i'm straightening up my room today. thanks to some lovely ladies, my room was nice and clean when i got back form china. but after being back, unpacking, house sitting for a week, starting school, etc, it got a little messy. NOT NEAR AS BAD AS IT WAS, i can assure you. just needed to be straightened up.
well i was putting a book on my bookshelf and i noticed an old journal of mine from when i started high-school. i started flipping through in and saw how weird i was was in ninth grade. haha.....ever get embarrassed when looking at stuff from the past? it makes me laugh.
as i was flipping through my notebook, i saw a page of prayer requests that i had written out to remind my self to pray for as i would write in this journal. it was really awesome to see that God had answered those prayer requests.
one was of a girl we had gotten to know, that she would receive Christ; she did.
a couple others were for the missions teams of that year, that everything was going well; those were successful trips from what i had heard.
then i went to look at some personal prayer requests for me. the one that stood out said, and reminding myself to pray about, "if God is leading me to go to South Africa" and apparently i wanted to go that year (2009) and was in the process of filling out the application.
well it obviously wasn't in God's plan that i go on missions trip to South Africa in 2009. and not to go to china in 2010. But in 2011. perfect example of God's timing. i wasn't ready for a mission trip. He knew that 2011 was the year for me to go overseas, and NOT TO SOUTH AFRICA. i never knew that i wanted to go anywhere other then SOUTH AFRICA. don't get me wrong. i would still love to go there. but i was brought to the last place i thought i wanted to go. AND I LOVED IT.
i am so thankful that i was able to go to CHINA. we were so welcomed there. we fell in love with the children that we came in contact with. and i know God was glorified through what we were doing over there.
"There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven...." Ecclesiastes 3:1
.........you're sitting in political science class, listening to everyone talk about their different views on the war on terror, and feeling slightly intimidated with how INFORMED everyone is. i guess that, since i don't have cable and am not able to watch the news on a regular basis, i am uninformed. actually there is NO guessing about it.
my name is caroline and i am uninformed when it comes to the news and/or politics.
that's not going to be helpful when it's time to vote for a new president. is there any way to watch a live stream of Fox News or CNN online?
even though i felt really stupid in class, listening to all the other intelligent people, it was very interesting.................
......when someone mistakes the word "patient" for
the word "pregnant". i mean come on! how awkward is that? seriously??
what had happened was......i went into lunch at school. this was on the historic campus, in the teeny cafe. the nice lunch lady (and i mean NICE. she basically wants you to feel like home in this little place. and she succeeds. and she laughs really loud too.) asks me how i'm doing.
my reply is "i'm pretty good. just trying to be patient for winter to come. it's been too hot!" (if you live in Beaufort, SC, you know what i'm talking about. i feel almost like i am never dry, because i'm ALWAYS SWEATING...or so it seems.)
now i don't know if she can't hear very well, or if i was mumbling, or if it was the food machines producing the loud noise that machines like to make, or a combination of these things. but she thought i told her i was pregnant. PREGNANT. talk about awkward, especially when those that where in there could hear what was going on too....
what are some of your awkward moments of this week? tell me. i want to know. :)
as alyse says "i don't know how anyone can take this seriously. i mean how many takes do you think took for them to get the scene right? how can they sit there and look at each other passionately, have a cheesy heart to heart, and get through it with a straight face?"
i agree completely. we are sitting here in the school cafe, and there happens to be a soap opera on the tv. out of everything that could be on the tv- news, tlc, ANYTHING- there has to be a soap opera. bleh.
have you ever noticed how horrible some of these shows are? forget about the content, though that's nothing to sneeze about because the content isn't good either, but look how CHEESY they are. sappy too. i mean come on, it's like all they do is have dramatic sequences and and heart to hearts and.........blek......
as i write this, i am sitting in the bookstore of my college, having finished my first two classes. so far, i think my classes will be good. i know for a darn fact that thisWILL be INTERESTING.whether it's good interesting or bad interesting, only time will tell.
sorry for short post and i will get back with another china post soon.
well it looks (and feels) as if a stye has lodged itself in my eye. lovely.
i have always heard of my friends and other people getting these, but never had to deal with one myself. until now. and let me just say, it isn't a fun experience. no, not at all.
so now i have thrown out all my eye makeup and eye brushes/applicators for the sake of not making my stye worse, or have another one reappear. buuuut......i was bad and restocked on that fun stuff. inexpensive items, of course.
so now i an subject to my eye watering (something which, i learned through google, is common) and covering it with hot compresses and steeped green tea bags........
so for the past few days that i have been back home, i have been wanting to blog about my trip to china. but i couldn't decide on how to do it. because so much went on, i almost decided to just putt up my pictures.
then my mom suggested i just do a few pictures at a time and tell about them. so that's what i'm going to do. it will be kinda like a series, i guess.
now i realize that if you are friends with me on facebook, you have already seen my pictures.
the morning of the july 13th came very early. we had to be at church at 3:45 for a quick meeting, so we could get our passports and clean money. i got to church and found my good friend Wes. we got there just in time for the meeting to start.
"are you excited?" i asked him.
"i'm really excited. what about you?"
i told him that i was excited, a little anxious, and that i couldn't believe we were actually getting ready to go out of the country. that was something i had never done before. but all the same i was really, really excited.
we made it to the airport around 5 or 5:30 am. we got our luggage checked and headed to the waiting area. i had a friend take a picture of my mom and myself before we left. during this entire time, what kept going through my mind was 'i can't believe i am about to go out of the country. i can't believe that i'm about to go to china.'
i was getting kind of nervous. when i get nervous about stuff, i usually want to back out last minute. but then i remember that i can't back out, and then i begin to calm down again. now i was getting really excited about this new adventure.
i was proud of myself when it came to saying goodbye to my mom. ever since my dad passed away, we have been attached at the hip. so whenever the time comes for one of us to go away for a few days, saying goodbye can be difficult.
also, i had never been away from home longer then five or 6 days. i had never gone out of the country. i could tell that this would be God's way of testing me. i think this was His way to see how well i could rely on Him and only Him.
we took a team picture, said our goodbyes, and made our way through security and to our gate. i was proud at how brave i was when saying goodbye to my mom. tears welled up a little bit in my eyes, but no extreme water works. score.
we made our way through security and on to the tiny plane that would carry us to Newark International Airport (i think that's what it was called). once we landed there, we would meet up with another part of our team and fly 13 hours around the world to......CHINA........
i have returned from china. and let me tell you, it was something AMAZING. i loved it. i would go back in a heartbeat.
speaking of hearts, part of mine was left there.
don't worry. i took about a million pictures, so when i can get them up and running on my laptop 9yes, this thing finally arrived) i will share them with the world.
i was suppose to return home on monday. that didn't happen. we landed at the Newark airport in New Jersey and found out our flight was cancelled. this means we didn't return home till yesterday around 11 AM. oh well.