Monday, November 19, 2012

19 Days Worth of Thankfulness.

Day 1) I'm thankful for being born on this fine November day.
Day 2) I'm thankful for road-trips with my family.
Day 3) I'm thankful for family weddings.
Day 4) I'm thankful for making new friends.
Day 5) I'm thankful for the family across the street who trust me to watch their kids.
Day 6) I'm thankful for the ability to get an education.
Day 7) I'm thankful for the chance to worship with my friends.
Day 8) I'm thankful for new books.
Day 9) I'm thankful for being grounded, because I have privileges that can be taken away.
Day 10) I'm thankful for free Saturdays.
Day 11) I'm thankful for a creative group of students who love the Lord and talented friends.
Day 12) I'm thankful for Mondays, because they represent a new week.
Day 13) I'm thankful for the opportunity to help with Cinderella.
Day 14) I'm thankful for technology.
Day 15) I'm thankful for a mom who will go sit through a show with me, and listen to me complain.
Day 16) I'm thankful for late nights, because that means I'm busy.
Day 17) I'm thankful for people who keep life interesting and take interest in my life.
Day 18) I'm thankful for the chance to go to Italy with my best friend.
Day 19) I'm thankful for the new friends that I've made.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Creativity and Cliques.

     I've noticed that I like to alliterate in my post titles. Just a quirk I've noticed.

     Last night we had a church event called Creative Night. Our youth group met and then broke off

into different groups based on what we wanted to do creatively. The groups were music, drama,

tech, art, and dance. I joined the music group, and we were split up into even smaller groups. Half of

us went with Brian Opperman, and the other half went with Sean and Brett Killingsworth. I had the

pleasure of working with Brian, who studied at Hillsong and was part of their worship team for the

past few years. We were given Psalm 63: 1-8, and he just told us to write what the Lord was telling

us. By the end of the night we had a song! I wrote the first verse and the chorus, Brian wrote the

second verse, and Lindsey wrote the bridge. I'm so excited to see where this project is going to go and

how the Lord is going to use it!

     Today in class I heard the following conversation:

Jordan:: You know those posters for that church event? I just realized those are for my church!

Kenzie:: Oh really? When is that? I think I might go...

Jordan:: You shouldn't go. My church is really cliquey and no one is nice.

     This honestly broke my heart. How bad is the Church as a whole that it's own members are saying

"don't come here"? We as a body of believers should be inviting people in, not turning them away.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Homeschooling, Homecoming, and Hotrod.

      What a month it has been! School has gotten better, it's not great, but it's better. Here's a small recap of the things that have happened in the past few weeks...

1. I'm writing my research paper on homeschooling (creative topic choice, eh?).
2. Auditions for Cinderella have come and gone, and even though I didn't make this show, I'm so excited for all of my friends who did! I know it's going to be an amazing show.
3. I joined drama club today! Our first get together is this Saturday at one of the seniors house. We are doing a drive-in/barbecue/bonfire. It should be quite a lot of fun.
4. This past Friday was Nixa's homecoming. I went with an awesome guy, and enjoyed hanging out with my crazy friends. I sure do love them...
5. I'm watching Hotrod for the first time right now, and I must admit, it's kind of cracking me up.

       Sorry for the short post, but I have an English paper to write! Have a great week! :)

Monday, August 27, 2012


Life is hard. School is hard. Friendships are hard.

You know what isn't hard? Having faith.

I hate school. I hate being surrounded by crap all day. I hate sitting in a classroom for 7 hours and feeling like I'm not learning anything. I hate that I hate it. All I want is to be a "normal" high-schooler. But I'm not, and people don't like that. I feel like people are judging me because I don't like their normal. But, you see, that's what they've been doing to me for the last 8 years. Making fun and judging my normal. I feel as if I were coming from public school to homeschooling, and I didn't like it, then that would be fine. However, that's not the case. I still don't know if I'll continue going to school. I'm strongly considering going back to homeschooling, but I'm still praying about it.

Through it all though, I have faith. I have faith that the Lord will reveal His purpose to me. I have faith that no matter what, His hand will be evident in my life this year.

