Monday, December 4, 2017

Christmas/Winter Tag

  Hello Readers! Happy December! Can you believe Christmas is only 21 days away?! Recently Lilly Shyree from Live Beautifully tagged me for the Christmas/Winter Tag. Thanks Lilly!

-If you do this tag, be sure to mention that it was started by: Belise @ Sparkle For Jesus :D

1. Do you celebrate Christmas?

2. Do you celebrate any other festive holidays other than Christmas or in addition to? 
 Just Winter ones? Or other ones too? We don't do any other holidays similar to Christmas, but we do New Years Eve, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Fourth of July, and Thanksgiving. :)

3. When it comes to weather, 70, 60, 50, 40, 30, 20, 10 degrees?
  I like warmer weather, so I guess 70. But I really like snow, and the thought of it being super cold.  And it's nice wearing a coat and gloves and stuff!

4. Rain or snow?
  Snow! I love snow! I love when everything is covered in snow from the ground to the trees to the cars! Maybe if we got it more often I'd like rain more, but I'm not sure.

5. On the perfect winter day, would you go shopping, or stay home?
Well, I'd rather go shopping than stay home. But there are things I'd rather do. : )

6. Trip to the mall, or walk in the park?
  They both sound nice, but mall because if we went there we might get something good to eat or drink! :)

7. Favorite Christmas movie? 
I don't really know... Any movie watched as a family with popcorn!

8. Favorite Christmas Tradition?
  One thing that we did before was every year me and my sisters would have a big doll party. It was lots of fun; we'd plan it ahead of time, and different dolls would bring different things! They'd exchange gifts, and eat snacks- it was lots of fun!

9.  Would you rather say, "Happy Holidays!" or "Merry Christmas!"
  Merry Christmas!

10. What does your Christmas morning look like?
  Well, we do presents, starting with the ones from us children, them moving onto the ones from our parents, finishing with the stockings! And we can't just go out at any time, we have to wait until our parents are ready. :D

11. Favorite Christmas song/carol?
  Joy to the World ( I really like this version! Wissmann Family Joy to the World) and Love Came Gently. I also really like Angels We Have Heard on High, and Let it Snow!

12. Hot Cocoa, Peppermint Tea, Peppermint Mocha, Peppermint Milkshake??
  Hmm... I like hot cocoa, peppermint tea's okay; iced peppermint tea is good. I've tasted a blended peppermint mocha, and remember it being good. And I don't know if I've ever tried a peppermint milkshake, but I like shamrock shakes, and mint chocolate chip milkshakes. I think my sister got a mint milkshake before; I'm not sure if I tasted it though. This question is too hard! 

I Tag:

And any one who wants to answer below!

Thanks again for tagging me Lilly! 


One more thing... Here are two older posts to check out!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!!! 7 Years in VA!

  Hello! Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful day today!

I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.                         

Psalm 7:17

  God is so good! Some things I am thankful for are:

  • His love for us!
  • My family
  • That my grandma got here safely 
  • That we have a warm place to live, and food to eat
  What are you thankful for?


  November 23rd, 2010, we moved to Virginia. Seven years ago! In 2013, we moved to a different house, and then again in 2016. Three babies have been born in VA, and 3 kittens, 2 fish, and 4 chickens have been bought. Not to mention the kittens that have been born...!  

  Have you ever heard the song, "Thy Word is a Lamp unto my feet"? I really like it!

  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Jack::A Pumpkin

  Meet Jack. A pumpkin. You may remember me telling you how I'd like to get a pumpkin in my "Autumn" Post. Well, here it is!
  It was an interesting experience, using a real pumpkin. Usually we use canned pumpkin. Here are some pictures!

After cutting open, I scooped out the insides.

Cooked it.

Cooked the seeds separately.  

Cut up some pumpkin and cooked with butter and seasonings. 

Blended some.

Pumpkin coffee. (Pumpkin + milk + pumpkin pie spice = homemade coffee creamer)

And made some pie.

Okay, here are the real pies I made...

And here's one without a crust; the leftover pumpkin pie mixture poured into a spring-form pan, cooked.

You sure can get a lot out of a pumpkin! Well, a big one at least. Smaller varieties of pumpkins are actually preferred for cooking, but the pie was still good. :) 
  Even though not everything turned out great, it was definitely a neat experience, and I hope you enjoyed a peek into it!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

One Song: Two Versions ::Which do you prefer?

  Hello! It's been awhile, hasn't it? How has your Fall been going? Today I'm going to post two versions of the same song, and you can vote on your favorite below! Please listen to each one in full before voting. Thank you!

Love Lifted Me

Which do you prefer?

