Tuesday, September 11, 2018

We Have Forgotten.

It's Tuesday morning.

September 11th.

8:46 AM.

If you weren't already aware, hopefully you now remember what today is. Seventeen years ago right now (supposing you're reading this within one hour and forty-two minutes of when I posted), a terrorist attack was taking place on American soil. The first since Pearl Harbor—sixty years prior.

Hijacked planes flew into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City.

Another hit the Pentagon—the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense—in Arlington County, Virginia.

A fourth, which was intended for the White House, was overtaken by heroic passengers and crashed in a field in Stonycreek, Pennsylvania.

2,996 people lost their lives—2,562 civilian victims, 343 firefighters, 72 law enforcement officers, and the 19 hijackers. Not to mention the over six thousand who were injured and lived to tell about it.

Was any of this news to you? Was a lot of it?

These are questions, among others, that I had to painfully answer as I did some research before setting out to write this post. There are a lot of things about that day and the subsequent war that I didn't know and still do not know.

But I want to know. Because, friends, although it may hurt, we need to know our history. We need to remember the sacrifice, the bravery, the heroism of our fellow Americans.

As Americans today, we have it so good. Anything we could want is at our fingertips. But in all that, we've lost sight of what really matters. We proudly proclaim 'never forget', but we have forgotten.

If one of our loved ones was killed that day, we would not have forgotten.

If a family member of ours was off fighting, we wouldn't forget about the war in the Middle East.

If we fully understood the magnitude of the sacrifices that have been made for the freedom we experience today, we wouldn't take it for granted.

Today, let's stop forgetting. Let's remember. Let's honor the flag and what it stands for. Let's say "never forget" and truly mean it, from the bottom of our hearts.

What will you do today to remember what happened seventeen years ago this morning? 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Goldfish Secrets by Kellyn Roth {Book Review}

~ Description 

Judy only has one friend: her goldfish, Marlie.

With Marlie gone, who can Judy rely on?

Goldfish Secrets is the short story prequel to The Lady of the Vineyard.

~ My Rating 

4 stars

~ My Review 

What a sweet little story!

Goldfish Secrets, a short story prequel to Kellyn's novella The Lady of the Vineyard, is a delightful look into the early days of Judy's life and relationship with her mother, Adele.

It was a darling story that would be perfect for any age! While reading it, I was thinking that it would be great for a read-aloud for small children. Although it was more enjoyable to me since I'm familiar with the characters, but it could be read as a stand-alone.

Definitely recommended! <3

**I received a free copy of this story from the author in exchange for my honest review.** 

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Hello September {blog tag}

Hello, readers! Welcome to September. <3 Wow, can you believe fall is here? I've fallen bid farewell to summer and now I'm welcoming in the season of apples, hoodies, cool weather, and bonfires. <3

My friend Amy Lane came up with a lovely tag to usher in fall! Let's get started. :)

How to participate... 

> Please copy these questions (below), answer them, and then write out new questions (or just copy these) for the people you nominate below your answered questions.
> Please nominate at least 3 bloggers, but try to avoid ones that you know have already been nominated.
> Lastly, include these guidelines in your post, and use the tag picture!


Windy or rainy autumn?
Can I choose both? Please? *angel face* If not, I guess I would go with windy.

Do you like chai tea?
Not sure I've ever had it!

Tea or coffee?
Coffee, all the way.

If you could go to one state in the U.S.A. just for autumn scenery, where would you go?
From what I've saw in pictures, Maine has some lovely autumn scenery. I would love to visit the New England states, all the way up to Maine.

Do you like any kind of soup in the autumn? What's one of your favorites?
Ooohh, yes! Potato soup is probably my favorite.

What color of leaves do you like best?
Reds and yellows. :)

If you could go to another country just for autumn scenery, where would you go?
I never really thought of traveling to another country to see autumn scenery! Hmm, probably England...or France...Germany, Scotland, Austria... Ya know, I may or may not have a list. ;D

Sweater or hoodie?
Hoodie! Preferably with long, floppy sleeves and a pocket big enough to cram a phone, earbuds, money, and anything else I might need into it.

