Book Bliss Photography Contest Entry

Miss Raquel is having a photo challenge/giveaway on her blog! Here is my entry. This is an older photo, but I edited it.

The book is a Bible, and the verse is Philippians 4:8:

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

A Bible verse from Biblegateway(.com):

“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,” Philippians 1:9-10 NIV


49 Questions

Saw this tag on Anna's blog, Sisters in the Savior. Whoever wants to do it is welcome to! (sorry, there isn't going to be a funeriffic 301th post, I don't think)

1. High heels or boots?  Boots, although I don't wear boots much. I tried on high heels at the store and almost fell over.
2. What time did you get up this morning?  7:10 am. My mom woke me up earlier and I said, "Five more minutes," and I ended up falling asleep and dreaming of this friend and this friend. I was visiting friend # 1 (Kiera) in the dream and she was trying to straighten my hair super-fast. And in the dream I wanted to invite my other friend (Kara) over so she could meet Kiera.
3. What was the last movie you saw at the theater? Dolphin Tale.
4. What is your maiden name? I'm my maiden name is the same as my actual name...nevermind..
5. What is your favorite T.V. Show?  I like Biggest Loser minus the cussing, but I really don't watch a lot of shows.
6. What do you usually have for breakfast?  A sandwich.
7. What is your middle name?  Popsicle (no, not really).
8. What food do you dislike?  Um...spinach.
9. What is your favorite CD at the moment?  I don't know.
10. What characteristic do you despise?  Um...gossiping, although I do it too :(.
11. Favorite clothing? New shirt from Creation Museum.
12. Anywhere in the world on vacation?  Israel, Italy, or Hawaii.
13. Are you an organized person?  In some ways.
14. Where would you retire to?  I don't know...haven't thought about it.
15. What was your most recent memorable birthday?  This year. I had a big sleepover and we did a video scavenger hunt.
16. What are you going to do when you finish this? Click "Publish Post" and watch the rest of Toy Story 3 (my siblings are watching it right now. We just watched Ratatouille. We're in a Disney/Pixar mood.)
17. Furthest place you have ever been to? DC or New York..or Mexico..
18. Person you wish you could meet? In person? I'd like to meet my friend Alyssa. I just went on a trip to meet two of my closest friends and visit one again.
19. When is your birthday?  Yearly :-). LOL! Some of these questions are too personal for my liking.
20. Are you a morning person or a night person?  Kind of a morning person. Not a night person.
21. What is your shoe size? 9 1/2-10. I like the big size.
22. Do you own any animals? One cat.
23. Any news you'd like to share? Um...going to DC.
24. When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?  A ballerina and artist.
25. What is your favorite flower?  Dahlias. Blue ones, but they are all pretty.
26. What day on the calendar are you looking forward to? Christmas!
27. If you were a crayon, what would you be? Blue-green probably.
28. How is the weather right now?  It's nighttime so...nighttime.
29. Last person you spoke to on the phone? Um, Mom's friend.
30. Favorite drink?  Water! But I like diet coca cola and cherry diet coca cola.
31. Favorite Restaurant?  ONE of them is Chipotle, and also an Italian restaurant where I live.
32. Hair color? Brown with a few highlights.
33. What was your favorite toy as a child? A talking doll of Boo from Monster's, Inc.
34. Spring, summer, fall, or winter? I love Christmastime, but all seasons have good and not-so-good points.
35. Chocolate or vanilla?  Chocolate.
36. Coffee or tea? Neither, but...tea. Iced tea is good. Or Snappel Peach Tea :-).
37. Wish you were still young?  Not really, but I keep thinking that when I was little I didn't have many worries, you know? Kids can be really carefree, and have strong faith. So I want to be like a child. And yes, I guess I want to be younger again. But I don't really want to redo all these years.
38. Do you want to get married? Yes, someday.
39. When was the last time you cried? I'm not much of a cry-in-public-er. don't remember. I cried at summer camp. A good cry, though :-).
40. What is under you bed? My desk.
41. What did you do last night? I forgot and had to ask my sister. Play practice.
42. What are you afraid of? Murderers. And I'm sort of a people-pleaser person :( so people not liking me, I guess.
43. Salty or sweet? Sweet.
44. Best quality you have? Um.....(I'm saying um a lot!) I love my eyes, uniqueness, and desire to serve Jesus. But there are others. (Sorry if that's conceited)
45. How many years at your current job? Does babysitting count? :-) How about being an author?
46. Favorite day of the week? Wednesdays, play practice nights, Sundays, every day.
47. Favorite movie? Narnia (all of them), Soul Surfer, Hannah Montana, Meet the Robinsons, Disney/Pixar movies.
48. Have you ever had a crush on anyone? Haven't we all?
49. Do you like finding all this stuff out about your friends? Um...I guess...

Sorry this post is kind of sleepy with lots of ummmms..



