It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas…

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Deck the halls with boughs of holly! I loooove Christmastime. It’s so festive. Currently the grounds around my area of life are laden with snow. My mum and I even built a snowman, a smidge taller than I am (and I’m 5′ 6″)! I’m in the midst of getting presents around and ready, singing Christmas carols, and thinking about what I’m going to make and bake for Christmas at Gram’s house. That all being said, I thought I’d dedicate a post to some crafts, recipes, and songs, all fit for Christmas. Ready?

One thing that I really enjoy doing at Christmastime is making gifts and cards. Under certain circumstances I buy them (i.e. lack of time or ability to make, or even occasionally, motivation), but there’s something really special about making stuff by hand. Here are some of the cards I made this year. Who knows, maybe you’ll find yourself inspired to get creative!

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All the cards I started with a white cardstock card and used scrapbook paper, markers and stickers to achieve the look I was going for. On some of the cards I didn’t get very elaborate at all, because I was sort of on a time crunch. I found some pretty paper, slapped it on, and found a coordinating sticker. I think they turned out to be some of my best!

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The Santa Claus card is definitely my favorite, and was relatively easy. I cut a piece of red cardstock to the width of the card, and then scalloped the edges so when I put it against the white card, it would look like the white puffy stuff on Santa’s hat. I did the same thing for Santa’s skin tone, scalloping the top the same way so it finished out his hat brim, and then scalloping the bottom so it looked like he had a beard. To bring it all together, I outlined everything in black, and drew his eyes, nose, and mouth. Ho, ho, ho!

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Okay, so, I don’t know about you guys, but food is a huge part of Christmas in my family. It’s just delicious. There’s always an abundance of food, so you don’t need to worry about going hungry. The first thing on our Christmas menu is bacon-wrapped water chestnuts. It has bacon, so, need we say more? We always make a big batch of these this time of year, because they have the tendency to be eaten in heaping amounts at a time. It’s also good to have helpers, because if you’re making a lot…well, you’ll see why.

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts Recipe

photo credit to Food.com!!!
photo credit to Food.com!!!

Ingredients:

3 cans water chestnuts

1-1/2 lbs bacon (cut the strips in half)

1 cup ketchup

1 cup sugar (white or brown)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Drain water chestnuts. Wrap each one with a 1/2 strip of bacon and secure with a toothpick. (Here is where help is a good idea if you’re making enough for a small army.) Place in a 9×13 pan and bake for 30 minutes. In a mixing bowl, mix sugar and ketchup together. Pour mixture over water chestnuts and continue baking for another 30 minutes or until they carmelize and crisp up. Enjoy!

Extra tidbit:

You will want to drain the bacon grease before adding the sauce.


Raspberry Almond Shortbread Cookies Recipe

photo credit to Food Network.com!!
photo credit to Food Network.com!!

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened

2/3 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon almond flavor

2 cups flour

1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam

Sugar to sprinkle

1 cup powdered sugar

3-4 teaspoons water

1-1/2 teaspoon almond flavor

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Beat butter, sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon almond flavor. Beat in as much flour as you can with electric mixer,, then stir in rest of flour by hand. Use cookie scoop (1-inch size) and place on ungreased baking sheet. Use thumb to press indentation into center of ball. Spoon in 1/2 teaspoon jam then sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 10 minutes. Combine powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon almond flavor. Add enough water to make drizzling consistency. Drizzle the cookies with icing.

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If you like blueberries, what about using blueberry jam? I haven’t actually tried this, but I am going to this year. Or peach jam, or apricot? Oh the possibilities. An array of fruit thumbprint cookies. And I believe we got about 36 cookies out of this recipe.

(Have you heard of seafoam candy? Oh my land, delicious. I did a post about it a year or so ago that you can find here!)


The final stop on our Christmas excursion is in the music department. What is Christmas without music?

A very non-melodic Christmas, that’s what.

Anyways, here is one of my favorite “silly” Christmas songs, sung by Gayla Peevy: I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas. I discovered it about four years ago and sang it non-stop. My family loves it. (No, I’m totally not being sarcastic, hahahahaha…) Last year, my Grandma asked me what I wanted for Christmas. Because I like to talk in song lyrics occasionally, I told her I wanted a hippopotamus.

Guess what my Grandma got me for Christmas? A stuffed hippo. It was awesome. Hippa the Hippo is one of my favorite Christmas gifts. So if you haven’t heard this song before, here you are!

