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The Holy Spirit GPS Says…


A little about Christian Disciple Festival! Yes, I’ve already posted about Christian Disciple Farm, and yes this is closely related, but also pretty different!

What is it?

  • Afternoon and evening activities for Christian Disciple Farm Volunteers including kayaking, swimming, frisbee golfing, volleyball, etc.
  • Nightly worship service
  • Sleep in tents at a camp ground

When is it?

  • Harnischfeger Park


  • $125

What will I be doing?

  • Inventory of supplies
  • Contacting previous volunteers
  • Promoting event to church groups
  • Preparing farm

So yesterday was a grand adventure! And by grand I mean big in a semi-disastrous-exciting way. Tada!

We had to be out of the house by 9am, roughly, for the guys to spray the house to get rid of the smoke smell from the fire. Which was totally fine, because we needed to get things ready for WISCONSIN ANNUAL CONFERENCE! So we just traveled on up to good ol’ Pleasant Valley UMC. We had our Spiritual Development time and enjoyed some meditation time(God’s been asking me to remain open to the idea of wearing a head-covering, so far I haven’tย  felt the call). Then we helped clean up around the church, because next week is PVUMC’s 143rd Anniversary Dinner.

And then we hit the road! Wisconsin’s Annual Conference is in The Dells(for my reader’s from home, this is basically Wisconsin’s Branson). We were about 40 minutes into the drive when the truck breaks down. This means that our vehicle(the explorer) had to circle back. Now, on this particular stretch of road the exits are a couple miles apart, so it took a little longer than anticipated. We stopped at the first gas station we saw to re-arrange the luggage and the gear, so that we could fit Sammich into the explorer, she had been in the truck with Mrs. Director and Jay.

So we get re-arranged and turned around and we get a call giving us new instructions. We were to stop at The Pine Cone(a truck stop of sorts), drop off the passengers and unload the explorer, because Gluteus had to go pick up Sammich, Mrs. Director, Jay, and all their luggage and gear. And then we still had to wait for a rental to show up. We got lots of funny looks, asked if we were on a high school field trip(clearly not), and just generally had an interesting time.Anyway, it all worked out pretty smoothly.

Gluteus and the interns went on to the hotel in The Dells while Mrs. Director and Jay took the nice man who brought the rental out to us home. Here’s where the next part of the adventure begins. This place is MASSIVE! Apparently we’re in the water park capitol of the world. Woohoo! I didn’t realize I was signing up for this, but I’m not complaining! Unfortunately, we worked very hard at not getting lost on our way to one of the FOUR water parks at the hotel just to get there after it’s closed. Rest assured, we did eventually find one that was open and had a hot tub. ๐Ÿ™‚ It also had this crazy slide called The Hurricane that Gluteus and I nearly died on. B-Pock was more than thrilled about this particular adventure, we’re beginning to see a rather extraordinary side to here. She was literally jumping up and down with anticipation. Haha! The slide was one of those that has a funnel type portion and I don’t think you’re supposed to beย air-bornย at any point, but we definitely were!

AND THEN The Director showed up with the sixth and final intern, Breezy! And then he bought us ice cream, because that is The Director’s favorite food.

All in all, it just shows how you should always be prepared for the unexpected, and be flexible. That’s the number one lesson about ministry.

Also, I’d like to say that Gluteus is being generous enough to let me type this on her laptop. Which is to say, that the pictures of all of these crazy adventures and from my walk around the farm will be posted when I get back to my computer.

Until then, use your imaginations; they’re wonderful, God-given tools.


P.s. The interns are as follows: Sammich, Breezy, B-Pock, Red, and Rabbit. Then we have The Director, Mrs. Director, their son-Jay, and the intern coordinators- Gluteus, Batman, and the Firewoman. I know it’s a lot of new people to keep track of, but if I can do it, so can you!


Christian Disciple Farm


What is it?

  • Week long day camp for children and teens with special needs
  • Campers are guided by their buddy and group to different stations including Bible story, music, games, rock climbing, fishing, horseback riding, etc.

When is it?

  • August 6ht-10th

Where is it?

  • Raspberry Hill Farm (That’s where I am!)


  • $30 per camper(maximum $120 per family)

What will I be doing?

  • Inventory of supplies
  • Contacting previous volunteers
  • Promoting event to church groups
  • Preparing farm

So my new friend, B-Pock, and I spent our first Sabbath together. The interns have Tuesdays off, because we’ll be helping out with church and other intern-y things on Sundays. Well, so far there are 5 of the 6 interns here and B-Pock and I are the out-of-towners(She’s from Illinois); everyone else went home for the day and she and I stuck around the farm.

