May 31, 2012


Random fact of the day:

I could diet from any food in the world -EXCEPT- ...

Movie theatre popcorn, with extra butter. Hellooooo! It's the whole reason I go see movies in the theatre in the first place!! It's SO expensive but it's so so SO good! :)

May 30, 2012

A Thousand Years.

Heart beats fast
Colors and promises
How to be brave
How can I love when I'm afraid to fall
But watching you stand alone
All of my doubt suddenly goes away somehow

One step closer

I have died everyday waiting for you
Darling don't be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more

Time stands still
Beauty in all she is
I will be brave
I will not let anything take away
What's standing in front of me
Every breath
Every hour has come to this

One step closer

I have died everyday waiting for you
Darling don't be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more

And all along I believed I would find you
Time has brought your heart to me
I have loved you for a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more

- Christina Perri -

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May 27, 2012


Tonight I, without even planning it, spent all my time in the kitchen--and it was SO wonderful. I swear it is now officially my favourite room in the house...especially when sweat pants & country music is involved.

I conquered a recipe of honey-glazed carrots, and it was delicious! I have such a sweet tooth and this was just the dish for me!

Still feelin' ambitious, I chopped off some florets of broccoli, cauliflower, & garlic and roasted them to perfection!

Scratch that--it wasn't perfect until I sprinkled some cheddar & mozzarella cheese on top. Mmm! I practically inhaled this dish.

I know these dishes are nothing elaborate/complex or terribly difficult, but I can't even describe how happy cooking makes me. I used to stick strictly to baking, but now my horizons have been cooking! I'm pretty sure it causes me to release endorphins or something because I just get so happy! I even spend my spare time studying culinary terminology of various knives, chopping techniques, and how to get the most nutritional value out of certain styles of cooking.

I'm SOO excited for my Culinary Arts & Design course in the fall!!

Salvation Army!

Two words for you: Salvation Army.
+ Two more words: LOVE IT.

My original plan was to drive to Forever 21 and see what I could find, and then I came across a Salvation Army and thought, hey, why not? I've never been here before, so why not?

The moment I walk in I stumble across the DVD shelf and find two movies for $2.99 each--an old Ewan McGregor & Renee Zellweger one, and an old Meg Ryan movie. Awesome! I'm beginning to like this place...

Then I stumbled upon the aisle labelled "Blouses" and found an ADORABLE baby blue and pink pin-striped blouse. It took me like two seconds to find this shirt...I'd better grab a cart!!

Practically an hour and a half later I have tried on tonnes of clothes and am in a dilemma...pretty much all of these clothes fit me perfectly! This isn't good! I don't want to buy out the whole store!! (but don't get me wrong, there were also MANY things that didn't look good on me. Ha!)

So after like half an hour of sorting through my cart and fighting battles & wars in my mind, I settle with 2 dresses, 1 pair of shorts, 2 skirts, 1 romper (YES, I bought a FLORAL romper!!!), 2 dresses, 1 blouse, 1 blazer, 1 tank top, 1 blanket (the softest thing EVER), and 2 movies... -as seen below in my neatly organized homemade picture collage-

...all for $60.30. (!!!!)

With a price like that, who needs Forever 21 anymore? Who needs shopping malls for that matter?!

I highly recommend Salvation Army for all your clothing needs...but at the same time I don't wanna "mainstream" it so it loses its inexpensive charm. ;)

-Me sportin' my one and only romper! I don't know if I'm fashionably bold enough to wear this in public though...haha

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May 26, 2012

Inslee Haynes.

Beautiful strawberry blonde hair!


Someone, remind me to travel each and every single State one day!
That would be AMAZING.
Especially a road trip through all the East Coast States,
down to the Southern States.
AH! I'm craving me some sweet tea!!

May 25, 2012

Love Yourself.

It's been a tough evening...mostly consisting of praying to God and asking Him all the "why" questions. You know, those questions that He doesn't usually answer in the way we want Him to. But, that's the beauty of faith, isn't it? Faith is being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we do not see, as said in Hebrews 11. And that's precisely how God answers me every time...just have FAITH in me and trust in my PERFECT timing.
My lack of faith seems to have an effect on the way I view myself. So the pictures below, along with prayer to God, have offered me with some encouragement...that there is hope for tomorrow!!

May 24, 2012

...wish this was me.

May 23, 2012


My fave picture of my broski and I fourwheelin' the country!!

Keep the faith.

Keep the faith.

Keep the faith.

God has it all under control.

