Lake Pictures #1

Friday, July 30, 2010

My pictures from the Lake are going to be a series of posts, so be checking in every now and then. Here are the first five.

My cousin Jacob and Annie. Jacob was wearing his pants Urkle style.

Jackie and Annie getting ready to tube.

Haha. Jim trying on life jackets. He was sure that was The One. LOL.

One of the many pictures that I took of Londan and I. I love her face--it's priceless!

Mark and Jacob (aka J-bop or B-bop) in the paddle boat. I don't think they knew I was taking pictures of them. And I don't think they know that I'm putting the picture on here, either, so don't tell them!

And that concludes today's episode of Lake pictures. I'll work on more later.


Thursday, July 29, 2010

I never fully recuperated from the Lake. Maybe that's why I slept in till 10:00 this morning. I felt rested, but I was mad at myself for wasting a summer morning. V.B.S. has tired me out, too. Last night, I got five or more little girls who all wanted to do the same craft. And all the while, one of them was asking, "Do I do this?" I'd say yes, and then she'd just ask me again. I didn't mind, but my head was spinning--I was overwhelmed. I do like helping with V.B.S. though, no matter how tired it makes me, because I love little kids ("Mini Munchkins", I call them). Mini Munchkins are so amusing, and they're so adorable. I love to hold little kids; they're so squeezable.

You are all probably wondering where my videos and pics from the Lake are. Well, patience is a virtue that I have been having to try and exercise. Our computer is so slow, that it takes 15 to 30 minutes to load pictures on--videos take even longer. So, when nobody is around the computer, I will try to load them on.

On Saturday, my Pappy Jack is having a birthday, and so The Clan is getting together for homemade ice-cream. That. Will. Be. Be-Awesome.

I must get off now. My little brother is bugging me to get off. *sigh* It's tough being the oldest. I'll work on getting my pics on here.

The Lake

Monday, July 26, 2010

Well, I am back. I had a wonderful time at the lake. Although, the ride home wasn't too great. Was it, David and Jackie? After we had left the lake, my great uncle called and said that there was a tornado warning in the area. After that, there was rain, wind, and lightning (there were lightning bolts one right after the other)--I was...well, let's just say...a little nervous. I practically prayed the whole way home. We could hardly see through our windshield at one (okay, more than one) time. Our whole family was driving in a row, and that--for some reason I don't know--made me feel better. When we got closer to home, everything was peaceful. It was almost as if there was never a storm. As soon as we pulled in our driveway, a different storm started (there were a few in the state). I am so thankful that God is in control, and that He is always with me!

Tonight is the first night of V.B.S. and I am helping with the crafts. I think it stinks that our church came up with the carnival idea after I was too old for Bible school. *sigh*

To get back to the lake, there was fun, food, and good company. I was even able to hold Londan without her missing Jackie too much (that might be because I had a camera in my hand). I was taking pictures of Londan and me, and when I showed one of them to her, she kissed it. LOL.
I only went tubing, not water skiing. Haha, I said that I had never crashed before, but would like to, because it looked fun; they took me at my word. That. Was. Awesome. It was also somewhat Of. A. Mistake. And it left me very sore. My chin hurts from having it slammed down on the tube, and last night in church, I found myself keeping my jaw tight--I had to do that so I wouldn't bite my tongue off while I was tubing (words of wisdom from Jackie) and I had done it so often, it was a part of me.

I'm going to try to get my pictures on here--and a video of my first crash. I played it in slow motion for a few of you at church yesterday. I was going to put them on here today, but my mom had to get a hair cut and we just got back, and we have to start getting ready for V.B.S. tonight. I'll try to load my pictures on tomorrow. No, I won't be here tomorrow, either. Wednesday...I'm not sure. Thursday should be okay. I'll just do it whenever I get the chance. Farewell!

Fun Tomorrow

Friday, July 23, 2010

Well, this is going to be a very short post. All I want to say is that I'M SO EXCITED ABOUT TOMORROW! And then on Sunday, our quintet is singing. I'll try and post a video of it on Monday.

Must go. Bye!

When in Doubt....

