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Last of the Mohicans: Movie vs. the Book

December 30, 2009


This Christmas I got the soundtrack to Last of the Mohicans and ever since I have been unable to stop thinking about the movie.


I am a person who loves to compare and contrast- to point out what has been left out, added in and so forth. I have read The Last of the Mohicans twice and have watched the movie a thousand times, and I can tell you there are significant differences between the book and the movie.


I am not trying to turn you off from watching the movie, but in my opinion, it doesn't follow the book at all. There are major differences that I would like to point out to you all that I think are very important points to know. Most of these points involve Cora, Hawkeye, Uncas and Alice, all of whom have been given a character identity crisis!
1) Cora and Hawkeye are not lovers-If you have read, or attempted to read the whole Leather Stocking Tales by James F. Cooper, you will learn that Hawkeye will never have an emotional relationship to any of the major female characters he comes in contact with.
Cora is half black and half white and holds no attraction to Hawkeye, instead she is attracted to Uncas (a interracial attraction) in a very subtle way, it is almost unrecognizable unless you are looking for it specifically.


The movie depicts Cora and Hawkeye to be infatuated with each other, and this does make for a great movie when the two main characters are in love. It's exciting. Yet, this is simply not true to the purpose of the book.
2) Uncas and Alice are not lover either- in fact, Uncas is in love with Cora. Uncas belongs solely to the Last of the Mohicans... no other book in the Leather Stocking Tales has Uncas in them because, as some of you know, he dies to revenge Cora who is killed by the evil Huron Native named Magua. See the fatal attraction?
Alice is a quiet girl who is very much a "daddy's girl". She isn't mentioned like all of the other characters are. She is to me, a background character, who does more to impact the book with her silent ways than she would if she played a major roll in the book.


There is nothing going on between Alice and Uncas in the book-sorry!
3) The scenes in the movie are all screwed up. Hawkeye never tells Cora "I will find you". Nor does he flatter her with the heart wrenching words as she asks him:
Cora: "What are you looking at, sir?"
Hawkeye: "I'm looking at you, miss. "
Or
Cora: "They're going to hang you. Why didn't you leave when you had the chance?"
Hawkeye: "Because what I'm interested in is right here."


The glade scene isn't as romantic as it's made out to be. On the contrary, it is very cold, frustrating and lonely. Some scenes are very similar to the book, yet, as we all know, Hollywood likes to put their spin on everything. They leave somethings out and add other parts in and then exclude things all together! What a crazy world of entertainment we are infatuated with! It's how they roll I guess.
4) In the book, Uncas doesn't grasp Alice in his arms, as he keeps her from peeking through the waterfall. It never happened.
As a avid book reader and a huge fan of Last of the Mohicans, I can tell you that, even though watching the movie gives me goosebumps and brings tears to my eyes, I can't help but be disappointed that it doesn't stick to the book.


You can thank Hollywood for putting their own twist on this classic. However, I understand the need to "spice" things up by romanticising the idea of the French and Indian war and rustic frontiers men such as Hawkeye. I just can't help but wonder what the movie would be like if they had stuck to the book verbatim. I guess I will never know.

New Year--New Look--New Reason to Blog

December 29, 2009

Hi guys!

Since it is the New Year [almost], I want to get everything squared away and organized before I kick off my 1st full year of blogging. I kind of had a schedule last year, but with all of the holiday festivities it got pushed to the way-side and was never resurrected.

So...I need to come up with a new schedule, something that you will enjoy, as well as myself!

Any suggestions?

I am still doing Girl Talk on Thursdays, but is there anything you guys would like to see in particular on my blog?

Anything you would like to hear my oppinion on, etc?

Let me know in a comment!

I love you all,
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Whew!

December 26, 2009

It has been a wonderful time sharing the love of Christ on this Christmas season with all of you! I have enjoyed myself immensely and I hope you have too! I received many gifts yesterday. Most of them were American Girl-- yes, I am still into American Girl :P


But one thing I noticed that my family didn't do--which we always do--is read the the passage from the Bible about the birth of Christ. I am disappointed. This season felt so rushed. It sped by way too fast barely giving me time to say hello and now I am forced to say good-bye :(


I am now looking forward to the next year. I cannot wait to do more blogging, meat new and wonderful followers and bloggers, go places, see new things and learn more about life and how Christ intended me to live it!
Love you all!


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December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas everyone!!!!!

You Are The Reason

December 23, 2009

I have run out of words to describe my wonder and gratefulness for what Christ did for me, as well as the whole world. I am speachless!


My 17th Birthday!!!