 

Second up on the favorite list this year is a brand-new one put out by one of my favorite singers, Beckah Shae. It’s called Smile. I love it because, like Buddy the Elf, smiling’s my favorite.

Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!

Love Emma xoxoxox

 

 

 

 

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Music Monday – June 6

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Alas, tis time for another Music Monday! Today I wanted to share a few of my favorite hymns with you. I love hymns. They are so beautiful; the words and the message. And I do love praise & worship music as well, but sometimes I just gotta take a break from that and listen to a hymn that my parents, grandparents and great-grandparents grew up singing! There’s nothing like an old hymn to sing to Jesus! ❤

Victory in Jesus –  performed by Guy Penrod

I really like Guy Penrod, and I love his rendition of Victory in Jesus, particularly because of it’s upbeat-ness! We have victory with Jesus because of what He did for us on the cross, and we need to claim that victory and live fearlessly because of that!

 

The Old Rugged Cross – performed by The Gaither Vocal Band

I love this song. A friend of mine asked what my favorite hymn was, and I said this was it. What Jesus did on the that old rugged cross for me just awes and amazes and makes me love Him even more. I read this saying in a book once, and I won’t get it 100% right but I really liked it. It was something like, “Jesus took the cross, which had been a symbol of cruelty and fear and turned it into a symbol of hope.” Something like that at least; I can’t remember it for sure!

 

Because He Lives – Bill Gaither

I don’t know who sings this song in the video, but the man who wrote the song was Bill Gaither! (Which I did not know until I wrote this blog post! ha!) For years now this song has been a great reminder for me that I can live without fear because He lives! I can live without fear, without worry, without any of that negative stuff because Jesus now lives and he defeated all that when He died on the cross and was resurrected.

So there you have it, a few of my favorite hymns–oldies but goldies. Or goodies. (I’ve heard it both ways.) Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed listening to the songs! What are your favorite hymns?

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The Happiness Tag

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I’m It! I was tagged by Sarah at Forever Aspiring Writer to do the Happiness Tag. This includes: Answering a few questions about things that make you happy. Easypeasyweazy right? Well, that’s about it s’pose, and I don’t see muchofa reason to drag the intro on and waste time. 😛 Continue?

EMMA’S HAPPY SONGS

WELL, I love VeggieTales. Larry, oh dear Larry the Pickle Cucumber, he makes me laugh when he sings his Silly Songs! Endangered Love (Barbara Manatee) is a song that makes me happy.

I’ll add one more song to my happy list. Good Day by Natalie Grant. I listen to it when I make my bed in the morning, and its a good way to start off your day. It’s a happy song, y’all!

EMMA’S HAPPY BOOKS

Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? My daddy would read to my brother and I when we were little, and this book was always on the reading list. The memory of snuggling up close to him on the couch, listening as he made all the sounds…it makes me happy! This book is awesome. Oh, before I forget, I’ve got a question for you guys: Mr. Brown can moo! Can you?

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Also, God’s Smuggler (Brother Andrew) and The Hiding Place (Corrie ten Boom) because those books make me go YEAH GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Totally recommend, especially if you need a reminder that God is amazing and works in AWESOME ways!)

EMMA’S HAPPY MOVIES

I love love the movie Curious George. It is so doggone adorable, I smile throughout the whole thing.

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Lookit, he’s so cute!

I also really enjoy Peabody and Sherman, which surprised me because at first I wasn’t sure I would like it! And Finding Nemo. I love Finding Nemo. (I like a lot of cartoons, I guess!)

EMMA’S HAPPY FOODS

Snickerdoodles. Grandma’s homemade bread and homemade jam. Mama’s cheesy chicken stuff (otherwise known as cheesy chicken casserole. Drop the ‘casserole’, add the ‘stuff’ and it rolls off the tongue much better). Cheesy fries with bacon and ranch.

EMMA’S HAPPY WORDS

Happy words? Happy words. Okay…well there’s boom. It’s fun to say. For me, instead of saying “I DID IT!” I say, “BOOM BABY! I did it!” I don’t know why; I just do.

Awesomesauce. I picked this one up from a friend of mine. She says awesomesauce, I hear awesomesauce, I now say awesomesauce, everything that’s awesome is an awesomesauce folks!

