Thursday, September 21, 2017

Hear the Ever Tender Words of our Lord

This is something I scribbled down a while ago, when I was feeling overwhelmed with personal problems and stressful things that seemed to be swirling around me. 
 Our minds are always so full, aren't they? 
We think about tomorrow, what we will do, what if this happens, what will I wear to so-and-so's wedding, I need more gas in the rig but my checking is getting so low, a loved one is having a hard time, why did my Grandma have to die, how can I face tomorrow, I'm tired, and angry, and afraid and lonely and confused, there's so much going on in our nation right now, my room needs to be cleaned and I just don't have the time, I can't afford that eye appointment, what if my sister's flight is delayed in the middle of the country, I'm not a good enough person, my heart isn't kind enough, I don't smile enough, I don't cry enough, I'm not pretty enough, I'm too vain, Grandpa isn't well, how can I be an adult and marry when getting gas is stressful.... WHEW!
 Life's problems seemed to build up, and swirl around in our minds until we feel like grabbing at our hair and screaming, "ENOUGH!" 
 With our minds so full of silly, stressful things, how can we hear that still small voice that is always calling to us. 
 How often do we simply sit back and listen?
Not to our minds, and thoughts, but to simply be still and listen.
Hearken to the Voice of our Savior and tell Him, from the bottom of our hearts, that 'I am really angry and hurt right now. Please, help me.' 
 After letting it all go, releasing all of those crazy, wild emotions that seemed so strong, then can we sit and wait. 
 Wait for His comforting touch, which always comes. 
I'm reminded of when Elijah was up at a cave, in 1 Kings chapter 19, and there was a great strong wind, then an earthquake, then a fire, but the Lord wasn't in any of these, but after the fire, Elijah heard a still small voice. 
 It's a beautiful chapter, if you ever want to look into it

Be Still 

I was hurting, I was empty. 
I felt as if God was gone. 

The days seemed so burdened, 
the dark nights so long. 

I screamed out to the Lord, 
I lashed out in fear. 

But to me He seemed silent,
and deaf to every fear. 

I unleashed all my anger, 
I expressed all my woes

But upon a silent ear they fell, 
like soft drifting snows.

At last my anger gave way, 
shouting, I could do no more. 

And with shaking shoulders and heavy heart
I fell to my knees on the floor. 

The heavy silence seemed calming, 
as I wiped away the tears

And ever so gently and tender, 
a voice spoke to soothe my fears

'In the dark of the night, I am there,
In the day's sunshine I dwell

Always, my presence can reach you, 
even in the lowest Hell. 

In the whirlwind of your anger, 
there, I cannot be. 

For in your spirit of fear
your heart does not welcome me

But when you,at last,can listen, 
once you've simply let it go.

Then does My loving Spirit come in 
and then my peace you'll know

Just rest in my arms, dear child, 
Simply be still and know

That I am holding you closer
and I will never let you go'

LaKaysha Stenersen 
August 2017

Monday, September 18, 2017

Sing It Now

You ever come across a poem, quote or verse that tugs at your heartstrings?
 That makes you think, "That is a beautiful way to put it."
I do that with songs.
 I love songs that make me cry. Make me think. Comfort me.
Music is such a beautiful gift, isn't?
When the words fail you, and you can't think of any way to express your feelings, music can be a wonderful way.
 When you feel sort of numb, confused with the trials of life, a sad song can bring out the hurt you were pushing away, and the words seems to assure you that it's okay to hurt.
 Gospel and hymns bring the comfort you need during a hard time, telling you that the storm will pass, and God never forsakes.
 Maybe I'm the odd one, but music is very special to me, and I think those who make music are very special indeed.
'We are the music makers. And we are the dreamers of dreams.'
So, anywho, I thought I'd just share some lyrics that I love, if that's okay with ya'll.
 I know it's kind of random, but bear with me, all right? *winks*

I Wanna Live by Glen Campbell

Strong Enough to Cry by Joey Feek
I love this song. <3 
 Have you ever heard it? It's really worth a listen!

