Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Funnies!! XD

Hi everyone! I'm really happy today :)
I got an A+ on my Spanish quiz, I think my Precalc test went well, and now I don't have any Precalac homework!
I finished Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens--the book I've been working on reading for 4 months--and it was so good! I'll have to post a review of it soon.
AND, now I'm reading Les Miserable!! I just started it, but I'm already sucked in!
Plus (I know, I know, another one) I was talking to my friends (-ish) Kyrie and Kara and found out that they read awesome books too! I am a bit of a book snob, I judge a person by their books :P

Anyway, I'm really happy, so I wanted to share some of my favorite Pinterest funnies with you!

I love this one! It's so true!









Too many? Probably, but I enjoyed them! Have a wonderful day!
Christina

Monday, October 28, 2013

Jesus Prayed For You

The other day during family devotions, we were reading John 17, when we came across one of the most encouraging passages that I have read. Guys, Jesus himself prayed for you. I mean, that's amazing!



"I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours." John 17:9
See that? He wasn't just praying for everyone in general, but for us in particular. He had you in mind.

"I have given them your word, and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world." John 17:14
You know those days when you feel like you're so imperfect that not even God can truly forgive you? You're no longer of this world.

"My prayer is not that you take them out of the world, but that you protect them from the evil one." John 17:15
We are not meant to hide our faith, to remove ourselves from the world. God is protecting us.

"As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world." John 17:18
Jesus himself sent us out. He gave us a mission.

"My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message." John 17:20
He didn't just pray for his disciples, he was praying for everyone who comes to know him. No matter when you come to know him, he prayed for you.

"Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am" John 12:24
He wants us.

"Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me.  I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” John 17:25-26

Isn't that beautifully amazing?! I was just--just overcome by the fact that Jesus prayed for me.
Hope the rest of your day is wonderful!
Christina

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Snippets of My Life

1
I saw a chicken cross the road. For real. Our neighbors have chickens that they let out during the day (we do too) and one of them crossed the road when I turned out of the driveway. And you know why it crossed the road?? To get to the other side! Go figure!

2
I was working on an essay for English class when my dad came into the Office and told me to come into the living room because he had a family announcement to make. Like the good daughter that I am, I dutifully followed him into the living room, where everyone else (Mom, Will, Thomas, and Joe) was assembled on the couch. I looked at them, they looked at me and I joined them. Dad went into the garage, and we all sat there speculating on what it could be that he needed to tell us, and that he needed to go into the garage for. No one had any feasible ideas. The door started to open, and we heard a muffled voice say "I've wanted to tell you this for a while..." then he stepped into the room wearing an Iron Man mask and said "I am Iron Man." We were dying. It was so funny. 

3
I have costuming, photo, and rehearsal today!! As a bonus, I get to spend a little time at Sophie's house in between! :)

4
If you like dolls (or just want a pair of mini TOMS, they're super cute) check out my giveaway on Simply Dollightful

5
My brain is overflowing with story inspiration. However, I don't have any time for that :(

6
I am going to be a ski instructor this year! I had my interview on Wednesday (it was supposed to be on Tuesday, but I completely forgot and missed it. :P She let me come on Wednesday, though :)). Olivia (my bestie) is going to be a snowboard instructor, so we'll be up there at the same time!

Well, I gotta go to rehearsal!
Christina

Saturday, October 26, 2013

'Sup! // The Digital Age

It's Saturday, Peoples!!
*does happy dance*
(well, if I actually did happy dances :P)

I'm just sitting here rocking out to Symphony of Grace by The Digital Age.
It's pretty awesome :D

Have you heard The Digital Age?
How about The David Crowder Band?
Well, DCB broke up a few years ago when their main singer (David Crowder, incidentally) moved to Georgia (they're in Texas) and their violinist moved on (he's with some ministry now).
Anyway, the four guys left formed a new band.
Hence, The Digital Age.

Their first album, Evening Morning, came out a few months ago.
People, it is awesome.
Check it out on iTunes (or anywhere else you can do that kind of stuff :P)

We went to their concert two weeks ago yesterday.
I forgot to post about it. :P
Okay, so it's now been about half an hour since I started this post, and I couldn't get the pictures off of the iPad onto the laptop, so I'm just going to link to Will's ultimate fan detailed post.

