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After a couple of months with WordPress, I have decided to return to my Typepad account. I never disbanded it and have transferred my posts from here back to that site. It still remains at www.melissahatfield.com. I found that I know the other much better and am able to do a few more things with Typepad that I am not able to do on WordPress.

I leave this up for a month then delete it.

I apologize for the confusion and flip-flopping. Hope you can redirect back to www.melissahatfield.com.

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Weekend Adventures

On Saturday, I took about 27 youth to St. Louis for a day of skiing at Hidden Valley Ski Resort. It was a great day and I had several beginning skiiers and boarders. About 2 pm, one of my youth found me to tell me one of the girls had fallen and broken her wrist. So I headed back to the ski patrol office to wait for her arrival by sled. After 30 mins or so in the ski patrol office, I took her and a couple of friends to St. John’s Hospital about 25 minutes from the resort. I left the rest of the youth back skiing with a couple of adult sponsors. Of course, you know how ER visits can go and this was no different. We got in pretty quickly but there was a major delay with xrays. She had broken her wrist badly and they were going to set it. Now, I realized as time kept going that there was no way we would make it back to pick up the kids and get home by the time we said. On top of that, a winter storm was moving into the area and now we were facing the prospect of driving back in the midst of the storm.

We made it back to pick up the rest of the kids about an hour after we were suppose to be back to JC – 2 hours from St. Louis. With the storm worsening and road conditions poor, we made the decision to stay at a hotel outside St. Louis and return the next day. It turned out to be the right choice with many accidents occuring that night. Plus the youth had a great time. They love slumber parties. We grabbed supper next door at the “Huddle House” and enjoy some great showers and sleep. (not a lot of sleep, but some!) Then we headed back safe and sound on Sunday. It was a great trip really – except for the broken wrist!!

And my prayers to God for a safe trip and some quality time with the youth were answered. Yes, in a weird way, but answered nevertheless. 🙂

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Four …..

Carmen tagged me a couple of days ago so here goes:

Four jobs I wish I’d had:
– Archeaolgist
– Anthropologist
– Author
– A pastor (had to keep with the “A” theme)

Four places I’ve been on vacation:
– Gulf Shores, Alabama
– Estes Park, Colorado
– Gatlinburg, Tennessee
– New York, New York

Four places I’ve lived:
– I’ve lived in Jefferson City, Missouri, all my life except for four years in Bolivar, Missouri while I was in college.

Four favorite foods:
– Moose Tracks Ice Cream
– Ham-n-Beans
– Grilled Chicken Quesadilla
– Mac and Cheese

Four favorite TV shows:(of my life since I don’t watch much tv)
– “MacGuyver”
– “Scarecrow and Mrs. King”
– “Ugly Betty”
– “Cold Case”

Four movies I could watch over and over:
– “Remember Me”
– “Joshua”
– “You’ve Got Mail”
– “Princess Bride”

Four books I could read over and over:
– “Blue Like Jazz”
– “Practicing the Presence of People”
– the Bible
– ????

Four places online I visit every day
Mark and Kailey
Refuge Online
Facebook
Myspace

Four places I’d rather be:
– A warm beach (anywhere!)
– A villa in Tuscany like the one in “Under the Tuscan Sun”
– A cabin in Colorado in the summer
– Sitting by a lake on a porch with my feet on the porch rail as I sip lemonade and read an amazing book.

Four people I tag:
Kailey
Mark
– Grady
– Preston

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Wandering …

I’m checking out WordPress today to see if I’m interested in moving my current blog from Typepad. One of my goals for 2007 is to rethink my finances and losing the monthly fee for blogging would help. I want to see what WordPress will offer me here at no cost before I consider making the move.

I’ll let you know what I decide in a couple of days . . .

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Happy 2007 Everyone

I wanted to wish all my readers and pop-by guests a Happy New Year! May the changing of the years bring you closure and healing as well as hope and anticipation.

