Monday, August 27, 2012

One Thousand Gifts:: Take Thirty-Seven


1272. good chats with my sweet mama
1273. laughing and having photo shoots with my dear sisters
1274. Saturday lunch/brunch/breakfast with Dad every 4 weeks
1275. getting to have lunch with my family, grandparents, aunts, and uncle

1276. much needed hang out time with sweet friends
1277. deep picnic discussions about Jesus and the sanctity of life
1278. dear friends
1279. staying up till 2:30 am catching up

1280. our new car
1281. a sunroof so we can drive with the windows down
1282. a super cute "swim." magnet for Char (the car :)
1283. Thursdays

1284. meeting a sweet gal at church and getting to know her
1285. starting swim team
1286. my fabulous coaches
1287. being back in the water with my folks

1288. my Lipscomb classes
1289. going to school 3x a week still being a "novelty" :)
1290. getting the classes and professors I wanted!
1291. two awesome professors

1292. new and old LU friends
1293. Starbucks gift cards
1294. my dear church family
1295. writing fun college friends

1296. practicing Spanish with Julia
1297. taking senior pictures for several awesome people
1298. catching up with sweet college friends
1299. Frothy Monkey with super cool people

1300. This: "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong." ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9-10.

1301. And this: "Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you." ~Deuteronomy 31:6.



Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tuesday Thoughts

Hey friends!

Well, I had my first day of college classes yesterday! Second year dual enrolling and I love it! This semester I am taking College Algebra and Spanish in Healthcare. I like both of my professors!

The other day I felt inspired and decided to make a recipe off of my Pinterest board! (By the way, have I talked about how much I love Pinterest?!)

Nutella cookies with only 4 ingredients- 1 cup nutella, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cup flour, 1 whole egg.

So I made these yummy and super easy cookies! Check out the recipe here. I also made yummy biscuits for breakfast- and when I realized we didn't have any buttermilk, I decided to make my own! I mixed some Greek yogurt with milk- and tah dah! They tasted great! I was glad that it didn't turn out to be a fail :)

So excited- we have a 3rd car! Meet the newest member of the fam! (we are deciding on a name...)

Coming soon... Senior photo shoot sneak peeks! :)

Here is a picture (PC: Allie!) of me taking Rachel's pictures! :)

Breakfast at Fido with my Theophili girls! So weird- last year we were sending off Megan to college! Now all four of them are going! So blessed and thankful for these girls!

Speaking of Pinterest, here are some things that make me laugh. Check out my Pinterest here.

Well played, Google. this is amazing- do it!

Haha. Totally just read this out loud in Kip's voice (;
haha yessss

Some quotes for the day:

I fall in love with people’s passion. The way their eyes light up when they talk about the thing they love and the way they fill with light.

One of my favorite verses.
Stay in the Word. The moment you start letting go of that, you’re on the road to compromise. Stay grounded, remain pure, keep your eyes fixed on Jesus.
Adam Young of Owl City

Verse of the day: Deut. 31:6: "Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you."

Be blessed today!


Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Fam Goes to California! Part 1

Here are some pictures! These are from my iTouch- I will post some of Dad's awesome pictures soon!

Beautiful sister in Muir Forest!
Mariposa Grove- Sequoia tree park! (every time I use Hipstamatic I remember how much I love it!)
Heart in the sand in San Fran :)
Sister Starbucks!
Craziest hour and 20 mins of my life... The guys behind us (sitting by Dad) got in a fight... ohhh gracious...
Muir Forest
One of the most gorgeous things I have ever seen. A lake in Yosemite!!
San Fran beach! 
Taken and edited by Dad on his iPhone! Golden Gate Bridge!
Lombard Street! 
At the high altitude the chips bag was about to pop! Crazy! Isn't Mom cute?! :)
Selfie in Yosemite
Dear Oakland airport, you need one of these. Because I almost got run over. Love, a Tennessean
So gorgeous! Wish I had a better picture! Sausalito CA!
Super cute parents at Starbucks! 
Fam feet!
Princess Diaries movie marathon at a San Fran hotel! Yes, please!
Mariposa Grove
Enter quietly? Not sure if our fam can handle that... haha :) 
See how there are two golfers? And the rest of the people? Yup, those people were following the golfers around. Creepy!
Isn't she gorgeous?!
Sea lions in San Fran 
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Muir Woods!
If you read through this, you are a trooper :)

Thanks for reading!

xxoo lil

From MoneySavingMom: Make the Most of Your Mornings

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Friday, August 10, 2012


Music is a good representation of what the culture is. What does this say about today's America?

Watching the Olympics, I have felt so proud of America. Proud to be an American. But when I turn on the TV or the radio, I do not feel so proud of my country. Where is our culture going? A huge percentage of music is explicit or inappropriate.  Media encourages immorality and sin. Movies, music, and even books are full of it.

Sadly, other countries are noticing this and marketing what America wants.

The other day I heard a peppy song by a British singer. I was looking it up and found the "American" version. I was shocked and horrified to hear that the "American" version has curse words that the British version lacks.

I was watching a cute music video for a British singer and again noticed there was a separate "American" video. once again, I was horrified to see how sketchy and raunchy the "American" music video was. I didn't even finish watching it. These realizations made me feel ill.

Is it not sad that Britain has noticed this? And is basing their media to us off of that? I am sure that there are other examples of this, and it is certainly not the only case.

Blimeycow just posted a video about music these days. (warning: he does talk about the sketchy stuff in music... gets a little PG-13... so just a head's up! If you are a younger reader I would suggest a parent checking it out first- which is what blimeycow suggested :)

This was an eye-opening article from pluggedin (which i highly recommend checking out their site for media reviews!). "are your teens financing the darkness?"

As Christians, what are we supposed to do about this?

I suggest reading the above article, talking about financing immoral artists. The author quotes this verse:

Ephesians 5:8 and 11: "For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light. … Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them."

What are your thoughts?