A Face Only A Mother Could Love...

When people talk about the phrase “A face only a mother could love,” I doubt they were ever referring to my goat Charlie...

Yes, him.

This saying came true for me the day my dad brought home Charlie; a goat the size of a small horse with an odd facial countenance unlike any I had ever seen. On top of that, he was smiling. I’m serious…smiling. We’re talkin’ wide spread jaws with a cheeky, mouth full o’ pearly whites. His teeth are so straight, you’d think he had braces.

When Charlie arrived, he was accompanied by his wife, Gracie. At least I can say she’s a normal goat. She’s not abnormally large, but just the size any goat should be.

I absolutely love these goats, if you couldn’t tell already, but they can be extremely naughty at times if you don’t watch them carefully. For example…they were once found eating my dad’s prized rosebushes, garden, and newly planted avocado tree. It’s happened once, and trust me, it will never happen again.

To tell you the truth, Charlie basically acts like a big dog. He will follow you everywhere if he’s outside of his pen. Because of this, I’ve had a few adventures involving my dear pal…one of which took place a few years ago. 

I thought it would be a positively brilliant idea to ride Charlie! (I was just soooo smart) And sure enough, after getting on his back, he took off running madly down a hill with me half-clinging to, half-falling off his back for dear life. It was a thrilling experience, but definitely not something I would ever attempt again…

In the meantime, I’m happy just to look and not touch. His face is adorable enough anyway…or is it just me? ;)


The Great Debaters

I got home not too long ago from one of the most amazing weeks of my life...
Yes, folks! None other than an entire week of being an absolute nerd at debate camp!!!

As most of you probably know, I am an avid debater and I truly don’t know where my life would be without it. The communication skills I have developed over the past year are such a blessing and will come in handy once I reach the real business world someday and especially ministering for Christ!

Debate camp can basically be defined as a group of over 200 homeschooled kids, coming together to
a) Praise and worship God
b) Listen to five or six 1½ hour lectures per day
c) Practice debate
d) Socialize
e) Play Frisbee
f) Live and breathe debate theory for an entire week

It’s really that much fun!

Last Sunday afternoon, I arrived at the Concordia University campus in Irvine, CA. Taryn, Valentine Hoffman, and I got settled into our dorm (so college-ish!). The next day, the real fun began. After worship and small group time, we headed to our first lecture. The amount of notes I took from all the lectures that week could probably fill a book, and I think my brain is about to explode. But it’s all cool! Just more tactics, strategies, and theory…exactly what I need. (hee hee)
Fellowship time with hundreds of kids who share a love for Christ and are like-minded in debate is one of the most incredible things ever to be experienced. These kids make my life, and I would do anything for each and every one of them. Building knowledge together is such a special gift, and having deep discussions about what we’ve learned is even better!

Aside from all the theoretical business, we must exercise so we all don't cramp from sitting so long ;)
If you’re a debater, you know what our number one sport/activity is –
Ultimate Frisbee.

One of the most amazing games ever to be played on the face of this planet. To tell you the truth, I rarely get the chance to catch or throw, but I’m always looking for a chance to knock the Frisbee out of the sky. That is when the fun begins.
The comradery is also very special. High-fives and congratulations are heard all around when one team makes a goal. The fellowship is amazing, but we can also get pretty competitive. ;)

Here are a few pictures from the week:

About to leave for camp!

Eating Taryn's homemade blueberry pie with the Hoffmans --- a camp tradition. :)

Me and my lovely girls, Thea and Savy

Smile at the elevator ceiling!!!

Thea, Savy, Andrew, Valentine, Jon, and Soren...these kids make my life.

Valentine and Grace!!! My extraordinary roomies

This is only a GLIMPSE of the amazing-ness that ensues during a game of frisbee. ;)

A handful of the incredible people I know...

Waiting for another lecture to start!

This is the perfect descriptive personality picture...Thea and Taylor with milkshakes, and Savy in the middle with a Monster...

Rachel, Valentine, and me!

Thea and I switched shoes for a day...we felt like twinsies! ;)

THIS girl...is the most beautiful, amazing girl I know. I love you, Valentine! <3

The three amigos...Taryn, Isaak, and Matteo. At camp, they were all pretty much inseparable.

Ellyse, Savy, Tay, Thea, Jordan, and Jon!

With the Hoffman family! Taryn, Valentine, me, Soren, and Isaak.
"A friend is someone who reaches for your hand, but touches your heart." -Kathleen Grove



As I was sitting here at my desk, pondering what would be the contents of this initial post; first and foremost, I considered the title.  Naturally, like other people who are writing a post for the first time, the idea of the most bland name came into my head –


-- or whatever many people often name such a post.

Hence the name of my post: “Greetings”. Yes, yes, I do sound old-fashioned, but it’s better than titling it with something like “Tidings”, is it not? 

Instead of giving a plethora of excuses why I haven’t been able to write any sooner upon the creation of my blog, (such as finishing school, etc.) I would much rather begin this on a more light-hearted note, and spare you any incessant ramblings in efforts of redeeming myself.

So! Enough of that wordiness.  I am SO extremely excited to have created this blog, and I hope that through words and pictures (worth 1,000 words, you know) I might give you a little taste of my everyday life and what it’s like to live in the country amid such a beautiful creation. 

Now, mind you that I am not so absolutely obsessed with my surroundings that I refrain from relating anything else of interest that occurs in my life! You can expect much of that! Because I’m sure I’ll give the “Cinderella” aspect equal attention. 
I hope you very much enjoy this blog, and I can’t wait to see what becomes of my little venture.


P.S. The part of this post regarding the titling of first posts was in no way meant to be an insult to anybody at all. It was only meant in good humor. :)

The beautiful white oleander flowers by the road.