Tuesday, October 6, 2015

BIG changes

Big changes, y'all. Biiig changes. Let me start with the backstory. I've had an idea in my head for the past few months concerning the blog. About a week ago I actually did something about this idea. If you follow the  blog on Instagram, then you saw the Insta post about a big announcement I would share on MFAP. I told you that I would have the announcement up this afternoon. Drum roll please...I'm moving to another blog called These Moments. Surprise! It's bittersweet. I'll miss blogging over here but I'm so excited to write on my new blog. :) MFAP was such a great blog for that season of my life, but I feel like it's time to make a change. Over on These Moments, I'll be posting more "personal posts." I'll post about family trips, adventures, my favorites for the week, etc. Although I'm doing more "personal posts" over there, I will still be writing what I like to call "inspirational posts." I plan to be more consistent with writing/posting over there than I was here (if school doesn't interfere too much ;)). A little heads up: my Instagram name will change from @modestyforapurpose to @TheseMomentsBlog (same account but a different name!) so make sure you follow it. ;) I really do hope you'll join me on These Moments! I would love to have you! {Click here to go on over}  
For every time there is a season...
Thanks for being such great reader friends!

A sneak peek at These Moments! Thanks to Sydney for taking the header picture on These Moments!

Monday, August 31, 2015

{ The Chase }

Kyle and Kelsey Kupecky's book The Chase comes out tomorrow! (September 1) I have been excited about this book since Kyle and Kelsey first announced it and have followed updates about it. I received an early copy because I was on their book launch team and I'm am thrilled to say The Chase is incredible. I absolutely LOVED it and I am sure you will too! Girls, this is a must read. 

Let me give you a little background information before I tell you about the actual book. ;) Kyle and Kelsey are a cute little couple that live in Nashville, TN. To give you a lengthier, more accurate description here is their bio from Amazon.com:

Kyle Kupecky is a Christian recording artist who has toured with Lecrae, MercyMe, and Steven Curtis Chapman. Through his soulful pop music and public speaking along with his wife, Kyle shares his passion for Jesus with today's youth.

Kelsey Kupecky is a designer and an actress who has appeared in several films, including the Emmy-nominated The Heart of Christmas. She is the designer of "Possibilities," a DaySpring greeting card and gift line, with her mother, Karen Kingsbury.

Kyle and Kelsey live in Nashville, Tennessee. Learn more at kyleandkelsey.com.

The Chase encouraged me so much and it showed me the results of putting your trust in Jesus. In The Chase, Kyle and Kelsey share their story and why chasing God first is the best thing you can do. It's so personal, it really is like you're grabbing a cup of coffee with them. Christian teens can relate to this book so well. Kyle and Kelsey tell readers about their past experiences as young adults and build on them. Our world today needs a book like this. A Christian book about relationships girls can read and know that God has a plan for their life. K+K give tips and advice on relationships and insight on being a Christian in a not-so-Christian world. Their story is one example of what happens when you trust God with your happily ever after. 

Summary from Amazon.com:
Kyle and Kelsey Kupecky couldn't have dreamed a better love story for themselves had it been scripted by a bestselling novelist like Kelsey's mom, Karen Kingsbury. In fact, if you asked them, Kyle and Kelsey would name God as the author of their story. And they're glad they trusted him to write it for them.

Unfortunately, too many girls hoping for their own happily-ever-after have taken matters into their own hands, chasing after boys when they should be chasing after God. And that inevitably leads to heartache, low self-esteem, and poor choices as girls give in to pressure from media and peers to look and act a certain way to attract guys.

Kyle and Kelsey want girls to know that it's never too late to trust God with their love lives, that wherever they are, there's always hope for the future. Through their own story and the stories of others who long for love, they show girls how to put God first, how to value and protect their purity, how to deal with loneliness and bullying, and how to see themselves as God does--a one-in-a-million girl who deserves no less than God's best.

Seriously, how cute is this book cover?!

The Chase book trailer

**There are other videos like this one on their YouTube account.
The Chase is just an all around amazing book. I can honestly say that as a girl in high school, it was very uplifting and a fantastic reminder that God's plans are far better than our own. I highly recommend this book! Pre-order your copy today or buy it tomorrow when it is released! :)

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Let's Talk About Homeschoooling

Once upon a time my sisters and I went to public school. I only went from kindergarten through second grade. Through those three years, I was exposed to things I did not need to be around. It started affecting my behavior. I was extremely disobedient to my parents and just not a nice kid. Mom and Dad knew that God was leading them to homeschool me. They did and ended up homeschooling my two sisters a couple years later. The first year of homeschooling was the hardest because we were trying to figure it all out. That first year was a killer but even so, God pulled us through and made us stronger than before.

