Back in the Swing of Things

I have a lot to catch up on….but I’ll try to keep it pretty brief:

School started, I started running, I finished a few books, started a few books, baked some new recipes, working on a book review (or two or three), and I have a few new sewing projects in the planning stages.
I’m really loving my Abnormal Psychology class. It’s been pretty interesting learning about what “Abnormal Psychology” really means, and you’d be surprised how our society today has kind of twisted that into something totally different.

I started running….something that I haven’t done in 7 or 8 years. I haven’t done it since I was graded on how fast I could run a mile in High School. Let me tell you, running at my pace, when I want to, because I WANT to…is much more fun than being made to do it for a grade.

I have a Lemon-Blueberry bar recipe to share with you soon….

I have a book review in my drafts that I’m still working on, look for that coming soon…

and at some point I will share a tutorial for a homemade iPod/iPhone arm band for running, walking, mowing the lawn, and what have you!

So, be looking for those posts coming to you soon!!




Catching Up

I’ve been slacking a little bit as far as blogging goes, so I’m going to try and catch up a little bit here.

Things have been pretty busy at work and at home getting ready for school to start back up. I finished my transfer orientation, toured campus, and purchased my text book. I’m only doing one class for fall due to the fact that tuition at U of M Flint is much higher than at MCC. I am enrolled in Abnormal Psychology for the fall semester, and I’m really looking forward to it!

I was sent a copy of a Young Adult Novella written by a former teacher of mine that I will be reviewing soon, so be looking for that.

I will get back on schedule with a special Fall edition of 7 Quick Takes this Friday, and I have a few recipes to share with you soon as well!.

How’s that for catching up!?

Blessings All!


7 Quick Takes: 4/26/13

Happy Friday! I’m going to be quick today, because I’m heading into the office early today. So, let’s get right to it!

1.) I just made this darling skirt using THIS tutorial. Super simple, super cute, super comfy!

2.) I finally finished my first full row of blocks for my quilt….once I can get a decent picture I will post but trust me when I say it is my best work so far! It looks really cute, and everyone who sees it can tell right away that it should look like books lining a shelf! I’m excited to see how it turns out!
3.) Today after work, I will be finishing my (FINAL) semester as a nursing major. I’m excited to officially start studying Psychology, and seeing where God leads me with this new journey. I register for classes for the fall on Monday and am really looking forward to this semester!
4.) There are moments in life when I am so glad that no one is around to capture them on film of any kind. Thursday, mom and I battled a big, ugly, hairy spider that somehow found its way into our car. You should have seen it…..we looked ridiculous! You (like dad when we told him the story later), may think that we are wimps for freaking out over a “little” spider….but when you are trapped in a car with a far-from-little spider, you’d react the same way we did! It was pretty funny when we were telling others later on but at the moment not so much!
5.) I am so ready for vacation! It cannot come soon enough……….
6.) I’m boring today….sorry! My week was pretty uneventful so I didn’t really have much to share…
7.) Tomorrow I turn 20. I am spending the day with family, and that is absolutely all I want for my birthday! I couldn’t ask for anything better than hanging out all day with family! 
I didn’t really have a lot to work with this week….so there you go 7 Quick Takes….go see Jen for more! 

Stepping Into the Jordan

For my daily devotions, I have been reading in the book of Joshua. Today I was reading in chapter three, Crossing the Jordan. The devotional was talking about the priests taking stepping into the water without knowing what would come next, but knowing that God would be directing their next steps.

They followed God’s command and stepped into the Jordan never really knowing what God was doing next but knowing that he would remain faithful and lead them into the Promised Land.

I am taking my step into the Jordan this week; going to orientation at a new school with a new major. I don’t know where God is leading me….whether it’s into a career or if he is preparing me to be a wife and mother (or BOTH). I don’t know where God is leading me, but I’m taking the first step, I’m immersing my feet in the waters of the Jordan and following where God leads. I don’t know what my path looks like but God does. Where he leads I’ll follow! I look forward to this journey, and I look forward to seeing what my personal promised land holds!

“Have I not commanded you be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified do not be discouraged, the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9



7 Quick Takes: 2/8/13

Happy Friday! As always, I’ll be joining up with our wonderful host Jen, over at Conversion Diary…..and away we go!

