Sunday, October 7, 2018

Some Books I Recommend

  Hello! Has Fall come to your state yet? It has here! The trees are changing color and the road is filled with leaves.
  What do you plan to do this Fall? Perhaps you plan to get some reading done, but don't know what to read. It can be hard to find good books as a Christian girl, but maybe this post will help you!
  Before I begin, I want to say a few things.

  1. I don't claim to agree with everything that is mentioned, said, or done in the books listed.
  2. I personally haven't read/finished every book listed, but between my sister and me I think we have.
  3. There are affiliate links in this post.
  4. The links included may not bring you to the exact version pictured.

  One last thing: age range. Some of the books are more for younger children, but I included them because I really liked them. You may find something from this post you would like to read to a younger sibling. On the other hand, I would recommend some of the books for an older audience, like 14+ or so. If you are younger, you may want to ask a parent first. Some books are great for any age!

  Okay, so let's begin!

The Cat of Bubastes
G. A. Henty
I haven't quite finished this, but my sister has read it twice. It's a fictional story about Amuba, son of a Rebu king, who gets taken as a slave to Egypt. There he is befriended by Chebron. Later on Chebron accidentally kills a cat, which the people thought was sacred. They are hiding for their lives, and trying to find Mysa, Chebron's sister. It's full of history, adventure, and mystery!

Pilgrim's Progress
John Bunyan
Pilgrim's Progress has had more copies sell than any other book except the Bible. It's an allegory following the life of Christian, a man with a terrible burden upon his back, which he wants to be rid of. Follow Christian through the Slough of Despondence, the Interpreter's house, and to the cross, where his burden falls. Meet Wordly Wise Man, Evangelist, Patience and Prudence, and many more people as you journey through, finally arriving at the Celestial City.

Amy Carmichael
As a girl, Mimosa heard about God one day. She didn't hear much; she didn't even remember His name. But she trusted in Him through the years, and eventually was able to learn more and meet other Christians.  You'll be amazed as you read the true story, and see God working miracles in Mimosa's life!
Last year, I wrote about this book in THIS post.

Buy Mimosa HERE!

Dr. Oma - Ethel Herr Buy HERE!
Against the Tide - Hope Irvin Marston  Buy HERE!
A Cup of Cold Water - Christine Farenhorst Buy HERE!
My sister has read these three books form the Chosen Daughter Series, and enjoyed them all. Copying from P&R Publishing's site, this series "highlights the lives of ordinary women who by God’s grace accomplish extraordinary things." Follow along in these true stories showing people who really "dared to risk it all."

American Challenge
American Struggle
Enjoy learning about fictional girls during real events such as the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Each of these thick books contain four separate stories, by various authors. Enjoy following these girls through adventures, while learning at the same time. See the struggles they endured, and feel the joy when they succeed. If you like history and adventure, you're sure to enjoy reading these two books!
These books are from the Sisters in Time Series.

Little Women
Louisa May Alcott
Meet Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, four sisters growing up during the Civil War. With lovely poems, references throughout of different places in Pilgrim's Progress as the girls journey through them, and funny stories too, this book is definitely a classic! See Jo, the main character, change from a rough, boyish girl with no manners, to the kind and caring lady she becomes. Inspired by Louisa's own life and sisters.

Stepping Heavenward
Elizabeth Prentiss
Stepping Heavenward is written as the fictional diary of a girl named Katy. It's like a devotional and a story in one. See Katy transform as she learns to know God, and follow Him. She goes from the complaining, impatient girl, to the loving wife and mom at the end, who is able to give advice to others.

Kisses from Katie
Katie Davis
Kisses from Katie is the true story of an eighteen year old girl who moves to Uganda; by the time she was 23, she had become the mother of 13 girls! You may think Katie's life is hard, and it is! Being the mom of so many girls, having a ministry with hundreds of other children, constantly having others who are sick or homeless stay for meals or nights — that is hard. So why does she do it? Because she knows that's where God wants her to be. And she's so happy! Living for God by serving others gives  you a joy and fulfillment you can't find by living for yourself. See God work miracles all throughout this book, and watch as Katie grows closer to Him.

