2010: A Year to Remember

Friday, December 31, 2010

Well, this is the last post of 2010 *sniff sniff*. I'm definitely going to miss it, yes. But now I am so excited for 2011. There's so many things that I am planning on doing. Like, water skiing. If I get the chance at the lake (our family reunion) I'd like to try it (although I keep seeing myself hobbling around on crutches). I want to finish one of my books (at least the first draft). And I'd like to completely finish one of my songs (meaning the music). I want to get a lot done in 2011. At the top of my New Year Resolutions, I wrote Spend more time writing. I wasn't able to work on my writing a lot this year. I was just *gulp* too busy. When I think about that I wonder How could I be too busy to do something I love? Why didn't I make the time? I'm not sure why. I wish I would have made time. If I'm busy this year, then I'm going to make sure that I write. But hopefully, this year won't be so busy. 2010 was jam packed full of stuff that I enjoyed--but took time away from things that I missed out on. I wasn't able to spend my time at my window, writing; I wasn't able to spend every night out at the pool with my friends. That was because my schedule was full. Now I see that it was a mistake (boy, did everything leave me tired!). This year, though, I'm going to try to make things less hectic. For instance, I'm not going to camp. Don't get me wrong--I loved camp, and it was fun. But because I went last year, I missed out on some things back home (like my wonderful bed and pillow! haha). Plus--let me let you in on a little secret--I was homesick the first three days. On Monday, after we got to camp, I wondered why I had come. And I hardly ate anything from Monday to Wednesday (I did have a Mocha freeze, though)--knowing me, that's strange. I love food! I just like my family, that's all. And that was the first time I had ever been away. But thankfully, I was with great friends, and I wasn't homesick too long.

Well, I guess I better get going. But before I do, I'm just wanna let you know that I made a movie of 2010. Okay, it's really just a slide show of pictures from 2010. Hopefully, I can get it on here...but, (pardon the grammar) that ain't gonna happen--probably. But here are some highlights of 2010 that I'll share with you. Thanks for making 2010 a great year, guys! I love you all! Happy New Year!




Vicksburg, MS--Mar. 2010



The WILDS-Aug. 2010


St.Louis Arch--Mar. 2010







Lake--July 2010



Amusment Park-June 2010




Camping-May 2010
Camping-May 2010
My new bike/my birthday-Apr. 2010
Fort Worth Zoo-Mar. 2010


Christmas-Dec. 2010

Christmas-Dec. 2010

Thanksgiving-Nov. 2010

Christmas Caroling-Dec. 2010

Christmas Caroling-Dec. 2010

One of the few snows--Fall/Winter 2010


Discoving and devouring Nutella-November 2010



Talents for Christ-Apr. 2010

 Happy New Year, everybody!

When Doors Open and Close...

Thursday, December 30, 2010

I can't believe that I only have one last day in the year 2010. Just writing that sentence hurt me. Once again, I have that feeling that things are on fast forward, and I'm lost in the confusion. I don't want to say goodbye to 2010--so many good things have happened to me this year. For instance, I went to the Wilds, I went to Texas, I wrote some songs that my friends like, and I think that I've matured some in my writing. There's so many things that I want to hang on to. But 2011 will bring many more wonderful memories. I'm sure of it. Today, I read a quote from Alexander Grahm Bell. It said,

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”

Come to think of it, that's what I've been doing with the new year; I never realized it till I read this, though. But isn't it so true? We're so focused on what we're losing, that we don't see what we're getting. And sometimes, when we do see it, it's too late. But this year, I'm going to try to focus on all the good things that might happen in 2011. I know one thing that is going to happen in 2011: we're having Christmas with my dad's family (Pappy Jack got back from the hospital). I'm already thinking of my new year resolutions. I'm excited for 2011.

I had a great Christmas. My keyboard is awesome (and I got some piano books, too). I've had a song stuck in my head for about a year--and now, I'm getting the music down. I've already got the intro and first verse about done, and it's not enough to say that I'm excited.

Thanks for listening to me--or rather, reading what I have to say. Haha. I hope to have another post soon! Possibly pictures (and stories) about the New Years Eve party that I'm going to tomorrow--it's with the Clan. So, have a happy New Year!                             

