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Dear BFFL (Hayley),

It’s your birthday once again, you are another year older. This year, especially in this past month you’ve been going through a lot. I’ve been amazed at how you through the circumstances remained positive, joyful, and most importantly, faithfully rooted in your Savior. Even though, other would have gotten angry with God for what happened you didn’t. You trusted (and are trusting) him. You may not realize it but others are watching you and seeing how you have handled the situation with grace. I admire you so much and look up to you (despite the fact I’m older 😉 )


You’ve always been there for me and you are one of the best listeners I know. You were the one who introduced me to WordPress and the reason I created a blog. Without your influence, I may never have found my love of writing and photography.

I love you to pieces! Thanks for showing me God’s love through how you live. I miss you so much, though I know your move helped us grow closer as friends.


I’ll be thinking and praying for you today. I hope your birthday is everything you want it to be. Have fun in the snow!

Love your BFFL,


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10 Things to do on Winter Break

Hiya (I feel like a karate person)! Well, Christmas is over now and break stretches on for still another week at least. What are you going to do with all this time? You may already have lots of plans or you may not have any, whatever the case here are ten things to do on winter break.

  1. Take a walk. The past few days I’ve been doing this and it is snow (puns 🙂 ) refreshing. It gives your eyes a chance to rest from all the screen time you are probably having and also provides you with physical activity. So just get out and enjoy God’s beautiful creation.

2. Bake a treat. This is a something I think everyone has done at least once during the winter. I personally love baking and trying new recipes. I especially like trying new recipes I find on Pintrest (check out my Pintrest here).

3. Do a random act of kindness. There are so many ways to help people in need and there are usually even more opportunities around the holidays. You could bake someone something like I mentioned above or bring in cans to a local food drive. Giving back brings so much joy to you and others around you.

4. It is break, take some time to relax and pamper yourself. Read a book, use a bath bomb or face mask, and drink some tea (or cocoa!).

5. Hangout with friends. During school you may be too busy to have time to hang out with your friends so during break have some quality time with your friends. Maybe you could plan a day to go shopping and spend Christmas money, bake a treat together, do a random act of kindness with friends, or do manicures on each other.

6. Take a photo shoot. Take photos are a lot of fun and can really boost self-esteem. This is something you can do with your friends. Plus, you’ll have tons of great Instagram pics for the new year.


7. Look through old pictures and notebooks. This is a unique and fun way to pass time.

8. Spend time with God. This is something that we should be doing everyday, but you can never spend too much time with God. Being able to just sit and relax in his presence, starting a new Bible study series, or spending extra time praying for people is an awesome way to spend time over break.

9. Hangout with family. If you can, hanging out with family is something really fun to do. Play games with your siblings (our favorites our golf, rummy, and Uno), talk to grandparents, watch Christmas movies together, or bake something.

10. Write letters. I love sending and receiving snail mail. It can be hard to sit down and write a card during the business of life, but over break you have more time. You could write thank you notes to people who sent you presents, send to a far away friends (I’m looking at you Hayley), or distant family members that you are not able to see often.

Well there you go, ten things you should do on winter break. So get off your computer and go have some fun 🙂 Thanks for reading!


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Merry Christmas (2016)!

Hey there! Long wait is over and Christmas is here 😀 How is your day going?

It’s awe-inspiring to think that 2,000+ years ago our God was born as a baby into the world. It can be hard to wrap my mind around that.

As you go about your day today, which I’m sure is filled with gift exchanges, time with family, and delicious food, remember why we celebrate this day. Yes, it is about giving and spending time with family, but most of all it is the birth of our Savior. This is why we are able to have so much hope. God switched places with us and took our mistakes and the wrong things we have done (sin) so we could live forever with him. Isn’t that incredible? Take a moment to thank him for that.

I wish you all a merry Christmas!




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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,


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A Real Blog Post

Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas (a week early)! I decided to sit down today and just write out a post. I’m going to try not to have to edit this and make it sort of like a YouTube vlog except as a blog post because that’s what a blog is.

I know I’ve been MIA for a little bit. I definitely have a TON of blogging plans for the new year. I started to talk about them in this post. I’d start now (which I have been doing even though ya’ll can’t see) but I would rather not during the Christmas season because that is kind of abrupt and also the posts aren’t very Christmasy so I’m going to wait. I am so excited for the new content though 😀 I hope you will be able to see more of my personality through these post.

In other news, I lost my camera about 8 months ago but i found another random charger that woks for my camera. Unfortunately (wow! I spelled that right!), it’s for our kindle that broke. So, the charger was confiscated (big words, oooh) so that the Kindle could be fixed. This long-winded story’s point? My camera has a very low battery with no way of charging it.

