Thursday, March 25, 2021

My Sister Started a Blog!

 


     Hello! Just wanted to pop in real quick and let you know my sister started a blog! Go check it out by clicking on the banner above and be sure to give her a follow!

-Laura

Monday, February 15, 2021

Beth's Giveaway Tag

 




     Hi again! Beth, from Beth In Boots, is doing a fun giveaway tag, so here is my entry! Be sure to go over to her blog and enter yourself when you're doing reading!

     Question 1 : If you could spend one week in a TV show, what would it be?

     I would like to spend a week in "Little House On the Prairie". I always thought it would be neat to live back than, but have never been sure if it would actually be worth it. Since this would only be a week it would be a great way to get a taste for what it was really like without being stuck there forever.

     Question 2 : What is your favorite period drama movie or TV show?  

     I like "Little House On the Prairie" and "Anne of Green Gables" Part 1. 

     Question 3 : What is your favorite movie soundtrack?

     I like the songs in "The Sound of Music" and "Annie" (the 1982 version.) I also like the background music in "Lord of the Rings."

     Question 4 : What is your favorite Bible verse?
 
     I like both of these: 

     "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." -John 14:27

     "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."  -John 16:33

     Question 5 : Which Sketch Lovely drawing ($30 or less) would you pick if you won the giveaway?  

     That is a hard one! Maybe the one with the March sisters, or the one of Maria Von Trap on the hills. They're all really neat!

     Thank you Beth for hosting this, it was a lot of fun!

 I tag:

     Ellen

     and

     Alice

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Making Your Stories More Interesting





     Hi! Today's post is for any of you that enjoying writing and want to make you stories more interesting. I am by no means an expert at this, but I have been learning some things recently, and thought maybe these tips could help you, since they are definitely helping me!

     Tip 1. Use cliff hangers as often as you can. This one may seem obvious, but it's really not something I use as often as I should. Make your chapters end in such a way that the reader needs to come back. If a chapter ends with everything going fine, they may not even think about it throughout the day, but if it ends with a cliffhanger, they'll be longing to finish it, and will get back to it as soon as they can. 
     If your story is on their mind all day long, it will be almost like a friend to them, even if they don't realize it. 

     Tip 2. Make your characters come alive. Describe how they look and what they wear. Show their thoughts and personalities. Make them realistic enough to be the reader's friend. Also, show their exact conversations instead of just mentioning them. Here is an example:

     Don't:
     Mary Beth asked Emily if she could borrow her book. They were walking home from school in the mud. Emily said she could, as long as she took good care of it.

     Do: 
     "May I please borrow your book?" Mary Beth asked Emily as they walked home from school.
     "Sure, you can borrow it!" Emily said, skipping over a mud puddle. "Just be sure to take good care of it."

     You may notice that in the second example, you actually get to know the girls a bit more. You can imagine them walking home from school together, and see Emily skip over the puddle. You can also use this trick for when they do things. Instead of saying something happened, show it happening. 

     Don't:
     Miriam worked in the garden, weeding the flowers and picking tomatoes, green beans, and cucumbers. It was beautiful weather. She put the weeds in her compost pile out back.

     Do:
     "I think I'll work in the garden for a bit," Miriam thought to herself as she pulled on her boots and headed out the front door. A cool breeze brushed past her as she headed over to their fenced-in plot. "It feels beautiful out here," she thought, as she knelt down and began to pull some weeds from around the strawberry plants. After she had filled a bucket's worth, she took them out back to her compost pile, and gave it a stir. Then she went back to the garden and gathered a few juicy red tomatoes, some long green cucumbers, and a handful of green beans. "These will be perfect to put with supper tonight," she thought to herself as she walked back to the house to wash them.

     Doesn't Miriam seem so much more alive in the second example? Have you ever been in the middle of a really good book and actually missed the characters? I know I have! Sometimes when I finish a book, I'm sad because I had gotten so close to the characters. If you can get your readers to feel like the characters are friends, then they will miss your book and be sure to come back and finish it as soon as they can.

     Tip 3. Vary the length of your sentences. Here is a Pin I found about this that I thought was really interesting: 


     Isn't it neat how much difference you can make just by varying your sentence length? 

     These are all the tips I have for now, but I hope you found them helpful. Do you like to write? What are some ways you use to make your stories more interesting? What are some ways you've noticed your favorite author making their stories interesting?
     Have a good February!

Laura

Monday, January 25, 2021

Connection



This world is sadly lacking
Something it used to own;
Something that we were meant to have:
To not live life alone.  

We’re meant to have connection
With the people that we meet;
Instead of “How’s the weather?”
Why not “Come, and take a seat?”

If everyone is struggling,
With something or another,
Why do we struggle silently
And not lean on each other?

I long to be more purposeful
In what I do or say;
Not just the casual greetings,
But “Is everything okay?”

I want to have connection
With the people that I know;
Let’s help each other through the storms
That everyone must go.


Let’s not live life alone
When we’re meant to have each other;
God gave us friends and family
To walk with one another.

Please be there for your struggling friends,
Don’t fear to ask what’s wrong;
They need someone who shows they care,

And who will lead them on.


Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Conversation About Sinking

 



     Each day I’m sinking deeper down this fearful stormy whirlwind.

     I try to pull up just a bit and then I fall way back in.

     I push myself and try my best and do all that I think of,

     But no matter if I try my best, my best is never enough.

     I can’t go on like this much longer, not for another day,

     I must find help before I sink, I’m sure there is a way!”


    “ ’Tis Jesus that you need, dear soul, ’tis Him and Him alone.

     Without Him you won’t find a Way, you’ll never make it Home.


     “Hold up your hands, and humbly give to Him, your life, your all,

     To you this may seem huge, but in reality, it’s small. 



     “He gave His life to you, but that’s not all He gave:

     He also took your punishment, so that your soul to save. 


    “ Jesus is the only Way; alone you wont’t survive.

     You may swim for a moment, but that won’t keep you alive.

 

     “You do not have the strength it takes to stay above the sea,

     But Jesus offers rescue,” 


     “Will He rescue me?”


     “Yes, He will rescue you, my friend! Go fall upon your knees. 

     Cry out to Him, He’ll hear you. He won’t ignore your pleas!


     “He’ll pull you from the waters; He’ll calm your troubled soul.

     In Him come find security when outside billows roll.”


Monday, January 4, 2021

January 2021

     Hi again! I hope you all had a wonderful Fall and a nice Christmas! Just thought I'd share some recent pictures. 

Chickens have been laying since early October!


Here is a raspberry cream cheese danish I tried from Pinterest. Definitely will be making again!


Gemini, the Persian we got in June, has gotten huge!


Catalina, the girl, is catching up!

Here are some of the signs my mom's been painting!


Here are just a few more pics!





What have you been up to? How did your Christmas go? Did you set any New Year's resolutions? I haven't set any yet, though I am trying to set weekly goals. Are you looking forward to anything? 


Laura

Monday, December 28, 2020

Family




Dishes clatter, crumbs fall, 

Toys scattered ‘cross the hall;

Laundry piles ten feet high,

Someone trips and starts to cry,

It gets quite stressful, I can’t deny,

Our hands are full, and that’s no lie,

But have you seen our hearts?


 Our hearts are filled, they overflow,

Filled way more than our hands;

It makes our work all worth it,

I hope you understand.

God knew we needed family

More than extra time or things,

He gave us all each other

And I hope that this will ring:

That if you think our hands are full,

You should see our hearts!