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I Won’t Dance

An abundance of things have occurred since my last post!

We’ve had a deluge of events!

A wealth of happenings!

A Myriad!

Heaps!

Gobs!

Lots!

 

Random bit of trivia #1

I have old music tastes. Swing, r&b, big band, rock & roll, doo-wop, rockabilly and jazz. Elvis is king, but Frank is chairman of the board.

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Ok, enough of that. 🙂 I suppose I’ll go in a chronological order.

On the 12th we had a debate tournament. We had fun, but only won one of our 3 debates. Oma and Opa came up on Wednesday for my graduation and also got to come to the tournament. The one debate Oma, Opa and co. got to see was the one we won. Guess the family is my lucky charm. 😉

 

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Mummy

On the 14th we had my graduation open house.

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Tackle hug!!

It was really fun, even though I ended up giving a speech (of sorts 🙂 ) and playing piano (such as it is). I was so blessed by all the folks who came by to share some cake with us.

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*tinytardis*

I got to see a bunch of people I haven’t gotten to see in a long time, some almost a year.

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Rufous, Pigeon and Sparrow

Last Saturday we had the last tournament of the year. This was my first time being on a team with Meg and Claire, we did a great job!  For our last debate we were government so we got to come up with the case. We did a Doctor Who case. The Doctor should take Van Gogh to the museum before fighting the monster. It was so much fun and the opposition did a phenomenal job even though we had to explain everything to them and they still didn’t quite understand what we were talking about.

I’m really not sure who won. They said that instead of going to the museum to boost his morale  the Doctor should take Van Gogh to a monster fighting school. I’m not sure if we pushed the lack of mutual exclusivity enough to win. Honestly, I don’t care who won. It was one of the most fun cases I’ve ever debated or seen. I’ve discovered I love fictional cases, but I’m not good at coming up with them. I told Meg and Claire that for my last debate I wanted to do a Doctor Who case and they pretty much came up with it.

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My last speech, of my last debate, of my last tournament.

I was thrilled to find out that we won half of our debates (Still don’t know which ones)! When a team wins the majority of their debates they are awarded an IBC root beer. Not only is it the best root beer, and the only kind I like, it stands for the parts of a speech. Introduction, Body and Conclusion.

It was a great day and an amazing note to go out on.

 

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IBC root beer, the only root beer I like.

On a less amazing note, right after we left the tournament the van broke down and is in the shop, so we are now a one car family. Not a one vehicle family, one car. We can transport a total of 4 people at once (unless one of them is the baby, then we can move 5). Hopefully we will have it back sometime this week.

Peaches are blooming!
Peaches are blooming!

Today was a day of awesomesauce news, and it all happened at once! Once we got home from the library we picked up the mail and brought it up to the house. There was a big manila envelope from Mom’s lactation counselor training place. We didn’t open it, but we did hold the back tight enough to read through the paper. It said “Congratulations!” We squealed but had to contain ourselves long enough for Mom to read it herself.

While we were gone mom got a call from the library. It sounded very official at first, and Mom got concerned that we owed too much in fines or something (lol mini heart attack). Is this beginning to sound familiar? The librarian asked for me and said my poem “Sureality” had been chosen as a finalist for Hville in the county wide poetry contest. She then proceeded to ask if  Meg was also her daughter. One of Meg’s poems was also chosen as a finalist. By the way, there are only 3 finalists from Hville. She then asked if Claire was Mom’s daughter. Now, Claire is too young to be eligible, but she sent in a protest poem about being too young. The librarians liked it so much that they are going to review the age requirement next year and she earned an Honorable Mention! Societal change for the win!

The big night just happens to be the evening after we give our speeches in debate class! A very big day for speaking! lol

 

Sureality

 

The crackled clouds move over the full moon

Like the surf drawing the sand out to sea

Creating the illusion of a hasty journey

Across the sinking ceiling of the heavens

 

The air is crisp and smelling of snow

Of a soft gentle whispering blanket

The voices of miles whisper to the listening ear

Carried on some unfelt breeze from afar

 

The clouds blown away by the unfelt wind

Expose the radiance of the clear full moon

Casting her beams like waves on the dunes

Moon shadows dance through the trees on silent wistful Elven toes

And the world sleeps

 

Song from the title.

