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All About Chickens

My family and I own five chickens (Henrietta, Coop, Nutmeg, Ginger Snap, and Queen Feather). I know owning chickens is becoming more popular and I decided to share some information about them. We’ve owned chickens for about a year and a half, so we are definitely eggsperts (I know it was an awful pun but I had to do it).

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Our chickens were so tiny when I took this picture! Their combs (the red part) are so much bigger now.

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We got our chickens in October 2015 and they’ve been laying consistently since about December 2015. We got them at 16 weeks old.

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I like our eggs way better than store-bought eggs. I can’t go back to white eggs. They look so fake to me. Yes, some chickens lay white eggs but not to the degree of the store-bought kind. I love that we get speckled, spotted, variety colored eggs. Two of our chickens lay light beige eggs and the other three lay darker ones. The eggs are also different because they are a tad harder to crack.

{Safety First}

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*The chickens in their run during winter*

  • Make sure your chickens have a safe coop. We have woods in our backyard in which foxes live. We also have snakes and hawks that fly overhead. Our chickens are not free-ranging so they are a lot less likely to get eaten, but we still have to be careful to keep them safe.

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  • My dad made our coop. In their run (the outside part), he buried wire three feet down and bent it inward so critters can’t dig their way into the coop. We also have wiring on top so hawks can’t swoop in.
  • Make sure you and your family stay safe while having chickens. Make sure to not eat raw eggs or to rub your faces all over chickens or chicks to avoid salmonella.

{Don’t be Afraid of Dirt}

  • Dirt is good for chickens. It is how they keep themselves clean. You will see them digging holes in the ground and settling themselves in these holes. This is called dust bathing and is perfectly normal.

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  • The chickens will be healthier and so will their eggs by eating grubs (worms and other bugs in the ground). Let them eat it up!
  • You can use chickens poop for compost or to make your garden more fertile. We don’t do this but I know plenty people do.

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  • Yes, the eggs do get poop on them, but you can wash that off. Besides, you aren’t eating the shell silly 😉 . With that being said, DON’T wash your eggs until right before you use them. Eggs have a special coating on them that keeps the poop and other stuff from soaking into their pores. When you wash them, you remove this coating.

{Will they ever lay?}

  • Chickens start laying at about 20-24 weeks. Ours started laying at 21 weeks.

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  • During the winter your chickens need to experience at least 12+ hours of light and also need to be comfortable (so not freezing temperatures). If not, they will stop laying. We did this by putting a light (on a timer) inside of their coop. This way, they were a bit warmer and it was lighter for many more hours.

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  • You also may experience a chicken going broody. Basically, this is when the chicken decides it wants to hatch chicks and tries to hatch your eggs. We noticed this with one of our chickens about 8-9 months after we got her. She spent all her time sitting on the eggs and the other eggs the chickens had laid. She wouldn’t lay her own eggs. Nothing we tried would get her to stop, eventually they work themselves out of it and go back to normal. Sorry,  I don’t have any real suggestions on how to cure this.

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I think I just dumped on you a ton of information. If you want to know even more in-depth about chickens, check out Souly Rest. It is a unique blog and there are some posts that go into more detail about chickens on there.

Do you have chickens or want chickens?

Have a magnificent day!

-Rebekah

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My Room Tour

I think the title explains everything 😉

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This is an over view of my room.

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When you walk into my room and look to the left you will see my cool bird light switch, my purse (it is the perfect size and really cute), and my vanity. On top of my vanity, I keep the things I use everyday (like deodorant and moisturizer) and all my jewelry on it. I have a mirror hanging over it with Christmas lights strung around it. I really like the vibe they add.

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Next up is my dry erase calendar. I use this thing all the time. It is really useful. Next to it is my closet.

This is my work space where I write all my posts. I have my trashcan and my desk. On my desk I have glass that covers the wood. Under that I have a bunch of pictures, quotes, and mementos of things I’ve done. This area is where I do school and write on my laptop (which isn’t in the picture). Above my desk I have my two windows and I can look out onto the street and have lots of natural light for my work space.

Next we have my bureau where I keep out of season clothes.On that wall I have awards from when I did AWANA and some framed pictures of when I was a baby. On top of my dresser I keep some antique dolls (some of which are my moms), my make-up bag, piggy bank (I collect loose change), and a Bath and Body Works candle.

