Traveling, Surgery, and A Life Update

Hey, everyone! Did you miss me? I am so so sorry that I haven’t posted! Life has been pretty crazy. But I’m back with a ton of new posts for you! First, I’ll catch you up on everything with a life update.

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Travels and Adventures

At the end of June, my family and I took a trip to Europe for a couple of weeks to spend time with my grandparents and other family members. We spent a lot of time in Belgium and Holland but we also took a road trip to Germany to get a clock repaired. I had so much fun and met so many cool people. I am working on a travel journal to post soon so keep an eye out for that!

Surgery and Recovery

Monday morning, I woke up bright and early for the surgery on my arm. I was pretty nervous especially since during the nights leading up to the surgery I had nightmares. But, everything went well and I got to go home before lunch so it was fine! The rest of the day I spent sleeping.

On Tuesday, one of my best friends came over to visit me and cheer me up. She even attempted to clean my room for me which was actually really funny. Even so, she helped get my mind off of my arm and the hours I spent feeling useless.

Yesterday, my other best friend came over with her mom and her brothers. She also brought chocolate and flowers so it was a good day! ;) She helped to brighten up my day a bit and I am grateful for that.

Today, I can use my arm a bit more (enough to write some posts) and it doesn’t hurt. I’m planning on taking the rest of the week slow and careful. I am so glad that my arm is healing and that I will be able to use it normally again soon. This whole week has made me feel much more grateful for a healthy and functioning body.


So that’s my quick life update! I’ll be posting a Travel Journal from my Europe trip in a couple of days. Also, this is completely random but, I’m wondering what are your favorite brands for backpacks? Let me know in the comments below; it’ll help me a lot. :)

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Blue Sky Tag

Hello, everyone! How are you? I’ve been pretty swamped with school but I was able to post this (even though it’s late) so I would say I’m doing pretty well! I was tagged by this amazing blogger for the Blue Sky Tag. Be sure to check out her blog here and her version of the blog post here!

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Rules

  • Thank the person who tagged you  ✔
  • Answer the 11 questions given to you  ✔
  • Give 11 questions  ✔
  • Nominate 11 people to continue this tag  ✔

Questions and Answers

  1. What is your perfect pizza? (thin/thick crust, toppings, homemade/delivery) – Thin crust, pineapple, ham, extra cheese, olives, and homemade pizza is the best!
  2. If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? – My mom’s thread meat with potatoes and green beans! Yum!
  3. What cheers you up? – My friends and family, writing, listening to music, watching a movie, or drawing.
  4. What is your favorite t.v. commercial? – I love the commercials for Fixer Upper!
  5. What is your favorite of the four seasons? Why? – I love Spring the most because of all of the beautiful blooming flowers and the birds are just amazing. Also, it’s so close to being summer that it’s a hopeful season for me. :)
  6. What is your favorite ice cream flavor? – Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough!
  7. What is your favorite smell? – Kind of an odd question but I guess my favorite smell would be freshly baked cookies. (Can you tell I’m hungry?) :) ;)
  8. What is your dream job? – I would love to be a Travel Blogger Momma because it incorporates all of my favorite things; traveling, blogging, and family time! :) But I won’t be getting to this dream job for a long time, don’t worry. Hehe!
  9. Who is your biggest role model? – My role model is my Aunt L. She’s an awesome woman who follows Jesus and has worked so hard.
  10. What are your top 3 goals in life? – Live a life that shows God’s love to others, not let my past circumstances hinder me from growing, and publish a book.
  11. What is the best decision you have made recently? – The best decision I’ve made recently… I think that would be deciding not to spend so much time comparing myself to others.

