Saturday, July 31, 2004
It's been so long since I have met You here
Since I have said these words and cried these tears
And like a child would come I run into our secret place
And as the music fades the tears are rolling down my face
I am alive in this momentIn this moment I am found
I am alive in this momentIn this moment I belong
It's been so long since I have met You here
Since I have heard You speak and let You hear
And like a wayward son I've come with nothing left to hide
Here in this moment I have come to offer up my life
Here only one fire burns
Here only one melody is heard
Once again for the very first time
My eyes are opening
amanda shaye |1:38 PM
Friday, July 30, 2004
i just got back from watching 100 kids sing songs and act like they were japanese.
you gotta love vacation bible school.
i also went and saw 'the village' tonight. i won't spoil it for anyone... it was really good though, different than i expected, but good. there was this guy up front that had a phone that kept ringing during the movie. this chick from the back yelled and swore at him. i laughed really hard.
amanda shaye |9:00 PM
Wednesday, July 28, 2004
God's training is for now, not later. His purpose is for this very minute, not for sometime in the future. We have nothing to do with what will follow our obedience, and we are wrong to concern ourselves with it. What people call preparation, God sees as the goal itself.
God's purpose is to enable me to see that He can walk on the storms of my life right now. If we have a further goal in mind, we are not paying enough attention to the present time. However, if we realize that moment-by-moment obedience is the goal, then each moment as it comes is precious.
i was reading this tonight and it ALL hit me. why am i so worried? i don't know. because i am stupid. thanks God...for showing me...
amanda shaye |10:03 PM
amanda shaye |11:33 AM
Then I go out at night to paint the stars.
amanda shaye |8:57 AM
i go into work today JUST to pick up my new schedule and check... well, i look at the schedule and i was scheduled to work...today. hmmm, she (my boss) never told me. i had just gotten back early this morning from chicago so there was no way that i could have known. she didn't call or leave a message or anything. what a cooky bird. so yeah, i unexpectedly worked today. yay money. God is good...all the time...and all the time...God is good.
someone let me know if they find tickets under 900 bucks.
amanda shaye |12:46 AM
Tuesday, July 27, 2004
i am now home again. i ate kangaroo in denmark. it was tasty.
amanda shaye |10:23 AM
Saturday, July 24, 2004
danish receptions are nuts. we got to the building at 6pmish and left at 2:45am. there were so many speeches and so much eating, but the eating was spread out over a period of 7 hours..."go home soup" (LOL..stephen.)
i had the pleasure of sitting next to johannes and also stephen sandoval. for the first course we served little baby lobsters, which none of us knew how to open. THAT made for some good laughs and pictures. then there was the salmon paste. yeah, my mouth was watering...
lea and david stood up and thanked their family and friends and then personally thanked each of us americans for coming. everyone was crying and being all emotional (except for johannes because he said that he was an "insensitive sh").
lotte was a server at the dinner. she had a little trouble during the night though. she was picking up plates and accidently dropped a lobster head down a guys back. oh, lotte i know that you come here, but you just don't sign the guestbook. you were really a great server. thanks for keeping the beers nice and stocked right in front of me. lol. you goose.
at the end of the night when almost everyone had left, the real party started. i think that some of the danes had a few too many tuborgs and carlsbergs. there was a dance party that busted out. i have never laughed so hard. it was great. caleb started singing his own song and taking his shirt off... then he got other guys to join him. what a crazy.
then it was time to throw rice. we spilled it everywhere trying to get as much as we could in our hands. then we ended up chucking it at each other instead of the bride and groom. simon and steffen got the bright idea to start tossing it down the front of my dress...then johannes and rune and filip joined in. then everyone started doing it to everyone else. i am happy to say that i got some in several victims trousers....and noses. i have never before had rice in my underwear. not recommended.
then they were off to a honeymoon in greece.
amanda shaye |8:49 PM
we all waited in anticipation for the doors to open. he was ansy and fidgety and crying already. the doors finally opened and she started down the aisle. the beauty that surrounded her overwhelmed me. i wasn't sure that i was even capable of getting through the song. she was the picture of purity and grace. here she was, the woman that had been with me through so much, the woman that had been just a girl with me a year ago, the woman that had inspired and challenged me to be a better person, and now she was walking towards her future. she was stunning. he was so overtaken by everything around him that he couldn't quit weeping. she was beaming and he couldn't hold back any of his amazing emotion. everything was perfect... everything was beautiful.
amanda shaye |9:17 AM
Friday, July 23, 2004
i love milk...and green beans.
amanda shaye |5:41 AM
Thursday, July 22, 2004
most of copenhagen is depressing. i can already feel it. the weather is terrible. i listened to my beach boys cd to cheer myself up. the walking streets still hold their warmth though, but not a summer warmth, the kind of warmth that you feel in the fall. the kind that makes you want to go on long walks and kick the leaves on the pavement while sipping on a hot cup of chai. i don't think that i am ready for this kind of weather yet, knowing that i am going to have to endure it for about 7 months. cherish your summer and sunshine americans. there is none in denmark.
