Monday, May 31, 2010

NIPTO, Day 113

Gooood evening/morning.

I've had hiccups 3 times today. *sigh*  Having hiccups is tiring. And hurts sometimes. Maybe my diaphragm should stop spazzing. That would really be great.

We went to the Memorial Day Parade today. It ended at our section right before it started to storm. It was crazy. I'm guessing that a lot of people in the parade got wet. I feel bad for the Green Valley bunch. They got rained on for sure. Crazy.

On the way home, while it's pouring rain, Mom realized that the windows were open. AHHH. We started freaking out a little bit. We were stuck in traffic. We got home, and ran upstairs where the windows were open... and everything was dry. As Mom put it, it was a Memorial Day Miracle!

We came home and ate lunch and recorded a video for Kate. We cleaned up from lunch and then went downstairs and started The View From Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg. It's probably on my favorite books list. I think I might read it "by myself" because I can't wait to see how it turns out! Because I love it =P

The girls left. Hannah vaccuumed ants up. She's a beast. I watched this awesome video over and over. We watched it at Encounter last night. It's SWEET. You should definitely watch it!

Cute. Sad. But it's only love.

Then Mom&Dad came home. Mom pointed out the fact that my free Starbucks drink coupon from my birthday expires today. So we went to Target. But they don't accept that coupon. So we went to the Starbucks down the road. And I got THIS. 


Nonfat Java Chip Frappuccino

With whip.
Uhm. YUM. Free, by the way. No way I would've gotten a venti if it hadn't been free. I'm not paying like, $4.50 for coffee. Sorry. But once a year when it's free, SURE.
So I split it with my fam. It was DELISH.

While we were finishing that up, we watched The Princess and the Frog. It was good. The voodoo stuff was weird and creepy and could potentially give kids (/me) nightmares. (Not really me, but ya know =P)

Then Dad asked if I wanted to return those to the RedBox. If you want to read more about that adventure, you can go here.

We got home. Ate dinner. Went out again to put the neighbors trash out. Came home. Blogged about driving. Watched something on PBS about Europe. Really wanted to go to Europe... missed the mountains of Colorado. (Or anywhere that isn't Ohio...)
Had my computer NOT FREEZE! I think we've figured out what the problem is. It's a hardware problem that requires my computer to be taken completely apart. Good thing I have a dad who knows what he's doing. Most of the time =P But the power supply needs to be sodered (sp?) to the motherboard. YAY. Heh. But if I charge my computer, unplug it, then don't move it, it works! YAY! So yeah. That's exciting.

Now I'm nipto-ing. Or being distracted by MckMama's blog. She just put up some pictures from a wedding she shot this weekend. Gorgeous. Can't wait for more from her :) She takes amazing pictures!

Romans 15:1-6
 1We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.

Interesting. We bear with the failings of others. And we don't do that to please ourselves. Kinda like "oh. That person's going through a hard time/can't do something very well. YAY me! I can do that!" That's not what we're supposed to do. Instead...

2Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.

We need to build each other up. Tearing people down does nothing good in the long run. It might feel good to rip someone apart at the time, but later, you'll probably not feel so good about that. 

3For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: "The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me."

Jesus didn't please himself. He took the insults of people who insult US. Wow. 

4For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

History is here to teach us... so that we don't make the same mistakes. So that we can build up endurance. So that we can be encouraged. So that we can have hope.

 5May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, 6so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The same God that gives endurance and encouragement gives unity. As a whole, the church is so divided these days. All different denominations with different beliefs. Serving the same God, but not in unity. It says that God will give a spirit of unity so that we can praise&glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ with one heart and one mouth. 
Join together with other Christians that you know. You might not all have the exact same views, but you can still worship God with one heart and one mouth. 
Kind of incredible, no?

Weeel. It's late. I should sleep now. We have rehearsal for our dance show tomorrow. I ♥ rehearsals. A lot. It's so much fun to see everybody's dances. I will put up videos of our dances after the show on Sunday. But for now, sleep. (sleep, sleeeeeep that's the only thing for me/Cause when I sleep, sleeeep/God's preparing one for me) Barlow Girl shout out! =P
Goodnight. (And White Rabbit, Katie... and/or Caleb. ;) ... and/or anyone else who plays who sees this! (I lose)) (That was written after midnight (even though my post time is 11:30), just so you know. In case you would doubt me. :P)
Much love,

Driving With Abby- Back roads edition

Hello dear readers. I have survived another driving excursion with my father.
I had a mission: return 2 DVDs (The Spy Next Door&The Princess&the Frog) to a RedBox at Giant Eagle. (For those of you who are familiar with the area, I went to the one on Waterloo, not Boettler)

I drove around the neighborhood a few times just to get back in the swing of things after a month of not driving! Then I drove. On back roads. With other cars. And like, 35 mph speed limits! And bendy/curvy roads. It was kinda crazy. But I got a full hour of driving in. So that's good. 10 minutes of it was even night driving because I went back out with Dad to go take a neighbor's trash out. So that took a while. And I drove around a little extra just to get that full hour.

There was a biker on one side of the road and a car on the other and I had to go between them at one point. And then I had to gun it to turn. But I made it and everyone is still alive. Soo that's good.

I tend to drive on the far far right side of the road. Like almost over the white line. But I'm trying to remedy that. On the way back I felt like I was driving in the middle of the road. But I was really just where I needed to be. It's strange. But I'm getting more accustomed to where I'm supposed to be on the road.

I forgot to signal at one point in our neighborhood. Dad simply stated: Fail. I would have failed my drivers test, but I'm getting more used to signaling every single time I turn whether I need to or not!