December 21, 2009



Oh my gosh! This is so hard to believe--OK not that hard--but I'm turning 17 this week!
I've never told you guys when my birthday was so I'm going to tell you today in a tag-like way :)
When were you born?: I was born December 26th 1992. 2 hrs after midnight. Whew I came close to being a Christmas baby (which was when I was supposed to be born), but God spared me!
What's it like being a Christmas baby?: It has it's ups and downs. I have to say I am luckier that my Aunt who was born Christmas eve! But it's rough. I have never had a birthday party with friends over, they're always out of town. Sometimes, people forget or they can't come, or they have to leave on your birthday... However, I have learned to make the best with what I have on such a day as my birthday, and have come to realize that it's not all about the friends and presents, but the closeness of family and having them there to support you throughout your life that it the best gift and friendship anyone could ever receive!
Isn't it fun to have 2 full days of Presents!?: Oh, sure it is! I love the excitement. But I have to wait all year and I wish that sometimes I had Christmas and my birthday spread out a bit more. I'd have liked to be born in May. But I was born Dec. 26th for a reason and I am slowly learning to love every minute of this day--who really knows how many birthdays I have left.
What don't you like about your birthday?:Don't get me started! I have a lot of things I don't like about my birthday and I always stress these dislikes every year. Hey, I said I was slowly learning to love my birthday, things don't happen over night! LOL.
1) I do not want the Christmas tree up. Don't get me wrong, I love the Christmas tree, but I would like to have my birthday separate from the holidays.
2) No Christmas paper! I hate, hate, hate it when people wrap my presents in Christmas paper. It just so happens that these past 2 or 3 years, I actually had presents wrapped in Birthday paper. My family tries hard, but they usually forget.
3) I have never had any friends over for a party, sleepover, etc.
4) Sometimes my family has to leave on my birthday to go home.
5) Because of the holidays my family misses a lot of my birthdays (and my brother's too), especially my sweet 16...no one came...other than the family that lives here in TN with me. :(
Yeah, yeah, yeah, So maybe I am a little bit of a scrooge. Why can't I have a birthday without all the Christmas decor? Is that too much to ask ?? Hehehe!
What do you like about your Birthday?: I get to spend that time with my family, open some sweet gifts and eat a gluten free cake while laughing hysterically at my brother, sister and grandma!

13th Birthday!

December 18, 2009


No. It's not me! it's my brother {Gerald} who will be turning 13 this year on Dec. 18th. He's does Martial Arts with me and my sister. Is next in line to become a instructor at our Dojo. He loves to dig holes in the garden, eat sweets, play with his toy guns, go hunting, fishing, swimming, working out and best of all pestering me so I will chase after him! I love this little booger!

*Rambling On*

December 9, 2009

Hey guys. I am so sorry! I have been slacking quiet a bit. I have forgotten GIRL TALK, and all those other things that I was planning on doing in November. I got distracted with NaNo and never seemed to get anywhere with my blog :(


I am hoping to get back on track in the new year. This month will probably be devoted to Christmas things and random bits.


I have SO much to do this month!!!!!


I don't have to do any Christmas shopping (got that all done in October), so that's good.
But I have the nasty, detestable ACT test, work, and Grandparents, Aunts, and Uncles coming for the holidays. (They aren't nasty and detestable, just the ACT...)


Then I have to help cook for Christmas dinner. Bake cookies. Pies. 2 Birthday cakes. And rolls. I have to go to a Christmas dinner *ugh!* this Friday and then do a hard-core work out at two every Tuesday and Wednesday (that's if my mom and brother come).


And then, if I find time, I might blog something worth reading and then go to bed :)
Hope you guys have an wonderful Christmas and stay healthy.


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A Month Before Christmas

December 7, 2009



*T'was The Month Before Christmas*


This was emailed to me by a friend, I thought you might enjoy reading it.


*T'was The Month Before Christmas*
*When all through our land,*
*Not a Christian was praying*
*Nor taking a stand.*
*See the PC Police had taken away,*
*The reason for Christmas - no one could say.*
*The children were told by their schools not to sing,*
*About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.*
*It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say*
* December 25th is just a ' Holiday.*
*Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit*
*Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!*
*CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-pod*
*Something was changing, something quite odd! *
*Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa*
*In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.*
*As Target was hanging their trees upside down*
* At Lowes the word Christmas - was no where to be found.*
*At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears*
*You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears.*
*Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty*
*Are words that were used to intimidate me.*
*Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen*
*On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton !*
*At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter*
*To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.*
*And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith*
* Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace.*
*The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded*
*The reason for the season, stopped before it started.*
*So as you celebrate 'Winter Break' under your 'Dream Tree'*
*Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.*
*Choose your words carefully, choose what you say*
*Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS , not Happy Holiday!*
Please, all Christians join together and wish everyone youmeet during the holidays a MERRY CHRISTMAS.
Christ is 'The Reason' for the Christ-mas Season!

HELLO. I AM EMILY!

December 6, 2009

I am a daydreamer with a flair for the literary dramatics. 
Me and almond milk are best buds, especially on rainy day.
And dried apples are my solution to those afternoon munchies! 
I am gluten and dairy intolerant, battling Bulimia, and striving to follow my sweet Jesus.
My story of being a Bulimic, I hope, will inspire others to get on the path to better health.
And to get reconnected with Jesus Christ-the Great Physician.
I can solve only the beginner Sudoku puzzles, have no patience for word puzzles, and laugh at the silliest jokes. 
I strive to be as crafty as Martha Stewart someday. As exquisite a photographer as Dorothea Lang.
And as good a writer as Natalie Lloyd.
I am a bubble gum chewer, a beginner crocheter, and love to suck on straws!
Collector of all things magnetic, thumb tacks, and sticky-notes, and binder clips. 
I am a softy when it comes to candles, they smell dreamy, and the smell of fresh baked bread makes my mouth water.
The thought of road trips with my favorite people makes me smile, and I dream about seeing the world one day.

