Monday, January 25, 2010

Luke 15: 11-31

Luke 15:11-31 Is the parable of the lost son.

I am sure most of you all know about it and have read/heard it TONS of times however, when I read it today I had a different feeling about it.

Recap of the parable: This wealthy man has two sons. The younger of the two goes to his father and asks for his inheritance upfront; his father grants his request and he runs off and squanders it on frivolous things. Sometime after a famine/ hard times hit the country and the young son is pretty much left with nothing. He ends up working as a farm hand and has less to eat than the pigs do. He decides to go and ask for work from his father since his father's servants are pretty well off. When he goes home his father accepts him with huge open arms and clothes, feeds, and loves on him. His father ends up throwing a huge party for him and the older son gets annoyed and upset. The older sons thoughts are that he has been faithful and a hard worker for his dad for this whole time and he has never received a party and here his brother is who lost everything, shamed his family and he gets a celebration.

Every other time I have ever heard/read this story I think about how the younger son got welcomed home and forgiven but this time I focused more on the older son. I think we have this mentality a lot; that life isn't fair-' why do all these people who are bad get good things', 'I have been good and I deserve a celebration'. At the end of the parable it says that the Father says to the older son "you are always with me, and everything I have is yours" How often do we forget that God is always with us and that we take advantage of it. Even though we work hard at being good for him and following him-working hard out in the field and don't get and recognition.

Thank you Jesus for coming to die for us and giving us the privilege to always have the Father with us. Remind us how good we have it.

Monday, December 28, 2009

My Birthday happenings.....

I do realize my birthday was like two weeks ago but I want to share with all what a wonderful birfday I did have.

I went up to Lafayette to see some friends and hang out since I haven't seen them in a long time. I was able to have breakfast with Kristin, hangout with Emi and the Weida women, and spend time with Kim it was great. I even got to decorate the tree at church. After the packed day Kurt and I drove back to my Mums house for dinner. She made dukunu (a Belizian dish) yuuuuummmmmmy! THEN Kurt took me on a surprise adventure that took us into the outskirts of downtown...up to an unknown house down this dark street...He made me knock on the door and I was a little anxious but then a big teddy bear face appeared and it was Ty(Kurt's cousin)! We ended up at Ty's house and Heather was there! We went downtown to the IMAX theater to see the Christmas Carole. It was so good, my favorite part was when he was flying through the air.

Pretty good huh? WELL it's NOT over!

Saturday we went down to Bloomington to spend some time with Kurt's familia and put up their Christmas tree.

Sunday we went to the Colts game! It was so fun. BUT first we all went to breakfast and it was delicious!

After that Kurt and I went to steak n' shake.... Getting there was interesting though we went to a sketchy part of town looking for a place to eat.... I recommend not going over the bridge. THEN it was time for another surprise ..... this one was a little nervi for me. (Although I think I guessed it was going to happen on our drive through the sketch part of town but don't tell Kurt :-) ) He made me close my eyes the whole way there. Then wouldn't let me open my eyes until we got out the car and walked up there. I didn't trust his to be honest (and for good reason because he let me trip on a curb!!) Then he made me hold a phone book over my head(with my eyes still closed) to take a picture. (So embarrassing.)

Then... FINALLY..I was able to open my eyes!!! We were at the Zoo and not just anytime at the zoo ...Christmas at the ZOO. I wanted to go so bad because I love the lights. It was so too cool.

Not only did I get to go on all those adventures but I even got three cool presents from Kurt. THANKS BABE!

Awesome Birthday. Thank you Jesus for another year.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving 09 woop woop

A lot of times my work schedule stinks but for the holidays it can be nice. I got the entire week off for Thanksgiving! On my first couple days off I got a bunch of stuff done I wouldn't usually get done.

This year I spent Thanksgiving day with my family (minus Kaley because she was in Gary with her husbands family). We went to our long time friends house from Jamaica and has a hodge podge of food. It was a good time; one of my co-workers came over too since his family is far away. After eating we came home

Side bar...(I am living at home now. The day I was to sign my lease I decided not to move there becuase it just cost so much money to live in a one bdrm apt- I could buy house for that amount of money. So, I caved in and moved back home. So far it hasn't been that bad, kind of nice actually. My mom and sister make food all the time and we have cool convos.)

