Hey y'all! It's December third. Doesn't that make ya want to get in the Christmas spirit? :D This is coming from the person who has already downed two and half peppermint coffee creamers + read five Christmas books + watched three Christmas movies. But hadn't ordered/bought a single Christmas gift until a couple hours ago. :P
*points to post graphic* That's Tucker and a friend working in the tree field. Although it looks more like they're on break... ;)
\\ Life. \\
>> What took up the most of my time this month was work. No, I don't have a 'real' job, but...I made 65 wreaths...plus four mega ones. Yeah, I'm dying, someone catch me. xP
>> Another 'highlight' of my month was staying up late with a friend the night of the election until about 12:30. (I'm not getting into politics here, just had to mention this. XD) And then we all got awoken by The Kid about 6:00 as he announced the presidental results to the house... :P
>> I guest posted on Blessing Counter's blog!! :D You can find the post here.
>> I'm...on Instagram now. The girls in my Google Hangouts writing group convinced me that it was a good thing... So I created an account. ;) I'm not very active (a.k.a. posts randomly and not very often), but hey, it's fun. ;) So yes! Follow meeeee (@fireflygirl00)
>> I have decided that there is one good thing about getting up early-ish on Saturday mornings (coming from the child who enjoys sleeping in...) And that is catching the Top 20 Christian songs of the week broadcast on our local Christian radio station. ^_^
>> I won an audio giveaway from Ichthus Family Productions!!! :D I'm really looking forward to enjoying all these goodies. ^_^
>> I drank five cups of coffee in one day. Not kidding. Usually I have one...maybe two. But this specific day I had a cup of coffee that morning, an iced coffee mid-day, and three cups that night... B-)
>> I was taking out the trash after dark one night and I'm just like all cheery and humming and dancing my way down the walk and then I hear something in the woods above the carport and I lug the trash bag (much quicker now) over to the can and quickly dump it inside and ran back to the house. *ahem* But no. I was not a bit scared. It was just cold out there. *nod nod*
>> I discussed socks with Kaitlyn from Twin Thoughts. Actually, we discussed our brothers' socks. Which was really weird and awkward once we realized it. *cough* Come to think of it, why am I telling this...?
\\ Books. \\
Sad news is – I didn't get any new books this month. Good news is – I read 13 books!!! :D
All 4 stars and up!! :D
The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson -- 4.5 stars -- Review HERE.
Love in the Details: A November Wedding Story by Becky Wade -- 4 stars
Christmas by the Sea by Beth Wiseman -- 4.5 stars -- Review HERE.
Noelle's Gift by Amanda Tero -- 5 stars
The Treasure Hunt by Kate Willis -- 4 stars
War Memorial by Elisabeth Grace Foley -- 5 stars
Maggie's Hope Chest by Amanda Tero -- 4 stars
Going Once... by Deborah Raney -- 5 stars
Dana's Valley by Janette Oke -- 5 stars
You're the Cream in My Coffee by Jennifer Lamont Leo -- 5 stars
Return to Sender by Janice Thompson -- 4 stars
Silly Feeling by Willowy Whisper -- 4 stars -- Review HERE.
I did read a lot of under-50-pages-short-stories this month (like...everything in this second graphic *points*) but hey? That counts, right? ;)
Also... Beta-reading! :D
Beyond the Horizon by Jesseca Wheaton -- Completed -- 5 stars
The Princess & I by Rebekah Eddy -- Still working on it. ;)
\\ Writing. \\
That's how I would describe this month as far as writing goes. I didn't do NaNoWriMo *sad face*, but I wrote more than I have since July. :D
Total words -- 13,382
War Tears progress -- 5,825
Other projects -- 8
Also... MY PRECIOUS BOOK HIT 70,000 WORDS LIKE WHHHAAAAA. It happened last Saturday night/Sunday morning. I was ecstatic. See below screenshot for proof... ;)
\\ Blogging. \\
I hit 30 GFC followers and 21 email subscribers! :D Thank you all so much for wanting to read my silly words. It means a lot! <3
I'm not sure when those last two appeared, so we're just going with 30. XD
Also, Chosen Vessels now has 11 GFC followers and 10 email subscribers! :)
\\ Favorite Posts of the Month. \\
The Race @ RebekahAshleigh
Why I Believe Christians Should Vote @ Whimsical Writings
He Created YOU! @ Twin Thoughts
Why Smoking Can Save Your Life @ Wonderland Creek
Fiction & The Sanctity of Life @ Leah's Bookshelf (This was a really amazing post about something I had been bothered by as well. I highly suggest reading it.)
Priceless @ Light of the Son
Pray for Tennessee @ The Peculiar Messenger
\\ Music & Movies. \\
I watched three Christmas movies! The Christmas Card, Love's Christmas Journey (Eric and Susanna are so cuutttteee <3), and Christmas Child. :D Looking forward to more Christmas loveliness this month!
Songs played on repeat...
Photograph ~ Ed Sheeran, feat. Bea Miller (I don't know anything about either of these singers, so I can't really recommend them. But this soooonnnggggg... It fits really well with my WIP. :))
Somebody's Miracle ~ Brian Free and Assurance
I Confess ~ Tenth Avenue North
Sparrow ~ Tenth Avenue North
Something Different ~ Sidewalk Prophets
Impossible ~ Sidewalk Prophets
To Live is Christ ~ Sidewalk Prophets
Wrecking Ball ~ Sidewalk Prophets
Rise ~ Danny Gokey
Battles ~ The Afters
Magnify ~ We Are Messengers
Open Up the Heavens ~ Meredith Andrews
Higher ~ Unspoken
Press On ~ Building 429
ALSO...I've been listening to Christmas music a lot. (Even some before Thanksgiving. I know – shame, shame.) I'm loving...
Let There Be Light ~ Point of Grace
On This Winter's Night ~ Lady Antebellum
Behold ~ Jeremy Camp (with daughters Bella and Aerie)
\\ November's Goals. \\
>> Read five books. Check!
>> Finish beta-reading the aforementioned book. Um. No. But I am making progress! :D
>> Hit 68k in War Tears. (Ha. I'm overly optimistic. But. We'll see.) *fist pump* I conquered.
>> Survive the worst of tree harvest. (Starts today. I have 15 wreaths to make in 2 days.) Yup, yup. This week and some of next, Dad will still be shipping out trees, but it's almost over. :P
\\ Goals for December. \\
>> Read twelve books. (Yes, I have great expectations...)
>> Hit 72k in War Tears.
>> Survive the rest of tree harvest.
>> 12 Days of Christmas linkup! Click here for details and how to join in the fun! :D
>> Go to a MercyMe Christmas concert. SIX DAYS YALL. *squeals*
>> Have a lovely, family Christmas that's focused on giving, not receiving, and reflecting the light of Christ... :)
So yeah. November was a really productive month with lots of wreaths and books and words. XD Have you read these books? Saw those movies? Took out the trash in the dark? Are you on Instagram? Ready for Christmas? TELL ME ALL YOUR SECRETS PEOPLE.
*waves* *vanishes* *into thin air*