“There’s a whol…

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“There’s a whole Esther Generation and it is us who want our children to know the More Life, a life more than self-focus and cell phones, more than iphones, itunes, ipads and iLove, who want them to know the More Life of loving the least, the lonely and the lost and tasting the joy of God.”

– Ann Voskamp, A Letter to the North American Church: Because it is Time

ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

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It’s my birthday and I felt like announcing it. Now you know ;)

I’ll make a real post later. You know, one with words and pictures and interesting stuff. We’re suppose to see Oz today and go shop walking and eat chocolate cake and other yummmmmy foods. Birthdayish things :D

Now for a singing mustache birthday song! Enjoy!!!

Where World Change Begins | RELEVANT Magazine

This article is fantastic. It’s about how we all want to change the world, but most of the time we go wide and shallow rather than diving deep and supporting a few things well. I want to support well and know what I support and be able to share it. I think that is the real way to make a difference.

Where World Change Begins | RELEVANT Magazine.

Some quotes I liked a lot:

“I want to accentuate the idea that you can’t do everything on your own. This whole Lone Ranger perspective is dangerous. I think the person [who] tries to do everything will do nothing well. We’re not able to go deep.”

“One of the best pieces of advice I can give to people is, “You can’t do everything.” And I think one of the reasons we might be a little bit shallow in our generation is because we’re trying to invest ourselves in too many things. So, I would caution folks: Be informed and educated about many things, but go deep in a few things.”

“I would love our generation to take more time to listen, to pray, to allow it to break us … We should be about the marathon and not about the instant justice gratification.”

“The other thing that I would say to encourage other folks who are wanting to impact change is this: You cannot ask people to do something you’re not willing to do. That kind of leadership does not resonate with people.”

Basically, just go read it, before I quote the whole thing on here ;)

“If my life is broken …

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“If my life is broken when given to Jesus, it is because pieces will feed a multitude, while a loaf will satisfy only a little lad.”

– Ruth Stull, “Passion & Purity” by Elisabeth Elliot pg 41

Wonderland of the Snowy Variety (aka Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons)

I live in North Carolina. Occasionally it snows. Mostly it doesn’t. It’s one of the trials in life I’ve come to accept. I love snow. It’s so fluffy and pure. I realize it is also life threatening, but some of the best things in life are. Like flying or eating too much chocolate. Some times life threatening things are good.

Anyways, every time it does finally snow, I go out and take loads of pictures. And I mean LOADS!! This is one of my favorites:

Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons

It’s also my entry in this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge. I hope you enjoy it!

Instagraming :D

I’ve always been a little frustrated with the fact that instagram didn’t have a way to share photos with people who didn’t have instagram, besides twitter or facebook, that is. BUT now I’ve found one. It’s called Statigram and it holds all of your instagram photos, plus updates them daily. Pretty cool? Ummm yes!!

*sigh* Now I need a new button to link you to them. For now, here’s the link :)

In other news, recruiting is going good. I have office visits with both BDO and KPMG. Hopefully by mid-November, I’ll have accepted an offer. AND hopefully by January, I’ll be starting my job in Expatriate Tax :D. Yes, I know I’m a total nerd. No, you don’t have to tell me.

In still more news, I’ve finished 3 new nail tutorials with another being made tomorrow. Sadly, I’ve not posted them yet so they seem unaccomplished. There is a floral one, a Micky Mouse one, and an under the sea one.

In more interesting news, we have kittens!!! YES PLURAL!!!!! Two little baby kittehs made their appearance last week. Mommy kitteh has been keeping them under the empty house up the road and decided to move them to us last week. It’s very exciting :D. There is a black one and a gray one. Black is a girl and gray is a boy. Alex has decided that they should be named Henry and Fernando. Yes, it’s like a scene from UP. “Henry’s a girl?!?!” Basically, he named them and won’t budge even though the rest of us prefer a less manly name for a girl kitteh. Whatever.

[day 20] Thirty Day Photo Challenge: September 2012 Edition

If you could hear my voice, then you could hear the exhaustion in it. Today began with a meeting to plan the teaching schedule for Monday nights. Not so much fun. The day continued, though, with a trip to the Southern Women’s Show with my friends Dina and Casey. It was sooooo much fun!! I’d never been before and since Casey was modelling, it was the perfect time to go. So much happiness, but that story is for tomorrow or Saturday. After the show, Dina and I went to Uptown and walked Tryon. We eventually ended up at Epicenter and just had a blast walking, talking, laughing, and NOT spending money haha! It’s so nice to have time to hang out with friends again. Grad school ate my life and I feel like just now am I able to reclaim it. Nice doesn’t describe that feeling. Anyways…. a picture from the day! (With more to come tomorrow!)

Day 20:

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[day 19] Thirty Day Photo Challenge: September 2012 Edition

This should really be titled “Planking. Yes, it still happens.” haha. Tonight was Awanas at church. What the acronym means I can never remember, but what we do at Awanas I can tell. First we hang out with the 3rd – 5th graders. About 50 of them right now. Then we go to our main room (called the Studio because of its movie theme) for some music and a story/lesson. Tonight’s story was about how we should do the opposite of what society tells us. Not in a bad way, but in that we should show love no matter how much hate we receive, no matter who the person is, whether we think they deserve love or not. Especially showing love to our enemies. Tough stuff. After the story we keep the boys in to memorize verses while the girls play a game outside. Then they switch. Finally the night ends with lots of talking, laughing, and sometimes an angry bird bounce ball being thrown to random kids just to see how many can catch it in a row. Anyways, my photo tonight is from Awana. One of my girls, E. decided that she wanted me to photograph her planking so I did :)

Day 19:

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Please DO NOT repost this picture anywhere. All of my other non-kid pictures I am fine with you reposting, but kid pics are different. Thanks!!

Giving. It’s the new black.

This post is dedicated to Sevenly. I love Sevenly. I love what they do. I love the causes they support. I love what they stand for. I love that they are changing the world. I love that they let me (and you if you want) change the world with them.

Sevenly is all about giving. AND I love that. So give. Not for praise, adoration, recognition, or acceptance. Give because it’s right. Give because that is something that binds us together. Everyone can give. I give time a lot because it is more readily available. I don’t have much money to give, but I still give it too. Give love. Give hope. Give grace. Give peace. Give laughter. Just GIVE!!! You might just change the world.