Christmas 2018 Recap!

Hey Everyone!

My family had a really wonderful Christmas this year! It was amazingly not stressful! Until this holiday season almost every holiday or birthday for as long as I can remember something has gone at least slightly wrong or different parts of our family were super stressed. It was really awesome to be able to just enjoy our time with both sides of our family! I am so thankful that this Christmas season went well.

I want to share some picture I took of our nativity scene. I hope you enjoy them!

Another candle picture, I shouldn’t have too many more now that Advent is over.
They look so peaceful.
A cute succulent plant.
Aren’t her wings beautiful?
One of the three kings.
Mary and baby Jesus! Isn’t it so beautiful?!

How was your Christmas? What is your favorite Christmas food? Which of these pictures do you like best?

Merry Christmas!

(Sorry that this post was short! I should be back to my normal posting schedule next week!)

Collab post with Kaelyn!

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I am so excited to be sharing this post! Kaelyn and I really enjoyed coming up with these questions and interviewing each other (and ourselves 😀)! It was really fun to get to each other better!

Here are the questions that I came up with and Kaelyn’s answers!


1. Do you cook or bake?

Kaelyn: “I do not cook or bake really. Although, when I am at my grandparents house I cook and bake with my Nonna.”

2. What genres of books do you read?

Kaelyn: “I love to read historical romance, realistic fiction, and books by Christian authors.  I will basically read any genre, unless it is scary/ haunted.” 

3. Who is your favorite author?

Kaelyn: “Probably Nancy Rue, Melanie Dickerson,  Robin Jones Gunn, and Adrienne Kress,  S.D. Smith, and many more. 🙂 “

4. What is your favorite thing about blogging?

Kaelyn: ” I love sharing what I am learning about God and what He is teaching me.  Doing Mini-Makers on my blog and doing tags, and prayer requests  are such great parts about my blog.”

5. What is your favorite season?

Kaelyn:  “I love spring and summer.  And well all seasons really.”

6. Do you like the sunrise or sunset better? 

Kaelyn: “I love sunsets and sunrises.  I don’t think I can choose…”

7. Do you have siblings? 

Kaelyn: “I have a younger sister and two younger brothers. :)”

 8. What is your favorite color and your least favorite color?

Kaelyn: “I love purple, pink, and green. My least favorite color is, I am not sure.  I am not crazy about black but, I do not hate it.   Hmm, I am not sure if I am crazy about the color orange or anything to neon. It just depends…”

9. What is your favorite book of the Bible?

Kaelyn: “I love Esther, Ruth, and Psalms.”

10. What is your favorite song right now?

Kaelyn: “I love New Wine by Hillsong.” 

11. Who is your favorite Christian musician/artist?

Kaelyn: “I like to listen to Hollyn, Tauren Wells, Toby Mac, Mandissa, and Jaime Grace. :)”

Please make sure to go check out Kaelyn’s blog to see my answers to these questions!

I was looking at some of the photos I have already posted and I saw this one! I hope you don’t mind that I posted it again!

Now here our answers to the questions Kaelyn came up with!

1.   How did you start blogging?

Kaelyn: ” I made a blogging account so I could follow a certain blog and then I started blogging on the account I made with WordPress.  Then I stopped and decided to come back to blogging two years later. I have been blogging since then.”

Esmeralda: I started blogging at the end of the summer this past year! I had been wanting to start blogging for awhile but it took a bit of convincing to get my mom to let me (and agreeing to have it be apart of my school). 😀

2. Do you have pets? 

Kaelyn: “We have two cats. A one year old orange tabby boy cat, named Bengali.  We also have another cat named Kikko and she is a one year old tortoise shell cat.  We also have fish.  We have three male guppies and one female. My brother also has a a beta named Eclipse.”

Esmeralda: Yes! We have a indoor dog, two livestock guard dogs and five (or so) cats! We have a bunch of other farm animals, but they definitely aren’t pets!

3.  What are you excited about for Christmas and why? 

Kaelyn: “ I am excited to do Secret Santa on Christmas Eve and to watch my family open the gifts I gave them.  Seeing my family and eating food are also such great things to look forward too.”

Esmeralda: Everything! I am really looking forward to spending time with both sides of my extended family!

4.  What is your favorite music/song?

Kaelyn: “I listen to a lot of worship music and Christmas music.  I enjoy listening to Hollyn, Toby Mac, Tauren Wells, and Capital Kings.”

Esmeralda: “I basically only listen to Christian music and movie soundtracks, so I guess those are my favorite kinds of music! I LOVE Lauren Daigle, Riley Clemmons, Jesus Culture, For King & Country and many others!”

