Saturday, 29 September 2012


Hey everyone! Sooo....Wednesday the 19th was the WORST day ever!!! I went to the dentist office at 2:00 and I came out at 4:00! I did eight molds of my teeth, two of them I had to hold in for four minutes a piece! Thank God I didn't gag! It was horrible. Then I had to get panoramic X-Rays of my face done, which is a picture of my head all the way around, and my wheelchair wouldn't fit in the room! So my mother had to hold me on a stool while bending down to make sure this machine didn't hit her in the head! It was painful for me and awkward for her... And if that wasn't enough, they had to take pictures of the inside of my mouth with a camera, so they used this one tool to pull my lips apart and then put a huge mirror in my mouth! I didn't know that that many objects could fit in my mouth at the same time... So by the time I was done, I was exhausted, cranky and sore and when I got home... I ate a giant piece of chocolate cake...

Besides that, I started school which is going great and.... have been cooking up a storm! This week in the cooking adventures: I made a delicious pumpkin spice shake, pumpkin chip muffins and the best spring rolls I have ever tasted! I sauteed by myself for the first time which was very fun, and stirred something in a very hot frying pan! I didn't burn or mess up anything so I deem this cooking adventure successful!

Join me next time on another episode of... COOKING ADVENTURES WITH GRACE!!!

Pumpkin Chip Muffins

Pumpkin Spice Shake
Me sauteing! Notice anything different about me?

Spring Rolls

I got new glasses!!!
Enjoy the fall colours!      

Monday, 10 September 2012

Tis a dark and stormy day...

Hello everyone! Well as the title says, tis a dark and stormy day! I like these days once and a while as they end up being my relaxation days, which is precisely what I'm doing right now. Listening to my "calming" music as I like to call it, and writing in my blog! The perfect combination!

Anyway, for this blog I'd like to talk about my goals for this year. Now I know that technically I'm supposed to do this on a new year, but I suppose that a new school year is basically the same thing...

Goal number 1~ Get into a better relationship with God: As I mentioned in my last blog, I sort of slipped out of my relationship with God because of how stressful school was and everything. I plan on getting back into The Word, talking to God and maybe even leading someone to the Lord! I want to be lead by the Spirit and always be listening for Him.

Goal number 2~ Try and get off the computer: I find myself on the computer probably a lot more than I should be and I want to put a stop to that! I am going to do this by reading, writing, drawing, getting out more often even if it means getting a little wet and spending a lot more time with my family and friends. Hopefully that will keep me away from it! Get behind me satan computer!!!

Goal number 3~ Try not to be so uptight: I want to live my life without getting annoyed with the little things! What's wrong with getting caught in the rain? It's just water! What's wrong with having messy hair and no make-up? It's better to show the real me instead of worrying about what other people say or think! What's wrong with being goofy and random? Nothing at all, those are the moments you remember! What's wrong with being last minute and late instead of always on time and scheduled? It teaches you how to live the true life!

Goal number 4~ Take better care of myself: With all that being said, I do plan on taking better care of my face, hair, teeth and body in general! I plan on knowing my limits, and realizing that it's ok to say no!

Goal number 5~ Finish reading "The Hobbit" before Christmas: My siblings told me that I had to read "The Hobbit" and finish it before Christmas so we can go to the theatre to watch the movie together when it comes out! I did start it, but I neglected it for a while! I'm going to get back on it!

Goal number 6~ Get a job: I have decided that I want to get a job as to build up some income for University! These are the things I have to think about now that I'm in grade 11! Any suggestions?

Goal number 7~ Survive getting braces: Enough said........

So those are the goals I want to try, and I said try, accomplishing by the end of this year! Wish me luck!

Saturday, 8 September 2012

I'm letting go...

