A Good Night

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Family wiffleball game = too much fun to put into words.

I was informed by my 4 year-old cousin that I don't play the game right. After I struck out twice (it really wasn't a good night for me...), she said, "do it, Emily. Just do it." I think she was impatient that I hadn't even made contact with the ball.... [for the record, I did get a few hits after a while]

Quite honestly, I'm surprised there wasn't more cake gone, knowing my family. But there was also homemade ice-cream, so I think people ate more of that than anything else.

My graduation party was yesterday. It wasn't a big affair--it was just my family, and I always have the best times with my family. We ate and then played wiffleball (we probably should have played before we ate...), and then we all got tired and sat around for a while. The new baby in the family was also there--he got passed around all night long--he's so sweet and beautiful. After a little bit of rest, my cousin (who is also one of my best friends in the world) and I played one-on-one volleyball until my brother joined in. It was a good night. It was a good night because I have the best family ever.


Summer Ramblings

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Life is super crazy (I say that every post, don't I? hmm). So, I feel like writing a crazy rambling post. Is that okay with you?

Saturday is my graduation party. I'm super excited :D It's not going to be a big affair by most people's standards, but by my standards, it is going to be one of the best parties ever--simply because my family is going to be there: my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. And you know what? The older I get, the more I realize that, while my friends are amazing and I love them.... my BEST friends on the whole earth--the friends I will always have--are my brother and sister and my cousins. I love them so much. I don't ever want to live without them.

The last two days were amazing. I spent nearly the whole day outside, playing wiffle-ball and capture the flag with the neighbors. I got a bad sunburn (why am I not surprised?), but it was worth it (maybe). Summer is amazing. Especially this summer--I guess I want it to be special because it's the last summer I have before college. And that's a big deal. So far, the summer has been amazing. I've already gone out for ice-cream with one of my best friends twice, and we stayed out a little too late talking, but it was so fun, and I enjoyed spending the time with her.

I read Insurgent last week (the sequel to Divergent). I need to talk about it, but I don't really know anyone who has read it. The third book doesn't come out until October. I can't keep calm. Insurgent has the worst cliffhanger EVER, okay?

Glad I got that out of my system. A formal book review of both books will come once I've had time to think things out and calm down.

Baseball is running my life right now. But my brother enjoys it, and I enjoy the game, so I try to deal with it. My brother is amazing, in case you didn't know. Just wanted to get that out of my system, too.

To wrap things up, I guess I'll end by saying that I love summer. And I love life. I love life so much that it hurts. I love the feeling of driving down the road with the country station playing. I love sticking my hand out the window and letting the wind run through my fingers like water. I just love it. I feel alive, wonderfully alive. Maybe that's why I love summer so much--because I feel like I'm wide awake. It's a good feeling.

How's your summer going?


I'm Back

Sunday, June 16, 2013

I'm back! Thank you for all your prayers. The surgery went really well--I am now tonsil-less. I'm actually feeling much better than I thought I would. God has been so good to me the last week. In fact, on Monday morning, as I was waiting for the surgery, I felt unusually calm. My only explanation for that is: it must have been God giving me peace. There is no way I would have been able to keep calm. I serve an awesome God.

Anyway... I haven't been doing much this week. Except. Except. Reading.

I discovered Divergent.


I like it better than The Hunger Games, guys. As my mom put it--that is really saying something.

A book review will be coming shortly. Because all I want to do is talk about this book. I really need to calm down and stop fangirling before I do a comprehensible review, though. Trust me.

Other than reading Divergent (it only took me 2 or 3 days to read it), I spent my time thinking about writing. I can't stop obsessing over the 2nd draft of my novel, Beginning of the End. I am super excited about that. I've never been as excited over any of my stories as much as I am this novel. I don't know why--I just am.

There are going to be a lot of changes in the 2nd draft. One of the major changes is that I'm changing it from the past tense into the present tense. A big part of me is really hesitant to do that, because my novel is also in the first person POV--and a lot of novels today (especially dystopian novels, which is what mine is) are in the present  tense and first person. But, I've thought it over and asked a bunch of my friends their opinions, and I'm going to try it. I'll talk about this in another post, too.

Boy oh boy, so much to say, so little time.

That's about all for now. I really want/need to go work on my novel. Have a great week, everyone.


Just a Note

Sunday, June 9, 2013

This is just a little note to let y'all know that I probably won't be posting much this week. I'm getting my tonsils out tomorrow, so... I don't think I'll be feeling up to getting on the computer. Anyway, if you could pray that everything will go well tomorrow and that I'll feel better soon, I would appreciate it. I would also really love it if you prayed that I don't get nervous :) Have a great week! :)

xoxo, Emily


Saturday, June 8, 2013

No one ever said it was going to be easy. In fact, the Bible says that there will be challenges while you're serving God. But you know what? It's worth it.

