IN WHICH I SHARE MY FAIR ENTRIES {2022}

Hello, my friends!

For as long as I can remember, my family has been entering art projects, baked goods, and for me, photos, in our County Fair! I’m hoping to do a post soon with all the photos from when we actually went to the fair, but today, you’ll have to settle for the photos I entered. πŸ˜€ You may have already seen a few of these before on the blog, but a lot of them are new ones, too.

Enjoy!

I love this one of the ice! I took it back in March, right before all the ice melted off the creek. I’m sure it’s quite different than the weather by you unless you live in Antarctica and it’s always winter for you. XD Things are starting to cool down here, though! Hopefully, we’ll be seeing this ice in a few months again. πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‰

I absolutely love how sparly the ice is! I think that being able to see the rocks through the ice is quite neat, too. Don’t you think?

This sunset is so pretty. ❀ I love the silhouette of the hills in the back ground, almost like little mountains.

This sunset is actually just from a few weeks ago – It was such a pretty night out that night.

I love this butterfly so much. ❀ When it was printed, alas, I couldn’t get it to crop correctly so the butterfly’s wing ended up being caught up but it turned out all right in the end. πŸ˜› Anyway, that’s the sad saga of the butterfly not cropping. XD

This one is so pretty too! I find these kind of butterflies so neat – They have such interesting patterns; I don’t know what their called, though. πŸ˜›

These tomatoes are actually one of my favorite photos, I’ve taken. I love the water drops and how clear and fresh the photo is.

I like this one, as well! Tomatoes with waterdrops (and well, anything with waterdrops, especially vegetables or fruits) are really cool. I feel like it adds a whole new perspective to it.

These flowers were stunning, especially after the rain. ❀ I can’t remember what their called (Anyone know?) but they are so gorgeous and delicate. They remind me of hydrangeas, in a way, but I know they are not that. . . πŸ˜€

It gets even prettier up close. ❀️ πŸ˜‚

I love this lighthouse! It was such a fun trip that brings back so many good memories.

This one too. ❀

This fungi / mushroom is very aesthetic in my opinion. XD I love the gold caramel color, with the log in the background adds a whole other effect to it.

These ones are so crinkly. πŸ˜‚ These two photos are very fall-ish, in my opinion. What do you think?

The variation of seasons between these photos is quite large. o.O There are some very fall-like ones, wintery ice ones, a few springy, and lots of summery photos, too. πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜… If you look closely at the island, you can see a boat in the corner.

Adding the trees in this photo adds a whole new perspective, compared to the last one. The trees look odly green, but I didn’t edit it at all, so. πŸ˜›

And that’s all for today, friends! I hope you enjoy this post and thank you so much for reading!

Before you go. . . I’d love to hear what you thought of this post! Did you have a favorite photo? Have you ever been to a fair?

Have a beautiful day!

Birthday Goods {2022}

Hello, my friends!

Today, I’m super excited to FINALLY show you all the wonderful gifts I got for my birthday in July!

Anyhow, first the obligatory disclaimer about how this is the obligatory disclaimer that no, for those of you who have a nagging doubt, I am not trying to brag about my gifts (I never saw any posts like these that were, but alas), I am simply making one of the practically useless but quite entertaining birthday posts that I enjoy reading for some reason. XD So, hopefully you enjoy it too!

Also, these gifts are in no particular order and the background is a black and white checkered table cloth that my mom got off Amazon and tube confetti that I found somewhere which I very quickly regretted using because it literally gets ALL OVER and sticks to everything. πŸ˜›

(Oh yes, one more thing: For some strange reason, the term “haul” bothers me, so I looked up synomns for haul, and “goods” came up, which I like much better.)

All righty, onwards!

I got this lovely devotional from Levi! The devotions are amazing and it’s so pretty on the inside with lots of flowers and pretty designs. I read one every morning during my devotions. πŸ™‚

Meet George, my very fun succulent from my grandparents! (And yes, I name my plants. πŸ˜› :)) His leaves are really soft and I love the pink on the edges of them.

