Saturday, November 7, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I headed down the mountain with my heart breaking (I love my family and my home) but determined to make the most of this year and come out of it with a broader and deeper understanding of God and who I am in him. As I drove the air turned from the cool refreshing mountain air to the oppressing thick valley air. I was feeling more and more sad and losing focus when all of a sudden I came around a corner and a cool breeze made the warm air feel welcome. The sun was reaching its orange glowing fingers through the trees and touching my hair as it whipped around my face in the wind. At that moment a song by Augustana that has a beautiful piano introduction came on. It was the perfect driving music. In that moment I saw the little thing that God was doing to make this transition less difficult. It was a perfect drive.
I am determined that this year is going to be wonderful. I will apply myself and come out changed for the better. I will lose focus but in those moments I am praying that God will remind me of my drive and all of the little blessings he has given me. That is my story, the thing I wanted to say.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I believe that I have already established that I really like Grey's Anatomy. It is a new favorite but it successfully kept me and Emma connected and sharing our likes and dislikes so that makes me like it even more.
I love Jane Austen more than any other author! I love each of her novels and I read them over and over again. I never get sick of these stories. They are full of romance, silliness, sacrifice and family.
Friends is probably the most feel good show in the world! I love the silly witiness of the characters and its short shows make it ideal for watching in between doing other things. I love it!
Gilmore Girls is my favorite tv show ever! I watch it over and over again from start to finish. When I finish the seventh season I just start watching the first. It never ends for me. I love every one of the characters and I identify (to and extent) with Rory and Lorelei's relationship because it is a lot like mine and my moms! Love love love this show!
Harry Potter are fantastic books! They are well written and easy reads. The stories are entriguing and my whole family enjoys them so they bring us all together. I am currently rereading this series and I am loving it once again.
Meet Me in St. Louis is my all time favorite movie. It has been since I can remember. My sister and brother still grumble about the fact that I used to insist on watching it everyday after school when I was in kindergarten. I still would watch it every day if I could get away with it. It is all about family (which I think I have established is important to me) and sticking together no matter what. This family looks out for each other even when they are upset with each other. I love it so very much.
So, that is all I can think of. If you haven't seen Meet Me in St. Louis then you should. That is all I am saying. ;-)
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
I love being at home with all of my family here. We all keep separating, moving on, and then coming back home because being together is so much better than being apart. I love them. They are messy and quiet and silly and do a million things that drive me crazy but I would not trade them for anything. They are the best and a wonderful foundation in my life. It is good.
Almost all of my closest friends are married or on the threshold of marriage. I am really enjoying this part of my life with my friends. I love being excited with them as they step into this new part of their lives and having the opportunity to come along side them in prayer and love when their new lives are proving stressful and difficult. It is good.
I am feeling overwhelmed and blessed but in the end the blessed feeling far outweighs the overwhelmed feeling. No matter how stressful life get, God takes care of me. He has filled my life with the most wonderful things and this morning I am remembering to be truly thankful.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
After I did all of this, I went back to Taco Bell and my sister had received some very bad news. I am not going to share the news but suffice it to say, we were both crying. I because of the plagiarizing incident and my sister because of her bad news. We all decided that it would be best to just get up to Hume as fast as we could so the movie was out. We went to the grocery store (which was actually a pretty fun trip) and then we headed up the mountain. When we got here we unloaded the groceries and relaxed for a few minutes.
My brother is speaking for Outdoor Ed this week so I went over to the chapel to listen to him speak. I was very early and had some awesome and encouraging conversations with Evan and some old friends. Then there was some excellent worship and finally my brother took the stage. I may be a little biased but I really do think that he did a wonderful job. It was decision night which means he shared the Gospel message. Whenever I hear the Gospel I am always reminded of what Tim Holzel told us in Joshua (ever single week). He used to say that Christians need the Gospel preached into their lives every day because we forget. When he said this to us I thought it was a load of Bull S*** but now when I reflect back on it I realize that Tim was absolutely right. I need to hear about how much God loves me and be reminded that Christ died for me every single day! I really needed it tonight and I had the pleasure of hearing it from one of my very favorite people who I respect above almost anyone else.
