A New Look

Since Jordan moved away to Kansas, Bethany moved into her room, which means I got my own room! I haven’t had my own room since I was 2. I didn’t really care that I had to share, I actually enjoyed it (the tough part was sharing a tiny closet). After Bethany moved out I knew I had to reorganize a lot in my room. That’s when the wheels started turning and I got the idea to move some furniture around and add some more colors!

We painted our room purple and got new white bunk beds in August of 2009:

 

The only things that had changed since then was our new white desk and new bedspreads. My goal was to make my room a little more modern and “older” (since I’m almost 18!) Did I reach that goal? I don’t know… You’ll have to be the judge!

This is how you would first see my room walking in... I'm hoping to change the top quilt, but for now it works fine ;)

This is how you would first see my room walking in… I’m hoping to change the top quilt, but for now it works fine 😉

From L to R: My vanity, locker, file cabinet, bunk bed, desk

From L to R: My vanity, locker, file cabinet, bunk bed, desk

I love my shelves :)

I love my shelves 🙂

This is where I had the most fun. Six of the cubbies are color coded. After originally organizing like this my brothers had fun sticking some of there things in the right cubby hole. I also really like the way my books are organized.

This is where I had the most fun. Six of the cubbies are color coded. After originally organizing like this, my brothers had fun sticking some of their things in the right cubby holes. What’s better than books in a book shelf? Books organized in rainbow color 😀

For now my desk has the book of James under the glass along with my memory verses from AWANA. My calendar sits on my desk for the time being since I don't have anywhere to hang it.

For now my desk has the book of James under the glass along with my memory verses from AWANA. My calendar sits on my desk for the time being since I don’t have anywhere to hang it.

My vanity: The rest of my room is somewhat "modern" except for this part. This is where I get to have fun with a vintage theme :)

My vanity: The rest of my room is somewhat “modern” except for this part. This is where I get to have fun with a vintage theme 🙂

My locker is one of my favorite things in my room because it's from my great grandpa and I've covered it in pictures that hold sweet memories from my trip to the Dominican Republic. (The two bottom ones are from when I was little) My file cabinet has random quotes, notes, and art from my brothers.

My locker is one of my favorite things in my room because my great grandpa built it decades ago and I’ve covered it in pictures that hold sweet memories from my trip to the Dominican Republic. (The two bottom ones are from when I was little) My file cabinet has random quotes, notes, and art from my brothers.

 

So? Did I accomplish my goal? Let me know what you think 🙂

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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!

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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!

Unexpected Love by Julie Zine Coleman

A book review by Kim Newhouse (my mom 😉 )

I was intrigued by the title of Unexpected Love: God’s Heart Revealed in Jesus’ Conversations With Women. It’s often difficult to understand exactly what we should take from various Bible stories because of our extreme cultural and historical differences from that place and time, so I hoped this would help clear that up some. I didn’t hear much in the way of new insights (from previous books, sermons, and articles examining these characters) and was not real comfortable with some of the conjecture that took place as the author tried to breathe new life into “old” stories. ie I was reading some aloud to my daughters and found myself stopping to say “well we don’t know if he or she REALLY thought (or said or did) that”.

 

But on the other hand, I did like the format of the book very much. After the brief reiteration of the story, we are given a bit more historical and theological information, an application section entitled “For Today’s Woman”, then some questions to think about, and finally some journaling prompts. My favorite part was the application section, especially the one on Martha. It zeroed in on what Jesus was truly admonishing her for—not her actions or busyness, but her attitude. It was her critical spirit, her focus on self, and her need to control things that got her into so much trouble. And yet Jesus loved her and extended grace to her at each interaction, gently drawing her into deeper relationship with Himself.

 

Unexpected Love makes a great devotional book, particularly if you invest plenty of time on the journaling section, but it would also be good for Bible study or discussion groups.

 

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Books

Right now everyone in my family is at a HUGE book festival while I sit at home feeling under the weather. And that feeling is getting old. I’ve been in this state for a week slowly getting better. And that process for me includes a lot of time in bed, which means I’ve spent a lot of time reading! So since my family is going to come home all excited about books I thought I would excite myself and you with what I’ve been reading this week. Sound good?

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Help Meet

Preparing to be a Help Meet

by Debi Pearl

This was a great book with fun stories, wonderful words of wisdom, and new angles. Of all the relationship books I’ve read this one is the best. It gave me something to do now and in the future. This book encouraged me to strengthen my prayer life and look at where I am here and now as an amazing training ground that will prepare me for my future, wherever it may be.

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Borders of the Heart

Borders of the Heart

by Chris Fabry

I only set this book down about four times! The story line was incredible and the writing was terrific (and the Author’s just plain amazing, I know him!)!  I do have to say that it was pretty creepy to read about crazy people running around with guns in scenes that took place in Tucson around buildings and streets I know. This book contained many surprises and was definitely hard to put down.

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PassionA Passion for the Impossible

by Miriam Huffman Rockness

(Still in process of reading this one)

The life of Lilias Trotter has intrigued me so far. She’s a very gifted artist who tosses away fortune and fame to spend a life with the lost and unsaved. And that’s pretty much all I know… so far…

My Gramma and Papa Newhouse gave this book to me for my birthday and I can’t wait to read it through! In many ways this lady’s life is very similar to mine and I’m excited to watch and learn from her life.

You might notice the word passion in the title. This book was part of the reason I chose that word as my word of the year. I’ll hopefully have more to share after I finish the book!

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ChristmasA Wild Goose Chase Christmas

by Jennifer AlLee

Part mystery, part romance, with a few spins that make you laugh and cry at the same time. I really enjoyed this book (which was given to me by Chris Fabry!). The back cover didn’t get me too excited to read the book so I was all the more surprised by the great story line and intriguing characters.

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No Greater Love

No Greater Love

by Levi Benkert

This story started in America but quickly uprooted to the heart of Ethiopia, Africa. It followed the calling God placed on the Benkert family and how they started the ministry Bring Love In. I could see the children’s faces as I read and it definitely pulled at my heart strings!

I encourage you to take a look at the website for Bring Love In and learn more about this unique ministry…

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EDIT: I’m linking up to the March of Books over at Kindred Grace!
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NaNoWriMo 2012!

It’s that time of year again! Where I try to write 50k words…

Will I succeed this time?

Here are some pictures of my 2010 novel that I published:



Isn’t it pretty! Thanks to BushMaid for making my beautiful cover!

And since Nano will be taking up most of my time, blogging will be even scarcer 🙄 Sorry… But while you’re waiting for me to come out of my writing closet, go check out It’s About Story. I’m posting a story I wrote chapter by chapter through out the month of November! Hope you enjoy 😀