Thursday, August 14, 2014

Gone for the weekend...

Most of our family is off for the weekend - thought ya'll should know. ;) I may or may not be online, depending if we have internet connection. I'll be back soon, though!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Hidden Surprise Cake

Have you ever made a tie-dye-hidden-number cake? :) Well, this was too amazing to not do for Leah's 7th birthday this year. The idea and recipe came from Hungry Happenings over at

Although mine did not turn out as vibrant and beautiful as her's, it still turned out. (Isn't that the way it always goes??!! They must do major photoshopping or something!!) So, here's the cake (and DON'T pay attention to the photography... all photographers have point and shoots, right? And sometimes they're allowed to take terrible pictures!):

 The outside - a perfectly normal cake (sorta!)...

 The birthday girl with the cake (and don't look long at the cake - it looks terrible!)
And the inside! See, I told you it was too cool to pass up! My Grandma was absolutely amazed and had to know how it was done!

So, I encourage you to head over HERE to get the how-to!

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This is absolutely heartbreaking. Please be praying.

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Photoshoot with Dani

I had a blast taking Dani's pictures the other day. We were pretty bored of our backyard and the options we had, so we decided to take a little trip about a mile up the road to our nearest neighbor's house! They have an absolutely gorgeous yard, and perfect for what we needed that day (namely, inspiration!). So... tell me your thoughts!
P.S. What do you think of my new blog look? I was a tad bit tired of it being all ruined with the header and everything, and the colors were driving me absolutely nuts! Things are pretty simple now... just how I like it!! :) And as for the new picture of me on the side, I thank my DEAR friend, Luci! She's an excellent photographer. Check out her page on Facebook - Lucia Morud Photography - love her!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Liebster Award

Madison, from A Wanderer's Journey, awarded me with the Liebster Award. My, it's been awhile since I've been blogging, and quite a long time since I received an award. ;) So, thank you, Madi, for nominating me!

So, before I get too much farther, here are the rules:

Alright; 11 facts about myself:

  1. I am a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, and have asked Him to be my personal Savior! I am striving to live a life that is pleasing to Him.
  2. I have 2 wonderful parents that have been married for almost 28 years, and 8 siblings, and I am the 4th oldest.

  3. I absolutely LOVE to travel (and funny, Madi, but your facts sound a bit like mine!), and I'm hoping to make a trip to Italy sometime in the near future. ;)

  4. I share a room with my 2 older sisters, and we love to talk at night.

  5. I'm the fancy dessert maker in our house. So whenever a cake, cheesecake, or some such dessert is needed, I'll love to make it!

  6. I LOVE photography and just took my sister's yearly photos yesterday (I'll have to post about that later...)

  7. Books are my friends, and I have quite a few of them. ;)

  8. I get up at 5:30 every morning.

  9.  I wear contacts.

  10. Organizing is one my most favorite hobbies.
  11.  I'm the keeper of the gardens this year. Big job!
And now to answer Madi's questions!

1. What are your favorite names?
Hmm... I love names, but yet I like so few! Let's see... I like Kristy (and this is ALL in the spelling!), and forms of Kristy ;), Michelle... and wow, I can't think of more girl names. My brain is totally stuck. I can't really think of guy names I like either.

2. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
It used to be the UK, and I still would love to travel there, but Italy has been on my mind most recently. I would also love to visit France and Germany.

3. Do you like to read and what is your favorite book or genre?
I like fiction and historical fiction. And yes, I love to read. 

4. What is your favorite movie?
I'm not sure. I think I got a little burnt out on "Courageous" after watching it about a zillion times! :)

5. Country or city girl?
DEFINITELY country girl. But, I could adapt to the city if I had to. ;)

6. Are you an introvert or extrovert? 
Ummm... depends. I can be both at different times.

7. What is your favorite verse or quote?
These are really pathetic answers to really great questions, because I can't say I have an answer to this one either. :( But, one of my favorite verses as of late has been Ephesians 4:31-32: "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking be put away from you with all malice, and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."

8. Early bird or night owl?
Both... really bad, I know. But when you stay up 'til 11 talking, and then get up at 5:30, you kinda have to say you do both, right?

9. What was your first 'job' or business endeavor?
Do I remember this? Oh yes! When we used to get together with the family, all the cousins would come over, and one of our favorite things to do was work up a little play, then sell tickets to the family so they could watch it. ;) We also made paper glasses, and drew pictures, and then stapled price tags onto them... oh dear! We got our money's worth out of it the first time, but not after that!!

