Friday, March 30, 2007

Friday Five Fun!

1. Will this Sunday be Palms only, Passion only, or hyphenated? I think it will probably be mostly Palms. The Sunday School children process in with palms so Im looking forward to that. Since this is my first Palm Sunday here, I guess Ill see what happens!

2. Maundy Thursday Footwashing: Discuss. For me this is an extremely special text. The roster of Diaconal Ministry in the ELCA is based on Word and Service and its symbols are basin and towel. Through the call of Diaconal Ministry, we are called to serve God through servanthood etc. At all consecration services, the newly consecrated Diaconal minister is presented with a basin and towel. For me this text holds a special place for many reasons. First because it is the symbol of my call to ministry. Secondly, it reminds me of all those I am called to serve. Thirdly, it reminds me of who I am as a called child of God to this specific ministry. Want to know more about diaconal ministry check it out I believe thats the link if not just go to and put diaconal ministry in the search engine

3. Share a particularly meaningful Good Friday worship experience.
Probably when a bunch of friends at seminary and I attended all the Triduum services together. It was great to share it together since we couldnt share it with our families.

4. Easter Sunrise Services--choose one:a) "Resurrection tradition par excellence!"b) "Eh. As long as it's sunrise with coffee, I can live with it."c) "[Yawn] Can't Jesus stay in the tomb just five more minutes, Mom?!?" Ive always enjoyed the Sunrise services. For me this years sunrise service will be put on by the youth. Im super excited for it and think it will be excellent. For me its definetely A!

5. Complete this sentence: It just isn't Easter without... "Jesus Christ is Risen Today"

Bonus: Any Easter Vigil aficionados out there? Please share. In the past, they have used the Easter vigil as their Sunrise service. However they had to shorten it because the vigil is to long to fit into an hour. I attendeded a vigil at a monastery at seminary. That was kind of an interesting and neat experience!

Ask And You Shall Receive

Since Chris asked for the poem, here it is! I hope you all enjoy it!

Mary Magdalene’s Song
By T

An empty tomb stood before me.
I couldn’t believe what I saw.
My Lord’s body was no longer there.

I quickly ran off to tell Simon and John.
They returned with me to the place
where we had laid our Lord to rest.

After seeing the linens on the floor,
Simon entered the tomb
where he realized that
Jesus had risen from the dead.

Quickly Simon and John returned home.
However I still stood
in front of the empty tomb,
weeping for my Lord.
As I continued
to weep for my Lord,
I heard a voice.
And after a moment,
I realized that this voice
was the voice of my Lord.

So as I stood before the empty tomb,
I listened to what my Lord said
and then returned to tell the disciples
what the Lord had told me
about returning to the Father.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Easter Reflection

I was doing dishes but had to stop to write some emails before I forgot to send them. So since I was already on the Internet, decided it was time to post a quick post. Sometimes I wonder if I even have any readers since sometimes I go days without getting any comments but I know there are at least a few that read and because I dont want to lose you as readers or dont want you to get bored, I post. But enough about that, not much is happening here. Its a crazy time of the year. I have a lock-in tomorrow night which Im actually excited about. It should be a blast. Im also busily preparing for the youth's Easter breakfast and the Sunrise service which the youth are doing this year. Im psyched for that too. You know Easter is one of my fave holidays yet I find myself struggling this year...struggling with the fact that in my job this is a busy time and it is hard to focus on the meaning of Easter when I am immersed in all the business of life, work, etc. However today I did find time to actually sit down and write a poem entitled Mary Magdalene's song. I was working on writing a skit etc for our sunrise service and I think because I was so focused, I finally felt like I could reflect on Easter and its true meaning. Im going to try and spend more time during Holy Week reflecting on all Christ did for me when he died on the cross. What an amazing gift!

