Sunday, October 28, 2012

Goings on over the past months

Since I haven't written in such a long time so many things have piled up and happened.

I posted earlier about having taken my GRE and all well I applied to Grad School and...drum roll please....I am going to Clemson in January!!!  So excited to start this new journey and figure things out for my future. 

On to October, pretty much this whole half of the month was spent showing cattle at the fairs.
all in a day at the fair


just taking a nap

pretty Miss Hollywood
But we had a pretty great year.  At the State Fair I was Reserve Senior Plus Showman in showmanship (where you are judged on how well you show the cattle) and my little heifer Miss Hollywood was Reserve Champion Simmental.  I was so excited because this was my last year showing at the junior show, since I have gotten so old.  Then at the open show (where anyone can show) I showed the Reserve Champion Simmental Bull.  So all in all it was a great time at the fair.   


Blessings,

Erin 
  

Saturday, October 27, 2012

surprise....

...I got a puppy!

I guess this is actually old news since I got him over the summer and well it's October.  But anyways his name is Riley and he is a Docker (dachshund x cocker spaniel)
He is a total and complete mess but oh so adorable.


Blah!


First picture of him when he was only 7 weeks old



He sure is keeping me busy but he is getting to be a real sweetheart and cuddly thing. 

Blessings,

Erin

Brazil!!!

So I realize it has been sooooo long since I have been on...funny to see my last post was about how I was never on...

But I am going to discuss my Brazil trip!

So over the summer which seems like so long ago now I went on a mission trip to Brazil.  It was such a step out of my comfort zone since I have really never been anywhere but I just felt like God was calling me to go on this trip, and it was an amazing experience!  I was on the drama team and we did the drama "The Redeemer"  which I will link below because it is such an amazing drama.  God really opened doors for us on this trip and allowed us to present the drama in parks, schools and churches all over for the week.   

Some great things that happended:

-witnessed over 600 decisions for Christ
-got to spend time with some sweet precious children
-had the most wonderful translators
-spent time in Rio which was really cool
-ate a chicken heart...not so great
-felt like a movie star with everyone wanting to take pictures of us and loving my red hair 
-attended a church service and we sang in both Portuguese and English
-and met some great people all following God's call around the world

beautiful children



I loved these girls so sweet!



Acai and granola :)

high schoolers coming up to make decisions


A church we attended...and yes that is barbed wire on the top

My wonderful team for the week


Sugarloaf (rode in those cable cars with 40 people.....ummmm...not again)

beautiful view



Copacabana Beach

Christ Statue



I wanted to take them home with me, they were so precious

and some (real) cow heads I found in the Brazilian Market


 I am so thankful that God made a way for me to make this trip and feel so blessed from the experience.


---oh and something funny....one kid thought I had a disease because I had freckles.  He kept pointing frantically at my arm and I had to have the interpreter explain that I was ok.  :)


and here's the drama that we performed all over the city of Montes Claros.


Blessings,

Erin

a collection of crafts

Being so long since I have posted I have a handful of crafts that I have finished up:

1. Monogram Knife Block: I found this knife block at a Goodwill for $2 took it home to spruce it up.  I had seen monogram blocks on pinterest and figured I would try it out.  I'm loving it so far! 



2. Glitter Heels: So my puppy decided that I didn't need my nude heels anymore and stole one and chewed it up, luckily I saved it before it was completely destroyed.  I absolutely loved those heels because they fit perfectly so not wanting to throw them out I followed this tutorial http://lauryngallowayblog.com/diy-glitter-heels/ I found on Pinterest and Voila...fixed my chewed up sides and funky glitter shoes.  I used regular glitter instead of the fine stuff, so mine aren't quite as smooth looking as the one in the link but they still look fine.   



 3. Sharpie Mugs: These were probably the easiest thing.  I had 4 white mugs lying around and this tutorial http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2012/06/his-her-sharpie-mug-diy.html  all you do is write on them and bake them for 30 minutes at 350.  So simple and look really great.  They would also make super neat gifts.  I picked quotes from literature (Gone With the Wind, Mark Twain, Anne Frank, etc.) but you could do pictures, monograms, whatever you wanted.


4. Cross Canvas: This was an old canvas I had lying around and I just painted this design, simple simple simple.   

5. Magnetic Makeup Board: probably the most useful thing ever.  I had my makeup in a container and it took forever to find in the morning so I found this magnetic dry erase board at Michael's on sale and then just attached magnets to the back of my makeup with hot glue...this took a little while.  It is such a big help and looks pretty cool on my bathroom wall too.   
  


So those are some things that have been keeping me busy lately.  Hope you enjoy :) 

Blessings,

Erin