Goodbye, August

-We haven't being doing too much these days, and part of the reason is because most of us have had colds this past week and have felt too bad to go anywhere. Only my dad and I were staying well, but this morning I feel like I'm coming down with a mild cold... :( But the ones who got sick first are recovering, so hopefully by the time I feel normal, everyone will be 100% healthy again! :)
there's been a lot of these around our house lately...
-I've been plugging away at school this week.
My workload has increased a lot this school year, and the work is very challenging (one of the things I had to do this week for school is read the book of Genesis, which has 50 chapters in it, in three school days!). I am having to ask the Lord to help me to persevere and have a good attitude...

But overall, I am liking my curriculum and am already feeling like I've learned a lot!

 -I read this devotional last week and thought it was really good! It's not very long, and worth the read!

-It's (almost) September? Really? 
I am looking forward to cooler days (hopefully there will be some), looking at the pretty leaves, eating soup.
Fall is probably my favorite season.
I love Fall. It's such a beautiful season!

Goodbye, August, Hello, September!


Honor Your Hero!

Hey, y'all! :)

One of my favorite bloggers, Maddie, wrote a post about one of her heroes and why that person is her hero (great idea, Maddie!).

I was one of the ones she "tagged" to write a post about their hero.

So, even though I have more than one hero, I decided to write about Candace Cameron. If you've ever seen the show Full House, that name may sound familiar to you!

Candace played D.J. Tanner on Full House from about the time she was 10 to 18.

The main reason I chose Candace to write about is because she is a Christian actress.
Being an actress myself, I know how difficult it can be is to work in the acting industry and also be a Christian. She is an inspiration and an encouragement to me that it can be done; you can be an actress and have a close relationship with the Lord as well. It's not always easy, but it's possible.

Currently, Candace Cameron (now Candace Cameron Bure) is married and has three children (her daughter is actually one day younger than me!) and she is still acting. As of 2010, she was living in Los Angeles, California, acting in a series on ABC Family called Make It or Break It, portraying the character of Summer van Horne.

Candace also recently wrote a book titled, Reshaping It All:Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness.

Another interesting fact about Candace: her older brother, Kirk Cameron, starred on the family sitcom Growing Pains around the same time she was acting on Full House.

Candace Cameron has just always inspired me. It's rare that you find an actress who is a real Christian! She's always been someone I've wished to be like!

I'm giving Candace Cameron the award of integrity, as I'm sure it takes some to stand firm in her faith while being in 'show biz'!

the cast of Full House

Candace Cameron

And here are the rules for doing this and tagging your friends, too!

1.  Write some facts on your blog about the hero of your choice. 
2. Give one reason why you chose that particular person. 
3.  Make up an award for your hero (Ex.  Honoring George Washington for the courage he had and standing up for the land he believed in.  Thank you.) 
4.  Tag 5 friends
5.  Tell them they have to do it with the hero of their choice. 
6. Have fun!

Okay, now it's time to "tag" five bloggers to do this! (though I'm not sure I can come up with five people... :)) Ready?

 (And guys, don't feel pressured about doing this...it's just for fun. And it is fun! :))

Thanks, Maddie for the idea and for tagging me! 


Time for a Quote!

 "A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God's truth is attacked and yet would remain silent." 
-John Calvin


Summer Pics (Part 2)

I know that Summer is almost over, but it's taken me a little while to get around to posting the second part of pictures from this busy season.
But, I'm doing it now! :)

berries in our backyard
I found this picture on my camera...maybe Dresden and Megan were doing a little photo shoot? :D

This one's a bit blurry, but Dresden and Megan put a bib on Phoebe and said it was a shirt. Poor Phoebe! :D
silly girl!
in the car

Last week, Mom, Dresden and I went to Build-a-Bear so that Dresden could spend some money she had earned.
Here she is "warming her horse's heart". :)

in the "fluff bath"
cute little superhero outfits!!!
Little lightsabers!
for you, Keely---Iron Man. ;)  (sorry, I just had to!)

Dresden and her new horse, Lyla.

It was fun to be able to do something with just Dresden. She was very excited to finally be getting a Build-a-...Horse? :)

Yes, I'm kind of obsessed with taking pictures of the sky...

About a week ago, my friend Rachel and I did a photo shoot with some of our little friends during the lunch break of a busy day at the CC church, watching the kids while the tutors were in a meeting. We had lots of fun!

beautiful Rachel
Anna and Rachel
Noah was so much fun! (I love, love, LOVE this picture!)

Anna, Rachel and Noah
Leah, Rachel and Noah
Leah, me and Noah

That's it! You're probably thinking, finally! :)

We've had a busy and exciting Summer, and it's hard to believe it's coming to an end! We start school next Monday, and I am (somewhat) looking forward to getting back into a routine. I'm excited for what this new school year holds for us!

Have a great week and God bless! :)


A Poem

 She looks to the East,
 the sun's soft light caressing her face like warm, friendly fingers.
She opens her arms,
closes her eyes
and breathes deeply of the crisp morning air.
The wind stirs and blows the hair from her face.
She sits down on the soft carpet of grass, slightly wet form dew.
Everything is still.
Everything is quiet.
Everything is peaceful. 
                  ~Alley Caroline


Sweet, Simple Life

//ice cream sandwiches (Thanks, Dennises!)//

//playful laughter//

//warm smiles//


//being crazy with Dresden//

//drinking hot tea in my favorite mug//


 //learning part of Psalm 139 to a song//


//sweet birthday cards and letters//

//a gift from a dear friend//

//trying my hand at writing poetry//

//discussing baby names//

//last piece of birthday cake//

//quiet early mornings//

//drawing and writing with chalk//

//fond memories//


//green smoothies//



//sweet, simple life//

"But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." ~Romans 5:8

"But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love." -Psalm 85:15