I think I'll start today's NIPTO post now... :)

Sunday, May 30, 2010

NIPTO, Day 112

Good Evening. Morning. Afternoon. ya know.
I'm sitting in the living room with my family&the Karen girls. We're watching The Spy Next Door. There were 2 Yackley lines in a row. Where did they get these lines?!

I thought it would be a good time to blog since everyone is occupied :)

I've been a little bit sick over the past couple days... just swollen tonsils/lymph nodes/sore throat. I guess I need to sleep. But I like staying up late... *sigh* bummah. Sleep. Water. Lots of water. Maybe some tea. You get the idea :)

Today is Day 29 of 100 Days of Holiness.

NIPTO was good. Encounter was good. We talked about Revelation 3:1-6. It was fun? Goofy. I think we were all tired and a little out of it... I guess I'm speaking for Brandon, Hannah, and myself. I don't know about Erin :)
Encounter was good too. We talked about intimacy and what it really is. We also talked about the mistakes that girls make when dating... the guys get their turn on Wednesday =P It was interesting to see what other people thought about intimacy and how people's opinions differed. Very interesting... :)

Okay. Everyone is in their place. 

Sooooo... I guess it's NIPTO time.

Revelation 3:1-6
1"To the angel of the church in Sardis write:
      These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead.

This verse is CRAZY. So you've got this picture of Jesus goin' on. Ya know. The one who holds the 7 spirits&the 7 stars. Then: I know what you're doing. (I might seem like a creeper, but I'm not. I'm Jesus.) People think you're alive. Heck. You might even think that you're alive. But you are dead
The people in this church were like "Yeah! We're alive! Other people think we're alive! We must be doing pretty well." Then Jesus gives them this letter "You have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead." That's pretty intense. 
When we were talking tonight as a group, we were talking about how much we base our perceptions of ourselves off of what other people say&think. We think that our business is our business. NOYB. But God's up in everyone's business. No getting away from that!
But as a church, how do you know if you're alive? How do you know if you're dead? 
Thoughts, anyone?

2Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God.

God is telling them to WAKE UP. Get what you have goin' cuz it's about to die. Why? Because what you do isn't complete and fulfilling to God. He knows they're alive. They do stuff. But they're on the verge of death. Crazy!

3Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.

These people had what they needed to be revitalized. They had the prescription for the illness. They just weren't using it. If they didn't start using it, Jesus was (is?) going to come like a thief in the night. They (we?) won't know what time he'll (he's) come (coming). 
We talked a little bit about how both Jesus and Satan are referred to as thieves. There was something else that they were both compared to, but I'm blanking out right now.  

4Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy.

Verse 4 is basically a "pre-overcomer" statement. But before I get to that, we were talking (or Brandon was talking) about how fantabulous our lives could be if we followed everything that God ever told us. Even a fraction of what God told us. It would be incredible to see how different my life would be. Your life would be. Our lives would be. I wrote down the following: "What could I become if I invest the amount of time and energy that I should?" 
Okay. On to "pre-overcomer" awesomeness:
There were a select few people who hadn't fallen into the trap of "we're alive!" These people didn't have on the slightly worn, slightly stained white t-shirt.  In heaven, they're going to walk with Jesus. Dressed in white because they are worthy. I am so unworthy it isn't even remotely funny. But we're made worthy. Because Jesus was worthy of heaven, and because he died for us, we are worthy to be with him in heaven. We're even going to be dressed the same as him! Crazy. More in the next verse:

5He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.

He who overcomes... will be dressed in white. Like those other people. He who overcomes will have his name in the book of forever. Not only is it not going to be blotted out, it's going to be announced by Jesus to God and his angels. Woaaaaaaaaah.
I feel like things are going to go down something like this: Jesus-This is ___. They're awesome, aren't they? Oh yeah. And we're also twins! We're wearing the same clothes! What?

And then there might be a booyah or a boomshakalaka from the crowd. 

HAHA that's ridiculous. It's late. I sounded like a smoker just now when I laughed. Ohhhhh the joys of having a scratchy throat =P  

There's also major debate in the church about this verse about whether your name can be blotted out of the book of life. I'm not going there because it's late. And I'm not completely sure what I think about it. HUH. 

6He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

Now Jesus is basically saying "don't be a dummy. You have ears. Use them."

Hah. Sorry it got a little crazy near the end! I'm a little tired.
Tomorrow morning we're going to take the Karen girls with us to the parade! And then we're going to go home and chill. It should be a fun day! I'll try to post pictures from the parade! Especially if there are cute ones. Or really fun ones! Kay?

Hope you have a fantastic Memorial Day!

Hannah's Graduation Party

Hannah's graduation party was last week. I told myself and my readers that I was going to do a post on it sometime. I haven't... yet.

Hannah's graduation party was a LOT of fun! Even Katie kind of made an "appearance"  via Skype! There were soooo many people. From our calculations 130 people came between 1-8. Crazy, huh?
So here are some pictures :)
The candles that were on the tables
The flowers that were on the tables (the ribbon is adorable. I know!)

Mom being a BEAST making 10 pans of lasagna!

The garage from the outside
The food tables
Me&the Grad
The tent outside

Hannah's dangerous!

Veena's gorgeous fruit bowl!

  Dessert table! YUM.
The food tables!
It rained a little bit... *sigh*

Jeremiah stays positive, even if it rains!

Jeremiah, Erin, and Caleb (C2!)

Toby again!

You might not be able to tell, but Zakk is sitting on a chair on a chair. Silly boy! (sorry this is sideways! I didn't rotate it before I uploaded it :)
Riley boy!

Sophia, Emma, and Alissa rolling down the hill

Riley running and enjoying every minute of it!

Sophia (she's gorgeous!)

Hannah and Haddie! (Sophia, Riley, and Haddie are siblings. Their mom's blog is here. She writes good stuff! And you can also see more of those adorable kids!)

Aren't those pictures fabulous?
I would say they are... but I took all of them! haha.
Hope you had a good weekend! Here's to starting the week well!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

NIPTO, Day 111

You might've noticed that there wasn't a 100 Days of Holiness link yesterday because there was no Day 27 devotional. But there's a Day 28 devotional! YAY!
Check it out :)

I feel like I'm posting a TON. But I've had a lot of time on my hands. What can I say? Or write...

So today Hannah and I were browsing YouTube. And she told me that I should watch this video. So I did. And it's great. Carlos Whittaker is a christian singer. He just had a CD come out. Raggamufin Soul is the name of the album, I believe. You can check out his twitter account here. And then watch this video. Or vice versa. It's cool either way!

My computer is still crashing regularly... aka freezing. And then I have to restart it. I can't remember how much I've complained about this in past posts. I just deleted all of my cookies... Maybe that'll help. And believe me, I've prayed over this computer. =P (I'm thinking that after it restarted by itself that I have a virus... YAY! NOT. My dad's looking at it tomorrow. So hopefully we'll get this thing figured out. So for now, I've hijacked my sister's computer once again!)

NIPTO time! :)

Romans 14:13-23
13Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way.

Therefore: since we're all going to stand before God and give him an account of ourselves (verse 12) Don't judge other people. Instead we need to make up our minds to not hinder other people. *crash number 1 during blog post* We shouldn't be in our brother or sister's way. We should help them.

14As one who is in the Lord Jesus, I am fully convinced that no food is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is unclean.

It's all a matter of opinion. Nothing is "unclean" in and of itself. But if you consider it to be "unclean," then it is for you. 

15If your brother is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy your brother for whom Christ died.

Basically saying: if someone else is seriously stressed out by what you're eating... and you're kind of eating it just because it annoys them, that's not love. Don't destroy other people just by eating. Got it? Good.

16Do not allow what you consider good to be spoken of as evil.

This is interesting. If you consider something good, defend it. Don't let people talk about it as if it were evil. (Unless it is evil... ya know.

17For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 18because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men.

God's kingdom isn't just about eating and drinking. That doesn't matter. What matters is righteousness. Peace. Joy. When you serve God through righteousness, peace, and joy, it's pleasing to God. It's approved my men. Aka you're good to go.

 19Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

Ahhhhh this verse makes me think of the loving sign that the Grace Summit girls had in their condo during HSLT 2006: Edify Stupid! (I was not there, but there's picture proof somewhere ;)
As Christ-followers we need to work towards peace and building each other up. If we're working towards destruction and pulling others down, nothing's going to go smoothly. I can pretty much guarantee that.  

20Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a man to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. 21It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall.

Don't destroy what God created for food. It's kinda stupid. All food is okay to eat, but it's not okay to eat it if it's going to cause someone else to stumble. It's just better to stay away from those "trigger" things if you know what they are in other people. Like, you probably wouldn't drink "really good" beer or wine around someone who is a recovering alcoholic. It would just tempt them. Not good. Also, if someone is a vegetarian, don't eat meat around them. It's not really polite. Unless they tell you it's okay. Ya know?

22So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves.

What I get is: Not everyone needs to know your stance on everything. Some things are meant to be kept between you&God. If you're confidant that what you're doing is right, then go for it. You're not condemning yourself by what you approve of.

23But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.

If you're doubting what's right&wrong to eat, things aren't going to go well. It say that "everything that does not come from faith is sin." WOhaaaa big statement there. Everything? really? wow. That requires a lot of faith!

(You might've noticed that "clean" and "unclean" food isn't so much an issue today. This can be applied to many different things. But food is just the thing that the Bible uses, so I'm going with it.)

Tonight's another "blog-so-late-that-it's-already-tomorrow" posts. Hurrah weekends. I get to sleep in tomorrow morning before church though, so that's nice. :)

Goodnight blog readers. Or good morning. Or whatever time of day it is when you read this!

Shoes, cute kids, and sunsets

Hello! I thought that since I had some time, I'd upload some pictures here :)

Mi madre y yo went to the thrift store today. I got a bunch of shorts and 2 awesome pairs of shoes. One of which I'm going to take a picture of and post here because words cannot describe their awesomeness. 

Yeah. Those are pink hightops. Converse. Three dollars and fifty cents. $3.50. For a pair of converse!! They're used&dirty... but they can be cleaned up. They also need new shoelaces. But I can deal with that!
The other shoes that I got were bright orange sandals. They're pretty sweet too. :)

Are you ready for a little bit of a montage?

This is D

This is what he was doing

This was the start of how much he enjoyed it

Aren't his dimples cute as can be??

I just want to pinch his cheeks! SO cute!

This is Z. Don't let this picture deceive you. He's pretty crazy. But very sweet
I love D&Z. They're adorable.... when they're not running around like maniacs! =P

There were a couple of pretty sunsets... One on the night of Hannah's graduation party (a week ago today! Crazy..) and there were some pretty clouds last night. So here are a couple pictures of those :)

This was the sunset on the night of H's grad party. Even prettier in person, but still amazing

These were some of the clouds last night. GORGEOUS!

These two pictures weren't actually taken on the same night. They were stunning sunsets :)

Gorgeous, huh?
Hmmm... Now is when I decide whether to undertake uploading graduation party pictures... hmm... Maybe in a separate post.

I guess that's it for now!

Friday, May 28, 2010

NIPTO, Day 110

tHello blog readers!

