Morning May Musings

Well, it’s May now! I wanted to share some pictures that I took and something that Jesus has been whispering to my heart lately. I hope you have a wonderful, beautiful, blessed rest of your week. Jesus loves you! xoxo Emma


Don’t focus on the bad…

 

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…and miss out on the beauty.

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Keep your eyes focused on Me…

 

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…and I will show you My beauty, despite the ashes around you.

 

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My child, listen to Me when I say…

 

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…I lifted the sun to rise in the sky.

 

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I woke the flowers from their slumber…

 

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…and painted the evening sky with color.

 

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And if I take care of My smallest creations…

 

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then let the little things in life serve as a reminder…

 

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I will take care of you too.

The Happiness Tag

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I’m It! I was tagged by Sarah at Forever Aspiring Writer to do the Happiness Tag. This includes: Answering a few questions about things that make you happy. Easypeasyweazy right? Well, that’s about it s’pose, and I don’t see muchofa reason to drag the intro on and waste time. :P Continue?

EMMA’S HAPPY SONGS

WELL, I love VeggieTales. Larry, oh dear Larry the Pickle Cucumber, he makes me laugh when he sings his Silly Songs! Endangered Love (Barbara Manatee) is a song that makes me happy.

I’ll add one more song to my happy list. Good Day by Natalie Grant. I listen to it when I make my bed in the morning, and its a good way to start off your day. It’s a happy song, y’all!

EMMA’S HAPPY BOOKS

Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? My daddy would read to my brother and I when we were little, and this book was always on the reading list. The memory of snuggling up close to him on the couch, listening as he made all the sounds…it makes me happy! This book is awesome. Oh, before I forget, I’ve got a question for you guys: Mr. Brown can moo! Can you?

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Also, God’s Smuggler (Brother Andrew) and The Hiding Place (Corrie ten Boom) because those books make me go YEAH GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Totally recommend, especially if you need a reminder that God is amazing and works in AWESOME ways!)

EMMA’S HAPPY MOVIES

I love love the movie Curious George. It is so doggone adorable, I smile throughout the whole thing.

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Lookit, he’s so cute!

I also really enjoy Peabody and Sherman, which surprised me because at first I wasn’t sure I would like it! And Finding Nemo. I love Finding Nemo. (I like a lot of cartoons, I guess!)

EMMA’S HAPPY FOODS

Snickerdoodles. Grandma’s homemade bread and homemade jam. Mama’s cheesy chicken stuff (otherwise known as cheesy chicken casserole. Drop the ‘casserole’, add the ‘stuff’ and it rolls off the tongue much better). Cheesy fries with bacon and ranch.

EMMA’S HAPPY WORDS

Happy words? Happy words. Okay…well there’s boom. It’s fun to say. For me, instead of saying “I DID IT!” I say, “BOOM BABY! I did it!” I don’t know why; I just do.

Awesomesauce. I picked this one up from a friend of mine. She says awesomesauce, I hear awesomesauce, I now say awesomesauce, everything that’s awesome is an awesomesauce folks!

One last word. I love the word love. Jesus’ love makes me happy. Sharing God’s love makes me happy. And as long as we’re at it, just a reminder for ya: God made you special and He loves you very much!

EMMA’S HAPPY SCENTS

Things baking in the oven that aren’t burning. My dog after a bath (so much more pleasant to cuddle with). Flowers, fresh-cut grass; the scent of spring. Autumn leaves. The scent of my dad’s cologne when I hug him tight.

EMMA’S HAPPY RANDOM THINGS

Birdies singing. Sunshine. Playing with my brother. Snail-Mail. Being with people I love. I love movie-theater popcorn. Adventures, and making people smile. I love to give people presents and cards and little gifts to show them that they’re loved. Smiling at strangers.

Ah so there, a list of a few things that makes this chick named Emma happy.:) Did you learn anything new about me? Feel free to comment what makes you happy; maybe we share some of the same things!😀

Oh hey, before I forget I best be a-taggin’ folks to do this thing. Since I’m not very good at Tag, I’ll go after a whole bunch of you guys at once and see who I end up getting.😉 If you’ve got the letter A in any of your three names (first, middle, last) ~*~or~*~ if you know how to whistle, then you are hereby tagged for The Happiness Tag! If you do the tag, link it in the comments so we can hop over and see what makes you happy!

