Sunday, November 8, 2009

Contacts a New Way of Seeing

I recently had to get contacts. Actually I didn't but I thought it would be better to get then go through getting my glasses broke time after time. I received my new contacts on Friday and ever since then I am having an insight of things.

Do you ever feel that when things are going good they just keep getting better? Or if things are going bad they just get worse? Well this past week and weekend it got good and weird and then weirder.

My week at camp was great. I had a great time with my co-counselor and my campers. Then Friday I got new glasses and contacts. I was excited. A new look for myself, that is what I was thinking. Some people like it and some are not for sure how they feel. I like it because it is less hassle. Also I don't have to worry about my glasses getting broke or bent or thrown across the lodge.

Its not just about my contacts. I was getting a lot of compliments for my job with a certain camper and I found out a lot of information about a coworker who I do consider a friend. Do you ever look at this person and kind of judge them without knowing them at all? Then you get to know them and what you thought of them before is TOTALLY different then who they are?

That is what it feels like right now. I am still ok with them but WOW. It takes a while to get used to the person who they are now.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Okay I just got done talking to one of my friends and I am sad, disappointed, and ummm. It makes me sad to think that two people who care for each other very much, can not get together. He is too stubborn and she does not have enough confidence to tell him how she feels. They both like each other very much but they both won't tell each other the truth.

It makes me think that if these two people can't be together or meant to be together. Is there hope for me? I am 25 years old now and haven't even had a boyfriend for a while! Am I to. to controlling of my feelings? Do I even show my feelings? I think I just get stuck on one person.

You see I think I love this one guy but I can't tell him. We haven't even dated. We were friends and then not and then we were friends again. Now I have no idea what we are. Due to we live so many miles apart. I know that God has someone out there for me but what if I blew that chance? How do we know if that chance came and I was too scared to do anything about it? What if I didn't even pick up the signs? Aggggggggggggggg

I just don't know anymore ....... I always say that I am fine without having a boyfriend but lately .. lately I wish I had someone to confide in ... To go out and have fun on a date ... to not look forward to my 26th birthday and see that I am alone again!!!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Cheyenne Trip

My trip was pretty cool. Yes there were ups and downs but I got through it. First of all before I get ahead of myself let me tell you about last week. Last week was one of the best week I have had in a long time. I had a group of boys.

The boys were energetic, funny, going, and wanted to do all the fun things! We had a blast this week from canoeing, caving, fishing(seeing a snake that I think was dead), camping out, having a mild heart attack, getting thrown into the pool about 5 times, doing evening program, and other crazy things.

To explain the heart attack: We were camping out and a boy decided to walk back to the cabin by himself. Didn't notice he was gone until another counselor brought him back. That is when I had the heart attack. And then later on when I thought he left again by himself but he was only outside the tee-pee.

Also getting thrown in the pool is pretty natural around here. Especially with the staff around. Campers love to "push" us counselors in. We also like to push other counselor/staff in.

Cheyenne, WY Trip:
We left Sunday the 19 of July. We stopped in Lincoln, NE to eat at King Kong's and the campers loved eating there! They loved seeing minature King Kong's.I will also say, it was good to be back in my HOME state!! Then we went to Grand Island and spent the night. The next day we went to my parent's house to eat lunch. My mom was great! She made roast, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, rolls, salad, homemade ice-cream, brownies and drinks (Tea & Lemonade). My dad was really great too. They opened our house to the campers. The campers couldn't stop talking about eating at my parent's house.

Then after we ate we went to Cheyenne, WY for Frontier Days. That night we went to the PBR and ate at the fair. The next day, Tuesday, we went to the parade, went to the Old West Museum, and Cheyenne Frontier Rodeo. I loved going there! The campers went shopping and if they had the money they probably could of bought out the WHOLE Frontier Days.

Wednesday we went to an air show with the Thunderbirds. It was pretty cool. Then we went to Chris and Ann Delay's grandparents' house. They feed use GOOD. We ate brats, huge carrots, rolls, onions, and desserts. The campers loved that too.

That night we stayed in North Platte, NE and then left Thursday morning to head back to camp. We arrived at camp about 8:30 pm/ct. Friday the campers left around noon. I really liked going to Cheyenne.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

What has been going on ...

