Sunday, December 27, 2009

My Birthday....

Yesterday was my birthday! I had a great day and a very relaxing birthday.

I love birthdays and I think having mine so close to the holidays really controls how prideful I am about my special day. It humbles me to know that mine is so close to Christ's. Jesus' birth is so much more important and so much more special than my own. My father and I talked about this and I really think that this is why He made mine the 26th.

Anyway, my birthday was great! Sometimes my birthday is remembered more easily by people and other times people are still celebrating Christmas that day. I got some sweet phone calls from my family and friends, including my violin teacher. She's so sweet! :-) (Thank you Mrs. Anderson!)

One of my favorite hobbies is doll making. Which most of you may not know. I get craft books from the library all the time and I love this one woman's technique for doll making. She has made four doll making related books. I got two of them for my birthday!! Yeah! I have been working on a doll yesterday and today. I am going really slowly with it, because I made some home made Christmas presents this year that took up a lot of time and had to be done quickly. I want this project to be very laid back and stress free.( Maybe I'll post some pictures of my new doll after she is done.)

Hmm.. what else did I do. Well I played apples to apples. Which is a really fun card game! We got it for Christmas. I've been wanting it for a while, and we got it!

At the end of the day we went to the Golden Corral and then watched the Emma movie. (One of Jane Austen's books turned into a movie.) This is the second time I've watched this version. I understood it more this time because I have been reading the book as well. It's a really great movie. We watched the one with Gwynth Paltrow playing Emma. It only had one kiss in the whole movie!


I am so happy to be alive and 15 years old! God has blessed me so much this year and I am looking forward to another year to be a daughter of my Heavenly father and Earthly Father.

I am waiting to get my driver's license and soon I will be.......( Did I get ya? :D) Retake! I am waiting to get my learner's permit and hopefully be learning to and trying to drive a bit.I am a little nervous but excited at the same time. :)


This turned out to be a longer post than I thought of writing! Well, I told you. I love birthdays!
Others' and my own.

How do you like to celebrate your birthday? Any let down's on your birthday? What about exciting birthday's from the past?


Blessings from a new and maybe not too improved 15 year old, me!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Greetings...



I hope you had a very joyous, peaceful, and lovely Christmas!!

I know I had having a very blissful one!

Praise God for the wonderful gift of Christ and a time to celebrate our awesome God..

May your days be merry and your new year be a wonderful, blessed one~!!!!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Happy Birthday To Maggie....

Maggie: My wonderful younger sister. She is now 12 years old and a very sweet young lady. I am very happy to have a Maggie in our family. Life in our home would not be half as joyous with out her! Here are twelve things I love about my sister that I would like to share:

1. Her calm, sweet, temper. She can control her temper in most every situation.

2. She is a very personable girl. She has different ways of putting things that I would not even be able to describe as she says it.

3. She is a wonderful artist. I learn a lot from how she draws and paints things.

4. She is eager to learn and loves to show people new things that she has learned.

5. Her cheerfulness is contagious.

6. When we get sick she usually gets it the worst of us all, but doesn't complain.

7. She is very creative and has an idea for almost every project we tackle.

8. She is good at describing details that happen if we go on vacation or a if she remembers a childhood moment.

9. She is good at accomplishing tasks thoroughly and quickly.

10. She cares about people's feelings and gets very upset if she makes some one sad.

11. She is a Christian and loves the Lord.

12. She is the best Maggie I have ever known, and I know quite a few!


I am so thankful for 12 wonderful years of Maggie!

Have a wonderful, blessed, cheerful, happy, exciting, enthralling, joyous, birthday Maggie!!!
May God bless you and keep you on His perfect plan for your life!




And may you all have a blessed day!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Bed and Breakfast

My mother, baby brother, and I spent Friday evening through Saturday morning at a cozy bed and breakfast, and a quaint town square where Lumpkin court house was built. We had a very enjoyable Lady's night out, shopping and relaxing with only one baby to take care instead of three little ones. :) We were able to tour the whole house. I took some pictures of the other bedrooms, too.

We shopped around the square and ate dinner in the Smith house restaurant, which is an all you can eat place where you sit at a huge table with strangers. I didn't think I would enjoy it at all but, it was a very unique experience. We learned a thing or two about the people at our table and I'd like to go again some time. You never know who you'll sit by!

