Category: Family

{love}

February 14th is changed forever for me. My second nephew, Leo Alexander Mann was born today. ❤
It’s a day of love. And while I am not in a relationship, I love Valentine’s Day. I think it’s amazing we have a day that we celebrate love on. Generally, romantic love, but we all know that isn’t the only kind. The feeling of “love” is nice, but feelings change, and fade. Loving someone is a choice. While I hope I get the opportunity to love and be loved by a man, right now I want to choose to love my family. My parents, my brothers and sisters, my nephews! My friends.

I just love love! I love seeing all the happy couples on my Facebook feed. (Such a nice break from the political stuff) I love seeing single girls and guys celebrating love with their families. I love seeing how God orchestrates romances.

One day, I’m sure I’ll celebrate with my Someone Special, but I want to cherish the times I have with my family.

It’s funny, Valentine’s Day was so much harder for me when I was younger. But now I just can’t help but be happy for those who are happy!

And to think of how loved we all are, but our very creator. If I could love Him just half of how much He loves me, I would be content all my days. Here’s to another year of learning to love.

(Here’s a pic of our Valentine’s Day breakfast, because let’s face it, sharing food with loved ones is one of the greatest joys in life. Especially when part of the food is bacon.)

{pictures}

Because I don’t often post pictures on here, besides from our camping trip, I thought I would fill my blog with some pictures of my life. Of course, I can’t start without a picture of my adorable nephew! 2016 gave me a greater appreciation for … Continue reading {pictures}

{camping}

Last week, my family (plus a friend) went camping at Disney’s fort wilderness campground! We’ve been there many times and had many different experiences, and this one was amazing, just like the others! I love camping as a family. 🙂 It was a little sad though, because it was our first camping trip without our married siblings. We managed to have a great time though! I made a promise to myself that I would not use any internet/social media while I was gone, and I’m happy to report, I succeeded! Though I did have to buy tickets for a ball, I didn’t do anything but that. 

We left for the campground on Wednesday last week. We took two vehicles, so papa and Cheryl went ahead to get the tents up while the rest of us dropped grandma off at her friend’s house so she could spend time with her while we were camping. Once we got to the campground, it was past 8:00, so we quickly got the beds all set up then ate supper while planning what we were going to do while we were there. We decided to go to Disney the next day, which was Thursday. Since we had parkhopper tickets, we decided to visit three of the four parks and do our favorite things at animal kingdom, magic kingdom, and Epcot. Of course, I wouldn’t write a post like this and not put pictures, so here are some from mine and papa’s phones. 🙂 


We’re really good at family photos…


Walking to the bus stop, headed for animal kingdom!


Our whole group in front of the “tree of life” in animal kingdom. While we were there, we walked around a little and watched a lion king show, which had some really cool acrobatics/gymnastics. It was a lot of fun!


Next stop was magic kingdom! We mainly just rode space mountain before moving on to our final park of the day…


Epcot! We went in a couple buildings before heading to test track! I made a car with William and papa, and it was the best one of our group. 🙂 That ride is definitely a highlight for me! 


It was so much fun to experience Disney with my dear friend, who had never been there before!


After watching  the light show at Epcot, we made our way back to the campground. The next day, we spent at the campground. 


It’s nice to have a big tent so we can all be together. 

Hannah brought along her hammock. 🙂

When evening came, everyone but Althea, William, Esther, and me went to Disney Springs to look around. Us who stayed at the campsite cleaned up some and then relaxed and hung out until the rest of us got back. The next morning we packed up, went to pick up grandma, and headed home. We basically had time to unload before getting ready to go to the Christmas Eve service at our church, which was something we had never done before and was quite special. 🙂 

{thankful}

Thankful for….

