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Question for the Wordsmiths

January 31, 2010

Which image would you like to be used for the button? (Or do you have any other suggestions?)

This one

or

this one?

Plans and Progress

January 28, 2010

(Well, a wee bit late in the evening, but I kept my promise nevertheless! 😉 )

I am at work on ‘The Wordsmiths’ even as I write this. Hopefully, it will (finally) be up and running by Monday! I’m excited. 🙂

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As for this blog, I’ve done some ‘soul-searching’ (though that’s too deep a term) concerning it and the direction it’s headed. I have lots of ideas, but none put in action yet.

One thing’s for sure. I most definitely need to become more regular and frequent in my postings.

I have several ideas. Here are a few that will be coming within the next few weeks:

  • Bleak House Character Analyses
  • Emma Character Analyses
  • Emma Movie Reviews (all 3 or 4 versions)
  • Bleak House Movie Review
  • ‘Books to Read 2010’ List
  • A Book Review for Every Book I Read
  • A Pictorial of my Sketchbook-Covering

– And these will follow at some point: –

  • A Movie Review whenever it strikes my Fancy
  • Reflections on Politics, History, and Culture
  • Biographies of Well-Beloved People
  • Interviews with Writers and Musicians (but not limited to)
  • Reflections on College and Preparations for It
  • Posts on Herbs/Plants/Horticulture
  • Getting Organized
  • How to Beat Procrastination
  • Photography
  • Recipes
  • Music Reviews
  • Inspiration Articles
  • ‘Stardust’ posts
  • Scriptures
  • etc.

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So, that’s my goal, the blueprint.

Do you have anything you’d like me to write about? Any advice you’d like to give?

A Blustery Day and Meandering Thoughts

January 28, 2010

…well, yesterday was, anyways.

I hope you all had a Happy Windsday! 😉

(disclaimer: this is sort of a catch-up post, so things may be slap-dash. apology in advance.)

I worked today, and went to Wednesday night Cross-Training. We’ve been studying the life and character of Paul; it’s been incredibly eye-opening! It’s interesting… so often, I think of people in the Bible as rather one-dimensional. I don’t tend to think of them as PEOPLE, who had stories and dreams, families, hardships, joys, personalities! I guess it’s hard because the Bible isn’t written like a novel, with feelings and thoughts spelled out. Rather, it gives us clues (that we may not even recognize as such!) to try to fit together, like a puzzle. I’m starting to like Paul better as I get to know, through Scripture, a glimpse of the man he was, and the amazing work God did in his life.

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So, I should probably let you all know: I will be gone for a week in February, from the 12th-19th. I’m going on a mission trip to Punta Gorda, Belize with my Church. I’m so excited! I feel… well, apprehensive isn’t the right word. Neither is anxious or nervous. But you know that fluttery sort of feeling that comes with the anticipation of something new? I’m not scared, for which I’m both surprised but thankful. I’m actually looking forward to it as a great adventure! (<- which truly shows how far God has brought me! 🙂 )

A few things I’d like to share with you (as well as ask prayer for):

  • One of the most important prayer requests is for a precious woman named Roxanne, who lives in Belize. She is the daughter of Pastor Pop and his wife Veronica, Belizeans who have a church with which we are partnered and will be ministering with. Roxanne has a congenital heart disease, and has had two surgeries to try to correct this. She was in the process of going for a third (that hopefully would have been final) surgery, but was prevented because she discovered she was pregnant. Now, she is nearing the time for delivery, but because of her condition, it would be extremely dangerous to have a natural birth. She is going to have a C-section, but she has to have another scan of some sort (prayerfully this Friday!) and then they will most likely deliver the baby in 3 weeks. So just, if you would, pray for her, for the baby, for the family, that God would preserve her life and the life of her child, and give the family peace and comfort and provision.
  • This is a very exciting part: that Saturday the 13th, we actually get to be on the OTHER end of Operation Christmas Child!! 😀 It’s going to be so exciting to actually BE the ones handing boxes to the kids.
  • We’ll be doing a lot of construction work for them, as well as home-visits with the women and a tea-party for all the ladies (with an emphasis on purity, something that Belize as a culture does not have much of). We teens will be holding a VBS for the kids in the afternoons.
  • One of the construction-related activities we’ll be doing is building a new playground for the children! Belize is, like most Central-American countries, very poor. The children down there have nothing but an old slide that is completely rusted through! (with so many holes; and the kids play on it anyway! 😦 ) So we’re excited to be able to give them somewhere safe to play and have fun.

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You know, I’ve always been the person that, I say I love kids, but really really… I just don’t know how to act around them. So I’ve avoided them. I have always felt awkward, and I never know what to say, or how to say it. I don’t know how to just play with toys. I don’t know how to really carry on a conversation with anyone more than 3 years younger than myself. (and even that’s a stretch!) I mean seriously… I can even baby-talk to a dog (of course, not when others are around 😉 ), but I can’t to a child. What’s up with that?

So, it’s really kind of amazing that God has been working in my heart and started slowly, ever so slowly, but surely, to grow in me a Compassion and Patience and Love for the little ones. I know that even a month or two ago, I would have freaked out at the thought of having to do a VBS with and babysit *gasp* children! But now, I’m starting to be okay with that. And even, sort of, maybe, getting a little excited to make a difference in their lives, to show them Jesus’ love.

I’m pretty excited to see what God’s going to do this year.

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Lots of new things coming up this year. BIG things. For me, my family, and hopefully this blog as well.

