Thursday, July 28, 2011

Film, it's historical...

"He wears a smock!"

I love witnessing a movie I have never seen before. I always have such high expectations and today those were met by the movie titled "Rocket Science."

My retro issue of Teen Vogue had a list of must see movies for us "Hipster-esque" peoples out there and this was one of many, therefore I had to see it.

A younger Anna Kendrick (of Twilight Fame) was one of the main characters in this movie about a boy with a stutter who decides (more likely semi-forced) to join his school's debate team.

Filled with believable life moments along with a fantastic soundtrack (updating ipod as we speak) as the credits rolled I was left with a solitary thought: this is good.

Check it out for yourselves, for fans of Garden State and movies of the same nature.

Much love and popcorn filled afternoons- Amy


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Soft- cover books...


Sometimes you just have to take another look at things, for at first glance, it's not always as it seems.
I've recently been presently surprised by someone, taking the chance to look past their harsh tough exterior I realized that we weren't too far off from one another.
I think we may just become the bestest of friends.
Much love and almost missed connections- Amy


Monday, July 25, 2011

.... because you are good to me!


Wow friends, simply wow. I am in such a euphoric state left over from the events of this weekend that I don't think I'm capable of capturing it all right here for you. But nevertheless, I will try.


It started out last Thursday as Cassia, Dyl and I embarked on an adventure to Nanaimo to see my one and only love, Aidan Knight. He was performing at the outdoor stage at Maffeo Sutton park and it was the perfect day for it. Not too warm and not too cool, surrounded by flannel clad hipsters we enjoyed the perfection of an Aidan Knight performance. Whether it be his haunting falsetto crooning or the naive humbleness that exudes from his being I am always left in awe. Cass and I have been to many of his concerts and have always wanted to get a photo with him and this time it happened. Arms wrapped around each other we put on some stern comical looks and captured a "This is Good" moment on film forever. (disposable cameras FTW)
Friday was a chill day as I just relaxed at home with Mom, watching some sweet movies on the boob tube.


Saturday I had to arise bright and early for work, anxiously ringing through customers I could not stop twitching with excitement as I knew that just a few hours away I'd be out at Oasis surrounded by fellow Christians at Alive Inside.
I have a lot of love for this camp. Being right on the Cowichan River, surrounded by wooden cabins with walls covered by names of campers past I started my relationship with Christ. This is where I became a Christian and my life changed forever.


Arriving an hour before we should of (they let us in anyways) mom and I perched our setup right where we wanted to, sat back and soaked in some rays and waited for the show to start. Lucky for us the bands were still doing sound checks and we enjoyed a show that was for our eyes only. As Leeland finished, the lead singer (of the same name) decided to play some soccer with us kids, showing us up with his epic footwork I was starstruck.


Running in to some friends of mine I was told a funny story that had happened earlier in the day, Mark was telling Rob that Amy Winehouse had died and Rob was left heartbroken, gasping in shock he almost started to cry was Mark asked "You do know who that is right?" Not knowing my last name he thought that Mark was talking about me! Thinking it through he realized his mistake and felt rather embarassed about the whole thing. I was left feeling rather loved and am now stuck with the new nickname of "Winehouse"


After a few smaller bands performed it was finally time for Leeland to take the stage. During his performance he reminded us all that we should remember that our "Worship is not our song" and that God would prefer us to never sing again if we would worship him the way we ought to. That really struck home with me as I find that singing praises to God is the easiest way for me to express my love for Him but I need to worship him with my whole being, not just my voice.


The whole crowd was surprised with a guest appearance from Manafest and man can that guy put on a show. I was blown away by his prescence and how genuine he is, not to forget his pulling up five people on stage to dance around and act like fools.
The day continued to leave me speechless as moment after moment was worthy of this blog. It reminded me of why I started this whole thing, it was "This is Good" in it's purest form.


In the words of a friend I still have a "bangover" from rocking out to the show closer Rapture Ruckus and their New Zealand swag but man was it worth it.


God is great and never ceases to amaze me.


Much love and rediscovery- Amy

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tired of waiting....


Well folks it's over. I'm done, moving on to bigger and better things.

As I was standing there talking to him I couldn't help but think why am I wasting my time?

Why so much effort towards someone that doesn't even care?



I just think it's so stinkin rad that God has someone so much better planned for me, slowly being molded in the man that I will love forever. Isnt' that so cool!!!

So we're back at square one, relying on God's love to be enough for frankly it is so much more than that!

Thanks be to you for hearing me whinge for the past 11 months (how pathetic is that?)

During the drive home last night a song lyric popped in my head, now it's a little cheesy but hey heartbreaks deserve a little bit of that.

"No more dating I'm just waiting, like sleeping beauty my prince will come for me."


Here's the song

Much love and boy scouting- Amy




Saturday, July 16, 2011

Baby please remember me once more...


Well FRICK!

My heart is seriously a prisoner of war under the control of one stupid man's grasp. I cannot read this guy and I am so frustrated I am actually brought to tears when I sometimes think of it. Thing is I am too scared to do anything about it because I have never been in a relationship before and therefore don't know what I would do it he felt the same way.