Okay last time I wrote on here I was depressed. Well I was just feeling down and lonely. Tons of things have happened since then. First of all I thought I would tell you we are on our 8th week of camp. That week starts on Sunday. It is another Youth Week. I am so excited. I am with boys! I am happy about that. They only thing I am scared of is that they are teenage boys. I know I can handle it but I am just scared because it is teenage boys and their hormones change all the time. My weeks of campers have been great.

My first week of camp was Adult week. I had a great week of ladies. Our name was the "Giggling Gals". They giggled all the time. One would laugh and then another would laugh. Yes they were older but they had great personality. I really bonded with one of my campers. Her name was Tammy. She couldn't really communicate as well as the others but she loved eating apples. It was funny, we were told that her security was holding an apple. So the first night we gave her an apple and the next morning it was gone. We thought she just throw the apple and we would find it. During rest hour I gave her another apple because she wanted her security. During half way through the rest hour I checked on her and she ATE the WHOLE apple. I am not kidding about eating the WHOLE apple. She ate the core and stem too! After that my group decided to not give her an apple during rest hour or time for bed! The other ladies were great. Dorothy, Vivian, and Deb was great too. Vivian was our first blind camper. She was cute and slow! She couldn't really communicate but loved to say "Eat" "Eat"! It was funny. Deb and Dorothy just laughed. Deb loved listening to music and yelling "Big Money". I miss all of my gals. I also worked with two other counselors, Laura aka Skaggs and Sarah P aka Phillips. These two ladies were great to work with. I did butt heads with one of them but that happens off and on.

My second week of camp was another Adult week. This time I had younger ladies. They were all in their 20's. That week we talked about Hannah Montana, hot guys, and the color pink. My mom would love to be there and listen to me talk about different colors of pink. Just for your information, I really do NOT like the color pink. But for my campers I didn't dislike pink for them. We danced, did outdoor spa, did arts and craft. I worked with Caitlin. She is a great counselor and she did great with them. Especially when I was sick. I could not work one day due to being sick and running a fever. i hated that day. I also felt bad and sad. I cried and slept most of the day. At least the next day I felt a little bit better. One of my campers loved to steal food. She was on a restricted diet, so she really couldn't have so much to eat. Anyways, the first time she took food was at supper time. One camper was done eating and didn't want her dessert. She put her tray in the middle of the table. I didn't think of anything wrong with her doing that. Then suddenly the camper who loves food took her dessert of her tray and ate it. She started laughing after she ate. She also tried to hide the evidence. It was hilarious! She did that all the time. She even took a counselor's sandwich from her without us noticing until she started laughing!

Also thinking about working with people, I worked with a gal from Imperial, NE. Her and I grow up kinda with each other. We both knew of each other. She did some 4-H things but was mainly in show choir and drama. It was weird that we had to basically travel about 11 hours away and see each other.

My third week of campers were Youth week. This was one of my favorite weeks! I worked with some good counselors. Our group also had a GREAT volunteer. His whole youth group and some other church members came up and volunteered for a week. They were all so great! My campers were teenage boys. I was excited for them but nervous at the same time. We had one boy who was about 7 ft tall. I will say I am not that short but standing next to him I felt short and nervous. He was a big ol' teddy bear. The only thing that was bad was when he ran and gave you a hug he would lean his whole body into you. Another camper loved to grab you by the neck. He loved our volunteer and me. He had some really great moments. Our other two campers were pretty chilled and relax.

My fourth week of campers were Just for You campers. That is a week were campers can come for one on one attention. For that week I was scared. My camper was great. I think I could of been a little better at making him move from one place to another but he was a great guy. That was my very stressful week. I learned a lot about the counselors that I was working with. Some of it was okay and the other was GREAT! My camper was pretty good.

The fifth week of campers were suppose to be MDA meaning Muscular Dystrophy week but MDA canceled their camps nationwide due to Swine Flu. MDA is an association for Muscular Dystrophy. They put on camps all over the United States. And here at camp they have it here for a week. It is suppose to be the funniest week here. Then it got canceled. I was really bummed. Instead that week turned out to be "Working Week". It was okay but I wish we had campers instead.

The sixth week we had Youth week. This time I had teenage girls. The week was good. They were all independent and it really didn't feel like I was doing my job. I just basically kept them in line. We did have a fun time! We went out to Prim my first time! Prim is a two day camping experience. We made dirt candles, sleep in tents, did outdoor cooking, went swimming, did outdoor spa, and pulled off a prank. It was a fun time. The counselor that I was with was pretty amazing.