Monday, March 26, 2007

My Firsts Meme

1. Who was your first prom date?
I had to think about this one for awhile. I actually was a brave girl and went to a couple of my proms solo. However I do remember going to prom with a son of a friend of my parents. He was a couple years younger than me. He definetely wasnt the jock etc. However he was really gracious and took me to prom. However looking back now, I dont think I treated him that well and wish I would have.

2. Who was your first roommate?
My first roommate was Kristi. Kristi and I became roommates out of pure luck. I was suppose to have another roommate but she never showed up so I spent the first couple weeks at college without a roommate. Kristi was a transfer student and also didnt have a roommate so they put the two of us together. We actually got along pretty well. I wonder what ever happened to her...we lost touch.

3. What alcoholic beverage did you first drink?
Probably a sip of my dad's beer but my first drink in a bar was some type of mixed drink. I think it might have been a Rum and Coke!

4. What was your first job?
Babysitting. However my first "real" job was working at the local theatre. I took tickets, ran the concessions, cleaned up after the movie, etc. I actually quite enjoyed it. I got to see lots of movies for free since I was already working there.

5. What was your first car?
This one is an easy one for me to answer. My first card was a white Dodge Colt. I loved that car. My dad and my grandpa bought it for me. I drove it for a long time. Then the year before I went to seminary I was working in a town about 3o mins from my hometown. One day on my way to work, my car decided to die. It was a lot of money to fix it so my dad gave me his car....a Ford Tempo (which I still own..however trying to save up to buy a new car) and bought himself a new car. The Colt now is sitting on our family farm. My dad keeps saying he's going to fix it because it gets extremely awesome gas mileage but yet it is still sitting on the farm.

6. When did you go to your first funeral?
That is a hard one. I dont remember the first funeral I went to. Im guessing it was probably my great-grandpa's funeral.

7. Who was your first grade teacher?
Mrs. Klipfel. She was a good teacher. Her son was in my class and actually their farm wasnt farm from our farm. Eventually they moved into town. I remember Mrs. Klipfel because she also was very active in our church. I enjoyed having her as a teacher.

8. Where did you go on your first ride on an airplane?
This is an easy one. My first rides happened very close to each other. Im not sure which one happened first but believe it was my friends wedding. My first ride on an airplane was from Dubuque IA to Bismarck ND for my best friends wedding. I was a bridesmaid and came home for her wedding. I missed my first flight because I had left my id and my wallet at my friend's house and didnt realize it until I was already at the airport and over 100 miles away so I had to make some adjustments and was able to catch another plane. Some great friends picked me up at the airport. I was so thankful they were able to do it. However lets just say my first flight was a little nervewracking. I also took a plane to the Diaconal Ministry Formation Event in Gettysburg PA so I took a plane into Boston and got taken to Gettysburg by a limo. It was cool.
9. When you snuck out of your house for the first time, who was it with?

10. Where was your first sleepover?
My first sleepover was probably with my best friend Mandy or with one of the neighbor kids. Mandy and her sister were very close in age to my sis and I. In fact, her sis and my sis had bdays only a couple days apart. We spent a lot of time together. In fact, I always called their grandma my "adopted" grandma.

11. Who is the first person you talk to in the morning?
Sometimes my self (however never out loud). But besides that, the first people is usually the church secretary.

12. Whose wedding were you in the first time?
My aunts. My sis and I were the gift attendants.

13. What is the first thing you do in the morning?
I usually roll over, look at the clock, turn off the alarm or hit the snooze button, get up, pick out my clothes, shower, and turn on the tv for a few mins before I head to work.

14. What was the first concert you ever went to?
Probably Mark Chestnutt. This concert happened the summer after my parents divorced. Dad got A and I tickets for our bdays. It was a fun concert. Shortly before that, I saw Jars of Clay, Audio A, etc. Jars is my fave christian band so that concert was pretty amazing to me.

15. First tattoo or piercing?

16. First celebrity crush?
I hate to admit this but probably any one of the New Kids on the Block. I know pretty sad huh!

17. First crush?
My first crush was definetley one my classmates. He was just a nice guy who treated me like a friend when many others treated me badly.