The Greatest Gift

December 5, 2009


The bright blue of the winter sky gives a luminescent nature to the snow that covers the ground. There is something magical about the snow. It bites at your nose when you step out into the icy weather, or it hurries you along home to the warmth and love that resides there. The weather provides opportunities for nights in, heavy quilts, and cups of hot tea as you watch through the window—a frozen wonderland in the making.


With the never ending array of crystal covered tree limbs, there is that special feeling of knowing that while the entire world is trapped under ice and snow, you are safe and warm at home. Inside the home, holiday trimmings that have been tucked away in boxes once again emerge from the attic to greet the arrival of Christmas. Green and red bulbs, fresh popcorn strands and pine-cones adorn the Kirk family’s modest Christmas tree. Garlands, cranberry strands and Christmas cards decorate a once cold and lonely fireplace mantel. The smell of cinnamon, fresh pine, oranges and cloves awaken old, forgotten memories of cherished Christmases long ago.


Christmas is a season full of good cheer, heavenly food and numerous presents wrapped in an assortment of bright, shiny paper and bows. Many people receive gifts as a symbol of love during the Christmas season only to have those gifts of love forgotten or returned weeks later. However, there is one gift that can never be forgotten, a gift that can never be retuned—He is the greatest gift of all—Jesus Christ!


The Kirk family members, who have come to share, enjoy and celebrate Christmas and the birth of Christ, gather around a sturdy oak table, seating themselves comfortably on wooden benches. Grandpa Kirk, a portly old man, seated himself at the head of the table laden with vast amounts of food: stuffed turkey, spiral ham, sweet potatoes, rolls, green bean casserole, and a lavish array of rich desserts, such as chocolate and pumpkin pie, lemon and oatmeal cookies, and a double chocolate fudge cake. Grandpa Kirk cleared a place on the table for his Bible. The Bible is old and tattered, the pages hanging on only by threads. Grandpa Kirk ran his hand through his snow-white hair, and then opened his Bible slowly, careful not to damage the tattered Bible any further. Gingerly, he flipped through the delicate pages, searching for the book of Luke. “The focal point of Luke is Christ, the Son of Man, and it narrates many of those events that demonstrate Christ’s humanity.” (Ryrie Study Bible. Luke. Introduction.)(1614).


As soon as Grandpa Kirk found the book of Luke, he looked up at his family and smiled, “I am going to be reading about the birth of Jesus Chris out of the book of Luke.” He cleared his throat and read slowly, digging deep into the meaning of the verses. “I will be reading chapter two, verses eight through fourteen: ‘And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’ Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.’” (Ryrie Study Bible. Luke. 2.8-14). Grandpa Kirk took a breath and looked about him. The room was filled with anticipation for him to speed up his reading so the family could begin the feast that was sitting before them, waiting to be devoured. Grandpa Kirk slowly flipped to the book of Matthew and read chapter one verses eighteen through twenty-four.


Feeling the hungry eyes watching him and being a little hungry himself, he sped up his reading. Before he could finish reading, he stated, “I would like to end this time with a few more readings out of the book of Luke and John, to tie in the symbolic meaning of Christ’s birth, death and resurrection. Allow me a few more moments if you will.” He looked for his intended passages, this time more hurriedly than he had done before. He spoke wearily, both hungry and a little discouraged that no one fully appreciated the meaning of Christmas like he did. With a solemn face, he continued to read from the Bible, ending with a passage from John and then a lengthy prayer.


As the last amen was said, everyone hurried to get their food. To one member of the family, Grandpa Kirk seemed sad and a little disappointed. “Grandpa, why are you sad?” the family member asked. It was apparent Grandpa Kirk was meditating on what he had read because he had not noticed the figure standing beside him, nor had he heard the question. The family member asked the question once again, this time tugging at Grandpa Kirk’s shirt sleeve.


“Grandpa, why are you sad?” The family member looked at Grandpa Kirk with wondering eyes, waiting for his reply. When he came to and turned to the figure beside him, he noticed his sixteen year old granddaughter was eagerly waiting an answer. “I am sad Emily. No one seems to care about the precious gift we have received, that babe wrapped in swaddling clothes.” Emily, the granddaughter, looked up at her grandpa in surprise. “I care Grandpa,” Emily said vigorously, “Jesus Christ is the greatest gift this world has ever received. I understand Grandpa, but not everyone sees the beauty of this day as you and I. Not everyone understands the importance of why Christ came to earth as a baby and why He died for the sins of the world.” Grandpa Kirk took Emily by the shoulders, smiled a pearly white smile and said, “I am proud of you my dear. You are right when you say not everyone understands. It is true some do not. But for the ones that do, it is our duty to help them understand what happened when Christ was born and what he did for us on the cross. Do you know why Emily?”


Emily looked into her Grandpa’s deep brown eyes; his eyes were filled with so much love and wisdom. “I think I do.” She stopped to think, “But I am not so sure. Will you explain it to me?” Grandpa Kirk’s eyes lit up like fireworks on the fourth of July, “Of course! That’s what grandpas are for.” He cleared his throat and continued, “Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, which means he did not inherit the sin of man. Jesus Christ is the son of God. He lived a sinless life and became the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. Jesus Christ was abused, spit upon and betrayed, and then He was nailed to a cross on Calvary. He took the beating for us— he suffered in our stead—that’s how much he cared. He took all of our sins upon himself and died so that we may have life in Christ Jesus.”


