Make My Day - 2009

three things (or more), every day, that I thank God for.  (Psalm 100:4)

October 11, 2009

  • laughter
  • Kate and Rachel
  • love

October 10, 2009

  •  walking around downtown
  • helping Andrea with school stuff
  • new Dial soap  - smelling good and being clean just makes me feel nice

October 9, 2009

  • seeing Mark Hall and listening to new Casting Crowns songs
  • getting to go home early
  • mail from Lindsey + sunflower seeds from Kansas :)
  • discovering Owl City music, so great!

October 8, 2009

  • dinner with the writers
  • Las Paletas trip
  • watching the Office with my roomies :-]

October 7, 2009

  • meeting our preteen writers
  • Chick-Fil-A sending me a coupon for a free sandwich for participating in their free-sandwich day
  • young adults meeting at church
  • seeing a huge moon in the east

October 6, 2009

  • reading again
  • doing a little writing
  • chai tea in the AM
  • being in love with my Redeemer

October 5, 2009

  • mail from Ann
  • minestrone with Jessica
  • Nala being all snuggly
  • lots of free books

October 4, 2009

  • meeting Jeanna (pron. Gina) at church
  • a quiet, stay-in-bed rainy day
  • watercolor painting

October 3, 2009

  • getting the vacuum clean and in working order
  • dinner with Andrea and Matt
  • teaching Andrea how to do cool things in Word

October 2, 2009

  • making it under budget at the grocery store
  • winning 4 KC Ren Fest tickets through the Lawrence Journal-World, haha
  • Friday!

October 1, 2009

  • starting in on the New Testament today
  • finishing a budget for the next six months
  • tonight: hour-long Office episode: Jim and Pam's wedding!
  • a letter from Clarissa! yaaaay! :)

September 30, 2009

  • great chapel service; hymn (new to me): Power of the Cross (O to See the Dawn)
  • getting to spend big chunks of my workday in the Word
  • parties at work (Starr, Trudy)
  • talking to Erica (it seems we always end up talking about taxes, LOL)

September 29, 2009

  • finished reading through the Old Testament
  • donating blood/snacks and drink afterward
  • talking to Kristin

September 28, 2009

  • cool weather
  • seeing the kitten
  • getting newspapers in the mail
  • good news: my house has no termites

September 27, 2009

  • Sunday School outside -- beautiful weather!
  • worship song: "Sing to the King"
  • spending time with Andrea

September 26, 2009

  • early AM thunderstorms
  • chai tea from concentrate (the best kind) + Mat Kearney music
  • decoupaging a journal and getting some editing done

September 25, 2009

  • getting a front page article printed on today's Coffey County Republican
  • feeling peace in the presence of God
  • my GMail migration completing for work
  • awesome roommates :0]

September 24, 2009

  • a good day at work
  • seeing the Carnton Plantation in Franklin, TN
  • a really nice woman at Kroger

September 23, 2009

  • getting a call from Kristin!
  • my dad and Karen visiting
  • free steak dinner (thanks Dad)

September 22, 2009

  • Google Apps training. Amy Thompson is hilarious!
  • lunch with the team for Jackie's birthday
  • the view from the 8th floor at 6:05am: a downtown glittered with lights against a dark backdrop

September 21, 2009

  • rocking out to Lecrae on my drive in to work
  • Love so amazing, so divine demands my soul, my life, my all
  • good day at work

September 20, 2009

  • First Baptist Nashville. I love my church!
  • Cliff (at church) telling a story about a worship leader who heard a man sing very well. The worship leader said, "If I had a voice like yours, people would have to hit me in the head to keep me from singing all the time!"  Then Cliff said, "Alyssa (he pronounces it Alisa, I let it go), if I had a smile like yours, people would have to knock me in the head to keep me from smiling all the time!" Cliff is in his 70s. I love sweet old men.
  • writing up an article on Jason Waller music
  • my roommates are beautiful

September 19, 2009

  • recycling day and crossing a lot off my to-do list
  • eating ice cream cake w/ Rachel
  • hanging out with Reed. He's a sweetie :)

September 18, 2009

  • extremely productive day: much off the to-do list, bought a range, picked homeowner's insurance, signed a bunch of papers, sent 5 sets of PDFs to banker over lunch, met Tiffany at the house to speak with inspector
  • music. music. music. I live in Music City! I spend about an hour in my car every day and love listening to great music while I drive.
  • reading the Book of Nahum at 2:30am

September 17, 2009

  • acting out "Office" scenarios at the department meeting
  • eating lunch with Sarah (and talking about boys...tee hee)
  • phone date with Jenn :) 
  • Season 6 premiere of The Office

September 16, 2009

  • Ann calling me
  • getting season 5 of The Office in the mail from my mom
  • rehearsing skits at work, laughing so much
  • putting a stapler in jello

September 15, 2009

  • interviewing John Cooper of the band Skillet
  • getting to write scripts based on The Office for a department meeting
  • staying in touch with Kennan
  • talking with Rachel

September 14, 2009

  • keeping busy at work
  • really nice guy from Liberty Mutual explaining homeowner's insurance to me
  • finishing The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers

September 13, 2009

  • doing a decent job at teaching 5th grade Sunday School
  • new record
  • Kate and Rachel. I like living here.

