Snow!

In Tucson? Yes! The most snow my family has seen falling in our neighborhood…

Blizzard! Okay... not really...

Blizzard! Okay… not really…

The boys had lots of fun in it…

Josh

A little colder then your used to? He didn't take the time to grab a good jacket not knowing how long it would stick around

A little colder then you’re used to? He didn’t take the time to grab a good jacket not knowing how long it would stick around.

The chickens were pretty scared and didn't want to venture out into the snow. Poor Sausage was pulled out for some pictures, but she wouldn't hold still :roll:

The chickens were pretty scared and didn’t want to venture out into the snow. Poor Sausage was pulled out for some pictures, but she wouldn’t hold still πŸ™„

 

Out of the whole family I spent the most time out in the snow. It was so beautiful. I could not get enough of it!

These boots kept my toes warm in the beginning, but I soon forgot I had any!

These boots kept my toes warm in the beginning, but I soon forgot I had any!

Snowy peach

Melting peach

"Icicle"

Can you see the snowflake designs?

Can you see the snowflake designs?

The mountains were gorgeous, but the clouds soon covered them up. I can't wait to get good pictures tomorrow!

The mountains were breathtaking, but the clouds soon covered them up. I can’t wait to get good pictures tomorrow!

The snow stopped after a couple hours, but surprised us with another dose in the evening! My family had a hard time, yet again, pulling me inside.

 

Thank you God for the perspective you have given us desert rats on snow!

Happy New Year!!

Even though we rang in the new year a month ago I’m finally here and ready to ring in the new year for my blog! I was able to pull some thoughts together in January so I have a lot planned for the coming months…

 

The next several Fridays will be featuring something I’m going to call Flashback Friday.Β I’ll be blogging aboutΒ events from the past 5-6 months that I never got around to blogging about! Look forward to lots of pictures πŸ˜‰

 

The past week God led me to the word PASSION. I hope to blog about what God is teaching me about Passion and what it means for me in my life.

 

February brought on a whole new venture for our family: the GAPS diet. My older sister will be blogging about this journey HERE. Although the beginning will be rough I know God will use this to heal and draw us closer to Him.

 

And of course some random ramblings!

I hope you’re as excited as I am!

My birthday!

On the 17th I had a wonderful winter wonderland birthday party! For the special occasion my sister Jordan made me a dream dress, which was of course orange πŸ˜€

Sweet sixteen!

Sweet sixteen!

My personal designer ;)

My personal designer πŸ˜‰

Sisters

Sisters

My wonderful family

My wonderful family

The beautifully decorated room

The beautifully decorated room

Sweet sixteen birthday wishing...

Sweet sixteen birthday wishing…

Silly cousin picture (the only kind there is, right?)

Silly cousin picture (the only kind there is, right?)

Of course, an action shot ;)

Of course, an action shot πŸ˜‰

Chase the squirrel 2

 

Thanks to all who made my birthday party a huge and wonderful success!

One year older…

(I wrote this 12/17/12)

When December began I started doing something most people do the month of their birthday; counting down until the exciting day or in some cases the dreaded day of growing one year older. I continued to count down the days to my birthday until three days ago when tragedy struck our country. Shock, fear, grief and even anger grew in our hearts. Emotions swelled as we continued with the flow of the Christmas season. I wasn’t able to calm myself and actually wrap my mind around what had happened until the next day. And that’s when God took hold of me, gently by the hand, and pointed out some things I needed to identify. He made me question the way I had been living.

 

Why have I been given sixteen years of life? Why the months, weeks, days, hours, minutes that God has given me one more breath? The answer was clear: God has a plan for me. A broken vessel, a mound of clay. But the questions were not through.

 

Have I used those valuable moments to fulfill that plan? Have I been furthering God’s kingdom? Have I been bringing God glory? Have I been blessing His name in the hard times? Have I thanked him enough for His daily blessings, big and small? I began to plead with God that I would not take my life for granted. I want to live my life with no regrets and fully, no matter how long it lasts. I want to live my life for Him, counting the blessings, even if they come with pain.

 

So today I want to re-dedicate my life to Him, whether it be a few more days, months, sixteen or even eighty more years.

February 2012

Wow! I think I’m going to end up saying that every month, but really, wow. February has gone by so fast!

Here is what I discovered this month:

  • I greatly enjoy having short hair.
  • I love having bees model for me (as you will see in a soon to come post) only they move, A LOT.

Here are some pictures:

I went from this....

...to this!

Look at all that hair! Ready to be sent off πŸ˜€

One of the bees that modeled for me πŸ˜‰

There is one more highlight of February that I would love to share, but sadly, I don’t have the pictures yet…. Hope you enjoyed what was available!! πŸ˜€

January 2012

I can’t believe that the first month of 2012 is already over! WOW! πŸ˜€

Here is what I discovered this month:

  • That I miss Africa more then I thought
  • I love Rend Collective!
  • That leading people to Christ can happen in places you wouldn’t have thought they would!
  • That 2 weekend trips to north Arizona in a row can really wipe you out!

Here are some pictures (because pictures are worth 100 words πŸ˜‰ ):

Trip to the Zoo with brother and cousin

Rachel

Rachel Chan singing with Rend Collective

Rachel with girls

Posing with Rachel Chan after the concert

Rachel Chan

Rend Collective (they are from Ireland!)

All dressed up for a friends birthday ball

Getting to meet the twins!!

(Jennifer Hanson’s twin boys)

My sweet siblings sitting on the rocks in Prescott

Goals Complete

I ment to post a lot earlier, but life got a little in the way πŸ˜‰

 

In all I completed 27 of the 35 goals!! Of the 8 that I did not get complete 6 of them were half done. πŸ˜€

 

I am glad I took the challenge and completed what I could. I learned that life changes and different plans and goals arise which makes it hard for some goals made in the beginning of the year to be completed. I hope you enjoyed reading about my 35 in 365 adventure as much as I enjoyed working on the project!