Dec 27, 2006

Mystery Trip

We are going on a trip. . .but I can't tell you where. (hehehehe) And I won't tell you where until after we get there! Have I made you curious yet?

Some people already know where we are going and if you are one of them, please don't tell!

Dec 20, 2006

Quote: Abraham Lincoln

It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.

~Abraham Lincoln
Hmmm...good advice!

Dec 13, 2006

Christmas or CHRISTmas?

I don’t know. There’s something about this time of year that makes people want to pull out their Christmas CD’s, dust them off, and pop them in the CD player. There’s something about this time of year that calls for hot chocolate, a blanket, and a good (clean) Christmas movie. There is something about this time of year that demands lights, Christmas ornaments, and a tree.

Also this time of year…Stores are overcrowded. Slushy snow is on the streets (depending on where you live). Houses are being cleaned and prepared for uncles, aunts, grandmas, grandpas, and cousins to arrive for the holidays. Presents are being wrapped. Cookies are being baked and decorated. Menus are being planned.

I don’t know…maybe it’s the weather. The ugly gray skies and trees with bare limbs make us feel so depressed we just have to do something to liven up our surroundings.

But is all of this stuff really Christmas? I mean, is this what Christmas is? No, it isn’t.

It’s easy in all of this hustle and bustle to forget the TRUE meaning of Christmas.

Christmas celebrates the birth of a baby that was born over 2,000 years ago. A baby that was no ordinary baby. A baby who was fully human…but at the same time fully God. Someone that would later grow up and become the Savior of the world. One whose name is Jesus Christ.

Christmas is His birthday.

But in all the hurrying and rushing around this time of year…it’s easy to forget it.

Let’s remember not to forget Him this year. Yeah, we’re busy…but so is Jesus. If He had a calendar think of how full it would be. But yet He doesn’t forget us…let’s not forget Him either.

Nov 20, 2006

Music Video: "America"

I love this song! It has a beautiful melody and great lyrics with a desperately needed message. Hope you enjoy! (“America” is sung by Rebecca St. James.)


This land is built on freedom
Life and liberty for all
We've declared our independence
So we will depend on the One who made it all

Honor God, America
The land of the free
Honor God, America
O land of liberty
Honor God

So let justice flow like water
And let mercy fall like rain
Those who honor Him, He'll honor
Together let's raise up the One who has made us

Honor God, America
The land of the free
Honor God, America
O land of liberty
Honor God

From the mountains to the prairies
From the desert to the cities
From the heartland to the coastland
Let our hearts turn to the Lord's hand
From the mountains to the prairies
From the desert to the cities
From the heartland to the coastland
Let our hearts turn to the Lord

Honor God, America
The land of the free
Honor God, America
O land of liberty
Honor God

(repeat bridge)

Words and Music by Phil Laeger, Rebecca St. James and Tedd T.
Copyright 2006 Doxology Music. All rights reserved.

Nov 18, 2006

Poetry: Letting You Take Command

My poem was featured on Real Teen Faith two different times (The last time was a mistake though. She forgot that she had already posted it.). And I've decided to finally post it over here. Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Letting You Take Command

Sometimes, Lord, in You it seems
Hard to put my trust,
But to my heart You whisper that
I must.
You tell me that my life I have to
Place in Your hands,
To step down from the rank of captain
And let You take command.

For me to move over to the passenger
Seat and let You steer,
But for some reason I can't seem to
Trust, for some reason I fear.
I seem to have forgotten all You've done
For me in the past,
You've helped me before when I put
My trust in You at last.

So why is it so hard for me to have
Faith in You now?
I want to trust You but I need You to
Help me remember how.
In You, God, help me to place my
Trust and hope,
Trusting You'll help me with the problems
That I can't cope.

Help me to trust You as captain
Over me,
Help me to trust You to guide me
Through the stormy seas.
And I pray that next time my trust
Won't begin to fade,
But that I'll trust You that You'll
Come to my aid.

By Hannah-Liz

Oct 26, 2006

Prayer: Why's it necessary?

Little children do not need any particular reason to talk. They just talk (and talk and talk) even to the point of driving you crazy. They question this and question that. At first a child’s favorite word seems to be no. Then the favor tends to shift to the word why. So parents of a young child never seem to have trouble conversing with their child. It just comes naturally and easily.

Then comes adolescence. And for some (notice I said some. . .not all) kids the chitter chatter and questions end here. Then it is all parents can do to squeeze just a little bit of conversation out of their once so talkative kid. He/she no longer shares things with them—fears, dreams, activities they’re involved in, etc. And the relationship begins to fail. Why? Communication—a vital part of a good, strong relationship—has been cut off.

When we don’t communicate with God (who is our Heavenly Father) our relationship will grow weak. Yes, our walk with God is a relationship. Not a religion. And in order for that relationship to be strengthened, we have to communicate with Him. He is willing to talk with us. He is willing to share what’s on His heart with us. . .but we have to be willing to listen to what He says and then in turn talk and share with Him too.

Prayer is a great privilege that we’ve been given. It is a gift. And God doesn’t want us to just set it on the shelf to look pretty. He wants us to use this gift He’s given us! He wants us to talk with Him and pour out our hearts! All those frustrations that we lock inside He wants us to unlock for Him. And those times when we are so happy we can barely stand it, He wants us to open up and allow Him to share in our happiness!

God is there through good times and bad. He’s committed to us. . .but are we committed to Him. Do we show that we are serious about our relationship with Him by spending time with Him? Or do we ignore Him and talk to anyone and everyone but Him?

The times we spend with God should be one of the things we most look forward to because it truly is a privilege. I think if we would just view prayer this way it would take on a whole new light. A whole new meaning. Instead of something that just “has to be gotten through” it would become a treasured part of our lives.

What an awesome thing it is to be able to have a relationship with the King of kings and the Lord of lords! To be able to know Him and talk with Him! Prayer is a wonderful gift that God has given to each of us. How are you using yours? Is it getting dusty on the shelf? Or is it getting worn with use? Something to think about. . .

Oct 24, 2006

Few Laughs!

Would you like a laugh? Who wouldn't!

