Friday, January 28, 2011

Tid Bits

Another random post from Katie!  Yay!  Hehe ;)

"Guess What It Is" Winner 
All of you were pretty much right.  Congrats!  They were my shoes.  But...only one person said boots.  And that would be Danielle!  Good job, girl! :)

Here's a photo of what they look like...


I got to see it!!  I was so happy! :D

And...guess what...

I loved it!  Like seriously loved!  I'm gonna ask for the DVD for my birthday. :)

Mirror Me
HEllo highLIGHTS is having it's first photo contest!  Eep!

I'd totally love it if you'd enter!  Check out the rules and prizes and all that jazz HERE.


You may have noticed that in my 'Blogs Close to my Heart' page the band I'm in has started a blog.  My friend Danielle designed it and I absolutely love how it turned out!  You can check it out if you want to.  Just click HERE.

Too. Much. Snow.
Anybody else getting lots of snow?  Anybody else tired of it?  Haha!  Well...we got about 4 or 5 inches on Wednesday.  And are supposed to get more Monday or Tuesday.  When I heard that news I cringed. lol

I would post a photo of the white world we are living in...but I have failed to get out and take any.  My apologies.

Well...that's all for now.  You all have a fabulous weekend! :) 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

{Mirror Me} Photo Contest

The time has finally come!  Yippee!  For those of you who don't know, I'm having a photo contest in honor of my upcoming 100th post on this blog.  I don't know about you, but I'm uberly excited! :D  Let's get started shall we.

  • Subject of Photo Contest: Pictures taken in a mirror! :)  I was trying to think up a clever subject, and realized it was right under my nose.  Does anybody else enjoy taking 'mirror pictures' as much as me?  Hehe ;)
  • You can enter up to 3 photos.
  • There will be three prizes...which means three winners. (And I must say, they're some pretty sweet prizes. Hehe!)  The 3rd place prize, though, will only be eligible for people in the U.S., because it's something I'll have to ship.
  • Pictures must be taken by you and must follow the photo contest subject (^see above^).
  • You are allowed to edit your pictures.
  • Post photos you want to enter in a blog post along with the photo contest button (below).  There'll be a linky at the end of this post where you can link up. If you don't have your own blog and still would like to enter, you can e-mail me your pics at:
  • The contest will go from Jan. 26-Feb. 5.  So you have 10 days to enter.
  • And, the most important rule in my opinion, have fun!!


For the first place winner Hannah from Beauty Blog Designs donated her 'Whole Shoot 'n Match' blog package!  Thank you Hannah!

beauty free blog designs

For the second place winner Danielle from My Paper Heart donated a full template she made herself!  Thank you Danielle!
Here's a preview:

And if you'd like to view the template live click HERE.

For the third place winner I'm donating some gingerbread scented body wash and lotion.  And I must say, they smell delicious!

Photo Examples:

So...this is me forewarning you.  I have a lot of picture examples.  'Mirror pictures' are just so fun!  Hehe ;)

Feel free to be a me. ;)

So, there you are. :)  If you have any questions please feel free to comment or e-mail me.  I hope you'll enter! :)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Life is Good

I was awarded!  Eep!  Thank you Danielle!

1. First, thank and link back to the person that gave the award.
2. Answer the 10 survey questions.
3. Pass the award along to other bloggers whom you think are fantastic. (Because I follow so many blogs and love you all, I'm gonna just pick 5.)
4. Contact the bloggers you have chosen to let them know about the award.

Survey Questions:
1. If you blog anonymously, are you happy doing this?  If you aren't anonymous do you wish you started out anonymously, so that you could be anonymous now?
Phew, that's a mouthful. ;)  I've never had a private blog.  HEllo highLIGHTS has always been open.  I like it that way...I get to meet new people and see new faces. :)

2. Describe an incident that shows your inner stubborn side.
Um... I'm... *cough* a control freak *cough, cough*.  Yes, I said it.  Sometimes I try to make things go the way I want them to go a little too much.  I used to really struggle with this.  I do think (hope) I'm getting better... God's helping me. :)

3. What do you see when you really look at yourself in the mirror?
Me.  Katie.  An introverted, curly blonde headed, sometimes slightly crazy, teenage girl who loves Jesus.  Sometimes I do see things I don't like...not necessarily talking about the zits. ;)  But I see who God has made me and who He's helping me to become, and I like that.

