Sunday, December 27, 2009

ach nein!! and more fun stuff

Why? Why do people have to look give goofy looks to a person when they have a real dress on? Or when they aren't wearing a bikini swimsuit? Or aren't wearing any make-up? Or is wearing something more than undergarments to work out in? Or who actually cares about being modest? ?!?!?! Why?

Ach nein. I was in the YMCA, having gotten done working out, and these two girls (a couple years older than me) were walking to the pool in their bikini's, while I was in my typical ''1800's'' dress. The looks I got made me almost wishing the ground would open and swallow me rather than get looked at by 'them' like 'that'. Ugh. So, I guess my point is, being judgmental isn't cool. I know, I know, we all have different convictions about things and that's fine and good! But when others look down on someone and just don't respect their opinions and views on life .... that's just not cool. I'm sure I have judged people in the past, so it's also a good reminder for me, that it just feels plain awful to be on the receiving end of the judging.
''Judge not lest ye be judged.'' Matthew 7:1
Well! On to not-so-theological matters ... I have more pictures I want to share!! Some pictures of that Medieval ball I went to (mentioned in post below) - that a friend took and posted on Facebook (actually, not a friend really, just the Mom of a group of siblings that I danced with).

And!!! We got snow! Lots and lots and LOADS of snow! So I took a few pictures ... obviously ... so you can see! Especially if you have no snow in your sorry part of the globe, this is the only way I can share the 2-3 feet that we have.

And then, since this blog is all about random thoughts, here is a video from a good friend (I wish) of mine, Daniel Gardner. (p.s. I joined HSA - look me up! my username is ''Indi'' )

Aw shucks - I have Statistics to work on. Later everyone! Shalom!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

''I had a dream.....''

Why is it there is always a great song that comes to my head to title my blog posts with?? Anyways. On to the post. Mom and I just got back from the most AAH-MAY-ZING trip ever!!! It was so good - it totally feels like it was just a dream (thus the title of this!).

So I'll give you a brief description, then post some pictures at the end. Cause that's the funnest part, right? :D

Mom and I drove to Minneapolis MN, stayed with my aunt (if you could pray for her, that would be awesome ... she doesn't know Jesus and it's soo sad that she doesn't see how much she needs Him.) Then we flew to Atlanta Georgia (the flight was really great!!!!) and drove to Gastonia North Carolina which is where the fun began. 8-) I got to meet a few really great college friends - we hung out for a day and a half doing awesome things together (SO great to meet them!!!) and Mom and I went to Hallelujah Acres!! The last night before we left, we went to a Medieval dancing ball!! Think the dances in Pride and Prejudice - only way more bouncy and fun - to Irish/Scottish music. It was a blast!!! Then we drove back to Atlanta (so sad to leave NC), flew to Minneapolis and 2 feet of snow (yikes!!), stayed with an awesome CP! friend of mine, Brittany, then drove home!

So - that is the short version of our awesome ''too great to be true'' trip. :D :D It was so great to just hang with friends and just my Mom for 6 days - and I'm SO thankful that God allowed us to have a safe trip and a fun time!!

Here are some pictures in the post below ;)

the picture post

Mom and I right before the plane ride!!
we were up ABOVE the clouds!!! :o
Us awesome CP!ers!! L-R Alice, me, Victoria, Laura, Alex
playing ''Cities and Knights of Catan'' with the CP! group
the Medieval dance group!!
dancing ''Barley Bree''
we are home!! or closer... Minneapolis airport
and - what we come back to - snow snow and more snow

Friday, December 18, 2009's 2 am feelin' like I just lost a friend...

The title is a Taylor Swift song. Just so you know. No, I didn't just lose a friend ... but yeah, it's pretty close to 2am. What in the world am I still awake for? Who knows.

Anyhow, I have a story to tell!!

...It was a dark and stormy night. Actually, it was Tuesday morning. Around 9am. I woke up, all ready for my Social Sciences and History CLEP. The test that would get me to the ultimate step - being at 60 credits - and officially halfway done with my degree!

I was fully prepared and ready to go. I sat down at my test, and started going. It was splendiferously easy! Mostly American Government stuff and Western Civilizations ... all things I had done and learned before. Totally awesome! I was happily going speedy, about 3/4 of the way through with 2/3 of the time remaining ...

... then ... *cue sad dramatic epic music* ... the test server runs on computer A, while I test on computer B. Someone sat down to computer A, and promptly closed my test server. CLOSED MY TEST SERVER yes. It was gone. My test. Was gone. Forever. Never to be seen by my eyes again. So sad.

Alas, after several minutes of mass torment as my proctor restarted the server, I found myself seated at the computer once again, but sadly, this was a new test. It was not the easy test I had had before. No! It was an extremely hard test with mostly Economics and US History II. Very much indeed my two hardest subjects. :sigh:

Well, before this post gets any longer, I did end up passing the silly thing. But barely! Oh it was close. But, I learned valuable lessons from the whole ordeal!

Lesson 1) Trust in God. Always. No matter what. He's got it in control.
Lesson 2) Listen to God. I have to admit, sadly, that He told me to do a few things ... and ... I didn't. But I have learned now.

So! My crazy story of the year. On to happier things - I now have 60 credits!! Halleluyah!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Changing a light bulb - the Christian way

DISCLAIMER: this is all in fun, no offense meant towards any readers who may or may not be any of these denominations. I came across it, found it was extremely hilarious ... so here it is! Enjoy!

How many Christians does it take to change a light bulb?

Charismatic: Only 1
Hands are already in the air.

Pentecostal: 10
One to change the bulb, and nine to pray against the spirit of darkness.

Presbyterians: None
Lights will go on and off at predestined times.

Roman Catholic: None
Candles only.

Baptists: At least 15.
One to change the light bulb, and three committees to approve the change and decide who brings the potato salad and fried chicken.

One to call the electrician, one to mix the drinks and one to talk about how much better the old one was.

Mormons: 5
One man to change the bulb, and four wives to tell him how to do it.

We choose not to make a statement either in favor of or against the need for a light bulb. However, if in your own journey you have found that light bulbs work for you, you are invited to write a poem or compose a modern dance about your light bulb for the next Sunday service, in which we will explore a number of light bulb traditions, including incandescent, fluorescent, 3-way, long-life and tinted, all of which are equally valid paths to luminescence.

Methodists: Undetermined
Whether your light is bright, dull, or completely out, you are loved. You can be a light bulb, turnip bulb, or tulip bulb. Bring a bulb of your choice to the Sunday lighting service and a covered dish to pass.

Nazarene: 6
One woman to replace the bulb while five men review church lighting policy.

Lutherans: None
Lutherans don't believe in change.

What's a light bulb?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Yes, I am a math geek :D

Do I need to say anything else?!

I LOVE THIS!!! Thank you Brit - for making this math-geek's day :D

Friday, December 4, 2009


Not that I'm totally obsessed with my name, or think it's like, the most coolest name that was ever given to anyone .... but I found a few super awesome things about my name. 8-) In case you wanted to know. :D

  • 1 in 5,917 people in the US are named India. That's 0.017%

  • It's the 815th most common name in the country.

