Seven Quick Takes: 11/15/13

Hello all! In addition to my usual Quick Takes post today, I have also posted a Pintester Movement post so make sure you check that out as well……you can find that RIGHT HERE. Now that I’m done with my self promotion let’s get on to a Holiday Edition of Quick Takes…..Holiday? You may be asking…..yes, Holiday!

1.) I love the Holiday season….Thanksgiving, Christmas, snow, the lights, the music, hot cocoa, candy canes, baking cookies, wrapping and giving gifts, turkey, mashed potatoes…..I could go on, but I won’t. I think you get the idea….I love the Holidays!

2.) This Holiday season I’m also looking forward to the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special….I’m a nerd, this should not be news to you…..I have gotten completely hooked on Doctor Who and the thought of David Tennant coming back makes me pretty happy!

3.) I’ve been playing Christmas music since Halloween, the tree and lights will go up on Black Friday, and we will be watching Band of Brothers like we do every years while we put up the decorations. It is a tradition that we started a few years ago, and we can get through the whole series in a weekend so it just kind of works.

4.) Also in December (and, I know this has nothing to do with the Holidays, it’s just something I’m really looking forward to) The Hobbitt: Desolation of Smaug comes out! I am can’t wait to go see this one with my family!

5.) We are gearing up for the Children’s Christmas musical, and our Choir and Orchestra concert in just a few weeks and they are going to be so much fun. As soon as the director can find me a husband someone to play my character’s husband I will be able to start rehearsing with the kids, and I am so excited!

6.) I volunteered to bring a sweet treat to my next book club meeting, and I’m looking for some kind of coffee cake, or brownie, or a bar of some kind to take. I’ve been scanning Pinterest (not that I really needed a reason to do that) and have come up with a few ideas but I was wondering if you had any tried and trues recipes that you use, anything that is your favorite, or that you just want to share!

7.) As I always do, I’m linking up with Jen at Conversion Diary. Go check out all of the other Quick Takes, and (*Warning* more self promotion ahead….remember to check out my Pintester Movement post)!

Bonus # 8.) Check out these hand painted shoes I posted about last week…you won’t regret it!

Blessings for warm and Happy Holidays!



7 Quick Takes: 3/22/13

Happy Firday! I love, love, love Friday’s! For me, it is the end of the work week, and gives me plenty of time to hang out with my family. Friday also means it’s time for another installment of Quick Takes! I’m joining Jen over at Conversion Diary, let’s get to it!

1.) Last Saturday night my whole extended family (on dad’s side) got together to celebrate my Great Grandmother’s 94th birthday.

Four generations: Great Grandma, Grandma, Dad, Myself, and my Cousins. This picture should actually include a few more grandkids and great grand kids however they were not in attendance. 
2.) I would like to ask you to please pray for my Great Grandma, as I said she is (now) 94 years old, her health is failing. We are aware that at her age it’s pretty normal for her health and memory to be slowly declining, however the decline has NOT been slow. From week to week she seems to just get worse. If you would please pray for her, and the family as we try to help her….it would be very much appreciated! 
3.) It’s NCAA Tournament time, which means that for the office and family I’ve filled out brackets. Mine never really seem to go very far….so this year (because ESPN lets you make up to ten) I’ve done 9. Hopefully at least ONE of them will make it to the end! 
4.) NCAA Tournament time in this house means that basketball is on all day. ALL DAY!!! There is no escaping it, however today I plan to take four (or more) hours and sit down and watch Les Miserables. (Released TODAY on DVD!!!) complete with popcorn and snacks, and a full box of tissue! 
5.) Even though Wednesday was the first day of spring, it is still snowing like crazy here! I almost can’t believe that it really is March! I am ready for the Florida trip! I know it’s still months away, but I would love to move it up because this snow is killing me! 
6.) I’m still working on the parenting interview, and I’m loving the research aspect of Psychology! It has been so much fun gathering information, and conducting interviews. Now, I have to find a way to put it all into a paper…..the not so fun part…..
7.) This week is Palm Sunday…..the day that we celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It is also the start of Holy Week. Thursday, we are having our Maundy Thursday service. There is something so striking about this service. We have a partial orchestra, and a full choir. It is a candle lit service, one by one, as each scripture is read, and each song is sung a candle will be extinguished….we share communion, and after the final prayer a lone trumpeter plays were you there. The sound of the horn rings out almost eerily in the completely dark sanctuary. The congregation leaves in absolute silence. Silence is loud, very, very loud. This was the night of the last supper, the night Jesus was betrayed. Friday, we have no service. Friday (Good Friday) is a day of contemplation….something that I will share with you all next Friday! I love Holy Week. I love the services that I get to be a part of…..I love what Jesus did for me on the cross, dying for my sins!
Blessings to you as we enter into this coming week. It’s not about the bunnies and the candy….though I do love a good marshmallow Peep, it’s about the Cross, and the sacrifice, the grace and salvation we do not deserve but are granted anyway.
(Youtube: Keith and Kristyn Getty)


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,


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),


7 Quick Takes: 11/30/12

It’s FRIDAY! and that means that it’s time for yet another installment of 7 Quick Takes. I’ll be joining Jen and the others, over at Conversion Diary like I always do…go read the others and add your link!

