chad

okay so sorry! i know i’ve seriously neglected this blog. i know you see this on every single blog you go on… oh i haven’t posted because i’m so crazy busy! and i guess you see it on this blog too. :) i am still  planning to post on the wedding and second term from cbs. but it might be a little bit yet. for now i have a photo shoot for ya. as i have mentioned, photography is not something i am actively pursuing at this point in my life. i still enjoy it, though, and have fun when stuff like this works out. this was a very spur of the moment deal. i was up in north carolina for a wedding and the next day we went to the beach. we had about a half hour of time to kill in a little town called plymouth while we waited on another cousin and i had my camera along so we decided to do a photo shoot. :) so. meet my cousin chad.

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we struggled a bit with the lighting as you can tell. :)

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it’s an awesome little town and  we had fun bumming around.

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and he likes his car. so of course we had to get some with that!

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once again the light was just NOT in our favor so i had to play with it a bit to make it look ok.

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then we headed out to the beach. there was this sailboat that had washed up during a hurricane over a year ago and hasn’t been moved since. pretty awesome!

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something i’m noticing, there is a lot of blue in my life! random observation there. k, there is quite a bit of work i should probably be doing instead of being on the computer. :) good night!

<3 rosemary

all in a days work

this morning we babysat some of my favorite kids. :) they have imaginations! unlike most kids these days. they are very easy to watch because they pretty much entertain themselves. they played outside all morning. :)

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such a cutie pie. :)

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 at lunch time, we get a call from mom who was just getting home from town. when she pulled in the driveway, there was a HUGE black snake in her way.

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 our heros come to the rescue. :)

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did i mention it was HUGE?

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and we sent it back on its way. only a litter further from the house. :)

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this evening our youth group had a tail gate party in my grandpa’s feild.

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and here they come. :)

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andre’ :)

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so… there’s this thing called bale-jumping. :)

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it really is truly epic!

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children don’t try this at home :)

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you can really work up an appetite jumping off atvs let me tell you! :)

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photo credit bradlyn wagler

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i still can’t believe i let bruce have my camera when he was that high! (he climbed a tree) i have a lot of faith in his athletic skills i guess. :)

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so that was my day! good night!

<3 rosemary

goodbye ohio

i am back to my south carolina home! it’s great to be back but seriously i MISS my ohio people! i learned a lot from these people and not just about plants. :) ok i’ve never been a huge fan of people claiming unrelated people as “family”. but i honestly feel like i have two “families” now. maybe it’s because i lived with them for seven weeks. maybe it’s because they’re so comfortable to be with, or maybe it’s just because they’re awesome. :)i’m gonna kinda go backward here and start with the week end i left. tinslie, caroline, gale, and bruce came to pick me up. bruce spent the weekend at sheila’s and the girls came over to plain cityfirst they were going to get there at 2 then it moved to 6 and till they actually got there it was 7. they actually got lost and i could see them across the field driving back and forth. so i jumped in the car and went and found them. when we got back to the house we erupted out of our vehicles and met in a loud group hug in the middle of the driveway. :) that night we went out for chinese and just caught up. the next day they worked in the green house with me.

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this picture tells a story all on its own. :)

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we went into the house at 12 and had a nice leisurely lunch. when i got back out to the shed afterwards…

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they threw a little party for me! it was so sweet! i have the best co-workers ever. there was this giant blue pot that i had been dreaming about getting and they all went in together and bought it for me! i had to cry a little when they told me.  they had ice cream and salties and a card. it was perfect. :)

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we had to take some group pictures of course. something funny happens when you lift heavy trays of flowers around every day for weeks on end. mom says i’m so much stronger now! we call it the greenhouse effect. :)

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kendra, jonita, brenda, janessa, carmen, me, glori

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my last day…

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and then it was sunday. my last day in plain city! renita invited the youth girls over for lunch. that was awesome. a few more hours to put off saying goodbye. :)this is actually a picture taken a while ago. these youth girls made me feel very welcome and made it a party! they have a special place in my heart. :)

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we loaded up the van with my many flowers and flower pots, and then sat around not wanting to leave.