Call Me Old-Fashioned by Bradley Walker

Sing It Now by Reba McEntire

This song has become very special to me, personally. 
Basically the song is saying, in good or bad times, we are to praise and sing to our Savior. <3
 Another song worth looking up. 

Oceans by Hillsong

I Believe by Carson Peters

Always loved this song... So beautiful. 

Why Me, Lord? by Conway Twitty

It's Good to Be Alive by Jason Grey

I find myself humming this song when life seems to be getting me down.
 I have to remind myself that we are only here for a short time, and each day is a gift from God, and 'It's good to be alive.' <3

Cowboy in a Three-piece Business Suit
by Clint Eastwood

This a sad song, but I just love it. 
 Can't really say exactly why, except maybe I can relate to the poor man, stuck in a modern world, when he only wants to be his own man, riding the range. (Course, I can't be a cowboy, but I would like to have one for myself? lol)

Where Jesus Is by Joey and Rory

A beautiful song about true worship and the gathering of God's children. 
 This particular verse tugs at my heart, as I think of all the men out there fighting for my freedom, enduring so much horror and pain, and in need of prayers and love. 
 God bless our men. 

Farther Along by *anyone* 

Need I say anymore? 
 It's one of the most comforting songs I've ever heard, and I cling to it's promise often. 
"Cheer up, my brother. Live in the sunshine. We'll understand it all, by and by."

God bless you all, and remember, Jesus loves you. 


Friday, September 15, 2017

It rained!!!!!! *Actually Misted*

just because I love this picture

Can you imagine how exciting it is when you're driving home after long hours of cooking meals for the men going hunting this weekend, and you see water on your windshield?!
 So it wasn't really a full rain, but I could hear the water drops, feel it on my hands as I hung out the window (yes, I was driving.shhh) and the whole world was getting a good soak.
I was like, "My windshield is wet!" and was completely insane the whole drive home, singing, whooping and really letting 'er rip.
 Daminika wasn't sure what to do with me. Besides video me and post it on Instagram...*covers face*
The day are getting colder, and the rains will soon be here, so I'm setting back and waiting.
Fall is gonna be here before we know it, and I'm not complaining.
 Why, the other morning I went outside *have to since my bedroom is in the garage. It's quite fun, actually* and as I stood listening to the birds sing, I could see my breath!
Yeehaww! *lets out the biggest cowboy yell I can possibly muster*
Anywho.... things are picking up around here.
 Felicity is gone to NH to see her man, so I'm the eldest at home right now, and it can be a little tiring at times... but whatever. Better get used of it. *looks angelically at the ceiling. You figure it out*
 Also, Daminika went and got a job, so I'm feeling pretty *WHYYYYY NOT ME?*
But... such is life. *winks* I'll survive.

I've been trying out Calligraphy... Can't say it's great, 
but it's the best I can do. Give me a chance, ok? ;P

I'm quite pleased with my 'Your'. and 'Wish'. I thought 
they turned out quite nicely.

Sketching a little, too. 
Why do I fall in love with my doodles, and not the 
realistic portraits that I spend so much time on?

I mean, it's not like it's sensational.... But I just love it. 
I think I'll put it under my pillow. Carry it in my purse. 

On the darker side.... 
 My Grandpa is having a hard time right now, and I would really appreciate it if ya'll would keep him and my family in your prayers. 


Friday, September 8, 2017

Where are you, Fall?