My seventh week of camp was Visually Impaired week. This was my favorite week so far. One of the reasons is because one of my campers was Deaf/Blind. I was so excited. My group was older gentleman. They were all so relaxed. We really didn't do that much activities but we sure had a lot of fun! I have a lot of quotes now from my group last week. One of campers said a very true statement. He was climbing the playpen and told us, "My feet belong on the ground." Another quote from a camper was "I'm bashful." This coming from a man who is tall and older and doesn't look like he could get bashful! We asked him if he would like to sing for karaoke. He responded that he was bashful. Another camper started singing a song he made up with loving egg salad to the tune of "If your happy and you know it."

This week is Youth week again. I have teenage boys for campers. I am excited. This summer I have accomplished a lot of things. I can now drive the bus and I can now watch the pool. I am officially a lifeguard. I did the swimming and the written test. It took a lot of work but I accomplished it. I just had my midseason review and they think I am doing a good job. So I know that I will still be working here for a year. In two weeks I go on my first travel camp. I get to go with campers to Cheyenne, WY for Frontier Days. I am looking forward to that. My parents are going to come up and see me. Also thinking about parents coming up, my mom is going to volunteer for a weekend in August. So August 7-9 my mom will be working at camp for a respite weekend. I am really looking forward to that. I can't wait to show her the ropes. Then on August 14th-23rd I get a week vacation and I am coming back home to see people. I am just a little bummed that fair ends that week. Oh well.

Nothing else is really going on. I am just working and having fun with my friends here at camp.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Alone in the World .. Or at least in my world

Okay I know this sounds very weird but I really feel alone! Ever since last week I feel alone. Something happened and I can't really get into but after that happened I feel ALONE! This week I feel like everybody is just being nice to me. I am here for a year and now I don't know if I want to be here or not. Or is God putting me through a test??? Hmmmm

Didn't really think of that. I don't know really. All I know is that I feel really alone. The friends I thought I had here I don't know if we are really friends or not. I just feel alone and about to cry. I know sometimes I make things out of a molehill that really isn't there. It just feels weird right now! I am praying and hoping that I am making nothing out of a molehill. I guess I will see what happens. Hopefully everything is right with the world out there. I know in Ellie's World it just could be better. Oh well tomorrow is another day. Hopefully a better one! Talk to you all later.


Saturday, May 23, 2009

First week of Campers

Tomorrow officially starts the first day of summer campers. I am so excited! I'm a little nervous but in a good way. I also think if you are not nervous then you are bored of the job. I'm not bored so that means I can be nervous!! LOL Anyways my group looks great. I can't give you really any details but I can tell you that it is adult week so I will be working with adults all next week and the week after it.

I am now officially trained in CPR/First Aid/AED, so if anyone gets hurt, has an heart attack, or is chocking I can officially save your life! Last week at training was pretty good. I met a lot of new friends. We now have about 42 summer staff. Some are from Iowa, Colorado, California, Michigan, and Nebraska! I am so excited that my state is represented with excellent people. My goal is that next year we have more campers from Nebraska! Next week is going to be busy I start work Sunday about 2:15 and work until Friday at 2:00. I then have about a 4 hour break until I help with respite. The respite is the weekend so I will be working over the weekend and start work again on Sunday. June 5-6 I am doing Med-Manager Class so I can pass out medicine to the campers. Oh before I forget I can now drive a bus. I don't remember if I mentioned it or not. I went and got my Chaffeour's License. I can drive a bus with 16 people or less. Also the bus can not have a lift in it. That way I can go on trips and help out driving the bus. There are two trips that I really, really want to go on. The first one is to Wisconsin Dells. It is an amusement park. I just really want to go due that I have never really went to Wisconsin before. The next trip that I really want to go on is the Cheyenne Trip. The trip is to go see the Cheyenne Frontier Days. One reason why I want to go is because I want to see the rodeo. I would also like to see my parents since the trip will be kind of close to my birthday. I guess if I get to go on any trip that would be awesome!

This weekend I really didn't do that much. Last night I went to the movies and out to eat with some friends. It was pretty cool. The movie we went to was The terminator. It had Christian Bale in it and some other actors and actresses. The terminator was basically a prequel to the other teminators that had Arnold Schwanger. (However you spell his last name. The governor of California now.) The movie was good. I wouldn't go out and buy it but it was pretty good. Today I really didn't do anything except dishes and read a book. I also saw the finale of One Tree Hill. It was good, sad but good. I'm really hoping that Hillarie Burton and Chad Michael Murray do not leave the show! It would be really weird without them! Well I think that is all for now. So I will be signing off and figuring out what to do with the rest of my night! Hope everyone is enjoying themselves and having a wonderful day!!

