Tuesday, December 31, 2013

My one word for 2013 was Fearless. A year ago, I decided that I didn't want to fear anything. See, I'm a pretty fearful person. I like to think that I'm brave, but I know better than that. As I like to say, the world is a scary place when you're only 5'2".

I just don't care

But halfway through the year, I realized that being fearless is a myth--I will always have fears. The real trick is to not let fear control me. I guess that the word I should have picked for 2013 was Dauntless.

So now the question is, Did I let fear control me? Was I dauntless? There were times this year where I gave in to fear. But I think that they are far outweighed by the times that I was brave.


I did a lot this year that I'm proud of. That's not to say that I didn't make mistakes--because I did. But I learned so, so much in 2013. I have a pretty good idea of who I am and where I want to be. I enjoyed the little things, the seemingly small--but important--moments.


Most importantly, I learned to let God handle everything. I might think that I know best or know what I want, but God has my best interests in mind.

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope, and a future."--Jeremiah 29:11

It's still something I struggle with, but everyday it gets easier to leave everything in God's hands. I feel so at peace knowing that my Savior is in charge of my life.


2013 was a year of learning, more than anything else. I made big decisions and accomplished some huge things (ahem, graduating...never thought it would come...). I've said goodbye to people but also met new, amazing people. It's been a roller coaster of a year, from a new baby in the family to my pappy being diagnosed with cancer. There were good times and bad times, ups and downs. It went by so quickly--each day raced by faster than the last. But even though this year has been all over the place, I will never forget 2013. It was definitely a good year, if only because I learned so much. And while I don't want to say goodbye to 2013, I just can't wait until 2014. Because I have a feeling that it will be even better. 

Far greater things ahead

Goodbye, 2013
2014, I'm so ready


Christmas Changes

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas kind of snuck up on me this year. School takes up a lot of my time, then throw in planning for the Haiti trip on top of that--that is an equation for craziness. But I've never been one to shy away from insanity.

This year, Christmas was a bit different. Okay, make that a lot different. Usually, we go my maternal grandparent's for Christmas Eve, but they're in the process of moving so they came over here. On Christmas night, we go over to my paternal grandparent's with all the cousins. Those plans were changed too, because my pappy was just diagnosed with lymphoma cancer and the chemo treatment made him sick, so he's in the hospital right now.

It still has been a good Christmas, though. And I've learned that traditions change. If you know me, you know that I hate change. I always have, and I always will. But while traditions are sometimes a good thing, they can become bad if you get stubborn and set in your ways. Yeah, I know, it's a simple fact, right? I should know this by now. I guess that no matter how many times I hear something (such as, 'change isn't bad'), I never truly learn my lesson until something happens.

So that's my little Christmas post, which I guess could also be classified as a rant. Anyway, I hope you all have a great Christmas and remember the real Reason for the season. I know that I dropped off the face of the earth for a major amount of time, but I'm hoping to change that. I haven't written nearly enough lately, and I need/want to. It relaxes me so much.

Merry Christmas!!

I'll be in Haiti 1 week from tomorrow!!!! :D


Saturday, November 23, 2013

I am thankful for....

a roof over my head

the heat from burning wood & the smell of wood smoke

haunting music

savory food

family that is not just my family, but are my best friends

bests friends who aren't just best friends, but are now family

flannel pajamas

a car (with a sun roof)

my Les Mis cd

coffee ('nuff said)



little kids & babies

woods & cornfields & backroads

my amazing teacher at college

my classmates at college & that I love what I'm doing

the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Haiti

Doctors & people who study medicine

friends who completely understand me & who I can be myself around

my wonderful church family

fuzzy socks & comfy sweatshirts

reading glasses

being able to stream tv through the internet

hot chocolate on cold days

Christmas music & Christmas in general

Thanksgiving & all the food that goes along with it

family that lives close by

dancing & singing with my brother and sister

being able to quote movies & tv with my brother (*ahem* Duck Dynasty & Elf...)

that I am going to see Catching Fire with my friends next Saturday

that God has answered so many prayers

that Jesus came & died on the cross for my sins.

I want to remember to be thankful all the time. Not just around Thanksgiving.