amanda shaye |11:49 AM
Wednesday, July 21, 2004
i accidently slept all day. then i went and helped lea and david with wedding stuff. priscilla and her boyfriend also came over. i made programs and tied bows around candles. it was very interesting to watch david try and tie the bows with his man hands. then we watched some ridiculous videos on the computer...we watched the chinese "money" girl again. david and i laughed so hard. then we headed to bed.
last night i was going to bed really late and got a big shock that almost sent me through the ceiling (yeah laugh it up andy). the matthews brothers are staying here along with their father. well, i was going to bed at about 3am because i couldn't sleep and there he was, the matthews' dad, standing right there in front of me. i jumped really high and "squealed" and then looked at him. i had to run to my room because i was trying so hard not to laugh. he was in his underwear... and following me to my room apologizing.
craig and sarah got home from the states today. they have been sleeping and i haven't seen them. something to look forward to tomorrow.
amanda shaye |6:41 PM
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
it's weird... i have never just VISITED. i need a big hat, some velcro sandals, black, bug eyed suglasses and a polaroid camera.
amanda shaye |4:39 PM
back in dk. the weather today was great. they said that it was the sunniest day in weeks. so of course i would have to comment that it was i who brought the sunshine. when we stopped at Norreport, shultze from campsite got on so i had a chit chat buddy all the way home. tonight teddy, lotte, aj, daniel and i are hanging out. i will probably see some of simon also. yay.
...and we are off to robert's!
amanda shaye |12:21 PM
Sunday, July 18, 2004
karin's wedding was beautiful. i cried and jon made fun of me.
amanda shaye |3:48 PM
Thursday, July 15, 2004
i finally made it to chicago after a 9 and a half hour train ride. it was only supposed to be 5 hours, but i silo got blown over on the tracks by two tornados so we were unable to get through. lots of crazy times and people in those nine hours.
sitting at eric's house right now. today we went to jim and nate's and hung out then to best buy and then back here to party hard. we played some 4 square at a park. ok, i need to get back out to the bon fire.
wales wisconsin here we come.
amanda shaye |12:08 AM
Wednesday, July 14, 2004
so i was on the amtrak for 9 and a half hours do to a silo crashing on the tracks because of two tornados. it was a crazy time and there were crazy people.
sitting at nate's house right now and just got permission from my dad to kiss his luscious asian lips. going to eric's tonight to party hard, then off to andy's tomorrow afternoon.
amanda shaye |5:46 PM
Monday, July 12, 2004
ok, so i get this cd in the mail today... "you overwhelm me". this should be fun guys. WHO'S EXCITED?!
amanda shaye |7:03 PM
Sunday, July 11, 2004
my little brother daniel, who is 5, answered the phone last sunday while most of my family was at church. it was jared, one of my brothers' friends, on the line. he wanted to talk to jonah, so he asked where he was. this was daniel's response...
daniel- "he's at church."
jared- "well, why is he still there?"
daniel- "he's woshipping God, duh."
then he hung up.
amanda shaye |3:34 PM
Saturday, July 10, 2004
CARDINALS WON!!!! 6 to 1!! take THAT cubs fans! they were leaving after the 6th inning because they knew that there was not a chance. awww, poor fans.
we had the best seats. i got hit on the head with a foul ball and got a whole bunch of free stuff...ok, not really. :)
they had a children's choir sing the national anthem and a guy behind me started howling like a coyote.
we went to red lobster before that game and my grandma, just out of the blue, starts singing, "er'body in the club gettin tipsy". what? we called her G'MA the rest of the night. she was a troublemaker. she started booing a big, tall cubs fan as he walked by and made him really mad. he stared at her and said, "whatever" in this deep deep voice. then there was a real fight that broke out behind us. a cards fan dumped a whole cup of beer over a cubs fan's head. that was hilarious.
a great night.
amanda shaye |3:06 PM
Friday, July 09, 2004
back at g'ma and g'pa's house. bonnie...this morning i was sleeping and she came and jumped on me on the bed and started biting my hair and licking my face. then she just layed on top of me. she is such a psycho. then she ran outside and i had to go carry her in because my aunt was afraid that she was going to run into the road and get run over....she said it like it was a BAD thing. so i went and had to lug her in over my shoulder. this dog weighs about 40 pounds. she's huge.
going to the ball game tonight. cards vs. cubs. sorry illinois, but i am rooting for st. louis.
amanda shaye |10:25 AM
Wednesday, July 07, 2004
this is a sad night. i want to go back.
amanda shaye |11:24 PM
getting ready to head back to orlando, where we will meet lauren, drop me off and then i will catch my plane at 7:30pm, andy his at 5pm and jaralei leaves early tomorrow. ::sigh::
i would have to say that these have been the best 7 days of summer.
amanda shaye |7:28 AM
Tuesday, July 06, 2004
The full name of Barbie doll is "Barbie Millicent Roberts". She is from Willows, Wisconsin and went to Willows High School.
somehow, it all makes sense.
amanda shaye |9:06 AM
Monday, July 05, 2004
i like chunky. chunky is the best cat ever. i think that i will steal her before i go home.
