Liebster Award!

by Grace 30. April 2018 12:45

 

Hey Everyone!

I was tagged by Grace over at Grace Notes, and then I was tagged again by Beth over at This Redeemed Girl for the liebster award. Pretty exciting, huh? Tags are so fun to do!!!

Here are the rules for the Liebster Award:

1 – Thank the blog that nominated you and include a Liebster Award graphic (I took mine from Alyssa’s blog).
2 – Answer the questions the blogger gave you.
3 – Share some random fun-facts about yourself.
4 – Nominate as many other blogs you can/want to, and inform them of the nomination.
5 – Give your nominees questions to answer (aim for somewhere in between 8 and 11).

Without further ado, here are my answers to their questions.

 

Grace's Questions:

1 – What is your favorite topic to blog about?

Ooh, this is a hard question. I probably enjoy posting songs/poetry I've written most so far, but I really enjoy posting other things too. ;)

2 – Share a person example of the evidence of God’s hand at work in your life (can be a recent example or something in the past).

He gave me the money to finish up with my schooling in a way that came unexpectedly and surprised me! He’s also helping me to have more faith in Him and trust Him, even when I don’t see the way or don’t think His plans align with mine. There are so many things I’ve been clinging onto for years, but I’m learning to let them go, one by one, into the hands of Jesus. ;)

3 – What is one random thing on your bucket list?

Hmm... Sing a solo onstage from any song I've written in front of an audience. :D That sounds pretty fun, huh? Who here enjoys performing in front of an audience? It's probably easier for me than being involved in a large group conversation. I'm an introvert...

4 – What would be your favorite dinner + dessert menu?

Taco salad and ice-cream!!!

5 – Which vacation would you choose: mountain cabin, beachfront cottage, amusement park, or a landmark that intrigues you?

Hmm... Either beachfront cottage or mountain cabin. I love the beach and I love getting in the water, but a mountain cabin sounds more adventurous and I love hiking around and spending time in the wild.

6 – Describe yourself with five words.

What??? But how??? Adventurous, spontaneous, reserved, musical, creative...

7 – What is your dream instrument?

Hmm... Mandolin, viola, double bass, banjo, cello, or piano. Sorry, not very specific... If I were to narrow it down, I'd probably say mandolin or cello since I already play violin which is similar to the viola and I've played double bass, banjo, and piano before and we have a piano and a banjo. Probably mandolin because I think I like that better than the cello.

8 – Three Bible verses that are special to you?

Romans 5:20, Psalm 23, Hebrews 11. Passages count, right? If not let me know and I'll give you specific verses. Hahaha! It's hard to narrow it down to 3 single verses!

9 – Fun inside joke?

Ooh… This is a hard one… specifically because the ones that are constantly repeated are the ones that I can’t share! Haha! We constantly say jokes related to Sherlock Holmes (we’ve watched some of both Basil Rathbone and Jeremy Brett). My sister asked me to do a Sherlock Holmes impersonation last night. That was funny! Don’t know how I did… And sometimes we may attempt to use British accents… That doesn’t work well either. Haha!

10 – Favorite resource (book, blog, movie, etc.)?

I love the book "The Call" by Os Guiness. I'd wholeheartedly recommend that book to ANYONE! And the movie "On the Shoulders of Giants" is really good. And my parents are also AMAZING resources. Just sayin’. ;)

 

Beth's Questions:

1: What is your favorite book of the Bible?

Um… Romans, Hebrews, Psalms, Proverbs… Something like that. Sorry! I love them all!

2: What is your favorite story from the Bible? 

Hmm… I’ve always loved hearing about Jesus coming to life again and the story of Ruth, and the creation account has always left me filled with awe of our God.

3: What's your favorite childhood memory?

Ahh! These are hard questions!!! Maybe my thirteenth birthday??? My parents threw me a surprise birthday party and I was totally not expecting it. 

4: What is your favorite movie?

I don’t know… I love “On the Shoulders of Giants”, Lord of the Rings (although I’ve only watched the first two), and I love watching Sherlock Holmes… The Granada series or the Basil Rathbone series (I don’t know what they’re called… Abigail, help me out here!!!).

5: What was/is your favorite subject in school?

