Lady Elizabeth Abbey   

I am fearfully and wonderfully made - Psalm 139:14


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My Heritage DNA

Posted on November 6, 2017 at 4:15 PM

So recently, I've been getting into family history and genealogy.  It's really interesting to see where one comes from.  Well, I went ahead and paid the $69 or whatever it was for a DNA test.  It was mostly just for fun.  Where does my blood tell me that I'm from?  I fully expected it to say English and Scottish, maybe a dash of Native American and German, as this is what I've been told I am all my life.

Although, the results are similar to this, I am a bit shocked to see 0% English on my DNA's history, a little less shocking to see 0% Native American, however.

43.2% - North and West European

The population of Northern and Western Europe mainly includes German, French, and Dutch people. This region has been influenced by significant historical events including the formation of the Catholic Church, the Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation, and the Industrial Revolution. Imperial conquests and the age of colonization have spread Northern and Western European peoples across the globe, with significant populations across the Americas and in parts of Africa and Oceania. The area is the birthplace of Western culture, including innovations in art, literature, philosophy, and scientific methodology that have become standard around the world. In particular, Western Europeans take food very seriously. European culinary practices and dining etiquette are highly developed, with artisanal wine and cheese-making, pastry baking, and cooking having been elevated to an art.

28% - Irish, Scottish, and Welsh

The western region of the British Isles is populated by peoples descended from the six Celtic nations, three of which had settled in what became Ireland, Scotland, and Wales (the other three were in Brittany, Cornwall, and the Isle of Man). Each of these three nations has spoken some variant of its original Celtic dialect continuously. The Irish, the first people to settle in Ireland about 9,000 years ago, share heritage, culture, and language (Gaelic). They were organized by clan, or kin groups. The Scottish are similarly famous for the clans, but from the time of the Middle Ages have been a composite nation of Picts, Gaels, and Britons. So that the northern population speaks a version of Gaelic, while those in the south speak what came to be called Scots. Their neighbors the Welsh are called such dating back to the Germanic labeling of them as “walhaz,” meaning “foreigner” or “stranger” - the language of Wales is similarly called Welsh. The area was overrun by Anglo-Norman conquerors in the Middle Ages, and English colonization in the 16th-17th centuries changed the ethnic composition of the British Isles altogether, introducing ethnic English. Despite the unification of these countries as part of the United Kingdom in the present day, the people in each locale take great pride in their independent ethnicities, and accompanying cultures - from the family divisions as clans to the respective alcoholic beverages (Wales has a more English cuisine). The ingathering of several ethnicities in such a small space has facilitated interesting genealogical discoveries as well as mysterious connections to unravel - and for all the different heritages, nearly everyone there now speaks English.

24.5% - Scandinavian

Scandinavia is a region of Northern Europe that includes Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. Scandinavian people share a common North Germanic heritage. Germanic tribes of antiquity traveled south to continental Europe along trade, fishing, and conquest routes, eventually colliding with the Romans. Migration from Scandinavia to other parts of Europe began centuries ago, while in the late 19th century millions of Scandinavians emigrated to the Americas. Scandinavian cultural influence is readily apparent in the Midwestern United States, where many locals bear Scandinavian surnames and pass family recipes for Scandinavian foods — like lefse flatbread — from generation to generation. Ancient Norse mythology has also entered into regular English lexicon; some of the days of the week in English are named after ancient Norse gods.

4.3% - Italian

The culture and genetic legacy of Italians were shaped by the Roman Empire as well as contact with northern Europe and the eastern Mediterranean. Italian exploration 500 years ago and subsequent emigration have resulted in a large Italian presence in South and North America (U.S., Brazil, Argentina and others), neighboring European countries (Germany and Switzerland), as well as in Australia and southern Africa. The European Renaissance — a period of tremendous artistic and scientific innovation during the 14th–17th centuries — began in Italy and was most famously embodied by the Italian polymath Leonardo da Vinci. For many Italians, cuisine is one of the most important elements of Italian culture. The average Italian family consumes over 30 kilograms of pasta a year.

