Saturday, December 26, 2009
Not only that, but its almost a new year! Yeah, yeah, sounds cliche, but I think nothing says fresh start like a new year on the calendar. New stuff to do, new stuff to use, a fresh start to look at things differently. I know what I'll be doing differently this year! How about you? Get up! Go outside! Christmas is every single day! We can celebrate the birth of Jesus every day! It doesn't have to come wrapped in shiny paper! "JOY to the world, the Lord is come! Let Earth recieve her King!..." It doesn't say anywhere in any Christmas carol that the joy stops on December 25. Happy Day After Christmas, everyone.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Truly, the story isn't written for children, though it could have been; it was refreshing change from the books filled with profanity and unnecessarily thorough descriptions written in for the shock factor. Also refreshing was the character of Beauty herself. She is a strong woman who, for once, plays the heroine and isn't pretty. Not only that, but her feelings for Beast are so wonderfully gradual. The book is beautifully written, and connections (which I love) are made throughout the story back to the familiar tale everyone thinks they already know. This is not just another fairy tale with a twist; its a classic fairy tale in itself.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
- I can actually take a class like Algebra II, and I'm not completely confused yet.
- No one is out to kill me.
- My parents love me.
- The Creator of the universe loves me. (This is more than true, deep, heartfelt thanks. Seriously. This is part of my soul.)
- I have my own space to sit back and relax.
- There are options in my future; it's not set in stone like others'.
- My family and myself are healthy and in good spirits.
Okay, now for some oh-isn't-that-nice thanks.
- My school has less than 500 people in it.
- I can sit in a house decorated with lights just because, not because I need them to see.
- The ball team is currently undefeated.
- I played a song on the piano for jazz band. Without stopping and squinting at the notes.
- A penny was lying heads-up in front of my locker this morning. I put it in my shoe.
- I don't have blisters from the penny in my shoe.
- It's almost Friday.
That's not all, but that's the basics. Excuse me, please, while I go give my mother and father (and even my repetitively-Christmas-caroling brother) a big hug.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
- My original oratory speech (I posted about it awhile back) was relatively successful. Granted, I didn't make it to the finals, or even the semifinals. Okay, I didn't make it past the first round, but it was meaningful to me nonetheless. I'm hoping I can have it completely memorized by the next tournament. Hopefully.
- Picture day is tomorrow. Hmph. I look back now on too many years of pictures. I wasn't really into the whole ordeal in elementary school; that was my mom's thing. She was the one who did my hair and picked out the outfit. Ah, the days where it wasn't my responsibilty for how I presented myself. I wish I could go back sometimes.
- Some of my favorite words. I know, I know, kind of odd after those two things, but it's something I've been thinking about.
- cumpleanos (Okay, this is Spanish, but it's a delicious word anyway.)
- fabacious (It means bean-like. I never use it, but that's not the point.)
And with that, I shall bid farewell.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
- You learn a lot about people when you're in a small space together.
- Never read in a stick-shift car.
- Kindle a friendship where you both laugh at the exact same things.
- Dry your spandex before you wear them.
- Ok, try to avoid spandex in general.:)
- It's okay to swing and miss sometimes...at least it's going somewhere.
- Move your feet.
- Shake hands when the game is over.
- Love all.
- Laugh when you mess up.
- Know that the next match is still going to be there.
- Country music is beautiful and annoying at the same time.
- Sometimes love is bad and lines are good.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
We've been learning about ancient Mesopotamia, and their crazy religion. The Epic of Gilgamesh, for example, is considered to be the first book. The stories were Biblical! The Flood, Job, Creation...all of it, with different character names and some twists in the stories that weren't so Biblical. But I got to share with my class the story of Job as the Bible tells it. It was so cool.
Then, another cool thing hit me. One Sunday morning in youth, we were talking about Jonah. Our youth pastor showed us a map from Nineveh to Jonah's destination for running away. The trip would have taken a year in that time period! With all the commercial stops and drop offs...here I was thinking he was just taking a quick jaunt across the Mediterranean, when Jonah is running from his life. And lo and behold, what do we learn that week in history? That of the story of Nineveh.
I love connections. It's when you realize that you've heard this somewhere before, that this was in a book you were reading, that that poster was on the wall in your kindergarten classroom, that you get excited. I made the connection, and I was like, "I LOVE this! Tell me more, tell me more!" How neat-o is God?
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Have you ever been to a festival or fair where a tractor pulls a miniature "train" around the grounds? Children love them, especially the Thomas the Train fanatics. Well, I went to an event with one of those crawling about the yard. I happened to look at just the right time. Three boys, all around ten or eleven, were sitting in the last three cars. Of course they didn't fit, but I'm telling you - those boys were having the time of their lives in that train. Almost identical - arms crossed over their chests, heads leaned back, legs sticking out of the car, smiles on their faces - yet so different.
I just wanted to share with you the little things. I simply thought this was unphotographable. A picture couldn't capture joy.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
- waking up and stretching
- using a new sponge doing the dishes
- white dresses
- buying a soda during lunch
- getting my homework done at school
- taking a shower with a fancy soap
- watching home videos
- the school supplies aisle at Walmart
- eating soup on a rainy day
- old photographs
- being hugged
- saying something really clever
- being there when the ball team wins
- watching Pride and Predjudice with Mom
- staying at a hotel
- standing on a balcony
- going to camp
- singing when everyone else is outside
- seeing my dog, Sundae, with her deflated volleyball
What makes you happy?
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
But, seriously, I really actually enjoy school immensely. I don't always feel like this. It's the 'ol end-of-summer blues. Sigh. *Insert depressing jazz music here* I have had a great, relaxing, memorable summer, filled with great things, like:
- Student Life Camp.
- A trip to St. Louis.
- Beginning blogging. :)
- A super fun birthday celebration with some great friends.
- A beautiful wedding. I love to dress up. :)
- Some time with my family.
I do love summer, but school will be great. I love the clubs, the people, the day-to-day, and I do like homework, just not always in the moment. :) So, here's to school, the stepping stone of knowledge. Another year of learning. Sounds good to me.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
- The mountains of California. They represent something so majestic, so powerful. Their dark, tall sides, dotted with evergreens and buzzing with life. How beautiful.
- Trees. We overlook them often enough. The rich green of leaves in spring makes me constantly wish I had a dress that color, though I know full well that the deepness of that green could never be captured in any dye.
- Flowers. We appreciate the beauty and splash of color they bring. Just seeing a bed of flowers in the middle of a city makes me smile.
- The beach. The bright, sometimes blinding of turquoise waters, crystal clear and (sometimes) unpolluted by man. The sand, with it's muted colors, is still colorful, and beautiful in it's own way.
Look around you. Right now. See the spectrum God has created for us to live in and soak up.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
- I'm an avid reader.
- I'm an avid writer.
- I'm a not-so-avid outdoor person, although I live on several acres. However, I do enjoy creation...from the other side of a window. :)
- My family is my rock, and I love them dearly.
- Oh, yes, I'm a teenager in a public school.
- My life is Christ's. I live for Him.
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