GirlTalk has had some very funny "Friday Funnies" for the last couple of weeks. Be sure to check them out!

(Click here and here to view them!)

Joshua Harris was described as "slight and short" in a article. . .and he wrote a pretty funny post about it!

Still not enough laughs for you? Try this video! (First I suggest you stop the music. . . :-)

Oct 20, 2006

Cockatiel Pics!

Here are some pics (finally!) of the baby Cockatiels.

(Charming is the oldest, Lizzy is the next oldest, and Missy (I think it's a girl) is the baby)

Introducing. . . Charming!

Charming in the brooder

Introducing Lizzy!

And here's the baby. . .Missy!

Feeding time!

Awwwww! Siblings showing affection! (Charming is on the left and Lizzy is on the right)

l-r: Charming, Lizzy, and Missy. *Sigh* Brother picking on sister. . .it happens in the animal world too!

Unusual Idea: Actually downright weird idea!

Selling air? The kind of air that we breath? Come on! You've got to be kidding! But it's no joke...someone really wants to sell air.

A Chinese entrepreneur is suing a Beijing trade bureau for denying him a permit to sell bags of "World Cup air" and for scotching his plans to bottle and sell "2008 Olympic air," a newspaper said on Thursday.


Click here to read the rest of the story. Then come back and tell me what you think!

Oct 11, 2006


This is my 200th post!!! (Maybe I talk too much *wink*!)

Just a quick question: How many of you have read I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris? I read the book and loved it! What are your thoughts about it?

Right now at my church we are using IKDG along with the study guide and videos for the teen's class. It's been great! If you haven't seen the IKDG video series yet I highly recommend it to you!

Oct 10, 2006

Random Thoughts

Posting Trouble Update:

Well, the posting problem seems to be cleared up now! I can post, hyperlink, and upload pics once again.(YAY!) Thanks for your patience! I know my patience was wearing thin…*smile*

Happy Birthday!!!!:

Who’s the birthday boy/girl you might ask? Well it’s not actually a person’s birthday I’m referring to….It’s was All For Him’s 1st birthday on Sunday! (I started the blog last year on October 8).


This morning my parents left for a retreat that is being held in Switzerland for missionaries. My brother and I stayed here (Belgium) and someone from our church is staying with us. Please be praying for a safe trip for my parents.


I'm taking physic (Dr. Jay Wile's course) this year. So far I’ve gotten through 2 of the 16 modules/lessons and right now I’m studying to take the test for the 3rd. So after I take this test I’ll have 3 out of 16 modules/lessons done! I know, I’ve still got a long (long) way to go….Just trying to raise my hopes a little *wink*.

Update on the Cockatiels:

They are all flying now! Charming (the oldest) is the best flyer. Lizzy (the next oldest) flies too fast but has really improved on her landing. And the littlest baby (don’t know if it’s a girl or boy so I’m stuck on what to name it) is not good at this flying thing yet but hopefully it’ll get the hang of it soon. And the really good thing now is that they only have to be fed once a day (just before their bedtime) because they are eating seed now.


I’ve been playing around with Adobe Photoshop (as you can see by the pic above and the one in the post below). It’s really neat!

Oct 7, 2006

Where's Your Focus Point?

"We Fall Down" by Chris Tomlin is a simple song. It is not one of those songs that takes a long time to memorize. Sing it a few times and you’ve got it. It may be simple but the meaning of the song, the message, is anything but simple.

It is a song that gives Christ the glory. A song that sings praise to Him and only Him. It doesn’t dwell on our problems; it dwells on His greatness and mercy. It gets your mind off yourself and instead gets you thinking upon Jesus.

We need to sing more songs like this. We need to listen to more songs like this. More importantly we need to live more like this. What do I mean?

Well, if we think upon God and His greatness instead of the problems in our lives, He becomes greater and our problems become less. He is our focus. Not us. When the apostle Peter took His eyes off of Jesus and started focusing on the waves around him, he began to sink. What would have happened if Peter had kept his eyes on Jesus? He wouldn’t have sunk. Simple as that. He would have reached Jesus without any difficulty.

The same truth applies to us today. Right now.

If we keep Jesus as our focus point, we will not fall. But the minute we take our eyes off of Him and glance around us, then we begin to fall.

We need to constantly look to Him. And to thank Him and praise Him for being who He is. We need to get our minds off of ourselves…and instead get our hearts and minds on Jesus. And to praise and worship Him with all that we have. We need to just “fall down and lay our crowns at the feet of Jesus.” He deserves nothing less.

We Fall Down


We fall down
We lay our crowns
at the feet of Jesus

The greatness of

mercy and love
at the feet of Jesus


And we cry holy, holy, holy
And we cry holy, holy, holy
And we cry holy, holy, holy is the Lamb

By Chris Tomlin

Oct 4, 2006

Posting Trouble

Well, I'm not the only one having problems posting. On the Blogger Group Support (or somthing like that anyway!) there are plenty of people complaining about not being able to post...So it is Blogger or Google's problem. Thankfully it's not something wrong with my computer! Hopefully they'll have all this straightened out soon! Oh, and a little note about my blog over at WordPress--it's not letting me post either. But this time it is my computer's fault. For some reason an error message comes up whenever I try to write a post. With Blogger, the window goes blank after I press the "Publish Post" button. So they are completely different problems. Computers, computers, computers--Gotta love 'em, but they sure are a lot of trouble! :-)

Sep 29, 2006


I decided to set up a blog over at WordPress until Blogger is up and running right again. So for now my new address is

Sep 27, 2006

*Sigh*. . .

Still can't publish my post. . .

Sep 22, 2006


I have a post that I've been trying to publish since Wednesday--For some reason, it's not letting me publish long posts--I'm only able to post short ones like this. I don't know if it's Blogger's fault or my computer's fault. Anyone else having trouble?

Sep 20, 2006

Bible Verse (1 John 4:16)

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.

1 John 4:16

Sep 14, 2006

Been A While. . .

Good grief, Charlie Brown! It's been a while since I've blogged. . .I have some really good excuses. . .though. . .if you care. . .to hear them. . .

