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Galactic Merger

This is the sharpest image yet from the Hubble Space Telescope of the merging Antennae galaxies. As the two galaxies smash together, billions of stars are born, mostly in groups and clusters of stars. The brightest and most compact of these are called super star clusters.

Starburst Galaxy

This photo of the starburst galaxy, Messier 82 is the sharpest wide-angle view ever obtained. A galaxy remarkable for its webs of shredded clouds and flam-like plumes of flowing hydrogen blasting out from its central regions. Located 12 million light-years away, it is also called the 'Cigar Galaxy' because of the elongated elliptical shape produced by the tilt of its starry disk relative to our line of sight.

Stellar Spiral

This Hubble Space Telescope image shows the spiral galaxy of the Messier 101. It is the largest and most detailed photo of a spiral galaxy that has ever been released from Hubble.

Starry Night

This image bears a resemblance to the Vincent van Gogh work, 'Starry Night' complete with never-before-seen spirals of dust swirling across trillions of kilometers of interstellar space.

A Brilliant White

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope trained its eye on one of the universe's most stately and photogenic galaxies, the Sombrero galaxy. The image of the galaxy's hallmark brillant white, bulbous core is encircled by the thick dust lanes comprising the spiral structure of the galaxy.

Glowing Dust

This dramatic image offers a peek inside a cavern of rolling dust and gas where thousands of stars are forming. This image represents the sharpest view ever taken of this region, called the Orion Nebula.

Balooning Star

Eta Carinae was the site of a giant outburst observed from Earth about 150 years ago, when it became one of the brightest stars in the southern sky. The star survived the explosion, which produced two billowing clouds of gas and dust.

Eye of Heaven

This celestial object, with the scientific name MyCn18, looks like an eerie green eye staring out from two intersecting rings. But it's actually an intricately shaped hourglass nebula with a star at its center.

Stormy Weather

Temperature differences within interstellar clouds of gas and dust can result in structures reminiscent of Earth's tornadoes. Here are some twisters in the heart of the Lagoon Nebula.

Light Up the Night

Like lanterns in a cavern, scores of hot stars light up the gaseous walls of the nebula NGC 604. The nebula is a prime area of starbirth in an arm of the spiral galaxy M33.

Race to Robie Creek

Our good friend, Justin, ran in the half marathon 'Race to Robie Creek' last Saturday. I guess its one of the toughest half marathon's in the northwest. It's a little over 13 miles and over half of it is straight uphill. I went and watched with his wife. Besides the freezing cold temps and the chill to your bone wind, it was a fun day.

This is a pretty crazy race. For some reason it has a Scottish theme to it. So everyone wears kilts or plaid shirts. There was a bag pipe band and a 'braveheart' lady on a horse. It was all pretty funny. But the thing that I just can't get passed was all the beer!

Along the thirteen mile run there are booths along the way for the runners to stop and grab a shot of liquor or shove down a mug of beer. ARE YOU INSANE?! During a marathon?! Who would be crazy enough to drink while you running thirteen miles UP HILL?!

Ummm...EVERYONE!!! At the finish line they had all the free beer you could drink too. I couldn't believe how many people were drinking after running that kind of a race. Give me water any day. I seriously don't know what those people were thinking. Well, yes I do, FREE! It was all free so get as much as you can, right? Gosh. I would like to see what they looked like the day after running all that way and drinking all that alcohol.

Anyway...overall Kristen and I had a fun time gabbing and people watching. She is very competitive and got a little frustrated that her husband could do it, and she didn't even try. So...she is pumped and ready to do it next year. She wants me to do it with her. Yeah right! I would die. I ran a 400 yard race in high school. That was plenty and too much all at the same time!!! I'll stick to running on treadmills and drinking my water thank you!

7 Weeks!!!

We are seven weeks away from our missions trip to the philippines.

I'm getting so excited!

But I also keep thinking about the 15 hour plane ride. I get claustraphobic and 15 hours on a plane is starting to freak me out a little bit. The longest airplane ride I've been on is from Salt Lake to Washington D.C. Are the planes big? Am I going to freak out because I couldn't get off even if I wanted to? Will I be able to move around and stretch my legs? I don't really sleep on planes. Will I find enough stuff to keep me occupied?

All these questions plauge my thoughts. I try not to dwell on the idea because I know I'll really freak out when the time comes...but I can't help it!

My Top Three...

My TOP THREE pet peeves...

1. People not paying me back. When you're on a budget. Every bit counts!

2. People asking 'Can you do me a favor?' Um, tell me what it is first, and then I'll tell you if I can help you out!

3. People leaving stuff on my desk without a note or explanation of who or what it is. I'm not a mind reader! I'll try my best to figure it out, but it would make life so much simplier if the person just left a note.

What are YOUR top three pet peeves?

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Crock-Pot Issues

To all the wives and mothers out there...
Does anyone else besides me have crock-pot burning food issues? I have this crock-pot...

I can put something in to cook for the '10 Hour' setting and in five to seven hours its done. By the time nine to ten hours roll around my food is usually burnt or very well done and dry.

I've tried coming home at lunch and fixing dinner and putting it in for the '10 Hour' mark. By the time I get home and am ready by 6:00 pm my food usually turns out fine. But...I don't want to fix dinner at lunch. And sometimes I can't come home for lunch. I want to fix it in the morning and forget it! And when it says 10 hours, it should cook for 10 hours!!!

What am I to do? Do you think mine is faulty? Should I fork over the $40 and buy a new one? Does this happen to anyone else? Does my crock-pot work just fine and its ME that's the problem?

Please help!

Two Months, Two Days...

In two months and two days we head to the Philippines on a Missions Trip with our church. We are going with about 20 other people, most adults but some teenagers. We leave June 6th and get back June 18th.

Broadway has supported a missionary for years whose ministry is in the Philippines. He came and spoke a few years ago and I immediately felt drawn towards his ministry and the people of the Philippines. So I was super excited to hear that our church was planning a mission’s trip there. Steven and I jumped right on board!

It’s only two months away and I feel so unprepared. The only other time I’ve been out of the US before was a youth group missions trip to Mexico my senior year of high school. And the funny thing is I wasn’t nervous at all for that one. On staff we had a family who spoke Spanish and had lived in Spain (or Peru or somewhere) for years so they knew the Mexican culture. So they were able to prepare us on everything. We received notes and suggestions from the missionary in the Philippines but I still feel nervous and unprepared. Everything will be fine though, I just have to relax. The Lord is in control! He knows what I need and will provide it for me.

We will be in the city of Manila. It is the biggest city by far in that area. There are over 1.5 million people in the city and over 10.5 million people surrounding it. HOLY COW! I wonder if it will feel claustrophobic. It is an island. Hmmmm.

Well, I thought I would share some pictures I found on the internet so you can get a feel of where we are going. Thanks for your prayers!