10. How tall are you?
This is a bit personal... ;) Yes, 5'2" is my plight. I'm a shortie. ;)

11. What is one thing you were terrified to do, but did anyway?
I can't say that I've ever been brave enough to go through something terrifying like that! I guess I was terrified to sing in front of people, but did it anyway!

Great questions, Madi! And as for the nominating part... hmmm... this could get tricky...

1. Hannah @ Hannah Grace Blog 2. Jessica @ Jessica Placzek 3. Lucia @ The Road Less Traveled 
4. Elanee @ Elanee's Endeavors !

and I really think that's all the people who would appreciate an award. ;) I don't know a whole bunch of bloggers.

And my 11 questions:

  • What are 3 of your favorite things to do?

  • What book are you currently reading?

  • Do you like socks or bare feet better?

  • Do you play an instrument? If you play more than one, which is your favorite?

  • What's your favorite kind of music to listen to?

  • What's your favorite hymn?

  • Where's your favorite place to shop?

  • Do you ever keep a journal?

  • Do you enjoy sewing?

  • Do you have a hope chest?

  • What's your favorite thing in your room?

 Thanks again, Madi, for nominating me. That was fun!


Here's a quick shout-out to my brother, Greg. He is doing a 52 week "Only in My Dreams" photography challenge for himself, and so far, he has created 8 photos that stun even me, his sister who always sees him working on his photography skills!

So, please check out THIS link to check out his work!

Even though you are unable to leave comments on his website, please come back here and tell me what you think!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

San Diego Adventures

Hey! Two posts this month - that isn't bad! I've had an amazing time in between this post and last post, and that time has been full. Before I tell you all about San Diego, I have to share another excitement.

At the beginning of this month, I had the privilege of meeting Laurie Riley, a professional harpist that has toured the US, Canada, and Ireland. Mom heard that she was coming to our area, and thought I might enjoy taking the two classes she was offering. When I heard the name, I knew I knew it from somewhere. Then I remembered - I have her book, "Wedding Music for the Lever Harp", which is one of my absolute favorites to play from! Then I got a great privilege - hearing her in concert! She plays a double-strung harp, which she was instrumental in designing. (They're becoming more popular among harpists, I hear!)
At La Jolla Beach
And now, for San Diego. My sister, Amanda, my mom, and I all got to go to San Diego for 10 days. We had a conference over there, which was the main reason for our going, but we also had some time to sneak in some fun things. ;)

 By the way, we weren't about to take our picture on the bus
 unless it was empty. And yes, it was empty at this point! :)

 We experienced several new things - riding in a taxi, and yes, riding on the bus. Being the country hicks we are, we had never ridden on the bus. And dear me, we made a few mistakes, got the routes all confused, and wasted a few dollars on the wrong buses. But we did manage to make our way around the city. ;)

One of the most enjoyable things we did was spend a day in Balboa Park. It is one of the most beautiful places, and we had a wonderful time touring the museums, and walking around the park all day. Here are a few random pictures from our adventures.
Chocolate factory!!

We had to climb these many stairs - what an exercise!
My mom and me! ♥
Walking was one of the main activities that happened over the weekend, and a lot of times, that involved walking home with groceries. :) This is exactly what we were doing here!

One night, we dined at P.F. Chang's. It was pretty delicious. And there I obtained my newest beloved object - my reusable chopsticks. I have decided that I am going to learn to eat with them, and I have taken every opportunity I can to practice! It is a learning curve, but it has been absolutely fun! (terrible grammar, I know!) And now, you ask, why I posted this ridiculous looking picture. This was my face as I was trying to decide whether to eat basically raw tuna. It was seared, but it sure didn't look that way. I did eat it, and it tasted great, the texture was a little iffy though.
Here, Amanda and I are posing with a Torrey Pine. Torrey Pines are only found in two places in the world - right there in San Diego, and a place 175 miles northwest of there. (Oregon, maybe?) We felt pretty privileged (or at least I did!) to see them.
How could we go to San Diego and not walk the beach? It was a beautiful day to do just that.

And here, I posed with my long awaited Starbucks... yum.

More pretty scenery we saw along the way. Sorry about the disorganization of the photos - my computer is not cooperating. But, all in all, we had a lovely time - one we'll never forget.

Also, a first for me, was witnessing the sunset from the air. It was absolutely beautiful. Way more gorgeous than the picture depicts.

Well, I have little ones asking for my time - blessings to you all!
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