2018… A Brand New Year

As I’m writing this it is almost time for a new year to be rolling in. Man…2018 already? When I look back at ’17 I see a year full of change, where seasons of my life ended and new ones began.

In 2016 I had a list of goals for the year, which I wrote on a piece of copy paper and taped above the light switch in my room so I would be sure to see it every day. It came down when 2016 rolled to close, and was replaced by a poem-type snippet I wrote. I don’t think I want to take it down and replace it. I think it applies to me now more than ever, and so I’ll carry it through 2018. It goes as follows…

Today I will trust

Boldly proclaim in Jesus’ name

Follow His guidance, for God will lead me along

Fear will not live where Love has won

That poem sums up everything that God has been trying to teach me in 2017. He’s taught me a lot about trusting His plan for my life even when our timelines don’t match up. As I’ve grown closer to the Lord, I desire to be a beacon for Christ and share the good news of the gospel with people; to be bold for Christ. It’s hard and sometimes I don’t understand where God is taking me, but I want to follow His lead. And most of all, I do not want to live in fear. Jesus defeated fear. I do not have to be afraid. I can rest in Christ, secure in His love for me.

I don’t know what 2018 holds or what God is going to bring my way, but as the plaque hanging above my desk reads, If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.

So what word am I going to carry into the new year, besides my poem? Not entirely sure, but there is one word that has been resonating in my heart lately. Love. My mom bought me a key chain for my birthday a couple of years ago, which I love. It has two words on it: Choose Love. In 2018 I want to love unconditionally; my family, friends, those I interact with at work, and those I meet in everyday life. In 2018 I want to show people the love of Christ through my words, my actions, and my life.

And now, it’s finally here. Happy 2018, everyone. May the Lord bless you and keep you. May He make His face shine upon you and bring you peace. And may you love the Lord your God above all else.

Blessings and love, Emma. xo


It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas…


Deck the halls with boughs of holly! I loooove Christmastime. It’s so festive. Currently the grounds around my area of life are laden with snow. My mum and I even built a snowman, a smidge taller than I am (and I’m 5′ 6″)! I’m in the midst of getting presents around and ready, singing Christmas carols, and thinking about what I’m going to make and bake for Christmas at Gram’s house. That all being said, I thought I’d dedicate a post to some crafts, recipes, and songs, all fit for Christmas. Ready?

One thing that I really enjoy doing at Christmastime is making gifts and cards. Under certain circumstances I buy them (i.e. lack of time or ability to make, or even occasionally, motivation), but there’s something really special about making stuff by hand. Here are some of the cards I made this year. Who knows, maybe you’ll find yourself inspired to get creative!

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All the cards I started with a white cardstock card and used scrapbook paper, markers and stickers to achieve the look I was going for. On some of the cards I didn’t get very elaborate at all, because I was sort of on a time crunch. I found some pretty paper, slapped it on, and found a coordinating sticker. I think they turned out to be some of my best!

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The Santa Claus card is definitely my favorite, and was relatively easy. I cut a piece of red cardstock to the width of the card, and then scalloped the edges so when I put it against the white card, it would look like the white puffy stuff on Santa’s hat. I did the same thing for Santa’s skin tone, scalloping the top the same way so it finished out his hat brim, and then scalloping the bottom so it looked like he had a beard. To bring it all together, I outlined everything in black, and drew his eyes, nose, and mouth. Ho, ho, ho!

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Okay, so, I don’t know about you guys, but food is a huge part of Christmas in my family. It’s just delicious. There’s always an abundance of food, so you don’t need to worry about going hungry. The first thing on our Christmas menu is bacon-wrapped water chestnuts. It has bacon, so, need we say more? We always make a big batch of these this time of year, because they have the tendency to be eaten in heaping amounts at a time. It’s also good to have helpers, because if you’re making a lot…well, you’ll see why.

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts Recipe

photo credit to Food.com!!!
photo credit to Food.com!!!


3 cans water chestnuts

1-1/2 lbs bacon (cut the strips in half)

1 cup ketchup

1 cup sugar (white or brown)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Drain water chestnuts. Wrap each one with a 1/2 strip of bacon and secure with a toothpick. (Here is where help is a good idea if you’re making enough for a small army.) Place in a 9×13 pan and bake for 30 minutes. In a mixing bowl, mix sugar and ketchup together. Pour mixture over water chestnuts and continue baking for another 30 minutes or until they carmelize and crisp up. Enjoy!