September 12, 2009

  • achieving a goal
  • being prepared to teach tomorrow
  • 6 a.m. quiet time

September 11, 2009

  • driving into the city in the mornings; I just love it.
  • getting an offer the seller and I (the buyer) both agree on. Signing the papers!
  • tall skinny chai latte - Tiffany's treat

September 10, 2009

  • Teresa -- she's so sweet to me!
  • working at LifeWay
  • the One who bestows in us the love that stained a cross

September 9, 2009

  • getting closer to buying a house
  • talking to Kate
  • meeting Steven Curtis Chapman

September 8, 2009

  • getting Kate her cash back
  • watching Rachel try to make eggs
  • productive day at work

September 7, 2009

  • walking trails with Kate and Rachel
  • free Chick-Fil-A sandwich
  • a three-day weekend

September 6, 2009

  • meeting someone new at church
  • living in Tennessee. love it.
  • hanging out with Andrea :)

September 5, 2009

  • talking to Andrea
  • watching Garden State
  • finishing a book 

September 4, 2009

  • seeing a big, beautiful pink-colored moon on the way to work this morning
  • getting off work an hour early
  • having fun making a Word document "look pretty"

September 3, 2009

  • making an offer on a house!
  • writing a letter to Clarissa
  • seeing a kitten :]

September 2, 2009

  • Tiffany showing me a house
  • cool weather
  • mail from Kennan!

September 1, 2009

  • meeting Dr. Rainer
  • meeting people at orientation
  • Tiffany maybe finding me a great house

August 31, 2009

  • driving into the city with the sunrise
  • e-mail from Jenn
  • my hope in Christ and feeling excited about life
  • hanging out with Rachel

August 30, 2009

  • new place: the rooster across the street; watching Kate watch movies/TV shows--her reactions are hilarious
  • talking to Grandma and Grandpa
  • worship and fellowship at First Baptist Nashville

August 29, 2009

  • moving in with Kate and Rachel
  • taking a 3-hr. nap
  • feeling understood

August 28, 2009

  • dinner w/ Jessica's mom and uncle
  • getting all packed up
  • ice cream

August 27, 2009

  • learning how to do more stuff with InCopy
  • getting Clarissa's mailing address
  • quality music

August 26, 2009

  • starting off the workday with LifeWay Chapel service
  • talking to Jenn
  • 5 free mp3 downloads
  • the Father's deep love

August 25, 2009

  • e-mail from Clarissa!
  • having a great realtor
  • working at LifeWay

August 24, 2009

  • looking at houses with Tiffany
  • tea party for Grandma Trudy :)
  • Ann calling to talk

August 23, 2009

  • Sunday school cookout
  • talking with my parents about houses
  • watching America's Funniest Home Videos clips on YouTube

August 22, 2009

  • texting w/ Matthew
  • listening to Mark Driscoll sermon: Vintage Jesus, pt. 1
  • driving by some potential homes

August 21, 2009

  • $1 for a 4 pack of diet Mt. Dew
  • loving work: basically learning the Bible while editing (two of my fav. things)
  • the opportunity to serve others

August 20, 2009

  • getting organized
  • thunderstorms during the day
  • my boss asking me to interview Skillet

August 19, 2009

  • meeting with my realtor
  • going to bed early
  • reading Ezekiel -- loving it; what a stark picture of the need for Christ

August 18, 2009

  • getting my TN license plate
  • being pre-approved
  • rain

August 17, 2009

  • seeing Mrs. Littleton in the hallway
  • getting my TN driver's license
  • text from Clarissa

August 16, 2009

  • new people at Bible study/Sunday school
  • time to be creative: making a greeting card
  • God's everlasting love. I'll stop trying to figure out why and just worship in this.

August 15, 2009

  • making cinnamon rolls for breakfast
  • sitting down and reading Desiring God
  • chattin' with Matthew 

August 14, 2009

  • having more fun at the department meeting than expected
  • meeting with a banker to talk about pre-approval for a mortgage loan
  • watching Rob's "I ain't gone fishin' no mo'" video on Facebook

August 13, 2009

  • Jerry giving me a $2 voucher to the cafe. I bought some SunChips and M&Ms to go with the sandwich I brought for lunch.
  • Abe & Jessica getting me a card and box of ice cream drumsticks to cheer me up.
  • getting a little extra money in my account I didn't know was coming

August 12, 2009

  • LifeWay chapel with Jimmy Draper
  • praising God because I can afford to get my car fixed
  • finding a can of diet Mt. Dew in the backseat of my car. I stopped buying it to save money.

August 11, 2009

  • text from Clarissa
  • note from Pastor Tom in the mail
  • quiet time

August 10, 2009

  • a beautiful morning, sunrise in my rearview mirror
  • getting invited to get water with the 7am group
  • making progress on TN residency

August 9, 2009

  • Shoff, Amanda, and their friend Cambria came to visit!
  • hanging out with Jessica
  • Simba and Nala being real purry

August 8, 2009

  • talking to Lacie for 45 minutes
  • getting some great deals at NY&Co.
  • reading Jeremiah

August 7, 2009

  • great song: Addison Road - "What Do I Know of Holy?"
  • getting a job offer.. and taking it!
  • hanging out with Jessica and reading

August 6, 2009

  • coming up with an inexpensive, easy lunch option
  • a safe drive back to Nashville
  • love

August 5, 2009

  • note from Clarissa
  • going to the lake
  •  hanging out with Jenn

August 4, 2009

  • seeing Anne and Andrew
  • Radina's: chai lattes, reading, free sandwich
  • phone call from Landry

August 3, 2009

  • making plans: haircut, staying with Jenn
  • doing a lot of reading
  • making Snickerdoodles

August 2, 2009

  • rescuing a gigantic turtle from Mom's yard to the pond
  • mailing some coupons I don't need to people who do
  • playing with Marley

August 1, 2009

  • breakfast with Lindsey
  • biking the Katy Trail
  • talking about house details w/ Erica & Mom

July 31, 2009

  • accident-free drive from Nashville to KC
  • Ethan fixing my brake light
  • Time with Ann, Meredith, and Monica

July 30, 2009

  • signing contracts
  • having enough iron to donate blood
  • getting to go back to Kansas for a bit

July 29, 2009

  • Jessica and Abe letting me stay another month
  • Talking to Jenn
  • getting offered a contract position for August

July 28, 2009

  • getting my drug test, grammar test, and HR interview all scheduled for tomorrow
  • rainy day, great for cleaning/packing
  • having sweet friends

July 27, 2009

  • job interview going pretty well
  • talking to/texting/messaging friends: Ann, Clarissa, Kaylene
  • a much-needed nap on a cloudy evening

July 26, 2009

  • making it to church this morning (almost slept in too late!)
  • getting to see Clarissa :0]
  • quiet day to relax and do interview prep.

