Saturday, February 26, 2011

Dear God,

Thank you for my new and very wonderful friend, Caitlin. She is quite wonderful and I am very grateful for her. She is a direct answer to prayer. If it be Your Will, I do hope the two of us can become better friends over time IN PERSON at Verity.
Love Your daughter,
 Natalie

Patty on Heartbreak

"I never felt this bad before.. Not even when I had the mumps!"

I love Patty.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

What I'm Doin' these Days...Pretty much today..

So today instead of being the good girl I'm supposed to be and doing college,
I went out. Mom had a doctor appointment today. Doctor said everything is wonderful! I got to hear my darling sibling's heartbeat! Afterwards we had some errands to run... Dropping off my sewing machine for repairs, trading tea kettles, tea party shopping, sandwich eating,  TeenPact clothes buying, and most importantly, baby shopping. We went to BuyBuy Baby AND Babies R Us. Needless to say Mom is overwhelmed. Funny thing.. Since we do not know the baby's gender, we cannot even buy a crib! Mom has it all worked out how she wants everything to look. But each look depends on what gender the baby is! So we have a looong ways to go on the nursery. I was wonderfully fun though. I've been thinking about how my future nursery will look.. If my first baby is a boy it will be nautically themed. If she is a girl, a princessy enchanted forest theme would be perfect!
I mentioned a new dress in my last post:


It is a very dark denim. The sweater is also new. I had to wear it because it matched my tights. ;-) 
Dear Michaela from volleyball,
Yes, those are slouch boots. The dress must be worn with flats, and those were the easiest to find at that moment. 

It is a pity I didn't take a picture of the new black dress and jackets I got for TeenPact.. I guess you will see enough of them in the TP pics though. Be warned. It is that time of year. TeenPact will be a recurring theme throughout my post. ;-)

  
Ignore the scars, they are from David the kitten..
How do you like the new charm bracelet? Not as "perfect" as the one from Kimmie, but it is pretty cute in my opinion! Sweethearts are my favorite part of Valentine's. (As I have said before..;-P ) 
Yes, they taste disgusting, but they are soo cute! 
One last thing I bought today is the Lullaby Renditions of Coldplay cd. 
Dude.
It's Yellow.
As a lullaby.
That is like, my second favorite song.
My sissy and I can have similar music taste! :-D 
Ok, I have lots of school and tea party prep to do tomorrow. I will take pictures! 
Lots of love,
~Natalie

Little Known Fact About Me #1

I cannot buy a new dress without wearing it at least once within its first week in my possession.
Pics to follow. ;-)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Jan 6th.

In case you ever read this, you missed one..

Monday, February 21, 2011

I Hear the Battle

"I'm cold, sad, and alone. I hear the battle going on around me, I feel the ground quake, I hear the thunder bang, I see the flashes of lighting, I can feel myself drifting, but I comfort myself with knowing that He is coming soon!"
This perfectly wonderful poem is by my friend Kaylyn. It stuck out to me for several reasons.
1. I always find her status messages fascinating
2.  It is very well written
3. It perfectly explains exactly how I feel right now. (Though she probably has no idea of this..)

Thanks, Kaylyn, for letting me share the poem!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

A Tiny Bit of Sunlight

He makes even a terrible week bearable. 



^_^
Have a very lovely Sunday! 

Look How They Shine for You





If I had been born a boy, I would have been an astronaut when I grew up.
I'm actually still considering it.. You know.. When I'm 80..
^I want to go there. ^
Do you think there will be stars in Heaven? 
I wonder if I will even have time to notice when I get there.. 
Do you think it is silly that I might miss shooting stars? Will I have to?
Does no night mean no stars? 
I did go star gazing tonight. I've seen 4 shooting stars this year. 
Now I am listening to random Coldplay songs. 
I didn't know Gwyneth Paltrow  was married to one of their singers.. 
Until next time, I wish you well.
"Look at the stars, look how they shine for you."
Oh, the nights will be long when I'm not in your arms
But I'll be in this song that you sing to me 
Across the sea, somehow, someday
You will be far away, so far from me
And maybe someday I will follow you in all you do
'Til then, send me a song...




