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.

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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?

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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

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Blessings!


Monday, August 4, 2014

Faithful Friday, in a Monday Night Kind of Way

Hey!

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). 

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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.

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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!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Liebster Blog Award in which I was Twice Nominated

My good cyber friend, Jessica Joy, nominated me, followed by Mikayla. What an awesome welcome home from camp!



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Here's how it works:

List 11 facts about yourself
Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you
Nominate 9 bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers (you can’t nominate the blogger who nominated you)
Ask them 11 questions
Let them know about the nomination

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Here are my eleven facts:

1. I am happy right now because I looked at my calendar for this upcoming school year. Our Christmas break is almost five weeks long this year! Whoop whoop! (Perks of private school ;)

2. I had an amazing time at camp the past three weeks. We went on a five day wilderness trip. It was exhausting and we got dirty (read: nasty, and bug spray became our new perfume and deodorant) after five shower-less days, but it was a great experience. I also did a lot of riflery and got my sharpshooter VIII.

3. I sleeptalk and sleepwalk a ton every night.

4. Purity before marriage and saving my heart for the one God has for me is very important to me.

5. I went to Six Fl@gs the day before camp and I had a blast. I was slightly apprehensive before each ride, but I rode them all and had a blast.

6. I never eat the white of Oreos. Just the cookies. :) The middle is disgusting.

7. I'm a huge smoothie nut. If you have any awesome smoothie recipes, please don't hesitate to forward them to me.

8. My friend, Molly, told me that you can make raw cookie dough without eggs and it tastes the same. The eggs are apparently only so that they can expand (or do something) in the oven.

9. I love puppies. I'm not identifying  myself as a dog person because I don't have a cat. I think cats are not all bad and they falsely have a bad name in the dog world because so many dog lovers are allergic, and many have claws. A few of my friends have cats, and I have to admit they are pretty cute and sweet and cuddly. BUT I still prefer dogs to cats any day.

10. Back to food, macaroni and cheese is my favorite food, followed my smoked gouda. I have an amazing mac n cheese recipe from scratch that I must share with y'all sometime.

11. I am a total tea nut. I could drink it all day. :) My current favorite flavor is chamomile citrus. MHMMMM so good.

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Here are the questions from Jessica for me to answer:

   1.) What is Your Favorite Genre of Music? Hmmm... I'm not sure. I guess contemporary Christian. That's most of what I listen to.

   2.) If You Could Have One Of The Following Talents, Which Would You Pick?  Do You Have Any Of These Already? Can I say all the above?     A. Singing     B. Being Athletic     C. Good Public Speaker

   3.) If You Could Live The Life of One Person, Either Dead or Alive, For A Week, Who Would You Be? Someone extremely, extremely popular just to see what it is actually like. I know it is not what it looks like, and its easier to have a group of closer friends that are good, wholesome influences.

   4.) Do You Ever Wear Makeup or Nail Polish? Yep. I used to always wear nail polish but I don't wear it much anymore. I wear makeup, but not much at all. If you looked at me I'm not sure if you'd know or not (at least that's what my goal is). I just wear concealer, powder, and mascara. It's super light and barely noticeable.

   5.) Do You Like Bagels? YYYYYEEEEESSSSSS! Our local bagel shop has an extremely cheesy cheese bagel. On my birthday, we ordered one with 3x the amount of cheese on it. AAAAHHHH so good.

   6.) Do You Like Hot Tea? YYYYEEEEESSSSSS!!!!! Hot tea and bagels are my two favorite things. AAAAAHHHHH so good!!

   7.) What Is Your Least Favorite Chore? Cleaning bathrooms. :)

   8.) Do You Ever Wear High Heels? I could never walk. :-) I had a pair a couple years ago for my orchestra concerts, but I couldn't walk well. :)

   9.) If You Could Have Any Super Power, what would you have? I would fly, of course!

  10.) Would You Rather Visit Britian, France, or Japan? Japan sounds the most appealing and fun. The culture there is so neat. They have hotels where you have a little bed cubby with a curtain. The Duggars stayed in one when they went to Japan.

  11.) Do you prefer old or new houses? It depends on the house. I love all the history and fun quirks in old homes, but I typically prefer newer homes. Partially for the crazy clean new paint smell. :)

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And here are the questions from Mikayla:

1. What is your favorite quote? John 14:27 - "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." I love this verse because it is such a reminder that the God doesn't always give us what we think we need. Sometimes, He simply gives us all the comfort and peace we need instead of fixing the problem. When He does this, I feel His presence and power even more than I would if He had simply fixed the problem.

2. Do you like Robin Hood? Never read it or seen the movie.

3. Whats your least favorite color? That certain shade of light blue just irritates me. It looks more teal here. I love teal, but I hate blue blues. *Shudder*






4. Where is your favorite place to just think? The shower and bed!5. Do you like bamboo? Yeah, it's pretty as decoration.6. Whats your favorite name? Sophia Michelle is a pretty name that just popped in my head. :)7. Do you like Iced Tea? If it is Arnold Palmer. :) Plain old iced tea is good too, but I prefer hot tea and sweet tea (especially Chick fil @'s sweet tea.)8.  Do you like gummy bears? They are okay, I guess, but I prefer other candies.9. Who is your favorite musicians (Or band)? Right now I am really enjoying Natalie Grant. 



10. Are you on Goodreads? Nope, but sometimes I go onto it.11. Are you awesome or ultra awesome? I'm confused about this question. :) I guess ultra awesome?


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I nominate whoever wants to do this!