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Friday, September 11, 2009


You know all those little things you want to praise the Lord for and tell other people about, but...they all happened in such rapid succession that they're strung like beads and and you feel like there's no other way to relate them but in a run-on sentence...? (Or in point form, as follows?)
  • I got to go to FDTP for a week.
  • I got to work with some of my favorite people ever, and
  • Do some of my favorite things, ever.
  • I got to pick up the most delightful FDTP attendee from Taiwan, and we had a long train ride to Tateyama together.
  • I got to, not only sing at, but help organize, LJ night, which is almost my very favorite thing to do in the whole world.
  • I have so much love and respect for the Hartingdon brothers, Robbo and Stevo. Robbo, with whom I share at least 5 things in common, and Stevo, who is a bundle of all of life's best things. Australia must be awesome.
  • I got help from a very sweet man named Josh when I was at my wits end with a desktop that I had to drag home. The hero used his handyman skills to pack me into one of his suitcases, and it was QUITE a breeze to take it through the trains. Thank you!
  • Cryssy is the sweetest. Working with her was better than I thought it would be--so easy to build up momentum and want to do more and better.
  • I am realizing, for the first time very clearly, some amazing things about the Change Journey and Jesus' will for me. Things that are only now making perfect, golden sense. What a thrill.
  • I got to teach layout classes, which was quite new and interesting. I had no idea how it was going to turn out going in, whether I'd be way over or way under everyone's heads. But it turns out 17-year-olds in the Family are an easy crowd, and they spurred me right along in giving it. It was a big fat chewy treat.
  • I got a BAD BAD knee problem the day before I was to go through a bunch of train stations to the airport and Tateyama, and had to get ahold of the Lord to see if I was okay with not going. My knee was half better overnight, and even though I wasn't able to walk properly on it for the next couple of days, it was good enough that I could get around at FDTP. I love Jesus.
  • I got to listen to Michael Fogarty give some of the most motivating and down-to-earth Word-times ever.
  • I got to sing "Some Nights" for "Story Behind The Song" night. I wasn't too thrilled about coming out with it, as it's one of the heaviest and honest-est songs I've ever written. But handsome boys (and men) were telling me for days afterward that they loved it and that it made them cry, and THAT is something I love doing. (Making...men...cry...?) It's funny, the things that you will do when you're carried away on the Spirit.
  • I got to see Angela, who I am so thrilled is still around and still the same as ever.
  • And I'm feeling like doing a mad amount of something. I've gotta find out what that something is.
Check out the Japan + Acton FDTP blog.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes I have to agree.. the Hartingdons are wonderful ppl!

9/15/2009 9:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aw thanks. :)
Not that I'm one of the ones you were praising, but you told me you love me too, so I'm taking that as a compliment.
Still can't believe it's been more than two years. And I think it's great you went and taught stuff to people. I'm sure everyone loved you ... U. Martin reminisces fondly about your skit every time someone mentions your name...just so you feel good that we remember it without a video.
xxx - Leigh

9/16/2009 12:21 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Hi Florence, I was just reading your blog and the Japan FDTP site tonight. I noticed that they mentioned being all sick and all and over here in Poland we were too. But thanks to our market contacts we have 3 cases of garlic on hand. So we made sauteed shredded garlic with olive oil on toast. Half a head of garlic per 1 slice of toast. It actually tastes good if you add some salt and then eat your toast warm. We all got over the fever, cold, cough syndrome in 4 days. Drank a ton of flower/herbal tea too. And a glass of kefir each morning. Maybe you could pass this on to the guys at the FDTP so that people can start feeling better and be able to enjoy their training a bit more. Love you!
Stephanie CTC

9/16/2009 4:09 AM  

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