Thursday, December 22, 2011

New Completed Projects!

 I know it's been forever since my last post, sorry! But I'm here to make it up to you with pics of all the new projects I've been working on. =)












Monday, September 12, 2011

For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?
~ 1 Corinthians 4:7

Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Ultimate Question...

What is the plural of octopus? Is it octopi or octopusses?

The Answer:
We would go with "octopuses," a perfectly legitimate English plural, and the oldest attested to. "Octopi" is also an acceptable choice, and one in wide use, but you run the risk of being informed that it's incorrect. Well-meaning people may tell you that -i is a Latin plural, but "octopus" comes from the Greek. While this is true, the word in fact went from Greek to Latin, and only then to English. While the plural is irregular, it's hardly out of bounds.
Those who don't like "octopi" sometimes suggest that the correct term is "octopodes." Nobody ever uses "octopodes" outside of arguments about the plural of "octopus." Nor should you.
In short, stick with "octopuses" unless you really prefer the sound of "octopi."
—The Editors

Infoplease.com

Saturday, August 6, 2011

My Facebook Page!


I've had my site up for three days and already have 41 likes and 6 orders (despite the fact I mention on my page that I won't have much time for orders until October).

I'm so excited! =)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Drum roll...

My brother's band, Head Over Heels, just released their first song!


Giveaway!

The authors of Encouraging Challenges and Nurturing a Godly Wife are giving away free ebooks! 
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Saturday, July 30, 2011

*Sigh*

Please pray for me.
It's really hard for me to be patient with a certain someone.
:/
It's really hard to keep going when you've tried so much already...

Sunday, July 24, 2011

New Cover!

Me and Andrew singing Up by Justin Bieber (I know, I know... never thought it'd happen either. lol) 

Friday, July 22, 2011

It's about time...

So. 

I thought it was about time I posted something about me personally. Something real.

And I love this color, so here we go...

I'm not really sure how to feel about quitting my job. I am happy about it, but I've had a job for so long (which technically isn't that long--it just seems like it). It's kind of weird.  But leaving that behind, I'm really excited about the upcoming school year. Which means plans, organization, schedules, and goals.  I thrive on these things. It's me. 
I'll be teaching Andrew Geometry and helping him to finish up on his Algebra II. I'll also be helping quite a bit with his English Lit. Oh, and piano lessons with Cathryn will start soon as well. =)

Enough about me. I get too boring. lol

Verses that have stuck in my mind today:

"Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart?"
~Job 38:36

"Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place. Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in secret. Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee"
~Job 40:12-14.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Giveaway!

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

"There was a time when..."

"Heirlooms we don't have in our family. But stories we've got."
~Rose Chernin
I do believe, after the Lord's word, memories and stories are the most precious things we can share and pass on to our younger siblings (and children, grandchildren, etc.). What children seem to remember the most about visits with grandparents is the innumerable stories of "the olden days" that they will never know through their own experiences. Well, that's what I remember the most anyway. 
This post kind of goes with the previous one in that we should always be able to make time for stories--the kind of stories that actually happened. This is how our era lives on after we've left this earth. Individual life history is just as important as world history. Everyone impacts the lives around them. Everyone changes the world. Everyone has a story to tell...
What will your story be?

Let's Take Time...

Artwork by Sabrina Ward Harrison
"Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste."
~Benjamin Franklin
 

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Interesting...

The origin of celebrating birthdays.

http://www.triumphpro.com/birthdays-origin.htm

Wikipedia also says:

The World Encyclopedia considered anyone who celebrated the birth of anyone else to be following a pagan custom. The ancient Greeks, for instance, believed that each person had a protective spirit that attended the person's birth and thereafter watched over him. That spirit "had a mystic relation with the god on whose birthday the individual was born," says the book The Lore of Birthdays

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Quote

Every true wife makes her
husband’s interests her own.
While he lives for her, carrying
her image in his heart and toiling
for her all the days, she thinks
only of what will do him good.
When burdens press upon him
she tries to lighten them by
sympathy, by cheer, by the
inspiration of love. She enters
with zest and enthusiasm into
all his plans. She is never a
weight to drag him down, she is
his strength in his heart to
help him ever to do nobler
and better things.
~
Homemaking
~
J.R. Miller

Check out this blog!

I am now following Blessed Femina and have really enjoyed what I've read there so far. Here are some quotes on the blog that I absolutely loved. =)

“I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”
- Laura Ingalls Wilder

"Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste." 
- Charlotte Brontë

 "How sweet the name of Jesus sounds In a believer's ear It soothes his sorrow, heals his wounds, And drives away his fears."
-John Newton

"As you read, pause frequently to meditate on the meaning of what you are reading. Absorb the Word into your system by dwelling on it, pondering it, going over it again and again in your mind, considering it from many different angles, until it becomes part of you."
-Nancy Leigh DeMoss

The truths that I know best
I have learned on my knees.
I never know a thing well, till it is
burned into my heart by prayer.
-John Bunyan

Sunday, June 26, 2011

I wonder...

