2008 - further up and further in

Monday, October 20, 2008

Reading Tag

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Reading Tag
Sorry for the lack of updates. I have been very busy working on KOF!

Anyway, here's a tag that Bluejane tagged me with quite a while ago.

The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they have printed.

I know I'm not an adult, but let's see how I do!

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you love.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling - I do not want to read these.
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Withering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman ~ I have to agree with Bluejane ~ I will not be reading any Philip Pullman books!
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Works of Shakespeare - A few plays here and there
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray 80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (working on reading it right now!)
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas (
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

8 book are bolded, 17 are italicized. In spite of this tag, I assure you, I am not illiterate! I love to read... just not all of the books on here! Anyway, I guess it is a good thing I am not an adult yet! ;o)

I would like to thank you all for awarding me. I am very sorry I haven't gotten around to doing a post with them, but as I've said, it's been very hectic. If I don't get around to it, I apologize profusely, but I assure you I appreciate them very much. =)

In His Love,

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Introducing... www.kidsoffaithonline.net

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Introducing... www.kidsoffaithonline.net
After much thought and effort, I am so excited to announce....

Kids of Faith is now located on a website!!!!!!!!

I am so thankful that this all worked out, and that Dad (my computer tech) was able to make it happen! So please go check it out and perhaps leave a comment: http://www.kidsoffaithonline.net

In His Love,

Friday, October 10, 2008

Fall Favorites

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Fall Favorites
I think this tag started at Miss Jocelyn's blog, and I thought it looked fun so I'd give it a try. Fall is just about here, and I absolutely love it!!! :o)

1. Favorite Smell? The crisp air, and scented candles
2. Favorite Food? Soups, corn bread, muffins
3. Favorite Color? dark reds, greens, and burnt oranges
4. Favorite Drink? Egg Nog, coffee, tea, hot chocolate
5. Favorite Treat? pie, cookies, muffins, corn bread... :o)
6. Favorite Place to go? The mountains
7. Favorite Candy? Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, and chocolate
8. Favorite Movie to watch? Cozy chick flicks with my mom, or any of my favorite movies (Narnia, P&P, etc)
9. Favorite Clothing to wear? Warm socks! (I have to copy Jessica's answer! =)
10. Favorite Outdoor Activity? Jumping in leaves (I don't like raking them; just jumping in them... =P
11. Favorite Football Team? My state's team -- the Broncos!
12. Favorite Fall Holiday? Thanksgiving
13. Favorite Haunted place? Umm.... do those even exist? Not in my town anyway!
14. Favorite Food at Thanksgiving Dinner? Mashed Potatoes!
15. Favorite Pie? apple or pumpkin
16. Favorite Fall Hobby? Decorating the house
17. Favorite Fall Memory? Playing in a pile of leaves in the dark with Savannah
18. Favorite Fall Sight? The trees changing color
19. Overall Favorite thing about Fall? Oh, it's so hard to pick! But I really love the colors and the time to reflect on our blessings.
20. Overall Favorite Season? FALL!

Monday, October 6, 2008

The Three Hamsketeers

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The Three Hamsketeers
As of last Wednesday, counting our animals, we are now a family of ten.

For a long while, we have been planning to get a hamster. So, when our friends decided to breed theirs quite a while ago, it was only natural that we actually took action. After much deliberation, we decided to add our name to the list of hopeful hamster-owners.

Our friend tried to breed twice, but it turned out negatively—the babies died both times, and the mama barely survived. This was a pretty hard time for my 14-year-old friend, the hamster breeder, because she felt so bad that her “clients” weren’t able to get the hamsters she had hoped to give them.

Well, the week before last week, we got a call from our friends saying that they had bought a hamster from a pet store along with her six babies, four girls and 2 boys. It was totally a God thing because it was a package deal and they basically got 2 hamsters free. So last Wednesday, we went to our friends’ house, along with our OTHER friends, who have a 7-year-old daughter, to pick out our hamsters. We had talked about it the night before and spontaneously decided to get 2 boys. We already had 2 names picked out: Reepicheep, after the talking mouse in ‘Prince Caspian’, and Puff Jr., after my mom’s hamster when she was young.

When we got there, the 7-year-old girl immediately fell in love with one of the boys, which was tan and white. I was a little disappointed, because that one looked like a Puff Jr. But then *I* fell in love with the other boy, who was tan with black ears and looked EXACTLY like a Reepicheep!

So then we were wondering what to do… because we still wanted 2 hamsters. The only solution was to get a girl, and put them in 2 different cages. My sister *Tink* decided it for us. She was smitten with the smallest of them all.

I don’t know how this got brought up, but one of our friends (I’m sure you’re so confused now it doesn’t matter anyway) mentioned us getting three. Mom was at first repelled about the idea, because she did not want three cages. But she realized that we could put two girls together, and consented to the idea. So my brother *TQ* promptly picked out his.

Now we are the owners of three hamsters!

My hamster is named Sir Reepicheep Puff Jr., but I just call him “Reepi” or “Reepicheep”. He is the biggest of the three, and is quite a furball. TQ and I keep quoting a line from Manny in the movie ‘Ice Age’ ~ “I’m not fat; I’m just… poofy.” :o)

The hamster that Tink chose is the smallest of the bunch. She’s dark gray, and quite adorable. As we were riding home with our “treasures”, we discussed what TQ and Tink would call their hamsters. Mom asked Tink what she would call hers, and she promptly said, “Rosie… or Molly… but I think Rosie.” We didn’t protest, even though Rosie does not LOOK like a Rosie, and she’s been Rosie ever since.

TQ picked out a black and white one, whom I think is a longhaired because she is nowhere near as puffy as her siblings. At first we began calling her Puff, but it just didn’t stick! So, TQ decided to name her Oreo Cookie instead. And, my hamster now bears his long name. :o)

I hope to be posting some pictures soon! =)

Glossary of Friends & Family

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Glossary of Friends & Family
I decided to put together a little glossary, since I use nick-names for people involved in my life due to Internet safety. I’ll probably be adding to this.

Dad = The best Dad in the world!

Mom = Mom ... What would I do without her??

TQ = My 9-year-old brother... can you tell he
s a football fan??

Tink = My 5-year-old sister, who spreads sunshine and joy into our lives, just like Tinkerbell!

Muffin = A nine-month-old baby that we watch.

Butterfly Dreamer = My fun and unique cousin who has been friends with me for my whole life.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Update on *Muffin* :)

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Update on *Muffin* :)
Thanks for all of your prayers! This time I have some good news....

As you know, *Muffin* was admitted to the hospital last night, and my mom & I went to go see her. It was really intense when we got there, because she was getting checked by a pediatrician, and was really upset. When babies have croupe, they have this unnerving barky sound to their cough.... No offense, but they sound kind of like a seal! It was really rather scary for me, because I had not expected that. Right when we got there, *Muffin* reached out to Mom, which really tugged at our heartstrings. Even though she was struggling, she was still our *Muffin*!

