Here we are, the Lattes & Literature launch day has arrived! I am so excited to have a chance to start fresh here. It feels rather like starting a new journal, bittersweet, exciting but missing the familiar.
I thought about what I should say for my first post and realized I didn’t have much to say, but here I am anyway. After all, I have to start with something. So, here are some random thoughts about starting Lattes & Literature, mixed with some autumn photography.
Starting fresh is necessary, sometimes. Now is such a time. Writings From A Farm Girl was my first blog, an experiment to see if I enjoyed blogging. I found my groove and realized it was time to move on and establish myself somewhere else.
As I realized I wanted to start sharing my thoughts on things besides books, I realized that I needed…
Lacking words of my own, I want to share the words of a young woman, who like me is a white American. Her words are true and we need to speak up.
My thoughts are with you all during this continually difficult time.
I am white, I have remained silent, I have wondered, questioned, disbelieved.
I am part of the violence, one voice that has stayed silent, because my skin wasn’t targeted. Because I was continually told that I was privileged.
And for a long time, I thought that was an insult. But I have since learned that it is not. It is truly a privilege and an opportunity.
I wish they would only take me as I am
— Vincent Van Gogh
One of the people I admire the most doesn’t share my skin color. My co-workers don’t share my skin color. To me, it’s never mattered. To me, that made them prettier than I am, it made me marvel and admire our diversity.
The beauty and uniqueness of life.
But not to others. Others see my friends as less. See them was lives that don’t matter, lives…
I am really excited to participate in this blog tour promoting Amie’s new blog Amie Anne: A Girl Chasing The Stars. I have been following Amie for about a year now and I’ve watched her try a few different sites and a couple different titles. It is really exciting to see how her new blog has come together! It looks and is wonderful.
And let’s get to our interview!
*My questions and thoughts are italicized, Amie’s thoughts are not.
What inspired you to change your blog name?
I didn’t fit Crazy A anymore. And from talking to the people around me, they didn’t see me as Crazy A, either. So? It was time for a change.
That totally makes sense, I have recently been feeling the same way about my own blog.
Why do you enjoy blogging?What is your favorite part of blogging?
That’s a good question, one that I ask myself a lot. I enjoy creating content and sharing it with the world, and I also enjoy talk to commenters and other bloggers. It’s so neat to have a community of bloggers and blog readers. (Honestly, my favorite thing ever is collabing with someone. XD)
The blogging community is really wonderful and fun to be part of.
How long have you been blogging?
I’ve been blogging since August 2017.
Do you have a favorite or preferred type of post?
I really like poetic posts, ones that aren’t exactly poetry, but have a rhyme and rhythm to the way they read. As an example, my posts Dreams and The Earth’s Tears.
Those are both beautiful posts, two of my favorites of your posts. The Earth’s Tears and Dreams both made me want to cry in the best way possible.
Let’s switch topics a bit now. I know that you are a history lover and since I am too I have some questions for you regarding your love for history.
Who are several historical figures who you admire?
Louisa May Alcott, Corrie Ten Boom, Louis Zamperini, Hannah More, Winston Churchill, Alan York, and Queen Elizabeth I.
I find Corrie Ten Boom and Queen Elizabeth I both truly admirable and inspiring. They both were really strong women, and lived interesting and dangerous, especially Corrie Ten Boom, lives.
What historical periods of time are you most interestedin?
The 1500s are extremely interesting to me, as well as the 1850s-1950s. England in the 1500s is such an intriguing study, watching an empire build. And then seeing the years leading towards the American Civil war, and then reconstruction, WWI, the Roaring 20s, the Great Depression, WWII, and the aftermath of all of that is so intriguing.
It really is intriguing. History in general is so interesting.
What is it about this period of time that interests you most?
Oops, I just answered this question in the last question. XD Honestly, it’s just intriguing to see how war effects the world, the economy, the culture, and the mindset of the generations in that time period.
That’s true.War shapes the mindsets of entire generations, and the effects are so lasting and widespread. It can be easy at times to forget that it was all real people who died in the different wars, but we should not forget. All of those people mattered.
Do you think that it is important for everyone to about the history of their country? If so why?
Absolutely. I think it’s important that everyone learn the history of the WORLD, not just the history of their country. If we don’t learn history, we’re bound to repeat it. As Ecclesiastes said, “There’s nothing new under the sun.” It’s the same with people’s heart. We’re going to make the same mistakes as our forefathers, unless we are wise and learn from their mistakes.
It is important to know the history of the world you live in. Some days it can be so frustrating how history repeats itself.
Do you think that women should have had the vote from the very beginning in our country? Do you think that it is surprising that it took so, relatively, long for women to get the right to vote in our country?
What a good question. I want us to pause and consider the world in 1776. The mindset of the culture of that time. We read historical fiction books where the females are longing to be out there with the men. We read books about Molly Pitcher, who took her husband’s place. But how many of us have read Abigail Adams’ letters to her husband? What about Eliza Lucas Pinckney? Women were working behind the scenes, and so I think at the time, no. Due to politics, due to culture, due to many things, there wasn’t even the idea of “letting” or “not letting” women vote. There was strong Presbyterian beliefs in the new country, where the man is the head of the household, and his wife should agree with him.
Those are all good points and true. We should not forget how hard the women worked at home to help make it possible for the men to go and fight. I have to say that I can not support or agree with that view of a woman having to agree with her husband, father or brother’s political views, but that was what the view of the time was.
Is it surprising that it “relatively” took a long time for us to be granted that vote? No. One, I don’t think it was all that long. In looking over history, a 143 isn’t all that long. I think it’s surprising that it took us so long to see that people with a different skin color than us are just as smart, just as human as we are. I do find it surprising, though, that it went on for how long it did. Women showed dedication, which is something we should be proud about each time we go to vote.
