Saturday, October 23, 2021

Positive Reinforcements

Positive Reinforcements.  Have you noticed all the negative reinforcements there are in the world? Negativity is easily passed along from one person to the next. Sadly, it is even prevalent among many Christians and found in families. But we all need someone who believes in us. You know how many people have gone on to accomplish spectacular things just because someone believed in them? A simple sentence such as “I think you would be good at that!” can literally change the direction of someone’s life. It can cause them to continue in their endeavor. The opposite is also true. A lack of positive words can harm and/or discourage someone. 
This month, I’ve been spending a great amount of time reading in Proverbs and noticing what it says about the mouth and the words we speak. Pertaining to encouraging and speaking positively, here are a few that stuck out: 

  • Proverbs 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” 
  • Proverbs 18:24 “Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” 
  • Proverbs 25:11 “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” 
  • Proverbs 27:9 “Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel.” 

May each of us learn to speak positive, gracious words of life to one another in order to edify and build up. It makes a world of difference to the hearer, and who knows? God may even use you and me and our  influence to change someone’s life. 


love, 
Ashley

Ephesians 4:29 “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” 


Jude: 22 "And of some have compassion, making a difference:"



Friday, October 1, 2021

May 2021 - August 2021

 Hello! 
This post is just a tad bit late, but it is chronicling the summer months, which were full of work and fun. It was definitely a unique and special experience, one which I am very thankful to the Lord for orchestrating. 


After school ended in May, Lauren and I came back to college to work here during the summer. At the end of May, my aunt stopped by to see us and to show us her new Camaro. 😁

During lunch one afternoon, this adventurous squirrel climbed up on my table and enjoyed part of my lunch. :) 



Lauren, our friend Zara and I did some baking on the weekend when the kitchens were open. 
Lauren worked at a snack shop called the Hut and learned how to make yummy desserts, such as this ice cream sundae. 😋 

Throughout the summer, Lauren, Zara and I played countless games of Sushi Go. If you haven’t played this game, you definitely need to. It’s competitive and so much fun. 😁
Zara made Indian curry for lunch one Sunday...it was oh so good! 



There were so many beautifully unique cloud patterns painted in the sky on various occasions. 
Book club!
Black light bowling and a party characterized our celebration of the Fourth of July! 
Wednesday evening puppet crew
Sunday morning puppet crew. 
I was able to be a part of two different puppet groups during the summer. Wednesday night was vacation Bible school, and we followed a 10 week puppet story script with one performance each Wednesday. The theme was time travel, and the characters were a professor, professor’s helper Avery, a robot, and a queen (who got transported through time to the present accidentally). They were a lot of fun to act out, and the children definitely enjoyed it as well. :) The script was from Answers in Genesis, and I appreciate how it clearly presented the gospel throughout the story.


Until next time, keep looking up. 



As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 
~Colossians 2:6-9







Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Welcome to the Distribution Center for Abeka Book

A  happy hello to you! 

This summer I was blessed to be a part of the ministry of Abeka book and work in Abeka’s distribution center. My family has used Abeka books for many years in homeschool and maybe some of you have used them as well. I thought you might enjoy a small tour of the front warehouse where I worked. It truly is such an incredible place, and it was an honor to work there. The manager over the whole warehouse is such a godly man with a tender heart and deep love for the Lord. Every Friday we had a meeting, and he would often times share a short devotional of something he had read that day, or share prayer requests. It is such a blessing to work in a Christian environment. 

The pictures aren’t the best, but I hope you enjoy seeing inside the distribution center. 

This is the building where it all happens :) 
I often enjoyed getting to see beautiful and interesting cloud formations God placed in the sky as I walked to work.
There is a back picking isle with with all the materials up to grade 2. Each picking isle is numbered from least to greatest. 
This is the front picking isle filled with all the materials for 3rd grade and up. 
Each particular book or item has a certain number it is assigned to. Each number has a certain spot on the shelf. These numbers are printed on the back of the boxes as well, which makes it easy for the restockers to know where to place each box. 
To fill orders, a dispatcher places a pack of papers on a each cart. For the back (BA) picking isles, the pack may be one to three or four pages long. Usually in the front (FA) isles, the packs are longer, usually four to six or seven pages long. 
A picker takes the next available cart, and parks it at a spot in the isle. Starting at the top of the page and working his/her way down, he/she will move down the isle, following the numbers on the sheets and picking the correct number of books. The carts are sectioned in small spots called cells, and each cell is numbered. The paper not only tells the location, quantity, and name of the book or item, it also tells the picker which cell to place how many of each item in. When the picker has picked all the books on the paper, he/she  parks the cart in a line to be inspected, and can go start on another cart. 

Here’s a couple of picked carts, waiting to be inspected. 
The next step is inspection. An inspector takes a cart, parks it in front of a computer, scans the barcode on the paper, then scans the barcode of each book. Inspectors pull the books partly out of their cell so the barcode can be scanned quickly. Depending on the size of the cart, this process can take about 2-6 minutes to complete. Of course if there are books missing or damaged books, it takes longer. 
After the inspector is finished, she places the cart in a line to be packed. 
A packer will take the cart to his or her station, type in the batch number on the computer, and start packing orders. The order tells how many books the packer needs to pull out from each cell, and how many cells the order covers. For example, earlier in the summer we filled a lot of large school orders. Maybe an order would look like 10 Science teacher books and 15 Science student books in cell 12-14. The packer clicks “pack” on the computer, places the label on a piece of cardboard (and if there was an invoice, puts that on the cardboard), counts the books in cell 12-14, pulls the books out, and places them on the cardboard. Then it is ready to be placed on the line. When the line is not working, packers just pack and stack. 

