Journal Entry

I like to journal the classic way (I’m not really even sure what would be the other way of journaling?), in a diary. I’m really bad about actually writing in it regularly, but I do keep a list on my cellphone of things I need to write in my journal, so that when I do have the time, I’ll remember what I need to write.Image result for picture of a journal

I do think there’s a lot of value in regular journaling. Writing, in general, helps people to express and work through their emotions; and journaling can do that, as well as serve as a memorial of the past. Journals are a window to a certain period of time – what happened then? What was the world like? As historians know, diaries and journals can be very useful in learning about history and the events that actually occurred. And who knows, maybe someday ours will do the same thing!

At the end of this class, I’ll definitely keep this blog going, since I actually had it before this class began. Though, I will admit, having blog assignments due every week has made me write on my blog more frequently.

Journal Entry ~ Weddings

Being a romantic, I love weddings. The atmosphere, the occasion – everything about it is wonderful. When I was little, I was able to participate in my aunt’s wedding – as the flower girl! I was so excited. And a few years ago, I attended a mentor and friend’s wedding.

Even though it was simple and low cost, I thought it was the most beautiful wedding I had ever been to. Both the bride and groom washed each other’s feet during the ceremony, it was amazing how completely centered around Jesus it was.

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I also thought it was hilarious and cute when after the vows and the characteristic “I pronounce you husband and wife,” all the bridesmaids and groomsmen danced down the aisle to the upbeat-playing-song. It set the precedence and it was so funny to watch some of the older couples try to dance down the aisle.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love to plan. That, paired with the fact that I’m a romantic (as stated above), means that I have completely planned my wedding. Well, I’ve Pinterested it at least.

Some of my favorite types of wedding dresses are in the styles of mermaid and ball gown. I also love lace and sparkle – definitely going to be a must for me! And of course, it absolutely must be floor-length.

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For my bouquet, I know that I want roses. Beyond that, however, I’m not completely sure. Maybe a bit of Queen Anne’s Lace.

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In terms of cakes, I want mine to have a classic look. I love so many different flavors – red velvet, chocolate, lemon, etc – that I’m not sure what I’ll pick; maybe I’ll have several flavors! I do know that I want to have petit fours though; they’re one of my absolute favorite desserts!

elegant cake #wedding:  Romantic creation ~ Cake Design: Cotton and Crumbs:  This cake is more like what Willow would choose - classically elegant, conservative and sweetly romantic.:

And here are a few other little adorable ideas I found on Pinterest, that I may use for my future wedding!

Get-a-way car was filled with balloons.: The bridsemaids give their favorite love story to the bride - they write a note inside and gift to the bride after the wedding. This is awesome for brides who love reading. :): Katie + Brooks had several guest books including one where they had guests sign their favorite Bible verse. Photo by Alisha Crossley Photography:

Picture #1 ~ Get-a-way car filled with balloons.

Picture #2 ~ Bridesmaids give the bride their favorite love story. Love this idea!

Picture #3 ~ The guests highlight their favorite verse in the new Bible and sign their name.

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Picture #5 ~ Picture of decorated strawberries. So cute!

~ Southern Dreamer

 

Journal Entry

Because I am an introvert, socializing is not exactly my strong point. I prefer more intimate settings with deeper conversations; I do not really do well with “small talk.” I would much rather a few close friends, over having several friends that are a more shallow friendship. With that said, I am not gifted with initiating conversations. It is just not a skill I was naturally given. I always dread having to initiate conversations with strangers – it is just awkward!10+ Introvert Problems That Hilariously Capture The Life Of An Introvert:

Something that would probably help make these experiences less difficult, would be practice. As everyone says, practice makes perfect! And the more you do something, usually the easier it gets. It would also be a good idea to have a plan for the conversation – keep a list of potential questions, topics, and other such things in my mind, that way, I’m not just standing there awkwardly, not knowing what to say.

from a cat ~ a journal entry

I flicked my tail lazily into the air, eyelids fluttering shut. The cooling fall air surrounded me as I yawned it in. Curling my tail around my body, I prepared to enter into one of my favorite activities: sleep.

lanies-iphone-pictures-082“Brayden, have you seen Kit?”

“Yeah! She’s over there, underneath the bush.”

Loud footsteps sounded (did these humans have no concept of silence?) as I made a most valiant effort to ignore her. Hoping she would go away.

“Hey Kit!”

Stubborn human. I blinked my green eyes open slightly, not bothering to move from my position.

She had crouched down beside me – leaves crunching loudly, and had a happy expression on her face. As I observed, she reached out her hand and began stroking my fur.

Oh no. I knew where this was going. I was no fool, thank you very much. I knew the process: she would try and butter me up – by petting me, hoping that I would not refuse what would come soon after…being picked up.

Humans.

Despite my best efforts at restraint, I found myself enjoying it. Darn her stupidly smart human intuition.

She stopped.

I meowed in complaint, not appreciating this turn of events in the least. Reluctantly rising, I elegantly (and silently, unlike said human) walked over to her – sunlight shining on my calico fur.

Almost instantly, she scooped me into her arms – a jubilant countenance appearing. “Don’t be mad,” she stated, petting me as she did so. She grinned happily, kissing my head.

I pulled away in disgust.

“Oh, you know you like it.”

Like it, like it indeed.

Journal Entry

“It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes,” – Psalm 119:71

There are many verses in Psalm 119 that I love, but I finally decided on this one. At six years old, I was diagnosed with narcolepsy and cataplexy. Narcolepsy is a severe sleep disorder. People, like myself, who have narcolepsy, are not able to sleep through the night. Experiencing constant nightmares, falling asleep multiple times during the day, and other components of narcolepsy are all common to narcoleptics.

Because of my illness, I have to take medication throughout the day and night, rest or nap every three-four hours, and be under a continuous schedule. It’s not always easy, but I wouldn’t change it. If I had not been diagnosed with narcolepsy and cataplexy, I do not believe my relationship with God would be where it is today. Psalm 119:71 says, “It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.”

I found and find this true in my own life. When you get to a certain place of desperation – where all you have is God, it pushes you to open His Word and seek out answers, comfort.