MOOP the 4th: Joy!

Greetings and salutations, people! Hope you’re having a great day!

It seems to be a pattern, that after I make a really long post, I follow it up with a short one. Well, such is the case today. I’m putting up my submission for Lydia’s photography challenge. Enjoy!


Fun Fact: I don’t have a fun fact today! Thanks for reading!


Everyday Thanks

This post is dedicated to my mom, who has taught me that every day is a day to give thanks. I love you Mom!

Greeting and Salutations! Happy Wednesday, y’all.

Y’know, Thanksgiving is a day we give thanks to God for all our blessings. But should it really be on just one day of the year that we give thanks? Why can’t we give thanks everyday, like on really random days like today?

So today, I’m launching off on a list of things I’m thankful for. Maybe you’ll find that you’re thankful for them too!


What I’m Thankful For Today!

Air Conditioning!

I’m really thankful this wonder of AC! A few days ago, our unit broke down, and we had to bake in the heat until today. It’s only when things are taken from us that we realize how we depend on them.

Adventures In Odyssey!


I’ve already said probably a few times that I’m a big fan of Adventures In Odyssey, or AIO for short! For those of you who don’t know what this show is, it’s a Christian radio program that touches on life in this little town of Odyssey. I am really thankful for this because it’s clean and wholesome entertainment, it’s something to listen to when doing chores, and how could you not love this show?

Automatic Bubble Dispensers!

Bubbles! Bubbles! I’m grateful for these because boom, fast and easy entertainment for kids, and also seeing the bubbles automatically come out and just wander into the sky is really enjoyable. And just plain fun to pop!



Blogging is a fairly new hobby that I’m grateful for. I’ve always wanted a place to say what I think, to share my photos, and showing you all how I see life through my lens. But that’s not just why I’m grateful for blogging. It’s the people. It’s the community. And I’m so glad to be able to talk to other kids out there!



Alrighty, you all know by now that I am a bookworm of the acutest kind! I’m thankful for books that spark my imagination, challenge my brain, and help me with homework. (Textbooks definitely count! We should be grateful for textbooks, right?)



While nobody should be on their laptop all the time (*cough cough*) I am grateful that I can use one, not just for blogging, but to finish papers for school, designing, writing, sending emails. Laptops are a useful tool, that if used correctly, can help a lot!



Y’all should’ve seen this coming. My blog is named The Lens & The Hard Drive, after all.

I’m thankful for cameras. For the person who invented the camera, and the person who made the digital camera, and I’m thankful for my camera. It has taken so many pictures, so many memories, and I’m glad God gave me a knack for photography.


D: The Sunshine Vitamin!

This may sound weird to you, but I am thankful for Vitamin D. It (the vitamin) can be gotten when the sun is up and shining, but in Canada, where the sun shows up less than in other places, kids don’t get as much. Which causes them to get soft bones.

All that to say, I’m glad the sun’s up and shining, and I’m grateful for Vitamin D. I would’ve said doughnuts, but that’s probably not as healthy.



“Eggses! Grandmother taught us to suck them!” Gollum cried. 

Um, I know Gollum, that poor, really starved once- a- Hobbit said something like that. It may not be verbatim, though.  I’m just as happy for eggs- I just don’t suck them. (Ugh.)  Eggs are my favorite breakfast food and when paired with pancakes? *sighs happily* Yes, I’m thankful for eggs.



I’d be dead of heat if it wasn’t for fans! They’re really helpful, and two days ago, they were the only way of cooling down that we got! Actually, in many other neighborhoods around the world, people really rely on fans to cool them down. Hm, they’re more useful then we realize.


“You’re the apple of my eye, ooh darlin’!” (written by Will Ryan, Let’s Put On A Show!)

My family is the apple (or is it a barrel of apples?) of my eyes, although without the “darlin'” part. Something that I am grateful for fiercely is family. Even if I get into fights with my cousins over Dutch Blitz (no, I did NOT look at your hand, or pile of cards, or whatever you call it!) or my uncles burst into songs from a bygone era (i.e. yesterday) those are little things that make my family who we are. I’m so grateful to God for giving me my family, because they have helped make me who I am today.


