School Started Y’all and Ohhh Boy……

Hey guys! So school started for me a few weeks back, and let’s just say it’s been “interesting”. First day of school for me was kicked off by a 3 day trip to a camp for activities, Bible study, and white water rafting. Here’s a few pictures from that!

First day of school…wow, it was definitely hard. All of them didn’t know me so it definitely took a toll on my mental state. After a few days (weeks actually) I’ve made some friends and am adjusting to my subjects.

So everyone in my grade is required to do a leadership class…just saying, it’s INCREDIBLY difficult. The challenge above really showed leadership as we all had to just let a few people lead and not everyone at once. The teacher showed grace to us and allowed us to try again a second day as we failed the first time.

So my subjects I’m taking in school are:

Spanish 1

US History

Leadership

Biology

American Literature

Finance/Entrepreneurship

Old Testament Bible

What are you doing for school? Let’s chat in the comments!

19 Years Later….We Haven’t Forgotten

Hey guys! 19 years ago the United States experienced one of the scariest moments in history.

On September 11, 2001 at 8:45am an American Airlines Boeing 767 crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center. The impact immediately left a huge hole on the 80th floor leaving hundreds dead and trapped on the higher floor levels. Instantly people fled the building, running in all directions as firetrucks, ambulances, and police quickly got to the scene…..18 minutes later United Airlines Flight 175 appeared out of the sky and crashed into the 60th floor of the south World Trade Center.

In less then 20 minutes it became clear that America was under attack.

As millions of people turned on their tv’s, called their loved ones, and cried for someone to stop this terror; American Airlines Flight 77 circled over downtown Washington D.C., before crashing into the west side of the Pentagon military headquarters at 9:45am.

Less than 15 minutes after the attack on the military headquarters the south tower of the World Trade Center collapsed. Then at 10:30am the once beautiful north tower built to withstand winds and even a large conventional fire could not hold against the burning jet fuel filling the building. Now only 6 people are alive in this rubble of fire, fuel, twisted metal, and debris.

Meanwhile United Flight 93 was fighting to protect their country. When four hijackers took over the flight the passengers hearing about the twin towers and Pentagon were determined to not let the hijackers get their own way. Well knowing they would all die, they called their loved ones and then attacked the hijackers, pouring boiling water on them and attacking the cockpit with a fire extinguisher. The flight filled with 44 people crashed in a rural field near Shanksville in western Pennsylvania. The hijackers target is unknown but even though we may never know, those passengers on that flight showed true heroism.

A total of 2,996 people were killed in the 9/11 attacks; the World Trade Center, 2,763 died after the two planes slammed into the twin towers. That figure includes 343 firefighters and paramedics, 23 New York City police officers and 37 Port Authority police officers.

At the Pentagon, 189 people were killed, including 64 on American Airlines Flight 77, the airliner that struck the building. On Flight 93, 44 people died when the plane crash-landed in Pennsylvania.

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September 11th, 2012…the attack on Benghazi commenced. At 9:45pm armed men began their assault on the US mission. A battle commence killing U.S Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith and two CIA operatives Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, both former Navy SEALs.

Benghazi might not be as well known but the attack made it clear that the US should not be tampered with. I’m proud to be an American and saddened to read and write about these terrible events that happened.

Check out the 19 years later blog tour that Life of Heritage and Soldier Girl Stories are heading up! It’s in honor of 9/11 and Benghazi, and I’m so excited I could be apart of it!

http://amandatero.com/blog

https://beautifulthingsbylaura.com

https://bookslifeandchrist.wordpress.com

http://therosesheart.blogspot.com

http://akansasfarmersdaughter.blogspot.com

http://maidensformodesty.com

http://fireflysstoryspace.blogspot.com

http://jessaswhimsicalwritings.blogspot.com

http://www.lifeofheritage.com

http://www.soldiergirlstories.com

Have a blessed day y’all! Be safe ❤

Pine Desk Build!

Hey guys! At the moment I’m trying to switch my WordPress account to its normal editor but right now I’m going to post from my phone!

This past week school started and I noticed quickly that it’d be nice to have a desk to do my school work on…So I went to dad and drew up a plan! Here’s the process and end result. I really love how it turned out….

We cut the top of the desk 42″ long and I think 26″ wide. We wanted to really work on making them all line up and be almost seamless.

We glued them together and held them together with pressure. We let that set for a day.

We then found 2×4’s in the scrap pile and trimmed them up. We glued and screwed them together to start forming the base of the desk.

My dad had the genius idea to drill them on a curve so we could put it together more seamlessly. It turned out super lightweight and sturdy.

We trimmed the ends (we also ended up cutting down the legs to shorten the desk), and also used a router to give the top of the desk a soft edge. It honestly turned out amazing!!

We decided to stain it to match my room better! We had a ton of old stains that we could use so we stained a piece of leftover wood from the desk and above you can see all the different stains.

We ended up using the stain walnut because I just loved the color and what it did to the grain of the wood!!

We decided to put a seal of polyurethane on it. We applied it with a foam brush at first but it gave the table a super bumpy feel so we lightly sanded it and used a brush to give it a final coat of polyurethane.

I ended up wrapping warm fairy lights from amazon around the legs of the desk so it really gives an extra cool factor.

