Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Fun Snail Mail Ideas

  Hello! Today I want to talk about pen pals, snail mail, and ways to have fun with them! I love writing letters. Over the years, I’ve had many pen pals, and treasure each letter I get. (Fun fact: four of my pen pals have had the middle name Elizabeth/Elisabeth!) Pen pals are so much fun as you get to hear other girls tell their stories and you get to know them. Recently, I was able to talk to one of my pen pals on the phone for the first time. It was such a neat experience, and I feel so much closer to her now. 
  Here are a few "snail mail" ideas for you!


Using pretty paper is fun! If it's too small, just use several! Don't have special paper? Just decorate some plain paper with crayon or markers!


Decorate the back of the envelope! Isn’t this beautiful? I cut it off of an envelope someone sent. 


Here’s more envelope art.


Washi tape is an easy way to decorate your envelope.



Using pretty stamps is fun too!


Something I have begun doing is cutting the stamps off of the mail I get and gluing them into my “Everybook.” (I'd like to do a post about my Everybook one day.) It's fun looking at them all, and picking out favorites!


If you have time, making cards is special too. Here’s one from one of my pen pals; isn’t it pretty?


You could also make your mail more exciting by adding
A tea bag
A poem
A coloring page
A sheet of stickers
Photos of you or your family
A bookmark
A quiz for them to fill out and mail back
A chapter of a story you write; send one chapter in each letter!

Some ideas to write in your letter are
Recent things you’ve done.
Questions (to help them write their letters!)
Prayer requests
Tell them about your family
Describe what a day in your life is like



  It's such a blessing when you're having a hard day to find a handwritten letter waiting for you! As you write your letters, try your very best to write an encouraging letter that will brighten your pen pal's day.

  One last thing I'd like to say: be careful! You should be very cautious in writing to someone you have never met. Before writing to anyone you haven't met in person, ask your Mom or Dad. Remember that people are not always who they say they are. Some people even use pictures of themselves that aren't even them! When it comes to getting a pen pal, be wise. 
  Also, if you want a good pen pal, but don't know how to get one, comment below and I can tell you how I got mine! Pen pals can really be a blessing! I have pen pals who have grown to be friends, and who encourage me so much. 

Do you love mail? Do you have a pen pal? What do you like to include in your letters? Any letter-writing advice?




Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Interview with Amie and Snowball—Blog Tour


  Hello! I'm super excited to be participating in my first blog tour! Amie, from Crazy A, wrote and illustrated this book about her rabbit, Snowball. It's a very cute book with beautiful illustrations, and is perfect for children ages 2-5, or anyone who loves rabbits.

  Here's a summary about the book:

Snowball loves apples.  When his apple goes missing, he knows that he must find who took it.  A charming children's book with funny pictures, an engaging message, and animals.  Perfect for early readers or to read aloud to your 2-5 year old.

Here's a little about Amie:


Amie is a wild, crazy writer who is either daydreaming or talking a hundred miles an hour.  When she is not doing those two things, she is probably reading or jamming on one of the four instruments she plays.  Writing is her overwhelming passion, but she is also passionate about horses, music, acting, photography, blogging, and living life to glorify her Creator and Lord.  She is the second oldest of seven children and enjoys being dramatic with her four sisters. Whether it is in Amie’s writing or in her words, she enjoys making people laughing.

Amie

Now for the interview! I'll start with Amie.

What’s you favorite book?
Ooh, good question.  I have so many favorite books, and my all time favorite non-fiction book is the Bible.  I especially love the historical books, the gospels, and proverbs.  For fiction, my go-to answer is "The Wide Wide World" by Susan Warner.  It's a book that not only entertained me, it grew my walk with Christ. 

What’s your dream job?
Be a broadway performer, or at the very least be in an audio drama or movie.  That's my dream job. :D 

When did you first begin writing?
Well, I started seriously writing when I was twelve, though I've "written" since I can remember.  I used to make scribbles on notebook paper and tell my brother I could spell, and I was writing a story.  I was crushed when he told me that didn't count, and so I tried wordless picture books until I actually could (sorta) spell. 