Will you pray for me to follow God's plan? Will you pray for me to realize who my true friends are? Will you pray for me as I strive to do everything in the name of the Lord? Thanks, friends. It means the world.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Ramblings and Whatnot...

I'm halfway through my days of work this week! I worked yesterday and today, and I work tomorrow and Tuesday. After that though, I'm off for almost three weeks! My working buddy, Kristen, worked her last today, because she is headed back to Baylor for school.

I ordered my backpack online yesterday. That was weird. I haven't had a backpack since the second grade. I still have a few things to pick up before school actually starts, but I'm getting excited!

Our student associate, Jessica, is taking a new job as a 6th grade reading teacher this fall. I am so excited for her as she starts this new journey, but she will be greatly missed.

I'm hungry. All the time. I don't understand it, but I eat like a grown man.

This post is awkwardly short, but I'm going to take a nap. See you later, blogger world!

Monday, July 30, 2012

One Giant Post.

This post is going to be obnoxiously long.


Seriously my favorite week of the year. This year was especially great! Sean Killingsworth and his band came to lead worship, and Matt Atherton brought the message each night. I loved hanging out on the dock with my closest friends, and then watching them act like crazy people on the tube! The worship time was incredible as usual. Overall it was an amazing week!


Amazing. I swear we ate our way through the city, but then we walked it off afterwards.

Here's a list of the places we ate:

-Gino's East Pizzeria
-The Melting Pot
-The American Girl Place
-Bubba Gump's
-P.F. Changs
-Buca de Peppo

I told you we ate a lot. Ashlyn and I successfully navigated all the airports with no issues, although we were a little confused trying to find our luggage when we got to Chicago. We went, we saw, and we conquered! Well...sort of. Lots of food, lots of shopping, and lots of quality bestie time.


The most incredible worship experience I have ever had. At 11:45 on Friday night we started our midnight session. Daniel was only supposed to play a total of four songs, but the Holy Spirit had other ideas. People started getting up and sharing what they were struggling with and we could pray for them. I had the amazing chance to talk to two incredible girls and was so excited to hear what the Lord is doing in their lives. Then, we all gathered in a clump and started praying aloud for each other and for our church, and then we stayed in clump and worshipped like never before. Get this, we didn't stop until 2 a.m. The Lord did CRAZY things that night, and has been working ever since.


 Saturday night I had the privilege to celebrate with some special ladies. Ashlyn and Kaitlyn had a combined 17th birthday party with a Tangled theme. It was so fun to spend time with some of my best friends and hear how their summer has been.

Well friends, this next month brings a big On August 14th, I will start my first day of high school as a junior. It's really exciting, and mildly terrifying, so please pray for me as I do my best to spread the love of God throughout NHS. That's all I've got folks...

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Oh The Places You'll Go...

It's adventure time here in Emilee-land! We leave for CAMP tomorrow, and then a mere seven days after we return, Ashlyn and I are jetting off to Chicago. Don't worry, we will be supervised, but we are flying up a day later than Lori, Ash's mom. The two of us trying to navigate the airports, especially the one in Chicago, should be very entertaining.

I am so excited to get to experience the Windy City for the first time. Lori is working during the day, so Ashlyn and I will be hitting up the Magnificent Mile for some hardcore shopping. Then at night we will probably do some sight-seeing and other things. I know it's going to be a great trip, and I'm excited for some girl time with my best friend!

I'm headed up to the office today with the other apprentices to help with last minute CAMP details, so I'll update when we get back! Prepare to here some great stories!

Saturday, June 30, 2012


Hey, uh, remember me? Yeah, it's been a while. I'm sorry I left, but I'm back now. I just needed some space. Don't worry, I didn't meet anyone else. It was me, not you.

The past fifteen days have been a blur of work, church, pool, sleep, repeat.

My ankle has been swelling up again, so here's to hoping that it goes away and I don't need to have it checked out.

It is so flippin' hot here, ya'll. Like 102 degrees hot. Hello humidity.

I am flat-out exaughsted. All work and no shopping makes Emilee a tired girl. I'm almost, gasp, ready to be in school so I will have fewer hours at work. I know, I'm crazy.