I’m thankful for flowers that make the scenery much more beautiful, and for the lovely portraits they make!




I may have listed this before, but I am really grateful that I can actually grow things!


Seeing Green!

I love snow, but after that long winter, I was really glad to see so much green pop up! This is definitely something I’m grateful for.






I’ll admit: there was a time when I wished I wasn’t homeschooled. I wanted what I thought (and what I heard) was a “normal life”: riding a bus, having friends your own age, going on field trips, and eating sandwiches for lunch. At least, that’s what I thought everybody else did; that’s what  should be doing too, right?

Oh, I was a fickle, silly child back then. Still am now!

I’ve learned to be grateful for being taught, not just at home, but wherever! And I thank God that I am homeschooled; it’s given me lots of opportunities to learn and explore, and hey! Even blog!

Ice cubes! And ice cream! And anything iced!


*sighs happily* Ice cubes! I’m really thankful for ice cubes. What would we put into lemonade and iced tea if not ice? (Disclaimer: I am not a fan of Chikfila sweet tea. Ooh! More like sugar water flavored with tea. But that’s just me.)  

Anyhoo, I’m glad we can have big huge freezers to make ice, chill ice cream, and make all sorts of frozen treats!

Jam Sessions!

No, not making jam sessions. Making music sessions! My brothers and I all play instruments of some kind. So when we all get together, we pretty much play songs from memory, since none of us can read music. It’s a great time that I’m thankful for!

Kites, Kids, and Kittens!

Yep! I loved flying kites as an eager, small 5 year old. And now, I help take care of 5 year olds at church. I’m thankful for both, plus for kittens! I met a really cute small white one a while back.

 Little Acts Of Love!

This are things that  my family does that I’m thankful for. Like.. unexpected hugs, or help with homework, or doing a chore that I hate. And it’s been fun to give back, like getting a pack of pens I know my brother wants, or just being there to listen. I’m grateful for these small things that mean a lot.


I’m not going to give you all a list of what I’m thankful for and not put this important person! I’m thankful for my mom. She’s always cared for me since day 1 of my life, taught me about God growing up, and encouraged me to start writing and taking pictures. I’m so grateful to God for my mom.

Night Lights!

I’m grateful for these city lights when we have to do night driving. Without the lights, we’d crash! And I’m grateful for night driving, too. It’s a fascinating experience!


Oreos, Ovens, and Omelettes!

You may be laughing at these things I’m thankful for that begin with O, but, nonetheless, I am thankful for them. Why? Oreos. No explanation! Ovens. Without them we can’t cook! And omelettes? They’re really tasty.


Yes, I won’t deny that I am very thankful for pizza. ‘Nuff said.

Questions Solved!

I am no Einstein, and thus the simplest of questions I can not answer in the blink of eye. The important questions, like “what is a squared + b squared, and, do you want cookie dough or cookies and cream”?

Thus, I’m thankful for when I finally finish a homework question!



   Road Trips!

I’m thankful for road trips. 1) That’s family time, and 2) you can see the world!! Well, the highway, but still! Seeing all the mountains and lakes and everything God made, it’s something worth seeing.



And with R, we must end this nice long list of things I’m thankful for, because.. it’s kinda long! I hope you enjoyed seeing all this! And if you didn’t, well, thanks for being so patient!

Oh, and by the way, this thanksgiving list was for Starling’s Happy and Random Posts Contest, so… the points!


Points Calculator!

  1.  (3 points per post related to the HARPs Contest) – 3 points
  2. (2 points per photo)- 38(2)-  76 points
  3. (2 points per LC)-  4(2) – 8 points
  4. Total: 87 points!

Thanks for reading! Have a great day! Oh, and American Ninja Warrior is premiering in 45 minutes!!





HARPs 7 Finale #1! Sky’s The Limit

This post is dedicated to my favorite pencil, which was lost a day ago. May it rest in piece, until I hopefully find it before my test tomorrow.  