July 25, 2009

  • finishing the notebook project
  • time to think and realize I want nothing but Jesus
  • text from Clarissa

July 24, 2009

  • the awesome opportunity to work with Andrea all summer
  • walking downtown with Andrea, Jessica, Rebecca, Trudy, and Cheryl this afternoon
  • knowing the Lord is God and He is sovereign

July 23, 2009

  • seeing Rob and his two friends after work
  • job interviews scheduled for Monday
  • lunch at Baja Burrito with coworkers

July 22, 2009

  • hearing from Rob who is en-route to Nashville!
  • ice cream + the Office with Abe and Jessica
  • Brooke Fraser music to/from work

July 21, 2009

  • breakfast party in honor of the interns
  • getting an e-mail from Jenn
  •  opening my windows to smell the rain

July 20, 2009

  • being really productive at work
  • cooking with Jessica
  • finding out that job interviews are next week

July 19, 2009

  • hanging out with Jessica and Abe
  • prayerfully working on the notebook project
  • having beautiful friends

July 18, 2009

  • a very productive morning
  • a cool day, literally -- felt like fall
  • starting a project for a friend

July 17, 2009

  • having a clean room
  • finding out Olympus makes replacement battery attachments for my voice recorder, just $7 + I found a coupon for 10% off and free shipping
  • day off to read and relax

July 16, 2009

  • talking with Jenn
  • going to lunch with the team at the Puffy Muffin
  • dinner at Jennifer's

July 15, 2009

  • getting an e-mail from Jenn
  • feeling like I'm really catching on to how things run at work
  • evening thunder

July 14, 2009

  • a fun day at work, especially the design meeting
  • getting a good laugh at a Sunday school activity suggestion (Take this coloring book into the corner.)
  • a nice, sunny day

July 13, 2009

  • The Lord providing possible place to live, new friends
  • being pretty productive at work
  • seeing a hilarious David Crowder Band video about Twitter (

July 12, 2009

  • getting baptized
  • teaching my dad about Twitter, haha
  • chillin' with Simba and reading Redeeming Love

July 11, 2009

  • finding a place to possibly live Sept. - Nov.
  • rainy day
  • Christ Jesus, my treasure

July 10, 2009

  • getting a $10 gift card from my State Farm insurance agent
  • being reminded of the gospel through Lecrae lyrics
  • catching up on some sleep

July 9, 2009

  • a (mostly) fun day at the office
  • Nashville Sounds game with Micah and Jennifer
  • Jars of Clay concert

July 8, 2009

  • meeting Ed Stetzer and Thom Rainer. -- Dr. Rainer said, "Hey, aren't you a triplet?" Glad the big guys know me.
  • finding out the time-line on a full-time position: looking at September 1
  • saving more than $5 at Kroger with my shopper's card

July 7, 2009

  • getting an encouraging e-mail from my boss telling me I am doing a good job
  • feeling a little less stressed about housing/jobs
  • knowing that the future isn't totally dependent on my abilities -- I serve a sovereign God!

July 6, 2009

  • getting mail from Clarissa!
  • being back at work
  • Gheghis Grill with Abe and Jessica -- my stir fry was so good and I got points for a free bowl!

July 5, 2009

  • text from Ann
  • quick service at MCI; time in Proverbs on the plane
  • arriving back in Nashville

July 4, 2009

  • hanging out with family
  • celebrating my grandma's 75th birthday
  • seeing Keira and Jamie

July 3, 2009

  • seeing Marley for the first time in more than a month
  • talking to Erica about the steps in buying your first house
  • getting some free stuff that Erica and JR had two of

July 2, 2009

  • lunch with Jenn and Ann
  • seeing Erica's new place
  • time in the car to get some reading done

July 1, 2009

  • Jenn's delicious blueberry pancakes
  • walking around Loose Park and seeing the ducks
  • making dinner with Jenn

June 30, 2009

  • spending the day with Jenn :)
  • intentional conversation at Pizza Bella (and free pizza)
  • being loved

June 29, 2009

  • going out to lunch with Andrea, Jeff, Trudy, Jessica, Bill, and Jackie.
  • talking to Kristin on the phone and setting up a lunch date
  • seeing Kennan after work before she goes back home for good

June 28, 2009

  • being welcomed at First Baptist Nashville
  • going to the Nashville Sounds baseball game with four other girls
  • listening to Shai Linne and Lecrae with Kennan on our drive home

June 27, 2009

  • seeing Nashville with Kennan
  • nice workers at the TN State History Museum
  • writing postcards to send to friends

June 26, 2009

  • interviewing Leeland Mooring
  • writing Brandon Heath article
  • being one work day away from flying to KC

June 25, 2009

  • interviewing Brandon Heath
  • getting a lot done at work
  • buying 12 fudgsicles for only $1.88 (fat free, too!)
  • talking to Ann on the phone

June 24, 2009

  • e-mail from Jenn
  • talking with Pastor Tom and hanging out at the church for a few hours
  • seeing the VBS kids do their Boomerang Express songs
  • meeting a lot of new people

