Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So Cool!

Y’all, I got my violin Wednesday night!

As you may recall, I bought one at an auction several weeks back, and it needed repairs. Unfortunately, there was a large crack in it. It could be fixed, but the sound value would be decreased. Instead, the man offered to give me a brand new violin, and I could keep the old one. I plan on having that one repaired in the future, but probably not anytime soon.

After the service Wednesday, my friend surprised me with my lovely violin. What is kinda funny about that is, earlier that day I had text her to see when it would be finished. She did a good job at keeping it a secret without lying!

I am so grateful to my dear friends who took care of transporting my instrument, and the man that they know who took care of the cost to buy it for me! It was so kind of him to do that for me, even though we have never met!

Here is a collage of me and my new violin!

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Violin lessons were on Thursday, so I wanted to make sure it was in tune. The bottom string was one note below what it should have been, so I barely turned the peg, and… SNAP!!! It broke! I had no idea what to do, so I called a few of my cousins, who also take lesson, if they had an extra string. They didn’t, and neither did my teacher.
Fortunately, my teacher wanted to look at both my old and new violins, so I brought the two of them. We figured out that my old violin had the correct string, and we got it put on! It sounds just fine.

I thank the Lord for taking care of even the smallest details in our lives- it helps build your faith up another step in the climb. Jesus provides all we need, and so many of our wants.

It is such a blessing to have the privilege of calling myself a Christian! If you have not received the gift of salvation yet, all you have to do is in Acts 2:38- “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

True repentance means being sorry for the sin you have committed, and turning 180° from the direction you were heading. It means making things right with people you have wronged, and with God. Then, you must be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost! What a wonderful promise!

Back to last week, Friday was the beginning of Mr. C’s baseball tournament. They won the first game!

Saturday, we went to the library, because they had some people from the zoo bring a few animals. The three that were brought were a hedgehog named Earl, a de-scented skunk named Gus, and a lizard-like creature called a skink named Mushu. We got to touch all of them. Here is a photo of each one!

We were also at the park all afternoon on Saturday from 12-8 for the tournament. All the teams that the boys play were there. I’m pretty sure we played four, maybe five, games in eight hours. Those poor boys have got to be exhausted! Good news, though, we only had to play one more game.

Unfortunately, that “one more game” was on Sunday. My family almost didn’t go, but since it was between services, my parents allowed it. I actually didn’t go, because I went to Deana’s house. Mr. C’s baseball team is champion of the tournament, though! That’s right, they won the last game, which means they are the Farm League Baseball Champs in our area!

Church, of course was on Sunday, and we saw some friends who live around here, but had left for Arizona for several months ago (Novemberish, I believe). They helped build her sister’s new house, and now they finally came back! We missed them very much, and are so glad they are back home!

The service Sunday morning really spoke to my heart! It was about being A Mighty Conqueror With A Positive Confession/Attitude. There is SO much to say about it!
We heard that because the Lord does great things for us, we should praise Him! Sadly, most people look at the “dark side” of things; they concentrate on their problems, instead of giving glory to God for all the good He has done! (Did anyone else think of Star Wars at the mention of “the dark side”?)

Why is it that people count their problems more than they count their blessings?  I’ll just bet the good things outweigh the bad by far! Don’t believe me? Try it yourself.

I challenge you to make two lists. Time yourself, each one for 5 minutes.

For the first one, write down all the bad things that have happened to you in the past week.

Next list, write every single good thing you can think of that you have or had happened to you in the past week.

Remember you only have five minutes each list.

Bonus: look at your list of bad things that happened, and find the good things that came from it! For example, the above story of my violin string breaking, and how my old one had the string I needed when no one else had one!

Leave your results in the comments below! You’re more than welcome to write out your lists, but it isn’t necessary. I just want to know how our little experiment turned out! I hope this all makes sense. If you have any questions, just ask!

Example List (Bad):
* Impatience
* Forgot Devotions
* Was Bossy To Siblings

Example List (Good):
* Salvation
* Sunshine
* Family
* Yummy food!
* Great health

Example Results: Bad-3, Good-5, Bonus-1

Anyway, back to Sunday happenings, I went to Deana’s home for lunch. We had meatloaf and baked potatoes. It was scrumptious! 😋 I did a short photoshoot of Deana, as well. Upon our return, Deana, her sister, and I chatted on their deck for a little while until it was time to leave for the evening service.

And today, well, there are only 4 days until Baby I turns 1. It is so bittersweet! 5 more days until my birthday and Deana & my graduation party! I am so excited to see everyone! Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, oh, it will be so busy, yet so fun! Then again… I hate that time flies so fast. That is one of the many reasons I can’t wait for Heaven!

Ta-ta for now. I’ve got lots of work ahead of me for this weekend! We are going to have a lot of company at our home.

What kind of sports do you, or have you played?

Do you have any thoughts about Jesus you want to share?

What kind of fun busy things are you doing this summer?

Please accept my challenge!

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