5. What is your favorite subject at school?

Kaelyn: “My favorite subject is probably English and I love drama class.”

Esmeralda: “Maybe math this year, I also really enjoy literature!”

6. What is your favorite candy? Why? 🙂 

Kaelyn: “I LOVE CHOCOLATE!  I love Hersheys and Kit-Kats. I love sour candy and jolly ranchers.”

Esmeralda: Anything and everything chocolate!

7. What is your hobby or hobbies?

Kaelyn: “I love to read, write, blog. I love spending time with my family, friends, and cats.”

Esmeralda: Reading, knitting, blogging, cooking and baking.

8.  Do you do any extracurricular activities?

Kaelyn: “I do choir and I take drama as an elective at my school.”

Esmeralda: “I do a homeschool choir group.” 

9.  What is your favorite color? 

Kaelyn: “I really like purple, pink, and green.”

Esmeralda: “Red and aqua!”

10.  What are you learning right now with Jesus? 

Kaelyn: “I have learned about patience, rest,  faithfulness, and trust.  I have been growing in Him and learning about how to be more connected with Him. At camp, we talked about being undaunted and identity.  I am growing in my identity every day. 🙂 :)”

Esmeralda: ” I am learning to Trust GOD.”

11. What is your favorite Bible verse?

Kaelyn:“My favorite Bible verses is 1 Peter 2:9 and Psalms 46:10.”

Esmeralda: “I love all of psalm 23. I don’t think I could pick one verse!”


I hope you all enjoyed this post! What did you think of our answers to the questions? Feel free to answer any of these questions in the comments!

Christmas Carols and more!

Hey Everyone!

This week we don’t have a weekly verse, my mom decided that it wasn’t realistic to try to memorize a new verse this week, because I don’t know about you, but we are going semi-crazy getting ready for Christmas. I have no idea how I am going to have everything done in time! Every time I finish a project I feel so much closer to being done, until I think about what I still have left.

I wanted to share several of my favorite Christmas carols, so here you go!

Let It Snow Sarah Reeves

Oh, the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we’ve no place to go
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

Man it doesn’t show signs of stoppin’
And I brought me some corn for poppin’
The lights are turned way down low
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

When we finally kiss good-night
How I’ll hate going out in the storm
But if you really hold me tight
All the way home I’ll be warm

And the fire is slowly dying
And, my dear, we’re still good-bye-ing
But as long as you love me so
Let it snow, let it snow, and snow

When we finally kiss good-night
How I’ll hate going out in the storm
But if you really grab me tight
All the way home I’ll be warm

Oh the fire is slowly dying
And, my dear, we’re still good-bye-ing
But as long as you love me so
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

I didn’t ever really enjoy this song until I heard Sarah Reeves’s version! Now I am kinda obsessed with it. 😀

Another beautiful beeswax candle photo.

O Holy NightLauren Daigle

Oh holy night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world, in sin and error pining
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth

A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks, a new and glorious morn
Fall on your knees, oh hear the angel voices
Oh night divine, oh night, when Christ was born
Oh night divine, oh night, oh night divine

Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His name, all oppression shall cease

Sweet hymns of joy, in grateful chorus raise we
Let all within us praise His holy name
Fall on your knees, oh hear the angel voices
Oh night divine, oh night, when Christ was born
Oh night divine, oh night, oh night divine

Christ is the Lord, O praise His name forever
His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim
Fall on your knees, oh hear the angel voices
Oh night divine, oh night, when Christ was born
Oh night divine, oh night, oh night divine

I LOVE O Holy Night! It might be my absolute favorite Christmas carol! So putting my favorite Christmas carol and my one of my favorite singer together is just amazing!

Our nativity set or as my little sister calls it our “activity set”.

How Great Thou ArtPentatonix (feat. Jennifer Hudson)

Oh Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder
Thy power throughout, the universe displayed

Then sings my soul, my Savior, God, to Thee
How great Thou art (how great Thou art)
How great Thou art (how great Thou art)
Then sings my soul, my Savior, God, to Thee, oh to Thee
How great Thou art (how great Thou art)
How great Thou art

When through the woods oh, and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees
When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze

Then sings my soul, my Savior, God, to Thee (then sings my soul)
How great Thou art (how great Thou art)
How great Thou art (how great Thou art)
Then sings my soul, my Savior, God, to Thee
How great Thou art (how great Thou art)
How great Thou art (Great Thou art)

When Christ shall come
With shouts of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart (shall fill my heart)
Then I shall bow
In humble adoration (adoration)
And then proclaim, “My God, how great Thou art”

Then sings my soul, my Savior, God, to Thee
How great Thou art (How great Thou art)
How great Thou art (How great Thou art)
Then sings my soul, my Savior, God, to Thee
How great Thou art 
How great Thou art 
How great Thou art
How great Thou art

I love Pentatonix and especially this song!

