12DoC – Day 6 – This Christmas Morning (Part 2 of Christmas Short Story)

hello everyone!

It’s pretty hard to believe, but Christmas is only 6 days away! giphy (1)

But also…



haha, welcome to the sixth day of the blog linkup! I really hope you all have been enjoying it so far, and that you’ve been learning lots too! Go to Faith’s blog for more posts in the linkup! And don’t forget to check out her awesome giveaway HERE!



And now… the second part of This Christmas Morning 🙂 Enjoy!


I wonder if this is how Mary felt when she gave birth in a stable. Afraid, helpless. Thoughts churned in Emma’s head as they prepped her for the surgery. But in the end, the Child was born, Jesus Christ. What an – an honor, a joy, a humbling experience. Even through this experience, the end will be worth it — our baby boy.
Dave still clutched Emma’s hand, strong and steady, yet Emma knew he was terrified, trembling within.
“Dave,” she murmured. “Honey, don’t worry. God is with us. I was just thinking that — how even though we need to go through this experience that is scary for us, in the end it will all be worth it. We’re gonna have our baby boy.” Emma closed her eyes and felt her heart sing for joy, yet quiver in anticipation.
Emma felt Dave’s hand relax a little, and he pressed his head against hers. “Let’s pray real quick, okay? I think we’re going into the delivery room in just a few minutes.”
Emma nodded eagerly and bowed her head as Dave began praying. It started out as a soft whisper, which turned into a fervent intercession.
Finally, the time came. Emma was wheeled into the C-section delivery room, Dave right beside her. The room was bright, white, and cold. Emma closed her eyes as they began the surgery. In less than 10 minutes a sharp cry pierced the air. Dave and Emma began to weep with joy and relief, with their hearts lifting up praise to God.
Dave cut the cord as Emma was being stitched up, and for a brief moment they showed Brenna her beautiful baby.
Emma touched the infant’s tiny finger. “Oh, you’re such a handsome boy. I love you.”
“Hon, you wouldn’t believe it,” Dave whispered. “It’s a girl.”
“A — a girl?” Emma couldn’t believe what she was hearing. “But the doctors said it was a boy…” But Emma couldn’t say anymore, for in a few moments they were ready to bring her to the recovery room.
Dave sat beside Emma as she laid in the hospital bed. He stroked her hair. “I love you. You were so brave, Em. And think… a girl.”
Emma smiled wearily. “I haven’t a clue what we’re going to name her.”
“I would want to name her after her mama, but that would get confusing.”
“I’ve no idea. Right now I just want to see this little girl of mine.” Emma sighed contentedly. “I think they’re bringing her from the nursery soon.”
Dave nodded and kissed Emma on the forehead. “We’re parents, Em.”
“Yes, we are,” Emma closed her eyes and stroked Dave’s hand.
Soon a cry came from the hallway, as a nurse brought in their baby girl. Emma brought the little one to her chest and nursed her for the first time, tears of joy streaming down her face.
“She’s beautiful, Dave. So perfect.”
Dave stroked his daughter’s back. “I’m thinking Jane. Noelle Jane. It IS Christmas Day after all.”
“Dave, that’s… perfect. It fits her just — just so well. Merry Christmas, Noelle,” Emma whispered as she kissed the top of Noelle’s head. “And Merry Christmas, Dave.”
He kissed his wife, then gently lifted Noelle into his arms. “Hello, little, beautiful one. I think she looks like me, don’t you think, Emma?”
When no answer came from Emma, Dave looked down, only to see that his wife was unconscious.
“Emma? Wake up, honey.” Dave gently touched her shoulder, but Emma didn’t wake up. “Uh, Nurse? Can you come here?” He quickly walked into the hall, finding that the nurse was already on her way.
“What’s the problem, Mr. Stanton?”
“It’s… it’s Emma. She was just awake a minute ago, and now she’s not waking up.”
The nurse quickly checked for a pulse, frowned, then checked Emma’s vitals. “Her heart rate is dropping, and she has a light and thready pulse. I’ll have to call a doctor. Excuse me.” In a few moments, the doctor hurried into the room, apparently already informed of Emma’s condition.
By this time Dave was scared half to death. “What’s the matter with my wife?! Doctor, what’s going on?”
The doctor immediately pressed the pager button. “I need a team in here. We have a medical emergency.”
“What? What’s going on?” Dave pressed the now screaming Noelle to his chest and tried to sooth her in the midst of the chaos.
“Excuse me, Mr. Stanton. You’ll have to step out. We need to help your wife.” A team of nurses and assistants entered the room, and Dave was forced out, only helpless to see his wife fade slowly away, with nothing he could do but pray on this Christmas night.



Haha, you all are probably gonna be mad at me for leaving you at this cliffhanger again, but it’s actually pretty fun xD

Anyways, hope you guys enjoyed this and see ya tomorrow!



12DoC – Day 4 – What Christmas Means to Me

Hello everyone!

Today is Sunday, and I’m doing a post on this Lord’s day on what Christmas Means to Me personally. It’s also the fourth day in the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Linkup! Hope you all have been enjoying it so far 🙂



Honestly, I feel like this is going to be harder than some of my other posts because it can be difficult to get my words right xD But here we go!

What ‘Christ’mas means to me. Not X-mas, not Happy Holidays. Christmas. For me, Christmas is:

*Laughing and joy
*Family and Friends
*Special holiday foods
*Christmas lights, trees, and everything in between.

Most of all, though, it’s celebrating Jesus’ birth. His birth is something so important, so meaningful, and so precious to me as a Christian. Even all the way back to Genesis and throughout history, the promised Son, Jesus, was going to come, and He did.

“Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.  And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:4-7)

“Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”


When Jesus was born, when He was crucified, when He ROSE AGAIN, and conquered death, He provided salvation for His people. For all those who believe, repent of their sins, and trust in Jesus Christ and what He did on the cross to save them from their sins.

