Monday, May 2, 2016

The Mountains are Green!! // April Recap

(Well, well. Would ya look at me? Posting FOUR days in a row – not bad. Maybe I should take blogging 'breaks' more often. :P) 

Hey all! Monthly highlights time. :) Yep, that's right – my mountains are turning that beautiful spring-green! :D The downside to that? Allergies... Meh. 

I didn't read an outrageous number of books this month. I didn't write an outrageous amount of words. But...I did stay caught up in school. (Always a plus. Your welcome, Mom.) Honesty, I don't know what I did the month of April. I didn't read, I didn't write, I didn't blog, I didn't find any new movies (well, one).

Let's just move on to the post, shall we? 


~ I got a super sweet card from a friend and it totally made me my day. :) 

~ I spoke Spanish with a Scottish/Irish (not sure) accent with The Kid. ;)  "Bueno Noches, mate!" 

~ thought up corny sayings like... "If all else fails, bite your nails through the intense moments." I honesty have NO idea where that came from... xD  

~ Turkey season 'happened'. Meaning Dad and Tucked got up/are getting up at absurd times of morning to go traipsing off through the woods, heavy-laden with guns, decoys, calls, and a blind. *shakes head* I just don't get it. 

~ By chance I saw a friend I had not seen in forever. So nice to get caught up on each other!! ^_^

~ I blamed Chris Tomlin for a change in my WIP. (It's all your fault, mister. All. Your. Fault.) 

~ I went to the theater to see God's Not Dead 2 with my mom and another mother and daughter from church. IT WAS AMAZING!!! :D 

~ I finished my vintage-y dress. *collapses* I think it took me longer to add the 'decorations' than to actually make the dress. A vintage photoshoot is coming soon though! I pwwwomise!! :) 

~ I moved into a homeless shelter... Okay, okay, before everybody freaks out, it's not a real homeless shelter. But that's what I'm calling it. ;) 

This isn't a really good picture, but you can at least tell that two beds and all our stuff is in there. XD The summer kitchen has became mine and Tucker's new living quarters. Because, I mean, we can't really live in this... 

~ Hearing THIS conversation between my dad and brother... 

Tucker: Dad, what are you doing? 
Dad: Don't worry about it. 
Tucker: Are you eating ice cream in the middle of the night? 
Dad: No. 
Tucker: Do you do this often? 

Just for the record, he was eating ice cream but it wasn't the middle of the night. :P


My favorite songs this month were... 
Prodigal by Sidewalk Prophets -- Wonderful song AND music video. :D 
The Lost Get Found by Britt Nicole -- Amazing song and I LOVE the music video of this too. 
Guilty by Newsboys -- The song from God's Not Dead 2
From the Ground Up by Dan+Shay -- This song is so GORGEOUS!!!! It's going to be played at my wedding, folks. ;) 
Tell Your Heart to Beat Again by Danny Gokey 
More Than You Think I Am by Danny Gokey 
My Savior, My God by Aaron Shust 
Overcomers by Mandisa 
Soar by Meredith Andrews -- I love this song oh, so much. It's just so fabulous and encouraging!! ^_^ 


Writing...? Remind me again what that word means? ;) Okay, I'm sort of kidding. But seriously...writing was just so pathetic this month. :P A goal I made last month for this month was to finish One Certain Story...well, that didn't happen. It like went out the around the middle of the month. -_- May, perhaps? 

April Word Count: 7,410

Book News

~ I was a beta-reader for Katie Grace's fabulous novel, Song of the Desert. I'd never really beta-read before, but golly did I love it. ^_^  And the book was amazing so that *might* have had something to do with it. ;) 

~ I participated in Bethany's The Hobbit read along. I haven't finished the book yet, but I'm working at it. :P 

As far as a book haul goes, I got 7 books this month. Three were free, and the others were $3-$4 apiece! :D Talk about a happy bibliophile!! 

Cherish by Vicki Courtney -- Review to come. 
Journey to Love by Amanda Tero -- Giveaway win, review to come. 
The Gift for all People by Max Lucado -- Review to come. 

