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

In His Strength

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

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

OMIGOSH! Too Cute! Too Cute for words!


I could spend hours here

Saturday, October 21, 2006

How Do You Communicate

You Communicate With Your Ears
You love conversations, both as a listener and a talker.What people say is important to you, and you're often most affected by words, not actions.You love to hear complements from others. And when you're upset, you often talk to yourself.Music is very important to you. It's difficult to find you without your iPod.
How Do You Communicate?

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Why can't they live as long as we do?

'If there are no dogs in heaven,then when I die I want to go where they went. - Anonymous'

Why can't pets live as long as we do? Today is Alehe's 8th (gasp!) birthday. Her puppy raiser sends her a card every year. Today she sent it over e-mail, you can view it here. I started her on a senior diet dogfood just a few months ago. It was when one of the CCI trainers flew out here to visit with the two of us, to see how things were going. She handed me a packet of information and when I looked at the title, immediately tried to give it back (kiddingly, "I don't want this!") When I read over it that night, I cried. She will again be assessed by a CCI trainer in another two years, as dogs usually retire between eight and ten years of age. Some go on longer, while others go before. Come November, I will have had her six years. Time flies when you're having fun.



Thursday, October 12, 2006

Fort Courage Update II

I called Fort Courage yet again on Monday Afternoon. After the initial interview, I as told he would call by Friday. Well, Friday came adn went, and Saturday and Sunday...I finally decided to call again Monday. He told me he'd call Tuesday as he was waiting on a few more interview. Somethign happened with the two he was supose to have and had to reschedule.Tuesday came and went and I didnt realize I had no phonecall until 9pm Tuesday night. So I called Wednesday. He really liked the fact that I interned with CoTeah preschool on the University campus. We worked it out that he would call me as a substitute teachers aide and fill in when other aides go on vacation or what not. Hey, it's a start.
Well, today I received a call from my J.O.B.S person and she said the main decision was due to the fact that my cellphone rang during the interview. CRAP! I could have SWORN I turned it off! Ah well, I have a few more places to call about sub positions. One of them is in Head Start yet again. This time it's a different contact person from the last interview I had with them. Different building too. I will finish up my Missoula County Public School application for yet another aide position with them.

In the meantime I'm still praying and hoping


Sunday, October 08, 2006

First Friday

So I went gallery hopping last night with a group of friends from Chi Alpha. Friday nights, the city of Missoula (and I have heard others too) puts on "First Friday" The first friday of every month all the art galleries in downtown Missoula stay open late. Some serve refreshments, and everything is free. I was actually having fun.

When it comes to art...I just don't get some peoples ideas. I would be a horrible art critic. Or a good one, I dunno. Like one piece, just a skinny block of misshapen metal. There was another piece that cracked me up. Some sort of animal covered in ladies pumps (sorry about the picture quality, hands were shaky). My first thought was "Holy shoes Batman!"There was a jacket made of pure beeswax, interesting. By far my favorite piece was an oil painting of a man riding a race horse. the interesting thing about the painting though, the wheels were painted on the horses middle so it looked like the man was sitting in the wheelchiar on the horse. Check it out here. Okay, so is the man in his wheelchair pretending/daydreaming he is on a horse? This painting brings me back to the days I used to ride, dang do I miss it. There is something about getting out of my wheelchair and on the back of a horse...I'm free.
We went to a coffee shop called The Raven. I remember going to The Raven after our Chi Alpha meetings which were then on Wednesdays and we were called University christian Fellowship. I haven't been to the raven in so-o-o- lo-o-ong. Just before we arrived at the coffeeshop, I saw a bright yellow sign on a telephone pole announcing an auction for Raven memorabilia. The Raven is closing :'(. I remember going there after Chi Alpha.or after church and hanging out playing games or playing pool with a nice hot cup of chai tea.

So wehen I finally retired for the night, I crashed, and hard. I guess I should havbe brought Alehe after all. Oops, my bad.


Thursday, October 05, 2006

2nd Annual XA Daughters Retreat

Oh my gosh, what a weekend!

I spent this past weekend with a group of amazing ladies at our second annual Daughter's Retreat, put on by none other than (and believe me there is none like her) Krysty, Chi Alpha staffer and fellow Girl's House resident.

