The Music Tag…Again ;)

Megan nominated me for the Music Tag! (Thanks, Megan!) I did this award before, a while back, and had so much fun that I was hoping I’d be tagged again! And now I’ve gotten my wish. πŸ™‚

OK, so here we go!

Rules:
Write ten songs that come on shuffle (no skipping).
Write your favourite lyric from each song.
Tag some peeps.

Sounds easy enough. πŸ˜‰

TobyMac-Beyond Me-You gave me the stars, put them out of my reach/Called me to waters a little too deep/Oh, I’ve never been so aware of my needs/You keep on making me see/It’s way beyond me

Out of Eden-Soldiers-All they throw at me, I’m not falling for it/They think I’m alone, they got it all wrong!

Avalon-In A Different Light-Don’t be afraid/Of the twists and the turns of the road that we’re on, just believe/There’ll come a day/When our faith turns to sight and we’ll see His face/While we’re here, the heartache’s hard to ignore, so for now we’ll keep our eyes on the Lord!

Rachael Lampa-You Lift Me Up-You lift me up/I’m touching the blue sky/You lift me up/I’m on top of the world/You lift me up/I’m getting closer to Heaven in every little thing I learn/You lift me up

Avalon-All Hail The Power of Jesus’ Name (Live)- O that with yonder sacred throng/We at his feet may fall!! (I had to look the lyrics up, BTW. I couldn’t understand what Cherie was singing. XD)

for KING & COUNTRY-Without Love-When the future becomes the past/You will see that it is never gonna last/I’ve got something to tell you (By the way, Joel and Luke actually performed this song on Rebecca St. James CD aLIVE in Florida. They weren’t actually for KING & COUNTRY yet. πŸ˜‰ They sound sooo much younger in this song!)

Casting Crowns-Courageous-We were made to be courageous/We were made to lead the way/We could be the generation that finally breaks the chains/We were made to be courageous/We were made to be courageous!!

ZOEgirl-Forevermore-Peace like a river/Joy like a fountain flow/Wherever you go

Building 429-Where I Belong-All I know is I’m not home yet/This is not where I belong/Take this world and give me Jesus/This is not where I belong

Capital Kings-You’ll Never Be Alone-I’m the streetlights that guide you home/I’ll be the GPS when you’ve lost your phone/I’ll be the song that’s rocking in your headphones/I’ll show the signs to let you know/You’ll never be alone

And….I decided to add a bonus song, which is Breakfast by the Newsboys-When the toast has burned and all the milk has turned/And Cap’n Crunch is waving farewell/When the Big One finds you/May this song remind you/That they don’t serve breakfast in hell!

So there you go! If you’d like to do this award (even if you’ve done it before) feel free! ❀

Have a good night. πŸ˜‰

*Sunny

What I’ve Been Up To Lately #4!

Hey folks! If you’ve been wondering, Hey, what has Sunny been up to lately?, well, wonder no longer! I am back with another life update (hehe, don’t I sound like a newscaster?!)!

Anyway, here we go…

Reading-My sister and I had to read Tom Sawyer for school this quarter, and last week we finally finished it! I didn’t care for it very much, there was pretty much no real plot and it didn’t start getting good until close to the end. So I’m glad to be finished with it….but now I have to write some essay questions about it, so….yay. πŸ˜›

Writing-I am SUPER excited right now because I started a new story last night and am really liking how it’s turning out so far. I think it just might be my best story yet, if I do say so myself. πŸ˜‰ It doesn’t actually have a title yet…(I am really bad at coming up with titles)…but hopefully it will soon! It’s another Avalon/Cousins Next Door story: Cherie is really feeling down because no one is paying any attention to her accomplishments. I’m hoping to post it on here once I get it done! (And no, I haven’t forgotten about posting the next chapter of Dare To Be Different…I just have to find the written copy (in that bottomless pit that is also known as my room πŸ˜‰ ) and then type up the next chapter. It will be soon, promise!)

