January’s Over And I Dunno How

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Yup, I’m still trying to figure how that happened too. But 31 days have passed with the blink of an eye and we’re fully stuck in 2019.

It’s been an interesting month, that’s for sure.

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We welcomed the New Year the proper way: getting two big bags of popcorn and watching Lord Of The Rings.

I got to go on a retreat- and that was pretty relaxing. Fun. Peaceful. Plus I got to photograph the stars. 😀

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School started and we all collectively died.

Started working on secret project that’s pretty fun/death inducing.

The Long End aired and I DIED. BUCK- JULES- THE MELTSNERS- SKINT- WOW. Like wow. Mindblown. Mom wondered why I was screaming after the first part aired.

Started reading through the New Testament- and I’m in 1 Corinthians now! I think. Ish. Wait, maybe that was another translation.. huh..

Speaking of the New Testament, really enjoyed having Bible studies over videochat. 😉

A couple times I was sitting down to write posts but ending up watching something with my family instead. The posts can wait. But not my family, Incredibles 2, The Last Jedi, Antman & The Wasp, or Black Panther. Incredibles 2 was AWESOME. Also, if you haven’t checked out the short Bao DO IT. *dies* It’s so good. I’m watching that whenever I can, it’s just really really nice to have some non-stereotypical representation you know? 😀

There were 2 gigantic snowstorms and thus, two snow days. Which means freezing cold and beautiful pictures.

It also means getting to go sledding… even though.. uh… technically..

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I’m pretty sure that sign’s décor. Right? I mean, you can’t be a Canadian and not sled. Sorry. No can do. It’s like taking away Tim Hortons. As a citizen of this fine country, I was exercising my right-

Okay. Okay. Still, it was fun though. Hanging on for dear life as the elements attack you? *thumbs up*

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Had a bunch of people ask me why I was wandering around the premises in the dead of winter, wind blowing, camera out, in a skirt (as if that’s a bad thing) no less, taking random pictures. I guess I did look kinda weird- but honestly, I’m past caring. XD besides, I got good pictures. B)

Interviewed a bunch of kids and failed dramatically.

Released a new audio drama! 😀 Which you can check out on the Audiosmiths page here.

I guess this month has been about finding a balance. Some stability. I’ve had a hard time figuring out school, and as you know, blogging has been random, and there’s just been so much to process and sometimes, taking that one step is tricky. Y’know?

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But I think I’m getting there. Over time. 🙂

Anyway, it’s February now. Also the month I started blogging. *hollers and shrieks* how has it been one year since I started into this vast and crazy and wonderful and strange thing called blogging? I don’t know.

So I’m looking forward to that. As well as secret project 1 and secret project 2. And yes I have two. And no, I’m not telling you what they are. Yet. 😛

I think this post is done.

Oh wait, I still have to pick faves. Right. XD

Favorite Book

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I borrowed this way back in December and only now got around to reading it. smh I wish I read it sooner- it’s an sweet story about a girl who has OCD, and honestly, I really connected with her, even though we couldn’t be anymore different. I’d love to write this kind of book one day. 😀

 

 

Favorite Song

Do I honestly have to pick? You know as well as I do that I caaaaan’t XD- I actually have three.

Rend Collective’s Life Is Beautiful is beautiful. I think after like, the 20th time listening to it, I got my brother to use it for praise & worship- it’s that good.

And uh…. this is mushy, but I really liked Falling Slowly from Once the musical..

and  38 Planes/Somewhere In The Middle Of Nowhere from another musical, Come From Away. But I’m not linking that, too much mush for the day. XD (Actually, you probably shouldn’t check out anything from either of these musicals except The North Strand from Once. That one’s catchy. XD)

Favorite Quote

I think I like musicals more than I care to admit. XD

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Now this post is done. XD Seeya on the next one!

Life is a highway,

Jo

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Once and Then Book Review (More like Once I cried, Then I cried some more)

Finally, I get around to reviewing the books I borrowed and read on a dare. Yay!

The problem is that this specific book is so good, I can’t just review it. Or rather, these specific books.

