Wednesday, April 20, 2016

My Adventure Kit

 I really love going on little adventures in my backyard with my awesome brothers, Nathan and Malachi, and it is important to always be equipped. A book that gave me part of the inspiration for an adventure kit is "The Daring Book for Girls" by Andrea J. Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz. It is truly amazing!
My adventure kit includes:
  • My Swiss Army Knife, 
  • A bandana,
  • My compass and whistle, 
  • String
  • A pencil and a pocket journal.
What does your adventure kit include?

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Corn Husk Dolls-an Ancient Tradition

This is a picture of a rag doll that I made, using the old fashioned method of making a corn husk doll. Rag dolls used to be one of the only toys a girl would have, due to limited supplies, and they would cherish them. They are very easy to make, and fun too. All you need are a few pieces of leftover cloth and string!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Thoughts on Generals in "Across Five Aprils"

I am doing a book study on "Across Five Aprils" by Irene Hunt, a story about a boy who grows up during the Civil war, for Language Arts. I really enjoy the book because it is so detailed, gives you information about the actual history behind it, and gives you a lot of insight into what life would truly be like back then. I wrote these paragraphs about the generals in the Civil War, and their battle techniques.

General McClellan was a general in the Civil War, at first highly esteemed, but his lack of brutal strategy lost him his position. In “Across Five Aprils” Shadrach Yale’s opinion of him is that: “He does not have the cold approach to killing, the singleness of purpose, the brutal tenacity, that the winner of this war-if there ever is to be one-must have.”

I think Shadrach means that they need a General who can focus on, not the soldier’s lives, but the strategy of the war. To do this, he must be fairly cold-hearted. I do not think a Christian should be able to act like this, even in a war, because our hearts are supposed to be open and loving. While God does even order people to kill sometimes, such as in Exodus, I do not believe we should have a cold-hearted approach to it.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Would You Rather

I wrote a "Would You Rather" for our Bible Study Newspaper that I thought you would enjoy.

Be stranded on a tropical island with an active volcano...or…be stuck in the desert?
Eat a worm…or…eat part of an alligator tongue?
Have a broken pinky finger…or…broken big toe?
Be crippled…or…permanently have no hair? (No wigs)
Always itch…or…ache?
H A V E    S O M E    F U N! ! !
Do the “would you rather” with a friend!!!

Here are my answers:
Tropical island, (Less heat!)
Alligator tongue,
Pinky finger,
I guess... No hair
Ache!! I cannot stand itching!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Hand Lettering

I really enjoy hand lettering. This is a project I did, copying down Exodus 14:14.
Do you have any tips or techniques I can learn from?

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Living History

Living History is an amazing and intriguing experience. It was created to bring to life our heritage, show how hard life really was, and how we can learn from their struggles by showing them through acting. I started volunteering for the Shiloh Museum and the Washington County Historical Society Headquarters House a couple years ago, and it has been a wonderful adventure for me.  I have several different programs, and dress up in character from different time periods! I like it best when I can sing ballads and perform historical dances in a group. As volunteers, we perform for different audiences, from young schoolchildren to elderly ladies. It is such a blessing to me how Granna works so hard on the dresses I use, and I am so grateful to her!!! Living History is quite an adventure, and the best thing is, anyone can be a part of it! It is an amazing thing to re-discover our heritage!!!

Monday, April 4, 2016

The Churchill Club's Amazing Acts

I have just finished an interesting book on the Churchill Club called “The Boys Who Challenged Hitler; Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club” by Phillip Hoose. It tells an intriguing and true tale of a few boys who stood up to the German occupation in Denmark during World War 2. In the beginning of the German occupation, the citizens of Denmark did not stand up against the Germans, and the Government let them take control of their country. However, Knud Pedersen and a few other boys were ashamed of how their government was acting, and decided to do something about it. They named themselves the Churchill Club, and stood up to the Germans by using graffiti on their base walls, and even ruining German cars! Even though they were caught and jailed, they sparked inspiration in the Denmark citizens, and sparked the Denmark rebellion, and their separation from Germany. This is an amazing book, and though the end is depressing, the beginning is very inspiring. This book is also a great reminder of how the way one small group acts can change a nation.

Awareness for Kakuma

Kakuma is a refugee camp in Kenya, Africa. It was created to house refugees, especially children, who escaped from the civil war in South Sudan. However, the conditions in this camp are terrible. Some of these children were ripped from their parents when they were only 6 years old, and after struggling to survive in a terrible war, are now imprisoned in this camp, with no hope of a better future. They are handed out tiny amounts of rations, but they are always in a short supply. Even this little food that they have is often stolen from them by the older boys in the camp. These children, even down to the age of 6, look forward to Tuesday, because that is the day trash is dumped near the camp. They will scavenge in the heap for broken bits of banana, or anything else in the slightest way edible.

