Tuesday, June 28, 2016

To My Sister



To my sister,
As you enter your senior year, the closing year of the life of a life already planned out for you, I want you to know just how much you  mean to me. You are "my person". The one who will always cheer me up when I'm feeling down. The one who always reads books and discusses them with me. The one who goes on walks with me. The one that enjoys doing fancy things with  my hair. And I know that although sometimes just how much we do together gets on both of our nerves, I really wouldn't want it any other way. I love having a twin who is not really a twin, and I don't really mind it as much as I pretend to when people call me Natalie.
I miss you so much when you are gone overnight. I miss our conversations, and even just knowing you are there.
I love afternoons like last Sunday, when it's just the two of us at home and we can make popcorn and watch Harry Potter. I love staying up late at night, talking with you. I love nights like the last one, when, although I fought the idea initially, we spontaneously slept on couches in the family room and watched a little TV together before bed.
I love crying over sad movies with you. Anytime you need to talk about your heartache over the movie "Titanic", I'm here for you.
I love the memories of sharing birthday parties with you, of going places overnight together, of babysitting together.
Sister, I just wanted to leave this note to remind you how special and loved you are! I hope you never forget it. :)
I hope the days come easy and the moments pass slow
And each road leads you where you want to go
And if you’re faced with the choice and you have to choose
I hope you choose the one that means the most to you
And if one door opens to another door closed
I hope you keep on walkin’ ‘til you find the window
If it’s cold outside, show the world the warmth of your smile
But more than anything, more than anything

 My wish for you
Is that this life becomes all that you want it to
Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small
You never need to carry more than you can hold
And while you’re out there gettin’ where you’re gettin’ to
I hope you know somebody loves you
And wants the same things too
Yeah, this is my wish

I hope you never look back but you never forget
All the ones who love you
And the place you left
I hope you always forgive and you never regret
And you help somebody every chance you get
Oh, you find God’s grace in every mistake
And always give more than you take
But more than anything, yeah more than anything

[Chorus x2]

This is my wish
I hope you know somebody loves you
May all your dreams stay big
-Rascal Flatts, "My Wish for You"
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Monday, June 20, 2016

The Way You Talk to Yourself

 It had been a rough week for me. One of those weeks in which I spent extra time beating myself up. I would think over my actions and say to myself, "You are so stupid". Over time, this message slipped into my thoughts more and more, as I repeated it to myself each time any little thing went wrong. On one occasion, I stubbed my toe, and the thought that instantly crossed my mind was, "Well, that happened because you're stupid." My first reaction was to laugh at how silly that thought was. However, when I stopped and thought it through, I realized how sad that was. I had trained myself to think that way until it was at the point where that one thought resembled a pre-recorded message. I also wondered since that moment if perhaps my parents had taught me not to say stupid when I was little not just to protect others feelings, but to protect my own.
The truth is, the thoughts you choose to dwell on, are the ones you feed. I had fed that thought, and let it grow to become a part of me. Don't be fooled; the words you say to yourself are POWERFUL. The way I was choosing to think was detrimental to my confidence and self worth.
But, what if I flipped that around? What if I told myself the right things? What if I chose a Bible verse to plant in my head instead? What if I chose the words from a song like "Meant to Be"?  
A simple change in my thought processes could change me. It could give me the strength I need to be the person God created it to be.
It could change me. And, by choosing to believe God can use me in mighty ways, I could change the world.
Long before you drew your first breath
A dream was coming true
God wanted to give a gift to the world
So He wrapped it up in you
Every step that you’ve taken
Every move that you make
Is part of His plan

You were meant to be touching the lives that you touch
And meant to be here making this world so much more
Than it would be without you in it
You were meant to be bringing the gifts that you bring
And singing the songs you’ve been given to sing
You are perfectly, wonderfully
Beautifully meant to be
You were meant to be

Long before you took your first fall
And stumbled to the ground
God started telling the story of you
To the angels gathered around
Every failure and victory
And everything in between
It’s all in His hands

You are, you are, you are meant to be
You are, you are, you are meant to be

For every breath that you’re taking
And every move that you make
It’s a meaningful life you’ve been given
So live it well