Good morning people everywhere! Greetings and salutations!

I’m back again for Starling’s Happy and Random Posts Contest, and this happens to be the last round. Yay! Aren’t you glad I won’t be showing you 100+ pictures of books anymore?

Well, for this last topic:

1. Free Topic

I am going to show you guys…. wait for it…

“I will fly, I will fly,
Chase the wind and touch the sky.” – (Touch The Sky, Brave)
Yep, this free topic is all about the brilliant blue expanse.


Contrails are always fun to photograph. Just seeing that nice long streak of white slowly wander across the sky is kinda.. satisfying, for some strange reason.




One of my favorite things to do in the evenings is watch the sun go down. It’s gorgeous. The hues of the clouds, the rays of the sun, golden hour, it all is an amazing picture to capture.


These two I took way back in winter, back when it was nice and cold and air-conditioned.  Yeah, that was back in the day when dinosaurs roamed the earth.




This was just taken yesterday! Ain’t it lovely?




Sunrises are just as beautiful to see as sunsets. Today I actually got to wake up early to see today’s sunrise. It was beautiful. (Sad to say, I have no pictures from this morning’s masterpiece.)



Unless there is no sun to rise, and all you have are clouds. *points below*

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Goodnight cow jumping over the moon”- (Goodnight Moon, written by Margaret Wise Brown, arranged by Nina Stone)

Ah, the moon. I can’t take pictures of stars too well, but the moon, that I can see easily. Like a lone light that… automatically turns on in a really dark closet.

So much for trying to sound poetic.

It’s fascinating to think that it’s so bright, and yet it just reflects off the sun.




Now, the sun is pretty neat to take a picture of too! But also really tricky to take pictures of. See for yourself.



Last August, my family and I were able to see this amazing spectacle known as… an eclipse! For many of you, you probably were able to see it as well. A really great friend of ours got these special eclipse glasses for us (if you’re reading this, thanks a lot, by the way!), and we witnessed history.

Now, did I get a picture of this? Yes! Did I get a good picture of this? Sadly.. *hangs head* I, at the time, was even worse at photography than I am now, and.. well, you’ll just have to see for yourself.

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Ah, the sky is something wonderful to gaze at, that’s for sure. I could stare at it for days… of course, one algebra lesson can feel like a week, am I right?

And now, *drumroll*…


Points Calculator!

  1.  (3 points per post related to the HARPs Contest) – 3 points!
  2.  (2 points per photo) – 28(2)= 56 points! (Well, if you count the meme as another picture I took, that makes 29 pictures and 58 points)
  3. Completing Little Challenges (2 points) 4(2)= 8 points!
  4. Starling, you did say that to make and put your own meme up is worth some points, right? Update: Your own made meme is worth 2 points, so yay!
  5. Total: 69 points!

Hope you all have a great day, and thanks for scrolling!


HARPs 6 #3! And Lastly, My Favorite Season

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Happy Friday everyone!

Get real comfortable, because I’m about to launch off into another long-winded narrative of my favorites for Starling’s Happy and Random Posts Contest, this time, my favorite season!

As you may know, my team, the Ladybugs, kinda need some more points to shift up into at least second place. And as you may know I’m ultra- competitive. And as you may know, I can talk about something forever, so I apologize in advance!

Let’s get on with it, shall we?





I love winter. First because I was born in it, and second because it’s so nice and cold. Living in a snow covered world is like living in a snow cone.. You can actually eat snow, you know! It’s delicious.

I love snowfall. Taking pictures during a blizzard is really one of my favorite things to do, because- well, you’d have to try it to know what I’m talking about. 🙂


There’s a stone bench in my neighborhood, and whenever the snow falls, seeing that nice big thick layer of snow just makes me happy for some reason.


Any thick layer of snow on anything makes me happy, even on railings!