I got this awesome journal from my other grandparents! I’ve been wanting to start an art journal for a while, and now I finally have a journal. The paper is SO thick – I can’t wait to get started with it!

I got this super cute sign from my cousin, Liv, it’s the shelves above my desk and I like it a lot.

Sticky notes!! I love sticky notes and use them all the time. I’m so excited to have all of these to use. πŸ€ͺ

This gorgeous stationary set was a gift from Mercy! All of the stationary is so pretty and I’ve already written lots of letters with it.

I’ve wanted these two books for a while now, and after entering multiple writing book giveaways in hopes of winning them, I finally decided just to add them to my wishlist. They were from Luke, I think. πŸ˜€

I got this beautiful necklace from my dear friend, Chloe! ❀ It has a beautiful charm on the inside, and there’s a bracelet too. Such a thoughtful gift. ❀

I got this notebook from my friend, Katherine–She also decorated most of the pages with lots of pretty washi tape and stickers.

My grandma and grandpa gave me this brown notebook! It’s so much fun to use, especially with my white gel pens.

More organization and planning things! The clipboard opens and has a notebook inside, along with a pocket to store loose papers, too. I use the planner for days when I have a ton to do and the small list in my bullet journal isn’t enough space. Both of them are so helpful! These were from Jewel!

I’ve seen people use wax kits for snail mail a lot and I thought it’d be fun to use it! It is just as awesome as I thought it would be, and the stamp (pictured below) is so pretty! This was also from my grandma and grandpa. (All the colors are a bit jumbled in the picture from when I opened it, but it’s back and each color is in the correct space now.)

And the stamp, along with a tealight candle to melt the wax, and metal spoon to hold the wax.

I got this candle from my aunt. It smells amazing (A coastal wind + lavender) and the wicks are made of wood, which I find neat.

A friend of mine, Kate, made me these positively gorgeous handlettered cards. They’re all so pretty! ❀

I got these handmade keycains from my lovely writing and blogging friend, Vi. They’re all amazing!

All of this washi tape was from Grace. I love it all SO much and it’s so pretty! (I got more (about 40 rolls. o.O) but was only able to squeeze these ones into the picture.)

I got this wonderful mug from my cousin, Liv, too. I don’t drink coffee much, and when I do, it’s usually iced, but I do drink tea A LOT. I can’t wait to try it out!

And lastly, one of my favorite gifts yet, a sunflower plant!! I was so excited to get it. I immideitaly name the her Georgia. πŸ˜‚ 🀣 My grandma knew I wanted some sunflowers, especially after all of the ones I planted either died or didn’t bother to grow (we have no idea why, still) and now I have one! Grandma said she got it from Walmart and had to nurse it back to life, but now it’s alive and there are tons of new blooms on it.

I love it so much! ❀

Welp, that’s it! ❀

So many other people gave me the sweetest cards, envelopes and little birthday packages, but I didn’t have enough space in this already very long post to show everything. If I didn’t show something you gave, please know that I still truly and honestly loved it and you made my day by sending it.  THANK YOU SO MUCH, EVERYONE, for a great birthday! ❀ I felt incredibly loved – my family, and my friends online and offline were so, so sweet!

What is one thing on your birthday list? Did you find anything here to add? What do you think about Georgia, the sunflower? Do you name your plants?

Thank you so much for reading and please have a lovely day, friends!

Monthly Review: May 2022

Hello, friends!

Today, I bring you my May 2022 Review! Once again, we’ll be going over the three categories, Life, Writing, and Reading! I hope you enjoy. =D

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Writing

May was a HUGE month for me writing-wise. I finished my first full-length novel at around 52 thousand words which is beyond exciting! I wrote it in less than thirty-one days which was a fun challenge. I know I still have a long way to go but this is a big accomplishment for me.

All other writing except blog posts basically got pushed aside since I was writing nearly 2-thousand-words every day, but I have another exciting update too which most of you already know. At the beginning of May, my email list hit 100 subscribers! (Well 107 now.)

