Sunday, August 28, 2011

FLORIDA!!!

So, as you all know, my family and I took a much needed vacation to Florida. It was absolutely AMAZING!!! I had a blast just traveling! The vast difference in terrain along the East Coast is just amazing!! I have to say, I think my favorite state is Virginia. It's absolutely AMAZING!!!!!!! I can't even describe the majest of the mountains and the beauty of the rivers and valleys. I have a friend there that told me "It's God's country" and I have to agree, although it's ALL God's country. Just beautiful! Part of Virginia being my favorite state is the fact that I didn't see South Carolina or Georgia in the day time;-) I won't bore you with all the boring details of my trip, I'll just share a few pictures :-)

Oh! I'll share these details because they're NOT boring!!!! The Archer's and the Johns' are AMAZING people!!!! God has surely blessed their churches with caring pastor's and pastors' families! Both families were so incredibly hospitable to us, and I can't thank them enough for the kindness and for welcoming us with open arms. The chuch families of thetwo preachers are AWESOME and the good teaching they've had over the years shows BRIGHTLY. At both churches we were hugged and told how much they appreciated us. I even got the Hispanic kiss on the cheek from one sister. Love you, Becca;-) Just AMAZING!!!



BEAUTIFUL mountains in Virginia!



*Gag* I ate Gator tail!!!! It actually tasted pretty good, but the batter they fried it in was really salty, almost as salt as the ocean, but it made me nauseous thinking about what I was actually eating.






They're gonna just love me for this pic, but my family at Busch Gardens.



This might possibly be the cutest thing I've ever seen!! A baby cheetah was out playing with it's doggie friend, and it was sooooo cute!!! Believe or not, that cheetah was as big, or bigger, than a full grown lab or retriever/hound mix, and the cheetah is 6 months! omw! So cute!!!!

Really cool wall somewhere in one of the Virginias






*Ugh* Dinner from the night before.


Riding down the big hill on the Log Flume. We. Got. DRENCHED!! I was NOT Happy!!!!! lol My hair looked like I stuck my finger in a light socket for the rest of the day. Ugh!=/
He looks so cute and innocent when he's sleeping. Aww!! :-)





The one sleeping looks cute--the one standing by me, however, is VICIOUS looking! They're just UGLY and mean! That one was stalking back and forth just itching to get out and eat the little children that were walking back and forth in front of him.




Bad pic of me, BEAUTIFUL pic of my cousin, Melissa:-) She's 8 months pregnant and absolutely adorable, and so sweet!!! :-) Her and her husband gave us a wonderful breakfast!



Ya'll have no clue how hard it was to get the pic. First we had to get the lighting right, then we had to get the poses right, then we had to get the aim right....oh my! It was a hassle! Did I mention that I had to jump up and push the button, then run back to the couch and act like I'd been sitting there?



Melissa, Jason, and Lucy, and Baby Baldwin :-)



The lighting in this picture is kind of off, but I LOVE it!! These girls are just wonderful! It's Rebecca (the Hispanic who kissed me;]), Jamie Johns, me (duh!) Lucia, and Stephanie Johns, the Johns' daughter-in-law.
Jonathan, Tommy, and Joshua.




Tommy. The guy that's like the gentle giant. That guy is SOOO tall!! Se where my shoulder is?? I had on FOUR INCH HEELS!!! And then the hair is like another 4-5 inches and I'm still shorter!!! lol The average sized guy looks like a midget when I'm in high heels with tall hair;-)





Tommy and Elder Bro. Johns, the "grandpa" of the church. Such a SWEET elder!!! :-)





Stephanie and me---I love her!!!!!



Stephanie and her husband, Bro. Jesse Johns.

Bro. Johns and Daddy after some good food and fellowship!

My mom and Sis. Johns. We learned something neat when we were in Miami. Sis. Johns' sister, Becky, is the one who witnessed to my mom, helped her pray through to the Holy Ghost, and gave her her first Bible study!



Sis. Johns and me! She is easily one of the sweetest people I've ever met! I fell in love with her very quickly. She is a true lady :)




Daddy in Bro. Archer's church. He preached a GREAT message!!!!


Dakota and his new-found friend, Jonathan. I'm glad he had fun!


Friday, August 19, 2011

10 ways I'm viewed






10 Words You Would Use to Describe Yourself:


1) Christian


2) Lonely


3) Friendly


4) Happy


5) Content


6) Loving


7) Compassionate


8) Talkative


9) Blessed


10) Flawed




10 Words a Stranger Would Use to Describe You:


1) Happy


2) Friendly


3) Bubbly


4) Snobby (until they meet me)


5) Crazy


6) Christian


7) Outgoing


8) Long-haired


9) Modest


10) Conservative




10 Words Your (Blog) Readers Would Use to Describe You:


1) Unfaithful


2) Crazy


3) Descriptive


4) Long-winded


5) Insightful


6) Senseless


7) Cheery


8) Talkative


9) Promoter-of-other's-blogs


10) Compassionate



10 Words Your Friends & Family Would Use to Describe You:


1) Loving


2) Opinionated


3) Compassionate


4) Lover of God


5) Silly


6) Talkative


7) Annoying


8) Cheerful


9) VERY girly (been told that a lot recently lol)


10) Lover of my family and friends


and for bonus points …

10 Words God Would Use to Describe You:


1) Obedient


2) Submissive


3) Easily molded


4) Passionate


5) Forgiven


6) Flawed


7) Loved


8) Valuable


9) Thankful


10) Needy

If ya'll have any other ways you see me, please do tell!! :-) Good or bad ;-)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

VACAY!!

Well ya'll, we are about to take our annual vacation. And this year, the lucky state that gets us as tourists iss.....FLORIDA!!!! I am soooooooo excited!!!! Crazy, right? It's just a vacation, right? Nothing special, just going to a beautiful sunny state that most of America has visited at one time or another. WRONG! This is my first REAL vacation this year. Yes, back in July we went to Albion, but for me that wasn't really a vacation. Had some major life decisions hanging over my head that I made at Camp, soooo it wasn't really a "break" from life at all. So, going to Florida is gonna be my little time of rest and relaxation before school starts. Oh, and something else that makes this trip extra special is the fact that I've never been to Florida, OR seen an ocean!! We are going to Fort Lauderdale and Miami so we'll be very close to the ocean, and no doubt will go to the beach. *Squeals* Eeeee!! So excited!!!!! Anyways, I'll try to get LOTS of pictures to post when I get back!!

Monday, August 8, 2011

My heart

My heart.........

Thursday, August 4, 2011

5QF

1. Do you have siblings and are you close with them?


I have two siblings-My 21 year old sister, Elissa, and my 13 year old brother, Dakota. I would consider myself close to them, but in different ways. I think I will get even closer to them both in the coming years. Something that is SO sweet with my brother is how he has turned into being a compassionate little boy. I'm not gonna lie....there are days when I want to ship him off to a desserted island and he drives me CRAZY, but other days we are super close and he's so loving! I spent three days at a friends house, and last night he hugged me and was like "I just wanna hug my sister!" And then Elissa....well we are just close and we miss each other since she's moved out! lol


2. Would you rather be slightly UNDER weight or slightly OVER weight?


Hmmmm that's a hard one! Right now I'm overweight....I dont think I've ever been UNDERweight...Sooo.....I think probably overweight. Even though I'm overweight right now I don't look bad and I feel just fine.


