Monday, December 29, 2008

A special day for two.

Today, after i woke up, i called my sister Emily's house looking for my nephew Nathan. You see today is a big day in the life of Nathan. So, with all the little reminders he's given me the past few days...months, i knew it was important that i ring him up first thing...before i got distracted with boring adult things. ANYWHO, here is how it went:
{"Hi Nathan, its Anna, how are you?"
"Good, TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY!"
"Really? How old are you? Three or Four? I forgot!"
"FIVE! I'm FIVE!!" [in a weird, choked up voice]
"Nathan, what is wrong?? Are you crying???"
"NO! I'M JUST SO EXCCCCCCCCCCIIIIIIIIIITTTTTTTTTTEEEDDDDDDDDDD!"}
[Me & Nathan; December 2008]
& that is one more reason i LOVE being an aunt.
Happy Birthday Nathan!

Which brings me to why today is such a {special} day.
five years ago today...
i was officially initiated into
Aunt-hood.
& i couldn't love it more.
its been a marvelous time thus far, and i can't wait for what lies ahead...
it brings a {plethora} of wonderful moments, which i treasure oh so very much.
[its hard to believe five years ago i was only an aunt of one... now to think i'm an aunt of five! so much joy. so much love.]
[Aunt Anna & Julia; Christmas Eve 2008]

Interesting that i came across this book yesterday at Barnes & Noble...
...funny how life is like that.
{it is absolutely adorable & i was quite delighted to see a book on Aunts... i will save it a spot on my wish list.}

So cheers to being Five! & cheers to being an Aunt of Five!

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

“The true spirit of Christmas is love”

{linda willis}
I {hope} you all had a {beautiful Christmas}.
Mine was absolutely wonderful, filled with many {blessings}.
Here is a lovely recap in pictures...

{click to enlarge}.
i am so {thankful}.
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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Take my hand and well make it I swear--

{livin' on a prayer}

is what i do everyday, in order to get through. This semester brought more downs than ups, but i realize that it is all apart of {the journey}, the One {God made just for me}.
I remind myself of this daily, in order to get out of bed, look at myself in the mirror, and venture out into this scary place we call "the world".
Along with knowing {He is helping me}... He {blesses me with all of my friends}. Friends who have extended {their hands and hearts} & {helped me} get through the past months.
& i love them so.
{thank you loves}. you mean so much to me.

**picture update soon. as for now, my computer has the hiccups. :(
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Thursday, December 18, 2008

scares the hell out of us.


"We cling to music, to poems, to quotes, to writing, to art, because we desperately do not want to be alone. We want to know we aren’t going crazy and someone else out there knows exactly how you’re feeling. We want someone to explain the things we can’t. We love everything tied up neatly, easy, simple, and when we can’t do that, it scares the hell out of us. To not know the next step, or where you’re headed, kills. Being unsure isn’t in our plans. But its those moments, the ones where you risk it and step unknowingly into the future that assures us life is larger than we’ll ever know."
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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Remember to Smile.




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Monday, December 15, 2008

this is my winter song.

Winter Song with Ingrid Michaelson

outside it is {cold.} i had a {7:30a.m. final} & it was {terrible.} 7:30a.m. final, {negative wind chill} outside, {gloomy faces} on campus, {sad grade.}
& i'm slowly realizing that
{Christmas will never be the same.}

{that sums up my day} to say the least.

but i love the song i posted above. it is lovely, & seems to fit my life {perfectly} right now.

please send warm thoughts of encouragement my way to help me get through the next 3 finals.

{love to all. }

{http://i36.tinypic.com/2e1d25e.jpg}

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Friday, December 12, 2008

its the {finals} countdown


1-2-3 study!
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Saturday, December 6, 2008

{Christ}mas is love.

As Christmas approaches, the excitement is felt throughout the air. I always have a feeling of happiness in my heart which gleams brighter every time I think of the fun & love which Christmas holds.
...the food, family, friends, no school, presents, games, the singing, the decorations, giving gifts, the shopping, midnight Mass...
just to name a few things...
but as I grow up, I am starting to understand why some people find Christmas to be {a tidbit} stressful...
then i came across this interesting video. {made by an organization called Advent Conspiracy.}
I think they propose some valid suggestions & bring up some very important points. I hope you do too!