Listening To-Recently I have gotten hooked on Phil Joel, who is a Christian singer from New Zealand. He used to be in the Newsboys as the bass player, then went solo, and now has his own band called Zealand Worship. I’m listening to one of his solo albums on Spotify as I type this….I really like his voice and music style! I am especially in love with his song God Is Watching Over You….the words are so simple but it has really helped me when I’m feeling scared or sad or just whatever! XD

Watching-I try to watch The Waltons as much as I can, which is hard because it’s on at kind of a bad time, and it seems like every time I do get to watch it, it’s a boring or war-related one. πŸ˜› But last week I watched a few episodes, and they were so cute! (They were also episodes from the second season, so that explains why. πŸ™‚ ) The episodes are soooo much better when John-Boy is in them. I ❀ John-Boy. πŸ™‚

I also watched an episode of Little House the other day….it was the one where Laura had just gotten engaged to Almanzo and they were trying to figure out where to build their house once they were married. πŸ˜‰ And also Eliza Jane, Almanzo's sister (who's kind of an "old maid"), fell in love for the first time….but the guy who she liked was sort of uncomfortable around women (but still talked to her), and preferred to joke around and tell funny stories with Almanzo. I felt bad for her. She had never had a "beau" (as she called it πŸ˜‰ ) before, and she was pretty old….can you imagine? πŸ˜‰ Anyway, the episode was sooo good, and even though I kind of had a good idea about what was going to happen, I wanted to see the end. But…my family had to go somewhere so I missed the last ten minutes. I was like, "Nooo! I have to see the end of this episode!". LOL!  To make matters worse, it was a two-parter and I knew I was going to be busy at the time it was on the next day. So I have no idea what happened! Grrr! XD

Other Stuff-This weekend has been kinda chilly, but it hasn’t been too bad. Next week it’s supposed to be REALLY warm where I live, which I’m looking forward to! I’m going to be spending so much time outside the next few days (not tomorrow though….it’s going to be frigid…bleh. πŸ˜› )

My mom started using this new laundry detergent…and wow, I just love the smell of it! It’s kind of like a mixture of flowers and men’s cologne. Weird, I know, but it smells so good.

I have discovered a new love for sriracha sauce (it’s like hot sauce). My family went out to breakfast the other day, and there was a bottle of sriracha nearby, so I poured it on my scrambled eggs, and wow…it was so good! I also poured it on my (dry!) Cheerios (in honor of Phil Joel, I heard he likes sriracha and Cheerios, and ever since I’ve been wanting to try it to see if I would like it too) and well…it wasn’t all that bad. πŸ˜‰ It was pretty good. I don’t know if I would have it again though. πŸ™‚

Alright, so that’s what’s been going on in my life! By the way….if you’ve written a comment on my blog anytime between now and November(!) and noticed it never got published, don’t worry. I just found a whole bunch of unpublished comments in my “WordPress Admin” that I have never seen before and am going to work on approving and replying to them in the coming days. πŸ˜‰

Ta-ta, lovelies! πŸ˜‰ (Where did that come from? XD)

*Sunny

The Happy Tag!

Hi! I was nominated for this award by Clara–big huge thanks to her!!

Books:
Frindle by Andrew Clements
-The Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
-The Ramona Quimby series by Beverly Cleary
-All of the American Girl/A Life of Faith books

Words:
-smile
-sunshine (duh!)
-giggle
-noodles
-sprinkles!!
-rose

Movies/TV Shows:
Little House on the Prairie
The Waltons
-Leave It To Beaver
-The Brady Bunch
-Godspell
-Anne of Green Gables
-The Sound of Music
-Beauty and the Beast
-The Prince of Egypt

Songs:
-Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me) by Casting Crowns (my VERY favorite song!!!)
Fly Away by FFH (my other very favorite song!!!)
Welcome Home (You) by Brian Littrell (my other, other very favorite song!!!)
Make It Last Forever by Avalon
God Is Watching Over You by Phil Joel
It’s Not Over Yet by For King & Country
3 Minute Song by Josh Wilson
In The Blink Of An Eye by MercyMe
What My Life Is For by Ginny Owens
Something Beautiful by the Newsboys

Scents:
-fresh laundry
-brownies/cookies baking
-my cucumber melon body spray (the smell of summer!!)
-perfume/cologne πŸ˜‰
-flowers
-freshly cut grass
-my lavendar-vanilla “Sleep” lotion from Bath and Body Works
-new books
-CHOCOLATE!!!

