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The Birth of Jesus1In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3And everyone went to his own town to register.
4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
The Shepherds and the Angels8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14"Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."
16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Word of the Day: Celebrate
Quote of the Day: "Merry Christmas!"
Dec 23, 2009
On one side of the ocean there was a man in a top hat. He wore the top hat with pride. His rounded face stuck out strangely from his suit. Old faded pants, forgotten beneath a flashy overcoat and a skulky smile, followed his legs down to the most peculiarly red shoes. The shoes resembled somewhat of those Dorothy wore in ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and anyone looking the man up and down would wonder why he wasn’t clicking his heels together. The overcoat was rather large and ancient and had many pockets hidden in its interior. The overcoat quite liked its maze-like interior and prided itself in its pockets. It especially liked the two on the outside where the man in the top hat kept his hands warm and dry. In the exterior pocket on the right side of the jacket, the man carried a wristwatch, a slice of mint flavored chewing gum and a coin. The wristwatch was not to be worn around the man’s wrist as its name suggested. It had far to much value and knowledge to be exposed in that sort of manor. Each of the pocket dwellers resolved some sort of emotional gratification to the man and he kept them close, fingering them as often as he could manage and spending the rest of the time tipping his hat to the seagulls that mulled and squawked about the shoreline. The top hat had been tipped a total of ninety three times so far that day. The chewing gum, wristwatch, and coin were being suffocated by the man’s hand. Passers by thought very little of the sight.
The man had been standing at the Pier for quite sometime. He watched the waves roll in and out making a soft crash as they hit the rocks. The seagulls landed on the tops that poked from the water while the waves receded and were sent off in a disgruntling flight as the waves returned. The man continued to tip his hat. The ocean air that morning was especially salty. The sun had not yet shone face and the docks seemed eternally wet, not from the ocean water, but rather from the dew that had not yet dried its way out of the night. The only thing that was missing from the strange scene was the small dog that made rounds about the piers. The dog, a young, unwashed, tangled mess of a terrier mutt, befriended all the local traffic and enjoyed barking relentlessly at the man in the top hat. Perhaps the quiet that filled the pier that morning was unusual and eerie and only noticeable to those who understood the terrier. The wristwatch, the chewing gum, and the coin, though quite feverish from the man’s hand, were pleased with the unusual quietness on the foggy morning with the dew still laden and the waves rolling in, it was perfectly wonderful to rest a while and to take a nap.
Not a soul could figure out what had become of the terrier, nor why it had chosen this particular day, of all days, to disappear into obscurity. Where obscurity was, is another matter entirely, and though no man had ever ventured to figure out where obscurity really is (for there could be many disappeared movie stars and writers there), each was sure it existed. The wristwatch knew where obscurity was, but was not about to reveal that to either the chewing gum or the coin, and certainly not to the man in the top hat. Instead, the wristwatch ticked patiently as the coin and the chewing gum drifted into a deep slumber within the man’s hand. Once it had been determined that both were fast asleep and not about to disturb anyone, the wristwatch ceased ticking and drifted off into its own slumber. The man in the top hat knew nothing and continued to cling to the three tightly.
On the other side of the ocean there was a lighthouse that was missing a window.
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Something like 72-31 for Fanshawe.
I was sad.
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Word of the Day: Fork
Quote of the Day: 'They can go out in the field and fork each other!' Greg Beenen
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Sep 4, 2009
Let me tell you the story of how I came to be sitting in this office.
Once upon a time, there was a school named Redeemer University College and it needed a new layout editor for the school year. I applied, I got in, I thought to myself 'Yay!'
When I returned to the school in the fall to take on my wonderful job, I found that I needed a key. I thought to myself, well, if one needs keys, they go to the security office and that is exactly what I did. The security office informed me that I must go to the main office and pick the key up there, but, not to go anymore that day, as it was only open until 4:30. So, I went the following day to the main office, and the main office told me they didn't deal with the keys and to go back to security. This appeared to be a problem. I thought for a moment, and spoke to the Senate president who suggested I speak to Dean Schat. 'Great Idea!' I said, and proceeded to find Dean Schat. Dean Schat was not at the school. The following day (count it, third day back at Redeemer), I went to talk to Dean Schat, and he informed me I needed to get a form from the Main office which he would sign and I would get my key. This was incredibly irritating. Back I trode to the main office, demanded a form, recieved the form, and then went back to Dean Schat. Thankfully, he signed the form, and the main office (who. misleadingly had the keys the whole time) gave me my key to the Crown office.
Now I sit here, pondering layouts. I can't decide really how I want things to look, and I have various spreads and archived papers all around me. I think that I am going to go back to my Macintosh and set up a nice layout there.
Until then, I shall just be grateful that I have the keys which I desire and need.
On another note, Marineland commercial count ended two days ago. The final count was 99.
