7 Quick Takes: 12/28/12

So here we are, another Friday…another installment of Quick Takes. I will be joining Jen at Conversion Diary. So, without further ado… Quick Takes:

1.) On Sunday our church choir went to Crossroads Village; a park here in Michigan, that transports you back in time to old grist mills, one room school houses, and steam locomotives. Our choir sings in the small wooden church, that is still heated by wood stove, and we sang for a crowd that filled the eight rows of pews, all of the standing room, and wound out the door into the small courtyard. I love to wander thought the general store, and just see the town…in the winter, and decorated for Christmas, it’s like a different time….a simpler time… I LOVE it!!!

2.) Ten years (or so) ago, we moved my great grandma into a new apartment, when we did my dad inherited her box of 8mm films….lots and lots, and LOTS of them. So, for Christmas we had them converted to DVD’s for dad, his brother and sister, and my grandma. We were all together on Christmas morning, and after these were opened, we watches them. There was no sound, just some stock music in the background, but we laughed and cried, and laughed till we cried! Never imy life have I laughed like that. It was so fun to see dad and his brother and sister watching these, seeing them as kids, with their dad and mom. It was evemore fun for my cousins and I to see our prents at that age…and just how much we take after them! 
3.) I have been enjoying my Christmas gifts these past few days, especially my teapot,  there is nothing better than a good cup of tea. I love brewing loose leaf, so I love that the teapot came with multiple pouches of loose tea. I have ver much been enjoying chinese green tea, with a little honey and lemon, you have the perfect cup of tea!

4.) I have just started reading Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, so far I am not far enough through it yet to really say much, but check back in a few weeks for my review of what is turning out to be a very intriguing book.

5.) Working two days this week, and heading up to Frankenmuth this weekend. Frankenmuth, Michigan ( as I have told you before), is a piece of Germany, in northern Michigan. We will be heading up for some post Christmas shopping, and lunch as a family before we start back to work and school next week. I’m looking forward to some more family time. 

6.) The homemade Christmas gifts were a hit, and I am so glad.the calluses, pricked fingers, and nights of staying up until three in the morning were totally worth it!

7.) Today, I am spending the day with my cousin. We will spend the day watching Disney Princess movies, making homemade pizzas, and playing board games…. A girls day, and I am so excited! 
I hope you all have a great, relaxing weekend.


Christmas Traditions

For today’s post I am joining Janssen, Landen, and Merrick for: Christmas Traditions….check out theirs, or, if that is how you found me, thanks for stopping by!

It has been tradition in my family, that on Christmas Eve mom kicks dad and I out of the house….

Me and Mom.

Now, it’s not what it sounds like. Mom gets us out of the house so that she can wrap gifts, and do some last minute food prep. While mom has the house to herself, dad and I go out to the mall…not for any shopping, but for coffee.

Every year for as long as I can remember, dad and I go out early on Christmas Eve and walk the mall. As a young girl he would buy me a hot chocolate, and himself a coffee, and we would walk the mall and just watch people. Men in a hurry for that one last thing, women looking frazzled, kids getting their wishes to Santa right at the last minute. I love it! Now we go, and each of us get a coffee, and we walk, and talk, and laugh with each other. It’s a chance for my dad and I to hang out, and create memories…..when dad and I come home, we wrap mom’s presents. At night we have a big Italian dinner; lasagna, salad, bread- then we head to church for the candlelight service. When service is over, we go out for dessert, then we’re home for the night. Every year it’s the same, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Me and Dad

I have so many wonderful Christmas memories with my family, and I look forward to many more to come!

Merry Christmas!

7 Quick Takes:12/21/12

Go check out Conversion Diary for more Quick Takes, and while you’re act it check out Jen’s show Minor Revisions….I caught the first episode, it was great!

Okay, now for some takes…..

1.) Exams are finally over, and didn’t go so bad this term! I passed all of my classes and I’m looking forward to a much needed Christmas break!

2.) When I got home from my last exam I came home to find my acceptance letter from UofM Flint….boy was I excited to see that!!!

3.) Sunday’s concert was fabulous!! I was so impressed with our music ministry, and how well everyone did! Next up: Christmas Celebration on the 23rd, and a Christmas Eve Service….I love this time of year!

4.) My shopping, and crafting is officially DONE!!!

Just a small sample of what I’ve made this year

5.) I woke up this morning to a winter wonderland! We got a couple inches of snow over night, and this Midwestern girl is loving it! I have been wanting snow for a while, and we’d get s pome and it would be gone an hour later, but this….this is Christmas snow!

6.) In keeping with tradition, dad and I will be going out on Christmas Eve for coffee and people watching! Every year for as long as I can remember, dad and I go out early on Christmas Eve and walk the mall. As a young girl he would buy me a hot chocolate, and himself a coffee, and we would walk the mall and just watch people. Men in a hurry for that one last thing, women looking frazzled, kids getting their wishes to Santa right at the last minute. I love it! Now we go, and each of us get a coffee, and we walk, and talk, and laugh with each other. Lots of good memories of Christmas Eve morning with dad!

