May 27, 2014

Introducing Joey....aka Nikon D3100

If you read my last post, you may have noticed that I mentioned something VERY exciting.

Well. At least for me it is.

I am now the proud owner of a Nikon d3100, my very  first DSLR camera.

This is my third camera, my first being a polaroid point and shoot and my second being a canon point and shoot. I had the polaroid for about 4 years and it worked very well for me. Then it broke. I wanted to get something a bit better, so I moved up to the canon. I was SO happy with my new camera-it took much much much better quality photos that the polaroid and my photography really started to soar as I tried new things with it.

That one lasted about a year and a half...or so. It wasn't the camera's fault. My brother and I had it on a tripod-I won't go into details, but the moral is:  TRIPODS KILL CAMERAS DO NOT USE TRIPODS!!!!!!
Well, at least make sure your tripod is stable before attaching the camera.

Even before the death of my little blue canon point and shoot, I had hoped that maybe one day within the next 5 years or so I could get a "photographers camera" aka a DSLR. So, after the destruction of my canon, I realized that the day had come. And I took the plunge. And here is Joey's and my handiwork:

 Unfortunately, I am one the people who are paranoid of their photos being stolen. So you're gonna have to deal with all the little copywright...watermark...things...
I don't know what to call them. Sorry!

 My brother actually took this while I was reading Les Mis, so he gets the credit. :)

So, what do y'll think? I'm definitely no professional, but I really love and enjoy photography. I'd love to try making a business of it someday, but even if my photos never go beyond me, my family, and this little blog here I'll be happy. I'm in love with my new camera and am having a ton of fun with it. Thanks for reading! :)

ps. I'm not really one to name electronics (which, of course, you don't have to do, though it is kinda fun), but when I do remember to, I call my camera Joey after Joey in War Horse. :)

May 23, 2014

Liebster Award & Beautiful Blog Award..again!

Anna nominated me for the Liebster Award...and it's been a long time since then. So thanks so much, Anna, and sorry it took me so long!

My 11 Facts
1. I had to plug "liebster" into Google translate to figure out what it meant. ( I had a vague idea, but I wanted to make sure). It means dearest.

2. My best friend is graduating today. (congrats, Kam!!!!)

3. I have a picture of Anne and Gilbert on my magnet board.

4. I really want a big bookshelf....or two..

5. I love de-clutttering my room.

6. I made my own Phantom of the Opera bookmarks awhile back.

7. One of my chickens died this week. :(

8. I got my VERY first DSLR camera recently and am dying to share some pictures with y'll.

9. A house close by to us has two zebroids (a horse crossed with a zebra) in its yard. Not kidding.

10. I really want to get this post done and that's why I have a really short and to-the-point facts.

11. It actually took me no time at all to write my 11 facts. That's a first....

Now on to the questions!

Swimming or tanning?

Popsicles or ice creams cones? 
Ice cream. :)

Watermelon or cantaloupe?
Ummmmm...neither? I don't really care for watermelon, and I've never tried cantaloupe, but it doesn't sound very good and I'm not very brave about food sometimes...

Biking or running?
Mmm....probably biking. I don't mind running, though, as long as I can alternate between that and walking! :)

Sierra Boggess or Emmy Rossum?
Sierra all the way. :)

Ramin Karimloo or Gerald Butler?
Ramin. Karimloo. Is. The. Best. Phantom. Ever. End. Of. Story.
Gerald Butler kinda reminds me of Kermit the Frog.
I mean, I'm sure he's a great singer and all, but not as the Phantom. Sorry.

Where would you like to live one day?
Oh. Haha. I was reading this question all wrong, like "where I want to live for only ONE day??" :P
Well, my family would really like to move back to Michigan, our home state. So I'll say that. :)

How do you picture yourself in ten years?
Me, 25 years old? I have no idea. 

Little Mermaid or The Lion King on Broadway?
Probably the Little Mermaid because all the people dressed up like animals in the Lion King kinda freak me out. :) Even though I LOVE the Lion King movie.

Cake or cookies?
Ooh, that's tough!
I'm gonna say cake just because I don't have that as often as I do cookies.

Favorite Disney Movie?
What??? I can't have just ONE favorite.
I love Lady and the Tramp.

I also got nominated again for the Beautiful Blog award. Thanks Braelyn !

1. If you could have an expenses- paid vacation to anywhere in the world, 
where would you go, and why?
England. Because of Jane Austen and Charles Dickens and Elizabeth Gaskell.

