Sunday, November 07, 2010

Day 7

Favorite Movies:

i have quite an eclectic group of "favorites" for movies, so i shall just list them as i think of them!

The Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition
Pride and Prejudice - the version where Colin Firth plays Mr. Darcy
Step Up
The Matrix
Sweet Home Alabama
The Original Star Wars ( IV, V, VI)
You've Got Mail
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Singing in the Rain
Italian Job
KungFu Panda
Beauty and the Beast
Ocean's 11, 12, and 13
Bourne Identity
State Fair
Extreme Days
Sound of Music
Love Comes Softly
Loves Enduring Promise
Miss Congeniality
oh man,... i know there are lots more , i just cant think right now! i may come back for a second post and call it Day 7.1. . . =)

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Day 6

i dont really have a picture of something that makes me happy- for there are lots of things! The reason i chose this one is beacuse of what it stands for.

You see, i am a HUGE nature fan! There is so many AMAZING things in this world that i have not seen, and then there are things that i have seen that leave me dumbfounded.

God is so creative and it is a delight to journey through life discovering more about Him through creation along the way!

Friday, November 05, 2010

Day 5

My Siblings, in this case my sisters =) i was born into a family of all girls! We range in age at the moment from 9-26 years old, and yet though we are in different areas of life, we are each other's best friends!M- is my favorite older sister, well she is my only older sister so that is safe to say! =) From a very early time, (i was still in the infant carseat) M wanted to know when i could play with her. We grew up and though our differences sometimes made us clash, we never went long staying upset. i am not sure we would be as close if mom didnt make us spend a whole day holding hands,. . . nah, i think we still would be! We have been through some of life's hardest times together and a listening ear and big hug are always awaiting me when i need it!M was the first of us to get married, well the only one so far, but i can now claim these two guys too! (i guess really only her husband would be a "sibling" but i loved how this picture turned out!) When M&M first got married, i would wait up for her to come home, thinking in my head it was just another date, and she would be home soon... i had to let her go and become someone else's best friend.
That growing time was hard, but well worth it! i now have an awesome brother who looks out for me in a way an older brother should! Its been fun having him around the last several years, so i think we will keep him! =)

It was because of M getting married that i was able to grow closer to A! Its kind of funny and yet sad, but when she was born, i didnt want my mom to bring her home from the hospital! For years i would cast her the Barbies with little hair, or broken heads, shove her off on the "younger kids" just because i was 'older' - but i really was the one acting younger most of the time! Yet as we have gotten older, we have gotten closer too! There
have been times of midnight babysitting, trips to different places, secrets swapped and rooms shared. She is always been there for me, encouraging me all the way! If there was ever a person to give 110% of themselves, it would be her... He smile is captivating and i wish to be more like her. Her example speaks a sermon, no words could do justice to, and i look up to her in so many ways!

ML is the next in line, and i wish there were word to describe us when we are together! =) At 16, we are just starting to have more of that friendship, as apposed to "im older you have to listen to me" relationship. i guess that has to be there some, but its been awesome getting to know and grow with her, really over the last year or so. As God has led her on some trips, and lessons learned we have been able to talk more about things that i went through, and encourage each other with where we are headed! She has such a zeal for life, that for the most part, will always make me smile! Whether singing off-key really loud, or making jingles off the top of her head, ML is ready for what comes her way.
She is also pretty sensitive, but we can get in trouble by both being such hopeless romantics! At least i dont have as many "romantic notions" as she does. . . =)

The Bean! Man, where to begin? i was not quite 16 when mom had B, and i thought it was A-Mazing to have another little sister! She was a "surprise blessing" that i cant imagine our lives without! When she was little, mom would sometimes let me rock her on our porch swing, and that is where she would take her morning nap. A kids with me saying that i raised her mostly, (its no wonder shes crazy sometimes!) Mom and the other girls would work outside when we lived in the country and i would run the house and take care of B. i did have a hand in taking care of her, but i wasnt like a parent. . . no, i am too much of a spoiler when it comes to B, well any of my sisters/family! We are still growing though, and i look forward to seeing where God will lead Bean and me!

