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10:41pm 06/07/2006
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Me and Chance right after he proposed.

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Pictures from my weekend with the greatest man on Earth!!!   
08:58pm 30/05/2006
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Me and my man...

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Becki and Paul... AAAAAH! Mr. Dixon! ;)

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Me and my man again...

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My Army man...

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Me n' Robyn...
 
     

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What a rip!   
04:39pm 01/01/2006
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Back Home in Charlotte   
01:21am 29/12/2005
 
mood: happy
Well, I just got back from my week home in Ohio. It was SO good to be home again! Thank you, Lord for giving me a week off to spend with the people I love. This week was a blur. An amazing blur. :) I can't even begin to explain in words what a wonderful time I had. I only wish it could have lasted longer than a week. But, I made the most of the time I had. At least I tried to. Sorry to all the people I didn't get a chance to see. I will be in town again. Don't know when but I will! It was so bizarre to be the one coming home after years of waiting for other family to come home. It doesn't get any easier saying goodbye to family, but it does make you stronger. I believe that.

Sorry for hogging Chance the whole week....now you can spend the rest of the week with him. :) Enjoy it cuz it'll go by fast. I know!

Back to work tomorrow...

Goodnight!
 
     

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Wobyn   
10:44am 30/10/2005
 
mood: sore
To all of those whose eyes resemble the blue of the ocean, the blue of the sky, and the blue of Sam's Choice Purified Drinking Water bottles....

We are, the blue-eyed babes, of America.

Thank you.
 
     

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Hot chocolate w/ marshmallows on top   
12:45am 21/10/2005
 
mood: lethargic
Well, I signed the lease this morning. We shook hands and sealed the deal. It's official! I met with the realtor to see the place and it's just like pictures show it. I can't wait to move in! Now that I know which bedroom is mine, I can start to imagine where I'm going to put everything. One of the main things we're trying to work on is getting an area rug. Since the living room and dining room is all hardwood we need an 8x10 rug to stick in the livingroom. Lemme tell you...they aren't cheap. I found one at TJ Maxx on sale for $190 that was pretty decent. A few others were a little lower but not very appealing. I heard this ad on the radio about this place that is going out of business called the Liquidation Center, off of I-77, but I'm not really sure how to get there or a number I can call. All of their stuff is like 75% off and they have area rugs so it would be awesome to check out, too bad I can't find them. I googled for a website, but couldn't find anything.

Things here are going pretty well. My job hours have been a roller coaster ride, but the Lord is providing enough hours and a few extra shifts from other people. Trust. Prayer. Patience. That's what I'm learning to do. Let me tell you, if you ask the Lord for something you better believe He's going to give it to you in some way, shape, or form! I'm not talking about Him giving you whatever you pray for. He'll give you what You need in an answer that You may not understand at the time, but trust Him. That's what it's all about. Trusting in Him. Trust in the fact that He knows you better than anyone, even yourself, and has your best interest at heart. "All things work for good..." (Prov. 3:6)

Nate, I wanted to be sure the exact day of when you leave. Is it the 29th?

Remember to keep praying for Buttons. :)

Hey, can one of you guys send me some pictures. Sometimes I get lonely and miss all your cute faces. ;) All my photo albums are still at home and it just makes me feel like I'm still connected with you guys if you send me pictures of what you've been doing. Show me all the fun you're having that I'm missing out on!

If I could count all the people I miss at this moment....uh, it would be a lot!

Gotta get to bed...

Miss you all!

esther :)
 
     

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10:35pm 11/10/2005
 
mood: thankful
Today was my day off since Saturday. My feet are super thankful! Lemme tell you...trying to find heels that are cute and comfortable at the same time are practically impossible to find. I have all these cute shoes but the comfort factor is just not there. I'm gonna have to start bringing two pairs of shoes to work so I can wear the uncomfortable ones for a few hours and then switch to the comfy ones.

Anna left for her leadership training yesterday morning. It's nice to have the room to myself since it's a little crowded with the 2 of us sharing a small room, but it's weird not having her here. Living here really hasn't sunk in yet. I still feel like I'm on an extended vacation. You know how you never really know what day it is when you're on vacation? That's how I feel. I never really know the date and always have to check the calendar. It's weird.