I already sent a big thank you email out, but I’m going to say it again. Thank you all so much for reading my writing and supporting me! I appreciate you so much. ❀

I’m planning to do something to celebrate still–I’m not totally sure yet, but it will be exclusive to my email list, so if you’re not signed up yet, I’d love to have you! ❀

rEADiNG

I *kind of* failed in reading this month. I spent so much time writing that I hardly had any free time to do much reading, plus, I can’t seem to find any good books to read that I’ll enjoy and that is clean. But I did read some, a grand total of three books. πŸ˜›

I read Sugar and Ice by Kate Messner which was a very sweet story, and I enjoyed it.

Then I reread the sixth and seventh books of the Main Street Series by Ann M. Martin, along with listening to the ones before in the series on audio. (I love audiobooks if you haven’t noticed. :D)

And the reading stopped there. I’m hoping to read more this summer and I definitely will since some of my writing friends and I are doing a reading challenge. I’m hoping for thirty books. We’ll see if I end up finding enough to read. That could be a problem.

LIFE

Life-wise, May was rough but there were some good things too. (And the hard things weren’t necessarily bad. . . they were just hard.)

I was sick twice, and currently have allergies. *shakes head* I hope the rest of you didn’t spend most of your month sick.

BUT despite being sick a lot, May was a gorgeous month, seeing all of the flowers bloom and the woods turn green was definitely amazing. I love spring, don’t you? I especially loved this beautiful dogwood tree, looking out my window and seeing it all bright and full of blooms made me so happy. But after about a week, all of the blooms died. Oh well, I’ll have to wait until next spring. But I got tons of pictures of it so it won’t be forgotten. πŸ˜€

We planted 500 trees (and some bushes.)! That was a lot of work but fun too. Click here to see the post I made with more photos.

I did a lot of art during May, being sick gives you plenty of time to do art and write. πŸ˜‚ Most of it was in my bullet journal since I ran out of room in my last bujo. I got this one off of Amazon and I love it! It’s a lot nicer than my last bujo so I’m happy to have it. πŸ™‚

My younger siblings and I did a super fun photoshoot (Well two of them actually! One with just the girls and then one with everyone) and that was a blast.

All in all, May was a hard month, but I learned a lot and had some fun.

Anyhow, that wraps it up!

How did your May go? What was one high and one low from your month?

Sapping {Part three} + the Giveaway

Hello, friends!

Can you believe it? We made it to the last post in my Sapping series – In case you missed the other posts, you can check them out here {Part One}, and here {Part Two}.

The last post in this series is going to be about the boiling process and a bit about finishing and filtering it. With the giveaway sign-ups and rules at the end, so hang on until we get there. ☺︎

The finishing process

We’re going to start with finishing it off at home! This is while it’s on the turkey cooker, and my mother and I were checking the BRIX reading. It needs to be up to 59 BRIX before we pull it off. We finished syrup both on our evaporator (larger batches) and some on our propane burner (Also known as a turkey cooker).

Once it reaches 59, we pull it off the heat as quickly as possible and put it back into a bucket, and get the lid on it right away. Once the season was almost finished, we loaded all of the syrup that we had boiled (We’ve done multiple rounds of boiling to finish all of the syrup.) into the car to bring it to our friends who have filtering and bottling equipment.

They taught my dad how to do it and then he filtered and bottled 9 gallons. We also had 2 more gallons that we didn’t filter. Some of it had so much sugar sand that it would clog the filter and once the batch was finished after my dad went and bottled it. Mom finished that herself and filtered it at home the best she could.

Filtering and Bottling

I don’t have many pictures from here because we did this at a friend’s house and I didn’t go because I was babysitting for my cousins, but I asked my dad to get pictures and he did. The first step of filtering and bottling is to heat the syrup up to 185 degrees. There are three reasons for this:

1. Heating thins the syrup so that it will go through the filter.

2. Heating kills all the bacteria so the bottled syrup stays fresh and delicious.

3. Heating makes the foil inside the cap seal with the bottle.

This is the filter that it goes through. It removes any impurities that develop during the boiling process. Sugar sand is the main impurity which is build-up minerals that clump together during the boiling process. There is also a small number of other things like dirt and bark that may end up in the sap.

