Thursday, June 14, 2018

Trip to Jellystone Park

  Hello! Yesterday we got back from a trip to Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park. It was lots of fun, and I thought I would do a post about it. 

  

Some shoes 


Waterslides


I tried to fix the red eyes, but failed : /
(This is my sister who helped illustrate for A Greater Purpose)


Care for a scorpion candy?

We celebrated a birthday there for one of my sisters. (She turned 7!)



Table



She's so excited even though it's not her birthday! 





Braving the waterslide!



Beautiful mountains!




Dutch Blitz

Sitting around the campfire

Smores!



Stratego

Tara's bed

Mine (we slept in the loft)

Sitting on the porch

Wooden stools



My youngest sister (for now!)

Key-chain from giftshop



We went to a custard stand down the road


I collect postcards :D

me



Running


Jumping pillow

homemade freeze pops (With added Vit. C!)


Miniature golf


Painting ceramics




Have you ever been to a Jellystone Park? Did you have fun? Are you doing anything exciting this summer?


Friday, June 8, 2018

A Greater Purpose Part IV "A New Creature"

 "A New Creature"

 Spring had officially come to Bluebridge Colorado. The birds were singing their joyful songs as the flowers were opening to show their beautiful colors in every street corner. Charity was cheerful as she swept the kitchen floor, windows open and breeze blowing. She hummed the familiar tune that had been with her her whole life, and sang the few words of it she knew, "And we shall meet again, my dear, yes we shall meet again." "And do I even know those?" she wondered. "Perhaps my mind has just made it up over the years...." After sweeping she headed up to the attic to join the others. They were about to begin A Greater Purpose session.

  "I have a surprise for you, my dears," Evangeline told them after they were all settled around on the colorful mat. She held up a glass jar and all the girls stared in awe as a yellow and black caterpillar crawled around inside. "It's a caterpillar!" Merry cried out joyfully. "Wherever did you find it?"
  "I saw some milkweed right outside the back door," she told them. "And this little critter was on it." She put it in the middle of the floor, and began to speak.


Picture found on Google from followingsplendor.wordpress.com


  "Have you ever thought about a caterpillar's life? They crawl along on the ground and eventually become a chrysalis. After a bit, they emerge, no longer a caterpillar, but a butterfly. They didn't just sprout wings, no. Butterflies are not winged caterpillars, they are a new creature." She looked up at the girls to see if they were following, and then continued.
  "We are all born into sin, and, without God, we will continue to live in it, to crawl around in it. We can't save ourselves from it; we can try to "be good" but we simply cannot become new on our own.
  "But, if we ask Him, He can make us new. He will change us into completely new creatures! And someday, we, too, will fly...."

  Charity thought about these words that evening as she set the tables for supper. "God can make us new? What does it mean?" she wondered. She had heard the McGradys read stories from the Bible to the children many times, but Evangeline spoke of God as real, and alive even to-day. She brushed the thoughts aside and continued on with her work.

  After the evening meal, the children amused themselves by holding and playing with the caterpillar. They were trying to think of a name for it, but hadn't yet agreed on one. Charity and Evangeline sat on the cot, watching them play.
  "So, Charity," Evangeline asked, "how long have you lived here?"
  "Two years," she answered. "I was transferred here from the Salem County Orphanage. I had lived there for as long as I can remember. The folks there were cruel, and they could hardly afford to feed us. So when the Bluebridge Orphanage was advertising, they sent a bunch of us older girls over. It's so much better here. The McGradys have been so very kind to us."
  "Yes," Evangeline agreed. "I certainly know of the cruelties there." Charity look at her curiously. "I didn't realize folks outside the orphanage knew. All the way in India?"
  Evangeline was quiet as she looked out the window. "I lived there for a little while," she said, after a moment. "Before I went to India."
  "You mean you helped out there?" Charity questioned. "I do not remember you. But then again, it was a large orphanage, and I certainly did not meet the workers in every quarter..."

Stay tuned for Part V!!!
What do you think the caterpillar should be named? Comment below a good name idea that also has to do with the symbolism mentioned in the story, and I may use it!