June 23, 2009

  • getting Nashville Sounds baseball tickets
  • driving by a house and liking it; now for a crash course in what's next
  • getting an e-mail from a couple people from First Baptist saying they want to go to coffee or lunch w/ me

June 22, 2009

  • a really good PB&J for lunch
  • serving a happy God
  • falling asleep early to the rain

June 21, 2009

  • first time at First Baptist Nashville - everyone was so nice
  • going out to lunch with a couple of women
  • Happy Father's Day! having a great dad
  • getting a welcome package from FBN; including an issue of Christian Single (really cool and it's created by LifeWay)

June 20, 2009

  • kayaking with 4 friends
  • getting ice cream afterward
  • having fun looking at houses for sale

June 19, 2009

  • This morning I got behind a car from Michigan on the interstate. There were some little kids in the back. Traffic was slowing to a crawl and I was focusing on not rear-ending them. Suddenly, this little Ernie (from Sesame Street) head pops out the window and is looking back at me. I laugh. This little boy pops his head up and shakes the Ernie. Then he waves at me. I wave back and take my exit. What a fun way to start my day.
  • The executive pastor from First Baptist of Nashville calling me and being willing to meet up with me on Sunday and get me to the single adults Bible study group. Also, I think we'll talk about me becoming a Baptist. :)
  • reading Piper's Desiring God. Finding happiness in God -- not from God, but in God.
  • Abe telling me they might reduce my rent because I'm so low-maintenance.

June 18, 2009

  • lemon poppyseed muffins
  • taking a 2-hr. nap
  • message from Lindsey

June 17, 2009

  • getting good news about my future
  • finding out I get to interview Brandon Heath!
  • treasuring Christ

June 16, 2009

  • listening to "Don't Waste Your Life" on the way to work
  • Nala and Simba being cuddly while we watched The Office
  • reading through the Psalms
  • e-mail update from Clarissa

June 15, 2009

  • my application to Thomas Nelson making it through HR - now on to the dept. hiring manager
  • reading Scripture for work
  • going to dinner with Jessica -- to this place called Genghis Grill where you pick your own stuff for stir fry; reminded me of Willy Wok at K-State

June 14, 2009

  • the old man at Long Hollow: "Well there's a pretty one if I've ever seen one. Hi, my name is Sam."
  • singing "In Christ Alone" at church
  • planning a LifeWay intern canoe trip
  • Jenn calling 

June 13, 2009

  • sleeping in
  • finding some full-time editorial positions and applying
  • reading John Piper at Utopia Coffeehouse in Spring Hill

June 12, 2009

  • making minestrone soup and cheddar garlic biscuits for dinner
  • talking to Ann
  • desiringGod
  • time in Centennial Park

June 11, 2009

  • meeting the heads of LifeWay's publishing division (in a way, making connections)
  • getting airplane tickets to fly home at the end of the month
  • having fun chatting with Jessica & Abe

June 10, 2009

  • meeting John Waller at LifeWay chapel service
  • going out to lunch at SATCO with the 20s in the department
  •  finding out I get to interview Leeland!

June 9, 2009

  • Sweet Hannah texting me this morning the same phrase that has been stuck in my head: "Jesus loves you."
  • Being on my own at work and getting a lot done!
  • God's mercy, and being able to love people in view of it

June 8, 2009

  • starting a John Piper book - 50 Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die
  • being given  more responsibilities at work
  • encouragement from Jenn & Clarissa

June 7, 2009

  • Jessica making pancakes for breakfast
  • attending church at Long Hollow Baptist
  • getting a text from Shannon

June 6, 2009

  • eating cookies 'n' cream ice cream with Jessica before 11am
  • sleeping in!
  • feeling at peace when I woke up; after falling asleep listening to a John Piper sermon
  • video conferencing with Dad & Karen

June 5, 2009

  • spending the day looking stuff up in the Bible
  • Andrea putting in a good word for me with the bosses
  • Ann being thoughtful and calling me on my way to work

June 4, 2009

  • friendly conversations on elevators with strangers
  • reading the Psalms
  • not-too-hot weather, light rain
  • a sovereign, merciful Creator

June 3, 2009

  • learning how to use Adobe InCopy -- and catching on quickly!
  • department party - hanging out with other people under age 30
  • applying for a second job

June 2, 2009

  • finding an error while editing a final copy of a magazine (editing is like a game)
  • having an office next to Andrea who is really cool and tells me what work to do
  • Psalms in the morning

June 1, 2009

  • awesome LifeWay intern orientation
  • really nice guy selling me auto & renter's insurance
  • talking to Jenn

May 31, 2009

  • meeting people at church
  • Jessica telling me, "Extroverts are overrated" haha
  • getting the chance to sit down and write

May 30, 2009

  • getting a bed
  • Simba hanging out with me
  • talking to Jenn

May 29, 2009

  • moving into an apartment in Madison, TN
  • Erica and JR visiting
  • chai tea at bedtime

May 28, 2009

  • reading the Psalms
  • encouragement from Ann
  • finding a cute apartment and hoping I can stay there

May 27, 2009

  • making it to Nashville safely
  • texting w/ Jenn
  • meeting and staying with an awesome couple in Franklin

May 26, 2009

  • reading Job
  • making connections with KSU alumni
  • getting a call from Jenn

May 25, 2009

  • finishing a book
  • getting some housing leads in Nashville
  • the person and finished work of Jesus
  • sufficient grace

May 24, 2009

  • a God who is faithful
  • friends who are encouraging
  • Truth and hope and love

May 23, 2009

  • Erica graduates from SBU
  • lunch with all the relatives
  • time to read in the car