Excuse #1: You remember how our cockatiels had babies before we went to the US this summer? Well, while we were gone they laid more eggs (5 to be exact although only 3 of them hatched) and when we got back two of them were hatched and another one hatched that night after we arrived. And with these babies I really wanted to try handfeeding 1 or 2 of them since I'd be here to do it. (They are extremely tame when handfed!) So I ended up taking in one of them (the oldest) and then about a week later I decided to bring the other 2 in. . .so now I'm handfeeding all 3 of them!

As you can imagine it is quite a responsibility! Right now the oldest 2 have to be fed 3 times a day and the youngest is still being fed 4 times a day.

Here are their names:
  • 1st: Prince Charming (from Shrek 2) nick-named Charming
  • 2nd: Mr. Darcy (from the book Pride and Prejudice) nick-named Darcy
  • 3rd: Missy (She is albino. She has such beautiful white feathers!)
I'll have to post some pics later.

Excuse #2: My dad has been working on the computers and I've not been able to access Blogger. Also I've not been able to access GMail so I apologize if I've not responded to your email quickly or it's possible I didn't receive your email at all. So please resend any email you've may have sent me just incase.

Excuse #3: I started school. Physic, algebra 2. . .need I say more?! LOL!

Well, that concludes my excuses. . .hope you'll forgive me. . .*down on knees pleading*

Sep 1, 2006

Hmmmm. . .

On the sidebar I have added a link to my book list and I was wondering. . .where can I find pics of books that I'm allowed to use? On other blogs I've seen them use pics of books and I would love to be able to do the same. . .but I'm not sure where I'm allowed (legally) to get them. I would really appreciate your help!

Aug 28, 2006

Bible Verse (Isaiah 41:13)

For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

Isaiah 41:13

Aug 26, 2006

Techie Stuff

I don't know if you've noticed, but I've done a little bit of work on my blog. . ."What work?" I'm glad you asked! I:

  • Updated my profile

  • Decided to change my name (in the blogosphere) from Hannah Elizabeth to Hannah-Liz (Thanks Kaitlin for suggesting it!) I've been mostly going by Hannah-Liz for awhile now, but hadn't ever switched to it "officially" on my blog.

  • Cleaned up the sidebar by removing some clutter and worked on the link to FeedBurner.

  • Removed [NEW!] from the links that needed it removed.

  • Added some new links! (Be sure to check them out!)

  • Added music to my blog. (I'll talk about that in a minute.)

  • . . .Am I forgetting anything??? Oh, I also added a new stat counter. . .this one tells how many people are viewing my blog at the moment. Like right now if you are the only person viewing my blog, it says, "1 person online". Cool eh?

  • . . .And I think that's about it. . .

Now about the music. . .You are listening to (unless your volume doesn't work or you have it turned off. . .or you stopped the music. . .or you. . .I guess you get the idea! ;-) a song by Barlow Girl called "I Need You to Love Me". Hopefully I'll get to change songs every week so you won't get bored or annoyed by listening to the same song for months!

Important Note:

The other day I lost all the emails in my inbox. . .so if you sent me any emails Wednesday or Thursday please re-send them to make sure I recieve them!

Well, I think that covers everything!

Aug 23, 2006

Trip to the US

This is another interview. . .hope you don't mind! So here is me being interviewed by myself (again)!.


So Hannah, I've heard that you have been lazy about posting for the last, oh, I'd say 2 months. Is this true?


*looks very sheepish and weakly says:* Yes.


Why? Why would you do this to those who have been so very very faithful to read your blog and comment? Why! *pounds fist on table* Why! *ditto* Why *you get the idea* *tries to compose self*


Well, I've been busy.
Busy? Too busy to blog?!


Okay. . .now lets begin.

You mean this isn't part of the interview and all of those questions were just a waste of time!
No. . .well yes. . .*getting embarrassed* lets just say that those questions were for my benefit. Now! Lets just move on!
*sighs and thinks to self, "This is going to be a long interview."*
Where did you go?


What? I'm right here! *looking confused*


I mean where did you go on your trip. That is what we're here to talk about!


Oh! We went to the US.


What did you do while you were there?


We visited a lot of family. Got to see my new 2nd cousin for the first time! She was born last December. And ate at some of those good restaurants. . .well actually quite a few! Got to visit Wal-Mart. Gotta love Wal-Mart! Did clothes shop


*interupts* You actually like Wal-Mart? *unbelief in voice*


Yes I do.




Well, there is a lot to see there, and they have great prices!


Uh huh. . .Well, did you do anything extrodinarily exciting while you were there?


In Wal-Mart?


No! *getting annoyed* Did you do anything else while you were in the US!


Oh! I got my driver's liscense! Yep, I can drive by myself legally in the US except between 11:00 pm and 6:00 am. That is because in TN they have the following rules: At 15 you can get your permit. After you get 50 hour of driving in (10 of them at night), are 16, and pass the road test you can get your intermediate restricted liscense (the one I have). At 17 you can move up to an intermediate unrestricted liscense and then at 18 you get your driver's liscense (you just still have under 21 printed on it).


*Yawning, yawning, and. . .yawning* That was long and boring.


*getting frustrated* Why do you have to be so rude?


Well, I'm trying to make this interview as interesting as possible!


Yeah, but can't you be a little nicer and still make it interesting?


Okay, I'll try. I'll try. But I'm not makin' any promises! So will you be diving in Belgium?


Ahem, DRIVING. You're not even listening! I said d-R-i-v-i-n-g
not d-i-v


*interrupts yet again* Okay, okay I get it.Then will you be DRIVING in Belgium?


I most likely won't get to 'cause you have to be 18 to drive here.


Hmmm. . .Sooo you had a good trip?


Yeah but a very tiring one.


And you are tiring me too! Everytime I interview you it's always about you. Why can't we ever discuss. . .me?!!!


Talking about me is what we're supposed to do because you are interviewing me not yourself!


Well, why don't you interview me sometime?! *pouting*


Well technically you are being interviewed because I am you and you are me. *smiling*


Then why are you arguing with yourself and infact talking to yourself. Isn't that a little wierd?


