Dec 24, 2008
For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.
The kingdom of this world
Is become the kingdom of our Lord,
And of His Christ,
And He shall reign for ever and ever,
King of kings, and Lord of lords,
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings, forever and ever,
And Lord of lords,
These words were being sung by people at an event that claim NO connection to Christ. Yet they were declaring that 'The Lord God Omnipotent Reigneth!'. That the 'Kingdom of this world... is now become the Kingdom of the Lords!'
This isnt the only time this happens. We recieved carolers from up our canyon and I don't know what their religious standing is. If there is one. But we were singing songs about Christ our Saviors birth and it was sucha beautiful moment.
It just got me to thinking about how God uses people who to declare his glory. Isaiah 45:23 says
By myself I have sworn,
my mouth has uttered in all integrity
a word that will not be revoked:
Before me every knee will bow;
by me every tongue will swear.
This is quoted in the New Testement in Romans 14:11
It is written:
" 'As surely as I live,' says the Lord,
'every knee will bow before me;
every tongue will confess to God.'
It amazes me that even now
Every tongue will confess.
Merry Christmas!! Have a blessed day.
Dec 20, 2008
That I have a supportive and loving family
-A mom who does so many things that I can't even pretend to list them... Makes amazing dinners, gets amazing Christmas cards together, drives us enumerable places, shops for things we need, and raises /rasied 9 kids!
-A dad who is so patient and provides for 7 children at home and 2 at college. and still has managed to get a pile of presents under the tree
-3 big brothers that love me and that I love. Adam is coming home soon, Brady is here and is a joy to have, and Jared is still always there.
-Hilarious younger siblings, who ought to keep me rolling on the floor laughing.
That I have amazing friends who don't care how dumb I am, but still buy me presents. even when I didn't get them anything yet. Who trust me even when I don't deserve it. And who will laugh with me. And sometimes cry. But still be my friends =)
That there is such a thing as coffee. And that I can drink it with my brothers and mom and be cheery and joyful. And silly I guess. haha.
That there is such a thing as dancing =D and that my brothers know how to do it; well. And that they dance with me in the kitchen and dip me and everything!
That God created a world that has un-countable beauties. That there is rain and snow and pretty colors in flowers and trees and that i live in a place that is surrounded with wonder.
That I have worm cloths that hide me from the seasons and keep me healthy and warm. For scarves and coats and sweaters.
That we have a car that can take us places. With warm air that magically blows on us. That can play music that magically floats through the air to the car. =D
That our country has clean water, warm and cold. Makes it very easy to keep clean and sanitary.
That when night comes I have a bed waiting for me with soft pillows and warm blankets.
And the list goes on. and on.
Count your blessing! And, if you can, add to others lists =)
Dec 9, 2008
The answers are all songs and they arethe first ones to come up on shuffle
IF SOMEONE SAYS "IS THIS OKAY" YOU SAY?
When (The Listening)
WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
My Way or the Highway (Relient K)
WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
Blurry Eyed (Fair)
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE'S PURPOSE?
Grab Your Coat (Fair)
WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?
Hosanna (Hillsong United)
WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
Echo (The Hush Sound)
WHAT IS 2+2?
All I Need (JJ Heller)
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?
Free (Shawn McDonald)
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
The Glory of it All (David Crowder Band)
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
My Apologies (The Hush Sound) – That’s for True…
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
All Fall Down (Sarah Mason)
WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
The End (The Listening) –
WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
Your Hands (JJ Heller)
WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?
WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
Our Happy Home (David Crowder Band)
WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
Middle of the Night (Sherwood)
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?
Dare Your to Move (Switchfoot)
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
Just Let Go (Mae) – Ah that’s terrible
WHAT'S THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN?
Brink of Disaster (Mae)
HOW WILL YOU DIE?
Come Clean (Eisley)
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU REGRET?
Spirit Fall (Phil Wikham) – That makes no sense =/
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
All Creatures (David Crowder Band) – Totally
WHAT MAKES YOU CRY?
Go Away (Eisley)
WILL YOU EVER GET MARRIED?
O Praise Him (David Crowder Band)
WHAT SCARES YOU THE MOST?
DOES ANYONE LIKE YOU?
You Ruin Me (JJ Heller) - Lol
IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE?
You Are the Answer (Point of Grace)
WHAT HURTS RIGHT NOW?
