Saturday, January 28, 2012

Cookies

My sisters and I made cookies. We used a new recipe out of my new cookbook that I got for Christmas. Every one thought they were great, But who can go wrong with chocolate chip cookies? (Or any cookie?)

                                   



My family bought a 50mm lens this week. It's very nice. I like how it does in low lighting and the image quality is nice. I am getting used to the no-zoom aspect quickly.


What kind (or kinds) of cookies do you like best?

Friday, January 27, 2012

Too wet to go out, too cold to play ball...

So we cooked in the house on that cold, wet, wet day.
With a few pounds of apples, ( 45 pounds to be more exact ) a few canning jars, we made apple sauce and filled 16 quart jars.





 It's fun to work together in the kitchen with my sisters and mom. Cooking in the kitchen is especially satisfying on a rainy, cold weekend.

 I did some sewing, too. I'm catching up on very belated Christmas gifts for my sisters and mom. (Hopefully more on that later...)

Ahh...Rain makes good homey days.

What do you like to do when it rains?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What's in a year?

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Seventeen is sort of an in between number. It's stuck in the middle of what they call "sweet sixteen" and the big eighteen when you're "officially" an adult.
When I was younger I never really thought about one day being a teenager.  I still can't fully grasp it.
My perception of teenagers was always warped. I used to think they knew everything. With their cell phones, their cool cars, bad attitudes and privileges.
And although being a "teen" is different than being a kid, it's not what I expected.
Being mature is more than I thought it was. Having privileges takes responsibility- that is if you want to be productive. Sure, many people have freedom. It's what you do with that freedom. You have to back up that freedom with morals and values. Or your freedom will be taken away. And in the real world, that could even mean jail. An age is more than just a number. More than just another year. It's time we have on earth, and lived wisely, could be used for good. This is more than just my seventeenth year. It's a year of learning, growing, discovering- and impacting.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Camera musings...

Last year was the year I really tried to learn about my camera --our family's camera. I read many different photography books and even did a research paper. BetterPhoto Basics is my favorite photography book. It's helpful, informative, easy to read, and fun to read. I got it from the library and was very pleased. It has great information on camera modes, many inspiring example photos, and well, lots more.

I didn't know how much I didn't know about photography! I've experimented a lot and am hoping to expand my camera gear soon. I used to use just auto mode on my camera. From there I've learned how not to use my flash and have experimented with a few modes. I haven't plunged into manual mode yet though. Just reading my camera manual helped a lot too. One thing that I really try to add to my photos is light and clarity. Having that as my goal has really helped me take better photos.

Do you have any thing you'd like to share about photography? Any favorite books, camera tips, camera dilemmas, favorite camera brand?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Beauty

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Again I write on appearance. It's something I struggle with. I find myself thinking far too often if only I had so and so's nose or so and so's eyes, then I'd be beautiful. But honestly beauty is not just on the outside. You can't measure it. You can't buy it. There is no definition or equation that makes somebody necessarily beautiful on the outside.
I keep coming to grips with the truth. Beauty is more than skin deep. And most importantly, God creates true beauty. 

 Battling the lies of false beauty

1. God created me and you. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Even my freckles, eyebrows and nose. Beautifully made outside and inside. My heart, my lungs. The breath I just took. Who but God could create something so complex as humans?

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. Psalm 139:14

2. Beauty is more than lipstick and eyeshadow. It's a quiet spirit, a humble spirit. It's inward. It's selfless. Beauty is pure. No matter how hard we try to dress up our appearance, a grimy, neglected heart can't hide.
Only by cultivating our inward spirit, our heart, and our relationship with God can we find real beauty.
Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. 1 Peter 3: 3-4

3. Why do we feel inadequate, not pretty enough, and maybe a little ugly?
Well, it stems from sin. We're selfish---I'm selfish. We want to feel good enough and worthy. We want praise and acceptance... for the wrong reasons. Instead of being sufficient in Christ, we've taken it upon ourselves to try and feel accepted. But without Christ we can't be adequate. We fail. Then we may try and blame it on things that can't be changed, like appearance. (And if you think about it, we're really blaming God for making us the way He did) So instead of trying to stand out by ourselves, we need to lean on Christ, examine our hearts, and take a step backward from our sinful motives.

"Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s."
1 Corinthians 6:19-20

As a side note, I do not have anything against makeup or looking pretty. I am merely pointing out that we can get caught up on only the outward. Thanks for reading!

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What does beauty mean to you? What are your thoughts?

Saturday, January 7, 2012

A splash, a glimmer

Though the cold (and the wind) have been frightful, the sunshine has been quite delightful!
It's amazing how cheery the sun can be to any day. Gleaming through the windows and brightening up each room in the house. Ah... So refreshing. I love sunlight.

                                           

                                             
                                              


                                          

                                              

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What cheers you up?

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Making History

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It comes once every twelve months. The beginning of a year. The end of the previous. Memories, adventures, many experiences, lessons learned. It makes me realize... everything that I think, every action, every word that I say, effects the future.
It might sound scary in a sense. It might sound exciting. Every choice made, makes history. That's why it's so important to take every thought (2 Corinthians 10:5) captive. (Because a thought becomes a word, and then an action.)  So my question to you is...
What do you want history to say about you?

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Ephesians 3: 20-21 

 ...Happy New Year!