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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

One Full Happy Day. :)

Hello my dear readers!
How are you all? I am doing great. :)
I am now legalized! 
After 3 tests and a lot of waiting and finally GIVING EVERYTHING including this small thing to GOD, I am now a licensed driver. Not because of me, but God. You may think it is strange of me to give this 'tiny' normal thing to GOD, it isn't strange, it's called being dedicated to GOD. Jesus is my all so why shouldn't I give Him my all?? God is my best friend, my help, my shield, my love. He is my everything, so why shouldn't I give Him my Everything?? He has taught me a lot, just through these tests. It was hard, yes, but when I gave it to God and asked Him to take over it was easier. I am so grateful and thankful that I have JESUS by my side ALWAYS AND FOREVER. I would be lost without HIM. "Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD." Psalm 150:6,  I haven't driven a lot these past 2 days but I really don't mind it. :) But I am so excited! All I have left to do is to figure out the insurance and all that adulting stuff, than I can truly drive legally. :)
 I can't tell you how happy I am to have those tests over and done with.....Ah. I feel so confident now! They actually let me pass!!! I failed twice but the third times a charm, right??

Right after I got my license! You might not think I look that happy here but, believe me, I was VERY happy!!
 After my test we went to Panera Bread-a restaurant/bakery. Mom let me drive all over town and on the way home. (!) After we went there, I asked her if we go to Jo-Ann's, so she said yes and we went and I looked (more like drooled) over ALL the wonderful fabrics and patterns. It was so amazing. I am determined to think that Jo-Ann's was accidentally named that, instead of Abigail's Fabric Store. :-) ;-D For one, it describes me and my personality perfectly. I mean, it has painting supplies, cake decorating supplies, fabrics, patterns, buttons, gardening stuff, the list goes on!!
Vintage Patterns. My favorite!! <3
 I actually got these 3 for $5.00 and saved $56.00! As you can see, I was very happy!
Recently I've been into the 1930's fashions and when I found this one (in the middle) I was super happy! I can't wait to start it!
If any of you didn't know already, I have a sewing blog which you can view here, if you like. :) I'll post on there soon, don't worry. :)
Well gotta go!
I hope all of you are doing well and are enjoying this Spring weather!
His Girl,
Abigail


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Learning and Growing

Hello all!
So, I have been interning at Bulk Herb Store for the past two weeks and this will be my last week here, making it a total of 3 weeks in all. :)
I have had a wonderful time here with my sister, and I've come to really love my job here, the people I get to work with and the beautiful land I've come to adore, despite how bitter cold it can get in January. ;) I still like Tennessee, but I think I'll stick with Texas for the time being. :) :D
So, anyway. :-)
If any of you were wondering what I do here, I am the photographer, since they don't have one. Here is just a glimpse into what my job consist of:
First, I setup all the props, pretty bowls, herbs etc.. and then have a mini photo session with each herb, then I come in out of the sometimes freezing, always beautiful and lovely crisp air. Then I might whip up myself a bullet-proof coffee latte drink (or tea:))and thus begins the very long task of downloading the photos from the camera and into Lightroom (which has become my very fun and amazing best friend! And foe at times....). :) Some days, I will just edit photos from the previous day and just edit all day long, but most of the days, I do half and half: Picture taking and editing.
I've learned so much over the coarse of 3 weeks here.
When Lightroom gave me some trouble I would go search about on the internet and learn all I could about how to fix that certain problem. I spent the whole first half of the day trying to figure out what happened to it and then I updated the 2013-2014 version for the new 2015 version. That fixed it and I learned so much as I searched the internet and I was at my whits end when sweet Lauren suggested to the update. I've enjoyed learning all I have. And I feel I've come so far since first, I came.As I look back on those first days here, it's as if I knew nothing then! 
I found that I knew stuff that I didn't know, I knew! (Did you get that sentence?!)
This trip has been very educational in a very good way. 

MY GOD HOLD'S THE KEY TO MY HEART. 

