thanksgiving, cinnamon sticks, and family

Im not a blog writer. To be truthful, i am not much of a writer at all. I tend to the more visual side of life. I use my eyes continually: photography, reading, making those quirky faces to create laughter out of anyone i can.. I am not yet good at putting my thoughts down on paper/computer screen. Why? My mother is an English Major, and an EXCELLENT writer. My sister and two brothers are both English Majors, and one brother is even and English teacher on the way to getting his doctorate. My father, though a History Major, writes sermons every week. So how did i miss the writing genes?? I have several theories.
case #1. an issue of wrong dressing room, wrong pair of jeans...... oops, wrong spelling. so much for that theory.

case #2. someone in the family needed to be at least mostly-good at math..

case # 3. aliens.

case # 4. im not really sure, but im pretty positive that whoever stole my future brilliant career as a novelist also took my brilliant ability to speak with a German accent.. and any gracefulness i might have had.

so that was NOT going to be a part of my post, but, hey, as stated, my mind rambles..

ANYWAYS, this thanksgiving was unlike any i've ever experienced previously. I was not home with my wonderful (immediate) family. instead, i was with my mom's side of the family.. but to begin at the beginning:

my precious father had knee replacement surgery last Monday. and instead of keeping me at the hospital, Mom said it would be easier for both Dad and I (dad because he would just be asleep and me because i hate seeing him in pain, and i really cant handle needles very well. and there were tons of needles) if i went to be with my cousin for her birthday (the day before Thanksgiving).
so, on the excuse of being "helpful", on Tuesday morning i rode up to Abingdon with my awesome Aunt Judy and Uncle Wayne to surprise my cousin for her birthday. hoorah she was surprised! :D Since it was her birthday, i stayed with her the entire week :] it was so much of those incredible experiences that is irreplacable and basically indescribable.

thanksgiving was a joy, went to her moms family's thanksgiving, then to my grandparents house for thanksgiving. some of my cousins and their family and my aunt and uncle and my other 2 uncles and their wives and families, of course my grandparents, and even their pastor and his family. tons of little kids running around, and for once, i had someone my age (basically) there to talk to.. actually, more than one.. about 4 or 5!! that never happens for me on thanksgiving (though i didnt realize how much i wished for it to happen until i was there.. though i wouldnt change our normal thanksgivings for the world, either! it was just fun different). then staying up late with Ana once back to the Abingdon house, watching the stars and discussing the amazing blessings God had given us this past year. having long prayers together.
Friday, picking out a Christmas tree, while i played photographer. i even got to use some of those pics later on for their Christmas cards! :D eating a delicious pizza lunch at Bellas, then shopping and talking and just enjoying everyones company.. that night we did a script reading with a bunch of their friends, and then ana, kris, and i stayed up playing candy land and watching a movie.. ana and i fell asleep on one couch, kris on another..
waking up saturday to find out i could stay til tuesday! decorating, celebrating Julie's birthday, baking.
Sunday praising the Lord for His Awesomeness. Resting, rejoicing, celebrating God.
Monday i got a job taking advertising photos for a wood company! got to hang with Jewels and then go to lunch with Unc and her. Going to the library, working on a project, listening to Ana sing with her choir that night (in below 32 degrees weather), going home and packing.
Coming home this morning with Uncle, singing and laughing and talking and being his secretary.. taking some car photography, joking..

