Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! (a day late :) How was all your thanksgiving? We had a lot of fun. I made stuffing and stuffed the turkey yesterday morning, which I always love doing. I also made a really yummy sweet potato recipe, that is super easy:

Elizabeth's Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes
3/4 c. white sugar
4 T. orange juice (we used mango-peach)
4 T. vanilla extract
1 T. cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. salt
3 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-in. chunks

Peel and cut the sweet potatoes and put in a large bowl. Mix up the rest of the ingredients in a small bowl, to form like a marinade. Then pour it over the sweet potatoes, and stir to make sure they are coated well. Put in a 9x13 pan, covered with foil. Bake in preheated 400 degrees oven for 50-60 minutes.

After we had made everything, we just hung out for the rest of the morning/afternoon. We also played Wii for a while. We had some friends come over for Thanksgiving dinner, and they came around 4. We had our feast, did dishes, had dessert, and then talked for awhile. In addition, we have a tradition that we started last year. You cut up some slips of paper, and get out a big ball jar. We call it the "Thankful Jar". Basically, everyone writes things they're thankful for on the slips of paper - you can write however many you want. Our jar is always full. :) Then we will read them all during dinner, and try to guess who wrote each one. The handwriting usually gives it away, though. :) Then, after our friends left, we played a game of Clue, which Abby won, then we went to bed. And that was our thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

Hello, everyone! It's been so long since I've last posted, it's terrible! I really need to get on here more and let you know about my life. :D

I'm sure many, if not all of you have heard of the Christian organization called Samaritan's Purse. Furthermore, you have probably heard about, if not participated in, one of their major ministries: Operation Christmas Child. Basically, you fill up an old shoebox or small plastic container with various small items. For example, a toothbrush, toothpaste, stuffed animal or doll, coloring supplies, some small toys, maybe a pair of socks or a blanket. Samaritan's Purse then distributes these boxes to children ages 2-14 who have experienced war, famine, or natural disasters. They also give these boxes to poverty-stricken kids. Each shoebox also brings the gospel message to a little boy or who has never heard of Jesus! Though the time for packing shoeboxes is over for this year, I just wanted to share a few videos from their website that really touched my heart. After seeing these, my sisters and I have already started saving up money to buy stuff to fill even more shoeboxes next year.

~Click HERE for one about a named Oksana Nelson who received a shoebox herself many years ago, when she lived in an orphanage in Russia, and how it has changed her life. This is the one that touched me the most.

~Click HERE for one about a woman name Leija Allison who received a shoebox growing up in war-torn Bosnia. It is a little intense, you might want to preview before watching with younger kids.

~Click HERE for a hilarious, "modern-style", kind of advertisement for Operation Christmas Child. We were all laughing so hard!

~Click HERE to see a video of a we were all VERY impressed by. She collected 1,000 shoeboxes this year!!

If you would like to know more about Samaritan's Purse, their website is

Who knew one little shoe box could impact lives for Christ so drastically?

I hope these videos touched you as they have me. Next year, I will definitely be packing more shoe boxes!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow, and remember to be thankful for all we have!

Love in Christ,

Monday, November 8, 2010

Meet me in St. Louis


I am sure that you all know by now that I am in the musical 'Meet me in St. Louis' with HPA. I decided to post about this because I am enjoying it so much! I am a teen ball dancer. Over the past couple of months, we have been working on a large amount of guy/girl dancing. We've been doing square dancing, and just recently we have started learning waltzing as well. It is sooo much fun, and I am enjoying it immensely! Rehearsal is every Tuesday, and I look forward to another full, yet fun day tomorrow with all my friends.

I am also on the "devotions committee" for the first time this year. Basically, the devotion committee is 5 cast members who meet every week and plan weekly devotions for the cast. We also pray together and encourage one another. I am truly blessed to be a part of this.

In addition, we have been learning (as a cast) a ton of fun songs. They are VERY tricky to get right, but I think we are slowly getting the hang of it. It sounds so beautiful, though, when we get it right, as many of the notes have 3-6 part harmony! Some of the songs are "Skip to my Lou", the "Banjo", and "The trolley song".

The performance is at the end of January, and I am getting really excited. I got my costume last week! It is a long, pretty, light blue dress from the time period of the show (1904). The costume moms are working on hemming it and adding some lace to it right now... I can't wait to see it all finished!

Ad sales are about over... tomorrow they will announce 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for who sold the most ads! I am pretty sure that I got second - I was "battling" my friend for the top, but I think he beat me. :)

Well, off to bed for a fun day tomorrow!

Your sister in Christ,

Oh, by the way, some of the moms have been taking pictures of rehearsals...if I happen to get a hold of those pictures somehow, I will post them. But for now you'll just have to be satisfied with words. :D

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Musings on the Characters of Little Women


HPA is doing Little Women the Musical in Kalamazoo this December, and so me and Leah have gotten the soundtrack and piano music out of the library. A few days ago, while doing normal household chores (like washing dishes :), we were musing on the personalities of various characters of Little Women, and this is some of what we came up with:

Meg (Margaret) - the oldest of the four March sisters, she is kind of "motherly" to her sisters. She is romantic, and is anxious to grow up and get married. She is very loving, and a bit vain in regard to her looks.

Jo (Josephine) - the second oldest of the March sisters, she is definitely the tomboy of them all. She loves pranks, and is definitely a trickster. She is strong. One of her most intense desires is to "see the world" with her Aunt Josephine.

Beth - the second youngest, she is the sweetest of all of the sisters. She is loving, gentle, kind, and delicate. She is like a perfect little angel. As I'm sure most all of you know, she dies.

Amy - the youngest of the four sisters, she is only 10 or 12. She wants to grow up, and do everything her older sisters do. She often pouts and/or whines when she doesn't get her way. She wants to be pretty, and is very concerned about her nose being flat.

Laurie - the next-door neighbor of the Marches, he is looking for a friend and finds it in Jo. He and Jo are very similar; he is a big prankster. He is strong; and wants to know the Marches better, but at first his grandfather does not want him to.

Mr. Laurence - Laurie's grandfather, he is a bit prejudiced and at first does not want Laurie to get to know the Marches. He is soon charmed by Beth, however, and they become great friends.

Those are all the characters that me and Leah discussed so far, maybe we'll talk about some more later. Thanks for listening to all my musings! :)

In Christ,

Giveaway at Feminine Farmgirl!

Hello, everyone!

My friend Jenna at Feminine Farmgirl is hosting a giveaway at her blog! Vision Forum has generously donated a copy of the new "Joyfully at Home" for her to give away on her blog. The giveaway ends on November 9, so quickly hop over to her blog HERE to enter!

In Christ,