Two Rabbits

Two rabbits hid behind a tall evergreen, one peered out. Everything around them was drenched in dew and the morning sun was just beginning to rise from behind the rolling hills. The houses stood tall and proud all about the two rabbits, but no one was around.

They hurried out from behind their hiding place and into the nearest yard. It was one of their favorite places, as it was covered in lots of soft clover and the grass grew fairly tall. The leading rabbit, Tamal, stopped in the middle of the yard. He stood up on his hind legs and put his white nose up. It twitched as he sniffed the air. “It’s going to rain soon, Anise.”

His companion, and sister, stood up on her hind legs and breathed in deeply. “I love the smell of rain.”

Tamal dropped down and began to eat quickly, “You won’t like it when you’re soaking wet and far from home.”

Anise sighed, dropped down on all fours, and began to eat as well, while slowly moving towards a bush close to the house. It was her favorite place in all the world, and her own secret hiding place. “Tamal!” Someone whispered loudly. Another rabbit had joined Tamal in the center of the yard.

“Fred!” Tamal exclaimed.”I thought you were done for when I heard you were going to cross the Big Road. Why are you on this side of BR again?”

“Well…” Fred began, and Anise was sure of two things.

  1. Fred had never crossed that road
  2. Fred was going to tell an impossible story about his “adventures”

Regardless of Fred’s lying tendencies, this was Anise’s chance. She glanced back at Fred and Tamal before running headlong into the bush, and hitting her head against something very hard and poky.

NMC Day 6: Tea Time

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On Saturday I started drinking tea every morning. I pulled out my teacup and teapot and grabbed the tea-tray that we just got from my Grandma. I’ve always been a big tea drinker and my favorite way to drink tea is from my little teacup. 🙂 It’s adorable.

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I was sitting in the kitchen and reading the last chapter of Coronation Summer when I decided that it was definitely a tea sort of day. So I prepared everything and set it all up. It’s funny the things you think of when you have more time to think. img_20160724_070402407.jpg

 

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I like drinking my tea the “English way.” I drink Black tea with milk and sugar. It makes me think of last winter (and many winters before) when my siblings and I would drink a pot (or two) of tea every morning before school.

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To Be Honest: I’m missing music immensely. 😦 I’m glad I took a break from it, but I’m very excited to listen to Air For Free and the Pride and Prejudice soundtrack. Ugh. Yep. Definietely missing my music. If you want to listen to a sad song, listen to The End of the Wolrd by Skeeter Davis. It’s an old song that I first heard on Granite Flats (an awesome show).

Sovereignty and the Cotton Candy Sky

I’m hungry and it’s going to be a busy day.

The sky was cotton candy colored earlier. You know, blue with stripes of pink throughout. I like the way that looks.

I’d rather pick flowers than fights.

I woke up the is morning and was very glad that I had set my Bible beside my bed last night (this morning at 1:00 actually). I woke up at 5:45 am, strangely refreshed, and picked up my Bible. Opening it to Romans chapter nine, I read.

Guess what?

God is Sovereign

Can you believe it? Sometimes I forget and pretend that I’m actually the sovereign one. I pretend like I’m in control of everything. In reality, I am in control of so little. God controls the turning of the earth. He controls the movement of the sun. He made me and chose me. He chose me even though I disobeyed Him. He is sovereign in everything He does. He knows where I’m going and will be right there with me at all times.

14 What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! 15 For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” 16 So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. – Romans 9:14-16

I am not my own, for I have been made new. Please don’t let me go. I desperately need you. – Meteor Shower (Owl City)

The truth is that no matter what happens today, God is still in control. And, He still loves me. 🙂

Three Random Thoughts

My brain is always moving around and coming up with strange thoughts. Here are some of the most recent…

1. I love that right now is now. Sometimes I can’t imagine a time when it won’t be now, but someday it will be ten years from now and not today. Someday I won’t be practicing with a bunch of teenagers every week for a play. Someday I won’t be living in this house. Someday I won’t take myself so seriously. Someday I’ll be thirty years old. Where will I be then? I hope I’m still me, but the truth is; I probably will be a much different person. Honestly, the more I think about growing older the more I have no idea what I want in life. The more I have no clue what direction I’m going in. The more I have no idea, the more I don’t care about having no idea.

