Hello, Fall

Hello, Fall

When I think of fall I think of the pretty colors the leaves change into. I think of nights I actually begin to need the extra blankets on my bed.

Drinking hot tea, and wearing sweaters. Jeans. Boots. Maybe a scarf that I made myself.

I always love writing, but for some reason the fall just puts me in a even bigger mood to write. Maybe it has something to do with NaNoWriMo?

Fall means cold toes and wearing slippers.

I’ll have to readjust to wearing socks inside– during the summer I got used to having bare feet and now when I where socks without shoes it bothers me. Haha!

It means (hopefully!) work will be less busy, because people will be traveling less.

It means that everything gets to be flavored pumpkin and maybe even dyed orange if it is particularly unlucky.

The days get shorter, and the holidays get closer.

And for some reason, I think Fall is my favorite season.

Come at us, Fall, and stay awhile.

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Goodbye,Summer.

I’ve not blogged for awhile again… sorry!

But I thought I’d do a summer recap on the blog today! (Most school has begun now, and September seems like the beginning of Fall for me– even if it still is pretty warm.)

Goodbye, Summer.

It’s been nice.

Mostly.😉

This actually happened in March not the summer, but it is too exciting I can’t NOT mention it. I got to meet up with a wonderfully fun person, Kara! (who blogs at http://www.savedbygrace7.blogspot.com)

Kara and I

I think I may have mentioned that we met before– but like I said, it was exciting! (And last Friday was our three year mark of having talked to each other.)

Then in April I got a job. I like my job fine, the people I work with are nice mostly, and it is fairly easy. I don’t want to work there forever, but it’s what I want/need for now.

Ad we got a puppy! An adorable German Shepherd puppy.

Reagan

Not great quality picture, but adorable puppy!

In June… I graduated high school!

On the left, all of the Downing Homeschool graduates.

It was kind of interesting because at first I had no desire to actually go to a graduation ceremony. I just wanted to do it in case I’d regret not doing it later.

But I’m so glad I did it! It was so nice to get together with other homeschoolers, and hear encouraging words from speakers, and to celebrate with others, to celebrate the fact that we’re all done!

And the same with having a party. I always thought parties were a little awkward because you just invite people over to… celebrate… you? Haha, but my whole graduation just made me feel so loved. I had so many wonderful cards from people who continually reminded me that it is God who is in charge of my future and I really have nothing to fear. And they made me realized I am so loved, I am completely incapable of doing anything that would ever make my family not love me.

(and I’m a writer, so I can think up any kind of situation. So that was reassuring.)

About a week after graduation, I got to go see Kara again! This time we didn’t just meet for lunch, I spent a couple of days with her, her sisters, and her grandparents.

While we were at her grandparent’s house, we went swimming in a river (that was really cool! In some parts it went over my head.) We also got to video chat with a mutual friend of ours in Florida, I had never video chatted with her (or even talked to her outside of Facebook really) so that was cool! And then on my last night there, we made her grandparents enough spaghetti to last them until they die.

You know how it is really hard to make a small amount of spaghetti? Well, just imagine the normal huge amount you usually end up with, and double it. Because we really did double the recipe, basically. But it was good!

Then July and the beginning of August was just work, mostly.

Kara and her sisters came and stayed with us for a day, and that was really nice! I still have the pictures on my camera, though, so I won’t be sharing any here today.

My summer wasn’t all great, I wasn’t able to start college classes in the fall, and I got discouraged about that. But it’ll be okay, it’ll work out. Like I said earlier, God has a plan. (Hopefully I won’t stray to far from it, is all.😉 )

For me, when I think of summer, I think of when I was little and I’d play all day, and make lots of fun memories. I realized, though, this summer isn’t going to be like last summer. It’s not going to be like any other summer that I’ve ever had. Not because my life changed drastically, but things never happen the same way twice.

So, this summer was different, but it was good. It was really good. I just hope the fall follows summer’s example. And especially winter. And then next year I’ll have a different summer, and I’ll have different adventures to share, but until then…

Goodbye, Summer.

I’ve had a good time. Thanks.🙂

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Someone Like You by Victoria Bylin~ A Book Review

Back Cover: Single mom Julia Dare has a lot on her plate. A brand new Christian, she’s busy trying to run her own business, spend time with her widowed mother, and raise her young son, Max, despite his father’s less-than-ideal influence on him. When a big account from her event-planning business send her to the Caliente Springs resort, she’s shocked to come face-to-face with Zeke Monroe, the resort’s general manager and her college sweetheart.

