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Easter (Resurrection) Sunday 2017

20170416_101937Churches are usually packed every Easter Sunday, or Resurrection Sunday.

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20170416_102830It’s so wonderful to see the young and old come together during Easter Sunday. Also, babies and children in their Easter suits and dresses… too adorable!

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20170416_103353The choir has the day off, but not the praise and worship singers. Somehow I got to be seated in the front, on the side.. which is pretty cool!

20170416_103359It was so packed, that they had to make room in the gym.

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20170416_111254You can’t really see the pastor, but he was up there at the cross, preaching today’s lesson.

20170416_112836It is time for the Passover offering.

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20170416_115507The end of the service. They actually had the virtual choir up there, which was pretty cool as well!

*A few extra photos*

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20170416_120622AunaLisa and I (With Natalie ‘photobombing’ in the background, lol)

20170404_184910Sparta Dome, located in Crown Point, Indiana. We were in there for a Easter Sunday video shoot the following last Tuesday.

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20170404_190155Setting up for the video shoot. Overall, the shoot was a success, and it was featured in yesterday and today’s service. Hopefully everyone’s Easter is going good so far, and that the children are finding all of Easter eggs!

Don’t eat too much candy though, or you’ll end up with an upset tummy.

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My First Wedding Shower

Before I begin, I would like to say something: Daylight Savings Time is finally here (Unless you’re in Arizona, of course). We ‘spring forward’ one hour, which means we lose one hour of sleep and so on. Hey, at least the good news is that it stays lighter, longer.

Anyway, Saturday was a day to remember. I went to my first wedding shower, and let me just say.. it was awesome, especially when the soon-to-be bride and groom, their friends, family, and I were cleaning up the mess after it was over. I gotta say, it was too funny.

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20170311_000950These were the gifts I brought them. They really liked it.

20170311_131805Inside the community center where they had their wedding party.

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20170311_131957We played a few games, including this one, the Don’t Say ________ game, and the ‘Mewlywed game’, which is like the Newlywed game, but without the newlyweds and stuff.

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20170311_132307Save the date!

20170311_132331When I got there, it was only a few gifts on that table. At the end, it was a bunch. Let’s just say that I can’t wait until Touré and I have our own wedding shower!

20170311_133415The soon-to-be bride and groom, AunaLisa and Russell. Fun fact: They’re actually worship members of the choir that I’m in. Also, one of the choir members made the fruit cake tower.

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20170311_133539The Don’t Say _______ game.

20170311_134126Closer look at the fruit cake tower

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20170311_180247After the party, when we all cleaned up and had a lot of good laughs doing so. Also, the soon-to-be bride and groom and their friends. Congrats to them on their soon-to-be wedding! I look forward to attending there!

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Final Day of Carson’s Clearance Center

Yet, another store near me has been shut down. Shame, cause I was really looking forward to getting another black velvet (or suede) dress for church too..

 

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20170109_142248At least I got this skirt for only $1.50.

Well, the only other two stores that I can go to are in Aurora and Morton Grove (If I’m correct). I’ll visit them one day, hopefully this summer.

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Christmas 2016

My Christmas was really wonderful this year. I got some presents from family members and my soulmate, like gift cards, this skirt that my Mum gave me:

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…Games, toys, and more!

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My family came by, and so did my aunt’s pups. In fact, I caught two pictures of Suki, the youngest pup:

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20161225_150949 Somehow when my aunt opened up her gift that my Mum gave her (Which were the slippers), Suki started to chew on them like it was one of her toys. It was funny, nonetheless.

I hope everyone had a great Christmas this year! Thank goodness 2016 is almost over. I wonder what 2017 will bring in store… hopefully something good.

P.S., R.I.P to all of those celebs who died this year, including Carrie Fisher and few others who died a few days ago.

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Productive Job Application Day

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So Lawrence and I decided to check out some stores to see if they are hiring. While we went there, we decided to check out this thrift store. While we were there, I found this bag (See above) for $1.49! I brought it, cause it was perfect for me.

009They also sell vinyl records.

010 After we left the thrift store, we stopped by Barnes & Noble. This is the view from the 2nd floor.

011I found this book, and this made me laugh hard. I so want to get this book, lol!

012One of the weirdest pizza combos that I ever seen: Cheese pizza with onions and pickles. He says that it’s good, but I kinda disagree.

013Us after eating and getting ready to check out Macy’s after the mall is closed, lol.

014While we were in Macy’s (..and finding out if they were hiring), we decided to check out the store, and while we were checking out the mattress section.. I found this: A 22 piece bedroom ensemble. I have never seen a 22 piece bedroom ensemble before. The largest bed piece that I found was a 16 piece, and that was at my job!

015 016017Orland Square Mall after dark.

So after we came from the mall, we actually went to a few more stores to see if they were hiring. It turns out that most were and a few of em were not. Things look positive for us! Tomorrow we’re gonna fill out the job applications and return em back in Orland Park.

Wish us luck!

