Monday, May 31, 2010

Months of the Year!

Okay, so if you have trouble remembering your months of the year in order (I mean, who doesn't?!) I've got a new solution for you! It's the new and improved months of the year song! You're welcome!

By the tune of the Macarena!

January (right hand faces down)
February (left hand faces down)
March (right hand faces up)
April (left hand faces up)
May (right hand on left shoulder)
June (left hand on right shoulder)
July (right hand on right ear
August (left hand on left ear)
September (right hand on left waist)
October (left hand on right waist)
November (right hand on right hip)
December (left hand on left hip)
Then wiggle hips and say; These are the months of the year!

Submitted by: Z-man and Sarah-doo :D


Saturday, May 29, 2010

Audrey Hepburn♥

"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you're never alone."

"Your heart just breaks, that's all. But you can't judge, or point fingers. You just have to be lucky enough to find someone who appreciates you."

"The best thing to hold on to in life is each other."

"I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it."

"Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it's at the end of your arm. As you get older, remember you have another hand: The first is to help yourself, the second is to help others."

"People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone."

"I decided, very early on, just to accept life unconditionally; I never expected it to do anything special for me, yet I seemed to accomplish far more than I had ever hoped. Most of the time, it just happened to me without my ever seeking it."

"It's that wonderful old-fashioned idea that others come first and you come second. This was the whole ethic by which I was brought up. Others matter more than you do, so 'don't fuss, dear; get on with it' "

"There are certain shades of limelight that can wreck a girls complexion."

"Pick the day. Enjoy it-to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come... The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present- and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future."

"I believe in manicures. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles."

"The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It's the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows and the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years."


Sunday, May 23, 2010


So basically, I have the best younger sister in the entire world. Even though I could probably kill her sometimes, I really do love her. This past Friday, she gave up her sixth grade end-of-the-year party to come to Relay for Life with me. She came and worked her tail off and earned us a lot of money! I can't thank her enough.

Sisters of survivors are tough chicks. They fight harder than anyone else, in my opinion. The cancer patient themselves have the ability to shut off the real world. To just sink into the hospital world and stay there. But not the siblings. They have to go between the hospital world and the real world. They don't get a break to deal with what they are going through. They have to jump back and forth, learn to juggle school and sickness, and so much more. Emma, Kayla, Desi, and so many more girls have watched their siblings fight for everything they have. Those girls are tougher than the rest. They've learned the lessons cancer has to teach at the same time as the rest of their family. They know things about life that so many never actually learn.

Emma, you are so tough and so brave. Never forget how important you are to the world. You're going to do amazing things one day, just keep your focus on the God you love and serve. Keep Him in your heart and life and show Him off to the world. You have such a loving, sweet, tender heart that is going to take you so far. You're a great example to the world, and I can't wait to watch what God has planned for you as your life unfolds into a beautiful, beautiful picture. You're gorgeous, wonderful, and the most precious thing. I love you more than the moon and the stars. Don't forget that you always have someone in your corner, fighting for and with you, always here for you. I'm always on your side. I love you!

Love, Sarah


Saturday, May 22, 2010

Recipe for Perfect Day

How to have a perfect day:

1. Wake up on time, get dressed, get everything together, and get out the door on time. This is big, it doesn't happen often!

2. Get to school and have homeroom first because you get your yearbooks!

3. In the middle of homeroom, have Maggie Fulbright text you and say "AHHHHHH! YOU MADE DRUM MAJOR!!!!" :D

4. Freak out, and tell Katheryn and Kaleigh that are sitting beside you and have them freak out too.

5. Ask to go to the bathroom, but really go to the band room because you have to see the sign for yourself... sure thing!

6. Have a shortened first period because you had homeroom.

7. Get congratulated by pretty much everyone as you walk into the band room, including some of your favorite people(:

8. 'Watch A Video' in Civics... or really sign yearbooks

9. Have no fourth period, just yearbook signing!

10. Leave at 2:00 with your best friend to go to RELAY FOR LIFE! ... in the pouring rain :)

11. On the way to Relay, realize you forgot the money box and luminaries in Mrs. Dellinger's closet and frantically try to reach her for like 10 minutes before she actually answers.

