Archive for July, 2007

I’ve decided…

Posted in Charity Youth Events, Life in these United States on July 18, 2007 by Sarah

Well, first, before I tell you what I’ve decided, I had a great weekend. It was a good birthday. It didn’t feel like my birthday at all, I didn’t have time to think about it, so I guess that was a good thing. Who cares? Who says birthday’s have to be all about me anyway, I didn’t do anything to deserve it. So that’s that… Anyway, what I’ve decided is that it is really hard to have friends when you are a Youth Pastor’s wife. Here’s the kicker. These kids aren’t your kids, but everyone expects you to develop relationships with them. Now a normal parent has what? Anywhere from like 2 – 5 kids that they have. I have over 50 to make relationships with. Now, since they aren’t my kids, people say that the parent should be the one to worry about them or discipline them, or whatever parents are suppose to do, but yet, they expect me to have relationships with them, impact them and bring them to Jesus. But yet, you are suppose to be the adult and not feel like you have to befriend them… Here’s my problem, how in the world do I have time to develop parent-like relationships with kids I hardly know and still impact them? And no wonder I don’t have that many friends around here – I don’t have time for them, even if I did have people that wanted to be my friends…. I don’t know. I suppose I need to keep resting in the arms of Jesus. I can’t do it in my own strength. I do know that much. Relationships have to be the hardest part of life. Kids don’t need friends, that’s what people say, they need authority figures… Well, shhh, don’t tell anyone I said this, but someone forgot to tell the kids that! Automatically, I’m a bit shunned because of my age and authority – before I even open my mouth. So I have to try even harder to get into their lives and 50 of them compared to 2! Anyway, I suppose I’m feeling a little overwhelmed.

On another note, thanks for the cards. They were a welcome site when I got home. I got to sit on the front porch and read your wonderful cards that made me feel so special. Thanks for thinking of me from so far away! Well, Sam is about to go canoeing on the river…. so I have to run him somewhere… Then I need to finish up some work and head off to get blood drawn for another dr. visit on friday. Then I’ll have the whole afternoon to myself! So happy Wednesday to ya!

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I want to bring attention to a Web-Site!

Posted in Family on July 12, 2007 by Sarah

Hey all, guess what?! My sister in law has been making jewelry and it’s really cool. I think you should check it out! She’s also got some of her amazing art on this site… I’ll put it in this message and on my blogroll so that you can access it anytime! Go Cindy – your art is fabulous! Top quality! I love it!

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An update on the Coleman’s lives….

Posted in Charity Youth Events, Life in these United States on July 11, 2007 by Sarah

Well, we are doing well, we’ve had the last two weeks off kind of. For the 3rd and 4th of July, we were scooping ice cream at Art in the Park, for 12 hours and 9 hours respectively! And while that seems like tons of fun – sharing that magical American treat with thousands of people on our Nations Biggest holiday – we were actually in charge of anywhere from 5 – 9 youth the whole entire time! And let me tell you – motivating Youth to work is quite a job! I don’t know what the deal is, I guess they don’t need much and therefore don’t have much of a work ethic! I think we should bring back the whip! 😉 Just kidding… But at times it was quite the event. But the kids made out like a bandit – $700 to divide between them! It was a good deal for them. So we had an exhausting couple of days, but did get to see a lot of fireworks, for the 1st time in a long time, there were no restrictions on personal fireworks since we’ve had so much rain! So Sam and I sat up in our yard that looks over the entire city and watched fireworks for 2 hours…. We could have stayed longer but midnight came fast! It was very festive!!

Other than that, we’ve had some hot days, almost 100. But just one here and there, not too bad. El Gato has ventured out, he is now an inside/outside cat. We need to get him a collar. But he ventured out last night and he was quite the wild cat, we called and called and he never came. So we left him out all night long. I figured that we’d wake up to see him curled up with Tonto. But I think he must have been on the prowl all night long! This morning we woke up and guess who was sitting on the step! If it wasn’t little Kitty himself! He looked so exhausted, I don’t think he could put one foot in front of the other. He looked like he was going to fall over! It was the funniest thing. My suspension is that he ran into some other “Street Cats” who were making fun of him because they all knew we were calling for “Kitty.” So he probably got roughed up a little at the beginning of the night as he was going around saying, “Hi! My name is Kitty, wanna play?” (And all very good naturedly!) Then by the end of the night, my guess “El Gato’s the name, Hell Gato’s the game! Die Sucker!” He didn’t come in with the best attitude, that’s what gave it away. I set him on the bed and by the time I left 10 minutes later, he hadn’t moved an inch. I think he was thinking about jumping down. But I wouldn’t be suprised if we get home and find him in the same place sprawled out and SNORING! HA! That’s what he gets! Animals, gotta love ’em!

Well, I do have a little b-day coming up this weekend – the big 3-0 actually! So not so little. I was having a hard time with it a couple of months ago, but I don’t really know why. I’m getting used to the idea a little. But Sam is so sweet, he’s started celebrating already – luckily without any parties! He wouldn’t make it out of one of those alive! 🙂 But on Monday night, he packed a picnic and we headed out, just as we got settled, the sky opened up to this HUGE thunderstorm! We ended up having our picnic in the van watching the storm – it was very nice! Then last night, I had a Women’s Dinner at church. And do you know, that while I was gone, he made me a carrot cake – from scratch!!!!! And cleaned the kitchen floor and cleaned up his mess from making the cake – let me tell you – I found me a winner!!!!

Anyway, we do leave on Friday for Minneapolis with the Jr. High kids for a missions trip. So keep us in your prayers! And I’ll keep you updated as I can! Blessings…. 

That’s right, please forgive me!

Posted in Life in these United States on July 11, 2007 by Sarah

A big shout out to Lori Seipp – she’s about to turn 30 on July 14!!!!!!!!! Go Lori, go Lori, it’s your birthday!!!! Hope you have a great one! 🙂