April 20, 2016

So I have these two friends and it's their birthdays...

You may have heard of them before. Their names are....

Margaret from North and South 
Amy in High Noon 
I "met" these girls about three years ago or so. In fact, when I was just a wee newborn blogger, Éowyn became my first follower! I slowly grew familiar with her blog and her sister's, especially when Heidi emailed me to ask if I was interested in reviewing her book, Ellen.

Fast forward a couple years and I am so happy all that happened. These two girls have been such a blessing in my life. Their kindness and joy never fails to lift my spirits and I'm so happy I'm able to call such kindred spirits my friends.

Now, their birthdays are very close to together (exactly a week apart!) but I'm not revealing the exact days for their privacy. Suffice to say, their birthdays are around this time of April and I'm dedicating this post to them. I suppose that was rather obvious, but there you go. :P
virtual cupcakes for everyone!
Now for a bunch of random pictures that are sure to make them happy. (No, I didn't raid their pinterest boards, why would you say such a thing??)

They both love L. Montgomery's stories, Anne of Green Gables included
And they both bring a lot of kindness and loveliness into this world. :)

grand canyon national park.:

They both love to travel!

Eowyn is an accomplished horsewoman (at, least, I assume she is :)) and has a lovely white horse named "Windfola" (what an appropriate name!! :D).

Heidi could easily watch gifs of these two all day long. (heehee)


They both adore reading all sorts of classics and lovely stories.

They adore all things vintage. :)

Saturday Evening Post cover for Oct. 6, 1928 by W.H.D. Koerner:
They love vintage...they love the American West...I think this photo is perfect.

"All that is gold does not glitter, not al those who wander are lost..." Tolkien Poem:
Tolkien is a favorite author of theirs. :) (Éowyn is named for the Tolkien character Éowyn! How cool is that? I heartily approve of her parents' skill for naming their children. ;))

Oh, look, it's Heidi's favorite people again!

Northanger Abbey, Catherine Morland writing a letter  #FavoriteAustenMoment #DearMrKnightley:  
They are both very gifted writers. I have had the privilege of a reading some stories of theirs and they have such talent! Really and truly, their individual writing styles are so lovely.

One of Eowyn's favorite couples. :)

Behold the Dawn by K.M. Weiland on StoryFinds - ‪#‎Medieval‬ ‪#‎Romance‬ - Wounded in battle this knight marries a friend's widow in name only - or so he tells himself https://storyfinds.com/book/13736/behold-the-dawn:
If it were not for them, I might never have been introduced to the wonderful world of K. M. Weiland's writing, and I am forever grateful!

country roads...take me home!:
They live on a farm and are definitely country girls at heart. :)

Ever After. ;)

Svetlana Zakharova and David Hallberg in Bolshoi’s The Sleeping Beauty:
Lovely and elegant ballet. (Her skirt is so gorgeous!)

Cherry Ames. ;)

pictures of thomas gibson from the inheritance - Google Search:
James and Edith are one of Eowyn's favorite couples.
I think they both have a soft spot for Flynn Rider in their hearts.

"Are you coming home with me?"

So sweet. <3

White lace summer parasol..   http://mustanggina.tumblr.com/:
I actually have no point to make with this photo...just that it's lovely and I'm sure both Heidi and Éowyn would love to have it. 


I could probably fill a couple more blog posts with things that they enjoy and love, but I'll wrap up with just one last thing. Both Heidi and Éowyn are godly young women, dedicated to serving the Lord with all their heart. They have encouraged me in my walk with Christ, and I can only hope I do the same for them. I feel blessed beyond measure to have such wonderful friends who share with me the everlasting hope of eternity with our Savior, Jesus Christ. Love you, girls!

Happy Birthdays, Heidi and Éowyn!!! :D

April 4, 2016

A Tag....or Three

Well, everyone, it's springtime. The official first day of spring was two weeks ago, and the month as of now is April. (Such a lovely name!) But does Michigan know this? Oh nooo, of course not. It's decided to shake out some leftover snow right on top of the green growing things outside.

Yes, indeed. Cary Grant says it best. Snow has no business dropping in for a visit in April. I will love you and adore in in December (even November) but until then don't show your sorry face around here anymore.

Goodness, snow! I'm sorry! I didn't mean to be so harsh. I do love you!!
But, it's springtime now. You must go. I'm sorry. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, you know?

goodbye, snow
Anyways, rant over. I have come across several tags as of late that I've wanted to do. I decided to compile a few of them into one post. :) As a note, I won't be tagging anyone in return, because...

First off, Rae at L. M. Montgomery Kindred Spirits created this absolutely lovely tag called a "A Golden Picnic" in celebration of spring and Anne Shirley's birthday. Isn't that darling? It certainly puts me in a spring-time mood. :) Anyone is welcome to join in on this tag, but if you do please link back to Rae.

1. "What a lot of elephant's ears," exclaimed Diana. "I'm going to pick a big bunch, they're so pretty."
"How did such graceful feathery things ever come to have such a dreadful name?" asked Priscilla.
Have you thought what Priscilla thought? What is something you love but hate the name thereof?
Well, I can't think of an example, but I'm sure I have. There are many fictional character names that I dislike, although I like the characters themselves. "Vicki" from the Left Behind: The Kids books, "Fanny" from Mansfield Park.....