12. Try to set up a tent with your best friend, while neither of you have ever done it before and aren't exactly 'outdoorsey'.

13. Set up for your Relay team to get there and get ready to sell Lemonade, Popcorn, Snowcones, and Tattoos!

14. Have everyone get there to walk for Relay!

15. Go to opening ceremonies, and realize that it's just stopped raining. While there, go across the stage and declare you've been a survivor for FOUR years!

16. At the Survivor ceremony, get a special balloon. At the exact moment that the entire survivor group releases these balloons, have the sun break through the clouds and make a stunning show. Also while releasing the balloons, think about the fact that you are celebrating four years of survivorship, remembering CJ Barnes and Papa, and fighting back for Sarah, Vinny, and Shelby ♥

17. Walk your survivor lap holding the banner with pride. You made it. And you're walking for those that can't right now.

18. Have the best group of people there possible, including your whole family (especially your sister, she works hard), best friends, and 'adopted little sister', Little Sarah. Make some lemonade, sell some popcorn, eat a snow cone. Walk a few laps.

19. Video a very moving torch lighting ceremony to remember Flip Reynolds, a family friend. Cry a lot after this, you miss your best friend & wish she was able to be there. You hate that Vinny is having to go through what he's going through right now. You hate CJ had to give her life. But, you also know it's okay, and that God is in it.

20. Take a lap for CJ and Sarah. Just you and your friends, holding hands, looking at luminaries, and remembering. Find yours, Sarah's, and Nana's luminaries in the word 'hope' on the hill. Also, find the other luminaries around the track, especially the one Emma and Sarah Kanipe made you. You're blessed, girl.

21. Feel so full that you're about to pop with blessings. Count your money around one in the morning and find out you raised over 470 dollars while you were there! That puts your team total OVER ONE THOUSAND! DOUBLE YOUR GOAL! Jump around several times, if you wish.

22. Go lay down around 2:30, wake up at 4:30, then again at 6:00. Pack up, go to closing ceremony, realize that YOU DID IT! You led a Relay team, and made it a huge success at your school, and tell your best friend how thankful you are for her help. The hard work paid off, and you are helping to get rid of cancer once and for all.

23. Don't forget to add several 'Thank you, Jesus" 's into your day, sporadically. And enjoy! Realize how precious life is, how short your time is, and just live. Laugh a little louder, take too many pictures, be a little bit more of a person that you started out as. And most importantly, run towards God with all you've got. That's what really matters!


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Hey, hey, hey!

Lately I've been living
Feeling unforgiving
Feels like I've been getting
Anything and everything wrong
Well, I've always had my trouble
Lately it's been double
Something bust my bubble
Keeps me barely floating along

But those days are behind me
You ain't gonna find me
Sitting around counting rain drops

Hey, hey, hey!
The sun is shining on my face
And everything will be okay
It's a fact, yeah, I made it back
And this time I'm here to stay
Hey, hey, hey!

Now the crowds have parted
Lets get the party started
Call up the broken-hearted
Tell them that I'm back in town
I'll buy the whole place a round

Bad days behind me, my baby beside me
I feel my luck starting to change

Hey, hey, hey!
The sun is shining on my face
And everything will be okay
It's a fact, yeah, I made it back
And this time I'm here to stay
Hey, hey, hey!
The sun is shining on my face
-Uncle Kracker


Sunday, May 16, 2010

Oh Five. Sixteen. Twenty Ten.

"You turned the water into wine
You healed the lame, the mute, the blind
You blessed the fish and the bread and five thousand were fed
You walked on water, you raised the dead
You changed the world by the way you lived
You died on the cross, you rose again
You saved me from my sin

This is why I worship you
This is why I love your truth
Because you are the Son of God and no one can do what you do
This is why I give you praise
This is why my hands are raised
Because in all the world there's nothing to compare your glory to
This is why I worship you
This is why I worship you"