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Next to that is my book shelf. I only have the top row full of books because I hate how much space books take up. I also have a radio. Yup, such an old-fashioned device, I know.

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I have one more window in my bedroom because I’m on the corner room.

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Across from my door is my bed. My grandma made my quilt. I also have Christmas lights strung around the headboard. It makes my room so cozy. Above my bed, I have a board with pictures of my friends and Bible verses.

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Beside that I have baby pictures of me and a picture made by my great grandma. Beneath that, I have a nightstand with my lamp and clock. On the bottom of that I keep my Bible, journals, and whatever book I’m reading.

That is a full 360 of my room. Thanks for reading! I hope your day is fabulous. If you have any questions on where anything in my room is from comment below and I’ll make sure to let you know.

What’s your favorite part of your room?

-Rebekah

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A Day in the Life of a Homeschooler

I’m so happy to finally share this post with you! I’ve watched plenty of day in the life videos but I’ve never seen a blog post about it or one from a homeschooler’s point of view. I thought that would be fun to share with you all. I hope you like it (if you do please leave me a comment 🙂 ).

Are you curious about what a homeschooler’s day is like? Just keep reading.

7:11 am

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I wake up. Usually I wake up at seven, but my alarm decided not to work this morning so, 7:11 it was.

When I first wake up I go to the bathroom and wash my face with freezing cold water to make myself more alert.

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Then, I go back to my room and do my devotions. Getting in a habit of spending time with God everyday is an awesome thing I think everyone should do. It has really helped me learn more about God, get me into His word, and pray.

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After about thirty minutes, I finish my devotions and make my bed.

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Next, I dressed and did my hair.

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Now my favorite part of my morning, breakfast! This morning I had one of my favorite smoothies, PB&J. I like smoothies for breakfast because you get lots of nutrients and they and easy to make. I found my recipe at Blogilates (link to the recipe here). When making shakes don’t be afraid to add some greens. It may not look as pretty but you won’t taste it and you’ll get all that fiber.

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While I’m eating– or in this case drinking my breakfast– I bullet journal out my goals for the day.

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After this I brushed my teeth. If you have braces, I recommend a water pick and electric toothbrush. They make braces so much easier!

On Tuesdays (which is what day it was), I do my laundry so I threw the first load of that in.

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We then had family devotions. We use the devotion Jesus Calling. It is really easy to read and I get a lot out of it.

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I started my day after that. I always begin by practicing piano.

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My mom was ready for us to do history after that, which is the only subject we all do together. We colored a map and label it while my mom reads from the book.

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Next, I did math because I like to get it out of the way.

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I completed my other books next. These are grammar, spelling, and English stuff.

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I then moved on to my co-op work. My co-op is on Wednesday and so I need to have all my homework done before that. We just finished up reading some Shakespeare (which was my first time ever reading it) in my literature class. It was so well written!

My mom checked my writing homework (She is my #1 editor!).

I stopped school to FaceTime my friend for a little bit. This is a nice benefit about homeschooling, you can take a break and do other things, though I usually like to get it done all at once.

At 12:45, I was finished with school. YAY! *dances around the room*

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I cooked myself lunch, which was some leftovers. So I didn’t technically cook….

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After that I read the posts in my reader and replied to comments.  I’ve been getting better at doing that lately, yay!

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I finished up my laundry and made my bed.

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This day I had a lot of extra time so I worked on my bullet journal for an hour.

I also filled out my application for Maine this day too. Last year I went on a missions trip to Maine. This year I am going back! I can’t wait. I posted about what it is like going on a missions trip here 😉

I did my other Tuesday chore which is cleaning the cat’s liter box.

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Next, I packed my swim bag, picked out an outfit for co-op, and got my co=op stuff together.

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I had found a healthy cookie recipe on Pintrest so I tried them (here is the link to the recipe). They were good but not as good as chocolate chip cookies. I will always love my chocolate chip cookies!

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I then made my lunch for co-op. I put in tons of veggies! I also helped my mom with dinner by making sweet potato fries. They are so delicious almost as tasty as normal fries.

At about 5:30 we left for swimming (we ate on the way). My brothers swim first so that is why we leave so early.

