... Opening Christmas letters. I mean wow, it is such an awesome experience! Bearing the bluster and chill and cracking open the mailbox to find those ornate Christmas stamps on the top right corners of each crisp, cream-colored envelope. You hurry back inside, slice open the seal and enjoy the family pictures and Christmas cards. But most of all, you unfold the single piece of copy paper and begin to devour the tiny black symbols that form the anecdotes and updates from each family. Oh, the beauty of the Christmas letter. No other holiday has a tradition so unique. You might never contact the person through the year, but rest assured, one snowy (or rainy!) winter day their annual Christmas letter will be waiting for you, tucked away in the mailbox.
One common closing line on these Christmas letters is something to the effect of "Can't wait to catch up with you and yours this new year!" Yet, we don't visit. We just wait patiently for the letter. But why? Yes, these letters are amazing, priceless glimpses into the lives of our loved ones. However, they will never replace the joy you feel when you meet with these friends in person. Imagine: Slipping and sliding up their icy driveway, stomping your snowy feet on the welcome mat, anxiously ringing their chiming door bell, laughing and boisterously greeting each and every member of the family as you track in melting snow despite your best efforts, miraculously managing to guide your famous dip through the tight hallway and on to the kitchen counter without tripping over the furry friends. You drink. You eat. You laugh. You are happy. Nothing else can bring this joy to your heart. So this year, for the love of Christmastime and all that it stands for, go! Catch up with those long lost friends! Strive to keep your friendship from dulling throughout the year!
4x6, 5x7, 8x10, wallet, and everything in between. Picture sizes. Sizes of life's perfect (or not so perfect) moments. They fill shoe boxes, albums, scrapbooks, frames, walls, hearts. Pictures have irreplaceable, priceless value. They have survived the test of time. Photography is a way to remember the past, preserve the present, and inspire the future.
I decided not to write about the attacks on Paris right away, but rather to reflect on the events and post later. This is that post!
As far as ISIS coming to the United States? I'm not sure what I think on the terms of them coming or not, but I also don't think that matters. If they don't come, fabulous. If they do come, do you think that will be the end of America? Of course not. We are fighters. We are resilient. We are strong. We are determined. We are dedicated. We will survive. We might get hurt, but we won't give up. We are a nation built on the values of soldiers of the good fight, and we won't lose.
Hi everyone! Thanks for checking in to the blog this week :) Sadly, I have a LOT of homework to complete and will be unable to post this week.
Until next, next week then!! Thanks for your understanding-
This past weekend my family spent an overnight in a cabin at the Edinboro Lake Resort! The following slide show includes some of the pictures I took!
I am about two and a half weeks into my junior year of high school and I am already SUPER busy!
I have my challenging school load, busy work, active social life, and me time to juggle. Those reading this might have school, work, kids, family, businesses, social lives, projects, and so much more to fit into one tiny schedule. The ONLY way to make all of these things fit into your schedule is to balance your life and prioritize!
At this point in my life my priorities are ranked as follows:
1. Me & Family
2. Academics & Work
3. Social life
However, some days these priorities get shuffled out of order and I become stressed beyond belief! Usually what happens is one of two things: I take too much time for relaxation and procrastination and have to stay up til all hours of the night finishing my homework OR I fill up my free time completely with homework and work and then I'm stressed out because I don't take enough time to relax and smell the roses!
I think prioritizing is a really important thing to master at a young (ish) age so it's already a subconscious habit when I'm an adult. I hope all of you take this into consideration next time you are trying to figure out why you are so stressed out. And one last thing:
Step back, breath, and don't forget to smell the roses :)
Hello my dears! I am finally back in school! My district started really late this year due to our new elementary school. Now I have a school computer making it easier to blog; however, this year I have heavier course load along with my first job so I am planning on posting biweekly. I hope all of you will come back every other week to come read about my life :) Thank you to all of my loyal followers, I really appreciate the support you are giving this amateur blogger <3
Mrs. Jen Albertini is a friend of my mom's who works for Mary Kay Cosmetics. She came over to our house this week and showed my twin and I how to apply makeup, she matched our foundation colors, etc. It was such a great experience and this makeup is SUPER light! It's not greasy, doesn't cake, it does not feel like I am wearing makeup! Right after she left we sat down and wrote out an entire order. I wanted some nicer makeup for fancy days and I'll be looking at senior pictures soon. Mary Kay Cosmetics is perfect for these things. Plus, Mrs. Albertini does makeup applications for special occasions and might be doing my makeup for senior pictures! I can't wait :) If you ever need Mary Kay makeup, or want to learn what shades/colors work for you, look up Mrs. Albertini!! They also have an awesome skin care line to check out. Enjoy!
I am so excited for my junior year classes! I have fortune 500 (I make t shirts and other school merchandise), chemistry, print media workshop (I will be writing the school newspaper and yearbook), study hall, intro to business*, world history honors, pre calculus honors, and advanced art. Good luck to everyone as you start this school year! YOU CAN DO IT!!!!
* I might be switching to Spanish 2 because this class isn't what I expected from it *
My Dad has a subscription to Pittsburgh Catholic and I was catching up on Friday, August 14th's edition.
Bishop David Zubik wrote a commentary titled "So help us God." He writes about Planned Parenthood and abortion. There are some pretty stunning facts.
Planned Parenthood reports that it performs roughly 330,000 abortions every year, a third of the abortions in the United States. PP states that "abortion is just a small part of its business. They also supply adoption referrals. They don't tell us that their rate of abortion to adoption referrals is 149 to one." Add that to reportedly leaked videos of PP officials discussing the act of obtaining baby's organs, and I can safely say I was thoroughly shocked... And not in a good way.
I really hope that all of you reading this take the time to reflect on what we are letting ourselves accept: the murder of our country's children. If any other country was killing babies, America would be in an uproar; so why aren't we when it's happening in our own backyard? Now, I understand there are circumstances where mothers cannot support their baby, etc. Please choose life! Adoption helps heal hearts and fill holes in the lives of people who can't have children of their own. Imagine, 990,000 families completed every year in the United States if abortion was stopped. Talk about joy!
Please pray for all the people in Bishop Zubik's article +
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