PS. My blogiversary is coming up! It's June 24. Any ideas?

Thursday, June 7, 2018

About the Characters ~A Greater Purpose~

  Hello, today I want to share with you a bit about Evangeline, the McGradys, and the orphans who live at the Bluebridge Orphanage for Girls in A Greater Purpose. One of my sisters helped with some illustrating. Now, not everyone may be mentioned in the story I'm writing on my blog. They do live at the orphanage though, and maybe someday I'll make a more detailed story, and turn it into a book. :D

I'll be posting part IV tomorrow!


Evangeline
  Evangeline is twenty-two years old, and very pretty. She has dark brown or black hair, and blue eyes. She wore a cape, and brought a carpet bag with her.
Evangeline

Mr. and Mrs. McGrady
  Mr. and Mrs. McGrady immigrated from Ireland when they were in their twenties, but have kept their accents even though it's been forty years. They both have reddish, hair, though it has some tan or white mixed it. Both of them have frizzy or curly hair. They do not have any children of their own.
Mrs. McGrady


Charity
  Charity is eighteen years old. She has dark brown hair, and blue eyes. Since she does not have a family, she decided to stay and help at the orphanage. She has been moved from orphanage to orphanage. She was one of the orphans who was transferred from the Salem orphanage two years before.

Mercy
  Mercy is sixteen, and came from the Salem Orphanage. She is African-American, and full of compassion. She loves to comfort the girls, and is especially close to Lavender.

Miriam
  Miriam is fourteen years old, and has strait brown or dirty blonde hair. She has been an orphan since she was a baby, and has moved around a lot. She has worked at many places, lived at many house, and finally ended up at the Salem Orphanage at age ten. When she was twelve, she was transferred over to the Bluebridge Orphanage.

Isabella Margarita
  Isabella is thirteen, and was the daughter of a very wealthy couple. When her parents died, no body wanted to take her in, so she was sent to the Bluebridge Orphanage. When she comes of age, she will receive the estate, and a large sum of money, which her parents left for her. She often reminds the other orphans of this.

Samantha
  Samantha is thirteen, and was transferred from the Salem Orphanage two years ago. Her dream is to open up her own orphanage someday, and to teach orphans about God.


Sophia
  Sophia has dark black hair, brown eyes, doesn't speak much, She is twelve years old, and does not open up very easily. When you need advice, she is always ready to give it to you, which is funny since her name means "wisdom"!
Charlotte

  Charlotte was part of a large family. When her parents died, her siblings were separated, some to become workers, like her twin, Charlie, and others went to live in various orphanages. She was thrilled to find her little sister, Merry, when she came here from the Salem Orphanage. Charlotte has brown hair, blue eyes, and freckles. She is twelve years old, and was transferred from the Salem Orphanage two years ago.

Katie
  Katie is eleven years old, and is a big help to the McGradys. She had become an orphan when she was six, but had been taken in by a friend of her parents. When her guardian had heard about this orphanage opening up, she sent her here. Katie has been at the orphanage since it opened, and has blonde wavy or straight hair.

Poinsettia
  Poinsettia arrived at the orphanage on Christmas day the year before. She is Chinese, and has straight, black hair, and a friendly smile. She is eleven years old. She did not know much English, and when her parents died, had tried to manage on her own. Cold, hungry, and lonely, she arrived at the orphanage in hope for a meal, but ended up staying.

Hannah
  Hannah is ten years old, and her and her little sister were the first orphans they took in. She was actually dropped off, with her little sister, before the orphanage was completely fixed up. They stayed at the McGrady's house while the orphanage was being finished.

Elizabeth
  Elizabeth is eight years old, and has been here since she was five. She has dirty-blonde hair, and brown eyes . She is sisters with Hannah.

Elizabeth
-picture from Pinterest-



Lizzy
  Elizabeth is seven years old, and was nicknamed "Lizzy" so as not to get confused, since there is another Elizabeth at the orphanage. She has straight, dirty-blonde hair, and was brought here two years ago. She is very weak, and the McGradys believe she must have gotten very sick in the past.

