Friday, October 24, 2008

Maiden's Quest--pictures of formal

Katie wanted to wear formals to Maiden's Quest tea party. In order to make a formal I found at the thrift store modest, I had to get out a needle and thread and put my fingers to work! I added sleeves, a small top piece, and a little material on the sides of the shoulder straps. The neat thing is that I didn't buy ANY material!!! I used the extra on the bottom to put on the top. :)


top piece added (above)

top completed!



My sister did my hair (She's incredible! She makes up her own hairstyles and tries them on me)

Cake I had to take a picture of! (no, I didn't make it)




Thursday, October 23, 2008

Check this out!

My friend Vanessa has written a fantastic post on Halloween, and why Christians should not celebrate or participate in it. Please hop over to her blog and read this post!

Here's a short quote from her post:
"When Christians participate in Halloween, it sends a message to children that witchcraft, demonism, Satanism, and the occult are something fun, entertaining and harmless. "

Now you have to read it. :)

Monday, October 20, 2008

Sewing

A few weeks ago I made purse for my friend's birthday. This is my first purse to make, and with my sister's help, I actually finished it and didn't completely ruin it. :) I don't enjoy sewing very much, but my sister and I wanted to make purses for our friends, so I took on the challenge! The reason I don't like sewing very much is because I'm a perfectionist. My sister will tell me over and over, "It looks fine. Keep going. It's fine. Hurry up!" :)
Here's the finished product...




Thursday, October 16, 2008

What I'm doing

In school:
~ History - reviewing history facts, reading a Western Civ. book and watching videos to prepare for a CLEP test in December
~ Math -reviewing and studying for College Algebra CLEP in November
~ Worldview - Worldviews of the Western World, year II
~ Latin in the Christian Trivium, year III

In piano:
Minuet, by J.S. Bach
Sonata Facile, by Mozart
(for fun) Sanctuary, All in All, Come Thou Fount, and other hymns and choruses a group of friends and I are singing to :)

For ministry/job:
teaching beginning piano

For fun:
photography
singing with Luke and Katie

For this weekend:
baking cookies
sewing to a formal I found to make it modest (pictures coming hopefully next week)
I'm going to a Maiden's Quest Retreat!


Sunday, October 12, 2008

tag

I've been tagged by Vanessa and Kira! Seems like these tags go in phases, because I've seen a ton of bloggers with them recently. :) Not many people left to tag...
I've done a similar tag before, but this one is different, and there are quite a few random things about myself, that I thought I'd give it a try. :)
Rules are as follows:
1. Link to the person(s) who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.

3. Write six random things about yourself.

4. Tag sixish people at the end of your post.

5. Let each person know he or she has been tagged.

6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

6 random things about myself:

1. I love to sing—especially harmony!
2. I love to be with people—it’s where I draw my energy (I’m definitely an extrovert)
3. I’ve never driven a car. And I’m 16-- eligible for a driver’s license. :)
4. I like for things to be neat and orderly, and it sometimes drives me crazy when they are not.
5. I’m a perfectionist on most things—but not everything. Depends on what it is and how quickly I want to finish, or if my sister is saying "It's fine, please hurry up!". :)
6. I wear skirts a majority of the time. Not because I have to, but because I love them!

I tag...
Kristen
Sara
Zac
Becca

Even if you don't have anyone to tag, please participate!!!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Re-post #2

Here is my courtship post from July '07.

Courtship?!? Why?
If you're a homeschooler like I am, you've probably received the popular question, “Why aren’t you going to date/why don’t you date?” In response, I’d like to give some of my perspective on this issue.

First of all, many people haven’t ever heard of courtship. When you tell them you aren’t planning on dating, the first thing they think is, “How are you ever going to get married?!” So let me give a little insight into courtship. Courtship is designed with the thought that marriage is permanent, and so to find an appropriate mate requires discernment, with the guidance of parents. In courtship, you do not have a romantic relationship, but rather one with a high standard, godly and honorable.

