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Saturday, August 28, 2010

WE'RE LEAVING!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Egypt again...

Today is our last day here in the US before we go back overseas! 


I thought it was going to be so awesome to get on the plane again and move into a different house. I never thought a thing about packing. Ugh. I hate packing up, it's pretty stressful. Maybe I should leave it all to Dad and Mom, but I feel that in someway I'm supposed to help. Yesterday when they were packing, I thought I was so left out that I had to watch the little ones (Heidi 6, Petra 5, Henry 3, and Nehemiah 15 months) Now I wish I had never asked to help. I suppose I'm getting nowhere at all, just basically writing whatever comes to my head. :D 


I do enjoy unpacking though. It's so fun to put things into a new house.


Anna and I had a 'photo shoot' the other day. I'll show pictures later, Samuel is saying that computers, writing, and laptops don't rock, but baseball does. And he says he's not leaving or going to stop bothering me until I stop typing. 
Baseball, here I come!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Our Many Blessings...

holy experience




Holy Experience is hosting a one-thousand-gifts 'counting'.
I'm not really going to post ten a day, or on Mondays, but as many as I feel like whenever I get the time.


Here are the first gifts in my list:
#1 Jesus Christ
#2 The Bible
#3 A family
#4 A new laptop
#5 Plastic plates 
#6 A huge yard
#7 Toys for the little ones
#8 Table
#9 Chairs
# 10 A dishwasher
# 11 I'm healthy
#12 Couches
#13 A bed
#14 A porch
#15 A good Dad
#16 A good Mom
#17 Packing boxes
#18 books
#19 School things
#20 Rugs
#21 Food
#22 A washer machine and a dryer
#23 car
#24 House
#25 Windows
#26 Grandparents
#27 mail box
#28  A pond
#29 sink that finally works
#30 fire place


I've got SO much to be thankful for...maybe by the time it's Thanksgiving I'll have 1000 gifts! What do you think?

Monday, August 23, 2010

Blog Party

Things are doing well now, but remember when Mom had surgery? She still doesn't feel good enough to travel this weekend to Egypt, so she'll probably come a week later, which I'm not real happy with. Moving into a new house in Egypt without your Mom for the first week isn't so great, do you all have any advice? :D  Well, just pray that she'd be able to come with us, though it probably won't happen.


Oh, and I got my own laptop! I'm really happy, I was going save for one but I didn't have enough money, so I was just going to use the family one. Now I have my own, though the internet doesn't work yet.


                                                                              


Guinevere is hosting a blog party, so I decided to join.
Here's the tag you have to do:


1. What has been your favorite part of summer so far? Being outside
2. What is your favorite part of autumn? It's not that hot.
3. Raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens? Whiskers on kittens
4. Describe your dream house. I like traveling, though that's not really a house, but I would like to live in the woods, I don't mind how the house looks.
5. What's your favorite movie? We don't have a TV, so I don't really know...
6. Quote something from the book you most recently read: Something Joe said about cake in one of the Mandie books
7. What do you like/not like about my blog? I'm new to it, but I think the design is good. Though your name is a bit weird, no offence...
8. Rain or shine?SHINE!
9. The worst grammatical mistake, in your opinion: Umm....I don't like it when people do their 'I's like this: "When i was going to the store i saw...."
10. If you had a choice, would you want to live: in the mountains, in a rainforest, on a prairie, or by the beach? The mountains!
11. What character from a book would you say you are most like? Andi Carter, maybe a little of Anne, but I don't worry about my hair at ALL.
12. Be constantly talking the rest of your life or not be able to communicate in any way for the rest of your life? Be constantly talking, I guess!
13. Owl City or Switchfoot? What??
14. Taylor Swift of Selena Gomez? What??
15. Your pet peeve? When my sister Anna looks over my shoulder when I'm typing, right Anna? Now she's mad...
16. What's your favorite font? Andy and Verdana
17. How are you educated? (i.e. homeschooled, public schooled, private schooled) Home schooled, it rocks! 
18. Do you consider yourself tomboy-ish or feminine?  Probably tomboyish
19. What's your favorite song? I like a lot, and they change ALL the time, right now I like 'Lead me to the Cross' by Chris and Conrad.
20. Did you enjoy answering these questions? Yes, except for the two that I didn't know what they were....



