Well, that is I will be moving. Very soon. My family is in the chaos of another move yet again. Thankfully it's not from totally opposite ends of the country like last time, just to a different area of our state. Nevertheless, it's a whirlwind of mixed emotions—fear and excitement and doubt and hope. My parents have long wanted to move to this new area we're about to call home. And though I have certain regrets and fears about the whole matter, God's hand has been undoubtedly in this process—so I'm trying my best to trust His plan and not my limited sight. That's all I'll say for now. If I go AWOL from the blogging world, you'll know why! (Although I'm hoping that won't happen.)
~I finished reading the Harry Potter series back in December. I still want to write a post about that series sometimes. *squints into the hazy, far-distant future* Yup. Sometime. (Suffice to say I LOVED the series and I'd definitely recommend them, as far as your conscience allows for it. I know some people have their doubts regarding the series and that's totally fine. I may share my own thoughts on the matter someday. :))
~I re-read An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott and found afresh how delightful and touching this story is. Even with the antique flavor of a by-gone age, this book contains a heroine that is so relatable. She struggles with so many things we struggle with now-a-days--finding joy and contentment in our day to day life, whether it's at home or work, learning how to build healthy, meaningful relationships, and being the best possible version of yourself that you can be. I just...really love this book. It conveys so many beautiful truths and lessons, without being preachy or moralistic. Though anyone can enjoy it, I think it's an especially inspiring read for us girls, because it deals so much with what we women should aspire to be—in any age. It encouraged and convicted me in so many areas, and I recommend it whole-heartedly.
~Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Yeah, this lived up to its name. Because Marissa Meyer must be heartless to write such a depressing story. It was brilliant and humorous and wonderful (ha).....until. That Happened. And That. And That. Ughhhh. If I ever read it again, I may not read the ending because IT'S SO SAD.
(Guys. Jest is so precious. <3)
~I read Meeting God at Every Turn by Catherine Marshall and WOW. This spoke to my heart, touching on many different topics, but mostly on the topic of trust. Trust for God's plan, His purpose, and His guidance. This book was beautiful. I already knew I love Catherine Marshall's writing, but this book cemented the opinion for me. She has such a way of writing that makes you feel you're reading a personal letter from her, not a book published for millions to read. Please put her on your to-read list, especially this one. It contains so much truth and encouragement.
(For the record, I've been compiling this list of movies as far back as autumn, not winter. So hang on to your hats, it's going to be quite a list.)
(Also, many of these movies were watched on Clearplay, so I can't vouch for the content of all of them. Please use your own discretion when choosing what to watch, but if you have questions, I'd be happy to answer them. :))
The Finest Hours
This movie was so good. It's based on a true story about the Coast Guard in February 1952, in Massachusetts. I loved the tense excitement of the plot, the romance between Bernie and Miriam, and the determination and bravery of those men—the men on the sinking tanker (especially the engineer) and those who set out to rescue them, despite the opposition of their superiors. To me, it was a story about doing the right thing, no matter what the odds. And it was epic.
(Also, hearing Chris Pine and Holliday Grainger and all the actors put on New England accents for the whole movie was too cool.)
Guuyyyyyss. Every time I watch a Marvel supehero movie I think "YES. THIS IS THE BEST ONE." But then I watched this one.....and I think this may be the best one. Maybe. I don't know. :P
I have a lot of feels about Marvel that would not fit into this post, so I better save them for another day.
Guardians of the Galaxy 1 &2
GROOT. (That's all I'm going to say for now.) (Also, Rocket Racoon.) (And just...so much. <3)
At the urging of some friends, my family watched this movie and....I'm still not sure what to say. It. Is. Hysterical. But weird. And cringey. Mostly weird. Basically, you should watch it but you may hate me afterwards. :P (But honestly, Anna, you were right. It's ridiculously quotable. ;D)
|I don't know why this scene cracks me up so much, but it does xD|
The Greatest Showman
Short opinion? LOVED IT. Long opinion? Read my review here.
The Last Jedi
*Sigh* This would take much longer to go into than I have time for. Let's just say, there were certain parts I REALLY liked, but on the whole I found the movie much too meandering for my taste. I expected BIG things to happen, especially regarding the characters and the choices they make and the relationships between them all. I feel as if this story is still beginning too much, and how are they ever going to wrap it all up in only one movie???
