VBS and Nationals and Father’s Day and Summer!!!

Good morning everyone! I hope y’all had a fabulous week and weekend! it has actually been raining and storming a lot where we are, but today the sun is out so that makes me happy! Anyways, as you can see from my title, 4 things have happened in my life this past week and I wanted to share them with you today (before we get into the summer diy mode).  🙂

We had a busy week last week. First of all, my church held it’s summer VBS!! I love being able to help with VBS (vacation bible school) because you, first of all teach kids about the Bible, get to have fun doing it, and you actually learn something! I loved being able to just go through this week with the kids in our group and help them learn that God made them for a special purpose (that was our theme for the week). It was a lot of fun working with kids I knew, and than new kids that I had never met before. I’m so thankful for this opportunity and it is a highlight to my summer!

The next thing that happened last week was NCFCA held it’s national tournament! (NCFCA is my homeschool speech and debate league) It was so amazing to be able to experience all the wonderful work these students have been doing. I mean, these kids are phenomenal! 😀 Their speeches and the way that they debate was amazing. I was so proud of my friends who actually moved up and placed; one of them was a national champion in his category!!! It was a very fun thing to experience!

Yesterday was also a very special holiday; Father’s day! I hope y’all didn’t forget and you did something special for your fathers. We took my father and grandfather out to Culvers to eat lunch after church! I love my dad so, so much and I’m so thankful for his commitment to our family and to me personally!

The last thing; on Wednesday, summer actually starts!

It feels like it’s been summer for about a month already, but on Wednesday, we can actually declare summer! Next week, I’ll start with my summer DIYs so look forward to those!

I hope y’all have a fantastic week! Comment below on some fun things you’ve been up to (already in the summer or things you’re looking forward to)! See ya!

~Maris  😀

Summer Blogger! :D

Hello y’all!!! I hope you have been enjoying your summer so far. I’m pretty sure I can safely say now that everyone is out of school and on summer vacation now! 🙂

Because it is summer and school is done, I wanted to

First off, find what you want to do and accomplish it! Do you want to spend time outside, learn a new skill, sew a dress, make homemade ice cream and popsicles, all of these….? Summer is the best time to set and accomplish goals because you most of the time you have for the next 3 months is yours! Make a list of things you want to accomplish and actually do them! I know it is really easy to just sit down and watch a movie, but if there are things you want to accomplish, pick yourself up and do them! Get together with friends, run those miles, just do it! 🙂

Sometimes it is hard to know what to do though. If you don’t have a list of things you want to do, or none of those things really appeal to you, there is a solution. Have you seen those “everyday activities” calendar? It is a calendar, but everyday holds a different activity for you to complete or something new to try. They are actually really fun especially when you don’t have anything to do. You can find one here. (The calendar that I linked is a very educational one, it was all I could find but you get the idea!)

A great summer movie that I like to watch is The Hobbit. I’ve been watching it in the evenings with my mom and we just finally finished it. Watching all 3 movies took a while, but it was a great thing to look forward to. Now, my next goal is to watch the Lord of the Rings. My sister and I are also trying to watch the Avengers movies.

The second part of this post is announcing that this summer, I’m going to be posting summer (and non-summer) DIYs on my blog! These are going to be things tried and tested my me. Most of these things will be pretty reasonably cheap, and I’m going to be doing step by step instructions. That way, every week you can look forward to a new craft/project that you can try.

Most of these are going to be summer themed so you will feel inspired to be summerish (I guess…).

Some of the things you can look forward to are, homemade ice cream treats, DIY popsicles, a DIY ball gown that I’m working on creating, a DIY graphic t-shirt, some other fun summer activities, music videos, and more. (I’m not even exactly sure yet.)  😉

I’m looking forward to spending the summer with you! Comment below on some DIYs you would like to see, or summer activities you think we should try! I hope you all have an amazing start to your summer!  😀

~Maris

 

Summer XC Running

Hello all! It is now finally June. I don’t know what y’all are thinking, but I feel like May was pretty long. But now it is over and the sunshine is out! Most everyone is out of school or ending soon! Yay!!!

Because it is June and I’m in cross country, I now have to start my summer miles. We have from June 1st-August 13th to complete our summer miles. My goal for this summer (or that length of time) is 300 miles.