I am always amazed and in unbelief that I am here. I CAN'T believe that I'm actually doing what I love doing. And doing it for JESUS! I can't even believe how Blessed I am. That I have a God that loves me dearly, SO MUCH that HE GAVE HIS ONLY SON FOR MY SALVATION, and to BLESS me so much with an AMAZING FAMILY!!! Oh, it's a priceless life when you live with and for JESUS CHRIST.
I really live in dream with the Prince who made the skies blue and the GOD who CREATED the fluffy white things that don't fall out of the canvas, we call sky!!

 
Words cannot even describe the certain LOVE I possess for my LORD.

Moments are fleeting but people are everlasting. Spend those fleeting moments with your loved ones so you won't regret but joyfully remember.
Live life and have fun!

"Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God." -1 John 4:7
"Beloved if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another." -1 John 4:11

~His Girl, Abigail

Monday, January 2, 2017

Have I Had Blindfolds On, My Whole Life?

Are we as Christians blinded by the world around us??? What is it that is blinding us??

How is it, that I lived a life of simplicity and confusion at the same time? That I was Saved by God's precious blood, yet I didn't have that continual flame burning in my soul for Him? I often thought I wasn't saved and I just didn't know why I wasn't on fire for Him. I knew that once you're saved you are saved but you can slide and drift and eventually become a false convert. But what was I? Was I really saved or was I a FALSE convert????
I remember thinking about all this and I did ask these questions. Who was I really as a "Christian"? 
Something has changed. And it is a change that will last all of eternity. It's like a new conversion but it's not. It's a spark to coals that already existed. I am on fire now! 
Every day, I did my chores not quite with a good attitude, but not necessarily with a bad one either.
I was not a nice person to be around when at home or when I was mad. I went through life without hope, without happiness or joy. I was a sorry sight, yet I was a Christian??? Yes, supposedly. But I regret that now and I am changed and different.  "What changed?" you might ask. I changed. I took the authority that already was there at my disposal, that God gave every single one of us(!),  and I took my life by the horns and told myself I was a new creature, because I am! I am new! I am not the old man who did sin! That old man died with Christ and a new man was risen with Christ! I have come to know God like I never have before. Just in 1 day. Yes you read that correct, 1 day. It was like God just did a... um.. let's say, a miracle. It was God intervening and waking me up, personally. I learned so much in 1 day. Romans 7 is hard to understand but when you do understand it, it's like waking up out of a really deep sleep and knowing things you've never known before!  It's Amazing.  
Do we read the bible without truly understanding God's words???
Now, I am so excited! I want to help others and I truly love my siblings and parents and I am not afraid to show it! The devil has lied to us time and time again, that it is wrong to show outwardly love to our family! It is not people! It does not have to be that way and it IS NOT that way! Before, there was a barrier between me and showing outwardly love toward my family. That barrier, was lies upon lies, the devil, demons, distractions, questioning, internet, phones, being a drifter, etc..... Everything is so clear now! I can use a phone without worrying that I'll spend too much time on it, I can view things clearly that I couldn't before, I have a bigger outlook on life now. I'm not any, I can think straight, I can live like I don't need anything. I HAVE changed. And I know God loves His children learning more about Him. That's who we are! And in all my learnings from yesterday, I have learned that God gave every one of us (as afore mentioned) authority. We have powers to cast out devils, to heal, to move mountains! And none of us realize it. I challenge you all in this new year to search out God for yourself. Search every inch of the bible for straits of Him. Search for Him and become His best friend. Know Him far more than you ever have in your life! There is always something you can learn about Him. And it's the most exciting, most amazing experience you will ever go through. I challenge you to read your bible more than ever! Search Him. Know everything you can about Heaven, Angels, Jesus, Sin, God, EVERYTHING in the bible!
So, I would like to thank GOD ultimately for Life, for my breath, for saving my wretched soul, for letting me live so I can share His Mercy and grace with others. (ultimately with the whole world!) For intervening and changing me. For bringing the people he has into my life.
And I'd like to thank my parents for teaching me and steering me the way they have and for being the boundaries there for me. And lastly, I would like to thank Moses Shrock for challenging our whole family with Romans 7. Thank you. And for the rest of the men that were present who helped me understand more of God and His Majesty. 