so basically, in incomplete, messy sentences, is how i spent my thanksgiving week. on to cinnamon sticks

when you think of cinnamon sticks, does it ever occur to you that they might be hard to crush? i read a recipe recently, for a warm winter drink that i really wanted to try out. first few lines : "crush a cinnamon stick. put a cup of milk in a saucepan, add crushed cinnamon stick, and heat until begins to boil." etc. so, first things first, right? i take out a cinnamon stick...... for the next 20 minutes, i try 100s of different ways of crushing the drat thing. finally, i give up, chop it up, and dump it in the still-cold milk in the saucepan.. drat cinnamon, it will just have to work.. p.s. the drink ended up pretty good actually :]

family is incredible. thats all i have to say about them. that and irreplaceable. and amazing. and worth every little annoyance or quirk or oddity that always comes with them. :]

alright, goodnight sweet dreams! blessings

because He lives and reigns

November 14th catch-up



7 lbs, 2 oz
19 in

being held by J. Lu, one of her big sisters :]

thank You Lord for this new child to raise to glorify and honor Your Name!!

unexpected loss

the wind blows, cool, over the tops of sunlit trees, but my eyes dont focus. how many times i can think back and specify when God might have called me home, and yet He protected my life for a little longer.
A few nights ago, i should have been in a car wreck. Driving home about 9:30 pm, a young deer ran in front of my car, turned and ran back the way it came. I was going about 45 around a curve, and couldnt see it until it turned. I slowed the car as quickly and gently as i could, but it still swerved and hit the back of the deers legs. A car was behind me but far enough to give them time to stop before they hit me. the deer ran off, and i was safe. All the time it took was two seconds, but if i had been going faster, if the car behind me wasnt paying attention, if that deer hadnt decided to turn around. Life can be built upon the word "if". it can also be destroyed.
This morning my dad told me an old friend of mine was killed in a car accident last night, along with her boyfriend, and possibly another friend. They were on their way home from a wedding rehearsal and he overcorrected so as not to hit a car in front of them. Somehow they still wrecked, and at least their 2 lives were lost. Caroline was a precious and God-fearing Christian, who had the biggest heart of gold. Her life will be missed most painfully. And yet i feel alright to smile because i know she is in the most coveted position- she is safe and complete and PERFECTED in her Fathers Arms. And though even I, who lost touch with her over the years and therefore didnt know her as well as id like to have, am grieving over losing her, I wouldnt wish her sorrow and pain and grief and hurt that could be found here if they had lived. Thank You Oh Lord for the 19 years You gave us with her. We will miss her, but we know she is now safe in Your Loving Arms.
But also, on another thought, her testimony she left , her life memories. What a witness for Christ she had. What will people say about you when u die? Will they rejoice for you that you are with Christ, that no harm will ever befall u again? Will they sob and weep because they know u are not with Christ, but in Hell? Caroline left us with bitter sweet times. We cry because we will miss her, miss her own smiles and joy and life, but we know she is safe so we dont cry forever. Will people cry forever about u? are you striving to live every moment like it is your last? Caroline lived a full life because she had Christ. No matter what else she had, her life became full when Christ entered it. Someday i hope i leave a testimony so that people will say that about me.

soli deo gloria

videos with my nieces

alright, so i got into the video mode, and made 2 videos with my nieces before they went to bed. here they are!

with Jessie (and jane)

with Jane and Anita

the one with jane and anita was stopped and i didnt realize it, so its not really finished. as you can tell, we are all tired, except anita who might have just had a yogurt covered pretzel....... :P :] but they are all precious and incredible, and ive had a great weekend with them. tomorrow i get to help annie (my sister) prepare for her 4th baby (coming november 14th to a hospital near..augusta! :} ) by sorting books and closets and such. alright, im very sleepy now and am off to go relax before bed. ttyl Lord willing!

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FIrst V-Blog

alright, so i did my first video blog today! hoping to do 2 more as the day goes by. BTW, if my hair looks like it has a reddish tint, or is red, in the video: thats because, for the moment, my hair IS tinted red. I used something to temporary change the color, that wont, in the long run, hurt my hair any. Its rather a funny story (to me at least) as to why i did it, but dont worry it will soon go back to its natural color-- in about a week or so. Alright, well, hope u enjoy the video! :]

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a little bit of everything

ive finally come to the (much needed) conclusion that crushes on boys are just a general nuisance and frustration until about the age of 21, approximately. or at least they are just a promise for trouble at seventeen (and younger in my case). *sigh* alright that was just an odd excerpt into my thoughts. on to the real topic(s) of blogging tonight: procrastination, fathers, daughters, cooking, and a week without mom here.