Speaking of school, OH MY WORD friends. I have a month and a half of freedom left. In case you haven't noticed, I'm kind of freaking out about it. I just keep repeating "the Lord will fufill His purpose for me". Right now it seems like His purpose is me losing my mind, though.

It's only 11 days until CAMP with rbcstudents! I am so excited and ready for a great time with God and my best friends! Pray for our group to be awakened towards Him.

I can be in the worst mood ever, and this song will instantly make me happy. Enjoy.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Barnabas Day 5:: Thursday.

Today's entry is a little happier. Yesterday was awful, and I was just over the whole thing, but today has been great! Grace is crazy, but I love her so much. She was "signing" a song for Morgan at lunch. I just finished FOB with Ash, Josiah, Sam, Jacob, and a few other CIA's. It was really nice to have some friend time. My cabin is waking up so we are headed to OATS!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Barnabas Day 3:: Tuesday.

Oh my Lord. I have never been this tired in my life. I sprained my ankle playing basketball this morning. My camper is SO sweet, but she is a train wreck. Her name is Grace, she is 19, and she has Downs Syndrome. There have been some really fun times this week, but I am so ready to go home. I totally take my bed, shower, and free time for granted. I love being here and blessing other people, but I will have to think about coming back next year. I love all of the other CIA's in my cabin, and that makes life a little easier. But I'm tired. Physically and especially emotionally. Jesus, help this week pass quickly.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Promised:: Barnabas 2012

I've been putting off writing this post for a few days. I was trying to find a way to put a happy, positive spin on this past week. Yes, I had SO much fun at times, but it was the hardest, most stressful week of my life.

To be as transparent as possible, I'm going to post my journal entry from each day.

Starting with Sunday, the day the CIA's arrived.

Sunday, June 3: Barnabas Day 1

The campers are coming! Ok, technically the campers tomorrow, but we are here TODAY! This is quiet time before dinner. I am so hungry! I love all the girls in my cabin, and definitely love my staffers. I know the Lord is going to do so much this week, and I am so ready for it! Also, I swear it is like 346234 degrees out here. I have never sweat this much in my life. Well, time's almost up, so I'm heading back to the cabin.

Stay tuned for more tales from Camp Barnabas.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Barnabas Bound.

     Well folks, in one hour and forty-five minutes, I'll be headed to Camp Barnabas!!! I am so excited to be able to share this experience with  my best friends. As nervous as I am about this week, my excitement far outweighs my anxiety. I know that God is God, and He's going to do His thing. I know that I have amazing people that I can rely on for words of encouragement this week. I finished packing late last night, and just finished putting together my backpack for the week. This term is Developmentally Disabled/Autism. I really believe that the Lord picked this week for me for a reason. I have had experience dealing with kids with Autism-like disabilities. I know that these kids will be so excited about camp, and that they will be such a blessing to me this week, and I just hope I can be as much as a blessing to them. This is my first year at Barnabas, so the only thing I know to expect is a great time! I will take lots of pictures! Be praying for me this week friends. :)

Monday, May 28, 2012

It's Here...

Summer time is here, friends! The sweltering heat and the opening of neighborhood pools has confirmed that Summer 2012 is in full swing. Today I thought I'd share a few of my favorite summer things.

1. The pool. Seriously, there is nothing more relaxing than spending a few hours soaking up the sun and splashing around.

2. P-whip. In case you are not familiar with the treasure that is P-whip, it is a local frozen treat stand. They feature pineapple and then a random flavor. We aren't exactly sure what the "whip" is...maybe really creamy ice cream? Oh well, it's delicious nonetheless.

3. Tan lines. See #1.

4. Friends. Yesterday I spent the morning with my friends at church, the afternoon playing water games at Ashlyn's, and the night chilling with some cool people at Josh's. Honestly, nothing can lift my spirits like these people. Yesterday was just the day I needed. Minus the Irish rock and Dubstep...

5. Good music. See above. Dubstep sounds like people were recording normal music and then an earthquake hit while aliens tried to make contact. Gross. I prefer some Ke$ha or Carly Rae Jepsen. So, call me maybe?

6. Flexibility. There is less of this now that the majority of my friends have jobs, but it's still better than the school year. Now I can call my friends and plan to get together the next day and we don't have to worry about school or homework interfering.

