Happy Thanksgiving!


I had dragons-breath as I was outside this morning, taking care of some of my chores. It was crisp and I was slightly cold, my hands stuck in my pockets for most of the time. Today's actually Thanksgiving - it seems like awhile since it's been that. Thanksgiving. Today's Thanksgiving. Today's the day. That day. Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! :)

I'm thankful for things all year round, but here are a few things that I can think of that I'm thankful for today:

:: God and Jesus. Always.
:: Knowing that I'm going to be OK and alright, no matter what comes, because I have a great God who cares about me and who's going to be there every step of the way.
:: Every single person in my family - they're all amazing and awesome in their own different way, and I love each and every one of them.
:: Great real life friends (friends that I know personally outside of the internet) who have just been amazing to me.
: Having all of you guys as friends for this past year.
:: Zucchini pie! (Believe it or not, it's amazing, and my mom makes a killer zucchini pie.)
:: Having my family here around me.
:: Every single kind word any of you have ever said to me. You guys are the best.
:: All of our pets.
:: Chocolate, onions, bacon, potatoes, cream of mushroom, pudding, black olives, dill pickles, banana peppers, strawberries, and... like every other food I've ever loved.
:: And a million other things that I can't think of right now.

I hope you guys have the greatest day.

Happy Thanksgiving! :) God bless! :)

Be a hero,
Anna

What's going on before Thanksgiving...

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Believe it or not, no, I'm not posting about my schedule that I told you I would be really soon. In fact, I don't even think I'm going to be posting it any time soon at all. (scary, right?) The reason? Well... I'm not going to be available to make that many posts in the next while, so I was like, "What's the point of getting my schedule out if I can't even follow it?"

This, my dear friends, is my horrible dilemma.

So, I will [hopefully] be doing the schedule sometime, but just not now. :) Eventually. I'm thinking maybe the beginning of the year? (That's sounds so scary. lol it's like that thing that I love doing on New Years... "See you next year." haha does anybody else do that? :)) Scarily enough, 2013 is actually drawing to a close. *gasp* Oh my word, I think I'm going to have a... a... um... scared attack. It seems like we just started 2013, and now another year?! My nerves can not taketh this, they cannot...! OK, OK, calm down, you can do this... (JK haha)

Ahem. Anyway.

So I finished Risked. I don't know about you guys, but I've always kind of loved learning more about Anastasia Romanov, the Russian princess. Well, that's what this book in The Missing Series (by Margaret Peterson Haddix) was about. And I found something out. (this is a *sniff sniff* moment, at least for me...) They've actually found out that all of the Romanovs died that day, unlike what I had thought until I read this book. (Apparently I haven't quite kept up with the changing times... =P) But it was really interesting. I'd really recommend it. :) (Though there's of course that middle school boy/girl thing that always happens... but yeah)

Yesterday night, my mom and I were making chocolate covered pretzels. I don't know about you guys, but I love chocolate covered pretzels. She made the brown chocolate and I made the white chocolate ones. I guess you could say that's kind of the start of our home ec class so far. :)

I have a question - has anybody ever heard of/watched an old Disney movie called Shipwrecked? We had watched it when we were really little, but we didn't remember the title of it. It was so funny, because suddenly I just thought of the word, "Shipwrecked," and I was like, "Type in Shipwrecked [into wiki]!" And guess what? That was it! So, we found it on YouTube and got to watch it for the first time in I don't know how many years. It was so funny as my mind remembered parts of it and how it all just fit together with the memories that I had of it. (That kid in it is really little, by the way. Just sayin'. I'm pretty sure I remembered him being older then that... of course, I was littler when I first saw it, so... yeah....) I'd love to know if you watch it and if you like it! :)

Have any of you heard that new song by Natalie Grant called Hurricane? I love that song - it's so beautiful. I also love Be My Rescue by Nichole Nordeman. Hurricane reminds me of a beautiful blue wave stretching up towards the sky, and like white beaches and blue skies. Kind of like the sea at the end of the third Narnia movie, the one that separates Aslan's country from Narnia. And Be My Rescue... I just love it. :) Thoughts? :)

[really random note that I should've put up by the book conversation:] I actually finished A Year Without Autumn [by Liz Kessler], and I think I might do a review on Dragonmaster about it soon. If you're interested, keep an eye out! ;)

We've been practicing for the play, and I now have all my lines down pretty well. (just a few mess ups, but nothing that'll totally ruin it. Hopefully.) So hopefully that goes well. :)

Well, I hope you're all having a great day today. As for me, I'm off to check my designing email, and then go and do my therapy. And then there's something that's happening tonight that I'm going to be doing. Have a great day! :)

Happy Early Thanksgiving!! :) God bless!! :)

Be a hero,
Anna

It's one of those sweater days

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I haven't worn a sweater in I don't know how long, at least since last year. I don't like most sweaters, mostly because usually they're itchy and sometimes big and other times just ugly. But today, I looked outside and saw the snowing falling, and I found myself wanting to wear a sweater. Well, one of those old sweaters or sweatshirts that I always keep in the wooden dresser. So I started digging through the drawers, looking for one that I would want to wear. (I did, after all, have things to do today out in public...) And then I found it.

