Saturday, December 25, 2010


Ah. I am in a bit of a pickle. Tomorrow night I am supposed to leave home with my three best friends for Kansas City. We're all headed to the One Thing convention there. It's an amazing convention that has quite a few powerful speakers. The kind that offend you, but in a good way. Doesn't sound like a pickle much, right? Well. The pickle part is that Big Brother, Danny, left for Australia in July. He came home on the 19th of December, and is leaving the 2nd of January. We aren't getting back until the 1st, and then I won't see him until June. That means that in the course of 11 months, I will have seen the only person that can make me super happy, super angry, laugh, cry, and confused within seconds, for only 7 days. Seven days out of eleven months. I'll probably need to make a list of pro's and con's.

On another note, my Christmas was super great! I had a really interesting talk with my brother about faith, and my sister gave my whole family matching pajamas. She totally sniped my idea for next year, but I am so okay with that on account of the fact that we all had MATCHING JAMMIES!

Pro's of Kansas City.

1. Road trip with the (3) besties! (If we all get to take one car that is!)

2. Life changing time with God. (Major points here.)

3. I've never been to Kansas City before!

Pro's of staying home.

1. Spend an extra seven days with Big Brother and Ma and Pa.

2. Go to Big Sky, with some great people (one bestie!), after Big Brother leaves.

3. Relax at home before the hustle and bustle of school starts again.

4. Have time to make journals!

Ahh. I can't decide right now. This will definitely take more prayer, but I only have until tomorrow afternoon! Well. Wish me luck.

Big Sister, Karrie, and her family. And yes, this is one of those pictures that is exactly what the family is like in real life. Spicy Niece #2, Kiera, is always the show-stealer.

Big Sister, Karrie and me in front of the tree after church on Christmas Eve.

All of the girls in our matching jammies. Please excuse the fact that I slept in mine and just rolled out of bed forty seconds before this picture was taken. I am not a morning person.

All of the boys in their matching jams. I hate that they get to look better in the morning. Especially my daddy in the middle!

Fail one up top, and takes one and two for the real deal down below.

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 18, 2010


I've had this discussion probably 16 times in the last five days, I swear. People are taking the Christ out of Christmas, and with that all of the true meaning of the season. People are losing love and happiness and sharing and joy and so many things that God brings to Toy-R-Us and stress. We shouldn't stress about buying the most expensive gift, or the more outrageous present for someone. We should delight in the joy of being able to give to someone, whether that's a pie in a jar (something I've seen a ton of this Christmas!), or a notebook that you've filled with affirmations and memories and drawings, or a new car. It's not about toys and presents and food- all fun things though. Christmas is about the Son of God being born of a miracle to come and save us. It's so easily over looked. Go back and read that. Read it slowly. Take in every word. See if it hits your heart differently when you spend a few minutes meditating on the thought as opposed to just knowing it. Breathtaking, right? Okay. Well that was a little rant that I needed to go on. I know it's been said 21,342,300 times, yeah it's popular, but I just wanted to say it again. Partly for myself! I got caught up in finding the perfect present this year for everyone on my list. Well I went a little overboard for the first few people on the list and ran out of money for the last. Good thing my brother has been out of the country for six months and misses simple things like good chocolates and eggnog. So here are a few things that I've done for Christmas this year that I'm excited about.

1. For Jesus: Dedicated an hour (minimum!) every morning to reading and praying.

2. For Mom: The perfect shirt for the cowgirl she thinks she is, and the town girl that she really is.

3. For Daddy: The childhood toy that s t o p p e d him in tracks in the mall.

4. For Big Brother: The comforts of home: chocolate, homemade eggnog, and a gift card for a charity!

5. For Big Sister and Husband: A great event in the Cities sans kids with free babysitting!

6. For Niece #1: The niftiest, quickest, homemade ice cream machine ever!

7. For Niece #2: Our little chef got a cupcake baker from Aunt Thea and a cook book from Uncle Dan!

8. For Best Friend: Ah, the creative writer. A Women of the Bible book and another book on how to make your own journals! (They're super great and I'll probably be posting the process and end results later!)

9. For Boy Best Friend: A homemade journal. Ha.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Collection of Loves

1. A secret love:

2. A love that I'm no good at:

3. A love song that I love the lyrics to:

"Someday You Will Be Loved"

4. A nerdy love:

Making graphs and tables.

5. A love I got from my dad:

6. A love I got from my mom:

7. A love I haven't done yet:

8. A love that's very difficult for me to do:

9. A love I miss:

10. A love I'll be doing in 34 seconds:

Good night world.