Procrastinating has been a major flaw of mine since i can remember. My first memory of procrastination was actually my inner self convincing my "other inner self" that i didnt NEED to brush my doll's hair until after "our walk in the park".
/story starts/
I had been pretending (yes i played "pretend" by myself for forever..still do actually, i just dont use dolls and talk to myself outloud anymore........*innocent stare, begins whistling*) that i was the older sister and she was my younger sister, and we were going for a walk in the park. (where we were subsequently kidnapped and i freed us by swinging my "younger sister" around until all the invisible bad guys were knocked out.............)
/story ends/
i dont think her hair ever got brushed. then, when i grew up and started school, i was actually pretty diligent until 4th grade, and science projects began. (yes this would be about the time i started hating science as well). from then on, i procrastinated and had several "all-nighters" throughout the rest of elementary, middle, and highschool. only in 9th grade did it catch up to me in a major way, and my parents became aware of how serious my prorastinating problem had become-- i failed my second semester of spanish 1. Why am i admitting to all these embarrassing moments in my past? Because people tend to joke about "procrastination's definition is Facebook/Myspace/*insert any distraction here*". But in 9th g., i realized procrastination can be joked about, but its impact on life in serious, and major procrastination needs to be looked on as sin, and something to be fixed.
Now, im my "senior year" of highschool, im still struggling with a sinful habit that i shouldve dealt with when i was 9. At the moment, im finishing painting the trim and 2 walls of shelves in my room -- i painted the other 2 walls' shelves last fall. I am trying to catch up on chemistry that i , in my own goals i set for myself, am 7 chapters behind in. I havent even started the British lit. hw that i got 2 weeks ago, and thats due in a week and a half. And lets not even go towards how my search for a job, and any photography progress, is coming along. And yet, though im not excusing any of that, its far better than what it might be if God hasnt repetively sent His message along. So im sending out a challenge, for myself and for any reader or future reader:
- Monday morning or, if it is restful for you, Sunday afternoon some time, take about 30 min or so and outline some things you need to accomplish, or would like to accomplish. then
- make a schedule for your week, planning out ahead of time when and for how long you are going to do each item on your list. make it reasonable, but strive to push yourself a little. then
- follow through and see how much you can actually accomplish. if you've planned well and are dedicated to the challenge, you should be able to cross of at least 88% of your list. then compete with yourself. try this next week as well, and see how much more you can accomplish on your list, what with careful planning and time spacing. and dont forget daily Bible reading! :]

my Dad has to be the coolest dad in the world. and yes, obviously, i am prejudiced , so none of you dads out there take offense-- just learn from him! :D While my mom has been gone this week, helping my sister (whos pregnant with her 4th--due November 14th! yay!!) , my daddy has taken my on not just 1, but 2 dates!!!! :D Dates with my dad are HUGELY important to me, not just because they are usually quite rare, but because I love just being in my father's presence so much. Being in the presence of great men inspires and thrills me-- i cant wait to go to Heaven for that reason! :] Anyways, on our first date we went to Venti--a new Italian restaurant about 10 minutes from our house. We were quite pleasantly surprised by how delicious the food was, and how attentively the staff treated us, even though it was a full house. On our second date, we went to one of our favorite stores in the world--Barnes and Noble!! *insert girlish squeal of excitement* yes i completely flip out over B and B. and of couse, after having lunch at the cafe in there, dad went to read a book Zemmie got him for his birthday, on a Christian martyr he hadnt heard of before-- he says it is really good so far. And i went to one of my top 5 favorite sections-- the humor section! there i began catching up on my Far Side comics, and before i knew it, we had to leave. I suppose i could have done some research, or read a good book full of knowledge and information, but it was a rainy day, and tea/hot chocolate/ hot apple cider, a warm sweater, and a humorous book seemed to fit the occasion. :]