If you live in the Northwest, you'll know the troubles we're going through right now.
 We haven't had rain in 70+ days, ya'll, and the countryside is showing the signs of drought.
There are major wildfires blazing right now, thousands of acres in flames, and many people have been evacuated, although only one home has been lost so far.
 The fire jumped the river, and is now on our side, but thankfully hasn't made it to our area yet, so we haven't had to evacuate.
 We've been praying for rain, and praying for the safety of all the brave firefighters that are putting their lives on the line. I hear it may rain? *prays that it's true*
 Thankfully, the winds have shifted, so the fire is no longer being blown in our direction, but I haven't heard if it is being contained or not.
 It's been a bad season for the Northwest, and Washington, Oregon, Montana and Idaho are all lit up with fires across the states, so we are in desperate need of rain.
 The worst thing in my area is the smoke!
All those fires can cause such a cloud of smoke, the air is actually considered dangerous in some places, and people are asking you to stay inside as much as possible.
 My room gets so hot, but we can't open the windows in the evenings because of the heavy gray cloud. The hills are either very faint in some places, or you can't see them at all.
Ash is falling everywhere, our cars are speckled with white and gray, and it's almost like a war zone, as some people walk around town with masks and bandanas over their faces.
 But it's improving. *breathes a prayer of thanks*
 I see people complaining, saying, 'No, summer can't be over!' and I'm like, "Waa? Guys, I'm so ready for fall, and it isn't coming!"
 I'm excited for cold, wet days, sweaters and boots, steaming mugs of hot cider and pumpkin coffee, and lying in bed with heavy layers of covers, your nose delightfully pink from the cold.
 Summer started early here this year, and it shows no signs of letting up.
I keep telling myself to be patient, because winter will be here soon enough, and we'll be stuck inside for a while, but I must admit, I'm not really listening. *shrugs*
  I've never liked too much heat.
It makes me sticky, sweaty, and little panicky at times, so late summer isn't always my favorite time of year.
 Early summer is nice, when the skies are blue and sunny, the grass is lush and green, and it's a high of 75 degrees. But as soon as it gets hotter....Ugh.
 I mean, when it's cold, you can bundle up! And sit next to a cozy fire.
But when it's can only take off so much! *laughs*
 It's like you can't get away from it.
So, if ya'll haven't noticed, I am excited for fall, and waiting impatiently for it to come.

What's your favorite thing about summer ending?


Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Face of God

It's sad when you think about the labels humans tend to put on each other.
 You look at the magazines and movie posters, full of 'beautiful' women, with flawless skin, large eyes and long, luscious hair, and you sigh when you realize that you're so...ordinary.
 Oh, dear one, you are far from ordinary.
You are lovely.
 I once made a comment to a friend, saying Abraham Lincoln was very handsome.
Of course, you can imagine the listener's response.
"Lincoln was known for being ugly!"
How sad, when people look at each other and think them ugly. Homely.
If we only looked at each other through the eyes of God, we would see ourselves and others so much differently.
 If we could see others as human beings, created by the same God, with hearts, feelings, and souls.
That girl you saw at your local grocery, cries, hurts and aches just like you, and she has many fears, struggles, and insecurities, just like you.
 The man that passes your house each day, with the round face and large nose, has a soul that longs to be at peace, just as much as you.
 Every human being, every solitary soul scattered across this globe, is beautiful. 
The old woman with laugh lines, thin gray hair, and wrinkles at the corners of her eyes, is gorgeous.
 That skinny teenage boy with the huge Adam's apple, is handsome.
The young, insecure girl with large glasses, freckles, and large teeth, is a shining angel.
Black, white, red, yellow, young, old, male, female.
 Whether you have flawless skin, acne, perfect teeth or braces.
 We are all crafted with loving hands, hands that long to hold all of us in the bosom of His Grace, loved, wanted.
 All of us.