One of the very exciting things we did today was take our first successful road trip! We borrowed the HHR(that’s what The Director calls it, so I assume that’s the model) and drove about 10 minutes to a little town called Palmyra. The point of this endeavor? To find myself a toothbrush! Yes, while I have about 6 toothbrushes at home(hanging out in different overnight bags and such, so that I never forget it), none managed to find their way to Wisconsin with me. Not to fear, I’ve been using the good ol’ Girl Scout trick of brushing with your finger.

Don’t judge, it’s resourceful!

OH! And I tried Zumba for the first time tonight! How fun is that?! Much more of a workout than I anticipated, but great fun nonetheless!

Anyway, we had a lot of fun and we talked a lot AND we didn’t get lost a single time! I think she and I are going to be great friends by the end of this thing. I can’t wait to get to know the other girls as well.

I may not post for a few days, because we’ll be up at the Wisconsin Annual Conference(Yes, the same as the Missouri Annual Conference,ย  but obviously not in Missouri). So stay tuned for exciting posts about that!


Rocky Mountain Retreat

What is it?

  • Week long hiking adventure in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. (!)
  • Nightly Bible study and worship gatherings
  • Stay in vacation homes
  • Ages 18-35


  • July 6th-14th


  • Grand Lake, Colorado (Inside Rocky Mountain National Park)


  • $250

What will I be doing?

  • Creating meal schedule and shopping list
  • Selecting and preparing nightly Bible study/worship
  • Finalizing participants list
  • Receiving payments
  • Managing budget

I’m really excited about this one! This retreat is really about communing with God’s Creation. ๐Ÿ™‚ We’re preparing for the strenuous hiking by hiking around the farm. 42 acres that I get to romp around in whenever I want! How fun is that?

It’s really beautiful up here. I’m hoping to take lots of pictures, so you can see what I see everyday. For now, Here’s a picture of a little guy we trapped. He was harrassing the cats and eating their food. Before we released him(away from the farm), we interns named him Ferdinand.







Northwoods Mission Trip

So here’s what the next couple of posts will be: I’m going to dedicate the next posts to the major activities I’ll be participating in over the summer. That way if anyone is interested in helping in some way with some of these projects they can just comment right on the post about it and I, as an intern, can get you plugged in! ๐Ÿ™‚

Today’s post is dedicated to our NORTHWOODS MISSION TRIP!

What is it?

  • Weeklong mission trip in the Northwoods of Wisconsin
  • Mission projects include home repairs, painting, cleaning, etc.
  • Middle School, High School, and College age groups are welcome.
  • Sleep in tents at the Grantsburg Festival
  • Afternoon activities include swimming, kayaking, and games
  • Nightly worship


  • June 24th-30th


  • Grantsburg, Wisconsin


  • $125

What will I be helping with?

  • Publicize event
  • Prepare night games
  • Prepare Bible studies for Middle School, High School, and College groups
  • Find Pastors to perform communion
  • Create meal schedule and shopping list

So if anyone wants to get involved, here’s the post to let me know! But other than that, these will be to let you know what I’m doing with my office portions of the day. ๐Ÿ™‚


The Epworth League Day 1

So I arrived in Sullivan, Wisconsin by way of Milwaukee this morning. My first day on the job we were already doing mission work. ๐Ÿ™‚

So basically, it’s BRILLIANT! I’ve already learned what a Ben Franklin Crafts is(like a Hobby Lobby for those of you back home) and what a Pick ‘n’ Save is! So yeah, lots of adventure!

Speaking of adventure: My poor host family (also happen to be the directors of this program) had a house fire in the last couple of weeks. They only recently got back into their house and even then we’re only in half of it. The Director says the part he’s most nervous about is the NINE people moving into his house, eight of whom are female, and now it’s even more nerve-wracking with the construction type things going on.

I’m going to be posting on here about the books we’ll be going through, just in case anyone wants to read along. Today I was presented with a lovely copy of both Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth by Richard J Foster and In His Steps by Charles Monroe Sheldon.

Cutting this short, because I don’t want to spend my whole first evening junking around online. ๐Ÿ™‚

See ya, Folks!



