Archive for November, 2008

Alabama…here we come!

It is 6:26 pm and we are nearly to Nashville, TN. YUP…our long awaited road trip to Birmingham, AL to celebrate Thanksgiving with Krissa has finally arrived and I am very excited!!! Although Dad wanted to leave the house at 5:00 this morning, Serena and I convinced him that that was too early and we ended up leaving about 6:15. So far, the trip has been rather uneventful. The Thanksgiving holiday is suppose to be the most traveled holiday and this afternoon, there has been quite a bit of traffic on the interstate highway. It is dark now of course and I love traveling and watching all the lights of the big city life. OOOHHH…there’s a sign for Birmingham!!! We must be on the right tract! It’s kinda scary…since Serena is navigating right now while Dad is driving!

So what have I been doing the whole trip…? Talking on the phone, texting some friends, napping, watching some DVD’s, painting my toe nails and fingernails (that was rather challenging at times with Serena’s bumpy driving!)…and that’s just about it. If our calculations are correct, we should arrive in about another 2 ½ to 3 hours. Tomorrow the fun really begins! YAY!!!

Prior to today, I worked the past 4 out of 5 days…worked Friday, Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday. It has been really slow at the hospital but that all changed this weekend. Monday and Tuesday were especially busy; in fact, yesterday, I worked an hour later than usual because we were absolutely swamped! We had surgeries too so that certainly made it busier! I am so glad to be off now for a while and maybe things will calm down a tad by the time I get back to work. 😉 After work, Saturday evening though, I went with a friend to watch the Meade Highschool perform “The Music Man”. IT WAS SOOOO GOOD. The kids did an absolutely WONDERFUL job! I was very impressed. And even though it made for a really long day after working 12 hours…it was well worth it and I’m glad I went.

WOOHOOO…we just crossed the Mississippi border! It’s now 6:55 pm. Welp, I think I’ll call my Grandma before it gets too late…she’ll be wondering how our trip is going…

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Catching you up-to-date…

Today proved to be a pretty typical Wednesday. This morning, I ventured to Dodge for my piano lessons as usual and then met my Grandma for lunch at Wendy’s. Grandma hasn’t been to Dodge for a few weeks to it was fun to meet up with her again! After some grocery shopping at Wal-Mart and a quick trip into Hobby Lobby to pick up a few Thanksgiving items, I returned home early afternoon. The weather was SOOOO beautiful this afternoon, I simply couldn’t stay in the house…Lady and I went out on a 4-mile jog. It felt very invigorating! I hadn’t seen Mittens the cat around the house for a few days, so before coming back inside and ‘cleaning up’ (showering after the jog… ;), I moseyed around the barn and corral and soon found her atop the alfalfa bales. Even though I was calling her, the silly cat just stood there way up high screaming in cat language! I started to climb up the bales after her…but very soon realized that I was not made to climb alfalfa. I gave up, came back inside the house, and showered, figuring Mittens would find her own way down if she really wanted to.

This evening was Kid’s Club at the church. Our topic was…guess!? THANKSGIVING!!! Makes perfect since seeing that next week is that time already, huh? I thought so too! We had a lot of kid’s show up this evening so it was a little more wild than usual.

Since my recital is over…I’m starting to work on some Christmas music, including “The Christmas Shoes” by Newsong. I absolutely LOVE that song and I’m hoping that in a few weeks, I can play it so that it sounds authentic! It’s really not proving to be that challenging. Some of the songs that I played at the recital, I’d had in my repetior for a very long time…it sorta feels weird to not be playing them consistently anymore!

The other exciting thing happening around here is that we are redoing the ‘main’ bathroom in our house. I should say that Dad and Serena are redoing it. I’m merely supervising and giving my good advice. Indeed…today it proved very helpful and much needed! Dad has already repainted the bathroom cabinets and the walls with an off-white color. Serena has been blotching some gold paint on the walls today. And after trying out several different gold colors…we found the one that is very suitable and looks good! (That would be the good advice that I gave…!) I will try to post some pictures soon…

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Whew…it’s over!