 
2. I love my childhood, but I wish I’d grown up in the nineties so I could experience that as well. So many things happen in other people’s lives that I have no idea about. I wish I could know everybody’s story so that I can have that in my brain. I wish I could know the good times and the hard. I wish I could get to know the fads of every year and know the catchphrases and idiosyncrasies of every generation. But more than simply knowing them I want to experience them, or come as close as I can to experiencing them. I guess I love original stories and I don’t want to be stuck in my generation. I want to go beyond my generation to the ones before so that I know their stories as well as I know my own. 

3.  In the early hours and late hours of daylight, everything is heightened. Everything seems more alive and colorful. The green of the grass and the blue of sky seemed to take on a dreamlike intensity. In the evening the world takes on a beautiful scent full of summer dreams and dewy grass. In the morning the world smells like warm sunlight and delicate flowers. There is something in the air at these times of the day that makes the most reserved want to do something crazy and gives the restless peace. The morning, with its bright eyes and sleepy smiles, inspires and reminds us that the world is a beautiful place after all. The evening, with it’s sly smile and winking eyes, reminds us that even after a long, hard day… life is still worth living.


I hope these random thoughts help make this morning a little more interesting. Remember to come up with your own random thoughts, because you never know where they may lead. 🙂

 

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These are some pictures of my neighborhood this morning. It was all covered in dew and the color of the sky was beautiful. 🙂 I love foggy mornings.

Today was the first day of testing! I am actually still at the church now, sitting by an open window as the rain patters down outside. After lunch (ham sandwiches and carrot sticks) me and my siblings played a fun game called four-square, and then me and my sister Abby played soccer while my other two siblings finished their tests (Abby won 4-2). It’s been a fun day of testing and actually relaxing, i.e not worrying about school for a while. I am really enjoying my break so far.

Happy Star Wars Day! May the fourth be with you! I am going to celebrate by putting my hair up like Rey’s. 🙂

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I’m home now and eating chocolate covered almonds. This post is turning into a journal entry. 😉 I have Little House in the Big Woods sitting beside me waiting to be read.

Star Wars Stuff…

  1. (One of) My favorite scene(s): nerfherder

2. Favorite character…?

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There’s just a few… XD

3. Favorite Movie (of the ones that I’ve seen):

There’s my Star Wars/Journaling post!

Don’t Let Your Heart Be Troubled

It’s hard not to get discouraged when:

  1. there are mountains of schoolwork in front of you
  2. dishes piled in the sink to wash
  3. a blog post to write
  4. no time to do anything fun 😦

I get discouraged by these things all the time. Here are a few of the ways that I use to get un-discouraged. XD

Exercise

I am not very good at exercising regularly, but whenever I do exercise (usually in the morning, buy anytime will work) my whole day is 10 times better. I have more energy to get done what I need to get done and it makes me happier. 🙂

Bible

I know that reading the Bible every morning isn’t easy, but it can really shape your whole day. I don’t know about you, but I need a daily reminder of what life is really all about. It’s not about serving yourself, but serving others. It’s not about getting everything done on my checklist, but glorifying God. Sometimes, reading the Bible doesn’t lift my mood, but it gives me the push I need to change my attitude.

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! – Psalm 115:1

Music

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Music has a way of motivating me and turning a bad day into a good one, especially classical music. For the past few days whenever I can’t focus in school, or I feel overwhelmed I will listen to the Pride and Prejudice (2005) soundtrack. It is literally the best soundtrack in the whole world. I also find that listening to anything that makes me nostalgic also works. But seriously. Go listen to the Pride and Prejudice soundtrack. right. now.

 

I hope this post helps someone have a good day. 🙂 I find that the earlier in the day that I do these things, the better my day goes.

Always remember that God made you special, and He loves you very much ~ from every Veggetales episode ever! 

 

Cranky Grandmas (Story Pt.2)

It’s me again with another installment of that story I started on Thursday! It’s shorter than last time, but I will (probably) have part three up tomorrow to make up for it. I love hope you like it. 