People who say homeschoolers don't have a social life are incredibly wrong. We actually have a pretty strong social life. I see some of my friends once a week at our Bible study and we hang out other days too. They encourage me in my faith and are such a joy to be around. I can interact better with them in every day life than I would be able to in between classes if I went to "real school." That group is amazing and I love them. Our family has started going to a Life Group every other week and we absolutely love it. We eat supper, fellowship with friends, and read the Word. It's so much fun. This year, I also signed up to work on our cover school's yearbook yet another opportunity to get "out and about." I could play sports as well if I wanted to (a lot of my friends do), but it is horrifying how bad I am at sports. Most homeschoolers in general have a social life. I know, shocking. Ha! I know a lot of teens and kids who go to homeschool co-ops (I went to one for a couple of years), and their moms invite their kids' friends over during the day a lot. People have gotten it into their heads that you can't be a homeschooler and have close friends. I have no clue where they got it, but it is so wrong. We have made more friends through homeschooling than we ever did in public school. I can be socially awkward at times, but it doesn't really have anything to do with lack of social interaction. It's just me. :P

The great thing about homeschooling is being able to set my school to my academic level. When I went to public school, obviously each student had a specific grade, but some kids were either above average or below. The set grades did not help them. I struggle with math but excel at other subjects. I have to go back and repeat my Algebra I or geometry lessons sometimes to try to better understand the problems I couldn't quite grasp. I never fell behind, but I could go back and repeat things as necessary. Contrary to math, I am good at science and English. I can skim and even skip certain English lessons Mom is sure I know and focus on other things. I know of other homeschooling kids who are several grades higher in math but maybe a grade lower in another subject such as history. It really just depends on the student. The great thing is, you can adjust your schoolwork to fit what you are capable of academically. I love homeschooling.

Now, I'm not in any way saying that homeschooling is for everyone. Although, it sure has made our lives better.  Here are a few more perks of homeschooling:

-You can do school in you PJs. Who doesn't want to do that?
-You can cram several days of school in one to go on vacation.
-You and your friends can hang out during regular school hours. 
-School became more fun when I started homeschooling. Nerd alert ;)
-You don't have bullies to deal with (...except for yourself).
-To an extent, you can focus on what specific thing you want to learn.
-You can take school at your own pace.
-You can sleep a little later. 
-You are able to do school at your kitchen table instead of dragging yourself to public/private school. 
-While other kids are sitting in a classroom for 7 hours, we are outside swimming. (This is obviously after we finish our schoolwork.)
You can do school in fun places such as Starbucks, a friend's house, I did even did some of my school in my ENO (hammock) this past week. 
-Our school is in a faith based atmosphere. 

Those are just the main good things about homeschooling. There are more, but the list would be pretty long. Haha. :)

I have attached a short video from YouTube that covers seven lies about homeschooling. It's hilarious and spot-on: 

P.S. There is a part II you can watch by clicking here

In this blog post I'm not in any way trying to downgrade the value of public, private, or magnet schools. Even though we enjoy homeschooling, it is not for every family. It isn't easy and I don't know how Mom does it. Superwoman has nothing on her-she's that good. :) I hope this post has helped you see that homeschooling isn't the incredibly sheltered stereotype that many people portray it to be.


Saturday, June 20, 2015

To Dad: Thank You

To Dad...Thank you for loving us.

Dear Dad,

I can't put into words how much I love you. You and Mom make us feel so loved and cherished. I wanted to write this letter to say thank you. You go above and beyond when it comes to us.

Thank you for changing my first diaper. That right there was a (stinky) act of love.

Thank you for having tea parties with me. It's every girl's dream to have tea with her very own prince. 

Thank you for teaching me how to ride a bike. I couldn't have done it without you.

Thank you for building us our first tree house. We had endless amounts of adventures up there.

Thank you for protecting us from "monsters" when we were little. You were the ultimate monster slayer.

Thank you for taking the time to spend a few minutes with me even if it's just to talk. And remember when I was little the way you would spend time with me having water fights? Those were the best! 

Thank you for showing me the beauty of God's creation. Even from a young age I knew Who created it.

Thank you for showing me new horizons. 

Thank you for letting me believe that I was your "super baby." 

Thank you for dancing with me. It was so exciting to dance with my daddy.

Thank you for delighting in our homemade parties. They were so fun when you were a part of them.

Thank you for including me in your afternoon naps. They were my favorite part of my day because I could spend uninterrupted time with you.

Thank you for showing us through Mom how a woman is supposed to be treated.

Thank you for your endless amounts of jokes and sayings. I enjoy them constantly.

