June was an extremely busy month – I felt that I barely had time to breathe sometimes. Summer began in earnest, though there were a few days of cooler weather tucked within the June days. Not as many as I would like, but then I would gladly have a longer Fall and Winter ;)
The heat really has been sweltering lately, and without air-conditioning…I feel like I’m going to melt away. Haha.
We started selling at our local farmer’s market again once a week, which has been going well, but takes up a lot of our time in prep-work. I’ve added to my necklaces – now in addition to the Pixie Dust and ‘Drink Me’ ones, I have some “Message in a Bottle” necklaces, “Dragon Scales”, and “Wishes”. They look pretty cute if I do so say myself. ;) I need to update the blog site I created for them at some point….
June was just filled with life-stuff, as usual. We got butcher chickens, and they are quickly becoming annoying and ugly. XD We got the garden in, and spent a whole day weeding (I got sunburned, of course), re-fenced the horse pasture (still need to add the wire line but so far the tape keeps Pepper and Adora in), and other life stuff happened.
I was happily introduced to the amazing movie, “The Greatest Showman”, and that has been a near-constant high. ;) It really is a remarkable movie, and probably shouldn’t even get me started on it… ;)
So! Among the busyness and constant running, I managed to actually read a decent amount this month. My sister and I read before bed each night, which helps immensely with that. ;)
If already reviewed, you can click on the covers to go there. :) I will have the remaining reviews posted soon, hopefully!
Added to my collection:
Isn’t that cover of “Anne of Avonlea” stunning? And I found it at a Free Little Library! So cute.
Oh and see that little Paris lamp to the right? I found that at a garage sale and was so thrilled because I’ve been wanting an Eiffel Tower figurine thing and this is perfect. :)
Main Monday Posts from June:
Hello! And surprise – this post is actually being posted while it’s still March!! I must say, I’m rather impressed with myself. ;) Just kidding.
So, March. We had the lovely opportunity of visiting the Aquarium this month, and met up with some friends there too, which was very nice. We all enjoyed ourselves, and it was a very good time. :) I’m still sad the Aquarium no longer allows visitors to pet the stingrays as they have in years past, but what can you do?
In our spare time, my Mum, younger sister, and I have been watching Season Six of Little House on the Prairie. If you’re familiar with that show, you’ll already know that’s when Almanzo enters the scene. ;) I love watching Laura Ingalls try to prove she’s not a little girl anymore, and fail horribly at doing so… ^.^ Though I will admit there are a couple episodes I am not fond of because of the unrealisticness of them…the writers just want drama (and no, not the original book author, Laura herself. The tv show writers). But anywho!
I read quite a bit this month, which was nice:
Clicking on their covers will lead you to my review of the book. (The one without a cover is “Pop Tops and Smiley Faces” by Ann Naedele”). All of them have been reviewed, except for “A Light on the Hill”, which will be posted soon! :)
My favourite of the month? It’d be a close tie between “The Sea Before Us” and “A Light on the Hill”. Both so good and highly recommended!!
I got a few books this month. Unfortunately our camera also decided to stop working this month, so I couldn’t take pictures. But here are the books I got:
- “To The Farthest Shore” by Elizabeth Camden//Thriftstore find (only 50Cents!)
- “Refiners Fire” by Sylvia Bambola//Goodwill find
- “Always On My Mind” by Susan May Warren//Giveaway win from author Valerie Howard
- “An Elegant Facade” by Kristi Ann Hunter// BetterWorldBooks
- “It Had to Be You” by Susan May Warren//BetterWorldBooks
- “The Wonder of You” by Susan May Warren//BetterWorldBooks
- “The Reluctant Duchess” by Roseanna M. White//BetterWorldBooks
- “Chasing Jupitar” by Rachel Coker//BetterWorldBooks
- “Troubled Waters” by Susan May Warren//Bought of a facebook group
- “My Heart Belongs in Superstition Mountains” by Susan Page Davis//FB group buy
- “All the Tea in China” by Jane Orcutt//FB group Book Swap with a gal.
- “Stealing Home” by Allison Pittman//FB group Book Swap with the same gal.
- “Where the Fire Falls” by Karen Barnett//Blogging for Books review copy.
I requested my last review copy from Blogging for Books (the Karen Barnett book). I’m so sad that BfB is closing its doors. That was one of my top favourite review-programs, and my first – good ol’ Blogging for Books is what started me into my reviewing journey! <3
So yes, quite a few…needless to say, I don’t have much book-spending money at the moment. ;) But it was all worth it. BetterWorldBooks has fair prices and free shipping which is amazing. The condition of the books are often a bit rough, but still readable!
Have you read any of these books?
I also was super pleased to review a Booksleeve this month, and you’ll see it in future pictures too, because it’s just so cute!