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micah and jonathon flew their airplanes for us.

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the goats were just tickled pink with their sunday afternoon visitors.

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it’s dumb but leaving just felt like the end of everything. i knew i’d see them again but in my emotional, sleep-deprived state it was hard to keep that in mind! i had to fight tears a few times. :) take jonita for example. she literally had the power to make or break my time there. but she just took me in under her wing and became another sister. :) she would fuss at me to take care of myself and watch out for me.  we had late night chats and she  brought out her creative side on sunday afternoons and taught me how to do ombre’ paintings. borrowing shoes and sweaters. inside jokes like tall, dark, and handsome. :)  i count her as one of my good friends.

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 then there was jolynn and micah. they did the brotherly duties of scaring and teasing that must be taught at brother school. :) they were also called into service for things that my brothers have to do that most brothers don’t. i’ve mentioned that i have lyme. well sometimes funny things happen to me and i’m not able to walk. i had a spell up there where my legs wouldn’t support me. unfortunately i was outside when they gave out. the boys were very gentlemanly and hauled me inside and up the steps. they handled it really well and didn’t make me feel weird!

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jonathon and renita watched out for me and treated me like part of the family. renita made sure i got food and pills and jonathon taught me a lot about efficiency in the greenhouse. :)

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i’m planning on seeing them next month at family week! can’t wait! right now that feels like a LONG time away! we had an uneventful ride home. well except for getting stuck in the bathroom and making our own tooth paste commercials. :) it was so good to be home again. i told mom i had forgotten how overgrown, redneck, and awesome the south is. my sister is getting married in two weeks and there’s a lot to do yet! so that’s been keeping me really busy. i guess i should really head to bed. tomorrow is another day filled with wedding details and house work. gotta love it! :) good night y’all!

<3 rosemary

ohio part 2

so i have a few minutes before i should head to bed so i’m just gonna put some pictures on and add a few comments here and there… :)

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meet glori. she’s awesome :)

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i love this  picture! jonita trimming calibrachoa

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 sunlight is awesome!

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met up with a cbs friend! :)

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this anemone was on the kitchen windowsill and i got to look at it every time i washed dishes! :)

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janessa and her sister kendra

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fuschia

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the next three pictures the photo credits go to jonita

calibrachoa

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dahlberg daisies

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dahlia

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this was taken standing on the table. i wanted to show you the world above the hanging baskets. :)

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we had a special helper last saturday!

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saturday night we went out to eat. we played rook while we waited for our food to come out.

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jolynn and jonita. she claims they are incapable of taking nice pictures.

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kendric. maybe he is too…? :)

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micah looking all worn out. :)

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and my awesome hosts. :)

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we had to run into meijer afterwards.

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i also got to be here for micahs graduation which was awesome!

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ok i really need to shut this thing down. sorry it’s so scattered! til next time!

<3 rosemary

Life in Ohio!

so i have given up on doing my second term post of cbs until i get back home.  as i have discovered since my last post, there is not an over-abundance of time here. :) okay. so i’m out here to work in jonathan and renita gingerich’s greenhouse. let me introduce you…

jonathan

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renita

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jonita

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jolynn

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and another picture of jonita and jolynn being cheesy. :) which is kind of normal in case you’re wondering.

