Monday, December 21, 2009
The finished product, after much frosting, decorating, and the like:
Hayley's house, Mothers Mercantile, and the tree is done by Nahla, who was spending the afternoon at our house:
My house, Caitlin's log cabin, and yes, those rocks are edible, chocolate, in fact:
And this deserved a picture all to itself, Laurels church, you can tell she is the artist in the family:
It is always so much fun to do this. I hope it inspires you! (Translated: Go make a gingerbread house, and post about it!)
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
It is straight even when going uphill, so don't look down.
God has a glorious kingdom, and it is waiting on the horizon.
Thy people shall be willing in the day of Thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning; Thou has the dew of Thy youth.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
By all the glories of the day
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
From Eldarwen Again. I give this one to Megan and Laurel:
This is from Eldarwen as well:
The rest of these are from Eldarwen, but she did not award me specifically with them:
This one is for people who hate the Twilight series:
I love this one.
if I have not awarded you already, you may take one award and only one for yourself, and comment to tell me that you are taking it. Thanks!
I would like to take the time to tell you about Eldarwens giveaway that she is having:
Click on the picture to get there.
In Christ Alone,
This means to be grateful for all I have been given, a humble attitude that recognizes I can do nothing for myself. The next holy day ahead is the celebration of Christmas. Christ Jesus, God becomes human flesh that we may understand that He knows all parts of human nature. This God we touch, feel, and know sympathizes yet does His work entirely for us.
The true holiday spirit is one of joy. A cheerful demeanor, a pleasant smile, a ready and kind word, all given with overflowing generosity. Such joy, so ready to make others joyful and share in others happiness. The great gift which I have been given reminds me to share its' bounteous treasure with all others.
Following hard on the heels of one joy is another festive day, New Years. Leaving behind the days that mark one circle around the sun, we begin the cycle again. Many contemplate the past year and make plans and goals for the one ahead.
As I look over the past year I can see God's faithfulness to me, and this gives me a spirit of praise. I desire to give credit where credit is due, honor to whom honor is due, and readily give praise to God the Spirit for His intervention on my behalf. Who knows what would happen to any of us were it not for the new mercies of every morning.
So my holiday spirit is in place, and by the grace of God I shall apply it everyday, content with His lovingkindness to sustain me.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
For Discussions Abound we will be talking about movies just as in this post that I did a few weeks ago. This time I will be focusing on just one movie, you guessed, it's one from a Charles Dickens Novel! :)
This one is called Little Dorrit,it is a lot like Bleak House with a mystery and all that. Well, it is a mystery, one that kept us all confused till the end.
But this lady has a secret to do with Little Dorrit.
The mystery lady's son, Andrew, fresh back from several years in China, feels
compelled to help the Dorrits. But he has no idea about the secret either.
(I couldn't find any good pictures of him, this one
does not do him justice at all.)His father died in China, and left him
an odd clue that there is even a secret in the first place, a gold watch with
a compartment in the back that
holds a little piece of fabric that says: Do not forget.
Of course, there is a villain, and he is nasty.
Believe me when I say he is the worst villain I have ever seen. And
that is pretty bad. At least I can say he did a good job at acting his part ( this is
the guy who plays Gollum from the Lord of the Rings. Weird, isn't it?)
In the end it plays out an amazing unfolding of secrets with multiple
characters that I have not introduced. Aside from Little Dorrit and Andrew,
my favorite character is good old (rather young) faithful John.
He is so nice! I could only find this tiny picture of him though:
It makes his ears stick out.
A fantastic 7 1/2 hour mini series, we all loved this one, but it is kind of dark
and sometimes gory, the youngest had to close her eyes a couple
of times. It is rather graphic, so I would not recommend for 12 and under.
Well, that is all, so I hope you enjoy this and see the movie soon!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
This award comes with a little tag:
1. Do a post about the person who awarded you, and their blog.
2. Give the award to 5 of your favorite blogs, give a reason, and leave a comment telling them they have been awarded.
3. Answer the 10 random questions.
4. Have Fun!
1. Have you ever ridden an elephant?
2. Have you ever eaten squid?
3. What is something crazy you have done with your best friend?
Never mind ;)
5. Have you ever let a snake slither through your fingers?
6. What is your first and foremost dream in life?
To get married and have children
7. What is your dream vacation?
8. What is the funniest movie you have ever seen?
UP, but that's just the first thing that popped off the top of my head
9. What is your favorite song?
I have no idea...I like a lot of music.