Now that we use our reverse osmosis filtering system the amount of other impurities is very limited but we are boiling outside so there is definitely some debris that needs to be filtered.

This is the bottler! It has its own heating system and it is set to 190 degrees. The bottle lids come with a foil seal attached. The temperature causes the foil seal to be pulled down and sealed tightly to the top of the glass bottle.

Once it’s finished getting filtered, the final product. Ahh, it looks so good all finished and bottled! It’s crazy to think that just a bit ago, that was all clear and watery looking.

To end the season, we drove around on the Ranger (Well I drove and my mom and Mercy rode!) and pulled out taps. We ended up with about 11 gallons — (if we hadn’t burned our first boil we would have had a huge season but that is the cost of learning!)

We didn’t make the most maple syrup this season but we learned how to do it all on our own and that is priceless! We all really enjoyed being part of the boiling and finishing process. It is really exciting when you see the end of gallons and gallons of sap finally and almost magically become maple syrup.

And now the part you’ve all been waiting for . . .

The Giveaway!

What the winner will receive:

  • A half-pint of this year’s syrup
  • Homemade Maple candy.
  • A custom magnet with my favorite picture from this year’s season on it!

The rules and instructions before you enter:

  • The giveaway is only open to U.S. residents – I’m so sorry, guys! Shipping in the U.S. is already expensive enough as it is. ☹️
  • If you’re under 18, please get a parent’s permission before entering since I’ll need your address if you win to send you your prize.
  • The Giveaway starts today, the 22nd, and ends at midnight on the 27th. I will announce the winner in my next post, and I will email them. If the winner doesn’t respond by May 6th, I will have to pick a different winner. =D
  • Once you enter, there are plenty of ways to earn bonus entries — There is a list on the giveaway page once you enter. ☺︎

Now, go for it! Click the button below to enter!

What was your favorite post in this series? Have you ever made maple candy?

Thank you so much for reading, and have a wonderful day!

A Family Vacation at Lutsen

Hello, my friends!

Last week, my family and I went on a vacation to Lutsen, Minnesota to ski, enjoy God’s wonderful creation, and have a bit of an escape from everyday life. We had a lovely time and it was wonderful to ski up there again. Today, I’m going to be posting some of the photos I took, as well as a few of the adventures we had. It’s going to be quite a long post, so get ready!

We started the 7-8 hour trip off at 6 o’clock in the morning. We drove for about 15 minutes, and then we came across this sign and had to turn back around, because of water on the road. It had rained the night before and the rivers had escaped it’s banks.

After that little adventure, we were back on the road–backtracking our original route and going in the opposite direction and then finally getting headed on a road in the right direction that wasn’t flooded.

I loaned Zekey my pens, and notebook and he thoroughly enjoyed coloring, while all of the other kids slept.

After about 3 hours of driving, we stopped at a Kwik Trip to get gas, and grab some donuts for breakfast.

It was so foggy out! ^^

While we drove, I amused myself by finishing up a letter to one of my pen pals. A great way to make the time pass!

Once I finished my letter, I just sat and watched the scenery go by. Look at how tall this tree is.

We took our second stop at Olive Garden for lunch. We decided to get carry out to get back on the road faster. Eating in a car with 9 other people is a bit chaotic, but it was delicious.

Once we had finished lunch, we got right back to driving again. I’ve always loved driving through this city because of how much there is to look at it and you can see Lake Superior almost everywhere. We’ve only driven through a few times, so it’s always interesting and you are always seeing something new. We drove over this huge bridge which I thought was really cool!

There were all of these cute little cottages along the edge of the Lake.

Ooh, these factories are always something to see–Look at all cranes and that huge boat!

