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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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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!



Oatmeal Bake

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Here is a favorite breakfast dish of ours that we received from some close friends. Since it is yummy, serves eight people, and is relatively easy to make, we find ourselves making oatmeal bake quite often!

Ingredients:

4 eggs (beaten)

1/2 c. applesauce

1/2 c. oil

1 c. brown sugar

2 c. milk

4 t. baking powder

2 t. salt

6 c. oatmeal


Optional:

3 T. cinnamon

1 diced apple

sliced strawberries

blueberries

cranberries

peaches

raisins

raspberries


Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350-375 degrees, depending on your oven.

2. Combine eggs, oil, applesauce, and sugar.

3. Stir.

4. Add oatmeal, baking powder, salt, and milk.

5. Stir well.

6. Add optional ingredients as taste desires.

7. Pour in medium-sized greased pan.

8. Bake for 35 minutes or so.

9. Serve warm with additional milk and brown sugar, if desired.


Enjoy! =)

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

Positively Perfect Pasta

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Recently, my sisters and I have been experimenting with new recipes.  We decided to try the one below and most of us enjoy it…hope you will too!

POSITIVELY PERFECT PASTA

Ingredients:

2 chicken breasts

2/3 c. chicken broth

2 carrots, sliced diagonally into 1/4-inch pieces

1 package frozen broccoli

1/4 grated Parmesan cheese

12 oz. angel hair pasta

2 T. olive oil

2 cloves garlic

1 t. dried basil

Instructions:

1. Heat 1 T. oil in a medium  skillet over medium heat; add chicken. Cook, stirring, until chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Remove from skillet and drain on paper towels (shred chicken before or after step 1).

2. Heat remaining oil in same skillet. Begin heating water for pasta. Add carrots to skillet; cook, stirring, for 4 minutes. Add broccoli and garlic to skillet; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes longer.

3. Cook pasta according to package directions. While pasta is cooking, add chicken broth, basil, and Parmesan to skillet. Stir to combine. Return to skillet. Reduce heat and simmer for 4 minutes.

4. Drain pasta. Place in a large serving bowl. Top with chicken and vegetable mixture. Serve immediately.

ENJOY!=)

~Paige

Fruit Turkey!

Friday, November 26th, 2010

The day before Thanksgiving, we created something unique. Grandma visited us and she brought tons of fruit with her. We all thought it was meant for lunch, until she explained that we were going to fashion a turkey out of the fruit. What? How do you do that, you ask? Those are the same questions we asked her, but a few hours later Grandma taught us how to make a turkey…out of fruit! Here are the instructions, if you want to try your hand at it!

Ingredients:

-Foam board

-cutting board

-sharp knife, several if you have many helpers

-tons of toothpicks

-coffee straws

-platter to place the turkey on

-fruit…we used cantaloupe, red and green grapes, lemons, limes, and oranges, but feel free to be creative!

Step 1: First things first, wash the fruit thoroughly. 

Step 2: Begin slicing the oranges, lemons, and limes.

Step 3: Cut a thin strip off (what will be) the bottom of the cantaloupe, so it will not move around on the platter. Place the cantaloupe on the platter.

Step 4: Cut a candy cane shape or an upside-down “J” out of the foam board. This will be the neck and head. Stick it in place on the cantaloupe with several toothpicks.

Step 5: When this is completed, insert the coffee straws directly opposite the neck/head.

Step 6: Start covering the cantaloupe with grapes, with the help of toothpicks. You may have to break the toothpicks in half, if they are too long.

Step 7: Do the same thing with the head and neck, but use the same color of grape. Use the color that you didn’t use to make the eyes.

Step 8: Now shift gears to the “feathers”, or coffee straws. Push a strawberry down each straw.

Step 9: With this done, continue by pushing lemons and limes down the straws.

Step 10: Finish the feathers by topping the straws with oranges. We had to cut the orange circles in half because the straws became a bit top-heavy.=/

Step 11: The final touch is the beak and gobbler. We used an orange peel for the beak. The gobbler was a bit trickier. We fashioned it out of a strawberry. Feel free to become creative here!

The creators, minus Grandma.

Here is the finished project! Thank you, Grandma, for teaching us how to make a fruit turkey! It was awesome.=)

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to comment!

May the Lord bless you this Thanksgiving!

~Paige ♥

Blinded by Perspicacity

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

This is a story that  I rewrote in my own way for writing class. Some of it may be true, but I also added some fictional events.

There once lived a beautiful and clever Phoenician princess named Dido. Her whole entire life had been spent luxuriously in the city of Tyre. Dido had never enjoyed the carefree life she led because she desired to work for a living, instead of lazily going from one day to the next. So, one day she made her move and abandoned the hometown she loathed. Dido made her way to North Africa and settled near the sea, which she dearly cherished. While there, she discovered a picturesque plot of land that she immediately fell in love with. After receiving a firm “no” from the landowner to her request, she soon became discouraged and returned to the inn she was staying at, so she could think of an answer to her predicament. She knew that she must have the land at all costs!

“Hmmm…,” Dido pondered, “how will I ever wrest it away from its stubborn owner?” However, the intellectual girl soon came up with a brilliant solution. First, she invited the landowner over for tea in hopes to butter him up. After praising him on how well he took care of his land, she sprung her well-laid plan on him. “I admire your land so much that I must have a portion of it and I-”

“I refuse! It’s all mine!” the property-owner rudely interjected.

“Sir! I understand how you feel. Please, will you just lend your ear for a few more moments?” Dido graciously responded.

“Very well,” he reluctantly agreed, “if I have to. But make it quick!” the man snapped impatiently.

Dido, who by this time was becoming very discouraged, weakly questioned, “May I have as much land that a hide of a bull will cover?” So surprised was she by the owner’s response, Dido nearly tumbled backwards out of her chair!

The man raucously started to snicker and snort, causing his face to become dramatically distorted. “Of course you can have as much of my land that a bull’s hide will cover! By all means, help yourself!” With that, he made his way out of the narrow doorway, continuing to chuckle uncontrollably.

After the skeptical man had departed, Dido heaved a sigh of relief. “Maybe I have a chance after all,” she mused. Immediately, she put her cunning plan into action. Grabbing a sharpened knife and a bull hide, Dido deftly sliced the hide into thin strips. A few hours later, Dido ran briskly to the land of her dreams. With her numerous strips, she constructed a gargantuan circle that covered almost all of the land that she sought after. Satisfied with her work, Dido vacated the area to locate the unsuspecting landowner. Upon arriving and viewing the results of Dido’s clever mind, he helplessly handed over his land. Before long, Dido built a tower which was named “Bull’s Hide”, after the important incident. Later on, a trading city, which was called Carthage, was formed on the land. Dido never forgot how she defeated the dull landowner who was blinded to her perspicacity, which was demonstrated by her sharpness of mind and knife.

~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 ♥