Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Summer 2014

It's been good.

(Just too fast.)

School started today. I prefer summer over school, but I guess you early birds don't mind waking up before ten. My bed hasn't felt this warm since May, I tell ya!

Anywho, I had a good summer.

I didn't do anything to exciting. No trip to Africa or tour of Europe. Just plain ol' sleeping in and staying at home.  And camp for three weeks. I didn't even see my friends more than a few times, and as much as I love them, it was a nice break from real life. :)

We did go down south to visit grandparents a few weeks ago.

And way up north to the Upper Peninsula.

And up north, but a different state, a couple times. Beautiful sunsets... I hate living by a city.

Summer was good. School today? Not-so-good. It was certainly not bad, and I enjoyed it for the most part. It is a knee jerking transition, though, going from perfection to school. I will certainly be back in the swing of things this time next week, math and all.

What did y'all do this summer?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sunflowers... (Blog Award & Nominations)

Thank you very much to my sweet blogging friend, Jazzmin, for nominating me for this award!

I love everything about summer. No school, the beautiful weather, no school, amazing sunsets, no school, lot's of down time, no school, camp, flowers and all the summer colors, and most importantly, no school. :) 

As part of this award, I am to answer the ten questions that Jazzmin created for her nominees.  Here they are:

1.  What is your passion in life or your most favorite hobby that you are passionate about?

Photography. I love being able to capture and preserve beautiful moments in life that we will never get back. I love the community aspect of it, and I am always in the midst of an online class or two (or three). 

I am also very passionate about orphan care, specifically China. I firmly believe that we are commanded by God to care for orphans and widows. I love adoption as well, but I believe that visiting orphans and caring for them is just as important. Adoption is not the calling of every Christian family. Actually, I need to write a blog post about my thoughts on orphan care vs. adoption.

This has nothing to do with this, but a really good friend from school, Lauren, just got adopted baby sister last night. She had texted me, but (of course) I wasn't getting a signal. About an hour ago, I finally got her texts. I think Jazzmin heard me scream all the way from Texas. How loud was it, Jazzmin? :) It has truly been a blessing to watch this journey unfold.

2.  What is your favorite bible verse that most strengthens you?

How can I just choose one? 

3.  Where in the world would you like to travel to for your next vacation?

China, China, China. There was a missions trip I was hoping to go on this summer and it looked like it was going to work, but God just didn't open up that door. 

I also saw a special on TV about a resort in the Indian Ocean. It is absolutely beautiful, but really, I am not a millionaire.

Honestly, I don't care where I go, as long as there is no school.

4.  What about blogging do you most enjoy?

I love the community aspect of blogging. Getting to know and be blessed by sweet friends I would not know otherwise is a (fun) blessing.

5.  Your favorite style of music?

I listen to mostly Christian contemporary music.

6.  Do you know what your name means?  

Nope. :) I don't really like my name, which is why I shorten it to "Ty" mostly. People at school call me Ty, and friends from camp and my parents and everyone else in the world call me my full name.

7.  What type of landscape do you find most beautiful: mountains, prairies, canyons, beaches, etc.?

Really, I don't have a preference. Vacation is vacation and as long as there is no school, I am happy. I guess I like beaches, if I had to choose, because of the gorgeous sunsets.

8.  What is something nostalgic to you about your childhood that you cherish in your memories?

I have so many special memories with my grandmother. When I was younger, she would take me to the dollar store to pick out things. I remember that as a special time. She would also paint with me and take me to the park and read "Ramona Quimby" books to me.

9.  Which season is your favorite?

Well, I love summer because of no school and Spring because I can see the horizon of no school (do you sense a trend going on here)? I like fall because it is the best time for photography, and winter because of snow. In conclusion, I like all seasons, but summer is the best because of no school, but Fall and Winter have the best weather.

10.  If you could be a prodigy at something, what would you want it to be?

Doing homework quickly? :) I am not sure. I like not being super-duper-knock-your-socks-off-paparazzi-worthy good at stuff.


Here are the question for my beautiful nominees:

1. Do you have any pet peeves? 

2. I am in a breakfast rut. Tell me what you typically eat for breakfast.

3. Have you had any super awkward moments lately? (Sorry, I want to hear :) )

4. Are you better with babies or older people?

5. What all is on your Christmas wish list so far? (I made mine in May)

6. If you could go anywhere in the world, for free, tomorrow, where would it be?

7. What all have you done this summer?

8.  Tell me about your siblings!

9.  Dating or Courting?

10. What traits do you admire and not admire in guys?


And here are my six lovely nominees:

Jessica Joy from Almost Perfectly Pink

Lauren from Loving our Creator (She is amazing and such an inspiration... go check out her blog)

Joy from Doodlebug

Mikayla from Bubblegum Ballerina

Natasha from Savoring Each Moment

...and whoever else would like to do this



Monday, August 4, 2014

Faithful Friday, in a Monday Night Kind of Way


I haven't been doing Faithful Friday in what feels like forever. The business of summer gets to you. What else should one I do with an I-cant-sleep kind of night than blog? :) (PS I'm typing from my phone so ignore spelling mistakes and shorthand. Plus it is 2 am). 


Romans 8:26-27:

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

This verse has been a source of comfort to me recently. Granted, I haven't been stressed or gone through any trials this summer, but sometimes I just have those days when I am filled with worries and doubts for the future and for others. 

I love what the passage sheds light on. Though we do not know what we ought to pray for, the Spirit Himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 

Most of the time, I have no idea what I should specifically pray for with my concerns. I'm not a super-wordy-poetic-and-rehearsed-sounding-prayers kinda gal. When I talk to God, it sometimes resembles rambling. :) And He gets what I'm saying no matter how I'm saying it. It all comes down to the heart. I don't even have to try wording what I mean. 

Sometimes, we have no idea what to pray for, especially for others. When you see someone sad or hurt, we don't need to have the knowledge of the situation to pray, because the Lord knows what their needs are. 

We've all hoped and prayed God works out our problems in one way, but He's done it in a whole other way that was better for us. Verse 27 tells us that the Spirit intercedes for us in accordance to the will of God. That is oh-so-comforting to hear that God's plans, which are clearly much better than ours, will always be the plan.


So there is my 2am writings and thoughts. I have a feeling I will look at it tomorrow and look at my nighttime grammar and laugh. For now, I'll just hit publish.

Have a blessed week, friends!