Moments to Treasure

My special place to ramble...

Thursday, June 08, 2006













I'd like to introduce my sweet baby girl, Heidi. My sweet baby is a 10-wk-old Shih-Tzu filled with TONS of love, kisses and energy. She is our pride and joy...


Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Found!!

Yes, I was found!! I was MIA for a long time, then my cousin started a blog (in my links) so I’m going to give this blog another chance. A lot has been going on and writing is good therapy for me so here I go.

School is going very well. I am in my 4th block and so far so good. Religions of The World is a real eye opener. I am also taking & disliking Env. Science. My GPA is back up to 3.78 – I worked extremely hard to raise it… I had a 3.6 because I got one stinky B. Oh well, I am giving block 4 my all.

I really do have a lot to say but I am really tired and have been having trouble sleeping (long story—I’ll update you tomorrow) so I better take advantage of this tiredness and go to bed. Tomorrow will be a better day to update you. *smile*

Nighty night…

apey

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

WOWZERS!! tee-hee

Well, well, where do I begin?? I think I will start with school. I AM SOOO GARSH-DARN HAPPY!!!!!! Going back to college was God's will... He told me to get my degree. It didn't matter how fast or slow or which route to take (yet!), I just had to get my rear in gear! Therefore, in doing so, He has been my #1 cheerleader... my Daddy makes a VERY close second!! :) OK, so here are the numbers..... I did get one 89% darn it, but here are my weekly scores.... for Utilizing Information in College Writing (COM112) I received that 89% for week one. Week two has not been posted, but my two grades for these 2 crazy assignments were 100% and 99%! I just received my 99% and here is what my instructor said, "April, see the attachment for the grading rubric. You did a wonderful job following the appendix and writing details on your sources. I am especially impressed with your knowledge of APA formatting in the citation of your references. I don't see that often in my students. This will save you a lot of time at the end of your paper. Super job! Very impressive!" I cried. LOL :) With this assignment, I got docked one point for using a period in one of my citations. Oh well, live and learn. While I am on that subject...

Is it wrong to "Sweat the small stuff??" I do... big time!! I was talking to a classmate, Joey (52, been divorced twice) and he gets points docked all of the time, but says, "Oh well, I don't sweat the small stuff. As long as I graduate." I was thinking about that and I have a way different viewpoint but I don't know if I am right. Mommy #2 and Michelle, my sissy #2 *smile*, feel free to give me your thoughts! OK, I look at schoolwork like this... God is in charge. I am in school because of Him and for Him so I know that He wants me to do my absolute best! To be honest, though, I have taken the "easy road" a few times. :-( So am I thinking the right way?? I am not obsessed with A’s; at least I don't think I am. I just want to do good for the Lord and for Daddy. ((this is funny/odd... I quit calling my Dad "Daddy" when I was 13 -- now 20-some years later he is myyyy Daddy again!!)) *rolling eyes*

So back to my grades... are y'all bored yet?? :) All righty, in my Critical Thinking course week one, I received a stinky 89% but for week two I received a... ready?? I received a 100%!!! Yes, I cried. Part of the tears was from how proud my Daddy was of me. He says it everyday as does my Mom, but with Daddy, it is just different. Now I am in week 3 -- this week we have some tough assignments to do. All of your prayers are needed!!

Ha, funny thing... this time next year I will alllllmost be done then I will move on to 20 more months to get my Bachelors. God hasn't given me a major yet so that ought to be exciting/interesting. I am drawn to Social Work so who knows if that will be it. I pray everyday for a major. I am getting my Associates in Business... it was that or Accounting -- ACK!!! All I know right now is I need to slow down and listen... I need to do what I was put on this earth to do! And I am excited to do it!!!!

Two blocks from now (15 weeks to go), I will be taking Religions of The World. I am really excited about that!!! I am a Southern Baptist and always will be, but this class sounds so exciting!!!

I have more to say, but I need to get back to an assignment due on Thursday. I will try my hardest to write back tomorrow!

Bunches of love...
apey

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Moments to Treasure

One of my dearest friends sent this devotional to me tonight and boy did it ever speak to me. I had to post it!!


PRINCETON CHURCH OF GOD
WOMEN'S MINISTRIES

JANUARY 16 2006 DEVOTIONAL

HAS THE LIGHT GONE OUT?

Luke 11:34 “Your eyes light up your inward being. A pure eye lets sunshine into your soul. A lustful eye shuts out the light and plunges you into darkness.” (TLB)

As I read this scripture I immediately saw the sad eyes of several women I know. They are tired eyes, weary eyes, uncertain eyes, hurting eyes, and anything-but-happy eyes. I even looked at myself in the mirror and saw those same weary eyes.