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Face the Music and Dance!

I’m in the middle of getting things together for my open house, but I thought I’d take a break from scrubbing old window frames and gathering pictures to give you a little update. 🙂

I found a dress for the homeschool group’s dance! 😀 Meg says it’s hot pink, but everyone else says it’s red. 😛 It’s strapless, so we’re either going to get a shrug or Meg may try to add straps (The ones in the picture are just tucked in). I’m not sure which one, but either way it will be black. 🙂 I really love it! While the dancing will be similar to Contra dancing, it’s basically a prom.

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We’ve started watching Doctor Who. I’m now officially a nerd (as if there was ever much question lol).  With the combination of Lord Of The Rings, Star Trek (two series), My Little Pony, and now Doctor Who, there really is no denying it. Yes, I am a Pega-sis. Hannah got me hooked. It was kind of embarrassing until I found out there were others. lol

The other night I was almost to sleep when a train went by. Now, this isn’t a big deal, we live in a bend in the tracks. Trains go by many times a day and all through the night. In the nearly three years we’ve lived at this house I’ve gotten used to it and heard different trains. Usually you can hear the whistle, and sometimes the rumble. Every once in a while a really heavy one will go by and you can feel it. This train was different. I kid you not, it sounded like the TARDIS. That woke me up. I listened for a while and figured out it was a train, but it still sounded just like the TARDIS.

Book club had been really fun! Last time the genre was sci-fi and I read Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. I’d seen the movie but I hadn’t read the book. Oh my goodness. It was so funny! There wasn’t much of a plot line, which would bother me in most books, but it was so funny that I realize it was plotless until I was done with it. I highly recommend it. The techno babble, artificial intelligence gone mad (sometimes literally) and just out-right craziness! I can’t wait to read the next book!

Well, that’s all I’ve got for now. Allons-y!

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Freedom!

I started doing the Snoopy Dance early this month. I went in to take the GED. Since I took it on the computer I got my scores back right away.  I didn’t quite dare to hope to expect to pass math. I nonchalantly looked at my scores and asked a couple questions about scoring. Then I went out to the car. Then I started  Snoopy Dancing. Well, not actually dancing, at least I don’t think I was…

I passed math! 54th percentile! Then I started dancing  even more. I only missed a couple of the science questions! 99th! The more scores I read the more excited I got. All but math were in the 90s!DSCF9467

I didn’t get my writing score right away because it had to be graded by someone, but I added my scores up and as long as I passed I would have over 3000 points.

The freedom of not having math looming over my head is amazing. I really can’t describe how wonderful it feels to not have school work (other than reading that mom and dad want me to do)

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My online teacher recommended that I apply for scholarships. I never thought I could go to college. I’m not sure why, it just wasn’t ever something I had considered. I think part of me thought I wasn’t book smart enough.

To be brutally honest, this is the first year I’ve really done any school. Mom taught me to read for about 3 years and once it finally stuck I just read stuff. For science I read science books, all the way from basic anatomy place mats to dads college textbooks, and stuck anything I could find under our microscope. Social studies is the hardest to pinpoint. You just kind of pick it up. Math is, was and probably will always be my worst enemy. I truly just didn’t do it. I learned to add and subtract and the basic principle of multiplication and that was enough for me. DSCF9505

I think a key to this style of schooling is fostering curiosity. We’ve always had all kinds of books around the house, but the microscope has always been one of my favorites. What does this type of leaf look like compared to this other one? What happens when it is cut, torn or crushed? How are they different? Comparing different people’s hair or fingernails.

Curiosity is what pushes you to read a book you may not have otherwise. It’s what pushes you to build thing and unwittingly learn the physics of a pulley or a fulcrum. Life may be a classroom, but curiosity is what keeps you from falling asleep during class.

I’m certainly not saying I’m done learning or that our relaxed style is THE best one for EVERYONE. It would be hypocritical. Learning is not a one size fits all thing (scarves are about the only thing I can think of that are).

I can’t believe I’m done.

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Winter Storm Q

Awesome name. Awesome storm.

