I’ve uploaded a new piece that I have played on the piano for my 3rd year recital in April 2019. Let me know if you would like to see more of these videos! Below is the link if you would like to listen.
I’ve uploaded a new piece that I have played on the piano for my 3rd year recital in April 2019. Let me know if you would like to see more of these videos! Below is the link if you would like to listen.
Have you ever thought about what makes a good day “good,” and a bad day “bad”? Many time we let our circumstances dictate how we feel from day to day. Here are 5 things to remember when you feel discouraged.
1. No matter the reason for the discouragement, think about the Lord.
When we let what people say or think of us influence us there become expectations that we have to live up to and many times we cannot live up to those expectations and then we get discouraged. We should be looking up (vertically) to Jesus and not looking around (horizontally) at the world.
Hebrews 12:1–3 says, “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.”
These verses say, “Look unto Jesus” and “consider Him.” When we bring our lives before the Lord we find encouragement. All our reasons for discouragement fade away when we look up and see Him.
2. This moment won’t be wasted.
Whatever you are going through God has a plan and He is going to use it for his purpose. I once heard someone say “Today’s test is tomorrow’s testimony.” Trust your hope in Jesus and that he will carry you through.
Romans 8:28 says “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
3. Today’s troubles are temporary.
When we define our value and our measure of success by Christ’s work in us, which He began at the cross and promises to complete when we are with Him in glory then every day becomes a good day. We can face even terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days with joy because Christ is working in us. We are free to define a good day as one where excellence is pursued, self is left behind, and Christ is magnified!
2 Corinthians 4:17 says “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.”
4. God is fighting for you.
The same God who helped David slay a nine-foot giant with one smooth stone fights for you. The same God who helped Joshua tear down a city with a trumpet blow fights for you.
God Fights on your side! A verse that reminds me of this is 2 Timothy 1:7 which says “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
5. God is always good!
Even when our circumstances feel really bad, we can have hope in our good God.
Psalm 145:9 says “The LORD is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.”
There were so many things that happened in 2018. Here are some of my highlights.
In February I went to Leduc and Edmonton. A highlight of that trip was meeting Emma and going to the ice castles.
In May I went to Las Vegas. It was a blast. I would love to go back one day.
In June, I saw the Landfill Harmonic Orchestra. They are from Paraguay and there imstruments are made out of garbage. We got to see them perform and then watch a documentary about the instruments and how they are made. One violin, the front was made out of a paint can, the back was made out of a pizza tin, and the strings we being held with a fork.
In July I went to The Canadian Gospel Music Celebration in Red Deer. I also went to Sylvan Lake for the day to hang out with Emma. One of the highlights in Red Deer was I met the Season 1 Winner of Amazing Race Canada. Tim Hague Sr.
In Spetember I went to Minot to see The Collingsworth Family. We also went to The Dakota Territory Air Museum.
Another highlight of September was walking the 5km marathon for the “Run for the Cure” for Breast Cancer with my mom, Lori and Emma.
2018 was a great year. I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store!
On Sunday, September 30, 2018 I did the 5K Run/Walk For The Cure Marathon for Breast Cancer. In August I randomly saw an advertisement for the run, pop up on my Facebook news feed and I told my mom that we should do it, and she said okay. It was just going to be the two of us. But I emailed our friend Lori and unrealistically asked her if she would like to do the run with us. I say unrealistically because she lives in Leduc which is an 8 hour drive to Regina. I wanted Lori to know she was invited even though/if she couldn’t come. She ended up emailing me back a few days later that the hotel was booked and she was coming, but that it was going to be a surprise for my mom. I also messaged my friend Emma who lives in Sylvan Lake which is 10 hours away if she wanted to come as well, and drive down with Lori and Ray. She said yes as well. Plans were working out great!! A week before Lori, Ray and Emma were to come down, Saskatchewan had a huge snow storm and I was starting to feel bad about inviting them to come because travel wasn’t recommended on the roads. But I knew the weather could change in a week, I knew God could change the weather within a week to make good driving conditions. It ended up being the best weekend we could have asked for!! Now, you’re probably wondering how we surprised my mom. Lori and I were texting while they were driving on the Saturday. Lori wanted my mom to be out of the house, but not too soon, so she wanted me to stall. My mom ended up doing a good job of stalling herself. To stall, I ended up pulling out a water pick that I had bought in Minot the week before, that I had no idea how to use. I told my mom we were going with my car because that’s what I wanted to do. Then when I was waiting for my mom, my dad told me he needed to re-tork my tires, which was another good way to stall. We ended up going to Victoria Square Mall. We were in Dollar Tree and spent so much time in there. I went from one aisle to the next, saying lets buy this, lets buy that. By this time Lori was in the mall and then next place we were going was Safeway. I kept looking around but didn’t see anyone. My mom and I went down aisle 7 and I had been looking for some cookies, and there was an employee in that aisle so my mom asked her if she had the cookies and I fully knew that Safeway didn’t carry the cookies, but anything to stall. The lady had no idea what we are taking about. So my mom gets out her phone and starts looking for a picture. And I’m still looking for Lori and Ray and Emma. And behold, here comes a lady in a safety vest walking down the aisle with a cart. She gets closer to my mom and keeps bumping into her and my mom doesn’t realize it’s Lori until Lori gets in her face and says hi.