It's another beautiful day here in OH (IO)!
Hannah and I went on a walk this morning before it got too hot. I like walking at 7 because it's about 60 degrees. And that's perfect. :) And then Mom&Dad&Uncle Randy (My dad's brother) went on a walk this evening and it was another perfect evening (more like 70 degrees). And there were a couple gorgeous clouds. I took some pictures. I should put them up. I'm soooo lazy. =P I've been slacking on the pictures side of things recently. I'll try to get some up this weekend. Try being the operative word. No promises ;)

So You Think You Can Dance started last night. Season seven is going to be off the hook! There are so many good dancers! It makes me feel like I'm not a very good dancer, but whatever. I'm good enough. I actually just read a post on Stuff Christians Like (a hilarious blog that is addicting. Don't say I didn't warn you!) this morning that was a good reminder to not belittle myself. If you'd like to read this post, you can click here! Don't be fooled by his silly start. It gets good! is a fun place. I was just doing some vocab. It's good for my SAT prep... YAY (not really "yay"... But you get the picture)
You can also do languages and geography... and chemistry and art and a bunch of other stuff. It's really fun :) You should check it out.
Oh! And I almost forgot to mention that for every answer you get right, 10 grains of rice are donated to a third world country through the World Food Program. Cool, eh?

I'm talking with Hannah. I like talking to Hannah. We usually have random conversations. And it's nice to be able to complain to someone who just listens and makes an occasional comment. (muahaha. I love talking about Hannah while I'm talking to her. (Compassion! WOOT =P) She knows exactly what I'm talking about. Again: Muahaha)

Alrighty. I think it's time to NIPTO. (I was going to be all like "do you like how I made nipto a verb?" But then I realized that nipto is a verb. Oops. YAY me.) (On a completely unrelated note, I'm glad that function+t doesn't do anything because Hannah's fn&ctrl keys are switched...)
Romans 14:9-12
 9For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.

You might be wondering what "this very reason" is if you didn't read my blog post yesterday. Admittedly, that was a long time ago. (Ya know, all of 36 hours or something like that!) Paul's "very reason" is because we belong to Christ in life and death. As is stated in verse 8. If you're on my home-page, you can scroll down to yesterday's post and read about that :)
But because we belong to Christ in life and death, he died and returned to life so that he can... commiserate isn't the right word... be sympathetic to us? I'm not sure. But I think you probably get my drift.

10You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God's judgment seat.

Paul's like "You. Yeah. You. Why are you judging other people? Why do you look down on your brother who is your equal? We're all going to be judged some day. It's not our job to judge others. Even though some may feel like it is. (For judges, it is their job. But their not judging people spiritually.)

11It is written:
   " 'As surely as I live,' says the Lord,
   'every knee will bow before me;
      every tongue will confess to God.' "

I love this picture. Every knee bowing down. Every tongue confessing. Every. Single. Person. Crazy!

12So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. 

And once we all bow down and confess... we're going to give God an account of ourselves. Erm. I always thought that God was the one judging... and that he knew everything... Why do I have to give an account of myself to God? 
To be honest, I'm not completely sure. But maybe tomorrow will hold some answers. 

It's late. Like, tomorrow late. So I'm going to go to sleep now. And give my sister her laptop back... I kind of hijacked it when she went to work. Because mine has been acting up. I'm pretty sure I restarted it 10 times before noon. But I'm not sure how many count as "full" restarts... because it would freeze while booting. Ohhhhh dear. I need mi padre to look at it tomorrow. It's frustrating. But I'm thankful that Hannah has a computer that she's willing to let her little sister borrow for a while :) Thanks, Hannah!
My readers thank you too... unless, of course, they hate my blog and would rather that I don't post anything for a day.... (And to be technical, I didn't post anything on the 28th of May... but it's going to say that I posted something on the 28th of May.)
Ok. I'm starting to ramble. If I keep going, I might reveal my deepest darkest secrets under the influence of lack of sleep. Or tiredness. Yeah. The second one.

Goodnight dear readers (or good morning to Katie, who's getting up to go to Prague today! Lucky duck... You can read her blog here. It's pretty cool. I like it. Although I might be a little bit partial. Because she's my sister and all. But whatever. Go read her blog. It's good!!)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

NIPTO, Day 109

I swear, if my computer freezes ONE MORE TIME today, I'm going to punch something. (Like a pillow... or the wall. My dad told me to go with the pillow)
It seems like it's doing better... but I don't want to restart my computer for the 7th time today. I'm not really exaggerating. It's ridiculous. And definitely not funny. I feel very electronically challenged this morning! Good thing I still have physical bible =P

I talked to Katie for a while this morning which was nice :) It sounds like she's doing really well and is having a fannntastic time! She put some pictures on facebook. And some videos on YouTube (ktyack633 I think). Her Berlin pictures are awesome! So if you're friends with her, check them out :) There are links to her videos here at her blog. You can also read what she thought about her trips to Berlin and Potsdam :)

Babysitting went really well yesterday. I got some cute pictures of the boys. I'll put them up somewhere sometime... ;)

Dance was good too. It was really hot in the studio... There isn't air conditioning. Which isn't all bad. But it was hot. Especially by the end of the night! I feel prepared. The rehearsal is on Tuesday. The dance show is next Sunday. This year has gone by really fast. I feel like we haven't been doing dance for that long...
Next year is going to be weird without the seniors. I don't think we had any seniors in our class last year... so it didn't change the makeup of the class a whole lot this year. We got 2 freshman. But that's it. But now there are 4 seniors leaving! It's going to be a sad show. But happy at the same time. I think that I think about the future a little bit too much. That I don't live in the present enough...
I guess I'll head to the present now!