So, I love Sunday's. They are positively the best day of the week. I get to see my small group, which is absolutely the most amazing group of girls on the planet. And I get to spend some special quality time with my Savior, my best friend, my Abba. He's my everything. I don't know how else to say it! I couldn't live without him. I wouldn't want to. I'm so blessed that I know him. And that he's willing to love me, a dang sinner. This song, right here, it explains it pretty well. He provides miracles, and he shares them with us. I hadn't really remembered this song until we were going over it for VBS in Arnoldsburg this year. I'm SO excited! I wish I could go right now. I love that place, those people, and the closeness you get from sharing the only true joy of Jesus with those kids. It's my favorite place ever. It's where I learned so much more of what it means to follow Jesus, to become like him. I love him all the more now. He provides me with the strength to get through everything I could ever need to get through. He wants to hear from me, he listens to me, and he knows my heart, but loves me anyways. Not to mention the fact that he DIED for me. What could be better than that? Nothing. Even if the fact that he forgave me is the only thing I ever get from this earth, then it's still worth it. He's worth it. Getting Him. I can't fathom how people live without him, and I don't want anyone to have to. They just don't know how much joy, peace, and hope they are missing out on, or that is available to them. It's so amazing. I love him so, so much. I hope you do too or one day, you will too.




I absolutely love the movie Thumbelina. The impossible love story. She assumes that there's no one out there for her, no one 'her size'. And one day she's just dancing around her room, dreaming the dreams that all girls dream, and BAM! The impossible happens and Prince Cornelius shows up at her window. She knows she loves him and eventually wants to marry him, but there's this disgusting frog she has to deal with first. Apparently, he has fallen in love with her! And for what reason? She has no idea. But he does everything within his power to get Thumbelina to marry him. He even goes so far as to steal her! And then, he leaves her alone, and she meets the kind hearted swallow who, with the help of some fish and the jitterbugs, helps her to avoid floating on a lily pad right over a waterfall! She's lost, and alone, and afraid. Then she meets this beetle. The beetle wants her to come and sing and dance with him, and so she does. He turns out to be a total jerk to her and ends up calling her ugly and abandoning her. Jerkface. Then, if she doesn't have it bad enough, winter is starting to set in and she's freezing cold! So she finds this old shoe and sock and hides in it, only to be found by a field mouse. Mrs. Field Mouse is really nice and takes her down into her house, feeds her, and also introduces her to Thumbelina's next big problem: the mole! The dang mole, who lives underground with absolutely NO sunlight, wants to marry her now. During this whole wondering around time, Cornelius has fallen into the lake and been frozen, and found by the beetle and the frog. So Thumbelina hears through the grapevine that Cornelius is dead! OH NO! So she considers marrying the mole. She considers it so much that she gets to the alter before she decides to say no! Goodness, close call. But then, after all that, the swallow finally gets her to the place of the fairies and she finds Cornelius and finally marries him, the best happy ending ever.

So what did this teach me? That sometimes, you have to go through a lot of crap before you find your true love. That there's always hope, no matter how bad it seems. That even someone who thinks that they have everything going against them still has hope of love someday. That... "You're sure to do impossible things if you follow your heart. Your dreams will fly on magical wings when you follow your heart." ♥


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Psalm 46:1-2

"God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear, even if earthquakes come and mountains crumble to the sea." -Psalm 46:1-2

From time to time, all of us face adversity, discouragement, or disappointment. And, throughout life, we must all endure life-changing personal losses that leave us breathless. When we do, God stands ready to protect us. Psalm 147 promises, "He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds...". When we are troubled, we must call upon God, and, in his own time and according to his own plan, He will heal us. Are you anxious? Take those anxieties to God. Are you troubled? Take your troubles to Him. Does your world seem to be trembling beneath your feet? Seek protection from the One who cannot be moved. The same God who created the universe will protect you if you ask Him... so ask Him.

"There is something about having endured great loss that brings purity of purpose and strength of character." -Barbara Johnson

^^ This was my devotion a few days ago, and it's really spoken to me. Here's what I've learned:

1. Your problems may seem big right now, but God is always bigger.

2. He wants to hear from us, so why not go to Him? He's never bothered by us pouring ourselves out to him. And in his arms we are completely safe, and will never be betrayed.

3. The world may walk out on you, or you feel like it anyways, but always remember this: God is not of this world. He overcame it!