  • About 348 people per year are named India.

  • The name comes from the country India (duh), which got it's name from the Indus River in India.

  • The name India is more popular in England and Wales then the US.

How's THAT for total awesomeness?!?! *does a little dance* And yes, I'm in the middle of a Statistics class right now ... so things like this just pop for me. :P :D

Shalom to all - have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, November 23, 2009

up-date-ing-ness!!! (and a bunch of awesome links)

Wow! It's been awhile since I have posted! At least, it feels like awhile, only been a week I know. So - here I go on a big update:

- I passed American Government today! whoot! I now have 54 credits, and well on my way to being done with the testing part of my degree. Praise Yahweh! He is so good to me ... I don't even deserve it.

- I found a bartering website!!! No lie! Remember the good old days when there was no money, and your neighbor had milk and you had bread so you traded some? Well! I found a website that is just like that - only it's for books. I post books I have to get rid of, people request them and I send them to them. Each time I send one book to someone else, I get one book credit, useful for me getting a book from someone else! To keep! Forever! Until I decide to trade it for a different book. Yes, it's all free, all legal and so wonderful! So get involved with PaperBookSwap :D (they explain it better than I can) (and really, I posted 4 books last night, and I have requests for 3 of them today. So what books should I get in exchange .... decisions!!)

- I got a youtube account! finally! here is the one and only video I have posted ... it's rather lame and boring, but a video I took nonetheless. And it's from our trip, pretty cool! (on the side, yes, my user name is hip2Bgreen. Honestly, that was the only good user name left that didn't have a trillion numbers after it! And no, I'm not one of those totally insane environmental people. I think it's cool to recycle, get recycled stuff, wear shoes made from old tires and plastic bottles ... stuff like that. Not tree hugging, or carbon footprint reducing ... blegh.)

- I found a site with directions on how to run the new Chrome OS from a thumb drive!!! Did you know that Google came out with an OS that runs .... on the internet?!?!?! AH! I'm so excited to try it out!!! Thanks to Lifehacker for posting it, and to MakeUseOf for making this available to the public!!! whoot!!! *can't wait to do this* *if I do it ... pray my computer doesn't explode* :D

- I got to ride horse!!! For the first time in what - years? It was ''volunteer appreciation day'' at SPURS and I got to ride this AMAZING horse named Joker who just LOVED to run. We had a blast :D

Enough ''I''!!!! What is this week? THANKSGIVING!!! So here is a list that is much to short of things that I am eternally grateful for:
  • Yahshua and HIS saving grace and love and mercy - when I am so nothing
  • my family!!! Mom Dad - my brothers - are SO incredibly awesome!!!
  • my friends!!! aah just so great ... the friends I have now are a true blessing
  • the amazingness of the fact that I can get an education
  • that I have two jobs ... when so many people have zero
  • music, food, clothes, a car, glasses ...... all the material stuff that I don't deserve
  • last but most definitely not least ... I'm SO thankful I live in the US where religion, homeschooling, and all lots of things we can do without persecution. What a blessing.
God - you are really amazing - THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

A Young Maiden's Daybook - it's been awhile :P

So I haven't done this for awhile ... here goes!

Today… is Monday, November 16th, 2009

Outside my window… sunny! and little kitties

I am thinking… I'm so excited (and kinda nervous) to teach dance tonight

I am thankful for… my brothers :D

I am wearing… a long light blue with yellow flowers skirt (with eyelet!) and my CollegePlus! hoodie! (I wear it ALL the time haha)

I am reading… The Man in the Iron Mask, American Government study guide, Genesis and Hebrews in the Bible

I am creating… a new case for my laptop! It's really pretty so far ... I just need to sew a strap.

One of my favorite things… smoothies MMM

For education this week… hopefully I can take the American Government CLEP this week!

A keeper at home skill I am using/learning ... laundry

A spiritual lesson I’m learning… to obey NOW - not in two seconds or three minutes, but right then.

A godly character trait I plan to work on… being kind and thinking of others before myself

Scripture I am memorizing… been working on Ya'aqob (James) 1 a little bit

I am praying for… my Dad's back

For the rest of the week… volunteer at SPURS, dance, study, read for fun, finish sewing my laptop case .... maybe I should make homemade bread too.

A picture I’d like to share ... one of my favorite pictures of the ocean from our trip ...

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Rubix Cube anyone?

I decided to add something to my list of things to do before I die. That being, to solve the Rubix Cube. My brother got one for his birthday one year, we sufficiently messed it up .... and it hasn't been solved since. It's been at least three years since he got that cube, so yeah. It needs to be solved. I've gotten close to having the first layer done a couple times, but then as I try and finish it, it just gets messed up again. ::sigh:: I just hope to finish it before I die. :D If you have any tips - lemme know! (btw, I'm using the ''white cross method'')

(oh, another thing, do you spell it ''Rubix'' or ''Rubik's''? I have seen it both ways ... hmm ... )

Friday, November 6, 2009

''... dancin' queen!''

Wanna hear a crazy story? Dance classes started the first week of September, and since we were on our trip it was obvious that I wouldn't be teaching any classes, or taking any, or anything since we'd be getting back way after classes started. Well, I emailed the teacher of a class when we got home, just to see if she would let me jump in to take her Jazz class. It would be fun, and a good work-out, and just one class. She said YES!!! (lol) so I go and take the class on Tuesday night. It was FUN! (and I got reeeaaaally sore :P )

Then, after class, the teacher and I were chatting afterwards, and mentioned she is teaching a tap class that she doesn't exactly like. Well ... it kind of snowballed from there ... and to make a long story short, I'm now going to be teaching her class for her for the rest of the year!

It's PreTap - two classes a week of 18 1st and 2nd graders. Fun! I'm excited - God is SO good. I have a job now (small though it is), I get to dance (which I didn't think I missed, but turns out I kinda do), and I get to teach little kiddies how to tap dance! :grins:

So! If any of you have smashing ideas for a tap dance recital number for 1st and 2nd graders .... let me know cause I'm on the lookout!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

here I go ... !!

Well, in one minute I will officially began writing. I am participating in NaNoWriMo this month! The goal? To write a novel (50,000 words) in one month. So, I turn up my super awesome epic music, open my Open Office Writer ..... HERE I GO!!!!

Btw, my novel is called ''Don't Drink and Derive: a comical math mystery'' In the novel, two vastly different college girls set out on an adventure to Salt Lake City. One gal is a math geek, and is totally obsessed with the belief that you can take the derivative of anything. Which is, of course, much to the chagrin of her companion, who will have nothing to do with math but is seriously obsessed with the arts and music. While in Salt Lake, they get involved in a scandalous mystery and end up putting all their talents together to solve it. (oh, and if any of the readers of my blog happen to be NaNo writers as well, my user name over there is auburngal. Feel free to add me as a writing buddy!)

Shucks it's three minutes past! I have to get going! As a college friend of mine always says on his blog, ''Now excuse me, I have some writing to do .... ''

Monday, October 26, 2009

can you believe this?!

