Monday, November 17, 2008
However, even though I am not good at blogging I happen to know some people who are and I am going to use this opportunity to give a little shout out to a few blogs that I love reading on a regular basis.
First up is a blog that I just recently found through Mrs. Jennifer's blog, it's called Stuff Christians Like. I've spent hours reading through all of this guys posts. They're all pretty funny and they usually end up having a good point and are definitely worth reading. One of my favorites is Refusing To Let People Borrow Your Pen in Church.
The next blog I want to mention is Mrs. Jennifer's blog, Life With the Stanfords. Even if you don't know the Stanfords I think you would still enjoy reading this blog because Mrs. Jennifer is a really great writer and her blogs are usually light hearted and full of humor. She also has another blog on blogspot called Exceeding, Abundantly. This blog is more ummm spiritual... cliche, I know, but I can't think of how else to quickly describe it... and hey, we've already decided I'm not a great writer right? Anyway go check out both blogs and I can guarantee you'll be blessed by reading them.
One other blog I'd like to tell you about is Day By Day, a blog by one of my dearest friends, Lydia. She posted a blog recently entitled "Girls..." which I would encourage all girls, young or old, (and ofcourse guys are always welcome) to read. It's about modesty and how modesty means more than not wearing bikinis or really tight clothes but it's about how you act and stuff. Please go read it and then tell your friends to read it. It really is eye opening and thought provoking.
The last blog for today is a blog by another dear sister of mine, Abundant Grace by Naomi (Lydia's sister). Her first post entitled "It Covers Me" is my personal favorite as she shares her struggles with feeling like a failure because of sin and yet that being the very place God wants us to be, that place where we face the reality that we're helpless without Him.
ok well these are just a few of the blogs that I follow. If you know of any good blogs please post a comment and let me know! Have a blessed afternoon!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Well I am posting this because the blog police (mrs. jennifer) told me I needed to post something new lol. I'd love to be more faithful with my blog posting but so many things seem to get in the way... lately my life has been so crazy busy that I'm lucky to have enough time to just sit down at the computer long enough to check my email and facebook every day. But then when I do have time to post something I can't ever come up with anything I feel is worth writing about.... or worth you taking the time to read...
Ok well excuses aside here I am, once again, staring at the computer screen, trying to think of something worthwhile to write about.... and I'm coming up with nothing....
*10 min later*
ok well for the sake of writing something I guess I'll post the lyrics to a song we sang last night that's one of my most favorite songs ever. It's called "Unashamed Love". The lyrics are simple but they've come to mean so much to me.
You're calling me to lay aside the worries of my day
To quiet down my busy mind and find a hiding place
I open up my heart and let my spirit worship Yours
I open up my mouth and let a song of praise come forth
Worthy, You are worthy
Of a child-like faith
And of my honest praise
And of my unashamed love
Of a holy life
And of my sacrifice
And of my unashamed love
To me it's the perfect song to sing on a Wednesday night because it starts with calling me to forget all the business of my week. All the deadlines and meetings and places I need to go and things I need to do... All the stuff that I get so caught up in as the week goes on. It's telling me to forget those things, to lay them aside so I can focus on God. On the things that really matter. And then once we can lay down all the things that usually clog up our brains and our hearts we are able to worship Him. To truly worship Him. To have that child like faith and give Him our honest praise... because that's what God wants.
Ok well I just wanted to share that song with y'all.
I have to go now because I need to shower and stuff before I head off to dance. I hope you all have a blessed afternoon!
Sunday, October 26, 2008
This past weekend allot of stuff has gone down.. it's had some good moments... one of the major highlights was my sisters party where I was able to hang out with some of my friends and I especially enjoyed talking with my friend Lydia. I always feel encouraged after talking with her. I also enjoyed hangin out Saturday night with my brother-Josh, his girlfriend-Brittany, and one of both Josh and I's good friends-Joey. However some other things have gone on and it has kinda got me thinking allot....
If I were to write everything I want to I'd be writing for days and you would be bored out of your mind. So I guess I mainly wrote this blog to let you know that I'm struggling and I would appreciate your prayers.
ok well I've got a long day in front of me tomorrow and an assignment I just found out about thats due tomorrow at 8am so I should probably get off now. I hope all of you have a blessed week.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
--Ok well the thing I like the most about the Tilt is the full "qwerty" keyboard. It's so easy to type on and the buttons are very easy for me to use.
