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Topic: Write in the ADVENTURE genre (05/24/07)
TITLE: Weather it's an adventure... you decide
By Misti Chancellor
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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 we’ll 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, “This life with God is an adventure!” Well, I’m 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 wonderful… 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 I’ll 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 couldn’t get radio reception, that God would still be able to hear is. It reminds me of the verse in Psalms that says, “Whither 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.” (Psa. 139:7-8). No matter where we are, God is there with us, and able to help us – even if it’s 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 hadn’t 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. I’m sure Mom was, too.
February 26, 2007
This month has been relatively quiet. I’ve had fun playing around in the kitchen, which is unusual for me. I’ve found out that Jello® No Bake Cheesecakes are fairly simple to make, and are a hit at social functions. I’m all about easy cooking. Shhh, don’t tell, but I’ve had my share of cooking disasters, too. Let’s not talk about that lasagna soup, ok?
School’s coming along pretty well. So far I’ve got all A’s. I think I’ll 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 couldn’t take him with me to Grandma’s cellar because she didn’t 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 it’s 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 don’t think I’ll become a meteorologist, thanks.
May 19, 2007
We went canoeing and it was fun, especially after I learned how to paddle!
May 28, 2007
It’s been a very WET month! Can you believe we’re finally out from under the drought? It wasn’t all that long ago that they were predicting that this year would be like the Dust Bowl, and now we’re worrying about floods.
Looking back over the year, I realize that while the weather’s been interesting, I’ve had lots of other adventures, too. . It’s been fun trying new things: caving, canoeing, and cooking… just to name a few. I wonder what new adventures are ahead?
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