My family went to the store (Whole Foods!) the other day - to do some grocery shopping before the weekend. I was browsing through the produce isle, when something caught my eye:

White Asparagus! I took a double take. Yes, it was true, there on the display shelf thingy was white asparagus right next to the normal green asparagus. I looked below it, and saw a sign: ''White Asparagus! Grown underground in Peru with no sunlight. Rich in Vitamin A and C'' What?! Grown underground with no sunlight?! Seriously?! I was rather shocked and went to grab Dad to show him - making sure I wasn't seeing things. Indeed, I was not. Why? Who would have the 'brilliant' idea to grow asparagus underground with no sun? I still don't understand it. It seems very wrong to me - almost a sin. God made asparagus to grow outside WITH sun so the chlorophyll with the sun (or whatever - I'm not a science person) would make it GREEN. Who decided we needed to have white asparagus? Was someone really bored? Creative? Plain goofy? Ach, it just seems sooo wrong to me - and against the natural way that God designed it. Oh the people that like to mess with stuff - going and changing everything. *shakes head solemnly* But, I guess, these are changing times ... whoopee. (heavy sarcasm :P )

On the same underground note ... a good friend of mine sent this to me in an email. It's the story of a few Jewish families surviving underground for almost a year during the Holocaust. It's an amazing story of survival and relying on God for protection. Here's the link - enjoy.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Make me Thy Fuel, Flame of God

I have been thinking of writing a poem lately, so I might have one up soon for y'all to read. In the meantime though, here is a wonderful poem by one of my shining heroes, Amy Carmichael. If you don't know her story, please look her up ... she is one of the most amazing women that I have ever read about. Enjoy!

From prayer that asks that I may be

Sheltered from winds that beat on Thee,

From fearing when I should aspire,

From faltering when I should climb higher

From silken self, O Captain, free

Thy soldier who would follow Thee.

From subtle love of softening things,

From easy choices, weakenings,

(Not thus are spirits fortified,

Not this way went the Crucified)

From all that dims Thy Calvary

O Lamb of God, deliver me.

Give me the love that leads the way,

The faith that nothing can dismay

The hope no disappointments tire,

The passion that will burn like fire;

Let me not sink to be a clod;

Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God.

- Amy Wilson Carmichael -

Saturday, October 17, 2009

You've got me feelin' so fly!

Exciting, exciting, I took my Calculus 1 midterm this morning!!! That means I am officially halfway done with Calculus 1. Whoot! That's cause for some celebration right there. Actually, I suppose I should wait to celebrate until I get my score back ... which I'm hoping will be next Friday. I can forsee a serious lesson in patience coming up .... :P

On the side, thanks for voting on my little poll - the 8 of you that did! (9 actually voted, but I was one of the 9 haha) Turns out, almost half of the people like winter the best! Shock of all shock to me! Well, I guess if you live in - like - FLORIDA or TEXAS then winter might not be so bad. ;) But for me, a Dakota gal, the winters are horrible. You don't think I'm serious? Try scraping a 1/2 inch thick layer of ice of your windshield, when it's -20 degrees with a -30 degree wind chill. I'm not joking! It gets cold there! Thank goodness for tea, thick socks, parkas and the wood-burning stove.

So, what else is new in my crazy life? Not much else -- oh! I have been wanting to read the Chronicles of Narnia for the THE longest time, but Mom hasn't let me - until now! Of course though, like any good Mom, there is one condition. That being, I must read all the books on a list of her choosing before I can read Narnia. I'm looking forward to the challenge, but I fear it will be a 1,000 book list with titles such as War and Peace. Not exactly my cup of tea, but we shall see. I just hope the prize at the end will be worth it.

On a final note, with respect to the title ---- wait, with respect to the title ... does that mean I take the derivative of the title somehow? can you find the derivative of a word? hmmm, I'll have to think about that one ---- anyways, the title is a song by TobyMac called ''Feelin' So Fly''. If you check out the lyrics they are pretty amazing, and the song is high-energy too! I love the message ... God's love is SO amazing - and I feel SO blessed that He loves me and I can't help but glorify Him! God and His love - I just have to praise Him - He's got me feelin' so fly! So enjoy the song and God bless y'all!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

a lesson in grafting

We went to look for some property south of Wenatchee Washington ... more on that another day. On the property adjacent of the one we were looking at, they were doing something that is rather common in these parts: grafting. When the original fruit tree gets too old to bear fruit, you could just pull the whole thing out and plant a whole new plant. What is done instead, is the old tree is cut down and new shoots are stuck into the old stump; after awhile the new shoots grow into the old stump, and you can't even tell that they were apart at one time!

This is how it is when we get saved! Isn't that cool? God used a TON of analogies in Scripture - and grafting-in is one of them. When we are un-saved, living in sin, it's terrible! Then God shows us what His Son did, for us, and we repent and turn to Him. Our old-self is then cut down, and God puts His shoots in us - to grow and produce fruit! (as in, the Fruit of the Spirit) What should happen is, God should totally consume our lives, that others can't even tell that we were once a part of this awful sinning world. Unfortunately, there is no way to become perfect here on this earth, yet we still press toward the goal of following His commands; producing His fruit that others might see that we are His children.

There is also another analogy for grafting in - when we get saved, we become a member of God's family. We are no longer gentiles, outsiders, goyim. We are His children!!! Forever! To go and live with Him in Heaven as part of His family. Don't we serve the most amazing and wonderful God?! Sometimes I wonder why on earth He cares that much about me ... it's the greatest gift that I could ever get.

(P.S. in the photo, they paint the stump white ... don't ask me why, but that's what that is in case you were wondering.)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

pictures, a poll, and pi

Ach, alliteration ... anyways!

Here are some photos I have taken on our trip so far. There aren't a whole lot there, but enjoy them! :)

Oh, and, I discovered that I can put polls up on my blog! Amazing, right! (and I'm only a Computer Science major :P ) Anyways, if you have an extra couple seconds, vote on the poll if you feel like it. :)

Question of the day! - "What is Pi?"
A mathematician: "Pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter."
A computer programmer: "Pi is 3.141592653589 in double precision."
A physicist: "Pi is 3.14159 plus or minus 0.000005."
An engineer: "Pi is about 22/7."
A nutritionist: "Pie is a healthy and delicious dessert!"

Sunday, October 4, 2009

cue the party music!

Happy Birthday to you ...
Happy Birthday to you ...
Happy Birthday dear Ezzy ...

WHOOT! My little brother Ezra (affectionately called Ezzy) turns 12 this fine day! Here's to hoping and praying he has a spendiferous year, and that God keeps him safe in all that he does. :D (below is a picture of my wonderful little brother and I - next to the blueberry fields of Sequim Washington)

Funny story - so I run over and wish him a happy birthday this morning. I kind of snuck up on him so it would be a surprise you know. I pat him on the back, give him a hug and wish him the best. It kind of scared him - so he says ''ooooh that was unexpected!'' Now, you must know that his favorite line of all time is ''expect the unexpected'', he says it all the time. So, of course, my natural response is ''expect the unexpected Ezzy!''. Then he goes ''Well, if I'm supposed to expect the unexpected, and that was unexpected, then it really was expected. But what if you are expecting the unexpected, but then something that's expected happens, is that unexpected then? So what's unexpected is expected, and what's expected is unexpected ... wait, does that mean then, that whatever is expected is expected and whatever is unexpected is unexpected?'' .............................................................................. Needless to say, I was rather lost. Hehe - anyways - enjoy the photo. ;)

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

it must be quote week

This quote is just too great - so, of course, I have to share it on my blog. From a good college friend of mine, Aaron Ackland (originally from the comic Calvin and Hobbes - but I heard it from Aaron first):

"Who had the brains to look at a cow and say, 'I'm going to drink whatever comes out of that thing?'"