If anybody wants to enter, there are great prizes, click on the button below:





That's all, I'll post more soon!
-Kendra

Friday, August 20, 2010

Egypt....

Not going to be on for a while! Let you know when we're really really close to moving! 
Kendra

PS: Here's a few pictures to keep you from getting bored:


They're not very good, but if  you want something more interesting go to my photography page or my story one!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Story

Hello all!

Here is my story for Grace's Story Contest:




You can enter if you want, but it's almost over with.
Here's my story along with my picture! (By: John Everett Millais) Name: Sir Isumbras at the Ford




Finding Him



Kathrine Cole lifted the heavy bucket and sighed.  
“Kate, I wanna mifk.” Kathrine looked down to see her chubby baby brother tugging at her dress.

Kathrine laid down the milk bucket and rested as she grinned at her little brother. “Now Thomas, what do you say when you want something?”
Two-year-old Thomas looked at the ground shamefully and said, “Sowwy, may I pwease have some mifk?”

Kathrine smiled her big-sister smile. “Sure, as soon as we get back to monastery, you may have a big cup.” She pulled her shawl close to keep out the November air.

Thomas looked up cheerfully, and said, “Alwight! Can you hold my hand? Pwease may you hold my hand?”
Kathrine shook her head and said, “Sorry, Thomas, but I’ve got to carry this for Sister Martha. You can walk with me though.”

“Alwight, I tan waf, see me, I big boy!”  Thomas toddled ahead with his chubby legs.

Wow, he is real fast. For a baby, a least. Kathrine thought as she bent over to give her back a long rest. When she finally stood up, she saw that her dear baby brother was already nearing to the deep pond. Kathrine stood up, frozen for a split second. She had heard many stories of babies and small children drowning, and that would not happen to Thomas, not if she could help it. Kathrine dropped the bucket, running towards the pond as fast as her legs could go.
She reached the pond and scooped up the baby in her arms.
“Oh Thomas, I thought I’d lost you for good!”

Thomas looked at her with his big blue eyes. “I wove you.”

Kathrine smiled and said, “Now Thomas, you mustn’t ever, ever, ever go near that pond, do you hear?”
“Uh-huh Kate. Can you pwease hold me now?”

Kate looked back at the milk pail laying in the grass, about to turn over. The nuns needed that milk, even though only fourteen nuns lived at the tiny monastery, they were very poor, and Kathrine knew they could not do without it. But what was more important, whether she and Thomas had cheese, milk, and yogurt, or her baby brother feel into the pond? Certainly her brother, Kathrine thought. Forced by her decision, she determinedly ran with the baby towards the old bridge. Though Thomas was only two, he was big for his size, and Kathrine small and thin for twelve years of age. Kathrine panted for breath then sat down on the grass.
“Sorry Tom, but I can’t hold you anymore.”

“But I’m tierd. I wanna you hold me.”

Kathrine sighed.
Thomas looked up at her with big blue eyes. “Kate, may you pwease hold me? I be good, I not go in da pond! Pwease?”

Kathrine knew she had to go on, so once again she picked up the baby and started walking quickly towards the bridge. Soon she had to stop again, and this time she was too weary to go on. There was still a good half mile until she reached to small monastery, and Kathrine had given up. Kathrine dreamed away as she looked into the mist of the pond. How I wish I had a mother....then every day I could help her take care of the house and garden...and put Thomas to bed....Mother would tuck me in at night and kiss me on the forehead like other children’s mothers do....Shame on you Kathrine Rose Cole! Why, you are so lucky to have a good home in the monastery, while most orphan children live in the orphanage, scrubbing floors all day. The nuns treat you perfectly fine! I just don’t get enough time with Thomas.....they certainly would never kiss me at night, I sleep in the kitchen....but it’s still better than sleeping many other children in the same room....isn’t it? Oh, but I still wish I had a mother....or a granny....

