2019 Recap and 2020 Goals

by Grace 3. January 2020 21:51

Hey Everyone!

Happy New Year!!!

Now that it's the new year, I wanted to give y'all a quick overview of 2019 and a few of my goals for 2020.

First off, I want to recap 2019. This was a hard year for me. I made some pretty big mistakes, and God had to teach me some tough lessons the hard way, in addition to this being a rough year for my whole family in general. But God's been faithful. My family came out stronger at the end of the year, and I personally came out stronger, and I'm excited to take the lessons I've been taught to heart and to apply them in the new year and see what the Lord has in store for me. So, without further ado, in 2019 I...

 

-Started working at the Freedom Foundation. As many of you know, I took Oak Brook College of Law's paralegal program and completed it October of 2018. To be honest I didn't really want to be a paralegal when I was done, but my Mom and Dad convinced me to apply for a job that a friend also worked for, and I was hired by the Freedom Foundation on January 31st. I've been so blessed to work with such great people who are so dedicated to freedom! Freedom Foundation focuses on releasing the stranglehold that public sector unions have on our government.In my time there I've helped file 2 cases in Oregon, helped file for intervention in a case before the Supreme Court (although sadly we were denied intervenor status) and have been able to help so many individuals who were being abused by their unions.

-Got a new baby brother!!! Joseph was born in February this month a couple days after my 19th birthday. Jojo is such a precious little chunker and I'm so glad God saw fit to add him to our family!!! Love you little buddy. ;) And yay for having 11 siblings!!!

-Was in 2 accidents.My escapade in December 2018 missed making that 3 accidents by 2 days, but mathematically all three accidents happened within the space of a year (within 365 days). I was involved in a bike accident in late July. I'll touch on that more in a future post, but I still haven't healed completely from it. I injured my leg and I'm currently going to physical therapy to regain strength and mobility in my left leg. Praise the Lord I'm still able to be up and about on my feet! I just have a limp. Anywho, more on that later.

Second accident was on the way back home from a Christmas party. I was riding with my 2 older brothers Isaac and Daniel and the vehicle slid on the road that we live on. Somehow we didn't roll down the hill on the side of the road and no one was hurt. The Lord was definitely watching over me this year.

-Competed in a national songwriting contest.I didn't win or place or anything, but submitting my music was a huge step for me and I was able to get some feedback on my music and tips on how I can be a better songwriter.

-Went snowboarding for the first time!I went with my friends Rachel and Hannah and with my brothers Isaac, Daniel, and Jacob. We all stayed at the beginner level hill for the most part, but then me and Jake decided we needed a hill that was a little more advanced. Isaac and Daniel had already gone to one of the hills that was a level up, and Jake led me to the one that he convinced me that our older brothers had gone to. Well, he was very wrong, but we found out too late... We got on the lift and got concerned as it went higher, and higher, and higher. Every time we got to the top of a snowy mountain, there was another snowy mountain. Finally, we got off at the halfway mark. The hill was extremely steep and we both ended up accidently rolling down the hill most of the way instead of actually snowboarding. And I'm telling you, rolling down a steep, snowy hill with a 4-foot board strapped to your feet is NOT fun. Let's just say we were both super sore the next day and I didn't let Jacob forget that one for a while. XD

-Flew out to Alaska!My friend Rachel occasionally works in Alaska from summer to mid-fall, and her older brother Josiah currently lives there, so I joined two of their siblings, Benjamin and Hannah, along with another friend named Chris to go and visit them. We had a blast! We did lots of fourwheeling, watched a ginormous junkyard that had caught on fire, went sight-seeing, flew a private plane and landed it on a desolate beach out in the middle of nowhere, made lots of tacos, and played volleyball with a plastic water carton in Josiah's kitchen. It was a blast!

-Bought my first car.I bought a little 2006 Ford Escape from my parents this December. ;) She runs nicely and hasn't had any problems since my parents bought it in January of 2019.

 

Okay! Now for my goals for 2020. I plan to...