Sunday, September 27, 2009

a really neat quote

I know, I know, I just posted something the other day ... but I found this quote and I just HAD to put it up here. It's too cool for words. :)

“Find a guy who calls you beautiful instead of hot, who calls you back when you hang up on him, who will lie under the stars and listen to your heartbeat, or will stay awake just to watch you sleep... wait for the boy who kisses your forehead, who wants to show you off to the world when you are in sweats, who holds your hand in front of his friends, who thinks you're just as pretty without makeup on. One who is constantly reminding you of how much he cares and how lucky he is to have you.... The one who turns to his friends and says, 'that's her.'” ~Author Unknown

Friday, September 25, 2009

YOU have forgiven

Well, I made a video blog yesterday, but my internet connection won't allow me to upload it. Oh how dreadfully annoying.

Anyways, hopefully I'll be able to load it at the next RV park - or the Library - whichever comes first.

Here's a song ... that is currently my favorite song. It's called "Forgiven" and it's just amazing. Everything I've ever done - terrible wretched things I've done - He has forgiven. Wow. Sometimes it's just so overwhelming.

'Forgiven' on Youtube

'Forgiven' on Tangle

(take your pick of links ... I know some people can't view Youtube videos because of internet filters, while Tangle has strange ads. Anyways. Enjoy it!)

Monday, September 21, 2009

Whoot! We're in the Yakima Valley!

EDIT: Well everyone - I decided that my 'dramatic monologue' was just toooo much. :P SO unlike me, and kinda corny. If you didn't get to see it, then just disregard this EDIT message and have a wonderful week!

So yes, we are now in the Yakima Valley of Washington state. We got here late Sunday night - after a rather long drive from Sequim. (Btw, the Yakima Valley sits in the middle of Washington ... in the southern middle part, rather.) But we are finally here! After not being in this area for two whole, long years - it's rather nice to be back. Kinda feels like home in this valley, I've been here so many times.

The Aderhold family plan of attack is as follows:
A. PRAY!!! Man, we have been searching for a new place to live since 2003, and God just hasn't shown us what He wants us to do yet. All of us want to move SO badly, but it's all up to God.
B. Search!!!! Wahoo - we are going land searching! Basically that means, loads of internet looking, and loads of driving around. Which = lots of in-the-car study time!
C. Hopefully, prayerfully, buy some land. Then go back to SD, sell our house, move - and all the fun stuff that goes with that. :D

Okay - real quick - other than being in WA and looking for land .... I've been doing good! Kind of overwhelmed right now with the whole school thing - more on figuring out how to balance everything. The rest of my family is doing good too - at least, that I know of. ;) :D

I hope you all have a fantastic week!! God bless!!!

Friday, September 18, 2009

.... coming soon!

EDIT: So I have a new-looking blog! What do you all think? And thanks much to Liza for her suggesting this place! I like this new layout a lot. :)

Here's something to get your mouth watering a bit ladies and gentlemen ... !!! Okay, not really, I'm just thinking of updating the overall design for my blog. So, the first logical choice is, of course, to Google search 'custom blog template'. Well, the first site I found had some rather nice looking ones! I clicked on the one with butterflies ... *cough cough* it was $1000. No joke! Crazyness. Needless to say, I then Googled 'free custom blog template' and found some much nicer things in my price range (which is $0-$0). I found one with the Taj Mahal on it ... what do you think of that?! hehe

Okay, before this post gets too long and boring, I'll sign off. But! My blog might have a new look to it soon - just as a hint. ;)

Sunday, September 13, 2009

being thankful

Oh deary me ... how can I ever complain about anything? I have a wonderful family, great friends, oodles of books, clothes, food, an amazing education, a house, clean water, shampoo, music, a computer etc. etc. Most of all, I have a fantastic Father who loves me no matter what - and who sent His one and only Son to die ... for me. So why in the name of all that is good and pure do I ever complain?

Thursday, September 10, 2009

it's not working - or something

Hello everyone! Well, it seems that my blog is not working ... I have had a few people say to me that they can only see one post and the top banner on my blog. Not my profile, or side thingys, or any other posts! SO! Could you do me a favor? Just share a comment or send me an email - saying what exactly you can see on my blog? I'm curious to know if everyone is having the same problem ... if so, I can go from there. That would be really great - thanks so much!


Thursday, September 3, 2009

sharing a good blog

I have linked to this blog before ... but I'm going to do it again. :) Read this post: Confessions of an Undisciplined Reader. It's very interesting and very good. And ... dare I confess this myself, I have the same problem.

Why is it so terribly difficult to finish what I start? I see a new book on the shelf in the book store or the library, and I have to get it! Instead of remembering that I have 10 books back home that I'm in the middle of, and 5 more that I really need to read - that I haven't started yet.

So thanks to Anthony at the A Generation For Truth blog for sharing this - it's something I need to work on fixing (with God's help) as well.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

HEBREW!!!!!!! wait ..... IBRIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

This was too much fun to make, so I figured - why not post it on my blog! Ahava Shalom means love and peace in Hebrew. Can you tell I'm so loving this language? :D So here is a lesson in Hebrew from me to all my wonderful bloggie friends.

(and this gives you a chance to see my wonderfully messy handwriting ;) hehe )

P.S. ... you read Hebrew right to left ;) but you can read my English left to right - that is - only if you want to hehe

Friday, August 28, 2009

gotta love Calculus

''When the successive values attributed to a variable approach indefinitely a fixed value so as to end by differing from it by as little as one wishes, this last is called the limit of all others.''

- The definition of a limit by Augustin-Louis Cauchy

It's so crazy to be doing an actual college class! I just got my grades back for lesson one and that really hit the concept home. I'm actually doing real college! CRAZYNESS!!!! And awesomeness though - I'm having an absolute blast. :D

(btw, this is the actual math logo for LSU. <3 :D )

Thursday, August 27, 2009

well, well, well ...

Check this article out. Ever wondered why in the world I'm doing a silly thing like College Plus anyways? ''A real college degree? From home? Yeah right.'' Well, no more. Read this article - it's quite enlightening, to say the very least.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

......... boring .........

Hum - lately - not much is new. I have been burying myself in Calculus, Western Civilization I, my Hebrew studies and my Scripture study. On spare time ... wait, I haven't had much spare time lately!!!

We are currently in Oregon - finally - on the west coast! Halleluyah! I love the west coast. Like I have said before - it feels like home over here. :)

Let's see, what else, what else. Really, nothing! My life is rather boring now, but I'm content to sail along and work hard in what God has me doing right now.

