Saturday, October 14, 2017

Just for a laugh... 2.0

So, today I thought I'd do a second installment of Just for a laugh which I did a while back. "A merry heart does good, like medicine" (Prov. 17:22), so let's get pumped up and joyful and have a little fun, shall we? :D

Let's kick it off with this clever joke......

Resisting A REST

Ahahahaahahahahahahaha... :P

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How Ninjas Make Pancakes --- FINALLY REVEALED!


Okay okay, so I get it. Some of us are worse at matching clothes and doing all that fashion stuff than others, but come on...

Innocent reaction...

I SAW MY WHOLE LIFE FLASH BEFORE MY EYES

Christian humor! Leviticus 13:40 (NKJV) “As for the man whose hair has fallen from his head, he is bald, but he is clean."
Leviticus 13:40 (NKJV) “As for the man whose hair has fallen from his head, he is bald, but he is clean." :P

Hahaha

Too true, too true...


NOOOOOOO, MOM PLEASE not my fidget spinner that probably no one will care anything about by this time next year! D:

Haha!

I have a feeling Spain will have a lot to explain about this plain name they've gained from playing this game...

YES

YAS JUST YAS

The best eclipse glasses

These just might be the best homemade eclipse glasses around! Man, I wish I had known about making these before the eclipse happened this past summer. Oh well, maybe next time...


I hope you liked that! I sure did. :D Which was your favorite picture?

Also, what do you think of the new fall look? And I've finally done a "face reveal" thingamajig... in other words, just putting a picture of myself on the side there. :P

I hope all of you have a wonderfully blessed and joyful day!
~Faith

Saturday, September 2, 2017

The Hare & The Tortoise (a politically correct version)

This past year for school I had a writing assignment to rewrite one of Aesop's Fables using the style of another author. One of the authors they recommended using the style of was James Finn Garner's in his "Politically Correct" series (where he retells classic stories to be "politically correct"). So, I chose to rewrite the renowned story of The Hare & The Tortoise in the style of Garner -- with a politically correct twist. ;) It was one of my favorite writing assignments from this past year, and so, I've decided to share it with you all, just for fun. So... enjoy, my friends! :)


   
     One day, a hare was making fun of a tortoise for being motion-challenged. The tortoise became offended by the hare's teasing and considered suing him for slander, but decided to challenge the hare to a race instead. The discriminatory hare laughed and said, "How ridiculous!"
     With the tortoise being thoroughly offended, the hare finally agreed to the race. They asked the fox to be the judge.
     "Ready, set, go!" the fox yelled.
     The hare rushed way ahead of the tortoise, and so the fox called, "Hare, don't run so fast! You will make Tortoise feel bad."
     But the prejudiced hare ignored the fox's advice and kept on. But soon, after getting so far ahead, the hare started to feel bad for the tortoise, and so he decided to stop for a little while so that the tortoise could catch up and regain some of his self-esteem. While he was waiting for the tortoise, he laid down to rest, and as it was such a nice warm day, he drifted off into a deep sleep.
     Meanwhile, the tortoise kept plodding on. He was beginning to get quite tired, but then he saw the hare asleep. The tortoise became excited and carefully tiptoed by the hare, realizing that he might be able to win. Finally, the tortoise crossed the finish line.
     All the other animals cheered, and the hare woke up suddenly to the noise. With a shock of realization as to what had happened, he dashed to the finish line, finding that the tortoise had already crossed the finish line before him.
     "But it's not fair!" the hare complained. "I would have won if I hadn't fallen asleep!" He began to cry.
     The fox judge thought about this. "Well, you both worked so hard," he said. "So you both get a prize!" The fox handed both creatures a 1st place ribbon.
     The ungrateful tortoise pouted. "But I crossed the finish line first!  I won! Why does he get the same prize as me?"
     "We're all winners, Tortoise!" the fox said. "Don't be upset. No matter what you do you'll always be a winner."

Moral: Any pace will win the race.


Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!
~Faith

Sunday, August 27, 2017

A New Look & A Bookish Tag


Hello again!

So, as you may have noticed, I've changed my blog look quite a bit and have added a couple of new pages! What do y'all think? I made the new header on a neat website, www.befunky.com where you can make professional looking collages and such for free (well, and you can pay to have more stuff to work with, but you can do a lot with just the free things). I believe I first heard about this website from my friend, C.D. Hulen, and it's already been quite useful for me. So thanks, C.D.! :D

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I also got tagged once again by the lovely Olivia quite some time ago. This time it is a book-related award! :) So let's get to it, shall we?

The Bookish Tag Rules:
-You must be honest. 
-You must answer every question. 
-You must tag at least 4 people.

