Liebster Tag (second go around)

Hello, y’all! I have been once again nominated for the Liebster Award, by the lovely Shantelle from Between the Pages of this Bookish Life.  So kind, thank you!
  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer the 11 questions they gave you
  • Name 11 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 11 bloggers to do this tag, and let them know (NO. How? NO.)
  • Give them 11 questions to answer


1. What’s your favorite historical era?

What a tough question. I love learning about the Revolutionary War. I also love the Renissaince, Edwardian era, and the 1940s/50s.

2. Last song you listened to?

‘Must Have Done Something Right’  by Relient K. Great song. |||

We should get jerseys cause we make a good team
But yours would look better than mine, cause you’re outta my league
And I know that it’s so cliche to tell you that everyday
I spend with you is the new best day of my life.

3. Four of your favorite blogs?

Oh gosh! So many! Hmmmmm… Well honestly I have like 30 favorites. So some of my favorites are Ann Without an E , which I recently helped my best friend set up, she’s already turning it into something truly amazing. Sincerely Bri is also another favorite, one of my dear friends is the author. Lady Grace is a beautiful blog, as well. And another favorite of mine is Reflections of the Heart.

4. Do you have any food allergies?

Sort of. Asian food really bothers my stomach, like the smell nauseates me. I’ve almost ruined a birthday celebration by not telling the people I was bothered by it, and ended up throwing up in the restroom of the Chinese resturaunt. *face palms*

5. One thing on your “bucket list”?

Live in Italy for six months.

6. One of your favorite Bible verses/passages?


What we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will reveal to us later.                     ~ Romans 8:18

7. Who’s someone who inspires you?

SO. MANY. PEOPLE. My mom and dad are incredible people. My best friends are awesome people. But probably the person who has been inspiring me most lately is my dear friend, Kristi. She’s an amazing lady and so dear to me. She always makes time for me and is the best role-model anyone could ask for.

8. Best book you’ve read so far this year?

Well, to be entirely honest, I’ve read hardly any books. But surprisingly, I really enjoyed Julius Caesar by Shakespeare.

9. Best Christian living or non-fiction book you’ve read?

Like ever? Girl Defined, When God Writes Your Love Story, and Do Hard Things are really amazing books.

10. Something you’re passionate about?

Photography. Um… other stuff that I can’t think of off the top of my head.

11. Favorite household chore?

What?? Who has a favorite household chore? I don’t like any… I guess ummm… yeah none.

Eleven Facts About Me:

  1. I make cookie dough much too often.
  2. I’m trying to learn the banjo, but it’s very difficult!
  3. I’m attempting to finish decorating my room but I never can decide what I want and where I want it.
  4. I’m converting half of our barn/shed into an art/craft studio, and I think that’s pretty awesome.
  5. Supposedly we are getting two outdoor cats soon, Cordelia and Maude. (big fans of Anne of Green Gables).
  6. Sour patch kids are one of my favorite candies.
  7. I collect fans. Like hand held decorative awesome fans.
  8. I have a “top secret” project going on. Stay tuned.
  9. I’m a wee bit obesessed with the song ‘A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman.
  10. I wish I could start a YouTube channel, but I have no idea how to edit things.
  11. I still sleep with a stuffed animal. A small dog I’ve had since 2009, from my aunt and uncle in their valentine’s box.

Questions for my nominees:

  1. Have you ever been to any other countries, and if so, which?
  2. Have you watched The Greatest Showman? If so, what’s your favorite song from the soundtrack?
  3. How often do you see movies in theater?
  4. What’s one of your favorite things about blogging?
  5. Go to outfit for a day out?
  6. If you had to choose between living in a cabin in the mountains and a cottage right by the seashore, which would you choose?
  7. Favorite flavor of Doritos?
  8. Have you ever been to a costume party? If so what did you dress up as?
  9. Generally speaking, do you look good in hats?
  10. Do you have a bucket list? If so what are a few things on it?
  11. Are you tired of love triangles in books and movies?