2. "Oh, girls, look at that!"
"That" was a shallow woodland pool in the center of a little open glade where the path ended. ...it was a glimmering placid sheet, round as a saucer and clear as crystal. A ring of slender young birches encircled it and little ferns fringed its margin.
..."Well, we must name this place before we leave it...Everybody suggest a name and we'll draw lots"
The names suggested were:
Birch Pool (Diana),
Crystal Lake (Jane),
Glimmer-glass (Priscilla), and
The Fairies' Mirror (Anne)
Which name would you choose for this lovely dimple of water? One of these? Your own name? (It ended up being called Crystal Lake.)
I'm sorry Jane, but "Crystal Lake" is horrible unoriginal. It's pretty, I suppose, but compared to "Glimmer-glass" and "The Fairies' Mirror" it's rather boring. (No offense to anyone who likes the name, of course, this is just my opinion. ;))
I have to say I like "Glimmer-glass" the best.
did you know the actress who played Diana auditioned to play Anne? Photo proof right here.
3. "I wish there really were fairies," said Jane. "Wouldn't it be nice to have three wishes granted you...or even only one? What would you wish for, girls, if you could have a wish granted?"
It's so hard to decide! Since this is just for fun, I'll wish for a time machine of sorts that can transport me to any fictional world that I choose!

4. "I wonder what a soul...a person's soul...would look like." said Priscilla dreamily.
..."I read somewhere once that souls were like flowers," said Priscilla.
If your soul was a flower, what do you think it would be?
Oh dear, I really don't know. Perhaps a daisy? It's quiet and simple and yet quite happy, whimsical, and old-fashioned.

5. What is your favourite thing about Spring? You can choose as many favourites as you need; I understand how hard it could be to choose a favourite.
Warm sunshine, green growing things, going barefoot, that ineffable freshness in the air that is so cool and sweet, having the windows open, and flowers. And a million other things. ;)

6. Do you have a favourite kind of flower? What is it, if so?
I honestly don't know if I have a favorite, but I've always loved daisies, roses, and just wildflowers in general. :)

7. Do you prefer rain or sunshine?
I love both!

8. Is Spring your favourite season? Why or why not?
I have to say that, despite the heat, I think summer is my favorite. It just is so vibrant and exciting. "And it's also my birthday.....just so you know."

9. Is it Spring where you live?
According to my calendar, it is. :/

10. Do you like what season you were born in? Do you wish you were born in Spring or some other season? 

I was born in the middle of summertime and while sometimes the heat is rather annoying, I wouldn't change the season I was born in. :)

please don't share or use this photo in any way without my permission. Thanks! :)
Despite the un-spring like weather now, we thankfully had a GORGEOUS day last Sunday for Easter! After church I did a mini photoshoot with my friend. This is a reflection of us in a store window. I actually have had parental permission to put my photo on my blog, but honestly am still not quite comfortable with the idea. The internet is a scary place, guys. haha 
I'm the girl in the pink dress. Don't you love our Easter colors?

I stole this rather uniue and very fun tag from Hamlette's blog, called the "Life According to Literature" tag. In answer to the questions, you use a book title! You're supposed to use only books you've read in the past year, but for ease I'm going to change it to "only books on my bookshelf".  ;)

Describe yourself: An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott. A little girl I know once told me I was very "old fashioned" and I took it as a great compliment. ;) haha

How do you feel today: On Wings of Cheer by Sam Campbell. Despite longing for spring, I'm quite content to stay inside and stay cozy with a book and cup of tea and dream of spring-bike rides, walks at the park, taking photos with my friend--and all the other warm-weather activities that are sure to come along. As a note, I DID enjoy my first bike ride a week or two ago with my brother! It was chilly, but just warm enough to be enjoyable and spring-like. :)

Describe where you currently live: By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Now, I actually live about and hour or two from the nearest lake, but being that my state is pretty much surrounded by lakes, I figured this worked. ;)

If you could go anywhere, you would go to: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. Paris and London!

Your favorite form of transportation: Wings Like a Dove by Christine Farenhorst. I couldn't find anything else that worked as transportation. ;)

Your best friend is: Emma by Jane Austen. I have a close friend who, out of all of Jane Austen's characters, reminds me most of Emma Woodhouse.

You and your friends are:  A Candle in the Darkness by Lynn Austin. I certainly hope I and all my friends succeed in being a candle for Jesus in this dark world.

What's the weather like: The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I'm starting to feel redundant and annoying with my longing for spring, but I couldn't help but use this title. ;)

You fear: Titantic: The Long Night by Diane Hoh. Do I need to elaborate?

What's the best advice you have to give: Love is Patient by Jean Archambault White.

Thought for the day: Amazing Grace by Eric Metaxas (which, by the way, is amazing and a book everyone should read!!) because God's grace is amazing.

How you would like to die: Unlocking the Spell by E. D. Baker. If I'm going to die, I might as well do something good as I go, right?

Your soul's imagination's present condition: Once Upon a Summer by Janette Oke. Because yes, I'm longing for summer too. ;)

Lastly, Miss March tagged me with "Memory Nest" a looong time ago. And here I am finally doing it. ;) Thank you, Miss March!

For this tag, I have to list five things that start with "when I grow up and have my own house..."

When I grow up and have my own house....I will never ever ever ever have animal heads on my walls. No, Gaston. No, it's not fabulous. At all. Neither are you, while we're on the topic. #teamBeast
(is anyone even on "Team Gaston"? I would be utterly shocked if there were)

When I grow up and have my own house.....I will have flowers everywhere. In the house, outside, in flower boxes...everywhere.

When I grow up and have my own house.....my house will be a castle. ;)

When I grow up and have my own house.....I'll wear beautiful gowns every day. Remember, I own a castle. I totally can get away with wearing ballgowns. 

When I grow up and have my own house.....I'll have a kitchen full of vintage cooking ware!

ps. I didn't include it in the list, but of course my house will be filled floor to ceiling with books. How could you possibly think otherwise?!

Happy Spring, everyone! Hopefully it's warm and green where you are! :D