That’s why Christmas is so important and meaningful to me. We celebrate Jesus every year, at this time, for what great love and grace and humility He showed by coming to earth as a baby, and later be crucified for our sins. We deserved that death, friends. I deserved it. But God, being rich in mercy and in love, took that punishment upon Himself.

I love God for what He did for me. He came to earth as a baby, and that’s what we celebrate each year. I love Him for Who He is. I am so so thankful that He came and I’m so thankful for His love He’s shown in that way, and in many, many, many, MANY, other ways.

Those words probably didn’t all come out right, but I hope you get what I mean. 🙂


Go to Faith’s blog for other posts in the linkup!

(*whispers* she’s hosting a giveaway… GO CHECK IT OUT! 😀 )



12DoC – Day 3 – This Christmas Morning (Christmas Short Story – part 1)

hello friends!

Today is the third day of the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Linkup! I hope you’ve all been enjoying it so far 😀

Creds to this party graphic go to Kaitlyn K.!

Today my post will be part one of a Christmas short story I recently started writing. Let’s get to it shall we?


“Jesus, Lord of thy birth, Jesus Lord of thy birth…” Emma finished the last note in her solo piece at the Christmas concert. The crowd erupted with applause and whistles as she took her bow.
“Thank you so much for this opportunity to sing in front of you all tonight, celebrating Christmas and Jesus’ birth with you all. I want to give special thanks to my husband, Dave, who has stuck by me all this time. I also want to add that I was very happy to have been able to do it before baby boy comes!” The crowd chuckled, and Emma said her final thank-yous, then she stepped down slowly from the stage.
Friends, family, and strangers all complimented and congratulated her for her success. Emma appreciated them all, but she was ready to get home.
“Dave, ” she began, sliding her hand into his, “Do you think we could get home now? I’m feeling especially tired tonight, and I don’t think pregnancy helps with that. I feel like a whale!”
Dave chuckled and kissed her forehead. “Sweetie, you may feel like a whale, but you sure don’t look like one to me. C’mon, let’s go home.”
As they drove back home, Emma sighed and leaned her head back, closed her eyes.
“You okay, hon?” Dave took quick and concerned glances at her while focusing on the road.
Emma nodded. “Yeah, just thinking of how our family will change once this little guy is born. I’m so excited, yet… Dave, don’t you think we should create new family traditions with our family? I mean, we can’t hold on to my family’s traditions forever, but create new ones. We’re a new family.”
“You know how Mom would react, Em. It’s…just not right at this moment. Mom is already sick, and this will just make her worse.”
“Because she doesn’t get her own way?” Emma asked, slightly irritated.
“Not exactly,” Dave replied calmly. “We’re all she has, Emma. Family is everything to her, and I know if we went away from her traditions that bring her some joy every year, it will just be too much for her.”
Emma turned her head away. “I understand. I’m sorry, Dave. I guess I was being insensitive.”
Dave took her hand but didn’t say anything. Emma knew he was thinking deeply, so she didn’t speak, but instead squinted her eyes at the Christmas lights adorning the trees along the street up to their house. “Aren’t they prettier that way?” Emma could remember her father say, and she smiled at the memory. “Yes, Daddy, they are prettier,” Emma whispered under her breath.
As soon as they got home Emma got ready for bed while Dave finished some paperwork. She was brushing her long brown hair when an uncomfortable twinge startled her. She winced but thought nothing of it. Pulling her hair back into a lose ponytail, she climbed into bed and flopped from her back to her front to her side, then to her other side. Nothing seemed comfortable. Every so often another twinge would come, each one slightly stronger than the one before. Emma laid a hand on her round stomach, concern filling her heart. It can’t be the baby. Not — not now. He’s not due for another three weeks. But by the time Dave slid into bed Emma was in real pain. “Dave,” she whispered hoarsely. “I think. I think the baby’s coming!”
Dave shot up, anxiety filling his eyes. “Not now, surely. He’s not due for three more weeks! Are you sure?”
Emma grimaced as another contraction came. “Yes, quite sure. The contractions are coming now, hard.”
Dave quickly dressed and helped Emma into her robe, then into the car. He twisted the key with trembling fingers, nearly dropping it before he was able to get it to start.
“Dave,” Emma moaned as he raced down the roads. “I don’t know if we’ll be able to make it to the hospital in time. I think the baby is coming.”
“We’ll make it, Em. Don’t worry. I’m going as fast as I can. Just uh, breathe, yes, take good deep breaths and take my hand. Every time you have a contraction, just grip my hand as hard as you can until it passes.”
Emma did as she was told, but every so often letting out little groans of pain. Finally, Dave pulled up at the hospital. “We’re here. I’ll get a wheelchair.” Dashing out, Dave pulled a wheelchair up to the car door where Emma was, and helped her into the seat.
Getting into the hospital, Dave hurried up to the receptionist. “Excuse me. Excuse me. My wife, Emma Stanton, she’s in labor.”
The woman peered at Emma over her glasses. “You’re right, Mr. Stanton. We’ll get her into delivery right away. I’ll page Doctor Lili. Now, dear, you’re going to be just fine. From the way things look, you could have a baby tonight.”
Emma tried to smile, but another contraction overtook her, causing her to moan instead. Dave squatted next to her wheelchair and kissed her. “Our baby boy is going to be born tonight, Em. We’re gonna be parents.” Tears filled his eyes, but he grabbed her hand and held it as another contraction came. “Breathe, hon. That’s it. Breathe.”
“Okay, Mr. Stanton, Mrs. Stanton, they’re ready for you.” A nurse escorted them to the delivery room.
Doctor Lili examined Emma and frowned. “The baby’s in a breach transverse position. We’re going to have to do a C-section.”



There! I hope you enjoyed that!

Go to Faith’s blog for more posts for the linkup!


Only 9 more days until Christmas!

Feliz Navidad!

12DoC – Day 2 – Christmas Tag

Friends, we’re already into the second day of the 12 Days of Christmas Blog linkup!