Extra tidbit:

You will want to drain the bacon grease before adding the sauce.

Raspberry Almond Shortbread Cookies Recipe

photo credit to Food Network.com!!
photo credit to Food Network.com!!


1 cup butter, softened

2/3 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon almond flavor

2 cups flour

1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam

Sugar to sprinkle

1 cup powdered sugar

3-4 teaspoons water

1-1/2 teaspoon almond flavor


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Beat butter, sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon almond flavor. Beat in as much flour as you can with electric mixer,, then stir in rest of flour by hand. Use cookie scoop (1-inch size) and place on ungreased baking sheet. Use thumb to press indentation into center of ball. Spoon in 1/2 teaspoon jam then sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 10 minutes. Combine powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon almond flavor. Add enough water to make drizzling consistency. Drizzle the cookies with icing.

Extra tidbit:

If you like blueberries, what about using blueberry jam? I haven’t actually tried this, but I am going to this year. Or peach jam, or apricot? Oh the possibilities. An array of fruit thumbprint cookies. And I believe we got about 36 cookies out of this recipe.

(Have you heard of seafoam candy? Oh my land, delicious. I did a post about it a year or so ago that you can find here!)

The final stop on our Christmas excursion is in the music department. What is Christmas without music?

A very non-melodic Christmas, that’s what.

Anyways, here is one of my favorite “silly” Christmas songs, sung by Gayla Peevy: I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas. I discovered it about four years ago and sang it non-stop. My family loves it. (No, I’m totally not being sarcastic, hahahahaha…) Last year, my Grandma asked me what I wanted for Christmas. Because I like to talk in song lyrics occasionally, I told her I wanted a hippopotamus.

Guess what my Grandma got me for Christmas? A stuffed hippo. It was awesome. Hippa the Hippo is one of my favorite Christmas gifts. So if you haven’t heard this song before, here you are!


Second up on the favorite list this year is a brand-new one put out by one of my favorite singers, Beckah Shae. It’s called Smile. I love it because, like Buddy the Elf, smiling’s my favorite.

Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!

Love Emma xoxoxox





In 2016 I Will…

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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!





A Bookworm's Majestic AdventuresThanksgiving is this week! To celebrate we’re going to my grandma’s and eating turkey and mashed potatoes and stuffing and corn–yummy! But of course I don’t have to tell you that Thanksgiving is so much more than that. What about thankfulness? What are we thankful for this year, as we gather around the table with our family and friends? What am I thankful for?

Last week at church my pastor said something like this, and it really caught my attention: “You can name off a bunch of your friends and family and have a list of people that you’re thankful for, but what else?” Something like that; I don’t remember exactly. 😉 But that grabbed me because, while I am so indescribably thankful for the family and friends that Jesus has blessed me with, what else am I thankful for? What are some of the “off-the-wall” things I’m thankful for–the things that I usually don’t say “Thank you Lord,” for?  Maybe some things I’ve taken for granted?

So that’s what I thought about this week. And here’s what I came up with: Grace. The grace of Jesus is such a beautiful thing, and that is what I am thankful for this Thanksgiving. We’re born sinners, but God sent His Son Jesus to die for our sins–my sins–so that we could be with Him for eternity!  I’m a child of the King  because of what He did, because of His grace and how much He loves me. God’s Grace. That’s what I’m thankful for this year.

Hey, I even got a song for this! We can count it as Music Monday Sunday, LOL! My family constantly tells me, “Emma, you have a song for everything!” I guess I do. 😛 I’ll add it in at the bottom of this post, but it’s called Call it Grace by Unspoken. I love it. I hope you do too! ❤

So tell me, what are you thankful for, beyond the automatic list of family and friends? I’d love to hear! ❤ Happy Thanksgiving everyone; I hope you have a beautiful celebration this year, wherever you might be. Remember, Jesus loves you so very much! *internet hug*

Emma xo



The New Year, The Hobbit, and Books. Lots and Lots of Books.

Merry Christmas (a week late or a year early, whichever you prefer) and Happy New Year! It’s 2015! I love watching the clock turn from 11:59pm to 12:00am. And now I have to retrain myself to write ’15 instead of ’14. There’s so many things to look forward to this year. Spring. And summer. And winter again. And another New Year…but let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. It’s January, it’s 2014 (I mean 2015). It’s a brand new year, full of blessings and adventures and just…amazingness in itself. 😀

Everyone talks about having resolutions for New Years, and I really don’t have any in mind. Nothing that I wasn’t trying to do before the new year, anyways. XD I do have a goal, though. What’s that, you ask? Well, I’m glad you asked!