My mom was completely surprised!! One of my mom’s first questions was where are you staying. So I told her Lori and Ray and staying in a hotel, and Emma is staying at Charlene’s house. And my mom said Emma’s here!? And then Emma came around the corner. (Emma ended up staying at my house) Then, the Safeway employee comes back and asked my mom if she found the picture on her phone yet, and I told her that I knew she didn’t have the cookies, but we needed to ask just to make a plan work. We then went back to my house and since my dad didn’t know anyone was coming either, he had dug all of the potatoes and carrots, so all 6 of us helped pick up the potatoes and carrots.
Here are some pictures from the Marathon. Many people have asked how it went. We had a blast!! We were some of the first people to cross the start line and some of the last people to cross the finish line. As we went along each kilometer felt like it was getting longer and longer. We were walking and my mom said that she thinks we missed the 3km mark because sometimes there were 2 paths we could choose. I agreed with her that we missed it. About 5-10 minutes later we came up to a sign and I thought it was going to say 4km but it was the 3km sign.
Lori brought lots of decorations to decorate ourselves with for the run. The socks, the hats, the beads, everything.
When Lori and Ray got home in Leduc, it started snowing where they were. And when Emma got home in Sylvan Lake, it started showing where she was. And here in Regina, it snowed for pretty much the whole week after the marathon. The weather and roads could not have been anymore perfect for the weekend!
The weekend was so much fun, I hope to do something similar again soon!
Here are some quotes that I Like and that I have recently seen:
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
The grass may look greener on the other side but it still has to be mowed
If we have a lot of shame that we carry around inside of us, it’s going to overflow accidentally onto the people around us. If we’re filled with love, then that’s what’s going to overflow.
-Dr. Kelly Flanagan
People are made to be loved and things are made to be used. The confusion in the world is that people are being used and things are being loved.
I stopped venting and started praying cause I don’t need sympathy. I need strength.
It is in the journey
Not everything that can be faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed that is not faced.
From May 22-29 I went to Las Vegas to celebrate my 20th birthday. There were so many things we did, but there were so many thing we didn’t see. Here is what I did do when I went to Vegas. When we landed in Vegas we were able to see the strip from the runway on the plane.
We also went to Pin Up Pizza. The pizza there is huge!! I highly recommend going there if you go to Vegas. We also went to M and M world. There were 4 floors and I got personalized M and M’s with my name on. We went to Hershey’s Chocolste World. There were lots of oversized things there. There were many Statue of Liberty’s made out of many different things. We also went to Ethel M Chocolate Factory. Outside you could also tour the cactus garden. The chocolate tasted so good!! We even brought some home. We went to The Flower Garden at the Bellagio Hotel and saw the world’s largest chocolate foundation. We also saw the Bellagio Fountains. We went mini-golfing at midnight. We saw some flamingos. We went to Madame Tausads Wax Museum We saw a volcano erupt multiple times with real fire. We rode High Roller which is the biggest Ferris Wheel in the world. The view was spectacular. Another day we went to Red Rock Canyon. We also went to Hoover Dam. This was my highlight of the trip. Half of Hoover Dam is in Nevada and the other half is in Arizona. We also went to Ghirardelli Ice cream and we went to Sprinkles Cupcakes I greatly enjoyed the trip. We did so much stuff, even more than what I put on here. I would highly recommend going to Vegas. If you ever want to go to Vegas just message me and I will tell you all of the things to do. I can’t wait to go back and do even more than what I did on this trip.
Last night my mom and I went to a Plant Nite. We greatly enjoyed it and would recommend it.
When we got there we had to pick what we wanted to plant our plants in. We could pick between rectangular wooden boxes, square wooden boxes, a square glass container or a circular glass container.