Grandpa Kirk’s eyes filled up with tears, “You might say Christ experienced hell on the cross. Three days later Christ rose from the dead. Before Christ ascended into heaven, He gave his disciples the Holy Spirit. Emily, one day Jesus Christ will come back for his beloved church. This is why He came to earth, to bring mankind back to God and save mankind from the wages of sin and death. Those who accept Him as their Lord and Savior are protected by His blood and their sins are washed away. It is our duty as Christians to spread the gospel of Christ, to remember and trust in His Holy Word. This is what Christmas is all about, Emily. Christmas is all about Jesus Christ. It isn’t about what we give or receive, for we have already received the greatest gift of all and He is living in and through us. Don’t ever forget that.”


Emily reflected on the words of her Grandpa. He was right. People were too involved in giving gifts and receiving them that they forgot the true meaning of Christmas. Christmas isn’t all about the big jolly man in the red suit or his eight tiny reindeer, but the love and sacrifice God made for his people when he sent his only son to die on the cross. Jesus Christ died for people who do not deserve a second chance, people who do not deserve God’s enduring love and joy. This is Christmas’s purpose—to remind us of the greatest gift we have received and to remind us of the true meaning of Christmas—Jesus Christ.

And the Bride Wore White; Part Four

December 3, 2009




~Breaking up is hard to do~


Life is a roller coaster ride of emotions that plague us daily; reeking havoc on us physically and emotionally. One minute you're happy-go-lucky and the next minute your world has turned upside down.


Breaking up is hard to do and a lot of times it seems impossible and it can even be painful. If you've ever dated or hung around a guy-friend for a good amount of time, you may have begun to feel, well, trapped. Possibly even pressured to get physical and so on....
"I know breakin' up is hard to do. I know the pain is something no one else can seem to reach. Understand that God can." (Dannah Gresh). 
Whether you've been in a situation where you've had to breakup with your boyfriend or you've never been in that situation, this doesn't exclude you....Maybe your struggling to make the right choices, but can't seem to get the courage to take the LEAP OF FAITH and let go.


 Psalm 55:22 says that we are to:
"Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall." 
1 Peter 5:7 says this:
 "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." 
No matter how low you fall or how high you stand, everyone has something hidden deep down that keeps them broken and weak. It's hard to take that step--even with God's help is sometimes seemed impossible. But you must have faith and lean on God for strength. You cannot do it alone. God is willing to walk beside you through the storm and help you when you are weak and defenseless just like He did with Peter in Matthew 14:25-31: 


"During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified.
'It's a ghost,' they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: 'Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid.'
'Lord, if it's you,' Peter replied, 'tell me to come to you on the water.' 'Come,'he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, 'Lord, save me!' Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. 'You of little faith,' he said, 'why did you doubt?' And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, 'Truly you are the Son of God.'"
It's amazing how much God truly cared about Peter. He didn't let him drown! Even when Peter was of little faith, God came to his rescue and helped him back on his feet.Whether you've lost faith, sight of God or you are caught up in a sticky relationship--cast your eyes upon the Lord and give Him all your troubles. 
"Scripture is clear that we must walk away from anything that hinders our love for God."( Danna Gresh). 
If your are in a relationship and are being pressured to get physical or can't seem to get the courage to say NO and walk away, think about the thing you want the most--is this person more important than the relationship you and God share? Is it more important than your love for God? Or is God all you need?

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Letter from Jesus

November 28, 2009

~Sent to me by a friend~
Dearest Creation,
It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking My name out of the season. How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your own. I don't care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate My birth, just GET ALONG AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER.


Now, having said that let Me go on. If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn't allow a scene depicting My birth, then just get rid of a couple of Santa's and snowmen and put in a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn If all My followers did that there wouldn't be any need for such a scene on the town square because there would be many of them all around town.


Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday tree, instead of a Christmas tree. It was I who made all trees. You can remember Me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if you wish: I actually spoke of that one in a teaching, explaining who I am in relation to you and what each of our tasks were. If you have forgotten that one, look up John 15: 1 - 8.


If you want to give Me a present in remembrance of My birth here is my wish list. Choose something from it:

  1. Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way My birthday is being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers away from home. They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year. I know, they tell Me all the time.
  2. Visit someone in a nursing home. You don't have to know them personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them.
  3. Instead of writing the President complaining about the wording on the cards his staff sent out this year, why don't you write and tell him that you'll be praying for him and his family this year. Then follow up... It will be nice hearing from you again.
  4. Instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can't afford and they don't need, spend time with them. Tell them the story of My birth, and why I came to live with you down here. Hold them in your arms and remind them that I lovethem.
  5. Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her.
  6. Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own life this season because they feel so alone and hopeless? Since you don't know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile; it could make the difference.
  7. Instead of nit picking about what the retailer in your town calls the holiday, be patient with the people who work there. Give them a warm smile and a kind word. Even if they aren't allowed to wish you a "Merry Christmas" that doesn't keep you from wishing them one. Then stop shopping there on Sunday. If the store didn't make so much money on that day they'd close and let their employees spend the day at home with their families.
  8. If you really want to make a difference, support a missionary-- especially one who takes My love and Good News to those who have never heard My name.
  9. Here's a good one. There are individuals and whole families in your town who not only will have no "Christmas" tree, but neither will they have any presents to give or receive. If you don't know them, buy some food and a few gifts and give them to the Salvation Army or some other charity which believes in Me and they will make the delivery for you.
  10. Finally, if you want to make a statement about your belief in and loyalty to Me, then behave like a Christian. Don't do things in secret that you wouldn't do in My presence. Let people know by your actions that you are one of mine.