Okie doke. Here we go!

1.) What book has been on your shelf the longest? Hmm, good question. I don't... really know? Well, if we're talking about just my shelf (on which I've usually kept school stuff), I might say... maybe The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope. I have not read this book yet, but I think I might read it sometime in the near future. We'll see.

2.) What is your current read, your last read, and the book you'll read next? I'm currently reading Yankee Belles in Dixie by Gilbert Morris (the second book in the Bonnets & Bugles series), but I got a little tired of it for the moment, so I started reading A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck which has been interesting :P; my last read was Drummer Boy at Bull Run by Gilbert Morris (the first book in the Bonnets & Bugles series); and the book I'll read next will most likely be Keeping Secrets by Joan Lowery Nixon.

3.) What book did everyone like, but you hated? Hmm... I'm really not sure if I have one.

4.) What book do you keep telling yourself you'll read, but you probably won't? Maybe another Shakespeare play? (I had to read Julius Caesar for school this past year... yipee. :P) Or the other possibility might be To Kill a Mockingbird.
(...Oh my, I just realized how ridiculous that sounds if you don't read that as a book title...... XD)

5.) What book are you saving for retirement?  I honestly have never really thought of saving a book for when I'm older before; so yeah, I have no idea at the moment.

6.) Last page: read it first, or wait 'til the end? I usually don't want to spoil anything, so I try not to read the last page with most books I'm planning to read. But it really depends... with some books you just randomly find at the library, you need to read the last part of it to make sure it ends up good to see if it's going to be worth reading or not.  

7.) Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside? I think they can be interesting to read sometimes. It's kind of neat to learn of some of the people who inspired, encouraged, and/or helped the author in the writing of his or her book.

8.) Which book character would you switch places with? Well, really (as Olivia said), I wouldn't want to trade places with anyone in the world, because I know God made me who I am and put me in the time I'm in for a reason. :) But if I must choose... ahhhh, there are so many choices! HOW DOES ONE CHOOSE?? ....Possibly Pollyanna Whittier.

9.) Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)
When I was maybe five or six, all our family had to get rabies shots because of some reason that I don't quite remember (something about a cat I think...). And I didn't like it, of course. But anywho, we had to go several times, and almost every time we brought an I Spy book along to look at in the waiting room before we had to go in and get our shots. That was a real bright spot in that experience, and made things a lot better for me. So, sometimes when I pick up an I Spy book, I think about that time. (I think the last time we had to go though, as I recall, we forgot to bring it, which was a real bummer.)
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10.) Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way. A number of years ago I participated in a Summer reading program at our local library. You got different prizes, such as a free pass to a pool or a free Chick-Fil-A kid's meal for reading so many hours. So, the big prize at the end (if you read all the hours on the chart they gave you) was getting to pick out a book from the library to keep. I chose a book called, Toliver's Secret by Esther Wood Brady. It stuck out to me from when I first saw it, and I'm so glad I chose it; it's a really great book. :)

11.) Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?
Hmm... I actually can't really think of a specific book at this moment that I've given away before. D: The closest thing to giving a book away that comes to mind is giving out tracts and christian magazines at our church's annual "free yard sale". It is for a special reason, and the people we're giving them to are each very special people... So, that should count, shouldn't it? :)

12.) Which book has been with you most places? My Bible probably. It's a good book to have around!

13.) Any "required reading" you hated in high school that wasn't so bad later?

Well, there was Pride & Predjudice, but I didn't really hate it. I actually quite enjoyed it. But I think I came to appreciate it more as I went along and after finishing it.

14.) Used or brand new? Probably used, but I'd prefer it be in a pretty good condition though. I definitely don't mind brand new either... It really depends. :P

15.) Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?  No.

16.) Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book? There are probably several movies I liked more than the book :P, but one I can think of at the moment is The Apple Dumpling Gang. The movie is a lot funnier, and more family-friendly really than the book. Also, the fact that I saw the movie before reading the book could have somewhat of an affect on which one I prefer. ;) (But with this one, I think I'd like the movie better than the book anyway to be honest.)

17.) Have you ever read a book that's made you hungry, cookbooks included?
Cookbooks definitely make me hungry (especially flipping through the dessert section... mmmmmmmm). I don't know if I could choose a specific one though... any one really!  