May 22, 2009

  • getting to sleep in at Jenn's
  • morning time in the Word
  • feeling loved

May 21, 2009

  • seeing Jenn
  • seeing Lindsey
  • finishing packing

May 20, 2009

  • lunch with Keira
  • going to the Zone/Station 3.16
  • eating a Buster Bar for the first time

May 19, 2009

  • hanging out with Marley
  • the person and propositions of Jesus
  • warm air and sunshine

May 18, 2009

  • strawberry-banana-lemon smoothie
  • beautiful day outside
  • officially owning my car

May 17, 2009

  • Mom grilling cheeseburgers for lunch
  • seeing Jamie and Kierston
  • taking a nap

May 16, 2009

  • graduating from K-State
  • adopting a kitten for Mom
  • ice cream cake

May 15, 2009

  • hanging out with Geoff
  • going to Radina's for the last time
  • chillin' with the roomies

May 14, 2009

  • being finished with college!
  • hanging out with Ann & Meredith
  • Stephanie coming over and making dinner with me

May 13, 2009

  • picking more strawberries
  • getting mail
  • seeing Shannon
  • talking to Jenn

May 12, 2009

  • using our fresh garden strawberries to make a smoothie
  • getting a B+ on my ENGL660 (Charles Dickens) final paper
  • sweet Ann always making sure I'm taken care of
  • e-mail from Jenn
  • finding out the B-stud I want to join in Nashville is just starting the book of Matthew

May 11, 2009

  • fresh strawberries in our garden
  • seeing Megan and Stephanie at Radina's
  • sending mail to Lindsey

May 10, 2009

  • Mom's French toast for breakfast
  • being home on Mother's Day
  • watching Slumdog Millionaire with Geoff

May 9, 2009

  • Geoff comes home and takes me for a ride on his motorcycle
  • my big, comfy bed and still feeling loved from yesterday
  • quality hug in the morning

May 8, 2009

  • seeing Stac for the first time in months
  • seeing Jenn, Allison, and Lindsey
  • walking around the Plaza with Jenn
  • feeling incredibly loved

May 7, 2009

  • going to Radina's between classes
  • finishing Why We're Not Emergent
  • being encouraged by Shannon's e-mail
  • being done with classes FOREVER!
  • whole wheat pancakes with nuts

 May 6, 2009

  • buying flowers for two special people
  • sitting on the sun on the front porch reading all afternoon
  • celebrating Ann's birthday

May 5, 2009

  • going to Tuesday classes for the last time ever
  • hanging out in the front room and reading
  • getting a call from Ann; Drew & Megan coming over
  • Drew bringing me Reisen's

May 4, 2009

  •  walking to the post office and then to Radina's to do homework
  • finishing Our Mutual Friend! 797 pages in three weeks!
  • seeing Megan twice today. She said she doesn't know how to handle me, haha

May 3, 2009

  • going on a walk with Alecia, Jessi, and Stephanie
  • going to bed before 10pm
  • playing sax

May 2, 2009

  • really good mtg/convo with S. Beck
  • three hours with B. Brown: smoothies, cheesy biscuits, church
  • finishing the memorization of James -- it takes me almost 15 min to recite!
  • people hanging out at our house (the ATM)

May 1, 2009

  • chai latte at Radina's in the AM
  • reading some Proverbs, Psalms
  • having a chilled, laid-back day

April 30, 2009

  • chilling in Radina's and reading a book not for class
  • getting out of my 9:30 and 11:30 classes really early
  • turning in my three essays due today and basically being done with school

April 29, 2009

  • Melanie cutting my hair
  • finishing ENGL382 paper
  • taking my car in for an oil change and hearing it's in pretty good shape overall

April 28, 2009

  • getting a text from Clarissa that made my heart happy
  • creating a new recipe
  • finishing a journal
  • watching That Thing You Do with Matt & Tim

April 27, 2009

  • being pretty productive
  • knowing God more
  • confirming a Nashville move-in date: May 22

April 26, 2009

  • going to Lincoln Berean Church
  • lunch with Clarissa + her friends
  • spring thunderstorms

April 25, 2009

  • seeing Clarissa! :)
  • eating chicken enchiladas with Clarissa
  •  making chocolateawesomechip cookies
  • getting a tour of Lincoln, NE

April 24, 2009

  • getting books in the mail
  • They Only Come Out at Night -- huge success!
  • the chance to read my writing in front of 50+ people

April 23, 2009

  • being friends with Jenn
  • being friends with Ann
  • walking two miles

April 22, 2009

  • fresh-cut grass, sunshine, gentle breezes
  • cracking a double-yolked egg (first time in my life)
  • seeing Shannon at Radina's

April 21, 2009

  • riding my bike with an almost-normal heart rate
  • having only five more days of classes left
  • Our Mutual Friend takes a plot-turn. Intriguing.

April 20, 2009

  • warm afternoon with windows/doors open
  • spending a couple of hours at Radina's with Shannon
  • getting my reading done for my Dickens class! (so we better have a quiz over it!) ;)

April 19, 2009

  • getting some homework done
  • much-needed sleep
  • sufficient hydration

April 18, 2009

  • waking up and realizing it's Saturday! :)
  • as always, hearing Alecia play music
  • surprise visit from Ann
  • going on a walk and seeing a huge snail on a sidewalk

April 17, 2009

  • the lady who rang up my groceries was very nice
  • changing my windshield wiper blades by myself. i will finally be able to see in the rain
  • playing frisbee with Drew (even though we had to climb the neighbor's fence three times)

April 16, 2009

  • not having my 11:30 class
  • getting an appt. to hear heart results
  • people hanging out at the ATM

April 15, 2009

  • riding my bike
  • getting books in the mail
  • first time wearing shorts since probably September

April 14, 2009

  • warm sunshine
  • finishing inkWELL book formatting/design after 10+ hrs of working on it in one day
  • socialism... that's not the right word; being social. hanging out with people.