Now let’s talk cost. The desk materials cost:

Wood: free we had to laying around

Screws: $5.00

Stain: free we had it laying around and needed used up

Polyurethane: $15.00 (and we still have more for other projects).

Foam brushes: $2.00

Brush: free had it laying around

All in all the project was super simple and easy. I absolutely love how the desk turned out! What do you think?

Randomness post! -Abby

Hey guys! Abby here, and today I have some really random things to show you! 

First off are these beautiful flower pictures I snapped a few days ago from two flower bouquets. Which is your favorite? The last two are pretty much the same picture do you like the first or second rose picture?

Next off is a reptile rescue we did (I was gonna say animal but didn’t want to confuse anyone). Also, this is especially for Rosy’s Writings, saving the snakes one step at a time hehe!

My dad noticed this black snake was caught in the netting I have over my roses so we did emergency “surgery” and carefully cut off the netting from around it. It was a little banged up and cut but the snakey slithered off under the car once we freed it!

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Another fun thing this past June, July, and August. I helped direct two acting camps and then participated in one! It was so much fun, yet so stressful. 

I was in two skits: Troubled Seas & A Beginning (Cheaper by the Dozen). 

Also in two songs: There’s No Business Like Show Business & Who Will Buy (from Oliver!).

I had a great Summer and this is about it with the summer for me! I’m going to a private Christian school in a couple weeks which I can’t wait to begin! 

When does school startup for you? What interesting things did you do this summer? Let’s chat in the comments!

Old to New – Refurbishing a Bench

Hey guys! For over a year I’ve really wanted to sand off the stain on our table benches and show the original wood and just clean them up in general! We have two benches but only got around to cleaning one up at the moment.

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Original bench (note the white spots of mold) these benches were in desperate need of attention!

We did this on a nice warm day so we didn’t get frostbite this time!

 

We’ll be doing the other bench probably next week! I honestly can’t wait for them to all match and look the same!

This project was probably one of my favorite because we got to take something old and dark ANNND turn it into a beautiful bench that matches our table and kitchen layout so much better!

See ya all!

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Happy Birthday, Mom! My mom homeschooled my siblings and me for sooo many years and dealt with our crazy minds for years on end.

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So every year I ask her what she wants for her birthday and she says “Peace, Love, and Harmony”. Well, it’s super hard to wrap that up for gifts so I made her pillows for our living room (something she’s about for a long while). My mom loves practical gifts so don’t think it’s weird I made these for her 🙂

Then I refolded them so they were right sides out and I ironed the corners to a sharp edge. 

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And there ya go 4 – 18″ pillows and 2 – 16″ pillows

Thanks to Mrs. Z my amazing sewing instructor who wrote out the measurements and showed me how to cut them all out! She’s such an amazing seamstress and friend!

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Happy Birthday, mom! Love ya ❤

A Year of Puppy Photos!

Hey guys! This past year I’ve met, seen, and cuddled with so many cute doggies! So I thought it’d be interesting to show you their cuteness!

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Meet a pastors dog! I don’t remember the cutie’s name but she has unlimited energy and I got to hang out with her while my parents talked.

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Meet Faith, this cute little doggie that I got to hang out with for about 5 hours! She’s about 4 years old and still acts like a little puppy! 

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Meet Maggie! This sweet little 2 year old who never sits still (except for short naps). I watch her a lot and it’s absolutely my favorite time! We just run around and play and watch cooking channels.

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Tirzah and Winnie! Tirzah is 7 and Winnie 17 months. Both are still being weird and silly always!

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Meet Molly! This adorable older dog was running around at riding lessons and is super sweet! 

 

Sooo that’s all I have now! Though I’ll definitely be posting more photos and fun posts soon! 

See you all soon!

 

CAMmadeCosmetics Announcement – Please READ!

Hey guys! Beka and I here to announce something so exciting, so exhilarating, so insane that I can’t even wrap my mind around it…..our close friend Camryn has started a cosmetics store on Etsy – CAMmadeCosmetics!!!!

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Camryn is a young entrepreneur excited to share her work with others and bring joy and healthy products for them! She was inspired by other people’s talent for cosmetics and thought it would be fun and a blessing to others!

Her business is self-made and made from scratch! Each product is made with love and (after witnessing for ourselves), a ton of hard work! After asking Camryn I learned that we will be seeing more products from her in the future (honestly, I can’t wait)!!

She currently sells only Moisturizing and Exfoliating Vanilla Lip Scrub, Lip Gloss, & Eyelash/Eyebrow Growth Serum.

 

You can find CAMmadeCosmetics HERE or on Etsy if you just write in CAMmadeCosmetics!

 

Abby’s Review: So far I’ve only been using the lip gloss. I’m usually very against any colored lip gloss but I’m finding that I absolutely love it! The gloss stays on for hours and doesn’t come off immediately every time I drink water! The color in the product is not overwhelming and not at all noticeable (unless you have red or pink, then it does show more). I’m in love with the gloss and can’t wait to try out her other products! 

 

Annnnd the second exciting thing in this post is…..we’re doing a small giveaway of CAMmadeCosmetics!!

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We’re giving away Eyelash/Eyebrow Serum, Moisturizing Lip Scrub, and Gold Lip Gloss 

The giveaway runs from TODAY to Saturday the 8th!

So enter HERE and I’ll announce it on the 9th!

 

See you all soon! -Abby & Beka ❤