Once is its own book, and Then is a book by itself. They’re just smushed into one cover. Funny, ain’t it? There’s a whole series by Gleitzman, Once, Then, Now, After, Soon, Maybe- I really need to read the rest. I mean, these two alone shredded me.

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If you’ve ever read The Boy In The Striped Pajamas, then you already get the setting for these books. Sorta. They travel a bunch of places. But war-you can’t avoid it. It’s everywhere. Through a child’s eyes, however, it’s a whole other story.

Felix. Good ole young, hopeful, naïve Felix. Just a kid in an orphanage whose parents are sure to pick him up after they find a safe place to store their books, right? Well, add in Kristallnacht, the night of broken glass and the fact he’s Jewish and the fact there’s soldiers everywhere, and it gets a little trickier.

But see, Felix doesn’t know why there’s a war or why everything’s happening the way it is. To Felix, it’ll all be okay in the end. So until that end comes, he’ll content himself with his stories and wait.

Ayyy, if only he did. If only he didn’t see the soldiers take those books away and burn ’em up. Then maybe he wouldn’t have done what he did and none of the heartbreak happened.

But then again, sometimes the hero needs to make choices he can’t ever take back. More on that in another post. Anyway, Felix ends up doing just that.

Morris Gleitzman Quote: “Everybody deserves to have something good in their life. At least once.”

I’ve always loved studying WWII, and reading fiction from that genre. I don’t know why. This period, this time, it’s special for me. I don’t really have any reason. I’m just one of the many lives forever affected by that war ending. I’m more especially interested in the people whose lives were directly affected by the war. Real or fictional. Especially since fictional often is heavily based on the real.

Especially because fiction opens our eyes to how bad the real thing was.

Anyway, thoughts specifically on the book:

I loved the style of writing this was written in. As you can guess, every chapter in the book starts with the word “once”. Except Then. Then every word in Then starts with “then.” Okay, that’s confusing, but read the book and you’ll get what I’m saying. XD

The characters oh my word they were so well written I can’t even. Felix, Zelda, personwhosenameIcan’tsaybecausespoilers, otherpersonwhosenameIcan’tsayforsamereason, they all had depth, they all had arcs, and just- ahhh it seemed so.. real. They carried the story so well.

I loved the perspective this was written in. POV. Whatever. Like The Boy In the Striped Pajamas, this is through the eyes of a boy who has to grow up too fast. A boy who’s naïve, and hopeful, and dreaming, and basically every kid ever. Seeing everything he does through his eyes opened my eyes.

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Zelda ahhh this kid is a well written 6 year old and she’s just really adorable and great and.. so sad.

Once and Then shows an amount of slightly violent stuff, like kids all being dead and guns and knives and -okay, erase slightly. It is violent, because the war was violent, and none of what happened should ever be whitewashed. Ever.

And yet, despite everything, there’s hope. Felix, as young and naïve and childish (oh come on, he IS a child) is so.. hopeful. And that hope is seen in trace amounts throughout the book. And that’s something I really, really loved in this bittersweet, hard hitting novel about a kid who was forever changed by WWII. Maybe he wasn’t in real life, but somebody was.

We shouldn’t forget that.

Life is a highway,

Jo

 

An Cringey Interview With An Unusually Calm Child, Plus Aesthetic Snow Pictures (not)

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For a second there I thought I was on the new editor and I panicked a bit. I HATE the new editor. 😛 Happy Sunday fellow friends, countryfolks, and bloggers and nonbloggers!

Anyway, last night I couldn’t sleep, so I used the surefire way to make anyone sleepy: brainstorming blogging ideas. You can guess how effectual that was. The result was 8ish hours of sleep and more blog post ideas than I know what to do with.

I’m actually planning ahead. For my blog. *mindblown*

So if you maybe are interested in new content, it’s coming. 🙂

Anyway, on to this post. I had fun with it.

