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    Thursday, December 29, 2005
    In-laws & Things

    The past 4 days I have been in Cambridge, ON, staying with Craig and his family. It's been a great time of meeting people, relaxing in the hot tub, and having an extended christmas as his parents bought us cell phones ;)

    Tomorrow we are going to be meeting up with my family and then Craig will come to Ohio for a few days. This christmas vacation has definetly been one of the best. Looking forward to seeing all you vancouver folk in a couple weeks! Hope you all have a sweet new years!
    posted by jamie @ 9:20 AM   2 comments
    Thursday, December 22, 2005
    deep thoughts by jamie porter
    I started re-reading Making Jesus Lord today. I've read about laying down my rights to having a family, money, and reputation. And something really stuck out to me.

    "Christianity that costs nothing, is worth nothing"

    It makes me think...I am used to the thought of the sacrifice of money, one that seems to stereotype and follow missionaries around, one that although God may have us lay down our finances before him doesn't mean that we are supposed to live in this 'poverty-woe-is-me mentality' and its a mind-struggle sometimes to not wear this poverty mentality as a coat over us.

    But what about other costs.. like that of being understood? It seems like that one feels more unfair to me. I hate feeling misunderstood...especially about what i am doing, or my dreams.. I dont like being labeled. And what about the cost of your favorite past times? Or things you 'thought' you would do but aren't doing anymore? Which do you put first - your 'ministry', the thing you felt God called you to do, or your family? What is the balence? So many questions.. it reminds me though of what Paul Martinson said at the staff retreat, about how asking the hard questions is what keeps us growing in our faith. Maybe this is just one of those times.
    posted by jamie @ 8:13 PM   1 comments
    Tuesday, December 20, 2005
    what a day... went snowboarding with my dad (he was skiing..) and had a blast... absolutely loved it. Bruised my knees up a bit but it was worth it.

    Then we went to see the Harry Potter movie again on the imax screen which was pretty sweet.

    Tomorrow I am going to sleep in because although i've been having lots of fun and doing lots of cool things, I havent really rested up much so I am looking forward to just having some down time and spending some time with God.
    posted by jamie @ 11:04 PM   3 comments
    Monday, December 19, 2005
    o christmas tree!

    Greetings!

    The last 2 days have been pretty nice... relaxing, shopping, and decorating our tree. (not worshipping it, Mike, just decorating it ;)

    Here's some pics for fun. And tomorrow, I finally get to go snowboarding!!! Audge and Rach, I'll make you proud! (you gotta do these things while the 'rents still pay!) I am going to have a little lesson, and then embark on my journey of the bunny hill, while my dad and brother fly past me on the black diamond hills...Oh well you gotta start somewhere.
    Here's a pic with my dad and our traditional christmas hippie ornament...hehe
    posted by jamie @ 8:45 PM   1 comments
    Saturday, December 17, 2005

    Well I've only been home one day and the Porter family is already out and about getting our Christmas tree!

    By the way.. these pics were taken with my new camera which i am very happy about ;).

    Tonight my parents are gone to some party thing so i am going to unpack a bit and look around my house for things i can sell on ebay or something. Hope all is going well!
    posted by jamie @ 4:35 PM   3 comments
    Thursday, December 15, 2005
    Leaving on a jet plane....
    Hello everyone,
    sorry i havent posted in a while... it's been insanely busy because tomorrow I leave to go to Ohio, so I have been trying to get the DTS all ready to go on outreach, so i can leave in PEACE!!! Yay!!

    So an update: today I went to a Naturopathic clinic. It was actually really good... i feel like this is the way to go, along with regualr Medical Doctors.. but this is much more wholistic. My doctor will go over all aspects of health and diet, as well as work with me on strengthening my immune system. I think it's going to be really good. Expensive, but good... And i feel like it will be a challenge for my faith in finances because although it will cost me quite a bit more money (its not covered under BC med) i feel like I need to put a lot into my health if i want to get rid of the effects of this disease. But God has provided for me before, and will do it again i believe.