Suddenly Kathrine was awoken from her day-dream, by a noise she hadn’t heard in a while.
“Why, it’s a horse!” She stood up and shaded her face with her hand. An old man on a beautiful black horse was approaching her.
Kathrine picked up Thomas, who was still sitting on the brick bridge, and straightened her dress. I wish I had shoes, She thought, looking at her dirty bare feet.
“Hello children.”

Blushing, Kathrine looked at her feet. “Hhello, sir.”

“Good day, child, what might you be doing on this chilly day?”

“I was carrying the milk for Sister Martha, but on the way my baby brother almost fell into the pond.” Kathrine pointed to the foggy pond.

The old man stroked his beard. “Ohh. Well, I’m heading beyond the pond, close to the forest, and I’ll just stop by the monastery on my way through with the milk. Fine with you?”

Kathrine stepped back and almost gasped. “Wwell, yes, if you would not mind the trouble. I can go back and get it later.”

The kind man shook his head. “No, no, no. It’s no bother for me.”  He nodded his head and headed towards the pond.

“Well,” Kathrine said out loud as he rode through the grass, “I sure didn’t expect anybody to be that nice.”  She held Thomas by the hand and finally came to her senses, she simply walked with him.  He whined a bit, then toddled along when Kathrine explained to him in her motherly voice that he could not be held, and that if he whined it would simply make things worse.

The siblings arrived at the monastery singing a hymn they had learned from the nuns. Kathrine pretty voice disappeared as she saw Sister Alice running towards her.  The nuns never ran, and Sister Alice actually looked happy.
“Oh, darling Kathrine,” Sister Alice panted for breath, then swallowed, “Kathrine, we’ve found a home for Thomas! He’ll live with a - why Kathrine, dearest, what is wrong?”

Kathrine gasped and her hand flew over her mouth. “Yyou...you can’t take Thomas away!”

Sister Alice stepped back. “Why Kathrine Cole! You should be absolutely happy that your brother gets a home! But you, you are worrying about yourself! How sinful, we need your help and you are going on thirteen, old enough to take care of yourself. And baby Thomas, how he needs a Mother, and then when we find one you insist that we can’t give him away! You are a rude child, and have no right to stay here. Now, go and put the mild - whatever did you do to the milk? Did you give it to Farmer Steven’s calf again?”

Kathrine looked at the ground. “No Sister. I.....I....I...”

Sister Alice shook her head. “Whatever will I do with you? Well, now, hurry along and bring some wood in, it’s going to be cold tonight.”
*                    *                                *                      *                              *                                   *
Kathrine piled more wood unto her old apron, her shoulders dragged and her lips trembled.
“How will I ever live without Thomas? I can’t live without Thomas, that’s for sure. I’ll never, never, never, ever be able to. I’ll simply die and - “

“Hello Miss? I’ve brought you milk.” Kathrine jumped back then remembered the kind old man she had met on the bridge earlier that afternoon.

“Oh, yes, sir....thank you sir!”

The old man looked tenderly at her. “What is wrong, child, you’ve been crying.”
“Nothing.” Kathrine answered, rubbing her eyes.

“Oh...well then, why are you sad? Don’t worry, I’m not going to hurt you.”

Kathrine looked up into his kind brown eyes and shook her head. “No, I know you wouldn’t hurt me! But it’s just....that....”

“What child?”
“They’re going to give Thomas away, and I’ll probably never see him again!” Kathrine said hastily, then she burst into tears.

The old man looked at her tenderly and sat down next to her.
“Ohh...now I see. Thomas is the darling little baby you had trouble with carrying all the way to the monastery, correct?”

Kathrine tried her tears. “Yyes sir. And when most Mothers die they tell the oldest to take care of the younger children, though I don’t really know because my Mother died on a ship with Father, but I’m so very sure they’d like for us to stick together. I and I love Thomas, so very much, and I don’t think I can bare living without him, he is almost all I live for.”