18. First TRUE love?
Im with my friend Mark on this one...I cant say I have ever had a TRUE love either!

19. When was your first detention?
Honestly I dont remember ever getting detention.

20. What is the first big trip you remember taking?
I dont remember any specific trip. However many of our trips were to NE to visit my mom's family. Growing up my family owned a Chevy El Dedorado van that if you looked at really close looked like an ambulance just without the sirens. (Im not kidding we still own this van. However its used now as a farm vehicle). I remember driving to grandma and grandpa's in that van. The van had a pull out couch, a sink, a little loft, a fridge, etc. The trips to NE were always interesting in the El Dedorado!

Friday, March 23, 2007

I Promised A Post!

So I promised those of you that read my post a couple days ago that I would fill you in on whats happening. I wont go into too much detail because its a kind of lengthy story. Lets just say that it has not been easy for me. Ive been trying to make changes and make the youth program more family and youth friendly but it has been frustrating. Some people dont want to see the changes and plus there is probably some issues of control too. But I think you get the idea. I am working through it but doesnt make life any easier. Thanks for all the hugs that were sent my way. They helped. It helps to have such an awesome support system in the RevGals! Well my friends, Im off to bed...its been a long day. Thanks again!

Rivers in the Desert Friday Five!

I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19, NRSV

As we near the end of the long journey toward Easter, a busy time for pastors and layfolk alike, I ponder the words of Isaiah and the relief and refreshment of a river in the desert.For this Friday Five, name five practices, activities, people or _____ (feel free to fill in something I may be forgetting) that for you are rivers in the desert.

1. Getting an unexpected email, phone call or letter from a friend or family member. Its always such a river in the desert to get something I havent been expecting. For example, this past week I was having a bad day and a good friend just called me up out of the blue to say hey and tell me he was thinking of me etc. It was awesome!

2. Poetry-For me, its both reading and writing it. Its funny because in high school and stuff, I wasnt really that much into writing or even reading it but have come around. In fact Ive started my own collection of poems that Ive written. Poetry has become such a gift for me and in many ways has become a form of prayer for me.

3. Spending time with my family and friends. Just being around people that care about me and love me for who God created me to be is such a gift. I know that if it werent for the wonderful friends I made at the Mothership I wouldnt have made it through seminary.

4. Scrapbooking and Taking Photos-These two kind of go hand and hand. I love taking pics. When I worked at camp, I was constantly taking pictures...mostly pics of God's awesome creation. I love trying to capture the beauty of God's creation in a photo. I also rather enjoy sitting down and scrapbooking. It is so much better to do it with a group of individuals who I can laugh with, share stories, etc as we scrapbook.

5. I have a couple of places that are my rivers in the desert...Super Awesome Bible Camp, the Mothership, and my family's family farm. Each one of these places is a place where I feel so safe and secure and can just go and relax. On the farm, I also love just being able to see the animals being born in the spring etc.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

A Hug Please...

I could use a hug or some tissues about now. I'm just super frustrated with my job. I dont have much time to explain but will fill you all in later. Lets just say life in ministry can totally suck sometimes. I need to get home, eat, and head back here for a council meeting but thought Id post a short post. Again Ill fill you all in when I get a chance! And thanks in advance for the hugs and tissues that are coming my way!

Sunday, March 18, 2007

My First Attempt at a Word Bead

I found this meme at I havent really had anything exciting to write about so thought I word try this. Its called a word bead and you are to string the words together in a sentence, paragraph, poem, etc. I will highlight the words in a different color so you know what they are.

The electrician was arduously working on the light fixtures in his client's home. However the client's snotty child tried to meddle with the electrician's equipment, but the child's mother stopped him. She gave him a spool of yarn to play with as the electrician worked with the lights megohm!

Well guess that works. Do my readers have anything they want to ask of me? I am trying to find things to write about. Ask and I will try and answer your questions.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Five Things Friday Five!

