One Versus Two January 30, 2009

Filed under: family,School,Siblings,Uncategorized — beyondtheoutside @ 8:43 PM
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Honestly, hardly any of this is true. It is a little true in parts, but most of it was made up. Why? It made for a good paper and she wanted orginal topics for our compare and contrast papers. I know it has a few errors, but oh well 🙂



Maggie Grant


ENGL 101

Professor Kambui


                                    One Versus Two

            While only about 2 in 35 kids are twins, I have the rare opportunity to be a twin. Most of my friends however, are not twins. None of my siblings are twins, so I have seen the differences between being a single child and a twin. Though there are some positive aspects of being a twin, overall, being a twin can tend to steal your identity and cause you to feel that you must measure up to your twin. Single children have it better off because they had a point in time where they were an infant and the family focused mostly on them and they have more individuality. A common misconception is that twins are best friends and everyone loves being a twin. This is why most kids wish they had a twin, but that is not the case. Being a twin is not as fun or exciting as most single children think; being a single child has more advantages than being a twin.

            Being a twin, I have always felt compared to my twin by family and friends. Single children do not have a sibling their exact age who is in the exact same stage of life their whole childhood. Whether it was getting better grades, being more sporty or artistic, or better looking, I have always felt that I had to be better than my twin, Jonathan, so that I would be seen as better than him by our friends, siblings, and parents. I have always felt that I had to be superior to my twin or people would like him more than me. That has impacted my life in negative ways, making my self-confidence especially low at times. This disadvantage is one that I would have to face much less if I had been born a single child.

            Another problem that would not have to be present if I did not have a twin is that we would not share friends. While sharing friends could be a good thing for some people, Jonathan and I are so different that sharing friends does not work. Trying to have the same group of friends is utterly hopeless because we have minimal common interests. Sometimes my friends will tell me that Jonathan has been talking badly about me and telling lies about my life. The other issue with sharing friends is that he can begin to like my girlfriends and I can begin to like his guy friends. This makes having my friends over to my house difficult. Single children, however, do not typically have to struggle with sharing their friends because they are always at least a year apart from their siblings. People without a twin also have more individuality; they can be who they want to be with their friends, not worrying about what their twin is saying about them or doing with their friends when they are not around.

            Single children also have the advantage over twins because they have more of a personal identity because they are known as their personal selves. Twins however, are known as “the twins” or called “Jonathan and Maggie,” never just their name only. Single children have individual birthday parties, while twins have to share their birthday parties, as well as gifts. Twins must share everything and are expected to like the same things. When people are constantly asking if you are twins and asking questions about being a twin, it can begin to feel that being a twin is what you are known for and liked for. Single children on the other hand can stand out for their talents, not their peculiarity because of being a twin. Single children can play sports and not worry about having to try to get on a different team than their twin. Single children also do not have to worry about getting better grades than their twin, which is a common struggle for someone with a twin.

            Though there may be some advantages to being a twin, although unknown to me, they are far outweighed by the disadvantages of being a twin. Single children have more opportunities as an individual, and twins are bound together by their twin, or so-called other half.  Fortunately, there are more single children than twins. I am thankful that not a large percentage of people have to face the same challenges everyday that I do. Single children are lucky that their mother one had one kid during her pregnancy.


Me and my projects . . .

Filed under: Friends,Life,Pictures — beyondtheoutside @ 7:02 PM
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I did a project this week. It’s not for me, but for a friend. Here are a few pictures of it.



Basically what this is what is it: I cut out a bunch of one inch strips of orange and blue construction paper. Then I wrote on each one “You can do it-_ _ days left!” And then I linked them together by stapling them. What you do is everyday you rip one off and the paper chain gets shorter until the countdown is over. The yellow strips are big markers-4 months, 3 months, half way, etc. This particular chain is a graduation count down for someone. I honestly had no idea it would get this big or I probably would’ve made it a weekly one or done something else creative to countdown. When I was finished I sat in awe and thought “Did I really just make that huge thing?!” It was fun making though. Hopefully they will appreciate it 🙂



And I apologize for the mess of my room. I am currently working on hanging up those clothes, really. I just didn’t have enough hangers. But now I do and that is the next thing on my to-do list for the evening. 🙂

P.S. I plan to have a ‘real’ post about expectations & God sometime before next Saturday.



