Thursday, June 30, 2011

Reminder

Hey everyone! Just a reminder: my poetry contest ends tomorrow! If you want to enter, you should do it now. ♥

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

my life right now


1) M&Ms

















2) School




3) Quill pen writing
 











4) Writing... what do you think?
Cora put down her pitcher, dipped her feet in the laughing brook, and then bent down and stuck her head in. She came up smiling and dripping, for the day was a hot one. All of a sudden, she heard, “Ding, ding, ding, ding.” It was the dinner bell! She quickly dipped some water in the pitcher. Saying a silent prayer for the deliciously cold water, she ran, almost flying, back to her house.

When Cora got back, her sister and brother had already sat down. “Where were ya, Cora?” Carl inquired airily. He was eight years old, and had all the freedom and alacrity a small boy can. “I was down by the brook,” she replied, stuffing her mouth full of good bread and cheese. “Did you bring back any water?” Charity asked, “It’s so hot today.” She was sixteen, with a sweet personality and manners. Cora wordlessly held up the pitcher, and then carefully filled the cups on the table, spilling only a little. They all clinked glasses and then fell to drinking thirstily. “Let’s thank God for the wonderful meal.” Charity said, wiping her mouth. So they prayed together, then Carl tripped inside their small, one-room cabin to get the family Bible. As they sat listening to Charity read, they heard a noise in the bushes…

5) Fishing and playing Capture-the-Flag with our cousins


 6) Reading the Bible

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Psalms 46:1

Grace be with you,

Abby :D 
 








Monday, June 27, 2011

Teenage girl seeks inspiration...

 I sat down at the computer, adjusted the chair beneath me, and settled my fingers on the computer keys, all ready to write a monumental post...

...but it wouldn't come.

I thought, typed random words, racked my brain, all to no avail. The words that I wanted just didn't appear. So instead of an inspiring post, I'm going to post a update on my life, what I'm doing 'round here.


Dear Readers,

How are you doing today? I'm doing fine, but rather down since it's Monday (also known as vacuum-and-dust day). What is it about Mondays that makes me feel yucky and unproductive? My brothers are watching the Veggietales movie Jonah. They love it, but they don't watch every day as they used to. Essie has been lifting her head up a lot. She weighs ten pounds now, although her feedings haven't been going too well. Here's a darling picture of her.
















She was watching a little duck game. You push the button and the ducks go round and round. Sorta like the wheels on the bus. :)
M&Ms are yummy. Our grandma brought home two bags of them. They are some of the little blessings of life, don't you agree? I think it's fun to group them in colors and eat them one at a time. How do you like to eat them?
The weather has been sunny in the mornings, then at night some nice cool rainy weather. Just generally pleasant all around. :) How's the weather where you are?
Tomorrow, if God wills, we're going fishing with our cousins. I love fishing. I don't like to hurt or kill living things, but if you use or eat them it isn't as bad. I wonder what God thought of the people who killed buffalo just for fun. :( 
Well, I've got to go now. Write back soon!
Your friend,
Abby

Well, I hope you enjoyed it, but I hope to have a more exciting post next time.

Grace be with you,

Abby :D

~They aren't afraid when bad news comes.
      They stand firm because they trust in the Lord.
                 Psalms 112:7~

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's day! I hope all your dads had a great day. I have to say that without question, my dad is the best. Of course, he's my dad, so I might be a little prejudiced. :) How did you spend this father's day?


Friday, June 17, 2011

Insecure? Me? Of course not...

My sweet sister Essie.
















 I know I've mentioned this problem before, but it comes up so frequently, I'm going to address it again. It's the problem of followers, readers, and comments. Somehow, the little insecure person inside my head keeps saying, "I don't get as many followers as that girl... I don't have as funny a blog as that girl... she gets more comments than me... I'M NOT A GOOD BLOGGER!!!"

But then there is the question: Why do you blog? Is it for the followers and comments? In some ways, yes. You do want to know that someone is there. But I consider a blog more like a journal, recording your days so that people can catch up with what you've been doing. Also, it's just another way of glorifying the Lord with your every word, thought, and deed. So here's some things going on with me:

1. Essie is getting cuter every day. She is smiling, cooing, and interacting with the best of 'em. She is a darling!

2. School. Math, music, art, reading, and lunch. Yes, lunch is a subject. :)

3. We had a big storm on Wednesday. It wasn't 'tornado big'. But there was a good deal of rain, wind, and thunder. My sister Leah and I had just laid some newspaper and pine straw down in our front yard, and then we left to go to a computer class (we were learning about Excel). When we got home, the wind had blown wet newspaper and pine straw all over our yard, and the neighbor's too! :P

3. I have been reading Psalms in the Bible. I think it's interesting seeing a sad psalm and a happy one right next to each other! So far, my favorite verse in Psalms is the following:

God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Psalm 46:1
I love it! :)

What's been going on in your life?

