Monday, January 25, 2010

One Thousand Gifts

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This is my on-going list of things I am thankful for. The list is in random order.

31. Learning to cook
32. Cake decorating (with fondont)
33. My sewing teacher
34. My piano teacher
35. My choir teacher
36. A warm rice bag (when I have a headache)
37. The color yellow
38. The smell of lavender
39. Panda bears
40. Zebras
41. Pipe cleaners (for crafting)
42. Family reading together
43. A GOOD movie
44. a warm fire in the fireplace on a cool night
45. Hot chocolate

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Choir Songs

Hello. I am singing in a homeschool high school choir this year. We had practice today.
We are singing five songs for our upcoming concert in March.
We will be singing
Everlasting God (words by Ken Bible, arrangement: Tom Fettke)
The Prayer with Lead Us, Lord (words & music by Carole Sager & David Foster)
Jubilate Deo (arrangement: Sonja Poorman)
Song Praise to God Who Reigns Above (Words: Johann Jacob Schutz 1649, arranged by Llyod Larson)
I Am (words and music by mark Hayes)

My brother and sister also sing but in the elementary choir.
I thought I'd share one of the five songs, I Am. I hope you like it.
If you click on the words I AM below, it should show up. This recording is not of our choir but we sound a lot like them.

I Am

The Divine Dance

My mom just gave me this book to read: I am not a dancer in that I take any lessons like ballet or tap, etc. but in this book the dance is a metaphor for our lives. We each dance a dance....

If the world is your stage, who are you performing for?
My notes from just through the first chapter:

"God did not create you to dance for this world.
He intended for you to dance for Him!"
When you get up on the stage (of life) and seek your own glory, or seek the world's approval or applause, you break God's heart. You miss dancing The Divine Dance because you are too busy dancing for men and princes to notice the King. God designed you to glorify Him. He designed our Divine dances so others may see the Lord through us and want to glorify Him, too!

" These are pivotal times (teen years) in our lives. The choices we make from here on out will define who we are. The costumes we wear will label us. Adulthood is just around the corner. Soon enough, nobody will make choices for us anymore, and as nice as that sometimes sounds, a lot of responsibilty comes with that. So we must practice making wise decisions right now. Dance for the One who deserves to be worshipped. Dance for the One who desires to be worshipped. And dance for Him alone. We hold center stage in God's heart. No matter our music or our style, we should dance unto the Lord. Not only will we be changed, but we will also change others with our song."
~ With the world's dance, there is a lot of glitter, but in God's script, there is gold!~

This book is so good, I just wanted to share some of it. I receommend The Divine Dance by Shannon Kubiak Primicerio to all teen and pre-teen girls.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Ancient Toothpaste

Isn't it neat how the Lord brings things right to you that fit so well with what is going on in your life. Like this...

Yesterday all my siblings had dentist appointments. Our dentist has kid's day where they only see children and they have fun activities, drawings, and prizes. I can no longer be involved as I am too old. (One more reminder that I am approaching adulthood.) Anyway, I am also starting a notebook/lapbook project on flowers. It's a fun way to learn more and study God's beautiful creation: flowers.

Well, this morning we were on the Answers in Genesis site. My mom was looking for lessons to go with our Science curriculum. Right away I saw a link "Ancient Toothpaste... leaves teeth fresh and clean" It was really interesting. Ken Ham told us that recently a recipe for toothpaste was found on an ancient Egyptian papyrus. It dates back to the 4th century. It was documented because it was presented at a dental conference. The toothpaste was made from mint, salt, grains of pepper, and dried Iris flowers. It was recorded that at the conference a scientist said it left his mouth feeeling fresh and clean. But toothpaste was not sold as a product until 1873. Recenlty it was also discovered the benefit of the Iris flower to prevent gum disease.

Two things that this proves, too:
1. We should study our history better and learn from what they've already learned.
2. We haven't evolved from a dumb state. Looks like the 4th century had some pretty smart people, right?
The Iris flower in purple

Monday, January 18, 2010

Our Family Mexican Night

Tonight we had a lot of fun making a homemade Mexican meal. We recently got some recipes for homemade refried beans and guagamole from some wonderful new friends.

We made taco (burger) meat, rice, homemade refried beans (from dried beans), chunky guagamole, & sauteed chicken with peppers & pineapple served in a half pineapple. We then added tortilla shells, sour cream and shredded cheese ~ and a few festive decorations!

Fue deliciouso!
One thing happened during cooking that will be memorable for my mom and both my sisters. When we were gathering our cooking ingredients, we were looking for our crushed red pepper. My mom got a bag out of the pantry of spices that looked like crushed peppers. She opened it and smelled it. It indeed smelled like crushed peppers but burned the inside of her nose. She was able to breathe in the steam from the beans cooking but it must have really hurt.
Then while we were making the refried beans, my littlest sister (3 yrs. old) was with us trying to help. She picked up that bag of peppers before we even knew it and she popped it. The powder from the pepper explosion went in my little sister's eye but thankfully just a little. A lot though got in my other sister's throat and nose. We decided to look more for labeled crushed peppers to use. After telling my dad at the supper table what happened he told my mom that bag was a HOT pepper mix a friend of his gave us because they know my dad likes hot and spicy food! It seemed bad for them but they recovered quickly and we had a very delicious meal and a great time together as a family!

