Hi! Wow, time sure flies! I feel like I say that a lot, but it really true. I think as I get older (16.....sooooo old;)) life goes by faster. My dad says it has to do with doing the same things over, and over, and over, and over, and over. Well, I've been keeping pretty busy lately, as have the rest of the clan. What with three-soon-to-be-five birthdays going by, school, learning to drive (!!!!!), and other random things, it's been pretty crazy. I also resurrected my camera after a couple months of rest (I brought it to camp but never took any pictures...something I very greatly regret).
On Sunday we were invited to a surprise anniversary party and we passed an amazing sunflower field!!! Dad stopped and let me take a couple pictures. Just 'cause sometimes, you've got to stop and smell (or take pictures) of sunflowers:)
So, now for birthdays. Amarisa turned 1 year old on September 6. She had a little trouble getting into her cupcake, but once we gave her a lick of the frosting, she dove right in!
Mercy turned either 7 or 8 (I honestly cannot remember at the moment) on September 8.
My amazing daddy had a birthday on September 25, but I won't say how old he is just because I'm his favorite daughter:)
Autumn turns 19 today!!!!!!! We sent her a whole bunch of gifts so she'll have a lot of things to open!! Charity turns 4 on the 19th and she's super excited. Timothy has the last birthday of the year in November, but that's a while away. Well, sort of.
Melody and I have been keeping busy with our on-line college classes. We're taking Fundamentals of Speech, which I do not like all that much, but I have to take, and Comp 1 which is awesome;). So far we've given two speeches and written two five-page papers. Such fun....
Also up in the amazing state of Wisconsin (and I can say that because I was born there;)) is the Cola Clash + !! We're taking a group up to Falls Baptist Church for the Cola Clash +. It's basically like an extended Cola Clash, but it costs money, and is more awesome.
Also, to whoever ate half the bowl of cookie dough that was in the freezer.....well, beware. :)
So anyway, that's pretty much all that's going on. Until next time!
Wow! It's been a long time hasn't it? All summer to be exact. My sisters and I had the most amazing summer ever! Maybe I'll get them to say something about it, but for now I'll just tell ya'll about my summer:) As I said, my sister's and I had the awesome opportunity of working at Camp Joy in Whitewater WI this summer. My mom posted a couple updates throughout the months we were gone, but I'll give some more detail. And throw in a couple random pictures too:)
I (Carissa) worked in the Housekeeping department. Basically, we cleaned everything. By everything I mean bathrooms (at least most of them which was a lot!), the chapel, the Lodge (which included the Fireside Room and Dining Hall), the Heritage Room, the Office, the Gym, the Nurse's Station, etc. We also serviced the Driftwood Cabins and Deluxe Rooms where families stay during family camps and sponsors stay during teen or junior weeks. Every afternoon we stocked the Gym Snack Shop and Snack Shack (try saying that five times fast! "Stocking the Snack Shop."). In the afternoons and evenings we worked in the different shops: the Bookstore, General Store, Gym Snack Shop, and the Snack Shack in the Lodge.
Because I wasn't able to be at Camp Joy during training week, I was definitely baptized by fire! I honestly had no idea what I was doing the first week, but thankfully, the other girls and both my supervisors taught me well:) I may or may not have exploded a blender during Junior Camp 1, dump hot chocolate mix all over me, and cut my thumb open two days before I left, but I survived! During Teen 3, a lot of us Housekeeping girls were able to help out in the kitchen because the Kitchen staff had lost a few people. We didn't really have any idea what we were doing in there, but the Kitchen staff graciously taught us. We waitress-ed, worked in the dish room (we REALLY didn't know what we were doing in there ;)) and helped clean up as much as we could before doing our own jobs.
I made a lot of friends over the summer as well! I had my own little cleaning buddy (the nurse's three-year-old son) who helped me clean every morning. He called me Cleaning Carissa:). And then all the other op-staff people. We had so many inside jokes that no one would ever get and would probably think we're crazy. But we had tons of fun. I was able to go to most of the evening chapel services. There were so many great messages and God was definitely working in every one of the camps. I had an amazing time this summer and hope to be able to do it again next year!!
But, moving on from Camp; now to life lately. Josh and Autumn leave for college in exactly one week, Josh as a sophomore and Autumn as a freshman. Melody and I are both high school seniors. We're taking a couple college classes on-line for dual-credit, plus some other random classes we need to graduate. Timothy (13) is a freshman this year, Stephen (12) is in 6th grade, Serenity (10) is in 5th grade, Mercy (7-soon-to-be-8) is in second grade, and Charity (almost 4) is sort of but not really doing Kindergarten. Amarisa is almost 1 (when did that happen??) and, even though she's still pretty tiny, she's pulling herself up on everything, "talking" all the time, and waving (and saying) "hi" and "bye".
Well, that's all for now! Thanks so much for everyone's prayers for us this summer!
The last one for at least the summer anyway :). We've been super busy for the past couple of days because we got to go to the Teach Them Diligently Home school Convention in Sandusky, Ohio.
I do realize that it isn't Saturday, but I promised someone (hi, Rebekah!!!!!!) I would do one last week, but I ran out of time. Soo, here I am on this lovely stormy Monday! I love storms.
Have an amazing Monday!!!!!!
Can anyone believe it's already May?????????? 2015 is going by really fast!! It seems like everything I'm doing now I was doing a year ago. (Probably because I am; school, choir, dissecting random animals, and did I say school?=D)
You know that saying "April showers brings May flowers"? I honestly thought it was going to rain all summer, but there are TONS of flowers blooming now!! (My sis took the last picture:))
Spring is finally here and the grass is green and growing!!! Timothy really wanted to mow yesterday, so Mom finally let him. He probably won't be too excited later this summer 'cause we girls won't be here to help him! We had SAT testing every day this week, plus ACT for me, Autumn, and Melody. My brain is completely fried.
BUT I DON'T EVER HAVE TO TAKE THOSE FILL-IN-THE-CIRCLEY TESTS AGAIN!!!! Unless I fail or something....But that won't happen. Hopefully.
Aaaaaaaaanyyyway. Moving on.
Awesome first today:
Spring is here (almost)!!!!!!!! Technically we have to wait until March 21, but close enough:) Although I like winter, one must only have it in moderation. Spring, Summer, and most of Fall is perfect at all times though
I fully planned on writing this all last week, but our basement sorta flooded. Soo, here goes:
Tis all for this week! Happy happy Spring!!!!
God reached down in love and rescued Cassandra from her sin at the age of 21: changing her life, purpose, and focus forever.