To replace the Marineland commercial count, I have decided I am going to own one of my fellow campus 'advisors' at Uno. The score shall be tallied.
Word of the Day: Irritating, Legit
Quote of the Day: (while playing Uno) Peter: I am going to screw you royally! Me: That's what she said!
Aug 30, 2009
As you can see, I haven't done a very good job of picking and choosing what stays and what goes. I have a sort of attachment to all of my books.
Aug 28, 2009
A psalm of David.1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
Joe Knapper. Grandpa, father, brother. Born: January 19, 1929.
Went to be with the Lord: August 25, 2009.
1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust."
3 Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you make the Most High your dwelling—
even the LORD, who is my refuge-
10 then no harm will befall you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread upon the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 "Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him
and show him my salvation."
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This is probably one of the best movies I have seen in a while. It is touching, it is heartfelt, it'll make you angry, laugh, cry, and will probably make you want to curl up in a ball and thank God for the wonderful life you've lived.
I think the last time I noted a film on here, it was 'Stranger than Fiction', or maybe 'The Holiday'. This film is nothing like either of those. It ranks up with a film such as 'The Notebook', or 'The Boy in the Striped Pajamas'.
You see all sides of human suffering, joy, desires, and ultimately love in this film. It's not just the jerking nature of the movie that gets you, but also the stellar cast. Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, Dakota Fanning, Jen Hudson, and Sophie Okonedo (all can be seen in the photo), make you want to laugh, and cry, and sometimes kick them in the head (which, any good performance should do, anyways). A must see.
Worked all day. It was nothing exciting, except insanely busy. And it seemed to be a day where classmates from high school all wanted lunch or dinner at the BK Lounge. I'm always entertained when they don't remember who I am, but yet I remember them. Don't worry, they'll be immortalized in literature, and then they'll remember. Perhaps I should come up with a pen name.
On another completely unrelated note, I managaed to finish the fifth book in the Hitchhiker's Guide trilogy (don't blink, you read that correctly) in 4ish unconsecutive hours yesterday. 'Mostly Harmless' didn't fail to disappoint, and I still hail Douglas Adams a genuis. Nearly as genius as Joseph Heller (Please, EVERYONE, read 'Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man).
Word of the Day: Melancholy
Quote of the Day: "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation." Henry Thoreau
Aug 4, 2009
Well, not all of it.
Certainly not keepsakes such as this gem of a letter I recieved from my best friend (I would guess we were probably 7 or 8). Letter is not altered at all.
I've seen Mulan! It was not funny, it was sad AND funny. i was going to write this note on a post card but there wasn't enough room. What have you been doing for the last half month? because out here I've been bored, bored, bored! Oh and by the way I haven't been reading my Zak attack book. What I've been reading is Full House Michelle calling all planets. It's a really good book!(sounds like it!) I started swimming lessons on Monday July 20th, my thecher's name is Jen I'm in level fore. My dad had a week of and on the last day we went to a shower. There is only a month left till Chad and liz's wedding.
Please write back.
So you can see why I couldn't throw this out! It's fun, because after all these years, Kelsey and I are still close friends.
I was also amused when I came across the "Ultimate Beanie Baby Handbook"! I discovered I have quite a bit of equity stored away in my closet with all the old toys. Not enough to pay tuition, but perhaps in another 10 years?
Word of the Day: techniquely
Quote of the Day: "When my world explodes, when my stars touch the ground, falling down like broken satellites. All of my world rests on your love." Switchfoot (Jon Foreman)
Aug 3, 2009
Jul 28, 2009
Monday went stampin' with Mom's friends and Stephanie. Nothing too brilliant came from that trip. Just a lot of laughs.
Today involved some cleaning of the basement. It's amazing what one can find. Turns out my mom went through a Kenny Rodgers phase in her life. I think she owned every one of his records. It was definitely entertaining going through all sorts of old stuff that had been forgotten about. Random bulletins and church newsletters, magazine clippings, and the real gem of the day: a prank letter from my dad's old work. It was from the 'unification committee' letting employees know about the new procedures to be taking place. You knew it was crock when they mentioned that 10:15 am was hug time, and that 3pm all employees would be required to come to the sales floor and sing 'kumbayah'. I think I giggled for 5 minutes about that.
Word of the Day: caffienated
Quote of the Day: "I'm perfectly happy being married to a man who thinks that PBS is what women get once a month." "I actually said that once a month was enough for PBS" (conversation between Jill and Tim on Home Improvement)
Jul 26, 2009
This morning was really neat.
Epic, I know. But seriously, I have no other way to describe it. A sort of satisfied, warm feeling went through my soul as I sat in church listening to the scripture passage. Let me explain.
