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Another blog!

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

This weekend, my sisters and I learned how to design blogs! =) My Dad taught us how to do it. The blogs we have now were created by Kane and Dad. Anyway, we had a lot of fun with it…and we made three new ones! I plan on continuing to blog on this one, but I will use the new one as well.

Here is my new blog address:

http://puremessenger.blogspot.com/

Hope you enjoy it!

~Paige

Cow day!!!

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Every year Chick-Fil-A hosts a Cow Appreciation Day; a day which allows devoted fans to display their loyalty to Chick-Fil-A. You can have any meal on the menu for free…all you need is a cow costume and courage. Naturally, when free food is involved, our family usually participates! So, we’ve been doing this for four years running.

This year we had our largest herd ever!

37 courageous cows!

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Happy Father’s Day, Daddy!

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Happy Father’s Day, Daddy! You are the second best dad ever…after God, of course. I love you so much! I am so thankful that you take the time to teach all of us more about the Lord and keep us focused on Him.

I really love hiking and playing games with you! Thank you for teaching me how to do things…like driving and technical stuff. You are the best! I love you.

~Paige

Quilt Camp!

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

I have almost completed my third quilt! Last Thursday and Friday, my sisters, mom, and I attended a really awesome quilt camp with many of our friends. The camp is run by a neat couple who doesn’t really profit from the camp, but hosts it out of love. They make thousands of quilts each year for wounded soldiers. What a great way to use their gift of quilting!

All of the eighteen quilts made last week had the same pattern, yet it was amazing how unique each one turned out. Mrs. C., the kind lady who was in charge, had cut out all the fabric before we arrived. She even put the material needed for each quilt into separate plastic bags. After everyone had set up their machines, she allowed us to pick out our fabric! I absolutely love the fabric I received! The fact that it is all pink has a lot to do with it! =)


There was a lot of pressing and pinning to be done! Actually, sewing took up less of my time than pressing and pinning.=)


I was able to finish everything except the binding, which won’t take long at all.


Eighteen quilters and Mrs. C.!!!

Here is my quilt without the edges sewn. Hopefully, I’ll finish it up soon and post a finished shot of it!



A Belated Celebration

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Last summer, my siblings and some friends of ours agreed that we would have a “secret Christmas” with each other. We talked, planned, and then finally executed our plans. Thankfully, there are eight of us so it was perfectly even and everyone had a “secret someone”.

To start out, we wrote each one of our names on pieces of paper, along with a few small items we wanted. Then, we took turns drawing. Due to circumstances, we did this several times.=P With this done, our next step was to purchase the presents.  However, we were sick for nearly two months after Christmas and we were unable to get with them for quite awhile! Because we were so sick, we didn’t actually shop for them until last month sometime. So, two weeks ago we had our Christmas. Perhaps it was even more fun since we had been looking forward to it for a very long time!

AliO, one of the two friends who did it with us, had me as her “secret person”. She was so sweet by making and buying me wonderful presents. The only thing I wrote on my paper was earrings, but she went all out! She made me beautiful earrings and gave me a matching bracelet.

She also presented me with four different colors of friendship bracelet thread! Two of which were pink…my favorite color!

Topping it all off, she gave me two packages of Doublemint gum…my absolute favorite!

Thank you AliO!!! I’m glad that I was your “secret someone” and that we were finally able to have our Christmas! You are such a great friend. I thank the Lord for allowing us to become friends.

January = sickness

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Typically, January is a notorious month for sickness. This is especially true for our family. I can’t recall a January in which we didn’t have some sort of illness. Strep throat, colds, stomach bugs, and flu is usually what we pick up. This January it happens to be the flu. So far, Benjamin, Michelle, Bradley, and I are the only ones who have come down with it. Benjamin and I caught it two weeks ago. Michelle came down with it last week and Bradley got it Monday.

For me, it just kept getting worse, though. Last Wednesday, I went to choir because I was feeling a bit better, and did not have a fever. I also didn’t want to miss due to the fact that our choir director has a “three strikes and you’re out!” policy. This incentive definitely motivates people to come…even when sick. So, with this pressure, I decided I was feeling well enough to go. However, on the way home in the suburban, I started feeling horrible. I couldn’t breathe very well. It was difficult to even talk. When we arrived back home, I rested for a bit on the couch and I started breathing easier. For the rest of the evening, I laid on the couch and relaxed.

When someone is sick in our house, we isolate them and they sleep downstairs on the couch. So, I’d been on the couch for about a week. I decided to sleep in my own bed on Wednesday night, though. I had hives earlier in the evening, so I had taken a Benadryl. Benadryl always causes drowsiness for me, so for the first few hours of the night, I slept peacefully. Then, I woke up coughing and struggling to breathe. One of my sisters ran to get my mom. So, you guessed it…I was back downstairs. Actually, I didn’t care because I really couldn’t sleep due to my breathing. My mom was online trying to figure out what my symptoms meant. When she inspected my fingernails and discovered that they were blue, she suspected pneumonia.

In the morning, my mom drove me to the Texas Med Clinic, which is five minutes away. It was hard. The cold air felt like knives in my chest. Naturally, I couldn’t draw a deep breath, so it left me gasping for air. Once we were inside the clinic, though, I began breathing better. It was a long wait. Four hours. I had a chest X-ray and it revealed that I had a pneumonia. The doctor assumed that I did when the nurse checked my oxygen level and found out that it was low.

So, we finally were able to go home. The doctor prescribed two antibiotics and an inhaler. He instructed that I couldn’t run or do any strenuous physical activity for two weeks.

