I’ve Been Nominated!

 

Oh my! I am honored to be nominated for this Liebster Award by the wonderful bloggers over at “The Maidens Of Green Gables” (https://maidensofgreengables.blogspot.com)

So for the rules:

Acknowledge the blog that nominated you.

The Maidens Of Green Gables! Thank you so much!

Answer 11 questions they give you.

List 11 random facts about yourself.

Nominate 11 blogs (I’m still somewhat new to blogging so actually don’t follow that many blogs)

And last but not least ask your nominees 11 of your own questions.

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11 Questions
1. What is your favorite quote?
Oh my! I have so many favorite quotes. But I suppose if I were to pick one (not my Top favorite since that’s impossible) it would have to be Vincent Van Gogh –
“I wish they would only take me as I am”
2. Share you’re most used recipe?
1 1/2 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon sugar
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/3 cup oil
Mix dry ingredients together. Beat eggs on highest mixer speed for one minute. Turn mixer down to low and add milk and vanilla. Add dry ingredients. Blend on low-speed until combined. Turn mixer up to medium speed for one minute. Add oil and beat until combined.
Thoroughly cover waffle iron with butter than evenly pour batter on iron and close.
Enjoy
Yes, my most used recipe is a waffle recipe. I absolutely love waffles, they are a staple in our household.
3. Are you a writer, and do you have any published works?
I am a hobbiest writer. I write often for myself alone. I have never published any of my stories.
Some people say that writing on a blog is publishing my writing, and I suppose it is, in a way.
4. What are some of your hobbies?
Reading, writing and arithmetic. (haha no, not math.) I enjoy drawing and painting, jewelry making. There are many things that I like to do!
5. Are you a fan of musicals?
Yesss!!!

6. What fond family traditions would you like to continue when you get married and start a family? Or if these joyous series of events have already arrived, what have you implemented already?

There is an annual camping trip/archery contest that my family has gone to my entire life. When I have a family of my own I would love to keep the tradition going and take them there, too.

7.  What is one particular character trait that you would like to train your future/present children in?

One??? How about all the Fruits of the Spirit! Galations 5:22-5:26
8. What is a boy’s and girl’s name that you like?
Melanie (girls) Samuel “Sam” (boys)

9. Tell us a favorite joke?

Image result for omg shark dude we're sharksThis never fails to make me laugh!
10. Recommend three books?
Story Girl -L.M.Montgomery, the Narnia series -C.S. Lewis, Stepping Heavenward -Elizabeth Prentiss. I know Narnia isn’t one book but I love them all so much I just have to include them all

11. What is a period drama you love?

Pride and Prejudice (so cliche of me) North And South is also a great mini series!
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11 Random Facts About Me:
1. I tend to make a lot of random noises when thinking, or just generally thorough out the day.
2. I have traveled to six states and one other country.
3. I really love coffee, I am a loyal Dutch Bros. fan.
4. Currently watching Psych…Lost…and Once…
5. I make myself laugh quite often.
6. I have been in a race car going over 100 miles an hour on a race track.
7.  My phone case looks like a book.
8. It is extremely difficult to think of facts about myself.
 
9. I have been home-schooled my entire life.
10. We don’t own a dishwasher. I don’t ever remember having one in the house. I honestly don’t even know how they work!
11. I’ve lived in the same house, same property my whole life.
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Nominate 11 Blogs:
I am going to be weird and not nominate anyone, but if any of my fellow bloggers wish to steal my questions, be my guest!
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11 Questions:
1. Do you have a particular sandal that you prefer?
2. Favorite Flower?
3. Do you like pickles?
4. Favorite Cookie?
5. Have you ever been to a different country? If so, which? If not, where would you go if you could?
6. If you like coffee, do you have a specific place you like to get coffee? What is it called? If you don’t like coffee, do you have a favorite beverage?
7. If you could be any character in any movie, who would you be? What movie?
8. What fascinates you most about life?
9. Pens or pencils? 
10. Would you rather live in a big city or a small town?
11. Waffles or Pancakes?
Thanks so much for reading! It has been quite the struggle thinking of all these answers, facts and questions!
(Shark Joke Credit to Pinterest) (the rest of the photos are mine!)
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Perspective

Before we judge, take a step back, turn your head, stand on one foot. Look at what you are judging from a new view point. Change you’re perspective before you form a solid opinion.

You don’t know what that persons life has been like. You don’t know where they’ve been.

Think, what if we all tried to understand each other before we spoke?

Would there be as many broken hearts?

Would there be as many torn friendships?

Before you get angry, change your perspective, give them a chance to prove themselves before you judge their personality.

A new perspective can open the world to you. It can change your current situation. It can change your heart.

What Is Time?

Time, we all have it, but none of us do.

What is time? An endless ticking of a clock? The continual rotation of our planet?

The sun lifts from one side of the sky and falls to the other. Is that time?

Time should be measured in the things that count in life. From the moment you took your first breath, until you take your last.

Time should be made up of moments. Not minutes.

As the Rabbit says, forever can be one second. It’s not the ticking clock that counts, it’s finishing the project you’ve been working on, the view after a hike, or just hanging out with those you love.

We have to make the time, the moments in between. We have to put a little bit more effort into making time. Not having time. We can never have time. We can only make it by doing things.

How do we make time? By making memories.

The Moon is so Poetical

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Everyone wants to be the sun to lighten up someone’s life. but why not be the moon, to brighten in the darkest hour?

“My darling, you can’t see it, can you? How like the moon you are. Both of you so timid in yourselves; hiding pieces from the world. Then, there are those rare moments when you both are full, and it becomes hard to look away. You are beautiful.”

