Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!!

It's that time of year again! The cold, spooky night filled with costumed gremlins running around collecting as much candy as their bags or pillowcases can manage. The fear of that one black cat crossing your path. The competition over whose pumpkin looks the best. The tradition of having only orange food for dinner. The scary movies that play nonstop on nearly every channel. The neighborhood decorated with cobwebs, tombstones, window stickers, skeleton bones, pumpkins, and those few haunted houses. Now that I'm past the age of truly diving into these festivities, I thought it would be nice to remind you all of what Halloween is all about. At least, from my perspective. 
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Happy Halloween!!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Should I Ever...

Never once have I ever wished for a tattoo upon myself. 
Yes, like many others, I have plenty of friends who've conquered the terrifying ink and needle.
I have nothing against tattoos. I've just never wanted one, plain and simple.
Should I ever, ever want one, here are some that inspire me:
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Also, I apologize for the randomness of my last few posts. I am literally swamped with schoolwork. And with being such a visual person, I've really been enjoying Pinterest in my downtime. 

Anyways, I hope ya'll have a great weekend!!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Haiti ♥

How is it that I can be so in love with Haiti already, and I haven't even been yet??
I'm so itching to go! 
Maybe it's because I can't wait to hang out with these little ones!!
49 more days!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Adversity [Worth the Read]

I stumbled upon this article and had to share. As an assistant cross country coach myself, stories like this need to be made known. Please take the time to read it and be inspired. God's grace is everywhere.

Click here.


Read, Read, Read. That's All I Do

Well, today consists of reading, reading, and more reading! I have a crap-ton of chapters to read/catch-up on for my new class, so I apologize for the boring post today. We're almost done with the week, though! That's got to bring smiles to some of your faces. Rather than putting you all to sleep with medical terminology, workplace safety precautions, and hand-washing tips, I thought I'd leave a couple verses that have been of great help to me this week. Enjoy! 





"And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him." Hebrews 11:6




"Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed." 
Proverbs 15:22

p.s. LOVE these nails!! 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Train Yourself to be Godly


I'm reading through 1 Timothy right now and felt compelled to share my quiet time with my readers. 1 Timothy 4 were instructions presented to Timothy, who is Paul's young protege, on church management. I strongly believe we can all apply what I am about to share in our daily lives. We can all train ourselves to be godly. 

This chapter begins with the explanation that there will come a time when some will drift from the Spirit and dabble in worldly desires led entirely by the devil himself. These individuals will be liars, forbidding marriage and certain foods. Unfortunately, others will be influenced by these liars, removing themselves from the blessings God has created for us. 

"For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer." v. 4-5

This is where believers must step in to bring the glory that is deserved by the Lord to light. We must know the difference between what is right and wrong, what is light and dark, what are myths and truths, so that we can minister to those who are lost. This is where believers need to train themselves to be godly. 

"For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come." v. 8

Standing up for the truth is our duty as believers. This deserves training because God deserves the glory. 

"This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe." v. 9-10

The next few verses I'm going to display deserve some meditation. Please take the time to let the words soak into you. Think about each sentence. These are the instructions. This is word for word how to minister to God's children around us on a daily basis. These are the instructions we need to labor and strive towards! Instructions that, if we work on, will change us human beings into godly human beings. Please, take your time. 

"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers." v. 12-16

Amen.
Let's be an example of our faith. Let's publicly read the Scripture, preach it and teach it! We all have a godly gift. Become that gift. It wasn't simply given to you for no reason, it was given to you so that you could bring glory to our Lord. So, do just that! Pray that God changes your heart to better glorify Him, and then watch as He makes Himself more apparent in your everyday actions. I love how Paul makes it known that age does not have to take away from your training. Every single person can set an example and shine through. You never know who you influence, so give yourself entirely to this matter. Finally, you never know how many seeds you've planted in the lives around you.
You could save someone through your actions.
Let's begin this training.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Back to School!