3. What's your favorite State Fair food to splurge on?


I would have to agree with my MAMA. Funnel cake is AMAZING!!!! I get it almost every time we go to the fair....mmmmm so good!

4. What are your thoughts on your kid(s) going to school in a few weeks?
Well since I'm the one going to school, I'll answer it from my point of view. I'm soooo excited!!! Again, like my Mom said, this is mine and my brothers first year in public school. It's exciting!! I'm thrilled!


5. Pool or Ocean? '
DEFINITELY the pool!!!!! Nothing has died in it.....there aren't all kinds of animals eating one another in it....no chance of jelly fish lol I like swimming in a pool! Lol


Have a great weekend everyone!



Wednesday, July 27, 2011

So everyone, I have SUPER exciting news! On Monday, I FINISHED SCHOOL!!!!! FINALLY!! Most people get out of school for the summer at the beginning of June....not me! I'm my own person-an original. I get out at the end of July! *rolls eyes* Yeeah I'm just cool like that. So anyways, I finished Monday, and now I get just over a month of summer vacation. Woohoo!!

The other exciting news is that this Friday and Saturday my dad and I are going to Bro. Streeval's anniversary services....aaaannnndddd Kristi might be going with us! I'm SOOOOO happy!!!! I love that girl TO DEATH! :-D So yeah, we might stay in a room together. It will be fun! :-D

And I left these two pieces for news so you can go have yourself a good ole' shout down in the Lord. Last Wednesday night, Josie, a cousin of a family in our church that has visited us every summer for like 3 years, was filled with the precious gift of the Holy Ghost! and THEN, tonight, EJ, a guy in my church has come to our church for almost 2 1/2 years received the Holy Ghost! God is SOOOOO good!! There is REVIVAL IN OUR CHURCH!!!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

He's the Master of the Ocean

This is a quick, random post to let you all know that I absolutely LOVE the old songs!!!!! It's been a while since we've sung some of them at my church because there are just so many good ones!! A few of my favorites are "Master, the Tempest is Raging," sung by Jesse Dixon, "Leavin' on my Mind" by the Haven of Rest Quartet, and "Somebody Oughta Testify" by Dottie Peebles. I was singing both of those all day today, and then after church I looked up "Leavin on my Mind" and on the sid was "Master, the Tempest is Raging" and I clicked RIGHT AWAY!!! I looooove it! :) I was sitting there just about bawling because of the power I could feel!!! There are a few lines that stick out to me from the two hymns.


The first one, from "Master, the Tempest is Raging," says "There's no water that can swallow the ship where lies, the Master of the ocean, the sea and the sky." Something about that stuck out to me tonight. I've heard messages about having Jesus in your boat and things like that. I guess tonight I just really put the connection together. These thoughts are going to be a little bit scrambled, but please just try to get what I'm saying.

Ok, so we can compare our lives and our walks of life with the boat. Obviously, we want Jesus to not only be in the boat, but to be controlling it. For the sake of this thought, pretend that we are driving the boat, and Jesus just wants to be in the boat. Well we're going through the "sea of life" on our little boat, and we hit the storm, or the problems and trials of life. The line, "There's no water that can swallow the ship where lies, the Master of the ocean, the sea and the skies," is saying that even if it seems like Jesus is asleep in your boat, your trials can't overtake you. You might be fighting the hardest struggle you've ever faced. You feel like God isn't there, that He doesn't even give a thought to the fight that's going on, but if you have Jesus in your boat, even if it seems as though He's sleeping, you can't hear His voice, you can't feel His touch, you don't feel direction, the storms and trials of life Can. Not. Consume You.

I have this friend, and she will know I'm talking about her, (hope you don't mind Buddy!) that has been going through a trial for three years. I won't go into details, but there are times when she feels like she'll be consumed, like she can't go on. If I was going through what she's going through (essentially it SEEMS like Jesus is asleep) I don't know if I could make it. But through it all, she has kept a steady prayer life. She's faithful to church, submissive to her Pastor--she has kept her walk with God even though it seems like He's not there. She is an INCREDIBLY faithful, and good saint, although the trials of her life are HUGE! But I know and in her mind, she knows, that because Jesus is in her boat, even if it seems like He's sawing logs in the back, this trial cannot consume her. He's the Master of the ocean, the sea, and the sky. He controls the dark clouds, the waves that are crashing against her boat. He is over all of the little sharks in the water that have tried to hurt her and bring her down (♫ Lalala, he's a jerk;)♪ Inside joke) I know that in the very darkest of hours it seems like God isn't there, it seems like no one understands, the trial will never end, the wounds will be reopened over and over and never heal, but I'm telling you, THIS WILL END. There are seasons, and a season doesn't last a lifetime. There are cycles, and God knows just when you're season will come to an end. When you are through this, you'll be able to see why it happened. "Farther along we'll understand why" as the old song goes.

I really didn't mean to say any of that, but about half-way through I started crying and just felt to try to encourage someone. God is there. He really DOES have it all in control. When life seems it's craziest, God is still there, He's still walking beside you, protecting you, helping you.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Ugh!!

I'll admit it right away, although I'm sure you'd figure it out by reading further---I'm annoyed!! VERY annoyed!!! I was going through the Yahoo homepage, as I usually do, because they usually have interesting stories. The other day they had an article on strange hotel rooms. There's a hotel that is underwater, and the workers scuba dive down to you and deliver you pizza for food. I thought that was pretty cool. Right now there's a story about a guy riding his bike on a lake--cool stuff. Then there's an article that just eats me up!!!! It's called "The disaster that the world forgot."

Back in September of last year, a big earthquake hit New Zealand, and there were around 180 people killed. I can't remember it extremely well, but I'm sure there were rescue funds and everything, and I'm sure an amount of awareness was raised. You can ask almost any teenager, or even adult, that you see walking down the road a simple question like, "Who's Justin Bieber?" or Or "What's the biggest movie right now?" anything to do with modern news or entertainment, and they'll be able to asnwer you correctly. You ask them about a little city of 39,000 people called Christchurch, and 99.9% won't even know what the city is. Do you know what Christchurch is?

It's a city in New Zealand that has been hit EVERY DAY SINCE SEPTEMBER with an average of 20 earthquakes a day, 7,500 total. It just made me SICK when I realized the priorities of the media!!!! On the front page of Yahoo, there are four stories displayed, in this order. "Rebecca Black Debuts New Single," "Teen's Bike Stunt Defies Logic," "Embarrassing home run trot," And then FINALLY "The Disaster the world forgot." How sickening is that? There are 36 other featured stories on Yahoo's home page, and among them are a story letting everyone know about a golf star and his girlfriend breaking up, the NFL games being even longer this year, a baseball player hitting the ball so high it broke a light, a story about two celebrities who stayed out of the limelight for years, and quite a few other ridiculous stories.

Has our country become so heartless that we care about "Is it ok for kids to sleep in the bed with their parents" or Ivanka Trump's baby girl more than we care about a city that can't live a normal life because of the disaster that strike's daily? I can't even IMAGINE having my house destroyed, but really not being able to rebuild it because I know it'll be knocked down again. Imagine you're brushing your teeth in the morning and all of the sudden the ground starts shifting. You're out for a walk with your dog through the rubble in the street and you're knocked off your feet because of an earthquake. It's terrible, yet for a town of 39,000 people, it's their every day lives.