Mom held her the whole time we were there. That freed up her mom to go home and get the things they needed to spend the night at the hospital. It was also *Muffin*'s dad's birthday, but he didn't mind. It was rather neat to see.

While we were there it seemed she improved. She got more peaceful while Mom was holding her, and when we left she was sleeping on her Momma. :)

As of today, we found out that she is going to be released from the hospital this morning. That is a great relief to hear, because at least she is stable and doing better. If you would like to pray still, just pray for *Muffin* to get better, as well as her mom, dad, and grandma to have peace.

BTW, *Muffin* is not her real name. :o)

Thanks for praying everyone! I really appreciate it!

In His Love,

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

URGENT! Prayer Request for a Sick Baby

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URGENT! Prayer Request for a Sick Baby
I would like to ask you all to pray for our baby that we watch part-time, 9-month-old *Muffin* (aka "A Strange Creature Indeed"). She has croup and is at the hospital right now, because she is having trouble breathing. It is possibly because of pneumonia, too. We are all pretty worried, especially me. She is such a sweet thing and we've all grown to love her. Please join me and my family in prayer.... And I'll try to keep you posted. :(

In His Love,

Update @ 5:40 PM MST! ~ *Muffin* is going to be admitted to the hospital overnight. She's seen a doctor, but he's not a pediatrician and isn't really sure what's wrong. She's waiting to see one now. The good news is that her oxygen level is staying in the 90s, she's just struggling to keep it that way. From what I understand, they want to keep her in the hospital to monitor her. We might go down to see her. Please continue to pray for her, as well as her great grand-father who had a mild stroke... I don't know any other details. Thanks for praying, everyone! I'll update later....

Sunday, September 28, 2008

New Template??

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New Template??
Well, I've done it. I took this nice picture of a rose and did some editing of it on the computer... but then I decided to put it on my template. No problem... except, when I decided to change it back, I couldn't find my old header. So I will be experimenting with making a new template... ughh! LOL~ Feel free to tell me your thoughts!


*Edit* Well, now I really do like it! It looks a lot more like my HSB blog... and easier on the eyes than the pink I had up just now! Your thoughts?

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Kielbasa Pasta

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Kielbasa Pasta
This week at The Young Writers Lounge (It's a HSB thing and unfortunately only able to be read by users only), we are tackling Writing Challenge #3... and let me tell you, it really IS a challenge, at least for me. We are supposed to be very clear Thankfully, my mom was making one of my favorite meals, her trademark "Kielbasa Pasta", and was very patient and helpful in this assignments.

*NOTE* ~ This is my Mom's own recipe, and she did her best to try to put it on paper. Many of the measurements are guesses, so it may take a few tries to adjust it to your family's needs.

So, without further ado, I bring to you a special recipe, straight from our kitchen...

Kielbasa Pasta

Ingredients (for larger families, give or take)

2 packages of smoked sausage (turkey or beef; you can also use polish kielbasa)
1 1/2 to 2 boxes of Penne pasta
1/2 cup olive oil (enough to coat pasta)
Two teaspoons minced garlic
½ - full bag of frozen peppers
Shredded parmesan cheese
1 15 oz. can of corn
Extra seasonings: crushed red pepper, garlic salt

Utensils You Will Need

Large stock pot
Large frying pan
A teaspoon
A tablespoon
One 1/2 (measuring) cup
Wooden spoon for stirring


1. If your sausage is frozen, set it out to thaw about thirty minutes before you begin cooking.

2. Fill the large pot three-quarters of the way full with water and put it onto boil. The best burner setting to use for this is probably medium to medium-high. When it is ready, go to step 7.

3. While you wait for the water to boil, slice the sausage into one-inch thick pieces.

4. Fry them in the large frying pan for a few minutes until they are lightly browned. Again, the best burner setting is probably medium to medium-high.

5. Add the olive oil and garlic. The measurements above are really guesses, so just add it until you feel comfortable that it will suit your family's tastes. Also add the frozen peppers, so they have time to soften.

6. Once the peppers are softened, add the corn and some crushed red pepper to taste.

7. When the water in your large pot is boiling, add a little bit of olive oil to the bubbling water and then dump the pasta in. Let them cook according to the directions on the box, usually 12-17 minutes.

8. Once the noodles are done, you'll want to drain them in a colander. Be sure to point the pot away from you as you pour out the hot water.

9. Add the noodles to the pan containing the sausages and other ingredients. Be sure to stir the noodles in really well in order to coat the noodles with the garlic and olive oil sauce.

10. The next-to-last step is to abundantly sprinkle shredded parmesan cheese over it. For extra taste, season with garlic salt and/or additional crushed red pepper.

11. Serve and ENJOY!!!!!!!


Thanks for reading,

Friday, September 19, 2008

This is Who I AM!

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This is Who I AM!
For those of you new to my blog, and those of you just getting to know me, and for those of you who just want to know more about me, I thought I'd share this bio on me, originally posted on KOF. It also contains a sort-of picture of me. :D Here it is~

My name is Kylie. I am a twelve-year-old homeschooled girl who loves Jesus and wants to make loving him the center of my life. I’ve been a Christian for 9 years, and although the road is tough, I wouldn't change it for the world.

I am a very avid fan of the Chronicles of Narnia, and also C.S. Lewis, because of the tremendous allegory in the series. I've been homeschooled all my life and absolutely love it! I love to write, mostly fictional stories, and I especially love it when I write with my friends. I am hoping to be published eventually, perhaps in Christian magazines, and my dream is to get at least one book published.

I love to read, especially Christian fantasy and historical fiction ~ any book with a great plot, really! I love the pioneer, colonial, and renaissance eras, and bonnets, aprons, and medieval dresses & capes all have a place in my world. I consider myself an "old-fashioned" girl since those sorts of things appeal to me. I also enjoy photography, knitting, crocheting, jewelry making, sewing, HTML, learning to experiment with graphics, and also fiddling around on my acoustic Fender guitar that the Lord blessed me with.

My desire for KOF [and my other blogs] is to encourage kids in their walk for God and set them on fire for Jesus!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Of all places...

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Of all places...
Here is a story I wrote for a Writing Challenge not too long ago. We were supposed to base a short story off of the sentence; "Oh my goodness! What are you doing here?"

So, here is my version of the story. I couldn't think of a title for it~ Any suggestions??


"Mom!" I heard my little sister Anne shriek. "Peanut's gone!"

"Oh, dear!" Mom said, and I heard her walk over into Anne's room, next door.

I stepped out into the hall to see what the commotion was all about.

"Oh, Joshy!" Anne cried. Her face was pale and her eyes wide. "You have to help us find Peanut!"

She pulled me by the hand into her room, where there were tell-tale signs of the crisis at hand. The large cage on Anne's dresser, which normally held her hyper hamster, was empty, with the door wide open.

Anne started crying again at the sight of it.

"Don't worry, dear. I'm sure we'll find him. When did you notice he was missing?" Mom said, trying to comfort Anne.

"Just now," Anne sniffled.