It's the first day of school for me again! Today I begin my course in Certified Nursing Assistant training at the local community college. It's a speedy version, completed in a solid 6 weeks. As icky as it sounds to go back to school, I'm actually excited because after this I can finally begin working in the healthcare system! Wish me luck as my days become more loaded and my mind becomes more fried. 
Have a great Monday!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Life of an Auntie

In the year since becoming an Auntie, I've learned a lot about babies.
I've learned that babysitting one for an entire 24 hours is the best form of birth control.
I've learned what great joy babies bring to a family.
I've learned how important it is for a baby to have two parents, rather than one.
I've learned how quickly a baby can grow in their first year alone.
I've learned how important it is to capture every moment.
I've learned how quickly a baby's parents must mature in order to raise their child.
I've learned how absolutely crucial it is to maintain a healthy relationship with the baby's parents.
I've learned that it is very possible to sit and watch a baby do absolutely nothing all day and still be entertained.
I've learned what it feels like to be an auntie to the most adorable little nephew.
What I love about my nephew:
  • He has the most beautiful blue eyes, surrounded by the longest and darkest eyelashes a little boy can have.
  • He's always been a long baby, fitting into 6-month-old clothing at 3-months. 
  • His laugh is contagious.
  • He can be bashful, and even then its the most adorable thing ever.
  • He can make all these hilarious noises with his mouth; like clicking his tongue, making motor noises, saying "da da" over and over, etc.
  • His crawl is more of a slither or scootch.
  • He instantly cries over any sudden loud cheering noises, so we try to avoid taking him to athletic gaming events.
  • He loves to have books read to him.
  • He loves anything soft! His blankets, especially. He will bury his face into anything soft. 
  • He loves being sung to sleep.
  • He's captivated by cameras, which is why a lot of the pictures we take are of blank stares. We swear he's a lot more entertaining than the photos provide.
  • He's way too spoiled for his own good.
  • His parents absolutely love him.
  • He loves my parents (his grandma and grandpa).
  • He likes to be situated in such a way as to see everything around him if he's being carried.
  • He can't sit still for long.
  • He can sip out of a straw.
  • He has one uncle and four aunties total.
  • He loves dogs.
  • He loves his walker.
  • He loves attention.
  • He loves Jamba Juice.
  • He definitely has his own pair of Nikes, so don't you worry ladies. That is a must.
  • He loves Tiger from Winnie the Pooh.
  • He has an endless supply of saliva.
  • He doesn't like the sunlight shining on his face.
  • He does this hilarious boo boo face (sad face).
  • He enjoys being held.
  • He has a heart-shaped birth mark on his upper thigh.
  • He's seriously the cutest thing on earth.
Now, on to pictures from last night:
Riding Clifford at the mall!
With his uncle :)
He does this thing with his jaw now as more teeth come in haha. 
The cake I made Chad. Sloppy, but it got the job done. Funfetti Cake too!
Chad acting all tough in front of his birthday cake.
Ellis being his cute self.
Joining in on his own Birthday Song.
Blowing out the trick candles!
How could you not love this little guy?
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After some cake haha.
Last night after blowing out the candles, the smoke that remained caused my mom to "choke." She made this gesture with her hands around her throat and imitated a choking noise and Ellis could not get enough of it. From then on, my mom would make the gesture along with its noise and Ellis would just crack up! I was even able to catch it on film to share :) 



Saturday, October 22, 2011

Community

     After spending last weekend in a community of close friends, I've realized how important it is for me to maintain togetherness here in Portland. I put a lot of time and effort into the friendships I have and I know, with all of my heart, that they pour just the same amount of time and effort into me. My friendships mean the world to me. 
     This being said, I know I need that sort of community here now. I'm over 500 miles away from my community in Chico and although I can call and text them whenever I want, it's simply not the same anymore. Gathering together in person in one community of believers sharing our struggles aloud and praying for one another simply cannot be done over the phone or through a text. I'm not saying that I don't appreciate every conversation I have with my friends from Chico at all, but to continue the growth God has in store for me, I need to find that togetherness again here in Portland.
     Yesterday, I watched Solid Rock's weekend sermon from two weeks ago (found here: Part 4) in which I missed because of a weekend cross country meet. As a church, we've been focusing on the Sermon on the Mount story found in Matthew 4-6, and, most importantly, the transition of being a church with house churches to a church of house churches. This particular sermon touched upon three important points that solidified the process of growth with our Lord. As an individual if you follow Jesus in 1) communion, 2) mission, and 3) community, then that is where you find Jesus and that is where you grow like a weed. Right now, I'm unbalanced. I have flying colors in communion (my relationship with Christ alone as I pursue him in my own time and by going to Church weekly) and in mission (with my trip to Haiti coming up where I will have the honor of glorifying my Lord through hard work). Unfortunately, I fall short in the area of community. This has probably been the first time I've ever really had to address the issue, because, to be honest, I don't think this has ever been an issue before for me. 
     It's become apparent to me that I need community. I need a place where I can share my struggles weekly with believers I can trust. I need a place where I can pray alongside my fellow believers. I need a place where I can plan missionary work with the help of my fellow believers. Finally, I need a place where I can continue growing in my faith with that community of believers. 
     Please be praying that I find this sense of community here at home quickly. I am so blessed to know that my church offers so many new house churches around the area, in which I know I could find the same togetherness I had so easily when I was in Chico. Thank you also to my fellow bloggers! I seriously find so much inspiration in the posts I read. There's a sense of community available through the world of blogging and I love it, so thank you for sharing your vulnerabilities, struggles and accomplishments so publicly. 