Have a beauuuuuuutiful day! xo Emma

 

Duck Tape Bag Tutorial

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Hello!! Today I thought I would show you guys how I make a Duck Tape Bag! I love Duck Tape and crafting stuff with it. This took me two hours to do (including taking the pictures and writing down what I was doing so I wouldn’t forget). This bag is 18-1/2 inches wide by 12 inches deep. If you want it smaller you can just scale down the width and length of your Duck Tape sheets.

Anyways, I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s get started on how to make it, eh?😀


What You Need:

 

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~Duck Tape! I used Electric Blue and Peacock. Partly because I liked the color scheme, but mostly because they were two rolls that I had enough to make a bag with.😉

~Scissors

~X-Acto Knife (if you don’t own one, it’s not a big deal because scissors work just fine. I just like to use it because if you have to make a close cut, you don’t have to worry as much about over-cutting and snipping your bag)

~Craft cutting board (or something to measure and stick your Duck Tape strips to)

~Ruler/Measuring Tape (or your eyeball if you prefer to skip measuring and just wanna wing it)


What To Do:

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First step is to make a large Duck Tape sheet, which will be the base of your bag. I made my DT sheet to measure 18 inches wide by 24 inches long. Lay your DT strips down one at a time, slightly overlapping one another so they stick, until you reach your desired size.

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Keep in mind that however deep you want your bag to be, you need to make the DT sheet’s length double that, because this sheet gets folded in half later. So if you want your bag to be 10 inches deep, make your DT sheet 20 inches!:) Your width still stays the same though, so just change the length!

You’re going to need two of these sheets, so now make another one! If you laid your strips down horizontally, make this sheet with the strips running vertically. I’ve found that it’s stronger because the seams run in opposite directions.

Okay, before you do anything else with the DT sheets, you’ve got to make your straps! Everyone’s different and depending on how low you want your bag to hang, the length of your straps will be different. For me, I made mine to measure 37-1/2 inches. (Oddball number I know; I usually just eyeball everything but figured in a tutorial I should be a little more organized.)

Pull out a looooooong strip of Duck Tape, however long you want your strap to be, but be careful not to let it twist and stick to itself! Once two sticky sides touch, nothing can get them apart.😉 After you’ve done that, lay it sticky-side up and carefully fold one side into the middle.

I like to start from the middle and work out, and fold it in small increments because I’ve found I get less wrinkles this way. And while wrinkles aren’t the end of the world, it still looks best when it’s smooth.:)

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You’ve got your straps and both sides of your bag; now let’s assemble this thing! If you have a different pattern for the inside than the outside, lay the pattern you want to show on the outside sticky-side up. You’ll lay the other sheet on top of this one, but don’t do it yet unless you prefer strapless bags! 

Straps: On the 18 inch side, take your strap and place about 2 inches of it 1-1/4 inches away from the edge. (Measurements are fussy but tutorials require measurements I suppose, and this is how much I love you.) Do the same for the other end of the strap and make sure that it isn’t twisted! Repeat on the other side.

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Yay! Now it’s time for the tricky part: sticking the two DT sheets together. This part makes me nervous every time because if the pieces stick before you’re ready, well, they’re stuck. I’ve found that if I fold the sheet I’m placing down in half, sticky side in (being careful not to stick it to itself) that it works much better because it’s easier to handle. I can just unfold it and smooth it out. Make sure all your edges are lined up the best they can be, then go for it! No turning back once you do.

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As you can see by the picture, I do have a nice sized wrinkle in there. Aack, some things are just unavoidable. I’m not too worried about it since it will be on the inside of the bag.:) My sides weren’t lined up perfectly either, but that’s okay because we can fix it later.

Time to tape the sides together. Make sure the inside of your bag is facing upwards. Cut two strips of Duck Tape, each one about the half the length of your bag, and tape like so:

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The reason one of them is peacock is because I ran out of blue. Ha! Anyways, starting on one side fold the tape back, hold, and then fold your bag up onto the tape. Do this with both sides and try your best to make sure that the top edges are lined up.:)

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It’s really coming together!! Yay!! Now here’s the time we’ll add the trim and get rid of all those sticky tape strips that are still showing. If you have extra tape up at the top like I do, you can fold it over. We’ll still add trim on top of it, so it doesn’t have to be perfect.

