Friday, December 31, 2010


Day 6: What is you Zodiac sign and do you think it fits your personality? I don't believe or read astrology stuff, but it is right in some ways.  I can be stubborn, that runs in my family. I would also like to think it is balaced out with the love and care.  I also am going to be a teacher.  So it is pretty accurate. I found this on the internet.... 

Thursday, December 30, 2010


Day 5: 30 interesting facts about you?

1. I was born in La
2. I love to cook
3. I love to bake
4. I am going to be a teacher
3. I am a Godmother of two
4. I have a big family that is spread all over the US, but I love when we get together.
5. I have a new sister-in-law
6. I have wide feet
7. One of them is bigger than the other
8. my mom is a writer...fabulous
9. I collect t-shirts
10. I collect cothes..haha
11. I have only broken one bone in my life
12.I love astronomy (not astrology for those that may get them confused)
13.  My prayer life is getting way better
14.  I am having hard time coming up with 30 things
15. My favorite verse is Ecc 11:7...look it up
16. I think it would be fun to start a bed and breakfast one day
17.  I crochet
18.  I find knitting a little harder
19. My favorite college team in Auburn
20.  My favorite pro team is the Saints
21.  There are 3 places i consider my hometown
22. I don't like the though of my Grandmaw not being here one day
23. I love jewelry i get that from my Gandmaw
24. I don't believe in abortion but I don't think there should be a law against it
25. I am not big on politics...i wish i understood them better
26. I don't like that you can't mention food without someone saying something about how good or bad it is for you
27. I have never been to a desert
28.  My godson David is playing beside me
29. I have 5 new family members this Christmas and have only met 2
30. The weather is beautiful in AL tonight.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Losing my Religion?

I made it!

Day 4: What are your veiws on religion?
When it comes an interaction with God, it is all about relationship.  There are certain "rules and regulations" when you are following God that need to be obeyed.  Every church and denomination has different views.  However, I firmly believe that if you are truly seeking God and reading his word that he will show you everything that you need to know.  There is no need for all this fighting arguing about who it right about the nit-picky stuff.   I hope this does not sound condemning.  I also believe that the grace and mercy of God are the most important things that you can learn from God.  If you are in a relationship with Him than he will show you that and so much more.  Again, I say that it is about a relationship. You are the bride of Christ!  He Loves you!  The end :-D

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

You're better than drugs

Day 3: What are your views on drugs and alcohol?

For the most part my views are fairly simple.
When it come to drugs there are no circumstances that you should do them.  Except for possibly medicinal but I don't really know enough about that to have an opinion.   It is terrible what they do to your body.  Even when it comes to prescriptions and over the counter medication I think that those things should be take only when needed.  Personally, I just don't like the idea of putting unnatural things in my body.
For alcohol, I don't see anything wrong with a drink now and then. I have one on occasion.  Though as the bible says, you should not get drunk.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Make your cake and eat it too!

I am getting together with my family this week for New Years.  This year Grandmaw is having everyone make a dip or dessert to bring down.  I looked and a few things before I finally decided what to make.  Making cakes from scratch has never been a favorite of mine.  I always enjoyed baking cookies and pies, but cakes seem to be much more finicky.  Especially, ones like Italian Cream cakes.

It requires separating the egg, stiffening the egg whites, and alternating ingredients.  I guess it is because of all the extra things that a cake requires but, for me, it creates a sense of anxiety.  I feel tense throughout the whole process.  It takes time, thought, and patience. Still, through all the mixing, sifting and de-panning they always seem to turn out.  Though, unlike the cookies and pies, there is always a greater sense of accomplishment when you finish with a cake.  After a couple hours of holding your breath, and you swipe the last bit of icing on.  It is one of the best feelings in the world.

If you want to try making this cake here is the Recipe:

Italian Cream Cake
1 stick butter softened                         2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 c. shortening                                 1 tsp. baking soda
2 c. sugar                                            3/4 c. coconut
5 egg yolks                                         3/4 c. chopped pecans
5 egg whites stiffly beaten                   1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla

8 oz. Cream cheese, softened
1 stick butter, sogtened
1 tsp vanilla
1 box powdered sugar (I measured out 1 lb)
1/4 c. coconut
1/4 c. pecans, chopped

For cake:
Cream butter and shortening together. 
Add sugar and beat until fluffy
Add egg yolks one at a time. Beat well after each yolk.
Mix vanilla ans butter milk together and set aside.
Sift together flour and baking soda
Alternately add butter milk mixture and flour mixture.  Mix well.
Mix in coconut and pecans by hand.
Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites.
Bake in 3 greased and floured 9 in cake pans
Bake at 350 for 25-30 min.

