10 Fun (and random) Facts About Me

1. I’m studying in college for a journalism and a photography AA. I’m super crazy about grades and will do all extra credit work. My plan is to go to school over the summer so I can get done faster, but online so I can work more hours (although I’m already pretty much full-time). If you asked me what I looked forward to most each day I’d tell you bedtime. (I know I’ve become so boring.)

2. I’ve become a shoe freak over the last couple years. I just got a pair of checkerboard vans I’m in love with (swoon). I love skateboard shoes and sneakers! But no heels! I actually just bought my first pair of heels today because I needed black shoes for my choir concert and they were the cheapest shoes at the thrift shop. I’m throwing them out directly after the concert. Who invented such painful flimsy contraptions?

3. I waitress at a Mexican restaurant and lifeguard at the YMCA. I love both my jobs and I think they’re pretty cool. One of my bucket list items is to work as many different odd jobs as possible, so I’d like to add the ski resort this winter.

4. Right now my favorite TV shows are When Calls the Heart and Liv & Maddie. My all-time favorite is Bonanza! (Cause Candy is the best!)

5. I LOVE the Canadian Anne of Green Gables! I could do an Anne marathon any night! (Well, any night I wasn’t at work or had homework due…)

6. My style…..I love jeans and a sweatshirt. And if I’m home its sweatpants. In summer I run in T-shirts and swim shorts.

7. I try to be creative but often fail. I was going to buy a cute daily planner to journal and sketch in but I opted out for the cheap $2 one in the end, which was a good decision because all I fill it with is to-do lists.

8. I think it would be super fun to run an old-fashioned 1940s ice cream parlor.

9. I plan to work on a cruise ship when I finish up college, so I can “see the world.”

10. When I get enough funds, I plan to build the “Ponderosa.” (That super cool ranch in Bonanza.) I realllllly want a bunkhouse. Then I can host retreats.

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November-January Highlights

Hi friends! Sorry it took me so long to get this post out. Life has been super busy lately and I had to fly out of state for some family business. Here’s a recap of my last couple of months.

YMCA

I got a 2nd job life-guarding at the YMCA. I really enjoyed the course because I’ve always thought First Aid was interesting. It’ll also help me when I write about my character who lifeguards in an upcoming book :).

Ski Resort

I had a blast skiing at the local ski resort. I plan to try snowboarding next, so we’ll see how that goes. 🙂

I also had another choir concert, started back up with school, bleached my hair a little lighter, and got braces. It’s been a busy past few months. 🙂

October/November Highlights

Well, look at the time fly!

Here’s my October/November Highlights!

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This ride ran backward for the Scarywood theme

My girls and I went to Scarywood Theme Park for an awesome night of screaming and rides.

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I performed at my first college choir concert.

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NIC Chamber Choir

I wrote my first article, Counting it All Joy for Refresh! Women’s Leadership Newsletter from Partners International. 

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I was so thrilled to have a reason to put my hair in a Roman lady updo. And the braid is real 🙂

I dressed up as a Roman lady for the church Harvest Carnival where I helped out with face painting.

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Squad at the church Harvest Carnival

I sent my article off to theRebelution.com  to have it published. (Link and info to follow.)

and then……..

WE GOT SNOW!!!

Hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving!


"Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!"
                                                                               1 Chronicles 16:34
                                     

How Writing has Benefited Me

Hey guys! Here's a guest post from a young writer, Jewel Dodgson. 
 
Hey! My name is Jewel Dodgson and I am 14-years-old. I have seven siblings, five sisters and two brothers. I recently moved to Tennessee seven months ago. A few of my favorite things to do in my spare time are reading, writing, and exploring the beautiful outdoors.

When I first started writing I was 12. I was writing school essays and short stories. I thought they were boring and annoying to write. Then I got an assignment to write a creative and descriptive essay. It took me about 2 days until I found a topic to write on. I was sitting at my desk in my room when BOOM! An idea hit me in the head and I ran to the get my laptop and started to type away as fast as I could.

When I started typing that essay, I realized that writing can be a whole lot of fun! That was when the door of creative writing was opened. When I found out about creative writing, I started to enjoy writing school papers. I began to see writing as a fun thing to do instead of a chore. Once I found out I actually liked writing, I started to put my thoughts on paper and started my own story. I found out that it’s a lot of fun to use my imagination to write!