I hope you all enjoy the Christmas season, be sure not to get bogged down with the stuff which has the least amount of significance. Make sure you find more time loving it than stressing about it! trust me, I'll be trying my hardest. Stressing about silly stuff {such as buying "perfect" gifts} is one of the few things I'm good at. boo.


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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

This ones for you, Nie.

My last assignment for my COMS130 course, [Public Speaking], was a persuasive speech on a non-profit organization/charity. While many chose to deliver speeches on Unicef, Habitat for Humanity and many more of the sorts, I automatically thought of Nie Recovery. & to my delight, my teacher approved of my unique choice of topic.
I have to say, this was probably the most work I've put into an assignment for this class, & i loved every minute of compiling my speech to tell the story of Nie.


I only faced one major dilemma; i had to deliver my speech in under 9 min... a measly 9 minutes! Compiling a speech to relay the beauty of Nie's life & inform my class of the tragedy her family faces while urging them to consider donating to the Nie Recovery, in under 9 min was nearly impossible. {so naturally i stretched it to 11 min.}
Before starting my speech i whispered "This ones for you, Nie".
my presentation went well, only fumbling over myself in a few parts when i got a little too into describing her wonderful life illustrated in her blog. My class remained intrigued throughout my speech {the entire 11 min.} and when i passed out these cards i created...


instead of stuffing them into their pockets in anticipation of finding a trashcan, i noticed some were tucking them into their planners. {hopefully, anticipating looking up more information of the Nie Recovery online.}

I'll end this entry with how i ended my speech...
{"Next time you are on facebook, piddling around, snarking about your Ex’s new relationship, or contemplating how “anyone could go out wearing THAT?” take a moment to check out the NieRecovery and offer a prayer or perhaps a small money donation. A family’s love this strong, an inspiration which burns so brightly for thousands around the world, is too great to watch dwindle. Stories of hope like this are too important to miss, so important to share."}

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Monday, December 1, 2008

missing you


dearest Gma,
We had a lovely Thanksgiving break, though we missed you terribly. I know you were right there with us, though it sometimes feels as if our hearts are panging louder each moment with its sorrow of having lost you. I hope you are doing well, & are surrounded every minute with the eternal grace and love God has lovingly prepared for us. I have yet to fully accept the fact you will not be here this Christmas. It will be exceptionally bittersweet, while it will be filled with the joys of the little one's & their ever-evolving personalities, however, i would give anything to be able to sit with you at your kitchen table, munching on gardettos, drinking fresca & playing cards with the warmth of our families love & joy surrounding us. While we both manage to cope with our newly changed lives, always remember that i love you more than words could ever attempt to say... & know that i am with you always, as you are with me.
Love always,
Anna
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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Once.

i haven't had the chance to see this film yet... but i listen to the soundtrack any chance i get. my thanksgiving break to do list definitely includes getting my paws on a copy of this film and watching it while sipping on some warm apple cider. sounds like a wonderful idea to me!
you should, too.
{Check out the Once trailer, below}


{definitely check out the soundtrack, you can listen to it below.}
ONCE Soundtrack
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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

thanksgiving love.

nothing is better than spending quality times with the one's you love while enjoying delicious food. i am so excited to spend some quality time with my wonderful friends and family & forget about school for awhile.

{thanksgiving flashbacks...}

{my brother & niece carolyn, thanksgiving 2005}


{My cousins Jon, Mike, & Geoff, thanksgiving 2007}

{Myself & my lovely siblings Emily, Christopher, & Katie, thanksgiving 2007}

{my darling niece carolyn & nephew nathan, thanksgiving 2006}


i love this time of year
it always brings me here
to be with you
Praise God from whom all blessings flow
-{sara groves, to be with you}


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Friday, November 21, 2008

the newly hatched redbirds.


C o n g r a t u l a t i o n s to my cousin Jon [Ekey] & his good friend Justin [Clark] for signing with the Illinois State Redbirds Men's Basketball team!!
read Jon's article here.
& Justin's article here.