As for other blog posts…
And there were also some book-reviews posted between the Mondays. :)
Be on the lookout for a new Author Interview Post this Monday!! It’s a great one too :D
How was your March, friends? Happy Passover/Resurrection Day :)
This will most likely be a short post because…well, I don’t feel I have much to write about. I’m kinda boring. XP Life has been busy, and I just haven’t had a lot of time/motivation to write up blog posts, so I do apologise. I keep hoping for some blog-post-inspiration to hit, but…I guess I’m still waiting. :D
How are you? I hope everything is well in your world. And if not, I hope you are finding vast amounts of comfort in our Lord and Savior. I’ve been running to Him plenty, and so thankful to be under the shadow of His wings!
Are you reading anything? I am currently advance-reading “The Flaming Sword” by Heather FitzGerald. It’s the second book in her Tethered World Series. And yep, this will actually be a review book.
I have mostly been reading review-free books, and it has been very nice. Though an occasional review-book isn’t so overwhelming anymore, because they’re not numerous. And I’m still not on the blogging-review programs.
Eventually, I will have a review up for “The Cautious Maiden” by Dawn Crandall that I advance-read recently – looking forward to that! It was a book I very much enjoyed. :)
I also read “Courageous” by Dina Sleiman recently, and also enjoyed that one. It was a great addition to her Valiant Hearts series. I have one or two concerns about it, faith-wise, but other than that it was a great read.
I can’t go without saying that I’ve also read a How To Train Your Dragon book, because of obvious reasons. I love HTTYD. :D
I’ve been writing a bit lately, which is nice. A newish story that I’m really enjoying. I need to be editing…but I know God will bring that about in the perfect time too.
Soo….what else is there to say? I’m enjoying following along on Shantelle’s blog series, “Hidden Gems” right now where every Monday she posts about a new lesser-known author, and there’s a fun giveaway in each, and then Sarah Holman is having a Summer Extravaganza, with a giveaway every day of this month. So, lots of fun, and you might want to check both of those out. :)
I guess that’s about it for now…maybe you’ll see me posting again sometime soon…I can hope! :)
Go in the peace and grace of God! :)
Update. That’s what the title means. XD I can just be weird, because I can.
(gif from Pinterest. No, we don’t watch Frozen, but it was the only gif I could find of someone waving. ^.^ Plus, I do like Anna. And Kristoff. Definitely Kristoff.)
It’s been a while, my poor neglected blog. But sometimes I just run out of inspiration/energy to post…so I do apologize. I’m not sure I really have anything interesting to say, so this may be exceedingly random.
I have posts I need to get done – a review book *still* (I keep forgetting about it!!), a tag or two, and probably something else I am forgetting. But here I am doing a random post. A Life post. Because that’s what this is. Life.
So, what have I been up to, ay? Ummm….it’s summer, it’s hot, there’s always something do to, and when there isn’t, I’m chilling. Reading some, but mostly trying to rest. Okay, so I don’t always do so good at it, but I am trying.
“And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”...yes, God has given me that verse recently.
I hope and want to chose that which is needful – Jesus. Sitting at His feet. Giving Him my worry and stress.
I’ve been trying to keep up a constant journal, but have recently been slacking. And that’s okay. I don’t need to keep on top of everything all of the time.
Yes, I’ve been reading, but not as fast. I’ve tried a couple new books, but the past few haven’t been as satisfying. Right now I’m simply reading a Dear America, because I wanted something that wasn’t severely emotionally-draining.
I did recently try “A Time to Die” by Nadine Brandes finally. Shortly put, it wasn’t for me. And if you’re a soft/sensitive-spirit kind of person, I’d say it’s not for you either.
Really, there hasn’t been a great deal of time to read – or rather, God has been showing me that it’s not as important. He hit me with the hard question of “Why do you read?” Umm…I wanted to say “Because I enjoy it”, but that’s only half true. Eeek, hard to admit, but the truth is, reading can be an addiction. I pass it off, because “it’s fun! People read, it’s a good thing”, and to an extent, it is. Reading is amazing! But priorities matter. Addiction matters. Because it puts it above God. It becomes an idol, and I don’t want that. I don’t want reading to become who I am. To become more important than my Savior. So if I sit on the couch and just breathe, that’s alright. In fact, that’s great. God-time is so much more important than reading. Than getting things done. And I’m not saying I do this all the time now. I wish I did. But if you know me, you know that doing absolutely nothing is hard for me – I often have to force myself to really be still. I want to be doing, not be sitting still. God’s working on me though! And hallelujah for that. He’s working in all of us. We need only let Him.
Chores consume a great deal of our time….we have plenty of outside animals to keep us occupied. And recently, we’ve had to deal with the reoccurring skunk problem. One was in the barn the other evening – of course Dad had to dispatch it, but it still stinks out there, and we know there’s got to be more causing the horrible smell because the skunk we dealt with was several days ago, and it still smells like it just happened…ick!