I got four books from our library bookstore this month. They're all WWII...they're all amazing...they're all beautiful...they're all in perfect condition. Y'all, I'm just so happy!! *hugs books* 

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

Just LOOK AT IT. It's soooo perfect. I nearly squealed, right there in the library (you know, that place where you're supposed to be quiet) when I found this beautiful hardback copy of Unbroken. I was so happy!! :) I almost, almost bought the paperback copy at Barnes & Noble awhile back. Now I'm so glad I didn't!! ^_^ I can hardly wait to read this book! 

The War: An Intimate History, 1941-1945 by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns

Like Unbroken this book is in PERFECT condition. The inside of the dust jacket says $50...I got it for $4. B-)  #superhappybooklover

And would ya look at the back cover??!?! If that does not scream WWII I don't know what does. Gaaaahhh. It's just so fabulous. *shrieks* 

An Album of Memories: Personal Histories from the Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw -- $4
Arms of Deliverance: A Story of Promise by Tricia Goyer -- $3 

I've read/finished 9 books this month. Looks like a pathetic number to me, but I'm now over halfway done with my goal for this year so that's AWESOME!! xD 

They Called Her Mrs. Doc by Janette Oke 
If He Lives by Sarah Holman -- Review HERE
Remember to Forget by Ashley Royer -- Review HERE
Paralyzed Dreams by C.B. Cook 
Heart to Heart: Meeting with God in the Lord's Prayer by Rachel Starr Thomson -- Review HERE
A Bride for Donnigan by Janette Oke 
The Letter by Willowy Whisper -- Review HERE

My favorite book was probably A Bride for Donnigan or The Letter. But all of these were splendiferous! :D I'm absolutely loving Janette Oke's books this year. 


I usually don't include this in my monthly wrap-up (mainly beacuse...what if I leave something out?), but there were several lovely posts this month (as always) so I'm going to mention a few. ;) (A FEW! This is not all the wonderful posts. :P) 

America, America, God Shed His Grace on Thee -- Jesseca writes remarkable posts on our country and military, and freedom, and...ahhhh, just go read it. ;) 

Bethany wrote an amazing three-part series on why Christians can believe in the Ressurection. :) -- Part OnePart Two, & Part Three

The Bunny Slippers -- Emily shared her wonderful short-story The Bunny Slippers. It's so fabulous! 

Go read them allll!!!! XD 


Why are you reading this? You shouldn't be here! 

So. After y'all get back from reading those *points above* let's talk. How was your April? (I've saw several month highlights posts around. My comment is coming, friends!!! :D) Did you write down some life happening throughout the month so you didn't forget them for your post (if you do monthly wrap-ups)? Have you read these books? Do you like the new blog look? Have your saw God's Not Dead 2Would you like me to stop asking questions now? Fiiiinnneeee. 

Thanks for reading, you awesome peoples!! :) 


  1. It is so pretty when every thing starts turning green and looking more springish. :) But yes, the only downside is allergies. It's so awful.
    God's Not Dead 2 was SO good! :) I really, really liked it.
    I can't wait to see the dress that you made!!!! I'm definitely looking forward to the vintage photoshoot. :)
    How has it been living in the 'homeless shelter'? ;) ;) Sorry, but that is just too funny. :D
    That's great that you were able to find so many books, for not that much money. It's always nice to find those deals. :) Especially when they are in like new condition. Wow! One of the books said $50 but you got it for $4? Now that is a really great deal. :) I went to some thrift stores with my mom yesterday and found quite a few cheap books too. :)
    Out of the books you've read this month I have only read "They Called Her Mrs. Doc" and "A Bride for Donnigan". ;) I am loving Janette Oke's books so much too. They are especially good when I read them with a good friend of mine. ;)
    And I just have to say again that I absolutely love you new blog look!!! It is so pretty! :D
    I had fun reading about some of your highlights from this past month, Faith! I really need to do my April highlights post soon too. ;)

    1. Oh, I love the green!! :) But, yes... *sigh* Allergies are HORRID. I joke and say I have allergies year-round...which is pretty close to the truth. ;)
      I'm so glad y'all enjoyed it! :D
      Thank you, Rebekah! I'd planned to do the photoshoot before now, but everything is just so crazy. :P
      Hahaha!! XD The homeless shelter is pretty fun. ;) It's like camping out...except we have TV and electricity. But it isn't bad until Tucker wants to talk all night...or leaves his smelly socks all over the place. :P
      Yes, good books for cheap is always wonderful!! :D Yep! It said $50. I'm just so thrilled over all those!! ^_^ Oh, yay!! Deals on books are the best deals. ;)
      "They Called Her Mrs. Doc" and "A Bride Named Donnigan" were both really good. So is "A Woman Named Damaris". *grins* Reading good books with good friends make them all the better!
      Thanks, Rebekah! I love these colors for the blog. :)

