Month: December 2010
I am SOOO glad Chr-stmas is FINALLY over. If there was anyone so ignorant as to think they are worshiping the Messiah on that holiday, they are so wrong. And if they can get something as simple as THAT wrong, it makes me wonder what else happens in their lives that they justify everyday. I probably won’t repeat the whole rant that I gave last year on it.
But, I will say this, the Founding Fathers who wanted to ban Chr-stmas were pretty smart, I just wish it had stuck….. 🙂
So, I was looking at the time-line of 2010, and here’s what I found:
- the outbreak of H1N1, or the swine flu
- major suicide bombing in Pakistan
- Obama meets with top security advisers to figure out what to do about the Christmas underwear bomber
- there was the Haiti earthquake
- my personal accomplishment: swimming lessons, overcoming the fear of swimming pools
- Justin Bieber becomes the next “Jonas Brothers”
- “Avatar” comes out
- the “iPad®” comes out, I really like the iPad©
- Kraft® buys Cadbury®
- “Star Trek’ online starts (I like the Star Trek movie too)
- the Chilean earthquake
- another personal milestone, going to three conferences in one year with one after-conference, Oklahoma, Illinois, and Missouri, AWESOME!!!!
- We went to Arkansas, Oklahoma, Illinois, California
- Saw our first Christian Music concert “Tenth Avenue North”!!!
- Saw a friend become the Elder of an assembly
- released 2 CD’s
- hit the 1 year mark on this blog, 9 months past the statistics of most new blog writers
- changed my theme twice, ha ha
- started my firstname.lastname@example.org email address
- met many new friends
- got my very own Apple iPod Nano® gracias to my very kind Nana (hugs and kisses) 🙂
there are more, but that would probably exceed this post……
Ok, so 2010 was an awesome and blessed year for me, and I hope it was for you. Besides, I also hit the 1-year mark of being a teenager, now that I am 14….. My dad’s already joking about getting me married. (laughing inside)
Man, that took me like 2 hours to write. But I am glad I did it. It reminds me of all the blessings I have.
Which brings me to another thing. For any of you who listen to bible-based music, definitely check out “Aaron Shust”.
He has some awesome songs.
Praises be to Yahweh for all the glory he has shown, and congratulations to Niv Bastian on a new sibling.. What a blessing!! 🙂 [I forgot to mention that another friend of mine has a new sibling too]
P.S. Has anyone done studies on the Temple Services? I have a project due by next Sabbath on them and wanted to see if anyone else has studied it.
Above is the link for “The Final Return” conference photographs. We attended the after-conference yesterday (12-18-2010), and attended one of their services. Most of the people who had come out-of-state had left already, so there was less people in attendance . Still, their services are awesome!!! 😉
If there is one thing I do not like to do, it is shopping. Even worse, it’s shopping when everyone else is Christmas shopping, meaning the stores are twice as filled compared to a regular Sunday. Double meaning I feel claustrophobic and usually have a headache when we come back. Ughhhh 😦
Mom recently bought me a spring-form pan, and I decided to make a cheesecake with it. I looooove cheesecake. It is one of the few desserts that I really enjoy, besides ice-cream and sherbet. So I thought, maybe I should make a crust with the high-fructose corn syrup free vanilla wafers ( which taste SOOO great, ha ha!!) and Mom told me to make something that uses up all the apple-cranberry pulp which we have an over-abundance of. What is the combination???
An Apple-Cranberry Almond-Walnut Vanilla Wafer cheesecake!!! 🙂
Longest name ever for a cheesecake?? I hope not.
But, to the point, a lot of people liked it. Which means I need to put the recipe up here so everyone else can make it too. However, let it be known that I rarely follow recipes to the dot, so these measurements are not exact!!
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/4 cup finely chopped almonds
1 1/2 cups finely chopped vanilla wafers
1/4 cup melted butter
2 pkg. softened cream cheese
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
lemon for flavoring
Mix ingredients for the crust and pat into a greased spring-form pan, making sure it goes at least 1″ to 1 1/2″ up the sides. Mix filling ingredients with a hand mixer on low speed until well blended, with few lumps. Pour into pan with the crust. Bake 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Cool. Refrigerate 3 hours.
Mix together cooked apple cranberry pulp that has been sweetened and spread on cheesecake before refrigerating.
I hope you like it… :}
Ok, so this last weekend was AWESOME!! We attended “The Final Return” conference in St. Louis, MO (hosted by “Passion for Truth Ministries”), and it was incredible!!! With speakers such as Rico Cortes, Brad Scott, and Bill Cloud, and phenomenal worship leaders Matthew Hoffman and Jimmie Black, and the dancing, breakout sessions, food, and fellowship, it totaled out for the best weekend yet. Pictures and maybe a video will be posted online at www.praisesforyahweh.org. An added bonus??? Seeing friends we haven’t seen since July 4th, and making new ones.
That was a looooong summary. Believe me though…. it was worth it.
The speakers had some very interesting topics. In the youth breakout session, we learned about the structure of an atom and the electromagnetic field that holds us together. There were families that were selling clothes, art, jewelry, and food. There was a youth pizza party, and my friend and I played music and sang. That was fun 🙂
Rico Cortes spoke about the bride of Yahshua, and how we can relate to it, and Bill Cloud shared some thoughts from his heart on some trials he had been having, and Brad Scott gave some lessons on Hebrew and English and how they relate to each other.. Altogether, it rounded out to a VERY inspiring conference 🙂
a submission from Abby Pate:
If you read a recent front page story of the San Francisco Chronicle, you would have read about a female humpback whale who had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines. She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso, a line tugging in her mouth.
A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farallon Islands (outside the Golden Gate) and radioed an environmental group for help. Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so bad off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her. They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her.
When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles. She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, and nudged them, pushed them gently around as she was thanking them.
Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives. The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth said her eyes were following him the whole time, and he will never be the same.
May you, and all those you love, be so blessed and fortunate to be surrounded by people who will help you get untangled from the things that are binding you. And, may you always know the joy of giving and receiving gratitude.
I pass this on to you, my friends, in the same spirit.
Shalom to everyone 🙂
I can’t believe 2010 is almost over. I mean seriously, I look at dates from 2008, and I am like, man, that seems so recent, and yet it is almost 2011. Where is time going??
Speaking of time, does anyone else in the United States of America absolutely dislike “Daylight Savings Time”?
Whoever thought of such a thing, going back an entire hour?? I mean, you don’t see in the “Scriptures” that Abraham was asking for another hour of time in the winter. It does not make sense to me at all.
The most recent song I have started is a song that me and my sisters have written. It is called “Show Us Now”.
We wrote it a small part of it about Ruth and the courage she had to go with Naomi, not knowing what was in store for her. That is often how I feel when I think about the future and what might possibly happen to me without knowing.
It is like such a weird feeling, knowing tomorrow’s schedule but not knowing what is going to happen.
I have been SOOO cold recently. We have had very little snow, because our winter has been unusually warm. But starting today, until January 4th, I am going to have fake snow
on my blog, just to feel a little more winterish. BRRR, my hands are starting to feel cold already!!
My next update might be late, unless I post later on this week. If everything goes according to our plan, we’ll be going down to St. Louis to see some friends we met in OK in July, and listen to some great speakers.
Shalom, and peace to all Yahweh’s people…
P.S. Check out a great link I found out about: http://youthforyhwh.org
They have started small, but with Yahweh’s blessings they will grow and reach many people!!