Friday, December 31, 2010

Eighteen Candles... and a Happy New Year!


Yes, today is my eighteenth birthday!
And it really is hard to believe. Where did all the time go?

This morning my mom and I drove to our local DPS office so that I could take my driving test with the prospect of finally obtaining my drivers license.  I have to admit I was a tad nervous; mostly because I'm not a consistent parallel parker. *nervous chuckle*  I was so afraid I would fail that part of the test. SoOo... I prayed a lot!  And guess what? 

***  I passed!!! ***

I have to give all the credit to the Lord for supplying me with the wisdom and guidance that I needed.  He is so faithful and I am just jumping for joy inside.  Left to myself, there's no way I would've walked out of that office today with a license in hand.  But -- praise God -- I'm now a licensed driver!  Eep! 

This is just an added blessing to the many I've experienced this past year.  I can't thank God enough for walking with my family through these last 365 days. 

People, let me just tell you,
HE IS A FAITHFUL KING AND LORD OVER ALL.

Without His hand of providence leading and guiding, protecting and sustaining, nurturing and holding us up this past year... I don't know where my family would be.  I am truly in awe of his awesomeness right now.  And that's what I love about this time of year: the opportunity it gives me to really reflect on all God has done in my life.

Elisabeth Elliot speaking of Amy Carmichael

"The preoccupations of
seventeen-year-old girls
-- their looks, their clothes, their social life -- do
not change much from generation to generation. But in 
every generation
there seem to be a few who make other choices. 
Amy was one of the few." 

...And I pray I was too.

Now, as an eighteen-year-old, I look forward to continuing to live out my life to the glory of my precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!  He is certainly worthy. :)


I pray you all have a supernaturally blessed new year!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas



"For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
{Isaiah 9:6}

I pray you all have a very blessed day as you
celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ!

PRAISE THE LORD ALL THE EARTH

Friday, December 24, 2010

This Christmas Eve...

My soul glorifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.


 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.

He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.

Luke 1:46:55


I find myself feeling the same way I imagine Mary felt when she first spoke these words.  In many ways this passage says exactly what I'd like to say as the year comes to an end and we celebrate the birth of our Savior!  God has been so good to my family, and I'm so thankful for his constant protection and provision.  Only He knows exactly what each year will bring, and this one has had its fill of surprises for sure. ;-)  Needless to say, He is faithful and has sustained us through it all. 

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Blessed be the Lord, God of heaven and earth, who has done great things for me!
Holy is his name.
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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Happy Birthday to My Littlest Sis . . .

Who isn't so little anymore!

Dear Samantha,  It's hard to believe we're celebrating your 12th birthday!  It's at times like these when I'm reminded of all the memories we've made together, and just how precious of a gift you are.  My life has been so richly blessed because of you.  And I mean that with all of my heart.  I love you.  And I pray God's best for you each day! Remember to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness... 

Happy birthday, little Sis!

Love Always,
your forever...
 Tay-bay

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

It's the *Greatest* and *Busiest* Time of Year...

Which explains the lack of posts around here! 
So, what things have I been up to? 
Well, here are a few...

(Did I seriously just make all that rhyme?
That was totally un NOT intentional! lol)

#1
Watching Christmas movies.

This was the most recent:


 

You gotta love these 'wise guys'!


#2
Drinking hot chocolate.

But I have such a hard time choosing which brand of instant cocoa is better! 

OR

I just can't decide!


#3
Reading the TRUE Christmas story
. . . and singing Christmas songs!

Luke 2 and Matthew 1 are read and re-read quite often during this time of year. :)
And some of my favorite Christmas songs include:
  • What Child is This?
  • O Come, O Come Emmanuel
  • Silent Night
  • O Holy Night
  • Away in a Manger
    And many more! ;-)


#4
Last-minute prep for our church's outdoor drama performance!
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For the past three years our family has participated in our church's annual Christmas drama on the life of Jesus Christ. However, this year we didn't sign up because we knew we wouldn't be able to fully commit with Dad's health issues. That is, until we found out last Saturday that there were still a few roles that needed to be filled! So... Shelly, Eliza, and I have joined in pretty much at the last minute. Yesterday was our very first practice--and the program is this weekend! Needless to say, we have a LOT to figure out between now and Saturday evening. :)

A scene from last year's drama -- 2009. 
I'm Mary, Shelly is the middle angel on the left,
and Eliza is the middle angel on the right. 
(Sorry... Had to blur our faces! :)

Oh! And I bet you'll NEVER guess what roles we're playing this year.

