Saturday, May 31, 2008
Thankful for friends who love me as much as I love them..... thankful to God for giving me happy days... and looking forward to many more.
We met this ADORABLE puppy out on the trail today! SO CUTE! She reminded me of what Chloe looked like as a puppy. How do people live without dogs??
Friday, May 30, 2008
Yesterday was the last day of school for CCA. I went to the chapel service and left feeling rather torn with mixed emotions. As I walked out the door and it slammed shut it was as though that chapter of my life slammed shut as well. I'm sad that I'm not apart of the school anymore but incredibly excited to see what God has in store for me the next few years. I'm so excited to see where I end up going to college and all of the other major milestones that I'll meet in the upcoming years. Yet I'm also a bit scared. I guess I'm scared about stupid things like not doing well on the ACT, not getting into the college that I want, and other things that I just need to lay at His feet!! Fear is not something that we as Christians need to burden ourselves with but sometimes I just can't help it!!
Yesterday also marked the day that we closed on our house!! Praise God!! My Mom felt a huge burden lifted off of her the moment she dropped the keys into the new owner's hands. What an incredible relief to be done with that house. This whole year has taken a huge toll on my parents in alot of ways and I'm very thankful that the Lord chose to release them from that house. We can move on now that we're out of that rut and take on new challenges as a family. The "We haven't sold our house yet" cloud that was hanging over our heads is no longer there and for that we are grateful.
I'm sorry this is such bad writing. I'm can't seem to get my words to flow!! :)
Have a wonderful weekend!
Thursday, May 29, 2008
So did you think you were having a bad day? Glance around your room and whisper a prayer of thanks to the Lord that He gave you eyes that can see. When you walk down the hall to see what your mom is making for dinner be thankful that you can see her face smiling at you!! I hope that we never take these simple, yet important things of life for granted!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
The Last Time on the Trampoline. :(
In the Secret Hideout
Corinne and I spent lots of time in that closet painting, hammering, and decorating that hideout! We formed a "club" and even attempted to write a book in there when we were in 6th grade!
Placing our hands in the tiny handprints from 9 years ago was funny. I still remember not wanting to stick my hand in that "gross concrete!"
Yesterday was extremely busy. I had worship team, lunch with a friend, a 30-minute trip to the mall to find a black dress to wear to graduation since I'm singing in the choir (it was successful!! I got a super cute dress to wear at a bargain price!), work, and ACT prep class. By the time I fell into bed I was exhausted! I had to ask myself where the time in my life went where I had hours on end of free time. I used to devour a book or two a week and now I'm lucky if I read a book in a month!!
I have final plans for the summer and it's going to be jam-packed! I decided my new motto is, "It's better to be busy than bored!" I will definitely be living by that!! My days will be quite full but I'm thankful that I have been given the chance to work so many hours a week. It ends up that I'll be babysitting for a family of 5 kids this summer- 2 biological and 2 adopted from Ethiopia. So I will be "Mini Mom" from 7:30-1 and secretary from 1:30-5!! This babysitting job will not be an easy one but I know that the Lord has alot to show me through these kids. Since I'm not 17 yet, I won't be able to drive them anywhere. We'll be bikeriding ALOT. I'm hoping that I can pay one of my brothers a couple of dollars an hour to come with me when we ride places. I'm very nervous about crossing busy streets with 5 kids in tow. I'm praying for wisdom and discernment on how to safely care for this many kids, be a peacemaker for sibling arguments, be creative and fun in finding lots of activities for us to do so they don't get bored, and to be a shining light of Christ to them (it's a Christian family but I still want to be a good example).
I better get back to my school but I wanted to just post a quick report on my life, as boring as it probably sounds! :)
Monday, May 26, 2008
We had a fantastic weekend. The weather was beautiful and we were outside nearly the entire time. We made obstacle courses and raced eachother on the 4-wheelers, ate lots of good food, played games, and relaxed.
