What c o n n e c t i o n means to me || PICTURE OVERLOAD.

c o n n e c t i o n.

It's truly a wonderful thing, to connect with someone. There are levels of connection, there are the common interests, and then the level of very, very deep connection...the type where you can talk until 2 am and not get tired. You can cry and laugh at the same time and they laugh and cry with you. 
I believe that people need connection. And for me, it's something that I even desire. I care deeply for people and there feelings, and that's part of it. To connect with someone, you have to care, make effort. It's not easy to find the friend that you can be weird around and they except it, it's really not. 
Connection can be difficult. To connect, I think we have to share, and in return, the person has to share with you. But not everybody is just going to tell you there deepest struggles and life problems... it takes time and investment.  I'm not saying that you have to always be digging around in other people's lives, but to show that you care you must make time to just be with them, get to know them better, etc.
So I'm challenging y'all, go find 3 people and invest some time in listening to them, or talking to them. Really think about it, if it's just messaging or in real-life. Remember that if you're praying for it, God will give you opportunities to share with people, help people. 
Btw, in my opinion, you can never have too many friends. ;)

P.s This has been in drafts for awhile. finally posting it. xD
p.p.s all of these pictures are special to me, just like a time in my life that I treasure and will want to remember later on down the road. <33

What does connection mean to you?
Do you like cilantro?? xDD


Books & what I learned/am learning || What happened on Vacation {{AMAZING}}

-A passage to India
-Mother & Child project
-One Woman's quest
-Beautiful Girlhood 
[not pictured]
-One Child's Journey out of Autism 
-Keeping Secrets (an amish novel)
-Migrant Girl 

I've liked reading this month. It was a little easier finding books that were good, most of these Ashley had already read, so I knew they were decent. "Beautiful Girlhood" was a good read, very simple but truthful. And "Migrant Girl' was also very simple, so I liked it! 
I've been learning a lot about Special Needs. I learned so much reading the book about Autism, how to calm children (with Autism) down, certain things that affect them, diets, mercury, etc.  I have also been learning a lot about Downs Syndrome. How their extra chromosome makes it more difficult to talk, and even move muscles. They seem to be such happy people though, they always seem to make me smile just being around them. <3 

Which brings me to, what happened on vacation. 
Our very last night there, me and my brothers were up swimming in the pool. It was very close to our condo, so we were really happy! A little Downs Syndrome girl comes and gets in the water, and immediately comes over to me. The Mom kept apologizing, but I told her that it's completely fine, since I'm basically a child magnet! I played with her for a little while, she repeated everything I did, which was cracking us up!! She had the cutest smile. She was 8, and loved the water. We were buddies! Her parents kept thanking me over and over, and even said that I needed to be a Special Needs teacher!! Which, I've also been thinking about, and learning about. 
It was just really amazing, having an opportunity to show love like that. And then the story goes on...
As we were packing up the next day, they were also packing up! In fact, our vehicles were right by each other, so we got to talk quite a bit! We are hoping to be able to get to know them better.
It was just a really amazing thing, making new friends and being able to show love to someone. They were so sweet! I hope we'll be able to see them sometime, I think about them a lot. <33

Have you ever interacted with someone Special Needs?
I'll probably do more posts about Special Needs. What did you think of this post? 
Any opportunities to show love lately? 
<3 <3 


random & quick || WOW it's actually October...?

I'm not sure how it has rolled around to that time of year again. It's almost like I'm unprepared for winter..? Time has come and gone without me! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
Anywho, I'm currently suffering from a headcold, not the most pleasant thing. ๐Ÿ˜ต๐Ÿ˜ณ
But I am really looking forward to all the autumn stuff, EVERYONE IS RIGHT? We still have like, 90 to 100 degree weather, but I think it might be getting colder! ๐Ÿ˜„
So, our computer is being weird, so I can't view my hangouts. *very sad* To anyone who has messaged me I'M NOT IGNORING YOU!  I can email with mom's old phone, so we can do that. ;) (Mom has a new phone so this is basically mine๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜)
As soon as the I get the laptop good there shall be many posts!
Y'all are awesome! ♡♡

○Thank you for sticking by me my friends○

《What's up in your life? 