We found a place to live! Right now I'm still staying in a townhouse with Anna's 2 housemates (JoHanna and Tabea). Both girls are very sweet. Tabea is from Germany and has such a loving spirit. I'm going to miss both of them. The 2 bedroom townhouse we found is 2 stories and is located in Charlotte, about 10 minutes from where I work. Right now it takes me about 40 min. to get to work so the move will be a huge blessing for saving on gas! Anna has already talked to the realitor and the owners of the townhouse. We've told them we want it so now they're just doing a credit check and preparing a contract. I'm really looking forward to moving into a place I can call home. We plan on moving in around the 2nd week of November when Anna gets back from her leadership conference. It'll be nice to have all my things again. The townhouse is located in a quiet neighborhood complex where all the road names have to do with Christmas! Some of the names are Sleighbell Lane and Reindeer Road. Our road name will be Frosty Lane -- how cute is that?! We were laughing because my sister LOVES snow and Charlotte rarely ever gets a lot of it so the road name is perfect for her. :) Each bedroom is a master suite with a bathroom and walk-in closet. Downstairs there is a fireplace and hardwood floors. We've really been praying for the perfect place and I know this is it. The monthly rent is lower than what is listed on the website so it is within our budget. The Lord's hand has been on everything that's happened here. Finding a job and a house so quickly...I just can't thank Him enough for his faithfulness. I included the website to the townhouse ad if you guys are interested in seeing pictures of the house.

http://www.rentclicks.com/display.asp?ws=93&adid=132463

I also found a church home! It's called Concord First Assembly and has about 1000 members. I'm going to their singles night group Thursday evening. I'm really looking forward to meeting some people my own age. I need some friends down here! Robyn was telling me about the Nazarene church some of you are going to. That's great! I'm happy you found a church home to go to.

Well, I hope you guys are doing okay. Keep in touch when you can!

BIG hugs,
esther :)
 
     

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Question   
01:51pm 11/10/2005
  Hey can someone tell me how to change my comment link options? I want to change the spelling of receive and I can't find how to do it anywhere!  
     

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Hey youuuuu guuuuys!   
01:10pm 05/10/2005
 
mood: content
Thought I would update this to let you all know where I am and what I'm doing. I'm in Concord, North Carolina living with my sister. I love the area despite the heat. I am SO ready for Sweater Weather! Give me Fall!!! I'm currently working as a Sales Associate at Ann Taylor Loft. Never really shopped there before, but am now realizing what a wonderful store it is and what nice clothes they have. The company upholds high values and principles and the clientele we attract are people who can afford pricey clothes. A pair of pants is typically $80 and a top runs around $40-$50. But, lemme tell you, it's worth it. Their pants feel like butter when you slip them on and the material is so soft. I have to admit, Esther is officially dressing like a working woman (aka preppy). I just went shopping yesterday with my discount at ATL and bought a few new outfits for work. I'll probably look like one big prep at Christmas time but you guys will still love me, right? :)

Anna and I are still looking around for a permanent place to live. We have a realitor helping us look. She and I are actually thinking of leasing/owning a house. Pretty scary to think about, but it's possible. Please pray that the Lord will lead us to the perfect house in a perfect location with the perfect price. God has already blessed me so much already. I got a job 3 days after I moved down here and I know it was totally Him that made it happen.

I found a church to go to! I went to their service for the first time last Sunday. The pastor's wife is so sweet and she introduced me to a few people my age. They have a singles group that meets on Thursdays so I'm going to check that out. Please pray that I find a church home to belong to. I really like this church so far and they even have a choir so I'm praying I can get involved with their music ministry.

I hope you all are doing well. I have a new e-mail address. I'm going to send out an e-mail soon to let you know that it's changed. Robyn has my new address too if you want it. My old address was getting too much junk mail.

Andrea. Nate. Joanna. Greg. Robyn. I miss you guys. Please pray that I meet some friends down here!

Love you lots! Don't forget to keep in touch with me!

esther :)
 
     

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...   
12:40pm 21/06/2005
 
mood: at peace
I was made for something beautiful...
 
     

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Bubba Keg 52   
01:12pm 20/06/2005
  Wow! It's been TOO long since I've updated this.

I had a REALLY good weekend--much needed quiet time and a little R & R in between. Friday it was absolutely gorgeous outside, especially the "girl" sunset. :) I came home from work, went to Curves, ate dinner with the family, and then wanted to be outside for awhile. So, I got out my beach blanket and layed in our yard with a book. I ended up falling asleep but it was SO nice to be able to relax and soak up some sun. I LOVE being outside more than anything...

I'm reading When God Writes Your Love Story by Eric and Leslie Ludy. It's very good. I haven't read a relationship type book in awhile and this one is definitely a keeper. I'm also reading Doorways to a Deeper Faith (can't remember the author) which is also a good book. One of these days I'm going to post a list of my fav. books. I think we should all do that so we can share each other's favorites.

