25 Things I Love About Spring

Hey, guys! So yesterday was the first day of Spring! YAY!  If you know anything about me, you know that I LOVE Spring. The flowers, the weather, the patterns; everything is so beautiful this time of year! There are so many things to like about spring, I decided to make a list. So here are 25 things I love about spring.

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  1. Easter service at church!
  2. Seeing everyone outside.
  3. Sitting outside on the patio with a good book.
  4. Baby animals!
  5. Being about to put away the big winter coats.
  6. Opening the windows to the fresh breeze.
  7. Pulling out the shorts after a long stretch of winter.
  8. Easter break with family and friends! How perfect is that? :)
  9. Pastel colored everything!
  10. Picnics by the lake complete with books, iced tea, and kites.
  11. Bike rides down to the park.
  12. The soft, fresh feeling in the air.
  13. All of the beautiful blooming flowers! I mean just look at these;
  14. Waking up to the birds. Such a beautiful sound. <3
  15. Fresh vegetables and fruits!
  16. Looking for four-leaf clovers in the backyard.
  17. Travel opportunities.
  18. Spring smells.
  19. Rainy mornings.
  20. The fresh green of the new leaves.
  21. Beautiful weather.
  22. Watching the clouds roll across the clear blue sky.
  23. Summer on the horizon.
  24. Tulips, tulips, and more tulips. :)
  25. The sense of rebirth and beginnings that fill the air during springtime.

What do you love about spring? Thanks so much for reading! I hope you have a great day!

signi

“To-Bake List”- Pi Day Edition

Hey, everyone! Happy Pi Day! I hope it’s been a great day full of, well, pie. ;) My sister made a pie for the family and it was delicious. Here are 5 pie recipes that I think would be awesome, including my absolute favorite pie!

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  1. Chocolate Pie – I absolutely LOVE this pie! My mom makes this pie every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas and it’s wonderful! Sprinkle on some powdered sugar and a little dollop of whipped cream. Mmm :)
  2. Mini Pecan Pies – Pecan pies are a favorite in the south. I haven’t tried this recipe but it looks really good!
  3. Caramel Apple Pie Cookies – Just because it’s pie doesn’t mean you don’t have to be creative! These apple pie cookies look so good!
  4. Triple Layer Oreo Pie – This yummy pie takes a long time to make but from the reviews, it’ll worth it.
  5. Apple Cranberry Pie – If you like apple pie or cranberry pie, you’ll like this pie. ;)

Let me know if you try any of these recipes! Happy Pi day! ;)

signi

10 Things On My Bucket List

Hey, everyone! How are you? Today was AMAZING! My a cappella team got to meet with a college a cappella team to learn and sing with them. It was a great experience and we learned a lot about getting the songs to feel how they should sound.

Also today, I wanted to share 10 things on my bucket list. My actual bucket list is very long. If you want to check out the entire list, click here. ;)

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  1. Learn sign language. – I think sign language is really cool! Some of my friends know a bit of sign language so maybe they can help me. ;)
  2. Spend an entire day watching Disney movies. – Disney movies are really fun! There are so many that I haven’t seen in a long time and would love to see again!
  3. Have a beach bonfire. – The beach is so beautiful at night with all of the stars. It would be a lot of fun to have a bonfire with some friends on the beach under the stars.
  4. Visit Mount Rushmore. – Mount Rushmore is a must-see.
  5. Visit all seven continents. – I love traveling! It would be awesome to visit every continent.
  6. Go to a midnight movie premiere. – I’ve always wanted to do this. :)
  7. Stargaze on a roof. – I LOVE watching the stars!
  8. Participate in a color run. – I’ve seen pictures of color runs all of the internet and it looks like a lot of fun! My cousin, C, ran in a color run and she said it was really cool.
  9. Read 1000 books. – Reading is a great thing to do. :)
  10. Write a book. – I really like writing. Ever since I was a kid, I dreamed of writing and publishing a book someday.

What are some things on your bucket list? Let me know in the comments below! Have a great day! :)

signi

Motivation Monday//Future

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February 20, 2017

Today’s Theme: Future

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“You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go, and see what happens.” – Unknown –

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“Many are the plans in a man’s heart but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” – Proverbs 19:21

As graduation crawls closer, people are always asking me what my plans are for the future. And the truth is, I don’t know and I don’t want to think about it. The future is a very scary thing for me, filled with uncertainty and unknowns. But as a Christian, I have to remind myself that I’m not in control; God is. So really, the future shouldn’t be that scary because God is already there. And that is a very calming thought.

signi

Hello 2017! + New Year Goals

Happy New Year! Can you believe it’s 2017?! It’s gone by way too fast. But then again, I say that every year. You’d think I’d be used to time changing by now.