I took 168 photos the whole trip! I'll pick out a several of my favorites. ( Oh! This is going to be hard!) 


 The Parlor...

Eating area...



Our room...
Outside...



Beautiful bedrooms...



The Square










My mother and brother waiting for me to stop taking pictures. ;)



                                     

The Smith house

 



What a fun trip!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Abby's give away

My sister Abby is having her first give away for a lovely set of hand made stationary and cards. Click here for the details.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Two Awards!!

I got awarded by Miss Taylor at Proverbs 31 in training!
Thank you Miss Taylor!
I would like to award this to
Abby
Miss Jen
Miss Meggan
Miss Erin
Miss Rachel


And another award from my sister Abby!!! Thank you dear sister!



I want to award:

Abby

Miss Mattie


Miss Rachel

Miss Jen


Have a blessed day!







Monday, December 7, 2009

A Tag

Here is a tag that was on a blog and any one can do it! I have never been tag before and I wanted to do one because they look fun. :)


1. Six names you go by:


Hmm...

Leah

Leah

Leah

Leah

Leah

Leah

:) That's what I go by!




2. 3 things you are wearing right now:

1. Blue winter shirt

2. Blue Mary Jane slipper socks

3. Khaki skirt





3. 3 things you want very badly right now:

1. A new craft project

2. Snow

3. A nap :) I am really tired right now!




4. Three things that you did last night/yesterday:

1. Baked brownies

2. Drew a picture of a reindeer

3. Went to a Christmas piano recital. (Along with my two sisters.)





5. Two things that you ate today:

1. Pizza bagels

2. pretzels





6. Two people you last talked to on the phone:

1. My Father

2. My friend




7. Two things that you are going to do today/tomorrow:

1. Wrap Christmas presents

2. Play my violin





8. Your three favorite beverages:

1. Water

2. Hot Chocolate

3. Lemonade





This tag is for any one and the following people:

Abby

Mattie

Mother


If you know anything about tagging please comment. Do you know if you can make up tags or if they are just made some how? ( That might not be the right way to phrase it but, if you do know please comment!) Thank you!


Have a blessed day!!



Saturday, December 5, 2009

Feminism and the role of Women

Feminism might seem quite harmless. When you are a feminist you want equal rights and the doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men. It might seem harmless. I think people today take our rights for men and woman too seriously. They think women can do every thing men can do, but is this what women should be doing? We might wonder why God made a man and a woman. Why not just make one? The bible tells us that men and women have different roles.


The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
Titus 2: 3-5

The bible tells us that we the women should be the keepers of the home. We should love our husbands and children. We should be obedient to our own husbands. Should we go and get a job and be independent with nothing in our way? 1 Corinthians 11:8-11 Explains that neither man nor woman should be independent from each other and we should be dependent on God. We should not go and do our own thing. We should follow God's plan for our life and the scripture.




Ephesian 5:22-24

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.




Ephesians 5:25-28
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.


In these two verses it shows how we have a different way of living from men and that we have a different role. Although our roles are different they are both equal in their significance.

Proverbs 31: 10- 31

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

This verse shows us what kind of woman God wants us to be.

I am sure you could prove how a woman can do any thing a man can do. But, is that what we should do? Should we be exactly like men? I think we should try our very best to be a woman of God. Through scripture we see that the roles of women are different. The question is, should we follow what scripture (God's word.) says? Should we ignore and go on with our life as if we are the boss and we can make what ever decision we want? If we want to please God and stay on the narrow path then yes, we should follow this scripture and keep our life tuned with Christ's word.



What are yours thoughts on Woman's role, and feminism?


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Give Aways Galore

I will be having a give-away when I reach 100 posts on my blog I am not quite sure when that will be, but I hope soon!!! While you wait for my 100th post to come. Here are some give-aways for you to enter. ;)



Kayla is having a give away!


and....


Maggie is having a give-away!


and.....


Joyfully home will be hosting a give-away soon, with details tomorrow.



Have a blessed, joyous day!!!!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Holidays






Here are our stockings. (My mother has not embroidered my brothers initials yet.)

Thanks giving is over and now the only thing I can think about is Christmas.


On Friday we went to the tree farm and picked out our tree.
After bringing it home we decorated it with lights and ornaments. Then we decorated around the house and out side. One thing I like about getting our tree is our Mother gets us a new ornament each year to put on the tree. It is exciting to see what she picks out each year.