The Only Song (Sherwood)
WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS AS?
I’m Asking Her to Stay (Sherwood)
Dec 3, 2008
-Cute photo models
-Kids to do all the odd jobs
The not so good things...
-Not enough hot water to go around
-Children who end up in your bed at 2:00 AM
Nov 26, 2008
Example 1: Christmas Kickoff
This local radio station is one that I like to listen to. Every Holiday season they play only holiday music. They claim the title of "The south bay's home for the holidays". This is fine. But what is strange, is that they kickoff the Christmas season the day before Thanksgiving! They wait until we are on Thanksgivings doorstep, then pretend its Christmas... I enjoy listening to the holiday music, but I find it sad that Thanksgiving is lost in the shuffle.
Example 2: Festive Focus
Dr. Laura every year on the day before thanksgiving, holds a corny joke day in place of her show. People of all ages call in with a corny joke, then Dr. Laura questions them on how they are celebrating Thanksgiving... which doesn't mean "What are you thankful for?" It means "Where are you eating turkey?" While this is a big part of the holiday, the meaning of Thanksgiving, is Thanks.
Nov 5, 2008
That the Election is over... (and that Obama is going to Be President)
That we are in the 11th month of the year... (where did the rest go?)
We are closer to Christmas then Labor day... (only 50 shopping days left!)
That Jared is going to be 18... (I could've seen that coming)
That God saved me!!! (Praise the Lord)
Feel free to add to the list =)
My sisters had a friend over and… well lets just say they weren’t getting along to well. Thankfully all three of them took kindly to the idea of sewing when I suggested it, so each of them sewed a pillow (with assistance). Memories in the making?
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
She is hilarious people. Once she impersonated the hair cutter. She was asked “do you want a haircut?” (in a chinese accent) Jessica said “no” and was refuted with “oh, yes you do.” It doesn’t look that funny on paper… but it cracked me up.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Everyone has bad days sometimes right? Idk...
Thursday, October 30, 2008
The best thing was most definitely the rain. I love how it smells, and sounds, and feels… and IS! Rain is certainly a beautiful thing.
Friday, October 31, 2008
A day with friends
Making cupcakes and decorating them,
Making masks and taking pictures with them,
A photo shoot in the backyard,
Doing crazy acrobatics,
Spinning in the rain,
The list goes on…
Oct 30, 2008
To be on my own
'Cause I feel so defeated
And I'm feeling alone
And it all seems so helpless
And I have no plans
I'm a plane in the sunset
With nowhere to land
And all I see
It could never make me happy And all my sand castles
Spend their time collapsing
Let me know that You hear me
Let me know Your touch
Let me know that You love me
Let that be enough
It's my birthday tomorrow
No one here could now
I was born this Thursday
22 years ago
And I feel stuck
Watching history repeating
Yeah, who am I?
Just a kid who knows he's needy
Let me know that You hear me
Let me know Your touch
Let me know that You love me
And let that be enough
Oct 29, 2008
Even when the flood starts rising
Even when the storm comes
I am washed by the water
~Needtobreath, Washed by the water
I think sometimes... when a storm comes I tend to put up my umbrella and hide it out. I don't want to get wet, who does? If its a hot shower maybe, but not under a sky cracked with lighting and cold pelting rain. But
even when the storm comes i am washed by the water...
I don't think its automatic. Its a choice you need to make.
even when the rain falls...
even when the flood starts rising...
Swim! An open mind and a forgiving attitude is your lifesaver.
So I wonder. Am I washed by the water? Am I learning everything I can from each storm? I think I need to drop the umbrella...
Oct 27, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Shopping at Mervyns
Mervyns going out of business. Big storewide sale. Ye-ah
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
At the Park with Asher there were beautiful dandelions and I taught Asher how to blow them into the wind. It was getting to be close to evening so the flowers cast long shadows on the grass. I wish I had my camera.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I walked about two blocks in the city, and adored the crunch of leaves under my feet. I couldn’t resist taking a picture of the leaves sitting in the sun on the side walk. Way too beautiful.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Late night with two good friends and we wanted a place alone in our hotel room =P We decided on the bathtub. I can’t remember what we talked about… but it was good.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
I saw a late night showing of Fireproof. SUCH a great movie. I just was crying over and over (a had to use my sweatshirt as a handkerchief =P). Seriously. Go watch it.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Kit and Wanda Reichow came all the way to my house to bring me to day7 (because Jared was gone and couldn’t take me).
