Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Polar Express


One of my highlights this Christmas season was watching "The Polar Express" for the first time.  I can't believe I have not seen that movie until this year (it came out in 2004).  I kept planning to watch it days prior to Christmas, but never got around to it.  I had Ryan record it for me and I finally watched it on Christmas day all wrapped up in a blanket on the couch.  I ADORED it.  It is a children's movie, but it had SO much meaning behind it.  If you haven't seen it, it is about a boy that has little faith in Santa Clause.  Therefore, he gets put on the list to be picked up by The Polar Express train that is headed for the North Pole.  The children on the train get to see Santa for themselves.  The whole train experience continues to build the little boy's faith in Santa Clause.  When he finally gets to the North Pole, the boy struggles and struggles to see Santa because all of the elves are cheering and blocking his view.  Finally, the little boy gets chosen to recieve the first gift from Santa and he receives a bell off of one of the reindeers.  He puts the bell in his pocket (which has a hole in it) and ends up losing it.  When he gets home, the next morning the bell is wrapped and under the tree with a letter from Santa.  He shakes the bell in his ear and hears it ring.  When he hands it to his parents, they think it is broke because they cannot hear it ring.  The bell will only ring for those who truly believe.

Now for the meaning behind it?  I related it to having faith in Jesus.  When things are going wrong, or when we just don't feel like Jesus is there, it is hard to have faith.  In the movie, the little boy has trouble believing in Santa (who is ironically labeled as the "Big Man").  He encounters a hobo and the conversation is as follows: 

Hobo: What exactly is... is your persuasion on the Big Man, since you brought him up?
The Boy: Well, I... I want to believe... but...
Hobo: But you don't want to be bamboozled. You don't want to be led down the primrose path! You don't want to be conned or duped. Have the wool pulled over your eyes. Hoodwinked! You don't want to be taken for a ride. Railroaded!
Hobo: Seeing is believing. Am I right? (via)

For a lot of us seeing IS believing.  But like the conductor says in the movie, "Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can't see." (via) That is what faith is all about.  Believing in what we CAN'T see. 

In the movie, when the kids get back on the train, the conductor stamps the tickets of the three main kids in the movie.  Using a hole punch, he spells a word on each of the kids' tickets.  The word relates to that kid.  He spells "Lead" on the ticket of a girl who has great faith.  He spells "Depend On, Lean On, Count On" on a ticket pf a boy that has little trust.  He spells "Learn" on a ticket of a boy who thinks he knows-it-all.  And he spells "Believe" on the main little boy's ticket.  Those words provide life lessons for us all.  Instead of being know-it-alls, we should learn the truth, believe in the truth, trust in the truth, and be a leader for the truth. 

Such a powerful children's movie.  I found an awesome free Bible study for children based on "The Polar Express."  You can find it here.  And make sure to check out the movie!  I hope to purchase it and the book. 

Hope everyone had a Merry CHRISTmas!

Friday, December 7, 2012

The Hope Series: Day One



As I am going through some difficult times in my life, I have decided to start a blog series on HOPE.  I often times have trouble finding hope in difficult situations.  I thought writing about hope would help me as well as others out there.  I was given an awesome book last week titled, "Lies Women Believe" by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.  I found this passage in the book, wrapped my heart around it, and have been carrying it with me all week: 

"Do not look forward to the changes and chances of this life in fear; rather look to them with full hope that, as they arise, God, whose you are, will deliver you out of them.  He has kept you hither-to,--do you but hold fast to His dear hand, and He will lead you safely through all things; and, when you cannot stand, He will bear you in His arms....The same everlasting Father who cares for you today, will take care of you to-morrow, and every day.  Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it.  Be at peace then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations."

-Francis de Sales, Daily Strength for Daily Needs, ed. Mary W. Tileston (Boston: Little, Brown, 1899), 29.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Sorry For Party Rockin'

Happy (Late) Halloween!
 
(My nephews rocked out LMFAO costumes!)