Uh huh. *nodding head*


Then why in the world do it?


'Cause it's fun! 'Cause it's neat! 'Cause it's different!


Okay okay. *rolls eyes* But can we stop now? You're tiring me out.


You said that already.


Can we just stop?!?!?!


Of course. We can do this later! Now wasn't that fun!


If you say so. . .*rolls eyes again*

Aug 16, 2006


We're back! My family and I arrived (safely) in Belgium this morning. Thank you all for your prayers!

Jul 10, 2006

I'm Alive!!!

Just a note to let you all know that I'm alive! Sorry it's been sooooo quiet here lately. I've just not had much time to sit down and write a post. And right now where we are staying I don't have internet access. (I'm using my cousins' computer right now.) So hopefully sometime in the near future. . . .I'll be able to post. . . .something. . . .whenever I'm able to use the internet. :-)

I hope everyone is having a great summer!

For now. . .so long, farwell (Sorry getting off track here. . .as you can tell, I've watched the Sound of Music. . .LOL! What a great movie!).

Jul 3, 2006


My poem is being featured on Real Teen Faith! Click here to read it.

Jun 22, 2006

Just So Sad. . .

I found out about this through Carolyn McCulley's blog. (Click here* to read her post.) It shows just how wicked this world is. Please read this article* by Christianity Today and be in prayer for these women.

Note: This article is not appropriate for my younger readers. If you are 12 or younger, please get permission from your parents before clicking on the links above that are followed by an *.

Jun 19, 2006


So as you can tell from the ticker above, my family and I are getting ready to make a trip back to the US.

Yep, we're goin' home for a few weeks!

We'll be visiting family and going to the General Assembly for the Church of God. And there will be quite a bit of traveling involved! The plane flight from Brussels to Atlanta Georgia is about 8-9 hours long. And then we take another flight up to Kentucky. It makes for a loooooong day! Believe me!

Then when we get there we'll spend the night there and then we have to make a 6 hour trip down to Tennessee the next day. We'll stay there that night and the next then we drive back to Kentucky (yep, another 6 hours.) Needless to say, by that weekend, we'll be very, very tired!

We will also be taking other trips while were there too.

So we would really appreciate your prayers for: a safe trip to the US, safe travels while we're there, and a safe trip back to Belgium!

I hope to have some other posts up before I leave. But while I'm gone, there will probably not be very many (if any) posts. I'll have access to internet but it will be the dial-up version. So I won't be able to spend much time on the internet. Maybe from time to time I'll write something on Microsoft Word and quickly copy and paste it to blogger. . . . .we'll see!

Oh! And I finished Chemistry!!!!! YAY! Got it done!

Bible Verse (Psalm 92:5)

How great are your works, O Lord, how profound your thoughts!

Psalm 92:5

Jun 13, 2006


Okay. A while back, I said something about showing you a picture of the definition of a German "pepperoni" pizza. (Actually it happened because we can't speak the German language. If we were able to speak German, it most likely wouldn't have happened so it was really our fault.) Well. . . .here 'tis:

LOL! We had a good laugh over this!!!

And here are some pictures of the birds! That is the mother with the babies (the dad takes turns sitting on the nest with her). Her name is Jolie (it is French for pretty).

And here is a pic of my birthday cake. . . .(those are chocolate "shoes" on the cake)

And I know some time ago, I posted a picture of myself. But I blurred my face. Well, here is a picture of me not blurred with my birthday cake. . . .(that's my dad's arm in the picture too!)

Well, hope I didn't bore you too bad!!!

Bible Verse (Psalm 24:10)

Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty--he is the King of glory.

Psalm 24:10

Jun 10, 2006

Name Change

I decided to change the name of my blog. Yep I did! I changed it from Doing It For Him to All For Him. And I have to say. . .I like it a lot better.

I want to also change the URL next week to: If it's still available then. (NOTE: I might decide to not change the URL. . .but if I do, I'll change it next Tuesday.)


Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! Hold on!!! I've already went ahead changed the URL!!! (Sorry 'bout that!) I figured out a way to redirect people to my blog so I decided to go ahead and change it. Click here to find out how I did it in case you're curious! (If you haven't already found it out!)

Technology......gotta love!

*okay, now back to the rest of the post*

So if you've linked to or bookmarked my blog, please update it. Thanks!

I have also added a new link to my sidebar so you can now email me. (It's under the header "about me")

And I want to thank everyone for your birthday wishes!!!

*NOTE: This post will remain here until next Tuesday, so be sure to check for new post below!

originally posted at: 6:58 PM June 6 2006

"Jesus Loves Me"

Have you ever just stopped and realized, “Wow, God loves me!”? We sing about it in church and hear it preached. As kids, a lot of us sang the song "Jesus Loves Me." (I sang it all the time. My parents would grab the video camera and a lot of the times would ask me to sing "Jesus Loves Me." Now that is a great song. I have nothing against it. And I believe (actually I know) Jesus loves me. But it’s kinda like why couldn’t I have been asked to sing some other songs too? Maybe the B-I-B-L-E, Father Abraham, etc.. . .LOL! Anyway, back to the post….) But I think too often we forget the true meaning of it.

Jesus loves me is something we say and know in our minds, but do we grasp the meaning with our hearts? Is it ingrained into our souls? Or is it just a thought that passes through our minds every once in a while that never truly sinks in?

In God’s Word over and over He shows us his love and mercy. And when you think about how wicked this world is and how wicked our hearts are, you begin (Note that I said begin. We can never fully grasp the meaning of His love. Maybe in Heaven, but certainly not while we’re here on earth.) to see and understand just how much He does love us. Think about it: God is a God who is perfectly holy. There is no sin in Him. We are wicked and deceitful. Stained filthy with sin. But He still loves us. And He proved it by dying for us. So that we could be made holy and pure. So that we could enjoy eternity with Him. Now can you begin to see His love? Can you begin to understand it?

Why did God tell us in His Word about His love for us? Because He wants you and me to know that He loves us! God wants us to realize and understand that!

