Grains of Sand


Good Cause…
May 18, 2009, 10:35 pm
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Eventually you all will get a post…

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I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it…!
March 12, 2009, 1:59 pm
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I got four tickets to see Michael Jackson on 12 July in London – and cannot wait!

A lot of people had problems getting and/or using their presale code, but I was able to get the code and get the maximum of 4 tickets…..which also means that I have 2 left available for the decent price of only £57 – I’m not even jacking up the price. lol It was £50 for each ticket and £7 for each of teh Ticketmaster booking fees for each – no hidden charges…so….you wanna go? 🙂

xoxo



PRAISE THE LORD!
February 26, 2009, 12:27 pm
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Ok – If anyone actualy reads this thing, I have severely neglected you. Sorry!  So, we’re doing 2 major updates in 2 entries…mostly because I’m in class at the moment so I can’t do too much. lol Anyhoo –

A couple weeks ago I was making photocopies for class with 3 classmates, and I checked my pigeon hole/mail box quickly to see if I had anything – and there it was. An envelope, and I could feel my passport inside – I said – “Britt! It’s here!” and we sat on the stairs of the main house and before opening it I just reaffirmed that no matter what was in the envelope, God is who He is and is unchanging and has a plan for me wherever this takes me….then opened it and there was a long letter – I thought it was approved but the language was so proper and all so I wasn’t sure until I opened my passport and saw my mugshot of a picture inside, in sticker form, with a residency permit! 😀

IT WAS APPROVED!

So many prayers and tears went into that – and it was quite the rollercoaster amidst it all – I am so thankful I have it now – it sucked to be an illegal alien.  So, yes, that’s that and part two of major updates is coming soon – sooner than this took to write!

Love,

Valerie

xoxo



23 IS NOT OLD!
February 9, 2009, 11:41 am
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“Nobody likes you when you’re 23…”

Quote from the Blink 182 song “What’s My Age Again?”

It came up randomly when my iTunes was on shuffle – and it brought back a lot of wonderful memories of being a preteen/young teen – until that line came up – repeatidly. lol

But, the point of this is that when this song first came out in 1999, life was a lot different – and I thought 23 was SO OLD…

sigh. I’m there. and I’m not old.

Perspective. It’s all about perspective, my dear friends…



Is it me?
February 8, 2009, 12:56 am
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So, I’m not sure if you all know, but I want to be famous when I grow up. lol I mean, what I want to do is travel and be a public speaker for girls and women around 12 years and older on things like self-esteem and who they are in Christ…but how the heck does one do that?

I’m not quite sure.

So, I’m in the process of a Theology degree…possibly followed by a Masters in Communication.

In the meantime, I have this passion inside of me that I don’t want to burn out – to slowly fizzle to an ember before being extinguished…but how do I nurture this besides the obvious answer of prayer and patience?

Well, I was so kindly being reminded of how much I’ve screwed up, even in the last 24 hours (thanks a lot, satan, you jerk) but instead of moping and feeling sorry for myself, although I did a little, I decided to flip it around – I need to get more serious. So God and I are going to travel around NI on the train tomorrow – just Him and I – and we are going to talk and major things are going to happen, not just tomorrow, not just in my own life, but for the future, mine and other’s. ah, ambitious thought eh? Well, God is bigger than that, bigger than my doubt – so I’m sure I’ll talk about it later.

Anyhoo – I was thinking about this and all of a sudden I thought – why can’t I start speaking where I’m at? Now? Here? Well, because there’s no where for me to do it.  I thought, surely you jest, there has to be something for Christian women in NI…but alas, I googled nothing.  We in NI have really failed in this department…I mean, there’s Summer Madness for the young people, many conferences in the mainland UK, probably mini retreat things for churches – but why isn’t there a conference for Christian women in Northern Ireland?!

That got the wheels turning.

Why the crap can’t I start one?

Soooo, this is why I’m blogging this – because I don’t know where to start! (One of the many reasons I’d love to get married – I have creative passionate ideas, but no idea how to channel them and do them and so I need someone who balances that out…but I digress. lol)

So, yes, where do I start? I don’t think it’s a crazy idea – I just don’t know how to do it. lol

I’ll probably write more tomorrow or sometime – but I’d love your thoughts – because all I have at the moment is a big dream…

Love you all!

Valerie



Something on the internet that is not about Jessica Simpson…
February 4, 2009, 12:33 pm
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…for now.

This is a really quick update on my life, then I’m sure the next one will be another quickie on good ole J.S….

Things have been very interesting this week – relationships have changed and I have been re-reminded how fallen and depraved we are as humans – I mean to apologize and forgive are two really hard things to do!  I know that we’re called to forgive and to love each other as we love ourselves – but it’s hard!

And to be honest, I can’t do it on my own – but thankfully, it’s with Jesus’ help that I can.

In my own human-ness, I find it, personally, easy to forgive, but I don’t easily forget – I hold it in my tight little fists, sometimes until I am forced to let go – I’m a lot better at this than I used to be but still…

The thing I find to happen so often is that Satan uses this against me, like oh so many other things – he in his slimy little ways, so generously reminds me of what each person has said about me, to me, or done to me…he likes to whisper into my ear things that I found out or heard first hand and make me feel that anger and hurt all over again…he sucks. seriously.

wow. this was supposed to be quick – sorry! Anyway, this is how I feel and what I’m dealing with – so I’m just going to leave it out here -I may come back to this at a later time, but Im dont for now.

Classes start this week. Still babysitting. Doing really well except for the obvious ranting above. lol Yeah. Im in class now and I think the teacher is getting suspicious, so I end here.
Love,

Valerie



FAME!
January 21, 2009, 2:02 pm
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haha I know you’re all looking for the links if you’re reading this – I hope you take the time to read my other posts and maybe even keep reading in the future…but for now:

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/uk_national_news/4062566.Ex_pats_cheer_in_new_president/

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2009/0121/1232474671128.html

http://www.thisisthewestcountry.co.uk/uk_national_news/4062387.Ex_pats_cheer_in_new_president/

(The video on BBC has been replaced by today’s news…sad. lol)

http://prints.paphotos.com/pictures_1379053/us-president-inauguration.html?PHPSESSID=faf11d23b06d2633158d7b5474817ee2

http://prints.paphotos.com/pictures_1379052/us-president-inauguration.html

http://prints.paphotos.com/pictures_1379051/us-president-inauguration.html

(the last one I’m in the background in the right hand side about 2:20 minutes in)

…plus 2 print papers – 1 from the North and 1 from the South (yes, they are 2 different countries) – and apparantly the national news in the US – The Associated Press was one of our photographers. 🙂

Ok, that’s all for now…famous or not, I still have a final exam tomorrow that I need to study for…

Love you all!

Love,

Valerie

ps. here are 2 pics of me and Britt today with our print interviews/pics…

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