-- In His Strength: September 2006 www.superfluousbanter.org

In His Strength

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength --- Philippians 4:13

Thursday, September 28, 2006

I'm In!


As of today I am now with Verizon. Cellular One (a.k.a. Alltel) has been good to me, but I realized I was paying almost five times what I will pay now. And since my parents have Verizon also, they agreed to pay for it as adding me to their business account made more sense than opening a brand new one.

My new phone (LG VX5200) is a lot like my old one (LG VX3200). the only bummer about it is it is lacking ringtones, and cool ones. It is also a camera phone, though I doubt I would be taking a lot of pictures. I wonder if I could send them to flickr and how much $$ it would be.


Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Turned Down Yet Again

Judy Walker from the YMCA called me on Tuesday when I was in Idaho with mom and dad. Once again I didn't get the job. I failed to ask just exatly why I didn't get it, but something tells me it was the experience thing again. It didn't bum me out too bad as daycare is not the ideal place I would like to be, but at least it's a start.

J.O.B.S. was very encouraging when I called them shortly afterward. So that made me feel good. We are going to set up a time to do more interview practice soon.

I am crossing my fingers as I still have yet to hear from Fort Courage. I don't expect to hear anything until Thursday or Friday.


Wednesday, September 13, 2006

When God Speaks

I can never get enough. Isn't that how it should be?

Some time ago, I had the idea that my quiet time with the Lord needed a complete overhaul. Problem was, I had overhauled it many a time before, and now I felt like I was getting nowhere. I did subject studies, passage studies, verse studies, and even word studies. All seemed great for a few weeks, then it seemed to wane. Sometimes I wouldn't get anything out of whatever I read, and I felt like I should. Finally, it dawned on me. "Why not start somewhere and read until something hits me?"That's what I decided to do. I am finally reading His word in a way that keeps me running back for more. Just another way He is building my faith in Him.


Monday, September 11, 2006

Remember When

"Where were you when the world stopped turning, that September day?"

~ Alan Jackson

I awoke the morning of September 11, 2001 to what I thought was a radio drama. I had no idea until I arrrived at the University campus that it was all real. In one of my classes that day we were dismissed. In my second one, Psychology of Management and Supervision with professor Brian Larson, however, we sat and talked about the events that were unfolding before us. He had a t.v. in his classroom and it was there that we saw live coverage of the second tower being hit by a second plane. I sat in my seat watching in disbelief, weeping and silently praying for the victims on the planes and their families. When we were dismissed, some of us stayed a few extra minutes to watch, while others filed out. I left the COT campus and headed back to the University Center wher a t.v. was set up near a bunch of tables. At the noon hour that day, there was to be a rememberance for the hundreds of people whom lost their lives. Our University President was to speak, and then we had a moment of silence. That night as I lay in bed, I said a prayer for victims and their families.

Since then, I have prayed for friends and family whom I kmow that are in the military. i have gone online to join the Presidential Prayer Team and another site tha lets you adopt a military serviceman/woman to pray for.

Family and friends have become more important to me since that day.

September 11 - www.foxnews.com
Video Replay of Entire FOX News Coverage of September 11, 2001.


Interview with the YMCA

These things go so fast, I can scarcely remember what happens when I get out of there! Anyway, today was the interview for the YMCA daycare. When I first came in, Judy Walker (whom I spoke with on the phone) led me to Jason Shearer's office (the gentleman who gave the interview). Problem was, she didn't remember there was an elevator (and I was told she worked there for six years!) I immediately thought "oh great, another wasted trip". But now that I think about it, it was just his office that was upstairs and not the daycare facility itself.

I wasn't really nervous at first, that is until he asked me a question I, for the life of me, could not think of an answer for. I then panicked because I read in a handout that it is best not to give the answer "I don't know" to a question. But what happens if you really don't know? I feel like I should have though. A few questions he asked I had the perfect answer in my head, and nothing like it came out the mouth. The latter half of the interview and the anxiety really set in. He started asking me questions that started with "What would you do if...?"I swear, interview practice with J.O.B.S. has gone wa-a-ay better than the actual thing! I just have to keep reminding myself that I have only done two in my life and I will (even if it kills me!) get better!
After I then had an opportunity to ask a few questions, and have a tour of the facility I would be working in. The room is twice what my internship were. There are separate areas for babies toddlers and older children. They did ask me what ages I would prefer to work with. I said three - five and then thought to myself "I'm really okay with any age, yet I haven't changed to many diapers in my lifetime". It was said that at least 100 children come through those doors every day (Holy Cow!) They have a limit of two hours children are allowed to be left there.

I should have a phone call by the end of the week. Same with Fort Courage, only FC will be for the initial interview


Sunday, September 10, 2006

Because I Haven't Posted a Picture in FOREVER!


Why she sleeps like this I have NO idea

Friday, September 08, 2006

Job Search - Rantings

And I thought CALIFORNIA was a little sloppy on wheelchair access! What was I thinking?!?!?

I have contacted at least four or five daycares here in Missoula, Montana and so far ONE was acessible to a wheelchair (she was even hesitant in her answer, so that worries me a little as to what her definition of wheelchair acess is).

The young woman at J.O.B.S who is helping me with the job search and such had suggested contacting even daycares. At least it would give me experience working with children and get my foot in the door for working at other places if I so choose, since Head Start said one of the reasons they didn't hire me was lack of experience. (what ever!)

It doesn't bum me out too bad because I have said since the very begginning that I had no interest in daycare, my former intern supervisor said there wasnt good money in daycare anyway and I really wanted something with a little more structure (for my own sanity).

Not that I am looking to make buku bucks or anything, I would rather have fun at what I am doing than make a lot of money, but...a little padding would be nice.

My job person did contact Fort Courage Child Care for follow-up purposes and they told her I would be receiving a call sometime within the next week. They were still pouring thru resume's. I loved it the minute I drove up to the place. When I went inside, I loved it even more. Fully accessible, practically looked brand new. I heard the beautiful sound of children playing in the next room and oh!

Well, I have an interview on Monday with the YMCA. I wouldnt mind having that one either. But the Fort Courage job sounds like more of what I am looking for. I'd be happy with either I think.

God already knows where I'll be. (I just wish He'd tell me, the suspense is torturous!)


Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Game, Set, Match

How terribly depressing, but what's an adoring afn to do?
A few weeks ago, Andre Agassi announced the U.S. Open would be his last tournament, he would retire from tennis. OUCH! That hurt. I remember watching him at the young age of 17 when he still had long hair, a dangly earring in one ear and sported the phrase "Image is everything"on t.v. commercials. He wearing a tie-dyed t-shirt and shorts that came to the knees. It's always sad when one of the greats decides to hang his or her hat and call it a career. Chris Evert did. Boris Becker did, as a few others.

What is worse. his retirement came early, suffering defeat by 112th ranked German, Benjamin Becker(of no relation to another retired tennis great Boris Becker). I had hoped to watch one of his final matches. I happened to catch (when I remembered it was on) the last few minutes of a match played the day before as it was in rain delay. He won that match and I was thrilled. Unfortunately not having cable, I didnt see his final match.

You bet I am saving the sports section of the paper with the goodbye article


U.S. Open

Friday, September 01, 2006

Another Interview!

I received a call this afternoon for an interview with Judy Walker from the Missoula YMCA. It is scheduled for the eleventh at 1:30p.m. It sounds like a great program from what I have learned looking at their website and talking with people there. I had a chance to peek into the room where the kids go as parents are picking up or dropping off and it looks nice from what I've seen. Wheelchair friendly from the looks of it too (they have laminated cut outs of children along the wall where the room is and one is of a child in a wheelchair).