So, whether you are just getting up out of bed or are in the middle of the day or are getting ready to go to bed. Stop and just think about His love. Let the realization of it just soak in for a minute. ‘Cause you know what? He loves you!

(Note: This post was written for my Christian readers. If you aren’t a Christian, I want you to also realize that Jesus loves you too. And He wants to forgive you and save you, but you have to ask Him. If you would like to find out how to get to know Jesus, please, please click here. Deciding to follow Jesus is the best decision you could ever make! If you have any questions at all about Jesus, please email me. I would be more that happy to answer them!)

Jun 9, 2006

Baby Cockatiels

Our cockatiels had babies! I didn't tell you about them setting on the eggs earlier becase we weren't sure if they would hatch. But they did! One hatched I suppose it was yesterday and I think another one hatched I guess it would have been yesterday or today. Not sure. They are outside in an aviary, so we can't keep that good of an eye on them. There is one more egg that should hatch later today or tomorrow.

I don't have any pictures of them yet.

Jun 5, 2006

Bible Verse (Acts 1:10-11)

They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. "Men of Galilee," they said, "why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven."

Acts 1:10-11

Jun 2, 2006


Dear Hannah-Liz

Today is a very special day, as I'm sure you know. It is your 16th birthday! Now, I'm not going to get into some sad sappy story of how great it is to have a friend like you, and how much your friendship means to me, because you already know all that - I hope. I'm here to remind you that today is your day. A day where I want you to have fun; a day to remember forever! I know that I'm very far away, but I will be celebrating the day with you and thanking the Lord for you and your friendship!

Philippians 1:3-6

"I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."

Hannah-Liz, happy 16th birthday!! May you have many more!

Love, friendship, and blessings,
A Friend

I'm bAAaack!!!!

It's soooooo good to be back.........Long car trip.....Yep......Very long!

Well, someone did guess where I went! (Lol, Lindsey! I didn't visit Kaitlin! *smile and wink*:)The correct answer is...........Germany! Un huh. Germany. Kristin, you guessed right!

And no, this was not a vacation for me. I took my school with me........because in a few weeks we are off on another trip. And I don't want to have to take my school with me on this one.

I hope to be able to get back to regular posting again. And hopefully I will be able to post a picture showing the German definition of "pepperoni pizza!" (When my parents ordered the pizza, they had trouble communicating with the person. So there was a!.) We had a good laugh over this one!

(And Kaitlin, thanks for posting on Drs. Fun 'n' Bones for me! Really appreciate it!)

May 29, 2006

Where In The World. . .Is Hannah-Liz?

I'll be goin' out of town for a few days. And you know what? I'm not going to tell you where I'm going! I'll give you a few hints. . .and see if you can figure it out.


#1: It has Europe's largest economy.

#2: It is Europe's 2nd most populous country.

#3: The Bavarian Alps run through part of this country.

#4: Is home to the Black Forest.

#5: Has a flag very similar to Belgium's flag.

Can you guess? (Kaitlin, don't tell!)

Bible Verse (Psalm 119:33)

Teach me, O Lord, to follow your decrees; then I will keep them to the end.

Psalm 119:33

May 23, 2006

I'm not Dating......I'm Waiting

When I was little, there was one subject that would make me mad. . . .boyfriends. One time, when I was younger, someone asked me if there were any boys that I liked (or something like that) and my dad told them that they better not talk about that with me because I’d get angry.

To give a few more examples:

When I was around 5 years old, there was little boy in my Sunday School class who like me. Well, I remember one Sunday, I sat down at the table and he came and sat down across from me. I didn’t like that so I scooted over to the empty seat that was beside me. And he couldn’t do the same thing because someone was already sitting in the seat beside him. Then when I was about 6 years old, there was this little boy (I’d say he was around 7) who asked me to be his girlfriend. Well. . . .after he said it he probably wished he hadn’t. I got really mad at him and he began to apologize. (He was most likely afraid I would tell on him and get him in trouble.)

Now I don’t get angry with you. . . .I take the opportunity to tell you my view of dating. (As I get older and am asked questions like this more and more. . . .there will most likely be times I'll choose to not go into the details though. It would just depend on the circumstances and the person asking the question.)

What is my view you may ask?

Here was my view when I was younger:

I always said I wanted to be older to date. And at the time 18 sounded old. So I said I didn’t want to date until I was 18.

Then as I got older:

I started tossing the idea around in my head. . . .what if I dated around 15-16?

But then:

I got Joshua Harris’s book I Kissed Dating Goodbye. And out went the idea about dating and in came the idea of. . . .waiting. Yes. . . .I have “Kissed Dating Goodbye!” And I’m not sorry for the choice at all. I’m so glad that God helped me to find a better way.

Kissing dating goodbye has really given me a lot of freedom most girls don’t have.
I don’t have to worry about finding a boyfriend and then trying to hang on to him. I don’t have to worry about a boyfriend pressuring me to sin.

Also, kissing dating goodbye has helped (or maybe I should say has protected) my relationship with God. Instead of running to a boyfriend to find acceptance and companionship, I run to God. I find my worth and value in Him. . . .not in guys.

Does this mean I will never ever date/court? No. . . .it just means I’m waiting for God’s perfect timing and God’s perfect choice for me. Dating/courting to me is not a game. If God ever leads me into this kind of relationship, it will be with the purpose of marriage in mind. I can’t marry right now, I’m way too young. And I won’t be ready for many, many more years. So right now it is not the right time for me to even be considering it. Like Joshua Harris says, “The right thing at the wrong time is the wrong thing.” Marriage is a good thing, but at the wrong time, it is the wrong thing.

And I’m waiting for “the one” God has for me (if God has marriage for me someday). Why am I letting God choose for me? God made me, He knows me completely. He can make a much better choice than I ever could. ‘Cause I don’t know myself as well as He does!

Now I don’t want you to get the idea that I’m saying you have to follow exactly what I’m doing. This is what I’ve chosen to do. Nobody forced me, my parents didn’t and neither did God. I made this descision myself. So I’m not trying to force anyone else, you have to make this choice for yourself.