Making Brothers and Sister Best Friends
Sarah, Stephen, and Grace Mally
Written by three siblings, this book shows you how to become best friends with your sisters and brothers. It doesn't mean you can't have other friends, but being friends with your siblings is something important that many people don't do. Sadly, lots of people view their siblings as competitors, or just ignore them overall. This can be read alone, or with your family. They also sell a coloring book you can do as you read.

Charlotte's Web
E.B. White
For many years, this was my favorite book! It's the simple story of a girl named Fern, and a pig, Wilbur, who doesn't want to be eaten. Creative Charlotte the spider saves him by writing complements about him in her web, such as "Some Pig." This results in Wilbur becoming famous.
from Charlotte's Web

Rachel Yoder Always Trouble Somewhere Series
Wanda E. Brunstetter
This series actually has eight books in all, though only four are pictured. It's a fictional story about a ten year old Amish girl in Lancaster, PA. This series is fun, interesting, and sure to keep you laughing!
Buy Books 1-4 HERE!

Little House Series 
Laura Ingalls Wilder
While this is technically fiction, much of it is from Laura's own life. It starts by showing when Laura is a little girl in the Big Woods, pauses to learn of Almanzo's childhood, and then continues the story of the Ingalls as they travel many miles in their covered wagon. Read about their dugout at Plum Creek, their shanty by Silver Lake, and their house in town. See as Laura grows up, gets married, and has a baby of her own. Not only will you enjoy reading this series, but you'll learn so much about what it was like to grow up in the late 1800's.

So, have you read any of the books I mentioned? What books do you recommend?

Monday, September 24, 2018

An Interesting Book

  Have you ever read the book of Job? Though I thought I knew the story, I'd never actually read it fully until recently. When I did, I really enjoyed it, learned a lot, and found so much I never had heard before!

  In the beginning of the book, God is pleased with Job. Then Satan tells God that Job is doing so well because God has blessed him. "If you put forth thine hand," Satan says, "he will curse you." Next, God gives permission to Satan to do whatever he wants to Job, as long as he doesn't touch Job himself.

  First, men come and kill Job's servants. Then, his sheep and more servants are killed by fire. Then more servants are killed, and the camels stolen. Finally, someone comes and tells Job that his children were just killed. The oldest son's house was blown down by wind.
  What did Job do? He rent his robes, and worshiped God. Worshiped God? Worshiping God is not the usual response to hardship, but that's what Job did. "The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD."

  Now Satan told God, if you touch him, he will curse you. God then gave him permission to do what he willed with Job, as long as he spared Job's life.
  Next, boils appeared on Job's skin, from his feet to his head. "Curse God," his wife told him. 
  "Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?" Job asked her. He would not curse God.

  When Job's three friends heard of his grief, they came, and a week after they arrived, Job began to complain. Why did I not die the day I was born?
  His friends began to talk to give "advice". They told him there must be a sin in his life. If you will repent of it, they told him, God will be with you again. Their advice wasn't true—suffering is not always a punishment for sin.

  All the while, Job is still complaining. If only God would destroy me, then I could have comfort. Job, his friends, and Elihu, a young man whose background we don't know, talk for a long time. 

Then, God talks.

  It says God is talking through a whirlwind.

  "Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. 
   "Who provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat.
   Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve? Canst thou number the months that they fulfil? or knowest thou the time when they bring forth?" I just included bits and pieces of what God said. As for Job, we can probably assume he's on the ground, trembling with fear.

  Now God wants an answer, but Job does not know what to say.

 Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said, Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.

 Then Job answered the LORD, and said,  Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth. Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.

  The LORD again tells Job to answer.

 Wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?  Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty. 