May 21, 2012


Maybe God doesn't give us certain things because He knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows that if He gave us [blank] then we would boast about it, be selfish about it, or maybe even find our worth in it.

Maybe God says NO to us in order to make way for a greater YES in the future.

I believe these things to be true. But then again, my mere human ability to understand God's great plan for the universe is simply...lacking.

I think I'll just have faith, and keep praying.

May 18, 2012

"And I feel you forget me like I used to feel you breathe"

Selfish or Selfless?

I'm going through a crisis in my brain.

Because I am not working right now, I do not have that everyday experience of interacting, serving, and helping others. Instead, I am at home doing the things I want to do...

I am comfortable. I wake up in the morning. I make my bed -most days-. I go for a run. I cook myself some lunch and then some supper. I job hunt. I read -alot-. I watch episodes of New Girl -too often-. I work on my General Epistles Distance Learning course.

But that's the thing--I do all of these things for ME. I'm not saying that any of these things are bad...well maybe New Girl isn't the best show in the world to watch moral-wise...but as a Christian I feel conflicted because I just get so sick of living for myself! I mean, where is the line between living selfishly and living selflessly?

I love people. As many times as I may feel bitterness towards some, deep down I still see the best in them; I. love. people. After a good chat on the phone or a hang out with a friend, I feel sooo fulfilled.

As a Christian, I want to live less selfishly and more selflessly. I want to do more things for people. I want to listen better, and to open my eyes more. I want to notice when somebody is hurting, or when somebody is lonely. I want to serve...and help.

Does anyone have any ideas as to how I can strive to encourage and serve those around me better?

Tomorrow I am driving out to my parent's to help them clean out the garage. I think that is a good start!

It will not Betray you,
Dismay or Enslave you,
It will Set You Free.

-Mumford & Sons

This is so ideal;

Just a morning of me, my mac, and a cup of tea. :)

May 16, 2012

I love love love love LOVE love love love love loooooooooooooove my friends! :)
Thank you God for bringing such wonderful people into my life!!

May 14, 2012


I'm still U.U.

...Unfortunately Unemployed.

I had a job interview at one place, and it's a job I really really want. I feel like it'd be so right for me. As I went through the interview I knew this was a job that I really wanted to have.

And now I am just waiting for that second phone call. That second, phone call of complete confirmation that I got the job.

I did my best, and now I just need to wait patiently. If it's meant to be, then it'll happen.

If it's not meant to be, then I will just keep looking!

But at the same time I don't want to keep looking...I want this job!

Best Night & BBQ Chicken Pizza

My idea of a good, good day is spent doing the things I love the most. The things that make me happy...the things that make me, me!

Such as going for a jog in the morning (it feels so good to be back into my exercise regime again), Skyping with the boyfriend at noon (we are one-of-a-kind, that's for sure haha), and reading a book for pleasure/leisure purposes in the afternoon (no more of this college textbook business!).

I then spent the evening in the kitchen, (as of this year, it's my new favourite place to be)! Beforehand, while buying my mother a gorgeous bouquet of white chrysanthemum daisies for Mother's Day, I bought all of the ingredients to bake a BBQ CHICKEN PIZZA. Honestly, what sounds better than dough, chicken breasts, garlic bbq sauce, green onions, red onions, cheddar & mozzarella cheese, oregano, thyme, and basil??

[Before being baked in the oven--check out all those beautiful colours!!]

I had the condo to myself that night, so I turned up some Josh Turner country and sipped some bubbly pink Rosè as the pizza baked in the oven. Mmm mmm! :)

[My beauty of a kitchen--counterspace is such a joy!]

It looked delicious, but it didn't turn out the way I expected it to. Note to self:
*don't be lazy--make your OWN pizza crust. The grocery-store crust that I bought was not crispy at all!
*don't go cheap on the BBQ sauce. Choose the expensive Bulls-eye sauce over the on-sale Kraft sauce. (the flavour of the sauce is really want makes or breaks the pizza, and that Kraft flavour was so not my thing!)
*fry the chicken a little longer...
*Use less sauce...I went a little sauce-happy...Ha!

[It looked better in person, but none-the-less, it was sure tasty!]

I then ended the evening with getting my "Definitely, Maybe" DVD stuck inside the innermost being of the DVD player, and spent a good 15 minutes trying to dig it out. Eventually, I fetched it. Praise God! :)

[My hair is getting blonder with every wash haha]

May 13, 2012


A moment of very, very blunt honesty from yours truly:

Girls should not be wearing tights in public as a substitute for pants!!! This goes for lulu-lemon/yoga pants too.