Miscellaneous:
-The Peanuts comic
-dogs
-koala bears
-family get-togethers
-friends (blogging friends included!! :D)
-the outdoors
-long, flowy skirts
-jean jackets
-fun, dangly earrings
-mood rings (they really work!)
-dolls
-electric blankets
-the library
-Jesus!
-food! ❀

If this post made you smile, consider yourself tagged! ❀ Have a great night! πŸ˜€

*Sunny

From A Name On A Page, To A Real Character

Hello everyone! Today I’m going to be talking about something that I think is very important when writing a story…character descriptions.

I find that I’m more likely to write about a character if I write a detailed description about them first. This could include (but of course isn’t limited to), the way they look, their traits/personality, hobbies or interests that they might have, what annoys them, etc.

Here are a couple of examples of character descriptions I wrote earlier today. They are character sketches of the cousins from my story I started work on this week (who are all based on/inspired by some of the members of the Christian group Avalon). I hope these will help you!!

*Note: These are also the same cousins from my story The Cousins Next Door. πŸ˜‰ *

Cherie-Cherie has long, curly black hair and brown eyes. Out of the four cousins, she is the “shy one” and can also be sensitive. Cherie’s parents died in a car crash when she was nine; this may explain why she is sensitive. Cherie is close with her cousin Janna, but is also extremely close to her cousin Michael, who she lives with and who is also like a brother to her. Cherie is known to become jealous when Michael acts friendly toward other girls. Cherie also loves to travel and dreams of being a world traveler someday.

I put Cherie first because she’s the “main” character in my story. When writing descriptions, I would suggest that you write sketches of the most important characters first, then the supporting characters later.

Janna-Janna has long, straight brown hair and brown eyes. She likes to take charge but also can be agreeable to others’ ideas at times. She enjoys photography and is often annoyed by her cousin Jody’s antics. Janna is also very close to Cherie. She can be outspoken at times as well.

Michael-The oldest of the four cousins. Michael is somewhat laid-back and easygoing. He has a love for writing, especially poems, and has a soft spot for animals. He has blond hair and bright blue eyes. Michael is quite protective of Cherie and has been since she came to live with him and his family after the car crash. He often affectionately refers to his cousin as “Cherie-girl”.

Jody-Jody has dark spiky hair and brown eyes. He is very immature (talking with his mouth full, etc.) and hyper. Like Janna, he is not afraid to speak his mind, especially if he dislikes something.

Here are some things to remember:

-Don’t feel bad if you don’t have much written down about your character(s) yet. It might take quite a while to develop a personality and background for him/her. I’m just beginning to figure out the personalities of these characters, and this is my second time writing about them!

-When writing your descriptions, you do not have to use full sentences if you don’t want to! I just like to because it helps me to get my thoughts in order, but you can use bullet points, dashes, draw pictures, whatever you want!

-Most importantly, HAVE FUN! πŸ˜€

If you have any more writing questions, just ask me in the comments!! Happy Writing!

*Sunny

Avalon – Jesus Born On This Day

Well, yes, Jesus is certainly born on this day! πŸ™‚ It’s Christmas, everyone! πŸ˜€ Can you imagine what it was like at that moment…the moment that Christ was born? The angels were singing, Mary and Joseph were probably thrilled….and so was the entire world! After all, Jesus is our Savior. πŸ˜‰

I hope you all have a wonderful day, spending time with your families, opening presents, going to church, and of course…eating! πŸ˜€ I know I will. πŸ˜‰ (Yes….this post, as you can probably tell, is scheduled. πŸ™‚ )

Merry, Merry Christmas to all of you! πŸ˜€ I’ll see you all soon! And…HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS! πŸ˜€

*Sunny

Avalon – We Are The Reason

This is such a great song that REALLY makes you think about the true meaning of Christmas. πŸ˜‰
It’s amazing to think that Jesus died for all of us. We didn’t deserve that, but He truly gave us the BEST gift we could ever recieve. πŸ™‚

Oh, and just to let you know: WordPress is being mean and isn’t allowing me to approve/reply to comments. So if you don’t see your comment yet, don’t worry, I’ll try to get it up as soon as I can. πŸ˜‰

Have a great day! LESS THAN TWO WEEKS TILL CHRISTMAS!! πŸ˜€

*Sunny

Ten Songs I Love Right Now :)

Hi all! Today I thought I’d share with you some songs that I have either discovered or re-discovered recently, that I really love! πŸ™‚ I’ll be posting YouTube links below each song so you can check them out for yourselves, if you’d like. πŸ˜‰
Does anyone know of another way that I can share songs on here with you guys (besides YouTube)? I know that some of you might not be allowed on YouTube, and I just want to give all of you a chance to listen to some good, clean, positive music. If you do know of anything, please let me know in the comments! πŸ™‚

Okay….now on with the songs!