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There are two words that will make me happy during winter: sledding and skating. I just love them like the proud Canadian I am. 😛 Every year that the Winter Olympics comes on (like this year) I’m always watching two things: the bobsledding, and the figure skating. AHH!!  Rink time is my favorite time in the winter. (Man, don’t I wish I had some pictures!)

Another thing in the long long list of winter things is hiking. Yeah, I know. It’s too cold, too hard, too tiring. Trust me to choose the hard things to enjoy!


Winter photography, though, is beautiful. And my favorite kind.  (My most favorite!)


“The fog settles across the moor..” Hey! That sounds pretty good.
Not only is this blurry, it’s kinda creepy..


*sighs happily* Well, that’s me for you. Daydreaming about winter when it’s hot and summer outside.


Points Calculator!

  1.  (3 points per post related to the HARPs Contest)- 3 points!
  2.  (2 points per photo)-  28 pictures x 2 = 56 points!
  3. Total: 59 points!
  4. I’m being curious, so I’m gonna add up all my points from this week’s entries: #1 – 43 points #2- 105 points #3- 56 / Total: 204!!

I guess we all know by now that I’m really competitive. XD I hope that helps us Ladybugs!

Tune in next time to read, umm… you’ll see!

Thanks for reading!

MOOP the Third: Beauty

Hi there everyone!

If you are one of the brave who survived my crazy book dump yesterday, I really admire your perseverance!

So, to make up for the length, this post will just have one photo: my submission for Lydia’s MOOP contest!

Really, Lydia? MOOP? Oh well.

This week’s topic is: beauty.

Thanks a lot, Lydia, for picking the hardest things to take pictures of! (I’m being sarcastic.) You really are making us take original pictures.

So without anymore ado (ado ado ado – I can’t help it) here’s my picture.

I chose this because people turn to how your skin looks for beauty- and while’s that not a bad thing, real beauty is in your heart.

Fun Fact: Early makeups were laced with lead, to make you look more light. The lead would seep through the wearer’s face, eating away the tissue, making you more light, but sickening you. 

Ok, that’s just gross, but whatever! Thanks for reading!


I’ve Been Tagged! The Liebster Award!

Liebster3-500x500.pngHey y’all! Well, lookee here, I’ve been tagged for the Liebster Award! Thanks Gracie for nominating me.


The Rules:

  • Acknowledge the blog that nominated you for the award
  • Answer the questions they gave you
  • Give 11 fun facts about yourself
  • Give them 11 questions to answer
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers for the award


The Questions and my answers:

What is your biggest fear?

Aw, do I have to answer this one? Fine, fine! It would probably being lost in a giant city with no clue where I am or how to get home, and there’s somebody stalking me. It has happened! (Well, not the stalker part.)

What is the weather like?

As of right now? Cloudy, but not too hot. And I don’t mind that at all.

What is your favorite hobby?

Like I only have one favorite! Therefore, I will list 3: blogging, designing pins, and baking. I got a lot more, we could do this all day!

Do you like being nominated for tags/awards?

Well, this being only my second one, I have to say I quite enjoy the tags! Mostly because these are questions I won’t get wrong. XD

What are you most looking forward to this Summer?

Spending time with family and friends, being up in the air, capturing life through my lens, American Ninja Warrior of course!! And July Camp NaNo, to name a few.

Rain or Snow?

Snow. All the way. I am from the North, after all. Besides, can you make rainballs? Or sled in the rain? Me no think so.

What time do you wake up on the weekend?

Um… anywhere between 6 am to 9! Although sometimes I get up at 10 but let’s keep that to ourselves, shall we?

Is your bedroom usually clean or dirty?

Aha! I see what you’re trying to do! You’re trying to glean info off me and use it against me! Not telling you that! (But hey, points for trying!)


What is one of your pet peeves?

Guys who insist on opening the door for me, or trying to carry my stuff, or not letting me carry heavy things. I know it’s an etiquette thing, but I can open my door myself thank you very much. And see that box? Yeah, I can pick it up in nothing flat.


How long is your hair?

Long enough! Well, it reached my back and we’ll leave it at that.

