Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Liebster Award// Tag

My blog has been pretty dull lately. 
 I do apologize, ya'll, but like I always say 'It's a crazy life'.
And I really have had deep thoughts and writings that I would have liked to post, but I never have the time or energy. 
 Also, it's been snowing like CRAZY here, so my office is so cold, (no, we haven't any heaters) that I haven't welcomed the thought of sitting down to blog very often.
 Hence the absence of my usual charm and wit. *That was a joke. cough* 
That being said, I've been tagged for this post, so... something new, guys! *confetti* 
 Thank you, Natasha for tagging me! :)                                                                 

Thank the person who nominated you

Answer the 11 questions they gave you

Name 11 facts about yourself

Nominate 11 bloggers to do this tag, and let them know

Give them 11 questions to answer

1. What's a song you like to listen to when you're in a melancholy mood?
Hm.... well, I have a lot of those. 
 But to name a few, Someone Else's Star by Bryan White, A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman, and My Everything by Owl City

2. What is the best movie you've watched so far this year?
 The Finest Hours and maybe Chronicles of Narnia *hides from people who don't like those movies. Don't judge me, please* 

3. Morning or night person?
Heh. Definitely a night person as of now. 
 I hate having to get out of bed. 

4. Favorite insect?
Um. I'm not one for insects. 
 But I guess if butterflies count, those are pretty. 
 5. What is one of your dreams?
Besides the typical, obvious answer... *marriage* 
 I'd like to spend a whole month in a foreign place, just to see what it is like. 

6. How many cousins do you have? {yes, I copied this question ;P}
Uh..... Daminika was figuring this out the other day, but I don't remember. *quickly asks her* SIXTY-FIVE
 7. Favorite type of shoes?
I love simple heels. Pumps. Heeled sandals, even though I hate my toes. Otherwise, barefoot, for the most part. 
 Except I love my beautiful cowboy boots that I wear to do chores. <3 #westernlife

8. Five singers you love?
 Oh, that's hard. 
Josh Turner, Dean Martin, Doris Day and Chris Ledoux

9. What did you do right before writing this blog post?
 Morning Bible

10. What is your favorite type of meat?
Beef. Always, beef. 

11. If you could do anything for a day, what would you do?
 Climb a mountain and stay up there all day, painting. 



11 Facts About Me

  1. I dance a lot
  2. I hate too much heat. And despise humidity. 
  3. I love dressing up and doing my makeup
  4. But I also love working outside, getting dirty
  5. Secretly, I've always wanted to be a dancer
  6. Whenever I take this test, I am either an INFP and an INFJ. I am a complex person? 
  7. I have been trying to go Gluten Free, and I hate it
  8. I've always been fascinated by historical makeup, hair and clothing
  9. I am easily infatuated 
  10. I speak very clumsily. 
  11. I am 5'2 and an 1/4 inch. 
And now! To find eleven people to tag, *gulp* 

I did it! Some of you may be already tagged. Sorry *wink* 
Now, my questions for you: 

  1. What is one thing you wish you could have done in the past?
  2. Favorite drink?
  3. What is your nightly ritual/ what do you do to unwind before bed?
  4. Do you workout?
  5. Have you ever been to an ancient historic site?
  6. Name five movies you love
  7. What song do you listen to when you're in a good mood?
  8. Your favorite classic novel?
  9. Your favorite classic movie?
  10. What is one daily chore you don't enjoy?
  11. Who is your favorite fictional hero? (as in a male)
I hope you enjoyed! 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

I'm Back!!// Photo Dump

Hello, loves!
 It's been quite a while since I've been on here. I think some of you had me given up for dead. *winks*
 It's been a crazy time, ya'll, let me tell ya.
I haven't had time to sit down and do any form of blogging in forever. So please don't think I've been uninterested in your posts.
 I've been quite busy.

