Saturday, January 23, 2010

Fun in the Snow

The weather finally got above 30 degrees, so we were able to take the kids out to play. We had a great time playing in the snow!

No matter how many times we told them how dirty the snow was...they insisted on eating it.

Special People: Lauren

Today I would like to introduce you to another special person in my life...Lauren. Lauren was my play mate all my childhood life. I have so many wonderful memories with my little sister. All the memories of playing with dolls, barbies, playing school ( I was always the teacher of course), building forts out of our bunk beds, and on and on... However, I also have many many memories of us fighting, fighting about what we would play next, which doll house person she would have, etc...we fought A LOT! However although we fought a lot, my love for her never stopped growing. And the older I get the more I grow to love her. She is always there to cheer me up and offer a bright smile. Lauren means the world to me and I love her so very dearly.

Computers, computers..

Yea! I am back. Back to taking notes on my computer, back to checking my email, back to blogging, well..back to life with my laptop. The day after I wrote my previous blog on simply not stressing out about school this year, it happened... I really think God was testing me. He said, "Ok- you are going to trust me this semester...ok, so it shouldn't bother you at all if I break your computer cord. Then it shouldn't bother you in the least bit that your replacement cord won't arrive for 10 day. And you know if you are really trusting me- Brooke you will be content to write all your notes out- even though half of your notes are already on the computer. If you are trusting me this semester..this won't bother you." Well I think I failed the test at least at the beginning. It was simply aggravating not to have a computer to do my homework on and take notes on. However, I honestly do think that God was telling me to simply trust. Even in something as simply as a computer cord, God taught me a lesson....Trust, trust, trust...

Monday, January 11, 2010

Second Semester Sophmore...

Well, today was my first day back to school. I am actually pretty exited about this semester. Although, to be completely honest I would have to say I really do not particularly enjoy school. I don't like the pressure, the tests, the quizzes, and the countless hours of sitting in the classroom, and did I mention the homework...the reports. Simply, I am not a great student. Now I do like to learn- but college always stresses me out. However, this semester I am excited. No- not about the homework and tests. Actually I am already dreading that. But I am looking at this school year a little differently. Last semester and the semester before I saw that I cannot do it. I simply cannot get through college, go to work every day, date, have ministries, and try to spend time with my family. I can't. I try and I try- I simply get so stressed out! And I don't know why- but I can't handle it. So this semester I'm giving it all over to God. Yes, I will still have to studying for two- three hours for every tests. But instead of stressing out between work and school. I am going to rely on God. Somehow in my hectic schedule of 2009 I forgot the several promises God made to me. I forgot that God is my helper. God wants to help me. He knows how I get weak I am. He knows how I get sick and stressed out. I personally think He allows me to get this way to get my attention. Without this weakness,- I would completely forget my Helper, my God. This semester like any other will have its share of difficulties and trials. However this semester will be one in which I try God, and I am confident that God will show Himself in a real and mighty way to me.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Special People: Nicole

s Nicole is one of the most special people to me in the entire world. Not only is she my co-worker and friend, but she is also my big sis, and I am so lucky to have her in my life. She knows me inside and out. We have grown up with each other. I remember all the fights we used to get into, however things are so different now. Now, I look forward to every time we get to simply hang out together. One reason why I love my big sis so much is simply because she has always been there for me. From elementary to high school to college to work. I always have known I can count on her. I remember times in elementary or high school when people were plain mean, she would be right by my side comforting me. Then she would go have a talk with some girls. I remembering entering into college...I was so nervous, But Nicole took me right under her wing and helped me get started. Getting a job was another big step. I am naturally very shy. However, once again my big sister showed me the ropes. I honestly don't know how I would have ever made it without a big sister...actually I still don't know how I would make it without my Nicole. She means so much to me. I don't think she realizes how much I look up to her in every way. She is so much more than a sister to me...she is also my dear friend

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Special People: My Parents

Before I begin I must be sure to let all my readers know that I have the best parents in the entire world.
Lets begin with my dad. I have so many great childhood memories with my dad. I recall him playing pretty pretty princess with my sisters and I, and him allowing me to fix his hair for him. I remember playing "tickle pickle", or my all time favorite, "monster." I have so many great memories with my dad that I wouldn't trade for anything. However, there is more to him than fun and games. I know that his desire is to raise great girls. He doesn't want his girls to simply make it, he wants us to be the best that we possibly can be. I have learned so many valuable lessons from my dad. My dad isn't perfect,but boy is he close. He is terrific father, and a great example. I love you so much daddy
Next I would like you to meet my wonderful mother. My mom is a picture of what I hope, imagine, and dream to be one day. She is an amazing example of what a Christian mother and wife should be. She always has time to sit, listen, and offer her words of wisdom. I can think back to so many times in my childhood, when I thought the world was coming to an end. But somehow, someway my mommy mended it all together again. And now that I am a bit older I still know that I can talk to my mom about everything. I know my mom is always there for me. I love you so much mommy!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Special People

Some people come into our lives and quickly go, others stay for a while and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never ever the same.
This year I am going to write several posts simply on Special people...some people who have made a difference in my life, some who have love me unconditionally all my life, some who simply make me smile. They all are very special to me ,and I am so blessed to have them in my life.

Home again...

Well I just returned from my trip to Milwaukee Wisconsin. I had great time visiting Paul and his family. Paul and I were able to have a simply wonderful time together. We had so much fun shopping, ice skating, eating, and simply chatting and catching up with each other. We were also able to attend a Milwaukee Bucks Basketball game. I had a great time getting to know Paul's family better. Here are a few pictures of my amazing past 4 days...

Me, Paul, and Grandma Hoover