4. What is your favorite summer cold drink?
That's easy.  Sweet tea!  Hands down!

5. When you take time for yourself, what do you do?
Blog, facebook, edit photos, read a good book, write...just to name a few.

6. Is there something you still want to accomplish in your life?
Yes!  Totally!  There's so many things I'd like to do...don't worry I won't list them all. ;)  I want to finish school.  If the Lord wills, I'd love to be married with kids someday.  Mainly though, and most importantly I think, I want to live the life God has for me to live.

7. When you attended school, were you the class clown, the overachiever, the shy person, or always ditching?
Well...I'm still in school so it's not 'attended' yet for me.  I went to a public elementary school and I was definitely the shy person there.  Now I'm home I guess it doesn't really count. lol  At the college I go to, though, I think I'm a mixture of the shy person and the overachiever...and maybe also the class clown.  I have this great tendency of embarrassing myself. ;)

8. If you close your eyes and want to visualize a very poignant moment in your life, what would you see?
*giggles* What?? ;)

9. Is it easy for you to share your true self in your blog, or are you more comfortable writing posts about other people and events?
It's very easy for me to talk about...well, me.  Haha!  My blog, to me, is like an online journal that people read.  I love it! 

10. If you had the choice to read or talk on the phone, which would you choose and why?
Read!  Most definitely!  Ask anybody, I seriously dislike talking on the phone.  I'm not completely sure just makes me kinda uncomfortable.

Bloggers I Award:
anna :)

This was fun!  Thank you again, Danielle, for awarding me! :)

Let me know if you do the tag...I'd love to go read your answers.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Say Hello to My Little Friend

So, there's a teeny tiny disadvantage to living in my bedroom.  It's the only room in our entire house that has access to the attic.  Therefore, when we're switching out winter/ summer clothes or decorations that we store in the attic, 'things' appear in my room.  Like my friend here:

My sister, Annie, has dubbed him the name Charley the Snowman. Hehe ;)

Charley's kind of become a fixture in my room...just because I haven't taken the time to put him in the attic.  Kinda sad... Ha!

Can anyone relate?  Please? lol ;)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Trust & A Misplaced Computer Chord

I wanted to share a story with you.  It may seem a little silly, but to me, it shows how awesome the God we serve truly is. :)

Well...I guess I'll start at the beginning.  My dad and brother, Zach, work at for a small shop.  They do computer work, photography, and framing.  The shop owners lent them a lap top to do some of their work on.  Recently, Dad and Zach accidentally misplaced the lap top's charger chord.  Both of them have been going frantic trying to find it over the past week.

Thought I'd give you a visual. ;)
{Not my photo.}

Yesterday I was sitting in the family room with Zachary and Annie and he mentions the chord again...asking if we had spotted it around the house.  That's when I remembered seeing a computer charger underneath my work desk today.  I run in there to grab it, and give it to Zach.  He looks at me, shocked, and practically hugs the chord.  We found it!

Ok, there is a point to this. ;)  Minutes (and I mean minutes) earlier my daddy was praying.  He asked the Lord to help him find the computer charger.  But Dad said, "I don't want to find it.  Let my children find it, so that they can trust You more."

(It gets better!)

Two days earlier... Annie finds a computer charger stuck down in the couch.  She's pretty sure it's the one the guys had been looking for, so she sets it on Mom's desk so it wouldn't get lost again.  Later on, Mom doesn't know why this chord is setting on her desk so she moves it the desk behind her...the one that my little brother, Logan, and I share.  He uses it for school in the mornings and I use it for work in the late afternoons.  The next morning, I assume, Logan goes to start his school and there's a chord on his desk, so he moves to the floor underneath the desk.  The next day, I spot it under the desk while I'm working, pick it up, and give it to Zach. 

Through this whole process all four of us kids touched that computer charger.  All four of us found it.  God was working days before my dad even said that prayer. 

It totally amazes me! 

God totally amazes me!

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding." Proverbs 3:5

Saturday, January 15, 2011

I think I'm falling in love...

