August 2009


You may recall my former roommate, Karrie, and I having an unwanted visitor back in November. Well … let me tell you about the latest unwanted visitors … yes, that is visitors in the plural form.

A month ago, I went downstairs on a Thursday night just before going to bed. I started to enter the kitchen to check the garage door, and I flipped on the light. When I did that, I saw something jump off the stove onto the counter and go behind the stove. I definitely freaked out! I tried to imagine it away … I was on NyQuil at the time … so I wondered if I was hallucinating. But then I examined the ground and found the evidence (little mouse poops). Of course the mouse did a vanishing act on me and I couldn’t find it. To make a long story short … Polly got some mouse traps the next day and set those up. We finally caught it a couple days later on one of the sticky traps, which of course doesn’t kill it. Well, thanks to her brother, we now know that mice die quickly if you drown them. 🙂 A couple weeks later (also on a Thursday … please notice this trend), another roommate was in the kitchen and “thinks” she saw “something.” I haven’t seen any more evidence of mice, and we haven’t caught any more. We are hoping they are no longer around … but there’s no knowing for sure. Unfortunately, I don’t have pics to show … I really wish I did. But for my next unwanted visitors, there are pictures showing them in all their glory!

Thursday night (yes, that’s right … these accounts all took place on Thursday nights), I went out to my roommate’s car because I left my phone in it. As I started down our walkway, I noticed a big, ugly, malicious, black spider. I took a closer look, and of course, it was a giant (i might be exaggerating a tad) black widow! What in the world?! Am I like cursed by critters on Thursday nights or something?!? So, I ran inside and got the trusty can of Raid. I probably said this in my other black widow post … I love Raid because you can kill a nasty insect from far away!! And there’s no gross guts left on your shoe … it’s brilliant! So I come back, and of course the thing has disappeared (it’s part of the Thurs. night curse). so I just start spraying all over the area where that beast was … and then it came out and I used about half the can on it (you can never use too much Raid, in my professional opinion). Here are the lovely pics.

The Beast before Raid

The Beast before Raid

The Beast after Raid ... much better!!!

The Beast after Raid ... much better!!!

Mini Beast that I unknowingly killed too ... found him today!

Mini Beast that I unknowingly killed too ... found him today!

Mini Beast and The Beast together ... in all their dead, Raided glory. Sick-o!!!!

Mini Beast and The Beast together ... in all their dead, Raided glory. Sick-o!!!!

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This weekend, things were abuzz at The Master’s College due to one thing … WOW. Week of Welcome began on Saturday, as all the new students arrived, unpacked their belongings, met their roommates, said good-byes to family and friends, and were overwhelmed with crazy, energetic, sleep-deprived SLSers. I had the privilege of picking up a friend at the airport Friday and then taking her to the college the following morning to begin her college experience. As we made a Target run Friday night, thought through things she might need, checked into college, set up her room, met her RA and roommate … I was rushed with the sense of “I have been here and done this.” Despite several people assuming I was a new student as well, I actually graduated two years ago. That means my WOW experience occurred 6 years ago. Did you hear (I mean, read) that … 6 years?! I know to some people (anyone older than me who’s reading this), 6 years is not a long time. But to my little mind, 6 years seems like forever ago! This got me to thinking about a couple things … I can’t believe how time flies, and I can’t believe all that’s happened in those 6 years. Take a trip down memory lane with me …

– While I was excited to be at Master’s my first semester and enjoyed it immensely, I was terribly homesick. I missed my family, my friends, my church, my dog … everything! At Christmas break, I did not want to come back to school. I shed many tears during my first months at Master’s. But by the end of my four year college experience, I shed tears over leaving (actually, it was by my second semester that I loved and missed it).

– I met the people who have had the biggest impact on my life – from RAs to RDs to roommates to wingmates to bosses to classmates to professors. I cherish these people God placed in my life, and I am so incredibly thankful for them.

– I made the greatest and most lasting friendships at TMC. Pretty much all of my close friends now are people that I know through Master’s.

– I was blessed to sit under what I believe is the best teaching in our nation – in the classroom, chapel, and church. I was introduced to Rick Holland, John MacArthur, Steve Lawson, CJ Mahaney, John Piper, and many others I am not thinking of at the moment. I was challenged in my faith, grown in my sanctification, and stretched in my thinking. There are certain sermons that still resonate in my mind and heart.

– I experienced IBEX (Israel Bible Extension), which were the best 4 months of my life thus far! I got to study God’s Word where it all took place, made some of my best friends, was so challenged in every way possible (no American Dream!), experienced other cultures, had my heart greatly softened toward missions, shared the Gospel with an Israeli and a Muslim, travelled to Italy for a week and saw everywhere Paul went (plus more), ate falafel and half shekel pita, and laughed a lot. I could go on and on about this semester in which my life was changed, but this post is not all about IBEX … so moving on ….

– On a less serious note … I had so much fun in college!! It’s all about steam rolling in the halls of Dixon, food on the trash can, 80’s parties, Year End Shows, games, Starbucks and Golden Spoon runs, movie nights, Disney Day, etc. etc. etc.

– I was an RA for one year in Dixon … talk about a humbling growth experience … and a whole lot of fun!! 🙂 This time was invaluable in training me in my philosophy of ministry and in understanding the importance of discipleship and life on life relationships.

– I fell in love with Italy! I met some of the dearest Italians, whom I have come to love so much! After college, I spent 3 months in Italy! It was 2 years ago that I was preparing for this missions trip in the Venice area. (I can’t believe it was 2 years ago – unreal!) The Lord taught me so much during that time … read my past posts cuz I’m definitely not going into any more here.

– And to sum up the last year and a half … I worked at Starbucks, moved to SoCal, got hired at GTY, got laid off from GTY, moved a few times, and got re-hired at GTY. Today, I am enjoying my job and looking forward to college ministry in Crossroads.

As I think back on the past 6 years, I think of God’s sovereignty and His amazing goodness. Everything that has happened has been an exact part of His plan for me. Nothing has been a mistake. I praise God for the last 6 years, and I look forward to reminiscing after the next 6. 🙂

The other day my roommate said to me “You need to blog!” I thought to myself … “Yes, I do. But I just did one a week or two ago.” I stand corrected … it’s definitely been a month. Oops. 🙂

So, this is a brief note to satisfy Polly … I’m back in the blogging sphere. Actually, we just got the internet at home, so I will (hopefully) start faithfully blogging once again. I was writing something to post today, but it ended up being longer than anticipated. Therefore, I set it aside to write this brief post to make Polly happy. More to come soon … I promise. 🙂