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and last but not least! micah

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so. now you know who i’m talking about. ok, how do i know these people? well i didn’t really before i came. jonathan and renita took mom and dad’s place in belize as missionaries back in 1996. they’ve kept up over the years but we children didn’t really know each other. i met jonathan and renita twice and micah once. jolynn was at cbs second term but our paths didn’t  cross very often. and i had never met jonita. so i didn’t really have a clue how these people were. and i was a little nervous. :) i mean seriously, i was gonna move in with these people for seven weeks. what if we totally didn’t get along? what if they had strange habits? what if they had REAL skeletons in their closets? (ok, i wasn’t really too worried about that.) :) and what about the youth group? i knew jerry and hannah from family week and had met a few of the others but other than that i didn’t know what to expect.  i was actually pretty excited about it until about 2 weeks before it was time to go. then i was like, i can’t do this! if it wouldn’t have been dreadfully rude to back out, i most likely would have. i arrived on march 31. in the first week i discovered; we did get along , they didn’t have strange habits, and they definately didn’t have any scary closets. it’s really been awesome and i’m gonna miss them like crazy when i go home! so onto the green house work. when i first got here, this is how the greenhouse looked.

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the first few weeks i mostly transplanted. you get seedlings from the little greenhouse

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take them to the potting shed and transplant them into larger pots

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 then they’re sent to the big greenhouse to be watered and grown. :)

lately i’ve been doing more waiting on customers and arranging tables in the greenhouse. oh, and trimming calibrachoa and petunias! i could do it in my sleep i think. :) i have learned so much since i’ve been here. it has been a very educational experience so far and hopefully the rest of my time will be the same. i’ve been blessed with some awesome co-workers! there’s jonita of course then there’s brenda

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carmen and janessa

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at the moment i don’t have pictures of the others but i’ll see if i can’t get them on the next post. i love these girls! we have so much fun together. :) we have lots of serious discussions and we have lots of times where we’re doubled over with laughter. i’ve literally laughed till i cried up here and i haven’t done that in a long time! so these are the people in my life right now.  i’m loving all my new friends but i’m also missing my old ones and i can’t wait to hang out with my girls again! this was from a shopping trip just before i left.

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and of course my family! being away from them has made me realize how awesome they are. :) bruce came to visit his girlfriend sheila this weekend (she lives 2 hours from here) and they came and took me out for lunch yesterday. that was fun! so i shall leave you with a few pictures i took in the last week.  this was taken from the same place as the above picture. (the back of the greenhouse)

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this is from the front of the greenhouse

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my amateur attempts at capturing the budding trees. :)

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so i guess i will cease for now. :) more coming!

<3 rosemary

CBS Term 1

ok i am finally posting here! im a little overwhelmed, i’m not exactly sure which pictures to post an how many etc… so i guess i’ll just give it my best shot! :) here are a few pictures of the buildings themselves. the main building. this is where we had classes, meals, and church.

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girls dorm

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guys dorm/teachers house

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 next i shall introduce you to my dorm.

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this is a really awkward picture but i dont have a better one. from left to right we have; Mindy Nisly, Maria Gingerich, Me, Michelle Fisher, Candace Miller, Lindsay Overholt and Lindsay is holding our mascot Jeffy. :) i was really nervous about who would be in my dorm because i heard your dorm can pretty much make or break CBS. but i am happy to report that these girls were awesome and  we had a great time together! maria was our dorm mom and she did a great job looking out for us and making sure we were up on time. well, me anyway! quite a few mornings she would come to my bunk and be like, rosemary do you know it’s 7:40? we had to be in chapel at 8 so i would jump up fly around getting ready. :) i guess i will try to take you through a day at CBS. you wake up in your dorm along with five other girls. we had to stagger shower and mirror time in order to all get ready in time. then it’s off to a fifteen minute chapel and then you have thirty minutes in your dorm for personal devotions. my first class was Galatians taught by Julian Nisly. this is actually Julian teaching his other class but i don’t have a picture of him in Galatians.

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i had off second period and usually took a nap or wrote letters or did wash… you get the picture. :) third period was Science and the Bible taught by Benji Jackson. btw this was the day he showed a documentary. hence the blankets over the windows. and that’s the class clown front and center. :)

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next was lunch and then Bible Reading and Prayer. because of my health i only took three classes instead of  the required four.  i had fourth period off and then fifth was Phillippians taught by Benji Jackson.

