Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Car pictures...

From our trip. The "written post" is coming very soon!

Hills of Arkansas

Missouri mountains ahead

Dad and mom

Cross in front of the Baptist hospital in Little Rock, AR

Look at all the trees!

Luke

me

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

What's on the Menu?

*To give a brief overview to this post, we were out of town from July 14-26.
After eating frozen stuff and quick meals while gone, the first day back (other than Sunday, when we don't cook dinner) I had this urge to cook a yummy dinner. So I asked Katie if she would like to help me make a special dinner. Her response? "Let's make bread!!"
Our "menu"?
~garlic and cheddar chicken from recipe zaar
~steamed carrots
~sugar snap peas
~bread
~salad

and dessert? Toll House Chocolate chip pie! YUM!!! (we haven't made it yet though...)

The meal was delicious, if I do say so myself. We rarely make homemade bread (not in our bread machine), so the bread was a treat. Here are a some pictures we took...


Me... separating dough for loaves

me

Katie

Monday, July 28, 2008

So much to say...

So little time.
Yes, I'm back (and July's not over yet... what's with that??), and I have so much to tell you all, but I will have to tell you later, for I don't have the time right now. Hopefully by tomorrow I shall have some posts!

I was going to do a Feelin' Feminine week last week with some friends, but alas, I forgot!!! We took a last-minute vacation, and although I wore skirts 6 out of 7 days last week, I did not have pictures or log it.

SO... I will do it this week! Sorry Kristen and Sara, for my forgetfulness!
Without further delay, I will post the first two days of the Feelin' Feminine challenge!


Monday, July 7, 2008

Ideas for Summer Productivity

“What to do, what to do?” you may sometimes think. Or how ‘bout the complaint, “I’m bored!” Or do you ever think, “There’s nothing to do!!” Usually the problem is not that there is nothing to do, but rather, nothing fun (in your opinion) that you would enjoy.
"Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude. I like fun." ~ Colleen C. Barrett
So how about finding some productive things to do that are fun?!? You can have fun doing anything, if you have a good attitude about it! Consider these questions…
    • What all can I do to that would glorify God?
    • How can I serve and bless my family today? (specific questions below)
    • ~What is something that my siblings would love for me to do with or for them?
      ~How can I help my mother with all her work today?
      ~How can I bless my father?
    • How can I make my room look better (making my bed, straightening up, organizing…)
    • What is something that really needs to be done in our home (dishes, vacuuming, dusting…)
    • What is something I really need to accomplish? (project, assignment…)
    If you ask yourself these questions, surely there is something you can find to do! In order to complete some things this summer, you must be willing to take initiative.
    “How does a project get to be a year behind schedule? One day at a time.” ~ Fred Books

    If you’d like some more ideas, here are some (some specifically apply to boys or girls) :

    -Memorize Scripture
    - Read (join a summer reading program!)
    - Sew
    - Write a letter (to a grandparent, friend…)
    - Cook or bake
    - Scrapbook
    - Stamp
    - Practice your instrument(s)
    - Mow the lawn
    - Play a game with your sibling(s)
    - Sing
    - Volunteer as a mother's helper
    - Write notes to your sibling(s) and parents telling them how much you love them!
    - Wash and vacuum the car
    - Wash and fold laundry (this is never-ending...) :)
    - Help with dinner
    - Learn! Pick a book from the library on a subject you're interested in and start learning!


    "Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can." ~ John Wesley

    Have an enjoyable and productive summer! :)

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Do Hard Things conference-- my thoughts

This past Saturday I was blessed to attend the Do Hard Things conference along with two of my siblings, my father, and a group of friends. We were challenged, convicted, encouraged, and inspired. Doing hard things and not wasting away the teenage years is something that is important in our church, so it was really neat to see how many others desire the same thing!
Alex Harris stated three principles that will make what we learned last.
1) Not just alone
2) Not just with peers
3) Not just with people
It is definitely impossible to stay motivated to do hard things if you are doing it alone. We all need encouragement and accountability. Yet at the same time, we can’t only derive that from peers. We must have mentors - close relationships with our parents and other godly men and women. They can give us much more wisdom than our friends our age can! But people are not our only companions. Books, movies, and any source of media are just as much. They influence us in many ways—good or bad. That is why we must be so guarded and cautious about what we expose ourselves to. We must choose those “friends” as carefully as we choose our human friends.
If there is a conference coming anywhere near you, please attend! You will not regret it! One thing I have learned is that doing hard things does not mean you have to do something “big” or “great”. Doing hard things has to do with simple hard things such as fighting the sin in your life, making your bed, or keeping your room clean. Anything that is difficult for you qualifies. And hard things are different for each person, so you must decide what is truly hard for you. If you are not able to attend a conference, then I highly encourage you to read their book, Do Hard Things. Make a list of some hard things that you need to do, and start working! : )