My goal for 2015 is to read 100 books in a year. I love to read. So I’m excited. Who wouldn’t want to try and read 100 books in 12 months? 😀 I’m kicking it off by reading The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. And, as big a fan I am of the movies (which, by the way, I went to see The Hobbit: Part Three: Battle of the Five Armies in theaters, and it was magnificent. Ahhhhhhh.) I have never…actually…read…the…books…. :O

I know! I know! But I’m going to change that, starting…well, starting December 30, 2014. (wow that seems like so long ago now.) I actually sorta cheated on the 100 books for 2015 thing, (because technically I shouldn’t have started until today, Jan 1) and started the Hobbit last night. I couldn’t resist, okay? It was too tempting. Hobbits and Wizards and Dwarves and Smaug and…it’s amazing, I’m telling you. The movies are also amazing. I know they’re long, but I’m telling you, it’s worth it. It really is.

And, speaking of The Hobbit and Battle of the Five Armies and everything else Middle Earth, Jacquie @ She Is Modest made an amazing Tauriel costume, which she posted about here. Seriously, it is amazing. You must go check it out. (If you want to, it’s completely optional, just highly recommended.)

In addition to reading The Hobbit, I’m going to read the Lord of the Rings trilogy. (surprise surprise) So I’m pretty excited about that. I want to rewatch the movies as I read the books, because…I don’t really know why. Because it would be cool, that’s why. 😀

I was considering naming all my favorite LOTR characters, but then decided that the list would be too long, and I’d much rather hear about your favorites instead. Pray tell, your favorite Hobbit and Lord of the Ring characters!

What else am I going to read this year, in addition to fantasy featuring Strider and Frodo and Gandalf? Well, that would be The Katie Weldon Series by Robin Jones Gunn. I’ve read both the Christy Miller series and the Sierra Jensen series by her, both of which I loved, so I’m pretty stoked about this series as well. Hehe, yay!

Anddddd…well, I might as well stop there. I have a reading list I’ll never finish, and I have a feeling you don’t want to spend all your time sitting here while I tell you about all the amazingness I’m going to partake in.

BUT. OH. I just want to tell you about this a moment before I end this. I got the book God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew with John and Elizabeth Sherrill, and I am going to read that as well. 😀 I’ve read God’s Smuggler before, and it was such an amazing book. It really demonstrates God’s power and just…wow. It’s just a WOW book. :’) So if you want a really good WOW book full of God-Things, I recommend this one.

Alright, enough yakking. (For now.) I want to hear about you! Have a good Christmas? New Years Eve? Have you read any of the books I mentioned, or seen the Hobbit? (Don’t forget that you were going to tell me your favorite LOTR characters :D)

Until next time, faithful readers! Thanks for sticking with me for this past year, with my scattered blog posts and randomness. I appreciate your comments and look forward to blogging with you for another year!

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Happy New Year from Emma @ A Bookworm’s Majestic Adventures!




I Wrote a Guest Post!


I’m very excited.

As if you couldn’t tell.

The other day I was asked by the very lovely Koko Down Under to guest post on her blog, His Little Elephant. 🙂 The post went live last night, so I am going to redirect you all here, where you can read it. The post itself is about a couple Christmas traditions of my family: Seafoam candy and the game called Dirty Bingo. If you like my blog (which you must if you follow it) you’ll like Koko’s, I am sure. 😀

So, my followers, I want to thank you ahead of time!

Merry Christmas! (again.)


Because His Little Elephant is currently undergoing changes to the blog and such, I’m going to post what I wrote for the guest post below, for all of you who would like to hear about seafoam and dirty bingo. 🙂

HELLO ALL! Emma! That’s my name. I love to write and looooooooove to read. I also love to watch movies and listen to music, among other things. I blog at A Bookworm’s Majestic Adventures about anything that interests me – and that could be anything from books to hand lotion. You never know. 😀  This is my first guest post, and I am very excited to be here with you all!

At any rate, I have been asked by this very lovely friend here to share a couple Christmas traditions, and they are called seafoam candy and Dirty Bingo. So, if you’re interested in learning about chocolate covered crunchy stuff and a game where you can win a bunch of prizes, read on!

Alright, first up is the candy. The recipe is really very simple, but it takes time and patience to get it just right. And the results? Delicious.