7.) then, at night, mom will do lasagna, a big salad, and Italian bread for dinner! We have dinner as a family, and then (as a family) we go to the Christmas Eve service where mom and dad sing in the choir and I play in the orchestra, it really is a family affair for us! We have this beautiful candlelit service, and it’s one that I look forward too all year!

What Christmas traditions dose YOUR family have? I’d love to hear from you in the comments! Tell me about any special family recipes that only come put this time of year, any crazy family traditions, or some really special ones?

Christmas Blessings,



My transfer application was accepted! There really isn’t much more to say than that! I’m so excited that things are moving forward….and fast! In September I will be a Wolverine, and a Psychology major…. I can’t wait!

Go Blue!!


Sorry to keep this one SO short, but I just wanted to share the news!


I can’t even begin to fathom what the parents and families of the 18 young students at feeling. It is heartbreaking to think that someone would walk into a school and open fire on a kindergarten class and open fire.

Hold your kids close tonight, and pray for these families.

There is really nothing more that I can say, other than pray.


7 Quick Takes: 12/14/12

I’m joining Jen and the others at Conversion Diary like always, so let’s get to it!

1.) the Messiah Concert went so well! We had a packed house, not quite sold out….but packed! It was great to be a part of something so special (and so fun!) I had a great time and hope to be able to do it again sometime!

2.) Saturday I did a little Christmas shopping with my grandma, which is always fun! Picked up one more project to add to my pile. Luckily this one is for my mom and I don’t necessarily have to have it done for Christmas, I can do it later. I will be embroidering an apron for her, hopefully it turns out okay : )

3.) Sunday we had rehearsal for the Christmas concert. This is my favorite time of year to be in the orchestra….we have songs that we play every year for Christmas that I love playing….that’s not to say that I don’t love playing the rest of the year, but at Christmas the French Horn gets much better parts! Obviously that is not my only reason for loving to play at Christmas, but it doesn’t hurt : )

Christmas Concert Flyer

4.) Monday, I had my last in class exam for psychology, and classes were cancelled for Tuesday. The atmosphere around campus is certainly one of joy! People are in good spirits, and ready for the semester to be over! I have two take home exams, and one more in class exam for microbiology and I am officially done with on campus classes at Mott.

5.) I turned in my transcript request form and transfer application this week, I should know after final grades are posted, whether or not I’ve been accepted to U of M Flint for next fall…I meet all of the requirements for transfer, so I feel pretty good about it.

6.) One cross stitch project, and three gifts left to buy and my Christmas gifts are DONE!!! It feels so good to say that on December 14th, because normally I’m not done until at least the 23rd….

7.) My weekend line-up:
  •  Babysitting
  • Staff Christmas Party
  • Christmas Concert
  • Filming ASL homework ( should I post the video here?)
  • Writing Two papers for ASL

This ought to be fun! Happy third week of Advent!


I wrote most of this post last night, and published it early this morning….after this was published a tragedy occurred, one that makes my busy schedule, and my complaints seem trivial…and in this case they are. My heart breaks for the families of these innocent children, these babies that lost their lives today to an act of senseless violence. I grieve for these families; mommies and daddies, brothers and sisters, friends…..they are experiencing such loss, such heartbreak. My prayers go out to these families, I can’t even begin to fathom this loss, but I can begin to pray…pray without ceasing for some sort of comfort…some peace in this troubling time.

Phone Dump: 12/9/12

It’s phone dump time!! Here are the gems from my Instagram feed this week…..

1.) I brought my work home with me this week….1,400 communication cards to put into the computer following a concert at church.

Getting ready to sing the Messiah! 
Cupcakes for the Choir and Orchestra Lunch Rehearsal this afternoon! Yum!!
This weeks phone dump was honestly, quite pathetic….if I’m only going to get three or four a week I might rethink a weekly phone dump, and just wait until I have a bunch…We’ll see.
Finals start this week and carry on into the next so you may not here from me for a while. I’m crawling into my finals week cave and not coming out ’til they’re done! I might try to sneak in a quick “Quick Takes” post, and possibly a commentary on the cruelty of two weeks of finals….I’ll also keep you posted on the transfer process (so far so good!)…it’s going to be a long two weeks, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and Christmas break is calling my name!!



7 Quick Takes: 12/7/12

You know the drill by now….I’m joining Jen at Conversion Diary for this weeks 7 Quick Takes.

1. So, after much prayerful consideration….I have officially made the decision to change my major when I start back up in the fall. I will continue on as a “Nursing Major” until May but in September I will be an Applied Clinical Psychology major.

2. With this major change, comes another change; I will have to transfer schools. I have begun the transfer process, and once my fall grades are posted in two weeks, I can submit a completed application to my new school.

3. I am trusting that God will provide in this situation. I’m moving from an institution with relatively low tuition rates to a school with significantly higher fees. I know that God can provide, so I’m putting my trust in him!

