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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Write in the ADVENTURE genre (05/24/07)

TITLE: Weather it's an adventure... you decide
By Misti Chancellor
05/28/07


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January 2, 2007

If the calendar I bought today is any indication, this is going to be one UNUSUAL year! As my sister and I were driving back home from the bookstore, I opened it, and to my amazement found that this calendar predicts weíll live through February, March, August and September twice, but will skip April, May, June and July. I laughed at the printing error, but it made me think about an older lady in the congregation when I was younger who said, ďThis life with God is an adventure!Ē Well, Iím looking forward to the adventure that is this year.

January 17, 2007

Wow! What a weekend! My brother, sister and I skipped out of town ahead of the ice storm of the season and headed to Kentucky for a visit with a friend. Mom worried a bit, but the weather in Kentucky was wonderfulÖ rainy, but wonderful. I did something new while I was in Kentucky. I took tours of three different caves, and it was AWESOME! The formations were incredible, and experiencing total darkness and silence was something Iíll never forget. It amazes me how awesome the creation of God is, not only above the earth, but beneath it. I also marveled that even 50 feet beneath the surface, when we couldnít get radio reception, that God would still be able to hear is. It reminds me of the verse in Psalms that says, ďWhither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.Ē (Psa. 139:7-8). No matter where we are, God is there with us, and able to help us Ė even if itís 50 feet below the surface of the earth. I hope that I can find more caves to visit someday. That was fun!

The trip home was fairly uneventful except for the last 4 hours. I hadnít ever seen ice so thick you could drive a car over it without it cracking! I was pretty thankful that God got us home in one piece. Iím sure Mom was, too.

February 26, 2007

This month has been relatively quiet. Iíve had fun playing around in the kitchen, which is unusual for me. Iíve found out that Jelloģ No Bake Cheesecakes are fairly simple to make, and are a hit at social functions. Iím all about easy cooking. Shhh, donít tell, but Iíve had my share of cooking disasters, too. Letís not talk about that lasagna soup, ok?

Schoolís coming along pretty well. So far Iíve got all Aís. I think Iíll live this adventure one day at a time. Working full time and going to school full time makes looking too far ahead a bit overwhelming.

March 29, 2007

We sure do have crazy weather here! I was playing the piano tonight, and when I stopped, what should I hear but tornado sirens blaring? I had to chase my dog around the back yard through the pouring rain. I was SOAKED by the time I managed to get him in the garage. I couldnít take him with me to Grandmaís cellar because she didnít know how her little dog would react to him, and besides, who wants a big soggy dog hanging out in an underground cement room with them? Thankfully, it was only a rotation in the clouds, and no tornado came of it.

April 6, 2007

Wow, what crazy weather! One week itís tornadoes, and the next week it snows! It was so weird to see snow blowing down against a backdrop of green leafy trees, green grass and flowers today as I was driving back to work from class. The craziest part is that I jokingly predicted it back in October! Uh, no, I donít think Iíll become a meteorologist, thanks.

May 19, 2007

We went canoeing and it was fun, especially after I learned how to paddle!

May 28, 2007

Itís been a very WET month! Can you believe weíre finally out from under the drought? It wasnít all that long ago that they were predicting that this year would be like the Dust Bowl, and now weíre worrying about floods.

Looking back over the year, I realize that while the weatherís been interesting, Iíve had lots of other adventures, too. . Itís been fun trying new things: caving, canoeing, and cookingÖ just to name a few. I wonder what new adventures are ahead?


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Joy Faire Stewart06/02/07
Life is an adventure and unpredictable. My favorite is the 1/17 entry...very enjoyable.
Jan Ackerson 06/03/07
A clever title, and a clever entry. I like the "journal" format, and I really laughed at "lasagna soup."
Janice Fitzpatrick06/04/07
This is very good. I like how you described your story line in journal entries. I agree, I like how you wrote the January 17th events and correlated it with how God is with us no matter where we go.(January 17th is one of my favorite days-the birth of our little six yr old angel baby girl-an unexpected miracle and a glad it happened oops.)How God loves adventures and giving us them.:0) Keep up the writing!Loved it!Janice
Joanne Sher 06/04/07
I like the journal entries, and all the weather-related entries. Nice job!
Terry R A Eissfeldt 06/04/07
I almost thought by the title that you were a fellow Canadian - but no! (we always talk about the weather!) Nice job. I enjoyed it.
Trevas Walker06/04/07
I like how you fit the journal entry style into the adventure genre. Life is an adventure and so is the weather :-) Great job.
Dee Yoder 06/04/07
I like reading journals so your article appeals to me. Fun to read!
Verna Cole Mitchell 06/06/07
I liked this take on the ordinary adventures of life and weather. I thought the same thing you did when I visited the caverns in KY years ago.
Sherrie Jackson06/06/07
I had the same experience in a cave last year, and it is an incredible reminder (and comfort) that God is everywhere.

I'm wondering if you live near me? We've been experiencing the same weather patterns, especially that darn snow--but it did help with the drought...:-P

Great job!
Sara Harricharan 06/06/07
How fun! We have crazy weather like that where I live and it is wild! I love the short excerpts and little life glimpses like in the caves and trying to catch the dog in the rain. Nice.
Kristen Hester06/06/07
Isn't it fun to be able to look back over the months and see the many changes in our lives...and the weather? Here is Texas we say, "If you don't like the weather, wait 5 minutes and it will change." Good job.
Jacquelyn Horne06/06/07
Wonderful diary accounts of the adventures of life.