Friday, May 27, 2011


Once upon a time, in a kingdom far more splendid than any other, there lived a King whose name 
was Faithful and True.  He was strong and brave, yet tender and humble.  Riding on a white horse 
holding a magnificent sword, he protected his kingdom and all his subjects with virtue, justice, and 
grace.  The time came for him to take a wife and he chose for himself a very special young woman.  
She was lovely in every way and well pleasing to him.  Her spirit was gentle and quieted and when 
she spoke, her words were like apples of gold in settings of silver.   Her behavior was always chaste 
and respectful and every place she went, beauty seems to increase.  She was skilled in the arts, 
using all her talents to make herself and her surroundings a delight to the eye and a comfort to the 
On the day they were to be wed, there was great excitement as she prepared herself for her groom.  
She washed herself carefully in the Word, hiding it in her heart so that she would never be unclean 
before her husband.  She applied the sweet aroma of prayer to praise and bless her husband who 
would always provide for her every good and perfect gift from his storehouses above.  She dressed 
in fine white linen spun from her righteous deeds.  Around her neck she fastened a necklace which 
had been passed on from her mother and was finer than gold and more precious 
than was made of wisdom which had been a gift to all the women in her family, hammered 
and shaped by the craftsmen Suffering and Trials.  And last, she brushed her hair until it positively 
shone, reflecting the light which she knew was supplied to her by her groom.  She was ready to 
accept the crown that he would place as a covering for her head signaling that the two were now 
united as one.  
After they exchanged their vows...he promising to lead and provide for her, to love her and to give 
his very life for her...she promising to submit to him and respect him...there was a great celebration 
and feast.  All rejoiced at this perfect union and noted that the bride was absolutely radiant.  The 
groom was esteemed and congratulated so much that he too was beaming as if gaining this bride 
was a prize far greater than all earthly riches.   
Our story ends as the two lovers enter the gate of the beautiful garden the bride had been tending 
her whole life.  No one had ever been invited past the gate before, and now with great joy it became 
their place of celebration and sharing.  He delighted in her beauty and how he now felt complete 
because of her and she rejoiced in his strength and how she now felt fulfilled because of him.  And 
they lived happily ever after.  

Thanks mom. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


"Babysitting is the most effective means of birth control."

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


It's going to be an amazing summer. 

A few weeks ago I received some terrible news. Harry Potter 7 (the final movie) is coming out a few days AFTER the team leaves for Australia!!  

What to do...
I mean, of course I'm still going to go... unless... No! But if...

Anyways, a few days ago I decided to present my concerns to the team. You have to love 'em. Here are some of the responses posted over the past few days:

-I know some are all nervous... but rest assured Harry Potter is still coming out in July in Australia!! 




-Oh, thank goodness! All is well. 

-Dude. I am SOOO down to see the midnight showing. Under the condition that we all dress up fo realz. 

-UM. DONE. I've got HP glasses and a mad eye moody eye patch thing. 

-So does this mean I should try to watch the other Harry Potters before we leave...?

-Confession. Only seen the first movie. Never read any of the books. Am I shunned?

-If you're shunned, so am I! I've only seen the most recently released part one movie... If we are shunned, at least we have each other!

-Who's this HP guy?

-I think it's some light show-aerobics guy that they want to see perform in Australia at midnight? I'm confused as well. 

-Ooh I'm gonna have to pass on that then, as fun as that sounds, light shows give me constipation. 

-I think I'd rather go see that movie about a wizard killing a bald guy.

And my personal favorite...

I just have to say it again! 

It's going to be an amazing summer. 

Sunday, May 22, 2011



“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?"
    Luke 6:46 

I was really challenged by this verse this week. The more I think about it, the more it impacts me. Lord means "master". It means what He says is the ruling authority over my life. It means what He commands matters, because it dictates my life. Another way of saying this is: Why are you calling me master if nothing I say impacts what you do? 

I address Jesus as "Lord" all the time. Is it possible that he is my God but he isn't my Lord? Something I've been considering... 


I have wonderful news about the fundraising for my trip! My goal was to reach at least the $4000 mark by June 7th because I leave for my first trip June 8th and I didn't want to have to come back in a panic. 

God is so good.

I have officially broken the $3500 mark! And even more has been promised...

This is even more amazing considering I sent out the letter just a little over a month ago. Who raises that much money in a month? God, thats who! I am so moved by his provision for me. It gives me the confidence to move forward...

Thank you so much to all who have prayed and to all who have given! You don't even know how much it means to me... 


Please be praying for me these next few weeks. Leaving my job isn't going to be nearly as easy as I thought it was going to be. I have been a nanny for the same kids for almost two years and I keep breaking down every time I think about my last day (June 3rd) rapidly approaching. Please pray I will finish strong and that God would be present in my weakness. 


My friend Andrea is considering guest blogging for this blog. Topic: Did guys invent motorcycle rides to get chicks? I am definitely interested in what she has to say. If you recall, I had similar suspicions about rock climbing...

(I'm just going to throw it in this post.)

Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

The reason for the title of this post.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
I am currently watching this movie for the 783957483964 time.
It is the best movie of all time.


I always thought I believed in people. But perhaps I just have false expectations because I want you to be something your not. Why else am I constantly disappointed?


I was given a golden piece of wisdom this week. 

"Hannah, Satan is going to use what you care about to lead you astray. Why would he bother with things that don't matter to you?" 

So good to be reminded.


Like a gold ring in a pig's snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.  Proverbs 11:22 


To all those joining me on my summer adventure,
I can't wait to meet you. I pray the Lord is preparing your heart and mind in the way only He can. I'm so excited to see what is going to happen... 
Much love,