~things to be thankful for

Going on a walk as a family down the dirt road 

Being able to live in the country <3 #countrylove

A new skirt me bestie gave me 

Being able to see my Uncle while we were in Nebraska! (POST COMING SOON!)

ice cream. 'nuf said. 😊 #it'smyhappyplace

I'm really really thankful for this-otherwise just Ashley, and her wonderful creativity <3 <3
This beautiful thing XDD

This little man-because my life wouldn't be the same without him <3


Walks with micah and him falling asleep sweetly in the stroller 

WE GOT A PET SNAKE || Of pythons and chickens and kittens

4 ft long Spider Python...xD 

Pippin's face- LOVE IT. 

YEP. we got  a python!!!!!!!!!! His name is Twister and he's so cute! We've fed him thrice, and it's always so fun!! We think he may have a mental disorder cause he's kinda a dorky snake, but he's still cute.  We held him last night and he was just fine! (He's a constrictor so he can't really hurt you ;))
and our new kitten might be messed up too...HE'S WEIRD. anyways...
and we also got 22 new chickens which are such a blessing!!! (and only one of them is messed up..lol)

Have you ever held a snake?
Do you like snakes???


dreams unending

Ah, so sweet and pure. I dream  of the making of rainbows and where stars go.
 I dream of how seashells find their way,
I dream of the making of the day. I dream of the dragon's heads that I always
see when I look upon an orchid. I dream beneath a misty window then peer
out into the dusty rain. I dream of finding romance, and of those stories which I read
and which I watch. I dream of gentle breezes and of ink in typewriters, and
when color bursts into existence in the deep blue sky. I dream when the sun
isn't at it's peak, so I dream the sun has a goal to which it needs to meet. Because humans
are not the only ones who have purpose, for I dream of that too.
I dream of stardust and what it might do if I sprinkle it onto your brunette head, and if
butterflies ever wonder -- like I do -- if the flowers are placed there especially for them. I dream
of the vain hummingbird and how we are alike. I dream of being something more,
I dream of living in an adventure that I can retell my grandchildren,
and not be the uninteresting, dull little girl who did nothing in her life. Who barely made
anyone smile because she tried so hard to. I dream of soaring
into the clouds, bottling some of it in a little jar, then bringing it back down
and keeping it close to my heart forever. For clouds are high in the sky,
and I will never be up there with them...so the bottled clouds will be a little bit of dreaming.

-all credit goes to my amazing friend, Amelia. she's crazy wonderful  yo! 


A mini mission trip [training] + PHOTO DUMP ALERT.


Wow like where do I even start???

June 23-30 was probably one of the best weeks of my life. I learned so much, and made so many new friends. I became an 'Auntie' to 5 precious little children. 
On 6.23.17 I went to AR to stay with a family we had met the previous month. I stayed with a family we are really good friends with, and every morning I went over to the Z's house to help out. I cleaned and cooked and took care of some of the children for the mom to get a nap.  (she said that changed her life, lol!!) These people were so much fun, and the best memories ever were made!! 
It was my 'training' for going to Africa. My first 'mission' trip. I missed my family so much, but now that I'm back I miss them SO. MUCH!!!! *cries* We really need to visit them! *sniffs*

I've decided not to put all these pictures in exact order. I'm gonna do more in other posts, cause there are around 200 I think. I'm planning on getting all of them printed out and put into an album, to forever keep. ugh i miss them so much!!!!

The very first day we went to a turtle race...I never thought I would be so excited about turtles!!?! #onlyinMO/AR 


David's big brown eyes steal my heart! He's the cutest little man everr! I love him so much, and told Maria to make sure he grows up calling me 'Auntie Paige' <3333 (I also made that hat for him jsyk)
I love this little 'Science Kid'!!! (otherwise known as Hosanna xD)

anddd this is Michael..the mischievous little boy! He's a real sweetie tho and always calls me his Sweet Heartie <333

My first Mocha Frappe. omw we joked forever about this thing!!!

Me and Zipporah, the oldest. 

Scarlet..such a cutie!!!

...we joked forevs about these too....

I also had asparagus for the first time..IT WAS SOOOO GOODDD! (this was when I made dinner, it was fried fish with  veggies! :3

We went swimming at Bull shoals. It was flooded o it was like a water park!! With the slide and swings which were so much fun!!

this crazy dude is known as Pappa Pepper to all the internet folks...HE IS SUCH A GOOF. 

Luci came over while I baked dessert and heated up lasagna. She's a lot of fun!! (and btw Betsy if you're reading this ya need to give me your email lol!)

Hannah came over with her adorabs  children and we got to catch up. She is so sweet!!!

This was the very last picture I took..driving down the dusty long driveway from New Life. My emotions were pretty mixed up, terribly sad that I had to leave, but so happy to be going home.

-Memories made with the Z's-

>Catching turtles and snakes in swamps
>Mocha Frappes and the worlds best gummy worms 
>Shopping for food and ending up getting at least 17 headbands..
>David staring at me with his huge brown eyes
>[New Life] talking with everyone there...I miss them!!
>Hosanna grabbing me in a big bear hug every night before I left 
>Scarlet and Zipporah helping me with dinner
>Swinging with the girls
>Michael giving me hugs
>All of them showing me their animals {woodchucks, baby ducklings, turtles and rabbits}
>Seeing a little chick that hatched (sadly it didn't make it)
>Snorkeling and swimming under the slides and swinging above the water then jumping into it XDD
>Crocheting with Zipporah 
>Joking around with Pappa Pepper about the fried fish I made...
>[New Life] Holding all the babies! Isaiah, Abbi, and David..I'm convinced that babies love me!! xp
>Baking brownie cookie things with the girls and exploding the brownie mix EVERYWHERE. It covered my outfit and half the kitchen! :O
>Telling [Mr. K] that I'd been craving Chinese food for 3 months and then eating THE BEST CHINESE FOOD!
>Speaking Spanish and French with Oscar
>Mom calling me and saying that it was like a huge iceberg was missing from our family while I was gone <333
>Eating ice cream and cookies before I left :) = :( 

And Pappa Pepper- when you read this tell all those crazy cuties running around your house that I miss them immensely and YOU NEED TO COME VISIT US!!! I miss y'all!!! 


Joel 2 || ◇◇ Devotional

 For the day of the Lord cometh, it is nigh at hand.
Okay, if you're like me, when you come to a Bible reference or anything like, that, a certain chapter in your Bible study, you will say , I have already read that..so what's the use of reading it again?? ..and then move on without much of a thought. You might feel guilty at first, but soon it is forgotten.
Guys, this is an AWFUL habit. I'm trying really hard and praying a lot about it this month. I'm on day 25 of my Bible study and really enjoying it. 
Tip: When you are reading something that seems useless and boring, imagine the whole picture in your head. You can do this with practically any part of the Bible!

So here we're practicing that with Joel 2.  When you are reading this part of chapter 2, act like it's a book. That didn't always help me because as y'all know, I don't really like reading. But nonetheless, the picture it painted was crazy. Moons of blood and starts that withdrew their shine...God is seriously the best author..of everything.

A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.

A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.

The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run.

Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.

Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness.

They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks:

Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded.

They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief.

The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:

And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

 So, what did you think? And it wasn't even that terribly long eh?

And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.