Grace be with you,

Abby :D

ps. don't forget about my poetry contest! 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Calling all poets...

The Challenge: To write a poem.
The Rules:
1. It must be at least twenty words long
2. You must post it on your blog. (if you don't have a blog, you can comment it.)
3. It must be your own work.
4. This contest ends on July 1st, 2011.
5. I will judge according to originality and cleverness.
6. It may be about anything, but if you're stuck, here are some ideas: fireflies, your favorite animal, snow, or maybe a movie or book character.

The Prize: Bragging rights, a guest post on my blog, and your poem featured on my sidebar for a month.


 I cannot wait to see what you come up with!

Grace be with you,

Abby :D

Monday, June 13, 2011

it's time to...















To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born,
And a time to die;
A time to plant,
And a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill,
And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
And a time to build up;
A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones,
And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace,
And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain,
And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
And a time to throw away;
A time to tear,
And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence,
And a time to speak;
A time to love,
And a time to hate;
A time of war,
And a time of peace.
 Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Did you skim the verse? Well, if you did, go back and read it. I love these verses. Just like it says, there's a time for everything. Although, I could add a few to his list. How about: A time to bake, and a time to eat; a time to work, and a time to play; a time to do school, and a time to dawdle, a time to pray. (there isn't a time when we shouldn't be praying. :)

What time are you on right now? I'm on 'a time to eat'. Mexican casserole... yummy!

By the way, there's a neat giveaway going on at Mina's blog. Go check it out!


Grace be with you,

Abby :D

Friday, June 10, 2011

*smile*

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One Winter Night in August by X.J. Kennedy

One winter night in August
While the larks sang in their eggs,
A barefoot boy with shoes on
Stood kneeling on his legs.

At ninety miles an hour
He slowly strolled to town
And parked atop a tower
That had just fallen down.

He asked a kind old policeman
Who bit small boys in half,
"Officer, have you seen my pet
invisible giraffe?"

"Why, sure, I haven't seen him."
The cop smiled with a sneer.
"He was just here tomorrow
And he rushed right back next year.

"Now, boy, come be arrested
For stealing frozen steam!"
And whipping out his pistol,
He carved some hot ice cream.

Just then a pack of dogfish
Who roam the desert snows
Arrived by unicycle
And shook the policeman's toes.

They cried, "Congratulations,
Old dear! Surprise, surprise!
You raced the worst, so you came in first
And you didn't win any prize!"

Then turning to the boyfoot bear,
They yelled, "He's overheard
What we didn't say to the officer!
(We never said one word!)

"Too bad, boy, we must turn you
Into a loathsome toad!
Now shut your ears and listen
We're going to explode!"

But then, with an awful holler
That didn't make a peep,
Our ancient boy (age seven)
Woke up and went to sleep.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Verses on My Mind...

And fear not them that kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul; but rather fear Him that is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Matthew 10:28

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Psalm 46:1


 What are some verses that have been on your mind?

Grace be with you,

Abby :D

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Little Blessings...

Yesterday I made sugar cookies.

They were good.

Mmmmm... :)
What are your favorite cookies?

Grace be with you,

Abby :D

Saturday, June 4, 2011

good idea?

This is a story idea I had yesterday, and I just got around to typing it up. I'm not too sure what to do with it, though. So I decided to get your advice: Should I continue, or just delete it? And if I continue, do you have any ideas for what should happen next? Anyway, here it is. Enjoy!


Every time my sister caught a glimpse of herself in the mirror, she would stand for a long time admiring her own face. In conversation, her attention was on herself, gazing critically at her nails or smoothing her hair. She would interrupt people or just burst out singing—like the actors in musicals—just for the sake of hearing her own voice. Sometimes she would catch her shadow on the ground, and she’d stand watching it dance back and forth, her slim figure moving on the grass. Once she found a polished silver tray in the kitchen and stood for hours, mesmerized by her face in its smooth surface. Of course, she did have good points too. She wept for days when she saw a bird that had been killed by a cat, or when our old dog died of pneumonia. Our recently widowed neighbor who had seven children was surprised by our sister carrying a big chocolate cake. Some days she would wake up early and make eggs and bacon for breakfast. Her sewing and embroidery were superb. But all this still did not hide the fact that she was abominably vain.


What do you think?
Grace be with you,

Abby :D

ps. don't forget to enter Marelle's giveaway!

Friday, June 3, 2011

eye candy


I got some bee-you-ti-ful beads last Monday, with which I made the following.
I'm wearing this right now.



This one is based on kiwis.

So, how'd you like 'em? I'd love to hear your feedback. :) And because everyone needs some cuteness in their day...



Also, my friend and penpal Marelle is having a giveaway on her blog! Go on over there and check it out!

Grace be with you,

Abby :D