Teaching to Learn and Learning to Teach

I’ve moved (blogs not homes).
April 15, 2012, 7:20 pm
Filed under: My life

Please update your links or google readers. My new blogging home is http://gracefilledlifeinafallenworld.wordpress.com/. Stop on by :).

Small Resolutions to be Faithful In
January 1, 2012, 7:20 am
Filed under: Christian Living, Community, Good Advice, My life, work

Just read a post by Stephen Altrogge on New Year’s resolutions, which I found very helpful. And so, here are my Resolutions for 2012,


  • Work on my handwriting each week as I write notes
  • Stick to the Bible Reading Plan I’ve selected
  • Hang out with friends outside of the dorm at least once every two weeks
  • Spend 30 minutes a week working on a foreign language
  • Work out once a week – I know it is small, but you have to start somewhere.
  • Read one book for leisure a month or see one movie
  • Memorize one verse a week


  • Write a note a week. This is something I’ve gotten out of the practice of. I used to write notes all the time in college, even though my roommate said that no one could read them because of my messy writing :), but now a days it seems like there is never time or I don’t have the brain power to do anything worthwhile. That has got to change.
  • Every Sunday spend time looking at the month ahead to prepare personally and better communicate to my staff
  • Pray regularly for eyes to see how the Spirit is at work in people’s lives to encourage them with what I see.
  • Dsomething spontaneous or silly with the girls at least once a month
  • And I don’t know how to turn this into a resolution that’s doable since it is more of a mind shift, but here is an excellent post on caring for the person God has placed before you in that moment instead of being preoccupied with that girl on the opposite side of the room who you are not talking to.

  • Adrienne and Raqel visited my family with me. My dad cleaned the house because he thought Adrienne might be a boy
  • Spent Valentine’s Day with some of my favorite peeps: Joe and Heidi, Karrie, Dave and Tricia, Lisa, and Jess Stucky and then attended the big band concert
  • Hosted Women to Women with Heidi
  • Enjoyed the Idiot Abroad Dinner Club
  • Had an informal interview on the beach for my dream job without realizing it
  • Saw West Side Story :(, Beauty and the Beast :), Bill Cosby, The Gettys, as well as Miracle on 34th St. at The Million Dollar Theater in L.A.
  • Discovered Cleo’s a trendy Middle Eastern restaurant close to the Pantages
  • Enjoyed “Game Nights” and a bacon feast with RED, Adrienne, and Phil
  • Made 500 cake pops and bars for the Ladies’ Tea at Church
  • Went to Iowa and celebrated my Grandmother’s 90th birthday with the Wilhite Clan.
  • Road Trip with Jessica Wiley Frederickson for Sarah Marquez Wiley’s Baby Shower
  • Spent Easter with RED, Adrienne, and the Dennis Family
  • Helped with Breakfast for Year End Show
  • Said goodbye to dear friends: Jones Family and RED.
  • Settled into my first apartment
  • I became an RD after Dave and Karrie sang a job offer and after Joe gave me the RD Pep Talk
  • Had my first and hopefully my last root canal
  • Attended the Grand Baby Wedding for Bel and Bella
  • I ran out of gas
  • Survived August and learned a great deal about God as my rock, my defender, and advocate who knows my concerns, my needs, my fraility and my sin and despite all of that saved me and chooses to allow me to participate in His ministry
  • RD, RA, and SLS Retreat and WOW Week
  • Became friends with Sarah, Noelle, Natalie, Kaylin, Rae, Summer, and Stacey
  • Had many house guests including Raqel, Kellie Zerlang, Laura and baby Garrett, Cynthia and Jodi
  • Played Gotcha for the first time
  • Went to the Pasadena Flea Market and became a fan of Good Will
  • My sweet niece, Isabella, was born
  • Became reacquainted with old friends
  • Went back to school
  • Completed C.E.R.T – Community Emergency Response Training
  • Introduced to Dr. Mario, the best game ever :)
  • Watched the Keller boys for a weekend when Mabel was born
  • Celebrated 3 more holidays with the Kintner/Ramirez/Allen Families
  • Started a new tradition of retreating to Mount Hermon for a few days after Christmas

So thankful for the days God ordained for me.

