January 2020 Playlist//An Icy Day

Hey Everyone.

Last week we got rain and it coated everything with ice. All of the tree branches, weeds, bushes and blades of grass visible, were coated in a thin clear glistening layer of ice for two days. It was beautiful, absolutely beautiful! When the sunlight hit the tree branches covered in ice the tree looked like it was covered in lights. Anyway, during this time I made it outside with the camera and managed to take some pictures and now I am going to share them with you!

As I mentioned in my Goodbye 2019 post I love music, singing and listening to music. Every month or so I come up with a playlist for myself and like I have a couple of other times, I decided to share a version of my January playlist with you all. So let’s get started!

Vuelie Cantus

I’ll StayRiley Clemmons

PricelessCimorelli

If You Want LoveNF

Talk, Talk, Talk Trala

RescueLauren Daigle

Dona Nobis Pacem Cantus

RememberRiley Clemmons

Days Gone By Hillsong Young & Free

Until I Think Of You Tori Kelly

You’re Worth It Cimorelli

ReverieTrala

OnlyNF

Never Enough Loren Allred

What have you been listening to? Do you have a favorite picture? Have you heard any of these songs?

Recent Photography//feat. Always Good – The McClures (feat. Rita Springer)

You meet me on the mountain top

You  see me in the valley low

There  is no home without You here

I find You in the crowded thoughts

You quiet all the question marks

There  is no space Your love won’t fill

I’ll  trade all my fear for peace of mind, all my heaviness for burdens light

And  this will be my song, that You are always good

I’ll sing it all day long, that You are always good

And  when the day is through, I am left with, You are always, You are always good

I set my eyes on perfect faith

You’ll finish what You start in me

My heart will be an offering

Every melody you’re singing back to me

You’re singing back

Always Good – The McClures (feat. Rita springer)


Hey Everyone.

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted. I miss blogging every week, but as I am sure my fellow bloggers understand, life gets in the way. I have a few posts that I am looking forward to writing and posting, so hopefully I’ll be back soon.

We got our first real snow a couple days ago! It’s beautiful and cold. I’ve taken a few pictures but not nearly enough. 😀

I hope you all are well!

The Sea and the Sky//feat. As You Find Me -Hillsong UNITED

I’ve been strong and I’ve been broken within a moment

I’ve been faithful and I’ve been reckless at every bend

I’ve held everything together and watched it shatter

I’ve stood tall and I have crumbled in the same breath

I have wrestled and I have trembled toward surrender

Chased my heart adrift and drifted home again

Plundered blessing, till I’ve been desperate to find redemption

And every time I turn around

Lord You’re still there

I was found, before I was lost

I was Yours, before I was not

Grace to spare for all my mistakes

And that part just wrecks me

And I know I don’t deserve this kind of love

Somehow this kind of love is who You are

It’s a grace I could never add up

To be somebody You still want

But somehow

You love me as You find me

As You Find Me – Hillsong UNITED

Summer Skies//feat. Free by Riley Clemmons

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There is a world outside, so why do I hide, when You tell me I am free?

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I see the open door

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Yeah,  I know there’s more, but I’ve been too scared to leave

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But I’m ready now, I’m letting go

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I’m leaving all the prisons I have known

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I follow You, because I believe it’s time to start living

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Living like I’m free, I’m not gonna let the past keep holding me

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No matter what tomorrow brings, I’m never going back again

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I’m only looking up ahead

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I hear You telling me, it’s time to start living like I’m free

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Living like I’m free

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You called me from this mess

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You put my fear to rest

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I am not locked up anymore

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You are the reason why I’m coming back to life

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All of my chains are on the floor

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I follow You

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Because I believe, it’s time to start living

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Living like……

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I’d love to hear in the comments if you guys like this type of post!

Music and Creation

Hey Everyone!

I bet you weren’t expecting to hear from me so soon, but here I am, and jumping right into my post as always. I don’t really see the point of long intros, especially if you aren’t good at writing them. 😀

Two things that I have done quite a bit of this summer are, taking pictures of nature and listening to music. So why not put together a post with both. I thought that instead of just doing another summer playlist, I would focus on both my photography and the music I am enjoying. I will admit though that even this isn’t exactly original, but I’m still having fun putting this together so……………..here you go.

Rescue ~ Lauren Daigle

Remember ~ Riley Clemmons

i don’t know if we can be friends ~ Hollyn

Obsession ~ Switch

All the Things ~ Catie Hurst

Fighting For Me (Piano Version) ~ Riley Clemmons

Die Daily ~ Eris + Evan

Human Condition ~ Unspoken

You’ve Always Been ~ Unspoken

King ~ Becka Shae

Dear No One ~ Tori Kelly

Burn The Ships ~ For King and Country

Every Little Thing (feat. Andy Mineo) ~ Hillsong Young and Free

When I Grow Up ~ NF

Pioneers ~ For King and Country

Clean ~ Hillsong UNITED

Brother (feat. Gavin Degraw) ~ NeedToBreathe

What are some songs that you have on repeat right now? Have you heard any of these songs? Do you have a favorite picture?

Treasuring Our Senses!

Hey Everyone!

Recently in my health class we were learning about our senses, a bit more in depth then what we all learned in kindergarten. I found it really interesting so I decided to write this post. (Also it makes my mom really happy that I am posting something I learned in school.) 😀

I am also including in this post some pictures that I took when I went on a snowy walk the other day.


SIGHT

I think that our sight is probably the most important sense. Almost everything we do uses our eyes in some capacity. We base so much off of what we see.

