Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Josh as a Prince?

Tonight was a very enjoyable evening! Josh is not involved in choir, but he has a good friend, Hannah, who is in the Bella Voce choir at Snake River. Having not been to a Snake River choir concert in probably 12 years, I did not understand what in the world Josh was talking about, but like a good family member, I went to the concert to watch Josh play the part of a handsome prince. But it ended up being pretty darn cool! I guess every year they do a "Princess" weekend, where they invite all the little girls in the area to come and be princesses. They had a Princess luncheon on Saturday and then had the choir concert tonight & had the little girls take part. So all of the girls in Hannah's choir were dressed up in pretty "Princess" dresses. They brought the little girls up on the stage to be recognized and then sang their songs. One of the songs, in keepign with the Princess theme, was "Someday My Prince Will Come". You guessed it...this is where Josh & the other "handsome princes" came in. So during the song, they had the guys come up on stage and dance with their princesses. Josh did terrific--good thing, as he & Hannah were right up front!

How cute are these little girls in their fancy little dresses--Jen, look at what you have to look forward to with your girls!

How cute do Josh & Hannah look? Actually, it scares me...Josh will be 16 in 9 months!!

Now here's a news flash to Liza...Snake River's Chamber Choir is excellent! I had no idea they were that good. The choir director said that they are going to Boise for some state competition. I really, really enjoyed them!

Walking down Memory Lane

So I was going through things yesterday & found some fun photos! My family is big on pictures & I just love these!
I was in kidnergarten & this was my teacher, who I adored! Mrs. Ipsen. No idea who the boy is.
We had the best restaurant in the town I grew up in...Friendly's. I think they served food as well, but my family only ever went there for dessert. This was after something where we all had to be dressed up...I don't even know what. But they always made me these little sundaes that are so cute! That's my Grandpa behind me. Grandpa lived in Idaho Falls for about the last 5 years of his life...it was the first time in my life that he lived near me & I loved having him close & getting to know him. The best part was that I was in high school & driving by then, so I got to go visit him a lot.This was my group in high school. From left to right, Becky, Julianna(a Brazilian exchange student), Tia, Akiko(a Japanese exchange student, Jenni, me, Jennifer, and Amy.
And this is the funnest to me! This is Josh, when he was about 3. WAAAYY before he came to live here...they were actually visiting. Wasn't he absolutely adorable???

This is Josh at this last year. The only thing you can't see is that he's now over 6 foot.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

A Walk to Remember

Have you ever had a movie that just kicks your butt every time you watch it? This is one of those movies for me. The other one for me is Remember The Titans. I know this is probably hokey, but oh well. I love this movie! And it only has a little bit to do with the fact that Shane West is hot! It's forever old & I've seen it probably 100 times, as I own it on DVD. But last night it was on TV & I found myself, as usual, unable to change the channel! So I'm sitting there watching this beautiful love story & found myself, as usual, with water collecting and then leaking out of, my eyes. Of course, by the end I was bawling. Seriously, if you haven't seen this movie you should. It's a beautiful story of redemption, second chances, kindness, and the power that pure, Christ-like love can have on a life.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

My heart is sad

So, I know I have admitted that I am a huge Red Sox fan. Not that I find this to be a problem, mind you...rather, I embrace it! About three years ago, I stumbled across this Red Sox chat board. I found that in my spare time, I'd go in & see what poeple had to say on this board. In time, I got so that I would contribute when I felt that I had something to say. What has happened over the last three years has been something that is pretty cool to me. There has been a group of us on this board who have really meshed. These people, although I have never had the privilege of meeting them face to face, have become friends. They've become people who I care about & people with whom I talk to about more than baseball.

In particular on this group, I met a gentleman named Robert White. For the entire time that I have known Robert, he has been courageously and valiently battling cancer. Robert became something of a father figure to me. Robert was always kind, compassionate, and caring. He always took the time to ask how someone else was. While he was always upfront about his battle and his pains, he never dwelled on the problems in his life. In the last two years, I've had personal demons I've faced that quite honestly, I am not 100% sure I would have made it through without Robert. We became fast friends over the email and phone.

For awhile, it looked like Robert was going to win the battle with this insideous disease. Sadly, things took a turn for the worse after the first of the year, and on February 9th, Robert lost his battle with cancer. He was 50 years old. In the days since his death, I've been able to share my grief with the others on the board who knew him and loved him. I've been somehow amazed at the outpouring of love, thanks, and grief that have come from all of these people I've made friends with on this board. It is somehow odd to think of the impact that this one individual has had on so many indivduals, most of whom never met him. I mean odd not in the way that you would normally think of the word, but more in a way of saying, what a miracle Robert was.

I have spent the last week since Robert's death trying to imagine this baseball season without him. Part of me does not understand why I'm dealing with so much grief over someone that I never met. But mostly, I am so grateful for the blessing that I was able to receive. The blessing of a wonderful friend who had a terrific impact on my life in such a positive way. Robert had an ability that not many do...he was able to look past his own life, and his own trials, and truly care about the people around him. He was a true friend who loved as purely as Christ did. I pray that I will be able to be a friend to others as he was to me & to so many others I know.

Robert, I will miss you. We will all miss you on the board, and I know from emailing your sweet wife how much your family will miss you. But I rejoice in my knowledge of what you are doing now. Your passing from this earth was merely then end of your mission here. I know that you are now performing a much higher mission on the other side. As you so often did here on earth, please continue to keep me in your prayers, as you will be in mine.

Oh yeah, and remember that extra heavenly pull for our beloved Red Sox!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Fun Test

I saw this fun test on Jen's blog & wanted to try it. I'm not a creative or design genius. I know what I like & when I see something, I know if I want it. But, according to IKEA, where I have never shopped(I know Jen, that's scandalous!), my style is Country Classic. I am 0% modern, 40% Scandinavian, and 60% Country.

If you want to take the test, click here