I was thinking today while lounging in their hammock under a canopy of shady trees that in just over a year I may be off at college and these memories will be so precious to me. We'll hold onto these times together as they become more scarce. What a blessing it is that God gives us these moments together as a family.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
I got a new camera because my old one died. It has this awesome zoom/close-up setting and I messed around with it today in my aunt's beautiful gardens. I love capturing even a small part of this glorious creation God has made. I am in awe of the beautiful blossoms and and blooms and love how there's so many parallels between flowers and the life of a Christian. I've been given the command to shut the computer off so I better obey... i'll just leave you with the slide show.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
On Monday night I got home from work, ate dinner, and tackled my very messy room. I can't stand being unorganized and for me, in order to function I have to have my desk and my room neat and tidy. I think everybody has one area of life that they use as a "constant." Something that's always there and something that they can always do no matter what the circumstances are. Being organized and having a clean room is probably mine. Even if my life gets stressful, chaotic, and frustrating, at least I have one area that isn't out of my control!! :) So I restored order to my desk and room.
I also went to our Christian bookstore and bought a daily devotional book. I'm not going to let myself skip devotionals anymore. The fact that I can convince myself I don't need to do it is proof enough that I DO!!! So my new and most important goal is to start doing a devotional each and every day and to not let this be one of those "highs."
Tonight we have our first leadership meeting at church. I cannot wait for tommorow afternoon to come because I'm going to go see Libi come home from China with her family!! :) :) :) I'm SOOOO excited. So I will post pictures on that sometime. I always lose it when I see the homecoming of adopted kids so I'm anticipating being an emotional mess. I'm sure I'll fall more in love with the miracle of adoption and, of course, want my family to adopt even more (if that's possible!).
Sunday, May 18, 2008
So I don't know. I guess you could say I'm just waiting. Waiting for further direction, praying that my plans to be an elementary teacher are what God wants me to do, just hoping that I'm doing everything I can to be the person God wants me to be, and that I'm being a productive soldier in this battle!
Saturday, May 17, 2008
After I got back from Kristen's I made myself presentable (a.k.a. shower and makeup!!) and we picked up sandwiches from Quiznos and headed to the park for a family picnic. We used to go to the park for picnics all the time when we were kids but we hadn't gone in a very long time. It was so much fun to just sit in the gorgeous weather and talk and remember picnics from when we were little. After we ate my mom and I managed to get my brothers to let us take some pictures (not an easy thing to do!). We then came home for an hour and went on a fairly long bike ride to get ice cream. We all came home and crashed after that (my legs feel like jelly right now even though I'm sitting down!). Probably a good indication that I'm out of shape..... maybe I'll excercise this summer.....
Here's a few pictures (if you can't see it on the screen just push "View All Images"- sorry, I'm still working out the bugs):
Friday, May 16, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
When I saw this picture pop up on my computer screen after I uploaded all of my farm pictures from my camara I was mesmerized. I couldn't believe how beautiful and detailed the flowers were. It was one of those moments when you are just captured by the intricate design of our Great Creator!! So when I read the phrase Lose yourself in a moment I thought of this picture and how I was just lost in awe of how big our God is and how if He cared enough to create those petals and blossoms how much more must He care about ME?!! My life has details woven into it that are much more complex than the creation of this flower. Our God just blows me away!!
So that's my chocolatey wisdom for today. Look for God in the little things today because He is there!
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Sunday, May 11, 2008
So please don't make fun of my nerdy glasses or bunny teeth, OK?!! Just focus on the more recent ones. Sit back and enjoy the show!
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Today was a day at the farm. Our main priority was to help my aunt move stuff to their new house. We did some of that but we probably played more than worked. Sorry Aunt Diane!! It was a gorgeous day outside and I actually got hot and put on shorts! We had a great time riding around their new land on the quadrunners and we managed to fit in a card game and ice cream too. On the way there and back I worked on my Mom's special Mother's Day gift. I will post tommorow night with pictures after we're done with our Mother's Day stuff. I'm having a terrible time getting a slideshow on here so I'll just post a few small pictures.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
"I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."