Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Well, that time of year has finally rolled around... HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!! :) And now, a brief ode to mashed potatoes, turkey, pumpkin pie, Thanksgiving races (I'm doing it this year, unlike a few years ago.), stuffing, after-dinner walks, and Black Friday (wait... I'm kidding about the Black Friday. That has nothing to do with Thanksgiving...). But, over all those things I just mentioned, I am so thankful to God for EVERY THING He gives us. We read Psalm 104 last night, and it was so encouraging and uplifting! I can't really resist, so here it is. I'll let you guys read it too, because it's such a fabulous Psalm. :) Here it is:

Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.

Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:

Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:

Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:

Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.

Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains.

At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away.

They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them.

Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.

He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills.

They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses quench their thirst.

By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches.

He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works.

He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;

And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man's heart.

The trees of the LORD are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted;

Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.

The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies.

He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down.

Thou makest darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth.

The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God.

The sun ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay them down in their dens.

Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.

O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.

So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.

There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.

These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season.

That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good.

Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.

Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.

The glory of the LORD shall endure for ever: the LORD shall rejoice in his works.

He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke.

I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.

My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.

Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless thou the LORD, O my soul. Praise ye the LORD.

-That Psalm makes me want to go out in the woods right now, and take a walk in God's glorious creation that we are so incredibly blessed with. Okay, to stick to a tradition, I will now state what I'm thankful for:


-My family (things are just starting to get fun with every one getting older)

-Beautiful mountains

-Elk tags

-My puppy


-All the "little" things

-Life in general

-There's so many things, I can't mention them all right now, but, you can check out my Thanksgiving Post that I did a couple years ago. Have a great Thanksgiving!

Count the blessings, not the calories,



Thursday, November 3, 2011

Here are some pictures from recent events: (I promised, remember!)

Anna and her gigantic squash (gigantic for us, at least - we're terrible gardeners)

Margaret, hunting and wearing that FABULOUS hunter's orange

Goofing off...


And, our fantastic brother turned 20! Yay! Get out the party hats! (two months ago)



We went elk hunting a few weeks ago (Robin, Margaret, Maria, our brother, and our brother in Christ). It was so much fun, and, guess what? We didn't get any thing. Figures... huh? :)

The very first day, my brother and I (Margaret) were sitting in a group of trees, looking out on a BIG meadow, searching for elk. All of a sudden, I heard crackling behind us. Twenty yards away, there were seven elk. I turned, they bolted, I trained my gun on one of them (trotting away from me), took the safety off, and pulled the trigger. My gun didn't go off, because, surprise! I had the safety halfway on and halfway off. That was really really sad, because, before I could pull it off all the way, they had dashed off into the woods. I have to admit, I'm WAY too indecisive.

Of course, I still had lots of fun, but I couldn't help but be disappointed going home. Next time, I'm going to treat the first elk I see like it's the last one I see (because, this time, that was true). And, to move on to my final point: We really ought to see our lives like that. I'm not a bold person. I'm a wimp (there, I said it). I'm convicted all the time that I don't share my love for Christ enough. It is pretty hard to just start witnessing to some one about the Lord, but I feel like I just haven't done it enough. I need to be treating time I spend sitting next to some one on an airplane, standing next to some one in line, talking to some one in the library like it is the last time I can share my faith with any one. In reality, I think I need more boldness, so I'm gonna pray for that! There's no being indecisive in this life. Any ways, just some very random thoughts.

I'll post pictures someday...



Tuesday, August 30, 2011

14ers and Puppies

Just recently, we hiked three 14ers in a row. It was really easy, gentle, and fun to be with good friends and in God's creation. I have officially hiked eight 14ers. There's so many more to go! :)

I LOVE the view from the top of 14ers!

We all looked like this going to and coming from the hike

Also, my puppy, Maya, has been growing up, and now looks a lot older (and cuter). I love 'er!

I love that puppy!

She's a good jumper too!

Noble-hearted dog... some times.



