Thanksgiving is NOT over


             I've been hearing a lot about thankfulness over the past week, and it's understandable, because yesterday was Thanksgiving (Duh Kelsey. They know that, just shut up and get on with it). Okay, so anyway, it made me really think.

             Why is giving thanks restricted to one day? It's like all year we just gripe and ponder on all the bad things in life and never stop to give thanks except on Thanksgiving. So why, oh why, is thanks given just on Thanksgiving? Thanks should be all the time. Being thankful for what you have should be an EVERYDAY thing, not a once-a-year-in-between-bites-of-turkey-and-stuffing thing. 

            There's so much to be thankful for! So much. I could probably think of a trillion things right now. They might seem ridiculous, but we should be thankful for everything. EVERYTHING! Everything serves a purpose. Everything, no matter what it is, is good for some reason.

           So honestly, I don't think Thanksgiving is over. As a matter of fact, it's just begun. Maybe that'll be my New Years' Resolution this year. To be more thankful. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. 

Kelsey :)


The secret behind the mismatched socks

       So, most people who know me, know that I wear mismatched socks. All the time. I'm talking ALL THE TIME. If they match, I'm most likely going to freak out. Honestly, I have two reasons for the mismatched socks. One, I really like how they look mismatched. And two, I just feel like if my socks match, I have my life way too much together. 

      I saw a picture recently that said, "Life's too short to waste time matching socks." It's so true, but that's not why I'm posting this.

      The reason I don't like feeling like I have my life way too much together is because, I like uncertainty. I guess it can be scary at times, but not knowing what comes next thrills me for some reason. And with my wacky imagination, I usually like to take the uncertainty, and make something my own out of it. Create some idea of how something is going to be,  before it happens. Maybe it's the writer side of me, and maybe it's just that I like to make up random scenarios. Who knows?  

    I don't know what the future holds right now, but I'm just going with the flow, hoping something good is going to come of it. I'm just making up different ideas in my head, and anxiously waiting on the edge of my seat for what's gonna happen next. What's really gonna happen next. 

   So the secret behind my love of mismatched socks? I like them, and I like feeling unorganized, mismatched. Besides, Punky Brewster was right. I have two feet, so why should I wear matching socks? (She said shoes, but you get my point). 

Kelsey :)

P.s. For those of you wondering how on earth I could possibly know who Punky Brewster is, my mother liked that show. So, I've seen it quite a few times.



What did we lose? Nothing really.

                 At the beginning of this year, my Dad lost his job. It's been pretty rough since April. We actually moved from Indiana back to Massachusetts (where we're from). I've been having a really hard time dealing with it all. We lost our house and we had to get rid of a lot of our stuff. Including our dog. I've just been really bitter about it all. I haven't been vocal about that bitterness, but it's definitely there. It feels so unfair. But since coming here, I've realized some things. Mainly through random Bible verses I keep finding. 

                                    "Naked I came from my mother's womb, 
                                             naked I will depart.
                                             The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;
                                              may the name of the Lord be praised."
                                                          Job 1:21

               The second half of Job 1:21 reminds me to praise the Lord even in times of struggle. "The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away." He can take whatever He wants away, whenever He wants to. None of it really matters anyway.

                                  "Shall we not accept good from God and not trouble?"
                                                                   Job 2:10

               Job 2:10. It's reminds me to praise Him in both good and bad, sometimes not knowing which I'm facing.

                                  "We must go through many hardships to enter the
                                            kingdom of God." 
                                                         Acts 14:22

             This verse, reminds me, hardships are apart of life. In the end, they'll pale in comparison to Heaven's reward. Hardships can teach us lessons. I think that's why they're so hard. Because they teach us the hard lessons. Otherwise, they'd be called eashyships. Hard times tend to make us stronger, physically, spiritually and emotionally.

                                   "Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's 
                                             will for you in Christ Jesus."
                                                       1 Thessalonians 5:18

             This one, is a reminder to be thankful in all circumstances. Whether good, bad, easy, difficult. It doesn't matter. Thankfulness should be constant.

              There's a line in the movie Facing the Giants, that I just love. It kind of goes along with 1 Thessalonians 5:18. It says, "If we win, we praise Him. And if we lose, we praise Him." It's so true. Praise and thanks should be an all-the-time thing. Not just when things are going good.

             So maybe, I lost things in the past seven months. But, my dog? He's in a better home now. The house? Does it really matter? My grandparents were kind enough to let us move in with them again, so do we really need it? 

             I think that, often, our lowest points bring us closer to Jesus. They show us that He's all we need. The rest will be set into place by Him. Losing earthly things, makes us all the more grateful for what we do have. There are people doing way worse than I am. Way worse. I have food. I have a place to live. I have clothes. I have friends. I have family. I have Jesus. I don't think there's really anything else I need. 

           I also think it's better to have little, and still have Jesus, than to have everything without Him. Without Him, we have nothing. With Him, we have everything. He is everything.

           We're all blessed a lot more than we realize. Loss is apart of life. Whether it's material possessions, people, or even money. Money doesn't really matter that much. Sure, we need it for lots of things. But in the end, it'll just be paper. The love and grace of Jesus Christ, is all we need. It's all I need. I don't want expensive, fancy, or amazing things.

                                                I want Jesus.


                                   "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,
                                         where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in
                                          and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven,
                                         where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not
                                         break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart 
                                         will be also. "
                                                      Matthew 6:19-21

             Jesus says to store up Heavenly treasures instead of earthly ones. He says wherever our treasures are, our hearts will be. I want my heart with him. I want to be so lost in His love and mercy, that this earth, and whatever happens on it, don't matter.

          We lost stuff this past year. But if I keep the mindset that Jesus is everything, then, I didn't really lose anything at all.






Just listen

                    We went to the beach on Columbus Day a few weeks ago, and I loved it. I've always loved the beach, and I hadn't been in awhile. I got some great pictures (as you can see from my new blog header and the pictures in this post). 

                    As I stood there taking pictures, though, I just stopped. I took a deep breath and looked out at the waves. The constant-moving ocean. The saltwater smell filled my nose and I was so happy. 

                   I wrote in my journal (diary, whatever you wanna call it is fine) yesterday, that I'm tired of rushing. I'm tired of feeling like my entire life, and every single day is going six million miles an hour. I literally wrote, "I just want to take time to stop, and take a deep breath." Looking at the pictures from the beach made me want to go back there. When I stopped taking pictures, and just took in all the beauty surrounding me, I felt relaxed. For the first time in a long time, it was just quiet. The only noise was the waves. It was wonderful. 

                  Lately, I've been wondering, why is life so rush rush? Why can't we just stop and take a deep breath? Stop and enjoy life? Why does everything have to be so fast in life? 

                  I think all of us, sometimes, just need to stop and take a deep breath. Stop and exhale all the stress of our day. Just pause. Freeze. Whatever.



*Winnie the Pooh voice* It's Autumn!

                      It's autumn (or fall, which I usually call it, but autumn is fun to say too), and I am extremely happy. It's one of my favorite seasons (along with winter), and a very photogenic one at that. Now that my camera has decided to work, I decided to post a fancy little myriad of pictures I've been taking. 

       Kelsey :)


Officially changed...

       So, what do you think of my new design? This is one of the first time's I've designed my blog myself. There's no more button, sadly :( (Shhh, it's because I don't know how to make one) Anyway, just thought I'd see what your thoughts were.

         Have a wonderful day,
Kelsey :)



I know I said a few weeks ago that there would be changes coming to this blog. Which I never did. But, I will be doing them soon. This blog is outdated and I'm thinking about a new beginning. 

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