Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pictures :)

Can you guess what this is?

This may be disgusting, but look at the detail!

I like this out of focus flower, but in focus Abi in the top right corner :)

Everything in is life is temporary and a lot of the times confusing, but people just wait until  Heaven :D

I like the fine ridges in the mushroom. Did you catch the little webbing across the top?

Drip, drop, drip drip drop :)

I was sitting in my room studing anatomy and lo and behold, there was a rainbow on my foot!

Recently in photography, our class has been working with shadows and close-ups. this is what I have done so far! :) Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


           In Composition this morning, the class had an interesting discussion that made me giggle. It is that time of the class, the time were blood pressure and anxiety shoots through the roof; it's grammar test time. When presented with choosing between an easy test or a difficult test, most of the class was leaning toward the easier option. Finally, after tossing ideas and concerns around, Mr. Crocker offered a little comfort to the fearful grammar test takers, “The grammar tests count as .5% of your grade.” Once he said that, most of the students sighed a sigh of relief. However, one student could not be persuaded to take a hard test when passing a grammar test seemed unattainable, and I don't blame her.

Friday, September 23, 2011

UCF Admissions Essay

 Approximately four and a half years ago, the number of kids in my family doubled overnight. Five years ago my parents decided to do something cross cultural; they adopted three kids from Liberia, Africa. Adoption had been something that was implanted in both my parents minds as kids and young adults. A magazine, “Above Rubies”, highlighted four Liberian orphanages that caught my mom's attention. Soon after seeing the magazine article, my parents began to consult friends and family about adopting, but most importantly, they were praying that God's will be done in their families lives. After a lot of paperwork was filled out, a home-study complete, and easily a hundred pictures were emailed, we chose the kids we thought would best fit our family. Valentines day 2007, my parents received their travel dates to go get the kids! My parents spent a week in Liberia, and when they returned, neither my two brothers, nor I expected the gravity of the situation.
March sixth 2007, is a day that I will never forget. It was the first day that my new brothers and sister were officially home. Kennedy was six, Mary was five, and Justino was two, everything was new and exciting. Sadly, by the end of the night, everyone ended up crying. Kennedy missed his family back in Africa, Mary knocked her head on the banister, and Justino was crying because Mary was crying! Eventually the three biological kids snapped and began to cry as well. It was an incredibly emotional situation because we finally all realized that we were stuck together. There was no going back, we were a family.
It was a real struggle for me, being the oldest in the family, to cope with the fact that we were different than other families. We would take trips to wal-mart and get plenty of looks from other shoppers. First of all, a large family in America is typically unheard of, and secondly we were a biracial family. Through this life-changing experience, though tough at times, I have grown tremendously in responsibility. Whether it's helping kids get dressed for church on Sunday, planning meals, or switching a load of laundry around, a family unit cannot function without everyone. As the oldest, not all, but a lot responsibility tends to fall on me. I must be the example for the younger kids and demonstrate maturity. My family is my backbone. Without my family supporting me and ultimately helping me grow, I would not be who I am today. The Lord has placed three wonderful new siblings in my life, all of whom I love! This “bump in the road” has caused tears, heartache, laughter and many happy memories. And those are the things the stick with me, all the good times. I have done a lot of growing up during these past four and a half years, but at the end of the day I am very thankful, because my new family environment helped develop who I am.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

College + College Visits + College Majors

September 15th I visited the University of Central Florida in Orlando. My brother, mother, and I took a tour. This campus is incredibly huge, but somehow it doesn't feel so big. It only looks big on a map when you are trying to figure out where you are. This trip was a last minute trip, and UCF was not on my list of colleges. However, I took the trip nonetheless to be thorough. The campus was very pretty, our tour guide was wonderful, but still, there was nothing particularly striking about the school to me. Nothing jumped out at my attention as if screaming, “ This is why UCF is the place for you!”

The next school on my list is Liberty University in Lynchburg Va! My brother and I are going with a friend. I'm pretty excited about it, although, I'm not sure I want to attend a christian university. I want to bust the christian bubble and share my faith. Something inside of me is screaming, " There has got to be something more to life." More to life than what? More to life than living comfortably, more to life than surrounding oneself with people that are like-minded, I yearn to be tested in my faith so that I grow in Christ.  I don't know if this is making sense, it makes sense in my head. :)

Senior year this far is going well. I have a lot to weigh and think about as far as my future. I'm so grateful that God ultimately is handling this. My life would be such a mess if I were in charge. Two weeks ago, I heard and amazing message given by a guest speaker at our church. It was so encouraging and convicting. Again, it was about God singing over us, delighting in us, and I just loved it. :)

So, what has been happening in your life? What has God been teaching you?

