Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Global Outreach experience

Today, some of my family and friends from my church went to help out at a Global Outreach Center. It was really neat. It's amazing how just a little bit here in America can do so much good in other countries with their starving children.We made food packets for children in countries like Ethiopia, Zimbabwa, and Guatamala. Each bag feeds a child one meal a day for a week.

The room had 10 -12 stations and we worked on 2 stations. Our station made up 15 boxes that each held 36 bags of food. (in an hour and 45 minutes).

The above picture shows the food that we packed in bags: Chicken Protein, Dried Veggies, Soy, and Rice (in that order)

We held the bag under the large funnel while they spoon/scoop in the ingredients.

...And yes we had to wear hair nets, I know they are not fashionable but it was worth it!

Then we took the filled bags and weighed them to make sure they had the right amount.

Then the bags got sealed. Above my brother is working the sealing machine.

Finished bags waiting to be boxed

At the very end, we all came together and prayed for the children and families that would be recieving the food.

The room that we worked in made enough bags (in 1hour and 45 minutes) to feed 41 children for the whole year!! That's amazing!

It was a wonderful experience and I hope to volunteer there again soon!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father's Day

Today is Father's Day and I am going to post some photos from our day!

I am very thankful for my dad. He is great, and the best dad ever!

This is a picture of my siblings and I with our dad and grandpa (my dad's dad)

Then mom took some pictures of us while the younger ones mostly played. We were waiting for our aunt and uncle (and cousins) to arrive to all go out to eat.
Here are two pictures mom took that I like:

My sister and I

...and me... and a tree! :)

Happy Father's Day! I hope everyone that happens to see this knows their Heavenly Father!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Water slide & other games

One of the fun parts of our Sunday School Picnic is the large water slide we do. Here are a few moments from that too!
This picture shows the size of it.
Below: my bff, her brother and I are going down the slide together.

My (one) brother's age group played Minute-to-Win-It games. These were challenges they had to try to do within one minute's time! They looked fun and challnging but glad I didn't have to try doing them! :)
This one they wore a pantyhose hat that had a baseball in the bottom of the one leg. They had to swing it and knock down a long line of water bottles in a minute.

Another Minute-to-Win-it game was:
Placing an Oreo cookie on your forehead (hands behind back) and getting the cookie to go into your mouth. It's hard to do... and messy too! They had a few other games too but these two looked the most fun and funniest too.

This little guy loved his snow-cone. I think the photo is really cute!

By the end of the day, we all felt like this little guy......

It was a really fun day!

Tug-O-War Boys vs. Girls

Yesterday was our Sunday School Picnic. It was so much fun (as it is every year). We had a morning softball game, then lunch and a gospel message. Then we had games according to your age followed by the aweosme water slide and then supper. They also had a snow cone table open all day!
One of the teen games was tug-o-war, boys vs. girls! Watch the videos to see who won!

Round One:

Round Two:

The boys didn't win until they got some of the dads and men to join their side.

Monday, June 7, 2010

A little update

Well, this past weekend was interesting. ;-) It was fun! But now my brothers are actual Super Smash brothers! Ugh!

Sunday my sister and I had our final recital of this school year. It went well, I guess. I was nervous though. Two of my good friends were there with their families but I am glad they were there.

Here is a picture of my awesome Lil Sis with me! She is one of my bestest friends! :)

Recently my mom got me this shirt! I love it. Since it is my bloggin' name I wanted to get a picture of it for my sidebar so this evening mom took a camera FULL of pictures of me.
You should see what I went through with this photoshoot but it was fun! She actually got some good pictures of me. I might post some of the good ones but I don't know... I don't really want so-o many pictures of me on here.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Home-making and Hope Chests

Over the past year, I've had many discussions and Bible studies that have been about my future plans. I guess as a teenager it is a big topic. I can't plan out my entire future but pray the Lord leads me down the right path and I know He will. I want His will for my life. It would be really neat to be able to see ahead though, wouldn't it?? See who my husband will be and see my future family and what life will be like but I have that all to look forward to. my own little mystery to figure out. :) However, I have many years to become prepared.
Mom (and I) made an online friend years ago, who is a great artist, but also sweet young Christian example. Her name is Breezy and you should visit her blog. She has many wonderful things on her blog. Recently she wrote this post The Invisible Hope Chest. (go read it!)

As Breezy says "As young women, not yet married, we have the responsiblity to become as well-rounded and useful as we can be."
I have started an actual hope chest but it only consists of two cookbooks right now, as I enjoy learning to cook and bake new things. My next sewing project is my first hand-made apron for myself. I've made many but always for other people.

Anyway, mom read Breezy's article to us (my sister and I) before bed one night last week and ask us to think of the things that we would like to have in our Invisible Hope Chests so here is my list (so far)....

I am cooking and baking but will continue to improve and learn new skills in the kitchen
I am also working on a project with my mom that might someday be able to become a small business if I want/need it to be (if the Lord works that out to happen)
I am doing many Bible studies (and will also continue this always)
I have sewing time/lessons with a super-sweet older lady from our church. My sister and I go there and we will continue with her as long as she wants.
Being the oldest of 5, I've learned many lessons. When my youngest brother and sister were babies, I changed diapers and helped my mom in feeding them meals or dressing them and doing hairdos on my little sister. Now they are starting their homeschooling lessons and I am helping mom teach them so I think I am learning valuable lessons just within being the oldest in my family.

Skills I hope to add to my Invisible Hope Chest:
Canning and preserving
growing herbs and learning their uses
Cake decorating (I like working with fondant... it's like edible play dough)
Mom is going to show my sister and I how to make braided rugs, too.
stars/constellations (I imagine sitting outside at night with my family and pointing them all out to my kids)
how to create and run a website (for possible business). My dad can teach me this.
Bible (always more to learn)....We (my mom and I) are soon starting a book called Marriage Assurance (by Jim Binney).
I know I will be adding much more to this list but that's what I have for now.

I like how Breezy said we could start saving good books to read to our children. I think I will start adding some of my favorites to my actual hope chest, too. I never thought of that.

Breezy and frends also started this site
What skills are in your Invisible Hope Chest? I'd love to hear!