So, finals went pretty good. I ended semester better than what I thought I would so that's always nice.
But Christmas was amazing! I got the main thing I wanted, which was a Nikon. So, I am very pleased. Christmas was definitely a time that was well spent with family and family friends. But now that everything is over with, I am wore out. Luckily, this year I will not be spending New Years Eve on the couch with mom and dad, I will be traveling to Duncan to spend it with my best friend Jacqui. Not that I don't love hanging out with Mom and Dad, I just really need to get out of the house this year.
Here are a few pictures of Christmas that I took with my Nikon.
While the pictures aren't showing all the family because everyone was actually over on Christmas Eve and that's when we had the real celebration, and they aren't showing all the presents they got, these are the moments I enjoyed this Christmas.
How was your Christmas and what were your favorite moments?
Second. I don't know about all of you, but I am blessed with a great job! When I first started my job about a year and 3 months ago, I couldn't even imagine all the blessings that were going to come with it. I work with some amazing people who are not only great co-workers, but great friends. I tell most of them a lot about my personal life and they always have good advice for me. Always. Oh, you're probably wondering where I work....
First of all, I didn't have to be at work until 12, so I got to sleep until 11:35. Oh yeah. While at work, I was productive in getting things done and that was exciting. When I got home, I completely cleaned my room and my bathroom and I did a few dishes and picked up the living room. As of right now, I'm about to study for a health test that I am not the least bit worried about and I have laundry going. Looks like it'll be an early night. Yay! :)
How was your day?
1.) Getting an unexpected text message from a friend who I haven't spoken to in a while.
2.) That sense of accomplishment when I figure out a math problem.
3.) Knowing that I get to go home very soon.
4.) Asking my preacher questions. I know he can answer them like none other.
5.) Playing charades with my roommates.
6.) This semester is almost over!!!
7.) Clean clothes.
8.) Lighting a candle.
9.) Making a new friend.
10.) When people smile at me.
12. ) Giving Christmas gifts.
13. ) Remember what Christmas is about.
14.) Long talks with God that make me cry.
15. ) Knowing God has a purpose for my life.
What makes you happy? Feel free to leave comments. :))
"All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."
- 2 Timothy 3: 16-17
"I, even I, have spoken; yes, I have called him. I will bring him, and he will succeed in his mission." - Isaiah 48:15
Our God is AWESOME!
OUR GOD IS AWESOME!
Oh, and good news: (drum roll please)
Actually that is not just good news, that is AWESOME news!!
FYI, if you wanna know why I keep saying AWESOME, go read my friend, Taryn's blog. She has a challenge for you! :)
Tonight I went to Memorial Road Church of Christ to the College Service like I normally do, but I hadn't been there in a few weeks and I really needed this. These last few weeks have been hectic, stressful, and so many other things and it was nice to go worship God and get away from it all. For an hour tonight, I did not worry about homework, money, or how clean my room was (although it is VERY messy right now). My focus was on God and worshiping him. Oh, and what a great lesson the College Minister had for us tonight. I admit that here lately I have been in a slump. Spirtually, Mentally, Emotionally and Physically. I have let the little things get me down and stand in my way of looking at the bigger picture, when I shouldn't be. So, it was amazing to get away from worries and go to my escape. Our God is AWESOME!
Listen To >> (the sound of blowing leaves, birds sing --God's symphony)
Today, I am thankful for the innocence of a child. I was reading on a friends tumblr and I came over a blog which were of notes that children had written to God. Here are a few.
I got to spend a lot of time with my cousin Nataliee this weekend. If you haven't read previous blogs before, Nataliee is my 2 1/2 year old cousin who I consider a little sister. After seeing these little notes, I was reminded of Nataliee's innocence. You see, Nataliee has a little habit of saying a bad word in Spanish and every time she says it she gets in trouble. In her little mind, she has no idea what that word means and doesn't understand that it is a really bad word. She does say "That's a bad word" after she says it but still she has no idea what any of it means. To us, if you heard someone saying a "bad word", you would correct them and say "No, that isn't right" or "Would you talk like that in front of your Mama?", but to Nataliee and other younger children, it's just another everyday word because they don't know the meaning of that. Which brings me to my next point. I would give almost anything to be young and innocent again. To not have to worry about homework, work, expenses, paying rent, or making important decisions. I really miss being little.
