Archive for January, 2012

First post on food

Today I brought home 50 dollars of groceries that I spent only 25 dollars on! Awesome.

I got lots of ingredients to make several Pinterest recipes I’ve found.

If you haven’t joined Pinterest, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???

This week I plan to make:

Salsa (already done and DELICIOUS) from Six Sisters’ Stuff –

Roasted Parsnips and Carrots from Real Simple –

Roasted Parsnips and Carrots With Sage

Corn Torillas from 100 Days of Real Food –

Baggie Ice Cream from 2 Little Hooligans –

I love food!

~Amber Joy


Be creative. Move past the norm!

Dr. Seuss writes in his book On Beyond Zebra (©1955):
“You can stop, if you want, with the Z
Because most people stop with the Z
But not me!
In the places I go there are things that I see
That I never could spell if I stopped with the Z.
I’m telling you this ’cause you’re one of my friends.
My alphabet starts where your alphabet ends!”

~Amber Joy

Just some of my favorite verses.

Psalm 37:1-9 – Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret —it leads only to evil. For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.Psalm 145:8-21 – The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. All you have made will praise you, O Lord; your saints will extol you. They will tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all men may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. Your Kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made. The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. The Lord watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy. My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.

Hosea 11:10-11 – ‘They will follow the Lord; he will roar like a lion. When he roars, his children will come trembling from the west. They will come trembling like birds from Egypt, like doves from Assyria. I will settle them in their homes,’ declares the Lord.

Hosea 13:13 – ‘I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. Where, O death, are your plagues? Where, O grave, is your destruction?’

Hosea 14:9 – Who is wise? He will realize these things. Who is discerning? He will understand them. The ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.

Habakkuk 1:2-5 – How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds. Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted.
The Lord’s Answer: “Look at the nations and watch— and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.”

Habakkuk 3:18-19 – I will rejoice in the Lord. I will be joyful in God my Savior. The sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.

2nd Corinthians 3:18 – And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

1st Timothy 6:11-12 – But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

1st Peter 1:3-9 – Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his mercy he has given us new birth in to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith – of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire – may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

First post about the Dominican Republic

Daddy and me, 2009

For those of you who know me, the Dominican Republic has defined my life since I was about 5, and has directed my life since 5th grade. My dad went to the DR for the first time in 1993, and came back with a new passion for serving the Dominicans. This passion leaked into my soul too, and I began studying Spanish when I was in 4th grade. In 5th grade, our family made a trip down to the DR.

Here’s an excerpt from my spiritual autobiography:

“In 1999 we took a family vacation to the Dominican Republic, because my dad had finally decided to share a big part of his heart with the rest of the family.  I never expected it to become such a big part of my heart, but the moment I stepped off the plane I felt it.  I felt like I was home and felt God’s presence.  I knew that the Dominican Republic was the place for me.  I was not sure why I felt this way, seeing that I had only been in the country for a minute, but I knew it was from God.”

I’ve gone back four times, joining the team from our church, with my dad by my side. Each time, God’s calling became clearer and clearer.  In college I majored in Elementary Education and Spanish, thinking that God would use me as a teacher in the DR. I still believe I’m meant to be a teacher today, but God has put (at least) one more think in my path – law school. I’ll leave the whole story of that major decision to another post.

Because of law school, I’m left without a plan. I know God wants me in the DR. I know that I’m supposed to be in law school. But how to the two fit together? Here’s my most recent epiphany: Invisible Children of Latin America. And by epiphany I mean  this is something I’ve been uncovering and studying for the past few years. However, I’ve just recently begun to had the opportunity share my passion about the issue. I was able to write about it for the Liberty Legal Journal (see Also, I will be writing a major research paper on the topic for both my International Human Rights class and a nation Human Rights contest. I feel incredibly blessed to have these opportunities to share about such a hidden issue.

So that’s where I sit. A law student, with a calling to be in the Dominican Republic, and the great opportunity to share about the issues in Latin America through writing and research.

Oh, one more thing. I am going to the DR this March to join Rick and Becky Mackey in ministry!  Rick was my youth pastor, and he and his family are now missionaries in the Dominican Republic. The purpose of their ministry is to reach the locals, teach them about Christ, and give them the tools to be Christian leaders in their communities. I will be joining them for a week, doing what they do, and also spending time connecting with people working in the legal field. Awesome, right?

God is definitely blessing me.

~Amber Joy

The life of a law student on a Friday night.

It’s 10:00 on a Friday night. What am I about to do, you ask? Well, let me give you a quick glimpse into the life of a law student….

I’m getting ready to read for Monday. To make my life a little more exciting, I’m giving myself the option of researching for our first big assignment of the semester, but one or the other is getting done tonight.

I’ll be the first to admit, school regularly dominates my weekends. Knowing our grades are riding on one exam at the end of the semester puts a little fire in my pants to do my work now. It may not be glamorous, but it is well worth it.

Now, considering I DO like to sleep, and have to work in the morning, I better get cracking.

Good night!
~Amber Joy

PS – Tomorrow I’m going to post about the Dominican Republic. Get excited. Here’s a photo to help.


After the encouragement of several peers and professors, I’ve decided to begin a new blog. Rather than having a blog solely about an adventure to a foreign land, I’m making this blog all about life. It will contain my thoughts on my passions (God, children, teaching, Latin America, service, justice, human rights, etc.), my life as a law student (three semesters finished, three semesters left!!!), my food allergies (Gluten, Wheat, Tree Nuts), and my hobbies (sewing, photography, and crafts in general).

So to begin, here’s the link to an article I recently had published in the Liberty Legal Journal:

And here’s a picture of the children I thought about as I wrote it:


Read it and be inspired. It’s essentially my purpose statement of being in law school.

That’s it for now, because, after all, I am a law student… my readings are crying my name!

~Amber Joy