Okay, here goes...this is from memory, I'm not peeking, I promise!

Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification--that it may impart grace to the hearers. (Ephesians 4:29, NKJV)

See you all tonight!
 
     

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Please pray for the Whaley family   
11:22pm 11/04/2005
  I just found out that my friend Jennifer's mom just passed away yesterday afternoon. I met Jennifer my freshman year in college and we lived in the same dorm. She and I roomed together my sophomore year and we're both SLP majors. My older sisters knew Jennifer's older sister. I hadn't seen her in class in a couple days and now I know why. I visited her hometown a couple years ago and got to meet her mom and dad. Her mom had the HIV virus due to a bad blood transfusion when Jennifer was little and it left her in a wheelchair. It started to flare up again and the medicines weren't working. Not many people knew that her mom had AIDS because she didn't want everyone to know about it. It's so hard to explain how I feel right now. I can't imagine what it would be like to lose my mom at 22, a senior in college, getting ready to head off to grad school. Her sister Annie is planning a wedding in June and she won't have her mom there to see her get married. Annie is in grad school right now and Jennifer is nearing the end of the semester so I know that both of the girls will have a lot of catching up to do when they get back to school. If you could please pray for the Whaley family, I would really appreciate it.  
     

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11:39pm 03/04/2005
 
mood: in love with Buster
As I was singing during praise and worship this morning in church I looked over at a couple in their mid-40's. Her husband was raising his hand in worship and she looked over at him, smiled, and slipped her hand in his. It was the sweetest picture of God's love. I just smiled. I bet God was smiling too. :)

As I write this, Buster is sitting in my lap chewing on my hoodie string. He is so fascinated by my laptop. I think he's another sweet picture of God's love. ;)
 
     

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08:20pm 02/04/2005
 
mood: content
"Straight up now tell me are you really gonna love me forever? Oh-oh-oh..." Turned on the radio and this was on. Gotta love old Paula Abdul songs. :)

So I thought I would update this. Does anyone know who Helen Steiner Rice is? Probably not. She was an amazing woman with a heart for God and a passion for writing. She was born and raised in Lorain, Ohio in the 1900's and has to be my favorite poet. Not just because she writes so well but because of the life she lived. She married a wealthy banker and lived a very extravagant life. But during the Great Depression she and her husband lost everything. Because her husband could not provide the things he had always wanted to give Helen, he struggled with the loss. As a result, he killed himself, leaving a note saying, "Darling, The only thing I'm sorry about is that I never could give you all the things I meant to." Despite his tragic death, Helen moved on in life. She began writing through the hard times and relied on God to get her through them. She never remarried. Whenever I'm feeling at the lowest point in my life or just content to be loved by God alone, I read her words and know that the God who gave strength to a woman who had lost everything in life is the same God who moves and lives inside of me today. At the time she never knew what an impact her words would have on the world.

I can't say that I have a favorite poem by her because they are all so good! This one is called "A Prayer for the Young and Lovely". It's touched my heart in a lot of ways so I thought I would share it with ya'll. (Yes, deep down inside I really am a southern girl!)

Dear God, I keep praying
For the things I desire
You tell me I'm selfish
And "playing with fire"--
It is hard to believe
I am selfish and vain,
My desires seem so real
And my needs seem so sane,
And yet You are wiser
And Your vision is wide
And You look down on me
And You see deep inside,
You know it's so easy
To change and distort,
And things that are evil
Seem so harmless a sport--
Oh, teach me, dear God,
To not rush ahead
But to pray for Your guidance
And to trust You instead,
For You know what I need
And that I'm only a slave
To the things that I want
And desire and crave--
Oh, God, in Your mercy
Look down on me now
And see in my heart
That I love you somehow,
Although in my rashness,
Impatience and greed
I pray for the things
That I want and don't need--
And instead of a crown
Please send me a cross
And teach me to know
That all Gain is but loss,
And show me the way
To joy without end,
With You as my Father,
Redeemer and Friend--
And send me the things
That are hardest to bear,
And keep me forever
Safe in Thy care.
 
     

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Happy Easter!   
05:11pm 25/03/2005
 
mood: thankful
From the sixth hour until the ninth hour, darkness came over all the land. About the ninth hour, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"...And when Jesus had cried out again, in a loud voice, He gave up His spirit. At that moment, the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split...When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed,

"Surely, He was the Son of God."

May all your families be blessed!
 