Friday, October 19, 2012

Weekend Plans

My plans for this weekend consist of...
staying at my sister's all weekend to see this little guy and while there...
partaking in some Halloween festivities...
indulging in some Jack in the Box...
and hopefully watching Pitch Perfect!
 
What are your guys' plans?
 
Happy Weekend xoxo
 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

10,000 Reasons


I cannot get through this song without shedding tears.  Such a beautiful song.  




Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Light a Candle

It is amazing how God works in our lives.  Last night, I experienced him at work.  I arrived at dance, ready to teach my cloggers.  The studio owner, and my dear friend, walks by me and I noticed her adorable scarf that she was wearing.  I instantly told her how much I loved it.  Her response?  She didn't just simply say thanks and continue on with her business.  She took the scarf from around her neck and gave it to me.  It was such a simple act that meant so much.  It really made me think.  Would I ever just give someone something off of my back?  She is such an amazing person, and I let her know how much it meant to me later that night.  She responded back and mentioned that she lives by this verse:  "Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." -1 Thessalonians 5:11.  After I read it, I just stared at the screen for awhile.  Why?  Because that was my cloggers' weekly Bible verse that I chose for this week.  Neat, huh?  I later was browsing Pinterest and came across the quote below:  "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle."  The quote fit perfectly with the verse.  When you encourage someone else, or build someone up, whether it be by giving out a compliment, smiling at a stranger, or even giving someone a scarf from around your neck, you are spreading your own light by lighting another candle.  And the result?  You lose nothing.  In fact, you gain everything.  So, this Halloween, when you see a jack-o-lantern glowing in the darkness from the candle that is lit inside of it, remember what you have the power to do with your own light.  As I watched one of my favorite Halloween shows last night, Halloweentown, I watched Marnie light the great pumpkin at the end of the movie in order to ward out the evil in the town.  What was the result of her lighting the pumpkin?  She unfroze all of the people of the town that had been affected by the evil spirit.  She made Halloweentown a better place, by simply making a move, and spreading the light.  Will you light someone's candle this Halloween? :)



Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Fall Bucket List


So I really should be doing homework right about now, but I decided to make a blog post instead.  I am a little late with the whole fall thing, but today, I am really excited about fall.  I made a "Fall Bucket List."  I've already completed a few of them.  Last weekend, Ryan and I went to my cousins for a bonfire.  We also slept in and watched a scary movie last weekend.  Well, I shouldn't even call it a scary movie, it was anything but.  Note to everyone:  Do not watch "Cabin in the Woods."  So, I'm gonna have to watch another scary movie before October is up!  Anyways, I've also already had pumpkin ice cream this year.  So what's left....I want to walk the trails in our town and take in the crisp, autumn atmosphere.  I want to visit a pumpkin patch and purchase some white pumpkins.  I want to play in the leaves (we'll see if this happens, I'm always scared I'll get a tick).  I want to go to a haunted house...BUT I honestly don't know if I have the courage anymore.  I used to love them when I was in middle/high school.  I have grown up to be a huge baby.  I want to carve a pumpkin...ideas below.  I want to drink hot cider.  I want to read a book...particularly a Harry Potter book.  I desperately want to start the Harry Potter series in the fall, because I feel like it fits.  I'm so behind on my reading because of school!  I want to bake Halloween cookies.  I want to use this delish cut-out-cookie recipe, found here (seriously, best cut-out-cookies, ever).  I want to go on a date with Ryan :).  I want to paint my nails...picture below.  I can't wait to watch our town's annual parade!  I want to make a Halloween craft....picture below.  And last, but not least, I want to bake a pie!  So...we'll see if all of this gets accomplished :). 
Happy Fall Everyone!!
 

Carving ideas...
 