Two summers ago, I went to Calvin College on a summer program. The program was three weeks long, and was designed to help us 'determine God's calling' for our lives. More so, delivered from the mindset that we were being called into ministry (and you know, get some interest in attending Calvin). The program, designed for teens in the grade 11/12 age group, was hardcore. We listened to the professors of Calvin Seminary give lectures on everything from Infant Baptism vs Dedication to the 'End Times' and the mistaken notions of the Left Behind series. We were split off into groups, going to different parts of North America for 10 days, to learn about life in the ministry feild. One team went to Alberta (church plant focus), one to NYC (urban ministry focus) and one to Juarez, Mexico/El Paso Texas (mission feild focus). Of course, I was part of the group that went to Juarez.
Anyways, the theme for the three weeks came from Jeremiah 29:11. "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord". A verse that has spoken to me ever since, reminding me that I am in God's constant care, and that my life can only be lived to his glory.
What was cool about this morning, was that one of the leaders from this program, is interning for the summer at one of the CRC churches. She read that passage this morning. July 26, two years previous, was the day I came back home, after one of the most amazing summers of my life. Two years later, one of my leaders is once again reminding me that God knows the plans he has for my life. Now that's a God thing.
Word of the Day: Ironical
Quote of the Day: "We made a lot of friends, and by the end of the week we had a lot of people we needed to add to Facebook!" One of the teens recounting SERVE in church this morning.
Jul 20, 2009
A weekend in Toronto/Hamilton.
All wonderful. The best included Shakespeare in the Park. Better spent with two wonderful friends, don't you think? It was eventful...to say the least. Among Saturday's spectacle was a joke played by Maria and Joel, many witty and crude remarks, extensive trips across the GTA and a picnic in the park. Sunday involved an experience. I slept over at Joel's house Saturday night, and hadn't really met his family yet (as we had been gone to Maria's on Saturday). I woke up and came down to find his mom and dad sitting in the living room having coffee. Shower was in use, so I had to wait. Might as well make conversation in my PJs, right? Funny thing is, Joel's dad is also a professor at Redeemer, and happens to be my faculty representative. He and I have never really met. A first impression? Strange teenager comes down stairs with old gym shorts and excessively baggy t-shirt as pajamas. Bed head and bad breath included. It had been explained earlier that I was sleeping over, and that no, I was not Joel's girlfriend, but just a random friend from school (who has corrupted their poor son's mind with public school trash) and an extreme case of sarcasm. Oh yes, Brittany, way to start off on the right foot! (get it Joel?)
The weekend was fun. I was happy to spend some times with friends who speak my language (that is novels and poetry).
Word of the Day: Breadstick
Quote(s) of the Day: "I enjoyed your stairs almost as much as I enjoyed your bed!" (Joel to Maria)
"The second smartest dog on the planet? And this might surprise you...The poodle. I am a little disappointed in God right now." George Strompolopolous
Jul 18, 2009
I discovered this week, that I have a few of those. Jon and Cliff were two of my dear friends in High School, and I had the priviledge of seeing them both this week. It reminded me of the good old days in the cafeteria, chugging back Coca Cola, eating breakfast, playing Pokemon... These two guys are great. Cliff is a bit of a joke. He's hard to take serious, and his sense of humour is often filled with profanity and crudeness, but he is so endearing. It took me a while, but I grew to love him. He was one of those guys that knew where you could get anything, (even though he had no interest in it), poked fun at himself, and laughed a lot. I found out today that he is going to be a policeman. Which made me laugh a little, because his persona was always the kid making fun of the cops. Think...Michael Kelso from 'That 70s Show'. That's Clifford Swift (his reasoning for becoming a police officer was actually that with a name like Swift, he had to do something with a title.) My advice? Stay off the streets. They'll give him and gun and tazor when he graduates. (just kidding...)
Jon, on the other hand, is a quiet, Christian guy who is really the opposite of Cliff. He doesn't know what he wants to do with life, and that's fine. I think he's just ready to give it all up to God and follow. Jon's been a really good influence in my life tha past few years, and I am thankful for his friendship. He's okay to let Cliff steal the show. Someday Jon will be up on a stage rocking out with his guitar.
I love them both, and it was so good to see them today. 3am and that's what I had to post.
On another note, I am going to Hamilton this weekend, so I won't be blogging again until Monday. I hope that you all have wonderful weekends. God Bless.
Word of the Day: Sleep
Quote of the Day: "I was going to be a paramedic, but they don't give you a cool title or a gun for that one, and you have to save people's lives. I figured that entrusting lives into my hands would be more of a disaster than anything. So I decided to be a 'po-leece occifer'. -Cliff
Jul 14, 2009
Friday she came to my house around noon, after a very busy week of Vacation Bible School for me. We headed to London to find her some shoes for the wedding on Saturday. After 5 and a half shoe stores we managed to find very classy strappy sandals that went with the dress perfectly. We went out to East Side Mario's for dinner. The waiter there was very cute. Lorie and I had a great time talking with him. Following dinner we decided that a movie would be a good end to the day, and went over to SilverCity to watch Transformers. This was an excellent movie. Lots of explosions. I found it really entertaining when the 'Decepticon' came in and ripped the USA Flag from the top of some governmental building. Oh yes, it was excellent.