Today is Day 26 of 100 Days of Holiness. And now I have Jordin Sparks' "One Step at a Time" stuck in my head b/c it's the title of the devotional for today! haha


Romans 14:1-8
 1Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters.

This section is labeled "The weak and the strong" in my bible (and online). That may be the "main" theme, but another strong recurring theme is passing judgment on other people. We should accept everyone wherever they are. And we shouldn't judge the little uncertain things.

2One man's faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables.

It's like "the meat eater vs the vegetarian" 
That's all I wanted to say here. =P (Okay. Not really. But I'm going to say this in parenthesis. HAH! Some of us are strong enough to eat whatever we want. To follow God wherever he calls us. Others can only eat vegetables. They can only go so far.)

3The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him.
Meat eaters: don't look down on vegetarians. 
Vegetarians: don't do the "holier than thou" at the meat eaters. 
God accepts each of you. No matter what you eat.  

4Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

I love this verse. Don't judge God's servants. Each person is accountable to their own master. And we stand to God because he is able to support us. 
It's a sweet picture. :) 

5One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.

So this is pretty straight forward in the first sentence. The second sentence is kind of confusing. But not really? But kind of. Is he saying that everyone should consider one day more holy than another or think that they're all the same? I don't know. But I do think that he thinks that everyone should know what they think. 

6He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God.

(this is kind of continued from the above bold section) Because if one thinks one day is special, one is doing it because one wants to honor God with that day. If one eats meat, one eats it for God and thanks him for it. If one doesn't eat meat, one does it because one feels that it's the proper thing to do and they thank God for it.

7For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone.

No one lives alone. We live in a world of 6 or 7 billion people. No one is alone. You can't live completely for yourself. Well, I guess you could, but that would be kind of ridiculous. You can't die to yourself alone. If you die to yourself, you die to others. 
I don't know if I've ever acknowledged this verse before. Sure I had to have read it at some point, but I don't remember reading it. But it's a good verse. A good reminder to live for others. 

8If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.

Living or dying we belong to God. Simple as that. 

That only took me forever to write... thanks to self-diagnosed ADD. (I don't really have ADD. I just have ADD moments. Same difference, right? No. Not really.)

I need to do chemistry. And algebra. Ew. I'm having trouble with redox reactions in chemistry...  Maybe I'll look online to see if there's anything that can help me understand them better. Even though I probably wouldn't really have to get much on this test to get an A... *sigh*
I'm going now! hah. Tomorrow is Friday! YAY! I like Fridays... :)

Have a good Thursday y'all!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

NIPTO, Day 108

Good morning (or afternoon/evening to my German reader)
I'm tired and a little sad this morning.
I need to get more sleep. But staying up late last night was my own fault. Well, actually it was Nicholas Sparks's fault because he writes such stinkin' good books! But I could've put it down. But I just wanted to finish it! (Dear John, if you were wondering what book it was.) I ended up putting it down with about 30 pages left because I had already read about 50 pages more than I had told myself I would. And it was late. And I was starting to blink  r e a l l y   s l o w l y,  if you know what I mean.

Hannah and I are babysitting for Z&D today because the girls have a Dr's appointment. I like playing with those little boys! They're cute. And soo funny. I'll have to try to remember anything funny that Z says because he sometimes says the cutest/funniest/most outrageous things.

We (Mom, Hannah, and I) went to Berean yesterday to get Bibles for me&Hannah. They didn't have what either of us were looking for. But a very nice lady found the NIV/NASB parallel bible that I was looking for at another store and is having it shipped to their store for me :)
I really want an NIV/NASB side-by-side because I like the "word for word" of the NASB, but I also really like the "thought for thought" of the NIV. And I like comparing key words that they use. And it's just a lot easier to do with a parallel bible! If you're looking for a parallel bible online, this was a really good one that I found :)

100 Days of Holiness. Day 24. Good thoughts... good thoughts. Good encouragement too!

NIPTO. νίπτω. Washed. 
I stopped for a second after I wrote those words. (Or copied&pasted the Greek.) And I stopped and I thought for a second. Why am I doing this? Really. Why? 
I decided to go back to the EncounterBlog and see what the description of NIPTO was. And it totally encouraged&challenged me to be more crazy about this than I already am! If you want to see it, click here. Now I'm all excited to look at Romans. 

Romans 13:11-14
 11And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.

Do this [love your neighbor as yourself] because of what's happening right now. The present time. It's time to wake up. There's no more time for us to sleep in our faith. Our salvation is coming nearer every second (which sound soooo cliche and corny!)

12The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

I love this picture of the night being almost over and the day being almost here. It makes me think of Relay For Life. I stay up all night at Relay because what else is there to do?! But it's always the coldest right before the sun rises. But the sky is getting lighter, and you know it's coming, and it's SO exciting because you'll see the sun soon. And when this figurative picture happens, we'll see the son. Boo yah for bad plays on words. 
I also like the "armor of light." It's so... warrior-y. Like. Barbarian Warrior Princess warrior-y. :D
But in order to put on the armor of light, we have to get rid of those "deeds of darkness" so that we can be a total light.  

13Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.

Just... don't do those things. I mean, it's daytime here... sunlight. No one wants to see anyone like that. 'Kay? Kay. I'm glad that's settled.

14Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.

Put Jesus on. And keep him on. He doesn't go in the dirty clothes pile. He's always clean. And always available for wear. 
Do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature. Don't even think about it. How adamant. Think about God instead. Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things. (Philippians 4:8)

All good reminders for me. 

