Life as of Late

Since it's been a little while since I last posted, I thought I'd tell you what's been going on in my life.

I got the chance to go to the Revolve Tour: This is Love with my mom, sister, and cousin (my mom and sister and I also went shopping and went to Chipotle :)). It was SO MUCH FUN! The teachings/talks/speakers were great, and so was the music. I'm really glad I got the chance to go :). Anthem Lights was there (which I was SO EXCITED about; they're my favorite band/singing group), and I got to go in the "mosh pit" area while they sang. I was really close (not close enough for a high-five, unfortunately, but still pretty close :)). I didn't meet any of them (even though I followed Joey Stamper trying to get an autograph but was too far behind him and lost him, ehehehe).  Britt Nicole was there, too, and I just love how her heart shows through what she does. She is the real deal, peeps! During one of her songs, she stopped to talk to a girl in front of her and hold her hand. It was very obvious that she cared about each and every one of us and wanted us to realize our God-given potential to change the world and chase our dreams. It was awesome.

We went out to dinner. It was DELISH.
Worship team!

Jenna Lucado Bishop (love her! Check out her book "Redefining Beautiful"! It's awesome!)

Britt Nicole! (she sang AND danced, and she is pregnant! How did she do it?!)

Christa Black (she was great, too)

Trevor Morgan (loved the song he did, "Jesus Rides the Subway")

Anthem Lights! (if you're wondering - yes, they're cute. *ahem*)

Haha see the random person with a stuffed animal?

He's coming this wayyyyy!

Cool shot of Adam and Chad

Interesting facial expressions, guys

Yeah, most of the pics I took were of Anthem Lights...


A little acoustic music (lol the stuffed animal person is still there) (sorry, I'm kinda bombarding you with pics ;))

It was great :).

Anyway, in other news...

I had another birthday, thus turning a year older :).

I had a Les Miserables party (I'm a tad bit obsessed with Les Mis), and it 'twas epic. The decorations were red, white, blue, and black, and the cake resembled the flag. My dad even had the cake lady write "Happy birthday" in French on top.

It took me nine blows to put out all the candles! Haha :).

Resurrection Day also came. It was a great day spent with my family, and I wore a dress and heels to church (although I can't walk ordinarily in heels, haha) :). I am so thankful for Jesus Christ and what He did for me, and I am so joyful in saying that He rose again and conquered the grave! I can't even comprehend a small part of how hard it must've been to endure all the pain and suffering that Jesus went through when He bore all our sins. It's amazing to me that Jesus, the one and only perfect, sinless human being EVER, would die for a sinless, horrible, wretched person like me. It just amazes me. I am so glad that He rose again, and that we can be in heaven with Him some day if we repent and put our trust in Him :). THANK YOU so, so much, Jesus, for what you did for me.

Romans 5:8
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

Romans 10:9
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Four days after my birthday, I got my permit. I had wanted to get it sooner but hadn't finished reading the book yet. When I passed the test, I was so relieved that I was giddy! I was on the last question, and if I missed one more, I'd fail it. I am so thankful that I got it right!

Yesterday, I drove for the first time (don't worry - it was in a parking lot that not many people use and my mom was with me, of course). It was so much fun. I didn't make any major mistakes either, which I was happy about. I just forgot to switch gears at one point, so I stepped on the gas and we went backwards! Haha! But we were fine :).

Picture taken by my mom :).

A few days ago, my sister and I sang back-up in a pageant/fundraiser/talent competition/and a lot more :) a good friend of ours was in. It was a lot of fun! He didn't win the pageant (although I thought he deserved to :)), but we still had a great time.

The same day as the pageant, my little sister asked Jesus Christ into her heart. I couldn't be more joyful! I have been praying for her to accept Jesus, and when she did I almost cried. I'd have to say that even though I've done lots of fun stuff in the past few weeks, my little sister accepting Christ was by far the BEST of them all. I am just so joyful and excited!

What have you been up to? By the way, happy spring! :)

God bless you, girls. I'll be praying for you tonight.

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Rachel  – (April 9, 2013 at 7:31 PM)  

wow! sounds like someone had lots of fun! I wish I could go to a concert. :) that food looks good! and wow! you got your drivers permit! how fun! I have my learners.
and that is so neat your sister accepted Christ into her heart! wow!
God bless,
Rachel s

Hannah  – (April 10, 2013 at 7:40 AM)  

Wow Talia, that is so awesome!! Everything sounds so fun, and having your little sister become saved is just so amazing!


emii  – (April 19, 2013 at 12:58 AM)  

I love how you followed him to get his autograph!:D
Okay, so I've got questions about how American's do the whole driving thing (and CONGRATS YOU CAN DRIVE ME THREE!!!!) -- so you turn sixteen and you can just... drive? Because over here, you turn sixteen and you get your L's, which means that for the next two years you can drive if you've got a supervising driver -- a parent or whoever. Then, when you turn 18, you get your P's, which you have for a few years, where you can drive by yourself or one other person or your family. So how's it work over there? I'm so curious!

And I'm so happy for your little sister. ThankYou God. <3 There was a massive party in Heaven.

Talia  – (April 19, 2013 at 7:25 AM)  

Hey Emii! Thanks so much for the kind comment :)

So, for driving in the U.S...well, I'm not sure what the exact rules are in each state, but where I live you have to be 15+ to get your permit and 16+ to get your license. For the permit, you read the drivers manual and take a knowledge test. Then you have to have 100 hours driving experience and can only drive with family. When you're 16 or older, you can take the tests for your license (a written test AND driving test). Then you can drive by yourself but you can't drive non-family members for six months.

Thanks for telling me how they do it in Australia! That's pretty cool!

Talia  – (April 19, 2013 at 7:27 AM)  

And yeah hehe I did follow him ;). Haha!! And yes, I'm sure there was a massive party when my little sissy accepted Christ <3

Thanks again!

emii  – (April 26, 2013 at 1:58 AM)  

Ah! We have to a hundred and twenty hours. In books they never seem to need a permit -- they just start driving. Thanks for replying, I've been curious for years haha!

Talia –   – (December 31, 2015 at 2:22 AM)  

*sinful not sinless XD (yes I'm corrected myself over two years later)

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