Posted in Random babblings

Here comes a New Year. New joys, new troubles, new love and new enjoyment.

Wow, it’s amazing how much can happen in one year, sin’t it? I was looking back in my journal from Dec. 31st 2010, to now, Dec. 31st 2011.
It might sound silly, but I honestly feel like I’ve changed a lot, during a short span of time. I mean, these past journal entries show some immaturity, and things I dealt with that seemed so huge and life-changing at the time. Now it doesn’t seem so huge. I feel older. Weird thing time is, yeah? Some things seem so very long ago, and other things seem like they were just yesterday.

I saw on Timothy’s blog ( http://geniusincorporated.wordpress.com/ ) that he made a list of some things that he did (for the first time) in this past year of 2011, and I thought that was a neat idea, so I also made a list. So, I thought’s I’d share it with ye all.

Nearly (probably did…) cried over a site ending. (Jibe Now)
Talked to Flossie on the phone.
Got rid of 99% of my books by request of my Lord. (And have since gained back more!)
Watched a young man propose. To my sister.
Ate a Galaxy Bar sent to me from Northern Ireland. (That’s some real chocolate.)
Led a Bright Light’s Group using my own written material given by God.
Was a bridesmaid. In my sisters wedding.
Met some friends from Jibe Now.
Brought a kitten inside to stay.
Was (jokingly) called ‘Jesus’ by someone for a week.
Talked on the phone to RaeAnne for an hour and a half.
Stood outside and watched an almost-tornado.
Found out I’m going to be an aunt of a wee little boy.
Had a Walmart employee young man talk to me, and ask how old I was. (And saw his dissapointment at my not being college age)
Wrote a complete letter in German. (Mayhaps cheating some…)
Wrote a song. (more followed)
Grew closer to Mum.
Worked. (at neighbours)
Got a ‘real’ closet of my own.
Got a Twitter account.
‘Quited’ Twitter.
Had a very life-like dream of dying.
Got my long-awaited sword.

Yes, that is quite a long list. But a lot happened. Even more than that, but get real, I won’t bore ye all that much. ;)

Another thing that happened was I watched two horses die. :( Well, technically only one. Dolly died in the night. Last night. Dolly was Dallas’ first horse, and she was so sweet. She was 26 years old. And she wouldn’t pass until she said goodbye to Dallas. That was so sweet… But we are left with only memories. And 8 horses. Which will be weird.

On a happier note: my goal for tonight is not to stay up till midnight, but to stay up as long as it takes me to finish the book “The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun” by J.R.R Tolkien. (Lent (?) to me by my not-so-good blogstalker, Toby.) This goal shouldn’t be too hard, seeing as I’m almost done with it!

So, are we ready for the New Year? Maybe. Probably not. But it’s coming; whether we like it or not.

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Posted in Random babblings, Writing

Dear Boys. Just because I can.

Dear Archibald,

I am so sorry it never worked out between us. You just aren’t the one for me.

Sinceriously sorry,
Raechel

Dear Fred,

We could’ve worked so well. But I was with Vlad. And he didn’t want me having two different guys at the same time. I’m sorry that made you upset. Can we try again?

Hopeful,
Raechel

Dear Deseased Bob,

Oh dearest Bob in the backseat, how I miss you so. It’s hard to believe that you’ve been gone for so long. You truly were the best boyfriend I’ve ever had.

Yours, lovingly,
R.

Dear Brother-in-law,

Thanks for being a good big brother. You better be a good father to my nephew.

Your sister (-in-law)
Rae

Dear Deaseased Vlad,

I still don’t understand why Flossie had to kill you too, and right after we were getting so close. I was in love with your American brother, Bob, it is true, but I grew to love you too. Oh if only I had been ready, and was able to sense Flossie’s kill.

Sorrowful,
Raechel L. K.

Dear Steve from Steve Songs,

Holy crap, dude. Let it go. I liked you once. You chose Ms. Lorrie. She dumped you. You want me back. I said no. For now.

Your much-wanted not-girlfriend,
Raechel.

Dear Anonymous boy (s) who I know’s in love with me, (all of you perhaps)

You’re very kind, really, but my heart lies else where.

Respectfully,
Raechel

Dear boys from surrounding area,

Why? Why do you insist upon talking to me, and then ignoring me? This is becoming a theme in my life, and I’d appreciate it if you at least wouldn’t be so.

Thank you,
Ms. K.