We call Will the ultimate fan because he, well, he is! 
Okay, so he has their album, the vinyl, the pre-order shirt and two other shirts.
He posts the most on Bwack's Forum, he follow them on Twitter, and Youtube, and probably other places.

He was also in their Captured music video for about one second. :) 

We got to do the meet and greet beforehand, 
We actually got to talk to each and every one of them!!
And I got their album signed for Olivia :)

Will was smiling so hard the entire time.
Well, so was I.
I was, as they say "grinning like an idiot"
In all seriousness, I could not stop.
It was just so cool!

Oh, and if you haven't seen their Rockumentarys, then you have not fully experienced life.
The first ones are with the entire DCB, but then they move on to TDA.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this ramble :)
And don't forget to check out Will's blog, Where There's a Will.

Over and out!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Locket




Your heart is like that locket - cold and hard on the outside, 
difficult to get into, and locked up inside are all your dreams and the little things you treasure that you hide.

People will love you for who you are. You can't love a metal case, but you can love what's inside.

You think that, like that locket, if you hole everything up inside, wind and rain can't get at it. 
That nothing can ruin your fantasy.
 But even age ruins the inside of the locket, the photos yellow and fade, 
and so will your loves and dreams if you don't let them out.

Open the locket. Let your dreams live.

a bit o' randomness written by Christina
featured here by the amazing Olivia

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

"I'm happy for you"


"I'm so happy for you."
That is what my friend said to me after I got 93% on a math test. 
She got 49%. 
And she was perfectly sincere.

I felt so bad for her, and extremely awkward.
I love getting good grades, but I hate it when my grade is far better than my friend's.
It's super awkward.
I never know what to say.

Later that day, I started thinking about that phrase.
Those few words make me so happy.
The thought that someone would be made happy because something good happened to me is . . .
Amazing.

Olivia has often also said that to me.
It makes me feel so loved, like others actually care.

And they do care.
It's just not as . . .
Obvious, I guess.

What's my point? 
I don't know.
Maybe that we should show others that we care more often.
Even when you think they already know.

What do you think?
    
Why that picture? Simply because I like it :)

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Inspiration

Sooooo...
you probably thought that I was going to post something inspirational.
And I am.
Sorta.
You see, there have been some blog posts in the last few months that I just love.
They inspire and encourage me every time that I read them.
So I thought some of you might like them too!
Even if you've read them before they are still fun to go back to. :)

Let's String a Thousand Lights
I absolutely love the last four lines in this post.
Anna is a wonderfully gifted writer.

You Are Yourself
This is so true.
Follow this blog.

Lessons in History
Britt is one of the most encouraging people I have ever met.
Read all of her posts.

Fly
I honestly cannot tell why I love this post.
There's just something about it...

Glass
This is a little piece by my bestie, Olivia.
I love the things that she writes.


Okay, that's all for now! I hope you enjoyed, and be sure to follow all of the above blogs!
Christina

P. S. Thank you for 30 followers!
P.P.S. Here's something that I've been wondering ever since I began blogging:
Why do people say that they love you/your blog but then they don't follow?
Just curious :)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

New Friends

Hi! *smiles and waves*
What's up?
I hope you all are doing well!
It is BEE-YOO-TEE-FUL outside!! 
I wish that my eyes could take photos.
When I drive to the college the whole street is lined with different colors.
Red, orange, yellow, maroon, green, blue (blue spruce).
TOO MUCH AWESOMENESS!!

Anyway, according to the title, this post actually has a subject
 (besides my amazing rambling which I am sure you all adore).




My second day of college I met a girl in Precalc named Kendall.
I think you could validly say that we are now friends.
She's also a Christian, which is awesome!!
So that's really cool.
We have met several times before class to study together.
It's pretty awesome.