Don't forget; I am God and can take care of Myself. Just love Me and do what I have told you to do. I'll take care of all the rest. Check out the list above and get to work; time is short. I'll help you, but the ball is now in your court. And do have a most blessed Christmas with all those whom you love and remember :
I LOVE YOU,
JESUS

Thanksgiving

November 25, 2009

When you think of Thanksgiving, what do you usually think about? How much you’ve been blessed? How much food you get to eat? Or the time spent with friends and family? My family and I always gather around a big table stuffed with plenty of food and decorations. Most of the time we can’t even see the table!


Eating a big Thanksgiving meal has never been my favorite part of the day, but I find that the event I love most is where we go around to each person and say one or two things that we are thankful for. But who can only be thankful for one thing? Not me! I have so many things to be thankful for that it would take hours for me to list all of them—well, most of them at least.


We are all talking about what it means to be thankful, why we should be thankful and that’s great! But I am going to go against the grain and present to you a question to ponder on: do you know the true history of how Thanksgiving came to be a holiday in America? Do you know how it got started?


 In all honesty, I am a lover of anything that involves the history of America and have always been curious about the history of this “thankful” holiday. A few weeks back I was reading a chapter in my history book for my college history class and was astonished to learn something that I obviously didn’t know before!


We have all learned from school or from textbooks that the origin of thanksgiving started with the Pilgrims, right? Well, let’s take a trip through time and uncover the truth about our national holiday—Thanksgiving.


Most of us associate Thanksgiving with happy Pilgrims and Indians gathered together for one big feast. And that did happen—once. We always associate the Pilgrims as the ones who started this big tradition. You may be surprised to know that the Pilgrims did not start this holiday. In fact, Thanksgiving wasn’t considered a holiday until 1863!


This wasn’t the first Thanksgiving in the New World. The Native American gave thanks this time of year to their gods for the bountiful harvest they had acquired during the year. Thanksgiving had been going on long before the Pilgrims ever set foot on our country’s fertile ground and way before it became a national Christian holiday.


The Native Americans taught the struggling new comers how to live off the land by growing corn, fishing, about the different edible foods, herbs and fruits of the land. Our history textbooks tell us that the first Thanksgiving with the Native Americans and Pilgrims was a peaceful celebration conducted in the year1621. The reason of this abundant feast was so that the Pilgrims could show their gratitude to the Native Americans for teaching them how to grow crops and allowing them to live in peace. 


This statement is true, but there is another reason why the Pilgrims shared this day with the Natives—they had anterior motives. Let the truth be told—the very same Pilgrims who shared the “first” Thanksgiving later stole the Native American’s land, enslaved many young Native Americans, and then killed the rest. This first Thanksgiving did not become an annual tradition for Pilgrims, thus it was not a holiday.


The Thanksgiving holiday was established by Abraham Lincoln in 1863 during the Civil War. Lincoln made a proclamation declaring Thanksgiving a national holiday stating that
“No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.” (Abraham Lincoln, 1863).
Most people do not know this half of the story, they are usually taught that the Pilgrims celebrated Thanksgiving every year, yet I have come to learn that this was not true. Thanksgiving did not become a holiday until the Civil War, and it is relatively easy to understand why. In a time when people were divided and our country threatening to split in two, the only one thing to do, in a time so uncertain was to give thanks to God no matter what was lost or what was gained. I pray to Him that our country will remain united under God and will remain sovereign and free.

Cora and Uncas: A Love Story

November 19, 2009


We’ve all watched The Last of the Mohicans, and we all think that the chemistry lies between Hawkeye and Cora and Uncas and Alice. Well, that’s just not true. In Hollywood, they have the liberty to rearrange the movie to suit their purpose, and to attract the audience. 


But if you’ve ever read the book you will find out that Hollywood’s take on this wonderful story is very different and almost unrecognizable to the original work of James Fennimore Cooper.


The love story, as I like to call it, doesn’t evolve around the romantic Hawkeye and Cora Munro, nor does it focus on Uncas and Alice. The romance between these two set of couples do not exist in the book! 


However, there is a twist that most of us movie watchers will never know by just watching the movie. There is a love that most of us wouldn’t even recognize if it stared us in the face—that’s just how subtle it is.


The romance that is presented in the book happens to be between Uncas and Cora Munro. Their love is quite and pure, but as the reader, you feel the power and fidelity of their quiet romance. It is strong! 


In the movie we see Uncas as one of the last of his tribe, a protective, loyal, strong and determined Mohican Indian. In the book, Uncas’s character changes more than any other character over the course of the novel; Uncas grows in his skill and develops a natural ability to lead, he also falls in love with the beautiful Cora Munro (a raven-haired, strong-willed woman with African roots), and is devoted to protecting her and even fighting for her to the very end.