A hazelnut or apple cinnamon candle?
I'm not sure I've ever smelled a hazelnut scented candle, but I love hazelnut coffee creamer... We'll go with that.

Cookies or brownies?
Both? Oh, I can't do that again? Brownies, then. ;)

I tag... 

Brooklyne @ Showers of Blessings
Rebekah @ RebekahAshleigh
Kaylee @ Kaylee's Kind of Writes

Here's y'all's questions!

Windy or rainy autumn?
Do you like chai tea?
Tea or coffee?
If you could go to one state in the U.S.A. just for autumn scenery, where would you go?
Do you like any kind of soup in the autumn? What's one of your favorites?
What color of leaves do you like best?
If you could go to another country just for autumn scenery, where would you go?
Sweater or hoodie?
A hazelnut or apple cinnamon candle?
Cookies or brownies?

I'm scheduling this post ahead of time, as I'm going to have a table at a local author's fair at my library today. Prayers that all goes well would be appreciated! <3

Do you like autumn? What's your favorite tradition or pastime for this time of year? 


Saturday, September 1, 2018

Just Because // a poem

just because
someone acts okay
it doesn't mean they are

just because
their face doesn't show their hurt
just because
tears aren't streaming down their face
it doesn't mean they aren't hurting

just because
they haven't told you about
the burdens they carry alone
the tears they cry in silence
the battles they fight each night
the pain they fear will never fade
it doesn't mean they don't want to

be open, dears
be there for each other
be the listening ear
to the one who needs to talk
be a caring soul
to a heart that needs hope
be the shoulder
someone needs to cry on

just because
they don't wear their heart on their sleeve
it doesn't mean they don't want our love

let's love boldly
let's love until it hurts
let's love like Jesus loves

just because
one day you'll be the one
who needs someone to pray for them
but is afraid to ask

Sometimes I write poems on my phone at 11:40 PM and email them to myself so I'll find them in the morning... And sometimes I decide to share them with y'all a month later, just because maybe someone needs to hear this. 

Saturday, August 25, 2018

When Beauty Blooms by Victoria Lynn {Book Review + Blog Tour}

Happy Saturday, readers! Today I'm a stop on Victoria Lynn's blog tour for her new historical novelette, Where Beauty Blooms. It's a darling story with a super cute cover! <3


Revolutionary War Era England

Marjorie Kirk is a woman with no fortune, no prospects, no family, and no skills. Or so she thinks. She is awkward, shy, and the farthest thing from any semblance of a society lady. 

The new minister keeps turning up in the most awkward of places and she can’t help but feel that her life is doomed to one of embarrassment. But will her flaws actually be the thing that others find the most attractive? 

A story of a young woman with social anxiety and how she learned to bloom.


When Beauty Blooms was such a darling little story! Short and simple, but filled with whimsy and heart. This book holds a valuable lesson for every gal who's ever felt awkward or 'less than', especially in social settings. 

I felt for Marjorie as she—quite unknowingly—embarked upon her own journey toward discovering that she's beautiful and loved just as she is, how God created her to be. It was nicely done and quite relatable. 

On another note, her dear friends and their humorous attempts to 'help' Marjorie were amusing. I laughed and smiled through those parts of the book. 

The ending was about what I expected as soon as I met a certain character, but it was a sweet and satisfying conclusion to the story.

4 stars!

* I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

Author Bio

Victoria Lynn is in her 20s and if she's not writing, she is probably sewing, singing, playing the piano, washing dishes, creating something with her hands, or learning something new. She has a passion for serving her Creator, encouraging others and being creative. She blogs at www.rufflesandgrace.com about writing, fashion, modesty, her walk with God and life. She lives in Michigan with her parents and 8 siblings.


One winner will receive a signed copy of the book and a $10 Amazon gift card! 

Have you read any of Victoria Lynn's books? Are you interested in this one? Favorite Revolutionary War era book? 


Saturday, August 18, 2018

Looking into the Future.

As every high senior or recent graduate can probably relate, I've got the "so what's happening next?" question about 92,745.3 times. (Not that I'm counting.) And, because I don't have a very good answer, I've given half a dozen different responses.

