A Fuller House

If you’re a fan of the 80s-90s television show Full House, then I have big news…there’s going to be a sequel! If you’ve never heard of Full House before, than I’ll give you the basic premise of the show.

In the TV show Full House, Danny Tanner is a widower, raising three daughters. Thus, he asks his lifelong best friend Joey and his brother in law Jessie to move in with him and help him raise his kids. The title Full House is not an exaggeration, as you have Danny (Dad and talk show host), Joey (Stand up comedian), Jessie (Rebellious young rocker), DJ (Oldest child), Stephanie (Middle child), and Michelle (Youngest child) all living under one roof as they learn how to become one big family (Not to mention the later added Rebecca, Nicky, Alex, Comet.)

This show contains many of the themes and tropes in 80s and 90s television such as the best friend/neighbor (The crazy and unforgettable Kimmy Gibbler), the boyfriend (Steve who always seems to be eating something), a dog (Comet), an iconic couple (Jessie and Becky), and a lesson within nearly every episode.

Full House is the first sit-com that I ever watched. I started watching it at age nine and I still sometimes watch it to this day. It’s one of those shows that (In my humble opinion) people of any age demographic can enjoy. I think I appreciate this show even more in retrospect, being that I can’t usually find too many modern shows that I enjoy.

One thing that I’ve noticed as I’ve gotten older is that Full House had some tremendous character growth. The most extreme example of character growth would have to be Jessie Katsopolis. He starts off as a wild, rebellious rocker. Nonetheless, when Stephanie cuts off his long hair, he realizes that it might be time for him to grow up. The growth process is really shown after he meets Rebecca Donaldson, a career-driven woman from Nebraska. As the show goes on, you see him become a family man with two children of his own, Nicky and Alex. You also see DJ grow quite a bit, as you see her go from young preteen girl trying to figure life out, to an older teenager, with a lot of maturity and wisdom for her age. She than goes on to give advice to her younger siblings as they face the challenges of growing up. Plus, you literally see Michelle go from practically a baby to a girl about eight years old.

A Fuller House is going to follow a similar plot to it’s parent series. DJ becomes a widow, raising two kids with a third on the way, and asks her sister Stephanie and her best friend Kimmy to move in with her and help her raise her kids.

To celebrate the arrival of A Fuller House, I decided to post the Full House theme song

Get ready for some nostalgia

Random fun fact: Kirk Cameron (Growing Pains), Doris Roberts (Everybody Loves Raymond), Jaleel White (Family Matters), Daniel Fishel (Boy Meets World), and the Beach Boys all guest starred on Full House.

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I Want to Leave a Legacy, How Will They Remember Me?

Warning, this post became somewhat long, so grab a cup of hot tea and expect to spend some quality blog-reading time. 

Martin Luther King Jr. A simple Baptist Preacher with a dream. A dream that “one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.” and that “[His] four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

Today he’s remembered as one of the greatest heros of the civil rights movement.

C.S. Lewis. An academic from England who became a renowned, deep thinking apologist and writer. And I mean really deep (If you’ve read any of his books, you know what I mean). He was raised in a Christian home, turned to atheism after the death of his mother, and than after years of academic searching and reasoning, turned back to God, realizing the evidence for God’s existence.

He went on to become one of the most influential and well read Christian apologists to this day.

Among these more historical examples, there are also modern examples.

Bethany Hamilton, a young surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack, yet, didn’t let that stop her from pursuing her dream of becoming a professional surfer.

Early Contemporary Christian bands and singers such as Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, the Newsboys, and DC Talk, who were on the front lines of creating Christian themed rock, pop, rap, hip hop, etc.

Alex and Brett Harris, two teenage boys who wrote the bestselling books Do Hard Things and it’s follow up, Start Here: Doing Hard Things Right Where You Are. Through their blog and books, they started the Rebelution, challenging the social norm of low expectations towards teenagers.

Looking at people’s lives such as the aforementioned is inspiring for me. Ordinary people with fairly ordinary lives, accomplishing not so ordinary things. Each small piece, contributing to a larger puzzle of life. Each chapter, adding more depth and beauty to the story of humanity. I may not know all of the details, but I know that someday, I want to be someone like these great, admirable people. I want to leave a legacy. I believe that’s something that a lot of people want. To be voice among the crowd, a change of tempo in a song, and a spark that starts a fire.

To quote the 2011 movie, Lemonade Mouth “I don’t want to be remembered as just another face in a yearbook.”

If you’re anything like me, you might be wondering exactly how you can leave your mark on the world. One thing that I’ve found, is that if you have a dream, you can start working towards it right now. Even if the end goal seems out of sight. I want to be an author and songwriter someday, so I’ve already begun writing books and songs. I’ve published two books, Teen Impact: Look No Further, the Bible Has Your Answers and Know Jesus, Know Peace. Furthermore, I’ve been working on writing fiction novels for a couple of years now, though none are published to this date. I also have a plethora of songs that I’ve written.