What about you??
Listen To >> Incompatible by Natasha Bedingfield
Also, I want to say that even though my my grandma, or my "Nanny" is no longer with us, I am so very thankful for her and the time I got to spend with her on this Earth. She helped shape me into the person I am today and I miss her so much. This will be our 3rd Thanksgiving without her and things haven't been the same since. A little bit of joy has been taken out of the holidays. I love you Nanny and I miss you more and more everyday. Love, your little ladybug.
It's just something I need to get off my chest.
PARENTS. No, I'm not having problems with mine. Our relationship couldn't be better. I'm talking about parents around me that I see how they spent their time raising their kids. In my opinion, there is line that needs to be drawn between best friend and a mom/dad. For instance, my mom is my best friend but there is a line where she is my mother & that comes before being my best friend, because her job is to BE A MOTHER. I'm not going to mention any names because that will just get things started and we don't want that. But I just need to let this out.
Like I stated before, a mother/father should be a mother/father to her/his children, not try to be a best friend and more importantly, a mother/father should not try to act like a teenager when she/he has a few teenagers of her/his own. I won't list the reasons why I am ranting about this but if you know me personally, you know why I am...
For those of you who aren't familiar with Toms go check out their website. http://www.toms.com. They have a really cool movement called One for One and for each pair of shoes you buy, a pair is donated to a child in need in Argentina! It's a pretty neat little deal. Go check it out and buy some Toms! They have many different styles and they really aren't that expensive. These were $75, but that's only because they are lace-ups. Their original ones are $50. :):)
I am no longer a teenager! Whaoooo! Birthdays are great! You get cake and presents! Just kidding, that's not the real reason why I love birthdays! I love birthdays because it is a day dedicated to someone and all day you get to celebrate them in honor of their birthday! I feel like everyone should have a day to be celebrated. So Happy Birthday to everyone who shares this day with me! :)
I am thankful for: Jesus
I really hope my week doesn't look like this:
Anyway, I am very thankful for my precious brother. He turned 14 this past July and while I think that is just crazy and ridiculous, I am very grateful. My brother is Dylan. :) He is truly better than me in so many ways and I love him to death, even though we bicker and fight sometimes, we still have a pretty strong relationship. but, he still can't beat me up. I still win. :)))
I love you Brotha. :)
"When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds and our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a great benign Power in the universe whose name is God, and He is able to make a way out of no way, and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows. This is our hope for becoming\g better men. This is our mandate for seeking to make a better world. - Martin Luther King Jr. (A Testament of Hope)
I really like this quote that I found in this book while reading it for class and I am starting to really like Martin. ;) He was a very smart and spiritual man. So, thank you Philosophy class.
Here are my lovely parents:
Thank you mom and dad for giving me and Dylan the best. I love you both.
Yesterday, she was with my mom for church and she kept asking my mom "Where is Nay-Nay"? (< That's what she calls me) and of course my mom would tell her I was at school. Mom told me about this so I asked to speak with her on the phone and then she proceeded to tell me "I love you Nay-Nay". It made my day!
Here is the beautiful little girl.
"As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." - Proverbs 27:17
today, i am thankful for my clean room. I spent several hours cleaning it but now i feel more organized & put together. It's a great feeling!
It seemed like last night passed by so fast. ha.
Seriously, I am really thankful that I am blessed enough to even have a bed because there are those out there who sleep on the streets at night.
However, there need be no poor people among you, for in the land the LORD your God is giving you to possess as your inheritance, he will richly bless you." -Deut. 15:4
For the remaining days of November, every day, I will write something I am thankful for.
Today..I am thankful for sweatpants.
I bought 2 new pairs last night and I'm in love! I love when I don't have to dress up and I can feel cozy all day. :)
My mom - She is my ROCK. My best friend and a wonderful example. I am so very thankful God blessed me with her. Truly an inspiration.
My dad - Someone I can count on. Works hard to support his family and loves me unconditionally. Very blessed as well.
My brother - The coolest guy you will ever meet or at least he thinks he is. :) He is a good example and is better than me in so many ways.
