Sunday, January 22, 2006

here's how it works...

ok, since i did a massive update all at once with multiple have to start at Jan.16 to get the whole picture! :) enjoy!

happy now Jess?? :) lol! love you!

most recent things...

Well after Passion i had to get organized for my last semester at St.Clair! (i'm not quite done in april, but i am really looking forward to getting into the hospital in august and experiencing that side of my job!)
unfortunatly that weekend i recieved terrible news from home that one of my little brothers friends passed away in a car accident. My sister is much better at expressing things in words so i am linking to her post on it. It was hard, but i am really glad that we were able to be there for my brother. When these sad times come it makes you really think about the many things you take for granted. Life, and family.
I love you Josh-man!

school is ..., i love the classes and the students...but i will be so happy to be out and in the hospital! I have seven classes (chem, hematology, tranfusion science, microbio, histology, mycobiology& parasitology, and ethics) so it should be a pretty heavy sem. But also very busy! The college aged group (from heritage church) is meeting on tuesdays, which is good b/c that means i can get out to the Bible study on thursdays at the Lenharts, plus there are 5 of us girls meeting on weds for a small group. I like those times!
things are going excellent here at the house! i love these girls! :) we finally had our Christmas dinner on friday and exchanged gifts! it was fun! :)

well...i think that about does it...

but by the way...I love this kid! (please check out the link! i love being an aunt!)

now on to Nashville!

As i stated in an earlier post i spent Jan 1-5 in Nashville, TN. at a Huge College-aged conference called Passion. It was incredible!!
I stayed with Jen and Alison...but rarely saw them because they were volunteering during the day, so i spent most of the time with Bethany and Tara.

we had excellent seats at every main session. and it was great to spend the time getting to know the girls! The first day we went to the Country Music Hall of Fame (i was in Nashville!! so i had to!) and they even took my camera on a bus tour the next day while i looked around the passion venue (the missions booths and store)

here they are in front of a state park or something...

The messages were amazing!

Louie Giglio spoke on the bigness of God and yet how incredible the thought that He still loves us unconditionally!

John Piper spoke on suffering. Christ's suffering and then our own, when we join Him in life. He spoke on how the maximum demonstration of the greatness of the glory of God's grace is in the suffering of the Son. He was a fantastic speaker!

Beth Moore spoke on sowing the seed (the word of God - Bible) and not just digesting it.

The music was also incredible!
Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, The David Crowder* Band plus many others lead the musical worship part...

and we had this really neat time of worship on the last night, where it started out as silent worship and we ( all 18 000 of us!) left the arena singing, and praising God!!

my favourite time of the week was family groups! Since there were so many people there, they had us split into groups of about 1000 (called community groups) then within that 1000 you met with the same (originally randomly picked) group of about 9 people, twice a day (called family groups). during this time we would share about what we were thinking about the week and what things we were learning and prayer requests. My group got pretty close, and it was cool to see how 9 people from all over North America could get so close and encourage each other in such special ways. I miss them! :)

here is the group! :)

I really don't know what else to say... just so much was learned and experienced and enjoyed!if you have any question please feel free to ask! :)

These verses were kind of the theme of what God was speaking to me about that week:

Isaiah 55: "Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and delight yourself in abundance. Incline your ear and come to Me. Listen that you may live; and i will make an everlasting covanent with you, ... Seek the LORD while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the LORD, and He will have compassion on him, And to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. 'For My thoughts are not your thoughts Nor are your ways My ways' declares the LORD...So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth, it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. For you will go out with joy and be led forth with peace;..."

Christmas update #2

...ok this is just continued from the one before...

what would a Forsyth get-together be without a little poker!...this is Erin sporting some of the chips! :)

Dance Dance Revolution party!

Amy and i ...improving ...??

here we are all tired out after a long competition!...miss you Goat!

Dave and Kristy...who very kindly allowed us to crash their apt with this fun party!:) thanks guys!

New Years was great! i spent the evening back at my youth leaders house, with a large amount of people. we waited for the countdown with boardgames and chinese food! and then had an awesome chance to finish 2005 off with prayer and began the new year with it too! It was nice to spend the time with people i was close to and start off this new year talking to my Gracious God!

Monday, January 16, 2006

start with this one! its about time i updated this thing! I know its been a while so i am just going to do a quick picture commentary on some fun times over the holidays!

Girls day!... sorry ladies i had to! (heehee!)

Laura and Jenny...being crazy! :)

Dana, giving Tony (our little mob boss!) some love... no need to be jealous Andrew! ;)
The four of us have been friends from highschool and so we try to make a point of seeing each other and catching up during our breaks. I love you girls!! SO glad i have you all to talk about *anything! :)

Peterborough visit.

Bethany (notice the nose piercing!!) and me! Mel, Ben and Todd were with us too but unfortunately i didn't get a group shot. This is us at the restaurant where i had my first East Indian food since returning from Pak. It was fantastic!! I miss it! ;) We had a great time catching up and sharing pics (Matt and Ruth yours are on the are yours Mel!) and then i got to have a sleepover and special breakfast with Mel! (thanks hon!)

Happy Birthday Dad!

my dad celebrated his 54th on Dec.24th. We had a nice breakfast and spend the rest of the day challenging each other on his new computer game... i truly am the winner boys! :)

Merry Christmas!!

Josh just has this facination with making faces!...isn't he handsome! :)

Bobbi and cousins. this is us celebrate Christmas (a little late) at my grandmas!

Proud Grandpa Bob with his little Dakota

Michelle and guys are great! :)

Jess...sorry we missed you! lol :)...this is Michelle imitating your're so beautiful!

....ok continued above!

Sunday, January 01, 2006

countdown: T minus 3 hours (approx)

Hello All!! i hope that everyone had a fantastic holiday and a happy start to the new year! and i pray that your thoughts went to The One whom we celebrate at this time of year...and who we should celebrate all year round! Jesus truly is the Reason for everything!
my holiday - good but fast!
i am now back in windsor for another few hours until my plane leaves for the great ol' town of Nashville!! (i am SO excited!) as previously mentioned in another post i am attending Passion 2006. this is a conference down south for college aged people, and consists of speakers and music and a general passion for the Renown of God (Is.26:8) Please pray for this time! May God be glorified!!
i will do an actual 'update' when i return...and tell all the details of the month! :)
here are some random pics of some fun times!
Ephesians 3:20-21 "Now glory be to God! By his mighty power at work within us, he is able to accomplish infinitly more than we would ever dare to ask or hope. May he be given glory in the church and in Christ Jesus forever and ever through endless ages. Amen."

My girls!

Merry Christmas Grandma!

Dance Dance Revolution!!! :)

alright i have to go...more to come! have an excellent week!