Tomorrow and next Monday we are having the our first ever Christmas Gift Camp at our home. My two sisters and I are the counslers and our Mother is the director. It is for 5-8 year olds. We were hoping for about eight kids for both days but only got three for this week and four for next Monday. I think this will be good starting out by, not having to many kids the first year. I am really excited. We are making two gifts this week and two the next week. Hopefully they will be useful gifts for the parents and easy to make for the kids. We'll have a Christmas themed lunch, dessert, two crafts, games and a devotional. We have been preparing all day and some of yesterday. Yesterday we cleaned out the garage and our father organize a lot of it for us. He is a wonderful organizer. My mom is a wonderful cleaner. Their a perfect match. :)

We've been busy with Christmas gifts and much more!


~Blessings~


What do you like to do during the Christmas season?

Friday, November 27, 2009

My Two Brothers

No, more pictures!!!
I am up to something, but you don't know what!
Here is Joe again. The other two up top are Joe too.
A picture of Sam. Not sure why he's so sad looking. :)
Sam and Joe fooling around. In this picture they're pretending that they have loli-pops. What imaginations!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving....


I will post 26 things that I am thankful for, since today is the 26th and it's Thanks giving. ( These are not in order though. Only the two above are close to how much I am thankful for them.)


1. God's Grace

2. Our Savior, Jesus

3. My wonderful loving, family

4. Scrumptious, delicious, healthy food

5. Clothing. Warm, comfortable, durable clothes

6. A home

7. Education at my finger tips

8. Friends

9. The Bible

10. Transportation

11. My father's job

12. My sisters' companionship

13. Nature and God's creation all around

14. Art supplies

15. Musical instruments and music in general.

16. Bathrooms, showers, and bath tubs

17. Good books

18. Entertainment and board games

19. My mother's love and compassion

20. My father's care and affection

21. Sanitary homes, food, clothing, and much more.

22. Getting sick. Which helps us understand how blessed we are, when not sick.

23. A warm bed at night

24. Our brains, which can do so much good in the world. ( But some times don't.)

25. Baby smiles

26. Cheerful toddler giggles

What? Is it already 26! Oh my!

How blessed I am by God. :)


I hope you had and are still having a wonderful Thanks giving!

For lunch we went to our Grandma's house with Turkey, rolls, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and much more!! With cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents it was a wonderful evening. Now our family is home relaxing after a wonderful meal and fellowship.


What did you do for Thanks giving?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Birthday Grandma...



Today is my Grandma's birthday, I will not mention any age, but I will tell you how wonderful she is and how she affects my life.

10 Grand characters of my Grandma

1. Her willing attitude

2. Her Infectious Cheerful spirit

3. Her Helpful heart

4. Her good-natured joy

5. The way she loves me and my family

6. Her Giving attitude

7. Her Many Virtues

8. Her non-argumentative attitude

9. Her way with children

10. Her Love to help around the house


My grandma is a good example on how never leaving your spouse in sickness and in health and what it truly means. My grandpa had a stroke in 1994. His condition worsened over time. He went from walking to a walker, a wheel chair, and was finally bedridden. My grandma could have put him in a nursing home where they treat them with no real love. But, she didn't, she stayed with him unconditionally for thirteen years. He passed away in Feburary 2008 with Grandma at his side. This story shows what marriage really means. My Grandma is a true example of couples and their devotion to each other.


I love you Grandma!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Musical Instruments


Instruments such as Piano, Guitar, Violin and so on, are wonderful ways to build discipline, hand strength and much enjoyment.

My father played piano when he was little and then began instructing us ( My two sisters and I) in Piano, when were old enough to actually learn something. I was six when I started. I liked it a lot. But, it took much patience to start the beginnings of something. Much drilling, practice, and concentration. As I progressed I began to dislike it. Wondering why my father would make us play an instrument even when we didn't want to. Through these last couple years, I am really enjoying it. I am so glad that my father pushed us on even when we didn't exactly like it.

My father said when we turned thirteen we could either pick out another instrument to play or another activity that would give us the same discipline piano did. When I turned thirteen, I did no
t want to give up all the training and practice that I had worked on with the piano. So instead of quitting piano I decided that I would also take on Violin. About a month ago I started Violin and I simply love it. It would be a lot harder for me to practice Violin if I didn't have all that built in knowledge of being able to read music, musical theory, and hand skills. ( I suggest having some other musical training before starting Violin. It is a little harder than Piano.)