My grandpas - Two of the most wonderful men you will ever meet. They love their grandchildren like crazy and are always there for us.
My Uncles - Some of the craziest men. I am actually afraid to bring my future husband home to meet them one day. Not because they will be hounding him with questions (that's my dad's job) but because they are pretty weird. In a nice way of course. My boyfriend might now want me after meeting them. Only kidding. :)
My Aunts - All very different from eachother but in the same way similar. They will stand their ground for their family and won't take smack from anyone.
My Cousins - They are all completely different from eachother, but from each one of them I have a trust source and I know in most cases I can count on them.
I am so blessed! God is good.
I ended up getting to go to Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, TX for FREE!
If you have ever been too or looked at going to Great Wolf Lodge, you know how expensive that place is and to be able to go for is amazing!
The reason I got to go is because of a lovely lady from my church who recieved free 8 tickets from her nephew who recieved them from teh CEO of Great Wolf Lodge. You may be wondering how he got to even meet the CEO, well let me tell you.
If any of you have watched Undercover Boss on CBS, you know what I am talking about. About a month ago Great Wolf Lodge was featured on Undercover Boss. (For those of you who haven't watched it, the shows plot is pretty cool. A CEO of a certain company goes to the companies sites and pretends to be just a regular employee. At the end they introduce themselves to the employees they worked side by side with during the show at the CEO.) Well my friend from high school works at Great Wolf Lodge and is the aquatic supervisor there. He was on the show (which is a pretty big deal for Ryan, OK) and at the end of the show the CEO actually told him that she would be paying for his flight school and he would get 8 free passes for his family for the park. Guess who got one of those passes? Muah. :)
It was an amazing time with amazing people and it was good to catch up with an old friend.
On another note, sitting in church tonight the first song we sang hit me pretty hard. I need to apply it to myself. "Let The Beauty of Jesus Be Seen In Me"
I used this verse today in a speech I gave for my Speech class. This verse says a lot to me. I am constantly struggling to improve my relationship with God. I have my highs and my lows, or as my mom would say my highs are when I'm "high on God". I have come to realize the only times that I am truly "high on God". These times are when I am at or have just come from Camp Lu-Jo or when I am hanging out with my Christian friends. These are the times when I am truly happy with who I am. I am constantly wanting to improve my relationship with God, which is definitely not a bad thing, but this verse is also telling me I need to serve others by helping them get closer with God. That's just thing, how do you bring up God in a casual conversation? If you got the answer, comment on this post.
So, it's Fall Break and I am going to not only use this time to work on school work and catch up with sleep but also to try to improve my relationship with God.
Won't you join me?
HAHA NOT!! :)
But, seriously He has put something on my heart & I am going to follow His wishes.
I am at home this weekend and boy do I have a busy weekend ahead of me! 1st of all, I have a birthday party to go to tomorrow! and then I have a lot of homework to do after that. Sunday, I am putting whatever creativity I have to use and taking pictures of my cousin and her 2 year old son, which made me realize I really want a REAL PHOTOGRAPHERS CAMERA!! Hint, hint, mom! But it will be an exciting weekend!
Also, this week has been a little rough for me and I have been kind of struggling with my relationship with God. I guess you can say I've been a little depressed and for no reason. But several times this week I have heard a song that has helped me a lot. It's amazing what God can do through that radio, but it's also amazing what God can do..period!
Here are the lyrics:
"Praise You In This Storm"
I was sure by now
God You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say "Amen", and it's still raining
As the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away
And I'll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I've cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm
I remember when
I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry to you
And you raised me up again
My strength is almost gone
How can I carry on
If I can't find You
But as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away
I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth
Listen To >> Praise You In This Storm by Casting Crowns
So yesterday I messaged my good friend Kenzie and asked if she would meet me for coffee so I could vent and get advice. Like the nice lady she is, she agreed.
We met at All About Cha, a cute little coffee joint in Edmond, and told her what was on my mind and she gave me advice, not just any advice, but good advice.
