Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Holiday greetings, a new year is coming!


Well, I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas with their family and friends! I sure had a great weekend with my family! I arrived at my parent's house the 23rd to find my Dad had already arrived with my Grandma and they were nicely settled in. On my way through Portland I'd run several errands for my parents and had three pies :-D Friday morning we all slept in and had a fun day of baking, running errands in town, and opening a few gifts. My parents got me an OSU blanket and a cute holiday mug, a framed picture of the family taken on Thanksgiving Day, a picture album for scrapbooking, a calendar, and a winterized emergency kit for my car! My sister got me a really cool "sister" mug that has a slot in the handle to but a sweet little spoon that came with handy!

My brother came over mid-day to say "hi" and get some help wrapping his "secret sant" gift. Saturday we got up and finished the baking and cooking and setting things up for the games we wanted to play later. My sister finished stuffing the stockings and I picked out some games from a game show I'd seen on tv, Minute To Win It. Late afternoon my eldest brother and his family arrived and we spent some time talking with them while we finished up a couple last minute things. My other brother showed up and before long everything was ready and waiting for my Sister-in-law and nephews to come and get the party started :-P We had lots of fun talking and exchanging gifts, seeing people reactions to their gifts and the joy in the kiddos faces as they saw all the gifts they got and the cool games and books that Grandma had gotten them this year...I think the best part of it all though was just being with family.

Sunday we went to church and I got to play the piano and hear two wonderful messages from Pastor Whittles that were just what I needed to hear. The one that hit me the hardest was on trusting God and what that really means. It is a lesson we all learn and are tested on continually. Something I feel the Lord taking me through once again. I do trust Him, but right now I'm having some difficulty trying to figure out where God is heading my life...what does He want me to do next? where does He want me? I don't want to make a decision based on what I want and make all the excuses to make it LOOK like what I THINK God wants me to do. I want to do what He wants me to do regardless of whether it is what I'd prefer or not.

Monday, December 6, 2010

"It's Beginning To Look Alot Like Christmas..."

  Hello all! Hope all is well with you and that you are enjoying this joyous time of year! We had a couple inches of snow just before Thanksgiving! It was gorgeous. I love snow! It is all gone now, but with such early signs of winter, I'm hoping for a White Christmas :-D.
  Well, things have been fairly normal around here. The latest "news" is that my wonderful client's knee has gotten worse so we are back to the level of care she was at when I first came to work here over 8 months ago. Last night was about the hardest night so far...I got up about every hour so help her...needless to say we will BOTH be taking naps this afternoon :-P
  She is such a trooper, but I know that all of this is especially hard on her. She doesn't like being an "inconvenience" to anyone....even when I tell her that it isn't any, and remind her that this is what she pays me to do. I love being here and being able to help as much as I can. I feel rather useless when I'm just sitting around doing nothing, so I like being useful!    My Annual Christmas letter is almost done! I'm just waiting on one little detail before I mail them off. I'm hoping to finish off my Christmas wrapping today and then I just have one last present to buy. I'm having a bit of a hard time finding it, but I know I'm bound to find it somewhere :-D  This coming weekend is Tillamook's Nutcracker and I'm hoping to be able to make it to that. I have several friends in it and hope to be able to go with my family. Maybe I'll get a group of people together and we can do something before the showing! That would be lots of fun!

  Well, I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas celebrating our Savior's birth with your loved ones and friends! God Bless!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Time of Thanks Giving

Such a time God has given to us and wonderful blessings he has bestowed upon us! Sometimes we may not see even the little things, we are so blinded, but sometimes we see Him shinning in our lives, it is immistakable.

This past weekend I was able to "spead myself thin" and visit two places :D I had such a grand time! I played games with friends in Tilly on Friday night until almost 2am on Saturday morning and then we went shooting at 11am. Then my sister and I headed to Salem to meet some more friends and did a little shopping before going out to dinner and then dancing. We had such a lovely day together! After dancing we drove to Sweet Home and stayed at their house and I finally got to meet my dear little niece, Suzy, in person! She will be 2months old in a week or so! Such a cutie she is, so happy too!
This weekend, which will start today and stretch all the way until Sunday next, I don't have many plans...I hope to go finish up some college registration stuff tomorrow or Monday and have my last dental appointment on Monday. Then I'll head over to Tilly for the rest of my time off and Thanksgiving dinner with the family...oh, and I guess some Black Friday shopping and Christmas tree cutting on Saturday :D....I guess I do have a few plans :P
Happy Thanks Giving everyone!!! God Bless!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Ripe for Harvest

