Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Update on life

So, I've been away for awhile, yes? Yes, it's hard to believe that it's been almost a month since my last post. I've started a couple posts, but never finished them, yet.

I'm becoming a coffee addict. I have this strange body which allows me to drink two cups of coffee and then go to sleep 10 minutes later... Don't be jealous now, because that also means that coffee doesn't really help me stay awake. My mom got me a huge bottle of caramel syrup for Christmas last year, but I didn't open it until last month because I don't drink coffee very often. But now, now that I have this huge bottle to use, and a huge box (100+count) of half and half shots, I am in coffee heaven.

I am taking membership classes at my church. I am loving them. This past week I had to do some homework for it, and in the process of completing that, I came across this verse: "Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God." 1 John 3:21
The whole passage reads "My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.  And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.  For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.  Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.  And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.  And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment." 1 John 3:18-23
I just love that!

Another thing that has been inspiring me lately is this song: Thrive by Casting Crowns

I've got to go get my lasagna out of the oven. It should be done by now :-) Have a great week Y'all!!!!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Internet Problems

Hey, yeah, so our internet went down on my birthday.............. and it took them three days to get it back up. Ya know how long three days is when you have no internet??? On top of that, we had a rainy day thrown in there... Yeah, not much to do outside when it's raining.

Anyway, update on my life:

I can now cut a pizza into fairly even slices :-D Also, I can (with my teammates) make an awesome pizza from rolling the dough to cutting it and putting it on the serving platter!

Oh, if you're ever in the neighborhood of a Pizza Ranch, you should definitely go in and try some! I got to try the buffalo chicken pizza last night, and it was soooo mouthwatering good, my mouth still waters just thinking about it :)

Monday, May 5, 2014

Landscaping

Pinterest is one of my all-time favorite inspirational websites! From it I have gleaned many ideas of how to arrange my yard.
Last week, I finally found the perfect one. It was a raised herb garden made from natural rock. I didn't make mine exactly like theirs, but added my own bit to it and made it slightly smaller as well.


I built it in the 'dog's area' which I am reclaiming. The plants I have in there right now are all basil, but I hope to get some other herbs soon!
Oh, and no, I did not do this by myself. I had 5 of my nieces and nephews help me :-)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

How come 'When it Rains, it Pours'?

It rained today. A lot of rain. All morning, and most of the afternoon. I have puddles outside that are huge. A neighbor's field is half flooded. My shoes are still damp from the activities of the day.

One of my friends was struggling a bit in life a few weeks ago, 
and she asked me 'how come when it rains, it pours?'
I smiled and told her, half jokingly, 
that it is because a gentle rain wouldn't be enough to help us grow.


This video is one that came to me when my life was going pretty well. I sang it lightheartedly, enjoying the music. But then I decided to use it as a prayer, and I tried to mean the words whenever I sang it.

After that, my life got difficult for me. I remembered what I had prayed and so I prayed that I would mean what I had prayed.

   Each struggle I have encountered in this life, from being ignored and left out of groups I wanted to be a part of, to being thought a goody-goody-two-shoes, to being a nanny to 14 of my nieces and nephews (all at once), to being the only daughter left at home, to all the little things that make up each rainy season in life, have prepared me for what is ahead of me.

 Though, I don't know exactly what that will be... 
I do know it will be beautiful.

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

I'm still here

   Nope, I haven't run off to a place with no computer access or anything cool like that. I have just been dealing with a lot of stuff lately.

   There have been a lot of awesome things in my life recently, but they've all been followed with difficult times. I was really hoping to be able to go back to college this summer, and I might be able to, but money has wings, and I can't quite seem to keep it in a cage.

   The Lord has been awesome! Every single week, I somehow have enough money to cover my gas (yeah, this is where most of my money flies to), and some to save. I'm not working a regular job, and it seems now that my job as a nanny is over because the mother I was working for finished the paper she had been working on, and now she doesn't really need my help.
   In addition to that, I start training for a job on May 7th. I'm super excited, but my family is not. Since I will now have a steady job, I will no longer be available at (almost) all times to run errands, babysit for family, take people to school and pick them up, take my lil brother and his friends shopping, etc.

   Basically, I will be making my own money, and my own life. I want to be there for all my friends, I want to be able to drop whatever personal plans I have and go babysit so a couple can leave their children and go on a spontaneous date. I want to be the one folks call when they need someone they can depend on.
   But, I'm not going to be 20 forever. I'm growing up, and I have recommended some of my younger friends to these people to take my place.