Well, I guess that is all for this post! I am not exactly sure when I will be posting next other then my BIBPC #6 picture for this week, but I should be posting again soon!

What is your favorite Christmas carol? Do you have a favorite Christmas album?

I would love to hear from you in the comments!!

BIBPC #6: Category 2

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First of all I am sorry that I was not able to do a Christmas themed post! I got sick and just wasn’t able to do it. I am thinking that in place of my weekly verse post this Monday/Tuesday I might do a Christmas themed post. We will see if I can pull it off!

I am SO excited to post my second BIBPC picture! A lot of thought went into my picture, and I hope you can tell! It was very difficult to figure out how to put the picture together using Megan’s words, but I did it (mostly)!

BIBPC #6 Team Bear

Without further ado………….my picture and an explanation:

Megan gave us these words: carols, celebrate, chill, candy canes, chestnuts, candle and cards, and we had to use at least three of them. I managed to use six, I just couldn’t find anything for chestnuts.

Anyway, the candles, cards, carols and candy canes are pretty self explanatory, right? I used the red plate, purple napkin and the lights for celebrate and the resting animals for chill.

Do you like this picture or the first picture better? Do think that the animals are chill enough and the plate and napkin celebratory enough? I would love to hear from you in the comments!!!

P.S. My team (Team Bear) won the first category! I hope we win the second one, too!

Weekly Verse #11

Hi Everyone!!

I’m back! It was great to have a short break from blogging, but I’m glad to be back!

It snowed!! I can’t believe it! Honestly it has taken me all week to come to terms with the fact that it is not fall anymore, it’s WINTER! I (think that I) am ready to enjoy the beautiful snow. 

I love how this picture turned out!
I took all of these pictures out of the window by my desk, all at different times of the day and several different days. 

Anyway, now for this weeks verse:

Psalm 65. 1,5,9,11

Praise is due to You, O God, in Zion…By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance…You visit the earth and water it, you greatly enrich it.. You crown the year with Your bounty.

What stands out to you about this verse? I love how it says that GOD visits the earth and waters it.

Do you have plans for Thanksgiving? We are having some family over and having a delicious feast together! What is your favorite Thanksgiving food? I can’t choose one favorite! 😀

Thank you for reading! I can’t wait to hear from you in the comments!!

Have an amazing week! I’ll be back on Friday or Saturday with a thanksgiving post.

Weekly Verse #10

Hey Everyone!

How was your weekend? We had friends come help us split wood, again. I was looking through my pictures from the summer and I found these pictures.

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Our livestock guard dogs, Zip and Ali,  with some of our cows in the background.

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I think I already posted this but it’s one of my favorite pictures I took this summer!

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Isn’t this apple beautiful!? It is a Hidden Rose apple.

Our verse for this week is:

Habukkuk 3. 17,18

Though the fig tree does not blossom, and no fruit is on the vines;though the produce of the olive fails, and the fields yield no food; though the flock is cut off from the fold, and there is no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will exult in the God of my salvation!

What sticks out to you from this verse? I am grateful for the reminder to rejoice no matter what is going on in our lives!

Please comment! I love hearing from you!

Thank you for reading!!

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Boston Trip/ Jesus Culture Concert

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Let’s jump right in with this weeks post. 😀

Like I said a few days ago, my dad took the three oldest kids in my family (one of my sisters, one of my brothers and me) to Boston for a Jesus Culture worship concert on Sunday. It was so much fun! We went into Boston a few hours early so we wandered around the Boston Common area. It was my first time on the Boston Common, it’s basically just a green space in Boston. 😂

We went to a coffee shop and got sandwiches and a coffee to share, before heading over at 6 to the theater only to have a security person tell us that we couldn’t go into the theater until 6:30. We ended up getting another coffee from Starbucks this time (don’t tell anyone but I think it was my first time getting something at Starbucks 😀) and FaceTiming my mom and my younger siblings.

It was my first time going to a concert and it was really fun to go inside with so many other people! The theater we were at seats 2700 people, thats almost three times the amount of people that live in my town! Anyway it was a big day for me, a farm girl who lives in a tiny town. 😀

Anyway here are some pictures from our trip! Enjoy and more on the concert in a minute!

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We were all the way up in the balcony but we could still see pretty well! It was really amazing to be in the same building as Kim Walker Smith!!! She is so amazing (so are the other members of Jesus Culture, they aren’t quite as amazing, though)!!!!