Let's not forget what's really important! And I'm not judging, because even for myself, sometimes my priorities get messed up. BUT, personally, I don't think that the media should be allowed to get their priorities messed up...I want to know the IMPORTANT stuff!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

My grandma

Well everyone, I just wanted to post about my grandma. I am VERY VERY blessed to have a grandmother that loves me and cares about me, but is also my pastor's wife. She isjust absolutely AMAZING!!!!!! She is a wonderful example of what every woman should strive to be like----a true and graceful lady! I just LOVE her!!! :-D She's an amazing example of a mother, wife, grandmother, and first lady of the church :)






Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Will of God

Hello my lovely people!! I come to you today with my head ducked in shame....it has been two months since I've written to my blog. Honestly, I've had no motivation or inspiration. Well, my inspiration came a week ago, and my motivation hit me just now.

The topic I present to you isss.....*drum roll* "THE WILL OF GOD!"

We (my dad, brother and I) attended a church camp in Albion, IN last week. I must admit, that camp is the cream of the crop! Amazing move of God and PHENOMENAL preaching! Bro. Keith Smith from Charlotte, NC preached Monday night about evangelism, and I have to tell you, God confirmed to me the reason I decided to attend public school, and it also stirred up a HUGE desire for evangelism, which is the reason I'm attending public school. All of the morning services were taught by Bro. Kevin Archer, and his thought for the week was on the Will of God. He taught four different aspects of the will of God, and I'll tell you them in a minute.

The second night, Tuesday night, there was no preaching. The children's choir sing and the Holy Ghost fell in the room! Little children everywhere had their hands raised with tears streaming down their faces, seeking the Holy Ghost. Wednesday night Bro. Bow preached "The Great Escape" and talked about breaking chains that hold you. He read where the Lord gave "some deliverance" to the children of Israel. He was talking about the man (I can't remember....it had "boam" at the end) that was in partial freedom for 17 years. He talked about how some deliverance allows you to worship and feel the Holy Ghost on Sunday night, but Monday morning you're chained down again. It was a really good message and there was a LOT accomplished that night!! Then Thursday night Bro. Bow preached about Two Women. He talked about awakening dreams that have died in your life. Again, WONDERFUL preaching! Friday night, no preaching again.

So Tuesday morning, Bro. Archer preached "What is the will of God." He talked about how misused the phrase "will of God" is, and how people just throw it around. It's hard to summarize an entire message, but his main point was "The will of God is what your pastor preaches." If your pastor preaches that you don't wear the color brown (never heard of that, but it's just an example) then the will of God for you is to not wear the color brown. If your dating standard is 18, (a relevant thing in my life there) than the will of God is that you do not date until you're 18. That message really helped me! Then Wednesday morning he preached about embracing the will of God. A lot of people feel like if you're in the will of God than you're going to be miserable and everything you hold dear will be taken away from you. That's not what the will of God is. He wants to make you happy, and He will ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS give you what is best for you. The will of God is something to love and embrace. You embrace things that you hold dear to you. You embrace something you love :) The will of God is something to LOVE! The will of God, or the plan of God for you life should make you happy! I tmakes me absolutely THRILLED knowing that God has a plan for my life, and if I'm sensitive to Him and stay in His plan, I will be as happy as is possible for my life. And that if I follow His will, I will have the best of everything in life! It is such an amazing feeling to submit and embrace. I don't want to have to try to figure out what I'm going to do in my life....GOD has it all in control! I don't have to worry about if I'm going to get married, because God knows, and HE has the perfect, let me say it again, THE PERFECT man for me! I don't want the responsibility of planning my life or trying to find my own mate. ~When God sends you your spouse, he/she will walk up beside you, take your hand, and you'll keep walking together~ Bro. Kevin Archer

I really cannot describe to you how much that one message changed my life. No, the will of God might not be the easiest option at the moment, but in the long run you will have a LOT less pain than if you followed your own will, and God will make you happier than you could EVER make yourself. For the first time in my life, I had to make a conscious choice to follow the will of God. I've never come face-to-face with a decision of whether or not I'll follow God or do my own thing. And I'll be completely transparent, it wasn't an easy choice for me. I had to sacrifice my own self-will on the altar....I DID have to give up my will, cry, ask God to help me, ask Him to give me strength...I DID have to tell him, "Lord I don't particularly WANT to do this, but nevertheless, Thy will not mine." Already, God has shown to me that He will bless me for it. I can't explain to you what it feels like to know I'm listening and obeying.

In the past 3 weeks, I have felt pain like never before in my life. I've hurt more than I thought possible, I've cried more than I have in years, and I've been more lonely than I've ever thought I would be. BUT, I know that God is there for me....although we can't see Him, He is there. He understands us better than we understand ourselves. He cares about us more than our best friends did. It NEVER ceases to amaze me how God knows what we need, and when we need it. I VERY MUCH needed the messages about God's will at Camp. And then, Sunday night, my uncle Tim was talking after altar call and the one thing he said was "You don't have to be lonely." Even now, seeing that just makes me weep. I'm so thankful to know that God is always there for us. When friends we thought would be close to us forever turn away, when we lose ppl we thought we'd have for the rest of our lives, and when circumstances happen and we are separated from those we hold dear, GOD is there, and HE will never go away. He won't turn His back on us, He won't ever ever ever be separated from us. God is SO good! :)

~My life is not my own, to You I belong. I give myself away~

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

To my beautiful, amazing, understanding, graceful, elegant, lovely, and superb Mama-I LOVE YOU!!! Happy mother's day! This is a day that always makes me think about how thankful I am for all the years you've put up with me. It makes me thankful for all the hugs you've given me when I was absolutely a mess, and upset, and wishing that someone cared. When no one else cared if I was upset or not, and nobody else knew, YOU knew and YOU cared. You've never once laughed at the dreams of my life, or the thoughts that I have. You're supportive of anything I want to do! You have a HUGE part of my life, but you've let me make my own decisions. You taught me for most of my life what the wrong and right decisions are, and now you're letting me make them and learn. To some people it's not a big deal, but I appreciate you not controlling my life. A simple thing like school, for example. Many people choose their kids' education. You and Dad have given me the choice to decide what I want to do, and I really appreciate that! You've told me my whole life that you won't choose my spouse or my career, you just want me to be happy. I thank you for letting me live my life, but still being kind of the guard rails to make sure I don't fall off and make a mess of everything. You are THE BEST mother EVER! :-D I am SO GLAD that God gave me to you!
I LOVE YOU!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011



Well everyone, I just had the most amazing and fantastic week EVER!!!!!!!!!!!! On Tuesday, when Jonah first got here, we came straight home (after King's of course) and hung out for the rest of the evening. Sister Melinda and her kids were here, and then later on that night Wayne and Angela came over. Wednesday, we went to the mall and then had church later on where he got to meet all the wonderful people I've been telling him about for nine months, and been chomping at the bit to introduce him to!


