Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Giveaway Winners!


Thank you all who entered my giveaway. I was glad there were so many entries, compared to just one. :) And now for the winners..... *drumroll*

Faith Potts

Anika Joy

Congratulations! I sent you both an email, so be sure to check your inbox.

 A lot of you requested posts of my current work-in-progress (Changeling), life-related (college), or a post of my bookshelves. So I will be working to have those as my next posts, or a little bit down the road.




(and don't forget I'm still collecting questions for a Q&A in my last post!) 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Five Year Blogging Anniversary + Q&A + Giveaway!



 Here is my mystery post I promised you guys! April 6 was when I first started blogging. Five years ago. O.O I didn't realize it was that long ago. Although I'm not the most avid blogger, I have to say I love the blogging community. Some of you guys have been with me since the beginning, and others have just recently started following me. Whether old or new, I am glad you found my little corner where I tend to ramble a lot, and often forget to post, but either way, I hope you'll find something here that will offer you encouragement, or let you glimpse into my adventurous life.

 To celebrate my 5 years of having this blog, I am hosting a giveaway for the next 6 days. (yay!)

Also, I'm collecting questions for a Q&A post. So if you've always wondered something, or just want to give me a hard time by giving some complicated question, feel free to leave them in a comment below.

Now, for the giveaway. I will be giving two prizes:

Prize 1: King's Blood by Jill Williamson




Prize 2: Broken Window by Christa Kinde (signed!)


This giveaway is open only for those whose mailing address is in the U.S. (sorry, international shipping is just a bit too much)
Good luck!



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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

March Wrap-Up


So.....this is late. Usually I am good, and post my monthly review on the last day of the month, but someone (*glares at wifi*) decided to act up this whole weekend. I decided I still wanted to post, but this wrap up will be brief.

Life
I had such an amazing time this March. I turned a year older, I got to visit all of my friends (I hardly get to see most of them, but then I saw them all in the same month?! Definitely a gift from God.) I went up and visited my friend in Chicago for a whole week (and I may or may not have returned with a suitcase full of books XD) We had one "good" snow, but it went away pretty quick. We've had such a crazy winter, and not it's spring, so who know what'll happen. Also, I got my own room! So now I just stare at my books all day long and do nothing else (kidding)


Randomness

Dad: that's too loud
Izzy: just plug your ears

When I flew to Chicago, the kid sitting next to me had the same birthday as I did. O.O it was meant to be

Forgetting the date
*when you forget it's March and say February*
*writing 2016 instead of 2017*

*visiting friend's house for a week*
*walk in the house at one point and see a stranger*
*pretend all is normal, and I expected them to be there*

*orders a shake and float with someone*
 employee ask: "is a float mixed?"
 owner: "no. A float is not a milkshake."
response: oh dear

Eating ice-cream in 20 degree weather

Izzy 'calling' me in the car, pretending to be mom and saying I could bring Izzy to Chick-fil-a
(it was adorable. She legit thought it worked.)

The time I randomly my ear was shocked by an earbud.

Izzy asking if Jesus was invisible and camouflaged since we couldn't see him
Then asked if a sycamore tree was sick. XD

And now my lil sis knows how to pick locks*shakes head*
me: locks door. *hears Izzy trying to open it*
*she runs back upstairs*
*runs back down*
*fiddles with the doorknob*
*she opens the door with a grin*
apparently she just finds little tiny stuff like a key ring and a dime to turn the slide that locks my door. So no escape from her! ;)

Losing my pen 10 times in the span of a few seconds (note to self, don't have a pen on your bed. It will get lost)



So there was my month in the matter of minutes. XD (I know it's missing some sections, but I'll do my best to get them back in my next monthly post)
Anyway, I have news! I'm not going to say a whole lot just yet, but be on the lookout for a post in the next few days. There I will reveal a surprise! (super excited, and and trying to get everything ready.)

How is your April going? Can you believe it's already the 4th?! Will you check back for my post?

Friday, March 17, 2017

Chicago












My family flew me out for my birthday to visit an old friend in Illinois. I had such a blast this past weekend with her (we may or may not have stalked the people on the train. They made very good subjects for our photography lol)
We attacked the used bookstores, and had some great finds. Went to local coffee shops and had conversations over coffee and cocoa, and deep talks over lunch. We caught up on each other's lives and just had a fun time hanging out.

For my "Chicago experience" we went to the Bean (I am not totally sure why this is so popular) and then walked down to Navy Pier. I got some awesome pics, and loved the old buildings and bridges. I also had a Chicago hot dog, which was actually really good. (I'm not a big hot dog fan, but I did enjoy it.) I molded pottery as well, and I look forward to sharing pics once it's glazed. I saw La La Land and...I have to say that I loved that intro scene. It was amazing. *dances/sings and pretends I'm half as good as the actors in the movie*

I got an Instagram, so I'll be sharing my photography with my lovely followers. Excited, and hope I won't explode with pics all at once XD



Have you been or want to go to Chicago? What are your thoughts on La La Land?

Thursday, March 2, 2017

February Wrap-Up


Life:

This past month was pretty amazing. I had the opportunity to compete at the Bouldering Nationals  (rock climbing) in Utah. I didn't make it to day two, but I still had a blast, and felt like I did a great job from where I had been in the past. I got to meet up with my old coach. Was awesome getting to see him, and I also went and toured at Antelope Island with my dad, which was really cool. The weather was really nice, and we had some amazing views. (it was actually warmer there the first day than when we had left VA. If that doesn't tell you something about southern winters) We had quite the experience trying to get out there, which I'll post about later, but it all ended up good.