Blessing 25

Sunday, December 26, 2010

I have to hurry up, because I'm leaving for church soon. First of all....

My Pappy Jack is doing better and he might be home tomorrow!

Second of all...

The 25th blessing of Christmas is

Jesus Christ!

He was born to save us from our sins, then died on a cross. But that's only where the story begins. Jesus rose on the third day and He is living right now! He can save you right now. He saved me. And He is the only way to Heaven. I'm so glad that God sent His Son to be my Savior!

Must go now. I have to play a flute duet with my cousins Jackie. Prayers our appreciated!

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

I'm just here to say Merry Christmas, everybody! I've had a wonderful Christmas! I finally got my keyboard! Yay!!! Now, I'm going to spend even more time songwriting. Merry Christmas!

Love

Friday, December 24, 2010

Blessing number 24 is a big part of everyone's life. What is it? Look at the title. It's love. Love is what made God send His only Son to die for us. I love the verse in the Bible that says,
"Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would be utterly contemned." Song of Solomon 8:7
 I love that verse! It reminds me that no matter what, my family will always love me--even though I'm clumsy, and walk into walls, and trip. I also like the verse that says,
"I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 8:38 

I'm so thankful that God will always love me; I'm thankful for His love now. And I'm thankful that I have a family (and friends) who love me. I know I sure love them! I know that there are some people out there who say, "Well, God doesn't love us." If God didn't love us, then why did He send His only Son to die on a cross? People also say that if God really loved us, He wouldn't send people to hell. My youth pastor has said before, "God doesn't send people to hell; people send themselves to hell." So just remember that this Christmas. Remember that God love you--and everyone around you.

I have a song below here that I love. It's really beautiful, and so true. My favorite part of the song is, "Behold the Man upon the cross, my sin upon His shoulders, ashamed, I hear my mocking voice call out among the scoffers. It was my sin that held Him there, until it was accomplished. His dying breath has brought me life. I know that it is finished." Please enjoy this beautifully awesome song!
P.S. Before you watch this, make sure to turn of my music player on the sidebar! : ) And, if you could all pray for my Pappy Jack, I would really appreciate it. He's in the hospital right now, so we won't be having Christmas with the Clan. Thanks!



Have a very Merry Christmas, everybody!

It's Christmas Eve Eve!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Blessing # 20:  Computers. Computers are a big part of Christmas at my house. That's how we get all our presents; that's how I write on my blog. I'm really thankful that we have our laptop. Cuz quite frankly, I really dislike going out into the craziness of the busy, crowded mall. Really dislike it.


Blessing # 21: Snow! Now, summer is my favorite season. I've said before that I would be fine if we moved to Hawaii (really, it's just an exaggeration. I wouldn't move from Meadows). But I love to have snow at Christmas time. "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas" is like my theme song at Christmas time. After New Years Eve, though, I'm ready for summer. Haha.


#22: Cars. I bet you're all laughing. Yes, it is true that I love cars. And it's also true that I can't wait to drive (it runs in the family). I'm laughing inside. Cars, a blessing? Well, yes they are (although some parents think that cars are a curse). But think about it. We wouldn't be able to see our families without a car--unless they live close enough for you to walk (like yours truly), or you don't mind getting on a plane (but if they live in the same town...that's not gonna work). So, yeah, cars are a  blessing.

Taken on the way to the WILDS

#23: The Bible. I think that most Christians have a tradition of reading the Christmas story at Christmas. We do, too. But this year, we did something different. On youth night, we had two girls (Andrea and Cassandra) read the Christmas story, and Isaiah 53. You know, reading Isaiah 53 is a good idea. I never noticed how it lined up with the Christmas story. But now I do. I'm so thankful that we have the Bible. It's a Book that we can count on and know--really, truly know--that it is the truth.

Today was cookie day! Yeah, I know, we were cutting it kind of close. But we got cookies made and--I had plenty of red hots. Hehe. Remember, I'm obsessed with red hots? All of my cookies are simply               drenched in them. I'll have to show you pictures of them.                                                                             

Well, last night, I started working on my civil war book. And I think that I might have something this time. I'm really happy with it. I'll probably think that it's bad in a few days...but right now, I think it's pretty good (compared to what I had before). Maybe I'll let you read it sometime. I think I'm going to work on it right now. Oh, and by the way, it's Christmas Eve Eve! Have a Merry one!