With that out of the way now, you can add trim to the sides. Because I ran out of blue and because it’s pretty, I chose to use the peacock to finish it off. I pulled a strip of peacock out, the same length as the side of my bag, and folded it over the edge on both sides. I did the same for the bottom, and the top. The top of the bag has those handles on it, and that makes it difficult to fold your trim tape over. Using your scissors or X-Acto knife, make little snips on either side of the straps and fold.

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And now it’s finished! Here are two of my bags.

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As you can see, I didn’t add anything else onto my blue bag. Wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted, and it looks nice anyways, hehe! If you do want to add something extra, you can add another strip of Duck Tape or your name like on my Emma bag, or I’ve made small Duck Tape flowers and taped them on too. (I don’t have a picture of that one because I gave it away) You could add a bow, even–possibilities are limitless.😀

Well, that’s all. I hope that you guys enjoyed this tutorial! And I hope it all made sense! If there’s anything that I can clarify, let me know! Or does anyone have any questions?? I’ll do my best to answer them for you! I’d love to hear what you guys think.😀

Talk soon! Thanks for dropping by! Emma xo

Jeremiah 32:17

So I was reading in my Bible this morning, in the book of John. In my study notes, it said “See Jer 32:17.” I don’t always flip to the places they direct me to (too many!!) but I thought I would this time, for whatever reason.  I’m glad that I did, because this verse was encouraging to me this morning.

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YES!! That just makes me so excited! To think that the God who made the earth and sunsets and the stars and the moon and the milky way (both the star system and the candy bar because both are awesome) can tackle whatever problem I’ve got is just AWESOME.❤

and I just wanted to share that verse with you, because just maybe it’ll encourage you too, to know that there’s nothing too hard for Christ.

So…yeah! That’s all!

Emma xo

 

 

A Little of This, a Little of That…

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Hellohellohello! It’s me again. Hehe. It’s fun to be random and whatnot, so I thought I’d share with y’all what I’ve recently discovered.

And when I say that, I don’t mean I discovered that the moon is made of cheese (I do quite enjoy that episode of Wallace and Gromit though) or I have successfully discovered how to take a picture of an atom. I’m talking things like a new song or a new verse in the Bible. Just random little things that make life happier all around.:)

Wallace and Gromit on the Moon made of Cheese

A little of this, a little of that, you might say. And who knows, maybe you’ll find something you think is kinda neat too.:)


First up…

New Song

I actually discovered this song while reading a book. The song I Go to the Rock was the book’s theme song, and I just had to listen to the words instead of reading them.  It’s such a great reminder that God is always there and…yes, I love it. Dottie Rambo wrote it, but I personally enjoy Whitney Housten’s version.:)

Where do I go…when there’s nobody else to turn to?

Who do I talk to…when nobody wants to listen?

Who do I lean on…when there is no foundation stable?

I go to the Rock! I know He is able, I go to the Rock!

 

New Bible Verse

I was browsing Pinterest the other day and came across some picture and the caption was Amos 5:4. Upon Googling it, I found this verse:

Amos 5:4

Isn’t that verse lovely? And, haha, I’ve found I’m like Aunt Clara from Bewitched–we both like doorknobs. While Aunt Clara collects them, I don’t have the room, not with all my books, so I just take pictures, like the one above. Still, you can’t tell me that a doorknob doesn’t make an interesting photograph!

New Drink

Teacup and Saucer

TEA! Yes, yes, I know that tea is a popular drink and some of you may be wondering why I haven’t ever “discovered” it before just now. So here’s my excuse! I never liked tea before. In past tea-tasting experiences, I just didn’t really care for it. It was eh. That is until Mother Dearest bought this “fruit sampler” box of tea–a whole bunch of different flavors, all in a box! That box of delicious sipping goodness has changed my perspective on tea forever. I’ll have a cup of blueberry please, with a buncha honey!

New Book

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My grandma gave me this book for Christmas, and I just finished the fourth and final book, and it is AMAZING. This is actually the book where I heard of the song I Go to the Rock! Even though it’s fiction, it’s engaging, encouraging and full of God’s truth! The characters make me laugh, drive me nuts, and…yeah! And I can’t mention Neta Jackson without saying that her Yada Yada series is also stinkin’ amazing. Not to sound redundant or anything, but if you take this paragraph ^^ and apply it to Yada Yada, you’ll get a pretty good idea!:)

New Recipe

I’ve found two new recipes lately. One for a delicious lemon sour cream pound cake.

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And one for soft pretzels!