His Forever Vessel,
Abigail J. L. G.


"Oh Mighty God!
Whose love forever flows,
Who paid a debt you did not owe,
My ransome you did pay,
With your blood on that dreadful day,
Your greatness exceeds my little understanding. 
I'm too small to know your reasonings. 
But your vast AMAZING creations,
Continue to amaze me, 
Every Single Day. 
Every second of this life, 
I now live for You. And You Alone."
~Written by: Abigail on January, 2, 2017




Things that have helped me: 
Reading through Romans 7 slowly. 
The Book of Revelations
Reading every thing I can of God in the Bible
Reading the bible




Monday, December 5, 2016

Graduation Photos and Miss Sunshine


To all of you who might have not heard, I graduated! I know this post is about 2 months overdue but at least it's not 2 years overdue! :-D
 It's a wonderful feeling to know I don't have school to always bog me down. Don't get me wrong, I am all for schooling! Knowledge is a VERY awesome thing and an importance in life! So, no, I am not against schooling at all. It's just a nice feeling to know you're finished. Completely finished with school that has been your whole vocation up to this point in your life. 

I am not going to college as many graduates do, but rather pursue my life-long dream and passion; Photography. In the last month, I have had the time to think about photography, life, what I want to do with my life and just go over where I have been, where I am and where I want to be. So on the point of photography, I've come to the conclusion that I'm going to rent the camera I am really interested in, and get used to it first, and see if that particular camera is right for me. I really have my eye on the Canon 5D Mark lll. I am just sooooo excited that I will soon have that camera in my hands and using it! It's really a DREAM come true for me. It's a surreal feeling.

I also really enjoy playing in our band and I will never put down my fiddle as long as I live. I would love to have my future children learn music and keep the music in our family alive. 
Here are some shots that Olivia took for my graduation. She is my brother in-law's sister and such a sweetheart. I mentioned her in a post back in July, I think. You can view that here if you like. (Including a picture of her. You can also check out her website/blog, here as well.)
 

I was probably looking at James who drove us everywhere and has a talent of making funny faces. :)

I love the lighting in this one. The  colors are so beautifully captured.
Olivia is the kind of girl who just brightens your day just because you saw her that day. She's amazingly talented at both making people laugh and making them beautiful, just from her smile and spirit. She's a dear one. A little after I first "met" her on social media, I started calling her, Sunshine because of her big BRIGHT smile and of course her laughter. She's a beautiful sunshine maker, even if it's pouring rain outside!
I love the color green, so this one is one of many favorites. :)
I hope you all are having a wonderful December. I know I am! Oh, and this Saturday, I am going to do my Adult Drivers Ed class, which means I will have my permit soon and then my drivers license! Hope all of you are well and having a joyous time celebrating Jesus! God Bless you all and until next time,
His Forever Little Girl,
Abigail J.

Friday, October 7, 2016

~Joshua Paul Grubb~

-----JOSHUA-----
Let me just start by telling you where his name came from. It came from Joshua in the bible. Joshua was a servant of God who carried out God's plans, such as the walls coming down from Jerico. But, that wasn't all he did. "Six nations and thirty-one kings were conquered by him ( Joshua 11:18-23 ; 12:24 )."(taken from: http://www.biblestudytools.com) 6 nations and 31 Kings!? I don't know about you, but that's A LOT of kings! And think about their kingdoms and all the servants and such! Joshua was a great man and greatly used by God to further His kingdom.
"Jeshua (yeshua`, Nehemiah 8:17), signifies "Yahweh is deliverance" or "salvation," and is formed on the analogy of many Israelite names, as Jehoiakim (yehoyaqim), "Yahweh exalteth," Jehohanan (yehochanan), "Yahweh is gracious,"." (also taken from: http://www.biblestudytools.com)

But let me tell you about the Joshua that I know and call my little brother. This Joshua is not as great and mighty but nonetheless he is still GREAT and MIGHTY. This Joshua is 15 today. He's fun to be around, always ready with a smile and a joke of some sort. He's handsome and he's talented. He's always happy and never sad. Serious just a tad bit, but never too long at a time. He's tall, dark and handsome just like his dad and brothers before him. Always ready to serve and loves his kitten. He dotes on his nieces like they were the only 3 girls in the world that mean something to him. (But I know that's not true because he loves his momma and sisters just as much.;-) )
He's strong and loves tinkering on his truck-a ranger that's twice, almost three times older than he is-and making it a heaving duty, black matte finish, flat bed. He's a character but one that is so fun to be around.