Once in a blog, you’ll see those interview-with-younger-siblings posts. Those adorable transcripted babbles and hilarious comments and they’re just really fun. Who doesn’t love a 5 year old’s opinions on mac and cheese? I can’t really say I don’t, so. 😛

If you think you know where I’m getting at, I don’t have younger siblings. I’m the youngest. XD No point in interviewing myself right? But I do babysit. More like keepthekidsaliiiiiiveforanhourwhiletheirparentsarebusy. And not die myself in the process. These kids are crazy. But I love ’em. And it might be fun to showcase them on this blog. (And I may or may not be planning ahead for a school project, so heh.) Without further ado, Selse (name changed to protect the innocent- me, for one)! *thumbs up*

(And yes, I did get permission just so we’re clear.)

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*Cool Intro- just roll with it okay*

Me: Okay, I’m gonna ask you ten questions, just ten, kay? (Liar, Jo, liar) One. What is your favorite thing to do? (Wow, so original)

(basically Selse answers the Liebster Award)

Selse: *half-chewing on pizza* um.. do gymnastics.

Me: Do gymnastics? okay, that’s cool. What’s your favorite thing about gymnastics? (Jooo shut up)

Selse: *thinks* I like to do the bars flip.

*Edit side questions because cringe!*

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Me: What do you think about American Girl dolls? (Finally, Jo, a semi decent question)

Selse: Um.. I think they’re kinda creepy because I watched a video at night *sniffs nose* of, um, American dolls like, move around, and *laughs* take up knives and like, chop tomatoes with blood.

(I’m dying XD XD Stopmotion gone wrong? I guess we’ll never know)

Me: Okay, that is kinda creepy. So you watch these on YouTube?

Selse: Yeah.

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Me: What’s your favorite YouTube channel?

Selse: *waits* *mumbles something I didn’t catch* ..and I like slime videos because I like slimes.

(I had no clue slimes or slime videos were a thing until a year ago. Huh.)

Me: You like slimes? (Selse JUST said that Jo, stop repeating things to make yourself sound less awkward)

Selse: Yeah.

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Me: What kind of slime do you like? Butter slime, or… (halp I don’t know what I’m saying right now, obviously)

Selse: I like all slimes. That’s the… uh *plays with fingers* fluffy slime, fancy slime, butter slime, crunchy slime, and just regular slime.

Me: So any kind of slime?

Selse: Yes.

Me: That’s really cool. (I stand by this- do you know how much of a kid’s attention a glop of this glue mixture can capture? Where has this been all my life??) Okay, next question. What’s your favorite book?

Selse: Fairy books.

Me: Any fairy books?

Selse: I read like lots of them.

(And now I wanna write a fairy book XD)

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Me: Who’s your favorite Disney princess? (random, I know)

Selse: *deep in thought* I like Moana. *grins*

Me: How come?

Selse: Because that’s my favorite movie.

(forward thinking on Selse’s part!)

Me: That’s awesome! Let’s see… do you have any pets?

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Selse: I got like, a puppy.

Me: Really?

Selse: A really small puppy.

(it’s as big as you, child! I don’t think so! XD)

Me: Does it have a name? (cringe- I hate calling animals “it”.)

Selse: *smiles* Bailey.

Me: *nods* She’s the chocolate lab, the *chokes* little black dog?

Selse: Yes.

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Me: *after chuckling because our friend was dramatically smushing her nose in the glass door* Okay, uh, um, if you could be with anyone in the world, who would you be with?

Selse: Ooh, my sister.

(aawww kid- me, too, me too.)

Me: Aww, that’s great! *hurries a bit* Do you or do you not like Ariel’s sisters? (I only hear the girls I watch sing “Part Of Your World” for like an hour on end, kay? I really wanna know!)

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Selse: *shakes head* I don’t like them.

Me: *a dumb interviewer* How come?

Selse: I don’t really like mermaids.

(Ehh, welp, sorry Ariel.)

Me: Okay, gotcha. *grins goofily, which is my permanent look* What do you think of unicorns? (Where did THAT come from?)

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Selse: They’re good.

Me: Would you ever wanna touch one?

Selse: *sighs* Yes!

(can’t tell if this is a happy sigh or an exasperated sigh, but here’s hoping for the former. 😛 )

Me: Alright, do you like roller coaster rides, and what’s your favorite?