4. Fall semester comes to a close in about a week and a half, and I am SO excited to have some time off before I start my last semester at Mott. Now that I have made the decision to transfer, and follow God’s leading, I feel like a weight has been lifted….I feel Happy again! I can’t wait to start this new journey!

5. I will be studying clinical Psychology, with the goal of someday becoming a Christian Counselor…or a crisis counselor. That part of the journey I’m still praying about….I know that this first step is a big one, and God will show me the rest in His time.

6. Tonight I get the opportunity to be a part of Handel’s Messiah! I participated four years ago as a high school student, and this year I’m an “adult guest” that gets to come back and do it again! I love singing Messiah, it has been an experience with memories that will last a lifetime, and doing it twice!? That’s even better!!

7.  With the second Sunday of Advent this weekend, let me share with you from the Anticipate Advent devotional that we are using as a church…..

Malachi 3:1-4

“I will send my messenger,<sup class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(A)”> who will prepare the way before me.<sup class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(B)”> Then suddenly the Lord<sup class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(C)”> you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant,<sup class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(D)”> whom you desire,<sup class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(E)”> will come,” says the Lord Almighty.
But who can endure<sup class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(F)”> the day of his coming?<sup class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(G)”> Who can stand<sup class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(H)”> when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire<sup class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(I)”> or a launderer’s soap.<sup class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(J)”> He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver;<sup class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(K)”> he will purify<sup class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(L)”> the Levites and refine them like gold and silver.<sup class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(M)”> Then the Lord will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness,<sup class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(N)”> and the offerings<sup class="crossreference" style="font-weight: bold; vertical-align: top;" value="(O)”> of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the Lord, as in days gone by, as in former years.
Malachi’s message came at a time of spiritual decline in the 5th century BC when  slovenly priests and careless worshippers made unworthy offerings. Five centuries later, the writers of the New Testament gospels understood Malachi’s prophetic word as a reference to John the Baptist and his role as the forerunner of Jesus. Yet there is more; there is an eschatological anticipation. The Day of the Lord will appear; Yahweh will suddenly come in judgment (v.2). There is an implied threat for Malachi’s audience. Israel’s covenantal relationship with Yahweh is in jeopardy if they profane that covenant. A similar judgment awaits everyone—even those of us living in the 21st century—who find themselves unprepared. “The Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple . . . indeed, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts” (Malachi 3:1b), with the intent of refining and purifying his people, “until they present offerings to the LORD in righteousness” (Malachi 3:3b). These profound words make up a moving passage in the chorus “And He Shall Purify” from Handel’s famous oratorio Messiah where they provide the setting for the anticipation of the Messiah’s birth. Once again, the focus is on the Advent motif of repentance, the strengthening of one’s faith, and Christian devotion.

Passage from Anticipate Advent.

Blessings (and Merry Christmas),


Major Changes

So, a few weeks ago I did a post about my greatest accomplishment for the year 2012….if you missed it, you can find it HERE.

It is a great accomplishment, but I haven’t been happy for sometime now. I’ve been praying about it, and I feel like it’s time to make some major changes in my life…changing my major.

So, in the fall I will begin my career at a new school, with a new major and a minor. I met today with a counselor on my campus who will be assisting me with the transfer process and who will ultimately decide on my acceptance to the school. This was definitely a “Hand of God” moment for me today. What a blessing! I just happened to stop into the office that houses the University of Michigan- Flint….I voiced my concerns and was given all of the necessary paperwork, and my application fee was waived. From now until the transfer process is complete, I will be working directly with ONE person, in ONE department.

I can tell that God is at work here and I’m excited to see where he is taking me on this journey!

So allow me to end with this….GO BLUE!!



Phone Dump: 12/2/12

I decided today, that on Sundays I will be doing an Instagram Phone Dump. I don’t feel like this really needs much explanation….so now, I will let the pictures do the talking….

1. One of many towels that I will be cross stitching for Christmas this year….this one (as you can see) is a work in progress.

     2. A shot of my desk at work. This week I was preparing music for two upcoming Advent services, and   a Christmas concert,

3. Mom and I in Frankenmuth (dad took the pic). We did a little Christmas shopping in Frankenmuth Michigan this week, and if you haven’t been there, or don’t know what I’m talking about Click Here!
We got LOTS of shopping done!

4. My favorite store! Yankee Candle! Mom was on a mission to find a Jelly Donut Candle. This is a scent that we got her for Christmas last year and she LOVED it….this trip we ended up with Maple Pancakes, needless to say, the house smells AMAZING!!

5. This is a Chocolate Turtle Cupcake from Sugar High Bakery in Frankenmuth. They are winners of Food Network’s Cupcake wars! This was an awesome cupcake!

6. Me with my cousin. Sweet girl was so excited to be a part of her very first Children’s Christmas pageant today! I’m so proud of her!
I hope you are enjoying this first Sunday of Advent!

Blessings to all,