Dear Potential Boyfriend, whose name I am not sure how to spell at the moment,

Hi. I hope we can get along just fine. I am kind of tired of being single…

Raechel

Posted in Random babblings, Writing

Swimming Around

There’s some irony for ya. I must confess: I do not like swimming. Or rather, I only know how to swim to save my life – no more than that. One would think I’d be a wonderful swimmer, what with having a grandmother who lives right on a lake, but in that lake there are fish. And when I was about 7 or so, I was under water, just at the end of the dock, with goggles on, and what did I see right below the dock? A big fat cat-fish. It really was a huge one. I kid you not. If I had been thinking I would’ve hopped out and got my fishing pole (I am an excellent fisherwoman) and got that awful thing, but no, I was young, and frightened by such a creature so close to my ‘zone’.
Now you know a secret of mine. Okay, so it’s not really a secret. But whatever.

That was a complete bunny-trail, and really has nothing to do with this post. This post is going to be a bunch of thoughts, random, and not so random, just because. So prepare to either stay in fascination as you get a partial tour of my brain (that’s a big thing you know) or run in terror.

Swimming Around. That’s what I’m doing in my thoughts. I’ve got so many of them, one could drown.
I’ve had two different dreams, with the same theme-line the past two nights. Only difference is the setting, and the person I’m with. Though the first was a little more…serious and..oh I don’t know how to explain it – or rather I don’t want to explain it because it’s private.
I will also confess that I was almost distraught over the first one, and so unfortunately was preoccupied with it for a time on Christmas Day. Even now I ponder it. And now with a second dream, I am caused to wonder if I should chuck both out the window, or do ponder them.
Something I haven’t told anyone, besides my Mum really, connects to these dreams, and I wonder if God isn’t just trying to show me not to fear ‘it’, but to trust Him. But that seems hard, and almost dangerous. But then another part of me hopes it’s that, because I don’t want to have to say ‘no’, if it isn’t that.
Are you confused yet? That’s okay. And know that I am most likely over-dramatizing. But as a writer, my thoughts are better sorted when typed or written out, and are then clearer to me. There’s no need for concern. I’m only putting my thoughts into words to help myself think clearer! Emptying the brain a little ;)

So yes, there are my thoughts. Pardon if they don’t make sense to you – they shouldn’t really, because they’re mine own thoughts. So, there it is!

And a Merry -day-after Christmas to you all!

(P.s Funny enough, after I ‘published’ this, the quote WordPress gives on the side was this: “Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you.” Haha.)

Posted in Random babblings, Up North

You Might Live in Minnesota if…

I’m sure I’ve probably shared this before, or you’ve seen if before, but I was reading it again, and it makes me laugh every time. So many are so true. And I would know, because I’m a Minnesotan the the bone :P

Jeff Foxworthy on Minnesota :

If you consider it a sport to gather your food by drilling through
18 inches of ice and sitting there all day hoping that the food will swim by,
You might live in Minnesota

If you’re proud that your state makes the national news 96 nights
each year because International Falls is the coldest spot in the nation,
You might live in Minnesota

If you have ever refused to buy something because it’s “too spendy”,
You might live in Minnesota

If your local Dairy Queen is closed from November through March,
You might live in Minnesota

If someone in a store offers you assistance, and they don’t work there,
You might live in Minnesota

If your dad’s suntan stops at a line curving around the middle of his forehead,
You might live in Minnesota

If you have worn shorts and a parka at the same time,
You might live in Minnesota

If your town has an equal number of bars and churches,
You might live in Minnesota

If you know how to say…Wayzata. ..Mahtomedi. .Cloquet . Edina ..and Shakopee,
You might live in Minnesota

If you think that ketchup is a little too spicy,
You might live in Minnesota

If vacation means going “up north” for the weekend,
You might live in Minnesota

If you measure distance in hours,
You might live in Minnesota

If you know several people, who have hit deer more than once,
You might live in Minnesota

If you often switch from “Heat” to “A/C” in the same day and back again,
You might live in Minnesota

If you can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow
during a raging blizzard without flinching,
You might live in Minnesota

If you see people wearing hunting clothes at social events,
You might live in Minnesota

If you install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked,
You might live in Minnesota

If you think of the major food groups as beer, fish, and Venison,
You might live in Minnesota

If you carry jumper cables in your car, and your girlfriend knows how to use them,
You might live in Minnesota

If there are 7 empty cars running in the parking lot at Mill’s Fleet Farm at any given time ,
You might live in Minnesota

If you design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit,
You might live in Minnesota

If driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow,
You might live in Minnesota

If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, and of course, road construction,
You might live in Minnesota

If you can identify a southern or eastern accent,
You might live in Minnesota

If your idea of creative landscaping is a plastic deer next to your blue spruce,
You might live in Minnesota

If “Down South” to you means Iowa,
You might live in Minnesota

If you know “a brat” is something you eat,
You might live in Minnesota

If you find -10 degrees “a little chilly”,
You might live in Minnesota

If you actually understand these jokes, and you forward them to all your Minnesota friends,
You might live in Minnesota

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C’mon people. MN is awesome, isn’t it? I am proud to be a Minnesotan :P Not so proud that there still isn’t snow. What’s with that? Not okay. It hasn’t even reached below zero! Whatever.
Anyway, hope this made you chuckle, as it did me.
(and in my opinion going “up north” is the best vacation ever.;) )

Posted in Church Functions

Christmas Concert by MN Teen Challenge and Mac Powell from Third Day.