 

Questions For You

  1. Name 3 things that you love about Spring.
  2. What is one thing that you learned this week?
  3. What is your favorite drink?
  4. What is one song that makes you want to dance?
  5. Is there something that your friends do that has rubbed off on you?
  6. If you were an emoji, which one would you be?
  7. Name a book that made you laugh.
  8. Share a photo that you have taken recently.
  9. What is something that you have been meaning to do but haven’t done yet?
  10. If you have $1,000,000, how would you spend it?
  11. What is your favorite word?
  1. Mehan from Press On Mehan!
  2. Tabi from Busy Bee
  3. Alexandrina from The Warmhearted
  4. The Happy Book
  5. Wonderous Night Trambler from A Girl Cloaked In Night
  6. The Average Girl
  7. Elsie from Elsie L.M.C
  8. Alysha from Joyous Alysha
  9. Chloe from Diary of a Lonely Girl
  10. Truuty from Truth and Beauty
  11. G from Paper Clips and Pins

Thanks again for the nomination! Have a great day!

signi

Writer’s Ink Challenge

Hey, everyone! Tessa from Writer’s Ink created a new challenge! Be sure to check out Tessa’s blog here. (She’s awesome; you’ll love it!)

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The Rules

  1. Thank your nominator
  2. Answer at least 8 questions about writing
  3. Nominate at least 5 people

Question and Answer

  1. When did you first start writing? – I started writing around August of 2013 or 2014. I had just finished the Gallagher Girls series and it inspired me to write! 
  2. Have you always been interested in writing? I always liked writing but I didn’t actually consider myself a writer until I started buckling down and getting writing done. 
  3. Why do you like writing? – I love writing because it’s a great way to express your feelings and thoughts without stuttering through the words. 
  4. What genre do you write in? – Realistic Fiction and Poetry
  5. Who or what motivates you to write? – I have a friend, H, who is an AMAZING writer! She inspires me to write; her own writing is enough motivation. :)
  6. Do you write poetry? – Absolutely! I love poetry; it’s my favorite way of writing.
  7. Have you ever written a story with a friend? – No, but that would be really fun!
  8. How do you write your stories (first person, third person)? First person always.

The Nominees

  1. Meg from MegCathWrites
  2. Vivian from Writing With Style
  3. Alexis from Coast To Coast With Alexis
  4. Anna from Diversion3000
  5. Hanne from RocksAnd Minerals 4 Him

A big thank you to Tessa for creating this challenge! It was a lot of fun! To those who were nominated, be sure to link your version of this challenge down below so I can check it out! :) Have a great day!

signi

P.S. I was thinking about adding a poetry/writing section to my blog. What do you think? Let me know in the comments down below!

Blue Sky Tag

Hey, everyone! I was tagged by Tessa Megan from Writer’s Ink to complete the Blue Sky Tag! Fun Fact: I was her first follower ever so it’s really exciting to see how much she and her blog has grown. :)

The Rules

1.Thank the person who tagged you
2.Answer their 11 questions
3.Tag 11 people
4.Give them 11 questions to answer

Questions And Answers

  1. Do you have any imaginary friends? – No, I don’t but I sometimes talk to myself if that counts. XD
  2. Have you ever been to the beach or would like to go? – I LOVE going to the beach! It’s so relaxing and beautiful. I’ve been so many times but it’s still amazing. :)
  3. Have you ever entered a writing contest? – I have entered a couple of writing contests but I have never won. One of these days, I’ll write something amazing. ;)
  4. If possible would you go into writing as a career or will it just be a hobby for you? – It depends on the type of writing. I could totally blog for the rest of my life! I’m not sure if creative writing could be my career but I think that if (and when) I actually become serious about it, I can re-evaluate.
  5.  Do you like to sing? – I do like to sing! I am in an acappella group at my school which is super fun (but a lot of work). The people are so nice and encouraging but singing isn’t my forte. It is fun though!
  6. Do you listen to music while you write? – Sometimes. Like right now, I’m listening to music while I’m typing this (If It’s Just Me by Hunter Hayes). But for homework writing, I don’t listen to music. I think sometimes the music can affect and change the feel of the writing. Hopefully, that makes sense. :P :)
  7. What book(s) have you recently read? – Besides books for school, I haven’t read anything. But! I received two books from my very best friend so I will read those soon!
  8. Do you like country music? – YES! And my friends hate country music! Can you believe that? My favorite country artist is Hunter Hayes.
  9. What’s your favorite movie? – Uhh… Let me think. Oh! I really like A Royal Christmas but that’s a Christmas movie so… I don’t know. :)
  10.  Have you read A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley or heard of it? – No and no! I’ll have to check it out though!
  11.  Do you watch or read the news? – I don’t watch the news too often and I don’t read the news either.

