Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Peasant's Cry Trailer


Here is a Trailer for a movie my siblings and I have been working on since the end of September 09. Please take a couple minutes to watch it and let me know what you think! Josh did an excellent job of editing it. :)

If you would like to hop on over to my brother, Josh's, movie blog; click here Enjoy!

Monday, February 22, 2010

To Lift Up In Prayer

I'd like to ask you all to lift in prayer someone I, personally have never met, but have found through blogger. I was following her daughter, Hope's, blog, as Hope was suffering with Cancer.

Hope was an amazing young lady and a great example of faith, as, through the hardest times of her life and during great suffering, she stayed close to God, and trusted His ultimate will no matter what happened.

On February 10 of this year, Hope went to be with Jesus.

Please take the time to pray for Hope's Mom, Johanna. Pray the she would be comforted and continue have the same great faith that her daughter showed. She has already gone through so much, after losing her husband, her son, and now, her 14 year old daughter, Hope. May we follow Hope's great example of faith, and trust God, not just when things are going well for us, but also during the hardest of times.

When difficult times come, we have a choice. Will we separate ourselves from God, and everyone else, or will we come closer to God during those times and lean on Him? Hope chose the latter, and although she went through so much, she kept her faith on God and leaned on his everlasting love. She now has an eternity to spend with her loving Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. What an amazing legacy to have. May we be characterized by the same.

Please take some time to pray for Hope’s dear Mother, Johanna, although you have never met her. This is why blogger can be such a blessing. We can pray for others we don’t even know, and the Lord answers our prayers, no matter how near or far we are to the recipient of our prayers‘.

To offer some encouragement to Hope's Mom, or to read more about Hope, go here



Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Sunshine Award


Jenna over at Where the Heart Remains
has awarded me with the Sunshine Award!

The award is for those who put a little Sunshine in my day.  I'll only award a few this time, but I enjoy each and every one of your blogs. :)  If you have already received this award then don't worry about it, just know you're appreciated! :)

1.  Mia at Aspiring Homemaker

2. Jenna at Feminine Farmgirl

3. Emily at Ems' Blog

#1 Your favorite color.

Light Purple

#2 Your favorite branch of the military.

I don't really have a preference

#3 What is you dream vehicle.

My dream vehicle would be an inexpensive working car. As long as it's not terribly strange-looking, I don't care about what kind it is!
 My 13 year old brother, Jonathan, actually studies the free car magazines you get at the store. Ask him about any car on the road and most of them, he'll know. I'll bring him along when I'm searching for a car. ;)

#4 Hats of choice if any.
I don't tend to wear hats. Sometimes I'll wear a regular cap if I'm going to be outdoors in the sun for a while. My 10 year old sister Mykaela has a cow girl hat, and sometimes I'll put it on just for fun!

#5 What’s the last movie you watched?

The last movie I watched was Homeschool Dropouts . I highly recommend you check out this DVD. It is excellent. The seven Botkin kids ask the question, "Will the second generation follow in their parents footsteps in homeschooling?" and they go into detail about the different, most common sins, that face the homeshooling movement. It was very convicting, and very well presented. Please consider getting this DVD. You won't be disappointed!

#6 Have you ever had a pet?

Yes! I personally have had two. I used to have a beagle named Tucker. (In Australia, "Tucker" refers to food) My dog loved food and beagles are refered to as "a nose on four paws" He was always trying to dig out because he smelled so many new and exciting things. He was our "rat/mouse watch" and would spend hours going after one if he caught their scent. He also seemed to be so lazy around the house... Until our gate was opened, he "suddenly" had a great burst of energy and would run off.
 Right now I have a cat named Tiki. He is a silver tabby and the best cat we've ever owned! We found him in our barn shortly after he and his siblings were born, and we kept he and his brother, Tommy.  We have had, and do have, many other pets. All of our animals are pets to us. :) I'll give you all a list of those we have now:   Eunice (a llama), Poppy, (an African Pygmy goat), Bella Rose, (a La Mancha goat), chickens, one rooster named Dimples, (He was named as a chick) Chiquita, (a mini horse), Four dogs, Scooter, Joy, Zinc, Copper, two cats, (Tiki, and Tommy), and last (and maybe least) Jonathan's Betta Fish, Gulp.
Tiki loves a ride on my shoulders! It took some practice though... :)

#7 What is your favorite movie or TV show character?