--"Meant to Be" by Steven Curtis Chapman

Friday, June 17, 2016

Rising Authors Tag

My fabulous "little sis", Allie tagged me for the new tag she just invented. Thanks, Allie! Everyone, be sure to check out her blog @ The Depth of My Faith
Here are the rules:
Go and write a post thanking the person who tagged you
 Include the tag,  the 11 questions the person who tagged you asked and your answers
Include a brief one of your writings (around 150 words) if possible
Then, at the end of the post make up 11 new questions,
Tag a few friends who enjoy writing
Here are my answers to Allie's questions:
What is your favorite type of writing style?
Hmmm. I don't really know; I really like C.S. Lewis's style, in case any of you didn't know it. I'm not super attached to one style or another, as long as the story itself is worth reading.
When did you write your first piece?
I'm not exactly sure. I think I was about 7, but it was just a little handwritten story about the uninteresting me, although I thought back then that it was epic. ;)
Have you been published?
No. As of yet, I haven't even completed a story.
Is writing a career or hobby for you?
A hobby. I would be interested in making it a career, but at this point in time my writer's block is still so bad I really can't see that happening.
Some writers can write no matter where they are… Can you?
Yes. And no. I can handle noise, but I can't stand having people watch me while I write.
If you have a “Inspiration Spot” where is it?
My bed, I guess. :)
Do you sometimes become attached to your characters?
Sometimes; usually, I write a character with the intention of getting attached to him or her
If and when you do, is it hard to kill them off?
To be honest, no. I'm actually one of those scary writers who really loves killing off characters. I love writing the more dramatic material.
Do your do most of your writing on the computer or my hand?
On the computer. I can't stand to write by hand, because my hand can't keep up with my brain, and then I get frustrated.
Can you describe five characters from a few of your stories? (Or one, due to lack of material.)
And finally, what called you to writing?
Well, forgive the cheesiness, as I don't have any current stories I'm working on, but here are a few of the characters from when I was younger. One was Emily; she was a young girl in the 1800s who was forced to run away with her little sister from their father. (Back when I wrote most of my stories, I was dying to have a little sister, so I almost always give my characters one.) Another character was a  boy named Dietrich, a German boy living during the World War II. In the same book, was a Jewish girl named Shoshanna. (This story was one of my favorites I ever attempted--my sister loved it, too, and I think if I had written it from a more mature and well researched standpoint, I could have actually gotten somewhere with it). There were several other ones I started, but those were some of my big ones.
I don't really know what called me to writing; I don't think there really was anything in particular. I've just always loved doing it.
As for a short writing sample, I don't really currently have one, although I do have several posted on my blog for Monday's Minute Challenge. I will, however, try to also put up the editorial I wrote a couple months ago for school, if you all are interested. :) It's about 300 words, so I don't really want to add it to this post.
Ok, so I'm going to be lazy here and not make up new questions. (Please give me some grace-it's 10:14 at night here, and I'd like to drink a cup of tea and relax a while before going to bed). So just go ahead and answer Allie's awesome questions.
I'm tagging:
 Kara @ Saved by Grace
Elisabeth @ Reflections of the Heart
I was going to tag more of you, but it's been so long since I've been fully immersed in the blogging world, and I'm drawing blanks on who all of my blogging buddies are, and which of you write. Please do go ahead and do this if you are interested! :)

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Day in Seattle {6.14.2016}




 I spent the entire day yesterday in Seattle with some fabulous friends. We went to Pike Place Market first, and browsed for a while, then peeked in at the first Starbucks, all though the line was so long we just snapped a picture and purchased our drinks at a different Starbucks nearby. We then took our drinks and sat at the Pier, which included a pretty fountain in the background, to drink them. My friend and I were teasing about feeding the many not-at-all-shy birds, since we sang "Feed the Birds" from Mary Poppins for our school concert. So just imagine our dismay when we discovered there was a rule against feeding those poor little birds. :(
 Next, we went out to lunch, and then made our to the Ferris wheel, which, if you haven't been there before, rotates over the water with a wonderful view of Seattle behind. (I took all the scenery pictures while on it.) It was the nicest one I've been on! Not that I've had much experience with them, besides the county fair and a carnival I went to for 4th of July. We peeked in at a couple more shops, then went to catch our ride back on the monorail. (We used it to get back and forth from where we parked the car, and it was my first experience on it. It was pretty fun!)
Before heading back to the car, we went to this cool playground area our friend insisted on trying out. So like a bunch of kids, we climbed up the net and went down the slide. We are such a sophisticated group. ;)
From there, we made our way back to the car and began the long ride home in the midst of rush hour traffic. It was such a fun day! It was lovely to get home, eat French fries, and curl up on the couch with a good TV show at the end, though.
I hope to go again sometime! :D
Note: I took pictures #5, #6, #11, #12, #13, and #14. Credit for the rest goes to a friend.