What inspired this story
I wanted to enter a contest, and I'm terrible at drawing people, and so I looked over and saw Snowball and wrote about a tragedy happening to him. :D 

Do you think you’ll publish any other books?
Lord willing, yes.  It's my ambition and dream to keep publishing books, though I'm unsure if there will be any more picture books.  

How old are you?
I'm sorry to say that my parents would rather me not tell that online, but I'm a young teenager.


Snowball

Now for Snowball! 

How does it feel to be the main character in a book?
It is a very flattering feeling.  I feel as if I shall be the next YouTube sensation...Okay, maybe not exactly like that, but similar. 

What is your favorite food?
I like apples best, though watermelon and collards are close ties. 

What kind of rabbit are you?
I am a very smart rabbit.  (Though I do believe you're asking my breed, and I'm an English Spot.) 

Do you have a middle name?
Yes, I actually do, but it's a very undignified name.  Amie gave me it because she co-authored a book, and the rabbit in the book was white, and it was named Candi.  So I am Snowball Candi Rabbit.  (Now I shall bury in my hay.)

Have you ever gone outside?
Yes, in fact, I have almost left my owners behind multiple times when I found that the leash was too constraining.  

  Thank you for letting me interview you both! Since this is about rabbits, here's a picture of my old rabbit, Sable.


 Now you can go and buy the book here: Snowball and the Missing Apple .

  Here are Amie's social media accounts:


 
Oh yes, and there's one more exciting bit of information—a giveaway!!!!!
Amie is giving away one copy of her book, two sheets of stickers, and a beautiful rabbit stuffed animal. Enter HERE! And be sure to hurry, because the giveaway ends in two days!

Do you follow Amie's blog? Did you enter the giveaway? Isn't Snowball adorable?

Friday, February 8, 2019

5 Ways Taking a Social Media Break Blessed Me

 
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  In January, I was blessed by the opportunity to take a two-week social media break. It was hosted by "The Sunflower Gals", an Instagram account created by Abby Rose Nichols and Abigail Pierce. Each day, one of them would send out a devotional, which sometimes would include a challenge and/or a song recommendation. I really enjoyed taking this break, and today I'm going to be sharing some great things I carried away from it!
1. You don't have to be a slave to your body's every desire. This may seem obvious, but it's very important. Many people are slaves without even realizing it. They'll get a desire to check social media, and they will without even thinking about it. Now I'm not saying it's wrong to check a social media account. But if you know should be doing something else, you can say no to yourself, even if you really want to check it. Social media can often become an obsession, but you must not let it.
2. You have more time than you realize. If you are like me, than you probably feel like you don’t have enough time to do everything. But taking a social media break really showed me that I have a lot more time than I thought I did. When I would get an urge to check Instagram, instead of doing that, I would often do something that I would be happy I did later.
3. Life is exciting! During a social media break, when you are ready to enjoy yourself, instead of sitting down to waste time, you’ll start brainstorming other ideas to do. Maybe you’ll decide to write a book, or maybe you’ll want to deep clean your room, write a letter, or sew a dress. There are so many options! 
4. Social media breaks help you focus on what’s important. Often, I find myself living in a blur, not really focusing. Sometimes I’ll just scroll through social media because I’m bored, or upset. When taking a social media break, on the other hand, you’re often purposely trying to be productive, so you are focusing on moving forward, whether in school, music, writing, or life in general. 
5. Social media can cause envy. Because social media sites are where people post about the highlights of their lives, it often creates envy. It can make you long for someone else’s life, and make you unhappy with your own. Envy is sin; God commands us to not envy right in The Ten Commandments. Taking a social media break and focusing on your life can remind you of the many blessings you have received.

  The Sunflowers Gals host a social media break every month, usually one week long. Here is the link to their Instagram: @thesunflowergals . I encourage you to try a social media break too! You can sign up and do one hosted by The Sunflower Gals, or you can simply take one on your own.
  Have you ever tried a social  media break?



Saturday, January 26, 2019

Easy Egg-White Omelet

  Here is an easy breakfast that I really love!

1. Put a medium sized frying pan on stove. Add a bit of butter, so that your eggs don’t stick. Turn it on medium heat and let it preheat for a few minutes.
2. Measure out 3/4 c. of egg whites. (Shake bottle before pouring.) Once pan is hot, pour the egg whites on. Sprinkle on pepper and cover with a lid.