Thursday, we went to Niagara Falls and Hibachi, which were GREAT as always! Friday, we went to the Erie beach which was soooooo cold, but fun anyways! Saturday, we hung around the house for a while, Dad and Jonah talked some, and then we walked to Corkey's and got some ice cream. After we got ice cream, Elissa drove us to Drake Well to take some pictures, then we got my awesome baby cousin, Madeleine, and went up to the church. Jonah and I cleaned the sanctuary while Dad, Dakota, and Jared were outside doing yard work. No, Jonah isn't afraid of hard work, but he was in a white shirt;) Then, after the church was cleaned, we went home and had AWESOME sausage, gravy, and biscuits, and hung out at the house for the rest of the night. It was awesome!!

Big Fire at Hibachi's....they pour a bunch of oil on the grill and set it on fire.



Drake Well

Sunday was Easter, so we had our Easter dinner at Cross Creek after church. It ended up just being my mom, Elissa, Jonah, my aunt and uncle, Madeleine, and me. It was a lot of fun! Sunday night was church, and afterwards was Sister Melinda's surprise 40th birthday party, and yes, I did just tell everyone your age;) figured you could use a good support system during this time!!!! Monday was spent doing absolulely NOTHING, (except going to Walmart and running all over the hillside trying to find some stupid self-adhesive, protective lining envelopes!!! We bought out CVS AND Rite Aid!!! And no one else had anymore!) Oh, and we also had company too! My grandparents and the Kregiels came over for dinner, and oh boy was it ever good!! Lasagna with all kinds of desserts and garlic bread....OH! And I can't forget the PEPPERCORN!!!


Tuesday of course was the very sad day that Jonah went home. Overall, I think we both did pretty well. The only thing that hasn't been good with me, is I have been EATING like CRAZY!!!! I keep saying, "I need to stop eating!" but then I just pick up another piece of cheesecake to shut myself up. It's TERRIBLE!!! And I don't understand WHY I've been eating. I'm not even hungry, just feel like eating food!:-/ Well anyways, I just thought I would let my bloggie friends know what's going on with me. I will talk to ya'll later!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

IT'S OFFICAL!!!

I believe I have officially gone off my rocker! But then, most of you probably already knew that! It's been 9 months since I met Jonah, and I haven't seen him since then (obviously.) Well we found out back in February that he was going to be visiting, and we started the "countdown" at 63 days, exactly 9 weeks before the date he is to arrive. Weeelllll, as you can see from the countdown on the side of my page, only about a day and a half to go!!!!! He's getting here early Tuesday evening. One of the guys in my church, Wayne, was sooooo kind to allow Jonah to stay with him! When he's here we'll be going to Niagara Falls. Hopefully we don't go to Canada this time!!!! Well, we'll be with Dad, so I don't think we'll have to worry about that! Mom tends to be the one that gets lost;) Oh and we'll be going to Hibachi! Hopefully we can get some good pics of how they cook the food and make "Big Fire" so you all that have never been there can see! It's AMAZING!!! Anyways, back ot the point! Because I'll be pretty busy having fun (sorry to everyone that has to work! Muahahahahaha!!!! :p) I probably won't be posting the whole time Jonah's here. Soooo until next time, Adios!!! See ya later alligator!! Hasta La Vista! (hopefully that's right) Talk to you later! Bye bye now!;)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

All alone!:'( *sniff*

Alone--the feeling that no one cares. The feeling that you're the only person in the world. Feeling like no matter what you go through, what you say, what happens, you'll be all alone, with no one to care about you.

No matter the good, you won't be recognized, and even if it's bad, you won't be reprimanded. You'll be, to put it matter-of-factly, invisible. Even if you cry out, it's like no one hears you. When you speak, it's as if the people around you are deaf to your words.

That's the feeling I have as I post today. It's been weeks, and a recurring feeling shows up several times a day. My heart begins to race in anticipation, only to have my hopes shattered, and thrown to a merciless wind that carries them away. Does anyone else get this feeling??

Well, I know my mom does. She once posted about it on her blog as well, here. I hope now that you all, as my good friends and family, are wanting to know what it is that I'm so alone about. And hopefully, because you all love me, you'll want to help me feel like I'm not the only person in the world. Well, what I'm so upset and lonely about, is the fact that I get no..............


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People don't ever stop to give love to my blog!! Often times, I get all worked up anticipating just ONE comment, but alas, there are none. It saddens me beyond understandabilty!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Things I love to smell





First of all I would like to say "thank you" to Mary for tagging me! I was soooo looking for something to blog about but I couldn't figure it out! This it the perfect blog post!:-D ok, on to things I love to smell!! Oh and btw, you inspired me Mary!! I'm styling this post after yours. I'm pretty much a bland blog poster so I'm trying to spice it up a bit!:-D


1. Fresh spring air!


There's just this AMAZING scent in spring air. It SMELLS like spring!!!


2. My perfume!!!


I'm not trying to be conceited or anything, but I wear Charlotte Russe and it's smells FABULOUS!!!! One of my VERY FAVORITE smells!!!

3 Kittens!


I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the smell of kittens!!!! I don't know what the smell is, but they have this scent about them until they're like 6 months old and I just LOVE it!

4. COLOGNE!!!!


I've never smelled the Chrome Cologne that Mary mentioned, but there are a LOT of other colognes that I just LOVE to smell!! Ooooh and I love the Estee Lauder's aftershave. it's called Beyond Paradise. It. Smells. So. GOOD! And I TOTALLY agree with Mary when she says guys immediately look better when they smell good! It also makes a guy classier, in my opinion, when they wear good-smelling cologne.

5. SLEEP!!!

Oh wait, sleep doesn't smell!! Sure would be nice if it did though cuz I would smell it until it completely consumed me!!!! I hate not being able to sleep, especially days like today when I wake up really early when I wish I could be sleeping!


Man! Do you know how hard this is coming up with things I like to smell??? Anyways, pardon the brief moment of being side-tracked.


6. Roses

I sooooooo love the smell of fresh roses!!!! The first dozen roses I ever got was from my dad for my 15th birthday. I left them in a vase on my dresser and every time I walked into my room I could smell the roses. It was AWESOME having that as an air freshener!


7. Undescribable, see below

Weelll, I'm not quite sure how to describe this smell, but it's on that I'm very familiar with. It's a smell that any Apostolic girl who's gone to camps or conferences and stayed with other girls knows. It's a mix of hairspray, perfume, toothpaste, and steam from an ironing board. I LOVE IT!:-D


8. Herbal Essences Hydrating shampoo and conditioner

I really can't describe how it smells!! you would just have to try it to find out how it smells:-D oh, and it works GREAT on smoothing out my hair.


9. Bread!

I love the smell of freshly baked rolls, or bread! It smells sooooooo good!!!


And finally, we arrive at numero 10! Please forgive my warped sense of humor, anyone who's reading this!


10. Deer steak


I looooooovvvvveeee the smell of deer steak!!! Like seasoned deer steak frying in the skillet...oooo my mouth is watering already!!!!! It's SO good!!!


Oooh I forgot the most important part of this blog game! I need to tag some people. Soooo....














I didn't tag many people, but I hope you all will participate in this little game!

Happy blogging to you all!



Friday, April 8, 2011

Pancakes!!