If you would like more info on this subject here are some good resources:

I Kissed Dating Goodbye
By Joshua Harris (website)

Boy Meets Girl
By Joshua Harris

Passion and Purity
By Elisabeth Elliot (website)

When God Writes Your Love Story
By Eric and Leslie Ludy (website)

May 22, 2006

Books A Zillion!

Hope you find something useful here! If you have any suggestions or recommendations please feel free to email me! [Please excuse any typos! I've been working on this list and it may take me awhile to work out the bugs.]

#1 Book I Recommend

- written by: 40 different authors
- written: Over a period of approximately 1600 years.
- inspired by God: The Holy Spirit guided and directed the writing of every word in the Bible. (2Peter 1:21 ; 2Timothy 3:16)

This is the best book of all! I recommend it to everyone!

- recommended reading age: 0+

Inspirational Books

The Hiding Place:
- written by: Corrie Ten Boom
- with: John and Elizabeth Sherrill

Really, really good. It is an autobiography by a Christian woman who was put in prison and eventually a concentration camp for hiding Jews in her home during the holocaust. It is truly eye opening to what went on during that time. But also it shows how faith in Christ can carry you through even the most difficult of circumstances and how He is faithful to you no matter what.

- recommended reading age: 12+

Christian Life

"But Don't All Religions Lead to God?":
- written by: Michael Green

Have you ever had anyone say to you, "All religions lead to God"? As a Christian you know that's not true but maybe you aren't sure how to reply to this statement in a way to convince someone that they're wrong. My mom and I read this book together and it was excellent! He explains things really well and has some arguments that would be great to remember in case anyone evers makes a statement like that to you. NOTE: My mom alerted me (I had forgotten) to the fact that in the last chapter (pretty sure it's the last chapter) there are some statements and teachings we do not agree with.

- recommended reading age: 13+

What If Jesus Had Never Been Born?:
- written by: D. James Kennedy & Jerry Newcombe

This book shows just how much impact Jesus Christ had on this world. It is an excellent book!

- recommended reading age: 13+

Know What You Believe Connecting Faith and Truth:
- written by: Paul E. Little

To quote the back of the book:

What does the Bible teach about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit?
What do angels, Satan, and demons have to do with reality?
What place should the Bible or a church have in my life?

Perhaps you think you know what others are telling you to believe, but deep down inside you wonder, "What is really important to my own faith?" If so, you need to know. . .a Christian's faith must be grounded in truth!

- recommended reading age: 13+

Girl Talk:
- written by: Carolyn Mahaney & Nicole Mahaney Whitacre

This book is designed to read with your mom. It is "Mother-Daughter Conversations on Biblical Womanhood." [Quoting front of book.]

- recommended reading age: 12+

Live Like a Jesus Freak:
- written by: dc Talk

Excellent, excellent, excellent! I really enjoyed this book. It is truth presented in simple, easy to read chapters.

- recommended reading age: 13-14+

SHE Teen:
- written by: Rebecca St. James & Lynda Bjorklund

Very good! They touch on topics like being secure, feminine, pure, purposeful, etc.

she: The title every girl gets the moment she is born.

SHE: The title given to those girls who seek more from God and submit their life to being transformed into his original design. The result is a Safe, Healthy, and Empowered SHE.

pages: 2-3
- recommended reading age: 13+

Courtship vs. Dating

I Kissed Dating Goodbye:
- written by: Joshua Harris

Excellent! I love this book! If you are rethinking the dating idea and wondering if there is a better way. . .I really encourage you to pick up a copy of this book.

- recommended reading age: 13+

When God Writes Your Love Story:
- written by: Eric & Leslie Ludy

Eric and Leslie did a great job with this book! They present the same idea Joshua Harris does in his book.

- recommended reading age: 13+

Boy Meets Girl Say Hello to Courtship:
- written by: Joshua Harris

This is a sequal to his first book I Kissed Dating Goodbye. It provides answers to the questions you may have about what to do when you are ready for marriage and want to begin courting/dating someone.

- recommended reading age: 13+

Fictional Books

Murder on the Orient Express:

This is a mystery book. It is a tough mystery to solve. . .but I solved it!!! I figured it out. *says the following under breath* But I figured it out only after I read it. Yeah seriously I didn't figure it out until the plot unfolded in the book. . .but oh well. Maybe some of you will figure it out. . . :-) Do you want me to tell you the ending???? *decides not to because of all the angry mob's protests*

- recommended reading age: 11+

Scarlet Pimpernel:
- written by: Baroness Emmuska Orczy

Another mystery book.....excellent, excellent, excellent! That's all I will tell I won't give away what happens!!! Just believe me, it is an excellent books! Did I mention it was excellent? :)
- recommended reading age: 10+

Fictional Books for Young Women

By Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice:

Has to be one of my favorite fictional books. And Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy are some, if not my most, favorite fictional characters. I really loved this book! And the movies were also really great. (The one aired on BBC and the new one that came out in 2005.)

- recommended reading age: 13-14+

Sense and Sensibility:

Also great. A story that focuses on two sisters, one of whom begins a relationship with a man that is all based on passion and not committment. The other sister, the more sensible one, loves a certain man and he loves her but someone stands in the way to their being married. (The movie based on this book was also really good.)

- recommended reading age: 14+



Poor Anne had been persuaded into not marrying some years ago. Now he's back. . .will he propose to her again? Will she accept this time? Hahahaha! I won't tell you! You'll have to read the book to find out!
- recommended reading age: 14+

Northanger Abbey:

Mansfield Park:

By Charlotte Bronte:
Jane Eyer:

Mystery alert! This book takes some very unexpected turns!

- recommended reading age: 12+


This book also has some mystery to it!
- recommended reading age: 14+

The Professor:


By Anne Bronte:

Agnes Grey:

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall:

Really good! It shows you the horrors that can occur if you make too hasty a descision to marry someone before you actually know them.
- recommended reading age: 14+

By Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights:

Kind of sad, but turns out nice in the end for some of the characters.
- recommended reading age: 14+

Bible Verse (John 1:1-2)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

John 1:1-2

May 18, 2006


...Drs. Fun 'n' Bones! Yep, that's right, a blog to make you laugh! This intentions of this blog are to give you a good laugh, like a Friday Funny would, except throughout the whole week! Kaitlin and I have been working on this for the last while trying to get it into tip-top shape!