1 cup white sugar

1 cup light corn syrup

1 teaspoon vinegar

4 teaspoons baking soda

Chocolate bark candy coating

Andddddd, here is how you transform those ingredients into candy:

In a heavy pan, add sugar, corn syrup and vinegar. Slowly cook to 290 degrees Fahrenheit (we use a candy thermometer for this), stirring constantly.

Once it reaches 290°, take the pan off the burner and add baking soda. It will foam up, so work quickly mixing it in.

After this, quickly pour into a 9”x13” well greased pan.

Wait for the candy to cool, then cut with a knife. The cuts don’t need to be uniform, it’s just so you can dip it in the chocolate and create a nice little piece of candy.

Now melt the chocolate coating according to the package directions. Dip the sea foam pieces into the chocolate, and place on wax paper to dry and harden.

The recipe says it serves eight. 🙂

And that is it! Easy, right? 🙂 This is a Christmas candy must in our family. 😀 Unfortunately I have no picture of seafoam, but if you put ‘Seafoam Candy’  in the Search bar on Google, you see a bunch of delicious pictures.

Dirty Bingo is the second subject for today, and it’s really quite simple. Game play is as regular bingo: everyone is given cards and some way to mark the cards when they have a number that was called out. We use paper bingo cards and markers. When someone gets a five in a row, across, up, down or diagonally, they call out BINGO! The thing that sets Dirty Bingo apart from regular Bingo is this:

Have everyone bring a small gift/prize. To keep it affordable we keep it $5 or less. This could be candy, pop, blankets, flashlights – there are a lot of cool $5 items out there! Place all the gifts in one central place. This is the Bingo prize table. When someone gets bingo, they go up and pick a prize off the table, then return to their seat and continue playing.

And this, this is where it gets interesting: Once all the gifts are gone off the table, people are now allowed to steal other people’s bingo gifts that they have won. But! They may only steal after all the presents are gone off the table. Not before.

So now. Imagine this. All gifts are off the table and in the possession of bingo players. Someone (or someones gets a bingo. That someone will look around the room for a gift that he wants, and then they will take it for their own. If they get a two- or three-way bingo, they can take two or three gifts. The only rule with stealing is this: You can’t steal something on the same turn someone else takes it.

What does that mean? It means that you and another buddy of yours both have a bingo. You both spot that awesomely huge bag of peanut M&M’s sitting at the feet of another player. You both make a mad dash to the bag to snatch it first, but your buddy grabs it just as you get there.  (If this happened to me, that person would no longer be my buddy. M&M’s. Mine.) Now, since the M&M’s were just taken, you can’t take it. You would have to wait until the next time you got a bingo in order to take that bag of candy – that is, assuming it isn’t stolen during that turn as well. Are you with me? It gets pretty intense when everyone’s going for that big bag of M&M’s, believe me. Peanut M&M’s are a thing to be cherished. Of course, maybe you’re not am M&M’s person, but rather a Twizzler’s person. Either way, you get the idea. 😀

The game keeps going on until someone gets a full card – when all their numbers have been called and filled. When that happens, the person who got the full card gets to pick out one last gift (or two or three if he had a two or three way bingo), and then the game ends, and people take home what prizes they could keep from being taken. (You can’t actually keep somebody from taking anything, though. Just to be clear. ;))

And that, my friends, is seafoam candy and Dirty Bingo in a nutshell. Are there any questions about either I can answer? (If it’s ‘What does seafoam taste like?’ I can’t help you. Seafoam has a very delicious taste, and neither I nor my family members quite know how to describe it. I encourage you to make it yourself and tell me what you think it tastes like in the comments!)

Thank you so much, Koko, for letting me be a guest writer on your blog! I had a ton of fun and hope to be able to do it again in the future. Thank you, readers, for reading this post, as well! I hope you got some new ideas for a family get-together or party, or enjoyed reading about mine. 🙂

Merry Christmas! I hope you have a wonderful celebration of the birth of our Lord!

And it’s December!


Hello, hello! Tis the season to be jolly! Merry Christmas and happy December, everyone. 🙂 And because I love countdowns, there’s fourteen days until Christmas. 😀 Seeing that little bitty number next to ‘until Christmas’ scares the procrastinator in me. I haven’t decided what to do for Christmas presents yet. XD

Ah, but the tree is up and the decorations are out – ooh, I just love Christmastime! The music, the decor, the smell of fresh pine, the snow. Oh man, this truly is the most wonderful time of the year. I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and got some good Black Friday deals if you went out. (I didn’t. I stayed inside and shopped online. Oh yes.) And I hope that everyone is as happy and excited about Christmas as I am.

