Wednesday, December 7, 2011

oh hai...

My sister mentioned to me yesterday that I haven't posted on here in a while. And I haven't. Oops.

I've been so busy with school and other activities I haven't really even thought about my blog for a while. But thankfully I'm nearing Christmas break! College classes end this week, and after next Tuesday, I should be free from almost everything! Then I'll be able to get to my Christmas shopping. I've missed shopping! :)

Meanwhile in my life, I've been listening to a lot of music! Good stuff, man. First thing you should know, I am a huge fan of One Direction. What's better than a boy-band? A British one. Yepp.

They're soooo amazing, right? Great voices, nice to look at. ;)

Then I've been getting all Christmas-y with some new Christmas albums. I got Justin Bieber's Under the Mistletoe and Michael Bublé's Christmas albums to add to my always-growing collection.

Ahh. I can't explain my love for that song. Silent Night is definitely one of my favorite Christmas songs anyways, but his version is gorgeous. I'm glad he had it on the album. :)

I realized I was doing my Jollification last year! I completely forgot about it this year, but I wouldn't have had time to do one anyways. But! My good friend Kaeleen is doing a Christmas Countdown over at Carrying an Umbrella During a Drought, and I highly recommend that you hop on over there and see it because it's awesome. I love Christmastime so much, and reading lovely holiday posts just makes me happy. :)

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! And if for some reason I don't post again before Christmas, I hope you all have a  very merry Christmas as well. :)


Monday, October 31, 2011

dear refuge of my weary soul...

Dear refuge of my weary soul,
On Thee, when sorrows rise 
On Thee, when waves of trouble roll,
My fainting hope relies 
To Thee I tell each rising grief,
For Thou alone canst heal 
Thy Word can bring a sweet relief,
For every pain I feel

But oh! When gloomy doubts prevail,
I fear to call Thee mine 
The springs of comfort seem to fail,
And all my hopes decline
Yet gracious God, where shall I flee?
Thou art my only trust 
And still my soul would cleave to Thee 
Though prostrate in the dust

Hast Thou not bid me seek Thy face, 
And shall I seek in vain? 
And can the ear of sovereign grace, 
Be deaf when I complain?
No still the ear of sovereign grace,
Attends the mourner's prayer
Oh may I ever find access,
To breathe my sorrows there

Thy mercy seat is open still,
Here let my soul retreat 
With humble hope attend Thy will,
And wait beneath Thy feet, 
Thy mercy seat is open still,
Here let my soul retreat
With humble hope attend Thy will,
And wait beneath Thy feet

This past week has been a rough week for me emotionally, yesterday especially. 
I love this song so much and it can comfort me when no one else can.  
"Thy word can bring a sweet relief for every pain I feel." <3


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

first roll

A few weeks ago I saw an old Minolta camera in the thrift store. I got it, and I love it. :) It came with a decent lens already on, so all I had to do was change the batteries and get film! It's a Minolta X-370, and I'm not really sure how old it is. It's and SLR, manual focus. I've been wanting either a DSLR or an SLR camera, but the new ones are just so expensive that I hadn't gotten around to it. So now I have an old SLR. It was cheaper, and it's fun to use. :)

Here are a few pictures from the first roll. Only about 6 of the 24 turned out since I'm still trying to figure out all the settings. :P But I really like how these few turned out.

And I really like this one of the flowers but it was a little overexposed. :/

This is probably my favorite from the bunch. :P

Hope you're all having a splendid week!


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

a quick hello from the depths of homework


Just kidding, I have more to say than that.

For one of my AP English Language and Composition assignments, I had to analyze a speech. I picked A Time for Choosing by Ronald Reagan. Yeah yeah, cool. It's homework. w/e.

Get this. I have never enjoyed a speech SO MUCH as I enjoyed this one. Mr. Reagan was a brilliant man, with insight and wisdom that our government needs now. Over 40 years ago he gave this speech at the 1964 Republican National Convention, and this speech still addresses current issues in the government. Isn't that groovy?

So I just wanted to share the link to the full speech, and give the video for the first part of his speech, so at least watch to the video, ok? ;)

Here's the link to the full speech.

happy homeworking!


Monday, September 19, 2011

no excuse, sir

In Sunday School this past Sunday, our teacher was talking about his years at The Citadel, a local military college. The freshmen are called 'knobs'*, and the knobs can only say three things to an upperclassman. Those things are:

'Sir, yes sir.'
'Sir, no sir.'
'Sir, no excuse sir.'

His main point was the last phrase, 'Sir, no excuse sir.' We tend to think up excuses for not getting things done. Even if an excuse is a valid one, it's still an excuse. He related it all to our spiritual lives and how we may not be diligent in our daily scripture reading or prayer. When we give an excuse for not doing so, we are giving that excuse to God. Can you imagine? Trying to excuse ourselves from God? God can see our hearts so trying to give an excuse for something is, honestly, pretty stupid.

That lesson really affected me. I am nowhere near perfect when it comes to reading scripture every day or praying as much as I could and should. I need to be held accountable for my lack of commitment. When asked why I didn't read my Bible today, I cannot say that I just had too much homework, or that I was just too tired. My response needs to be that I have no excuse for my actions or lack of. Admitting to a shortcoming and knowing that it was avoidable is very humbling to me personally. This even applies to homework that was procrastinated, or not getting a certain chore done when asked. There is no excuse.