"Well, he can't have gone far. We'll find him soon," Mom reassured her. "Let's all look for him. Anne, you check under the bed, and Josh and I will look too."

I stood thoughtfully trying to imagine where I would be most comfortable if I was a hamster.

Then I had it. "Have you checked Anne's dresser drawers yet, Mom?"

Mom's eyes brightened too. "I haven't, but great idea, Josh." She opened the drawers and began to throw things out carelessly.

I decided to check in Anne's sock drawer. I was sure that if I was a small, fluffy rodent like Peanut that I would like to have a sock for a home. Unfortunately, Peanut wasn't there.

We searched through Anne's whole room. A long while later, nothing had changed, except that Anne's room had collected a great big mess.

It was soon bedtime, and there was still no trace of Peanut. Anne was devastated, and I could hear her upset sobs all the way from my room across the hall.

I wondered where Peanut was, and if he was safe. As much as Peanut irritated me sometimes, I still did like him. I wondered if he was warm on this cold winter night.

It is really cold, I thought, and tiptoed over to my sock drawer, to grab a pair of socks for my chilly feet.

When I opened it, I began to laugh uncontrollably.

"Oh my goodness! What are YOU doing here?"

Right among my socks, sat Peanut, looking bright-eyed and completely innocent.

"Mom! I found Peanut!" I shouted, crossing over to Anne's room. We (meaning Peanut and I) were greeted by exclamations of joy and astonishment.

"Peanut!" shrieked Anne, seizing him from me.

"Wherever did you find him?" Mom asked incredulously.

"In my sock drawer," I replied as seriously as I could.

"In your sock drawer?" Anne questioned.

"In your SOCK drawer?!!" Mom repeated. "How'd he ever get there?"

I shrugged and laughed. "Maybe he just got cold."


Please join me in the 20 Day Prayer Challenge for America! http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/Narniagirl/586445/

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The 20 Day Prayer Challenge: America

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The 20 Day Prayer Challenge: America
Calling all Prayer Warriors!!

I've decided to do another 20 Day Prayer Challenge, like the one I did back in May. This one is very similar to the first one, but I want to do another one focusing on America.

I am a firm believer in prayer, and the impact it can make, and I especially believe in kids praying. I wrote an article about the importance of prayer a while back.

I've been wanting to do a Prayer Challenge for America for a while now. Our nation is a lot better than some other countries, but it still could use a lot of help, especially with the elections coming up. Although I do believe that no matter who is in the office, God will still be on the throne, but we still need to be praying.

Prayer is one weapon that Satan can't fight, and it has a lot of power. I hope that by doing these challenges, more and more people would realize just how much of an impact it can make.

In Philipians 4:6 it says:
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." Here are some things you can pray for during the 20 Day period:

- That the Americans' hearts would be softened toward God
- That God's will would be done in the upcoming elections
- That God would protect us in whatever lies ahead
- That His hand would be upon our nation
- Anything else God lays upon your heart

The challenge will start in four days, on Thursday, September 11th, and continue for 20 days until the end of this month. You are welcome to share about it on your blogs, and also put the icons on your blog. I've made some new ones for the America theme. The codes are below -- just take out the spaces.

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Simply leave a comment if you would like to participate! I would love it if you would join us in this stand for prayer.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Check it out!

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Check it out!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Holding Back

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Holding Back
My family has made a decision to cut back on electronics... you can read about it here. Surprisingly enough, I think this is good for my family in many ways. Already today, my siblings and I have interacted a lot more, and have made some great memories! I will learn to manage my time better. I also think that the computer was slowly wrapping its pixelated talons around my life, and that I needed to get it off!

Anyway, us kids will only have one hour on weekdays, and an hour and a half on weekends. I will do my best to post at least once a week, and probably on Tuesdays and Fridays. Unfortunately, replying to comments will probably suffer, too, as much as I wish it won't. Anyway, please understand that since my time is now limited, I'm not ignoring you, I'm just not able to respond, although I do read every single comment.

I may be able to email some of my close friends, if you would like... I will try to respond to those as frequently as I can.


Saturday, August 2, 2008

Well, here I am!

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Well, here I am!
Hi! I'm Kylie. I'm normally blogging on HomeSchoolBlogger.com, but I decided to start a blog here, since my HSB one is private and can't be read by blogger friends. I'll only have a few people allowed to read this though, so I don't expect much.

I'm a young girl that really does love Jesus! He is so special to me and I get tears in my eyes when I think of the great sacrifice he made so I could LIVE! I want everything I do & say to glorify Him.

As you probably see, I really do love the Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis. On HSB, I am known by Narniagirl, but I really wanted a different username that reflected why I love Narnia so much. "Follower of Aslan" comes from Prince Caspian, when Lucy sees Aslan but the others don't. I want to have the faith like hers to follow Aslan (aka Jesus in OUR world) wherever he takes me, and no matter what it costs.

This is a new opportunity for me... but I'm looking forward to it! I'll be posting several highlights from each month... so far I've got 2008 covered. I'm not sure if I'll do 2007 yet or not.

Stay tuned for more,

Monday, July 28, 2008

A Strange Creature, Indeed

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A Strange Creature, Indeed
Originally posted on my HSB blog, July 28, 2008 at 4:52 PM
Hi everyone,

I "helped" my cat Tux post an entry on the blog that he shares with my other cat, Chessie. I thought that this was one of the most creative entries I've done from the perspective of my pet, so I wanted to share with you.

Well, it's Tux. For once, I've been doing something other than sleeping & eating.

We have a new human in the house. Her name is *Muffin*, and she's 7 months old. My owners watch over her while her parents work.

*Muffin* can sometimes get annoying, especially when she chases after me! Chessie, for once, is reassuring me. She says that it is normal, and that I should be patient with "the little thing". Where did Chessie learn that, anyway? Maybe it's true... but I can't handle the thought of her getting her slobber on me. At least she can't pull my tail!

Anyway, *Muffin* has been chasing me a lot lately! It seems like every day she comes, she gets faster. My owners call it "crawling". I guess I'm helping them, because every time she sees me, she tries to scoot over to me. All my owners do is just watch in anticipation, and then cheer when *Muffin* reaches me. I don't know why they don't help me get away from "that little thing".

*Muffin* has other odd habits as well. She makes noises that I've never heard before, and she makes them at the most inopportune moments. She, as well as her stuff, has a strange smell, and sometimes she gets stinky. She doesn't walk, and seems to be lazy because my owners carry her around all the time. She scatters toys where I want to sleep. She eats an unfamiliar white liquid from a strange contraption (Chessie says it's a bottle. Again, where DOES she learn this stuff?)

*Muffin* = A Strange Creature, Indeed.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The Homeschool Tag

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The Homeschool Tag
Originally posted on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 5:00 PM

I was tagged by Bluejane with a "Homeschooling Tag". I don't usually do tags, but this one seemed like it was worth it.

- How long have you homeschooled? All my life

- What grade did you start homeschooling? From the moment I was born… every day is a learning experience to me!

