Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Pictures of Sound of Music!!!

I've been SO busy with Sound of Music lately... I thought I'd finally post some pictures for you all - Dad took these at final dress rehearsal a few weeks ago. We've added two more weekends of shows, and now I have a total of 21 shows over 5 weekends and into January!! Talk about busy (!!Yikes!!)

Just meeting Maria

On Maria's bed during the thunderstorm

So Long, Farewell

Liesl and I

Liesl and I as bridesmaids in Maria's wedding

The VonTrapp family singing at the concert 




Hope you enjoyed them! Maybe I'll get around to posting more in the future, we'll have to see... :)

Elizabeth

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Busy!!

 Wow. Life is SO BUSY right now! I haven't posted on here in...I don't know how long!! Sorry, everyone, but blogs have just been put on the backburner for awhile. I finally finished up all my schoolwork/homework for this week, so I have a little bit of time to update you all... Between school, household responsibilities, Beauty and the Beast rehearsal every Tuesday, and oh...

You all don't know about Sound of Music!! I auditioned for a christian community theater that's doing the Sound of Music in September, and I got teh role of Louisa!!!! So I have rehearsals for that 4 nights a week now, since shows are coming up - they start in a week and a half!!! I've been having a blast with it - it's been great getting to know new people, and it's been a fun experience to be a lead as well. It's also been a challenge; since I'm 16, and the character Louisa is 13, it's been challenging to figure how to "live" as a 13 year old, because I naturally want to act much more like Liesl (who's 16) than Louisa. It's also been a lot of fun as far as character development goes since Louisa is the trickster of the family. :) I can hardly believe shows open so soon!! If you are interested in coming and don't already have the info, leave a comment and let me know and I'll get back to you - I just don't want to take the time to type it all out if I don't have to. lol

BATB rehearsals have been going really well, I am having a BLAST!!! We have been working on a lot of our wolf choreography, which is going to be absolutely amazing by the time show week rolls around. We don't have an "official" choreographer, but all of the wolves (besides me) are super incredible dancers (like they've been dancing officially their whole lives), and so we've all been working together as far as choreographing goes. I feel so privileged and it's been such a great experience for me to be able to see the other end of choreography... In the past, I've just done whatever they've told me to do; and now, I'm helping to figure out what we do!! Plus Mrs. E has been helping us with it a lot too, and she's so fun to work with, for those of you who don't know her. ;)

The singing for BATB is going really well, too... I've decided that Human Again is my most favorite song that I sing. It's such an amazing song, and it's got so much harmony in it!!! :D

I have been doing quite a bit of reading lately, primarily for school, and I thought I'd also take a minute to share some of the books I've been reading (that I like). First of all, not that I've read this one cover to cover within the last month, but it's my all time most favorite book, so I figured I should mention it. I often will page through it, intending to skim around to look for monologues, and end up reading entire chapters because I love it so much!! :) The book is Little Women.

The next book is Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes. It is historical fiction (which I love) and it's set during the American Revolution. It's a great story, but most of all I love her writing!!! Once I start the book, I want to keep reading it just because her writing is so incredible!

Another book that is ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. It's an incredible story and very good writing. I don't want to spoil the story but it's primarily about a girl named Jane Eyre as she grows from a child into a woman - and it's full of life, vigor, romance, Christian principles, allusions, mystery, and suspense! What more could you ask for?? ;)

So that pretty much sums up my life right now... I've been working on writing quite a bit, too, and I'm currently writing a short story set in the American Revolution and an essay about Leadership that I'm going to submit into a writing contest. :)

I wish I could say, more posts soon, but I'm afraid that just isnt' going to happen right now... So, so long, until I find another spare minute to post on my blog. :)

In Christ,
Elizabeth

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Ride for Refuge

 