Thank you for putting up with three young girls. We know our screaming, giggling, and cheesy TV shows can't always be easy to be around.

Thank you for showing me what hard work looks like. It's a valuable asset I will take with me through life. 

Thank you for showing me a godly example every day. You give me a glimpse into what God's infinite love looks like.

Thank you for giving your time and effort for us by driving us where we need to go or helping us complete a project or making your big breakfast for our family every Saturday morning or working so hard to provide for us. 

Thank you for looking out for us in any way you can. By doing this, you make us feel very important, safe, and loved.

Thank you for making me feel special. You could never know how much that means to me.

Thank you for giving the gift of Christmas memories. One of my favorite Christmas traditions will always be going with you to pick out a Christmas tree. 

Thank you for taking selfies with me. Haha ;)

Thank you for eating chocolate bunnies with us every Easter. What a tradition! 

Thank you for celebrating our birthday each year by making a homemade sign with a special note on it. I always look forward to waking up on my birthday to see what you have written.

Thank you for teaching me how to drive the go-cart as well as a car. You (mostly) didn't freak out. I appreciate the time and the (lots) of patience required to teach me.

Thank you for supporting us. You have always made it clear to us to come to you and Mom if we have a problem no matter how bad it might be. You guys will always help us in any way you can. Thank you so much for that.

Thank you for helping me make the best and most important decision in my life. That was an awesome day!

Thank you for encouraging me. Whether it is encouraging me in school, my faith, or my hopes to become a neonatal nurse, you're there cheering me every step of the way.

Thank you for walking through life with me, Dad. I wouldn't have it any other way.

You and Mom are such a blessing to us. I can't wait to see what new memories our family will make together. Happy Father's Day!! We love you!!



Friday, April 17, 2015

Rising Above Low Expectations

I would love to be a level II neonatal nurse when I'm older. This is a nurse that mainly works with premature babies. I have wanted to go into this field for several years. Seriously. I can vividly remember when I first told my cousin over three years ago "I want to work with preemies when I grow up."  I won't go into all the details about why I want to become a neonatal nurse, but I will say God has really put this on my heart and has kept it there. It's definitely something that I am passionate about. But, in case this career is not in His plans for me, I am keeping an open mind for other career opportunities. I don't know, right now, since this is continuing to press on my heart, I am pursing it as much as I am able to. 

Honestly, I think that we tend to stop after the "idea." We think "I might have an idea of what I want to do when I'm older, but that's about it." We just don't do anything to help it. Either it's that we don't know how to take our dream to the next level, we just don't want to, or we just think that we can't. It's easy to look around and think that since everyone else isn't taking that step forward to improve your future, you don't have to either. I have thought about this a good bit. This is where you listen to God. 

I am trying to take those steps forward. I talk to nurses to try to gain information. I try to learn as much as I can about nursing-or more in general-the human body. I'm taking anatomy in my junior year in high school. Today, I even attended an online class on pediatric nursing. Your teenage years are extremely valuable. Use them. Mold your future. These are the years to take action. Unfortunately, society does not agree. They have put teens in this category where they are expected to fail just because they are teens. Society, says that we have to go through these years being unproductive. I'm sick of this way of thinking. Personally, I haven't experienced this too much. My parents are great. They are such an encouragement to my sisters and I. They do not put us in this category at all. Most of my friends or my parents' friends do not do this either. But every once and awhile, I run into someone who thinks that being between the ages of thirteen and eighteen is a nuisance to today's society and even to them. "You're 14? Oh wow, I really feel for your parents." There have even been times where people voice things to my parents such as:"Yikes! Your daughter is a teenager. Been there done that. I'm glad I'm through with those years. Good luck." Teens' actions should not be excused. But if today's culture continues to treat teenagers, kids, or anyone in general, like they are going to fail during a certain age period, they might just listen to you whether they want to or not.

My friends and I are constantly having to overcome the obstacles of society's low expectations. When did we start discouraging teens? When did we start treating them as a bother? We can stop this. I encourage everyone to stand up to today's expectations. Exceed them. "Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity." -1 Timothy 4:12 Go ahead and start molding your future but also to remember to live life. Don't be so involved in the future that you forget to live in the present. There is definitely a balance. God's guidance is literally a lifesaver in all situations including the one I have presented. 


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Chasing Sunsets by Karen Kingsbury // Review

Chasing Sunsets is the second book in the Angels Walking series by Karen Kingsbury (*ahem* my favorite author. Ever.) It released today (April 7th, 2015). This book is AMAZING. Chasing Sunsets made me laugh out loud and it also brought me to tears! This book is a must read!!