This is what you get when your camera goes haywire. I never knew we could make such faces like that!!
Joshua is Joshua and nothing else. Not Joshi or Joshi Paul-Paul. Nor is he Jeshua or "Joshi go get that". He used to tell every one when he was younger, "My name's not Joshi! It's Joshua." The little long-haired bleached blonde who ran around with his curly-headed brunette sister, he's the same who played dolls with her and went and played cars in the dirt together. We've both grown up but we still run around together and share our snacks as we travel the world together. The only difference now, we've both grown out of our bleach blonde and curly hair. Josh is a great guy.



3 faces: straight face, barely-happy face and happy face!

Josh and his guns.
His first squirrel I believe!






I love you Joshua. Happy 15th Birthday! It's a grand age to be, just don't hurry to 16.
Yours Truly, Abigail J. L.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

A Beautiful Gift From God.

Hey my friends!
Right now, I sit in my new room. I moved! Now, don't be thinkin' I moved out. If I did, that would be the worst decision I would ever make at my age....No. Since that is not so, let's not think upon it, yes? Yes. Well, I moved downstairs to our guest room, which now, is my bedroom. I've been here, for not even a month yet....that is, until the 16th of this month. :) We finished the building part of it on the 16th, but it took me until the 20th to figure out exactly how I wanted it. So my room wasn't 'officially' finished until the 20th. That day, I put up a canopy above my bed. I was so excited to get to sleep in my bed that night, in my perfect 'vintage' room. :) Well plans changed when my sisters water broke. She was going into labor! Excitedly, we packed up and started our usual 20 hour trip to Virginia. Mother and I had planed on going the following Sunday, (2 days away) but since she went into labor we naturally changed plans. :-) Now, we would be driving through the night, all the way through, so we brought my brother, James, along for protection. It was fun, to say the least. The next morning, we picked our other sister, Melody, up in Tn. From there we kept on our way and got to our destination that evening about 4:00pm. We actually got there in record time! 18 hours instead of 20! We were all glad to have finally gotten there, and Melody and I had a superb time as well as with James and Mama :)We stayed up that night, until 3 or 4am. We got to visit with a family who rents from the same couple that our brother in-law and sister rent from, as well. The family retired, and so we just sat around and waited for some word from the midwives and such.We were all so tired from the trip that day, so we were so so grumpy. We were not in good shapes, to say the least. That labor was probably the longest and hardest I have ever been at up until now.
On our way to Virginia!
Finally after 29 hours of intense labor, a long road trip, much prayer and sleepy eyes, my adorable, attentive little niece, Jael, was born on Sunday, the morning of the 24th of July, at 12:13 am, 2016. <3 She is the sweetest little doll ever and so so smart! I feel as though she's already 2 years old! :'-/  :-o
Well 2 days after she was born, Melody ad to be back at work Tn, so James went with her for protection. He's such a wonderful brother, who cares so much about his women folk. :)  My Mother and I were blessed to be able to stay with my sister, brother in-law and niece, for a whole week. It was very educational on my part and I learned a lot. I feel extremely blessed for that opportunity of learning. I enjoyed holding my dear little niece and taking care of her and her mother too. I miss her so much but shall see her soon! :) And besides, she has 6 aunts and 3 uncles to take care of her and dote over her! :) I can be sure she is getting a good amount of cuddly love and attention from her aunts and uncles. :)
 The following weekend, my Dad, and brothers, John and Josh picked up Melody and James (unknown to me) and came up to Virginia. (I knew that Dad, John, James and Josh were coming but not Melody.) We had a very happy reunion-almost. We just missed two older kids.
While we were up there, we were able to fit in my senior photo shoot with my brother in-law's sister, Olivia. She is fantastic with a camera and she's the cutest and sweetest little thing with a heart of gold. <3 We had a wonderful time visiting with all the rest of her family and we ended up having a blast!
I plan on graduating in a few short months, so here's a few shots from the shoot.
And here's her adorable face!
Sneek peek of the photo shoot. Isn't She AMAZING?!