The aforesaid trip to Belize in 3 weeks. My 18th birthday coming up at the end of April. My sister’s sweet 16 the week before. I graduate in May. A hopeful 3-day trip down to Destin, Florida sometime in the middle of Summer. And both my mom and I start college in the Fall.

Wow.

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Well, I was planning to write a wee bit more, specifically about the blog and the writers’ group (no, it actually isn’t dead, amazingly enough! haha) but I’m running out of time for tonight. So expect that tomorrow. I promise.

But before I go, (yeesh, I’m sounding like a news reporter or something! Speaking of which, did anyone watch the President’s State of the Union speech? What are your thoughts?) I want to share two really good articles I found today. I’d really needed to read what they had to say; when I was reading each one, I was like… umm…. yeah, that’s me… guilty.

It’s Good to Be Bored by Meredith Whitmore

Buzzards on the Brain by Tim Sweetman

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Well, that’s all for tonight. See you tomorrow!

Sweet dreams!

Goals for 2010

January 8, 2010

Listening: Baroque music on Itunes Radio. (I don’t use Itunes for anything else, but I’m so thankful for its radio stations!)

Feeling:

Excited...SNOW!!!

Excited-SNOW!

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Okay, so I started out writing my thoughts last night but had to save draft because it was time for bed… today it’s snowing!! So that had to come first. Now I am free to continue with my train of thought.

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One of the main things for me this year is learning. I will be graduating highschool (from home) and starting college in the Fall. I want to take responsibility for my education and make learning Active instead of Passive. This includes not only learning in an academic sense, but in the rest of my life as well. I need to be actively learning more about the Lord, my faith, hobbies, world events, cooking, etc.

So, in a list, my goals are as follows:

  1. Read. And not just any books, but good books; books on cooking, crocheting, herbs, art, home, God, stories; classics, biographies, histories, how-to’s. Books that stretch my thinking and teach me more about myself and the world God created. Books that teach me different skills. Books that are beautiful inspirations and develop character. So, a book-list for 2010 is forthcoming… any suggestions?
  2. Learn to Cook (and like it). I admit… while I love the idea of liking to cook, and I love watching the occasional show on Food Network, I do not, in fact, harbor a deep love for cooking itself. But I know it’s a skill I need to be proficient in, so it’s my goal this year to learn all I can from my mom and develop a love for it. I may even show you glimpses of my journey every now and then! (P.S. One of my inspirations is putting on the soundtrack from Ratatouille… that does help me get into the mood! 🙂 )
  3. Crochet. My grandmother taught me how to crochet a couple years ago, but I never really kept at until this past year, when she started me on a new project (even though I had another one unfinished), which ended up being my mom’s Christmas present! I loved the feeling of having a completed project, so I am now inspired to continue crocheting, and learn how to crochet many different things. (Expect more on this throughout the year.)
  4. Herb-gardening. I really don’t know how I got into herbs, but for some reason I’ve really developed a desire to study the herbs God has made, and the many different uses they have. I’m going to try to start a little ‘herb journal ‘ of sorts, and will hopefully make my very first herb garden in the Spring!
  5. Getting Organized (and Staying that way!) Ah yes, the bane of an artist’s existence… this may be why so many of my started projects never ended up finished – they all got pushed to the wayside and forgotten beneath a giant mess. I have been the epitome of pack-rat, and now is the time to get rid of that mind-set. Any organizational tips? I’ll be sure to share any I find with you. 🙂
  6. Experiment with Art-Endeavours. I have dearly missed being creative, whether it be crocheting, playing music, drawing, painting, or making computer graphics… I miss making things beautiful. I miss learning new artistic skills. So this year I’m going to try to exercise them and come up with different craft-project ideas. (My first will be covering a sketchbook… I hope to do that tomorrow and share it with you!)
  7. Become a better Writer. I must admit, I have been very lax in practicing writing and spelling skills. I got to a point where I hardly ever made mistakes in spelling or writing papers, and became complacent, leading me to lose the ability almost entirely! So, hopefully this blog will end up being a Chronicle of my writing-progress. Also, I hope to have the writer’s society up very soon!
  8. Grow closer to my Saviour, and truly make Him my All. He brought me through so much last year. Like my great-aunt said, “Seek the Giver, not the gift.” This is what I aim to do this year.
  9. Read the Bible through in a year. I have never read the Bible all the way through before, and so am doing thus this year.
  10. Become a better Sister, Daughter, and Friend. To truly care about others and do thoughtful things for them. To have a True Servant’s Heart and try always to bless others, thinking of them before myself.

So, those are a few things I’m working on this next year! What about you? What are some of your goals?

Snow Day!

January 8, 2010
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And for all you who live around Atlanta, GA, you know how momentous it is! (All you who who have a foot of snow, feel free to laugh. We’re easy to please. 😉 )

Last night when the snow was starting to fall. Doesn't the lantern-post make you think a wee bit of Narnia?

We were up late last night, trying to figure out if schools would be closed or not… this morning we discovered they were! I think almost the whole state is going to have a 3-day weekend. 😉

Needless to say, we’ve enjoyed a morning sleeping in! Now the kids are sledding with neighbors:

Jon

Lissi

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I love the glittery sparkle of fresh clean snow.

Waking or Sleeping, Thy Presence My Light.

January 5, 2010

My most favorite version.

Welcome 2010!

January 1, 2010

(p.s. Krys, thank you for your precious comment! I'll write back asap,
but at the moment, mum is calling bed-time.)

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Well, I was planning to write some more about my thoughts for the new year, and share some pictures of last night, today, verses, goals etc. But, as I said above, it will have to wait ’til tomorrow.

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(p.p.s. That is NOT champagne in my glass; it is sparkling white grape juice.)