Archive for November, 2010

November 30, 2010

this huge yet tiny world we live in

one thing that I’ve been thinking about lately is the fact that there are SO MANY PEOPLE in this crazy, spherical world of ours. Most of which I have never met, nor will I meet in my lifetime. But some of them out there….I will meet, someday. Today, however, they a covered by a fog of tomorrows; unknown faces and stories that I have yet to see and hear. My future someday-adult best friend may be out there…maybe she’s in school right now, or texting her boyfriend, or sleeping, or reading. My future husband too is walking this earth, going about his daily routine. Yet it’s probable that we have not met…families, stories, lives just as real as mine. Yet I know NOTHING of their going-ons. It’s such a mind-boggling concept to me. Think of all the girls out there that could–would!– be my best friends if only we knew each other, grew up in the same town, went to church together, took high school English together.

But that’s not the way it is. Not today, anyway…although it’s possible we’ll meet. Tomorrow, in 3 years, in 50.

And then there is the thought that I could have been born as any.other.person on this planet.

I might have been born into a wealthy, elite family in a large city, or to a poor family of 10 struggling to get by in Uganda, or into a family of 3 in China and given up to adoption. I might have been born into any number of families, in any number of situations, in any number of places on this earth. Yet I was placed delicately by the fingers of God into my family. MY FAMILY. The people who have loved me since birth, shown me the world, inspired, humiliated, angered, and nurtured me. The mom who has given me a love for food and sewing (even though it takes begging for me to do them most of the time). Who taught me embroidery and knitting and how to clean a house. And how to laugh at life. The dad who has given me an appreciation for music of all kinds–including classical. (; Who forced me to practice hours of violin and piano and voice, knowing that in the end it would pay off. Who taught me that random singing of old songs and musicals and random movie quotes make life spontaneous and fun. And that hugs are one of the best things God created. The little sister who has continually helped my mind to grown, and my imagination bloom. She who has helped me understand why in the world people would want to run! or do any sport for that matter. That beauty and passion comes from within–and just because you don’t constantly tell the world your feelings doesn’t mean you don’t have them strongly. (; and that sisters can actually be best friends.

I’m so blessed to have been placed in such a wonderful family by God, and I don’t thank Him enough for them. Because of my family, I’ve seen places in the world most people my age haven’t, I’ve got enough interests and passions to last 2 lifetimes, and huge brainfull of memories, and a heart full of love. (: And most importantly, a relationship with the Creator of the Universe…who loves me more than I can imagine and sent His Son to die for me so that I might live eternally. What more could I ask for?

Nothing. (:


~You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.–2 Corinthians 9:11

Happy belated Thanksgiving, everyone. Take a moment today to be thankful for your life & how God has blessed you!




November 24, 2010

For the Joy of Human Love…I am thankful.

just for fun, I thought I’d post some photos that my friend Kristine took of me! It’s a rare occasion that I get new artsy/pro(ish) looking photos of myself due to the fact that I’m always behind my camera snapping away. So a few weeks ago I took one of my friends out for an hour to just catch up on life and scope out some new places in the ‘ghetto’ of waterloo. (which apparently isn’t actually the ghetto but sure felt like it to me!) Of COURSE, I took my camera and we took a few shots, and I actually was pleased with the way that most of them came out!

So …enjoy some pictures of me! (; haha.

and my personal favorite….

Have a blessed Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow with all your family & be safe! (: I’ll hopefully put up a holiday post soon..but as my family is traveling tomorrow I’m not sure what my schedule will be like. That being said, enjoy your turkey! (:

November 14, 2010

‘Other things may change us, but we start and end with family’

Have you met my best friend, Miranda? Well, if you know me or have followed my blog, you probably have. But if you need a refresher, here’s one. (;

oh yeahhhhh. You remember her now! Who could forget a beauty like this, right?

Well, anyhow…I had the privilege of doing her family –and EXTENDED family–photos a few weekends ago. I was a little nervous. Ok, a LOT nervous! Because, get this, there were going to be 22 people there! 22! But, I got through it…with a little help from her dad’s marvelous camera that I used and the fact that they’re all sooo dang gorgeous.

but I’ll just shut up and let the pictures speak for themselves.

November 9, 2010

I feel like I should post

But I don’t know what to say.

So, lets leave it at some pictures. (:

November 3, 2010

November! and Mikayla! Can life get better than this?

Oh my goodness. It’s NOVEMBER! Can you believe that? This semester has flown by and I don’t know when or where it went. Partially it might have to do with those 80 degree days in October. (; But I am not complaining in the least. Why? you ask. Because Amelia.loves.the.holidays. LOVES them. And I can start openly listening to my Christmas music once Halloween is past. (I listen to it –in moderation, mind you–starting in September.) And now that Thanksgiving is 3 weeks away, I can start preparing up for the holidays!

I tell all my friends that it’s cause I’m a December baby. But we’ll get into all that later, seeing as my church has a Christmas Bazaar on Saturday and I’m sure I’ll post some photos from that. (: Right now, I have a senor shoot to blog! So, now that I’m back on task…. This is Mikayla. Also known as Kayla, Kayla_jo, and Kay-Kay. Among other names. We’ve been friends for years, and her family is moving to Australia in the next month or two with the Navigators to head up their ministry there. We are all SO excited for them–as much as we’ll miss them, we know that it’s the Lord’s will and He’s got an abundance of opportunities for them there. So, Kayla and I spent a whole lovely afternoon together-eating lunch at Red Lobster and exploring Cedar Falls (including finding two .TWO!. random couches.) Oh yes, and playing with her grandpa’s new “toy.” Deeee-lightful!

Leave her some love!

ps Someone googled this and found my blog.. “ministry photos 2010 “dunk tank” ” how funny! (:

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