Selse: *gasps* Oh, in Canada’s Wonderland, those rides are SO good, I go on ALL *bangs fists on table* of them. *tilts head and smiles*

(Even…. BEHEMOTH?? Okay, this is truly a brave girl. How??)

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Me: Wow. Uh… what’s your favorite holiday, like, ever? (Yep, I said “like”.  I’m groaning now)

Selse: *looks back and forth and adorably props up her chin on her hands* *sighs* uh… Halloween and Easter!

Selse: And Valentine’s Day.

Me: Because of the candy?

Selse: *giggles* yes.

Me: And your favorite candy is….?

Selse: *thinks and drums her fingers on her table* Skittles, Kit-Kats, and pop rocks.

Me: Okay, cool! Okay, what do you think of pumpkin spice?

Selse: *dead serious* NO. No-o. *shakes head and pouts*

Me: *chuckling internally* You dont like pumpkin spice?

Selse: NO- and *gets excited* I also like Twix!

Me: *mishears* Twinkies?

Selse: *matter of factly* TWIX.

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*we laugh a little about my terrible hearing*

Me: Okay, okay, what do you think of millennial pink? (this.. wow. How do I even know what that is?)

Selse: Like this color? *touches her hairband, which has millennial pink written all over it)

Me: Yup!

Selse: It’s a just good color. *waves her hands like she’s patting someone for emphasis*

Me: cool. So: Hawaiian pizza. Evil or really good? (There have been debates about this for a while now XD)

Selse: *firmly* Good.

Me: Alright. Second to late question. Last question. Second question (make up your mind Jo): If you could go anywhere in the world, but you had to bring your brother, where would you go?

(Those two fight like cats and dogs)

(And then they love each other a lot too)

(Kids)

Selse: Canada’s Wonderland. (I ain’t trying to sponsor anyone, but they do have awesome rides :P) Or Disneyland!

Me: Nice! (also just appreciating how Selse picks the best places for her brother and her to go- and she’s just like that. Remind me to tell you about the time she was almost 5 and made up a song on the spot about their adventures) okay. Last question: If you could give any piece of advice, what would it be?

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The transcript ends here because of too much laughing and things which I have sworn to keep secret- only select friends can know. 😎 But, as messy and random as that was, I hope you enjoyed it! Top thanks to Selse for putting up with her weird babysitter and to her parents for still letting me keep an eye on her when they need me too. XD

Go out and talk to a younger kid today- maybe you’ll have better questions than I did! 😛 One thing’s for sure: every kid, no matter who they are, have insights and sometimes downright funny answers- if someone just listens to them. 🙂

Life’s a highway, 

Jo

(I’m still trying to find my signoff, okay, so sorry for the cringe)

 

 

 

Conflicting Thoughts On Halloween? Join The Semi-Resistance. And The Day That’s Really Worth Celebrating.

 

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Today’s the last day of October. How on earth…. And today is also known as Halloween, which, maybe is a topic you’re not sure about yet? (And I don’t mean ta be offensive, so… sorry!) Some of us love it, some of us are against it, and then there’s us who’re in a different level entirely.

Yeah, I’m going to rant. But you’ll see why.

As a kid, I was taught Halloween was bad, that they celebrate the devil and whatnot, but my church, probably for the sake of the poor kids who didn’t get candy, had a Christianized version of Halloween? So, there was that angle.

But the thing is I liked cosplay, (Using regular clothes to make a costume) and I was a dumb kid who wanted candy. I guess that explains the really cool black jacket and the candied apples we made at home. So my family was having the fun without all the commercialism, and without calling it Halloween? I guess? But we’re also a family that wanted to celebrate things with a point, with a purpose, and my parents also couldn’t eat too much sugar. Heh.

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Probably shouldn’t have made brownies. Anyway, if you one of those who want something really worth celebrating, like me, there happens to be an event that changed world history that more kids, more Christians should know about. It wasn’t a counter on Halloween, it was a protest of it and all the darkness of the 1500s.

On October 31,1517, Martin Luther wielded a hammer.