Tag! You’re It!

  1. LyfWithEm
  2. Light Up The Shining Night Sky
  3. Living The Gray Life
  4. Clara’s Craft Corner
  5. The Girl Upstairs
  6. Rocks and Minerals 4 Him
  7. The Happy Book
  8. Thriving Hope
  9. Abby and the Pens
  10. Found and Cherished
  11. Eclectic Ellen

Your Questions

  1. What is your favorite song?
  2. What new restaurant//cafe//coffee shop have you been to recently?
  3. What books do you love to read?
  4. What is your favorite type of music?
  5. How do you come up with blog posts?
  6. Why did you start blogging?
  7. What is the best thing to do on a rainy day?
  8. How has this month been so far?
  9. What do you love to do outside of school//work?
  10. What is your favorite comfort food?
  11. Where is your favorite place to visit?

That’s all! I hope you all have a good day! Also, there are 3 days left in the giveaway! Be sure to enter! (Rules and such here.)

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2016/2017 Tag

Hey, everybody! I was nominated for the 2016/2017 Tag by Ally from Dreamers and Dancers.Be sure to check out her blog here and her version of the tag here. :)

* Sorry it took me so long to get to the tag!

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rules

  • Mention the creator of the tag (I don’t know who this is so…)
  • Use the image that you find in this article
  • Answer the questions given
  • Mention the blogger who nominated you
  • Mention 9 bloggers/friends and let them know through a comment on their blog

*Blogger Note: I’m not going to tag anyone but if you want to do the 2016/2017 tag, feel free! *

Questions And Answers

  1. Describe your 2016 in 3 words. – Lessons, Different, New
  2. Write the names of 2 peoples who have influenced your 2016. – M encouraged me to go to school and to grow more in God’s love and R taught me that it’s important to always put God first. 
  3. Write the most beautiful place you’ve visited and why you liked it so much. – The most beautiful place that I visited in 2016 was FL. I was able to watch some very pretty sunsets there! Plus, my grandparents were there so that was nice. :)
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  4. Write the most delicious food you’ve tasted in 2016. – My mom’s food is always really good! I loved the chocolate pie that my mom made for Christmas.
  5. Which event has marked you more in 2016? (even a global event) – My birthday this past year was amazing! I loved it (mainly because my sister made me a Doctor Who themed birthday party)! :)
  6. Write the finest purchase you made in 2016, and link a photo. -I can’t think of anything that I bought this year so I’ll skip this question.
  7. Write 3 good intentions for 2017. – I plan to grow this year, become more organized, and cross off all of the things on my goal list. :)
  8. Write 1 place you want to visit in 2017. – I would love to visit my awesome cousins in London this year! E and D are amazing people and I would have a lot of fun exploring the city with them. :)
  9. Write 1 plate/food you want to eat in 2017. – I want to try pumpkin butter this year. I blogged about it here but I haven’t tried it yet!

Thanks again to Ally for tagging me! I had fun with this tag. :) Have a great day!

signi

Real Neat Blog Award

Hey, everybody! I was nominated for another award; this time it was the Real Neat Blog Award. I’m giving a huge thank you to Ashley from Quintessential Habits for nominating me for this award! I had a lot of fun with it and I’m sure she did too. Check out her blog here and her version of the award here. :)

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rules

The ‘rules’ of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time; or don’t accept awards; etc.):

  1. Put the award logo on your blog.
  2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
  4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
  5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