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my fat little pretzel sticks

 

The cake, I just dumped most everything in, flipped the KitchenAid on, called it good. (Recipe calls for bowl #1 and #2 and egg yolks here and whites there. Yesh!) Anyways it turned out great! So did the pretzels. First time I made sticks (or logs if you prefer since sticks are generally…thinner) and had to use regular salt since I didn’t have any pretzel salt. Second time I got brave and whipped those babies into ze classic twist–and I had pretzel salt! Without or without the twist, with or without the pretzel salt, it’s easy and yummy.:)

New Movie

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We watched this movie a few months ago maybe? Oh my gosh, I will admit that I was tearing up during this movie…maybe a little. It follows a bunch of different people going through very different stories, and each one of them is approached with the question: Do you believe in what God did for you on the cross? And even though the movie itself is fiction, just seeing the work of God in each of the characters lives is such a powerful thing. A good reminder that God is at work in our lives too!


Can’t really think of anything else to add…of course, once I press PUBLISH I’ll think of something. Ha! Doesn’t it always work that way? Anyway, what new things have you discovered lately?😀 I hope you have a superwonderfulfantasticamazing rest of your day. Until next time!

Love, Emma xo

 

 

Enough – a poem

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!! As you can see, I’ve got a poem that I want to share with you! But before I share it with you, I wanted to tell you guys how it came about.:)

Friday evening I was sitting at my computer thinking, “I’d really like to write a poem.” Thing is, poems don’t come as naturally to me as stories or blog posts. Even if I sometimes have a specific topic I’d like to write about, I can stare at the blinker on a blank Word Doc screen for half an hour (or longer, depending on how badly I want to do this) and have nothing to show for it.

Except sometimes. Usually when I least expect it. I’ll be writing in my journal, lying in bed trying to get to sleep, typing randomly or whatever the case may be, and suddenly I’ll get the words for the first verse. Then the second. The third. Tweak, edit, make it right–and then it’s done. I have myself a poem.

Ha, it doesn’t happen all the time. I’ve written four poems now like this in the past…year and a half? But just the way it happens–sudden and simple and easy… it never ceases to amaze me! I call these poems God Poems. Just like the poem below, just like the poem I posted for y’all months ago, just like everything I write, it was God-inspired.

And that’s basically what happened Friday night! I didn’t finish it that night; I worked on it off and on throughout Saturday (it was hard. Rhyming is hard! Don’t underestimate the rhyming!) and then I finished it. We finished it.

So I guess what I’m trying to say here guys, is that what I write isn’t just by me. In fact, it’s not by me at all! These are the words that God put on my heart; that the Ultimate Writer told me to put down on paper. (Or on a Word Doc, haha!) Without God, there’d be no such thing as letters or words or sentences–let alone stories and poems! So all the glory for this poem, really needs to go to God. The One Who inspired it all. I’m just the one with the pen.

And I wanted to–or maybe it was God who wanted me to–share it with you. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone. Whether you’re single or married or in a relationship, never, ever forget that there’s Someone who loves you so much, no matter what. (John 15:13* and Romans 5:8**) And more than anything: you don’t need to measure up to the world’s standards. Because God loves you, so much that He died for you, you are enough, just the way you are, for Him.❤

Blessings and love,

Emma xo

*There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. ~John 15:13 (NLT)

**But God showed how much he loved us by having Christ die for us, even though we were sinful~Romans 5:8 (CEV)


 

Enough by God and Emma

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She yearns for love,

For someone to hold her and call her their own;

To feel special and cherished,

And know that she’s enough.

She forgets that true love comes from above;

From the King who sits on His throne.

That the true act of love was when He perished,

By his death she was pulled out of the rough.

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Her tears fall for the times when she was pushed aside,

And told she wasn’t the best she could be.

Her heart aches because she isn’t up to par;

She doesn’t know how to change their mind.

But the King of the Universe draws her near to His side;

He whispers in her ear, “You’re perfect to me,

I love you just the way you are.

Everything about you is beautiful, just the way I designed.”

 ~

The whispered words she protests and denies,

But He doesn’t let go, He loves her forever;

The King’s precious girl, she’s His for good,

Even when she doesn’t recognize it.

He hugs her tight and keeps on talking, “Don’t listen to the lies,

Just come as you are and never,

Never think I won’t accept you; I love you like no one ever could.

My love for you will never change, not even a little bit.”

