Posted in Questions/answers, Random babblings

I was awarded with The Liebster Award

Indeed! I was quite excited to receive an email from Shantelle at A Writer’s Heart  letting me know that she had awarded me. :) So, why not get started?

The Rules:

1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you.
 
2. Answer the 11 new questions.
 
3. Nominate other bloggers (however many or few as you’d 
like).
 
4. Create 11 new questions for the bloggers you nominated.
 
5. Notify the new nominees of their award.
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Questions Given to me to Answer:

1) What is the driving passion of your life?

My Lord and Savior. Truly, He is for whom I think and breath. It is by Him that I am. You know that verse, “Apart from Me you can do nothing”? I have found that completely and utterly true in my life. Over and over, Jesus has shown me – ever so gently no less – how much I need Him, and how He is always, always, always carying me as His sheep. He is my comfort, my grace, my Redeemer. And He is my driving passion.

2) Can you name a favorite character from a movie you’ve seen recently?

Just one? ;) Characters are my favourite. But let’s see…from a movie I’ve seen recently…We watched “Sense and Sensibility” (2008) and favourite character from that is Elinor Dashwood.

3) What’s one book (or chapter, verse, whatever…) of the Bible that has particularly touched you and why?

Ezekial 34:11-17 has really rooted itself deeply in my heart. Why? Because it ministers to me where He has me right now. I am His sheep/lamb and He is my Shepherd and He will never forsake me. I cling to that. :)

For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out. As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country. I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel. I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord God. I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick.” – Ez. 34:11-17

4) How tall are you? *smiles*

Haha, um…Five Feet, Two and a half inches.

5) What’s one thing a book needs to have in order to make it a favorite for you?

Faith. Strongly God centered and teaching, yet not in a condemning way. I really, really love and thrive on Godly fiction!

6) How did you start and what’s your favorite thing about blogging?

I started blogging back when I was like…10/11 when I joined HomeschoolBlogger. It was just fun then. I don’t think I had a particular reason! My favourite thing about blogging now is connecting with others, and sharing my love of books. :D

7) What’s something exciting that has happened in your life recently?

Getting closer to my book being published. :)

8) Why do you write (blogs, books, whatever)?

Books: because writing is in me. It’s in me blood, one could say. :D I write because I love it, and because I hope to reach out to others and show God’s healing as He has shown me.

9) Can you describe (or find a picture of) a different-era outfit that you’d love to wear?

Oooh, you don’t want to get me started!! I have two boards on Pinterest devoted to my favourite outfits from other era’s! I will try my best to just keep it down to ONE though. ;)

That is just beautiful.

I love draping sleeves…*sigh* But at the same time, I love this kinda thing:

SCA Garb Norse Viking Medieval Gown 2 Piece by camelots0closet, $62.00

I’d wear both styles all the time if I could!

10) Favorite songs?

“Worn”, “No Man is an Island”, “On and On” and SO many others of Tenth Avenue North’s, and many, many, many songs of TobyMac’s. I’m also enjoying “Drops in the Ocean” by Hawk Nelson, and “Soul on Fire” by Third Day.

11) Any advice for your fellow Christian bloggers/writers?

Focus on God only. In all you do, but also in your writing, whatever kind that may be. Everything we do is for Him, and He will guide us along His narrow path. Don’t focus on wordcounts, pages, or popularity, just keep your eyes on our Savior! He will do the rest. :)

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11 New Questions:

1) What is the driving passion of your life?

2) Do you have a (few) favourite books? If so what are they?

3) Characters. How do you feel about them? Do you write them, or enjoy them from ‘afar’ (reading, movies, etc. Which really isn’t from ‘afar’. One can get really attached to characters…like I do!)?

4) How do you like to spend your free time?

5) What got you blogging in the first place?

6) Are you a tea drinker or a coffee drinker?

7) How many novels/stories have you written (unpublished, or published)?

8) Favourite animal?

9) Do you have a favourite Fairy Tale?

10) How about a favourite book of the Bible?