I LOVED my Faith and Vocation course in my paralegal program.

6: Have you ever written a book?

Oh, and here comes the shocker that only two people that I can think of probably know – yes, I have written a book. One that I ACTUALLY finished. It was a 113-page novel and honestly had some potential. However, it needs the BIGGEST rewrite you could ever imagine… I might do that sometime in my life. But if it doesn’t get done somewhere throughout the year of 2019, I can’t see myself finishing it. But I would like to write a book or two sometime… Some sort of devotional, a book of poetry, and possibly a book set in WW2. Who knows. We’ll see.

7: What's your favorite novel and why?

Ah! I DON’T KNOW!!! To tell the truth though, I haven’t read many novels recently… I’ve done PLENTY of reading, but I’ve mostly been reading “Legal Research and Writing for Paralegals” and “Basic Wills, Trusts and Estates for Paralegals” and things that generally fall under that topic. Probably "Alone Yet Not Alone" by Tracy Leininger.

8: What is something just wow God has done for you? 

He put me in a free country. That’s something we all kind of take for granted here in America, especially with our tumultuous politics and with things going downhill. But we’re still in a place where we can worship God freely! That’s what’s most important!

 

Grace, Beth, if I missed any of your questions, let me know! XD I very well might have.

 

Random fun facts:

1. I always wear socks and shoes. I wear them inside and outside and I wear socks to bed. I do occasionally go barefoot outside if I’m playing volleyball or something similar, but otherwise, I keep socks and shoes on at all times.

2. I love volleyball.

3. I’M A COLD PERSON. The event staff crew that I work with (I’m related to half of them probably… XD) make fun of me all the time as I’ve been known to wear a coat on an 80 degree day…

4. I’ve been known all my life for liking just about everything when it comes to food. There’s one exception. Bell peppers. *cringes*

5. I tend to view disliking things as a disadvantage (you don’t know how many times I’ve tried to like bell peppers…)

6. One of my biggest (and most irrational) fears is that someday I’ll come across a friend that I love but haven’t seen for a year or so and they won’t remember me. (Only happened once I think…)

7. I’ve only been in Oregon and Washington. However, I’m *hoping* to take a road trip to KY this year to visit some of my best friends who just moved out of OR. Honestly, over the past year, so many of my friends have just up and left the state. So sad. *Cries* Perhaps someday I’ll take a huuuuge road trip with some siblings and we’ll go visit all of my pen-pals and our friends who have moved away and attend every concert we can. XD

8. I personally don’t enjoy most Christian Contemporary music that much. Sorry to all my CCM loving friends/family/readers…

9. I’ve (somewhat recently) become a fan of Sherlock Holmes (not Sherlock… I haven’t watched BBC’s show before). I usually don’t watch anything besides documentaries, creationist science videos, and history related videos. Lord of the Rings and Sherlock Holmes are currently two exceptions to my norm. ;)

10. I really want to learn how to play mandolin! I know a little, but I’d like to get really good at it. It’s one of my favorite instruments. I love the violin/fiddle, but I can’t sing while I play that!!! If anyone reading this plays mandolin and knows of good resource for learning how to I’d love to hear about them!

 

Alright, who to tag... So many bloggers I know of have already been double-tagged and may not appreciate a retag... Hmm... 

I nominate:

Lydia @ Noveltea

Abby Rose @ Truly Beautiful

J.S. Clingman @ Clingman Photography 

Stephanie @ The Enchanting Rose

 

Here are my questions:

Favorite author?

Three favorite quotes, phrases, or sayings?

Do you play instruments? If so, what instruments?

How many siblings do you have?

Outside or inside?

Favorite genre of music and least favorite?

Someone you would really like to meet in person someday (doesn’t have to be a celebrity ;)

Favorite meal?

3 favorite Bible passages/chapters? (I’m not one of those cruel people who tell you to pick 1 verse… ;)

Favorite music album?

Favorite pastime?

 

If I tagged you and you can't do this tag, that's fine! And if you were hoping to be tagged but weren't, go ahead and do it anyways. ;)

One last thing... I have a 1 YEAR BLOGVERSARY COMING UP!!! Any suggestions as to what to do to celebrate? Giveaway? Contest? Blog party? Q+A? Video??? (Hehe...)

