Saturday, December 7, 2019

November Highlights


It was such an awesome month! 



My parents, Grace, Rebekkah, and I went to a gospel concert together. We saw so many good groups, and found some new favorite songs. I got to see Legacy Five, Ball Brothers, Greater Vision, Ernie Haase, and more. It was incredible. I felt so filled up by the amazing music, and the testimonies. I had fun doing NaNo in between the concerts. I got to hang with my sisters, and do some book shopping. It was a truly amazing weekend.

Both of my consistent childcare jobs ended for the year. It was sad saying goodbye to all of them until January, but it's a really nice break.

I got to go to tea with the awesome Abigayle Claire. It was such a fun morning hanging with her.



My sister and I filled a shoebox for Samaritans Purse. I hadn't done one since I was a kid, and it was so much fun.

NaNo took up a huge part of my month. I thought the story I had picked would be 50k, but it ended up only being 15k. That threw me through a loop, and I had a bit of burn out as I scrapped together some flash fictions to keep me going. That ended up being pretty fun, and I got stuck with inspiration to finish a story I had tried to write a few years ago. Overall, it was a bit of a roller coaster, but I had a lot of fun. This was my seventh year completing NaNo, and I broke my all-time record for how much I wrote in a day. I did 6k. =D

My dog discovered hanging his head out the window. My heart is happy.

After a whole year of taking off, our Frisbee group started up again! It's harder right now, cause I am out of shape, but it's fun to push myself again.

Our septic went out for a bit, so we had to be very limited on the amount of water we used. It made me realized how grateful I am for normal running water!

These are slips we wrote throughout the year with things we are grateful for on them.


My family went up to Dallas together. We got to see two of my Great Aunts, so many cousins and had a lot of fun time just hanging out in the car for nine hours out of the day. ;D

I decorated for Christmas!! My sister and I have a little three-foot tree and a Christmas village. =D

I attended so many good Bible study's this month. I have been so blessed to find girls who are eager to dig into God's word. I got to go to one where we sat around a campfire, roasted marshmallows, and it was great.



I reread some really good books this month, so my favorite re-read was Wren. <3

Etcetera A Farm Girl's Life
Fading Chasing Moonlight 
Dear Boy Sunshine and Joy
Not Giving Up Fifth out of Ten
November Wrap-up Now All I Know is Grace
Reading Problems Book Tag Little Blossems for Jesus

How was your month? And your Thanksgiving?


Friday, November 29, 2019

What Thankfulness Looks Like Tonight


Tonight I'm sitting with an open book 
Waiting for me to write down 
All the things I'm thankful for 
I try to think of all the things 
From air, and water, and laughing 
To books, family, and friends
I try to list all the things God gave me 
But I would be lying if I didn't say
That what's filling my mind tonight 
Is what I haven't got 
The way I jump when my phone buzzes 
Hoping it's them calling me 
The way I look on my feed 
Wishing there was a post 
Saying where they've been 
I can't help but feeling the empty space
Like a hole in me today 
And it's hard to be grateful for holes 
But tonight that book's reminding me 
That God gave me everything for a reason 
And the hole is there to remind me 
Of the God who fixes all things 
And I know that He'll hold me until He does
Sometimes gratefulness doesn't look like beaming smiles 
Or long lists of things you love 
Sometimes it looks like tears 
Like three words written on a page 
God's got me

Friday, November 22, 2019

What's Up in My World


                                                                                                           


Hello everyone! I'm kind of drowning in NaNo right now, so I had intended to post something way cooler than just an update, but this is what you get. ;)

I already finished the main story I was working on for NaNo. Which has been a bit of a problem, since I thought it was going to be my only project. I've been experimenting with some flash fiction since I've never really made time to do that before, and have been having a blast! I'll probably polish up some of those and post them here later on. Today I'm going to dive into my next project, so we'll see how that goes!

I took a break from my writing last night to decorate my room for Christmas. I know, it's early for a lot of y'all, but Christmas is just. so. exciting. I couldn't help it. Now I've got pretty lights to look at while I write. =)

I've got to get back to writing, but here's a short (unedited) tidbit of my book where my who MC's (main character are on the road

"Did you pack snacks?" I asked, straining to look behind me.
"Maddie, breakfast was like two hours ago." 
I gave her a pointed look and she just laughed. 
"I packed snacks, but what makes you think I'll share them with you." She gave me a look of mock suspicion.
I rolled my eyes, throwing my hands up. "Come on, Jenny, don't let me starve. All I want is your caramel popcorn and I'll be fine."
"What makes you think I packed caramel popcorn?"
"What makes you think the sun is still in the sky?"
She laughed "I do have a bit of a reputation, don't I?"

Friday, November 15, 2019

Classics


The awesome Gray Marie tagged me for this months ago, and I just now found the time to do it. Oh well, better late than never, right? Here's her post.

Rules: 

1. Link your post to Rebellious Writing 
2. Answer the questions
3. Tag at least 5 bloggers.



What is one classic that hasn’t been made into a movie yet, but really needs to?

