Gave More than What She'd Been Given

by Grace 13. May 2018 19:28

Hey everyone!

I just wanted to take the time to talk about my mother a bit... She's an extraordinary woman.

You see, she came from a broken family. In a family that didn't put God first. She was in a public school for all of her education. She didn't live an easy life. And when she grew up, she could have just walked away and tried to make things as comfortable for herself as she could. But she didn't.

She started a family. And she wanted something better for her family than what she'd had.

She married my Dad, who had come from a better family (although still far from ideal) and they made a family. Both were the youngest in their families. They were 20. My mom had twins right off and probably didn't even know how to change diapers at first. She had me quickly after - 3 kids who were 1 and younger (my brothers had turned 1 two months before I was born!). Family and friends around were not sure she would be able to keep up.

But she did.

Even crazier, she homeschooled us.

When she hit kiddo number 5, the people around us and in our church were starting to look at our family weird. Another one, Kanyon? Seriously? So what did she and my Dad do? They found a new church! My parents knew that children were a blessing from the Lord, and they instilled that love of children into each and every one of their children.

My Mom continued homeschooling us as we continued popping out. She's an amazing cook; I remember a family we used to know, and whenever they ate something that they really liked at potluck on Sunday, they would say, "This is really good Grace. Did your Mom make this?" And half the time they were right! And the times they were wrong, there was something better than whatever they were eating somewhere in that building, I can assure you (unless I had convinced Mom to let me do the cooking for that Sunday...). And she is the diaper changing queen (in a good way!).

We have so many friends that will come and tell all of us kids stories about how amazing my Mom was with us when we were little. My Mom always looks embarrassed and tells us that the stories were exaggerated, but we know better. My Mom is amazing - she did for us what her family had failed to do for her. She and Dad have been married for almost 20 years now. We've been taught to know and embrace the gospel. She supported us and helped us pursue our dreams and interests and made what we loved a priority in her life (music, law, college, work, you name it - there's ten of us, and that's a lot of interests!). Her dedication to healthy eating and living and my Dad's love for the country inspired them to move from the capital of Oregon to the countryside. I know whenever I need her, I can walk into her room and she'll sit down with me and give me biblical advice.

My Mom truly gave more than what she'd been given. And me, my Dad and my siblings are grateful.

Mom, I love you!

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Hey there!

by Grace 25. April 2018 11:01

Hey Everyone!

Just thought I'd drop in really fast and say hi! I've been very busy with school, spending time with the littles while Daniel, Abigail, Jake and Dad went on a camping trip, and saying so many goodbyes to friends going out of state, and I am afraid that I'm not quite finished with goodbyes because I have a friend leaving this month and two others leaving in a month or two. I'm glad that most of them will be back this fall and the others will be back next year!

A few random things that I've been learning this year:

-Life is only as complicated as I make it.

-Following God requires faith. Nothing more, nothing less.

-When I feel I am at the end, or things are too stressful, emotional, painful, or hard, God gives more strength. Thank God! I have very little of my own patience and strength.

-A laugh and a smile help everyone and everything.

-Listening is the best thing ever. You can show someone you care by listening, you can help them deal with pain and hurt by listening, and you can become closer friends by listening. And you can learn by listening, and others can help you if you listen. I want to be as much of a listener that I can!!!

-I am superdy duperdy blessed (yes, new words).

-I'm not near as smart as I think I am when I'm feeling proud and not as dumb as I think when I'm feeling down. I'm somewhere in the middle. ;)

-Stressing doesn't help a thing. It only hurts you and the ones you love most or who need you most.

-I need to rely solely on God's strength, mercy, and grace. I'm a failure at best. I see that I am a wretched, horrible, depraved sinner. But I see that Christ can save to the uttermost!

-I never can love or thank God enough. He is too faithful, too good, too kind.

-I'm learning how to lay my cares at the throne of God. It's so hard to sacrifice one's ambitions, hopes, dreams and aspirations for what often seems rather uncertain. But what God has in store for me is so much better than what I could ever dream!

-Reading my Bible helps everything.

-If I give all to God, I don't have anything left to worry about. ;)

-He is the only one I can trust to never let me down, but I can trust Him completely.

-God is really too amazing for me to comprehend. I have done so much to hurt my Saviour, even though He died for me. I do and will continue to. But He forgives me again and again and again and again and again. I am so humbled by His unfailing love.

Okay, this is longer than I thought it would be. My posts are often that way. XD

 

Now let's hear from you!

What's been going on in your life? What have you been up to? What are some things God has been teaching you?

 

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Series/Put on the Armor of God

by Grace 2. March 2018 14:16

Hey everyone!

