Sunday, February 24, 2013

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Hello all! Welcome to another SHS, Sveta style! This week's prompts were definitely scavenger hunt, I almost didn't participate because of a couple prompts being hard. As you can see, though, I didn't let let stop me. Hope you enjoy the pictures.

1. Time To Eat
I guess this photo speaks for itself. Last Sunday we had chicken soup for dinner, and since I wasn't very hungry I got a small was too cute to not photograph. And I've been wanting to practice food photography more, so this was an opportune time. (and my family thinks I'm crazy for it...) 

2. Getting Ready
This is kind of a far-fetched version of "getting ready", but it does look like Susanna is preparing to say something. 

3. Playtime
Yep. That's a rope swing in our house! The boys got this sweet addition last month. Everybody loves it.

4. Sweet Dreams
The kitty just as she's falling asleep...

5. Scrub-A-Dub
Another kitty picture. There's no little kids in the house for bathtub pictures, and I couldn't think of anything else. Besides, this is pretty much what a cat does all day (besides eat and sleep). Geesh, they're so vain! :)

Have a lovely week!
xo, Sveta

Friday, February 22, 2013

one picture

Why yes, I did take 50 picture of carrots and celery and potatoes today. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

my bulletin board book

I've let it known to the world that I love lists, but another love? Notebooks, scrapbooks, and really any book. But I do really like notebook. All my life I was never good at keeping a was just so hard to think of stuff to write every single day. I mean, how much excitement happens that often? It's just normal day-to-day life most of the time. But last summer my life changed. Drastically. On the outside everything was the same -- where I live, where I work, what I do, etc... -- but on the inside, I turned into a completely different person. I began to see things from a whole new perspective. I would step out of my comfort zone more. I learned new things. I worked on living for Christ, not myself. I worked on putting others first. I worked on befriending the friendless. I learned what it meant to be a Christian. I looked for the beauty in my life now. I began to appreciate all that is in my life. I began to really follow Jesus. 

It was then that I saw the little things that I'd been completely overlooking before. The kitchen soaking up the sunlight at 4:30 pm. My younger siblings laughter on Sunday afternoon. The early morning dew. But even more so, the amazing people God put in my life. The sermons. The books I've read. And most of all, my parents. I used to never have a good relationship with them, but after the summer and into the fall I realized how much they mean to me. I also saw that God knew what He was doing in giving them to be my parents; they love me like no one else and they'll listen to me when no one else will. It was also at that time that I learned to trust God with every little thing in my life. That was hard. It's still hard when I tell Him each morning that I'm his and am here to do his will, but God is in control. You know what? When I put my life in God's hands and when I started taking the trash out of my life, I became more content and happy. I've finally learned to be content in all things. I love my life right now, and I'm content where I am and being single. But I also know that there I some big changes up ahead, and I will be content then. 

Right now is kind of a turning point in my life. In just twelve short weeks life as I know it will be gone. I'll be in Africa, hopefully serving God through caring for orphans, and when I get back I'll graduate high school. Then I'll turn eight-teen. (scary!) And I don't know where I'll be going after that. But right now I want to cherish the little things in life. Currently I don't really have a bed-room and can't have a nice big bulletin board to put my memories I've got this book. I call it 'my bulletin board book'. It holds little notes, pictures, quotes, and memories. It's like a scrapbook, I guess. 

So I thought I'd give you all a little peek inside...and maybe you'll start one for yourself. Now, I'll quite rambling (I don't blame you if you didn't read any of the above...), and get on. I'm off to continue working on our family cookbook and then cook dinner. 

xo, Sveta

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Single Awareness Day...or Not (with Leslie Ludy)

I sat hear and tried to get my thoughts out about singleness, and the the joy in it. But when I started writing it was pretty much chaos. Then I read this devotional Leslie Ludy wrote last year...and she pretty much said everything I wanted to say. Fellow singles out there, if you're not ready for marriage, it's okay! Our times as single-people can be the best in our lives, and so many opportunities can arise, so be joyful in all things. God has you where He wants you...and if you're stuck in the friend-zone and ready to be out, then watch this video. (Okay, watch it even if you don't want to leave the 'friend-zone'') Happy singleness, my friends! 

Rather than listening to advice and messages that breed discontentment with singleness, the best way to shed the “stigma” of being single is to joyfully and willingly receive it as the gift and opportunity that it is. When we are fully yielded to God, we can trust that He is able to script a love story anytime He sees fit.

Rather than being preoccupied with solving the dilemma of our singleness, God’s Word says that we should be consumed with loving, knowing, serving, and worshiping Jesus Christ It may sound impossible to become excited and fulfilled in your singleness, but I guarantee that if you submit your mind, will, emotions, and desires to Christ, He will supernaturally enable you with the joy and peace you need in order to walk this narrow road.

My amazing sister-in-law, Krissy, lived out her single years one day at a time. When her brother Mark asked her once if she was called to singleness, her response was, “Today I am.” She did not worry about the next ten years; she trusted God for the grace to live joyfully and contentedly for that day alone, knowing that she would have everything she needed.
I have encountered many radiant single young women who are completely unconcerned with the disapproval and opinions of others. They do not get ruffled by the “singles support groups” all around them. They aren’t shaken by the subtle pressure of friends and family members to hurry up and find a guy. Why? Because they understand that their bodies are living sacrifices to the King of all kings. They have become the bond-slaves of Christ. They are not worried what other people think – their eyes are seeking only the applause of heaven. And, like Christ, they approach every circumstance in life with the knowledge that their heavenly Father is handling the situation. Their role is not to manipulate or control, but rather to merely yield themselves fully to Him. And they have found great joy in this abandoned life – so much so that they truly embrace singleness as a gift, rather than resenting it as a stigma.

