Happy New Years

31 12 2009

ok, #1, I HATE snow.  We got a couple inches of snow and it isn’t fun.  I even had a dentist appointment planned for this afternoon and I guess everyone else had canceled their appointments and so they asked me to go at 9:30 in the morning.  So I got the fun of walking in the snow down there because their wasn’t a car I could use to get there safely.  Even tonight this one kid got stuck in a ditch while I was hanging out with daniel.  We were called to help and I notice the guy has a girl with him and she has caused a good amount of drama for me so I chose to stay in the car.  It was probably a better idea because I know she does not like me all that much.

Now for New Year plans.  First I was gonna do a game night with some friends but Zeth has to work so that isn’t really happening anymore.  Sam invited me to go with her to her aunt’s so I may do that.  I don’t know yet though.

New Years resolutions include…
1. make a to-do list each week (it worked really well during finals)
2. lose 20 pounds throughout the year
3. figure out future more and work towards getting experience to reach goals
4. Have fun

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Story Time

15 12 2009

This is one of my favorite Christmas stories…

THE CHRISTMAS ORANGE

I’d like to tell you a story my grandmother told me when I was six or seven years old. We had gone to her home for Thanksgiving dinner and the drive was rather a long one. I had filled the time with making a list of all the things that I wanted for Christmas that year.

Later that evening after I was ready for bed, I showed the list to my grandmother. After she read it, she said, “My goodness, that really is a long list!” Then she picked me up and set me on her lap in the big rocking chair and told me this story:

“Once there was a little girl who came to live in an orphanage in Denmark” (Now my grandmother was from Denmark, so this story might even be true.) “As Christmas time grew near, all of the other children began telling the little girl about the beautiful Christmas tree that would appear in the huge downstairs hall on Christmas morning. After their usual, very plain breakfast, each child would be given their one and only Christmas gift; small, single orange.”

At this point I looked up at my grandmother in disbelief, but she assured me that was all each child would receive for Christmas.

“Now the headmaster of the orphanage was very stern and he thought Christmas to be a bother. So on Christmas Eve, when he caught the little girl creeping down the stairs to catch a peek at the much-heard-of Christmas tree, he sharply declared that the little girl would not receive her Christmas orange because she had been so curious as to disobey the rules. The little girl ran back to her room broken-hearted and crying at her terrible fate.”

“The next morning as the other children were going down to breakfast, the little girl stayed in her bed. She couldn’t stand the thought of seeing the others receive their gift when there would be none for her.”

“Later, as the children came back upstairs, the little girl was surprised to be handed a napkin. As she carefully opened it, there to her disbelief was an orange all peeled and sectioned.”

“How could this be?” she asked.

“It was then that she found how each child had taken one section from their orange and given it to her so that she, too, would have a Christmas orange.”

How I loved this story! I would ask my grandmother to tell it to me over and over as I grew up. Every Christmas, as I pull a big, juicy orange from my stocking, I think of this story. What an example of the true meaning of Christmas those orphan children displayed that Christmas morning. How I wish the world, as a whole would display that same kind of Christ-like concern for others, not just at Christmas, but throughout the year.






Cute Little Notes

13 12 2009

So I don’t do well with anonymous notes.  I like knowing things so I constantly want to know who they are from or what is going on in their head to see why they thought they need to send the note or why they don’t put a name on it.

About 2 weeks ago I got a love note (my apartment complex offers ppl to write little notes to other people once a week.)  So this love note says “The sun never shines as bright as my face when I see you smile!”  Pretty much, I have no idea who it from and I wish I did.

Today As I was leaving the apartment for Sarah’s Bridal Shower I find a new note stuck on my door.  This note had Riesen chocolate attached to it and it said…

Robin, here are two riesens we love you!
1. We love your example of courage and trust.
3. We see your love for God and others through your bright countenance
Oops, I don’t know how to count.

With that one Lexie and I brainstormed who it could be from.  We know it is somebody who knows me pretty well in order to know the courage and trust part.  But also, it had to be someone with a sense of humor for the 3 part.

I remember last year getting some stuff but I figured it out after some time.  I received a flower one day with a note that said “I thought a gorgeous girl needed a gorgeous flower, have a great week!”  then 2 weeks later I received a baggy of cookies with a note that said the person was grateful to know me.  I decided this was all Jim because he loved baking and he knew what my favorite flower was.  It took me forever to figure it out but I did.

So tip of advice.  If you decide to send me a little something, put your name on it if you don’t want me to die of craziness.





Moving

3 12 2009

I am moving at the end of the semester.  I just don’t feel like I am supposed to stay in this apartment.  This was all decided in my head Sunday night and I kept quiet til now.  I talked with Shelby, the apartment manager, and she was super helpful.  I know the girl I am replacing because I used to live with her myself.  She is getting married the same morning I am leaving so we are sure I can move my stuff there before then cuz she will be moved out before the wedding.

So yes, I will be moving to apartment 5 in two weeks.  Here we are with a new adventure.








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