Ask any male and he will tell you how much of a distraction it is. (Guys struggle enough with sexual why would we want to make it any harder for them?)

Ask any female and she will say "I don't feel like seeing every dimple and crease of your body (those parts are called PRIVATE for a reason!)"

It just bothers me to see girls, especially young girls walking around in skin-tight pants completely oblivious to the effect is has on the minds of men. Men of ALL ages (yes, that 60 year old man still has eyes), might I add.

Phew! Glad I got that off my chest.

May 11, 2012


Hooray! Yesterday evening my condo-maties and I made cheese and spinach stuffed chicken breasts! They turned out fabulously! In fact, they were so good I think I'm going to make them everyday for the rest of my life. (...kidding?)

 Our awesome antique thrift-store centrepiece! Minus the wine...

 Mmm...So delicious! Thank goodness for toothpicks!

It doesn't look as appealing, now that it is drenched in Dijon Mustard cream sauce...but check out those beautiful, white thrift-store plates!! :)

I have lived in this place for over a week now, and this is the first meal I have actually cooked here. I love cooking and baking and I think it's so much fun! But I told myself I would only start cooking, baking, and experimenting once I started working and getting a steady income, because food is e-x-p-e-n-s-i-v-e. Which should be soon, Lord willing. Otherwise I have to keep eating yoghurt, salads, and Wheat Thins for every meal. :)

May 8, 2012

Five Hundred And Seven.

Good news--my condo has FINALLY attained internet! I know I know, I hadn't even lived in this place for a week and I was already freaking out. But it is only once I am without the internet that I realize how much I really do rely on it...for things like the weather, online banking, job listings, movies times (haha), Skyping, and of course blogging! Oh dear blog how I have missed you so!

Speaking of which, after this entry is posted, I will have officially written 507 blog entries. When I first created this blog, it was the summer of 2009. I was 18 years old and fresh outta high school.
I remember being upset about a boy who didn't like me back...I mean, my very first blog post was the lyrics to "Unstoppable" by Rascal Flatts. I was so over dramatically heart-broken, and 3 years later I cannot help but roll by eyes at this. So many things back then seemed like the end of the world to me. My desire here and now is not to minimize the hurt I felt those short years ago, for it was very real at the time. My desire is just to let it sink in how far I have come! I never let those silly problems keep me from doing great things. I had been accepted to University in BC and I couldn't WAIT for that summer to be over. I couldn't wait to explore the world!!

And three years later, a woman of 21 years now has explored much of the world. I've met so many people who changed my life completely. I'll never forget those girls in my dorm in BC who kept me so grounded--at the time I was so flighty...I could have done many -more- stupid things if it weren't for those girls. I'll never forget everyone I met at Bible school in Germany, students AND staff. Over a year later and we are all still sharing with each other on our Bodenseehof Facebook group. It was there that I fell in love with a guy who actually fell in love with me too and we've been bestest friends and going strong ever since. And I'll never forget the lady I met at Bible college in Saskatchewan whom everyday would remind me -over a cup of tea- what life is really all about: loving God, yourself, and others. Our last night together we stayed up until 6 in the morning just talking. Just TALKING. :)

After all of that world exploration I experienced, I came to realize that I was indeed, in love with my hometown. And 507 blog entries later, here I am! No longer crying about the boys who didn't like me back and no longer doing any stupid things...for the most part. :P I am blessed to have a boyfriend who is more in love with the Lord than with me and I am blessed to have many people in my life I can run to for help and encouragement.

I love that I have had this blog for so long! I love that just by reading through all 3 years of it I can SEE the growth.

God is good. :)

Here was me last Wednesday--eating my very first meal in my very first condo: strawberry, almond, spinach, oil & vinaigrette salad! Yumm-o!

May 6, 2012


I'm so thankful for family. I'm thankful that I finally decided to get a cell phone so I can now text my two sisters living in two different provinces. They are wonderful!

I'm thankful for the giant BBQ we just had where I spent over four hours conversing with fellow family members. Some of whom I haven't seen in months or YEARS. No matter what, that family of over 100 people will always be my team; we are farmers and farm kids, church-goers, amazing home cooks, hard-workers, and . No matter what, we will always get each others jokes until our sides hurt from all the laughing and we will always understand each others hardships and struggles...we've just been through it all together, and I am so blessed to have grown up in such a huge family that is still growing and growing!