The Words I Would Say

The Words I Would Say
The Words I Would Say by Princessnda on Polyvore.com

Just what I'd say if we were face to face


Friday, February 18, 2011

List of Things 2Do

I'm not going to lie, this has been a very hard week for me. And it really just keeps getting worse.. Just about everything that can go wrong has.
But God has been faithful. He keeps giving me little gifts to show me He still loves me, and that He is the same no matter how my life changes. Between the beautiful full moon and the sweet little friend I met yesterday, He continues to encourage me. He is my King of Glory, and He will give me grace and strength to do what I need to do. And there is so much I must do. Things for basic survival like doing what my parents ask and keeping up with chores, as well as the ever growing list of things I think I need to do and would like to do.
My parents continue to surprise me with what they "encourage" me to do. For example, Daddy has been pushing for me to go to Verity next fall for two years of college. I was rather surprised because I always thought Daddy didn't want me going off away from home.Which was why I was so surprised when he seemed to encourage my idea of traveling to England soon. That is possibly the biggest item on my list of things I need to do. I hope to travel a lot next year. I think it would be a good idea. I would like some new scenery.. I don't want to be away too much though. I would hate to miss my baby sibling growing up.
The other things I need to do are basically the same things I have been needing to do for awhile.
I need to learn French
I want to learn how to draw
I need to get a passport (Quickly.)
I want dance lessons
I need to get better at sewing
I need to use my scholarship for a culinary course at our local "Christian" college
I need to gut my closet and my room so I don't have as much stuff holding me back
I want to paint my room sapphire blue.

The most important thing I need to do this year is grow closer to my Lord. He has been and will continue to be my strength to do what I need to do. He will be what gets me through these next few extremely "interesting" years.  And they will be interesting..
But I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. He will be my help.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Saturday, February 12, 2011

My Thoughts on John Dewey's Positive Impact on Education. (Don't you judge me.. )

In 2007 there were more than 1.5 million home-schoolers in the United States alone. Since then the number of parents choosing to educate their children at home has climbed steadily. Why is this? For most there are more reasons than one. My own parents had several motives for choosing to home school. Who should be in charge of their children's education, and what world view they wanted their children to be taught were the key issues of my parents' decision. In fact, these are the deciding issues for a majority of parents who choose to remove their children from the traditional school system. Why this sudden concern for what is being taught to children? Perhaps the parents in America are starting to see the consequences of humanistic teachings. Many parents are just beginning to realize how much impact and control school systems have over their children. Thus the trend of home education has been gaining popularity. 

Who do we, the grateful students, have to thank for this wonderful decision to let us learn at home? 
While, of course, we must thank our parents for making the ultimate choice, I believe it is John Dewy who truly initiated the home-school movement. Had it not been for his influence on the public schools, our parents would not have seen the system's negative effects on children in society! For Mr. Dewy did indeed impact modern public education. He cared very much about education. He considered education as not a preparation for life, but "life itself." As education was so important to him, Mr. Dewy spoke frequently on the subject. Of course, his humanistic viewpoints made Christians want to frequently not listen to him speak. However, his passionate and outwardly logical ideology seemed to appeal to those who were in charge of public education at the time. Before those Christian parents knew it, their children were being turned into sudden skeptics before their eyes. While it may seem John Dewey's philosophical ideas had not merely a negative, but a tragic impact on society, I do not see it this way. Romans 8:28 says "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." During the time of John Dewey the public school system was rapidly gaining popularity. Before the "progressive education" movement began in the 1920's, public schools taught biblical principles and encouraged prayer. However, I do not believe God intended education to be conducted in this manner. I believe He allowed the ideology of Mr. Dewey to make as great an impact as it did to awaken the apathetic Christian parents into action. Without Mr. Dewey's influence on public school teachings, parents who now choose to educate in the home may have been content to leave their children in the traditional school systems. I believe the home school movement would not have become so mainstream as it is today had it not been for John Dewey. 
While my point may be debatable, I feel, in the overall picture, Mr. Dewey did indeed have a greatly positive impact on society.