I was really itching for a nice big dumping of snow. We didn’t get one last year and it wasn’t looking like we’d get one this year either. Even Phil  said winter was over. Not so much.

At 6 o’clock yesterday morning it started snowing, and not just snowing. Thunder snow. It did not stop snowing until around 12:30. I got up to find Dad working on the couch in Claire’s nook.  It was really dark, so I thought it must have still been early. Wrong. It was 9. The window well was full to the point that no light came through the thin curtain. Yay.

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Not even done snowing yet.

I only heard one thunderclap, but it was the neatest thing. The snow was coming down hard all morning. Everyone else went out to play while it was still coming down, I’m still not over the flu so I stayed inside watching “Say Yes To The Dress” on Netflix.

Once the white stuff stopped falling I went out with Adam and we romped around for a while. We started building a fort, but soon found out it’s not very good packing snow. Of course, when the snow is over a foot deep it doesn’t really have to pack much to make a sweet fort.

Adam and I walked around to the back of the house and he showed me the solarium and where they made “A nice house.” My cleaver brother. 😉 We discovered that it is really fun to fall in deep snow.

Hannah came out to get a bowl of snow so Mom could make snow cream. She brought the snow in for Mom and came back out to play.  We worked on the fort some more, using Hannah’s snow shovel to pack and smooth the snow.

We went inside after getting the mail. The snow started to come down again as we ate pinto beans and watched Star Trek, one with Q of course.  It really is a perfect name for the storm. On Star Trek, Q is a mischievous godlike character with the ability to just snap his fingers and make things and people disappear, reappear, and move through time and space. Fun huh? Q treats humanoids, and all other races else really, like pawns. Just game pieces to do with as he pleases. He wreaks havoc and sends Captain Picard and the rest of the crew all throughout the galaxy just because he wants to.

How fitting.

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Extending the Holiday.

This year I got ready for my annual Valentine’s how-to post. I made my craft and took the pictures nearly a month ahead of time. I was all set to post just a few days before the big day, but things kept happening and we were really busy. It didn’t help that the library had finally gotten my book it (I’ll tell you about that later). It’s ok, I told myself, I’ll just post it on Valentines Day.

Ha.

My procrastination caught up with me.

That night I developed a fever. Awesome. When I got up that morning, I didn’t get up. I just barely woke up when Dad came in to say goodbye and left us our chocolate hearts. Basically I was sicker than I’ve been since I had strep and viral arthritis at the same time. I couldn’t sit up or think straight. I laid in bed and read for about 4-5 hours because I couldn’t sleep. I went from being at page 156 to 364 and then finished that last few pages after dinner. I didn’t get the post written.

So I’m extending Valentine’s Day! YAY! What’s not to love?

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A few weeks ago I got a jar of Mod Podge and started gluing paper to everything. If you feel like judging me, you obviously have never had a huge stash of paper and a large jar of Mod Podge at your disposal. Don’t judge me.

Perhaps you aren’t familiar with clothes pin tag. This isn’t hard, it’s similar to The Game (Which you just lost). The point is to clip a clothes pin on your friends without them realizing they’ve been tagged.DSCF7924

For our homeschool groups Valentine’s party I made special clothes pin tag pins.

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For this craft you will need:

Mod Podge (I got my huge jar for $8 at walmart and I’ve not even made a dent in it after going decoupage crazy)

A paint brush or sponge brush

An ink pad (I used black)

Tiny alphabet stamps (acrylic stamps would be great, but I couldn’t find the right letters in the right size so I used rubber)

Various and sundry paper and fabric (best if paper is thin, not cardstock*)

Clothes pins

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1. Paint a coat of Mod Podge on the long handle part of the clothes pin. Make sure not to glue down the hinge.

 

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2. Put a small piece of paper on the glue.

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3. Paint glue over the paper.

 

 

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4. Continue until the handle is covered.

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5. Stamp the clip part with “TAG”.

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6. Dab the clip with Mod Podge. Be SUPER careful to go straight up. If you stroke it will smear the ink (at least it did for me, I think my ink is water based so that might have been it).

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7. Repeat steps 1-4 on the other side of the handle.

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8. Let the pin dry, I put waxed paper under mine to keep them from sticking. I let mine sit for a few hours, but they probably would have been fine sooner.

