If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
Even there Thy hand will lead me, And Thy right hand will lay hold of me.
Psalm 139:9-10


Welcome to my little corner. I first started a blog to send updates to my friends and family while on a missions trip to Macau, China back in the summer of 2005. Since then, I've been an on again, off again blogger. I only write when I feel like I have something to write about, and I write more for myself than for others.

I finished college five years ago, and since then have established myself as a private piano teacher in my hometown. In July of last year, I married the love of my life and best friend, Chad, and we're enjoying the journey of married life together. We bought a house last year as well, and are in the process of fixing it up and making it more and more our home.

My relationship with Jesus is the most important part of my life, and He has been faithful to me beyond what I could ever hope or ask for. It's my prayer that my life would bring Him honor until the day I can be with Him.

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Saturday, August 30, 2008
Piano Lesson Quotes

It's that time of year again...time to get ready for a new year of piano lessons.  Every August, I make up a binder for teaching, so each of my students has a page.  It helps me keep track of everything each student is working on and goals for the year.  In making up my new one, I've had the opportunity to go back through last year's book and rediscover some cute quotes that I had jotted down in there.  Here are some treasures from last year, that I wanted to save.

One beginner was having some trouble remembering when to play which hand.  When I pointed out that she was using the wrong hand, she responded:

My left hand was lying to my right hand!

Another girl was learning a new song titled Stanley the Skunk.  She was excited about it, and told me this little story:

Once I saw a skunk with my friend, but I didn't get stinked.

I've heard quite a lot about Webkins at lessons this past year from different students.  One girl came into her lesson and announced:

It's my pink poodle's birthday today!

This one is from another girl who had just started piano this past year.  In trying to get an idea of how she was liking it, I asked her what she was thinking of piano so far:  She responded:

It's fun!  It's fun I tell ya!

At the end of a student's lesson, I complimented him on the much better attitude he had compared to the previous week.  He explained:

I was just trying to have a happy attitude so I don't get busted again.

One beginner was just starting to learn about intervals (distances between two notes), and she made this observation:

Now I know two kinds of 2nds!  The kind you have at supper and the kind on the piano!

One girl had to come to her lesson alone, when she usually came with her sister.  She explained her sister's absence by saying:

My sister had her appendicitis taken out.

I can't even remember the context of this one...I think it was just a random comment that popped out in the middle of this girl's lesson:

I have lots of habits...but I'm not allergic to them.  No.

The same little girl at another lesson suddenly remembered that I had been engaged some time back, and said:

Hey!  Weren't you going to get married??

I responded: "Yep, I did!"

Oh!  Congratulations!!  High-five!

Last one.  I asked one boy when he first came in for his lesson one week if anything new or fun had happened since I had last seen him.  He got a bit of a suspicious smile on his face and said:

Yeah, I got the urge to buy pink shirts.

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Friday, August 08, 2008
States I've Visited (or at least drove through)

Thanks to many a road trip  :)

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Feminine Appeal

feminine appealChad has found himself in a pile of reading homework lately from a seminary course he took last June.  As an attempt to hopefully encourage him and to perhaps draw on his competitive side, I challenged him to a contest to see who could read 1,000 pages by the end of the summer.  I won't comment on our progress or who is winning at this point, but I figured it would also be good incentive for myself as any since I always seem to have a pile of books to read and, being that reading is not my favorite hobby, never seem to get to.

Due to our little reading contest, I just finished reading a wonderful book titled Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney, who happens to co-author the blog GirlTalk along with her three grown daughters that I have enjoyed reading many times over the past few years.  As I read this book, I came across so many helpful principles that I could stand to review probably on a daily basis.  Since I don't intend to read the book every day, I tried to synopsis points of each chapter as reminders to myself of things I would like to continually work on and strive towards.  Here is what I ended up with:


My Role as Chad's Wife is. . .

1) to love him by tenderly thinking of him, prizing him, cherishing him and enjoying him (Titus 2:4)

2) to practice self-control in the areas of food (I Cor 10:31), sleep (Prov 20:13), thoughts (2 Cor 10:5) and feelings (Ps 37:4).

3) to keep my heart and my mind pure by setting them on things above (Col 3:1-5) and making no provision for the flesh (Rom 13:14).

4) to cultivate passion in our marriage by being attractive (Song 7:6), being available (Song 6:3) and being anticipatory (Song 5:10-16).

5) to work diligently managing our home (Titus 2:5) by continually educating myself and orienting myself to my husband's needs (I Cor 11:8-9).

6) to pursue kindness (Gal 5:22) as a sincere desire for my husband's happiness by avoiding the hindrances of anger (James 4:6-10), bitterness (Eph 4:31-32), and judgment (I Cor 13:7) and instead seek to be known for praying (James 5:16), greeting, listening (Prov 20:5), listening (Prov 12:25) and planning (Prov 22:3).

7) to practice respectful and pure submission as "the divine calling to honor and affirm my husband's leadership and help carry it according to my gifts" (Eph 5:22).

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Quotes From My First Week Back

I started teaching again last week...and I'm still adjusting to the schedule I think.  It's quite a switch to go from teaching no students a week...to teaching over 60!  I'm really enjoying lessons though, and it's been great seeing everyone again.  They said a few cute things that I thought I'd share:

One student was telling me about their math book, and how it was getting more and more challenging as it went.  She said:

The beginning of my book was much easier!...it was reviewing multiplication and plussing!

Later that same day, I was talking to another student about how school was going.  He said that he had a GREAT teacher this year, and I...in all stereotypicalness asked him, "What's HER name?"  He responded:

It's a his.....I mean a him!

One more.  This was one of my last students of the week.  Just in the beginnings of piano, this student was just starting to play songs that used both hands and all ten fingers....wow!  :)  This one particular song switched from right to left hand and vice versa several times, and I pointed out where she needed to track with her eyes in order to get through the song in the right order.  However, the first time she tried, she got a little mixed up and went to the wrong spot.  I stopped her and pointed out where she needed to go, and she said:

I'm always a forgetter.  I forget almost all the time!

I wanted to say, "Me too!" but I just smiled to myself.  I wish I could record the cute voice she said it in and put that on here too.  You'll have to take my word for it though, it was cute.  :)

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Thursday, August 30, 2007
Please Pray for Susan

I found out today that Susan, one of the girls I mentioned a couple posts ago, is still in the hospital as she has been ever since her family was involved in a car accident.  I haven't heard a lot of details, but she's had to have at least a couple surgeries, one on her back and one on her bowel.  Her Mom mentioned in an email that she's still in a good deal of pain and sleeps a lot.

I'm hoping to be able to go visit her sometime soon, but she needs a few days to recover from her most recent surgery.  I know this is tough for their family to be dealing with right now, and with school about to start and so many other things, it must seem quite stressful.  Susan (and Gretchen) will be continuing lessons with me when they are able to start again.  Please pray for them.

Cast your burden on the Lord,
and He will sustain you;
He will never permit
the righteous to be moved.
Psalm 55:22

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