So there you have it.  Me... in a nut shell.

Been A While

Posted on September 25, 2017 at 1:05 PM

Well, I guess it's been a while since I made an entry!

I left a job where I was underappreciated and undervalued and found a new job I LOVE in Education.  I just passed my one year anniversary with the District and I could not be happier.

Earlier this year, I was able to purchase a home, and this is a HUGE thing, if you've ever seen the market in Southern California.

I've done several more runDisney events since my Tink weekend in 2014.  I've done at least 2/year since 2014, some years getting 4 runDisney races in.  I've made some great friends through my running circles on Facebook and at the races.

I currently am the mother to three cats: Thistle, Heather, and Daffodil.

Life is still good, and God is still good.

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend

Posted on January 16, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Starting today at 2:00, I will be heading down to Anaheim for my very first 10K!

My weekend starts out at the Health Expo at the Disneyland Hotel and Packet Pickup for the Never Land 5K and the Tinker Bell 10K.  My mom and I will be doing the 5K together tomorrow morning and then I'm out to conquer the 10K on my own Saturday morning.

I'm excited, but very nervous especially because I've just come through the 2014 H1N1 Flu Strain.  Before this I was more excited than nervous, now it's the other way around, but I'm just going to walk it to get through it, and then I'll think about whether I want to try to tackle a 10K again in the future.

Here's the map of the 10K course:

Wish me luck!!


Life Themes

Posted on December 18, 2013 at 12:50 AM

So in my life, I have noticed that life has themes, you know like life lessons that you should probably learn.  If you pay attention, you might notice that themes keep popping up in  your life also... or perhaps it's just me.

My current theme is about when something doesn't seem good, there is a silver lining.  Watching Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, there was a theme with the two episodes and Daniel sang, "If something seems bad, turn it around, and make something good."  Then at church we heard a sermon on Joseph and how things were BAD when he was sold into slavery and thrown in jail, etc.  But even though his brothers intended evil, God intended it for good (Gen. 50:20).

The only time we, as Christians, will be severely disappointed is when our expectaions for our lives are not something that God has promised to fultill.  I felt stuck in a rut with my life not being what I had imagined it would be.  Christmas seems especially hard because you want to spend this time with your family and making memories and creating traditions, carrying on traditions of old etc. but when our families are not what we had expected, this can be very disappointing.

I'm learning to turn my frown upside down and create a smile and look for the good.

I hope that I'm learning my life theme lesson.

On to the next challenge!



Halloween 2013

Posted on October 31, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Every year at work we have a BIG to do about Halloween.  There are awards given and four categories: Best Costumes, Best Pumpkin Carving, Best Food, and Best Overall Theme.

My first year we won for Pumpkin carving, the second year we won for costumes (thanks to shirts that I ordered for everyone), and last year we were ROBBED!  Well, we did a really great job and I think we SHOULD have won, but we did not.

This year, I was looking for vindication!

And only a few hours ago it was announced that our theme "The Nutcracker" had WON for Best Overall!!

What a perfect ending to so much work.


APU B.S. in Organizational Leadeship - DONE

Posted on October 24, 2013 at 12:05 AM

Last night, I attended my LAST class with my cohort BSOL 163 in the Organizational Leadership program.

We have learned so much and grown together and I'm glad to call all of the people in the photo below my friends and fellow APU Alums!

Thanks to Professor Dr. Perry Geue for guiding us through this 15 month journey, we could not have done it without him!

Top Row: Jamie Jamshidi, Jack Ortega, Robert Cabral, Rod Torres, Dr. Perry Geue, Chris Gooden, Ivan Ortega

Front Row: Sam Vega, Lisa Abbey, Sophia Castaneda

I was also humbled last night when I received the Outstanding Student award for my APU School Spirit and bringing the class together for potlucks and things like that.  I am HONORED by the award and will post it in a place where I can enjoy it for years to come!

Feeling Blessed, 


The Baby Prince is Christened

Posted on October 24, 2013 at 12:05 AM

In just under the scheduled 45 minutes, Prince George Louis Alexander was christened on Wednesday at 3 p.m. BST in the Chapel Royal at St. James's Palace. The baby, who turned three months old on Tuesday, looked robust and adorable in a frilly, ivory christening robe.