One Thousand Gifts

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This is my on-going list of things I am thankful for. (It is in random order)

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for....
16. My piano
17. My homeschool group/co-op
18. My church
19. A voice to sing with
20. My home
21. The teen Bible conference I just attended
22. A warm, comfortable bed to sleep in
23. Good food to eat
24. Missionary Girls Club
25. The power of prayer
26. Thrift Stores
27. Good health
28. sunsets
29. When God leads me to a new friend
30. An encouraging Bible verse at just the right time

Thursday, January 14, 2010

As The Deer

My sister and I each learned to play the hymn "As The Deer" recently. We've been practicing it and played together for special music at our church as well as a holiday recital (with our music teacher/students). These two events were last Sunday.
This is only the second time we played a piece of music together together in front of other people.

My mom recorded it on her camera, here it is! (Sorry about the shaking near the end. My little sister bumped into her.)

Here are the lyrics for the song:
As The Deer:

As the deer panteth for the water
So my soul longeth after thee
You alone are my hearts desire
And I long to worship thee

Chorus You alone are my strength my shield
To You alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my hearts desire
And I long to worship thee

You're my friend and You are my brother,
Even though you are a king.
I love you more than any other,
So much more than anything.

I want You more than gold or silver,
Only You can satisfy.
You alone are the real joy Giver,
And the apple of my eye.

Sewing: Crayon Rolls

Today we were gone most of the day. My sister & I had our sewing lesson.
We are making bags to take on the airplane. We will soon be taking a family vacation.

Before Christmas, my sister and I each made our brothers a pair of pj pants. She made one pair and I made the other. We also made our youngest siblings crayon rolls. My mom found a tutorial online and we were able to make them in one lesson. Here is a picture of them. I made the pirate one for my youngest brother. They roll up and then get tied with the ribbons on the end. They plan to take them in their bags on our vacation. Then they will go in our Bible bag for church.
Here are the homemade crayon rolls:

Here is the tutorial my mom found in case you want to sew one too!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Baking: Monkey Bread

My mom has been baking Monkey Bread for a long time. This week we made dessert for our homeschool group and this is what we picked. It is fun to make. My younger brother and sister helped  and really liked rolling the dough balls in the cinnmamon-sugar.

Monkey Bread
2 (10 oz.) tubes of canned biscuits (depending on the brand you may need more so have an extra tube of them if possible)
1/2 cup sugar (or sweetener)
2 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 stick margarine
1/2-3/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Mix the sugar and cinnamon together. Cut each biscuit into fourths and roll each piece in the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place in greased bundt pan. Sprinkle in nuts as you add the biscuit pieces, if you'd like. Combine the brown sugar and margarine; heat until the margarine is melted and brown sugar is dissolved. Pour over top of the biscuit pieces Bake in a 325 degree oven for 30 minutes or until done. (Do not overcook.) Cool slightly and invert on plate.
We also made one with apple pieces and raisins. It was very good!

Majestic clouds

O Lord our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. When I consider the heavens the works of thy fingers, the moon and the stars that You have set in place; what is man that thou is mindful of him? And the son of man that thee visitest him? …O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
~Psalms 8:1, 3-4, 9

My mom took this photo.
Have you ever looked at the sky and seen its beauty? The clouds…the sunsets…They look so beautiful, just like in this photo my mom took. I think people get so busy that they don’t even see what is placed right in front of them. Look at the sky and see how beautiful the Lord made it. It’s there for us to enjoy. Sometimes I think it is a reminder to us. Sometimes if I am in the car with my family and not in a right mood, there is God’s reminder to me in the sky. Try to take some time out of your day today and look for some of the beautiful things the Lord has given us. They are all around us. The Lord God is the ultimate artist... that ever will be!

Monday, January 11, 2010

One Thousand Gifts

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This is my on-going list of One thousand Gifts. Each Monday I will add more to my list until I reach One Thousand things (or maybe more!) If you want to do this too, click on the box above for more details.

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for...
1. The amazing gift of salvation through Jesus Christ
2. My wonderful family
3. My friends
4. My Bible
5. Clothing
6. Cute shoes
7. Wii fit challenges with my family & friends
8. My youth group
9. Homemade bread! (yum)
10. Being homeschooled
11. Chocolate
12. Creativity
13. My Sketchbook
14. The uniqueness of each flower
15. Puffy clouds

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Happy New Year!

Throughout the New Year, and each step of the way,
May Christ be your portion, your joy, and your stay.
With God's precious precepts your daily delight
To lead and encourage in paths that are right.
"My cup runneth over," His grace so abounds,
That fullest enjoyment in Jesus is found.
"The Lord is my portion," this may your soul say,
And you will be happy each step of the way.
~Lois Beckwith

"His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in Him"
~Lamentations 3:22-24

Hi Readers! In this new year, I am starting something blog. I hope to learn a lot this year and along the way, try posting about it here. Recently my mom had me start reading the Weekly Challenges at Generations of Virtue. This week's challenge was very good. I think you should read it too: