Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It Was 102 Years Ago....

So... I have been extremely busy... Which is why I've neglected posting here!  I haven't forgot about you all though, and I'll be posting some pic/movies soon!  In the mean time, I felt it was important to post my tribute to the men of the Titanic.
 
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Today, 102 years ago, the RMS Titanic sunk to her watery grave, carrying with her the lives of 1500 people.
Today, 102 years ago, 700 passenger's lives were saved.
Today, 102 years ago, men said goodbye to their wives and their children, assuring them that everything would be alright, when they knew they would never see their loved ones again.
Today, 102 years ago, hundreds of men raised the cry, "Women and Children First!"

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

My New Ride...

Okay, okay... I'm kidding!  But I did get to open it up a bit... which was fun!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Life Guarding....

As of yesterday, I'm a certified Life guard.  Yep!  I finished up an intense four days of training and passed the Red Cross tests.  It was awesome and I actually miss spending all that time in the pool practicing rescues and all.

So... I have sought to detail at least some of the funny/awesome/epic/crazy/etc. moments for you all... This isn't everything, of course, but at least you'll get a feel for what we did!

Monday: It was pre-req day... To see if you could really swim basically!  After that, we went into all kinds of basic skills... How to enter the water, how to approach the victim and how to rescue them.  And then there was the afternoon classroom work...
Monday was the day I learned how to make an epic fail on a stride entry... My foot hurt the rest of the day!

Tuesday: 300 meters less than an hour after you wake up isn't really the funnest (at least for me!) but after it, I felt awesome!  Then they throw us into the deep water to learn how to rescue unconscious deep water victims and get them out on a back board... That was neat!  
Funny story on that: So we're practicing rescues for passive submerged victims in deep water...  I volunteered to be the victim first in my group and dove down to the 11' foot bottom, waited, and waited, and then came back up cause no one showed up to rescue me.  Once I surfaced, I started looking around and found out that my guard got tangled in his rescue tube line!  Same type of thing happened a few more times where I played drowning victim at the bottom of a deep pool... Then the instructor finds out and starts switching me through different groups.   As I swam toward the next person they say: "They said you were really good at being a victim..." (I was able to get to the bottom really fast)... In the end, I went down deep over and over and over again! 

Wednesday: The first day of back-boarding.  When you are wet and being strapped to a backboard playing a patient with a cervical spine injury you get really cold..... I mean, really cold!  Warm ups were fun, though!  I think it was my fastest 300 meters ever cause I started later than everyone else but got done first!
Fun rescue story of the day: I made a joke on someone while they were rescuing me as a unconscious patient where I arched my neck way back so my head would fall in the water... I did it just to see what they would do... then I confessed later!
During classroom work, I tested for and got my CPR/AED certification. 

After class with Bethany. (Shiloh took the picture)

Thursday:  Last day... I enjoyed it a lot!  Warm ups were the funniest part of the day...  After arriving, I set my backpack down and headed back into the locker room to use the restroom.  As I was washing my hands, I started hearing a lot of splashing in the pool.  When I walked back onto the pool deck I found that everyone had started warmup without me and was at least half way across the pool!  I had to walk several hundred feet, get my goggles on, find out that we were only swimming 200 meters, and dive in to try to make up for lost time... In the end, I finished with the quickest time... (amazing, considering the circumstances!) Then we spent a lot of time on deep water back boarding... Similar to what we had done the day before (that had been shallow water) but about ten times harder!  We were pulling people up from the bottom of the pool without moving their necks and then treading water like crazy while you get them on the backboard and out of the pool moving them as little as possible...  It's really hard!
Funny moment of the day:  A seriously epic fail/recovery on the part of one of the guards when they "rescued" me.  I was an unconscious victim and they completely lost their tube while recovering me.  Then they tried to stick it back under me and it kept shooting out!  In the end, I was hanging from the secondary life guard's arms waiting to be put on the back board with a tube tangled all over me!
Awesome moment of the day:  When you and three of your classmates are so indignant you missed a test question that you challenge it to the instructor... And he agrees with your assessment of the situation!

It was a great week and I enjoyed it a lot!  I've grown up swimming all the time so I've always loved it.  We truly serve an awesome God who creates us with the ability to even move! 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Quick Update...

So I've been bad about posting on here lately cause my life has literally been flying!  I'll probably get something up very soon, though!

Anyway, if you saw a couple of posts down, I had posted a movie of Chopin's revolutionary etude that I was entering into a competition... Well as of this morning, I found out that I ws picked to perform at the upcoming conference!  Praise the Lord!
Also, I get to play with my sister Eden since she also got picked! And... there will probably be around 3600 people in the audience!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Paddy's Day!

And the top o' the morning to you!

And it appears I will be swimming like crazy to celebrate (And prepare for next week)! (FUN!)


Psalms 52:8
But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the lovingkindness of God forever and ever.
- See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Colors,-Green#sthash.e2sfa0XB.dpuf
Psalm 58:2 "But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever."

And I think that is the closest is comes to finding a Bible Verse for St. Patrick's Day!
But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the lovingkindness of God forever and ever. - See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Colors,-Green#sthash.e2sfa0XB.dpuf
Psalms 52:8
But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the lovingkindness of God forever and ever.
- See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Colors,-Green#sthash.e2sfa0XB.dpuf
Psalms 52:8
But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the lovingkindness of God forever and ever.
- See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Colors,-Green#sthash.e2sfa0XB.dpuf
Psalms 52:8
But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the lovingkindness of God forever and ever.
- See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Colors,-Green#sthash.e2sfa0XB.dpuf

Monday, March 10, 2014

Time Will Not Wait

So if you've been reading this blog for at least around a year, you'd remember that last year, I posted an essay that I wrote for a state  wide Pro-life contest. (Click HERE to read last year's essay) I ended up placing third overall for our state which I was excited about...

Anyway, I entered again this year, and as of today, I just found out that I move on to state!  Praise God!  So here's this year's essay:

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Time Will Not Wait
By: Jordan Strang

Cameron was a handsome young surgeon... Hardworking, strong, brilliant… The type of man Kristin had always dreamed of.  She, on the other hand, was a beautiful young woman gifted with a fabulous taste in visual arts.  Kristin simply was made for Cameron. The two fell in love and married.  They raised a family together, became grandparents and grew old together.  At the end, they knew their lives hadn’t always been easy, but they had always been good.

But we speak as looking into the future... They lived their future… Or did they?
We are mistaken.  The cold hard facts have spoken: Cameron and Kristin never were married, never saw their posterity, and never grew old together.  Instead, they were aborted soon after their conception.  With their entire lives ahead of them, they were cruelly murdered, cut off from what would have been.

What is life?  Should we appreciate it, ascribe value to it, embrace it, and protect it?  Or was Macbeath correct when he noted that, “Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts...his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more.”?  His words tell a tale of meaninglessness… Life is here today, gone and forgotten tomorrow.

Today we live in a world that cheapens life from beginning to end.  Contraceptives, early, mid and late term abortions… These and other examples show an obvious disregard for life in our country.  They are the actions of a nation who ascribes absolutely no value to human life and seeks to destroy it.  The individual who can take the life of the unborn displays horrific inhumaneness.  He is not a medical professional; he is a professional murderer.  

If we would take heed to Thomas Jefferson’s words in the Declaration of Independence, abortion would not exist in our nation.  He wrote that, “...all men...are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights...among these are [is] Life...”  The right to life is intrinsically connected to every person.  It belongs to them by nature, given by the One who created them in the beginning.   

But we didn’t listen.  Since 1973 when Roe vs. Wade passed, 57,140,000 American children have lost their lives to abortion.  These young ones were not blobs of tissue, they were real people, just like Cameron and Kristin.  With their entire lives ahead of them, they were exterminated.  Life must be valued beginning to end.  There is not one stage in human development where they are worth less… From conception in a mother’s womb to the last breath taken, life is beautiful and worthy of untold value.  

I choose not to offer arguments debating the legalities of criminal acts performed against the next generation.  To do so is futile.  Instead, let us work together to get the truth out.  People must be educated on what life really is: A divine right given to every person on this planet by their Creator.  And we must work fast for an entire generation is perishing before our eyes.  Wake up and get the truth out, America!  Time will not wait for us.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Test Taking...

Both Wednesday and Thursday were test days for me...

Well, Wednesday wasn't supposed to test day, but it ended up that way.
Basically, for a little while, I'd been wanting to challenge the test for College Mathematics.  I had like no extra time to study for it, so everything had been little by little... I ran through a few practice tests and decided my score was high enough.  I was going to do this!
But then I found out I couldn't take the test unless I had two forms of photo ID.  That created a problem for me!  Being that I was so busy with Bible Bee for the past two years, I never got around to taking my driver's test which would give me the ID i needed to take the math test.

So I did it.  I studied less than 20 hours to take the driver's test and took it.  Yes.. Us Strangs are fairly crazy when it comes to stuff like that!

And then the next day, I walked into the testing center at the college and proudly displayed my ID.... of course it was paper though, which was a little awkward! jk
 Either way, I walked out a little less than three hours with college math behind me!  Praise God!  I scored an A on the test, and I'm completely done with math!  And I'm not even done with high-school yet!
Okay...... Maybe this post should move in a more spiritual direction? Well, I had an interesting thought that correlates with walking the campus from the test center to the student resources office and back to the test center.  For two days, I had come into contact with several hundred unsaved people.... Did I really model Christ to them?  This really comes down to love.  Love for others.  Do I love those people enough to do more than just walk by them and maybe offer a half-hearted, "Hey!"?  It's a question we should all ask ourselves.  And how wonderful to think that maybe because of one thing:  Handing them a tract, stopping for a moment to share the glorious Gospel of Christ with them, we might see that person in heaven.