Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Winter Wonderland~ Photo Shoot

A friend, who happens to be an AMAZING photographer, asked if was interested in being a second shoot for a photo shoot she was doing. Of course I was thrilled accept, and I had SO much fun. It was a "Winter" themed shoot (obviously) and there was snow on the ground which was perfect. Half way through it started raining so we had to shoot while holding umbrella's, which was hard. Nevertheless, I got some great pictures and Treneka even helped me edit them! 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Sunday Snapshot- {Red & Black}

You really know I'm back when I take nice pictures for a Sunday Snapshot!
Yesterday I was able to second shoot for a friends Photo shoot! Which was super fun, and I will do a whole post on that in a few weeks. 
For today I thought you guys might want to see a little of Lily and Joshua! They were just so cute I decided to make it a Sunday Snapshot!

 Sweet Joshy still in his pajamas loves getting his picture taken.

 Lily has the most beautiful smile EVER! Like when did this kid become so photogenic?

Despite the fact I was upset with the lighting, their faces were just too adorable! I had to add this to the post.
Hope everyone is enjoying their December!

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will to men. [Luke 2:14]

Ni Hao Yall

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Catching Up!

First off, thank-you to the lovely people that welcomed me back into cyber world! I love you guys!
Second, I finished the family page so if you haven't checked it out, go take a look!
And to those of you who want a post about my brother's wedding, I will be posting about that in the (hopefully) near future. But not right now because much back-story will need to accompany that post, and I can't sit down an write all that. So, just be patient with me! :)

To get you back up to speed on my life I do a quick run through.

May We got a kitten!!! Like OMG!! His name is Latimer!
 He is such a people cat, and lets Anna-Grace and Ally do just about anything to him!

August Lily and Joshua started PreSchool! They are learning their alphabet, so far they have made it to "N".

September Aaron graduated "A" School in Great Lakes.

August-November We took field trips to Colonial Williamsburg..

.. Yorktown

... Mount Vernon and Montpelier.

October Lily and Joshua celebrated their 4th Birthday's at Chuck-E-Cheese.

October Ally got her ears pierced for her 9th Birthday

..and celebrated at FunLand.

November Judah Alexander was born! He is my Mom and Dad's best friends fifth child! So he's like a little brother to me!

Isn't he darling?!

Last week-end Mom, Dad, and I went to the Operation Christmas Child processing center!

So, obviously it's not everything that happened while I was gone, but it's a lot of what happened!

See ya guys soon!

Monday, November 25, 2013

A LONG break.

In case you didn't notice, I've been gone a while. Truly, I don't know how it happened. My life was just in a phase of boring. I know, lame excuse. However, I also got REALLY busy when school started. My workload went up again, so I just didn't feel like blogging when I had free time. So, Sorry! I'm going to try to better. I can't promise lots of posts. But when I do, I promise they'll be thorough. Which means, I'll need ideas, like, what do you guys want to read? Your the readers, what interests you? 

If you didn't noticed, I changed a few things! (It's my way) I have an "About Me" page which you can read by clicking the picture of me and Joshua to your right! --->
I'm also working on a "Family" page which isn't done yet, but I let you know when it is!

So be on the look out for my next real post!
Missed you guys!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

{Haiti} A Special Little Girl

I think in life many of us have a plan/picture of what it looks like. We have a general idea of what we will do, or hope to do. I can say for myself, I'm not "ordinary". For a fifteen-year-old female living in the 21st Century in the USA, i'm a bit "odd". 

-I am home-schooled
-I am a Christian
-I live in a family of eight
-I have been to China twice
-I have traveled to Haiti
-I literally "picked out" my little brother
-I do not have a cell phone, a car, or a boyfriend
-My house does not have cable television
-I do not own my own laptop
-...You get the point

For the time that I live in and my age, I don't follow the pattern of a typical American teenager.
I'm different. Don't get get me wrong, I'm not downing that. It's just that I am finally realized how "weird" I am. If this is sounding like I have self-image problems, I don't! It's just my wording.

For those of you who follow me on Instagram, or know me in life, you know that I just returned from Haiti on Sunday. In one single week, eight days, I experienced a lifetime of excitement, adventure, and sorrow. I visited Haiti's largest Tent City where Malaria, Typhoid, and Cholera dwell. I walked through hospital of dying people with no medical care. I have had ten little girls pull my hair in all directions. I have fed starving children, played with orphans, and loved a child beyond comprehensibility.  

This is Neila (Like Leila but with an N).

A child, simple, and innocent. I didn't plan our relationship, but God did.
On Tuesday, the second day of VBS as we are cleaning up and gathering supplies, a small little girl runs behind me grabs my legs and giggles. I glance behind to see a little black face and brown eyes smiling up at me. I grabbed her little hand and she reached up for me to carry her. So I picked up that big 5-6 year old girl and carried her back to Cross to Light (The place we were staying). She came into my room sat on the floor and mimicked my every move. From then on it was simple love. Each day we grew closer and closer.

I began to realize I would be leaving soon. It ripped my heart to think about it, so I didn't. Despite my hopes, Saturday did come. I honestly felt sick to my stomach. The feeling when your nervous was how I felt all day before I left. Ten minutes before we left I sat down with her in my arms and cried. I don't think I have been that sad since Luke died. Finally they called us to come outside, and I walked down the hill with tears streaming down my face. Then I handed her my sunglasses that at least thirty kids had asked for. "Keep these for me okay?" I told her and she nodded. I set her on the ground and walked to the Tap-Tap (A Taxi-like vehicle in Haiti). Abigail (a new close friend) climbed in before me, tears running down her face as well.We both sat there bawling as we waited to leave, fifty kids crowded around watching us cry. I looked over and Neila stood in the crowd with my sunglasses sitting on her head. I smiled and blew her a few kisses. Pastor Brian (the director of Cross to Light) picked her up and look at me and said, "I look after her for you!" and then kissed her cheek. After he put her down the Tap-Tap began to move and we drove away with Neila in the distance wearing my sunglasses. 
Leaving her was the hardest thing I have ever done. 

