Monday, June 29, 2009

My Graduation 2009

I was home schooled since being in the fourth grade,
but I went through a school called,
"Midwest Christian Academy"
They hold a graduation ceremony for the
graduates each year.Some years are bigger than
others it just depends on the year.My class was larger
than my sister's,who graduated four years ago from this school, with 12 graduates.
Walking down the aisle.

My dad and I.

I was able to give a short speech.
Mostly just a time to thank the Lord,and your parents
for the hard work they went through.
P.S. I only cried a little:.)

My mom, and dad, and I.

My cousin Hannah graduated with
Me from the same school.
"Hats of to the Graduates:.)"
YIPPEE!!!Were done!

Hannah and I relaxing after the ceremony.

Me,my sister Michelle,and my cousin Hannah.

But then......

We got to eat at the "Cracker Barrel"

Wouldn't you love these on your front porch:.)
I used these verses in my speech...
some of my favorites
"But thanks be to God!He gives
us the victory through our Lord
Jesus Christ." I Cor.15:57
"Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain
new strength;they will mount up with wings
like eagles,they will run and not get tired,
they will walk and not become weary."
Isaiah 40:31

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day,Dad!!!

I just wanted to say,Happy Father's Day dad!
I am very thankful the Lord gave you to
me to be my dad.Hope you have a great day:.)

Friday, June 19, 2009

Vintage Dishes

My grandpa Harold bought
these old dishes for some family
friends a long time ago.My aunt had
them and didn't have a use for them
so she gave them to us.My sister
and I both really liked them so we
split them between us.Mom said they
are probably from around the 40's or50's.

I love the flowers on them!
They are so unique.

I couldn't resist putting this picture on:.)
I saw these cherries outside.There
about done but these one's still looked

I read this in the Proverbs yesterday
and it stuck in my mind so I thought I
would share it with everyone:
"The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
the righteous run to it and are safe."
Proverbs 18:10

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Tractor Show 2009

The annual Antique Tractor Show
was held once again this year at
Johnson's Grove Park

It was a little rainy but
that didn't stop
Michelle, my cousin Hannah,and I!

Here is some of the

Ya sooo....
I really wanted this....
well actually I don't really know
what it is.But i think it might
be a little to big for me?Hmmmmm

OK here's one that's more of my size!
Oh well;.)

Choo Choo....sounds the whistle
and a very distinct smell of
burning coal fills the air when
they fire up this steam tractor
(I do believe is what they call it).It's
been at the Show every year since
I can remember.I forget how old it is
but its defiantly up there:.)!!!!!!!!!

A beautiful ending to a perfect day!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

My Favorite Coffee Shop...the coffeE cup!!!!

Ready for.....
the best cup o' joe in town?

Then come to "the coffeE cup"
in Henry IL.!!!

The Barista's:
Paula Stoeger(my aunt:.)
is the owner.
Hannah Stoeger(my cousin)
is the assistant!

Some of the many
coffee's they offer.

It's so cozy
loves to come and chat!

Here is a list of some of the many wonderful coffee's (and other drinks) they offer:
House blend and the featured flavor
Cafe' Latte',Cafe' Mocha',Cappuccino,Espresso
Many yummy choices of"Coffee Creations"
They also offer a variety of tea's and hot chocolates.
Smoothies and milkshakes of many different flavors.
Cold Drinks such as Iced tea,Lemonade,
my personal favorite:.)Italian sodas and Italian cream sodas,
juice and bottled waters,pop.
They also have a variety of syrups to
chose from. Also for sale if desired.
(Sugar Free Available)
They also have a large variety of food
(more to be added soon!)
Bagels,croissant sandwiches,chicken and tuna salads,
assorted muffins,
hot dogs,soup,cheeseburger,
hamburger,philly cheese steaks,BBQ pork rib.
For Directions feel free to leave a comment
and tell me were you would be coming
from.I will be happy to point you in the right direction:.)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Little House on the Prarie

Yesterday was a good day for a photo opportunity
so I took full advantage of it. ;.)


But then.....
A walk in the woods!

Hiking down the ol' trail.


Thursday, June 4, 2009

Summer is Beginning!!!<3

What a lovely day it is today! But first......




My friend Taylor gave me a beautiful
antique bed.All it needs now is a
minor repair AND a mattress:.)

Here's the foot board.My room is in our garage
so its somewhat of a challenge to decorate.
This summer I am hopefully going to
paint it tan!But I'm always up for a

Our cute 1948 ford tractor is
parked outside on this lovely day.

Our baby Americana chicks
learning how to roost.Looks
like they have the hang of it:.)

My baby Americana chick that I've named
She looks like a snow owl!
(Well to me anyways:.)

There were some really pretty
purple flowers in our garden.

Someone gets the roost all to herself:.)

I just wanted to share a couple verses that
have been on my heart this past week!
"For this reason I also suffer these things,
but I am not ashamed;for I know whom
I have believed and I am convinced that
He is able to guard what I have entrusted
to Him until that day!" 2 Tim.1:12
"Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue
righteousness,faith,love and peace,with those
who call on the Lord with a pure heart."
2 Tim.2:22
"Charm is deceptive,and beauty is fleeing,but a
woman who fears the Lord,she shall be praised!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Blessings in AbunDANCE

I just wanted to start off"no I haven't forgotten about my blog!":.)
I have renamed my blog for various different reasons. I've decided to rename it "Blessings in AbunDANCE" instead of "saved by HIS grace." I loved my past name but I thought Blessings in AbunDANCE suited me better.In the beginning I chose saved by HIS grace because I new I was 18 when I started my blog and as I got older I wanted to be sure the name would still apply to my "ever changing" life.I knew I would always be saved by His grace and His grace alone,forever.But I was on the spot and hadn't really thought about it so I went with that.The reasonI decided to rename my blog "Blessings in abunDANCE"is for many different reasons.The Lord has and will continue to so graciously bless me in abundance.So many things we take for granted are really enormous blessings.And I have come to realize in my personal life many times the Lord will go unknown for these blessings He's bestowed upon me so graciously.And I thought this will be a reminder each and every day of the blessings He's given to me.
Another reason I chose the name,and you will notice, DANCE is capitalized in
Abundance.Many,many years now dance has been a big part of my life,especially ballet.One of my dance teachers actually wrote this on one of the cards she gave me and I always thought it was a clever saying!Who knew I would use it for the name of my blog:.)I thought I would share some pictures because,as I've written in the past that have graduated high school.I was praying a lot about continued education and what the Lord had for me to do.Well things I had come up with the Lord seemed to close the door to and I was thinking and praying A LOT!!!About a year ago the Lord convicted my family for the unmarried believing woman's place in the world.The Lord especially convicted my dad on her role and what He expected of her,and we believed that to be, a homemaker.Anyways that's a whole new subject.But with that in mind what kind of "job" could I get and still stay home and honor my father and the Lord?Well it hit me like a ton of bricks...Teaching Dance(or at least train myself to be able to teach dance someday)So now dance will become an even bigger part of my life.Still a lot of obstacles need to be overcome b/c as anything in the world,dance can be a very ungodly thing if not taught properly.The Lord will continue to show me His will and the more He will continue to teach me.Anyways this is the reason for the name change,and I thought I would share with you how the Lord brought it about in my heart!!!
Love Kelsey

Senior pictures!!

Senoir Picture

Age 2

Age 6 or 7

.....A time to dance Ecc. 3:4
...shall rejoice in the dance!Jer 31:13