Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

I hope that you have had a fabulous day celebrating the birth of our Savior, surrounded by family, friends, and dear ones! 
Jesus came as a little baby into our fallen world. He lived a sinless life, died on the cross for OUR sins, and rose again. He is now seated at the right hand of the Most High King!
The best present we could ever receive is the gift of life that God offers to us. He offers us the FREE gift of salvation! Though ipods, trips, computers, cameras, and toys are wonderful, none compare to the gift of life God gives to us. 
Thank you, Lord, for the best present of all. May we keep our eyes on You!
Love and blessings,

A few links...
~Guy dancing in public with an iPod: Christmas Edition (filmed in Green Hills and Cool Springs!)
~my other tumblr: life with lily.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Isaiah 9:6

For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

One Thousand Gifts:: Take Twenty-Nine


928. Christmas break!
929. fun Christmas parties
930. fun friends to celebrate with
931. dear friends in for the weekend

932. Apple's super impressive and very awesome customer service
933. finding parking spots in the crazy Christmas season
934. safety when I'm driving
935. shopping with the fam

936. a dear and wonderful friend and her mom visiting our church when I was having a rough day
937. hanging out with great friends
938. the dear and amazing friends that I have been blessed with
939. Advent

940. Pandora
941. spending three hours searching for a specific gift and finally finding it
942. my family's love
943. family game night

944. swim meets
945. precal at Starbucks
946. being DONE with exams!
947. a good first semester

948. a dear sister willing to edit 70+ pictures for me
949. that sister getting up at 5:30 one morning to decorate the tree
950. being proud of a sister in a performance
951. Pinterest :)

952. getting to see and hold a precious new baby girl (!!)
953. the gift of life
954. being able to go to prayer meeting
955. poinsettias, egg nog, and peppermint ice cream

956. our dear church family
957. playing every week with amazing musicians
958. fellowship
959. celebrating Christ's birth on a Sunday

960. that Jesus came as a baby to a fallen earth, lived a sinless life, died on the cross for MY sins, rose again, and is now seated at the right hand of God. Thank you, Lord, for such a gift!

961. "Silent Night"
Silent night! holy night!All is calm all is brightround yon virgin mother and childHoly infant so tender and mildsleep in heavenly peace!
Silent night! holy night!Shepherds quake at the sightglories stream from heaven afarheavenly hosts sing HallelujahChrist the Saviour is born!
Silent night! holy night!Son of God love's pure lightradiant beams from thy holy facewith the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord at thy birth.

Be blessed!

Merry Christmas!


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Where is my identity found?

Lecrae:: "Identity"

I’m not the shoes I wear, I’m not the clothes I buy. I’m not the house I live in, I’m not the car I drive. I’m not the job I work. You you can’t define my worth.
My identity is found in CHRIST.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

The past few days in numbers

Taking a quick study break to write a post! I am sad to be missing Walk Thru Bethlehem :'( My Spanish final is 8-10 tomorrow.

Here are the past few days in numbers...

-16.5 hours of sleep from Wednesday night to Saturday morning
-2 fun friends hanging out
-2 exams
-2 Spanish study sessions
-0 meals at home (Mom is out of town :( - and I have been gone)
-3 meals at Chickfila
-1 celebration day of my dear friend Joelle!! (I love you!!)
-1 trip to Opryland- so pretty!
-1 dance recital- everyone was amazing!
-1 Mako HS party- so fun!
-2 swim meets- one HS and one MS
-1 trip to Murfreesboro for the HS swim meet (Makos won!)
-1 regional cut (!!)
-2 seconds dropped on my 100 breaststroke
-2 awesome coaches
-1 most stressful meet of my life (not even kidding)
-1 tank of gas
-2 stopwatches as head timer (magic words: "I was a swim coach" :)
-1 JB song stuck in my head all day yesterday
-4 more days of school
-2 weeks till Christmas
-1 dearly missed mama while she is in Miami for our cousin's wedding (so sad we couldn't go!) :(
-3 more exams (one tomorrow, one due Thursday, one on Thursday)
-0 presents I have bought... (I have a bunch of shopping to do!)
-1 very fun but crazy-busy weekend!
-Several good chats with Julia

-LOTS of dear and fun friends!