--Coming in at a close second to the keyboard is the set up of the viewing of text messages. Instead of having to go from your outbox to your inbox to view texts exchanged between you and a friend, all the texts (sent and recieved) from one person are all together on one screen like an instant message. It's allot easier to keep up with conversations (especially if you're talking with more than one person at a time like I do).
--obviously the touchscreen is great, making it very easy to navigate
--the sound is great as well as the screen's resolution
--the camera is not very good. now i realise it is a phone but i thought having 3mps would give me better photos than it has
--when I'm typing there tends to be a delay between the time i type a word and when it atually shows up on the screen. nothing major, just something that takes a lil extra time.
--it doesnt always deliver my emails to me on time but that may be something I can adjust
ok well this is all I can think of for now. Over all the phone is really great and I'd reccomend it to anyone. Ok well thanks to everyone who gave me advice or just listened to me talk about it lol.
I hope you all have a blessed night!
Always In Christ,
well I'm in desperate need of a new cell phone and I have no idea what I should get.
I've pretty much narrowed it down to either the Samsung Blackjack II, Palm Centro, or the BlackBerry Curve. I also love the Blackberry Pearl but I've heard from allot of people that it's a terrible phone so I pretty much elliminated that option.
I'm pretty ignorant about phones and technology in general (to an extent anyways) so any advice would be much appriciated!
Ok well I hope ya'll have a wonderful evening!
Much love in Christ,
Monday, October 6, 2008
Just wanted to thank y'all for reading my blogs and commenting on them! I appreciate it!
Anyways I was writing this because I'd really like to know about more peoples blogs. If any of y'all know of blogs that are really good or blogs of people I know please let me know by leaving the URL in a comment on this blog.
Ok well I hope all of y'all have a great day and may the joy of the Lord be your strength!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Only in America....
Only in America .....do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.
Only in America .....do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke.
Only in America .....do banks leave both doors open and then chain the pens to the counters.
Only in America .....do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.
Only in America .....do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in packages of eight.
Only in America .....do we use the word 'politics' to describe the process so well: 'Poli' in Latin meaning 'many' and 'tics' meaning 'bloodsucking creatures'.
Only in America .....do they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering.
Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?
Why women can't put on mascara with their mouth closed?
Why don't you ever see the headline 'Psychic Wins Lottery'?
Why is 'abbreviated' such a long word?
Why is it that doctors call what they do 'practice'?
Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?
Why is the man who invests all of your money called a broker?
Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?
Why isn't there mouse-flavored cat food?
Why didn't Noah swat those two mosquitoes?
Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?
You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes? Why don't they make the whole plane out of that stuff?!
Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?
Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?
If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?
If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?
Church Bulletin Mishaps
These are real church bulletin mishaps... letters left off the end of the word... bad wording.. etc
*this is not in anyway meant to be offensive
- The cost for attending the Fasting and Prayer Conference includes meals.
- The sermon this morning :"Jesus walks on Water." The sermon tonight: "Searching for Jesus."
- Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things
not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.
- The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been canceled due to a conflict.
- Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community. Smile at someone who is hard to love. Say "Hell" to someone who doesn't care much about you
- Don't let worry kill you off- let the church help.
- Miss Charlene Mason sang "I Will Not Pass this Way Again" giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.
-For those of you who have children and don't know it..., we have a nursery downstairs.
-Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
-The Rector will preach his farewell message, after which the choir will sing: "Break Forth into Joy"
-Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married October 24th in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.
- At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be "What is Hell?" Come
early and listen to the choir practice.
-Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and the deterioration of some older ones.
- Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children
- Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.
- The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment, and gracious hostility
- Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00PM - prayer and medication to follow.
- The ladies of the church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.
- This evening at 7:00PM there will be hymn singing in the park across from the church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.
- Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10:00AM. All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B.S. is done.
Things i've learned while living in Louisiana:
1. Possums sleep in the middle of the road with their feet in the air.
2. There are 5,000 types of snakes and 4,998 live in LOUISIANA.
3. There are 10,000 types of spiders. All 10,000 live in LOUISIANA plus a couple no one's seen before.
4. If it grows - it sticks; if it crawls - it bites.
5. Onced and twiced are words.
6. It is not a shopping cart; it is a buggy.
7. Fire ants consider your flesh as a picnic.
8. People actually grow and eat okra.
9. Fixinto is one word
10. There is no such thing as 'lunch'. There is only dinner and then there is supper.
11. Ice tea is appropriate for all meals and you start drinking it when you're two. We do like a little tea with our sugar!
12. Backards and forwards means 'I know everything about you.'
13. Jeet? is actually a phrase meaning 'Did you eat?'
14. You don't have to wear a watch because it doesn't matter what time it is. You work until you're done or it's too dark to see.