But it’s not the hammer that was important so don’t get your hopes up. What was important was the paper he was nailing to the door of some really fancy church I forgot the name of. Because that paper was the 95 theses. Basically, it was calling the Roman Catholic Church out on every serious flaw they made acceptable. (And if you’re Catholic, I’m really sorry if I offended you! The Catholics back then were vastly different from the Catholics now, so..)

You see, back then, in the Middle Ages through the beginnings of the Renaissance, people were WHACKED. They believed that evil spirits were real and goblins were about to snatch their souls, so they needed to worship them to appease the spirits, that flies came from rotten meat, that the sun revolved around the earth, and that the only way to Heaven was to do strictly what the Catholic Church said. And what did the church do? Not much that was helpful.

They thought it was borderline ungodly for anyone not a clergy to read the Scripture. (And I’m obviously rehashing everything, don’t get mad) so no Bible, no assurance of salvation, none of God’s wisdom for life, and it all leads to chaos.

Martin Luther literally nailed down everything wrong with the system and started some people to be mad. i.e. the system. And everything he got was from studying the Bible. This was the brave, bold thing he did. He based everything, every belief, on the word of God. Which was huge in a time where the pope was infallible and said only truth (TM).

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And that’s how Luther and contemporaries started a revolution. And while they weren’t perfect, they were committed to basing everything on the Bible so that families, kids,  future generations wouldn’t be duped with the false lie that the Bible isn’t enough. And I know I’m a bad explainer so go check out Desiring God and search ‘Halloween’ if you wanna know more, but  the long and short of it is that today marked the beginning of something huge. It was for the defense of our faith on the Bible.

Problem is we couldn’t care less. How many Christians know about the Reformation? And teach it to their kids? And how many of us realize it is still our job to fight for our faith to be grounded in the Word? To fight petty motives? To return evil for good?

There is still much darkness in the world. There’s still a lot of senseless activity in the world. But maybe for one day, we can bring some sense back.  So go do your research, find out for yourself, and maybe today, do something good, for someone other than yourself. Give, instead of taking. And if you wanna join the semi resistance against mindless celebrations,

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Here. I. Stand.

(UPDATE: SO I HAVE THE ‘WHY’ PART OF THIS HALLOWEEN THING BUT TESS HAS THE ‘DO’ PART AND IF YOU COULD GO TO STEEPLECHASEBLOG.WORDPRESS.COM WE’D BE GRATEFUL AND I’M. SORRY THIS IS IN CAPS BLAME MY STUCK KEYBOARD)

Sa Wakas! (Or, In English, At Last!!!) (Random Photography+ Summer Recap+ Boring Plans Nobody Wants To Read)

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First off, I am really, really, reaaaaly glad my pictures are visible again.

Also, second off, if it seems I’m using a lot of Tagalog phrases, there’s a good reason for that. One of my charries is a second generation Filipino, which I’ve been wanting to write for a while.

Anyway, how are you world?

Not very good, I know, I know. But you’re still spinning and coping, and inching away from summer all the same. Take a break, why don’t you?

(Actually no keep spinning, we’d be in huge trouble if you didn’t!)

Summer’s officially over.

And I– don’t mind?

How odd.

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It’s been a great summer. A hard one, but a great one nonetheless.

Let’s see..

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May was a happy month. May was when my sister flew back home, we drove to Buffalo, the cherry blossoms bloomed, and I started working on Mirages. May was a giant birthday prank, with lots of secret texting and emailing. May was joining Bible Bee, not realizing how much it would change my life. May was when summer warmed up, May was when it was all okay, May was the calm before the calm before the storm.  (That’s intentional)

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June was a whopper.

Lemme just say that.

In June, I got to fly out and see family. Family. And my folks’ definition of family extends to the inlaws’ inlaws. Somehow we all fit and it’s awesome. I got to hang out with cousins I haven’t seen in 4 years. And steal donuts. June was heavy plotting month. PLOT PLOT PLOT. It was fun. June was when I first met my Camp NaNo cabinmates, some of whom I’d just met and quickly became close friends.

And June was when I got my DSLR and life through these lens has never been clearer.

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July was HARD.

Yet somehow it wasn’t quite the storm.