Sunday, November 17, 2013

Because sometimes it's nice to just sit back and remember--
We had a splendid childhood.
There were times when we got annoyed with each other;
But they were outnumbered by the good times.
Like when I would laugh so hard that I started to wheeze & and my ribs hurt.

Because not everyone finds a person who understands them--
You never let on that you got tired of listening to my dreams.
I rambled on about my fears.
Then I would apologize for bothering you.
But you always smiled & said 'that is why I love you'.

Because I was able to be myself around you--
There were times I when I chose not to talk.
You were the same way; we were comfortable in our silence.
Then without warning, I would burst into my loud, hyper, insanity.
And you didn't judge me for it.

Because there will never be anyone like you--
Not in a million years.
There will be people who walk into my life and stay there.
I will love them and form a strong relationship with them.
But know right now--there will never be a person who could replace you.

{Missing my best friend right now. But I get to see her next week!! }
xoxo, Emily

Life as of Late

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Has it really been a month since I last posted? That's crazy...

School started last Monday. At first it was kind of scary, but I had a lot of people praying for me and God helped me through it. The first week turned out to be great, and so far, my second week of school is even better. My favorite class is medical terminology; I love the teacher--she is so sweet and funny and just overall amazing. I'm so thankful that God has been with me every day--and that He always will be.

Because of school, everything else has come to a bit of a standstill. I haven't been writing a whole lot (*insert sob*), but I still have tons of ideas for my novel. This next month, I plan on seriously editing the first draft of Beginning of the End (I'm dreading it though. Every time I edit, I get depressed at my writing). I'd also like to start working on the sequel--some major plotting needs to be done before I start that. Ah, the life of a writer.

I've also been thinking a lot about being a light. When I was a little kid, I used to sing the song This Little Light of Mine. But I never fully understood just what I was singing until lately. The Bible says that I need to let my light shine forth before men--I need to be a light in the darkness. I want people to see Jesus in me.

So that's what has been going on in my life. It isn't very interesting or exciting. But that's how it is. To wrap up this post, I figure I'll just share a few things that make me happy.

- the great gatsby

look to where your mind wanders

only all the time. hahaha


this is so me

Lessons with Laughter: Character Traits and the Books that Teach Them

I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.

How have you been?

xoxo, Emily

P.S. I apologize in advance if I don't post very often because of school. Just don't worry that I've disappeared forever. Have a great week :)

Two Words

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

I have two words for today.

9/11 - NEVER FORGET (If the smoke plume were some kind of fluffy plant in a vase, this would be amazing, instead of deadly & heart-stopping.)


Funnies on the Fourth (Fourth Blogoversary, that is)

Saturday, September 7, 2013

So apparently, today is my blogoversary. Wow. I have been blogging since 2009--that's four years. A little crazy, isn't it? I still remember my mom suggesting that I start a blog. I wasn't sure about it, but I started one. And I realized that I liked to blog. I guess I just like writing down my thoughts--writing things out always helps me think a little clearer. Anyway, for my blogoversary, I thought that I would do a "haha" post--because I like to laugh (who doesn't?).



have you seen my son??


 that is evil

I'm laughing so hard, I can't breath


honestly. why can't more men be like him??


Mario brothers can be bad for your health.

hahaha I'm laughing way too hard!!


haha. The power of the Sherlockians


Thank you to all of my awesome followers :)


The Curly-Haired Girl

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

I think that this post is long overdue. Sometimes, I wait painfully long to say things that need to be spoken. I guess it's a bad habit of mine. Maybe it's because I feel like my words will never come close to expressing what I want to say (they never do). But I figure that if I write them down, it will come a little closer--because I have learned that I express myself better through writing than speaking.

Here it goes....

Ten years ago this fall, I met a girl. She had dark curly hair--some of the curliest hair I had ever seen (now I know that her hair is a beast that cannot be tamed--her words, not mine). We never spoke for the longest time because I was the new kid at church and I felt so out of place, almost like an intruder.

Months passed. I'm not really sure how things came together, but I remember standing in line after children's
church one day (to get a cookie) and the curly-haired girl was behind me. Somehow we found out that we
shared the same birthday (April 5th), and we started to talk. That was where it all began.