As I mentioned briefly in the previous post, my family and I attended a Christmas Concert in the cities done by MN teen Challenge, with Mac Powell.
It was AMAZING. Seriously. I figured it’d be good, but it was beyond that.
It was held at a Mega-Church. I’ve never been in a Church that big. There were honestly a minimum of a thousand people there. The MN Teen Challenge Choir was superb, beyond astonishing. They sang Joy To The World, Angels We Have Heard on High, then there was a video, then a Welcome from the President of MNTC Then a lady from MNTC had a solo and sang Go Tell. Then a couple of them gave their testimonies. And oh my word, a lot of them were tear-jerkers. After that a guy had a solo and sang Mighty to Save, then there were some more testimonies that were amazing as well, then Born Again was sang, the first two parts were solos then Mac Powell came out and started singing! He was amazing too. His voice is grand and it was all awesome. Plus he didn’t take the spotlight – he brought it always back to MNTC, which was very cool. He sang some songs then. Born in Bethlehem, O Come All Ye Faithful were the first too. And on the O Come All Ye Faithful song, he asked the audience to stand up and sing with him. That was really cool. Then there was a video of a testimony, the gal in the video came on stage and talked a little bit with her husband as well. Then another song was song titled Jesus, Born On This Day and a lady from MNTC had a solo in it.
Then the Mission Pastor of the Church it was at came on and talked. If anyone there was not somehow convicted or extremely encouraged, then like he had said, they don’t have any switches. His message was hugely powerful, and you knew he meant it. And he just kept saying Bible verses that came to mind, and it was spectacular! When we prayed, I was crying. It seriously was an amazing time last night. God was there so strongly, and it was so up-lifting and encouraging! Some of the people in the choir of MNTC had only been there a couple days! In fact, there was a lady who had only been part of MNTC for 48 hours, and she was still there, part of the choir!
I can’t even begin to express how amazing and moving it was. You had to be there to understand. It left you feeling awed and inspired, amazed and hungry, wanting to pursue God like you never have before.
After the Pastors Message, they closed with Silent Night, and Mac Powel came out, and the audience sang with them again.
I am so glad we went. It was beyond any words.

Posted in Church Functions

Oldest in Christmas Program

In my church, I am almost always still included in some way in most of the children productions. There are three of us teens, that are grouped like this.
Thankfully, I am the respected teen among the children’s things ;) I get to do the ‘Big girl things’ as Mrs. S. said yesterday. :P
Last evening was the annual Children’s Christmas program. Mrs. S. was leading it this year and was a bit frazzled. I offered my help (aren’t I nice?) and she thanked me, saying she definitely could use me. I didn’t know what I’d be doing until the first rehearsal that was yesterday morning, a few hours before the performance. Which was fine, because I’m flexable, and don’t mind learning fast. All I had to do was read some verses off a screen, but they were the longest ones out of the entire program :D Which I handled with ease of course. ;)
There were risers for the children to stand on (The kids were Angels, Shepards, like four Magi/Kings, and of course Mary and Joseph as well as a babe, who played Jesus.) and then Mrs. S. put four chairs off to the side for some of us older kids. Though my seat was taken, and so I sat on the floor next to one of the other teens. I probably shouldn’t have, because he had a comment/joke for everything, and would whisper it to me, but I didn’t mind that. :D I don’t know how the church felt about it though… ;) Naw, I’m sure they were watching the kids, not him and I.
The program went quite well, the children were adorable, and did exceptional. There was a pot-luck afterwards, but we didn’t stay. Mum and I went home to Dad and Noah. (They didn’t come, because Noah didn’t want to be in it, and our church…um…well, let’s just leave it at that. Anymore could turn to slander. And I don’t mean it in that way at all.)

Tonight, my family, including Dallas and David, are going to a Christmas concert in the cities, with Mac Powel from Third Day singing, along with MN Teen Challenge. So that should be enjoyable.

Oh and after Christmas – even possible after the New Year – I have a series of blog posts to post, God-willing.