still waiting

bible-3 Well, I thought I’d let you know what’s going on with my Bible class. So far, not much. Turns out my clinical rotation is still a little up in the air, and so I’m not supposed to call the agency until Monday. Hopefully then I can straighten out whether I’ll be free from clinical Wednesday afternoons.

In the mean time, I’m working hard to be patient and I continue to tell myself no news is better than bad news. I keep getting told I’ll probably be able to get in contact with the agency “tomorrow,” which keeps getting pushed to later tomorrows, so I’m trying to prepare myself for more uncertainty as time goes on.

On Tuesday I attended another Bible class-one on the book of Daniel-just in case I end up having to drop The Character of God, finding myself a few Bible credits short of graduating. I think Daniel will be a great class. The content seems neat (perhaps mostly because the book of Daniel intrigues me) and the professor really knows his stuff. I tried with all my heart to get myself excited about the prospect of taking this class instead of The Character of God, but I left feeling a little discouraged. My heart’s just not quite there.

Wednesday, one of my nursing classes ended over an hour early, so I got to go catch the last hour of The Character of God,  which I’m unfortunately supposed to miss for the first two weeks. It. Was. Incredible. I was reminded of why my heart is so drawn to this class right now. Example for: THESE are the class objectives (straight from the syllabus):

1. Understand the teachings of Scripture about the character of God more accurately;

2. Use both the teachings of Scripture and our knowledge of the created universe to formulate accurate descriptions of various aspects of God’s character;

3. Come to know God better through this study, not only academically, but also as whole persons relating to God as a person;

4. Come to delight more fully in God and the excellence of his character and thereby become more theocentric in our thinking, affections and behavior;

5. Intensify our worship and gratitude to God, resulting in greater love for God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength;

6. Continue to develop the ability to apply truths learned in this course to life and ministry and thereby become more like Jesus and have a greater impact on the world for Christ and his kingdom.

SO much of this class is about major life transformation through Biblical study and academic rigor. And this professor is SO passionate about us as students being dedicated to these objectives. He cares deeply about our lives and that we come out of this class different people. Throughout the class we’ll be reading lots of books, leading and participating in thought-provoking God-centered discussion, memorizing and meditating on Psalm 103, writing a hymn (words AND music) focusing on one attribute of God, memorizing the definitions of all the attributes of God, and writing a major Biblical theology paper with another student in the class.

I feel like this class is arranged in such a way that completely aligns with both my spiritual and academic needs right now. This class will be the most important study I do this semester, and perhaps in my entire time at Biola.

There have been times before when I thought I knew exactly what would be best for me where I’ve been wrong and God has made that very clear in the end. Perhaps he wants to teach me something significant about the book of Daniel this semester. There could be many things God desires for me to learn outside the context of The Character of God. I’m very confident he always knows what’s best and is able to do far more than we ask or imagine.

The strong desire of my heart is to be studying his character through this class. Jeremy and I are praying he blesses me through the fulfillment of this desire. I would appreciate your prayers first and foremost for his will in my life, but without neglecting petition on my behalf for this class. I think the Lord delights when we ask him for what we tuly desire.

Much luv to all my friends and fams. I’ll keep you posted.

grandparent’s day

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In case you were unaware, today, January 28th, was Grandparents’ Day. I probably should have alerted more people to this fact earlier on in the day, but here I am. Better late than never. You should know that I am one of those lucky folks who still has both sets of grandparents. Even more than that, I have two more sets of grandparents as a result of marrying my husband. That leaves me with FOUR-count ’em-four sets of grandparents in the world today. Here are some neat things about my grandparents (original and in-law):

Clement “Grandfather” Moore (my pap’s pap): This grandpa is incredibly handy. He once made a car. MADE. Currently, he’s making an antique-style secretary desk for Jeremy and I as a wedding gift.

Veronica “Granny” Moore (my pap’s ma): This grandma’s got lots up her sleeves. She can make a mean Chicken Washington and watches the Bachelor. She can also make just about anything on her sewing machine.

Otto “Grandpa” Trettel (ma’s pa): This grandpa is big on telling jokes and does it well. He once taught me a song entitled “Combination Underware,” about a person who got stuck in his combination underware because he lost the combination.

Nancy “Grandma” Trettel (ma’s ma): This grandma knows every card game in the book, and has taught me the majority of the ones I know. She keeps her husband in line and has an incredible laugh when she really gets going.

Richard “Papa” Potter (pa-in-law’s pa): This grandpa is a national bridge champion and really fun to converse with. He loves to fish and has great stories.

Betty “Grandma” Potter (pa-in-law’s ma): This grandma is a saint, if only for putting up my with pa-in-law in the early years. She likes to travel and allows her grandkids to stay at her beach house. (Thanks!)

Kenneth “Grandpa” Wynkoop (ma-in-law’s pa): This grandpa really knows how to throw a  regular family get-together. He also gives speeches. As of yet, he has not given any of these speeches during a regular family get-together, but one can hope.

Jean “Grandma” Wynkoop (ma-in-law’s ma): This grandma collects nut crackers and could beat most young men in bowling, golf, and probably other things. She is known to her enemies as “JAWS,” but she’s really a softie.