I want to raise awareness for this cause, and my goal is to give at least ten, out of the thousands of children that are still stuck there, a hope. Whether this be a new family, or even coming to America, I wish that they can have a hope in Jesus Christ, and that they can have a chance to be free from the harsh conditions of Kakuma.

Revival paper

For my language arts, I got to write a persuasive paper. I chose to write about the
necessity of time with God in our personal lives. I wrote it for Christians who have grown
complacent in their faith, to encourage and inspire them. I hope it it motivates you to
strengthen your faith.

As Christians, we are called to grow in faith, love and maturity (1 Peter 2:1-2). The thing is, we are often not open to new growth and cling tightly to the things that are only important in this world, such as sports, money, etc. We often think of ourselves as following God, even though we are not listening to him and not obeying when he tells us to do anything out of our comfort zone. In Matthew 19:16-23 it tells the story of a rich young man who asked Jesus what he should do to be saved. Jesus answered: “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When the man heard this, he went away sadly, because he would not let go of his money and riches. Often, we do the same thing. It is not always with money, sometimes the thing that we do not let go of is a job, or a position, and we let it stand  in the way of what our Savior has told us to do. Do not let this happen. Listen to him, and obey with a cheerful heart.
Another thing that keeps us from a relationship with God is our time with him. Very frequently, we will go days without reading the Bible, or even quietly praying alone. It can be very hard to make time for God, because this age is full of busy schedules, but should anything stand in the way of knowing him, and spreading his love? What could be more important? After all, he is Jesus, the Christ who saved us from eternal separation with God.
Sometimes, we will spend time with God, but not really throw ourselves into knowing him, or making it enjoyable. Being a Christian does not mean being solemn, for God gives us joy in him, not sadness. To ward of monotony, try something new, like listening to music, or just sitting quietly outside and listening to God.
Make a commitment. Make time to listen and get to know Jesus. Hear his voice, and obey him. Make every devotional interesting and grow in your faith. Life is a battle, so be prepared. There will be a time in your life when you will be challenged. Get ready, and preach the gospel.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you” Says the LORD, “Plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future”,
Matthew 28:19-20 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age,”

Friday, April 1, 2016

My Heart for Sudanese Refugees

There are young children in a refugee camp. They are the survivors of the Sudanian Civil War. Some of them have been trapped for years in a place called Kakuma in Kenya, Africa. They look forward to the day when trash comes to the camp, and they can hunt for the smallest scrap of anything edible. They get some small rations every year, but many are stolen by the older inhabitants of the camp. These children view America as a near heaven. Some children have been taken to America, but these efforts stopped when the two towers crashed on 9/11, because the government did not want to risk taking in terrorists. Many of these children are still living in the refugee camp, with no hope of a better future.

A good book that tells more about these situations is "Running for My Life," By Lopez Lomong.

I hope to raise awareness so more children can have more opportunities to learn about Jesus, for a better life, and possibly reach America.

Learning Through Difficulty

It was very hard for me when Lincoln was sick and in the hospital. I can still remember Mim being at our house taking care of us and talking and crying with me in the kitchen about how Lincoln might die, but that God was still there and had a plan for him. I was a bit angry, and sad because I didn’t think he should die, I wanted him to stay with us so that we could get to know him, play with him, and love him. It was very hard to get through, worrying and praying over him, hoping he would live. It was so hard to accept that God was in control, even when poor Lincoln was in the hospital. I am so glad that God has chosen to let Lincoln live, and live with us too!!!

I think that God could have used that hard experience to remind us to trust in him, even when it is hard because he is in control and knows what is best for us. Also, I think that Lincoln coming and being in the hospital has pulled our family together and completely redefined our definition of “miracle” and “God’s perfect plan” through experience. It is such a amazing thing to, whenever I read a miracle, to think of Lincoln and how God has worked in our life personally. I also think that Lincoln’s hospitalization has taught me patience, steadfastness, and faith.

This trial will help me in future struggles because it has taught me to trust God no matter what happens, even if I am afraid and worried. It will also help because I will remember it and how God knew what was best for me. Even if it does not turn out the way I want next time, I can know that God is in control and I can trust in him, I do not have to worry or fear.

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me,”
Psalm 23:4

I read in the devotional "Speak Love; Making Your Words Matter," by Annie F. Downs a quote that I liked.

"Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become your character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny,"