11) What are some of your hobbies, in addition to writing? :)

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And I award/tag:

Faith Blum

Jack Lewis Baillot

Sarah Holman

Alicia G. Ruggieri

Heather FitzGerald

If any of you have already been awarded, then don’t worry. :) I look forward to reading your answers to the questions, though, if you have time to answer them!

Thank you, Shantelle, for awarding me! I’ve enjoyed it. :)

Posted in God's Lessons, My Abba Father, Spiritual beliefs

Nowhere but Christ

There is nowhere but Christ. And sometimes, we need to be absolutely pelted with that knowledge. We need to be reminded, especially when we are in our lowest, that Christ is everything, and there is nowhere else to go but to Christ.

I speak from experience, truly, I do. I have ran. I have sought relief through different things. But I am being pelted. And drawn back to my Creator. And praise Him for that!
You see, this year especially, I have been in the ‘refining fire’ of God. It’s not overly pleasant either. I’ve mostly kept quiet about it – I’m generally a private person. But it does help to read other’s accounts of things because other people struggle too.
So, I will say, it has been rough. I have been very low. I have struggled – and still am. My days are different than they were a couple years ago.
And I admit that various times already, when I don’t feel God, I try to find something that will ‘satisfy’ such as books, reading, writing, reading blogs, etc. I think that, since I don’t feel God close to me, I have an excuse to seek my own desires. Wrong. He is still my Lord. I am still His servant. And He still hears me. He hears my cries – and don’t you think He’s doing something through this all? A big resounding YES! I know without a doubt that He has His righteous hand on all of this. On everything. I just need to be put back on the right path a few times. Throw off the distractions and be pelted with ‘nothing but Christ’. Nothing but my Lord. Nothing but the knowledge that He is ALL. There is none that can satisfy but Him. None that can comfort me but Him. There is nowhere but Christ. Nowhere but my Lord.

I am joyful that He is calling me back – that He Himself is drawing myself to Him. That is what my soul has been craving. Him. None of my workings win out, because I am human and I fail. But He never fails, and it is up to Him right now to pull me back – and He’s doing that! I am joyful. I am thankful. I am praising! Because I am hungry. For Him only. It is like walking in a dry desert and yearning for someone to draw me to an oasis. He is doing that. Drawing me to the oasis that is Himself.

And you know, I’ll have to continually be drawn back to Him. Because I can do nothing, and I’m not going to try. Oh, I’m going to try to keep him always as first in my life – that is a comfort – but I am going to stop doing deadworks. Or try at least. I do struggle with not doing ‘works’ for Him – even though I know that He only wants me first and foremost.

Don’t give up, if you’re struggling. I pray that you will be pelted with knowledge of Him on every side of you. Because that is what we need. I once thought that, when reading constant things of ‘go to Him’, “I know, I know. but that’s not where I’m at right now”, but that is where I need to be. Because there is NOWHERE but Christ!! What glorious knowledge that is!!

I read a post that…well, it was an echo of myself. And in it I felted pelted. So, thank you Mrs. Wood for pelting His grace!
This is that post:

http://annawood.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/the-grace-of-god-sustains/

 

I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. —Ezekiel 34:11

 

Remember, when there is nowhere else to go – Christ. There is nowhere but Christ! Run into His loving arms – let Him draw you.

Posted in Blades, Give-aways, My Abba Father, Pictures, Random babblings, Reviews, Spiritual beliefs, update

Reminder about Give-away, and a brief update

Just wanted to ‘remind’ all that the give-away ends tomorrow. I will take the following day or two to choose the winner, and God-willing, announce the winner on Monday possibly. Somewhere around there :)

And for an update…
I have another review that I will be posting soon, of cat food from Newman’s Own Organic’s as well. Our kitties are almost finished trying them :)

I think it is mostly known, that I graduated and had an open-house on the 8th of June. It went really well, though I was super nervous. And I do mean super. :) I am very quiet, and generally uncomfortable around groups of people, but God gave me His peace, as well as His voice, and it went swimmingly well, praise Him! My cake was gorgeous! Maybe at some point I will post more pictures of the whole thing, and what not. For now, though, this was one of my grad pictures, and I must say it was my favourite:

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God is still bringing me through a lot of lessons; there are still a lot of downs and ups. But He is good throughout it all. :)
So that is a brief update on my life. =)

Posted in My Abba Father, Spiritual beliefs

The Rawest of Raw

My last post was pointless, really. And I regret of that a little. There is so much one could say, that would be edifying to others, yet I lowered to a trivial post. I am not guilt-ridden about it; I have just learned a little since then and I do wish to share. So instead of a short meaningless post, I am hoping for this to be a deeper, more meaningful post. :)
I have so many thoughts on things I was taught just this morning, yet hardly no where to begin.