Hey everyone! I just wanted to let you know of something that's coming up in my life... Ride for Refuge! For the past two years, our family has been a part of Ride for Refuge. Basically, we ride our bikes (this year I'm riding 15 miles) to raise awareness and funds specifically for Transformation Expeditions for passionate Christian leaders and the oppressed, such as former child-soldiers, street kids, orphans and widows – mobilizing them to grow deep roots in the Biblical worldview, in the love of the Father and the value of human life, and to spread that love and value to others



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I would be very grateful if you would consider supporting me this year by donating some money. It doesn't have to be a lot - even the smallest amount helps! It is a wonderful opportunity for both you and I to partner with some friends of ours, Tim & Angie Sliedrecht, missionaries in Uganda, and the rest of their team serving in Uganda. Please watch THIS VIDEO, made by Tim Sliedrecht, to see what the money is going for. These child-soldiers are so young...they have gone through so much!! (Please note: the video may be a little intense for young viewers.)

For the sake of security reasons, if you are interested in donating for my 15-mile ride to help former child soldiers, please comment on this post with an email address I can reach you at to let you know how to donate - it's super easy. (Don't worry - I will not publish any comments containing email addresses or any other contact information.)

Click HERE to view Tim and Angie's blog if you'd like to see what they're up to.



Thank you!

Elizabeth 

P.S. I don't know why the font and color is funny in some places... sorry!!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

It's Official...

...I can drive!!! I got my license on Monday afternoon, and I been driving everywhere...it's SO nice to be able to go places myself!!

Also, we had our first rehearsal on Tuesday! We had our read-through, and it was awesome. Everyone is SO PERFECT for their parts, and we have a lot of super talented people. It's going to be a great show. :) And yes, I would say that even if I wasn't in it. :)

Elizabeth

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Brownies!!

Everyone has those favorite recipes that they make over...and over...and over. For me, those are brownies. :) Personally, I love chocolate - so brownies are always on my top favorite list. This is the recipe I have been making as long as I can remember; they're so delicious and so easy it's hard to resist making them. :) I thought I'd share the recipe as I haven't posted a recipe in quite some time.

~1 cup butter
~4 oz. unsweetened chocolate (we use those unsweetened Baker's squares)
----> Melt both ingredients in a medium-sized pan on the stove. Once melted, remove from heat. Add:
~2 cups sugar
~3 eggs
----> Mix after each egg. Then add:
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup flour
----> Again, mix everything up.
----> Pour batter into a greased 9x13 pan.
----> Sprinkle chocolate chips over the top until you decide it's enough. :)
----> Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
---->Enjoy!!!


What are some of your favorite recipes that you always make? Would you be willing to either put the recipes in a comment on this post, or post a recipe on your own blog and put a link in a comment? It's always great to find new, delicious recipes!



Elizabeth

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Naomi's "show", aka, Seussical

Yesterday morning, Mom and Dad went on a bike ride together, and we stayed home with the little girls... Naomi wanted to do a "show" - so she picked a song or two from Seussical and this was the result of her "show". :) And, for some reason, she didn't really want to sing it right then - just dance it, I guess. But trust me, she can sing it - pretty much the whole musical. ;)

Someone told her to sing, and well, you can hear the results. :) That's actually Hannah "singing". :)

video 
 So, there you have it. And, no, this is not an unusual occurrence in our house. :)


Elizabeth

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

My New Cousin - Isaac Emmanuel!!!

Naomi and Isaac



Dad and Isaac

Isaac and I
On Sunday morning, my new cousin, Isaac Emmanuel, was born! We went to visit him in the hospital yesterday morning, and Leah took some pictures. He is so cute! I was once again reminded of how precious and beautiful new life from God is - what a miracle!

Here is a video of Naomi and Hannah "holding" Isaac. Enjoy it - it's adorable. :)

video



Elizabeth

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Please Pray for our Missionary Friend...

We have some friends who are missionaries on the island of Papua, in Indonesia. We recently received an email that the Dad (his name is Kevin) has contracted a mosquito born sickness called Dengue Fever. Unfortunately, there is no treatment for Dengue, so they just have to treat the symptoms, which include, but are not limited to...