why do so many daughters treat their parents, but especially their fathers, with so little respect? my opinion as that very few men deserve any respect from their daughters, especially weak men who try and exert authority over their children without first building any relationship with them, having ignored/not made time for them when they were younger, and then when they grow up the fathers try to create some sort of bond out of thin air. and when that doesnt work, they just build up rules and regulations. and people wonder why teens nowadays rebel. though it might be a sinful pre-notion, i dont see how one can obey a rule or regulation without first knowing why it was placed. one rule my parents have set for me that friends of mine who havent grown up as i have dont understand is the "dating rule" . first of all, terms: in our house, dating or boyfriend-girlfriend dating mean: getting to know one another with the knowledge of possible marriage in the distant future. getting to know one another through: 1) "hanging out" at each others houses, getting to know the family, 2) doing things together, whether to help out the community, grocery shopping for family, etc, and 3) the occasional movie or dinner together (and no , for me and whomever i end up dating, Depending on the other persons character of course , a chaperone is not needed for every single second spent together. thats where the parental trust that they have raised their child well comes in) . alright, so now that weve basically defined the terms, the dating rule is : any guy who wants to take me on a date, must first call/ask my dads permission. and he must tell my dad 1) where we are going, 2) what time the guys going to pick me up, and 3) what time he is bringing me home. and the date cant be altered (during the date) from what he told my dad. no matter who it is, whether i've known him for all my life up to one day. and whatever my dads decision is, goes. why have this "antiquated" rule, as some of my more blunt friends have called it? well , several reasons, but to my eyes, the main reason is to keep away cowards. after all, one cant really be a coward and call my dad to ask him to date me. :] ive been told my dad is rather intimidating.

well i was going to talk about my cooking experiences lately, but its really late and church is tomorrow (or rather, later on today) so i need some sleep! have a blessed Lords Day

b.c He lives and reigns
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i am trying to be more faithful in writing on this blog, though i dont believe anyone ever reads this anyways (excepting myself of course..and even i dont go back and reread posts--i know whats happened in my life!).
Today has been a very blessed Lords Day, more than usual.
This morning's sermon was on the Church and her mission, to gather and perfect the saints. Saints meaning God's chosen people, not some ethereal person who is more perfect than human, and who doesnt leave footprints because he is hovering 6 to 8 inches above ground. In Webster's 1828 dictionary, the firs definition of the word "saint" (noun) is: "A person sanctified; a holy or godly person; one eminent for piety and virtue." Therefore, we as Christians are saints! the logical thought process then must be that we never use the common phrase : "well im not a saint!" that would be rather contradictory of what we are to be, would it not? His application to this was how important it is for people in the church to not just leave it to the preacher to build them up through the preaching and admonition from the pulpit. instead we are to build one another up through encouragement, brotherly love, helpfulness, joyfulness, loving exhortation, support, understanding, etc. It is important for a church to be a closely-knit group of people, not just individuals who though professing to live a life common to those also in the church, live aloof and separate from all else in the Church. Dad preached using texts from Matthew 24 and Ephesians 4:8-16. We are taking a break from the Psalms series he has been doing to prep. our church for when we vote for new elders and deacons.

We stayed for church lunch afterwards, which was a treat- i got to talk to someone, an adult i very much respect but have been having some difficulty feeling kindly toward him for the way he has been treating me lately. I got to practice the sermon and speak lovingly, asking about general matters as family and health. his oldest girl is one of my best friends, so its been hard for me to feel as though he has had issue with certain things in my life that are not sinning but just a preference we disagree on. but as we talked generalities it was such a pleasant conversation and he was kind as i was toward him, i felt the Lord giving me peace in my mind. and i am so grateful! Now whenever i see him the Lord has eased my mind so i know that he truly still loves me almost as his own child (thats how its always been) even though we dont agree on everything.

