The noblest art is of making others happy. -P.T. Barnum

Under The Painter’s Hand

Life isn’t a puzzle. Nothing has a “perfect fit.” I like to think life more like a painting. Everything’s splashed together blending and mixing, but there’s still some clear lines in places. But it turns out the same as the puzzle. It just takes more work to put together. But the picture is still as beautiful. If not more. You won’t have all the cookie cutter lines. It’s all smooth and seamless. Everything overlaps, and it takes more focus and patience to discover the final product.
I think of as God the painter, we are the brushes. We don’t understand what He’s making and it may seem messy from our view, because we only get to see one color at a time. We may get confused and don’t think these colors (events or emotions, life in general) should be going together. But we are just brushes, God knows what the final result will be. He knows how to paint. He knows these colors will blend well, and with a little work and time, will make a fascinating, unique painting.
He is sure of the outcome. But we are freaking out because this ugly brown should not be splashed among our perfect blue! It’s ruining the happy blue with a dark smudge. We don’t want to be coated in brown right now. We liked the blue. We don’t get why it has to be this way. But God knows that the brown among the blue will turn into a gallant ship in the sea! He knows what at the end of our life looks like, when He washes the brush and puts it away. But leaves us in view as He hangs the painting. He knows we will see that the ship of brown pain, the one that ruined our perfect happy blue day, was the vessel which carried us to the farther shore where we found a new brighter, maybe green, joy.

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Half formed ideas and thoughts

The thoughts fill my head, they overflow, they need to escape the prison of my mind. They come out in many different forms, but most commonly they come in writing. Most of the following things are little thoughts I’ve typed out in my notes on my phone. Honestly I’m not sure what they all are, or why I ever thought of any of them. Without any further adieu, welcome to my notes of half formed thoughts…

What if shadows are the ghost of the person who died the day we were born and now they are charged to guard us?

She raised her hands, light emanated from her fingers and sent swirls of pale blue spinning around their heads. “I wasn’t lying, I am not human.” She dropped her hands and every light around them went black.

The flowers that once adorned her head now lay over her name etched in stone.

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Fire: it can warm us yet burn us. It’s a living breathing being, yet only causes death and destruction, it lights the way, yet can kill any and all in its path. We invite it in our homes and then it turns on us and destroys our lives.

“I think sometimes you need to go to a fast food place just so you remember to have ambition, stay hygienic, and not do drugs.” (this is a quote from An Attempt to be Classic)

Why do you fear the stars?”

I fear them because,” I whispered “I love them, and it’s a fearsome thing to love something that is so out of reach, so unattainable.” I turned my gaze from the heavens to him. In the darkness I couldn’t see him clearly, did he understand? Could he see that, like the stars, I also feared him.IMG-5177

She watches as her first love falls for someone else. He watches as the heart she had given to another shatters. Gently he helps her heal her heart by slowly, unconsciously, replacing it with his own. A love, built from her heartbreak and his gentle patience.

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All the photos are my own.

Do You Hear The Calling?

The turmoil in the depths, there’s a swirling storm. The sea calls my name with It’s roars as It throws Itself on the rocky shorelines.

It whispers It’s love as it gently reaches It’s bubbly fingers on to the sandy beach and draws the land into It’s watery heart.image-5The vast expanses speaks to me, luring me to come further. It sings to me of endless adventures.Gently It caress my feet as I step in. The words It is lilting into to my ears, with Its melodic voice tells me of a boundless love.There’s something mysterious about the sea, the way that you never know what is beyond the horizon. You never know what’s beneath you.The ever-changing of Its waves. As if It is a restless soul, never satisfied being still. Always moving yet never leaving.

The Ocean takes the Moon as It’s master, and listens to Her as one listens to their mother. Staying within her boundaries. PenultimateFullSizeRenderIt holds It’s glass like face up to Her and she smiles down on It. This Mother of the Sea reaches down Her thin, bright, hands and instructs the Ocean in It’s movements. She is teaching It how to dance, how to spin Its self in a lovely endless waltz. As the music swells so does the Sea. The Moon leads, moving slowly across the ballroom floor, the thousands of twinkling lights shine on them as their dance slows, the intricate steps they take aligns with the music of the Stars.

The music that the Stars play for them as they dance lures many a wandering soul to come, to witness this display of beauty and mastery. So many are drawn into the dance as they board their ships and join the swaying of the Ocean. These people, these mortal men, they give in to the call, they give into mystery, they let the magic of the unknown wash over them as they follow the Moon to the Horizon.

 

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!)

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.