I’ve been on vacation for awhile now and with the added holiday days, it feels like I’ve been on vacation for a month.  I have one more day before I head back to the office and plan to enjoy it.  It was been a great vacation.  I’ve gotten quite a bit accomplished which makes me feel good.  My house in very clean and organized. I got was able to do some cleaning, cleansing, painting and organization while on the break which makes me feel like 2007 is off to a great start.  I don’t have specific resolutions but just the wonderful sense of a brand new year full of possibilities.

Today, in celebration of a milestone, I "destroyed" some reminders of past heart issues.  A ceramic frog lies in a state of pottery crumbles in my trash bin covered in a pile of ashes – all that is left of several journal entries regarding a particular era in my life.  It felt great!  Sometimes you have to physically do something to solidify what you have emotionally and mentally accomplished. A rite of passage as you look ahead.  And let me tell you – taking a hammer to something breakable is very therapeutic. Very.  I highly suggest it. 🙂

One of the verses I keep posted by my computer so that I can see it each night before I go to sleep says this:

At days end I’m ready for sound sleep.  For you, God, have put my life back together."     Psalm 4:8

A wonderful benediction to each day. May this be a prayer of promise and comfort for each of you as well.

Peace – Melissa

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Winter is A’Comin

As I’m typing this, the cold wind is beating the wall behind me as it wraps itself around my house.  It is a cold, windy and rainy day with threats of our first snow tonight.  Just a dusting but still the first in-your-face truth that winter is a’comin.  I am not a winter fan.  If I were in control of weather (which I clearly am not), I would order snow on December 24th and have it melt on December 26th.  Then the tempature would shoot right back up.  Yes, I know I have the option of moving to warmer climates but my family lives right here and they outweigh 3-4 months of cold weather hands down.

I know I have not been very faithful this past month with the blogging.  I’ve been taking a little break from writing and blogging as I focus on other things.  It is a busy as usual but not as bad as it has been the last couple of years.  I’m spending some amazing time with my youth and enjoying my ministry with them more than I have in awhile.  They haven’t changed.  They have always been and still are awesome! I’m able to enjoy them more when I’m not overwhelmed with administrative responsibilities at the church.

Big news in the last few weeks:

1.  We had our youth fall retreat last weekend at Logan Valley and it was an amazing weekend.  We had such a great time just being together as family and enjoying God’s amazing creation at Logan Valley.  It is simply gorgeous there.  Even more, God did some amazing things in all of us and it was a great spiritual retreat for all of us.

2. My nephew continues to secure his place as the cutest two-year-old in America.:) He is at a fun age and I’m enjoying playing with him and communicating with him.

3. The church that I work for was officially kicked out of the Missouri Baptist Convention for being "bad" Baptists.  Specifically, the MBC passed a resolution last year that all members of the MBC must be singlely-aligned with the MBC/SBC.  My church is not and even if we were, we believe strongly – as Baptists historically have – in local church autonomy.  The MBC works for the churches – we don’t work for them. So, after several years of grieving and conflicts, we are no longer MBC/SBC.  And I’m glad.  I disagree strongly and am saddened by so much that has happened in the SBC and the destructive reputation they have given the Baptist denomination and Christianity in general.  So, farewell to those past relationships.  I pray that God will heal and I know that God will bring great things out of this – which God has already done.

4. A major election with election results that were pleasantly surprising.

Otherwise, I’ve just been taking life one day at a time and enjoying God’s faithfulness through it all.  God is the God of Hope and as Advent approaches there isn’t a better season in the Church to remember this truth.

Peace – Melissa

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Dear Friends,

I have some exciting news.

This Sunday, the CBS newsmagazine "60 Minutes" will air a story about the genocide in Darfur. 

The Sudanese government restricts reporters from entering the region, but CBS correspondent Scott Pelley and his 60 Minutes crew went anyway, putting their lives in jeopardy. 

It is sure to be a haunting and truthful piece.

I encourage you to watch it.  You can find out more, including local TV listings, by clicking on the link below.
http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/60minutes/main3415.shtml

And you can also click below to watch a brief clip of the report.
http://www.savedarfur.org/pages/darfur_on_60_minutes

Thanks,

Melissa

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