We're 'disguising' as three of the twelve disciples!!

...Shh!  It's a secret. ;-D
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Well, I hope you enjoyed seeing some of what I've
been up to lately. Have a blessed Thursday, everyone!

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

'Tis the Season for Miracles

Yesterday my dad finally got his very first Tysabri infusion!  After three months of trying to get things worked out and approved, God finally made it possible for an appointment to be set up.  Daddy was soooo happy!  It's been about a year and a half since his sickness began and it's steadily progressed since then.  Each time he has more lesions grow, more symptoms come on, and more hospital stays, he says, "I don't want to do it again."  It's heartbreaking, but we find peace in knowing the Lord is watching over him and that He's in complete control.  Needless to say, it's been a loooong year and a half.  So we really are thrilled to finally have some treatment going!

While we're excited, we're also aware of the risks involved.  Basically, this drug will either kill you or 'heal' you.  There's actually no known cure for multiple sclerosis, but this drug has put many people into remission or at least lessened the severity of their exacerbations.  Honestly, either one would be great.  And guess what?  We're already seeing a bit of improvement!  Dad's walking is a little better and he's thinking more clearly too!  Praise Jesus!

Please pray with us that this drug will not cause any harm or damage to his body, and that it will keep him from having any more lesions grow!  We know Dad's healing will ultimately come from the Lord, but we also know God can use this treatment to cure him.  ...And it will be nothing short of a miracle when it does! ;)
"Then Jesus said to them,
'With man this is impossible, but with God
all things are possible.'"

Matthew 26:19
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Well, I hope you all are enjoying the first days of December!
It's hard to believe this year is almost over. Christmas will be
here before we know it!!  Until then... let's enjoy what God has
in store for us each day as we celebrate the season of the birth
of Jesus Christ. :)
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...This MIRACLE season! :)

"I will bring health and healing...
I will heal my people and will let them
enjoy abundant peace and security."

Jeremiah 33:6

Thursday, November 25, 2010

My Thank-You to Jesus

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              FROM:  Taylor
                            Daughter and servant of the Most High God
                           





TO: Jesus Christ
              My Savior and Redeemer

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Dear Lord,
King of kings, Counselor, Comforter, Keeper, Shepherd, Great High Priest, Jehovah-Jireh, Lord of lords, Almighty God, Prince of peace, the Author & Perfecter, Beginning & End, Alpha & Omega, Lamb of God, Yeshua Ha Mashiech,

Thank you...

For all that you are, and all that you do. 

I love you!

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Last week I went through a somewhat scary situation that caused my adrenaline to rush like never before, and had me literally crying out to Jesus for help.  Never before had I needed to call on His name like that--but never before had I experienced the sweetness of His swift answer either.  As I prayed, I verbally pleaded, "JESUS!  In the name of JESUS!"  And immediately He was there.  The next words I spoke flowed so naturally from my mouth... "Thank you."  I had never said those two words before and meant them as sincerely as I did in that moment. 

Looking back now, I wouldn't trade the experience for the world--no matter how scary--because it taught me the meaning of true thankfulness.  I now understand (on some scale!) the overwhelming feeling of desperation and the even more overwhelming comfort of God's supernatural intervention.  And I'm so thankful to Him for that!  Praise the Lord!

I hope you all have been enjoying a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving!  Remember to thank God in EVERYTHING, and for EVERYTHING...  He is certainly worthy. :) 


"Give thanks in all circumstances
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."

1 Thessalonians 5:18

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Lessons from a Fly?


Right now a little fly is buzzing around on my computer screen.

I was sitting here wondering what to write for my next post, but the little guy kept winning my attention.  It's like he was saying, "Me! Me! Me!  Post about me!"  I thought,

Well...
Why not?