1. Newsboys-I Fought the La…-I actually only found this song last night, but since then I’ve probably listened to it about five times. It’s REALLY good, and it’s an older Newsboys song (from 2007, I looked it up πŸ˜‰ ), so that means it’s one that’s sung by Peter Furler, not Michael Tait—yay!! (For those that don’t know, I prefer Peter Furler’s voice to Michael Tait’s…don’t know why, I just do.)

2. Rebecca St. James-Pray-I love Rebecca St. James’ music, but up until about a month ago, I’d never heard this song before, and there’s a good reason for it….this song is from 1998!! Talk about WOW! One day I was watching a video where RSJ was talking about the music video for Pray. A few weeks later, I was bored, happened to remember that video, and decided to look up the song. I sure am glad I did, because it ROCKS in my opinion!! πŸ˜€ I look it up all the time now. The music video is really cool too. Check it out!

3. Jump5-Forever In My Heart-Back a couple of years ago, when I was just getting into Jump5 and first started to listen to their music, I discovered this song and it became my absolute FAVORITE song by the group. I’ve discovered plenty more J5 songs since then, so I kind of forgot about it…until Friday night, when I decided to randomly, out of the blue, look it up on YouTube. It’s a really terrific song–Jump5’s voices are (as always) outstanding, the message is great, and the song is super fun to dance to. πŸ™‚

4. Stacie Orrico-(There’s Gotta Be) More to Life- Around 2012, when we were just discovering the world of Christian music, my sister and I found this song and kind of became obsessed with it… πŸ˜‰ It’s really awesome. Last week I found a video about the top 50 Christian songs of the decade, and this song was #50. I hadn’t heard it in a long time, so I listened to it again recently, and forgot how great it was! πŸ˜€

5. Avalon-Fly To You-I found this song not long ago and really love it! The chorus especially is extremely catchy, and can get stuck in your head for the rest of the day if you’re not careful. πŸ˜‰ The pictures of nature used in this video are gorgeous—especially the one of the pink tulips near the end. πŸ™‚

6. Sidewalk Prophets-Prodigal-This is seriously one of my new favorite songs! It worms its way into my brain quite often. I love the inspiring, uplifting, positive lyrics—this song could seriously change somebody’s life! πŸ™‚

7. MercyMe-So Long Self-I’ve really fallen for MercyMe in the past month, but how could I not have? They really have won me over with their lovely lyrics and catchy melodies. This is one of my favorite songs by MercyMe. The music video is hilarious too–I love the beginning. πŸ˜‰

8. Colton Dixon-Never Gone-Ever since this song first came out, I have loved it, especially for the lyrics. πŸ˜‰ I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.

9. Jeremy Camp-Take You Back-Jeremy Camp is another artist that I’ve become interested in recently. This song is definitely one of my very favorites by him. I absolutely love the message in it! πŸ˜€

10. Sidewalk Prophets-You Love Me Anyway-I know I’ve already featured Sidewalk Prophets in this post, but hey, I just couldn’t skip this song! I’ve known it about as long as I’ve listened to Christian music (which has been about three and a half years), but I never really paid much attention to it until a few weeks ago, when I heard it on Pandora (an online music app that I use). I realized then how much I LOVED the song, and ever since I’ve been kind of obsessed with it. I love the melody, the lyrics, the singers’ voices…everything! It’s terrific! Give it a listen and tell me if you agree. πŸ™‚

Well, that’s all for now! πŸ™‚ It was actually really fun for me to make up this list…even if I rambled a little about some of the songs. πŸ˜‰ Sorry about that…I’m a little tired right now. πŸ˜›

Anyway…see you all later!