There's also Sophia.
How I know her is a little bit complicated.
But here goes:
Her dad was my English and Latin for about five years. 
It was great.
I kind of knew his kids back then.
Then last winter, I got into A Christmas Carol (my first play)
with four of his kids: Sophia, Lizzie, Ailie (pronounced eye-lee), and Mcadam.
I didn't really get to know any of them very well,
but I really liked them.



Fast-forward to the present...
Sophia is also at the college, but she's not in any of my classes.
To make up for that, we met before classes one day, which was great.
Now, we are again in a play together!
She and her youngest sister, Bella, are in It's a Wonderful Life with me!
Sophia is Potter's secretary, and Bella is ZuZu. 
That is all to say that I think we are kind-of friends.
Not quite friends, but almost. :)



Therefore...
Things are pretty awesome!
I've got a Precalc test and a Spanish quiz tomorrow.
I'm a little nervous about the math test. :P
My life is going to be kind of crazy because of the play.
Especially during tech-week.
But it'll all work out.

Oh, and I got to see my utterly ridiculous yet amazing bestie Olivia!
I gave her a signed CD from the concert that I forgot to post about.
I'll have to do that.
But, she liked it!
So that was good.
And I got to enjoy over an hour of completely crazy,
random talking with her.
Which is always the best.

Well, that's all for now.
Bye!
Christina
All random photos of friends via Pinterest.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

'Lo There

Hello Lovely Folk! 
This is just a quick post to inform you that I am neither dead, nor abducted by aliens,
 nor have I run out of post ideas. 
In fact, I am overflowing with inspiration, I just don't have the time. 
I am very busy with school, the play, and my Etsy shop.
But never fear, I will return as soon I have a longer moment than the one at hand.
Now go make someone's day by telling them how awesome they are!

Christina

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Fall Photos!

101st Post!!!  ;)
It is beautiful here!! The leaves are just changing, the wind is blowing, and the sun is shining! I love the sharp feeling in the air at this time of year! (I wrote this post a couple days ago, by the way)








Christina
All photos were taken by Christina

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Pinterest Post - Adventure


I'm going on an adventure,


I'm following his call,



Leaving all I know and love


I'm finally letting go.



I don't know where I'm going


But I know that I'll be safe



And in the end, 'twill be much better



Than if I'd never left.


I'm going on an adventure.


Care to come along?

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Pushing Back The Dark

I've been reading a lot of blog posts lately about people dealing with depression, confusion, and other such things. Yesterday I heard Pushing Back The Dark by Josh Wilson on Klove and it encouraged me. 
Now I want to pass it on to you. 



                                                                  
Whatever you do, just don't look back,
Cause somebody needs the light you have.
Whatever you do, just don't lose heart.
Keep on pushing back the dark.
                                                               


This post is dedicated to all of those who have suffered because they've
 felt unwanted, misunderstood, or like they don't fit in.

Especially EmmaEmma, and Anna :)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Brothers Lionheart by Astrid Lindgren


Back Cover: In the kingdom of Nangiyala all is peaceful and happy when Jonathan and Karl Lionheart arrive. But across the mountains lies Karmanyaka, a country enslaved by the evil Lord Tengil. Jonathan knows that he must join the secret struggle against Tengil, and that he must see that his younger brother remains safe in Nangiyala. But when Karl hears that his brother's life is in danger, he too knows that he must find the courage and strength to make the perilous journey to the land of Lord Tengil.

My Thoughts: I was introduced to this book by my dad when I was about 8. He had read it in a Scandinavian Children's Literature class when he was in college and had saved three of the books that he liked, this being one of them. I have probably read this book about 4 times, but it's been quite a few years since I last did; I actually forgot about it until I wrote my book list. Spoiler: This is the story of two boys who die (that confused me so much when I was little) and go to Nangiyala, where everything seems to be exactly how they would want it to be. However, there is a cruel ruler over the mountains, and Jonathan has to join the struggle against him. Eventually, Karl gets mixed up in all of it and together they defeat Lord Tengil and his evil dragon. In the end, they both die once more and go to Nangilima.
It's narrated by Karl, the younger brother. The whole story was always a little weird to me, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Okay, I know that wasn't a very good description, but it's been a long time. :)

