30 Things I’m Thankful For

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.

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  1. God who has saved me despite the many times I’ve failed.
  2. My family who drives me crazy but I still love them.
  3. 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.
  4. Teachers who work with me to help me get better.
  5. Pastors who will sit with me and walk me through things I may not understand.
  6. Sunday School Leaders who have prayed for me and my family week after week.
  7. Military Families and others who work to keep our country safe.
  8. The changing of the seasons and the beauty that comes with each one.
  9. Vacations and the chance to have a break from the business of life.
  10. Flowers which always cheer me up.
  11. Surprise snail mail from family and friends.
  12. Heaters to keep my home warm.
  13. Socks to keep my feet warm (and for sliding around the floors).
  14. Education and the opportunity to learn.
  15. The wonderful food that my mom makes for me every day!
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  16. Cameras and the chance to capture memories in a photo.
  17. Dishwashers! Because who wants to wash all of those pots?
  18. Sunday afternoons full of rest and reading.
  19. Little handwritten notes left in my lunchbox.
  20. Happy moments with family and friends.
  21. Clear nights full of stars and wonder.
  22. The experiences, both good and bad, that have helped me grow into who I am today.
  23. Failures that have helped me learn from my mistakes and encouraged me to do better.
  24. Technology that allows me to communicate with my family all across the world.
  25. Comfortable beds to sleep in!
  26. Family traditions and the memories that come with them.
  27. Books that come with great adventures!
  28. The authors who have inspired me to write.
  29. The many people who love me and pray for me.
  30. 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!

signi

Things I’m Thankful For & Other Words

Hey, everyone! Are you excited for Thanksgiving? I can’t wait to spend the day with my family. :) I love Thanksgiving. I love spending the day thinking out all of my blessings. There is so much in this world to be thankful for.

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A loving God who saved me when I didn’t deserve it • Wonderful friends • A loving family • Holidays • Free days • School • Great weather • Writing buddies • Music • Memories • Lessons learned • Yummy food • Amazing books • My church family • The little things in life • Vacations • Opportunities • Beautiful flowers • Season Changing • Photography • Art • Heat in the Winter • Air conditioning in the Summer • A warm home • Adorable pets • Tea and Hot Cocoa • Answered prayers • Caring teachers • Healing • All of you who take the time to read my blog every day! Thank you!

I will be taking a blogging break for a bit but I’ll be back in a week or so. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving, safe travels, and a great vacation.

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Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.  ~ Colossians 3:15

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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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Three Day Quote Challenge – Day 2

Hey everyone! I was nominated for the Three Day Quote challenge! Many thanks to Shivani from Another Dead Law Student’s Blog for the nomination! Please check out her blog here.

The Rules

  1. Thank the person that nominated you.
  2. Post 1-3 quotes for consecutive 3 days.
  3. Nominate 3 other bloggers each day.

The Quotes

I was trying to come up with a theme for today while looking on Pinterest (follow me @quiet1234) when I saw this quote: Continue reading

Blogger Recognition Award

Rules For Participating In Blogger Recognition Award

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Attach the award to the post.
  • Give a brief story on how your blog started.
  • Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you nominated them and provide a link to the award post you created.

How I started my blog

I had been thinking about starting a blog for a while before I finally did start writing. It was’t until a lot of my friends started blogs that I decided it was finally time. I started Life as a Homeschooled Teen in November of 2014. It was a way for me to practice writing and I continued by adding more posts about life. And now, almost two years later, here I am. :) It’s been a fun journey and I can’t wait to see how my blog grows in the future! :)

Advice for New Bloggers

My advice for new bloggers is to make use of your about pages. For a long time, I had a general two/three sentence description of myself in my About page. It wasn’t until recently that I realized how much your about page is important. If you think about it, this page is where all of your visitors will go to find out more about you. First impression is everything. Add enough information to satisfy your readers.

The other thing I would say is to keep in mind that the number of followers that you have, it’s just a number. I know it feels great to have many followers but that number does not define you. It may take a while but they will come!

My Nominations

Congratulations to those nominated. I know I didn’t nominated 15 bloggers but I thought these bloggers really deserved the award. :) Be sure to check out Brittany’s blog! Have a great day!

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100 Followers and A Giveaway!

Hey everyone! So I just got this little notification…

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100 followers! What?! I, honestly, never thought this day would come. I would like to thank each and every one of you who follow my blog. I know it has been said so many times but, you’ve all inspired me to keep writing.

In honor of this amazing moment, I’m hosting a giveaway!

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What I’m Giving Away

There will be two winners. One will receive the “Ideas Become Things” journal and the other winner will receive the “Live Every Moment” journal. Each journal comes with two Uniball Gel Pen.

To Enter

The giveaway will be open now until Friday, May 20, 2016.
To enter, click this link here.

Thanks again to all of you! I’m so excited to see who wins! Good luck!

~Abi Leah

Thankful for Love

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Do you ever just stop and think of all the people who love you? Not like “I know them so it counts” love. I’m talking about the “I will drop anything and everything to come help you” type of love. Maybe your list would start like:

  • Mom
  • Dad
  • Sister
  • Brother

And… That’s it. And then you start to think and you come up with a few more.

  • Grandmom
  • Opa
  • Oma
  • Nanny
  • Dog

And then you’re like “Oh yeah!” And you add 20 more people.

  • BFF
  • Aunt
  • Uncle
  • Friends
  • Family friends
  • Sunday School leader
  • Nephews
  • Nieces
  • Cousins
  • Teachers
  • Pastors

And then you’re like “Wow! That’s a lot!” But there are tons of more people who love you, people you don’t even know or have never met but they are praying for you and they love you! That’s a lot of love! It can’t get better than this, can it? Yes, it can! God loves you. How much? Like, a lot. More than everyone you know could ever love you all put together!

Psalm 36:5 says that God’s love is steadfast and extends to the heavens. That’s REALLY far which means that God loves you a lot! I am so happy that we can go to God for everything and anything, knowing that He loves us and will always be there for us! It’s just one of the many things that I’m thankful for. :)

Let me know what you are most thankful for and don’t forget to follow! :)

signi