·  Horrible headache. There is intense pain in the forehead and behind the eyes.
·  Pain in eyes; it hurts to move the eyes, neuralgia type pain.
·  Swelling and achiness in all the joints of the body. Known as "breakbone" fever, this symptom is worse than all your achy flu symptoms put together. It hurts to move. Your back will ache and there is a chilliness accompanying it.
·  Sudden onset of symptoms in 50% of the cases. A high, stunning abrupt fever, face becomes flushed with severe, attacking back pain (lumbar region) and joint pain.
·  High fever (up to 104 degrees). This fever will be a "saddleback" kind of fever. It will be there for 5-6 days, then abate for 3-4 days, and then come back for 5-6 days. There may be profuse sweating.
·  Muscles will be extremely sore and ache.
·  A red rash (sometimes misdiagnosed as measles) may break out all over 6 to 12 hours before the onset of the fever.
·  Lack of appetite.
·  Pulse may be slower than expected with the high fever.
·  Lymph glands become enlarged.
·  Skin: the rash may appear between day 3 and 5, which will appear slightly raised, red patches and if pressured with finger, the redness will disappear. Usually appears on torso first, and then spreads to extremities and chest. 

Kevin is totally miserable and their family could really use your prayers right now.


In Christ,
Elizabeth

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

There's Joy in this Heart

Well!! Sorry I never got around to posting any more about auditions (for Beauty and the Beast, in case you've somehow missed my last couple of posts)... but there's no reason to talk about auditions anymore, because.....

The Cast List is out!!!!! I don't think I need to try to explain how fast we all got out of bed as soon as we heard it was finally here. :) And...

I'm in the show!!!! I have been cast as in two choruses, as a Wolf Dancer and a Caryatid!!! Yes, I will explain. :)

First, there are two scenes, both in the movie and in the musical, where the wolves attack (first Maurice, and then Belle and the Beast together later). Well, the directors have decided to make those scenes into some cool choreography pieces for the wolves... and I am one of 8 girls playing a Wolf Dancer!! I am so looking forward to these choreography pieces... I'm sure they will be so much fun!!

Secondly, I have been cast as one of two Caryatids. A Caryatid, as I have found out, is a statue; I'm pretty sure at the Enchanted Castle. I'm not exactly sure what all I'm doing as a Caryatid, but I must be doing something or they wouldn't have put "Caryatid" on the cast list! :D lol. And the other girl who is a Caryatid is a great friend of mine, so whatever we're doing, we should have a lot of fun with it together. :)

And last, but most certainly not least, I am on the devotions committee again!! I am so excited and thankful for this opportunity. The Lord was able to use me in so many ways last year, and Lord willing, I pray that He'll use me again!! I am really most excited about this over anything... Ever since shows came out, I've wanted to be on the devotions committee so much... even more than I wanted to be Belle (and that was a lot!)!!!

So, all of that to say that I am so overwhelmed by the Blessings, Goodness, and Generosity of my Lord!! My heart is just overflowing with His Joy!!

Rejoicing!
Elizabeth

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Naomi

I've found that one of the ways little kids learn new words is by repeating what they've heard, and see the reaction of people around them. Well, over the past year, Naomi has been doing this quite a bit. It all started last summer, when we were at my Grandma's house for the weekend. (I know we were eating a meal, I just don't remember what it was.)

~Mom: "Do you like this, Naomi?"
~Naomi: "It's GROSS!!"
Oops, wrong place to say that!! We tried to tell Grandma that she had no idea what that word meant. :)


More recently, here have been a few of her funny sayings or trying out new words.

On the way to an orchard to pick up some fresh fruit:
~Naomi: "What fruit are we going to get?"
~Mom: "We're going to get some peaches to eat."
~Naomi: "Do they sell blueberries?"
~Mom: "No, but they might have plums or apricots."
~Naomi: "OH, so they just sell all the Fruit of the Spirit!!"