Then at 7pm I hopped in the pool for swim team. Our warm up was not fun AT ALL. We had to do 36 laps straight. Later we had to do a 400 IM (that is four laps each of all the different strokes). I definitely got an intense workout.  We finished at 8:30.

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I then took a shower, traveled back home, and got ready for bed.

Before I slept, I wrote in my journal. At 9:48 pm I turned off my light and went to bed.

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This obviously isn’t what everyday of mine is like. Some days I have less free time then this or I have more school work. It all depends. This also isn’t to say this is what all homeschoolers do. Each homeschooler is unique and their day is different. Just wanted to mention this!

What is your favorite part of your day?

-Rebekah

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Thanks, Mom.

Hey mom! I would like to give you a shout-out. You mean the world to me and I hope you know that. Have a super birthday today. I just wanted you to know that I appreciate you and you mean the world to me.

I know I can always go to you with any problem I’m facing. I trust you. Thank you for being a safe place to go to in times of trouble.

Thank you for modeling for me a healthy marriage, spiritual life and family. I can look up to you and see Christ in you.

Thank you for setting boundaries for me. Sometimes I don’t understand why I’m not allowed to do certain things, but looking back on some situations I realize why you set those rules. I trust that you have my best interest in mind. Thank you for taking time to care about my well-being.

Yes, you are amazing, but you aren’t perfect. Thank you for teaching me how to humbly apologize when you are in the wrong and show me to go to God with my faults. You point me to someone who will never let me down and loves me more then you ever could, my heavenly father.

Thank you for helping me when I made the decision to follow Christ and make him the Lord of my life!

Thank you for loving me and taking care of me. I love you so much! I hope this year is another wonderful year!

Love your daughter,

Rebekah

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A Good Enough Christian 

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Sometimes I feel like I’m a good enough person. I attend church every Sunday, I volunteer, and I’ve been called a goody-goody before, but I’ve come to the realization that it isn’t enough.

I beat myself up inside when I make a mistake. When I wish I hadn’t said something or don’t follow the rules.

It’s hard because people say that I’m a good person. I like to hear that. I enjoy that standard. The problem is it’s harder for me to admit that I am actually just as much of a failure as everybody else.

I try not to be prideful about it and I hope that’s not what you are thinking because I’m not trying to brag. I finally realized that I mess up, a lot. I’m not perfect. I’ve known that I’m not the best, but it didn’t fully sink in. I need to be saved from my sin just as much as anyone else. I struggle with that. I always want to compare myself to others and say, “Well, I’m not as bad as so and so. I’m still pretty good.”

When really, that’s not what matters.

Did you know that The Grand Canyon is gigantic, 277 miles long?

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You can stand on one side and try to jump across but you will never make it. Even if you could jump almost to the other side, we know it is impossible. But what if there was a bridge?  Then you wouldn’t need to jump.  Jesus is like the bridge that spands from one side to the other.  With this bridge, anyone can reach the other side. Anyone can cross. They don’t have to do anything super great. They only need to accept that the bridge will take them to the other side and walk across.  That is what it is like with Jesus. Jesus, is perfect and he died, so that we can enter heaven.  Without him, as our bridge, we won’t reach the other side.  Jesus states, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

The point I’m trying to make is that none of us are perfect, me included. I mess up. I shouldn’t think of myself as better than others. I’m a sinner who needs Jesus just as much as anyone else. I don’t know where I would be without Him. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Which means, we all make mistakes and none of us is perfect. Then in Romans 6:23 it says “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

The other point I’m trying to make is that us (you and me) will never be able to make our way to Heaven on our own. You ready for another example? Ok, say that someone murdered (I know it’s a little harsh, but it gets the point across.) your mom. Wouldn’t you want the judge to give a fair trial? What if the person guilty of the crime pleaded, “Well, yes, I did this horrible thing, but look I’ve done all these other great things!”

If the judge let him or her go free of charge, would you think the judge is fair? Most people would explain that he’s a terrible judge. (I borrowed this example from the movie Courageous). This is also the way God works. He doesn’t judge us by the good things we do, but by what we do wrong.