But wait, there's more!!

  • If you have a joke that you would like to share with everyone, you can submit it! Before you submit it, be sure to read through a few rules !

  • If you have a blog that is random, funny, etc. and you would like us to link to it, go ahead and email us: (Note: We reserve the right to not link to you if we feel that the content of your blog is inappropriate in any way.)

  • Sign our guestbook!

    So go on over and take a look!
  • May 17, 2006


    Here are some neat stories:

    Okay.....I like paintings or pictures hanging on the wall........not cars! But that's exactly what someone did. He hung his car on the wall.

    Exercising is not any fun. At least I don't find it to be. So I can understand why Maggie doesn't like it either! (Actually it's probably because she's afraid of it.) six you should be in the 1st grade right? Well, this little boy is ahead a few grades....

    May 15, 2006

    Bible Verse (Psalm 34:22)

    The Lord redeems his servants; no one will be condemned who takes refuge in him.

    Psalm 34:22

    Bad Day? Maybe It's not Afterall!

    Have you ever had one of those days? (I'm sure you have.) Days where everything seems to go wrong and nothing seems to go right. Maybe this sound familiar:

    When you first get up in the morning you bang your head on the door. When you are fixing your breakfast you realize the you're out of your favorite cereal. At lunch you spill your drink all over you lap. And if that wasn't enough you get a D on your math test and a C on your grammar test. Etc.

    Probably you've not had a day that went exactly as I described above, but maybe you had one sorta like it. And when the day is finally over you are so thankful! And you wonder how in the world it could be any worse?

    Believe me! It could be a lot worse!

    We all have days that we consider "bad days." But guess what? If you are a Christian, every day should be a great day. In fact every day should be an awesome day! Why, you may ask? I'll let the chorus from one of FFH's songs explain:

    Say hey, it's a good day

    Even if things aren't going my way

    Jesus is Lord and I am saved

    So, say hey, it's a good day

    FFH: Ready to Fly (Song: It's A Good Day)

    Every day is a good day because (if you're a Christian) you are on your way to Heaven! You have been rescued! You are saved! And you are not going to Hell!. Next time you think you are having a "bad day" just remember that Jesus is Lord and you are saved, so it's a good day!

    [Note: Please realize I have written this for Christians. If you aren't a Christian but would like to become one, please click here to find out how you can recieve Jesus into your life. Then everyday can be a good day for you too!]

    May 12, 2006

    Books, books, and....more books!

    Here are some books that I've been reading:

    The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte:

    We (my mom and I have been reading these books together) finished Shirley (It was a really, really good book!) and now we've started on this one. So far it has been really great! If you are a fan of the Bronte Sister's books, I suggest picking this one up!

    SHE [Safe, Healthy, and Empowered] Teen by Rebecca St. James and Lynda Bjorklund:

    This bookzine (It is a book but is made to look kinda like a magazine) has been really good! They deal with subjects like being secure, being feminine, being pure, being purposeful, being empowered, etc.

    she: The title every girl gets the moment she is born.

    SHE: The title given to those girls who seek more from God and submit their life
    to being transformed into his original design. The result is a Safe, Healthy, and Empowered SHE.

    pages 2-3

    Live Like a Jesus Freak by dc Talk:

    Don't mistake the title for a bad thing because it isn't meant in bad way. In the section "A Word Before We Start" dc Talk explains "Jesus Freak" as:

    "Jesus Freak" started off as a derogatory term for people who were radical in the way they followed Jesus. True believers, however, took it as a compliment--to be labeled a Jesus Freak meant others saw a difference in your life, and that--perhaps--Jesus was beginning to mess with their lives as well. And that is a good thing.

    Throughout this book, you will see the term Jesus Freak used often. When you do, think of a Jesus Freak not as someone who is perfect, or even close to perfect. A Jesus Freak is simply one who knows he or she cannot be perfect without God's incredible grace and mercy, and daily seeks those two gifts. A Jesus Freak has chosen to leave this life behind and seek the abundant life God promises. this is a choice that is made daily, and some days are better than others. But still, God forgives.

    So far it has been pretty good. But of course I've only read the first chapter (Believe Like A Jesus Freak) and part of the second (Pray Like A Jesus Freak). They have both been really good. What is the definition of Freak you might ask, well, dc Talk has the definition in the front of the book:

    1. A sudden and odd or seemingly pointless idea or turn of the mind.

    2. A seemingly capricious action or event.

    3. A strange, abnormal, or unusual person or thing.

    4. An ardent enthusiast

    "But Don't All Religions Lead To God?" by Michael Green:

    Have you ever had anyone say to you, "All religions lead to God"? As a Christian you know that's not true but maybe you aren't sure how to reply to this statement in a way to convince someone that they're wrong. Well, my mom and I have been reading this book together and so far it has been excellent! He explains things really well and has some arguments that would be great to remember in case anyone evers makes a statement like that to you.

    Here is a sample of the book. It is a little long but it is worth reading! (Chapter title: "It Doesn't Matter What You Believe As Long As You Are Sincere")

    That is something you often hear when religion is being discussed. Not of course, when the talk is about politics or whether one country should bomb another. You never hear it when people are talking about the horrors of Auschwitz or Belsen. Hitler was undoubtedly sincere in his hatred of the Jewish people, but everyone would admit he was wrong. (If you don't admit it, I shall take leave to disbelieve you!) The massacre of six million Jews in the Second World War was deliberate, ruthless, and the product of a very clear and sincerely held belief. Hitler was sincere but terribly wrong.

    An example like this, which caused the annihilation of millions of people, should make us very cautious about claiming that it does not matter what you believe as long as you are sincere. It is manifestly nonsense. For centuries people sincerely believed that thunder was caused by the gods at war. We now know that this sincerely held belief was superstitious rubbish. They were sincere but wrong. For centuries people sincerely believed that the sun went around the earth. When Galileo, following Corpernicus, showed this was not the case, he was forbidden by the pope to "hold, teach or defend" such a view and was handed over to the Inquisition. I am sure he would not have agreed, as he languished in his prison, that it does not matter what you believe as along as you are sincere!

