Thursday, August 27, 2009

5 days till School. (not that anyone's counting!)

“Men who face eternity with their eyes opened wide…”

I heard something like that in a song, and it talked about men not being afraid to die. You know who I thought of when I heard that? My daddy. The song was talking about how “God just needs a few good men.” God doesn’t call us to be anyone special. He just wants us to come to him, and he will give us the strength for the tasks that He sends our way.

I went to go get my blood test done the other day. It was horrible. I had the nicest ladies. Yes ladies…3 of them. I didn’t go in there thinking that I was going to be a hard patient, but I think I turned out to be one. (: Accidentally, of course. I had never had it done before, and boy oh boy…not something I want to have done anytime soon! I had the nicest people working on me. But they said that I had tiny veins, so that was making things a bit difficult. They put a hot pack on my arm to try to make my vein come out, and then poked. Then she told me that it moved…): So then they had me put two more hot packs on. Meanwhile, I started not to feel well. They had told me not to eat, and I didn’t feel to well! I was starting to see black spots, and yeah…I told the lady I wanted my mom, but she couldn’t leave me, in case I fainted so she yells that she needs help, and they finally get me to a chair thing that I can lay down in, and my mommy came, and another lady came and used something called a butterfly instead of the needle to stick me, and took the blood out of my hand. After all that they gave me orange juice. They were really nice people! I ate as soon as I was in the car pretty much! (:

Summer is practically gone! School starts on the 2nd of September! Today I cleaned, and tomorrow we are going to our friends house! It is going to be a ton of fun! Can’t wait!!
So long till next time…

Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Way We Dress

Before I write this blog, I just wanted to say, that I didn't write that last blog about the cell was in an e-mail!!

*What I want to know is how a culture that was SO demanding of girls wearing long skirts and dresses and NEVER acceptably wearing pants now wears the shortest, tightest, lowest, articles of clothing possible. WHY?! Where or when did everything in our society get so crazy that it has reached this point? *

As a girl, it’s HARD to find MODEST clothing to wear. But don’t give up hope, girls, it’s not impossible to dress modestly. But then, when we dress modestly, we don’t want to have the collar all the way up our necks, the skirts long below our ankles…we can still be in style, without having to wear clothes that are too tight, too low, too short.

In the book, DO HARD THINGS it says, “Isn’t something wrong when girls are constantly judged on their physical appearance and pressed to become more and more sexually provocative, yet are so rarely expected to develop qualities of character and intellect beneath the surface?”

So every single girl struggles with being modest. But let’s step up, and be modest instead of following the crowd..

Friday, August 21, 2009

Cell phone vs. Bible
Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone?
What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?
What if we flipped through it several times a day?
What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?
What if we used it to receive messages from the text?
What if we treated it like we couldn't live without it?
What if we gave it to kids as gifts?
What if we used it when we traveled?
What if we used it in case of emergency?
This is something to make you go....hmm...where is my Bible?
Oh, and one more thing.
Unlike our cell phone, we don't have to worry about our Bible being disconnected because Jesus already paid the bill. Makes you stop and think 'where are my priorities? Trust in the Lord and *ASAP (Always Say A Prayer)Have a blessed and wonderful day! 'Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.'

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

School starts in two weeks! AH! I am actually excited...(: It will be good to have a routine, and not to be able to go into the kitchen and eat ALL the time...(not good.)

I was saying how I was reading the book "Do Hard Things" and I actually finished it this morning. The two Christian guys who wrote it have a blog that is called The Rebelution. Anyway, I just want to share some of the things that I read in this book.

Did you know that there used to be NO teenage years? You were a kid or an adult. So really, I am capable of much more than I do, and so are other teens, we just aren't pushed as hard to do the things and some people don't have any reason to have that many responsibilities. But as I was reading this book, I realize that I want to be involved in something BIG. Not just minding my own business, but helping. I can stay in my own comfort zone, but really, what fun is that? When there are SO many opportunities out there for me? Want to know what some author said is expected of me at my age?
*do a daily chore [just one], like taking out the trash

*make sure the gas gauge stays above a quarter of a tank (HELLO!, a 3 year old can do that!) *clean your room every week (with no help from Mom and Dad) not sure who the author was.
PATHETIC! If that is what is expected of me and that's it then...I'm not really sure.

In the book they also made a really good point, that I like, it says, "Isn't something wrong when girls are constantly judged on their physical appearance and pressed to become more and more sexually provocative, yet are so rarely expected to develop qualities of character and intellect beneath the surface?" That's true. Because is some movies today, the lead role of the girl will be some stupid girl- but she's "beautiful" and that makes it all.