Questions and Answers

  1. What is your perfect ice cream sundae? – This is probably the most interesting question that I’ve ever been asked but my perfect ice cream sundae would include sprinkles, warm cookie bits, and vanilla ice cream.
  2. Who has been the most influential person in your life? – I know this sounds cliche but, the most influential person in my life is God. He has been the One who shaped me into the person I am today! When I became a Christian, my life took an 180-degree turn. God love and mercy has influenced me to be a more loving, hard-working person.
  3. Where do you go to relax? Or what do you do? – When I need to relax, I normally go to my room to write or read. Sometimes, I’ll light a candle (I love the Hello Beautiful Bath & Body Works 3-wick candle) or play some great music (here are my recent favorite songs). The lighting in my room is beautiful in the mornings! It’s relaxing just looking at how the light shines in my room.
  4. Would you rather it be really hot, or really cold? – I would rather be really cold than to be really hot. Just think about it; if you’re cold you can always put on scarfs, fuzzy socks, and hats, but if you’re hot, you can’t put on anything to cool you down.
  5. When was the last time it snowed? – It snowed last Friday! It was SO pretty!
  6. What was the last movie you saw? – The last movie I saw was the 2007 version of Nancy Drew. I remember watching this movie when I was younger. I liked it then, and I still like it now! 
  7. Where would you go on a dream vacation? – I would love to go to London, England for a couple of weeks! There are so many places to visit there and in England in general.

award

  1. Lia from Lost In A Story
  2. Amber from What Makes Me Amber
  3. Debbie from Debbie
  4. Anna from Diversion 3000
  5. Hannah from Country Unlimited
  6. You!

Your Questions

  1. What is your favorite movie and why?
  2. What are the first five things that come to your mind right now?
  3. What is something (or someone) that makes you happy?
  4. What is one thing that you learned about yourself last year?
  5. Name one good thing that happened today.
  6. How do you spend your long weekends?
  7. Fill in the blank: I always ____.

Once again, thanks to Ashley for nominating me for this wonderful award! I had a lot of fun answering the questions and coming up with questions for my nominees to answer! If you accept the Real Neat Blog Award, leave a link in the comments with your version of the blog post! I’d love to read it :)

signi

Celebrating The Little Things Tag

Hey, everyone! it’s been so long (one week) since I’ve posted. I’m really sorry but I’ve been so busy with school and a cappella (we have a performance coming up!) so I was doing that. Anyway, I’m back now so here’s a post!

I found this tag by Fadwa from Word Wonders. I know she tagged some people but I thought this tag was really cool and thought I would try it! Be sure to check out Fadwa’s blog here!

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Who was your very first follower (if you can find out) tag them and give them a shout out!

My very first follower was my friend Katherine. I had to Grammar classes with her 2 years ago but now I don’t go to school with her :( Kat was a great friend and she was awesome to be around! Shout out to her for being the first to hit that follow button and for being the first of many. :)

What was the last milestone you reached?

I recently reached 200 followers which just so happened to be the same day as my 2 year blogiversary! Yeah! And I wrote a blog post about it (psst. Click here).

What was the very first post you posted on your blog? Share it with us! If you can find out.

My very first blog post was titled Welcome One, Welcome All but that was my introductory post so that doesn’t count. My first official blog post was called The Gift Of Family.

Who was your most recent follower, tag them and give them a shout out!

My most recent follower was none other than Selina from Selina Roth Blog.Shout out to her! Be sure to check out her blog here. :)

What was the last post you posted and who was the very first person who took their time to click the like button? Give them a shout out!

The last post I posted was 5 Bible Verses for When You’re Stressed and the wonderful human who liked it first was (drumroll) Daleenic from Country Girl Reviews! Be sure to check out her blog! I love reading her posts and her book reviews. Also, her letter to the older generation is great. You should read it. Like now. It’s awesome. Just like Daleenic! :)

How many months have you been blogging for?

I have been blogging for almost 25 months! Whohoo! (Psst. I also wrote a blog post about that. Check it out here!)

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Do you have any bloggers you’re friends with? Give them a shout out.

Ah! Okay okay! Let’s see. First there’s Aria from Purrfectly Inspired. I’m so glad I was able to get to know Aria. She is probably my closest blogger friend and she’s super helpful. She’s pretty awesome and has AMAZING photography! Like, literally, I’m so jealous of how great her pictures are!! But her pictures aren’t the only things that are amazing; Aria owns a store! Yeah, you read that right. It’s called A Girl And A Cat and it’s so cool. Click the link and go check it out! It’s totally worth it! :D

And then there’s the amazing Petra from Petra Grace Photography.  Petra is a sweet, happy girl who I love talking to. She’s always been so kind. I took classes with her for a while and she is one awesome person just like her photography! Like, literally, one look at her blog and I’m amazed. Check it out!

