Monday, December 31, 2012

At first, I thought, "okay, nothing big happened in 2012. It was just another year."
But it wasn't.
2012 held so many things for me. I feel like I really grew this year--like I know who I am and what I want to do. Don't get me wrong--I still have a lot to learn, still have a lot of growing up to do. But this year, I can see a big change in myself. I'm so much more confident than I used to be. Best of all, though, I feel like I'm closer to my Savior, Jesus Christ. 
And I love that.

And I've done so much this year--so much has happened. My grandparents got a puppy. I had my Sweet 16, got a car(!!!!) and learned to drive.  

I've read amazing books that I know I will remember (and quote) forever. Books that have changed my outlook on life. Books that made me think.

I enjoyed the summer. I probably had one too many Cokes. 
I discovered Downton Abbey and fell in love with it. 
I discovered One Direction.
And I also discovered that I love guys with Irish accents.
Moving on...

I saw the most spectacular firework display that I've EVER seen in my sixteen years of life. 

I realized what amazing friends I have--I realized that they aren't just friends. 
They are family. 

My aunt decided to adopt a baby girl from Haiti. The adoption is still going through, and I don't know who my cousin is. But I love her already. I can't wait to meet her. 
2013 is going to be one of THE BEST years of my life.
I love you so much, Cara!

One of my New Year resolutions for 2012 was completed--I promised myself & two of my best friends that I would sing with them sometime. And in September, I did. 
It's still a little unclear to me how in the world I did it. But it was amazing.
My love of music has grown, too. I can't keep from writing songs, from singing, from playing the piano. 
I can't imagine life without music.

One of the biggest miracles of 2012 was the birth of my cousin's baby Oliver. I'm so thankful for him. He is seriously the most adorable little boy. I love him so much.

For the first time, I wrote a book that I actually felt happy with--and still feel happy about it months later. Sure, it needs a lot of work. But I feel differently about this book (Beginning of the End) than I feel about my other books. And I think that's a good sign.

I have no idea what 2013 holds. Part of me worries that it will be a terrible year, that it won't be as good as the last year of my life. 
But I've worried that for the past 16 New Years.
And you know what?
Each year... Life gets better.
I'm sad to say goodbye to 2012. It has so many wonderful memories. But there are thousands, maybe millions of memories for 2013, too--I just haven't made them yet. 
So goodbye 2012. You've been a good friend. I've learned so much, and I'm sad to see you go. I'll never forget you.

Helllloo 2013.
I'm pleased to meet you.

So This Is Christmas

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas was wonderful. For me, it started on Sunday night, at our church's candlelight service. The next day, two of my best friends came over for a few hours. Then it was time to head to my grandparent's, where we ate, read the Christmas story, opened presents, and ate some more. Let me tell you, brownie sundaes are A.Maz.Ing.

While we were opening presents, we looked outside and.... It was snowing. Actually snowing. On Christmas Eve. This is the stuff that dreams are made out of, my friends. It doesn't get much better than snow on Christmas Eve. There wasn't a lot of snow, but just to see the soft white flakes come floating to the ground is enough. 

Christmas night, I went to spend Christmas with all my cousins at my other grandparent's house. There was tons of good food (seriously. tons.), lots of laughs, and the two best little kids in the whole wide world (one of which is learning to walk!). 

My Christmas was amazing, so say the least. Why? Because it was with the people that I care most about (and the snow helped a lot too). My favorite presents? A leather jacket and a cookbook (everything I got was amazing, though). And to top off my great Christmas--it's snowing like crazy right now :) 

Yes, my Christmas was is wonderful. How was yours?

xoxo, Emily

Christmas Love

Friday, December 21, 2012

I love making Christmas cookies.
Eating Christmas cookies and a ton of other goodies that I probably shouldn't be eating. 
Watching Christmas movies that I've always watched with my family, and feeling memories start to surface.

I love listening to Christmas music.
Hearing it play in all the stores.
Rushing around, trying to find presents that my family & friends will love. 

I love spending time with family and friends.
Remembering all the Christmases that I've spent with them.
Singing "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" with my best friend every time I see her.

I love the mystery of Christmas. 
Wanting to know what is under the tree--but not truly wanting to know.

And I even love getting wrapped up by my friends--and nearly suffocating.
And the green bow that they put on my nose.
And how it looks in my room, stuck on my dresser.
And how I will look at that green bow year after year, remembering the great Christmases with great people.
And how much love I feel at Christmas.

Merry Christmas
xoxo, Emily

December Nights... And Days...

Monday, December 17, 2012


It's December already. And I haven't posted in a long time. Life has been super crazy. Christmas is always that way. But I love Christmas anyway.

Two of my good friends are home from college, so I had a wonderful time getting to see them again. And last night was the Christmas cantata at my church. One of my best friends and I were the narrators. It went really well. We had a lot of fun working on the cantata, but I'm glad that it's over. I also got my ears pierced today-- and it actually didn't hurt too bad.

Whew. December is a busy month.

Hopefully I'll be able to write a real post sometime this week. Until then, I'd like to share one of my favorite Christmas songs with you.

Happy December :)

Concerning Editing

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

NaNoWriMo didn't go so well for me. I guess I just wasn't ready to start writing my novel yet. I'll pick it up again once I've planned a few things out. But right now, I need to take a short break. So I decided to pull out my novel from last year and edit a little.

My NaNo novel last year was about the Civil War (historical fiction is my favorite genre--especially when it takes place during the Civil War). I knew that it definitely needed more work on the plot, but other than that, I thought editing would be pretty easy.

It wasn't.

Well, not completely. The editing process was going pretty smoothly, until I looked back over my first draft. A certain character--who wasn't supposed to play a big role--seemed to completely take over the story. I realized that I liked him much better than the hero. That isn't such a big problem--but the fact that he was taking over the story really bothered me.

Now I'm stuck. This problem character will definitely have a much bigger part in the story now--but I can't decide if I should make him the hero or not. Major plot twists always scare me a little bit. I have to learn to trust my instincts, though... Don't I??

Anyway... Writing is so stressful, I'm sure that I'll probably go prematurely gray... But writing is so worth all the crazy worrying, isn't it? Even if I never get published, writing will be worth all the trouble it causes me. Nothing worth while is ever easy.