4. When everything seems to be slipping out from under your feet, you have an immovable rock holding you up always.

5. The power that God used to create the universe, as well as raise Jesus from the dead, is available to us when we ask Him. He's willing and ready to give it to you.

6. I always have someone on my side, fighting for me, wanting the best for me, cheering me on, and loving me. I don't need anything else ♥


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

It's so lonely when you don't even know yourself. -Red Hot Chili Peppers

My new song addiction. I highly recommend it!


Monday, May 10, 2010

Monday Ranting.

I just get so frustrated sometimes. The things that we as a society have decided to focus on are so dumb, mostly trivial, and not even slightly important in the grand scheme of things. The immaturity of some people just amazes me.

1. What goes through some people's brains when they are speaking? And when they are speaking, do they actually hear what is coming out of their mouths? I mean, honestly people. Saying a four letter word seventeen times in a sentence does not make you even slightly cooler, it just makes you look like an uneducated idiot. If you can't find a better word than that to use, then you should seriously tune in more during the seven hours a day you are at school. There's this thing called a Dictionary. It's full of words other than those, so go find one.

2. I'm sick and tired of people that complain ALL. THE. TIME. Nothing is ever good for them. They are never happy. When you ask them how their day was, it's always just 'well, it was alright...' or 'not very good...' or 'just plain bad.' Now, believe me, I'm not saying that I never complain. I do, and I detest that about myself. I try to avoid it, but I mess up just like everyone else. See, I have absolutely nothing to complain about, and neither do 99% of the people out there doing it anyways. Things could be A LOT worse. And the things that we complain about? Stupid. Juvenile, and will usually pass in a few days. You know what else I've found about complaining? It gets you absolutely no where. You end up feeling worse, sounding dumb, and get absolutely nothing done to make the situation better. Look on the bright side occasionally, people. You might actually find you like life a little bit better.

3. People who are completely self-centered just drive me insane. News Flash: 1. The world doesn't revolve around you. 2. There are worse things than your manicure being messed up. 3. The rules that apply to everyone else? Yeah, they apply to you too. 4. Take your ego, cut it in half, and minus it four points. It's probably still too big for you. I know that's probably a little harsh, but still. There are a billion and some people in this world, and you're only focusing on one? I don't think that's how it's meant to be. Maybe if people would take the time to invest in other people's lives, to put other people's needs before their own, maybe we'd have a better place to live here. Maybe the world wouldn't be so mean.

4. Treat people nicer than necessary. You never know what kind of battle they are facing. There's no excuse for being rude, in my opinion. Everyone in this world is fighting some sort of battle, and sometimes, you would never know. You never know how it's like to live in one persons shoes until you've done it. Unless you are in their head, feeling what they feel, then you don't know what it's like. You don't know how hard someone may have it. They may shoot you a look, or snap at you for something, but always remember that you never know what kind of day they've had, what they have going on in their life, or anything like that. Someone may be facing mountains that you have no idea are even there. So, be nice people. We're all on this ride together, so why not make it a little easier for others when you can?

So, there's my Monday rant. Just think about how amazing the world could be if people lived a life of gratitude & loving others!


Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day♥

I'm one of the lucky ones that has been blessed with a wonderful mom. She's the absolute best mom out there, no doubt about it. She's my example of how I want to live my life, especially in her walk with Christ. She clings to him and I only hope I have that relationship one day. She's my example of how to love others well, to voice my opinion, to be strong when I don't think I can be, and to love well. The list could go on forever.

Whenever I was in the hospital, having whatever various surgeries, treatments, appointments, etc., she was always there for me. She spent her nights by my side, fighting for and with me. She was my strength when I had none left, and my smile when I couldn't find it. She held me when I cried, and laughed with me when I smiled. She always made sure I got everything I needed, and spent all those nights on that uncomfortable hospital window seat/bed thing. She always held my hand when it hurt and wiped my tears when I cried. She gave up so much just so that I could be happy. She's left a legacy in every single person that she's come in contact with.