- What grade are you in now? It’s summer, but I will be going into 8th next year.

- How old were you when you started? 0 years old

- Do you like homeschooling? Of course! I have more freedom, more possibilities, I can learn what I want when I want (to a certain extent), and I can do school in my pajamas! :D

- Have you ever gone to school? No, not at all

- How long did you go to school? Haven’t gone

- Do you intend to home school your kids when you grow up? Absolutely! It is the best environment for them to grow in.

- What are two things that you like about homeschooling? I love being able to learn freely and not be confined to just a curriculum. I also love having my mom as a teacher – she’s the best!

- Do you totally go against public schools? I am not for them, because I don't think they are a good environment, but I don’t like to be prejudiced about anything. I think that, if you feel that God has called your child to public school, then He will make it work out. He has called everyone to their own path, and I don’t think we should look down on people who are following that path by putting their children in public school. However, I do not support public schooling, and I would strongly suggest homeschooling to anyone.

- Do you have friends who are not homeschoolers? My cousin is not homeschooled, but that doesn’t really interfere with our relationship. We also watch a little girl that goes to school. Other than that, I know of several people who aren’t homeschooled, but they are more acquaintances instead of friends.

- Is it hard to get along with public school friends? Weellll…. With my cousin and the little girl we babysit, it isn’t a problem. I’ve had other friends who definitely are different than me, and it's hard to find things we have in common.

- What is the first thing other people say when they find out that you homeschool? Well, sometimes they just make general comments like "Oh that's neat!" or "Cool!" Occasionally someone will ask me more about it, like what my favorite thing about it is, but not often.

- Who are you going to tag? Anyone that reads this who has the letter "z" in their name.

Please continue to pray for Rachael Kligmann... she is doing a little bit better, and isn't any worse. Go here for more details.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

The Life and Legacy of C.S. Lewis

Thursday, June 12, 2008 0
The Life and Legacy of C.S. Lewis
Originally posted on my HSB blog, June 12, 2008, at 2:29 PM

The Life and Legacy of C.S. Lewis
~ A biographical report ~

Written by Kylie aka Narniagirl, Grade 7, Age 12.
© 2008. No material may be copied without permission from the author.
C.S. Lewis Creator blend by Cauldron Pool Graphics

C.S. Lewis was a famous, well-known author and apologist whose insight and wisdom still impacts the world today. He was most known for writing The Chronicles of Narnia, The Screwtape Letters, and Mere Christianity. He was born as Clive Staples Lewis on November 29, 1898, in Strandtown, which is a suburb of the city of Belfast in Ireland. He lived with his father Albert, his mother Flora, his brother Warren, or “Warnie”, and five servants.
C.S. Lewis detested his birth name, and when he was four he nicknamed himself Jack, or “Jacksie”. It is unknown why he chose his name, except for the fact that he owned a dog, Jack, who was run over by a car. He refused to be called anything else. He also nicknamed his brother Warren “Warnie”, and they both went by those names for the rest of their lives.
Jack spent most of his time indoors, mostly because his parents wanted to shield him from diseases & sicknesses. Jack did not mind though—he spent much of his time reading and writing stories. Jack’s parents were avid readers and would spend their evenings reading for hours. They passed on their love of reading to Jack. Jack especially enjoyed E. Nesbit’s books, which were about normal children getting into magical situations, and Beatrix Potter’s books about talking animals. He also enjoyed tales of adventure and chivalry.
In his life Jack had several experiences that parallel to events in his series The Chronicles of Narnia, and quite a few of them occurred in his childhood. Jack was 7 years old when his family moved to a large house they nicknamed “Little Lea”. Little Lea had lots of nooks, crannies, passageways, and rooms. Jack had a very active imagination, so he had lots of fun exploring with Warnie. Later, in his book The Magician’s Nephew, Jack wrote about two children who had rather the same experience.
Jack had a nurse called Lizzie, who told him and Warnie tales and lore about leprechauns and ancient gods. Jack loved the stories, and his fascination with mythology and other mystical beings stayed with him the rest of his life. It played a prominent part when he wrote The Chronicles of Narnia, since the series features many mythological creatures.
Jack and Warnie used to sit together telling stories in the dark of a hand-carved wardrobe made by their grandfather. When he wrote his book The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, four children entered a magical world through a wardrobe door.
Jack’s mother died when he was only 10 years old, in 1908. After this, Jack’s relationship with his father became distant and was never fully re-established. Because of this, Jack decided to leave home and join his brother Warnie at boarding school during his elementary years. Jack faced many changes during these years. As he grew older, he got into the bad habit of smoking, which he never quite stopped. He also became, in his own words, a “prig” (a stuck-up person) ¹. Eventually, he lost that mind-set, though it took time. Most of all, his atheism and overall dislike for God began to develop.
Although he enjoyed one or two of the boarding schools, his experiences at most of the other schools he attended were not good ones. At one particular school, he had a very cruel, brutal headmaster. Afterward, he developed a strong disliking for schools, and his wounds from those bad experiences never quite healed.
Believe it or not, Jack threatened to commit suicide if his father did not remove him from one particular boarding school. His father finally relented, and so Jack was homeschooled by his father’s former tutor during the rest of his high school years. His tutor was named William T. Kirkpatrick, but Jack called him “the Great Knock”. Jack lived and studied with Kirkpatrick in his village. It was a great atmosphere for him to study in. Jack received a fair amount of freedom in his studies, and Kirkpatrick only offered occasional assistance. Jack loved to read classical literature and learned the Greek, French, and Italian languages, just so he could read books in their original forms.
One unfortunate thing about Kirkpatrick was that he was an atheist, and Jack picked up on his beliefs. Otherwise, he was quite an advantage to Jack because of his intelligent, logical way of thinking. The years that Jack spent being tutored by Kirkpatrick influenced much of his future calling.

Jack’s weaknesses in his studies were math and science, and he had difficulty progressing in these areas. These struggles almost kept Jack from having academic and writing careers. His future would have been much duller if it hadn’t been for World War I.
Since Jack was Irish, he did not have to serve in WWI, and could have instead pursued his further education. But he felt obligated to enlist in the war. Before he did, though, he tried to be accepted into Oxford College. If he was accepted, he would be able to join the Officer’s Training Corps, and he’d be given a commission.
Jack took Oxford’s entrance exam in December of 1916 and received a scholarship from University College. To get into the school, however, he had to pass one more test called “Responsions.” Although Jack was very good in other subjects, he failed the Math part of the test two separate times.
Even though Jack didn’t pass Responsions, he was allowed to live on the Oxford campus and continue studying during his training at the O.T.C. He prepared to join the army and entered a cadet battalion in training to receive a commission. While all this was happening, Jack managed to form a close relationship with his roommate Edward Francis Courtnay “Paddy” Moore. They both promised that, if anything happened to either of them, the survivor of the two would take care of the other’s family.
Jack traveled to France in November, 1917, to serve in the war with the rank of second lieutenant. He stayed there during the winter, and dealt with trench fever, a disease transmitted by lice. In the spring of 1918, Jack’s good friend, Paddy Moore, was killed in action, and Jack also was seriously injured with shrapnel wounds. He was put in the hospital, and then transferred back to London. Before he completely recovered, the war ended and Jack was released from the army.
Now that the war was over, Jack decided to pursue his studies at Oxford once more. Jack’s service in the army opened a new doorway for his future and direction in life. Because Jack had been a soldier, he was excluded from taking Responsions, and therefore was now accepted into Oxford. If Jack hadn’t served in the army, he wouldn’t have received the education he needed to become such a great influence today.
Besides studying at Oxford, Jack kept his promise to his friend Paddy Moore, and began to care for Paddy’s mother, Jane Moore, and Paddy’s sister, Maureen. Mrs. Moore already had a close friendship with Jack. She had been there for him when Jack was recovering from his wounds from war, and acted as the mother Jack never really had.
Jack really thrived in the area of classical philosophy, and graduated with honors in that subject. He thought about getting a job as a schoolmaster, but instead decided to return to Oxford to get a Master’s degree in English Language and Literature, which he attained.

