Tuesday, 21 April 2009

the stand

well, i promise i am attempting to keep this thing updated on a semi-regular basis. i feel as if no one really reads it though, so i am wondering if it is a waste of time...?

yesterday i went to the doctor and he said my bone is healed so i no longer have to wear the cast/brace thing! I AM SO EXCITED! it is wonderful to be able to write with my right hand again! i still have to favor my right hand - use it sparingly and such, but it is so nice to not have a clunky brace on anymore! it is still pretty sore because of the way my hand was set in the cast and then later in the brace so movement still hurts (but that is because of the muscles and tendons and all those fun things). However, I will take the soreness over the brace anyday!

it is hard for me to believe that summer is coming so quickly! i am really excited about working wilderness this summer. i get to work with risa and adam, 2 of my friends from OE, and that is excellent! also, my friend kristin will be discipling all the wilderness girls and that makes me pretty excited, too! i am excited about all the new staff that will be coming. i am excited about all the differences summer will bring in programs and such. i am also really excited about the change in the weather and seeing green grass and seeing the aspens bloom!

God is doing a lot of things in my life right now - just revealing to me how prideful and selfish i really am. and how much i need others even though i don't want to admit it. it's going to be good, though :)

on another note i saw 2 moose on saturday - a mom and her calf! risa, tim, texaco, and i were on our way to gunnison when we saw the moose! tim screamed like a little girl because he was so excited (you see, he was promised by our boss that there were moose here but he had yet to see any until this past saturday) and we turned the car around so we could watch them. well the mom wasn't too excited about us watching so she jumped a fence, and when her baby followed he got stuck. then we all started freaking out and feeling terrible like it was our fault, and we all started praying for the baby moose! God heard and answered our prayer and after a few minutes of struggling, the baby moose made it free! it was so cute because he just pranced off and you could tell he was so happy about it!

tonight was my night off and i went for a run for the first time in months (it's been too snowy to run here) and it was great! i went farther than i thought i would be able to (about 1.25-1.5 miles, i am not exactly sure), but found that i am not 100% acclimated to the altitude. i guess i am acclimated enough to hike and play games with childrens, but running uses more oxygen than those things. i just got a headache and was able to finish the run, and then i assigned myself the task of drinking an entire nalgene of water before going to bed. i am a little more than half done with that ;)

i would like to leave you with the words to my new favorite worship song, the stand:
You stood before creation
Eternity within Your hand
You spoke the earth into motion
My soul now to stand

You stood before my failure
Carried the Cross for my shame
My sin weighed upon Your shoulders
My soul now to stand

So what can I say
What can I do
But offer this heart O God
Completely to You

So I'll walk upon salvation
Your Spirit alive in me
This life to declare Your promise
My soul now to stand

So what can I say
What can I do
But offer this heart O God
Completely to You

So I’ll stand
With arms high and heart abandoned
In awe of the One who gave it all

So I’ll stand
My soul Lord to You surrendered
All I am is Yours

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

hiding in the mountains

has it really been so long since i have last written in this thing? so crazy! so much has gone on, and so much is always going on that it is hard to find time or motivation to do anything beyond what is necessary. some of you receive my email updates, and i try to send those out at least once a week. if you don't get them but you would like to, just get your email address to me somehow and we will work it out.

so, things here have been great - i love my job and i love the people i work with. i am not super close to anyone really, but i have some people that i feel know me better than the others, and that is always nice. i live in a cabin with 5 other girls, and it is always a blast! honestly, it is nothing but the grace of God that keeps our cabin peaceful and fight-free...6 girls is a lot of girls to share one room and 2 bathrooms! the weather is finally warming up - it is now in the 50s most days (and then every once in a while the temperature drops and we get random snow days...!!!) so i can wear my chacos! hooray! i have missed those guys like you wouldn't believe.

a couple of weeks back we took one of our groups (from texas - holla!) on a ski trip to monarch and i decided to hit the slopes with them! most of the other staff also went that day, so it was a lot of fun. now, i like snowboarding. a lot. i have never gone downhill skiing and have been snowboarding before, so i strap on a board, despite my clumsy nature and everything i know about the sport any myself when i am on a board. the day was great, i was on a board for 7 hours with no problems. then comes the last run of the day. you know, the notorious one. the one right before the lifts close. the one where you are tired and your legs are shot but you are going to get your money's worth dang it! well, i totally ate it on my last run and broke my wrist. i thought it was just a sprain and i tried to board down the rest of the mountain but it just couldn't happen. the great thing was that i was going down the slope with brandi, our nurse! so she stayed with me until we made it to ski patrol. so, long story short, for the past almost 4 weeks i have had a cast on my arm and i have been a lefty! i am getting really good at writing with my left hand...everything else i pretty much did with my left hand before i broke my wrist anyway. now i have a hard splint (which i got 2 days ago) and it is essentially like a cast, the only difference is i can take it off to shower. i am still not allowed to do anything with my right hand, but i went rappelling as soon as i got back from the doctor ;) nothing to it, just went down left-handed!

right after i broke my wrist i got sick for about a week - i was really nauseous and was put in quarantine in case whatever i had was contagious! it is not good for illness to spread around camps! i got out of quarantine on a saturday and then the following wednesday i got hit with a pretty intense case of food poisoning...i threw up 9 times in 10 hours (i didn't sleep much that night)!!!! it was ridiculous. but i got out of quarantine from that this past saturday, and now things are great!

today another group of kids comes in, and we will be busy for the remaining 5 weeks of OE! it's pretty exciting that kids are coming back, because for the past several weeks we have been doing staff training (and due to illness, i missed 8 out of 10 days!). like i said, there are only 5 weeks left of OE! it's so hard to believe that i have been here for 2 months. how on earth did time go by so quickly? i am excited for summer, though. this summer i am going to continue working at redcloud as wilderness staff (basically i will be a backpacking guide in the rocky mountains - yess!!!!!!) and it is going to be awesome! adam and risa, 2 fellow OE staff, will also be doing wilderness with me this summer!

well, i need to get going, but i will honestly try to keep this updated on a semi-regular basis!
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