Monday, February 18, 2019

My Little Brother is Engaged!!

   It all started when my "bigger than me" little brother started texting a special girl named Abby on Independence Day last year.
   Not long later, they went on their first date. After a couple dates, they were officially dating.

Soon Dustin started bringing her around our family.

   He even had to rescue his damsel in distress when her car died.. I don't think he appreciated my "getting the moment" photo just then. Haha!



They did a lot of hiking...

And laughing...

And sharing.

They held hands.

They sang together.

   The day came we had known was coming. Dustin asked her to marry him and she said yes! (Of course! Otherwise, I wouldn't be writing this post. *wink*)
   The date is set for the end of July, and I agreed to be a bridesmaid. *big grin* That'll be a first for me! 
   And  that is how my little brother came to be engaged.

~Emily

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Goodbye to a Friend

   Last night, a dear friend went home to be with Jesus. I found out that she had cancer less than a month ago. She went very fast, and I didn't get to see her before she died.
   She was a quiet person. She lived life like she died: quietly, and with very little fuss made about herself.
   I have very few distinct memories of her. She used to play the piano at church. One song I remember her playing a lot was, "The Child of a King." And she is. Only now she is with Jesus. As she could not see Jesus until she died, now we cannot see her until we die.
   After church she would come and ask me how I was doing. She knew about my anxiety and she understood, because she had anxiety herself.
   We went to a Nature Sunshine seminar together once. She could bring some friends for free and she invited me to come. She put chlorophyll in my water while we were there. It was tasty...Weird the things you remember.
   I don't remember the last time I saw her. I tried and I can't. It must have been months ago. The last distinct memory I have about her was when her husband told us that she was visiting her brother in the hospital. Soon after, she was in the hospital.
   And now she is home. No more pain. No more tears. No more sorrow. Forever. All praise to God and his son, Jesus!

A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth.
Ecclesiastes 7:1

Jesus is victor!
~Emily~

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Unique Blogger Award


   I know this took me awhile to do, but try to forgive me. *wink*
   Thank you, Shantelle, over at Between The Pages of This Bookish Life for tagging me! This tag looks both fun and daunting! *laughs* But first, the rules:

The Rules

Answer all the questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
Share the link of the blogger who nominated you.
Nominate 8 to 13 bloggers for the same award.
Ask 3 questions. 

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   1. What are you passionate about? Tell us all about it!

   I'm passionate about many things, but here's just a few of them:
   Marriage - the way God designed it.
   Homeschooling.
   History.
   Family.
   Faith. - "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20

   2. What is one of the best books, novel or nonfiction, that you've read in your lifetime? What is it you love about it?


   The Bible is THE best book I have ever read. I love it since God reveals himself through it and his plan for salvation - Jesus.

   But... that's the "goes without saying" answer. So...for another book I would say "Heidi" even though I know my cousin Felicity already said that. But it's such a simple story full of simple truths! And I'm not into "over the top" storylines!
   
   3. What is your favorite holiday? Why?

   What holiday celebrates the coming of the Savior? Brings with its coming songs of joy and hope and peace? Has people giving gifts and decorating trees? Christmas, of course!!
   It's "the happiest time of the year" after all! *wink* I enjoy so much about Christmas:

   The songs






   The Reason for the Season

   "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord."
   Luke 2:11

   The Gifts- giving and receiving 
   
   Gifts are not the reason for Christmas, but I do enjoy giving and receiving  gifts. I know not everyone enjoys giving gifts, but I do. It's fun to imagine how much the recipient will enjoy it. And very few will argue that receiving gifts is fun! *wink*

   The Tree

   We used to use an artificial tree every year, but in recent years we have gone to a tree farm to pick out a real tree.
   Our first real Christmas tree came from off of our land. It was certainly a Charlie Brown Christmas tree..Though I didn't realize it until years later. Haha! My brothers and I had decided to cut down a tree from our field for Christmas...before Thanksgiving. Imagine what my mom must have thought when we hauled this big, ugly tree up to our front door and declared it our Christmas tree!! But she let us use it for our Christmas tree that year and I like to laugh about it now!

   The Lights   

   When I was younger the whole family would pile in whatever vehicle we had at the time and look for Christmas lights. It was more fun when we wore our pajamas and wrapped up in our blankets. There'd be Christmas music going as we drove through the subdivisions and pointed out the Christmas lights to each other.

   The Gatherings 

   Christmas is the time to get together with family and friends. This year I have a cousin and her husband flying in for Christmas on Wednesday.  I do hope I'll be able to see her while she's out here.

   Going Caroling

   I have been caroling three times in my life and enjoyed it every time!

Hope you enjoyed and I tag:

   Liberty @Elegant Cowgirl

   Rachel @Me, My God, and Maverick

   Marissa @Hidden Treasures

   Marita @When I Hear Music

   Beth @Beth In Boots

   Kylie @Me, History, and My God

   And that would be 6 people... Hope you don't mind! *Wink*

Your questions are:

Do you have a favorite thing to do as a family? What is it?

Know of a song that reflects you? Please share!

Who is your hero? Or heroes?

So... Until next time...
Keep smiling, because Jesus loves you!
~Emily~