I'm not going to lie, this past week, I have been forgeting to serve God and put Him first. After I realized I had been doing this..I WANTED TO SCREAM and I was so dissappointed in myself, so that's when good ole' Kenzie came into play. I belief God puts people like that in our lives so we can have someone to turn to when things get tough. I mean I have other friends to turn too but for someone reason God put Kenzie on my heart to talk to and I am sure glad He did! I couldn't ask for a better Kenzie Keck! :)
So, THANK YOU KENZIE!
I got to sleep in, for once.
& I went to a beautiful wedding and watched one of my friends walk down the isle and say I do. :)
(& i have to say it really makes me want to get married, but of course, I will let God's plan take it's course for my life.)
Here are a few things that make me happy:
- New Notebooks.
- New Make-up.
- Watching movies.
- Sleeping In.
- Talking to my parents on the phone. :)
(even better, talking to them in person)
- Serving a great God.
HE IS TRULY AN AMAZING GOD!
This week I have continually prayed for patience in an area I am personally struggling with.
One friend has told me "God helps those who helps themselves." & the other friend told me "Sometimes you have to meet God halfway." I had never actually thought about it that way. I always thought I should sit back and let God take care of everything because I didn't want to interfere with His plan, but not I am starting to think after hearing basically the same thing twice this week, that maybe I should start helping myself and meeting Him halfway. So, that is what I am going to do.
Hope you all have an amazing weekend.
Listen To >> Hero by Abandon
I think this weekend all made us get closer and made us all realize who really is in control, God.
We had several good conversations regarding God and his amazing grace.
Hopefully, I can go into further detail sometime soon when I get the pictures from this weekend, but for now I just had to say that:
1) God is GREAT!
2) He has truly blessed me with some wonderful people in my life.
3) I am so privileged to serve Him.
Sunday, we went to church at a small little church but it was so nice to meet the people there.
After church, we corralled the group and we all headed down to Galveston to go to the beach. We spent the whole day there and got some pretty cool pictures.
It was one heck of a trip and I really had a great time.
Here's the ingredients:
2 lbs. Beef Fajita Meat1 box of Rice on the Side (Beef Flavor)1 Package Broccoli (Frozen or Fresh) Some butterMrs. Dash SeasoningMeat TenderizerBlack Pepper
1) Take the package of the beef fajita meat and season the whole package with Mrs. Dash Seasoning, Meat Tenderizer, and Black Pepper to your own liking. Cook the meat in a frying pan.
2) Cook the Rice on the Side just as the box tells you to do so. (Add seasonings if you wish)
3) Pour the broccoli in a boiling pot half full of water and add 2 tablespoons of butter and sprinkle a little of Mrs. Dash in the pot with it to soak up the flavor. 4) After meat is done cooking set somewhere off to the side until you need it again, but keep in the same pan.
5) Once rice is finished, set aside as well.
6) Once broccoli is tender, drain and set aside.
7) Take the fajita meat and begin warming it up again. Add rice and broccoli and mix together. Add a little more of Mrs. Dash and black pepper to the mix and stir until it is all mixed together.
8) Serve and enjoy.
Here is how mine turned out. The picture doesn't do it justice.
Hope you like this!
Listen To>> The sounds of outside. (You are my symphony my Lord.)
With that said, I am looking forward to tomorrow. Only 2 classes because my Philosophy professor cancelled class!! Wooo. That means I get out for the day at 1:00 pm. When I get back to my apartment tomorrow, NAP TIME!!
Listen To>> Classical Music. (It's so relaxing)
Not too shabby eh? It's pretty simple, for now. :)
If you went to Memorial Road last night then you know how great worship was! Let's just say that Cardboard Confessions are now my new favorite.
Listen To >> Everlasting God -- (or you could just sing it, i love the song!)
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- I am thankful for: HOME.
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- I am thankful for: TOMS
- I am thankful for: BIRTHDAYS?
- I am thankful for: JESUS!!
- I am thankful for: SLEEP?
- I am thankful for: LU-JO.
- I am thankful for: COLLEGE.
- I am thankful for: MY BROTHER.
- I am thankful for: MY PHILOSOPHY CLASS.
- I am thankful for: MY PARENTS.
- I am thankful for: NATALIEE
- I am thankful for: FRIENDS!
- I am thankful for: A CLEAN ROOM
- I am thankful for: A WARM BED
- I am thankful for: THE LIBRARY
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