  Then Job answers God, telling Him he understood not things too wonderful for him. He heard of God before, but now has seen Him, and repents.

  At the end of the book, God blesses Job with more than before.

  Was God wrong? No. Job did not curse God even when all of these things happened to him.

  What can we learn from this?
  Nothing can happen to us unless God lets it happen. As God's children, we can find comfort in this. 

  God knows better than we do. Job wondered why he couldn't have just died the day he was born, but God had better plans. For reasons unknown to us, God let these things happen to Job, perhaps to help Job grow; perhaps to teach us. While Job saw what was happening right then and there, God saw the whole picture.

  Although I didn't write about it in the post, God was angry at Job's friends. Here we can learn to only teach things we know are true, and that trials are not always a punishment for sin.

  We are also reminded of God's power. Who are we to complain against the God who can number the stars and and sees the streams of the sea?

  At the end, we are reminded of God's love and mercy. God forgave Job, and blessed him with more than he had before!

Have you ever read the book of Job? What is one thing you found interesting from this post or from reading Job yourself?

Friday, September 14, 2018

A Bunch of Tags

  Hello! I know, I have not been blogging much. I've been pretty busy, but I hope to eventually get back to regular posts. For now, here are some tags!

Hello September Blog Tag

Thank you Laura G. for tagging me!


~Please copy the questions below, answer them, and then write out your new questions (or you can even copy these) for the people you nominate below your answered questions.
~Please nominate at least three bloggers, but try to avoid ones that you know have already been tagged.
~Lastly, include these guidelines in your post, and use the tag picture!

Favorite Fall Drink ?- (Hot Cocoa, Coffee, Tea) Normally coffee, but I like to make pumpkin lattes in Fall sometimes!
Favorite Fall Outfit ?- (Briefly Describe) I don't really have one! If I went out in Fall I would probably wear my grey coat and a pair of boots
Favorite Fall Activity?  Making fall food and drinks
What are some of the Fall Traditions you or your family participate in? We don't really have any traditions! We make a big meal on Thanksgiving, and I like making pumpkin things throughout Fall, but that's about it!
Does your family decorate for fall? - (Decorations can be as simple as a wreath) :) We did a little last year, but we don't always

Books you're planning to read this fall/winter? Not counting books for school, I may restart Not Regina, or read Hinds' Feet on High Places.
Do you participate in any fall festivals? No, we used to but now we live too far.
Do you like warm fuzzy socks? Yes!
What are some fallish type foods you make during this time of year? Pumpkin pancakes and pumpkin lattes. This year I want to make Apple Slump (a dessert Louisa May Alcott loved so much she named her house after)
Does anyone in your family have fall birthdays? - (Note: Don't have to use actual names. Just - uncle, aunt, two sisters...etc...) My mom and little sister and brother. My older sister's birthday is in the beginning of December, so it's technically Fall too!

Hello September Blog Tag

Answer the questions and then nominate at least three other bloggers. Write out at least ten new questions or just copy these. Include the guidelines in your post, use the tag picture, and try to avoid nominating bloggers who have already been nominated.

  Thank you for tagging me Maddy!

fall or autumn?
 We say Fall but I like the word "autumn"

favorite fall activity?
 making Fall food and drinks. When we had a nicer yard I loved to be outside in the Fall. I love Fall weather!

sweaters or hoodies?

windy or rainy days?

apple pie or pumpkin pie?
apple pie!

do you like apple cider donuts? 

favorite fall time drink?
I like homemade pumpkin lattes

if you could go to one state in the USA, just for the fall scenery, where would you go?
I don't know where the best Fall scenery is, but I've seen a video of Fall in Vermont and it was really pretty. Virginia is really pretty too.

what color leaf do you like best? 