1Timothy 4:12 says,"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and purity" (NIV)

When you are a teen and in your young adult life, they say it's the best years of your life. This book said, "We waste some of the best years of our lives and never reach our full God-give potential." So, if I just am looking out for me, and not others, when I look back at my life in fifteen years, what will it look like? Wouldn't I rather spend it serving others and making a difference? My answer is I would definitely rather be making a difference.

But all this isn't to say that I am still a very selfish person. That I still have problems with my attitude at home and helping without complaining. I know that before God is going to allow me to be faithful in the big things, I have to be faithful in the little things, like helping at home.

I guess that I know where I have to start on this whole home. But I still want to know what God is going to allow me to do that is BIG. I know what I want to do to serve him in the big area ahead, it's just getting there is going to take some work. But I want God to grow me, make me useful, and help me to do something BIG for his name.

I have two more books I want to write about that I have been reading. But I want to share with you why I have been reading so much! A very dear friend of mine gave me a challenge to read helpful guiding books (i.e. the Bible, Do Hard Things, etc.) as much as I read the other fictional kind. Let me tell you, their challenge is probably the only reason I finished reading Do Hard Things and now I have more books to read. So it's exciting to be getting into other things. I will Lord-willing be more well read on important life changing books rather than the fictional storied that I don't need. So thank you dear friend!

Next, I read the book of Joshua in the Bible. Here are some verses that I liked that well, read them for yourself.

Joshua 22:5 "Only be very careful to observe the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments and to cling to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul."
Joshua 23:11-13 "Be very careful, therefore, to love the LORD your God. For if you turn back and cling to the remnant of these nations remaining among you and make marriages with them, so that your associate with them and they with you, know for certain that the LORD your God will no longer drive out these nations before you, but they shall be a snare and a trap for you, a whip on your sides and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from off this good ground that the LORD your God has given you."
Joshua 23:14 ". . . and you know in your hearts and souls, all of you, that not one word has failed all of the good things that the LORD your God promised concerning you . . ." What an incredibly awesome promise! He is always going to keep the promises He has made!

And finally,
One of the other books I am reading is 97 Random Thoughts about Life, Love & Relationships written by Justin Lookadoo. (He wrote Dateable.)
He said, "Hey, if you just live your life, you go to church and play it safe, you don't really risk anything, the you have no faith. It's dead. You have to get out of your comfort zone. You've gotta try things that are going to totally freak you out at first. God wants you to go big. . ."

James 2:17 says, "Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead."

Oh! I forgot... I saw this awesome quote in "Do Hard Things" it says... "If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music. . . Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well." -Martin Luther King Jr. **No matter what job God gives me, whether it be cleaning toilets in the church, or running the kid's Christmas program... I can do the job to the best of my ability, because if someone didn't do the dirty, little behind-the-scene-jobs...where would we all be?**

Monday, August 17, 2009

It’s finally hot! Now I have to go back to school and be enduring the heat, when it has been cold here for most of the summer. Weird…!
Yesterday was my younger brother’s birthday! We celebrated and had a fun day. It was sad though, because James wasn’t here, and neither was dad. So we were a little lonely. But we had fun in the end!
Today, we woke up early and got to go to the doctor’s office for appointments. I had to get a sport’s physical. What fun! I like the person I see, she is really nice. I just don’t like the whole idea of going to the doctors. Never thrills me. I like the dentist better. Even after having many teeth pulled, cavities, braces, and all that- I still like the dentist. When I would get my teeth pulled out, I usually went with dad, and he would stand at the end of the chair and rub my leg. (: Good memories. So anyway, at the doctors, they decided to give me a shot. What fun. Although, I did get a really cool crayon band-aid for what it was worth. Also, sometime I have to get blood-work done. I was saying how that I was extremely tired this summer, and we didn’t know why, so she is going to have one done. Great! In January they had a blood drive in honor of my dad, I didn’t give, but I was there and saw it. Now I have to have something done like that. I am not looking forward to it. I am going to go have it done sometime later this week, so please pray for me!
After the doctors, we made 2 stops, and then went on to school to work on mom’s classroom. We got a lot of work done! It’s really exciting! We painted it, and all that the painting needs now is some touch-ups. Then just little stuff here and there that adds up to a good deal. Also, my mom has to start her lesson plans. I am helping her with a lot, but sadly that is one thing I can’t do.
I am reading the book “Do Hard Things” it was written by two teenagers. I really like it. It’s about stepping out there. It is pathetic what is expected of teens these days. I mean, my younger brother can do what is expected of a younger teen. The twin teens who wrote it have done a lot of things that are helping to make a difference. It has made me want to be doing things that are “hard”.
Now, it’s around dinner time, but Isaac is at karate. So I won’t eat for a while yet. But there are some dishes and laundry to be folded. So I suppose that I should get up and do that stuff. I guess that I have to start with the little stuff before I do the “hard things”.

