Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A Visit to Three Colleges (Part 1)

It seems like posts these days are mainly pictures that tell what I'm up to. But, pictures are better than nothing, I suppose! It's a dry season of writing for me right now, as I am quite busy with the start-up of dance classes and planning for a Christmas musical. I've also just finished writing the first draft of the dialogue, and have begun choreographing and teaching the dances to my students. There have been many obstacles and many things to continue to figure out, but I am excited to see how God is working everything out. But I digress...

Two weeks ago I prepared to head out on a weekend visit to three different colleges. It was a whirlwind trip, leaving Thursday evening and arriving back home Monday evening, and driving over 1000 miles alone. But, it was a good and safe trip, praise God!

The reason for the trip was to visit my brother Elijah at his college and help him celebrate his 21st birthday. But, since Miriam's college and the college I attended last year were right on the way, I decided to stop and see friends as well.

I jumped in the car after teaching 4 dance classes on Thursday, September 17th, stopped at Walmart to get food for the journey, and drove an hour and 45 minutes to Judson College.

It was so good to see Miriam and be able to stay in her room, meet her friends, and take a tour of her campus. We stayed up somewhat late that night, catching up and hanging out with her fun roommate and suite mates.

The next morning we walked around campus. I had seen it in the dark, but it was quite beautiful by day, especially as it was a cool, breezy morning. Judson is in a really pretty location! I particularly liked this lane through the trees.

Of course, passing by trees, I couldn't resist getting another "peek-around-the-trunk" picture. =)

Miriam's room is cozy, and she's decorated it well. I left her on Friday morning around 9 AM with homemade cookies and fun memories. I wish I could have stayed longer, but the next stop in my journey was calling my name.

I arrived at Belhaven College around 1 PM, and enthusiastically greeted Mary Khris, my roommate last spring. It was so good to catch up with her! She was also very kind to host me in her room for the night, so that it felt like old times.

There were also many other friends to visit with, Grace being one of the main ones. We went out for supper with another friend as well, and later talked up a storm until I finally had to make myself head to bed around midnight. I am blessed to have friends in many locations; it's just hard to not be able to see them more often!

The next morning I awoke at 6 AM and got in the car 45 minutes later to hit the road. It was on to LeTourneau University, to see my beloved brother... (to be continued)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Just as He Unfolds the Rose

This poem was recently posted on YLCF, and it encouraged me so much, I wanted to share it with you! The pictures are ones I took of a beautiful rose bush back in May.

It is only a tiny rosebud,
A flower of God’s design,
But I cannot unfold the petals
With these clumsy hands of mine.

The secret of unfolding flowers
Is not known to such as I,
The flower God opens so sweetly,
In my hands would fade and die.

If I cannot unfold a rosebud,
This flower of God’s design,
Then how can I have wisdom
To unfold this life of mine?

So I’ll trust Him for His leading
Each moment of every day
And I’ll look to Him for His guidance
Each step of the pilgrim way.

For the pathway that lies before me
My heavenly Father knows
I’ll trust Him to unfold the moments
Just as He unfolds the rose.

~Anonymous.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Labor Day Weekend with Family

We knew that my sister Maria and her family were coming for the extended Labor Day weekend. Last Saturday afternoon, I was doing some things on my computer, prior to their arrival. I faintly heard a violin playing "Fiddler on the Roof," and at first thought it was coming from a webpage I had open. As I ascertained that it wasn't coming from my computer speakers, the music got louder, right outside my window. I got up to look, thinking it was Jubilee playing her violin, but wondering why she would be playing it right outside, when I thought she was watching TV. When I looked out, I saw my brother-in-law John playing the violin with a huge grin on his face! Right beside him was my sister Miriam - two people I thought were miles away in Ohio! My face showed utter shock as I yelled, "Miriam and John are here!" in excited bewilderment and flew outside to give them a hug.

It was a wonderful surprise to have them come and spend the weekend! They came to celebrate their 1-year anniversary with us. It's hard to believe that it's already been a year since their wedding!

Lisa Beth sweetly made them a necklace, which lovingly tied them together. :)

It was great to see my sister Miriam again! I've really missed her this past year. But, I've rejoiced as she and John have enjoyed married life!

We played a lot of games together. This visit we played "Ticket to Ride," a very interesting and fun game that Miriam brought.

On Sunday there was a fellowship lunch after the church service. After we ate, some of us did some group dancing. The Virginia Reel was the first and favorite.

Even the little girls joined in! I was amazed at how well Lisa Beth, my almost-three year old niece danced along!

We also took some pictures of Miriam and John outside of the church, exactly one year since their wedding. Fun memories!

On Monday we went to the zoo on the spur of the moment, packing a picnic lunch and good cameras!

You get to see the animals in a new way through the eyes of a child.

Almost everyone agreed that their favorite animal was the giraffe. A quick rain shower forced us to take shelter, but allowed us more time to watch these beautiful animals!

I had fun holding Lisa Beth and getting her to smile. =)

We also enjoyed a ride on the train. It's amazing how much smaller it looks, the older you get!

We finished up by spinning on a new piece of playground equipment at the zoo. You're never too old to play!

Thanks to my wonderful family for an enjoyable weekend! It was a nice break before the busyness of this last week.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

To Sit In His Presence

"What a blessing to simply sit in His presence and be still, to push out the noise of the world and listen to the Holy Spirit instead. I've always loved turning out the lights and sitting on the . . . ''

Read the rest of this wonderful post here:

http://timothydeanmills.blogspot.com/2009/09/to-sit-in-his-presence.html

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Picture Perfect?

Miriam and I enjoy getting pictures taken together as we document our friendship. But each seemingly perfectly-posed picture didn't always happen that way naturally... Sometimes interesting candids are caught in the flash. ;)

Take 1 - Anna looks at Miriam, amazed at what she hears!

Take 2 - Miriam gazes off into Never-land as Anna begins to relate her own story - and realizes too late that a picture is being taken!

Take 3 - At last! Sweet, composed smiles from forever friends.

Now let's see how they turned out... Oh my!

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

The Rebelution Conference!

Anna and I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Rebelution conference in Birmingham this past weekend. Anna did an amazing job of planning and putting together a group of 25+ and they carpooled to the conference. I came home for the weekend and went with my family. We arrived at the same time (even seeing each other pass in vans on the drive there!) and were saved the trouble of trying to find each other in the crowds. I have followed The Rebelution blog for the past two years and I've read their book, but I was looking forward to hearing their message in person.

I'm not sure what part of the conference I enjoyed the most, the worshipping or the message. The combination of both made for an experienced I won't soon forget. I loved the praise and worship at the beginning of each session.

Brett Harris, Caleb Hart, Alex Harris, and Jeremy Ross

Miriam, Alex Harris, Anna, and Brett Harris

Maidens of Worth and Rebelutionaries

Our matching outfits (No, it wasn't planned!)

Our group stopped to eat supper together after the conference.

Do Hard Things!