It didn't take long for the two of us to become best friends. In fact, it seems to me that all of a sudden, BAM!! we were best friends. We had so much in common, and yet we were completely different. We decided to come up with a secret code, so we could pass notes and no one would know what they said. We got each other birthday presents. Once we bought matching outfits. Soon, nobody at church saw one of us without seeing the other--everyone said we were inseparable, joined at the hip.  

Years have passed and our friendship has only grown stronger. We still have a ton of things in common, and yet we are still as different as night and day. The curly-haired girl is just like a sister to me. We can talk about anything. We are so goofy together, but we can also be serious--those are my favorite types of relationships. I love that I can be myself around her, that I know she understands, that she loves me. She is one of those friends who will listen, who will laugh at me when I fall (but also get me a band-aid), who will fangirl with me, who lets me steal her food (usually), who I can tell my dreams to. She is a strong Christian, an amazing violinist, and a good speaker. The curly-haired girl is one of my favorite people.

Last week, I had to say goodbye to the curly-haired girl. I'll admit that it was hard. I told myself that I was absolutely not going to cry--but that didn't help too much. The curly-haired girl went off to college. I always knew it would happen, but it came so fast. I wish I could go back to the two ten year-old girls who went camping together and it rained the whole weekend, so they stayed inside the camper and watched movies while eating muddie-buddies. But I would still do everything over again. Yes, I miss my friend like crazy. Yes, it is insanely strange not to see her at church every Sunday, not to have her sit next to me, not to be able to run up and watch her face as I tell her my latest news.

We all have to grow up, though. It's something that has to happen. What's nice is that I'm not alone in growing up; the curly-haired girl and I are still best friends--we have been texting non-stop since she left and we plan on writing letters. But even if we wouldn't stay in contact, we would still be friends. The curly-haired girl--my best friend, Sarah--is in my heart, and I know that I'm in her heart (she told me so). I'm just glad that I have had the pleasure of being her best friend for the past ten years--because, if I had to grow up with someone, I wanted it to be her.


Elegant Blogger Award

Thursday, August 29, 2013

  • When you receive the award, link back to keepcalmandsparkle1099.blogspot.com and the blog the nominated you.
  • Display the award button in the post
  • Answer all of the 12 questions give in the post (Do not make your own answers)
  • Nominate 12 bloggers
  • Notify them that they have be awarded

To start off, I'd like to shout out a huge thank you to Jamie for tagging me! And not only tagging me, but I think it's so sweet that she thinks I'm elegant :)

Now, on to the tag.

1. What made you decide to start blogging? To be quite honest, I'm not exactly sure. One day, my mom randomly asked me if I wanted to start a blog. I thought about it and said, "okay". I guess I just wanted a place to write down my thoughts about life and anything else.

2. What is your fashion style? Oh my, I don't know. Do I even have a style?? I like to dress cute (or my idea of cute) and wear sweet little dresses. I also love vintage clothes. But my favorite outfit will always be jeans, a t-shirt, and flip-flops or sneakers (if I can't go barefoot). So really, it just depends on my mood.

Is this dress not adorable??

3. What is something none of your followers know about you? Hmm... I'm thinking.... I wear reading glasses. They're kind of annoying, but they help me read, so I deal with it.

4. What are some of your blogging goals? Really, my only goal for blogging is that God will be glorified. 

5. Where is your favorite place to shop? The grocery store. Because I love food. No, not really, I'm just kidding (I do love food, though). This is a tough question. I love music stores--looking through piano music and at all the instrument makes me giddy. Maurices is my favorite place to buy clothes, if we're talking about clothes shopping. But my favorite place to shop for anything is the book store. I love the smell of books. I could easily blow a million dollars in a book store.  

6. What would your ideal amount of blog followers be? It honestly doesn't matter to me. If people want to follow me, that's fine. If they don't, that's fine, too. I'm not blogging to get people to follow me.

7. What are your talents? I always have a hard time answering questions like this. But I'll answer what people have told me are my talents. People say I play the piano like my mom (which is a huge compliment), and they also say I have a knack for writing. If both of those statements are true, then I'm happy.

