Thursday, January 31, 2008

Stockshow Rodeo

On Saturday, I joined the Holmes family for their annual trip to the Fort Worth Stockshow and Rodeo. It was a lot of fun. We went early so we had plenty of time to walk around and check out all of the animals, enjoy the "fair food", and check out the various exhibits and the art show (where Katherine won 5th place in her age-group). The rodeo itself was exciting, even though none of the bull-riders stayed on for the full 8 seconds. But the barrel-racers and bronco-riders were very impressive. I really enjoyed my first Stockshow rodeo experience, especially since I got to spend it with such great friends.
(Isn't this little calf sweet?) (Abigail enjoying a big pickle - a girl after my own heart)

Happy Birthday, Ben

Today's my brother Ben's 27th birthday. It doesn't seem right that my YOUNGER brother should be so old... Anyway, I couldn't ask for a better, more loving brother. I'm very thankful for him, and I hope his special day is wonderful! Happy birthday, bud.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Random comment

I must say, I am loving that my neighbors have unsecured wireless internet. My computer just automatically gets online whenever I start it up. I LOVE having internet at home! Ah, it doesn't take much to make me happy...

Thursday, January 24, 2008

What a difference a year makes

It's hard to believe, but this time last year I was getting ready to get on a plane and fly to Aberdeen for a 6-month Scotland adventure. I am amazed how fast time has gone. Granted, my first month there was rather trying, and I admit to being very homesick. But once I settled in and made friends, the time flew! Those six months were over before I knew it, and this past semester at SWBTS has raced by as well. I guess time really does fly when you're having fun - or when you spend all your time studying... Anyway, today I'm remembering my incredible experiences in Scotland, all the friends I made, the places I explored, and the progress I made in my research. I am so thankful that God provided such an amazing opportunity.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

I am not just a MIND!

Seriously, in case anyone was wondering, there is more to me than just my mind. Why is it that some people can only see my mind, and only want to talk with me about seminars or theology? I mean, really! I try my best not to think about those things unless I absolutely have to. I know, I'm entering a career where those things are central, and of course they're important to me, but so are other things! Granted, I am grateful that God has given me this brain, and the opportunity to study His Word and do a PhD. But he has also made me much more than that. I am a scrapbooker, a photographer, a musician, a friend, a dreamer, a listener. I love to travel and to read (fiction, that is). I am a woman who loves children, longs for companionship, and I'm still holding out hope for a husband and family some day. Many of those things are more important to me than simply being a mind! I have been told by one of my male coworkers that many guys are intimidated by me because of my academic record. Apparently, that's all people see in me. No wonder they're intimidated. So one of my goals for this year is to make it clear that I am not just a mind!

(I just needed to vent about that. This has been an ongoing issue for a couple of months now, and it's driving me crazy! See, soon I won't have a mind at all!)

Thursday, January 3, 2008

The Year in Review

After reading Genny's post on the year in pictures, I decided it would be fun to do a review of my 2007 in pictures, especially since I had such an eventful year. Unfortunately it's taken me two weeks to complete this post! But anyway, hear it is, finally - 2007 in pictures:

JANUARY 2007
Said goodbye to Texas...
and hello to Scotland!

FEBRUARY 2007
Enrolled as a student at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland
MARCH 2007
Mom, Dad, Ben, and Papa visited Scotland/England for 2 weeks

APRIL 2007
Easter in Banchory

MAY 2007
Met Debbie for a weekend in Munich/Bavaria

JUNE 2007
Visited Joanna in Dubai for 5 days

JULY 2007
Scotland Highlands and Islands trip with Amie and Laurie
Said goodbye to Scotland
Returned to USA

AUGUST 2007
Returned to work and class at SWBTS
Christmas in Reverse August Kick-Off

SEPTEMBER 2007
Study (no pics)

OCTOBER 2007
Study (no pics)

NOVEMBER 2007
Directed Wild Worship in AM Worship service
Thanksgiving in Georgia
DECEMBER 2007
Christmas in Reverse presentation
Christmas in Georgia with family

There you have it. There's no way I could include all the many things that I did and places I saw while I was in Scotland. If you're interested, check out my Scotland blog at http://www.barbinscotland.blogspot.com/ for details on all my many adventures. For 2008, one of my goals is to scrapbook all the photos from 2007 - Dubai (almost completed), Munich, and 6 months in Scotland will probably fill about 10 scrapbooks! Another goal is to take some pictures every month, which means I have to DO something photo-worthy every month. I don't want to have months of "darkness" where all I did was study (like September and October of 2007). There's no way 2008 could be as exciting as 2007, but I pray it is a good year. Who knows, perhaps this year there will be developments in my personal life rather than just travel experiences... God willing!!!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Christmas Pics, 2007

Here are a few Christmas pictures from 2007. Usually, we do family pictures in front of the tree and everybody gathers around taking pictures. That means that nobody ends up looking at the same camera. This year I set up my camera on Dad's tripod and had a "portrait studio" on Christmas Eve. At random times I would have groups come in to the formal living room and I would take pictures. I think they turned out pretty good, though the lighting wasn't the best. I'll have to work on that.

Our tree, all decked out with lights and presents

Aunt Kathy, Uncle David, Holley, Judd, and Colton My cousin Melissa, Larry, and their kids, Lindsey and Grant Lindsey and "Kat Kat"
Me and my cousins Holley and MelissaMom, her sister Kathy, and PapaMom and DadMe and MomMe and my brother, Ben

This Year, Christmas Went to the Dogs

And I mean that literally... At one point we had five dogs in our house (in addition to 17 humans). Here are a few pictures of the merry canines:


Harley and Abby
Rosko and Rambo (dressed in his santa costume)
Sandra Dee (camouflage with the grass)
Ben bought Harley this stuffed bear for Christmas. It has a squeaker in its belly, and I mean to tell you, Harley LOVES it! He carries it around with him, sleeps with it, and seems to really enjoy making it squeak.