 

Memorize all of Psalm 119.Psalm 119 is super interesting to me not only because it's the longest chapter in the Bible or because it's divided into 8-verse sections titled after the Hebrew alphabet, but because of its focus on the law, at least in the earlier sections of it. The writer constantly speaks of the greatness of the law and his love for it. And I understood that the law was good, but I used to wonder why he had such a passionate love for it. After all, the law is what condemned us to die, right? But then it clicked - God's law is beautiful because it directly reflects His attributes. We see God's holiness, justice, goodness, and love in his law. The law is based on the attributes of God, and that is why it is so beautiful.

Focus more on my passion for music.I want to get back into writing songs regularly and practicing singing and possibly do some recording this year, we'll see. I'm also considering going to a 2-week music school in Tennessee and another educational music competition thingy in Texas. I'm not sure if I'll be able to make it work, but we'll see. :)

Get more healthy.I've been dealing with some minor health complications, plus dealing with my leg injury, and I want to get myself as healthy as I can and consistently think about what I'm putting into my body and what I'm doing with it. And I also want to get my leg as good as it can be, whether that means completely healed or with as little side effects from the accident as possible.

Save money.I tend to spend tiny amounts of money very often, so I want to cut back on spending money on random little things I don't need all year long, and I want to stop buying lunch on days I work because while it's convenient, the costs add up in addition to it not being very healthy. I want to save that money for more meaningful things, like flying out to see out of state friends and family or increasing my knowledge or donating to something worthwhile.

 

And finally, a couple things that will have happened by the end of 2020...

 

I will have worked at the Freedom Foundation for a full year!!! I can't believe I've been a paralegal for a full year! It's been an amazing journey. God is good!

I will be 20!!! I can't believe it! I've lived 2 full decades and I'm leaving my teenage years behind me!

I will have voted in a presidential election for the first timealong with several other siblings who will be voting for the first time.

 

Well, that's my 2019-2020 review! I'm tired... I better head to bed. G'night!

 

Now let's hear from you!

Are you excited for the new decade? What are some of your goals? Your favorite memories from last year? Things that will happen in your life next year?

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!!!

by Grace 28. November 2019 11:06

Hey Everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Today I'm thankful for...

Jesus. Thank you for loving me and for saving me.

My family! I love you guys! You have supported me through thick and thin time and time again. You know my weaknesses like no one else and you choose to love me anyways. You all are my partners in crime and I love I'd not have it any other way. I wouldn't trade you all for the world.

And my Grandparents, my two amazing aunts, my two awesome uncles, and all of my cousins. I love you and I'm so thankful for your support.

For all of my besties, Rachel, Hannah, Niki, Bella, Pina, Molly and Mia... I know you all probably won't see this but thank you so much! And Benjamin and Chris, my brothers in Christ. And also Autumn Grace, Grace F, Olivia B, Beth H. Love you all! I am so thankful for your friendship, and for all of the good conversations we've had, and all of the memories we've made.

Before I sign off, here are some song suggestions for the holiday:

Thankful - Triumphant Quartet

Grateful - Amber Nelon Thompson

I Have Been Blessed - Bontrager Family Singers

Thankful For the Change in Me - Legacy Five

 

Now let's hear from you!

What are you thankful for? What are your plans for this Thanksgiving?

 

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Blog Tour: Why I'm Waiting - Chloe Hale

by Grace 27. June 2018 10:42

Hey everyone! Today I want to share with you and interview I did with Chloe Hale upon the release of her book Why I'm Waiting! Without further ado, here's the interview!

 

Hey Chloe! Thanks for joining me today! I'd like to start with some random questions so that our readers can learn a little more about you.

1. Favorite icecream flavor?

I really don't have a top favorite, I don't suppose! But I prefer the flavors that are not just plain-like cookies and cream, chocolate chip, strawberry swirl, etc.!

2. Favorite book?

Besides the Bible, the SHIELD series by Beth jane and Dawn of a Thousand Nights by Tricia Goyer!

3. A pet peeve?

People leaving lights one when they leave a room!

4. Favorite verse?

Isaiah 53:5 and Isaiah 55:8-13

5. Country or city?

Most definitely COUNTRY!! I've lived on the same farm my whole life and country life suits me great! 

6. Sweatpants and t-shirt or fancy dress?

Well, I'm a t-shirt gal (and jeans!), but I adore a big, fancy dress!! (not for around the farm, of course! lol) So guess I pick both!

7. Sweet or savory?

Sweet

8. Favorite color?

Hmm... A few of my tops are certain shades of pink, and I like teal, brown and certain blue shades! 

9. What's a favorite memory?

I have lots of nice memories, but one that I like is when I got some wood up my foot when I was really young, (we got the wood out) and when it was supper time, my older brother carried me on his back to the table! (my brother's pretty amazing)

10. Alright, onto the author-related questions. When did you first want to start writing? How long after that did you start?

Well....My older sister is a writer and I suppose I was just doing what she was doing at the time; I had tried to write before, but the books never amounted to anything. But I started this one book called Home Is Where The Heart Is (western fiction), and I musta been around 15, because I finished it the night before my 16th birthday. It started from there! I've written around 10 books now-and only this one if non-fiction!

11. Is "Why I'm Waiting" the first book you wrote?

No, it's my latest one!

12. When and how did you decide to write "Why I'm Waiting"?

Well, purity and waiting is one of my greatest passions, and I'm saddened when people are down because they don't have a person in their live yet. I wanted to write this book just to let everyone know Why I'm Waiting! And I want this to encourage them to know that God sees them as worth having the one He has for them, and I believe this book is God-inspired. He showed me things regarding purity during the research of this book thatI didn't know before!

13. Do you have a favorite chapter? If so, which is it? Why is it your favorite?

I'm not sure I have a favorite, but I believe chapter 2 titled Being Content is something that all single people need to hear! 

14. What was the hardest thing about writing this book?

I really didn't want to sound judgmental to people who do date, or do things before they're married. Sometimes I come off sounding like I'm judging people and I didn't want my readers to think I was doing that!

15. How long did it take you to write it?

I believe it took 4 days! It was easier because I was writing non-fiction, just sharing a subject with people! I didn't have to plan things to happen, etc. like you do with fiction!

16. Which of your books was your favorite to write? Which one was easier to write?

Oh, my! I don't really know which was my favorite to write...this was the easiest! 

17. What was one of your biggest inspirations for writing this book?

God was, and I reckon the desire that Jesus has given me for purity was an inspiration. No one knew I was writing this book (except my sister who knew what I was doing without me even telling her!)

18. If your readers could only remember one thing from reading your book, what would you want it to be?

That it will be so worth the wait when God brings the one he has for us into our lives! And to be content during that season of waiting, etc.! Jesus died for our purity, let's not deny it!! And even if we have made mistakes, Jesus restores and gives back what we lost!! 

Well, thank you so much for allowing me to do this! Congratulations on your first published non-fiction book!

Thank you so much for doing this! God Bless!!

 

The links to Chloe's sites are:

Website: givegodtheglory.weebly.com

Blog: heresclo.blogspot.com

If you would like to see another post about Chloe's new book, check this out (done by a dear friend of mine):

 

Christ's Light: http://christslightmagazine.com/blog.html

Teacup/Mug Exchange || BIG Announcement!

by Grace 19. May 2018 20:46

Hey everyone!

First off, I wanted to share the things I received in the Enchanting Rose teacup/mug exchange. I received this from my dear friend Paulina (who actually recently moved out of my home state along with her family)':

 

And I received this from the wonderful Susannah:

 

A big thank-you to both of you!!!

And now, for the announcement...

I am planning to do answer the  Q+A questions in a video on youtube!!!