I had asked Naomi to pick up something of hers, and she didn't want to. She very frustrated with me. The conversation ended with this.
~Naomi: "Elizabeth! I am just so mad and foolish!!"
Once again, she had no idea what foolish meant. :)

We were eating dinner last night, and she didn't want to eat her lettuce.
~Naomi: "But Dad, my lettuce is just so foggy!!"


Hope those made you smile. :)

Elizabeth

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Vacation!!

Well!! Here I am, still alive and well... I can hardly believe it's been over a month since I've posted on here! At this point in time I can only update you a little bit, as I'm pretty busy right now... And for those of you who are wondering, auditions went well and I hope to post on it soon.

~One of the biggest things we did over the summer was our trip out to visit Dad's side of the family who lives about a 13 hour drive away!! Our visit was full of Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt, Uncle, and 2 cousins... we stayed at their house for 7 days and had a blast!! Some of the highlights (in my opinion) were visiting the ocean (the waves are AMAZING!!!), swimming in their pool every day, spending time with family we don't see very often, and working on Grandpa's model train village with him. We all really enjoyed working on the trains... it's become sort of a tradition, almost. This time, we worked a lot on names. I mean, what town doesn't have a name?? This one didn't - so we named it: the village of Fhlabben. (That's all of the grandkid's initials mixed up.) We enjoyed making up names for the shops, stores, and other businesses in Fhlabben as well. We decided to make a theater (both my cousin Faith and I both have been in multiple shows and love theater), so we decided to name it: Faithful Elizabeth Community Players. :) My Dad loves biking and is often riding, so we created a bike shop and named it after him: John's Pedal to the Medal. We named the hospital after our Grandma: Susan _____ Memorial Hospital. We totaled everything up, and we have 24 stores/businesses in Flabben, all named after someone. We even named the roads after shows we've been in: ie, Kensington Avenue (from MMISL), Easy Street (from Annie), etc. :) Oh, and one thing I forgot to mention is this - Grandpa tries to make as much of the town from unwanted junk as much as he can. For example, we have a medical helicopter, plus a few others, and he got them from a falling-apart game at a garage sale for a quarter! The oil refinery used to be Styrofoam, and the hospital used to be boxes he received a few model trains in! Enjoy a few pictures.

This is not quite half of the village of Fhlabben; in the farthest left section are the houses, with the preschool and elementary school in the back left. In the front left in the middle section is our theater, situated next to our Town Hall. A grocery store lies behind, with a yellow gas station behind that.


Here is our "downtown", if you will, with the hospital (the blue and copper tall thing) in the back.


The other end of town; an oil refinery, a shoe factory, a shipping center, and the junkyard on the farthest right.


A close-up of part of the junkyard.



Sorry that's all I can do now... I hope to post more soon!!

Elizabeth


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Deeper

I go through spurts in my journaling. Ideally, I do it every or every other day. But things get busy, days pass, weeks pass. This evening I sat down to just slow down my thoughts and try to put them all onto paper. So much has happened. Is happening. My thoughts seem to be one big whirlwind. Yes, regarding HPA. However, I dearly hope that those of you reading this don't just kind of tune out and skim the rest of this because you are expecting my usual rambling regarding HPA. Just please bear with me.

As I was writing down all the events that have happened lately regarding HPA, I continually circled around to one fact that I'm afraid most people miss when they hear me start to go on and on about HPA. (Not that I blame you, I usually don't share the deeper aspect of what's going on in my heart.) And that's this: For me, HPA is ever so much deeper than that shallow chatter of mine that won't stop. So much deeper than just a few friends. Deeper than the singing, dancing, and acting that I love so dearly. Deeper than the crazy, hectic show week that I always look forward to. It's a place where I really feel myself draw closer to God. In so many ways. For one, I when I am rehearsing or on stage, I am giving everything I have to Him. Everything I do - every note I sing, every step I dance, every word I say - I pray that it brings glory to God. HPA is a place where I can pray, read and discuss the Bible with other strong, mature Christians. Where we can pray for the Lord's strength right before we step onto stage in front of our audience. Where incredible, lasting friendships are formed. Where I am encouraged, strengthened, challenged, both physically and spiritually. Where, through no strength of my own, but through the Lord's strength, I can be a blessing and encouragement to others. And most of all, I love HPA for the simple reason that it is a place where those that love Christ can come together and, through everything, bring glory to God through one of the ways that we love most dearly: theater.

