Thursday, January 31, 2013

Through Heaven's Eyes



A single thread in a tapestry 

Though its color brightly shine 

Can never see its purpose 

In the pattern of the grand design 


And the stone that sits on the very top 

Of the mountain's might face 

Des it think it's more important

Than the stones that form the base?


So how can you see what your life is worth 

Or where your value lies? 

You can never see through the days of man 

You must look at your life 

Look at your life through heaven's eyes 

Lai-la-lai...



A lake of gold in the desert sand 

Is less than a cool fresh spring

And to one lost sheep, a shepherd boy 

Is greater than the richest king

If a man lose ev'rything he owns

Has he truly lost his worth? 

Or is it the beginning

Of a new and brighter birth?



So how do you measure the worth of a man 

In wealth or strength or size? 

In how much he gained or how much he gave? 

The answer will come

The answer will come to him who tries 

To look at his life through heaven's eyes


And that's why we share all we have with you 

Though there's little to be found 

When all you've got is nothing 

There's a lot to go around


No life can escape being blown about 

By the winds of change and chance 

And through you never know all the steps 

You must learn to join the dance 

You must learn to join the dance 

Lai-la-lai...

 


So how do you judge what a man is worth 

By what he builds or buys?

You can never see with your eyes on earth 

Look through heaven's eyes 

Look at your life 

Look at your life 

Look at your life through heave's eyes!








Well Bye, 
®achel  

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

I had fun too!

I know that  everyone in my family has already posted pictures of when we went rappelling with some friends but I had fun too and wanted to post the pictures along with the best of them so here are a bunch more for you to look at. 

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I have to say that I loved the felling of being completely scared! 
When I was up at the top ready (or not so ready) to jump off Erin said I was whimpering, and I know that my legs were shaking. But I loved it so much! 
I would do it again in an instant and I guess prof that you liked something is if you will do it again. 

Well Bye, 
®achel
 

Monday, January 28, 2013

Something reminde me of a Dream

 I really like this and if you were to ask me exactly why I like it I couldn't tell you. It's just a plain white movie with words on it, but I really like it and it reminded me of the dream I have in the back of my head. The dream that one day I will publish a book that is worth reading and that people will love.
Right, I know it's just a movie. Try to see outside the movie. 


Well Bye,
®achel  

Friday, January 25, 2013

A eggs and bacon post



"He that but looketh on a plate of ham and eggs to lust after it hath already committed breakfast with it in his heart. "

~C.S. Lewis~

This has no real value but it was funny and when I read the quotation to my family they laughed and if I can laugh or get someone else to laugh I think it is worth passing on to someone else. 
Hope you laugh too, or at least smile, because if you don't you shouldn't have even looked at the post. 

Well Bye, 
®achel 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

You Can Have Me

You Can Have Me by Sidewalk Prophets

If I saw You on the street

And You said come and follow me

But I had to give up everything

All I once held dear and all of my dreams

Would I love You enough to let go

Or would my love run dry

When You asked for my life

When did love become unmoving?

When did love become unconsuming?

Forgetting what the world has told me

Father of love, You can have me

You can have me

If You’re all You claim to be

Then I’m not losing anything

So I will crawl upon my knees

Just to know the joy of suffering

I will love You enough to let go

Lord, I give you my life

I give you my life

When did love become unmoving?

When did love become unconsuming?

Forgetting what the world has told me

Father of love, You can have me

You can have me

I want to be where You are

I’m running into Your arms

And I will never look back

So Jesus, here is my heart

When did love become unmoving?

When did love become unconsuming?

Forgetting what the world has told me

Father of love, You can have me

You can have me

When did love become unmoving?

When did love become unconsuming?

Forgetting what the world has told me

Father of love, You can have me

My Father, my love

You can have me




You Can Have Me by Sidewalk Prophets on Grooveshark


Well Bye,
®achel  

Friday, January 18, 2013

From 5 to 12



I was looking at 'The U.S. Constitution for Dummies' and found this. 
I got a laugh at it and thought you might too. 

