Sunday, June 21, 2009

How to Become a VIP...

You may not have realized it, because I certainly did not, but I'm here to imform you that I have just become aware of my status as a VIP...a celebrity even, maybe! :) haha And it all came to me in the frozen food Wal-Mart.

Ok, so maaaaaybe I'm not a "real" VIP, whatever that is, but I guess all you really need to do to be a "very important person" is feel like one, and if you ever need help with that, becoming a teacher can do the trick! Really - then, once you become a teacher, (or a number of other equally wonderful positions, but I'll use my situation today...) you simply need to go shopping at your local Wal-Mart. Yes, friends, it may not happen on the first trip, but rest assured, if you are persistent enough, you will meet one, or more, of your favorite (and sometimes, not so favorite, but still very loved!) kiddos coming toward you, and usually offering free hugs and smiles! But this is the best and probably most humorous part, the fame has just begun. Because the next time you return to school, the said kiddo will probably want to tell you and everyone in the class, repeatedly that "I saw Miss Whitaker at Wal-Mart!" "Remember when you saw me at Wal-Mart?!" And so it goes...once the fame rubs off, you're sure to have a grocery list long enough to head back and walk the red carpet.....errrr.....frozen food Wal-Mart.

I wish I could post pictures of the 300 kiddos that make me feel like the VIP that I am, but I can't, so instead I'll just have to leave you with this - find out what makes you a VIP...and live it up!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

So...serious post kind of day...

I was looking back at some old blogs from Xanga today and came across this one. It's fun to think about how I am now on the "mission field" I was wondering and writing about then. God has put me at a time and place with, I think, one of the most unique outreach opportunities I could ask for. I have the privilege to serve those who are serving our country every day, by teaching their children. And I love it. -

Saturday, 19 January 2008
Three days on the Block...ten to go. (For non-OBU people, that is 2.5 weeks of education classes from 8-5, all day, every day, that all the interns take together on campus before they send us out to teach...)I feel like I have learned so much. And I have SO much more to learn. Mostly I feel like no matter what I learn here, I won't truly learn anything until I have the opportunity to experience it with those students. I'm excited...and terrified.
I've been thinking about how blessed I feel to be here. Here at OBU I mean, and yes...on the Block. Because it's not really education training. It's mission training. And as we were told this week, whether we signed up for it or not, we are about to go serve on a mission field that is bigger than we could ever imagine, and closer than any other we might find. And that excites me. That keeps me getting up and going every day from 8-5 and coming home and reading and doing projects and soaking in as much as I can. Then I wonder where I will be when it all finishes. Where will my next mission field be? I want to plan that so badly, but it's not in my hands to plan, because any plan I make could not compare to the one He has for me. I just heard precious children singing these words on the radio...
"Here am I send me, 'til every nation knows the power of your heart. Give me a hunger, to know where it is you want me to go. Father I'm saying, "Here am I, send me.'"

"We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.We may throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall." -Proverbs 16: 9, 33
"But I am trusting you, O Lord, saying, 'You are my God! My future is in your hands..." -Psalm 31: 14-15

So, in response to this old post...I am serving, and I am on a mission field. Every day. My heart may long for a field that is overseas, but I have learned that God knows our desires. He gave them to me, and He has promised to fulfill them, in His time. And I am to trust that where I am now, is also in His will. Lord, help me to seek your plans daily, living in the center of where you want me to be.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Last Minute Louise...

Most of the time I'm a last minute kind of girl. Papers, lesson plans, cleaning, organizing, phone calls...whatever the task, I stand firmly in my belief, "If it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done!" But despite my last minute habits, everything always seems to get done somehow, and even better than if I had done it far in advance. I thrive on the last minute stress.

I say all that because right now I'm watching Gilmore Girls. And drinking coffee. And not going over my entire K-5 music curriculum, picking out all my program songs, figuring out what to teach when, and lesson planning for next year. Oh yes, I intended to do all that when I started my summer. But what I didn't realize was, I also planned to enjoy my time off! I enjoy those other things...but summer is for relaxing. And for the first time, I think I'm getting used to that idea. I like it!

So, here's to many more days of coffee, Gilmore Girls, reading, swimming, laughing, hanging out with family and friends, and...summer vacation!

Sunday, June 14, 2009


There are different meanings of the word reflection. But I've been thinking lately about a mirror reflection. The one where you stand in front of that, sometimes dreaded, and probably overly honest piece of shiny glass...and see what is looking back at you.

Sometimes when I look in the mirror it's for a "dressy" occasion, and I think to myself, "Hey, I can do this, bring on the reflection...lookin' good!" haha (Ok, maybe not so much that exact dialogue, but you get the point...)

Then there are days when I have that "morning" reflection. You know. The one where the alarm has been going off for the past hour, the sleep button refuses to stop time, and pulling the covers back over your head, unfortunately, doesn't push the day ahead out of the way. Usually in this instance, my eyes are fogged over, which can be very helpful in NOT to see the things I don't want to...the baggy eyes, messy hair, etc. Well, you get the idea.

I love to watch little children who have just discovered the mirror. They play endlessly in front of the glass, running back and forth to see if what appeared the first time has disappeared. They are full of curiosity and precious giggles and just can't get enough of seeing their reflection again and again. They haven't hit the dreaded "mirror complex" yet.

Anyway, I guess my point is...some days I like what I see, and other days I'd rather just bypass the mirror and face the day without knowing. What you don't know can't hurt you, right? ha
But ultimately it's not about what I see in the mirror. It's about what I'm reflecting to the world.
When they look at me, am I full of the light and joy that I see in the amazing God? Am I reflecting the woman He has created me to be?

Here is a verse that really started me thinking and inspired the name for my blog. I'm sure the posts won't always be serious and hopefully not tooooooo long. But I hope they will reflect the me that God wants me to be!

"And all of us have had that veil removed so that we can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord. And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him and reflect his glory even more." 2 Corinthians 3:18 NLT