Meet Leroy (The Redneck Reindeer)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Okay, so I said that I'd post a song for y'all on here. It's a Christmas song that I am very fond of (you'll find out why when you hear the title), and I hope you guys enjoy it. This song is "Leroy the Redneck Reindeer". Here goes:

Well you've all heard the story
About Rudolph and his nose
Well I'll tell you a Christmas tell
That never has been told
Well you may think you've heard it all
But you ain't heard nothin' yet
About that crazy Christmas
That the North Pole can't forget

Rudolph was under the weather
And had to call in sick
So he got on the horn
To his cousin Leroy
Who lived out in the sticks
He said Santa's really counting on me
And I hate to pass the buck
Leroy said Hey I'm on my way
And he jumped in his pick-up truck
When Leroy got to the North Pole
All the reindeer snickered and laughed
They'd never seen a deer in overalls
And a John Deer tractor hat
Well Santa stepped in
And said just calm down
Cuz we all got a job to do
Like it or not Leroy's in charge
And he's gonna be leading you
And it was

Leroy The Redneck Reindeer
Hooked to the front of the sleigh
Delivering toys to all the good ol' boys
And girls along the way
He's just a down home party animal
Two Steppin all across the sky
He makes jingle bells with the rebel yell
And made history that night

Before that night was over
Leroy had changed their tune
He had them scootin a hoof
On every single roof
By the light of a neon moon
Santa wrapped his bag with a dixie flag
He was having the time of his life
You could here him call
Merry Christmas Y'all
And to all of y'all a goodnight
And it was

Leroy The Redneck Reindeer
Hooked to the front of the sleigh
Delivering toys to all the good ol' boys
And girls along the way
He's just a down home party animal
Two Steppin all across the sky
He makes jingle bells with the rebel yell
And made history that night

He makes Jingle Bells with the rebel yell
And made history that night



Ever since I heard this song a few years ago, I've liked it. I can't help it. It must be the country girl in me. Hey, I'm proud of my roots (my dad says his side of the family were hillbillies)!

Now, moving right along to the 25 Blessings of Christmas.

#17: Meadows. I'm really glad that I live in Meadows--especially at Christmas time. Even though there's no snow, it still looks beautiful. You should have seen it yesterday. The grass was green, the sun was insanely bright, and the woods looked great against a baby blue sky. I know I probably sound like a broken record, but I live in the best place on earth.

#18: Telephones. You know, phones really are a blessing. Why? Because I can call my best friend and tell her, "Merry Christmas!" She's far away with her family right now. And on Christmas Eve, and Christmas morning, we decided that we'd try to call each other. Phones are cool.

#19: The U.S. Mail. Today, I got (or, my family got) a Christmas picture of my cousins Natalie and Jacob (one of the pictures was really funny--you should've seen Natalie's face). I like getting Christmas cards--especially from family. That's why I consider the USP a blessing--plus, how else would our presents get here? Oh yeah, I forgot--Santa brings them. Silly me : D (I'm just kidding, by the way).

So, once again, I am doing "The Challenge". I want to challenge everyone to start a blog, if they haven't done so already--and if you do have a blog, I'm going to challenge you to write more often. Now, I understand that life is busy--mine is really busy. But try to post at least once a week. That's all. I haven't been posting every day like I did when I first opened my blog. Part of that is due to "wonderful high school". And don't get me wrong, high school is okay; it's just that everything is busy. Oh well *sigh*.

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve Eve. I'm excited. Then, on Christmas Eve, we're going to my Mee-Mee's to open presents and have pizza. Now, I must go. Merry Christmas!

Mystery, Movies, Blessings, and Life

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

 Here are some more blessings for y'all!

Number 12: Games. I'm not sure about your families, but at Christmas, my family plays games. And I love doing that. Whether it's Twister (hahaha--that's all I'll say) or Dutch Blitz (a family favorite), we love to play games. And I'm glad we do. Sure, we yell at each other in jest, but we have fun.