Shalom Aleichem to all my wonderful friends!

(oh, ps, check out this amazing song if you have an extra 4 minutes lying around someplace. :) )

Friday, August 14, 2009

"Boys (Lesson One)" by Jars of Clay

marriage has been on my mind lately. part of me wants to get married tomorrow - part of me never wants to get married. but, God has it all in His plan - and that's so great to know. here is a song I have been listening to a lot these past couple weeks - to get my mind on the correct track - and that's to wait. God has it all planned out - I just need to wait. I need to be doing what He wants me to do right now - finish college, learn Hebrew, prepare.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

35 Reasons Not To Sin (from The Rebelution)

Wow - this is the latest post from The Rebelution. It really struck me - hard. Sinning is awful. God hates it. I have got to try, try, try like nothing else to not sin.

  • Because a little sin leads to more sin.
  • Because my sin invites the discipline of God.
  • Because the time spent in sin is forever wasted.
  • Because my sin never pleases but always grieves God who loves me.
  • Because my sin places a greater burden on my spiritual leaders.
  • Because in time my sin always brings heaviness to my heart.
  • Because I am doing what I do not have to do.
  • Because my sin always makes me less than what I could be.
  • Because others, including my family, suffer consequences due to my sin.
  • Because my sin saddens the godly.
  • Because my sin makes the enemies of God rejoice.
  • Because sin deceives me into believing I have gained when in reality I have lost.
  • Because sin may keep me from qualifying for spiritual leadership.
  • Because the supposed benefits of my sin will never outweigh the consequences of disobedience.
  • Because repenting of my sin is such a painful process, yet I must repent.
  • Because sin is a very brief pleasure for an eternal loss.
  • Because my sin may influence others to sin.
  • Because my sin may keep others from knowing Christ.
  • Because sin makes light of the cross, upon which Christ died for the very purpose of taking away my sin.
  • Because it is impossible to sin and follow the Spirit at the same time.
  • Because God chooses not to respect the prayers of those who cherish their sin.
  • Because sin steals my reputation and robs me of my testimony.
  • Because others once more earnest than I have been destroyed by just such sins.
  • Because the inhabitants of heaven and hell would all testify to the foolishness of this sin.
  • Because sin and guilt may harm both mind and body.
  • Because sins mixed with service make the things of God tasteless.
  • Because suffering for sin has no joy or reward, though suffering for righteousness has both.
  • Because my sin is adultery with the world.
  • Because, though forgiven, I will review this very sin at the Judgment Seat where loss and gain of eternal rewards are applied.
  • Because I can never really know ahead of time just how severe the discipline for my sin might be.
  • Because my sin may be an indication of a lost condition.
  • Because to sin is not to love Christ.
  • Because my unwillingness to reject this sin now grants it an authority over me greater than I wish to believe.
  • Because sin glorifies God only in His judgment of it and His turning of it to good use, never because it is worth anything on it’s own.
  • Because I promised God he would be Lord of my life.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

fun fun FUN!

Time for an update!

1. We are in Loveland Colorado - at an RV park with horrible internet. :P (for all you geeky people, the download speed is like 82kbs. ouch) But the showers are really nice and all the people are wonderful here. And I found a bunch of license plates here!!! (for an explanation, see my Mom's blog - )

2. I have been doing some rollerblading lately! I went once on Thursday, once on Friday and twice today! Note to self though ... watch for wood chips on the sidewalk next time. Oh yes, I totally wiped out. Haven't gotten scrapes this bad since I was in like 5th grade. Ouch! But it's all part of the fun. :)

3. My packet of papers etc for Calc I through LSU STILL haven't come yet!!!! I'm so sad. But you know what, it's helping me work on my patience which needs some work anyways. In the meantime, I'll be working on Western Civ I! History ... yippee. *heavy sarcasm* (btw - I passed American Literature with a 66, Halleluyah!)

4. We went to see this Messianic guy speak the other day ... and it was SO interesting!!! He talked about how important it is to learn Hebrew, since we can't truly understand the Bible unless we understand the language it was written in! We are going to another of his talks tomorrow and I'm excited. So I decided to learn Hebrew. And Mom is okay with it! I just need a curriculum ... sooo if anyone has any suggestions let me know!

5. The most important thing of all .... Mom and I are going shopping tomorrow!!! Wahoo!!! Okay, so maybe it's not the most important thing, but it will be fun. (I hope) :D

So until next time .... Shalom Aleichem!!! (it means peace be upon you in Hebrew) :)

Friday, July 24, 2009

Greetings and Salutations! :D

Okay - so - my Mom has a blog that she will be using to tell of our travels out west! (If you don't know by now, we are leaving for a three to four month trip out west in our RV) visit to see travel updates! There isn't anything too interesting there now (well, two posts and a picture of my Mom hehe) but there will be more shortly!

(just a boring academic update) I AM ENROLLED AT LSU!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you tell I'm a wee bit excited about that? YEAH!!! I am enrolled for Calculus I at Lousiana State University - it's an online class. I am totally pumped!!! :D :D (yes, I gave up on the Calculus CLEP. kinda sad, but this way will be better I hope) For now though, American Literature is next Tuesday and after that ... I should probably do Western Civilization I and II - I have been putting those off for WAY too long.

So yeah! There is my random post of the day. :) God bless you all!!! (oh by the way ... comments aren't outlawed ... (hint)(hint) hehe)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Trust - it's an amazing thing

Last Thursday I volunteered at SPURS (a place that gives riding lessons to disabled people - kids and adults alike). It's really great, I get to work with horses and I get to be a part in giving someone a great experience. Anyway - I got paired to work with a girl named Santana. She is 23 years old, and is totally blind. Amazingly, she is a great rider! But I was thinking, as I helped her saddle her horse, get on, and ride - about how much trust she had to have in me. For all she knew, I could be leading her into some dangerous place, or I could have her horse start running off ... a number of things! It was really cool though, we talked about a lot of things as I told her to turn right, turn left around the cones, sit back as we went up and over the bridge, and helped her put a stuffed animal in a mailbox she couldn't see. She's a great girl, and it was an afternoon I'll never forget.

I was thinking about this more afterward, and realized that this was a lot like our relationship with God. He has our future in the palm of His hand, and is leading us through it. Sure, He might let us go the wrong way to make us learn a lesson, but it's amazing to think about how much we really have to trust God with everything we have. We are totally blind to the future, but isn't it great to know that God is not?!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

kites and fireworks (not together though lol)

Sooo - my adorable little brother decided to get the kite tangled around the telephone wires above our house! It's still up there (from Monday), and kinda dangerous as the strings are touching both telephone wires and the ground! Small prayer request ... that the electric company guys come and deal with it a.s.a.p. and that no one gets injured (electrocuted!!!) from it being there. Thanks!

Have a wonderful Fourth of July by the way! Thank you to all the troops because we probably wouldn't live in a country called America if it weren't for men fighting to keep our freedoms.

Monday, June 29, 2009

pictures! wahoo!