Still, it was HARD.

July was Camp NaNo. July was Niagara Falls and Royal Ontario Museum and deep downtown Toronto and fireworks and late-into-the-night-discussions.  *gulps* July was typing away for dear life, blasting music at 100% at 1 AM, July was gulping all the bacon crumbles, July was all the “nobody asked you to join Camp NaNo” and the “you spend too much time writing” and the “do something more productive with your time” and the “go read a book” and pushing and failing and giving up and not giving up.

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July was cabinmates who were really friends who knew me too well and yelled at me not to give up. July was a caring, interested person who thought I was a hard worker and treated me like an equal. July was a sticky hot summer day spent under the shade of a tree. July was a surgery, anxious waiting. July was all the accusations fired and finding solace in the Word.  July was dreams refusing to be dashed.

July was no sleepy month.

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August was a downpour.

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August was me wrestling with a lot of questions, hoping to find the truth. August was rest from Camp NaNo. August was bonding with friends I didn’t know cared. August was baseball, and the smell of leather.

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August was the crickets chirping late at night, August was reading past nonexistent bedtimes, August was re-reading my stories and making new ones. August was silent stares, and earphones on almost perpetually. August was being up at 7 am washing dishes and belting out songs that surprisingly didn’t wake anyone up. August was watching the sunrise. August was intense Bible study that I loved and memorization and Greek words and the joy of knowing God more than I ever did before. August was teaching an eager girl how to secretly take pictures, and helping kids climb and swing from bars and block punches. Don’t ask. August was music, and words, and pictures. August was trying to find a safe place.

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It still is.

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It’s only at the end of summer we’re grateful for it, why is that? 😛

And that’s been my summer.

Before I’d be griping that we couldn’t go camping or to an amusement park or hiking or to the fair, or any of the other things I saw other kids doing, and I wanted to but never did.

This summer I wanted to take every opportunity that came my way. I wanted to take it, no matter what.

And I did.

And for that, I am grateful.

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And now September’s coming and the recap is done and I’m left asking myself something.

Now what?

I know I wanna continue growing in the Lord. I know I wanna write my stories.

But I don’t know much else.

I don’t know how I’m gonna commute to my first job, if I get one next year. I don’t know if my stories will ever be good enough. I don’t know how I’m gonna handle school. I don’t know what will happen during Christmas break. I don’t know how the year will end, or the next year begin. I don’t know and all these speculations are filling my head too much.

I know God does.

And that’s enough for me.

All the intricate details of my life, I can leave in His hands.

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But I do know that writing is gonna level up. I love my stories, and maybe they’re worth being told.

Maybe after I finish Mirages, I can finish What Goes On In A Small Town, and polish those. Maybe I can start Remember Me, and maybe I can write Skirt Girl And The Hockey Rink.

I can’t wait.

So goodbye summer. I won’t forget you anytime soon.

 

 

 

 

Day 6 & 7 of Photography Challenge: A Portrait and Children

Well.

I’m not very punctual, am I?

*winces*

Oh well. Happy Sunday, everyone. I hope you’re all resting well today. 🙂

So, without further ado…

Day 6:

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A portrait of a bouquet of roses.
Oh, and speaking of roses, look out for a review on a book concerning them sometime soon.. 😉
Day 7:
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 😉 This made my day when I took that picture.
Well, there you have it. I’ll be around for the next one. See ya, and have a great Sunday.
UPDATE: So the pictures haven’t been showing up like I hoped.. is anyone else having that problem?

An Update

Hey y’all! How are you this lovely day?

I know I haven’t had much of a schedule, but then again, this is a random post from a random blog. Schedules are not too well followed here. As you well know, we received the shock of our lives yesterday and spent a good hour pretty shaken up, so we must try to recover! We must.. somehow.

Anyway, I think I have just the thing!

Which is.. yeah, just an update.

One of those updates is….

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After a long time of waiting, saving, researching, evaluating, and some more waiting, I got a DSLR!!!!!!

It’s a HUGE step up from our old point and shoot camera, and works beautifully! Come have a lookee at some of the pictures!!