*embarassed chuckle*

I mean, have you ever wondered why God made flies? Considering the fact that they were included in His creation of the world, I can only assume they're meant to serve some kind of purpose. (However big or small a purpose that may be!)  Still, I can't help but wonder why God created such pesky little creatures.  It's true that He involved them in some accounts told throughout the Bible.  The biggest and most obvious example being the ten plagues in Exodus:
"Then the LORD said to Moses, “Get up early in the morning and confront Pharaoh as he goes to the river and say to him, ‘This is what the LORD says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me. If you do not let my people go, I will send swarms of flies on you and your officials, on your people and into your houses. The houses of the Egyptians will be full of flies; even the ground will be covered with them. “‘But on that day I will deal differently with the land of Goshen, where my people live; no swarms of flies will be there, so that you will know that I, the LORD, am in this land. I will make a distinction between my people and your people. This sign will occur tomorrow.’” And the LORD did this. Dense swarms of flies poured into Pharaoh’s palace and into the houses of his officials; throughout Egypt the land was ruined by the flies." Exodus 8:20-24

Here's another passage I found that refers to 'flies' as well:
"As dead flies give perfume a bad smell,
so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor." 
Ecclesiastes 10:1
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So... not only does God use these insects to fulfill His purposes, but to demonstrate important truths as well! I never realized He used them as a way to compare things good and wholesome to things which are negative and hindersome--when it comes to living out our faith!  Who'd a thunk it? :)

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Well,
I can honestly say that I never would've thought I
could (or rather, should) write a post about flies! 
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But the truth is, this post isn't meant to be about flies.  It's about the Creator of the flies, who chooses to use seemingly small things (such as flies) to serve an even greater purpose (such as the deliverance of God's people from Egypt!)

It's about a God whose salvation lasts forever, and whose righteousness...

will never fail. :)
 
"Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
look at the earth beneath;
the heavens will vanish like smoke,
the earth will wear out like a garment
and its inhabitants die like flies.

{mental picture -- tee hee!}
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But my salvation will last forever,
my righteousness will never fail."

Isaiah 51:6

PRAISE THE LORD ALL THE EARTH.  :)

Friday, November 5, 2010

Home, Sweet Home

As for me and my house,
we will serve the LORD.
Joshua 24:15


Our parents are back from the hospital!  Yay!

Dad is doing well now.  He was able to get his final plasma exchange yesterday morning, and they removed his port sometime soon after.  He was discharged only a few hours later, and got home sometime last night.  As far as his symptoms go, they appear to be mostly resolved--praise the Lord!  

Thank you all so much for praying. I'd like to ask that you please keep Emily in your prayers too.  She's recently been moved to ICU because of liver failure, and I know her family would covet your prayers as well. 

May the Lord bless you and keep you!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Q and A

tagged me a few days ago with the five questions below. 
Thank you, Moriah! 
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1) Why did you start a blog, and how long have you been blogging?  I started blogging because I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to share my life and study of God's word, while being a witness to others for Christ!  I've been at it for a year and nine months now.

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2) Who is your favorite singer or song?  I think my answer to this question is probably different everytime!  I have soo many favorites... but this time I'm going to choose Rebecca St. James.  She was my absolute favorite artist for many years.  And I even got the chance to meet her at a Girls of Grace conference 5 years ago!
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*big cheesy grin*
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3) How many siblings do you have?  I have three sisters: 
Shelly (16), Eliza (13), and Samantha (11)
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4) What do you want to accomplish most in life?  That would be
the Lord's will.
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5) How tall are you?. I am 5' 1.
Ironically, when I was born my parents were told I would be tall!
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Well, that's it!
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Thanks again for tagging me Moriah!  Now I'm just going to
pass this along to anyone that sees it and wants to give it a try. ;-)
Have a blessed evening, everybody!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Read All About It!

In this post you will find a conglomeration of random topics including:

  • My feelings on the first of November.
  • A hospital update.
  • Mustard.
  • Femininity.
  • Laughter. 
  • And Scripture.
...All rolled into one...
Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters
...tee hee!


#1
It's officially November.

Yay!


#2

Update on Dad.
When I talked to my mom this evening she said my dad was feeling pretty good, which is a praise!  He is scheduled to have his last plasma exchange on Thursday, so we're hoping he'll get to come home sometime this weekend. :)

Also, everything is finally approved for Dad to begin his MS treatments. Once he's out of the hospital he will be able to start monthly infusions for a drug called Tysabri. We're praying that it helps to relieve him of all his exacerbations, but most of all that the Lord be glorified through it!


