Picture Post

(just found this draft from over a month ago and am publishing it as-is)

I’ve been taking (and have been in) some interesting pictures lately and thought you guys might enjoy seeing them.  I’d like to know which one is your favorite!

Yup, this is exactly what you think it is!  We had the amazing opportunity to go to an exclusive DVD release party for Tobymac’s (the godfather of Christian hip hop music) new Hits Deep Live CD and DVD.  As a bonus, each of us got a free copy of it and were able to get it signed by the man himself.  I still can’t believe it happened, hehehe!  In case you’re wondering, yes, we did get candy with the CD/DVDs. In case you’re also wondering about our shirts, TheJoyFM is the Christian radio station that put on this release party.  #BeJoy #TheMorningCruise #macblacklabel

(not sure why it’s flipped, sorry)

We went to a beach near us (perk of Florida-living: There’s always a pretty good beach near you) but it was COLD! Probably, like, mid-70s, hahahaha but we ended up using our towels as blankets and didn’t touch the water!  There was a beautiful sunset though and plenty of cute birds! 🙂

Hahaha I was so scared when Carrie and I were playing SMW April Fools Edition and she accidentally rotated my entire display by pushing some combination of keys.  I called tech support (my dad) but he wasn’t quite sure what to do so as he was telling me things to try, I went to the control panel and fixed it by changing the resolution, after somehow rotating it to the upright position.  

Our church needed painting, so we let the men and boys work on that and went shopping instead. The sun was quite bright so we’re making some odd faces, but it was so much fun!  (Yes, our shopping plaza has a giant beach chair for this very purpose.  Aren’t ya jealous?) 

Apparently, Adam Young likes to lean over in pictures.  Also, he is a politician. Like, whaaaaa?  Google it for yourself if you want the juicy deets.  (It’s actually true!)

At dinner one fateful Monday night, my step-dad explained to us the mysteries of binary, hexadecimal, base-10, and everything in between.  MY MIND IS BLOWN AND (as of Tuesday morning) I STILL HAVEN’T GOTTEN OVER HOW COOL IT IS. And, yes, my breakfast was peanut butter on a bagel with chocolate chips.

Donald J _____

Stump!  
Betcha that wasn’t what you were expecting me to say!  (If you actually were, you might have either heard me tell this story before or have incredible mental faculties… And by that I mean you saw the picture. 😋)

Earlier this year (which doesn’t narrow it down at all as that could be any of the other 11 months), my dad, Carrie, and I went kayaking at Weeki Wachee Springs in Northernish Florida.  As we rounded a bend, we saw some sunglasses and “poled” over to investigate. (I may have just made the world’s worst pun ever, given the fact that you use paddles, not poles, to steer and propel kayaks.  Also, you don’t pull a kayak over like you would a car.  So, apologies all around but I’m keeping it there because I can.  Also, can you believe how long this parenthetical statement is??)

We made this amazingly true-to-life sculpture of our President-elect using part of an onion we found lying around (I kid you not) and a leaf.  Bonus points if you know the Latin name of the plant from whence the leaf came to us on a bonny breeze (OK, we picked it up off the ground, but I will still be impressed).

In light of today’s importance, I thought I’d share this now. 🙂

Squid

P.S. Yes, I know the cypress knee we used isn’t a stump.  Why do you have to be so critical!  We were just making a pun and having fun. (hehe, rhyme) (shoutout to anyone who got that Ultimate Spiderman reference).

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  My family has a big weekend planned, but I wanted to get a post in before I started school again next week.  (I got a whole week off for Turkey Day!) 

Things I’m thankful for: 

-My friend Bri finally gave me my birthday presents a couple days ago, including a Marvel fleece throw blanket! 

Adam and I have been having lots of fun with it and it is sooooo soft and comfy!! 

-I’m not a huge fan of Christmas music except right around Christmas, so I was a bit annoyed to turn my radio on the morning to the WayFM and hear Christmas music on Thanksgiving!!  The JoyFM will start tomorrow, but Klove isn’t playing any unless you want to go to their website or their app.  THANK GOODNESS! Hahaha it makes me so happy. 

-A couple weeks ago, after my volunteering shift was done at the library but my mom wasn’t there yet, I checked out (library pun) the library bookstore and found a book of mysteries by Isaac Asimov!  The pages were yellowed, the cover deteriorating, but that just made it better!  So, for the pricey sum of $1, I gained one of the greatest books I’ve read this entire year!  Isaac Asimov’s Casebook of the Black Widowers!  It’s the third in a series about the Black Widowers, and I love it so very much! 