I had intended to clip these to a card with these instructions but I ran out of time. Feel free to use the instruction picture below (please remember though, the pictures on this blog are mine, not yours).

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TIP!

Store your ink pads upside down to keep the ink at the top of the pad when you go to stamp.

*I used cardstock on the pin in this post. To make it thin enough I had to kind of peel it in two flat-ways. It’s hard to describe, but you might know what I mean. Like when you tear cardstock it will have a white edge where you tore it and the piece you tore off will be thinner. Use that part. But don’t. Please, for your sanity and mine, just use plain paper.

Hope you had a great Valentine’s Day with your loved ones!

We love because He first loved us

 

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Man alive! It feels like England out there. A heavy fog bank rolled in this afternoon. I don’t know what it is, but fog always makes me feel poetic and mysterious. Good weather for reading, and watching Star Trek, but it’s always good weather for that.

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I just finished reading “The Princess and The Goblins” today. Totally did NOT end how I thought it would. The climax wasn’t what or where I thought it would be. It was actually very refreshing to not be able to predict the plot of a story. Just goes to show you how good of a writer George MacDonald is. So far, I’ve read three of his books and his story-lines are amazing. I really love it when a book doesn’t follow a cliche. For instance, there is Princess Irene and Curdie, so you assume they will get married in the end, or that it would at least say something to make you assume they would later. Suffice it to say that is not how it ended. You should just read it yourself, I’m not going to tell you anything.

The theme for our book club this month is “Books to Movies”. Now, I like this theme much better than the one we had for last month, “Dystopian”, but it posed much of a problem. I’ve already read everything. What could I read that has a movie that I like? If I like a movie, I usually read or have read the book if there is one. Alice in Wonderland! Oh YES! I love that one! It needs to be new? Ah. So my options are very limited. All I could think of was, Tarzan of the Apes, The Jungle Book, Sense and Sensibilities, and a couple of other ones I can’t remember. Meg chose Tarzan and Claire chose Jungle Book. So when we went to the library I looked for Sense and Sensibilities. I suppose I was stalling when I went to the DVD rack. In browsing the titles I saw a few I thought we’d like to watch so I picked them up. Then I noticed an old favorite. The Princess Bride (“by S. Morganstern, chapter one…”). BAM! That’s a book! And more importantly, that’s a book I’ve never read! I went over (hopefully nonchalantly lol) to the catalog computer and looked it up.

“The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure” by William Goldman was all that would come up. That was just awesome. I don’t like reading abridged books. The fact that they exist kind of kills something in me. The author went to the trouble of writing out all those words for you, and you just went in and hacked out any parts that seemed to go too long for “the modern reader”. I’m serious. Any time I see someone reading an abridged version of a book, I cringe and automatically think a little teensy weensy bit less of them. That’s a topic for another day.

I asked the librarian if she could find an unabridged copy in her computer (They have access to other libraries catalogs for inter-library loan). She looked but couldn’t find anything so she called over another librarian. They searched for a while, even on the internet, but couldn’t find anything by S. Morgenstern. I asked them to go ahead and put the abridged one on hold for me, and we went home. After some research of my own, I found a little piece of information that made a world of difference.

There is no S. Morgenstern.

He is a made up pen name. Guess who wrote the original “Princess Bride?” William Goldman. He wrote and “abridged” his own book. I metaphorically died laughing.

After finishing “The Princess and the Goblins” today I went to the library to return it. Claire and Adam went with me and Claire wanted to get on the computer, so I got another volume of Sherlock Holmes (I had a copy of “The Hounds of Baskerville” checked out already but hadn’t started it yet).Ok, I’m going to be honest. I’ve never read Sherlock Holmes, or seen any thing but spoofs on Star Trek and Veggietales.  I’m almost done with the first chapter and it’s already captivating. I’m familiar with Holmes enough that I understood what he meant by his methods. It actually reminded me of  Psych in some ways. I’ve only seen one episode of the one and read not even one chapter of the other, so if I’m totally wrong that’s probably why.  What I mean is the noticing the smallest of things and deducing the meaning from the combinations and placements. I believe I’ve found a good book, and the perfect weather for reading it. 🙂DSCF9006

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Thinking

I’ve been thinking today.

