Tuesday, October 30, 2007

303 - Standing Tall in the Light

302 - My Pack a Day Habit

302 - My Pack a Day Habit, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

Monday, October 29, 2007

I looked down at my bed that was covered with wrappers from the pack of gum I had just chewed up in one Dancing with the Stars competition, and I just had to laugh and tell the world that I can't just stop at one.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

301 - Oregon Sports Hall of Famer

Today was a reception for my old roommate, Mary Ayotte-Law, who was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. She was the 1982 National Champion in floor exercise. We lived together in the "Jackson 5 Household" from 1984-87.

Mary is very short (I think she is 4 feet 10 1/2 inch). We used to run together and cause major rubbernecking and traffic jams because of the great disparity in our heights! (almost 16 inches). One day, we discovered that my arm was as long as her leg! So, I just wanted to document that fact forever by putting it in my 365 Blog!

Congratulations Mary!!!!!!

Read more about Mary here: Mary Ayotte-Law:Hall of Fame

300 - In the Company of Saints

In the Company of Saints, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Here before you stands 138 years of missionary experience in Asia.

I had the wonderful pleasure of having lunch with these lovely, seasoned saints today, and it was the highlight of my entire year.

Standing to my right are Ginny and Lorraine (Day 64) who labored in post WWII Japan for 35+ years to see God's name glorified there. I meet with them once a month, and I will never take that for granted!

But my delight was doubled today as Joanne Shetler and Amy West came to lunch on the day I was already to meet with Ginny and Lorraine! Jo and Amy are with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Jo went to the Balangao people of the Philippines in 1962. Back then, there were no believers. Now, there are over 10,000 in a tribe of 25,000!

Joanne has written a book about her experience with the Balangao called And the Word Came with Power: How God Met and Changed a People Forever. I highly recommend it!

I had never personally met Joanne, but I had gone to a Proclaim Missions Conference back in November of 1988. It was a strange conference because my husband and I were not yet dating but had been spending significant time together doing fun things. Imagine my shock when he came to the conference with a girl from out of town! I was told from an unreliable source that he was going to be marrying this woman, and I was heartbroken. :(

Then, Joanne Shetler got up and spoke and talked about her experiences with the Balangao, and she helped me see the bigger picture of God's purposes for my life regardless of whether I was married to George or not. I was so inspired by her story about having to die to her dreams of the "white picket fence" life that I presented my feelings for George right there on the altar. It was a benchmark time in my life. God also spoke to me about a ministry of prayer through Jo's message called: "God Has No Substitutes." It is one that I have played over and over and given to countless people over the years. It was so strange to hear that same voice I had heard on the tape all those years in Ginny and Lorraine's living room in the flesh!

Well, you probably know the rest of the story. I offered by relationship with George on the altar, but it didn't die. I didn't end up going overseas single because I did marry George (and that girl is happily married to someone else), but my perspective on God's purposes for my life were set at that conference, and God used Jo in a powerful way.

The conversation was amazing as we talked about the Japanese, Balangao, and the Malay peoples and what they believe about the spirit world and God's power to deliver them from their fears. I can't tell you how stimulating it was to be in the company of these saints! Amy has been with Jo since 1988, and she is an amazing woman who has recently complete her Ph.D. thesis about the Balangao's atittude toward the spirit world and the implications of that once they become followers of Jesus. She was so delightful!

At the end of our time, I sheepishly asked Jo to sign my copy of her book, and she wrote:

"God bless you, dear Carol,
As you bring Him glory with your life and ministry.
A joy to serve our Savior together with you."
Joanne Shelter
John 15:16

On my drive home through the beautiful Oregon Wine Country, I was thinking about the beauty of those four Godly, articulate, intelligent single women who have given their lives in order for God's glory to be proclaimed throughout the whole earth as I looked upon the beauty of the afternoon sun on the fall leaves of a grape vineyard. The beauty of those women and the scene overwhelmed me, and I burst into tears. As I looked at those bright yellow grape leaves, I thought of the verse that Jo had just written in my book:

"You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you,
that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain,
that whatever you ask of the Father in My name,
He may give to you." (John 15:16)

I was overwhelmed by God's goodness and presence at that moment. Thank you God for three hours with four chosen women whose fruit has remained to Your glory.

This is what it is all about. :)

299 - Back to the Elsinore

299 - Back to the Elsinore, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

Friday, October 26, 2007

We went to a "Toying with Science" show at the Elsinore in Salem today. We love this theatre, and you can read about it on Day 138 of this blog. I thought this picture of the front had much better lighting.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

298 - Fall in my Front Yard

298 - Fall in my Front Yard, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

297 - Morning Mums

297 - Morning Mums, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

I loved how the morning light hit the pot of mums I received after leading my workshop on Saturday. A part was in the dark and the other part was in the light.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

296 - Fall in the Neighborhood

Loved how the morning light hit the fall leaves on my neighbor's tree. I am sure she wondered what I was doing standing in the middle of her lawn this morning. :)

295 - Anak Sulong

295 - Anak Sulong, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

Monday, October 22, 2007

"Oldest child" in Malay. It is grainy because of the low light, but I wanted to capture the memory of our dinner out while dad is away for four days in Austin. I loved the face-to-face time because they are really enjoyable people.

295 - Anak Bongsu

295 - Anak Bongsu, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

Monday, October 22, 2007

"Youngest child" in Malay.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

294 - Fall Greeters at My Door

Saturday, October 20, 2007

293 - Jubilee Women's Conference

The "How to Spend a Day in Prayer" workshop went really well, the speaker was absolutely the BEST I have ever heard at a women's conference (Gisela Yohanan of Gospel for Asia), and the fellowship was sweet. It was a great way to spend a Saturday.

