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What’s Next?

So you graduated.
You’re going to walk across the stage, be handed your diploma, and beam as you walk off the stage.
People will ask you, “What next?” (but let’s be honest they’ve been asking that for a long time, right?)
If you’re anything like me, you’ll say, “I don’t know. I was thinking about this idea I had but I don’t know if I like it enough to resign myself to being stuck doing that every day for the rest of my life.” (probably not word for word, but the same sentiment.)
You’ll probably meet people who will have (what they genuinely think are) good ideas of what you should pursue. “You need to go to college so you can get a good job.” Not necessarily.
I once told someone I was thinking about being a high school history teacher and she said, “You don’t want to do that!” (She pretty much had the same reaction anytime I told her something I was thinking about pursuing now that I think about it.)
If you’re anything like me, you want to have a plan. You would be pleased beyond measure if God said, “Okay, so here’s the five year plan.”
But…. He didn’t. At least for me.
So then it wasn’t just other people asking, “What’s next?” But me too. “What’s next, God?”
It was easy (and still is if I let myself!) to get stressed about not having a plan, or having a plan, but not sure if it’s the right plan.
I’ve heard people say things before like, “You can edit a blank document!” And it’s true. The idea being you should write what you want and just fix it later. I think it can be the same for a plan (this isn’t an excuse to do whatever you want.)
You can always have a plan and change it later. Has anyone in the history of the entire world actually have some go 100% according to plan??
So, I’m here to say, if someone asks you, “What’s next?” It’s okay to respond with, “I don’t know.”
It’s not okay to use that as an excuse to do nothing, to try for nothing. But it is okay to say, “I don’t know” as you pray, and work, and try. It’s okay to think that as you go to college, or work at your job. It’s not an excuse, or an end at all! It’s a beginning of something.
So, what’s next?
I don’t know.
Who knows what the future holds? God. And in the end, that’s all that really matters, isn’t it?

(and congratulations, graduates of class 2017!!)


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Currently~ July 2017

Hi! *waves*

I don’t know if I should apologize for the crazy long break I unexpectedly took or just awkwardly ignore it…. So yeah, I haven’t died yet.

Anyways, I lot has happened since February, I’m going to catch you up on some of it!


Glass Girl by Laura Anderson Kurk

I’ve barely started and so far I love it! Weird fact? I’ve had it for a couple of years but haven’t read it yet because at first I couldn’t stand it. XD I don’t know what’s changed, really, but I do know that I’m reading it and thinking, “My main character would be, like, best friends with Meg.”

So maybe I’ll have to do a review of it when I finish. 🙂

Listening too…

Taylor Swift.

I actually have a radio car in my car now so I bought of a couple of older ‘classic Taylor Swift’ (I call it) CD’s and I’ve been listening to that lately. (Disclaimer: I do like her newer music too, but they ARE different.)


Once Upon A Time Season 5! Things are happening. O.O

My sister Kristin is watching it too, but we’re not at the same place, so she came in the other night to say goodnight and I freaked out and stopped the DVD and leaped up to cover her eyes and almost hit her. 😉 I take fandoms and spoilers seriously.


Cucumbers. It’s summer! I think my mom has picked over 100 cucumbers so far. I sliced about 50 one day before work to help her make pickles. It’s a little crazy. But very yummy.



I bought my first car. I’m excited and happy. 😀 It’s a little two door Ford. It’s only 13 years old! I was driving a 25 year old Honda, so my car is practically brand new. 😉


My second semester of college. When did that happen? I only have, like, a million years left until I’m done!

Really, though, it’s crazy and I actually have a blog post coming up on what I learned my first semester in college.

(I’ve learned I’m still 1,000% in favor of homeschooling. I don’t despise college, but I can really see the benefits of homeschooling when I compare the two.)

I only have a couple of weeks left of my summer math class, and hopefully by this time tomorrow I will have finished my CPR class– and I’ll be done with all health classes that I need (for now. Don’t be impressed, I only need one credit hour, haha)

So, what’s been up with you for the last forever?

I make no promises, but I DO want to get better at blogging…. 🙂

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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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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

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.


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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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…)


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,


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The New Year

Happy New Year, all! I hope your holidays went very well and you are prepared for your holiday vacation to end. 🙂

Looking back on this year, it is kind of weird to see what I accomplished, what happened, and all that. It makes me interested to see what is going to happen this year!

Since I’m graduating this year, people like to ask me, “Are you scared?”

And if they had asked at the beginning of 2015 I’m almost 100% positive it would have been “absolutely”, “completely terrified”, and so on.

But now when people ask me that, the answer is, “Not really.” I’m not sure if I’m actually slightly scared, or if I just think I should be (at least slightly) scared so I expect it…

What changed?

A lot.

Mostly, I think, just my view. I’m still learning a lot, (just like everyone) but I realized that God isn’t going to jut be like, “‘kay I got you this far, you’re good right?” and leave me hanging. (sometimes I’m a little slow…)

And if God isn’t going to leave me, there is nothing to fear, right? If God is with me, who can stand against me?

I still don’t really know exactly what is going to happen (no human does, though) but I do understand that God has a plan– and what a relief it is to walk in His plan!

I wouldn’t say I’m a control freak, but I like to have a plan. I recently discovered I’m goal orientated. So when I don’t know what to do or what I’m supposed to do, I freak out a little bit.

But you know what? I don’t have too. God will never leave me. And what a relief that is! Is there anything better to have on my mind as I enter a new year and a new stage of life? 🙂


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Outcasts, by Jill Williamson

Outcasts, by Jill Williamson
Backcover: UNCOVERING THE TRUTH COULD COST THEM THEIR LIVES. Since entering the Safe Lands, Mason has focused on two things: finding a way to free his village from captivity and finding a cure for the disease that ravages many within the walls of the Safe Lands. After immune-suppressive drugs go missing in the clinic, Mason discovers his co-worker, Ciddah, may know more about the Safe Lands than imagined… and may have an agenda of her own. At the same time, Mason’s brother Levi is focused on a way to free the remaining Glenrock captives, while Mason’s younger brother, Omar, decides to take the rebellion against the Safe Lands into his own hands as a vigilante. Soon all three brothers are being watched closely—and when Mason stumbles onto a shocking secret about the Safe Lands meds, his investigation just might get those closest to him liberated.

This is the second book in Jill Williamson’s The Safe Lands trilogy.
It follows Mason, Omar, Levi, Ciddah, and others in their struggle to get out of the Safe Lands and solve a few mysteries—and stumbling on to more problems—as they go. It was interesting and kept me turning pages until the end.
The only things I didn’t like was, I took to long after reading the first book to read the second one– I forgot some things, what they were and such… (this was my fault, I could’ve reread the first book, but I didn’t.) the other thing, in the first book I must’ve missed something because I thought two characters liked each other, but they both ended up liking other people in this one… so
that could be my fault too.
If you like futuristic novels, I definitely recommend these… who am I kidding, I recommend all of Jill Williamson’s books that I’ve read… 🙂

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