What is your favorite thing on your desk?

My laptop!! How could I blog without it?

But, in all seriousness, it’s my Bible. It has more value than any electronic device. Laptops come second. And third is my mug of coco!


11 Facts about me:

  1. I play violin by ear! I can’t read notes.
  2. I almost got hit by a car (but don’t worry, I lived!)
  3. I eat rice at every meal (doesn’t everybody?)
  4. I honestly think facts about me are boring
  5. I am ultra competitive. I want to win, WIN I tell you!
  6. I can and will read long past my bedtime
  7. I enjoy beating my brothers at arm wrestling (but win very seldom)
  8. American Ninja Warrior is one of my favorites
  9. I listen to Adventures In Odyssey doing chores or anything boring, which will cause me to wash the same dish or chop carrots slowly, so that I can end with the ending.
  10. We almost had a tornado, and I picked up some hail that came from the storm, but it melted.
  11. I am NOT a fan of Harry Potter, or the Jeffie ship. Sorry!

My Questions:

You can answer the questions I answered!

My Nominees:

I don’t know that many people! Um.. let’s see.

  1. Lydia
  2. Rebekah
  3. Hannah
  4. Blake
  5. Maggie

I really think that’s it.

As always guys, *points below*

Have fun!! And no pressure to do it! ❤


Thanks for reading!

HARPs 6! My Favorite Things… To Do, That Is!

Hey y’all! It’s Jo, and I’m back for the 6th round of HARPs, hosted by Starling! Happy Monday to ya!

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Anyway, the topic is to list my favorite ___________ (fill in the blank)! So let’s start, with:

My Favorite Things To Do!

Designing Pins!

We Plant And We Water

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been ca

Ah, Pinterest. The ultimate place to dream about what you want to do, but never do. A place where you can search up great Bible verses and quotes like these! I’ve only got into designing things like these recently, and it’s been a fascinating hobby. Mostly though, I’ve just made Adventures In Odyssey quotes. XD



I may sound old before my time, but knitting is a fun hobby. Since I picked up the needles last year, I have been able to make a scarf, covers, a cute wittle little hat, mug sleeves, and these arm warmers! I was working on socks before I- uh- lost a needle.




Making Music!

I love making music.

I should, I do play the violin, after all!

But it’s not just playing music, per say. It’s listening to music, and playing it, and creating it, you know? I also like writing songs. Maybe I’ll never publish, but it’s still something I enjoy doing.




Well, I wouldn’t say I am a gardener.. my garden consists of old lettuce stumps and two bell pepper seeds. But I love digging in good ole dirt and watering and seeing life grow on my windowsill. So I’ll just say I have a micro garden and leave it at that.





I’m the kind of person who always loves to take the road less taken. If I’ve never walked it, never been there, never have taken a picture of it with my camera, I want to be there. And I love long long hikes! Be it in spring, summer, or winter, I will nag and force everybody to hike with me.




I won’t deny it: I am a bookworm, in every sense of the word.

Since I was 5, I’ve loved books like Alice In Wonderland, Old Yeller, LOTR, Chronicles Of Narnia, The Mother- Daughter Book Club.  The list goes on and on anon…



Taking Close-up Pictures!

Some might argue that taking closeups doesn’t make you a photographer. Well, I’ve always been fascinated by pictures that are so painstakingly detailed and small. It’s amazing to see how God has so precisely made little things like flowers.

And of course, it’s always fun to zoom in and catch the little details!


Wait, that’s not a flower!





Points Calculator!

  1.  (3 points per post related to the HARPs Contest) – 3 points!
  2.  (2 points per photo)- 20(2)= 40 points!
  3. Total: 43 points!


Come on Ladybugs! We can do it!

Thanks for reading, and log in next time for the second entry: My Favorite Books!


My Submission For Lydia’s *gulps* MOOP

Greetings and salutations everyone! I promised myself I’d put up my submission for Lydia’s contest and here it is! (Just don’t ask me why it ended up as MOOP just click this ok?)

Category: Comfort!