In order for Jack to be able to support his new “family”, he decided to get a job as a don at Oxford College. A “don” is a teacher on a more personal level—like a tutor. Jack lectured and trained his students to defend their beliefs logically. Jack held this occupation for many years until shortly before his death.
Eventually, after living in many rental homes, Jack and the Moores decided to buy a house themselves, and Jack’s brother Warnie moved in with them. They called it “the Kilns”, and that was where Jack lived for the rest of his life.
Jack’s position at Oxford allowed him room for new relationships. He became friends with influential men like J.R.R. Tolkien and Hugo Dyson. Eventually, these friendships collaborated into an informal literary group called the “Inklings”. Jack, along with several others, got together twice a week to discuss literary matters and read aloud works-in-the-making. Although the Inklings were originally a “literary group”, they also discussed much more. The Eagle and Child pub, where they often met, served as an environment where they could each improve their skills by feeding off each other’s logic and thinking. Friendship was very important to Jack.

The Eagle and Child Pub, aka "Bird and Baby", where the Inklings often met.

The Inklings group was good for Jack in another way, though. As you remember, Jack had lost his faith many years before. He grew up in an average Christian home, but it was “all things dry and legalistic”¹ which Jack hated. When God supposedly didn’t answer his prayers for healing for his mother, he slowly drifted away. Over the years he went away from his original beliefs and became an all-out atheist.
Jack had previous experiences prompting him to become a Christian, but his believing friends and their influence on him gave him the final ‘push’ he needed. Some of the people that influenced him greatly were people he knew well, like J.R.R. Tolkien, and some were those he didn’t know, such as George MacDonald’s writing in his book Phantastes. He realized that nearly all his friends, whom he looked up to, definitely believed in God. At first Jack was reluctant to this change. But nevertheless, Jack felt God’s pull on his heart, and finally he accepted Christ while riding in the sidecar of Warnie’s motorcycle.
Jack began his writing career in the 1930’s. His new outlook on life affected his style of writing, and his books were much more successful than his books of poems published many years earlier. His first Christian novel, called A Pilgrim’s Regress, was published in 1933, and after that, others still followed. Some of his more popular books included: Allegory of Love, The Problem of Pain, Surprised by Joy, The Screwtape Letters, and The Chronicles of Narnia.
His only children’s series, The Chronicles of Narnia, consisted of seven books: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Horse and His Boy, The Magician’s Nephew, and The Last Battle. They chronicle the magical country of Narnia from its beginning to end, and have become very popular across the world. Several experiences from his childhood & early years parallel into the series, as mentioned before. The series also illustrates instances in the Bible and everyday Christian life. Particularly, it reflects good triumphing over evil, and the sacrifices that the Lord makes for us. Many people have been changed by that series alone, and possibly even learned the truth of Christ.
Jack married Joy Davidman Gresham, an American single mother of two sons in 1956. Joy was the only woman Jack knew that was compatible with him and on the same level as he was intellectually. Shortly before they were married, they discovered that Joy had terminal bone cancer. She passed away four years later, and this was very devastating to Jack. As a result, he wrote the book A Grief Observed, which was a way for him to deal with his loss.
Jack lived the rest of his life in relative quiet. In 1961, Jack was diagnosed with inflammation of the kidneys, which became blood poisoning. He gradually became better, but fell ill in mid-July of 1963. He declined quickly and was diagnosed with end-stage renal failure. On November 22, 1963, one week before his 65th birthday, Jack collapsed in his bedroom, and a mere few minutes later, he went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Jack’s death was on the same day as President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, so it was almost entirely unnoticed by the press, which is the way he probably would have liked it. Jack was buried at Holy Trinity Church, in Headington, Oxford. He was missed by many, and to this day, Jack’s legacy lives on in many homes through his profound views, insightful writings, and overall example.


1. Wagner, Richard. C.S. Lewis and Narnia for Dummies
Indianapolis, IN. Wiley Publishing, Inc. 2005

2. Gresham, Douglas. Jack’s Life
Nashville TN. Broadman & Holman Publishers. 2005.

3. Wikipedia.org

4. Sibley, Brian. The Land of Narnia
New York, NY. Harper Collins Children’s books, a division of Harper Collins Publishers. 1989.

All citations are marked with the number of the book that the quote was taken from.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Appreciating Beauty

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 0
Appreciating Beauty
Originally posted on my HSB blog, May 27, 2008 at 9:23 PM

After seeing Miss Jocelyn's beautiful photography & photo editing, I decided to try it myself.

I took this, a photo I took last summer:

... and made it into this:

All around us, photo edited or not, there is all sorts of beauty God created for us to admire. I love photography because it teaches me to treasure the little things in life. So look around you. What do you see?

Edited: I have made an icon that you can use on your blog. You can link back to this entry if you want. :)

Edited: I am considering doing a 20-Day Prayer Challenge each month, something like MJ's Feelin' Feminine Challenge. If I did do it, would any of you be interested?

Friday, May 16, 2008

The Day We've All Been Waiting For...

Friday, May 16, 2008 0
The Day We've All Been Waiting For...
Originally posted on my HSB blog, May 16, 2008, at 5:30 PM

**** This entry contains spoilers about the movie Prince Caspian. I would not recommend reading this before you've seen the movie.****

Today, Prince Caspian officially arrives in theaters!!! (in America, at least.)

I received tickets last month for my birthday. So, earlier today, my brother, dad, and I attended the earliest morning showing of Prince Caspian. I was so excited! Yesterday I was going crazy knowing that around the same time tomorrow, I'd be at the theater!

I slept rather late, so when it was time to go we were pretty rushed. I just had time to put on my cape that my grandma made me for my birthday. It is a beautiful strawberry-red color, and so pretty! It's very Narnian, too. Hopefully I can post pictures soon. Anyway, I loved wearing it to the theater! I felt just like I was Lucy or Susan.

The drive to the theater felt like a long time. But, though I didn't know it then, the wait was definitely worth it.