Yup! You all will be able to see me live... ;) And in addition to that, my amazing sister Abigail will be asking me the questions! If you think it'll be exciting to see me on camera, it'll be more exciting to see her. ;)

So, if you have any more questions (ones that you want me to answer on camera), feel free to ask them using the comment section on this post (it'll save you the hassle of finding the other one!) and I'll be sure to answer them in the video!

 

Now let's hear from you!

What have you been up to? Are you excited for the upcoming Q+A?

 

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Gave More than What She'd Been Given

by Grace 13. May 2018 19:28

Hey everyone!

I just wanted to take the time to talk about my mother a bit... She's an extraordinary woman.

You see, she came from a broken family. In a family that didn't put God first. She was in a public school for all of her education. She didn't live an easy life. And when she grew up, she could have just walked away and tried to make things as comfortable for herself as she could. But she didn't.

She started a family. And she wanted something better for her family than what she'd had.

She married my Dad, who had come from a better family (although still far from ideal) and they made a family. Both were the youngest in their families. They were 20. My mom had twins right off and probably didn't even know how to change diapers at first. She had me quickly after - 3 kids who were 1 and younger (my brothers had turned 1 two months before I was born!). Family and friends around were not sure she would be able to keep up.

But she did.

Even crazier, she homeschooled us.

When she hit kiddo number 5, the people around us and in our church were starting to look at our family weird. Another one, Kanyon? Seriously? So what did she and my Dad do? They found a new church! My parents knew that children were a blessing from the Lord, and they instilled that love of children into each and every one of their children.

My Mom continued homeschooling us as we continued popping out. She's an amazing cook; I remember a family we used to know, and whenever they ate something that they really liked at potluck on Sunday, they would say, "This is really good Grace. Did your Mom make this?" And half the time they were right! And the times they were wrong, there was something better than whatever they were eating somewhere in that building, I can assure you (unless I had convinced Mom to let me do the cooking for that Sunday...). And she is the diaper changing queen (in a good way!).

We have so many friends that will come and tell all of us kids stories about how amazing my Mom was with us when we were little. My Mom always looks embarrassed and tells us that the stories were exaggerated, but we know better. My Mom is amazing - she did for us what her family had failed to do for her. She and Dad have been married for almost 20 years now. We've been taught to know and embrace the gospel. She supported us and helped us pursue our dreams and interests and made what we loved a priority in her life (music, law, college, work, you name it - there's ten of us, and that's a lot of interests!). Her dedication to healthy eating and living and my Dad's love for the country inspired them to move from the capital of Oregon to the countryside. I know whenever I need her, I can walk into her room and she'll sit down with me and give me biblical advice.

My Mom truly gave more than what she'd been given. And me, my Dad and my siblings are grateful.

Mom, I love you!

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He Set Me Free

by Grace 19. March 2018 18:38

Hey Everyone!

Here's another song I wrote. Let me know what you all think!

 

He Set Me Free

Verse 1: Once upon a time I was wandering in sin

Tried to save myself but didn't know where to begin

But I found Jesus - well, rather He found me

He healed my sick soul and He set me free!

 

Verse 2: I look around me and see other faces

Searching for saviour in all of the wrong places

Come to the Master; let Him bear the load

And He'll give you strength to walk down this road!

 

Chorus: He set me free, He set me free

Once I was blind; I now can see

I'll hold the Saviour's hand no matter how hard it may be

Because He saved my soul and He set me free!

 

There y'all go! Let me know what you think once you've read it.

Hopefully me and Daniel can get that giveaway together this week, but we'll see. ;)

If you haven't checked out the new "Recommendations/Favorites" page on the sidebar yet, be sure to do so and let me know what you think!

Looking forwards to (hopefully!) starting the "Family Life" series this Wednesday!

 

Now let's hear from you!

 

Did you enjoy the song? Did you check out my recommendations page on the sidebar? Have you read/seen/heard of anything from there yet? Did you look up/watch anything from it, and if so, what? And did you enjoy it? Are you looking forwards to the giveaway or have you given up on it because I've mentioned it so many times??? ;)

 

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