Tuesday, December 25, 2012

It was All for You

He humbled Himself for you

Jesus in the Manger

He went through persecution for you

Jesus - Sermon on the Mount

He died for you

Jesus on The Cross

His love is unconditional towards you

Jesus and Child

As we celebrate this holiday, let’s remember the Reason for the Season. Remember what Jesus did for me and you. Remember the Ultimate Gift He has given you.

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11

I wish you all a very blessed Christmas!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Scrumptious Blog Award

The spectacular Kiri Liz has awarded my blog!

Scrumptious Blog Award

Thank you so much, Kiri! Your blog is absolutely scrumptious as well! ^_^

1: When you receive the award you must post about it on your blog and leave a link to my blog.
2: Answer all the questions to the tag below.
3: Do not award anyone who has more than one hundred followers.
4: Come up with ten questions for the tag.
5: Keep your questions clean and refrain from using bad language.
6: Tag 5 to 10 people.

Here are the questions Kiri has asked:

1. What's your favorite Christmas song?
Goodness me, what a tough question! Um…all of them? What Child is This might be my most favorite, it’s so pretty but also really powerful. It means a lot to me. O Holy Night is also another I love. For the secular ones I’d probably say Sleigh Ride, Silver Bells, Let it Snow, Carol of the Bells, and Winter Wonderland. Yeah, I just really, really love Christmas music! I’m pretty much happy with all of it.

2. Do you prefer colored lights on your Christmas tree, or just white lights?
I personally find white lights a lot more classy. Colored lights can be fun, but there’s just something beautiful about the white lights illuminating the room.

3. If you won $500 to go shopping for Christmas gifts, what would be the first thing you would buy?
I’d probably start out with something for my little sister, she’s always the easiest to buy for. Most likely a movie she wants or something.

4. Favorite Christmas cookie?
SUGAR COOKIES. Just any kind of sugar cookies. I love them so much.

5. What's your oddest or most special Christmas memory?
So many wonderful Christmases… I can’t think of anything real odd (which is odd in and of itself because silly things are always happening to my family), so I’ll go with something special. But that’s hard, too! ALL my Christmases have been special. Last year my little sister surprised us all on Christmas morning coming downstairs completely decked out as Santa Clause saying she was “Chris Pringle”, which was HILARIOUS because she has this obsession with the chip brand Pringles. She went around, with a big bag, pulling out handmade Christmas gifts for all of us. It was so hilarious and fun. She’s a mess. That definitely has to be one of my best Christmas memories.

6. Christmas isn't Christmas without:
My family!

7. If you could only ask for one thing for Christmas, what would it be?
Health. Because I have so many health problems and I really wish they would all just go away. Does that count? I really don’t need anything, so I have no idea what I’d ask for.

8. How do you view Santa Claus (in film, stories, advertisements, shopping, etc.)?
Meh…I don’t really like Santa at all. People kind of replace Santa in Jesus’ stead it seems to me. Christmas is so big on Santa, it takes away the True Meaning. To be completely honest, I find the whole Santa Clause thing silly and annoying.

9. Moving away from Christmas-related questions, if God called you to become a missionary to a foreign country, where would you go and why?
Oh my! I have no answer for this. There are so many places in need out there, I wouldn’t even know where to start. That would be completely up to God.

10. Do you believe it is okay to do something just because the situation allows it (the situation justifies the action sort of thing)?
If anything goes against God’s principles, it is never okay to do something. If something is iffy, then one should stray away from doing it, even if the situation seems to allow it. The world allows a lot of things God does not, and we should always stand on God’s principles, no matter what the world says. (I’m not sure if that is exactly what you meant, hopefully that answers the question well enough.)

Here are my Questions:

1. What is your favorite book?

2. If your house was burning down and you could save one item, what would it be?

3. What type of shoes do you prefer wearing?

4. What’s your favorite instrument?

5. If you could visit any fantasy world, where would it be?

6. What’s your favorite season of the year and why?

7. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

8. Do you have any pets?

9. What color is your room?

10. Let’s say you could make absolutely any fictional character come to life, who would you choose?

I pass on this award to all these lovely people:

The Dandy Lioness
Jessa Bri
Beth Grace

You all have very scrumptious blogs indeed! ^_^

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

All Done!


As of Monday afternoon, at 143,310 words, I am officially finished with writing my NaNo 2012 novel More Purple than Amethysts.

More Purple than Amethysts Book Cover

I was determined to finish this story up before New Year’s because I have so many other writing projects I want to work on during 2013. I was terrified I wasn’t going to make it though. By December, I looked at my outline and groaned at how much more of the story I had left. The incentive to finish was with me though as I thought of all the other things I wanted to work on, and I had promised I wouldn’t start a single new writing project until this story was done.

Thus I pushed myself, on and on, determined I’d do this thing.

Then the ending approached and it was one day last week that I was all, “O___O I can totally finish this thing before Christmas.”

Challenge. Accepted.

After writing so much throughout November, I was desperate for a break. I love writing but sometimes I just need a rest from it. I was really hoping I could enjoy Christmas and New Year’s without worrying about scrambling around trying to finish this monster of a novel. So with more incentive in place, I charged forward, tore my keyboard apart pounding on it mightily, forced my characters to get along so the story could end on a happy note, and “The End” came at last!!

Despite hoping to finish it quickly, this story proved to be an extremely enjoyable one. I don’t recall ever having a novel go so smoothly. Usually I always come across scenes I just don’t want to write, or find myself abandoning it for a while because I’ve lost interest, but these things did not happen this time, which was a blessing, indeed, since I wanted to finish it as soon as possible.

An awesome thing also happened the day I finished…

My NaNo Winner’s shirt came in the mail!!

NaNo Winner's Shirt

I thought it was the coolest thing that my Winner’s shirt happened to come the very day I officially finished up my NaNo novel; it was like a happy little reward.

Now that the novel is done, I plan on not even thinking about any writing projects until after New Year’s. I’m taking a break! But come 2013 I have many a writerly thing on the agenda that I’m quite excited about.

For now, I’m trying to catch up on all the things I abandoned since NaNo and am in great anticipation for Christmas.

…Can anyone believe it is next week? o.O

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Happy Hobbit Feels

The Hobbit Movie Poster

Okay, no spoilers or anything but…


*dies from overexcitement*

Um. Ahem. Yes.

I saw The Hobbit movie. And it was wonderful. I have a few complaints, but they followed the book a lot better than I expected, and it was just…beautiful. Absolutely and completely beautiful. The scenery and the music and the actors and just EVERYTHING. I loved it so much, there are no words.



That is all.

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