In addition, I'd love to hear from you all what types posts you've enjoyed the most here and what y'all would like to see on here in the future. Thanks for all of your support! You all are awesome!!!!!!

 

Now let's hear from you!

 

What are your answers to some of these questions? What do you think I should do to celebrate my one-year-blogversary? What posts would you like to see more of in the future?

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An Average Day Tag

by Grace 1. March 2018 19:22

Hello Everyone!

I was tagged by Laura @ Flowers in my Basket for the Average Day tag. The rules are that you have to post 10+ pictures of a typical day for you and then tag 2+ other people to do the tag.

Now, my days are all vastly different... Especially since I'm a substitute at the highschool - I could (and have been called) the morning they need me to ask if I'm available because someone woke up sick or something like that. So I just took random pictures over multiple days. These are just a few things that occur on a regular basis for me.

Here we go!

 

School!!! This is probably the #1 (not a hashtag!!!) thing I do. That right there is my syllabus binder and one of the main books for my Legal Philosophy and Reasoning course, "Renewing Your Mind as You Study Law."

 

More school.

 

Me at work. That's the highschool cafeteria! Yes, the apron of the day doesn't match with my coat. But I was out of luck because it didn't match with my shirt either! Oh well. I don't get to choose my apron, so that happens sometimes. ;)

 

Behind the serving counter at work.

The locker room at work... the lockers are behind me. ;)

 

This is what happens when I get random inspiration... These are three songs I wrote rather spur-of-the-moment.

Blogging!

Listening to a school lecture. I think it was for Real Estate Transactions but I don't remember.

 

Okay, I had to share this one with you all... My 4 year old brother does this all the time. He'll get his own precious blanket and a teddy bear a 'put me down for a nap' while I'm doing school! Haha! Isn't that sweet??? I love my little brother. ;)

 

Okay! That's the end! 10 pictures of the life of yours truly.

Now, as for who I tag...

Grace @ Grace Notes

Bethany @ Liberty or Death

Maddy @ Little Bit of Sunshine

 

And YOU! If your a blogger and you want to be added to this list but weren't, comment or use the contact form (or you can email me if you have my address ;) and contact me and your name and blog will *magically* appear on the list. ;)

And also, if you have not voiced your opinion on which series you want me to do, make sure you let me know which of the two you would be most interested in! (See the end of my last post) You can comment and let me know, or you can let me know through my contact form.

One last thing... I was considering having some sort of contest. What would all of you be most interested in? Photography? Short story? Poetry? Article?

Now let's hear from you!

Did you enjoy hearing a little more about my day? What normally happens in your day? If you haven't voted yet, which series do YOU want to see? And what type of contest would you be most interested in? I love hearing from all of you!

 

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Summer Special Tag

by Grace 19. June 2017 21:18

Hello everyone! I was tagged by Grace, who blogs over at Grace Notes (Thanks Grace!). I'm super excited about this because, as you all probably know, I've never been tagged before! Alright, so let's get started!

 