I’m learning already. (:

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Mashed Potatoes and Sewing

Today I started making a skirt! First, I had to go to Jo-Ann Fabrics with my mom, and a friend of ours who is teaching me how to do it all. WOW! It is like OVERWHELMING to pick out material! So many choices!!

And then tonight, we were talking about how my dad and I would love to eat mashed potatoes at night! MHM!! He was an amazing mashed potato maker...(: Man, I could go for some of them right now!

Well, I am going to get a move on! Just talked to my brother at West Point! It's always nice to talk to him! Because I love him and miss him! long!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Story Time, (Just for YOU!!)

Okay, it’s story time.

This story, is for you (: I hope you like it!

Kristina and Isabella have been off touring the country. As they went south, west, east and then some. Seeing the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, and more they have been terribly busy. But here, I (Kristina) sit, writing this story for you. We are home at our castle for just a time, as we are always venturing out to do more, and see more of this beautiful, God-created world.
Just last night, Isabella and I had a delightful time eating ice cream at a social with some very important people. We stood around the disposal, though. But we talked about the most enjoyable things.
Before that though, I must inform you, that Isabella, myself, with the help of two of our esteemed friends painted the school room. It was hard work, but hopefully the wee little children will enjoy it.
While driving the carriage home, the driver hit a pot hole, and we had to walk to rest of the way. It was terribly dreadful, because one never knows what is out at night, and I did not like it, but Isabella assured me that if something were to happen, our princes would save us. Princes? I laughed at her, and she presently joined in…princes…there were no princes in our life, there were only princes in our dreams.
After all that, Isabella and I came home, and ate quite a lot. Not the most proper thing in the world, but good gracious, I was hungry, and I do believe Isabella was a bit also. We really should watch out girlish figures, but we ate healthy food, so I imagine we will be okay for the time being.
We needed to get some beauty sleep after our long walk, so we decided it was time to call it a night, well in truth it was already in the wee hours of the morning by the time we settled down. And what a lovely sleep it was. We fell asleep dreaming about…well I shan’t say.
When we awoke after our lovely sleep, we planned for an upcoming ball, and for many other social events that we must be in attendance for, the biggest of the being school. Isabella and I had a very fun time, but she was called away to the castle for work, and it was a sad departure, as we knew we wouldn’t see each other for another few weeks.

hi y’all. (:
I hope that YOU liked my story, since I HAD to write one for you! (:
Last night, I did have my friend sleep over, and she and I had a great deal of fun making plans for the coming school year. We decided to be more accountable to each other this year, and to meet every morning before school to pray. I want to find different ways to get everyone in our school excited for school! I want to be a leader, not a follower, I want to make a difference. I am so hyped-up about this next school year and making a difference. Last year, we had a school newspaper, and my friend did a section in it called MAD. Make A Difference. As Christians, if we each lived out our daily lived MAKING A DIFFERENCE. Don’t you want to be different that the normal bum? Don’t you want to live out your life and make a difference? It’s never too late to start making a difference, and it’s never too early to start. I can’t wait for school to start! I mean, I can, but I can’t! I don’t know if that makes any sense. I sometimes don’t make any sense. (:
I hope that my enthusiasm has made you realize that you want to wake up and make a difference with your life as well!
Well, I had better get going. I want to get some things accomplished. Until next time, God Bless, and MAD.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

I don't think that I have blogged in a while. So, here I am!
Today, I made cookies!! They are pretty good! MMMM!! I am sending like all of them back with my brother to school. But it's all good!!
Tomorrow, I am painting my mom's classroom at school with some friends. If you remember last time, it was horrible, paint fight. This time it's going to be nice and peaceful! I hope...!
Well, summer is flying by! My little cousin starts school on Monday! I can't believe it! I have around 3 weeks, so I still have some time! (=

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


Wow! Can you believe that it is August already? I was looking at my calander today, and was like "It's the beginning of July..." "Wait AUGUST!!" It's craziness!!
Camp finished well! The last day it was raining.. But we made the best of it! During the week, the kids earn points, and at the end of the week, they can "spend" them. So, since I was a leader, I got to sit in a trailer, pulled by a 4-wheeler, and ride around! We got a bit muddy. But hey, Camp is for the Kids!

Tonight, we had some friends over, and that was a lot of fun! We played outside, and had s'mores, and just hung out. (: Good old summer fun!

See ya!