invisible children

29 March 2006

thanks to matt's myspace for letting me see this. the invisible children is an amazing non-profit to help the children in uganda. their goal?

To equip a generation, through education, to participate with authority in Ugandan leadership, and to take responsibility for the future of their own lives and country.
every night in uganda thousands of children leave their homes and walk into towns to sleep in fear of being abducted and or killed by the rebel army. watch the story of innocent here. check out their movement, their ad and the trailers.

this movement excites me.

proposal

28 March 2006

Florida was cooler than expected. only 65. which isn't bad considering Michigan was a lot cooler..but the wind was whipping. walking down the beach we looked at each other and thought we were in some movie caught in a sand storm. but we didn't care. it was going to be my first picnic, and considering we would be able to enjoy a beautiful sunset, i was excited. the cool thing too...although the weather was a bit tough, it made the beach scarce. we were the only one's there. steve had ordered a bottle of my favorite wine, columbia winery, syrah. which we can't buy in michigan or florida. we ate super yummy food from a local bistro and enjoyed the wine with hints of sand from the windy weather. it was so cool to have lived almost 31 years without a picnic...this will definitely not be our last! when we were finished enjoying the picnic, we decided to walk up the beach with a metal detector we borrowed from his parents neighbor. although there were a few requests from me to find a pirates treasure we were finding nothing. as the sun started to descend we decided to head back up the beach to our picnic site. steve walked towards our blanket and looked at me to ask if this was the spot the detector found something when we first started searching. i replied, no, seeing that it was about 5 feet from our footsteps in the sand. but he was persistent and to my amazement that darn ol' detector went off. signaling me to start digging, i went at it and quickly looked up at him with a big grin showing him the piece of tinfoil that had been buried. all that buildup and only tinfoil. but steve was sure there was something else buried in that sand. so i kept digging. just a few more swipes with the garden trowel unearthed a tattered pirates chest. in shock, i opened it up and saw that it contained a scroll, tied with a string and the edges burnt. i carefully opened it to read it's contents. instantly realizing what was about to happen, i looked up at steve and sat amazed. realizing that there was another chest nestled in the larger one, i opened the top to discover a ring. steve took the ring out of my hands and while asking me to marry him, he slid it on my finger. Guess he already knew my answer since he didn't wait for it!, but of course i said yes! and in utter amazement, we sat on the beach and watched the sunset light up the florida sky.



now we're off to plan a september wedding and sell my house. this will fore sure make a busy yet completely amazing summer. i've had a perma grin since last friday. we're so happy.

oye matey

26 March 2006

after a sunset picnic on the beach, steve and i unearthed a sparkly treasure in a buried pirates chest...more details to come...

i'm florida bound...talk to y'all soon.

lost

for those of you who are into lost, check out this site. it has clues and insights (no spoilers! so don't worry) from the second season. i'm still searching for more. if anyone knows where i can find them, let me know. i know, i know...i'm getting obsessed...

sun is shining

21 March 2006

t minus 45 hours until steve and i are leave on a jet plane to the sunny state of florida. i believe that my mind is already there on the warm sandy beach...we need this get away.

the weather is sweet..

2 times

20 March 2006

this morning makes it 2 times now, that i've yanked out my piercing in the shower. this is ridiculous!

on a side note, if you like chocolate...go to claddaghs and get the flourless chocolate cake. i believe i can honestly say that it's the most naughty dessert i've eaten in a very long time. especially when it's washed down with a guiness!

i can't seem to stop thinking about a nice warm slice of guinness chocolate cake with a tall glasss of guinness to wash it down with...i think i hear the claddagh irish pub calling my name...

happy sat patty's day y'all


May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be ever at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
And the rain fall softly on your fields
And until we meet again, May God hold
you in the hollow of his hand

nemesis

14 March 2006

last summer, i found a yard swing on free cycle. so i excitedly set the thing up in my back yard and was able to enjoy it all summer...this weekend i look out my porch window and see what i thought at the time was left over snow...it wasn't. all there was, was carnage and a little squirrel that will continue to try and choke down as much stuffing it can before running away. little bastard. so pretty soon, i won't have a nice yard swing but rather naked metal bars. bastard squirrel. here's the carnage in my backyard...




laughing

10 March 2006

this is the funniest thing i've seen in a long time. i can't stop laughing. so i'm sitting here laughing my butt off at work. i think people think i'm whacked. watch this!

save the kittens

sneaky

i think it's interesting how sneaky we can be with our sin lives. i push boundaries. i'm not taking hold of the things i use to, but i've gotten really good at using the right words in searches or perusing sites that although are predominantly safe, may have something i want...in other words, i'm getting really good at getting a quick fix without anyone knowing. but i know. and it's killing a bit more of me each time. i love and hate the internet all at the same time. i hate how sneaky i can be.

GOD used noel, as usual, to shed His light upon my sin. lately i've been pushing my sin boundary more and more and it has to stop. so i'm asking for prayers. i downloaded x3watch from http://www.xxxchurch.com. (which is free is your interested). it will send up to 2 people a list of questionable sites i've been visiting every 2 weeks. they're going to steve. i figure, if anyone needs to know what i'm doing, it's him. and for anyone out there stuggling with anything, i recommend listing to noels latest podcast disqualified and this message from steve bush.

music extravaganza

09 March 2006

i recently heard a friend sing for the first time and found an amazing band, so i thought i'd share. mandy oliver who is not only an amazing women, she has an amazing, mazzy starish kind of voice. you can check out her myspace here and her music site here. she's putting on a couple shows in march and i highly recommend checking her out.

