reminder that a single person can focus completely on the Lord and care for the things of the Lord. Mrs. Garcia also pointed out that both singleness and marriage are gifts from God, and that gifts are to be valued and used. Three of the girls sang a song called "Lord, Here's My Isaac" which talks about Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son in order to be counted faithful. It was such a blessed evening, and we've already decided to go to the other extreme next time: jean skirts and pizza:o). We're girls who love to eat, so of course there's always gonna be a central theme of food when we get together:op.
As if it wasn't crazy enough planning and preparing for the banquet, my sister-in-law's baby shower was on Sunday so that made this past weekend a very action-packed two days!
This is the *other* Ann in the family, although she has dropped the "e" off the end of her name in order to make it less (?) confusing. Ann and I both have the same first and middle names, our dads have the same name, we interviewed for the same nanny job (although there was a two year gap between the time I went to when she went) and when my brother first introduced us, we had our hair done the exact same way!!! I think Ann belongs in our family;o). Whenever someone says "Anne", we both automatically turn towards the voice... it proves to be interesting at times! It's also weird to answer the phone and hear, "Hi Anne, this is Ann." But we love her and are very glad that Baby Ethan makes his grand debut in a month! Judging by the shower, he will be very warm (blankets), a drooler (bibs), and will be the best read-to little kid around (books)!
It's always a sad day when I tell a family member good-bye, as was the case today. Our Florida birds flew home this afternoon, scooting out of the way of a snowstorm just in time:o).
(A very dearly-loved sister!)
I have a wonderful relationship with all my brothers and sisters, but I always cherish the time I spend with this sister in particular for I know that I won't see her for a couple of months. Lord willing, I plan on flying down in June to help her with the new baby girl before I head off for a missions trip in the summer. I'll be missing the *big* family reunion when they come back up in July, but that's the way it is sometimes and so I just deal with it:). It was really nice to have them up here for two weeks.... but by the end of the trip, Michelle was ready to go! Bayley is your typical full-of-lots-of-energy-and-only-sleeps-to-build-back-up-that-energy kid and that was a little rough on his mommy! Thankfully there were a couple of uncles up here that could wrestle with him and toss him around:o).
With all that said and done, I think I'm ready for a snow day tomorrow... I need to refuel my energy!
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Now for all of you super-spiritual Christians out there, I know that this doesn't occur in your household, so I would suggest that you skip this post:o). But for those of you who struggle with your flesh (that would be me!!!!), then you might understand a little of what I'm trying to convey. You see, in my little heart, I *know* what I'm supposed to do. But in my little mind, I *want* to do something else. I could probably find 37 things that need my attention immediately that must be done on a Tuesday night. After all (I justify in my flesh), every other night is occupied with something of utmost importance that simply cannot be changed at all, so therefore I must give up going to Visitation on Tuesday night in order to do _________ (blank).
My lack of logic really astounds me.
Tonight (as you've probably guessed already!) was no different. But this time I really had a *justifiable* excuse!!!!
I have a cold.
Yes, I will cheerfully accept all sympathy and if you want to donate to the Anne has a cold fund, please send cash, check, and/or money orders to...............
But isn't it true??? I will gladly bear my burden of sickness and go to a family function or shopping or whatever, but as soon as the word "church" is mentioned, the moaning and complaining begins and my very red nose suddenly needs to have a Puffs on hand to pamper it and I absolutely cannot go to church because I might sneeze and someone might die!!!
I'm not trying to be noble in saying that I went on Visitation tonight because that is not always the case! But go to Visitation I did, and I was the one who received the blessing. After the visit was over, my friend/Visitation partner and I were talking about how we both didn't want to go tonight (our reasons were different) and how we almost missed a blessing.
Which got me thinking (I hear those uh-ohs!). The devil knows exactly what I struggle with and will hone in on perfecting his traps. And wouldn't you know, I fall for them time and time again!
I've heard it said before that if your flesh disagrees with ____________ (blank), then that's a good indication that you better go do it. My flesh really disagreed with going tonight, but I'm sure glad I did.
Oh, and I still have a cold, so don't let me stop you from donating towards the fund:o).
Sunday, February 4, 2007
Name: Anne Elizabeth
Nicknames: Anika, Blondie:o), and one that I just won't reveal (my sister has called me this name since childhood!)
Birthdate: February 1, 1983
Siblings: Jack, Sherrie, Mary, Tom, Michelle, Phil
Siblings-in-law: Kim, Ken, Sarah, Jamey, Ann
Nephews: Tyler, Jamey Jr., Trevor, Bayley, Andrew, and Ethan on the way
Nieces: Tiana and Briana on the way
Home church: Lehigh Valley Baptist Church
Favorite Preachers: My Pastor, all the missionaries out of my church, Bro. Rufus Edmiston, Missionary Jim Males
Closest Girl Friends: My sisters:o) and there are too many to count from church;o)
Favorite colors: sky blue, pink
Hobbies: blogging (obviously:D), reading, taking walks, cross-stitching, scrap booking, spending time with family and friends
Favorite animal: is anyone going to hate me if I admit I'm not a big animal person? I didn't grow up with animals so I'm not around them too often:op.
Favorite foods: A Chicken, rice, and lima bean dinner, ice cream, and sweet Lebanon bologna
Favorite Drinks: Water (!), iced tea, and Dr. Pepper (if I drink any soda)
Life verse: Psalm 27:14 ~ "Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD." and Galatians 2:20 ~ "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me."
Favorite Movie: The Inheritance
Most Valuable Possessions: My Bible and a box that holds childhood memories
Favorite Game: Mafia (for a big group), Dutch Blitz, Mexican Train (variation of Dominoes)
Places I've been: Czech Republic, South Africa, Amsterdam and Zurich Airports (doesn't that count?!?;), Canada, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania (duh:op), Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri
Life Goals: To become more and more like Christ, to be most effective for Him, to go on a missions trip to South America and Asia, to see the Grand Canyon, to visit every state in the USA (which wouldn't be too hard if I'm ever a missionary's wife:D), to be a wife and a mom, to be a Titus 2 Lady
Favorite Childhood Pet: Refer back to favorite pet if you forgot;o)
Favorite Book: My Bible, Little Women, Anne of Green Gables series, God Planted 5 Seeds, Before You Meet Prince Charming
Favorite Magazine: Taste of Home
Best Childhood Memory: Running around our backyard during the summer and playing baseball (or any other ball game) while my parents and grandfather sat on lawn chairs
Favorite Trip: my first missions trip! I was so excited to go on a trip that I was sorely disappointed when they canceled it from October of 2001 until April of 2002
Pet Peeves: when I willingly choose sin over what I know is right, deceitfulness, and girls who act silly for attention
Saturday, February 3, 2007
My kiddos are spread out all over the place, but they all manage to come home every once in a while; just in time for this Auntie's heart:o)...
These three munchkins hang out in the northwest corner of Indiana and maybe, just maybe, are coming home for a week in March!
Andrew is the one I get to visit each week! He is the closest one for now, but that's going to be changing within two months when another boy makes his debut:op.
These are my kiddos and are the ones who call me Auntie Anne... one of the sweetest names I love to hear!