Have you been enjoying for the so far?

All credits for this beautiful graphic go to Miss Kaitlyn K!  Just putting that out there 🙂


We have a Christmas Tag today, and I’m excited to get on with these questions. So… first the rules!


– Link back to the 12 Days of Christmas blog party or use the party graphic

– Answer the 10 questions

– Have fun!




1 // Christmas is the season of hope, joy, and light. What’s your favorite thing to make this season bright?

I love decorating around the house and listening to Christmas music. This year we did more Christmas decorating than we usually ever do, and it was so neat to do that. All of the joy, happiness, and thankfulness to Jesus, as well as giving to others on this special day are some of my favorite things! 


2 // Reading of the Christmas story, lighting the tree – Which tradition is most special to you?

The tradition that is most special to me would probably be doing our Christmas on Christmas Eve. I know it’s rather vague, but not everyone does that, and our family has done it for years. It’s rather a unique and special thing (also saying we do our Christmas on Christmas Eve includes all the things in celebrating Christmas *snickers*)


3 // Festive old hymns or glorious new tunes – What are you listening to on repeat?

Both, I think! I think it’s been more new tunes that I’ve been listening to more, but sometimes artists do versions of the festive old hymns, so I think it can be both I’m listening to fairly regularly 😀


4 // Fiction and nonfiction, classics and contemporary – Which Christmas books do you love so much that you just have to re-read every year?

I see that I’ll have to read more Christmas books now xD I don’t really have ones that I come back to every year, but if you all can give me some good recommendations, I’ll see if maybe I can read more? xD


5 // Trees and nativities, bells and bows – Do you have a favorite Christmas decoration?

I love nativities, but we actually don’t have one, haven’t really ever had one as far as I can remember, but I also love Christmas lights. Have you ever tried squinting your eyes at them, and they become all blurry and oh-so-pretty? I also like making a “garland” out of real pine/evergreen leaves and small branches.  We did it recently and it is really lovely.



6 // From the prophets to the gospels, the timeless story is woven. Which Bible passage that speaks of our Savior birth holds a special place in your heart?

 “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” -Isaiah 7:14

“Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” -Luke 2:10-12

There are probably more, but I’ll leave it there for now 😀


7 // Glittery snowflakes and shimmering balls to angels and one-of-a-kind creations. Do you have a favorite tree ornament?

We hung some new ornaments on our tree this year, some really beautiful red ones, coming in all shapes and designs, so I think a couple of those would be my favorite. I also really like the delicate silvery ones 🙂 I also like several more personal ones we’ve gotten as gifts and/or more personal for our family.


8 // Red and green, silver and gold, even purple and blue! What’s your favorite color scheme this time of year?

Red and gold, as well as red, white, and green 😀


9 // Between the old and the new, the classics and the cartoons, which Christmas movie do you come back to year after year?

I don’t actually really have a Christmas movie I come back to each year 😦 I have decided I’m a very boring person compared to some of you xD


10 // Pies and cakes, cookies and sweets. What’s your favorite Christmas treats?

mmm… Gingersnaps, Christmas cake, chocolate… GINGERBREAD, Peppermint tea, and probably more.  emoji.png


And that’s it, folks! I hope you enjoyed that 🙂

Don’t forget to stop by the other awesome people’s blogs who are also apart of the linkup!


Go to Faith’s blog for more links in the linkup! ^_^

See you all soon! Only 10 more days until Christmas!


12 Days of Christmas 2017// Day 1// Favorite Christmas Songs/Movies (Christmas and non-Christmas)

Hello friends!

Today is the day! The first day of the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Linkup! For those of you who don’t know what this is, just click here for post!


Miss Kaitlyn K. created this lovely graphic. Isn’t it beautiful?


Today we’re gonna kick off my part of the blog tour with some of my favorite Christmas songs/movies! I’ve recently found a few new ones, and I love them! Let’s get started, shall we?



1. Casting Crowns: Gloria/Angels We Have Heard on High

This song I found just a bit ago, and I love it. The melodies, music, and of course the lyrics. One in particular I love, and it is: “Now the Peasant King changes everything”

Amazing what Jesus did for us, isn’t it ❤



2. for KING & COUNTRY: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

I also found this one recently, and I love the way they arranged it!



3. Chris Tomlin: Noel ft. Lauren Daigle 

  “Noel, Noel
  Come and see what God has done
  Noel, Noel
  The story of amazing love!
  The light of the world, given for us

Need I say more?



4. for KING & COUNTRY: Glorious

I think I put this on my post last year for favorite Christmas songs, but it still is one of my favorites!


5. Chris Tomlin: He Shall Reign Forevermore

“Here within the manger lies, the One Who made the starry skies
This Baby born for sacrifice, Christ the Messiah”


6. Lauren Daigle: Light of the World
“Glory to the light of the world
Glory, the light of the world is here
The drought breaks with the tears of a mother
A baby’s cry is the sound of love
Come down, come down, Emmanuel
He is the song for the suffering
He is Messiah, the Prince of Peace has come
He has come, Emmanuel”


7. Lindsey Stirling: I Saw Three Ships

It’s just instrumental, but has a very lively and fun tune!


8. Instrumental Christmas Music xD

If you’re interested in some pretty, relaxing background music whilst doing school, baking, or whatever, this has three hours of lovely music. Here ya go!


9. for KING & COUNTRY: Baby Boy


Aaaaaand now I’m gonna do some movies you can watch even during Christmas, but even if they’re not necessarily Christmas themed xD

1. Princess Cut 

I watched this movie when my sister had a free trial for Pureflix, and it might sound cheesy in the trailer, but I really loved it. If you’d like me to do a full review on this, just comment and say so!


2. A Place in the Heart 

Again, another PureFlix movie, but quite well done. I really appreciated and was moved by this movie. The main lesson is forgiveness, and I encourage you to sign up for the one-month free trial of PureFlix so you can watch some of these movies!


3. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia) 


4. Sarah’s Choice 

A movie that deals with abortion, and the sanctity of human life, Sarah’s choice between the two.


Aaand I’ll leave it there for now, partly cause I can’t think of too many more that are my favorites, but I hope you enjoyed this post!

Only 11 more days until Christmas!

What are some of your favorite Christmas songs and movies?


Keep up with the blog linkup:


Rebekah // Christmas Tag
Blessing Counter // Intro + Christmas Gift DIY
RebekahAshleigh // Christmas Book Review
Jesseca // Introduction

The Diary of Albertina Collins-February 24, 2013

Hey everyone,

I know I said I would hopefully post this soon after I posted the previous chapter, but that was six months ago and I’m sorry to say I haven’t posted another chapter! My sincere apologies!!

Anyway, here it is. Hope you enjoy!



“DIARY…JOURNAL! WHATEVER! I HAVE HORRIBLE NEWS! The bank where Dad works has been robbed. Mom’s going over there right now, and I have to go too. Dad could be hurt! I’m so scared. This seems like a movie or something. Nothing has ever happened like that before. 

We’re in the car. We’re not allowed to go into the bank. There are police officers everywhere. No one has seen Dad. Wait. Here comes an officer. “Ma’am?” He is asking Mom. Mom is rolling down her window, face pale and drawn. “Your husband is Roger?” Mom is nodding. “He is being taken to the hospital. He’s en route.” 

Dad’s at the hospital? What’s wrong? Oh, I hope he’s ok. Mom is driving really fast. I can’t write anymore right now. Leg hurts and head hurts too much, and I can hardly think. Please, Lord. Let him be alright.”


(Now for today’s chapter 🙂 )


My heart is aching right now, not to mention my leg. We followed the policeman to the hospital where we were told to wait in the waiting room. We still don’t know where Dad is or what’s going on. All we know so far is that Dad is injured somehow. Oh, wait. The doctor is coming back. Write soon.

It’s now three hours since I wrote that, and the doctor has told us everything. Dad has a concussion and a broken leg from the robbers. They beat him up… This seems so unreal, but I’m glad Dad’s going to be okay. Mom’s staying at the hospital, where I want to be right now, but she made me go home with my aunt. I didn’t want to eat anything. I’m too worried. I’m just sitting in my bed right now, tears dripping on the paper. I don’t know why I’m crying so much. Am I just tired? If Mom was here right now, she would probably rub my leg (which is kinda throbbing now) and read me a chapter of Nancy Drew, then give me some warm milk to help me sleep. 

Agh. This is so depressing. I can imagine if someone read this after I died (because I will let no one read it until then) and just being bored stiff with my melancholy moods. *sigh* I do have an idea… Whenever I was feeling sorry for myself or tired and wanting to do things that would benefit me, Mom would tell me to count my blessings, so here goes: 

1) Dad’s okay
2) Aunt Jane
3) A warm home

That was harder than I expected. Sometimes I don’t think enough on what blessings I do have. Anyways, I need to go find a heat pack for my leg. Maybe I’ll tell Mom soon. Don’t know how much longer I can take it. 






12 Days of Christmas!

Hello everyone!


It’s starting up again very soon! The 12 DoC blog party! If you don’t know what that is, let me quote from the girl herself who organizes it, Faith. (Check out her blog here: Faith’s Blog )

“What: 12 Days of Christmas is a blog linkup that has been hosted on  Stories by Firefly the past two Christmases. It runs for 12 days, beginning on the 14th and ending on Christmas Day. In years past, all the amazing posts ranged from Christmas songs and the stories behind them to Christmas traditions, recipes and books, movie and book reviews – and some lovely Christmas stories written by these great writers we have around here. Any and all things Christmas are welcome! 😀 
When: 12 Days of Christmas will be running Thursday, December 14th through Monday, December 25th (Christmas Day). 
Where: There will be a post on this blog every day throughout the event – and I’m also hoping to post daily on Chosen Vessels. Aside from whatever my post is for the day, there will be links to whichever other participants are posting that day. We’re all in this together! 
Why: For the past two years, the purpose of 12 Days of Christmas has been to remind all of us of the true Reason for the Season. And to share Christmas love and joy with each other, and to enjoy ourselves while we’re at it. 😀 
How: For anyone interested in taking part, please take a moment to fill out this form, which closes December 6th.
Spread the Word: Do you know someone who would be interested in joining us? Please spread the word around! Forward this post or the signup form link to anyone who you think may be interested! 😀 The more the merrier!”
So there you go! That’s what it is about! And I’m one of the bloggers in the linkup, so I hope everyone is ready for some Christmas post coming up soon!
You excited?  There are some amazing posts from everyone coming up, so I hope you will follow the journey and enjoy them as we celebrate Christmas together! 😀

I know. It’s been a long time.

hey everyone!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Not because I haven’t thought of it, but well, I guess various reasons. This past year has been a whirlwind of things going on. There have been ups and downs, challenges and struggles, big problems and little problems, but also the joys and disappointments, hurting and healing.  As I reflect on these things, I can be encouraged that God never ever changes. He is always steadfast, immovable. My Rock and Deliverer.

this just might turn out to be a long post because I have a lot to talk about. Memories to reminisce on.

A few weeks ago, a young woman by the name of Beti, from my church died in a tragic parachuting accident. I knew her, had talked with her, my family had spent time with her in the past but I wasn’t as good friends or that close with her as some others I know were. However the pain and sadness was still there. It saddens me I won’t see her anymore on this earth, but I know one day I will see her again. You see, Beti was a Christian. She loved God and served Him. She loved people and she loved being a blessing to them. And that is an encouragement that those of us who are saved will see her again. 😊

Some of you may know about my publishing journey, with my second book, Through the Valley of Shadows. A few months ago, back in April, a good lady friend of mine from my church handed me a printed ad for a Christian canadian publishing company’s free publishing contest. I ended up deciding to go for it, to enter the contest with my manuscript. However, there were two small problems, haha: 1. I had not yet finished the book. And 2. The deadline was May 31!