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“Love of mine someday you will die, but I’ll be close behind. I’ll follow you into the dark…” The soft music of my alarm woke me up to a view out the western window. It was raining. I lay there for a while and watched it fall. “If there’s no one beside you when your soul embarks, than I’ll follow you into the dark.”

When the song ended I forced myself into a sitting position and let my feet rest on the cool floorboards. The rain made a nice drumming noise on the roof and the sounds of my family waking up could be heard faintly. At first it was only a few creaks, than a shower turning on, and finally… “Charles, Charles!” I heard my grandma call for my dad, “The television is broken. THE TELEVISION IS BROKEN!”

For a few moments I sat listening to my dad “fixing” the TV and all was blissful forgetfulness about the day before… Wait. What had happened yesterday? I couldn’t quite… Then a pit came back into my stomach as it all came back.

I leaned against the window. There was no way I was going to be able to meet James today. It was raining and (quick weather check) it was going to rain all day. The more I thought about it the more uneasy I became. Why had James looked so different. Why was it something that he couldn’t tell me?

A rap at the door startled me. “Julie, it’s your breakfast day,” My little sister Lori said from the other side of the door, “And hurry. Grandma didn’t eat much dinner last night.”

“I’m coming.” I mumbled and went downstairs, glad of something to do. Lori was in the kitchen when I came down, making coffee. “Where’s mom?” I asked. She was usually up by 6:30 and it was 7:00.

“Sick in bed. She has a fever or something,” Said Lori, shrugging like it was no big deal.

“What about Jack and Hannah?” I asked, they were our older siblings.

“Jack left for work. Remember? He has a job now,” Said Lori in her snappy, matter-of-fact way, “And Hannah is upstairs with mom.”

“This is just great,” I sighed, plopping myself down in a chair at the table, “Just great.”

“Grandma’s order is sausage, biscuits, eggs, and… a mocha latte, “Lori said, ignoring my general dismay, “And mom just wants toast.”

I sat at the table, staring out the window and imagining all the other things I wanted to be doing. Ugh. I took a deep breath in and let it out. Time to make biscuits.

Half and hour later found me scurrying around the kitchen, hurrying to make breakfast before Dad left and Grandma started screeching. Then end product was passable. I decided that runny eggs and slightly doughy biscuits went well with blackened sausage on a day when my mind was definitely elsewhere. Grandma did complain, (though she loved my mocha latte) but that was to be expected.

After everyone had eaten Grandma went into the living room to watch her one of her morning talk shows, Lori was picked up for a play date with a friend, Hannah left for her job, mom was resting comfortably in her room, and I was alone in the kitchen. The hum of the TV was loud again. I looked around at the dirty dishes and decided to deal with them later.

I hurried up the two flights of stairs, but knew immediately that something was up before I opened the door. I could hear someone playing the guitar. Really badly. I opened the door a little and stuck my head in. James.

(Streak: Six Days)

Welcome to a Brand New Day

blog7Have you ever thought about the fact that today is a new day?

Right now, at 6:54 AM, I am sitting at the kitchen table writing this post but outside a new day is beginning (a cold one, but a new one 😉 ), not yesterday or the day before, but today. Sometimes I think (sarcastically), “Yay, a whole new day for me to screw up…again!” Please don’t think like me, because seeing the world like that is really sad. Last year I discovered this verse:

“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.” Psalms 143:8 NIV

I remember that the first time I read this verse I was having a bad day. I probably wasn’t really having a bad day. I was probably feeling down because nothing was going the way I wanted it to. Regardless, this verse instantly became a favorite of mine. Every time I would read it I’d put a star next to it. It never fails to put me at peace.

I think the reason why this verse really spoke to me is because every morning really does bring word of God’s unfailing love. The sun rise, with all of its color, screams of God’s love. He loves us so much that He created things that we can enjoy, just for the sake of enjoying! God’s love can be found in how gracious He is to me. I screw up all the time. Seriously. All the time. But God still loves me, and always gives me a forgiveness hug when I ask for one. 🙂

God’s forgiveness is amazing, but I never would have received it if it weren’t for Jesus.  What He did while He was on earth, loving others, serving others, and dying for everyone. His sacrifice is the greatest act of love. ever. Everyday, when I wake up, I have an assurance within myself that I am safe and secure in Jesus, and it’s all because of God’s unfailing love.