So, what exactly is this post about? Not sure. A little bit of everything, I suppose. Everything that has to do with Christmas, that is.

First subject for the Christmas post will be…music! I’m a huge fan of music. I especially love Christmas music. It’s so happy and festive. And while I haven’t ever listened to a Christmas album–I listen to individual songs by various artists. All the songs that are played on the radio and sung at church. 😀 And while I have a zillion favorites, this year I’ve been listening to Jingle Bell Rock and O Holy Night. Does anyone have a least favorite Christmas song? 😀

A tradition, a very yummy tradition, is decorating Christmas cookies. It never gets old. I love to frost and sprinkle cookies at Christmastime. 😀 We’ve been doing it since I was little. So delicious!

One thing I’ve really been thinking about this Christmas is giving. I’m just so excited to open presents. I’ve got a lot of great stuff on my list. Which, I don’t think is a bad thing at all. Man, who doesn’t get excited to open presents?! Just when we get so consumed in ourselves and our desires for the holidays, it’s easy to miss the opportunities we have to serve God by helping others, and even easier to miss the true Reason for the Season. Jesus. 🙂 ❤

So there is my serious paragraph in a post full of holly-jolliness. 🙂 Before I bow out….

Who has favorite Christmas decorations? Anyone? 😀 Is it a special ornament, a stuffed snowman, a nativity scene? Only curious, I love hearing about people’s favorites. 🙂 The favorite that’s been in our house for as long as I could remember, is a Star Trek: Next Generation Captain Picard ornament. Boom, baby! Oh, yes. I found this picture off Amazon.

Pretty cool, right? 😀 Now that I’ve had my fun, why don’t you tell me what your favorite decoration is, Star Trek or otherwise? 🙂 Favorite carols? Anyone? 😀




Happy November!

Hello and good evening to all my friends in the blogging and internet world! Today’s post will be about fall and winter and Thanksgiving and possibly some ramblings. I almost included Christmas in the selection, but I’ll save that for another post. After Thanksgiving. 😉

Well, it’s here. November. (How did it come so quickly? Time sure does fly!) Nearly the end of the year, though we won’t get into that too much today. We still have 45 days before 2015 to go, let’s enjoy it to its fullest. How have you enjoyed this wonderfully chilly autumn weather? My schedule’s been pretty filled up, but not too filled to notice the beautiful colored leaves and the sun  (when it decides to make an appearance) and the need for hot cocoa again. Sometimes I think it’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of life that we, or at least I, don’t always take time to appreciate everything going on around me. Especially lately when the weather is too cold and too cloudy for my taste, and the snow comes earlier than expected.

At least I have plenty of hot chocolate mix.

Anything can be fixed with a smile and a mug of hot chocolate, loaded down with puffy marshmallows. Don’t you agree?

As I was saying, autumn and winter are both so gorgeous! I can’t keep it all to myself, so I thought I would share a few pictures of mine with you.

Colorful leaves | majesticadventure wordpress blogI liked the colors of the leaves and the grass, and the bright red leaf there. 🙂

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I thought my little camera, Samsung ST66, did on picking up the droplets on the leaf. 🙂 Pleasantly surprised!

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And my personal favorite of the bunch, what I have dubbed, The Frosted Leaf picture, taken quickly before leaving for church one morning after a cold frost had enveloped the remaining and scattered leaves that still remained on the ground. (That was a long sentence. But I liked how it sounded so it’s going to stay.)

So there’s a little bit of beauty I wanted to share with you. 🙂

Other than leaves and the change of temperature that come with fall and November, there’s also Thanksgiving. I love Thanksgiving! When I think of Thanksgiving, first thing that comes to mind is family. Family and food. Of course, there’s more to Thanksgiving than pumpkin pie and turkey, so tell me – what are you thankful for today? Five things. Comment five things you’re thankful for. That is your task. Mine? I have many, but…well, here they are.

1) A God who loves and listens and answers prayers

2) A loving family

3) Beautiful friends

4) My dog (my dog is awesome, and I had to put him in the list somewhere.)

5) Pie. (Yes, I know you saw that coming. But I love pie. Whoever invented it, invented deliciousness. And I love deliciousness.)

SO! Do you remember your assignment? Comment five things your thankful for. Ready? GO!




Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope you have an excellent Christmas day today with your family and friends celebrating Christ’s birth!

I’ll post another review soon after the New Year starts! Have a fantastic rest of 2013!