Oct 20, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
My Apple Crisp
My mom turned on the oven in the morning to warm up the kitchen, and asked me to bake something. Since we didn’t have eggs I couldn’t do muffins, so I made an apple crisp. There was Granola in the topping and honey mixed in with the apples. It was delicious.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Mr. Winther discussed the economy, mostly inflation. The economy is a scary thing... Even though He wasnt discussing Happy things, it was my favorite class so far.
Friday, October 17, 2008
White Chocolate Mocha
It was just Nathan, Jared and I at home and Jared brought me a White Chocolate Mocha from Los Gatos Roasting Company. Paradise in a cup…
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Jared was given two free tickets to the San Jose Symphony by his violin teacher, Susan Stein (who plays violin in the symphony). He and I went to see the show, in the California Theater in Downtown San Jose.
Oct 15, 2008
So I've been cleaning it out... It is a kind of sanctuary for me to just go there where no one else is and clean. Bit by bit it is coming together. I'm actually almost done!
Also a couple days ago the sink was full of chaos. It is a very grimy thing. =P Dishes and yucky water and food scraps and silverware and washcloths... Another chance to create order. Nathan washes dishes, but I cleaned out the sink and stacked the dishes in an orderly fashion. It was a satisfying sight ^.^
Anyone need help cleaning your room? (actually after saying all that my room should be spotless. =/ oops)
Oct 9, 2008
As most of you know, my mom and I visited Brady in VA this weekend. He is a Student at Patrick Henry College which is a wonderful Christian school started eight years ago by the founder of HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association). Michael Farris also founded the speech and debate league I am in. Patrick Henry has been referred to as "God's Harvard". It has very high academic standards as well as moral.
We flew in on Thursday and a kind friend of Brady's picked us up at the airport to bring us to our rental car... [enter problem] The rental car place closed at 6:00, we landed at 6:30. Not a good situation. We ended up having our ride take us all the way back to the college. He was so funny. He came from Chicago area... "ChicAgo". I love the way local say that ^.^
So we were at PHC Thursday night which was the night of the big VP debate and there was a big dorm party to watch it. That was fun. All the students had their lappy's and would IM while the debate was going because it was rude to talk. I thought that was pretty clever.
We were at a Bed & Breakfast! Basically a hotel held in someones house. Much more homey and comfy. And of course you get a homemade breakfast. I decided that when I retire I am going to run a B&B. ;-)
On Fri. homecoming weekend officially started. There is chapel 3 times a week at PHC, and Fri. is one of the days. It is basically a short church service; there is worship, announcements, a speaker and more worship. After that Brady had a class in the morning. It was a literature class and they were discussing the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelly. The Professor was so funny! I loved him. He often closes his eyes when he is making a comment. I guess it helps him think =)
On the way there a lot of people commented on how much my mom and I were alike. One lady especially, as I was getting off the plane, said "Never cut your hair! It is beautiful long." And earlier she had been telling my mom how it is so rare to see mother/daughter matching long hair.
I got to see DC for the first time! On Sunday afternoon we drove in to Washington DC (w/ our nifty little GPS leding the way). We ate lunch at 'America', a restaurant in Union Station. They take classic dishes from around the country and compile them into their menu. e.g. "San Diego Fish Taco's" After lunch we walked to the Mall (the place with all the museums). My mom had wanted to see the National museum of art, so we walked around in there for a while. The only Leonardo De Vinci painting in the US is in that museum. Very cool.
After that we didnt want to walk any more so we went and got our car and saw the Lincoln Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial (and the Washington Memorial, but that was from the steps of Lincoln).
We left Monday afternoon and there was just enough time to see the start of one of Brady's soccer games. It was kinda too bad because he was playing when we left so we didn't really say bye =/ As we were leaving we remembered we wanted to go the the gift store and I got a sweatshirt.
I think thats a record for my longest post... ttyl (type to ya later) ;-)
Sep 17, 2008
In 2006 I was in a Gilbert and Sullivan play, HMS Pinafore. (The picture isn't of us, its just a random picture) It was my favorite play I've been in, I think (not that I've been in that many...).