If I had to pick one word to describe the movie, it would be AWESOME!! Although we were worried about how the movie turned out, I think we really underestimated the production team & Douglas Gresham. They did a wonderful job making everything flow together. It is especially incredible how well they made things work, because of how hard the plot must have been to adapt.

That to say, there were some down sides to the movie. Caspian & Susan do kiss; and there is some rivalry between Peter & Caspian. However, it is not as bad as we made it out to be. The Caspian/Peter rivalry shows how Peter has reacted to coming back to Narnia after hundreds of years. And although I do not particularly like the kiss, it is not *so* bad since it reflects Susan of the way she'll become in the Last Battle. The fact that Susan is the one that initiates the kiss is of some comfort. In the theater it was a bit hard for me to differentiate what was going on, because there are many scenes filmed in the dark.

It was definitely a LOT more intense than LWW. There is a ton of action; it almost never stops. There is also a scene where a hag, a were-wolf, and the White Witch appear, which was a bit frightening. There is a long battle at the end, as well. I would not recommend the movie for younger children.

The characters were quite memorable. I loved Reepicheep, although his voice wasn't *quite* what I would have picked. He was valiant and chivalrous, and funny. Trumpkin, Trufflehunter, Nikabrik, and all the rest were created beautifully. I must say I was mad at Peter more than once because of his pride issue, but overall he still proved to be loyal to Aslan in the end. Susan was more grown up than the last movie. She had a different attitude... she wasn't as cautious as she was in LWW. Edmund was definitely more of a hero in this movie. He came from being a bother to his siblings to helping them. Caspian was well cast; he pulled off the role well, although he was older than he was in the book. Miraz.... Can you say evil?! It's hard to believe that Sergio Castellitto is really a kind-hearted man; he pulled off being a villain so well. Dr. Cornelius was good, but not exactly how I'd pictured him. Queen Prunaprismia was good also, but I wish she'd had had red hair like in the book. And that brings us to Aslan.... He was bigger and better! His eyes showed such compassion and love. When the DVD comes out I am going to make a new template that features Aslan.

The movie has its quirks like all movies do, but Prince Caspian is a wonderful movie that I really enjoyed. I believe it sticks true to the spirit of Narnia and C.S. Lewis's original intentions. I definitely will be seeing this movie again, and I encourage you to see it too.

Monday, May 12, 2008

A Time of Sadness

Monday, May 12, 2008 0
A Time of Sadness
Originally Posted on my HSB blog, on May 12, 2008, at 7:57 PM

I would like to ask you to pray for two families who are doing with a lot of loss right now.

The first family is a friend of ours. They currently live across the country from us, but they used to live near us and are still good friends of ours. They were with us and supported us when we dealt with tragedy, and now it is really hard not to be near them to support them in theirs.

Last Friday their only son died. We are not sure of exact details, but it was after complications from a minor surgery. He was 6 months old. They have three girls, ages 7, 5, and 3, and they really loved their little brother. It hurts my heart to think of what they must be feeling right now. It was all extremely sudden, and all of us are still really in shock right now. We never got to meet the baby since they moved before he was born, but it is enough to know that they are grieving.

The next family is a blogger family some of you might know: Dixiecajuns, Dixiefiddler, Dixiebeauty, Ryansgirl, and LivingfortheKing. Sunday night their father & husband was killed in a car accident (more details are in this post). I do not personally know this family, but my heart goes out to them and grieves for them. Even if you don't know them, please stop by their blogs and tell them you are praying for them. I think they can really use your support.

Please keep both these families in your prayers. Right now, that's the best thing we can do: Pray, pray, pray. Praying is giving your requests to God and letting Him take care of the rest.

Thank you so much!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

The Beginning of the Challenge

Thursday, May 01, 2008 0
The Beginning of the Challenge
Originally Posted on my HSB blog, on May 1, 2008, at 12:27 PM

For the 20 Day Prayer Challenge, I have decided to pray for Haiti and India. I know it is not required to pray for two, but I feel like I should pray for both of these countries. They are both really in need of some prayer.

I first thought of praying for Haiti, because we know of an orphanage over there. Also, I don't know much about Haiti, and I thought that it would be neat to learn about a different country.

But then I also thought of India. I think that India could use a lot of prayer, for many reasons. One of my main ones is because of the peoples' blindness to the truth. So, since I did not want to choose one over the other, I am going to pray for both.

Here are some things I am going to pray for, for both countries:

* Important events (wars; etc.)

* The country's leaders

* The people of Haiti & India

* The non-Christians & the deceived; that they would accept the truth

* The missionaries in those countries

* That Satan would not be allowed to influence and thwart the plans of God

* That the every day people would see and feel God’s love.

I think the biggest thing I feel led to pray for is the non-Christians and the deceived. I really have a heart for them. It is so sad how many people don't know the truth, or don't accept it. I am hoping that my prayers will make a difference in that area. I also especially want to pray that Satan would not be allowed to thwart or influence the plan of God.

My family is joining me, too. My dad is praying for the United Kingdom, my mom is praying for Iraq and also helping my sister pray for New Zealand, and my brother, TQ, is praying for Ireland and Israel. This morning we all gathered together and prayed for our countries, which was nice. My sister later said: "I'm going to pray for the baddest, troublest place to be gooder." ;)

Please sign the Mr. Linky with the link of the post and also with what country you are praying for along with your name. Thank you for joining us!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

The 20 Day Prayer Challenge

Saturday, April 26, 2008 0
The 20 Day Prayer Challenge

Originally posted on my HSB blog, April 26, 2008 at 11:41 AM

Miss Jocelyn and I decided to host a 20 Day Prayer challenge, which we hope you'll partake in. I wrote an article awhile back on the importance of prayer, and we hope this will start a movement that does bring the Christians to their knees in prayer.

The Bible says in Matthew 17:20 that if you simply have faith has big as a mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds, you can move a mountain. Prayer can make an impact in everyone's life. The Bible also says that Satan has to flee at the mention of the name of Jesus, and he knows prayer is a weapon he can't fight. Unfortunately many have truly gone blind to how powerful prayer is. We really want to encourage people, especially kids, to learn the power of prayer and to pray more.

The Bible is full of verses in regards to praying to the Lord and prayer does change things. In Philippians 4:6 it says "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."

The Word says to pray, pray, pray, and that's what we want to do! We want to challenge you to take the next 20 days and pray for one country. Whether it's America or Africa or India. We also liked to encourage you to make a list of different things about that country that you're going to pray for, and also make a "Prayer Log" what you pray for each day.

Some key things you might pray for:

-God's Word would reach the people

-The people would accept it

-The salvation of the people

-The leadership of the country

-The false religions to fail

We don't want to make this challenge a chore so please don't do this just for show. We want you to do this with a willing and loving heart towards those who are lost. We want Prayer Warriors who will be diligent in praying for those who need Jesus. The Bible says that when just one person comes to Christ all the angels celebrate.

