Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Morsels From His Word

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Hee, hee. Don't you just love that word? Morsels.
Anyway, these are some verses that I've found in my personal Bible reading that I thought I would share. Enjoy!

Malachi 2:7
You have wearied the LORD with your words. “How have we wearied him?” you ask.
By saying, “All who do evil are good in the eyes of the LORD, and he is pleased with them” or “Where is the God of justice?” 
 
This verse reminds me of present day. You know, the people who say, "Well, I'm not such a bad person. He loves me anyway. No matter what I do, He'll forgive me. " or "How could a just God allow such bad things to happen?"

Jeremiah 31:34
No longer will they teach their neighbor,
   or say to one another, ‘Know the LORD,’
because they will all know me,
   from the least of them to the greatest,”
            declares the LORD.
“For I will forgive their wickedness
   and will remember their sins no more.” 


Doesn't this fill you with hope? When we all know the Lord, there will be no need for teaching about Him anymore. :)

Thoughts? What have you been reading lately?


Grace be with you,

Abby :D
 

Monday, January 23, 2012

The Tower... (pt 2)


 See Part 1 if you haven't read it already.

 First day of the building of the Great Tower
I suspect that now we will be counting the years by the Great Tower. So now I will write the days by the building of it. It is exciting, watching the Tower’s foundation. I have made lots of bricks today, and they are all sitting in a row in the sun, which by this time is very hot. I think Mother is a bit silly for not wanting to build this Tower.

5th day of the building of the Great Tower
 I have not written for a while because I am busy with the bricks and too tired at night. Mother and Father have had a big argument and Father keeps shouting that now men are more powerful than God now. Mother only says, “The tower has not been built yet.”

 7th day of the building of the Great Tower
So hot today! I sweat just watching the men who build. The tower is now higher than a man. It is very impressive already. I love making bricks. First I gather some mud and mix in some straw or grass. Then I shape it with my hands into a large square shape for stacking. After that I line them up along the ground. They take about three days to dry completely, as they are pretty big. It is fun! For the midday meal, we have fruit and meat.
8th day of the building of the Great Tower
 Today a man fell off of the tower and was injured badly. He and some other men were having an argument and he was pushed off. I think he will be okay, but he cannot walk or work.

 9th day of the building of the Great Tower
The Tower is now bigger than our tallest tent! It is so amazing and it makes me dizzy when I tip my head back to look at the top. Still making bricks, thankfully not very hot work, as we are working with the cool mud.

13th day of the building of the Great Tower
Mother has refused to make any more bricks. Father has coaxed her and threatened her, but she says, “No. I will not. I’m sure it does not please God.”
Father nearly shouts, “We are stronger than God! We do not need him!”
 Adam boasts to me, “I know all about building now!” and I tell him, “I know all about brick-making!” I feel as if I have made hundreds. The Tower is getting bigger and bigger. It looks almost as tall as the sky now. The men working on top look like ants, and the bricks like seeds. Caleb now points to the structure and says, “Fatha. Ada. Build!” We clap and smile when he says this.

15th day of the building of the Great Tower
The Tower is so huge! It seems as though when we set our minds to it, we can team up and do a really big thing. Is it possible that men really are stronger than God? Could it be?

18th day of the building of the Great Tower
 Abigail and I play as we make the bricks. We each try to race each other to make the most bricks. I usually win, but sometimes it’s a tie.
Another man fell off the Tower today. Except this time, it was so tall that he died. I feel sad for his family, but I’m also surprised that there haven’t been more injuries.

Later
 I am so frightened and sad! Right after I wrote that, I heard a loud commotion and ran outside. Adam was lying on the ground, not moving with his eyes closed, and a crowd had gathered around him. “Are you okay?” People were asking. But he did not respond. I dropped to my knees by him. “Adam!” I screamed, “Can’t you hear me?” After a few minutes, he opened his eyes and looked around. “What has happened?”
The crowd that had gathered sighed. The man in charge said, “A brick came down and hit him. He must have been stunned.”
Father pushed through the crowd, looked around mutely, and pulled Adam to his feet.
“Come along children. We will go home.” He led the way back to our tent.
Adam is all right now. He was fine after he got some rest. But I hope there will be no more injuries.