Okay, so I’m going to start off by saying I don’t like using the word “resolutions”. I feel like they should be more of goals because it doesn’t matter to me whether I meet them or not, as long as there are progress and growth.

With that “mini-rant” out of the way, here are my 2017 New Year Goals. My theme for 2017 is growth so this year I’m making goals that will hopefully help me better myself.

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21 Day Self Portrait Project Days 6-10

Hey, everyone! In the last post, I introduced you to the 21 Day Self Portrait Project that my photography teacher challenged me to. I also shared the results from the first five days. Here are the results from Days 6-10! Enjoy! :)

Day 6

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A couple of years ago, my aunt gave me a mirror. I call it a compliment mirror because it has words written on it. Here’s a sample of what it says:

“Oh, how beautiful you are! You’re charming. You look gorgeous! It’s fantastic. I think that you are fabulous, just fabulous! You are absolutely delectable. Your hair is really stunning, it sparkles with life! I love the way that you do your hair, that silken head of curls and waves is glorious. In a subtle way, your hair is immaculate, it looks so natural, it seems so springy and full of vitality! You are the most perfect creature that I have ever seen. You look great, you are great! You really are a very special person”

This mirror is a reminder that I am beautiful even when I don’t particularly feel like I am.

Day 7

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I hate driving. I absolutely detest it but that doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t learn to do the things I’m terrified of. My dad has always been really passionate about my development as a person – especially when I really don’t want to do whatever it is that he wants me to do.

In the beginning of October, my dad challenged me to drive every day. So I did and eventually I got better at driving. I still hate it. I still need some pushing but I’m learning that I can take those tiny steps as long as I keep moving.

Day 8

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I have a family friend who has been with my family through the thick and thin. She would watch over me and my sisters when my mom was sick. She would bake with us and celebrate our birthdays. She always remembered my birthday and took the time to get to know my interests. On my fifteenth birthday, she gave me a necklace with my birthstone and a piano charm on it. It was a simple gift, but it was a meaningful gift.

She taught me that little things can make a big difference. She cared for me and my family when no one else did. It didn’t take a lot of effort or time on her part, but it made a huge impact on the happiness and hope in my family.

Day 9

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Life is full of hard times and dark nights. But every day has a flicker of hope and every night is full of stars. When I am going through hard times, I try not to think of the darkness, the uncertainty, or the pain. Instead, I focus on the hope, the light, and the stars.

“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”     – Martin Luther King Jr. –

Day 10

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My aunt is an amazing friend and my role model. She is a writer. She has traveled to so many places. She has been to the Olympics over five times. But my favorite part about her is her ability to connect with everyone she meets.

When I was frustrated with having so many people over for Christmas, she encouraged me. When I felt like my writing was awful, she encouraged me. When I really needed someone there, she encouraged me. She knew exactly what to say and how to say it.

I don’t get to see my aunt very often but when I do, I remember all of the wonderful times we had together.


I loved the last couple of pictures and oddly enough, they were accidental. Hehe :) Anyway, I hope you all have a great day! And let me know if you are going to do the project!

signi

21 Day Self Portrait Project Days 1-5

Hey, everyone! So, in the beginning of November, my photography teacher challenged my class to participate in the 21-day self-portrait project. Every school day, for 21 days, we would take a self-portrait picture that somehow connected us with a family member, friend, teacher, anyone who influenced us. Then, we would write a story, quote, etc. explaining how that person influenced us.

I really liked the project because it helped me to push myself to take better pictures. Here are the results from the first five days.

Day 1

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My blog followers have made a big impact in my life. When I first started blogging, I only had five followers, four of which were my family members. I didn’t blog very often and I was discouraged when my blog posts that I did post didn’t get very many views. In the beginning of this year, I made it a goal to post more frequently. Eventually, the readers visited more often and my follower number grew.

I now have 231 followers, all of whom I have gotten to know and cherish. Each one of them has made some kind of impact in my life either in the comments they’ve written or the emails they’ve sent me. They all encourage me to keep writing. My blog followers are my motivation. They are my encouragers. They are the ones who I go to when I need to talk.

This picture is my main picture for my blog because I feel that it portrays how happy I am when I have the chance to reach another person with the truth of God through the words that I write.

Day 2

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There’s something about losing a parent that makes you feel lost. But when you find a family that you can be a part of, a part of you is restored.

Learning to live in a new family has been difficult. My parents aren’t perfect but they love me and that’s the important part. We celebrate our adoption anniversary every year. On our five year anniversary, my parents gave us all pearl earrings. These earrings are a reminder for me that difficult times will come but I will be stronger in the end.