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Put your trust in God.

When you feel like everything is going in circles, that your life is falling apart, and you don't know who you are any more, trust God. He knows. When your biggest dream starts to crumble, God can build it back up--or, if your dream wasn't in His plan, then it will crumble. Yes, it will hurt to let go of your dream. But when God tells you to back off--then back off.

Sometimes, when our dream fades, we tell ourselves that our lives are over. They aren't. Every now and then, I fall into a mood of despair. A little voice in the back of my head whispers, "You'll never get a book published. You're not a writer. You can't possibly call those words you write novels--they're worthless, lifeless, words, and that is all that they'll ever be." Then I feel like maybe I was wrong; maybe I'm not a writer. Maybe I just got caught up in the excitement of creating characters and plots. But I am a writer. I'm pretty sure that it's not just a dream; it's something that had been inside of me, for a long time, waiting to come out. And in it did.

I had written plays before, and I believe that I had started a book or two before. But I didn't consider myself a writer until a wrote a play for a club that my friends and I had started. Then I wrote another play; it was also my last play--I like to write books, now. So, I started writing stories. I still am. I have finished two short stories, and I finished the first draft of my first novel.

My plan is to continue writing stories for the rest of my life. My dream is to get them published. My goal, is to be a testimony to others; I want people to read my books and (apart from saying that they have good plots and are well-written) be able to tell that I serve the Most High God. I want be to able to say that they saw Jesus in me. That, I think, is the best thing that could ever come from the success of my dream. So the next time I'm in doubt about writing; the next time I hear that awful voice in my head; the next time I feel my dreams crumble, I will trust God. Because, He put me on this earth for a purpose: to serve Him. He has given me a talent; He has given me a job; and He knows exactly what will happen to me--He is in control. That is why I will trust Him.

A Busy Summer

Summer is going way too fast for me. I mean, I love autumn, how it turns all the leaves beautiful colors, and the cool crisp air. But summer is my favorite season.

There's just something about waking up at 6:00 and it being light out. There's something about getting so hot that you have to jump in the pool. Something about the food. Something about the fireflies, and the starry nights. There's something special about it all.

Like my post How Short Life is said, life is here one day, and gone the next--as a vapor.

I've been thinking about this a lot. Just two years ago, I couldn't wait until I was fourteen, because I was going to be in ninth grade. Now, I wish that I wouldn't have wasted so much time wishing for the years to go fast.
Seven years ago, a big miracle came into my life: Annie Elisabeth. I couldn't wait for her to grow up so I could teach her how to ride a bike, and to teach her how to play the piano (I tried to teach her how to play the piano, BTW, and I have decided that I will let my mom teach her). Now, Annie is a seven year-old and I wish that time wouldn't have gone so fast; I wish that I could rewind time so that I could do things over--like, be kinder to my baby sister.
Last year, on June 12th, Londan Ella came into my life--another miracle (as you can see, my life is full of blessings). I still cannot believe that she is a year old already. It seems like only yesterday, I got the phone call that she was born. If time keeps on flying like this, she'll be three in what seems like two weeks.
And then comes Mark. I remember when he turned eight. How could that have been four years ago? Already, Mark is almost as tall as me (okay, so that's not a big achievement).

Everything is going so fast. And while I want it to slow down (to a really sloooow speed), I don't want it to stop. I can't wait until I turn sixteen (I don't know why I wrote that--you already know that), but--even though I want to drive like crazy--I'm guess I'm willing to wait for what seems like an eternity if I can have two slow years.

I suppose that all I can do is just live. Live for God, and enjoy the time that He gives me on this earth, while I serve Him. Even though the years fly by insanely fast, I just have to remember that I can still have a good time, and I will always remember the good times, no matter how fast they pass me.

Another tag!!!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Here's yet another tag! (Really, I love doing these. I think that I'm addicted to them. Haha)

•Have you ever run outside during a rainstorm (and if so, please describe it)?
I probably have---I always want to. And I've always had this longing to dance (and sing) in the rain.

•What is your favorite Sense & Sensibility version: 2008 or 1995?
Whichever one has Kate Winslette. That's the only one I've seen.