Well Bye,
®achel 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

What Teddy Said




"When you play, play hard; when you work don't play at all." 

~Theodore Roosevelt~ 

 

"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The next best thing you can do is the wrong thing. the worst thing you can do is nothing." 

~Theodore Roosevelt~ 

"It is not the critic who counts. Not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause. Who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. "

~Theodore Roosevelt~ 


"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat." 

~Theodore Roosevelt~



I found in a boy scout quote book and really liked them. Loved them.

Well Bye,
®achel

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

I'm a violin



I did this thing a long time ago and remembered it the other day. 
I looked it back up to see what it said about me. These goofy 'tests' doesn't usually get very close to what you're really like
This one is very close, so I'll let you look at it.  

Erin and I were fighting debating the yesterday over whether or not Edmond in 'The voyage of the Dawn Treader' says he's tired of playing second fiddle or... I don't know what Erin thought he said, something that didn't make any since. Just kidding!(It's a twin thing) 
 Anyway it made me think of this thing. If that doesn't make any since then I'm sorry; I got off on a rabbit trail. 
I'd better stop now.    
   

What Orchestral Instrument are You?
Violin
You embody the essence of being human. You are incredibly sympathetic to the full spectrum of emotions. You like to personally express your thoughts on what it means to be human; when you do, others listen because your voice is so compelling. You can be introspective as well as highly social. You work hard and you are committed to greatness. However, you can be so hard working that you often tend toward competition. Consequently, you can be very high strung. Sometimes being “second fiddle” is hard for you to accept – perhaps quite literally? – and while this can be a motivating force for self-improvement, it can often be quite damaging in your personal relationships. Some advice for you is this: every once and a while, take a step back (or a half-step down, as the case may be) from being so tightly wound and high strung. More relaxed, you can then be free to strengthen the warmth, vitality, and deep thought which are characteristic of your personality.
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Well Bye,
®achel

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

What Makes Happiness


"It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy that makes happiness."

~Charles Spurgeon~



Well Bye, 
®achel


Friday, January 11, 2013

I wanted to write and finish a book!



 "If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. 

Now put the foundations under them." 

~Henry David Thoreau~



I've been trying to finish a book for years. Any book; small, big, it really didn't matter just finish something! Starting is easy but finishing is much, much harder.
Last March Jess told me that she had found a company that publishes books and they were having a contest. It was free to enter and all you had to do was write a complete book. 
I hardly even listed to what she was talking about and when she was done I said 'yeah that sounded was cool, but I wasn't going to do it'.
The next week we went on vacation to a lake house. (The first week of April.) The day after we got back I started writing. I wrote non stop all through April and May. At night I fell asleep while typing words in my head and, I'm not kidding, while I walked my dog every thought I had was slowed down because I was mentally typing every letter of every word. (Fortunately I didn't do that while I was talking).
Anyway I kept at it and for the first time ever I finish! Thanks to a lot of willing family members who helped edit and edit and edit. I entered it in the contest in June. And I didn't win. I didn't come close!
But I had finished and that was the best thing I could have done.
Daddy bought a printed copy of my book for me because he is an awesome Dad! And the next week I started on another book. Erin walked in and asked me what I was doing; when I told her she looked surprised. "Again?"
I stared at her for a moment then asked her what she was doing.
"Playing the violin."
"Again?"
She understood what I was saying.


I love it when I'm in the middle of a good book and no matter what I'm doing, always, at the back of my mind is the thought of that book and I look forward to when I can go back and read a little more of it.
Writing is just like that for me. I always know, at the back of my mind, that I have a story waiting for my; and the best part is I get to decide exactly what happens next!


Well Bye,
®achel
 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Let inward love guide every deed

Though I may speak

with bravest fire,

and have the gift

to all inspire,

and have not love,

my words are vain,

as sounding brass,

and hopeless gain.


 

Though I may give

all I possess,

and striving so

my love profess,

but not be giv'n

by love within,

the profit soon

turns strangely thin.