Soooo, today I learned how to make pancakes!!! Like whenever I tried to make them and I would try to flip them over, I would make a HUGE mess and it wouldn't EVER turn out right!!! Well like two weekends ago, we went to King's Restaurant, which is a family owned, chain restaurant in this area. My mom got some vanilla custard filled pancakes or something like that. Weeelll, the thought struck me for a NEW recipe for pancakes and I've been just DYING to make them!!!! Soooo, today, my mom taught me how to actually MAKE the pancake, and I made the filling to put between them, and IT WAS SO, SO, SO, SO GOOD!!! They were THE BEST pancakes I've EVER HAD!!!!!! So now that I've taunted you with telling you about how good they were, you're just chomping at the bit to know what the filling is that I made, right??? Weeellll, I don't have an exact recipe yet cuz I just threw it together, but all I used was cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. I warmed the cream cheese up for like 15 seconds so it would be soft, just dumped in some sugar, and then poured some vanilla in. Then I mixed it all up with the mixer, and it was soooooo delicious!!! I spread it on top of the first pancake, and then put the second pancake on top of it. Then I spread some more of the cream cheese mix on top of the upper pancake, and poured syrup over it all. My mouth is watering AGAIN just thinking about it!!!! If anyone tries this out, PLEASE tell me how it was and how you liked it!!!! Thank you!!:D

Saturday, April 2, 2011

My parents

This is so totally random, but I just have to tell the world!!! I have the best parents ever!!! Like seriously!!!! Mom, Dad, I LOVE YOU!!!!!!! My parents are just wonderful! They are caring and understanding, the don't expect me to be something I'm not, they listen when I need to talk, they're fun and loving, they don't yell and fight, and they treat me respectfully. As goofy as my dad is, he's one of the best people I know! He's so calm and relaxed, don't get upset about like ANYTHING. He's soooo crazy though!! There are times when I would like to act like I DO NOT know him, but I guess that's what makes him--HIM!! We always have TONS of fun together, which is probably because we're so much alike. He's just flat-out AWESOME! And he's an amazing dad!! Something I never realized when I was younger, but am starting to realize now, is my dad knows pretty much everything, about pretty much everything. There are few things that you could ask my dad "What does this mean?" or "What is that?" and he wouldn't be able to give you a very clear and informative answer. He's a TOTAL history buff! He loves history, and he loves to tell stories about it. And he's not like a "proper and just the facts" type of story teller, if that makes sense. He makes boring stories into REALLY interesting stories!! (I think he gets that from my grandpa, cuz he's the same way;)) And then there's my mom. Where, oh where, do I start talking about my mom?? Well, I guess I could start by saying she is very, very wise! She knows a lot about a lot, but not the same way as my dad. She has a common sense that stays clear and focused. If you ask her for advice she will give you solid advice, and not just something off the top of her head. She's one of the best wives I've ever seen!! She's loving, and she's a perfect example of what women should be when they get married. And she's an AWESOME mother!! I can't tell you how many times I've been upset and she's hugged me and made me feel better. Oooh and she's a GREAT cook!!!! Today, she made THE BEST crock-pot chicken I've EVER had!!! I would say the best chicken, but FRIED CHICKEN IS THE BEST!!!! I love fried chicken so much I could be Colonel Sanders!! Anyways, back to my beautiful Mama!! Something else that I've noticed about her, that I never noticed when I was younger, is how much of a lady and how graceful she is. She's very proper, she cares herself in a lady-like manner, and she is graceful in any situation. THAT my friends is what I wanna be when I grow up!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Five Question Friday

1. Have you ever had surgery? Nope, sure haven't, thankfully!! Probably gonna have to have foot surgery in a few years tho:( 2. Ever ride in an ambulance? Again, nope!!! 3. How are you in a medical emergency? Panicked? Calm? I think I'm relatively calm. It's been a while. I think I'm calm on the outside, but I worry and get really panicked on the inside. I just feel like sitting down and crying usually. 4. Do you have a garden? Flowers or veggies? We have flower beds in the front of the house, and we were supposed to have a vegetable garden last year, but that didn't end up happening. We may have a veggie garden this year, though. 5. When did you move out of your parents house? Currently still live with my parents. Unless I end up being a 30 year old single woman, I don't plan to move out until I get married, or unless my parents decide I need to move.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Mushy stuff!!

LOVE.....

The word to some people means the little furry creature that they go home to and feed, water, and pet. It's the little kitty cat that paws at the bedroom door at 5 o'clock in the morning, and once let in, jumps on the bed purring and licking her owner's face. Then, to others, it's the dog that anxiously awaits his master's return after a long day. As soon as the door is opened, the man's best friend is wagging his tail and jumping up and down.

To other people, *ahem* Wayne and Angela, Kristi and Duane to name a few *ahem* love is the man or woman that they met, (or re-met after 20 years) and now couldn't live their life without. It's knowing that you have someone who is committed to you, that cares about you, that accepts you for who you are no matter what, that loves you, who will always be there for you, and who gives their heart and life to you, and wants to spend forever with you. To some other people, it's the man or woman that you have spent every day with for 39 years. It's the security in knowing that you have all you've ever wanted, of sharing 4 kids together, of having 11 grandkids.

And then, to some other people, love is the sticky faced little babies that raise their arms to you to be held. At all hours of the night, the baby wakes up, crying for Mama, and then once Mama has taken care of them, the little smile that lights up their face as they talk to Mama and play. As the years progress, the love that some people experience puts up with attitudes, temper tantrums, broken bones, and spends a lot of hours listening to their child cry, and tell Mom about their broken heart. It's the father that teaches his son how to be a man, how to provide for a family, how to care about someone else and be selfless.

I was sitting here today, and the thought hit me, that if every person in the world was in love in some sort of way, the world would be a much, much happier place! If each person had at least one person that made them the happiest person in the world, there wouldn't be so many problems! There wouldn't be so many people that walk out and go crazy, shooting people because of the darkness in their heart. I look around and see people that are in love with each other, like Kristi and Duane, Wayne and Angela, my mom and dad, grandma and grandpa. They are all so in love with another person. Kristi and Duane met, and fell in love so quickly. It was like they were always meant to be together, and it's like they've known each other forever. Wayne and Angela were separated by life and both went through life two different ways for 20 years, but once they got back together, they fell in love and are getting married. My mom and dad have been married for 17 years, and they are so happy and content. They aren't out looking for something else. They are happy, healthy, and have a family that they are raising, and it's almost raised;) [Only two more children to get into adulthood and out of the house;)] My grandma and grandpa have been married for 39 years, and they are so happy.

My conclusion of the day is, GO LOVE SOMEONE!! It doesn't have to necessarily be someone of the opposite gender, but find SOMEONE ELSE that you can care about more than yourself, that you can spend time with, and be happy with! Go to a nursing home, make some elderly person happy in their last days. Go to work at a daycare, care about some little children! Go to your local soup kitchen, care about the poor and less fortunate. When we put others above ourself, and love and care about them, it makes us ALL much happier people!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Lord is good!

Last night at the Youth Group meeting, we decided to play some music since a lot of our young people are involved in music. I was on the organ with Monique sitting beside me, singing, Laura was on the piano, Jared was on the drums, and Erin was singing. We were playing and singing "Revelation Song," and the Holy Ghost fell!! I could just feel a spirit of worship!

We didn't keep playing the song, but went on to some other stuff. When I got home, again, Erin and Monique were here singing, and I was playing piano. I started playing "I Bless Your Name" by Selah. I was just messing around cuz it's a fun song to play, but then Erin started singing. I started singing with her, and then I sang the second verse again. I kept singing the second verse....I could just FEEL the Lord!!