Fun Fact: Thomas Edison, inventor of the phonograph, developer of the lightbulb and genius was homeschooled! Yup! He also struggled with dyslexia. 

Thanks for reading!



HARPS Round 5 # 2! What Makes You Valuable

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Hi everyone! I’m back for my second entry of HARPS round 5, and because the topic is to type up encouraging posts for others to read, I think this next entry is important: what makes you valuable.


A couple days ago, I was scrolling through pictures I had taken over the past few days. If you’re a wannabe amateur photographer like me, your camera’s SD card is full with various pictures. I skipped over the pictures with my face in them. As a rule, I like being on the other side of the lens; taking the picture, instead of being taken a picture of.


If I’m honest with myself, I don’t think I’m pretty. Ha, me? The kid with the tangled hair and oily face, with broomsticks for arms and giant glasses? Nah. Leave that to the beautiful, cute as a ladybug kind of people, of which I am not a part of.  Definitely not picture material.

And I’ve told myself more than once that I’m fine with that.

So I have tried, and tried, and try to prove that I’m something in other ways; by what I do, by how strong I am or how smart, by good grades or a different style. I tell myself that maybe I’m not pretty, but if I’m _________ (fill in the blank) or I can do ________, that I will be valuable nonetheless.

Really, I need to stop all that.

Because what I do or how I look doesn’t define my value, my worth.



Well, if my appearance and my skills and what little brainpower I have isn’t a measure of my value, what is?

Read carefully, friends: it all comes down to Jesus.


Maybe you’re scoffing at those words, and maybe you’re confused, and most likely you’re both, but think on this, that Jesus gave His life to save you. To save all of us. Did Jesus save just the good-looking, the brainy, or all the “special people”?


Jesus came to save each and every person in the world. Including you. You’re so valuable in God’s eyes that He sent Jesus to save you. That’s a deep, deep measure of worth.

And to me, far more important and far more precious than the world’s measures, which change with the flip of a switch.


Trust me, this is a truth I must be reminded of daily, because if I keep my eyes off Jesus, and worry about myself instead, I will be lost.

And as for my camera’s pictures?

They’re still worth something.


Points Calculator! 

  1. (3 points per post related to the HARPs Contest)  3 points!
  2.  (2 points per photo)  6 pictures, so 6(2)= 12 points!
  3. Completing Little Challenges (2 points)  If you caught the cute as a ladybug part, 2 points!
  4. Total: 3+ 12+ 2 = 17 points! Lookee! I just did some math!


Thanks for reading, and please, know that you are precious in God’s sight.





I’ve Been Tagged! Who Is God To You?



Greetings and salutations!

I logged on to my reader today to find out that – gasp! I’ve been tagged! By Gracie too. Thanks girl! 🙂

1) Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their blog or website.
2) Nominate five bloggers to do the who is God to you? tag.
3) Answer the five questions and give five new questions for the people you nominated to answer. if you want, you can use the same five questions as the last person.
4) Display the who is God to you? logo in your blog post.

1) Who is God to you?

God is my friend, my Father, the One who rules my life.
2) Which book of the Bible is your favourite?
It switches, but I love Romans! I’m memorizing Romans 8 right now actually!
3) What was a defining moment in your life as a Christian?
There have been many defining moments, but I think the one that impacted me the most was when I was struggling with guilt even though I had been forgiven; Romans 8 helped me a lot in that area.
4) Who is your favourite Bible character and why?
Do I have to pick?? I love them all! But if it comes to just one, I would probably pick Deborah, because she was an amazing woman for the Lord.
5) What is your favourite worship song and why?

Hm… That would have to be His Heart Beats by Andrew Peterson. It talks about Christ’s resurrection in an amazing way!


I tag:




Mary E.


I hope y’all don’t mind being tagged! No pressure if you can’t do it. 🙂


And my questions for you:

  1. How did you come to accept Christ?
  2. What’s your favourite hymn?
  3. How did you like Sunday- school?

You can add this to the questions above, if you like!

Thanks for reading!