15. You don't PUSH buttons, you MASH them.
YOU KNOW YOUR FROM LOUISIANA IF:
1. You measure distance in minutes.
2. You've ever had to switch from 'heat' to 'A/C' in the same day.
3. You use 'fix' as a verb. Example: 'I'm fixing to go to the store '
4. All the festivals across the state are named after a fruit, vegetable, grain, insect or animal.
5. You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked.
7. You carry jumper cables in your car...for your OWN car.
8. You only own two spices: Tony's and Tabasco.
9. The local papers cover national and international news on one page but require 6 pages for local gossip and sports.
10. You think that the first day of deer season is a national holiday.
11. You find 100 degrees Fahrenheit 'a little warm'.
12. You know all four seasons: Deer Season, Duck Season, Crawfish Season, Summer.
13. You know whether another LOUISIANIAN is from, north or south as soon as they start talking.
14. Going to Wal-mart is a favorite past time known as "goin' Wal-martin'" or "off to Wally World."
15. You describe the first cool snap (below 70 degrees) as good gumbo weather.
16. A carbonated soft drink isn't a soda, cola or pop...it's a Coke, regardless of brand or flavor. Example: "What kinda coke you want?" "Dr. Pepper."
17. Fried catfish is the other white meat.
18. We don't need driver's ed...if our mama says we can drive, we can drive.
hope you enjoyed these! Have a great night!
Friday, October 3, 2008
I guess I'll start with the youngest in our family, Moriah. She's 11yrs old and is the dramatic one in the family... well actually her and Abigail pretty much tie for that role but we'll get to that later. Anyway, Moriah loves to sing and she's actually pretty good at it. She also like to dance, draw, play outside and do pretty much anything that draws attention to herself. She's also my little helper. She'll do anything if I'm doing it with her. She always goes shopping with me and last Saturday she helped me wash all of our family's cars. Her and I get along pretty well although I do get impatient with her and sometimes I'm annoyed by her always wanting to do everything with me. She is very sweet though and most of the time I like hanging out with her.
Abigail is next in line she's kind of a wild card. She has a strong independent spirit, is very moody/emotional and doesn't like to be told what to do. She can be very funny however and usually has a witty comment to throw into any conversation. She loves riding horses, dancing, and singing. She'd love to be a famous singer or actor or pretty much anything that would make her famous. Our personalities are completely opposite so we pretty much drive each other crazy most of the time. We do share the upstairs bathroom and hall (thankfully we don't share a room anymore) so we've learned to compromise... which basically means I clean everything and complain all the time lol. Over all though we do get along for the most part. She's always ready to listen if I need to talk and we have had some pretty crazy times together. Life just wouldn't be the same if I didn't have to share it with her lol.
Next is my brother, Joshua. He has to be the best big brother ever. He plays football for the University of Lafayette. When we were younger we used to fight all the time but when he got into highschool we started talking allot more and became really close. He still can aggravate the crap out of me sometimes but come on, that's what big brothers are for, right? I don't see him much now that he's in college but I enjoy the time we do get spend together even more.
and last but not least there's my parents. I'll admit right up front that I'm a total Daddy's girl. I think he's the best Daddy in the whole world and definately the smartest. He's an engineer so he's really good at math and knows all about roads and stuff. My Mom used to be an RN and so she always knows what to do when we have a medical problem. Both my parents are wonderful and I hope I'm half as good as they are when I become a parent.
so that's us... We're not normal, we're not average, we're definately not "cool", but we are a family.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Mrs. Jennifer and Mr. Jade have five amazing beautiful children.
At 11 years old Claire is the oldest and is a good help with the kids... most of the time anyways lol. I love to watch her play with her siblings. She gets frustrated with them sometimes (but come on, what older sibling doesn't??) but she can be so sweet to them and I really enjoy talking to her. She's pretty mature for her age and I have loved watching her grow up.
Ethan is the next oldest. He's my little man and such a sweetheart. Even though he's 5years old he'll still crawl up into my lap after his nap and sit with me. He also is my bug man. Just today he caught a gecko in the bathroom for me and later remarked that he'd do anything to protect his girls.
Blythe could almost be Ethan's twin being only 11months younger. She's just a mess. She always has something to say and usually it makes me laugh. She is quite the drama queen, princess, and tomboy all in one. She is a beautiful girl and is growing so fast.