With his faith in tatters, Zeke Monroe is determined to keep the historic Caliente Springs resort running despite financial difficulties. But when Julia walks back into his life, he can’t ignore the feelings she stirs up. As they work together on an important client’s dream wedding, the fate of the resort soon depends on their success. When Zeke and Julia are pushed to their limits both personally and professionally, will their history put up walls between them or bring them closer together?

My review: I give this book five out of five stars. Ms. Bylin created a story with such realistic characters. Characters I could understand and relate too.

Julia is just a new Christian, trying to get things right, but because of everything she’s been through she understand that grace from God is vital– the only thing that can save her, while Zeke Monroe has been a Christian ‘forever’, but has had a rough patch where he has learned (but not accepted) the fact that salvation rests in God alone.

I kept waiting for Zeke to come a conclusion all nice easy and tidy. But he didn’t! He came to his conclusion in a believable way, that really made you feel like he struggled with his answer.

There was one part, where someone gave a young child some champagne, and no one made a big deal about it, which was probably my least favorite part of the book, and was a part that actually made me want to roll my eyes. I could see how it furthered the plot, I guess, but as a writer, I think I would personally have tried to come up with something else.

Other then that the story was really good! And like I said, I’d give it five out of five stars, and I’d definitely try other books by Victoria Bylin.

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Thoughts

I turned eighteen in January, and I felt like right afterwards I started reading things that said, “Now that you’re an adult, you must be stressed about finding your future spouse.”

At first my reaction was something along the lines of, “Psh. What?! I may technically be an adult, but I am still SO young. I’d like to graduate high school, get a job, get my license and at least START college before I even start to date.”

But then I kept reading things, and those things kept suggesting that it was normal to be stressed and concerned.

And honestly, I was so confused, because I wasn’t stressed…. and I was so content and happy about not having a boyfriend, or being engaged. (and still am.)

My life isn’t complicated and isn’t harder than expected, but I keep thinking about how much more complicated it would be if I had to add in an entire person and that entire person’s life to mine. (Where is he going to school? Where does he work?)

So I asked my mom, if maybe I was weird. (in that instance….) My mom suggested that, while I shouldn’t be stressed, thinking about a future husband wouldn’t hurt.

I know some girls make lists of things they want their husbands to live up too, but that never seemed right to me. I started a mental list, but after “godly” and “conservative” I’m not sure what else really matters.

It would be nice if he was creative, or a bookworm, or liked the same movies and TV shows as me. But I really don’t think I would NOT marry someone because they don’t have a library, or just because they don’t see the world as colorfully as I do.

I would appreciate it he was sarcastic, and had a sense of humor, but again, it isn’t necessary.

And, even if I made a list of things I wanted, if I met a guy and he didn’t have a sense of humor, or couldn’t actually make it through a book, and if I was head over heels in love, it wouldn’t matter that much. I don’t think.😉

I know a lot of girls bemoan the fact that they are single, and they long for a husband, or long to know their future husband now. And I kinda get that.

I mean, if I am going to fall in love and get married and have kids, I want to do that now so I have as long as possible with the person I love….

But since I’m not ready, and it isn’t going to happen– there are advantages!

Like I said I don’t have to factor in an entire person into my life. If I decide to travel, I don’t have to think about not traveling because I’d be away from the special someone. If I decide to go away to college, or move out, I don’t have to consult him and factor him into my life, but my favorite reason (though I struggle with it) is being single makes me have a very special relationship with God.

I’m not married right now, so right now, it is just me and God. This is a great time to get to know Him better, to learn more about Him, to love Him more.

If I got married?

That would all change. (as it should.) But it wouldn’t be God and I as much as God and I and That Guy. (who, I’m sure, if he exists, will have a name.) And while I’m sure that is great too… I kind of feel like part of the job of a wife is to challenge her husband to grow closer to God, and if I don’t get close to God now, in this time of being single, am I going to be where I am supposed to be, when I get married?

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I Could Be Upset

I could be upset about the candidates we have for our upcoming Presidential election. (It’ll be my first time voting!)

I could be upset that cops keep getting shot, and everyone seems to blame the cops for that fact.

I could be upset because people are racist.

People are dumb.

