Monday, August 30, 2010

Happy Sweet Sixteen ~ to My Little Sis . . .

Happy 16th birthday,
Sister #1

Sixteen Wonderful Things About You:

#1 Your smile
#2 Your funny sense of humor :D
#3 Your thoughtfulness
#4 Your creativeness
#5 Your ability to take care of and play
with children and babies so well
#6 Your resourcefulness when it comes to
working outdoors-where I'm not so resourceful!
#7 Your Christlike spirit
#8 Your love for reading
#9 Your ability to accomplish whatever you
set your mind to do
#10 Your confidence
#11 Your baking... it's always yum-o!
#12 Your pretty blonde hair and blue eyes
#13 Your amazing talent to mow large areas of
grass in no time at all. ;D
#14 Your beautiful singing voice
#15 Your hugs
#16 And last but not least...
the fact that you are always there for me when I need you.
We are definitely total opposites, and I know we
don't always get along, but whenever it comes to
doing something important it's been a tremendous blessing
to have you right there with me.  There are so many examples I
can think of when you and I had to work together to take care
of something.  And--by God's grace--we've always been able to get it done.  We really have been through so much together, and it's at times like this when I realize just how thankful I am to have YOU as my sister.  You are so special to me.  Thanks for everything.  I hope you have a wonderful, blessed birthday!!!
I love you SO much!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

*Cough* *Sniffle* *Cough*

All last week I was sick with a terrible sore throat, fever, and congestion.  Yuck!  My mom and Sister #1 both had it a couple of weeks before, so I guess I was next in line. :)  I was able to visit the doctor's office on Thursday and tested positive for strep throat.  I've been on antibiotics since then and today feel SO much better.  Praise the Lord! 

There's nothing like being sick to help put things in better perspective for you.  It sure makes me realize just how easily I take my good health for granted.  There's always a reason to give thanks to God, and today I'm thanking him for my health. :)

"My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life."  Proverbs 4:20-23
*So happy*

Dear friends, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all is well with you today!  (My paraphrase from 3 John 1:2 :)  Have a blessed week!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

These Days ...

  • I'm spending lots of time with my Daddy. 
I didn't realize just how much of each day I spend sitting around with my Dad, until he and my mom left for appointments all day Tuesday.  It was then that I realized after finishing my daily "tasks" that I had nothing to do.  I was so bored and couldn't figure out why it seemed like the day was dragging on.  Typically, it's the other way around and I feel like I'm trying to sqeeze in all my responsibilities and ideas for the day before its over.  So thanks for always keeping me occupied, Daddy! --Or maybe it's the other way around. ;)

  • When I'm not with Dad, I'm spending time with Mom. :D
I've always enjoyed talking to my mom about everything.  We spend a lot of time together discussing our struggles, things that need to get done and how to do them, things that God has been showing us lately, or even what we're going to make for dinner that night, etc.  We really do talk about everything!  I'm so thankful for the closeness of our relationship.  It's so nice to really have a best friend you can tell everything to.  And that's exactly what she is to me! 

  • I'm getting ready to start my homeschool Senior year.
                                                         ...And I can't wait to say this ↓  :D
I've been planning out my schedule and workload for the next school year, and I'm getting really excited about the prospect of graduating from "highschool".  I plan to start this year's curriculum the first week in September... That's only two weeks away! 

  • I'm Driving

^ And here's the proof. :D
I've been doing quite a bit of driving around the area lately.  Whenever we need to make a grocery run or go on a few errands, I take the opportunity to add some hours to my time "behind the wheel".  I still only have my permit so one of my parents has to be sitting in the passenger seat, but I'm working on finally getting my license.  It's just a matter of time...... :)

  • I'm about to complete my plan for reading through the Bible in a year...
For the second time!  I first took the challenge of reading my entire Bible through the course of a year in January of 2008.  I learned a lot through that year and was able to stick with the reading plan and finish in January of 2009.  ...A huge accomplishment for me!  For the next few months I enjoyed reading at my own pace.  Not until September did I feel the need to start following the plan again for three reasons: 

  1. Honestly, there were days when I failed to read my Bible at all because it simply didn't cross my mind.  With following the reading plan I was motivated to dig into Scripture every single day.  

  2. I remembered reading about a man who was in his 10th year of reading through the entire Bible.  Once he would finish, he would start all over again!  I decided there really wasn't a reason why I shouldn't continue reading through the whole Bible either.  Doing so would only be beneficial! :)

  3. Like I said in the beginning, I felt led to do it!
I'm excited about finishing, but of course that won't really be the end. ;)  I have so much more to gain in knowledge and depth of insight... I will continue reading until the day I die!  Or until Jesus comes back to get me.  Either one. :)

So there you have it!  That's an overall look at what I've been up to lately.  :)  I hope you enjoyed reading.  Have a blessed day everyone!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

♥ Happy 20th Anniversary . . .

To my wonderful Mom & Dad. I love you both very much, and I'm proud to call you my parents. I couldn't have been more blessed with such amazing, full-time, godly role models. =) I hope you enjoy your special day! I love you, Taylor

1 Corinthians 13:4 - 8

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails."

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Meet Our Newest Additions:

We recently got three goats, and of course I have plenty of photos to share. :)

This is Sis #1's goat.
Her name is Lilly...

And as you can see, she enjoys eating trees. =)

This is Sis #3's goat.
Her name is Rosey...

As you can see, she likes eating trees too. =)

This is Sis #2's goat.
Her name is Baley...

And as you can see, she likes eating weeds. =D

These goats are so precious!

...And they're friendly too.

Sooo... we now have a total of 5 "pet" farm animals: Molly (one of our cows), Darcy (my cow), Lilly, Rosey, & Baley! And yes, their names intentionally all rhyme with each other. And yes, they intentionally all consist of 5 letters each. You know how girls are... ;) I hope you enjoyed the pictures. Have a blessed week!

"...There the wild goats will leap about..."
Isaiah 13:21

Monday, August 9, 2010

Wanna Enter An Exciting Giveaway?

Lindsay is hosting her first ever Etsy giveaway!!
So head on over to check it out. ;)

Friday, August 6, 2010

40 Years Old Today...


I'm so glad God blessed me with such

an AMAZING father like you.

I love you very much,