Thursday, January 21, 2010

Songs that Stick

Don't you just love it when a song gets stuck in your head? And you try to sing another song, but can't think of the words to just one different song? Yeah, I hate it too! The other day I had the worst song stuck in my head. Do you remember the kids program called Lambchops and how they would sing "The Song that Never Ends" at the end of every program? You know how it goes,

"This is the song that never ends.
It just goes on and on, my friend.
Some people started singing it not knowing what it was,
And they'll continue singing it forever just because,
This is the song that never ends..."

*And continue singing until Jesus comes back!

Well, I couldn't get out of my head (and you probably can't now) so I just gave in and started singing it out loud in the car. Ethan was with me and thought it was cool the first couple of times. By the third time, he was begging me to stop. Since his begging is worse that my singing, I stopped. However, I had passed the torch of song because in a few minutes, he was humming it. When he found that he couldn't stop, he told me , " I wish you had never sung that song and I had never heard it!" Baby, that makes two of us and maybe more if you are singing it in your head now.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Awesome Sunday!

We had a incredible Sunday yesterday! Our Assistant Pastor's wife's brother (yeah, yeah, I know that is a long description, but I can't think of a shorter way to say it!) started coming to church about three months ago. Yesterday, he had planned on getting baptized after the service and then, THEN, he got the Holy Ghost during the altar service! I know Joanna has to be so elated and we certainly are. She has been a constant light to her family. In Taiwan, when you get married, there are a lot of traditionally done things that do not line up with the word of God. The bride must wear a lot of make-up for the big wedding meal and must wear tons of jewelry that has been given to her from the grooms family. But she stood for her faith against the pressure of her family and David's family. And yesterday, she had to joy of seeing her brother be born again into God's kingdom!

Sunday, January 10, 2010


I've got another idea! How about I actually write some posts instead of just teasing you all!

Friday, while preparing for my English class, I came to a realization. While Paul's motto may have been "whatsoever state I am in, therewith be content", David's seemed to be "whatsoever state I am in, there is always hope in God." I don't know about you, but I am with David!

Sunday, January 3, 2010


Hey all, I have a couple of ideas and I need some feedback.

1. I am thinking of doing something special for my 100th post so I need to know how many of you out there read this. Just leave a comment with your name or a smiley face or something and

2. I am considering trying to write 365 post this year. Do you think ya'll can handle that?

To help you decide, here a few Brackenisms (yes, I just made up that word and no, I am not ashamed!) from the last few weeks...

1. I served cauliflower for dinner one night and Abbey ask what it was. Ethan told her it was white broccoli.

2. Ethan wants to know why Jesus couldn't walk and talk when he was born if God is all powerful.

3. He also wants to know where he was when I was a little girl. After a 4 year old friendly discussion on how he was part of my body, he then wanted to know if he has eggs and will he have a baby one day. Nope and Nope was the answer to that. On the other hand, Abbey's take away from the conversation was that you could have a baby if you eat a chicken egg after you get married. Where did I go wrong?

4. My cats like to "ride" the rugs in my hallway. They will take off running and then sit down on the rug and ride it. This explains why the rugs a mess every morning.

5. They can also scare their tails fuzzy. The other day they somehow caused the metal screen door to the balcony to slam shut and they both ran into the living room with their tails three times its normal size. It was really quite funny. I wish I had a picture to share with you.

Okay, don't forget to comment on my ideas! (Please, please please!)

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Well, Hello 2010!

Oh my blog readers, my dear blog readers! How long I have forsaken you for other things. For tree trimming and turkey baking and for cooking hundreds of cookies and dipping 700 pretzels in white chocolate and birthday parties and gift giving and gift getting and and and.... well, yes, I took a break for a few days after Christmas to revive myself from the previous activities. BUT, today, I am almost back on track. Today, I scrubbed my house and tried to revive my neglected plants and organized various places. And today I will revive this blog. And hope that you come back to check on it and read it! So, here is a quick run down of the last couple of months.

-Abbey turned seven!

-We have been getting a bible study going in Taipei. I mean we as in our church and the Tainan church together. We now have 2 bible classes there every Saturday.

-For Thanksgiving, we invited the church family and church friends over to our house for Dinner. We had 34 people in all. Note to self, a 12 pound turkey isn't big enough for 34 people.

-The ladies Christmas party was a great success with over 50 people in attendance. We went to a great Indian restaurant.

-The English Bible Class had 35 in attendance and we had a ton of fun. I scored an earring in the naughty Santa game. Yes, I said an earring. Look closely, there is a double irony there.

-Our church sponsored a home for teenagers and a crisis pregnancy center for Christmas. I am so proud of the response from our church people in getting behind these projects and making them a success. I personally hope to continue to help the crisis pregnancy center more in the future. I'll tell you more later.

-We invited foreigners that are in Taiwan alone over to our house for Christmas Dinner. I am trying to make this year a conscious effort to focus on people that I may not meet through our church but are lonely. Not neglecting the church family, but expanding our influence, hopefully.

-Our Church Christmas party was great! Thank you Joanna for hosting it!

-Oh yeah, did I mention that I started Chinese classes? I am taking 8 hours a week and I am so excited! Finally after eight and a half year, I am getting to study! Thank you to all of our ED Asia supporters for making this possible!

So, there you have it. A run down of the past month and a half. I have a million little stories to share and I am going to try and get them down before they are forever lost! Happy New Year! Oh, and a question, are you calling this year 20-10 or 2000-10?