8. Are you a leader or a follower? I'm not really sure. I'd like to think I'm a leader. But sometimes, I can be a follower. I guess it depends on what the situation is.

9. What is one of your favorite quotes? "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that really matter"--Martin Luther. I love this, and I never want to forget it.

10. Do you have a favorite book or book series? My favorite series was The Hunger Games. But it was soon replaced by the Divergent series. I still need to write a review of that.

I have spent the past 2 days reading. And now I can finally say I have finished "Divergent" and the second book "Insurgent". I loved every minute of it and can't wait for the next book to come out! I recommend you all read it!

11. Out of all the synonyms for elegant, which would you describe yourself with (smart - stylish - dressy - graceful - dainty - fine)? I don't know. I honestly don't know. Definitely not graceful--I trip way too much. Maybe dainty, because I'm short. I don't know.

12. What is your favorite flower? Well, I love wild red roses, sunflowers, and tigerlilies (spell-check says I spelled that wrong. Did I?) I also love Baby's Breath. Basically, if you want to give me a bouquet of flowers, just pick wildflowers and I'll be happy. I love wildflowers.

Wildflower bouquet.. love those sunflowers!

I don't think I'm going to tag anyone because it's late and my brain isn't functioning properly and I'm tired. Goodnight, blogland.


It Started Last Year....

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

I never really thought about all the children around the world who didn't have any parents. Of course, I knew that there were kids like that. I just never thought about it. Until last summer. My aunt decided to go on a mission trip to Haiti to work in an orphanage. Later that summer, she decided to adopt a baby girl from Haiti. That was when my mind really started to seriously think about children in orphanages around the world.

Orphans in Haiti

I remember working in the nursery one Sunday and thinking, "All these babies and toddlers are being held and loved right now. When church is over, they will be passed around by other church members. Then, they'll go home and get loved up by their parents. But there are babies and toddlers around the world who will never know what it is like to be held or loved. And it isn't fair." Now, I know that I'm old enough to realize that "life isn't fair." God places us in our situation, and God knows that there are orphans. But God calls those of us who can help orphans to go and help them. That's what God started spinning in my heart last year.

After all this happened last year, I started praying about going to Haiti with my aunt when she went to get her baby. I knew that it was going to be tough, even if it was only for about three days; I get homesick very easily--I don't like to be away from my parents. I kept praying about it, though. After a few months of praying about it, I was reaching the point where I wondered if I was ever going to get an answer. I remember praying, "Lord, just show me. And even if I can't go with Aunt Kim, let me please do something else for You."

Haiti <3

In March or April, I got a phone call from my Mee-Mee. She said that her church was going on a mission trip to Haiti, and would I like to go along? Part of me screamed, "YES!" and another part thought, "Ooo.... That sounds scary.... Maybe I'll pass." I fought with myself, wondering if this was an answer to prayer."Man oh man.... A week in Haiti? That's like... Way longer than 3 days. I'd get so homesick. And what happens if I would get sick away from home? What if something happens to me? What if the plane crashes? What if--?What if--?" A thousand "what-ifs" entered my mind in only a millisecond. I said yes, I would go on the mission trip. But I still worried about it.

Finally, I came to the point where I knew that I needed to get something settled. Sure, part of me was scared--terrified--to go. But there was a part of me that definitely wanted to go. I just wanted to make sure that this mission trip was something God wanted me to do. It definitely seemed like this was an answer to my prayer--no, I wasn't sure if I was going with my aunt to bring home the baby--but I had also prayed that God would give me an opportunity to do something for Him.

Now, let me get this straight--I realize that doing something for God could be anything. Obeying my parents is doing something for God, singing in church is doing something for God. There isn't anything that makes a mission trip bigger or better than being a witness at home, or serving at church. But I had specifically been praying that God would give me an opportunity. So when I got a call out of the blue to go on a mission trip to Haiti--well, it seemed like God was giving me an opportunity.


