{Summer 2022}

Hello, my friends!

I wanted to start out this post with the usual and very-overused “Summer went by so fast” but I restrained myself (Or did I just use it in that sentence. . .hmm. XD) Anyhow, I am having a terrible time believing it’s already September and that we’ll be starting school in 4 days. o.O We already got our house all decorated for fall but it still doesn’t seem like summer should be over yet.

Ahem. What I was trying to say is that this post will be filled with 15 things I did this summer in no particular order. XD

Please enjoy some summery photos, lots of fun, and good memories!

  1. Went on a wonderful trip to Lake Michigan in June

This was way at the beginning of Summer. I had an absolutely fantastic time visiting Lake Michigan with my Aunt and Grandparents. We went on two really neat hikes, visited a lighthouse, spent tons of time on the beach, climbed a tower, and much more.

2. Participated in the Go-Teen-Writers 100-for-100 Challenge

I’m not actually finished with this one since I still have 11 days left, but I’m nearly there! Since June 6th, I’ve written at least 100 words every day on the same project, which feels pretty awesome. It’s definitely helped me work on outlining and plotting the novel I’m working on right now because I’m not a huge fan of either of those stages, though they are hugely needed.

3. Read 22 books (+ 3 books of the Bible)

This summer was honestly pretty good for reading! And in August alone, I read 13 books. o.O A friend of mine hosted a super fun summer reading challenge for the month of August, and that definitely spurred me on. I’m hoping that I finally got past the reader’s-block I was facing at the beginning of the summer, but we’ll see.

4. Baked a good amount
I don’t do a ton of baking in general, but when I do do it, I enjoy it, and I made it a priority this summer to bake some. My favorite things I made were Cheesecake, Rice Crispy Dream Bars, and Blueberry Muffins.

5. Met a writing friend

I had the wonderful opportunity to meet one of my writing friends and penpals, Katherine, while we were visiting Lake Michigan! We’d talked a lot through emailing, video calls, and such, and it was so amazing to meet each other in real-life. We had a blast together, and so did our siblings. (I sadly can’t share a specific picture from the visit because of privacy reasons. :P)

6. Had a small garden

We didn’t have a huge garden this year since we were incredibly busy with planting all our trees and went on a trip right at the beginning of June, but the garden we did have grew wonderfully. And now we have lots of watermelons, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, cucumbers, and more ready to harvest.

7. Memorized 10 new Bible verses

For our Church Daycamp Camp this year, we memorized Ephesians 6:10 – 18 (The Armor of God) through music, and now I can sing all 9 of those verses. Plus on my own, I memorized Isaiah 60:1. Besides that though, I spent most of the summer focusing on reviewing the old verses I know, since there is nearly 200 that I have memorized already.

8. Went to a lot of fun youth group activities and day camp!

Going off of the last point, this summer was a super fun one for our church youth group. We went mini-golfing, kayaking, the lake, roller skating, did a selfie scavenger hunt, and more. Plus each year, there’s the church day camp that my mom organizes that I mentioned above. It’s always a blast and this year was no different. And on the last night of camp, we did an egg drop to test our egg’s armor. My egg was one of the few that survived, and it won the award for the largest egg by far. (It was first wrapped in tissue paper and from there, cotton, bubble wrap, a mailing envelope. Balloons were tied around it to cushion the fall, and the whole thing was tossed into a garbage bag. It was quite the armor.)

9. Finished setting up my room

Back in May, we did a whole room switcheroo in our house, and now, the three eldest children have our own rooms. It works so much better than it did before, and Mom and I had a ton of fun decorating and setting up my room to make it wonderful. I’m hoping to do a room tour post soon, so stay tuned!

10. Wrote 14 blog posts

Somehow, even in the craziness of this summer, I stayed consistent with posting a blog post every week! I wrote some of my favorite posts this summer, and I’m so glad I was able to hit my goal of posting every week. I love blogging so much and being able to share my photos, writing, and adventures with you all is so much fun. Thank you so much for reading my posts and always leaving the sweetest comments. You all are amazing! ❤

11. Did lots of swimming

On top of doing swim team every year, my grandma also has a pool that she opens just for us grandchildren to use! It’s so much fun to swim with all of my cousins in the summer, and this year was no different. We also went to the lake twice, which was tons of fun.

12. Went on lots of walks

I love taking walks on our trails, especially in the summer. We also did a lot of rides on our ranger (a UTV type thing.) and four-wheeler, two things that are lots of fun.

13. Did 3 sibling photoshoots

Three times this summer I convinced my siblings to go outside with me and let me take lots of photos with them. Usually, the girls, Jewel and Mercy are happy to do this, but the boys are more reluctant. But we did do it three times and I got a lot of fun photos of them.

14. Hosted five different birthday parties (And attended more)

All of my siblings’ birthdays fall within the course of June – September, and summer is always busy with birthdays and parties. We also hosted a super amazing surprise party for my aunt in July, which was a ton of fun, too, and definitely a highlight of this summer.

15. Celebrated my grandparents’ 50th Anniversary and a family reunion

My grandparents had their 50th anniversary this year, and to celebrate, all of my aunts, uncles, and cousins came to visit and we had a nice three days together before everyone headed back home. It was good to see everyone since it had been three years since we were all together! ❤ (I also don’t have a specific photo to share from this event, but I do have this one that I took while I was on a walk with my cousin!)

16. Became a Community Assistant for The Young Writer’s Workshop

This was a pretty big highlight! In early August, I applied for the position of CA (Community Assistant) for the wonderful writing community I’m in, and I was chosen. So far, I’ve loved being able to serve others in this way. ❤

And there you have it, my friends – an illustrated summary of my summer. I hope you enjoyed the post, and enjoyed your summer too!

What was your favorite picture? What was the best part about your summer? Are you excited for autumn? I know I am! What was one thing you did this summer?

Thanks so much for reading, friends, and have a lovely about-to-be-fall 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. 😛

(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. 🙂

Meet George, my very fun succulent from my grandparents! (And yes, I name my plants. 😛 :)) 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. 🤪

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. 😀

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. 😂 🤣 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!