I'm in a not-so-serious mood, and was flipping through some pictures I recently took and decided to post some here! (I go back and forth between serious, deep posts and frivolous worth-absolutely-nothing posts. :P Maybe I should blog sometime about consistency .... )

Anyway. Here is a picture of Noah (he's 14) showing off his amazing kite flying skills. (the kite flying was yesterday by the way)

Here is Noah (on the left) and Ezra (on the right, he's 11) watching the kite

That was all yesterday (Sunday). Today, Judah (he's 9) and I went golfing! Change that - Judah golfed and I cheered and took pictures. :) It was fun to watch him play! Here is a picture ...

So yeah - pictures and brothers are fun. :) All else ... I've been up to a lot of things lately and working on balancing it all. I have gained something like three new jobs in the past week, plus school and my responsibilities at home. It's a challenge, but I love a good challenge ... and Do Hard Things, right? :D

I have been reading Joshua lately (among other things) but it's great to hear this:

''Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, nor be discouraged, for Yahweh your Elohim is with you wherever you go.''

Saturday, June 20, 2009

where did it go? I can't seem to find it ....

Modesty. Self respect. Morals. Where on earth has it all gone? Ach nein! I have two words to say: swimming pool

This weekend my brothers are in a swim meet. The swim meet is outside and right next to our water park. All of this afternoon I was quite disgusted. What is wrong with people that think it's okay to walk around and go swimming in basically their undergarments!!!! I think it's just plain wrong. Do people not care that they are showing the world around 80% - 90% of their body? Do people just flat out not care? I mean come on - seriously. What makes it okay to walk around in a bikini just because you are at a swimming pool? Would you walk around in a bikini at Target? The Library? Church? NO!! Never! So what makes it okay to wear that at the pool?

Yes, I know there are those that say that you can't go swimming in anything else, or that it's good for your body to get sun exposure, or some other random excuse that doesn't negate the fact. Modesty. There used to be modestly in our world. It used to be where if someone, anyone saw a girls' ankle it was absolutely awful!!! What happened? Those were good days, when men opened doors for ladies, ladies cared about being ladies, and cared about not showing things they shouldn't show to the world! (the ankle thing might be going a little far, but it's a good point)

I am just a little perturbed about the whole situation. Does nobody care any more? Does no one care about what the rest of the world sees? Maybe I am just too old-fashioned thinking or something - but I just don't know if God is happy with all of the immodesty that is in this world - in my little, sheltered world. I just don't know.

A couple notes to end with .... it's in the Bible, and I'm not the only person who thinks this way! Check out the Modesty Survey - it's really great and interesting.

1 Timothy 2 .... vs 9 in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, vs 10 but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works.

The Modesty Survey part of The Rebelution

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

painting, graduation, calc .... nothing real important ;)

So from the above title - nothing too exciting or important has been going on lately. I have been painting (along with my Mom, Dad, and brother Noah) since Sunday. We have everything done, except for a few things which I hope to finish up later this morning. :) I was given the job of doing ALL the trim. Everywhere there is trim, I need to repaint it! I struggled with this for awhile because I did not want this job, nor did I feel I was the right candidate for it. But I learned a few good lessons from having to paint all that trim. Do everything to the glory of God! It doesn't matter that I got the worst paint job - I need to do a good job because I'm doing it for God! And not complaining about it ... oooh boy that one is hard. Especially when my brother did the green wall paint and got it all over the trim and the ceiling - which, I might add, is white! But I'm not complaining - it's character building. It looks so much better too. ;)

With the weekend comes Sunday, June 7th, and with that comes my graduation party. I am slightly nervous for it because I hate being the center of attention - but I'm just praying that I will have fun, relax, and just give everything to God! After all, there is no way I could have finished high school without Him. So yes - we are getting everything ready to go! Food plans are done (partially ... I still have to make like 400 cookies on Friday - fun fun!), I have my outfit I'm wearing, we have all the plates napkins etc., Mom is almost done with the picture collage thing .... yes, it's all coming together! It will be fun though - to see lots of people. :D

I had a coaching call yesterday and we figured out that I can take Calculus II for an online class over the summer!!!!!!! :D :D :D I am SO excited about that!!! I do have to take the Calculus I CLEP first (obviously) but I think that one won't be too hard ... I think I have most of the concepts down. Oh, and I do have to take English Literature before that one! So I have a little ways to go, but I am so excited for Calculus II!! Brand me as insane and crazy .... I don't care hehe.

After all that - I leave you with my memory verses for the past couple weeks. They are so beautiful, just the whole picture of what Yahshua did for us and what we need to do to have a wonderful relationship with Him ... just walk in the light. :)

1 Yohanan (John) 1

1. What was from the beginning, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked upon and our hands have handled concerning the word of life:

2. And the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and announce to you this everlasting life which was with the Father is manifested to us.

3. We announce to you what we have seen and heard, so that you too might have fellowship with us. And truly our fellowship is with the father and with his son Yahshua Messiah.

4. And we write this to you in order that your joy might be complete.

5. And this is the message we have heard from him and announce to you, that Elohim is light and in him is no darkness at all.

6. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and are not doing the truth.

7. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Yahshua Messiah His son cleanses us from all sin.

8. If we say we have not sin, we are misleading ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

9. If we confess our sins, He is trustworthy and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

10. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar. and His Word in not in us.

Monday, May 25, 2009

A Young Maiden's Daybook - 8

Today… is Monday, May 25th, 2009 - Memorial Day

Outside my window… it's cloudy

I am thinking… should I sleep with my brothers in the RV tonight? hmm ...

I am thankful for… pictures - and my amazing family

I am wearing… a navy blue Do Hard Things t shirt and a cherry print skirt

I am reading… English Lit Study Guide. Psalms. John

I am creating… organization in my bedroom

One of my favorite things… good music - playing games with my friends (even though I loose haha)

For education this week… English Lit!!! a lot of studying for that. Do some Calc maybe for fun.

A keeper at home skill I am using/learning ... cleaning and organizing

A spiritual lesson I’m learning… respect Mom

A godly character trait I plan to work on… just being kind

Scripture I am memorizing… 1 John 1 (finish this week!)

I am praying for… Shay's Mom, that it works out for us to move

For the rest of the week… volunteer at SPURS, visit my aunt and uncle, study, clean

A picture I’d like to share ... pointe dance! yay! hehe

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Did Rebecca Overstep?

In reading the Torah this weekend with my family, we were reading in Genesis where Rebecca helps Jacob get the blessing from his father Issac, instead of Esau getting the blessing. Now obviously something had to happen so that Jacob would get the blessing, to make everything come together like it was supposed to. But, the question arises, was Rebecca supposed to get her nose in there?

My family and I were talking, and we were wondering about this. Was it Rebecca's place to interfere like that? In my opinion, no, she shouldn't have. God would have figured something out (obviously) to make Jacob get the blessing instead of Esau. Because of her doing what she did, she forced her son Jacob to sin! He lied to his father (three times I think), pretending to be Esau just to A. obey his mother, and B. get the blessing. After it happened, it just caused so much tension! Jacob had to leave because Esau would have killed him, Issac was upset about it ... I mean no good really came out of it except for the fact that Jacob got the blessing which had to happen.