I can’t believe 2016 is almost over! I’ve heard some people saying that 2016 has been a bad year, but for me it has been awesome. I’ve been able to try so many new things this year and grown in my faith. I don’t think I expected 2016 to be so great. I thought it would just be another year, but I’ve had so much fun this year and I’ve grown a lot. Just a year ago I felt so different. Anyway, this is a little taste of what I’ll be posting about in my New Years post probably 😉

I can’t wait for Christmas! I actually only have one more gift to wrap and then I’m done. I just received an email (about ten minutes ago) that the package has shipped. I feel so on top on Christmas presents this year.

I know that Christmas isn’t all about gifts-but I love giving them. I find it so fun and this year present wrapping has become an art form of mine 😀 😀

Well, I hope you are having a merry day and I’ll talk to you soon!


THREE days until Christmas!!

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Christmas Gift Guide 2016

 YAYAYAY! I’m so excited for this post. First Christmas post!  I’ve been watching tons and tons of videos all over YouTube about Christmas wish lists and gift guides and I’m ready to make my own. I want to also include Allison’s post about Creative Christmas gifts in this post because it is an awesome list for specific ideas of what you could ask for or give. Check it out here!

I hope this helps you have ideas for what to ask for yourself or give to other people. This isn’t my wish list, it is more of a compilation of what you can ask for and give to others. I split this into who it is for. I also did gifts for others that I felt were in my cost range. You may have more or less to spend, this was just what I had.

Ok, you ready to go read?? Begin!


Teen girls:

First off, non-materialistic gift  you can ask for.

  • A special class (make-up, photography, baking)
  • Tickets to a sports events, concerts, or amusement parks.
  •   A nice dinner out, spa day, shopping spree, vacation.
  • Sponsor a child.
  • Subscriptions. You could ask for someone to pay a subscription to Spotify, a magazine company, a subscription box such as ipsy.
  • You could ask for someone to pay a years worth of pic monkey, buy you final Cut Pro, or a WordPress domain.


  • Gift cards. Many people think that gift cards feel impersonal but any girl I know would really appreciate a gift card, especially to a store they like. If you don’t know what to get, go for a Visa gift card.


  • A camera (especially a DLSR)
  • Camera accessories such as a lens, case, HD Card, studio lights, a microphone, or tripod.
  • Phone, tablet, or laptop
  • a case for your phone or laptop

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  • The cases that battery power your phone.
  • Nice ear buds or head phones.

  Instax printers look really cool. You can use them to print our pictures from your phone but they look like Polaroids.

  • a projector
  • chargers or speakers for your devices
  • Go Pro or drone


  • PJs or Slippers. Everyone loves to cuddle up during the winter in PJs and slippers.
  • Fuzzy socks.
  • Sweaters.
  • Bomber jackets (I want a pale pink one :D).
  • Boots.
  • Sneakers.
  • Converse.
  • Accessories like scarves, belts, and socks.
  • Jewelry. I’ve recently started getting a lot more into jewelry. Rings, necklace, bracelets, and earrings can add a lot to an outfit.

{via} Make-up. Holidays are a great time to ask for more high-end (and pricey) make-up products or to ask for a few simple products to try out. There are lots of holiday sets that are perfect to buy for a girl in your life!

  • Make-up brushes
  • Purses, bags, purses.
  • Face masks.
  • Lush products.
  • Hair tools (straightener, curling iron).
  • Hair accessories (bobby pins, hair ties, hair spray, hair mask, etc.)


  • Planner, planner supplies, journal.
  • Furniture, home decor (faerie lights, pillows, jewelry holder)
  • Candles or other Bath and Body works stuff.
  • Christmas ornaments.
  • Candy.
  • Art supplies (mediums, sketch pad, duck tape).
  • Books. {via} Bible or Coloring Bible. Coloring Bible are something I just learned about. I’ve only seen a few versions of them. Basically, the margins in the Bible are larger and have verses you can color (the picture will give you a better idea).

  • Devotional


  • Any kind of pampering products. Moms do so much for us, they don’t always have the supplies or time to relax. Any Lush or Bath and Body Works products they will probably like.
  • If you have more money you could buy them a night out to eat, spa package, or tickets to the movies.
  • Cozy blanket or slippers.
  • Jewelry. Mom’s love jewelry. It would be extra special if it were something that was mother and daughter, so it was also sentimental.
  • Perfume, if you can afford it this is a great option.
  • Sentimental gifts.


  • You could also get his favorite snack or bake him his favorite treat.
  • A gift card to his favorite coffee shop.
  • A book you think he would read and enjoy.
  • A coffee mug or other gift personalized with pictures of you and your family.