Filed under: family,Uncategorized — beyondtheoutside @ 12:30 PM
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Vicky Beeching read my blog! How cool is that? She read it and blogged about it! She put a link to MY BLOG on HER blog! I feel pretty awesome right now.

On a different note, Jesse and I went to see a movie today. It was called “Hotel for Dogs.” We let Mary and Will come too. It was a cute movie and Jesse laughed the whole time 🙂


Finally. January 29, 2009

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I made it through my class! YAY! I’m so glad. I am somewhat proud of myself. First college course and it was a winterm. Not bad. It was surprisingly easy. It was a lot, but it really wasn’t hard at all. I got a B on my first paper, an A on the second (had a + after it, but she scratched it out!), and then an A- on another paper. I got all 100’s on my h/w and my class participation and attendence were 100% also, so hopefully I did well enough on the final project we turned in today that I’ll have an A overall in the class. It is worth 30% of my grade, so hopefully I did well on it 🙂 Anyway, I’m free! Finally. . . And now to start back up my OTHER English class and write another research paper and finish Latin and Geometry and fun things of the sort. . .Oh, the life of a highschooler. haha. I know what you’re thinking “…just wait…” Fine, I will.
Oh, and I was so happy today-class was ten minutes long. How much more could I ask for?!


Above All Else

Filed under: God showed/taught me/ect,Songs,Thankfulness,Uncategorized — beyondtheoutside @ 3:15 PM
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So I realize that I post lots of songs, and I apologize for that if you don’t like songs. This is my blog and I will post many songs, so get used to it 🙂

I heard this song two nights ago when trying to fall asleep. Typically I listen to a CD rather than the radio because I like to wake up to quietness (well, besides my alarm), but for some reason I had my radio that night. This song came on. I was in awe. I’m sure I’ve heard it before, but never like I heard it two nights ago. I couldn’t remember the name of the song when I woke up, so I e-mailed the station and just got an e-mail back telling me the artist and title.

Jesus, my passion in life is to know You
– I was so taken by this. It has been a long day, and I had been frustrated because other passions were getting in my way. My sight was clouded and I was confused.
May all other goals bow down to
This journey of loving You more
-I was so glad to hear this line! I was able get all those other passions to go away!  I literally wanted them to bow down to my real glory, joy and passion-Knowing and loving Jesus more
Jesus, You’ve showered Your goodness on me
Given Your gifts so freely
But there’s one thing I’m longing for
Hear my heart’s cry
And my prayer for this life
– It was my heart’s cry-I wanted Jesus, I wanted Him to be in the forefront on my mind and life.

Above all else
Above all else
Above all else
Give me Yourself
-I was about to cry listening to the chorus of this song. It’s so beautiful and simple and Vicky Beeching has a very sweet voice.

Savior, the more that I see Your beauty
The more that I glimpse Your glory
My heart is captured by You
Jesus, You are my greatest treasure
Nothing this world can offer
Could ever compare to You
So, hear my heart’s cry
And my prayer for this life
-So pretty, so amazing, so true, just what I needed to hear.

This is one of my top songs and I think I will print it out to be my prayer for  while 🙂


Allison Kelly

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A girl from my church, Allison Kelly, has a blog. I’m adding her. Check it.

Welcome, Allison


Free Samples January 27, 2009

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So I have been collecting free things/samples for about two years. Today I decided to sort them out and I took pictures of them while I was doing that. These pics don’t include samples I have lost/used/given away.
Home care things

Home care things

Random things

Random things


Most of them

Most of themHair care/face care, etc

Anything a girl would ever need

Anything a girl would ever need



Magazines. I used to have more, but I got rid of them

Magazines. I used to have more, but I got rid of them


Food 🙂

Yesterday I got chewing/smoking tabacco as a sample! Oops... They even gave me those pink things so I can roll it then smoke it! CRAZY PEOPLE!

Yesterday I got chewing/smoking tabacco as a sample! Oops... They even gave me those pink things so I can roll it then smoke it! CRAZY PEOPLE!