Saturday, September 27, 2008

I finished.

Ok. I didn't want to finish. I was "dead last" most of the walk.
But I did it. I finished the Goshen Gallop at just 1:00 (hr) and some odd seconds.

Hey, it's a start. Sometimes you just have to finish, and not give up.
By the 5K at Annual Conf. next June in Rogers, Ark., I'm hoping to finish under 45 minutes....

Here are some pics....with the Palmer family


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One Degree from Sandra Bullock

Remember the Six Degrees of Separation Game from Kevin Bacon Game?
When you tried to see how many stars you can connect to Kevin Bacon within six steps?

Well I can now get one degree from Sandra Bullock.
I "met" her husband, Jesse James - from West Coast Choppers - Friday afternoon during the "shakin' hands, kissin' babies & signing autographs" tour stop in Siloam Springs, Ark.

My friends, Kevin and Kim, who were in for Bikes, Blues and BBQ, were excited about meeting Jesse James - so I waited in line with them.

My excitement - I'm now one degree from Sandra Bullock.
Yes, I am a nerd.

Here's a few pics, to prove I met him....


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Kevin & Jesse James (Yes, I'll get you the pic!)
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Wonder what Jesse James thought about having to make a pit stop in Siloam Springs, Ark.,
at the Wal-Mart Store (He's touring, promoting his new "working man's" clothes,
which will debut in Feb 2009, at "select" Wal-Marts.)

Bikes Blues and BBQ

My friend Kim said "I better show up on your blog."
Your wish is my command....

Two of my "biker friends" Kim and Kevin came down Wednesday evening for Bikes Blues and BBQ in Fayetteville, Ark.

I met up with them on Friday at the festival...yes, it was a cultural experience.

Here are a few pics from the day.

The artwork on some of those bikes is quite elaborate. Amazing really.


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The Black Widow Spider Bike, at OCC...

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The American Flag Bike...

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Kim and Kevin looking at pics on their camera - the best pic I could get of the two of them....
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Geico Insurance was there....
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With their show bikes....

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I've never seen a segway in person...
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I thought this was amazing...

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I tried to get a pic of Kevin and Kim riding their bike behind me on 540....
Didn't turn out so good.
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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Net at home

I'm not accomplishing much, (good thing I'm just house sitting/dog sitting) but I'm seriously loving having net at home....

I could seriously decide (if I juggle finances differently) about getting it....need to see how much Cox would be (got tired of playing phone tag trying to find a human to ask about it)....

Net at home makes it easier to do my creative team stuff for scrapbooking....

something to think about...
K

Photos from SYATP

Here's some photos from SYATP at Southside Elementary School...


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This is the report, for the school, that I submitted to SYATP...

I realize SYATP is usually for middle school/junior high/high school students.

Some of my older elementary students (third, fourth and fifth grade) heard about SYATP, and when I talked with them about it, they asked to "do it."

It was a very "laid" back event for me. I made posters (thanks for the great graphics) for the kids to hang up at school, and postcard-size flyers for them to pass out.

The kids did the rest. They hung up posters - everyone has to get a drink, so I put it by the water fountain, explained one of my girls; passed out cards; told friends, teachers and other people about it. I provided the resources and e-mailed their parents, explaining about what was happening, the students did the leg work for the event.

Working with the students, we came up with a "structure" to use for the prayer time. We prayed for things that God gives us, our families, our classmates/friends, our teachers/schools, etc...

Several of my emerging leaders each took a "topic" and prepared a prayer at home with help of their parents - many are learning how to pray out loud for the first time.

They came prepared, prayers in hand, to help get the prayers flowing as we spent our 15 minutes in front of the school; and those prayers did flow. Students prayed, they cried, they poured their hearts out to God.

We had at least 40 students who took part - not counting parents and teachers who stood alongside the kids - who participated in our small SYATP.

They are already asking to do it again next year.

This is the first time I've helped conduct SYATP at an elementary school. It truly rocked my world. It's been fun watching the young leaders in the children's ministry began to emerge. I can't wait to see them in a couple of years, when they grow into leadership positions within the youth ministry program.

Watching them yesterday reminded me why I'm involved in children's ministry. It renewed my passion for making a difference in the lives of my students - even when bogged down with paperwork and administrative stuff.
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