What's your favorite scene in Sense & Sensibility? I like the scene where Marianne takes Margaret for a walk where it's about to rain, Margaret complains, Marianne says it won't rain and Margaret says, "You always, say that, and it always does!) Then Marianne and Margaret go for their walk, Margaret falls and Willaby (spelling?) finds her. I like some other scenes, too (and they're all with Willaby (spelling?)

•Do you keep a journal (and if so, how many have you filled)?
Yesssss.......I almost filled one up.

•What is your favorite thing about summer? The summer nights, swimming, the inspiration it gives me, picnics, extra daylight, bare feet and shorts...and so much more.

•What is your favorite classical song?
Ummm. I like Leibestraum (spelling?). Moonlight Sonata is really pretty too. And Canon in D. My final anwer is Canon in D.

•It's your wedding day. And while you are going down the aisle (gracefully, of course), the audience suddenly bursts into singing "How Do You Solve A Problem Like ____ (your name)?" What are your emotions? I'd probably blush as red as the roses in my bouquet, try to remember if anyone present went by the name of Emily, start to laugh, and eventually start to sing along.

•What is your favorite scene in Sense & Sensibility? Is the same scene in the movie(s) (and if so, do you like it as well)? I've never read the book.

•Which of Jane Austen's books is your favorite? Why? I've never read any Jane Austen book (please forgive me, aunt Kim!) It would probably be Emma.

•Describe your perfect reading "nook": On my window bench, by my open window.

•Have you ever been accused of reading a book when you were supposed to be doing chores? Oh *laughs wildly* I'm sure I have. (Because I do it all the time)

•You are on the beach, and you are wearing normal clothes (NOT a bathing suit). Do you consider jumping into the cold ocean anyway? Yes. Definitely.

Do you consider yourself a matchmaker like Emma?
Oh, yeah. I love to match make. It's so fun.

•What are your opinions involving letters: short and brief or long and lovely? Long and lovely. I love to write looong letters (and blog posts--hahahahaha)

•What Scripture verse has encouraged you a lot recently? James 2:13-14 (read my last post here)

•Do you consider yourself an artist? If so, in what way? I am an artist. My art: novels, and songs.

•What interests you in a blog: beautiful layout or good content? I like good content. That's what is most important.

•Do you believe in saving your first kiss for your wedding day? Yessss.....

•Did you enjoy answering all these questions? Yes!!!

I tag anyone who plays the piano
Anyone who has seen the movie Elf (and likes/thinks it's funny)

How Short Life is

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Well, I'm back from a dentist appointment. If you can remember, the last time I was there, they didn't have promising news for me ("you might need an expander"). So, I was nervous. But, no bad new today! I just have to loose two teeth before January.

For the WILDS, we have to memorize verses, and I've been working on them ahead of time. This one stuck out to me:

"Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and vanisheth away."

-James 2:13-14

"As a vapor" was the title of Andrea's latest post (I bet we memorized the same verse!) and I started to think about how true this verse it. Life is so short. Much to short to worry about how much money we have, what our clothes look like, and how popular we are. We waste what little time we have. Here's an example:

A bunch of friends get done with school in late May. They make plans to have picnics, go swimming, and run around, catching lightning bugs at midnight; they just wanna be kids and do goofy stuff. One girl says that she wants to play video games for a week, and then she'll join in. She turns out playing video games all June telling herself, "I can play outside later." One day, she sleeps in until noon. "I'll have my picnic tomorrow," she decides. The next day she goes to a movie; the week after, she goes to the beach, then an amusement park, and finally, she ends up on an all-weekend shopping spree. She wakes up one morning and calls her friends. "Wanna have a picnic?" she asks. The answer was no. "Well why not?" "Because," one said, "school starts tomorrow. I have to get ready."