So there you have it. Eight whole grandparents, each very different and unbelievably wonderful. This small tribute to them demonstrates the tiniest sliver of my affections for them. Love you, grandparents! I’m so thankful for you all. Happy Grandparents’ Day!!!

back to school

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Well today was officially my last first day of school. Actually that statement is probably false, but since I’m not enrolled in grad school yet, I think it’s fun to pretend I have no idea whether I’ll go back to school someday just so I can say it.

It was a pretty good last first day. It’s amazing how optimistic four months between myself and graduation has made me. It may also be that I had a strikingly uneventful J term post Christmas vacation with the exception of the semi-surprise visit from my ma. A couple of my friends told me today that this break made them see how it could be fun to be a stay at home mom. I suppose I can agree with the stay at home mom appeal when I imagine having a handful of kids to keep me busy or something, but being home with a whole lot of nothing to do for four whole weeks made me an eager beaver to be back at school today.

In fact, I couldn’t sleep last night. I had a nice morning, too. I popped right out of bed with plenty of time to get ready for the day, and I even got to enjoy some auto-programmed coffee (thanks, mom). I loved being in class and taking notes and having someone go over all the work I’ll be doing for the next few months. I even found myself the perfect monthly/weekly planner.

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bible3There’s only one hang-up to this whole going back to school thing: the battle between my Bible class and my nursing clinical. In case you weren’t aware, I have wanted to take this Bible class for three years now. I got up at 3:30 in the morning on registration day last semester just to secure myself a spot. Unfortunately, over J term I received an email from my nursing professor telling me to drop my Bible class because it would conflict with my clinical schedule.

I begged and pleaded and swore I’d take any clinical rotation if it meant I could stay in my precious Bible course. This professor of mine has been working to help me out since, and tomorrow just may be the day the fate of my last semester will be revealed. I have a clinical assignment and whether I can stay in my Bible class depends on whether there is anything crucial I’ll need to attend on Wednesday afternoons. So. There’s still time and a chance, but I could very well be forced to drop The Character of God in exchange for some weak sauce Bible class. If you happen to see this post before Tuesday afternoon, PRAY FOR ME! Heck, even if it is after Tuesday afternoon, go ahead and pray for me. Since God is outside of time, He’ll probably know what you’re going to pray for when it’s “too late.”

I will say this one last thing about school starting up again. It didn’t quite meet all the needs I was hoping it would after a long January. I think that’s good to dwell on. When our lives aren’t totally everything we want them to be, it’s rarely because of one single thing that can be easily gotten. We’re very complex and have many needs.

Peace out for now. And you should be proud: two blog posts in one day. I think that’s a record.

blog time

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The picture has nothing to do with this post. Just a little eye candy for you to enjoy, compliments of flickr. I’m blogging this evening because an alleged claim was flippantly made by myself (while flipping) that I would try to blog tonight. I didn’t want to disappoint anyone, so here I am. Besides, I’m trying to blog more and I need to get a few things off my chest. To get right to the point:

I’m a blogfectionist. A blogfectionist, in case you haven’t heard, is a perfectionistic blogger. I’m afraid the reason I never blog is due to the fact that I always spend a criminy-dutch-load of time making sure I’ve written something witty that people will think I wrote in a mere few minutes. Sometimes I sit in front of my computer trying to figure out a clever title for a blog post I have in my head and end up forgetting the post all together because nothing I can think of sounds quite catchy enough.

Well, friends. I’ve had an epiphany. I realized three things one day:

1. My original goal was to start a blog so as to encourage myself to write on a regular basis (not to construct lengthy blog posts that will make people think I’m great).

2. I think there are maybe four people tops who regularly check out my blog.

3. Those people already think I’m great.

So here’s to writing more about my life. In shorter spans of time. For example, I think this post has taken me sevenish or so minutes to write. And dag nabit, I’m not going back over it. It’s Erin uncut and unedited, people. In your face.

I could end this entry by making a goal as to how often I will write each week. I don’t think I’m ready for that kind of committment just yet. But all this flipping has me inspired. Be encouraged if you like to read my thoughts. I won’t try and trick you into thinking I’m witty and clever. If those kinds of things end up shining through, so be it.

a Christmastime discovery

presents1I love Christmas. I always have. Christmases have always been chock full of long-lasting traditions, lots of family time, and way more gifts than any one kid could ever deserve.

This year was my first Christmas as a married woman. It looked a little different. I enjoyed new traditions, even more family time, and was the beneficiary of even MORE generous gift giving.

To this Christmas, something was added that may never be matched in Christmas history. Through their superior tech-savviness and generosity, my siblings-in-law (two people I very much want to be like) opened my eyes to a world that will change the life of our family dynasty for generations. Josh and Becca Mann introduced me to the flip. It wasn’t long before Jeremy and I headed to Best Buy armed with Christmas cash in search of a flip of our very own.

Hopefully you will enjoy our documentation of daily experiences as much as we have so far. A special thanks to Josh and Becca, who made all of this possible.

You can catch all of our latest flip videos at http://www.youtube.com/erinelmann.