18.) Who is the person whose book advice you'll always take?  
My mom's. Definitely. :)

19.) Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving? I read Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis a while back after seeing the movie for it, and I guess that's a little bit out of my usual kind of genre. I remember enjoying it pretty well. That's the only Narnia book I've read, though, and I'm sure it would have been better if I had read all the Narnia books in order and everything. (I know, I know, all you Narnian-loving peeps who've grown up reading the books are all probably looking at me in shock right now....)
 Pride & Prejudice :)


Well, that was fun! (And a bit more challenging, to be honest.) Thanks, Olivia for tagging me! :)

Okay, let's see, I'll tag...
Katherine @ The Ramblings of a Young Writer
and YOU who are reading this if you so desire. :)

Have a wonderful week, everyone!
~Faith

Friday, June 9, 2017

A Savior Alive // A belated Easter poem



A World created

A Sin committed

A Bond separated

A Love omitted


A Promise given

A God with power

A People who followed

A People who cowered


An Angel sent

A Woman submitted

A Baby born

A Savior given


A Boy who grew

A Man who taught

A Man who healed

The Son of God


A Sinless Man

A Trial commenced

An ignorant people

Blood on their hands


A Whip snapped

A Crown placed

A Crowd spat

Into His face


A Cross carried

A Hill scaled

A Nail hammered

A Hand nailed


A Savior dying

An Agony displayed

A Blood so pure

A Man Who forgave


A Savior dead

A People dismayed

A Promise remembered

A Sign -- three days


A Stone rolled

A Veil tore

A Tomb empty

A Devil mourned


An Angel present

A Woman wondered

A News proclaimed

He was not kept under


A Savior alive

A Hope brought near

A Bond renewed

No more to fear


A God Who loved

A People so much

A Son He gave

The Son of God


A Savior lived

A Savior died

A Savior Loved

Our Savior, Jesus --- is ALIVE.



This was a poem I wrote up that I was going to put on here for Easter, but I just didn't get around to it for some reason. (Maybe it was because I wasn't exactly sure if it was good or made very much sense... What do you think of it?)
But anyway, even though it's far past Easter, I think us as Christians should be excited about and celebrating Jesus' resurrection all year round, don'tchya think? :) I mean, just think about it --- Jesus was willing to take such a horrific punishment in our place --- the punishment we very much deserved, so that we could be free from all hurt, grief, pain, sickness, and sin. But why on earth would he do such a thing for a people who deliberately denied and rejected him?

LOVE.

"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16

It makes me so sad to hear people say or see people hold up signs that say things like "God is mad at you" or "God is angry". God is not mad or angry at you. Just look at what he was willing to do for us. Would someone who hates your guts go off and take the punishment and death you deserved? I wouldn't hardly think so. He might be sad or not be pleased with something wrong we've been doing, but that doesn't stop Him from loving us. He loves you SO SO much, and wants the very best for you. (That of course doesn't mean we should keep doing wrong things. [Romans 6:1-2] God will forgive us for them, but we should still obey God's commandments and do what's pleasing in His sight.) 

God's love is truly just... amazing. It's indescribable. It's incredible. It's almost unbelievable... but it's real. Sometimes I think we forget how deep of a hole we'd all be in if Christ didn't do what He did. We'd still be stuck in that deep pit... but Jesus rescued us. He stretched out His hand and pulled us back up out of that dark hole of sin. He embraced us with such love. He gave us life --- but not just life --- life more abundantly. Because of Him, we're FREE. It's more awesome than words can describe.
But if you haven't experienced that kind of freedom and still feel stuck down in that hole of sin, God can pull you back out, too. All you have to do is tell Him you're sorry for the wrong things you've done and "confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, and you will be saved." (Romans 10:9) It's really that simple. And Jesus dying on the cross made that way for us to be able to just simply ask for forgiveness with a sincere heart, and then be washed clean from all sin. Praise God!!!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter, and are having a great start to your summer! :)
JESUS IS ALIVE!!!
~Faith

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Update & The Versatile Blogger Award!

The Update
Why hello there... it's been a while, hasn't it?

So, this thing called graduation-but-not-exactly happened. I was apart of a homeschool graduation ceremony a couple weeks ago (which was really nice and awesome and fun :D), so there was of course all the craziness to get everything together and such, and so I didn't have much time to think about blogging. But anyway, being homeschooled and on my own school schedule and not with the schedule of this homeschool group who was doing the ceremony, I wasn't actually all the way finished with school before the graduation ceremony... so... yeah. And since I've already had a "graduation", it's kind of hard to explain to people that I still have some school left before I'm actually done, especially to ones who don't know much about homeschooling. So when people have said to me things like, "I bet you're so glad it's all over!" I sometimes just try to avoid confusion all together and just go with it.
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But anyway. It's not really that bad. Even with that, it's still very exciting that I really will be all finished up soon! It's kind of hard to believe...

I do apologize for my absence recently, but I hope to be keeping up with this blog much more this summer.