Summer Blessings 2018 Tag
*Please thank the person who tagged you! Thank you Grace!
*Please include these rules on your blog!
*If it is past the summer, for example: Winter 2019, you can use this tag as “Blessings from Winter 2019 Tag!”
*Write 10+ blessings from God during that season in your post!  Include pictures!
*Tag 4 bloggers!
*If it’s a new season, bloggers can re-tag those who were already tagged a previous season!  (So if this tag circulates, instead of potentially dying off, we can keep it going by using it again each season.  Like, if a blog friend of yours doesn’t get around to doing it till mid-fall, they can re-tag you to do it again for fall 2018!)

I don't have a picture for everything, sorry!





progressing on things

A Trip in July to see family

violin lessons


warm weather!

seeing the monarchs fly by!

and a lot more!

Sunshine Blogger Award

Sunshine Maddy
1. do you play a musical instrument? Yes, violin
2. fiction or nonfiction books? I like nonfiction books that are written as stories!
3. chocolate or vanilla? both!
4. cars or trucks? I don't know
5. what's your middle name? Nicole
6. top three favorite blogs? I like your blog, Lilly Shyree's (which has been closed) , and A Story of a Storyteller
7. why did you start your blog? I started it for fun
8. dogs or cats? I don't know which I would choose; I'm not crazy about either
9. indoors or outdoors?  outdoors!
10. favorite summer activity? going on trips (if that counts!)
11. favorite food? I love stuffed shells and breakfast burritos (a tortilla with eggs, cheese, and sometimes rice, onions and peppers)

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

A Greater Purpose Update

  Hello! The last time I wrote A Greater Purpose, Evangeline and Charity found out that they were sisters. I'm going to call that story, which was Part 5, the end of A Greater Purpose 1. Since the next few parts have another significant thing happening in them, I'm going to be calling it A Greater Purpose 2. Today I'm just going to be summarizing the first story, and introducing the second. Enjoy!

  One cold November night in 1934, a mysterious visitor arrived at the door of the Bluebridge Orphanage for Girls. The dark figure came in, and introduced herself as Evangeline.  After having a vision leading her here, she had traveled across the ocean from India, where she had been living at a missionary station.
  Evangeline started a class for the orphaned girl, based off of one she herself had enjoyed as a girl. The class was called "A Greater Purpose," and she taught the girls about the Lord using simple props. In one of the latest classes, she brought in a caterpillar, and tried to explain how, like the caterpillar, God can transform us into new creatures. Unfortunately, it's not quite that easy to explain, and the caterpillar is currently being raced with a cricket which one of the younger girls found on the stairs earlier.
  Charity, the oldest of the orphans, wondered about what she taught. "A new creature? What could she mean?" She tried to push it out of her mind, but it kept coming back. "A new creature?" Yesterday, though, something happened that took her mind off of it, for now...

  Evangeline had thought that she was being sent to India to start the class, "A Greater Purpose." And that was one of the reasons. But there was also another reason of which she had no idea! After singing a song which she had made for her baby sister many, many years before, she and Charity both knew—they were sisters. They had been separated for eighteen years, and were now once again together!     
  Joyously they began to fill each other in on their lives, sorrowfully they thought of all the years they spent lonely, eagerly they dreamed of the unknown future. And that is where our story will begin.

  These past few months have been exciting. Evangeline has brought joy and creativity into the orphanage. She helped the girls to decorate the attic, making it a happy, colorful place. She spreads her cheery, joyful attitude through the whole orphanage. And all of the girls love when she teaches the class, "A Greater Purpose." Now it is known that she and Charity are sisters.
  What will these next months bring? Where will they take us?

  Be on the look out for the next part!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

A New Brother!

  Hello! So today I'm going to be filling you in on Caleb, my newest brother!
  August 7, around 12:40 am, Mom and Dad left for the hospital. Mom was in a lot of pain, her water had broke, and the contractions were coming-quick. We weren't sure if they would make it to the hospital in time, which was an hour away.
  Tara and I were called upstairs and slept on the couch. Well, lay on the couch. How could we sleep?
  Around 1:30 Dad called. Strange... Would they really have reached the hospital already? We answered, and he told us he was still on a road that's not very far from our house. "The baby's here." Caleb was born in the Suburban in a church parking lot! After he was born, a cop and two ambulances arrived, and Mom and Caleb were taken the rest of the way to the hospital. Mom said she was looking out the back windows as it zoomed around tractor trailers on the highway. Dad followed in the suburban.