God Bless Everyone!


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Summer Season

Right now we are in summer training. We start summer season May 24th. So far everything is just a review. We have more counselors here now then we did for spring season. We have about 44 counselors all together. From now on I am know as a program specialist. My job doesn't really change but in the fall and winter time I will do more donating for camp.

Okay so much has happened since I wrote here last. I told you about my friend that had to get her appendix out. Two days later two other friends of mine came down with spastic colons. Then after that another friend came down with spastic colon. We were short staffed for a while. I was so scared that I was going to get sick but I didn't. I also haven't been sick since I got here. I have rehurt my knee but right now it is good.

Be for I forget, my Uncle Ron Milner died two weeks ago. Please pray for the family and his wife Mona. Thanks. Also thank you to the Dupeire's for praying for me and my family! For summer training we went out to the river and canoed. I got sunburned yesterday. I did put sunscreen on, I just didn't reapply it. Oh while I am thinking about it, I will have pictures up here soon. Hope everything is going well for everyone!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

First Week of Overnighters

Last week was my very first week of overnighters. We had campers come Wednesday and stay until Friday. I was so nervous for this group to come. First of all we get our list of campers the week before and we also get their applications. Well I only got their names. I knew they were in elementary grades but not a specific grade. I was hoping that their were really no serious problems with any of the campers. I prayed and hoped that my group would be good. Well Wednesday came, I was so nervous I couldn't even eat breakfast. I had HUGE butterflies in my stomach. Then about 9:30 my group came. I took a DEEP breath in and let it out. I was as ready as I could be. From then on it would either be smooth sailing or bumpy waters. Either way I thought I was ready. The day turned out to be good and I thought my butterflies were going away. Then I remembered that I had night duty that night.

Night duty is when I have watch the campers in their cabin. We have alarms so they can not go out the door. My butterflies came swooping back! The staff who has night duty usually gets 30 minutes break. I didn't get my break. I only had enough time to hurry back to my room and change into some comfy clothes. By the time I got back to the cabin almost everyone was sleeping. The teachers that came with them got them all ready for bed and put them to bed. I did have some campers who wanted to talk but I laid down the rules. I had a very cute camper who was in kindergarden and couldn't sleep. I told him a bedtime story and left some lights on, so he could sleep. By 10:30 that night everybody was fast asleep! I was so shocked and happy. I stayed awaked until midnight and then slept for a little bit. I woke up off and on the check on everybody. Thursday and Friday went great! My campers were amazing! I did feel bad because we couldn't do some things due to the rain. They did have fun though. Friday we were suppose to get off earlier then 4:00 but we had to clean the cabins, look at our schedule for this week, and we talked about last week. I am now ready for this week. We have two overnights this week. Our first one is Monday through Tuesday then our second one is Wednesday through Friday. After that I am doing respite weekend. So I am basically working Monday through Sunday! It really doesn't bother me. I am really pumped for this week. I know it will be long and tiring but the aftermath is my reward. To see the campers leave with a smile on their faces and not wanting to leave, that is worth not getting that much sleep.

Last week was good and bad. On Tuesday afternoon a friend and co-worker of mine went to the hospital. Her right side was in pain. The doctor told her she needed to have her appendix out. We took her to Cedar Rapids, IA (that is a 30 minute drive from here) to the hospital so she could have surgery. Her surgery started about 8:30 that night. We waited for her surgery to be over, to see her. While she was in surgery we went out to eat. The food was really good. When we went back to see her, we stayed talking to her until 12:30 am. We didn't get home until 1:30 am. Then to make this week bad, starting Thursday two other friends of mine were sick. They went to the doctors and came back with a spastic colon. In one week we had a girl that had her appendix taken out and two girls with colon problems. We were all scared that swine flu hit the camp. I didn't want to get sick. I helped them out as much as possible but just in case they had something catchable I put distance between us.