Another good point, sometimes I forget how truly young our country is is. Our history is rich and full but quite short. It is shocking how long it took for African Americans to get the right to vote and to be recognized as complete and fully intelligent human beings!
Thank you for letting me interview you, Amie! I really enjoyed doing this.
And there you have it, my interview with Amie. I hope that you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed doing it. Be sure to head over to Amie’s blog to check it out! And don’t forget to enter her giveaway!
Do you already follow Amie or are you just hearing about Amie and her wonderful blog? How do you feel about history? Do you have a favorite historical period of time to learn about?
I hope that you are all well and healthy amidst all of the current craziness with the coronavirus. I am excited to be sharing an award with you all for the first time in forever! Kaelyn from Kaelyn’s Life (thank you!) nominated me for the Liebster Award and here I am.
Let’s jump right in!
Thank the Blogger who nominated you
share 11 facts about yourself
Answer the questions the blogger gave you
Nominate 11 bloggers
Create questions for your nominees to answer
Comment on their blog to let them know they’ve been nominated
11 Facts About Me
I love big dogs, as long as they don’t lick me. 😀
Dull pencils drive me crazy, they have to be super sharp!
I am the oldest kid in my family.
History is one of my favorite subjects to learn about.
Reading is one of my favorite ways to spend my free time.
I find how different systems of government work fascinating.
Nature photography is the type of photography that I do the most (as is obvious by looking at my blog). 😀
I love dark chocolate, especially with toffee chunks.
I really enjoy reading biographies (be on the lookout for a few posts about about women who I’ve read about).
Dried mango and pineapple are my favorite dried fruits.
I drink hibiscus tea almost every day.
Questions From Kaelyn
What is your favorite creative outlet?
Singing, coloring and writing. I love singing, absolutely love it. Writing is still pretty new to me, although I have been journaling for years.
What is your favorite brand?
Chaco and Old Navy. I love my chacos and Old Navy jeans. 😀
Do you have any siblings?
Yes! I am the oldest of a bunch of kids.
What is your favorite song (at least right now)?
That is an impossible question to answer. I love musical soundtracks, I have been listening to some of the songs on the (clean) Hamilton soundtrack and of course the Greatest Showman soundtrack. For Christian music I have been enjoying Riley Clemmon’s newest single and Elle Limebear’s album.
Do you like to read?
I love reading! Books and stories have kept me sane through many difficult seasons of my family’s life. Books and stories are a huge piece of who I am.
Are you homeschooled, private schooled or public schooled?
I am homeschooled, always have been and will be until I graduate.
What is your favorite place to go outside of your house?
The ocean, I love everything about the ocean, the smell, the freezing cold water, the beauty of the waves and the salty breeze.
What is your favorite book/verse in the Bible?
Psalms, I love how it talks about God’s unfailing and faithful love over and over again.
What app do you use the most?
Musica and then probably email.
My Questions for My Nominees
Who is your favorite Avenger (if you have seen Marvel movies)?
Have you read the KOTLC series/
How do you feel about the fact that we are destroying our planet? Does it make you angry or do you never think about it?
Who is a person, a public figure, who you admire?
Have you seen the new Little Women? Thoughts?
What is a current issue that you feel passionately about?
Do you have plans for after you are done with highschool or is it too scary to even think about?
Alright guys, I’m going to be doing the “Best of” Awards over here on this site, because I don’t want to clog up my other blog with these. So that also means that it’s not going to be seen as much, even though I will link to it in an upcoming post, because this blog doesn’t have a lot of followers. If you’d like to share this and tell your blogger friends, that’d be great!
What are the “Best of” Awards?
The “Best of” Awards are annual blogging awards, held by me myself and I. (Megan, from A Barefoot Gal.) They are basically a blog survey you can fill out to nominate your favorite blogs and bloggers. The survey will be followed by several polls in another post. There are 12 categories this year in which you nominate blogs, bloggers, posts, and all that good stuff. Feel free…
I feels great to post on schedule again. 😀 I am planning to post again later the week and I am looking forward to it, since I have been working on a couple of posts that I am enjoying writing/putting together.
Our verse for this week is:
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in Me will never be thirsty.”
Can you imagine never being hungry or thirsty again?! It is amazing that that is what Jesus offers us spiritually!
What stands out to you from this verse? Does anyone have any prayer requests?
I want to ask all of you join us in praying for a little girl with brain cancer named Avery who goes to Kaelyn’s church. If you want to learn more about her go visit Kaelyn’s blog.
How are you all?! It’s been awhile since we’ve talked, I know. I’m sure you are all wondering where I’ve been (probably not, but I’ll tell you anyway) and sadly it wasn’t anywhere fun or interesting. Mostly what happened was that I got sick and then I’ve been having trouble getting back into my usual school and blog rhythm.
Anyway, now that you know where I have been the past couple weeks, here is our verse for this week:
1 Corinthians 13.4-7
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Honestly, this verse kind of overwhelms me. On the one hand I just feel like how in the world could I ever do all this for anyone, how could I love anyone this fully and completely. And then I remember that God loves me this much and this way and I just want to cry, because God’s love for us is so incredible.
What stands out to you from this verse? How have you been? Does anyone have any prayer requests?
My child, if you accept my words and treasure up my commandments within you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; if you indeed cry out for insight and raise your voice for understanding; if you seek it like silver, and search for it as for hidden treasures – then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.
We just started reading through Proverbs again last week, so now we read a Psalm and a Proverb every morning. My siblings all think that the Proverbs are just kind of silly, for some reason though I really enjoy the Proverbs.
What stands out to you from these verses? Which verse is your favorite?
Thanks so much for taking the time to read this (sadly very) short post! I am looking forward to hearing from you all in the comments!