Here’s to…

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//feeling grateful for everyone who is currently in my life, who has been in my life and whoever will be in my life. this post is dedicated to y’all (as you’re reading this you’ll most likely know who you are).//

HERE’S TO…

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Here’s to the people who’ve passed me by in the street and smiled.

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Here’s to my mother for always being there, for showing me what love is.

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Here’s to my father for buying me flowers on birthdays or when I’m not feeling well.

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Here’s to my best friend, and the time we spend together.

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Here’s to my siblings and our dumb inside jokes.

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Here’s to the ones with depression.

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Here’s to the farm boy who tells the punny jokes.

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Here’s to the few like me who don’t like coffee.

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Here’s to my ballerina/ lioness/ honorary sister.

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Here’s to the people I don’t get along with, because we’re too different, or maybe because we’re too similar (even tho we hate to admit it).

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Here’s to the people who have hurt me, in the long run you’ll have made me stronger (I’ve forgiven but not forgotten).

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Here’s to the boy who’ll someday hold my hand.

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Here’s to my role model, who reminds me what’s important.

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Here’s to the One who made me and everything else. (without Him we are nothing)

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Here’s to the girl with the messy hair and sad smile (the one that’s me, but don’t worry, I’m keeping my chin up).

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Here’s to everyone who has made me who I am and will be.

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Here’s to all of you.

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Mother’s Day

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The toughest job on earth must be to be a mother. I can’t even describe what a mother means. The many purposes they serve. The foundation of family.

“No matter how old I get, I’m still my mother’s baby.”

“Mama looked into me and saw something worth believing in, long before I believed in myself.”

“Ain’t a woman alive that could take my Mama’s place.”

“If you are a mom, you are a superhero. Period.”

“I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
As long as I’m living
my Mommy you’ll be.”

I love you, Marmee, so much. Thank you for everything.

Also, check out last years Mother’s Day post.

What If…? Tag

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Thanks to Musings of an Elf, who didn’t tag anyone specifically but said anyone could do it, and here I am once again, not knowing what the heck to write about, so I’m doing this tag.

  • Thank the blogger who tagged you.
  • Include the graphic somewhere in your post.  (above)
  • Answer the questions.
  • Tag a few blogger friends – and let them know they’ve been tagged.
  • Have fun!

marvin-van-beek-555040-unsplash 1. Your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. The cast of the most recent fantasy book you read comes to your assistance… who are they? Will they be helpful?

The last fantasy book I read was also Wrinkle in Time. So I feel like there would be some helpfulness and some very obnoxious rabbit trails. I think eventually the job would be completed though.

 

beep2. You go to bed one evening and wake up in the lair of the villain of the last fairy tale you read, where are you and how do you plan to get out?

I read a short story spin-off of Rapunzel, so Mother Gothel I suppose. That would not be fun.

 

faun3. You are transported into a fantasy realm and given a mythical creature as a companion and best friend… which mythical creature do you get?

I can choose? Hmm. How about a Faun?

 

lucy4. In a strange series of coincidences, you end up needing to take the place of your favorite fantasy hero or heroine. Who are you?

Oh! How fun! I would be Lucy Pevensie. I would love to be her.

 

lu5. To go along with question #4, now that you are that character, is there anything you would do differently than that character, now that you are running the show?

Idk she handles everything pretty darn well. So no I guess.

 

grumpy6. If you were yourself in a fantasy novel, what role do you think you would play in the story?

Probably a grumpy person who the good guys need something from, like a cool object or something. I’d be a very minor, but semi-vital character.

 

mandolin7. One morning, as you are going about your daily business, you pick up an everyday item and a voice booms in your head with prophetic words about your future. What object is it, and what is your prophecy?

Hmmmph… Um. An old instrument and the words would say “You shall learn to play this with skill, and with it you shall through the world mill. Adventure will come, heartache will too,  in the end will come joy.”  and I’ll say to myself, ‘that last bit doesn’t even rhyme’ and then be rebuked by someone for critiquing it.