#3
Did You Know?
Mustard works nicely as a quick pain reliever for most burns.

Emphasis on the word "most" in that last sentence.  In a bit more severe case (such as the one pictured below) I've learned it really is quite pointless. lol!
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(The above incident happened a few months ago. 
As I lifted a lid off a pan of boiling soup, the steam shot right out and burned my wrist!)


#4
Feelin' Feminine?
Eden is hosting this month's Feelin' Feminine Challenge, starting November 4th!

{Just click the button to find out more!}

I've loved getting to see past participant's outfits each day during the challenge, but I've never participated myself.  SoOo, I've decided I'm going to join in this Thursday!  Since I already wear skirts and dresses most of the time, this should be an easy challenge... But it will be a fun excuse to show a glimpse inside my wardrobe! ;-)


#5
Laughing Out Loud.
"Our mouths were filled with laughter..."  Psalm 126:2


Since Mom and Dad have been in the hospital, my sisters and I have slept in their bedroom together for the last few nights.  Well, before we went to sleep yesterday we all took turns praying, and then turned out the lights and lay down.  After a few minutes of complete darkness and silence... Shelly busted out laughing!  I looked over at her and said, "What are you laughing about?!"  She responded by mimicking a funny noise I had made earlier that day.  You see, Eliza and Samantha were watching a movie while Shelly and I tried to take a nap that afternoon.  As the two of us were lying in the bed, I had noticed something on my blanket that looked like a spider.  I sat up quickly and realized it was only some black string.  The room was completely quiet as I dropped back down on my pillow with an accidentally strange, high-pitched sigh of relief
Needless to say, that's what got her rolling with laughter at 10:00 last night.  And once she started laughing, I started laughing.  We ended up sharing the story with Eliza and Samantha.  Then all four of us were laughing and mimicking the same "funny noise" over and over. 

Okay, I guess you had to be there. ;-)

 

#6
Random Bible Verse to Close

When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dreamed.
Our mouths were filled with laughter,
our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
The LORD has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy.

Restore our fortunes, LORD,
like streams in the Negev.
Those who sow with tears
will reap with songs of joy.
Those who go out weeping,
carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
carrying sheaves with them.
Psalm 126


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Praise the Lord all the earth!
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Confidence in the Name of the Lord


"Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared." Pr 3:25-26



Well, my dad is in the hospital again.  But this time it's under much better circumstances when compared to his last stay in June/July.  ...Let's consider the blessings, shall we? :)

#1
Mom got to drive him there herself,
instead of having to call 9-1-1.

#2
He's fully responsive,
instead of being totally unresponsive.

#3
Well... I can't think of anything that fits here. 
It just seems like there's always a "number three!" ;-D

Last week (and the week before) Dad started to slowly go downhill again.  We noticed his balance and coordination were off and that he was having more trouble cognitively.  Each day his symptoms seemed to gradually worsen.  Mom ended up calling his MS doctor last Thursday and the doctor said he wanted to do an MRI.  On Monday they got that done, and then yesterday they called and said he needed to be admitted in the hospital!  (Even with all the surprises we've had thrown our way, we honestly weren't expecting to hear this one!) We found out he has a new, large 'enhancing' lesion on his corpus collosum.  He also has a smaller lesion on his medulla, which controls the swallowing.  Thankfully that lesion isn't considered to be enhancing.  They were able to get Dad started on IV steroids last night, which they'll administer every 24 hours through next Sunday.  They are also going to get him started on plasmapheresis treatments, hopefully sometime tomorrow.  That being said, he will probably be in the hospital for a minimum of 10 days. 

I can honestly say I'm feeling quite confident right now.  And while the doctors, nurses, and entire medical staff are awesome at this particular hospital, our confidence does not lie in any one man's ability alone--but solely in God's healing power and provision!  "For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh..." Philippians 2:3b 

Like always, God is in complete control of everything and we trust that He will work all things out according to his perfect will.  In the mean time, we will continue to pray, trust, hope, and believe. :)

The fruit of righteousness will be peace;
the effect of righteousness will be quietness
and confidence forever.