Illogical.

I could get upset that people keep changing “Black Lives Matter” to “All Lives Matter” but seem to forget that ‘all lives’ include unborn babies also.

I could be upset because people are sexist.

Or because people will underestimate homeschoolers.

Or young people.

I could get upset because no one really seems to care about anyone else unless their skin is different, or their ethnicity.

I could get upset because while terrorists attack other countries, instead of caring, people are to self absorbed to even notice.

There are so many things that bother me, or that could bother, or that I struggle with not letting bother me. (When there is nothing I can do it just seems better to not get too bothered about it.)

Sometimes I don’t say anything. Sometimes I don’t react.

Sometimes I have so many things I want to say, I know if I tried none of it would make sense, so I grumble and hope the next person is smarter, nicer, kinder.

I try to pretend that an election isn’t coming, because, unfortunately, one of the candidates is going to win. It is one of those situations where I can’t control it so I try to ignore it, but every now and then I think, “But November is coming, and God hasn’t performed a miracle… we’re going to be in so much trouble–”

But you know what?

I don’t belong here. Thank God for that!

I don’t belong here and I’m not supposed to belong here.

I am one of God’s children, and while things here do concern me, this all is just temporary.

I could be upset, but I also could remember that ultimately God is in control.

He was in control in the past, He is in control now, and He will be in control later.

I could be upset…

or I could work on trusting God.

(I’m not saying getting upset is bad– righteous anger is very acceptable! These were just some of my thoughts, though.)

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The Bookshelf Tag

 

The Bookshelf Tour Tag

The wonderful Kara over at http://www.savedbygrace7.blogspot.com tagged me in this!

1. A short but powerful book~

Through Gates of Splendor I guess could be considered short? I love it though– and it is most certainly powerful.

2. A good, long book~

By Darkness Hid. I actually was prepared to not like that book, but I surprisingly loved it!

3. Favorite classic (on your shelf)~

For a few minutes I panicked because I thought I didn’t have a classic on my bookshelf– but then I remembered! Anne Of Green Gables is on my shelf, and I do love it.😀

4. An Underrated Book~

Hm. The first (and kind of the only one) that came to mind, was Stephanie Morrill’s Ellie Sweet books. I love them so much. The Revised Life Of Ellie Sweet is just so good! Relatable, funny, well written…. *happy sigh*

5. An Overrated Book~

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. I’ve seen the movie (actually several times, because I like it.) I read the book, and while I still enjoyed it, mostly, it was also really dumb, because basically the kids with cancer think they are just a evolution mistake. (and obviously, I don’t believe that at all.) So while I did enjoy it, I didn’t love it, and I kind of think it is weird that so many people loved it so much that it was made into a movie.

6. Most Reread Book~

Okay, so technically, I’ve only reread this series like 3 times. But I’ve only had it for about  year… so I think, percentage wise it is going to turn out to be one of my most read series… Any guesses?

The Christy Miller Series, by Robin Jones Gunn

7. Out of the books you own, how many have you not read?

*sigh* Okay, confession time. I think I have about 6 unread books now. I’m a slow reader sometimes, okay?

8. A book you haven’t read yet~

A couple of years ago, I went to the bookstore with my grandma and she bought me two books. The Maze Runner (which I’ve talked about before….) and if I stay. I haven’t finished either of them, but I never really started if I stay because I’m not sure if it will be good or not. I want to read it soon though! (soon-ish…)

9. A collection of short stories~

Um. I actually don’t have a collection of short stories. So.

10. A nonfiction book~

Well, I already mentioned Through Gates of Splendor, but I also have The Hiding Place which is also amazing.

11. A book (a physical copy) that has a story– not the story itself.

A long time ago (in a galaxy far far away…er… not…) my mom got me a Nicole O’Dell book Risky Business and I kind of loved it. It is the book that helped me discover other clean reads! (because up until that point I was nervous to try anything.)

There you have it! The bookshelf tag. If you want to do it, or no anyone who does– feel free to tag them/yourself!😀

The Bookshelf Tour Tag

The wonderful Kara over at http://www.savedbygrace7.blogspot.com tagged me in this!

1. A short but powerful book~

Through Gates of Splendor I guess could be considered short? I love it though– and it is most certainly powerful.

2. A good, long book~

By Darkness Hid. I actually was prepared to not like that book, but I surprisingly loved it!