-Alexandria Drzewicki

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I will never be a morning person for the moon and I are too much in love.

“I’ve loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night” -Galileo

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The moon is distant from the Sea

And yet, with amber hands

She leads Him, docile as a Boy

Along appointed Sands.

Emily Dickinson

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I’m such a “Look at the moon!” person.

“There was  a reason that she was so romantic about the moon. It never asked her questions or begged for answers nor did she ever have to prove herself to it. It was always just there- breathing, shining, and in ways most humans can’t understand: listening.”

-Christopher Poindexter

(All photos credited to Unsplash)

Smile

When I look across a room full of people and see all the smiles. I feel happy, a simple smile can make a day so much better.

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Once upon a time when I was eight, I was sitting in the car at a stop light. A man, driving a car stopped next to us. I glanced over at him and he was just glaring straight ahead, with the grumpiest face ever. He glanced our way and I just smiled at him. His face lit up and he grinned and drove away, smiling. I don’t know if he continued smiling afterwards, but that memory has stuck with me. The power a simple smile has.

It’s truly extraordinary that there is a universal way to say we are happy, an involuntary pull of the muscles to show we are pleased.

Its a wonderful thing to see people smiling, to see your friends smile. Grinning because someone told a joke. Or simply because you’re with people you love.

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Keep smiling! : )

Books and Roses

Dusty roses hanging from a line across the window.  Colors now fading. They still cling to the faint smell of their blooms.

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.

-Abraham Lincoln

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Books line the shelves. The feel of paper between my fingers. Sounds of pages flipping. The intoxicating smell of books. To those around me I am simply sitting, nose pushed in a book. But oh, the adventures I am on! The places I go, the people I meet, the things I can see. Raging wars, quiet fields. The founding of governments, the destruction of empires. I see it all.

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       (Thanks to unsplash for the book photo)

Books and roses. Two of my favorite things. Two things that make me happy.

In The Stillness

Have you ever felt the quite space between time?

The hush right between when the wave rolls back out to sea and the next crash on the sand.

The split second before the wind screams through the trees.

The intense moment of perfect silence after a rain storm, but before the sun breaks.

The hush before dawn. The birds still sleeping, the world is quiet.

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Have you ever felt the peace in that one tiny moment? The calm, but you can feel a power in the calmness. The building action.

Like a race car sitting at the starting line, waiting for the signal to take off.

It’s quiet as the world awaits the next move.

If you listen, you can hear the depth of eternity in that one moment. You can feel the undying cycle of life. Feel the earth rotate. See the mountains grow. Hear, the tiny hushed voice of God.

It’s in the stillness that you can find the meaning of life. It’s in the quiet places of your mind that you have the deepest thoughts.

Isaiah 30:15 For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.

 

Psalm 46:10  Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth

 

1 Peter 3:4  But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

 

1 Kings 19:11-12  And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

The Road Less Traveled

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The Road Not Taken 

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
-Robert Frost
Taking the road less traveled can be harder. Often we feel pressured by society to go the “easy” route. To follow everyone else.
But God is calling us to take a stand, to take the less traversed road. To follow Him.
It can be a difficult road. It is less worn, but oh the flowers that grow along the path, the pureness of the air, the whisper of the wind in the trees.
It may be less trodden, and it may feel lonely, but we are never alone. There is a greater Comfort on this path then on any other.
The other way is calling to us. The people who travel along this route, with their worldly ways poison the flowers and replace them with the glossy shine of fake diamonds. It may look appealing to taste the lovely fruit they offer us. But it  will only lead us astray from the course the Father is whispering for us to take.
I call to those of you who have chosen the path less walked on. Keep going. Stay on the road. The Destination ahead is far better then any of the bright glitters the other path has to offer you.

 

Stormy Feelings

Whispering drops pounding against the tin roof of the carport.

The incessant “dip, dip, dip” of water slipping into puddles.

The tears of the heavens bursting forth to give new life to the green earth below.

Jagged rips of light rend the darkness above.

Inside the warmth of light and peace combat the chaos of the outdoors.

Warm fuzzy blankets.

The smell of coffee drifting throughout every room.

Calming music plays through speakers.

Slippers, socks, and sweaters.

Light,

darkness,

cold,

warmth,

fear,

comfort.

 

Storms.

 

Anyone who thinks sunshine is pure happiness has never danced in the rain

-Unknown

 

Let’s get lost in a world made of books, coffee and rainy days.

-Unknown

 

…And He comes to us as the rain…

Hosea 6:3

(Thank you Unsplash for all the amazing photos)

Living

What makes you feel alive? Are you a risk taker?  Do you love adrenaline? Think jumping off cliffs to the deep cold waters below. The thrill of speed. Is it the busy rush of peopled streets and the rush of cars around you? Or how about…Do you feel alive when the wind blows through your hair? Or when the birds sing you to sleep in the sun on a grassy lawn? Is it perhaps the mellow things that give you the most joy? Simply sitting and enjoying a steamy cup of something wonderful? Or maybe it is the quiet cozy evenings reclining on the couch with loved ones around you? What makes you happy?

Life is a pleasure, it is a gift. Anything can give you joy. You just have to find what you love.

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But sometimes we get too busy being afraid of the bad things in life, always keeping a careful eye out for them. We may get so focused on avoiding sadness and pain that we forget to enjoy the moment, live in the beauty. Stop and smell the roses. There is no point in living a life waiting for the next bad thing. Love the time you have. Take a moment to find the loveliness in daily life.

Sure we are all afraid of being hurt. But that’s life, making yourself vulnerable to pain in order to find that not everything will hurt you. There is good. There is love. Some people are kind.