Monday, December 29, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Everytime I see all of these beautiful fall colors around Nashville, it reminds me of the story "Coat of many colors". I love the fall! I was at a stop light in Bellevue the other day and I saw the hill off to my left and I had to snap a picture to share with you... isn't it beautiful?
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
At around 3pm I called my last school in PA and this meek and gentle woman answered the phone. I began to present this tour to this very quiet woman and at the end of my blabbering on and on she asked me softly, "are you done yet?"
I was a little taken back...
After I told her yes that I was, she told me that at her school they only study from the bible. I then began to describe her that this tour for "tweeners" was biblically based and a great tool for the gospel. She got very quiet.
After a few seconds of silence, she goes off on me! She begins to explain how they don't have radio, television, or the Internet. They have class under trees, and study from the bible and that they don't need anybody else to teach their children. I was so taken back that I almost laughed! I couldn't understand if this was a joke or not.. and then the unthinkable happened... This woman started telling me that I needed God and to not be so worldly.
I had no words.
I told her that I believed in God, but that I was only calling about a great event to help 8-11 year olds learn more about Jesus. She told me that I needed to get off the phone immediately and pray. I told her goodbye and then she informed me that she was Amish and that it would be wise if I became Amish as well. After she hung up... I sat there- stared at the wall- then busted out laughing... then I prayed for her.
Monday after school, Hana, Audrey, and I went on a Sonic Run. As we were walking to my car we realized how beautiful the sidewalk was around us... We love the fall!! Then I snapped a pic of Audrey and Hana... Audrey hates when I take pictures... she secretly loves it! :)
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Last night, I cooked Chicken Alfredo, Texas toast, and salad. As I began dinner I had the boys go to the grocery store for me and pick up stuff for a salad. When they returned they were acting all funny but I didn't think anything of it because when they are together they are hilarious and always up to something. I just went on about my business and finished dinner.
As we were sitting down to eat I realized that there was a hamburger meat whale sitting on the table. Now let me explain- I DO NOT like the texture of ground up hamburger meat and I am really afraid of whales. They took the time to buy the meat and then hide it in the living room as they crafted a whale out of it. NASTY BOYS!! It is now in my freezer... And they hope that every time I open my freezer, I will see the whale made out of hamburger meat and think of them. Clever... and mean.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Two nights ago, my friend Lindsey had a rehearsal for her senior recital... I am singing in it so I was there. After rehearsal Blake, Hana, and I all stood outside talking for a while. Once we were done yacking we all hugged, got into our cars and drove off. Now, Blake lives in Bellevue near me so I ended up behind him on 21st street headed for the highway. I realized it was him after a few seconds noticing his little sports car. Blake was about to experience an encounter of a lifetime...
All of the sudden, out of nowhere this HUGE dog/horse comes barreling toward his car... full force! I start screaming and honking my horn... I didn't know what it was (because it was big enough to eat me!) so all I could say was, "WATCH OUT!" Blake swerved, slammed on his brakes, and the horse/dog ran smack into his car. I slammed on my brakes and could hear Blake screaming like a little girl... I mean SCREAMING! The horsedog hurt the car more than the car hurt the horsedog. Blake continued to scream...
The horsedog is fine and Blake finally calmed down. I watch the entire thing from right behind him... I have never heard a man scream like that before. I thought that I was going to die of laughter. Blake's comment was, "What was that? And why is it after me? I am glad I wasn't a jogger on this rode tonight..." Blake and I had to pull over we were laughing so hard. I wish I could have taken a picture of the horsedog...
People that live near 21st street... beware of the horsedog.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Today Kelly Elizabeth Pence Blumenberg turned 23! She is an old woman now! I am so thankful to have a dear friend like this. She keeps me going from day to day and from coffee to coffee. I love her and she is a friend that I know I will have forever. Kelly is strong, athletic, kind-hearted, godly, thoughtful, while being laid back and high strung all at the same time. The world would not be the same without her... I hope your day was wonderful Kelly! I love you.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Hurricane Ike is headed to Texas!!! I am in a Meteorology class this semester and we are intensely watching all the Hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean. I love this class... I wanted to be a weather woman when I was little... have I ever mentioned that? Anyways, Please pray for all my family down in Texas- especially the ones in Corpus Christi! My mom informed me yesterday that a bunch of evacuees from the Galveston area are staying at FBC Belton because it is a designated rescue shelter. Whenever Katrina hit, we had evacuees from LA come and stay and my mom was in charge of cooking every meal for them. She is doing it again... it makes me proud to call her Mom to see her work so hard. Good luck cooking today Mom!
