Sunday, February 18, 2018

GIVE | SIBLINGS

 
Hello! A while ago, Paige Lavay, from Paige's Pages started a series called GIVE. Here's the link to her post: GIVE SERIES | 01

  This series is to encourage people to give; to make a difference in the world. Today, I'm going to be joining her. I want to encourage you to GIVE towards your siblings' lives.
  Giving doesn't necessarily mean giving physical things. It can mean your time, or you effort. Even just a listening ear. Imagine how big of a difference you can make on your siblings' lives if you try hard. Let's take a look at 3 reasons why you should make more of an effort to "give" to your siblings.

1. If you are really trying to make a good relationship with each of your siblings, they can become your best friends. Talk to them (even if they're much younger), ask them their opinions,  ask about things they're working on, just talk to them. And later, when they're upset, or just need to talk to someone, they'll know they can come to you.

2. You can really make a difference in their life. Do fun things with them occasionally, be their friend. And if they look up to you, (even if it's in the form of copy-catting) that can be used for good. Set a good example. Don't ever have an attitude. Younger siblings will see that, and later, have one themselves, thinking it makes them seem older. Give them a good example to copy, show them that having love and patience makes you mature.

3. God tells us to. God said to love your neighbor as yourself. Not just to treat them well, but to love them as much as we love ourselves. We all have various things we want to accomplish, and we can do these things sometimes. But we must make time for our siblings. They won't live with us for ever. Seize this opportunity to give them as much love as you can, as much fun memories as you can, and as much good advice as you can.

  Next time you're sitting on the couch, doing something you want, and your little sister or brother comes to you, asking for your help, show them love. Help them. Sacrifice by giving your time and effort to them. And in giving to them, you are giving to God.


Here's a good book to check out! I read it a few years ago, and now am re-reading it with two of my sisters. 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Laura Ingalls Wilder Birthday // Gingerbread


  Hello! I don't know if you already knew or not, but today is Laura Ingalls Wilder's birthday! Yesterday, I tried out her gingerbread recipe. Here's part of it in her handwriting:

Photo found online.

  We put butter on our gingerbread, but Laura suggested chocolate frosting!

  The problem is, I overcooked mine. I want to make it again, and when I do, I want to put it in wider casserole dish (I used a small square casserole dish.) You should make some!

  Here is a quote by Caroline Ingalls, and then one by Laura.  

"If wisdom’s ways you wisely seek, Five things observe with care: To whom you speak, Of whom you speak, And how and when and where." ~ Caroline ("Ma") Ingalls 



Are you going to try the gingerbread recipe? Are you doing anything else to celebrate? Have you read any of the Little House Books?









  

Monday, February 5, 2018

7 Truths and 3 Lies // ANSWERS




Hello! So today I am here with the answers to the "7 Truths and 3 Lies" post.

1. My family is painted in a museum. True! It's supposed to be a silly picture. :P Back left is my Dad, (somebody else painted their dog licking him) then my mom, then my Grandmom, front left is my older brother, then me, then Tara, then my older sister. My Mom painted it a while ago (probably around 2004.)

2. I'm a vegetarian. True! I eat meat products (such as eggs and dairy) but not meat.

3. I have green eyes. False! I have blue eyes. 

4. My sister used to have a pet rat. True! Gina (who has the pink soccer shirt on in the museum picture) used to have a pet rat named Rachel.

5. I'm learning German. False! I'm learning French.


6. I love fettuccine Alfredo. True! 

7. My favorite number is 5. True! I'm born on a 5th.

8. We have a cat named K.C. (Kitty Cat). True! She is the Tabby on the right. (Her mom, Faithie, is on the left, and Princess, her sister is in the middle.)


9. I've read the Little House Series twice. False! I love Laura Ingalls, but I have not read all of the books in the series. 

10. I've seen 3 bear in my life (not counting in the zoo.) True! We saw 2 when we were hiking, and 1 in the car. (Well, from the car.) 


Well, there you have it! Hope you all had fun (I did!) How many did you get right?

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

7 Truths and 3 Lies


  I've seen this kind of post on a few other blogs, and thought it's be fun to try! So below I wrote 7 truths, and 3 lies. Please guess in the comments what three you think are not true. (Even if you don't know me!) In a few days, I'll post the answers. Have fun!
  1. My family is painted on a museum wall.
  2. I'm a vegetarian.
  3. I have green eyes.
  4. My sister used to have a pet rat.
  5. I'm learning German.
  6. I love fettuccine Alfredo.
  7. My favorite number is 5
  8. We have a cat named K.C. (Kitty Cat)
  9. I've read the Little House Series twice.
  10. I've seen three bear in my life (not counting at the zoo)

  Also, does anyone have any tips for my blog design? See on the sides, how the pink picture is split? Anybody know how to fix that? Anything else I could change? Don't feel bad to tell me!


Saturday, January 20, 2018

An Average Day


 Dear followers, hello again! Alice from My Golden Journey tagged me for this. You have to post at least 10 pictures showing a typical day for you, and tag at least two people. Thanks Alice!