i have written now about my parents and my siblings- and one thing i have not mentioned enough, is how much i love them! i wouldnt trade them for anything! There are times i feel as though i dont deserve them, or get along with them, but thats my family. Supportive and there for each other, just the way God designed it! i will, and have, fought people who take advantage of or hurt my family. i dont like that, and take it personally, sometimes to a fault. But God is still working in me, and these guys love me through all the construction! =)

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Day 4

My Parents

This is Payton and Robyn- the blessings that God placed in my life, aka- my parents.

They have a very awesome story, er account, of how they met and the events that unfolded around that time- i may share it sometime, but not this post. God taught them lessons, grew them and shaped them to be best suitable to help each other on the road God would lead them.

28 years, 5 daughters, one son-in-law and one grandson later. . .
My parents are still strong in their love for each other.

i think it has a lot to do with where they have chosen to keep their focus. There have been small paychecks, grouchy and fussy kids, medical bills, car repairs, school supplies and groceries, but no matter what circumstance that has come, my parents keep Christ first. That central being is what has grounded them so many times, and it is because of that center, they can love each other the way that God created them to, and in doing so, be a role model and example to us and many others!
i could talk for a long time on each of my parents, and them as a couple. Many of my friends growing up would tell me they wished they had my parents, and i never once wished that i had different ones!

In all honesty we were not always sunshine and roses. There of course was the training and discipline and correction times- (which were not often 0=) ) as well as the times of miscommunication. We still have bumps in the road from time to time, but i know that my parents are always going to be there for me, loving and supporting me all the way!

This is one of my all time favorite pictures of my parents. It was taken when they were- for lack of better terms- dating. My dad was a cowboy, through and through, and my mom was just beautiful, inside and out. (still is) i get told by lots of people that i look like her, but i hope to have her qualities and characteristics!

For My Parents:

I know ya'll dont have bloggs, but i know that sometimes you will check mine out, so here is a shout out to you!

i cant really put to words the blessing ya'll really are! God only knows the kind of person i would be without parents like ya'll to raise me to hear His voice!
Thank you for your relationship toward each other, the example it is to us girls. How one should be modeled and lived out, as well as your relationship as a couple to Christ. Thank you for never putting us kids before each of you. We are a blessing, not your life. Thank you for investing yourselves in us, our interests and likes. For putting up with my crazy phases of life and weird, "where did that come from" moments. Thank you for laughing around the table and the hugs after a rough day. The prayers where we are gone away, and the texts when we are coming back. Thanks for being over-protective, controlling and manipulative! i love you both dearly and pray my husband and i can be as strong as ya'll and as encouraging to other people! Love you! Love Shellz/Fuzzy

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Day 3

My FIRST Love, is my current Love and shall be my Last Love. . .

i had to do some thinking on this one.
Love can take on several different meanings. For instance-
"i love M&M's"
"i love that pant- its such a cute pant"
"i love my family"
"i love sunsets"
i love a lot of things, so what did i love first?
As i thought, lyrics to an old Newsboys song kept circulating my head-
'Take me back to the first love i ever knew!'
But how could i find what that meant for me and my personal life. i found this- you see
there is really only one way that i could ever love, and that is...
"We love because He first loved us" (1 John 4:19)
The only reason i am capable of showing love, is because the Creator of love, LOVES ME!
Christ is my first love.
Christ is my only love.
Christ will always be my love.
People will let me down. But Christ won't.
Circumstances will be like a rollercoaster. But Christ won't.
Situations will be confusing. But Christ isn't.
Tomorrow is unknown and scary. Christ isn't.
From the moment God formed Adam from dust, eternity lied in His hands.
Breathing life into his nostrils, God knew what man was capable of, and what he would choose.
As He opened Adam's eyes to the world He created, God loved Him- and knew the price it would take to keep the relationship between Creator and created, open.
Hundreds of years later, it was love that sent Jesus to Earth.
Love that had Him grow into a man, stripped of glory and power.
Love that showed God's awesome design of a right relationship.
Love that drew sin out like poison, exposing light to the darkest of hearts.
Love that led Him to the cross, taking every single thing i will ever do- even though i was only a thought in the Father's hand.
Love that forsake Jesus hanging there- marred, stained, beaten, and now SIN
Love that couldn't keep Jesus down- and
Love that conquered death for all time!
This love i cant grasp. i am left dumbfounded. Unworthy, and yet made right.
Because of His great love for me, i am able to love.
So it is on HIM i stake my claim to "First Love"
It is HE i love, from now forth and forever. . .

