Samantha's Journal

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Busy Busy Busy

This week has been busy! I've been doing a chapter a day in my health book (substitute for science) and I normally do a chapter a week. I'm trying to finish by the end of the week, so I can have at least a little bit of a break. lol. Apart from that, I've been lugging boxes of books out of the shed for the homeschool booksell; who knew one person could have so many books! Friday, I got to work at the office all day, so that's triple my normal hours. Friday night, my nephew spent the night, and for a 6-yr-old, he's very energetic! Greg is nesting again, this time under our porch steps! I get my paycheck today, so tomorrow I'm hoping to go get fabric to make a skirt. I have a pattern, but I want to try making one without a pattern. Can't be that hard right? I'm probably wrong. lol. Well that's about it that's been going on in my life lately.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Farewell Mr. Blankenship!

As most have heard already, the band director for Millbrook schools is leaving. He's going to Huntington College to start a marching band from scratch, his life-long dream! After 17 great years of inspiring students from 6th grade and up, he's not just become a teacher, but a mentor. I remember when I was in 6th grade, about to start 7th, and he came around telling everyone about the band program for the following year. I was so excited to FINALLY be able to wear a jacket that says, Samantha Brooks: Flute. He worked us hard, what with band camp in the summer, and practice everyday. Though I was only in the school for a short while, he inspired me with my music, showing me music isn't just noise, it's art expressed through sound. He always picked great section leaders and drum majors, and wouldn't settle for anything less than your best. We'll all miss you Mr. Blankenship, and hope you do well at Huntington!

Friday, May 19, 2006

Another Day, Another Concert

The homeschool band had a concert last night. It was fun. The songs were kind of boring, but at least it's over with for now. I was hoping one of my friends could come, but he had a thing at church. That's okay though! After the concert, I rode with Rebekah to Bruster's. It was fun, and it seems like half the band was there! A few of the younger kids were bouncing off the walls from the hyperness they got from their icecream.

Now that band's over with, I get to take drama classes for homeschoolers this summer. I can't wait. When I was in public school, I was disappointed to find out I couldn't be in drama club, because I was already in band, and practices were at the same time. So i'm really happy to find drama classes now!!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Absolute Faith

Hey everyone. Yesterday I got to go to church with two of my oldest friends: Daniel and Nick. It was so much fun! The youth pastor Glenn was really nice. Everytime someone saw I was new and didn't know anyone, they would come up and hug me or shake my hand. We learned about Absolute Faith, and Glenn had very good points to share. For example, a light switch. Do you ever stop to think, 'Will the switch cut the light on this time?' before you hit the switch? No you don't, because you automatically know it's going to cut on. Another example was a car. Do you ever stop to think, 'I wonder if the car will turn on?' before putting the key in the ignition. No you don't, because you automatically know it's going to work. That's absolute faith. If you can have absolute faith in a light switch or an ignition, why not God? After church we went to Walmart. Why we did that, I have no clue. We just walked around, and then it was time for me to go home. Daniel even walked me to my door and spoke to my mother. He said he wanted to make sure I got inside safely. I thought that was so gentlemenly! I know I'm weird but I can't help it.



Today is the last day of band. Tonight we have our last concert. It should be fun. I have no clue if I'm coming back next year or not though, because I'm doubling up on school work. That means I'm doing 10th and 11th grade in one year. It might be tough, but I want to graduate early! lol

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Hey! how has everyone been? Things have been kind of slow around here. I've finished 9th grade! and am now working on science for 10th grade. Since it's the only subject I'm doing right now, I'll be done with it by the end of May! Today, I made a cake for mom for Mother's Day tomorrow. It's my first homeade cake, and it turned out well. We all couldn't wait until tomorrow to try it, so we each had a small piece. It's called 'Perfectly Chocolate' Chocolate Cake, and I got the recipe off a pack of coacoa. I'll give you the recipe if you want it, just let me know! My nephew Blake is coming over to stay the night. He is 6, so he has a lot of energy! So I'm saving my energy for when he gets here. lol. Well I guess i better go. bye!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Random Pictures of this week








































Starting from top left to right:: A guy from the band Mercy Me was nice enough to pause for a picture while coming off his tour bus.

My dog Kaos looks like she's posing!

The band Mercy Me at their concert. (next pic) Me and my new car! (next) Greg and her babies! (next) A turtle came from the pond into our yard! my computer's messing up so it won't let me change to a new paragraph. Or leave comments on other blogs! So Anna, if you're reading this, you were just on the news with your praise dancing!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

My Purity Ring

For a while now, I've been thinking a lot of the future. Part of the future includes being married. I know that's a long while away, but what girl can't help but try to imagine what it will be like doing the things their mother does on a daily basis. While it's true I'm too young to think about marriage, there's one thing I can do now to make marriage more meaningful. That's staying pure. A year or so ago, my sister gave me a ring that looks sort of like an engagement ring, and it's really pretty. I've never worn it because I didn't like the thought of wearing what looks like an engagement ring, because I'm 15, can you imagine the looks I'd get? I was talking to an old friend yesterday and she told me she had a purity ring, which she wears on her left ring finger, that stands for her purity. Basically you wear it until you're older and get married, and you're to take it off on your wedding day. I liked that idea, so the ring my sister gave me is now my purity rings. True, I could get a real one, but this one has more meaning to me. If you'd like your own, I suggest checking out PurityRings.com