Thursday, August 4, 2011

Forever Friends

Some times it can be so hard to find friends. I don't mean just friends, but good friends. Good friends are the type that stay with you in bad times, as well as good times, read the Bible with you, always have an adventure up their sleeve, share secrets, and share memories. Sadly, these type of friends are few and far between. Love for one another is an unheard-of anomaly. But, there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother, and that is Jesus Christ. Yes, we have an amazing Savior who will always be there, and He has provided the few true friends we have. I feel really blessed. Now for some friendship pictures:

Sweet Friends


Ha ha... smelly puppy breath! But I do love her.

Lil' Friends

Part of our friend photo shoot. We love the pole too. Not.

Sharin' socks

Sharin' jokes



Wednesday, July 20, 2011


I just recently got a new puppy, and she's adorable! :) She's a grey and white Siberian Husky, but she looks almost white. We were gone this Monday, hiking 2 14ers (Harvard and Columbia), but we were all so happy to come home to a sweet little puppy. I love her, a lot.


Friday, July 1, 2011

Why, Hello!

It's been a very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very long time. Ok, now, that could be a bit of an exaggeration, but, hey, who's counting? Moving on... We've been really busy, and have been having sooooo much fun. Here's the scoop:

May: We had a memorial day picnic with our church, which was really fun. We also celebrated my Sweetest Sixteenth birthday, and had a fantastic month overall.

June: Our annual CHEC conference was during that month. Also, Robin, our brother, and I (Margaret) ran a 1/2 marathon. It was so wonderful, and an amazingly beautiful course as well! I LOVED it, and it felt a lot easier than I thought it would be. (Of course, it was 75% downhill, but the feet above sea level was in the 9000's.) Fun, fun, fun... Yay!!!!!!!!!! We've also started on crazy summer things, like playing soccer and Frisbee at the park every. single. week., climbing trees, and rappelling.

July: We're planning a camping trip this coming week, and, we should be able to start hiking some 14ers which should be really fun.

Also, in August, we're planning some thing so Extreme and so fun it's gonna be a blast... If we're able to do it. ;) And then, I'm thinking about getting a dog - a Siberian Huskie to be precise. I've been contacting people and preparing, so it might just happen, but, we'll see. Oh, and we have a Family Camp in August too.

Well, the feeling of a GREAT summer is in the air. I can hardly wait for every thing to start happening!


And now for some pictures:

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Happy Birthday Margaret!

Happy 16th Margaret! We are so thankful for you, and hope you have a great birthday full of adventures and discoveries! :)
Anna, Robin, and Maria

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

It Doesn't Cut

Words are powerful things. They can build up great friendships, but, at the same time, they can tear down friendships. They cut like a knife when they're spoken in the wrong way, or to tear some one down, but they smooth over the wound like a lotion when they're spoken to build some one up. It really is amazing. You know, I've had a lot of scratches, bruises, burns, cuts, blisters, sore muscles, etc., but none of them have ever hurt as much as words do. Words are as real as life. When some one screams at you, you feel every. single. word. When some one praises you, your life bursts with joy. When some one points out all your problems, you hear it all. When some one tells you that they love you, you NEVER expect them to say, "Haha... Just Kidding!" Yep, words are amazing things. Our family was studying a passage in James... James chapter 3. It talked all about the tongue and the damage it could do. (I'm posting it at the bottom of the page.) It's a good passage, and one that I think every one ought to know. I'm sure we all have terrible problems with bridling our tongues, and that's probably why all the church splits happen today. Churches are splitting, brothers and sisters are offended, people are leaving... It's all becoming one. big. mess. And, you know, it's all because of one small object - the tongue. Some times I think I would do better with my tongue cut off and my fingers lost from frostbite (That way, I wouldn't type my big mouth out either ;)). Yep, but, I guess I'm just gonna have to learn to control the words I say and type. This post isn't to any of you. (If you feel like applying it, that's fine.) This post is for me. I've been awfully convicted of this lately, and I feel like some thing of this sort may be in order for me. ;) Words cut, deep. So, I guess I had better stop talking and start doing. Time to give my animals attention, and my family some love! :)

James 3

My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.

Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.

Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:

But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.

Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.

