Saturday, January 13, 2018

I Will Never Perform in Church

   Hi guys! Thank you for the 20+ views on my latest post! It's so encouraging to see the stats. :) I hope you like what you're reading!

   I suppose you wonder why I am even writing this post? Well, a friend was speaking of another friend about how said friend always used church services to show off; to give a mini recital. Something about this really bothered me, so I've been hashing it out in my head, and finally decided to write about it. What are your thoughts on the subject? I'm curious. 😊

   I must make a distinction between performing and playing for the church. Yes, both require careful technique and effort, both definitely should reflect God and not focus merely on the musician doing it. But there is an element of care for the music itself and abilities of the musician in performing that I do NOT want to show up in a church service. I will only accompany, support, and work alongside the other musicians and the congregation in the church, and I don't want it to be a soloistic thing. 

Soli Deo Gloria! 

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Home Sweet Home

I'm HOME! It's amazing. And my furry friends were happy to see me again, not to mention my not-so-furry sister. :) 

Our flights going and coming were mostly uneventful. I had a fever going, and I learned that flying is much more enjoyable when you're not sick. However, I did get a window seat for the longer flight, so that was nice. Coming home, on the first flight, we were on the runway and speeding up, and then the captain hit the brakes and we stopped rather suddenly, which is not what you're expecting. We had to go back to the gate because a door light came on, probably meaning that one of them was open a crack. So they had to write up a ticket and call the mechanic, and then we got in the air, finally. Thankfully it didn't delay us so much that we lost our connection! We didn't have much time in Midway, but that's okay with me --- it's such a busy airport. 

When we finally got our own truck packed up and headed West, we grabbed some Hot Cocoa and snacks at the edge-of-the-Cities Kwik Trip, and drove home. It was so nice to sleep in my own bed again, rather than on an air mattress that was flat every morning. :P

Now that we're home, it's time to unpack and get back in the groove, just in time for classes to start Monday, and I'm at the college Tuesdays and Thursdays. Here we go! 

Have you ever been on an airplane? Do you like flying?

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Goals for 2018

Hello again and what? It's 2018 already?!?! 

Some goals I have this year: 

Win the competition

Get my drivers' licence 

Get on a regular blogging schedule

Do well at SMSF again 

Do more photography and drawing

Be creative 

What are some things you hope to do this year? 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Top posts of 2017!

*sniff sniff* *cough* *takes meds for fever* 

Hello guys! Ahem. Right. I hope you are healthy, I really do. While I've been sitting here I've seen a few posts pop up with popular posts in 2017 and I thought maybe I would do the same. 

First off my About Me page has had 229 views! It's the most viewed item on my blog! :) 

Next, for posts. 

Ways I help my father and mother at home and on the farm! A total of 84 views! 

Outward beauty in this age Had 80 views!

Bonus Post! Nature Walk! Had 79 views! 

Sewing Projects! Had 64 views, and

Bonus post! Why I chose the name A Glittering Jumble of Order! Had a whopping 51 views. 

Thanks so much to my readers, from here in the US, to the Philippines, Russia, Brazil, Canada, Armenia, Australia, Germany, the UK, and France! Even if you don't comment it's nice to see someone reads my blog! :) 

I have had a total of 5, 674 page views this year! My goal for 2018 is to get up to 10,000! 

Monday, December 25, 2017



I hope you can all find time to dwell upon the glory of our great Redeemer! 

I'll be gone until almost a week after the new year, so I'm afraid you'll have to wait for another post. In the meantime, enjoy some Christmas music. After all, it's only the first day of Christmas!
Bach's Christmas Oratorio, part 1. The other parts can be found right next to this one as well. 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Life Update

Life has been quite busy, and I haven't been a particularly steady blogging schedule. . . you probably noticed. 

I am working on my second paper for the philosophy class my Dad is teaching. It's on Marxism, in case you're curious. College Algebra is going fairly smoothly, and it's actually kind of fun when I know how to do it! :) The other subjects aren't that interesting. . . not anything to shout from the rooftops.
I am all registered for two things this upcoming semester (as a PSEO student) at a state college nearby. My sister is taking the one class, in the humanities department, with me, and then I am on the wait list for piano lessons with one of the music professors. If someone drops out, then I am 1st in line to get in. 

Travel: My Mom and I leave a week from today for NH. I do enjoy flying, and for some reason, airport food. I don't know why, it's just good. The airport in Chicago has some more uncommon places, and of course in NH there is a Dunkin Donuts in the airport! :) We come home the day before my Mom's birthday, and I already have her gift and card wrapped and ready for when we get back. Then three days later, the college class starts. So the long two days a week start, and I am actually excited for more practice time. But I do know it will be an adjustment. Oh, and somewhere in there I take the driver's licence test. . . ! 

Church: Still so encouraging, as always. I love my church and the families that make it up. :) I am pianist for Childrens' Choir again this year, so practices are still weekly, though now that I think about it, our last one is this Friday already. And of course I'm still in the adult choir, on the rotation for pianist, and violinist the other weeks. We went caroling, which I always love too, although this year we didn't do the outside residential caroling, which kind of had me sad, but I stayed warmer that way for sure! :) 

Music: Again, I return to the lovely squeal-worthy subject --- MUSIC! :) The competition is in a MONTH! Only one month away!!! Eek. It's going to be a tough one again for sure, no doubt in my mind. Part of me has resigned to second place again, and the rest of me is still fighting for first. Sometimes I feel really confident, but, as we all know, pride goeth before a fall, and so usually the next day I am glum and uncertain. Other than that, I am working on shifting with the first finger up and down two octaves on one string.  .  . 
Orchestra is on break right now, but starts again when school does. I miss it. 

