Monday, May 9, 2016

Five Minute Friday: Miss

Yes, I know it's Monday, but I was busy on Friday, and too tired to blog then.

But, I still wanted to participate in this week's FMF, as it is perfect for how I am feeling right now. So, here is my Five Minute Friday post.

It is around this time of the year that I am missing my mom.

She has been gone 6 1/2 years. 6 1/2 years since I said goodbye. Since she died.

Life has not been the same without her here, and I miss her more and more, each passing day.

I miss our morning talks, talking about everything and nothing in particular. I miss our outings to restaurants.

I miss her bringing home movies to watch from the library (she worked at our local library).

I miss her comforting me when I would have a panic attack.

I miss her voice.

I miss her.

She had a love for all types of food, something which she passed down to me.

We have a recliner that was 'her' chair, and it took a long to get used to her not being in it anymore. She loved the recliner.

Even though her health wasn't the best for years, she always wanted to be doing something (she loved going to work every day).

She is always missed, by many. Not just by me, and my family, but from her work, and the neighborhood. I will always miss and love her. Always.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

50 Things That Make Me Happy

I got the idea for this post here, from Thirteen Thoughts. It was such a good idea, that I thought I would make my own list of 50 things that make me happy.

1. My family, especially my niece and nephew.
2. My cats.
3. Harry Potter (I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan!!)
4. Baking. I am going for my baking and pastry degree, and I hope to be able to work at a bakery someday.
5. Online shopping (especially on Amazon). I don't like crowds, so I go online shopping as often as I can.
6. Reading. I love to read, and try to read as often as I can.
7. Writing/blogging.
8. Photography. I am an avid photographer, and tend to take photos every time I go out.
9. Sleep.
10. Rainy days.
11. Alone time.
12. Bike riding.
13. Music.
14. Volunteering with my local library's home delivery program. We deliver library materials to those who can't physically come to the library, due to illness, or disability.
15. Thrift stores.
16. Hot chocolate on a cold day.
17. Lemonade on a warm day.
18. Violins. I played the violin in elementary school, and I hope to be able to pick it up again someday.
19. Doodling/drawing with creayons, markers, and colored pencils.
20. Hanging out with my friends.
21. Long hair. I currently have short hair, but I am planning on growing it really long, so I can donate to organizations that make wigs for those suffering from cancer, or other illness.
22. Knitting and crocheting.
23. School/office supplies. I don't know why, but I just love them.
24. Bullet journaling (you can find out more here).
25. Nature.
26. Walks in local parsk.
27. New shoes.
28. Girl Scouts. I was a scout in elementary school, and absolutely LOVED it.
29. Making lists.
30. Operation Christmas Child (you can find out more here).
31. Cheesecake.
32. Traveling, especially to new places.
33. French Silk Pie.
34. Banana Cream Pie.
35. Arts and crafts.
36. Dogs
37. Horses
38. Candles
39. Planners/calendars
40. Flowers
41. Magnets
42. The color purple
43. Sunflowers
44. Strawberry banana shakes/smoothies
45. Pasta
46. Sitting on the porch during warm weather days
47. Brimmed hats
48. Eggless cookie dough
49. Quotes, lyrics, poems that speak to me.
50. The sound of rain.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Five Minute Friday: Alive

I was originally doing these five minute Friday posts with another blogger, but she stopped doing them.

When I saw that it was happening with another blogger (here), I was very happy. I loved doing these five minute Friday posts, and have missed it.

Today's Five Minute Friday is Alive.

Like Meg from Still That Girl, I am going to do a list of things that make me feel alive.

  1. Bike riding
  2. Delivering library materials to patrons who are unable to come to the library, and them telling me that they really appreciate it.
  3. Journaling/blogging, as it allows me to write what's on my mind, what I can't say out loud.
  4. Listening to my favorite songs/artists.
  5. Laughing until I cry.
  6. New experiences.
  7. Photography.
  8. Baking.
  9. Knitting and crocheting
  10. Making prayer shawls for others.
  11. Seeing flowers bloom in spring.
  12. Friends who truly care for me, and help me in a time of need.
  13. Long walks.
  14. My favorite foods.
  15. Arts and crafts (I LOVE making things!!)
  16. Animals.
  17. Going to places I have never been before, and making new memories.
  18. Road trips.
  19. Warm showers.
  20. Getting to live anotherr day.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Make Today Great

Yesterday, I saw the above saying written on a sidewalk near my church. It was an unexpected, yet next little experience for me.

It's unexpected little reminders like this that remind me to truly enjoy life. That life is precious, and should be loved; it should be truly lived. Not just survived.

Each day should be great, not just ok, or good. Each day should be lived to the fullest.

I love these kinds of reminders. I shows me that there are still good, decent, beautiful people in the world, and that they want to enjoy life as well.

Don't give up hope on life. It is worth living, even if it doesn't go the way you planned or hoped. That is what life is all about. Taking the unexpected with the expected.

So, make today great!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Bullet Journaling

I just found out about something called bullet journaling (I think from a post on Facebook), and I have become instantly obsessed with it!!!

