Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Best Summer Ever

Hello to my faithful readers, and happy weekend! 

Well, the summer has (unofficially) ended, and our interns (the best interns ever) have gone back to school.

Now I'm sitting here sorting through my iPhone pictures.

Here are some pictures, and memories... The ups and downs of our summer. 

June 7th, 2016
Poor Brad had to build a backdrop at 10:30 at night with a bunch of people watching him. "Good job, Brad." "Keep going, Brad."
Okay, we did help a little. "We" meaning Tim, Ryan, and I. ;D

Tim helping out...

June 9th, 2016 
The day I thought everything was going to fall apart. It seemed like everything was against us that day. Kevin, Debbie and Ryan were supposed to leave for Wisconsin early that morning. That didn't happen. I walked into the cafe to find this monstrosity of a puddle, that had leaked into the jewelry store below us. 

One of the mall directors told us to repaint the backdrop Brad built. It seemed like nothing was going right. But after some prayer, lots of hard work from Reidar, Ronnie, and Jordan we got it all figured out, and Ryan, Kevin, and Debbie made it safely to Wisconsin. 
They were gone for two weeks.

June 27th, 2016
The day Jordan hated life, because we got an order of bubble supplies, and he had to organize it all. TWO PALLETS. 

June 29th, 2016
When we finally got a "Square Stand" and Brad set it up. 

 July 13th, 2016
That week Pokemon Go came out, and thanks to Jordan, suddenly there was division within our bubble straw ranks. 

When our summer theme songs came on...

Stressed Out

Sail - The general rule for this song was to turn it up every time it came on. We will never listen to that song the same way again.

And now, thanks to Jordan and Tim, I have been in the Twenty One Pilots family for three weeks now.  And I like more songs than JUST Stressed Out and Ride, FYI. ;)

 July 16th, 2016
Our "outreaches" were fun, though sometimes stressful. We had a different event for kids in the mall every week, and sometimes twice a week.  

We had a lot of fun. XD

 The times we played "Werewolf" to unwind. These time were honestly one of my favorite memories of the summer.

July 25th, 2016
 Another favorite is this... I'd been wanting that C.S. Lewis quote on our wall for years, and Reidar did it this past week. [insert excited Lizzy sounds] I expressed my excitement A LOT as this was going up.

July 28th, 2016
A professional "cupping" took place on Thursday. We tasted several "mate's" (pronounced "Ma-tay") side by side, to try and figure out what the best one to bring in is. 

A couple guys in the background mastering the art of "photobombery"

 July 29th, 2016
Moving out at 10:15 last night. 

We had fun times, and we had stressful times, but we got through it all with Jesus, teamwork, and Twenty One Pilots. 


We have mixed feelings today, as our friends departed this morning. Glad that they were able to spend the summer with us, but sad that it went by so quickly (this post wasn't even the half of our time together). 

Oh well. We'll plan to visit them soon. And they'll definitely have to return that favor. 

All in all, it was a great summer. It went by like that, but it was good. We miss them all already.

Have a great rest of the weekend!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A More Perfect Union

I don't even know how to begin this post. I don't know how to express my frustration with current events, and America as it is today. This is not the same country I grew up in, and it is most certainly not the way I want my kids to grow up. I absolutely love my country. I get chills every time I hear our National Anthem, I won't stand for disrespectful behavior to Ol' Glory or our Armed Forces, and I get so proud when I see our Flag flying in the Kansas wind, but we're not what we used to be. 

What I want to do with this post is to simply let you know what I'm thinking. And as a millennial who cares about the direction her country is headed, I want to encourage others (old and young alike) to take the Constitution seriously. I am sick and tired of reading about those who undermine the very foundations upon which the United States of America was founded. I mean, if you hate my flag, why are you in my country? 

I got mad the other day. Although I didn't outwardly show it, I was angered at the fact that someone tried to burn Ol' Glory. MY FLAG. The flag that (still) stands for freedom. AND SHE TRIED TO BURN IT. I just can't fathom that. But maybe that's just me. It wasn't just this one thing that made me upset though. It's the news in general. ISIS claims responsibility for [fill in the blank] attack. Or, Police Officer killed. Or... well, I'll just stop there. 

I'm very patriotic, and I get defensive about things like this, so bear with me here.