   I'm sad that this chapter of my life is coming to a close. I've really enjoyed living it. I know in my head that the next chapter is gunna be just as awesome, but my heart is still entwined in this chapter.

   In the final pages of this chapter I will have 7 of my now 17 nephews and nieces for almost a week, I should finish planting the garden for this year, and I will hopefully finish landscaping the front of the house which I started about 2 years ago.


Sunday, March 9, 2014

New book idea

So, last night I was thinking... My mom would say "that's a dangerous thing" but my head hasn't exploded yet, so I think I'm still ok. I was thinking about one of my nieces who has been struggling to read. She is doing well, but there is so little material out there that does not contain a bunch of sight words. She is still working on sounding out words, though she is getting really good at that.

I was thinking that I should write short stories for her. So, I did. I took the workbook that we've been reading with, and I wrote a short, easy story with a few words she doesn't know yet. I'll show it to her this week when I see her, and then I might post it here. After that first story, I got the idea of writing more of them, going from easy to hard. So far, I have six stories. Here is the easiest one:

A Red Hat


Dan has a hat. Dan has a red hat. Tad has a hat, but his hat is not red.

Is Tad sad? Yes, Tad is sad. Tad is sad his hat is not red.

Tad got a red hat. Is Tad sad? No, Tad is not sad. Tad has a red hat and Dan has a red hat. Tad is glad and Dan is glad. 


 
In this one, the only words that might be difficult are 'A' and 'No' (and possibly 'Glad' because it is a longer word)
You see what I mean about easy to read? I think after a child has grasped the concept of reading, this will not be difficult for him or her.
Let me know if you have any suggestions!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

My thoughts about the Perfect Marriage/Romance

   I was surfing FB today, when I saw a title of an article that caught my eye: Why Romance is Dangerous Business . . . For Husbands
Now, if any of you have every met me, I like to guess what something is, rather than wait and see. So, before I even clicked on the link I got to thinking of a reason that romance could be so dangerous.

Most romance novels are written by women.

   Yes, that was my hypothesis. And that is totally not what the article is about. But, it makes sense to me, because if women are reading about other women's ideas of what a perfect (or close enough) husband should be and do, then women will expect their man to act the same.

   But, none of the men I've met can come close. In fact, the most God-honoring man (in my opinion) I have ever observed didn't ever bring his wife flowers, and I never saw him do anything to surprise his wife. But, what I did see has shaped my view of how a marriage should be. Let's call this man Clark.

   Clark was just another father at my church. I knew all of his children by name, because I had his (then) youngest son in the Sunday school class I volunteered in.
I knew them to be a great family, and his wife (Let's call her) Sarah, was a sweet woman who took the time to talk to me and often told me how much her son enjoyed coming to Sunday school.

   Then, their son started to be more melancholy in class. When asked why, he would say "Mommy's sick." That's when I noticed that Sarah wasn't bringing him to class anymore, it was always Clark. So, I asked Clark what was going on. Then I asked him if it would be helpful for me to come over and help out.

   My mom wasn't too thrilled when I told her I had asked to go over to someone's house whom she didn't know, but I explained everything to her and she agreed to drive me (this was a few years back).

   The very first day I was there, I observed how gently Clark treated Sarah when he got home from work. He wanted her to rest when she didn't feel well, but he never got upset when she worked around the house, instead he seemed happy. I guess it was a sign that she felt better.

   Clark never had a disparaging word to say. He never got upset when the dishes weren't done, or when the was no dinner waiting when he got home from work. He picked up the slack and did so with a smile, and with love in his eyes.

   And Sarah, she did what she could. And she never got upset about her shortcomings. She accepted whatever was thrown her way with a patience that was God-given.

   So, I came over a couple times a week for a while and helped by cleaning the house, watching the younger children when Sarah had to go pick the older ones up from a friend, and by watching all the children so that Sarah could rest.

   That was a very happy time in my life. It was the first time that I had done something for somebody without being told to do it by my older sister or my mother. I was glad when Sarah started to feel better, but that meant that our time together was ending, which I didn't like. Now, we volunteer together in our church, and I love talking to her; she always has a peace about her that is amazing.

   I know that much of their behavior could be attributed to my presence, but it never seemed that way. It seemed as if that was how they always lived. I know they didn't have a perfect marriage, but it was one where both people served God with all their heart and that made their marriage so amazing/romantic to me. I hope that someday, if I ever get married, I will have a marriage like theirs.