I chose this rectangular box and my mom chose a white rectangular box.
After choosing what we wanted, we first had to put rocks in the bottom so that when we watered our plants the plants wouldn’t drown from the water just sitting around the roots. Then we filled it with dirt.
The lady then brought a tray of 18 succulents to our table that 6 of us could chose from. We rolled a dice and the person who rolled the highest number picked first and then we went around in a circle 3 times and picked our plants. Here are the plants I picked.
We then had a short break and my mom volunteered us for a game.
There were two teams. You had to stack two cups on each hand and then on your head and then take them off and whoever was the fastest won. We won. Our prize was a croaking frog.
After the short break we could put our plants in the dirt. We could put them in however we wanted.
We then could decorate. Here are are our plants.
After the previous picture my mom decided she wasnt finished decorating so here are both final products.
We hope to go to another plant nite again soon!
On Friday February 16, 2018 I flew to the Edmonton airport from Regina, by myself, to stay with some friends, Lori and Ray, for 10 days. Lori picked me up at the airport with one of her granddaughter’s, MacKenzie. After Lori picked me up, we drove to her daughter-in-law, Meagan’s place of employment which is part of the airport, but where the celebrities fly into. While we were there one of Meagan’s co-workers offered to take us into the back to see some private planes and helicopters.
After leaving, Lori, MacKenzie and I went for breakfast at IHOP. It was my first time at an IHOP. MacKenzie and I coloured a picture together.
We then walked over to Toys R Us and bought some shopkins for Lori’s day-home. We then drove to Leduc where Lori lives and I got to meet the rest of her day-home kids as well as her other granddaughter, Riley. After a few hours we went to the Doctor Woods House Museum in Leduc. Lori and I were the only ones there so we got a private tour. There were only two original items that belonged to Doctor Wood. One was the lamp on the piano, and the other was the sewing machine in the kitchen.
We then drove over to the Leduc Grain Elevator, and we were able to get a tour of the grain elevator. Before I came to Edmonton I had looked into the Grain Elevator Tour and it was not available in the winter, but the lady from the Dr. Woods House Museum said to go and see, so we did, and one of the ladies that was there said that we could have a tour of the grain elevator.
Lori then showed me the house that her and Ray first lived in when they got married. She then showed me downtown Leduc, and showed me a corner called “Confusion Corner” and showed me her favourite store as well. We then drove to Edmonton and on the way we stopped to get a picture of the Flaman Man who was wearing an Oil Kings Jersey.
They dress him for the time of year. At Christmas he wears a Santa suit.
We drove to downtown Edmonton and parked underground. Our first stop was the Lee Pavilion at the Citadel Theatre.
We then went to Winston Churchill Square only to find out it was closed for LRT construction for at least 1-2 years. Lori then pointed where the Winspear Centre was, which is where concerts are held. Lori then showed me Hotel Macdonald where the Royal Family will stay when they visit and we also inquired about high tea. We then walked over to the Funicular. It is basically an elevator on a hill. It is made completely out of glass and you can see the River Valley. We went down and then back up and then down again because we discovered there was a walkway with a lookout. From the lookout you could see the Edmonton Queen River Boat on the North Saskatchewan River.
We then crossed the street to go to the U of A for the “Emerging Artist Concert” There were performers from University’s all over Edmonton.
After the concert we drove over the Edmonton High Level Bridge, and the lights were on, and the Edmonton Street Car travels on the top of the bridge in the summer. When we got back to Lori’s house Lori showed me some pictures.
On Saturday February 17, 2018, Lori, Ray and I went to the Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market. At one of the booths there were some pictures of Edmonton and so I got the see more Edmonton history through those photographs.
We then drove on Whyte Avenue. In the summer there is a twins and triplets parade on that street. We then went to Flirt Cupcakes and I bought a cupcake. It has the best rating in Edmonton. We then walked past Cally’s Tea’s, and went inside but decided not to have anything and left, as we were walking back to the car we walked past a Cat Café. We then drove to Little Brick, which is where Lori and Ray’s daughter, Ashley had her wedding reception in 2016. We then drove to the Flat Iron Building. The building is very old.