Tara was today, but mom and i had ridden with Daddy to church, so i didnt have a car to be able to go. Oh well, Lord willing i will get to go next month-- its such an encouragement to see all those older people who still love the Lord so much that when we come they stay and sing with us, and listen as one of our men gives a 10 min talk on some aspect of our walk with the Lord. Praise the Lord for previous generations and "forefathers in the Faith" :]

Once home, mom and dad rested and i went for a "photography walk" in our woods, to take pictures of Creation, and sing along with some of the songs i have on my ipod. So, for around 3 hrs i trudged and climbed (trees), hiked and jumped (creeks). i love our woods :] at the end i felt like quoting Robert Frost (though its the wrong season!) : "the woods are lovely, dark and deep, but i have promises to keep. and miles to go before i sleep, and miles to go before i sleep."

Dad finished his Deuteronomy series last week (i was out of town! :( drat) so tonight he started on Romans. He didnt get very far however. i think he did the first 4 verses. lol His introduction took up most of the time. He says he thinks Romans should be preached on every 12 yrs, so this is his third time preaching on it. :] Martin Luther once remarked that Romans could never be read too often or taste too sweet- for each reading the epistle gives a deeper meaning and a sweeter taste.

Now i am sleepy and have a long week ahead-- mom is going to Augusta to be with annie on tuesday, which means i will have to go with dad to the office on tuesday and wednesday. and friday possibly. tomorrow im meeting marie for a workout at the Y and then starbucks-- wow talk about productive! haha. tuesday is Mr. Potter's history class and orchestra. Wednesday is drama -- hoorah!! Thursday i am determined to finish my chemistry chapter and also start back at finishing painting my shelves in my room. half of them have been light purple for too long. friday is the soccer game that the CFaf marching band is preforming at during half time, and the masquerade ball is that night. if i get any interesting pictures ill be sure to post them. Saturday mommy comes home. and hopefully at some point during this busy week, i can convince daddy we need to go on a daddy-daughter date to Barnes and Noble :] :] :] :] :] :] i need to get some more books to add to my library, for sure one on health food (so not all fun and games).
alright, its 11:09 pm my time, so one more definition from Webster's 1828 dictionary and then im off to bed. lets look up the words "friend" and "friendship":
"friend": noun. 1.
One who is attached to another by affection; one who entertains for another sentiments of esteem, respect and affection, which lead him to desire his company, and to seek to promote his happiness and prosperity; opposed to foe or enemy.A friend loveth at all times. Prov. 17. 2. An attendant; a companion.

"friendship": noun. 1.

An attachment to a person, proceeding from intimate acquaintance, and a reciprocation of kind offices, or from a favorable opinion of the amiable and respectable qualities of his mind. Friendship differs from benevolence, which is good will to mankind in general, and from that love which springs from animal appetite. True friendship is a noble and virtuous attachment, springing from a pure source, a respect for worth or amiable qualities. False friendship may subsist between bad men, as between thieves and pirates. This is a temporary attachment springing from interest, and may change in a moment to enmity and rancor.There can be no friendship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity.There is little friendship in the world.The first law of friendship is sincerity. 2. Mutual attachment; intimacy.If not in friendship, live at least in peace.3. Favor; personal kindness.


alright, goodnight sweet dreams
Because He lives and reigns

politics and morals

can you believe that those 2 words could be in the same grouping together, much less have something in common? shocking, i know. However, though i know it to be true, it is a good thing God has taught us to "walk by faith, not by sight"-- the VP debate going on between Palin and Biden is painful to watch. So, as i watch, i will give my pros (yes there are some..a few, but still) and cons.

