October 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

Friday, October 10, 2008 0
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* :)

Thursday, October 02, 2008 0
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....