Excerpt: "Did you know that I'm going to die?" I said, and I wept.
    Jonathan thought for a moment. Perhaps he didn't really want to answer, but in the end he said:
    "Yes, I know."
    Then I cried even more.
    "How can things be so terrible?" I asked. "How can things be so terrible that some people have to die, when they're not even ten years old?"
    "You know, Rusky, I don't think it's that terrible," said Jonathan. "I think you'll have a marvelous time."
    "Marvelous," I said. "Is it marvelous to lie under the ground and be dead?"
    "Oh," said Jonathan. "It's only your shell that lies there, you know? You yourself fly away somewhere quite different."
    "Where?" I asked, because I could hardly believe him.
    "To Nangilaya," he said.
    To Nangilaya - he just threw out the word as if it were something everyone in the world knew. But at the time, I had never heard it mentioned before.

Bad Content: I'm pretty sure that there is absolutely nothing bad in this book. :)

Age Range: It's meant for ages 8-12, but who cares about age restrictions on a children's book?!

Other Books: Astrid Lindgren also wrote (that I have read and recommend) the Pippi Longstocking books, Ronia The Robber's Daughter, and Mio, My Son. 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Personal Discoveries

Do you ever make a discovery about yourself? Figure out that you like something and realize how much it makes sense? In this year (which doesn't feel that long...) I have observed certain things that I love, and wondered why I didn't notice it before; such as:



     - I love historical fiction.
Yes, it's true. I've found that my favorite books are those which are set in a time other than the present. Of course, many books are historical fiction, but that doesn't mean that my love of them is meaningless. Favorite books of mine that fall into this category are Rilla of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery: the 8th and final Anne of Green Gables book, which is set during WWII; The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy: set during the French Revolution; and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen; set in the 1800s.



      - I like writing
Hah! This one may not surprise you, but it sure surprised me. I guess because when I was younger I thought that I hated writing, but it's really just essays that I hate, and even those aren't terrible. I didn't fully realize this until about a week ago when my mom said something about how anyone who loves to blog likes to write; I think it's true. At least, it's true for me.


     - Why I like dolls so much
Okay, I've always known that I like dolls, but lately I've been wondering why I like them so much. I think it has to do with my love of writing and creating! I love to think up my dolls' characters and make up stories about them for this blog. I always felt (and sometimes still do) funny about liking dolls for so long, but it's just part of my personality, and my creativity.

What have you discovered about yourself lately?
Christina
All photos via Pinterest

Sunday, October 6, 2013

I'm a Dreamer



Yeah, it's true.
I have lots of dreams.
Just look at my bucket list above.
Be in a movie, write a book, start a magazine, etc.
Many of them I don't think will come true.
But I'm fine with that.
In fact, I can't be sure that I would want them to come true.
I just like to dream about it.
How about you?


Saturday, October 5, 2013

Beach Pictures - Part 1

I finally got around to editing some half of the pictures from our beach trip!! I took over 400 photos, so I tried to limit the amount that I'm posting. :)
It was super foggy/misty the first day. 



Cate, Claire, and I walked down to the other end of the beach to collect shells. We are usually a lot closer to this end, but we rented a house in a different area so it was quite a walk!

We didn't end up finding as many shells as we have in the past. I think I found about 7.

Dad bought a couple of skimboards, one for us and one for him; and he went out and tried it every day! This is a picture from the first day, when he wasn't very good at it yet.

Claire, me, and Cate.

The awesome Thomas. 

And....that's Joe XD

And Mandie.

This is Will doing the Crane from The Karate Kid. 




About 5 years ago we dug a house out of sand, and have wanted to do it again but never got to it. Joe and Claire are sitting on the couch, and Conner and Cate are sitting on chairs :) The thing in the middle is supposed to be a coffee table. 

Prettiness!

Every single year we take a walk all the way down the beaches until we feel like going back; and every single time when we reach this waterfall thing us kids climb up to it and walk along the stream. 

A big pool by an old walkway covered in barnacles and mussels. 

Claire posing for me :)

More beach

Hope that wasn't too much for you, 'cause I've got more to share!