So, Friday night I went contra dancing.
I know. I'm very surprised and proud of myself. This was definitely out of my comfort zone.
I was also very surprised that I loved it. However, every good night should have an awkward story. This is a good one.

Christina #1 : I’m going to dance with Mike, John you can dance with Kristen.

(Christina #1 and Mike walk away…John and I start to walk to the dance floor)

John: Uggggggggggggggggg. Do you really want to dance? (keep in mind, everything he says sounds angry.)

Kristen: um, yes…do you not want to?

John: I REALLY don’t want to. Christina made me come.

Kristen: Have you never done this before?

John: No, I’ve done it. I just don’t want to.

Kristen: ok…well, we don’t have to dance.

Christina #2 (walks toward us)

John: here comes your friend…Why don’t you dance with her. *

Christina #2: What’s going on?

Kristen: He doesn’t want to dance with me.

John: It’s not you. I just don’t want to dance.

Christina #2: What? Didn’t you pay to come here?

John: Yes, I paid and danced once and I’m… (walks away)

(Christina #2 and I turn down a couple creepy old men and sit this dance out. The next dance John has a dancing partner and is contra-ing.)

End scene.

yeah. I love my life.
But really, contra was fun. I'll do it again.

*This sentence could use a question mark...but he didn't say it like a question.

American Honey.

oh family.


4 reasons I love my family...

1. While at a fancy dinner (at a blueberry convention) my mom leans over and says “Don’t worry, if Anna doesn’t like this food, I have meatloaf in my purse.”

2. Later while eating, my sisters and I start getting really excited about the delicious food...and passing/sharing our favorites with each other...we were sitting at a table with another family we didn't know. We got strange looks from them.

3. After leaving that fancy dinner we passed a “snack bar” where my sisters and I proceeded to stock up on granola bars, cute little boxes of tea, and then an orange each so I could teach them how to juggle. We crammed all of our treasures into my mom’s purse.

4. My sisters and I ended the fancy evening my jumping on the hotel bed.


recent new things:
Hiking at Tom Brown park.
Calvins Coffee shop.
Cheesy Chickn and Salsa Skillet (recipe).
Bible Study.
Sharing my life story at community group. (see picture below for a detailed decription of what Mike and I thought my story would be like).

(my story will be surprisingly remembered always. tears could slowly cool the warm feeling shared together. almost like a fight between a couch and my heart. listen to every word as if it were some secret phone call. friends keep an open mind. talk in your sleepy voice. come to the place like no other.)

1 Kings 19:11-13.


The LORD said, "Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by."

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a
gentle whisper.
When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.

Then a voice said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"

Isaiah pt.2


In quietness and trust shall be your strength.
from Isaiah 30:15
(Picture from a hiking trip with elizabeth)

Reverse Graffiti.

I'm doing a presentation in one of my art classes this week about "earthworks"... There wasn't much in our text about it so I'm doing my own research. I've found some really interesting stuff so I thought I'd share a little with you.



I was recently reminded of a quote from one of my favorite books. I thought I'd share.

“Shaped from something of earth and something of heaven, we were torn between two worlds. A part of us wanted to hide. A part of us wanted to search.Though we hardly knew where to look.

We painted to see if what was lost was in the picture. We composed to hear if what was lost was in the music. We sculpted to find if what was lost was in the stone. We wrote to discover if what was lost was in the story.

Through art and music and stories we searched for what was missing from our lives….We reach for God in many ways. Through our sculpture and our scripture. Through our pictures and our prayers. Through our writing and our worship.

And through them He reaches for us.

His search begins with something said. Ours begins with something heard. His begins with something shown. Ours begins with something seen. Our search for God and His search for us meet at the windows in our everyday experience. These are the windows of the soul.

In a sense, it is something like spiritual disciplines for the spiritually undisciplined. In another sense, it is the most rigorous of disciplines—the discipline of awareness. For we must always be looking and listening if we are to see the windows and hear what is being spoken to us through them. But we must learn to look with more than just our eyes and listen with more than just our ears, for the sounds are sometimes faint and the sights are sometimes far away. We must be aware, at all times and in all places, because windows are everywhere, and at any time we may find one.

Or one may find us. Though we will hardly know it…unless we are searching for Him who for so long has been searching for us.”

from Windows of the Sould by Ken Gire.

the whole story.


“I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape - the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show... ”
- Andrew Wyeth

Trodden Weed



"The work of art must seize upon you, wrap you up in itself and carry you..."

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

The Umbrellas

mystery solved.


I figured it out. I now have my picture back. :)
I'm great at solving mysteries.
Nancy Drew taught me everything I know.
(Mike didn't tell me anything...)



My friends think they are funny. This weekend when I went home they creeped into my room and stole my picture.

There use to be a picture hanging from that lonely nail...

This flag now hangs in its place...