The old man raised his eyebrows. “Really? He’s all you live for?”

“Yes, sir. I don’t have any friends here. You see, I don’t go to school, the nuns teach me.”

“They don’t teach you about Jesus?”

“Huh? Oh, well, yes, but all that’s just plain boring. I’m young, and those things don’t interest me.”

“Really? Jesus is the best friend I have.”

Kathrine looked at the ground then looked up at the man she had come to admire.

“Honest? I mean, you’re so nice, and I can’t see how you could listen to those awful boring sermons. I get lucky sometimes and fetch to milk from Farmer Steven.”

“They’re not boring, once you get to know Jesus it’s the best give ever. And I think he wants your heart, you have troubles right now and he wants to comfort you.”

“Are you teasing me? Jesus is just sermons and you have to be Holy.”

“No, child, all you have to do it be sorry for your sins and let him come into your heart. Have you ever lied? Or stole?”

“Um...once I told Sister Alice that Farmer Steven didn’t have milk for me today but really it spilled because I was running with it...and...I took...an apple from Mrs. Harris once.” Kathrine looked at the ground then burst once again into tears, “Once...once...I..I...let the cows out from Farmer Brown’s pasture because I wanted to show off to Todd Brown that I wasn’t afraid to...then I lied and said he did it...I’m an awful girl, and I’ve always acted nice and shy and sweet.”

“Jesus will forgive you, all you have to do is let him come into your heart and he will change you if you’re really sorry and want to change your ways.”

“I want to do that, but I can’t see why he’d want me.”

“He does, child. Let me pray with you.”

*                    *                               *                                         *                              *
So the old man prayed with Kathrine. She let Jesus come into her heart that day, but Thomas was still leaving the next morning to live with his new Grandfather.
As the old man finished praying with Kathrine, he stood up and said;
“Child, I’m going inside the kitchen and asking Mother Hannah something. Finish up then come inside.”

Kathrine obediently started gathering fire-wood again. When she walked inside, this is what she heard:
“Well, I suppose we could do without her, she will probably be heart broken to leave her darling little brother anyway, so I suppose you could take her.”

“Well, I’ll get my horse saddled up and we’ll be out of here, my wife has dinner ready.”

Kathrine’s hands flew over her mouth. Wood spilled everywhere.

“Child, what have you done this time. Oh well, I’ll get Sister Alice to clean it up. You’ve got a Grandfather and a Grandmother now. And you will live with Thomas. Stop gawking, go change your apron and pack your bag.”

Kathrine nodded and packed her few belongings. In five minutes she was outside with her baby brother, and the old man, now called Grandfather, helped them up. Soon they were riding along the pond, through the sunset. Thomas clung to his new Grandfather’s back, Grandfather had put on his old knight suit to impress the children, and Kathrine sat in the front, remembering the days when she didn’t have a family and, most important, when she didn’t have Jesus.
* * * * * *

Did you like it? I'm barely over the limit of words and I hope I can still enter it!
Oh, and please comment and tell me if there's any mistakes.

Allison, I still need your address, if I don't get it before the 18th I'll draw another winner.

Hope you enjoyed and let me know what you think!

You sis in Jesus,
Kendra



Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Blog Party Winners!

Okay, I got too impatient and had to draw the winners today instead of tomorrow!


Here they are!!!
Grace gets the Stationary


Allison gets the Egypt Stationary


Rachel Grace gets the Earrings


Megan gets the American Girl Magazine




Here were everybody's tags from the blog party!


