Saturday, May 28, 2011

at this moment


Date... May 28, 2011
Starting time... 9:03am
Mood...*yawn* happy :)
Outside my window..."it's gonna be a bright, bright, sunshine-y day...."
I'm thinking...about breakfast
I'm currently reading...a prayer/funds request letter from a friend who's getting ready to go on a mission trip *wink*
I'm listening to...Zuzu singing (well, humming) the theme from Pink Panther
I'm wearing...my new poodle pajamas and my butterfly robe (not new - I made it about....two years ago :D)
I'm looking forward to...maybe swimming today! (the pool is open!!!!) and a Memorial Day picnic at my aunt's house on Monday!
I'm hoping...that we will actually be able to swim a lap when we start practice on Tuesday - I hope I don't drown :P
Yesterday, I...had a blast at VBS orientation, and then stayed up till 11:30pm (with our entire family) watching another space movie. Guess what we're watching next week? Apollo 13. *cheers!*
I'm hungry for...something, anything - except scrambled eggs.
The song stuck inside my head is...just a few lines of the last song in Phantom: "Pitiful creature of darkness/what kind of life have you known?/ God give me courage to show you/you are not alone....." *sniffle* That's the whole reason I listen to Phantom, you know. More on that later.
I love...my baby sister! I can't even imagine leaving her in a few years. *waaaahh!* I'll just take her with me :P
I loathe...bad hair days. Period. Exclamation mark!
This week, my goal is...to finish history!
Did I meet last week's goal?...yup. and I ached for *hours*
Ending time...9:13am

Friday, May 27, 2011

life defined // 5.27.11




comfortable is...lounging on your bed making vocabulary flashcards (last unit!), reading America: From Gridlock to Deadlock (that's be current history), and listening to Phantom on the laptop (I listened to the *entire* musical all the way through...pretty awesome)

yummy is...the "smoochies" cookies that Inigo and Titty made this morning - and which we completely devoured after lunch :)

exciting is...swim team starting on Tuesday!

cute is...the pajamas that *finally* came in the mail today! Yeah! Yes, this was a splurge, but I haven't had new pajamas in about two years *cough* It was about time.

inspiring is...the film October Sky. We watched it last night (it's been at *least* three years since I saw it last) and it was even better this time, since the Rocket Boys are only 17....which is no longer an "unreachable" age :) 

resignation is...accepting the fact that yes, I will have to do both Biology and Geometry over the summer. All summer. Not just till June. I'm talking August. 

annoying is...the twenty-five Burgmuller etudes I have to learn for piano over the summer as well. It's not that I don't like them....it's just there are soooo many of them. I told my teacher that I wished I was going to Nicaragua so I didn't have to learn them :P Haha. Rather expensive way to avoid an assignment, though. Rats.

interesting is...what Dad, Leia, Titty and I are going to tonight. VBS orientation. Yup, we've been enlisted! Dad's leading a group of preschoolers (*giggle*), Leia and I are doing the crafts for the preschool department, and Titty is going to be a "model child" (*cough*) in one of the "families" in the older children's VBS. Yeah, it's going to be *really* interesting. Tonight is just a supper for all the volunteers where we will be instructed on what we need to do :) (VBS isn't until late June)

beautiful is...all that lovely music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. I could listen to it for days....(I almost said "hours" - until I realized that I already do :P)

Farewell, friends! Talk to you soon :)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

star wars week - video day!






Due to exams, late nights, and scheduling difficulties, video day was moved to today - but now we're rollin'!

My favorite Star Wars-related-video is a hilarious spoof on the series called "Grocery Store Wars". It's not only a hilarious food fight between the Light and Dark sides of the Farm, but it's also an important message about healthy eating - and it manages to combine both *very* effectively into a video that I've watched countless times and it never gets old :D


I didn't think anyone would be able to turn out a funnier SW video....until I found a new favorite: the Volkswagen Super Bowl commercial. :) LOL.
'kay y'all, be honest, who *hasn't* tried using the Force like this little Lord Vader? I certainly have *sheepish grin*


There are others, of course, but I'll stop at two just because :D

Do you have a funny SW video you want to share? Or do you want to repost one of these on your blog? Go right ahead, and be sure to link up below:

May the Farm be with you! (*giggle*) 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

love. pride. star wars.

song in my head: "all i ask of you" from phantom of the opera ....... (i'm in like...a *really* phantom-ish mood right now :P)


Star Wars.  When you hear this title a "redemptive value", a life lesson if you will, is not the first thing that comes to mind.  But we are of the opinion that everything has a lesson that we can apply.  It may be hidden deep beneath the surface, but if we are diligent enough in searching you will be surprised at how many come to the light (no pun intended).  

