Saturday, July 30, 2011

I'm it!

 Abby tagged me and as I am terrible at remembering to finish tags am doing it right now!

1. Favorite Sport: Basketball is about the only sport I know how to play. Does capture the flag count. :-)
2. A Good Name for a Dog: I am terrible at naming animals but if I had to name one, probably... Hot dog. 

3. Favorite Animal: Cats or Dogs. I used to be an animal person, but now I am a people person. I love babies. When I have my own house I am going to have a house full of children. ;-)
4. Favorite Subject in School: Art, Music, Language arts. A combination of artsy subjects. I don't have one favorite.
5. Favorite Drink: Water. So refreshing!
6. Last Song You Heard: I don't even know. My brothers are always singing!
7. Do You Like to Make People Laugh?: Yes. Usually when I do it's when I've done something embarrassing.
8. Favorite Color: I  like them all. I think I like lavender the best.
9. Favorite Hobby: I love photography, to write, make music, sew. Mostly sewing is my hobby though. Writing and making music are musts! I can't live with out relieving stress with writing and music.
10. School Grade You are in: 10th grade. 11th when the school year starts.

I am tagging:


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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Batch of Homemade Soap

 My two sisters and I made our first batch of soap a few weeks ago.
It was a very good learning experience and we've been enjoying our fresh bars of sweet soap. 
Nothing better than being able to use something that you've made.
I am sure you can tell their homemade... and No, we don't recommend that you cut the soap bars from our example, but we are happy how they turned out anyway. :-)

Good enough to eat right? ;-)

Don't forget to scrub behind your ears!

We used Homestead blessings recipe on their The Art of Soap Making DVD.

Do you like liquid or bars of soap better?

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Dreams of a mediocre musician

 Music soaring through the air,
Breathes of joyous song,
Notes like baby giggles 
and bird chirps,
The player,
the violin,
become one.
Strings laughing, 
Fingers flying
Hearts dancing
Echoes of vibrato
and strings filled with sunshine.
Musician's bliss.

 Sometimes I get carried away with a dream.
A dream to be an accomplished musician.
A dream of being one with the song; being one the music I try to perfect.
 A dream to one day find the utter joy of music.

Music has been a part of my life since I was six. When my dad first started giving me lessons on our upright, player piano.
I appreciate music more than I did when I first started and have grown to enjoy it rather than dread it.
...And even though I've played piano for quite some time I am not as good as I hoped I'd be. Although I can hear some thing and probably play a few notes of the main melody, I'm not as good as my dreams.
...Although I love the violin and the thrill of putting bow to string, I am only on Suzuki book two and am only starting to learn vibrato. I am not as good as my dreams.
...And though I love to sing and I can carry a tune, my voice can't- for the life of me- sing a solo. Though I practice and love music I am not what I dream. I love to listen to music, I love to sing, I love to dance, I love to play violin and piano, but my dream, has not come true.

But, I have another dream.
A dream of singing and playing not for a crowd, but singing solely for Jesus Christ my King.  This dream, far better suits my abilities where ever my level of skill. No matter how well I sing or how many times the strings of my violin squeak, there's someone who will always be there to listen.


As long as I am singing from my heart, as long as I am playing through the joy of the Lord, as long as I am dancing with a smile, God doesn't care whether the music doesn't come out just right. As long as I'm giving Him praise He's always there to listen to the song of my soul.

 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Colossians 3: 16


What's your dream?...

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Raindrops and Sunshines.

 Rain brings the promise of green; the promise of sunshine.

Brightening all around,
 Giving an awing glow,
Vibrant streaks of shine,
And cheerful splashes that warm my hands and face.

I am capturing the sun through the lens of a camera and soaking in the greatness of  the unfathomable glory of the Son.

 Romans 5:21
That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. 

 Isn't God's grace a billion times as amazing as His sunshine?

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Short and Sweet Sunday Blessings

Sundays are such fun!

Going to church, praising God, fellowshipping with other believers and getting worship songs stuck in my head.
 I love Sundays.
We also went to our dear friends' house today. We had fun swimming, getting sunburn, eating yummy food, fellow shipping together and laughing together.

This song is stuck in my head. It's beautiful, isn't it? A great one to being humming over and over again.

How have you spent your Sunday?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Pulling out the thesaurus...

