Learning to follow my Savior who is faithful to complete the good work that He has started. To run the race with endurance and live with eternity as the focus wherever I am on this earth. 'To live to the hilt every situation that I believe to be the will of God' for HIS glory alone.
Wow, has it really been so long since I last posted?
I don't even know quite what to write... I just felt that I had abandoned my blog for long enough.
I'm going to post a bunch of pictures that I took down by the river. (This was a few days ago.)
The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours; The world and all it contains, You have founded them.
"Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created."
My Name: Adrianna Mancini My Age: (though it be a rude question.) 17My Nationality: Italian About my Family and Home: My father, Fernando Mancini; (May he rest in peace) and my mother Gianna Mancini,my ten year old sister named Mariella (Mary) and myself are devout Catholics. (As are many of the people I know that live in my beloved Italy.) I was raised in a humble cottage that was nestled in a little valley; one poor house among the many in our village but it is my home and I love it very much. My dear father died when I was eleven years old. I have many a fond memory of him tuning his mandolin before leaving to play at gondola... more often than not he would play a little song, just for me.
Physical Characteristics: … I am tall and have shoulder length, wavy brown hair. I love to wear flowers tucked into my hair
My dearest wish is to have a handsome Gondolier tell me that I am beautiful to him.
Personality: I love beauty! The blue summer sky, posies of roses, dancing, the sound of mandolins being strummed, (the fact that gondoliers are generally the ones strumming those mandolins only makes it more delightful!)
I have an outgoing personality around other girls. I love to laugh but I also cry very easily. I am very loyal to my friends, if someone else is chosen to be Marco or Giuseppe's brides, I shall be upset at first but eventually I shall come around. I have no grudge against my friends. I am a staunch republican and highly object to pavilions and palaces... (unless, of course, there is a cute Prince and Princess couple who become King and Queen.) I hate good byes, they make me cry. What else should I tell you? ah, yes; I am a desperate romance. As I am at the marriageable age, thoughts of handsome gondoliers are never far from my mind-In my village there are about two dozen of us marriageable aged maidens and four and twenty men. That is, not counting Giuseppe and Marco… the most handsome men I have ever seen! How do I feel about the approaching visit of the two most dashing gondoliers in all of history? (Viva, Viva!)
let's just say that the knowledge of Marco and Giuseppe are soon to choose a bride makes my heart beats faster just to think about it.
Weaknesses and fears:
-I am deathly afraid of snakes. - I am afraid that I will never get married.
Maybe you saw my post comment on Katherine's blog... (sorry if it wasn't as funny as I thought it was)...
after reading her post I remembered that I still haven't done a New Years post!
Somethings God has taught me this year:
•That I am not really as patient as I thought I was and I can't be patient on my own- I need Him.
•to step out of my comfort zone to do what Jesus would do.
•learning to abide in Him.
•learning to take His hand and trust that He will lead me where He wants me to go. (Jer. 29:11)
Some Big Things that Happened this Year and How God used them to grow me:
•We were a host family for a while. God used that as a test of my patience. As I felt my annoyance mounting I learned that I can't be patient all on my own, I need His help. Now looking back I would love to be able to do it again, for the same family or another... God blessed my life through having Lizzy, Austin and Gage here and I miss them. Yes it was frazzling and frustrating but that was where God had us and it was good.
•Because I have had to make new friends God has been strengthening me in my communication skills, and that has enabled me to talk to Dad, get to know and then share the gospel with Maddie. (did I ever write about that?) Maddie is the girl that I drove with in drivers ed, the last day I was able to give her a gospel tract/booklet (a Lifebook?) and a pair of earrings and a letter that I had written her. (this was all in a gift because I was nervous about doing it... but I said everything that I wanted to say in person- in the letter.
GOALS FOR THIS YEAR: 2015....
I want/need to make sure I am spending time in God's word every day... not just... "okay, I read a chapter now I'm good." but delving into His word... seeking Him like hidden treasure.
I would like to graduate this year... which means I will be going through the summer and have some extra school to do.
My plan for the past year (ish) has been to get my CNA (certified nurses assistant) licence when I turn 16...recently I have given it up to God and have been officially freaking out about not having a plan... I would like to do that, and NRP (neo-natal resuscitation program) (our friend who is going to be a midwife in a few months has said that I can be her midwife's assistant if I have an NRP.... I'm just praying for wisdom with all of that and that it would be clear. I would love to do all of that but I'm still waiting... I hate waiting. ;)
HIGHLIGHTS OF 2015....
My Sweet 16 is this year.... (actually 2 months and 22 days, but whose counting?)
I am going to be in my first musical in May.
I am going to be in a choir... I don't know when the concert is but sometime this spring.
An adventure awaits me...
A book in the making...
It's title is 2015...
Book 16 in the series of my life...
More characters may be added...
a hero may appear...
A flaming forest or a runaway train...
a field of flowers or a moonlit night...
A trial or joy...
The Author alone knows what will happen...
I'm holding my Father's hand and trusting Him to lead me through...
Fridays will be busy days this next semester. Regular school work, co-op (which I only have one class in so that's okay.) after co-op, choir practice (for concert in spring) after choir practice play practice (for play in spring)
I am happy to be back to school, happy that it snowed, happy that God has created me, saved me, redeemed me and shown me grace, happy for friends and family, happy for opportunities, happy that God is in control and I can trust Him with anything and everything, happy for a warm house, happy for life: the past, present and future, the known and unknown, and right now as I look at everything I have written I am happy that none of you will be judging me for such a long run on sentence so I don't have to go back and fix it!!!
Thank you Lord for joy! Thank you for all of these things that I have mentioned, thank you for salvation. Thank you for continuing to teach me and lead me.
Thank you that I experience joy and sorrow and that through both you are always beside me.