Sitting around the campfire last weekend, I had a delighful conversation with a friend of mine. He is someone I've always looked up to as a brother and enjoy hanging out with when I happen to be in the area. We were talking about my current job, as a live-in caregiver, and one of the his questions caught me a bit off guard and began to nag at me. He asked me what my commitment was to the family I work for and if I could see myself at that job 5 years down the road. This stunned me at first because, although I'm commited to the family here as long as they have need of me, I had not quite thought of it in that light. Before our conversation I had been focused more on the day to day happenings and trying to figure out what I would do when my job did end, as it inevitably will at some point. This fresh perspective has given me such a better attitude about my life as it stands and has encouraged me to see, once again, how much I need to trust God and rely on Him.
This is a lesson I am continually learning and have heard I am not alone in this struggle. It is amazing how comforting it is to know that I am not the only one that has such frustrating struggles and seems to be reminded of them all the time. During my same visit last weekend I had two VERY lovely chats with my friend I was staying with. We stayed up rather late both nights I was there. She was such a blessing to me, encouraging me, praying with me, and just listening to me. It is amazing the blessings God gives us and I am so very thankful for the brothers and sisters in Christ He has given to me. I pray that I might be just as encouraging and helpful to my fellow believers in Christ.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Fun and the Love of Christ!

This past weekend was a thoroughly enjoyable weekend spent in Yakima, WA with my wonderful Brothers and Sisters in Christ. The current ACTS session was having a Harvest Festival fundraiser for their trip to Kenya, Africa next month. We all had such a blast hanging out and talking about where God has us, meeting new people and hearing each other's testimonies. And ending the evening with a Swing much fun and wonderful memories.




I was blessed with such a fun and relaxing weekend. I was able to spend time with and catch up with so many of my friends and see another friend of mine that got back from a year long mission in Africa. Fellowship with believers can be such an encouragement and uplifting thing. So thankful for the time that I had with them!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Happy Fall to all you Pumpkins!


From one pumpkin to another!!!!!!!

A woman was asked by a coworker, 'What is it like to be a Christian?'
The coworker replied, 'It is like being a pumpkin.' God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. Then He cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff.
He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, and greed. Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.'

(This was sent to my by my grandmother and I just had to share)

Thursday, October 7, 2010


I'm rather unsure of what to post about...
  Things have been rather crazy for me the last couple weeks and yet very enjoyable. I was granted almost a complete week off last week, that enabled me to visit my parents for more than a day and also help my best friends parents and sisters move to their new house. We had so much fun just being together and waiting for my best friend to have her baby. We had one false alarm, but our new niece graced us with her presence on September 30th @ 7:23pm! She is such a cute little lady and looks very much like her beautiful mother. Sadly I have yet to get to see her in person, but I hope to relatively soon :)
We are all so very glad to finally have her here with us and love her very dearly already. 
  Fall truly feels like it is here with the cool, crisp sunny mornings and chilly evenings...I love having the fire going and reading a good book. I've done a pot or two of Spice Hot Apple Cider...another thing that gives fall that extra kick...I'm thinking I'll need to start digging out my sweaters here real soon as my regular T-shirts and hoodies don't work so well when I'm out and about... :-P Two of my close friends have recently been engaged! It is so exciting to see each of my friends and family's lives progress and the happiness in their eyes as another chapter in their life unfolds. What a joy to see so many happy things. 
  My parents recently took my Grandma to see her son up in Seattle area and on their way back to the coast took a slight detour through Yakima, Leavenworth, and surrounding areas. They had such a lovely time and I had fun hearing about it from my mother. Such blessings God gives us to be able to take these little trips once in a while. I'm hoping to make it up to Yakima by the end of the month, but I'm not sure if I'll make it. 
  Lately I've started exercising regularly, which is quite a foreign thing for me, and am trying to be more healthy in my daily choices. So far it has been very good for me and because of that I am determined to keep it up! Well, that is all for now...I shall try to write again before long :P

Monday, September 13, 2010

Was it Fatal?

I thought I'd share with ya'll this funny newspaper clipping that my 95 year old client had in one of her books. So funny! Enjoy! :-D

Was It Fatal?
A woman is said to have asker her husband to take down the recipe being given on the radio on morning. The husband did his best but got two stations at once. One was broadcasting exercises and the other the recipe. This is what he got:
Hands on hips, place one cup of flour on shoulders. Raise knees and depress toes and wash thoroughly in one-half cup milk. In four counts raise the lower legs and mash two hard-boiled eggs in a sieve. Repeat six times in one cup of flour; breathe naturally and bend white of egg backward and forward over head. In four counts make a stiff dough that will stretch at waist. Lie on the walnut, hop to a standstill in boiling water, but do not boil into a gallop. In ten minutes remove from fire and dry with towel, breathe naturally, dress in warm flannel and serve with fish soup.

(clipping from a 1962 newspaper)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Fall Is Here!