3. Favorite classic (on your shelf)~

For a few minutes I panicked because I thought I didn’t have a classic on my bookshelf– but then I remembered! Anne Of Green Gables is on my shelf, and I do love it.😀

4. An Underrated Book~

Hm. The first (and kind of the only one) that came to mind, was Stephanie Morrill’s Ellie Sweet books. I love them so much. The Revised Life Of Ellie Sweet is just so good! Relatable, funny, well written…. *happy sigh*

5. An Overrated Book~

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. I’ve seen the movie (actually several times, because I like it.) I read the book, and while I still enjoyed it, mostly, it was also really dumb, because basically the kids with cancer think they are just a evolution mistake. (and obviously, I don’t believe that at all.) So while I did enjoy it, I didn’t love it, and I kind of think it is weird that so many people loved it so much that it was made into a movie.

6. Most Reread Book~

Okay, so technically, I’ve only reread this series like 3 times. But I’ve only had it for about  year… so I think, percentage wise it is going to turn out to be one of my most read series… Any guesses?

The Christy Miller Series, by Robin Jones Gunn

7. Out of the books you own, how many have you not read?

*sigh* Okay, confession time. I think I have about 6 unread books now. I’m a slow reader sometimes, okay?

8. A book you haven’t read yet~

A couple of years ago, I went to the bookstore with my grandma and she bought me two books. The Maze Runner (which I’ve talked about before….) and if I stay. I haven’t finished either of them, but I never really started if I stay because I’m not sure if it will be good or not. I want to read it soon though! (soon-ish…)

9. A collection of short stories~

Um. I actually don’t have a collection of short stories. So.

10. A nonfiction book~

Well, I already mentioned Through Gates of Splendor, but I also have The Hiding Place which is also amazing.

11. A book (a physical copy) that has a story– not the story itself.

A long time ago (in a galaxy far far away…er… not…) my mom got me a Nicole O’Dell book Risky Business and I kind of loved it. It is the book that helped me discover other clean reads! (because up until that point I was nervous to try anything.)

There you have it! The bookshelf tag. If you want to do it, or no anyone who does– feel free to tag them/yourself!😀

The Bookshelf Tour Tag

The wonderful Kara over at http://www.savedbygrace7.blogspot.com tagged me in this!

1. A short but powerful book~

Through Gates of Splendor I guess could be considered short? I love it though– and it is most certainly powerful.

2. A good, long book~

By Darkness Hid. I actually was prepared to not like that book, but I surprisingly loved it!

3. Favorite classic (on your shelf)~

For a few minutes I panicked because I thought I didn’t have a classic on my bookshelf– but then I remembered! Anne Of Green Gables is on my shelf, and I do love it.😀

4. An Underrated Book~

Hm. The first (and kind of the only one) that came to mind, was Stephanie Morrill’s Ellie Sweet books. I love them so much. The Revised Life Of Ellie Sweet is just so good! Relatable, funny, well written…. *happy sigh*

5. An Overrated Book~

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. I’ve seen the movie (actually several times, because I like it.) I read the book, and while I still enjoyed it, mostly, it was also really dumb, because basically the kids with cancer think they are just a evolution mistake. (and obviously, I don’t believe that at all.) So while I did enjoy it, I didn’t love it, and I kind of think it is weird that so many people loved it so much that it was made into a movie.

6. Most Reread Book~

Okay, so technically, I’ve only reread this series like 3 times. But I’ve only had it for about  year… so I think, percentage wise it is going to turn out to be one of my most read series… Any guesses?

The Christy Miller Series, by Robin Jones Gunn

7. Out of the books you own, how many have you not read?

*sigh* Okay, confession time. I think I have about 6 unread books now. I’m a slow reader sometimes, okay?

8. A book you haven’t read yet~

A couple of years ago, I went to the bookstore with my grandma and she bought me two books. The Maze Runner (which I’ve talked about before….) and if I stay. I haven’t finished either of them, but I never really started if I stay because I’m not sure if it will be good or not. I want to read it soon though! (soon-ish…)

9. A collection of short stories~

Um. I actually don’t have a collection of short stories. So.

10. A nonfiction book~

Well, I already mentioned Through Gates of Splendor, but I also have The Hiding Place which is also amazing.