I was clicking around this morning, and I accidentally clicked on one of my bookmarks in my toolbar. It is a fantastic video. I mean, it's obviously fantastic because, well, I have it bookmarked! I don't know if I've shared this before, but oh well. It's good and definitely worth watching twice! (It's gotten over 13.6 million views on YouTube!)

Now, I think it's time for some breakfast and then some chemistry&algebra. YAY. heh. I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

NIPTO, Day 107

Good morning lovely blog-readers!

It's been a good, productive morning for me! I got up and went for a walk around the neighborhood with worship music in hand/ear. Grad party pictures are uploading to facebook as I type...(or not... I'll try to get them up later today! I just need to steal Hannah's laptop for about 15 minutes at some point today!) And I'm eating breakfast! So it's been a good morning for me :)

The Chuck Season 3 finale was last night. It was faaaantabulous. Dad walked in from golfing to many squeals. "Every Monday night..." That's what Chuck does to a person. (Katie, if you have any spare time, you should really watch those last few episodes!) They wrapped a lot of stuff up, but opened a whole new can of worms that will probably blow my socks off! haha

This morning while I was walking, I kind of set a goal for myself. I'm pretty sure that it's plausible. I want to run a 5K this fall. I think. I would have all summer to "train." And it would be a good motivation to get up in the morning and exercise!
I think if I walked every morning, and eventually started jogging, then actually running, I could work up the stamina/speed. I think my goal would be a race in the fall.
Okay. Now I've looked, and the only "good" race (really close to home/5k) I can find is in a month. I'm not sure if I can get up to running 3 miles in a month... Hm.
There is another one that could be promising... it's pretty close by and it's in the beginning of October. I could do it by October.

Now I'm excited. I want to do this. Running (jogging is probably more appropriate) was something I did a lot of a couple years ago, but I kind of fell out of the habit of doing it. I want to get back into it this summer. I think getting up earlier and getting my day started this school year will make it a lot easier to get up and go for a jog this summer. Not to mention the sun rises at like, 6... so it's not even dark outside! :)

Day 23 of 100 Days of Holiness.  I think it's telling me that deciding to run isn't a bad idea. The verse at the end? Isaiah 40:31 "...those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

Either that or I'm just looking for affirmation that running isn't a bad idea! hah.

N'O time!

Romans 13:8-10 (3 verses. Ambitious, I know.)
8Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.

This is so interesting. He's basically saying: Don't have debt. Except when you love one another. Because when you love other people, it fulfills the law.

9The commandments, "Do not commit adultery," "Do not murder," "Do not steal," "Do not covet," and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: "Love your neighbor as yourself."

There's not much to say about this verse. All of the commandments are summed up in the last one: Love your neighbor as yourself. Simple.

10Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Love does not harm. It fulfills the law. Love is healing. 

It's a good song. I like it :)

Well. I'm going to start an application for Target... maybe they'll hire me...

Have a good day! 

Monday, May 24, 2010

NIPTO, Day 106

Good morning! I'm hungry. Just thought you should know.

I feel like my computer knows when I want to do/check something really fast and then get back to what I'm doing. Because it gets really slow. But facebook&twitter load without a problem =P
True story.

Aaaaaand just so you know... Ctrl+click has become my new best friend. It opens things in new tabs when you click on them. It's so helpful.

Uhrggg. I have a mosquito bite on the back of my right leg, right under where my knee bends... so on my upper calf. And it's one of the most frustrating places to have a mosquito bite because I can't cross my legs how I want to! haha

Today is Day 22 of 100 Days of Holiness. This was another good thought/reminder. So use my new Ctrl+click trick and go read it! It'll take less than thirty seconds. Promise (unless you have a super slow computer).

Okay. One last thing before NIPTO: My sister is a genius. She may not know it, but she is. I was creepin' around like I do so well, and I found this on her old blog. It's fantastic. She wrote it last year in May.

Life on this earth is short. Never again will you have the opportunity that you have now to do whatever it is you can do. Hollywood dreams of more time, of going back and living life again (17 Again, Groundhog Day, Back to the Future, and Meet the Robinson's to name a few). Unfortunately, we can't do that. You have one shot at this life. You have less time on this earth than you did when you started reading this blog (Thanks Kevin Homan). When you get off this computer, or even after you read this blog, are you going to do something that will make your life worth it? Are you going to make God proud with the things you do, and the faith you put in Him and His plan? What does it take intensify your spiritual walk with God? Do you need to spend time with Him in silence? Do you need to cry out to Him and ask Him to heal you? Do you need a joyful worship session with the David Crowder Band*? Do you need to stop making excuses and gather the courage to proclaim His name to your friends? To your family? To your neighbors? To your enemies? To strangers?

What does it take?

Take it to God.
I think that deserves a BOOYAH and hi-fives and fist-bumps all around. What say you?

Okay. Coming down from the awesomeness that is my sister, it's time for NIPTO.

Romans 13:1-7
1Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

Authority. Something almost every teenager struggles with. When you're a teenager, you want to do what you want to do, right? But here's the kind of "dreaded truth": God has established all authority. Sooo when you rebel against any kind of authority, you're rebelling against God. 
This isn't something I find easy to write about. I would say I'm going through a little but of a "stubborn streak" and it's frustrating. Not getting what you want is so frustrating. But when someone who is in authority tells you what to do, it's basically a command that is coming through someone established by God. 
You might think "My teachers aren't really established by God." Well. They are. They're authority figures that need to be respected.
The president is another big authority figure that a lot of people don't really respect. President Obama was put in authority by God. So we need to respect him. We might not agree that the decisions he makes are the best for our country, but we still need to respect them.

2Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.