P.U.S.H. Pray Until Something Happens

The challenge will start on Thursday May 1st, which is the National Day of Prayer. From then until later this month, we hope you'll pick a country you'd like to spend the next 20 days praying for (along with specific things about that country to pray for) and post about it on May 1st. Please just leave a comment if you're going to join us in this fight against the forces of evil, or sign the Mr. Linky.

You're also welcome to take one of the 20 Days Of Prayer icon and put it on your site!


Let's make the Gate of Hells shake as they did when Jesus rose again as King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Who's going to join us? Sign your name/link to the list!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Spring Flowers

Tuesday, April 22, 2008 0
Spring Flowers
Originally posted on my HSB blog, April 22, 2008, 8:01 AM

I have seen a lot of people posting pictures of flowers lately, so I decided to follow suit. Captions are *below* the pictures.

These aren't very recent. They are from last year; when my Mom's rosebush bloomed. Aren't they pretty?

I really like this ^^ one; it turned out pretty well.

I was trying to get a good picture of them on the grass. This one was the best one, too.

My friend Emily arranged the flowers in this one. I'm not sure why she stuck the flowers in like that, but it turned out pretty nice.

These are some more summer-y flowers. They are I think Black-eyed susans, and they were growing in our backyard last summer.

And finally... I don't know what kind of flowers these are. Although you can't really see it in the picture, they had very complex, delicate centers that really intrigued me.

Sorry the pictures are so... grainy. I had to resize them. I hope you enjoyed them though!


Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Encouraging and Powerful Psalms

Wednesday, April 16, 2008 0
Encouraging and Powerful Psalms
Originally posted on my HSB blog, April 16, 2008 at 8:15 PM

I thought I'd post a few Psalms that I thought were encouraging, and powerful, especially with those who are going through a rough time now. The theme of these Psalms is about the Lord saving us when we are in trouble or in difficult situations.

I think it is amazing how the Bible speaks to us in our everyday circumstances. That reminds me of Hebrews 4:12 ~ " For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." I also am amazed when I think of how long the Bible has been around, and how God preserved it through all these years.

So anyway, here are the three Psalms I chose: Psalm 18, Psalm 8, and Psalm 29. They encouraged me, and I hope they will encourage you too.

Psalm 18

For the director of music. Of David the servant of the LORD. He sang to the LORD the words of this song when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said:
1 I love you, O LORD, my strength.

2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.
He is my shield and the horn [a] of my salvation, my stronghold.

3 I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise,
and I am saved from my enemies.

4 The cords of death entangled me;
the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.

5 The cords of the grave [b] coiled around me;
the snares of death confronted me.

6 In my distress I called to the LORD;
I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came before him, into his ears.

7 The earth trembled and quaked,
and the foundations of the mountains shook;
they trembled because he was angry.

8 Smoke rose from his nostrils;
consuming fire came from his mouth,
burning coals blazed out of it.

9 He parted the heavens and came down;
dark clouds were under his feet.

10 He mounted the cherubim and flew;
he soared on the wings of the wind.

11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him—
the dark rain clouds of the sky.

12 Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced,
with hailstones and bolts of lightning.

13 The LORD thundered from heaven;
the voice of the Most High resounded. [c]

14 He shot his arrows and scattered the enemies ,
great bolts of lightning and routed them.

15 The valleys of the sea were exposed
and the foundations of the earth laid bare
at your rebuke, O LORD,
at the blast of breath from your nostrils.

16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
he drew me out of deep waters.

17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
from my foes, who were too strong for me.

18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
but the LORD was my support.

19 He brought me out into a spacious place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me.

20 The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness;
according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.

21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD;
I have not done evil by turning from my God.

22 All his laws are before me;
I have not turned away from his decrees.

23 I have been blameless before him
and have kept myself from sin.

24 The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.

25 To the faithful you show yourself faithful,
to the blameless you show yourself blameless,

26 to the pure you show yourself pure,
but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd.

27 You save the humble
but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.

28 You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning;
my God turns my darkness into light.

29 With your help I can advance against a troop [d] ;
with my God I can scale a wall.

30 As for God, his way is perfect;
the word of the LORD is flawless.
He is a shield
for all who take refuge in him.

31 For who is God besides the LORD ?
And who is the Rock except our God?

32 It is God who arms me with strength
and makes my way perfect.

33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
he enables me to stand on the heights.

34 He trains my hands for battle;
my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

35 You give me your shield of victory,
and your right hand sustains me;
you stoop down to make me great.

36 You broaden the path beneath me,
so that my ankles do not turn.

37 I pursued my enemies and overtook them;
I did not turn back till they were destroyed.

38 I crushed them so that they could not rise;
they fell beneath my feet.

39 You armed me with strength for battle;
you made my adversaries bow at my feet.

40 You made my enemies turn their backs in flight,
and I destroyed my foes.

41 They cried for help, but there was no one to save them—
to the LORD, but he did not answer.

42 I beat them as fine as dust borne on the wind;
I poured them out like mud in the streets.

43 You have delivered me from the attacks of the people;
you have made me the head of nations;
people I did not know are subject to me.

44 As soon as they hear me, they obey me;
foreigners cringe before me.

45 They all lose heart;
they come trembling from their strongholds.

46 The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock!
Exalted be God my Savior!

47 He is the God who avenges me,
who subdues nations under me,

48 who saves me from my enemies.
You exalted me above my foes;
from violent men you rescued me.

49 Therefore I will praise you among the nations, O LORD;
I will sing praises to your name.

50 He gives his king great victories;
he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed,
to David and his descendants forever.

Psalm 8

1 O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
above the heavens.

2 From the lips of children and infants
you have ordained praise [b]
because of your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.

3 When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,

4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?

5 You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings [c]
and crowned him with glory and honor.

6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands;
you put everything under his feet:

7 all flocks and herds,
and the beasts of the field,

8 the birds of the air,
and the fish of the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.

9 O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Psalm 29

1 Ascribe to the LORD, O mighty ones,
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
worship the LORD in the splendor of his [a] holiness.

3 The voice of the LORD is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the LORD thunders over the mighty waters.

4 The voice of the LORD is powerful;
the voice of the LORD is majestic.

5 The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars;
the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.

6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
Sirion [b] like a young wild ox.

7 The voice of the LORD strikes
with flashes of lightning.

8 The voice of the LORD shakes the desert;
the LORD shakes the Desert of Kadesh.

9 The voice of the LORD twists the oaks [c]
and strips the forests bare.
And in his temple all cry, "Glory!"

10 The LORD sits [d] enthroned over the flood;
the LORD is enthroned as King forever.

11 The LORD gives strength to his people;
the LORD blesses his people with peace.


P.S. ~ I've decided on this signature, at least for now.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Short Story: A Wonderful Birthday for Anna

Friday, April 04, 2008 0
Short Story: A Wonderful Birthday for Anna
Originally posted on my HSB blog, April 4, 2008, 5:42 PM

I have nothing else to post, so I thought I'd post this story that I wrote a couple years ago. My writing has improved since then, and this story isn't the best, but I thought you all might enjoy reading it.