  This post was a little difficult. I don't really follow a good schedule. I really need to work on that! I didn't take all of these pictures in the same day, I don't do all of these things everyday, and I don't necessarily do them in this order. But anyway, it was fun! So, think of it more as, "here are some things I do a lot." :D  

When I wake up, I usually do my hair and make my bed.

Feed cats if it's my day, get water, eat breakfast.

School


Do some things online


 Sometimes I color a bit in (or on) my planner

Sometimes I do workbook with sisters.

Read my Bible

Take B3 and give to two of my sisters.

Write a little in my planner. I've been using it more to write about the day, than to actually plan with it. 

Doing dishes

Play violin

We've been playing "Settlers of Catan" a lot lately. 

I Tag:
Lilly Shyree at Live Beautifully

Thanks again for tagging me Alice!!!



Friday, January 19, 2018

God Spoke Tibetan : Book Review


  Hello readers! Did you have a nice weekend?
  A few days ago, I finished an interesting book called, God Spoke Tibetan. The Subtitle is:

 THE EPIC STORY OF THE MEN
WHO GAVE THE BIBLE
TO TIBET, THE FORBIDDEN LAND

The Back Cover:
  This is the true story of the men, who gave the Bible to the people of remotes, forbidden Tibet in the language of the Tibetans. 
  Starting with the sudden death of a Dalai Lama in the thousand-room palace of Lhasa, the story moves into Kashmir as a government official accused of murder escapes for his life. This fugitive, settling in a "Shangri-la" valley of Kashmir, helps launch the first attempts to translate the Bible. But the task proves formidable beyond anyone's imagination, as a sequence of heartbreaking setbacks blocks the translators' efforts. Not only are there language barriers, but also war and revolution, a Himalayan thunderstorm, the heat of India;s plains, and a roaring avalanche from a mountain cliff.
  The setting for this improbable but well-documented narrative is an exotic land surrounded by the world's highest mountains. It is a country whose people practice Buddhism heavily mixed with demon worship; where polyandry (plurality of husbands) is practiced; where, until the Chinese invasion, a succession of Dalai Lamas were both worshiped and assassinated. 
  The translation of the Bible hardly sounds like an exciting event, but this one is different. You will not only be entertained, but inspired with a sense of the power of the Word of life, the Book that "is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword."
  "God Spoke Tibetan" will stir all those who love the Holy Scripture and rejoice in its triumphant witness to the farthest points of the globe.

         
  I really liked this book. One courier, taking the proofs to Leh got hit by an avalanche. Another man, Bahadar, was caught in a storm which had split his ear drums. He wouldn't hear for weeks, and after that, he wouldn't hear well! But in the end, the Tibetan Bible was finished, and God's timing (as always) was perfect. If it had been finished quickly, not many Bibles could have entered Tibet. You would probably have been killed if you were found carrying one. But now, because of war, when all hope was lost, "at this precise time God's Book appeared and spoke to the people of peace and life and hope." This book shows God's Hand moving over and over again!

-NOTE: This book does have a very gruesome description in it, of the Pehar, a god, going into an Oracle. You should ask a parent before reading.

If you do read this book, I suggest reading it, and then the forward. The forward was interesting, but it might not have been as interesting if I hadn't already read the book.

  Have you ever read God Spoke Tibetan? Have you ever read any similar books?


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Do not be anxious

 Hello readers!
 Quite a few years ago, (summer of 2010, I believe) my sister and I were at a Vacation Bible School. It was rain forest theme, and on one of the days towards the end, we were able to get something to bring home. I forget exactly how it was, maybe there were different decorations and things, and we got to line up and pick something. Anyway, I ended up with a poster, which had Philippians 4:6-7 on it, and also some stickers, though I'm not sure if I got them at the same time.


  That verse, Philippians 4:6-7, was a song we had learned there. It wasn't one of my favorite songs from VBS, but it was still nice to have. 
  Fast forward over seven years... For school, in Bible class, I got those same verses. Either in the school book, or online around that time, I learned that Paul, while writing Philippians, was actually in Prison. This gives us a whole new way to look at it! Paul was in prison while he wrote not to be anxious about anything!
  Also in Philippians 4 (verse  4) he wrote, "Rejoice in Lord alway: and again I say Rejoice." You may think he'd be downhearted ( and he may have been sometimes) but here he was, in prison, telling us to rejoice in the Lord. He obviously knew that no matter what the circumstance, God was still good. 

  Also he wrote, 

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
13I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
-Philippians 4:11-13
  We must learn to be content! We cannot be ungrateful, and we cannot be anxious. We must completely trust in God. Pray (present your request to God) , and trust. And while we cannot fully trust on our own, we can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth us.
  Don't be filled with anxiety about the future! God already has the future planned out. And don't forget-
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God
Romans 8:28a 
  Will you decide to stop worrying? Will you pray, and trust that God has the future all worked out? There will be hard times in the future, but God already knows the ending, and will help you through every trial if you trust in Him.
  And now with Paul I will say, The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.