Now let me tell you. There was some serious writing and editing going on in that next month.  My two friends helped out in the editing process and I’m so thankful! My bestie helped me a ton with encouragement (she gave me a box with chocolate ((lots of it)), sweet and encouraging notes, and a few other lovely things. She also was positively awesome in waking up early to help edit, and going through it. Yeah. I couldn’t have done it without her ❤️

Although I entered the contest in time, I didn’t end up winning, but the company gave me feedback on my manuscript and they were wanting to publish my book. So that was pretty neat!! Fast forward to last week. My parents and I made the decision not to publish with them, for a few different reasons, but I am very possibly going to be publishing again soon with a more self-publishing type website! But there are a few things up in the air right now, so if you’d like to pray for wisdom that would be great!

Moving on, on Saturday I helped out at a food booth in my town for their festival, and boy, was it ever busy! After I was able to leave, my two little sisters and I did some exploring around town. Holly got her face painted, we saw some lovely reptiles in the Reptilia trailer, the girls got ice cream and I got a Starbucks drink!


And during the week of August 14-18 I helped out at a summer Bible adventure camp! It was quite fun, and you can actually read more into depth by going to Blessing’s Blog.

I did swimming lessons for two weeks during the last two weeks of July, and I learned quite a few things, as well as practicing them on my siblings. They were good victims 😉 Some of those things included CPR (which I DID NOT do as it’s supposed to be, just pretended to do it), spinal rescues, a full rescue with different situations, helping a choking infant, etc. Haha, I also did, pretty much every other day 50 laps, trying to get them done in 15 minutes or less. I finally got it. On the LAST day. YAY! But doing front crawl after front crawl isn’t always the most fun 😛

Carrie and I went canoeing with two friends of ours, and that was fun! B and I were in one canoe and Carrie and A were in another canoe. B and I had quite the scare at one point as we were canoeing. I thought I saw a turtle, so B said “Oh, let’s get closer” As we did, we realized it was actually an alligator! Both of us panicked and we knew we had to get out of the way, but it was a little difficult. When we moved closer though, we noticed it was a fake replica of an alligator’s head/neck, making it look as if it was submerged in the water. Scared the life out of me though xD Now, being the lovely person that I am, I told my other two friends about it, not mentioning at first the part about it being fake. Their reactions were actually quite different. My one friend was more of an expected reaction: “Oh goodness! Where were you guys canoeing? How big was it? That’s jest downright terrifying xD”


My other friend’s was a little bit LESS expected:  “Oooh nice! wait we have alligators?”

Soo yeah. Some more pleasant photos from the trip:

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Another highlight of my year was going over to my best friends’ house and spending the day with my best friend at her work. Those are special times, y’all! We went through books together, read random parts from books that we opened randomly, spent pretty much an entire day in the church library (:D), talked over a Tim Hortons lunch on this nice squishy mat, then later on took a break with freezies and talked some more. It was a lot of fun, and I really enjoyed spending that special friend time. When we got back to her house, my younger sister and her younger sister (just saying, all of us together make quite the foursome. We have this awesome combo altogether that is priceless. I don’t dare put some videos we have of us in here xD) anyway, the girls had made this amazing sticky but soooo good dessert called monkey bread, which was fantabulous. We attempted a photo shoot, and went swimming (also had a water fight with the boys) yeah. It was great 🙂

Wow. Haha, I’ve done a lot this year! Another highlight was going to the Creation Museum and the Ark in May/June and doing it with friends of ours! The Ark is amazing! So massive.


So yeah. I’m not going to fill this post with photos and photos of the trip, but you’ve seen a few 😉

What God has been teaching me this year:

God has been teaching me quite a bit this year. I’ve been learning how to trust in Him through struggles, in struggles, in making decisions, or even in things I get concerned about, or whatever. The main lesson has been to just TRUST. Give it to God: your weaknessness, burdens, heartache, worries, concerns, joys, praise, whatever.

I’ve read a lot of encouraging Psalms and other passages, and a couple of my favorites are Isaiah 40:30-31:

“Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
 But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.”

And Deuteronomy 31:8:

“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

I think the main lessons of this year for me have been trusting in God and forgiveness. Learning to forgive is so important, so vital, and so healing. Learning to forgive allows you to put behind the wrong, to love the other person, and really, ‘forget’ the wrong. Allowing you to see PAST the wrong and overcoming the wrong with love for that other person.

Those have definitely been the lessons this year, and I know a lot of struggles are up ahead. But God keeps His promises, and I think one of those promises is from Psalm 43:5:

“Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”

I hope you find those verses as encouraging to you as they are to me. Having that hope and assurance that these struggles won’t. last. forever. It’s true. And I know when we DO have those struggles, God is right there beside me, helping me through it, even sometimes when I don’t see it. He is. And I so appreciate my friends, who are always there if I need to talk, to get encouragement, to spill my troubles, concerns, joys, worries.

Unfortunately, I always am struggling. There’s a battle going on inside of me, there always is. And when I’m feeling down and discouraged and hopeless, that’s the time I need to cry out to God for His help. And I would so appreciate your prayers as well ❤

I was reading recently in a devotional book, and I opened randomly, and the first sentence was, “Trust Me (meaning Jesus), and don’t be afraid.” That really spoke to me on that particular day, as I had been feeling afraid. God always knows what you need, and He will supply that for you. 🙂

What has God been teaching you this year?

Music I’ve been listening to this year:

That would actually take me a while to say because I’ve listened to a lot of music this year! My best friend and I created a playlist full of encouraging songs, and I’ve gotten introduced to other music as well. Here are some of the songs I’ve been listening to this past year:

Y’all, their voices are AH-mazing!!! You have to check Caleb and Kelsey out!