The interracial love of Uncas and Cora ends in tragedy. In the end Cora Munro dies from a knife to the heart. This act of injustice drives Uncas to acts of vengeance; he ultimately dies trying to avenge the loss of Cora. 


It’s inspiring to think that Uncas loved Cora enough to lay down his own life to avenge her, even if it was a foolish thing to do. But that’s what makes the book romantic—it’s not the wild and feverish romance of Cora and Hawkeye—but a subtle, passionate love between two people from two very different worlds.

I Am: Homeschooled

November 18, 2009


Homeschooling! I have always been home-schooled and have never once in my life stepped into a public school until last week. WOW! I was shocked to see how many students were cramped into one room! I am so glad that I was given the opportunity to learn at home with my family! The home-schooled part of the worlds population always gets labeled as unsocial, freaks, weirdos, just to name a few. Maybe you haven't been called these, but I know quiet a few, like me, have.


Here are some reasons I am thankful for being home-schooled:

Reason One: I am able to learn about Jesus Christ and His Creation.
  • Yes! I am so happy and thankful to be able to learn about Christ and Creation without getting the secular view of how things 'came into place'; 'the universe just happened'; 'Jesus was a prophet'. By homeschooling, I by-pass all of that slander and get to know the truth.
Reason Two: People say "Homeschoolers are weirdies or freaks who live outside 'normal' society."
  • They really think that, huh? Well, my family is as average as you can get! We don't live in a crazy dungeon with tomb stones in our yard, or medieval weapons hanging on our walls or a cauldron in out living room. If you had to pick me out in a group of teens, you wouldn't be able to because that's how well most home-schoolers blend (but still stick out just a tad!)
Reason Three: I am socially equip and able to go out and be real.
  • I have to say that being home-schooled has allowed me more opportunities to 'socialize' that most public schooled kids. I have never been one without words even if it is a sentence here and there. I am a well rounded individual and can carry on a lengthy conversation on almost any subject (except math). I am thankful that my parents were willing to teach me at home so that I would become a well-learned, more socialized individual.
Reason Four: I am learning about the real world at home.
  • I am thankful my mom and dad kept me at home and are willing to teach me the awkward subject most parents and teens don't want to talk about. Instead of learning about 'real life' at school were a number of teen girls are pregnant, I am able to learn about what life truly is about: serving God and following his plan for me--not the other way around.
Reason Five: There's always good food!
  • Oh! I can taste my grandma's sweet yeast rolls now, my aunts ginger cookies and my mom's chicken pot pie. When is dinner?!!!! I am thankful that I live with a wonderful family that knows how to cook a fine meal for any occasion.

Reason Six: Love will keep us together....
  • There are more reasons, but I'll stop there. Today I give thanks for being home-schooled, in America, at home with my family. I have such a deep connection with everyone that we often finish each other's sentences, have the same likes and dislikes, crave the same things and love the dickens out of each other!
This is what I am thankful for today! I am blessed to be given this chance to school at home, get to know my parents, develop a relationship with them as well as my siblings and learn about Lord!

Note: None of these reasons were meant to offend public-schoolers, this is just my opinion, and if you were insulted in any way, I give you my apologizes.

A Fight For Life

November 10, 2009


I’m not an Anti-Abortion speech writer with major experience under my belt nor am I a person who’s spoken to more than twelve people at a time. But that doesn’t exclude me from sharing my opinion and letting my voice be heard. My opinion may not seem like much to a person who professionally advocates for Pro-life organizations, I may not even have all my facts straight; but I do have a gift for writing, and I will use it to spread the word about the choice for Pro-life. For some, having all of the facts on abortion can change that person’s decision, while some just need to take one look at the graphic abortion photos to understand that their decision to have an abortion doesn’t get rid of a lifeless blob, but it kills a helpless, living human being.
“What’s up with the whole pro-choice thing? Didn’t the girl make her choice that night in bed with that guy? Sometimes there shouldn’t be second chances.” I love this saying because it is so true. Girls make the decision to have sex, knowing that it could possibly change their lives forever if they get pregnant or contract an STD. However, that doesn’t make it right for the girl to choose the future of her unborn child; which is a living, thinking, breathing human. According to Abortion73.com, “On average, women give at least 3 reasons for choosing abortion: 3/4 say that having a baby would interfere with work, school or other responsibilities; about 3/4 say they cannot afford a child; and 1/2 say they do not want to be a single parent or are having problems with their husband or partner." (AGI). Aborting a baby because it interferes with your personal life isn’t a good reason to murder a baby; in fact, there is absolutely no good reason at all!


When it comes to teens and sex, it's the parent’s responsibility, to teach their children about sex, becasue the schools are not going to teach the children about remaining sexually pure until marriage, and that involving themselves in the dishonorable acts will result in consequences such as, a baby or a STDs. If the teen is not taught about the consequences and if the parents do not talk with their teen about sex, then they will never learn what is right and what is wrong. Having an abortion is like running away from the responsibility and the consequences that the person has made for herself. “Abortion is one of the most common surgical procedures in the world. Abortion destroys almost 4,000 babies a day in the U.S. and 130,000 a day world wide.”