      I'm glad you enjoyed this post, Rebekah! Thanks for commenting. I can't wait to see your post! :D

  2. I really enjoyed reading your April highlights! It's hilarious on how much I can't remember about April. I worked a lot. Does that count? Your blog's look is beauteous!
    I don't know how you people can read all. those. books!
    Kudos to you for posting four days in a row! That is indeed an accomplishment. :D Maybe one day.... that will be me....but I doubt it.

    1. I'm so glad, Addyson!! Haha, I know, right? Oh, working absolutely counts. :D
      Thanks! I'm quite pleased with the blog look. :) Now to add some pages...
      Ahh, I'm loving all the reading! I read like nothing last year, so this is splendid. ;)
      *accepts kudos* Hehe, it feels like an accomplishment. :P
      Sure it will!! XD

      Thanks for commenting, Addyson!! :-)

  3. That picture of the river and such is so pretty! Is it on your property? I've always wanted a little creek on on property, but alas...
    Congrats on finishing your dress!! Yay!
    And good for you for keeping up with school! That is always a good thing. :)
    Your "homeless shelter" room looks really nice! A bit crammed, maybe, but the windows and pretty!
    And wow. For saying you didn't read or write in April, you sure got a lot of words written and a lot of books read. XD Way more than I did! Good job :D
    Great book haul! I love getting good deals like that! And yes, that one DOES so look 1940's! Lovely. :)
    Fun recap, Faith!

    1. We have a lovely little creek on our property, but that's not it. ;) That's a picture I took on our trip west last fall. Little creeks are so wonderful!
      Thanks! :D
      Haha, yep. ;) A good thing to do too, if I want to graduation in the next...oh say, ten years? :P
      Yes, I love the room that's been converted to the 'homeless shelter'. All the windows, the old cook stove,...ahh! :)
      Well, I guess my writing and read wasn't *too* bad this month, but it wasn't as good as I'd hoped either. ;)
      Me too!! :) DOESN'T IT?? Ahhh, that picture is just so darling!! ^_^

      Thanks, Raechel! I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)

    2. Ah okay. Well still, lovely! I agree - they are wonderful!
      Hahaha, indeed! But you'll make it!! Fear not. :D
      I know what you mean, and I hope this month will prove more 'productive' in the writing area!

    3. I just love our little creek. :) It's a great place to read, write, and wade! :D

      Same here!! It's almost ironic – the month when nearly everyone completed crazy word counts with Camp NaNo I wrote so little. ;)

  4. So fun to catch up on what you have been doing!

    1. :) Thanks for commenting, Miss Holman!!

  5. Oh, oh, you got "Unbroken" and "Arms of Deliverance"!!! I have both of those, but I haven't read either! Maybe we could read them together sometime...? ;)
    Congrats on your dress!! I can't wait to see it!! :D
    And great job on getting caught up with school!! That a totally legit reason for not writing. (Wait, am I really saying that?)
    I've read a few of the above-mentioned books. *nods they are all amazing!
    Your homeless shelter looks really nice! I mean, as nice as a homeless shelter can look! I love all the windows!!
    Oh, and the conversation between you dad and brother made me laugh. ;) And I was actually in the store with mom when I read the post for the first time, and she was looking at me like I was crazy. ;) (And yes, I know I'm commenting on things all out of order. :P)
    And ... you mentioned one of my posts!!! *happy squeal* Aww, thank you, Faith. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)
    No, I don't write down things happening through the month, I've read a few of the books, Yes, I love the new blog look, and no, I haven't seen God's Not Dead 2. I really want to, though!!! :D And I don't mind if you keep asking questions or not. ;)
    Whew. Okay, I think I commented on everything. I'm looking forward to seeing your dress!!! :)