Today we had a going away party for our Travel Director. He and his wife our moving to Wyoming. He had a job offer from a park. I told them that they are closer to my house and they invited me to come and visit whenever I can. I told everyone that they can come home with me to go visit them. Next week on Mother's Day we have a baby shower for a co-worker. This is her first baby and the baby is due in June. Summer traing starts May 17th at 1:00 pm and goes till Friday at 4:00 pm. Then summer season starts May 25th. I am excited but nervous at the same time. I will be starting off as a program staff May 17th. I will not be able to go home until August. Then in August I am going to Las Vegas with a friend to celebrate our 25th birthday. I am also thinking about going to Alaska with the camp. Then comes December and I will be off for a month. Then back for two more seasons and see what happens next.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Take your favorite Song and ...

First I want you to find your favorite song. Got it? Great now I want you to turn it on. Turn it up. Are you doing it? I want you to turn the volume up as loud as you can. Now, start singing or dancing with it. You can do either one or both at the same time.

Okay now after the song is done I want you to hear it again. No dancing or singing. I want you listen to the lyrics. Why is this your favorite song? Has this song changed for you? Is there a reason why it is your favorite song?

Now that you have done everything with your song. Doesn't music help you? Music is here to lift everyone up. To help them through the day or an event. Music is even there when somebody dies or you are sad. I watched an episode of my favorite show and they were talking about how music effects you. I agree with them.

Anyways, my week has been going great! I got a promotion yesterday. I get to stay here for a year now! I am a program staff now with everybody else! I am so happy!! Nothing else is going really. Oh I did work respite last weekend. That was so fun and it also got me ready for the summer season that will start after May 15th. Just to tell everybody I am coming home May 15th-May 16th. Hope I get to see everyone! Have a great day!!!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Dorm Life

Hey Everyone,

Well my first week passed by with greatness! I don't know if I should use that word "greatness" or just use the word great! Either way my first week went flying by! I am glad too because I was scared that it would crawl by and I'd be waiting for the next day to begin and the next adventure to start. Well tomorrow begins with a new adventure and a new day.

Tonight I was walking down towards my room and it hit me, this reminded me of my college days. Just so much BETTER! I live in a dorm but with my own bathroom. I share a kitchen, washer and dryer with 8 other people, this is so COLLEGE!! Only now I am getting paid. Hmmmm, BETTER???? Yes I would say so! I am also doing something that I love. I can not believe that I have been here for two weeks now!! I will have pictures up soon so I can show everyone what has been happening here!! Have a great night and I hope it snows tonight!!! SNOW SNOW SNOW pllllleaaaasssseeee!!!


Sunday, March 29, 2009

Thank You

I wanted to say Thank You to Everyone who prayed for me! Thank You so Much!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Training Week .... OVER

From Monday to Friday (today) was training week. Oh wow there was a lot of training that went on! I arrived in Monticello, IA Sunday afteroon, moved in that day, and the next day started training! Monday I think was the hardest due to not knowing where really anything was. I knew where the dorms was, the office, and the pool. We had breakfast, lunch, and supper served to use everyday except Friday night we didn't get supper due to ending about 3:30.

Anyways, I was ready to go Monday morning! I had breakfast and then went to the big meeting to meet everyone! After that we had training. I have done everything that included Burma Bridge, hike, Ropes Course, Inter Course, Arts & Craft, Gym games, Berimuda Triangle, cook-out, making ice-cream, and etc! I have been BRAVE!!! As some will know I am scared of heights, I did the burma bridge, rappeling, almost the zipline, I also did a fire but it didn't go up in flames as it should of, I went swiming, did the theraptic pool, and made new friends. Oh I hiked all the way to the cave and didn't go in IT!!! The cave was WAY to small for me! Well to my way of thinking!!!!!!

So far I really like working here! I have the weekend off and then I start off Monday with Campers. I am a little nervous but in an excited WAY!!!

Nothing else is really going on I just thought I would say pray for the Dizmay's Family for losing Dustin.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Camp Courageous

To Everyone:
If you don't know by know that I have a new job, sorry I've been pretty busy lately. I know live in Monticello, IA. I work at Camp Courageous as a Counselor. I just started the job yesterday! It feels like it is Friday but it is only Tuesday and I have done SO many things here! I left Bayard, NE on Saturday and arrived here in Iowa on Sunday. It is 11 hours away from Bayard and I didn't really want to drive here in 1 day! I broke the trip down to two days. It was great traveling here and I had no troubles getting here! I moved into my dorm Sunday night. My room looks BARE and EMPTY!!! I get my own bathroom and my own room!! I have to share the kithen with the other people working here but that isn't so bad. Right now I am learning the rules of Camp Courageous and where everything is. I have basically meet everyone here except for the ones that are gone on the Nashville trip. I will have pictures up as soon as possible. Nothing really else is going on right now. I am just hoping that this opporunity will turn into a year round job and more!

