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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

My Visit to the Prison and The Rest of My Day

A couple days ago mom called me to the kitchen and asked if it would be ok if she signed me up to go to the women's prison in Columbia to help Christmas Carol and pass out cookies to the inmates. I agreed and yesterday was the day to go. We left at about 9:45 am and got up there about 11 am. We went through security, and back through the many gates to the building we were headed to... Once there we sang Christmas Carols and passed out Christmas Cookies and tracts and prayed with the ladies. We then headed out, ate dinner together at Ryan's and headed home. 

No, this was not the first time I was at the prison. Our church has ladies go in once a month and pass out tracts and sing to the ladies in prison. Also, we youth girls go about once a month and play volleyball with the inmates. One of the men in our church is an assistant chaplain at the men's prison, and he has got us youth to go to the men's prison multiple times to take a birthday supper one month, or sing Sunday mornings. So I have been there. I always enjoy my experience when I go. I am always made aware of what I have to be grateful for, my parents who love me and God, my church who allows me to have experiences like this, my friends who care about me and who love God and want to build me up, and so many more... To visit the prison, makes my heart bleed for all those children who's parents don't care. We talked about our thoughts of prison on the way home, and someone made a comment that goes something like this, the prison's are state run and they welcome the Bible, and the schools are state run and the Bible is outlawed there, if they would allow the Bible in the schools and teach the children about God in the schools, it would not be needed as much in the prisons.... Prison's would definitely be emptier if the children were taught about Jesus.... That comment really stuck out to me, maybe because it is so true... 

I got home about 4 and went to the shop till closing (5:30). Since it was just an hour till closing I didn't start anything, I just goofed off with the brothers in the shop... I then went in the house and got ready for a party lite candle party... That was interesting. I did not buy anything cause there wasn't anything really calling my name...

I'll end with a verse that has been roaming in my mind for days... "Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am." ~Phillipians 4:11 NASB~

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Me Getting Started....

I have no idea what I'm doing!!! =) I decided to try this... So to start with I'll tell about my CRAZY day yesterday... Barnwell Church yard clean-up by the youth group started at 7:30 a.m.with brunch served after the work was done. I'll admit we were a little late but not too bad.... =) Well, there was more leaves to rake than we expected. We raked leaves, 3 of us girls washed the white picket graveyard fence, and about 8 of the youth went to one of the widow's house and raked her leaves. We worked hard till about 10 and we decided to break for brunch and there were still piles to pick up. We ate our earned brunch, and some of us headed to one of the deacon's house to help clean up his yard as his wife has limes disease and we wanted to help them with something. The rest finished up at church. At the deacon's house we cleaned leaves out of flower beds, raked leaves, planted pansies, and put new pine straw down for mulching... We didn't get finished but he said we better stop or he might get bored cause he didn't have anything to do... =) We stopped about 12:30, and on our way home we met people that were headed home from church... When I got home I discovered mom had taken the 4 youngest boys to town to get some deals that she wanted to nab before they went off sale... And Daddy was sawing logs at a fellows place here in the community. Mom had some cookie dough mixed up, and there was wash to fold, she said one of us girls could do the one, and the other do the other... Rita offered to do the wash, so yes I baked cookies. I wanted to make a breakfast casserole for this morning so i didn't have to get up and make fried eggs and bacon (which is our normal Sunday morning breakfast) so I started working on that. Rita came over when the wash was done and helped make the cookies while I finished the casserole. At 3:30 I left to milk those cows... =) I got done there at 6, came home and helped finish supper. After supper since I didn't have time the rest of the day, I did my cleaning... Mom swept the kitchen floor and the little boys bedroom for me, and I cleaned the big boys cabin and swept my room... So I did manage to get done before 9!!! =) So that was my day yesterday...