Sunday, March 4, 2012

Blessed To Be a Blessing♥

Happiness is a form of courage...What a weekend and it has only just begun...seriously this has been the best week of my life.

It all started on Monday. Remember how I've been seeing hearts everywhere. Well, that continued.

I was working my normal Monday evening shift at the library and I went upstairs to use the restroom. As I was walking out, I happened to look down and right by the door was a hole in the wall close to the floor. The hole in the wall was no ordinary hole. It was shaped like a heart. Here's a visual. It's a picture of a picture from my phone:

Then Wednesday night, I was cleaning my face with a cotton ball and the cotton ball formed a heart after I was done using it.

Thursday night was the big one: I got a penny meal and a random bag of chips and in my bag of chips was a chip shaped like a heart. See for yourself:

Legit, right?

Ok, I'm not done.

Today when I was at brunch, I got coffee and the coffee swirls from the mix of the espresso and the milk formed a heart. Here ya go:

Ok so it's obvious that something love-wise is about to happen and I'm ready for it whatever it is.♥

Last night my mom and sisters accompanied me to the Florida Strawberry Festival to see Demi Lovato in concert aka my hero♥

We had strawberry shortcake and lots of greasy fair food. (Corn dogs and lemonade, ftw)

Then we just decided to take a bunch of photos lol so here ya go(Please pay attention to the people in the background of our pictures for a good laugh):

Me and Jayderz:

Got our hater blockers on:

I am great at taking pictures of people when they don't know it. Check out this one of my mom and Jamie. Like mother, like daughter:

Greetings from the Strawberry Festival:

We brought the sexy back to this tractor:

Before I even went to the Festival, I got a fortune at lunch yesterday that said: "A pleasant surprise is in store for you."♥ I was hoping that would mean I would get to meet Demi.

Well here we sat awaiting Demi's concert to sat:

Then Tim Young I believe his name was took the stage and he said he could not wait to introduce the People's Choice Award Winner Demi Lovato but before he did he had to announce some winner's and then he announced that the winners were "Section 5 Row K Seats 32-41." I was sitting in section 5 Row K but at first, I thought just the people next to me won because they screamed and then my mom got all excited and she looked at me and my sister Jamie and goes: "You guys won." And me and Jamie were in such a state of confusion we just looked at each other like huh?! Then, the ladies with the prize bags came over and gave them to us. We won a free tote bag:
Inside the tote bag was a free t-shirt:
And a coupon for free strawberries:

After that immense blessing and heavenly surprise, my hero graced the stage and opened the show with All Night Long from her new album Unbroken:

As soon as she appeared and the moment became a reality, my eyes welled up and all I wanted to do was cry tears of joy and thank God for bringing me to another extraordinary moment of life. In that moment, I realized yet again what a gift life is. How God can bring you through anything and he can not just bring you through it so you have to endure the pain and suffering but he can help you overcome anything in life, and in that moment, I realized how much I've overcome in my life and I cannot express in words how much I love him for it♥
Then she went on to sing a mix of old and new songs. I was happy that she sang my new favorite of her's Fix A Heart off her new album Unbroken.

She thanked us(her fans and Lovatics) after each song and towards the end of the show she even said: "I honestly don't know what I ever did to deserve such endless love and support like you guys give me. Thank you so much."

When she sang Skyscraper that was another almost welling-up moment. Before she sang it, she said something I will never forget as long as I live: "If you have issues your facing tonight, I want you to forget them for tonight and have fun. And know, whatever you're facing, you can overcome it. Because I did."♥ Does anyone see now why she is my hero? :)

Demi even did a cover of "Moves Like Jagger" and as real as she is forgot the words and said: "I forgot the words but it's ok because it's not my song."

She closed the show with the title track off her new album Unbroken:

Seriously, it was one of the best concerts I've been to and I've been to a lot of good concerts. After the show we saw some sea lions. Aren't they cute:

Tonight, my family came to visit me and I went to a second showing of SLU's Dramaturgy production of "Dirty Deeds at the Depot" to support my roommate:

Before the show, my sisters and I did a little photoshoot in the bowl:

At the show, they choose certain audience members to come up to become "actors" in the play and my sister Jayde got picked because she was texting the entire show and because she wouldn't go up, my mom got asked to go up and play the role of Wyatt, the town sheriff, which was a male role. My mom was actually really good at making the crowd laugh by just being herself. That's probably where I get it from. Love my mom. She's also one of my heroes. :)

Here's some pictures of my mom and I after the play and carnival and she's wearing the sheriff badge prop that they gave her for being a participant:

I really hope that if and when I'm a mother, I have as much bravery and guts as she does:

And Jamie joined us for a photo:

Afterwards, I went online and found out through Janette Rallison's blog:

that I won a free copy of

Skater Boy by Mari Mancusi. I entered because the book is about first love and getting your first kiss. (My first love I've experienced; my first kiss not so much).

Here's a synopsis of the book:Dawn Miller is sick of being good. Her parents have scheduled her to within an inch of her life and her popular friends can only think of hooking up and shopping. She's ready for a serious boyfriend, and it's definitely not the obnoxious rich boy everyone wants her to date.

Then she meets Starr, the headmaster's punk rock daughter who refuses to play by the rules. The differences between them are night and day but Dawn is fascinated. Starr introduces her to a world she didn't even know existed: hip indy record stores, all night raves, and cute skateboarders who hang out underneath a parking deck downtown.

Skateboarders like the gorgeous Sean, who's sweet, smart, and curiously serious --everything Dawn's always wanted in a boyfriend. Soon she finds herself head over heels and doing the unthinkable, lying to her parents and friends. Deep down she knows her parents will never approve of this boy from the wrong side of town...and her secret life is finally catching up to her. Will Dawn be forced to choose between the girl she was and the girl she is meant to be? And if she chooses, will she lose her skater boy forever?

I won this book contest, another Janette Rallison book contest, and a Susane Colosanti book contest. The only reasoning behind it is because God wants me to know that one day very soon I won't be the reader entering the contest but I will be the author with my book up for a prize that thousands of teenage girls and boys will want to win and read. Can't wait!

All in all, this was an extremely blessed weekend especially the part where I got funnel cake for free(Thanks Saint Leo!).

Until next time, remember: God doesn't just bless you to bless you and show you how much he loves you. He blesses you because he wants you to turn around and bless someone else. It's all part of the infinite circle of His love. God is Love.♥

Love Times Infinity,
God Bless!

~Just Keep Swimming~

P.S. Demi has a new documentary coming out on MTV this Tuesday March 6th entitled Stay Strong at 10 p.m. If you love her as much as I do or just are curious to see what she's all about, please tune in:

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