So, it was a very long and bizzar day, but it is over now. God is good. He is in control, He knows what is best, and He loves me. How could I possibly ask for more.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Now, I have never felt at all that I did not fit into my family but it did seem like a good topic for a poem. It is interesting though that I am the only person in my family with my coloring. My brother has blue eyes but other than that everything is brown, then I show up on the scene (last because I am the youngest) and I have freckles and red hair and green eyes! I am one giant recessive gene! I rather like it! Thanks, family, for letting me stand out! I know you didn't do it on purpose but I still appreciate it. P.S. This poem is broken up into stanzas but for some reason blogspot is posting it without the spaces. Whatever.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
I don't care where I go. I just love the change. I love the lighting being so much brighter because the ground is the same color as the sun. I love when the clouds engulf the mountains surrounding me and I cannot see what lies beyond. I love the snow coming down in drifts and the roads being cobbled. I love seeing trees I have never seen before and animals I didn't even know existed. I love having all of the stories I have read come alive as I see the places that inspired the writer. I just love to travel. I hope I can again someday soon.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
We began watching the first season immediately and were instantly intrigued. We finished the first season the next morning and realized that we really were addicted. I returned to school that evening and the following day Emma and I both went out and purchases the second season. Now, less than two weeks later, I have finished the third season. We know ourselves so well.
Here are some of the many reasons I like Grey's Anatomy... It is somewhat real to life in that these people are certainly not perfect. In fact most of them are pretty stinking screwed up. Some of them are selfish and conceited. They don't always get along and they don't always make the right choices. The actors don't always look perfect and it is not just when they are upset but when they are just working. Their hair and clothes and makeup are not always modelesque which is very real to life because really, nobody always looks perfect. Most of the time I have no idea who to route for which is always fun. It seems like some of the people who do the most horrible things are actually better people then the ones who only do moderately stupid stuff.
The most wonderful thing about Grey's Anatomy (in my opinion) in Addison Montgomery. Addison didn't come in until the last episode of the first season but she won her way into my heart very quickly. She is a very complex character who has no real idea of what she wants or needs. She apparently became so popular among fans that they created a new show all about her called Private Practice. I have not watched it yet but I definitely will eventually. Addison is played by Kate Walsh who is beautiful and a fantastic actress. I love her.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
This is my mom's favorite poem. When we were in school my mom used to make my siblings and I memorize poetry. My mom has a passion for english and she wanted to breed that same passion in us. I didn't mind memorizing the poetry but then she would organize a poetry reading with all of the other homeschool families and we would have to recite what we had been learning. I really didn't enjoy having to perform but I suppose in the end it was beneficial because now I really don't mind talking in front of crowds and I have a comparatively extensive knowledge of poetry. I am grateful that my mother made me think harder then I would have liked. At one point during this period of my life I memorized "Loveliest of Trees" and it is the poem I remember best and is brought to my mind most frequently. As I said before it is my mom's favorite poem and now every time I think of it I think of her. It is quite lovely. So, there is a little piece of my heart.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I love Michael Buble the very best! If you want to know why then read my blog about him that I posted last month. ;)I really like Joaquin Pheonix. I know that he is getting a bad rap right now because of his bizzar appearance on Letterman but really he is such a good actor. I have never seen him play a part badly and he chooses them so well. He is attractive but not in the normal everyday way. His face is not at all symmetrical and he does this funny thing with his shoulders all the time. He is interesting to look at and read about and a pleasure to watch.Then we have James McAvoy. I think that he has fantastic versatility and no matter what the character calls for he always delivers. He is somewhat new to popularity but he has taken off in a big way. He has a gift for choosing good rolls and he is quite nice to look at.Christian Bale has been my dear friend from the very beginning of my movie watching carrier. From his days of dancing around the streets of New York in Newsies and gallivanting in the woods in Little Woman to his constant forays in Gotham City, Christian Bale has always found his way into my heart. His talent has grown with his age and that is truly impressive. He shows more dedication to the art of acting than most and so I admire him. And we have the same birthday which is always a plus.Paul Bettany had my attention from the first time I saw him act. The first movie I ever saw Paul Bettany in was A Knights Tale. The movie was charming but it was made truly great by the supporting character Geoffrey Chaucer who was played by the virtually unknown Bettany. From then on I started to pay attention to Bettany's carrier and he has yet to let me down. Paul Bettany even got me to like Kirsten Dunst when he played opposite her in Wimbledon. Before that movie I had always found Dunst intolerable but with his help I loved her.Hugh Laurie has been thrust into American cinematic fame because of his starring roll in the show House and while I do love his character in this show my love for Laurie really began many years earlier when I first saw him portraying the ever so lovable Bertie Wooster in P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster. Hugh Laurie is my old man crush. He is an excellent actor and in every interview I have ever seen with him he is charming and witty which I like. He is great.Last but certainly not least is Hume Lake's very own Darin McWatters! His stirring performance as the evil guy in the Ponderosa opener Stand forced me to take notice of Darin and his blossoming carrier. Darin has continued to wow with his portrayal of some other guy in that other opener. Darin is truly one of the great male celebrities of our time.
Ok so Darin isn't really one of my favorite celebrities but I felt that the world needed to see this picture so here it is.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
p.s. my cake had bumble bees on it!