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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?