Happy Thanksgiving!

Meet Fargo. He has been in our family for 13 years. Fargo was given to me by my dad on my 13th birthday. When I moved out of my house I couldn't take him with me to the apartment I was living in so my sister kept him. Well, my sister just moved out and so I needed to resume motherly duties. He has already gotten a bath, new blankets, clean kennel, and a tummy full of food, and treats! He's napping now, must be the Thanksgiving food coma, just kidding.

I am so thankful for so many things. Thankful for my friends, my family, my church family, the roof over my head, the food in my stomach, the clean water I get to drink and bathe with, the promises of God, I could go on. I hope that EVERYDAY you give thanks for all the blessings that God has given us. Thanksgiving shouldn't be the only day we are reminded of how good we have it.

P.s. YOUTH CONVENTION tomorrow! I can.not.wait. to spend three days straight with the best students and leaders in the world!


Send Brenda To Haiti!

When: December 2nd (Thursday)
Where: The Baxter Domain
Time: 6-10pm

Tired of fundraisers yet? Ya, me too. I promise this one will be different. This is an excuse for our friends and family to come together, eat, hang out, have fun. And helping me out in the process!

We'll have spaghetti dinner and tasty treats for a small donation of $10 dollars! I leave two days after so I'd love to see YOU. Your money isn't just going to fill your appetite, it's going to change lives and make a difference.


Wild Goose Chase

Today I woke up in awe and disbelief. This week has been rocking my world in so many ways. I'll start with an update on India. As of November 14th the Remnant India trip has been postponed to March, April and possibly even November of 2011. We were having issues with the embassy issuing visas and also the cost of the plane tickets had gone up radically. Our missionary didn't feel it was the right time to go. I fully back up and respect the decision that was made. I believe that if God wants us there He will send us on HIS time not ours.

With all of that said, here comes the wild goose chase. A few months ago, I had a dream that Chris and Es Kretzu and myself were on a trip together. I ended up texting Chris the next day and telling him about it, his text back was "well I'm leading a trip to Haiti in December" consider my mind blown! So then I thought "how cool! We'll be out of the country doing trips at the same time!" but it still stuck with me, why was I in the dream? and why would God show that to me? Anyhoo, fast forward a couple months to my trip being postponed and me texting Es the next day asking if they have room for one more person. Turns out that someone can't make it, bummer for that person, but worked out well for me.

Long story short. I'm going to Haiti December 5th for 6 days with two of my favorite people on the planet! My Wild Goose is in reference to the Spirit, when it leads it leads and it's leading to Haiti for millions of reasons I'm sure. I'm fully believing and trusting God that this is where He wants me. I'm trying to do my best to prepare myself for the need and devastation I am sure to witness. And with that, this trip is more money than India, so I will be having a fundraiser on December 2nd at the Baxter domain. If you feel lead to donate, please do so, your money is literally going to build up the country that was completely destroyed just close to a year ago, and almost one year later looks almost exactly the same. Let's change the world together!!!


Two Weeks Later

Two weeks later and I have my results of my heart monitor test. Turns out that the entire time I wore the stupid thing my heart was acting completely fine, therefor there was nothing to show on the test. At this point they are saying that if I am not having chest pains and if I am not experiencing dizziness or shortness of breath that I should be fine. So it seems as though all of this is one of two things: caffeine related, or stress related. I'm thinking that it's a combination of both. If only I could cut out stress from my diet.

Thank you to everyone who has checked up on me, and prayed for me to get better. I appreciate you all so much <3


The Next 24hrs

For the next 24hrs I will be hooked up to this Halter Monitor. I have five cords, three to the chest and two to the stomach. They are all taped down and I have the monitor in my pocket, not exactly the most comfortable thing. It will monitor my heart beats to see if it's "normal" or not. For the past few months I've been struggling with heart palpitations, the cause is unclear but the consensus seems to be stress. Hopefully this test will pin point exactly where the problem is.

One Year Anniversary

November 1st marks one whole year that I have been living by myself in my little studio apartment. A WHOLE YEAR?! Where did the time go?! It has by far been one of the best decisions I've ever made. I still miss late night conversations in the hallway with the ladies, but I'm thankful that I still get to talk to them on a regular basis.

It's been a really great year, I learned to fully depend on myself for everything. Setting up accounts with At&T (I hate their service) setting up Edison, and all the other household things you need. If the bill doesn't get paid I'm the only one to blame, I can't say that one of the girls forgot. Thankfully I haven't had any issues in this area.

I learned a lot about myself in the process, I learned that living alone has really made me ok with me just being with me. I embrace that I am an independent woman who can take care of herself. God has blessed me tremendously, I always want to make sure that I thank Him for it. I learned that I am incredibly particular about everything. I have a hard time with letting things get messy, which I guess is a good thing that I'm not messy. But at the same time I should leave a little room for life to take place.

I love that I can have people over whenever want. I love that I can invite students over and have family dinner nights. I love that it's a place that I can call my own. One of the only things that I've had an issue with is walking to my door late at night. It's my own paranoia that gets the best of me. My sister got me a mini airhorn and my mom got me some pepper spray. I asked for a tazer gun but my sister said I would probably taz myself so she didn't want to get it for me. I suppose I can solve these issues by coming home at a decent hour. But what's the fun in that?

I just had a conversation with a friend tonight who just moved out on his own, he said "it gets lonely at times" I totally understand that. I encouraged him and told him that it's usually just at the beginning, because once you realize how great it is to just be able to come home and know 100% that you can have alone time when you want it is such a huge blessing. I love that I can come home and nap without interruption, or come home and watch tv and know that no one else will be watching something. I know that I can come home and know that the leftover dinner will still be in the fridge. I know that the temperature in my shower never needs to be adjusted because it's perfectly set for me. It's the little things that really get me.

I'm excited to see what this next year brings...