7. Watermelon. It's like a food and a drink.

8. Sunshine. See #1 & #3.

9. CAMP. Possibly the highlight of my summer. Jesus, friends, and the lake. Perfection.

10. Road trips. Stay tuned for this one.

Have a great week, and enjoy your summer sunshine!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Cherish Life.

Ten years ago, I met a little girl. That little girl became my best friend for 5 years, and is still a good friend to this day. That little girl had an older sister, Megan, and an older brother, Josh.

Josh was constantly terrorizing Emma and I. He would throw our American Girl Dolls down the laundry chute that was in their house. One time, we bought a slip'n'slide, and Josh was the first one to try it out. On the very first slide, he out his feet through the end of it. That was the end of the slip'n'slide. We used to play hide and go seek in their backyard with Nathan and Ryan. Josh was a bug pain in my butt the majority of the time, but he was like an older brother to me. He was a good kid. He just finished his freshman year at Dordt college. He was a skilled debater and golfer, and an amazing Christ follower.

Last Wednesday night, Josh committed suicide by laying down in front of a car on the highway. He was on drugs at the time. The past week has been a blur of memories, and lots of tears. I'm sad, because I lost my friend. But I'm also glad, because Josh is in the presence of the Lord now. He is in a place I can only dream about. While our hearts ache here on earth for the loss of a son, brother, and friend, all of Heaven is rejoicing because they just gained an amazing young man.

We miss you Josh, but we know that you are partying it up in Heaven.

Sunday, May 6, 2012


I really didn't have a title for this, so "uh" it is.

First off, I want to ask you guys to pray for me. A group of students from my youth group are going down to Barnabas in Branson this summer, and I'll be joining them. I have had a little bit of experience working with special needs students, but never one on one for a whole week. I'm so, so excited to have this chance to serve and bond with these kids, but I'm also really nervous. Pray for peace of mind as I prepare for this summer.

Now on to a lighter topic: reality TV. It's a horrible addiction, but I'm not really willing to break it. Big Rich Texas, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, and really anything with plastic faces and teased out hair.

It's hot here. And I'm currently driving a car with no a/c. My precious Duh-rell was taken away when I got grounded. I'm driving my dad's Dodge Intrepid, or as I refer to it, "the turd". It sucks. But, tomorrow is inspection day, and if things are in order, I will get my truck (and my life) back!

Tomorrow I have an orthodontist appointment. I'm not looking forward to it, because I haven't been wearing my retainers. Ah.

I'm ready to start school. People are CONSTANTLY asking about scheduling, classes, extra curriculars, blah blah blah. It just needs to start (after summer of course) so everyone will just chill.

I'm heading to bed, and I plan on sleeping until at least nine...good night friends.

Monday, April 30, 2012


M1: Monday

That's today, in case you didn't know. I really hate Mondays. They serve no purpose for me except to provide me with headaches and no motivation. I vote we just completely skip Mondays. Let's start a petition.

M2: Middleton

I love Kate Middleton. Seriously, that woman is so classy...and I might have a strong urge to raid her closet. She totally conducts herself like royalty, even though she isn't officially queen yet. Her desire to help others outside of her social status totally reminds me of Diana. I'm starting to sound old, so let's wrap up this subject.

M3: Movies

I really want to see The Vow. It's been out for a while now, but I still haven't dragged my sorry little self to the theater to see it yet. Have you seen it? Is it worth going to see it in the theater, or is it Redbox worthy?

Well folks, that's all I have for today. Enjoy your Monday, if that's possible.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Confessional Friday.

Hello there! I hope you all have been enjoying the fabulous weather this week (minus the rain this morning). It's been a fairly interesting week, so let's get to confessin'!

1. I love Coke. Honestly, I probably drink way too much of then stuff, but nothing cures a headache like a good ole McDonald's Coke.

2. I do not love exercise. I couldn't tell you the last time I actually worked out. With swimsuit season upon us, I'm trying to jump back on the wagon, but above addiction is making it a little different.

3. I'm so tired. All the time. I absolutely love my job, but I came dang close to tears when my alarm went off at 7 a.m. yesterday morning.