The Award
So, quite a while ago, I got nominated by the lovely Emma over at her blog, A Bookworm's Majestic Adventures for the Versatile Blogger Award, and I'm just now finally getting around to it. Thank you ever so much, Emma for nominating/tagging me for this!

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These are the very official Official VBA Rules:
  1. Display Award.
  2. Thank the person who gave you this award.
  3. Include link in post to that person’s blog.
  4. Share seven things about yourself.
  5. Nominate bloggers.

Let's see, seven things...

I'm finishing up high school this summer!?!?
I guess you already found that out up there, didn't you? :P I still feel like I should be in 10th grade or something. It's very exciting though!

I love people
I just love getting to know people and making new friends, even if I'm not the best at it. Even though I usually tend to be more on the introvert side and am not the most talkative, I really enjoy going to social outings and being around people (though I still definitely enjoy my alone time, and I usually just need time to myself sometimes to recharge). I like talking with people more one-on-one than in a group or to a crowd. So I guess I'm more of an ambivert?

I'm a pastor's daughter
Even though my siblings and I get extra duty sometimes helping in church, it's a great learning experience, and I'm glad to be part of it.

I still consider my hair to be blond
Even though my hair is more light brown now. Ah well....

I can sign the whole alphabet in sign language
I think I just taught it to myself when I was younger from a school book that showed how to sign the alphabet. I honestly don't really know why it's stuck with me all these years. But it has.

I can knit with knitting needles
I only really know one stitch at the moment, but I'm learning. :)

I'm in the midst of writing a novel
Well... not so much at the moment. But I plan on picking back up on it more after finishing school.


Well, that was fun! I'll nominate, Olivia from Meanwhile in Rivendell..., and Jonathan from Fishing For Ideas You both seem like very versatile bloggers. ;)

Have an awesome week!
~Faith

Saturday, April 1, 2017

March Madness -- Reading Edition

Ever since I can remember, I've always liked stories. It's always nice to be able to have a quiet moment to sit down with a good book and venture off into another world for a time. So, I thought it would be fun to share some books I've read and stories I've journeyed through this past month. :)

A Family Apart
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My rating:
5 stars

Synopsis:
Imagine being taken from your home. Imagine your mother is the one who lets it happen.
 This is the fate that befalls the six Kelly children. Their widowed mother has sent them west from New York City because she’s convinced that she can’t give them the life they deserve. The Kellys board an “orphan train” and are taken to St. Joseph, Missouri, where their problems only grow worse. It was bad enough that they had to say goodbye to their mother, but now they’re forced to part ways with their fellow siblings as well. Thirteen-year-old Frances won’t stand for it. She’s going to protect her brothers and sisters, even if it means dressing up like a boy and putting herself in danger.

My review:
Historical fiction is my absolute favorite, so of course, I dived right into this series. I had started a novel (with the help of the One Year Adventure Novel curriculum) some time ago about someone who travels on the Orphan Train. I have been putting on the back burner for a while (I hope to pick it back up again soon), but ever since then, I've always been interested in learning more about the Orphan Train and the children who rode on it. I hadn't seen a whole lot of novel-type books like this on the Orphan Train before, but near the beginning of March, I found this series listed in the back of another book and excitedly hopped onto the computer to find it (well, more like I hopped into the computer chair... that wouldn't have turned out too well if I had hopped onto the computer....).

But, anyway, to get to the point, I wasn't disappointed. This first book in The Orphan Train Adventures is told very well and it's message about sacrifice is most poignant. It brings quite a few other historical events into the picture as well, including Lincoln on the verge of being elected, and the Underground Railroad. This story of a tightly knit family that unexpectedly gets torn apart is an excellent story that, especially for those of you who enjoy historical fiction, I heartily recommend.

(Okay, so that was a longer review than I had intended it to be... the rest of the books I list will most likely have a shorter one just to let you know.)

Caught In The Act
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My rating:
4.5 stars

Synopsis:
Eleven-year-old Mike Kelly is adopted by a German immigrant farm family living in Missouri with a sadistic owner, a bullying son, and a number of secrets, one of which may be murder.

My review:
After finishing A Family Apart, I realized that the next few books to follow in the series would each be written from one of the older Kelly children's perspectives, which I thought was neat. The first one was from the oldest sibling, Frances Mary's perspective, and this one, the second book in The Orphan Train Adventures, is told from Mike, the oldest Kelly boy's perspective.

This was an intriging mystery which I enjoyed quite well. Great plot and great characters. One of my favorite quotes from it was this one:
"I don't understand why people think slavery is right."
"The answer is that they don't think. If they examined the issue, they might have to act on it, so it's easier for them not to think at all."