Amazon's book description:
"From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes the second novel in a brand-new series about divine intervention and the trials and triumphs of life—the dramatic story of a woman desperate to find deeper meaning in her life.

Growing up in a comfortable home, Mary Catherine wanted for nothing. Though she loves her wealthy parents, their lifestyle never appealed to her. Instead, Mary Catherine pursues meaning through charity work, giving away a part of herself but never giving away her heart.

Mary Catherine lives in Los Angeles with her roommate, Sami, and volunteers at a local youth center with coach Tyler Ames and LA Dodger Marcus Dillinger. Despite Mary Catherine’s intention to stay single, she finds herself drawing close to Marcus, and their budding romance offers an exciting life she never dreamed of. That is, until she receives devastating news from her doctor. News that alters her future and forces her to make a rash decision.

Inspirational and moving, Chasing Sunsets is the story of one woman’s deep longings of the soul, and the sacrifices she’s willing to make in search of healing."

Karen's books always have this way about them that brings me closer to God. Chasing Sunsets definitely did that. 

The series's main Bible verse is Hebrews 13:2

"Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!"

You can see in the series how this verse comes to life.
Grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and this fantastic book by Karen Kingsbury that releases TODAY!  


LOVE this quote from the book!

Watch the book trailer here!

I have always loved Karen's books! This one certainly did not disappoint! It's the best book that I have read in awhile! :)

Chasing Sunsets is in stores and online everywhere. {You can order it online here} You will be glad you did!


P.S. You can read my post about the first book in the Angels Walking series by clicking here

Friday, March 20, 2015

Rejoicing & Being Joyful

So I've been trying something new lately. A new me-better yet-an improved me. Someone has even called me a stick-in-the-mud (I'm looking at you, little sister). Anyway, while I'm not quite that bad, I am not exactly the most fun person. I always err on the side of caution-which is not always a bad thing, but it can be when it gets in the way of living.

A few days ago, I came across a verse in Philippians. (Phil. 4:4 to be precise.) "Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again-rejoice!" I rejoice over certain things in life like close friends, books (*cough* book-aholic *cough*), new clothes, moving sermons, completed school projects/reports-the easy stuff. But can I-can we-rejoice in the struggles of life? Can we rejoice when things get tough? I don't know about you, but I want to rejoice always. I'll be honest, the thought is a teensy bit overwhelming and I have loads of trouble with rejoicing when things don't go my way. But God put this verse in the Bible for a reason. He wants us to rejoice always!

So we're back to the stick-in-the-mud thing. Sometimes, I'm so focused on staying inside my comfort zone that I forget to have fun. I forget to live in the moment. I forget to be joyful in the little things. I forget to live life. God put us on this earth to live. In some ways, I think I've lost sight of that. If a person goes day to day doing the same routine, what good does that do him?  To me, a person can live his days inside sheltered from danger but what would he really accomplish? God meant for us to experience life.We need to become real by living like God intended. Listen to this: "When a person starts to live for God, when he steps out of his box or rules and rehearsed ways of living, he becomes real." (Angels Walking by Karen Kingsbury) (P.S. Don't judge just cause it's by Karen Kingsbury. I know I have found some way to squeeze her in my blog posts. ;) I warned you that I have an obsession with her books. Ha!) This quote though, it really sums up what I've been trying to say in this paragraph about being real by living life to the fullest. I'm mainly writing this post for me. I don't want to be a hermit. I want to get out and smell the fresh air. I want to step out of my comfort zone and experience the thrill and joy of life. I even want to experience the many, many ups and downs that life brings. My eyes are opening to a new way of thinking. Are yours?

Don't misunderstand what I'm saying. I'm not saying to be a daredevil or to  do something that is just downright dangerous. I guess what I'm trying to say in a jumbled up way is this: Rejoice always in the good times and bad. Find joy in everything-especially Jesus. Look for beauty in the ashes (hey! that sounds like a Steven Curtis Chapman song! ;)) Don't spend your time dreading one day or wishing for another day-live in the moment. Enjoy today. Don't waste away by always living inside your comfort zone. Do step out of it once in awhile and have a little fun! I challenge you to step out of your comfort zone at least once a week and try something new and/or something you wouldn't normally do. (Y'all this is a ginormous challenge for me because I despise change.) Examples of trying new things/things you wouldn't normally do: Stay off of *gasp* social media, try a new food, go swimming in March (we did this last Saturday by the way. It was 80*+ but the water was still cold. Even though we were freezing, it was loads of fun as well as a new adventure!) You could even have fun on a trip even though you didn't want to go (we're finding joy in the little things, people!), go to a soup kitchen. Serving a neighbor that you don't really know even counts! There's no rules. We are just experiencing and loving the life God gave us. 

So people, are you in?