Monday, October 30, 2006


Please go take a look at this slideshow. I don't think I'm the only one fascinated by what is not normally seen by the naked eye. One of the things I love most about camp is lying on a raft at night in the lake and gazing up at the stars. There's not alot of light pollution at camp and it's amazing what we miss living near a big city. These photos give us a glimpse of what we normally can't see. I can't even begin to imagine how much more He has created. And I will see it one day!

So, for your viewing pleasure, check this out. And while you gaze upon the stars, remember these verses...

Genesis 1:16 - God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.

(I love how it's so matter of fact, almost like an oh yeah, and He made the stars too.)

Genesis 15:5 - "Look up at the heavens and count the stars—if indeed you can count them."

Job 26:13 - By his breath the skies became fair; his hand pierced the gliding serpent.

Psalm 8:3-4 - When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?
(this is my personal favorite. I think I need a good humbling now and then )

Psalm 33:6 - By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.

Amos 5:8 - he who made the Pleiades and Orion, who turns blackness into dawn and darkens day into night, who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out over the face of the land—the LORD is his name-

I Corinthians 15:41 - The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor

posted by Amstaff Mom | 7:31 AM | 6 comments

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Good-bye Ol' Buddy

Scootie is making his final trip to the vet today. He's been a good ol' dog and it's time for him to go. Good-bye my friend.

posted by Amstaff Mom | 4:19 AM | 10 comments

Friday, October 20, 2006


Well, I made it through one of the busiest weeks I've had in a long time. Full of tests, projects, and full-throttle week at work. Now it's time to relax, enjoy the weekend, the weather and the reprieve.

One thing I'm not enjoying is watching my little friend slowly getting worse. I'm known Scootie almost as long as I've known my husband. He's hubby's twin's dog and since he lives next door, we get to see him quite a bit. Scootie is now suffering from tumors growing all over his body. To "try" to slow the tumor growth, he must take medicine. The medicine makes him thirsty. Being thirsty makes him drink alot of water. This makes him pee. Often. So, Scootie is living most of his last days at our house, where there is an ever-accomodating doggie door.

Scootie is beginning to suffer and it absolutely pains me. I love dogs. I really, really do. The fact that I carried around a 3 inch thick AKC book of dogs for most of my elementary years should proove it. Babies scare me. Dogs love me. And the feeling is mutual. So, it's hard for me to say goodbye to ol' Scootie. To those long ears, sad eyes and giant paws. Hang in there buddy. And if it's time to go, it's ok. You've been a good ol' dog.

The AmStaff (and Basset Hound) Mom.

posted by Amstaff Mom | 5:38 PM | 9 comments

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Am I In The Wrong Class?

Well, mid-terms are upon us next week and it seems that my ASL classes have morphed into Creative Writing. It's a struggle for me to write blog posts, much less school papers. So, my school duties for the next week include:

1.) 5 hours time in the lab. No voicing. Lots of signing.
2.) 1 paper to include 20 sentences. Not just any 20 sentences, mind you. Two fingerspelled words per sentence, 2 numbers, and 1 fingerspell loan sign (FLS). Piece of cake (dripping with sarcasm).
3.) Videotape myself signing the above paper.
4.) Videotape myself signing 2 different stories.
5.) Write a story with 10 different types of numbers, three different names, 10 different cities and 10 different FLS'. Oh, and we have to use the ones she gave us, not just random names, cities, etc. HELLO! THIS IS CREATIVE WRITING!!!
6.) Videotape myself signing the above story.
7.) 2 written tests.
8.) 2 receptive tests.

Just when I was really enjoying school. Boo.

posted by Amstaff Mom | 8:02 AM | 8 comments

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Alllllmost There

When I was checking my email (one of 5 accounts), I saw that I had an American Airlines mileage summary. You need 25,000 points for most domestic flights. I have 23,915. I'm flying to NYC next month for my annual mission trip there. Hopefully it will push me over the edge. That's more than 1100 miles round-trip, right?

Free flight baby!!!! Now, where can I go next?!?!?

Have Suitcase...Will Travel!!!!

posted by Amstaff Mom | 2:03 PM | 5 comments

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

3 1/2 Stars

Action (or is it Ashton?) heroes, near-death experiences, conquering your fears, rugged guys. This is the theme of the new movie The Guardian. Kevin Costner is looking better than ever. Ashton proves he can play a serious role. The Coast Guard gets its plug. All in all this was a very entertaining movie.

I had seen Hollywoodland the weekend before and it was o.k. , but kind of heavy. I was hoping for the next L.A Confidential and was disappointed. Overall Diane Lane and Ben Affleck give pretty solid performances (yes, I said Ben Affleck), It was probably his best movie since Good Will Hunting - one of the best Dramas out there. One of my personal favs at least. Speaking of Mr. Damon, when is the next Bourne movie coming out? That's going to be GREAT.

posted by Amstaff Mom | 8:05 AM | 5 comments