You may be thinking, well then I guess I’m toast. I would be too, but there is this amazing thing called grace. We don’t deserve it, we can’t earn it, and there is no way to buy it. But it is free to accept. In Acts 16:31 it says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved, you and your household.” That’s all there is to it. How simple, am I right? It’s amazing that God cared enough to send his son to die for me and you and all of us. That’s the takeaway I want to leave you with. God forgives us each and every time we mess up. Most importantly, we don’t have to be perfect to believe in Him. So, what’s holding you back from trusting in what Jesus has done for you?

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I got contacts last week! If you wear them, do you have any tips??

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My Missions Trip

Okay. Where do I even start with this post?

Well, as you can see by the title I’m talking about the missions trip I went on. I’ve had some requests to post about it. So here I am. I know it has been a few months (a little over three to be exact). So you may be thinking, why now? Well, I found this post completely written and edited sitting in my draft box and wondered why it was never posted. So I am here today to post it. Without explaining further let me just start.

Before I left for the trip I thought I would be journaling often and taking plenty of pictures, when in reality I didn’t. I was way too busy to grab my camera or sit and write. So, I don’t have pictures or journal entries. So this is all from my memory.

Background

Every year my youth group goes on missions trips. They have been going to Maine for almost 20 years.

We drive up, hold a VBS (Vacation Bible School) Monday-Friday and then drive back. They don’t have any other camps throughout the summer in this town, so for most kids this is the highlight of their summer. We hold the VBS at the school and this year we also slept there.

On Wednesday night we hold a carnival with food, games, and a small program.

The day after we arrived home (Sunday) we share something that God taught us and a favorite memory from the trip in front of the church.

Preparation for the trip

VBS Hallways

We started to think about and prepare for the trip in January. I signed up and began sending out support letters. I had to raise $595 to be able to go. I raised the money through asking for donations from people I knew. Our team also had meetings about once a month where we learned more about each other and were taught different ways to share Jesus with the kids.

Since we were volunteering with a VBS we were on different teams (guide team which lead the kids around, crafts, worship, teaching, and 7th-12th team.  The middle and high school were combined and had their own separate group and games).  I was on craft team with two others teens and an adult. We decided what crafts we would create, tested them, and practiced teaching them.

The one other thing I had to do was pack. Everyone is given a giant duffel bag (big enough to fit both my little brothers in) to pack their stuff. We also could bring a bag to carry in the vans (most of us used school backpacks). We slept on air mattresses the whole trip, so we had to pack those as well.

The actual trip!

We had 51 kids show up on the first day for VBS!

Their were 17 teens and 10 adults that went on the missions trip.

Our VBS day consisted of an opening (where we sang the VBS songs and watched a little video skit), then there were four rotations (crafts, games, worship, and Bible). There were four groups PreK and Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade, 3rd and 4th, and 5th and 6th. Then we finished up the morning by singing more songs and talking about the day and what the kids learned.

We ate breakfast and lunch cafeteria food.

It took two full days to drive-each way!

Some favorite memories

I have so many memories! This trip was so awesome and I had such a great time. Ever since I reached home I’ve been missing it. Some of the things listed below are general, while others are more specific.

-I really liked the long car rides to travel there and back. We listened to music or talked.

-I liked that it was sort of like a nine-day sleepover with my friends. We were serving but we also had fun!

-It was amazing to get to bond with people who I didn’t know very well and now I feel like I’ve known them forever.

-Something super special was that my mom was able to come with me on the trip! It was cool to be able to serve along with her.

-I liked watching the kids make their crafts and singing and dancing to the VBS songs at opening and closing programs.

-We would sit outside on a hill and watch the moon come up (after the sun went down) and talk.

-I tried peanut butter and ketchup on a hotdog and it was awesome (you can’t judge it until you’ve tried it!)

There were many more, but that’s all I’ll share for now.

What God taught me

Well, God taught me a lot of things. The two main things that I learned were:

  1. To trust God more. He has a purpose and a plan, even if we can’t see it. He taught me that He is in control, so I don’t need to worry.
  2.  God does answer prayers. There were lots of things I prayed about (including staying physically healthy, having a place to sleep {for a few months leading up to the trip we didn’t have a given location where we were going to sleep}, for the kids to be open to hear about God) and God answered them. I also grew closer to God when we had our devotions, which made the prayers feel even more real.

I went to Maine to serve and teach kids but in a way I was being taught by God in so many ways!