Hey everyone! Just thought I'd post something before I go to bed...getting to bed a little earlier tonight! Not only have I been getting to bed earlier but I've been waking up earlier too! Trying to get myself back into the school routine! I have about a week and a half before I go back to school, I'm just trying to prepare myself! I had a bit of a tough year last year, it was almost too stressful for me. I felt as though I had a giant weight on my shoulders that would not go away no matter what I did. I don't want that happening this year, but you know what I realized? I had no relief from the stress because I was trying to do something about it. Instead of giving it over to God and letting him take care of it, I was trying to be super woman and do it myself! You know what that does? It puts even more stress on yourself! Sometimes I think I can take on the world and do everything myself, I can deal with the stress and the pain all by myself! Then what's God there for? All last year he was just waiting for me to give it over to Him, to take my hands off the wheel and say, "you drive". But I don't want to give Him full control, I'll  give Him control over some stuff, but not everything! Why do I do this? Because I want MY life to go exactly as I plan, because I think I know best! But in reality, God is the one that made me, so shouldn't He know what's best for me, His own creation? God has this perfect plan for me, He had it all planned out, but you see, I come in and because I think I know best or I let my emotions get in the way, I stray off that plan, that path. And what ends up happening? I get to walk the long way around, the hard, rocky, bumpy long way around. I didn't have to choose that way, God was showing me the right way, but I let MYSELF get in the way. I have no one to blame but myself. So instead of trying to be super woman this year, which CLEARLY didn't work out, I'm going to ask God, "what do you want me to do this year?" or, "God, I'm stressed about this, could you help me?". I'm not always going to do everything right, but at least by doing it that way, I know I'm off to a pretty good start! So I encourage you to ask God what HE wants to happen in your life. As the song says, you just gotta throw your hands up in the air and say, "JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL"! Trust me, in the long run, things will go better that way! You never know what will happen!      

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Moonlight blogger...

Hey everyone! I just wanted to let you all know that you can watch the Paralympics live and archived on Youtube by typing paralympicsporttv into the search box! I encourage you to watch it! It will definitely inspire you!

Anyway, school is starting and with it comes a lot of new things and new adventures! New teacher, new grade and new courses! I'm quite excited for this school year! I am taking Biology, Math, French, Christian Studies, English, Social Studies, Graduation Planning, Foods and my favorite, Writing Fiction! The Writing Fiction course will be critiqued by an actual author! I'm not really used to writing fiction but I'm hoping it will push me out of my comfort zone and make me a better writer by the end of it. I am the least excited about French but I need it to get into University, so I will deal with it! I'm quite happy that I am just taking Biology because, to tell you the truth, I stink at Chemistry and Physics! I love Biology and am pretty good at it, not to toot my own horn! But whenever it involves math, my brain has a little "freak out" and shuts down...I am most definitely more right brained than left! Which is why I am so excited to take English this year! I always love the section where I get to pick my own novel to study! This English class has a new excited twist...I get to pick my own Shakespeare novel! If there is an "easier" Shakespeare novel....I'll pick that one! Any suggestions!?

I get to return to my beloved Vancouver this October as well! I have to get a new seating system for my  wheelchair which is always a "joy"! Here's a basic run down of the process: Go to "Sunnyhill" (the hospital I see my OT in) and wait for my OT to appear. Get assessed by a guy I don't even know for the back of my seating system. This entails being poked and moved around and looked at, still all by a guy that I just met. Get out of my seat and into another seat to make the moldes for the back. Get back into my seat. Go to the "Ability Store" in New Westminster to have the bottom of the seat made. Poked and moved again. The old bottom of the seat is replaced with a new bottom and......done! It's not all fun and games, actually it's quite exhausting and it definitely tries my patience! Nevertheless it must be done! So there's a glimpse into that wonderful experience! Glad it's me and not you, eh!?

So anyway, I am just sitting at the table, looking at the moon, and thinking to myself, what a wonderful world....Goodnight!        

Dream a Little Dream...

I am sitting here on a beautiful September afternoon, gazing out the window, and thinking about possibilities. To me, anything is possible, and I believe that even more so after watching bits and pieces of the Paralympics. Now I find myself thinking, "if they can do that, why can't I do it too"? Archery, soccer, fencing, the activities that I thought were impossible, don't seem so out of reach, watching them.

My favorite quote and something that I live by came from Audrey Hepburn, which states, "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I'm possible". And another comes from C. S. Lewis, "We are what we believe we are". In fact, I have a lot of favorite quotes which I try to live by. Most of them come from Dr. Seuss, I know that sounds weird but there are a lot that should not be overlooked! Quotes like: "Why fit in when you were born to stand out" or "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened", "Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... Get on your way!" and "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose". They all speak the same common message, that I am me and I shouldn't want to change, and that nothing is impossible if you give it your best shot. Now imagine what would happen if everyone had this attitude!

If positivity replaced negativity, if I can replaced I can't and if possible replaced impossible this world would be happier all together! Now I realize I'm being slightly "feather headed", but just remember, happiness is contagious, so if you start it eventually, there will be an epidemic! So I challenge you to live by this quote, "No excuses, no limits"! Give it a try!