    I am really looking forward to coming home. I will be spending Dec. 16th - Jan 11th with my family in Ohio where we will watch lots of movies, eat good food, open presents, and just hang out and rest. I am soooooo looking forward to it. And i'm sure i'll be posting more once i am home as wel
    posted by jamie @ 5:26 PM   0 comments
    Friday, December 09, 2005
    better
    Thanks for the comments guys... doing better today.

    I went to the doc again this morning... i am a little dissapointed that she doesnt know much about my disease... but it's pretty rare so to find a doc that does, isn't likely. I am going to see a behcet's specialist when i go visit my parents though, and hopefully he can help me find a better med than what i have to be on right now.. the dreaded prednisone, that makes me feel like i am going to throw up constantly.

    Other than that though, things are going okay. I'm glad its almost the weekend though.. i am hoping to bid on my dream camera sometime between tomorrow and when I go home, on the 16th of Dec. It's the Konica Minolta z2...it's beautiful.. i've been reading tons about it... i hope i can get it cheap though... they are going for under $200 on ebay ;)
    posted by jamie @ 2:02 AM   1 comments
    Tuesday, December 06, 2005

    I'm stressed again....

    why am i always stressed? How do you become one of those people where it seems like barely anything gets to them? I'm stressed out about being sick still...I'm stressed out about not having money for the things I want. I'm stressed about my position at work. I'm stressed about the wedding...This is one of those days where I wouldn't mind if Jesus came back tonight.N...
    posted by jamie @ 8:22 PM   5 comments
    it went!

    yay! i sold my first item on ebay! My camera went for $112.50 usd :) not bad! Anyone looking for Mario Party 3 for Nintendo 64??
    posted by jamie @ 1:09 AM   1 comments
    Monday, December 05, 2005
    money making machine

    hey all

    had a nice sabbath today...slept late, stayed in my pjs nearly all day, ate lots of food, watched lots of tv, and spent too much time on ebay....

    Anyway, henri and i had a great surprise today - steener called us on skype from norway! That was fun but weird, talking into a computer and hearing steener's little voice coming out of the speakers. Definetly fun though!

    Hey if anyone's interested in puting google adds on your blog, click on the little button under 'money making machine' on the right side panel. You get money everytime someone clicks on them. Pretty sweet... i think i have made 4 cents in 2 months! lol....

    Lots of rambling here... guess i will go to bed. I am acutally looking forward to going to work tomorrow ;) Goodnight..
    posted by jamie @ 3:05 AM   0 comments
    Saturday, December 03, 2005
    Doesn't this picture just make you smile???? It does for me...

    This week has been good but busy...I think i would feel better if i wasn't struggling with my health. This whole behcet's thing is not fun...and the more i read about it, the worse it seems to get. It's funny because part of me just wants to forget that i have it, but my body definetly wont. And I am scared that people will view me as weak, or get annoyed with me feeling sick all the time.... But, that's silly because my friends are not like that..

    Here's a pic of Rachel, Jessi, and I before we went out to do the prayer station at Grandview Park. Yes, we actually wear those silly vests. Do we look funny? definetly.... Does God show up? Absolutely!!

    Anyway, i am looking forward to tomorrow. I am hoping to sleep in, and then go to my house's christmas party ;) Hope all is well!

    PS - did anyone see David Lettermen thursday night? Good ol' Oprah!!! I love her...
    posted by jamie @ 3:05 AM   1 comments

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    About Me: I am an American living in Ontario. I've just recently started going to school again for a BA in Human Services. I like mexican and indian food and watching tv way more than the average individual. I absolutely love talking to my parents on the phone and my brother is one of my best friends. I'm married to a great guy whose pretty much the exact opposite of me but he loves me and makes laugh and we have a lot of fun. I didn't always feel this way, but these days I'm feelin' pretty good. That's my life, welcome to chaos and order.
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