We always pass through this really neat tunnel called Silver Creek Cliff. (Wait, is that the name of the tunnel or the cliff? Maybe both. :’D)

The view from inside the tunnel

Once we were out of the city, and tunnel, the view isn’t as interesting. It’s wooded and you can see the lake occasionally through the trees. So, I got a turn with the iPad and read some of my friends’ blog posts that I’ve been meaning to catch up on.

After a bit, we could see the lake more! I love this picture! It’s a bit blurry, as a lot of the other ones are because I took these out the car window, but I do like it a lot still. It was so cloudy out!

Then, I worked on writing my blog post for that week!

Sorry for the terrible photo. 😦

At long last, we reached out destination, Lutsen Mountains!

Once we had checked in, we went to our condo and started unpacking. I took this random photo of lights, I LOVED the shadows//reflection it was making on the ceiling. Look at the trees!

After that, we ate supper, and then went ice skating! The rink was really nice, and it was really fun to skate since our town doesn’t have an ice rink anymore, and we haven’t tried skating on our pond yet.

It was so pretty down there! Look at all the lights!

There was also a fire going which was really nice since it was quite cold out.

Once we got on our skates, we all had to remember how to ice skate. Luke and Levi took a few spills before they caught on since they hadn’t skated every before.

I love this one of Jewel! She looks so happy. At first, she was very nervous, but the more we skated, she got a lot more confident.

We skated three times that trip! Everyone was too tired and it was too cold the last two nights we were there, so we didn’t skate those nights. Having the rink there was really fun since the other times we had come, it was a puddle!

We skied the next morning, and here is when the photos are in chronological order anymore. Mom wanted to get a picture like we do at the lake each year (Check out my “About” to see it!) I love how this one turned out.

Ahh, look at the view. It was glorious up there, God created a very beautiful world. ❀

The whole trip is quite exciting, but then there’s the gondola which adds to the excitement. It’s the only one in the Midwest too and it is the only way to get across from one mountain to the other, so we rode it at least once a day. It’s such a beautiful ride, but a bit terrifying at the beginning because it feels like you are about to drop down this cliff, but then you just coast along.

This one of Mal is probably one of my favorite photos out of this whole post. Dad wanted to try to get it with Malachi bending his skies, and I’d as he was successful. He thought it would be really fun to have the lake in the background.

Photo credit to Dad ^^

Aww, these shadows are so pretty! I believe I took them from on the gondola. They are a lot like the ones the light made on the ceiling.

One day in the late afternoon, Dad, Mercy, and I went out to get ice cream, and hopefully get some close-up photos of the lake. Getting the ice cream went fine, we stopped at this cute little general store that sold practically everything, from postcards to groceries, but getting the photos of the lake didn’t.

^^The ice cream

We wanted to go to the park we had been to the year before, but when we drove by, it wasn’t plowed at all and Dad didn’t want to risk getting stuck in there. So for about fifteen minutes, we drove looking for a place, and then once we found none, we decided to turn around. Well, apparently Minnesota doesn’t have many good side roads to turn around in, at least Hightway 61 North didn’t. We drive for a while longer and thought we were going to hit the Canadian Border before we were able to turn around.

Thankfully, we found a road to turn into, but that caused a bit more chaos. There was no dead end sign, but after about 10 minutes of just driving along, we started to wonder if it was a lane which mean it was a dead end. And of course, we didn’t have service so there was no way to look on Dad’s phone. But finally, the road ended, and we were able to get back onto the highway, and head toward the condo.

That was definitely a chaotic (and fun) adventure. Except I am a bit disappointed that we never got any pictures of the lake. Oh well, there was a pretty sunset to make up for it.

I also got post cards to send to my friends and penpals! I had a lot of fun writing them out.

Ooh, I love this sign! Moose Mountain is what one of the four mountains here is called.

The afternoon before we left, we drove up to the top of the mountain, and got a family picture. I also snapped these ones while we are there. The view was beautiful, and the ski was so blue. It almost blends in with the lake.

Ooh, you can see the gondala right there!

I love this one of the whole mountain.