292 - After the Storm

292 - After the Storm, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

Friday, October 19, 2007

My dh spied this collection of leaves that had blown into our driveway after a huge rainstorm. He is my guest photographer since I was too preoccupied with my workshop to take pictures.

291 - Thursday Ritual

291 - Thursday Ritual, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Survivor and a Blizzard.

290 - A Momentous Day

290 - A Momentous Day, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

My fifteen year old is officially the tallest person in our household at 6 feet 4 3/4 inches.

289 - Fall

289 - Fall, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

On my way to Rebekah's for prayer and babysitting, I spied this lovely fall scene. I knew she would understand why I was late. :)

288 - Book Dames Reading

288 - Book Dames Reading

Monday, October 15, 2007

While preparing for my workshop at the library on Saturday, I looked on the shelves for The Three Musketeers and discovered that they had the new (and best) translation by Pevear! I was going to go buy it after my time in the library. So, I didn't have to! Monday is my "light" day, and I spent much of it reading this.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

287 - Autumn Sunset

287 - Autumn Sunset, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

It was a full and lovely day: Great Pumpkin Run, mediation training at Church, date with dh seeing Elizabeth: The Golden Age and eating Mexican, and practicing my talk. After dinner, we headed out to Dallas for a time of fellowship and prayer with friends who are heading back to India, and this is what we beheld on the way. It took my breath away and was the end to a perfect day.

Great Pumkin Run Spirit

Great Pumkin Run Spirit, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

These college gals got into the spirit of the occasion! I wonder if they kept them on for the whole race?

The Great Pumpkin Run

The Great Pumpkin Run, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

We did our second 5K. I ran 2/3rds and walked 1/3rd with Michael while George and Paul walked the whole way. Michael and I cut down on our time by 8 minutes!

286 - Seven Hours of Quiet

286 - Seven Hours of Quiet, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

I spent from 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. at the library for seven hours of uninterrupted quiet time so that I could work on the breakout session I am teaching on spending time on a personal retreat. I ended up having a wonderful retreat of my own! I finished it. Now, I need to practice it.

285 - Glow

285 - Glow, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Horses sweat
Men perspire but
Women glow!

Had a hard two hour workout racing on a virtual bike course and the elliptical. It is nice to be healthy again!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

284 - When Was Your Last Time?

My last time was June of 2005. So, it was time. Is it time for you too?

(This gyn doc was more than happy to have her picture posted on this blog if it would encourage more women to get their annual you-know-what. Consider this a public service announcement.)

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

283 - Cub Scouts Popcorn Time

I was wondering what should be my picture of the day on this bla day of rain and drowsiness when Matthew came to my door selling popcorn for the Cub Scouts. He got my heart and the picture.

I was his first client. :) Don't you love how his uniform (really his older bro's borrowed uniform) was buttoned? He is such a cute five year old (but he told me his 6th birthday is in 50 something days).

Who wouldn't buy a can of popcorn from this guy?

282 - Less Drowsy?

282 - Less Drowsy?, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

I didn't post last night because I took this for my dizziness and ended up sleeping for the late afternoon into the evening, woke up to watch Dancing with the Stars, and went back to sleep until 8:00 a.m. this morning and have been DROWSY all day long! Less Drowsy Formula?

Monday, October 8, 2007

281 - Home from Central Oregon

281 - The Road Home, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

Monday, October 8, 2007

More of the colors of fall.

280 - Rainbow Trout

280 - Rainbow Trout, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

We went to the High Desert Museum and took a hike to the Fall River Falls today.

279 - Willow Leaves

279 - Willow Leaves, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

We took a hike to Pringle Falls. The willow leaves turning were just beautiful.

278 - The Road to Central Oregon

Friday, October 5, 2007

We went to the Central Oregon vacation home of one of George's childhood friends. I had never been through the Willamette Pass in the fall. A picture cannot even begin to capture the beautiful colors.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

277 - Four Fall Hours

277 - Fall, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

I will always remember this day. The kids were gone at 4-H all morning (dh is taking them and helping in the woodworking class), and I was determined to spend it doing three things I love to do: praying, exercising, and photographing. This will be my documentation of those four glorious hours.

276 - Final Purple

276 - Final Flowers, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

These are the final flowers in my front yard. I started with the purple crocuses in February and am ending with these purple ones (Don't know the name, do you?) in October. I had to wait for the rain to stop and the morning sun to hit them. I would have liked a closer crop in order to have the raindrops more magnified, but I like the variety of flowers in focus and out of focus and at their prime and past their prime!

275 - Driver

275 - Driver, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

OK, it is not one of my photos, but when I was downloading photos today, I noticed MSPaint stored my oldest son's picture from a cell metaphor he wrote on Monday in my picture software. It made me smile. So, I wanted to document here.

Here is part of the metaphor:

"A typical animal cell is like a car. The nucleus is like the driver of the car. The nucleus controls all of the cell’s functions, much like the driver controls all of the car’s functions. The cell couldn’t function without the nucleus much like the car couldn’t move without the driver. The nucleus of the cell has a nucleolus that contains DNA that gives the instruction for your body. In the car, the driver has a brain that tells him how to control the car."

Monday, October 1, 2007

274 - Right Ankle One Month Later

Still a bit swollen in comparison to the other ankle, but it is coming along nicely. Makes me wish I had done this ankle angle a month ago and compared it.

Left Ankle for Comparison

Left Ankle for Comparison, originally uploaded by carolfoasia.