Lori also pointed out the Shaw Conference Centre that is built into the side of Grierson Hill. We then drove down Jasper Avenue. Lori pointed out the General Hospital which is where she was born. We then drove past St. Joseph’s Basilica which is where Janet and Wayne Gretzky got married. Jasper Avenue turns into 124th Street. Lori lived in that area until she was 10. On 124th Street there is a place called Duchess Bake Shop but the line was over an hour long so we did not stop there. We then drove past the home that Lori lived in until she was 10. We drove past the Brick Warehouse which is now called The Brick, and The Brick began in Edmonton. We then went to Donut Party which is a place Ashley recommended for us to go. The donuts were huge and the line was very long.
We then went to Giovanni Music and Fine Art Gallery. Lori and Ray had purchased a piano a long time ago from there for Ashley. I bought some piano books, and Lori bought a drum for her day-home. Next we went to the biggest cowboy boot in the world.
The next place we went was West Edmonton Mall. First I got a pressed coin. Then Lori and I went into a photo booth. We then went into the store Build A Bear and from there we spotted a photo wall.
We then walked past the HMV stage area that I had played on during a grade 10 band trip. Lori was telling me about a dragon that was in the mall, and part of it was there, and there was an employee that told us more about it. The next thing we did was glow in the dark mini-golfing.
After mini-golfing Lori and I went to the aquarium in the mall. It is new since the submarine has been removed.
Earlier in the day Lori had mentioned to me that she wanted me to see the menu at Crepe Works.
Lori had also been telling me about a whale that was in the mall and as we were leaving we saw the whale.
For supper we went to the Chessecake Café and found out it was closing on Monday. For dessert we bought some cheesecake and had it boxed up. Lori showed me some more pictures.
On Sunday February 18, 2018 we went to Lori and Ray’s home church, Eaglemont Christian Church in Beaumont. I meet some of Lori and Ray’s friends, Fran and Glen, their lead Pastor and a few other people as well. After church Lori and I went to Long and McQuade while Ray got gas. I also bought some piano books from there as well. For lunch we went to Red Robin and I think a few booths away there was a huge Rubik’s Cube. After lunch we drove past the “Joey” mural on the side building. He was very important to the Edmonton Oilers. We then went to the Muttart Conservatory. There was a tropical, arid, temperate and season pyramids that we could see. We were able to get tours of the tropical, arid, and temperate pyramid. The seasonal section was decorated for Chinese New Year.
Next we saw the largest aluminum baseball bat in the world.
We then drove past the new Roger’s Place Arena, the Stollery Children’s Hospital, and the University Area. We drove to the Alberta Legislature. The building was closed that day so we could not go inside.
After seeing the Legislature we drove across the newest bridge in Edmonton. Lori was telling me beside it is a building that has really big stacks on it and a man wants to make the building look like the Titanic. But doesn’t know if that will happen for sure.
We drove across the High Level Bridge again and this time it was lit up with blue lights. Ashley had mentioned to us that we should go to The End of The World. We couldn’t go to the very edge because it was too icy.
After the End of The World we went to Talus Dome.
Lori and Ray then took me to a place on a hill where a number of houses fell down the embankment a few years ago. We also drove past some footbridges, one of the Footbridge was the Fort Edmonton Footbridge. but we decided it was too cold to go for a walk on them. We went back to Lori and Ray’s house and watched a movie called Me Again.
On Monday February 19, 2018 it was a holiday, so Lori didn’t have to work but MacKenzie and Riley still came over. Justin, Lori and Ray’s son came over later in the morning. It was nice to meet him. On Saturday Lori had received a message on Facebook if she could pick someone up from the airport and if they could sleep at her house. Lori picked up Emma from the airport around Midnight on Monday. Emma had been on a missions trip to New York, and she is the same age as me. I loved meeting her! Lori, Ray, Emma, and I played some games. We played Anomia, Apples to Apples, and the Train Game. Emma’s brother TJ came to pick her up around supper and had supper with us and then left to go home. After supper Lori, MacKenzie and I went swimming. We then drove MacKenzie home and I got to see Justin’s car and his two dogs, Gunner and Shelby, and one of the dogs just had 10 puppies a few weeks ago. After leaving Justin and Meagan’s house Lori showed me the church where she and Ray gave their hearts too Jesus. We went back to Lori’s house and watched some TV. We watched Olympic curling and skating. We ate the cheesecake we had bought at The Cheesecake Café. We also looked through some pictures and we found a picture of when Emma, and two of her brothers were babies. (She is a triplet), I thought that was cool that we found that picture.
On Tuesday February 20, 2018 in the evening we watch a movie called Letters To God.