Things I’m looking forward to:

-Today, we’re heading out to our pastor’s house for Thanksgiving dinner, which guarantees a great time!  

-On Saturday morning, my Bright Lights group is doing an outreach at a nursing home in our community.  We’ll be playing music, performing a skit, and reciting memory verses.  I am heading up the music part along with my friend, Lauren, and our leader, Hannah.  I will be playing guitar while Lauren plays the piano and Nadene also plays the guitar.  The rest of our group will be singing. 🙂 We’ve had a couple bumps in the road and lots of key changes, but it’s on the right track!  

 -Later that day, there will be a pie contest at our church!  They need people to eat all that pie, and I reluctanly agreed… Lol just kidding.  I am no baker, but I like pie. 🙂

Thanks for reading! 

Squid

A Long Time Ago In a Galilee Far Far Away

No, I did not just mess up my Star Wars reference, I actually meant exactly what I said. Why?  Because a long time ago (the end of July 2016) in a Little Galilee Christian Camp High School Main Week 2 far, far away (In Illinois, which is a two-day drive from Florida) I had one of the greatest weeks of my life.

I had never thought that I’d actually go to a summer camp, but my dad knows a guy. 🙂 Mr. Bob and my dad helped out at church camps together when they were in college, and, this year, Mr. Bob was the dean at the second High School week. He invited my dad to come up to Illinois and help him out as a staff member for the week.  My dad loved the idea, but it was my birthday week and he would have had to miss my birthday.  When he mentioned this, Mr. Bob suggested that he just “bring her too!”  They were able to get a scholarship for me because my dad would be working there, so my dad and I drove for two days and arrived late, somehow.  Thankfully, we were able to get registered and my camp experience was commenced!

The worship for that week was a led by a band from Ozark Christian College called Frontline.  Each year, students audition to be part of this band, so the lineup always changes.  I was blown away by this group’s enthusiasm for worshipping God and learning to know Him better, despite the terrible things some of them had been through.  They were such an encouragement to me and I am so thankful to God for putting me with them. (Also, my dad had toured with their predecessors, Impact Brass! :D)

Ryan, their drummer, was my family group leader, aka “dad”.  If you’re not familiar with family groups, the premise is this: You have 60ish campers and 20+ staff.  That doesn’t give you very many opportunities for real relationships to form and for people to lose their shyness.  So, they split us up into 6 family groups of about 10-14 people, each with 2-3 staff members to lead it.  My “mom” was Amie, one of the four students from Central Christian College of the Bible.  I also had an “uncle”, Jacob, the sound technician from Frontline who likes Star Wars and Relient K and was homeschooled up until college. How could we not get along?

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From left-right, back row: Brennan/Brandon (I never actually knew his name; there was another guy with whichever name isn’t his), Ryan, Isaiah (Poe) with Thomas behind him, my friend Hallie with whom I hung out pretty much all week, Zach, and Jacob. From l-r, front row: Rachel (one of two, both in my cabin), Aly (also one of two in my cabin), Lexi (my dorm mother’s daughter), Amie (the sass is strong with this one), me, and Taylor.

That was my amazingly crazy family and I loved them.  I mentioned in my preview post that our family name was The Spicy Bois… I suppose I should tell the story.

We were waiting in line for the zip line (we went by family group) and started talking about Florida since that’s where I’m from.  Fire ants were mentioned, along with the fact that a petition was started to change their official name to Spicy Bois.  Somehow, this was agreed upon to be our family group.  We decided that, in addition to a name, we also needed an anthem.  Soooo singing the words “Spicy Bois” over and over to the Jurassic Park theme became a regular occurrence.  I hummed it constantly, haha.

That week of camp was crazy.  My legs were really sore from walking to and from everywhere up and down hills, but they eventually just got strong… eventually. 😛  I laughed a lot, learned new songs, cried way more than I thought I would, and made some great new friends and memories that I hope I never forget.  I’m so thankful that God worked everything out, and there were so many fingerprints he left behind that I’m uncovering now.  Our God is good! 😀

Anyway, I’m sorry this a terribly belated post, but I hope you guys enjoyed it. 🙂

Squid

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