11. A book (a physical copy) that has a story– not the story itself.

A long time ago (in a galaxy far far away…er… not…) my mom got me a Nicole O’Dell book Risky Business and I kind of loved it. It is the book that helped me discover other clean reads! (because up until that point I was nervous to try anything.)

There you have it! The bookshelf tag. If you want to do it, or no anyone who does– feel free to tag them/yourself!😀

The Bookshelf Tour Tag

The wonderful Kara over at http://www.savedbygrace7.blogspot.com tagged me in this!

1. A short but powerful book~

Through Gates of Splendor I guess could be considered short? I love it though– and it is most certainly powerful.

2. A good, long book~

By Darkness Hid. I actually was prepared to not like that book, but I surprisingly loved it!

3. Favorite classic (on your shelf)~

For a few minutes I panicked because I thought I didn’t have a classic on my bookshelf– but then I remembered! Anne Of Green Gables is on my shelf, and I do love it.😀

4. An Underrated Book~

Hm. The first (and kind of the only one) that came to mind, was Stephanie Morrill’s Ellie Sweet books. I love them so much. The Revised Life Of Ellie Sweet is just so good! Relatable, funny, well written…. *happy sigh*

5. An Overrated Book~

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. I’ve seen the movie (actually several times, because I like it.) I read the book, and while I still enjoyed it, mostly, it was also really dumb, because basically the kids with cancer think they are just a evolution mistake. (and obviously, I don’t believe that at all.) So while I did enjoy it, I didn’t love it, and I kind of think it is weird that so many people loved it so much that it was made into a movie.

6. Most Reread Book~

Okay, so technically, I’ve only reread this series like 3 times. But I’ve only had it for about  year… so I think, percentage wise it is going to turn out to be one of my most read series… Any guesses?

The Christy Miller Series, by Robin Jones Gunn

7. Out of the books you own, how many have you not read?

*sigh* Okay, confession time. I think I have about 6 unread books now. I’m a slow reader sometimes, okay?

8. A book you haven’t read yet~

A couple of years ago, I went to the bookstore with my grandma and she bought me two books. The Maze Runner (which I’ve talked about before….) and if I stay. I haven’t finished either of them, but I never really started if I stay because I’m not sure if it will be good or not. I want to read it soon though! (soon-ish…)

9. A collection of short stories~

Um. I actually don’t have a collection of short stories. So.

10. A nonfiction book~

Well, I already mentioned Through Gates of Splendor, but I also have The Hiding Place which is also amazing.

11. A book (a physical copy) that has a story– not the story itself.

A long time ago (in a galaxy far far away…er… not…) my mom got me a Nicole O’Dell book Risky Business and I kind of loved it. It is the book that helped me discover other clean reads! (because up until that point I was nervous to try anything.)

There you have it! The bookshelf tag. If you want to do it, or no anyone who does– feel free to tag them/yourself!😀

The Bookshelf Tour Tag

The wonderful Kara over at http://www.savedbygrace7.blogspot.com tagged me in this!

1. A short but powerful book~

Through Gates of Splendor I guess could be considered short? I love it though– and it is most certainly powerful.

2. A good, long book~

By Darkness Hid. I actually was prepared to not like that book, but I surprisingly loved it!

3. Favorite classic (on your shelf)~

For a few minutes I panicked because I thought I didn’t have a classic on my bookshelf– but then I remembered! Anne Of Green Gables is on my shelf, and I do love it.😀

4. An Underrated Book~

Hm. The first (and kind of the only one) that came to mind, was Stephanie Morrill’s Ellie Sweet books. I love them so much. The Revised Life Of Ellie Sweet is just so good! Relatable, funny, well written…. *happy sigh*

5. An Overrated Book~

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. I’ve seen the movie (actually several times, because I like it.) I read the book, and while I still enjoyed it, mostly, it was also really dumb, because basically the kids with cancer think they are just a evolution mistake. (and obviously, I don’t believe that at all.) So while I did enjoy it, I didn’t love it, and I kind of think it is weird that so many people loved it so much that it was made into a movie.

6. Most Reread Book~

Okay, so technically, I’ve only reread this series like 3 times. But I’ve only had it for about  year… so I think, percentage wise it is going to turn out to be one of my most read series… Any guesses?

The Christy Miller Series, by Robin Jones Gunn

7. Out of the books you own, how many have you not read?

*sigh* Okay, confession time. I think I have about 6 unread books now. I’m a slow reader sometimes, okay?