I'm so thankful that no matter where I am, I can get in touch with God! There is no greater feeling in the world than entering the presence of the Lord! Since I got my piano, the one thing I've really wanted is for the Holy Ghost to fall in my living room while I was playing and singing. I just want to get to that level of worship. It was so amazing last night!

Anyways, THE LORD IS GOOD!!!! Never fail to give Him glory and honor!!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Nooooo!!!!!!!!

I am so incredibly, and utterly SAD!!!!!!! Erin is leaving tomorrow!!! :'( This week has been SO MUCH FUN!! I can't believe she's actually leaving tomorrow!! This week hasn't gone as fast as I thought it would, thankfully!! (She just told me it when faster than she thought it would)

This week has had a few EXTREMELY memorable moments. One of the things that I didn't expect as much was how much Erin and I resemble each other. We literally look like sisters!!!


Ugh! Another thing that will be memorable is our accidental trip into Canada. I have to admit that it was pretty awesome actually being in Canada, but it was NOT cool trying to come back to the U.S.!!! When we went through the Canadian TRUCK DRIVER'S customs, Mom was like, "I'm lost!!!" So the man directed us over to this little building and mom went inside and got a little white piece of paper that said the reason we had left the U.S. was because our GPS took us that way and it was an accident. Well the guy in the customs was MEAN!!! I'm not trying to like talk bad about him, but seriously....look at that picture!! Do either me or Erin look like terrorists??? Does a twelve year old blonde kid in a white and yellow shirt look like a terrorist?? What about another girl wearing a UNITED STATES FADED GLORY SHIRT?!?!?! *sigh* anyways! He called this other guy and that guy came and told us we were going to walk into this other building, and Mom had to go park the car in this little parking lot. Well, I have to interject, I had on THE WORST SHOES EVER!!! Like I seriously looked WAAAAY mismatched!!!!! We had planned to go to the Falls, and then go to Hibachi afterwards. Soooo, I wore these uber-comfy black sneakers with black and pink laces....they're REALLY young and like, teenage girl/tom boy looking...first time I ever wore them! Ooooh plus!! Had on black nylons with WHITE socks!! And a green sweater.....reallllly ugly looking! lol So anyways, I was super embarrassed! I had some black heels to put on later, but I was just going to wear them after Niagara Falls. Yes, I am traumatized by the fact that I had to be seen with mismatching socks, shoes, and sweater.

So anyways, AFTER we got through U.S. customs, we went to Niagara Falls and IT WAS BEAUTIFUL!!! I will NEVER get tired of going and looking at the wonder of God's creation! Then we went to Hibachi and it was GREAT as always! Must say though, I'm not too keen on being called "Baby Mama" by the chef because I was holding my cousin!!!!!!!! I told him that I wasn't "Baby Mama" but it took him a little while to understand that. So then, once he DID get it, he kept calling me "Not Baby Mama".....just can't win with that guy!!!:-p

Theeennn....today we were just basically lazy. I did teach Erin how to make apple pie though. I think that's one thing that every girl should know how to bake. Making something completely from scratch that is ABSOLUTELY delicious gives the greatest feeling of accomplishment! For dinner, Erin is making BBQ chicken, and she adds some things to baked beans to make them her own. Ooooh it smells SOOOOOO good!!!!!! Totally stealing her recipe!!!!:-p

Then tonight, we have youth group at the church, and we are going to have some music practice! FUN stuff!! I'll try to post some pictures later....right now I need to go start getting ready for youth group!


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Niagara Falls and Hibachi

Weeellll, tomorrow, Erin, Elissa, Dakota, my dad, and me, are going to Niagara Falls, and then later on in the evening, we're going to Hibachi. I don't have to describe Niagara Falls, because most people know what it is, but on the other hand, Hibachi is AMAZING! It's a Japanese restaurant in Erie. On your table, they have the stove/grill thingy, and the chef cooks your food right in front of you. A few of the things they do is: Make a mountain of onion rings, cover it in oil, and set it on fire, spin an egg on a spatula, throw it up in the air, and crack it sideways on the spatula when it lands, and make all kinds of jokes. It's a very enjoyable meal! I'm so excited!!!

Monday, March 14, 2011

100!!!

Well everyone, my last post marked ONE HUNDRED posts since the birth of "A Day in the Life of a Talkative Teen" on January 8, 2010. I hope that I can have another 100 posts LONG before a year and two months has passed. I want to try to blog a lot more than I did over the past year.

I know that some of the quizzes, and survey thing-a-ma-bobbers are just cheat posts in the eys of some people, but in a way it's just random little things about me that you may have never known otherwise. Sooo....it's like "Getting to know the Author" type of stuff;-)

On to more important things! ERIN IS HERE!!!! She got here on Saturday. I seriously thought I was going to be sick because I was so anxious waiting for her to get to the baggage claim. Since it was her first time flying, everything was new to her. I was so worried that she was going to get lost trying to find the baggage claim!! I waited for I think about 10-15 minutes, and she arrived shortly after they put the luggage on the conveyor belt. We have been having SO MUCH FUN!

I feel bad for anyone who doesn't have her for a friend:-D I've laughed so much in the past few days! It's just....SO FUN!!!! :-D Tonight Laura is spending the night here at the house so I can't even imagine how fun it's going to be:-D Three crazy girls, up til the wee hours of the morning, and all hyper is a deadly combination;-)

Another AMAZING thing is.....Last night we had THE MOST AMAZING CHURCH SERVICE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!! God has been moving in such a mighty way here in Titusville. Last night from the very first song practice, it was AWESOME! My uncle was practicing some songs, and then when it got to prayer time they just kept playing and singing because the Holy Ghost was so strong and was definitely in it! After "prayer" time, the service slowed down and we were just worshipping the Lord and basking in His presence. One of the songs we sang that has such an anointing was "Near the Cross." There's just something about it when that song is sang from the very bottom of one's heart. When someone truly means it there is such an anointing! The service did speed up again, and a WONDERFULLY AWESOME THING HAPPENED!!!! God filled Chip with the Holy Ghost!!! It was an indescribable moment when I looked over at him praying at the altar and you could literally see the Holy Ghost just get all over him! Watching someone be filled with the Spirit of the Lord is the most rewarding part of this life, in my opinion. I am SO happy for him!!! God has been waiting for him to get to this place for a long time:)

Annnnnndddd.....he's getting baptized on Wednesday, which also happens to be his birthday! Ahhhhh!!!!!!!!!!! The Lord is SO GOOD TO HIS PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, March 11, 2011

YAY!!!! and Five Question Friday

*pats self on the back* I did it!!! I posted two days in a row!!! You know what that means?? I'm starting to not procrastinate as much!! Just getting out there and DOING IT!! Well you all, this is a very special Friday indeed, for me. ERIN WILL BE HERE IN LIKE 32 HOURS!!!!! I SO CANNOT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!


1. Do you know what your REAL hair color is? Well sadly, it's dark dark brown, with streaks of silver here and there. I like the dark brown, but the silver I could have waited another 15 years for.


2. Do you plan ahead for summer, or fly by the seat of your pants? I don't think we've ever planned our summer out. So I guess we just go with the flow....I think sometimes we know that we're going to certain conferences, like AYC or Heritage, but we don't really "plan" anything.