This honestly doesn’t seem to fit in with the rest of the other photos, but there were these really pretty flowers in the snow by the top. I wonder what they look like in the summer when they are blooming and not brown and dry from winter.

We loaded up and headed home one morning at the end of the week after skiing in the morning. We were supposed to stop partway through the trip, and stay overnight so we could have more time to ski that day, but it was SO cold out that we decided not too, and just drive home. I don’t have a lot of pictures from the way home, but I do have a few.

We stopped at Olive Garden again and this time, went inside for lunch. It was really a nice way to end the trip. It was the first time we had really eaten inside a restaurant since the beginning of COVID and me and mom were wondering if any of the younger kids would remember how to eat in a a restaurant. But they did for the most part and they meal past uneventfully.

It was so sunny out and the lake was so pretty!

We drove by this really cool clock tower//building on the way home.

We had a beautiful sunset as the end of our trip set in. The last few hours of the trip seemed to go on forever, but we survived. We got a new audiobook(The Penderwicks at Last by Jeanne Birdsall. for anyone who’s wondering.) and listened to that. Eventually, all the younger kids fell asleep, and I tried to do some writing, but we had no service, so my document wouldn’t load. Then I just sat. We got home around 8:30-9ish, and went straight to bed.

It was a lovely trip, but I was ready to come home at the end. I am very thankful to God that we are able to go and ski. A nice break from what we usually do!

Have you ever been to Lutsen? Or rode a gondola? Or taken a long road trip? Have you read any of the Penderwick books? What did you think?

Thank you SO much for reading, friends, and have a wonderful day!

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Monthly Review: February 2022

**Note: My newsletter once again decided to send while I was still working on sending it and I didn’t want the email to be sending you all to a broken link which is why this is out so early. I’ll get back to my normal schedule next week. Thanks for putting up with me and my tech problems. =D**

Hello, friends!

Happy March! I thought it might be fun if I did a post to recap February so that’s what we will be doing today. πŸ˜€

Writing

We are going to start with a update on my writing and how it’s going this year.

Well, I am almost finished with my outline for one of my projects The Bensons (Title subject to change) and I am super excited to start writing that.

I’ve also been working on a project I am co-authoring with my friend, Anna, which we are almost done with which is super exciting! It’s a novelette that we’ve been working on for a few months now, and we’re both really excited to be finished it. It’s one of my favorites out of all the stories I’ve written.

I’ve also been working on writing an article for The Young Writer Blog which has been fun, and a lot of work too. But I’m excited to get published on there.

That’s about it for what I’ve been writing. =D

READING

I’ve read a lot this month! More than I thought I would. Overall this year, I’ve read 18 books which makes me happy. I’ve enjoyed having more time to read and reading more.

A few of my favorites from this month. . .

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

I’ve actually read this one twice this year, once right at the beginning, and then I read it again a few days ago. Don’t ask me why I like rereading things so much, but I do. πŸ˜†

The Giver by Lois Lowry


I finished this one in a day. πŸ˜… I really enjoyed the story, which suprised me because I don’t usually like books that are dystopian or sci-fi. The ideas it suggested were definitely uncomftarble, but overall, I loved it.

Needle and Thread by Ann M. Martin (Book #2 in the Main Street series)

Ahh, I love this series and book so much. The characters and everything about it. . .it’s such a sweet story, yet it’s so sad.

The Holly’s Heart Collection by Beverly Lewis

This is one of my favorite series of all time. I’ve read it at least 5 times. Anyway, I loved reading it again this month.

That wraps up what I’ve been reading this month.

Doing

And I have done a lot this month, some of which I posted about it, and some of it I haven’t. A few random photos from this month, and what I have done. . .

We went skiing six times in February which was super fun. Once we were able to go night skiing and that was awesome.

We’ve had so many gorgeous sunsets this month. :’D I love watching the sun set. ❀

My brother got a drone for Christmas! He enjoyed flying it around (and trying to fly it at us. πŸ˜‚).

My younger brothers, Luke, and Levi, had the brilliant idea to go play in the mud behind our house. And they convinced me to come along. . .Let me just say my boots were nearly spotless before we started. But that was definitely a highlight from this month.