today was good. i had the pleasure of meeting christian. this is a dane living here in fort myers that had a former relationship with one of my good friends in denmark. this guy is awesome. he cracked me up all night. we hung out with him this morning and then again tonight. nolan wanted some time with d, so christian took us over to sanibel island for a "romantic" walk on the beach... yes, it was a good night.
after that we went over to this guy dave's house that was on staff at cimc the first year, and shared an apartment with christian. we watched baseball, and while sitting there tried to educate the dane on the rules. that was interesting to say the least. go to andy's site for the whole story...i don't feel like writing it.
going to the beach again tomorrow. can't get enough of that sun.
amanda shaye |10:50 PM
Sunday, July 04, 2004
happy fourth of july everyone. i know that it isn't the fourth anymore, but we just got back from the beach and i haven't had time. we got up this morning and went to church where we got to see brad, charlie, erin, alex and tara. then we headed over to the beach. we were there all day. ahhhh. danielle's dad took us out on his boat for about an hour looking for dolphins, but we never saw any. it was still incredibly beautiful. we all gathered on the beach to watch the fire works. while "ooo-ing" and "ahhh-ing" over that we decided to make some phone calls to a whole bunch of friends that couldn't make it to florida. that was nice. then andy decided to get really sick. he threw up...and lauren, nolan and i just sat there and watched. we threw in a "ewww", "thur ya go" or "get it up boy" (as nolan said) when needed. it was like watching a movie. we felt like we needed tickets. gross.
there was more that happened, but i am too tired to write about it. i am getting in the shower now to rinse all the sand and salt off of my worn out body.
amanda shaye |11:59 PM
Saturday, July 03, 2004
jaralei surprised us and ended up showing up here anyways. what a crap head.
amanda shaye |5:08 PM
Thursday, July 01, 2004
i am here, in orlando FLORIDA! woohoo! ::using the excited voice::
i got in at 10:08am and had my bags by 10:30am. i knew that i was going to have to wait for awhile because lauren was in tampa with her family and on her way back. wellllll, i waited for AWHILE and then decided to call her so she knew that i was there. she said that her brother had been there, and was looking for me. OUTSIDE. i was definitely INSIDE. so i go out and wait for about another half and hour and then he pulled up. got my stuff loaded up and left the airport.
he explains to me that lauren will be back in about 2 hours and that i am just going to chill at their grandparent's house until then. ok, fine with me. so i get there and as soon as i walk in, am asked if i need something, ANYTHING. they tell me to "be comfortable, just be comfortable" in their limited english. so i plant myself on the couch and watch some tv. pretty soon they have ordered me a large cheese pizza all to myself, propped my feet up, and gave me a blanket and pillow. "you's tired" her grandmother informed me. si, i am. gracias. i lay down and fall asleep for awhile. the only time that i am awakened is the three times her grandparents came in and told me that i should eat more pizza, then offered me chocolate ice cream twice. when i assured them that i was perfectly fine 3 minutes later "mommy", what they call their grandma, was pushing a capri sun into my hand. ok, ok. i will drink this to make you happy, not at all because i want or need it. she still couldn't understand why i didn't want ice cream. i think that i confused her. no i don't want a sandwich either mommy. dear lord. this woman would have made me burst if i ate all that she offered. andy should have been in my spot and i in his.
"mommy" told me countless jokes that she herself made up. she would start laughing as she told them. she was cracking herself up. while watching oprah she came and sat down close to me and started telling me her life story. "never trust a man" she said, "i don't trust any man, not even my husband. i am in charge of all the money. i have an account and he has a separate account then we have a joint account. if he ever leaves i get half." she kept shaking her head. "always keep the money together in same bank account. take my advice, i know a lot."
the visit with the grandparents was wonderful.
lauren finally arrived with her dad, on his harley. he went back to the house to get the car while we waited at her grandparent's house. we were there for another 2 hours waiting for him to get back. we sat around and talked about lauren's countless male friends. lauren called and made reservations for a big family dinner at KOBE. mmm, yum. she called at around 6. her family kept calling and asking for directions on how to get to her house from tampa. we changed the time of the reservations fron 8, to 8:30, then to 9:15 then we cancelled. ok, we will order chinese now. ok, fine. they call when we are on our way to lauren's house and tell us that they are locked out of the house, and that everyone has to pee. sal, lauren's dad, told them to go in the bushes, he needed them to grow anyways. wow. ok. so we pull up to the house and there are 16 spanish, philippino, chinese family members on the lawn gathered around a 15 passenger van and another suv, yelling with brooklyn accents. i get out and am showered with hand shakes and kisses and "hey i am's" and "glad to meet ya's". it was great. then they all bolt for the bathroom. this house is amazingly loud. AMAZINGLY. it is just like something that you would see in the movies.
ok, i have to go try to get ready now...if i take a shower i think that i will be the 10th in line...some of them just resorted to showering together to make is faster. ok, going to see spiderman 2 tonight. dun dun dunnnnnnnnn.
amanda shaye |7:30 PM