Name five things you plan to do today.
1. Get dressed and shower
2. Enjoy some mindless tv
3. Try and get over this cold I woke up with this morning
4. Scrapbook
5. Read some more in the last Harry Potter book. I need to catch up before the new book comes out.

Bonus: If today is about "have-to" for you as well, share up to five things you'd like to be doing today.
1. Hanging out with some of my friends
2. Relaxing in a jacuzzi
3. Writing poetry...I just havent felt inspired lately. :(
4. Visiting my family
5. Buying a new car

Monday, March 12, 2007

Its Late So Why not

Im up later than I usually am so figured why not fill out a meme while im at it. I was planning on heading to bed awhile ago but a good friend JG came online so we chatted. Hope you enjoy the meme. Let me know if you participate on your blog!

Two Names You Go By:
1. Tara
2. Tdawg, Tara Bear, T Diddy---these are just some of the nicknames I was given when I worked at Bible camp.

Two Things You Are Wearing Right Now:
1. A yellow CCM tshirt
2. Pink Pajama pants

Two Things You Would Want (or have) in a Relationship:
1. Trust
2. Unconditional love

Two of Your Favorite Things to do:
1. Write poetry
2. Hang out with friends and family

Two Things You Want Very Badly At The Moment:
1. To go on a Perkins run with some great friends
2. A nicer car

Two things you did last night:
1. Scrapbooked
2. Watched the Apprentice

Two things you ate today:
1. A bagel with veggie cream cheese
2. Popcorn

Two people you Last Talked To:
1. My mom
2. My grandma
This is sad! Im not sure if my mom counts though because I talk to her every day. Im a little saddened by the fact that none of my friends have called me. I know you all are busy though so no worries!

Two Things You're doing tomorrow:
1. Working on a youth lock-in
2. Going to a church council meeting

Two longest car rides you've ever experienced:
1. Hmmm...I havent been on very many long car rides but if I had to pick some memorable ones. Id start first with a trip my seminary friends and I took to Milwaukee. We had so much fun hanging out etc. However the ride did get a little long. I remember trying to identify types of cows, playing car games, etc. I also remember driving back into Dbq and waiting for a long time because there was traffic jam due to an accident or something. I dont quite remember!

2. The second would be the trip my friend H and I took. We decided to go visit her internship site, and some of our family members. It was a good time. H drove the trip but I remember it being long. H was a good roadtripping partner though. We had such a blast!

Your two favorite beverages (right now):
1. Dr. Pepper
2. Crystal Light Sunrise
(and Im always a sucker for things like cappacinos, mochas, iced mochas, etc)

Friday, March 09, 2007

Favorites Friday Five!

Name five things you like a lot that some close relative or significant other did/does not like. This could be food, movies, hobbies, music, sports or whatever springs to mind.

1. I love Chili and pretty much anything that is somewhat spicy. My sister cannot stand anything spicy. She hates chili etc.

2. The movie Rent! I absolutely love this movie. Its so much fun and has such a wonderful message. However Im pretty sure most people in my family wouldnt find it enjoyable like my dad. He just doesnt strike me as the type of guy who likes musicals.

3. Swimming. My mom, sister, and I love the water. In fact in the summer, we used to live at the swimming pool. However Dad would not. He is not a big fan of water like that. And the one time he did go, he was sitting on the edge of the pool and a neighbor kid pushed him in so after that needless to say, Dad wouldnt go with us to the pool.

4. I love to write stories and poetry. Its definetely one of my passions. My family loves to read what I write but they dont have the same passion for it as I do. My sister used to always ask me to help her write papers etc. She doesnt like to write like I do.

5. Cinnamon Gummy bears! I love them! But since they are somewhat hot and spicy, of course, my sister does not eat them. She wont eat Hot Tamales either which is another one of my faves!

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me A Match!