I have heard often that your eyes are windows to your soul. Most of the time when you observe someone when they think no one is looking you can see what is in their heart. When the mask comes off, what is behind that mask? Don’t get me wrong, we all go through troubled times and the light in our hearts seem dim. But what about the dimmed light when all is going well?

I just want to say that the devil is a liar. Liar, Liar, pants soon to be on fire! He can take a light and cleverly dampen that light a little at a time until it seems to go out. However, the light of Jesus Christ never goes out and if you have Him in your heart, the devil has NO POWER over you except what you give him. That does not mean that you will have a trouble free life, on the contrary, the bible says that in this world we will have trouble but to take heart because Jesus overcame the world. (See John 16:33)

In an e-mail I received there were a few lines that are worth repeating. Pain and suffering are inevitable, however misery is optional. The bubbling brook would lose its song if you removed the rocks. You do have a choice on how to handle the dark times. See it from God’s point of view.

What you feel during these seemingly endless dark times is only temporary. Please remember that. When you are down in a situation try not to see it as it is, try to see what will be accomplished through it; for we have God’s promise that He works all things together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. (See Romans 8:28)

If it were not for the faith God has increased in me, I would be without hope. His Word increases your faith. Read it often!

If you do not have an active time where you seek God, make it happen. A strong prayer life is where your victory will begin. Without communication with God, the devil will be more than happy to fill that space.

I love God’s people. We are tough to understand sometimes, but He loves us with such a passion. I want to love what He loves, and despise what He despises. I want to see us shine as we should, because others will want what we have. I want to see that glowing light shining brightly in myself as well as those I care for. It is the will of God for us to shine brightly for Him. God Bless You!

PRAYER:
Father, draw me close to You. I venture away from You sometimes and the light grows dim. Draw me close and give me the strength to come to You so that I may receive from You what I need to carry on for Your purpose. Forgive me for ignoring Your call to prayer and allow me to begin again. My love increases for You, for You are full of mercy and kindness toward Your people. Thank You!

Monday, January 09, 2006

Moments to Treasure

Yadda, yadda, yadda...

I'm finally back with a few things to say. YAY! :) Most of you know that I am back in college and I am doing it all online which is so great for me!! When I go for my Bachelors (8/'07) I might finish up on campus, I'm not sure yet. We have a Un of Phoenix campus here and then we have Un of Texas, too. I'm just going to take one day at a time and follow where Jesus leads me. I am staying "quiet" this year so that I can hear what He wants me to do -- in all aspects of my life!!

Anyway, back to school... I knew that I got an A- in my Persuasive Writing course on the last day of class, but had no idea what I got in my IT course. I was thinking that I got a B but I just wasn't sure because we turned in our essays on the last day of class. I got 295 out of 300 points so that made me smile! Today I found out that we can get our grades online so I logged in and to my surprise I got an A in IT!! That is so awesome because it left me with an awesome GPA (3.83) to start my "college career" with. :):) I'm taking Critical Thinking and Utilizing Information in College Writing right now. So far so good. I received one assignment back and got 26/30 so I was bummed but it is just the first assignment... I can make up for it. I did a short essay on "taking a stand" last night. It is my favorite and best paper yet! We had to read 10 short essays then choose one, identify the principal issues then choose a side, and support our position in our response. I chose "Death Penalty Has no Place in The U.S." I cannot wait to get that back!! I finally chose a topic for my final paper. I chose Domestic Violence because there is a lot of information out there and I need at least 2,000 words. :) And I am one who loves and wants to make a difference in people's lives... doing this essay on domestic violence might give me an idea of just what I can do through writing. I have been praying about it and I know the words will come from God. I am excited to get started on it!!

Time for bed! Hopefully I won't wait as long to write again!!

~Ciao~

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Tender Moments to Treasure

Tender Moments to Treasure

Church--my relationship with the Lord, College, family, myself... things to improve upon. Dreams... what does April really want??

The Beginning of '06 -- Ready or not...

Since it is the beginning of a new year, I just wanted to have my own little space on the web where I can ramble, talk and update you all on the goings on in my life. 2006 is going to be a beautiful year! I have several new things going on, things that I am very excited about, things that will make my life even more wonderful. The Lord is at the top of the list and will stay there until the end of time. Since it is 2:45 AM, my first post will be written tonight, the first night of 2006.