Wednesday, August 10, 2016

My Trip to Christine (8/10/16)

July 23-27, I visited Christine and met her in person for the first time and it was one of the most wonderful times of my life. I was a little afraid that it would be awkward at first because we've never met in person or done normal best friend things together, but it all felt so natural and normal that we got on right splendidly. 
(http://everythingisblogsome.blogspot.com/2016/07/elisabeth-visits-part-i-july-23-24.html)
Our moms took a lot of pictures, which we were extremely pleased about. 



In the car on the way home from the airport;  it was so surreal and strange that I was finally sitting right next to Christine and meeting Natalie! But, as I said, it also felt so natural and so comfortable, as if we've always done things of this sort and carried on conversations like this. On the way back to their house, we passed the Space Needle and I asked how tall it was: Natalie asked Siri and apparently it is 1,320 Milky Way candy bars high. XD



The next day (Sunday morning), we got ready for church and decided to flaunt our matching shawls. Somehow my mum didn't notice the lights behind our heads (or maybe thought it didn't matter), so we have "tongues of fire" over our heads in the church. XD



Moms' photoshoot before church; Levi really wanted to be in pictures, too. :D
(I think it funny that with the two pictures lined up like this, the background appears to be coinciding)

 After church, we picked up some ice cream (Christine, tell me if I mix up events from different days because certain as is sure, I will XD) and went home again, and then went to a playground. There was a cool bridge behind it over a river, and the view was gorgeous! Also a really cool train in the front that was out of use, but you could climb all over it. So obviously, we did. ;)


We all immediately headed for the spinny-circle-thing. I'm not good at spinning them myself, but they are SO much fun to spin on. XD

  
Here's the bridge!


If you are too old for swings... you are too old. - Lissie2016


And here we are on the train...

 We went to a nice little riverbed and the water was FRIGID! I still got in to my waist, though. ;)


I still love making flower crowns! This one was for Christine. :)


Christine is my best friend in the whole world, and I'm so grateful and blessed to have had the opportunity to meet her in person. She's like a long-lost sister that lives a really long way away that I won't get to see very often, but I'll remember her in my thoughts and prayers always. <3

Hopefully I will do another post soon about our second day and throw more pictures in. It was one of the most wonderful times of my life and I'll never forget it! :)

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Best I Ever Had (7/23/16)

So today I am going to fly on an airplane for the first time in my life and meet my best friend in the whole wide world for the first time ever. Today feels like it hasn't even started yet, and yesterday is not yet in the past. I think it's mostly head-knowledge that I'm leaving for a place so very far away to spend several days with my best friend.

My best friend is one of the most beautiful people I know and one of the kindest. She has a heart that is full of compassion for orphans and those in need. She's awesome, and it's easy to relate to her. She's one of those cool people that will make faces back at you if you start it in a Skype call and the kind of person who it's easy to talk to (why in the world do we still have those weird awkward silences in every phone call? I think it's simply habit ;)
She has a head full of sense and a heart full of love; she's great when it comes to talking about feels. ;)

For those of you who don't know, I'm talking about my best friend, Christine. If you don't follow her blog (everythingisblogsome.blogspot.com), you need to. She and I are very similar. :)

I won't be able to write that follow-up post about vacation until I get back, but I will still try to for those of you who are interested. There were so many amazing things to do there! :)

I wish I could write a longer post, but I have to finish making sure I'm ready to leave. I'm so excited! :D

 Christine and I skyping. XD

Monday, July 4, 2016

Florida Vacation! (7/4/16)

We are on the third day of our first-ever, week-long family vacation in Florida and so far it's been AMAZING!!! The first day was pretty laid-back (we were still recuperating from the really long trip down here), but we did go swimming in the hotel pool and mess around in our rooms. I snuggled up with Josiah and we watched Beauty and the Beast (which we brought with us, along with Tangled and a few other cartoons) that evening and it was all very nice and cozy.

Yesterday we went to the Serpentarium, where we saw tons of snakes and other creatures. We saw them demonstrate how they get the venom out of poisonous snakes, and then afterward we got to hold a milk snake. Josiah was giggling the whole time, and everyone was laughing at him. It was great.
The cobra was pretty ferocious, though. He did NOT want to go on the table, and he kept trying to jump out of the box they had him in. Josiah was in awe. XD

There were a bunch of different kinds of turtles in a big enclosure; some were big, some were small, and some were downright ENORMOUS. Well, just one was enormous. It was an alligator snapping turtle and he just resided at the bottom of the water (which was shallow and clear enough to see through). There was a dispensing machine (like the kind that holds candy and bubble gum) and it had turtle food for a quarter, so I got to throw turtle food to the turtles! It was so cool and so peaceful. I loved it. There was one little guy that had it's head halfway in his shell the whole time, but he wanted some food, too. Sensing a fellow introvert, I felt sorry for him and tried several different times to throw him a pellet, only to have a bigger fellow push him under and out of the way and snap it up for themselves. After maybe 20 different attempts, I finally succeeded in feeding him a pellet, and I think we were both a little relieved when he finally got one. :)

That afternoon, Josiah and Anna and I hung out on the bed that Anna and I are sharing; Josiah and I snuggled and cuddled and talked about silly things like how Josiah thought he should be the Beast in B&tB and at first he though I should be Mrs. Potts. After Anna and I laughed about that for a little bit, he said sheepishly, "Well, I guess you could be Belle."

"Who am I?" Anna asked.

He thought about it for a minute, then replied offhandedly. "You're the mop." XD

Then he said when he had kids, he would name them John, Jonathon, another John, and David.