Even though it is super hot and super hard to keep the motivation going, it is so worth it for when you start XC, because you are already in shape and you can focus on getting faster, instead of starting from scratch. I’ve already run 100 miles, in my pre-summer running conditioning. That made me happy.  🙂

For those of you doing the same thing I am, I’m so happy for you! Let me know how many miles you’re going and what you’re goals/challenges are. For all my XC runners out there, I wanted to share my favorite quote for running with you.

That quote makes me so happy! Remember that when you are on your 5th mile in a 7 mile run in the blazing hot sun. Y’all can do it!!! Good luck all my summer runners!

Before I leave you, I wanted to share with y’all some tips that have helped me from when I’ve been running. The first thing is to have ice cold water ready for you when you are done. The second thing is to set a goal and stick with it. (Like, I’m going 6 miles, I want to run at least 5 of them or so). The third thing is go to the bathroom before you start. It is the worst thing to have the urge right as you complete your 1st mile and you have 4, 5, 6 left to go. My last tip is to get cute running clothes to inspire you and make you feel good while you’re running.

I got these 3 shirts on clearance at Walmart and I’m so happy I did. They keep me cool while running, make me feel good, and of course, let me get a tan while running (the most important thing right?  🙂

I hope y’all enjoyed this post! Thank you so much for reading it. Remember to comment below and let me know if you are running through this summer and if you have any other tips to add. I’ll see you next Monday!

~Maris  🙂

Memorial Day

Good morning everyone! Welcome to another Monday, the last one in May!! I don’t know how many of you are at work or in school today because of a very special holiday happening today which is Memorial Day!

I always loved/love this holiday for 3 main reasons. First of all, it is kind of the “start of summer” holiday. We usually get to do our 1st boating trip on this day, get out the BBQ, have family over, do a bonfire; it is just an awesome time!

Secondly, we get to be patriotic. We get to get out the flags and wave them high. Red, white, and blue are the main colors of this day! We get to get our American spirit flowing for the start of the summer on this day.

The last reason is because, we get to remember and thank those who have fallen for us in this country. A lot of times, we just take our freedom for granted. When we have the freedoms provided for us in the Great USA everyday, we take them for granted and forget the struggle it took to get her. America is a unique land in that we are free, and today, we are thanking those who took the fall, so we can live in freedom!

Today, we remember those who gave all for us.

~Maris  🙂

Kittens!

Hello all! Welcome to another week! I can’t believe May is almost over, we’re on our last week. Today, I wanted to share with you the story of the kittens that we have at our house right now. Here we go!

We got our little cat named Sweden about a year ago. Right now she is 13 months old. She’s an outdoor cat and it is spring. About 2 months ago or so, we saw 2 tomcats around our place. We (my sister who owns her) wanted  to get her spayed so that we wouldn’t have kittens around the house. (I wanted the kittens thought.) They took Sweden into the vet and they found out she was already pregnant with 2 kittens.

We were supposed to quarantine her about a week before she the doctor thought she would have her kittens just in case he was wrong with when he thought they would be born. If we quarantined her we would be sure that she would have the kittens where we knew where they were. Well, she had them earlier than expected and so she wasn’t quarantined and we lost the kittens. They were born somewhere in the woods.

We tried to find them, listening for them, following Sweden when she would to out into the woods, everything. We could not find them. About a week and a half ago, Sweden started staying inside the garage at night instead of going out to feed and be with her kittens. We were very worried about them and desperately tried to find them but to no avail. We’re pretty sure they are dead now because Sweden hasn’t been out to feed them in a week.

The other part of this story is that another mother cat had her kittens. When they were only 4 weeks old (and this happened a week ago) the mother was hit by a car and died. Now we have 3 little orphaned kittens that were expected to die.

Well, the happy part of this story is that, the little orphaned kittens are owned by neighbors of friends of ours. The neighbors were out of town when their cat was killed and so our friends took them in. We were still sad about our kittens and so they let us take care of them. We were just expecting to bottle fee them and be able to have some kittens for a couple days. We were curious what Sweden would do with them, but we weren’t really expecting much.

When she saw them, she got so exited! She jumped out of my arms and immediately started licking them and than she laid down and started nursing them. We were worried that Sweden wouldn’t have milk anymore but apparently she did. She’s been so sweet and has been taking care of them.

