Sunday, January 26, 2020

Toys I Remember // Just for Fun

Hey! So, I didn't necessarily own all these, but these are some toys I remember/look familiar from back in our day. :P I sound kinda old when I say that, but o well. Age is not a bad thing. Thumbs up.
All my pictures are from Google, so they are definitely not mine.


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These were creepy.
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MEMA
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only not the raibow(?)

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Literally one of my favorites!

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Monday, December 23, 2019

Re-Post // The Christmas Truce of 1914

Hey everyone! This post is from last year, but I am re-posting it today!

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Today I am going to share some of the history of England & Germany during WWI.
While we need to remember our history, I hope we also remember that just because we had enemies in the past, doesn't mean we have to be enemies now. Even enemies can become friends, and peace is possible.

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I will be sharing videos that talk about and reenact the Christmas Truce of 1914 between the English and the Germans, and sharing bits of an older post I did on the subject.
Though I might tend to lean more towards the views of the English in WWI, I want to give respect to both sides today, for we should always respect those willing to fight for what they believe in, even if we don't agree with them, and should never forget that they are people, just like you and me.
Here is the first video, which seems to be a pretty historical reenactment of what happened, though we can never know all the details. I am not sure if all this is accurate, but they know more about this incredible event than I do, so hopefully. The video is actually a chocolate commercial. :)



In 1914, during World War I, Germany and England had a Christmas truce, and troops from either side came out into the no-man's-land in between the trenches where they fought, and may have played, talked, etc. While this video is actually a chocolate commercial, it captures this scene in a very epic and beautiful way. It really is an awesome video, and I definitely recommend it.
The truce began when the song Silent Night was being sung.

Here is an overview of the history of the Christmas Truce, as done by the History Channel. I recommend watching this one, too. It's got a sad ending, but it shows more history on this incredible day in history.


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Some leader(s) may have been concerned that this interaction with their enemies would make them softer, and not probably fight as well, and I understand that. It's true, and though the men might not all have had that happen, I am sure SOMETHING changed inside of them—it just makes sense.
What if you got to know your enemy, were "friends" for a day, and then you had to face the reality of maybe having to kill them the next day? That would be hard. It's harder to kill an enemy you have met, or know, than ones you don't know at all.

British and German soldiers fraternising at Ploegsteert, Belgium, on Christmas Day 1914, Front of 11th Brigade, 4th Division.
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In the above mentioned article, it says, "The truce was not observed everywhere along the Western Front. Elsewhere the fighting continued and casualties did occur on Christmas Day. Some officers were unhappy at the truce and worried that it would undermine fighting spirit. After 1914, the High Commands on both sides tried to prevent any truces on a similar scale happening again. Despite this, there were some isolated incidents of soldiers holding brief truces later in the war, and not only at Christmas." Click here for link.

Here is another video on the history of the day, as done by the people who made the first video (the commercial).



Here is the "behind-the-scenes" video of the commercial.


Romans 12:18
"If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone."

Yes, war may come, and we have to do what we don't want to to defend what we believe in, but also believe in forgiveness, second chances, and peace.
Peace, even for a short time, is possible.
See the good in others.
Merry Christmas!

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Friday, December 20, 2019

Holiday Letters

Hello everyone! So, I have decided not to literally track everything I gave my family for Christmas, but instead, I will just give an idea list later, that includes gifts I gave.

BUT THIS POST IS ABOUT MAIL.

I am late this year, to reach everyone by Christmas, so I am just going to continue on, with saying Merry Late Christmas and Happy New Year or something like that.
I have only sent out one letter. Last year or the year before I sent out a lot more than that.
I want to do more, but may not do many for the sake of stamps (I don't really have lots of money right now *smile*).
I am hoping to send letters out to 2 pen pals that don't celebrate Christmas, so I will just say Happy New Year and have it be more of a normal letter, and some family members, and maybe some friends. The family members might just get theirs at New Years, because we normally get together then. And the direct ones will hopefully get theirs on Christmas Day if I have them all done. ;)

Are you going to send out mail this year?

Monday, December 16, 2019

Move My Heart

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Hey guys.
A long while back, I wrote a post called "The Kibera Slum in Nairobi, Kenya (East Africa)".
Well, I am doing another post, but this time a little different. Kibera is where I want to go eventually after I get my nursing degree. I want to help these people, if it's God's will for me to be one of the people He chooses for this assignment. These are all pictures (as far as I know) of the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. I got them from Depositphotos.

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Boys take a water for drinking on a street of Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya. — Stock Photo

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Lord, move my heart
even more.
Please show me a way to help...
that's actually helpful.
I don't want to hurt, when I really want to help.
I know I can't change it all
but I know You can.
I know I am weak
but I also know You are strong.
Lord, You can reach every heart in Kibera;
I can't.
But Lord, if it be your will, please help me touch
at least one.
Thank You for your many blessings.
Please help me use the blessings You have given to me to bless others.
And Lord, if this truly is
in Your story for me,
please continue to be Provision,
and provide everything I need—
monetarily, emotionally, Spiritually, and Physically.
Lord, move my heart.

Lord, move my heart
with Your reckless love
and please show me how to do the same.
Please show me how to love.

Lord, may I be a part of this story?
If so, please make a way
Like You always do
for Your people.
And show me how to prepare now,
because God, I have no idea what I am doing.

I have no idea what it's like to live in Kibera
to help in Kibera
to be in Kibera
to see Kibera.
So move my heart, and show me.

Lord, if  You actually have another assignment, that's okay.
If it be another place, or Kenya, move my heart
that I may serve You
with all of my heart.
Not hurting anyone, but loving them.

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Saturday, December 14, 2019

Broken Dreams, Scared Words

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It's so crazy how words—simple, yet descriptive,
scare us so much.
I think we find it hard to write because
we are so afraid.
Afraid of others, but sometimes,
we are afraid of ourselves even more.
We are afraid to let ourselves come unhinged,
free,
unpredictable,
truly embracing who we are.
Because somewhere along the way
we were influenced;
we let ourselves learn
from people who said it was
impractical...who had stopped believing
themselves.
Who said to stop dreaming and wake up.
Or, maybe they didn't mean it that way,
but that's the way it came across, or
how you stored it.

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WELL I AM TIRED OF IT.
Why do we crush the dreams of others
and our own?
Why do we say "no" to such beauty
and purpose,
saying that it's meaningless and we need
to grow up?
To get a real job, like it or not,
and be misrable, if that's the case,
or be kinda happy, but regretful;
as if that's what will solve our problems.
Because "that's the way the world works"?
Why do we lock down so much potential?
Why are we so synical?

The world is full of broken dreamers
who have let themselves become blind
and too scared
and desparate
and who have a lack of words
and who don't speak up.

No.

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Say no.

Be who you are supposed to be.

The reason why we live in this sad,
hurtful world, is because sin entered
the world, when a girl and a guy (Adam and Eve)
tried to do things apart from God
because they didn't think they were good enough.

Every person who hurts, hurts because they are hurt
or are using it as their outlet
for emotions, pain, etc.

So break the trend,
even though
we will never be perfect.

Dream, follow God, and live!
Find freedom, purpose in Him!
Find this all in Jesus, and in being who He made you!

We care to much about what others think (myself incredibly included), and too less of what God thinks of us. Let's change that. Be yourself in accordance to God's will, and face the consequences with joy because you are doing the right thing, and God will turn all this for good (Romans 8:28).
You may be persecuted for Christ when you stand up for Him, but it's so worth it. Look at Paul's story, in the Bible. Definitely worth it.