Mine:
1. How old are you? 13


2. What is your favorite song? "In Christ Alone"


3. What is your favorite sport/exercise? Basketball, running, and riding my bike


4. How long have you been blogging? October 2009, but I never really blogged until this winter and spring


5. What would you do for a million dollars? Go off a huge zip-line over a lake


6. If you could have dinner with someone famous, who would it be? Jesus Christ

7. Sweet, Salty, or both? Both!


8. Which sense would you choose to give up, scent, sound, touch, taste, or sight? taste


9. In what store would you like to spend the night? a bookstore


10. What super power would most like to have? to fly!



Anna's
. How old are you? 10


2. What is your favorite song? "In Christ Alone"


3. What is your favorite sport/exercise?swimming, running, and riding my bike


4. How long have you been blogging? 5/20/09


5. What would you do for a million dollars? EAT PIZZA


6. If you could have dinner with someone famous, who would it be? Jesus Christ

7. Sweet, Salty, or both? Both!


8. Which sense would you choose to give up, scent, sound, touch, taste, or sight? taste


9. In what store would you like to spend the night? a bookstore


10. What super power would most like to have? to fly!


Bo's


1. How old are you? 17 years old

2. What is your favorite song? We'll Be A Dream - We The Kings Ft. Demi Lovato

3. What is your favorite sport/exercise? Soccer and cheer leading! And I love ab workouts. 

4. How long have you been blogging? Umm..maybe two months..?

5. What would you do for a million dollars? Skydiving!

6. If you could have dinner with someone famous, who would it be? I would have to say Leonardo DiCaprio or David Beckham.

7. Sweet, Salty, or both? Depends on how I'm feeling but overall, both!

8. Which sense would you choose to give up, scent, sound, touch, taste, or sight? Scent for sure.
9. In what store would you like to spend the night? I have no clue. Something fun like a trampoline store or a bounce house store lol

10. What super power would most like to have? The jumper power! It's from the movie Jumper but it's basically transportation.



Anna Kathrine's
1. How old are you? 11


2. What is your favorite song?Free to be me


3. What is your favorite sport/exercise?swimmming


4. How long have you been blogging? I started this blog in March, I think.


5. What would you do for a million dollars? lick or MAYBE eat a cockroach.


6. If you could have dinner with someone famous, who would it be? Jesus

7. Sweet, Salty, or both? Depends. Most of the time, sweet.


8. Which sense would you choose to give up, scent, sound, touch, taste, or sight?smell


9. In what store would you like to spend the night? Target


10. What super power would most like to have? to read minds 



Ally's



1. How old are you? 13
2. What is your favorite song? I have a lot, but one of the ones I listen to a lot is 4:12, by Switchfoot.
3. What is your favorite sport/exercise? I'm not really athletic...at all....
4. How long have you been blogging? April, 2010
5. What would you do for a million dollars? um, i don't know... i agree with Bleah...."What do you want me to do?"
6. If you could have dinner with someone famous, who would it be? Jon Foreman, all the way! <3
7. Sweet, Salty, or both? sweet
8. Which sense would you choose to give up, scent, sound, touch, taste, or sight? smell
9. In what store would you like to spend the night? Michaels (It's a craft store)
10. What super power would most like to have? to make my characters come alive



Hope's
1.How old are you? 14

2.whats our favorite song? I can only imagine.

3.Whats your favorite sport/exercise? Swimming.

4.How long have you been blogging? Since January 2010.

5.What would you do for a millon dollars? Go skydiving.

6.if you could have dinner with someone famous,who would it be? Kirk cameron

7.Sweet, salty,or both? sweet.

8.Which sense would you chosse to give up,Sound,touch,sent,taste or sight? Taste.

9. In what store would you like to say the night? Any bookstore.

10.What super power would you most like to have? Invisability! Did yo know that stuff about me? Haha! In Christ,Hope

Megan's
1. How old are you? 12 {my birthday is October 13!}


2. What is your favorite song? Um.... I have A LOT! 

3. What is your favorite sport/exercise? Laughing... Okay, maybe that doesn't count.... riding my bike. 

4. How long have you been blogging? October 2008

5. What would you do for a million dollars? not talk for 24 hours. that would be really hard... 

6. If you could have dinner with someone famous, who would it be? God

7. Sweet, Salty, or both? probably both. 

8. Which sense would you choose to give up, scent, sound, touch, taste, or sight? scent... I wouldn't have to smell pigs! :) 

9. In what store would you like to spend the night? a craft store... or a book store... I love both.

10. What super power would most like to have? to fly, cuz then I could to wherever I wanted!

Allison's
1. How old are you? 15. but soooo close to being 16!


