Sunday, November 20, 2016

Moving On (11/20/2016)

So tomorrow we begin to move out of my home of eight and a half years. It's very strange, and I'm not sure how I feel about it, so I'm not going to go into that now, but I thought it would be fun to post some of the pictures from all the years we've lived in our little country home.
Winter 2008. WE GOT SNOW!!!!!!! You guys probably don't realize what a big deal that is here, and we got a few feet!
We went on a little walk. You can't tell from this picture, but most of the time Levi could hardly walk because the snow was deep on him.
Our little house in  the snowy "wilderness".

This was on my 8th birthday. :)
My first time cooking a big dinner; I made chicken pot pie! It took forever, it seemed, though. :)
 Bonfire party, Spring 2009. We had a guys vs. girls contest to see who could get their fire going first, and the girls won!
2008 (9?) Hanging out by the fire. :)
2009. The homeschool co-op meets at the Taft's house!
Natalie's birthday, May 4, 2010. Hanging out with the nieces and nephews in the tent we made.
Our puppy, Dallas, and me. December 2010
 We had a mini photo-shoot. December 2011

 My mom, sisters, and me. November (?) 2012
 Brandi, Natalie, and me. Christmas Eve, 2012.
 After school walk. 2012, or 2013.
My 13th birthday. Natalie made my cake!
Playing in the woods! Fall 2013
Christmas Eve 2013, with (some of) the nieces and nephews.
Thanksgiving 2015.
Our living room on Christmas morning 2015.

 Our New Years party! January 1, 2016.

An extra choir practice at our house. Working on Chim Cheree! March 2016.

 My 16th birthday party. We contra danced in the backyard. :)
My best friend visited from out of state. We did a little photo shoot in the yard. July 2016
Party in the kitchen! September 2016.

Tea party with two of my nieces on their last visit here. November 18, 2016
Ok, so that was more pictures than I planned on....but I guess that happens when you live in a place for a long time.
Thanks for bearing with me....and if you didn't, well, thanks for trying. XD
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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Octember (11/6/2016)

So, once again, it's been a month since I've posted, and I feel the urge to write. However, I'm starting this post with no clear intentions; bits of simple day-to-day life mixed with deeper reflections are floating around inside my head, and my sleep deprived brain is unable to differentiate clearly between them. Don't you just love it when you can't sleep on the night you're supposed to get an extra hour of it?
So....I suppose I'll start with simpler side of things, and catch up a bit on what life has been like, and then see if I can get some of those other thoughts out of my head and onto paper...well, onto blog anyway. ;)
October was the month of visits with new and old friends, enjoying the brightly colored leaves, sleep overs with friends, choir, babysitting, a fantabulous day at the YWAM conference, masquerade at youth group, and the usual school. It also involved the stress of trying to move. Our family has found about three houses we liked, but each time the door was shut to completing the process. One day, about two weeks ago, as my mom was dropping me off at my second destination of the day, she mentioned that we were going to have to leave the choir practice later on that evening a little early to pursue house hunting. Honestly, I was a little grumpy at the idea; Tuesdays were stressful enough what with classes, work, piano lessons, and choir, and I did not relish the idea of staying in town even later to walk through empty houses we probably wouldn't be purchasing anyway. I tried not say anything, though, and off we went after the activities of the day were through to look at a new house. Long story short, this house is going to be our home, in around two and a half weeks, or possibly less. So here we are, going in to the moving process, while simultaneously balancing holidays, choir performances, assignments, and all the other details of normal life. It's going to be interesting! I'm rather looking forward to it though; having friends join us in the work of the actual moving will make it fun. :)
“It was November--the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines. Anne roamed through the pineland alleys in the park and, as she said, let that great sweeping wind blow the fogs out of her soul.” -L.M. Montgomery
So, we are one week into November, and I feel like I could already write a novel about this month. So far, in addition to the usual weekly activities, I have gotten together with friends to work on a class project (and FINALLY completed said project), celebrated my youngest brother's tenth birthday, spent a day with my second family, visited a craft show with my lovely sister and friend and then went to see Doctor Strange with them, and then tumbled into bed so I would be ready to attend the Friday School in our area as a guest in the morning, thanks to my sweet friend Abi. I'm planning to join come February. :) Afterwards, I enjoyed the company of my older sister and her six littles, and on the following day dropped by the new house again, and spent an evening babysitting. Let me just say, the babysitting was an adventure, starting with the addition of two extra kids at the last minute,  coupled with two girls who don't always get along, three wild boys, and a sick child. As always, I survived, and had fun.
To shake things up a bit, I'm now going to randomly throw in a recently read; We Died Before We Came Here. I bought this book at the YWAM conference after hearing its author speak, and had no regrets. It was an amazing read, though admittedly a tear jerker. I included the link; go check it out!
So now I've finished up life update. I think I'm going to give up on apologizing for the length every time I post. I think it's time that I accept it's just going to be that way. :) 
So, I've decided that I will post the verses and quotes that have been my favorites this month, and let you determine where my mind has been in recent times. :)
"But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: 'Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.'"-Isaiah 43:1
 "...and at last with a whirring of wings it was right overhead and was an albatross. It circled three times round the mast and then perched for an instant on the crest of the gilded dragon at the prow. It called out in a strong sweet voice what seemed to be words though no one understood them. After that it spread its wings, rose, and began to fly slowly ahead, bearing a little to starboard. Drinian steered after it not doubting that it offered good guidance. But no one except Lucy knew that as it circled the mast it had whispered to her, “Courage, dear heart,” and the voice, she felt sure, was Aslan’s, and with the voice a delicious smell breathed in her face." -C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
"The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." -Psalm 18:2
"It is well with my soul."  -Horatio Spafford
 And on that note, I shall sign off. Wishing you all a very blessed Sunday afternoon,
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