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Narnia, Lion King, and Hamilton!

1 Mar

Wow. It’s been a while since me or my mom has posted. This post is just a brief update on what’s been going on. Let’s kick off this post with my favorite topic…

Theater!

In December, I was the stage manager for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Jr. In January, we performed The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. It was fun because I was the White Witch and I got to tell people what to do. My cousin Raegan was Mrs. Beaver and Kennedy was Lucy.

 

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Kennedy, Me, and Raegan

 

 

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Me and one of my closest friends, Josephine, who played Edmund

 

 

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Me and my other cousin Madison. I spy some really long nails…

 

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Me and mah bruh XD

Now, we are working on Lion King: The Musical. I got the role as Ed the hyena… Yup. That’s a great way to start off my first musical!

 

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ED!!!!

Speaking of musicals, I am in love with the musical, Hamilton!1453816741bg_300x415.hamilton.jpg

I literally listen to the soundtrack all day! I listen to it when I wash dishes. I listen to it when I work out. I listen to it when I clean bathrooms. I listen to it when I am eating lunch. I listen to it when I draw. I even listen to it when I use the bathroom! Okay, now it’s time for me to spill a secret… When I am home alone, I clear the living room floor and put my earbuds in and act out the songs. Some of the songs have inapro-pro language so I just don’t listen to it, but if I really like the song, I download the clean version.

You may be wondering, what’s the big deal about Hamilton? Well, Hamilton is a hip hop American musical based on our founding father, Alexander Hamilton. The play was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Not only did he write the musical, and all the songs, he also stars as the lead role, Alexander Hamilton.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton was George Washington’s right-hand man in the Revolutionary War. After the war, he moved to New York and later on became America’s secretary of the treasury. He was an immigrant with no father and a dead mother. If I could, I would talk your ear off about Hamilton. In fact, I have around the house, and if you know me very well, I talk about it quite often. My theater friends and I are actually working on making music videos for some of the songs. I would explain more, but I will let the pictures explain themselves.

 

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Aaron Burr, George Washingon, Lafayette, Eliza and Angelica Schuyler

 

 

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“Immigrants, we get the job done”

 

 

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King George III. Recognize this guy? He was Kristoff from Frozen.

 

 

 

 

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“LAFAYETTE!… I’m takin’ this horse by the reins makin’ red coats redder with blood stains!”

 

Hopefully, I can go see it in Houston in 2018 with my theater company, but only time will tell. This about wraps up what’s been going on in my world! Stay tuned for more blogs coming your way! (I promise, I won’t annoy you with Hamilton XD)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Truth or Reality?

28 Jul

I woke up this with an uneasy feeling in my stomach. You know, where something just doesn’t feel right? Within seconds, fear gripped my heart and with that came a flood of memories of things…sins…that i have done in the past. Shameful things. Sins that i have been forgiven for long ago. Things that I’ve shared in my testimony many times, for many years, of what God has delivered me from, in hopes of encouraging at least one person in the crowd. Why is it that i woke up feeling so dirty, so shameful…so scared? Scared of all the “what if’s & what could’ve been’s.” You know how our mind works…pretty fast. And in my situation this morning, it was all over the place in a matter of seconds! I thought of different seasons in my life and decisions that I made during that time all in a matter of seconds…seconds! That’s just crazy! 

Once i snapped myself back to reality, and saw my now 14 yr old daughter sleeping next to me, i realized what was going on. 

But I had to ask myself if I’ve opened any doors to sin. No. Have i talked to anyone from my past that might have triggered the memories? No. 

The only thing that came to mind is that it was a fiery dart from hell trying to distract & discourage me. 

Distract me from taking my eyes off of what is truth to what is a lie.By even for just a few seconds, taking my eyes off of Jesus.

Discourage me by trying to suck me back into that moment of fear&regret. By making me feel so unworthy of forgiveness and grace and mercy and Christ’s unending love.

Immediately, I got up and prayed. I started thanking God for delivering&for setting me free from all of my dirty sins and dumb decisions. I began to worship & praise Him for everything He has done for me & for everything He has blessed me with. The devil wanted me to wallow in self pity & condemnation. But I turned it around and glorified God. 

We can’t change our past, so why dwell on it? All of what i was reminded of this morning is all true, but not reality. These are all echoes from my past. Echoes that Satan, The father of lies, tries to throw at us. 

“The thief does not come except to steal, kill, and destroy. Jesus comes so that we have life more abundantly.” John 10:10

Remember we have to take every thought captive. (2Cor 10:5) Rebuke the lies of the enemy. Always, always, always be prayed up and Put on the whole armor of God. (Eph 6:10-18)

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On a lighter note, Jeremiah & Jordyn are both taking a college class at our local community college and will be getting dual credit for it. 