Fall is here! I can feel it and see it all around me. I love fall. Sitting inside a cozy house, cuddled next to the fire in a blanket, with a cup of hot apple cider and a good book, while watching the wet and overcast weather outside. Of course we are not always able to enjoy the weather in this fashion, but it can be enjoyed in so many different ways. I have friends that really love being out in the doesn't really bother me, but I prefer to be dry :-P I would upload some really nice pictures I got last fall, but they are currently all on my other laptop at my parents house. Hopefully I'll have everything on one computer again soon! My best friend is due in a few short weeks with her first baby. Many of my other friends have headed off to college and yet others and still out of work and looking for jobs. It seems that so many people I know are at a transition point in their life. I know what that is like and it isn't always very easy figuring out what to do and where God is calling you in this next step of your life. I'm so very blessed in where God has me in my life now and have learned so much in those transition times in my life. Nevertheless I continue to learn as I struggle with those day to day challenges that life presents.
This is a picture of me with my new apron that a friend from HSA made for me!
May everyone have a blessed and enjoyable fall season!

Friday, September 3, 2010


We are back from Michigan! I had such a great time with my friends and really enjoyed getting to see so much of the State and where my friend lives and hangs out. Here's a few pics

Michigan Footlong Hotdog

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Off to save the World...

...well, not exactly.
  This time tomorrow my sister, our friend Saul, and myself will be sitting in Sea-Tac Airport waiting for our boarding call for our 10:55 flight to Atlanta then wait about an hour for our connecting flight to Flint, MI...where we will be meeting a friend of ours to spend the week. We get to help celebrate her 21st birthday on Saturday and hopefully get to see some of our other friends in the area! We are so excited and I just hope that everything has been thought of and figured out so that all of the travel plans go smoothly. I've never purchased airline tickets in my life before and was glad I was able to get so many helpful tips from friends and get such a great deal on them. I've done little in state flying. In fact all of my flight experience has been International. When I went to Japan in 2007 I flew from PDX to SFO to Tokyo to Aso to Kyoto to SFO to PDX...then when I went to Mexico in 2008 it only consisted of SEA to Houston to Mexico City to Houston to SEA...that's it. THis time I'll be flying from SEA to ATL to Flint to ATL to SEA...LOL...if anyone was able to decipher that, I'm impressed. :-P 
  I'm all packed, my car is cleaned out (I'll be leaving it at the airport) and I THINK I have all the paperwork in order and ready to go...I get off around 2pm father should be dropping off my sister around that time and then we will run a few errands before we head up North. So very excited to see so many friends we haven't seen in what seems like a VERY long time! Will write again when I get back and hopefully have some pictures and fun tales to tell :-D GO SPARTANS!
God Bless!

Day 30: A Motto or Philosophy

I truly can't think of anything that isn't already stated in the Bible so I think I shall actually pass on this one....If I so happen to think of something I may someday come back to this post and change my answer, or write a revision or something. :P

Friday, August 20, 2010


Giveaways can be so fun! I don't recall ever actually winning one, but participating can be just as much fun as winning :-D
Content in Christ

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Day 29: Hopes, Dreams And Plans I Have For The Next 365 Days

Well, I'm nearing the end of this challenge and this one as well as the last one are the two I've been least looking forward to. This is partly because I really have no idea what to write. I don't plan out my year, or months much anymore. There was a time in my life where I liked to have a decent plan for everything I did, but then I learned what it was to have God's Will for my life and it really changed my perspective. I still like to have a plan for somethings, like what I might or could be doing this weekend, or how my day may go. But if those plans don't work out I try my best not to fuss about it and just remember that they were just guidelines for the day and they got messed up, no big deal. At that time in my life before I had a definite plan, with a little leeway. I was going to graduate high school and then go to college the following fall to start my education to become an Accountant. I had chosen this profession for a number of different reasons. I love numbers, working with money amounts is one of the easiest number my opinion, I figured I could work at a firm after I graduated with my degree and was certified, then if/when I got married I would still be able to work from home with a few clients if we so happened to need the extra income. Either way I figured the education would come in handy at some point, as my mother's had with my father's business. However, God had a different plan for my life and when I realized what He wanted me to do I realized how off base I'd been when making MY plans. I hadn't consulted God at all when it came to what to do with my life and even though I had everything planned out, it was nothing when it was compared to what God wanted me to do with my life. I now serve the elderly as an In-Home Caregiver. I love what I do and am very blessed through it. 
So my plans for the next 365 days is whatever the Lord leads me to do. I do have a few plans, but they are tentative...well sort of.  I'm flying to Michigan with my sister in 7 days to spend a week with some friends up there! We are so excited! And a friend of ours is getting married in Wisconsin in January so we are hoping to make it out there for that too! But that is pretty much it. I currently have a job as a 24-hour Live-In Caregiver. I don't know how long I will be here, but I have really grown to love this area and even after my job is done with this client I am with I certainly hope I might be able to stay in the area, if at all possible, for a little while at least. 
Oh! By the way, my client just turned 95 years young yesterday! What a blessing she is to all those around her!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Day 28: A Scar I Have And It's Story

