So, I guess it's about time for that entry I mentioned... :)

* The biggest and most wonderful thing that's happened to me is becoming an Aunt. I can't begin to describe how wonderful it is!! Haydon and Keegan make every day exciting and joyful even if it's been a tough one. They are wonderful, wonderful blessings!!!
(I'm a little obsessed with them ;D )


* Work has been very busy. I have done 4 full airplane interiors, I'm working on a 5th one now, and there have many several little jobs too (like, just carpet, or just a headliner, or just the glareshield). Since I've started working there I've gained much more confidence in calling strangers on the phone and ordering stuff or asking questions, I've gotten stronger (which made my boss happy!), and I've learned so much about painting, primer, stripping paint, and sanding. I've also learned that Laquer Thinner melts through rubber glovers, Acetone is awesome, Paint stripper stings like crazy and scars you, and Penetrating Oil smells like coconut (which a wonderful thing to smell in a hanger that tends to smell like horrid chemically stuff).

* Here's a true story you might find amusing:
Characters: Me
and a
Red Haired Guy who was working on his airplane
RHG: Do you know where a good bar is around here?
Me: No, not really.
RHG: You're 21 and you've never been to a bar??!!
(I'm guessing he must have talked to my boss, because I never told him my age. In fact, I'd never spoken to him before this!)
Me: Nope.

a few minutes later

RHG: So, are you a good Christian girl?
Me: Yes.

end of all conversation for the rest of his stay there :)

* Getting ready for a mission trip to the Philippine Islands in June has also been taking up a lot of my time. I'm REALLY EXCITED about getting to do this, but also I'm oh so nervous!

* A few weeks ago our preacher gave a lesson on setting goals and one of the points was how planning is hard work, so it helps to have a mission statement/motto/something that you can remember and use to help you stay focused. This is what I've decided to use:

" 9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap,
if we do not give up.
10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone,
and especially to those who are of the household of faith. "


Well, that's not much, but it's all I can do for now! I hope everyone is having a blessed year!

  • sirtarin
    I'm sure you make an exceptional aunt. Nephews (and nieces) are great blessings. =)

    A good conversation. In my Interpersonal Communications class last spring, someone had mention their brother (I think) was turning 21, and they were planning to go to a bar to celebrate. I really thought about commenting that poisoning someone seems a *great* way to celebrate their legal ability to do so. I didn't quite have the gall to actually say it, though...

    Glad to hear from you, and that things are going well. =)
    by sirtarin at 03/02/11 1:00PM
  • dragon_blade
    I can't wait to be an aunt. XD I've seen pictures of your precious lil nephews, and I can completely understand your very healthy obsession with the royal highnesses of cute. :)

    Your conversation with RHG made me laugh. XD

    I'll keep you in my prayers that your preparation and mission trip go well! :)
    by dragon_blade at 03/02/11 1:17PM
  • cyber_space_cadet
    Thoroughly enjoyed this entry.
    I love your motto. Good choice. ♥
    by cyber_space_cadet at 03/02/11 3:52PM
  • juliamiriam
    Your picture is beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    by juliamiriam at 03/02/11 5:38PM
  • marmee
    I love your photo, too ... and we lived in Cebu City, PI for one year back in the 90's. Where are you going?? Happy trip! (as the Filipinos like to say!)
    by marmee at 03/02/11 7:01PM
  • sirtorin
    I'm laughing (mentally, as I rarely do it audibly if I'm reading to myself. I just grin. =D ) over "I've also learned that Laquer Thinner melts through rubber glovers, Acetone is awesome, Paint stripper stings like crazy and scars you, and Penetrating Oil smells like coconut...."
    I like your answers in the above conversation.
    Though I'm an uncle, I've yet to see my niece in person. Mope. I content myself for now with my cousin's little girl:

    For now. =D
    by sirtorin at 03/03/11 8:22PM
  • cyber_space_cadet
    ^ What a cutie pie!
    by cyber_space_cadet at 03/03/11 10:10PM
  • sallyanne
    Nice to hear from you! Sounds like you are one busy young lady!
    by sallyanne at 03/05/11 12:23AM
  • chessman
    Hoping you didn't learn all those things first hand (like the penetrating oil - I hate the smell of coconut ;-)

    *Love* the mission statement. Hard to go wrong that way.
    by chessman at 03/08/11 4:01AM
  • sirtorin
    Happy Birthday, Krystal! I hope it is a thoroughly blessed day! =D
    by sirtorin at 04/13/11 5:45AM
  • sirtarin
    I hope you have a birthday of such joyous and blessed proportions that it surpasses all bygone birthdays! =)
    by sirtarin at 04/13/11 11:23AM
  • cyber_space_cadet
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KRYSTAL!
    by cyber_space_cadet at 04/13/11 1:47PM
  • sirtarin
    By the way, since I for got to say it after you did it, thanks for remembering the onions. =)
    by sirtarin at 04/29/11 2:03PM
  • misssonja
    NEED CORN FRITTER RECIPE. Or else you can come for a visit after my kitchen is ready and make more just for me. :)
    by misssonja at 11/06/11 9:07PM
  • sirtorin
    May we have a post when you return from Germany? It has, after all, been over 14 months since last you posted. =)