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The DLSR I got was a Nikon, and for someone who loves photography but has zero knowledge of the terms and clinical sounding stuff, it’s so easy to use! I do confess though, that most of what I know to do is on ‘Guide Mode”.  I’m getting there!

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These were taken with the special effects on the DSLR. They’re so good I didn’t need to edit!

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I should probably explain the shell thingy. (That can’t be what it’s called!) I was given that on my trip to Texas, and apparently, it’s a real shell! It’s especially handy for carrying around gum and candy on the go. 😉

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Also really random thought, has anyone noticed how much time we spend online? I know, I’m one to talk, but we probably shouldn’t spend so much time on our screens as we do. Pinterest especially is a time killer! Useful, but still a time killer. We probably skip out on family, homework, and even sadly, our time with God, and that should not be.

Am I saying we should never use an electronic device again? Never log into WordPress? Never- gasp! – Check AIO wiki??

NO!!!! What if you’re an online student?!? Or a writer or run a business blog? You have to use the internet! Pay attention!

It’s about balance. If you’re spending too much time online, get offline.

I guess what I’m trying to say is: get of your screens and go spend time outside in the fresh air! I.E. REAL LIFE!!

Trust me, you’ll enjoy the change of scenery! Now, to write for Camp NaNo outside, that we should do too.

And if you find that you’re skipping out on reading God’s Word, you need to get back to His Word.

No questions.

Blog or no blog.

That should be your priority.

That should be my priority. God must come first before anything else, especially before the internet. Because really? You won’t die if there is no internet.  😉

Rant’s done!

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Since this is a Scribble Scrabble, I guess it would be alright to do a tag or two.  Brad nominated me for the Favorite Childhood Movies Tag. This should be interesting.

My Favorite Childhood Movies (in no particular order)

#1 – How To Train Your Dragon

I love this series a LOT! This is one of the few instances where I truly believe that the movie is better than the book. Come on, Vikings, dragons, adventure, inventions?! Are you not excited yet?

Also, if you know what I’m talking about, spoilers for the third movie: apparently there is a white Night Fury, the bad guy from the second movie is coming back, and Hiccup gets dramatically older. I can’t wait for this!

#2 – To Kill A Mockingbird

Ok, this is another of those rare instances where the movie almost equaled the book. I first watched it when I was.. 8? and I still watch it now. It’s a hard hitting movie that makes you stop and think- and so it should.

 

#3 – The Chronicles Of Narnia

No surprise here. I love Narnia! When I was little, one of the things we’d do on Friday nights was watch Narnia. We’d boo whenever Edmund came on (before he turned good, of course), cheer for Aslan, and just full on hated the White Witch. I remember wanting to be Lucy at one point. Needless to say Eustace was pitiful when we first met him.

#4 – Brave

This is definitely in my list of favorite movies. While I don’t agree that we should find out our fate (or whatever it was) or try to change fate by *coughs forcefully* witches, I do love the adventure, plot, the parent- and- child- coming- to- listen- to -each- other arc, and the fact that Merida can scale a mountain, go fishing, fight a bear, and win an archery tournament in a dress.  Goals! Plus, Scotland got on my list of places to see.

#5 – Sound Of Music

Hands down, one of the best movies and one of my most favorite childhood movies. I could sing to almost  every song in there. This was one of the best originals, and go watch it. That’s all I have to say.

 

And here I tag….. ugh.. the names don’t come to mind, I’m afraid. You’re welcome to do the tag if you want to!

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NEWS!!

From around the blogsphere:

-The lovely gals known as Allison, Megan, K.A, and Clara are holding The Summer Bored Games, daily challenges to make sure you will not get bored this summer! Go check it out!

– And if you want to do daring things from July to September, then please head over to Lil Miss Country, where Charlie is holding a special games as well, The Thrill Games!

– This may be the last but it’s in no way the least! Ariana from Ariana’s Flying Life has got up a contest with Christina, Liz, and Rhiana playfully dubbed R.A.T.C. What does it mean? Do you have a clue? Go check it out and take a look through!

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I could go on, but this show gotta end sometime! Hope you’ve enjoyed looking at life through these (updated) lens!