Jeremiah has his driver’s learners permit!

Jordyn turned 14 yesterday! We made her breakfast and brownies. 

On Monday, my hubby took her to Fiesta Texas and ended the day by giving her a purity ring! 

Joshua has been enjoying his summer just hanging out with the dogs! 

…and dressing up as a cow for free food!

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My heart is full!!

Thanks for stopping by!

“Sew” much fun!

19 Jan

Jordyn’s Blog:

My time with my cousins has come to an end. Sigh. I’ve had so much fun this week! One afternoon, I was eating lunch with my cousins and Kennedy got up randomly and went into the kitchen. Confused, I turned around and there is Jazzy, their fat, black cat, crouching on the bar table and right in my face. Because I am allergic to cats and I don’t like cats, I scream and she bounces off my head and onto the table. I push her off while trying to pull myself back together. My heart was pounding, my cousins were laughing and Jazzy was giving me the oh-yeah-I-just-did-that-and-I-don’t-like-you-either look. That was an actual LOL moment. As for my sewing, I am making Raegan a Lucy Narnia dress for her doll, and it is going very well. I got to pick out  my fabrics on Thursday. Raegan and I are starting a sewing business, but we haven’t figured out a name yet. We made our first pattern on Thursday. We made headwraps; they look simple, but they are kinda complicated in a way. Here are some of the first ones we made:

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Raegan made those two.

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I made those four. The last one is reversible. OMG Jeremiah is a nut!

As for my theater class… my theater teacher is doing callbacks, which basically means  she will pick 2-4 girls for each leading role to come back and read more lines. Then that’s when “the decision” will be made. I have high hopes I will be called back. I got so nervous, I literally read the script five times every day! My friend Britney ,who auditioned for Rachel Lynde, has her mind set that I will get Anne, and I have my mind set she will get Rachel. She is such an amazing actress! I just know she will get the part she wants! I am also interested in violins. My friend from Bryan/College Station is shipping me her pink violin she doesn’t use. Can’t wait to start jamming on it! I already found someone on YouTube to teaches violin. Speaking of YouTube, I will be starting a YouTube channel soon. Well, hopefully soon. I have been so busy with sewing and theater I probably won’t have time until… I don’t know when *chuckles*.  Don’t forget to comment! Cya later!

Meanwhile…

12 Jan

Hello, this is Jordyn, and this is my first post on my mom’s blog. My family is in Arizona with two of my brothers friends. I had to stay with my Auntie Tat this whole week for an audition. I am in a theater class and we are doing Anne of Green Gables. I’m auditioning for Anne so I decided to stay. Madison, Raegan and Kennedy are in the same theater program as me, but just a different age group, and they are doing Alice in Wonderland. The theater teacher wanted me to help her direct the production, so I am excited for that! My cousins are in dance classes (ballet, tap, jazz etc.) so I am able to do classes with them. Yesterday I did ballet with my cousin Madison, and my legs are sore! Today, I am taking a jazz class with Madison.

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Raegan makes me laugh!

I have also gotten into sewing. I have sewn arm warmers and a shawl and I am in the middle of sewing a purse. Raegan taught me how to sew last Friday.

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I miss my mom and dad a TONS and i love them alot!

Well, how did I do on my first post? Comment below!

Goodbye 2015…Hello 2016

6 Jan

Well, hello there friends.  It’s not unusual for me to be MIA from the blog world from time to time, but I think this is the longest I’ve been away.  There have been plenty of times where I’ve thought about blogging, but didn’t. Or those times where I did actually  sit down to blog,  but my mind would go blank. I like my posts to be encouraging or funny or uplifting.  Wait, doesn’t encouraging and uplifting  pretty much mean the same thing?! 🙂 

Anyway,  2015 seemed to be the year of goodbyes for me. (At least the second half of it was.) Like I mentioned in my last post, the boys we were caring for moved back with their mom in early May. They came back to live with us in August for 2 more months,  then it was time to say goodbye…again.  I think this time was harder than the first time because we all knew it was for good.  It was a sad goodbye for all of us.

During that time, my cousin and her baby moved in with us, too. They stayed here until baby boy went on to be with Jesus on October 18th…Another goodbye. I would have to say that was the hardest goodbye of all.

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Saying goodbye to a 4 month old baby boy doesn’t seem fair at all. I’ve had my share of questions to God and trust me,  I’ve cried until I had no more tears left.  But I do know this, baby boy is in Heaven with Jesus. No more heart issues, no more needles, no more oxygen, no more feeding tubes, no more Dr’s and nurses and hospitals, no more meds, and no more pain. That is what comforts me, to know that he isn’t in pain anymore…to know that he is safe in the arms of Jesus…to know that he really is in a better place.

