NaNoWriMo 2013

Yes! It is November once again which means I’m racing to write 50,000 words in 30 days. AND ten days have already gone by, which means we are one third through the month! I was hoping to catch up to par by yesterday, but that didn’t happen… Today perhaps?

My start was a rough one.

Day one was busy and I only got 1,000 words written. And they were written in the car at a quick stop on our way out of town.

in car

I was only able to write at this stop you see because I was driving 😉

On day two I realized I would never be able to continue with my fast paced storyline without more planning. I switched to another idea.

It went well, though writing was still slow (always is in the beginning of Nano for me), until I reached day five…

writing with baby

I got a babysitting job. The picture shows me with “my” lil nine week old girl. What the picture doesn’t show is her twin brother. ^_^ Best job EVER! But I only got 100 words written that day. The babies weren’t that bad, but I was having severe writers block.

That night I was at a friends house and she asked how I was doing for Nano and if she could read anything. I said a very quick “no”, but let her read another story I had started earlier. She loved it and when my mom came in and saw her reading it she suggested I switch to that story.

The next day I began writing on that story which has caused me little writer’s block and much more enjoyment then the other two stories had!

So although I still have lots more to write before I’m all caught up I’m finally on my way. I’ve done it before, I can do it again. Plus I have awesome writing friends that are pushing and encouraging me to keep going!

Liebster Award

I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Ophelia – Marie at Opinions, Thoughts, and General Ramblings. Thank you so much Ophelia for  awarding me!

liebsterAWARD
For this award I have to:

*Link back to the blogger who tagged me.

*Answer the ten questions she gives me.

*Nominate ten others (or as many as I do) and ask them ten questions.

*Let those nominees know they were tagged.

The questions from Ophelia to me:
1) What is your favorite thing you’ve ever written?
Probably a short story I wrote about a year ago… it never got a good title, but you can read it at It’s About Story. And after you read it give me some title ideas!
 
2) What blog post on your blog has the most views?
 
3) If you could meet any currently living author, who would it be?
I’d say Chris Fabry, but I already have met him and get the chance to talk with him about every month… Probably Dr. Harry Kraus because he’s a doctor in Kenya! Oh, and I love his writing 😉
 
4) What is approx. the most words you’ve written in a day?
5,000. I did it twice during Nanowrimo.
   
5) What is the last book you read?
Shades of Mercy by Anita Lustrea and Caryn Rivadeneira (which was given to me by Chris Fabry )
6) If you could demand a rewritten ending to any book, which one would it be? 
Probably Every Waking Moment by Chris Fabry! (Boy is he popular today!)
7) Do you have any books/blogs on writing that you’d recommend? 
I love Opinions, Thoughts and General Ramblings by Ophelia not a specific how-to writing blog, but I definitely learn a lot from her 😉
Go Teen Writers is also very helpful and I love Rachel Coker’s blog. Look around and find her videos, she’s very good at them 🙂
8) What book to movie adaptation do you find the most annoying? 😉 
 I’m annoyed by the changes they made on the last two Narnia movies 😕 I also didn’t like that the book Courageous that was written after the movie Courageous was way better then the movie.
9) What genre are you least likely to read? 
Sci-Fi
10) If you could write a book based off of one song, what song would it be? Why?

Oh this one is too hard!! I’ve already written one based off of Letters from War by Mark Schultz but I’m not sure I could pick just one song for a whole book… Can I get back to you on this one? Maybe?

Now here are my 10 questions:

1) What is your family’s strangest tradition?

2) Where is the farthest you’ve traveled?

3) At what age were your parents married (and/or Grandparents if that’s more exciting ;))?

4) What is your favorite book in the Bible?

5) Ice Cream or Cake?

6) What language do you wish you could speak?

7) How old is your blog? How many posts have you written? What year did you write the most? (Is it okay that I asked three (now four) questions in one?)

8) What is the last movie you watched?

9) What is your favorite music video?

10) What song do you feel was written just for you?

Now I nominate …

Susanna

Sam, Mari, and Risa

Calista Beth

Can’t wait to see what your answers are!

Housesitting – ALL SUMMER! {Flashback Friday}

Although Bethany and I didn’t live at another house the entire summer we did spend four long weekends, as well as a full week, at a couple different houses throughout the summer. It was fun and we loved getting to take care of DOGS (two at each house)!