There are many ways to “do” courtship, but there are a couple basic principles and stages. The first stage is, obviously, friendship. If a young man thinks a certain woman could be his future bride, he then discusses it with his parents and prays. If his parents agree and are at peace with it, he will get the father’s permission, concluding that marriage will be probable. One difference between dating and courtship is the father is involved in courtship. In most dating scenarios, it is boy and girl alone. Most of dating has to do with useless infatuations and “this person likes this person this week”. There is no long term commitment, especially if the participants are not ready for marriage! In an ideal courtship situation, the families will have already known each other for a while, and perhaps go to the same church. With this, the father would have a pretty good idea of what the man’s beliefs are, his character, and his relationship with his parents and siblings. Usually the father will have questions to ask the young man about theology and doctrine, his life goals, and other things. For instance, if the man was planning on being a missionary in another country and the woman he wants to court doesn’t want to leave the state, there would be a problem. After a period of months of examination and determining God’s will, and both agree that it is God’s will for their lives, they decide to marry. This is called the engagement/betrothal stage.

These are my thoughts on courtship. Of course, each and every courtship is unique. There will be differences in every courtship story you hear. I personally have not reached the age to court, so what I know is what we’ve learned and what my family thinks will work. In conclusion, I would like to add a section from a book I highly recommend. It is called, So Much More, by Anna Sofia & Elizabeth Botkin.

How should a girl relate to young men? The Botkin girls respond, “When in the presence of young men, we should act as though our husbands might be in the room watching us. We should pray that no young men ever rob us of feelings we are saving for our husbands, and in the same way, we must not defraud other young men of what belongs to their wives, because God has chosen wives for them, too. It is almost as though they are already married, and this fact should affect the way we treat them, so that they will think of us “as sisters, with all purity” (2 Timothy 5:2).

John W. Thompson explains his views why dating makes this difficult: Dating, even Christian dating, generally results in a series of emotional attachment or bonds with different dating partners. To express this language of romance, a young woman gives a piece of her heart to a young man when she becomes emotionally involved with him. By the time she meets the man she will marry, she will have only a fragment of her heart left to give. Even without going out on a date, a young woman can give pieces of her heart to several young men during her youth, so that by the time she marries, she is no longer a one-man woman (1 Tim. 5:9) Yet Paul’s analogy of Christ and the church in 2 Corinthians 11:2-3 explains that a pure maiden saves her love for one man only, not just physically but emotionally too. The goal is not just physical purity but emotional purity--only one romance for life!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Inspiration!

Girls, here is something to inspire you, encourage you, and convict you! This is the beauty that lasts, by Nancy DeMoss. If you have a few minutes, skim over it. If you have more, dig into it! It's a written record of one of the daily programs by Ms. DeMoss. Here's a quote directed towards younger women...
"We have young moms who listen, we have teenagers, we have single women, we have young married women, women who are in their 20s and 30s—just all those younger seasons of life. What you need to hear is that this is the goal.

Don’t tune it out and say, “Oh, this is for older women. This isn’t for me.” If you’re not learning and seeking to develop these qualities in your life now, you’re not going to have them when you’re an older woman. These are qualities that every believer needs to be seeking to cultivate. You need to be seeking to cultivate these now, whether you’re 16 or 26 or 36 or 46—and I’ll let you decide when you’re not “younger” anymore."

This is part of a series, and I haven't read them all (not sure if they're all up or not), but I encourage you to take some time to soak in this truth!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Decorated room!

Hello to all in the blogging world...
I know a lot of my recent posts have been pictures and a few words, and I apologize, but that's all I have time for right now! October appears to be an extremely busy month, with almost every weekend filled, and two CLEP tests! We'll see how long it takes me to get some "real" stuff up. :)

Recently (although it seems like a LONG time ago) I celebrated my 16th birthday. At my request, we worked on decorating my room we painted in May. I still didn't have anything on the walls, because I didn't know what I was going to do. With the help of a mother who is a wonderful interior decorator and a creative sister, we made it look much better! Katie did a lot of sewing for me as well! She made the 4 pillows on the bed, and the round one she made up without a pattern! She also created the wreath with some flowers we picked out. What I love the most though, are the 2 frames we designed/made. I've been wanting to Scripture up on walls in frames, but I never expected to make some so beautiful! I really wanted to incorporate the Rebelution's theme - Do Hard Things with a verse, and you'll notice that below.


pillows my sister made!


Notice the new bedskirt (but don't look too closely, or you'll see a place that hasn't been sewn yet) :)
The heads are back ;) (top of bookshelves)


wreath

curtain and pillow material

Ephesians 5:15-16 with "Do Hard Things" below :)
The small frames are going to hold some pictures I've taken, but haven't been printed yet.


"True Beauty"...