Hey guys! Today’s post is loooong, because I’ve been sadly neglecting life updates this month from being a little burned out from the book party (which was epic btw!!). 😉
First I want to say …don’t think that my life is all sunshine and roses because it definitely isn’t. But I’ve been practicing finding the good things in storms too, like rain and Fall leaves, and that’s what I try to focus on. 😉
Hope you enjoy this gigantic explosion of happy things!!
Last time I simply talked about things going on in my life was September 4th. 😮 So I’ll be catching up on that a bit since there are a few big highlights from September that I never blogged about!
The biggest one being…
My family day tripped to our church’s camp Saturday, and it was a blast! (hover for captions)
Credit: five of these photos were taken by my sweet friend Rosy ❤
I think my favorite moments of the day were our dinner tailgate party, playing laser tag around the cabins, mostly-staying-awake during an amazing sermon down at The Quiet Place, pausing halfway down the hill with my sis to sing in harmony beneath the trees, and bundling up in my bro’s huge snuggly sweatshirt & laying in the field to watch the stars. Basketball knockout was pretty fun too. 😉 I felt very ill most of the time but my cool peoples made the day amazing anyway. 🙂 And I ended up sleeping aall the way home on Kate’s shoulder. 😛 Only my lips got sunburnt, isn’t that weird??!!
Also, we’ve been getting to babysit these cute squishies a lot! ❤
And since our church is moving buildings soon, us kids made sure to get together in the foyer (w/ glorious acoustics!) and sing some like the ol’ days! Need to do that again soon…
oh haha, guess what– one night I dreamed a dream and now have an almost entire plot for an old, ever-changing story idea!!! XD
Then I caught a cold that took forever to shake, but I still got a lot of work done with Pearl on posts for our blog together!! So that was good. And I ate yummy, sugary, homemade peanut butter cups she made… despite being sick. 😉
Reading the finished draft of Kate’s Christmas short story “The Least of These” aloud to my sisters in weird voices was fun. 😀 Believe me, guys, I could make the bestests deep work of art sound like a comedy… I’m talented.
Oh, and have you ever written things backward? Like, truly backward? I experimented with it, and it’s really weirdly hard and satisfying. Try it! 🙂
Random poetry for my WIP “Eagledare” would keep popping into my head, like this…
curled up tight on a rooftop, high above the ground, battered by each raindrop, she wept without a sound
Dumb? Cheesy? The counting/rhyming painful? Yep, but hey poetry is a first for me! XD
Binged on Robert Frost poetry and began playing around with illustrating poems and quotes into my journal. ❤
Went to my brother’s college’s football game with the oldest sibs, their Christian club, and my sis&bro-in-law and two oldest nephews! It was the lil boys’ first time, and they were so cute!! Cheering for certain players, answering my small buddy’s innumerable questions, and sharing sticky M&Ms with him… it was great. 🙂 And um… I might have almost exploded with happiness when, before the game began, some of our players knelt to pray!!! ❤ So cool.
RAIN RAIN RAIN the last day of September. Thank you, Hurricane Rosa!! Totally delightful thunder/rainstorm during and after church.
The Five Fall Favorites party started next day, Oct 1st, and all the wonderful comments that came pouring in kept me on my toes! But guess what I actually got to writing?? The sky was still all cozy and dripping from the big storm, so my sibs and I called a writing party. And I got 318 words done on Eagledare’s low point!!!!! That’s kinda big… considering I haven’t gotten to/been-able-to work on it for a while now! 😉
Thrift shopping– scored a few yummy, fall colored shirts in like-new condition! YAY! Plus took billions of pics for Kate’s cool book thrifting post. 😉 (she didn’t say i could share behind-the-scenes pics but… 😛 )
That same day we swung by one of our local libraries, drooled over a case of vintage books for sale, and checked out a gigantic number of books. Y’ALL I BOUGHT THE COOLEST THING!! That’s right, a 1922 Kipling anthology! It’s darling!!
Ice cream. Of course. 😀
Spent all day at our favorite, Christian coffee shop called “Enroute” with Dad and Paul. Loved spending time with them!! Sung along to the epic songs playing, talked with Dad a bunch about random things, read an entire fascinating book Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix, worked on lots of FFF book party comments, and drank a delicious cold mocha frap… even though it was coldish out. 😉
Scrawled out story plot notes during church *hides* XD
Our family went to a friend’s house for dinner for her birthday, which was really cool. Afterward, we played a terribly funny board game, and, well, we ended up having a contest of who could sing Jingle Bells the loudest. I won.