…fresh homemade bread

…cooking with my family

…having music playing on the speakers

…fall-scented candles

…warm lighting 

…comfy clothes

…eating yummy food with people I love

…seeing friends

…new music to discover

…concerts

 …cooler weather

{Growing Up}

When you’re young, it’s all about waiting till you turn this age so you can stay up late, or this age so you can drive, or this age so you can make your own plans. Then, when you finally get to that age, suddenly it’s not as sparkly as you thought. I remember being thrilled when I could finally stay up past my bedtime, which over the years, turned into staying up past midnight. Now I go to bed around 11 every night, earlier if I can. I remember being so thrilled when I was old enough to drive, but now I appreciate when I don’t have to drive. When I was little, making plans involved begging mama to let us go to the Ursu’s if we got our chores done, and now, well actually, it’s pretty much the same, but I also like to go to Suki’s house. I loved going to homeschool classes and the like, but never would’ve thought that the year after I graduated, I’d be leading a drama club. Never have I felt so much like an adult then when I’m texting or calling the moms in our homeschool group to see who is coming and let them know what time it is knowing that it is my responsibility to make the club go well. The first play we did I really struggled with, because for some unknown reason I felt like I needed to do everything. I got really overwhelmed and we weren’t nearly as prepared as we should have been. After a long talk with Cheryl, I finally let go, and delegated several roles out to some of the drama team, and I am so glad I did. We just did our second play, which was the Story of Esther, performed at the Purim event we held at our church. This time, we practiced every week and finished the script well before the event. The oddest thing about that, was the fact that people complemented me like I was the lead actor, when in fact all I did was tell everyone when we were doing it and watch over the rehearsals.

When I was little, I always couldn’t wait for my siblings to get married and to start having kids. Now I have two siblings married and I became an aunt just two weeks ago. Our family is completely different now, and I miss the way it was, yet I love this new phase.

One of the hardest things about growing up is the phases. The one I’m going through right now is my friends going to college, dating, getting married, having kids, while I’m still happily at home, same church, but now I’m the oldest (say what???) of my friends, with the ones nearest me in age either already at a college or going to one soon. It’s hard knowing that the way my life is–with my friends–is changing, and we won’t ever have the same friendships. I suppose I’m over dramatizing, since my relationships with my siblings, both married and not, have changed so much over the years, in mostly good ways. I guess I just really like the way I’m friends with my friends right now. Something I don’t think about as much is the fact that I am changing too. I guess no matter what, my life will change. Honestly, I’m glad for that, even though I love my life right now, there is just so much that could change, even faster than I anticipate!

I suppose that this is the point in my life when I’m figuring out who I am and what I do, and that is a rather daunting time. Somehow, I’m more grown up then I expected, yet I have so much more to go.

Sometimes I really wonder what my “dream life” is. Most of my growing up I always expected that all I’d want to do when I grew up was become the perfect housewife, but now I’m an “adult” that’s not who I am. Not that I don’t know how to cook or clean or take care of children (Yay! Alliteration is fun.), because I do that regularly and enjoy it. But there are so many more possibilities, so many things that I would absolutely love to do, like writing, filming, studying music, studying science, dancing, and a plethora of other things, but we would be here all day if I were to list them all. As of right now, I am working actively on writing/filming/directing, but I don’t want to do that 100% of the time for the rest of my life. Saying I do get married, that changes what I pursue. See my dilemma? Thankfully I know that God already knows what my life will be, and all I really have to do is to trust in Him and everything will fall into place. If only I remembered that more. In a way, perhaps not having a “dream life” could make my life simpler. If you are still reading and have any idea what I just said, you are amazing and get a gold sticker.

{recent pictures}

I haven’t posted any pictures on here for quite a while, so I thought it would be nice if I went through my camera roll and posted some. Be warned, they are not that great, but you all can get a peek into my recent life. Enjoy!

This is the first photo on my phone from this year. Blurry and weird angle and all, I think it sums up the evening pretty well.   
My sister is having a baby! This is from the baby shower. Still waiting for Baby to make his or her appearance, any day now!  
 
So I talked about the December mission trip at my church with these three wonderful people! They’re the best. 

  
I made a really pretty hot chocolate. It was also really yummy. Isn’t that mug cute?? Carissa got it for me for my birthday. 🙂

  
Really pretty sunset. Not sure when it’s from, but it’s so gorgeous!! 

  
I made a new friend when we went strawberry picking recently. Also, that little mouse vegetable is really cute. 

   
    
 
Cause she’s the cutest!

   

A foster kitty I helped socialize and find a home for! He is so sweet. 

   
February 25th was the raise awareness for human trafficking day, and we showed our support. 

   
Because that’s how we roll. 

  
Yesterday I did a Starbucks run, got a free venti (that’s the really tall one), an iced caramel macchiato, along with the two others I bought, same flavor. 

  
Is it gonna be a boy or a girl?? Either way, I’m gonna love it. 

  

Hope you enjoyed the pictures! Hopefully I won’t wait so long to post more… Now I need to go to bed.