We had a book club meeting where we discussed “Dystopian fiction.” Boy, that was a nice workout for your noodle. Thinking about how the world in general is, in the rawest sense of the word, dystopian. Think about it yourself. We began as a perfect utopia, the garden. We had everything we needed, everything we wanted, and then sin was introduced. BAM! Dysfunction in the truest form. Now a utopia is impossible. One day it will be restored, but not by us. Man has tried many times to create a utopia, it always ends in murder and even more dysfunction than before. There is absolutely nothing we can do to escape that. The one thing we can do to gain peace is to learn to live peaceably and seek the true Giver of Peace.

Not all my thinking today has been about such weighty subjects though.

On the way home from book club Meg, Claire and I began working on a gangster picture book idea where all the characters have cheese names. My favorite name has to be Mascarpone. Say it out loud. Mas Carpone. ^-^

Previously I hadn’t ever used conditioner after I washed it. I did this time and it’s so much softer. You never know if something is low quality unless you try something seemingly extravagant. Go figure.

Something else that I’ve been thinking about is growing up. I’m 18. I’m graduating. I’m trying to get a job. Thinking about getting a tattoo if you can believe it (nothing huge or scandalous). One of my sweet friends got engaged on Friday.  Another is getting married in just a couple of weeks. One of my friend’s older brothers just got married. Not to mention Lady Mary and Mathew (lol it’s about time!) ;). Reminds me of a few things I’ve heard regarding the subject. “It takes a really good man to be better than no man at all” and then “If you aren’t content single, you won’t be content married.” Good things to remember when your a single girl in the midst of all these relationships.

DSCF8619 Growing up is about more than marrying and leaving the house. Those aren’t even requirements. But just because it’s not required doesn’t mean that staying home your whole life is a better alternative. Just Do Something is a great little book about God’s Will, by the way. While those of us in the homeschooler culture tend to think of “kidults” as usually being public schooled. I think we have just as much of a problem. We aren’t growing up either. We may not be moving back, but that’s because we haven’t left! We need to quit assuming and start making things happen. You’ve graduated highschool. It’s perfectly fine to stay home. You don’t have to go to college. But if you stay home, contribute. Contribute to the family, the church, the community. Learn, better yourself. WORK. Don’t use your singleness as an excuse! True love waits, perhaps. It might be waiting in the future, but that doesn’t mean you have to just sit around and wait for something to come that might never have even started. That’s not a bad thing. Paul says it’s even better if you remain single.

I Corinthians 7:7-9 Yet I wish that all men were even as I myself am. However, each man has his own gift from God, one in this manner, and another in that. But I say to the unmarried and to widows that it is good for them if they remain even as I. But if they do not have self-control, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

For more readin’ on this subject:

My take on the “Stay At Home Daughter” movement. I’m not dissing the idea at all. I plan to stay home myself. I just also plan on furthering my education and working. It’s neat to look back at these old posts. 🙂

An awesome post about the “Childish Homeschooler Syndrome” pandemic. The first thing that got me thinking today.

Mazel Tov

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Snowflakes Keep Falling On My Head

I think it was a good thing to do, albeit somewhat cliché, but I’m glad Seasons of Thankfulness is over. After always having the same thing to post for the past two months, it’s nice to get to just write about what’s going on for a change! 🙂