I've been working on not giving excuses as much, and I actually have an example for you from my life. I have two friends at church who have been asking me to come to youth group. I've had less-than-memorable experiences at our youth group in the past, so I kept giving my friends excuses for not going. My excuses were along the lines of having too much homework to do. Usually, I did have homework, but it was still an excuse and I made no effort to finish homework beforehand so I could go. This past Sunday I finally decided to go to youth group and try it out again.

Things had changed. Our youth leader really had good things to say. The music was uplifting. Overall, the fellowship was something I know I've missed in past years. I forgot exactly how important and beneficial it is to be with people your age who have the same beliefs and can support and encourage you to live in and for Christ.

Things get better when you don't make excuses. Sometimes the results don't always appear in a positive light, but trust me. They are positive. :)

Now I have a question. Do any of y'all go to youth group? I'm curious to see how other churches do it and what it means to you, so please give a brief description? Pretty please? ;)


*Knobs. They are called so because all freshmen get their heads shaved, hence creating a shiny, door-knob-like appearance. :P Obviously, this "ritual" started long before women started attending, so they do NOT shave the female students heads. ;)

Sunday, September 4, 2011

pretty dresses

{I know this is late, and that I have hundreds more pictures to show you, but I wanted to get these out before I forgot about them! :)}

While I was in Colorado with my friend, we played dress-up. She had some dresses from when her mom and grandmother were younger, and they just happened to be our size! Of course we just HAD to take pictures. And since I know some of you love vintage dresses, I thought I'd post some pictures here! :)





my friend's little brother :)


Some people say a person is a tree-hugger but they mean it figuratively. I actually hug trees...





We had lots of fun taking each other's pictures. I enjoyed making her laugh. :D



Sorry for the weird facial expression, but this is the only picture of the full dress I have. :P


There you have it! Did you like our dresses? Do you have a favorite? ;)


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

favorite things

Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar. Especially the 9th movement, Nimrod.

Northanger Abbey. Probably my favorite Jane Austen book (it's pretty close to Persuasion, though).

This song. I love the Beach Boys' version, but Zooey has such a pretty voice...  :)

Chester the raccoon. Some of our friends found a baby raccoon and have been raising him. He's almost 5 weeks old, and he's so adorable. He's really sweet, too. :)

Captain America. I've been to see quite a few movies this summer, but this one really stood out. Such a great story. Such a great guy. <3

Pixlr-O-Matic. The best thing since sliced bread. It helps me make groovy edits like these:





This song. I liked Tom Felton anyways, but he can sing?! He's groovy.

And that's it for now. I've had a wonderful summer, but I'm glad it's winding down. Now it's time for studying and learning and not getting enough sleep! ;)


Monday, August 8, 2011

cowboys and hiking

While in Colorado, my friends took me to a rodeo. I was so excited about it since I'd never been to one before. I wasn't disappointed. :D



Cowboys are awesome but so are their insanely talented horses. I loved watching the kids when they did Mutton Busting. They were so cute! I hope that if I go back to visit my friends, I'll get to go to the rodeo again too. :)

We also went on a hike. We hiked Aspen Mountain and it took a lot longer than we had expected- about 4 hours. But after that hike, when we reached the top, the view compensated for the tiring hike up. It was beautiful, and I'm really glad we did it. :)

looking out over Aspen

we kept noticing a Hogwarts look to the place... I think Hagrid's house is somewhere on this hill.










So that was our big hike! We got to ride the Gondola down, and that was awesome too. :P

On my last day there, my friend and I took a bike ride on a really pretty trail. I had a lot of fun, and I got a lot of pictures.









That concludes the second installment of pictures from Colorado. :P I think in the next (and probably last from Colorado) I have quite a few pictures of vintage clothes from photoshoots my friend and I did. I'll probably add a few other random ones that I've forgotten, too. ;)


from the top of Aspen Mountain

Sunday, July 31, 2011

a quote and a song :)

Since I haven't had time to write a post and finish uploading pictures to show you from my trip, I decided to just post one of my favorite quotes ever and a song that I've enjoyed lately. :)

"Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night." - 
Edgar Allen Poe

I really love that quote, and I'm not quite sure why I like it so much. But anyone who uses the word 'cognizant' is super cool.

This song... y'all. This song is gorgeous. Allison Krauss has an amazing voice. I really wish she could give me voice lessons some day. :)

How is your summer going? I'm enjoying studying Jane Austen novels with my friends and some awesome teachers. I also enjoy having time to spend practicing piano for hours on end. I love it. :)

Don't worry, I'll post more pictures soon. I did a vintage photo shoot with my friend while I was visiting and I most certainly will be sharing some of those photos too. ;)


Friday, July 22, 2011

hello, world


I'm sitting here on my bed with a bad cold. I always get colds during the off-season; never during the winter. So I decided to catch you up on my summer adventures! :)

I was blessed to be able to fly out to Colorado for a week just two weeks ago to visit one of my dear friends and her family. I flew into Denver, and they took me to the zoo first to celebrate her brother's birthday. :) Then, on our drive back to Aspen, we made a few stops. First, at Twin Lakes. It was beautiful there. I loved it. :)



We had a lovely picnic dinner there. And of course, I took a lot of pictures. :)



After Twin Lakes, we continued driving till we got to Independence Pass. This place was cold. Really. For a girl from Charleston where the average summer temperature is 98 degrees, a place of 40 degrees (in July!) was freezing. Thankfully, my friends took into consideration my fragile body temperature and brought a fur coat for me to wear. :P