10. If you could change the world in one way, what would you do?
Have every one become a Christian
I will now award:
Hannah, I really like your blog, I also award you with the Emma Award , and the Friend in Christ award under that. I'm giving you all three. I really like seeing your blog filled with humor and fun, it is really neat. I hope you like these Awards!
Next I award Megan with the favorite blog award above. Its just so sweet and fun to visit,I really like it, and you, as my friend. Sorry I'm not linking to anybody, but that's a lot of links to do!
Laurel, I know you already have one of these but I thought I would give them to you anyway. Your blog is so cool!
Next I give Auburn all three of these awards, I really like your blog. I will link to you so that maybe you can get more visitors. :)
Last but not least I award Taylor with the favorite blog award. Keep up the awesome blogging!
Just to let you know Hayley is extending the dead line for her contest. It is now going to end on November 25Th, she hopes to get some more entry's so that it can be a real contest.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I'm really sorry that I missed the last two Discussions Abound sessions. I actually have them all written out, but they are just in our draft folder, I have not posted them yet.
This week it is about friendship, I have to go somewhere in 15 minutes so this will be really short. My fingers are typing really fast. :)
I decided to focus this week on something called two faced friends, if you get what I mean by that. I have had a few problems in the past with friends who pretend to be friends but really, they don't want to be around me. I was hurt very much by that, so I would advise never doing it, I'm trying not to sound bossy at all. I have also been a two faced person to a girl who needed a friend, but I really did not like her at all, so I pretended to be nice, and I even called us best friends.
She was so happy.
I was so miserable.
It was really hard going to her afterwards and telling her the truth. She cried, I cried, but I knew I had to do it for her. This was when I was ten or eleven, and I'll try not to do it again. But there are going to be people out there who you will not like. And it will be hard.
I have to get a couple things done before I leave, sorry it was so short. I will post about my awards soon.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Not all are in order of favorites. :) I would put Jesus and God down as one but that would not work very well for some of the questions.
1. Sarah( Seven sleepers series)
2. Arwen (LOTR)
4. Evelyn (The Mummy)
5. Galadriel (LOTR)
1. Who would make a better college prof, 6 or 11?
Evangeline from Nanny Mcphee or Aslan. They both would do pretty good
2. 12 sends 8 out on a mission. What is it? Does it succeed?
Duncan sends out Susan to herd the sheep. Susan comes back with a crazy story about being gone for years in a magical land she found.;)
Galadreil should share with Lucy, not Edmund!
They go to McDonald's to discuss boycotting the restaurant or just plain slaughtering it all. After, all, it was probably the white which or The evil eye of Sauron that invented it
Theodan beats Edmund after a lengthy fight
They would have really mean argument and give each other the cold shoulder, but Sarah feels bad so gives it back to Susan with an apology.
I'd just put them in a room for few hours to get to know each other
To teach me how to sword fight.
12. Does anyone on your friends list write or draw 11?
13. If 2 had to choose sides between 4 and 5, which would it be?
Galadreil, no doubt about it
14. What might 10 shout while charging into battle?
For Narnia, And for Aslan!
15. If you chose a song to represent 8, which song would you choose?
16. 1, 6, and 12 are having dim sum at a Chinese restaurant. There is only one scallion pancake left, and they all reach for it at the same time. Who gets to eat it?
They would all apologize and tell each other they can have it.It would sit there getting cold until they decide to split it into three
17. What might be a good pick-up line for 2 to use on 10?
None at all
18. What would 5 most likely be arrested for?
Being way to pretty
19. What is 6's secret?
She is in love with whats his name
20. If 11 and 9 were racing to a destination, who would get there first?
21. If you had to walk home through a bad neighborhood late at night, would you feel safer in the company of 7 or 8?
1(Sarah) and 9(Lucy) reluctantly team up to save the world from the threat posed by 4's(Evelyn's) sinister secret organization. 11(Aslan) volunteers to help them,but it is later discovered that she/he is actually a spy for 4 (Evelyn). Meanwhile, 4(Evelyn) has kidnapped 12(Duncan) in an attempt to force their surrender. Following the wise advice of 5(Galadreil ), they seek out 3(Theodan) , who gives them what they need to complete their quest. What title would you give this fiction?
Frazzle and Confuzzle.