For as long as I can remember, I've always looked longingly at the day when (Lord willing, of course) I would have a husband and family of my own. Typical of every girl, right? Doesn't every girl want their own Prince Charming to live happily ever after with? (Actually, this use to be the typical girl, but that's another sorrowful topic...)

Anyway.
After all those years of waiting and hoping, this dream has finally begun to look real to me. And honestly? It looks really scary. I use to think it would take forever to turn 18 (this being, to me, a marriageable age), and now 18 has come and gone. The purpose of this post, though, is not meant to say any variation of:
"I'm tired of waiting!"
or
"He should be here by now!"

Instead, while reflecting on where I'm at in my life, I would like to thank God for his perfect reasons and timing. I've been thinking about the fact that so many people seem to be ridiculously immature when they get married these days. The world takes marriage so lightly. During one of my classes this last semester, one of the students became engaged to be married this summer. She was taking the class with her friend and they always talked about going to the mall, getting their nails done, or something teenage girlish like that. One day, as these girls were debating how to get their hair cut, the engaged girl (sorry, but I just can't call them women) was admiring her ring (an outrageously huge one, I might add. Total waste of money...). I remember thinking ...but they're just kids... And then I recalled that the engaged girl is actually two years older than me. It killed me that she was still acting and talking like a teenager (meaning 14-17 years old, btw) and yet will be getting married in a few months. What do people think marriage is? A slumber party? A patch of eternal roses? (lol, please excuse the sarcasm)

I honestly do not know what must go through people's minds when they think of marriage in their immature state, but it's certainly not any form of responsibility. Going back to the slumber party analogy, I don't think they realize that no matter how late they stay up, they'll crash eventually, or that roses, though very beautiful, do have thorns.
Anyway.
I said all of that to say this.
(Wait for it....lol)
I'm not ready yet either. Even though I hope that day isn't very far away (and even though, as of a few years ago, I would have thought I'd be married by now), I'm extremely grateful that God knows I still have some things to work on before my wedding day. Sometimes I can't help but wonder if I'll ever feel mature enough, whether I actually am or not. I do know that His ways are perfect, and that this includes His will for my life.
So as I wait, I pray not only for patience, but also that God will prepare a godly man for me. And that I will be worthy of him when (or if...) God brings that man into my life.  

May God Be Glorified,

~Amanda

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Card Making

I have recently acquired a new crafting interest and here are the results thus far. What do you think?







Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Cathryn's Designs

My little sister is always drawing and coloring new designs, every single day. She's dreams of becoming a famous fashion designer one day. So I thought I would show some of them off.










 

My King

"You're a God who has all things, and still you want me."
-BarlowGirl

Incredible thought, isn't it?
That even though He could have anybody, everybody, or no one at all, He chose me.
My soul is over joyed. :)
I could never live up to this great honor, and Him knowing this, chosen still am I.

Quotes

Give me, for a beautiful sight, a neat and smart woman, heating her oven and setting in her bread! And, if the bustle does make the sign of labor glisten on her brow, where is the man that would not kiss that off, rather than lick the plaster from the cheek of a duchess?”
- William Cobbett in Cottage Economy (1821)


“To me, homesteading is the solution of all poverty’s problems, but I realize that temperament has much to do with success in any undertaking, and persons afraid of coyotes and work and loneliness had better let ranching alone. At the same time, any woman who can stand her own company, can see the beauty of the sunset, loves growing things, and is willing to put in as much time at careful labor as she does over the washtub, will certainly succeed; will have independence, plenty to eat all the time, and a home of her own in the end.”
-Letters from a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Stewart

“…Why do we cherish being forgiven by God? There are answers to this question that would dishonor him, because there are benefits from forgiveness that a person may love without loving God. We might say, “I cherish being forgiven by God because I hate the misery of a guilty conscience.” Or “… because I hate the prospect of pain in hell.” Or “…because I want to go to heaven to see my loved ones and have a new body with no sickness.” Where is God in these reasons for cherishing forgiveness? In the best case he is there in all these reasons as the real treasure of life.
If so, then these delights are really ways of cherishing God himself. A free and clean conscience enables us to see more of God and frees us to enjoy him. Escape from hell at the cost of Christ’s blood shows us more of God’s commitment to merciful holiness and his desire for our happiness. The gift of seeing loved ones highlights God’s  wonder in creating relationships of love. Getting a new body deepens our identification with the glorified Christ. But if God himself is not there in these gifts-and I fear he is not for many professing Christians-then we do not know what forgiveness is for.”

John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life

 

Quotes found on http://www.painterofwords.com/

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Honorable Grand Mother

My dear, sweet great grandmother went to be with the Lord a week ago from yesterday. The funeral was very nice. Before she died, she had specifically wanted my dad to preach/speak at her funeral. He did a great job, even though he was very nervous. :)
The flowers were beautiful, and family members were directed to take what they wanted, otherwise the wind would.
I chose these.



Creations

I made the bracelet last year, but just recently made the earrings to go with it.

I crocheted this hat for Ezra, the youngest addition to my church. =)

This was for my Professor's newborn baby girl at TCC. It's not what you think; I didn't need brownie points. ;)