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Welcome To December: The Game Changer

Oh boy… where can I begin?? Well, I do have some exciting news: I finally have my own car!!!!! Yes people, I finally have my own car!! It’s a Toyota, of course (My family all have Toyotas, so… it’s a trend), and one of my family members gave it to me as part of my birthday gift! She actually has a new car, so she gave me her old one.. yes it is in excellent condition.

So yea.. my birthday was on the 18th last month, so now I’m a 1/4-of-a-century-years-old now.. man I feel old. ._. So yea, how have I been? I’ve been having depression episodes again.. and yes, suicidal thoughts in the past few weeks. This was after I’ve turned 25, and before I got my used car. My Thanksgiving was good, but like last year, I had a headache, cause I didn’t know how things was gonna turn out, but it turned out well. I did have Thanksgiving day off, for once.. that was a blessing in itself. I went to work on Black Friday at round 3 a.m. and didn’t get out til 12:30 later that afternoon.

I actually spent Thanksgiving with Lawrence and his family members for a little bit, then went back home to lay down and rest my head. He took care of me, so that was nice.. 🙂 My head cleared up in a few hours as well.

Oh and guess what?? I have a new tablet!!! 020I got it on Thanksgiving at Best Buy. I do have a old tablet, but I’m thinking of selling it. The next step is to get me a new computer and give my old one to my Mum as a Christmas present. I’m also gonna get her a new tablet as well. I know these presents (New computer and tablet) will cost me over $300-400, but I will be saving it in the next two weeks. Right now I’m broke, due to getting the title and license plates and stuff like that.

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001..and that’s me hours after I came home from work.. and before I got my hair done too.

So yea, the next step for me is to find a full time job (Which I am doing right now), and after that, getting the apartment!!! 😀 So I’m excited… too excited that I finally have a car!!! My life is starting to get better.. slowly!! Thank you God!!

P.S., I’m almost done with school.. next Thursday is my last day for the semester. Sadly I won’t be able to go back next semester, but next fall I will.

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18 More Days

*Thursday, October 30, 2014

Text message from Mum: “They fired Jay”

Me: “How come?” (Calls Mum)

Mum: “Hello?”

Me: “Hey.”

Mum: “Hey.”

Me: “What happened?”

Mum: “Jay got fired.”

Me: “How did he get fired?”

Mum: “I’ll tell you about it later.”

Me: “Alright.” (Hangs up)*

*Sighs* Where do I begin? Well, how about suffering from my 4 year anniversary of my grandmother’s death (Father’s side) for about a week?? Or the fact that my favorite supervisor got fired two days ago?! I’ve been stressing out a whole lot since the week of the anniversary of my grandma’s deaths, and my bipolar depression (Yes I am bipolar. I do admit that.) came back this Thursday after I found out that my favorite supervisor got fired. I can’t say much as to how he got fired, cause it’s personal, but all I can say is that my job is cruel. My job is VERY cruel.

Wednesday night, I told my Mum about my schedule for next week, and she asked me was I working this Saturday, and I told her that I was, but I was working in the morning. She got really pissed off, cause she wanted me to get that day off, cause my family was suppose to take her to a restaurant for her birthday, but since I took that work shift that Saturday (Which is today), she sat at home.

That what really ticked me off, cause she didn’t tell me about it until AFTER I took that shift. She usually tells me stuff about a few days to a week in advance, but this time…, she didn’t tell me until after I told her that I had to work that night. So my Wednesday night was kinda ruined.. after an almost 8 1/2 hr shift at work.

Thursday night after I found out that my favorite supervisor got fired, I was at the mall with my Mum (Ate like, two pretzels, a lemonade, and when I got home with my new boots, drank some Powerade), I went to sleep, and at 2 something Friday morning, I woke up to a very upset stomach.. which turned into puke and diarrhea (I know, TMI), and a restless morning.. which made it kinda worse, cause I had to work that morning at 10 in the morning. I somehow managed to survived it (My stomach held on at the job, thankfully), but things got a bit worse after work.

As soon as I got out, I called my Mum and told her about the Halloween party that I’m going to, and again she gets annoyed, cause I didn’t remind her earlier, even though I told her the day before. That gave me another bad headache, which actually went away while I went to the Halloween party with Lawrence, my buddy Scotty, and some of their friends.

pizap.com14148866554781Lawrence was dressed as JBL (John Bradshaw Layfield from the WWE), and I was dressed as a nerdy maid for the Halloween Party. Yes, I had pigtails. Here’s another look at my costume: 010Oh yea. Maids rock.

Anyway, after the party was over, Lawrence and I went back to his house, talked to his Mum, brother, and sisters, and we basically left to get something to eat, and went back to the house, where we watched Big Bang Theory, drank hot coco, and basically took a nap to relieve that stress headache away. Yea it was relaxing indeed.

Today I went to work, got home, ate pizza, and now I’m resting. Thank goodness I’m off tomorrow. Now I can go rest and work on homework.

Now since I have a bad headache (Been having a headache since yesterday), I’m gonna rest and take some Advil. I’ll post the pictures of the Halloween party on my photography blog tomorrow.. or whenever I can next week. Sorry I haven’t been posting as much as I should. Work has got me stressed so much, that it has taken a strain to my body. Yea, I need to get my car asap, so I can get out of this job.