I will love you for you, not for what you have done, or what you will become.
I will love you for you, I will give you the love, the love that you never knew.

In my journal today I read something I wrote before I left.

June 27th, 2013
"...In my heart I know there is someone special there. Someone I will dread leaving, someone who will change my life. It is only days until I see their face."
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Braces {F.A.Q}

Looking back on my blog I realized that I never really went into Joshua's braces.
He's had them so long I forget exactly when he got them! Anyway, I thought I'd answer a few frequently asked questions.

Does he wear them all the time? Pretty much. Every night we try to give him about 30 minutes to an hour of "free time" just to let his legs and feet air out.
Does he wear them in his bath? No, which is one reason he LOVES bath-time, because he's free from his braces! {Same with swimming, he will get them off during that time.}
So he wears them to bed too? Yes, at first bedtime was a uncomfortable, but he's totally used to them now. He also has another set of straps that are put on for bedtime only. {They aren't in the picture}
Can he walk with them on? He can run in his braces! They don't slow him down a bit. He does have to be careful on hardwood, concrete, and tile so he doesn't slip. 
Can he wear shoes over his braces? He can, it just takes a bit of extra work. I think we also bought a size up, either way, we get em' on!
Are they difficult to put on and remove? For me, the big sister, I don't put them on very often, so when I do I have trouble figuring out with braces goes on which leg. As for taking them off, it easy, I caught Lily taking them off him the other day!
Does Joshua ever try to take them off? Joshua was told the first night {very sternly by Daddy} not to touch his brace straps, and I have never seen him take them off or try. Lily, as I said above, did! {She was quickly told not too}
How long will he be in braces? Joshua will be wearing braces for a long time, all of his growing years.
How does Joshua like the braces? He really doesn't seem to mind them at all. He adjusted really quickly. He actually began walking a week after he got them!

Those are most of the usual questions. If you think of any others, comment! :)

Saturday, May 11, 2013

It's Been Awhile + FOLLOWERS NEWS

Hopefully you guys don't hate me because I haven't posted in a month. I had no idea it was that long!
In that month a lot happened. First Joshua got his casts of and is now in braces. That's the biggest thing.
This past week Mom needed a week away. So for Mother's Day she went down to Florida for a Mom-cation. Another big thing is tomorrow she'll be coming home in a new van! 
Our van had been giving a lot of problems so we decided it was time for a new one. I'll hopefully have pictures of that later.

While Mom was away we stayed with our Grandparents who live nearby.
We just came back this morning.

Now comes the technical blog stuff. Apparently Google Friend Connect is closing. So everyone seems to be switching over to Bloglovin. So I am doing the same. I went through this afternoon and added all the blogs i'm following to Bloglovin, I had no idea how many there were! And I am asking you to continue following mine! :) 

Follow on Bloglovin
Either through Bloglovin
or by email: which is to the side >

Thank-you SO much for being a follower! I love your guys!
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Friday, April 5, 2013

When the Rain Falls- {Faithful Fridays}

Troubles come. No one lives a perfect life. Everyone feels pain, loneliness, desolation.
It is how we handle ourselves when it comes. Sometimes it's just a drop, a disappointment, something small. Sometimes it's a sprinkle, a lost hope. But what about when it rains, the lightning cracks, the thunder is shouting in your face, what then? When the wind is whipping your face and you have no where to hide. No shelter, no safe haven. Where then will you go? 
When you realize the storm isn't passing, and you have to face it, what's your response? 

Life isn't all sunshine and roses, it isn't good times and happy memories. Sometimes it's bitterness, grief, and anger. What will you do if your alone in a storm? When everyone has left you, and there is no visible help? 

Hopefully your answer is, run to God. However, in the stir of the moment, we can forget. 

Because, no matter what, you're never alone. Even when the world, people, and friends leave you, He is with you. He is all you need. No person, can fill emptiness like Jesus can. 
He has not left me alone. {John 8:29}
Do you feel alone? Lost, scared, and deserted? Like no one is there for you
Even when it feels hopeless, there is hope. No matter what you may feel, Jesus is always there. Even when it pours, and the wind blows, there is always a still small voice, to comfort, and to protect you.

Every step, every breath you are there.
Every tear, every cry, every prayer.
In my hurt, and my worst, when my world falls down,
Not for a moment, will you forsake me. 
~Meredith Andrews~

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Linking up with Faithful Fridays

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Vlog #2: Q and A


Please submit your ideas for my next video!!! :)

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Real Reason

I am terribly sorry, but today I do not have Easter pictures.. because, well.. I have none.
Only one person went to church on Sunday, and there were no Easter baskets or egg hunts. Anna Grace, Ally, Joshua, and myself were all sick. Last Tuesday, I fell sick with the Flu. The rest soon followed. Yesterday Lily became sick as well. So as you can see, there are no Easter pictures. 

But then again, are we ignoring the real reason for Easter?

We are all guilty of it, myself included. How often is our first thoughts of Easter on candy, and gifts, and prizes? I do.
I won't make this a lengthy post. But I have to post something Christ-related for Easter. 
Luke 24:3
...But when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

Hopefully we'll have a do-over next week-end, and try this Easter stuff again! :)
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013