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The Perfect Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

If you’re like me, this holiday is almost pointless… I am only a High School student who had vowed not to be in a relationship until she is eighteen or older. Wow.

But you know, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be just about the couples. It can be about families, friends, maybe even your pets.

As this day has been approaching I have been feeling rather gloomy, because I would like some appreciation from someone other than my family and my girl friends, but I also know that would distract me from my true purpose, especially at my age.

I feel as if the internet and advertisement campaigns make a huge deal about this day, and don’t get me wrong, I think Valentine’s Day is nice, and I don’t criticize couples who take advantage of it. But what about all of the young girls that are feeling left out, and then go and do something stupid because they weren’t a part of all of this?

Today, my Valentine’s is Jesus.

I am going to honor Him, love Him, respect Him, and trust Him with all my heart, because He is the one who is truly watching out for me.

This post may seem rather open ended, but I will leave it at that.

God bless, and here’s a rose for each of you. 🙂 🌹

My question for You: Do you have any special plans for today?

Me

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Photography

I’m taking a photography class, so I’m gonna share with y’all some of the photos I have taken this week! (Most with my phone)

My question for You: Do you enjoy photography, and if so, what is your favorite type of photography?

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– What I am Doing for School –

I just recently finished one of my school subjects and am nearing the end of another, so I feel very proud of myself.

This post is just a summary of the things I have been studying since the beginning of this school year, and more that I will be adding on soon.

For starters, I began a chemistry class at a nearby Homeschooling Resource Center. It has definitely been helpful keeping me accountable to do my reading/studying.

Also at the Resource Center, I took an Apologetics course, studying Christianity and how to explain to others what I believe. Along the way, I read a book by Timothy Keller titled The Reason for God, wrote a book report on same said book and gave a speech on what I learned and my reasons for why God exists. This class was a huge help for me in my faith. I now know how to battle arguments against God, and how to explain why I believe what I do.

Outside of the Resource Center and my home, I continued piano lessons with my aunt as I have done for many years. I have learned a great deal, and have been given the opportunity to perform some amazing pieces at recitals.

I have also been taking my second year of Spanish with one of the most amazing teachers besides my mom. I absolutely love languages, so this class has been a favorite.

At home I have been studying the following subjects:

  • Geography

  • Vocabulary

  • Algebra 2

  • Psychology (which I finished last week!)

  • History

I have had two more classes begin this week, as Apologetics and Psychology are over, and they are both at the Resource Center. They include Photography and Story Writing!!! I am super excited to see where these take me. 🙂

These are my notes and curriculum for Psychology.  🙂

My question for You: Do you prefer to be super busy, or have a lot of free time?

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An Excerpt from Under the Lilacs

I was reading a book titled Under the Lilacs, by Louisa May Alcott, and read a short story told by one of the main characters that left me feeling so sad I wanted to cry.

Because of my reaction, I am going to share it with you!

It’s such a sweet, sad and simple story, I wanted to share it with y’all. 🙂

My question for You: What do you think of this story, and have you ever heard something similar?

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Books Read in 2017

I kept a log of all the books I read in 2017. I enjoyed most, with a few filler books that were okay. I wish I had read more, but I guess I will just have to try this year!

  1. Deluge, by Lisa T. Bergren
  2. Rise of the Wolf, by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  3. Wrath of the Storm, Jennifer A. Nielse
  4. A Series of Unfortunate Events #1, by Lemony Snicket
  5. Lodestar, by Shannon Messenger
  6. The Runaway King, by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  7. The Fellowship of the Ring, by J. R. R. Tolkien
  8. The Shadow Throne, by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  9. Season of Wonder, by Lisa T. Bergren
  10. Season of Fire, by Lisa T. Bergren
  11. The Weight of Glory, by C. S. Lewis
  12. Season of Glory, by Lisa T. Bergren
  13. Is That Really You, God?, by Loren Cunningham
  14. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
  15. The Shadow Throne, by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  16. Janette Oke: A Heart for the Prairie, by Laurel Oke Logan
  17. Where Trust Lies, by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan
  18. Origin, by Jessica Khoury
  19. The Last Ride, by Mark Cahill
  20. Harry Potter, Narnia, and the Lord of the Rings, by Richard Abanes
  21. The Scourge, by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  22. Invincible Louisa, by Cornelia Meigs
  23. You Have a Brain, by Ben Carson, MD
  24. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë
  25. Peter Pan, by J. M. Barrie
  26. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
  27. Hospital Sketches, by Louisa May Alcott
  28. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
  29. Where Hope Prevails, by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan
  30. The Magician’s Nephew, by C. S. Lewis
  31. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C. S. Lewis
  32. The Horse and His Boy, by C. S. Lewis
  33. Gilgamesh, by Homer
  34. Prince Caspian, by C. S. Lewis
  35. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, by C. S. Lewis
  36. The Silver Chair, by C. S. Lewis
  37. The Art of War, by Sun Tzu
  38. The Last Battle, by C. S. Lewis
  39. Little Men, by Louisa May Alcott
  40. Jo’s Boys, by Louisa May Alcott

I can’t say that I had a favorite out of all of those books, but there were a few that I enjoyed more than others.

I read a quote once by C. S. Lewis that said, “For every new book you read, you should read two classics.”

I have tried to follow this rule, but as you may be able to tell, it wasn’t always put into practice.

My current list of new reads for this year are as follows (it will probably grow)…

  • Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Priceless, by for KING & COUNTRY
  • The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún, by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Ranger’s Apprentice, by John Flanagan
  • Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë

Re-reads I would like to accomplish include…

  • Finish The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Love Comes Softly Series (again), by Janette Oke
  • Mark of the Thief Series and The Ascendance Trilogy, by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  • The River of Time Series, by Lisa T. Bergren, including her new sequel to the series
  • The King’s Gold, by Lamplighter Theater (Cheney)
  • Read the Silmarillion, by J. R. R. Tolkien again
  • Wars of the Realm Trilogy, by Chuck Black
  • Swipe Series, by Evan Angler
  • Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
  • Anne of Green Gables Series, by L. M. Montgomery

I am definitely excited to read all of these books!

Have a wonderful 2018, friends!

My question for You: Did you have a goal to read a certain amount of books?

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Spanish Homework

Last Spanish year, I wrote a little story in Spanish (with the translation below) for my class.

It’s not an amazing story, but I think it’s good enough for a beginner in Spanish!

😁

What do you think? 😄

My question for You: Do you enjoy learning new languages, and which would you most like to learn?

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In Memory of Mitzy

This may be a bit emotional for me to write, so I apologize if I seem to be over-dramatic, or anything.

My 11 year-old cat named Mitzy died this last Monday. She had been slowly losing strength over the past year, and had two tumors that we knew of. There was nothing we could do except for comfort and love her.

She never seemed to be in much pain, but always as energetic as she could be, and happy.

It felt like a bad dream all day when she finally passed. I had a hard time looking at her, but finally knelt to pet my beloved girl.

She was the first pet that I have had die in my life. I have been rather emotional all week, remembering her every time I look at her toys, pictures, and favorite hideouts.

Even though this has been very difficult for me and my family, God has placed death in our world for a purpose.

Many non-believers or newly converted Christians ask why suffering exists, and why would a loving God bring us pain?

Here is my answer: Suffering produces character. If we had perfect lives and nothing bad ever happened to us, how would we learn to grow in the hard situations?

Even though I miss my cat, I know I couldn’t have held on to her forever, and that my character will improve with this loss if I chose to let it do so.

This is in memory of my cat, Mitzy.

My question for You: What do you sometimes take for granted that you would miss once gone?

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