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.