Saturday was the wedding. We got up, watched Ghostbusters, made ourselves look good, and then headed out to Stratford. The wedding was nice, simple, but very pretty. The guys from the dorm beside ours were all at the wedding as it was their RA that was getting 'hitched'. It was nice to see them all again. Between the ceremony and the reception we had about two and a half hours to kill and so we went to Wendy's for Frosty's and then to someone's house where they played 'Mario Kart' on Wii. Boys and their Nintendo...
Sunday came around and Lorie and I were off to Aylmer to visit a few friends and go to church. The day was nice and relaxing and seeing friends was really great.
Jul 7, 2009
there's a whole bunch. I spent an entire afternoon on these videos.
Word of the Day: (doesn't this seem a little ironic to you?) Risk
Quote of the Day: "Wherever you GO, God is with you!" (joshua 1:9- abbreviated so 4 year olds can memorize it.)
Jul 4, 2009
It has been a busy week. I've worked every day, set up for VBS, gone to see 'The Proposal' with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds- worth every dollar paid!!!. It's been a good week, all in all.
Word of the Day: Scrumptious
Quote of the Day: "Next time someone calls and complains about the food on account of their bad day, tell them to call the hotline- 1-800-E-A-T-S-H-I-T." Steve (the owner of Strathroy's BK Lounge)
Jul 1, 2009
Word of the Day: Caulking
Quote of the Day: "It must be Lint or something, everyone's buying fish!" Tara, one of the managers at work. (she meant Lent.)
Jun 30, 2009
My mom went to Goderich today to visit my 4 year old cousin for his birthday. The thing in our family is to give 'zorberts' to the kids. In case you don't know what a 'zorbert' is...
(zore.bert.): to press ones lips upon a body part, such as an arm or a stomach, and blow until it makes a sort of farting noise.
Word of the Day: Zorbert
Quote of the Day: "I'm from LA *stunned look by me inserted here* -lower Alabama!" Customer in the BK lounge this evening.
Jun 29, 2009
Simple Happy Birthday- lots of blue.
That one is sideways. The stamp says "I thank God for you." and the brad says 'Hope".
Wedding card for a friend who is getting married in a few weeks. Card itself from Dollarama- the purple bases came in packages. 6 card bases for a buck. Good deal!
This one ended up sideways too. But the stamp says "Bug me anytime". I tried to go for a picnic type look.
And the 'Happy' elephant. Good to send to a guy on a birthday or just because.
Word of the Day: Blech
Quote of the Day: "Michael Buble is upstairs in the bathroom. He's being saved for later use." Mom (only afterwards did I realize she had said he was in the bathroom closet...which I am not sure makes it sound any less funny.)
Jun 25, 2009
So that makes two. The king of Rock and Roll, Mr Elvis 'Thank you very much' Presley died. The King of 'Pop' Mr Michael 'My skin changed colour because I have a disease' Jackson died. It makes me wonder who the third king is. Is there a king of say...rap and/or hip hop? Would that mean that Eminem or (*coughs*) Kanye West have an early death coming their way too? Do you sense my cynicism? And are we going to start an entire elite of the already elite? You know, A king of Rock and Roll, and his queen. But what about the King of Daytime TV, or the Reality TV show King, and his royal subjects. And who would be named the King of Rap (Will Smith and the Fresh Prince of Bel Air has a nomination here!)
The entertainment world has seen too many deaths for one week. But it isn't our fault Hollywood's golden era is getting old (and by golden era, I don't count John and Kate plus Eight, or those two from the Hills on 'I'm a celebrity get me out of here'...that's just bad television). Hollywood said goodbye to Farrah Fawcett and Ed McMahon.
Now, yes, get mad at me for bashing Michael Jackson. I don't care if he was acquitted from his charges of molesting a 13 year old boy. It went to the courts. So something that he did wasn't right and honourable. The colour of his skin changed because of a disease he had? And why was he dangling his infant child out a hotel window? Michael Jackson, you gave us music that will always be remembered. However, this is one of those times I really wish that Jay Leno was still hosting the Tonight Show. Move over Dick Chaney, Sarah Palen, George 'doubleyah' Bush...because late night TV will enjoy this.
Now, from the King...
Word of the Day: Artistically
Quote of the Day: "That was Cheryl. She was calling to let us all know that Michael Jackson died." (Brenda, one of the BK Lounge Managers)