Friday, December 8, 2017

It's Here

Yup, that's me. ;)

Snow falling
Lights on trees
Cookies in the oven
Carol of the Bells
Cold nights
Warm fires
Friends coming over 
Wrapping presents 
It's a Wonderful Life 
Lots of cuddling 
Live nativity's 
UPS delivery every day
Secret plans 
Reading the story 
Smiles from God 
Seeing stars differently
Red and green
Wishing to be with freinds
Snow ice cream 
Glass balls 

Some may say Christmas is coming, but for me it's already here. These things I listed are only a fraction of what makes Christmas so amazing.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

November Highlights

November was packed full of all sorts of awesome stuff. Most of it involved writing for NaNoWriMo! =)

We got to decorate the food pantry for Christmas. That was pretty fun.

I got to be a part of Rebekah Morris's Christmas book release, the Vintage Jane Austen tour, and Bound by Victoria Lynn.

Stargazed on hammock at midnight with my sister Grace. It was pretty awesome.

Dallas skyline

Watched Alone Yet Not Alone. This is a Christian film about the French Indian war. It was really good.

My family decorated for Christmas! It took us quite a long time to get the whole house decorated, then me and my sister did our room. =)

Stayed up till midnight for NaNo, and started writing. Then I promptly crashed forty five minutes later. I was just working on novellas, so I finished Just Your Ordinary Thief (its better then it sounds) at 23,500. Autumns Dance at nearly 18,000. A flash fiction The Coffee Shop Girl  at 1,500. And the beginning to Andrea's Star 7,000. I had a really hard start to NaNo as I was very uninspired, but it all worked out. I found a site called Fighter's Block that's a race against the clock to finish your word count. I'm looking foreword to finishing up Andrea's Star and editing my other projects.

We celebrated Thanksgiving in Dallas with my mom's family. This was the first time we had been up there in awhile, and it was awesome!

Our washer brook. We got the lovely experience of going to the laundry matt once before some friends came over and fixed the washer. 

Favorite book: Finding Joy by Rebekah Morris, but the whole top row was pretty amazing. 
Changes on Summer of 1999

Senior Updates Totally Graced

NaNo Pit stop #3 Audrey Caylin

Her Heart in Your Hands Burning Youth

A Glimpse of Starlight A Purpose and a Promise

Stop Settling + Rise and Counting Stars Letters to Jayna

How was your month and Thanksgiving?
Did you do NaNo? If so, how did it go for you?

Friday, December 1, 2017

A Question of Courage

Hello everyone! Today I am taking part of Jesseca Wheaton's blog tour for her newest book A Question of Courage!

About the book: 

A man. A decision. A destiny. 

Rafe Sullivan never imagined the war would come to his doorstep. But when Pearl Harbor is attacked and America's focus suddenly shifts to the pacific, he finds he can't ignore the problem anymore. 
Leaving the life he loves behind, he joins up to do what he does best. Fly. 
Yet, nothing could have prepared him for the horrors of war, and the struggle that is going on in his own heart. As an outstanding navy pilot, he is stationed on one of the few Pacific carriers. But could God be calling him to step out in faith, and go beyond the call of duty? 
Lily Wilson gives her all to help the hurting community around her. With the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the war is brought home to many American families. And as a nurse, she longs to be able to relive some of the suffering. Yet, her own grief is still fresh in her heart, and though she's made the decision to get on with her life, she can't seem to leave the past behind. When healing at last comes, the guard she placed around her heart slowly begins to crumble. 
But when she receives the news she hoped she would never again hear, can she trust that God’s plan is always right?
Arthur Warrington saw the Navy as an escape from the life he left behind. And it seems good for him. He is able to forge new friendships and distance himself from his past. But when his best friend makes a decision that rocks his world, he is left grappling with the question: what is true courage? 
Three lives. One War. And a search for the Courage to go on.

My Review:

Warning: There may be spoilers in this review if you have not read A Question of Honor first

What I liked:
1. I was drawn in quickly by Rafe being so very different from David. Rafe's chatty and witty, and really an all around fun guy. He has faith that keeps him out of a lot of trouble.
2. Rafe's relationship with Lily was extremely sweet. I would have liked to know more about how they became close friends in the first place, but it was still well done.
3. Jesseca Wheaton's style is getting better with every story. This story's structure was even stronger then the first books.
4. The author took a very realistic view on war. She did a great job of showing the bad parts and good.
5. Rafe has got great standards. Even when he pranks people, he doesn't just leave them hanging.
6. That ending. <3

What I didn't like:
1. David and Rafe's motto (and Kansas's to) is to the stars, through any difficulties. I think this was supposed to mean something to us, but honestly it didn't really mean anything to me.
2. Sometimes the author threw things in like "The old rift between Navy men and Marines hadn't helped." That really jerked me out of the book because, call me clueless, but I hadn't known there was a rift between them. She did this with several different things.
3. Near the end of the book Rafe started to sound more and more like David. I was really sad, because he had started off so different.

Overall, this was a great sequel to Jesseca Wheaton's A Question of Honor. This authors style is definitely improving and I look forward to reading more by her in the future. I would highly recommend you try her books out. 

Find the first book in the series, A Question of Honor on Goodreads and Amazon 

And A Question of Courage on Goodreads and Amazon

Note: I made the two quote graphics in my review. The photos are from and the quotes are copyrighted to Jesseca Wheaton. And I apologize for spelling the authors name wrong.

About the Author

Jesseca is a daughter, sister, and a child of God. Her days are spent reading, cooking, spending time with siblings, or playing piano. And writing, of course! At an early age words fascinated her, and her love for the printed page has only grown. She lives with her parents and seven siblings in the sunny state of Kansas, and she’s convinced there’s no place like home.

Jesseca's Blog || Goodreads || Instagram

And she's running a giveaway!!

I hope y'all get to check her books out! 
Happy December!

To Their Standards

She cries in her room
Where she thinks no one see’s
Anguish wraps around her heart
As she pours it out to God 
“Everyone expects” she gasps out
“Me to be perfect
I never live up 
To their standards
I always mess up 
I always disappointment them
Couldn’t you please make them
Expect less off me?
Because I’m tired of trying
To live up to their ideals” 
And in that one moment 
As she pauses for a breath
Something whispers in her heart 
“Are you sure it’s them 
That expect you to be perfect?
If you’d look into your heart 
You’d see 
It’s you
And I love you 
Just the way you are 
That's all 
That really matters
So don't hold yourself
To their standards

Monday, November 27, 2017

Dancing Around Each Other

Well guys, there are only three days left in November, and my brain in fried. I’ve been running around like crazy with the holidays and NaNoWriMo. Honestly, I’ve got a lot to say to y’all, but right now, I just can’t think strait enough to do it. Also I apologize for the lack of photos, but the internet is not working well right now.
But, here’s a little bit of what I’ve been working on this week:

You and me 
We’re always dancing around each other 
We never quite make it together 
I spot you from my home 
You spot me from yours 
We come so close 
We were meant to meet up 
But we keep 
Dancing around each other 
I twirl and smile 
You do your part 
We both dance 
The same dance 
Just in different places 
I twirl to a beat 
You march to a drum 
We go at the same time 
Never meeting always dancing 
I pour my heart into every note 
You pour your life into yours 
And we continue 
To dance around each other 
The dance leads us apart 
I’ve gotten used 
to our companionship 
I dance alone 
My heart aches 
You march on 
I take strength from that 
So we continue 
To dance around each other 
Until the music 
Brings us together
And then at last 
We’re dancing side by side 
And I begin to march just a bit 
And you begin to twirl 
So we dance together
And it’s like 
We were meant to be