Hey, everyone! Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Have you started making your shopping list? I’ve been planning with my family and I’m really excited to spend the holiday with all of my relatives. I always look forward to Thanksgiving day. Speaking of Thanksgiving, there are so many things to be thankful for! Here are 30 Things I’m Thankful For.
God who has saved me despite the many times I’ve failed.
My family who drives me crazy but I still love them.
Friends who are open and accepting no matter what. The ones who encourage me to be my best every day and help me back up when I fall.
Teachers who work with me to help me get better.
Pastors who will sit with me and walk me through things I may not understand.
Sunday School Leaders who have prayed for me and my family week after week.
Military Families and others who work to keep our country safe.
The changing of the seasons and the beauty that comes with each one.
Vacations and the chance to have a break from the business of life.
Flowers which always cheer me up.
Surprise snail mail from family and friends.
Heaters to keep my home warm.
Socks to keep my feet warm (and for sliding around the floors).
Education and the opportunity to learn.
The wonderful food that my mom makes for me every day!
Cameras and the chance to capture memories in a photo.
Dishwashers! Because who wants to wash all of those pots?
Sunday afternoons full of rest and reading.
Little handwritten notes left in my lunchbox.
Happy moments with family and friends.
Clear nights full of stars and wonder.
The experiences, both good and bad, that have helped me grow into who I am today.
Failures that have helped me learn from my mistakes and encouraged me to do better.
Technology that allows me to communicate with my family all across the world.
Comfortable beds to sleep in!
Family traditions and the memories that come with them.
Books that come with great adventures!
The authors who have inspired me to write.
The many people who love me and pray for me.
All of you who take the time to read my posts! Thank you so much!
What things are you thankful for? What are you looking forward to the most this Thanksgiving? I hope you have a great week!
Happy October everyone! I hope you’re enjoying the cooler fall weather! I am. I went pumpkin picking with my friends the other day which really got us all into the fall mood. :)
It’s good to be back to blogging. I took an unannounced and unexpected break for a couple of months. There was so much going on and I wasn’t sure how to include my blog in that. While I am sorry for being gone for so long, the break helped me to get a better picture of what I want my blog to be like. With that, little explanation aside, here’s the Fall Tag.
What’s your favorite fall outfit? – I love wearing sweaters and boots. They’re so comfortable. :)
What is fall weather like where you live? – I live in North Carolina so it gets pretty cold. I know it’s fall when the leaves start falling and it’s cold enough outside to need a light sweater.
Your favorite drink to have in the fall? – Apple cider! But I drink a lot of tea in the fall, almost every day. In November I start bringing out the hot chocolate and mint teas.
Does your family have any fall traditions? If so, what are they? – My family and I will all go to pick out pumpkins together. Thanksgiving is a big deal and we all work together to make our favorite foods.
What are some activities and events you enjoy going to in the fall months? – I love sitting on the porch and reading or drinking hot tea. I also really like going to pick pumpkins and walking around the block. This year I went to a pumpkin patch with my friends; we had a lot of fun. :)
What’s your favorite fall-scented candle? – I love the Sweater Weather candle from Bath and Body Works. It smells so good!
Tell us about one of your favorite fall memories. – When I was still homeschooled, I would go on walks around my neighborhood with my family every day. I loved being with them and being outside. We don’t do it as much anymore because of our crazy schedules.
What are some fall movies you enjoy watching? – I don’t really watch any specific fall movies. If you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments and I’ll check them out!
What’s your favorite fall treat? – I absolutely love candy corn! It’s my favorite fall treat.
If you celebrate Halloween, what is the best costume you’ve worn? – A couple of years ago, my mom helped me make a Downtown Abbey costume. It was long and pink.
Tag! You’re It!
I’m going to tag anyone who loves fall! Have fun with this tag!
This song was a song that we used to sing a lot at church. It was especially meaningful to me because it explained how God has worked in my life, both physically and spiritually. God led me to a safe family into which I could be adopted and He led me to His Son through whom I can be adopted into His Kingdom. This song speaks to both sides and that’s why I love it. :)
Hey, everyone! I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by the lovely Celadon from Missceladon. Many thanks to her! Be sure to check out Celadon’s blog here and her version of the award here.
Like Celadon, I love receiving nominations for blogger awards because it reminds me that people are actually reading my blog and that’s always an important thing to remember. The rules for this award are:
Show the award on your blog.
Thank the person who nominated you.
Share seven different facts about yourself.