Then my husband answered the Call to be an Evangelist, so he’s away from home a lot more than we’re used to…we say goodbye to him more frequently, but those aren’t sad goodbyes! 🙂 We’re all actually very excited.

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All of these goodbyes happened in the same month. Thankfully,  All the sadness and pain that we may have experienced hasn’t rob us of our Joy. We hold fast to the promises of God and trust Him with our lives.

There is one more goodbye that I failed to mention….I said goodbye to being 36 years old in December…Hello, 37. Very nice to finally meet you!

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Okay friends,  2015 has come and gone. Let this be a year of renewal. That’s my friend, Angela’s, word of the year.  Renewal. I like that.  It seems fitting for a new year.

What are some things you can renew this year?

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My imagination gone wild

6 Feb

I had a rather interesting conversation with my sister in law, Tatiana, yesterday via text message. It started off fairly normal then got pretty dramatic.

It went like this…..

Tat: I was just thinking about you! How I haven’t talked to you!

Me:  I’ve sent you a few texts but you’re too good for me to respond. I’m not even worthy of a simple hello. Denied. Rejected.

Me: My own dog cares more about me than my sister in law. My NEIGHBOR’S dog cares more about me than my own sister in law. My…… I think you get the point.

After a few seconds I continued with…

Me: See… you’re not even responding to me now as I’m desperately crying out to you for attention… Wow… I feel so….so…. alone. Alone in this big cold world where there are predators ready to pounce on fragile abandoned women like me…. Where the lion is waiting patiently to attack me at my weakest moment when I least expect it, when I finally tire of holding my guard up… that’s when he’ll take advantage and dig his long claws into my skin and do what he’s been longing to do the moment he discovered I was a victim.

Tat: lol, you’re a nut! I’m getting ready for church at the gym.

Me:  A nut you say!?! It may be true considering the circumstances that have been brought upon me by my kin.
My own kin have abandoned me. Left me to the wolves to feast on. They stand back and laugh as they watch the vicious animal lay claim to his meal.

Tat:  Who’s the wolf? What book have you been reading?????

Me: Suddenly I woke up, with sweat beads dripping down my porcelain skin. It was only a nightmare! I cried out for my beloved and it was then that I knew he would never leave me to the wolves. What a merry day it would be after all!!
Oh, and what of my sister in law you ask? She fell at my feet weeping as I told her of this horrific nightmare and she clung to my legs pledging her allegiance to me and made a vow to never ever let any harm come before me. The end.

Tat: You have an amazing brain! I could not have come up with half that!!  At your feet I fall dear sister in law 🙂

Me: LOL!!! that was fun!! I was envisioning the whole thing too!!! That was fresh off my pewny brain!

So there you have it, my lovely conversation with my sister in law!

Joy & Simplicity

4 Jan

I know I’m 3 days late but, Happy New Year! 

Is it me, or did 2013 fly by!? Geez, I was strolling along with life and then outta no where, BAM!, the holiday’s were here. I was not ready, but ready or not I had to face it….and I survived! 

At the end of every year, I like to sit back and ponder all that happened, or didn’t happen,  during that year and possibly compare to the year before.  And I have to say, I was pretty pleased about our year as a whole. Yes, we could’ve done more of this or less of that, but overall we had a wonderful year, especially if you compare it to 2012. Now THAT was a year of craziness! 

So for 2014, I want to focus more on joy & simplicity.

I want to enjoy my life, my husband, my kids, and just soak in all the little things that I tend to over look. I noticed that I can be a bit snappy with my kids and one day it dawned on me that my oldest is almost 14! Before you know it, he’ll be 18 and ready to spread his wings and fly and venture out in the real world! I then realized I needed to loosen up a bit. I have some pretty amazing kids and I need to be focusing on making some sweet memories with them during these teen and preteen years BC before I know it, they’ll be adults and…..

Okay, enough of that before I start to cry!  

Simplicity BC sometimes we tend to be pack rats and end up with a whole bunch of stuff but still have nothing to show for. I scanned around my house and that’s exactly what I found: a whole bunch of STUFF! I saw things that I bought but have never even opened or used… I felt ashamed. I can honestly say, that I already begun the process of purging and rearranging my life and putting it in order. I even ordered me an awesome simplified planner from http://www.emilyley.com that should be arriving in the mail in a few weeks! 

I’d say, I’m taking this  simplicity thing pretty seriously! 

What about you? What are you focusing on this 2014?