# 13: Movies. Movies like It's a Wonderful Life, that remind you of things that are truly important in life. I just love the character George Bailey. He's so sacrificing.

# Vierzehn (14): Little Kids are great to be around at Christmas time. It's so funny to see their eyes light up, and hear them get all excited. I was helping in children's church on Sunday, and the one little kid was telling us all about how he got his dad a camera for Christmas. So funny and cute.

Number 15: Gifts. Getting presents is nice. When we give presents, we're reminded of how God gave us His only Son. And that's the reason we have Christmas.

Number 16: Mystery. You guys probably all now that I love mystery. I like suspense. So Christmas time is a great time for me. I mean, come on, it's so fun stare at the presents under the tree, and almost die of curiosity. Mystery is awesome.

So, on Saturday, I went to the movies to see The Voyage of The Dawn Treader. It was really good. Seriously, I think that it could be considered the best out of the three Narnia movies. Prince Caspian (or King Caspian, in this one) was awesome (as always), and I liked Edmund better in this movie than in the other two. Lucy became even sweeter, and Peter and Susan played small parts. I can't decide which movie I like more, though. It might be Prince Caspian. Why? Well, that one has Peter in it, and Peter is my favorite character.

I can't believe that Christmas is only four days away. I'm not ready for it--but yet I am, in a way. Oh, I just wish this year would slow down. There's not enough time in a year. But enough of that. Today I was reading a little bit of Emily's Quest, one of the Emily Novels that I love so much. In it, Emily was saying that sometimes she felt like the only thing she could do was scream. I feel like that quite a bit. Reading those Emily novels are like reading a biography of myself in some ways. I can see so many similarities between her and me. I mean, so many that it's uncanny. But today, the screaming part really stuck out to me. Sometimes I just need to go outside and scream as loud as I can, as long as I can. Aaaaa! That helped a little. But I know that I can't scream, no matter how much I want to. I guess that I should just be happy. Yes, the years are flying by, but I know that next year will bring lots of great memories.

Sorry for the book. But, hey, I'm a writer, what can I say? Hehe. Thanks for reading this just the same. Merry Christmas Y'all! P.S. Next time I'll post the lyrics to a Christmas song that I really like.

Feels Like Today

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Here's a tag. I haven't down one in a while, and it's going to be fun to do one again. It's an ipod tag (although I have an MP3 player). I'll explain how to do it at the end.



IF SOMEONE SAYS "THIS IS OKAY" YOU SAY:
I'm Gonna Shout


WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
The Blue Danube (okay I did not get that at all--does it mean I'm German? 'Cause I am.)


WHAT IS YOUR LIFE'S PURPOSE?
Can I Have This Dance (getting someone to dance with me? I don't think so.)

WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?
Have you ever been in love? (That's not my motto, believe me)

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
Carol Ann (???)

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
Life is a Highway (not a bad answer--I do think this a lot)

WHAT IS 2+2?
Down on my Knees (no one ever gets this one right, I'm sure)

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?
Jingle Bells (meaning I think that my best friend is a ding-dong? I don't think so.)


WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY? Wonderful Grace of Jesus (True. Very good answer. I'm so glad that the "wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me"! My MP3 player is pretty smart, huh?)

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
Ave Maria

WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE A PERSON YOU LIKE?Diary (Beautiful song. But sad. Go and listen to it on my blog music player.)

WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU? A Night to Remember (yes, I'm sure they do. I used to get pretty hyper at bedtime. Now that I'm older, I just get tired. ha ha. Sometimes.)

WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING? Oklahoma (That would be a negative.)

WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL? Because You Loved Me ( Aw, that would be so sweet if people played that song at my funeral.)

WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTERESTS? Beauty and the Beast (No. I don't get this one, but no.)

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET? I'm Movin' On (Cool answer. And I guess true, in some ways. But what am I movin' on with? That's the question.)


WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS? The Offering

WHAT'S THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN? Sweet Sweet Smile

HOW WILL YOU DIE?Fast Cars and Freedom (Let's see, I'll get too much freedom with my car, speed, go out of control, get arrested and then sentenced to death. Hey, not true! I'm going to be an awesome driver!)

WHAT'S THE ONE THING YOU REGRET? Can't Buy Me Love (Not bad.)

WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH? Why Wait

WHAT MAKES YOU CRY? That's the Way it Is

WILL YOU EVER GET MARRIED? Lost Without Your Love (Very cryptic. It's a riddle--just kidding!)

WHAT SCARES YOU THE MOST?Be True to Your School (First of all, my school is awesome. Now the other students...they scare me a little...I'm joking!)

IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE?Freedom (Yep.)

WHAT HURTS RIGHT NOW? Carol of the Bells (I've already put Christmas music on my MP3player. I love Carol of the Bells)

WHAT DO YOU MOST OFTEN EXCLAIM?All By Myself (I do say this sometimes. Like when I'm home alone. Or in a store alone. It doesn't help the situation. Much. At all. Although it does give it some flavor. I like saying it. Yes, I'll admit it: I like to romanticize (spelling?) everything.)

WHERE IS PARADISE?
All the Way (all the way where?)

WHAT DID YOU FIRST SAY AS A BABY?

The First Noel (no, I didn't. I think it was "food!" Just joking. I probably just started talking like some genius Einstein baby.)

IF YOU HAD A PET, WHAT WOULD YOU NAME IT?
Kokomo (It's a cool name, I must admit.)

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SIGHT TO SEE?
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (I like looking at the sky at night. So much so that it hurts to go to bed.)

WHAT MAKES YOU GAG? I Think We're Alone Now

WHAT ARE YOU BEST AT? I'm Alive (Yeah, I've been alive my whole life. I've had some practice.)


IF YOU WROTE A BOOK, WHAT WOULD YOU CALL IT? What Hurts the Most (I love that song! It would be a good book title)

WHAT DID YOU WISH FOR LAST?Redeemed

WHAT WOULD YOUR SUPERHERO NAME BE?
I Saw Three Ships (Another Christmas song--not a very good superhero name.)

HOW SOON WILL THIS BE OVER?
 Fun, Fun, Fun (That's a red-herring)

WHERE ARE YOU SITTING?
Top of the World (Nice.)

WHAT DO YOU MOST HATE?
Yesterday Once More (Yesterday wasn't that bad. Maybe rough and stressful, but not horrible.)

WHAT DO YOU MOST LOVE?
Angels (Actually, it's my family--and they're not angels. But they're pretty close.)

WHAT IS YOUR SECRET NAME?
Walk Away (It sounds Indian, doesn't it?)


WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS AS? Feels Like Today



This was fun! All you have to do is turn your MP3 or ipod on shuffle, and let it answer the questions. Let's see, I tag

Everyone who has graduated
Everyone who has been a freshmen (in high school)
Anyone who is wearing a blue shirt

Enjoy!

Oh, and P.S. If you don't have a music player, just get out some CD cases and go through those titles. If you don't have any CD's, then just pick songs to write down--although that takes all the funniness out of it. Plus, make sure you read the 25 blessings of Christmas, which is below this post.

Guess What (I'm Crazy)

I can't believe that Christmas is only about a week away (plus a few days). Everything is going good with me. I've been working on my songs and stories. Speaking of stories and songs, I still haven't found the song I lost. And on top of that, I lost one of my stories. At this point, I feel like screaming. Thankfully, the story I lost is typed up on my computer, so I still have it. But if my computer would crash like the last one did...you'll have to send me to the Kooky Clinic (as my cousin Jacob would say).

So, wanna hear somethin' funny? Last night, I stabbed myself. Right in the middle of my hand. It was in the palm, too, and I was scared that I had broken an artery. That means that I would die. But guess what I stabbed myself with (and BTW, it was an accident)? A fork. I'm sure that was the sharpest fork in our house. It really hurt. But I'm fine now. There's just a little mark on my hand (I'm not sure how only one of the points got me). If you're wondering how on earth I stabbed myself, I'm not going to tell you much (it's not important, or bad), except that I was goofing off with my brother, and there's still some question as to how it happened (Mark didn't do it either, so don't even think that!).

Youth Night was last night and as always, I loved it! I think the teens did a really good great job of putting together the service. And my youth pastor, Pastor Nathan, had a really good sermon. I had a speaking part with four other people, and--as always--I loved that, too (ya know, I only get nervous until right before, then I feel great)! I definitely love acting. Maybe I should work on Broadway....