PROS: I admire the fact that they havent killed each other yet, or gone so low as to sticking tongues out at each other, or thowing physical things. I like Sarah Palin's outfit. I will say, i admit that though i very strongly disagree with Sarah Palin and i think that she is very wrong to run for any office, she has courage. foolish courage, but if i knew her in person before running for any office i would say she would have been one of those women i would have looked up to as a possible role model. Biden has a very strong ability to sound wise (whether he is wise or not is already answered in the negative). He is also well taught in the matter of giving speeches and commanding attention. both are good at this, actually. oh, and i like Senator Biden's blue tie. It is quite conservative and dignified looking.


CONS: everything else that i didnt mention in the above PROS is a CON.

A major matter to me, that goes through every question heard tonight, is the word "fair" and how they use it. What is their basis for fair, because it is obviously not the Word of God nor His Laws and morals set forth for ALL, not just Christians, to follow. How can they call fair playing a Robin Hood effect, as Biden so clearly wants to do? He talked about raising taxes on the rich, to hand off to those "not so well off". Though it makes a great story what with Maid Marion and the evil Sheriff Nottingham, things dont work like that in real life. On facebook ive been talking to a young friend of mine, and this discussion came out. my issue is this: not all who are "rich", or make a goodly amount of money are "sheriff nottingham"s or "king john"s . and most who are wealthy didnt inherit their money, but worked for it, being inovative and pushing hard to get to where they are. while there are rotten apples in top position (check out what happened on Wall Street), not all are. also, many who are poor do NOT try to work hard. they spend the money they make, or they dont work at all. and its frustrating when they try a socialism act: putting everyone in a group and thinking they can put a stereotype on each group and taxing on a sliding scale. the only fair tax would be a head tax so low that no one, either poor or rich, could complain. trust me, if the govt is so "worried" about poor people, or middle class people (such as i and my family) , then why dont they just cut all taxes except the only Biblical one? that would save people tons of money!

now the debate (more like running commentary from 2 different sides) is over, and i must get ready for bed. i am at my aunt judys house and cant wait to have a good day with her tomorrow! so goodnight all , please pray for God's mercy on our country!

because He lives and reigns


charlie <3

so in August, i went to go hang out with my brother (Joey) and his wife (Jen) and their baby, Charlie! :] Charlie just turned 8 months old a couple days ago-- praise the Lord! He, i must say, has the bluest eyes of any baby ive ever seen! (and believe me, ive seen a lot ;) ) so i thought i would post some of the pics i took of him, and of him and his daddy, on here to celebrate that :] (plus i just need to catch up on my pic posts)


however oppositely i seem, i am not at all a confident person. i dont trust well, and yet i do at the same time. Its confusing when i type it, but i know what i mean, which is mainly what matters at the moment. I know, and God knows :]
My parents are the strongholds that i run to when i need support. they and my siblings help me as i mature towards adulthood, and i am continually grateful for them. But what is it in a person that makes it so difficult to trust? is it purely a sinful nature? or is it because we know our own faults that it makes it frustrating and a trial to trust to someone else whom we also know deals with sin?
Tomorrow morning we leave for VA, and i am anxious. Under normal circumstances (then again, no circumstance seems to fit the term "normal") i would be exuberant and jumping for joy, but now i am just waiting for a phone call, a txt, or something! having not heard from this person in almost 2 weeks since the now-outstanding question, my already painfully small amount of patience is running thin, and those around me are having to suffer me jumping each time a phone rings, staring into space while in the midst of setting the table, so on and so forth. I know , I know that the call may never come, and it needs to not be such a big issue. but it is, and that knowledge isnt computing to my subconsious. *sigh* i have a very long way to go before i become what i should be as a Preacher's daughter, especially one so revered by others as my father is. Not to mention how much further i have before i become as sanctified as my Heavenly Father demands. One thing i cant wait for heaven-- i wont have to worry about not trusting fully!! Only at night do i let these thoughts come to the front of my mind for more than a few moments. ...... maybe i should go to bed earlier........