21st day of the building of the Great Tower
Hot today. It looks as if the Tower is nearly finished, yet the foremen keeping shouting, “More, more, taller! We will make a name for ourselves!” They do not seem to be satisfied, although I think it is more than enough. Maybe men really are more powerful than God?

100th day of the building of the Great Tower
We have been so busy. Part of the Tower collapsed and we had to work harder and harder to re-build it. There was no time for playing or writing. The men who were building it got very angry, including Father. It was also extremely hot today.

140th day of the building of the Great Tower
There have been several deaths. Part of the Tower fell down again and men were buried under the bricks. The men who are in charge of this project are angry at the men who are building and we who are making the bricks. They say the foundations are weak and so are the bricks we made.
Very hot today.

200th day of the building of the Great Tower
The Tower is now almost finished. The men have gone slowly and I have worked extra hard making my bricks. I can’t wait till it’s done!


215th day of the hot months
I was so surprised when it happened. I was talking to Abigail and all of a sudden she began babbling in a strange tongue. “What did you say?” I asked. But I couldn’t understand her. I ran out of the tent in great alarm, and tried to speak to one of the foremen, but he was talking in the same way! By this time I was sure that I was turning crazy. A few people came running up to me and tried to speak to me, but I only understood one of them, and he was in too great a hurry to listen. Finally I found Mother, who had been visiting one of the ladies, and to my great relief, I could understand her. I clung to her and sobbed. I am still distraught now, and I now will sleep and hope that it was all a bad dream.

216th day of the hot months
I awoke, and it was not a bad dream, although today was more organized. There are several other families who speak the same tongue as we. We have decided to move on, maybe East or South.

218th day of the hot months
I am excited to be moving on. It does seem strange to not understand the others. We are packing up again, ready to move to the East.

219th day of the hot months
I have run out of papyrus, and Father will not get more. I hope that when I grow up, I will find more and write to my heart’s content. But until then, we will be moving steadily East-ward, hoping to find water and shelter.

Rebecca.


What did you think? I had the idea a while ago but I just finished it recently. I know it probably wasn't Biblically or time periodly (?) accurate, but it's hard to write something based on such a tiny story! Hope you liked it.

Grace be with you,

Abby :D

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Tower... (pt 1)


1st day of the hot months
My name is Rebecca. I am twelve years old and I am writing this as an account of my days, so that people who see this can know what I was like and what I did. It was my brother Adam who taught me to read and write. He said that he will not have a brother-in-law who will be inconvenienced by having an illiterate wife. I think he just wanted to show off his skills of writing because I will not be married for a long, long while. And in marriage, you do not need to know writing, only a little reading and math for going to the market.
My father is a very smart man. He loves his family very much, and always tries to do what is best for us, but when he is angry he is rather unpleasant to be around. I will tell you about Mother later, because it is busy in the house now as we are going to leave for a place called Shinar soon and we are packing up.

3rd day of the hot months
 I am sneaking in a moment before bed to tell you of my mother. She is the loveliest woman I have ever seen. I am no good at describing faces, so I will not try, but I can describe her lovely hair. Her hair is almost calf-length and she wears it in a thick bun every day, and takes it down only at night. O, how I love to watch her take down her hair in the evening! It is one of my favorite things to do!
My baby brother Caleb is a sweet boy, almost two years old. He looks most like my mother, for my other brother and I look like Father, who has brown hair, gray eyes, and is very tall. I now need to blow out the candle, as it grows late.

5th day of the hot months
 We are settled in Shinar, after a very long day of travel. Our tent is kind of small, with only one room for sleeping and cooking. There is plenty of food around to eat, though, so we are not hungry. My friend Abigail lives in the tent next to us and I like to play with her too. We chase each other around and play games. There are plenty of flowers and we make chains of them to wear, though Adam says that is vain. I do not see anything vain about wearing God’s creation.