Recently my mom handed me a scrapbook and a pile of pictures from that play! And she told me I could scrapbook it =D I am having so much fun with that. When it is finished I will prolly scan the pages and post it here. Ginny was one of the starring roles and Hannah and Sarah were in it as well. I was an "aunt". The storyline of the play is a little weird if you think about it to much, e.g. This lady ends up marrying someone she had nursed as a child... o.O However it is still fun.
Sep 5, 2008
So I am very ready for this year to begin.
(thanks strivin for giving me something to post about ^.^)
Aug 18, 2008
You Are a Coconut Flavored Popsicle
You are easygoing. For you, summer is definitely a time to kick back.
You are a peaceful soul. You shy away from drama and stress.
You are a warm and compassionate. You give everyone a fair chance.
Your tastes tend to be simple. You rather have a few high quality items than a bunch of junk.
Aug 15, 2008
Aug 13, 2008
Aug 11, 2008
Bluest eyes that spark with Lightning,
Boy with shoes undone
He is so young, so full of hope,
Reveling in tiny dreams
Filling up his arms with flowers
Right for giving any queen,
Running to her, beaming bright
While cradling his prize
A flickering of yellow light
Within his mothers eyes,
She holds him to her heart,
keeping them where they'll be safe,
Clasped within her very marrow,
Dandelions in a vase,
She sees love where anyone else would see weeds.
All hope is found.
Here is everything he needs
Fathomless your endless mercy,
Weight I could not lift,
Where do I fit in this puzzle,
What good are these gifts?
Not a martyr or a saint
Scarcely can I struggle through
All that I have ever wanted,
Was to give my best to you
Lord, search my heart,
Create in me something clean.
You see flowers in these weeds.
Gently lifting hands to heaven,
Softened by the sweetest hush,
A father sings over his children,
Loving them so very much
More than words could warrant
Deeper than the darkest Blue
More than sacrifice could merit
Lord,I give my heart to you,
Aug 7, 2008
You Should Rule Saturn
Saturn is a mysterious planet that can rarely be seen with the naked eye.
You are perfect to rule Saturn because like its rings, you don't always follow the rules of nature.
And like Saturn, to really be able to understand you, someone delve beyond your appearance.
You are not an easy person to befriend. However, once you enter a friendship, you'll be a friend for life.
You think slowly but deeply. You only gain great understanding after a situation has past.
Aug 5, 2008
Aug 3, 2008
Aug 1, 2008
August at the Ranch is pear picking time. They are big and green and beautiful and shiny if you rub them. I can't wait till I can eat a juicy pear!
Jul 31, 2008
Jared has a microphone that he uses for recording. We tried it on the piano and it sounds reallllly good, so we want to take a day sometime to record my song. And others of course. We want to learn a song by Sherwood called What Lucy found There. I think its Narnia inspired =) We would record that to if we learn. (Joshua just now informed me that "What Lucy found there" is a chapter name from The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe). Also a couple days ago we were jamming in our living room(we brought the drums inside for a little while). We played Love Song by Sarah Bariellis (I don't know how to spell that =P). I was on the Piano, Nathan was on the Drums, and Jared was on the guitar. It was very fun and sounded pretty good.
So that was a very long post... about not very much stuff... but thats ok right?
Jul 28, 2008
Beatrix Potter books are such a childhood memory. We have the whole collection and I love them very much. I've tried to decide my favorite, but its hard. I really like The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-winkle and The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse. Both are great. And of course you can't forget our dear Peter Rabbit. Here is a link to the book complete with pictures: http://wiredforbooks.org/kids/beatrix/p1.htm
Have fun with those memories!
Jul 19, 2008
Share our hearts and watch the world go by
Painting pictures of our life
As the days go by
I see you slowly fade out of view
Covered over in black, till you’re a…
Silhouette, you are a
Silhouette, why did you
Where are you, Silhouette?
What a diorama
Now your life’s just pictures on a screen
From a distance
And the days go by
Many figures circling round you
A pretty picture
Who no longer recognizes me, you are a…
Just a memory distancing with time
Intimacy ever gone
The days go by
And you wear a smile just to hide
The emptiness inside
And the outline of your silhouette
Jul 13, 2008
I have fairly mastered The Call - Regina Spektor on the piano! Personally, I think its pretty good. And I don't say that because I think I'm so good at the piano, but because I know that I don't play, and that fact I can do any song at all is pretty cool. So next time you see me in a place with a piano ask me to play it. As of now I'm so infatuated with the fact I can make beautiful sounds on an instrument, that I just keep playing it over and over.
