Thursday, November 20, 2008
Anyone know of part-time editing jobs that require no experience? Let me know.
Also I've realized that I'm a super visually-oriented person...but mostly just with words and letters. When I look at a picture of someone and try to remember the person's name, I actually see it written out in my mind's eye. Sometimes even my sentences, as I'm thinking them, or speaking them, I'm writing them out in my mind.
Maybe a lot of this has to do with working in a role which requires huge amounts of reading every day. Overall, I chalk it up to the phonics lessons at age 4. Thanks Mom!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
My other concern for today...the fact that college students seem to think that by using spell check they reserve the right to not edit their own papers. Do you know how many papers I've read in the last three months that allowed spell check to change "definitely" to "defiantly"? There's nothing like stating, "I defiantly agree that we need to help with the homeless situation in Canada". So you are in defiance, but agree? Interesting...
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
I always marvel when I'm sitting with all these students on Sunday, hearing their stories, and hearing their words change from "those guys, those homeless, prostitutes, drug dealers" to "those people that are really just the same as us", and for some, even words such as "there is no 'them', it is only 'us'". I have to smile...knowing that these are the same words coming from those that dreaded coming on this trip, maybe even tried to convince me that they didn't need to come, or for some reason I should excuse their credit.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
As difficult as it was to admit, it was time to say goodbye to Wanda, and start looking for something newer. (But isn't she beautiful?)
Anyways, this all lead me to start the search...and start the prayers. Funny thing is that Chris's constant reminder to be praying before each activity this summer in Costa Rica, translated to me here in Abbotsford. I have programed my phone to say 'pray first' on the screen...I see it every time I check my phone. And so, as I looked online to search for cars, I prayed first. As I booked an appointment to talk about loan options at the bank, I prayed first. As I made an appointment to test drive the new car, I prayed first. And at each point, I saw God working.
I walked into my bank appointment, really unsure if what I was going for was feasible. I mean, I may have a new big office, but I work for a private Christian college that fundraises more than 60% of the budget every year. This does NOT equate for a great salary. But, wouldn't you know it, my loan officer ended up being a Christian lady who remarked on my career choice...and after hearing about my summers in Costa Rica, decided that I needed this loan. And so, I walked out of her office with a whopping $17,000 loan to my name. I had a hard time breathing at that point.
So, on to the test drive. I had found this car online at a Ford dealership in North Vancouver...so it was an hour away, but it sounded amazing. And...they had already started lowering the price online. I sent an email, and within the next week I received 4 phone calls and 3 emails from the salesman, asking about a test drive. In his last voicemail he actually said "let me know if you want me to stop calling you". I knew he was determined. I definitely knew he was determined when he agreed to meet me halfway for a test drive. Thankfully Misty and Sandra were with me for the test drive, and could ask all the necessary questions, while I simply drove the thing, and fell in love.
So then, two days later I had had to resubmit my loan application - turned out I had mis-calculated my income, and had to hand in a letter of employment with a lower number than anticipated. And so, I prayed first. And guess what? Loan STILL went through.
I prayed again, and sent an offer to my friendly salesman. And guess what? After a few emails back and forth, I ended up being offered than $3000 less than the ticketed price. So, I sat in my room, in awe that this was really happening, called the dealership, put down a deposit and then quickly called the bank to finalize the loan process. Whew.
Can I tell you that this has all been by God's hand? I started to doubt myself last week...wondering if I was asking too much, and if this would really end up being my car. I even told Misty and Sandra after the test drive, "well, that was fun, but it's probably a pipe dream".
And then I prayed.
What I heard so clearly in response?
"I like to give good gifts to my children."
And so, Saturday afternoon, Gary graciously drove me the hour into North Vancouver, I signed papers, shook my salesman's hand, and cruised home in disbelief...and thankfulness.
After driving my trusty 92 Jetta for 4 years, now at 237,000kms, I am the proud owner of a 2007 Honda Fit, with only 13,500kms. I practically pinch myself every time I get in. But I also remember to pray first.
Oh, and I have to tell you all as well, that Charlee was incredibly excited when I drove up. I don't know how much a 2 year old grasps concepts, like new cars...but she squealed and jumped in...and even put on her own seatbelt. Here she is enjoying the car almost as much as I do:
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Here we go...
So the last night we all spent together was done right - 5 stars! We stayed at a beautiful hotel called "La Condesa" which means "The Countess" - it was her summer home, back in the 1600s, and what a beautiful sight it is. Also a great place to take pictures!
My last day in Costa Rica, I got to do something I've never done before...attend a real live Costa Rican soccer game! We had a blast.
Here we're eating frozen jello...a great treat in the sun for only 70 cents.Jeremy and Missy demonstrate the team rivalry. Jeremy is dressed in La Liga colours, while Missy sports the Heredia jersey. La Liga won 3-1.
Another fun event was today's triathalon! Gary competed in his first race...and did great! Here he is at the very beginning...ready to go!
Charlee and I cheer him on...well, we try.
And he finishes!
Here's one of my favourite families. It is a blessing to come home and feel that I truly am at home with the Daveys. Getting lots of kisses and hugs (and hair-pullings) from Charlee and Bodhi are a huge benefit of living with little kids.Well, that's about it for now! Work starts "officially" on Friday. Otherwise, I'm bumming around for a few days...and enjoying it immensely!
Monday, August 04, 2008
I promise that I will comment later on some of these brilliant thoughts that I've been having today...as well as add some more fun pictures from the last couple of days in Costa Rica - the "true end" to the summer for me.
In the meantime...I'm about to board. Sleep tonight will be blissful, I am sure.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Let me share with you, in picture form, the stories from this last week.
To begin with, Nate tried to kill Chad...but Chad was okay with it...
The Canadian staff came together, dressed like Costa Ricans...to prove that we love all cultures.
Missy and I considered changing professions as Costa Rican dancing ladies...but then changed our minds.
Dan and Stephen tried to join Nate's gang...but we converted them.
And then, getting past all of that, we headed into Barva to do outreach with the team. A large part of my outreach experience - and highlight - was working at a centre for youth with disabilities. This centre is an extension of the church's ministries. Here I am with my new friend Cindy, who is one of the reason's that the centre started. Her mom, Ligia, is the one that felt led to provide a place for people like her daughter to go and spend time together with people who just want to love them. I was privileged to join a few youth from the team and spend the mornings at this centre, singing songs, sharing Bible stories, making crafts, and playing with bubbles and sidewalk chalk.
Here is my new boyfriend...he was insistent on blowing kisses my way.
Here we are...singing and dancing. These adults LOVED to dance, and insisted that we do one of the songs over and over again.
Here we have the craft from the first day, which was a big hit!
Joe had a fun time...and started a lot of bubble wars.
Here's craft from day 2, featuring David and Goliath, another big hit. I thought the whole thing was kinda "Veggie Tales" style for those of you who know and love Veggie Tales. I think this is how the whole phenomenon got started...socks filled with rice.
Well that's all I have for now...when I get more pics from my fellow team members, I will add more for your enjoyment. Also, in a few days, I should have some great pics of fun staff times to come...and perhaps some teary good-byes. We shall see... :)
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
There were a number of other great acts...including DeLynn's classic story of the "Crooked Mouth Family". I have appreciated working with this staff this summer...and will miss them terribly when we all part ways in just over a week!