Saturday, September 10, 2011


Last night Jared, Trevor, and I were invited to our lovely friends youth group, Quest, down in Daytona. We had a blast! When we first got there we were mingling among several *circles* catching up with everyone :) After a little "high a little low a little hey a little ho" we started the meeting off with some worship. (my favorite-est thing in the entire world : worship) Next we had a guest quest speaker drum roooooollllll : Barrett N.! He shared with us about a trying season in his life when he was struggling to find joy. Over a period of several months, God began revealing scripture to him, that he may have heard before, but hadn't been impacted by as greatly, until now. The main theme that God was showing Barrett, even though it can come off cliché, was that He loves you. And, not only does he love you, he rejoices in you and over you because of Christ washing us clean and covering us in the blood of the lamb, clothing us in white robes of righteousness. Next we broke off into small groups and dug a little deeper into the scripture shared. Our group ended with prayer requests then joined the whole group for MORE (:D ) worship! After that we headed out to Coldstone creamery and high-five frozen yogurt (trevor and I went there). 10 minutes into enjoying our desserts, several of the guys were standing outside our immediate group when a "rent-a-cop" drove up.(mind you, he was in a golf cart, ergo the rent-a-cop title) He accused the poor, harmless, christian (mostly homeschooling--what could they do?), boys (*cough* men?) of loitering! Owen, Barrett's brother, came over and told Barrett what was going on. Barrett proceeded to give the cop what-for, smack him in the face, and walk away.

Juuuuust kidding.

He just kindly talked to the rent-a-cop and our music festivities continued. After jamming out with the quest crew, my posse headed to the swagger wagon and waved good-bye to the Quest groupies and rolled away with rap blasting through the stereo system.

(Disclaimer : white, homeschool, Christians are the epitome of posers when it comes to rap)

  • Jeremiah 29:11-14
  • Matthew 7:7-11
  • Psalm 94:14
  • Zephaniah 3:14-17
  • Deuteronomy 31:6
  • Luke 15:20-24
  • Romans 8:35-39 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Photos at last!

I am going to post some pictures that I took for my photography class! :) We had to take 5 photos about only *things* that help describe who we are.  

This is my purity ring that my Dad gave to me on my 16th birthday. The blue stone is Tanzanite , which is surrounded by 10 itty bitty diamonds.

The BEST shoes, and a great cause!

I took this picture because I like to blog :)

Publix bags to represent my bagging occupation and skills :D

The Bible in front of the Anatomy book represents the career path  I'm currently seeking : Nursing.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Hello, hello! :)

Today I started my photography class (late :P) at Summit! I'm very excited about it, as we have an amazing teacher. We had a photo scavenger hunt that demonstrated everyone's creative ability. I don't have pictures to post yet, but in the near future I hope to do so.

This morning on the way to Summit, we saw a gorgeous sunrise. I jotted down some notes about it, and, I hope to post that soon too.

ah, my pending procrastination. *sigh*

Also, on the way to Summit today, I told my mom in one month my birthday (EIGHTEEN!!) will be in 6 months. (yeah that's 7 months but you get the point ;)) She flipped.While driving ;) she told me I couldn't turn EIGHTEEN. Somehow, I have the feeling that you can't exactly put that kind of stuff on hold.

I have a dreadful morning class tomorrow.

morning. ugh.

The sleep deprived one, hoping you are sleeping and counting sheep,

Lacey loo

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Beach + Bike Riding

Today I went to the St. Augustine Beach, with my grandparents, and rode down to the inlet. Twas a beautiful day! I found a lot of little pieces of sand dollars, but, sadly they all got crushed in my bag after it got stuck in the wheel :( I still had an awesome time in spite of my beach money being obliterated. I simply love the beach. :) I could sit and stare at the water forever.

I've been thinking a lot, and sooner or later I will write more, I just wanted to give a brief update :)