Friday, November 16, 2018

September and October Highlights

Somehow I missed two months worth of highlights. *Crickets* yeah, so this is super late, but if you want a really condensed version of what happened in my September and October, here it is.


My sister and I babysat some really awesome kids and we made toy parachutes for them out of kleenex, sting, and lego people. It was a blast!

My mom, sister,  and I spent a few days with my aunt who was having surgery. It went really well, and on the way home, my three other sisters met us at the zoo. It started pouring rain on us, but we had a blast walking in the zoo, getting dripping wet. ;D

I drove in rain so bad that you couldn't see the lines on the road. That kind of freaked me out. Also, one day I drove so terribly that by the time I arrived at our destination I was in tears. I called my best friend, and she made things better. <3

We had a hot dog and s'mores roast. It was just our family, sitting around a fire, and seriously, we had so. much. fun!

We got our puppy, Ascari. He's an adorable handful. ;)

One night, the stars were bright enough that we could see the Milky Way. That isn't super uncommon, but it is always a treat.


Some of my family and I took the month off movies and computer games. It was refreshing.

My computer came!! I could not be more pleased with my computer. *grin*

I celebrated 11 years of knowing God!!! =D

My siblings and I had a retreat. It was the best weekend I've had in a long time. We did madlibs, played tons of board games, stayed up late talking, took tons of goofy photos, ate to much pizza, and did an escape room. Seriously, I wasn't sure what I was going to think of an escape room since I don't really love puzzles, but it was great, and we got out with 16 seconds to spare! The whole weekend was amazing!!

One of the kids I babysit saw me putting on my chapstick and just looked at me very seriously and told me (In three-year-old lisp) to make sure and buy more. And to make sure and wear my jacket on the way out because it was cold. I just about melted.

I voted for the first time. =D

I got the meet Gray Marie from Writing is Life. Seriously, her blog is awesome. If you haven't checked out her blog, you should, it's awesome, and she is amazing.

Beta read "Live Without You" by Sarah Grace. I'm really excited because it's coming out in January!

September                                                                  October 

My favorite from September was The Coronation and Kates Conundrum.
From October, Live Without You.

16 Expressions Writing is Life
Sweet Dreams Dancing in the Rain
Let There be Light A Purpose and a Promise

A Daily Reminder: Its all Him Lauren Elizabeth 
House Sitting and a Book Fair Stories by Firefly
Writers: How to Engage the Five Senses Adventure Awaits

What No One Told Me About Writing || Farris's Birthday The Left-Handed Typest 

So there you are. Two months worth of updates!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Hot Button Convitions

I am friends with a lot of conservative Christians (mainly because I am one myself), and there is one thing that never fails to start an argument. It's one tiny little word, but if you drop it in the right circle, you could be looking at hours of debating. What's the word? Courtship.

This debate has been around longer then I have been alive. Christians everywhere have super strong opinions about courtship vs dating.

People fight about what is right until they're blue in the face. But you know what most of it boils down to? Trying to make everyone else believe what they believe.

We have this belief that we need people to agree with us. Some of that is out of concern for their future choices, but most of it is because we just can't believe we would be wrong.

You want to hear something comforting? You're not wrong. Whether you believe in courtship or dating you. are. not. wrong. If you have made your decision out of conviction of the Holy Spirit, then you're not wrong. Of course, I can't say that it will for sure be a good experience, but all it boils down to is what you feel convicted of.

I chose courtship, my best friend chose to date, both because we felt led by the Holy Spirit. (Though neither of us has yet to actually use our choice).

So courtship is a hot-button word right now. But why are we worried about other peoples convictions when we should be focusing on our own hearts?

I do not always agree with my friend's choices. I wouldn't make them myself. But I am praying God would give me grace that I might accept that He doesn't always call us to the same things.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Undeserved Blessing

Me and Sarah at the zoo
Sarah holding a friends baby
Rebekkah, Sarah and I with squirl monkeys at the zoo

Sarah and I 
If I was forced to describe Sarah in one sentence I would be hard pressed to find the right words to encompass her personality. She's a giver: always giving her all to God, her family, and her passions.
Sometimes I am just struck by how amazingly blessed I am to have Sarah as my sister. We all need someone who will be by our side like her, unafraid to correct, but always ready to applaud. 
God could have given me any kind of sister, but He chose to give me one who stays up till midnight talking with me, who makes time for me when she really doesn't have it. Who will share her life with me, and listen to me ramble for hours. 

Recently Sarah took me to the zoo, and we had a blast, enjoying the two-hour trip there, the animals, and just hanging together. It wasn't a day that will go down in history as the best zoo visit ever, but it was amazing to me. And its a treasured memory of time I got to spend with my sister. 

Look for people in your life who will give up what they want for you. 

Somehow I just felt the need to share this with y'all. Drop me a note below about someone special in your life, and how they've blessed you! 

Today was supposed to be my October and September Highlights, but due to NaNo, you get this until next week.
Also, I have been asked repeatedly while wearing these shirts if I have been to NASA. The answer is no, I just am a big NASA fan, and so I got the t-shirt. ;D

Friday, November 2, 2018

It Feels Like You Have Forever

I said goodbye to some friends recently that I knew I might not see again.

It feels like you have forever 
Until you don't 
It feels like they will always be there 
Until they're not 
Trying to cram a lifetime of memories 
Into one week 
Trying to get hours of conversations 
In one visit 
Pretending you're heart isn't breaking 
When it is 
Pretending you'll see each other soon 
When you won't 
Pushing away the tears that threaten 
Until you're alone 
Pushing away the thought of tomorrow 
Until it's here 
Attempting to smile through the pain 
Striving for hope 
Attempting to say a goodbye that lasts 
Striving for a memory
Hoping you are remembered 
After they leave 
Hoping you get to see them again 
After they're gone 

Monday, October 29, 2018

Fall, Pumpkins, and Voting

Yes, I know I'm missing a comma. I'm too lazy to fix it. ;)

Sarah, Rebekkah, and me!

Me at the pumkin patch

Fun events of late:

On Friday I got to vote for the first time. The lady's at the polling place were so excited to have a first-time voter. They had the whole place clap for me. ;D It was kind of funny having someone spend five minutes explaining how the machine worked and only spending a minute voting. ;D It was surprisingly underwhelming, but I enjoyed getting to do it. 

Afterward, my sister took me to a pumpkin patch and we just spent a lot of time taking pictures and picking out the perfect pumpkin. Actually, the one I have in the picture above is not the one I ended up buying because I wanted a smaller one for my desk. It was so fun to go around the churchyard in the evening light, trying to find the most perfect pumpkin. 

That night, when my sister and I were leaving our Bible study, we came over a hill and the moon was rising the biggest I've ever seen it. It looked GINORMOUS. Talking all the way home in the moonlite car was amazing. 

Sometimes, God just sends you reasons to smile. =) 

What has your week been like so far?