Isaiah 32:17

This is the confidence we have
in approaching God: that if we ask anything
according to his will, he hears us.

1 John 5:14

Monday, October 25, 2010

Time for Another Miscellany Monday!

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

{Click to join the fun!}

 
#1

Clouds.

Shelly took pictures of some beautiful clouds that were in the sky last night, but there's just no way these photos could do them justice!

 Isn't God's handiwork amazing?!

 

"The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the works of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge."

Psalm 19:1-2



#2

I Love Doodling.

Yes, it's true.


 I love doodling on sheets of paper. That being said, it's not unusual for someone to find something lying around the house with "Taylor" written all over it! 

#3

Dad's New Toy.


*wink* My dad now has his very own scooter! (Really a motorized wheelchair.) It belonged to my mom's aunt, but since she doesn't use it she gave it to our family. We need to buy a new battery before it will work, but it was so funny to see dad sitting in the seat moving the joystick around and making "vrooooom" noises! Haha! He can't wait to get that thing working. :D



#4

"Punch it Margaret!"

Ever since I was a little girl my parents have often used this phrase when driving.  Of course, my sisters and I never really understood what it meant. We just knew it was supposedly from a really old commercial.

Well...
Mom and Dad,
I found the commercial!





...Tooo funny! :D

#5

En el principio creo deos los cielos y la tierra.

TRANSLATION:

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."  Genesis 1:1

I learned to say this yeeears ago. (And it's still pretty much the only sentence I can successfully speak in Spanish!)


#6

Skirts + Too Much Wind = Prepare for Lift Off!


Today has been TERRIBLY windy. 
On days like this I've learned through trial and error that you want to wear longer, heavier skirts when you go out.  ...Preferably something denim. ;)  Otherwise, you just might fly away!

#7

Random Bible Verse

Alrighty, time for a random Bible verse to finish...
“Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Ephesians 5:19-20
I pray you all have a very blessed week as you give thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! ;-)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Random Questions Tag: 8 + 8 = 16

Since I was tagged twice with the same "8 Random Questions" tag, I decided to combine both of them together in one post... Therefore making a grand total of 16 questions! ;)  

The first set is from


and the second one is from


Thank you for thinking of me girls! :) 

Here are the rules:

Answer the eight random questions. Then come up with your own eight questions and tag eight people to answer them!

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1) Are you a "talk on the phone" person or an email/texting kind of person?




That's a good question.  You see, I don't care much for talking OR texting... but if I had to choose I guess I'd go with talking!  Although, texting would actually be more comfortable for me just because I inherited the dreaded "I hate talking on the phone disease" from my Daddy. ;)  Nonetheless, talking is more personable and I appreciate that more!

2) Post the lyrics to your favorite song.

Well, I have several favorites... but this is one of them:

HEALER
by Kari Jobe

You hold my every moment
You calm my raging seas
You walk with me through fire
And heal all my disease
I trust in You, I trust in You

CHORUS
I believe You're my healer
I believe You are all I need
I believe You're my portion
I believe You're more than enough for me
Jesus You're all I need

BRIDGE
Nothing is impossible for you
Nothing is impossible
Nothing is impossible for you
You hold my world in your hands

And here's a video with the song if you'd like to listen... :)



3) If you could re-live any day in your entire life, what would it be?

I don't think I would choose to do that because I can honestly say I'm content with everything that's happened in my life!  Each mistake has been a chance to learn and grow and (to be honest) if I got the chance to re-live something I just might make it worse!

4) If you were the ruler of a desert island what would you do to get people to come live there?

Well, I would only want people living there who were 100% sold out to and in love with Jesus Christ.  That being
said, I would do my best to promote the Truth and leave the results up to God!


5) What is your favorite book of the Bible?

I think I'm gonna have to go with the book of Hebrews.  I just love how it contains so much Old Testament history and applies it to the New Covenant.  It's amazing how everything points towards Christ. 

God is THE BEST author, for sure. ;)
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6) Where is your favorite place to be in the entire world?
Yepper. :)
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7) If you could do anything you wanted for one whole day, what would it be?

Serve God, help make a difference in someone's life ...and maybe even celebrate with a Sonic Java Chiller.  ;-) tee hee

8) What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?