3. What is your favorite meal to cook? Oooh well since you asked, I LOVE making homemade mashed potatoes!!! So I guess my favorite meal would be mashed potatoes, deer steak (learned howto cook them from my daddy) and some sort of vegetable. I haven't done it in a while, but I used to make homemade bread Saturday morning and then we'd have that for dinner with the rest of the meal. I love feeling like I accomplished something;-)

4. Do you get offended by not receiving thank yous? It depends on how much out of my way I went for someone. If it's something small like reaching over and handing them something, then no I don't care if they say "thank you" or not. But if I really go out of my way, it's nice to hear that they appreciated. Chances are that if they don't say "thank you" after that, I probably won't do many things for them because I know they won't appreciate it.

5. How did you meet your best friend? Well, I have a couple of best friends. It's kinda weird but like they're all my best friends at different levels. The first would be Laura, and I met her when I was born I guess. Just grew up with her being older than me but always around. And then Moniuqe, I grew up with her. Her mom babysat me a lot when I was little. It's funny how I still seem to be around a lot, Mama K;) Then I met Erin I think almost 5 years ago at Camp Niangua in Missouri. And then last, but certainly not least, I met Jonah in Colorado this past July at the Summer Heritage conference.


Thursday, March 10, 2011

10 Things about me!

1. I love the Lord, and I'm proud to be a Christian!:)

2. I'm a chronic procrastinator.

3. I LOVE fixing hair!

4. I'm a borderline Tetris addict (don't judge until you've played it!)

5. I have a new-found love of SHOES CLIPS!!

6. I LOVE playing piano and singing!

7. I'm addicted to smilies :-/ Allll sorts of smilies :-D

8. My favorite holiday is Valentine's day! I just love all the love in the air around that time:-D Almost like Christmas:-p

9. I have THE BEST parents in THE WORLD!! And they're pretty cool too;)

10. I hate for people not to like me. I'm a permanent optimist...I tend to believe that even the most hateful and cruel people can be changed with enough love. Even though it's good to be optimistic and see the best in people, sometimes it's bad thing because when I DO discover that a terrible person isn't going to change, it's like a ton of bricks and crushes me.

Ooooh and I have AWESOME news!:-D In 2 days, yes, Saturday, my TWIN Erin is going to be here!!!!!!! I absolutely CAN'T WAIT!!!!!! And then in April, another one of my very best friends, Jonah, will be coming to visit for a week! I have a lot to look forward to;)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Sooo.....I have a question for you all!! Did you make any New Year's Resolutions?? How well are you keeping them?? Well thanks for letting me know that you aren't keeping yours either. Now I feel a bit better about admitting something pretty obvious. I have NOT been keeping mine...particularly the one about blogging three times a week. *clears throat*
And you know how with, say exercise, you can't just jump right back to where you left off?? Well since I'm trying to start easy so as to not wear out and hurt myself, I'm doing a cheat post as my first post back:-D Doing a 5QF, 5 Question Friday!!



1. Have you ever forgotten your child in a store or at school? Well since I have no children, my answer would have to be no. I'm sure someday I will tho....:-p


2. Where did you go on your very first date? (Like...first first, not first with your spouse or current significant other!) Very first date was to Chick-Fila with my bestest friend for Valentine's Day!


3. What's your "silly" fear? (We're not talking water and heights.) Ok don't laugh at me!!! It's a really silly fear and it's irrational with no cause....I just am. I'm REALLY scared of men with facial hair!! They're just really creepy looking and I don't like to be around them! I'm also scared of concrete balconies like on business buildings and stuff, and I'm scared of bridges. I'm so afraid that they're gonna break or something....


4. Confrontation: do you cause it, deal with is as it comes, or run far far away?
Depends on the situation....Usually just deal with it as it comes. If it's something that's uncomfortable than I ruunnn!!! If it's something like somebody saying mean things than I run TO the confrontation to tell the bullies to knock it off...just depends.

5. Wood floors or carpet?
I think a mix would be nice. Have wood floors in some rooms, carpet in others. Probably would want wood floors in the kitchen and dining room cuz it's easier to clean up messes. The rest of the house, carpet.


Friday, February 11, 2011

First date

Well everyone, I went on my first date!! My dear, and very loved date, asked me out about two weeks ago. We were sitting at McDonald's eating and my date asked me out. We were talking about how I've never been to Chick Fila and she said something along the lines of, "I should take you there for Valentine's Day."


Sooo...my date was with my best friend! Well, my best friend, her mom and sister, and my sister=) We had sooo much fun!

First we went to Chick Fila...the food was delicious, by the way! The Chick Fila sauce was soooooo good!! I can't even describe it! It was so yummy with their waffle fries!=D
Then we headed over to Ollie's, TJ Maxx, Michaels and then hit the mall....so much fun!! I could go on and on and on but you get the picture....my first "date" was with my best friend and we had so much fun!!!=D

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Hey everyone! I have my playlist set to start automatically, so if you want to listen to the song I posted without the music overriding it you can scroll to the bottom of the page and turn it off=)

In God we STILL trust!

Just a few minutes ago I got a forwarded email from a dear friend that read:

The song you are about to listen to is from a Las Vegas Diamond Rio concert. They received an immediate resounding standing ovation, and continue to do so every time they perform it!
Sadly, major radio stations wouldn't play it because it was considered 'politically incorrect'.
Consequently, the song was never released to the public. Now Congress is getting involved.

The President is saying that it is not fit for release because it offends so many. (so many who????)
See what you think...
If this offering speaks to your heart and you feel you want to share it with friends and loved ones, please do so.

Now I'm not really into country music....but I have to admit that some of the best patriotic songs are country songs. This song is well worth listening to!! No matter how "politically incorrect" this song is, in GOD we still TRUST!!




Thursday, February 3, 2011

Well everyone, I just have to take a minute to wish the most beautiful, and wonderful lady I know a happy birthday!!=)

This woman has raised three children, (four including the big child she married *cough cough*) has her own Ebay business, helps lead the youth groups, has an amazing singing voice, and has a successful blog and website.

One of the children she raised has made it past teenage years and is now into adulthood, one of the children (me) is still in the terrible teen years, and one is about to be in the teen years. But she's brought us all to the places we are without even breaking a sweat.

She is a compassionate woman...one of the most compassionate I've seen. She's a good listener and gives wise advice. A friend told me the other day, "Your mom is amazing! She listens to all my griping and complaining and doesn't judge me."

I can honestly say that I have a wonderful relationship with my mom. She makes it easy for me to talk to her. When I come to her with a problem, I know she's not gonna scold me or get upset. She just listens and tries to help me.

My parents have one of the best marriages I've ever seen. They know how to communicate, and the only time I've ever heard them raise their voices is if my dad is being his silly self. He "yells" at us, but it's all in fun. Again, I can honestly say I've only seen him angry like one time. If any of you know my dad you know what I'm talking about=) But with mom and dad, they have a wonderful marriage! My mother is a wonderful example of a submissive wife, but she's also the wife that can give good advice and help her husband make decisions. I love both of my parents;-)

So anyways, today is my beautiful and amazing Mama's birthday! You all should stop over to her blog, www.achocolatebouquet.blogspot.com, and show her some love on her birthday!=)

Monday, January 31, 2011

Oh. My. Goodness!! The Lord is faithful! Church on Saturday and Sunday was AMAZING!! I can't even describe to you how much the Lord moved in our service. From the very first prayer that was prayed in the prayer service to the last song that was sang in the altar service, the Lord moved and worked on people's hearts. Bro. Cormier can play the piano like nobody's business and Bro. Dwayne, his son, can absolutely TEAR UP the drums!