...with Owl City. *grins*

I got this the other day...
{Not my photo.}

...and was totally happy!  I've been listening to it over and over for hours. ;)

Lyrics that make me smile:

"If you're the bird, whenever we pretend it's summer, then I'm the worm, I know the part it's such a bummer, but fair is fair..." The Bird & The Worm

"...I will disguise myself as a sleeping pill, and descend inside of you." Hello Seattle

"Tell me darling do you wish we'd fall in love? All the time, all the time." Saltwater Room

"Golf and alcohol don't mix and that's why I don't drink and drive, because good grief, I'd knock out my teeth and have to kiss my smile goodbye." Dental Care

"I am not my own, I have been made new, please don't let me go, I desperately need You." Meteor Shower

"'Cause I'd get a thousand hugs from ten thousand lightning bugs as they tried to teach me how to dance..." Fireflies

"If all the roads were paved with ice that wouldn't thaw or crack I could skate from Maine to Nebraska then onto Alaska and back..." The Tip Of The Iceberg

"...'cause the spaces between my fingers are where yours fit perfectly." Vanilla Twilight

"Then I was grace and love, I was blind but now I can see 'cause I found a new hope from above and courage swept over me." Tidal Wave

Oh!  Before I forget...I have an annoucement.  Be on the look-out for my 100th post photo contest!  It'll be up sometime next week most likely. :)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

For those of you who love Converse...

...I have a few pictures for you. :)  I was playing around with my camera and since I bought my first pair of Converse with my Christmas money, they became my 'models'. ;)

But, before I started with the photos I wanted to let you all know what my 'Guess What It Is' picture was of.  All of you were really close!  Some guessed oatmeal, or something cinnamon-y, or lasagna.  It is food...  But it was my bowl of chili.  Hehe :)  Thanks for guessing!  It was fun!

Now for my Converse pictures.  Hope you like them!

This one is my favorite I think. :)

So, I'm pretty much in love with my new tennis shoes. <3

By the way!  Did you see my new watermark and signature?  I totally love them!  Thank you, Hannah! :-)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Guess What It Is

Danielle is having a photo challenge over at her blog called 'Guess What It Is'.  I'll post a photo and you have to guess what it is. ;)  Here's my photo:

Can you guess what it is? ;)  Comment and let me know.

P.S. I'll give the answer in a couple days when I post next.  Have fun!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

A Little Bit of Random

This post will be multi-subjected.  ( word?) begins the randomness. ;)

Lost In A Book Club
A friend of mine, Emily, has started a blog book club!  The blog is called Lost In A Book.  Click here to check it out and join in.  We'd have a 'meeting' every other week where we'd all meet on the blog and discuss the book we'd be going through.  Sound fun?  Yes!  So please go on over and check it out.

My Paper Heart
My good friend Danielle is the author of one of my favorite blogs in the world, My Paper Heart.  She recently changed her url and it messed up her she had to start over.  I know it would mean so much to her if you'd click on the button below and hop on over to her blog.  I promise you, it's seriously amazing. :-)

A Couple Changes
Don't worry, it's nothing life blog threatening.  Hannah over at Beauty Blog Designs is going to be doing a little work over here.  I'm getting a brand new signature and watermark!  Eep!  So be on the lookout for those in the coming weeks.

100th Post
We're on post 83 right now, so 100 is coming up!  Yay!  I've decided I'd like to have a picture contest.  I've got an idea on what the subject would be...but that'll be a surprise. ;)

So far, I've got one sponsor (Thank you!) but I need at least one more...if not two.  We'll have 3 winners.  (I don't care to supply one of the prizes myself.)  So, if you are interested in sponsoring a gift please leave a comment or send me an e-mail.  (You'll find my e-mail address in the 'Contact Me' page.)

I really want to see this movie!
The End. ;)

Well...that's all for now.  Hoped you enjoyed my bit of randomness. ;)

I'll post soon!  'Til then.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Photos I Never Thought I'd Post...Plus a Tag

Megan over at Me. {That's all I have to be.} is having a photo contest!  And I'm entering. ;)  You can too...just click on the button below.  But hurry, it ends sometime this week. 

These are five photos that I never thought I'd be posting on here...'cause they're pretty awful. Haha!  Enjoy! ;)


My Christmas tree.

My sister playing volley a very blurry picture. lol

My brother, Logan, dancing. ;)

Nickel, my dog.

I tried to take a picture of myself with the 'new to me' camera my daddy gave my sister and me.  Didn't really work...Haha!  But no worries...I did get a good one!