I nominate:

Just two people:

Ann @ Ann Without an E

Fish Stick @ On The Other Hand

Have fun!

What about you, reader? Got any awesome bucket list items?


Why every president deserves a level of respect


Okay. This may be a touchy subject, as most people don’t really seem to like our current president.

Think tho, was there ever a president that everyone was happy with? No? Didn’t think so.

It’s really hard to not dislike, even hate, someone who’s opinions and views are different than yours, especially when said someone is in charge of your government, which obviously effects every aspect of your life.

Politics are a big thing. Ya gotta have an opinion on everything, from abortion to going green, from racism to tax laws.

The world of politics is scary. And frankly it’s full of hate and bigotry.

Leaders of politics and government all around the world are put under a microscope and criticized and judged for every. single. thing. Whether it’s something from before, during, and yes, even after their presidency (tho they no longer have an significant effect on your life).

When Donald Trump became president, a lot of the world was shocked, even those who hoped he would win.

President Trump is viewed as a racist, bumbling hater by the leftist world, and he is talked about in a poor light.

And is he a great guy? No, I guess not. Are you?

But to be fair, I know when Obama was president, many republicans were mad about him, too (there’s never gonna be a president that pleases everyone [unless we can get Captain America 😂]). He, too (Obama, that is), deserved respect during his presidency.

I think no matter if the president is someone you incredibly disagree with or someone you think is corrupt and immoral (we’ve all fallen short of the glory of God, president or not), he deserves respect.

That is NOT to say we shouldn’t stand up for our beliefs or confront wrong actions of people, but I really think we ought not to be so demanding while doing so. People dislike Trump because he seems very hateful at times, yet the way we go about showing his hate is hateful our selves. And it makes very little sense. You have to fight hatefulness with love.

The way we think it’s okay to be so blatantly rude about our political views disgusts me. We are all people. Including President Trump, and Obama, and all the previous presidents, and all the presidents to come (unless an alien becomes president…😳). And they all deserve respect as a human being. I’ll admit some of them don’t deserve anymore respect than a fellow human, but that is enough for us not to treat them like dirt. And President Trump is president… whether we like it or not, so everyone might as well accept it and spend our time investing in things we actually have control over.

I know this was a very different sort of post for me… also please do be respectful in the comments, but I would love to know your opinions. #StayClassy

the second birthday of my lil’ blog

Today is my blog’s second birthday.


Two years of babbling on the world wide web.

Two years of expressing so many thoughts and feelings that I couldn’t have expressed otherwise.

Because my stats are nothing extraordinary (actually, they’re quite dismal), I shall skip that boring-ness and simply celebrate my blog and talk about what I’ve loved/learned through blogging. Without being too boring. I hope.

green-chameleon-21532blogging has taught me how to explain my feelings in a way I hadn’t before.

Before I started blogging, I didn’t really have any way to explain my feelings. Journaling had never clicked with me before and besides that I really didn’t know how. Once I started blogging however, something clicked and being able to express myself is so wonderful. I’m pretty open with what I talk about on here, which leaves me sort of vulnerable, but isn’t vulnerability a beautiful thing?

pam-menegakis-388875getting comments is like getting flowers or eating cookie dough (i.e. it’s wonderful)

Getting comments is how I know y’all are reading my posts. Otherwise I truly don’t know. Not to mention how wonderful it is to see that someone took the little bit of time and energy to leave me a comment. It’s really wonderful. Also, in my two year experience I have only ever received on actually weird/mean comment, and that was on my  “‘Tis the Seas- Wait what?? No Christmas” in which I believe I may have hit a nerve haha. Anyways out of the many comments I’ve gotten, there was just the one I had to hold back. But seriously, guys, I’m trying no longer to care about all the other stats and stuff, but comments still mean the world to me. And besides, when I’m sad that no one comments, I can eat cookie dough to cheer up. And when I’m happy that someone commented I can eat cookie dough to cheer up. Basically cookie dough is life. #EatMoreCookieDough