10 mar 2006 10:00p @ trinity united methodist church in lapeer , mi; and
25 mar 2006 6:00p ompresions 5 museum in lansing, ,mi (lansing undergroud)

the band i found is the refugee allstars. they're a group of musicians who lived for over 6 years in a refugee camp in guinea, west africa. instead of giving up hope - they gave hope to their fellow refugees through their music. they sing songs about injustice, war, greed and they sing for peace in their home country of sierra leone.their story is a universal one, about human suffering, about forgiveness, love, hope and home. check out their main web site here and their myspace here.

enjoy and go support my girl, mandie!

music extravaganza

so I have recently heard a friend sing for the first time and found an amazing band, so I thought I'd share. Mandy Oliver who is not only an amazing women, she has an amazing, mazzy starish kind of voice. You can check out her myspace here and her music site here. she's putting on a couple shows in March and I highly recommend checking her out.

Mar 10 2006 10:00P @ trinity united methodist church in lapeer , MI; and
Mar 25 2006 6:00P Impresions 5 Museum in lansing, MI (lansing undergroud)

The band I found is the Refugee Allstars. They're a group of musicians who lived for over 6 years in a refugee camp in Guinea, West Africa. Instead of giving up hope - they gave hope to their fellow refugees through their music. They sing songs about injustice, war, greed and they sing for peace in their home country of Sierra Leone. Their story is a universal one, about human suffering, about forgiveness, love, hope and home. Check out their main web site here and their myspace here.

Enjoy and go support my girl mandie!

international womens day

08 March 2006

just wanted to share that today is international womens day

don't let all that false advertising dictate how you should think and feel. Feel amazing because that is what you are.

you are loved and will continued to be loved.

happy days to you!

check out beauty from within
web site for inspiration

day dreaming...

06 March 2006



Tonight at the Lansing Center, Dick and Rick Hoyt will be speaking. if you're interested, register by calling 517.346.9511. it's free.

here's a brief summary of who they are...

Dick and Rick Hoyt are a father-and-son team from Massachusetts who together compete just about continuously in marathon races. And if they’re not in a marathon they are in a triathlon — that daunting, almost superhuman, combination of 26.2 miles of running, 112 miles of bicycling, and 2.4 miles of swimming. Together they have climbed mountains, and once trekked 3,735 miles across America.

It’s a remarkable record of exertion — all the more so when you consider that Rick can't walk or talk. At Rick’s birth in 1962 the umbilical cord coiled around his neck and cut off oxygen to his brain. Dick and his wife, Judy, were told that there would be no hope for their child’s development.

For the past twenty five years or more Dick, who is 65, has pushed and pulled his son across the country and over hundreds of finish lines. When Dick runs, Rick is in a wheelchair that Dick is pushing. When Dick cycles, Rick is in the seat-pod from his wheelchair, attached to the front of the bike. When Dick swims, Rick is in a small but heavy, firmly stabilized boat being pulled by Dick.

for more info check out their site


addictions

05 March 2006

steve and i are addicted to lost. we can't stop. we rented the 1st season from the library last week and are already almost done. i think tonight will be the end...what a cool show. now we just have to get caught up on this season...if anyine wants to start watching the next season this summer, let me know.

child labor

02 March 2006


yesterday i decided to surf the net for sites on child labor. one of the sites i saw was this. kids as young as 5 years old, scavenging through landfills for up to 12 hours a day to help support their families, or themselves...these kids make 1 dollar a day. and this is just 1 form of child labor. in some countries, kids are chained to their work station or sold into the sex market. this is a world epidemic too. it happens more than you know in the great usa. this doesn't just happen overseas. here are some stats on child trafficking:

  • Human trafficking is the second-largest organized crime in the world.
  • 25 percent of all child sex tourists around the world are U.S. citizens.
  • The largest number of people trafficked into the United States come from East Asia and the Pacific (5,000 to 7,000 victims). The next highest numbers come from Latin America and from Europe and Eurasia, with between 3,500 and 5,500 victims from each. (U.S. Departments of Justice, Health & Human Services, State, Labor, Homeland Security, Agriculture, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. 2004. Assessment of U.S. Government Activities to Combat Trafficking in Persons. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Justice.)
  • An estimated 10,000 or more people from at least 39 countries (including the United States) are working as forced laborers in the United States, according to a September 2004 report of the Human Rights Center at the University of California at Berkeley (http://www.freetheslaves.net/files/Hidden_Slaves.pdf)
  • The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency estimates that 50,000 people are trafficked into or transited through the U.S.A. annually as sex slaves, domestics, garment, and agricultural slaves
think it doesn't happen in your neighborhood?
8 February 2005 - The Law News Network - The Justice Department today announced the indictment of a Michigan couple charged with forcing a 14 year old Cameroonian girl into involuntary servitude for financial gain in their Farmington Hills, Michigan home for almost four years.

walmart talks

01 March 2006

i just had this great conversation about the crappy business ethics of walmart to 3 of my fellow co-workers. the conversation came out of nowhere and they were genuinely interested. 2 of them shop there multiple times a week. i think it's so cool when opportunities like that just open up. i hope it will open their minds a bit more...