Which brings another topic up ... how much should the wife ''stick her nose in?'' I think that marriage should be a partnership, but I don't think that the wife should be in control and making decisions like that. Rebecca just took the bull by the horns to get done what was on her agenda. My Mom made the argument ''well, if we didn't step in then nothing would get done!'' I don't know about that. Yes, I think that the woman has lots of good ideas about how to do things - but I think that the she should talk about it with her husband first, instead of just ''going and doing''.

Wouldn't it have been better for Rebecca to talk to Issac about this first? ''Issac, honey, remember when Jacob sold his birthright to Esau that one day? I'm just reminding you because I think Jacob needs to get the blessing instead of Esau.'' Of course, Issac could have told her she was insane and that she had been doing laundry in the hot sun for way too long that day. Or, Issac could have seen the wisdom in that and decided to rightly bless Jacob instead. Oh that would have been so much better, wouldn't it have? Then there would have been no hatred, no lying, no pretending etc.

What do you think? Did Rebecca overstep? How much ''power'' (so to speak) should the woman in a marriage have anyways? It's just something I've been thinking about lately, and trying to figure out. I really don't know because I'm not married, but I think that these things are important to think about. :)

Monday, May 18, 2009

A Young Maiden's Daybook - 7

Today… is Monday, May 18th, 2009

Outside my window… looks sunny and warm!

I am thinking… oh boy - today is the last dress rehearsal before recital!

I am thankful for… support - and that I can support others!

I am wearing… a tye-dye t shirt, polka dot socks and a long flowy purple flowered skirt. (I don't match very well today :P )

I am reading… English Lit Study Guide. Psalms

I am creating… a gift for my favorite dance teacher ... Miss Elizabeth!

One of my favorite things… performing - and chocolate mmm

For education this week… I hope to get a lot of study time in for English Lit! I hope to take it next week sometime.

A keeper at home skill I am using/learning ... cleaning and organizing

A spiritual lesson I’m learning… to work with a smile and work for God

A godly character trait I plan to work on… taking compliments - and giving glory to God

Scripture I am memorizing… 1 John 1

I am praying for… the dance recital - that it all runs smoothly and we have fun

For the rest of the week… dance! babysit, work at SPURS - study!

A picture I’d like to share ... from dress rehearsal on Saturday. :) this is the class I taught - they dance to The Pink Panther. I'm so proud of them!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A Young Maiden's Daybook - 6

Today… is Monday, May 11th, 2009. (technically it's Tuesday ... only by 30 minutes though!)

Outside my window… it's black outside. but earlier today (er, yesterday) it was really nice - sunny and warm.

I am thinking… dance recital is almost here! and I have lots of Scripture to memorize.

I am thankful for… my family, my friends, and iced tea.

I am wearing… a navy blue HaYovel t-shirt and purple polka dot shorts (my pajamas :P )

I am reading… Germ (some thriller novel my brother is getting me to read) Psalms, Proverbs.

I am creating… lots and lots of dance costumes for the recital.

One of my favorite things… dancing on stage! and getting dance costumes.

For education this week… ummm .... I don't know if I will get any study time in this week - I'm going to be really busy with costumes. If I do, it will be English Lit. studying.

A keeper at home skill I am using/learning ... sewing!

A spiritual lesson I’m learning… to be humble and give all the glory to God when I get complimented on my dancing.

A godly character trait I plan to work on… being happy all the time!

Scripture I am memorizing… Hopefully this week I can finish memorizing Psalms 122

I am praying for… Jane Z! that she heals fast.

For the rest of the week… sew, dance, babysit, maybe study, maybe talk to my friends, and live for God!

A picture I’d like to share ... with spring comes rain and with rain comes this picture. My brothers Noah (on the left) and Ezra (on the right) about 4 years ago.

Friday, May 8, 2009

visitor counts, Scripture memory and iced tea

I decided to get one of those little counter thingys to put on here just to see how many people actually visit this blog! It will be interesting to see. As of right now, I think all of the visitors have been myself :P Anyways ....

I have been working on memorizing Psalm 122 lately. It's such a great psalm, I really like it. And what's cool, is that my coach for College Plus said that she would be my accountability person for Scripture memory! So when we have our coaching calls every two weeks, I will have a chapter or so memorized to recite for her! It's pretty cool. So, with no further ado, here is Psalm 122: (btw, vs. 6 is my favorite)

1. I was glad when they said to me,

''Let us go into the house of Yahweh.''

2. Our feet have been standing within
your gates O Yerushalayim!

3. Yerushalayim is built as a city
that is bound together,

4. Where the tribes come up,
the tribes of Yah,
a witness to Yisra'el,
to give thanks to the name of Yahweh.

5. For there the thrones of right-ruling were set,
the thrones of the house of David.

6. Pray for the peace of Yerushalayim,
let those who love You be at rest.

7. Peace be within your walls, rest in your citadels.

8. For the sake of my brothers and companions,
I say, ''Peace be within you.''

9. For the sake of the House of Yahweh
our Elohim I seek your good.

Iced tea? why did I decide to write that in the title? I'm not sure .... maybe it's because that is one of the few things keeping me going lately - iced tea, the fact that I'm getting paid for all of this crazy-ness, and the fact that it's almost over! (dance recital btw, for those who don't know) So yeah ... iced tea is good. Yesterday I had this green tea stuff with honey ... yummy. And it was in a glass bottle! Hooray for being green! :P

Monday, May 4, 2009

A Young Maiden's Daybook - 5

Today… is Monday, May 3rd, 2009.

Outside my window… I see green grass!!! Yay!!! it's cloudy and it's supposed to rain today.

I am thinking… that I woke up way too early today.

I am thankful for… great books - and good fiction books that help my mind to rest for awhile.

I am wearing… a K-State t-shirt, jeans, a cherry print skirt and striped socks!

I am reading… John, Psalms, The Idiot's Guide to Calculus, Barron's English Lit. Guide and Just Above A Whisper by Lori Wick (a Christian romance novel, used only to get my mind off of school for a little bit)

I am creating… lots and lots of dance costumes for the recital.

One of my favorite things… baking - I made some cookies and muffins for a bake sale this weekend! It was fun.

For education this week… Study English Lit. and Calculus. Get through Shakespeare. Learn the integral.

A keeper at home skill I am using/learning ... to stay on top of my schedule - and cooking.

A spiritual lesson I’m learning… to make understanding and wisdom close friends.

A godly character trait I plan to work on… to respect my Mom (but it has been a lot better lately!)

Scripture I am memorizing… Hopefully this week I can memorize Psalms 122

I am praying for… my future husband. That I dance my best at the dance recital.

For the rest of the week… sew! (we have to finish ever
ything this week - scary!) dance (have to practice hard!) and study if I have time.

A picture I’d like to share ... babysitting - I do it every now and again, and it's a lot of fun. :) This is Alexa and I.

Monday, April 27, 2009

A Young Maiden's Daybook - 4 (sorry it's been so long!)

Today… is Monday, April 27, 2009.