Ann
  Ann and her little sister were brought here by their uncle a year before the story begins. They are Italian, and both have brown curls, and brown eyes. Ann is seven, and very protective of her sister.

Felicity (AKA Merry)
  Felicity, or "Merry", as most people call her, is seven years old. She has been here for three years, arriving shortly after the orphanage was opened. She is out-going, friendly, and full of smiles. She was thrilled when Charlotte arrived at the orphanage, after a year.

Rosa
  Rosa is six years old. She has light brown hair, that is long and curly. She has freckles, and blue or green eyes. She was brought here about two years ago.
Rosa


Ruth
  Ruth is five years old, and has only been here about a month. She has brown curls, and brown eyes.
Ruth

Meg
  Meg five, and was brought to the orphanage by an old woman a few months after the orphanage had opened. She is very talkative, and loves to help out around the orphanage.


Nada
  Nada is four years old, and was found on the orphanage porch two years ago with a letter. It explained that her name was Nada, which meant hope, and that the mother did not think she could give her daughter any. She knew the McGradys were kind people, and that at least this way she could grow up, and get an education, and plenty to eat. She asked them to be sure she kept her name, and learned the meaning as she grew older; she wanted her daughter to never lose hope.
Nada

Maria
  Maria is four years old, and has brown curls, and brown eyes. She doesn't talk to anyone but Ann.

Maggie
  Maggie is three years old. She was dropped of at the orphanage shortly after it was opened, like Beth. Since they did not know her name, they decided  to call her "Maggie", after Mrs. McGrady's mother.

Lavender
  Lavender is three years old. She was found on the orphanage steps when she was eighteen months old, and named "Lavender" by Mercy, who has sort of taken her on as a little sister. She has red hair.

Kanaya
  Kanaya is two years old, and has tan skin, dark hair, and dark eyes. She was brought to the orphanage a few months ago. The woman who brought her would not reveal her own identity, but told the the baby's name.

Azul
   Azul is just two years old, and was brought here a few months ago. Her mother, who had become a widow just before Azul was born, and had lost her house to the bank, was found by an old woman who had let her stay at her place. She had died during childbirth, and the old woman had named the baby girl "Azul" which meant "blue" in her language. She brought her to a lady who also had just had a baby, to be nursed, but when she was a year old, Azul was given back to the old woman. After awhile, the old woman knew she was too weak to raise a little girl on her own, and brought her to the Bluebridge Orphanage.

Mary 
  Mary is 18 months, and was found on the orphanage porch three months before. She is learning to talk, and has a delightful laugh.


Gracie
  Gracie is ten months old, and was found on the orphanage steps two months ago, with a bundle of  things such as diapers, blankets, clothes, and formula. They found her right after a blizzard, and named her "Grace" because God's grace in keeping her alive through the perilous weather they had that night.

Beth
  Beth was found on the orphanage steps a month before the story begins. We do not know who left her, but she was found with a canister of formula, and a blanket, with "Beth" embroidered on it.





Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Redeeming the Time

Picture from Pinterest (Edited; words added)


   Hello! Today I want to talk about redeeming the time. Are you doing something meaningful with your life? Something that will last? Colossians 4:5 says, "Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time." Are you redeeming the time? This doesn't mean you may never rest, but are you using your time wisely, or are you wasting it away? Are you spending days upon end living for yourself, or for Jesus

  Here are a few reasons why we should be living for God, rather than for ourselves.

1. The things we do to enjoy ourselves (go on Pinterest, play games, etc.) will not last. While it's okay to do these things occasionally, we should remember that in the end,  "Only what’s done for Christ will last."  Are you doing things that will matter in the end?

2. We will only be satisfied if we are serving God. When we live for ourselves, we will feel empty. We were made with a need for God, and without Him, we will never be filled.

3. There are so many people that need help! You can't help everyone, but you can make a difference in the lives of many people. In fact, we already are making a difference. We have to make sure it is a good difference.

  Ephesians 5:16-17 says. "Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is." 

How do we know what God's will is?
  "In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:6   Pray about everything, and He'll give you direction.

  "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." James 1:5   Pray for wisdom, and God will give it to you.