    1. Sure!! I would love to read those with you sometime! :)
      Thanks! :D
      Yes, you really said that TO ME. (You can't delete the comment now; I already saw it. B-)) At least I have a good excuse this time of year... ;)
      Aren't they?? *happy feels for all the good books*
      When we did that room back there, Mom wanted lots of windows. ;) It is really nice!! :)
      *snickers* Honestly, those two are so hilarious. Dad's been spraying pesticides which is (though I don't know from experience;)) really hard daylight-to-dark work. So he probably needed the ice cream. :P Haha!! Glad to know I'm not the only one who reads posts at really strange times. XD
      You're so welcome!! :) I ADORED it!!
      God's Not Dead 2 was really, really good. ;) Thanks for answering my questions!! :D
      Yay! :-)

      Thanks for commenting, Jesseca! Glad you enjoyed!

  6. Unbroken!!! *flails* Danny Gokey!! *flails* XD
    But nice job keeping up with school. I had Camp NaNo this month, so... yeah school was sorta on the back burner. :)

    1. Ahh, I love Danny Gokey's songs. :P
      Tsk, tsk. Hey, school is important!! ;)

      Thanks for commenting, Jonathan. ;)

  7. Love your new header, Faith! It’s so delightfully vintage-y! :D

    Oh, hurray for the new dress! Can’t wait to see it!!!!!!!!
    Nice new bedroom ;) What exactly is happening at your house? Looks very construction-y ;)
    The Lost Get Found is one of my favourite songs by Britt Nicole!!! Do you listen to a lot of her songs?

    Wow, Unbroken looks like its in PERFECT condition! Oh, I LOVE that feeling whenever that happens! Thriftstores are just amazing places. The end. ;)

    To answer ALL your questions XD
    April was amazing and super busy. Yes, I wrote all the happenings and what-not in a blog post. (The monthly highlights are soooo much like journals, it will be so cool to go back and read them when we’re all old :P) No, I haven’t read those books, although I am looking around for Unbroken. YES, I LOVE THE NEW BLOG LOOK!!! No, I haven’t seen God’s Not Dead 2. (but I did see the trailer and it looks ammmaaaazziinngg)
    And no! Keep asking questions ;) Oh wait, you already stopped :( ;)

    1. Thanks, Blessing!! :D

      Photoshoot – coming soon!
      My bedroom and my brother's are getting enlarged. :) It's going pretty well, but we'll be in the 'homeless shelter' another week at least. :P
      I looooooove The Lost Get Found. ^_^ Um, yeah. Quite a few. ;) I have her CD – Gold. And I have downloads of other songs. :)

      ME TOO!! Perfect books for cheaper is so super awesome. B-) Yes, they are!

      Haha, yes!! It'll be so much fun to look back on this highlights posts – even next year!! I want to read right now. B-) Thanks! God's Not Dead 2 IS amazing. Gaahhh. So good. :) I'm sure I can think of some more random questions...;)

      Thanks for answering all my questions! LOL. Thanks for commenting, Blessing! :)

  8. Oh man.I'm glad I'm not the only one who does that - wondering where all my time went despite hardly doing anything lol.

    I love how you organize posts like this. "Life," "Music," "Writing," etc. That's a great idea. :) Isn't it so great getting cards from friends? I absolutely love getting mail lol. It's a shame that not many people do it nowadays. Like, I mean more than just Xmas and other holiday cards. Which, those are great, too - it's just extra special when the card or letter is random and unexpected!

    Love those sayings you made up lol. You made a dress?! How cool is that! You should show us a picture or two of it sometime! :) Also, wow, big project you guys got goin' on there with your room!

    Totally jealous of your green mountains, by the way lol! I'd love to live in such an area. So beautiful!! :)

    1. Hahaha! Nope, you're not alone. ;) I'm a really bad procrastinator, so I spend a great deal of time wondering where all the time went...if that makes any sense. ;)

      Thanks! Dividing it up into sections like that is the best way for me to keep in it some sort of orderly fashion. ;) Yes, I agree! People should send cards and letters 'just because' more often these days. :) Txt messages just aren't the same as a handwritten letter or card. ^_^

      Hehe. ;) Yep! I'm hoping to do a vintage-inspired photoshoot with that dress sometime soon. :) Whenever it happens I'll post some pictures here on the blog! Yeah, lots of 'constructive happenings' going on around here this spring. :)

      I love the mountains. They're so glorious in all seasons. :) Thanks for commenting, Eve!