    And I, for one, would be very interested in seeing more pictures of Europe than even all that Mrs. Chetelat has posted thus far.
    by sirtorin at 05/09/12 10:39PM
  • magnolia
    ^TOTALLY second this ... would love to hear about your German adventures! And next time .... I'm planning on being a stowaway. Just so you know. :O)
    by magnolia at 05/10/12 10:48PM
  • sirtarin
    ^ And I'll third it. =)
    by sirtarin at 05/10/12 11:45PM

Hi peoples :)

So, I'm back!

Well, sorta. I'm planning on writing a really good long post!......eventually :P
My life has been very full of many wonderful blessed things most of which my dear family has been keeping ya'll updated on, but I'll try to give you guys my schpeel of things soon!

In the meantime enjoy a song that I've been thinking alot about:

I Know Whom I Have Believed

I know not why God’s wondrous grace
To me He hath made known,
Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love
Redeemed me for His own.

Refrain

But I know Whom I have believèd,
And am persuaded that He is able
To keep that which I’ve committed
Unto Him against that day.

I know not how this saving faith
To me He did impart,
Nor how believing in His Word
Wrought peace within my heart.

Refrain

I know not how the Spirit moves,
Convincing us of sin,
Revealing Jesus through the Word,
Creating faith in Him.

Refrain

I know not what of good or ill
May be reserved for me,
Of weary ways or golden days,
Before His face I see.

Refrain

I know not when my Lord may come,
At night or noonday fair,
Nor if I walk the vale with Him,
Or meet Him in the air.

Refrain

"8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, 9 who saved us and called us to a a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, 10 and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 11 for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher, 12 which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me. 13 Follow the pattern of the soundd words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 1 1 14 By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you." 2 Timothy 1:8-14
  • sallyanne
    That's one of my favorite songs!
    by sallyanne at 01/12/11 11:32AM
  • magnolia
    Hey back, dear person! :) Lovely to hear from you, and thank you for sharing the hymn and scripture.
    by magnolia at 01/12/11 11:35AM
  • sirtarin
    Welcome back, Krystal!

    I really like that hymn. We don't have the second verse in our book though. As brother Hersey mentioned, I think when he was here, one of the neat things about that hymn is the Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How series throughout the song, though not in that order, and lacking the where.

    Hope to see you around here a little more often. =)
    by sirtarin at 01/12/11 1:33PM
  • cyber_space_cadet
    Hi, Krystal! Good to see you back, and with such good and encouraging thoughts, too.
    Love you very much! ♥
    by cyber_space_cadet at 01/12/11 2:06PM
  • narnianheart
    What?!?! Who is this?! Is this Krystal. MY sister?!? WOW i think i might have forgotten all about you! :P
    by narnianheart at 01/12/11 3:49PM
  • teathyme
    HI!!! :)
    by teathyme at 01/12/11 6:32PM
  • chessman
    Welcome back :-) That is an awesome song - a great reminder that we know all the important things, and that all the things we don't know will be better than we can imagine...
    by chessman at 01/12/11 9:41PM
  • sirtorin
    Welcome back to Pleoland, Krystal! May there be many happy returns. =)
    Excellent choice of hymn. With regards to it, I would say there's something of a "where" in it too, even if the word is not used:
    "Nor if I'll walk the vale with Him,
    Or meet Him in the air."
    by sirtorin at 01/12/11 9:51PM
  • sirtarin
    ^ True. I did think of that later.
    by sirtarin at 01/13/11 6:04AM
  • sirtorin
    I like your new picture. The slightly muted color tones and diffuse lighting give an interesting mood to it. =)
    by sirtorin at 01/17/11 1:20PM
  • sirtarin
    That's a nice new picture. =)
    by sirtarin at 01/17/11 6:10PM

Pleo 3 is....

going to be nice. :) But I still feel lost when I get on it. :-P

I hope everyone is having a lovely summer!
  • sirtarin
    Hehe. 'Twill take a bit of getting used to.

