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I’m Baaack

Hey everyone!!!!!!!

Sorry for the super long absence! Hope you all have been doing well! What have you been up to this week????

The conference went wonderfully!!!!! Everyone got to share about whats been going on in our different ministries, and I got to meet some other missionary kids!!!!!! It was so awesome because up until now, I hadn’t met anyone my own age who was also a MK, so it was nice to be able to hang out with some over the week!!!!

We left the place where we were staying this morning at 2:30 AM, arrived at the airport at 4, and got on our first flight at about 5:15. We then spent about an hour and a half on the airplane, before getting off in Brasilia to wait for our second flight. We ended up getting home at about 11:30 this morning! We were all starving because the airline only gave us crackers and cookies for “breakfast” this morning at 6. My sister and I also had a light snack at the airport, but missing out on a good breakfast threw us all off in a major way! =D So, to remedy this situation, dad treated us to a yummy steak lunch!!!!!! We had steak with grilled onions and cheese on top, rice, black eyed peas, a cheese sauce thing, that brazilian pico that I showed ya’ll last week, and fried mandioc root, which sort of tastes like yucca. Deeelish!!!!!!!! =D I know that last time we had steak, I promised to take a picture, but honestly I was too busy devouring my food! =( Guess that means I’ll have to eat some steak again soon!!!!!

Now we’re resting because we also didn’t get a whole lot of sleep last night! Before I go, I just wanted to thank everyone for the feedback on the article. I truly believe everything I wrote, and I think that I’m definitely beginning to have a healthier relationship with food and with myself!!! =D Ya’ll are awesome!!!!


See ya tomorrow!


February 19, 2011 at 11:29 am 4 comments


    So hopefully we’re on our way to warm n’ sunny Brazil right about now! =D

Just so that there would be something on the ol’ blog today I went ahead and pre-wrote a post for ya’ll.

Since not much has happened between now and my last post, I’m going to share a little bit of random info about me. My only hope is that I don’t scare anyone away in the process of writing this! =P

So one thing about me that only my closest friends and family know is that I have issues with odd numbers. As in I dislike them greatly. OCD, much? hahahaha Its pretty bad though. I mean, I count steps, ice cubes, split my food in half to ensure evenness and set the TV volume to an even number. The only odd numbers that I even tolerate are 1 and multiples of 5 that end in 5.

Next, I have a slightly more normal fact about myself to share.One of my absolute favorite things to do is to read. I’m constantly looking for new books, and once I find one that I like, I’ll probably read it 10 times until I have memorized it and its falling apart.

So, that’s about it for now…….

What is something that you like or that you do that is different from most other people????


January 11, 2011 at 7:30 am 2 comments

One More Day…

We’re leaving tomorrow. I know that I’ve said this several times, but I absolutely cannot believe that its been six months. I’ll be going home, but that doesn’t mean that I won’t miss everyone here!

Everything is pretty much packed, and we’ve been cleaning out the fridge and cabinets. This means that we made chocolate chip cookies last night! =P

Guess what? Last night, it snowed! Blech. I don’t know about you, but I really don’t like being cold. I’m seriously so cold all of the time that my pulse measurer thing doesn’t register my pulse! I have to stick my hands in warm water for it to work!!!!!!! Needless to say, I’m pretty glad that God has called my family to be missionaries in Brazil and not Russia.

This isn’t from yesterday, but it still is an accurate portrayal of how I’m feeling at this exact moment! The only thing that I like about the cold is that I can use it as an excuse to drink hot chocolate and apple cider! =D

So today, I’m doing a simple workout that I haven’t decided on yet, and then I’m going to finish packing. We’ve pretty much said our goodbyes to our friends and family, and only a couple of people will actually be going to the airport tomorrow. I believe that its easier on everyone that way.

So that we don’t actually have to cook, a friend of ours invited us over for a super simple dinner. No idea what we’re going to have, but it will be fun!!!!

That’s about all I’ve got for now! =D

How was your weekend? Any major plans for this week?

January 10, 2011 at 7:30 am 4 comments

Girls Night Out!

Last night was sooo much fun!!!!!

My mom, sister, and I joined our best friends for a fun night out! We had dinner at Olive Garden(hello, Venetian Apricot Chicken……my fav!). The OG salad is too acidic for moi, so I had the Minestrone as an appetizer! Delish! =D

Then, we went to Target just to goof off! Here is a pic of my friend and me rockin’ the fedoras (I’m the white one. She’s the cute oriental one! =D):

Its fun to shop at Target late at night! =D

So today, we went to visit with my grandmother for the last time before we head out. My aunt, cousin and her husband came as well. My cousin gave me the sweetest birthday gift! Apparently when my mom turned 16, my aunt gave her a ring. My mom then had that ring made into a necklace and gave it to my cousin for her 16th birthday. Now that I’m 16, my cousin gave me that necklace plus matching earrings!!!! I’m pretty sure that everyone in the room teared up! =D

Because she knew that it would be the last time that we would see her before we leave, my grandmother made a big ol’ lunch! Chicken and dumplings, butter beans, rolls and brussels sprouts! Deeeelicious! Seriously, my grandmomma makes the best chicken n’ dumplings in the entire world! =D

The only downside to the day has been that I haven’t gained any weight in the past couple of weeks. For those of you who are new to this blog, I’ve been trying to gain back the weight that I lost while struggling with an eating disorder. I really tried to put an effort into enjoying everything that I ate and eating  more of what I wanted to. I guess my body has finally caught up in the nutrient department, which means that I’ll just have to work harder to gain the remaining 10 lbs that I have to go.