7th day of the hot months
 Mother has forbid me to go outside after dark. She says there are evil people lurking about. Father goes out at night, but I know not what he does. It scares me when he goes out because I think he might not come back, but I know he can take care of himself. I asked Adam what Father did when he went away at night, but he said, “Little girls shouldn’t be so curious,” which means that he will not tell me. I wanted to ask Mother but she gets troubled when I ask her such things. Also she is busy unpacking and talking with the other women. So today I just kept out of the way of unpacking and played with Caleb.

10th day of the hot months
Today my grandfather told me some stories of Noah and his adventures in the Ark. It does not seem possible for the whole world to be flooded, nor for the whole human race to be annihilated. Of course, God told Noah that it would never happen again (the whole world being flooded, that is) and put a rainbow in the sky. I have seen the rainbow but I did not know the story very well. It is an amazing story!13th day of the hot months It is not fair! The whole family went to a meeting and I was left behind to watch Caleb! I think the meeting is to talk about where to travel next. Mother said, “It is only a short meeting, Rebecca.”
I wore my most unpleasant expression and coaxed to be able to go, but after a while Father looked at me angrily and said, “That is enough sulking, Rebecca. Stop this instant.” I did not want him to be angry with me, so I put a smile on and waved as they left.

Later
I am so astonished!
Mother and Father came home from the meeting arguing. Adam would not tell me what happened, but again said, “Little girls should not be so curious.” After I went to bed, I could hear them talking by the coals of the fire. “I think it is a wonderful idea. We should be making our mark on the world,” Father said. He sounded angry. Mother said something about it not being pleasing to God and then Father raised his voice. “I do not care! God has been so quiet lately that I am not sure if he is real!” I feel so sad. Father does not love God anymore?

14th day of the hot months
Now I have learned what the meeting was about. Mother told me sadly that we are going to be making bricks for a tall, tall, tower. She said that one of the men got up at the beginning of the meeting and excitedly shouted, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth!” Everyone at the meeting thought it was a good idea, except I think for Mother. They divided the work evenly, so the men will be building it, which means Father and Adam, and the women will be helping with the bricks. I love the idea of a big, big tower.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Tag (click now!)

Dezzy Louise tagged me! Thanks!
Here are the rules.


1) post these rules
2) you must post 11 random things about yourself
3) answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post
4) create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer
5) go to their blog and tell them they've been tagged


Random things... Well, this could be a potentially loooong list. Let's do it. :)

1. I like to use words and phrases like congrats or BTW. But they seem too casual. So I don't.
2. I really love The Spinning Song.
3. I still like to watch Mister Rogers.
4. Precise is not my middle name.
5. I still imagine monsters under the bed and skeletons in the closet. And murderers behind the shower curtain. Yep.
6. How am I going to get eleven?!
7. When I make an argument in which I must offer an example, I can think of tons of examples till they ask me for one. Then my mind goes blank.
8. I love scrambled eggs.
9. Exercise is not my favorite word. Unless it has something to do with chocolate. Jaw exercising... It's possible! "C'mon guys, work those jaws! Keep eating!"
10. I love to swim
11. I have the sweetest baby sister in the world. No dispute.

 Now for the questions that the tagger set for me.

1. Silk or Plush? I think... silk.
2. Favorite Book series? Chronicles of Narnia. ♥
3. Do you wear your hair up or down most of the time? Up (up, and away!)
4. Bacon... do you like it? Yes, I love it! It's tasty.
5. Favorite quote? Um... well... I don't know that many quotes. So I really can't say.
6. Marker, crayon, or colored pencil? Colored pencil. It's easier to color with.
7. How many letters are in your full name? Full name, eh? Hmm... 19.
8. Got a celebrity crush? Nope, and proud of it!
9.  Mustache or Beard? Well. I don't really like facial hair too much. But I guess I'll say mustache.
10. Converse or Sneakers? What's the difference?
11. Hot summer days or Snow filled mornings? Snow! Snow! Snow!