the blogging world is pretty darn cool

discovering other people’s blogs, reading all the different styles of writing, seeing the different views people have, and their ideas, and everything is so amazing. There are so many amazing blogs out there! I pretty much follow a specific type, ya know the type where the author loves Jane Austen, is a tea addict, does reviews on musicals, likes a few classic hollywood actors, etc. and I love finding more along that niche. Getting tagged for tags is fun and makes me feel loved, and it’s just a very wonderful community.

aaron-burden-25844it’s incredibly difficult to get followers, but that’s ok

Okay apparantly followers just don’t happen for me? I’ve been here for two years, and I still only have IUO:WEIFURIOEWUROIUQO{I_(*#* followers. So that is a bit depressing, but one of my blogging goals this year is to simply not care about the stats. I may not have a lot of followers but the little followers I do have are pretty awesome. Would I like to have a nice amount of followers? Well yeah of course, but it’s not the end of the world, and I don’t blog for the numbers so it’s ok, but like it would be a nice pat on the back to finally reach my goal.

freestocks-org-160637inspiration comes from anywhere

I don’t really know how my posts get written. The littlest random thing while pop into my head and BOOM I’ve got a post. Sometimes I have 30 posts sitting in my drafts waiting to get published, while other times I go months without thinking of anything good and I have to resort to my tags (not that those aren’t bomb-diggity). Also I think I currently have over 40 titles for which I don’t have an actual post written up for, simply a title I know could be genius. I guess that’s how I often write my posts, I think of a good title and the rest normally works itself out.

jeremy-bishop-102629 there are so many things I still don’t know how to use/do on WordPress

I only have one page, because even after all my research I can’t figure out how to make another one. I rarely remember how to get to my admin controls. And so much other stuffage.

although in this post all the photos are from Unsplash

being able to share my photos and poems and such on here is a great outlet

As I mentioned earlier, I so many of my thoughts and creative abilities would be sitting idle if I didn’t have this blog. It’s so wonderful to be able to actually do something with it.

my lil’ baby is two today, so round of applause for my blog.

*throws confetti* *passes out cookie dough* *is awesome* *bows* *catches flowers* *accepts gifts in the form of million dollar checks or large bowls of cookie dough* *waves happily*

Anyways, thank you to each and every one of you who has supported and encouraged me on this attempt to be classic. My time past had been simply smashing, and I’m thrilled to watch the future of the blog.


Happy ‘It’s My Blog’s Birthday’ day!

The Animation Tag

Olivia (thanks, Olivia!) @ Meanwhile, in Rivendell (a beautiful blog, folks, go check it out!) tagged me for this tag. She tagged me a very long time ago, so I apologize for taking so long. I haven’t done a tag in ages, so I’m a little rusty. But here goes.

Let us begin! (Like Olivia, I’m including any animated movie I want to, not just Disney. Because it doesn’t say ‘Disney animated tag’ just animated ;D)


1. Who’s you favourite animated heroine?

#1I tried really hard to just choose one… but so many kept coming to mind! I narrowed it down to four, though. #progress      I would say Jane Porter from Tarzan. She is brave and amusing and I love her facial expressions, and she’s silly and wonderful. Violet Parr is also awesome. Her sass and the way she pretends to be all tough is really kinda sweet. Rapunzel is amazing. i could go on about her, but basically she’s just awesome. And finally Miriam, from Prince of Egypt. She is underated, but she is so amazing. She is brave and stands up for what she believes, and she’s the one who (in the movie) reminds Moses of his home and family, his people. She is there for everyone, ready to slap you in the face if you need it, but just as ready to hug you.


