Spring Goals 2019

Hey Everyone!

I love spring. Everything about it except for all the mud. I love watching everything come to life, seeing all the grass turn green, hearing the birds in the morning, again, all the beautiful new leaves, the warm breeze….I could go on and on.

Even though it is officially spring, here it still looks pretty much like winter, but the first signs of spring are emerging. Sadly I don’t have any springy pictures to share, but hopefully I will soon. ๐Ÿ˜€

Anyway, here are my spring goals!


(1) Go barefoot outside while the ground is still spongy and cold. I love how it feels and it is so freeing to finally go barefoot after the winter.

(2) Take more walks. I really enjoy going on walks, I’m just usually not motivated enough to get outside while it is still chilly outside.

(3) Stay consistently active on my blog. I love blogging, but sometimes I just can’t pull off a post. It always frustrates me. I am hoping I can stay active and stop getting annoyed with myself when I can’t or don’t post.

(4) Make homemade pasta. I’ve only done this once and it is a crazy amount of work, but so worth it!

(5) Finish school. I feel slightly behind, but I’m pretty confident I will be able to finish in June.

(6) Read and review at least three YA contemporary novels.

(7) Get back into the stretching every night.

(8) Take at least one picture everyday.

(9) Read my Bible more often.

(10) Work on writing about things that I am passionate about.


What are some of your spring goals? Have you ever made homemade pasta?

Weekly Verse #24

Hey Everyone!!

I took a walk earlier today and I was thrilled to see the first signs of spring. ๐Ÿ˜€

I love how all of these branches kind of tangle together! And you can see the brighter colored buds!

Tree buds (is that really what you call them?) are so beautiful and as I looked around I saw how different the different trees’ buds looked.

I love the tree bud pictures!

This tree is dead, but the bark is still so beautiful!


Our verse this week is:

Psalm 51.7, 8

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.

It is crazy to imagine being cleaner, whiter then snow and that we can be that clean!

Which picture is your favorite? Have you been seeing a signs of spring? What stands out you from this verse? Any prayer requests?

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.) ๐Ÿ˜€

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. ๐Ÿ˜€

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?

Photo Collab!!!

Hey Everyone!

I am really happy to (finally) share this photo collab with you! Without further ado…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..Here you go!

So how we did this was we (Lauren, Kaelyn and I) each came up with three topics and we had to either take or find pictures we had taken before for each topic. It was really fun to come up with each picture. ๐Ÿ˜€


Starting with my topics:

Winter: My winter has been full of snow so for winter I thought that it had to be a picture of snow.

Snowflakes:

Trees:

Kaelyn’s Topics:

Cooking/Baking:

Playground:



Fun: My brothers have so much fun on their mini-bike so I chose this picture.

Lauren’s Topics.

Animals: A picture of our beautiful dogs, from the summer!

Books: I’m not really a fan of how this picture turned out, but I’ve never tried taking pictures of books before. Maybe I just need more practice?

Cozy: I’m re-using my first BIBPC photo.


What did you think of this collab? Which picture is your favorite? Is there anything that you would like to have me post about? I’m open to suggestions!

Weekly Verse #17

Hey Everyone!

I am so sorry that this post is a couple days late again! I plan to be back on schedule from now on.

Another Maya photo, since you all seemed to like the lsat one so much! ๐Ÿ˜€
A sky and snow photo!

Our verse for this week is:

Psalm 143.8

Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning, for in you I put my trust. Teach me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.

This is such a beautiful verse and prayer. We all want to hear of God’s steadfast love and I think this is a wonderful prayer to ask to hear of God’s love.

What stands out to you from this verse? Anything? Which picture is your favorite? Do you like cat pictures or sky pictures better?

Snow Photos!

Hey Everyone!

I am really happy to (finally) share the pictures I took a couple weeks ago of the snow. I thought about waiting another week since we are getting more snow, but I want to share them today. Just warning you, though, I will probably be posting more snow photos soon. ๐Ÿ˜€


I love how the snow on the green grass looks. In person the grass was even greener.

This picture makes me think of a brook. I love the contrast of the dark wet rocks to the fresh white snow.

More snowflakes, the reddish color of the stump is so beautiful.

More snowflakes and moss. โค๏ธ


The orange fungus, white snow, dark bark combo is so pretty!

Snowflake and bark close up. I love this picture. I think this one is my favorite from this bunch of pictures.

One of our barn cats, Maya. She let me take quite a few pictures of her. This one turned out the best. ๐Ÿ˜€


Which picture is your favorite? Why??

Thanks for taking the time to scroll through all these photos! I am excited to hear what you thought of them in the comments!

So sorry that this post is a couple days late! I was having trouble with our computer.

Weekly Verse #15

Hey Everyone!

I am really happy to share our first verse of the new year along with some pictures from when it snowed (YES, you read that right it finally snowed!!!)!


Our verse for this week:

Psalm 121.1-3

I lift up my eyes to the hills โ€“ from where will my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.

I love this verse and I always have. I love how it says how God does not slumber. It is so comforting that God is always watching over us, even when we are sleeping.

What stands out to you from this verse? Which picture is your favorite?

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

Weekly Verse #12

Hey Everyone!

I’ve taken more pictures out of the window by my desk and by our mailbox and I want to share them with you. ๐Ÿ˜€

Can you see the turkeys? Look closely! ๐Ÿ˜€
Isn’t the sky so beautiful! I will never ever get tired of looking at the sky and taking pictures of the sky!
Another beautiful sky picture!

Our verse for this week is:

Psalm 119.9

How can young people keep their way pure?

By guarding it according to Your word.

I love how easy this verse makes keeping your way pure seem. It is a wonderfully simple answer to a difficult question.ย 

What stands out to you from this verse? Do you have a favorite psalm? Any prayer requests?

Thank you for reading this!

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 Zionโ€ฆBy awesome deeds you answer us with deliveranceโ€ฆYou 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! ๐Ÿ˜€

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.