*Sunny

CD Review: Avalon-Oxygen

Hi everyone! So today I felt like doing a CD review, but I didn’t know what CD to do that review on! I finally decided to do one on Oxygen by Avalon, one of my favorite Christian albums of all time. Even though it was released in 2001, Oxygen has some terrific songs that, in my opinion, still sound modern and fresh today.

Let’s get started on the review, shall we?

1. Wonder Why-A terrific song to start off the album with. Janna and Jody’s voices are both so powerful here!

2. The Best Thing-Another great song….I love the harmonies between Michael and Cherie here! πŸ˜€ When I first heard this song, I remember thinking that some of the lyrics sounded kind of silly (“it’s like I’m flying with my feet on the ground”, for example). But the more I listened to it, the more I liked it! It’s definitely one of my favorite tracks on the whole CD.

3. By Heart, By Soul-OK, let me start off by saying that I just love Michael’s voice! Every time I hear it, my heart seriously skips a beat. It’s so smooth-sounding and calming, and just amazing!! So I was really happy to hear that he took the lead in this one. The only thing I don’t like about this song is that Aaron Neville is in it. (He’s a pretty well-known singer who does all kinds of music, including Christmas songs and gospel stuff.) Unlike Michael, I really don’t care for the way his voice sounds…it’s just really quivery and stuff. But on the other hand, I do think it’s cool how they had a “guest voice” on this song!

4. Undeniably You-If I had to pick just one favorite song off of this album, this is probably the song I would choose. I love it so much!! When I first heard it on YouTube, I kept playing it over and over….it was that good. πŸ˜‰ Cherie does an outstanding job singing this song, and the background vocals are great too.

5. I Don’t Want to Go-Well, it sure wouldn’t be an Avalon album without the famous “Janna ballad”, and this happens to be the ballad she sings in Oxygen. This song is really good, even though it’s on the long side. And man, Janna sure can sing! My favorite part of the song is the last time that Janna sings the chorus, just because her voice sounds SO amazing and powerful there.

6. Never Givin’ Up-I think I’ve only listened to this song once or twice, so I don’t have much to say about it.Β  But I do really like it!

7. Make It Last Forever-Another one of my very favorite tracks! This song is really upbeat and reminds me a lot of Jump5. πŸ™‚ I love the bridge in this song….whatever instrument they use in it (a violin, maybe?) just sounds so pretty.

8. The Glory-An absolutely terrific song that is also a favorite of mine. The harmonies on this track are just AMAZING!

9. Oxygen-I wasn’t sure how I felt about this song at first, but now after listening to it a few more times, I absolutely LOVE IT!!!! And don’t even get me started on Michael’s voice here…..oh my gosh, it gives me chills. πŸ™‚ And I love the harmonizing done here too.

10. Love Remains-I haven’t heard too much of this song yet, but what I have heard isn’t bad. And I’m really glad Jody sings this track. I feel like Michael has had more “solo time” on this album, which (as much as I love his voice) is a shame because Jody’s a talented singer, too. πŸ™‚

11. Come and Fill My Heart-A great way to close out the album. It does remind me a little of I Don’t Want to Go, but that’s fine. πŸ™‚

Bonus Track-Beyond the Clouds-A “bonus track” in the deluxe version of this album. This song is pretty good, it’s too “pop”-ish for my taste, but there’s something about it that I do like.

Well, I hope you enjoyed reading my Oxygen review! If there’s any CD, book, movie, or anything else (like one of my AG dolls? πŸ˜‰ )that you’d like me to review, let me know and I’ll do my very best to answer your request. (Hey, that rhymed!) Or if you’d like to write your own review on something, just send it to me at the address on my “email me” page, and I’ll post your review sometime. πŸ™‚

Bye for now!

*Sunny

Awards!

Hi all! Recently, I was nominated for some awards!

First off, my friend Shelby nominated me for the Famous People Tag. Thanks so much, Shelby!!

Rules

Put up the Famous People Tag Button and link back to the person who tagged (nominated) you.

Answer the questions.

Tag (nominate) the last 10 people that commented on your blog (excluding anonymytes or the person who tagged you.

Who is your favorite singer or group?

My favorite singer…hmm. My favorite female singer is either Rebecca St. James or Francesca Battistelli, and my favorite male singer is Matthew West.
As for my favorite group, that would be Avalon. πŸ™‚ But I also really like For King & Country and many others!

