Thursday, January 22, 2015

Beautiful People || Author Edition || Becca

Hello everyone! 
It's been a little while since I've posted... but with heading off to school and getting settled in, the blog was the last thing I was thinking about.

But I'm here now to do another Beautiful People post. 
(I've missed blogging)

Beautiful People || Author Edition || Bethany

This month's theme for the Beautiful People is the person behind the characters; the writer.


Hello there!

Friday, January 16, 2015

First Week of School

This morning's beautiful sunrise.

First off, we'd like to thank everyone so much for the prayers and encouragement we've had. Going off to Bible School was a big thing for Becca and me, but we knew it was going to be a great learning experience, despite the nervousness that comes before doing anything new.

So here we are, a week of classes under our belts, and a post to write about how things are going!

Because we're jumping into the school year halfway through, sharing a dorm room didn't work out. They had to fit us in wherever there was room, but thankfully, we ended up right next door to each other, and each have two very nice roommates. 
It was kind of funny for me, instead of sharing a room with my sister Becca, I now share a room with  two different Rebekahs! It's a popular name here. :)

We have about four classes and a chapel time each morning, with afternoons free to study. 

The library makes a nice, usually quiet, place to study.

Classes include New Testament Survey, Gospel of John, and Doctrine, to name a few. 

Our favorite has been Victorious Christian Living, partly because of the practical, everyday life application, and also for the teacher, an elderly gentleman who has such a vast experience and store of biblical knowledge, and a very fun sense of humor. 

Example from our last class:
"When I see dishes that need to be washed in the sink, I don't go tell my wife to do it. I do what any good husband does...and throw them away."

We also get to sing a song at the start of that class!

While I love Victorious Christian Living, we just had another for the first time today; Christian Women's Practices. I'm really looking forward to the neat lessons that will be in that class, and it may be my new favorite.

While all the classes are going to be great, there is one that Becca and I are not quite so excited over: Introduction to Biblical Communications.

Basically, speech class.

Cue brief moment of panic.

I don't know about you, but speaking in front of a large group of people is not something we particularly like, especially me. 

But why?

Shouldn't it be important to be able to express ourselves clearly, and confidently share with others about the Bible?

While this class won't be the most comfortable, that's not what growing is about. 
As much as the first thought of it scared me, I'm realizing that this is going to be really good for me to learn, and as the teacher of that class shared, our feelings (mainly, shyness) shouldn't be more important then what God wants us to do. 
Shyness can be a form of pride; being too self conscious about what others will think of you, if you make a mistake in front of all those people, etc. 

Speaking in front of others can be used in so many ways, like in witnessing, leading a bible study, giving a testimony. 
I know, as much as I was nervous about this class, I'm going to benefit so much from it.

We've met lots of people, (and can remember about half their names :) ) made some new friends, and are already learning so much in this first week.
Being away from home is hard, but technology makes getting in touch with family as simple as pressing a button.

There's so much to look forward to this semester, and we can't wait to see what God will teach us through this new experience.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

A Few Finished Projects...

This has been our last week at home before we head off to Bible school.

Are we excited yet?

Well, saying goodbye to church family and friends makes us feel a bit like this.

Weston (a little frind of ours): "Do you really have to go?"
Becca: "We already gave them our money."
Weston: "Well, lucky for them!"

Although, once we have everything packed in my little car and hit the road, I'm sure we'll feel more like this.

Besides packing, Becca and I have also been busy finishing up some projects. 

For a year or so, we've had a side chair stored in our bedroom wanting reupholstering. When I found it, I actually didn't mind the color, but the velvet was quite worn, and had an unpleasant tendancy to shed. :P 

It has such a cute little shape, and while I was ordering some things for my last upholstery job, I came across some clearance fabric that looked lovely.

Its simple shape made it pretty quick to do, but I stained the legs first, as they were a bit rough looking. Freezing weather kept me out of the garage, but it was nearly as cold working in the ventilated basement.

Dad: "Who left the basement window open?"
Bethany: "Oops!"

I used the leftover stain from my desk, which turned out a little lighter on the legs of the chair.

A friend came over while I was just about finished with it, and decided she wanted it.
 It's neat to see it go off to a home so soon!

The other thing I wanted to get done was to redo my work basket.

We probably picked it up at a garage sale or thrift store, and it has seen numerous crochet projects and a few knitting ones lately. 

As it slowly falls apart, I've restitched seams and reattached the lining in places, but what if I gave it an entirely new look?

Taking it apart was fun, and its clever design really amazed me.

Both the lining and the outside consisted of only two pieces of fabric each, and the inside pocket was made with a simple fold.

I found my new fabrics in the jumble of the sewing room; a pale blue swiss dot and a fun floral corduroy I'd been saving for something.

Sewing it on the wood frame proved to be a bit tricky, but with a little persistence, I got the hang of it.

 As for what project it will contain next, I'm thinking of starting this while at school.

A Beatles blanket! Isn't it darling? Those little granny squares will be easy to make in the free time I might have.

Becca's turn!
Hmmmm.... Where should I start?
Ever since I learned about the languge of flowers, I was enchanted. Although a boquet of flowers can't convey a very specific message, like:
'The rebel leader is dead. Come to the docks at 8 p.m., bring lighter fluid and a large tomato."
(I remembered this from something I saw on Pinterest, but I couldn't find the actual pin)
It would be a fancinating means of communication for a story world.....

It's still a sweet and romantic practice I think should be brought back.
I fell in love with the meaning of yellow tulips, though I read the meaning has evolved over time.
The current meaning is: There is sunshine in your smile.
Isn't that the sweetest thing?

It was a while before I settled on the right medium for this idea, but embroidery seemed perfect.
I started it sometime in September, and I finished it this week... talk about procrastination.  :)

I designed it on my favorite site; PicMonky, painted in the color blocks and the tulips with acrylic paint mixed with fabric medium, then embroidered the lettering, outlined the flowers, and finally it became a pillow.

Now for some close-ups :)


Also, I have been trying my hand at some watercolors. I loved watercolors when I was little, using all the colors and painting huge dripping rainbows.  :)

I pulled out an old set of paints last weekend and just played around.

Mom and Dad got me a new set of paints and some other supplies to take to school, it will be fun to experiment and practice this new hobby.
I'd love to be able paint like this:
via Pinterest
And illustrate my stories someday.

Well, our next post should be from school. 
Maybe we could do a tour of our little dorm room. :)

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Welcome 2015!


Ring in the New Year!

Well, not quite yet, but I don't know if I really want to wait until midnight to post this. I guess there is always next year to do it. ;)

 It's hard to believe how 2014 has flown by.

So much has happened, so much has changed.

There's been weddings and funerals of dear friends, joys and heartaches.

This spring marked the end of Becca's high school education, and this Monday was the last day of my job at our local library. We said goodbye to our rabbits and saw them off to new homes.

School is on the forefront of our minds, but after those first four months of the year are over, we have yet to see.   

What other things will 2015 will hold? Only God knows, and we trust He will reveal His plans with His perfect timing, as He always does.

Does it help to worry about any of this? Of course not, even though I have to keep reminding myself of this.

It does help, however, to remember this, wherever God has placed you at this time in your life:

Happy New Year!

~The Clever Bunnies
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