Sunday, December 25, 2011


"When I was but a youngster
Christmas meant one thing
That I'd be getting lots of toys that day
I learned a whole lot different,
When my Mother sat me down,
And taught me to spell Christmas this way:

"C" is for the Christ child, born upon this day,
"H" for herald angels in the night,
"R" means our Redeemer,
"I" means Israel,
"S" is for the star that shone so bright,
"T" is for three wise men, they who traveled far,
"M" is for the manger where he lay,
"A" is for all He stands for,
"S" means shepherds came.

And that's why there's a Christmas day,
And that's why there's a Christmas day."

Thursday, December 1, 2011

NaNoWriMo 2011

Weeow!! Survived NaNoWriMo for the 3rd year in a row... Managed to get around 40,000 words written in the last two evenings to make it to the 50,000 words in time... Ended with 50,675 words total, and 1 minute to spare!! SO glad I took that typing class a few years ago in high school! :-) Did any of you do NaNo this year, as well?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Happy Thursday!

"Keep your face to the sunshine, and you will not see the shadows."

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wordless (Almost) Wednesday

"Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say, rejoice!"
~Philippians 4:4

Sunday, October 30, 2011


Had a great Saturday today- my mom, dad, and sister came in for the weekend, so we went shopping yesterday, to the apple orchard today, and then came back to Verity for some games and things before heading to the barn for Harvest Fest. Had a nice Thanksgiving-style meal there (I think over 300 people came, total- students and guests), followed by a fun talent show of songs and skits! I was in one skit which did kind of a combination between Jane Austen and Rogers and Hammerstein- we were the Bennet sisters from Pride and Prejudice, and we sang "My Favorite Things" from the Sound of Music, with some talking and acting added in. I then finished up the evening with an hour and a half dishpit! I'll post pictures later- I didn't take any, so I have to wait to get some from my sister. :-)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Happy Thursday!

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he

has overcome.”

~Booker T. Washington

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wordless (Almost) Wednesday

"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." ~Psalm 119:105

Monday, October 24, 2011

Here are pictures from the trip to Journey to the Heart at the Northwoods Conference Center in Michigan! Which picture(s) is your favorite?? :-)

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Well, it looks to me that it's about time for another post on here... So, I'm going to be amazingly weird and do 2 posts today!! :-) This first one with just a few random pictures from here at Verity, and the next one with pictures from Journey to the Heart that the entire school went on the first week of our orientation. So, without further adieu, here's post no. 1 for today!

I got stepped on while playing volleyball, and had a cleat indention in my foot for over a week. You can actually still see it a bit, even though that was over a month ago! I had ice on it during class for an entire week... :-)

Yummy caramel apples from a local orchard! :-)

For our 2-week English Literature class, my whole class did skits to help us remember different time periods in literature. My team did the Elizabethan/Restoration periods. We chose to act out Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare. It was a lot of fun!! :-) The second girl from the left was the only one in this picture who was on my team- it was the 2 of us and 3 guys. So, from left to right is Melissa, Candace, Natalia, Vanessa, and me. That was a fun day of skits! :-)

Another post of pictures coming right up! :-)

Sunday, September 25, 2011


I went on a camping trip with the other girls here at Verity Institute, where I'm going to college, and figured I should post some pictures on here for you guys to see! :-)

Warming up my breakfast.

Suzanne, Grace, and Rebecca (one of my roommates)

A few of us went on a trail ride. This is me with Ginger. :-)

This little raccoon came to visit me, Rebecca, Grace, and Pricella while we were sleeping under the stars our first night out. He was so cute! :-)

It was so cold and rainy that we drove to a nearby McDonalds to warm up for a bit. :-)
Christine, Olivia, Virginia, Christine, Careena

Candace and Suzanne

Cameron & Rebekah Houser, Kathleen, Kayla

Rebecca, me, Jessica, Bethany

Pricella and Natalia (my other roommate)

Allison, Katie, Ellen

It pretty much rained from Saturday night until now, and hasn't stopped yet. These were my rainy-night sleeping arrangements with Allison and Rebekah. We actually stayed pretty much dry!

Our little raccoon buddy came back to visit...

Friday, September 9, 2011

I'm still alive!

Wow- I just realized how long it has been since I posted anything on my blog! A lot of things have changed since I posted last. I've been incredibly busy since July... I worked all summer, and I am now finishing up my second week at college! I am going to Verity Institute up in Indiana. My class and I have had a lot of papers this last week- I've already written 9 since I arrived, and have 3 more to finish up tonight. We've also had classes all day long, resulting in having to do all those papers after 8:30 curfew. Needless to say, I've only gotten an average of about 4 hours of sleep each night, so I'm looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow! I'll try to post more often, but we'll see how that goes, with working around my busy college life schedule! :-) I will also attempt to get some pictures posted relatively soon...

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Happy Independence Day!

Yes, I know it's a day late- but I was at my cousins' house for the weekend, and just got back home this evening. :-) I'll post more pictures of their awesome fireworks display later, but here are a couple of my favorites for now!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

My days have been filled with...

Iced coffee drinks of sorts :-)

Riding my beautiful horse

Random pictures

Awesome clouds!


More random, yet cool pictures


Cool pictures! :-)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

RBC video

Here's a video of me and Buddy doing barrels at the rodeo at Rodeo Bible Camp. A slow time, but he did a great job, for learning everything in just 4 days!! :-)

For sake of a smaller size for the video so I could upload it, I had to cut off the first part, where Buddy decided as soon as we made it through the gate that he wanted to go back out with his friends. So we did a bunch of circles before starting our run. :-) It was his first rodeo ever, so he was a little nervous...

Rodeo Bible Camp 2011

Well, it's that time of year again! Last week from Sunday, June 5 to Thursday, June 9 was Rodeo Bible Camp. I should have more pictures pretty soon, from the official photographers for the week, but these are the few that my sister snapped for me the day of the rodeo (Thursday). I didn't take my horse, Velvet, because of a horse virus going around, but I rode a horse that was there already. This is Buddy, a 3-year-old colt who had never seen a barrel pattern before last Monday. He did an amazing job, and was very willing to learn!

Although he's half as old as Velvet, Buddy is just a tad bit taller. He's a sweetie-pie, too- by the second day of Camp, he was coming over to see me at the gate of his stall as soon as I walked in the other end of the barn!I'll post more pictures as soon as I get them! :-)