8. A book you haven’t read yet~

A couple of years ago, I went to the bookstore with my grandma and she bought me two books. The Maze Runner (which I’ve talked about before….) and if I stay. I haven’t finished either of them, but I never really started if I stay because I’m not sure if it will be good or not. I want to read it soon though! (soon-ish…)

9. A collection of short stories~

Um. I actually don’t have a collection of short stories. So.

10. A nonfiction book~

Well, I already mentioned Through Gates of Splendor, but I also have The Hiding Place which is also amazing.

11. A book (a physical copy) that has a story– not the story itself.

A long time ago (in a galaxy far far away…er… not…) my mom got me a Nicole O’Dell book Risky Business and I kind of loved it. It is the book that helped me discover other clean reads! (because up until that point I was nervous to try anything.)

There you have it! The bookshelf tag. If you want to do it, or no anyone who does– feel free to tag them/yourself!😀

The Bookshelf Tour Tag

The wonderful Kara over at http://www.savedbygrace7.blogspot.com tagged me in this!

1. A short but powerful book~

Through Gates of Splendor I guess could be considered short? I love it though– and it is most certainly powerful.

2. A good, long book~

By Darkness Hid. I actually was prepared to not like that book, but I surprisingly loved it!

3. Favorite classic (on your shelf)~

For a few minutes I panicked because I thought I didn’t have a classic on my bookshelf– but then I remembered! Anne Of Green Gables is on my shelf, and I do love it.😀

4. An Underrated Book~

Hm. The first (and kind of the only one) that came to mind, was Stephanie Morrill’s Ellie Sweet books. I love them so much. The Revised Life Of Ellie Sweet is just so good! Relatable, funny, well written…. *happy sigh*

5. An Overrated Book~

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. I’ve seen the movie (actually several times, because I like it.) I read the book, and while I still enjoyed it, mostly, it was also really dumb, because basically the kids with cancer think they are just a evolution mistake. (and obviously, I don’t believe that at all.) So while I did enjoy it, I didn’t love it, and I kind of think it is weird that so many people loved it so much that it was made into a movie.

6. Most Reread Book~

Okay, so technically, I’ve only reread this series like 3 times. But I’ve only had it for about  year… so I think, percentage wise it is going to turn out to be one of my most read series… Any guesses?

The Christy Miller Series, by Robin Jones Gunn

7. Out of the books you own, how many have you not read?

*sigh* Okay, confession time. I think I have about 6 unread books now. I’m a slow reader sometimes, okay?

8. A book you haven’t read yet~

A couple of years ago, I went to the bookstore with my grandma and she bought me two books. The Maze Runner (which I’ve talked about before….) and if I stay. I haven’t finished either of them, but I never really started if I stay because I’m not sure if it will be good or not. I want to read it soon though! (soon-ish…)

9. A collection of short stories~

Um. I actually don’t have a collection of short stories. So.

10. A nonfiction book~

Well, I already mentioned Through Gates of Splendor, but I also have The Hiding Place which is also amazing.

11. A book (a physical copy) that has a story– not the story itself.

A long time ago (in a galaxy far far away…er… not…) my mom got me a Nicole O’Dell book Risky Business and I kind of loved it. It is the book that helped me discover other clean reads! (because up until that point I was nervous to try anything.)

There you have it! The bookshelf tag. If you want to do it, or no anyone who does– feel free to tag them/yourself!😀

The Bookshelf Tour Tag

The wonderful Kara over at http://www.savedbygrace7.blogspot.com tagged me in this!

1. A short but powerful book~

Through Gates of Splendor I guess could be considered short? I love it though– and it is most certainly powerful.

2. A good, long book~

By Darkness Hid. I actually was prepared to not like that book, but I surprisingly loved it!

3. Favorite classic (on your shelf)~

For a few minutes I panicked because I thought I didn’t have a classic on my bookshelf– but then I remembered! Anne Of Green Gables is on my shelf, and I do love it.😀

4. An Underrated Book~

Hm. The first (and kind of the only one) that came to mind, was Stephanie Morrill’s Ellie Sweet books. I love them so much. The Revised Life Of Ellie Sweet is just so good! Relatable, funny, well written…. *happy sigh*

5. An Overrated Book~

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. I’ve seen the movie (actually several times, because I like it.) I read the book, and while I still enjoyed it, mostly, it was also really dumb, because basically the kids with cancer think they are just a evolution mistake. (and obviously, I don’t believe that at all.) So while I did enjoy it, I didn’t love it, and I kind of think it is weird that so many people loved it so much that it was made into a movie.