2. Who’s your favourite animated hero?

#2Again (and I have the feeling for many of these questions) I couldn’t narrow it down to just one. I love Ralph from Wreck-It-Ralph, he is a bad guy in a video game, but he’s tired of being bad. So he goes on a journey to become a good guy. Eugene, Eugene,  I love him. The way he falls in love with Rapunzel is so beautiful, and he’s so funny. Also, of course, the smolder ;D  Sully is one of my all time favorite movie characters. I adopted him as my monster dad (’cause those are real). And lastly, Carl, from Up. He is a grouch… but a softy! I think I’ll actually be similar to him when I get old hahaha!


3. If there was to be a sequel (or even a third, fourth, or fifth part) (and then I don’t mean like Frozen Fever and Tangled Ever After, those short movies, but a real one) of an animated movie, what would you like it to be about?
ratat2OH MY GOSH I HAVE THE BEST IDEA EVER. This is a prequel, not a sequel but same dif. Make me a movie about this guy. Anton Ego. Tell us more about his childhood. It would have happy moments. I bet his mother died, and obviously he was picked on as a child. Then he moved to France when he was old enough. And fell in love. And was an amazing chef. But then the girl he was in love with, idk, left or something, and he was heartbroken. He was tired of the cruel world. And so he became a cynic. BOOM. Pretty sure I’m a genius. Yep. CALL PIXAR. I honestly think this would be one of the best movies. ever. I just adore the first movie, the accents, the setting, the culinary flares, everything! But this would be a slower, more moving, beautiful movie. *sighs*


4. Which couple from an animated movie do you think is highly underrated? 

motziMOSES AND TZIPPORAH. I never hear about them. And they’re both awesome individually, but also their lives together *nods head*. Yep.

underatedAlso, Pacha and Chicha. Their relationship is so normal, seemingly everyday type of love (but hey that’s what matters most) and they love each other. Also, she’s so cool! Frying pans, who knew, right?


5. Which couple do you like most?

cou1Carl and Ellie. *sniffles* Just yes.

cou3 Tarzan and Jane. I love EVERY OUNCE OF THEM TOGETHER. ahem…

cou4And lastly, Rapunzel and Eugene. #adorable


6. Which song is your favorite?


WHAT. EXCUSE ME. HOW CAN I CHOOSE?!?! So many! Umm… Once Upon a Decmeber from Anastasia (don’t like the movie tho). I See the Light from Tangled. Any of the Toy Story songs. Prince of Egypt soundtrack. Once Upon a Dream from Sleeping Beauty. A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes and So This is Love from Cinderella. Turnaround from The Little Prince. Peter Pan soundtrack. Something There from Beauty and the Beast. Jungle Book songs.


7. And if you should choose a song that isn’t likely to be chosen by you, one that didn’t immediately come up in your mind but is still a favourite, which one would it be?

bepre*cerebellum fuses* I don’t know! Um… Oh, okay, so normally I really don’t like the Villain songs in Disney movies, but Be Prepared. It like gives me chills!


8. What animation movie did you first think you wouldn’t like, but eventually you did? 



I was not expecting to like this movie. The Little Prince. I had heard it was boring. And I guess it kinda is, but it was somehow captivating throughout the entire movie. The three styles of animation, the ideas, the plot twists, all of it. I loved this movie.


9. Which two do you always consider as a couple, even though they are not a definite couple, but almost no one else does? 

No idea…


10. Which girl from an animated movie has the best hair?

besthair Okay, I know how hard it is to have hair that’s difficult to manage. But look at hers. She doesn’t have to even do anything and it looks crazy (in both sense of the words, crazy good and just plain crazy) amazing. #effortless  I would feel like a crazy warrior and feel scottish and like it would just be #fab.


11. Who has the best wardrobe?


ariel2Ariel’s dresses are so pretty, some ballgowns, her wedding dress, some other styles, just like so nice. I also love Aurora’s wardrobe, for the most part. And Merida’s wardrobe would be awesome.

12. Which sidekick is the best according to you?

kronkKronk. No doubt about it.