Owen is next in line and is 100% boy. He's my special Owie Bowie. I started babysitting for them about two months before he was born so I've been able to watch him grow from day one. I love being able to just sit and watch him play and have conversations with him. Today we had about a 15min conversation about sharks. He's always doing the funniest (and boyish) things. Two weeks ago I went outside where the children were playing and Ethan showed me where Owen had pooped in a bucket. I just had to laugh. I mean who would even think to poop in a bucket??
Ok well last but not least in Evelyn Kate.
My Evie Bevie. She is about 10 months (I think). She's a precious baby and is so sweet and chubby. I love just squeezing her little fat thighs. She just started pulling up on things and she crawls a million miles and hour.
Now that I've talked about the children I have to talk about their parents, Mrs. Jennifer and Mr. Jade. Again I don't even know how to begin to describe these amazing people. I have to say that Mrs. Jennifer might just be the coolest mom ever. She a stay at home mom and homeschools all of her children. Even though she's almost forty she looks no older than 28 and her spirit is even younger. I could sit and talk to her forever. She loves to bake and sew and do just about anything that uses her creativeness. I don't know how she does it but she is an amazing Mom to all five of her kids. And even more than that she is a great wife to her husband. I love it when I get to hang out at their house when everyones home, including papa, and just watch how they interact with each other.
Although I don't see Mr. Jade very much I do enjoy it when he's home for a few minutes. He's very smart and loves playin with his kids. He has a great sense of humor and reminds me allot of my Dad. I love hearing Mrs. Jennifer talk about her and Mr. Jade... how they met and then their wedding and just their everyday life.
This blog doesn't do this family justice. If I told you everything I wanted to I'd be writing for days. Being able to spend the last three years growing with this family has been an experience I wouldn't trade for anything. I've grown to love this family as if they were my own. Although keeping up with five kids isn't always easy I do enjoy doing it. The funny and sweet moments definitely make up for the hard ones.
Ok well It's getting late and I have some homework I need to do so unfortunately I must bring this blog to a close. I hope you've enjoyed reading this! Oh and by the way Claire has a blog reallyrosemary.blogspot.com and Mrs. Jennifer's blog is at jenniferstanford.typepad.com. Well I hope you all have a wonderful evening!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
you later on in life~Don't
place 100% of yourself into any one
earthly thing.... cause if it leaves
or crumbles your left with nothin!
He's the only one who will never
leave you, no matter what. Keep your
eyes on the prize!! I love you."
one of the people i love most wrote this note in my church notebook a little over two years ago.
When I filled up that notebook I tore out that sheet of paper and taped it to the inside of my Bible.
What is written in that note is one of the best suggestions anyone could ever give me.
It's one of those things that I've grown up being taught, but I still need to be reminded of often.
So many times we get caught up in our everyday life that we tend to put God on the back burner. Sure, He's still a part of our life.... but honestly, God's not supposed to be "a part" of our life--
He should BE our life.
........but how can He be our life if we don't spend time
talking to Him,
reading His word,
listening to His word be taught,
and fellowshipping with other believers??
so many times we pour our lives into earthly things
things that honestly, could crumble at any minute...
In all the crazy stuff that goes on in this world
we need to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus
we need to see everything in the light of eternity
all the things that we pour our time, money, emotions etc into--
will they matter in eternity??
Are they growing us as Christians and advancing His kingdom?
Or are we more focused on other things...
things that may not necissarily be "bad"
but are slowing taking Christ's place in our lives.
"Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in his wonderful face,
And the things of this earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace"
Friday, September 5, 2008
Well Monday morning Gustav hit. The winds were crazy, 80 to 90mph gusts. Siting in my room upstairs I could feel the house shaking. Coming downstairs I saw that a tree in our front yard had already fallen over. Around 9am we lost power. A few pieces of siding flew off our house and our outdoor ceiling fan lost a blade that almost flew right at our window. But by Monday night the worst of Gustav had passed us, but the real storm was only beginning.
By Tuesday morning the temperature in our house was quickly rising. By lunch it was 85 degrees, plus the typical Louisiana humidity. What was worse was that because we have our own well when we lose power we also lose water. No showers, we couldn't wash our hands, and worse, we couldn't even flush our toilets. It stunk... literally. Lying in my bed Tuesday night I was so hot I couldn't sleep and since my room is right next to the bathroom a rather unpleasant odor kept floating into my room... I woke up Wednesday morning in a pretty bad mood and unfortunately the rest of my family wasn't doing much better. Since Tuesday my daddy has been working from 5am till after 9pm so he wasn't home much and we were all missing him. So Wednesday night I was lying in my bed hot and nasty and feeling pretty sorry for myself. I was miserable.