I learned so many different things from the mission trip and not just in relation to my faith. I spent nine days with my peers. We had to bond as a team and learned team work. I was amazed at how even from different backgrounds and being different ages we became unified.

I’m so glad I went and I would really encourage you to pray and ask God if He is calling you to serve! It was such a special time and it encouraged me so much in my relationship with God. I’m so thankful for this experience and wouldn’t trade it for anything.

maine

^^This is my team! Thanks guys for being such an awesome team. It was awesome to work with all of you 😀


I hope that answers everyone’s questions! If you have any more you can comment them and I’ll be sure to answer them.

Have you ever been on a missions trip? Would you like to go on one?

That’s all for this post. Bye 🙂

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It feels really fall like outside! Yeah!

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What’s in my Backpack- Homeschool Edition

Hey everyone! Today I’m going to show you everything that is in my backpack. I am home schooled so most days I don’t need my backpack. I do use it once a week for the co-op that I go to.

Also, I want to thank my grandma, who we call Bammom, for buying my school supplies this year. She’s great at finding the best deals and finding stuff I like 🙂 ! Are you ready? Let me show you what is inside my backpack this year 😀

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This is my backpack. This will be my third year using it. It is really great quality. It is grey with purple and aqua accents.

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Here is the back. The straps are padded which makes them really comfy and they don’t make my shoulders sore.

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On the right side of the backpack there is a water bottle holder which I usually put my water bottle (not shown) and my ear buds.

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This is the very front pocket of my backpack.

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Inside of it I keep: deodorant, a calculator, index cards, my planner (not shown), and an index card that has my schedule written on it.

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Next up is the long, middle pocket.

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I keep my iPod (not shown),  and my pencil-case in this pocket. The pencil-case is the perfect size for a glue stick, a stapler (this is great to keep in case you need to staple some papers together before handing them to a teacher), scissors, a pencil sharpener, highlighters, colored pens (these are so useful for organizing notes and my planner. They are my favorite stationary item), pencils, and colored pencils.

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I also have this small pocket at the top of my backpack which is really handy for storing small things.

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I keep a small zippered bag inside (not show) to hold what I call my essentials. Inside of that I put hand lotion, a toothbrush, tooth paste (not shown), wax for my braces, diaper wipes (these are so useful!), little picks to clean my braces which I really recommend especially if you have braces, chap stick, another brush cleaner thing for my braces, hand sanitizer, a hair tie, and two bobby pins.

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Finally onto the main pocket!

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First, we have all my science stuff. This year I’m taking physical science. I bring my textbook and notebook with me to class along with my binder.

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On the side of my binder it says science and the front is a tag I DIYed.

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Inside my binder there is my turtle folder and on the right there is my three-ring hole punch and my notebook. The three-ring hole punch is one of my favorite school supplies because you can use it right on the spot instead of stuffing  your papers in the side of your binder. I broke my big  hole punch (because I brought it to class every week) half way through the year last year. So I like that this one works the same but it way smaller. Also, it comes with a built-in ruler!

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I also made these DIY emoji dividers. I was inspired to make this DIY from a Youtuber I watch. I love her videos and you should check her out. Her channel is MiniLucie13.

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Next up, literature. I didn’t really DIY anything for literature and so it’s pretty boring.

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Then I found a pencil and my mini hairbrush floating around in the big pocket.

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Lastly, we have writing supplies. This year I’m taking IEW (Institute for Creative Writing). This is my binder with some emojis that describe me (like the camera one 😉 ) along with my notebook/textbook for the class.

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Then we have my folder for writing, which I really like.

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I also made more dividers for writing, using other emojis.


That’s everything that I keep in my backpack. Whew, there is a lot in there! It weighs 17.2 pounds. Though I think it was heavier last year :D.

What is your most important item in your backpack?

Have a great hump day 😉

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I went swimming on Monday for Labor day. What did you do?

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Massanutten Resort {Travel Diary}

Hey guys! A while back I posted about my family’s trip to Great Wolf Lodge (read it here) and everyone really liked that post so I decided to share about the vacation I went on a few weeks ago with my mom, dad, brothers, and grandparents. We went to a resort called Massanutten.

Disclaimer: I’m not trying to brag in any way, I know that people like this type of post so I decided to share.

