Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Why We're Still Home...

I know, I know, we are supposed to be gone right now visiting relatives. Well...were not. Let me explain.

Sunday afternoon Pop went outside to put air in the tires of our van for the trip, but when he got to one of the tires he noticed it didn't have nearly as much air in it as the others. He guessed it was a slow leak and filled that tire with air just like the others. So he told us that he'd have to check it in the morning and see if it had lost any air and if it hadn't then we would decide whether or not we should go.

We made it a point Sunday night during our family devotions to pray and ask God to make it clear whether or not it was His will for us to go. Well he certainly did make it clear. Yesterday morning when Pop went and checked the tire he saw that the tire had lost some air, but not only that, another one had too. With that we deemed it wasn't His will for us to go, and we certainly didn't want to risk getting stuck on the side of the interstate with a couple of flat tires.

We would just go get some new tires (they all actually need to be replaced), but we don't think it would be wise to spend so much money on a van we don't plan on keeping much longer. I like our van, but it's old and has it's, shall I say, problems. Mostly just some minor things that are annoying.

It's not like we can't use the van at all right now, we can use it for errands and stuff like that, but just don't want to take it on such a long trip with leaky tires.

So that is why we are still at home. I thought that it was wonderful how God let us know and how he made it so clear that we should not go. We were, of course, disappointed, but we trust that he has his reasons.

For Him,

Monday, June 29, 2009

Two Tags and A Mini Update

Moriah and Callie tagged me!

Barnes and Noble or Borders? Barnes and Noble.

Joans or Hobby Lobby? Joans, love that store! :)

Life way, Mardel, or Family Christian? Mardel.

Dress Barn or Cato Fashions? Never been in either.

Target or Walmart? Target.

Academy or Sports Authority? Acacdemy

Bed Bath and Beyond or Linens and Things? Bed Bath and Beyond.

Wendy's or McDonald's? Wendy's.

K.F.C., Popeye's or Church's? None! :)

Starbucks or McCafe'? I don't like coffee so...

Chinese or Mexican food? Mexican .

Chick-fil-a or What-a-burger? I have never had either, but I would rather have Chick-fil-a than What-a-burger .

That was fun! I tag anybody who wants to do it.

Now for the other one. Sarah tagged me on this one.

What is your favorite day of summer?I have no idea!

What’s your favorite outdoor summer activity? Swimming.

What’s your favorite indoor summer activity? Reading.

Pool or beach? Pool.

Have you ever camped during the summer? No, and I certainly don't want to.

Popsicle or ice cream? What flavor? Ice cream. Mint chocolate chip and chocolate covered cherries.

Do you help with your church's VBS? Our church doesn't have one, so no.

Do you get bored during the summer? Not usually.

Is summer your favorite season? Nope, it's my worst.

Okay, so the tags are done. Those were definitely fun ones. As usual, I tag anyone who wants to do it.


I won't be here tomorrow because we are going to go visit my grandparents . We haven't seen them in a long time, so it should be fun. Please pray for our safe travel.

We are still trying to finish school, but it's just so hot outside we would have to stay inside anyway. If everything goes well, I will finish in three weeks. Yay! :)

I have been trying some new breakfast recipes lately and will try to post a couple soon. They are really good! Actually, my sister posted one of them on
her blog last week.

I have to go now! Sorry it was such a short update!

I hope everyone has a blessed week!

For Him,

Monday, June 22, 2009

A Young Maiden's Daybook ...

Today… June 22, 2009

Outside my window… Still kind of dark outside

I am thinking… How I need to hurry!

I am thankful for… Pop!

I am wearing… My red skirt and navy blue shirt

I am reading… The Bible, The Two Towers, and The Runaway

I am creating… Nothing at the moment

One of my favorite things… Baking

For education this week… Pre-Algebra, General Science, and Bible. Yes, I finished spelling!

A keeper at home skill I am using/learning … Cooking/baking, keeping the house neat, and knitting

A spiritual lesson I’m learning… Patience and discipline

A godly character trait I plan to work on… Diligence

Scripture I am memorizing… Psalm 89:1-2

I am praying for… That me and my family will be given more and more patience!

For the rest of the week… I really don't know what we'll be doing this week

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Father's Day!

Yes, today is Father's Day! Father's have many responsibilities, but the majority of the fathers today don't take half of them seriously. That's one, of many, reasons that I am so thankful for Pop, he does take them seriously. And although he is, of course, not perfect, he tries very hard to be the Godly husband and father that God wants him to be. He is fighting the good fight and refusing to follow the world's ways. So thank you Pop for setting such a good example for me and my siblings.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6

Happy Father's Day!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Flaky Cheese Danish

Hello everyone!
I made this wonderful recipe yesterday morning and it was so, so good! It was also really easy. We had actually been wanting to make it for awhile, but just never did. It became a quick favorite, but since it's more like a dessert than breakfast it will be one of those special occasion recipes. So, without further ado, here it is:

Flaky Cheese Danish

2 8-oz. tubes of crescent rolls, divided

1-1/4 c. of sugar, divided

1 egg, separated and divided

8-oz. package of cream cheese

1 t. vanilla extract

1 t. cinnamon

*1/2 c. chopped walnuts

Unroll one package of crescent rolls, separate and place on the bottom of a 13"x9" baking dish; press seams together. Cream together one cup sugar, egg yolk, cream cheese, and vanilla. Spread mixture evenly over crescent rolls. Unroll the remaining tube of crescent rolls and place over top of cream cheese mixture. Beat egg white until frothy; brush over crescent rolls. Mix together cinnamon, remaining sugar, and walnuts; sprinkle on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Makes 16 servings. *I did not put the walnuts on because we don't like nuts very much.