6. Most Reread Book~

Okay, so technically, I’ve only reread this series like 3 times. But I’ve only had it for about  year… so I think, percentage wise it is going to turn out to be one of my most read series… Any guesses?

The Christy Miller Series, by Robin Jones Gunn

7. Out of the books you own, how many have you not read?

*sigh* Okay, confession time. I think I have about 6 unread books now. I’m a slow reader sometimes, okay?

8. A book you haven’t read yet~

A couple of years ago, I went to the bookstore with my grandma and she bought me two books. The Maze Runner (which I’ve talked about before….) and if I stay. I haven’t finished either of them, but I never really started if I stay because I’m not sure if it will be good or not. I want to read it soon though! (soon-ish…)

9. A collection of short stories~

Um. I actually don’t have a collection of short stories. So.

10. A nonfiction book~

Well, I already mentioned Through Gates of Splendor, but I also have The Hiding Place which is also amazing.

11. A book (a physical copy) that has a story– not the story itself.

A long time ago (in a galaxy far far away…er… not…) my mom got me a Nicole O’Dell book Risky Business and I kind of loved it. It is the book that helped me discover other clean reads! (because up until that point I was nervous to try anything.)

There you have it! The bookshelf tag. If you want to do it, or no anyone who does– feel free to tag them/yourself!😀

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In Ten Years

Who knows where I’ll be in ten years, but here is a letter to myself for in ten years. (Though, I’ll probably forget I wrote this, so…)

Hi,

It’s me. You. Whatever.

So, you’re almost thirty now. Wow. You can feel old, it’s fine. I mean, at this point when I’m writing it, my (our) oldest sister is not even yet thirty… wow. I don’t want to think about being thirty. Moving on.

Whenever I think about the future I want to know what it will be like then I have no desire to write about how things are now because right now I already know, if that makes sense.

But it is important to remember, and good, bad, or indifferent, I am sentimental, so I want you to remember a few things.

Remember when Reagan (mom’s puppy) would get excited when he saw you and lick your face and neck and get you all wet with puppy slobber? Kind of gross, but it is just so sweet… I have to keep letting him do it.😉

I don’t know exactly what you’re up to now, but while I’m writing this, you work at a fast food restaurant. It’s weird seeing so many faces every time at work, and knowing you’ll probably never see them again, but knowing for some reason God had it happen that we did come into contact with each other. Usually I don’t think it really has anything to do with me– I’m just a go between to get their food– but remember that one time you talked to a mother for like five minutes and she said something along the lines of, “I’m sure you’ll do great at that!” when talking about your future? Yeah, that was a pretty cool moment.

Remember to reread the Christy Miller series. I’m pretty sure you won’t regret it.

Oh, and reread the Harry Potter books– kind of the complete opposite of Christy Miller, but still. Trust me.😉

Sleep with your window open at night during the spring when you can.

Make sure you usually get enough sleep, but make sure you realize that sometimes staying up late with friends and loved ones is by far more important. (and that’s saying something considering how much I like sleep.)

Try to be healthy, but life is short and eat a cookie every now and then.

People may discourage you from trying to achieve what you want, and other’s will go to the opposite extreme and say things like, “You can do whatever you want!” Just know that I think both are wrong.

Follow God, and with Him you can accomplish anything– it isn’t because you’re super special or anything.

There was a woman who sang me a song at Downtown Disney last time I went, and at the very end she told me, “Put God first and everything else will follow.” It’s not new advice, but it’s the best.

Make sure you continue to hug people, supposedly it makes people live longer, but I just like hugging loved ones. (hugging people you don’t know, I’m sure, is still awkward, so you can continue to avoid that.)

I don’t know where you are in life, but I hope you got to, or you get to, travel. At this point, I still want to see the beaches in Maine, and Hawaii, and Alaska, and Colorado, and Texas, and the Grand Canyon, and… well… maybe just one of those places? Please?😉

Well, since this is a blog post, I’ll close for now.

Have fun, and I’ll see you later! (er… I guess? In a way? Hopefully in ten years you’ll be a little less awkward, but I doubt it.😉 )

Your younger self,

Naomi

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