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!