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this weekend marked the beginning of brandon getting his normal life back.  i got to see a lot of people.  i got a lot of hugs.  i remembered how much i enjoy being in the presence of friends. 

slowly but surely, healing is taking place.  grace is being given.  God reveals Himself to me somehow day after day, and i cannot be more thankful for the peace He gives during struggles, for the lessons He teaches, through the way He is constantly and perfectly revealed. 

in other news, i decided that any artist that decides to use sped-up voices (like the chipmunks) as background vocals should be put in jail for being ridiculous.

here are some pictures i took the last couple days.  
i have a new love for going on walks.

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i found a new secret place close to my house that i never knew existed.

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i love it a lot.

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there was a reeeeally cool sunset…but that cloud decided to take it away.  and then my battery died.  and then i cried.  and then i wrote a song about it.  just kidding about the song.  and the crying.

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these ducks thought i was giving them food.  then i took their picture.  i think that duck on the right is cussing at me.

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this looks like something i would try to paint.

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yes, i know it’s upside-down.  i like it better that way.

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haha my parents.

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the giving tree(s).

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the end.


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“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. “
2 Cor. 12: 9-10

He will (continue to) see me through this.
yes yes yes.

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today while dustin and i were sitting in my living room watching ladies with lisps on infomercials and cheating babydaddies on the maury show, our lives were suddenly threatened by a gigantic, terrifying centipede monster.  it tried to attack dustin on the couch.  we finally fought it off with a stick, a newspaper, and a receipt from the video store.  its antennae broke, but we set it free.  oscar helped. 


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val and i had this picture taped to our drawing class locker all of last year.  we then sparked a new trend of kids putting random things on their lockers..but ours was by far the best.  i miss the days of being cool in art class.  a little.

(the guy in the picture also looks like a mixture of shawn mcdonald and jeremy gifford.  and i don’t mean the guy on the left.)

disturbing news of the day:
“Bob Saget, the tall, lanky dad from television’s ‘Full House,’ is trying his pimp hand at the rap game. The page of California’s the Stone Movement — a self-described jam-rock/hip-hop hybrid featuring frontman Stu Stone and comedian Jamie Kennedy — features a track called ‘Rollin’ With Saget,’ on which the affable goofball not only curses (much like his character did in the film ‘Half Baked’), but … um … raps.”

here’s the rest of the story..

why, danny? WHY?

in other news, God is good in more ways than I can express.
even though i kind of just expressed that.

today the sky looked like an ocean.

oh Lord, You’re beautiful.  Your face is all i see.  and when Your eyes are on this child, Your grace abounds to me.  oh Lord, please light the fire that once burned bright and clear.  replace the lamp of my first love that burns with holy fear.  i want to take Your word and shine it all around, but help me first just to live it, Lord.  and when i’m doing well, help me to never seek the crown.  for my reward is giving glory to You.

i’m working a lot more on my daily quiet time with God.  lately, i’ve let it slip so much, and i have no excuse whatsover.  but i’m working on it.  and wow.  i can’t believe i’ve gone without them so many times.  i’m seeing how crucial it is in my day to day walk with Christ to continue to gain deeper understandings of who God is and what He’s doing in my life.  i brought my prayer journal back to life, too.  i experienced something in particular on monday during my quiet time that was crazy.  i could go on for hours trying to explain everything in here, but i won’t.  if you’re interested, i can elaborate another time.

i’ve been going to lots of parks. 

i’ve been watching a lot of tv.

i’ve been listening to a lot of weird music.

finding neverland is one of the best movies i’ve seen in a long time.

i’ve also been praying for a lot of my friends lately.  many of which i haven’t seen in months… and i want to badly badly badly.

and it’s weird that i’m going to indiana in three months.

the end.  if you actually read this, i like you a lot.

i like lakes.   say that ten times fast.

or how bout “noisy nose.”
or even “each sixth chick sat on a stick.”
or “which witch wished which wish?”

unique new york.

toy boat toy boat toy boat toy boat toy boat.



do this!

+ how do we know each other?
+ when did you see me last?
+ what was your first impression of me?
+ how have I affected you?
+ what’s the best memory you have of me?
+ what reminds you of me?
+ what do you see in my future?
+ describe me in three words.

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i miss sunsets at malone.  kind of.


i got a haircut yesterday for the first time in three months.

everything is working out with school.

i got out of my house every day this week.  (recovery is coming slowly but surely.)

everyone needs to go to the alive website, read alivewire, and give feedback to the contests and other things. (please?)

i like the new united cd a lot.  it makes me anxious though..and sad that i’m unable to do things like that right now.. but the day will come when i can go full force back into it. 

i’m trying to write a lot now while the only place i can really do things is home.  it’s nice.

this post is lacking spunk.  so i’ll just end with this:

“He said, ‘My gracious favor is all you need. My power works best in your weakness.'”
2 Corinthians 12:8-9 (NLT)