well, i do need to finish packing- just needed to think this through, and type out my thoughts. goodnight and may God be with you!

b.c He Lives and Reigns

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long time

its been a very long time since i last blogged on here, nothing much has changed (except me, but thats on a different day). Uncle Hugh has come back! praise the Lord for His undeniable mercies in every area of life :] since then, his new wife and youngest son have become Christians as well. Having the whole family again is one of the greatest blessings this year. Mom and dad had a fantastic time in Scotland with the Vision Forum people-- the pictures are incredible! Some day, if the Lord so blesses, i hope to travel to all 50 states, and almost everywhere in Europe, just to start.
I still have 2 highschool courses to finish up, 3 if you count the last 2 chapters of Trig. I know i could have completed all this last year, if i had really put forth the effort, but i dont really mind. However this year my goal is to be done with Chemistry for sure by the end of January. What with Dad's upcoming knee surgeries maybe this will give our whole family a spell at home, to really finish this place up and make it how we want it. Cello is going well, though one of our new songs in orchestra-- i think the composer must have had it out for cellists. maybe he dated one, and they had a bad falling out when he wrote this. or maybe he just hates strings in general, though for the life of me i cant figure out why he would be writing orchestral compositions then. ... i dunno, just a theory. Aunt Judy wrote a new song, called the Myspace song, lots of fun to sing, and the message is very to the point. i cant wait to make a youtube video for it, and get it out to the world :D I hope the Lord will use it to get the message across to other Christian young people about how the world really does watch everything we do and what we say, even online and to our friends.
i feel as though i could be doing more with my photography, but im unsure as to the next step i need to take. i would love to make this a "career" as i can do photography and still be a stay-home wife and mother (someday! ) when i grow up, and good photography will never become obsolete. I love Ric Ergenbrights work, as a Christian photographer, he is one of my inspirations. I am surrounded by all these incredible photographers in my friends, how can i make it in the art world?? The Lord has the answers so im just trusting in Him.
Well, today is Drama Class with Mrs Minkoff-- im so glad my 2 best friends are doing drama this year as well!!!!!! hoorah!!!!!! Tomorrow we leave for Abingdon, Va for a wedding. and who knows whats going to happen next week-- its in His Hands.

need to run, ttyl Lord willing


long time

It has been much too long since i have updated on here- my apologies! My laptop that i have at the moment, the Internet Explorer is messed up (and yes ive had it checked out, but they couldnt figure out the problem) so it wont let me get on here and update. Thankfully i use Mozilla Firefox on this computer as well, so i just found out this will let me update :)

Since i dont feel like catching you up, Im just going to start from today. Went to Barnes and Noble/ Starbucks while mom was at the dentist's office. If i could, i would do that at least 2 times a week-- just go and sit in either barnes and noble/starbucks or some coffee shop, or an atlanta bread company, and just work on my laptop and listen to my (new) ipod. It is one of my favorite things to do, be around people and books and/or the smell of cofffee (love the smell dislike the taste ;) and still get to listen to my music and work on my hw or pictures or something. Yes, i am such a dweeb. YAY. lol
I learned two new words today: serendipity and perfidious. Serendipity, according to the description of the man at starbucks, equals up to "blessed fate" of two people accidentally meeting and ending up either good friends or acquaintances or such. And perfidious, in reference to my new book for literature, The Synonym Finder, pertains to treachery. I love learning new words, and then trying to insert them into my vocabulary. The English language is so full and brilliant, its a shame that people do not choose to appreciate it. Mom and I were discussing in the car today my paper (that yes i am procrastinating on at the moment-- sry!) on Idylls of the King, by Alfred Lord Tennyson. The paper is going to be about the treachery and loyalty found in the last section of Idylls, entitled The Passing of Arthur, and its effect upon Arthur. Its a very interesting subject, but i am finding this assignment the most difficult so far, as nothing seems to flow, and that is annoying me. However, as i was saying, she and i were conversing as to how the more you read classic and well-written literature, the more round and developed your life becomes. I had just been commenting on how the steam seen on the road (it was raining quite hard and traffic was horrible) surrounding the cars reminded me of the phrase used in Idylls, "deathwhite mist". it is referring to the impossibility of being able to tell who was good and who was bad in the last battle, for not only was the mist horrendous to see through, because of the treachery one was unable to trust anyone on the field. That is actually a point in my paper (that i am still not through with..............yipe........). Also, our view of the world as christians most definitely enriches our lives, and our want to use everything God has given us to glorify Him! What a stupendous God rules over us!! Praise Him :)

