Wednesday, February 29, 2012

what's weird about me wednesday

The other day, on our way to our homeschool group I asked everyone in the car what they were OCD about or what irked them. For me, I'm OCD about sharpies. I always carry at least one.The number one reason why? Because at parties especially, I hate when there aren't sharpies to write my name on my cup.

So that's what is weird about me. Is there anything that drives you crazy?



Monday, February 27, 2012

miscellany photo monday

Miscellany Monday @
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This was the highlight of my weekend, how was yours?
{linking with Carissa}

My brother Trevor had the opportunity to play basketball this past year for a private christian school. 

My brother Trevor and his Coach Andre

I made Coach a t-shirt with a quote that he said to the boys and had their names on the back. He then read my thank you note and he shed some man tears.  I didn't expect to make him cry, but on occasion, it's a a good thing :)

slightly composed for a mom's-idea-to-take-a-picture picture.

Now this, this is where it gets good. The boys wanted to pray for their coach. {so sweet} They all took turns praying and Coach Dre cried some more. I was so blessed to hear their prayers for him. And that ^ is what matters. Jesus in everything.



Thursday, February 23, 2012

so here i sit.

The most quiet I've had all day is here, in the library, but, believe it or not,  and you can quote me on this, libraries are not always quiet. You might be thinking, "Is this lady crazy? Duhhh libraries are quiet."

Well, I'm here before your computer screen to say, No, libraries aren't always quiet. The last time I was here literally everyone was talking. Obviously people--ahem-- library attendees y'all need to re-learn how to whisper. I digress.

I'm quite happy I've found quiet. Today was a very busy day for me.  I took myself to math tutoring, I've  picked up a brother and his friends from school, and chauffeured my brother to school.(night school, oh the unknown joys you have for people who can cognitively function at such an hour.) In between all that I snacked and tried to study as much as I could. Although the day was filled with busy, I was able to get a lot accomplished, Praise God! I went to tutoring, studied for an Anatomy test--took the test, and allotted enough time to study for my dreaded Humanities test on Monday. Talk about pressure. I have to understand and know all the information mentioned in the lecture and the chapters we've gone over, plus, an added bonus is that I will be given only certain information that will be required to be spat out on paper via pen.

I'm just going to reemphasize that I can actually hear my self think and form my thoughts. I just might move into the library. I told my brother the other day, while sitting on the couch overwhelmed by home chaos, that I wanted to move into a concrete box just outside of our home.

"You know what those are called? Apartments."-brother
I know! And I want one! :)

Last night, I went to a Crazy love book study.(by Francis Chan)

stop. go find the book and buy it, please. Trust me, it will be very encouraging.

At first, when I saw the book title, I thought that this would just be another Christian book about not dating--blah blah blah, heard it before. To my surprise, the book has nothing to do with that. There are many different topics in this book that deal with the heart of many issues in the church as a whole. I have found this to be so refreshing and convicting. I also love that I'm able to go through with girls my age. We're able to share about life struggles, discuss the book, and offer up prayer requests. i love it. Recently, I've just been so stunned by God and his unending love for me. Through this incredibly fast pace lifestyle that I've been in, I've really been aware of how much I need God. Every minute, every hour, every day is filled with opportunity to be lead into sin in a world focused on self in all the wrong ways. America isn't figuring out what must be done for the next meal. ( I generalize, some may, and I'm not discounting Americans that are in that situation.) Self gratification is lurking around every corner. The christian life is a hard on that must be fought with courage and strength backed by the Almighty creator God.

So, there I sat. Reflecting on these things in my quiet.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Miscellany mondays!

Miscellany Monday @
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{linking with carissa}

1. I'm sitting criss cross applesause, it's been a while since I've done that due to my spontaneous knee incident. My knee is definitely getting stronger, Praise God!

2. I got to go home early from work last night, which was strange and funny. My manager was having a mini heart attack when he found out I was scheduled til 11pm. 

"Do you have school tomorrow?"-him
Yes
"then why are you scheduled so late?"
I don't know...haha
"But tomorrow is a holiday"
I have my college classes tomorrow
Oh but you don'y have highschool right?-lady interjects
Nope,but I'm homeschooled anyway.

*****
Which later lead to, "Hey you don't need Lacey anymore do you?"
Nope.
"Okay, you can peace out now."
okaaaaay?
"Once it gets past 10:30 I just...freak out"

3. Citing sources.
ugh. 
citing sources isn't that big of a deal right? slap the link in the paper proving no plagiarism and your good to go right? well yes and no. Usually that's the first step, I had to annotate each source, thankfully this go around I only had to annotate four. I'm writing a research paper on the benefits of Adult stem cell research. I'm very interested in this subject, any time I have the opportunity to talk/write/ research about anything related to medicine I get super excited. {yes, I'm a nerd, and I can't wait to become a nurse :D }

4. Back to my job. I love.love.love.love.love.love.love.love. my job. I'm so thankful to have one, in the first place. But I honestly get excited to go to work every chance I get. The management is superb! I work for the best people ever. ever ever ever :) Also, Publix* is the perfect niche for me. Publix emphasizes customer service and being friendly. Meaning smiles and be polite to people, I love that! Coworkers ask me why I look so happy all the time and ask me to (sarcastically) stop. No, I'm not a zombie who never gets depressed sad or disappointed, but I do have a lot of reasons to be happy. :)