13. What’s your favourite Disney princess movie?


disneyp2Both have amazing places in my heart. I just can’t choose between them. I like Rapunzel and Eugene and the visuals in Tangled best, but the supporting characters and the actual story in Beauty in the Beast are so awesome. Both have an equally good soundtrack. So yep, both.


14. What’s your favourite animated movie (no Disney princess movies included)? 

favmoPrince of Egypt, like oh my gosh it’s soundtrack and the characters, just everything.

Toy Story 2, how can you get better?

Monster Inc. is so very wonderful in every way, Sully, Mike, and Boo? Best trio ever.


15. What is your Disney personality?

confusedI don’t know…


16. Which animated girl do you think looks most like you (in looks, not in character)?

idkNone of them…

17.  Which statement do you think is true and which not (you know, those things on Pinterest that say…for example: That Elsa and Anna are Rapunzels cousins, and that Tarzan is Anna and Elsa’s brother or that the oldest girl from Despicable Me is maybe Riley’s mom from Inside Out)?

e79ddb9d2ec600aba68db0632d1e2599^This one. I no longer care about the whole cousins thing, like whatever, believe what you will, but the Tarzan being related to Anna and Elsa… that offends me. Like if you know me, you know that I don’t like Frozen at all, and I love Tarzan so…

18. What animated movie did you expect much of, but turned out to be much worse than you originally thought? 

nopeUm hmmm. Iron Giant was awful. That was just one weird movie. I also was pretty disapointed with Anastasia and Hercules. Like I turned off Hercules because I thought it was so lame, and Anastasia had some really nice parts but overall just not my type of movie. It’s sad because both of those movies are so hyped up. I was expecting something awesome but it just didn’t happen.



So there we have it! The animation tag! I’m not tagging anybody, but if you want to use it feel free. Thanks for reading!

(also, random note, my blogiversary is on Thursday, any follows are appreciated!)

What are some of your favorite animated movies? How about some that disappointed you?

heart of valentine

this pic is mine, the rest in this post are from Unsplash

Valentine’s Day. The day for romance, love, chocolates, and flowers. If you don’t have a ‘special someone’ you might simply show your appreciation to family and friends, while also stuffing your face with chocolate that you bought for yourself.

The idea of modern day Valentine’s is a sweet one, I suppose. Love should be celebrated, and there’s nothing wrong with having a special day set aside to really show that.

But (and you probably saw this coming), there’s a deeper layer to Valentine’s day. And it (like most holidays) has some pretty pagan roots. On the other hand, the men named Valentine, stood for some pretty amazing things and paid the price for it.

Here are some interesting stats about Valentine’s day:

this interesting stats graphic is from History

Valentine’s Day most original roots are from the pagan festival, Lupercalia, with some nasty origins about fertility and such. After Christianity became the official religion of the Roman state, newly converted Christians combined their festival, Lupercalia, with a day to celebrate the martyr, Valentine. Their hearts may have been in the right place but mixing the two brought many pagan traditions and symbolism along for the ride. Also, many of the symbols of Valentine’s day have pagan roots as well, from cupids to roses. Consider this verse when thinking about religions being mixed:

“29 When he destroys the nations in the land where you will live, 30 don’t follow their example in worshiping their gods. Do not ask, ‘How do these nations worship their gods?’ and then go and worship as they do! 31 You must not insult the Lord your God like that! These nations have done horrible things that he hates, all in the name of their religion. They have even roasted their sons and daughters in front of their gods.”
~Deuteronomy 12:29-31

On the other hand, modern Valentine’s Day is in no way associated with God anymore, unless you’re really reaching, so I guess it’s no longer mixing our culture and God, it’s just our culture. Which brings up even more reasons why it might be okay to celebrate it, and might not be.


Chaucer (in the poem ‘The Parliament of Foules’) and Shakespeare (in ‘Midsummer’s Night Dream’, ‘Hamlet’, and more) both popularized and romanticized Valentine’s Day, turning it away from both its roots (the festival and Valentine), and making it simply a romantic occasion.