It's the same old conundrum of being comfortable in my little rut, too chicken to step out and change things, even if it could be for the better.

Also one girl that I admire and look up to doesn't think too highly of this guy, they just don't mesh well and if something was to happen I am scared of disappointing her in some way, I know that sounds ridiculous.

Anyways he'll be back Sunday night and I will be seeing him Monday, most likely be dumbstruck by his beautiful baby blues and pearly whites, shamelessly audacious flirting will be instigated by both parties and that will most likely be that and I will be left wondering what if?

Much love and Fickle hearts- Amy

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Your eyes open to the sunrise, to the sunrise far from here...



To all those who knew Victor and were touched by his life, this is for you. Don't give up for his death was not in vain for I know he is up there rejoicing with his heavenly Father and one day we will see him again and laugh and sing just like we did before.
Much love and overwhelming peace- Amy

Monday, July 11, 2011

music for the masses....


As you know I am a massive music lover, I live for the lyric, the unknown melody, the track that is yet to be discovered. But I must admit the best feeling ever is hearing that song that seems to be written just for you.

Freakishly that happened this morning whilst listening to City and Colour's "Little Hell" the song "O' sister" came on the stereo and I froze. It was as if Dallas Green had been following me around and peering in to the deepest part of me to understand the relationship between me and my dear sis.

"my sister, what made you fall from grace? I'm sorry that I was not there to catch you, what have the demons done? What have the demons done with the luminous light that once shone from your eyes? What makes you feel so alone?"

Green's music never disappoints me as I am and have always been a huge fan and I gotta say this CD holds up to all my expectations, if you haven't yet listened to it check it out and let me know what you think. As for now I'm cranking up the volume and jamming to that man's sweet sweet voice. CHILLS!

Much love and fragile birds- Amy



Friday, July 8, 2011

Words of another....

Vertigo
By Anne Stevenson
Mind led body
to the edge of the precipice.
They stared in desire
at the naked abyss.
If you love me, said mind,
take that step into silence.
If you love me, said body,
turn and exist.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

History 101....


The other day someone asked me where I came up with the name "This is Good" for my blog so I thought I'd give you all a little history lesson, here goes.

About a year and a half ago I was introduced to a plethora of awesome music. As I eagerly learned the lyrics and melodies, two of my new favourite songs had a common thread. "This is Good" by Hannah Georgas and "Pine for Cedars" by Dan Mangan. Easily enough you can see where I get it from Hannah as the chorus ends with "... I can't help but feel like this is good" and in "Pine for Cedars" it goes something like this "this is good, but as far as I can tell it's still heavy as hell when it's good." Kind of a juxtaposition of feelings but at the time they were both very fitting.

Last July Hannah came to Duncan with the Malahat Revue which also included, Said the Whale, Aidan Knight, and Jeremy Fisher. Witnessing them perform twice in one evening was the first installment of a "This is Good" feeling and I can remember stating that as the night came to a close.

A month or so passed and we started our girls bible study, flipping through my bible one day I opened to a random page, picked a verse and had myself a giggle. Right where my index finger was perched were three little words, you guessed it, 1st Timothy 2:3 greeted me stating "This is Good."

And that was that.

From that moment onward this blog was dedicated to spreading joy, laughter, and experience to all of you with the intent of you realizing that in your life there too can be things that bring you to that solitary thought.

Much love and moments of goodness- Amy

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Used to sing on the mountain, has the ocean lost it's way?

Yesterday was a pretty epic day as I intended it to be. Alex and I hiked our way up Mt. T on a mission to reach the cross, and we did it! I didn't get lost like last time which made me feel rather accomplished, we then journeyed to Maple Bay beach for a little chit chat and some re cooperating.

I don't know what it is about water but it is in my soul. Sitting there listening to the tide washing up on the shore just gave me chills, staring out in to the vast blue horizon never gets old.

We then went for some food and made our way over to the field for an ultimate frisbee sesh. As always it did not disappoint as we had a huge turnout and lots of fun and very few injuries (most caused by me :S)

Like I said in the last post, I don't know what it is but I am so stinkin happy. Nothings going to bring me down today.

"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the father through him." Colossians 3: 17


Much love and golden days- Amy

Monday, July 4, 2011

Shake the cold off of your shoulders...


Well if the weather is any proof summer is here and trying it's best to stick around. I am not usually one to believe in silly diseases or superstitions and things like that but I am a true believer in Seasonal Affective Disorder as of right now because all this sunshine has made me the happiest, joyous person. A complete 180. I also believe in the power of prayer and have a feeling that is the more likely explanation for my rapid change of being but to each their own.

Have you ever heard the song High of 75 by Relient k? That totally explains my feelings as of right now, here are some lyrics:

"And lately the weather has been so bi-polar
that consequently so have I
But now I'm sunny with a high of 75
since you took my heavy heart and made it light
And it's funny how you find you enjoy your life
When you're happy to be alive"

I hope that all of you have a chance to go out and experience today, whether it be for a quick jog, a roll down a grassy hill, or simply standing in His glory with the sun warming your back. I intend to climb a mountain and then play some Frisbee.

Much love and happy days- Yams

"He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit." Titus 3:5