I know I posted just yesterday but I wanted to just pop in and tell you all about this since I'll be pretty busy over the next few days.
I decided I'll just go back and forth every week between the two series. I technically had a tie between the two and I believe everyone said that they'd be interested in both.

I'd love to hear everyone's feedback throughout both of these series... Whether it's a quick note that you're still enjoying the series or you have a lot to add, and whether it's in agreement or something that you disagreed with. And I know I've said in the past that I love long comments, but I really do enjoy hearing from all of you whether you have lots to say or its a simple encouragement. I'm humbled that y'all would take the time to read my posts at all, let alone take the time to comment on them or rate them!

And also, I don't want you all to think that I've got this all together. Oh no. I certainly don't! The main reason that I chose these topics is because they're things that I too still struggle with. I still get angry at my siblings or lose my patience with them. Sometimes I treat my parents disrespectfully. I forget where my I'm supposed to get my identity and turn to the world to define who I am (that was part of my inspiration for my song Looking Farther, Reaching Higher). I'm a real human being -- sinner just like you all and I'm still learning about all of these things too!

I think I'll try to post a part to one of these series every Wednesday... We'll see what day it ends up on though. ;)

Since I'm here, I thought I'd share this song I wrote in 2014 with you. I think you all will be able to guess the passage that inspired this one. ;)

And, just in case, I want to apologize if you see the word 'armor' written as 'armour'... I have a tendency to write in the old English way sometimes... Armour, honour, neighbour, and all of the other words that Noah Webster shortened to be convenient (I think that was him). I think I got all of them changed, but just in case... ;)

 

Put on the Armor of God

Chorus:

We are to put on the armor of God to protect us from the foe,

As we take our pilgrimage in this wicked world be-low,

Some say they don't need it; they wear the world's armor instead

But then Satan overcomes them, and they go to the Land of the Dead

Oh! Weak sinner, put on the Armor of God!

 

Verse 1:

Gird your loins with the Lord's holy truth

Wear the breastplate of righteousness,

To protect against Satan's dangerous darts

Full of lies and evilness

Let your feet the preparation

Of the gospel of peace be shod

Oh feeble sinner, Put on the Armor of God!
 

Verse 2:

Take the helmet of Salvation

Don't let Satan your mind deceive,

Take the shield of faith for your defense

If you truly do believe,

And when you’re in holy war,

And in battle grounds you trod,

For the fight use the sword of the spirit, which is the Word of God!

 

Now let's hear from you!

Did you like the song? Which series are you most looking forward to? A big THANKS to ALL of you who take the time to read my blog, rate my posts, or comment! You'll never know how much you're all appreciated.

 

 

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My 18th Birthday // Pictures from 2017-18

by Grace 8. February 2018 14:38

Hey Everyone!

Today is the day where I start a new chapter of my life...

I'm not an infant anymore!!!!!

Haha... Anyways...

I'm turning 18 today!

God has been so good in my life. He's taught me so much and brought me a long way, in spite of my occasional (or maybe regular...) stubborness. (My computer says stubborness isn't a word, by the way. Well, it is now!) I'm in awe of everything He's done in my life. Thank you Lord!

And my parents... What can I say??? They're the best. Thanks Mom and Dad! I love you and respect you for everything you've done for me and everyone else who you touch with your kindness and love!

And my two older brothers! Guys, I've got the best brothers a girl could ever ask for. Protective, loving, playful, godly... Isaac and Daniel, I love you! Thanks for being great brothers!

And my sister Abigail. Thanks for being the best sister ever! Love you!

And to the rest of my siblings... Jake, Jon, Olivia, Micah, Eli, and Jadon... I can't imagine life without you! You make life exciting and full of joy. Love you all! So proud to be your big sister!!!

And to friends and family all around, thanks! Love you all!

 

 

What better choice than Dutch Bro's drink of the month, the Birthday Cake Frost?

 

Soooo good!

 

Me last December.

 

Me at the coast last Saturday! My friends Julia, Kaitlynn, Kiersten, and my dear sister Abigail took me on a surprise outing to Newport for my Birthday. We had so much fun! I did accidentally fall in after wading around a little bit and working so hard not to get my clothes wet while I did... Haha! But that's a story for another time! Thanks for an epic adventure, girls!

While I'm here, listen to this song - one of my current FAVORITES and by my favorite songwriter, Rodney Griffin.

Still - Greater Vision

Goodbye until the end of midterms! Have a blessed day!

 

Now let's hear from you!

Were you all happy to see me again after a little while? Did you enjoy the pictures? Did you like the song?

 

 

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