 ~

She wants to believe,

Wants to know the love she’s been refused.

She relaxes and listens to,

Not the lies of the world, but to the King’s voice.

“I’ve heard the prayers you’ve prayed,

I’ve seen the hurt you’ve excused.

Listen to Me when I say that you,

Bring Me the greatest of joys.”

 ~

“Your name is on the palm of my hand,

Daughter, you are my treasured possession.

When people tell you otherwise,

You have to know,

My thoughts of you are more than the grains of sand;

I’ve freed you from sin’s oppression.

Lift your eyes, my girl, lift your eyes

And see, I love every part of you, from your head to your toes.”

 ~

Her heart is filling with the truths He’s given,

She’s being held and called His own,

Told that she’s special and cherished.

And by His grace, by His love, she knows that she is enough.

Enough to be loved, enough to live a life forgiven

She’s enough for the King on His throne,

Who saw her broken and said, “I died for you,

because I love you, to make you Mine.

And my daughter, because of that, you are enough.”

 

The Sweetest Kindest Nicest Dearest Beloved Lovely Kind Pleasant Valued Cute Endearing Welcome Award

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Greetings all! I have been nominated for the ‘Liebster Awards’ by the very sweet Sarah at Forever Aspiring Writer. (If you like books and music and movies you should hop on over and give her a visit; she reviews all of those!) Thank ya Sarah!❤

But wait! you say. If it’s called the Liebster Award, what is with your long title? It barely fit in the subject line of the email I got.

Dear followers, I am so glad you asked.  Me being me, I like to know what words mean. So I Googled “liebster meaning.” Apparently, liebster is of German origin. The definition is as follows: sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. Upon reading this interesting tidbit, I decided that instead of titling my post “Liebster Awards” I would title it with it’s definition instead. Hence the result. Long title; it’s definitely a mouthful. I probably can’t even say it from memory. Maybe liebster is a better term. Oh well.

Okay okay, enough of the rambling. What’s going to happen is this: Sarah has asked 10 questions that I will answer. Afterwards, I’ll write my own set of questions and then nominate some other bloggers to answer those! But first I must post the rules, as posting the rules is part of the rules.😉


Liebster Award Rules

Liebster-Award-Button-ImagePost the award and rules to your blog

Answer the nominating blogger’s ten question interview

Nominate 3-10 other bloggers with fewer than 3,000 followers whom you want to encourage

Create 10 questions for the new nominees


Cool, now that we got that squared away, shall we continue?:)

1. If you had to change your name, what would you rename yourself?

Hmmm…this is an interesting question. I really like the name Ella. (Which wouldn’t be that big a change from my name now! Emma, Ella. Haha.) That might be due to my never-ending love to the Gail Carson Levine story Ella Enchanted, but pfft, it’s so pretty. Simple, yet beautiful! I’ll go with Ella.

2. If you cook, what’s your favorite dish to make?

To be honest, I bake more than I cook. I’ll whip ya up a batch of cookies or brownies in no time and I have the Wilton buttercream frosting recipe memorized. Baking is sweet and yummy. I’m not saying cooking doesn’t have delicious results, but generally Mama’s in charge of the cooking department and I bring along the snacky-sweet things. But, because I’m not answering the question and I should probably do that, I will say that chicken alfredo or cheesy chicken lasagna is my favorite thing to make. I have made that before. Yummmm. I could live off the stuff!

Just for the record, chicken alfredo and cheesy chicken lasagna are about the same thing. If I say one, I mean I’m open to either. Only difference is one goes straight from pot to plate and the other into a 9×13 and bakes for a while. ;) (Hey mum, doesn’t that sound good for supper sometime this week? *hint hint*)

3. If you could own any animal as a pet, what would you choose?

…can I have three? If so…a river otter, a sea otter, and a manatee please!

4. Would you rather have ice cream on a hot day, or hot chocolate on a cold day?

Ice cream on a hot day please! Right now some twist ice cream with sprinkles sounds yummy! (Even though it’s clearly hot chocolate weather out, lol!)

5. What’s your favorite color to wear?

Goodness gracious, I don’t know! Anything with color. I love color and colorful things. I love the color blue and the color purple–one of those, perhaps? Or I really like my red shirt. My pink sweater? Wait. No. I really like to wear my…well, we’ll just stick with “anything with color”. It seems that would be the best answer for now until I’m able to make up my mind.