2. What is your favorite song? It changes constantly! But right now I really like "By Faith" by the Getty's, "Give Us Clean Hands", and "Reverie" By Claude Debussy.


3. What is your favorite sport/exercise? My mom and I go on walks every evening. It's a lot of fun!


4. How long have you been blogging? A long time on another blog! But my first post on this blog was January 22, 2010.


5. What would you do for a million dollars? A lot.


6. If you could have dinner with someone famous, who would it be? I have no idea! Maybe Joseph from the Bible.

7. Sweet, Salty, or both? Both, but I love sweet more! ♥


8. Which sense would you choose to give up, scent, sound, touch, taste, or sight? Wow, that's hard! I guess taste because it would be dangerous to give up any of the other ones. You NEED to be able to see, smell, touch, and hear, but you can do without taste.


9. In what store would you like to spend the night? No store!


10. What super power would most like to have? I think it would be cool to read minds! But I wouldn't like it if I saw people were thinking mean things about me or anything. It would be nice to be able to turn it on and off!
Hannah's
1. How old are you? 13


2. What is your favorite song? "Amazing Love,Mighty to save and Knowing You"


3. What is your favorite sport/exercise? Riding my bike


4. How long have you been blogging? Since March of this year!


5. What would you do for a million dollars? Be Kind!


6. If you could have dinner with someone famous, who would it be? Jesus Christ and the Celtic Woman.

7. Sweet, Salty, or both? Both!


8. Which sense would you choose to give up, scent, sound, touch, taste, or sight? Scent!


9. In what store would you like to spend the night? A shoe store!


10. What super power would most like to have? To be able to read minds!



Grace's
1. How old are you? 13

2. What is your favorite song? Hard to say...I like Regina Spektor's The Call, Home from Beauty and the Beast Broadway musical, and classical pieces, Christian hymns and songs! Oh, and music from the different Jane Austen movies!:)

3. What is your favorite sport/exercise? Basketball, swimming, running, and rock climbing! I had played basketball for about 5 years? at our city's Rec department, but I stopped for the game was becoming too competitive, the girls were saying bad words, and wanted to win so badly they would hurt you if you were in the way. (I know because my good friend told me so;) I have been doing swimming for a LONG time, and LOVE it!!!:) And I will be doing a lot of (not major) rock climbing in Yosemite!

4. How long have you been blogging? Since February of this year. Don't know the exact date, for I accidentally erased my first post I posted!

5. What would you do for a million dollars? Um...I dunno! Perhaps, travel to Europe!

6. If you could have dinner with someone famous, who would it be? Really do not know, Kendra! I liked your answer though, and must agree with it!:)

7. Sweet, Salty, or both? Both!

8. Which sense would you choose to give up, scent, sound, touch, taste, or sight? I couldn't!!! I most definitely would hate not to be able to smell, touch, hear, or taste, but if I HAD to choose, I would say...touch.

9. In what store would you like to spend the night? American Girl, a book store (a good book store), or the aquarium, that's not a store is it?:)

10. What super power would most like to have? Flying, mind-reading, or invisibility!



Thanks everybody for entering, and I hope most of you will still follow me, my family and I are moving to Egypt in 16 days so I'll have some interesting things to post! :D


Oh, and our family now has a blog!


Create your own banner at mybannermaker.com!

Make sure to visit it, even though the only posts on it are from Heidi's page, though she does post a TON of pictures I have no clue what it looks like! :D


Well, I've got to go and make sure to comment and give me your address (it will NOT be published)  If you don't reply within one week I will draw entries again and someone else will get your prize!
That sounds great, doesn't it? :D
That's all for now, and make sure you vote for your favorite picture in my last post!
Your sis in Christ,
Kendra