3. It will probably take five to seven minutes. You can scrape the sides with a spatula while it cooks if you’d like. Once the top is cooked, add toppings. I like cheese and guacamole. Turn heat off and put lid back on to melt cheese.

4. Scrape around edges and turn one side over onto the other side. Move to a plate, and enjoy!



What do you usually eat for breakfast?




Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Love to All



  God has called His children to love everyone. Everyone? What about murderers? Kidnappers? Should we really love them?
  Yes. First of all, remember that we, too, have sinned. Even if our sins are not the obvious kind (like murder)  they are still sins against God. If God, being completely perfect, can look  down and decide to love a sinner (me), than I who sin myself can love these people.
  You can love these people simply by wanting good for them. To some, this may seem crazy. I know that some people would want murderers to have to endure suffering and anguish. After all, they did something horrible! If we want to be like Jesus, though, we shouldn’t hate them. Rather we should pray for them, wanting them to be saved by the same blood that saved us. After all, who knows where we would be if God didn’t change our lives. Of course they’re not innocent; of course they should go to jail to learn and to keep others safe, but we shouldn’t hate them. 

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;“ Matthew 5:44

What are your thoughts?

Friday, January 11, 2019

Make your dreams happen!




  Albert Einstein said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results. 

  Everyone has some sort of ideal for their future. For some it could be really specific; others not so much. 
  Perhaps you have physical goals, like buying a house, or writing a book. Or maybe goals like being more honest, or kind. Whatever the goal, whether it be a resolution for this year, or a goal for when you’re thirty, you need to take action now.

  Here are some ways you can take action:

If you want to be an author, start writing! 
If you want to someday be a patient mother, practice bring patient today!
If you want to buy a house someday (even if you don’t plan on doing so for many years) start saving today! 

  You will never regret taking action. Even if you change your mind about your goal, the time you already invested will not have been for nothing. By writing, you became a better writer. By being patient, you pleased the Lord. The money you saved for a house? I’m sure you’ll find something else for that to go towards.

  You’ll never reach your dreams if you never pursue them. 

What are your goals?
Where do you want to be in a year?
Five years?
Twenty?
What are you doing today, to get you where you want to be tomorrow?



Saturday, January 5, 2019

Caroling On Christmas Eve—A Greater Purpose VIII









Read the previous part of A Greater Purpose HERE.

 Evangeline spent the next few days helping the girls to make gifts for whoever they chose in the exchange. They could hardly wait until Christmas Day when they would give each other the presents they had been working hard on and hiding away.
  "I never knew making Christmas presents could be so exciting!" eight year old Merry told Evangeline one day as they worked together on the scarf Merry was making for Charity.
  Evangeline laughed. "I'm glad you're enjoying it," she said with a smile.
 
  That evening, Evangeline called all of the girls upstairs. "Today," she told them, "we're going to learn a few Christmas carols!" She began with 'Joy to the World'. After she sang it one time through, she began again. This time a few of the girls were able to join in. By the third time, everyone was singing. They continued learning like this for a few days, until finally they had a good sized collection in their heads. On Christmas Eve, Evangeline announced her plan. "Now that we know all of these songs," she told them, "I think we should go caroling to some of the houses in town." All of the girls were thrilled with the idea, and everyone hurried about finding old coats and mismatched gloves that had been donated to the orphanage. It was early evening before the excited bunch left.
  Evangeline led the group a few blocks down, to where there were lines of narrow houses on either side of the street. Going up to the first one, the girls each took their positions, and began.

Joy to the world
The Lord is come.
Let earth receive her King!
Let every heart
Prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing!
And Heaven and nature sing!
And Heaven, and Heaven and nature sing!
    During the last verse, an old man and woman stepped out of the little house. "Carolers!" the old woman exclaimed to her husband. They stood in their doorway and watched with joy as the girls sang song after song. When they finally finished, their small audience clapped and told them how much it had meant to them. The night continued on like this as they went from house to house, filling each one with beautiful Christmas songs.
  In a few hours, the tired but happy girls arrived back at the orphanage and fell quickly asleep. As eight year old Merry lay in bed, she remembered, "Tomorrow is Christmas."

After this, there is only one more chapter left!