I'm so proud of you boys!
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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

a moment in the life of Nathan.



date:11.18.2008 time:05:37.p.m.















date:11.18.2008 time:05:42.p.m.














who knew building a log cabin was easier than dressing yourself??
& that my friends, is why
i

L

O
V
E
[this kid].

date:11.18.2008
time:06:17.p.m.
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Monday, November 17, 2008

the birthday list.

today i sent out an email containing a Birthday List.
this Birthday List included Grandchildren & Great-Grandchildren from the Allen side of the family. i accidentally forgot my lovely sister Emily.
see just how lovely my sister Emily was in alerting me that i had forgotten her on the Birthday List.

{real email which i received:}

Hey jackass,
My kids look correct, unfortunately I was left off the grandchildren list all together! Good try sister, better luck next time booting me from the fam-damly.
Hugs,
Emily

isn't she just lovely?



{Emily & I circa 1989.}
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Saturday, November 15, 2008

this is love.


i've decided to change my blog address to "little reminders of love"
...obviously. after having been told multiple times by my sister that i should NEVER change your blog address!... i'll give you two good reasons why i would ever do such a CRAZY THING!
1. i want my blog to be filled with stories and moments of LOVE
.
2. "my comical chronicle" is being reserved for another occasion... just wait. ;)

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_21&listing_id=17109035

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

you couldn't have been anymore perfect.





Dearest Gma,
Right now I am writing you to tell you how very much i love you. we are all very sad that you had to leave earth so suddenly to be in heaven, but we trust that God has a very special reason for doing so. Perhaps he was craving some of your delicious pull-apart cake, or maybe he simply needed you safe at his side, helping him watch over all of us. I wish i knew why, however, i do not. but like i said, we trust in his ways. Don't worry, we will be just fine. Our hearts will mend, but they will never be the same. They will be stronger and filled with more and more of the love you send down everyday. I simply wish to let you know one thing. i love you.
I wish i could have said a proper goodbye to you- But in a way i did, because i always tell you that i love you. & if there is one thing i wish for you to always know its that i love you.
I cherish every memory we shared and i have a plethora of them to look back on. I will never forget the endless hours we all spent sitting at your kitchen table sunday nights telling stories from our weeks before. I will never forget the way you listened so genuinely sharing in all our laughs and worries. I will never forget the way you would call me "doll" when you would answer the phone and how anytime we got to your house you were there greeting us with a "yooohoo!" i still hear it sometimes, you know? i love you. i always looked forward to coming to visit, listening to your stories and hearing about your past. i like to think that we are alike, only i only wish to be as amazing of a gma as you were. Thats what makes it all the harder. my friends don't understand the pain which my heart feels right now. they were not as blessed as i was; they didn't have you as a grandma. none of their grandmas had 2 refrigerators, played hours and hours of games with them, or spread such love as you did. and you know what gma? i love you. i loved how you were always 10x's more fashionable than us granddaughters, and i loved that you were such a lady of class. i love that you always loved us, said we were cute, even when we were in our awkward-going-through-puburity-years. (ha!) i love that people say i look like you. because you were always so beautiful. i love that you made christmas's so magical, i love that you made every gathering so magical. i love you.
so now that God has decided to take you away from us, please watch over us in love. Please let us know that you are ok, and that you are with your family. Gma please let us know that you know how much we love you. how much i love you. please send our love to everyone and always remember how much i love you. i'll keep writing, if you keep reading. :)

Goodnight Gma,

& remember that i love you.
<3 & xoxo -
Anna
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Monday, November 10, 2008

love.

“When you look at your life the greatest happiness are family happinesses.”

-Dr. Joyce Brothers

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

"the proof will be in the pudding"

yesterday i voted in my first presidential election.
i walked in feeling proud & blessed to call myself an American. after i signed my name in the book-o-voters, i scurried over to the voting booth and anxiously read over the ballot... careful not to miss any small detail of direction. after 10min of filling out my ballot meticulously, i exited the booth containing myself from bursting into song singing...
"AND IM PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN--WHERE AT LEAST I KNOW IM FREEEEE!! & I WONT FORGET THE MEN WHO DIED, WHO GAVE THAT RIGHT TO ME....."
but i didn't know if that was acceptable professionally or socially...
--anywho,
although the turnout was not as i had hoped for, casting my choice was a greatness in itself.

to do:
homework, homework, homework, clean dorm room, homework, homework.
i pray that i am able to get the motivation to do these things...