If you haven’t heard Jesus Culture’s semi-new album Living With Fire yet, you totally should! It kind of spoiled me listening to them live but it’s still great. My favorite song is Freedom.

Have you ever been to a concert? Do you like Jesus Culture? What is your favorite Jesus Culture song (if you have one)? Do you like slightly longer posts like this one or shorter posts with more pictures?

Thank you for reading this!

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My Favorite Things About Fall!!!

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I know that I said that I was going to a post about apples this week, but I decided to wait until next week! I am excited to share my favorite things about fall with you! So let’s  jump in!


My absolute favorite thing about FALL is the leaves!!! I love everything about the leaves (I even love raking!). 😀 My favorite leaves are Maple leaves. I love that some of them are red, others yellow and still other orange!

 

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I love how this red leaf stands out in our leaf pile of boring brown leaves. I had to take this picture quickly before my siblings jumped into our leaf pile. 😀

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I know that you can’t see many colorful leaves in this picture, but I just took it a couple mornings ago and I love it! This is one of my favorite places to take pictures, out our side door. 😀

My next favorite thing about fall is, wait for it………………………………………….APPLES!!!!!!!!!!!!! Apples are my favorite fruit hands down! My favorite way to eat apples is definitely raw, sometimes I eat them peeled and chopped up with melted chocolate (Apples and chocolate is one of the best food combos ever, well….I guess pineapple and chocolate is almost as good, mow that I’m thinking about this I guess that raisins and chocolate chips are also very close to be as good and so is…..well I think you get the idea. I think almost anything and chocolate is amazing! 😀) and other times just whole!

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One of our bags from apple picking. 😀

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I think apple trees look really cool, besides they’re loaded with delicious apples!

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Beautiful Empire apples!!

During the fall months of October and November the cold feels so refreshing after the hot summer! By March it is miserable but for now it’s great. 😀

I Love wearing sweatshirts and cuddling in blankets on the couch when I am reading and drinking mugs of hot cider and hot cocoa.

What do you love about fall? Do you have any suggestions for me on how to make my blog and posts more interesting (don’t be afraid of hurting my feelings!)?

I really enjoyed doing this post and I hope that you enjoyed reading it. 😀

Thank you for reading! I would love to hear from you in the comments!

~Esmeralda

Fall Leaves

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I cannot believe that it is already the second week of October! It definitely looks like fall outside, rainy, gray and all the leaves yellow and red. On our farm the leaves are already falling and fading. Our backyard is covered in leaves. My littlest siblings and I started a leaf pile, but it is raining today so we will have to finish it tomorrow. 😀

I took a bunch of pictures of the leaves and the sky this past week and I wanted to share them with you! Enjoy!!

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I love how there is a small patch of blue sky between the leaves.

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I love this tree because there are several types of vines climbing up it, as you can see some of the leaves are yellow, others are red and the main tree still green.

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I feel like this year I am seeing more yellow leaves then red. Is it just me?

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The bushes seem to stay green longer then the trees. I wonder why?

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Isn’t that dead branch cool! 

 

How has your fall been so far? Are the leaves turning or falling where you live? Any prayer requests?

Thank you for taking the time to read this post!

~Esmeralda

 

 

Cooking/Baking!

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For this week’s post I am going to share a few of the things that I have made since my first Cooking post. I have made way more things than I have pictures of, but I almost always forget to take pictures. I am attempting to remember more often. 😀

First up I have my fresh salsa!  Fresh salsa is SO simple and easy to make and amazingly delicious!! My dad has been making this for forever, but I only started making it this summer because I wanted it way more than he could make it, like for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 😀 All I do is chop up onions, tomatoes and cilantro, and add a bit of salt and a splash of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. I prefer apple cider vinegar, but lemon juice works too.  😀

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Next I have my favorite chocolate cake EVER! I absolutely love this cake! I have a ton of trouble making my cakes look neat (am I the only one?). Why is it that every time I make it something goes wrong? For example, my littlest brother eating part of my top layer, the frosting melting because it is so warm, anyway you get the idea. 😀 What I love about this cake is that even if it doesn’t end of looking like I was hoping it would it will always taste amazing!

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As you can see, very messy looking! I made this cake for my littlest brother’s 3 year old birthday. We enjoyed it! 😀

Who doesn’t like chocolate chip cookies, I mean most people do, right? But for my great aunts birthday I wanted to do something slightly differently so I made a chocolate chip cookie cake! I looked at a bunch of recipes and ended up with this one. I was happy with how it turned out, definitely a repeat!

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How has your week gone? Have you made anything delicious or beautiful recently?

Thank you for reading!!

~Esmeralda