It was actually kind of cute. And it wasn't overly huge. And it wasn't ugly. It was green with this cool design towards the top wrapping around that was made of like this dark red and cream. I slipped it on, and I found that because of the turtleneck I was wearing with it - I don't know how long it's been since I've worn one of those, either - it wasn't itchy. I liked this. A sweater. I was suddenly feeling poetic or something. ;)

Despite the snow, I decided to wear my Bearpaw boots. Oh, just 'cause I wanted to. I wasn't feeling overly imaginative, so a ponytail for the hair. I went upstairs and realized that, obviously, it was really cold. So, time for a hat - like my cute knitted/crochet/something of the sort hat that I always love wearing. And why not the matching scarf? Sure. Let's do this thing. I put it all on, and I felt like I was in a book or something as I stepped out in the snow in my rubberboots.

Thanks for everybody whose praying for everybody that I mentioned in the post before this one. I saw a friend today who knew the person who died and she was pretty sad, so please pray for her especially, too. Thanks so much, guys. You're amazing. <3

So, today, I went off to this class that I'm taking with some friends of mine and afterwards book club. I'd already read the new book that we got - it's called Fever 1793, by Laurie Halse Anderson - so guess what?? I GOT THE NEW MISSING BOOK!!!!!! YES!!!!!!! OK, OK, a little explanation. (Because what on earth is the Missing book? Like a book that's missing?) So have any of you heard of The Missing Series by Margaret Peterson Haddix? (Shout out to her, by the way, because all of her books that I've read so far are amazing and always keep me interested, at least pretty well.) Well, anyway, it's amazing awesome. :) And I just got the new one from my book club leader! (Shout out to her, too. She's awesome. :)) It's called Risked, and I'm really excited to start reading it. :) (Oh yeah, I don't remember if I told you [I'm pretty sure I did], but I've been an awful reader of late. And guess what? It's ended! [Whatever weird phase was on me. How about a either-designing-or-blogging-or-work-or-something-else-instead-of-reading phase??? That'd be about right... just another reason I need a new posting&designing schedule... =P] I actually got about halfway into a book last night. It's called A Year Without Autumn [by Liz Kessler] and it's pretty OK so far... anyway...) Which hopefully I'll start tomorrow. Anyway. :)

And then we went off to bell choir, which was fun. We're going to have a performance at a Christmas kick-off program hosted by some churches (I believe), at which I'm also going to be doing that play that I told you guys about. So I'm going to be pretty busy in the next few days/weeks. :) I'm excited, though. It should be lots of fun. :)

What have you been doing lately? Anything fun planned for Thanksgiving? What about Christmas? :)

Talk to you all later... God bless! :)

Be a hero,
Anna

P.S. Anybody else heard ThePianoGuy's new song? It's AWESOME! :) (It's called Arwen's Vigil. You can check it out on YouTube, if you want! :))

Please just pray

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I didn't even know one of them until it happened. I pretty much only knew of the other person; I'd only just seen them a few times because we did some of the same things. But I didn't know them. I didn't know either of them. I'd never said a word to them. I pretty much just know one of their families.

And now one of them's dead.

It's so horrible. I don't think they were a Christian, so I know where they are. Whenever I think about their name, it's a whole new shock - they're dead.  I just can't believe it. I didn't even really know them at all. And yet they're dead.

The other person? They're alive, but badly hurt. I heard at one point that they were paralyzed. I don't know now.

I just can't imagine the grief that the family of the one kid that died is going through. That kid was my age. It's so scary. None of us know how long we're going to be here. None of us know when it's supposed to be our time. No one knows when God's going to call us away from this world. None of us.

Please just pray for all of the families, friends, kids... everyone. Please just pray for them. This is, I believe, the third death of a kid this year. It's just so hard. I didn't really know the people who died, but I knew of them. I had seen and known of two of them before they died. And now they're gone. It's just so sad.

Please just pray.

Just Scroll


Hey, everybody! (I think that's a new record for how long I've been gone... especially without guest posters.... hm.... sorry about that...) Anyway, so what's been up for you? Well, my pinterest's acting up funny (I had like 190 some followers and followed like 90 some boards, and now suddenly they're saying I have 137 followers and only follow 75 boards?? Anyway... at least they haven't taken away my pins =P) and I forgot my password for it, so I went and had they send me an email. (It's on my design email, so once I'm done posting I'll go and get that all figured out.)

So. I got my brace back!!! YES. I was so happy. :) I am now back in business therapy wise. I think I've been doing it for three days now... :) I was so happy to see the lovely neon yellowness. :) (And it look like normal, all the dents and scratches and anything--proof that they'd only just fixed the part that had broken and hadn't given me a new one. :) [and, yes, I did just say scratches and dents. Am I little violent with it? Hmm....])