I locked myself in my room one afternoon and sat on my bed with my Bible. "Lord, this is something I'm scared to do, but I want to do it, too. Please show me if this is what You want." I remember feeling nervous. "Em, this is no reason to be nervous," I told myself. But there was a little part of me that thought, "What if this is what God wants me to do? Am I really going to leave my parents and travel to a foreign country for one whole week?" I tried to clear my mind and started to search my Bible.

"Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world."-James 1:27

"And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."-Matthew 25:40

"For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."-Mark 10:45

"Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin."-James 4:17

But the verse that really hit me was Proverbs 3:27-28.

"Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it. Say not unto thy neighbor, Go, and come again, and tomorrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee."-Proverbs 3:27-28

God has commanded us to take care of the orphans (and the widows). No, that doesn't necessarily mean that everyone needs to go on a mission trip. There are many ways to care for orphans. Some people can adopt, some can go on a mission trip, some can give money. There are different ways to help. But we are all called to do something. I was given the opportunity to minister to orphans, and I believed--and still do believe--that I need to grasp this opportunity. I don't want to get to Heaven and hear God ask me, "I gave you the opportunity to serve me--why didn't you?" I would have to answer, "Well.... I was scared." 

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."-2 Timothy 1:7

"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."-Philippians 4:13

But I was focusing on me. "Well, I can't do it." "I'm scared." "What if something happens to me?" I was fearful, and fear is the same thing as not trusting God. Why should I not trust God? He has NEVER failed me. In fact, He loves me even though I fail Him daily. If Jesus died for me, then why can't I live for Him? No, going on this mission trip isn't going to be easy for me. It will be a big step out of my comfort zone. But I am called to be a servant, and I have the opportunity to do so. Jesus will be with me every step of the way. What more could I ask for?

These are the Days

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

As I mentioned in my last post, the last few weeks have been insane--but a fun insane. I will be honest and admit that it is nice to have this week completely free and rest. But I still wouldn't trade the last few weeks. 

Last Sunday was my family reunion at The Lake (maybe there was no need to capitalize that. But it seems better capitalized). Every time I get out on the water, I know that I could definitely live on a lake. I love water, I always have, and I always will. There is a cool breeze, the smell of lake-weed (which actually isn't that great), and waves lapping against the shore. Plus, there are boats rides and kayaking. Just don't jump into the kayak and tip it like some people I know (it wasn't me, just for clarification).

I love it when the water is so calm that it looks like oil. 

Then, last Tuesday, some friends and I went to an amusement park. We had the best pizza in the world (seriously), rode a ride that went up 124 ft. in the air and then dropped us straight down (I wasn't even able to scream. It took my breath away. I almost died. But it was so fun), and was actually able to keep my hands up on the roller coaster (well... actually, I only kept one hand up in the air. The other hand was holding on for dear life). Then, we went on an indoor music ride and requested a song and sang it at the top of our lungs. We didn't get home until late and the whole way home, we were singing country songs with the windows and sunroof down and sang out loud and off-key. 

And you know what? That is the type of day that I'm going to remember for a long time. When all my friends have left for college (next week....), one of those songs that we sang is going to come onto the radio, and I'm going to belt it out and smile a bittersweet smile, because yes, my friends are gone, but I still have memories. I'm not going to forget that day anytime soon. 

Yeah. I rode that. I still can't believe it. 
In fact, looking at this picture, that seems really high. Why did I go on that?
Was I insane?
I'd go on it again, though. It was fun.

These are the days that I will have for the rest of my life. And I'm glad of that.


Favorite Movies Tag

Monday, August 19, 2013

Jamie tagged me over on her blog--and I've had a lot of fun putting this together. My favorite movies are in no particular order--they're just randomly thrown around. Probably, by the time I've posted this, I'll think of ten other movies that I love. Oh well. That's just the way that my mind works.

1: List favorite movies (in any format that you like and the movies do not have to be in order).
3: “Tag” other bloggers (optional).

Day 1: My favorite Disney Movie:: SOOO Hard to pick just one but Tangled is towards the top of my favorites list #Disney #30daydisneychallenge #Tangled

Tangled. This is one of my favorite movies. Whenever little kids hear me say that, they usually say, "But it's a little kid movie!!" Personally, I don't think so. Everyone can enjoy Tangled (at least, in my opinion they can). There is a great love story and it's hilarious. Also, I may or may not be in love with Eugene Fitzherbert.