  Here's one more verse to close on-

  "And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:13   


  What do you think? Feel free to leave a comment below!



  



Friday, May 25, 2018

Sunshine Blogger Award




 Hello! Today I'm here with another tag! The Sunshine Blogger Award.  Thank you Annie, for tagging me!!!

RULES…

Thank the blogger who nominated you and link their blog. (Annie Writes)
Answer the questions the blogger who nominated you provided (11 maximum).
Nominate new bloggers and make up 11 questions for them to answer.
List the rules and have the Sunshine Blogger logo present in your post.


1)Who do you admire in your life that you would call a “sunshine for Christ?”  My pen-pal, Ruby.
2) If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? Either to visit friends a few hours south, or to Missouri!
3) What is the best book you have read so far this year? I don't read very much, but I'm enjoying Pearl Maiden, and The King's Fifth was pretty good.

4) Why do you think it is important to study God’s Word? I think it's important because you have to know what you believe. 

1 Peter 3:15. But sanctify the LORD God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
5) Why do you think it is important to memorize God’s Word? Well, it can convict us when we are tempted to do something wrong, it can comfort us, and if Bibles ever become illegal we will have (at least some of) it by memory!
6) What is one blog that you find really encouraging? Truly Beautiful.
7) If you could choose another name for yourself, what would you choose, and why?
I like Miriam, and Felicity. And I'd really like to have the middle name Elizabeth, like Laura Elizabeth Ingalls.
8) What is one way you can serve God today? Be thankful!
9) What is your favorite snack food? Cookie dough!
10)  What is one fun fact about yourself? 
I used to want to live in Ohio when I grew up. I'm not really sure why!
11) What are your favorite song artists/songs? My two favorite songs are "Be Thou My Vision" and "In Christ Alone". Lately I've be really enjoying Galkin Evangelistic Ministries, but I also like GRACE FUL and the Wissmann family.

I tag:
Sorry, I know it's not quite 11! 

Question:

  1. How can you serve Jesus at home?
  2. If you are writing a book, tell us about it?
  3. Where are you in your sibling line up (if you have siblings)?
  4. What's your favorite song?
  5. If you could live in any time period, which would you choose?
  6. If you could go and visit anywhere, where would you go?
  7. What is your favorite book of the Bible?
  8. Do you have a favorite quote?
  9. Post a picture of your bedroom!
  10. Name a book that has inspired, motivated, or comforted you:
  11. What is your dream job?

Thank you for tagging me Annie!!!! It was lots of fun!!



Thursday, May 17, 2018

Mug Exchange Pictures!!

  Hi! So today I'm here with a few pictures from a mug exchange I participated in this April. It was hosted by Stephanie, from  The Enchanting Rose. This was my first time ever doing a mug exchange, and it was lots of fun!!

  I don't have any pictures of the package I sent, but here are a few from the one I received!

  My package was from Maggie Farnum, and I loved it! It was violin-themed! Here is an over-all picture of what she sent:


Here's the mug up close:



 Click on the picture below to go to her Lilla Rose shop!!


 Her family is a band, and she sent me one their first CD's!



Thank you again Maggie for this lovely package!!!

  This was a lot of fun!!! I would definitely love to do it again someday! 

Have you ever participated in an exchange? If so, what type?  



Tuesday, May 8, 2018

I'm Back! What I've been up to-

  Hello! How have you been? Today I'm just gonna do a "life post"!

  Reading: Pearl Maiden by H. R. Haggard. Erica, from A Story of a Storyteller recommended it in a post awhile ago, and I'm really enjoying it!

  Participating in: a mug exchange for the first time! (Post on that later!)

  Listening to: Recently, we've been listening to the dramatized version of Pilgrim's Progress. It's really good! I've also been listening to Sing the KJV and some of the Galkin Evangelistic Team's Music. Here's one of their songs:

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Enjoying: Truly Beautiful YouTube Channel by Abby Rose!


Rejoicing!! Because my mom's expecting a baby!


Watching: Little House on the Prairie


 Playing: "Amazing Grace" on violin.



I guess that's all for now!! What have YOU been up to???