Off side bar..... when we got back home we played telenary(favorite game ever!) and then we went to see Ninja Assasin., WORST idea was so bad- not even entertaining. Oh well. Still over all pretty cool- I wish we had gone to Chicago and seen our Dad's side but Karyl had to work the next day and Mom wasn't feeling great.

On Friday I went to Kurt's mom's side of the family. It was a lot of fun. They were all so welcoming. We ate good food and played games most of the afternoon. Kurt picked my up from Indy so we drove to lafayette together and got to talk a bunch which was awesome. I think I enjoy those times the most becuase I learn a lot about his character during those conversations. I like that guy a bunch. I totally wish my job was closer to lafayette.

Saturday Kurt and the boys had a thanksgiving get together at their place. There were 25 people there not including all the kids! It was crazy but really fun and lots of good food.

Thank you Jesus for your blessings.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Furniture SHopping

My Mum and I went to look at furniture today since when I move into my apartment in a couple weeks and I've decided once again that I am not a shopper; nor am I any good at putting things together. I am pretty sure I sat in at least half of the couches in that store and still I am not positive what I want.

Things I do know: I want my couch to be deep and long and loungy (whatever that means). I also know I don't want a loveseat because it wont fit in my apt so I think a chair would be good instead. I do know I like dark wood furniture too.

The couch I liked today is this one:

But I am not sure about the color or anything really. I have a horrible time making a decision.

hmmmm any thoughts?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

First night on Nights

So in my glorious job at a manufacturing plant I have been granted the gift of working nights for 4 months. Last night was the first night.
So, in case you were wondering working nights means I go in at 6pm and leave anywhere between 7am and 9am.
Last night wasn't as bad as I thought it would be; it was a lot more relaxed than it on days and I had more time to get things done. I wasn't too tired either but I drank half a bottle of 5hour energy (which i would highly recommend the stuff really works-I just hope it isn't that bad for me).

For those in west Lafayette know that I was gone from the plant all last week and yesterday was my first day back and when I got there I was actually refreshed and a bit happy to be there. However, that feeling faded pretty quickly. As I read my emails and talked to people feelings of anxiety and tension started to rise up. At work I can humble admit I am probably not the best example of the Lord's servant by any means. I can be a little snippy and controlling and I could just feel those thoughts rising up. Lord please give me the strength and the ability to rejoice in my job and where you have me-even if it is at an un-Godly hour.

To dwell on better things though; I LOVED being in West Lafayette this past week. It was super hard to leave but I am thankful I was able to be there and hang out and be a part of the church more. I can't complain either that I got to hang out with Kurtmister quite a bit as well.

So, thank you Jesus for all your blessings even the ones I don't like very much right now.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Daddy Stories

I asked my mom about my dad the other day and their relationship and it was really cool to hear. It made me smile but made me a little sad at the same time. I would have loved to know him, he sounded like such an awesome man. I asked her about how their relationship worked even though it seemed like they came from two different worlds (he was from a small town in northern indy and my mom is from Belize) She talked about how he would fit in any where and any crowd. She also talked about the first time she met his Dad it was really cool to hear. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Relaxing and productive...say what?

Today was a very relaxing and productive day...yes both at the same time. It started with getting up and getting my oil for my car changed. Then I came home had breakfast while listening to Session III f the summer conference (

Side note on the talk.... My favorite part was the first part, Hebrews 11 starts off about what faith is: Being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. It was hard for me to really follow the talk and connect but the other part I liked was when he talked about his church building and how the Lord told them to wait and they are still there. I love hearing stories like that reminds me he really does care about us individually and is not a far off out of touch God. He knows and cares about each of us.

To continue my productive/relaxing day........after breakfast I took a shower then went and got a massage!! I was a beautiful thing at the end I could have went to bed for the rest of the day. After that I came home and watched tv and chilled then I went shopping ( spent way too much today) I got home cooked dinner...(which I don't do often and when I say cook I just heated up-I had chicken stuffed with cheese and broccoli and peas with feta cheese on the side) AND NOW I am doing laundry.

I so don't want to go to work tomorrow but I am sure the next two days of work will go by fast. At least I hope so because I am super excited for this weekend to hang out with friends and RELAX some more.