New Things

New Things

My poor little blog has been poorly left out of many wonderful things that have happened to me in the last week! Last time I checked in, we were making s’mores, I finished the track season, and did my first senior photo shoot! Those are all great things, but it’s time to do an update.

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First order of business, I finished the painting I was working on! I love how it turned out, and almost didn’t want to give it to the church lol. However, since I didn’t have any place to put it and would probably eventually get sick of it, to the church it went and I’m super glad I was able to have this opportunity. It took me approximately seven hours to do this painting! Of course, it was spread out over about a 10-day period, so it’s not actually that much time when you think about it. Try and find your name on it!

Second: I don’t have any photo to represent this, but I got my learner’s permit this week! I was eligible for it in March, but since here in Ohio it’s sometimes still snowing even in April (*shakes head sadly*), I wanted to wait to get my permit until the weather was guaranteed to be good! Also, Sarah and I needed state ID’s for what is my third thing, which is that we’ve been hired for our first job!!! Sarah and I are only 17 months apart, and since the grocery store we’ll be working at hires at 14, both she and I qualified, which worked out perfectly! Our job will be icing/decorating pre-baked cupcakes! I’m super excited about this.

Last, but certainly not least . . .

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. . . I got my DSLR!!!!! It’s actually a funny story . . . if you’ve been reading my blog long, you’ll recall that I’ve been saving since Novemberish for a DSLR (digital single lens reflex . . . essentially a big camera with removable lenses). I didn’t think I would have enough money until September, but just last week I looked at the factory refurbished version of my camera. To my surprise, I found the camera I wanted sold with TWO lenses (rather than just one that would come with the kit I had previously looked at) for $300 less than the package normally was. It was a big sale, and I presented the idea of getting it to my parents. Though it was a great deal, I still was about $50 short. That didn’t settle right to me. I didn’t want to rush into this while going into debt just because I was deceived into thinking it was a once-in-a-lifetime deal. My dad said that his gut was saying to wait on buying this camera, because I had the whole summer ahead of me, plus a job with a steady income.

Little did I know that when we had this conversation, he had already planned on ordering the camera and was testing my reaction to the idea of “waiting”. To be sure, I was disappointed to not get the camera right away, but throughout the whole thing I had been praying a lot. I journaled a lot of pages of prayers/feelings/thoughts about things the whole time, admitting to God my desire but ultimately asking Him to help me surrender my attitude about this to Him. By His grace, my parents were impressed by my reaction, and they decided to go ahead with the camera, covering the extra cost. Part of their decision was influenced by the fact that I am not going to summer camp this year (I’m too old for this particular camp), while three of my siblings are. So, my dad figured that in the place of camp – and for only a portion of the money that camp costs – he would work things out for my summer to be more special than I’d originally planned 😉 Here are a few of the pictures I’ve taken on it as I close . . .

Elijah with a new haircut. :P His hair almost looks red here!

Elijah with a new haircut. 😛 His hair almost looks red here!

Kenan had a close call with a pair of pliers the other day! His finger has a big bandage on it that he's quite enamored with.

Kenan had a close call with a pair of pliers the other day! His finger has a big bandage on it that he’s quite enamored with.

A campfire at an event we went to the other night.

A campfire at an event we went to the other night.

Caleb . . . growing up way too fast.

Caleb . . . growing up way too fast.

Adon, through my telephoto lens.

Adon, through my telephoto lens.

Nothing quite like sitting out in the woods reading in perfect sunlight. I love my 18-55mm lens for closeup stuff.

Nothing quite like sitting out in the woods reading in perfect sunlight. I love my 18-55mm lens for closeup stuff.

Weights at an exercise class my mom does. :)

Weights at an exercise class my mom does. 🙂

This is the last photo I've got for now! I'm thanking God for His grace to an undeserving me. It's teaching me to live more and more with open hands.

This is the last photo I’ve got for now! I’m thanking God for His grace to an undeserving me. It’s teaching me to live more and more with open hands.