*publix is a grocery store where i am currently a cashier*





Saturday, February 18, 2012

Frappuccino fix

This delicious recipe is something I've whipped up two days in a row, it's just so good! :)

1/2 brewed coffee (which is usually a half of a tablespoon)
1/2 cup of milk (whole milk makes this taste super creamy)
3 tablespoons of sugar (this sounded like a little much so i just grabbed some haha)
3 tablespoons caramel sauce ( i used the kind in the squeezy bottle)
whipped cream (homemade or store bought-- both still taste yummy!)
2 cups ice

1. Pour brewed, slightly chilled coffee into a blender.
2. Quickly add milk, sugar, caramel sauce and ice.
3. blend. --buzz buzz-- *shake shake shake*
4. Pour frappuccino into glass and add whip cream. add a little caramel sauce on top.


Sugar, milk, coffee, caramel, and ice!

                                    
                                                  The final product...mmm. you know you want to try it!

5. Sip, slurp, drink, enjoy!

On a random side note, I miss the clark people! ((gracie has also helped start a cute new blog, which I am enjoying reading)) I'm also very excited about Kristen's new Enjoy project! It's super fun over there, you should check it out :) Oh, and recipe credit goes to Jared's genius brain for putting together such amazingness in a cup.

((I miss these texans!))
Please let me know if you try this recipe, if you do I know you'll savor every sip!

                               

Friday, February 3, 2012

What is this lifestyle accomplishing anyway?

Please read this post with the following thought in mind : God is not limited, we are. God calls us to higher goals that we aim for, therefore, why shoot for the ordinary? {{passion reflections}}

     I just walked around without my brace. It felt quite normal--well--what is normal? If normal is to maintain a clean house, normal isn't tangible all of the time, is it? If normal means buying certain vehicles because of job class or status, normal has boundaries. And if normal equates to dressing or talking in a certain manner, then, so it seems, normal is restraining. How is it possible to follow trends while also attempting to be unique?
     Normal is a common misconceived notion that I once believed existed. The term normal, in fact, is relative. Normal, even in a general context, could mean one thing for my life, my schedule, and my needs. But who is to say that my neighbor's normal means entirely different. In such cases, doesn't it make sense to do away with the term normal?  If you follow my simple, and yes, it is indeed vague, logic one word equals one thing for one person. Therefore, everyone cannot use it because the application of the word is lost among the masses. 


Normal: means bound with restraints, not freedom.
      :is impossible.
      : is a barrier or a wall to continuously run into until you're blue in the face because you've not yet realized that you cannot will into existence your peace, your security, or your plan.


Christ doesn't call us to normal.
~romans 12:2~
He calls you, and he calls me to fulfill our duty
as his ambassadors.
He calls us to his plan, and he will give us
peace and security. 

Thursday, February 2, 2012

{words}

I WENT TO PASSION 2012!

I'm not sure if you can tell by the formatting of that sentence, but PASSION 2012! was life changing. How life changing was it? And how did it change my life?

Louie Giglio, Beth Moore, John Piper, LeCrae Moore, and Francis Chan were the main session speakers. In two of the main sessions we were presented with something different. In the first non-typical session Christine Caine, from A21, shared her story with us, and in the second, each of the main speakers took turns reading through the book of Ephesians.

The whole theme of the conference was slavery; spiritual slavery and modern day slavery are both solved through Jesus Christ. Each year at Passion there is a Do Something Now project, this year's goal was to raise One million dollars towards ending modern day slavery. *cough* In four days, 40,000 broke college students, highschool seniors, and one generous couple (who gave $500,000) raised over $3.3 millions dollars. bam. That's what happens when God is at work. I really enjoyed this conference because God helped me spell out my thoughts about things that I had been thinking about. Key word here being thinking because I again, was caught up in a very immovable state of, what I later titled, spiritual complacency. God revealed to me my passions and convictions and helped me come home willing to put feet to my actions. There is really more to say about this, but I'd rather tell you face to face so if you catch me sometime please ask me: please, please, please don't hesitate to ask me about this, I'd love to share. :)

Well, here we are, just cruising our way through 2012, and I am loaded to the gills with homework!

      school. school. school. school. school. school. school. school. school. school. school. school. school.school.school.school.school. school. school.school. school. school. school. school. school. 


You get the point. I've been trying to work on my time management skills and that is why I haven't really allotted time to blog. I have been back to work for quite some time, thankfully. My knee is slowly but surely getting better. It will take two to three months for my torn ligament to heal. Some days are better than others but God is faithful to be my strength. I'm, by nature, a very independent person; as the oldest I usually do not like to be slowed down. I was just contemplating the verse, "For everything there is a season...", and I was thinking, "Really God? Do we have to experience everything?!" But he chooses everything we go through for our benefit. As I grow through my difficulties, I grow in Christ, He gets the glory and I receive the joy. :)


10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.



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