BIG NEWS: You can now catch Jada with Jamie Grace and the GodGirlsClub!! The GodGirlsClub is a Christian Instagram page sharing "daily Instagram posts about music. fashion, sports, food, and randomness by Jamie Grace and friends." Different girls are chosen to co-host each month, and we're so excited that Jada will now be one of them!! Head over to Instagram to check out her exciting ministry @godgirlsclub and at our personal page @not.just.another.blog..
This is the story of the worst and most humiliating golf tournament I ever played. It was just a bad day. I was stiff. I was frustrated. I lost my balls. The balls I hit never landed where I was aimed. I had to pick up on every hole( which means I basically got the worse score possible!) My sisters didn’t have it easy either. Actually, it was probably our worst day ever.
We totally flunked that tournament! To be honest, it was devastating. But, I’m not as sad about it as I was. In fact, I’m glad we flunked. ( THAT’S RIGHT, I’M GLAD!!!)
By Nia and Jada
Hey, guys! The time has come again for TeenPact State Classes! We (Nia and Jada) went to the Texas II classes last week and had a BLAST! If you're thinking about or planning to go to a TeenPact class this year, be prepared for an awesome time! If you're a girl, there's probably something else on your mind: the TeenPact Dress Code. You might ask: "How can I dress professional and trendy?" "What can I use that's already in my closet?" "Do skirts REALLY have to cover the knee?" Well, we're about to put all your concerns to rest!
This year at Texas II the girls were really on point! All of the outfits were great and we just HAD to snap some pictures to inspire YOU on how to successfully dress for your TeenPact experience. Since we are both alumni now, we have some great tips that will make your outfit searching quick, easy, and adorable! We have tips on skirts, shirts, dresses, colors, and more!
If you are featured in one of the pictures below, please comment! We would love to stay in touch! Also, we'd be happy to send your photo to you. :)
Perhaps the most challenging aspect of the TeenPact dress code is the skirts. Don't worry, finding TPA bottoms is actually easier than you might think! Thrift stores are full of business, knee-length skirts at ridiculously low rates. Forever21 and H&M also sell midi skirts. Here are some suggestions and inspiration below.
Art by dreamedbyjuliana
6 years ago, I had a best friend. We played together every day of the summer. Almost every childhood memory I have, she was there. But, even as a little girl, I noticed little differences between us. The way she talked and played and learned was different than anyone else I had met. I later learned that my best friend was born very, very early, causing her development to be delayed. At 10 years old, I didn’t fully understand disabilities, but there was something that drew me to this girl because something about her differences made her all the more special.
6 years after moving away from my best friend, I was reminded and convicted of the way society treats people with unique disabilities.
Once upon a time there were three brothers living in a small town. The oldest was named “I can’t,” the second oldest was named “I won’t,” and the youngest was named “I’ll try.” As you can imagine, these boys were as different as day and night. They went to school one day and the teacher gave out a pop quiz.
The oldest boy looked at the paper and then looked pitifully at the teacher, whining, “I can’t.”
The second one obstinately crossed his arms and huffed, “I won’t.”
But the youngest said hopefully, “I’ll try.”
When faced with life’s challenges, we are often tempted to answer, “I can’t.”
Woah. I look over my shoulder and all I can think is “Where did the year go???” As I get older, time seems to fly faster and faster, hurling us into “Infinity and beyond!” Memories become more precious and friends become greater joys, but the ticking becomes scarier and scarier. Every move of the clock signifies a loss of yesterday’s familiarity and a thrust into the unknown of tomorrow. College, jobs, relationships, loans, and not to mention doing your own laundry! As I stare two thousand and seventeen years in the face, I can’t help wishing I could back away. Just one step back. Please?
By Nia, Jada, and Bailey
The fall sememster is almost up!! Finally!!! Why does it seem like these past weeks have dragged on and sped past all at the same time?
With it being Bailey's first year in middle school, Jada's freshman year, and Nia's junior year, we've all had to step it up majorly compared to the past. It hasn't been easy, but here are 5 tips that got us through the last minute papers, big exams, and into the high scores. They can get you through any funk! Also, check out Words of Awesomeness: Quotes to Get You Through the Week.
Use Your Resources
You want to succeed and others want you to succeed as well! There are tons of awesome resources available FOR FREE that can help you ace all your classes. Some are:
So I've had a looooooooonnnnnnng week full of discombobulations (Ummm, is that even a term?). Anyway, sometimes, I just need some really cool words and encouragement to get through. And you know what? The people who made these quotes were frustrated too but they seemed to come through alright. So if they can do it, so can you and I! (Graphic designs by my sister Nia.)