Jul 10, 2008
Here are my top seven or at least the first seven I thought of to post.
1. Love Song - Sarah Bareilles
2. The Call - Regina Spektor
3. Boys grab your Girls - Always Rushing By
4. Unwritten - Natasha Bedingfield
5. Dance with my Father - Luther Van Dross
6. For the Moment I feel Faint - Reliant k
7. I'm not who I was - Brandon Heath
Jul 5, 2008
=) There we are (a little bit small...)
Like Hannah said, if you drag it to your desktop and open it you can see it bigger.
Jun 26, 2008
Now this was my creative spark. On someones birthday you make a cake, right? Well on a 1/2 birthday, wouldn't it make sense to make a 1/2 cake? I cut the 9" round in half and layered those into a half circle cake. A 1/2 Cake for a 1/2 birthday! I wanted to make some frosting too, but didn't have any powdered sugar... so I logged onto Google to find some advice =) There was a few recipes that were long that didn't include powdered sugar, but they were to complicated >.< style="font-style: italic;">did do from scratch) and it worked out fine. A very delicious cake ^.^
Jun 24, 2008
Monday to Friday this week Nathan and I are participating in a tennis camp. 3 hours each afternoon we do drills and games. Its really fun, especially so because it is walking distance from a Jamba Juice © The instructors are very fun and patient even though a lot of the kids (including me even though I'm the oldest) aren't the greatest players >.<
Jun 21, 2008
Jun 4, 2008
1. My Mom and Adam are learning Hebrew at right now, and (among other things) they have learned Hebrew songs. Asher (a very quick learner) Now walks around the house singing "Hyom hy shishi/ hyom hy shishi/ ahashoba ahashoba hyom denuma" (just to let you know i have no idea how that is suppose to be spelled or what it means. i just wrote it by hearing it) It is quite humorous.2. Asher and Joshua (when they aren't having a scuffle) are the best of friends. Joshua loves playing legos in the loft. Right now he is in the middle of constructing all of the star wars sets that we have. After completing a couple, he makes set ups and does fights and such... Well Asher know all about it. He knows he's not suppose to mess the pieces up, and (just like Joshua) loves playing with them and carrying them all around the house.
3. Going back to the fan club idea. Some friends of mine have "5" contests with Asher. He isn't a very consistent player though. One day he's Anneliise's buddy and only gives her 5's, then he decides he like Bob better... but then he doesn't know who either of them are the next time! Only wants my shoulder... aww
4. When ever I have charge of Asherand have him in my room, there is one thing Asher likes best. He says "Let's do happy birthday boxes!" He gets this name from the fact that it plays happy birthday. They are two music box/snow globes. One features a young girl with balloons at a birthdya party (and plays happy birthday; thus the name) the other plays swan lake and has a dancer. And that is what asher lieks to play with.
Jun 1, 2008
He is jealous for me
Love's like a hurricane, I am a tree
Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy
When all of a sudden, I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory
and I realize just how beautiful You are and how great your affections are for me.
Oh, how He loves us so
Oh, how He loves us
How He loves us so.
Yeah, He loves us
Whoa, how He loves us
Whoa, how He loves us
Whoa, how He loves.
We are His portion and He is our prize,
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes
If grace is an ocean we're all sinking
So heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss and my heart turns violently inside of my chest
I don't have time to maintain these regrets when I think about the way
That he loves us,
Whoa, how He loves us
Whoa, how He loves us
Whoa, how He loves
It's hard to take almost. How on earth could he love... me. Me who
1: Bickers and squabbles with and scolds siblings at the drop of a hat
2: Neglects odd jobs and such, yet still patronizes others who do the same
3: Thinks to much about what she can do for her own happiness, and not nearly enough about what others think
4: All of the above
Put that together with John 14:15 - If you love me, you will obey what I command.
Think about it. Every time you sin; disobey God's commands... you are causing pain to one who loves you SO so so much. It's heart wrenching.
Hopefully I've woken up to Gods love and have quit taking it for granted. I had a great time dancing after wards, and feel very refreshed.