-cheerio!
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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

“We are sisters. We will always be sisters.Our differences may never go away, but neither, for me, will our song.”

my oldest sister katie writes a blog. Katie's blog led me to an amazing lady's blog named Stephanie Nielson. Her blog is called NieNie's Dialogues. NieNie's blog led me to her sister's blog.
NieNie was in a terrible plane wreck with her husband Christian-- this news broke my heart.
this is an article about their story.
it will bring tears to your eyes- but it will make you smile.
it made me smile, and then cry-- & it reminded me of the sacred relationship sisters share,
& most of all, it reminded me of my sisters-- how much i love them & how blessed i am to have them.


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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

KU TENNIS CLUB-- Where Love Means Nothing.


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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

"Nothing can compare to deserving your dream"

this week has been hectic, to say the least... so as i sit down to compile a collection of shenanigans-- which are absolutely ridiculous & unbelievable--i would rather take this time to obey my dove chocolate & "take a deep breath"...
thus leaving you with the genius of "Jem"
check it out.
Its Amazing - Jem
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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

an ode to brilliance.


To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else
is the greatest accomplishment.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson

another great reason why I LOVE MY DAD.

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Monday, October 6, 2008

when all else fails...Procrastinate!

i love looking at pictures, especially when i am avoiding my homework.
here is one of my new favorites.

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Saturday, October 4, 2008

the bittersweetness of finding old cd's.


The Format - On Your Porch
I was on your porch, The smoke sank into my skin,
So I came inside to be with you,
We talked all night,
About everything you could imagine,
'Cause come the morning,
I'll be gone,
And as our eyes start to close,
I turn to you and I let you know,
That I love you.


Well, my dad was sick,
My mom she cared for him,
Her loving nursed him back to life,
And me, I ran, I couldn't even look at him,
For fear I'd have to say goodbye,

And as I start to leave,
He grabs me by the shoulder and he tells me,
"Whats left to lose? You've done enough,
And if you fail then you fail but not to us,
'Cause these last three years, I know they have been hard,
But now it's time to get out of the desert and into the sun,

Even if its alone."

So now here I sit,

In a hotel off of Sunset
My thoughts bounce off Sam's guitar,
And thats the way its been,
Ever since we were kids,
but now,
Now, we've got something to prove,
And I, I can see their eyes, T
hen tell me something, can they see mine?
'Cause whats left to lose? I've done enough,
And if I fail then I fail but I gave it a shot,

'Cause these last three years I know they have been hard,
But now it's time to get out of the desert and into the sun,

Even if it's alone, (Even if it's alone)
Even if it's alone.

I was on your porch last night,
The smoke, it sank into my skin.

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Friday, October 3, 2008

A Machine Told Me to Drive Into A Lake!

GPS blamed as truck crashes on steep road

October 03, 2008 02:30pm

http://www.news.com.au/technology/story/0,25642,24440686-5014239,00.html

A TRUCK driver led astray by his GPS device drove onto a road unsuitable for heavy vehicles and crashed, narrowly avoiding an 80 metre drop.

Police said the 49-year-old man from Ipswich was lucky to escape his semi-trailer when it rolled on a gravel corner at Mapleton in the Sunshine Coast hinterland yesterday morning.

The truck came to rest against a tree, dangling over an 80 metre drop.

The driver said he was following instructions from his GPS to travel between Brisbane and Kenilworth when it directed him onto Obi Obi Rd, which was unsuitable for heavy vehicles.

A Queensland Police spokesman said the driver had passed a warning sign at the bottom of the steep road that prohibited large truck access.

Police and the Department of Transport will investigate.

A spokesman for the RACQ said the state's changeable weather and road conditions meant it was wise for drivers to check road conditions before they set out, instead of relying on GPS alone.