-1 tired girl who is ready for break!


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

One Thousand Gifts:: Take Twenty-Eight


901. my wonderful church
902. our fabulous church family
903. a super spectacular Christmas Spectacular!
904. dear ones who put in a lot of work

905. poems, a play, songs, duets, piano, harp, guitar, and more
906. super cute costumes
907. spunky little sheep
908. adorable kids

909. worshipping the King together
910. Christmas music
911. Christmas sermons (can you tell I really get into the Christmas spirit? :)
912. dear friends

913. good chats with dear women
914. 41 people in our house, fed, in 24 hours
915. my AMAZING mom
916. lots of fun friends

917. my teacher leading a study session
918. yummy food
919. happy Christmas plates, mugs, and cups
920. fruit of lots of Spanish studying

921. celebrating the births of several dear, dear friends this week- I am so thankful for you all!

922. laughter
923. egg nog and peppermint ice cream
924. my Spanish class
925. peace that God has my future in His hands

926. peace and joy when I am thankful

927. Verse of the week from Keith Beauchemin:

Psalm 77:1

"I cried out to God with my voice --
To God with my voice;
And He gave ear to me."

God's ear is always ready to hear the cries of his children.  If you read verses 
2-10 you will see that the psalmist was in despair.  He questioned whether God's 
mercy had ceased, his promises had failed (vs 7) and whether God had forgotten 
to be gracious.  He believed that God had not heard his prayers.  

What changed?  What gave him hope again?  He remembered God's past works of 
redemption (vs 11-20).  Then he began to see that GoD was magnificent and 

Our present circumstances can often warp our perception of God.  If we look at 
God's past works of redemption in the lives of his people and in our own life, 
then we will again start to marvel at the greatness of our God.  Then we realize 
that he does hear the cries of his people and so in faith I must believe that he 
hears my cries.

Peace and blessings to you,


Friday, December 2, 2011

One Thousand Gifts:: Take Twenty-Seven


854. my dear family! I love you!!

855. family outings
856. breakfast or lunch with Dad (he takes each girl out for lunch or breakfast on Saturdays!)

857. homeschooling
858. the Academy
859. amazing teachers who love us and want us to succeed
860. our wonderful Academy family
861. Thursdays
862. swing dances
863. much-needed chat time with dear friends
864. physics labs

865. long walk with Dad on Thanksgiving
866. wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family
867. midnight shopping with my favorite shopping buddy- Mom!
868. Black Friday shopping

869. my study hall clean-up crew
870. their willingness to get down on their hands and knees and scrub the muddy floor with me
871. cheerful and hard workers
872. class discussions
873. laughing all day

874. spanish studying with a sweet new friend
875. my spanish class!
876. last test before the spanish final= done!

877. "So where do you go to school?" "Umm... uhh actually I'm homeschooled..." and then the person tells me a ton of homeschoolers we both know
878. trying to explain the whole dual enrollment thing :)
879. an awesome Thanksgiving break

880. Christmas music!
881. Pandora
882. playing Christmas carols on the piano
883. the Christmas Spectacular tomorrow!

884. my Mako girlies
885. our awesome lane
887. lots of fun and laughter amidst hard practices

888. interviewing a sweet neighbor for a Spanish assignment
889. Christmas lights
890. lights up outside
891. pizza night when we go buy the tree
892. tree shopping
893. celebrating a dear friend

894. joy because of Christ
895. grace in difficult times
896. lessons the Lord is teaching me
897. peace that His plans are best
898. peace that He has a plan for my life and future

899. a new schedule that is changing my life (!!) called the Pomodoro technique! (ask me about it!)

900. Isaiah 9:6
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

What are you thankful for this week?


Well, this week will be filled with lots of final studying... Only TWO MORE WEEKS OF SCHOOL TILL CHRISTMAS BREAK!!!!! (can you tell I'm excited?! :D)