On Wednesday February 21, 2018 in the evening we went to Sherwood Park to Lori’s friend, Linda’s church, to do a craft. We painted glass and then waited for it to dry and then we wrote lies we tell ourselves on it, and then the lady demonstrating tried to break the glass with a hammer but it wouldn’t brake so then she put the glass on top of a bible and then when she tried breaking it with the hammer it broke, and then from the broken pieces we made a cross out of it. I also met Lori’s friend Carol.
On Thursday February 22, 2018 in the evening Lori and I went to the Ice Castles. They were amazing!! It is 250,000,000 pounds, and it is the only one in Canada. There was even a controlled fire in the middle. While we were there Lori commented that if parents had young kids, and were dressed for the weather you could easily spend a few hours there. We spent about 45 minutes there. It is located in Hawrelak Park.
On Friday February 23, 2018 in the evening we went to Pizza Hut for supper and saw the sunset. We then went to Lori and Ray’s friends, Fran and Glen’s house to play games.
On Saturday February 24, 2018 we started the day off with going to the Telus World of Science. There was an exhibit called POPnology and it had the car, the DeLorean, that they filmed with from the movie back to the future.
There was also a Terry Fox exhibit.
After the Telus World of Science we went to Southgate Mall, and I bought some Kernels popcorn. For supper we were planning to go to the downtown location of The Old Spaghetti Factory, but there was a game at Roger’s Place Arena and there was no parking so we went to the Old Spaghetti Factory at West Edmonton Mall instead.
On Sunday February 25, 2018 in the morning I left to go home.
If Jesus came to your house to spend a day or two,
if He came unexpectedly, I wonder what you’d do.
Oh, I know you’d give your nicest room to such an honored Guest,
And all the food you’d serve Him would be the very best.
And you would keep assuring Him you’re glad to have Him there,
That serving him in your home is joy beyond compare!
But when you saw Him coming, would you meet Him at the door,
With arms outstretched in welcome to your Heavenly Visitor?
Or would you have to change your clothes before you let Him in,
Or hide some magazines and put the Bible where they’d been?
Would you turn off the radio and hope He hadn’t heard-
And wish you hadn’t uttered that last, loud, hasty word?
Would you hide your worldly music and put some hymn books out?
Could you let Jesus walk right in, or would you rush about?
And I wonder – if the Saviour spent a day or two with you-
Would you go right on doing the things you always do?
Would you keep on saying the things you always say?
Would life for you continue as it does from day to day?
Would your family conversation keep up its usual pace?
And would you find it hard each meal to say a table grace?
Would you sing the songs you always sing and read the books you always read,
And let Him know the things on which your mind and spirit feed?
Would you take Jesus with you everywhere you’d planned to go,
Or would you, maybe change your plans for just a day or so?
Would you be glad to have Him meet your very closest friends,
Or would you hope they’d stay away until His visit ends.
Would you be glad to have Him stay forever on and on,
Or would you sigh with great relief when He at last was gone?
It might be interesting to know the things you would do
If Jesus came in person to spend the holidays with you.
-Lois Blanchard Eades
Here are some quotes that I like and that I have recently seen.
Without Christ there can be no fulness of joy.
-Ezra Taft Benson
Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others.
-H. Jackson Brown Jr.
God doesn’t just want us to memorize the Word; He wants us to become the very word that we’re are reading.
It doesn’t matter if the glass is half empty or half full… be grateful that you have a glass, and there is something in it…
If you’re suffering right now, you don’t have to pretend it’s all good. You don’t have to add “But praise God.” When Jesus was hours from crucifixion, he didn’t sing in the garden or act hyperspiritual. He was sweating blood. He asked the father for a way out. But Jesus ultimately went to that cross with joy: not a shallow consolation that knows no pain, but a joy deepened by sorrow and recognizing the hurt of humanity.
God is always trying to make you more human and not less. You can cry out in agony. In that honesty, God is establishing great character in you. Such a Christian is both happier and sadder at the same time, because they long for a better home and already have one.
-J. S. Park
Trade your expectation for appreciation and the world changes instantly.
In order to love who you are, you cannot hate the experiences that shaped you.
Sometimes the devil allows people to live a life free of trouble because he doesn’t want them turning to God. Their sin is like a jail cell, except it is all nice and comfy and there doesn’t seem to be any reason to leave. The door’s wide open. Till one day, time runs out, and the cell door slams shut, and suddenly it’s too late
-God’s Not Dead
I find joy in everyday, not because life is always good, but because God is.
We are not to look or act like other people; rather we are to look like Christ. We are to act like Christ. We are to do the things that Christ would do in the power and demonstration of the Holy Spirit.