One last word. I love the word love. Jesus’ love makes me happy. Sharing God’s love makes me happy. And as long as we’re at it, just a reminder for ya: God made you special and He loves you very much!

EMMA’S HAPPY SCENTS

Things baking in the oven that aren’t burning. My dog after a bath (so much more pleasant to cuddle with). Flowers, fresh-cut grass; the scent of spring. Autumn leaves. The scent of my dad’s cologne when I hug him tight.

EMMA’S HAPPY RANDOM THINGS

Birdies singing. Sunshine. Playing with my brother. Snail-Mail. Being with people I love. I love movie-theater popcorn. Adventures, and making people smile. I love to give people presents and cards and little gifts to show them that they’re loved. Smiling at strangers.

Ah so there, a list of a few things that makes this chick named Emma happy. 🙂 Did you learn anything new about me? Feel free to comment what makes you happy; maybe we share some of the same things! 😀

Oh hey, before I forget I best be a-taggin’ folks to do this thing. Since I’m not very good at Tag, I’ll go after a whole bunch of you guys at once and see who I end up getting. 😉 If you’ve got the letter A in any of your three names (first, middle, last) ~*~or~*~ if you know how to whistle, then you are hereby tagged for The Happiness Tag! If you do the tag, link it in the comments so we can hop over and see what makes you happy!

Have a beauuuuuuutiful day! xo Emma

 

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A Little of This, a Little of That…

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Hellohellohello! It’s me again. Hehe. It’s fun to be random and whatnot, so I thought I’d share with y’all what I’ve recently discovered.

And when I say that, I don’t mean I discovered that the moon is made of cheese (I do quite enjoy that episode of Wallace and Gromit though) or I have successfully discovered how to take a picture of an atom. I’m talking things like a new song or a new verse in the Bible. Just random little things that make life happier all around. 🙂

Wallace and Gromit on the Moon made of Cheese

A little of this, a little of that, you might say. And who knows, maybe you’ll find something you think is kinda neat too. 🙂


First up…

New Song

I actually discovered this song while reading a book. The song I Go to the Rock was the book’s theme song, and I just had to listen to the words instead of reading them.  It’s such a great reminder that God is always there and…yes, I love it. Dottie Rambo wrote it, but I personally enjoy Whitney Housten’s version. 🙂

Where do I go…when there’s nobody else to turn to?

Who do I talk to…when nobody wants to listen?

Who do I lean on…when there is no foundation stable?

I go to the Rock! I know He is able, I go to the Rock!

 

New Bible Verse

I was browsing Pinterest the other day and came across some picture and the caption was Amos 5:4. Upon Googling it, I found this verse:

Amos 5:4

Isn’t that verse lovely? And, haha, I’ve found I’m like Aunt Clara from Bewitched–we both like doorknobs. While Aunt Clara collects them, I don’t have the room, not with all my books, so I just take pictures, like the one above. Still, you can’t tell me that a doorknob doesn’t make an interesting photograph!

New Drink

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TEA! Yes, yes, I know that tea is a popular drink and some of you may be wondering why I haven’t ever “discovered” it before just now. So here’s my excuse! I never liked tea before. In past tea-tasting experiences, I just didn’t really care for it. It was eh. That is until Mother Dearest bought this “fruit sampler” box of tea–a whole bunch of different flavors, all in a box! That box of delicious sipping goodness has changed my perspective on tea forever. I’ll have a cup of blueberry please, with a buncha honey!

New Book

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My grandma gave me this book for Christmas, and I just finished the fourth and final book, and it is AMAZING. This is actually the book where I heard of the song I Go to the Rock! Even though it’s fiction, it’s engaging, encouraging and full of God’s truth! The characters make me laugh, drive me nuts, and…yeah! And I can’t mention Neta Jackson without saying that her Yada Yada series is also stinkin’ amazing. Not to sound redundant or anything, but if you take this paragraph ^^ and apply it to Yada Yada, you’ll get a pretty good idea! 🙂

New Recipe

I’ve found two new recipes lately. One for a delicious lemon sour cream pound cake.

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And one for soft pretzels!