Pearl and I wandered around Michael’s for forever with our birthday gift cards (thanks a TON, Auntie Sue!!) and both finally decided on cute journaling supplies! It’s been super neato to come up with new creative ways to record happenings and thoughts. 😉
Read aloud to my littlest sister up in our treehouse. Daddy had just finished mowing so the air smelled good and fresh, and the sunset was too stunning for words, and the crazy wind was absolutely lovely!! We laughed a lot. 🙂 ❤
The weather was so yummy that night, it was unanimously voted to move our family Bible study outside!
Sweatshirts, good Bible discussions, a gentle breeze, laundry on the line, fun socks with boots, and the silliness of all trying to squish onto one bench. 🙂 A dear time!
Even later that same night I played a Spy Game in the pitch dark with my younger sisters. They made it up, and it was fantastic and hard!! We even had characters and code names. They decided my code name was “Creepy Agent” so I wore a huge sweatshirt with the hood pulled low over my face and talked in a growly Batman voice and I’m pretty sure I ruined my throat for eternity. 😛
I’ve been enjoying passing this deep, thought-provoking question around– “If you were fat would you rather waddle like a penguin or roll like a bowling ball?” It’s fun to see ppl’s responses. 😂 I’m pretty sure I’d rather roll like a bowling ball; it’d be a kinda cool way to get around!
Two of my younger sisters and I went to a friend’s birthday party. We all played super crazy fun games, ate yummy snacks, had hilarious conversations. and watched a really cool movie version of Pollyanna!
Listened to a super good sermon from Pastor Young on loving others with NO excuses.
Saturday, October 13– SOOO much rain that there were flash-flood warnings and rushing rivers for streets and pounding cold wonderfulness and soaked boots and wet hair. It was simply delightful!!
Dad and I went to a coffee shop for an hour or two, and I had the best hot chocolate ever. (which felt traitorous in a coffee shop but hey it was amazing and warm lol). I read almost a whole book that was genius and humorous at the same time– From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg. Then we picked up Aimee and Paul from pro-life training, grabbed some french fries for dinner (perfection), and The AmAZing Paul bought us vanilla milkshakes. ❤
That night my older siblings and I went to the Homecoming football game… which was super sloppy from the rain and our team got totally crushed, but it was still a great time and cheering for players 7, 8, and 42 was super. 😉
Oct 14– we got to watch a gorgeous sunset on the drive home from church. ❤ Then while Mom and Dad went to grab some stuff for a thrown-together dinner, us kids went on a nighttime neighborhood walk.
Our walk was complete with singing in harmony, almost going with the instinct to run through our neighbor’s sprinklers then not, talking about what looked to be a smiley face on the moon, and laughing that the smoke smell in the air was our pizza burning (cuz we truly did have a small pizza in the oven that we had to rush back to take out). Oh, and we like to carol our empty house for a little while as we stand outside waiting for the person with the key to get the door open. 😛
Was feeling pretty sick one day but it was so marvelous out Mom convinced us to move to the back porch and do our low-energy things out there! Reading in the chilly afternoon air and leaving the back door open to share the yumminess with the indoor people.
Aaand so…. ever after, the house has been infested with flies. 😂 😂 Once, I studied a fly that was my constant companion while I was journaling, and he got a name and even a whole journal page devoted to him. 😉
Read all of a novella I was writing a few years back called “Country Girl” and super enjoyed the silly real-life quotes in it–
James just won and is being a proud beast about it. Wow, now he’s crowing and attempting to pat himself on the back! I’d better finish this up and help Fern chase him down with ice cubes.
~ excpert from a letter the MC writes
But as I realized just how important the theme is to me and yet how weak the current plot is, I dunno if I’ll ever finish writing the story…
Oct 17– attended a Boots In the House event and decorated shipping boxes that will be packed and sent to soldiers as Christmas care packages. ❤ It was an absolutely priceless special opportunity to get to help with such an important mission.
“Boots In The House” is an exciting term military family members use when they are announcing their military family member has come home or is coming home! We do many things for our service members, past, present, and future, but the biggest thing is sending care packages to our deployed troops in hostile and remote locations. ~from their FB page
Worked with Pearl on our lifestyle blog Life Without A Latte… we did a super fun series all about fast hairstyles!
So much has happened already since I first started writing this post, but those stories will have to wait till later so I can finally get this published. XD I’ll finish off with some more pics of my journal sketches…
If you truly made it to the end of all this huge long thing then tons of CONFETTI FOR YOU!!! lol
What’s been going on with you guys lately? Tell me, I’d love to talk! 🙂 ~A