Nominate 15 blogs of your choice.
Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination.
My favorite flower is peonies. Just look at them! They’re so pretty!
I would love to visit Niagara Falls.
Something I can’t wait for this year: spending all of the holidays at home!
I love the sound of birds in the morning.
Something I don’t like: bananas.
I cannot go to bed without reading my Bible or some kind of devotional.
Something I want to do before I die: travel the world.
I love reading these bloggers’ posts and I recommend them to you all so be sure to click on their names and check out their blogs! (Instead of nominating 15 bloggers, I’m only going to nominate 7.)
➳ Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award
➳ Answer the 10 questions given to you
➳ Share 10 random facts about yourself
➳ Nominate 10 bloggers that have less than 200 followers who you think deserve this award
➳ Let the bloggers know you have nominated them
➳ Give them 10 questions to answer
Who is your role model/someone you look up to and why? ~ My aunt is my role model. She is a writer like me and is always encouraging. I hope to be like her someday.
If you had to live off of one food what food would you choose and why? ~ Potatoes. Because you can make them lots of different ways. :)
Why do you have a blog? ~ I love writing and have always dreamed of having a blog. When my friends started making blogs, I thought I should jump on the bandwagon too!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? ~ Let’s see. Hopefully I will have traveled a bit more by then. Have a job and be continuing my studies at a college or university, preferably near home. And of course, I’ll still be blogging.
What is/are your favorite book(s) and why? ~ My favorite books are the Gallagher Girl series by Ally Carter. I love her writing. I felt that the characters were really relatable but still interesting enough to keep me reading. And the plot twists were perfect! I also love the first three books in The Selection series. They were sweet and simple.
Biggest fear and why? ~ My biggest fear is losing my family. They keep me going and help me grow more in Christ. Without them, I would be very lost.
What makes you smile? ~ New candles, clean sheets, spring mornings, and a blank canvas along with 50 others things which you can read here.
Have people ever told you that you’re beautiful? (btw you definitely are) ~ Haha aw! Thanks! Yes, lots of my former teachers have told me that I’m beautiful as well as my parents’s friends. But of course they always say that so. :)
Do you have any pets? If so what are they? ~ I have one family dog. He is a golden retriever lab and he’s great. I also have two black and white guinea pigs. Technically they are my sisters’s but I am close to them as well. :)
Favorite childhood memory? ~ One of my favorite childhood memories is waking up early on summer mornings to walk the dog with my mom or play with the Barbie house. I also loved building forts out of cardboard boxes and sheets. That was a lot of fun.
Coming up with random facts about me is difficult. ;)
My favorite mugs are the ones with the great stories.
Chronicles of the Kings by Lynn Austin is a great series. I highly recommend; it’s one of my favorites.
Iceskating is fun!
Falling and breaking your tailbone while iceskating? Not fun.
I don’t understand how people can paint so perfectly with watercolor! Every time I try it messes all up but I try.
I love avocados.
The stars are the most beautiful things in the world. I could spend hours just looking at them.
From each option on the list, choice your preferred option.
Nominate 5+people – you can either stick with the options I have thought of or you can create new ones for you and your friends.
Include the logo in your post.
Blush or Bronzer ~ Blush Lip Gloss or Lip Stick ~ Lip Gloss Eye Liner or Mascara ~ Mascara Foundation or Concealer ~ Concealer Neutral or Color Eyeshadow ~Neutral Eyeshadow
OPI or China Glaze ~ OPI Long or Short ~ Short Acrylic or Natural ~ Natural
Perfume or Body Splash ~ Perfume Lotion or Body Butter ~ Lotion Body Wash or Soap ~ Body Wash Lush or Other Bath Company ~ Bath and Body Works
Jeans or Sweat Pants ~ Jeans Long Sleeve or Short Sleeve ~ Long Sleeve Dresses or Skirts ~ Skirts Stripes or Plaid ~ Plaid Flip Flops or Sandals ~ Sandals Scarves or Hats ~ Scarves Anklet or Bracelet ~ Anklet Studs or Dangly Earrings ~ Studs
Curly or Straight ~ Curly Bun or Ponytail ~ Bun Long or Short ~ Long Light or Dark ~ Dark Up or Down ~ Up
Final random few:
Rain or Shine ~ Rain with a good book Summer or Winter ~ Summer and Winter both. :) They are both beautiful in their own way. Autumn or Spring ~ Autumn Chocolate or Vanilla ~ Chocolate UK or USA ~ UK but I live in USA.