How fickle humans can be.
 We rate each other like we would the flavor of an apple, or the quality of a cow, and then when society changes its mind on 'beauty', we change ours, too.
 Clint Eastwood was told he'd probably never make much of himself as an actor.
He was too skinny, his eyes much too squinted, he talked soft, his Adam's apple was too big, and, goodness, he was blond.
 Not dark and handsome like William Holden. No, he'd never make it.
Against their better judgement, the studio used him anyway, and what a shock, when years later, this 'ugly' skinny boy became one of the biggest stars in Hollywood history.
 But even more than that, he was considered one of the handsomest men in America. And still is.
 What silly, foolish creatures we are!
Placing each other on a scale, tossing some out, telling others, 'Oh, you're all right, I suppose. Pretty, but not beautiful.' and even when we do find one that seems 'gorgeous' we are always watching them, urging them to fix this, don't do that.
 It seems we only find the flaws in others.
How often do we look for the good? The beautiful?
 Not a single one of us is useless, unloved. Ugly. 
 That's such a dreadful word. Ugly.
 Look at yourself.
Deep down, you are no saint.
 We all are sinners. Wretched sinners, in need of a loving Savior.
But in that Savior's eyes, we are treasure. 
Treasure that He came to save, and keep, until it can truly shine, for all eternity.
Crafted like snowflakes, with something special about each one of us.
 When we can put aside all our foolish pride and cruel judgement, to truly see each other, and look for the living soul inside, then we can catch a glimpse of something heavenly.
 Then we can see a small part of the face of God.
Love each other, and uplift one another.
 Even that tattoo-covered, pierced young teenager with the hard eyes is in need of love, forgiveness, and understanding.
 Because in truth, without God, we would all be down that road, wouldn't we?
Let's think about this before we are so quick to lash out with cruel judgments and mocking words.
 Why not put aside the phrase, 'Look at that weirdo' and choose instead, 'Oh, Lord, there is another treasure in need of rescuing. Won't you help them today?'
 It's up to us to shine our light in such a dark world.
Because, despite the hate, the anger and war this earth is so full of, God's light will never go out, and His warm, loving gaze can mend the dirtiest, filthiest wounds.
 God loves you. And He loves me.
How can we not love each other?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

I Like to Think//Different Kind of Poetry

I Like to Think
I like to think.
When the wind blows through the trees, and the branches sway,
As the dimming sun shows the closing of day,
I like to think.
When the rain is going gently, over the wet, wonderland,
As the raindrops fall with a plink, on my outstretched hand,
I like to think.
When the fire crackles in the crisp evening air, and the flames dance,
As the stars twinkle down when you give an upward glance,
I like to think.
When I hear the music in a small child’s laughter, and see the joy,
As I feel the sticky kisses of a happy little boy,
I like to think.
When my mother gives me her warm smile, and pats my hand,
As she assures me God gives the strength to stand,
I like to think.
Yes, in the quiet, peaceful moments, of a fast-paced life,
Where there is so much pain, so much strife,
I like to think.
I think of the pain I’ve seen, yet the peace that I have felt,
Of how many times on my knees I’ve knelt.
And then in these moments, I smile, for it’s good to know,
That I am so very, very blessed, and as the years go,
Even when the days are weary, and the nights are so very long,
These moments will come and go, and they will keep me strong.
In the quiet moments at dusk, when the Ancient Words are read,
As the psalms and hymns dance through my head,

I simply listen. And my soul is at rest.

LaKaysha Stenersen
August 9, 2017

A little jumbled, I suppose. But generally, my thoughts are. 
 Not the style I usually write in, but....*shrugs* 

Monday, August 7, 2017

In the Good Old Summertime//Life Update

Flowers and the view from 'My mountain'. Silver Star

It's me again!
 I haven't been on here in a while. *my apologies*
So much has been happening!
 Felicity's boyfriend Josiah flew out from NH and it was busy week, showing him the local sights and enjoying summer.
 We hiked 'my mountain' *giggles because every member of my family calls it their mountain* and went to Johnston Ridge Observatory to look at Mt. St. Helens.
 I got burnt, but it was fun!
I always enjoy hiking, although I personally like it better when it's cooler. I have a hard time handling heat!
 Not necessarily cold and cloudy, although that can be fun hiking in, too. I just prefer clear skies but 75 degrees at the most. ;)

  So, anywho!
I also took a trip up to Tri-Cities, which was awesome!
 I enjoyed snuggles with little cousin Kaaren and Chase, and hanging with my bestie, Kirsten Jean!
It was hot, there, too, but that's to expected! I mean, it's the desert. lol
 There were a few moments, like then poor Chase fell headfirst into a bucket of cement, and when Konner hurt his head, which turned black and wasn't as bad as it looked! but the kids were basically great, and it was fun babysitting them.
 Sweet little Kaaren would fall asleep on me, and my heart would swell in my throat.
These are the moments that make me long to be a mom.