  Writing has helped me to put my thoughts into words, and words on to paper. It has also helped me with communication. In the years to come, I hope to become a better writer and to explore all the different writing techniques and finish the book that I am currently writing.

Jewel with an 8 lb carp she caught in the Holsten River. 

Counting it All Joy

  Counting it All Joy – By Hannah Loviisa

Tears. I flittered around a bit while considering what I should write about until one topic brought tears to my eyes. And that topic is tears. We look all around us and observe and experience sorrow. Why do we have trials when we pray for blessings? Is God is looking out for our best interests? When will all this suffering end?

We all ask these questions when our lives seem to be covered with shadows. We all look for answers to our hearts’ cries. We don’t always have them. God doesn’t reveal all the answers to us. But there are some truths he does reveal.

Christians suffer

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.” 1 Peter 4:12                                         

Suffering will come to the Christ-follower. Christians don’t get to escape the consequences of the fall. From the moment we enter the world we are firmly in its grip.

Suffering is purposeful 

“…but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.” Rom 5:3b-4

If suffering isn’t meaningless, then what is its purpose? We tend to focus on ourselves, so let’s do that. How does suffering benefit me?

Suffering strengthens our faith. I find that the times where we grow most spiritually are the times when we suffer most. Perhaps it is because our faith is being tested.

Suffering also grows our relationship with God.

“…that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death…” Philippians 3:10                                                               

When I look back at times in my life when I have experienced suffering, I can see how it has enhanced my relationship with God. Because during those times I most strongly and actively sought a relationship with Him, especially through my prayer life. Do we not pray most when we are the most desperate? When things go wrong, the worldly things seem to fade away and we look to our Savior for our comfort in this life. How much greater would our relationship be with our Father if we always reached out to Him with that same longing and desire?

Suffering also encourages other Christians. If we have experienced suffering, we can be of better encouragement to other Christians to be faithful throughout their own trials. We can be a witness to the world when they see that we suffer differently. We suffer with hope. That suffering reminds us that this world is not our home. Trust in your Creator because He is faithful to bring the good work He has begun in you to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6)

Christian suffering can glorify God

“…you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith… may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”  1 Peter 1:6b-7

Suffering wasn’t what God intended for us but it is part of His plan for our life, and His plan is not meaningless. We were created for a purpose, and that purpose was to glorify God. So what about in the midst of our suffering?

“Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.” 1 Peter 4:16

This is how we glorify God through trials; we show that He is more precious to us than anything in this world, even our own lives. And that means that while all else may get taken from us, we still rejoice because our greatest treasure, our source of joy, our glorious Author and Finisher of our salvation, will never forsake us.

The Good News

Jesus has conquered death. He suffered what we could not. He took our sins upon Himself when He died on the cross in our place and rose again victorious. Christ was the ultimate Sacrifice, the triumphant Sufferer, so that through Him we can overcome death. And the suffering will end when Jesus comes back.

Until then, we fight the good fight! We press on. The Christian can endure anything because Christ has accomplished everything. (Philippians 4:13) We have a unique opportunity to glorify God in the midst of our pain, and look forward to the day where we may, without the limitations of sin, enjoy Him forever in the place He has prepared for us.

So finally, rejoice because JESUS is ENOUGH!

Previously published on Refresh! Women’s Leadership Newsletter from Partners International. 

September/October Highlights

Ah fall….

// hiking // music // football // midterm grades // job search

Here we go again into a new season!

I’m pretty sure fall is my favorite time of the year. The trees are so beautiful with their orange and yellow glows, and the atmosphere is so hot tea and sweater-weather.

As you might have seen in my previous post, I climbed Berray! It was the coolest hike I’ve done so far, and I’m hoping to get a lot more hikes in next year before the snow falls again.

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My first college choir performance is at the end of this month, so I’ve been working on all my music. I’ve also enjoyed attending the high school football games

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and trying to win my own league in Fantasy.

At a farmer’s market in Moscow they were selling these beautiful dried bouquets. (P.S. I love how red my hair looks in that picture. It makes me feel a little like Anne 🙂

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But the best part of fall is walking in the woods, or through downtown in the evening.

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I get to enjoy these lights each evening as I walk through downtown when I get off my new waitressing job. I hope we get to enjoy this beautiful season for a little longer.

Then we’ll have snow, skiing, and Christmas to look forward to.