I had to miss out on most of the retreat last year (stupid WPA exam! See also Death to the WPA). I went to the first night and came home with three pages of notes, front and back. What I remember most was being touched by the worship. If and when I find the notes to that weekend, I will update this post.

Two words resonated within me this weekend;patience and confidence. I felt as though the Lord was telling me once again that I needed to be patient with Him when it comes to fulfilling my dreams, and to be more confident in seeing them fulfilled.

During one of our freetime sessions, I looked up the verses on confidence. The one that stuck out to me was Psalm 118:8 - "It is better to trust in the Lord, than to put confidence in man." The past few weeks have been crazy, so I still have yet to look up patience.

Friday night, the first night of the retreat, all of us girls (including the speaker) gave ourselves facials and ate chocolate. Closing out the retreat, Saturday night we had a "game" of sorts. Each one of us were to describe somone we don't know very well. "This person has this qualikty about her (naming as many as we wanted)...and she is (name person). Then it was that person.s turn to do the same until everyone had encouraged another. I described Faith, Faith described Suzy and Susie described me. Throughout the game, I triied to figure out who each person was describing. I was right on with most of them.

Was I called to singleness? Why give me the desire and not fulfill it? God may have other plans. At one point in our evening service we paired up and prayed for one another. J Thorn prayed for me and I for her. Something in her prayer made me realize, it's still a reality. Later on in the evening our speaker saind something that made my heart skip a few beats and me catch my breath. "I was created to be a bride. Trust God in the waiting. Allow the man to find you." See post from yesterday - "What's the Rush?"

see pics from this trip here.


Wednesday, October 04, 2006

I'm In the Choir!

Ever since I was a kid, I dreamed of one day singing in the choir at church. I still remember sitting in the pew looking at the choir and saying to myself "one day I will be up there". Then we moved to Montana. Shortly after joining Hamilton Assembly of God in Hamilton, Montana, I jumped on the singing bandwagon and did special music once a month. Then it was the signlanguage choir. After a year, I started classes at the UofM. Had we not moved to Montana, I was going to attend Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles, California and major in Music Ministry. I wanted to travel the states just like my adopted aunt. Somehow I followed mom and dad to Montana and majored in Business management. I hated it three weeks later, but wouldn't leave Montana for anything.
Tonight I was able to fulfill that dream of singing in the church choir. My first Sunday will be on the eighth of October. We practiced two songs we were to sing for Sunday, and then for those who were going to sing in the christmas choir (why shoot, I might as well!) we practiced three or four songs the second hour. I had a blast. Next time, I will remember to bring water.


In a Hurry? What's the Rush?

I was perusing blogs when I came across one with this saying

Why am I in such a hurry to get to the next thing in life when what I am
doing now was what I was in such a hurry to get to just a moment before

Dear Lord, I need patience!

Fort Courage Update

I had my interview with Fort Courage today. I have to say it went rather well. Not nearly as nervous as I was for previous interviews. The man's name who did the interview was Keitel (pronounced kay-tell) No idea what nationality, coudn't even guess.

I arrived almost fourty-five minutes early. The entire interview process took fifteen minutes max (was that a good thing or a bad thing?). I expected a lot more questions. I can't even remember what he asked really; he asked about my discipline philosophy, AND I gave examples. He ven asked what I felt were my strengths (the hardest question for me to answer really).

If I get the job I would be working from 2pm - 6pm Monday through Friday. I would be in the two and three year old classroom. He may have an opening in the preschool and we discussed my preference for preschool, but I told him I would work wherever he needed me.

I was told I would definately hear back by sometime Friday. He had a stack of resume's to go through, he even had four more interviews that day, I was his first today.


Monday, October 02, 2006

Finally, An Interview with Fort Courage!!!

So I have to remind myself...calling them myself if they have not called me yet is a good thing, it shows my interest in the position.

I called Fort Courage Childcare yesterday and they still had a stack of applications to go through (this is encouraging, yet it makes me nervous too). I was able to set up an interviesw with the gentlman (his name I still cant get straight, its rather unusual) for Wednesday at 2pm.

I fell in love with the facility. Fully accessible, nice big rooms, however the doors do not have automatic buttons :( I still have yet to see outside play areas.

I refuse to get nervous. I keep telling myself I can do it, as does my job coach.

If I get it, which I hope I do, I would be working M - F from 2pm to 6pm, in the two and three year old classroom.