《WE MUST CHAT. (must)  
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wee little vacation w/ lots of amazingness & review of september}}

This September we went to Branson for a family getaway. <3 It was very nice, and some amazing things actually happened. Butttt, that is going to mostly be in a different post. XD First the fun stuff!
We went Kayaking, peddle-boating, swimming, and I was constantly drinking cappuccinos!!! THEY. ARE. TO. DIE. FOR. 
I walked a lot, mostly with Micah, we explored everywhere! 
We also went to a Light Show, which was awesome and they played the song that I CAN PLAY (on violin!!!) It was AWESOME, cuz now i feel like I can actually play a 'professional' song. XDD 
I found a passion for something a little new, it's always been there, but now it's just stronger. (MORE IN ANOTHER POST) 


the fun Shuttle bus  ^-^

Epic little spin-turny things Ash did with us!!

Beautiful view and amazing sunset <333

Eating dinner...*ash comes and snaps a pic* Me: I was like, smiling weird or something...?


more then amazing light show XDD

Salted buttered popcorn =DD

Bokeh on the way home <3

Soo, looking at this post it may as well be squeezed into a September review... so here i go...xD


[When Mom puts spinach in the keesh and the 5 yr old says, "Why are you putting leaves in our food??!?]

Dad in his 'goofy mood' (I LOVE IT XDD)

Lilli: Wow. I am just a tiny ant compared to God and Jesus!

When you look at someone, and then bust out laughing again....:'D

Lilli: *sits down with her hotdog* Can you pass me the feet relish? #lolololol

^When Caden eats an obserd amount of hotdogs ....Dad: *hugs  caden* "Goodnight hotdog, see you in the morning...as a walking hotdog!!"

Various comments from Lilliana such as: "My legs feel like I don't have legs." or "When I close my eyes it feels like I'm a ball python." (she is quite the drama queen XD)

Elias: I bet I'm smarter then you!

Me: Ok, what is Bronchopulmanary Dyspalsia?
Elias: uh, a place where they keep horses..?
Me: *cracks up* Ok, How would you assess a situation if someone was having a seizure on the sidewalk?
Elias: *creases eyebrows* Assessct my stichturation with someone having surgery on a sidewalk???


lots and lots of turtle cheesecake with Mom <333

having this immense amount of pears + green beans =DD (we pickled the green beans)

WE BUILT A TREEHOUSE!!!!!! [basically it's amazing k]

The sky took my breath away so many times i thought i was going to die... #skylover

We got a buncha peaches so I made a peach sauce for pancakes ;D

Going up on the roof and stargazing with Josh #hesthebest

Hand washing dishes for like 16298420561 hours (not so awesome)

taking the littles to pick the last wildflowers ๐ŸŒผ

I read a bunch and learned a bunch YAY  :D

Making a huge cookie for breakfast #onlyme?

Going to the park and catching around 30-40 crawdads XD

Ashley randomly bringing me home an M&M Mcflurry <33

We gave Micah his first haircut!!!

a failed attempt at sleeping on the trampoline #toocold

Me, Mom & Ash going out for a girls night and eating chinese food (another yay!!!)

OUR CHIROPRACTOR CAME TO BRANSON so we all got adjusted + he's the best. 

having to get rid of like 783645 shirts that don't fit anymore :/ 

70's weather like yassss

Making pancakes with Micah before anyone was awake and he was sucha snuggle bug <33

(and btw i'm writing this post in bed by lilli who's asleep #preciousness ^.^ )

i painted my nails orange and they look fab and amazing and all the stuffs 

Being sick for like the first two weeks of this month :'(

Pretty much feeling a little weird with how quickly things are changing and, I'm growing up... #yeahweird

Going thrift store shopping with Mom ;D


Getting reallyyyy excited about fall and I TRIED A PUMPKIN DONUT!!!!! (it was great <3) ๐Ÿ๐Ÿฉ

Little goober...i think he was eating cheetos or something XDD

What did you do this month? 
Ever feel weird about getting older?
Favorite picture? 

paige lavay xx