Bekah from Barefoot Bekah is one of my role models and friends. She is extrememly sweet and has such a heart for God. I’m so incredibly greatful to have her as a friend. I love reading her posts about her travels in Costa Rica. Be sure to check out her blog!

Who originally created the last meme or tag you participated in? Give them a shout out!

The last tag I participated in was The Fall Tag and it was (I think) created by Sandra from The Puzzle Of Sandra’s Life. She took it from a youtube video so I think it counts? So yay for her! I loved that tag. :)

Have you any social media related to your blog?

Yes! My Pinterest is @quiet1234 and my Google + is @happilyabi. I’d LOVE it if you’d check them out!

Last but not least …. Just give thanks to all your followers.

Thank you to all of my wonderful followers who took the time to click that follow button. While I may not know all of you, you have all made a big impact on my life. I love hearing from you guys and knowing that you are reading my posts. It makes my heart swell. :) <3 Keep being awesome! May God bless your lives. :)

Tag! You’re It!

Like the others before me, I’m tagging everyone who was mentioned in this blog post. And because I’m just nice, I’m also tagging anyone who wants to do this tag. :) Enjoy!

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What’s On Your Mind?

Hey, everyone! Many people have asked me about my homeschooling and why I’ve gone back to school so I’ve decided to post a series just to answer all of your questions. This series will go out next week. If you have any questions that you would like for me to answer, fill out the form and you will see my answers in an upcoming post!

What I Read This Summer

Hey, everyone! So I know it’s fall for a lot of you but I wanted to squeeze this post in before my blog feed blows up with fall pictures and pumpkin recipes. Here’s what I read this summer. :)

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 1. The Chronicles Of Kings Series by Lynn Austin

“Don’t be fooled by strength you can see,” he said at last. “Yahweh often hides His power in the simple things, the weak things, and so His strength seems foolish in man’s eyes.”
Lynn Austin, Gods and Kings

I read this series a couple of years ago and loved it. When I found these books again, I knew I had to read them again. I always get a new perspective when I re-read books. This time, I found a ton of quotes that I really needed to hear. These books are definitely a recommendation!

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2. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

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 “No horse jokes,” he said.
“My lord, I apologize for the horse joke. If you put down the book—unharmed!—I will give you a carrot.”
He brandished the book at her. “Was that a horse joke?”
“Neigh.”
“Was that a horse joke?”
Cynthia Hand, My Lady Jane

A must read, My Lady Jane is a funny twist on British history. I loved how funny it was and how easily it switch POVs among the chapters. Everyone should read this book.

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3. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

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“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”
Aldous Huxley (Brave New World)

This book was part of my summer reading for school and honestly, I thought it was a little weird. Okay, a lot weird. BUT, the discussions we’re having in class about this book are actually really interesting. Still, this isn’t a book I would read in my free time.

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 4. Katie Weldon Series by Robin Jones Gunn

“Katie wondered for a moment if part of the reason so many of the young women she knew who had poor self-esteem ended up that way because they had spent their lives gazing at themselves in a mirror instead of being the mirror others gazed into.”
Robin Jones Gunn, Finally and Forever

I loved the Christy Miller Series by Robin Jones Gunn. When I found out about the Katie Weldon series, I was so excited to read the books. These books are fantastic!

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Have you read any of these books? What books did you read this summer? What are you planning on reading this fall? What would you recommend?

 

Wisteria Writer’s Challenge

I was nominated by Esther from The Sounds Of Grace to complete the Wisteria Writer’s Challenge. Thanks so much to her! Be sure to check out Esther’s blog here and her version of this challenge here.

Rules

  1. Thank who nominated you
  2. Answer ten questions given
  3. Add to questions you thought of
  4. They have to be book or novel related
  5. Nominate ten people

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