I don't really watch TV and it would take me a while to put down a list of my favorite movies as well. Right now though, as far as documentary's go, I'll say Homeschool Dropouts or Return of the Daughters.

#8 Do you have any firearms?

I don't, but my brothers and Dad do.

At night, I just keep our two dogs, Zink and Copper, in my room for protection. :)

#9 Favorite 2 quotes

Here is a funny quote that my Dad says, referring to serving ourselves at the dinner table: 

"Take what you want, eat what you take" We don't want to waste our food!

On a more serious note, here is a quote that I like a lot. I'm not sure if I got it exactly though:

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men stand by and do nothing"

Christians need to stand up and fight for their rights and what they believe in, or evil will over come. This is a message that is being portrayed in a movie my sibling and I are working on called
 "The Peasants Cry" (Go here to see the trailer.)

#10 Have you had a MRE?


I hope you all have a wonderful week. Seek the Lord, and trust him no matter what! He knows better than we ever could.
God Bless. Your sister in Christ,

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Movie Battles!

All day today we've been movie making with some friends of ours and our cousins. You can visit my brothers blog here to see some of the battle. Please take a moment to check out this short part of what we are working on, and leave a comment to let Josh know you stopped by! (And If you get the chance, wish him a Happy Birthday. He turns 18 years old on Valentines Day.


God Bless and have a great Sunday.


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Don't Give Too Much For Your Whistle

Here is some food for thought this week: (Taken from the book “A Biography of Benjamin Franklin)

In the year 1779, Benjamin Franklin
from Passy, France, to a friend, as follows:

“When I was a child of seven years old my friends, on a holiday, filled my pocket with coppers. I went directly to a shop where they sold toys for children; and, being charmed with the sound of a whistle, that I met by the way in the hands of another boy, I voluntarily offered and gave all my money for one. I then came home, and went whistling all over the house, much pleased with my whistle, but disturbing all the family. My brothers, sisters, and cousins, understanding the bargain I had made, told me I had given four times as much for it as it was worth; put me in mind what good things I might have bought with the rest of the money, and laughed at me so much for my folly that I cried with vexation, and the reflection gave me more chagrin than the whistle gave me pleasure.

“This, however, was afterwards of use to me, the impression continuing on my mind; so that often, when I was tempted to buy some unnecessary thing, I said to myself, Don’t give too much for the whistle; and I saved my money.

“As I grew up, came into the world, and observed the actions of men, I thought I met with many, very many, who gave too much for the whistle…

“If I knew a miser, who gave up every kind of comfortable living, all the pleasure of doing good to others, all the esteem of his fellow-citizens, and the joys of benevolent friendship, for the sake of accumulating wealth, Poor man said I, you pay too much for your whistle…

“If I see on fond of appearance, or fine clothes, fine houses, fine furniture, fine equipages, all above his fortune for which he contracts debts, and ends his career in a prison, Alas! Say I, he has paid dear, very dear, for his whistle.

“When I see a beautiful, sweet-tempered girl, married to an ill-natured brute of a husband, What a pity, say I, that she should pay so much for a whistle.

“In short, I conceive that great part of the miseries of mankind are brought upon them by the false estimates they have made of the value of things, and by their giving too much for their whistles.”

How about you all? Have you ever paid too much for a "whistle?" How did this effect you in a bad sense? How did this effect you for the better?

I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week.

Blessings in Christ’s name,


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Random Photo's

O beautiful for spacious skies

For amber waves of grain,

For purple mountain majesties

Above the fruited plain!

America! America!

God shed his grace on thee

And crown thy good with brotherhood

From sea to shining sea!


O beautiful for pilgrim feet

Whose stern impassioned - stress

A thoroughfare for freedom beat

Across the wilderness!

America! America!

God mend thine every flaw,

Confirm thy soul in self-control,

Thy liberty in law!
O beautiful for heroes proved

In liberating strife.

Who more than self their country loved

And mercy more than life!

America! America!

May God thy gold refine

Till all success be nobleness

And every gain divine!

O beautiful for patriot dream

That sees beyond the years

Thine alabaster cities gleam

Undimmed by human tears!

America! America!

God shed his grace on thee

And crown thy good with brotherhood

From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for halcyon skies,

For amber waves of grain,

For purple mountain majesties

Above the enameled plain!

America! America!

God shed his grace on thee

Till souls wax fair as earth and air

And music-hearted sea!

O beautiful for patriot dream

That sees beyond the years

Thine alabaster cities gleam

Undimmed by human tears!

America! America!

God shed his grace on thee

Till nobler men keep once again

Thy whiter jubilee!

Poppy, full of pure bliss!
Our LaManch, Bella Rose

A Doggie Photo Shoot
They did so well for me! :)

Copper and Zinc

Copper and Zinc
Joy and Copper
Copper and Zinc
Joy, Copper, and Zinc
Copper and Zinc
Joy, Copper, and Zinc

Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Matthew 6:25-34

Monday, February 8, 2010

TeenPact 2010 Pictures

Here are the pictures I told you all I'd share. Unfortunately, most of them came out a bit fuzzy,  on account of our camera not working to well for Mom. :)

Here is the staff and leaders on graduation day (Thursday.) 
Left to right is: 
Josh, Bill Jack, Meagan, Jalen, Ben,
Jerett, Katelyne, another Meagan, Rachel, Hannah, and Nathan.
 There were a couple others,  that were cut off, Joseph and Carolyne.   
Students and staff. (Some were still arriving)
My Aunt Maellen, and two cousins, Emily and Daniel.
We were privileged to hear Representative Nora Espinoza speak.
Nora Espinoza

This is during a Field Experience Jonathan's committee went on.
My committee during a prayer walk. 
Here, I believe we were praying for some of the Representatives,
as well as the SB 183. The Domestic Partnership Bill. 
(I'm kind of hidden in the group on the right)
Jonathan and I
This is on graduation day. We had our picture taken with the two leaders for the class, Bill Jack and Josh K.
Mr. Jack, Jeremiah, and Josh
Mr. Jack, Jonathan, and Josh
Here are two of the TeenPact staff, Meagan, and Rachel.
(Rachel was one of my committee leaders.)
Group Shot. It was cold and snowing!

This shot was taken in front of an old church in Santa Fe.
Hope you all enjoyed the pictures!
God Bless,

Friday, February 5, 2010

TeenPact Update- Get Involved!

Hello Everybody! I am back from TeenPact. It was a wonderful experience! My Mom, and brothers: Jeremiah, Jonathan, and I, stayed at an Inn from Monday- Thursday. Let me quickly mention though, I have been to Teen Pact before to watch the students, so I had an idea of what to expect as a “first timer”. There are two groups of students in TeenPact.

1. The First Timers

2. Alumni Students

My 15 year old brother, Jeremiah, was an Alumni student, and my 13 year old brother, Jonathan and I, were “first timers”.

What an amazing week! From prayer and worship, to mock legislature, to great discussion and debate, it all was such a great experience.

To give you an idea of what it was like, I’ll give you a quick recap on the week:

We arrived around lunch time on Monday and registered. We then began the first day of TeenPact 2010.

