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Month: August 2015

The Event – A Taste of France

On Saturday August 22, my mom came to my room at 6:30 a.m. and told me it was time to start our day, a day filled with cooking, cleaning, and speaking.

We had prepped the food the night before so it was time to start cooking.

My mother started on the Ratatouille, while I worked on the crepes (which in the end took me 6 hours straight to make all of them).

We were preparing a meal for 100 people. Only 75 had RSVP, but we were hoping that by the grace of God more people would spontaneously show up to support the trip.

The food had taken us the whole day. My mother worked diligently on the Ratatouille and Chicken to make it perfect for all of our guests, while Mrs. Tracy Lafler set up the decorations in my home church’s Stadium room to ensure that the guests felt like they were in France or at least close enough.

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The event turned out to be a success. No, a hundred people did not show up, but with the people that did we had a great time of fellowship and each of us enjoyed our meal and the time just to be in each others company.

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When it came time for me to give a little speech on the trip, I was extremely nervous. One of my best friends, Emily Strickland, told me “Belle, just act like you are talking to me. Whatever you think I need to know, tell me. You will do great.” That is the best advice anyone has ever given me. Since Emily and I have been friends for over 6 years now, I was comfortable talking with her, thus I was comfortable talking to the crowd.

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When I stood in front of the crowd of my friends, family , fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, and some co-workers. I told them about my passion for the calling that God has given me to go to France and I was not nervous anymore. Words flowed from my mouth and questions were answered. I was excited. I wanted to tell them every single detail, but I knew they wouldn’t want to be there all night. I had only spoken in front a classroom full of students for college twice, and those speeches I gave were not as fulfilling as telling my loved ones where God will be taking me and what his plans are for my life.

When the whole evening was over and many people generously helped us clean up. I went home, read notes that people had left, and counted the amount that people had given. After the food costs and all other expenses were paid for, the event profited $1,080 toward my trip. When I sat at home that night counting the money I was expecting maybe a couple hundred. I was praying for at the most 200 dollars.
And then there it was $1,080. The generous hearts of many that came out that evening had not only supported me by writing beautiful notes (which I have scanned into the computer to take along with me) and attending, but by, also, giving financially.

I still need more support, but for the time being I can say that I have been more than blessed.

Thank you all who came out on Saturday to support the mission trip I am attending. Also, thank you to all of my friends who served alongside my family and I that evening by serving the meal, cleaning up, greeting people, and so much more.12 days and counting.

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The UK visa Process

I had known since the beginning of my decision to go on this trip that I would need to get a UK Visa. The price to obtain one, the patience it would take to wait for a approval, and the complex for of personal questions I needed to complete, were even in my mind. I assumed that I would magically have a VISA appear on my desk as soon as it came time to buy plane tickets.
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That my dear friends is not the case. As soon as June hit it was time to apply for a Visa, I had completed the entire application and paid the $350 for just the application itself. My advisors informed be that I also needed to pay for a insurance surcharge which cost another $320, but I didn’t want to pay that till my next pay check in two weeks. Well the two weeks passed and my paycheck came in and I was excited to pay for my health insurance surcharge, but the UK changed their application process so I had to apply for a refund and start from scratch, in this process you had to pay your surcharge before the application cost (which went up $10). I needed my application ASAP so a total of $680 came out of my account that day, to be honest I cried a little for a girl that likes to get the greatest quality for the cheapest price to see that money leave my account all at the same time it was pretty sad.
So that week I went in for a biometric exam. It was so cool! I had my fingerprints scanned, a picture taken, and my signature noted. With that I mailed out my application with USPS for next day delivery. I was so excited, I kept a eye on my package online and noticed that it hadn’t arrived at the right time. It was missing. Freaking out allure because It had special documents inside I called USPS. They found my package and delivered it, I also got a refund which saved me money, but not necessarily time.
Once the package was received it would take 14 business days for a response, lucky for me it took only  11.
On August 7, I found out that my Visa had been approved and would be sent to me shortly.
And am I happy to say that it is here.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS – August 22 @ 6pm

Fund Dine 4 Belle

Website Building – Not for Everyone

“Oh, that is a cute site.”; “Good presentation.”; “This site is highly unorganized. I cannot find anything.”; “Not appealing to the eyes.”

Those statements and various others have flooded my mind before this website building journey and still during this journey.
Website building is complex and completely necessary. Now a days everything can be at a touch of a button or just a Google search. That wouldn’t be possible if computer codes and some other complex computer genius stuff wasn’t invented – obviously, I am not one of these people.
I wanted to make a easy to manage website for my friends and family as I go off this next year. What I didn’t realize is that I would be staring at a computer screen for 12 hours or more trying to figure out how to add a page.
When building this website I had to take many things into consideration.Just a few of them being:

                  1. What do viewers want to see?
                 2. What do viewers want to know?
                 3. How can I take the first two questions into consideration, as I make                              something that fits who I am, as well?

From staying up many nights and buying a couple of books, I am happy to say that it is nearly complete.
I will be tweaking little things here and there as I find new ways to make things easier to utilize.
I am proud to say though that here it is my very own website. Check back every week for a new post. I will be leaving the country in the beginning of September, I do not know how internet access, will work in Wales, India, and France, but I will let you all know.
Also, if you have any ideas on how to make this website more user-friendly then message me through my contact page.

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