Wednesday, October 28


Remember last time I left, I got some old song stuck in my head, but with new words applicable to my trip ahead? Well the last couple days I've got that old Wizard of Oz song in my head, two lines, and it goes like this:

I'm off to the Philippines,
To see the wonderful Filipin's, all...

Yeah, it's a good thing that's all the song I know, or I'd be driving us all crazy with more lines then that! Whole verses of them! LOL! (By the way, that last word is supposed to be abbreviated form of the word Filipinos, in case anyone is wondering!)

Pray for us, and y'all have great three weeks while we're gone!

Christ's Blessings to y'all,
<>< HJ

Thursday, October 22


This is just a quick blurb to inform everyone the following:

First, our women's conference went off quit well, or so I've been told!...Also, I'm not sure I said everything I wanted to say, or as well as I wanted to say it, but I did pretty well Saturday did my partner, Emily!

Secondly, for those who are not aware, I'm leaving next Wednesday for the Philippines. I'll be gone three weeks, and this time it is not a medical missions team, but simply and ministerial one (or whatever ya want to call holding a bunch of conferences and ministering to the people in prayer and such like?). The team, to my knowledge, consists of seven people, all of whom have been to the Philippines before, but one of whom has never traveled with us and only knows Debby and that's more through his parents (he was an MK to the Philippines back several years ago; we're all looking forward to getting to know him, too!)...At any rate, you may keep us all in your prayers as we, once again, venture forth with the gospel...and endure long 16+ hr flights!

<>< HJ

PS. For those who didn't know, our foreign-exchange-type (we didn't exchange her with anyone, LOL) student, Dorcas, just had her first birthday in the USA. She turned 16! Her pictures are in an album labeled accordingly to the right.

Tuesday, October 13

Three more days!

This is the Outside and Inside of our brochure we sent out a few weeks ago......This is our tentative schedule:

FRIDAY, Oct 16, 2009
6:00pm, Registration
7:00pm, Evening Session
________Worship-Tim Wright
________Speaker-Debby Davis
11:00pm, Snacks & Fellowship

SATURDAY, Oct 17, 2009
8:00am, Breakfast
9:00-11:45am, Morning Sessions:
___9:00-9:45am, Hannah Davis (ME!) & Emily Ingole
___10:00-10:45am, Cathy Hoffman & Nancy Graham
___11:00-11:45am, Cheri Harrison & Delores Chapel
12:00pm, Lunch
2:00pm, Cheri-Session
3:00pm, Afternoon Session
________Worship-Tim Wright
________Speaker-Debby Davis
5:00pm, Dinner
7:00pm, Worship Bash, with Tim Wright
11:00pm, Snacks & Fellowship

SUNDAY, Oct 18, 2009
8:30-10:00am, Breakfast
10:00am, Sunday School
11:00am, Church/Last Session
1:00pm, Lunch

Thursday, October 8

To My Sisters...

Where exactly people find these quotes, I'll never know. But in preparing various ideas for possible slideshows and such for the Women's Conference coming up, I found myself thinking on my two most prized possession--as if people could ever be counted as such, perhaps "gift" is more appropriate--my sisters: Rebecca "Becky" S. and Alissa Faith. So to them I've copied these quotes and to them I've addressed the comments below the quotes.

To them, I say:
May you know this, forever and always, I not only cannot think of two people I love more and have known more, but I cannot think of any two people I respect, admire, and am more proud of then you two! Enjoy! And may you have a wonderfully blessed day wherever you are and in whatever you set out to achieve!

You can kid the world. But not your sister. ~Charlotte Gray
Nope, can't fool me...and that's what I love about you, too! Ya know no one else! Maybe we speak the same language?!

In thee my soul shall own combined the sister and the friend. ~Catherine Killigrew
I think that's the amazing thing: you aren't just my sisters because some doctor said genetically we're connected, but because we're sisters! Like when the Bible says "...there is a friend that sticketh closer then a brother" and is talking of Jesus, perhaps it is also reminding us that the truest form of friendship, and that txt term of BFF, is found in brotherhood (or sisterhood!)

A sister can be seen as someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves - a special kind of double. ~Toni Morrison
Ha ha, yes...weird, too...but cool

What's the good of news if you haven't a sister to share it? ~Jenny DeVries
Nope, there's nothing like gabbing your ears off on the telephone!

Sisters is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship. ~Margaret Mead
Sadly, both parts are true...Wish I hadn't been so competitive, and sometime downright nastily stubborn to you when we were younger! But I'm definitely proud for the strength of our ties now!

Bless you, my darling, and remember you are always in the heart - oh tucked so close there is no chance of escape - of your sister. ~Katherine Mansfield
Remember that, whether near or far, I always have you in my prayers!

My sister taught me everything I really need to know, and she was only in sixth grade at the time. ~Linda Sunshine
You know, it's interesting the things I learned from you when we were younger, that I still employ today...You taught me so much. Sometimes just by example, sometimes in our discussions, many things I learned from you!

I, who have no sisters or brothers, look with some degree of innocent envy on those who may be said to be born to friends. ~James Boswell
I'm not sure "born friends" is the right term, but if it is we definitely grew into it to such a degree that I can't think of two better friends then you!

Sisters are different flowers from the same garden. ~Author Unknown
OK, I just thought this one was cute.