Abortion doesn't solve anything, and in the eyes of the Lord it is murder. The person who has had sex outside of marriage should be held accountable and take care of the child. Abortion is in NO WAY valid in any case. Accepting that she did wrong and taking charge for her mistakes is the mature and motherly thing to do. Think for a minute....how would you feel if your mother ever thought about aborting you? How would you feel? For the unborn, aborted babies, they’ll never get the chance to experience life. Life is too precious to simply throw away. “A baby’s heart begins beating at 18-25 days, and his or her brain waves can be recorded at 40 days.” Is that not proof enough that an unborn child is a living human?


Babies have no ‘say’ whether it’s ok for the mother to have an abortion or not. Nobody asked the baby whether or not they wanted to die, it wasn’t their choice. We all have a purpose in life, and what we choose to do with that purpose is up to us. If you think about it-- in a strange and sad way-- being aborted was the child’s purpose, so that others may know the harsh reality of what abortion is really like. Babies are precious gifts from our Heavenly Creator not to be taken for granted and murdered because it’s the only way out of the problem. Life is short. Babies that are being aborted will never get the chance to breath their first breath, cry for the first time, experience his or her mother’s gentle, loving touch, take a long, soothing snooze with mom and dad; and most of them won’t ever have a name.


These poor babies don’t get a decent burial, they get dumped in the trash like garbage, but some are lucky enough to get a coffin and a small ceremony. How can a mother bury the child she just aborted without guilt? I pray for the unborn babies about to be aborted and I pray for their mothers…that they will have a change of heart and save their precious little one from a horrible death. God is the giver and sustainer of life…he’s the author of every human being and no one has the right to disrespect, dishonor or trash his creation. Who will speak for the helpless ones? Who will stand up for the babies who are subjected to this terrible method of death? Who is brave enough to stand up for their beliefs, even if they are scorned and ridiculed? In Genesis 50:20 it says, "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives."


Everyone has a purpose, and even an aborted child has one. Their purpose will never make them the president of the U.S or a person who finds the cure for cancer, but their purpose was to be the voice of every child ever aborted…they are the advocate of life, every aborted baby has a voice—though they are dead, yet they still speak!

To: My Dearest Bloggers

November 6, 2009







Celebrate good times, come on!!!!!!!


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Drearest bloggers whom I love so much! I hope you are doing good and being your normal awesome selves! Well, I have something to tell you all--I made it to 41 followers! That's a super big achievement for me! I can't wait to get to 50 because I am thinking of doing a really awesome Giveaway, or does that happen at 100 followers??!!


Some follower's blogs I cannot access, so I will mention their names (if you are one of these people let me know and give me your blog link, so I can give you proper recognition). I never thought I'd make it to 41 followers in only 6 MO. I am still shocked, and really quiet flattered to think that you guys have enjoyed my blog *crickets chirping* Yeah! So thanks so much guys!
Don't forget about GIRL TALK. If you are looking for it, it is below this post!
My current followers (Alphabetical order!):
  1. Adria [at] Loca Chica
  2. Amy (Light of the World~private blog)
  3. *Anna
  4. Antonia [at] outside into life
  5. Miss Ariante' [at] Living this thing I call L-I-F-E!
  6. Ashley Staley [at] Todd & Ashley
  7. Ashley [at] Cowgirls for Christ
  8. Bekah [at] The Word Crafter
  9. Cassie [at] Inside My Mind
  10. √čarwen [at] Thoughts of a Shieldmaiden
  11. Emily [at] (:My World:)
  12. Emily [at] Practically Pink
  13. Emily [at] Emily's Writing
  14. Emily Joy [at] Emily Joy Photography
  15. Emii [at] Girlz 4 God ~ My main Blog :)
  16. Emma [at] Summer Girl
  17. *GodsGirl247
  18. Hannah [at] Aspire
  19. Ivorydancer [at] Another Once in Time
  20. Jare and Lib [at] Random Jot Downs
  21. Jessica.Mae [at] Faith For Girls
  22. Kristin [at] These are a few of my favorite things...
  23. Libby [at] Girls of Hope ~ My main blog
  24. Maggie S. [at] Dustbunnies and Divas
  25. *Mandy
  26. Margaret [at] Take a Walk With Me
  27. *Margie Hendricks
  28. Marissa [at] A peek into my life...
  29. Megan [at] 1 of 5 ~ My Main Blog
  30. Morgan [at] A Maiden's Musings
  31. *Moriah Foreman
  32. *M J S
  33. Quinlyn [at] Quinny & Co.
  34. Teresa [at] Grammy Girlfriend
  35. Truly
  36. Samantha [at] Simply Samantha
  37. Secretly Gay
  38. Siminy [at] Me Myself and I
  39. Shannon [at] Below the Plateau
  40. Sweetsue [at] sweetsue
  41. Miss Zara [at] Christian Maidens throughout the World
I am so excited and am wanting to celebrate by getting my grove on! Hum, eh, the sad thing is, I lost my grove and can't find it! It's lost for all eternity. No wonder I can't dance!!! I'll give it a try though. Thanks so much for wanting to be apart of my blog by following it!


Note: The names that have a small *star * on the left side of them is an indicator that I do not have that person's blog link. So if you are one of these people, and want me to put your blog on this post, comment bellow. If your blog is private, then you don't have to do this. I am just doing a post about my followers...the links are just so others can check your blogs out. I am not looking to be invited to your blog (don't feel like you have to) because that's not what I am asking.