P.S., as far as me and Lawrence’s 10 year anniversary went, we actually had to work that day, but we did spend some time beforehand. Also, it is November, which means my birthday’s coming.. 18 more days left til I turn 1/4 of a century years old. Jeez time flies so fast…

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Month of May is OVER

Hey everyone… sorry for not blogging on here as of lately.. been going through a WHOLE LOT. I guess it’s safe to say this, but I now hate holidays.. and until I move out, it’s gonna stay that way. Basically, this year’s Memorial Day is the worst ever… so basically Erik and I were talking and whatnot, and then 2 hours later (We basically went to the mall, and things went way wrong from here), he dropped me home (Actually I didn’t go home. I went to the park for a few hours and ran all the way home in the rain.. yes I got soaking wet too). At first he told me that his Mum texted him, saying that their sink isn’t working, and that he needed to come home, but afterwards, he told me that he needed to think over our relationship. So yea, he basically LIED to me!

Now, of course in my last relationship, I lied to my ex lots of times…, so yea this is actually karma’s way of saying: “Payback’s a b**ch”. So yea, I basically deserved being lied to. Now, I know what you all are gonna say: “You don’t deserve being lied to like that. You should break up with him for lying to you”. Well, we’re still trying to work things out. Meanwhile, my Mum is now telling the rest of the family that Erik and I have broken up.. which is not true at all. Even if we did break up, I wouldn’t even tell anyone, not even my Mum. So just to let everyone know: We’re trying to make things work right now. As far as him lying to me like that on Memorial Day, I’m still considering breaking up with him, cause of that, but I want to work things out. If not… then I’ll just move on with my life. It’s really gonna hurt me, but I’ll somehow get over it.

Anyway, I’m really glad May is over with. I hope June will turn out better than last month. In other news, things are suddenly turning better for me. Last Wednesday, Lawrence and I went job hunting (It was beyond fun, lol) and hung out. Last Friday, I went job hunting as well, but by myself.. it was okay, but I did get a few resumes and applications done, thank goodness. Now all that’s left to do is to wait. I hope to God that He bless Lawrence and I with a job or two… cause there’s so much stuff that we wanna do, such as move out of our parents’ house and whatnot. Tomorrow, we’re suppose to be doing more job hunting, but not only that, we’re gonna be doing some shopping as well.

…I get the feeling that me and him are not only gonna get back together soon, but are actually gonna thrive and really get married. How? Well, with the situation that I’m in right now, I really need someone to hang out with (Since Erik is often busy with work and school, and doesn’t really have the money to do stuff with me, cause of hours being cut and now since his Mum will be out of a job for the summer, he’s gonna help her out now, which means that we’ll only be hanging out for a month now, until otherwise) to help relieve the stress that I’ve been suffering for a while now, and to really get a good laugh out of for the day. Since Lawrence and I have been talking more bout how we need to heal our relationship and get rid of our past mistakes, it’s time to start doing that. God has seen my troubles, and He thinks that it’s time for me to move on with my life and start soul searching. So.. yea, we might get back together soon.. or no later than early 2015.

Next week I’m gonna register for fall semester. I’m hoping that they still have the class that I want, at the right time (Morning/afternoon). Wish me luck on that one. I now have the money to pay for the class.. let’s just hope that I finally get in.

Oh yea, remember what I said bout me showing you guys my new glasses? Well, here’s the picture: 001They’re purple. Really awesome. Well, here’s to the start of June… hopefully things turn my way (..and my best friend as well) soon.

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Easter Sunday

I had a wonderful Easter Sunday with my prince and my future family-in-law and friends. I went to church and took part of a communion with the rest of the members of the church.. and it was the very first time that I had to drink a tiny shot of alcohol (By the way, only the adults had to drink it, not the kids) as part of a tradition.. I’m not gonna drink that for as long as I live.. unless I have to take part of a communion in a church somewhere. Believe me, the alcohol that I had tasted like apple juice, but then I tasted the aftertaste.. it was a burning sensation that went down my throat. This proves my point that I do not drink, and never will be. Overall, I had a great time at church.

Then we went back to my sister-in-law’s house, and to my surprise, my future niece-in-law La’Mia, was gonna have a early birthday party today! It was so fun, everyone that I knew and met from the church came. The kids had an Easter Egg Hunt as well. It was too fun!

016Me, our (Erik and I) godson Josh, and my future niece-in-law Izzy.. who photobombed my photo, lol!

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020He looks so adorable in his suit and sunglasses!

022Me on my way to church.

021My future niece and nephew-in-law La’Mia (The birthday girl) and little Marvin

026Me and Josh.. he was teething on little Marvin’s toothbrush, lol. I thought it was adorable.

025My prince Erik playing with our godson. I’m telling you guys, our godson is growing up.. he’s growing, he has two baby teeth that have already grown, he’s talking a lot more, he’s now crawling and standing up! I have two videos of him, so when I post em up to YouTube, I’ll post em up on here.

Anyway, I hope you guys had a wonderful Easter Sunday, and I hope y’all are grateful and blessed that Jesus Christ has risen! I sure am!