The Lord, He draws us back to us, doesn’t He? I have the firmest of answers for that: Yes. Yes. And yes again. He never stops drawing us back to Himself. We run and we run, and at sometime we come to realise we become tired of running, and who draws us back, but God alone?
How many times have I tried to keep Him ‘at bay”? Really, how many times have I ran away? Too many. And I will probably do it again. Yet, there He stands, just waiting to take me back into His arms, and set me on His straight and perfect path again.
I was reading in “Kisses from Katie” this morning, in Chapter Two, and so much hit me from it. The Lord spoke something to me, as I was reading how Katie Davis was saying how she has to cry out to Him for the strength just to go on. She could praise and dance for Him in the day, joyously with the children, yet at night she cries out to Him with everything that is in her heart. My Abba whispered to me, “I want that raw emotion, that raw relationship” and He just kept repeating that word “raw”. He wants a truly raw relationship from us. He wants our raw emotion; nothing covered up, nothing hidden. And that means so much. We so often do try to keep God where we want Him, because we are afraid of where He will take us. I admit that I have done this. Multiple times. I was convicted of such this morning. But He brings me back around, back around to Him so I can have that rawest of raw relationship. And what does that exactly mean? What does it mean to have a truly raw relationship? It is to have our emotions so raw and open, to come and cry to Him all the time, with whatever we are feeling and/or experiencing. To stop holding back. He wants me – us – to praise Him when we’re joyful, and cry and shout to Him when we are struggling. To truly and utterly come to Him with our every need; to be raw. I want that raw relationship with raw emotions. I am afraid, but I want that. Fear is only a spirit, and what does He say in His Word? “For I give you not a spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and of a sound mind.” I need to call on His power, strength, love, and sound mind. I need to get rid of this spirit of fear continually. So that I can be raw. So that nothing is hidden from my glorious Creator. No more “keeping my composer” so I appear to be “okay”. When I’m not okay, I must say, “God, I’m not okay. Heal and fix me!” and then allow Him to. We have to be willing. We must be willing to be raw and “vulnerable” because when we are, we are so much more protected. So much more safe. But not by our power; By His.
I want my heart to be His, to be the rawest of raw so He can be more and I can be less. I encourage all to be “more raw” with Him. :)

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Posted in Pictures

Elf Ear Cuffs

Hello and Merry Christmas Eve Day to you!!
I was going to try to do this post on Christmas day, but I don’t know if I’ll have time tomorrow, so just figured I’d do it now :)

As said in title, this post is mainly about elf ear cuffs. The ones I was so hoping to review haven’t worked out thus far (though I’m hoping maybe that will change…we’ll see) CORRECTION: I have just found out that I will indeed be able to review the pair of elf ears I so dearly want, and am SO thrilled and excited! The gal said she will try to mail them out soon, so a review of some of the most gorgeous-est ever elf-ear cuffs will follow shortly after I receive them!

My wonderful Mum made me an elf-ear, recently. It was the practice one, but turned out really well, I thought! It is for my right ear – she measured it against that ear, as I currently cannot wear something on my left ear due to an…ailment of that ear that God is teaching me on :) (I have not tried to wear it on that ear, at least. It may be fine.)
I took some photos, and so I will share them with you!
First, I will show the ear piece itself:

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So, there it is! I love it :)
As much as I’d like to make this longer, I am short on time, so I must depart. But I wish you all a wonderfully Merry Christmas; may you all be blessed richly!!!

Posted in lists, Random babblings

List…because I love lists.

Hola`!