April 13, 2009

  • playing the alto sax
  • fun with Picnik (premium!)
  • understanding Jesus more through the medium of hip-hop

April 12, 2009

  • text from Hannah (Vermont)
  • celebrating that Jesus is alive!
  • Matt giving me good advice about picking my battles

April 11, 2009

  • making *braided* cheesy biscuits
  • sitting on the porch in the sun drinking iced tea
  • watching Marley & Me

April 10, 2009

  • breakfast with Keira and Erica
  • downing a pitcher of iced tea (Erica helped)
  • sun coming out!

April 9, 2009

  • postcard from Jess
  • really fast medical care
  • movie with Erica, Tim, Matt, and Anne

April 8, 2009

  • having basically no homework
  • sunshine + nap on the couch
  • evening 2-mi. walk to Radina's and back.

April 7, 2009

  • almost peeling my orange in one piece (I ripped off a couple of pieces to get it started, but 5/6 of that peel was intact)
  • little girl holding a bubble wand out her car window: bubbles down Manhattan Ave. made me smile
  • cute dog crossing the street
  • really nice people while donating blood. And no waiting! And good iron!

April 6, 2009

  • my mom getting me dental and eye appts. on the same day -- she even offered to call herself. Which is great because I don't like calling to make appts. 
  • getting a grasp on what exactly is the Reformed Church
  • some progress on my paper
  • NCAA championship. I don't care who wins, I just love basketball.
  • Getting to talk to Jenn :)

April 5, 2009

  • workout
  • getting some homework done
  • resting

 April 4, 2009

  • Getting my hardboiled integrity books in the mail - they look awesome!
  • sleeping in until 9am (a record)
  • going to Topeka to see Jason Waller play at a coffeeshop
  • falling in love over and over again
  • Getting to talk with Lindsey

 April 3, 2009

  • God's faithfulness! Jenn gets to keep her job :)
  • 2-mile walk x 2 ... 4 miles. Beautiful weather
  • clean room

April 2, 2009

  • having only 10 days of classes left
  • finishing an abstract and possibly finding housing for Nashville
  • sweet text from Ann
  • finding a house in Nashville!!!

April 1, 2009

  • celebrating Anne's birthday after Radina's music night
  • finding a hub cap on my walk home
  • 56-degrees and sweet Jesus time

March 31, 2009

  • rocking out to some shai linne on my walks to and from campus
  • spending some time at Radina's after classes were over
  • falling in love over and over again

March 30, 2009

  • 65-degree weather + sunshine
  • The Lord's sovereignty over all things
  • finishing Breaking Free by Beth Moore

March 29, 2009

  • seeing Jenn in KC + Redeemer Fellowship + lunch on the Plaza
  • seeing Lacie for the first time in seven months
  • the Love Hub doing what it does best: loving
  • Christ crucified

March 28, 2009

  • making the boys happy with cheesy biscuits
  • new original recipe: stovetop lasagna
  • finding out that Drew has an alto sax he's willing to get rid off

March 27, 2009

  • chai latte at Java
  • finishing Nutrition Analysis project
  • college basketball
  • God's unfailing love for me far exceeding anything and anyone who makes me feel unloved
  • peace like a river: raging peace

March 26, 2009

  • Guest speaker in Dickens class. Supposed to talk for 20 minutes, but he talked for 65 -- no time for discussion! Woo!
  • surprisingly warmer weather (sunny, low '50s; was expecting 30s and snow/rain)
  • walking 4 miles
  • reading 2 Samuel 1-11

March 25, 2009

  • ordering and paying for a small hot chocolate and getting a medium :)
  • Drew getting my watch off military time
  • seeing B. Brown
  • ice. cream. cake.
  • my friend Clarissa

March 24, 2009

  • very good news -- I'm moving to Nashville
  • really good conversation with Matthew
  • Beth Moore points out amazing scripture in her book Breaking Free
  • talking to Jenn

March 23, 2009

  • cotton socks
  • thunderstorms!
  • seeing friends at Radina's

March 22, 2009

  • living in a house
  • friends who point me to Jesus
  • a loving God who never lets go

March 21, 2009

  • spending time with Jamie after not seeing her for ten months
  • phone call from Jenn
  • really great nap

March 20, 2009

  • seeing the Gateway Arch
  • watching the Cornell game
  • surviving an 11-hour, 675-mile drive solo

March 19, 2009

  • LifeWay interview
  • March Madness tournament
  • friendly guy at the post office

March 18, 2009

  • nice drive to Nashville
  • 30 mpg
  • God's peace

March 17, 2009

  • going to Bolivar
  • chocolate covered raisins
  • working out

March 16, 2009

  • 72°F
  • text from Shannon
  • Jinx (cat)

March 15, 2009

  • wearing a skirt (warm weather)
  • getting a refresher on car maintenance. changed a tire in a skirt!
  • Selection Sunday
  • full-strength bleaching my white TOMS and successfully removing the yellow spots

March 14, 2009

  • seeing Matt and Rob before I left for home
  • having a clean (very clean) car
  • designing my TOMS shoes (restyling my white ones)

March 13, 2009

  • Sleeping in
  • 2-mile walk
  • another good hair day

March 12, 2009

  • Getting my federal tax refund - enough to pay for my Nashville trip
  • Hearing Alecia's new song
  • Jen Johnson remembering who I am

March 11, 2009

  • destroying my Basic Nutrition exam
  • having a good hair day
  • voicemail from Jenn

March 10, 2009

  • Nice morning mile to campus
  • Being done with an essay and midterm
  • Nap under electric blanket

March 9, 2009

  • Two miles before 7:30am, 4 miles overall
  • Postcard from Jess
  • Buying a business suit for Nashville trip