While we were playing in the mud, they also decided that it would be a good idea to try to go sledding in it. And they picked me as the first contestant. Lucky me. :’D

Ooh, there’s a rainbow in this puddle! Getting all muddy was definitely worth all the fun we had that afternoon.

There’s been a lot of different weather this month, from the weather in the 50s to below zero some days. We got two snowstorms and have had a lot of sunshine. I’ve enjoyed having the nicer weather after so much winter.

This is my science. =D

I’ve done so much school the past few weeks. I know I am going to appreciate getting done early but it seems like a lot right now.

We decorated cupcakes twice this month. Once for a family celebration, and then again for an activity at Church.

I’ve also been working on my bullet journal, and I finished my 2022 spreads (I’m hoping to do a post sharing them soon!) and my March spreads. I’ve really enjoyed bullet journaling so far.

I put together an art binder (I need to come up with a better name) for all my art supplies. (I’m also planning a post about that soon but here’s a sneak peek.)

How did your February go? Did you do anything special?

Five Things I am Thankful for + a poll

Hello, my friends!

We often forget to be grateful in our everyday lives – We’re busy, and a lot of the time, it seems like there is nothing to be grateful for. But there always is! Even if it is as simple as you had a house to keep your warm and dry overnight, or you ate breakfast this morning.

There is always something to be grateful for.

Anyhow, I want to make it a habit of making being more grateful, and not just at Thanksgiving. So I decided that I am going to post 5 things I am grateful for – More than the basic food and water. :p

Books

Sometimes I wonder what I would do without books. I love being able to get lost in a character’s world. And being able to go back in time and see what life was like when I read historical fiction.

My Blog

I love blogging, ever since I started 3 short months ago. I’ve learned so much since I originally started, and I can see how my writing has improved. Thank you so much for reading, following, and commenting. It means a lot to me. ❀

My Siblings

My siblings drive me nuts sometimes (but I can be annoying too. 🀫), but their also my best friends.

Snow

I love the snow and right now, we’ve got plenty of it. I’ve enjoyed being able to be outside, ski, sled, and build snow forts.

Amazing Friends

God has blessed me with so many Jesus-loving friends. ❀

I have so many things to be thankful for – What are you thankful for? Let me know in the comments!

But before you go, would mind voting on the poll below? I’ve been blogging for a few months now, and I’ve done a variety of posts, and I have some ideas for some, but I want to see what posts you would like to read. And always, if you have any extra suggestions or feedback, feel free to contact me.

Thank you for reading and voting!

February Goals: 2022

Hello, my friends!

Happy February! Are you excited for another month to work on your goals for the New Year?

I am excited! And I’m going to set some new goals for the month and break up the ones that I already set for the New Year so I can hit them. So here we go!

  • Hit a word goal of at least 20K

    I am not expecting to get a very high word count as I will be outlining, and not drafting this month, but I do hope to hit at least 20k.
  • Finish my outline for The Bensons

    I hope to start writing in March once I finish the outline this month – It’s historical fiction so I need to do a lot of research. I will most likely be sharing some snippets on here, and more about the story soon.
  • Hit 80 followers on my blog

    I am super close! Only 9 away. And if you’re subscribed, thank you so much for helping me get this far. And if know someone who would like to follow me, send them to this page to follow.
  • Read at least 7 books

    I slowed down on reading in January and I want to pick back up again to hit my goal of reading at least 50 books this year. I need to get started on that!
  • Make sure at least 1 of the books I read is nonfiction

    As I write nonfiction a decent amount, I want to get started reading more to get better at writing it.
  • Set up my bullet journal

    Alright, *cringes* I haven’t worked on my bullet journal as much as I want to be. I’ve worked on it once. But I only got it a few weeks ago, so I hope I can get it started again.
  • Memorize at least 4 Bible verses

    I memorized two verses in January – But I hope to memorize 4 this month to get back on track to hit my goal of 40 this year.
  • Keep up with my Bible reading

    At this point, I’ve stayed on track to read the whole Bible this year – so I want to keep that up and stay on track so I won’t fall behind.