Poe was epic, though. As usual. Whatever happens, I'm on his side. :P
Awww, this movie!! This was adorable and funny and just so darn cute. (Also, I may or may not have fell just a little bit in love with Jack in this movie....which is weird and awkward, as he plays Brian Denton in Newsies. :P)
Road to Avonlea
My mom and I are in the middle of watching this show, and all I can say is "where have you been all my life??" This show feels like happiness and childhood mixed together. <3 I absolutely adore it.
The Jungle Book
Now THIS was really cool. Yes, granted, it's very different from the original. But I hardly minded, because a) to be honest, The Jungle Book was never one of my favorite Disney movies. And b) I just found this version so exciting and colorful. I really enjoyed it. :) Bill Murray as Baloo was hysterical, and I loved Bagheera. Mowgli was great, too. And though I think it's a little strange that he didn't end up leaving the jungle, I'm glad they didn't have him leave just because he saw a pretty village girl and decided to follow her. I never liked that about the end of the original. :P
(I do need to re-watch the original, though, to refresh my opinion.)
This movie gets an A+ on the aesthetic. Between the plaid shirts and the towering pines and the varying shades of green, I felt completely immersed in northern wonder and ready to take a road trip to Canada or wherever it is that it's so beautiful. Pete and Elliot were both very cute (also Jack, for that matter) (just sayin') (cough), but my brother and I both agreed that the story was kind of draggy and slow. Still, we enjoyed it.
(And yet the ending made me sob like a baby, I don't know whyyyy)
(Yeah, I do. Because I'm overemotional, that's why. :P)
Now this I did not expect to enjoy as much as I did! It was hilarious! I loved it. I still am not 100% in approval of the "modern" take on Miss Potter's lovely characters....but it hardly matters, considering how happy I felt walking out of the theater. If you're in doubts about seeing this movie, doubt no more. It's bright and funny and BRITISH. ♥ Go see it. (Then we can talk about the cute animals, the lovely British countryside, the adorable romance, the music...basically everything.)
The whole plot of Thor and Loki's sister was boring in my opinion. And kind of ridiculous. How many secrets does this family have?? But most of this movie was so hysterically funny that anything that annoyed or bored me didn't really matter. Seeing Thor and Bruce Banner work together was GREAT. (Tony and the gypsy. xD) And Loki was priceless, per usual. And then there was this scene....
Not much, I'm afraid. Most of my writing-related energy has gone into brainstorming, especially after some tantalizing ideas presented themselves for the characters in the fairytale retelling series I'm planning/writing/editing, etc. But you'll have to wait to find out more..... ;)
This ^^^ is amzing. I only recently started listening to the The Gray Havens, and they have a LOT of good songs, but this one is definitely one of my favorites.
By Your Side by Tenth Avenue North (really encouraging ♥)
Nobody Knows by the Lumineers (I can't decide if this song makes me feel adventurous or sad. :P)
Never Grow Up by Taylor Swift (this is saaaddd)
Newsies: The Broadway Musical Audio (you're welcome ;))
Going to Camp!
This past January, I went to a camp for the first time ever in all of my 19 years. It was a weekend "college and career" camp and I had the company of two friends from church so it wasn't too scary. ;) (All right, I'll admit: I felt a teensy bit homesick by the end of it all, but mostly because I was just so darn tired.)
Despite being exhausted, it was a fantastic weekend. We went tubing in the snow, ice skated late at night, drank cocoa in the dinging hall, among other things. The speaker for our chapel preached a really good message and I can't wait to (hopefully) go again next year.
(Although hopefully it won't be so freezing like it was this time. If I remember correctly, we rarely had temperature above 20 degrees Fahrenheit. :P)
That trusting God isn't something to learn once ~ That whenever my mom scolds me for "wallowing" in my depression over certain issues (because I'm prone to do that lol) I always realize she's right, even if I don't want to hear it at the moment :P ~ That change is okay, even when it hurts ~ That forgiveness is REALLY important and so worth it ~ That just because life has to change, doesn't mean it won't be as wonderful as it was before ~ Being joyful and grateful takes determination
And most importantly, that no matter what changes in my life, Christ is steadfast.
*Sigh*. I guess that's all! I wish I could have gone into more detail on a LOT of the things I talked about in this post, but I really must get this post done with. I'm currently in bed with a cold and tomorrow my family has some tasks to accomplish regarding our move, so I hope I can get better in time to be a more helpful member of the family. haha ;)
Hope you're all doing fantastic and that you're NOT sick like me!! I can't wait for spring at this point....I'm ready for some warm weather. :)
What have you been doing this winter, friends?
Are you looking forward to spring, or do you wish winter would last longer?