Well, the majority of the scars I've had are long since faded, but I do have one in particular that, although faded, will always be visible AND just happens to have a story to go along with it.
About 3 or 4 years ago is when it happened. My sister and I had a horse that we trained. We got her when she was 1-1/2 years old and did all of her training until she was 3 years old and we were able to ride her and train her in that way. It was lots of fun and an experience I'll never forget. Sometimes I wish that the scar was some battle wound from training her, but sadly it doesn't have such an impressive story. My sister and I had been dropped off at the barn by my parents and we were getting ready to clean the stall and work with her that day. I had her in her halter and she was tied up near her feed so I could clean her hooves. As I approached her, she decided to be a bit obnoxious and attempted to bite me. I promptly reacted to this action by smacking her under her mouth in a way that made her mouth shut abruptly and in an unpleasant way for her. However, instead of hitting her mouth I got the chink on her halter instead and after successfully disciplining our horse, I realized that I was in a LOT of pain. The side of my hand that had hit the chink felt as though it was gaping wide open. My eyes probably got real big as I quickly exited the horses stall and asked my sister to grab a towel or something as I was bleeding quite a bit. At that point we had to decided what to do. We decided that I was in too much pain to stick around so we called my parents and they came to get us. After hanging up and calming down, while we waited for my parents to arrive I decided to try and assess what had happened to my hand. I pulled away the towel and looked at the wound as best I could. I had a gouge that ran from my small finger knuckle to my wrist on my left hand. There was still a flap of skin that I was able to move over about half of the wound and then replaced the paper towel. The scar took about 2 weeks to completely heal, but today it just looks like I messed up my hand on something and isn't real noticeable anymore as it has turned white with my skin, but when my hands are really cold you notice it a bit more. :-P So that is the story of my scar.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Day 27: A Physical Feature I Love

I'd have to say Nails...Like finger and toes :-D Because you can paint them and do tons of cool things with them....

My favorite feature on other people though are their eyes! I've seen some of the most beautiful eyes in my short lifetime! And there is so much expression portrayed in one's eyes! I believe there is a saying that goes something like "A person's eyes are the window to their Soul, or heart, or something :-P

Friday, August 13, 2010

Day 26: A Childhood Memory

I have many fond memories of my childhood and some not so good, but I prefer the good ones. :-P
I grew up in a small little coastal town just off of the highway. We lived at the bottom of a hill by the little airport and next to a big field where they had cows and horses. The neighbors that lived on the hill had two daughters that we played with along with some other children down the street. Many of my memories are filled with those friends and the Pop Shop. The Pop Shop was a big metal structure where a bunch of old soda-pop machines were stored and worked on. We knew the people that ran the place so we played with the sheets of fiberglass that they decorate the fronts with and played hide-n-seek in the machines and just had lots of fun with the old place. We would ride our bikes down the hill and into the parking lot and build jumps to go off of there. We just had lots of fun being kids!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Day 25: A Recipe

This isn't GF or anything, but it is one of my favorite recipes and one I'm known for making. :)

Old-Fashioned Gingersnaps
AKA: Katelynn's Famous Gingersnaps :-P
3/4c. Butter
1c.    Sugar
1       Egg
1/4c. Molasses
2c.    Flour
2t.    Baking Soda
1/4t. Salt
1t.    Ground Cinnamon
1t.    Ground Cloves
1t.    Ground Ginger
(additional sugar)

Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and molasses; beat well.
Sift together remaining dry ingredients. Gradually add to molasses mixture.
Mix well and chill for at least 30mins.
Make 1-1/4" balls and dip into sugar. Place 2" apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake @ 375F for 10 minutes, or until set and surface is cracked.  Cool on wire racks.
Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Day 24: A Movie No One Would Expect Me To Love

Rogers & Hammerstein's 1945 State Fair

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Day 23: A Way In Which I Want To Be Remembered

One thing I've always wanted to be remembered for is as a good friend and godly influence. However I know for a fact that most people know and remember my hugs....which I certainly don't mind being remembered for :-)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Day 22: A Website

This is a rockin' Christian store website.

                    Bold Christian Shirts Company C28
My sister and I love shopping on this site and have gotten lots of really cool things! One of which is my purity ring :-D

Day 21: Something I Know I Do Different Than Most People

After I laugh I best friend and her sister's picked this up from me an my sister. After realizing that they had they somehow brought it to our attention once...before that I'd never really noticed that little peculiarity.