Olivia doing her thing. :)                                                                               
Mommy and I, in the hills of beautiful Virginia.
Mama and baby, safe and sound!

It was wonderful trip and I hope this isn't the last. I am incredibly blessed and for what? Because of God's grace. May God forever bless this little family. God be praised for ever and ever. 
His Little Girl,
Abigail Jane

P.S. I will write again soon as this post cannot fit all of what I want to share. Look out for another post containing more pictures! I'll leave you with a little snippet of one of my future post,
Sneek peek of my near future post! 












Saturday, July 2, 2016

What is my Purpose here? Why am I here?

Hello, all!
I hope this fine summer day finds you all very well!
So, what have ya'll been up to? I have been busy mostly with school, chores, gigs, photography, piano playing, editing photos, downloading pictures (which is a headache in itself!), learning new things, sewing, cuddling adorable kittens, teaching fiddle, going on trips and trying to stay out of this Texas heat! :)

I will try and squeeze as many pictures into this post as possible because I know I haven't been posting regularly and I don't put up many pictures whenever I do post..... So, here's to a new beginning and a whole lot more posting in the future!
Okay. So the beginning if June, I had the great pleasure of flying for the very first time and also, to see and stay with my dear sister, Melody who lives in Tennessee!
I stayed up there for about 10 days and I learned a whole load of things. I'm still learning and I know I will always learn new things from God every single day of my life.
I was mainly babysitting the whole time I was up there and it was the first time I had to babysit alone. God knew what was best and so He led me there, through much prayer and patience and wisdom from above. The whole situation was new for me and very strange. I felt nervous, yet at the same time I felt excitement. I waited for a few days to hear from my parents, whether I was to go, or stay. Either way, it was up to God, but He was good enough to let me go and learn the lesson He had prepared and ready, waiting for me. I learned what being a Mom is like and I learned about the responsibilities that come with adulthood and motherhood. God showed me to be grateful right now because I don't have children to worry about and to care for. He taught me GRATITUDE, He taught me THANKFULNESS, He taught me JOYFULNESS, He taught me PATIENCE, and He taught me that there is MORE to LIFE than just the day to day grind. The things I do every single day. It made me think, "What am I doing this for? Is there something more to life than just this, or is this it??" I've found my answer, through Jesus and the mission He has given to all His saints and children. The answer is NO. No. This, day to day, life that I live, it is not what all God planned for me. It is not what He wants me to do. He wants me to reach the world with the Gospel! He wants me to gather as many souls as I can so that they may not end up, in the dreadful place called hell. this is all what I have learned.
 I have learned to GIVE my UTMOST to HIM.
Irises form earlier this year.

Don't you love that sunlight??

Summer sunshine on my fiddle.

My newest sewing project: A little girl's dress.

Getting ready to welcome our little niece or nephew into the world!! :-D

This baby kitten is so cute and he purrs every time I pick him up!

Lately, I've been making homemade whipped cream, A LOT. Yummy!

A friend's baby and I, at an event we went to.

Two of my three sisters came down for a family friend's wedding. Here we are goofing off in the photo booth. :)

A cute kid from a big event that we all went to. Isn't he adorable??

Leaving Dallas for Nashville.

 
Finally, Melody and I after a dance we went to. We learned some cool dances!


John, Me and Melody at another dance. :) We had so much fun!




Well, I hope you all enjoyed the little glimpse into my life. I pray God uses it to better glorify Him and gather many to His throne.
God bless each and every one of you,
His Girl, 
Abigail J. L.
"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." 
~Philippians 4:8 
"Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection." 
~1 Timothy 2:11
"It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I may learn thy statutes." 
~Psalms 119:71 

~~~~~~~~And so with that, I leave you all.~~~~~~~~
~His Girl.