2. What would you like to accomplish by the end of 2014?
There's a lot of things I want to accomplish, but I can't think of anything specifically before the end of the year. More like end of the month end of next month things, haha.

3. What are a few of your favorite quotes?
I'm so glad you asked....

One can give without loving, but one cannot love without giving. ~Amy Carmichael

“Woman was created from the rib of man, not from his head to top him; neither from his feet to be walked upon. She was made from his side to be his equal; from beneath his arm to be protected by him; from very near his heart to be loved by him.”


No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.

~Robert Frost 

I am not what I ought to be. 
I am not what I want to be. 
I am not what I hope to be. 
But still,
I am not what I used to be.
And by the grace of God, 
I am what I am.

-John Newton

4.  What Bible character do you relate to most, and why?
I've never thought of that before....hmm..I'm not really sure!

5. What is your dream car?
An aqua blue truck. :)
Maybe something like one of these:
 Either way, I've got plenty of time to decide. I still haven't started drivers ed yet! Soon....

6. Are you a morning person, or a night owl?
Neither. I'm a middle of the day person. But if I had to pick one, I'd be a night owl.

7. Do you have a favorite flower or plant?
Any wildflower.

8. What are some of your favorite foods?
Pizza, tacos, smoothies, banana bread....shall I go on?

9. What cause(s) are you most opinionated about?
Among a lot of other things, abortion.

10. What is the best advice on life you can give in up to three sentences?
Rely on Jesus.
Haha, I did that in one sentence. I win. ;)

Thanks so much, for the great questions, Anna and Braelyn!
I decided not to nominate anyone else. Just FYI.

May 11, 2014

Disney Blog Party Tag!

My friend, Anna, is hosting a Disney blog party May 7th -14th at her blog A Cowgirl and a Dream. Go check it out!    

So here's the tag with my answers for the beginning of the party. She came up with some great questions and I hope you enjoy my answers!

1. Why do you love Disney?
I love Disney because they create such wonderful stories that can be enjoyed by kids and grown-ups alike. I grew up on Disney animated movies, but I think I enjoy them even more now! Of course, Disney as a whole isn't always good or appropriate, but most of their animated movies are just gold. :)

2. Who is your favorite Disney princess?
Okay. This is such a hard question for me. I've gone over it multiple times in my head, but every time it comes out to a 3 way tie. Belle, Rapunzel, and Anna.

3. Who is your favorite Disney female character?
For this, I'm not even counting Disney princesses even though they're female characters as well.
Well, I like a lot of the Disney heroines. Jane, Megara, Esmeralda.....but I have to say my favorite is probably Wendy from Peter Pan. :) She's so adorable, sweet, proper, and English! Haha. She's just lovely, I love her so much. And even though she's your typical proper English girl, she's not a pushover in the least. "Squaw NO get 'em firewood. Squaw go home!" :)

4. Who is your favorite Disney prince?
Kristoff and Eugene. Don't make me choose between them, because that's just not nice.

Eugene is just amazing. He reminds me a lot of Han Solo (another favorite fictional character, but we won't get into that right now)-he's a daredevil, every-man-for-himself kind of guy who's only out to make some money. He's sarcastic, handsome, and funny, but totally selfish.
Then he meets Rapunzel. And learns to care for someone other than himself.
That's what makes him so amazing. He sacrifices himself for Rapunzel and learns that, in the words of Olaf, "Love is putting someone else's needs before yours."
I just love seeing him change from Flynn the thief to Eugene Fitzherbert. He's one of the most amazing Disney heroes, the end.

And then there's Kristoff. I love Kristoff. He is the cutest thing since....jellybeans.
I'm JUST kidding, guys. I'm not really comparing Kristoff to a jellybean.....ahem. Just my lame attempt at humor there. We'll see how that goes...
Anyways. I love how Kristoff isn't your usual Disney prince. He isn't the dashing, sweep-you-off-your-feet charmer like...somebody else in Frozen.
Instead he's introverted, a bit cautious around strangers, and eats carrots with his reindeer.
He's practical and sensible, unlike Anna who falls in love with a man she just met and thinks she can climb up the side of a cliff without any help.  But he falls in love with her. When Anna's life is in danger, he doesn't think twice about getting her back to her fiancee even though he loves her himself. He does it because he believes that's what's best for her. He puts her needs before his own. True love.

Okay, I'll stop now. I'm turning this one question into a whole post. But one more thing. Look at the Frozen image above on the right.