6. Do you prefer feeling bored with nothing to do, or feeling busy with so much to do?

Ahh! I enjoy having things to do…but it’s discouraging to know you don’t have enough time to do everything you want to do. Which begs the question…which one would I rather have? I guess I’ll go with “feeling busy with so much to do”.

7. Has a book ever made you cry?

Yessssss. There was one book where someone died, and it came as a complete shock and surprise to me, I could not help it! I really liked that character, and then she was gone?! The sorrows of being a bookworm.

8. How many years do you imagine your blog will be running from now?

I really have no idea, to be honest! I enjoy blogging because I enjoy talking and meeting all you nice people. And because I love to make people smile and laugh by telling you my stories and thoughts on things. Until Jesus tells me it’s time to stop, then I guess I’ll keep it a’goin’!

9. Chess or checkers?

I’m getting better at chess, so we’ll choose that one.

10. If you were granted a pair of wings, what would you want them to look like? 😄

I’ve always thought it would be fun to fly! My wings would have to be colorful–like a rainbow, perhaps? Purple and blue and green and orange and pink and then add some glitter in there for good measure. As far as shape goes, I’d rather not have wings like a dragonfly. I like the look of monarch butterfly-shaped wings better.😀


There, I’m done now! What did you guys think of my answers? How would YOU answer the questions?😀 Choose a few and comment your answer below; I’d love to hear from you!

And now let me finish out the post by nominating people and writing some Q’s out for them.:)

I hereby nominate…

Jacquie at She is Modest -~- Zielle at Writer’s Library -~- Sarah at Life of a Homeschooler

My questions for those people I hereby nominated…

  1. Would you rather go on a cruise or a safari?
  2. What is your favorite thing to do outside?
  3. What is your favorite thing to do inside?
  4. What is one food you just do not like, no matter how many times to you try it?
  5. On the flip side of things, what is your absolute-toppity-top favorite food?
  6. If you could chose a different era to live in (e.g. Bible times, colonial, 1950’s etc) what would you choose?
  7. Do you like history or science better?
  8. Everyone has that one song that always gets stuck in their head–what’s yours?
  9. Favorite Disney movie? (Or any other cartoon, if you don’t like Disney)
  10. Finally, the last question: Do you like to have your socks matching, or are they different colors/patterns?

Aaaaaand done. That’s all for me, folks. Thanks so much for reading, and don’t forget to comment too, if you wanna chat! Until the next time, my wonderful followers.:)

Emma xo

 

The Photograph ~ Beverly Lewis

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GREETINGS. How goes it? I hope it goes well for you and you are having a ~wonderful~ January. After finishing up the last of the Christmas goodies, I’ve been making Chex Mix and munching on carrots, as well as building snowmen that defy gravity. By that I mean that my snowman now resembles the Leaning Tower of Pisa. I built it with my brother two days ago when it was 15 degrees F. The next day it was 30 degrees and the sun was out, and it melted just enough that it started to tip backwards, so much so I thought for sure it would tip over. But before it could collapse into a snowy pile, the temperature plummeted to 9F and the melting, leaning snowman froze in place at its 60 degree angle.

Anyways, anyways, enough about my snowman because it’s time for another blog post, and this one is about a book that I got for Christmas! My wonderful mother dearest got me Beverly Lewis’ newest novel, The Photograph and I could not waiittttt to read it! I’ve read three other series of hers in the past, and I just love the way she writes! So, I guess I don’t need to say, I realllly was super excited about this book.

But before I can move on and tell you how I enjoyed it, I should introduce you, so you know a little bit about it. Readers, meet The Photograph. The Photograph, meet my nice blog followers.


The Photograph (Beverly Lewis) | Majestic AdventuresHe studied the picture more closely, finding it curious that the young woman looked so boldly into the camera while wearing a white prayer Kapp shaped like a heart–the characteristic head covering for the Lancaster County Old Order Amish.

Why would a devout girl have her picture taken?

When her sister Lily disappears only months after their widowed mother’s passing, Eva Esch fears she has been wooed away from the People. Yet Lily’s disappearance isn’t Eva’s only concern: She and her sisters must relocate once their older brother takes over the family farmhouse. Then Jed Stutzman, an Amish buggy maker from Ohio, shows up in Eden Valley with a photo of a Plain young woman. Eva feels powerfully drawn to the charming stranger–but the woman in the forbidden photograph is no stranger at all. . . .


