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!!