I welcome any comments anyone has on this post. :)


In Christ,
Elizabeth

Saturday, July 9, 2011

THE SHOWS ARE OUT!!!!

Well, after a VERY long wait, they're here!!! We are extremely excited around this house, as I'm sure many others of you reading this are. :) The energy level is definitely higher than normal! lol! This year, HPA in Grand Rapids is doing Beauty and the Beast (the musical)!!! I am so excited to start another year of HPA... I have to be completely honest with you, I have REALLY missed it. Everything about it. The singing, the acting, the choreography/dancing, the friends, our amazing directors, the long rehearsals, show week, the theater... I could go on and on. :)

Now for the job of finding a monologue... I'm going to work on it now! :) By the way, does anyone have a good spot to find some good ones? Most of the ones on the internet are so crummy... any ideas, from those of you who are more experienced with this than I am??

Rejoicing!
Elizabeth

Saturday, July 2, 2011

HPA's Drama Camp!







So, I meant to get this posted a week or two ago... but here it is now. :)

Where do I start? Two weeks ago, two of my sisters and I had the amazing privilege of being able to participate in Homeschool Performing Art's (HPA's) drama camp. It is a 9-1 day camp every day for the week, with the entire day Friday, leading up to a show on Friday night. I had a blast! Camp focused specifically on 3 different parts of theater: acting, singing, and choreography.

For the acting aspect, everyone got cast into various different short skits. My skit was a story in Bible times about 3 women (an old lady, a newly-married, and a young girl), where the little girl is trying to convince the older ones that there's been a miracle - Jesus has healed a man! However, I (the old lady :D), am the "town gossiper" kind of woman - she knows how everything is and how she thinks everything should be, and there's no changing her mind. :) I really enjoyed everything that came with the skit - memorization, character development, and even learning how to become an old lady - though it was definitely a challenge! Another thing I greatly enjoyed about my skit was the fact that I had quite a few very humorous lines. The audience laughed a lot, though at times I found it difficult to stay in character!

Another thing we worked on was voice/choir/singing. I really enjoy singing, and I've actually started taking voice lessons this summer with Mr. G. But, anyways, the song we primarily learned at camp is A New World from a musical called "Songs for a New World". The song we sang was so beautiful, and it had gorgeous harmonies in it!! The other song we sang was Happiness from the musical "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown". That was a very pretty song, too. And our dear Miss Elizabeth did an amazing job teaching us. :)

Last, but not least, we learned a large choreography piece. This year, we learned it to a song called Me Ol Bamboo from Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang. It was super tricky to get, but it was definitely fun in the end. We did get a little nervous, though, when we did it at our official "dress rehearsal" the afternoon of the show; we all completely forgot the choreography for the last minute of the song!! I'm sure you can guess what we were working on after that. :)

But, as usual, ;), the Lord brought everything together, and the performance went really well! There were a few minor mess-ups in various skits and parts of the choreography, but overall everyone did great. And by the time I got home Friday night, I was so happy and full of joy. I just absolutely love HPA, and it was GREAT to be back on stage again... And I had fun, Friday: I. miss. show. week. The long days, all the time spent with your dear friends, being on stage, and just rehearsing and putting on an incredible show that brings glory to God. Well, on Friday, it felt a little like show week, since we were at HPA the whole day. It wasn't quite as long, but I still had tons of fun.

THE LORD IS GOOD!!!



In Christ,
Elizabeth