What a relief! My piano recital is over! I’m soooo glad. I can actually breathe normally again. Although I must say that I was more nervous before the recital…awaiting 3:00pm to get here! Once I started playing…I found myself to be pretty relaxed. And even though there were a few ‘oops’ and ‘uh-oh’s’, I’d say that it was a success and I felt really good about it once it was all over. My wonderful sister, Serena, recorded the 45 minute piano playing…but the file is unfortunately too large to upload to my blog…or even facebook or youtube. 😦  So…for those of you who missed the recital and want to hear me play…I guess you’ll just have to wait until next time! 😉

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my piano teacher, Kay Lynn, and myself

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My mind consumed…

This week is flying by and to be frank, I’m glad. I will be even more glad when next Monday is here. Why? My piano recital is Sunday afternoon…and I’m afraid my mind has been totally consumed by preparing for that! Even though I’m a tad bit excited about it, I’m soooo nervous! I’ve been spending a lot of hours at the church practicing on the piano and it seems that that’s all I’ve been doing and thinking about this week! I’m playing six classical pieces and four contemporary pieces. Three of the songs I’ll be playing from memory. I’m doing a lot of praying too! My piano instructor has been so wonderful, so patient, and so encouraging to me during all my preparation. I couldn’t ever have gotten this far without her! Thank you Kay Lynn!!!

So what else have I been doing when I’m NOT practicing or when I’m NOT thinking about my upcoming piano recital…?! Well, I’ve kept up with working out a lot this week. The weather has been nice enough on the days I’m not working that I’ve been able to go outside and walk or jog in the afternoons. Today was especially beautiful…70 degrees and sunny! LUV IT! After working out this afternoon, I washed my new car. 😉 Then, this evening I washed the kitchen floor (while snacking on popcorn and listening to some country music!), cleaned the sinks and toilets, and emptied trash. I usually try to do my house cleaning in the mornings…but I’ve been a bit preoccupied lately and it needed to be done, so I just did it while I had the chance. That reminds me that I need to clean the bathtub sometime soon too.

We’ve had an extra Siamese cat hanging out at our place for the past week…yes, trying to breed Skittles again! She has been the hardest cat to breed that I’ve ever known!!! Anyway, his name is Willy and he was the sweetest most adorable big ball of fur! I just took him back to his owner today…and I’m missing his purrs and affection already. I do believe Skittles was in heat this week…so Serena and I are really REALLY hoping that she is pregnant. Guess we will know for sure in a couple of months!

I’m still really enjoying my new car! I absolutely LOVE driving around town or down the road with the sunroof open and the windows down (when it’s not too chilly outside that is…)! Can’t wait to take it on a road trip!

Work tomorrow and then the weekend off…

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Grace Community Church Celebration

This was a busy weekend!! A weekend at our church that has been in the makings for several months. November of this year was the 10 year anniversary of our church building. And so we enjoyed a weekend of celebrating ‘the past,’ ‘the present,’ and ‘the future’ of Grace Community Church. Saturday evening featured a walk down memory lane and a foodcourt style supper and time of fellowship followed by a concert with Barry Ward and a preserntation of the history of the church. Serena and I both helped in the kitchen getting the food prepared and helped serving. We had a really good time…in fact, perhaps TOO much fun! Oh, and we helped with the clean-up afterwards and then re-decorating that night for the banquet after church the next day! Wow…we were tired by the time we returned home about 10:30 pm. This morning then, we had a special service including music by the ‘Quartet’ and the ‘Bells of Grace’ and a guest speaker, Dr. Jobe Martin. After the lovely morning service, we all gathered in the fellowship hall for a beautiful banquet and catered meal by Casey’s Cowtown. The whole weekend was a lot of fun and I think it was a huge success!

I’ve posted a few pix from the weekend that I thought you all might enjoy!

 

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(this was before the rush!)

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the decor was so festive

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Barry Ward entertained us with some country music

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part of the kitchen crew 😉

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yup…we even helped serve

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then there was a big lull at the hamburger and hot dog stand…

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the decor for the banquet Sunday

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the fellowship hall looked absolutely gorgeous!

