Saturday, July 17, 2010

Psalm 143

A great Psalm to read before tomorrow:

Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications! In Your faithfulness answer me, and in Your righteousness.
Do not enter into judgment with Your servant, for in Your sight no one living is righteous.
For the enemy has persecuted my soul; he has crushed my life to the ground; he has made me dwell in darkness, like those who have long been dead.
Therefor my spirit is overwhelmed within me; my heart withing me is distressed.
I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your works; I muse on the work of Your hands.
I spread out my hands to You; my soul longs for You like a thirsty land.
Answer me speedily, O Lord; my spirit fails! Do not hide Your face from me, lest I be like those who go down into the pit.
Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, for in You do I trust; cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You.
Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies; in You I take shelter.
Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; Your spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness.
Revive m, O Lord, for Your name's sake! For Your righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble.
In Your mercy cut off my enemies, and destroy all those who afflict my soul;
For I am your servant.

Favorite Horse Photo

This is my favorite horse picture. :) It's on my calendar!!!!! =D

Akita, Japan

Yes...this is the place in Japan I'd like to go most. :) Isn't it beautiful?!

I didn't take any of these, btw. (Well...NATURALLY!) They're all off of Google, so credit goes to those who did take them. :) 

Friday, July 16, 2010

I'b Sick.....

Yes...I am. My eyes are constantly watering, giving the lovely (not) effect that I'm crying all the time. This morning, when I got up, I was out on the back deck when my little sister comes up and stares at me, then goes,
"Hannah real upset?"
I attempted a laugh.
"Nope. My eyes are just watering."
Actually, I even got the cold from her. Oh well. *grabs a tissue* Life must go on. *blows nose*
Anyway, yes. This morning, I saw that our Irises are blooming! Unfortunately, they're not purple, but yellow. I hoped for purple. At any rate, if you go to my photography blog, you can see the pictures I've posted of them. My little sister also found a baby (or miniature, I'm not sure,) frog this morning. He's real tiny, so I took some good close-ups.
Last evening, when I went to feed, I decided to walk Max around the barn as I hadn't in a while. I slipped the halter on him and he did good the first time 'round. Then he got impatient and decided he didn't want to do this. How did he tell me this? If you look at the back of my calf, you see where he left his mark. I got awarded a nice purple knot. He pulled, he fought, he reared up, he almost fell over, and how many kicks he preformed, I'll never know. (Except for the one on my leg...)
He's as cute as a button...but a pain in the legs for sure! Bursting with energy, I'm dreading the up-coming months when he'll grow even stronger. Max's new nick-name is Muscle Man. (Trust me...he's VERY strong!)
Anyway.....I'm rambling. Sorry.
By the way...anyone who knows how important daily Bible reading is, raise your hand. I read mine in the morning before I get dressed and start the day. It's very helpful. Not to mention; shouldn't we take great advantage of this opportunity while we have it? "Seek the Spirit while He may be found." There will most likely come a day when we WON'T. HAVE. A. BIBLE. Is that not extremely disturbing?  NO BIBLE!? That is horrible! This is why, now, while we have it, we must study it, soak it up, and bury it safely in the store-houses of our hearts. "She (and he!) treasured these things in her heart." That's one of my favorite verses. Treasure His Holy Word in your heart.


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Camera at Work

Well, I had just gotten through downloading picture to my blog, stuck the card and battery back in the camera, and set it on the computer. When I had squeezed the battery back in and set it up there, unknown to me, it started recording; my camera was set on a timer, as I had used it earlier. And camera spied on me. :)
Quite funny, actually. =D
This next video is my dear brother goofing off. If you haven't seen the movie "Kidnapped", you won't get this. It's supposed to be about the highlanders and lowlanders, and the highlander, who is for "Bonny Prince Charlie", says to the lowlander, who's for King George after an introduction,
"And you by your long face, should be for King George."
Don't ask me why my brother said this to the cooked chicken.....
This one a took about a month or so ago. :) Just for fun.
Here's a really cute one of our big polar bear of a dog, Marshal, rolling around in our garden. :)
This next one is ridiculous! Have you ever tried to get a baby horse to stand up when he's sleepy???????

