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You know, I really need to start getting back into the Bible. I used to read regularly, every day, and even when I wasn’t as focused as I should have been I was in the Word. Lately I’ve been busy, tired, or whatever. So sleepy all the time! I need to get back to God, get back to the place where I was when I was in high school and walking closely with God. I feel at times that I am distant from him, but I am not sure if that is because something I’m doing is coming between us (probably), or if God is pulling back, trying to get me to seek His face more. Whatever the case, I need to do it! If you read this, please say a prayer for me that God will change my heart and give me the strength and wisdom to do what needs to be done to draw closer to Him. Justin and I are starting a devotional in the near future (as soon as it come in the mail) and hopefully that will help us both get back to where we need to be. Thank you all for your prayer and support!

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My boyfriend Justin is so wonderful, do you want to know why?

Justin is sweet, romantic, and dorky. He whispers sweet nothings in my ears and tells me cute things. Justin is a very handsome man, tall and slender, with beautifully sad green eyes. He leaves me sweet texts and messages on facebook, tells me I’m beautiful, and he picks flowers for me for no particular reason. 🙂 One of the first sweet messages he sent me, while he was working overnight security: “Good morning fair maiden. I kept watch over your kingdom during the night, now the day is yours and I must rest. Go forth and bless the land with your grace.” *sigh*

He is very protective of me, and is always wary when it comes to other guys. I really appreciate his protectiveness and slight jealousy over my attention; it makes me feel valued. I feel safe when I am with him, when I’m wrapped in his arms…there is no place I like to be better than snuggled up close to him, safe and warm. ^.^

He is a strong Christian and desires to please God with his actions. He is also a prayer; he always prays before meals and he often prays with me. He also prays for me when I am not there, and I really like that a lot. He is trustworthy and honest, a man of his word. I have no fear when I talk to him; when I ask if something is wrong (or whatever) I don’t have to worry that he is holding something back from me; if there is something he needs in our relationship that he isn’t getting, he tells me. I also know that I can trust him around other women…he keeps his mind clean, and doesn’t even pay attention to anyone else. Communication is highly important in a relationship, and I think that we communicate very well. If there is something bothering one of us, we can talk about it easily. Whatever it is, we’re comfortable discussing it because we want to keep our relationship healthy. I think it is very refreshing to have someone who can be so honest and open with me. We are also going to start doing devotionals together soon; just another step to keep our relationship strong and God-centered. 🙂

Something fun about Justin is that he is Jewish, or as he would say, “Jew-‘ish’.” He uses random Yiddish phrases fairly often and it makes me giggle. He is very funny! He likes puns a lot and will often go off on a long string of them. He is a drama kid, does some amusing impressions, and frequently writes comedy with his roommate. The two of them are hilarious together!

A neat thing is that he also likes the Medieval and Renaissance time periods; we actually met at a Ren Faire (through a friend), and have been back several times together. Of course we went in costume! I wore a medieval dress and he wore his kilt! 😀 (The first text he sent me was a picture he took while in Ireland…we want to go there someday together.) When we visited his family up north over Christmas break he showed me his sword collection, and we brought back his little gaming figures that he had painted; he did a nice job on them. They are from Lord of the Rings! He really likes LotR, and Princess Bride, and things like that. We often use quotes from our favorite fantasy epics and science fiction shows. We both enjoy sci-fi television shows; we watch an episode of Stargate every time we get a chance. (I haven’t seen very many of them, so we’re working our way through the seasons.) Next up: Star Trek!

Something that really makes Justin stand out from other guys is his sensitivity to my needs and desires. He is always checking on me to make sure that I am ok, that I have what I need in our relationship, and that I am provided for in the ways that make me happy. He often buys gasoline for me, goes places with me when he’s had little sleep, helps me eat healthier food, and makes sure that he has paid enough attention to me. On those days when I’ve overtired or feeling hormonal he takes very good care of me too! He knows how to calm me down when I’m stressed out, and can always cheer me up when I’m feeling sad. And when past memories make me emo, or I’m bothered by some guy, he is very understanding and patient with me.)He always knows the right thing to say, and his hugs and nuzzles make everything better! ^.^ He is also very observant of things that I need or want. For my birthday he bought me a wooden pennywhistle. I had mentioned once somewhere in the beginning of our friendship that I would like to have one someday, and he got it for me! 😀 For Christmas he bought the third book in the Eragon books, and also got me some plastic eld ears. I know it’s silly, but I thought it was cute!

It’s rare these days to find a guy as responsible and hard working as my love is. He works long hours overnight doing security at his school, and has worked twenty-four hour shifts before, just so he could have off to go somewhere with me. He always takes pride in his grades, and works hard to make sure that he gets all his school work done and makes good grades in his classes. He keeps a schedule, and doesn’t just do things willy-nilly and irresponsibly like many college guys do. And even when he has a lot of work to do, he still makes time for me to meet my needs as well. He’s amazing!

