I’m Back! (And Merry Christmas)

I’ve been kind of quiet over here. A lot has been going on…too much to try to bring y’all up to date. But here are several things (in no particular order) to kind of fill in the gaps of my absence.

  • My aunt came to live with us for two months before she started her new job…and it was amazing and wonderful to have her here! (Wish she never left. 😉)
  • I celebrated my one-year anniversary at the Trophy Shop!
  • I am in the process of launching The Quilted Rose Co., my new Etsy shop! (Stay tuned for details!)
  • I went to see a For King & Country concert on my birthday. They were outstanding as usual. I cannot wait for next year. (Album #3 is coming out eventually!)
  • I still don’t know how to drive. (I still have not been behind the wheel.)
  • Princess O graced us with a five-day visit and we made cookies and watched movies and colored. She has grown so much and she’s such a treasure!

  • My cousins from NYC came for Thanksgiving for the second year in a row!!!
  • We have a new cousin on the way and it’s a girl! 😄
  • We had the privilege of watching the life cycle of four black swallowtail butterflies. E. was the main caretaker.
  • I’ve got all my presents finished and wrapped. (No staying up past midnight to hustle this year!)
  • We saw The Last Jedi and it was amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
  • I still love my job. 😉
  • On that note, I am on vacation (stay-cation) for two weeks.
  • My sisters and I have been trying to exercise together every day and we’re still alive.
  • Travis and Angel took me to Big Church Night Out last weekend and we watched the Newsboys, Blanca, 7eventh Time Down, and Sidewalk Prophets perform along with a couple other acts. It was amazing. We had a wonderful time together. Angel picked awesome seats and I got a picture with Blanca!

One thought that has been on my heart this Christmas is that I am so thankful Jesus did not stay a baby. He was born. He lived. He grew in wisdom and stature and favor with God and men. He died for me and my sins. He died for your sins too. He rose from the dead. He ascended into heaven. And now one day He’s coming back. This is what brings me joy this year.

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

I hope your Christmas is merry and bright. (To my quilty friends, may your bobbin always be full.)


When You’re Lonely

1. Clean something. Anything. Your room, the closet, the bathroom mirror.

2. Do some laundry.

3. Sing your favorite song.

4. Call a friend.

5. Friend’s busy? Call another friend.

6. Write to a loved one. Or text. Or both.


7.  Make cookies or cupcakes.

8. Do something artsy- craftsy.

9. Wash the dishes while listening to your favorite band.

10. Do something nice for someone you love.

11. Snuggle with a baby.

12. Read a book.

13. Journal. Write out your thoughts.

14. Watch a movie.

15. Cook dinner.

16. Do some more laundry. (Those blankets haven’t been washed in a while.)

17. Vacuum.

18. Plant something. Or offer to take care of someone’s garden while they’re out of town.

19. Eat those cookies you made earlier.

20. Call your favorite aunt or uncle.

21. Cuddle a puppy.


22. Pray for someone you love.

23. Tell that person you prayed for them.

24. Color a picture.

25. Watch the Jamie Grace Show.

26. Make a bucket list.

27. Make a grocery list.

28. Make a To Do list.

29. Don’t forget about those things you put in the washing machine and hour ago.

30. Have a backwards dinner. Eat your ice cream before your veggies.

31. Go find and talk to the frogs in your backyard. They might be lonely too. (Apparently one was because he was in my house this morning.)

32. Read Psalm 139.


33. Tell God about your loneliness.

34. Go for a walk or a bike ride.

35. Go visit a friend.

36. Cuddle another baby. Or puppy.

37. Take a nap.

38. Organize your sock drawer, your dresses, or your shirts by color.

39. Rearrange your bookshelves

40. Make yourself a cup of tea and have another cookie.

You are not alone.

The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.
Psalms 34:18 NKJV

For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness.
Psalms 107:9 NKJV

Winter Is Here

Christmas is upon us.

I can smell it in the air.