Today we went for a ride in a helicopter and afterward we went to the Museum of Military History, which was really cool and very befitting, seeing that today is the 4th of July. It gave me a fresh resolve to work harder in CAP and to represent those in service well (even though it's a cadet program, and not truly in the military). I realized there were a majority of improvements that I could easily make in my efforts, and that excellence is something to truly strive for.
As we were leaving, we saw a variety of brochures in a rack and they had CAP ones, too. :)

I'll try to write more later this week, possibly tomorrow or the day after that. It's really been incredible so far and I'm so blessed to have been able to come on a vacation with my family this summer. :)

P.S. My dad saw me blogging and said to put in a good word for him. "Bibliophile"
There. That's a good word.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Book Girl, Part 4 (6/30/16)

I read the note again, trying to mark every detail and hope that one of them was important.

via Pinterest
Over the hills and through the woods,
To Grandmother's house I go;
Stick to the path, avoid the wolves
That try to trick me so.
Wear my red cape, it will keep me safe
From those who wish me harm:
An elderly woman in a sweet place
With mousies that nibble and charm.
Not all is as it seems, you see,
Not all that is sweet is good;
Beware the birds that steal your crumbs,
And the one who abides deep in the woods.

I checked the book's title: Assorted Works of the Brothers Grimm. It was a rather ragged copy, appeared to have been published in the previous century, and had some tea stains on a few pages. It had obvious been the property of a bibliophile previously. I didn't think that Barnes and Nobles sold second-hand books.

Cindy was still pretty close by, so I walked over to her and asked where the book came from.

"It was Bel- it belonged to the girl who left the notes and made the treasure hunt."

I checked one of the first notes. "Bella Travers?"

Cindy's face cleared a little when she realized she didn't have to worry about hiding Bella's name. "Aye, she's the one. She asked to leave it here for the treasure hunt and I saw no problem with it, and even after she changed her mind about using that clue, she thought she'd leave it behind for the seeker. You, I guess."

A thought came to me. "Wait... will this clue even work? Like, is it..."

"Relevant?" She asked. I nodded. Cindy thought about it for a minute, then shrugged.

"I think so; she wasn't very clear, but I think she just substituted it for another because she thought the other one was better, but I think they both lead to the same thing."

"But the other one was talking about Alice in Wonderland, and this one is talking about..." I read through it again. "Little Red Riding Hood."

She took it from my hand and read through it silently, only mouthing the words. There was a slight smirk on her face when she finished. 

"Is Red Riding Hood the only fairy tale it mentions?"

As I read through it again, she smiled.

"I think not."   

Friday, June 17, 2016

You're Not (6/17/16)

For a very long time, I've always thought that for some reason I wasn't up-to-par like everyone else. Even as I watched people make mistakes, I thought to myself, "Well, they still did it better than I would have."

Even as I saw them planning, I would think of a mistake that might occur, but I would be too uncertain of my own abilities and too sure of theirs to mention it; when it did occur, I would still make the assumption that I would have failed worse had I been in charge.

I've always been so terrified of failing so futilely and proving to others what I assumed they already thought: that I am incompetent and unable to do what they could have done so easily.

I would ask myself, "Why is it that anyone else can make a mistake and I think it's fine, but if I make the same mistake, I punish myself for trying?"

"Why can't I do jobs right?"
 
"Why don't I try harder?"

"Why can't I do what others do without failing every time in my own eyes?"



" Why am I so different? Why am I a failure, God?"

As I cried out in complete despair, burying my face in one hand in my shame and reaching out the other in desperation to the skies, the softest of whispers caressed me and covered me in love as it was spoken in my ear.

"You're Not."

And as those two words were spoken to me by an instrument used by God, my heavy heart began to heal.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Poems (6/11/16)

I thought I would post some of the poems I've written in the last couple of months and see what you all think. I've been writing them a lot more lately, and several of my friends really liked it when I posted one on Google+ (the last one), so I thought I would share it again with all of you, along with another writing tidbit. Let me know if you like them and would like to see more (I have a whole 16 pages of them, at least!).


(5/3/16, Amber Skies)
I know I have not much experience with knowledge,
Nor do I expect to gain such wisdom overnight;
For such precious gifts are God-endowed
And by his gracious will bestowed.


But I do pray that I shall gain experience, at least,
And learn from my mistakes,
I hope to one day be known as one
Who notices every chance that she might take.


To weigh the risks and count the cost;
Will it be worth it in the end?
So many questions, and not much time,
If it’s really a mistake, is it the sort that mends?


The birds and beast worry not over such unneeded haste
And so, with no more time to waste,
The birds take flight
With golden wings streaking into amber skies.


(6/8/16, Rising Stars)
Ah! The folly of such inconsequential thoughts
Spent in time that will soon be long forgot
And soliloquies that simply have no say
In anything we do, in any life we’ve lived, in any path we’ve paved.


Oh! What fools that we all are
To suppose that wishing on each proverbial star
Might shine a light on each cold and lonesome heart
And as certain ‘tis as sure, they will as quickly part.


Ay! To think that every word we’ve ever said
Won’t be recorded, nor pathways we will tread
Will ever be remembered, and those that we have led
Are now inspired to lead others, though none of us know anything outside of our own heads.


But surely, this is not as all
And we will surely never fall
Til death has come and curtain’s call
Will soon return us to the present from the past and we’ll resurrect this necessary wall.


(When I first wrote this one, I had the word 'insequential' instead of 'inconsequential'. Apparently the former is not a word, so I replaced it. But it did sound better! ;)