I figure that if God gave me such a passion for something--like Haiti--then there must be a reason for that passion. Because God has a plan for everything.

Everything has a purpose.

Nothing is useless.

Even if you think, "well, lying in front of the TV all day is useless", you're wrong. It will have a bad effect on you. So I wouldn't call that useless; it's just a bad use.

So, if my passion for Haiti is useful--if I believe that God gave me this passion for a reason--then why should I ever have any qualms about it? If God brought me to it, He will bring me through it. It doesn't matter if I'm anxious about going. I have to. I honestly believe that God wants me to go.

For months, I had been praying about the chance to go to Haiti. Then, out of no where, the opportunity came up to go to Haiti with my grandparent's church. I was excited at first. I thought, "There's an answer to my prayer."

But the more I thought about it, the more I realized how terrified I was to go. If you know anything about me, you know that I hate to leave home--I'm a homebody--I'm the girl who got homesick while she was at her best friend's house (which is 20 minutes away). How in the world was I going to leave the country? And it wasn't like I was going to Britain; I was going to Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere--where riots have been going on.

I kept praying about it, though. I searched through my Bible for verses, hoping that God would show me something. It was then that I remembered my theme verse for this year:

"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 rolled it over and over in my mind. If the only reason I'm not going is fear... Then that's not a good enough reason.

More verses popped up. And ya know what? I wasn't scared anymore.  I knew that this trip to Haiti was something I needed to do. Jesus died for me--can't I at least serve Him?

"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." ~James 1:27

 "Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
    when it is in your power to act.
 Do not say to your neighbor,
'Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you'—
    when you already have it with you." ~Proverbs 3:27-28

"That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." ~2 Corinthians 12:10

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”~John 16:33

See, Jesus never told us serving Him would be easy. But it is worth it. So worth it.

 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’"~Matthew 25:40

This Summer...

Sunday, June 2, 2013

This summer, I want to do something crazy.

I  want to be fearless.

I want to try a new food.

I want to go to a drive-in movie.

I want to....

Camp out in the back yard with some good friends.

Spend a day at an amusement park with good friends.

Spend nearly every day in the pool.

Finish picking songs for my band's CD (yay!)

Work on a music video with my friends.

Start the second book in my Rebel trilogy.

Spend more time outside and less time with technology.

Read. All the time.

Do something really fun and big with my dear friend Cassandra before she goes back to college.

Let go of a floating lantern.

Make a tie-dye shirt :D

Diligently work on my piano and voice.

Take a ton of pictures.
Yet, don't be so busy capturing moments that I miss out on truly enjoying and living in the moment.

Buy this song. Because I absolutely LOVE IT.

Spend a bunch of time with my siblings and cousins, who also happen to be my best friends ON EARTH.

Be fearless.
Or at least learn to not let fear control me.

Don't waste the summer. Do something big, something important. Something big for God.

And most importantly....

I want to grow in Jesus.

What's your summer bucket list? I'm sure mine will grow.

xoxo, Emily

A Rambling Post

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Summer is coming. Maybe it's no big deal for you. Maybe it is a big deal for you. But whether you love summer or not, I am uncontrollably excited.

Yeah, I love the warm weather, the ice-cream cones, staying outside too late and driving down the road with the windows down. But one of the best things about summer--probably THE best thing--is getting to hang out with my family and friends.

Tonight, I went to a graduation party. And I had a blast. Why? Because one of my best friends is back for college and we had a lot of catching up to do. My friend and I spent the whole night in the crick (or creek, whichever you prefer) catching crayfish. It was some of the most fun that I've had in a long time. Sure, we got kind of wet, and we screamed a few times (because, hey, crayfish can bite), but it was fun. We talked about all sorts of things, and we made plans to do all sorts of fun stuff this summer.

Now that I'm home, and I'm looking back over tonight, I realized how much I love my friend. She is one of the sweetest girls I know. And this summer is going to be amazing because she is home from college.

Maybe this post is rambling. I don't know. If it is, then I apologize. But I'm just so happy because I have the best friends on earth, and I love my family. It's a good day to be alive. I love life. I love the people I share life with. I suppose that's why I love life so much--because of the people I share life with. Either way, I'm content. God has blessed me so much. I hope that I never take my wonderful life for granted.

How have you been lately? What are your plans for the summer?

xoxo, Emily