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my fat little pretzel sticks

 

The cake, I just dumped most everything in, flipped the KitchenAid on, called it good. (Recipe calls for bowl #1 and #2 and egg yolks here and whites there. Yesh!) Anyways it turned out great! So did the pretzels. First time I made sticks (or logs if you prefer since sticks are generally…thinner) and had to use regular salt since I didn’t have any pretzel salt. Second time I got brave and whipped those babies into ze classic twist–and I had pretzel salt! Without or without the twist, with or without the pretzel salt, it’s easy and yummy. 🙂

New Movie

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We watched this movie a few months ago maybe? Oh my gosh, I will admit that I was tearing up during this movie…maybe a little. It follows a bunch of different people going through very different stories, and each one of them is approached with the question: Do you believe in what God did for you on the cross? And even though the movie itself is fiction, just seeing the work of God in each of the characters lives is such a powerful thing. A good reminder that God is at work in our lives too!


Can’t really think of anything else to add…of course, once I press PUBLISH I’ll think of something. Ha! Doesn’t it always work that way? Anyway, what new things have you discovered lately? 😀 I hope you have a superwonderfulfantasticamazing rest of your day. Until next time!

Love, Emma xo

 

 

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Thankful

 

A Bookworm's Majestic AdventuresThanksgiving is this week! To celebrate we’re going to my grandma’s and eating turkey and mashed potatoes and stuffing and corn–yummy! But of course I don’t have to tell you that Thanksgiving is so much more than that. What about thankfulness? What are we thankful for this year, as we gather around the table with our family and friends? What am I thankful for?

Last week at church my pastor said something like this, and it really caught my attention: “You can name off a bunch of your friends and family and have a list of people that you’re thankful for, but what else?” Something like that; I don’t remember exactly. 😉 But that grabbed me because, while I am so indescribably thankful for the family and friends that Jesus has blessed me with, what else am I thankful for? What are some of the “off-the-wall” things I’m thankful for–the things that I usually don’t say “Thank you Lord,” for?  Maybe some things I’ve taken for granted?

So that’s what I thought about this week. And here’s what I came up with: Grace. The grace of Jesus is such a beautiful thing, and that is what I am thankful for this Thanksgiving. We’re born sinners, but God sent His Son Jesus to die for our sins–my sins–so that we could be with Him for eternity!  I’m a child of the King  because of what He did, because of His grace and how much He loves me. God’s Grace. That’s what I’m thankful for this year.

Hey, I even got a song for this! We can count it as Music Monday Sunday, LOL! My family constantly tells me, “Emma, you have a song for everything!” I guess I do. 😛 I’ll add it in at the bottom of this post, but it’s called Call it Grace by Unspoken. I love it. I hope you do too! ❤

So tell me, what are you thankful for, beyond the automatic list of family and friends? I’d love to hear! ❤ Happy Thanksgiving everyone; I hope you have a beautiful celebration this year, wherever you might be. Remember, Jesus loves you so very much! *internet hug*

Emma xo

 

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Music Monday – August 24

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It’s a beautiful start to a beautiful week, and what better way to start off the week than with a brand new song by the wonderful Natalie Grant?!

Well, cupcakes, perhaps. But I am fresh out of cupcakes, specifically the virtual kind, so I guess we’re out of luck. Music will just have to suffice. 😉

But that’s right folks. A brand new song that was just released six days ago by Natalie Grant! And if you’ve never heard of Natalie Grant before, that is totally okay. I will introduce you to her via a small bio I summarized that I found on her website, here.

Natalie Grant Be OneMulti-Grammy nominated Natalie Grant is a powerhouse vocalist, heart-gripping songwriter, and charismatic performer who has consistently remained one of the top selling Christian & Gospel artists since her 2005 breakout RIAA Gold certified album, Awaken.  The Gospel Music Association named her the 2012 Female Vocalist of the Year, an honor that she’s received 5 times.  Natalie’s latest album, “Hurricane,” debuted at #1 on the Christian Billboard Charts in the fall of 2013. 

Her newest song is titled “Be One.” I love it. It has such a catchy tune and I love the words, especially “Calling all hearts, calling all hands, calling all feet to take a stand. Why sit around and wait for a miracle to come, when we can be one.” And I just had to share it with you! I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do.

Happy Monday everyone, and until the next post! (And perhaps by then I will have some virtual cupcakes to hand out to you all. ;))

I hope you enjoyed the song! Did you have a favorite part, or did you love the whole thing? And if you didn’t really care for it–totally okay! Everyone has a different taste in music. 😀 But if you did happen to enjoy it, perhaps you’ll like these songs also by Natalie Grant! 🙂

Hurricane // Closer to Your Heart // Your Great Name

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Music Monday! Oops, I mean Tuesday – June 30

Happy Monday Tuesday!