Just for your information Camp Courageous is a camp for disablity people, from the ages 0 to 105. The camp goes year round and travels to different places. Right now there are two counselors on a trip to Nashville, TN. Any questions about the camp you can go to the website:

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Pray for ME!!

Please Pray for me!! I just need the prays right now!!

Thanks Elisha

Pray for America and Congressmen all around!!

"Heavenly Father,
We come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem.. We have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Amen!" From Minister down in Kansas, opening up congress with a pray!

This was on Paul Harvey the other day and I was shocked and proud that somebody prayed that outloud and for the opening of the congress! This stroke a cord with me because it seems lately nobody really cares what happens to the world. Everybody wants to take the word GOD out of money, out of the courts, and out of the world. I know I won't let the happen. It is just weird that America was built for religious freedom but now if you are religious then that is wrong! I think everybody should look back in their history books and read why America was founded! I think if we don't start believing in GOD or letting Him lead us then something major will happen!!

Sunday, February 8, 2009


When the previews came out for the movie, "Fireproof". I knew that I wanted to see this movie. It did come out in theaters up here but I really didn't have time to go see it. So I waited until the movie came out and bought it. A friend of mine saw it and said that it was really good. She recommended it for my whole family to see it. Well today I finally had time to watch it. My mom and dad watched it with me.

This is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time! I loved it!! It is one of those movies that you just need to see. It is great for couples, married couples, and single people. It talk about Christ and the relationship that you need to have with Him before you can really have a relationship with another person. It also showed that one person believed in Christ and the other one saw how happy that person was and wanted to be as happy as them. I recommend this movie to everyone!!!

Anyways, what has been happening to me lately: I have been working, working, working, and have I mentioned working? Its work and then home. Home and then work. I'm not really complaining because the more hours I have the more money I have. The only problem is that I am getting really frustrated at work. I am getting frustrated with the people and the schedule! It just seems nobody really wants to work.

It just kills me when I can work 14 days in a row and a co-worker complains about working three days in a row! I am just sick and tired of nobody really working as a team! When I first started working there it seemed like a team effort and now, it doesn't even feel like a team. Nobody volunteers to work for another person. There is so much drama there!! It feels like junior high again! I just wish that we had people who will work!

I think that is all that is happening right now!! I talk later!!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Big Chill

Have any of you guys or gals seen the movie, "The Big Chill"? It was an okay movie but it got me thinking. The movie was basically about life, death, friends, family, love, past, present, and future. During the movie music was used to show their emotions or how the scene needed to play out. It made me think of how I or we use music to mark our history.

For example, my first love. Everytime I hear the song, "99.9% Sure". I think about who I used to love. Or if I listen to the song, "You're So Vain" I think of a guy who broke up with me because he wanted everything to be about him. Then I listen to "Butterfly Kisses" and that is my dad and my song. 

We all have songs that mean something to us. We put music into our lives. It is is there to mark a great day, happy day, sad day, or just a great memory! 

Th movie "Big Chill" made me think of all of my friends, family, life and death. In the movie there is this scene where they are cleaning up supper and a great song just came on. They all start to dance to it. I have friends and family members that would do that in a heart beat. I know I dance and sing along with music! 

Music is there to heal us, make us believe in love, helps us get over a broken heart, let us vent, and just be there. 

The movie also talked about life and death. The whole movie is really about a friend killed himself and all of his college friends got back together for the funeral. It showed that they all moved along but took each day for granted. After the funeral it made life more precious. Not really life but friends and family. 

I know in today's world it is hard to realize that family and friends are more important then a lot of things. But without them you really wouldn't have anyone. You need your family and friends with you. You may not get along with your family but they are there for you, when you need them! Not every family is great but I want everyone to realize that there is family and friends out there for you! 

Seeing this movie tonight made me just think about family and friends. It also made me think that music is in my life and in a lot of other people's life too! I think the movie made me more appeciate of my friends, family, and music. Music is there for so many reasons. It doesn't matter what kind of music you like or listen to because it will always be there for you! 

I want you to just take a few minutes and think of moments where music has helped you out. Where it made a memory for you! Everybody can think of at least one song or some tune that helped them out. Not even helping them out but just making a memory for you! 

I will leave you with one of my favorite songs that I will always like and always listen to ....

Luey Armstrong, "What a Wonderful World"