But in recent weeks, the answer to those questions (both the ones asked of me by others, and the ones asked by me of God) have became more clear. Not definite, but possible. And I currently have a slight idea of what my life will look like for the next few years, which is very encouraging to me.

Today, I'm going to give y'all an insider glimpse into my plans for the future...


Even before those last, bittersweet months of high school, I knew that writing wasn't something I would be giving up with the receiving of a diploma. Although 'author' or 'writer' was never (read: N.E.V.E.R.) on my list of possible careers, it's became a dream of mine.

And it seems to be the only thing I have total peace pursuing at this time. For now, that means writing the story God lays on my heart, indie authoring, and looking into pursuing traditional publishing.

Will I still be cranking out books 10 years from now? I don't know, but that's okay. I'll have the answers when I need them, not when I want them. 


When I tell people that I'm not going to college this month, a second question usually follows. Namely, whether I'm going at all. And I honestly don't know the answer to that right now. I think so. I want to, next year. But I'm not sure yet.

I want to pursue American Sign Language interpreting and become a licensed interpreter. Theoretically, I could be licensed by the time I'm 21, if I start next fall. But as I said, I'm not 100% sure that this is what God wants yet. 

So I'm taking a third year of ASL this fall, looking into interpreting license requirements, and waiting for a definite yes or no from the Man upstairs.

Will I ever go to college and get a degree? I don't know, but I have an idea of where I'm headed. And for now, that is enough. 


Over the past year and a half some radical changes have taken place in my walk with God. I crave time spent in the Word. I pray more, deeper, and better. And mostly, I'm content. I'm not freaking out of what the future may or may not hold. I know He holds the pen to my life story in His loving hands. He loves me unconditionally and has a beautiful plan. Who am I to doubt that? 

Will I ever have an answer to some of the questions I ask? I don't know, but He is enough. He is my answer. <3


Recently, God has been teaching me a lot about love. (No, not just guy-girl love. Contrary to popular belief, I'm not ready for marriage. xD) About what love is, and about what it isn't. About how I should love Him and others. 1 Corinthians 13 type love.

It's my heart's desire to shine a light, to touch people, to show them His goodness and point the way to the one who loves them no matter what they've done.

I want to love deeply and boldly. I want to love the unlovable and show them grace. I want to love like He loves.

Will I make a difference in the world? Influence lives? I don't know, but I'll follow Him and leave the outcome in His hands. 

Let's talk. <3 When you look into your own future—for this year or next year or 2056—what do you see? 

On another note, I realized I never did a post about the missions trip back in June. Anyone interested in that? xD

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Mere Hope by Jason Duesing {Book Review}

~ Description

How are Christians to live in such difficult times?

Unique of all people, Christians are called to embrace a hopeful outlook on life. Mere Hope offers the core, Christ-centered perspective that all Christians share, and that Christians alone have to offer a world filled with frustration, pain, and disappointment. For those in darkness, despair, and discouragement, for those in the midst of trials, suffering, and injustice, mere hope lives.

The spirit of the age is cynicism. When our leaders, our families, and our friends let us down at every turn, this isn't surprising. But we need another perspective; we need hope. Rather than reflecting resigned despair or distracted indifference, author Jason Duesing argues, our lives ought to be shaped by the gospel of Jesus—a gospel of hope.

~ My Rating

5 stars

~ My Review

An insightful look into the hope we have in Christ, Mere Hope was an encouragement to me that came exactly when I needed it.

When this book showed up on my dashboard for review, I almost skipped it. I had several other nonfiction books that I wanted to read soon, so I didn't see any sense in requesting another that I may end up dreading having to trudge through. But when I saw the title, I knew I needed this one—Hope has became 'my word' in recent months. (Plus, the cover is lovely, so #win <3)

Through this little book, author Jason Duesing challenged me to dig deep into the truths of God's word, to intricately study the beauty of a 'mere' hope, divided into sections of hope's foundation, flourishing, and focus.

Not following the definition of the word that suggests mere hope is a mere, hardly existent topic, but rather to mean it is real, true, and the core to which modern Christianity should be clinging.

A powerful and applicable book. Definitely recommended. <3

** I received a complimentary copy of this book from B&H/Lifeway in exchange for my honest review. **