To all the Guinea Pigs

This is for all of you guinea pigs, the test rats, the ones who clear the path, the ones who were the first to brave the womb.

This is for all of you first borns. Continue reading


15. Two Influential Teachers

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.  ~Henry Brooks Adams

God blessed me with two amazing teachers growing up. They not only taught me academics, but they also encouraged me in my relationship with Christ. It is not often that you experience two phenomenal teachers in one lifetime. Continue reading

14. Extended Family

Uncles, aunties, cousins, granddad and his wife, great-aunts, great uncles, etc.

I have a pretty big extended family. I’m not close to all of them but I have some great memories with most of them. I might not see eye-to-eye with some of them on different issues, but I know that God gave me the best family for me. I know that they love me and I love them. We are family and that is what matters. For that I am thankful.

12. Happy Childhood Memories

I am truly blessed to say that I had a happy childhood. It makes me so sad when I hear of people who can only think of a few happy memories of when they were a child. My parents made sure my siblings and I had many enjoyable experiences to reminisce about when we are older .

Whether they are big memories, like the two trips we made to Disney World, or small memories, like using Wal-Mart bags to skate down the plastic covered hallway 🙂 , I have a myriad of great childhood experiences to take with me when I leave home. I can only hope that I can give my own children the same great memories of enjoying being together as a family. 😀

11. Homeschooling

I am so thankful that in 2002, God called my mom to take Arianna and me out of school to homeschool us. I am even more thankful that she answered the call. Things have been tough at times but I believe the benefits of homeschooling are worth the tough times. Continue reading

10. Grandma Ava

I wouldn’t be surprised if I searched for ‘selfless’ in the dictionary and found your name listed there. You were always caring for anyone who needed it. Whether it was your parents, siblings, nieces and nephews, or grandchildren, you were always thinking of someone else. Continue reading