  Caleb was doing well. He was a little colder than he was supposed to be, so they put him under a heat lamp. Also, his sugar was low, which the nurse said could have to do with him being cold. Dad came home in the afternoon, and later took us all to see him. He was born 5 lb 11 oz and was 19" long.

  Caleb was doing good overall! His hair was brown, and his eyes looked like they would be too.

A little bundle : )

  On the 9th (still at the hospital) Mom pointed out that his lips and mouth were bluish black. The nurses rushed him away.  By the time they reached the room where they were going to check his oxygen level, he was better. A little later though, while hooked up to the machine, it happened again. This time they saw his oxygen level dip down on the screen. Later, his oxygen level dipped down AGAIN, twice,  without his mouth turning blackish blue. They had him hooked up; something checked his oxygen, something showed the speed of his heart beats. He was under a heat lamp with sugar water being put into him through an IV. The doctor came in and said he would get a chest X-Ray. That came back great!
  Later that night, only Mom was at the hospital. His oxygen level went down again, twice. She told Dad on the phone that they were going to take him to UVA, a bigger hospital. They put an oxygen mask on him, put him in a freezer-looking thing, and took him away. Dad picked up Mom and they drove there too. They put him in a NICU. We were really scared. That night Mom and Dad stayed there. They emailed that he was doing good, but his red blood cell count was high. His oxygen levels did not drop at all at UVA though, which we were happy about!

  We thought Caleb was 37 weeks, 6 days along at birth. But they began to think otherwise. You see, my Mom didn't go to the hospital for an ultrasound until she was quite far along. "By that time," we now were told, "it was too late to measure him and get an accurate due date." So, the due date was probably quite a bit off! They now think he was only 34 or 35 weeks along at birth!
  But you know, All thing work together for good to them that love God. Romans 8:28. When he was born, Dad had to take the cord off his neck. It was on there twice. If he was in there for five or six more weeks, would he have lived?
  Not to mention, my mom showed signs of the early stages of preeclampsia. When she was able to get her blood pressure tested after the baby was born, it was really high. Would my mom have made it another five or six weeks?
  Lots of people were praying for him. The next evening he was getting a EEG, to test his brain. Mom and Dad came home, along with Grandma. I wondered of he'd be okay. I wondered if they'd keep a good eye on him, with his family two hours away. Was he in good hands? But you know, God reminded me: Ultimately, Caleb is in God's hands.

  This morning, Mom called in to check on him. The EEG showed such wonderful results that they were taking it off early! Also, his red blood cell count was completely better! Below is a picture Mom and Dad sent today. Doesn't he look peaceful? I'm so happy to see him without all those wires everywhere.

  Caleb is off the IV and doing wonderful! Thank you for your prayers;  God hears them! I don't know when he'll be able to come home, but I'll post more pictures when he does.

  "O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good; for his mercy endureth for ever." 1 Chronicles 16:34

Monday, August 6, 2018

A "Yard" Sale!!! 50% of the profit goes to Amazima

Hello! As you probably guessed from the title, today I'm going to be a doing an online yard sale! Actually, it's not just going for today. It will be until whenever they sell. They are on a first come first serve basis, so if you want something, write me right away to ensure that no one gets it first!

  Half of the profits will be going to Amazima, a ministry started by Katie Davis (Now Katie Davis Majors.) Amazima helps poor children in Uganda by paying for them to go to school, buying them school supplies, giving them meals and medical care, and telling them about Jesus. If you would like to learn more about Amazima, you can here.

  If you are interested in anything, you can comment below, or email me at .