On New Year’s Eve we got a nice little dump of snow. There was still some on the ground from the Christmas Eve Eve snow.DSCF8814 Since Dad had the day off, we had a lovely amount of snow and no hills whatsoever, Dad took us to the park to sled. I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this, but I really love sledding. And snow. Snow forts. Snowflakes. Snowball fights (unless I’m wearing glasses, that just flat-out hurts). Basically, is the word “snow” is in it, assume I love it. I love how the snow is puffing up in this picture of Hannah. DSCF8813 Although we don’t have any hills on our property, the park in town has a couple of awesome ones. When we first got there around noon there was one little group of sledders on the big hill. As we drove up one of them was attempting to ride down on a snow board. She promptly wiped out. I’ve always found this twisted enjoyment in watching other teenagers trying to look cool, and failing miserably. That’s why I don’t even try. Of course, I don’t have to. 😉 Sorry, I just had to say that, totally joking. It’s kind of an inside joke with/about Dad. 🙂 DSCF8843 At first we went to the hill we rode two years ago, but quickly went over to the bigger hill. For a while the other guys stayed and we just sledded over where it wasn’t as steep (but still really awesome), but they soon left. We seem to have that effect when we go to the park. We then moved over to the steeper part, being careful not to go so far that we had to watch out for the creek. Soon other groups started coming. I think it was an extended family, they all seemed to know each other and they looked a like. Of course, this is a small town. Everyone pretty much looks the same anyway. 🙂 DSCF8812 I really love the look on Adam’s face in this picture! It’s pretty much how I feel when we sled. We all had such a fun time. It wasn’t too cold, but cold enough for the snow to be nice and fluffy. I missed the snow so much. Last winter we got maybe 2 inches total. We did get to make our traditional giant snowman, but that was it. It was good that we didn’t get much, Mom had at least one doctors appointment a week right there at the end with Josh.DSCF8809 It’s not what she’s doing in this picture, but Claire came up with a style called “The Sanguine Penguin.” Imagine a penguin sliding down with its wings back in an aerodynamic V. Pretty much just going face first. DSCF8792 Not sure if you can read it or not, if not, it’s your basic “no parking” sign. Why did I take a picture? Notice where it is. It is at the top of a fairly steep hill, leading up to a lake. I’m not sure why, but apparently it was needed. While the sign itself may be bleached out, the post was new. Reminds me of the spittoon in the court room with a new sign prohibiting spitting on the floor. As I said. It’s a small town. We had a couple of near run-ins with the big sycamores at the bottom of the hill, but I’m glad to say, no one got hurt! Well, Dad might have over-done it a bit on his shoulder, but no crashes. 🙂

Over all, it was a tremendous day. 🙂

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Maybe it’s just me. Maybe it’s really weird. I love that button. I know it must not seem like it from time to time when I abandon my blog for weeks on end. I love getting to start from scratch. A blank field, a keyboard and an idea.

2012 was the shortest year I’ve ever experienced. How could we fit so much in just 366 days? Ah! It must have been that one extra day! I’ve always thought it was neat how leap year coincides with the Olympics and the presidential election.

On February 2nd Joshua David was born.  10 lbs 4oz of boy. He spent a week in the NICU for an unidentified infection. Not only was this our first C-section, it was our first experience in NICU. That week was the longest 7 days of the year, and yet, it feels like a blur. No fanfare. No applause.

In June Meg, Claire and I went to NeKaMo Camp. I went for both weeks, working on my CILT. While it is sad for my years as a camper to be over, I really do feel like it is time. Looking around, I saw girls that had been Challengers my first year were now Explorers. My baby sister was in her last year as a Challenger and my even babier sister was a first year Challenger! I am so looking forward to being a counselor next year, I’m already collecting ideas!  My first year of CILT was the first time I had been away from home for more than a week and I got really homesick. I was thankful to get to go home for the weekend. This year I had so much to do it didn’t feel like more than a few days. I didn’t go home for the weekend, so I only got to see my family during check in for Meg and Claire. Even then I only had a few minutes because I had to go with Rufus and Raven on a nature hike.

The day I remember the best is the very last day. After the excitement of graduations was over. We were on staff. Part of the mysterious club of grown-ups with bird names. We were Ginger, Snow, Raven, Sparrow and Pigeon. We got up early that morning and went to the Staff Bible Study. This mystical thing that our counselors get up crazy early for. It was a cool, misty, early summer morning. The five of us walked to the dining hall and sat at our table; Cabin 12.  Other counselors and staff came in and sat around us, just like it was a normal day. Like we belonged there. I felt like a babe among giants. There was Robin, Ducky, Rikki, Tweety, Grackle, everyone was there. Tross spoke in a tone of voice I had rarely heard before. Like she was talking to adults, not a camp of girls.

