Blessings

Thursday, August 30, 2012


It hit me last night, when I was lying in bed, with sweet summer air flowing through my open window. Crickets chirped and a ceiling fan hummed, composing a lullaby. My bed sheets had just been washed--they were soft and smelled wonderful. That's when I realized...

I have a perfect life.

It's true, I complain that I need my own room, and a better camera. I say that I "need" (a.k.a. want) new clothes. But last night, I realized that honestly-- I couldn't ask for more. 

How can I complain about having my own room when there are people living in cardboard boxes? How can I want more clothes when there are people who only have rags? How can I complain about dinner when  people are starving? And how can I get upset with my family when there are children who would give anything to have a mom, and a dad, and brothers and sisters?

My life is a blessing--my life is a gift from God. What right do I have to complain when my Heavenly Father has placed everything in my life for a purpose? He has given me my family, my friends, my house--my life. I can be sure that everything in my life is perfect--because everything the Lord does is perfect. The only problem is myself; way too often, I forget that my life is a gift.

Maybe if I would stop and listen to myself, I would notice how spoiled and ungrateful I sound. I really do have a  perfect life. But instead of looking at what I have, I keep looking at what I don't have. And when I do look at what I have, I usually look at the big things--like cars, house, food--instead of realizing that the little things are often the biggest blessings

So I've made up my mind: I'm going to remember that every individual thing in my life is a gift. The Lord has given my so many blessings--He even sent His Son to die for me. I want to remember how truly blessed I am. 

Every breath.. Each clean drop of water that enters my mouth. Those dirty sneakers that look atrocious. Every burnt piece of toast. They are all so small--but they really are blessings. Someone, somewhere, would love to own a pair of dirty sneakers. Someone would love eat twenty pieces of that burnt toast.

Everything is a blessing. We really do have so much. Even when it doesn't seem like we do.

This^ is probably one of the best songs ever written. 
The singer wrote this song after it was discovered that her husband had a brain tumor.
It's such a powerful song.



Ramblings

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


My family started school this week. I'm still not exactly sure how summer flew by so fast... But--I'll let you in on a little secret--I don't really mind starting school again. Sure, I would love to be outside with all my friends, but I really like school (math can drop off the face of the planet, for all I care, but the rest of school is okay). I actually get a little bored over Christmas break. It's just that I love to learn. Am I the only one who feels like this? 

So... Junior year.... Bring it on.


Somehow or other, I've gotten into a writing slump. I partially blame this on Downton Abbey--how can I write a dystopic novel when my head is stuck way back in the Victorian era? It's kind of hard, let me tell you. I'll just have to pry my mind away from my wonderful show and force myself to focus on writing--after all, I told myself that I would be finished with my novel by August...Well, it's almost September. And my book still isn't done. If it isn't done by November, I'm going to be very disappointed in myself.





I have no idea what I would do without my tea. Or my coffee. But especially my tea. It's becoming a natural way of life to have tea with breakfast, in the afternoon while I read, and then again after dinner. I love it oh so much. (Guess what book I'm reading? ;))







Today has been wonderful, musically speaking. I finished a song that I started working on a while ago. At first, I wasn't too sure how I felt about it, but (at the moment at least) it's grown on me. Hopefully, I won't hate it tomorrow. I have this bad habit of thinking things wonderful right after I write them--but then I come back and wonder, "how could I ever write this monstrosity?"


And now my ramblings come to an end. I'll leave you with my latest amateur Photoshop creation. What else would it be but a picture of Downton, with some of my favorite quotes? :D

Just right-click and save :) 







Explaining the Inexplicable--i.e. Downton

Thursday, August 23, 2012


I've been putting off this post for two reasons. 1) I wanted to watch  the rest of season 2 before reviewing the show. 2) This thought has been going through my head: "How does one explain Downton Abbey?? It can't possibly be done without sounding completely incoherent!!"

As you can see, I've decided to give this review a shot. It won't really be a review, though--it will be much more like rambling :) Those who have seen the show will understand.


There were two inappropriate scenes in the first and second episodes... But if you fast forward through them,  the rest of the show is fine.

{left to right--Sybil, Mary, Edith}
I really didn't like the Crawley sisters in the first season (I loved Sybil, just not the other two).
Mary and Edith were always so selfish, and very cruel to each other. They were much better in season 2, though. Much, much better.


The servants are very loyal and hardworking. Except for Miss O'Brian and Thomas. Yeah, I really don't like those two. They're the evil in the household. Sometimes I wonder why the Crawleys don't seem to notice...


I love the time period--the costumes are beautiful (and the theme music? love it). Lord and Lady Grantham are loving parents--though they do make mistakes. The elegance of the Crawley's lives makes me catch my breath. I am now more certain than ever than I was born about 100 years too late.


Anna and Bates are so sweet. They are both so loyal and love each other so much.


Matthew is amazing. He's kind and gentlemanly. He's got a British accent. He's got beautiful eyes.
'Nuff said.


Lady Violet is hilarious. Seriously. She never fails to make me laugh. She's got some of the best lines.
"No Englishman would dream of dying in someone else's house."
"What is a weekend?"
Sir Richard: I'm afraid we might never see each other again.
Lady Violet: Do you promise?

Branson and Sybil are my favorite part of the show. He's so devoted. And amazing. And Irish (I have this big thing for Irish guys). These two are by far my favorite couple on the show. And I know that this is practically a criminal offence to most people... But... I love Branson much more than Matthew. He's one of my reasons for watching the show. I love him. And... I could go on for hours and hours about Branson.... But I won't. 
*ahem* 
Moving on.


Best show. Ever. My top favorite of all time. Am I being redundant? Sorry. But this show is awesome. 
Now I just have to wait for season 3. I'm going to go insane until it comes out....
Anyway--
Go watch.
Now.
Right now.


Things I {Heart}: #2

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


 Spiderwebs covered in dew.

My beautiful valley.

Back-roads.

Mocha Coollattas from Dukin Donuts. It doesn't get much better than one of them on a warm summer night ^_^

Blue skies. Watching my bro play catch.

Sunshine.

Learning how to knit a blanket--because my aunt is adopting a baby :) Yes, I'm so excited :)))))



Like a Thief in the Night

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Today in my devotions, I was reading about when the LORD comes back. It's always a sobering thought, because I realize that there are so many people who need to hear the Gospel.

   Time is running out. We don't know when Jesus will come back. 

2 Peter 3:10
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

The thought that the LORD could come back at any time always fills me with excitement. Because I can't wait to look at Jesus, who gave His life for me. How could someone love a sinner like me so much?

But I always feel extremely motivated. I come in contact with so many people--and yet, I rarely reach out to them, and tell them that  Jesus died for them. I need to to step out of my comfort zone. I need to reach out.

Romans 1:16
For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ....

What are the reasons for my silence? It could be that I'm worried about what people will think. How many times have I asked myself, "But what if I offend people by asking them if they're a Christian? What if I ask my friends if they're saved, and they get mad?" I just have to keep telling myself, though, that hopefully my friends will realize that I just want to make sure that they're saved--because I love them enough that I don't want them to go to hell.

Titus 2:13
While we wait for the blessed hope--the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ....

In my devotions, it talked about how we need to live in the light of the LORD's returning--meaning that we need to live like the LORD will come back each minute--because He could. That really spoke to me because, yes, I believe that Jesus is coming back; but I don't exactly live like it could be at any time. I want to live every moment like it's my last on earth.

That means that I need talk about Jesus every chance I get. I need to constantly be praying for my unsaved family and friends. I need to talk to them. Because I don't want to fail in life--and I consider myself a failure if I don't reach my family and friends with the Gospel.

Think about it. How many people in your life do you need to talk to about Jesus?  Because He could come back any second.







Turn Up the Music

Monday, August 20, 2012


Most of my time is taken up with music. I listen to my MP3 every chance I get--when I loose it I feel so lost.



Why do I love music so much? Because music is what feelings sound like. I get so excited when I find a song that I can relate to--something that captures exactly what I'm feeling.



And when I think about it, that's one of the reasons why my friends and I started our band. When I write songs, I'm able to turn my feelings into something tangible. It's not just that, though. I like to make music that other people can relate to. I want my music to find people right where they are in life, stop them in their tracks and make them say, "Wow. This is exactly what I'm going through--captured in a song."
  


Music just isn't just a bunch of notes that sound amazing together. Music is a sound--or group of sounds--that sound beautiful to us. The sound of my baby cousin laughing is music to me. Crickets chirping. Grass rustling in the breeze. The sounds of my friends having a good time. Music is beauty that we don't see but hear.



I can listen to music 24/7 and never get enough. Music will continue to sink into my head, and be stored there, for a time when I can relate to it. Songs will pour out of my mind and onto paper, to be played by my band. My fingers will always tingle to play the piano, and I won't ever be able to keep myself from singing.


 Music has always been a big part of my life. Nothing can ever take my love away from music. I'm going to be craving the melodies and harmonies my whole life. My heart will always race when I hear an amazing song.

 

What would I do without my music?



Songs For You

Sunday, August 19, 2012

So... I heard these two songs on the radio (and everyone was singing them while I was in the concession stand the other night). They're by the band One Direction, which is a British/Irish band. Anyway, I really liked the songs (and wonder if the band's other songs are as cool). Maybe it's because the music is catchy and happy. I don't know :) Enjoy!








Because I'm in a Goofy Mood

Saturday, August 18, 2012








yes






Short people of the world unite ;)

hehe.











A Tag...

Friday, August 17, 2012

100 Truths.

1.Real name: Emily Paige

2. Nicknames(s): Do you really want all of them? I'll just give three: Em, Emi, and Ema.

3. Zodiac Sign: I have no idea

4. Male or female: Female.

5. Elementary School: Kindergarten and 1st: public school. The rest, homeschool (my house)

6. Middle School: My house

7. High School: My house :)

8. Natural Hair color: Dark blonde.

9. Tall or short: To say I'm tall would be a lie... I'm 5'2"

11. Sweats or Jeans: Jeans all the way :)

12. Phone or Camera: Mmmm... that's really hard... I think I'm going to choose camera, though.

13. Health freak: Not really. I can be but.... it's very rare that I am.

14. Orange or Apple: Depends on my mood..

15. Last movie you saw: Well, it's not really a movie... But I've been watching Downton Abbey like crazy. I'm going to start season two tonight. It's amazing. But I'll have to save my ranting on it for another post ;)

16. Eat or Drink: Drink. I'd drink sweet iced-tea or coffee all day long if I could.

18. Pepsi or Coke: Coke!! It's tied with sweet tea for the perfect summer drink.

HAVE YOU EVER?

19. Been in an airplane: Nope. I'd love to someday, though.

21. Been in a car accident: Yes, two. Thankfully, they weren't anything serious.

22. Been in a fist fight: Haha, no. Though I once accidentally punched my brother while I was trying to do a sit-up (long story, but I promise it was on accident).

23. First piercing: My ear. That was like a horror movie, 'cuz they did it wrong.

24. First best friend: My brother <3 p="p">
25. First award: No idea whatsoever. I won a costume contest in Kindergarten. That was pretty amazing.

26. First crush: I was two... lol

27. First word: My parents have led me to believe that I just started talking all at once :D

29. Last person you talked to in person: My momma. I told her how amazing supper was (and really, it was superb).

30. Last person you texted: Maria.

31. Last person you watched a movie with: It was actually with three people: Momma, my bro, and my sissy.

32. Last food you ate: BBQ chicken and pasta salad. My mom also made corn on the cob, but I don't like it. Is that weird--not liking corn on the cob? Everyone says it is...

33. Last movie you watched: Um, I thought I already answered this question... ???

34. Last song you listened to: Can't Fight this Feeling Anymore

35. Last thing you bought: Hmmm. I seriously can't remember... I think it was a Michael Buble CD. (Seriously, that dude is so wonderful).

36. Last person you hugged: My sissy :)

FAVE:

37. Food: Chocolate! And don't tell me it isn't a food... 'Cuz it is.

38. Art/Band: Rascal Flatts!!

39. Bottoms: Jeans in the winter, and jean shorts in the summer.

40. Flower: Wild Roses.

41. Animal: I have a things for dogs :) Specifically, German shepherds.

42. Colors: Pretty much any shade of blue. Red is cool, too. I also like bright orange and bright green.

43. Movies: I like too many movies to list. But I love it when action, romance, mystery, & comedy are all built into one.

44. Subjects: Literature and music. And History. And lunch :D

HAVE YOU EVER:

(Put an X in the brackets if yes)

45. [] fell in love with someone. Other than fictional characters, no.

46. [X] celebrated Halloween.

47. []had your heart broken... Again, I don't think so. Unless you're counting the times when I realized that I would probably never get to marry certain fictional characters. Because... they aren't... real.

48. [] went over the minutes/texts on your cell phone. ha! This has never happened--and (hopefully) never will.

49. [X] had someone question my state of mind. My friends do it allll the time. I think hope it's jokingly.

51. [] been married.

52. [X] had a broken bone.

53. [X] did something I regret.

54. [X] broke a promise.

55. [X] hid a secret. Duh, Christmas time is all about secrets haha.

56. [X] pretended to be happy.

57. [X] met someone who changed your life.

58. [] pretended to be sick. I don't think I have.

59. [X] left the country.

60. [X] tried something you normally wouldn't try and liked it.

61. [X] cried over the silliest thing.

62. [] ran a mile. I'm not sure...

63. [] went to the beach with your best friend. I am going to do this someday.

64. [X] got into an argument with your friends. I have kind of had an argument with one of my best friends. Luckily it wasn't anything serious :)

65. [] hated someone.

66. [X] stayed single for 2 years. Haha, I've been single my whooooole life.

DOING NOW:

67. Eating: Nothing. I'm full from supper.

68. Drinking: Nothing.

69. Listening: Phantom of the Opera :) It's awesome music, I must say. So go listen to it. Now. And by the way, the best Phantom EVER is Hugh Panaro. Just sayin'.

70. Sitting/Laying: Sitting in a chair in the living room.

71. Plans for today: It's 5:30, so the day is almost over. But my plans for tonight? Watch some Downton Abbey!

72. Waiting: For my bro to get done using the tv so I can watch Downton Abbey.

YOUR FUTURE:

73. Want kids? Yes. I love babies and little kids sooo much.

74. Want to get married? Yes :)

75. Career: I want to be a wife, mommy, and a writer.

76. Live: Happily ever after.

77. Piercing: None.

78. Romantic or spontaneous: Romantic.

81. Hook-up or relationship: Relationship

82. Looks or personality: Personality, but looks are always nice. lol

HAVE YOU EVER:

83. Lost glasses/contacts: Nope I have never lost my glasses :) I always keep them in their case on my dresser.

84. Snuck out of a house: Yes. It's usually when I'm hiding from my brother or sister.

85. Held a gun/knife for self defense: Other than in an air-soft war.... Not really.

86. Killed somebody: haha, um, NO.

87. Broken someone's heart: Not that I know of.

88. Been in love: I fall in love with fictional characters all the time. But.. I've been asked this already :p

89. Cried when someone died: Yes.

DO YOU BELIEVE IN:

90. Yourself: Hmm... Somewhat, sometimes.

91. Miracles: Yes.

92. Love at first sight: I'm don't think so. But that's a whole other post :D

93. Heaven: Yes.

94. Santa Clause: Nope. And I never have.

95. The Easter Bunny: Haha noooooo.

96. Kiss on the first date:  Ehh, no.

TRUTHFULLY:

97. Is there one person you want to be with right now: Not really. I'm here with my mom, dad, bro and sis. So I'm good :)

98. Do you know who your real friends are: Yes. Thank goodness. I've been blessed with amazing friends.

99. Do you believe in God: Yes, I do.

100. Do you want to grow up: I'm somewhere in between yes and no.



I tag anyone who wants to do this. Just because I'm too tired to anybody ;) hehe.







I {Heart}...

Tuesday, August 14, 2012





Having cannonball contests.

White, fluffy clouds.

Golden sunsets.

Staying out too late. The way we all look like messes, thanks to humidity. And taking pictures with best friends.

Brothers who teach you how to ride a dirt bike. And falling in love with the mentioned dirt bike. 


There's just something about the simplicity of it all that I love.

Summer, why must you go away?