My song for the year

I am aaah-maaay-zed at how God is clearly showing me what He wants me to learn this year.  As I was listening to Pandora last week the Collingsworth family came on, and they were singing "I Found it All" .... as I listened to the words of this song, I just started crying!  I couldn't believe the fact that this song relates to me 100%.

I hope you enjoy this song as much as I do and I pray that it speaks to you as much as it speaks to me!

I Found it All by the Collingsworth family

Blessings, Alisha


Don't give up your M&M's :: moment of laughter

Hey y'all ....... as I was looking through some old articles I've written in the past, I came across one in particular that made me laugh.  I hope it makes you laugh too ;)

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As I was explaining purity to my friend Kathleen (age 10 at the time), her little sister Emilee (age six at the time) was absolutely absorbing all that I had to say. Kathleen however, wasn’t quite understanding what I was saying, so I decided to use an analogy.
“Okay Kathleen, let’s pretend that your dad is the king & he gives you a bag full of your favorite candy…”
I was suddenly interrupted by Emilee,
Can the candy be M&M’s?”
“I suppose the candy can be M&M’s.”
As I went on, Kathleen understood everything I had to say and kept asking me awesome questions. Emilee however, never let go of the candy analogy! So every time I mentioned the topic of purity, Emilee reminded Kathleen:
“Remember Kathleen, you can NOT give a boy ANY of your M&M’s!”

I guess all good seeds must start growing somewhere at some point…right?

(this moment of laughter took place in 2007)

I hope y'all have a good night!

Until next time ...

In HIS grace, Alisha 


My goals for 2015

Yeah, yeah, yeah .... I know that this post is waaaaay over due, but eh, at least I'm getting this years goals out here on the blog.

reason behind it : maybe... just maybe .... since I'm telling you what my goals are, that'll be enough accountability right there, and I'll actually get them marked off ... one.by.one!  Maaaaaaybeeeee ;) =P

Sooo here they are .....

>> Faith life <<

:: Study the books of Genesis + Johsua
   - I would like to list all the godly women and find all the verses "describing" why they're considered godly.

:: Read the story of Aquila + Priscilla in the Bible
  - I think it would be too neat if afterwards, I *attempt* to write a play about their story.

:: Do a Bible study for the young ladies at church
  - I still have doin' a young ladies Bible study on my heart.  I started one at a previous church + it was soo enjoyable.  The one that was goin' to be started at the library didn't work out cuz of school, lack of interest, and schedules didn't line up.  Sooo hopefully I can start another one at church :)  I'll keep y'all updated ;)  Prayers are appreciated!

>> Home life <<

:: Start doin' the laundry here at home
  - In this season of life, I really need to focus on bloomin' where I'm planted.  Up to this point, I haven't done such a great job, but this year will be different :)

:: Shop for the family
  - This would include menu planning, checking for sales, using a list (I'm not a fan of lists LOL), + using coupons.  Not too mention - if this isn't done .... either 1) I slacked off or 2) it involves driving the van (which btw is MOM'S car .... I don't normally drive it)

:: Clean the fridge + freezer
  - It needs to be done ... Mom's typically busy + Rhey is busy with school ... I'm free ... might as well be me :)

:: Canning
  - This is a good skill to master ... so this summer, I'm going to master it *gulp*

>> Personal life <<

:: Start using coupons
  - I'm not one to ever use a coupon ... but it's a good habit to start now.

:: Learn how to cook a dish from all the countries that interest me
  - I think it would be neat to try at least one dish from all the countries that I am most interested in.  Yes they end up ... gross interesting ... but I will never know what they are like until I try it.  Pssst ... don't tell Mom, but I may make the entire family try rat (it's quite famous in Uganda, Africa) *muwhaha*

:: Read "The Hidden Art of Homemaking"
  - If I can find the book somewhere I would looove to read this + glean from any wisdom within the pages.

:: Read "How to Live on Practically Nothing And Still Have Plenty"
  - Again ... I would love to find the book somewhere!  Amazon here I come!!!

:: Make a casserole + take it to the Fire Department
  - When I took the cake decorating class, I took the cakes I decorated to the Fire Department each night.  It made me smile seeing those men light up when they saw what I was giving them.

:: Read "Moby Dick"
  - I have heard this classic is really good, but I have never read it ... until this year (sometime).