Day 1 (Friday)

On Friday we arrived at the resort. I took pictures of every room so I could show you a tour. We rented the top and bottom floor of the condo.  They both have the same layout so I’m showing you everything once.

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Day 2 (Saturday)

On Saturday my brothers did this cool bungee dome thing, where you are attached at the waist with a cable and you can jump super high.

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Later that day, we went on a hike. Six years ago, we went to Massanutten and my dad hid three rocks in a tree along the path (one for me and one for each of my brothers). We came back and found them, six years later! We were pretty excited to see that they had survived that long and that we had remembered where we put them.

Day 3 (Sunday)

I found out that some of my friends that I’ve met through blogging lived in the area and we got to meet up! I went to their church and then we went over for lunch at their house. I had such a fun time! I’m so glad I was able to meet some of my online friends face to face.

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I tried to make it so it looks like she’s holding the camera 🙂

On a side note I did bring a doll on the trip. Nikki came with me and I got a very nice photo shoot with her (it’s quite long). Let me know if you want me to post it!

Day 4 (Monday)

On Monday we explored a place in the resort called ‘The Family Adventure Park’. They had ropes courses, zipplining, rock climbing, tubing, and more! I just did the tubing since I was saving my money to go horseback riding, but my brothers did everything (it looked really fun).

the skunk

(sorry for the bad quality, it’s on my iPod)

We went and saw The Secret Life of Pets that night for my brother’s birthday present. It was pouring rain when we left our condo and we saw a skunk! It was really cute but also a little scary because it was very close.

Day 5 (Tuesday)

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On Tuesday we went to a water park. Yup, there was a water park at the resort! It was a blast and similar to Great Wolf Lodge in some ways. The lazy river was awesome (and better than Great Wolf Lodge I think). They also had an outdoor water park as well.

I did everything in the park :). The water slides were awesome. I conquered my fear and went on the two pitch black ones which I’m quite proud of.

My family and I had tons of fun and it was definitely a highlight of our trip. We were so busy having fun that I forgot to take any more pictures…. Oops!

Day 6 (Wednesday)

On Wednesday my mom and I went to the pool and swam laps which was really enjoyable (I feel like only swimmers say that 😀 ). We also went mini golfing that day. That evening we went to an amazing local restaurant and I had really good chili.

Day 7 (Thursday)

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On Thursday I went horseback riding! I had never done it before so it was a new experience.

After that I met another blogger! We went swimming together and talked. I had a great time!

On Thursday I finally took some photos of the deer we’d been seeing all week. There was a mom and her three babies. I guess people had fed them before because they weren’t very afraid of humans.

Day 8 (Friday)

On Friday we woke up and left the resort. We stopped for IHOP first. It took longer than expected to get home, but finally at four o’ clock (PM) we arrived home.

Clara said when she got back from her vacation she was glad to sleep in her own bed and I whole heartedly agree. I was VERY happy to get back to my room and my soft bed 😛

Funny story: On Friday I opened the car door and a ball that was in our car rolled out and down the very steep hill. Before I caught it, it got stuck in the bushes we had seen the skunk in! My brother had to fish it out with a broom. The rest of my family was waiting on us since they were ready to go! It was quite a scene.

I had a great trip and I’m so thankful I was able to go and spend time with my family.

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Have you ever been to a Massanutten resort? What did you do for vacation this summer?

I hope you are having an amazing week!

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I’m pretty sure everyone is in school by now…. So, happy school day 😀

 

Posted in About, writing

Did I Complete My ‘Blink’ List?

Hi fellow bloggers.

As you might have read earlier this summer, I posted My Summer ‘Blink’ List. Well now, at the end of the summer, I’m going to update you and show you what I completed and what I didn’t. The things I didn’t complete are in red and the things I did are in green.

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#1 Wake up early and watch the sunrise. 

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^^The actual sunrise (it was really dark because I took this at 5:34 am)

I didn’t think I’d accomplish this but I did! In June, I went on a missions trip to Maine which I talked about in this post. The night we were leaving, I couldn’t sleep very well because I was so excited. So I got up (it was about five) and read my devotions and watched the sunrise. It really got me in the right mind-set and was very calming. It was so special because in my devotions that day, one of the verses was Jeremiah 29:11 which is my favorite verse. I didn’t plan that it just happened! God is so cool 😀

#2 Have a water balloon fight.

