Thursday, September 24, 2015


"There are many who say,'Who will show us any good?"
(Psalm 4:6)

Okay, this is a post that has been on my mind throughout this year,
and I've put it off and put it off. Everyday, I tell myself, "I
need to do a blog post. I'm going to do it tonight!" But as you
can see, I kept putting things off and putting things off. Okay,
this post is not meant to condemn anyone, but it has been
nagging at me so much and I just feel that I have to share it!
If you don't like it, you don't have to read it!!

First point: did you read the verse at the beginning? Does it
sound familiar? How many of you readers have felt
exactly like that because of all the bad things out
there in the world? How many times does that sentence
flow through your heads?

I have two Main Points that I'm trying to emphasize on
with this post. Number 1: you can find hypocrites in ANY
walk of life!!! Christian, non-Christian, doctors, police officers,
lawyers, politicians, teachers, dog trainers, it doesn't matter.
They're in the world, and you can find them any occupation!
BUT that doesn't mean that everyone in that walk is one!
If you've been deceived, lied to, or hurt by someone you trusted
-especially someone who claimed to uphold high standards and you
expected them to practice what they preach-, I'm so sorry that
happened. That's terrible and it certainly stinks.
And when you've been let down, it is very difficult to trust again
and give someone in that line of work another chance, especially
if it's happened more than once! I know hypocrites exist (including
in the Church body, which is shameful), and there is absolutely
nothing wrong with holding people up to high standards, especially
those in authority, or who have incredible responsibilities and are
supposed to uphold them!

But like I said, that doesn't mean that every person in that line
of work is not what they say they are. Not every Christian
is a Pharisee, not every doctor is a money grabber-some
out there do care and truly just want to help you-, not
every lawyer is out there just for the money, AND not every
police officer is a bad cop either, not every politician is a liar
and a crook. Point Two: just because
there is darkness in the world, and you've been bitten by it,
DON'T let that cloud your view of everything and everyone
out there by labeling them as no good!! If you keep telling
yourself, "There's no one and nothing good or full of light
out there," -I know it's a protection thing, keeping yourself
in a shell to avoid disappointment again-you'll only feel
more and more miserable and that life is just a drudge!
Yes, you'll keep yourself from getting hurt, but you won't
be able to enjoy anything either! Also, people who don't
want to enjoy anything, don't want others too either, and
they'll say what they can to get people to feel and think the
way they do.

I know that in this world, it seems impossible to find anything
decent, clean, or pleasant to think about, but that doesn't mean it is!
I say, keep looking the good: it's got to be out there somewhere!!!
This blog post is intended for non-Christians AND Christians!

"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are
noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure,
whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report,
if there is anything praiseworthy- meditate on these things."
(Philippians 4:8)
That's one reason Annah and I like the old Disney classics, and
the old family shows: they promote those things-well, most of them do.
That's why we like Sue Thomas FBEye so much! Now, there is
a show that is worth watching!
Hey, as long as God has a remnant in the world, there's got to
be some good in it! Keep looking and hoping. If you can't
see any, ask God to show you, to bring some across your path.

Sorry if I'm sounding preachy, but this message has been on my
heart for a long time and I've really been wanting to share it.
Who cares if Dory in Finding Nemo was an airhead? I think
she's a ray of sunshine in an unpleasant situation. And, she
gave some good advice: "When life gets you down, you know
what you gotta do? Just keep swimming, just keep swimming,
just keep swimming..." Swimming for fish, going for us!
But she's right! You may be bogged down, you may have to stop
and rest halfway, BUT you've got to keep going! Sometimes, it
feels impossible and you're at the end of your rope, but giving
up will only make you more miserable.
Let's use Mr. Potato Head from Toy Story as an example. Mr.
Negative, through and through, always pointing out the dark side
of things. He never was my favorite toy, though I actually like him
more now than I used to! How many times though in the midst
of a situation did he just throw his hands up in resignation and
say something like,"That's it. We ain't ever getting out of here!
We're done for." Yeah, I know it looks bad, but you've got to
find a way. Just think what would've happened to the toy gang
if everyone had been like him and just quit halfway, especially
when things got bad: they never would've gotten anywhere or
accomplished anything!!
"Jessie never gives up, Jessie finds a way!!" For those who are Toy
Story fans, you know where that line came from. But we can learn
from this. Giving up will keep you stuck where you are.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not onto your own
understanding; in all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will
direct your paths."(Proverbs 3:5,6)
Yes. In Facing the Giants, Coach Taylor and his small team were
in the last minutes of the football game and were at their last play.
The Giants' defense was too strong for a run. They had to do something!
There had to be a way! The only answer was to kick it. And, the coach
was depending on a player who was limited to short range kicks, but it was
the only shot they had! David was full of doubt, but Coach Taylor told
him to rely on God's strength and just do it! David did, and the team won
the State Championship!! Yes, you've got to keep going, trust the Lord,
and find a way.

"There's a war within our land, a battle for the right, the lies of
the Enemy are crowding out the light..."
Yes, but why don't we try to do our best to be that light?
Sometimes, it's up to us to make the first move. Be the light,
shine the light. Don't consume your mind with all the bad news
out there.
"Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, 'But Lord, what about this man?'