Saint Valentine may have actually been two or three men named Valentine, all whom were martyred around the same time and their stories may have been blended into the one story we now have. Either way, long ago, Emperor Claudius II decided that soldiers who were not married made better soldiers than married ones with wives and families. So being the awesome (#sarcasm) guy he was, he outlawed marriage for young men. A priest named Valentine, however, knew this was unfair and evil, and continued performing marriage services for young folks. He also may have helped Christians escape from Roman prisons, and was sent to jail. Legend goes that Valentine fell in love with the jailer’s daughter, and the night before his death, sent her a letter signed “From your Valentine”, a rather swoon worthy story, I must admit.


When I was young, we never made much of an occasion about Valentine’s day, we were each given a book, my aunt would send us a box of gifts and goodies (she still does most years), when we participated in a homeschool co-op we would give each other cheap valentines with pencils or candy, and give sugar cookies to the elderly, and my parents would have a romantic dinner sometimes, if I’m remembering correctly.


Nowadays, I may listen to some love songs, and contemplate making myself something yummy and be too lazy (although I do that every day, not just Valentine’s Day) I shall, however think about the lives that have been given for the cause of love and God and I shall perhaps read a romantic poem or two, and listen to the AIO episode about Valentine, and wait in anxious anticipation to see if my aunt has decided we’re too old for the lovely box.

Honestly I’m not even sure what my complete opinion of celebrating Valentine’s Day is, and since I’m still young and have no one to buy chocolate for, I don’t really care much.

Nothing I’ve said here is to offend you, mostly to tell you a very interesting story about a brave man, and point out somethings that are worth weighing in before decorating your house with cupids 😉


Well what do you think? Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Thoughts?

h e a r t

image credit: Unsplash

h e a r t

by M.L.

A glass heart is broken and shattered.
All around, my memories scatter.

Shards of glass feelings,
and delicate crystal dealings.

The tears. The pain. The agony.
It’s more than I can bear.

The splinters of glass try to pierce my ruby soul
Inside its metal snare.

What is this chaos,
this uncomprehensible madness?

I do not know, only that it brings
an overwhelming sadness.

If I get a second chance,
for which I greatly bemoan,

I shall trade my glass heart
for one of stone.

flashlight > sun


A  N    E  X  P  R  E  S  S  I  O  N    O  F    P  O  E  T  I  C  A  L    T  H  O  U  G  H  T  S

an original poem

F l a s h l i g h t  >  S u n
b y  M. L.

a flashlight in the daytime does no good,

unless you are looking into dark corners.

but a flaslight is practically useless

when the sun is shining.

the sun does go down eventually, though.

some people think it is sad,

i think it’s beautiful.

because then, us flashlights are put to use.

it may only be for a small while,

but we feel our worth.

and in those few hours;

a flashlight is greater than the sun.


Y’all! I’m so excited! It’s almost my blog’s second birthday (say whaaaaat??!) and I’m really looking forward to having myself lots of happiness on that day. Also I’m the bestest at grammaring.

The long anticipated date is February 22, and it’s fast arriving.

But here’s where I need your help!

This blog, obviously, is not about the numbers but, looking around at other blogs (seeing blogs that have only been running for a few months and already have 150+ followers) is making me feel a little… under accomplished.

I only need 20 more followers to reach that amazing milestone of 100 followers! Please spread the word or if you’re reading this and you don’t follow, please do. (If you’re using a computer there’s a subscription box on the right side, if your on a mobile device scroll way down ’til you find it.)

At the same time, I don’t just want empty numbers, so if you don’t think you’d actually read the blog or enjoy it, then don’t feel like you need to follow/subscribe.

But if you DO have any interest in reading this lil’ ol’ blog of mine, I would love to have you follow along!

Thank you all so much for your support! It means the world to me!

100??! Can we do it?