>> Creative life <<

:: Decorate a t-shirt
  - I found this really neat idea on decorating a t-shirt on Pinterest.  So this summer, I'm gonna try it (maybe I'll get Rhey in on the action too *wink*)

:: Make one or more items of clothing for men
  - A lady at the library knitting group told me that she would teach me how to crochet socks.  I've also found a sewing pattern for a men's tie.  I'm gonna try 'em :)

:: Learn the art of tatting
  - I looove the look of tatting, so I am going to try to learn it *gulp*.

:: Learn how to make a tablecloth
  - It would be so neat to make a tablecloth and put it in my hopechest ... awaiting it's future use.  I'm not willing to spend some craazy amount at the store for a cute cotton tablecloth + I will not purchase the vinyl ones lol.

:: Learn how to make a pillowcase dress
  - I have seen pictures of pillowcase dresses for little girls + I loove them.  Thankfully the patterns aren't too hard to find.

:: Make cloth napkins for a special occassion
  - I just made two cloth napkins last week ... they were soo fun to make!  So I may make some that are to only be used during the holiday season.

:: Make valentine cards and send them to all the widows at church
  - I love card making + the older ladies at church are so super sweet ... they deserve somethin' showing them that they're loved!

:: Attempt to piece together + make a simple quilt
  - I found an easy pattern ... and the picture of it looks soo cute.  So I'm going to attempt to make my first quilt.  Luckily, an old friend of mine in TX showed me how to make one (it was for a premie though).

:: Make one or more items for a baby
  - I found some very cute ideas + have some pretty good ideas/dreams/plans ... now to execute those plans + make those dreams/ideas a reality.  Ooooh soo excited!

>> Music life <<

:: Try writing a song of my own
  - I love playing piano (most of you probably already know that)!  I would love to try my hand at writing a song of my own.

I better go .... until next time!!

In HIS grace, Alisha


Moriah is doing a "Valentine Card Challenge"

My friend Moriah is doing the most incredible challenge ..... she's hosting a Valentine Card Challenge.

Here's what she says:

There are around 200 children in each facility and around 7 known facilities exist in Uganda.  

That means we need 1400 cards for each child to receive one.  1400 cards by February 14th.

{1} Make a simple card(s) with John 3:16 written out, and "God loves you" or in Lugandan you could put "Jesu Okwagala" & sign your name.

>>Please have your brothers & sisters make one, your friends, parents, family, people at your church.  Anyone can help participate to meet our goal.

{2} Write "Valentine Card Challenge" on the back of the envelope & send it in to SixtyFeet:

Sixty Feet Inc.
2451 Cumberland Parkway
Suite 3526
Atlanta, Georgia 

{3} In order to keep a tally, please comment on this post {her original post} telling me {Moriah} how many cards you sent in.

Also, please feel free to share this on your own blog, through email, Pinterest, whatever you like. 

That's it!  Three simple steps that can change the world with God's love.  All it takes is ordinary people willing to do what He asks of them to make an extraordinary difference in the lives around them and across the globe.


It's up and running!!!

The shop is up and running!!!!

I am currently working on more products ..... so right now there isn't a lot of variety!

But go take a look around the site .... let me know what you think!

If there is anything you would like to see listed in the shop ... contact me!!!

In HIS grace, Alisha


Small town girl vs. country girl

Small town girl : everyone is friendly

Country girl : there is no one around

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Small town girl : driving down the road, the view you have is a block of houses

Country girl : driving down the road all you see is this .....

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Small town girl : it takes 5 minutes (or less) to get to church

Country girl : it takes 30 minutes (or longer) to get to church - which means you can finish an entire episode of Adventures in Odyssey + your church looks something like this .....

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Small town girl : during the holidays, the town is decorated

Country girl : during the holidays + winter, the view you see is .......

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Small town girl : the friends you have look like this .....

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 Country girl : the friends you have look like this ....

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Small town girl :  for Christmas or your birthday you ask for a laptop (cuz you need it for college)

Country girl : for Christmas or your birthday you ask for muckers (cuz you need them for everyday life)

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Small town girl : when your chores consist of only ..... oh the usual ......

Country girl : when your chores consist of the usual + this ..... (I personally don't have this chore, but my chore does indeed involve chickens ;))

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 I am slowly beginning to adapt to the country girl life ... it's hard, but eh ... it's life + it's where God has me at this season of life.

In HIS grace, Alisha



Finding joy in the small things

Christmas Morning Nickerson found joy in wrapping paper

What do you find joy in?

In HIS grace, Alisha