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge selected two hymns, two lessons, and two anthems for the service, and Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton each performed a reading.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge looked chic and feminine wearing a beautifully tailored ivory coat dress by Alexander McQueen—the same house that designed her wedding gown—featuring a dramatic ruffle down the front which echoed the lace details on baby George’s robe. She wore a fascinator, by Jane Taylor Millinary, tilted elegantly on her head with a swish of netting and a large silk rose. Pippa Middleton and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, also wore ivory.


Only hours before the ceremony, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge revealed the names of the baby's godparents. In a slight break with tradition, they chose seven people instead of six. While Prince William's godparents were all members of the aristocracy, his son George's are a mixture of old friends, confidants, and blue bloods echoing the more diverse group that William and Kate are close with. The godparents are:

Olive Baker attended St. Andrews University with the duke and duchess.

Emilia Jardine-Paterson attended Marlborough College with the duchess. She runs an interior design firm under her maiden name, Emilia d'Erlanger, and is said to be helping the couple decorate their home at Kensington Palace.

Earl Grosvenor (first name Hugh) is the son of the Duke of Westminster.

Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton served as private secretary to William and Kate from 2005 to 2012 and continues to work for the palace part-time.

The Honorable Julia Samuel was a close friend of William's mother, Lady Diana. She founded a nonprofit organization, Child Bereavement UK, which the duke supports.

Zara Tindall, William's cousin, is married to former rugby pro Mike Tindall. The couple is expecting their first child around Christmas. Tindall is the only member of the royal family to be chosen as a godparent.

William Van Custem is one of William's oldest friends.His father Hugh, who passed away in September, was a very close friend of Prince Charles.

While William and Kate are more modern and less concerned with rigidly adhering to tradition than royals from generations past, many details of the christening traced back to the time of Queen Victoria including the lace and white satin christening robe, a hand-made replica of one that was made for her first child in 1841. The silver baptismal font, called the Lily Font, was also commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and has been used at every royal christening since.


Unlike the royal wedding, which was attended by about 1,900 guests, the christening was a private, family gathering. Only 22 guests witnessed the event, including Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, the duke and duchess's parents, Prince Harry, Pippa and James Middleton, and the spouses of the selected godparents. The Archbishop of Canterbury performed the baptism. Following the ceremony, the guests moved on to a tea at Clarence House. Refreshments included a tier from the duke and duchess's wedding cake, preserved for the occasion. The original cake had eight tiers and was decorated with 900 painstakingly iced flowers including white roses, daffodils, honeysuckles, daisies, and lavender.


Back to Blonde

Posted on September 18, 2013 at 12:15 AM

Well... after about a 4 year hiatus from my favorite hair color, I think it's about time to go back to my "roots" (ha ha!)

This is a picture (from many years ago) when I was a Blonde!  I loved it and after the "go-ahead" from my best friend, I'm going for it!

Wish me luck!



Disneyland 5K Weekend!

Posted on September 6, 2013 at 7:05 PM

This past weekend, I was blessed to be able to do a 5K walk with my mom through the Disneyland Resort!

The weekend started on Friday afternoon when I did a volunteer shift for the Health and Fitness Expo at the Disneyland Hotel.  I was chosen to pass out the Half-Marathon Running Shirts and goody bags and I had a blast!

I saw the REAL Cinderella pumpkin carriage, and even got to see the runDisney shoes by New Balance... on my wish list.

Check out my photos to see all my good times.

Lisa (a.k.a. Cinderella)

New Picture of Nessie "Surfaces"

Posted on August 27, 2013 at 11:35 AM

For those of you who know me, and know that I love all things Scottish, already understand that I love the idea of a new picture of Nessie, the Loch Ness "Monster".

Now, I have even more interest in going to visit my land in Drumnadrochit, Highlands, UK; which of course is where the Loch Ness Centre is located!

Driftwood?  Wave?  Nessie?

I love it!