Sadly, we aren’t able to keep them. Our friends asked us to care for them until they are able to eat food so we have them for a couple more weeks. It has been so much fun, and makes us miss our little kittens.  😦

Even though we aren’t able to keep them, we have named them for the time being. I’m super sorry. I took pictures and tried to get them to show y’all but it isn’t working so for now, I’ll just tell you about them. We have 1 black one and than 2 black and grey striped ones. The black on is a boy and we named him Houdini. The boy striped one is named Ben and the girl striped one is named Sabrina. (I didn’t come up with all the names.) It is super cute to see our orange and white cat with these dark kittens.  🙂

I hope you enjoyed the story! We’ll have to keep you updated on what happens and hopefully I can get the pictures to work so I can show y’all! Have a wonderful day!!

~Maris  🙂

To My Friends in Pain

Hello everybody!!! Before we begin this post, I wanted to let ya’ll know that I’m going to be trying to post a blog post once a week sometime in the week (hopefully Mondays or Tuesdays) instead of my old schedule, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I want to be able to post good content for ya’ll and trying to have one 3 days a week didn’t let me have really enough time to do so.  🙂

About the post; I have friends, right now in this very moment, going through pain. Two I think of in particular. They are going through lots of pain, both physically and emotionally. I’ve been thinking about them and praying for them, and God has placed these words and verses on my heart to tell you all today. (When I say pain, I’m not only speaking of physical pain but it could be emotional as well. Also when I speak of pain, I’m talking to you who are going through trials and tribulations in your life. This message is also for you!)

So, to all my friends in pain, this is my message for you today: God has not abandoned you. He is walking by your side.

 

God is working all of this for His good. He is in complete control and your pain is being used for a greater good, a greater glory, a greater plan, and a greater story that you might not be able to know here on earth. Through this pain, you are a witness for Him.

Even though this pain may seem earth shattering in your life, we can be encouraged knowing it will only last for a little while.

This pain is only here on earth. We have the hope knowing, that when we die, everything here will seem like nothing up there in Heaven, where all pain and all tears will cease. These present trials are only here on earth. Press on!

 

I know, those of you going through this pain right now I know, it is truly so difficult. You might think it is easy for me to sit here and tell you all these words when I’m not feeling what you are feeling. I want to let you know that I’m in this with you. These past couple of weeks, I’ve been going through a lot of emotional pain. It’s been so, so hard for me but all those verses I shared with you up there, those are the same ones I read over, and over, and over during my trials. During those times I was sitting alone, crying my heart out, those verses gave me comfort. The verses gave me the Lord’s peace and it truly comforted me to know that He was there. Praying to Him, telling Him every thought and feeling that I had, also was a big help. When there was no one, there was Him.

One of the verses that I kept reading over and over again through this was 2 Corinthians 4:8-9:

It is one of my favorite verses. No matter what this world throws at you, we are not destroyed. Even when we are persecuted, we are not abandoned. Even when we are hard pressed on every side, we are not crushed. Jesus will help us and give us victory! I just kept reading this promise over and over, it gave me such hope!!!

The last thing I want to leave you with is this encouragement. You know, for gold to be refined, it first has to go through the fire. It first has to experience the heat, the pain (if you will) to become beautiful. God is using this in your life right now to bring you out better on the other side, whether that be in this life or the next.

These trials are bringing us closer to God. Remember,

Stay faithful to Him through this, ok. Trust me, you won’t regret it!

~Maris

Hallelujah!

Good morning everyone! Welcome to another week. Here, the week is starting off beautifully. The sun is shining, the wind is blowing, the trees have budded and it is warm out! We made it through the deep, dark days of winter and now it is turning into the beautiful spring days, quickly turning into summer!

Our Singing in the Rain shows ended yesterday (insert crying face) and today I’m really feeling the post show sadness. I thought that this song preformed by Lindsey Stirling on her violin, was very appropriate for this occasion. (You can access the lyrics to this song here) This is a song that we like to sing a lot with our theatre friends when we get together. It is a such a beautiful song. Right now, just listening to it again, reminds me of all all the amazing times I’ve been able to have with my amazing friends. Listening to it now brings about a peaceful closing thank I am thankful for. I hope this brings some joy to your day.

(I know that this is themed Christmas, but the music and song is amazing and I really wanted to share it with ya’ll today.)

~Maris  🙂