Friday, February 27, 2009

Some favorites

Here are some of my favorite quotes that I wanted to share with you all. =)

~"Don't compromise your standards because you want to look your best; look your best by upholding your standards." ~A  Rebelutionary (quote from the Modesty Survey)

~" You have so many extraordinary gifts, you can't expect to lead an ordinary life." ~ Marmie (Little Women)

~"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."~ Unknown

~"Meekness before God is not weakness before men. In fact such meekness and humility before God is essential if any man is to be truly used by God."~ Douglas Wilson

~"No life ever grows great unless it is focused, dedicated, and disciplined." ~ Unknown

~“I am only one, but I am one. I can not do everything but I can do something. What can I do, I should do and, with the help of God, I will do!” ~Everett Hale

~"It is better for someone to think you to be a fool than you open your mouth and remove all doubt." ~Unknown

Hope you all enjoy quotes as much as I do. =) Have a wonderful weekend! 

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

leadership in action

Today I finished reading a book by Douglas Wilson called For Kirk and Covenant. (an excellent read for all you bookworms out there!) At the back of the book there is a list of attributes which the author suggests a leader must have/acquire. They were very thought provoking for me, so I thought others might like to read them. Here is a partial list:

1. a leader must know how to love
2. a leader revers the Lord of heaven
3. Courage is the testing point of all the virtues, and a leader must have it
4. strength of character in leadership is tempered with mercy
5. a leader must understand tenderness
6. people with gifts in leadership must also have the gift of humility
7. the one who would command obedience must himself be obedient
8. a leader is patient
9. a leader understands the importance of vision
10. a leader pours himself into his work
11. leadership begins in the home
12. a leader who loves what is right must know how to hate what is wrong
13. a leader must know how to communicate what he understands
14. a leader must understand and admit his faults and failings
15. a leader is a person who fills the call of greatness without becoming filled with himself

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Here are two descriptions I wrote for my English class this past week. I'd love comments. =)          

  Eclectic Three Year Old Dress Up           


Sandy brown feet, with pink painted toenails, stands spread apart in a very unladylike manner upon gray speckled carpet. Stout, bare legs springing up from the feet, suddenly disappear underneath a navy, maroon, and black striped cloth wrapped, folded, and twisted casually around a slender waist. One strip of caramel suede cloth dangles limply from the folds and twists of the dark striped material posing as a skirt. Upon the waist of the kilt-like garment, a small, young hand lies pressed against the waist as if to keep the unusual costume from falling away. This hand contrasts beautifully with its rich tones to the bleach white sleeve stopping just above the boney wrist. In the center of the worn knit turtleneck three printed grey wolves sit; two at the base with their snouts stuck in the folds of the skirt and the other sits proudly with head stretched upward howling at the impish face of a little girl about the age of three. 


Gently curved, a small white chin pops up from atop the tall turtleneck shirt and smoothly changes into sweetly rounded cheeks. Pink lips, slightly parted but not smiling, add the only color to the lower portion of the tranquil face and allow only three small, white baby teeth to show. Above her mouth a button nose sits gracefully. Dark brown eyes cavort and capture the attention away from any other feature and yet they add immensely to the roguish look of the child. Nut-brown eyebrows peak out under brunette bangs, which scatter her broad forehead. Finishing off her dress up, atop her straight brown crop, a slate and ebony ‘coon skin cap sits askew with a long, fake tail ringed in fawn and chestnut bands, drapes lifelessly over her sloping shoulder, resting its tip in a caressing hand.

Order: Vertical



Peace and Tranquility on Earth

Disrupting a curvy sidewalk, a four-foot high carved, pine gate opens out onto an outdoor living space as beautiful as a dream. Just beyond the gate, a coffee table for two, complete with a white and gray stone table and two wrought iron chairs with buff colored, cushioned footstools. Rising above the distant Santa Fe Mountains, the sun peaks over the jagged, blue-green range.  Turning clockwise, a fireplace engulfed in mortared stone, varying from deep rich browns to charcoal gray, stands straight and tall with chimney pointing to the sky. Orange and blue flames leap upward and the smell of cedar and pine drifts in the air to accompany the sound of sap crackling on the logs. Around the base of the fire, sheets of terracotta rock lay, never TIRE of providing a seat for relaxing visitors. Two large metal chairs stand with foot rests waiting to cushion the feet of any occupant. In between the two chairs sits an identical couch upon which a young lady with golden brown, curly hair lounges engulfed in a novel and enjoying an alfresco morning.


Beyond the fireplace and chairs, a tile counter extends elegantly spread with a pile of buttered waffles, slivers of smoked bacon, small pitchers of maple syrup and strawberry sauce, and a jug of orange juice. Reaching up toward the roof, a stone column graces the corner of the bar. Making a 90-degree angle, a grill and two stovetop burners ensconced on the counter. Below a miniature refrigerator stands read to chill any beverage. Six hefty chairs with a thatched iron back and chestnut upholstery dance around a table of similar dark stones and light tiles, enticing many to come relax in the soft seats. Nestled against the wall of the house, a bed of soil and mulch provide a home to six rose bushes beautifully displaying a variety of shape, color, and fragrance. Sliding, double doors of glass open wide into a kitchen. To the right of the entry, an alluring porch swing glides fluently in the benevolent breeze. Four slender, gold chains link up to hooks upon open rafters, which support the roof. Completing the circle brings the onlooker back to the wooden gate with four indented rectangles and a hollow flower pattern cut from the center of each.