  • Toys (my brothers LOVE Legos).
  • CANDY. No matter how old your sibling is they will like candy, I guarantee it. You can get candy pretty cheap anywhere.
  • Something they always use that’s yours. If your sibling is always stealing a charger because they don’t have one, just buy them one for Christmas. This works well because you know they will use it, and it solves your problem with them taking your stuff.
  • Ask them what they want (I know it’s obvious, but if there is something you can afford that they want, that is a good option.)
  • If you hear them talking about something, you could them surprise them and get it for them. They may be really surprised that you were paying attention to what they have been talking about.


Most grandparents appreciate sentimental things that remind them of you and your siblings.

  • Scrapbooks/photo books are good ideas for them (this is good for anyone, honestly!)
  • Anything that is personalized to have pictures of you and your siblings on it (blankets, mugs, mouse pads, Christmas ornaments, etc.)
  • Sentimental things such as letters, A-Z reasons of why you love them, etc.

If you want to make someone a personalized gift that is from Shutterfly or a similar store, be on the look out. I use Shutterfly and I get lots of coupons from them. Some are from the company and others you can get when you shop at your grocery store or another retail store. Then you only have to pay for shipping. Lots of times they give away free items.


Gift guides are my favorite posts/videos to read and watch (and also make!). I hope you got some ideas from this post!

What do you want for Christmas? Leave a comment below. See ya soon!


Days until Christmas: 19!

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With Thanksgiving today and the Christmas season right around the corner I know a lot of us are thinking about thankfulness. It can be so easy with it all around us. I know through out the year I can be too busy focusing on what I don’t have then to focus on what I do have.

But if I think about it, I could easily name hundreds of things I’m grateful for and I wouldn’t even scratch the surface. God has blessed me so much and I’m so thankful. I decided I would share with you today my top ten. Sit back, grab your popcorn and start reading 😉

  1. A personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Without him, everything else on this list would be pointless, without God I have nothing. I’m so thankful that over 2,000 years ago God sent Jesus as a baby to save me and everyone else who believes in Him.
  2. A loving family. I’ve learned so much from my parents. We have a very close relationship and they are amazing role models. I love my two crazy younger brothers who make me laugh. I can’t imagine life without my family.
  3. Grandparents who care so much about me. I know some kids don’t have grandparents that can spend a lot of time with them. I’m very thankful to have grandparents that are able to come to all my different events and make time to be actively involved in my life.
  4. Friends new and old, who care about me. My friends are a big part of my life. Each of them support me and out up with my craziness. They are always there for me when I need them. I love them so much.
  5. A church and small group where I feel welcome and included. I’ve been at the same church my whole life and I love it. I always joke that my church is my second home because my family is there so much. I really like our pastors and the overall community of the church. I’m part of a small group inside my youth group with other girls my age. It has really brought me closer to the girls in the youth group. My small group leaders are always there for us and are also awesome role models.
  6. Supplied with all my earthly needs (food, water, clothes). I have a house, clothes, food, and water. I have abundantly more than that. I tend to take these things for granted it, really I’m so lucky to have them.
  7. Co-op/learning in general. I don’t always want to be doing school but I do really enjoy learning. It’s amazing how much we can learn that points us back to God and His awesomeness. I also really like my co-oop and the teachers.
  8. My blog. I’ve learned so much through blogging and found things I’m passionate about because of blogging. It is a very special opportunity that I have access to this form of media.
  9. Pets. My pets are a very special part of my life. I’m so thankful God made animals for our enjoyment.
  10. Music. Music, is so powerful, it can be calming or frightening, it can tear people down or bring them up. I love listening to it and it brings me closer to God.

Thanks for reading! I’m so thrilled to be able to blog and also meet new people through blogging.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I’d love to know some things that you are thankful for. Leave me a comment telling me what you are grateful for!  Also, what is your favorite food that is served on Thanksgiving? I like everything, but especially stuffing.



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Where do I See Myself in Ten Years?

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Hi there! So a few weeks ago, Loren posted where she saw herself in ten years and I got inspired to do the same thing, so here it is. She got this post from Nabila, check out her original post here.

Where do you see yourself job-wise?

I’m not sure because I don’t have a firm idea of what I want to do as of now. I think I will probably be an intern since most of the positions I want I would need some experience with. I really like the fields of social work, counseling, teaching, and ministry. I’m not exactly sure which one I’ll chose but it will definitely be relating to kids.

Do you see yourself married?

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I don’t think I’ll be married yet. I would like to get married but it all depends on what God’s will is. I wouldn’t say it is out of the question, but I don’t think I’d be ready to get married since I wouldn’t have a stable job.

Do you see yourself having kids?

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No. I probably won’t be married by then so I won’t have kids, but even if I am married I don’t think I’d want kids immediately (since I probably won’t have been married for long). I love kids and definitely plan on having a few (at least!) but I think I’d wait a couple of years first.