In the Face of Danger
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Rating:
4 stars

Synopsis:
Shy Megan Kelly cannot forget the day a gypsy read her palm announcing to all that she would bring trouble to those around her. Afterward, trouble does follow her, until, with her newly adopted family, she takes the necessary steps to free herself from the burdens of fear, loneliness, and superstition.

My review:
This was a very adventurous, and overall, great story. It's a little annoying, however, when Megan keeps going back to the curse a gypsy put on her years ago and thinks that it's the cause of anything bad that happens to her or to those around her (including the reason that all her siblings get separated). I guess that every main character needs a weakness, though. But in the end, with the help and encouragement of her adopted parents, she conquers her fears and realizes that bad things just happen sometimes, and that all of it isn't her fault, and that she can overcome those circumstances with good. Overall, I quite enjoyed it. :)

Abe Lincoln at Last!
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My rating:
4 stars

Synopsis:
Jack and Annie have a magic tree house that will take them anywhere in history. In this adventure, the magic tree house whisks Jack and Annie to Washington D.C. in the 1860s where they meet Abraham Lincoln and collect a feather that will help break a magic spell.

My review:
Okay, so I know. This isn't really a book written for my age group. But I found this one at the library and thought I'd just check it out for fun... And me being the historical-loving person I am, I thought, why not, ya know? ;) I actually really got it thinking of my younger brother, but one evening I decided to pick it up and read some of it.... which ended in me actually reading through the whole thing in the course of an hour and a half maybe...
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This was a fun, enjoyable story. It's message of hope and doing the right thing was nicely portrayed throughout Jack and Annie's adventures. I liked it. :)

How to be a Success in Life
How to Be a Success in Life   -     By: Kenneth W. Hagin

My rating:
5 stars

Summary:
This booklet emphasizes that true success depends upon developing the spiritual man, seeking wisdom to deal wisely with the issues of life, cooperating with God, practicing the Word, and obeying the voice of God (obey without delay). Be encouraged and challenged to rise to godly standards and enjoy a successful life.

My review:
So this is a booklet, not a full-sized book, but it was still just as good. This was a great read, and it's not one of those ones that you read one time and then you're done. It's like a little handbook that you can go back to and read over again and again. And it's not that long, too, so it's not hard to do. I highly recommend it.


Well, there you have it. That's probably the most books I've read in a month for a while. It was madness... March madness, that is. :P Okay, not really madness -- but it was really a lot of fun! :D I think I'm going to try to do posts like this again at the end of each month telling what I read/watched/am going to read, or something like that. We'll see how it goes. :)

Have a great weekend, everyone!
~Faith

P.S. Have you read any of these books? What did you read in March?

P.P.S. Oh yes, and just to let you know, I really did read all these books, just in case any of you were skeptical with it being April Fool's Day and all. :P

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Just for a Laugh...

So, I like a good laugh. Proverbs 17:22 says that "A joyful heart is good medicine".
We all need a good laugh now and then. You apparently can lose 10-40 calories laughing for just 15 minutes a day. So, if you're looking for a good weight loss program, I may have just found you a good one. ;)

Anyway, without further ado, here are 10 things to make you laugh today (or at least smile).

But first off, just to let you know, there's a MAJOR SPOILER BELOW!!

Major Spoiler Below:





Don't we all?




JUMPING LAMA
NOW IN THE NEWS: MR. L. LAMA NOW IDENTIFIES AS A KANGAROO




Haha, yes! After a while you want that roadrunner to get caught by Wile  E. Coyote...:
Isn't it though?! It's amazing how FAST he could paint such amazing paintings as well!




Haha, too true...:
"But it's a SHORT chapter!"



Hee hee...
Just a spoonful...




BAAHAAHAAHAA!:
"Take it from my hands!"




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Hehe... just... back away slooowly...



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Aww man! Really??




So true:
"Well, I really called to just ask you real quick about how to fix my computer because I have a really important email to send, and it's a little stressful, but you know what... a flute solo would really help me to calm down and relax -- it sounds like just the thing to melt my stress away! Thanks!"


Well, I hope you folks enjoyed that. :) I'm the kind of person who probably spends too much time finding likes to find funny/witty pictures like this on Pinterest. Oh, all the wasted hours on Pinterest... well, that will have to be another post. :P Anyway, I hope you had a good laugh, or at least a good smile out of that. :) Now, why don't you go get yourself off your computer or phone or tablet or whatever ridiculous device you may be on, and go enjoy this wonderful day that the Lord has made?!

Have a blessed weekend, everyone!
~Faith