  You may be able to save on shipping costs if you buy more than one thing and I can package them together.

  This sale is open to everyone living in the Continental USA. Unfortunately, shipping would probably be pretty expensive to send anything elsewhere.

  If you buy something, you can pay through PayPal, or "Snail Mail." 

Have fun!!!



Writings to Young Women
$3 for the three book set + $4 shipping
In book one, learn what Laura Ingalls Wilder has to say about Wisdom and Virtues. In book two, read about life as a pioneer woman. In book three, read what her family and friends say about her.

This is what they look like without the dust covers on.


Laura's desk

One of the chapters

Laura Ingalls Wilder

By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
$2.50+$2.50 shipping
Great condition! I'm only selling it because I have two. As you see, it's won a metal, so it's a pretty good book. :D 

Includes pictures in color!

From Passion To Profit
Start Your Business in 6 Weeks or Less!
$3 + 2.50 shipping

Learn how to start a business in only six weeks!

Craft Business Power
15-Days To A Profitable Online Craft Business
$4+$2.50 shipping
This book is written by Jason and Cinnamon Miles, founders of Liberty Jane, a company that sells doll clothing and patterns. Here they give good advice to anyone else wanting to start a craft business!

Everyday Light (Devotional)
$2+$3 shipping

Forward by Thomas Kinkade

I never actually read this book, so I don't know if it's good or not, but you can read it and see!

Side is a little dirty. Still in rather nice condition though.

Paperback book
$1+ $2.50 shipping

There is a little sticky spot on front cover. You may be able to get it off with a warm rag.

Also, someone wrote a little in the inside.↑

Elsie's Girlhood
$1+2 for shipping

This is #3 in the series

There is a little stickiness on this one too.

Sadly, someone wrote in the inside of this one in big marker. ) : I made the shipping $.50 less to make up for it.

Little Town on the Prairie
$1 +$2 shipping
Pictures inside are black & white.
This book is not in perfect condition. There is a little bit of stickiness, a small rip on the cover, and the sides are a little dirty. I wish I didn't have to charge shipping (you can come pick it up! 😜) but I do. :/ It's still a good book though!


Size 7
$3+ shipping (email for shipping price)

Red White and Blue button-up shirt
Size: Medium 8-10
$2+$5 shipping

Light blue cape dress
$4+$5 shipping
This fabric is quite see-through, so you will want to wear a slip or something under it.
Since it doesn't have a size (it's homemade) I'll take some measurements.
Length from neck to bottom (in front): 46 1/2 inches
Length from neck to waist: a little under 12 1/2 inches (it's a rather short bodice)
Waist : about 31 1/2 inches 
Sleeve length from shoulder: Almost 11 inches

Arts + Crafts/School

Blue and Black Case It
$3 + shipping. I'm guessing the shipping will be around $6 or $7. If you email me your zip code, I'll measure it and find out the exact price on USPS.

Inside there are three rings, like a binder. Also, there are pockets, and little pen holders at the top. The whole thing zips closed.

It has a handle.

The top is also a pocket, in a way. You can put notebooks or papers in it.

The Garden of Eden Coloring Book
$2.50 + $3.50 shipping

This is a pretty neat coloring book!

Unfortunately, I colored one page before...
But other than that, it's in very good condition!


Cup and Box
This cup was sent to us on accident. It says Joshua 1:9 (Be strong and courageous, do not be discouraged, for the LORD you God shall be with you wherever you go) in Spanish. They ended up sending us another in English, but if you know Spanish, or have a friend who does, this is a pretty cup with a nice matching box!
$4+Shipping (Email me with your zip code and I'll calculate the shipping.)

A Cookbook
100 Cupcakes & Cakes from 1 Easy Recipe
$3+$3 shipping

It's a little dark where the sticker was.
It has a nice, thick cover.

I guess that's it for now! I may post more things another time; we'll see. Don't forget, 50% of the profit goes to Amazima!