Day 20: A Hobby

Hobby: an activity for pleasure or relaxation
My sister is here with me this week and I asked her what she thought a hobby of mine was...her reply..."bathing" LOL...gotta love her humor! :-P
But seriously I'd have to say my hobbies would include:
Swimming, Riding horses,


and Shooting guns :-P

Friday, August 6, 2010

Day 19: A Talent

I'm a pianist....I've heard said that it is a talent :-P
Can't find a picture just now and I'm headed out the door for a weekend of fun, friends, and dancing. OH! AND my sister is gonna come back with me and stay with me! I'm soo excited!!! I love my sister very much and miss spending time with her :-D

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Day 18: A Time When I Felt Passionate And Alive

Hmm...I was full of life as a kid, but I think the one time in my life I was most passionate and alive was the few months I was at Antioch Christian Training School(ACTS) in Tieton, WA. It was an amazing experience for me and life changing, in as much as my life when in a different direction than I had planned, but I learned to see/find what God wanted me to do and follow His path for me. I learned to let go, not be so uptight and wanting to control everything. I learned to rely on Him and trust Him. I learned patience, but continue to work on that one as many I know struggle with it. I became who I am today, because I was able to take the time to go to this really cool sabbatical school to grow closer to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Not to say everyone needs to or even should do this, but it is definitely something the Lord wanted me to go through and something I needed to do. Trust me, I fought going. I was supposed to go to college for a few years and become an accountant. But my parents and a few friends encouraged me to go to this school to get a good solid foundation before heading off to college. I thought it was a good idea, but then I looked at the cost of going and knowing I wouldn't be working and saving money at that time for college, meant I would be putting off college a little longer, and I wasn't sure I wanted to do that. But God got a hold of me and somehow showed me that even with putting off college, that is where he wanted me. At the end of the four months there I was a stronger Christian and knew what I stood for. I also had a complete redirection in my career choice. I realized that God didn't want me to be an accountant(I'd chosen this profession for a few misguided reasons), but instead showed me that I had a caring heart for the elderly and handicapped. I was so thrilled to finally have peace and comfort in knowing where I was headed.
I returned home and went back to my old job as a secretary and eventually took on two part-time Home Care clients and then one day God opened the door I'd been waiting for. He brought me the opportunity to be a 24-hour Live-in Caregiver to a 94 year old Christian gal, that had grown up where I went to church and had moved to Washington to live with her daughter, who was a nurse at a hospital. All this change happened because I was given the opportunity to take some time to grow in the Lord and listen to Him. So that is why I think that the most passionate and alive time in my life was those few months at ACTS. :-)

Day 17: An Art Piece

Slightly confused here...what exactly IS an "art piece" it a piece of art? if so, why didn't they just say so instead of confusing us all...well, primarily me :-P
Since I was so confused with this one my blog was delayed, but I decided that my interpretation on this was what I'd go with so here is a piece of art that I did...about 4 or 5 years ago, I think.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Day 16: A Song That Makes Me Cry

Cinderella by Steven Curtis Chapman

Day 15: A Person I Admire

This one is hard. There are many people I admire for different reasons, but I think for this I shall choose my father.
Daniel J Davis, my wonderful father. He is hard-working, loving, caring, jovial, helpful, and persevering man of God's word. He (along with my mother) has raised me up in God's Word and taught me to be a woman of God. He has been through so much and yet he and my mother both come out stronger and closer to God. I admire them both and they are my example. :-)

Monday, August 2, 2010

Day 14: A Vacation I Would Like To Take

Either a Tour of Europe

OR a Caribbean Cruise!

Day 13: A Guilty Pleasure

Hmm...I'd have to say it would be Eating Sweets or Reading a Good Book. I LOVE reading. I've met a few VERY dry reads, but most I thoroughly enjoy...especially biographies...I really enjoy reading about peoples lives! AND taking pictures...specifically Macro shots!!!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Day 12: A Song That I Want Played At My Wedding

Although I've heard several that I'd love to have played at my wedding someday, there are three I want for sure! One of those is...
You & Me by Lifehouse

Day 11: A Photo of Me, Taken Recently

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Day 10: A Photo of Me Taken Over Ten Years Ago

And NOW I'm all caught up :-D

Day 9: A Photo I Took

Day 8: A Thank You Letter to Someone Who Has Changed My Life

Dear K,
  Thank you so much for being such a wonderful friend. For guiding me and encouraging me when I need it. For showing me what a Child of the King looks like when she has a messy house, and two little blessings to keep after. For letting me into your life so that I might see that even though God's plan for us is what we desire it isn't all roses and sunshine, but that when we don't see the roses and sunshine we have to look that much harder to find it. For showing me how deeply important my time with my Heavenly Father is, and for keeping me accountable. For enlightening me on the practical application of little songs and Psalms that can be used everyday in our pleasures and mishaps. What a blessing you are to me! Thank you!

Love always,

Day 7: Five Things You Couldn't Possibly Live Without

1. My Bible- I don't think I could truly live without is my Guidebook :-)

2. Water- because it is delicious and necessary

3. Food- because anyone that knows me, knows I must have food :-P

4. Blanket- to keep warm

5. Masseuse ;-)

Day 6: A Moment You Wish You Could Relive...