And as random and jumbled as this post may be, I’m leaving it off here. Time for bed!
What’s new in your life, dear reader? Thank you for reading this post. I appreciate you!
Hi peoples. I feel like I’ve kind of disappeared from my blog for a bit…but I guess, honest moment: it happens frequently.
Today I have mainly a question. First, are any of you people crafty? Like, do you have loads of washi-tape and paper-items, and pens, glitter, glue, etc.? I need to talk to you. Where do you store it, and how do you store it? I’m just looking for some tips and would love to talk about such stuff. One of the places I am happiest is sitting at my desk surrounded by my paper-y-craft stuff. I’ve got about 100 rolls of washi-tape (including decorative ducktape – don’t judge me. XD I have saved up for this stuff, and gotten some as gifts. <3), stationary up the wazoo, pens and pencils and markers, glitter and glitter glue of many variations, and more stuff. Paper stuff makes me happy. :D But the problem is storing it, and keeping it easily accessible. I keep my washi-tapes in a pretty box, and most of my stationary in likewise pretty boxes/folders, and then keep these things on two small bookshelves, but they’re overflowing. I don’t even have enough penpals to keep up with my love of decorating letters/envelopes (I think this partly has to do with the fact that most penpalers my age are married, or busy in college, or something along those lines).
I’d show pictures, but…let’s just say me and our camera don’t get along too swimmingly and…yeah.
I’m not actually too concerned about my mess, but I am interested to see how other people organize they’re craft items! :) So, share away, and if you have pictures, I’d love to see. I don’t know if you can share pictures in comments? If not, you could always email them to me (go to my ‘contact me’ page). :)
On another subject, April 15th is quickly approaching!!! Do you know what that means?? The writing contest!!
I also have more posts I want to do…like one about something HTTYD related…not promising anything though, because life gets busy, as it has been lately.
I’ve been taking care of a cute little girl on some days, feeding neighbour’s animals every day (they have baby sheep!!! *Sigh* so cute!!), and just trying to get life-y things accomplished, all while trying to stay on top of my Reading List that just keeps growing. I should have some reviews coming up, God-willing!
But I shall leave off for now. Happy Saturday, and may you enjoy a weekend of rest!
One is too many lives to be lost. But in South Asia, 50,000 female children are aborted every month.
Gospel for Asia (http://www.gfa.org/imagine-if/too-bad-im-a-girl/) says: If they live to take their first breath, they grow up being the last to eat and the most likely to be illiterate, and often they are sold into bonded labor or prostitution to provide for their families.
This information makes my heart hurt, my tears fall, and my anger stirred. It isn’t fair, and I want to do something about it. I want it to be changed. I want those girls to live and know they are loved by their Abba Father in heaven, by our great Elohim. To live and know they are cherished. I want to cherish them. I want to tell them they’re loved and hug them and show them their worth. I don’t want them to have to go through the pain and heartbreak that they do.
So I pray, and I ache. And I ask God, “When is it my time? When will You send me?”
I know I have so much more preparing to go through yet, but my heart still aches, and I still wait.
I wish I could stop even one more abortion before it happens. One more orphaned child. One more life. Because one life is always worth it all.
(All pictures in this post were found on Pinterest)
It’s true. Even if’s possible to go backwards, it isn’t in the way that it is never the same. No matter how much ‘bliss’ is had in the time of going back, once it’s over, and you’re back in the forward mode, it’s harder.
I don’t want to step back. I am very happy being where I am in life, who I know, what I’ve learned. I wouldn’t take that away to go back to being the carefree 10-year-old playing barbie dolls wondering if I’m approved by this person or that.
It’s strange to step back, plain and simple. Yesterday, being in the moment was fine, fun even, but it was like I was in-between worlds – of being who I am now, and who I was then. And there were moments when I was ‘sane’ and thinking “No, I’m not the same as that…” and then, coming home. It was like settling back into normality – or what I call normality.
In explanation, I was over at a friend’s house yesterday. My best friend from when I was 8 – 13. We were still friends after that age, but it was different, and we were both starting to change a bit. Plus we both have completely different life styles. She goes to public school, and lives that life, and I, obviously to you, am homeschooled, and live the simple life, because that’s what I love.
We played the game Life yesterday. How we both play, even shows who we are, I couldn’t help but laugh. Though this time I only had one set of twins. Last time I played that game, I had eight kids, and had to drive two cars :D
It was fun being over there, I won’t lie. But it was memories, and it almost seemed like we were trying to recreate how we were. I couldn’t remember if I was 16 or 10! ;) And nothing really had changed in their house. It was still beautiful. I love their house. It was my second home growing up :)
She would tell me about her friends, and how in-constant they are. I would think to myself how blessed I am for my friends who are constant. Even if they are only through letters and computer!
It just makes me so thankful for where the Lord has brought me. He is good! :)