Well, I have to go. But not before posting a blessing or two!

Blessing number 10 is Friends.

Sarah and me

Cassandra, in Benny the van, on our way to the WILDS

 Diana and I

My cousin Jacob and I
Friends are so amazing, you know. They're the people that tease you and you tease back, but you still love them and they still love you. I love all my friends. They're pretty cool : )


Blessing #11: My Youth Group/Church.

My Youth Group at the the WILDS. The group on the left was the cool van (group).

Really, my church is really a great church. First of all, we have so much talent in our church. We have so many people who play instruments, and sing, it's really awesome. I don't think that I've ever been in any church where the people are so friendly. I'm so glad that my family came to our church six years ago (actually, it might be seven). And just think, if we wouldn't have come, I wouldn't ever have met Sarah! Aaa! That's scary. I don't even want to think about it.

I'll go now. I have a piano lesson today. I hope to see you all soon! And just a shout out: I'm so excited 'cuz I am going to see The Voyage of the Dawn Treader on Sat. and I've heard it's good, and I'm about to explode with excitement, and I'm in ecstasy!!!!! Okay. That's all. Bye. (LOL)

25 Blessings of Christmas: #7 and #8

Thursday, December 9, 2010

My 7th blessing is something that I love all year round, but I love it even more at Christmas (for some unknown reason).
                                                                    Notebooks!

Of course, notebooks are a big part of my life. I'm always writing in them, and I love them sooo much that it's unbelievable. You might be able to call it an obsession. But around Christmas time, I seem to write even more. I have no idea why.                                                                                                                            


Blessing number 8: Christmas cookies. I love to to make them. Eating them is fun, too. But really the best part of Christmas cookies are the red hots that I cover them in. You might that red hots are another obsession of mine. Their so...well, red and hot. I love them! I love to cover all the cookies I make in red hots.                                                                                                                                                     



Blessing # 9 is Christmas lights. I know that I complain about them, but really the lights are perfect. They are a pain to put up, though. It must be hilarious to watch me put them up. Haha, I can't reach anything, so I'm out on the front porch standing on a ladder, on my tip toes. But seriously (random thought of the day--my      mom must think that I say "seriously" a lot because she's always saying "seriously" when it's not needed),     Christmas lights are beautiful, and I love to look at them.                                                                            


That ends my 25 blessings of Christmas right now. I have to go. But before I do I must share with you all how excited I am about The Voyage of the Dawn Treader that comes out tomorrow. I'm probably going to see it next Saturday. Yay!                                                                                                                            

25 Blessings of Christmas: #4, #5, #6

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The 25 Blessings of Christmas, Part 3









#4. Beauty. I'm thankful for beauty. Christmas time has so many beauties. What can compare to a red sunset, with pink clouds against a baby blue sky? Or snow falling down on a pine tree, with purple mountains in the distance? There's so many more beautiful things, that I could go on and on about. But I want to move on.

#5. Pictures/Camera. Maybe this blessing will seem funny to you. But to me, having a camera is a blessing. I love photography. I love to experiment with backgrounds, and getting things in or out of focus. I like to see how many of my friends would be willing to hang something of mine in their living room (not many, I'm still just a beginner!). And besides that, cameras are a blessing because they capture moments that you might never have again. If the memory of something fades, just pull out a photograph; I'm not promising that you'll remember every little detail, but it will help revive the memory. That's why, at Christmas time, my camera is a blessing.



#6. Music. I love Christmas music. I love the bells in the background, and the cheery words. My personal favorite is O Holy Night! I could go on and on about music (because I highly doubt that I could live without it), but I have to go. Have a great week, and Merry Christmas!

#2 and #3 in the 25 Blessings of Christmas

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

I woke up this morning and outside, there was a winter wonderland. If anyone wants to see what winter is--and all the beauty that comes with winter--then you must come and see Meadows. It's beautiful. I love where I live.