I've had to learn the hard way that there is more to good writing than a thesaurus at hand. I find sometimes that it's the only thing I focus on when writing a story or a blog post. I seem to always be looking through that thesaurus!
 It's my best friend. I admit it!
 Some times I don't even realize when a post is just a bunch of adjectives and nothing else.
(The lovely, beautiful, radiant shape of elegance, danced gorgeously by the luminous, inspiring, peaceful sunset......)

Using the perfect description is not the key to a being a good writer.
No one's going to die if you use only one word to describe something.
(That's what I have to tell myself or else my post would turn into a bunch of fluff.)

There's a lot more I need to learn if I ever want to be a good writer.

-You can write a sentence plainly or you can dress it up.
(The dog walked down the hill. -or- The frisky dog romped down the lush green hillside.)

-How you write counts, too. Is it first, second or third person?
(The girl picked up a book, sat down and started reading.-or- I picked up my favorite book and anxiously sat down to read the compelling story. )

-Having a goal to your story or subject helps me as well. Maybe dwelling on a certain aspect.
( The joy  in the room was clearly seen through the songs of praise and happy prayers of the peaceful church. The devotion to God was transparent on the faces of the Christian people. )

-What's the mood or feeling?
 Is it sad? ( Billy slumped in his chair, put his hands on his face and let out a moan. Tears trickled down his cheeks as he remembered the day his mother died. His head ached from the strain of sorrow.)

Is it happy? ( Kate giggled as she raced through the summer yard. All the children shrieked with happy smiles and sweaty faces. Their family's lively game of tag made the sunny day's cheer twice as cheerful.)

These are a just few things I use when writing. Asking lots of questions to myself helps keep my writing straight. Sometime I begin writing something and am not even sure where I'm going with it. Then it turns into a complete mess! (Although some times just writing what's floating in my head does help clear my mind.)

There are so many inspiring writers out there. So many good writing techniques to learn.

Do you have some writing tips you'd like to share?

I'd love to hear them! If anyone needs writing improvement... it's me! :-)

Friday, July 8, 2011

The Reflection in the Mirror

 Often times I'll look at my friends and try and copy what I like in them. Maybe their magnetic personality, maybe their quiet calm voice, maybe their vibrant smile, maybe the way they dress, maybe the way they can tell a joke ( And I can't)... or whatever it may be. I sometimes do it blindly with out stepping back and realizing how wrong my thinking is.

God made me the way I am.
My freckles, my smile, my laugh, my temper, my nose, my voice. He created me the way He saw fit.
And yes, He expects me to improve on my character, my flaws and my quick temper. But what ever is left in my personality He created it there for a reason. I can change my attitude, but I can't change the way I look or even the way I laugh.

It's sad that I should try to copy the people around me when God wants me to turn to Him for the example. He wants me to learn from the scriptures. Although their is nothing wrong with admiring my friends and learning from them, I need to look at my motives and turn my gaze to my Savior. I need to be happy with the way God created me.

Because in all I do, when I look in the mirror, I need to reflect Him.

"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

What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A Post of Sorts...

I love to celebrate. How about you?
On Sunday, the third, we had our dear friends over for a very yummy dinner and went to the county's fireworks display. Yummy food, good friends, and fun fireworks.

Did I mention that our friends make beautiful, delicious cakes?

 Waiting for the fireworks to begin
The best part about fireworks is anticipating them before. :-)

We tried our best to make the fourth a productive day. So, we organized the garage.
Sounds fun, huh? :-)
Yes. Depends on your perspective, but fun none the less.
We made a lot of progress for a much needed clean. 
 For dinner we went out to eat at the Italian restaurant where our uncle works as manager. It was very nice. After dinner we were surprised to see more fireworks from the restaurant windows.

So, life has been very celebratory.

I thought I'd share a few other things, too. So here it goes.

One. My sister has the voting up for her poetry contest and every one  has done a great job on their poems. Maybe you should head over and vote, too. :-)

Two. Lots of giveaways over at Ashley's blog! So many beautiful prizes...

Three. One of my favorite photography blogs, just has the most inspiring photos! This week their showing holiday photos. Would you like to see? (Click here)

Four. Doing a little CAT testing. Sharp pencils and crisp test papers. Fun.

Five. We had some thunderstorms move through. Before the storm descended yesterday evening, upon the whole sky,  the clouds looked very much like cotton candy. God's creation is awing!
What have you been up to? How did you celebrate Independence Day?