The girl in the story put off what she had planned to do. She wasted her summer away, and found that out too late. I think that we all tend to do that (it's called procrastinating); we all say, "Oh, I'll witness to so and so later." "I'll read my Bible later." "Tomorrow, I'll spend time with my family and friends." Maybe, if you're unsaved, you say to yourself, "I'll get saved tomorrow." But like this verse says, we can't make plans for tomorrow, because.....well, tomorrow might not come. It would be awful to wake up one morning, like the girl in the story, and realize that we put off some of the most important decisions of our life. Just think. You go to a revival meeting and the message really speaks to you. "I'll get saved later," you tell yourself. "I have other things I want to do." But the next morning, when you wake up, you find out, that you shouldn't have put that decision off. You should have repented. Because now, you're being judged for eternity. And you aren't ready.

It's amazing to think of how many things we can do in our life. And it's amazing to see how much more we can do if we put the important things first. We can do so much for God if we don't give our time to things of no consequence. Anyway, we can't afford to. After all, what is our life? "It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a time, and vanisheth away."

If you aren't saved, don't put if off! Please! Just e-mail or call me. Don't put it off.

Enjoying the Summer

Monday, July 12, 2010

I just want to tell everyone not to expect me to post everyday. I want to do some things this summer, and I can't take up all my time blogging. I love to blog, but I still need to have a picnic with my friends, have a rehearsal or two with Morgan and Bethanie, go swimming in the dark, have a baseball game.....stuff like that. Plus, I want to work some more on my books (I just started a mystery by the way!) So, while I'll probably be blogging like normal (checking your blogs/commenting), don't get too upset if I don't post. Thanks, everyone. I hope you understand. I just want to enjoy my summer--and get halfway through one of my books : )

(By the way, I'm going to a family reunion on the 24th!!! I am soo excited. And on the 17th, I'm going to a wedding--the reception is at DiSalvo's! That's supposed to be a really good restaurant! I can't wait!)

Blond Joke!!!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Here's one of the blond jokes that I have promised. Now remember, blond people aren't actually stupid--some of us can be smart (although I do admit, I have an awful lot of blond moments)

How to keep a blond occupied:

Scroll down

Scroll up

(The sad part is, I fell for it. I didn't realize the joke until I had done it three times)

America --Est. 1776--

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Independence Day!

I love the fourth of July. And I love the way four and July look together. They're a perfect couple! I had a really good time camping this weekend (although some people didn't come) and I also wrote a song. It's for the 4th of July, but it isn't that good. Oh well. It's better than nothing. Right now, my parents are trying to decide whether or not to go to the fireworks. I hope we go. On the way home today, I had my window open, and the sun was really beating down on my right arm. Now, a part of my arm is sunburned. It makes me look kind of funny.
Today, I was listening to a song that I really love. And it's sooo appropriate for today, too. Now, I've heard this song about a million times, but not in a while (other than today) so please forgive me for any mistakes.

If tomorrow all the things were gone

I'd worked for all my life
And I had to start again
With just my children and my wife
I'd thank my lucky stars

To be living here today
Cuz the flag still stands for freedom
And they can't take that away

And I'm proud to be an American
Where at least I know I'm free
And I won't forget the men who died
Who gave the right to me
And I'd gladly stand up next to you
And defend her still today
Cuz there ain't no doubt
I love this land
God Bless the USA

From the lake of Minnesota
To the hills of Tennessee
Across the plains of Texas
From sea to shining sea
From Detroit down to Houston
From New York to LA

Well there's pride in every American heart
And it's time we stand and say

I'm proud to be an American
Where at least I know I'm free
And I won't forget the men who died

Who gave that right to me
And I'd gladly stand up next to you
And defend her still today
Cuz there ain't no doubt
I love this land

God Bless the USA

And I'm proud to be an American
Where at least I know I'm free
And I won't forget the men who died

Who gave the right to me

And I'd gladly stand up next to you
And defend her still today
Cuz there ain't no doubt
I love this land

God Bless the USA

I always shiver when I fear that song. I feel so Patriotic. I want to do something for my country. I think everyone does, but we're scared to. And besides, we don't know what to do; plus, if we did know what to do, and did it, it wouldn't make of a difference. But we can make a difference. If we do something, it will encourage other people to do something. I figure that's the least I can do for this wonderful country of mine. I love that Star Spangled Banner!

--Est. July 4, 1776--