Ok, readers, there are six days until I leave for Milwaukee!!! Get excited with me, folks! The best part about you guys is that I know I don’t have to tell you to get excited, you already are. You people make me so dang happy.
So. Six days. Roughly 152 hours until I board my plane for THE BIGGEST adventure of my life thus far. Many friends and family members have asked me just what exactly I will be doing up in good ol’ WI. Well, that’s kind of a tough question to answer, as the interns don’t have to participate in every activity. But basically it looks like I will be helping some as a camp counselor, helping with retreats and VBSs and Bile studies. I’ll be learning about program development and advertising on a budget. Every single thing I will be doing is practical, hands-on experience for youth and children’s ministry.
Like I said, super duper excited! It’s kind of nerve racking though, going into a situation where I will be working and LIVING with people I’ve never met before. We have friend requested each other on Facebook, so I know the other interns are female and college age as well, but other than that, they’re blank slates in my mind.
As I was sitting here working on this post, BigSis walked in and asked me what I was doing. When I told her and informed here where we were at on the countdown, she started to tear up. She’s not exactly ready for me to be going off on my own, mostly she’s not ready for me to go away for long at a time. She doesn’t like to talk about seminary with me, because it reminds her that in a year or so I will, hopefully, be in New Jersey or Chicago or in any of the cities with seminaries. This internship reminds her that that is coming closer everyday. It also means that we won’t be able to catch up on what time we miss with each other when I’m at school. But she’s also really excited for me, and proud. She knows this is the perfect fit for me, and she’s proud, because she knows how big this is for me and how hard I’ve worked to get to this point. She also knows this boosts my chances at Princeton. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Anyway, I’m excited, you’re excited, my friends and family are excited. This is going to be one fantastic summer. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m going to try to keep everyone updated on what’s going on and how I’m doing, I’m hoping that will include blog posts. But just in case it’s not possible to keep up with emails and letters AND blogging, comment with your email address, or send me an email, to let me know you want on the email list.
Thanks everyone for all your love, your support, your kind words, and your prayers! You do so much for me emotionally and spiritually and it means the world to me. You’re the best readers a blogger could ask for. ๐Ÿ™‚

Why It’s A Big Deal

Yours Truly will not be in the Central Methodist University Chorale next year. Why, you ask? Because I requested that my name be withdrawn for consideration.

When I tell people that, people within the Conservatory anyway, they get this bug-eyed, “You’re sh*ting me” look on their faces. No, I’m completely serious and I’m 100% happy with my decision.

It’s kind of a long and complicated story. The people who’ve been watching the madness unfold all year understand. Kind of. The other members of the Alto section get it more than anyone else, though. Especially those who are, likewise, leaving. There’s just too much drama and too much stress that come out of and play into the politics and practices of that particular ensemble. There’s also a severe lack of professionalism, which absolutely should not be the case of the “top” ensemble at the collegiate level.

I sing because I love to sing, I love to use the talent God gave me. I don’t sing because I’m required to. I don’t sing because I need to. And I decided that I won’t go another day singing to prove something. I am talented. I have skills, that are improving all the time. My. Voice. Is. Beautiful. So why would I stay with an ensemble that daily makes me want to stop using that God given gift?

There are just too many practices, both by director and students, that are unethical and unacceptable. We should be lifting each other up, helping each other to grow in talent and in passion of music. There is absolutely no reason to be shooting death glares, spreading doubt, and pitting each other against one another in a group that has that much potential. I should be judged on my talent and skill, and passion, not on whether I’m a music major or not, or whether you like my personality or not. That is ridiculous and childish.

You know, there are few things I’ve wanted as badly as I’ve wanted to be in the top vocal ensemble. In high school it didn’t happen for a variety of reasons, and it turned out to be one of the best things for me. I ended up as president of Hilltop and we had a fantastic year. But it fueled my fire, so that when I got to CMU, I was ready to work harder and put up with more than anybody to be in Chorale. And what do you know, I did it. As a sophomore. That’s kind of a big deal, it holds some weight in the Conservatory. And I had a blast! Going on Tour over Thanksgiving break the last two years has been an amazing thing, it’s the highlight of the fall semester. When we get on stage, we make music, there isn’t a better feeling in the world than to finally make it to that point.ย  But it’s not worth the misery I’ve felt in every rehearsal all year long. And it certainly wasn’t worth being made uncomfortable by someone who is supposed to be the professional, someone who asked me to talk about other students behind their backs.

It shouldn’t have taken being made to feel slimy and scummy in order to realize that this is not the way talents are supposed to be used. The voice, much like a person, is a God given gift that should be used to glorify the Lord. It is something to be rejoiced, not to be scrutinized or rejected. From now on, I’ll be using mine more properly.

I will be singing in the Conservatory Singers, a group that will allow me to sing to and for God, that will value me, and will make me happy; because singing should make you happy. It’s been about 3 weeks since I made this decision and I continue to be very happy with it. I’m not going to play that game anymore. My voice instructor, PA, has finally made it sink in that I don’t have to. He’s done something no one else has been able to do, he’s made me love and appreciate my voice; and I won’t be abusing it any longer.