4. I can't say "no". Tonight I am volunteering at an event that the high school puts on for 8th graders called P3 (purity, passion, and pearls). I am working in the kitchen with my good friend Katie and her mom. I love these ladies, and can't wait to hang out with them tonight. However, I am doing that tonight, working 8-2 tomorrow, and then babysitting tomorrow night. Apparently "no" is not in my vocabulary.

5. Allergies suck.

6. I highlighted my hair! I had a mini freak out of sorts when I dried my hair and there were BLONDE streaks in it. Not caramel as the box promised, but blonde. However, as the days have gone by, I'm starting to like it more and more. It makes me feel like summer.

7. <-- I had a difficult time typing that number. On Tuesday I was messing around with my dad and brother, when my dad threw a dry erase marker at me. It bounced off of my laptop, resulting in the loss of my seven key. Sad day.

8. I made no-bake cookies at work yesterday, and they turned out dang good (dang well?). Still a little soft, glossy, and chocolaty, I was pleased with my work.

And on that note, I am off to take a nap in preparation for my busy weekend. Have an awesome week and be blessed!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Homeschooling: The Real Deal

Let me preface this post by saying that I am not anti-public school NOR am I anti-homeschooling. I firmly believe it is whatever works best for your family.

This is my 8th year of being home schooled. We started homeschooling in 3rd grade, and never looked back. There was no extremely awful school situation which caused my parents to make the decision to home school me. In fact, I loved my school. I had great teachers, and my principle was an awesome guy. However, I had been begging my parents to pull me out of school for a while, because, quite frankly, I was bored. * I am not trying to toot my own horn here, just giving you the facts* I finished my work before everyone else, homework wasn't a challenge, and I got good grades. In 2nd grade my parents made the executive decision to put me in W.I.N.G.S., the gifted program for our area. It was one day a week, and focused on a higher level of learning. At 7 years old I was putting together multiple power-point programs a month, memorizing lines and writing skits, and solving simple algebraic problems. But that was only one day a week. The other four days I was doing an advanced math curriculum, but the school wouldn't let me skip a grade because I was at different levels in every subject.

The first year was hard. My brother wasn't in preschool yet, so my mom was trying to take care of him and teach me consecutively. At the same time, I was struggling because I didn't get to interact with my friends throughout the day. There were also things that I loved about homeschooling. I didn't have to be up at 6 a.m., I was finished by lunchtime, I wasn't forced to do P.E...just kidding. Kind of. After deciding that homeschooling was do more good than not, we planned on trying another year. And we are on year 8 of "trying another year".

Homeschooling does not mean your children are sheltered. If you choose to shelter them, then they will be sheltered, yes. I am 16 years old. I listen to secular music stations. I watch reality TV. I wear modern clothes. If I don't know a song, that isn't because I'm home schooled, it's because I choose not to listen to that music. If I don't dress like a slut, that's not because I'm home schooled, but because I choose not to dress like that. The only effect homeschooling has had on me is whether or not I go spend 8 hours in a building, or 2 at home. It doesn't affect my music choice, my clothing choice, my personality, or my beliefs.

That being said, I don't judge you for going to public school, so don't judge me for being home schooled.

It looks like year 8 is where it stops for me. This August I will officially be enrolled as a junior at Nixa High School. Am I excited? Absolutely. Am I terrified? Duh. But I am ready for a change, and I believe this is the change I've been looking for.

If you've made it all the way through this, congratulations! Have a great week, and be blessed!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Jesus and Cheesecake.

Hola amigos! I hope you've had a muy fantastico weekend..(that is the extent of my Spanish-speaking skills). I spent my weekend the right way: worshipping and fellow-shipping with my best friends. Friday afternoon about 20 students from the youth group hopped on a church bus and we set off for K.C. After a lovely bus ride, we pulled into the Independence Event Center at promptly 6:45, and by 7:00 we were getting our worship on with Jesus Culture. They are a worship team from Bethel Church in Redding, CA. After an incredible night of praise, the group hopped back on the bus and headed for Raytown First Baptist, where we stayed the night. We actually got to sleep in...until around 8. Then we went to The Plaza to some shopping and, of course, eating at The Cheesecake Factory. After we finished gorging ourselves, we moseyed back onto the bus and drove home. It was an absolutely amazing weekend, and I had a blast with some of my closest friends.