Tuesday, and Wednesday we go to the Land Office at 8:40 AM and began at 8:45. We had some praise and worship, and a devotion. The Teen Pact staff broke us up into committees. Each committee had two committee leaders

and a committee name. Our name was the “BIC committee. (It stood for business and incorporation) All the

staff were amazing, and the ages ranged between 15 up to 21. My two committee leaders were: Rachel and

Ben. (R: 18 years old, and B: 16 years old) They both did an excellent job, and I am so greatful to both of them as my committee leaders!

Our different committees split up and went to different places around the capital up in Santa Fe, and prayed for the people there. The first day, for example, we stood by Governor Richardson’s office and prayed for him specifically. We were all to make sure to show respect as we prayed, and stay out of other peoples’ way.  We came back to the class, had what was called a “daily briefing” and then we went off in different committees for a “Field Experience”. There are four different field experiences that we went to. Two on Tuesday and Two on Wednesday. On one of these trips our committee was divided into groups of three, and we had the opportunity to interview lobbyists, and on the others we learned things such as Media Analysis. After our first field experience of the day we went to eat lunch and during lunch we discussed different bills that had been written by the people in the class, and voted on whether to kill or pass that specific bill. After lunch, we walked back to the class room, and had student elections, field experience No. 2, and a guest speaker. (Usually a Senator or Representative) We then had TeenPact legislature (It was mock legislature on the bills that the different committees passed over lunch) and then a quiz. At about 3:00 PM, we adjourned.

Thursday afternoon was graduation for all the students. I was sad that the week of TeenPact was already over;(It went by so fast!) But I was very happy to see Dad and the rest of my siblings again.

Bill Jack was our Guest director and he teaches Christian world view classes. (Worldview Academy) He did an amazing job! You can visit the Worldview site here. Some of the things mentioned here were taught by Bill Jack in the evening sessions of Teen Pact. The evening sessions were optional, but they were a huge part of the week and something you won’t want to miss if you attend the Teen Pact class.

Here are "a few" of the many things that I learned in the class:

1. Go out and get involved with your Senator’s, Representatives, Governors’ and so forth. Don’t stand back and do nothing. You don’t have to be a certain age to be involved, just get out there and do it!

2. When you are speaking with someone who opposes your view, ask good questions that continually drive them back to a better conclusion. The four “Killer Questions” to ask are:

a. What do you mean by _______________?

b. How do you know that to be true?

c. What difference does it make?

d. What if you are wrong?

4. Take the offensive rather than taking offence.

5. Our senator’s and Representatives like getting our input and letters. Just keep it short or they might not read it!

6. Be a light shining in a dark world. Stand out for the right reasons. Don’t be afraid to go out and tell others about Christ, be ready to stand up for your faith. Don’t settle for “That is what you believe, this is what I believe.” Ask good questions that drive your point and don’t give up or think that everything you say will bring people down to their knees. They won’t always (usually not) be converted right away, you are just the tool working for Christ to prod them to think. (We should work as a crow bar not a sledge hammer!)

7. Our questions that we ask of unbelievers, Fellow believers, Representatives, Senators, different speakers and so forth should encourage the individual to think!

8. And of course, I leaned a lot about our system of government, particularly in the state of New Mexico, and have learned things that I will keep for a life time.

9. Pray for your Senator's, Representatives, and politiclal leaders. We went to the state capital and prayed there. The student's were praying every day leading up to Teen Pact, it is a good thing to practice. They need our prayers!

10. Then, there is a host of other things I learned and participated in that I will keep a surprise so you can experience it for yourself!

This is just a little bit of what went on in the seemingly short week that I attended TeenPact. I highly encourage you all to look up this TeenPact website and find the closest class in your area. It will be one of the best weeks of your life and you will learn so much that is relevant and needy in our culture today and from a biblical perspective. Here is the link: TeenPact Official Site. Please check it out!!

What do you think are some ways that you , as a young adult, can get involved with our government?

I'll be posting a few pictures soon.
I hope you all are having a great week. God Bless,