May 31, 2016

Farewell May

Before I start this post, I want all of you to hop over to Ivy's blog!  She is going to host her first blog tour as she releases her first novel, The Old River Road!!!  I hope all of you can be in the blog tour as well!  Click here for more information!

Yes, dear reader, I gave in.  Most of the blogs I follow have wonderful, monthly highlights at the end of each month.  I've held out, not doing the monthly highlight posts for so long...but I finally gave in. =)  Thus, here is my summary of the beautiful, flowery month of May.

Adventures in Life:

May was actually a very relaxing, calm month. =)  My favorite!  I was able to do a lot of writing on my current WIP and work on finishing up school for the year.  Other than that...
  • I got to go with some of my family members and my good friend Caroline to watch some real-life court cases!  It was a "home-school trip!" =)  We had a fun time, getting a small tour of what it is like behind the court room, including the holding cells, the judges' offices, the jury rooms, etc.  After that, we sat in the jury box *grin* and watched several cases and one actual trial!  It was SO fun.

Books I Read: 8

  •  Loving God with All Your Mind by Elizabeth George
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • Letters from a Scatter-Brained Sister by Amanda Tero
  • The Winter Rescue (Sugar Creek Gang #3) by Paul Hutchens
  • Robin Hood by J. Walker McSpadden
  • The Secret at Pheasant Cottage by Patricia St. John
  • Star of Light by Patricia St. John
  • Amazing Grace for a Woman's Heart (a devotional) by Jane L. Fryar

My Favorite:

Loving God with All Your Mind!!!  I enjoyed all of these books, but Elizabeth George is a wonderful author.  Her book made me see God in a new way and think deeper on what my mind is dwelling on.  You can see my full review here.  PLEASE read this book if you want to strengthen your relationship with Jesus!! 

My Least Favorite: 

Probably The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.  It wasn't bad, but I enjoyed all of the other books more. =)

My New Creations:

This month I wrote 22,799 words in my current WIP, The Emblem of Hope!!!  So I'm...1/3 of the way done maybe?  I am not at all sure at this point.  This is the revision of my rough draft, and though it's still messy, it is a lot better than the first draft. =) Annnd...I also worked on designing a we'll see how that goes. =)

Blog Friends:

Here are two featured blog posts that were posted this month that blessed me. I hope you enjoy them as well!

Made In His Image Part One - Created

From the blog Apples of Gold by Jessica

The Summer Before You

From the blog Completely For Him by Hannah

Blog Posts:

In case you missed one of my blog posts this month, here are the archives!

God is _____? Part 4

 Do you enjoy reading monthly summaries?  What did YOU do in the beautiful month of May?  Comment Below!

May 27, 2016

The Infinity Dream Tag

  I know!  I just did a tag!  But here goes another one! =)
I was tagged by the beautiful Hannah for the Infinity Dream Tag!!  Thank you! =)  This looks like a fun post!
1. Thank the blogger who tagged you.
2. Tell us 11 facts about yourself.
3. Answer the 11 questions given to you.
4. Tag 11 bloggers and give them 11 new questions to answer.
My 11 Random Facts:

1. I published my first novella  ( probably already knew that)

2. I am learning ASL and LOVE it!  (ASL stands for American Sign Language)

3. I am gluten intolerant...thus I have to eat food without wheat and barley.  (it's not as bad as you might think...especially when my mom is the best cook in the whole world!)

4. I enjoy English, History, and Piano

5. I love thunderstorms

6. I love sending letters to people!  (Snail mail is the best!)  When our newspaper has "card showers" to older folks who are having birthdays, I love sending them a special birthday card. =)

7. I am not very good at coming up with random facts...**hastily tries to think of 4 others...**

8. I love being a Beta reader for new authors!!!

9. I am VERY picky about which blogs I follow...I don't like to bog down my email account, so I only pick my favorite blogs to follow. =)  If I follow your blog, then know that I really, really like it!

10. I love spring where I live.  The flowers are gorgeous, butterflies abundant, temperature perfect, and rain constant!

11. I live on a farm...thus we have almost every sort of farm animal.  Sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks, guinea fowl, dogs, cats, a cow, a horse, and others!

I did it!  Here are Hannah's questions for me!!!

