Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Here come the Zombies

So this past Saturday and Sunday I was in a production put on through my college called "The Zombie". 

I played Rosemary, a girl who's best friend is marrying the man she loves. I tried to get him to love me through love charms and tricks lol I'm desperate. It was an amazing production and I had so much fun. Here are some pictures from our final performance 

Me trying to rescue my BFF, Vivian

The zombies :)

Well.....I didn't really want a Zombie Adam.....

I had so much fun and made so many great friends and memories. So glad I was in this class!!!!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Jane Austen giveaway

As many of you know I LOVE Jane Austen and one of my all time favorite blogs, The P&P95Forever club is having a big giveaway of JA items...I would love to win one and you should all go check it out! You won't be wasting your time :) Just click on the P&P95Forever Club button on the sidebar and it will take you to the blog! Enjoy!!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

8th nephew has arrived!!!!

James Alexander Lay was born on October 23 at 7:25 pm. He weighed 8lbs 8oz and was 21.5 inches long :) mom, Ruthie and I went out and visited with Beth and Brandon to see little James and Isaiah. 

After that we went to Steph and Joshua's to spend the night. While we were there Steph , mom and I discussed Mom's hat business. She crochets hats for kids, babies and just about anyone. You request any hat and she'll make it for you. She has done Olaf, minions, owls, Thomas the tank engine etc....so if you want one, go onto Facebook and look up "Hats for all Seasons". You won't be disappointed :) so that's been my October really. Work and school and a new nephew :)

Friday, October 10, 2014

August and September 2014

sooooo...the month of September has come and gone.....how is that possible??? October is here, the weather is getting cooler and I don't want to bring out my winter clothes!!

But I guess I need to share pictures from August and September....so here I go

So my mom, dad, Miriam, Matthew, Benji and Ruthie went to the beach in August and I couldn't go because of school and work so I stayed with my second family, the Banton's for a week :)

Fun and games

I helped Savannah do some wood burning...a lot of fun...seriously 

We found a mustache while cleaning Kayla's room and put it to use

Baby shower!!!!

Flowers sent to my mom from a dear friend

My friend, Leah's dog :)

Isn't our God amazing???

Chilling out at a cafe

Kayla is now in Oregon at Ecola Bible college, to help her get there we had a fundraiser pancake supper...this is how we get ready....

Went to support some Chinese friends while they did a moon festival, they acted out the legend and sang for us and how to write "moon" in Chinese

Maddie finally posted wedding pics!!!!

My sister, Stephanie, had her 4th kid early August, Caleb Lee Shelor. He was 10lbs and is even bigger

Gideon, Tirzah and I

Went and saw my friend, Natalie at Liberty!

funny nephew, Isaiah

Awesome nephew, Asher



Then my sister-in-law, Amy Joy had her second son 12 days ago. Henry David Foster!

not even 12 hours old when I first saw him

Last time seeing Kayla before she left for Ecola last week

Asher spent a couple of days with us last week to give his mommy a rest

And as always...Johnny being weird....love my bro

Monday, September 22, 2014

A Tolkien Blog Party!!!

So one of my favorite blogs, The Edge of the Precipice is hosting a Tolkien blog party in honor of Bilbo and Frodo's birthdays!!!! She is hosting a giveaway as well so I am also excited for that :) She posted 10 questions for us to post on our blog and answer them so that is what I am doing today

1.  Who introduced you to Tolkien's stories? My family, I kinda grew up with them

2.  How old were you when you first ventured into Middle Earth? 8 :)

3.  Did you read the books first, or see movie versions first? BOOKS! You should always read the books first!

4.  A dragon or a balrog -- which would you rather fight? ummmm, wow this is hard....I would have to say a Balrog

5.  Who are three of your favorite characters?  (Feel free to elaborate on why.) Pippin, because we are a lot a like. We love to eat and laugh and just be fools. He's my favorite character. My second would have to be Frodo, he goes through so much and is willing to do it. He wants to protect his friends in any way possible and is willing to die for them. My third favorite is Boromir, not many people like him because he tried to take the ring from Frodo. But he was just being human, and wanted to protect those he loved. We would all probably try to take the ring if we thought we could save our city and the ones we love. But Boromir is a good man, He realizes his mistake and tries to make up for it, and he does. He dies protecting two young hobbits and redeems himself in the end. So Pippin, Frodo and Boromir are my 3 favorite characters from LOTR