You can see your breath in puffs.

Clouds of warm air evaporating in the chilly atmosphere.




Lights glimmering in the night.

Deer and angels dancing with the shadows.

Rooftops glowing.

Windows sparkling.

It’s magical.

Christmas carols echoing in the distance.

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.




My cup runneth over with hot chocolate.

(Mexican’s my favorite)

Cookies fill the countertops.

Plates are passed around.

There’s warmth.



Eyes are closed and sweets are savoured.

Hearts are full.

Memories are made.

It’s a good life.

It’s a rich life.

It’s a beautiful life.

There’s hope.



For unto us a Child is born,

And the government will be upon His shoulder;

And His name will be called



Mighty God,

Everlasting Father,

Prince of Peace.

{Isaiah 9:6}



I’m waiting to get my hair cut, so I have a few minutes.

This past week has been amazing. My grandparents have been in town for the past week. Over the weekend, my Uncle Joe and Komo flew in for the birthday party. It was so much fun to have a little family reunion. It’s been at least a year since we’ve seen the grandparents. I think the last time we saw anyone else was two years ago when we all met in Korea for Uncle David’s wedding!

We had so much food at the birthday party. Everything was amazing from the lobster crab bisque and bacon covered dates to the medium-rare steak and buttery polenta.

We’ve had several game nights that involved lots of screaming and laughter. My sides still hurt from yesterday’s Camel Up race.

We spent a Saturday canning fresh apples from the mountains. #applebutterfordayyysss 😉

Uncle Joe flew back home yesterday morning, and tomorrow my grandparents leave. Komo will be here till Friday I think.

It’s been fun. This whole weekend has been great.

I started that ten days ago and never finished. 😛

Komo didn’t leave on Friday. She actually ended up staying ’till this past Monday due to job transfers. We miss her and her delicious cooking, but we know she’ll do great in Sauna City. 😉 We did so much, I can’t keep everything straight. We got haircuts: Mom, Komo, and I. My hair grew out over the summer and became way too long and heavy. So, I got it all cut, layered, and I even brought back the bangs! I haven’t had bangs since I was like five… 😀

On the night before Komo left, we all did a spontaneous reenactment of the opening scene of Beauty and the Beast! It started out with Dad installing a lightbulb that plays music in our living room through Bluetooth! The ladder was still up, so Komo wanted to take advantage of that and do a scene of some sort. Singing In Rain didn’t work out so well, but I just so happened to have the Broadway soundtrack for Beauty and The Beast! So, after about two hours of recording one minute scenes and convincing the sibs to play various parts complete with low-budget costumes, we produced five whole minutes of entertainment. I was so happy and excited I cried like five times. Every dream I had of directing and putting on a production came true that night! 😉

Oh, we also learned how to make tres leches all pretty and picture-perfect like Komo does at the restaurant.20161027_190905.jpg

It’s been really fun having family in town. I’m a little sad that the triplets never made it, but we shall see them sometime in the near future, I believe.

That’s all for now. I’ve got work in the morning.

Just Peachy Keen

Last Friday, Mom, Mrs. Nancy, Ms. Susan, and my sibs and I took a road trip up to McBee to get fresh peaches.


(We also got 60 ears of fresh picked white corn! We blanched and froze most of it for soups and creamed corn, but we also kept some on the cob for our dinner one evening.)

After letting the peaches ripen over the weekend, we spent all day canning!

We made all things peach. Peach pie filling, peach butter, peach jam, and peach preserves!

We also made a peach cobbler.

I’m exhausted now. Canning is a lot of work, even when a lot of people help! It’s very rewarding though. We have peach preserves and jam to get us through the winter, the pie filling will be great for Thanksgiving, and we’ll be enjoying that cobbler tonight! (Perhaps with some Cool Whip?) 🙂


Fresh peaches make the best cobbler.

Here’s the peachy keen peach cobbler recipe that we used. 🙂 http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/peach-cobbler-recipe.html