The first thing that comes to mind is the battle between the dark side, and the light side ie. the battle between good and evil.  While it is not as noticeable in the original three films (A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and The Return of the Jedi), it is clearly seen in the three newer films (The Phantom Menace, The Attack of the Clones, and The Revenge of the Sith).  Light vs Dark (Good vs Evil) is a war that is very much a reality and something that should by no means be taken lightly (no pun intended).  

As Episode II unfolds we see Anakin falling in love with Padme Amidala.  Love (or any emotion) is against the order of the Jedi, as they believe that it leads to hate which leads to the dark side. Now we do not agree with this statement about all emotion being evil. Granted, some emotions (such as hate and pride) d0 lead us away from the Father but Love is not one of them. While the relationship between man and woman is beautiful, it is far too often abused so rather let us observe the love of God as our example. That is the most beautiful love in that he loved us as sinners, and sent his son to redeem us, that emotion is not at all evil. It is a wonderful emotion, that we should all feel and should be so full of the enormous love of God that it flows back through us to all around. 

Here, in the relationship between Padme and Anikan, I believe the emotion of love was being abused. Obi-Wan was a "father" to Anakin. It was understood that he was not to "love". So weather or not it is wrong to feel emotion or love, he had a command from his elder "father figure" not to. In Hebrews 13:17 we are clearly instructed to obey our elders. Further more we are told that we don't do it for their benefit but for our own. So that they, as the guardians of our souls, may be able to give a joyful account to our Lord.  So maybe Obi-Wan was over stepping his bounds. Maybe he was wrong. But that was not for Anakin to decide. 

Fast forward a few years. As Revenge of the Sith opens and we see that now Anakin is a accomplished Jedi.  Or at least he appears to be. The truth is that he has failed as a Jedi since he has broken the code by taking Padme Amidala as his wife.  Anakin starts having dreams in which Padme is dying. He wakes up determined to save her. After all he is the "chosen one" and the force runs stronger through his blood then any other Jedi. 

Hold the phone. Second downfall. Pride. Pride is something that while, because of it, we will not admit it but in reality it is something that we all struggle with.  Allow us to relate to relate to the downfall of someone else through pride.  Does the name "Lucifer" ring a bell? What happened in his story? "I WILL ASCEND UNTO THE THRONE OF THE MOST HIGH! I WILL BE LIKE THE MOST HIGH! I WILL BE LIKE GOD!" [roughly paraphrased]. Lucifer went from being one of the most powerful and beautiful angels to being the arch enemy of God, and the one who "seeks to destroy" us all.  Once we are started into pride -spoken from experience- it is very hard to come back. Only when we have acknowledge that without God we are nothing and that anything above hell is a gift to us, only then will we conquer pride.  And we see it played out in Anakins life as well. Not until Anakin realized his wrong and how he ruined his and his family's lives did he acknowledge that he was nothing. Sometimes it takes a great change of circumstance -even, as in this case, to the point of death- for us to finally realize how insignificant we really are.  

Yes, love and pride were the downfall of Anakin Skywalker. But, by contrast, we see love as the force overcoming pride that pulled Han Solo into a different, better life in the original trilogy. Unlike Anakin, Han is not fighting a parental figure (Obi-Wan) or a code of conduct (the Jedi Order) about this emotion. You can tell by his actions and words that his biggest fight is against himself, his own self-love. 

Han loves his independence. He is his own person, unconcerned with the welfare of others. Being a smuggler, he has to be watching out constantly for himself - seemingly untouchable. He's learned to close himself off, not to get emotionally attached to people or things. (haha...except Chewie and the Falcon, right?) 

We see Han resisting Luke's emotion-driven actions, reluctantly following only for the promise of material gain. His initial response to the news that Princess Leia was "scheduled to be terminated" was "Better her than me!" Not exactly friendly - far from loving, even if he didn't know her at all then. But trouble draws true friends together, and we see Han is touched by the frank friendship offered him by Luke, and begins to let himself open up a little. At the end of episode IV, our suspicions that Han just *might* stick around for good are justified as he jumps in to save Luke in a self-sacrificial gesture of friendship. After his interference, he's allied himself permanently with the Rebels and gives up temporarily his mission of paying off his debt. He's finally beginning to think of others first....

Episode V shows the main part of Han's "transformation" from his self-centered pride and conceit to friendship, love and sacrifice. Probably a little confused by unfamiliar emotions, Han doesn't quite know how to handle his new friends. He can be rough with his words, blunt with his opinions and conceited in his manner, but deep down he is willing to risk his life for those he cares about. Braving the cold, darkness, unknown dangers as well as possible death, Han sets out to save Luke from the snow. Here we see how much Han really has changed from when we first met him in the bar on Tatooine. Love is triumphing pride and conceit...mostly. :D "That's two you owe me, junior." *wink* The steadfast love that comes with friendship is what Han is experiencing here - but there's more than that in store for him. :D

Friendship helped break down one of Han's barriers, but opened the way to a new one. Here is the main change of Han's character - his relationship with Leia. Nearly every conversation they have starts with a problem, ends with some kind of sarcastic remark, yet breaks a little bit more off of Han's stiff barrier against love. He comes to see how love can heal, it's not threatening to his security, and is more rewarding in the long run. At the end of Episode V, we see Han basically give up his life for his friends - the greatest love (remember that Bible verse, "Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends." - John 15:13 ) - and orders his oldest friend Chewbacca to "take care of the princess!" Yes, the very same princess he was reluctant to save at the beginning of the saga. The story could just stop there. Han has learned to love, he's come in a full circle, then he dies. But it doesn't.

When Leia, Leia, Lando, and the droids in turn risk their lives to save Han in Episode VI, it seems like the final barrier Han has built up has disintegrated. He has a whole crowd of strong, real friends who risked their safety for him ("Luke, thanks for coming after me. Now I owe you one."), a princess who loves him, the Rebels winning the war, his debts non-existent, and no more foreseeable financial troubles at all. Yes, he's still got a little arrogant ("Hey, it's me."), but you have to admit, he's a changed man. But there's one more sacrifice that he's willing to make - even in the midst of all this. We know something about Luke and Leia that he doesn't. At the end of Episode VI, he realizes that Leia loves Luke very much and decides to put aside his own new-found happiness and love to make her happy. His forced resignation is apparent, his sacrifice sweet. ("When he comes back, I won't get the way.") Fortunately, Leia's able to set him straight one more time....and things works out better than Han had envisioned :) *sentimental sniff* Love triumphs over pride. Light triumphs over Darkness. Good triumphs over Evil. And Star Wars is just insanely awesome. *happy grin*

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This post was written by Jo and Näna for Star Wars week. Click on the header to join in the fun!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

a week of star wars - character profiles






a week of Star Wars
a blog party by jo march of scraps and näna of by the way

The "mini-event" that starts today is character profiles. These are just little "reviews" of a character from Star Wars. It can be as simple as posting up a picture of them with a few sentences about why you like, dislike, admire, etc. them, or as complex as documenting their "spiritual" journey as their character matures throughout the trilogy (or trilogies - for those few that carry through all six). 

Once you've posted, link your "review" below:


Remember, the review can really just a be a picture and a few words  - it doesn't have to take all day :D 

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jo's character profile - han solo


Yeah. Had to do it. Couldn't resist. Each character in Star Wars is so important, so well thought out, so perfect in their own way. But my favorite hands down is Han Solo....and even though I thought about doing a character I don't like as much for this character profile, my "light" side finally won out :P So, without further ado, Han Solo (according to Jo)......

Han is arguably one of the most complex characters in Star Wars. He definitely makes the biggest character transition than any of the others - going from looking out for himself to actually taking an interest in others. Going from having one *real* friend (Chewie) to having a whole crowd of them (Luke and Leia of course...but even C-3PO, R2D2.....and Lando *wink*). Going from having no faith whatsoever in "hokey religions and ancient weapons" to having a healthy respect for the Force. *grin* Yes, Han changes quite a bit. I like him best in the Empire Strikes Back - when he's lost that *really* rude edge to his arrogance, but he's not quite "reformed" :D

Han has the privilege of being probably the most quoted character in the original trilogy, due to his huge stash of sarcastic lines :D I quote him just about everyday....most of the time without meaning to :D (yes, I'm a pathological movie quoter - lines just make themselves part of my everyday conversation! LOL) Some of my favorites:

[greedo] "You can tell that to Jabba. At best, he may only take your ship."
[han] "Over my dead body."
[greedo] "That's the idea....I've been looking forward to this for a long time."
[han] "I bet you have." *blasts Greedo* (to bartender) "Sorry about the mess."
"She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid. I made some personal modifications myself."
[han - after blasting intercom] "Boring conversation anyway."
"Listen Your Worshipfulness, I only take orders from one person: me!"
"You know, sometimes I even amaze myself."
"Never tell me the odds."
"It's not my fault!" 
"Not entirely stable? Well, I'm glad you're here to tell us these things!" 
[han] "Hey Your Worship, I'm only tryin' to help."
[leia] "Would you please stop calling me that?"
[han] "Sure, Leia."
[leia] "I love you."
[han] "I know."
"Well, that was a long time ago, I'm sure he's forgotten about that."
"What's goin' on....Buddy?" 
 "I think my eyes are getting better. Instead of a big dark blur, I see a big light blur." 
"Hey, Luke, thanks. Thanks for coming after me. Now I owe you one." 
[han] "Chewie and I will take care of this. You stay here."
[luke] "Quietly. There may be more of them."
[han] "Hey, it's me."
"I don't know. Fly casual." 
[c-3po] "Wonderful! We are now part of the tribe."
[han] "Just what I always wanted."
"Well, short help is better than no help at all." 

Yeah....definitely my favorite character. :)

Friday, May 20, 2011

" 'next week on the 20th of may....

....I proclaim Eliza Doolittle Day!
All the people will celebrate the glory of you
And whatever you wish at once I gladly will do.'

"'Thanks a lot, king,' says I, in a manner well-bred
'But all I want is 'enry 'iggins 'ead!'"

I know, this is *completely* unrelated to Star Wars Week, but we just *couldn't* miss Eliza Doolittle Day!!! :D

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*sigh* Eliza Doolittle....so loverly :D

Thursday, May 19, 2011

a week of star wars

song in my head: darth vader's march from star wars





a week of Star Wars
a blog party by jo march of scraps and näna of by the way

So we've decided to call May an unofficial Star Wars month because of the major Star Wars "anniversaries" that take place , as well as Star Wars Day (May 4th). And, since we actually had to time to *plan* ahead of time this year, we're throwing a Star Wars party this week! Boo-yah!

Our itinerary is as follows:

May 19th (which is today :D) - the party begins! We've got a handful (or two) of questions for you to have fun with - answer them on your blog and link up!

May 21st - post a profile of your favorite Star Wars character. If you need help thinking about what to say, just ask yourself questions like: How does this character change during the course of the films? How does this character react to stress/fear/rescue, etc.? What type of personality does this character have?
note: this event is now active: click HERE to join!

May 23rd - We'll be posting a rather in-depth look at the value of Star Wars on this day - feel free to post up something similar on your own. Think about ways that the thoughts and belief ideas expressed in Star Wars apply to everyday life and see if you can articulate them :) (I know...who wants to think that hard anyway? :P)

May 24th - Star Wars video day! This is going to be a riot....get ready for some laughs. :D

May 25th - It's the "grand finale" day (affectionately titled "The Return of the Jedi") and we'll keep our plans a surprise :D

So, yeah. Lots to do, lots of fun to have! There will be Linky up for each mini-event so you can participate too! You can participate via Blogger, Twitter, Facebook or even in the comments if you so desire. The more the merrier!!!

Note: the Linkys will be open all week - so don't feel pressured to participate in the mini-events *exactly* on the day that they are scheduled :)

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Ready? We're kicking off the party with a Q&A session....

{1} Which Star Wars character do you think you're most like?

{2} Supposing you could really, truly visit the Star Wars universe over summer vacation - where would you to go?

{3} Lightsaber or blaster? 

{4} Favorite quote(s):

{5} What is one of your favorite memories associated with Star Wars?

{6} Do you remember the first time you saw a SW movie?

{7} Have you ever used the Force? 

{8} Do you have a favorite episode?

{9} Dress-up time! Which characters wardrobe do you like the best?

{10} If you ask any of the cast members from Star Wars *ONE* question, who would you ask and what would you ask them?


Off we go!!!! Answer the questions on your blog, take one of the buttons, then link up below:


May the Force be with you!

Always.

~Jo and Näna~

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FYI: A list of special Star Wars days in the month of May:

May 25, 1977 - Release of Star Wars

May 21, 1980 - Release of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

May 25, 1983 - Release of Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi

May 19, 1999 - Release of Star War Episode I:  The Phantom Menace

May 16, 2002 - Release of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

May 19, 2005 - Release of Star Wars Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith

May 4th - Star Wars Day (or Luke Skywalker Day)

Also....

May 19, 1944 - birthday of Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca)

May 25, 1944 - birthday of Frank Oz (operator and voice of Yoda)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

radiance - week one

Joining in Nana's blog party...



When did you give your life to Jesus? How did He reach out to you? What was your first response?
I've been incredibly blessed to have been raised in a Christian household with parents that have taught me about Christ from an early age. However, being a sinner, I don't think I fully understood my need for a Savior. I was a difficult young child - I have a sharp tongue and quick mind...coupled together? Not a pretty sight. I wasn't honest either, and I even though I *knew* my sin, I didn't know what to do about it....if I even wanted to do anything about it.

I think I was nine years old when I went to mother-daughter tea that our friend set up. There, I heard the testimonies of older girls (they were *fourteen* years old!!! :P), saw lovely Christian behavior in girls of all ages, read some thought provoking tracts and stories and listened to many talks on Biblical girl/womanhood. I was very convicted, scared really, that my sin was so bad that there was no way I could go to heaven. I knew there wasn't anything I could do about it by myself. God used this experience to draw me to Himself, I remember that at 9pm just a few days after the tea, I *really* gave myself to Christ.

It hasn't been an easy road since then, and I've been through "peaks" and "valleys" in my relationship with Christ, but that was the start.

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Wow.That was really good to write out. Good prep for the testimony I'm going to have to write.....

Sunday, May 15, 2011

a year ago today...

May 15, 2010.....the day the March and Wachter families officially "met" in person!!! 

 
           all the children on that first day                              some of us in October 2010

In the past 365 days, we've met in person three more times (KK's graduation, the week of my birthday, and dish-night weekend) and exchanged countless emails :D It seems hard to believe that two families could become so close in such a short period of time....and we met on the INTERNET!!! How weird is that?!?! Here's to many more years of friendship!!! 

a video Nana made of our trip up to MD to visit them earlier this year :)

Love y'all, Wachter crew!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

saturday morning daybook

Oh, this is one of those days when you growl at technology. Seems most of my friends' blog posts that were removed yesterday by Blogger are now back...except mine. Well, maybe later today it will return :) *crosses fingers*

Date... May 14, 2011
Starting time... 8:53am
Mood...a trifle sleepy still :)
Outside my window...a field that is in desperate need of leveling so we can play volleyball
I'm thinking...about how wonderful last night was!
I'm currently reading...Betsy's Wedding by Maud Hart Lovelace (told you I'd wait till exams were over! I suffered, but now I'm reaping the rewards :D)
I'm listening to...Leia playing Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata
I'm wearing...jeans, Bermuda t-shirt from Eden
I'm looking forward to...a whole bunch of things - our weekends are booked for the next few weeks! :D
I'm hoping...that this week will go *flying* by so we can get to next weekend ASAP :P
Yesterday, I...played in our piano recital!!! It was so awesome....one of most successful recitals *ever*! Everyone did sooooo well, and the reception was splendid. Got lots of time to catch up with Julia and a few of our others friends and laughed our heads off with MJ from the Pure Joy crowd :D Leia, Marie and I all made dresses to wear and finished them just in time! Pictures to come - we took a lot :D The only bummers were that this was one of my friend's last recital (*sniff* she's off to college this fall...) and two other friends had to leave early. It was great - lots of fun memories made!!! Three cheers for piano!!!!
I'm hungry for...nada. 
The song stuck inside my head is..."Prima Donna" from Phantom. Not sure why it's one of my favorites from the show - it's got a great lilt to it, even if it's kinda weird lyrics-wise :D

I love...my friends, my family, my extended family, my piano teacher, my Savior, my world, my life. 
I loathe...finding Monopoly houses and hotels and plastic soldiers all over the foosball table :P
This week, my goal is...to get the volleyball field leveled, to finish our neighbor's yard projects and plan out at least two summer dresses to make this month
Did I meet last week's goal?...well, I did score well in my exams - so, yes!
Ending time...10:10am (yeah...I kinda took a break halfway through :P)

We're going to be working outside on the field today - I'm planning on taking pictures of everything and do an "around the farm" sort of post just to show how much things have changed since I last did that :)