Hunger Games Movie Review

The Hunger Games. The movie isn't as good as the book--there are a lot of slightly important parts that didn't make it into the movie (which makes me a little mad, but hey--it's just a movie). I still enjoyed the movie, though. I think the casting was near-perfect. Definitely one of my favorite movies. I can't wait until Catching Fire comes out in November. I think that it's going to be even better than the first movie (and hopefully it will follow the book a little better, too).

Les Mis movie poster!!! EEEE!!! So excited!

Les Mis. First, I fell in love with the music. Then, I read the book. I finally watched the movie and wasn't quite sure what to think--the musical doesn't really follow the book, and that bothered me a little. But then I watched it again, and--while I still wished it was closer to the book--I knew that it was going to be one of those movies that I wanted to watch again and again (though it is rather depressing. I limit myself on how many times I watch it). I was a little worried about how I would feel about there being no talking in the movie, but I honestly don't mind. The songs are beautiful and the story is so inspirational and if I don't stop now, I'm going to start fangirling.

I just now realized that when you flip this upside down it still says "the Princess Bride"

The Princess Bride. First of, I'd like to say that even my brother likes this movie. That is really saying something. This movie is hilarious and I go around quoting it all the time (I do that with tons of other movies, too. I have issues. Quoting issues). There's also a bit of nostalgia when I watch this movie, because I remember watching it with my momma when I was really little. So: If you haven't seen this movie, then go watch it.

Captain America

Captain America. What is not to love about this movie?? I'll admit--I'm in love with Steve Rogers (and I was before he was transformed into a much taller, muscular guy). He is so sacrificial. Every time he jumps on the grenade, my heart melts--why aren't there more people like him today?! There is also a lot of action in this movie, and I love action movies. And of course, there is a love story (I love love stories). I even got my friend to love this movie, and I was a little worried she wouldn't like it because of all the action. But she fell in love with Captain America, too. It's a good movie. Go watch it.

It's A Wonderful Life Ensemble Photo at AllPosters.com

It's a Wonderful Life. This is my favorite movie of all time. "George Bailey, I'll love you till the day I die." George Bailey is another of those fictional men that I'm in love with. This movie is so sweet. Even though it's a Christmas movie, I could watch it all year long. There is a lot of food for thought in this movie, too. We really do have a wonderful life, so don't ever throw it away. 

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest. Ah, this movie. This movie. It was originally a play by Oscar Wilde, but it was made into a movie. And it just so happens to be one of my favorite movies. I love wit, and The Importance of Being Earnest is very witty. I can't really tell too much about it (I don't want to spoil anything), but this is another movie to watch. 

Peter Pan 2003. This is closest 2 Barrie's story vs. the Disney-fied version. Loved it. The 2 teen actors were perfect 4 the roles of Peter.

Peter Pan. This is one of my top favorite movies. Love, love, LOVE IT. In this version of Peter Pan, Peter is in love with Wendy (it's not really a spoiler, because it is made known from the beginning). I usually end up crying when I watch this movie, and feeling nostalgic for a few days afterward--and also find myself wishing that Peter Pan would appear at my window and take me away to Neverland for a little while (I'd get way too homesick to stay for a long time). I also love the soundtrack to this movie. Man oh man, now I think I might have to watch it. 

Anne of Green Gables! Absolutely one of the best movie series ever made. I often quote from my kindred spirit, Anne (with an E).

Anne of Green Gables. This is another one of those movies that I used to watch when I was real little, so of course, I enjoy watching it for that reason. But I love the story (side-note: I like the movie better than the book... I didn't really enjoy reading the book...) and I love Gilbert Blithe (I love a lot of fictional guys, as you can tell from this post). Anne & Diana's friendship reminds me and my best friend and I, and Anne is so melodramatic that I usually end up laughing my head off. The 2nd and 3rd Anne movies are good, too, but this one is the best.

There are a ton of other movies that I love, but these were the first ones that came to mind when I thought of my favorite movies. I'm sorry that there haven't been many posts lately--last week was insane (but very fun. There will be a post). Until then, have a great week!!