I decided to make a short “birthday list” – I saw Bekah at bekahwall.blogspot.com do such a list, and well, I love lists, so I thought it’d be fun. All the things will most likely be a bit unrealistic, and not something you’d get for your b-day, because… (well, there is one or two things that I am going to save up for hopefully), one because they are all expensive, and two, because my birthday is only 8 days away :D This list with also just be a list of “wants” because again, it’s fun, and I love lists.  But here is my list anyway! Hope it makes you smile :)

 

  • A India Sari/Saree
  • A Salwar Kameeze – India dress type thing. Absolutely stunning.
  • A super nice photographers camera
  • This old globe on a stand that is at a Antique store here
  • A a round-trip plane ticket to Northern Ireland. (ha ha ha)
  • 2 rapier swords (one for me, and one for my opponent)

And well that is all I can think of for now :D

I must be off, but you might see lists in the future. Because I love lists.

Posted in Pictures

Dressies

First, Happy Father’s Day to you! I hope you all have a wonderful day with your Dad’s :)

I’ve got some photos of dresses I’ve been meaning to share, but haven’t gotten to it for various reasons. We’ll see if I can get it to work today though!

(Above: Notice how freaking low it is? Man, it was shocking. We got the dress at a garage sale, and we were at Dallas’ afterwards, so I tried it on, and I didn’t even want to come out of the bathroom XD So, we found a shirt to go under. :P)

(Above: I felt a little ‘funny’ in this one – like a “homeschooler” ;) Haha!The knives helped me be more me, though, so it was okay.)

And this following one is my favourite. It makes me feel…oh I don’t know. Fairy-tale-ish, but not quite the right word…Elven-ish?

I love the dress though. I got a little sick of being in dresses after a while, but this one I could wear all the time. There is just something about it. Twice I was told it is a very “Rae dress” if that means anything. ;)
Oh and just a little note: If I’m not wearing my knives, it means it was Sunday. But of course, if I am, it means it’s not Sunday. :)

There has been quite a bit that I could be posting about lately, but I just haven’t gotten to it.
But this week is going to be a grand week. Yay!!! Going to be meeting a penpal (Yippee, RaeAnne!!!) at MOA, then my family will be heading up to Duluth and I’ll be meeting two other penpals too! So much fun to look forward to!! :)

And then this past week, we got to tour the Tabernacle. It was so cool. If you have the time, look up “Messiah’s Mansion” – it’s an amazing ministry! I really really really loved going through it. Seeing so much passion was beyond amazing, and just a great reminder to never settle for less! The passion of both tour guides we had (we went through twice) was really great. Our first tour guide was a older gentlemen who was so sincere, and knew his Bible so well – he was great. Then the next day we got a young man, and he was great too. He focused a bit more on Jesus and His call to mission, and of course, I loved that! He was so on fire though; it was so encouraging! I wish I could be surrounded by more people like that; so in love with the Lord!!

Posted in Pictures

When you run out of things to say, just keep running; something will turn up somewhere.

Dearie me, has it been a while since I last posted. My apologies. Haven’t really had much to post about, nor the energy or desire…
I’ve got some pictures to share though, if my computer will behave. Shall we give it a try?

"These are my friends, Bill and Bryce"

(Above) Okay, c’mon people, one of you should know what my humor is up there. I did this a few weeks ago. Like a week before we even went up to Duluth. I wore them on my fingers the whole day, which made eating a tad bit hard, but you know, it was worth it XD

Tired of waiting...

(Above) Not a very good picture, but I figure it shows my weariness of waiting to just leave for Duluth :D We had to do this Open House/Auction type deal for a friend of Dad’s, and then we were gonna head up to Duluth. Next photo is of Noah in the car with me.

8, almost 9-year-old driving. Just kidding XP
Birthday time.

(Above) A few days later, up at my grandparents, lighting Noah’s birthday cake!

A few days ago, Noah and I decided to dress up (very rare for me, but it was fun.) Mum took some photos:

(Above) I love Noah’s serious face in that one!