Monday, June 13, 2016

By the Bay {Part 2}

Yesterday afternoon, we all packed up and headed out to the bay on a whim, born only the day before. We met up with friends, so it was super fun. I debated whether or not to post the pictures, but then I remembered that we went last year and I put up a post, (which you can see here) so I figured why not. :)
Please note: These are all unedited, iPhone pictures, taken on a very bright day, so they are definitely not the quality of the ones from last year.

Our friend, Alekai, Tim, and Levi. Do you like Levi's "Indian War Paint"? I had some on, too, but unfortunately I did not get a picture of it.

It was much more pretty in person! And, I must say, MUCH more muddy! Although we found it worth it, to wade through the deep mud twice to visit a portion of the bay that resembled Narnia. :)
Before we got there...Natalie, me, and our friend Ariana. We took Ariana home with us after church until it was time to go. 

Ariana and me. :)

My fabulous friend, Becca, and myself. :)

My name in the sand. {Credit goes to Becca}

 Sweet Keturah. (Becca's younger sister.)
Ariana--we were climbing the rocks, and I turned around and took this picture of her.
An absolutely wonderful picture of a....cup??
Sand, rocks, water, mud...the correct combination for a perfect summer afternoon and evening.
HEY!! I just noticed...the picture of Drake the fabulous marshmallow roaster did not make it onto my computer. Ah, well. ;)
My sister and I are going on a day trip to Seattle tomorrow, so stay tuned for more pictures!
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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Pearl on a String

One of my "pearls" on a string for today was having my niece, Hailee, over the afternoon and overnight. I have loved holding puppies, dancing to Disney music, watching TV, and just playing around on the floor with her. Of course, my mom did what she does best, and took a few pictures of us. There are more she hasn't uploaded yet, but as I'm too impatient to wait, here are the ones she has finished. I might add the others to this post later on. :)

“After all," Anne had said to Marilla once, "I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.” -L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
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Saturday, June 4, 2016

A Few Favorites (6/4/2016)

I thought it would be fun to post some favorites/current things from recently (plus I don't really have anything new to write), so here I go...
reading...Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (and loving it!)
watching...Full House
loving....summer barbeques with friends (I have already gone to three!)
Listening to...."No One Else Knows" -Building 429
"She's Like the Swallow" -folk song
"What Time is It?" -High School Musical (yeah, sue me.)
"Monster" -Skillet
"Stressed Out" -Twenty One Pilots
Looking forward to....the mother/daughter teen Bible study we are starting in about two weeks.
Getting warm fuzzies over....the autographs in my year book and my sweet notebook my kindred spirit, Elisabeth, gave me for my birthday
Feeling happy about...the fact that I FINISHED SCHOOL! "Finally summer's here. Good to be chilling out!"
Loving....this post from the blog Loving Dangerously
Remembering...sweet Kya Bear, who went to be with Jesus two years ago on Thursday
Favorite moments....
...cuddling with my nephews, Cooper and Tucker
Tucker. I can't believe he just turned 7  months old!
....getting a makeover, and then dancing/hanging out with friends at my (surprise) 16th birthday party
...selfies with my "adopted" little sister, Hana, (they are sooo cute! I wish I could post them here) and face swaps with her sisters, Allie and Hailey.
...one barbeque in particular where I got to get to know some girls from school a little better. (Elizabeth @ Whimsical Thoughts and Elissa @ Letters to Jayna, and Elissa's sister, Rachel.) It was lovely getting to spend time with you girls!
....and that's all I got! Thanks for reading! Please bear with me, as I can't edit this, since my laptop is almost out of battery, so apologies for that as well. :)
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