6.  Have you ever dressed up like a Tolkien character? Yes :) I dressed up as Arwen to go see the Desolation of Smaug.

7.  If someone asks you to go on adventure, how do you respond? Coming!!!!!

8.  Have you read any of the "history of Middle Earth" books? Yes, I believe I have read 4 or so of them and I want to read the rest

9.  Would you rather drink a bowl of Ent Draught or a glass of Old Winyards? A glass of Old Winyards

10.  List up to ten of your favorite lines/quotes from the books or movies.
 Oh this is going to be fun! um, #1, "Don't be hasty" #2 "I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone" #3 "The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places: but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief , it grows perhaps the greater" #4 "I would have followed you, my brother... My captain... My king" #5 “A hunted man sometimes wearies of distrust and longs for friendship.”  #6 "Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.”  #7 "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." #8 "If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world." #9 "It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered, full of darkness and danger they were. Sometimes you didn’t want to know the end, because how could the end be happy. How could the world go back to the way it was when there’s so much bad that had happened? But in the end it’s only a passing thing, this shadow; even darkness must pass" #10 "Not all those who wander are lost."
Well those are my answers!!! Head over to this Awesome blog and check out the party!!! 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

God's Not Dead (2014)

So earlier this month my dad bought the movie "God's Not Dead". I had heard so much about it, seen the trailer, and read reviews on it so I was excited to see it.
Here's a brief summery of the movie:

College student, Josh Wheaten starts a philosophy class and is demanded by his professor, who is an atheist, to write three words, "God is Dead". Josh, who is a Christian, tells his professor that as a Christian that he can not write those three words. Professor Radisson then requires Josh to prove that God is not dead and have a debate with him. The rest of the class is then told that they will be the judges and will decide who is right, Josh or Professor Radisson. The rest of the movie is focused on Josh as he researches and relies on God to help show his professor and classmates the truth about God's existence. The movie also shows several other Christians who are struggling with their family and standing up for their belief.

When I started watching it I could relate to Josh as a college student struggling. As I have already done and college class and am doing 3 more I am understanding that I will have to stand up for my faith. This movie encouraged me so much. It shows how God will reward us and make us stringer when we obey Him no matter what the consequences. This movie has definitely helped me become stronger and I would encourage everyone to see it!

There is no language in this movie

Sexual Content:
a little cleavage is shown and a it is implied that a couple is living together.

Violent content:
In one scene a girl's father hits her and drags her outside by her hair. And in another scene a man gets hit by a car and you can see blood

I give this movie 10 out of 10 stars. It was well cast and the acting was amazing! Please go watch it :)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Cloak of Light by Chuck Black Review

So I joined blogging for books and requested Cloak of the Light by Chuck Black, they sent it to me and if I give a review of it I get to keep the book! So here is my review of the book...

Tragedy and heartache seem to be waiting for Drew Carter at every turn, but college offers Drew a chance to start over—until an accident during a physics experiment leaves him blind and his genius friend, Benjamin Berg, missing.As his sight miraculously returns, Drew discovers that the accident has heightened his neuron activity, giving him skills and sight beyond the normal man. When he begins to observe fierce invaders that no one else can see, he questions his own sanity, and so do others. But is he insane or do the invaders truly exist?With help from Sydney Carlyle, a mysterious and elusive girl who offers encouragement through her faith, Drew searches for his missing friend, Ben, who seems to hold the key to unlocking this mystery. As the dark invaders close in, will he find the truth in time?

 I appreciated the fact that Black allowed Drew to remain antagonistic to the Gospel throughout the entire novel. Though he’s softening, Drew doesn’t have a “magical conversion” that makes everything make sense and be perfect as is all too often the case in books where Angles and Demons are involved in a fight over a particular person. The novel itself harkens back to Peretti while still holding a completely unique take on the spiritual fight on earth. 
The “invaders” are an interesting take on the whole angels and demons thing, if one keeps in mind that it is only the author's speculations. One good thing the author did was to factor in Drew's and Berg's ignorance about things spiritual and religious, so for them the “invaders” are not angels, but other kinds of beings. 
 In another part, the story's main battle towards the end, the good invaders (angels) are empowered when Sydney seems to be praying. This is a fairly popular teaching in some circles, that our prayers empower angels or free them to do things or keep them employed, but even the author, in the study guide at the end of the book, notes that the Bible doesn't teach that this is how prayer works.

So, on the one hand, I enjoyed the book as a story. It was a quick read, and kept my interest. Perhaps that is how it should be read, as speculative fiction, as simply a fairly good Christian sci-fi thriller. But one should be wary of reading it as an example of spiritual warfare, or as a glimpse into how angels and demons fight each other.