Tomorrow, I will be blogging about my little nephew who's one year birthday is in exactly 11 days!! He's so dang cute I can't wait to share my full day of babysitting him with y'all.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Mustard Yellow

I hate mustard, like the color yellow. Put them together and I love mustard yellow. Perfect for Fall.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Brotherly Love

Yes, those are straw glasses he is wearing. He's really cool.
Today's my little brother, Chad's, birthday. The big 1-6! Kind of a big deal, if you've been there. I love this kid with all of my heart. I remember going away for college and every visit back home, he'd grown five more inches, his voice was deeper than the last time, and he was getting cuter and cuter every dang time! Now that I'm home and get to spend time with him daily, I thank God for our relationship. He's in that stage where he thinks he's got the world in his palm, where he's all about the ladies and their all about him (trust me), and where he's learning not only an education, but also about himself and the person he wants to become each and every day. I feel so blessed to experience this growth with him and be there for him. Just the other night, I helped him study for his Chemistry test he had yesterday. It feels so great knowing that he can rely on me for help, whether it be with his homework or life in general. So, here's to you today, Chad. I love you so much and hope you have the greatest "sweet" sixteen! Tonight we're going to a restaurant, called Benihana, for dinner. It's a place where they cook the food right before your eyes on a huge stovetop that centers your table. Yeah, be a little jealous, it's okay. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Inspiration

I've been inspired by many things recently and just wanted to share with ya'll! 

My faith is something I take very seriously and is something I truly believe in. I love reading fellow bloggers posts on vulnerability, struggles, excitement, and passion for their own faith as well. It brings me such joy to see God influencing the lives of others around me. It's become very important for me to express the love I have for our God throughout my posts. I want to be relatable to others as well as share my own vulnerabilities, struggles and feats. I see this blog as a form of connecting to a community of believers and, more importantly, I see it as an outlet for me to bring others to believe in the Lord I love with all of my heart. 
I love fashion. Do I believe I've got great fashion of my own? Some days, yeah. For the most part, I don't believe I have the finances to properly address this infatuation of mine. Therefore, I feed my little addiction by browsing my fellow bloggers blogs. It's a great way around the issue, right? I find it most inspirational when I come across a blogger who expresses just who they are through their fashion. For example, StefanieAshley, and Kaelah are awesome at projecting their individualism through their blogs. 
 

Being an active individual has always been something I strive to be. I played soccer for 12 years, ran middle school, high school and college Track, and dabbled in other sports like cross country and softball in high school. I always try to involve myself or commit myself to activities that will get me out and running. Now, as a high school assistant coach to my alum high school's cross country team, I get to do just that. I've always looked up to the nations top athletes for inspiration. They are so diligent and committed, while also great role models.
Then, there's love. I cannot get enough of reading others blog posts on their lovey dovey lives. It just too dang cute to resist. I cannot wait for my day to come, but more and more recently I've been getting this inkling that God is preparing me for something great. Who knows what that entails but its exciting to let my mind wander towards the image of love. I find such joy in reading about true love from my fellow bloggers who have been blessed with marriage or relationships that are Godly. The passion is all there and it's absolutely adorable, to say the least. I love love. 
Finally, adoption. I am so inspired by those who look outside their own desires and reach out to the needs of others. I strongly wish to adopt someday. I will adopt someday. A part of me wonders if God's got a little something up His sleeve for me to fall in love with the little Haitians while on my missions trip there, but I guess only time will tell! I'm such a family person and yes, I want children of my own, but I also want to adopt. There are so many foster children out there in need of being loved. Even the number of adopting parents are decreasing year by year. I have such a heart for this and cannot wait for an opportunity to adopt internationally someday. 

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