    I hope you do, too. =)
    by sirtarin at 07/02/09 3:43PM
  • sirtorin
    It's still feels rather weird for me too. But it's not bad. =)
    by sirtorin at 07/02/09 3:49PM
  • swiftblades
    I'm really enjoying it. :)
    by swiftblades at 07/02/09 4:17PM
  • cyber_space_cadet
    It's new and strange, but that can be sort-of fun sometimes. :)
    See you on Sunday! ♥
    by cyber_space_cadet at 07/02/09 4:21PM
  • tryphena
    ^She^ should know "new and strange"...;-P
    by tryphena at 07/02/09 5:28PM
  • cyber_space_cadet
    HEY, you!!
    :P
    by cyber_space_cadet at 07/02/09 5:31PM
  • ryguy
    Hopefully it'll start feeling homey before too long :)
    by ryguy at 07/02/09 11:25PM
  • lizzbeth
    Enjoy being with JoAnna and Cici!:)
    by lizzbeth at 07/02/09 11:52PM
  • lizzbeth
    I wish I could have!
    by lizzbeth at 07/03/09 10:29PM

Prayer

Recently my sisters and I went to a girl’s bible study on prayer. This post in comprised mainly of my notes from that lesson so it is going to be rather choppy, but I hope you are able to glean something useful from it.

Why do we find it so hard to pray?
• Maybe we are too busy.
• Maybe we feel guilty because when we do pray it is only to ask for something.
• Maybe we are just forgetful.

Prayer is one of the most important things in our lives, and yet there are so many excuses we can come up with to keep us away from it.

Praying will help us to know and understand God better, it will help us understand ourselves better, and it will help us to think of others instead of ourselves.
I know that when I do actually pray regularly I feel so much more peaceful and content than when I do not.

Having a specific time set aside for praying is good, but we should also be comfortable praying at any time. In fact 1 Thess. 5:17 says we are to “pray with out ceasing.”!

The lady who led this study showed us a handy memory tool for praying:
A- Adoration
C- Confession
T- Thankfulness
S- Supplication

(She pointed out that this is just a guideline to help us get started; we need to be careful and make sure that we don’t turn prayer in to a checklist.)

A- When we start our prayers with praise and adoration for God and His creations we immediately take the focus off of ourselves.

C- Our confessions should be specific, forcing us to be humble and look at our sins.

T- I am thankful for His blessings, but have I told Him so?
There is a difference between feeling thankful and expressing thankfulness.

S- When we say “If it’s Your will” we need to mean it!
We need to make sure that if God doesn’t answer our prayer the way we want it we will still praise Him.

The more time I spend with God the easier I will find it to open myself up and really pray.
If I make time pray than instead of feeling like prayer is eating up all of my time, I find instead see that it is actually giving me more time to do important and meaningful things.
~~~

“Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.” Ps. 55:17

“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” Rom. 8:26

“Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16

“And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four [and] twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.” Rev. 5:8

“Then hear thou from the heavens, [even] from thy dwelling place, their prayer and their supplications, and maintain their cause, and forgive thy people which have sinned against thee.” Chron. 6:39

“My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct [my prayer] unto thee, and will look up.” Ps. 5:3

“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints…” Eph 6:18

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Phil 4:6
  • sirtorin
    Thank you. This is definitely something I ought to work on.
    by sirtorin at 06/24/09 1:43PM
  • sirtarin
    Thank you for sharing these notes. I definitely gleaned some good thoughts from them, and I will strive to apply them into my life. =)
    by sirtarin at 06/24/09 1:49PM
  • sabrinaballerina
    I too thought this a very helpful lesson. Thanks for posting your notes!
    by sabrinaballerina at 06/24/09 1:55PM
  • cyber_space_cadet
    Great entry, Krystal! Thanks.
    by cyber_space_cadet at 06/24/09 2:23PM
  • lauriw1030
    Very good thoughts. I need to improve!
    by lauriw1030 at 06/24/09 2:51PM
  • swiftblades
    These are great notes, Krystal! Thank you for sharing them. This is an area of my life that needs improvement, and I think keeping these things in mind will help.
    by swiftblades at 06/24/09 3:45PM
  • liseybug
    Very nice.
    by liseybug at 06/24/09 7:10PM
  • tryphena
    I don't know why I struggle with prayer so much. It isn't really the reasons listed above...it's more such a feeling of unworthiness, and of 'Why would He want to hear from me?'
    by tryphena at 06/24/09 8:40PM
  • chessman
    I work mostly at my computer, so I have an outlook reminder to pray - and I never dismiss, I just snooze it for an hour or two so it pops up again. :-)
    Thanks for the thoughts!
    by chessman at 06/25/09 7:42AM
  • phyllisophical_mom
    Great thoughts, Krystal. Don't you just love Bible studies like this?
    by phyllisophical_mom at 06/25/09 8:30AM
  • ethantweedie14
    This is great! Thank you for sharing your notes with us! I definitely need to work on this.
    by ethantweedie14 at 06/25/09 11:11AM
  • magnolia
    Such good thoughts, my friend! ºÜº Thank you!! =)
    by magnolia at 06/25/09 4:22PM