How did we get to this point? What is the problem? What are we doing about it?
Now I'm asking myself these questions, and figuring out the answers. I think the problem is that we've pulled God out of most everything, and the result can be seen in the daily news headlines. People are dying, there's racism, hate speech, people going into the wrong bathrooms/dressing rooms, and presidential candidates who shouldn't make it to Office. Not what it was even ten years ago.

"May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please. but as the opportunity to do what is right." -Peter Marshall

What are we doing about it? What am I doing about it? I had to stop and think about this. What am I doing about the current state of this country? Well, what can I do?

First off, I can pray for our leaders. They need it as much as anybody. They are leading an entire country, after all!
I can also vote. Someone once told me that if you stay home, rather than vote, you might as well have voted for the other party. Example: The last election. I remember sitting in front of the computer with mom and dad, watching the live stream of what was happening with the election. It was Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, and though I was only 16, I was hanging on to my seat, waiting to see what the outcome would be. Greatly anticipating the announcement that Mr. Romney won, but it was not so. Over 3 million registered voters stayed home that day - many of them Christians. As a result, well... You know what we're going through now. I'm pretty sure our current president is Muslim, and is backing some Islamic groups. I am not going to go into that though.

Last, I can pass on the heritage. I've always been passionate about history. But not just any history - AMERICAN HISTORY. The history of this Great Nation. I can learn from our past, and pass on to my children the heritage that my parents passed on to me, and theirs to them. I can blog what I learn.

We can all do something! We SHOULD all be dong something, because as time goes on, America is becoming less free. I don't want to go into a political debate, but I believe we will lose it (freedom) altogether if Hillary Clinton is elected president.

Now, let me leave you with this:
"When the righteous triumph, there is great glory, but when the wicked rise, people hide themselves." -Proverbs 28:12

I'd like to encourage all of you to find and watch Dinesh D'Souza's America: Imagine the World Without Her. I think it is one of the best documentaries I've seen, and he's got a new one out, Hillary's America, that I am also looking forward to seeing soon. 

Now, let us work together to keep this... 
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. 
And may we never forget those who have gone before us, who have laid the foundation of truth for this republic on which we stand, one Nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. 

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Moving On

Sometimes life gets so hectic that you simply cannot go on with the way things are.

I speak from experience. 

This past year has been especially crazy, as I've not only been volunteering, but I was also hired to do the baking and shopping for the cafe. As well as the behind the scenes closet organizing. In addition to that, I've been working as the social media "bug" for my church body, and helping out with the youth group.

Almost every single day has been taken up with something, INCLUDING SUNDAYS.

Needless to say, I'm hardly ever at home these days, and I am going to make a change. 

This coming semester, I hope to get into a local college for their Graphic Technology program, and while I do that, I'm looking at getting a job at either Chick-fil-A or one of the local coffee shops.

Now, I know what you're thinking. COFFEE? Yes, I know. Surprising, isn't it? It's definitely not my cup-of-tea (so to speak), but it's a good place to be, and a great different skill to have (other than tea)! 

And speaking of tea! Here are a few pictures I got a couple weeks ago, before my camera went on strike again.
Out Front.

Growing Mint leaves in our Aquaponics System.

Teacup Lights.

A bubble tea. Mango-Pineapple, with popping pomegranate (my personal favorite).

Well, I hope you didn't mind that short break. ;)

Back to the issue at hand. I need to move on. Away from Cafe Barnabas, to start working towards my dream of becoming photographer and graphic designer at Answers in Genesis. This has been a dream of mine for a long, long time, and Lord willing it will be a reality in another year or so. As for now, I am not planning on leaving Cafe Barnabas until early/mid August.

I don't know what all is in my future, but it is bound to be an adventure!

NOTE: I will still be blogging, so don't worry!

Now, on a sidenote, I totally did not do Day Three of the Quote Tag! Shame on you, Lizzy. But like I always say, I've been CRAZY BUSY.

Here it is!

Day Three - Song Quotes:

How about some All Sons & Daughters?
I think they are just lovely. Their music is absolutely beautiful!

Now that I have those out of the way (I hope you enjoyed them by the way), I shall now retire for the night, as I have yet another busy week ahead of me.

Goodnight, dear fellow bloggers!