I’ve had about five at least this summer. I love water balloon fights and fortunately for me my siblings do too. I still have a few hundred left for next year or in case I need them for something else. *sneaky grin*

#3 Keep a journal.

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^^This is my journal.

Yes! I did it. I finally formed a habit of journaling and my first journal is almost filled! I’m so glad that in a few years I can look back on what I wrote. Plus, it can help me remember lots of little things that happened this summer.

#4 Improve my swim times.

I feel like every year my swim times go down and this year is no exception. I also had to swim a 50 butterfly in a meet which is my worst stroke and I had never swum it in a meet before (it was actually fun!).

#5 Have a bonfire with friends.

I didn’t do this, though maybe I’ll do it during the fall :).

#6 Sleep under the stars.

I was planning on doing this with my friends but they couldn’t come over so we didn’t do it :(.

#7 Read 50 hours over the summer.

Well, I only got to 47 which is SO close.

#8 Be a consistent blogger.

I did a horrible job this summer at blogging, but I’m ok with that. I think I needed an extended break and now I’m back and feeling very motivated.

#9 De-clutter my room.

It’s an ongoing process, but yes, I did de-clutter my room this summer.

#10 Reach 100 followers.

I’m not there yet but I’m EXTREMELY close (91 to be exact).

#11 Host a giveaway.

I didn’t get around to this.

#12 Try new Pintrest recipes.

I didn’t make any new recipes except for yesterday. I don’t know if that counts?

#13 Finish some sewing projects.

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My grandma helped me make a doll outfit and she showed me how to make some cute bath puppets that I can make for little kids I know. Right now, my machine is being serviced so I can’t sew for a little while.

#14 Relax

I did manage to relax this summer too. Actually, I did a lot of relaxing when I was home and not out.

The verdict: I completed 1/2 of my goals. I could have done better but I accomplished more of them this summer than I did last year!


   When do you go back to school? I am going back today! I’m sad summer is over but excited for a new school year.

Also,  would you like to see a What’s in My Backpack, Homeschool Edition post? If so, let me know in the comments or by using this poll.

I think that’s all for now! Talk to you soon!

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I got braces! I’ve had them for almost a month now!

Posted in About, My Thoughts

What’s Up With Me

As you all probably know, I haven’t posted in almost three weeks. The main reason and the one I’m going to be talking about in this post of why I haven’t been posting is, I don’t like the posts I’m writing.

When I first created americangirlguide, a little over two years ago I wanted it to be about American Girl Dolls. If you look back on my posts from this past year less than half my posts were doll related. If I think about it, yes, I had fun writing the doll ones, but I liked writing the non-doll posts even more.

When I started american girl guide I did it to write about something I liked. I’ve learned so much over the past two years and have realized how much I like writing and photography. But I’ve also come to the conclusion that…. Dolls aren’t my main hobby/thing I enjoy doing. I still think they are cool, but I just don’t enjoy them like I used to.

This post isn’t really about me not liking dolls, it’s more that my main interest has changed. If you look at my posts in the past year I don’t know what category you’d put them in, maybe lifestyle? but they aren’t doll related and that’s why I don’t want to keep posting under americangirlguide when that’s not really what this blog is about.

I’ve been thinking for a while about completely changing the direction of my site and making it into a lifestyle site or making a new blog where I can post about the kind of posts I like. I haven’t reached a decision yet and so I’m asking for your help/ suggestions.

What do you think I should do? I know a lot of you have multiple blogs and I don’t think I could keep that up, yet I don’t want to wipe americangirlguide off the surface of the earth. I’m quite torn on what to do. So, if you have any suggestions please leave them in the comments! Thanks for putting up with this little word spit. I’ll be updating you soon on my decision and what happens next with my blog.

Two little things I want to mention before I end this already long post,

1. This doesn’t mean I won’t be posting about dolls at all, that just won’t be the main focus of the blog.

2. I’m definitely not quitting blogging, I’m just readjusting my blog to fit me.

Anyway, that’s it for this post! Thanks for sticking through to the end.

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I went to an amusement park yesterday with my church, it was super fun!