"As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
When the wind has passed over it, it is no more, and its place acknowledges it no longer.
But the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him..."
~Psalm 103:15-17a

Creation Museum, Lantern Festival & LD

Wow.  This blog is beginning to look like my diary.  Long intervals with nothing written interspersed with long entries where I try to catch up on everything that had happened in the meantime.  I'm afraid to put up another post summarizing the last couple months.  I would probably have a drop in my readership as it would bore all my many readers to death.  But so much has happened in the last month or so, I want to at least give a very quick summary of some things I learned/enjoyed/did.

First of all, it was fun to go ice skating with my two sisters.  It was Maria's first time, and while she fell quite often, she did a really great job and improved quite a bit by the end of the night.  Her favorite part of the experience was watching me fall down (only once, mind you) and laughing hysterically about it - then and whenever she remembered it for the rest of the night.

I also made a couple hundred chocolate chip cookies with my office-mate and fellow intern, Sarah.  Let's just say that it helped point out our different approaches to things.*

Over MLK weekend, I traveled with a group of international students to the Creation Museum. It is a really great museum, full of interesting facts and amazing displays (one of my favorites was the contrast between the beautiful garden of Eden before sin came, and the room right after sin came, where everything was dark, ugly and painful - it really helps to see the effects of sin like that) and they do a really good job presenting the gospel. Not only did I enjoy it myself, but I enjoyed interacting with the students while we were there as well.  And I had fun feeding the camel...in the bitter cold.

The next weekend, I judged at the homeschool Speech and Debate Tournament. Between judging one round of debate Friday night and two rounds each of speech and debate on Saturday, I was pretty busy.  It's really fun, though, to hear all the different speeches (especially the humorous - some very funny ones this year!) and to try to follow the debates and remember the little I learned in debate class years ago. I couldn't get out, though, without hearing the popular Casey at the Bat poem.  Seems like every year there is at least one of those. I also judged my first Lincoln Douglas debate...really hard to follow.

Last weekend was the Chinese Lantern Festival our church hosts.  I was in charge of decorating and being scorekeeper.  Being scorekeeper is a kind of dangerous job...for some reason, people don't like it if you forget to mark the points they earned or if you accidentally give their points to a different team.  Thankfully, I came out unscathed.

Okay, I eased my conscience.  Now I will resolve to keep my blog up to date...and hopefully will actually have time to follow up on that resolution.

*Do not read anything bad into this! We appreciate and enjoy each others' differences!