Friday, March 22, 2013

Weekly Saint Report - #2

St. John the Baptist

Saint John the Baptist was the son of faithful Jews, Zachariah, a priest, and Elizabeth, who was barren. According to the Gospel of St. Luke, the birth of John was announced by the angel Gabriel who visited Zachariah while he was performing priestly functions in the temple of Jerusalem. When Zachariah denied the angel’s proclamations, he was struck speechless at his un-belief in the power of God.

Not long after his wife, Elizabeth, announced she was with child. When Elizabeth was six months pregnant her young cousin Mary traveled from the neighboring town of Nazareth to help her during the remainder of the pregnancy. Mary had also been visited by the angel Gabriel who said that she also would have a child, who be be called the Messiah. When Elizabeth ran up to greet her cousin, the child in her womb leapt for joy for he had felt the presence of the Son of God in Mary’s womb.

When Zachariah and Elizabeth's baby was born, Zachariah regained his speech on the occasion when they named their baby, John.

Not much is known about the childhood of Saint John but we do now that when he was a young man, he disappeared into the desert to live a life of extreme fasting and prayer. Throughout the years he began to prophesy the coming of the Messiah; the Son of God. He drew many followers to himself through his teachings and converted many, baptizing thousands at the Jordan river.

It was at the Jordan river where Jesus, the son of Mary and Joseph of Nazareth, came to him and asked to be baptized. Recognizing Jesus as the Messiah he had been preaching about, John refuses saying, “It is not I who should baptize You... but You who should baptize me!” But Jesus persuaded John to baptize him, symbolizing Christ’s humanity. After John baptizes Jesus, the sky opens up and a dove alights on Jesus’ head while a voice says, “This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased.”

As Jesus leaves the Jordan, John introduces him to his disciples as the “Lamb of God.”

In another gospel account John is imprisoned for denouncing King Herod’s incestuous marriage to Herodias (who was not only his brother Phillip’s wife but also Herod’s niece) in violation of Old Testament Law. When Herdoias’ daughter Salome dances in front of Herod, he asks her what favor she desires in return. At the request of Herodias, Salome asks for the head of John the Baptist. St. John is then killed in approximately 28-36 CE, and his head is delivered to the princess on a gold platter.

St. John the Baptist was canonized during the Pre-Congregation of the Catholic Church. He is the patron of converts as well as many different cities and countries around the world.

If you would like to learn more about St. John, click here.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

TOAM: Iron Man 3

*TOAM: thoughts on a movie

Hey Guys!

Okay, I'm pretty sure almost everyone thought that the "Avengers" last year was one of the best movies ever!!! Well, Iron Man 3 is coming out on May 3 and I am psyched! I wanted to show you the newest trailer because it is one of the best trailers I have seen in a while. It gave me goosebumps! It looks so good!


OMG!!! Can't wait to see it!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Weekly Saint Report - #1

So, I said last week that I'd be posting my weekly saint report I have to do for school every Friday. Well, its Friday people so here is my first report. Enjoy!

St. Joseph of Nazareth

Saint Joseph was born in approximately 90 BC to Jewish parents in the line of King David. He was a carpenter by trade and a very holy man. 

Later in life he became betrothed to the young virgin Mary, who was also from the line of Kind David. Not long after the betrothal, Mary told Joseph that she was with child. Since they were not yet living in the same house, Joseph knew the child was not his. At that time, it was considered a grave sin if an unmarried woman was found pregnant. The punishment for this crime was to be taken outside of the city walls and stoned to death.

Joseph was a compassionate man, and not wanting Mary to be killed, he decided to quietly break off the engagement. Before he did however, the angel Gabriel visited him in a dream. He told Joseph of Mary’s miraculous conception and that the child in her womb was the son of God - the prophesied Messiah. The angel also told Joseph that he was to be Mary’s husband and protect and provide for her and the Son of God. The angel also said that the baby’s name was to be Jesus. Joseph followed the advice of the angel.

A few months laster, a census was ordered by Caesar Augustus, so every man had to return to his home town to register. Taking Mary, who was nine months pregnant with Jesus, Joseph traveled to Bethlehem to follow the order of the Emperor. While in Bethlehem, they could find no room at the inns and were forced to stay in a stable where Jesus was born. They were visited by shepherds who said that an angel had appeared to them proclaiming the birth of the Messiah. Likewise, Magi from the East came to visit the holy family, bringing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh for the king.

While still in Bethlehem Joseph was visited by the archangel Gabriel again, who came to warn him; King Herod, after hearing of the birth of a new king, ordered the death of all Jewish male children age two and under to be murdered. He did this in jealousy to protect his throne. Heeding the angel’s advice once again, Joseph took Mary and Jesus and fled to Egypt where they lived in hiding for a few years.

After Herod’s death, Joseph returned to Nazareth with his family. During the rest of his life he provided for and took care of his young wife and Jesus in Nazareth, remaining a very holy and devout Jew. Finally, Joseph passed away quietly in their small home on July 20, AD.  

St. Joseph is the patron of the universal church. He is also the patron against doubt and hesitation, fighting communism, and a happy death. St. Joseph was never formally canonized until centuries after his death. Like most early saints, he was declared a saint by popular consensus by the early Christians. He was officially declared a saint in the 12th century.

Learn more about St. Joseph here.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Jazmine's Sword!!!

Hey All!

Guess what my Grandparent's brought me two days ago!