Harry Potter.  Is this little Dobby outfit not adorable?  
Nail idea...love the pink.  
Craft idea...spider made out of beads!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Instagram

Omg.  I have not been on here in ages.  I have been sooooo busy with school.  I just want to sleep for a full day straight.....anyways...here are a few pics I have taken in the spare time that I have had :)
 Out to eat for both of my sisters' birthdays
 Ryan's peppers...that he whipped out of his pocket at the restaurant...smh
 Me and Ryan
 Chillin' with "Uncle" Ry Ry
 Oreo pudding poke cake...'nuff said
 Free coffee with a best friend
 $1.00 glasses for my clogging students!
THE best deep fried mushrooms EVER

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

You Are More

You Are More
Tenth Avenue North
 
There's a girl in the corner
With tear stains on her eyes
From the places she's wandered
And the shame she can't hide

She says, "How did I get here?
I'm not who I once was.
And I'm crippled by the fear
That I've fallen too far to love"

But don't you know who you are,
What's been done for you?
Yeah don't you know who you are?

You are more than the choices that you've made,
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes,
You are more than the problems you create,
You've been remade.

Well she tries to believe it
That she's been given new life
But she can't shake the feeling
That it's not true tonight

She knows all the answers
And she's rehearsed all the lines
And so she'll try to do better
But then she's too weak to try

But don't you know who you are?

You are more than the choices that you've made,
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes,
You are more than the problems you create,
You've been remade.

You are more than the choices that you've made,
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes,
You are more than the problems you create,
You've been remade.

'Cause this is not about what you've done,
But what's been done for you.
This is not about where you've been,
But where your brokenness brings you to

This is not about what you built,
But what He built to forgive you,
And what He built to make you know.

You are more than the choices that you've made,
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes,
You are more than the problems you create,
You've been remade.

You are more than the choices that you've made,
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes,
You are more than the problems you create,
You've been remade.

You've been remade
You've been remade.
You've been remade.
You've been remade.
 
 
 

Saturday, September 8, 2012

My Knuffle Bunny


As I was on Pinterest this morning, I created a "Children's Books" category and started searching for some favorite books of mine to put in a future classroom.  I came across the "Knuffle Bunny" series.  This series is about a young girl and her favorite stuffed animal named "Knuffle Bunny."  It made me think of my own knuffle bunny.  When I was little, I was given a stuffed kitten that purs when you shake it.  I absolutely fell in love with it and named it "Kitty."  I brought my kitty with me EVERYWHERE.  Whenever I would be sad, I would find Kitty and squeeze her really tightly.  I just loved her.  I now STILL have my Kitty.  And now...I sometimes even get her out when I'm feeling really down, and give her a tight squeeze.  Kitty has been with me through so many memories and she always seemed to make things better :)  She is like my whole childhood squeezed into a stuffed kitten.  So I was wondering...do you guys have a knuffle bunny??
 


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Instagram

 Ryan and I went to Outback Steakhouse Saturday night.  Had to get the bloomin' onion.  Yum.
This little guy (it's a rabbit, if you can't tell) was just sitting on Ryan's sidewalk.  He had a nest of little bunnies in the yard.  They were so precious.
 Some red wine with a homemade dinner of teriyaki chicken and brown rice.  Double Yum.
 New bracelet.  I just love the pastel colors, and the fact that it's a cross, of course ;)
 To let my bangs grow out or not?  Tough decision.
 New Scentsy warmer.  Love, Love, Love.
 Another new Scentsy warmer.  I had a party, so I got alot of free stuff ;)
Strawberry cheesecake ice cream.  So delish. 
 
 
Happy Tuesday!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Fantasizing on a Friday

Today, I wish I were on this boat at my old lake cottage in the evening all cuddled up in warm, comfy clothes.  Taking evening boat rides in our sweathshirts was the absolute best.  There is just such a sense of peace being out on the water.  I miss our lake more and more each day.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Guilty Dog!

I came across this video this morning and had to share!  It is the cutest!  My dog smiles the same way that this dog does.  Adorable.

 
Happy Saturday!