 When we weren't watching the kids, we drove around in Kirsten's awesome Jeep, listening to music, getting sweaty and hot, but making memories! <3
 Once, when we were sitting in a bakery, chatting, an old woman approached us and asked our ages.
We told her and she smiled and said, "You girls are just dazzling. I mean, you couldn't get any more beautiful. I see all these girls these days that look trashy, but you are lovely!"
 I felt so encouraged by that!
I often feel like I haven't been shining my Light enough, or perhaps don't talk to people enough about my faith.
 But when she did that, I felt so happy!
Sometimes we can simply shine our Lights by living in the way God wishes us to, and others will see the difference. It isn't our light. It's His.
 After the two weeks on Tri-Cities, we headed back home, in time for Kirsten Jean to stand in a wedding.
 She was so beautiful with her long hair braided, and looking so sweet and graceful in her bridesmaid dress. I could have cried, she was so gorgeous! *squeals*
 This morning, she joined my sisters and I, along with Emily, on a hike up Bell's Mountain Trail.
It was super hot, since we are having a drought, but so much fun!
 Basically, it's been a busy summer, full of swimming, hiking, family, traveling, coffee, milkshakes, and fun!
 Quiet moments, sitting on the swing and listening to the wind, crazy moments with cousins, and it's been a great summer.
 Can't believe it's nearly over! Already!
 And here have random pics from my cell.

Back home from NH, I snapped this pic.


'The Lady' St. Helens

Grandpa S came for a visit! And yes, a squirrel decided he was great

Sitting around the fire, listening to singing

We also took Josiah to the beach! Aren't they cute?

Kaaren Sue! Little angel

Dirty boys back from work! Kaaren was glad to see them

Well, sorry, it's sort of meshed together, and ramblings, but it's hot in here and we have no AC. 
 So, so long ya'll until next time! I'll be back! lol

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Why I Love America // Independence Day

Yesterday was the glorious 4th! *fireworks explode*
 Independence Day has always been one of my favorite holidays, since I was a little girl.
Fireworks, sparklers, barbecues, and flags flying in the wind.
 Why do I celebrate the 4th?
Is it because I am an American, thinking my country is superior to yours?
 My patriotism run much deeper than anything like that.
I'm not the gung-ho, shoot-your-head-off-if-you-run-us-down type, nor do I think that because I am an American, I am better than any other nationality on this earth.
 I love my country.
On Independence Day, it's more than a celebration of our nation's birthday.
 More than a celebration of America's past, present and future.
It's the celebration of an idea.
 An idea that God placed in the hearts of our Founding Fathers so many years ago.
An idea that all men are created equal and free, by one God, and that any man, of race, color or social stature, can walk with his head high, look any man in the eye, and say, think and believe anything he desires.
 An idea that burned in millions of hearts throughout the years, across the nation and across the world.
 And that idea, that kindling flame, still burns in the hearts of millions today.
Freedom, justice, and peace, can be possible for any man.
 That idea isn't for only Americans.
It's for the British, the Russian, the Chinese, the Canadian, the Australian; any man or woman 'who holds these truth to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'
 No I don't believe that being American is only way to go, that we are the better people on earth, or that because of our nationality, we are getting a higher place in heaven.
 I know sometimes there are those who can get carried away, and may across in that way.
It's because it's so hard to explain, to bank this flame that grows inside.
 I can't truly tell you why I feel the way I do.
I can't recall a time where anyone told me I had to be a Patriot, or to love my country, or why.
 It's just...a feeling, a conviction, a deep, deep love that God seems to have placed there, and nothing anyone says or does can change it.
 Here in the United States of America, we have our problems.
No nation is perfect.
  I will be the first to agree that things seem to be getting pretty bad these days, and many times I have been driven to my knees with a heavy heart, asking God to forgive our nations many sins, and to open the eyes of the people and the leaders to Him.
 Yes, these have been dark days for Miss Liberty.
But that flame is still there.
 She still holds it high, for all the world to see, reminding us that as long as we feed that flame, that idea, it will never go out.
 If we look up, into the Divine Light of our Savior, He will continue to bless this nation and forgive us our many trespasses.

O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
Whose stern impassion’d stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America! God mend thine ev’ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life!
America! America! May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev’ry gain divine!

