Oh, my dear readers! How I’ve neglected you poor souls! I am going to recap the highlights of the past month for you. I hope it doesn’t sound rushed.
Last time I truly wrote to you, I had just received my violin.
Has it really been just a month and a half since I got that beautiful instrument? I have certainly learned how to use it a lot better. In fact, I just had my final lesson last Thursday, because I play mainly by ear, so my teacher can’t really teach me anything else. Make sense?
Alright, so a few weeks ago, my baby brother poked my eye real hard. It burned for a while, and made my vision real blurry. I kept thanking the Lord for touching my eye, and the next morning, I had forgotten about what happened. No pain, no blurry vision. I can see better out of that eye than I ever have before! The Lord is good! I testified about it the next night in church. I believe it is important to give God the glory for everything.
Our pastor’s son, who is an electrician, installed some canister lights on our upstairs bathroom. One over the sink, and one in the shower. It is so nice to have that extra light in there! We got it done mainly because of all the expected company, but I also like to consider it a birthday present. 😄
The weekend of June 17-20 was super busy!
Baby I had his first birthday that Friday. It was very bittersweet for me. Is he truly old enough to be 1 year old yet?!
Most of our company was coming in on Friday for me and Deana’s graduation party. We had guests from Michigan, Maryland, North Carolina, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania! Quite the variety, eh?
Some of us headed over to the park to set some things up. I love that park! It is quite a beautiful place, and the couple who owns it is so generous and kind!
That night, my dear friend and I stayed up until 2:00 AM to finish my picture board! She and her mom were essential to decorating. I never could have done it without them!
Saturday had a double meaning for me; first of all, it was my 18th birthday, and secondly, Deana and I shared our grad party. We had a really good turnout! Lots of people came, and it was a very special day that I’ll never forget!
My dad made a cute little speech about the two of us graduates. The food was blessed, and everyone dug in to a scrumptious lunch of homemade Mac-and-cheese, meatball subs, pulled barbecue pork, fruit salad, and more.
You remember that Low Sugar lifestyle I’m living? Well, you’ll be proud to know that I DID NOT SPLURGE!!! No, not even a bite of my cute book cake. I ate extra food instead.
We played volleyball and baseball, and some of the guys went swimming in the pond. I had a great time seeing family, friends, previous teachers, and so on. I wish I could’ve spent more time with everyone, but you know how it goes.
So, Saturday night, we had a bonfire at our home for those who were not ready to end the party.
That night, we squashed 8 girls into my bedroom (with no air conditioning!). My room is a pretty good size, but you can imagine how cramped it must have been!
Sunday morning, my grandparents and my cousin left before we went to church. I miss them so much! Thankfully, I still had some friends to entertain and be entertained by.
The morning service was preached by my friends’ dad, and it was about living a life worthy of the Gospel. He told some stories about a couple martyrs, and how they wouldn’t back down from the Faith.
I guess that’s why I like martyr stories so much. Not to be morbid, but because it makes me seriously think how blessed and privileged I am that I can live my faith freely. I can have the opportunity to have not just one, but several Bibles in my home, and read it whenever I wish. It provokes me to wonder, “Would I stand faithful, even in the pains of death?”
It’s good to consider the ultimate meaning and purpose of life and where you will be after death- should you die before the Lord comes. Your destination after this life is real-what do you choose? I’d choose suffering here on Earth, and have a blessed home in Heaven with Jesus, than a fine time on Earth and go through torture unknown to human flesh.
But life is like a vapor; it disappears so quickly! So many people think that they won’t die, simply because they aren’t “old enough”. They either put off, or completely ignore the sweet Voice of the Savior. But, let me tell you, sudden death can happen to anyone. I have experienced the deaths of loved ones who weren’t “old enough” to go into life beyond.
And it hurts. It breaks your heart. There is sorrow. But if you truly have Jesus dwelling in your heart, you can have a Blessed Assurance that you’ll see those others in Heaven, if they accepted Christ as their Lord, as well.
I don’t mean to sound sad, depressing, or preachy, but I pray that the Lord will give a revelation to whosoever is reading that doesn’t understand. I wish I could describe the yearning in my heart for all of you to know the saving grace of our Lord Jesus. It is such a burden, and I beg of you, to please, sincerely consider every word about this subject you read.
Anyway, back to Sunday. We stayed at the church fellowship hall for lunch, and played some games like Dutch Blitz. And we chatted awhile until some of our other guests had to depart.
The evening service, our assistant pastor ministered on a “Zeal for Witness”. It followed along the lines of the mining service, entitled, “A Living Sacrifice”.
Your very life is an influence to others, whether you realize it or not. I don’t care if you’re an average student in elementary school, or the president of the United States. Especially as Christians, people look at you to see if you live what you say, and they can tell if you’re a fake, or genuine.
Later that evening, after church, we had a bonfire. We also had one more family left who would be leaving Monday morning, June 20. Also the first day of summer.
My cousin Deana spent the night with us, too. We, as in my friend, my cousin, my brother , and I, decided to pull an all-nighter. We stayed outside the entire time, by the fire, then right at dawn, we went up to the hayfield to watch the sunrise. Of course, my camera was in the house, but I got a few photos on my phone.
I interrupt this post to tell you, that if you like stargazing, you should look into the free app called Skyview. It is so cool! You point it at the sky, and it’ll tell you what and where all the stars, planets, and constellations are. No, I wasn’t asked to say anything about this. I don’t get any money for promoting it! We only discovered it, and we loved it!
Once inside the house, most of us collapsed on whatever felt comfortable, and slept for a couple hours. Not too long after I recovered, I opened my cards and gifts given to me for my graduation party. Then the last of our guests had to leave, except Deana.
Monday evening was a party for both Baby I and me. I wanted a smash cake- babies always get the fun, but don’t remember it, so I thought it would be fun to squish that sugar free chocolate cake between my fingers and shove it in my mouth. I would remember that! Needless to say, I didn’t get that dirty because a bunch of people were watching… because I didn’t wish to disappoint anyone, I smeared some sugar free icing on my face.
We ended the evening with a short, and rather delightful stroll.
Here’s a slideshow of some of the things I mentioned, such as grad party and smash cakes.
And this is where I’ll end for now. To Be Continued…
P.S. Can I ask a favor? Since it’s been so long, would you spread the word so all my readers can catch up? Also, I’d certainly appreciate any comments you’d like to share!