     

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good morning sunshine!   
11:05am 22/03/2005
 
mood: amazed
I set my alarm for 7 this morning so I could get up and workout like I normally do on Tuesdays. But, I just kept pushing snooze for 3 hours--I'm still so tired! I had to go back to school just to catch up on my lack of sleep from spring break! :p So I got up at 10 instead for discipleship at 11 which I just found out is cancelled so......that means I have free time til 3! I guess I'll have time to work out afterall. :)

This morning it was nice to sleep in a little and have some quiet time with the Lord. I wish I was more of a morning person so I could always spend my quiet times in the morning before the day starts, but they tend to be throughout the day or at night before I go to bed. I beat myself up a lot for not spending quality time with God the way He deserves, but I realize that what it all comes down to is whether we spend time with Him at all and that we acknowledge Him in everything we do. It blows me away that the God who created the constellations in the sky, sunrises and sunsets, and breathed life into a man created only by the dust of the earth, desires to spend time with me. Compared to Him, I am nothing, but He wants to live in me and make me something. Whenever I think of the verse in Isaiah 66:1, I just picture God sitting on His throne in Heaven and His feet resting on the earth. And then there's me, sitting at His throne, just a speck of life on earth, yet He knows everything about me, more than I know about myself. He knows our dreams, goals, desires, passions, plans, and our hearts but He longs for us to talk to Him about those things. That's why when we pray (aka talk) to to God, it changes things. We are inviting God in to know our hearts so that He can take our dreams and desires and make them 100 times more exciting than we ever imagined possible. I truly believe that Heaven is a place so far beyond my human way of thinking that I can't even begin to find a word in our earthly vocabulary to describe its glory. I can only imagine something up to a certain limit. So I don't want to settle for less than what God wants to give me. We think our dreams and desires are the ultimate, but His dreams and desires for us are much more worth waiting for!

I am blessed. I am blessed. From when I rise up in the morning, til I lay my head to rest. I feel You near me. You soothe me when I'm weary. Oh Lord, for all the worst and all the best, I am blessed.

Wobyn, I wuv you! Today's going to be the BEST day of your entire life (lemme know what happens!).

Have a good day friends! And don't forget to say "yo" to God--He's waiting to say "yo" back. :)
 
     

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Satisfied   
02:17am 06/03/2005
 
mood: blessed
Everyone longs to give themselves completely to someone
To have a deep soul relationship with another
To be loved thoroughly, and exclusively.
But to a Christian, God says,
"No, not until you are satisfied, fulfilled, and content
With being loved by Me alone--
With giving yourself totally and unreservedly to Me--
With having an intensely personal relationship with Me alone--
Discovering that only in Me is your satisfaction to be found--
You will be capable of the perfect human relationship
That I have planned for you.
"You will never be united with another until you are united with Me--
Exclusive of anyone or anything else,
Exclusive of any other desires or longings,
I want you to stop planning,
Stop wishing
And allow Me to give you the most thrilling plan existing.
One that you cannot imagine
I want you to have the best!
Please allow Me to bring it to you.
"You just keep watching Me, expecting the greatest things--
Keep experiencing the satisfaction that I am.
Keep listening and learning the things I tell you.
You just wait.
That's all.
Don't be anxious.
Don't worry.
Don't look around at the things others have gotten
Or that I have given them.
Don't look at the things you think you want.
You just keep looking off away up to Me
Or you'll miss what I want to show you.
"And then, when you are ready,
I'll surprise you with a love far more wonderful
Than any you would dream of.
You see, until you are ready and the one I have for you is ready,
I am working even at this moment
to have you both ready at the same time.
Until you are both satisfied exclusively with Me,
And the life I have prepared for you,
Exemplifies your relationship with Me,
Can you experience the dearest love.
"And dear one, I want you to have this most wonderful love,
I want you to see in the flesh a picture of your relationship with Me,
And enjoy maturely and concretely
The everlasting union of beauty, perfection, and love.
"Know that I love you utterly.
I am God.
Believe it and be satisfied."
 
     

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I'm a Boxer Puppy!   
08:20pm 27/02/2005
 
mood: content
So I just found out what breed of puppy I am. (I'm sure all of my 4 friends who read this have been dying to know and can finally get some rest tonight. haha) Hey, did you know we're getting a puppy this summer?? I am SO excited! I've really missed having a puppy around the house. Believe it or not, my dad is the one who admitted that he missed having a dog, after all the years of complaining about the ones we had. So...maybe we should get a boxer puppy....what do you think?

Robyn, I have a surprise just for you on your camera.......
 
     

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slumber party with robyn!!!   
04:34pm 25/02/2005
 
mood: tired
Robyn + Esther + sharing our thoughts on "life" = NO SLEEP!
 
     

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