(Above) Mum then took some in Sepia. Oh and Noah changed outfits, just in case you weren’t aware ;)

So those are the photos of that day :)
Yesterday, while Mum was on the phone, I wrote on my ankle (naughty me) and gave myself a tattoo :D It says my future husbands name. *Snickers* One of you readers knows for certain who that is, and I’m sure the rest of you could guess.
But my funny-realisation was that, I had done it, and then worn a shorter skirt that day! And not long-socks. We went to a town 45 min. West of us, which made it all the better for me, as I’m sure I was a sight. Though that is normal for me, utterly so. I was also wearing my OP shoes that are big and clunky, and black with red plaid >.< Good times.
Weeel…I guess that is all for now folks. :) Merry Christmas!

Posted in Pictures, Random babblings

Pickatures

I’ve some photo’s so share with ye all. By Mary Beth’s request, a couple photo’s of the dress I mentioned in previous post. :) And then just some other random photos.
And just to say, the couple photo’s of me in my dress (when it’s obvious I’m not taking the picture) aren’t the greatest quality, but it’s pretty good for a 8-almost 9 year old :D

Okay, so those are the dress. :)
On Monday, I think it was, I received a parcel in the mail, from my dear friend in Italy. She sent an adorable baby-outfit and bibs for Liam, which I thought was sooo sweet. The bibs are embroidered, and one has his name on it. She also sent me a cross pendant (which she has a matching one in blue) and two lovely bracelets. I took photo’s of them, and thought I’d share:

And now how about a photo that might just make you laugh? The following photo is of me (duh) in my going-out-side-garb. Well, the Plaid Flannel shirt and extraordinary pink hat. I just happened to being wearing a pink skirt and scarf that day (it was for church).

I'm a loverly pink lumber-jack.

:D I don’t find anything wrong with it, but Mum thought it craic, so snapped a photo >.<

Yesterday, Mum and I watched "Jane Eyre" for the first time. The older one. I actually really liked it…
Well, I'm sure I could think of more things to write about, but I'll just leave it at that. But before I go, I shall leave you with one last photo. Have you ever heard of Light Brite? Surely you have. Noah has one, and a few days back, she made a wonderful picture with them. It's quite impressive.


(It’s a knight on his horse with a sword! Love it.)

Posted in Random babblings

“Right is Right, and Wrong Ain’t Right.”

Anyone wanna guess the title quote? :P

So, today I am babysitting down at the neighbours. (They’re three houses down I think…near the end of our road. Not too far.) and Mum was just going to run me down, but I was saying that would just be stupid, because they’re not that far. So I ‘convinced’ (it wasn’t hard. I’m their favourite. Haha, just kidding totally. It’s an inside joke) both my parents to just let me walk or bike down there. I first asked what the temp. would be though, because it was below zero yesterday, and that was pretty cold. But Dad said it’ll be in the 20’s today, so that’s a bit better. I just planned on bundling up – dressing how one should dress in a MN winter. Now, I wake up this morning, come downstairs, look outside, and see the snow falling quite a bit, “Oh how nice! It’s finally snowing! Oh, wait. Bummer. That crosses of biking maybe.”
But maybe not…I’m still determined to either walk or bike. I don’t know which though.
Mum offered me the van to take down there, and even though I am 16 and capable, I humbly declined, because I haven’t had a lot of practice, especially on snow & ice. So, no danke. Another time maybe.
Though I often say I don’t want to babysit, (just ask my family) I am not really dreading it so much. Luke it pretty cute… :)

Oh, one more quick thing.
My family and I were in a town north of us a little bit, to celebrate my parents anniversary, (yep, they took Noah and I! They’re awesome parents) and we went out to eat, stopped at some places, and lastly we stopped at Wal-Mart to get the movie “Courageous” as well as hamster food for me..anyway, we bumped into someone we hadn’t seen in a while, and Mum and Dad talked to her for almost an hour I think, it not more. When they finished, Mum finished looking at toys with Noah (I had started with her) and then Mum looked at the clearance isle. Okay, so we’re leaving that isle, and I’m skipping/half jumping/tap-dancing, because it makes my shoes sound great on the floor, and I look up, and some wal-mart employee guy was watching me and smiling, looking as if he was trying not to laugh. I smiled, and looked down, trying not to laugh myself, because it was funny how he was looking at me, and he just saw me being a moron XP It was pretty great though.