Monday, September 8, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
So today has been a little bit better for me. After school I went to one of my favorite places... Fat Straw... and got a pomegranate smoothie. And then I went to Staples to get a couple of flash drives for my Intro to Music Tech Class. So I need to tell you about a weakness I have... school supplies. I love school supplies! I stood in Staples for 45 minutes just mesmerized by the colors and designs. I could probably spend lots of time and money in any store like this. Especially Michaels... I love that store. Funny story... One day Andrew and I were out and about and he told me that he had something for me later. Although I don't remember all the details to the story, I do vividly remember that when we arrived back at his house he whipped out these highlighters that were different colors and that had built in post-it notes. The man definitely knows the way to my heart. His comment about the gift was that he was at the store the other day and he saw them and knew I would love them. So during my Music Publishing class today... I used them! Thank you Andrew for feeding this addiction. My notes would be so boring and dull without those highlighters. So I had to make myself leave Staples and come home to get some work done. Maybe in heaven God will have a welcome home present full of pretty school supplies waiting for me.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
I take that back... the past two weeks have been hard. I am at a loss for words with how to explain my feelings right now. I am about to have some pretty big things happen in my life. I am getting married , graduating school, and basically just starting life. My feelings aren't feelings of worry... surprisingly! I just tend to be sad. My problem seems to be that whenever something is bothering me or I become emotional... I tend to want to blame it on the birth control for makin my hormones all whacked out!
"What is the real problem here? Why is my heart breaking everyday? Why do the tears keep coming? Why do I feel the need to wear a smile on my face when everything is not OK? Why is it so easy for me to shut down emotionally?"
I have come to the conclusion that I really just don't like to live by myself. I have never had so much alone time in my entire life than like I do right now. Satan finds me very vulnerable in this place. But, I do believe that God himself has placed me here -alone- for numerous reasons. God has planted me here to deal with issues and get them resolved before I make some major steps in my life. Satan seems to be his shadow around here. Ready to mess up anything he is about to do in my life.
There are nights that I just wake up feeling the need to just pray. And not pray for anybody else (which is usually the case) but to pray for me... me and God. The spiritual warfare is as thick and uncomfortable as the air is humid in Corpus Christi, TX. The next part that I am going to share with you is exciting... the only real form of joy that I have felt in a while. And a big part of why I feel that Satan has been so persistent about making me feel so miserable.
August, 29Th... 11:20 am... roughly... It hit me! I was sitting in Entertainment Career Development class when I found myself staring off into the distance- my mind was racing. I was eating a Chick-fil-a sandwich and I am sure that when I went into this trance-like state, I looked real attractive with a big ole' piece of Chicken (I take too big of bites) poking out of my cheek. It was quick and clear as a bell what the Lord was showing me. I had a glimpse of a ministry that God wanted me to begin. 11:31... roughly... my friend Mike nudged me to make sure I hadn't died of suffocation from that last bite of chicken that I took. The minute I came back to reality, I began to write everything down that I had seen. I will eventually tell you (the 5 people who read my blog) what the Lord showed me later. Right now I am just trying to pray and ask him to guide me in certain ways and open certain doors. I feel a great deal of responsibility with what he has shown me... I am nervous!
"God what if I am not good at what you are asking me to do? What if I am rejected? Where do I even begin?"
The beautiful thing -that I really have to keep reminding myself- is that God would not entrust us with something if he didn't think that we were trustworthy. He will equip me! I have faith in that. This battle of mine is a daily, hourly, and seems to even be a minutely battle. I know that this time in my life is just a season but I am so ready for the FALL!!! I am ready to not be sad anymore... I am ready for my heart to be healed.
"Lord please heal the deepest places in my heart... where you are the only one who knows how to fix it." I want to be free from this hurt so that I can move on and continue with what you have shown me."
Monday, September 1, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
"A friend is one who believes in you when you have ceased to believe in yourself."
Friday, August 15, 2008
Headed up the hill to the waterfall and Gazebo
Through the garage, next to the studio, and into the basement apartment
Before: The Hallway
After: The Hallway
Before: My Bedroom
After: My Bedroom
Before: Office/Guest Bedroom
After: Office/Guest Bedroom
Before: The Dining Room
After: The Dining Room
Before: The Kitchen
After: The Kitchen
Before: The Living Room
Hope you like it!!