I also had a "clue" ...

a CD with this song by Matt Wertz:

Never been much good on my own

So I'm tryin' to find somebody else

Never been good at findin' much except this

Loneliness all by myself

Spottin' you ain't been easy

I could use one hand, maybe two

Cause I got this spot right beside me baby

Waiting here just for you
So you go hide

And I'll come seek

Maybe someday in the middle

We just might meetbecause

I'm counting to a hundred

And I promise

I won't peek

As you go hide

And I come seek
How much longer will this game go on

I guess summer time will tell

Cause I hate to hear that you're all alone

Overlooked in search of someone else
So you go hide

And I'll come seek

Maybe someday in the middle

We just might meet

Cause I'm counting to a hundred

And I promise I won't peek

As you go
Please show your face

Because I want you to be it...yeah

I want you to be it

elizabeth says it obvious. I don't believe her.



"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."

- Martin Luther King, Jr.



A9 1 @ Yahoo! Video

Isaiah pt. 1


The one who trusts will never be dismayed.
from Isaiah 28:16

cry songs.


Here are three song that make me cry...

They aren't really sad, but I can't listen to them without at least tearing up. Just thought I'd share... Have a good cry. Or not, maybe it's just me.

(I couldn't embed this's the link)


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Yesterday elizabeth and I made a cake. from scratch. It was surprisingly easy. I've never made a cake before (other than the kind from the box). We also made cool-whip frosting...this was a little more challenging only because our first attempt at this didn't go very well. We started with soy milk to make pudding and evidently you can't do that. It never turned into normal pudding; it was very runny. I almost had an emotional breakdown because I couldn't make instant pudding. I thought there was something wrong with me. There are three directions for instant pudding. 1. put powder in bowl 2. add milk 3. stir...when this doesn't work, you know you're in trouble. However, after talking with my mom, we decided that it wasn't me, it was the soy milk. Anyways, I then had to run to publix and get another box of pudding and some real milk. (this was our sweet snack for community and we were cutting it close on time.) The cake (whom you may call Betsy) was beautiful and delicious (if I do say so myself) and we got to use my cake stand for the first time (thrift store find!).


p.s. our kitchen was a disaster after this little escapade and I was in my room studying for a quiz (thinking I would come out later to clean) but then fell asleep forgetting to do so. This morning I woke up to a BEAUTIFUL kitchen. I have a great roomie. Thanks elizabeth, I will do the dishes next time...and clean up before I leave this weekend. :)



I may have mentioned before that for the new year I decided to do new things. Here's what I've done so far:
learned to juggle (well, still learning)
made a blanket fort
made stuffed peppers
went to "pig fest"
Here's what I am doing soon (or would like to do soon):
make a pretty cake
go kayaking
wear a brooch (because I have to dress up for 2 of my classes...and brooches are for dressing up)
share my story at community group (oh boy.)

"camping" and Pig Fest.


This weekend in pictures...
It was too cold for real camping so we camped in the living room.
This included: tent building, pancakes shaped like animals(etc.), jiffy pop(corn), campfire wallpaper on the computer, nature soundtrack, and crazy friends.

While "camping" we decided that we would go to Pig Fest the next's the pictures from that:

did I mention I love friendship?

recent cooking/juicing.


tangelo juice (if anyone knows why its called tangelo, please let me know, I've tried to figure it out...with no luck.)
stuffed peppers :)



I'm REALLY not looking forward to this semester of school (which starts tomorrow).
Here are some thankful thoughts to distract me :)

I am so very thankful for:
my electric blanket
the tiny space heater
a clean room
hot chocolate
my snuggie*
delicious dinners**
funny friends
my momma <3

*did I mention that my new nickname is Snug because of this?
**elizabeth and I made stuffed peppers to come:)



Hello 2010.
It's been a good year...and it's only the 3rd. Lets hope this continues. :)
My new year's resolution is to try new things...preferable at least one new thing a week.
I came back to Tally on the 1st and was greeted by the cold. That afternoon, elizabeth, mike, and I went to cracker barrel for some warm and delicious food. After that we headed back to our house for some gnome bowling...sadly, we didn't take pictures. Mike also taught me how to juggle, which I'm still working at. Later we went to the 1st friday art walk then rented Julie and Julia. This movie has inspired elizabeth and I to include making new foods to the trying new things list. So, we are now looking up recipes online. If you have any you would like to share, let me know.
January 2, 2010 was also eventful. elizabeth and I went to a cute little consignment shop then to the flea market. That evening e, M, and I went to see Where The Wild Things Are. We also practiced jump-roping, juggling, and cartwheeling in the front yard...our neighbors think we're crazy.
Today, the 3rd...I got a flat tire on the way home from church. (this can go in my college adventures category) e, M, and I pumped up the tire and brought it to get fixed. (It's better now:)

It's been an eventful year...