All this said Piano and Music in general is such a great way to build skills and learn discipline.


This post is not really thought provoking, but I wanted to post on this subject!


Many Blessings!

Do you play an instrument if so, which one and do you like it?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thoughts on my mind..

First is First, Thanks giving. I love the 26th it gives some thing to celebrate and gives us time to think about how blessed we are. But I don't like how society thinks of it. Last year I heard a commercial that was basically saying " Be thankful, to be thankful" We shouldn't be thankful to nothing. God is the way of all good things. When we are thankful we should firstly be thankful to God from whom all blessings flow.

The song "Santa Clause is Coming to town" is another example. The words go. " ...So be good for goodness sake..." We as Christians should not be good for "goodness" sake, but for God's sake, to glorify him we should be not only be good, but to strive to be like Christ.

Now that I have that said, Praise the Lord for all the blessing found in my life! Thank you Lord!
Here are some pictures of how God is working in our lives and on earth. He using his hand all around to make beautiful things. Such as these leaves.







More thoughts

My Favorite things about the holidays:

Every Christmas my sisters and I make home made gifts for our parents, grandma, and each other. This is one of my favorite things about the holidays that I love. Also on my agendas, I am knitting a quilt. Who knows when I'll be finished. I'll post a picture of when I'm finished, though. :)

I also love getting our tree for Christmas. We go to a tree farm near our home every year. It is a very memorable time. Then, when we get home we decorate with all our ornaments, and play Christmas music.

I love the cold, sharp wind and air, for a change instead of the heat.

And best of all it a time to Celebrate Christ's birth. God's gift to us. With out his gift we would be lost with no one to show us the way.


My least favorite things about the Holidays:

There only on complaint but a very long one. It it that my birthday is the day after Christmas making it so close that it's not as enjoyable, as it could be. Your probably saying Well, don't you get more presents with Christmas and your Birthday together? Yes, but It's almost an over load of presents and excitement to my over excited self. To make sob story more dramatic. You get no presents during the rest of the year. :( *Sniffle* Now your probably saying "Come on, Leah that hardly something to cry over. Yes, I should be glad that I was even born. ;) But I had to write something in this section.


Well, that's all for my jumbled thoughts as the holidays near! For now, at least.



What are your favorite parts about the holidays? What about the draw backs that you have found?

Have a blessed day!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Rich Peanut Butter Bars


Here is the recipe for "Rich Peanut Butter Bars" that I promised!



Rich Peanut Butter Bars

1/2 cup peanut butter ---------------------1 cup freshly milled flour
1/2 cup butter
------------------------------1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 cup Sucanat --------------------------1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs ----------------------------------------1 tsp. vanilla

Melt butter and peanut butter together. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until well blended. Press into a greased 9"x 13" pan. Bake in preheated 350 oven for 25-30 minutes. Cool and cut squares. Makes about 2 dozen.

My tip for this recipe: * chocolate chips* It would not be half as yummy without them.





Have a blessed Sunday!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Saturday's scriptures


Ephesians 5 : 1-13

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.

For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.

But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.


We have been memorizing this verse. Ephesians is a wonderful book filled with wisdom and it tells us much about how to be more Christ like.


Have a blessed Saturday!




Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Winner



Miss Erin is the winner of my contest! Your prize Miss Erin are a dozen rich peanut butter bars!! (With chocolate chips.) I will post the recipe with a picture of the bars soon. So you know what they look like. :)


(Miss Erin, I will give you your prize when I see you next. Maybe next Sunday.)


Above is the picture of the robin. It is circled. :) I know, it was a very difficult bird to find.



Hope you had fun trying to find it. Have a blessed day!!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Give away on "Blessed Femina"

Miss Jen the owner of the blog Blessed Femina, is having a give away celebrating the one year anniversary of her blog. She is giving away a lovely hand made apron and a pair of beautiful fabric woven pot holders. Click here if you would like to enter.





Friday, October 30, 2009

Pictures and A Contest







Here are couple of pictures from Amicalola Falls. My family and I went there today.



Here are two Robins that a saw a couple days ago.

Now, here is another picture with a Robin.



Can you find the Robin?
Who ever finds the Robin and can tell me, in there own words where it is on the photo will win a prize. :) The winner will be announced Wednesday!


Hope you had a blessed Friday! :D