One last drive with Felicity before she became Mrs. Estola

We did a baby shower for my cousin

Girl's Last Night Out! 
After getting our nails done, we had supper at Red Robin's

I have a thing for salads. 
Yeah, I know, I'm a health nut. *wink*

My newly done nails next to the bride's dress
Picture of that soon!

Cormick and Callen are back! <333 

And the official last night out. 
Our favorite Pizza place

The groomsmen hid in a corner, so I didn't get any pictures of them.
*frowns and rolls eyes*

And the day before the wedding!
We had to assemble all the bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres 
before rushing off to the grange to decorate and rehearse.

Daminika helped for a moment, but Kirsten and I mainly did this *winks* 

Kirsten and I spent quite a bit of time on the arbor. 
It turned rather nicely, wouldn't you say?

Time to relax before rehearsal!

And now the wedding was over. 
So after church, we all invaded Burgerville

Everyone in this picture is with us, except the couple in the background
and the family in the right upper corner

Despite the crazy days, I managed to squeeze in a day
to go out with Shantelle and I so enjoyed it!
It was nice opening up on things I had never told anyone else
and getting to know her a little better. Thank you for the outing!

The first real meal since the wedding

Kirsten gave me a poetry book for my birthday
and I have loving it <333

The newlyweds returned from their honeymoon 
and everyone stopped by to say hello. They are re-doing
the wedding cake cutting because a lot of us were busy the day of the wedding
and we missed it. 

Cormick <3

We took a trip to Cabela's for the day with the newlyweds and the rest of the family. 
I enjoyed using the shooting range, even if they weren't real guns. lol

brother and sister <3

My score at the shooting range. *cough* 
I wasn't too great. I swear I do better with real guns.

 The days have not slowed down since the wedding, I'm afraid, so it's been hard for me to sit down at the computer. 
 Daminika, Marissa, Marita and I bought tickets for NH in May, so I've been doing odd jobs trying to earn money to pay for it all. 
 Gotta go see the Big Sister's new home! <3333  
And  I'm sorry to be rushing off again, but that's the way it goes. 
 I'll try to update more later on. 
Back in a flash!

Friday, February 2, 2018

A Living Prayer

The way is dark, the road is steep. 
But He's become my eyes to see
Strength to climb, my grief to bear
The Savior lives inside me there

Through these trials of life I find
Another voice inside my mind
It comforts me and bids me live
Inside the love the Father gives

In Your love I find release
A haven from my unbelief 
Take my life and let it be
A living prayer, my God to Thee

A Living Prayer~ Allison Krauss

Just a reminder for myself and anyone else who needs it today. 
  A beautiful song that always helps me through tough times. <33 


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Life Comes At You Fast// Hey, I'm Still Here

Just a quick update, folks, to let you know I'm still here!
 I've been pretty silent on the blogger world, but it hasn't been anything personal against ya'll. *wink*
Felicity's wedding is Saturday, so it's been super, super busy.
 I've had to meet new people.......which is always fun, eh?

 But I have been managing. As long as I can get through tonight (hanging out with the wedding party. EEEEP) and tomorrow's rehearsal, I shall survive. I think.
 The Big Day is COMING UP FAST, and I don't know if I'm ready for this, but here we go!
I'll be back!


Monday, January 1, 2018

Looking back// 2017

'Fast away the old year passes, fa-la-la-la-la la-la-la-la. Hail the New, ye lads and lasses...."

'Ain't it funny how time slips away?'

I'm just baffled at how fast this year went by.
 I mean, we talked about the year 2018, but while I was busy talking about it, that little sneak just came up when I wasn't looking.

actual footage of me and the upcoming year

It's been a crazy year, by far. *wipes brow*
 Let's see. What all happened this year? 