After the meeting was over, we started working on CILT Guard. Nearly all the past CILTs, now joined by the 5 of us, came together for the biggest Color Guard I’ve ever seen. Sparrow and Raven were part of an amazing Rifle Guard. It’s really hard to explain the feeling, other than a small fish in a big pond. Or maybe a small Pigeon in a big sky. No fanfare. No applause.

On July 25th I turned 18 years old. Every so often he tells me about right after I was born, usually when he wants me to look him in the eye or when I already am, we’re easily distracted like that. He held me in his arms 18 years ago and said “Hi. Your name is Annie. I’m your Daddy and I love you.” and I looked him in the eye. No fanfare. No applause.

October was a big month. My baby cousin PB was born just a few days after Meg’s birthday. Like Josh he spent some time in the NICU. Shortly after that my Great-Grand-Father died. We drove down to South-East Alabama for the funeral. It was good to get to see Oma and all the relatives, except for the reason. We got to go down to Panama City Beach while we were down there, something we haven’t gotten to do in a few years. It was raining, so we didn’t get to swim. I had never seen the beach in the rain before. It is so unlike anything I can describe. Such a lonely, roaring peace. There was no one in sight. The ice cold rain poured steadily. The surf was balmy. The constant roar of white caps. The gentle patter of the raindrops on the sand. Peace in the midst of such an emotional trip. Once we got done on the beach, we were soaking wet, and some of us were in regular clothes. We went over to a Walgreen’s and changed clothes, some of us into real clothes, some into our dry swim suits. On the trip back we home stopped for ice cream at Peach Park. No fanfare. No applause.

Who would be surprised that November was a big month. In the flurry of political hype, it’s good to remember a few things. These are real people. Jesus Christ died on the cross for their sins, just like He did for mine, and hopefully for yours. This is all going to burn. No matter who wins what and who is in what office. Jesus Christ is Lord of all. That means all kings, all rulers, all presidents, all offices. Everything. And in the end, that is all that matters. I voted for the first time. No fanfare. No applause.

This was PB’s and Josh’s first Christmas. We are SO blessed to have these precious boys with us, especially after their bumpy starts.DSCF8674 No fanfare. No applause.

Forget New Years Resolutions. Add New Post. No fanfare. No applause.

Farm and Family, Pictures

Truly Grateful

11 Thankful for ChristmasDSCF8480

12 Thankful for Hannahisms

13 Thankful for meteor showers that aren’t at 2amDSCF8543

The sky was as clear as you could ever ask for, there was no moon, and it wasn’t bitterly cold. We got to see more shooting stars in those few hours of the Geminid Meteor Shower than I have ever seen in my life. Adam, Claire Meg and I laid in the orchard in sleeping bags and basically on each other for a few hours. With some of the stars you could point and everyone else would have time to look at it, were with other ones you either saw it or you didn’t. I can’t wait for next years shower!

14 Thankful that God is in control no matter what crazies doDSCF8608

15 Thankful for Mom and Dad getting married 22 years ago

16 Thankful for finding the movie Elf

17 Thankful for getting a haircut that didn’t make me cry and looks really cute

18 Thankful for great, spontaneous  friends and awesome movies!

On Tuesday Meg, Claire and I went to go see the Hobbit with some awesome friends the Flowers (as I will call them) to celebrate SFlower’s birthday. The movie was amazing. Without giving too much away; It was a good bit less dark than the other Lord of The Rings movies. I really loved how they portrayed Smeagol especially. I won’t say anymore because I think you should go see it yourself, I really want to see it again in fact. When the movie was over I leaned over and said “Anyone have a time machine?” I can NOT wait for the next movie!

19 Thankful for cute little kids

20 Thankful for first snows coming earlier than St. Valentines day!DSCF8615

21 Thankful for fun at the White Elephant party with Mom’s Family

22 Thankful for artDSCF8630

23 Thankful for my silly family, long drives are never uneventful

24 Thankful for getting to cuddle brand new cousin PB for the first time!

25 Thankful for Jesus Christ coming as a baby to grow up and save the worldDSCF8604

26 Thankful for our neighbor letting Bunny hang out with his herd, complete with bulls, for a month or so. She wanted nothing more. 😉 lol

27 Thankful for Aunt D, Uncle B and the cousins EB, MB and PB, and Oma and Opa

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