Kerrie Roberts

This week’s artist is named Kerrie Roberts. I didn’t know much about her at all; I had only heard one of her songs before on the radio, and randomly decided to look it up again yesterday. Thus, I am now a fan of Kerrie Roberts. If you’re like me and had never heard about her before now, let me give you a little bio! (This was also my first time even reading about her, so yes. If you’ve never heard about her, you’re not alone!!!) Below is my summarized version of this one here.

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Kerrie Roberts has been singing as early as five years old. She sang in church, and at home with her sister and mom around their piano. She grew up with parents who helped hurting and broken people, and that is the exact thing that Kerrie hopes to do with her songs. One of the things she wants to share through her songs, is the unconditional love from God that she’s had poured into her own life.

 

And now, moving onto how I discovered today’s song! Yesterday (when it was actually Monday) I accidentally discovered the song while browsing through a bunch of other songs, looking for her song titled No Matter What. It was the only song that I had ever heard by her, and I decided that I wanted to listen to it.

While searching for that one, I found a more recent song titled My Heart’s Lifted. I listened to that one next, and I loved it instantly. Looooooooooooooved ittttttttttttttttttt. It’s so happy! It’s so upbeat and awesome and has a catchy tune! Plus Kerrie Roberts has a great voice.

I love the lyrics especially. The song itself is about being freed from your past mistakes once you accept Jesus Christ (the way I felt that day when Your grace, glowing like an ember, burned my past away). Being free from the weight of the world because of Jesus (this world can’t bring me down because of all You’re done). And just feeling joy about it (Oh my soul keep singing, all day long this is my song, my heart’s lifted).

Who’s ready to listen? 😀 (meeeeeeeee.) Alright, here you are! 😀 My Heart’s Lifted, performed by the amazing artist, Kerrie Roberts!

(also the acoustic version is amazing as well.)

Thanks so much for stopping by! Did you like this week’s song for Music Monday? You might also be interested in these, also by Kerrie Roberts!

No Matter What // Beautiful to Me

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Music Monday – June 8

It’s time for Music Monday again!

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This week’s song is titled “Future” by Francesca Battistelli. It was released on June 2, on the album Living Hope, a various artist CD put out by Pizza Ranch. (For more information on the CD, this site has some good info.) I about freaked out when I saw it on YouTube. I LOVE Franny B!

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She is my most favorite artist in the history of ever. I love the style and words to her songs. They’re encouraging, full of God’s truth, and they’re catchy! Her newest record, If We’re Honest, was released on April 22, 2014. (I personally think it’s her best yet!) Francesca blogs at Honeycomb about her life and other various things. It’s pretty cool! 😀

And now without further ado, Future, as performed by Francesca Battistelli. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

But wait! There’s more! She also did a behind the song, which is always neat to listen to. If you have a minute and nineteen seconds, you should check that out as well!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Did you like this week’s song for Music Monday? You might also be interested in these, also by Francesca Battistelli!

Keeping Score // Beautiful Beautiful

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Music Monday – May 18

Hello! Happy Monday, my friends! A beautiful day to the start of a beautiful week, and what better to start off your day than a new song? 😀

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This week’s song is Flawless by MercyMe from their new album, Welcome to the New. The album was released April 8 of this year. My dad discovered it last week (or was it two weeks ago now?) and introduced me to it! Instant. Love. It’s been on repeat around here!

I love the words, especially “the cross has made you flawless.” Because of what Jesus did for us on the cross, when we accept Him into our hearts we’re no longer sinners, God sees us as saints–flawless. We’re a new creation, the old has gone and the new has come! (1 Corinthians 5:17) This song is a great reminder of that. ❤ I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Have a wonderful, wonderful Monday. Never forget how special you are to Jesus, and how much He loves you, no matter what.

Like this week’s song for Music Monday? Here’s a couple more you might be interested, also by MercyMe!

Greater // Shake

 

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My First Day Without Braces

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So today was the day! Early this morning I woke up in avid anticipation of what would occur…and it finally did! I, my friends, am braces free. Whoo hoo! 😀 Mother Dearest bought me the promised Corn Nuts, two original and one ranch flavored. Boom baby. B) One bag is already gone, with a little help from my family. Corn nuts never tasted so good. Also, I can crunch on carrot sticks without worrying about breaking something. (Which I did at dinner tonight.) OH. LIFE IS GOOD!!!