I've come up with another blessing. # 2 is Food. I'm so thankful that every night, I can sit down and eat a full, warm, nutritious meal. I'm glad that we can buy food, and that I never go hungry. And I love the food that comes with Christmas. Fudge, Christmas cookies, punch--and every Christmas, my mom goes to a Delicatessen to get chicken salad (yum yum!), ham salad, ring bologna, and pimento spread. It's awesome. I love eating that stuff.... So yep, that's my 2nd blessing.

My 3rd blessing is Warmth. We have a furnace downstairs, and we burn wood. I love the way the woodsmoke smells. I'll let you in on a little secret: *in a whisper* sometimes, I get yelled at for standing in the smoke--I do it on purpose, you see, because I like to smell like woodsmoke. It's on my top 10 best smells list. Enough secrets. Haha. I'm so thankful that I can stay warm all winter long. It's true, I was complaining about how cold it was in our house yesterday, but really, it was warm compared to what some people are forced to live in. I suppose that I'm spoiled, living on the equator (just kidding) and being able to wear shorts inside in the middle of January.

You know, sometimes dreams seem impossible. You're working so hard for them, for so long, and after a while you start to think, "This is getting me nowhere. Maybe I should give up." Well, don't give up. Nothing is ever easy. Especially things worth while. I know that it's going to be hard to be a writer; it's hard now. I've lost count of how many time I've had to rewrite things. That gets depressing. I think that maybe I'm not a writer. I feel like giving up. But I try again, and a thousand rewrites later, I get something really beautiful. It might only be a paragraph, or even a sentence. But I know that all my hard work was worth it. And all the while that I was editing my book, it was making me a better writer. That's the way with anything. When I'm coming up with music for my songs, I come up with some pretty bad tunes. So I sit and think for hours. Eventually, I come up with something, and--wouldn't you know it, it was worth the pondering. It's the same way with musicians. You find a piece of music that's really hard, and you don't think you can conquer it. Or you don't think you can ever make it to the big time. Keep working at it. You never know, if you never try. All the hard work will be worth it in the end. Remember that book I was telling you about? Do Hard Things? Well, I think everyone should have a copy of that book. It was written by Christian teens for Christian teens, and it's really good. One quote I love is, Losing is better than not trying and never knowing (I didn't put it in quotation marks, because I don't know if that's the exact quote).
 
So think about that today. No matter what you want to do--whether it's writing a best seller, being a concert pianist, making it to Broadway, standing up for what you believe in, or witnessing--don't give up. Pray and ask God to give you strength. It's not easy; nothing is ever easy. I feel like giving up writing all the time. But I ask God to help me, to help me get through my writer's block. Sometimes I do get through it. Sure, I'll feel like giving up again, I have no doubt of it. But if I remember not to give up--because with God, all things are possible--then it will help me not to. And I also try to remember that line from Do Hard Things:
                                       Losing is better than not trying and never knowing.

So This is Christmas (#1 in the 25 Blessings of Christmas)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

It's Christmas time! Finally! I went Christmas caroling with my youth group on Friday and it was fun. Although, thanks to the freezing cold, I am lost my voice. But I'm getting it back. A random thought: I like warm, southern climates. I think that we should move to Hawaii.

As far as the search for that song of mine goes, I still haven't found it. That really stinks. I have no idea where it could be. I wish I could find it. Prayers are appreciated. On a more happier note, I'm editing my plot for The Full Measure of Devotion a little (remember, that's the book about the Civil War?). Some of the things in the plot are just not very realistic. And I want my book to be believable. Besides, my changes will better the story; I don't want people to read the first page and then slam the book down with a thud, and walk away, thinking, "Boy, did I waste my money on that!" The thought of that gives me goosebumps. It's something that I don't want to happen. 

Anyway, this story may also get a new title: Rebel Yell. This book was a play that I wrote in the hopes of having it performed (I'm an actress, too, remember? I love drama. Maybe a little too much. Can I get any amens?) The play seemed so good at first, but...it lost its charm. All the color and brilliant magic faded out of it, leaving me feel unsatisfied. I thought about rewriting the play (for the second time), but writing in play format is kind of difficult. So, I decided to turn my play into a novel. After I read over the first few pages, I wasn't too happy. I started again, but that didn't seem to capture my idea either. I think I found what I was looking for, though. I found it yesterday when I was sitting at my window. I think this next draft of my book will be a lot better. I'll probably think it's horrible in a few days, but now it seems good.