 

naiad8. You are transported into a magical realm and turned into a mythical beast… what beast/fantasy creature do you want to be?

Again, maybe a faun. Or perhaps a naiad. (yes I’m a wee bit obsessed with Narnia)

 

narn9. If you could read your way into any fantasy realm, but the catch is that you can never leave, would you? Which realm would you choose?

You’ll never guess. Narnia. Haha, I just love everything about Narnia.

 

magical10.  As you are going about your normal day, you discover that you have a magical power. What is it?

Magical healing powers? Something like that.

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Basically the moral of the story is, take me to Narnia. Please.

How about you? What mythical creature would you want as your best friend? Last fantasy book you read?

I tag Ann @ Ann Without an E and Fish Stick @ On the Other Hand but if y’all don’t wanna do it, no pressure.

Only, You ARE Enough

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I struggle with seeing that I’m worth anything. Or that I’m enough of a person to make a difference.

I lack in self-confidence and I overcompensate for that by pretending I’m entirely confident. It’s an ironic, twisted way of thinking, and it comes second nature to a lot of people who struggle with loving themselves.

I don’t like my personality, or my body, or my talents, but God gave them all to me for some reason. I may not know why right now, but He knows.

But how do you be enough?

Through God.

And only through God.

‘It is not that we are competent in ourselves to count anything as having come from us; on the contrary, our competence is from God.’~ 2 Corinthians 3:5

We are not enough.

Not by ourselves, not when we rely only on ourselves as sinning humans.

Only, you are enough.

You are enough when you submit to God. When you trust His will.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9

Often, I feel like I don’t have any purpose. Especially as I see others doing amazing things and growing spiritually and I’m just over here like…

I’m sure you’ve felt like that, too, right?

Only, you are enough.

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not drown you. When you walk through the fire, you shalt not be burned, neither shall the flame kindle upon you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I gave Egypt for your ransom, nations for you. Since you were precious in My sight because you have been honored, and I love you; therefore will I give men for you and people for your life. ~ Isaiah 43:1b-4

That’s how much He loves you. He redeemed you, He calls you by name. YOU ARE HIS. He protects you, He desires you. YOU ARE PRECIOUS TO HIM! He loves and cherishes you. And I think that tells you that you are enough!

And when you feel hopeless, because you’re not doing anything with your life, when you feel like there is no point in you even being alive, you’re pondering why you’re here, why you’re bothering to do things every day, here’s encouragement:

The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands. ~ Psalms 138:8

“I will never leave you, never will I forsake you.” ~ Hebrews 13:5c

When you’re sick of how you look and feel, you hate looking in a mirror.

For you have made me glad, Lord, by the works of your hands I sing for joy. ~ Psalms 92:4 (I actually wrote this out on a fun design on several sticky notes and put them on my mirror so that way when I look at myself and feel like having a pity-party, I am reminded of His greatness.)

I will praise you because I have been remarkably and wondrously made. Your works are wondrous, and I know this very well. ~ Psalms 139:14

When you get tired of struggling, when you want to give up:

“Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” ~ Matthew 11:28

He has a purpose for you because He will love you for eternity.

Give thanks to the God of gods. His faithful love endures forever. ~ Psalms 136:2

Or if you have made a mistake, and feel like you can never be forgiven, never be enough again, take comfort. You are enough. Not to say you can’t try harder to be even more godly, but you do not have to depress yourself because you’re not perfect. You will never be even close to perfect in this life. But you are loved. He forgives.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. ~ 1 John 1:9

Her sins, which are many, are forgiven her. ~ Luke 7:47

Remember that you serve the God who conquered death. You serve the God who spent time to create you. You serve the God who forgives, over and over. You serve a holy, קודש, King. He made you, but you still say ‘I’m not good enough.’

Only, you ARE enough.