This week is nice and's a brief view of my schedule.

Monday: Bible study: 6:30-8 p.m.
Tuesday: FREE DAY
Wednesday: Work: 8-12; Office: 2-5; Pre-service worship: 6-6:30; Midweek: 6:30-7:30
Thursday: Work: 8-12
Friday: P3: 4-7
Saturday: Work: 8-2; P3: 4-6:30; Babysitting: 7-9

Just typing this schedule out makes me tired. I hope you all have a fab week! :)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Remember When...

-Remember when I didn't blog for a month?

I had no clue that it had been over a month since I blogged until I looked at the date on my last post. Oops. A lot has happened in that time, so this post will probably be uber long and filled with obnoxious pictures. Ready?

-Remember when I went to Disney World?

Best week ever. Ash, Lori, and I left Springtown on a Monday, and had five fun-filled days in FL. The highlights of the trip? Let's just say I plowed into an elderly couple on the Disney shuttle. My bad folks...It was such a nice time to just chill. We left Saturday afternoon to head back to the 4-1-7.

                                                                Enjoying the sunshine

                                                            Safari ride in Animal Kingdom

                                                                       The castle!

                                                     We had an encounter with some rain...

                                                         Buzz and Woody were a hit!

                                                         Last night in the Magic Kingdom

                                             We ordered a town car and got a limo...oh yes.

-Remember when we had DNOW?

DNOW is one of my favorite student ministry events. For a whole weekend it's just you, your friends, and God. Worship, services, and small group sessions. I'm so glad I got to be a part of it!

-Remember when I burned my arm?

I happened to burn my pretty nicely while taking croutons out of the oven at work Saturday. Those darn croutons..

-Remember when Jesus rose from the grave?

Easter was yesterday, and for the first time in sixteen years the Easter bunny skipped my house. I did get a solid milk chocolate bunny though, so all was not lost. We got ready, picked my grandma up and then went to service at church. After service we ate lunch at the White River Conference Center.

-Remember when I stopped writing and let you get back to your life?

That happens now. Have a fab week!

Friday, February 24, 2012


I'm back.

For today at least.

Not blogging has been a huge weight off of my shoulders.

This past month has been pretty strange, in good and bad ways. To start off with the good, it's less than three weeks until spring break! And spring break means Disney World with Ashlyn! We will be running all around the park, acting like six year old's, and loving it. I can't wait for that warm Florida air. Speaking of warm air, it's been like 50 degrees here for the past week or so. In February. Crazy. I also got a job! I'm washing dishes at Lola's, a local cafe here. It's a fast paced job, and it keeps me on my toes. Tomorrow I'm getting a new bed. I'm moving up from a twin to a queen...finally! Now I'll be over to roll over in bed instead of rolling out.

Now for the bad. I got sick in the bathroom at work yesterday, so I'm working on getting back to 100%. That's about's been pretty good lately.

Well folks, that's all...have a great week, and be blessed!

Thursday, January 26, 2012


I haven't written in a while, and to be honest, I'm not apologetic about that. It's been a rough week, and I just need some time to think and breathe. Maybe when I get all of these jumbled up thoughts in my head straightened out, I'll be back, but right now I need a break.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Tebow, Hair, and Schedules.

What a week! I love the parties surrounding NY, but it seems like January always just drags on and on.

I love Tim Tebow. Seriously, the guy is amazing. Maybe he isn't the best quarterback (a point proven by tonight's game), but he is a great guy. How many celebrities that make millions of dollars every year give all the glory to God? You could probably count them on one hand. Plus, he is kind of gorgeous...

My hair and I have had a hate-hate relationship lately. I want it to look nice, it wants to look like I missed my KISS audition. Oy. I did mess around with it tonight and came up with a new style that I like. Now if it will only cooperate for church in the morning, I'll be happy.

The 2012 calendar that I bought is already filled with little black scribbles telling me when the NHS play is, when the mission trips are, and when I will have a minuscule amount of free time. My poor brain is on overload.