Some, Spirit come,

our hearts control

our spirits long

to be made whole.

Let inward love

guide every deed;

by this we worship

and are freed.






"I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. "
~1 Corinthians 13:1-3~

Well Bye,
®achel

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

My 10 favorite books from 2012











 




1. The Last thing I remember by Andrew Klavan is AWESOME! It is the first book in 'The Homelanders' series. Charlie West wakes up strapped to a chair just in time to hear some guy give the order for his death. The Last thing Charlie remembers is an ordinary day with is friends as a 18 year old guy with a dream of joining the U.S. Air Force. He went to sleep in his won bead and woke up like this.
 

2. The Long Way Home by Andrew Klavan is the Second book in 'The Homelanders' series and is Epic! Charlie has the Police and a grope of Terrorists after him and he needs answers. Mainly what happened during the year of his life that he can't remember. So he heads home to three faithful friends, Beth Summers and and incredible Karate teacher. (This book is the funniest in the series!)




3. The Truth of the Matter by Andrew Klavan is the third book in 'The Homelanders series. Charlie finds the man he needs to answer all his questions just before the man is killed. Charlie is surrounded by Terrorists and every time he tries to get away a memory flash knocks him out of things just long enough for hims to get deeper into trouble. This book is amazing and I loved every bit of it, especially the end, (the end is really sweet).


4. The Final Hour by Andrew Klavan is the fourth and last book in 'The Homelanders' series. Charlie is stuck in Abingdon State Prison. All he wants is to get out and stay out. His memory is finally back and he knows he has to get out and get to New York before... Well I cant tell you! You have to read it for yourself.



5. The Laughing Cavalier by Baroness Emmuska Orczy. If you like 'The Scarlet Pimpernel' you will like this book. Their are 14 books in the Scarlet Pimpernel series and this book is the first. (the Scarlet Pimpernel is the third but it was written first). The Laughing Cavalier is the prequel to the Scarlet Pimpernel and it (the Laughing Cavalier) is followed by it's sequel "The First Sir Percy" then you go on to The Scarlet Pimpernel.
The book is set in the Netherlands 1623-24. It is a little hard for me to summarize the plot so I'll just tell you a few things that I like about it. The Hero(the Laughing Cavalier) has grown up his whole life on the streets. He goes by the name of Diogenes and he has to buddies who are always with him and he is just always good.
He is asked one day to kidnap a young lady by her brother. He needs the money because he gave hims money to a poor lady and her father to help them out of the cold so he says he'll do it without asking any questions.
Then so much happens that I get to confused tell you about it all. Somewhere in their he gets attacked and hit in the head with a pair of ice skate. ( That really stood our for me). But it is a really good book that is and in the end he saves the girl that he kidnapped.



6. If We survive by Andrew Klavan. This book is really great! Four kids left their homes to go on a uneventful summer missions trip to central America and all goes well until a revolution breaks out in the country.
Will Peterson thought he had problems at home but that was nothing; now he has men shooting at him from every side and their only ally is a young veteran who has longs his faith in everything and everyone.
The last part of the book had my heart betting double time. I loved this book! 


7. Crazy Dangerous by Andrew Klavan is Crazy. Now I know that sounds corny but it is.
Sam Hopkins, at sixteen, is tired of being the P.K. (Preacher's Kid) so he decides to do something  different the only thing is that his want to always do right gets in the way and before long he gets wrapped up in a mess that no one will believe but he know to be true.
I'm not a big fan of mystery tip books. (Books that I don't know whats going on and what the hero has to do to stop it.) This book I was confused the whole time and couldn't figure out what was going on. But after it was all out in the open I really liked the book.


8. Erak's Ransom by John Flanagan is a fantasy and fantasy are not my favorites as far as category  goes, but I really like John Flanagan's books. The Rangers Apprentice series are really fun! This is the fifth book in the Rangers Apprentice series but it was written seventh so their is a 7 on the cover but you are supposed to read it before number 5 and 6.(Just so you know.) This book has Horace, Evanlyn, Gilan, Erak, Halt and of course Will so it is really sweet, funny, exciting books! John Flanagan is funny and his characters are so real I love every one of them.