For Icing: 
Cream together butter and cream cheese until smooth
Add sugar gradually until fluffy.
Add vanilla. Mix well.
Stir in coconut and pecans.
Ice cake and ENJOY!

As always the best part is eating the fruits of your labor!

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diez año

Day 2: Where would you like to be in 10 years?

Well, 10 years from now I will be 34.  That is a very interesting concept to think 34?

To be honest sometimes lately i don't know what I want to be doing a year from now, much less 10.  Even more honesty, I have no idea what God has for me in 10 years, other than a closer relationship with Him.  That is always in the plan, thank goodness.  There are things that I hope do be doing in ten years.  I hope to be married, maybe have a kid or two, teaching something somewhere, and still waiting on God.  All these things are contingent though. I am not counting on them, I just know the desires that are in my heart.  Like I said I don't know that God is planning in this book, but I do know that it will be something wonderful, and better then I could ever imagine.  Now that I am counting on.

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

30 Day Challenge...

So I found this 30 Day challenge and basically it is 30 questions to ask in 30 days...
I am going to give it a whirl...I can't promise they will all be consecutive but I will do my best....

Day 1: You current relationship?  If single discuss How single life is.

Well this question could have several levels and answers...
My current (and forever future) relationship is with God. I could not survive in this life without Him.  That fact has become thoroughly clear as of late, more than ever.
However on a earthly level I am single as in I don't have a "significant" other, though I do have people in my life that are pretty significant.  Single life is for the most part pretty great  God is teaching me a lot about humility, patience, and grace, both for myself and others. Qualities that are certainly an absolute must in any relationship. I know that God has a great man out there for me and when the time is right God will introduce us.  I am excited about the prospect of marriage and starting a family.  Though for now I will be (or learn to be) content.

P.S.  I have really enjoyed my break from school.  Tomorrow Mom and I are going to Alabama to see family and ring in the New year with them.  I  love spending time with them.  All of them.

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Monday, December 13, 2010


Today I was on my way into town and I was listening to some Christmas music.  It is one of my favorite kinds of music.  Then one song came on that I know everyone in familiar with, Mr. Grinch....

"You're a mean one Mr. Grinch
You really are a heel
You're as cuddly as a cactus
You're as charming as an eel
Mr. Grinch
You're a bad banana with a greasy black peel"

Now, I know, the Grinch is just a character from a cute kids story. Still, my mind started to wander and as I listened I thought to myself "That poor Mr. Grinch.  Can't live down any of his old habits because this song plays every year!"  In his story, the Grinch is a mean person that steals Christmas.  Most of us have heard the story a thousand times.  In the end, thanks to Cindy Lou Who, the Grinch see there error of his ways.   He realizes how great Christmas can be and how wonderful true friendship is! 

"Maybe Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!"
And what happened then? Who-ville they say
That the Grinch's small heart
Grew three sizes that day!" 

But thanks to this song that plays every year there is no way that the Grinch could ever forget what he has done.
I know for myself it is the same way. I don't have a song that plays on the radio ever year or a movie that plays every Christmas eve.  I do have a shpeel that plays in my head over and over that tells me all the mistakes I have made.  All those ugly words I have been.  All those nasty things I have done.  It makes it hard to move on and grab hold of the new and beautiful things that God has for me.
I  do know that God, because I have asked for his forgiveness, has forgotten it all.  He doesn't hold it over my head like I do to myself.  He only wants me to let go of what he has already washed away. So that he can give me the most incredible things that he has to offer.

I don't care what anyone has horrible you think it "grinchy" completely unforgivable that the world may think that it is (it's not up to the world!)....Ask for forgiveness and let's move on together! Because he LOVES us and that is all we will ever need!  We need to see how great a friendship with God can be with nothing holding us back.


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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Cause I can...

1.) Enter the letter you see into your Facebook search bar and answer the questions for the first name that appears.