And there are my goals for February! Let’s chat in the comments – Do you have any goals for February? How are your goals for 2022 coming?

Christmas blog tour stop #1: A Peek into the Ski Life in Photos

Hello, my friends!

If you saw the title, a few of my friends and I are doing a blog tour! We wanted to do it earlier, in December for Christmas, but the timing didn’t work out, but we decided to go ahead with it anyway. So here we are with a bit of Christmas in January. Check out the kick-off post by Bethany for more details.

(Also, the only day that worked for me was Wednesday, that’s why I didn’t post yesterday.)

And for my post, I decided to share a few photos from my family’s winter and ski trips. But let me give you some background before we start so you all know what this has to do with Christmas for my family and I.

About five years ago, my parents decided instead of giving us gifts/presents for Christmas, they would get us all skis and take us skiing every week. We’ve continued that tradition, and we’re very blessed to be able to ski every week. I have a pile of photos to show you all. I hope you enjoy it!

A fun ski picture well we are on the lift!

Here’s my little sister, and younger brother on one of the lifts! Aren’t they cute?

Ahh, this photo was taken a few years ago, I’m guessing on one of our ski trips up to Minnesota. I’m the girl in the blue, with my little sister, and older brother ahead of me.

Aww, I love this photo with the clouds and the shadows. I believe my older brother, sister, and I are on the lift, but I’m not 100 percent sure. It was taken a few years ago.

This isn’t necessarily a skiing photo, but it is one of one the mountains we visited so I believe it counts? I don’t know, but it is pretty.

Here’s me, my little sis, and my dad. I just realized how many times my little sister has popped up in these photos. She does love getting her picture taken. 😁

This one is just another pretty photo that we took while we were skiing.

I love how the sun reflects off the snow in this photo.

And that’s a wrap! I hope you enjoyed seeing these photos, let me know in the comments, which photo was your favorite?

Make sure to follow the tour, check out tomorrow’s post on Bethany’s blog.

Thank you so much for reading!

2022 Goals: Five things I hope to do in the New Year

Hello, my friends!

Aight, so I maybe should have done this a bit earlier, but I scheduled other posts instead, not thinking about it, so, now in mid-January, you get to hear my goals for 2022.

I have way too many goals to try to share all of them. I’m an over-achiever, so there are quite a few goals that I made, as well as some that I probably make later. So, I’m just going to share five today.

Read the whole Bible again

I have read the whole Bible before, just not all at once, but I want to give this a try and I’ve already started reading, so I should be on track. I’m reading it through YouVersion, and I have many friends and family doing it with me, so I should be able to hit this goal since I have accountability to do so.

Give bullet journaling a try


I’m really excited to give this goal a try. I’ve heard about bullet journaling a lot before, and seen others spreads through their blogs. I’ve been thinking about doing it for a while. And then a few days ago, this one blogger I follow, did a post showing her spreads, and it inspired me to actually go through and try it. There’s a first time for everything, right? We shall see how it goes, and I will definitely share some photos if it goes well.

Write a novel/Participate in NaNoWriMo

I’ve written two shorter middle-grade novels, but I’ve never actually attempted writing a whole novel, which I’m going to try to do this year. I also want to participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year. I’ll keep you all updated on how it’s going, and I’m sure I will share some snippets here.

Read 40 Books (At least ten non-fiction)

I read a ton, but this year, I am going to try to keep track of the books I read and read more non-fiction, which is something I tend to avoid. I’m excited to do this goal!

Blog for one year

I am already a little over two months into this goal, and I’m sure it’s going to be pretty easy, since I’ve learned to love blogging, and I’ve already grown so much as a writer. Anyway, I’m excited to hit my one-year blog-birthday on November 5th.

And there are my goals for 2022. I hope you enjoyed reading about them! Let me know in the comments: do you have any goals for the new year?

Have a blessed day!