Monday, July 18, 2011

Where has all the time gone?

Wow. Its so crazy that I have been in Colorado for 4 weeks already and only have 2 weeks left.  It is going to be a crazy two weeks, but I know God has his hand in all of it so it will be amazing.

A lot has happened since I last updated.  Sorry for the delay, but things have gotten really busy since I was last able sit down and process all that God has been teaching me, and the different parts of my life that He has been working in.

July 8-10 we went hiking and camping near Estes Park.  We had legit tents and sleeping bags and split up between about 10 small camping areas.  Friday night we got everything set up and our staff team spoiled us with a steak dinner.  Steak, baked potatoes, grilled vegetables and dessert.  It was delicious.  The next morning we woke up and went to the Rocky Mountain National Park and went hiking.  We hiked to Alberta Falls and then a little bit past that before my knee started to act up so one girl, Ashley and I turned around and hiked back to the central meeting spot.  I calculate that we went about 2.4 miles total.  After we got back we rode a bus to Bear Lake.  It was a beautiful setting.  Truly God placed and there was snow up there! A lot of people who hiked farther than I did had to cross huge snow piles before reaching their final destination.  I've seen pictures and they are awesome.  After we got back from hiking we had dinner at the camp site.  A bit more camping food, hamburgers and hot dogs and chips.  It was still delicious.  After dinner we had a ceremony where the adult staff handed over project responsibilities to students.  So some of my peers are now my leaders.  We have new project directors and a new bible study leader.  My bible study leader is Lauren.  She is an amazing child of God.  He has blessed her with many words to say and a truly loving and caring heart.  Our bible study is still the same.  We laugh and cry and have a blast together.  I am definitely going to miss them in 2 weeks.  After Lauren became the fearless leader of the Pinkie Peinie Winkie Weinies she washed all of our feet, like in the bible.  It was an awesome bonding experience, especially since she touched my feet.   The next morning we got up and had our own small church service.  It was amazing to be observant of God's beauty and just talk to Him.  After our church service we had to clean up the camp site.  My car was one of the last to leave and on our way out we saw 2 elk just grazing where we next too earlier that morning.

The buildings behind the elk are were we always ate and hung out.

After we got some awesome pictures of the elk we went into Estes Park.  The plan was to only spend a couple (like maybe 2 hours) there shopping and possibly lunch.  Well we were shown that our plan is not always God's plan.  As we were shopping a friend of mine found me and asked if I could take him to the car parts store.  He had been having car problems all weekend.  Well I decided I wanted to wait for his car to be done in case something happened and it didn't get fixed, or I would follow him back to make sure he didn't have any more car problems on the way home.  So we ended up getting his car to a mechanic who told us it would be about 3-4 hours before it was ready.  Since we had been camping all weekend most of our cell phones had no battery life left, so it was similar to the times before we had phones trying to find everyone in our group.  Luckily a couple people had battery life left and we were able to make a connection.  We met up with our groups again and told them what was going on.  A few car shufflings happened and the rest of us where in town until the car got fixed.  One of the groups found a place called the Riverfront Community Living Room.  We found out that is a church in the area who has volunteers go sit and they try to build relationships with people before they share the gospel.  It was an awesome place to hang out and the people where so inviting and loving to us.  We hung out there until we heard about Alek's car.  Needless to say that the car was not fixed and all of us had to get home.  We piled into my car and headed back to FoCo.  The next day I took Alek back to Estes Park to get his car because it was fixed.  It was a crazy 2 day adventure, but definitely a memory forever.

That week at work I only had 6 kids in my class.  It was nice but bad all at the same time.  It was not a good preparer for this coming week, when I will get 20 kids.  Nothing really major happened that week.  That Friday night we decided to go to the 16th Avenue Mall in Denver.  We got stuck in traffic on the way and one car yelled at us and said it must have sucked to drive all the way from Indiana like we were (6 people in my car).  The guy in my car, from Oregon, yelled back that he didn't ride that far.  But I'm not sure the other car understood what he said.  We made it to Denver and got dinner at Johnny Rockets.  After that we investigated the mall,  but most of the stores were closed.  We found a guy who was there to help people find where they were going.  He told us that we should check out the Brown Stone hotel.  It is the 2nd most famous hotel in Denver.  It was a block down the road so we went.  It was beautiful on the inside.  I don't have any pictures yet, but will hopefully get some up soon.  After we left the hotel, we went to the capitol building.  It has a step that says we were one mile above sea level.  We took some pictures there and then walked back to 16th Avenue.  There was also a giant blue bear at the convention center so we walked there and got some pictures.  After that we went back to the car and headed for home.

The next morning, Saturday, we had a pancake breakfast at the house.  The social team put together a huge breakfast for everyone.  It was delicious and right before it started my momma and Janell got to the house!! It was so awesome to be able to see them.  After breakfast, the Morale team decided they wanted to wash and clean out all the cars that were project students.  It was awesome.  My car has never been cleaner.  After my car was washed, I showed mom and Janell around FoCo.  I showed them where I work and different places that have meaning to us on Project.  We ate lunch at Beau Jo's.  After lunch I showed them where their hotel was and then took them back to the house.  They went to check-in, take a nap and headed to Estes Park to see Troy.  That night we had a sacrificial poet outreach at the Wild Boar Cafe.  It was a great night hanging out at the coffee shop.
Sunday was church day! Mom and Janell went with us to Timberline.  After church we went to lunch at a little hole in the wall place called the Mountain Cafe.  It was a breakfast joint and very delicious.  After lunch, mom, Janell and I went to the Bible Superstore and then to the Budweiser factory.  We saw the Clydesdale's and opted out of a tour, because it was an hour and a half of walking.  When we left the factory, we started to drive a random road to get back to FoCo.  It ended up being a pretty awesome drive.  We saw a road on one of the foothills and decided to find our way there.  We stopped at a lemonade stand in the middle of a housing edition.  We finally found out way to the road we wanted and when we got to one spot there was a lake on one side and the entire town of Fort Collins on the other.  We kept driving and eventually made it back to the house in time for dinner.  After dinner we had Bible Study and a great night.