I really appreciate that Justin is also very willing to do things that I ask him to do; like sing, or cook. He’s not a musician (I am a music education major) but he has a nice voice, and he likes Renaissance/Folk music almost as much as I do. I’ve asked him to sing more often, because I like it, and so he does. 🙂 I also think it is a good thing that he learn how to cook, and he agrees that it is a necessary skill, so he always helps me in the kitchen and is very willing to learn how to cook yummy food, so that someday in the future (if we marry) he will be able to take care of me and of any children we might have. Lately I’ve been trying to lose some weight and get in shape; a few times a week I go walking/jogging with some friends in the morning. Justin often goes with me because he is very supportive of anything I really want to do; he’s always been that way. He is encouraging in my efforts to be healthy, he supports my work as a composer, and keeps me from feeling too down when music stuff at school is irritating. He attends church, family gatherings, and random events that I ask him to go to. He comes to church picnics, my sibling’s concerts, and whatever it is that I ask him to go to. He’s so wonderful!

It makes me happy too that he gets along with my family. He and my father have theological and intellectual conversations, and my siblings always jump on him and give him a big hug when they see him. It is reassuring to know that my family really likes him. I think if I don’t marry him that my dad just might! He enjoys spending time with them I think, and I feel comfortable enough to leave him alone with my family. Hehe. 🙂

I know it’s silly, but I like the fact that he is nerdy, and very intelligent. We find sci-fi to watch, video games to play, and nerdy things to download. He is very good with computers and internet stuff, and is so very smart. We discuss interesting hypotheses about things and have fun being dorky together. We also talk about theology and history and music. It’s nice to have someone smart to talk to who is always willing to listen to whatever silly thing you have to say.

You may have heard of the book, The Five Love Languages, by Chapman. It’s a really interesting read. There are five main love languages, and if you can figure out which ones you and your friends identify with most it is very helpful. Justin and I share the same top three love languages, though we all use all five of them; quality time, physical affection, and words of affirmation. He is very good about spending time with me, telling me things that make me feel loved, and he is very affectionate. He is so sweet and tender, sometimes just a kiss on the cheek can make me melt. :’)

Justin is such an amazing boyfriend, and is my best friend. I love him so very much! We are coming up on our eleven month-a-versary in a few day, and I hope that we can be together for many years to come. He is such a precious gift from God. Thank you, Jesus, for bringing us together. Thank you, Justin, my handsome sweet prince, for being so wonderful to me. I love you!

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What is it that makes people happy? What makes a day a good day or a bad day? I believe that it is the simple things in life that get us through the long weeks, and the little things that bring us closer to God that help us have a good day. Tuesday was one such day.

Tuesday morning I got up and readied myself for the day. Walked the dog, made a peanut butter smoothie, and left to pick up my boyfriend from his school. As I drove, with windows down and the Christian radio station playing, I prayed that God would help me to have a good day and keep a positive outlook. I took Justin with me to school for my film scoring class, which is a lot of fun. In this class we are writing the music (including the theme song) for an episode of the western drama entitled “Lonesome Dove.” I was able to show Justin what I have been working on in class, and he also got to hear what our friends Erin and Michael were composing.

After class Justin and I ate a healthy lunch at Wendy’s. It was nice to just sit and share a meal with Justin (and I didn’t cook this one. lol.). We then went home, walked the Dog, and left the house again. We headed over to our friend Johnathan’s house to work on downloading some games and attempting a LAN party. I worked on homework while the boys attempted to install some games and get the networks up and running. I finished my lesson plan on the childrens’ book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (for my Reading and Learning to Read class) just in time to start a new game of Age of Mythology! 😀 We played a successful team game and then Justin turned on Johnathan, and beat him with military force and defeated me by completing a monument in the game. During this drama we were around Johnathan’s family, and his mother made us a delicious dinner.

In the evening I had to go to rehearsal for the church worship team, and I took Justin along with me. My sister met us there because she wanted to use the computer, so while I practiced she worked on her school project while Justin helped her figure out the movie making program. The members of the worship team include Kathy (Johnathan’s mom), Brian, Donna (Brian’s mom), Neal, and Bethany. The songs we sang were fantastic! They were mostly hymns (some new, others old) because this Sunday is communion Sunday. We had great tight harmonies and a very worshipful atmosphere. When practice was over I took Justin back to campus, and went home with my sister. She worked on her project while I read a really entertaining book, Myth Directions, by Robert Asprin. The story is about a magician’s apprentice and a “demon” (a dimension traveler) and their comical adventures together.

That night I fell asleep dreaming of the music for Lonesome Dove, and imagining Justin holding me tightly in his arms, keeping me safe through the night. Music, creativity, reading, worshiping, games, getting work done, spending time with family, close friends, and my beloved; that was a good day. 🙂

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