But then I heard my brother mention his friend Emily-her whole family had sat in a hallway during the storm monday waiting for a huge tree that was partway uprooted to fall right on their house. One had already fallen on the back portion of their house. And then I heard about a friend of mine who described his house as a hotdog since it had a tree right down the middle of it. I went riding around our city that day only to see many many huge trees uprooted and several that had fallen on houses. My friends van got a huge dent in it because a tree limb hit it. While lying in bed I began to realize how blessed I was. Even though I wasn't exactly comfortable, compared to allot of people I was only experiencing slight discomfort. I realized that I had been incredibly selfish and slef-centered throughout the whole thing. Only thinking of myself and my problems and how terrible my life was. I really needed a reality check. I knew I needed to praise God even in the midst of my storm... even when I wasn't exactly happy with my circumstances. I had allot to be thankful for. My family was safe and I was safe. We had food and water and a roof over our head. That was more than allot of people had. I got my Bible out and started reading Psalms (by flashlight) and started praying. I had the best quiet time I'd had in a while. Thursday actually turned out to be a much better day. Three people called that morning to offer us warm showers at their house and a neighbor invited my sisters and I to go swimming at his house that afternoon. One of my good friends came swimming too and she talked about how she was actually enjoying not having power-getting to do everything the old fashioned way and spending allot of time with her family and stuff. I was like wow. Here she is going through the same thing I'm going through but she's actually making the best of it and praising God throughout the whole thing. I was amazed (you can read her blog about Gustav at www.daybyday-lydia.blogspot.com). Well Thursday evening our power came back on-Praise God! And I have to say I appreciated it way more than I ever have.
Looking back on it I can't say I would do it over again but there are definitely some positive things that happened because of Gustav. I had the opportunity to read some really great books. I spent allot more time with my family than I usually do. One night we were all so hot none of us could sleep so somehow we all ended up in my parents room and just hung out and talked for a while. And we often sat out on our porch (the coolest place to be) and just talked about whatever. My grandmother came and stayed with us too. That was a unique experience. Because we hardly ever see her it was a little awkward at first but as the days went by we became comfortable in each others presence and actually enjoyed each others company. I also had allot of time to spend reading the Bible, praying, and just spending time in God's presence. Something I can be too busy for at times. So even though it wasn't a totally pleasant experience I learned to praise God, even in the storm.
Blessed Be Your Name, In the land that is plentiful
Where Your streams of abundance flow, Blessed be Your name
Blessed Be Your name, When I'm found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness, Blessed Be Your name
Every blessing You pour out , I'll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord, Still I will say
Blessed be the name of the Lord, Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord, Blessed be Your glorious name
Blessed be Your name, When the sun's shining down on me
When the world's 'all as it should be', Blessed be Your name
Blessed be Your name, On the road marked with suffering
Though there's pain in the offering , Blessed be Your name
You give and take away, You give and take away
My heart will choose to say, Lord, blessed be Your name
oh and how could I forget. I also had the wonderful opportunity of talking with Ryan this afternoon. It made my day a whole lot brighter ;)
Unfortunately I am unable to come up with anything even close to that. To be honest I can't come up with anything to write... So I'm just going to start by telling you a little bit about myself because I think words are allot more meaningful when you know the person they're coming from.
So my name's Hannah. I'm homeschooled. If you want to know more about that look it up in Wikipedia. I can be very sarcastic and my mom says I have "a different kind of humor"... whatever that means. My favorite color is lime green. I'm committed to save my self for my husband-physically and emotionally. I hate the smell of flamingos. I'm not the girl with a million purses and pairs of shoes. I love orange juice and colored gold fish (but not together). I absolutely love children and consequently I babysit.... ALLOT. Facebook is my love... and it's wayyy better than Myspace. I love reading... but I'm not into historical novels and theological books and all that stuff. I am a germaphobic and ocd about everything. I hate making decisions and I wish I were more knowledgeable about politics. Randomness rocks. I'm not miss popularity and I don't have a million friends, but the friends I do have are truly amazing and I am so blessed to share their friendship.
But the most important person in my life is my best friend, Jesus Christ. He's always with me and I know He loves me. I truly could not live without Him. I strive everyday to grow our relationship and follow Him. He's the reason I'm here and He's the reason I am who I am today and where I am today.
"In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand"
Oh and I promised my friend that I would mention him in my first blog. His name's Ryan and he's a really cool guy that I've been given the privilege of getting to know over the past few months. So Ryan, here you go-your shining moment!! =)