God bless the many men and women who have given their lives for this nation, for this idea, this flame that He lit. 
 God grant our leaders humility, wisdom, and grace. 
And may God continue to bless the U.S.A. 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Blue Sky Tag

Natasha tagged me for the Blue Sky Tag, so I actually have something somewhat interesting to blog about. lol
 Thanks, girl. *Blows kisses*

1) What was one of your scariest moments?
Hmm......Well, honestly, I haven't had that many scary moments.
 I guess one I can think of, besides our car accident back in '08...
Swimming in my Grandpa's pool with my cousin, when I was little.
 We decided to see which one of us could stay underwater the longest, and both of us dived down. 
 Well, (I STILL have this problem) instead of simply shooting back to the surface, my brain said, 'Breathe!' so I did. 
 And sucked in a bellyful of water.  
Of course, I instantly began to cough, which caused me to suck in some more, and I began to panic.
 I didn't know which way was up, and I was choking.
Finally my wits came back and I reached out my hands, banging into the bottom of the pool, so I pushed with all my might and shot up.
 My cousin was still underwater, so this could have only happened in a few seconds, but it terrified me, and was coughing and gagging as I announced that I didn't want to swim anymore.
 Never did tell that cousin what happened.... *shrugs and smiles*

2) What is one thing you want to experience\do in life?
Hmm....A lot of things!
 I would like to go sailing someday, on some blue lake or ocean, in a white sailboat...*looks dreamy* 
Unfortunately, I get very motion sick, and even swimming can make me dizzy, so I don't see that ever happening, but it is a dream I've had since I was a little girl.  

3) Favorite vegetable (even if you don't like any ;P)?
 Who actually likes vegetables?
On second thought, I enjoy carrots and celery whenever I'm feeling too fat but need a snack.
 I LOVE cooked carrots for some reason. lol

4) What's one of your favorite Bible verses?
That's a hard one.
 I guess the one I most often think of and read would be Psalm 139:23-24
"Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me and know my thoughts:
And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."

5) If you could write one message to the entire world, what would it be?
Life isn't about gaining as much money or power as you can.
 It's about living for Christ in any way He sees fit, about loving and laughing with the heartache and tears, and about opening your arms and heart to all in need of help.
 In short:
Look to Christ, and let Him do amazing things with your life.

6) One book you hope to read this year?
Honestly, I have found that I am not much of bookworm.
 I LOVE reading a good book, but they are very few and far between, and I've come to realize the only author I really LOVE is Louis L'Amour.
 I guess I'm too much of a simple girl for all those many books out there with the dramatics.
 I suppose I would like to read Little Women again this year.
It's always a sweet book to read when you are feeling a little down in the mouth, and I enjoy Louisa's writing style.
 Sherlock Holmes will probably be read again. That goes without being said.

7) If you were to go into a movie and be the main character, which movie would you choose?
Oh, boy.
 Most movies I watch are war or historical movies, which don't always end the greatest... lol
 Summer Magic would be so cool.... <3
Getting to wear such pretty dresses, living is such a cute house, with Burl Ives around to sing for me. *winks*
 Not to mention dancing with Peter Brown! (Tom Hamilton)

8) What is your description of the perfect day?
Warm weather, (Not HOT) blue skies, and lush green grass for me to enjoy while playing a game of crochet or KanJam, or driving down a backroad with the windows down and music going.
 Then in the evening, when the sun is going down, a fire crackling, the crickets chirping and a guitar strumming while we sit in the grass and enjoy the evening.
 Summer memories...

9) Italian food or Mexican?
Can I say both? *blushes*
 I always enjoy going to Olive Garden, with all the jazzy music playing and the delicious food, but then again, Taco House has amazing chips and salsa, as well as awesome Mexican music... lol
 Depends on my mood.

10) What is one of your favorite stores?
Antiqued and Co. at the mall.
 It's a retro clothing store, which costs an arm and a leg, so I've never actually bought anything from them, but I could just stand there and drool all day long.
 Another one that I actually shop at would be online, if that counts?
I love, which is actually a natural store full of vitamins, oils, and beauty products.
 They have mineral makeup, and I just love ordering a new color of eye makeup from them. <3 They have so many soft, subtle shades to choose from.

