Boyz II Men-singing to Mama

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Joi, Sabrina and I went to see one of my all-time favorite groups-Boyz II Men-on Friday night.

This is one little video that I took of them singing to Mama.  (Mom, this is for you:)

We had a blast, hangin’, and singing old favorites.  It was hard not to bust out in "Motown Philly"…after all, I am Motown and Philly, all wrapped up in one!  🙂
               

Thrown into a Pit with a Lion

Spiritual warfare has hit me quite hard this past week, and it takes
away some of the enjoyment of all the wonderful things around me.  I
didn’t even want to go to lead my Lifegroup last night, it was having
quite the impact on me.  But I was reviewing what we were talking about
in our Chase the Lion
book and God very promptly reminded me that it’s through the tough
times that He causes me to grow, not the easy times.  It’s by choosing
to "face my lion"-the one that I seemed to have fallen into a pit with-that I push through and grow stronger.  So I PUSHed
(pray until something happens kind of thing) and I knew that I could go
on to lead in the grace that I should readily depend on anyway.  He was
so awesome! 

One of my LifeGroupies even offered to open in prayer!
After 3 1/2 months, I finally had someone offer to pray (without any
prompting at all from me!  woo hoo!)  If there was nothing else to
encourage me last night, that would’ve been enough.  Plus, God really lead
our discussion well.  So glad He lets me partner with Him.

So, you’re off for the summer..

I’m a teacher.  And because people are kind and interested, they ask me what I’m up to this summer, since I have no school.  It’s a valid question, and one that I must answer quite often. 

I’ve already been to Philly to visit family, and Guatemala for a missions trip.  I’ve hung out with three really fun and amazing interns too.  There are projects that I’m working on, both for school and for church…I’m not bored.  My last couple weeks have kept me pretty tired, although I’m not completely sure why.  Life, relationships and projects haven’t all gone on without a hitch, but nonetheless, I have been having a great summer.  Dsc03570_3

I did a 5K (there’s that word, "did", again)…you can read Katie’s version of that marathon here.  Esp
ecially if you know her, It’s the kind of funny that you might end up saying, "I almost peed my pants!"  Here’s the picture of four of us who were there that day.

The 4th of July was spent with some really great friends…including my roommate, who turned 28 that day. (Happy Birthday, once again, Jen!)Dsc03576

Oh, and I can’t forget my two great PA friends, Jamie and Leah.

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This past weekend I had the honor of being with my friend as she got married.  This is Christina, Jen, Anne Marie and me on the big day.

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Monday night I treated a group of friends to a free meal at Chipotle…I won a contest by putting my Altar
Worker business card in the little bowl at the register!  So we celebrated JT’s birthday too.  (I was without my camera…so my phone had to do)

My Accent

I admit that I can be easily entertained at times:)  Being from Philly, I say some things a little differently…like "coffee" as "cawfee" or every now and then "water" comes out as "wooder".  This can happen especially after a full weekend with my parents and my brother Todd.  Todd’s a Philly accent maniac!  Don’t even get me started on my aunts who live on the other side of the river in Jersey:) 

Then there’s my Detroit accent (not to be confused with the slight Michigan accent) that comes out, especially when I’m talking about my students, or telling stories from school.  My roommate really likes to make fun of me when I start talkin’ like I actually have some "soul" in me:)  She says that the "black’s comin’ out!" 

But let’s not forget that I spent 5 years in Minnesota, where my favorite line was, "What are you talkin’ (pronounced ‘taakin’) about (pronounced ‘a boat’)?"  or Minnesoooota.

All those jumbled up together give me these results on my accent test

What American accent do you have?

Your Result: The Midland
 

"You
have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you don’t have an
accent." You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern
Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for
all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big
southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV
and radio.

Philadelphia
 
The Inland North
 
The South
 
The Northeast
 
The West
 
Boston
 
North Central