Here is a sneak peek at my schedule for this next week:

Sunday: Small groups, 10:31, Retirement party for a staff member, family birthday party.
Monday: Homework, hanging out with Josh, Ashlyn, and Cory.
Tuesday: Co-op
Wednesday: School, office, babysitting, prayer and worship, Midweek.
Thursday: School, office.
Friday: School, prayer gathering, mix event.
Saturday: babysitting.

I am going to need lots of energy drinks these next few days!

In other news, I went to see Ashlyn in The Drowsy Chaperon on Thursday night. It was wonderful! Ashlyn played the part of Kitty, and she was phenomenal, as usual. I'm excited to see her as the lead in The Man Who Came to Dinner in March.

I also just finished baking 72 mini cupcakes for my small group in the morning. They were stacked so high on the plate that I couldn't fit the glass cover over them! I still have to get up in the morning and ice them, but that shouldn't be a problem.

Proof of my baking skills...and stacking skills.

Well, I am off to bed, but before I go, I'd like to share some prayer requests with you.

-My friend's grandma was in a bad car accident involving a deer on Wednesday. She has a lot of glass in her eyes, and she goes to see a plastic surgeon on Monday.

-There is a group of people, including one of our student associates and an intern, flying back from Africa tomorrow. Pray for safe travel for them.

-My friend's sister was supposed to have her baby on Wednesday, but she is still hanging on. The doctors think that the baby might be breach and that they might have to do a c-section. Pray for health for mama and baby girl.

Be blessed!

Sunday, January 8, 2012


Tonight at Bible study, we studied Genesis chapters 2 and 3. These chapters explain Eve being created, Eve and Adam sinning, their punishment, and their banishment from the Garden.

"So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.
   But for Adam no suitable helper was found. 21 So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh." Gen 2:20-21

Even though Adam was in control of and had the companionship of thousands and thousands of animals, he was still lonely. His soul still craved another human being. And instead of creating Adam 2.0, God created Eve. She wasn't macho or strong; she was quiet and soft. She needed the strength of Adam, and Adam needed the comfort and solace that she provided.

So many women try to do the job of a man. I'm not saying that women are trying to build things and race cars. What I am saying is that women try to take charge. We want things to run our way. We want to be successful both at home and in our career. We want to rise to the top of the corporate ladder and fight for respect. That's not how it should be. Working and providing for a family is the job of a man. The women's job is to build up a strong home. She should raise up strong and holy children, and she should challenge her husband in his walk with God.

The man said,
   “This is now bone of my bones
   and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’
   for she was taken out of man.” Gen. 2:23

Adam needed Eve. He wasn't satisfied until she was by his side. He didn't want someone who would try and tell him how to do his job, or sit around all day, doing nothing. He desired someone who would make him dinner, who would praise him when he had done well, and help him to do better when he failed. He needed Eve.

Girls: Guys need to be needed. You alone were created for man. Wait for God to bring that perfect man into your life. And when he does, be ready to embrace him just as he is.

Guys: We try. We try so hard to please you. From our hair and makeup, to trying to make conversation, we want that approval. Don't flirt with us if you don't mean it. But if you truly feel like God has led you to a certain girl, don't hide it. Let her know.

I would encourage you to read the book Captivating by John and Stasi Eldridge. They are an amazing couple, and they have so aptly captured the desires of a woman's heart.

Be blessed!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Happy January!

It's 2012 my friends? It seems like good ole 2011 just flew right by!

Here's a small recap of the highlights of 2011:

-I started blogging! Can you believe it's been almost a year?

-I got to help put on a prom for a group of special needs students.

-We went to Houston and experienced God in new and exciting ways.

-We went to camp at a new location, and felt God move in powerful ways. We also enjoyed the lake, the food, and the fellowship.

-I got to celebrate my best friends sweet 16.

-I got my very first mode of transport. Yes, I am talking about Darrell. Also known as my truck.

-My sweet 16 came and went in the light of a day at co-op.

-I got to celebrate my birthday with some of my very best friends. And we killed Just Dance 2...

-Christmas was a blast, as usual.

-I was able to ring in the new year with some amazing people!

I was so incredibly blessed last year, and I'm so excited to see what the Lord is going to do this year!

Have a happy new year, and be blessed!