Outside my window… I can hear birds, see green grass ... and it looks like rain.

I am thinking… what music should I listen to? I need to learn about derivatives today.

I am thankful for… good food, the fact that I can learn!

I am wearing… my black Creation Museum tshirt, a green sweatshirt, ballet sweatpants and knee-high striped socks. (still in my pajamas :P )

I am reading… John, a book on the prayer life of Jesus by Charles Spurgeon, my English Lit. study book.

I am creating… a letter to my friend Jacey.

One of my favorite things… sewing! (have been sewing dance recital costume recently!)

For education this week… Study English Lit. and Calculus ... hopefully I can master the derivative this week!

A keeper at home skill I am using/learning ... how to be more organized.

A spiritual lesson I’m learning… to not judge lest I be judged.

A godly character trait I plan to work on… to have a meek and quiet spirit.

Scripture I am memorizing… Hopefully this week I can memorize Matthew 6:25-34

I am praying for… the dance recital - that all goes well. That work doesn't get any more stressful for my Dad.

For the rest of the week… study, sew, dance, read! listen to good music and maybe a podcast.

A picture I’d like to share ... from Family Week! (where we were ... that's why I didn't post) from left to right - Naomi, Sarah, me, Abigail (Abigail and Naomi are sisters) They are all from Colorado! We had fun :)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Ach nein!

I totally forgot about doing the Young Maiden's Daybook!!! We are on vacation in Kentucky with a bunch of other families and the time just flew on by. I will try and get it in next week, although it may prove difficult as we will be driving from Madison Wisconsin to home on Monday. Time will tell I suppose.

But we are having a fabulous trip - we are at a campground at Ken Lake State Park near Aurora Kentucky. I have two of my really good friends here, and their families, which are just awesome. When I get together with these friends, we like to dance! We do Hebraic dancing and it is so much fun to be able to dance with my friends and praise Yahweh at the same time! Like Psalm 150 verse 4 says ''Praise Him with tambourine and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!'' Lots of dancing, food, laughing, talking, walking ... it's been really great. I will post a link to a photo album of our trip as I get them all organized (on my to-do list for tonight).

Another exciting thing planned - we are going to be going to the Creation Museum on Saturday!!! I am sooo excited for that! :D After knowing about it before they even broke ground on it, and getting AiG's updates and everything, it will be amazing to see. *can't wait!*

I will leave you with a video that was recently put out by the school I am attending for college! Hopefully if you all ever had any questions about it, this will answer them. (Although, I think that most of the people, few though they are, that read my blog, are my friends from College Plus! :P haha)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

things above vs. things below

I have been convicted of late. Of spending too much time thinking about things here on earth. I was asking myself the other day, how can I better glorify God? Am I glorifying God in everything that I am doing now? Is what I am doing today, the best use of my time for His Kingdom and His glory?

I was reading in a 30 day devotional book by George Muller on Faith, how to get closer to God. We need to dwell on Spiritual things - build up treasures in Heaven, not treasures on earth. The only way we are going to get closer to God is if we glorify Him in everything we do, and concentrate on Heavenly rewards vs. earthly rewards. Am I doing that? I'm not sure I am.

So, with that, I am resolving to dwell on Heavenly things from here on out in my blog (and in other aspects of my life), and for the blog to not be all about me (even though I haven't been too overly ''all about me''). Yes, it is my blog, but I think that I could post things which would be more glorifying to God and less glorifying to myself, which is what needs to happen. ''More of You and less of me.'' right?

Monday, March 30, 2009

A Young Maiden's Daybook - 3

Today… is Monday, March 30, 2009.

Outside my window… It's cloudy and looks like snow.

I am thinking… how I wish my back didn't hurt - and about a good way to tell a friend something.

I am thankful for… my friends who care so much

I am wearing… my vegan shoes, green striped socks, a long blue jean skirt, a grey long sleeved shirt with a white 3/4 length shirt on top.

I am reading… The Bible. 30 devotional book my George Muller on Faith

I am creating… High School graduation invites! (if anyone has any good idea, let me know)

One of my favorite things… musica

For education this week… hopefully take the Principles of Marketing CLEP on Friday

A keeper at home skill I am using/learning … laundry

A spiritual lesson I’m learning… to trust in God.

A godly character trait I plan to work on… to respect my parents

Scripture I am memorizing… Psalm 121 in Spanish!

I am praying for… some friends of mine, who are more than frie
nds with each other, outside of their parents wishes. (may lead to marriage kind of scary)

For the rest of the week… study study study. rest and let my back heal.

A picture I’d like to share ... August (the mare) Napoleon (the colt) oh how I miss my horses ... isn't he cute though?!

Monday, March 23, 2009

A Young Maiden's Daybook - 2

Today… is Monday, March 23, 2009.

Outside my window… it's cloudy and
it's supposed to rain later on.

I am thinking… of all the things I have to do - and about this weekend! (I get to meet some good friends!)

I am thankful for… oranges. Friends. The Bible. music

I am wearing… still in my pajamas - haha. a tye-dye t-shirt I made, dark blue fuzzy sweatpants, and white socks

I am reading… John, Psalms, ''Heaven'' by Randy Alcorn, ''The Purity Principle'' by Randy Alcorn, and a devotional on Faith by George Muller (my hero)

I am creating… nothing at the present - but later today I'm going to be sewing some pointe shoe ribbons for a friend of mine.

One of my favorite things… friends. family. music. chocolate

For education this week… keep studying hard for American Government CLEP and Marketing CLEP. Hopefully I can take them next Friday.

A keeper at home skill I am using/learning … trying to get better at not burning food. :P

A spiritual lesson I’m learning… to trust in God. No matter what.

A godly character trait I plan to work on… to have a meek and quiet spirit.

Scripture I am memorizing… Psalm 121 in Spanish!

I am praying for… my family and friends. that UNCRC won't get passed. Elizabeth!!! for her back/neck stiffness so her life can get back to normal.

For the rest of the week… study study study. be a good dance teacher. be a good sister, daughter, friend.

A picture I’d like to share ... two of my three little brothers in a redwood tree in California. What amazing creation! And my brothers are so cute, aren't they? ;)

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Parental Rights

Friday and Saturday found my family and I in Jamestown, North Dakota at the North Dakota Home School Convention. The keynote speaker was Michael Farris! He was great to listen to. One of his talks was on Parental Rights. Apparently, the UN is trying to get a treaty passed called the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child (UNCRC).

''This poses a serious threat both to parental rights and to U.S. sovereignty, as the UNCRC dictates not only that the federal government must intrude into the family sphere to an unprecedented degree, but also how the federal government is to monitor and govern the actions of our families. Parental rights would be replaced by "the best interests of the child" as defined, ultimately, by an international committee of 18 people in Switzerland.'' (from the website listed below)

The actual document is here if you want to read 15 pages of a UN treaty.

Basically, this treaty would allow the children to have a ''right to be heard'' - allowing children to take their parents to court and to choose their own religion. Parents would not be able to spank their children, would not be allowed to home school them, and would have to teach them that all religions are the truth.

You can read lots more about it and you can sign the petition at