March 8, 2009

  • Sleeping in
  • Oatmeal for lunch
  • Progress on ENGL660 essay

March 7, 2009

  • UCC sermon on Holy Spirit
  • Dinner party
  • Thunderstorm

March 6, 2009

  • walking 9 miles
  • hearing that Cornell won = going to the NCAA tourney
  • light rain
  • feeling inspired to write

March 5, 2009

  • walking to campus at 8:30am in 56 degree weather
  • watching two little sparrows snuggle/bathe in a puddle on the sidewalk
  • finishing David Copperfield discussion in class
  • destroying my Irish Poetry test
  • getting out of American Survey class early
  • rocking out to "Forget December" on the walk home
  • riding my bike to the Rec
  • playing intramural basketball
  • riding my bike home from the rec in the dark
  • being in the mood to read
  • 80 degree weather
  • being done with classes until Tuesday
  • (I would enjoy a little more social interaction, but today was a good day)

March 4, 2009

  • Open doors and windows
  • Studying enough Contemporary Irish Poetry to feel confident I will ace the test tomorrow
  • getting my CHI straightener

March 3, 2009

  • Getting an A on my poetry explication
  • Getting my abstract revision back: "excellent revisions!" (I think that means "A")
  • text from Clarissa

March 2, 2009

  • Finishing David Copperfield
  • Strawberry smoothie
  • My God's sufficient grace

March 1, 2009

  • Baking: snickerdoodles, banana bread, porkchops
  • Sleeping in
  • Sabbath

February 28, 2009

  • Jenn being here
  • INKwell
  • having a space heater

February 27, 2009

  • Garmin navigating me to/through Wichita
  • Seeing family, remembering Grandma
  • Bringing home a working 1950s typewriter
  • Jenn visiting!: dinner, Radina's, seat warmers :) , movie, sharing life

February 26, 2009

  • Light rain
  • Mail from the Love Hub
  • Time with Jesus
  • 50% off floral pieces at Hobby Lobby (just the week I happened to want fake flowers)
  • Call from Shannon

February 25, 2009

  • Absolutely beautiful weather: open doors and windows, reading on the porch
  • Cleaning and rearranging my room
  • Radina's Music Night: Alecia's awesome music, time with Ann and Monica, reviewing James 1-3, friends, free chai, finally writing something

February 24, 2009

  • Sleeping in
  • Getting dressed up to go out to dinner with the boys
  • feeling beautiful

February 23, 2009

  • the privilege of knowing my sweet grandma for 21 years
  • Having our Dickens reading assignment reduced by about 40 pages
  • Excitement about going out to dinner tomorrow with the guys
  • Finding a CHI straightener for half price

February 22, 2009

  • Ann's kind heart
  • God's sufficient grace
  • Acetaminophen

February 21, 2009

  • Sunshine
  • Sleep
  • Talking to Jenn

February 20, 2009

  • Jeremy Camp's Give Me Jesus
  • Melanie cutting my hair
  • Warm weather makes a weekend visit
  • Gerber daisies from Jessi

February 19, 2009

  • Getting out of Irish Poetry class early
  • Winning basketball game (by forfeit, which is great because I didn't feel like playing)
  • Chill time with the housemates

February 18, 2009

  • Best. smoothie. ever. : strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, banana, strawberry yogurt
  • Destroying my article abstract revision. I'm feeling an A on this one.
  • Cooking! Trying new things, mixing it up. 
  • Applying for eight more jobs.

February 17, 2009

  • Sunshine and walking
  • Being very productive and still making time to read a not-for-classes book
  • Hanging out in the kitchen with Matthew and Tim

February 16, 2009

  • Being offered an interview for an internship with LifeWay
  • Sweet fellowship and discussion with B-stud girls
  • Tomato soup. Mint chocolate chip ice cream. Irish poetry.

February 15, 2009

  • Running the court
  • Beautiful sunset
  • Chris Tomlin's "I Will Rise"

February 14, 2009

  • Cornell beats Dartmouth in double overtime
  • Quiet
  • Watching KU v. KSU game

February 13, 2009

  • Ice cream with Keira
  • Compassionate friends
  • God's grace

February 12, 2009

  • Getting voicemail from Shoff, then getting to talk to her
  • Spending time with friends: Ann's fabulous pancakes and mint chocolate chip ice cream
  • Turning 21

February 11, 2009

  • Baskin Robbins' Birthday Club: free single scoop mint chocolate chip
  • Buying a dress -- I'm excited to wear it
  • Radina's music night

February 10, 2009

  • Getting my scholarship check
  • Figuring out how to fix my bike brakes
  • Making progress in David Copperfield

February 9, 2009

  • 97-cent large diet cherry limeade
  • Matthew buying me chocolates and a dinosaur sandwich box to take my lunch to campus
  • Shake-and-bake pork chops

February 8, 2009

  • Finally finishing/submitting my Hallmark application
  • Getting my state taxes done
  • Playing basketball

February 7, 2009

  • Being able to see my Grandma Richwine
  • Mom buying me a double dip mint chocolate chip waffle cone at Braum's for my upcoming birthday
  • Making dinner and watching Cornell beat Penn

February 6, 2009

  • Getting my federal taxes done (aka signing them because Dad did them), oil changed, and car washed
  • Mint chocolate milkshake
  • Shopping with birthday money

February 5, 2009

  • Seeing Ann on campus and finding Keira in the library and eating lunch with her ... in the library.
  • Warm weather! My walks to and from campus were delightful.
  • Winning co-ed intramural basketball game by 2

February 4, 2009

  • Finding someone who wants to go with me on a train to St. Louis!
  • Wearing my hair down
  • Radina's music night

February 3, 2009

  • Reading Breaking Free by Beth Moore
  • Getting an e-mail from Shoff
  • Relaxing after a long day of classes: watching a movie with Tim

February 2, 2009

  • Talking to Kristin. (Enough joy in this to cover the entire month)
  • Making pasta for dinner (without using a recipe)
  • Spending time with B-stud girls

February 1, 2009

  • Going to the WELL
  • Napping
  • TVL Shooters winning intramural basketball over Clovia 40-12

January 31, 2009

  • inkWELL -- getting to spend an hour and a half with really awesome people
  • very warm weather -- walking everywhere and sitting in the sun, windows open
  • dinner party -- 15 people over for Henry's white fire chili and my cheesy biscuits
  • Listening to Alecia sing/guitar. She's so great. This will always make my day.