Just a Little Tag

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Saw this tag at Books, Cameras and Succulents and decided to steal it myself since I’m not able to think of any original materiel.

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1. Do you have a favorite fictional couple? (If so why do you like them?)
Good heavens what a question. So many come to mind but perhaps my favorite currently is Kit and Ella. I love them both individually, but they also make a magical couple. They care so much for each other and hold so tight to their love.

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2. If you could have any animal (safely), as a pet you would have a…
A lion! I would love to have a pet lion, if that were a safe thing. They’re beautiful animals and I suppose because of Aslan, in my head they’re very comforting animals.

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3. You get to live in Middle Earth, what race are you a member of?
Well the quizzes I took (in which I got Eowyn almost every time), I would be an a human or an elf, and I probably wouldn’t want to be any of the others so that sounds good to me.

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4. In an ideal situation (you don’t have to worry about living too far from family or money concerns) where would you live? (It can be fictional.)
It can be fictional? Narnia, obviously. But to answer slightly more realistically, I would say a colonial mansion on the east coast would be terribly nice.  Or an Edwardian turn of the century cozy two story. Or a castle in Scotland. Or an apartment in Italy.

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5. Do you have a favorite ‘vintage’ movie? (As in, filmed before 1960.) What is it?
Considering that movies filmed before 1960 is like a third of what I watch, I have lot. You Can’t Take it With You, Singing in the Rain, Sabrina.

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 6. When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?Several things, but probably mostly an stage actress. I still think that would be awesome. Also I super wanted to be a tap dancer (guess who grew up watching 1930s-50s musicals?). *goes and watches awesome tap dancing*
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7. You can be ‘the best’ at any sport (e.g. gymnastics, curling, synchronized swimming etc.), what do you choose? 
Um… hmmm… gymnastics.
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8. List three things that you wish people knew about you but will never ask. (Or just three random things. ;))
*shrugs* idk…idk folks. Um three random things are… well idk… One might be that i use ‘idk’ a lot *laughs weakly* Check out my post ‘Minor Details‘ for lil details like that.
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9. Share a favorite quote!
Just one??
“You” he said, “are a terribly real thing in a terribly false world, and that, I believe, is why you are in so much pain.” ~Emilie Autumn
“Maybe you just have to live for the small things, like being called pretty or someone picking up the pen you dropped or laughing so hard that your stomach hurts. Maybe those are the somethings to live for.”
And that’s it folks. Btw, if anyone has blog post ideas suggestions, they’d be appreciated. Goodnight (or good morning or whatever)

31 small things that make me happy somewhere deep inside

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*In no particular order*

IMG_8080SMELLS:

  1. Rain
  2. A Forest
  3. Vanilla Chai Tea
  4. Lilacs
  5. Hay

IMG_1954 - EditedSIGHTS:

  1.  Swirling skirts
  2. The sky at any time of any day
  3. Old instruments
  4. Birthday candles
  5. Chocolate shavings

duskWORDS:

  1. Coddiwomple
  2. Forbearance
  3. Indigo
  4. Epiphany
  5. Dusk

IMG_0082SOUNDS:

  1. Sough (/(v.)to moan, to rustle, to sigh; (n.) the gentle, soothing murmur of wind or water/)   Any kind of rustling noise, like wind through trees or water or tall grass just makes me feel amazing.
  2. The clack of type-keys, specifically typewriters
  3. The sound of a pencil against paper
  4. A faint jingling or tolling of a bell
  5. A beautifully hit high note

FEELINGS:

  1. Laughing super hard ’til you cry
  2. Sharing your deep thoughts with your closest friends
  3. When you successfully complete something you were nervous about
  4. Realizing how beautiful life is
  5. Breathing deep

MORE:

  1. Laying on your back, stargazing.
  2. Nostalgia
  3. Sitting in a circle surrounded by friends
  4. Dinner with your family
  5. Singing off-key with your sister for hours
  6. BEAUTIFUL LIFE!!!