Wednesday, February 27, 2013


My brand new rain boots! I love them so much, my outfit matches!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Audrey Hepburn

Proverbs 31:25
She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.

Monday, February 25, 2013

A Hope Chest

There comes a time in a girl's life when she should start a hope chest. I started mine in a Rubbermaid shoe box, it grew to a tote a couple sizes up that is almost full. I have a real wooden one, but my sisters play with it! ( :~) And I don't mind a bit!)

The history behind the hope chest:

hope chestdowry chestcedar chest, or glory box is a chest used to collect items such as clothing and household linen, by unmarried young women in anticipation of married life. The term "hope chest" or "cedar chest" is used in the midwest or south of the United States; in the United Kingdom, the term is "bottom drawer"; while "glory box" is used by women in Australia. 

This is what I have in my hope chest.

A couple Christmas dishes.

A teapot from my Great Grandmother and a homemade bar of soap.

A table runner and pillow cases made by my Great Grandmother. She did such an awesome job on my pillow cases and table runner.

A quilt made my by other Great Grandmother, and a couple sets of white curtains. The white curtains were given to me by my Grandma. I've used them in my room and for plays my sisters and I have put on.

A patriotic table runner I made, and a jar from my Great Grandmother. She stores macaroni hers. The cool part about the jar is it has measuring notations on the side. It can hold up to 2 cups. 

A set of tins from my Great Grandmother, and a toothbrush holder. The tins match so I could line them up. I'll probably store tea in the tins like my Mom does with her tins. :~)

A couple candle holders from my Great Grandmother (I have a matching candy dish, but I can't find it) and a set of salt & pepper shakers. I bought the salt and pepper shakers at a flea market or antique store. I saw them and I knew I would want a set for my hope chest.

This is a "welcome" pillow I made. It is about 10 inches long and 5 inches high. I made it to put by my door someday. It was one of the first things I put in my hope chest. It was with the patriotic table runner, salt & pepper shakers, and curtains for the longest time.

These are little figurines for fall. The 3 tall ones are from a sweet lady who moved away and the 2 short ones are from my Great Grandmother.

This isn't the best picture but it is what I got. It is a ribbon and a beaded garland. The garland is from a wedding in which I was a flower girl. I had it over my bed on the curtain rod with the ribbon for a while. I switched it out recently for a dark green balance.

This is what I have in my hope chest. Have you ever had or started one?

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sing Sing Sing

We will sing, sing, sing

And make music with the heavens
We will sing, sing, sing
Grateful that You hear us
When we shout Your praise
Lift high the name of Jesus

What's not to love about You?
Heaven and earth adore You
Kings and kingdoms bow down
Son of God, You are the One
You are the One we're living for

You are the love that frees us
You are the light that leads us
Like a fire burning
Son of God, You are the One
You are the One we're living for

Thursday, February 21, 2013



Dear Roommate

Dear sweet little roommate L-Jo,

I love coming in my room and seeing a curly head of blonde hair on the bed next to mine. You rarely snore unless you are sick, and even then thats rare. You don't get into my things, and rarely make a mess. Your blankets tend to stay on your bed and even when it is messy I never complain. I don't mind the blankies and toys in my face when I wake up in the morning and I really don't care if you use my new testament to read. My only complaint is why on earth do you have to sleep with a fan in the dead of winter?? I freeze the minute I walk in there. I love background noise/white noise but I hate walking in to a refrigerator. 55-60 degrees F is TOO cold! Please, please, PLEASE reconsider the fan! I'm going to await your reply next to a furnace.

Your lovable roommate and gigantically tall sister,


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentines day!

My Valentine sayings on my wall!

And for my lovey dovey kitty:

Heart shaped pepperoni! :~D

A way to a cat's heart is through his stomach!

Happy Valentines day! 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Life is a blessing, live it wisely!

I went to a funeral of a dear sweet mother of 5 young kids, today. 

Listening to their tributes, testimonies, and specially picked music, made me realize a couple things.

This lady was so special, she impacted so many people, she was a true Lady. 

The Wife of Noble Character Proverbs 31:10-31

10 A wife of noble character who can find?
    She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
    and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
    all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
    and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
    bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
    she provides food for her family
    and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
    out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
    her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
    and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
    and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
    and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
    for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
    she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
    where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
    and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

When I think of what she has done, and how she has gained this respect, I thought to myself, will I have such sweet people say the same of me, when I go to Heaven? 

This lady was a lady of grace and love. We were more than blessed with her loving-kindness.

Proverbs 22:11
One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace
    will have the king for a friend.

A thought to close with:

Grace is what we NEED, not what we DESERVE. 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

What is in my dance bag!?!?!?!

So this is what I have in my dance bag:

A water bottle

Pointe shoe pamphlet

Deodorant (random stuff, thank fully haven't had to use it!)

Baby powder

Hello Kitty tin with bobby pins and hair ties

Studio key

Ace ankle braces

Homemade scrunchie

Bun cover, pins, and hair tie set

Black ballet stockings

Homemade hand cream

Ballet Essay 

Papers for the library I set up at the dance studio

A notebook for writing ideas

Old dance newsletters

A fun foam Christmas tree

A blue pen

That is all the stuff from the outside pockets of my bag!

On the inside:

My Ballet flats size 9 (leather)

Pointe shoes and padding (Gaynor Mindens) size 9

Inhaler and "Aero chamber"

Ghillies for Irish Step size 9

Spool of thread

Size 1 kids ballet flats (leather)

Size 11 kids ballet flats (leather)

Size 9 kids ballet flats (leather)

Random Walmart ballet flats size 11 kids

Size 13 kids tap shoes

Size 7 1/2 kids tap shoes

Tap shoes size 9 (mine)

Random hair tie

Random black bun cover

A pink feather

And I have 5 Cds:

  • Mary Poppins
  • The Piano Guys
  • The Sound of Music
  • White Christmas
  • Disney's Cinderella 

I should also have a pair of black ballet shoes, but I'm not sure where they went.


And it all fits in this bag! :~D

What is in YOUR dance bag or sports bag? 

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Spring is on its way!

Spring is on its way early, says Puxsutawney Phil. 

Punxsutawney Phil is held up to a cheering crowd Saturday morning at Gobbler's Knob hill in Pennsylvania.

But I'm a a central New Yorker...

...we will have snow till next winter.