I went down and visited a friend and my grandma, who both live a couple hours away. I was so proud of myself for not getting lost while driving through the city. (the new GPS is proving its worth ;)  ) It was great seeing Sami again. She told me about her new book and the series she is working on- which sounds amazing! We talked writer details and then went to searching for treasure in the local thrift shops (I found some great books). I had a fun time with my grandma. We met up for supper and had a good talk. She had been up north, so I hadn't been able to see her for a while.

And on a random note, I went through my keepsake box. Saw all those school worksheets from kindergarden (my only non homeschool year) and the adorable pictures I drew. Was super cute and some of the stuff was quite comical. I found taped pieced of paper and a note my mom put on it saying I made my own Blue's Clues notebook, and a spot for the crayon. I was four years old <3
My two favorite shows when I was little was Blue's Clues and Bear in the Big Blue House. My little sister is watching them now, so it's been cool seeing it be passed down :)





Reading

Goodreads added rereading on their website! Now I can reread, and am excited to try it out. I have never reread any books before, so it will be quite interesting I think. (Just kidding. I reread a ton. I've lost count of how many times I've read thru my books. Hundreds, perhaps thousands of times. Who knows)

I got a few really good books this month. And although I have slowed down a bit in reading, I still got in a nice amount of like 17 books. (had quite a long time to read at the airport lol)

*Shiver not listed

And of course I got a new story idea. *shakes head* And it was really random too because I was doing my hair. (writer problems) XD It's really cool though. It's sci-fi or something, which is totally not my normal genre, so we'll see how it turns out whenever I try to write it. This is like, idea three this year?


Randomness:

When you take your phone out of its case and it looks and feels so strange   (what is this?!)

We were in a drive thru and I handed my sister the receipt and all of the sudden showed me the receipt again. Apparently our cashier's name was Kashiana. Kashiana the cashier. *nods*

When your lips feel like they're dying. Even when you slather chapstick all over them (it happened)

When you are trying to choose between sleep and a movie

When you realize that your one page paper is suppose to be an eight page paper, and it's due tomorrow.  O.O (I died)

I got my hair cut, which is a big deal because I love my hair and like it long. I really like the new length though. (Just chop it off!)  ;D

I have been winning quite a few giveaways lately- not that I'm complaining. Just that it isn't normal XD Mostly book stuff, but still :)

You know your at a small airport when the attendant is calling for people to board (going thru all the many different members) and finally says over the intercom after no one gets up "How about is there anyone headed to Philadelphia on flight - ?"

I did NOT drop a Gatorade bottle on top of a woman while putting my bag in the overhead compartment on the plane. O.O  *glances around and hides evidence*




Little Sister

Hearing this conversation:
Sis1: Why are you so cute?
Sis2: Because God made me cute.  <3
How did God make me? Did he paint me?
Sis1: In a wayyy....

"My ears hear dat!"

*is vacuuming in another room*
*hears screaming and sobbing*
*wondering what's going on*
*hears family consoling her*
Turns out she had vacuumed up her dolls pj pants. Very traumatic XD


So there is my wrap up. (A bit shorter than usual, but limited WiFi has been the main reason)

Sunday, February 26, 2017

February 26






it’s been four years
since I’ve seen your face
seeing you only at family gatherings
or a random meeting now and then
i still look for you
i drive by where you lived
and I look up
waiting to see your face in the window
but it’s just as I notice it’s empty
that I remember
you’re gone
you will never come back
i seem to forget that
whenever I go by
because no matter what
i always look
but you aren’t there
i can no longer go to that building
walk through those sliding glass doors
and press the button on the elevator
i can no longer come knocking on your door
and hear you tell stories
of who you helped save
or the cars you had back in the day
no longer can I dance with you
spinning me round on the dance floor
as you did that once



[seeing my grandpa’s window]

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Time to Think


   I've had a few things I've been wanting to post, but I just haven't had time this past week, as I'm preparing for my trip out of town. Technically I don't have time to write a post now, but I'm going to squeeze it in anyway ;)

   One of the things I love most about driving by myself is that I can either drive in complete silence, or crank the radio up as loud as I'd like. It's my free time. I don't have to worry about other people in the car. I could sing as loud as I want, or not talk at all. It's just me. It's a time where I can be filled with peace.
I'm often distracted for most of my day, trying to finish my daily tasks, or preparing for something that is due that week. Any free moment I'm just resting and doing whatever I want.  Driving was no different. I could think what I wanted, or just not really think at all about life (don't worry, I still pay attention while driving XD)

   I get so busy- or think I am- that I forget to take time to pray and spend time with my Creator. It starts off small, but then more and more time is gone. It's one thing I am trying to work on lately, but even so I still end up doing other things that could wait.
Recently I've been doing something different. Instead of just "wasting" my time while I drive, I try to put it to good use. I pray. I usually end up praying for people, whether a close friend or someone who just had a prayer request, and I pray for them until I can't think of anything else to say. Other days I'll turn my radio up and just let the song play, listening and appreciating the lyrics, and then a moment later I may be singing praises out and thanking God for how awesome He is. It may only be a ten minute ride, but it's ten minutes of where I can be in God's presence, away from distractions, and just listen. It's hard sometimes to not turn the radio on and have it as a background noise, to sit in silence. It's not something our culture does. We fill up every moment we have. It's strange to be somewhere where there is no other noise. We might not like the silence because we feel alone, but it is in this same silence where if we focus on God, He will speak to us.

I just want to challenge you to think more about what you do with your time. How much time do you spend with God vs. social media? (I know I need to change my routine so I can read my Bible and pray consistently) Instead of having the radio on for no reason at all, turn it to a song that is worshiping God. Sing to Him with all your heart. Just listen to a song in silence. Talk with your Maker. It may only be for a moment or two, and you may think it doesn't make a difference, but it does. You get to spend that time in fellowship with the One who created you. He wants to know your thoughts and desires. He longs for you to be with him.