The Best Birthday Gift Ever

My 17th birthday turned out way more awesome then I had planned. I got so many amazing gifts and my family and I spent some quality time together that I will never ever forget.

But probably the best gift that I received was one from my dad.

The day before my birthday, my parents and younger sister disappeared on a mysterious shopping trip, leaving me to feed and clean up after my 2 brothers. A little stressed out and disgruntled I felt really ashamed at myself when my parents called me out to the barn to surprise me with an early birthday present.


Her name is Izzy. Isabelle Miracle Koza. Koza is Polish for goat and I called her Miracle because she was the only kid to survive in her litter and she barely did. She is a 2 month old Nubian doe. I love her so much and she and I have become as close as a mother and daughter. 😄

I tried to get a few good pictures but she doesn’t hold still long enough to get some…..that is unless she’s chewing on something.😉 Here are a few, though.

Following Mommy around
Oh, how we love to jump!
Destruction with a capital D

I’m planning on showing her in this year’s fair so wish Miss Izzy and I luck in our journey this summer!

I’ll keep you posted!



Firefighter Sister Moment

That moment when you need to go out to the barn and you find that your early-bird, firefighter sister has “neatly” organized her equipment for the following morning right by the main door so she doesn’t forget it……..


Me: Is everything gonna blow up if I try to open the door? 😅

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Colliding with Destiny Study

Chapter 8: Your Enemy Becomes Your Footstool

Bible Reading: Ruth 2:6-9

And the servant that was set over the reapers answered and said, It is the Moabitish damsel that came back with Naomi out of the country of Moab:

And she said, I pray you, let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves: so she came, and hath continued even from the morning until now, that she tarried a little in the house.

Chosen Notes From Chapter:

  • People who support and care about you will seek out the truth. They won’t assume that everything they hear about you is true. If they have inegrity and are committed to living authentically, they will reserve judgment until they have firsthand evidence.
  • Quality attracts quality just as iron sharpens iron.
  • Don’t let the possibility of your name being tarnished keep you from doing right. If you’re so busy defending yourself from idle rumors and salacious gossip, you won’t have they energy to stay on you journey. If you dedicate all of you concentration to the whispers of others, how will you hear when He comes calling for you?


Questions to Ask Yourself:

  1. How has your life been affected by gossip?
  2. How has it deterred you from excelling in a particular area? How has it motivated you to pursue your goals?
  3. Ruth found the strength to live in face of gossip. How can you withstand your critics and find the strength to tell your own story?
  4. If people are able to only see you and hear your story from others, what do yu hope the combination says about you?


Anne, Colliding with Destiny Study

Colliding with Destiny Study

Chapter 7: You Never Know Who’s Watching

Bible reading: Ruth 2:4-5

And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said unto the reapers, The Lord be with you. And they answered him, The Lord bless thee.

Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers, Whose damsel is this?

Chosen Notes From Chapter:

  • “Live your life in such a way that if someone lied about you, no one would believe it.”- based on 1 Peter 2:12
  • How you respond often reveal whether there is any validity in the accusations waged against you.
  • You cannot control who judges you, but you can be responsible for portraying the most authentic version of yourself. It doesn’t stop the judgment, but it allows others to see your truth whether they like it or not.
  • When you remain true to your values and carry yourself with dignity, then others can talk allthey want, Your truth will trump their misperceptions.
  • You never know what giving up on yourself teaches others about you. Be careful, especially in trials, to govern your actions with grace and hope.
  • Ruth’s graceful tenacity made Boaz sit up and take notice. She wasn’t like everyone else. She was her own woman.
  • Be careful how you handle this storm; you never know who’s watching.


Questions to Ask Yourself:

  1. Who is someone you currently admire? Why? What is it about them that has earned your respect?
  2. How has their journey affected your own?
  3. What would someone learn about you if they saw you in your weakest moment?
  4. If you are the only reflection of Christ that people see, would He be pleased with how you represent Him?



It’s My Birthday!

I’m going to be a little of a copy cat today of Anne’s previous Sweeter 17 post, because today is my 17th birthday! Woohoo!

It feels rather odd, because people make a big deal out 16 and 18, but it seems 17 is just there. So this year I am going to make 17 the best!

For my birthday I am mostly just hanging out with friends throughout the week, and yesterday, Anne and I FaceTimed and opened our presents.

I think I’ll go over a quick rundown of my favorite things right now, then!


Mad World, performed by Taylor John Williams

Finding Neverland Broadway Musical


This is the current book I am reading…EC41C111-061E-4241-B95D-47BC3660C05C

My Hobbies

Reading, Writing, Crafting, Exercising, Playing with my Pets, and Tallking with my Friends!


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Colliding with Destiny Study

Chapter 6: Do What You Can

Bible Reading: Ruth 2:1-3

1 And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband’s, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz.

And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter.

And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech.

Chosen Notes From Chapter:

  • We cannot allow rejection to convince us to stop trying.
  • Ruth was not allowed to glean in the fields with the other women, but she didn’t let the rejection stop her from doing what she could. It may have been the leftovers, but something was better than nothing.
  • Sometimes what appears to be left over can become the seeds for future harvests.
  • When you face limitations, focus on what you still have and what you still can accomplish. It may not seem like much, but you never know how your seeds planted today might blossom tomorrow.
  • Don’t be discouraged; what you see as restrictions could really just be preparation and protection.
  • No one knows what purpose can form from your pain, but if you let the hurt blind you, you’ll never see that some collisions are necessary for our destiny.


Questions to Ask Yourself:

  • What was your first encounter with a major personal rejection?
  • What did you learn from it?
  • Did you give up after you were rejected? Why or Why not?
  • What’s keeping you from trying once again to pursue your destiny?