As a teacher, mom has impacted so many lives. She's been 'Mom' to kids that never really had one, and the love of Christ in people that needed it most. She's helped kids to succeed that the rest of the world gave up on, and that means more to them and their families than anything in the world. She's not afraid to point everything back to Jesus, and everyone around her knows her testimony. She's my hero.

One day, I hope I can be a mother as loving, caring, and Christlike as she is. I love you, Mom. You're my hero, and my best friend. I'm so thankful to have you in my life ♥


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Be still.

Have you ever had one of those times? You know, where life gets super crazy busy and you can't seem to stop and breathe for two seconds? Yeah, that's me right now. It's like one thing after another after another after another.... Well, you get it. It's times like these when I reread my favorite verse of all time. "The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still." Exodus 14:14. Sometimes I feel like I do this with God:

"I have to!..."
be still.
"But I need to get this done!"
be still.
"But if I don't do this now..."
be still.
"And then after I get that done I have this and this!..."
Be. Still.

And usually it keeps going. I'm a person that likes to fix things. I like to do everything and be everything for everyone, and that keeps me on the go sometimes. But sometimes, I also think that God has called me in this direction for a reason. I love being busy, even if it is stressful. It's in those busy times though, that it's easy to lose my focus. So on days like today where it's go, go, go... I have to remind myself.... Be still.


Sunday, May 2, 2010


Well hello there(: Sorry it's been a few days. I've had some things to write about, but it's been super crazy busy, so I haven't had time to do much of anything! But, I'm here now.

So yesterday was prom! My very first High School Prom! Can you believe it? I'm old enough to go to Prom! It was so much fun. From getting my hair done, to getting my makeup done, to getting pictures, eating out, dancing, ihop, hot tubs, and so much more. It was unforgettable.

I started out the day with a hair appointment at 11. Angie did my hair in a gorgeous curly updo with little twirly diamond things and a pearl and diamond headband. Then when we finished there, we went to Clinique to get my makeup done. The lady did a gorgeous job! I've never worn that much makeup before in my whole life! But it looked really good. My appointment was at 1:00, and Kate and Rebecca had already gone before me, and Bethany's was after mine. Then after that, I came home and chilled for an hour (by chilled I mean watched time move painfully slow, and packed my overnight bag. Around 3:30, I put on my dress and shoes and mom helped me pick out jewelry. Then Kate and Nana got to the house and we had a few pictures made then went to Chelsea Hoyle's house to have our pictures made. She had a gorgeous backyard! While we were doing pictures, my strap broke! Luckily, Mrs. Hoyle had a needle and thread and expert knowledge of how to sew straps on (Chelsea does beauty pageants all the time, and she most definitely should, she's gorgeous) and so she sewed it back on for me. It took us until right at six to finish pictures and then we headed over to Flatrock Grille to eat. It's a gorgeous restaurant and I really enjoyed it there. Kate and I split this pasta thing, I don't remember what it was called, but it was pretty good! Kate, Katelyn, Chelsea, and I rode together and we went to Prom. It was so much fun! I got to see all my favorite teachers and look all pretty. We got to dance and that was hilarious. I could act like a complete idiot, and it was okay, because I was with the people that mattered to me and they didn't care. No one else's opinion mattered! We danced and had a great time and ended up leaving around 11:45 and going to iHop. We got buttermilk pancakes and split them. We stayed and talked till around 1, then went back to Chelsea's house to spend the night. Everyone changed clothes and took our hair down. It took forever to get my hair undone! There were 70 bobby pins! Craziness. But it looked good, so it's okay! So when it was finally down, we all went out to the hot tub and stayed in there for a while. It felt so good! When we were ready, we went inside and hung out for a while longer, then went to bed. Chelsea and Caitlin slept on Chelsea's bed, Bethany, Taylor, and Becca slept on the guest bed, and Kate and I slept on the couches. Kate and I stayed up talking for a while before we went to sleep, but finally crashed around 4:30ish. So, that was my prom night. One of the best nights of my 15 years so far. I had a blast. I haven't laughed that much in quite some time, and it felt really great. Here's some pictures of the wonderful night to finish off this extremely longggg post(:



A Night to Remember(:

True friends are very difficult to find, hard to leave, and impossible to forget♥

The group(: