Anne, Music Review

Music Review: Evie Clair/What My Dad Means To Me

You know when you look up a video and then you end up drifting upon another video? Sometimes that random clip just leaves you thinking,”That was stupid.” But then there are those ones that really touch you and end up changing your whole mood.

This video on America’s Got Talent featured a young girl by the name of Evie Clair. She entered AGT when her dad had stage 4 cancer and continued in the competition even after her father passed away.

After watching this, I got to thinking how she must have felt to watch her Dad slip out of her life like that. Often when trying to fully figure out how someone else would feel I place myself in the same situation. Doing so with Evie’s experience, I felt like crying. What if it were my dad that died? I think I would have a lot of emotions swelled up within me, some of which would be regret……regret for never fully appreciating my dad and all he’s done for me, and for never telling him how much he means to me.

Like most teen girls(including myself), Evie probably had at least one or two arguments with her dad before his diagnosis. She probably said things that she didn’t mean and maybe he did too. I know I’ve had a few of those moments where I, being hot tempered, said things to my dad or about my dad that I didn’t mean, that I only said because I couldn’t control my emotions. I know that if I lost my dad I would never forgive myself for saying any of that or moreover, never telling him that I was sorry and how much I love him.

Although some “What Ifs?” aren’t healthy to be asking all our lives (like: What If I get hit by a car going out to get the mail? What If I flunk school? What If no one likes me?), maybe some What Ifs we should ask our selves more often: What If I never learn personal responsibility? What If I never enroll in school? What If I never go get the mail? What If I never meet new people? What If I never give my little sister a role model to look up to? What If…..I never tell my Grandpa, my Grandma, my siblings, my mom………my dad….how much I love them? What If?

So after thinking these thoughts I want to tell a lot of people a lot of overdo things, but for now I want to tell my dad,” I love you very much and I couldn’t ask for a better dad in the whole world! Thank you for caring about me even when I didn’t notice. You Mean The World To ME! I LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY HEART!”

I don’t want to wait till it’s too late to ask,”What If I had?” Do you?

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Evie Clair and her dad.

~Anne

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Colliding with Destiny Study

*Note to Readers: This book has a lot of thought provoking and inspirational statements. But my mom has read the whole book, which I have not, and she says that some of the text’s truth is questionable, so if you’re reading this book after my recommendation, then, my dear readers, continue with Godly discretion. God Bless!

Chapter Four: Don’t Let Life Change Your Name

Bible Reading: Ruth 1:19-20

19 So they two went until they came to Bethlehem. And it came to pass, when they were come to Bethlehem, that all the city was moved about them, and they said, Is this Naomi?

20 And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.

Chosen Notes From Chapter:

  • Naomi lost touch with her own unique personality and purpose. When we experience a crisis, we become disoriented, confused, and uncertain about what’s what. The world we once knew has forever changed-our expectations, our goals, or journeys. Drained of strength, certainty, and significance, we no longer remember who we are or even how we arrived at such a place in our lives. Suffering from a case of spiritual amnesia, we allow our losses and mistakes to redefine us. Liar, cheater, dummy, fool, adulterer– life gives us countless titles if we let it. Some may even reflect mistakes we’ve made or trials we’re still enduring.
  • Without  a strong foundation to ground us, in the midst of our pain we may face an identity crisis. Will we remember who we’ve always been, or will this hurt be what now defines us? When the memories of what should have been invade your soul and shake your core, whatever you do, don’t let it change your name.
  • Don’t reward misery by allowing it to be the center of your life. Don’t give the person who has injured you any more time in the spotlight. Don’t allow your life’s headlines to keep repeating old news.
  • Do you want to be remembered as hostile, viscous, or spiteful? Or do you want the world to remember how you survived and learned to live again?
  • Don’t miss the moments when God sends you a reminder of who you were meant to be. Joy can only come in the morning if you remember to open the curtains and let in the morning light.

Journal:

Questions to Ask Yourself:

  • How do you define yourself? What words would you use to describe who you really are?

  • How do you want to be remembered?

  • When have you allowed your pain to make you forget your destiny?

  • How would the healed you be different from the hurt you?

~Anne

 

Brooke

Dating

Today I wanted to discuss a rather touchy subject: dating. Not dating in general, though, but a specific type  of dating.

I know of a few people who have begun dating, and that is perfectly fine. The problem is when you are a Christian, and the person you are dating is not.

In the Bible, God says that it is a sin to marry someone who does not share your faith. Some people think, “They may become a Christian while we’re married.” But you can’t state that as a fact.

I personally know of couples who have married despite their differences in religion, and it doesn’t work out. It creates a lot of issues.

  1. There may be arguments about the other converting to their religion, creating bad feelings toward one another and their religion.

  2. They may just ignore the problem, which also creates bad feelings and tension.

I’m not saying that I am an expert on this, but what I am saying is that I know the Bible, and I know that God’s word says not to marry someone who doesn’t believe in Him.

The reason I have brought this up is because I don’t want anyone to have to go through the pain that I know others have, not because I want to preach at whoever decides to read this.

Bibleinfo.com says the following,

An important Bible verse about understanding interracial marriage is 2 Corinthians 6:14: “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers.” That last word, “unbelievers” is of key importance. A Christian should not marry a non-Christian no matter how kind and good they are.

I hope this either gives courage to any of you who may be in a similar relationship, or open your eyes to something when you do begin dating.

Photo credit: Public Domain Pictures

God bless, all!

-Brooke
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Colliding with Destiny Study

Chapter Three: Keep the Faith

Bible Reading: Ruth 1:16-18

16 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:

17 Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.

18 When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.

Chosen Notes From Chapter:

  • When events in life get harder, that’s when our faith must run deeper.

The above underlined Bible scripture got me thinking. Imagine having a friend so true to say all that. A friend like that is truly a great gift.

  • We get frustrated with God because we’re doing all the “right” things, but we aren’t seeing any of the results we expect. It’s even more difficult when you see the people around you prospering and you feel like God doesn’t see your effort. We have to realize that just because God isn’t showing up in the way we want, it doesn’t mean He’s not showing up. He can use anything to teach us; struggle just happens to get our attention the quickest.
  • Don’t let discouragement block your blessing. Just because it doesn’t look like God is working for you doesn’t mean your commitment isn’t paying off.

Journal:

When I didn’t understand why things weren’t working the way I wanted, I needed to think ahead and focus on hope. We must continue to stay in His will even when we feel we’re out of His vision.

Questions to Ask Yourself:

  • Have you ever started a diet or self-improvement program? What were the results? How did you remain motivated during the process?

  • What are you hoping God will change for the better in your life?

  • What have you remained committed to even though the results haven’t been evident? Why?

  • What has made you give up in the past? What will make you stay faithful now?

~Anne

 

Anne

Makeup Time

Ever since I started wearing makeup, a few years back, I’ve taken a great interest in it. My interest in this area did not take flight because makeup can cover and change your appearance, but because I, the same as Brooke, see it as an art. An art that, if used responsibly, can enhance the beautiful facial features that God has given you.

Anyway, my interest in cosmetics has been growing over this past year, to the point where I would like to get into it professionally, learning how to properly use each product. I’m still unsure if it would be my career, just part of my career, or maybe even just a hobby that would greatly benefit the girl’s in my family. Imagine how cool it would be to have a member of the family as a makeup artist when a wedding rolled around or maybe just simply for graduation or Christmas pictures! If I decide to advance in this idea, my main objective will be to stay natural with my makeup use. None of this blue eyeliner stuff or fake Cleopatra-like eyelashes. If overuse occurs, makeup can indeed be very addictive just like any drug. Once you start becoming dependent on it, you become dissatisfied with the true you- the makeup-less you.

In this post I’m just gonna show you my makeup products and the rundown on how I use them.

The Primers

I just recently invested in some good primer after discovering it at the store. Primer goes on before all other makeup. It helps to hydrate your face and makes it easier to put foundation or concealer on.

This elf illuminating primer makes your skin nice and soft but it has a lot of sparkles in it, making the natural scene kinda hard to pull off.

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My favorite primer is by Maybelline. Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser helps to blur more obvious pores and it truly makes your skin feel like baby skin.

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Concealer

Let’s face it. I love Maybelline! This concealer, Superstay Better Skin, comes in different shades to match your skin tone. I simply apply it to any acne spots after using my primer of choice.

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My sister gave me this concealing pen by Loreal, but I don’t much like it. It’s too dark for my skin tone and must be used with foundation, which I rarely use.

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Mascara

Although I have ALOT of mascara, there’s only one in particular that I use. I think it’s waterproof, but I don’t really know for sure. Waterproof is harder to remove without damaging your lashes, so that’s one reason I’m not fond of it.

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Wet n’ Wild mega length mascara
Powder Foundation

I call it powder foundation but whether or not it really is, is a pure toss up. 😉 I use a little bit after putting concealer on. It sorta helps to blend the concealer in. Powder foundation is also an awesome way to cover up a stubborn open acne spot. This powder that I have is Cover Girl, but just for the record I do NOT buy Cover Girl products, on the count that they support homosexuals. This powder was given to me by my grandmother who purchased it before she knew what Cover Girl supported. I’m not saying Cover Girl’s products are no good, but I just refuse to support a company that supports homosexuals.

The brush I use to apply any powder cosmetics is a blush brush by Wet n’ Wild.

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The Unruly Eyebrows

Inherited from my mom’s side of the family, my unruly and thicker eyebrows can get a little annoying. An eyebrow brush works miracles. The color side to this is blonde, but I have dark eyebrows. Still a little color can help improve unruly eyebrows.

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Eyeshadow

I don’t approve of alot of eye color, but occasionally when my skin is especially pale, I will put a light brown eyeshadow on.

This first eyeshadow palate(left) was from Dollar Tree and I purchased it way back when I first started using makeup. It is indeed in bad shape. Luckily I just received a brand new elf palate from my sister.

Blush

Because God made me with extremely pale skin, blush is a must to my cosmetic routine.

This PH matchmaker powder blush is what I usually use but I just got a sorta blush highlighter that seems to work a lot better.

Correcting Pens

In a bunch of random makeup I received, I found these correcting pens. Different colors correct different things. I figured out how to work ’em but I don’t know how to apply them to my skin and make them work. If anyone knows how, leave a comment below.

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Oxy Spot Treatment

My theory has always been, correct the problem and then you don’t have to worry about concealing it.

This Oxy spot treatment is awesome stuff and is the only face product that I’ve found that actually gives quick results. I noticed my face clearing up within two days of use. I apply it to my acne spots before bed. It drys on and I wear it all night and wash it off in the morning. Because it is very strong stuff, I use it two nights and then quit for about 1 or 2 nights before starting use of it again. The only place I could find it was at Drug Mart for $7. I thought that was a little outrageous for a small tube. But luckily I found this smaller version at Dollar Tree for ,obviously, a dollar. Even if you were to buy 7 of these smaller tubes you’d have way more bang for your buck then if you buy it at Drug Mart.

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Well that’s all for now!

What are your thoughts on makeup? Do you have any tips for better use of these makeup products? How do you apply foundation?

~Anne

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Colliding with Destiny

Chapter Two: Unmasking the Lone Ranger

Bible Reading: Ruth 1:6-15

Then she arose with her daughters in law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how that the Lord had visited his people in giving them bread.

Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters in law with her; and they went on the way to return unto the land of Judah.

And Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go, return each to her mother’s house: the Lord deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me.

The Lord grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband. Then she kissed them; and they lifted up their voice, and wept.

10 And they said unto her, Surely we will return with thee unto thy people.

11 And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with me? are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?

12 Turn again, my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to have an husband. If I should say, I have hope, if I should have an husband also to night, and should also bear sons;

13 Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the Lord is gone out against me.

14 And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.

15 And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law.

Chosen Notes From Chapter:

  • Fear cannot isolate you if you allow love to surround you.
  • As difficult as it may be to trust again, you have to give people a chance to be there for you the way you’ve been there for them.

Journal:

Questions to Ask Yourself

  • When was the last time you made the decision to stand with someone instead of leaving in hard times?

  • Why did you make that decision?

  • How did this person respond? Were they grateful for your loyalty?

  • How do you acknowledge God in hard times? Do you view Him as your judge or lawyer? How does your view of Him translate to your relationships?

  • When was the last time someone was there for you when you needed a shoulder to cry on? Did you resist before letting them in? Or did you immediately accept the gift they offered?

~Anne

 

Anne

Special Saturday Movie Review: Sue Thomas F. B. Eye

Sue Thomas is a very inspirational, true being.

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Being deaf didn’t hold her back from accomplishing great things in her life. With her sidekick service dog, Sue joined the FBI, reading the lips of suspects and criminals on silent surveillance videos.

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This TV show was made based on her story.

 

Although the episodes and characters may be fictional, the show is an excellent Christian friendly show, sustaining from provocative humor and/or scenes, unlike most cop shows today.

I began watching this show numerous years ago and still like re-watching them today. After the first episode, you too will fall in love with these charming characters.

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(From L to R) Dimitrius Gans (Marc Gomes), Tara Williams (Tara Samuel), Bobby Manning (Rick Peters), Lucy Dotson ( Enuka Okuma), Myles Leland III (Ted Atherton), Levi (Jesse), Sue Thomas (Deanne Bray), and Jack Hudson (Yannick Bisson)

*Note: Some episodes focus on terrorist bombings and serial killers which may disturb younger children.*

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Just recently I found this picture of Sue Thomas and Joni Eareckson Tada together!

Back in 2013 or 2014, my family actually got a chance to meet Sue Thomas in person!! She came to a little cafe near us and we were all excited to get to talk with her and see her new service dog by the name of Rodney (I think :).

Sue Thomas appeared in 2 episodes of this show, going by the name of Deanne Bray. The actress Deanne Bray is herself deaf and also reads lips and knows ASL.

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                                                         Random Pictures From Show:

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Sue (Deanne Bray) watching suspects and reading their lips.
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Ready to strike.
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Dancing with the charming and handsome Agent Jack Hudson.
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Following clues in a drawing left my a rogue agent with amnesia.
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Co-workers apology
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Don’t mess with the FBI

I hope you enjoy this show at least as half as much as I  sincerely did.

Have you seen Sue Thomas F.B. Eye before? If so, did you enjoy it and what was your favorite thing about it?

Until next time,

~Anne