Going against authority=going against God. Basically. Really it should be =going against what God put in place. 
Going against authority calls for judgment. Or brings judgment upon oneself.

3For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you.

People in authority aren't here to scare you if you're doing the right thing. But if you're doing the wrong thing, watch out. But if you're doing the right thing, you should be commended! Good job! Well done, good and faithful servant. 
If you don't want to live in fear of authority, do what is right. There are rewards for those who do the right thing. (I feel like I'm doing the "come to the dark side, we have cookies" thing... but not! haha) 

4For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.

Oooooh dear. This is slightly frightening. But let me breakitdown. 
As God's servants, authority figures are to do good to those who do good. But when you do wrong... Erm. Be scared. They have swords. Because they're God's servants... they're agents of wrath. Frightening, to say the least.

5Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.

We should submit to authority, not only because we might be punished, but because it's the right thing to do. It's what our conscience tells us is right.

6This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God's servants, who give their full time to governing.

We pay taxes. Well, I don't. But my parents do. (So do my sisters, actually....) But they pay taxes because it shows respect and submittence (is that even a word? I don't think so, but I'll use it anyways) to authority. The government is technically God's servants... who give their full time to governing. Part of the government may be corrupt, but I'm not going there because I have no knowledge of the corrupt government. And I don't feel like researching. =P

7Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

I like this... most of the time that is. There are times when you don't feel like giving anyone what you owe them. But you should give everyone what they are due. Yup.

Wow. That was interesting. It was something I needed to hear.../type out. And I hope you got something out of it too.

We sang this song yesterday at church. And then we sang it at Encounter. And it's a super awesome song. So you should listen to it. Think about it. Mean it.

OHHHH my goodness. It's over 70 degrees. It's 10am. Erm. RIDICULOUS! It's going to be a hot one today!
I'm going to go try to do something productive with my day! Have a good Monday!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

NIPTO, Day 105

WARNING: Loooong post. Just so ya know :)

NIPTO and Encounter were very interesting tonight.
I'm sitting in Panera right now. They're closed. They're having a staff meeting. I'm listening, b'cause I'm really cool like that. Either that, or my sister didn't have time to drive me home before it started. :P
You decide what happened.
(I feel like I can't look at them! Because I feel like it would be creeeepy. But it wouldn't be. But I don't want to attract attention. EEK! haha... I am hoping to get hired here... hm...) It's really interesting to listen to what's goin' on.
They're done. Kinda. I looked over. I don't feel creepy. But I do feel like I attracted a little bit of attention. Wow. I'm over analyzing this. A lot. I don't think it really matters.

So I took electronic notes tonight (aka I brought my laptop and typed. WOOHOO) so it should be slightly easier to work on this tonight. Not as much actual remembering as referencing. (Someone *cough*Brandon*cough* was impressed that I could look elsewhere when I type. I stated the fact that I type a lot. And he pointed out that I blog every single day. Massive amounts. "One post is about how much I blog in an entire YEAR!" Yup.)

Okay. I'm home now. The day's stories have been mostly told. I'm sure they will be told over and over again. I love youth group stories. And I'll tell you one right now.
Tonight, for our game, we had a Karaoke-off. Team 1 (Hannah, Katie, and Jessica) sang "In The Jungle", Team 2 (Sam, Matt, and Ashley) sang Leave (Get out) by Jojo... no one knew it well besides Brandon, and Team 3 (Me, Meg, and Connie) sang "A Whole New World."

Team 1 won, probably because of Hannah's harmonizing. But I think I had the most fun singing "A Whole New World" because it has to be one of my favorite Disney songs. In fact, because I love it so much, it's going to be a YouTube video today! BOOYAHHHHH. You might have to turn it up a little bit. But that's okay. It's sooooo worth it!

Did you watch it? If you didn't. CLICK ON PLAY! haha.

Today is Day 21 (beginning of week 3!) of 100 Days of Holiness! Woot! This was a good devotional.Go read it. It's good. (I'm going to demand that you do a lot of reading tonight. It's a long'un. So be prepared)

Okay. So for NIPTO tonight, we read through
Revelation 2:18-29
 18"To the angel of the church in Thyatira write:
      These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze. 19I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first. 20Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. 21I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. 22So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. 23I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds. 24Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan's so-called deep secrets (I will not impose any other burden on you): 25Only hold on to what you have until I come. 26To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations—
 27'He will rule them with an iron scepter;
      he will dash them to pieces like pottery'— just as I have received authority from my Father. 28I will also give him the morning star. 29He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

Okay. So I didn't write anything. You should've just read that through straight. Okay?
Now, I'm going to go back through it and interject Brandon's, Erin's, Hannah's, and my thoughts into this. (It is taking me forever to write this! I feel like I'm having an intense bout of ADD... not to mention that it feels like it's about 50 bazillion degrees in here b/c I'm sitting on my bed (warm) with my laptop (REALLY HOT) on my lap. I'm going to go get a fan. Maybe it'll help.(elapse about 2 minutes) Oh my goodness. It got cooler&cooler with every step going down... and hotter and hotter with every step coming up. But now I have a nice breeze from the fan blowing on me. And I don't have my laptop on my lap any more. But my eyeballs feel like they're about to fall out after having contacts in all day... and wearing mascara. And now there's dry air blowing on my face. I'll survive I guess. =P OKAY. Done rambling!)

Revelation 2:18-29
 18"To the angel of the church in Thyatira write:
      These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze.