RA Photo Shoot
November 30, 2011, 11:12 pm
Filed under: Community, Friends, My life, Quirky, These are a few of my favorite things..., tmc, work

I love my job, so much so that I don’t spend much time blogging. I see more to be done than I can possibly do. My 500th post came and went without me even knowing because the last post was scheduled months ago :). Life is full but I wouldn’t have it any other way. My absolute favorite part of the job is the people I get to work with both in King Hall and in the dorm. Working with my RAs is probably my greatest joy. Here are the pictures from a recent photo shoot: the good, the outtakes, and the purposefully silly.

RD Day Away

Coffee Stop at Starbucks – Always a good start to a day.

The Griffith Observatory – Laid on the grass, talked, enjoyed the view and the sun.

Lunch in Griffith Park – White sack lunches. We traded sandwiches and fruit just like on the playground. I’m sure we looked funny – a bunch of adults crammed at a table swapping items from sack lunches on a Monday afternoon in the park. If people wondered, “Don’t you work?” they never asked, but it’s fun to think about our answer, “We are working right now :).” Love it!

Hung out at the Grove – Anthro is always a favorite spot of mine. Here are some Anthro finds or inspirations:

This one is from Gap, but it is still inspiring. On a normal bench only two random strangers would sit down, but this actually provides seating for three:

Dinner in little Ethiopia at Merkado – spongy, stretchy, pancake bread to scoop up delicious zil zil tibs and various vegetables. We sat on interesting saddle chairs.

Dessert at Crumbs in Beverly Hills – completely different than dinner, but a lot of fun.

It was a good day spent with friends.

Recent Happenings
November 1, 2011, 7:00 am
Filed under: Community, Cool Finds, Friends, FUN!, My life, tmc, work

RD Day Away was yesterday. Pics soon. Day of Prayer today. No pics of that, but I’m looking forward to it.

Found this note on my whiteboard outside of my apartment door. It was from my first RD at TMC. Weird, but oh so fun!

Last Friday was Sweazy Tie Day. I didn’t know girls could look so cute in ties :). One of the guys’ dorms on campus did this and we thought it was fun and would be funny to copy them :).

John MacArthur Legacy/Welcome Center Opening – I snapped the shot too late. I wanted the shot with all the board members cutting the ribbon, but I didn’t realized I wanted it until the group dispersed.



Karrie with John McCain in her office. Don’t know where this came from. I love happenings on a college campus :).

Make a Difference Day – A bunch of students and staffers joined the community to help improve Santa Clarita. It was fun to work with Master’s peeps and locals at the Senior Center. Weirdest moment of the day was a lady asking us if we were there for the AA Convention. When we said no, she said, “Oh, you’re not drunks? Well you should go become drunks so you can join our convention.” I also liked the lady that said she joined a sorority that day because she flashed a Sweazy sign in one of the pictures :).

That’s all for now folks.

Recipes I’ve Been Frequenting

Missy’s Marinated Tomatoes – Delish and Not Too Shabby as Far as Nutrients vs. Junk


Chocolate and Raspberries – Love this combo. Don’t know if this counts as a recipe, but my girls ate these up. Making them again soon.


Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls – I don’t make the frosting. I make my own cream cheese frosting (1 stick cream cheese, part of a stick of butter, and powdered sugar to taste). This last time I also spread some pumpkin on the dough with the butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon.


Pecan, Caramel, Pretzel Bites – Just got a request for this recipe. Once again, don’t know if this counts for a recipe, but they are a great trick to have up your sleeve and they are a great gluten-free snack or dessert if you buy gluten-free pretzels.


For a party tonight, I took the ingredients of my fridge, freezer, and pantry and made an apple crumble to go over ice cream. I didn’t taste it but someone called me a P.31 Woman. I think that means it was good, but it’s hard to tell with college students. They will eat just about anything. I mixed together four bags of cut up apples, 1/2 cup pumpkin, juice from one orange, sugar, and cinnamon. I placed that in a baking dish, poured one white dry cake mix over it, drizzled it with 1/2 cup melted butter, and baked until apples were cooked and topping was a toasty brown. Anything is better a-la-mode :).