I'm a thinker.  So I love the opportunity to sit in peace and quiet with nothing to do but think, read, pray or meditate on God's word!
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Tag #2
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1. What character from a fictional book/movie do you most identify with?


This is such a tough question for me to answer!  I know it's not a fictional story, but the first thing that always comes to mind is Mary Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie. 

And you gotta love Pa Ingalls too! =)

2. Do you have any new obsessions? (a movie you can't stop watching, a CD you keep listening to, etc.)

Hmmm.... nothing comes to mind! 

3. What is a clothing accessory that you couldn't live without?

This is gonna sound silly, but that would be my black undershirt.  I seriously have to wear it with 80% of all my blouses!  ...You should see me in my 'panic mode' when I can't find it. lol!  I only have the one, so when it's missing I have to search high and low until it's safe and sound again. ;)

4. What is your favorite color combination (for clothing)?


I know I am sooooooo boring, but I have to say I love black and white together.  Someday I'm gonna be really sick and tired of those two colors! lol  Someday...

5. Do you own red shoes? ;-)

Yes!  I have a pair of slip-on tennis shoes that are red with white laces. ;) 

6. Do you have a signature scent, or a scent you generally like to wear?

I don't typically wear perfumes, but when I do I use Juicy Couture.  Love that smell... :)

7. What is one thing that you want to do before you die?



Witness the impossible made possible through Jesus Christ.

8. Is there something you wish more than anything that you could do but know that isn't possible during your life on earth? ;-)

I'm sure there's something I could think of... but nothing comes to mind at the moment.  Besides, with God *all* things are possible, right? :)

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Alrighty.  I'm going to cheat a little bit and skip out on tagging eight others.  How 'bout this:  If either of these tags look like fun to you... then they're all yours.  Go for it! ;)   

Have a blessed weekend, everyone!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Top 5 Reasons Why I Love This Time of Year

First off, I have to say that the ultimate reason I'm in love with Fall is because of the beautiful weather!  Without the cool, crisp air that actually makes a Texan appreciate the feeling of warm sunshine... this season just wouldn't be the same. :)

Now that we've got that covered... *wink*


#1
The colors... 
I love earth tones.  From the chocolate browns, to the dark greens, to the golden yellows and deep reds -- I love 'em all! 

#2
  The books...
For some reason, this weather puts me in the mood to sit and read a good book outside... and our back porch is the perfect place to do it! ;) 

#3
The jackets...
I'm cold-natured and love a good excuse to wear cute jackets, sweaters, blazers, etc. 

Denim, suade, courdoroy, fleece -- you name it, I'll probably be wearing it. :)

#4
The coke floats?
Okay, our family doesn't typically get the chance to indulge in drinking a good coke float (or in my particular case, a Dr. Pepper float. ;)  But when we were talking the other day and realized Eliza and Samantha had NEVER drank one before, we just *had* to splurge a little bit. :) 

Hey, that was the first time we had gotten sodas in at least 4 months! 
And let me tell you... it was reeaallly gooood.

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Okay,
by now you're probably wondering about my "reason number five". 

SoOo, here it is...

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#5
This month (October 23, to be exact!) marks 10 years since the day I was baptized! 

(It's really weird to think that I'm old enough to say that now. lol!  10 years ago???  
I can remember the night like it was yesterday... :)

*Praise the Lord all the earth!*
 

Friday, October 15, 2010

What's in a Name? ;-)

For the purpose of remaining (somewhat) anonymous on my blog, I've always been careful to share little personal information about my family--including the real names of my three sisters.  In the past I've referred to each of them by number (Sis #1, Sis #2, Sis #3... you get the idea!)  Needless to say, I figured it was time I come up with something a little better than that.  So, while the new Blogger names I'm giving them are not their true identities, they will have to do. ;) 


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Introducing
Without further ado

Shelly
currently 16 years old
{previously known as Sister #1}


Eliza
currently 13 years old
{previously known as Sister #2}


&
Samantha
currently 11 years old
{previously known as Sister #3}


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Photo Credits

Yours truly - taken by Eliza
Shelly - taken by Mom
Eliza - taken by Yours Truly
Samantha - taken by Yours Truly


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There.

It's officially official. ;-)

Have a wonderful Friday, everyone!