1. What is your favorite blog?
     My ONE favorite blog?!  Eek...I like so many!  One of my favorites is The Left-Handed Typist. =)

2. What is the biggest thing you've learned from blogging?
     Probably not to compare yourself to can be pretty hard in the blogging world not to look at other blogs and wish you had their followers or their header.  LOL.  Being content with what you have can be hard sometimes. =)

3. How many siblings do you have?
     I have 8 siblings!!! 

4. Favorite author?
     My favorite author(s) include:  Janette Oke, Jaye L. Knight, C.S. Lewis and others. =)

5. What is a movie that has greatly impacted you?
     This is actually a hard question because lots of movies are fun to watch but aren't really impacting.  But one that has impacted me is "War Room!"  It made me want to pray more and see the importance of prayer!

6. What is a book that has greatly impacted you? (other than the Bible!:)
     One book that impacted me was A Young Woman After God's Own Heart.  It had so many helpful tips and advice on how to grow in my Christian walk!  EVERY SINGLE young woman needs to read it!

7. What is one of your most prized possessions?
     One of my most prized possessions is an envelope that contains every single letter that I've received from my Compassion child in Ecuador.  I love her sooooo much!!!  She's one of my best friends and like a sister to me. 
8. What is one of your best memories?
     When I saw my baby sister born!  It was the first time I saw a baby come into the world. (haha...I've seen cows, goats, sheep and other farm animals) =P And she's the sweetest thing ever!

9. Your best writing advice?
     Don't be lazy...and start writing!  LOL  (that comes from me, the person who was going to write a chapter of my novel until I saw this tag and had to get it done.)  Ha.

10. What is the title of a book your currently working on?(tell a little about it)
     I am working on The Emblem of Hope.  It's a historical fiction book based on Jamestown.  (back then it was known as James Fort)  I am writing from the perspective of two main characters.  One is an English girl named Maddie who leaves her beloved home to journey across the dangerous Atlantic Ocean.  The second is a beautiful Native American girl named Pocahontas who loses her loving father figure and feels very alone.  

11. What is your favorite Bible character other than Jesus? :)
     Esther!!!  She was such a beautiful example of a woman who risks everything to honor God!  I desire to have her courage and love for God in my own life!!!!

I'll let you tag yourself, dear readers, because I just tagged some of you for my villain post. =)  If you want to do it, comment below and let me know please!!  
Here are my questions:

1.  What's YOUR favorite blog?
2. What is your favorite posts that you've written?
3. Can you tell one way in which God has shown Himself strong in your life?
4. What is your most prized possession?
5. Do you prefer reading or writing or both?
6. Dark or milk chocolate?  (Dark for me!)
7. Can you name one blogger/writer who has led you closer to God through their life/writings?
8. What's your dream job?
9. Are you learning a language?
10. What is your favorite movie?
11.  Do you have a current work-in-progress?  (please tell about it!)

Do we have anything in common?  Who is a blogger who has inspired you? 
Also, do you enjoy reading tagged posts?  Should I write more of them or less? Comment below!

May 24, 2016

Top 10 Villains Tag

Welcome readers!  Before I begin my post, I wanted to share the link for a very short book that is FREE this week!!  Check it out and then hop on back to read my post! =)  It's only 15 pages, but still would be a fun quick read!  (I have not read it yet, so I don't know if it's a good piece or not) =)  Debt of Mercy by Amanda Tero

I was tagged by Jane for the top 10 villains tag! Thank you Jane! =)  I was excited about this post...but it was very, very hard to come up with ten villains!  I had to go all over our book shelves and movies to find them.  I want to warn you that there might be some spoilers, so you may want to skip over characters that you have not yet met. =) 

1. Post the picture
2. Thank the blogger who tagged you
3. List your top ten favorite villains and why you chose them 
(they can be from movies or books)
4. Tag ten other bloggers.

The Mistress

The Mistress is from a novel by Katie GraceThe Song of the Desert.  (not yet published) She asked for Beta readers in March, and I was SO excited to read it!  Her book is fantastic...I can't wait until it comes out so all of you can read it too!  Anyway, Katie created a wonderful villain in the Mistress.  She is cruel but feels like a real person.  I (as a reader) didn't want her punished as much as I wanted her eyes to be opened to the pain she caused...but that's just me. =)

Darth Vader.jpg

Darth Vadar I just watched Star Wars for the first time in December.  But Darth Vadar was one of the villains that stood out to me.  He has a sad past, and in the end he shows that he's not completely evil.  He still has some good in him.

Jadis (aka The White Witch)

The reason that Jadis is one of my favorite villains is because she's in my favorites series.  Lol!  But I love how C.S. Lewis portrayed her in The Chronicles of Narnia.  She represents sin and everything vile in this world...and can only be destroyed by Aslan, the great Lion who represents Jesus Christ.  How much better could that get?!