11) What's your favorite season and why?
I love all the seasons...
 Summer is amazing, with all the warm weather, blue skies, and all the fun activities you can do.
And summer evenings are always so wonderful... <3
 But then fall, with it's cold, crisp air, and the chilly breezes and rain, makes it all so cozy inside.
Canned apples, caramel apples, apple cider...Oooh, I love fall.
 Winter is so cozy, and cold, and Christmas is in the winter, so that should just explain it all right there. I mean, who doesn't love the wonderful season?
 And then comes spring, when the trees and flowers begin to grow lush and abundant, and the birds come back from their winter vacation.
 All seasons have their good qualities, so honestly, I just couldn't pick one.

And we are done! I have to tag eleven people?!
 Whew...Do I even know that many?

I tag:

Sorry, but I just don't know enough ppl! *covers face*


Thank the person who tagged you

Answer the 11 questions

Tag 11 people

Give them 11 questions to answer

Your questions:
1. What is one habit you've never been able to break?
2. What is your favorite way to relax and unwind?
3. If you could travel anywhere in the world, pre-paid, where would you go?
4. If you could meet one living celebrity, who would choose?
5. What is your favorite hymn?
6. Coca-Cola or Pepsi?
7.What is your go-to, everyday outfit?
8. Which interests you the most? WWI or WWII? Why?
9. Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, or Perry Como?
10. How often do you wash your hair?
11. What is one thing God has done in your life?

Sorry if some of the questions are totally random. I'm a random person. lol

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Happy Birthday, Kirsten Jean

Today is the nineteenth birthday of my dearest, deepest friend, Kirsten Jean!
 You've heard me mention her on here many times, so she isn't a complete stranger to ya'll. *winks*
Being a cousin, I've known her since she was born, and we've made a lot of wonderful memories together. <3
 Her family moved back East when we were still young, but we kept in touch with letters, and visits back and forth, so we never really grew too much apart.
 Although I was just a tad bit more girly, we were tomboys when we young, running around with wild hair and barefeet.
 When they did move back out West, it was like she had never left, and I began to grow closer to her, and now she is the sweetest, greatest friend I've ever had.

 Kirsten has blossomed into a beautiful, lovely young woman, and I respect her so much for her attitude towards life, wishing I could be more like her.
  She has a kind, caring heart, plucky, happy nature and she just shines God's light when she walks into a room, that sweet smile of hers making everyone feel loved and wanted.
 Always ready to serve, to listen to what I have to say, even when it gets old.
Whenever I'm feeling blue, I tell Kirsten.
 Whenever I'm feeling happy, I tell Kirsten.
I can go to her with anything, and I know she'll listen and understand, and always has some wise words for me whenever I'm feeling down.
 She seems to draw me closer to God, and I pray I can be as uplifting as she is.
When I feel like giving up, she shows me that everything happens for a purpose and to stay strong.
 She can get pretty crazy at times, and we all love her for it! <3
I'm shy and reserved in public, but Kirsten Jean seems to somehow draw me out of my shell, and helps me step out of my comfort zone.
 She has her insecurities like all of us, like feeling too goofy at times, (never!) and feeling like she isn't pretty enough, but that makes me love her all the more!
 Am I the only one here who thinks she's beautiful? *dies because she's just so cute!*
Kirsten is the picture of a Proverbs 31 Woman, (even though she isn't married) she serves her family with a caring attitude, even when I'm sure it gets hard and tiring, and she seeks God with a sincere heart.
 She adores her siblings and parents; although she isn't verbal on the subject, and she shows how much she loves her family through her actions.
 She's the greatest girl I've ever known, and I'm so blessed to have her for a friend!
It'll be a hard day when some nice young man comes and takes her away from me. *winks*
 And he better be a good guy, because she deserves the best! *takes fighting stance*
I love you, Kirsten Jean!
 Stay true to who are you, and who God made you to be.
Thanks for being there for me, thank you for being you! <3

 Happy Birthday!!!!