OK, I shall stop spamming you with Caleb and Kelsey 😉

In case you haven’t noticed *sheepishly grins* I kinda like Beauty and the Beast 😛

Now, I recently learned this at camp, and it’s awesome! (although I wasn’t expecting it to sound like that 😉 )

And I have to include a few songs from Anthem Lights, the new group I’ve been listening to a bit recently:


OK, hopefully you all weren’t so overwhelmed with allllllll of the music xD But I’ve been listening to a LOT, so I was just sharing a bit 😉

So there ya go!

how has your summer been?

P.S. I went to WonderJam this past June and it was aaaaahhhhmazing! Got to see For King and Country in concert, guys!!! 😀 😀 If y’all want to see some videos/photos just comment and say so 😉

A big hug to all of you!

-Livs ❤











The Olson Clan-Chapter 1 (SNEAK PEEK)

*Note to reader* this isn’t quite edited and still needs work.


“Oww!” The cry of pain came from the laundry room. Peter Olson came hobbling out, clutching his foot. Plopping down on the couch, he gingerly rubbed it, tears spilling down his freckled face.


At that moment, 15-year old Elsie bounded down the stairs. Her eyes were focused on her math book as she tried to figure out a problem. “Hey, Mom? Can you help me with–” Glancing up, she saw Peter on the couch, crying, and holding his foot. “Peter, what’s the matter?” Elsie asked, concerned. “Did you hurt yourself?” Peter only nodded. Elsie closed her book and crossed over to where he sat. “Tell me what happened.”


He looked up. “I was in the laundry room, trying to reach some twine in the cupboard so that I could finish making Samuel’s sword? I tried to jump for it and I got it, but then as I was focused on untangling it, I started walking to the other cupboards to find some scissors, but then I stubbed my toe real hard. You know that little space in between that one cupboard on the far right and the laundry basket drawers?”


Elsie nodded. She had almost stubbed her toe there many times. “Let me see your toe, Pete. Which one is it?”


Peter pointed to the second toe on his right foot. “And it hurts something awful, too.”


“I’ll bet,” Elsie countered. “It doesn’t look pretty. See? It’s starting to swell. And it looks sort of purply too.”


Peter gaped as he saw the offending toe, swollen and purple. “I didn’t notice that before. Can you get Mom? Please?”


“Of course, Peter. I wouldn’t just leave you here. Do you know where she is?”


“In the basement, I think.” Peter stated blankly.


Elsie dashed downstairs where her mother had just finished putting a large Tupperware bucket in one of the shelves. “Mama…” She  panted, “Peter’s hurt, and he wants you to come upstairs.”  Mom tucked a wisp of blonde hair behind her ears. Concern flickered in her gentle brown eyes. She placed a hand to her large stomach.


“Oh dear…What happened to him?”  She began up the stairs, lifting her maxi dress slightly as she did.  


Elsie followed, explaining the situation. “He stubbed his toe really badly, and… Mama, I think it might be broken. I’m not totally sure, but it’s swelling and turning colours.”


Mom breathed out a sigh of concern. “I’ll take a look at it. If that’s the case, I’ll have to take him to the doctor. Will you be fine at home to take care of the kids until Dad or Mary Anne gets home?”


Elsie nodded. “Yes, I can. Will you be taking Barbara with you? It would make it a lot easier if she wasn’t running around when I’m trying to make dinner or something. I really don’t know how you do it, Mom.”


Mom chuckled. “It’s about 99 percent God and 1 percent patience!” They reached the landing and opened the door. Mom saw Peter and made her way over to him. “I heard what happened, Peter. May I take a look at the toe? It may be broken. If so, we’ll have to go to the hospital.”


New tears spilled down his cheeks as Mom gently touched the toe. “It hurts when I touch it like this?” He nodded. Mom gave Peter a little hug. “Don’t worry, sweetie. It will be just fine. Let’s get it checked out at the hospital, all right? Go get a shoe on, and I’ll be there in a few minutes.”


Peter obeyed silently, and Elsie helped him hobble to the front door. She situated him on the bench and slid on one sandal. “I’ll be praying for you, Pete. Be brave, OK? It will be just fine.”


He gave a small smile and with a wobbly voice said, “I’ll try.”


Elsie returned to  Mom, where there were now four children surrounding her, listening to her talk to them about how Elsie would be in charge until Dad, Mary Anne, or Owen arrived, and how they must listen to Elsie and be big helpers to her. Elsie smiled. Her mother was so gentle and loving, almost never raising her voice. Elsie sighed unconsciously, wishing she could have the same gift.  Maggie, Kayla, Alyissa and Samuel all turned eyes upon her.


“Elsie!” Maggie and Kayla both clobbered her.  “Will you play dolls with us? You can be the old nanny!” Staring very seriously into her face, Maggie stated, “You have to. You know what the Bibwle says. To do unto others as–”


“You would have them do unto you.” Kayla finished, with a smug smile on her face.  Maggie nodded in agreement.


Before Elsie could answer, Samuel trotted over and laid a hand on both girls’ shoulders. “No, no, Maggie. That’s not what Jesus meant. He didn’t mean that you just say that so you can get what you want.” Casting a glance over his shoulder to Mom, he added, “Right, Mama?”


Mom smiled, tears glistening in her eyes. “Yes, that’s right, honey. All right, I need to go now, kiddos. Peter is waiting for me.”

Giving them all affectionate kisses and hugs, she gathered her purse and a light sweater. Even though it was April and quite mild outside, it sometimes was a bit chilly in the evening, when the sun wasn’t as high in the sky.


“Wait, Mommy!” Alyissa called as she ran after her. “Are you taking Barbara? She is probably going to be pretty grumpy when she wakes up from her nap. It would also help Elsie.”


Mom paused. “How so?” she asked with a questioning glance.


Alyissa grinned. “It would be less kids for Elsie to take care of!”


Mom smiled. “I agree! However, because it would be harder for me to have her underfoot at the hospital, would you be willing to come and watch her?”