Now for my questions:


  1. Are you scared of flying in an airplane?
  2. Do you know anyone that doesn't like chocolate?
  3. Do you have a favorite style of hat?
  4. If so, what is it?
  5. Red hair or brown?
  6. Owls or bats?
  7. Purple or green?
  8. Would you like to be taller than you are right now?
  9. What's your least favorite color?
  10. Would you like a pet elephant?
  11. Is a cat relative equals to a orange guinea pig?

I will tag:

Marelle @ Marelle's Wonderland
Mina @ Little Miss Sunshine(State!)
Miss Raquel @ God's Daughter
Shelley @ Being Shelley
Hannah @ my {beautiful} nutty life
Leah @ The Narrow Path

And anyone whose name starts with A.

Thanks for reading! (I tag anyone who read it through, all the way)

Grace be with you,

Abby :D

Do Everything

Hello everyone! Well, I was doing math the other day and listening to 104.7 (what better station is there?) and I heard this song. I thought it had a good message, although I am not 'into' this kind of music. Tell me what you think.







The words are in the video, so I didn't post them.

What'd you think?

Grace be with you,

Abby :D

ps. video is from Godtube.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Today was really cool...


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... because it snowed!!! There was at least five snowflakes! Yay!

Okay, I'm being sarcastic. It snowed a bit more than that. It was exciting to see the sparkly flakes flying across the sky. It amazes me how every snowflake is different, not one is exactly the same. And the shapes are so pretty!

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Look how beautiful. How did God make such beautiful shapes? They're so delicate that with even one breath, they disappear. Just another awesome proof of our awesome God.

Grace be with you,

Abby :D

ps. sorry for having no pictures. It didn't last long enough for me to snap some.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Has it been that long?!?

Why hello there!

Hi Abby!

Whoa... how do you know my name?

Uh, you blog here, remember?

I do? Oh yeah! I completely forgot! How could I forget?

*ahem* So how's everyone doing? My life is going great. Here are some things that are happening in my life lately.

1. I think I got an A on my Algebra test today. *crazy cheering, screeching, and screaming, plus some party horns*  I am excited. :)

2. The weather here has been kinda rainy and cloudy, with bits of sun and thunder in between. It's funny weather. I love the rain though, especially since we haven't had much during the summer. And there's some cold too. No snow yet, but I'm still hopeful!

3. Peppers! This time they're not stuffed though. My mother bought some colorful ones at the grocery store, and I thought they were really pretty.




















Ain't they just bee-you-tee-ful? How did God think up such colors? And they go so well with each other too!
God is amazing and awesome. :)

4. Thinking about my future. I'm going to be sixteen in April, so I've gotta start planning! I was thinking to maybe get a career in either cosmetology or uh... something to do with animals, possibly training or grooming them. I like that idea! But my greatest goal is to become a wife and mother, because that's the woman's job.

5. Tomorrow will be a busy day. First we're going to piano lessons, then we'll be at a spelling bee in which my job is to watch little siblings. While that isn't a huge list, think of getting all that done while having to watch twin 4-year-olds and a touchy toddler! And maybe a baby. Hey, alliteration and rhyming! I think I deserve a cookie for that. Right? Right?

6. As I am going to be starting a new leg of my blogging journey, I'd like to ask: what is the thing you'd most like to see here? Who better to ask than my faithful readers?

Hope you enjoyed! Have a wonderful week!

Grace be with you,

Abby :D

ps. What do you say to a giveaway or contest sometime soon?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

School Daze

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I love being home-schooled. Why? *ahem* I have prepared a handy little list for you. It should only take up a few hundred pages... don't be alarmed if your computer shuts down. :)

Just kidding. Anyway, here's the list.