After service we went into the fellowship hall that was freshly painted, cleaned, and set up by the wonderful saints of God and the amazing pastor and first lady of our church. Had a great time fellowshipping and serving the food, drinks and desserts to people. There's is absolutely nothing like being around God's people and having good, clean fun was delicious food!! Donny, a friend of my uncle, volunteered to make the food for us, just because he likes helping people. It was great and it was so nice of him! Thank you Donny!:-)

After eating, a bunch of us went out and played music and sang. That was also SO MUCH FUN! It was awesome because although we were just messing around with the music, the Holy Ghost was still moving in the jam session! I could TOTALLY feel God in the music! I felt like having church all over again;-)

On Sunday, we had another service, more fellowship, and more musical fun!:-D We learned a few new songs from Bro. Cormier...he has some GREAT music! And he's amazing on the guitar! The Lord has really blessed him!

Well ya'll, there's my weekend! It was AMAZING!! Oooh! I got super exciting news!! My Dad is supposed to be preaching a youth ralley in Mississippi in May, and he also might make a few other "pit stops" at some other churches! I can't wait! I asked to go with him and he said "Probably." I'll be his traveling musician;-) I'm so excited! I can't wait to see what the Lord has in store for this year!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

YAY!!

Ya'll, I am SOOO excited!! Today...Bro. Tim Cormier and his son are coming to our church! We're supposed to have Bro. Kelly from Ohio and I think he his bringing some of his men over, too. We are gonna have us a good, Holy Ghost time!

It's been a while since we had a visiting preacher for more than one service, and even longer since we had visiting saints from another church. I am SO thankful for good fellowship!! It's gonna be AWESOME!

Bro. Cormier and his son will be here tomorrow as well=D So if you're in the area, stop up to the church and check it out;-) Church starts at 2:30 today and at 12:30, I believe, tomorrow! You won't be disappointed in the Lord-He shows up everytime!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Today I want to take a minute to remember my dear friend, Nicholas Masiker. It was 4 years ago today that he was tragically killed in a car accident during a snow storm. Since that day he has been greatly missed by all, but especially his family-the ones who cared about him and love him most. He was a greatly talented young man, and we were fast on our way to be coming best friends when he went to be with the Lord. You know, a lot of people say "went to be with the Lord" as a polite way of saying that someone has passed. With Nicholas, all those who knew him know that he truly went to be with the Lord. Words cannot express how much he is missed, loved, and how much he will continue to be missed. Please remember to pray for the Masiker family during this very tough time.
I know that ya'll read my blog, so please know that I love you and think of you all the time, even if I don't say it. You are a very special family to me and I can't ever thank the Lord enough that we moved to Pleasantville where we are so close to our wonderful friends.
Well ya'll, it looks like I was born into a family of writers....it explains my talent for writing so well! It's a wonder I didn't think of it myself;-)

First my Mama came out in December of 2008 as an excellent blogger. Through the years at school, my sister Elissa proved herself to be an excellent writer. From short stories in English to a HUGE English report in 12th grade, she wrote wonderfully. Now, she has her own blog as well. But, surprisingly, it's not for writing, rather its for photography! That's right-my sister is a writer AND she takes wonderful pictures!

After that, you have my wonderful Daddy, who just recently started a political blog. It shows his mind for politics as well as his hilarious, and quite warped sense of humor. Would ya'll do me a favor and show his blog some love?? Even if you're not into politics, you can just stop by, read the two or three articles he has up and leave:) I'm sure the traffic will be greatly appreciate=)

And then, out of the brilliant family of writers comes....ME!! The not-so-brilliant writer that is trying to have a successful blog. I would describe myself more as a I-want-to-be-a-brilliant-writer-so-I-write-everything-I-think-about type of writer=P But I guess that's the way to go. I look at Mary's blog, and she writes random things about her day, does a once a month thing where she promotes a good single guy and a beautiful lady, and also does a few, but very deep spiritual posts. And I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE her blog!!

Well to be honest the reason for this post was to promote my Daddy's blog, but looks like I promoted quite a few blogs. PLEASE go check out their blogs...yes, that means YOU;-)
Nobody likes to have a blog that is rarely visited, and when it DOES actually get read no one leaves comments=D So go check out my family and dear friend!=D

Love ya'll!!

Btw, the names above of the blogs are actually clickable. The reason I state that is because I would be the one on a blog going, "Well they're telling me about these amazing blogs, HOW IN THE WORLD DO I GET THERE?!?!?!" So yeah, I figured I would save anyone the trouble of wondering in case there's anyone out there that is nearly as "blonde" as me;-)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

"With Jesus, nothing is broken beyond repair"

Matthew 12:20, "A bruised reed shall he not break, and a smoking flax shall he not quench..."

Tonight Pastor Anthony preached out of this text. As always, he preached an awesome message! He was talking about in the Bible days they would make musical instruments out of the reeds that grew naturally. I think reeds were the equivalent of golden rod or another wild plant that grows-it was every where. In those times, if the reed wasn't functioning properly, the shepherd or whoever had it would just break it and throw it to the side. It had little value to them, and was easy to come by. Isaiah, or as Matthew says, Esaias, prophesied of the Messiah and he said that when the Messiah came, he wasn't going to break the bruised or disfunctional reed. In types and shadows, we are the reeds and we are bruised and messed up. But Jesus isn't going to just toss us aside.

The next part of that verse says "and a smoking flax shall he not quench..." The amplified version of that says, "And a smoldering, dimly lit wick He will not quench..." He likened that to a saint of God who is struggling...they're just a smoldering wick now-not like the fire they used to be. God isn't gonna snuff you out if He can still see the little smoldering bit of smoke.

No matter how bruised, or how dimly lit you've become, if you're still trying and you're doing the best you can to be victorious, God isn't going to just toss you aside or snuff you out. There is still mercy and grace in the house of the Lord:)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

YAY!!

Ok ya'll, I am SO excited!! It's been, oh let's see...almost 3 years I do believe?? 3 years since I saw my awesome uncle. He's my mom's brother and he lives in Pittsburgh. You would think with him living only about 2 1/2 hours away that we would see him more often, but we don't. The last time we saw him was when my sister graduated and he was at her ceremony and party.

Welllll....today he's coming to see us again!!! Unfortunately, his wife and twin daughters won't be with him, but we are so excited he's coming! It's been even longer since I saw my aunt Carla and the girls. I think it's been 6 years?? Yep that sounds about right. I don't know what we'll do today...probably sit around and talk, but it's gonna be so much fun!=D

On a sadder note, I am still doing so terribly with school work!! Does anyone feel like giving me a good kick to the behind? Maybe it'll get me moving. I don't know why it's so hard to catch up....I do have to say though, when my instructional supervisor told me that I'm a month behind in order to finish June 1, but that she wants us to finish then for our good, I was soooo relieved! She said it's not like if I don't finish by then I'll fail the grade, it's just better for students if they get the whole summer off. So yes, I feel more relaxed, but I'm still sluggish with catching up...*sigh*

Well now that I've informed you of my terrible habit, I must go so I can try to catch up. Til next time!