Giveaway (no, not mine)

Okay! SO! There's a giveaway (actually 4 giveaways!) going on at this blog. The prize is this adorable neklace that I love! Eek! Hope I win! Moving on... Anyway, click the above link to visit this blog!



300th Post!



This is my 300th post. In two years and about 4 months, I've posted 300 posts. Yahooo! I'm pretty excited :-).

So..for a 301th (lol yes I wrote 301th instead of 301st) blog post I'm gonna do something fun (not sure what yet, but we'll see :-)). As for this post, I thought I'd inform you of some giveaways going on at the moment...

^ This one ends TODAY October 10th. Thank you for correcting me, Nela!

^ This one ends TOMORROW! Hurry over and enter!

^ This one ends October 3rd.

I hope you all are having a splendiferous day. And keep an eye open for a super fun 301th post :-). (Not exactly sure how you would pronounce that... three hundred and firsth?) :-)



A Few Photographs...

From my trip.

Explanations (I was going to do a mostly-wordless post but decided not to!):
1. This was taken in the gardens at the Creation Museum. There were a lot of dewdrops on the big leaves, and it was really pretty! So I snapped a (lot of) pic(s).
2. Thanks, Brenna, for stepping in a puddle so I could take this pic! :-)
3. A peacock! Crossed photographing a peacock off my bucket list :-). I was hoping it would spread its feathers out, but as my mom informed me, they only do that when they're disturbed :-). LOL so I wasn't going to disturb the peacock.
4. This is one of my favorite summer photos. It was also taken at the gardens at the Creation Museum. I entered this in a photo challenge on Kels's blog, so please go vote for me!
5. Isn't it adorable how the three goat-kids are sticking their heads out? I thought it was adorable! And someone (don't remember who) brought this up...How did that one get on top?
6. Either a Zonkey, Zebroid, or Zorse. So cool, huh? It's a mix of a zebra + horse.
7. A lamppost in New Orleans. I like the view of it!

Which one is your favorite? What is your favorite thing to photograph?




Reading: Hearts of Fire by Voice of the Martyrs, Uncompromised by Hannah Farver
Listening to: Royal Tailor, The Call by Regina Spektor
Watching: Lion King 3D
Being inspired by: Psalm 27:8 (NLT): My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”



My Favorite Photo From Summer

Kels is having a photo challenge over at her blog. Here is my entry...

I love how this photo turned out. The flowers are so pretty, with their gorgeous pink color, and the water was in clear focus. I took this in the gardens at the Creation Museum, and I edited it with Tell me what you think! God's creation is so beautiful, isn't it?


We're Back! {Long Picture Post}

We're back from our trip! We, as in Mom and I, went on a trip to the midwest to meet two internet friends and some other friends that we've known for eight years! It was such a fun trip, and I had a wonderful time!

First, we went to Nebraska, where I got to meet my dear friend Kara and her family. I met Kara two years ago on the Wonderzone Bible Reading Club, and she is really sweet, nice, and fun. We had a good time! We went to the zoo and a museum. Through her I also met Sarah, who you will read about in a little bit :-).

Meeting for the first time!

At the zoo. The animals kept "posing" for our pictures!

On a bridge that makes your hands smell funny :-).

An adorable little guy that had his eyes closed but opened them when we came to his exhibit!

Other pictures of animals - God's amazing creation!

In the butterfly exhibit :-).

At a museum.

Thanks for the great time, Kara, and thank you to your whole family for letting us stay with you! I had so much fun!

Next, we went to Indiana to visit my friend Kiera and her family. It was a total surprise for Kiera, and we haven't seen each other in three years!

Kiera's reaction to seeing me. I love it! It's not often that you capture such pure surprise and joy on a camera!

At the Cracker Barrel for lunch one day - united friends ☺.

Being goofy.

Yummy dessert.

Me and my friend Brenna, her super nice sister who I love :-).

Sitting in matching rocking chairs.

Trying on accessories at Claire's.

Wearing matching owl hats (thanks, Mom :-)!).

Being goofy in the car (I love this pic).

(This was not long before me and Kiera lip-synced to "Second Chances" from Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie).

We went to the Creation Museum. It was so amazing and awesome. I totally recommend going there! I want to go again in a few years when they make an actual to-the-Bible sized ark!

I got to meet my friends Sam and Emma as well. Here are a couple of pics!

Emma and I also went with Kiera to youth group. It was fun! I had a really gerat time in Indiana. Thank you, Kiera, Christa, Art, and Brenna!

After we went to Indiana, we traveled to Louisiana, where we met my friend Sarah and her family. Sarah is really nice and she really loves the Lord and desires to serve Him. We had a really fun time!

Trying on masks in New Orleans.

At the NASA visitors center.

After a yummy lunch at Chick-fil-A!

Standing by a Lion King 3D sign after watching it at the theatre (and yes, I threw popcorn at Sarah. It was off the floor!).

I had a great time. Thank you all so much for your hospitality, generosity, and kindness.



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