2.) You must answer truthfully.
3.) If the person comes up twice, just go to the next name down on the list.
4.) Tag each person you mention.

A. Andrew Gunter
1.) Do you love this person? Yea we have lots o' fun :)
2.) Is this person your enemy?  Nope
3.) Ever done something illegal with this person? - Not that I know of but there is always a possibility...

B. Rachel Beasley
1.) What do you really think of this person? I think that she is the perfect roomate.  She is kind and beautiful.  I can't belive I was lucky enough to get her as a roomie!  And i love what she writes.
2.) What's their favorite team?
3.) Ever danced with them? –oh yea

C. Chris Allen
1.) How long have you known him/her? We met once on game night...he know what Jem was :)
2.) How old are they? 22?

D. Delee Hall
1.) Do You love him/her?- Absolutely with all me heart.
2.) Biggest regret? Not knowing each other sooner and living so far away
3.) Do you hate this person? – Not even a little
E. Earl Morris
1.) Have you met their parents? No not yet
2.) Worst thing about this person? He can do really coo things with cards and I can't figure them out.
3.) Best thing about this person? - Totally funny

F. Fern Veil
1.) ¿En el pasado, fue tu novio/a?- Becky totally got the spanish question haha
2. ¿Cuando se veres el tiempo proximo ? – I hope to see her in January :)
3.) ¿Vas a escuela con él/ella? – No that would have been awesome though

G. Luisa Gonzales
1.) Is this person a good listener? – from what i can see
2.) Have you ever lied to this person? – …not that I remember.
3.) Is this person nice? – Very.

H. Julia Hoo Morgan
1.) What grade are they in? – None?
2.) Is he/she your best friend? – I like her a whole lot!

I. I'm with Coco
1.) ¿Como conoces a él/ella?  Tv
2) ¿Tiene hermanos?-No idea
3.) ¿Es tu amigo/a todavia? – Ok i don't know what this one says

J. Mary Jane Downs
1.) Do you know their favorite song?- I feel good by James Browm
2.)Do you have classes with this person?- no
3.) Any memories with this person? – My whole life is one big memory of this person :) 

K. Katie McClain
1.) How old were you when you first met? –23
2.) Ever danced with this person?- Abso freakin lutely
3.) Ever kissed this person?- No

L. Ashton Lesiak
1.) What would you do if you had never met this person?- Converse would not be quite as fun
2.) How old is this person?- 21 or 22?
3.) Would you go to Disney World with this person?-Yea\

M. David Milam
1.) Is this person older than you?- No
2.) Is this person single?- I think so
3.) Have you ever got caught doing something bad with this person? OH so much laughing at the training table.....SAMSONITE MAN!  I was way off!

N. Nicki Hollar
1.) Is this person your boyfriend/girlfriend?- yea no homo
2.) Have you seen this person cry?- Yea quite a bit
3.) Do you love this person?- Best Frand!

O. Steven Segall Lawman
1.) Do they have braces? Absolutely not
2.) When was the last time you saw him/her? Too long. It has been 3 weeks, come on A&E

P. Siobhan Price
1.) Have you every been to the mall with this person? Nope
2.) Are you fairly close to this person? We were good friends in HS
3.) Does this person have a job? I don't thinkso, she does have a beautiful new baby.

Q. Dennis Quaid
1.) Where did you meet? in my dreams
2.) Go to the same school? no
3.) Favorite Song?

R. Leslie Rafferty Downs
1.) Have you heard this person sing? – Yes!  I have her CD!
2.) Do you think this person will repost this? Maybe
3.) What's the one thing you would change about this person? That she and my brother were closer...

S. Shelly Yon
1.) Is this person taller than you?- Yea
2.) Do you enjoy spending time with him/her?- EVERY minute of EVERY day
3.) Does she live close to you?- hmmmm is 12 feet close?

T. Chelsea Totten
1.) When was the last time you saw him/her?- Last night at Lessons and Carols
2.) Have you been to his/her house?- Nope
3.) Where did you first meet?- Converse 1st Morris

U. Unsolved mysteries
What happened to the 'U' questions?

V. Victoria Logan
1.) Do you see this person a lot?- No only when i get to visit home
2.) How do you know him/her?- We go to Church together.  She and her husband are a huge blessing!

W. Wendy Khouri
1.) Is this person quiet or loud?- depends
2.) Is she/he nice?- Very!
3.) When will you see them next?- Dinner?