Friday, August 24, 2012

My 100th Post: Kiri from My Lovely Life

 

Yay! It's my 100th post today!  And my best friend, Kiri, from My Lovely Life has agreed to answer 100 random, quirky questions for my blog (to go along with the "100" theme)! I chose Kiri to guest post for my 100th post because she is the one that helped me start my blog.  She helped me with its start, its design, etc.  And she continues to give me tips along the way.  If you haven't stumbled upon Kiri's "lovely" blog yet, go visit her here.  She blogs all about her life, including her new fixed-up home, her cowboy husband, yummy recipes that she has tried, and fun DIY projects. 
 
Thanks Kiri, for introducing me to Blog Land, and for being my bestest! :)
 

1.      Are you an innie or an outie? Innie
2.      Do you like catsup on or beside your fries? Beside
3.      Have you ever written a book? Not yet...I’d love to though!
4.      Do you slurp your drink after it's gone? Absolutely not
5.      Have you ever blown bubbles in your milk? Probably
6.      Would you rather eat a Big Mac or a Whopper? Neither...hamburger freaks me out anyways, especially fast food hamburgers.
7.      True or False: You would rather eat steak than pizza. False.
8.      Did you have a baby blanket? not one that I slept with or carried around.
9.      Have you ever tried to cut your own hair? No.
10.  Have you ever had a birthday party at McDonalds? Yes, in preschool.
11.  Can you flip your eye-lids up? Eew! Eyes freak me out.
12.  If you could be any age, what age would you be? Hmm...I’d love to go back to being about 7, but just for a day.
13.  Do you ride roller coasters? Yes, but I close my eyes the whole time.
14.  What's your favorite carnival ride? I don’t ride carnival rides. lol
15.  Have you ever eaten a dog biscuit? Nope, but apparently my mom had to dig cat food out of my mouth when I was a toddler.
16.  If so, would you eat another one? No.
17.  If you were in a car sinking in a lake, what would you do first? Panic. Then break the window.
18.  Have you ever ridden in an ambulance? Nope, but my hubby does on a daily basis ;)
19.  Can you pick something up with your toes? Lots of things.
20.  How many remote controls do you have in your house? Two.
21.  Would you rather be rich and unhappy, or poor and happy? Poor and happy.
22.  If you fell into quicksand, would you try to swim or try to float? So random, that I can’t comprehend the question...swim?
23.  Do you ask for directions when you are lost? I call my husband or momma.
24.  Have you ever held a Mexican jumping bean? Yes!
25.  Are you more like Cinderella or Alice in Wonderland? Alice in Wonderland, I think.
26.  Would you rather have an ant farm with no ants or a box of crayons with broken points? Box of crayons. I would put them in a mini muffin tin and bake them to make new crayons...no points needed!
27.  Do you prefer light or dark bread? We only eat wheat. White bread is the devil.
28.  Do you prefer scrambled or fried eggs? Fried.
29.  Would you climb a very high tree to save a kitten? I don’t think I could climb a tree to save my own life, but I would definitely call someone who could climb a tree to save the kitten.
30.  Can you tell the difference between a crocodile and an alligator? Nope.
31.  Do you drink pepsi or coke? Pepsi, unless its cherry coke.
32.  Have you ever accidentally taken something from a hotel? Just free things, like soap, shampoo, and conditioner.
33.  Have you ever slipped in the bathtub? Yes.
34.  Bar soap or shower gel? Shower gel.
35.  Have you ever locked yourself out of the house? Not that I recall.
36.  Would you rather make your living as an actor or singer? Singer.
37.  If you could invite any movie star to your home for dinner, who would it be? Robert Pattinson, so I could comfort him from his recent breakup, of course.
38.  Have you ever returned a gift? Many a time. Not yours, El.
39.  Would you give someone else a gift that had been given to you? No way!
40.  If you could attend an Olympic Event, what would it be? Gymnastics.
41.  If you could participate in an Olympic Event, what would it be? Gymnastics.
42.  What is your favorite breed of dog? Siberian Huskies are soo pretty.
43.  Would you donate money to feed starving animals in the winter? If I had extra.