~ A Wonderful Birthday for Anna ~

Thirteen-year-old Anna Winston made her way towards the fire. “Oh, it’s
cold!” she said. Anna pulled her shawl tighter around her shoulders. 18-year-
old Jeremiah looked up from his whittling. “Yes, ‘tis very cold.” Fifteen-year-old
Rachael sat, knitting by the fire. “Tomorrow’s my birthday,” Anna sighed. “I’ll be fourteen.” Jeremiah looked up with a twinkle in his eyes. “Don’t give up,” he said.
Anna sent a wary look in his direction. Quickly Jeremiah looked down. Mr. and Mrs.
Winston were out in town, with Jeremiah looking after them. “What are you knitting,
Rachael?” Anna asked. “Oh, nothing,” Rachael replied, but Anna thought she saw the
twinkle again. “Anna,” Jeremiah said, “’tis nine o’ clock. Shouldn’t you be in bed?”
“Yes, Jerry. I’ll go.” Although Anna did not want to, she got up from her perch on the
ottoman and went up the ladder. Putting on her nightshift and grabbing the bed-warmer from Mrs. and Mr. Winston’ s fireplace, Anna crawled into the little bed she and Rachael shared. In less than a minute, Anna was asleep.
Anna awoke to a cold bed and icicles from the ceiling. Climbing out of bed, Anna
slipped off her nightshift and put on her blue calico. Anna buttoned her dress and put on
her black stockings. She pulled on her black boots and buttoned the twenty-two buttons
with the buttonhook. Anna reached for her bed-warmer, but it was gone. Rachael
must’ve taken it, she thought. Anna hurried down the ladder. Rachael was making butter-milk pancakes. Two-year-olds Joshua and Elizabeth were in the wooden highchairs Mr.
Winston and Jeremiah had made for them. Anna’s hopes sank when she saw Mr. and Mrs. Winston were not home yet. Rachael read her thoughts and said, “yes, Ma and Pa aren’t home yet, but look,” Rachael jabbed her finger at Anna’s plate. There, on the plat-ter, was a medium box and a little box. “May I open it?” she asked. “Certainly,” Jeremiah
said, coming into the kitchen.
“Wait for us!” the six-year-old twins, Tim and Tara, said, coming in. Tim and Tara had big grins on their faces. “Go ahead,” Rachael nodded at her.
Anna opened the medium box first. Inside was a lavender colored sweater, a green dress and a crisp white pinafore. Anna recognized Rachael’s tiny, perfect stitches. Anna saw Rachael wink at her. “Open the little one,” Jeremiah said. Anna opened the little box. Inside was a wooden puppy holding an upper case A.
“We have something for you, too!” Tim and Tara said. Tim handed Anna an embroidered handkerchief. Pinned to it was a flower pin, the same color as the sweater. “Thanks, Tim, Tara,” Anna said.
“Why don’t you go get your new things on?” Jeremiah suggested. Anna hurried upstairs. She took off her blue calico and put on the green dress, pinafore and lavender sweater. Anna pinned the flower to her sweater.
When she came downstairs, the front door was open, and Mr. Winston was moving things from town inside. Mr. Winston paused to hug his daughter. “Have you grown?” he asked, his eyes laughing. Anna laughed along. “Anna,” Mrs. Winston said, “Pa and I brought something for you.” Producing a small velvet box, Mrs. Winston gave it to Anna. She opened it, and out came a beautiful sterling silver locket.
“Thank you Ma, thanks, Pa,” Anna said, hugging the locket to her chest. “Thank you.”


Saturday, March 22, 2008

The Easter Story: Part 3

Saturday, March 22, 2008 0
The Easter Story: Part 3
Originally posted on my HSB blog, March 22, 2008, 1:41 PM

Sorry I didn't get this posted yesterday... we were busy eating turkey. YUM! Anyway, enjoy the conclusion to the best story ever written. I should have another post up later this week, though I'm not promising anything.

The Easter Story: Part 3
John 20
The Empty Tomb
1Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2So she came running to Simon
Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don't know where they have put him!"

3So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus' head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen. 8Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9(They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
10Then the disciples went back to their homes, 11but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus' body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

13They asked her, "Woman, why are you crying?"

"They have taken my Lord away," she said, "and I don't know where they have put him." 14At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

15"Woman," he said, "why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?"
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him."

16Jesus said to her, "Mary."
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher).

17Jesus said, "Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, 'I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.' "

18Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: "I have seen the Lord!" And she told them that he had said these things to her.

Jesus Appears to His Disciples
19On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

21Again Jesus said, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you." 22And with that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven."

Jesus Appears to Thomas
24Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord!"
But he said to them, "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it."

26A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" 27Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe."

28Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!"

29Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."

30Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

And so concludes the best story ever written. Thank you for joining me. If you are confused about something in this passage, or are not sure if you are saved, please send me a comment or message.

He is RISEN!!!!


The Easter Story: Part 2

Saturday, March 22, 2008 0
The Easter Story: Part 2
Originally posted on my HSB blog, March 22, 2008, 1:31 PM
This story is continued from yesterday. Click here to read part 1.

The Easter Story, Part 2

1Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. 2The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe 3and went up to him again and again, saying, "Hail, king of the Jews!" And they struck him in the face.

4Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews, "Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him." 5When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, "Here is the man!"

6As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, "Crucify! Crucify!"
But Pilate answered, "You take him and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him."

7The Jews insisted, "We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God."

8When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, 9and he went back inside the palace. "Where do you come from?" he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10"Do you refuse to speak to me?" Pilate said. "Don't you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?"

11Jesus answered, "You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin."

12From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jews kept shouting, "If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar."

13When Pilate heard this, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judge's seat at a place known as the Stone Pavement (which in Aramaic is Gabbatha). 14It was the day of Preparation of Passover Week, about the sixth hour.
"Here is your king," Pilate said to the Jews.

15But they shouted, "Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!"
"Shall I crucify your king?" Pilate asked.
"We have no king but Caesar," the chief priests answered.

16Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.

The Crucifixion
So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. 17Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). 18Here they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.

19Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read:|sc JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. 20Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. 21The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, "Do not write 'The King of the Jews,' but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews."

22Pilate answered, "What I have written, I have written."

23When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.

24"Let's not tear it," they said to one another. "Let's decide by lot who will get it."
This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled which said,
"They divided my garments among them
and cast lots for my clothing."[a] So this is what the soldiers did.

25Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, "Dear woman, here is your son," 27and to the disciple, "Here is your mother." From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

The Death of Jesus
28Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, "I am thirsty." 29A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus' lips. 30When he had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished." With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

31Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jews did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. 32The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. 33But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. 35The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. 36These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: "Not one of his bones will be broken,"[b] 37and, as another scripture says, "They will look on the one they have pierced."[c]

The Burial of Jesus
38Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jews. With Pilate's permission, he came and took the body away. 39He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.[d] 40Taking Jesus' body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs. 41At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. 42Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

Tomorrow I will post part 3. Until then, have a blessed Easter!