There are some people in my congregation who think that they need to find me a husband. Last night several of them decided that they were going to make a deadline for themselves of Dec 31, 2007. The funny thing is the Mayor was sitting next to them so they decided to enlist him too. He said that he was going to make a mayoral decree to find me a husband etc. I am in no hurry to get married. However its kind of a nice though, yet Im not sure how much I want to entrust my future to this group of men. I know its all in good fun but geez...they sure are having fun giving me a hard time but I guess someones got to do it or at least thats what my friends from seminary would tell me. I guess Im just an easy target!

Friday, March 02, 2007

Fascinating Friday Five

1. Would you call yourself "creative"? Why or why not? Yeah. I love to scrapbook, love to write poetry and short stories, love to take pictures, etc. So yeah I would say Im creative.

2. Share a creative or artistic pursuit you currently do that you'd like to develop further. Hmmm I would have to say Ive kind of let my writing stories and poetry go as of late so I think Id like to pick that back up and develop it more. Id also like to develop my photography skills some.

3. Share a creative or artistic pursuit you have never done but would like to try. Knitting, Crocheting, and Im sure there are other things I would love to try too.

4. Complete this sentence: "I am in awe of people who can _____________." sing beautifully and compose music.

5. Share about a person who has encouraged your creativity, who has "called you to your best self." (I'm pretty sure that's from the Gospel of Oprah. This one is easy for me. So many people have really helped me to be creative. I would say Mrs. K and Mrs. H in high school saw my love for writing etc and told me never to give up on my dreams. My family. My mom said when I was little all she had to do was give me a pen and paper and I was a happy kid. I would just sit and write for hours. My friends at camp encouraged me. My seminary crew also encouraged me. In fact, I think, it was probably at seminary when I really began to write more etc because they saw that gift in me.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Snow, Music, and a Season of Friendship

Yesterday was a definete snow day. However it didnt snow hard enough and the wind didnt pick up enough for school, confirmation, etc to be called back. However my dad and his gf who were coming back from a winter trip to Las Vegas, Im sure, had an interesting flight home. Dont get me wrong? I love growing up in ND with the cold snowy winters etc but I think this winter has just dragged on to much. Im so ready for spring to be here. I want to able to go outside and ride bike, etc. Oh well lately since I havent been able to go outside Ive found myself stuck to the tv for my fave reality tv shows. Trust me Im addicted...Ive watched em all! But tonight Nashville Star comes to an end. Its going to be a close one. I truly think that its going to be between the two siblings Zac and Angela Hacker. A lot of people think Angela will win but I think Zac could totally surprise us all and win. His original song was absolutely amazing!

But enough about that, I've been thinking a lot about my friends. I am truly grateful that God brought each of them into my life. When I look back on my life, it's absolutely amazing to me how and when these friends came. A lot of them were brought into my life at times when I really needed them. At camp, I finally opened up about my moms illness and was really able to openly talk about it. Musician friend was one of the people I always could count on. He was one of the first people to call me when my mom's lithium level got too high and caused her kidneys to shut down. Even though he wasnt able to be there in person, he was there and allowed me to cry into the phone and also helped me make sense of the situation. At college, there was a friend who I really could talk too because he understood my mom's illness. I remember one time in particular where he just held me and let me cry on his shoulders. Its hard because he later committed suicide. And for the longest time, I questioned why God would bring him into my life and then shortly thereafter take him away. Rest in peace, Chewy. At seminary, I have to say there really wasnt one specific person that was there for me because they all were in their own ways and in their own time. The class I started with was a blessing. The crew I hung out with was a blessing. When I struggled to make it through some classes, they were the ones that lifted me up and helped me get through it all. Its almost impossible to name them each by name but they all know who they are. But all of these friends mean the world to me. They are my rock when I am weak. They are my light in the midst of the darkness. And I hope that I have been that friend for them. The other day I was listening to the radio and they were talking about just taking the time during this Lenten season to write a note to a friend who could use a little cheer etc. As I listened to the dj talking, I was reminded about how many times my friends have done that for me.