Whatever you want to do, you can start now. Either through physically doing something such as writing or training towards a particular goal, such as reading science books in order to someday become a great scientist.

Next, stay faithful in small things “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” Luke 16:10 (NIV). As we make goals and dream dreams, it’s important not to neglect the opportunities that God has given you right here, right now. Sometimes the small things, like reaching out to a new student at school, or helping an elderly lady cross the street can seem small to us, but can be huge to someone else. If you’re faithful with what God has given you, I believe that he’ll give you opportunities to make a difference on an even grander scale.

Furthermore, pray about God’s will for your life. If your dreams are in accordance with God’s will, He’ll open the right doors when the time is right. If it’s God’s will for your life, He put that dream inside of you. He created you in such a way that you’re capable of fulfilling that dream. Philippians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (NKJV). Don’t doubt yourself, but instead believe that God has equipped you to be all that you’re meant to be. 

Lastly, never feel that God can’t use you. God has a history of using ordinary people for extraordinary things. He chose a young peasant girl to be the mother of Jesus. He chose Moses, an inelegant speaker, to lead a nation out of slavery.

You can be the change that you want to see, if you just keep trusting God, staying within His will, and starting right where you are.

Legacy by Nicole Nordeman

This is an incredible Christian song about leaving a legacy. I owe credit to the writers of this song for the title of this blog post.

What we can learn from Mitch Albom’s The Five People You Meet in Heaven

A couple of months back, I read the the book by New York Times Bestselling Author Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven. I heard about this book and the idea behind it intrigued me, so I decided to try it. Little did I know, is that once I started it, I wouldn’t be able to put it down. I liked this book so much that I wrote an essay on it for an english class assignment and I wouldn’t stop talking about it. I’m pretty sure I was starting to drive my friends and family crazy. If you are unaware of the plot-line of this book, it’s about a man named Eddie, a veteran in World War 2 and current employee at a local amusement park, who dies trying to save a young girl’s life. Once he’s dead, he meets five different people who helped him better understand his life on earth. I’m not going to tell any more than that, as I don’t want to spoiler alert this book, but I would like to talk about what we can glean from this novel. In this book, the author writes

“There are no random acts…We are all connected…You can no more separate one life from another than you can separate a breeze from the wind…”

I find this quote fascinating, and when you think about it, it’s really true. What would your life be like if you never encountered the people who have come into your life? What new experiences, ways of thinking, and wisdom would you have missed out on? I do not believe that people are a blank slate, as John Locke taught, but I do believe that people impact one and other. I know that I have friends who have affected my life, and I’m sure that you do too. I’m going to end this blog post with two questions to get you thinking.

1. Who are some people who have impacted your life?

2. What can you do to have a positive impact on the lives of others? 

Summer Goals

I’d like to start off this blog by wishing a warm hello to all of those reading this. I’m super excited to start up this blog, but I figured I’d take the time to tell a little bit about myself first. I’m a teenager, thus the reason for my blog title 1 Timothy 4:12 Girl, a Bibliophile, which is another word for someone who loves books, an aspiring author and songwriter, and I love music (And usually have a song stuck in my head.) I keep pretty busy with classes during the school year, but I recently started summer break, and thus, I’ll have more time to blog and try to figure out ways to not get bored. As I’m sitting here, on my couch at home, my Dad is watching some show called Alaskan Bush People and my cat is laying on the head of the couch sleeping. Small peek into a typical night at my house.

Hmm, summer. Perhaps that could be my first blog topic. To me, summer is almost like New Years Eve. A fresh start to set new goals and accomplish new things. Some of my goals for this summer are to pass the permit test and practice driving for the first time, read some books that I didn’t have time to read during the school year, work on a longtime series that I hope to publish someday, etc. Not too long ago, I organized my room. That was interesting, to say the least. You know how things pile up and before you know it, the term junk drawer isn’t just a figure of speech? That’s what happened to my drawers. Thus, I made a clean sweep. In other words, every piece of paper or random, broken object that bared no significance or attachment must go. I have to say, it feels pretty good to organize my room and actually know where stuff is. This summer, I encourage all of you to set some goals for yourself before you enter into the new school year. Definitely take some time to relax as well (I spent some quality time yesterday with Saved By The Bell: The College Years. Good old 90s TV.), but don’t let summer pass you by without accomplishing some goals and sticking to them. Because as evidenced by my freshly organized drawers, accomplishment feels very good when you’re done.

Ready. Set. Make that Summer Bucket List.