Thursday night was the longest night of my life. And my mom’s, I’m sure! I guess the antibiotic hadn’t started working yet. I was gasping for air the whole night. The inhaler kept me from going to the hospital, but I could only use it every four hours. It was really weird; the hour before I could use it was the worst. My mom and I were literally counting the minutes until I could use it. I’ve never experienced anything like it…and I don’t want to ever again! I’m so thankful that the Lord was with me and brought me through that night.

After that, I started getting better. I didn’t need the inhaler quite so much and now I don’t need it at all. I’m even finished with my antibiotics!=) Yay! The one that I was supposed to take for ten days caused me to break out in hives…so that one was dropped! The other one only lasted for five days. I’m getting stronger every day. I can walk around without panting now and I’m off the couch! However, my grandparents gave us a nice big screen TV for Christmas, and it made being sick more bearable! Thanks Nonnie and Uh-Oh!

So, at this point, we are watching the other invalids closely to make sure they don’t get pneumonia and praying that the other half of us doesn’t get it. Four of us are still well! It is a interesting sickness. The incubation period seems to be a week. Next Monday will be the true test. =)

I wonder what next January will bring…just kidding!

~Paige

Winning Souls with Illusions

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

This week end we had the privilege of being entertained by an illusionist, Brock Gill! He was very entertaining and had us all sitting on the edge of our seats. Our great-grandma invited us to the event, which was at her church. We picked Nana up on Saturday (her 86th birthday!) and took her with us. I think she really enjoyed it. One especially neat thing that Brock did was pour six different types of drinks out off a milk carton! Then, he had six people drink them. Each person claimed that it tasted exactly like what it was! Wow! Brock performed many other neat things, but I will save some of them in case my siblings or parents want to blog about it, too!

It was sooo cool that we just had to come back the next night! He told us that it would be a completely new show. (He had three shows: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.) So, on Sunday, at church, we told everyone about it. Almost everyone excitedly told us that they would probably make it! It was nice because the whole event was free!

After Nana’s birthday party at my grandma’s house, we drove to the church. We met some friends from the chapel and decided to sit with them.  Brock did some really cool illusions. He wiggled out of a straight jacket while walking barefoot on glass!!! This was both amazing and painful to watch. =/ On both nights, after he performed his illusions, Brock presented a nice Gospel message. This was cool because many people were saved! It is neat that he is able to use illusions to win souls for Christ.

After the show on Sunday night, we were able to get a picture with him!

~Paige ♥

Happy Birthday, Bradley!

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

My baby brother is eight years old today! Bradley is “king” for the day because the biblical person he was named after became king when he was eight!!! Dad surprised us with donuts on the table when we woke up!  Right now, Bradley is engrossed with his new Wii game that we bought him last night. We gave it to him this morning at breakfast. Bradley had wanted to wait to open it until my Dad came home, but he just couldn’t wait.


On birthdays, we don’t have to do school! All of us are happy about that. However, we are planning on making an edible cell for human anatomy and physiology. We are looking forward to it! I won’t give away too much because I think my brother is looking forward to writing about it on his new blog!=D

Bradley loves Little Caesar’s, so that’s what we are having for lunch. I’m sure he will want to watch a movie this afternoon. Then for dinner we are meeting Grandma at Whataburger. It looks like a fun day ahead!


Happy Birthday, Bradley! I love you!

Happy Sixteenth, Marie!!!

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

I will apologize up front, Marie. This is extremely overdue…I know your birthday was three months ago! I’ve been wanting to write about our time together, but we had sooo much fun that it’s hard to sort through everything that we did! I will try my best though.=)

For my sixteenth birthday Marie and her family came down to celebrate with me. It was a delightful surprise.=) Six months later, Marie invited us to come celebrate her sixteenth! We happily agreed and in early July we went up to see them. Our families are about four hours away so we usually only see them twice a year.=(

The first night, all of us girls (nine total) slept downstairs on the floor in the girls’ room. We stayed up very, very late!!! It was so awesome. The next morning was spent getting all dressed up for Marie’s tea party. This was sooo cool.

When we arrived at the tea parlor (where Marie had her sixth birthday party too!), we sat down, ordered tea, and played “telephone”. After awhile, we sang “Happy Birthday” and had cake. Then we walked casually around the shop, admiring the goods.

After this, everyone strolled down to a little park with a beautiful fountain. We all acted like six-year-olds! We ran around the edge of the fountain, climbed on the statue, and posed for pictures. It was a ton of fun.=)

Later that afternoon we went back to the house. Of course, we had another slumber party that night! There were other things that we did together, but I thought I would just focus on the party. If you want to read about our crazy adventure that happened later on that night check out my Mom’s post!=P Happy birthday Marie!!!! I’m thankful that you are my friend. Thanks for inviting us! We had a great time.=)

Thanks AliO!!!!!!!

Friday, September 24th, 2010

After co-op today, when we got in the suburban, a delightful surprise awaited us. It was from our friends who recently went to the Grand Canyon! AliO (that’s what I will call her in my blog, for privacy issues) had given Michelle a bag before her family left for home. Michelle had mentioned it to me, but we were so busy cleaning up and playing Ultimate Tag that we didn’t have a chance to open it until we were all seated in the vehicle.

As I hopped in the front seat, Grace handed me a paper bag with my name on it. At first I thought it was a snack, but I peeked inside and found something much, much better!!! It was a pink t-shirt that reads, Grand Canyon Railway, Williams, Arizona. If you know me, you know that I love most anything that’s pink!!!=) So thank you, AliO! You made my day. You are such a sweet friend and we are blessed to know you and your family.