I was tagged by Eldarwen.  Thank you! :)

I saw this tag going around blogger and when I saw I was tagged, I was excited! ;)  So here's the rules:

"Pick your favorite musical artist/ movie star/ famous whoever -- and post a picture (or two, or three, or four) of him, and what it is about him that you love, and what it is about him that you might hope for, for whoever God has planned for you for your future."

When I started thinking about who I'd choose for this tag, one guy came to mind.  He's a character in a  movie, but he's not really totally well known and the movie that I'm referring to (which I love) is not really totally well known either. lol  But I couldn't think of anyone who would be better than:

Cody Cullen (played by John Newton) from "The Christmas Card." *smiles*

What I like about Cody:

#1 (and most important): His faith in Jesus
You know how sometimes you'll think of your future spouse and you list a bunch of things you might like them to be like... Nice hair, tall, romantic, etc.  And you know how some of them might change or be crossed off?  Well this is one thing that will never be 'crossed off' my list.  And it's something that I loved in the character of Cody...he's a Christian.

#2: Respectful
Respect has always been a big thing in my house.  I learned how to say "yes, ma'am" when I was pretty little. ;)  And it's something that I admire in Cody...and in men in general.  When they call their elders ma'am and sir and treat them with respect.

#3: Courage
Cody is a soldier in the army.  Now, before I continue, I'm not saying that I really want to be a soldier's wife or anything.  I'm not saying I'm against it either.  I'm saying that I think it takes a lot of courage to fight for one's country, and I admire that.

#4: Hardworking
In the movie Cody works at a sawmill when he's on leave from the army.  He may not have loved every aspect of the job (which he didn't say) but he did
his best at the work that was given him.  He worked hard and did a good job.  

  #5: Really sweet.
I know this sounds cheesy.  But I don't care. ;)  Cody is super sweet.

So, this is who I'll tag :)
And whoever else would like to do this fun tag can too.  Please leave a comment telling me you did it...I'd love to go read yours.

Bye for now!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Dreams for the New Year

Happy New Year!  It's 2011.  Wow!  I can't believe it!  The 365 days of 2010 went by so fast for me.  Did it for you?

I was reading Megan's blog, Me. {That's All I Have To Be}, and I really liked her idea of listing the dreams and plans she had for the coming year.  So I thought I'd do the same. :)

These are some things that I'd like to be different in this new year:

Stop procrastinating.
I can be the biggest procrastinator sometimes.  Ok...a lot of the time.  I want that to stop.  Instead of putting something off that doesn't really appeal to me at the time, I want to get it done.  Now.

Use time wisely.
Time can be so short.  Life can be so short.  I don't want to sound morbid, but it's true.  I want to spend more of my time with God and my family and (much) less time on my computer or with my nose in a book.

    Pray more.
In 2009 I sorda "learned" to pray, I guess you could say.  Instead of it being a routine, it's a conversation between my Savior and me.  But this year I really want to focus on praying without ceasing.  And also really praying for someone when I tell them I will.

It's one word, but it means a lot to me because it reminds me of how little I do it.  I'm writing a story (that I don't call a book...yet, lol).  I really want to finish it.  Really want to.  I just have to put in the time and the effort.  And this year, 2011, I am going to commit to do that.  I'm going to!  It feels good to say that. ;)

Keep my room clean.
I know this sounds really trivial and it reminds me of when I was like ten and Mom had to remind me to clean my bedroom.  "Go clean your room, Katie."  But I'm almost 17...and when things get busy, or should I say I get preoccupied, the basic things like cleaning my room and house hold chores go on the back burner.  Again, like I said above, I need to use my time more wisely, and do the things that are important before I get on my computer or pop in a movie.

Siesta Scripture Memory
Has anyone heard of the Siesta Scripture Memory Team that Beth Moore is putting together?  Everyone who signs up, picks a verse 2 times a month (on the first and the fifteenth) to memorize. By the end of 2011, we'll each have 24 scriptures memorized.  My mom, sister, and I are doing it this year and I want to commit to finishing.

New Year's Prayer
Dear Lord,
  Thank You for this new year, 2011.  Thank You for an amazing 2010.  Please guide me in the way You want me to go this year.  Help me keep these commitments and follow through.  With You, I know I'll be able to do it.  Thank You for being with me through everything.  I love You!

Those are my dreams and commitments for 2011.  What are yours?