January 30, 2009

  • Mucho progress on Hallmark application
  • Strawberry smoothies for lunch with B. Brown
  • Getting a postcard from Jess

January 29, 2009

  • Warmer weather, walking, and music
  • Seeing Amanda at Hale Library
  • Matthew made chimichangas for dinner, a first for me, and I liked it.

January 28, 2009

  • Going over Touchstone editing with editor-in-chief
  • Free chai latte at Radina's
  • Writing at Radina's

January 27, 2009

  • Still being able to park on campus in "D" lots
  • Finished editing Touchstone
  • Feeling confident about Dickens quiz

January 26, 2009

  • Being quite productive
  • Staying warm inside
  • The LA crew arrives home safely

January 25, 2009

  • Seeing Chicago for the first time in my life
  • Driving back from KC -- good tunes
  • Long nap

January 24, 2009

  • Spending night at Doubletree: free warm cookies and super comfortable beds!
  • Cornell beats Columbia; Geoff dunks
  • Dinner with the fam. at Applebee's

January 23, 2009

  • Airplane trip: to Cincinatti then to Syracuse
  • Seeing Geoff and Lola
  • Staying in Ithaca

January 22, 2009

  • Near 60-degree weather
  • Driving to KC airport
  • Shrimp and cheesy biscuits at Red Lobster w/ Dad & Karen

January 21, 2009

  • Incredibly beautiful weather
  • Strawberry smoothie
  • Decorating a [surprise] box to be mailed

January 20, 2009

  • Watching Obama's inauguration with Reiko at Hale Library
  • Reading 100 pages of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Movie night with Matthew, Tim, and Henry: Shakespeare in Love

January 19, 2009

  • Radina's with Reiko
  • Being warm on the couch reading w/ Stephanie & taking a nap
  • Music project coming along well

January 18, 2009

  • S'mores over the fire pit
  • Lots of reading done at Radina's
  • Watching Milo and Otis

January 17, 2009

  • INKwell meets at Radina's: full punch card
  • Weather: mid-50s
  • Dinner with Alecia, Matthew, Tim, Layne, and Henry

January 16, 2009

  • The LORD opens many doors
  • Loving friends
  • Alecia playing guitar
  • Finishing a book

January 15, 2009

  • Navs w/ Shannon
  • Text from Jenn
  • Seeing Ann and Meredith

January 14, 2009

  • A.M. Workout at the Rec; officially on an intramural basketball team
  • Sarah Beck stopped by; text from B. Brown
  • Made zucchini bread

January 13, 2009

  • Tea at breakfast - a nice soother to my angry tummy
  • Nap. On the couch under two blankets. Mmm.
  • Radina's. A nice quiet time to collect my thoughts

January 12, 2009

  • A.M. Workout at the Rec
  • Making chocolate chip cookies
  • Hanging out with Ann, Ethan, Tim, Matthew, Drew, and Henry (dinner then Applebees)

January 11, 2009

  • Hearing Alecia sing and play her guitar in the morning
  • Experiencing the WELL for the first time
  • Warm weather: trip to the Konza

January 10, 2009

  • Finished Oliver Twist while at Panera
  • felt inspired enough to write on my blog
  • InkWELL pizza night. Magnetic poetry with Stephanie

January 9, 2009

  • Visited Jenn, Lindsey, and Allison
  • fixed Jenn's computer (I was so happy it worked)
  • text from Clarissa

January 8, 2009

  • Cleaned Erica's apartment
  • Went to the park and fed the ducks (kind of scary! They must have been really hungry)
  • Watched Law & Order

January 7, 2009

  • Started walking to Radina's and I liked how walking felt, so I kept walking. A little over three miles.
  • Another good workout
  • SBU plays at Washburn and I go to see Erica

January 6, 2009

  • Worked out
  • Walked to Hale to pick up two books for class
  • Got my prayer wall up in my room

January 5, 2009

  • Radina's. My first time back since mid-December.
  • Playing basketball at the Rec.
  • Making minestrone soup and cheesy biscuits.

January 4, 2009

  • staying under my grocery budget (thanks to a giftcard)
  • Enjoying reading Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  • Geoff gets me a free Cornell T-shirt and saves me $20

January 3, 2009

  • Jenn makes pancakes for me and Lindsey. I'm amazed at her pancake-making skills.
  • Jess sends me a text. She's in Kentucky!
  • I get gas for $1.559 and got 26.7mpg on my Junction City to KC and back trip.
  • The InkWELL plays telephone pictionary.

January 2, 2009

  • I ride my bike to the ATM from campus. The weather is wonderful -- warm and sunny!
  • I get to take Shoff to KC as she is heading back to Philly
  • In KC, Jenn lets me sleep on her couch.

 January 1, 2009

  • I found out my grandma has a 1950s manual typewriter in her basement.
  • I get to see Shoff, as she is back from Philly
  • Jess, Ann, Alecia, Ethan, Tim, Henry, and I play Wits & Wagers (very fun!)