1. My last QT post was all about Black Friday….I know that I said I wasn’t doing any shopping that day, well….I was wrong. I ended up at a bookstore to buy gift cards for those people on my list that don’t like anything. While I was in line my attention was drawn to a display of Christmas CD’s and I just HAD to add another one to my collection. I picked up A Capella group Straight No Chaser’s CD, Holiday Spirits. You absolutely HAVE to check these guys out, they will blow you away! Here, let me show you….

2. My actual Christmas shopping is done….technically. I’m doing homemade gifts, so I don’t consider buying paint, embroidery floss, or canvases to be “Christmas Shopping”. I have one cross stitch project finished, another one started, and two finished paintings….however, my list keeps growing! I still have to start another cross stitch project, and a few small sewing projects. I really hope I’m not cutting it too close this year!

3. We had our first combined rehearsal for Messiah this week. Our church choir will be singing along with four area high schools (one of which is my Alma Mater), and a local Chorale. I know that it’s only been a few years since I graduated, and my former director is still there, but man did I feel old! I may only be a few years older, but a lot can change in those few years….

4. I really forgot how much fun it was to sing Messiah….it was four years ago when I did it last, this time I feel like I know what I’m doing, and I SOUND like I know what I’m doing! I’m having a great time  being a part of something that is so special to our community.

5. In addition to singing in Messiah , I will be playing in the orchestra for our church’s Christmas concert the next weekend. This is what I love! As much as enjoy praising God with my voice, when I can glorify him through song, and play my horn….that is what truly brings me joy!

6. I signed up to bring an appetizer to my staff Christmas party. I thought to myself “oh, this’ll be great! I have all kinds of recipes pinned to Pinterest!” This thought, all though true, turned out to be quite misguided. The majority of the recipes that I have pinned are deserts….so any suggestions on something that is easy, and can feed a crowd would be quite appreciated!

7. Winter Semester ends in THREE WEEKS!!! It’s not like I’m counting or anything : )

7a. Advent begins this Sunday, I want to wish you all a wonderful advent season!


7 Quick Takes: Black Friday Edition

I’m joining Jen at Conversion Diary for the highlight of my blogging week, go see her at Conversion Diary, and add your link!

Now, on with the takes:

1. Black Friday shopping is non-existent in this family….we just don’t do it. On Black Friday, we turn up the Christmas Music, and pull out the decorations.

2. We put up the Christmas tree accompanied by the voices of Bing Crosby, Michael Buble, and the fabulous A Capella group Straight No Chaser….just to name a few.

3. Once the tree is up, we turn OFF the Christmas music, and the DVD collection of HBO’s Band Of Brothers comes out. We watch as many of these as we can on Friday, and if we can’t finish we make a weekend out of it and watch the rest on Saturday.While Band of Brothers is playing we put up the lights, garland, and ornaments. (This is one of our family traditions, started a few years ago when one of our TV networks started showing B.o.B….now we do it each year).

4. Tonight, we will be turning off the lamps and overhead lights, and plugging in each and every Christmas light in our house. We will pop popcorn, and settle in to watch Sherlock Holmes 2: Game of Shadows. Black Friday does NOT have to include department store brawls and/or shopping at midnight! : )
If you are a BF Deal Hunter I would love to know how you fared today! Did you get what you set out for? What time did you start?? Do you have any BF traditions??

5. The first snow of the season is finally upon us! We were just sitting down to part two of B.o.B and the snow was blowing like crazy outside….I love this time of year. Watching the snow fall, the glow of Christmas lights, the sound of Christmas music, and the sweet smells of sugar cookies and cinnamon…to me, that says winter. I have a few days off from school that I will spend with my family doing who-knows-what….and I will certainly be enjoying it.

6. The winter village is up, as is the Nativity. Now, I will be putting lights up in the rest of the windows, and possibly fixing myself some hot chocolate, and watching Mary Poppins on ABC Family

The Nativity, the centerpiece of our Christmas decorating. 
The Winter Village; Stays up until all the snow is gone at the end of the season
7. The advent season will soon be starting, and I don’t want to lose focus this season on the reason for celebrating. The tree is gorgeous, the village scene is cute….but the Nativity, and what it represents is what is truly important. Enjoy your Black Friday, and the many days to come leading up to Christmas! Tell me about your holiday traditions, what special things you do with your family! I love to hear feedback from my readers!
Let me leave you with one of my very favorite Christmas Songs: 

7 Quick Takes 11/9/12

You know the drill! I’m joining Jen and the others over at Conversion Diary for the highlight of my Friday….