I know you're probably tired of reading this post book, but I just had an idea. Every week (or more, if I get a chance) I'm going to post about something that I love about Christmas. I want to try to come up with 25 things. Then I'll call my series of posts "The 25 Blessing of Christmas". Here's the one for today.

Probably my most favorite thing about Christmas is being with my family. I love being with my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and...cousins! To read more about my awesome cousins, click here. Being with my family is awesome. We have so much fun, no matter what we're doing. Without cousins, who would I goof off with?


Who would play sports that I love but stink at with me?


How could we have family pictures?


And who would take pictures of me when I was eating, and told them not to?
 Plus, if it wouldn't have been for my cousins, I probably would never have gone on a roller coaster--never would I have found out that I love roller coasters--and it's all because my cousins dragged me on.

Yep, I love Christmas because I get to be around my family for a day. And it's awesome. I'm so glad the God blessed me with a family that I love and that loves me back. So what do you love about Christmas?

Tag!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Here's one of those beloved tags that I love! (Was that redundant? I think it was. Oh well.)


1. If you had to choose between living on a desert island or tropical rainforest for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

 
A desert island. I love the sounds of the ocean, the smell of the ocean, and the way it looks.  It's really good for writing.

2. What is your favorite music CD right now?

Bing Crosby Christmas CD! He's got to be the best singer in the world! (And after him--well, Josh Groban and Frank Sinatra are in a tie)

3. If you were given the choice between wildflowers or roses - which would you pick?
Well, I love wildflowers, but my favorite flowers are red roses. How about a bouquet of red roses, with a few wildflowers scattered through it.
4. How much do you like notebooks? Is it mild, or are you absolutely obsessed with them?
Haha. I'm obsessed with them. I've got so many notebooks that I can't count them. And it still isn't enough. I ask for notebooks all the time. You should see me when I walk into Staples, or the office supply aisle in stores. But what can you say? I'm a writer!
5. What is your biggest goal this winter?

To finish my mystery. But that probably won't happen. It was also my goal this summer. I'm really going to try, though. Why put off for tomorrow what you can do today, right?


6. If you could change your hair however you wanted, what would you do?
Make it curly! Oh, I do wish I was born with curly hair!

7. Do you think Harry Potter is bad?

I haven't read them, or seen the movies. But I don't think that it's good to read them because magic is bad. Kids who read the Harry Potter books have tried to do the spells. That's creepy.  There are plenty of other reasons, too. But really, it all adds up to this reason: I don't think that God wants us to read them. And I really don't want to fill my mind with the sorcery that Harry Potter is filled with. That's why.


8. Why do you think pink is a girls' color?
I don't know. Because it's soft?


9. Would you be up to singing a solo in front of a thousand people?
                     I don't know. The thought of it right now seems really awesome. It always has and always will. But once I see get up on stage...well, I guess I'll never know.


10. What colors look best on you?

I don't know. Black, dark purple, grey--dark colors, as you can see. What you do think? Let me know!


11. If you had a different name, what would it be?

Hmmm, that's a hard one. I don't think that I would change my name, because I like the name Emily. But I like the name Kate a lot, and I suppose if I changed my name that I would change it to Kate. I my mom and dad had named me something else, though... I'm not sure what that would be. My mom had wanted to name me Jessica before she named my Emily. And before they decided on Emily Paige, I was almost Emily Michelle. But I'm Emily Paige. I once wanted to be called Jenny...But I like my name now.


12. Do you like...boots or sneakers? Sneakers, definitely. My favorite outfit is sneakers, t-shirt, and jeans.
flats or heels? Flats. I hate high heels. The only good thing about them is that they make me taller.
books or movies? Books.
purple or pink? pink.
long hair or short hair? Long hair for girls, short hair for guys.
a best friend or a group of friends? This one is hard. I love being with my best friend, but being with a group of friends is awesome, too. I'll skip this one.
ice cream or cake? Both!
plaid or polka dots? Plaid! Anyone who knows me knows that I am a plaid lover! I love plaid! Is that the Irish in me? : )


I tag anyone who

Watches football
Likes the color blue
Plays the piano
Ice skates