Well, there was the exciting incident of falling into a wheelbarrow.
 That was fun, eh? *laughs because, believe me, it wasn't*
My sweet friends threw me a party for my birthday, which was the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me. *blows kisses to them all*
There was the wonderful trip to the East *hearts*
 The wonderful summer of running about, staying two weeks with my bestie *SO FUN* 
Hiking, camping, flying, working.... we keep busy, let me tell you. 
 And it was a fun-filled year. 
But, I have to admit, there was a lot of sadness as well. 
 Saying goodbye to the place I love, the place I grew up in. 
 Losing my great-Grandpa...and losing my best friend to the bright lights and temptations of the world. It's been a long time since I have seen her, and my heart still aches. 
 Getting a job and dealing with the stress of pretending to be an adult. Driving myself to the eye doctor's, paying for the exam, ordering contact lenses again, getting a new pair of glasses, (may not sound like much for a nearly-twenty-year-old, but, come on, it's hard stuff) 
 Biggest change of all!
Felicity's engagement and all the planning for the wedding. 
 Just three Saturdays left before the Big Day, and we're rushing about like ants on a hot rock getting ready for this thing. 
 It's going to be bittersweet when it's all over and done with. 
The planning and stress will be all over with, but then we'll be learning to cope with my sister living 2,000 miles away, AND me learning to be the oldest in the house. *groans*

How was your New Year's? 
 I must admit mine wasn't too grand. 
I ended up with a terrible upset stomach (must have been something I ate) so I stayed home with Felicity while the rest of the family went over to my aunt and uncle's to pass the time. 
 I really didn't expect Felicity to keep me company, and I wasn't mistaken when she spent the whole time FaceTiming Josiah in the bedroom while I lay curled up on the couch. 
 I was feeling so low, I decided to pop 'Little Women' into the VCR because I thought a sad movie was just what I needed to release my emotions. 
 I mean, no one was around. Perfect. 
As soon as Meg mentions marrying John Brooke, I start getting a sinking feeling. 
 Uh, maybe this wasn't such a good idea. 
By the time the wedding came around, I was swallowing back tears, and when poor Jo finds out Amy is going to Europe, my world crashed with hers. 

I bawled at this line. 
I connect so much more than ever

I seemed to be feeling just the way she was. 
 Her sisters were finding their places, doing things in the world, she was feeling so 'out of the loop' and confused. 
 She couldn't seem to find her purpose, everyone around her was changing, and all her dreams seemed out of reach. 
 My emotions, people! 
So, anyways, I cried my tears and went into the New Year with a heavy heart, a stomach ache, and a steaming cup of noodles. *I eat when I'm sad. Don't judge me* 
 Today was a beautiful day, so it hasn't been too awful a year yet. *winks*
Now for the wedding, (which is fast approaching!) the planning, the decorating, doing the hair, walking down the aisle, saying goodbye, cleaning up, dying when it's over, and then feeling a little *now what?*

I've done a lot of growing in this one year. 
 I've learned to cry *just a little. Still gotta work on that* and laugh, as well as talk... *YEEEAH, still gotta work on that one, too*
 Still haven't found my place, trying to figure things out and there are days when I feel like giving up, but I'm a stronger person than I was a year ago, because life has shaped me.
 I'm still growing, still learning, and it's never an easy walk, but God has been loving me when I least deserve it, holding me when I need Him most, and whispering that everything will be all right, in the end. 
 And as mysterious and a little frightening this new year may be, I know it's going to be a good one, because everyday is a wonderful miracle when you've got a King walking beside you. 
 I wish I could have more faith, wish I could toss aside my fears, anxieties and discontentment because I know they are doing nothing but holding me back, and I wish I read my Bible more, prayed more, believed more...
 But perhaps this is the year for just that? 

So, without further ado, BRING IT ON. 
 It's a bumpy road, we can't see what waits around the next corner, but we know the destination, and we have a Guide that never makes mistakes. 

Life is often called a journey, "the journey of life." Usually when referred to in these terms it is also understood that it is "a weary pilgrimage." Why not call it a voyage of discovery and take it in the spirit of happy adventure? ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

Happy New Year, and God bless <33