If your favorite male actor was in the room with you right now, what would your reaction be?

Well, on the inside I would be going crazy, but on the outside I’d try to act normal and start up a conversation with him.

Is there a famous person who you used to love, but you’ve suddenly changed your mind?

I don’t know if this counts, but a few years ago I was a really big fan of Britt Nicole. I still really like her now, just not as much as I did before. πŸ™‚

Name a famous person you like whose name starts with v.

Vanna White. Yes, I love Wheel of Fortune-we watch it all the time but I’m not that good at it. XD

What is one of your favorite red carpet dresses?

I don’t know because I don’t keep up with that kind of stuff. πŸ˜‰

Who is your favorite royal person?

I don’t really have one, but I guess I’ll go with Princess Kate. (She’s American, right? Or am I just making that up? XD )

Who is your favorite child actor/actress?

Probably Melissa Gilbert (Laura) from Little House on the Prairie. Or all the kids from The Waltons.

Is there an actor/actress that you actually like all the private lives of?

Joel Smallbone. πŸ˜› Oh, and (of course) Rebecca St. James.

Do you think that the actors/actresses have improved over the last 100 years?

Definitely!

What is the weirdest famous people name?

Shia LaBeouf. I mean, honestly, I’ve never heard of anyone else with either of those names!

Do you think that you look like a famous person? Which one?

Moriah Peters!

Share your famous person quote.

Either:
Home is the nicest word there is.-Melissa Gilbert/Laura Ingalls, or No worries, mate!-Rebecca St. James

Who is your favorite actress? When did you decide that she was favorite one?

Probably Melissa Gilbert (again…. :P). I decided she was my favorite actress when I first started getting into Little House on the Prairie. πŸ™‚

Have you ever met/seen/been near a famous person?

Nope!

I nominate:

Katie
Megan
Allison
Geeky Girl
Christian Homeschooler
Maddie
Heather
BookwurmGirl7
Rebekah
Jen and Brianna

Next up, Katie nominated me for the Awesome Food Award. Thanks so much, Katie!! πŸ˜€

Rules:
1. Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Answer the 10 questions asked.
3. Then come up with 10 more questions. They have to be food related though.Β 
4. Nominate 10 people. Please try to nominate at least one person!!

1. Absolute favourite food of all time that you couldn’t live without?

Chicken nuggets!!!

2. Do you like spicy food?

Yes!! πŸ˜€

3. What’s something you refuse to eat?

Brussels sprouts. Even looking at them makes me feel yucky! (I know, I’m weird. πŸ˜‰ )

4. What’s your favourite pizza topping?

Pepperoni!

5. What did you last eat for breakfast?

Two Special K Chocolate Almond granola bars. I’m the only one in my house who’s eating them, but I don’t care because they’re sooo good!!!

6. What did you last eat for lunch?

One of those Campbell’s drinkable soups (I love those!). It was Creamy Chicken. πŸ™‚

7. What did you last eat for dinner?

A frozen Supreme pizza. It was really yummy!

8. Do you have snacks?

Oh, sure. All the time! πŸ˜€

9. What’s your favourite ice cream flavour?

Either vanilla, fudge brownie, or Butterfinger! πŸ˜€ I also am a fan of mint chocolate chip. πŸ™‚

10. What’s your favourite restaurant to go to?

McDonald’s! If we go to the restaurant (instead of bringing it home), that usually means we’re traveling or on vacation, which is always fun!

I nominate:
Lainey
Hayley
Maddi
Shelby
Lydia Therese
Madison
Emma
Lizzy
Nikki
Clara

And I’m going to ask you to answer all the questions that I just responded to. πŸ™‚

Thanks for the nominations, guys! πŸ˜€ I’ll see you all soon!

*Sunny

31-Day Blogging Challenge: Days 25-31

Wow…..I’m so sorry I haven’t posted since Monday, guys! I really didn’t expect to be that busy last week, but I was wrong. So I’m really sorry about taking a “leave of absence”, but don’t worry–I’m back today! πŸ˜€ And ready to answer these questions. XD

Day 25-Have I changed in the last two years?