Alyissa nodded her head vigorously. “Oh yes! Can I go and get her up?”


“Yes, thank you!” Mom said, very pleased with Alyissa. “I’m so proud of your willingness to serve, Lissa. That’s just how Jesus would act.”


Alyissa beamed with happiness. She ran upstairs and soon returned with a less-than-happy-Barbara. Mom scooped up the pudgy toddler. “Hi, sweetie, how was your nap?”


Barbara laid her head down on Mom’s shoulder. “Dood. ‘Cept when Lissa wote me up.”


Samuel burst out laughing with the child’s jargon. “She sure does talk funny, doesn’t she?”


Maggie and Kayla, who had remained silent up until this point, shared in the laughter, even though they didn’t realize that only until a short time ago, they had spoken just like Barbara.


Elsie covered her mouth with a hand to hide her grin. Alyissa just shrugged and ran off to get her shoes on.


Mom chuckled. “I suppose she does, Samuel. But all of you used to talk like that. You just grow out of it as you learn to say things better.” Leaning down, she whispered, “And it is cute, isn’t it? We don’t want her growing up too fast.”


Samuel nodded, his eyes twinkling.


“OK, I really do need to go now, kids. I’ll see you later. Kayla, honey, don’t slide down the bannister. You could hurt yourself.” Kayla scurried off, disappointment showing in her eyes, but pride registering there as well that she had obeyed her mommy so quickly.  Mom smiled at her and grabbed a small sweater for Barbara that was on the table. She retreated out to the car, Barbara on her hip.


As soon as Elsie had helped Peter out to the car, she returned inside and locked the door. Uncertain as to what she should do first, she glanced at the clock, hoping it would be time to start supper soon. She was disappointed to find that it was only two in the afternoon. “Hmm.” she mused aloud. “I suppose I should find out where the kids went off to.” After the foursome had left for the hospital, everyone else had disappeared. “Maybe I should actually take out some ground beef. It will take a while to thaw.” Deciding that was her next task, she went downstairs to the large chest freezer and pulled out four small packages of the frozen meat. She hurried upstairs, clutching the frigid meat in her arms. She plopped them in a large glass bowl and ran hot water over them, setting the bowl in the sink. I’ll have to put new water in there in a bit.


Elsie wandered out of the kitchen. “OK, kids! Where are you?” In their 4,000 square foot house, it was easy to lose someone for a while.


When no one answered, Elsie sighed. If she knew the twins and Samuel, they were hiding from her, hoping that she would find them. “C’mon, guys. I don’t really feel like playing hide-and-seek. You still have schoolwork to do!”


No one answered. The whole house was silent. Elsie trudged upstairs, hoping it wouldn’t take too long to find them. “Elsiiieeee! Come quick!” A voice came from Mom and Dad’s bedroom. Elsie quickened her steps and rushed into their bedroom.


“What’s the matter?”


Six fear-filled eyes popped up from one side of the neatly-made bed. “Hurryyyy!” Elsie joined them on the floor.


“What is it?” She asked again. “Is this a joke?”


Samuel answered this time. “N-no. Look out the window!”


“What am I looking for?”


“Just look!” Samuel whispered again.


Elsie peered out the window and looked for several moments before she spotted a man. He was wandering around, near the edges of the small forest at the border of their property. “Who is he?” she wondered aloud.


The three shrugged. “I don’t know!” Samuel answered, “ That’s what makes it so scary. What should we do?”


Elsie stood. “I’m not sure. I think we should get out of this room and make sure that all of the windows and doors are locked. Since we don’t know who this guy is, we should be as safe as possible. I also think we should call Dad.”


They all shuffled out of the room, closing the door behind them. Maggie and Kayla clung to Elsie as she closed all of the windows and locked them. Samuel was downstairs, making sure that all of the doors were locked.


Elsie bent down to Maggie and Kayla’s level. “Are you girls alright?”


They nodded hesitantly. “I think so.” Kayla spoke, “I’m still scared though. Are you going to call Daddy?” she asked.


Elsie nodded. “Yeah. Come with me.” She found a portable laying on her desk, and she dialed Dad’s cell phone. As a lawyer, Dad was often involved in a meeting, or was busy studying a case for the person he was representing. Elsie hated to bother him, but she knew he wouldn’t mind. Dad answered after a few rings.




“Hi Dad, it’s Elsie.”


“Elsie, sweetie, how are you?”


“I’m alright, Dad. How are you?”


“Fine! I’m just coming home from a meeting. Is…is there something the matter? Is it your mother?” His voice became concerned.


“No, no. It’s not Mom, don’t worry! It’s just that, there is a man at the edge of our property, near the woods. He was just wandering around. We locked all of the doors and windows, but is there anything else we should do?”


Elsie could hear Dad’s obvious relief about Mom. “That’s strange. Who is there with you in the house?”


“It’s just me, Maggie, Kayla, and Samuel. Mary Anne and Owen aren’t home yet. Mom took Barbara, Alyissa, and Peter to the hospital. Peter might have broken his toe.”


Dad sighed. “Yes, Mom called me from the hospital. I just didn’t think it was only you there with the kids.” He paused. “OK. Don’t do anything. Don’t go out of the house. Can you check to see if he’s still there?”


Elsie swallowed. “OK.” She cautiously opened the bedroom door and looked out the window. There was the man, still wandering around, looking very deep in thought. He made wild gestures with his hands, as if he was talking to someone. “Dad…he’s still there, and he looks like he’s talking to someone… on the phone I mean. He’s making all of these gestures with his hands.”


“OK, Elsie. I’ll be home in an hour and a bit. I have a meeting that I can’t miss. If he leaves, call me. If he is still there when I come home, I’ll have to talk to him. Don’t go out of the house, alright?”


“I won’t.”


“Good. Call me if there’s a problem. Could you put the phone on speaker? The other children are there too, right?”