Are you guys ready? Got a good gist of what The Photograph is all about? Good! Let’s move on, shall we?:)

Well first off, as you can see from the blurb above, the story is set in Eden Valley, Pennsylvania. I have no idea if this is a real place, but it felt like one! I like the way Beverly writes because it’s descriptive, but not too descriptive. She leaves room for the imagination, but gives enough of a picture to the reader to see it all in their head, you know?

So, at the moment, life is full of change for Eva and her sisters. Like, full of change. Her parents have both passed away, her brother is going to take over the farmhouse, and then her sister goes missing! I guess I could especially relate to Eva in this way because things are changing in my life too. While I couldn’t even begin to imagine what it would be like to go through what the characters were going through, they were still relatable. I liked them, even Eva’s not-so-optimistic-slightly-grumpy sister Frona.

The other “big character” was Jed. Life isn’t all happy-dandy for him either, and I really liked that even though he had gone through some rough patches he helped out other people, even though it wasn’t always the most convenient thing!

Throughout most of the book, it was paced pretty well. I didn’t think things happened too quickly or too slowly, but there were a couple of times when it could’ve been sped up a little bit? But overall, I think it helped create a more…realistic? setting for the story since things in life often take a little bit o’ time. When something happened, it didn’t seem too sudden or make me think “Well, finally.” I thought everything panned out pretty naturally.

The side characters–Beverly always has these interesting side characters, and I love how she weaves different stories together like she does!–helped bring it together too. When I write my own stories, it’s hard for me to remember that the side characters have lives too! Sometimes the side characters don’t get enough thought put into them, because after all, isn’t the story about the main character? But Beverly does a good job with balancing between the two. It did strike me as odd though that one side character’s story didn’t really seemed “finished.” It wasn’t a huge-huge thing because he wasn’t a huge character, he was actually a small one, but it just seemed open ended and I would’ve liked to hear what the character had decided on doing.

To sum it all up, this book didn’t disappoint me. It was intriguing and made me want to keep reading! I would definitely reread this book and recommend it to a friend!:) Aaaanddd…I think that’s it! So…I guess we’re done? Bah, I have trouble ending reviews without sounding too abrupt. Ha! But I really did enjoy this book, and I hope that if you decide to read it, you’ll like it too.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, so comment away! I’d also enjoy hearing about your latest adventures, too. Build any snowmen recently? Are your snowmen fighting for survival under the warm weather like Herbert (I named mine that) or they solid as a rock? Read any good books lately?

Happy January, everyone!

Emma xo

 

 

In 2016 I Will…

In 2016 I Will | Majestic Adventures

Happy New Years! Also a late Merry Christmas. I hope both of your celebrations were fabulous! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a tray of grape tomatoes and carrot sticks. I’m sugared-out! That didn’t stop me from making peanut butter cups today though…haha, those things are good.

Ahh…in all honesty, I really can’t believe it’s 2016. I know, I know, you hear that sort of thing often around this time of year. You’ll hear it again next year: “Man, I can’t believe that it’s 2017!” (Isn’t that scary to think about!) But it’s true! Somehow the end of the year always ends up creeping up on people until BOOM! Everyone’s pushing their bedtimes and watching the big ball in New York drop. (Except me. We don’t have television channels, so we improvised and found a countdown on the internet 22 seconds before the New Year. Whoo hoo! Happy New Year, folks!!)

So then I was looking back the other day, thinking about everything that had happened in ’15. Things I never expected, some bad things along with the good. (Kinda how life goes, but God’s got a plan!!) It’s like, “Wow, I never thought that would happen!” I’ve been blessed and learned some lessons…looking back I never would have imagined that 2015 would have taught me and given me so much!

Makes me wonder what’s gonna happen this year. What kinds of things I’ll learn and new things I’ll try that I never imagined doing before. Will I run a marathon? (Probably not. I’m not a runner, but who knows!) Will I be able to pick a hymn out of the hymnal and play it on piano? (I’m learning to do play piano now. Repetition is key. My family loves to listen to me play the same thing a zillion times a day). Or maybe I’ll break my leg skiing…man, I hope not! LOL. Life’s not perfect and there will be some things that don’t go quite as I had planned, but I am clinging close to Jesus on this one. He knows what the future holds (He’s awesome like that) and Jesus can use those things that don’t go just right to draw us closer to Him and to teach us things.