I have to admit though, I am so not used to having a retainer in my mouth. My speech sounds a little funny and I just can’t feel anything on the roof of my mouth except a plastic thingy. And I don’t exactly love that. (Which I’m sort of used to. A while ago – a loooooong while ago, LOL – I had an appliance in where a plastic piece was up in the roof of my mouth. I could not talk. I’m sure I sounded hilarious, but at the time I didn’t want to! Talk funny, that is. I love to be hilarious. XD Later Mom confided in me that she had been trying hard not the laugh – thanks Mom! 😉 Just kidding. I’m sure I would have laughed as well!) I wasn’t a very happy camper on the way home from ortho and then some. But as my patient Mom reminded me, it all takes some getting used to. I’ve had rubber bands and braces and appliances and headgear and impressions (oh my gosh impressions are the worst!) and everything else – and I got used to it all and I was fine. Except I will never ever in my lifetime get used to the feeling of foamy stuff in my mouth, a.k.a. impressions. Still, I was pretty bummed this afternoon. I came in and talked to Mom and said “I just don’t feel happy. I don’t want to wear this retainer.”

And you know what she said? She told me three words. “Prayer and praise.” Well, she said a lot more than that, but those were the first three words out of her mouth. Prayer and praise. She told me to stop dwelling on my retainer and everything else – and to focus on something good. Turn on the praise music and start saying a prayer; focus on Jesus and not the retainer.

And you know what? I went out and I laughed with my brother while playing a game of DORK. (What is DORK you wonder? Explanation below!) I listened to the praise music I could hear from the house (because when music is on at our house, it is on.) I thanked God that everything went as well as it did.

And I felt better. I was happy.

I’m still not used to wearing the retainer 24/7, but my word I’ve only had it for a day! But while I wait for that to happen I can focus on the good things in life instead. I’m braces free! I can eat whatever I want to without worrying about a broken bracket! I got a happy face balloon from the Orthodontist today, along with a CONGRATS balloon! I got a pop, a popcorn, a candy bar! (Oh and let us not forget the Corn Nuts!)

And I have a family who loves me and is patient with me and gives me Godly advice when I’m focusing too much on the bad things instead of the good.

So, for the rest of the day I smiled, I laughed, I listened to music, I played with my balloons outside and worried that they were going to fly away and be lost forever (which they weren’t; they are comfortably sitting here beside me as I type this); I lost in the DORK game I played, and I ate Corn Nuts.

It doesn’t take much to find the good in life. Maybe it’s the sunshine. The blue skies or the grass. Friends, family, church. Your dog. A good book. Maybe a smile. Or, maybe it’s all of it. There’s already bad things in the world, but what makes it worse is dwelling or worrying about them. Doing that can cause you to miss the good. I know it did for me this afternoon.

Prayer and praise. Focus on Jesus and not the bad things. Anytime I feel myself starting to get down, that’s what I’m going to do. (Try and remember to do!) Life’s too short to waste it by worrying about the bad things. (It’s also too short to waste time trying to match socks!) Let’s start focusing on the good and all that Jesus has done for us. 🙂

Which, I forgot to post my Music Monday yesterday! :O I’ll post what I had for yesterday next week, because I just thought of a good song by The Afters. It’s titled Every Good Thing and one of my favorites! I hope you enjoy it too. I especially love the chorus. 😀


WOW. That was a little more serious post there. But hey, sometimes that’s a good thing! I’ve had a great day so far, actually. Even better since I’ve started praying and listening to music. But I didn’t add that line up there and separate this paragraph from the rest just to tell you that. I did it so that I would have a separate space to explain to you what the game DORK is that I mentioned above!

Well, ever hear of the game HORSE? That basketball game where people shoot a basket, and if they make a basket then everyone else needs to replicate the shot, and if they don’t make it, they get a letter? First one to get all five letters is out? (Other variations include PIG.) Well, DORK is exactly like that. Except you spell DORK. And if you get all four letters first, you have to announce to your family (or whoever is present) “That I am a dork.” Ha! It gets quite competitive because who wants to admit that? Haha!


So, hello there! thank you for reading this post! was wondering though, what things in life make *you* happy? have you ever played horse or, our variation called dork, before? and, I’ve been wondering this for a while, does me writing this in all caps make it seem like I’m yelling?

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