1.) Last Saturday I spent all day writing, and writing, and writing and….well, I think you get the picture. I was alone at home and I had my computer in the living room, and I decided that I would put something on the TV just for a little noise….I went to NetFlix and I thought that I would see what all the hype is about with Downton Abbey.

I have seen the light! I watched all of season one on Saturday…all of it! I’m finally beginning to get caught up now on season three, and I’m wondering why I didn’t just start watching it to begin with back when it first started! I have gotten myself totally hooked, and I am falling in love with these people! It has made for some great TV watching!

So.Much.Love for this show!
2.) My research paper is finally finished, and (as I figured would happen) I didn’t stick with my original topic. I thought that the topic of Religion would be easy, but boy was I wrong. I had no problem finding the research to go along with that topic, but putting my thoughts into words was SO difficult for me! I finally just picked an entirely different topic: Parents’ Relationships. I used my own mom and dad as an example, and incorporated Alfred Bandura’s studies in Observational Learning……basically I said that kids learn from watching mom and dad, although I said it in more technical terms….I can tell, that this is where my heart is at. Not necessarily this developmental stuff, but Psychology in general, I can talk about it for hours, and I never tire of reading about it! I’m in for a fun ride!
3.) Sunday we had a preview rehearsal of the concert our Worship Arts Ministry will be presenting for Easter, and I was totally blown away by the music! It is a really good mix of some new contemporary worship songs, and traditional hymns of the church! The orchestration is gorgeous, and I cannot wait to get my hands on the horn part!
4.) I’ll admit this to you….please don’t judge me. I’m writing this late Thursday night….as I’m looking out my window, all I can see is swirling snow. According to weather maps, I am right smack in the middle of this “Massive snow storm”. Local stations are calling it “Snow Storm 2013” and the National Weather Service has even named it. Let me ask you this, when did we start naming something other than a Hurricane? I don’t know, to me it just seems silly….but that said, if you are on the east coast I know that you are about to get hit much harder than us here in the Midwest. Please, please, please stay safe, and warm. Don’t go out in this unless it is absolutely necessary. This stuff may look pretty, but it can turn dangerous in an instant! Stay safe!
5.) I’m hoping to head out soon to score myself some good deals on fabric, using my new student discount at Joann Fabrics. I have these grandiose plans of making a “vintage inspired” skirt. I have a plan, and a pattern, now I just need the fabric….that’s what I’m still trying to decide on. Solid or print? Pastel, dark, neutral? If I go with a pattern what should it be? This is why it has taken me so long to pick a fabric…I cannot decide what I want. Help!
6.) The cold bug has hit our family and two-of-three are down for the count, myself included. Mom and I both have it, however she is much worse than I am. Dad (lucky duck), seems to never get sick when her and I do, but so far we don’t have it so bad (knock on wood). Hopefully this is it and it will vacate the  residence soon…if not we’re in for trouble if dad gets it. 
7.) There are some things that need no words….and this, I believe, is one of them…..Take a look: 
By the end I was crying like a baby! This kid is amazing! I can only hope that his story will inspire people to think differently about handicaps. Honestly, I do not have words for how incredible this story is! I hope you enjoyed it as much as me! What an inspiration!
As I said at the beginning, go see Jen, and everyone else for more Quick Takes! Enjoy, and have a wonderful weekend!

Mental Break

Every now and then I need a good little mental break, especially right now. I’m writing this paper for my child psych. class, and normally I don’t have any problem coming up with things to say that make sense and flow well together but I have been stuck on the dang intro paragraph for about an hour now and it is killing me. I’m hoping that by taking this mental break, and doing some lighter writing (read: blogging or complaining whatever you wish) will help me to focus when I do go back to the paper. I used to be able to sit at my computer and in no time at all have at least the intro, and background information in the time that it has taken me to get this far.

When I chose my topic, raising kids with religion, I thought it would be an easy topic compared to the others on the list. I was WRONG, this has proven to be a pretty hard topic and as I said I’m only on the intro! I’m going to do a little more writing tonight, and hopefully after a good night’s sleep and some coffee in the morning ideas will flow better, and I’ll be able to formulate coherent sentences…..we’ll see. In the meantime, prayers are appreciated, I’m struggling on this one for some reason, and can’t seem to get rid of this writer’s block. 


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!

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.

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!!