X. Cree Xiong-Davis
1.) ¿Veyas este persona mucho?  Don't know that this one is
2.) ¿Como sabes él/ella?  She goes to FV

Y. Taking Ground Youth Group
1.) How did you meet this person?- Many a year ago one wednesday night
2.) Do you see this person often?- Not as much as I would like...

Z. Zack Hollar
1.) Is this person trustworthy?- One of the people I trust the most
2.) What do you love most about this person?- I love his godliness....his desire to know more and more!  Plus the whole backup plan, ha

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

It feels like chaos but somehow there's peace.....

So I just have to share what God did today.......

When I signed up for classes a few weeks ago, I was scheduled to take LD Procedures (a class that teaches you how to teach kids with LD) and My Clinical II for LD (which is where I go into a classroom and teach kids with LD) in the spring...for obvious reasons this is a problem.
After pondering this for a couple weeks, last night, I talked to the professor of the class. The professor, not in so many words, told me what I had suspected (that taking the two at the same time was a bad idea).  But, then she said something I did NOT expect.  The professor informs me that in Jan term she is offering the ED clinical (which was not originally offered then) that I am sopposed to take next fall.  So I am able to hold back my LD Clinical till next fall AND get the ED clincal out of the way.  (YES!)
The only down side to this is I will be taking 2 classes in Jan term.  For those of you unfamiliar with a Jan term aka Winter term, it is a time students are able to use the month of January to take a class and it helps us to stay ahead.  Many students choose to take fun classes, get an add-on, or add a minor (Jan term is usually a good break from the reg semester). Anywho, taking 2 classes during Jan term is very difficult, becuase of the short time span.  So, naturally I was a little hesitant of signing up for both classes until this morning, just like the night before, God showed out again.
A couple of weeks ago I was reading a Psalm that our pastor had given us at the church that I attend here in Spartanburg. I "stumbled" upon a verse that really made me think.  Psalm 92:10 "But you have made me as strong as a wild ox." (I don't know what images pop into your head with you here "wild ox"  but that that sounds pretty powerful to me)  Then this morning God, so clearly, brought it back into my brain right in the middle of my fretting.  Needless to say I signed up for the classes, and we will see how that goes... (YES!)
So do you think God was done???
He could have stopped there but he decided to really put the proverbial cherry on the top!
Since I had moved my clinical to the fall I had an empty space to fill in my spring schedule.  This led to be do a little searching in the course catalog for a class to fill.  I was coming up empty.  I have to have a certain amount of hours to keep my scholarship, so I had to find something.  After searching for a while I thought about the spanish course that I needed.   I have taken 2 spanish and need one more to Graduate.  Long story short, I was not able to take the last spanish I needed this past semester when I was supposed to.   That was going to put me till next fall taking my last spanish.  I have been really worried about having to wait so long to take the class.  So back to looking up classes I decided to look up the 2nd spanish class that I had taken and see if I could audit it.   I typed it in looked for the course, and what do I see? The third spanish that I need...right there is front of me!  
But unfortunately it was full and I could not get in...The End
Sike! ha
So the class was full BUT I e-mailed the professor and he said that he would be glad to make room for me in the class!     (YES!)
Not once, not twice, but three time my God has blessed me today!  His grace is unmatchable.

"It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to the Most High.
It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning,
your faithfulness in the evening,
accompanied by the ten-stringed harp
and the melody of the lyre.
You thrill me, Lord, with all you have done for me!
I sing for joy because of what you have done.
O Lord, what great works you do!
And how deep are your thoughts.
Only a simpleton would not know,
and only a fool would not understand this:
Though the wicked sprout like weeds
and evildoers flourish,
they will be destroyed forever.
But you, O Lord, will be exalted forever.
Your enemies, Lord, will surely perish;
all evildoers will be scattered.
But you have made me as strong as a wild ox.
You have anointed me with the finest oil.
My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies;
my ears have heard the defeat of my wicked opponents.
But the godly will flourish like palm trees
and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon.
For they are transplanted to the Lord’s own house.
They flourish in the courts of our God.
Even in old age they will still produce fruit;
They will remain vital and green.
They will declare, “The Lord is just!
He is my rock!
There is no evil in him!”
Psalm 92, NLT

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