“Yes, they are. One sec.” She hit the speaker button. “OK, you’re on speaker, Dad.”


“Hey, kiddos! Now, Dad will be home in a little while, so you just listen to Elsie, alright?”


A chorus of ‘Yes, Dad’s sounded, and Dad assured them that everything would be fine. “I’ll see you all soon, alright?” They all said good-bye, and Elsie turned off the phone.


Maggie and Kayla jumped up and down. “ Boy, that man is scary. Are you scared, Samuel? Can we have a snack, Elsie?”


Samuel shrugged. “Sorta. But Dad will be here soon, and I won’t need to be scared. But if he tries to come in while we are here, I won’t let him. I’ll tackle him and tie him up. I’ll–”


Elsie held up a hand. “Woah! I sure hope that won’t happen, but thank you for your willingness in protecting us. What a gentleman!”


Samuel flushed in embarrassment. “Girls.” He muttered, a small grin plastering his face.


Elsie turned towards the twins, who were still bouncing up and down, and chanting, “Snack, snack, snack, snack…”


“Sure, that’s fine. Let’s go downstairs and fix something to eat. What do you feel like?”


“Cookies!” They both giggled. “Can we have cookies? Puh-lease?”


Elsie chuckled and grabbed their hands in her own. “‘Fraid not! For one thing, we don’t have any, and for another, it’s not the best type of snack to be eating. How ‘bout cheese and apples? Samuel? What do you think?”


He nodded. “That sounds good!”


The twins reluctantly, but eventually nodded their consent. As they all went downstairs, Kayla mumbled, “Not as good, but healthy for my tuuuummmmy!”


Maggie giggled quietly. “You too funny, Kayla.”


Elsie quickly fixed a snack for the three kids and replaced the now cold water in the meat bowl with some fresh, hot water.  The clock now read 2:30 P.M. What could she do in the span of time before supper?


“OK, kids. Once you are done your snack, time for a little more schoolwork. Then you can go have some quiet time, alright? Mary Anne should be home really soon.”

They all nodded and Elsie went to get their schoolwork. It’s going to be a busy afternoon.

Sneak Peak(Chapter 1) of unnamed sequel to Racing for Time!

 Melanie Studd stretched out on her bed, her eyes heavy with exhaustion. It had been a busy day, volunteering at a soup kitchen in the morning, then testifying at court in the evening. Detective Jack Whitby and Kathy, his accomplice, were sentenced to 30 years in prison for attempted murder-twice. Carmen Dell, a small-player in the grand scheme, was sentenced to 120 hours of community service. Melanie was glad it was over. Her best friend, Janefer, was enjoying life as a new Christian, even though at times it was hard. It had been four months since her dad had died, but Janefer was doing well, and was very happy it was all over. Mel kept her eyes closed as she savored the comfort of her bed. She leaned over and reached for the blanket at the end of her bed, threw it over her legs. Her broken leg was pretty much healed, but she still had to be cautious that she didn’t do too many strenuous activities.

  Tomorrow would be the first day of freedom. She would be free from court dates and the fear that someone would try what Jack and Kathy would do. She would be able to go to college like a normal young woman and live her life out like God would have it. Her future seemed so blissful and happy as she fell asleep.

  Mel awoke the next day, singing cheerfully as she showered and dressed. Janefer would be picking her up soon. Mel opened the fridge and studied its contents. “Umumum…. eggs? Nah. Toast? Hmm… okay.” She pulled the bread and peanut butter out of the refrigerator and put a slice of bread in the toaster. Pouring some water into the coffee maker, she pressed the ‘ON’ button and sat down at the table with a plate and knife.

  The toast popped and Mel got up and spread on the peanut butter–thick. She prayed quietly and began eating. Suddenly she was struck with a thought. I wonder what it would be like at college. Surely everyone has heard about me and Janefer in the news. As she got up to pour herself some coffee, that thought remained in her mind. Well, I do hope that everyone will treat us normally. She swept the thought away like the crumbs on her plate. “I am determined to be happy today. I don’t want to think about thoughts like that.”

  The doorbell rang just as Mel finished her last bit of coffee. It rang again. “Hang on! I’m coming!”  Hurrying to the door, she opened it. There stood Janefer, her chestnut-brown hair curling slightly around her shoulders, a concerned look on her face. “Hey Janefer! You look worried. What’s wrong?”

  Janefer raked a hand through her hair. “I’ll tell you everything on the way. Are you ready to leave?”

  “I just have to brush my teeth and grab my textbooks from upstairs. Hang on.”

  As she ran upstairs, Janefer looked around. She loved Mel’s house. The cream walls nicely accented the leather-brown couches and the hardwood floor. The smell of freshly brewed coffee permeated the air, and Janefer sauntered into the kitchen to see if there was any left. She’d need it after this.

  She saw the empty coffeepot in the sink. Guess not. Grabbing a granola bar from the basket in the pantry instead, she walked back to the front entrance. Mel came down the stairs just then, shrugging on a sweater as she set her books down and pulled on her shoes. “Okay, I’m ready.” What’s going on? I hope it’s not too serious. The girls got into the car, and as soon as they pulled out of the driveway, Mel started shooting questions rapid-fire. “What’s happening, Jan? Is it your mom? My family? You? Something at college? No, that wouldn’t be it because we are going to college, right? Today.”

  Janefer held up a hand. “Calm down. It’s not your family or my family. It’s at the college. There’s been a break-in, and someone’s been hurt. No one knows who did it or why, but the police are searching there right now.”

  Mel turned white. “Oh no. Who was hurt? Do you know what was stolen?”

  Janefer shook her head. “I think it was the janitor that was hurt, but right now he’s unconscious and hasn’t woken up yet. My guess is that he saw the person, or persons who did it and they saw him and had to somehow get him out of the way. I don’t know what was stolen, but I guess we’ll find out soon.”

  Mel watched as they pulled into the college parking lot, yellow caution tape strung near the entrance. What was happening?