This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Pig Headed

Well, here's a serious post (for once):

We all have our moments of stubbornness. Of course, that may not be true for all you perfectomundo people out there, but, all I know, is that it's true for me. It may be in a conversation or a discussion (even online) where you just won't give up. You have your "opponent" in your clutches, then you realize, "Wow! What am I doing? I'm tearing down a brother or sister in Christ all because of my stubbornness!" I'm a very stubborn person. I hate it when people contradict me. I love to build and finish projects, but my sin really comes out when some one attempts to assist me. With all my stubbornness, I push away the help, and scream in my mind that I can do it myself, thank you very much. It's sinful, wrong, and not the way God wants me to act. And really, it's the same way in arguments. We want to keep fighting, fighting, fighting, but before long, we realize that what we were saying was really just dust. Plus, if we stick to our stubbornness in wanting to win arguments, won't we just grow up to be like that? Eventually, due to our hotheadedness, there could be whole church splits. Okay, maybe you're thinking that that's a bit dramatic, but, in our world today, I'm afraid to say: not really.

Stubbornness can be a good thing though too. You can be stubborn for God's Kingdom and for other things too, but it has to be channeled into the right spot. A few weeks ago I was hunting for a deer. It took me two weeks before I actually got one, but, in that situation, I was glad I was being stubborn. But, oftentimes, your strong point can also be your weak point. You need to always be careful to build your brothers and sisters up, not tear them down with your pigheadedness.

I know this is a pretty random post, but it's something that has been going on in my head for a long while. Thinking about relationships, I always say to myself, "Why can't those morons just learn to forgive?" before I realize that I have a huge log in my own eye. I'm stubborn, and those "morons" can't learn to forgive because of people like me. It may start out small, but we all know that if it isn't stomped out, then sin will rear its ugly head, and show us our short comings.

I'm a sinner, and I still have a lot to learn, but, there's my 2 cents. ;)


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Great Britain Part 1 (And most likely, last part)

Well, I haven't been here since the Dark Ages, so I hope everyone remembers us. In the last post, I, Margaret mentioned that Robin and I were heading off to England for about three weeks. We've been here (England) for a little over two of those three weeks, and have forgotten the camera... haha... Just Kidding! Gotcha! Here's some pictures. Oh, by the way, we've come over here to help our aunt who had her first baby, so you'll probably see some pictures of the most handsomest, adorablest baby in the world, and you'll know who that is. Yes'm! ;)

Westminster Abbey, and all her glory


The British Museum -It's HUGE! ;)

Margaret - outside the British Museum

At the British Library - Don't you wish your library was this big?

At the British Museum - studying the Egyptian artifacts

View of the great court from above - at the British Museum
Yeppers... darling little boy

Sarah M. and Margaret in one of the assembly rooms at Bath

Margaret at the ruins of Old Salisbury

The Royal Crescent at Bath (Jane Austen's home)

We also visited The Fashion Museum while in Bath

Stone Henge

A Lovely Ship

Odd name for a restaurant, don't you think?

Flowers at Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

I kept on seeing this group of guards marching around the castle grounds

Both of us - Robin looks so fantastic. I, on the other hand... Bleh! :)

We visited The Cabinet War Rooms that shared a big part of Winston Churchill's life. They were my favorite part of the entire trip

A maiden sitting within the halls of Westminster Abbey

A graceful swan gliding across the smooth surface of the pond in the middle of Hyde Park (how did that sound?)

We visited lovely Hyde Park, and walked around a bit

While we were at it, we decided to pay a visit to Harrod's (the famous outrageously priced department store)

There were some nice looking clothes, though...

Westminster Abbey

Trafalgar Square


Margaret, by the Thames River

That is NOT Big Ben. Actually, Big Ben (to be perfectly correct), is the sound the bell makes inside the clock tower. Yay! I actually got that one right.

The London Eye - Largest Ferris Wheel in the World

It's springtime, and the blossoms are on the trees...

Buckingham Palace... and 100s of Tourists

Didn't I tell you he was handsome?

The 1st day we were here, I was so excited about riding on a double decker bus, that I took tons of pictures. The excitement has slowly worn off...

Right before we left - Robin and Anna