So last night (or rather this morning) at 12-something before I went to bed, I made a list and hung it up above the light switch in my room. They’re not resolutions per se, but more of…things I want to do. Not physical things like what I listed above, but, well, you’ll see. I thought I’d share that list with you. Maybe, if you haven’t already and the idea appeals to you, make a list of your own!

So until next time, folks. I hope your 2016 is full of adventures, surprises (good ones!) and books!

Love, Emma xo

In 2016 I Will…

~Grow closer to God

~Go on adventures

~Enjoy where I am RIGHT NOW

~Not worry about the future

~Trust God

~Love my family, friends and the life God has given me!

 

To Ski or Not to Ski

That, my dear blog-following buddies, is the question.

To Ski or not to Ski | Majestic Adventures

So have you been skiing before? I haven’t. I don’t particularly fancy the idea of having my size nine’s strapped to skis, sliding down a hill at a speed I can’t necessarily control. I like sledding. Somehow sliding down a hill at a speed I can’t necessarily control feels safer when I’m sitting on a plastic disc. But then, that’s just me.

The reason I’m pondering this question–to ski or not to ski–is because I have a friend who loves to ski and snowboard. And she’s offered to teach me how! She offered to teach me last year, but ehhhh, I just wasn’t ready. It’s just the whole slippy-slidey-snowy part. I can see myself going down the hill, trying to stop somehow, only to fall and break an arm. I like my arms. I don’t know about you, but I use them pretty much all the time. And I really don’t feel like breaking one. I told her that too, and she informed me that skiing is more of a leg-breaking sport. Oh, well that makes me feel better!

But this year…I’m feeling braver this year. I’m an outgoing person. I like to get together with people and I like to do things. Earlier this year I started to clam up…I liked my own little circle…didn’t to move out of my comfort zone. Very unlike me! This year God’s been teaching me that I have nothing to be afraid of because He is always with me. There are two verses that He showed me that I’ve clung to:

To Ski or Not to Ski | Majestic Adventures

To Ski or Not to Ski | Majestic Adventures

 Numerous times this year He’s pushed me out of my comfort zone, giving me a new adventure, and teaching me that He is bigger than anything I’ve been afraid of. These are the verses I’ve gone to. I’m a 2 Timothy 1:7 girl.

This past summer I had the opportunity to go on an out of state missions trip. It was the hardest thing I have ever done; it was the best thing I have ever done. I was really nervous, kinda scared, but God got me through it and I’m super glad I went! I also was able to go white water rafting for the first time ever. Needless to say, I was really nervous and super scared BUT LOOK. I AM STILL HERE. I SURVIVED. I also loved white water rafting. IT WAS SO AWESOME. Very adventurous. And I love a good adventure. (As you very well know)

I’m breaking out of the little comfort-zone I’d built, with a little help (pfft, a lot of help) from God. I’m trying new things (I’m even trying new foods that I always assumed I didn’t like. I LIKE SALMON. AND CAESAR SALAD. I surprise myself.) and I’m finding that the things I was super nervous and/or scared about trying…they’re actually not too bad. (Usually.) :D

If it had been my own choice to go white water rafting, I might not have gone. (I went with people on the missions trip, and I couldn’t very well let them have all the fun without me, now could I? Plus it was already paid for.) I WAS SUPER SCARED, OKAY? Four of the people I went with asked me “Are you okay Emma?”  But dude! Now I would totally go again! It was fantastic!

So I’ve never been skiing before. If I went, I wouldn’t know what to expect, other than snow and ski stick things and being attached to a pair of clumsy skis. (At least I’m assuming they’re clumsy. My Mii trips a lot while playing Wii Ski.) But I’m trusting God–and my friend who is so kind as to teach me how to do this–to be with me the whole time. Who knows! I might find I love skiing. Someday I might even become an Olympic skier. (What? A girl can dream.) Or I might just discover that I am either, A) really bad at skiing or, B) it’s not really my thing. But hey, at least I’d have tried! Plus, need I tell you, it’d be an adventure. And I love a good adventure.

You know what? I think I’ve just answered my own question.  I’ve decided what I’m going to do. I, my friends, am going skiing. I don’t know when, but I am going to learn how to ski. After all, what’s the worst that could happen? (Please don’t answer that.) It’s going to be fun. I hope.

Wish me luck.

Emma xo

PS: HAPPY DECEMBER, TIS THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY, MERRY CHRISTMAS!