I think I’ve definitely changed in the last two years! For one thing, I’ve (obviously) gotten taller. I also look a little bit older and I definitely am more mature/have a lot more common sense.
Another way I’ve changed is because two years ago, I wasn’t into dolls as much as I am now! I mean, of course I loved dolls and AG back then, but I never knew that people could blog about their dolls and take pictures of them and things like that. πŸ™‚ I also didn’t even consider the idea of starting my own blog back in 2013, so it’s pretty crazy to see how far I’veΒ come since then!

Day 26-Something I always think “what if?” about

OK, this might sound crazy, but almost every time I publish a blog post, especially if it has something to do with my interests in life or my faith, I always think, “What if people don’t like it and I end up losing a follower/followers?”. I know, your number of followers is just that–a number–and it doesn’t really matter how many people follow or read your blog. But I always am afraid that if I’m myself on my blog, people will think I’m weird and won’t like or want to read my posts. I’m not sure why I think this, because all of you are so sweet and are great online friends. But sometimes that negativity and worry just worms its way into your head without you wanting it to!

Day 27-My Hidden Talent

I have a talent for holding lots of stuff in and under my arms at one time. We eat out on the back porch a lot, and I hate having to make so many trips to get all the stuff I’m bringing outside. This morning, I ate my breakfast out there, and in one trip, I was able to bring out the plate with my cinnamon sugar donut on it (yes, I’m very healthy :P), my glass of orange juice, the newspaper, and my vitamin bottle. Don’t ask me how I did that, because I have no idea! But I definitely think but I have a real talent for that kind of stuff. πŸ˜‰

I also have a pretty good singing voice, which I didn’t really realize until recently. I mean, I always knew that I could sing well, but I never really thought my voice was outstanding. We were at a family party, and randomly my sister and I broke into song. I have to say, that night we actually sounded pretty good. This was a hidden talent that was even hidden from me! πŸ˜€

Day 28-Favorite movie that I never get tired of

Anne of Green Gables, from 1985. It’s such a good movie! I was probably about three or four when I first saw this movie, and instantly I became obsessed with it. (I always enjoyed the part where Anne took the dare to walk on the roof. πŸ™‚ ) We watch Anne all the time in our house and it never gets old. πŸ™‚

Day 29-Something that never fails to make me feel better

Spending time with God (of course!), being with my family (especially at family parties), blogging, and writing stories/making up funny skits and plays. Here’s a really funny one I wrote a few weeks ago. My sister and I somehow started talking about what Avalon (a Christian band that I like) would do if they came to our house. I decided to write a scene about how Avalon would react when our mail came:

*sound of mail plunking into mailbox*
Avalon: THE MAIL’S HERE!!!
*all run like mad to front door and fight to be the first one to get there, go outside to mailbox*
Jody: Ooh! We got letters! We got lots and lots of letters!! *grabs envelopes and flings them out all over porch*
Janna: Jody, clean those up.
Michael: Hmm…let’s see here, we got a catalog…we got coupons, we got….
*All head inside at sit at dining room table*
Jody (sorting through mail): Junk, junk, junk, bill, junk, bill…
Cherie: sorting through mail, and humming at the same time
Janna: Are you guys EVER going to be done sorting through that mail?
Jody: Nahhh, probably never.

Yeah, it was late at night when I wrote this, and we were wide-awake and hyper because we were watching home movies in the living room. (For some reason my sister and I get really crazy when we watch movies at night, which is a lot.) But it was really funny and fun to work on!! πŸ˜€

Day 30-Why do I blog?

Well, this is an easy one! I blog for three reasons:

1. To share my opinions and interests with the world
2. To meet others that share the same interests as me
3. To make people happy! πŸ™‚

Day 31-Why did I enjoy completing this challenge?

OK, I’m going to be honest. I didn’t completely enjoy this challenge, just because I felt forced to post every day, and I wasn’t always able to get something up.

On the other hand, I did like telling you all a little bit more about me, PLUS the questions were super fun to answer! (Like the one about my favorite foods… YUM!) A big huge shout-out and thank you to Hayley for creating this challenge! What a cool, fun idea! Despite my tech problems and busyness this month, I really hope that I can do another challenge like this one again sometime. :

Have a great night, all! See you tomorrow!!

*Sunny