Another Note: Also, there are two names that do not have this *star* or a link, that is because these people's blogs do not reflect my views at all (I am really surprised and hopeful that they have followed my blog), but I am sure their views will not jive with most of your views either. I do not wish to soundmean, because I love all my followers, I just choose not to submerse myself in the worldly views of certain subjects. I hope you understand.

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The Evolution Of Beauty

November 2, 2009

I am not endorsing Dove soap on this blog, this video is just to show the dramatic transformation of a woman after she is given a makeover and then fixed up in Photoshop.


This is everyone's perception of beauty?!!!! Sad, huh? Think every actor, actress and model naturally looks fabulous behind a camera? Think again. They're an Average looking Joe just like the rest of us, except they have the help of computer software to make them look flawless. It's not real, natural, and definitely not the way God intended us to look like.


You are beautiful, so don't ever doubt that! And don't be ashamed to show it either (not with immodest clothing, but with respect for your self). Hold your head up high, smile and let the love of God shine through. The next time you look at a model with perfect skin, or an actress's photo with flawless shin and a in-shape body--think about how much makeup and Photo-shopping it took to make them look like that....you are too beautiful to hide the natural beauty God has given you. Every part of you is unique and just the way God planned it. Don't change you body for the world. Change your heart for God.

Halloween

October 28, 2009


  
“He caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.” [2 Chronicles 33:6]
There are a lot of people who enjoy celebrating Halloween. But what are they really celebrating? Are they celebrating as a religious holiday? To worship demons on the Day of the Dead? Or because it’s harmless fun for the kids? 
"Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints." [Ephesians 6:11-18]




People put up decorations that tend to be centered on death, demonic and ungodly dummies clutter the yard and strike fear into the hearts of people. That may be over exaggerating it a bit, but this holiday is to focused on death and destruction and less on God and his beautiful creation—life. People enjoy dressing up in creepy costumes, like Witches, Ghosts, and Satanic demons; they go to haunted houses, worship the darkness and try to connect with the dead. However, not everyone celebrates Halloween for this reason; at least not intentionally…they do it mostly for the fun of trick-or-treating for candy and the thrill of being scared by people in masks.
My family never celebrated Halloween. We were raised in a Christian home and taught that Halloween was a Pagan holiday that we chose not to be a part of because of the glorified evil. Still to this day we choose not to celebrate Halloween. Instead we celebrate the Fall Harvest…giving thanks to God for the wonderful provisions he had given us, as well as pray for the lost people that devote this one day out of the year to total and complete evil. 
“Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.” [Deuteronomy 12:31]
"Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil." [1 Thessalonians 5:21-22]
Halloween has been a part of our American history for centuries, going all the way back to 1854. The two chief characteristics of ancient Halloween were the lighting of bonfires and the belief that of all nights in the year, this was the one during which ghosts and witches are most likely to wander abroad. Many Christians choose not to observe this holiday, but there are things Christians can do to celebrate Halloween, and still stay away from all of the demonic hocus-pocus that Halloween promotes. 
"Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul." [1 Pet. 2:11]


I have often felt left out as I watched or heard about my friend’s fantastic trick-or-treat adventure. But, you know, it really doesn’t matter anymore. I realized that going up to everyone’s front porch and begging for candy was an over exaggeration and wasn’t what I would consider fun. But there are some really fun ways to celebrate God this time of year without all the scary hog-wash that focuses on Satan and his demons. So here you go:


  • Have a party at your home and invite other children that share your beliefs. Have the kids dress up like characters from the Bible. This is really fun! And it gives children the fun of dressing up, but it also gives them a base for honoring the Lord in their choice of costume. It also encourages creativity. And who doesn’t want to be creative? Since most Bible characters can't be purchased in a bag at a Halloween shop, you can have fun creating cool looking bible characters. Along with the candy, you can also hand out tracts, bible bookmarks and small slips of paper with Bible verses written on them. Give out prizes to children who have memorized Bible verses. Or play Bible bingo…..Fun. Fun. Fun!


  • Do not fear the pumpkin. Be the pumpkin! LOL!! Okay, maybe you don’t want to be a pumpkin, I wouldn’t, not so other people can splatter me on the road! Aren’t pumpkins beautiful though? God made pumpkins and they aren't in and of themselves evil, they can honor God as well as anything else if we choose to use them to glorify God. You can carve a pumpkin with a cross or a happy face, just as easily as a scary face. Be creative: Write a bible verse on your pumpkin, or paint scenes from the Bible onto your pumpkin.


  • Visit a Hell House. Like a Haunted House, the Hell House is meant to scare you. But unlike a Haunted House, a Hell House is usually run by a Christian organization or church, and generally has Christian themes and lessons throughout. Be warned though: The Hell House is not for young children. The themes are often adult in manner -- sex, abortion and suicide are common themes in a Hell House.


  • Hand out candy as a family, rather than going trick-or-treating. This is an excellent way to teach children that it is better to give than to receive. Between trick-or-treaters you can read the Bible and play Bible games.


"Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel."[Philippians 1:27]


Halloween can be fun without being devoted to sin and demonic craziness. Let Halloween, or whatever you call it, be a day for the Lord. Use this day to witness to others…be a light unto the world. Today is the day when the Lord is needed greatly. So many people need the Lord and as Christians, we need to let our actions speak as well as our words.

"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God." [John 3:19-20]