Jack and Jill by Louisa May Allcott. Seriously, there are dozens of Little Women movies, but no Jack and Jill ones.

What draws you to classics?

The beautiful writing style. So many classics have amazing writing styles that just make me excited about how words flow. I rarely read books that have as beautiful styles as Jane Austen or Louisa May Allcott.

What is an underrated classic?

The Robe!! That book is so amazing. It encouraged me in my walk with God. And while I didn't agree with 100% of the conclusions the main character came to it left room for me to make my own decisions.



What is one classic that you didn’t expect to love, but ended up loving anyway?

The Bronze Bow. That book was recommended to me a dozen times before I finally read it because I didn't expect to like it. But it was incredible.

What is your most favorite and least favorite classics?

Emma by Jane Austen is my favorite and my least is Robin Hood. I love some movie versions of Robin Hood but I haven't like any of the classic books I've tried. 


What is your favorite character from a classic?

Emma from Emma by Jane Austen. I could relate to her a lot, and I loved how she was always trying to do the right thing, even if that didn't always turn out well. 

What’s a popular classic that you felt wasn’t actually that great?

Robinson Crusoe. I love a few movie adaptations I had seen and was disappointed to find that Robinson wasn't a very nice guy.

Who is your favorite classic author?

Surprise surprise, it's Jane Austen and Louisa May Allcot. Don't ask me to pick between them. I love them both. 


In your opinion, what makes a classic a classic?


A book that's style and theme is potent to all generations, and that has something in it for everyone.



If you would like to do this tag, please do and then drop the link to your post below!

What's your favorite classic? What do you think makes a book a classic?



Friday, November 8, 2019

September and October Highlights


Hey there! Here are my highlights for both September and October, so it's a bit lengthy, sorry!


September

We had some missionary friends come and spend some time with that. It was nice to see them again. They translate Bibles, so it is really cool to hear about their work.

I finished editing my book Just Your Ordinary Sister. It was so satisfying to finish a book after so long. 

Scrapbooking is not something I would have thought I would enjoy, but I have loved taping things that are important to me onto paper. I have had so much fun staying up till midnight, watching movies and working on it.

My siblings and I in a nutshell. Top row left to right: Rose, Michael, Grace, Bottom: Rebekkah, Sarah and Me.

My sister and I found the best shave ice place in the town nearest us. It's a little pricey, but it's the best stuff I've ever had. Yes, this is highlight-worthy. 

I started going to a Bible Study Fellowship group, which is just about the best thing ever. We're studying Act's and my small group has the most amazing bunch of girls. 

My sisters and I went to go swimming and just as we got in... a snack dropped in. We got out, and that was the last time we swam this year. ;P

I quilted my first baby blanket. It was little grey elephant's on super soft fabric, and now I want one in my size.


October 

My sisters and I made a blanket fort and watched a movie in it. It was awesome. =) 

I had two skypes with my friend Kate. We shared cheesecake over the miles one time. The next time I sat in the back of my car in the Starbucks parking lot. It was great, except the part where I set off my car alarm and it went off for nearly a full minute while Kate sat patiently by. Let me tell you, sixty seconds seems like a long time when you have forgotten how to turn off the panic. ;D 

I celebrated twelve years of knowing Jesus!! Twelve was a very awkward age before, so I'm hoping it's better in spiritual age. ;)

My church had a picnic, and I got to hang out with a bunch of kids that I babysit. They even gave me permission to go on the bouncy obstacle course so I could be with them. I got some 'carpet' burns from the plastic, and the kids wore me out, but it was a blast. They also had free snow cones, and I had six. ;D

I finally did it, I plotted a book. It was very basic, but I did get a rough outline on paper.

Me at the Bubble Run

My sister Grace and I did The Bubble Run. I didn't know what it was either. Here's a picture of me doing it, but it's pretty hard to describe it. (Here's a Youtube video you can watch it if you want a feel for it.) We walked it, and it was awesome!!

My siblings and I had a two-day retreat at our house. We played so many games, ate so much junk food and had a blast. We filmed a video, and generally had a good time. 

I stood out in the pouring rain to get Toy Story 4 from Redbox. I have dedication to my kid movies. ;) 

My sisters and I re-painted our bathroom. It was a big project, but so worth it. It was nice to say goodbye to the green and go to a Texas theme.


My sister Grace took me out to dinner after a bad day at work. <3

My dad retired!!! This was the highlight of the whole month. My dad has worked so hard, and now he gets to do all the work here he hasn't had time for. And... I get my dad home all the time! =D



                                                    September                                                   October                                         
     

My favorite from September (besides my re-read of Annabeth's War) was Cleftlock by Nicole Sager. 
My favorite from October was a toss-up between No Man and Unoffendable. 


See the Way Brin Lael
Word's Never Said Fifth out of Ten
Once Upon a Dime Little Blossoms for Jesus 
My Favorite Cover Reveal (Ever) Once Upon an Ordinary
5 Reasons We Need to Eliminate Euphemisms From Our Vocabularies Sunshine and Joy

How was your month? Are you doing NaNo?