Homecoming season is the best season!
It's hard to believe it's just been 6 days since all the dress shopping, hair and make-up experiments, and prep came to an end! For all those wondering, yes, Jada and I are homeschooled and yes, there is a homeschool homecoming! It was pretty awesome!
This was my third year attending, but Jada's first, since she's a freshman this year. Jada was all jitters from first-year excitement. We were so grateful to go with our peers from Classical Conversations and mutual friends.
We went all out, with photoshoots first, then dinner, the dance, and then IHOP at 1 in the morning. Needless to say, it was amazing!! We just wanted to share some of our favorite photos from the night. Hope you enjoy!
The Before Jada and I both did our hair the night before. I did a flexi-rod set and Jada did bantu knot outs. We were looking pretty crazy!
The After To learn how I got this style, just request an article on flexirods or check out: http://njbnotjustanotherblog.weebly.com/natural-hair/natural-hair-styles-for-pageants-the-diary-of-a-new-pageant-girl-part-3
To get Jada's style, check out: http://njbnotjustanotherblog.weebly.com/natural-hair/5-bantu-knot-out-youtube-tutorials-and-tips-perfect-for-you
The Girls! Love these humans.
The Guys I'd say they clean up pretty well. :)
My class from Classical Conversations
Jada's Class Unfortunately, not everyone from our classes could go and not all who came got in the pictures. :( Much love to them anyway!
Sisters We had so much fun, starting from taking down each others hair to sharing jewelery and slow dancing to Ed Sheeran. I loved every second with her!
I think it's time we talked aboout you and me. About Friendship. It’s something you think would have such a cut and dry definition! But it’s not. Friendships can be messy, headaches, and expensive! When I was preparing for the Spokesmodel Competition for NAM (to read about this, use this link http://njbnotjustanotherblog.weebly.com/life/august-05th-2016), I considered talking about the true meaning of friendship. Ultimately, I decided to talk about disabilities, but I still feel very passionate about sharing what friendship is all about, especially to girls. So I figured I’d share with y’all! I’ve experienced a lot of different friendships that have either helped me, or hurt me. From these experiences, I have realized that the true meaning of friendship is not about one person, but an exchange of love.
One type of friendship I have witnessed is self-centered friendship.
Self-centered friendship is a friendship all about me. It’s about what I can get from this other person, my “friend.” Some of the things people try to get are compliments, approval, access to the popular group, or access to their special gadgets. Friendships like these are manipulative. They are not based on love. From my experience, I have seen self-centered friendships like this turn on the other person. In an effort to force a friendship for personal motives, they lose their individuality. They start dressing the same, talking the same, acting the same as the other person, in order to make themselves more “likable.” The result is basically a clone. It’s a friendship made of two identical people. I have seen these kinds of friendships and this “clone” result all throughout my life. It seems like every other person is trying to get someone else to like them by being just like them. This is selfish and hurtful to both people.
Another form of friendship I have seen I like to call “Perfect Friendship.” These “perfect friendships” often aren’t real. We see them in Disney Channel sitcoms and in books. In these situations, a person magically meets their perfect BFF. They can read each other’s minds, are always together, and somehow know every quirky detail of each other. This idea is nice and some people actually DO have these relationships. But the issue I have with the entertainment industry constantly promoting “Perfect Friendship” is that it creates a false expectation of perfection. It can cause people to set their hearts on a type of friendship that is rare and prevents them from appreciating the people around them because they don’t fit a perfect mold.
When I was 10 years old, and throughout middle school, I would pray for this Disney perfect friend. When I could not find it, I thought there was something wrong with me! To build my confidence, I sought approval through self-centered friendship. However, I realized that this was not true friendship either.
I realized that friendship is not about me. Friendship is about giving to others. It’s about being supportive and caring. It’s not about creating clones, but about embracing a person’s unique personality while at the same time building their character. Friendship requires personal sacrifice. It’s about love. Of course, friendship goes both ways. So while I’m building up someone else, if they’re a true friend, they’ll build me up as well.
God created friendship to be empowering and beautiful and enlightening and fun! Realizing and accepting this meaning of friendship has affected my life so much because it has changed the way I interact with the people who shape my life.
The Kamau Sisters
Hi! We're Nia, Jada, and Bailey Kamau. We laugh, sing, read, and have Narnia marathons probably more than we should. Thanks so much for checking out our blog!
"Sisters by chance, friends by choice."
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