I'm thankful that I live 5 minutes away from my brother and 15 minutes away from my parents. They are so nice--they even let me use their internet while mine is still in the works!

On a side note, the red in my hair has faded into the exact colour of copper red that I wanted:

On another side note, Saturday evening it seemed I was the only person on the planet without any plans, so I drove myself to the movie theatre, grabbed myself a bag of popcorn (it's the whole reason I see movies in the first place!!) and sat down to watch The Lucky One, all by myself. Some people couldn't ever imagine going to watch a movie all by themselves, for various reasons such as they have a family to take care of, or it's just too "embarrassing" looking like such a loner. I don't have a family of toddlers I need to tend to, and I've always enjoyed the "loner" way of life...well, I enjoy it every ONCE in awhile, definitely not all the time. Plus, I'm such a GIRL that when it comes to watching Nicholas Sparks movies I looooooooong to soak every ounce of it in with no inturruption, so this was the perfect movie to watch on my own. No one was there to make comments about how cheesy that scene was or how unrealistic that part was. I love love stories and I am willing to take a stand for them!! Leave them alone!!! I don't know...everytime I read or watch a Nicholas Sparks film it just reminds me again of why in the first place I was an English Lit major my freshman year of college. Stories are BEAUTIFUL and Sparks knows how to write them. Sigh...

I'm still on the hunt for jobs. Prayer would be greatly appreciated. I KNOW God has one out there for me, it's just all about His timing on when it's about to arrive... :)

May 5, 2012

Moved Out.

I have officially moved into my new condo--and I am LOVING it. One of my "condo-mates" is striving to become a Residential Decorator, so you can only imagine how beautiful the place looks. It is extraordinary--the things she finds at the thrift store! Once the place is totally finished being furnished and decorating I will post pictures! But for now, here is a photo of what my bedroom looked like when I first moved in haha:

It is such a wonderful feelings walking into the place and feeling such an incredible sense of comfort--I haven't felt that since I lived at my Bible School dorm in Germany. Thank you God for this amazing opportunity and rewarding experience!!

Unfortunately, my cell gets like no service where I'm living. AND we do not have internet yet. Hence the lack of blogging from me. It makes job-searching ten times harder, and keeping in contact with my boyfriend a million times harder.

Oh well. I find I get a lot done when I do not have Facebook at my fingertips!

So right now I am sitting at a cafe, sipping on an iced Mocha and indulging in their free Wi-Fi. Thank you Jesus! The funny part is that the manager just left the building and told me I'm supposed to "hold down the fort". Ha ha! Probably because I've been in here for like two hours!

I'm still on the job hunt. Sometimes I have major freak-out moments where I just worry my face off...scared that I'll never find a job and that I won't be able to pay off these bills after all.

But then I quickly realize that God has it all under control and He will find me a job all in due time! I'm not being passive about it, I'm trying and I'm putting myself out there, so something is bound to happen! I just need to keep consistent faith!

Just Thought I'd Let You Know...

May 1, 2012

Speaking of cats...

Dear cat, I would like to adopt you.

With hopeful love, Jenny.

Tattoos On This Town.

The sun is shining brighter, the grass is gettin' greener, the weather's gettin' warmer, and my overall happiness is sky-rocketing. This means SUMMER (the most wonderful time of year--other than Christmas of course) is almost here!!

Summer means that it's time to once again crank up the country music. Haha, as if I didn't listen to it all winter. :P Which I definitely did. This morning I watched Jason Aldean's "Tattoos on This Town" music video and ended up crying my eyes out. Sometimes it never ceases to amaze me of how much of a girl I am. The queen of all emotions. I love it though--I love this "femaleness" of mine. I love that my favourite movie of all time is "A Walk to Remember", that floral print is practically attached to my body, I am a chocoholic, and that I strive to read every Nicholas Sparks book ever written. I know these are all gender stereotypes that have all been constructed by society, but I love that I'm this way, and best of all my boyfriend thinks it's cute. :)

As I was saying, Jason Aldean "Tattoos on This Town" is a great music video. The number one reason I believe this to be true, is that the video actually pertains to the lyrics being said. It is SUCH a let-down when the most beautiful lyrics are written and all the artist gives for a music video is video footage from their tour (as amazing as your tour probably was, I want to see the good creative stuff!).
Reason number two, is that it is in honour of the American troops. I have incredible amounts of admiration for those men and women!
Reason number three, it's romantic. -cue the girlyness- :)
And last but not least, it's Jason Aldean. Enough said.

Happy country-lovin' summer! :)

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