Monday, February 7, 2011

My Thoughts on Contradictions and Compatibility

We live in a world where anything is true, as long as one believes it is. Unless what you believe is true contradicts what I believe is true. Because then what you believe is true would not be true. Whether one acknowledges it or not, this is the philosophy of modern society. While some may desire a Utopian style society, the point remains that as long as belief systems contradict, there will always be controversy regarding these beliefs. Why is this? Perhaps it has to do with pride; no one enjoys admitting the beliefs they hold so dear are flawed. It is possible be merely a matter of will. One may agree another's ideology is more correct, but may refuse to give up faulty beliefs because of the change of lifestyle a new belief set would bring about. Whatever the case, the fact is all of these different contradicting beliefs cannot be true. Much like Ayn Rand said, "Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong." I believe the best example of this is the Creation versus Macro-Evolution debate. These two beliefs blatantly contradict each other; therefore, one must be false. The basic definition of the ideology of Creation is that God spoke everything into existence in six 24-hour time periods, while evolutionist believe random chance mutations created life over the course of billions of years. Obviously, these two statements cannot both be true. If an omnipotent God created everything within a week, then it is impossible that the universe randomly constructed itself. Contrariwise, if the universe did just happen to form on its own, then there be no need for a Creator, and therefore no need to feel accountable to Him. The creation versus evolution debate is extremely mainstream. It is quite common to hear of new discoveries and developments supporting one or the other side of the issue. Very few people do not have an opinion on the matter, though there are some who have very confused views of the subject. There is one thing we can be 100% sure of: because of the contradictions, these two theories are not compatible. Only one can be correct.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

My Thoughts on the Personality Quiz Philosophy


"Tell me what you like, I'll tell you what you are."
Or, so it seems to Mr. John Ruskin. His 'personality quiz philosophy' gives new meaning to the phrase "You are what you eat!" Preferences determine not only one's individuality, but also one's beliefs regarding morality. His is the argument of many relativistic individuals. Chiefly, I may see something as morally wrong, which you find completely acceptable. Much like one may prefer cats to dogs, or Coke to Pepsi, one's moral beliefs are merely a matter of preference.

But is this a rational philosophy? If this ideology is sound, then is it not true that the moral idea of "murder is wrong" is just a matter of preference? Is not child abuse a moral issue? If Mr. Ruskin's statement is true, then a person whose inclination is to abuse their child should not be judged for their preference. Should a thief be punished because they preferred to steal something rather than buy it? According to Mr. Ruskin's personality quiz philosophy, whether stealing is wrong or not is just a matter of taste! Therefore thieves, murders, and such should not be condemned for having different moral preferences than those they victimized.

It is quite obvious these assertions are foolish. One may be very adamant about their beliefs of relative morality until one is morally offended. Mr. Ruskin's philosophy confuses moral law with the individual's will to obey that law. Absolute morality remains absolute whether one prefers to believe it or not. 

Friday, February 4, 2011

My Thoughts on Causal Law

"Nothing comes from nothing. Nothing ever could!"
The profound words of Julie Andrews are not merely charming lyrics, but also a straightforward explanation of the law of causality. Causal Law, by definition, states that it is necessary for everything that happens to have a cause. Nothing comes from nothing. This law has been around, literally, since the beginning of time. At creation God caused all of time, space, and matter to be brought into existence; or, as it says in Genesis 1:1, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."

The law of causality applies to everything that ever began, including the universe. To say otherwise is folly. To deny Causal Law in regards to anything at all is to deny reason. Logically, effects have causes. A spilled beverage cannot have toppled itself - something caused the glass to overturn. Analogously, the universe cannot have created itself. There must have been some sort of entity to cause it to come into existence. Considering when the universe began, time, space and matter began with it, it makes sense that the cause of creation was not so much a something as a Someone.The universe is finite, and its origination was also the beginning of time. The Originator then must be an infinite being not affected by time.

Evidence of God in the Causal Law is also seen when one looks at the complexity of the universe. Every detail of every element of our universe is so perfectly meticulous, even the smallest variation would cause disaster. The design of nature is so precise, it is quite obvious there must have been a designer; not merely to create, (though that is a wonder in and of itself,) but to make sure His creation continues to work the way He intends it to. The universe, much like a sailboat, needs someone to steer it, or else it will crash.   Were God not in constant and complete control of all things, the universe would inevitably self-destruct.

God controls all the inter-workings of space, matter, and time. He controls all of our solar system and our world. This includes natural disasters, the relationships of the nations, and how many flowers are going to bloom in your garden this year. As He is omnipotent and infinite, God knows all that has and is going to happen. He knows exactly who the next president of the United States will be, how the political situation in Egypt will affect the rest of the world, and where Amelia Earhart's airplane went down. He knows all there is to know about the universe because He created it. Everything He created works in order to fulfill His purposes. He knew what He was doing when He caused time, space, and matter to be created out of nothing. He has a plan for everything. Romans 8:28 says "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
His causes have wonderful effects for those who love Him.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Tuesday, February 1, 2011