Order: Circular 

Monday, February 23, 2009


The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 1:7

inveigh- to speak or write about something with hostility

lachrymose- tearful or given to weeping

prevaricate- to speak or act in an evasive way

provocation- action or speech that makes someone annoyed or angry esp. deliberately

Sunday, February 22, 2009

goodbye swim and dive; hello 3&1/2 hours.

The 2008-2009 highschool swim season is now officially over. It was a great year and I am so glad and thankfull that Marissa and I were able to swim again during the winter months.

The season wrapped up with the State meet (two whole days) this past Friday (prelims- everybody who swam a qualifying time during the year) and Saturday (finals- the top 16 kids from prelims). Marissa went as 1st leg in the 4x50 free relay, 2nd leg in the 4x100 free relay, and alternate for the backstroke and free in the medly relay. She and her relays placed in the top 8 in both races in prelimbs and went on to finals and preceded to win 7th overall in both races. I went as alternate in breaststroke and butterfly for the medley relay and 1st alternate for the 200 free and 400 fr relay.

Marissa's best times:
27.2- 50 yard free
1:02.9- 100 yard free
1:15.0- 100 yard backstroke

My best times:
30.0- 50 yard free
1:06.0 100 yard free
1:27.0- 100 yard breaststroke
2:55.0- 200 yard IM
6:41- 500 yard free (I didn't swim this race until the end of the season, but it is now my favorite!)

Much to my disappointment my last year of highschool swimming is over. Now that Riss and I don't have practice everyday we now have a total of three and a half hours more at home. This sounds like a lot until I start writting down everything that I am going to fill it up with (sewing a dress and jacket, reading classics, continuing to keep up my drawing, and baking and cooking more of our meals). On top of these projects I am also working on a slideshow for the MHS banquet, coming up in two weeks.

*counting the days until summer league starts up =)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

happy valentines

Mother Dear, Marissa, and I came home from our swim meet this afternoon to find notes, roses, and chocolates from Daddy and the boys.

Marissa and I have a each have a bouquet for our desks too

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


I've been keeping a list of what I want to post on here, but am just getting around to doing it'll be a bit longer than normal.

Where there is no counsel. the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
Proverbs 11:14

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a

talisman- an object, typically an inscribed ring or stone, that is thought to have magical powers and to bring good luck

pique- a feeling of irritation or resentment resulting from a slight, esp. to one's pride

tirade- a long, angry speech of criticism or accusation

peccadillo- a small, relatively unimportant offense or sin

lugubriously- looking or sounding sad and dismal

aplomb- self-confidence or assurance, esp. when in a demanding situation

"When night-time comes I'm always glad to live in the country. We know the real charm of night here as town-dwellers never do." L.M. Montgomery from the book Rilla of Ingleside.

"If you always go where you have always gone and always do what you always have done, then you will always be who you have always been." Tristan Gylberd

"It is easy to have strong views on the subjects of authority, but these usually come up when we are considering how someone else ought to be obeying us. When we turn to consider those that we should be obeying, our ardor sometimes dims." Douglas Wilson

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


"An angry man stirs up strife, and a furious man abounds in transgression."
Proverbs 29:22

surreptitious- kept secret especially because it would not be approved of

factitious- artificially created or developed

inestimable- too great to calculate

demure- (of a woman or her behavior) reserved, modest, and shy

heterogeneous- diverse in character or content

unctuous- (of a person) excessively or irritatingly flattering

"Real liberty is never found in despotism or in the extremes of democracy." Alexander Hamilton

"Without law there can be no freedom." an ancient Greek saying

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Worship Beacuse He is Worthy to be Worshiped

This past week I read through Job, as part of my Old Testament history class assignment. Then yesterday, during the class discussion, we talked about the main point of the book. Often the response is "why does God lets bad things happen to good people?" But this, as my teacher suggested, is not the focus and should instead be asked, "why do righteous people worship God?" In verse nine of chapter one Satan asks God, "does Job fear God for nothing?" This suggests that because Job has everything that he sill continue to reverence God, but as soon as the comforts around him are taken away, Job will turn from his pious mien and curse God. God then gives him the power to do anything to Job, except killing him. For most of the rest of the book Satan tempts Job to curse God by taking away everything he had (he was "the greatest of all the people of the east"), sending four of his friends and his wife with words of discouragement, and all kinds of sicknesses. Through it all, Job remained steadfast in his faith and did not once utter a word against God.

This testifies to Job's character being the blameless, upright, and God-fearing man that he is. He does not worship God beacuse God had given him riches, family, and health but rather simply beacuse He is worthy of worship. It should not be about what God has done for us, as the book of Job so aptly points out, but all that we do should be to the glory of God.

Then this morning as I was reading a devotional, I found this passage, which immeadiately brought to mind the trials of God's faithful servant, Job:
"The time of testing marks and mightily enriches a soul's spiritual career is no ordinary one, but a period when all hell seems set loose, a period when we realize that our souls are brought into a net, when we know that God is permitting us to be in the Devil's hand. But is is a period which always ends in certain triumph for those who have committed the keeping of their souls to Him, a period of marvelous abundant usefulness that surely follows." Aphra White
It is a good reminder to me, that all God's people will go through hard times, but they will come out of it better people. Just like the clay of the potter must be molded, shaped, and then undergo the tremendous heat of the furnace, so must we endure and persevere through the hardships of life.

Monday, February 2, 2009


He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
Proverbs 28:13

A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back.
Proverbs 29:11

vim- energy; enthusiasm

opprobrium- harsh criticism or censure