Ta daaaaaaa!

It's a sword! A real sword that looks almost exactly like the one on my cover! Isn't it AWESOME! This is what I will be using as part of my 'Jazmine' costume when I start doing signings in the summer.

My dad brought it back here to California from Spain like 25 years ago.

Hands in the air... or die!

Jazmine... with a (Ty Zeiter) makeover. lol :-)

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Tahoe Vacation & Birthdays

So, me and my family just got back from a week in Tahoe Donner last Saturday. It has been two years since I've been in Tahoe and I only live 2 hours away! Last summer we were extremely busy with Farmer's Market and Ranch work, same with the year before. But we got to go this year! It was so nice and relaxing! I didn't go in the snow because there wasn't a tone out there, but I was able to write a short story for my little sister Ali's 11th birthday (I will be posting it on here sometime soon!), and I read a book, watched a tone of movies and did crazy makeup with my mom and sisters!

I can't say how great is was to just relax and eat junk food and just be on vacation! My brother Zach, my mom and I watched 4 movies in a row one night and it was epic! We didn't go to bed until past 3 in the morning! ;-) We watched X-men 2, Lockout, MI: 3, and the Bourne Identity (my mom didn't see the last one because we didn't start it until midnight!

My little sister Mariana (we call her Nina) just turned 6 on March 1, which is really kind of scary :-O And my other little sister Alisandra (Ali), turned 11 on March 5! So, yeah, its been a week full of birthdays!

Anyway, here are some pictures from the highlights of our week long vacation:

 On the sledding hill in Donner

 Michael is so cute!

Having fun...
 Lets Race!!!

 Me having fun playing with the make up. 
This is a dramatic winged liner with green, blue and purple liquid glitter liner.

 I am going to start doing makeup tutorials and posting them on Youtube.
This is my idea for a Red Riding Hood look.

Close up.
This is different brown shadows with a liquid liner and a long thin wing. There are red whine stones on the wing and yellow glitter liner in the inner corner.
(my skin doesn't look to good here :-P)

Birthday buddies! <3

The Birthday Table ;-D

Hope you enjoyed the pics! As you can see we all had a really nice time on our week long vacation!

Starting next week I'm going to be posting the saint reports I have to do for school every week. I am going to write them in historical order, starting from the first century AD, until now, the 21 century AD. I will be posting every Friday starting with Saint Joseph of Nazareth. Some of the stories are really amazing so I'm sure you won't get bored with them... well I hope not because I actually really enjoy them!

I think I'm also going to post my Latanica Saga short story next week so keep your eyes peeled for that!



Sunday, March 3, 2013

Liebster Award

liebster  Thank you Melissa for nominating me for the  Liebster  awards. Check out her blog  everybody! Melissa Reads.

 Here are the rules to the game:  thank the person who  nominated you, answer the 11 questions they asked you, nominate 11 other people and ask them 11 question in return. According to the rules the award should be sent to people with under 200 followers.

The Questions from Melissa:

1. If you could live anywhere in the world where would that be?

Honestly, I wouldn't want to live anywhere else other then where I am right now. I love where I live! I hope someday to travel to Europe, Africa, Ireland, Hawaii, Palau... everywhere basically:-)

2. Burgers or pizza?

If they are burgers made from my family's homegrown beef... then yes, burgers.

3. Introvert or extrovert?


4. If you could invite any three characters (from movies or books) to dinner at your house who would be invited?

Wow, that's REALLY hard. Um... I think Jack Sparrow is hilarious but I think he would creep me out in real life... I'm in love with Anakin Skywalker but he's too serious to be a lot of fun. Crap! Do I have to answer the question? Haha, just kidding. How about... Padme`Amidala, Peter Pan, The Pevensie siblings, and lets just throw in Thor too ;-)

And I picked these people because... I would love it if Padme`could share her wardrobe, I wan't to fly and go to Neverland, I think the Pevensies and I would just have a tone of fun together (especially if we could find a portal to Narnia), and who wouldn't want to hang out with a god?

5. Who is the one person you would be beside yourself to meet?

Liam Neeson (because he is just awesome), George Lucas (who wouldn't want to talk about Star Wars all day... and with the guy who made it up?!) and I can't wait to get to heaven because then I get to talk to everybody that ever lived!

6. If you were able to suddenly time travel where would you go?

Medieval times because of the dresses, but what if I end up a peasant?

7. What t.v. show (if any) are you currently following?

Once Upon a Time, and Hercules: the Legendary Journeys.

8. What is your go to: Comedy or Drama?

9. What is your favorite sport?

Horse back riding. I also like watching baseball.

10. What do you absolutely LOVE?

I love traveling with my family, and finally finishing a book!

11. What do you absolutely HATE?

People who are two-faced.

And here are my Nominees (yeah, I know I don't have 11 but I got tired of trying to find bloggers with under 200 followers)



C.S. Marks:




(I know he has 206 followers but, you know, whatev):

And here are my questions:

1. If you could magically transport yourself to any book or movie, what book/movie would you choose?

2. Chocolate or Vanilla?

3. What are your current top 3 favorite songs?

4. Who would you rather meet, your past self or you future self?

5. Lord of the Rings or Star Wars?

6. What is your dream vacation?

7. What person from history would you most like to meet?

8. Hobbies?

9. What are your top 3 favorite books and movies?

10.  If you were an animal, what would you be?

11.  What is your goal?