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Monday, April 24, 2006

Hi People,

BlogSpot + Jenna = not so good. SO, I'm switching (for the last time) back to LiveJournal.



Sunday, April 16, 2006

The Most Amazing Truth in the World

Take 15 minutes to watch this video, and let it challenge you:

Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 15, 2006


I love Roots. For those of you who don't know, Roots is the senior high youth ministry at Rexdale Alliance Church, that I've had the priviledge of serving in for the past eight months or so. When I initially decided to become involved with this ministry, I assumed I would be ministering to a small group of older girls whose issues/challenges would be exactly like the ones that I faced when I was their age (i.e.: choices about drinking, boys/relationships, etc.), but when I learned that I had been given a small group of grade 9 girls, I was shocked, and wondered if this ministry was something that God actually wanted me to be a part of. As I begun to get acquainted with the girls, I begun to observe how hugely different they were from one another, and from me - and I begun to feel so afraid an inadequate; I was worried that I would never be capable of developing deep and meaningful relationships with them, and consequently never be able to minister to them in the ways that they would require.

When February and March rolled around, youth pastor Steevens put forth the general question of the current leaders considering another year-long commitment to Roots, this question sat constantly in the back of my mind, and as I considered it, God in His grace showed me that:

Real relationships with people do not just appear. Developing relationships with people, particularly those whom God's entrusted you to care for in ministry, takes intentional time, effort, commitment, a willingness to endure fruitless times/lack of intimacy in relationships and the feelings that come as a result of those ambiguous times, and time to allow your love for those people to really grow. For some reason, I expected that love for and intimacy with the beautiful girls in my small group would just BE there - I don't know why, but God so graciously showed me that authentic relational development is a long, layered, and challenging process - a process that I cannot simply expect to see results from within the time-span of one year. Though I was initially disillusioned, God has allowed me to learn that because my placement in His ministry at Roots wasn't what I expected, it is and will be SO much better than what I could possibly anticipate!

For example, I had originally expected to work with an older group of girls who were dealing with issues that were easy for me to recognize and identify with. But, now when I think of it, if I had been given a group of older girls, I would have had only one year with them, and would have not been able to develop long-term, deeply-rooted friendships with them. God, in His goodness, gave me a group of younger girls with whom I could potentially have THREE more incredible years of relationship building with (they are currently in grade 9 - Roots goes up to grade 12)! Oh man! When I think of what could happen between them and I in those three years ... just the depth of friendship and knowledge that I could possibly have about their lives ... it thrills me and fills my heart with joy! What I originally was somewhat disillusioned by, God has so graciously shown me is actually an incredibly beautiful blessing! I am so, like, beyond thankful for this ministry - being there, serving Dinah, Katie, Nadja, Samantha, Natalia, and Dorcas has been, is, and will continue to be a priviledge so great that I'm not sure how to describe it!

SO - with the possibility of being in a position to grow in my friendships with and love for these amazing young ladies over the next three years, I've committed to Roots for next year with readiness, excitement, and passion. I cannot wait to see where God is going to take the lives of these girls, and where He will take my life as a result of them. And what I love so much is that once that commitment for another year was made between God and I, it was like He just gave me a bit of His heart for the girls that He's given me ... whenever I think of them, my heart just FILLS! I'm not sure with what, but committing to God and them has freed me to LOVE them more. And I am SO excited about this.

God is SO good!

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Madge: Ode to the Arms of Power

By Sabarah and Jenna

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Have you ever wondered why Madonna's arms are so thick? Well, her arms are so thick that one might mistake them for two cement pipes with bendable joints half-way down them. But, let us not limit them to cement pipes per sa, as Madonna's arms could be easily referred to as big frozen slabs of meat that you find in the butcher's freezer ... they are so ... so ... fleshy, yet would break your nose if you were to run into them!

Guy Ritchie: how do you manage ... that? er, THOSE??

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Friday, March 31, 2006

Ode to The Swiss


Ok - so Fridays are typically busier than days earlier in the week ... but today - indescribable. Words can't describe the how the first busy day of spring knocks the lazy-because-it's-brutally-slow-during-the-winter pants off of you in, like, a second. I started at 12, and was scheduled work the bar, but Mike (Dining Room Manager) told me that I was on the floor and Cristina(another manager) would do bar. I was like, "cool - could definately use some extra cash". During a normal Friday lunch, 'extra cash' is ballpark $35-40 for about 2 hours worth of work. This is because people are coming in on their lunch breaks, and are usually rushing to get out, so they ask for their bills as soon as they get their meals, drop a $20 on a $13 bill and run out the door. But man - TODAY ... I don't know what was in the water, because apparently all of Mississauga wanted to go to Swiss Chalet and within, like, 30 minutes, I got slammed - my section was FULL (8 tables of 4 and 1 table of 6). I was running! But, the freaky thing about lunch, is that the rush subsides as quickly as it comes. It started at 1, and was done by about 2:30 - and I didn't have time to change my change into bills, so everytime I moved, I sounded like Christmas. Once I did unload all of my change, and counted 'er up ... I had $70! $70 for what was basically 1.5 hours of work! Woo hoo!

When lunch was done, and Alison and I began to recover, we had our routine "what do you want to eat today?" discussion, and decided on appetizers: we bought perrogies, spring rolls (which are nasty - NEVER have them), quesadillas, and a garlic cheese loaf. SO good! (except for the stupid poo rolls)

Once we polished all that crap off, we followed it up with a Chudleigh's apple blossom, that was supped up with ice-cream, whipped cream, and butterscotch. MAN. SO good. Then we just sat and chilled and talked about our boys.

Dinner was ... ok! A little rough because the part-time kitchen guys came in - they're brutally slow, so customers were pissy because their children were complaining about being hungry and having to wait, and me telling them that the kitchen was slow seemed like a bad excuse for poor service. But, the night still went ok - worked from 4:30-8:30, and made an extra $60 ... so, a total of $130 (plus whatever extra change) - this is sweet, because I was hoping for $120.

Anyways, I'm gonna go to Wendy's. mmmm...

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

blah blah blah

Wow - so I guess it's time to update this bad boy. I've attempted to a number of times, but for some reason have not been able to come-up with anything that I feel is blogworthy, or that I feel comfortable to actually display on the wider community of the world wide web.


My eyebrows are requiring some much needed tweezage. Well, truthfully, I'm attempting to grow them out a bit - they need a bit more shape. But, having to leave them alone is KILLING me. The goal is to leave them be until Friday, clean them up a bit, then leave them alone for yet another week. *sigh*

I am ready to wear flipflops. Unfortunately, the weather isn't ready for my readiness. The weather needs to get its act together, and warm-up.

I would love a massage. I think it's time for another trip to the spa with Andrea and Patricia -a little exfoliation and deep relaxation never hurt anyone.

St. Patrick's Day was SO much fun. It was great to chill with some of the ladies from work, and take in the cinematic masterpiece that is 'Failure to Launch'. Heading afterwards to the Shamrock and Thistle, I was able to enjoy free parking, good fun and good laughs and a delicious pint of oh-so-amazing Strongbow. I think that every time I have some, it actually gets better.

Ok. I think that's enough nothingness. I'm going to go watch a movie.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Jenna --

A level headed person who always makes the wrong decision

'How" will you be defined in the dictionary?' at


Performer of Lobotomies

'What" will your business card say?' at

Jenna's lame comeback line:

"You stink... stink like a fetid corpse that has been baking in the desert for 5 and a half days (then sniff) no 6 days"

'What" is your lame comeback line?' at