5. Who is your favorite Disney male character?
Again...not counting princes....

Hahahahaha... I just had to put that in there as my answer. Even Flynn can't compete with a British accent, right? ;)

6. Who is your favorite Disney Villain?
Gaston and Mother Gothel are two favorites. Gaston is an all-around jerk whom we all love to hate (I do feel a teensy weensy bit sorry for him when he dies though...just a bit) and Mother Gothel amazing. She's a complex villain and not just your typical "evil queen", "evil sorcerer", "evil stepmother" etc.

7. What is/are your favorite Disney Song(s)?
This would take half a day to list, so I'll just pick 3 random favorites. "I See the Light" from Tangled, "I Can't Wait to Be King" from The Lion King, and "For the First Time in Forever (reprise)" from Frozen. Elsa's voice is aaaammaaazzzing in that one. Of course, I love to sing these songs.  But....this pretty much sums my Disney renditions up-at least the ones that are too high for my voice:

8. What is your favorite Disney Movie?
Um. What?  How can anyone have ONE favorite? Do you really expect me to answer this?

9. What was the first Disney movie that you saw (or remember for that matter!)?
Probably Cinderella. That movie is special to me because when I was 1 or 2 years old it was my favorite. Every time Cinderella danced with the prince, I wanted my dad (or my mom if dad was unavailable ;) to "dance" with me. <3 

10. Do you prefer the older Disney movies or the newer ones? 
Well, I like both the old and new animated ones. If you mean the live action ones, then I most definitely like the older ones better. :)

11. Tangled or Frozen? (Mwaaahhhaaahhaaa! ;))
Yeah. Should have seen this coming.
I love them both. Let's just leave it at that for now.
I'm sorry if I seem to be evading the question, it's just that I love them both and really can't choose. There's points I like and dislike about both movies, but I really need more time and space to elaborate. Maybe I'll post about it one day. 

12. Favorite Disney Pixar Movie?
I LOVE Pixar. If I HAD to pick ONE favorite it might be....Toy Story. Or Finding Nemo. Or Up. And Monsters Inc......Ratatouille....Wall.E....
Ahem. I'm not a very decisive person, am I?
I also love the Blue Umbrella short film from Monsters Inc. 2. It is sooooooo adorable and the music is so beautiful. And if you think I'm weird for loving a short film that consists of two umbrellas falling in love then well....maybe you shouldn't be reading my blog. :)

Anna, I REALLY love the list of questions you came up with! I had so much fun answering them, and only wish I had more time to elaborate on some of them (Frozen-cough-vs. Tangled-cough-cough).
Thanks for this blog party!!!!

May 3, 2014

Ellen by Heidi Peterson

"Captain Bryant was opening the windows and the fresh sea breeze filled the room. Crossing to the nearest window, she leaned out to watch him open the final one. It stuck, but he forced it open at last before looking across at her with a grin. The view over the pines was breathtaking. The sun was just coming over the treetops and its bright rays turned the water beyond to a sheet of diamonds."
~Ellen; page 39

That's one of my favorite descriptive parts from this book by Heidi Peterson, a fellow blogger and e-mail pal who has a great blog (go check it out!), because of how vividly it paints the scene. Throughout this entire book, I never felt like I couldn't "see" the story. It's beautifully detailed and descriptive!

Ellen is the story of the young wife of a sea captain who, amid a terrible tragedy in her life, learns to rely on God in everything and to draw her strength from Him. Shipwrecks, an adorable orphan boy, and a very strong Christian message are all contained in this book. Heidi obviously loves the Lord with all her heart and tries her best to do everything she does to serve Him-it spills over into her writing, as it should, and a very delightful novel resulted!

The only thing I thought was lacking was flaws in the characters. They certainly weren't perfect, but they were perfect enough that it could get a little tiring that they never had to apologize for a short temper, impatience, complaining, or any of those "little things". Heidi herself realizes this and has that in mind for her next book, On David's Shoulders, which I am honored to be on the list to beta read! I'm VERY excited for her next book. She is definitely a talented writer and ODS sounds so exciting!

There is no content whatsoever in this book- it can be read and loved by someone of any age! Of course, I think someone older than 12 years old will get the most out of it, but you know what I mean. ;)
In fact, my mom just read it and she liked it too! She thinks Heidi is a very good writer and loved all the Scripture she managed to fit into the story.
Thanks so much for asking me to read and review your book, Heidi! I really enjoyed it!

You can find it here at Amazon as a kindle or paperback: Ellen