The thing that I found most interesting about our eyes was learning that we actually cry more then one type of tear! The make up of tears that we cry when in pain is different from when we cry emotional tears! Isn’t that amazing? I had no idea.

I know some people seem to feel better after crying (personally I don’t, but you might) and I was really surprised to learn that there is a reason that they feel better. The chemicals and hormones in tears actually make them feel better! After learning that I guess that I need to be more understanding of people in my life who cry much more frequently then I do.

The other thing that we talked about was the importance of guarding our eyes, being careful about what we watch, read and look at. My parents have always really stressed the importance of this, and I still forget sometimes. So I thought I would remind all of you as well! Be careful that you only use your eyes in ways that are pleasing to the Lord!!!


HEARING

Our ears are incredible and the things that our brains and ears work together to produce are wonderful. When you actually take a couple minutes to think about all the different sounds that you recognize, wind, rain, bells, footsteps, creaking, hearts beating, throats clearing, voices, the list just goes on and on, you will be blown away!! At least I know I was.

I learned that our ears have 20,000 fibers that are quite a bit like piano strings! A piano has only 80 strings and think about all the sounds it can make! With 20,000 strings the possibilities for sound are practically endless.

I think that we don’t appreciate our hearing like we should, we just take it for granted. Recently I have come to appreciate my hearing more after reading Eleanor’s recent posts. It made me think about what I would do if I lost my hearing and how I would react. Spending time thinking about this has made me admire Eleanor more and really reminded me how thankful I should be for my hearing.

So next time you are listening to music or just using your ears (I know we are constantly using our ears, but still), think of Eleanor and others who cannot hear and remember to be thankful for your hearing!!!


TASTE

I love food, absolutely love it. I love buying the things that go into it at farmers markets (whatever we don’t produce ourselves), I love cooking it and then I love enjoying it and watching my family enjoy it. I’m really not sure that life would be worth living without being able taste food, especially chocolate. 😀

I thought that it was really interesting that when you are born you have 10,000 taste buds! They decrease and condense as you get older.

As I am sure you have noticed, when you eat and are stressed or nervous or scared everything seems to taste the same. I was surprised to learn that your saliva changes when you are scared, stressed or nervous and that it blocks the openings to your taste buds!


I know that this only covers the first three senses, I am probably going to do apart two at some point.

I hope that you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Which sense do you think is the most important? Or do you think they are all equally important? If you could only pick one sense to keep which would it be? If you had to choose one sense to give up, what would it be?

Goodbye 2018!!!

Hey Everyone!

2018 was a very busy, full year! It definitely had it’s low points but overall it was a good year!


Here are some of the highlights from my year!

Camp!!! I went to the camp my dad went to as a kid, for the first time! It was definitely the best full week of my year!

Watching the Winter Olympics! We watched as much of the ice skating and ice dancing as we could! It is so amazing to watch how they move across the ice!

Starting Writings From A Farm Girl! I am so glad that I started this blog! I have so enjoyed writing and taking pictures to share with you and reading your lovely comments! I look forward to improving my pictures and writing in the new year!

Christmas and Advent! I already can’t wait for next year!

What are a few highlights from your year?


My favorite pictures I took and/or posted this year!


These two albums are definitely my favorite albums that I have heard this past year! I have most the lyrics for both memorized!

Look Up Child

What is your favorite song or album that came out this past year?


My favorite books I read (or reread) this year are…………….:

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I love these books so much! I cannot wait for the next Green Ember book!

What was your favorite (or one of your favorites) book you read or reread this year? Have you read either of these books?


I guess that’s all for today! Sorry this is short (again), I am hoping to do some longer posts soon!

Happy New Year!!!!

Collab post with Kaelyn!

Hey Everyone!

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!!

Thanksgiving!

Hey Everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving (a few days late)!! I want to share some of the things I am Thankful for this year! Without further ado, here you go! 😀

MUSIC

I am so Thankful for music! Music is so amazing, I listen to music almost constantly, either on our family computer or on my phone while I am doing school. I don’t know how people lived before they could listen to music at home! 😀 

Some of the songs I have had on repeat recently are:

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BOOKS:

I LOVE reading so much! Sometimes I think that without books I would go crazy. Books are such a gift from God! I am so glad that there are many talented people who love to write and are willing to share their stories with us! I am so Thankful for our wonderful library system that makes it possible for me to get new books to read regularly. 

Several of the books/series I have really enjoyed this school recently are:

All the books that I currently have out of the library.😀

MY FRIENDS:

I have a couple of amazing friends who I have gotten to know better this year. I have been pen-pals with one of them for several years, but this year we have gotten very close! The other friend I am thinking of I have known (sort of known of) since kindergarten when we did homeschool stuff together. For a long time our families didn’t do anything together, but last year and this year we started doing things together, again. I have really enjoyed getting to know this friend! 

You two know who you are (at least I hope you do!)! I am so Thankful to have you as apart of my life! Thank you for being my friends!

Another friend who I am Thankful for is someone who is like an older sister to me! Thank you for all the letters you write me and everything!! I am so Thankful for you!

Isn’t this great? I saw it somewhere and I just had to repost it. 
Some friends and one of my amazing sisters.

MY FAMILY:

I am so blessed to have the amazing family that I have! I so admire my parents and I am so Thankful that I am their daughter! I am so Thankful for every single one of my wonderful siblings! I love you guys!

I am also so blessed to have my grandparents be in my life so much! I am so Thankful for my amazing Tia! They are all such a blessing to me and our whole family!

This isn’t all of my siblings. 😀

What is something you are Thankful for? How was your Thanksgiving?

Thank you for taking the time to read this! Have a wonderful week!