Thanks for reading!

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In Another World Much Like This One: What We Say And What We Do (Or Kids..)

 

Anna!” My mother called. I didn’t catch it, though. My headphones were on and I was working on exponents. “Anna!!” My mother’s voice broke through a lull on the radio, snapping me to attention.

 
“Yes, Mom?” I asked as she came in my room. “Mrs. Thomas said it was your turn for the Children’s Care this Sunday.” I took my headphones off. “It is?” I swiveled my chair to face her. Mom nodded. “Yes, and I think you should prepare your lesson early. I’ll be preparing dinner if you need me, ok?” Mom said as she headed out.

 
“Ok, thanks Mom.” I said as I watched her go. When the door closed, I got up to grab the Bible storybook off my shelf. So I must face the barrage of questions this time, I thought as I began to flip through the book.

 
My church is small, but rich in its own way. I loved the worship, the sermons, and the Children’s ministry, even when I was asked to help. The children’s questions and thoughts are just.. wasn’t there a show about the funny things kids say?

 
The last time I helped, however, was.. interesting.

 
“Oh, boy, I just can’t get their attention.” Mrs. Scott mourned. It was her first time teaching the kids, and their attention span was miniscule. “I know. Let me see what I can do, ok?” I comforted.

 
“Hey!” I shouted, turning my attention to the kids. I was a kid once and I knew a little how impatient six and seven year olds can be. They didn’t hear. One little girl under the table did, however. “Yes, Anna?” She asked as she trotted over. That kid is so cute.

 
“Nelly, no one’s listening. Can you call them so we can start coloring? I asked her. “Ok! EVEYBOODDDDYY!!!!!!!!!” Nelly’s voice pierced the air, stunning, me, Mrs. Scott, and the kids, who finally got the point and lifted their heads.

 
I took advantage of the aftershock and made my case. “Now that you have so graciously listened, it is now time for Mrs. Scott to read the story of the Flood.” For some reason, all the kids groaned. “Do we have to, Anna?” It’s boring.” “I just wanna play!” “I’ve heard this before!” The complaints came. Except from Nelly and Della, who were the youngest, the cutest, and happily coloring under the table.

 
I grabbled a sheet of paper and a pack of crayons. “Who wants to color?” I said as I waved them in the air. The roar, stomping, and running was deafening. I almost was trampled on by a bunch of eager pre-schoolers. “MEEE!!” The kids cried. Mrs. Scott looked at me dazed.

 
“Alright, you can color.” I held out the paper and crayons for the kids to take. “If,” I said as I pulled my hands back, “if you listen to Mrs. Scott.” My deal was out. “Aw… ok.” they agreed and sat around the table.

 
Mrs. Scott beamed at me as I gave the kids paper. “Alright boys and girls. Today we are going to learn about a man named No-”

“Anna?” Ryan interrupted. He ignored my glare and smoothly stated, “I love God!” “Me too.” The other kids said. “I would do anything He asked me to do!” Ryan continued. “Me too.” The other kids agreed.

 
“That’s, really good, Ryan. Not everyone loves God.” I conceded. Ryan smiled. “But if you love God, won’t you listen to His word?” I asked. He stopped smiling. “Wellll, I don’t have to!” he said a little flustered-like. “Really? But I thought you would do anything God asked you to do!” I replied, feeling a bit pleased I had caught him with his thinking.

 
Sure enough, I did, but I missed one aspect of childhood reasoning. “Yeah, but God didn’t ask me to listen to Him. You did!” he stated. I wondered if Ryan would ever know how ridiculous he sounded as I mentally banged my head against a really hard rock.

 
The rest of the hour was wonderful.

 
Jumping to the present, as I got some tape to throw in the supply bag, I thought a little about Ryan’s statement. He wasn’t the first one to think like that, for sure.

 
It seems kinda sad that we say we love God but won’t listen or do what He says, I thought.

It seems wrong that we think nothing of it when a swear word slips out.

How will we know what God wants us to do when we don’t listen to His word?
I knew then what I would teach this Sunday. But I would be sure to bring my Bible as well as the storybook.