Chase

Chase

Jake

Jake

Paddy

Paddy (there was another dog, but I didn’t get a picture 😦 A sweet golden retriever named Bella)

It was an amazing experience for both of us as we learned a lot about taking care of houses, the responsibilities of taking care of ourselves, and how to deal with a depressed dog (Chase) after his pal (Jake) was put down the day before his family left (plus how and when to call the police!).

Yes, this is what you come home to when you leave a sad dog home alone :(

Yes, this is what you come home to when you go to church, leaving a sad dog home alone 😦

ouch!

 

We also got a warning one day about the water being turned off in the neighborhood for a few hours!

 

No water!

No water!

John 4:16 - I loved this verse that hung in one of the kitchens...

John 4:16 – I loved this verse that hung in one of the kitchens…

Chickens

We loved getting fresh eggs from these chickens so we wouldn’t miss our babies 😉 Thankfully no chickens were eaten while we were there, but a few were “enjoyed” between our visits! Yikes! Glad I didn’t have to deal with that coyote 😕

But it wasn’t all hard and (dare I say) deathly…

Yes! I can fly!

Hello there!

Who says you can’t have fun on the job?

Rockn

sleep ;)

Or sleep on the job?

Sleep!

Fell asleep after finishing “Every Waking Moment” by Chris Fabry. It wasn’t even out yet! We got the pre-release copy from our friend the Author 😉

 

In all I want to thank the D and R families for trusting us with such a big responsibility and to Mom and Dad for encouraging us with this opportunity!

Hume SD Camp! 6/23-28/13 {Flashback Friday}

If you click on the first picture it will enlarge and you’ll be able to page through each one (and see the captions)…

Camp was amazing and a TON of fun. I was challenged and encouraged in ways I didn’t expect!

Camp Saddlebrooke/House Renovations! 6/11-15/13 {Flashback Friday}

Bethany, Joshua and I got to enjoy a retreat at Camp Saddlebrooke (aka my grandparent’s house 😉 ).

We got to enjoy lovely, cool morning walks…

Morning walk

fun time in the pool…

Pool

puzzles (three to be precise)…

Puzzle

and wildlife sightings!

can you see the bobcat?

can you see the bobcat?

…while our parents lived at home during the popcorn removal off our ceilings:

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Thank you SO MUCH Gramma and Papa for having us over while the work was being done so we didn’t have to breathe all the dust (and even that extra night/day because the work was taking longer then planned). Thanks to Mema and Papa too who had Jordan and Daniel!

Musical Bootcamp Performance – 6/8/13 {Flashback Friday}

Along with VBS, Musical Bootcamp is something that can’t be missed. It’s pretty much a fine arts camp for Middle and High Schoolers. For a more lengthy explanation Click Here. This year I got to teach a modern dance class! I was so excited and even more proud after the performance 😀 The girls in my class did a terrific job. The class was a lot more fun than work as we learned the moves to “Crazy Love” by Hawk Nelson.

My AMAZING girls ;)

My AMAZING girls 😉

Silly girls... see the "Crazy" and "Love" written on our socks? Yeah, our groups was just that cool B)

Silly girls… see the “Crazy” and “Love” written on our socks? Yeah, our group was just that cool 😎

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See the "crazy" on her sock?

See the “crazy” on her sock?

Airborne!

Airborne!

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Teachers being recognized :)

Teachers being recognized 🙂

Cousins are always the BEST fans! :D

Cousins are always the BEST fans! 😀

Check out the video of our Sign Language song at the link below:

CCC Musical Boot Camp 2013 – You are More from gnuhaus on GodTube.

VBS! – 6/3-7/13 {Flashback Friday}

Vacation Bible School is always something I look forward to each year. I love getting to shepherd 6-7 kids around while having lots of fun!

My silly boys from my VBS  group

The silly boys from my VBS group

The boys loved making the “Kingdom” themed crafts. The shields below were quite a hit!

Game time was also always a big hit! Especially the day they turned the gymnasium into a giant Candy Land game board!

One of my favorites was music. It was fun to see how much the children got into learning the moves and words. It was also really great to see how worshipful the children could get praising Jesus!

Music

 

Although VBS is an amazing week I’m always glad that it only lasts five days at the end 😉

Moody Global Trek Game!

Global Trek
Moody Ministries is doing a fun Global Trek  game online to get you more information about the ministries and all they do (you must be 13 to play). Not only do you get to learn how they’re working in the world today you get to answer questions and receive points towards some amazing prizes! Sadly you have to be 18 to win, but if you’re 18 that’s awesome, because you might win a missions trip to Guatemala!

Game board

 

Head over to sign up!

https://www.moodyglobaltrek.com/9219?utm_source=link_share