What kind of house would you want to live in?

Honestly, I don’t care. I would rather live out in the suburbs or at least not in the city, but I would if I had to. I would like a roommate (especially my BFFL) but I could live alone too. I’m not very  picky, as long as it is clean and not in a bad area.

Where do you see yourself blog wise?

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Well, honestly I don’t know. IF I continue using this blog for that long I know I’ll definitely change the URL. I love blogging but I don’t know if I’ll really have time for it being freshly out of college. We’ll have to wait ten years and find out 😀 Honestly I love blogging so much and I would hate not to be able to do it.

Do you see yourself having a pet?

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Most likely yes. I love animals (especially dogs and cats) and feel protected having a dog around. I would really like an animal and the only reasons I wouldn’t have one was if I didn’t have enough money or if my apartment didn’t allow pets.

Do you see yourself having a car?

Yes. I’ll need a car to get me places. It won’t need to be a fancy one just something that works and doesn’t break often.

I hope you liked this tag! Feel free to leave your answers down below! Thank you so much to Nabila for creating this tag.

This is a fun tag, though I’m sure everything will be quite different in ten years. I have my own ideas, I know God has bigger and better journey for me. Even though I can’t see it now I know he has a plan and I can’t wait to follow it and see where it leads!

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I need to leave for my brothers baseball game…. I don’t want to go out in the “cold” 😀

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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.


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

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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.


^^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 I’ve Been Reading- September 2016

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HI! I’m really excited for this post! In my summer bucket list, I mentioned that I hadn’t been reading that much but ever since summer hit I’ve been reading a ton. I thought I would share all the books I’ve read in September and which books I still plan to read. Some of these books I read for fun, but others I read for school.

I’ve seen these posts floating around the blogging community and I love the idea so I thought I’d try it. Ok, I think I’m done explaining 😉 Let’s start!

The Bible, inspired by God- read

September 1, 2016 was a momentous day in my life. I finished reading through the entire Bible! I started reading on January 1, 2015 and planned to read it in a year. It took way longer than that but I finished! I used a plan on the Holy Bible app. They have lots of great plans on the app. I completely recommend reading this book, over and over again 😉

Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki- read


Before I go to bed at night, I read to help me fall asleep. I like to read educational/boring books because it makes me sleepy. This book I do suggest you read. I read it all summer and finally finished it at the beginning of September. It talks about finances and it was actually interesting and definitely useful.

A Moment Of Weakness and Halfway to forever, Karen Kingsbury- read


I read both of these within the first week of September. They are part of a three book series (the first one is called Waiting For Morning). I totally recommend this series, though it does have some more mature themes since it is adult fiction.

Battle of The Labyrinth, Rick Riordan- read 


Another great book in the Percy Jackson series! I’m dying to know how the series ends. I definitely recommend this book. I recently got into the Percy Jackson series after reading The Lightning Thief for school. I guess I’m part of my first ever fandom… Yay me!

Gilgamesh The Hero, Geraldine McCaughery- read


This one I read for school. It’s the oldest known written story but this is a rewritten version. It was super cool to read the oldest known story. It wasn’t my most favorite book but it was still an interesting read.

Even Now, Karen Kingsbury- read


Another really great Karen Kingsbury book. She is just such a wonderful writer. All the things I said above apply here too.

Dark Sons, Nikki Grimes- read


Now I don’t like poems but this book was so good! It is a bunch of small poems though they aren’t the rhyming kind. It tells the story of a fictional boy named Sam and also Ishmael from the Bible. Both are abandoned by their fathers for other women (not their biological mothers). I really recommend it. Not a hard read.

The Law, Frederic Bastiat- reading


This book I received when I went to an economics course. I pulled it off my shelf and decided to try it after finishing Rich Dad, Poor Dad. I haven’t read a lot of it yet and honestly I don’t really know what it’s about! So I can’t really recommend it.

Maggie’s Miracle, Karen Kingsbury- read


Haha, can you tell who my favorite author is? This was great book. The ending was definitely a twist. I forgot to mention earlier but Karen Kingsbury is a Christian author and all her books are centered around God. I love her!

Heros, Gods, and Monsters of Greek Myths, Bernard Evslin-reading

In school we are learning about ancient history so this is another book I’m reading for my literature class. So far so good. It tells about all the different greek gods and their myths. It’s interesting to note that some of the information in this book is really different then what I’ve read in Percy Jackson but some of it is similar.

The Last Olympian, Rick Riordan- TBR 

I said above that I want to finish the Percy Jackson series. So, to the library I go!

Whew, there are all the books. To me, this is a lot of books for one month. Have you read any of these books? What did you read this September?

Signing of for now!

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I went zip lining for the first time on Saturday! It was AMAZING!