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Jena Renae

November 6th, 1984 was not only an important day in history because I was born =D, but also, because on that day, Ronald Reagan was re-elected to serve as President of the United States of America for another 4-year term. Mom would always remind me on my birthday every year, that she remembers lying in the hospital bed holding me and watching the election results on television.

Some other interesting facts about the year of my birth…

  • first woman to run for Vice-President – Geraldine Ferraro
  • cost of a first-class postage stamp is $0.20
  • cost of a gallon of gas is $1.20 (WOW…if only we could be there again!!!)
  • minimum wage is $3.35
  • Hewlett-Packard introduces first laptop computer
  • Donald Duck’s 50th birthday is celebrated at Disneyland
  • the Macintosh personal computer is unveiled by Apple
  • favorite TV show debuts include The Cosby Show, Family Ties, and Murder She Wrote
  • movie hits include Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom, Ghostbusters, and The Terminator
  • New York imposes the first mandatory automobile seat belt law

Origins / meanings of my first name: Jena

  • Arabic / a small bird
  • Arabic / paradise
  • Cornish (???) / white, fair, smooth
  • Welsh / white wave
  • Scandinavian / God is gracious; the feminine form of John
  • English / modern variant of Jenny or Jennifer (how entirely BORING of a definition!)

So…I guess I can choose whatsoever definition I so desire…!

 

Origins / Meanings of my middle name: Renae

  • French / born again

hummm…at least the websites all pretty much agreed that Renae is French and means ‘born again’! 🙂

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24 years ago…

November 6th, 1984, I, Jena Renae Smith, was born into this world. November 6th, 1984, life as I knew it in the womb was changed forever. November 6th, 1984, I was a precious human life that had been spared from abortion because my parents ‘chose life.’ November 6th, 1984, my parents met their second daughter for the first time face to face. November 6th, 1984, God had given my Mom and Dad a gift in the form of a 7# 4.5 oz and 18.5 inches long healthy baby girl. November 6th, 1984, was the consummation of God’s handiwork as He had made me “fearfully and wonderfully.”

But even more significant than November 6th, 1984, were the 9 months prior when the great Creator was molding me, shaping me, and perfecting me to be exactly who He wanted me to be. Every physical feature, every personality trait, every tiny little thing about me He designed…so delicately, so beautifully, so intricately. All the days of my life were being planned out even before I was one day old. Psalm 139, written by David, is most certainly fitting to post on such a day as today…

1 O LORD, You have searched me and known me.
 2 You know my sitting down and my rising up;
         You understand my thought afar off.
 3 You comprehend my path and my lying down,
         And are acquainted with all my ways.
 4 For there is not a word on my tongue,
         But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.
 5 You have hedged me behind and before,
         And laid Your hand upon me.
 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
         It is high, I cannot attain it.
         
 7 Where can I go from Your Spirit?
         Or where can I flee from Your presence?
 8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
         If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
 9 If I take the wings of the morning,
         And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
 10 Even there Your hand shall lead me,
         And Your right hand shall hold me.
 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,”
         Even the night shall be light about me;
 12 Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
         But the night shines as the day;
         The darkness and the light are both alike to You.
         
 13 For You formed my inward parts;
         You covered me in my mother’s womb.
 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
         Marvelous are Your works,
         And that my soul knows very well.
 15 My frame was not hidden from You,
         When I was made in secret,
         And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
 16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
         And in Your book they all were written,
         The days fashioned for me,
         When as yet there were none of them.
         
 17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
         How great is the sum of them!
 18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
         When I awake, I am still with You.
         
 19 Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God!
         Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men.
 20 For they speak against You wickedly;
         Your enemies take Your name in vain.
 21 Do I not hate them, O LORD, who hate You?
         And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
 22 I hate them with perfect hatred;
         I count them my enemies.
         
 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
         Try me, and know my anxieties;
 24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
         And lead me in the way everlasting.

And to this day, 24 years later, God is still molding me into who He wants me to be.  

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