Michael:
I drove my car into a [bleep] lake. Why you may ask did I do this? Well, because of a machine. A machine told me to drive into a lake. And I did it! I did it because I trusted Ryan's precious technology, and look where it got me.


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Thursday, October 2, 2008

say what!?

i was just enjoying a gmail chat with my older brother, Christopher & i was surprised to see him respond with this...
[me: i rock
christopher: whateva]
while i was expecting a rude quip as a response, i was not expecting such HIP SPELLING!

look at my brother becoming so ballin'!
Thank you Wisconsin, its about time!
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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

My life...in a nutshell.

“I can't stand cheap people. It makes me real mad when someone says something like, "Hey, when are you going to pay me that $100 you owe me?" or "Do you have that $50 you borrowed?" Man, quit being so cheap!” -Jack Handey

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Monday, September 29, 2008

“If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older.”

recapping one of the best weekends i've had in a while.
Geoff's visit.
______________________________________________
[first we explored Mass Street & ate at Rudy's.]

{yum, yum, yum pizza pizza}

_________________________________
[next we headed to the KU Carnival]

{arrival time: 8:04p.m.}

{cupCAKE Walk CHAMPIONS.}

{1 cotton candy, 3 cokes, 1 pretzel, half a bag of icecream, 2 waters, 4 pieces of popcorn... & 5 spinning rides.}



"you, you're my best friend."



{time of departure: 12:03a.m.}
____________________________________
{...so on the way back to the dorm we decided to have an impromptu family reunion.}


{WE LOVE YOU UNCLE PHOG}
_________________________________________________
{back to the dorm: 12:43a.m., THE OFFICE MARATHON KICK OFF: 1:03a.m.}...{asleep: 1:15a.m.}
{Geoff's departure: 1:08p.m.}
{the end of a great weekend.}
__________________________________________________________________________________




{THE END.}

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

"HIDE THE HAMSTER"

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

parent's weekend

this past weekend was
Parent's Weekend.
my dad came to visit me, although i live less than 5 miles from home.
it was pretty sweet. i love spending time with my pops.
[even if he is ruthless when playing ping pong.]
me --after losing a match of ping pong: "Wanna play again?"
dad--while swinging at the air trying to work on his "form": "YOU BET!"
i won. 2-1.

[i think this picture sums up our relationship best.]
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Friday, September 19, 2008

a little reminder.

“Even though we've changed and we're all finding our own place in the world, we all know that when the tears fall or the smile spreads across our face, we'll come to each other because no matter where this crazy world takes us, nothing will ever change so much to the point where we're not all still friends.”-author unknown.
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Monday, September 15, 2008

Your smile I keep on file.

As today progressed, and the more i got the urge to burst into tears, i decided early on that i needed to be surrounded by the one's i really love in order to pick myself up out of this rut.
while many of my loved ones span across this large world, i am blessed to have a few right here in town.
so naturally, when in a slump, needing a comedian/magician/dragon-fighter/actor/musician... who else to turn to but nathan. there is
not one soul who will not smile just at the site of this kid's contagious giggles...

seeing as
how nathan is the oldest of my nephews and nieces, we share a particularly close bond.


So naive, it helps me to breathe
Your smile I keep on file
You tickle me pink.
I love the way you think
So when I'm feeling low I know
I'm your greatest fan




Little man I'm endlessly proud of you

In such a short time span
You've filled my heart with joy
As I grow older, you grow wiser
Watching my mistakes
Memorize where I've gone wrong




If they fall way
I'll stay with you
But do as I say and not as do
Trust me and you'll see
All I want is what is best for you




Little man your head is full of dreams
If only I could spend one day touring
Your imagination
If I live longer you'll grow faster
At recognizing the traps that cause
Me such frustration




If they fall way
I'll stay with you
But do as I say and not as I do
trust me and you'll see
All I want is what is best for you




So naive, it helps me to breathe
Your smile I keep on file
You tickle me pink.
I love the way you think
So when I'm feeling low I know
I'm your greatest fan



[SIA "Little Man"]
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