Nellie Oleson

Haha...she's a hilarious character in Little House on the Prairie.  Nellie is stuck up, arrogant, and high maintenance.  Unfortunately, she lives in the middle of a small town with mainly poorer farmers.  She becomes Laura's dire enemy and tries to embarrass and harass her at all times.  This makes the movie series quite enjoyable to watch.  And by the end of the series, Nellie grows up and grows to be a very likable woman and mother. =)

King Darrow

I couldn't find a picture of King Darrow from The Wilderking Trilogy...but he is a great villain nevertheless.  His character represents King Saul.  He is crazy, just wants to be promoted, and doesn't care about anyone else.  But the way that the main character, Aiden, respects and honors the king even when Darrow wants him killed is very noble.  I love this series!!

My Villain

Can I pick my own villain for this tag??  I hope so...
Anyway, my villain is from The Mystery of the Midnight Trespasser.  I can't give you a name, because it would give away part of the story. =)  But I enjoyed creating him, trying to make him feel real to the readers...anyway...I hope you liked reading about him if you have been able to read my novella. =)

Emperor Daican

Emperor Daican is a merciless ruler who wants everyone to serve and pay homage to only him.  When some stand up for their beliefs in Elôm, he is outraged.  Resistance shows someone standing up for her faith in God and how we should have courage to do the same.



Mikkel is only selfish, teenage boy.  Yet, when he leads his viking ships to raid villages, he ruins lives forever.  Through the series, he becomes more likable as he sees what he's really doing to the captured people's lives.  Raiders from the Sea is a fantastic book by a Christian author!

<b>Shadow Spinner</b> FA67 

The Sultan
The Sultan is a pompous man whose heart was broken by his wife.  He never forgave her, and thus announces that he will marry a new woman every day and kill her the next morning.  One woman risks her life to save the women of the country by telling him tales that he can't resist.  The Sultan is shown as a prideful man, but in the end you see that he is really just trying to fill in the hole in his life.  I enjoyed reading Shadow Spinner and it shows how people lived in that time period. 

The Lady of the Green Kirtle

 This villain is from The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis.  She is a sly witch with the ability to turn herself into a snake.  Her goal: to completely destroy Narnia.  Through the help of Aslan, two children are sent off to rescue the Prince of Narnia who was captured by her.

I tag:

As usual, if you do not want to do this tag, then that's okay.  Or if you want to be tagged and I didn't tag you, then feel free to do it anyway!

Have you read/watched any of these pieces?  Which villains do you like? Comment below!

May 17, 2016

Conservation: A Big Deal?

The topic of the environment seems like a big deal.  If we don't preserve the earth, then all the rest of the human population will have to live on a planet blighted with litter, global warming, with a loss of extinct animals, and all those bad things.  After Earth Day has come and passed, I felt a bit disgusted with it all.  Conservationists passed out coloring book to little kids (my siblings!) telling them to "save the world" and stickers that said "I love the earth."  Thus, this post is revealing it's face on my blog.  I know this isn't a normal post for me, but please stick though!

Is conservation a "big deal" or not?  (I'm glad you asked!)  Genesis 1 talks a bit about how we are responsible to the earth.  After God created everything--the light and darkness, the oceans, the birds, the mammals, and so much more--on the sixth day He created man.  God said, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”  (Genesis 1:28)

God wants us to take care of the earth.  We are stewards of what He has given us.  But a lot of people take this too far.  People dedicate their lives to "saving the earth."  They care too much about "going green."

Honestly, it's not that big of a deal.

Yes, recycling, planting trees, saving whales and pandas, and reducing the ozone layer are good things to do.  But a lot of people are spending their lives doing good things when they could do great things for God!

While people are crying and screaming about the trees that are being brutally destroyed by loggers, they are completely ignoring the fact that 3,700 human children are aborted every day.  That's twice as big as the population of the town I live in!!  (Okay, so I live in a small town, but still...)

That's around 154 children literally torn apart every hour.  It's a sad world we live in.  And many of the people who support abortion are also "going green" and "saving our environment."  Is this lovely place God has created for us more important than the ones who were created in His image?  Why don't we hear this part of the story?

Maybe God has chosen to put you in the environmental field.  If that's what He has chosen for you, then honor Him with it.  But please make sure that you aren't spending your life doing good things when you could be doing GREAT things for Him!!

Sorry for my random post.  I don't usually write about topics like this.  =)

What do you think about Earth Day?  What are some ways where you can exchange "good" things for "great" things in your life?  Comment below!