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

New Photos

I've posted a bunch of new photos on my Photography blog, so check it out when you get the chance!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Psalm 29: The Voice of the LORD

Ascribe to the LORD, O sons of the mighty, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory due to His name; worship the LORD in holy array.
The voice of the LORD is upon the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD is over many waters.
The voice of the LORD is powerful, the voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; yes, the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of the LORD hews out flames of fire.
The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
The voice of the LORD makes the deer to calve and strips the forests bare; and in His temple everything says, "Glory!"
The LORD sat as King at the flood; yes, the LORD sits as King forever.
The LORD will give strength to His people; the LORD will bless His people with peace.

*note: all images were taken from Google Images; I don't own any of these.


We had a blast with my cute guinea pig this morning...poor guy. =D

*Is Still In Shock*

Oh....boy. I really don't know where to start. How about with this:
Oh my goodness! They were so great! I have NEVER been to ANYTHING like that before! Mom and I left the house at around 5:15-ish, and I was, you know, excited, but knew that the real deal would settle in my stomach when we got closer to our destination. I was telling mom on the way,
"First I'll get major excited about something maybe three days before hand, and then the morning of, wake up and be like "Oh, goody! We're going to see such and such today!" Then through the day, it wears off. The time comes to leave, I'm happy, somewhat giddy. Then we head down the road. What happens then? I go into a state of what I call 'Delirious Excitement'. This is where I get in a really, REALLY strange mood, ramble, and think it myself "Am I dreaming?""
Now the butterflies kick in. An hour and a half of driving, and we're drawing closer. We've taken the turn that will lead us there. Busy streets, setting sun, rumbling car motors, shouting people. I'm helping mom with directions as she tries to maneuver the busy, under-construction roads, and then realize that my fingers are cold and my whole body seems to be shaking; the kind of shake that only YOU notice. EEK! We're almost there! It was just 7:00pm, so we had plenty of time before 8:00. We found the Appalachian University where it was being held, found the auditorium, and I gaped at the massive line of cars and crowds of people. Mom stopped the car and talked to a lady near by.
"....are all of these people here for the Chinese Acrobats?"
The lady nodded.
"Yes; there's nothing else going on that I know of."
I scrunched up my face.
"Sheesh...good thing we've got seats reserved."
Knowing where we were to be going, we turned back around and went across the road to a Subway where we ate dinner. I was still very excited and didn't finish the bag of chips I got...which is rare, by the way. :)
Anyway, after this, we walked out of Subway, heading towards the car. As I opened the door to get in, I called across to mom.
"Hey, what time is it?"
She checks her watch.
I shot into the car, nearly twisting my ankle in those heels I was wearing.
"Hurry! We gotta go!"
Once again, we went to the University and found a parking place. The sun was lowering over the horizon, and glared into all of the car windows, making us squint. The air was nice and not too hot. There were lots of people, and the thrill began to sink in. I shivered, though it wasn't cold.
"Oh boy oh boy oh boy! This is so neat! I've never been to something like this!"
I clutched mom's arm, and we went inside. It was crowded, and loud chattering filled the air.
"Welcome to Farthing Auditorium," said a man with a smile and slight lispt.
"Would you like to sign up for our Silent Auction?"
Mom shook her head...I was too busy looking around at the big crowd; you could barely see through the crammed place!
"Where are the Acrobats going to be, do you know?"
He nodded, looking at our tickets.
"Yes ma'am, they'll be behind those double doors back there when they open."
I grabbed mom's hand.
"Come on! Let's get in line before it stacks up."
We shouldered past several...well...BUNCHES of people to get to the doors. There wasn't a big line, as there were lots of people browsing the tables of Auction items. I leaned against the wall, clutching the tickets.
"I'm going to the restroom, I'll be right back," mom said.
I shifted the sling bag on my shoulders to a more comfortable position, fidgeting and glancing around the big room.
Oh man...I still don't believe this. That's so neat! I wonder what it will be like.......
I thought this to myself, eyes moving back and forth around the room of people. I waited for a couple of minutes for mom because of the line, and then she came on out.
"What time???"
I hissed in her ear. She smiled.
"About two more minutes.."
Sooner than expected, the doors opened and lines started to form. A long, dark hallway loomed past them. Scary, eh? Anyway, since we were close up front, we got in quickly, handing over our tickets and keeping the stubs. Mom spoke as we walked down the stairs.
"Okay...row 'H', seats 1 and 3."
We gazed up at the row of doors along the walls, each having various letters on them. Walking further down, we found the door that had the letter "H" on it.   
How appropriate, I thought. =D
"This is it!" I squealed, trying to keep my voice down.
I opened the door, and row upon row upon row of scarlet red seats greeted us, a long walkway down either side and the middle, and a big stage with a lit-up curtain. I took in a breath.
This is CRAZY! Oh yikes....
The seats were quickly filling up. We found row "H" and scooted down towards the end, finding our seats. I looked from my seat to the stage.
PERFECT! Wonderful view. Five rows from stage. YES! Absolutely picture-perfect. Wonderful. Quite.
We sat down and sure enough, it proved to be the best seat in the house. Hey, at least we weren't up front where some acrobat could accidentally roll of stage and kill you! It was a great view. We sat there for about, MAYBE, thirty more minutes....I'm not sure. I was too excited. The big speakers on the stage and around the room rumbled over the den of chatter, Chinese drums, flutes and vocals filling the place. I squirmed.
Mom laughed. "Ten more minutes, Han."
I sat back, taking everything in. The music, the loud chatter, and I just couldn't help  but wonder what was taking place behind that curtain. I'd love to help with something like that! Ten minutes turned to five, five to three, and three to the music coming to a halt and the lights dimming. Everyone went quiet, (except for the annoying people behind us....) A man came out on stage, holding a mic.
"Welcome! Alright, let's get started...." etc etc etc. He went on about the up-coming events at the University, sponsors of the whole thing and so on. Moments after he came on stage, he left, and the pre-recorded audio went off over the speakers.
"This show is highly copy-righted, and any video, audio or photography is strictly prohibited. Please take a moment to note the green EXIT signs on either walls, and in the unlikely even of an emergency, leave from one of these doors and go straight to your car; do not return to the lobby. Please take all crying babies outside. And now, the Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats."
The lights went out, the music began to rumble...the curtain went up.
I sat through the whole show in awe. I forgot to clap. It was breath-taking. The lights. The music. The performers. All of them amazing. I could NOT believe it. The music seemed to throb through your body and you felt every percussion, every drum beat. It really did make me want to cry. Don't ask why. I just got so happily overwhelmed at it all that I wanted to cry. The performers were absolutely, completely, without question, the best on earth. I've never laid eyes on anything like it. One guy came out on stage and preformed Wushu, which was breath-taking to watch. Several women did impossible bends. Two men did an absolutely unbelievable power act. (Trust me...that had to be one of the best acts. They came out, walking to the drum beat with gold sparkling capes on them. Then they walked up to the platform, the lights dark, and dropped the capes from around their shoulders. They were wearing half-masks, which really reminded me of the Phantom of the Opera, Chinese version, of course. They moved so slowly and mysteriously, it made me almost shrink back! It was absolutely ...CREEPY!) A woman balanced several small glasses stacked on each other, her outfit shimmering in the lights. About thirteen men and women got on one bike, rolling around stage. Several men ran like lightening through hoops; if you blinked, you missed something! It was completely breath-taking. Literally. I can't say it enough. Wow.

I'm so glad we went! Mom and I couldn't stop talking about it the whole ride home. Amazing. We bought a booklet and I got a bracelet to wear all the time.
(In fact, I'm wearing it now:)
I've taken a promotional video off of YouTube for you to see; there is a scene where the two guys are doing the power act, and they're immodestly dressed, though at the show they had on trouser-like pants. Just thought I'd let you know before you watch it. :)

Thanks so much for reading and bearing with me through my freaking-out mode!
I really, really, REALLY enjoyed it and hope we can go see them again!

In Christ,