The post I saw on Facebook was from Boho Berry, whose website you can check out here.

As described on, it is:

The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above. It will teach you to do more with less.
 Note-taking and traditional journaling take time; the more complex the entry, the more effort is expended. The more effort expended, the more of a chore it becomes, the more likely you’ll underutilize or abandon your journal. Rapid Logging is the solution. Rapid Logging is the language in which the Bullet Journal is written. It consists of four components: topics, page numbers, short sentences, and bullets.
Bullet journaling was created by Ryder Carroll, and I think he is a genius for coming up with it!!

I love to write, make lists, and all that, so bullet journaling is perfect for me. I can't wait to get started with my own bullet journal!!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Not All Disabilities Are Visible

A while back I saw this post on Facebook, where a woman was accused of faking a disability, because it wasn't visible.

To those who do not have disabilities, please know that there ARE invisible disabilities, and people with invisible disabilities are NOT FAKING IT.

Some cause pain, some cause shortness of breath, and many other ailments.

This quote from the woman's article sums invisible disabilities pretty accurately:

Just because you can’t see someone’s disability doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
Invisible disabilities are just as real as visible ones, and should be taken as seriously.

So, please, do not judge someone just because they are different from you, just because they aren't able to do some of the things you are able to do. Do not judge what you know nothing about. You do not know what they are going through.

Be more open-minded when coming into contact with people. More compassionate. It doesn't take much to be nice.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

My Finished Prayer Card

My church had offered a prayer card workshop for anyone who was interested in making a prayer card.

I decided to check it out, and to make one for myself.

The workshop was divided into two parts, spread out over two weeks: the first part/week was figuring out what prayer/quote/saying/etc. we wanted to use, what materials we wanted, what colors we wanted, and to figure out how we wanted our card to look.

The second part/week was to actual make the card.

I really enjoyed this process, and am very happy with how my card came out.

This is what I chose to do:

The woman who was in charge of this workshop brought in lots of different fabrics, different types of paper, and lots of different decorations for us to choose from.

I chose Amazing Grace, because that was my mom's favorite. Although, at first I was debating between using Amazing Grace and The Lord's Prayer, because both were/are favorites of ours. In the end, of course, I chose Amazing Grace because of my mom's love for it.

It was a fun process, and I hope to be able to do it again next year.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

I Am Not What I Have Done, I Am What I Have Overcome

I saw this quote on Instagram (which you can check out here), and I loved it so much, that I thought I would share it.

I think this quote is absolutely true.

People are always making choices, whether good or bad, but that doesn't define who they are. Who they are is what they have gone through in their life. And that is what makes them beautiful.

No one has the the same experience as anyone else, and that is what makes life worth living. If everything was the same, life would be boring, and not as beautiful.

Don't be ashamed of what you have overcome. It is what makes you unique; it is what makes you, you.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

A Journal of My Favorite Bible Verses

I recently watched the movie War Room, a movie I have been wanting to see for quite some time.

War Room is about a woman who works as a real estate agent, and is having a tough time in her marriage. She then meets an older woman, who is selling her home, to move in with her son. The older woman begins asking the agent about her marriage. Once the agent opens up about her problems, the older woman tells her how she can help give her "weapons" to fight for her marriage, and about her "war room," which is an empty room, where she puts prayers up on the walls, for people she prays for.

The agent is hesitant at first, to pray, and to take this up, but after giving it some thought, she gives it a try, and she sees how much good prayer does, and how much changing her attitude towards her husband, and marriage, for her.

It is a very inspiring movie, that I would definitely recommend you watch!

After watching it, I decided to get a journal and write my favorite bible verses in it, like a couple of the characters in the movie did.

                                              The journal I got for my favorite bible verses.

I already have about 20 or so pages filled with verses that speak to me. I am also going to put inspirational quotes and songs in it as well, and read this journal when I am having a tough time.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Being Single

Valentine's Day...that holiday for happy couples.

Well, I am not a part of the "happy couple" equation, so Valentine's Day isn't one of my favorite days, holiday-wise.

I don't have a significant other to love. Plus, I'm not big on the commercialization of the day.

I know that people would say that I could love my family, and myself on this day.

I love my family anyway, and one day devoted to "love" just doesn't cut it for me.

I am learning to love myself, so it's not quite that simple to "love" me on Valentine's Day.

Anyway, back to my singleness, and a holiday that reminds me of that every year.

I have never really had a boyfriend/been in an official relationship with anyone, so Valentine's Day isn't really that special.

For a while, I have been happy with being single, but now, seeing friends in relationships, and getting engage/married, is making me feel like it's never going to happen for me.

I really want to have a meaningful, long, loving relationship with someone who will love me for who I am, who will love all of me. Someone who will not ask me to change anything about myself.

Someone who I will do the same for.

I want to get married, and have a family, someday. Hopefully sooner rather than later (I am not looking for a relationship, just to be in one. I have decided that I am really ready for love, and for to share my life with someone).

Although, it seems like it won't be happening any time soon.

But, I am not giving up hope. I know someone is out there, somewhere, who will be there for me. Who will want to be with me.