I am not talking about an arrogant feministic “I don’t need a man in my life” kind of attitude. And I am not talking about losing all desire for marriage and family. I’m simply talking about a joyful yielding to Jesus Christ, trusting in His perfect timing, and building your life and focus around Him rather than the pursuit of marriage.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

a list of twenty-thirteen

It's February. Tomorrow marks half way through the month! How could 2013 be flying by so quickly? So many things have happened throughout this year. There's already been memories made, trips taken, books finished. Oh, so much! So here's a little list. [Just because I love lists] of twenty-thirteen and everyday blessings. 

--Read two books in the first week of the year.
--One of those has been on my 'to-read' list for over a year! 
--A little sister turned 13 (how is she that old already?)
--A big sister came home for a visit from college, already.
--That big sister brought home some great people too!
--Hikes, to warm up and get exercise
--70 degrees, rain, ice, and snow. In that order, in four days.
--Reminiscing over childhood adventures
--Saw a tiny, little human being come into this world
--Road trip to Michigan, with great friends
--Youth retreat; the purpose of said road trip
--Growing closer to God
--Reading the Bible more, and looking deeper into it
--Craft projects with the siblings, just for fun
--Homeschool days, and learning to cook new things
--Learning to trust, God and people
--Summit lectures
--Bike-rides on Saturday mornings
--Listing to said lectures during said bikeride
--Being challenged to live deeper in Christ
--Being thankful everyday, no matter what (my 2013 goal)

The list could go on, and on. I'll stop there, though, and let you see what random pictures I have to share with you! 

xo, Sveta

Friday, February 8, 2013

A Beautiful Prayer

My Lord and my God,
I desire always and am here only to do your will.
I am what you’ve made me.

Thank you for your love
and the love of everyone you’ve given me.
By your freely given grace alone do I function.

Teach me Love, Humility and Compassion.
Forgive me my abundant sins.
Help me overcome temptation and though I miss the mark,
guide me back, help me climb,
lift me up into the outstreched arms of your supreme sacrifice.

Know I am striving to rest forever in your love,
and grant that my striving is emough.

(By: Dean White)
This poem was written by a dear friend of ours who passed away last year to cancer. He lived a life of love and compassion. Dean is an inspiration to me to always trust God with His plans, and live everyday for Him. I ran across this prayer he wrote and thought I'd share it. It's one that I'm going to start praying, and you all are welcome to also! I'm actually currently writing a post about prayer, so be on the lookout for that in the next couple weeks. 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

little girl

I had the opportunity to attend a birth last month, and it was such an amazing experience. There is truly nothing like seeing a life come into this world. It gave me a whole new look on birth and pregnancy, but I won't go into the details. 

Juliette Elizabeth
Big sister, Lily, was so excited!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

1. Hidden
My little sister turned two weeks ago. All the candles were matching, with daisies, except one. Can you spot it?
2. Plain
Plain and simple. Just my little brothers great big smile.
3. Left
I'm going with the same thing Ashley did...left aligned. A few days ago my brother and I went out to get some new pictures for the website and this was one of them. I like how my hair is blowing in the wind.
4. Fast
Kentucky weather can change so fast. One day it was seventy degrees out, the next stormy, the next was an ice storm, and the next [three days] were snowy. Yes, all in one week.
5. Peaceful
I don't think I need a caption for this one...just a peaceful pasture view from home. <3

Friday, February 1, 2013

some rambles and favorites from twenty-twelve

I did a re-cap of my year in photographs on the old blog HERE (please excuse the horrid header and design...), and have been going back and forth on the idea of posting some of my favorite photos from 2012. I've finally decided it will be fun to look through old pictures. So I did. [Thus the purpose of this post] 

It was so much fun reliving the moments I took the pictures from below. I do warn you, there are a lot! I'm not sure the count, but this is definitely a picture overload post. Forgive me, though? Thanks. 

In 2011 I focused too much on 'getting the perfect picture', which rarely never happened. I realized my mistake, and so in 2012 I focused on moments, simple beauty, and life. I didn't try to perfect the moment, didn't try to make simplicity complicated, and didn't try to pose life; I just snapped the picture. Granted, I'd make sure the light was good and worked on the pictures a little (I'm a photog, what can you expect?), but I was focusing on memories and simplicity. This year, 2013, life will take a completely different turn and so will my photography. I'm going to Tanzania in May, for six months. I'm not bringing my dslr. That may be somewhat of a shock, but here's the reasons: 1.) I don't want to give the wrong impression; I'm not a rich American with money trees. And that impression could be given with the situation I'll be in over there. 2.) I don't want it stolen. 3.) I'm not going for fun and I'm not going for photography; I'm going to serve God and grow closer to Him. So that being said, I am bringing a camera, it's a small point and shoot, but it shoots great quality. It won't be the same as a dslr, but it's good enough. 

So in 2013, my focus for photography is, along with the stuff from last year, people. I want to work more my photography of people and sports, and I hope to get some opportunities before May, and of course lots while in Tanzania. Hopefully I'll be a well-grounded photographer by the time I am twenty. :) 

With all that said about this year's excitement, don't worry I'm keeping this site updated (not sure how much, exactly, while in Africa) and am open for photoshoots until May. :) Now I'll stop rambling and let you see what are my favorites from last year...fashionably late. But hey, Feb. 1st is better than never. 

xo, Sveta