There can be no situation in life in which the conversation of my dear sister will not administer some comfort to me. ~Mary Montagu
Ha ha! How I LOVE hearing your stories, even if distance means it has to be via blog or phone. Still SOOO worth it! And, of course, I love gabbing off your ears; sadly, though, my blog lacks as I prefer the in-person-route!

In the cookies of life, sisters are the chocolate chips. ~Author Unknown
Ahhh, you both are the sweetness in life...and in memories, too!

The mildest, drowsiest sister has been known to turn tiger if her sibling is in trouble. ~Clara Ortega
Ya better believe it!

When sisters stand shoulder to shoulder, who stands a chance against us? ~Pam Brown
Goes well with the last quote, wouldn't ya say? If we can fight for each other, how much stronger do ya think we could be with each other?!

A sister is a forever friend. ~Author Unknown
Ha! Goes with the Women's Conference theme: Forever Friends. That's what got me thinking of you, ya know?! Couldn't think of a better example of friendship then my relationship with both of you!

I know some sisters who only see each other on Mother's Day and some who will never speak again. But most are like my sister and me... linked by volatile love, best friends who make other best friends ever so slightly less best. ~Patricia Volk
The last part is true about us...although, if you think about it, we sometimes only see each other once a year, but it's not for lack of relationship or longing; just finances, schedules, etc! If I could be with ya more, and we could still do what God has called us each to do, I so would be right by your side every other day!

Sisters function as safety nets in a chaotic world simply by being there for each other. ~Carol Saline
OK, that might be more true about God as a safety net; however I'd have to say, too, that sometimes just knowing there are two other people in this world who get me without a long explanation, or sometimes even any words at all, is quit reassuring!

A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread to the meaning of life. ~Isadora James
That's how I see a gift. As friends. As a gift of friendship. Etc

To the outside world we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other's hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time. ~Clara Ortega
OK, I just plan thought this one was so adorable!

The best thing about having a sister was that I always had a friend. ~Cali Rae Turner
I think this has been said already, but it's not like it can be said enough!

There is no better friend than a sister. And there is no better sister than you. ~Author Unknown
Ya bet!

I don't believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings, gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at. ~Maya Angelou
Being born by the same parents, makes us siblings, but like I said before with that Bible quote, I think Sisterhood is the strongest example of friendship, and that we didn't just get born into. But I'm soooo glad we achieved it!

Our roots say we're sisters, our hearts say we're friends. ~Author Unknown
How many different ways can this be said? LOL!

Sibling relationships - and 80 percent of Americans have at least one - outlast marriages, survive the death of parents, resurface after quarrels that would sink any friendship. They flourish in a thousand incarnations of closeness and distance, warmth, loyalty and distrust. ~Erica E. Goode, "The Secret World of Siblings," U.S. News & World Report, 10 January 1994
I don't know about all the things it outlasts, but I'm so glad no quarrel/differences of opinion (combined with pure stubbornness and pride on my part), kept us apart long! And sadly, though other friendships should duplicate that idea, they usually do fall apart after serious quarrels/differences! So glad we're still together!

Siblings are the people we practice on, the people who teach us about fairness and cooperation and kindness and caring - quite often the hard way. ~Pamela Dugdale
I think I've mentioned my stubbornness before; for that I can distinctly remember learning much the hard way. And for those lessons, though indirectly from you, and for the many other lessons you showed by example, or whatever, I want to say: Thank You! You taught me much, as I believe I said once earlier, I still employ!

It was nice growing up with someone like you - someone to lean on, someone to count on... someone to tell on! ~Author Unknown
I just thought this was funny! True, but funny still!

Sisterhood is powerful. ~Robin Morgan
Like warriors united for eternity, bound by love!

Sisters don't need words. They have perfected a language of snarls and smiles and frowns and winks - expressions of shocked surprise and incredulity and disbelief. Sniffs and snorts and gasps and sighs - that can undermine any tale you're telling. ~Pam Brown
I know this isn't exactly what this is supposed to mean, but to me it made me think of this: we have a language all our own, that few others could ever attempt to learn, and by our language we can tell such tales and remind each other of such details that no tale a non-sister can tell would ever compare for it would lack the depth our language alone can put in it!

Sister to sister we will always be,
A couple of nuts off the family tree.
~Author Unknown

Again, just thought this was funny! Definitely funny!

Sisters are blossoms in the garden of life. ~Author Unknown
Kinda like the whole sweet chocolate comment guys are awesome!

We may look old and wise to the outside world. But to each other, we are still in junior school. ~Charlotte Gray
All I know, is to me this makes me think of how sometimes when we're together we can act like we never grew up; while other's may look at us and think we're crazy, wonder at our sanity, or whatever, we are just having fun in the way we alone can often, and sadly only, have freedom in when we're together!

It's hard to be responsible, adult and sensible all the time. How good it is to have a sister whose heart is as young as your own. ~Pam Brown

Dido me wast comment!

She is your mirror, shining back at you with a world of possibilities. She is your witness, who sees you at your worst and best, and loves you anyway. She is your partner in crime, your midnight companion, someone who knows when you are smiling, even in the dark. She is your teacher, your defense attorney, your personal press agent, even your shrink. Some days, she's the reason you wish you were an only child. ~Barbara Alpert
Wow! How true! ...Oh, and in case you are wondering, the last sentence, thankfully, was only true as a very young child on my part, and you'll be glad to know, even quite rarely at that!

OK, I hope you enjoyed this. It was fun...I love you guys!
Your Sister & BFF,
<>< HJ

PS. Can't wait till Christmas!