Seven Quick takes…let’s get to it!
1. Monday, I registered for my winter classes. I will be doing the winter semester entirely on-line, which allows me to pick up more hours at work! Praise the Lord for that!
2. My classes for the winter will be Child Psychology and Nutrition and Diet Therapy. I’m looking forward to Psychology the most. I have had two previous psych classes that I absolutely LOVED and this one I feel will be lots of fun! Nutrition is a necessary punishment that I have to put myself through for the nursing program….we shall see how this one goes.

3. Sign language is more and more fun every day…I can not only introduce myself and my educational background, but I can tell you that I like to knit, my favorite drink is Pepsi, and that I don’t like orange juice….this is progress people!

A little ASL Humor!
4. Stomach Flu hit our abode this week….well, actually what we call stomach flu is really Gastroenteritis,not connected to the flu at all I won’t go into details ’cause it’s not pretty. I’ll just bet that you all wanted to learn about that today right?!
5.  I started my Christmas shopping on Wednesday! I didn’t get much, just a cookbook for a family member who may or may not be reading this, and coffee mugs for a few others. My plan is to start working on all of my homemade gifts while I am off for Thanksgiving break….hopefully I can stick to that plan…we’ll see : )
6. I voted in my FIRST Presidential election on Tuesday. I Won’t disclose who I voted for, but I will say this…No matter who our leader is, we need to lift them up in prayer, regardless of if we agree with their opinion or not. It’s easy to be hateful when you get disappointed, but as a Christian I know that people are watching me, and that I can set an example with my actions and my attitude. Sorry to get all political on you, but that’s how I’m feeling with all of this post-election  stuff but these are my opinions, and we just need to remember that God is in control, he is still working in our nation, and he will guide us through.
7. Thanksgiving is 13 days away… will you be celebrating? What is your favorite Thanksgiving side dish? Do you have any special traditions? Let me know in the comments! I like to hear from my readers, there may not be many, but I do like to hear from you! : )
Have a great weekend everyone!

Seven Quick Takes 11/2/12

Happy November!
This year seems to have really flown…I can’t believe it’s November already! Time to start the transition into Christmas music!

Now onto the point of this post…I’m joining Conversion Diary like always, so head over there and take a look, or if that’s how you found me I say, Thank You!

1. Midterm exams are over! One of the most stressful parts of school for me are the exams….I get horrible test anxiety…and I am so glad that midterms are done!

2. Tuesday was Microbiology….I’m sorry if you’re tired of hearing about this class! We didn’t get to taste the yogurt that we made last week (it smelled terrible! Something went wrong somewhere in the process ruining everyone’s experiment). That class is making me paranoid. I promised myself that I wouldn’t become a germaphobe…but that is slowly changing!

3. This year our church did a Trunk or Treat….that was moved inside because of the weather. I helped paint faces, and had SO. MUCH.FUN!

4. I worked the Trunk or Treat, but I didn’t dress up for Halloween this year….I normally do homemade costumes, but I don’t have a great track record with them. One year I decided to go as the White Witch from The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. It was working out fine, until mom and I tried to make the crown….using kind of like a poster board type paper….people thought I’d dressed as the Pope. That year I was the White Witch without a crown.
This year, I thought I’d go as Belle pre-Beast.

I have a blue dress, a white apron, and had a basket of books. I got dressed, did my hair, came out of my room, and this discussion followed:

Dad: Who are you supposed to be?
Mom: (trying to help) Can’t you tell?
Me: *silence*
Dad: uhhhh, no.
Mom: Belle from Beauty and The Beast….you know, right at the beginning?
Me: Yeah….if I have to explain it, then that probably means it doesn’t work. I’ll go change….
(I had rehearsal that night anyway, so I went as Megan, the French Horn player…no costume required.)

5. If you are from Michigan, and I tell you that I was at Bronner’s this week, you will understand what I’m talking about when I say…..IT WAS WONDERFUL! The lights, the music, the trees, oh my goodness!

For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about….Bronner’s is located in Frankenmuth Michigan, and is called Michigan’s Christmas Wonderland. Though it’s open year round, they specialize in one thing: Christmas! I equate it with seeing Cinderella’s castle at Disney World for the first time. You walk in, and are speechless…you can’t do anything but just stare, and move forward with the crowd….but maybe that’s just me….I LOVE Christmas (can ya tell?)

6. Michigan plays the Minnesota Golden Gophers tomorrow….GO Blue!

7. I went to Costco for the FIRST TIME today! I. AM. IN. LOVE! I just couldn’t leave! What a wonderful place! : )

Have a blessed weekend everyone! Don’t forget to turn your clocks BACK!!