Thursday, August 6, 2009

10 charming, interesting, fun things... I hope!

Hello my blogging pals! I wasn't going to post today (simply because I'm desperately trying to finish writing my book) BUT... something too exciting happened and I just HAD to share!

My dear friend Lynnette whom I lovingly call "Mrs. Kraft" over at Dancing Barefoot decided to let all of her readers link up with her blog! It was optional to do a special post for new visitors describing 10 charming, interesting, fun things about you... but it sounded like fun! So here goes... I'll try to be as charming, interesting, and fun as I can be!!! Haha..

1. I'm simply addicted to music. I don't know if it's because I love playing the piano so much or my involvement in ballet from a young age. But if music isn't playing in my room nearly 24/7 there is something wrong. Right now I'm listening to Leeland's song "Brighter Days". Many days God uses music in my life to fill my spirit and lead me closer to His throne.

2. THIS is my dream HOUSE:

Haha... okay, so it's my dream to live in a 100 year old farmhouse someday... but I want to fix it up...and MAKE it into my dream house:

Look at that big yummy covered porch.... love it!

3. I'm in love with Ice Cream... Cookie Dough and M&M blizzards are amazing. Freddie's Frozen Custard, DQ, and Cold Stone are my favorite places to go. Also, there is a really good brand of Ice Cream cake up here. You can buy a whole cake for only 1 pound!!! I'm going to miss the Ice cream when we move back home...haha.

4. I think this is one of the cutest dogs that I've ever seen (haha... sorry, I know one of you thinks this is the ugliest dog ever, but I couldn't resist! It's just toooooo cute!)

5. I absolutely love baking pies. Apple pies, pumpkin pies, cherry pies, etc... it's fun! My momma taught me how to make the home-made crust too, which is great... but I like to have pie-baking days because it takes awhile. The crust is my great GREAT Aunt's recipe... she smiles when I tell her I use it and then goes on and on about how she used that recipe whenever she made pies for fancy get-togethers. I love my family.

6. My desire is to go back to Kenya someday. I really want to work as a counselor at the boarding school that I visited there. I fell in love with those girls... Shamim, Slyvia, Sarah... they were precious and I miss them.

7. My great-grandpa is in the hospital with pneumonia. While this isn't a charming, interesting, or fun thing, I would appreciate your prayers very much. In my eyes, my great-grandpa is charming. I love him and it's so hard to be over here in England when the doctors are saying that they don't think he's going to make it out of this one. He's so blessed to have walked this earth for the past 96 years. He and my great grandma came down and stayed with us children when my mom and dad went to Mexico for her cancer treatment. That was exactly three years ago this August. Anyway, I could ramble on forever about them because they both hold such a special place in my heart, but I'll stop here. If you could keep him in yours prayers I would be so thankful.

8. I absolutely love the feel and ambiance of a wood-burning fireplace. We have a very large wood-burning fireplace at our house back home, and I can't WAIT to get back and enjoy it this winter! Nothing like a fire to cozy up to during the snowy season. The fireplace and a good book... yum! It makes me get a nice warm feeling just thinking about it.

9. I cherish memories of my momma. This isn't a secret...haha... I talk about her enough for people to know that one thing about me even if they don't know anything else. Here is a picture from our fun trip to the tulip fields when we lived in Washington State. Stay tuned and I'll eventually have my book finished. :)

10. I love oil painting! Not very many people actually know this fact about me... haha... I don't usually have a lot of time for it anymore. I'm not a pro by any means, but I wish I had more time to spend on it. I painted this painting when I was....uhhh... around 14 I think... it's been awhile. A very LONG while. But I still have canvas and paints. Time is the only issue... as usual. :)

Well friends, this has been totally fun for me and I hope it's been fun for you too! Thank you Lynnette! I'll be posting on waiting and purity again soon, so stay tuned!


  1. You are a woman of many talents.....oil painting too? Totally awesome.

  2. Hey there...pretty impressive list young lady.

    ...pies AND oil painting. Goodness, don't let the word out, you'll be snatched up by a godly man before you get that pie out of the oven!

  3. visiting from Lynnette's blog just wanted to say Hi glad to met you.

  4. Emily:

    You are such a special young woman...unique in every way. I loved reading everything that you wrote. The tulip fields in WA brought back many good memories for me since we use to live very near to that area. That is a great picture of you and your Mom. Oh, I loved your oil painting...really neat for age 14. I have wonderful memories of my Dad oil painting when I was a kid; it is a lost art today. I am so happy to hear that you have a date to come back home; I miss you all. Can't wait till you come back.

    Blessings to you and your family,
    Love, Lin

  5. What?!?!?! You never told me you oil painted!!! You dirty little talent hider! lol. You are so awesome Em. I can't wait until you all come back to Kansas so we can have a nice long conversation. :)

    Love you!
    In His arms,

  6. Hey Sweet Pea, had just a minute to come over and see you on your blog. signed up to be a follower. Yea!!!! I love you bunches and can't for you to come home. To our home!!!!

    Off to finish cooking Sage Wheat Bread for market!
    Blessings sweet one!!!!!
    Momma Linda

  7. Loved tour TEN....and getting to know you...
    I enjoyed your post and will be back to read more. I have a GREAT giveaway going through Sunday night...$100 Surprise Gift....with a little Christmas to go along with it.

  8. Just stopped by to say I'm a new follower of your wonderful blog!

    I LOVE those old houses, too!!!

    I hope you have a really great weekend!! :)

  9. Emily,

    Love the old house. I will have to go down on our main street and take the picture of the one I'm so in love with. It has this old over ran garden will all of the vintage flowers because they were planted way back. And it has this broken iron fence around it. I can just see ladies walking through the garden and children running after fire flies. My goodness.

    Anyway, all of this just made me smile!!


  10. Thanks for stopping by and for following... I figured I would do the same. Love yuor post! Looking forward to getting to know you better. Hope this finds you well. Prayers sent.



  11. You sound very similar to me! The whole farm house thing is awesome and the covered porch... the best!

    My dad and I are hoping to go to Kenya for my dad to speak at a pastor's college there as well as different churches and for me to go and help in the orphanage there. We have a good friend who is a pastor in Kenya and he has invited us repeatedly. Hopefully we will eventually go.

    You are a lovely girl. God bless!

  12. Hi Emily, this might sound weird but i feel like you are a long lost friend of mine! =)
    I came over from Simple Beauties blog to read her post, which made me cry, then i read your profile which made me cry again!

    Then i was reading on this post that you like to bake, like i do, and paint, like i do, you like big porches, and you've been to Africa! Africa holds a special place in my heart as well. I was born in Senegal while my parents were missionaries there.

    Well, i just wanted to say hi and i hope you don't mind me following along! I really like your blog. You pictures are beautiful and i love the way you lift up the Lord.

  13. Here I am! I'm up to number 75 on my Porch Party list and that's YOU - my sweet friend Emily. :)

    You are just a neat lady. Your beautiful heart shines through in all your posts - and your spunkiness too.

    I can't wait to read your book about your momma. I'm sure you're doing a great job. It's worthy effort.

    Cute pics. I always love to SEE what you're up to.


  14. Oh and make sure you marry a handy man if you want a house like that okay. Living in a 100 year old house let me just say - IT'S A LOT OF WORK! (But worth it!)


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