Hmmm....this one is a hard one!  At first I was thinking maybe something from my childhood, but although I have many good memories I wasn't that great of a kid, so I don't really want to relive some of that...I think it'd have to be the last Christmas my whole family was together. What a priceless gift family is! Oh, how I miss the day when we all got along just dandy and there were no complications in life. But, alas, that is not how God has it at this time in history...I just hope and pray that someday we might all be able to gather together without such animosity as some have now. What is so wrong with families that they don't want to talk to each other? I know lots of families have these problems and I just wonder how everyone deals with it....

I Was Gone!

Sorry to anyone that actually missed my not keeping up with the Challenge. I was gone to my parents for a few days and was not able to get on a computer to update this thing. So I will do my best to Catch-up...or I might just decide to go on from here :)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Day 5: Favorite Quote

Today I shall give two longer and the other shorter...I shall start with the short quote...

"The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." -Plato

That was the quote the helped me to realize me duty to be informed and vote. This is not easy for me, because I tend to want to let everyone else make all the decisions. :-P

This next one, in a way, applies to the Illegal Immigration difficulties we deal with today. 

from Exporting of Felons to the Colonies
                                       Benjamin Franklin
"To the Printers of the Gazette
  By a Passage in one of your late Papers, I understand that the government at home will not suffer our mistaken Assemblies to make any Law for preventing or discouraging the Importation of Convicts from Great Britain, for this kind reason, 'That such Laws are against the Public Utility, as they tend to prevent the IMPROVEMENT and WELL PEOPLING of the colonies.'
  Such a tender parental concern in our Mother Country for the Welfare of her children, calls aloud for the highest returns of gratitude and duty. This every one must be sensible of. But 'tis said, that in our present circumstances it is absolutely impossible for us to make such as are adequate to the favour. I own it; but nevertheless let us do our endeavour. 'Tis something to show a grateful disposition. 
  In some of the uninhabited parts of these provinces, there are numbers of venomous reptiles we call RATTLE-SNAKES, felons-convict from the beginning of the world. These, whenever we meet them, we put to death, by virtue of an old law, "Thou shalt bruise his head"(Genesis 3:15). But as this is a sanguinary(bloodthirsty) law, and may seem too cruel; and as however mischievous those Creature are with us, they may possibly change their natures if they were to change the climate; I would humbly propose, that this general sentence of death be changed for Transportation.
  In the spring on this year, when they first creep our of their holes, they are feeble, heavy, slow, and easily taken; and if a small bounty were allowed per head, some thousands might be collected annually and transported to Britain. There I would propose to have them carefully distributed in St. James Park, in the Spring-Gardens and other places of pleasure about London; in the Gardens of all the nobility and gentry throughout the nation; but particularly in the Gardens of the Prime Ministers, the Lords of Trade and Members of Parliament; for to them we are most particularly obliged.....
  I would only add, that this exporting of Felons to the Colonies may be considered as a Trade, as well as in the Light of a Favour, now [that] all Commerce implies Returns. Justice requires them. There can be no Trade without them. And Rattle-Snakes seem the most suitable returns for the Human Serpents sent us by our Mother Country. In this, however, she will have the Advantage of us. She will reap equal Benefits without equal risk of the Inconveniences and Dangers. For the Rattle-Snake gives warning before he attempts his mischief, which the Convict does not. I am
          Yours, &c.
Americanus [Franklin's pen name]" 

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Day 4: Favorite TV Program

Hmm....My favorite Television program...well, i have many, but there is one that many have not heard  of and is quite hilarious!

That being said... The Greatest American Hero (from the 1980s)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Day 3: Favorite Book

So, today I have two favorites from two very different book categories. 

The first is Oh Dear! by Rod Campbell....i love this book and read it many times as a child. It was the closest thing we had to a pop-up book.

The second is The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers. I was recommended this book by a friend of my mother's years ago and was uplifted by the young girl in this book and her dedication to do what she believed was right in God's eyes, regardless of what those around her said.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Day 2: Favorite Movie

Okay, I started out completely forgetting about my blog today, but thankfully I did ultimately remember :-D
So, Day 2 is Favorite Movie...this is gonna be a hard one as I have many favorites so I will just have to pick one :-P

I guess for this one I shall choose BBC's  North & South:

Monday, July 19, 2010

Day 1: Favorite Song

My all-time favorite song that I have never grown tired of and hope to be true in my life.

Worth It All 
by Brent Lamb

There's a lot I've never said to you,
though I really don't know why,
maybe I thought that you would laugh,
maybe I knew that I would cry,
but you invested everything,
without any guarantee,
you tried your best to raise me right,
I'm praying one day that you'd see...

that it was worth it all 
you didn't waste your time 
everything that you went through 
for this life that I call mine 
and you were always there 
to pick me up when I would fall 
I hope that you can say it was worth it all

You gave me everything you could 
taught me how to live and love 
if I had the things I needed 
well I had more than enough 
but the greatest you ever gave 
is the one thing I'm specially thankful for 
you taught me about Jesus 
and now I can say for sure...

that it was worth it all 
you didn't waste your time 
everything that you went through 
for this life that I call mine 
and you were always there 
to pick me up when I would fall 
I hope that you can say it was worth it all

and when my life is over 
and I finally fly away 
I wanna leave behind a legacy 
and I hope my children say...

that it was worth it all 
you didn't waste your time 
everything that you went through 
for this life that I call mine 
and you were always there 
to pick me up when I would fall 
I hope that you can say it was worth it all
It was worth it all, Worth it all...