44.  What is your favorite fruit? Blackberries.
45.  What is your least favorite fruit? Apples.
46.  What kind of fruit have you never had? Papaya...?
47.  If you won a $5,000 shopping spree to any store, which store would you pick? Home Depot.
48.  If you had to choose, what branch of the military would you be in? Terrifying question...I would be awful in the military.
49.  If you were to win a Grammy, what kind of music would it be for? Folk. lol
50.  If you were to win an Oscar, what kind of movie would it be for? A fairytale.
51.  Which of the five senses is most important to you? Sight, for sure.
52.  How many years will/did you end up going to college? Haha! A MILLION! or 6.
53.  Would you rather be a professional figure skater or professional football player? Figure skater.
54.  What do you like to collect? I don’t like collecting, becase I hate clutter.
55.  Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed? Closed. They absolutely have to be closed.
56.  Do you cut out coupons but then never use them? I will cut coupons for random things that I don’t ever use, but since there’s a coupon I think maybe I would buy it one day. Then the coupon expires, because I obviously never needed to buy the item.
57.  Do you ever count your steps when you walk? Only on steps.
58.  Have you ever peed in the woods? On an island.
59.  What do you drink with dinner? At home, juice or water.
60.  What do you dip a chicken nugget in? Bbq sauce.
61.  What movies could you watch over and over and still love? Stranger than fiction, The Notebook, the Twilights, Idiocracy, Despicable Me… lol
62.  Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine? Uh, no.
63.  Favorite kind of sandwich? Chicken.
64.  Best thing to eat for breakfast? Cereal. Any kind. Also for a late night snack.
65.  What is your usual bedtime? Way too late.
66.  Are you lazy? With things I don’t want to do.
67.  Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart? Wal-mart for groceries and everyday things. Tar-jay for fun stuff.
68.  Nike or Adidas? Nike.
69.  Cheetos Or Fritos? Cheetos.
70.  Peanuts or Sunflower seeds? Sunflower seeds.
71.  Ever take dance lessons? From the time I was 3-17.
72.  Hot tea or cold tea? Cold.
73.  Tea or coffee? Coffee.
74.  Sugar or snickerdoodles? Both.
75.  Best room for a fireplace? Living room.
76.  DJ or band, at a wedding? DJ.
77.  Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out? I have to tuck them in before we get in bed.
78.  Do you like to use post-it notes? No.
79.  Do you have freckles? I wish.
80.  Do you still watch cartoons? Occasionally.
81.  What is your Song of the week? We are never ever getting back together. I want to not like it, but damn Taylor Swift and her catchy songs.
82.  Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some? Can’t tell ya, or I’d have to kill ya.
83.  Can you change the oil on a car? That’s what my husband is for.
84.  When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween? A ballerina. Always a ballerina.
85.  Do you have any magazine subscriptions? Marie Claire.
86.  Which are better legos or lincoln logs? Lincoln logs made my miniature houses look more realistic. 
87.  Ever watch soap operas? I used to watch with my great-grandma when I was little. I still love catching them every once in awhile, because it takes me back to my childhood.
88.  Do you think musicals are cheesy? Like Glee? Yes, but I like cheesy.
89.  Is Christmas stressful? Moneywise. But it’s my favorite time of year!
90.  Favorite type of fruit pie? Not crazy about pie. I only really like pumpkin or coconut cream.
91.  Do you believe in ghosts? Nope.
92.  What do you wear to bed? A t-shirt or shorts and a tank.
93.  50 Shades or Twilight? Twilight.
94.  Do you dip your pizza in ranch? No.
95.  Wine or beer? Depends on my mood.
96.  Florida or Colorado? I’ve never been to Colorado, but I would like to go. But Florida has the beach, so Florida.
97.  Favorite Doritos flavor? Original.
98.  Favorite fast food joint? Wendy’s.
99.  Milk or dark chocolate? Dark. Yum.
100.   What is one question that you would add to this questionnaire? What super power would you like to have for a day?
Question sources:  Here and Here