It was my sisters birthday today (im still thinking of this as the 4th)!!!!!! hoorah!!!!!!!!!!! I love her so much-- i cannot wait, she and her girls are coming into town thursday so she and daddy can have their annual lunch at the Swan Coach House, where dad takes she and i for our birthday lunches, since each of us were four. What a daddy :D So, they are coming thursday, and then on friday we are going to try to go to the zoo if at all possible. I didnt even know there was a zoo in Atlanta! Now that is sad..

my favorite band is still the Jonas Brothers. lol haha yes i really do like their music a lot, their lifestyle is mostly recommendable (except they do concerts and such on Sunday, which upsets me cause it is against Gods law so they should know better!), and they proclaim and seem to be VERY strong believers! score!!!! :) and yes, they are incredibly handsome (no i wont degrade them or myself to calling them "hott".."hot" is when you burn yourself by touching a cooking stove when it is on. it is NOT three great guys who have wonderful talent for music) I even have met some now good friends online because of them. One of thems name is Arisa and she calls me her "sissy" now. yay! :) she is such a precious girl, and yes ive checked her up so i know she is legit. and not some weird stalker person. she and i, along with about 3 or 4 other girls on IM that weve met, all want to meet up someday at disneyland (they ALL live in cali. except me, obviously, who is on the other side of the country!! oh bother ;) but yes, i doubt it will ever happen because i would have to convince my parents to let me go, and find people crazy enough to want to go across country and meet 5 girls we dont even know in person. at disneyland. hahaha it would be so incredibly neat however. :) Arisa, the girl that calls me her sister, is a Catholic, but by our conversations so far, i really do believe she is a true believer :) she wants me to do her senior pictures in two years when she turns 18. lol now that would be a job.. no, i must admit, what would be surpassing incredible would be to actually meet and get to hang out with the jb for about a week. watch them do a concert from backstage, get to meet their parents and younger brother frankie, get to know them. Marie and i love talking to each other about them, because not that many of our friends are jb fans like us.. haha we are just crazy :D but we have determined that yes, though we have already picked out our own "jb"to have a "crush " on, we dont really but like all three because of their music and their christianity. honestly, i would rather be good friends of theirs than have one of them (or all of them) like me more than a good friend. to me, friendships surpass "love" , especially at this age, because i am too young to be married to someone, can only love one person at a time, and will want to spend all my time either daydreaming about or being with him. with a friendship , you can have tons of other friends as well, you are never too young to have a deep and lasting friendship, especially based upon mutual love for the Lord (as all things should be but arent), and the Lord more than he is on your mind and heart. and its not awkward!! awkwardness is so dratted annoying.. because then neither person is being themselves, so you get the wrong impression, and everything is not as it really is.

well, i suppose this is long enough for a new post :) here are some pictures of annie and i, in celebration of her birthday! :D

because He truly lives and reigns
annie and i at christmas, a long while back :)

still a long while back, but not as long ago.. prob. about 2 years or so.. yeah the difference is incredible! lol

at the Atlanta Aquarium, i know this was about two years ago, cause that is jessie she is holding in her arms! and jessie is almost 3 :)

well, this weekend im going to try to get a GOOD UPDATED picture of annie and i , and then ill put it up.

until then however~