    Now, of course, sincerity is vitally important. Everyone dislikes a hypocrite. But sincerity is not enough. I may sincerely believe that all airplanes at London Airport will take me to America, but I would be wrong. I may sincerely believe that lots of cream and chocolate is the best way to recuperate after a heart attack, but I would be wrong.

    May 11, 2006

    More Template Stuff

    I figured out how to make the words bigger! They were just too small for me.... Do the words appear bigger on your computers too? And are they too large....too small for you?

    Note: I messed the writing up above, but this is the real text size.

    May 9, 2006


    I found this in the book Something to Smile About by Zig Ziglar.

    Humble people don't think less of themselves; they just think of themselves less.

    pg. 9

    It's something worth thinking about.......

    May 8, 2006

    New Template

    Here is the voting results...

  • Kaitlin (Mission Amare): Template #1

  • Elizabeth (Study Quiet): Template #3

  • Nathan (Building It For Him): Template #3

  • Jacqui (Unconformed): Template #1

  • Kristin (Spunky Jr.): Template #4

  • My dad: Template #1

  • My mom: Template #3

    There was a tie between template #1 and #3. So obviously those were the favorites. As you can tell, I went with template #3. The reason I went with that one is because I think it catches your eye a little more than #1. And also #1, because of the blue color, seemed cold to me. But they were both very nice templates.....I just seem to prefer #3 more.

    Thanks everyone for taking the time to vote! If you notice any problems with the template or the links and buttons on the sidebar please let me know. And by the way, does anyone with a template like this know how to make the words a little bit bigger?
  • Bible Verse (Psalm 16:1)

    Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge.

    Psalm 16:1

    May 6, 2006

    Happy Birthday!

    Happy Birthday, Jacqui!!! Have a wonderful day!!!

    May 5, 2006


    Here is the promised post about my dog (a.k.a. Buster). Sorry it took so long. I had a little difficulty finding the pictures, but they are finally found!

    Buster is a friendly little dog. Well little compared to a German Shepherd! But compared to another Yorkie (Yorkshire Terrier) he is a giant! Most of them weigh about 6-8 lbs. Buster weighs 13 lbs! And no he's not too heavy for his size either! The pictures prove that!

    When we first got him he didn't speak English. Oh didn't I tell you? He is from Narnia so he is a talking dog! Okay, I'm kidding, I'm kidding!!! What I mean is he couldn't understand English. The people we bought him from spoke French and had taught him....French! So we had to speak to him in French at first. Now he doesn't understand it but understands English very well. Especially the words: treat, go for a walk, and leash.

    Buster has flown before! You don't believe me? Well, it's true. He has flown. No he doesn't have wings! But the airplane he flew in did! And let me tell you.....he really doesn't like airplanes!

    What else can I tell you about him.....well, he loves to bark. Whenever a dog goes by our house he goes crazy! Crazy as in barking a lot. Oh and see his bandana? After I bought that for him my brother said that he looked like a badly dressed tourist. (It has a Hawaiian type pattern on it.)

    He also doesn't listen very well. He is stubborn. But he will roll over if I give him something special to eat.

    And here is the best picture for last. See his teeth? They have to be brushed. And guess who has to do it.....

    Don't forget to leave a comment on the post below to tell me which template you like best!

    May 3, 2006

    New template........or not?

    I was thinking about changing my template. But now I'm not so sure if I want to do that. So to help me decide, I'll link to some possible new templates. If you can, please leave a comment and tell me which one you like best.

    Template #1: CLICK HERE

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    I may not even choose the template with the most votes. I may not change the template at all. But I would really like your opinion to help me decide.

    May 2, 2006

    Bible Verse (Psalm 47:2)

    How awesome is the Lord Most High, the great King over all the earth!

    Psalm 47:2

    Apr 28, 2006

    No Thank You!

    Shot. That is a really scary word to a little kid. I know it used to be to me! I always dreaded getting shots. I'm not so bad now because I had to have allergy shots for about 3 1/2 years. That kinda helped me to get over my fear.

    Here is a joke that I found on this subject........

    While I was working as a pediatric nurse, I had the difficult assignment of giving immunization shots to children. One day I entered the examining room to give four-year-old Lizzie her shot.

    "NO! NO! NO!" she screamed.

    "Lizzie," her mother scolded. "That's not polite behavior."

    At that, the girl yelled even louder, "NO, THANK YOU! NO, THANK YOU!"

    Apr 25, 2006

    Makeovers (on the inside): They Can Be Painful!

    You have finally decided to surrender everything to God. You have asked Him to make you into the godly young man or woman that He wants you to be. You know that what God is going to do with you will be great once He’s finished.

    So now God starts working on you. He starts chipping away at you. Shaping you. Molding you. And maybe this shaping and molding starts hurting a little bit. You start getting worried. You start wondering what He’s doing. And now you’re not so sure if the finished you will be so great.

    I really like the TV show Extreme Makeover Home Edition. (You know the show where they come and tear somebody’s house down and rebuild it bigger and better.) Well, the families that get chosen for the Home Makeover are really excited and happy. They readily give them permission to re-do their house. But once they come and start tearing down the house, you wonder if the families ever start getting worried. I mean, come on! They at least had a house even though maybe it was in bad shape. And a house is better than no house! Even though at first they realized the finished house would be great, when they start bulldozing their house you wonder if they ever start doubting whether this was such a great idea.

    It’s the same when God starts working on us. He starts tearing things down, re-doing, rebuilding, and rearranging. And sometimes that gets painful. It gets uncomfortable. But one day, the work He has begun in us will be completed. And the finished us will be so much better than anything we could have ever hoped for or even imagined! Just hang in there and trust God. Because you know what? He’s trustworthy!

    ...being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

    Philippians 1:6

    Apr 24, 2006

    Bible Verse (Psalm 128:1)

    Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in his ways.

    Psalm 128:1