Reasons Why I Love Home-school~ a list
1.You can take as long as you want for lunch.
2. You can study what you want to study and when.
3. There's no set time for graduation.
4. Going to the grocery store is a field trip.
5. You can laugh at the evolution theory without getting in trouble.
6. No bullies! 
7. Your siblings are your classmates.
8. You can have your education the way God would like it.
9. Your teacher is your mom and your principal is your dad.
10. Everyone at school loves you.
11. You can take days off or half days whenever you want-- hey, the teacher needed a break!
12. You can wear pajamas or a fancy ball dress or you can do your hair in a funny hairdo, and no one will make you change.
13. Your grandma coming over and telling you stories about when she was a girl could qualify as history.
14. Weapons are allowed at school. 
15. You can never be expelled or suspended.
16. Vacation is a field trip too.
17. You can mention God's name anytime you want, and you can discuss theology in your classroom.
18. You can stay up later and get up later than public school kids.
19. No peer pressure! (except from siblings)
20. You don't need a hall pass.
21. You can run in the halls. :) 

I just love homeschooling! It is just so good. Here's a little anecdote for you, about school, of course. :)

So today I was doing my math. One of my 'resolutions' for the New Year was to be more diligent on math, and not to dawdle or have my mind wander. Now, I was real excited because I was going to grade my lesson, my first lesson since the resolution. I was pretty sure I had done really well, and I wanted to see what my grade was. A C? A B? Maybe even... an A?!? Answer book in hand, I began to check the problems. With each wrong answer, I got less and less excited. Lo and behold, I got an F. 

An F. 

Who says home-schoolers are smarter than public schoolers?

:) 

What are your latest fails/wins in school? And if you are home-schooled, how do you like it?

Have a great week!

Grace be with you,

Abby :D 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Oh, no. I couldn't eat another bite...

First post with my new 'interesting blog' resolution. And this one isn't boring, let me tell you! In fact, it's delicious. I'm not exaggerating.




























This is what we had for dinner yesterday. Stuffed peppers! They are really really good, especially since they have cheese on top. Cheese makes everything better, right? Well, in case those photos look so good that you just have to make some of your own, here is the recipe. This recipe is for a much smaller family than ours, we have nine people eating in our family, but this recipe make 4 servings.

Stuffed Green Peppers
2 large green peppers
3/4 pound ground beef, ground pork, ground lamb, or bulk pork sausage
1/3 cup chopped onion
1 71/2-ounce can diced tomatoes
1/3 cup cooked long grain rice
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon dried basil or dried oregano, crushed
1/2 cup shredded American cheese (we used cheddar)

Halve peppers lengthwise, removing stem ends, seeds, and membranes. Immerse peppers into boiling water for 3 minutes. Turn over on paper towels to drain well. In a skillet cook meat and onion till meat is brown and onion is tender. Drain fat. Stir in undrained tomatoes, rice, Worcestershire, basil, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Reduce heat. Stir in 1/4 cup of the cheese. Fill peppers with meat mixture. Place in an 8x8x2-inch baking dish with any remaining meat mixture. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top. Bake in a 375-degree oven about fifteen minutes or until heated through. Let stand 1 or 2 minutes. Makes 4 servings.

Sounds good, no? All the above peppers were made by me. That proves that they're easy!
Well, I've gotta fly. Look for more yummy recipes in the future. Hope ya have a great week!

Grace be with you,

Abby :D

Sunday, January 1, 2012

A New Leaf?

Everyone is posting New Year's resolutions, thoughts about the future, comments about how they can't believe it's already 2012. But I've never been good at that kind of post. So you're not going to hear it (well, possibly thoughts about the future. But nothing else).

I'm planning on doing my blog differently. Instead of posting giveaways and contests and tags, I'm going to post just about my life, though I will be trying to put it cleverly so it's not boring. I will not be posting "Today I did blah. Then I did blah. It was very fun." So you can put your mind to rest about that. :) Oh, and there will definitely be more photos. :)

However... (there's always a however)
I will be posting some theological thoughts and Bible verses. It's so important to me to show I'm a Christian by talking about it. I really want to have some deep, thought provoking posts. Ok?

I hope you'll join me in 2012. I'm hoping to be so much more interesting and (could it be so?) clever.

Grace be with you,
Abby :D
ps. what do you think about a new design? would it help?