Jesus said to him, 'If I will that he remain 'til I come, what is that to you?
You follow Me.'" (John 21:23) Paraphrase: Peter, you don't worry about
him, You make sure that you follow Me! Jesus didn't mean that Peter
shouldn't care about John, He meant that Peter was responsible for
himself and his own choices.
"...And what does the Lord require of you, but to do justly,
to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?" (Micah 6:8)

For what I was saying about goodness, here is one of my favorite quotes:
"Great principles don't get lost once they come to light. They're right here;
you just have to see them again!" -Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

"Do not fret because of evildoers,
nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. 
For they shall soon be cut down like
grass, and wither as the green herb.
Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell
in the land, and feed on His faithfulness."
Psalm 37:1-3

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


Cancer is a terrifying word. Chemotherapy
is an equally cringing one. Everyone knows that it is a period
of horrible suffering, and seems more painful than helpful to the one it's being used on.
This post isn't about me! So calm down. We friends and have heard so
many stories where chemo was excruciating and
unbearable. I am not in any way saying that chemotherapy
shouldn't be used at all! What I'm saying is that so many people
suffer with these two words, so those of you who have to go through
it, you are not alone. There is someone in heaven who knows exactly
what you're going through! His name is Jesus! He knows what it's like
to go through excruciating, indescribable physical pain because
He bore it before the cross! Like a cancer patient about to undergo
treatment, He knew what was coming, and in Gethsemane, He was
filled with dread and anxiety. He even begged His Father to forgo
the suffering if there was any other way for Him to satisfy God's
wrath, but there wasn't!
"...and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. Then He said
to them, 'My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here
and watch with Me.' He went a little farther and fell on His face, and
prayed, saying, 'O My Father, If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me;
nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.'" Matthew 26:37-39

"And He said to them, 'My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death.
Stay here and watch.' He went a little farther, and fell on the ground, and
prayed that if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him.
And He said, 'Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take
 this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You
will'". Mark 14:34-36

"...and He knelt down and prayed, saying, 'Father, if it is Your will,
take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not My will, but Yours
be done.' Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening
Him. And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat
became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground."
Luke 22:41-44

So, to those of you who have to endure such pain, please remember
that Jesus is real, and that He knows exactly what you're going

"Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak; O Lord, heal me, for
my bones are troubled. My soul also is greatly troubled; but You,
O Lord-how long?
I am weary with my groaning; all night I make my bed swim; I
drench my couch with my tears. My eye wastes away because of
my grief; it grows old because of all my enemies." Psalm 6:2-4, 6,7

"I am poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint; My
heart is like wax; it has melted within Me. My strength is dried up
like a potsherd, and My tongue clings to My jaws; You have
brought me to the dust of death." Psalm 22:14-16

"For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with
our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet
without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace,
that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."
Hebrews 4:15, 16

Friday, July 10, 2015


Okay. Here I am again. Sorry it's been a while. At the moment, I can't remember everything that happened in May. But I had a good birthday. It was lower key than usual
but it was a bit more peaceful that way. Our time at Turkey Hill was good.
My team didn't make it to the final round in the
volleyball tournament, but we did get to play 4 games before we were eliminated!
That was fun. I'm glad we were able to play so much.

It's late, I'm tired, and I think I made a mistake in uploading my pictures for this post.
I'll try to fix that so they'll be on.

My cards in a fun game of Apples to Apples.


Delicious lunch at Stefanina's.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Gelato!
I saw this at one of my favorite stores, Halo & Wings.
Annah did give me the blue bracelet I wanted for my birthday.
This year I made cookie cakes for my birthday as I really like cookies.
Daryl Lynn speaking at Turkey Hill.
There was a truck pushing competition. The battery was half dead, so one of the staff members drove it while a team of two pushed as far as possible before the timer was out.
This was the winning team.
I don't have a picture, but Dad and I did it together!
They also had a greased pig run. I've only seen those in the movies!

Thursday, June 11, 2015


By the way, if you would like to view some more of my
Sherlock Holmes drawings, go to
click on the Gallery icon, Artists' Depictions page 3, and
scroll down.

I'm Back!

Hello, everyone! I haven't forgotten about blogging,
but I recently uploaded some pictures I had to catch
up on. Plus using my phone to take pictures because
the cameras have been out of whack. But good
news: my family gave me a new camera for my birthday!
New interests, new goals, being a foster family, plus my
mind has been so occupied with my writing hobby.
But I have not forgotten this blog. Hopefully, now with
 a new camera, I'll be back.

I don't want to mention some of my goals for this year,
I don't want to share them with you, because I might
end up procrastinating and not fulfill them. So,
Lord willing, IF I accomplish them, then you might
get to hear about them. But if you could please pray
that I will follow through and achieve them for once,
that would be nice.

Being a foster family takes commitment, and it can take
up a lot of space in your life. Required medical appointments,
resource appointments, parental visits, home visits from the
social workers, home evaluations, answering the same
questions over and over from curious people, it becomes
a very busy time!
Anyway, you'd ask if we could share about some of our
experiences, so that was my first note on it.

Snow in January

Chloe gets a bath.

Can we go for a walk?
Ahem? I'm waiting!
So pretty.
You know me! I found this adorable, yummy mit at Cracker
Barrel and just couldn't resist it. It has a PB cookie recipe and mix inside.
I'm blessed. Life is GOOD, because of God.
I have more to come later, including pics of my birthday last month!
By the way, how is everyone?