Friday, September 13, 2019

Five Reasons You Should Read Annabeth's War

If you've known me for a while, you may know that one of my favorite books ever is Annabeth's War by Jessica Greyson. She asked if I would write a post about it because she is doing an epic giveaway on her blog including this beautiful book. Details below, after my top five reasons you should read Annabeth's War

1.  The Characters. Guy, these characters are still some of my favorites of all time, even though I first read the book six years ago. Annabeth is a very strong heroine, but not in a typical tough girl way. She was an amazing mix of sweet and strong. Every side character pops off the page in a way that makes them easy to distinguish and impossible not to love.

2. The Setting. Annabeth's War takes place in a fictional country, and enough forest scenes to make a nature person happy. 90% of the book is outdoors and with everything from woods to stars, to horseback riding, this book will make you want to go on an adventure. It also may include underground rivers, cabins, and castles, just so you know.

3. The Faith. Annabeth's war features a simple, beautiful faith element that sets a tone in the book. Annabeth's faith is so beautifully woven into the book by her morals, ability to get back up after being pushed down, and forgiveness. Also, she always seeks to do what is right, not what's easy.

4. The Adventure. This book is full of good old fashioned adventure... but not in a cliche way. Old circumstances had fresh perspectives on them. There are sword fights, dungeons, castle walls to get inside off, bad guys to escape, and outrunning enemies. None of it was really done how you would expect though.

5. The Friendships. This book featured some of the sweetest friendships. They are real, which means this book holds some tension between friends and some really sweet points. We've got good guy friends (Who remain just friends. Shocker.), we've got protectors, and people who just let friends by themselves.

Those are my top five reasons to read Annabeth's War. If you couldn't tell already, this is one of my favorite books of all time and I'm reading it for a fifth time just to prove it.

Find it on:

Jessica Greyson is doing an epic giveaway over on her blog which includes every single one of her books. Every. Single. One. And super awesome stuff that goes with each one. Check it out, enter, and get a chance to win Annabeth's War and a super awesome charm bracelet that goes with it! Here's the link: Jessica Greyson.

Comment below if you want to read it, or if you have read it!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019


Photo by Jesse Mills on Unsplash

People say I’m too young 
To really remember 
Maybe it’s true 
Maybe I didn’t see 
The towers falling 
Maybe I don’t fully know 
The horror of that day 
But you know what? 
I've felt the effects 
The shockwaves  
Rippling through time 
I've felt the tension  
As people talk about terrorist 
I saw people silently 
Choosing not to fly anymore 
I saw people rising 
Against insurmountable odds 
I saw the sad glint 
As people talk about freedom 
I’ve watched the towers fall 
I’ve seen people cry  
As the horror hits them again 
I’ve seen people vow 
They’ll help this country heal 
They’ll be the ones to rise  
I may not remember  
When those planes were hijacked 
Or when the towers first fell 
I may never fully understand
All that it did to this country 
But I know that God gave this country grace 
To rise again from the ashes  
To heal and to help others 
And eighteen years later 
God’s still using this day 
To draw us to Him 


Saturday, September 7, 2019

August Highlights

Here are my highlights from August!

I hadn't been to a baseball game since I was about eight, and then in August, I got to go to two games! I got free tickets once, and then our church went, so my family went. Both times our team won and they put off fireworks at the end. Since baseball is the only sport I really enjoy watching, it was fun.

My siblings and I went swimming a lot. We go almost every day, so it's pretty awesome!

After going to a lot of Little Free Libraries and getting a couple books from them, I finally got to donate some books to one. It was so fun! Those things are the cutest.

I got to meet the awesome Gray for lunch.

I did a good bit of editing in my book Just Your Ordinary Sister. I have really been loving diving back into this book because it's been three years since I actually completed a book in this series. I am super close to finishing, so I'll probably be doing a post on it soon!

I got sick three times this month. That wasn't what I would have chosen, but God was so gracious and each time was pretty short!

We had a flat tire once, and a couple days later our spare tire almost fell down from underneath the car. Both times we had people stop and help us. It's just another thing I love about Texas. =)

I started a new babysitting job every Monday for a Classical Conversations group. If you don't know what that is, don't worry, I am not completely sure myself. ;D

We got some rain, which since we are in a stage two drought was a huge blessing. It wasn't a lot of rain, but anything is amazing.

Me and four of my siblings went to a young adults retreat. We played games, did church, and went skating. They did a trivia game, and I got two points by knowing what Adventure and Oddessy and Veggie Tales are. Which is amusing since I don't even like Veggie Tales. Anyway, we had a great time playing games in the hotel, and hanging out with people.

I got my first bank account! I have been meaning to get myself one for a while, but just now got around to it. =)

We went to see Overcomer for my sister Rose's birthday and it. was. amazing! If you get the chance, you should watch it!

I started a scrapbook for the first time in my life. It has been a lot more fun then I thought it would be. For some reason, before I started I had it stuck in my head that it would have to look perfect, and once I actually started I was like "wait, I can do this anyway I want!" and just had fun. =)

I re-read five books this month (mainly because I gained access to some audiobooks), so my favorite re-read was Before Amen. My favorite new book was a toss us between Annies Life in Lists and Once Upon a Dime.

Chiaroscuro Apples A Farm Girls Life
July in Review Little Blossoms for Jesus
Do I have That Book Once Upon an Ordinary
An End-of-Summer-Volg Life Without a Latte
What I Spend In a Week Now All I Know Is Grace
Baby Your So Classic and Welcome to My Room Sunshine and Joy

How was your month? Do you like baseball? 

Friday, August 30, 2019


This is not one of my best poems, but I loved writing it. 

Noise holds many happy things
And so much more
But silence
It holds peace
It holds words unsaid
Things undone
It holds possibility’s
And ideas
Silence makes you listen
For things you never hear
For words spoken into your soul
For mystery’s unsolved
It holds music
And story’s
And all you have to do
Is be still
And listen to the silence

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Life Just Got Crazy(ier)

Life has gotten a bit crazy over here. I've had my license for almost a month, and the fact that I got it still boggles my mind. I didn't think I'd have much of a chance to use it, but then I got a job. It's only once a week doing childcare, but it's a full day. I have only worked there once so far, but I'm loving it. It involves a lot of really sweet kids and good company. 

In two weeks, I'll be starting back up on my Wednesday childcare job I've had for two years now, so I'll be working two days week now, which I'm thrilled about. It's far from full time, but with all the chores and projects I have going on at home, it's going to keep me really busy.

I've also been sick twice in the last two weeks, so that's put a bit of a damper on my plans, but my family has been super nice. They've taken care of me, covered my chores, and been generally awesome.

Last weekend I went to a young adult re-retreat my church was a part of. It was pretty awesome to see all those passionate-for-God people my age in a room together. Next weekend I'll be with my siblings for our second annual sibling's retreat. We all go in so many different directions, it's good to just have time to just hang out together.

There you've got it. A bunch of random things going on in my life right now. What's up with you? Is anyone else getting excited for NaNoWriMo even though it's months away?