Photography: Not gotten out much with my camera. I need ideas on what to take pictures of! I did do some designing, and we have a printer that can print color. I can't give too many details until after Mom's birthday! :) 

Blogging: I do have a really long post coming. . . about college. I did add the art tab, which was new and fun, and now I can add other drawings to it, which has motivated me to draw more. Other than that, I am not having much inspiration to post much. I almost posted a no-fail recipe today. Maybe some other time? 

Christmas events: Since Mom and I leave just two days after Christmas, we're not doing anything huge and big this year. But that's okay, I don't mind.

I think that about covers it! Did I leave out anything you were wanting to know about? 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Spririthorse Designs review!

As some of you know, I recently had to put my horse to sleep. It was a rough decision, but I believe it was the right one given the circumstances. Of course I saved some of her mane and tail hair, and I wondered about making a bracelet out of it, but honestly, I probably wouldn't have gotten around to it. So we went searching online, and my Mom found a site that had gorgeous horse hair bracelets --- Spirit Horse Designs! Of course we looked at other shops, but none seemed to have good prices or professional websites, let alone the selection of designs that Spirithorse Designs has!  My Grandpa got me a gift card for the website, so I decided to order. Picking the design I wanted was hard! There are so many beautiful ones. Finally I decided on this one --- the Cessair, and sent the hair in. Angela has nice specific directions for packaging and sending the hair, too! The waiting and trying to be patient and not email Angela every day asking if the bracelet was in progress was the hardest part of it all! 😆

Finally it shipped and I had a tracking number! So the stalking-the-mailbox-to-see-if-it's-there process began. 

It came safely on Monday. It's so pretty! I don't understand how Angela's braiding is so even! Pictures for proof of it's loveliness: 

 (I love the little heart dangling there!)

What do you think?

P.S. I made some changes around the blog! Do you like them? 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Fuzzy things!

Before we get to the pictures, be sure to go read my sister's blog, and her accounts of the concert this past Tuesday --- don't worry, it's NOT a boring list of things that happened; it's full of adventure! :) Ooookay, that's the advertisement, now for the pictures! . . .

Last week I went outside with my camera in hand, primarily to see a huge tree that had come down on our property, but then I challenged myself to take pictures of fuzzy things. . .but the fuzzy things I found were few and far between. 

Which picture is your favorite? 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Some Favorite Quotes

Hello, friends! 

Melani, who blogs at recently did a post with her favorite sayings and inspirational quotes, and I thought'd I'd share some of mine too. 

"Sometimes I wonder if more girls were willing to be ladies, more guys would feel challenged to be gentlemen." -anonymous 

"Your demeanor and clothing speak before you do. What do they say?" -anonymous 

"Character, like photographs, develop in darkness." -Yousuf Karsh

 "Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph." -Matt Hardy 

"Don't shine so others see you, shine so that through you people see God." -C.S. Lewis

"I should be sorry if I only entertained them with my music. I wish to make them better!" -Handel

"Time is a wonderful teacher, unfortunately it kills all its pupils." -Hector Berlioz

"If a composer could say with words what he meant, he would not bother trying to say it with his music." -Gustav Mahler

"Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory."-unknown 

And finally, a quote from the great Leonard Bernstein... 

"Art never stopped a war or got anybody a job. Art cannot change events. But it can affect people so that they are enriched, ennobled, encouraged. They then can act in a way that may affect the course of events.... by the way they
behave, think, vote, and are."

What are your favorite quotes? I'd love to hear them!

Friday, November 24, 2017

An attempt at Black Friday shopping: was it worth it?

Usually our family just stays home on Black Friday, but this year we went to the nearest little city, which is about an hour away. We had heard rumors about fast shopping, not a ton of people, and therefore not a lot of traffic. However, when we got to our first destination --- the mall --- it was packed and crazy noisy inside. We ducked in Herbergers, the home store, and Maurice's and saw some good deals, but they weren't worth the wait. The lines were terrible! Next I had to maneuver around the traffic (since I was driving), and find the gun shop. My Dad was looking for a few things, and I got to hold some hand-guns. My favorite was the M&P Shield. Then we ended up at Culver's for lunch. There were hardly any seats, but we managed to find just enough for the four of us. The customers that came in a few minutes later had to stand by the walls or get the food to go. Naturally it took a long time for our food to come.  After lunch we went to Goodwill, which had 50% off of pretty much everything. There were more and more people, but we got a few things. Waiting in line for a try-on room was the longest part. We stopped at Aldi before leaving town, and grabbed some stuff, nothing exciting. 
So, was it worth it? I drove two hours to eat Culver's, stand in line, drive around a crazy city, and buy a total of about four things (for me to use, anyway). I'm not sure I'd do it again, and some of the deals weren't very good. If you like crowds of people and driving around people who literally take corners on two wheels, then Black Friday shopping is for you! If not, stay home and enjoy the quiet peaceful life, unless you have a bunch of kids or cousins, in which case..... 😉