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Day 2

"Ruby in the Rough"

It all started with the verse in Proverbs, describing the Virtuous Wife....

"A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies." (vs. 10)

i have shared before the longing and desire to be a wife and mom. To work along side my husband in a way to further giving glory to God.
Over the years, my mom has worked with me, training me to become the kind of wife not only he will one day need, but one the Bible says i should be.
The second half of Proverbs 31 describes the traits of this kind of helpmeet, and it has for several years been my goal to learn different attributes listed.
Because it talks about the WIFE of excellence, i am not there yet, im still in training so to speak. Like a diamond that has yet been chiseled and refined, it is called "in the rough" So i put the two together-
i will someday be a wife, hopefully one of excellence and worth more than rubies, but while im waiting, i am in the rough. . .
so i am a Ruby in the Rough. . .

Monday, November 01, 2010

30 Day Challenge

So i got this challenge from another blog... my sister's who actually got it from another blog... so i dont know where it originated from! =) i thought it would be fun to try, and it will give me a have to blog about each day! So without further ado, here is the overview and then i will dive in to day one. . .

Day 1-Introduce, recent picture, 15 interesting facts
Day 2-Meaning behind your blog name
Day 3-Your first love
Day 4-Your parents
Day 5-Your siblings
Day 6-A picture of something that makes you happy
Day 7-Favorite movies
Day 8-A place you've traveled to
Day 9-A picture of your friends
Day 10-Something you're afraid of
Day 11-Favorite tv shows
Day 12-What you believe
Day 13-Goals
Day 14-A picture you love
Day 15-Bible verse
Day 16-Dream house
Day 17-Something you're looking forward to
Day 18-Something you regret
Day 19-Something you miss
Day 20-Nicknames
Day 21-Picture of yourself
Day 22-Favorite city
Day 23-Favorite vacation
Day 24-Something you've learned
Day 25-Put your iPod on shuffle, first 10 songs
Day 26-Picture of your family
Day 27-Pets
Day 28-Something that stresses you out
Day 29-3 Wishes
Day 30-a picture

Well, here it goes... hi, im erin! This is a 'more recent' (not most recent) picture of me. . .
(this was when we went apple picking a couple of weeks ago. the little guy in my lap- is Bubido, my nephew =) )
So 15 things? i hope i dont put you to sleep!
Ok, i. . .
1- dont like talking about myself
2- sometimes i dream in black and white
3- can say the alphabet backwards
4- am saving my first kiss for the man i will kiss the rest of my life
5- love Dr. Seuss
6- have never broken a bone, but when i was younger wanted to break a leg so i could have crutches, or my right arm so i could get out of school work
7- total sucker for accents
8- try to talk with an accent, Brit and Scott are the two that are somewhat convinceable
9- wishes i could fly, like not in a plane just *swoosh* off into the air
10- wants to be fluent in another language and ASL
11- sometimes feels like the oddball
12- willingly dances about stupidly to make kids laugh
13- was born in 86 and 91
14- can sing like Kimmy from "My Best Friend's Wedding" and laugh like Julia Roberts
15- can cross one eye at a time