Sunday, March 24, 2013

Let's Get Acquainted and Great Giveaways

It's been a week, so it's time to reveal my lie from last week's Let's Get Acquainted Linky Party.

So, here are 3 things about me.  Since so many of my favorite memories and adventures happened  on my high school Europe Trip, I will make the three things European themed.  See if you can spot the lie.

Bombed bus photgraphed from the front, showing destroyed roof and side.
1. I was in London during a terrorist attack- TRUTH.  I was in London during the 2005 metro and bus bombings.  London was the last stop on my high school Europe Trip.  The day of the bombings was my group's last day in Europe and a free day, which meant that all 92 of us were free to to go and do whatever we pleased.  Most people chose to stay in the hotel to be safe, but my two good friends and I decided to carry on with our plans.  We ended up walking close to 7 miles around the city to see Buckingham Palace, Harrod's, and the British Museum.  We even came across a MURDER CRIME SCENE, but that didn't stop us!  It was a very sad and tragic day, but we did not want to let the terrorists win by giving up on the day.
Wrecked interior of bombed Piccadilly line train. Picture: ABC News
2. I climbed and rode to the top of the Eiffel Tower at night- LIE- Although I would love to do this, I have not had the chance to yet.  I have only seen the Eiffel Tower far in the distance as our group drove through Paris on our way to Normandy.  

3. I flooded a 5 star hotel room in Italy- TRUTH- This is by far one of the craziest things that I have ever done in my life.  It was totally by accident of course, but still...  Here's the Cliff Notes version of what happened.  It was a free day on our trip.  We were in Montecatini, Italy, a small town not too far from Florence.  After spending the morning walking around town and shopping, I decided to take a nice, relaxing shower.  I also decided to shave my legs.  Being a brilliant teenager who was used to American hotels having full tubs, I decided to try to turn the shower into a bath tub by plugging the drain.  I thought a little extra water would not hurt.  When my roommate started banging on the bathroom door and yelling that the room was flooded, I quickly realized that I was WRONG.  Apparently, the office had called our room because there was water POURING off the balcony.  My roommate got up to check it out and discovered that there was tons of water flowing from under the bathroom door!!!!!

After I turned off the shower and threw some clothes on, my roommate and I spent an HOUR using towels to dry the floor.  Then, we spent some more time using hand soap to scrub red and blue dye out of the white hotel towels because our cheap beach towels had bled all over them.  What a disaster!  

Thankfully, the floor was tile, so nothing was permanently damaged and our trip leader, a hardcore former Marine, never found out what happened!   

Now it's time for this week's party!  Thanks to Latoya for hosting.

The Noun Game!
Here are my favorite nouns:

1. Person- It's hard to choose because God has blessed me with such an amazing family and awesome friends.  If I have to choose one person though, it would be my mom.  I love her so much.  In the past few years, she has become one of my best friends.  We have so much fun baking together, taking walks, shopping, and many other things.  She is my main source of support and has great biblical wisdom.  I am so thankful for her.

2. Place: This is another tough one.  I can't decide between two choices, so I will break the rule and say both.  One is Florence, Italy.  I LOVE that city!  The architecture and art are beautiful, the scenery is majestic, the history is interesting, and the gelato is delicious!!  The other is Seneca Hills Bible Camp where I served as a summer camp counselor for two years.  Although the scenery there is beautiful too, it's really the people that make it my favorite place.  All of the staff was so supportive and caring.  I made so many amazing friends, learned and grew spiritually from wise leaders, and felt so blessed as I ministered to campers.  If you are looking for a place to send your kids to camp, I could not recommend Seneca more highly!

I'm somewhere in the midst of the craziness.
3. Thing- Although it feels weird calling it a "thing," I choose my Bible as my favorite thing.  It amazes my that God, the Creator of the universe, would allow us to know Him personally.  Reading His word grounds me, encourages me, strengthens me, convicts me, and blesses me daily.

That's it for my Nouns.  Before I go, here are TONS of great giveaways you should know about and enter!  

These bloggers are fabulous and are offering some great prizes, so be sure to stop by their pages to enter!

Also, it's only four days until the One Meal, One Day Fast!!  On March 27, people across the country will be skipping a meal and donating the money they would have spent to help starving children in Ethiopia.  Even if you can't skip a meal, you can help out by donating now.  As a thank you for donating $10 or more, you will receive some great prizes from some generous bloggers.  We are currently at $100 out of our $500 goal.  Please consider helping us reach our goal of helping hungry children.  Thanks!

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  1. You seem to have a very blessed life. Thanks for sharing.
    Teaching in Wonderland

    1. Aw thanks Kaci. God has blessed me tremendously. Things aren't always easy or perfect, but I know that He is in control.

      Have a great week!

  2. The Christian camp that I worked at when I was in high school was my second favorite place. I understand your love of yours.
    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

    1. Hi Bethany!
      That's awesome that you worked at and love a camp too. I miss Seneca so much! I would work there every summer for the rest of my life if I could!

      What did you do at the camp?

  3. I went to church camp for many years growing up and then I had the pleasure to be a counselor for two years as well. Then I got married and had kids and haven't had to opportunity to go back. I can't wait for my children to have that experience. :)

    Mrs. Pauley’s Kindergarten

    1. That's awesome Amanda! I wish I lived near the camp. I would totally be a counselor for the rest of my life if I could! Hahaha. I am sure it will be exciting when your kids get to go.

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    1. Hopefully you will get to visit some day! It's so beautiful and awesome!

      Thanks for commenting!

  5. You've had some interesting adventures in Europe. Walking 7 miles sounds very familiar. I've put in a lot of miles on my trips over there. You definitely see a lot more when you use your own two feet. Thank you for sharing your list. God's all over it!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

    1. Hi Tammy,

      Thanks for commenting. God has blessed me so much, so it's hard to not share all He has done. My Europe trip was fabulous. I can't wait to go back someday. My friends and I definitely had some crazy experiences when walking around and getting lost, but we saw so much. Where all have you been in Europe?

      Have a great night!

  6. Some great memories of a european adventure! I have some of those too ,circa 1980 though!! You honored your relationship with your mom so nicely. Great blog! Glad to find you!

    1. Thanks so much for your sweet comment. That's awesome that you have been to Europe. Where all have you been?