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Chorus by director Clifford Stoltzfoos. it was so much fun singing with a hundred other youth! it sounded pretty awesome. :)

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after chorus we had about an hour to do what you want until supper at 5:30. mostly we played volley ball and hung out. after supper we had study hall to, what else? study. then came evening chapel and then a little more hang out time before we had to be in our dorms. dorm sharing and then lights out at 10:45. then wake up and repeat! :)  then there were special days light volley ball tournaments…

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my team made it to the championships…

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we lost by one point then but we had a lot of fun! this is my team

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i dont have a picture of the winning team unfortunately. tournament day was the first saturday and evangalism was the second saturday. i have a few random pictures from that

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this was my group exchanging numbers before we left

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we went door to door inviting people to our chorus program and witnessing if we had a chance.

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it was a bit out of my comfort zone but definitely a good experience. afterward we went out to eat before heading back to CBS

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one of the last evenings we had banquet night. everyone dresses up and they decorate the dining room… its a lot of fun. :) somehow i lost my pictures of the tables and stuff so this is the only picture i have from banquet night. these were two of my really good friends. :) i hung out with them a lot. Candace Miller and Alanna Nisly.

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can’t forget clash day! :)

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and i have to include a few pictures of spike ball. there was pretty much always a spike ball game going on somewhere!

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im just gonna post a few more random pictures that probably wont make sense unless you’ve been to CBS

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and that is just a teeny tiny part of first term! ill try to post about second term eventually. life is super busy right now with planning andreas wedding. also im leaving this weekend to go to ohio for 7 weeks. so my next post will probably be from the buck eye state! night y’all!

<3 rosemary

tail gate party!

wow. its. been. a. long. time. CBS was awesome! but i’ll post about that later. first I have some pictures to post from our tail gate party. tinslie, caroline, gale and I had to catch up when tinslie and I got home. so we got my brother-in-law-to-be’s old truck, ordered a pizza, grabbed some wood and parked out in grandpa’s field. and talked, and talked, and talked. :) looked at cbs pictures and told cbs stories and laughed at cbs jokes. you get the picture! we also let caroline and gale talk believe it or not! heard all about what happened in the six weeks since we’d been gone. it was so good to be with my girls again! we started out making a fire. it was a pretty good fire too if I do say so myself. :)

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doesn’t this look inviting? :)

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when the fire died down a bit we roasted marshmellows and made s’mores. yum!

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it also got pretty chilly when the sun went down but we just snuggled up with blankets and were fine. :) all in all it was a great night. there were a few tense moments at the end when we almost got stuck but we just revved ‘er up and plowed through!

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so good night y’all! oh btw, I decided I don’t like rozi. so from now on I’m rosemary. :)

<3 rosemary

CBS-bound!

in two hours i will head out for Calvary Bible School in Arkansas. i’m planning to be there for 6 weeks and i highly doubt i will post. so i guess this is see ya later!

<3 rozi

youth group

our youth group has sung a lot in the past few years. then allens were leaving and we are losing a few others from our youth group so we decided to make a cd for memories sake. :) and a cd has to have pictures right? these are a few pictures from the youth group photo shoot.

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ok, thats all for tonight!

<3 rozi

McDonalds

last week i took my sunday school kids (plus 2) out to mcdonalds. it was sort of a good-bye party for Carissa so her little bro forrest came along and then my little bro alex wanted to come too. :) by the way, allens left on monday for Cambodia.

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tell you what, those playgrounds sure are a lot smaller than i remember! or am i just bigger? no, i think the playgrounds are smaller.

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forrest was afraid to go down the slide at first and he needed a bit of encouraging. :)

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oh yes, its much more fun to climb UP the slide than to go DOWN.

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but it is fun to come down too. :)

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and a rowdy game of hide and seek.

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ice cream!

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alex, braydric, karla, carrissa, forrest, and delana

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on another note (literally!) i got the sweetest note the other day. a little boy at one of my cleaning jobs left this for me. it made my day. :)

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anyway, i’m teaching for andrea tomorrow so i really need to hit the hay! nite ya’ll. :)

<3 rozy