Day 3

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My fifth grade Sunday School leader played an important part in my adoption process. She helped to spread the news that my sisters and I needed a home. She prayed for us even when I didn’t know it. I really believe that my Sunday School leader was an angel sent from heaven to help put all of the pieces into place.

I still talk to her every once in a while. Every time she sees me, she comments on how she loves me and prays for me and loves seeing me. I don’t know where I would be without her. And thanks to her, I have a family and a place to call home again.

It only takes one person to make a difference in somebody’s life.

Day 4

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“There was a flower in her heart, it just needed more room to bloom. And when she let it free, she showed the world that sometimes the most beautiful things can grow in the darkest of places.”

– R.M. Drake –

Day 5

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When I was in seventh grade, I had to read “Kisses From Katie” by Katie Davis for school. Reading about Katie’s life encouraged me to make a change in the lives of children. So in eighth grade, I created a website to sell bracelets online to raise money for Katie. I was able to raise over $400 for Katie and her orphanage in Uganda. This whole experience started my love for serving and writing.


So that’s it! I hope you all liked this post. Let me know if you are thinking about doing the 21-day self-portrait challenge. It’s totally worth it. ;)

signi

Field Trip Photography

Hey, everyone! Yesterday, my photography class went on a field trip to Uptown Charlotte to take pictures. Here are a few of the ones that I took.

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There were so many pretty flowers! I loved these because of the brightness of the petals.

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This picture reminds me of a theater set. I don’t know why but yeah. :)

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I really liked the texture in the picture.

We stopped by 7th Street Market for lunch and then went up to the top of the parking deck to take pictures. Then, we walked down to the square. On the way, I took the second and third pictures.

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That was all! I hope you enjoyed this post and the pictures. :)
Have a great day!
signi

*Please note: All of these pictures are mine. Do not use without my permission. Thank you.*

Why I Switched From Homeschooling To Private Schooling

Hey, everyone! So ever since I posted this big news post, I’ve gotten questions pertaining to homeschooling and my big switch. So I decided to create a mini-series and answer all your questions. This is part 3 – Why I Switched From Homeschooling To Private Schooling.

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One question that I get asked a lot is, “Why did you decide to go back to school?” That’s a pretty fair question. So here’s the short answer: I missed being in a social setting.

Here’s the long answer: I believe that there is a time for everything. I loved being homeschooled and being at home with my family. There wasn’t anything about it that I didn’t enjoy, but as high school graduation drew closer to an end, I felt that I needed to go back to being in an actual brick building school.

“Why didn’t you just go to a public school?”, you may ask. I wanted to go to a school where I could share my faith openly, somewhere I could feel comfortable in, somewhere I could have a Christian education. For me, that meant going to a Christian school. I also wanted a place for me to make great friends. As a homeschooler, I didn’t have much social time so it was really important for me to be able to have that. So, I chose a Christian school where my friend goes to.

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Hopefully, this post helped you all understand my decision. If you still have any questions, comment or email me at happilyabi@gmail.com

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25 Things I Loved About Being Homeschooled

Hey, everyone! So ever since I posted this big news post, I’ve gotten questions pertaining to homeschooling and my big switch. So I decided to create a mini-series and answer all your questions. This is part 2- 25 Things I loved about being homeschooled.

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I absolutely loved being homeschooled and everything that came with it.

  1. You don’t have to wake up early every morning.
  2. But you have the option of waking up early to get everything done before 11:00 so you can have a free day.
  3. No school lunches – Homemade meals are the best!
  4. You can learn what you are actually interested in.
  5. Field trips to the coffee shop! Any time of the day.
  6. No dress code! (Although I could only wear my pjs on Fridays).
  7. Birthdays are holidays.
  8. Hot chocolate and homework in front of the fireplace? Yes, please!
  9. You can spend more time with family.
  10. There is no busy work.
  11. You can take naps when you really need it.
  12. You don’t have to rush in the mornings!
  13. PE = doing pilates in the comfort of your home WITHOUT the uniforms.
  14. Did I mention that I didn’t have school on Fridays?
  15. You’re not confined to a classroom.
  16. There’s freedom to go on fun trips in the middle of the school week.
  17. There’s more time to do the things you love to do.
  18. Homeschooling in high school gives you opportunities for great scholarships for college.
  19. Never getting stuck in traffic.
  20. Three, four, or even five-day weekends. Yes, it’s possible!
  21. Graduating early is totally an option.
  22. You can learn the way you understand.
  23. There are lots of opportunities to travel.
  24. It’s the best way to learn how to be self-motivated.
  25. You can do fun things like starting a blog!

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Homeschooling was awesome and I absolutely loved it. If you have any questions or a suggestion for this series, email me: happilyabi@gmail.com

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