The first one
The second one

  Have fun! And if you're bored, check out these two posts:

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Book Summary "Out On The Pampas"

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Some Tags

  Hi! A few months ago, I was tagged three times, by Lilly ShyreeMiss Blogger, and Hailey Hudson. Some of the the questions look pretty hard, (and there's a lot!) so I'm just gonna pick some to answer.

The Liebster Award
   Thanks for tagging me Lilly! 

  • What is your favorite season? Hmm. I like Fall, because of cool weather, nice breezes, leaves falling and changing color, and pumpkin things. And Winter's nice- I really like Christmas time, and I love when there is snow everywhere outside! Spring is nice; flowers blooming, and the weather getting warm. And Summer is nice too, because of the warm weather! (I know, I didn't really answer the question :P) 
  • How many kids do you wanna have someday? A lot! I used to say I would have 40, (including adopting), but I might not really. I would like a lot though! : )
  • What food is disgusting to you? Tuna looks (and smells!) gross, and eggs with the yolks not cooked through look pretty gross. 
  • What is the most boring book you own? I have a French dictionary that might be boring to read too much of. 😄

Summer Fun Blog Tag
   Thanks for tagging me Miss Blogger!

  • What's one of you biggest pet peeves? Cat's touching me with their wet noses.
  • What's the drink you always order at Starbucks? I don't go to Starbucks very often, but, Caramel Macchiatos. 
  • What's a phrase or exclamation you always say? "Like"
  • How tall are you? About 5' 5.5"

Abbie's Early Writing Tag
   Thanks for tagging me Hailey!

  Here's a story that I started when I was eleven. I don't know if it has a name, and I'm not sure if I ever got past the first chapter. Instead of telling you about it, you can read it below! 

Chapter 1. A Baby?

  Ding Dong, went the the doorbell at the Mances house. "I wonder who would be here at this time 
of night?" said Mrs. Mance, from her rocking chair. "I'll get it," said Mr. Mance as he was getting up

of the couch. "Mary, quick come!" he said. "What is it?" Mrs. Mance replied. "It's It's a baby!"

"What? A baby!" Mrs. Mance replied. "John, quick, bring it in! It must be so cold

out there! Oh and who would put a baby on our doorstep?" "But if it cries," Mr. Mance replied,"It will wake the

children up." "So!" Mrs Mance said," It's not even 20° out there! Bring her in, quickly!"

"What's you holding Mommy?" came a small voice from the hallway. "Oh Daisy Honey, come over here

 and see for yourself, but be very careful not to wake up the others." "Okay Mommy" Daisy replied.

"It's a little baby girl," said Mrs. Mance."A baby? Yay! A baby! A baby! A baby!" "Quiet down, Daisy, the other kids

 can know about it tomorrow." said Mrs. Mance. "Quick, wake up everybody! It's a baby! Mommy and Daddy found a baby!

You got to come see it! It's  a little girl! Quick! Rose, Paul, everyone! Hurry! It's a baby!"said Daisy. "Oh boy, Daisy, I

told you to be quiet." Mrs. Mance said. "You did?" Daisy replied. "Yes I did", her Mother answered.

"A baby?" " How did you find a baby?" " Who's baby is it?" "Can we keep her?" "How big is she?"

"Where did you find her?" The room flooded with questions from all of the kids."Quiet down kids, You are 

going to scare the baby." said Mrs. Mance. Then Mr. Mance said,"I know you all are very exited about the baby, but I can only answer your questions one at a time," "Okay." the children replied sadly. "Rose, you first."said Mr Mance.

"Okay" said Rose. " Who found her, and where did you find her?" "Okay, The doorbell rang," said Mr. Mance, "and I got up 

to get it, I saw the baby and told your Mom, the baby cried and woke up Daisy, and she woke you's all up."

"Oh" said Rose. "Paul you next" Mr. Mance said. "Okay," said Paul." Can we adopt her and keep her and name her?"

" Probley not," said Mr. Mance, " First we have to try to find her real parents, but for now how about we call her

Patience." "Great idea" said Mrs. Mance. Then Mr. Mance said,"John, do you have any questions?" "no, not 

really. They asked them all." He said. "any one else then?" said Mr. Mance. "No" they all said. "Okay, then

head back to bed. You can see Patience more tomorrow." He said.   " Aww! But I really want to hold her!"

said Daisy and Rose together. "Bedtime." said Mr. Mance. "Good night", said Mrs. Mance. "Good night,"

they all replied. And with that they were of to bed. 

  Yeah, I know there's a lot wrong with it. But I'm glad I still have it! 

  Hope you all enjoyed reading this post! 

Isaiah 43:1-2

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  But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
  When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
Isaiah 43:1-2

  Aren't these beautiful verses?! What are some of your favorite verses?