Monday, November 23, 2009

don't forget to Hydrate.

I'd like to tell you that water is very healthy for you, and that in the seasons of drippy noses and hacking coughs, it is extremely important that you stay healthy. One very simple way of doing so, is by drinking at least 64 oz. of water every day. You may feel like you're going to the bathroom every few seconds, but eventually you'll get used to it. It's also better to take sips instead of gulping a whole glass in 5 seconds flat. Taking little sips helps to spread the water evenly and flush toxins trapped in the body, whereas speed drinking just goes in one end and out the other too quickly to do much "flushing of the body". Instead you get a lot of just flushing the toilet.

By the way, if you feel like I'm talking like a health instructor, I'm not trying to! I'm only 15, sheesh. I will say though, that I love researching health and being healthy, so I'm forever sharing little tips with people.

Another good way to stay healthy, before I leave, is eating as many fresh fruits and vegetables as possible(common sense here)...I'm not talking about the frozen stuff here. All fresh stuff that looks like it's just been brought from the farm. Eat them raw rather than cooked and you'll get all the nutritive value. Last week I was reading a detox book because my stomach was feeling bloated, and found a recipe to try out. Try it out if ya want:

1 Apple ( Cored, cut in small pieces with skin)
1/2 Cucumber (Cut in small pieces with skin)
1/2 Carrot (Cut in very small pieces with skin)

Blend several pieces at a time until all is completely blended into juice.

The Process...

Set on Puree...

And voila! A delicious and nutritious drink!

Okay, so maybe it wasn't the most delicious, but it's packed with antioxidants and great for keeping your immunity levels up and fighting fit. I would caution you to make this at your own risk though. ;) I ended up adding another apple and some apple cider to give a more fruity flavor. Of course....I never finished it all and now I've a bad case of the you might want to make sure that you drink "bottoms up". If you like veggie juice, then this is perfect for your palette! Enjoy and stay healthy!


where has summer Gone?

I smell fall in the air.

So, today is officially my second day of writing, and I have no idea what to write about. Pathetic, hum? Well....let me just start with the weather. That's always a safe topic, right?

You know when you're outside in September, or sometimes August, and you get this feeling? The feeling is like this: a cool breeze rustles the leaves and brushes your face. You can feel the coolness and crispness of the air. It's different. Winds of change maybe? You know that leaves will soon be falling and that green will soon burst into flames of burgundy, gold, orange, and lime.
To some, they know that football season has started, to others, homecoming is just around the corner. People realize that summer is truly over, and the school/work year with all it's business has commenced. It's time to take a deep breath before you take the plunge, because once you start, there's no more turning back. Some see this time as a new year to start fresh and look at things in a new perspective, and "begin anew".

At the same time though, we realize that Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here sooner than we think. All the stores are already setting up individual aisles with decorations, costumes, and holiday necessities. The air has changed and we can smell the crispness of dry leaves, the bite of a cold winter, the familiarity of knowing that hot chocolate, apple cider, coffee, eggnog, and tea will soon be filling every ones glasses with holiday cheer. The familiar mulled cider scents, cinnamon sticks sitting on a pot on the stove sending their strong aroma through the house, potpourri placed in a bowl to welcome guests with its festive fragrance and last, but not least, the traditional pine and cedar balsam that comes with greenery gracing the mantles and stairs and a fur tree bedecked with bright lights and ornaments. It paints a perfect picture, doesn't it?

I know that these images aren't true for everyone, in fact very few people have the chance to experience these events; but I've had the blessing of getting to enjoy these things. They aren't as perfect as I've made them sound, but I try to make the best out of them. So yes, when I smell fall in the air, I know that these happenings are only months away and I thank God that I have a chance to enjoy some of his creations to the fullest.

the last goodbye...


"How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on, when in your heart you begin to understand...there is no going back. There are some things that time can not mend, some hurts that go too deep, that have taken hold."


Hello world.

Well, as you've heard it, this is the last goodbye. Matt and Carly left this morning at Dulles into the busy world of Japan, the world of missionaries, the battle field of Heaven, away from the nest...and I will stop there before my rambling gets out of control. So yes, they have left for good- never to return for another 7 months. Last week I was watching the Lord of the Rings, Return of the King, and I heard the above quote at the end of the movie. When all the hobbits are back in their houses in the hills and drinking Ale's in half pints and talking about their pumpkins and farm life, everything seems perfect. Call me sensative, but it makes me want to cry knowing that it doesn't last long. Frodo only stays a year and then leaves for the Gray Havens. I cry every time I hear that quote at the end of the movie. Some of its because of the music, some of it's because of Elijah Woods whispery, not really. Mostly it's because I know that it's the end. You've been with
the characters through the whole movie, you've shared emotions of sadness, joy, regret, anger, frustration, and now, it's all over. Their going away, and no matter how hard you try to reverse time, you'll never relive those precious moments.

So then, the final question is, how do you pick up the threads of an old life and how do you go on after you realize you can't go back? You're the only one who can truly answer that question.

I'm missing you already Matt and Carly, and my two sweet nephews. You all get a kiss and hug from me through the internet.

I must say though, that Dr. Seuss sums up my feelings in his quote:


"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."


By the way, the truth is that there are no endings, only many new beginings.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


I'm just a girl who likes to write. 

I'm 23 and still figuring out this brilliant, beguiling and bedraggled life. I live in a town called Harrisonburg nestled beautifully between the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains - otherwise known as the Shenandoah Valley. 

I'm a senior at James Madison University studying Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communications; which is basically just a long way of saying that I like words.
A lot. 

I'm a sucker for a good cup of coffee or tea; unique words tickle my fancy; mountains move me at the deepest level; traveling and being uncomfortable is one of the most beautiful things to me; I have found the secret to love, and it is in the form of a Savior who  purely gave His life for me in my brokenness.

"And pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the Gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, and that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I aught to speak."
Ephesians 6:19-20

Monday, November 16, 2009

come have a drink with me.

Welcome to "The Tea House", a blog where you can gain a glimpse at my thoughts. You might be wondering why it's called the tea house, so I'll explain.

When I first created this blog, I have several names...and they kept changing. I couldn't seem to make up my mind. If you know me, you'll know that I am VERY indecisive. If you know people and the way they act, you'll know that they always change, even though they are the same person inside. Well, I'm the perfect example of a being. I change my mind constantly from one year into another...favorite movies, current songs, frequently said words, continual name it. However, my love for tea remains the same.

When I was younger, I didn't like tea- unless, of course, there was plenty of sugar and most definitely milk. One rainy, bleak dreary day, however, I came home shivering and mom gave me a cup of tea and I fell in love. I love this quote by William Gladstone.


"If you are cold, tea will warm you. If you are too heated, it will cool you. If you are depressed, it will cheer you. If you are excited, it will calm you."


There is no other way to describe it than that.

One of my favorite things to do, if not the favorite, is sitting in a coffee shop with a friend, sitting across from each other, getting to know one another, over a pot of tea. Now you might think, " shop? I thought she liked tea..?" Coffee is the bane of tea's life. It's always been more popular, and probably will always be...but not in my record book. Hardly anyone says "Would you like to go to the tea house across the street?" Its always talked of as a "coffee shop"- same thing, just different words. Well, 'nough said 'bout coffee, let me indulge in my tea.

My "Tea House" is somewhere where I can write about life, share my thoughts, give food for thought, and every other thing along those lines. I love writing, so this is an outlet for me. Anywho, hence the title of my blog. Enjoy and feel free to comment, I love feedback and discussion.

"My dear, if you could give me a cup of tea to clear my muddle of a head, I should better understand your affairs."
Charles Dickens