Blog Challenge...

I found this on a friends blog... so I thought I would join in on the fun!  :-) Let's see if I can faithfully post each day for 30days, with the help of these topics :-D
Day 1: A favorite song.
Day 2: A favorite movie.
Day 3: A favorite book.
Day 4: A favorite television program.
Day 5: A favorite quote.
Day 6: A moment you wish you could relive.
Day 7: Five things you couldn't possibly live without.
Day 8: A thank you letter to someone who has changed your life.
Day 9: A photo you took.
Day 10: A photo of you taken over ten years ago.
Day 11: A photo of you taken recently.
Day 12: A song that you want played at your wedding(or was played).
Day 13: A guilty pleasure.
Day 14: A vacation you would like to take.
Day 15: A person you admire.
Day 16: A song that makes you cry.
Day 17: An art piece.
Day 18: A time when you felt passionate and alive.
Day 19: A talent of yours.
Day 20: A hobby of yours.
Day 21: Something you know you do differently than most people.
Day 22: A website.
Day 23: A way in which you want to be remembered.
Day 24: A movie no one would expect you to love.
Day 25: A recipe.
Day 26: A childhood memory.
Day 27: A physical feature you love.
Day 28: A scar you have and it's story.
Day 29: Hopes, dreams and plans you have for the next 365 days.
Day 30: A motto or philosophy.