I'm coming back to this. Meet me at the bottom after you've finished reading this. (Yes. that was a super-secret-spy-mission like Morgan gets on Chuck! ha! (Lost finale tonight is nothing. Well, maybe it is. I mean, it is the series finale. But there is a 2 hour Chuck finale tomorrow night that I am STOKED for!) Back to your spy mission: read the rest of this, and we'll talk I'll talk I'll type more at the bottom. You read. Get it? [got it] Good! (Court Jester! Good movie! haha) 

19I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.

Okay. Just in case you've forgotten how the "Revelation structure/outline" goes, here's a brief rundown: Intro/who Jesus is, where the church currently is, overcomer statement. (That's basically it.) 
This was one of the verses that stuck out to me. God knows what's goin' on. He knows when we're going through tough things and we stay faithful. Which is amazing. He knows when we're trying and when we're not. He knows when we're not being challenged enough, and he'll give us something that might seem like too much. But it never is! Crazy.  

20Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. 21I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. 22So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways.

Something that was a pattern in every single letter that Jesus is writing through John was a call to repentance. Repentance was something that we talked about a lot tonight. If the people reading these letters hadn't realized that this was about repentance, they probably would've gotten it then. Because this was crazzzzy. Like. Seriously. Keep reading. It gets crazier.

23I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.

Are you serious, John?!?! Striking children dead?!?! Yes. Striking the children of the one who didn't repent dead. Notice verse 21. That's not in this section. But scroll up. Read it. Go. Now. 
Okay, are you back? yeah. okay. good. It says that he gave her time to repent. But she didn't. 
Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds. UHM. RIDICULOUS! God is crazy ridiculous. He searches hearts and minds. "... and I will repay each of you according to your deeds." That, my dear readers, is called judgment.
Earlier tonight, I wrote this: God is judging by proving that he saw hearts and minds. He wasn't messing around. God doesn't play games. He was serious.
And it's true. It's important to remember that one day we will stand accountable for our actions. And if we haven't accepted the fact that Jesus died to save us, we will be punished for our actions. But if we believe that Jesus died for us, he'll step in between and take our punishment. He already took our punishment while he was hanging on the cross. He died so we wouldn't have to. Ridiculous. 

24Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan's so-called deep secrets (I will not impose any other burden on you): 25Only hold on to what you have until I come.

He's basically saying "Keep on keepin' on!" You're doing well so far. Just keep doing what you're doing. Hold on to what you have. Hold on until I come. I'm coming. [As surely as the sun will rise, you'll come for us. Certain as the dawn appears]

26To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations—
 27'He will rule them with an iron scepter;
      he will dash them to pieces like pottery'— just as I have received authority from my Father. 28I will also give him the morning star.

OVERCOMER STATEMENT! These tend to be a favorite point of discussion during NIPTO. This one especially. Brandon had Hannah read it. She read verse 26. And then he made her stop. Authority. Over the NATIONS. Okay. Keep reading: Verse 27. SCEPTER! OH SNAP! We get scepters! I'm sitting here laughing. Because it was funny. I love NIPTO/Encounter/youth group. It's always really encouraging. 
Then there's this mysterious "morning star" thing. Hannah is supposed to be googling/reading up/researching that this week. I'll let you know if she finds anything interesting. As Brandon said "if it's something we're getting, we might want to know what it is!" Amen to that! haha

29He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
Do you have ears? Yeah. Okay. Then you have no excuse to not hear what the Spirit said to the churches. Because it's there. All you have to do is listen.

Oh, hey! Remember your super-secret-spy-mission? Yeah. I almost forgot about it! OOPS. But I didn't, so I guess that's all that matters =P 
 18"To the angel of the church in Thyatira write:
      These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze.
Okay. So the picture of Jesus that is presented to this church has eyes like blazing fire. We were talking about how this really kind of corresponds to verse 23. His eyes that are like blazing fire search our hearts and minds. I think it's a crazy kind of picture to imagine. But does that make sense? Would you agree with that?

One of the heavily discussed points tonight was Forgiveness vs. Repentance. 
Is God's forgiveness conditional based on repentance? 
What's your opinion? I have a few answers that I'll probably throw into tomorrow's post, or next week's post. (I think I might start a tag that's something along the lines of NIPTO Sundays or something like that so all of these Revelation posts go together for easy referencing.)

That's all for tonight. The talk at Encounter was interesting. We're going through the Summer Lovin' series. It's about sex and relationships and whatnot. Tonight was about homosexuality. There were some interesting points brought up. I'm not going to address anything right now. Because it's late and I want to sleep. But if you're really curious, e-mail me or facebook me, or comment on this and I'll give you a rundown of what went down :)
(Speaking of Summer Lovin', last year we did a "Late Night Encounter" where we watched a movie and discussed the theme of love throughout it. This movie just happened to be one of my favorite movies of all time. Do you know what it is?
The Princess Bride. And I was reminded of it because I have this gorgeous black&white photograph of Westley and Buttercup standing together before Westley leaves to sail the ocean blue. And it's so cute. And it reminds me of love. (Is this a Kissing Book?) And that's all. Well. Not quite. If you've never seen The Princess Bride, GO GET IT. Or ask me to borrow it. We have the VHS and DVD. Soooo you can borrow one or the other :) Okay. Now I'm done with that)

Today, when we drove to church, it was SUPER foggy. Like, when we drove over the bridge in Akron, you couldn't see anything. It was like driving through a white tunnel! It was crazy! I wish I had gotten my camera out to take pictures, but I didn't. Speaking of pictures, I'll try to put the grad party pictures up on facebook tomorrow. I'll link them here. It takes too much time to upload them all on here. But I'll try to write a post about the party. Because it was awesome!

Goodnight lovely blog readers. Let me know if I forgot anything important. I'm tired. It's late. I'm getting kinda bug eyed... HEH. Love you all!