Friday, June 12, 2009

No Cable For Me

I have decided to challenge myself with three months of no cable. Why three months? Well, a friend of mine told me that if you can go three months without something, then it proves you aren't addicted to it. A couple of months ago I went one month without cable and, to my surprise, it really wasn't that hard. So I now say bye bye cable! :)

When it comes down to it, cable is just a distraction and such a waste of time! During my month without cable I found that I had time for much more productive and useful things. I responded quickly to letters, read more (if that's possible ;) ), cooked a lot more, spent more time reading the Bible, etc...

After I finish watching a TV show I can't help asking myself, " Why did I just waste my time like that?" and," What did I gain by watching that?" The answers are obvious, I fell into the temptation of watching "just one show" and gained, usually, nothing.

That's another thing I don't like about the cable, once you watch one show it's hard to not stay and watch another. So, before I know it, I've been sitting in front of the TV for an hour or more doing nothing.

I found this article off of a friend's blog and agreed with everything that it said. Here it is:

The Dangers of Television

It provides great temptation to sin.

It robs children of their innocence.

It desensitizes.

It corrupts our values.

It mesmerizes and feeds the subconscious.

It teaches bad behavior.

It promotes political apathy.

It creates needs.

It creates Godless heroes.

It promotes Godless problem solving.

It fuels the imagination with negative images.

It creates a false reality.

It teaches a "no consequence" lifestyle.

It breeds unreal fear.

It promotes mistrust and cynicism.

It feeds self-centeredness and self-indulgence.

It breeds impatience.

It breeds intolerance of deprivation and moderation.

It destroys the attention span.

It creates learning disabilities.

It creates an appetite for entertainment.

It destroys creativity.

It hinders the reasoning process.

It creates artificially induced stress.

It promotes violence.

It breaks down interpersonal communication.

It desensationalizes miracles.

It feeds the desire for supernatural and occult power.

It is addictive in nature.

It can be habit-forming.

It is damaging to our physical health.

It breeds a youth subculture.

It tells you what you need.

It sets fashion standards.

It is a waste of time.

by: Pastor Reb Bradley

"Turn away my eyes from looking on worthless things, And revive me in Your way."
Psalms 119:37

I hope that everyone has a blessed day and weekend!

For Him,

Monday, June 8, 2009

A Young Maiden's Daybook ...

Today… June 8, 2009

Outside my window…A beautiful sunny morning

I am thinking... How I really hope to get over my cold soon!

I am thankful for… God's abundant grace

I am wearing… Purple knit skirt with striped button down shirt

I am reading… The Bible and The Two Towers

I am creating… A dishtowel

One of my favorite things… Stickers!

For education this week… Pre- Algebra, General Science, Spelling, and Bible

A keeper at home skill I am using/learning… How to use my time wisely

A spiritual lesson I’m learning… Patience and diligence

A godly character trait I plan to work on… Gentleness

Scripture I am memorizing… Philippians 2:9-11

I am praying for… Family and friends

For the rest of the week… School mostly

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Another Tag!

Yes, Moriah, at Growing in His Amazing Grace tagged me! It looks like another fun one!

5 things that make you smile- God, family, friends, our pets, and games

5 things you would like to be able to do- Learn to speak a few languages, move to the country, sew, crochet, and learn calligraphy

5 things that relax you- Reading, writing, listening to music, rain, and cooking

5 things that you enjoy doing- Reading, blogging, writing, knitting, and archery

5 books that are your favorites- The Bible, The Lord of The Rings (as one), The Elsie Dinsmore Series (as one), Stepping Heavenward, and House of Love

5 foods that are your favorite- Hamburgers, fried chicken, panic cake, chocolate chip pound cake, and anything Mexican

5 things that you spend much of your time doing- Reading, school, cooking, writing, and blogging

5 things that you would like to do someday- Become a wife/mother, move to the country, write a book, own a lot of animals like goats, horses, etc... and take a trip to England

5 things that you collect- Stationery and cards, stickers, Cd's, books, and, well, I don't think I collect anything else

5 songs that are your favorite- Be Thou My Vision, In Christ Alone, Lux Aeterna, The Breaking of The Fellowship, and Flaming Red Hair (the last three are LOTR songs)

5 movies that are your favorite- Lord of The Rings series (as one), Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Emma, and Sense and Sensibility

5 things that you did today- School, read, blog, go to Academy, and pet our cats

5 things that you did yesterday- School, get on the computer, read, archery, and write a letter

5 things that you plan to do tomorrow- School, read, write another letter, knit, and start another story

5 people you are tagging: I just tag, as usual, anyone who wants to do this. :)

Thanks Moriah for tagging me!