30 December 2006

guess who?!?!?

23 December 2006

free cookies, fireworks, baby Jesus

Mateja and I got to plan the Christmas party for our youth group. She lives in one of the nearby villages--Kamnik--and we had the party at her house.One of the highlights of the evening? We bundled up and walked around the downtown area, passing out free cookies and hot chocolate. I think it made people suprised, warm and happy!

When we got home, her dad did an incredible firework show for us!!! (I'm bummed that John missed this show by just two days!) (These are not the kind of fireworks they sell at the 4th of July stands.)

After we got warmed up, we acted out the story of Jesus' birth! Everyone had a part and we all got to sing plenty of Christmas carols. Do you see the shepherds and the sheep? She's a happy little lamb. Can you see the great multitude of heavenly hosts? They had some nice coreography.

19 December 2006

rooted and established!

One of the things rolling around in my head for the past few years is discipleship. What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus? And what does it mean to make disciples?

Look at some of these resources that are available to all believers in Christ--
new life,
all God's energy,
knowledge of his will,
great endurance,
ability to please God,
a share in the inheritance of the saints,
rescue from darkness,
spiritual wisdom,
leadership from Jesus,
the Spirit,
forgiveness of sins,
(Colossians 1)

This is what I NEED. Good night! If those resources are available to me--I WANT THEM! Our team has been talking about how we want this.

And I want the girls I am discipling to experience relationship with Jesus in this way, too. Our youth group is starting to think about discipleship together. What does it mean to be rooted in Christ? What will the fruit be? As I look at this picture and think about how much I love this group, I am reminded of those first guys that followed Jesus--falteringly, zealously, faithfully. :) Look how the world is changed because of them!

Wow...so, this is what I'm praying about...

16 December 2006

life, limb AND a pink mumu

live from the capitol of Croatia.

14 December 2006


Feel free to take your time, but for the integrity of the results, please answer honestly.

What costume are you most likely to wear while doing household chores?
A. Jeans and a t-shirt
B. Jack Sparrow costume
C. Pink mumu (or is it moomoo?) (I honestly don't know)

What would you risk for clean windows?
A. Nothing
B. One limb
C. Life and limb

13 December 2006

babysitting in zagreb

Surprise! (even for me)

A few of our teammembers down in Croatia needed babysitters. Their kids had school, so Christina and I rushed down and took over.

I wasn't too excited about it before we got there, but we had a ton of fun. Not only did I get to be Mary Poppins, but I got to use my bossy skills. And I forgot how much I like playing! Daily dance parties, games, no baths, candy rewards, big imaginations. Connor, Brenden, and Christina are great JV Kids.

See you at camp!

10 December 2006

flatbread muffins

One of my secret dreams (I guess it's not too secret if I'm posting it) is to write a cookbook someday. Or at least be a great cook. This morning I was making Coffee Cake Muffins. Following the recipe that I put on my blog. Halfway into the process I had the feeling that SOMETHING was missing....It's the baking powder!!!! YIKES! Add 3 t. to the dry ingredients.