1) What is a nickname only your family calls you?
Um… I don’t really have any! I know my Mom calls me Cinderella sometimes… That’s about it. My name doesn’t really have any add-ons and most of my family members don’t usually make up weird random names for each other. I sometimes call one of my little brothers ‘Ducky,’ but that’s about it.
2) What’s a weird habit of yours?
Smelling my fingers… XD
3) Do you have any strange phobias?
No, not that I can think of… Except fearing that I've really messed something up - but there's a somewhat embarrassing reason for that... Occasionally I'm pretty good at messing things up! ;) (By the way, do you know how many times I've already gone back and edited this post??? More times than I'd like to admit!)
4) What’s a song that you secretly like to blast and belt out when you’re alone?
Well, what I blast and belt when I’m alone is the same thing I’ll blast and belt through the house, haha! I sing a pretty wide variety of songs, but recently I’ve been singing Meet Me at the Cross by Liberty Quartet a whole lot, and I also often sing Salt and Light by the Bontragers a lot. And then I also sing songs that I've written a lot. But honestly, what I sing changes a lot. Next week it'll probably be Kingdom Heirs, next week Triumphant Quartet, next Greater Vision, next Legacy Five, next week the Wiggles or Veggie Tales... Okay, maybe not. But you get the point. It really just matters what I've been listening to recently. My all-time favorite songs are probably I’ve Just Started Living and the hymn There Is a Fountain.
5) What’s one of your pet peeves?
Tapping. I hate the sound of people tapping. I hate seeing people tap… Even if I can’t hear it.
6) What’s one of your nervous habits?
I have trouble eating sometimes. That’s about it. I don’t get nervous generally unless I’m around people and I’m uncomfortable, and in that case I usually just leave the area. I’m an introvert, by the way. :)
7) What’s a YouTuber that almost always makes you laugh?
I don’t watch any specific YouTubers, and I really only use it for Southern Gospel music. But I did get a good kick out of this video and this one that my brother Daniel made for his YouTube Channel. Also, Southern Gospel singers can make some of the most hilarious jokes I’ve ever heard, so I occasionally get a good laugh out of them!
8) What was your first stuffed animal and what was its name?
Oh goodness! I don’t remember! I do remember having this little grey and white kitten that I adored, but I don’t remember its name and it disappeared one day and I don’t know what happened to it! Never found it again. *Sniffs*
9) What’s the drink you always order at Starbucks?
Ehehe… Believe it or not, I don’t think I’ve ever gotten anything at Starbucks. :/
10) Do you have any weird body skills?
I can roll the ends of my tongue up so that the sides touch! That’s about it…
11) What’s your favorite comfort food that’s bad but you eat it anyways?
ICECREAM!!! I’m honestly not very much of a dessert person. I’d usually rather eat salad or something. But I will ALWAYS eat ice cream. And I mean ALWAYS. I also enjoy donuts quite a bit, but even those I might skip occasionally.
12) What’s a phrase or exclamation you always say?
Um… I don’t know… ‘Oh my’… ‘Oops’… ‘No no that’s naughty’… Yeah, not much. XD
13) What did you use to wear that you would never wear now?
I don’t know… There’s not really anything that I wore before that I wouldn’t wear again.
14) What did you want to be when you were young?
Hm… A mother. I think that’s it. :)
15) How tall are you?
I’m 5’5½”. But that's when Mom measures me. Dad has measured me the past few times, and he says I'm half an inch shorter than that. Haha!

Bonus Question: What are 5 ways to win your heart/become a great friend?
1. Doing something related to music with me. Chatting about Southern Gospel Quartets, singing harmony, playing instruments, asking me to perform… That’s a good way to start! Giving my favorite style of music a shot, really. Not many people like the type of music I enjoy these days. :(
2. Talk to me and expect me to listen to you. Seriously. If you want to become my friend, sit and talk to me about whatever you want. I usually don’t have much of my own to say, especially when meeting for the first time.
3. Be the first one to approach! XD I’m an introvert, so I have trouble approaching people, and I have trouble with thinking that people don’t want to talk to me, don’t like me, and that I’m boring people. That's something that I've really been working on changing.

4. Buy me a Dairy Queen Blizzard! XD
5. Talk to me about something deep. I don’t particularly enjoy small-talk. I’d rather talk about theology or prayer requests or thoughts on life or personal things and stuff like that. If it’s small-talk, trust that I won’t have much to add to the conversation. Sure, if you start cracking jokes and what-not, I’ll join in and laugh. Everyone in my family knows I’ll laugh at anything that’s supposed to be a joke, even if it isn’t really funny. But don’t expect me to add anything to the conversation! I’m horrible at jokes, by the way… :/
6. (Yes, before you say anything, I know there wasn’t supposed to be a six.) Chat with me about some poetry and some lyrics! This is kind of a mix between one and five. Talk about whether the lyrics were any good or not, what you liked about them, how good the alliteration was in the words, stuff like that.

Well, I hope you all enjoyed my two-cents worth! And to wrap up, I'll tag a few other people:

Allison @ fromallison.com

Bethany @ todaylibertyordeath.blogspot.com/

Lizbeth @ lizbetherazo.weebly.com/

Joy @ cherrytreepoet.wordpress.com/ and blogofjoy.com

 

 

Now let's hear from you!

Did you enjoy learning a little bit more about me? What are YOUR answers to these questions?

 

 

 

 

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