Here it goes :P

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

  For once I don't really know how to start this blog! Ha! I'm at a loss for words...not the first time in my life, but certainly one of the few times this has happened :-P I guess I'll just jump right in and tell about what has been happening in my life. 
  Independence Day weekend was a lot of fun for me. I spent the three days I had off with my Aunt and Uncle. We did some projects, visited the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival, the St. Paul Rodeo, and a friend's firework show in Butteville. It was such a blast! At the Blues Fest we got to listen to some really neat artists and saw a silver cool! On the flip-side of that we were also bombarded by some people's incense and subsequently their smoke...there were just a few flower kiddos we were introduced to the "chair hoarders". There were tables and chairs set up for the public to use for eating when the purchased such consumables from the vendors. when we had arrived with our dinner in hand to find a place to eat we found a chair for my Aunt and my Uncle and I stood while we ate. I had no problem with this arrangement until my legs began to get tired after my belly was full. My Uncle and I ended later sitting on the grass next to the table and later went to see the silver man. While we were gone, as we later learned from my Aunt, a lady came with a plate of food and was looking for a place to eat. 
There were two chairs folded and leaning against the table near a group of ladies at the other end of the table and she asked if she could use one of the chairs to which she received an emphatic refusal. After a little while she asked if she might use it just to eat. They debated a bit and then let her use it with the understanding that she return promptly when she was finished. My Uncle and I returned with this new addition to the table and completely unaware of what had taken place. As we sat there enjoying the music the lady was finishing up her meal and as she did she leaned over and informed me of her impending departure and that as soon as she got up she wanted me to sit in the chair and not give it up because the lady behind her had this odd idea that she owned the chair when they already had a few extras. As the woman rose and left I got up off the ground and sat in the chair...not a minute later the lady from the group at the other end of the table realized someone different was in the chair and marched on over and grabbed the back of the chair i was now sitting in and leaned over and spoke into my ear informing her that I was sitting in HER chair and that she had just lent it to my "mother" and she would like it back now. I informed he that the woman was NOT my "mother" and that I was given the chair by her as I had been sitting on the ground. My Uncle soon came to my rescue and informed the woman that the chair was NOT hers and that it was meant for public use for those people that had bought food to eat. She seemed quit miffed and informed us that this was indeed her chair as she had been there since four o'clock and had saved said chair, even though she had not been using it for the almost hour that we had also been there. As I'd just gotten off work two hours earlier and was beginning to grow quite weary I let my Uncle do all the talking. She soon left us and started telling her friends about what we'd done, but before she left us alone for good, she leaned back over to my ear and told me how lazy she thought I was and how she hoped one day I would experience the same thing. She then proceeded to take the one other public chair they had that they'd saved and weren't using and wedged it behind another of the chairs they were using so that no one could use it.  We stayed for the rest of the artist that had been playing and then left, not returning the next day as planned. We had a good time, but unfortunately some people don't understand sharing for the good of others. I guess she thought because I was young I could be classified as Lazy and unfeeling....what Uncle stands up for a lazy, self-centered youth??? I should hope none! It really pounded into me that sad state of assumption and quick judgment without facts. What an odd way to learn something like that. It felt weird refusing to give up a chair to an older woman, even when she didn't need it! If I had been in the wrong I would have been willing to admit it and give her the chair, but even when the rest of their friends came back, from who knows where, they still had at least one extra chair that wasn't being used and when she realized that she still left the chair wedged between the chair she was sitting in and the table. 
  The next day we went to Craft Warehouse and got some crafts to do and I got mine done in 3 hours!!! I made three boards to decorate my room...when I finally get it rearranged and organized. My Aunt was most gracious and helped me to pick out the fabrics and other coordinating colors to match my room. 
I also made a couple dresses. One for myself and my sister, and then two for two of my nieces. It was so much fun! Especially after having not made any clothing for over six years!
  We then had dinner with my Aunt and Uncle's neighbors and then had a nice campfire with s'mores! They were very yummy s'mores as we used Reese's PB cups instead of the Hershey's chocolate bars. It was so good with the marshmellows and graham crackers! I'm not one that likes chocolate either! I love campfires in the evening and the wonderful conversations that often times surround said fires. Being this was the day before Independence day, we got to enjoy the neighbor's fireworks as they lit them off while we enjoyed the warmth of our fire.
  The next day we did some more sewing and listened to a message by Allister Beck. It was a very good reminder for me of the story of the Sower and the Seeds and how it isn't just another story, but a lesson God intended us to learn from. After enjoying a relaxing afternoon and playing a little on my Aunt and Uncle's keyboard (it felt so good to be able to play again), we headed off to my Cousin's house for a BBQ dinner. She had some yummy BBQ ribs, green salad, pasta salad, veggies, rolls, and cookies. Although I did not eat any of the ribs I heard they were most excellent. I'm more of a steak girl :-P After some nice conversation we all hopped in the cars and headed off to the St. Paul Rodeo! I have been to only one other Rodeo in my life and was pleasantly surprised at St. Paul's. I had heard lots of good things about it, but never had the pleasure of attending until then. We had a thoroughly enjoyable time and I got some really good pictures of the action.  
A little after nine o'clock, just before it ended, we left for our friend's firework show about 20 minutes away. We arrived and were quite glad to see that they hadn't started just yet. After finding a good spot on the lawn, spreading out our blankets, and settling in, we watching the thoroughly impressive fireworks show. I truly believe that in my entire 20 years existence I have never seen such a wonderful display of fireworks! They had a DJ there playing music while the fireworks went off and I was pleasantly surprised at how well they corresponded to the fireworks going off. I don't think there was ever a time in the whole of the 45 minute show that didn't have a firework in the sky and many times had several going all at once! It was spectacular and we were all so very close to it all that when the wind shifted just right we had ash falling on our heads, but only for a short while, as the wind shifted back again.  It was all in all a wonderful show and enjoyable day!
  Monday I had off as well, so I slept in and hung out for a while with my Aunt and Uncle and had a nice long chat with my mother and father on the phone. My Father had gone to the ER on the first and I was calling to see how he was recovering. He had passed out and had a mild concussion, Praise the Lord. We were all very glad he had not suffered a stroke or anything else that could possibly be life-threatening.  He does better each day and is now close to being back to 100% :-D This incident made us all think back to 6 months ago when my beloved brother passed away, and how fleeting life is. We all take so much for granted and my parents still worry about what will happen to some of us kids if anything ever happens to them. But I've found that we must trust that everything is in the Lord's hands and that we will all make the right decisions when it comes time and that we will look out for each other's best interests. 
  When I got back to work that night I learned that Gwen had gotten to see quite a firework show out her living room window as well...even though they were still a bit in the distance she got to see about three or so different shows. I had a certain peace for a few days before struggling again with some waiting and contentment issues, I seem to have to continually be keeping those in check. I think waiting on things is the hardest. Even waiting to see people from weekend to weekend can be hard for me. And then I feel guilty and frustrated when I don't get to visit everyone as frequently as I'd like, but one only has so much time. 
  Last weekend I went to my beloved second families home and helped out with my best friend's baby shower! It was a smashing success and God gave us some wonderful weather for the outdoor party. I got to see some people I hadn't seen in quite some time and meet some new people. But most of all I got to see and spend time with my beloved second family! They are all such a blessing to me and I love them so dearly. They are talking of moving from Newberg to Sweet Home at some point and I'm hoping that it isn't too terribly soon, as that is a bit farther of a drive and I'd like to take advantage of their being so close, as much as possible :-)
  Well, another long post...I guess that is what I get for procrastinating about posting and continually telling myself I don't have enough time to sit down and write all I want to :-P I'm thoroughly surprised I got all this out as it was just supposed to be a draft :-P 
 Thank you all who have persevered through this long and tedious reading! God bless you all!