Today we have the day off of work.  We are doing an evangelism thing in Old Town where we just have signs that say, "I will listen" "Need Prayer?" and one other sign.  We are going to sit there in shifts of an hour and just wait on people to come to us.  After that, mom, Janell and I are going to go to the Swetsville Zoo.  And after that there is a County Fair for the staff conference.  Project people are going to be working the games and things like that, and there are rides and all sorts of fun things happening.  It will be a long day, and tomorrow we start work with 20 kids in my class.  It will be fun and I'm excited.

If you feel like writing a letter or card I would love to receive it! I only have 2 weeks left here!
Stacy Baute
412 W Laurel St
Fort Collins, CO 80521

Peace, Love, FoCo!!! 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Picture Update!!!

Summer Project Picture Updates!

All those who attended the Bike Parade early morning on July 4

My Bible Study!!

Big Ten Schools
(Me-Purdue, Mike- Michigan, Zac- University of Illinois, Kc-Purdue, Garrett (not Big Ten), Sarah-Michigan State, Nolan-Michigan State)

4th of July

My shoes I made!!

My roomie and I!

My bible study with our school shirts on.
(Me-Purdue, Lauren-Truman State, Kristina-Central Washington University, Amanda-University of New Hampshire, Elyse-Illinois State, Kelsy-University of Arkansas)

My bible study on the 4th of July!
Don't we all look patriotic! 

Sunday Funday!

Best stop on a weekend adventure.
The Dam Store. Best store by a dam site!

Awkward Family Photo
(Zac, Alek, Danielle, Kelsy, Me)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Wow. Its Already July???

Yep. I said it.  I can't believe it is already July.  Project has flown by!! We still have about 3 1/2 weeks, but that will go by so fast!! Here's a bit of what has happened since the last update.

On Friday a few of my friends decided they wanted to go hiking.  I was not feeling up to go because my knee had been acting up, so I decided to go to Fort Fun with some of my coworkers.  There were 8 of us.  We went laser tag, go karting, down the giant slide, bumper boats, and mini golf, only we ended up changing the name of mini golf to Extreme Insanity Miniature Golf, or something similar.  We basically throw the ball at the hole, attempted to bowl, or simply all hit the balls at one time.  It was a lot of fun.  After we left there a few of us went and saw Transformers 3.

Saturday morning came pretty fast.  We went to Denver for the day.  We helped a church put on a car show.  We did everything from helping in the parking lot to serving the food, to assisting with the inflatables.  After the show ended we were on clean up duty.  It was a long morning.  After we were released from helping we went to the Aquarium.  After that we decided we would take out the GPS, or Agatha and find a restaurant that was Denverish.  Not something any of us had back home.  We couldn't find anything that was cheap enough and finally decided on Noodles and Company.  We as I pulled into Noodles there was another restaurant right next door.  It was an Italian place.  I got some wood stove cooked penne alfredo.  It was delicious.   After dinner we decided we wanted to go shopping.  They found an outlet mall near where we were and zoomed there.  We had an hour to hit up lots of different stores.  I got some pretty good deals.  After that we managed our way back to Fort Collins.

Sunday morning was church at the same one I've been going too.  I really enjoy it there.  After church we went to lunch at Five Guys.  Delicious!!! We decided to do some thrifting after lunch to find some last minute outfit details for the Fourth of July.  For dinner we had an international night at the house.  We had different missionaries through Campus Crusade come in and talk about what God was doing in their lives.  It was pretty awesome.  We also ate food from different countries.

Monday morngin was a bright and early morning.  We got up to go to the bike parade.  The bike parade consisted of staff children decorating their bikes and themselves to win a prize.  We had a blast, once we got some caffeine in our blood.  After the bike parade, my Bible Study participated in the amazing race.  We drove all over FoCo finding random places and completing random tasks.  At the first place someone had to eat an entire Cinnamon Roll.  This was no ordinary roll.  It was relatively large for a girl to eat.  (Pictures will come later).  I decided I could chow it down.  The guy told me that it only had to be in my mouth.  So I ate 3/4 of it and then stuffed the last 1/4 in my mouth and spit it out right after we finished.  After the amazing race we had lunch catered at a park.  After that I came back to the house and took a small nap because I was worn out.  We had to be at City Park to begin outreach activities in the early to mid afternoon.  One of the things we did was the Everything Skit from Lifehouse. Hopefully I can get that on here one day.  It was amazing.  We did it a total of 4 times, rotating groups every other time.  After we finished that we had dinner. A traditional barbecue. We also had our competition for the "How American Can You Be?" I received 4th place, again pictures to come later.  We ended the night with fireworks across a pond.  It was beautiful.

Today was a typical day.  I worked and then had dinner and then for natural evangelism I choose to play volleyball with a bunch of people.  I was doing pretty good, or at least thats what they told me.  We came back to the house and I showed off pictures of my family and myself when I was little.  My roommate is currently gone and its sad.  She will be back tomorrow, but I have the entire room to myself right now, and its weird.  I'll give her a big hug when I finally see her!

Well I'm about to fall asleep!!
Peace, Love, FoCo.

Don't forget to write me :) I love mail time!
Stacy Baute
412 W Laurel St
Fort Collins, CO 80521