9. Call of Duty by Steven Wilkins is a really really great biography of General Robert E. Lee. Everyone should read this book! (Although you'll like it more if your a southerner.)
The part where Stonewall Jackson died and the part where Lee surrendered to Grant were so sad. It is an amazing book and if you haven't read it you are missing out.



 10. Writing Fiction For Dummies by Randy Ingermanson and Peter Economy is the last book on this list but this was one good book! If you have ever wanted to write a fiction book you should read this book. I liked every pit of it. I took notes the whole time I was readying it and because of that fact it took me a really long time to finish; but it was worth it.
If you have never dreamed about writing your own book, well, then, first of all you are missing out, but I don't think you will like this book. Sorry.
If you have had that dream; read this book.



Well that's ten really good books I read in 2012. I loved them all and you might too.

Well Bye,

®achel


Friday, January 4, 2013

The Homelanders!!!



 

  "Charlie West just woke up in someone else's nightmare."


These books are AWESOMELY AMAZING! 


The Homelanders by Andrew Kalavan

 THE LAST THING I REMEMBER

THE LONG WAY HOME 

THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER

THE FINAL HOUR


I still cant believe how much I liked these book. 
They are in first person with Charlie West, an eighteen year old all American boy, as the narrator. Andrew Klavan did an amazing job; the books really seem like they were written by a teenage boy.
I laughed so much while I was reading these books because all the goes through and he is still keeping the character of a teenager. I can see Charlie telling the story the whole time.
Erin, Jessica and I stood in the kitchen the other day while we were supposed to be cleaning and resisted lines form these books; laughed so hard my stomach hurt. And I'm smiling right now while I think about them. 
But in spite of the funny parts they are really intense. The best books are the ones that keep you up way to long at night when you are supposed to get up at six the next morning and the Homelanders  did that for me. My knees shake when I get really nerviness or excited and my knees shock a lot through the Homelanders series. 
If you don't like Action/Adventure, or you don't like eighteen year old boys, or you don't like books modern day books then don't read them. My tastes, more than likely, are different than yours so just because I like them doesn't mean you will.
Now that we have that out in the open I'll go back to parsing my favorite books.    



Book 1 The Last thing I remember is awesome! It is the first book in 'The Homelanders' series. Charlie West wakes up strapped to a chair just in time to hear some guy give the order for his death. The Last thing Charlie remembers is an ordinary day with is friends as a 18 year old guy with a dream of joining the U.S. Air Force. He went to sleep in his own bead and woke up like this.

Book 2 The Long Way Home is the Second book in 'The Homelanders' series and is Epic! Charlie has the Police and a grope of Terrorists after him and he needs answers. Mainly what happened during the year of his life that he can't remember. So he heads home to three faithful friends, Beth Summers and and incredible Karate teacher. (This book is the funniest in the series!)

Book 3 The Truth of the Matter is the third book in 'The Homelanders' series. Charlie finds the man he needs to answer all his questions just before the man is killed. Charlie is surrounded by Terrorists and every time he tries to get away a memory flash knocks him out of things just long enough for hims to get deeper into trouble. This book is amazing and I loved every bit of it, especially the end. (The end is really sweet.)

Book 4 The Final Hour is the fourth and last book in 'The Homelanders' series. Charlie is stuck in Abingdon State Prison. All he wants is to get out and stay out. His memory is finally back and he knows he has to get out and get to New York before... Well I cant tell you! You have to read it for yourself.


The Characters in these books are incredible. Beth Summers is really sweet and I understand why Charlie likes her. Mike is really cool and is always the good guy for everything. Josh, Rick and Miler are soooo funny that when ever I need a good laugh I read the parts with them. And of coarse Charlie is AWESOME!

Any way I think you are starting to get the picture that I really like these books! So I'll let you go now and read them.


Well Bye,
®achel