Well, sorry it took me so long to do it Nahla. I've been thinking about doing a Lord of the Rings Trivia quiz on here for Fun. What do you Think?Be sure to do the poll on our sidebar as well. I would also like to remind you that the contest ends this Sunday. Scroll down a little to see the full results. See you later!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
He who binds to himself a joy
Doth the winged life destroy.
He who kisses the joy as it flies,
Lives in eternity's sunrise.
If I take the wings of the dawn, if I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Thy hand will lead me, and Thy right hand will lay hold of me.
May radiant joy shine thru your life.
May fruitful bounty grow.
May you feel the pleasure of Gods' smile
When you sit before His throne.
When your patience seems exhausted
May you still go on your way.
When your world falls down about you
Make faith in Christ your stay.
In your service for His Kingdom
May you be full of cheer and love.
Work with others all around you
Toward the kingdom that's above.
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic it Thy name in all the earth.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Have a good Reformation day!
Monday, October 26, 2009
And this is a long overdue tag that somebody tagged me with, Here I go:
1.Do it as soon as you can
2. Have fun
3. Pass it on
1. What is your favorite childhood memory?
I don't really have one. I liked this past summer though.
2. What is your favorite junk food?
3. When is your birthday?
October 15, 1994
4. Do you like to sing in public?
Sometimes, if I'm with a choir
5. What is your favorite time of day?
When ever I'm happy
6. Do you have an active brain?
I would have to say yes
7. Do you like sports?
No. I like badmitton though
8. When was the last time you danced (any kind)?
A Looooooooooonnnggg time ago
9. Have you ever made a 7 course meal?
No, but I helped serve a 5 course meal a couple weeks ago at a fancy dinner
10. Are you a shy person?
Yes, but more quiet than shy
11. Do you like to wrestle?
Not really, unless its rolling around on the grass with our dog
12. What is your favorite past-time?
Listening to my Mp3, reading, watching movies, being with friends or by myself
13. Do you want to live in the country or city?
14. What do you want to be when you grow up?
A wife and a mother, maybe with nursing on the side, I dunno
15. Are you getting tired of this tag?
16. Are you an aunt/uncle?
Sadly, no, but I want to
17. What are you most thankful for?
My Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ
18. Are you happy this tag has only two more questions?
Yes and no
19. What is your favorite website?
Every blog that follows me and that I follow, as well as some of the blogs Laurel follows
20. Did you enjoy this tag?
I tag any body who comments and says that they want to be tagged
OK, now I would like to tell everybody that I will be banning myself from the Internet until this Saturday, as I feel like I have been spending to much time on here and not concentrating on other things like I should be. Thus, unless my sisters post, this I will not be commenting or responding to any comments. (You can still comment though, I'll check it on Saturday =)
That's it for now.
Jillian Faith Carstensen.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I'll start with one of my all time favorites, the Charles Dickens novel BLEAK HOUSE. An 8 hour long film, it was not put in theaters, but was made for TV.
With a multitude of Characters, deaths, and love stories, this movie will keep you watching until you've got the mystery solved.
BBC did a wonderful job at making this movie intriguing, with different camera views that you would never expect. That's basically what it is...the unexpected. It is not rated, being made for TV, and is rather dark all the way through, with some disturbing images to those who are 10 and under. Over all it is not very scary, although the unknown may give you the creeps. :) I really recommend this one.
Yea, I know, big difference of movie styles, isn't it? =)
Hood winked is a fun twist on the original story of little red riding hood. Although rather dumb at some parts, it oddly has a good message about the different sides of a story and different perspectives. It also has some parts in it that just hits my type of humor, especially the wolf in it.
If your not into animated movies, then don't watch it, but if your feeling ready and willing, give it a go! ;)
Anne Hathaway plays Little Reds voice, and although I'm not a fan of hers, she does a good job at it, and I've seen her in a couple other good movies.
Last but Definitely not least, Amazing Grace is the story of William Wilberforce and his long battle in court over the slave trade:
He fought for so long and finally won, although actual slave labor was not abolished for a long time, and there are still slaves in third world countries today, sadly. This movies brings laughter and tears, and is a great history lesson.
Romola Garai plays his lovely wife, and this picture does not quite do her justice, but oh well. I have see her in other movies and enjoyed her humor and style, and although naturally her hair color is blond, I think the red hair gives her some character. ;-) This is a must see, although dark as well, has images of what happened to the slaves, would not recommend for the younger group.
I will post my tags and award on Monday, just to let you know.
Here are others that have posted about it so far:
Nahla (Or at least I think she will)
The others have not done it yet.