Hope ya’ll have an awesome Saturday!





January 8, 2011 at 5:14 pm 4 comments

Better Late Than Never


Sorry about the later-than-usual post today!!! I’ve had sooo much school to do!!!!! =D

Anyway, in case ya’ll were wondering, I did (actually, my mom did) manage to close my suitcase!!!! Whoo! Now all I have left to pack are my carry-ons. Fun stuff.G

Guess what else? I got my peeeeeermit!!!!!! Watch out Mississippians! =P

I could teach a class on how to take crappy pictures….=P

So tonight we’re going to our best friend’s house for a night of fun! No idea what we’ll actually be doing but we plan on having a good time! Our motto these past 6 months has been :”If it ain’t fun, we ain’t doin’ it!”, and we plan to follow it exactly! =D

On a random note, I wish that I had taken a picture of my salad that I had for lunch!!!!! It was soooooo good!!!!! There was turkey, honey dijon dressing, onion, bell pepper, tomatoes, some salsa, seasoning salts and some other fun stuff. Of course, when I eat a salad, I eat it out of a bowl that’s meant to serve food out of. Like it probably holds 3 or 4 cups of salad. My favorite part about eating salads is that I can eat a huge one without feeling stuffed. So then I can have dessert. Which, I probably would have had anyway, but still. Salads rock. Except for when you have to wash your lettuce in bleach like we do in Brazil. That part stinks. =P

I absolutely cannot believe that 6 months have gone by so quickly!!!!! Before you know it, it’ll be 2012!!!!

What are your plans for this weekend????

Happy Friday! =D


January 7, 2011 at 4:07 pm 2 comments

Packing Frenzy

 First of all, thanks for all of ya’lls college advice!!!! It was really awesome! =D

Here’s a story for ya: Well, my real social security number card is in Brazil. So we had a notorized copy of it that I took with me yesterday so I could prove my identity before I took the driver’s test. Guess what? The copy is only valid for 30 days and we got mine in October. Like my SSN was going to change in 30 days. So, we got another copy, and I will take that test today!!!!

Its been a madhouse around here, what with us trying to stuff all of our crap that we’re taking back for ourselves and for the ministry into suitcases. We each have two check-ons: one for personal stuff and one for ministry stuff. Here’s what my personal suitcase currently looks like:

 Do you think this will ever be closed? I suuuure hope so! =P

Today I’m trying out a new workout, that I’ll do in conjunction with my usual 10 minute jump rope workout, so here’s the link:

20 minute sweat workout:

Because nothing helps packing-related stress better than sweating. Followed with some nice yoga, maybe. I’ve only recently begun doing a little bit of yoga, so I don’t really know a lot about it yet.

I have a question for all you runners out there:

What are foods that are important for runners to eat to avoid feeling run down? Is there anything or any food group in particular that you should eat before or after running? I know everyone is different, but I want to know what works for you. =D

Well, I guess I’d better be heading out to cram for that driver’s permit test….hope I actually get to take it today! =D

Happy Thursday!

January 6, 2011 at 7:31 am 6 comments

Off to Take the Driver’s Permit Test….

    Good morning, everyone!!!!

Apparently my teachers believe in hitting the ground running when it comes to schoolwork, because that’s exactly what I did!!!! By the end of this week, I’ll already be testing out a website in Intro to Webpage Design, I’ll have studied the basics of both nuclear and organic chemistry, watched scene 1 of Julius Caeser, finished a study of the book of Job in the Bible, read a chapter in my history book. But this is all ok, because at least I’m doing something. And I get to take next week off!!!!! Because it’s hard to travel and study, and when we get there next Wednesday, we’ll all be exhausted!

    Thanks for the feedback about this blog yesterday!!!! Its pretty cool to know that some people are actually interested in reading about my crazy life. I did get a request for actual pictures, which I hope to start working on because I just got batteries for my camera!!!! Whoo! So expect to start seeing more pictures in the very near future! =D

So this afternoon, I’m going to take my Mississippi Driver’s Permit test! Because even if I am leaving next week, I’ll need to be able to get my actual license three years from now when I go to college. And if I haven’t had my permit for at least a year, I won’t get my license. Which would be bad.

Speaking of colleges, I have a question for those of you who have already finished their college studies. How did you choose a college? What are the main important factors in deciding where you should go? I mean, I already know to make sure that the college is offering my major and is in my budget, and I also know that I don’t want to go anywhere super cold, but beyond that, I have no idea how to make a decision!

Before I go, I’ll leave you with this (old) picture of my cat:

Life is hard for him….

Happy Wednesday! =D

January 5, 2011 at 7:46 am 10 comments

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