Here, packages are going down the line. There are 12 packing stations along the line, 6 on each side. 
The packages enter this machine and get covered with shrink wrap to hold all the books in place. 
Then it goes through this heater which melts the shrink wrap together so it’s a secure package.
The packages continue down the line where it gets dropped into the correct box, the box gets closed and taped, the label goes on, and the box travels to the guys loading the trucks. It is such a neat process, and having the machines do this process really cuts down on the time it takes to send packages out. Sometimes the line does break, or packages get stuck going in the wrong box slot, and that causes problems. 
How the whole line works is pretty neat!
Two pictures above, you will see grey rollers on the line, before the green. After a package comes out from the heater, a scale scans the barcode on the bottom of the package. If it is not the correct weight or close to the weight shown on the label, the grey roller part will open up and the package will drop. This is called off-weights, and this is where I worked most of the summer. 
I first weighed the package. Sometimes moisture would get inside the barcode and create a bubble. So often, if the package was correct, I’d just cut a small window around the barcode and put it back on the line. If the weight was off, however, either over or under weight, I would open up the package, place it on the scale, and scan each book. If there was a book missing, I’d go get it, or if there was too many books in a package, I’d take them out. Then back on the line it went to get rewrapped. 
Sometimes, so many off weight packages dropped that they had to be stacked on another cart. The beginning and middle of the summer was like this. Different factors could affect the weight of the books, including humidity. Also, the print shop may have weighed an item and it was a different weight then when it arrived at our warehouse. If a lot of one particular item continued to be off weight, one of my supervisors, Mr. Bright, could go into the system and adjust the weight for that item. He did that several times, and it was extremely helpful. 
There is much more to the warehouse than I’ve shared, but I never really left the main warehouse so I don’t have any pictures. If you are ever in this area, I would highly recommend taking a tour of the distribution center. There were several groups that took tours this summer, and by the look on their faces, they seemed to always be amazed. :)


I would love to hear what you did over the summer.  Let’s chat in the comments! 





Sunday, August 15, 2021

Christ Be Beside Me

Christ be beside me, Christ be before me, 
Christ be behind me, King of my heart. 
Christ be within me, Christ be below me, 
Christ be above me, never to part. 
Christ on my right hand, Christ on my left hand, 
Christ all around me, shield in the strife. 
Christ in my sleeping, Christ in my sitting, 
Christ in my rising, light of my heart. 
Christ be in all hearts thinking about me, 
Christ be on all tongues telling of me. 
Christ be the vision, in eyes that see me.
In ears that hear me, Christ ever be.
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me, 
All His wonderful passion and purity.
O thou Spirit divine, may I truly be thine,
Till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.
Let my wonderful Saviour be seen in me, 
His amazing compassion and constancy.
His great love is my goal, by His Spirit’s control
Till my wonderful Saviour be seen in me. 

Let the fruit of the Spirit be seen in me
Grant me grace all sufficient that I may be.
True and faithful each day, ev’ry step of the way.
Pointing souls to the Saviour on Calvary. 


Galatians 2:20
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.



Monday, July 19, 2021

February 2021-May 2021

Hello!!!!
It has been a long time since I've shared a monthly overview post, so here is one (very late) update now with lots of pictures from the last four months of college, which was February to May. 

There are so many gorgeous flowering plants blooming on campus all the time. (Plus, the lawn guys are always digging up flowers and replanting new beauties.) 





These photos were taken during the labs in my photography class. 







God blessed us with a beautiful day during Bible Conference (Feb. 22-24) to enjoy a lovely picnic. The theme was 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame', and there was “baseball game" foods, as well as baseball-themed games and kite flying.


More photos from photography class...




These are my favorite displays created by art students, shown at the art show. 




More nature photos...




This photo and the next two are ones I shot for my final photography project. For each, I had to shot the photo in RAW format, and edit them according to my teacher's specifications. For the above flower, I had to edit the color photo to enhance it. 
This is a color photo, converted to black and white with one color added back in. 
This photo is called a HDR photo: the combination of one regular, one overexposed (too much light), and one underexposed (not enough light) photo. When put together, one is able to see the details that are usually hidden by the highlights. In this photo, detail can be seen in the tree trunk. 
At the senior party, Sarah won the grand prize when she found this Woody character. :)
These railroad tracks were near a beautiful beach that Sarah, her friend, and I visited to take pictures at. 



Sarah graduated on May 13th from PCC with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. 
Her friend made the lovely graduation cap.

Donuts from Krispy Kreme for 2021 graduates.
Sarah's nursing pin...
After Sarah's graduation, we all left college and went home for a week. 
We girls visited the Elliot museum as well as the House of Refuge museum and beach. 
A painting of the House of Refuge...
The beach...
Across the road from the beach is the river. 
God gives us the prettiest scenes to enjoy.
 Toby
Zoey got stuck in a tree and had bad I nternal injuries. Sadly, she had to be put down on June 23rd. 


Toby and Gracie miss her. Gracie loved playing with the goats. Here Zoey is chasing her.

And that about sums up February through May. Now the summer is upon us and I hope to do a summer update within the next month or so. I’d love to hear how your year has been going thus far...feel free to leave a comment! 

love,
Ashley

And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:”  ~Hebrews 10:24