I'm wanting to get some changes on here.... well, truth is, I need more time. In the real world. I've been devoting a lot of time to posting, commenting, designing, etc. and really need to relax a little bit with it. (Which sounds kind of sad. Don't worry, blogs will not be deleted or abandoned in this process. And neither will I.) I'll tell you guys more about the changes later.... In an official post. :) Just wanted to give a heads up that new things are coming our way...

Guess what! OK, so, I was looking through this cookbook (I can't remember if I was handed it or if I picked it up, I'm thinking that my mom handed it to me) that like came in the mail (so more like a cook magazine??) and there were all of these great recipes that we would never normally try (we're kind of like tried and true people usually when it comes to food) and I was like, "Mom! We should do a home ec class at home!" (I said something of the sort, at least...) So, hopefully starting Monday, we're going to be having a home ec class. My idea was that we could pick a recipe that we'd never tried before, and if it was a full meal then we could make it for supper and if it was like a dessert then we could just make that for supper's dessert. I can't believe I'm getting this excited about this.... about cooking... I usually don't, but this seemed like a really good idea. :) What do you guys think? :)

Christmas is like a month away. I'm already thinking about presents. Sometimes it's like so hard to get something for somebody. For some people in my family, I like don't even know what to get them. Do you guys have people like that in your family? Hmm. Maybe I'll just get them a new shirt and a pack of their favorite candy.... lol :D Have any of you guys done Christmas shopping yet? :)

Oh yeah... a new design's going to be coming up here soon! :) (I'm hoping. Before the new posting stuff thingy maggigy.) :) Just as a little heads up. :)

Have a great day! God bless! :)

Be a hero,
Anna

P.S. Simple is beautiful. So is complicated. Which is your fave? :)

Guess What...!

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First off... God gave us a new car! Isn't that so amazing?! This is just... it makes my brain just like shriek, "THAT'S SO SWEET!" every time I think about it. *sniff sniff* It's just so great... Because of all of the extra travel that we've had to do for my dad's cancer and everything, this car is a really precious gift. <3

And guess what else?! My brace is fixed! YES. YESYESYESYESYESYES!!!! I think we're picking it up today. YAY! :) I'm so excited. I've missed it. My friend, whenever she's not running, always says that she feels so fat. (To which I'm always like, "You're like way not fat...") Now I think I understand. I. WANT. TO. DO. THERAPY!!! Wow, never thought I'd hear that out of myself. =P lol Anybody else like exercising? Like actually? :)

And guess what ELSE?! I'm going to be in a play!!! YES. :D My friend wrote it, and she did a really great job. It's just a cute little skit for a Christmas cantata in our town. I'm the main character, and I don't know the real meaning of Christmas. (Jesus.) It's pretty funny. My character's kind of a brat, but she gets lots of awesome emotions. :D (No crying, thank goodness.) And of course she changes. So that's really fun. We did our first practice last night. I've started memorizing my lines this morning. We have about three more weeks (but it's just with our youth group, so we only get like three official practices because we're doing it at youth group), but knowing me, if I don't start practicing it's never going to get done. =P Thankfully, it's not like a huge load of lines, so hopefully I'll be able to manage it. :)

And GUESS WHAT!!!!! :D (lol how many more can I do?? =P) It's snowing outside! Like the pretty big flakes, too. And slowly, like on a Christmas card. #love <3 The trees are starting to get covered, and the ground is still visible, but it's beautiful. <3 This morning we had some fog, which I got to walk through to the barn, and then it turned to snow. Sometimes I just love the weather where I live... <3

And now. Ladies and gentleman. THE COFFEE CUP... >>



By the way, please don't pin these. Thanks! :)
Well, I know somebody who didn't think it was that cute, but since I don't drink coffee and I just had cocoa in it, I thought it was pretty cool. (Like out of a book or something...) I also loved the straw. (Does anybody else like straws?? I mean, really, they're so fun...!!!) Anyway.

Don't pin these either, please...
The other day, I also made Mac'n'Cheese. (I obviously had some free time. lol) Actually, I think it was quite awhile ago now. I just never made a post about it. And then I saw it on the camera and was like, "Whatever! Let's do this thing!" haha =D

Or this one...
IN CONCLUSION. I love the movie Rudy. I know there's some bad words and stuff, but it just makes me want to cry... like every time... not to mention the person who acts Rudy acts the beloved Sam[wise Gamgee].... oh my gosh.... *sniff sniff* (Sorry, but whoever he [I think the actor's name is Sean Astin] always makes me want to cry. Anyway.) I also love the new Persuasion movie by BBC. (With Sally Hawkins [I believe] as Anne Elliot.) Oh my word. The photography's great--I love it. (And seriously, whats-his-face is a total jerk to her in the beginning.) That movie makes me want to cry, too. (I'm starting to see a theme here... crying=loving the movie [??]).

Anyway, hope you all have a great day! :) God bless! :)

Be a hero,
Anna

P.S. Brownie points to my friend who straightened my hair the other day. YOU. ARE. AWESOME. High five, girl.

Is makeup... bad?


I know this is something that's talked about a lot between/to Christian girls. I know when I was younger, I thought like makeup was evil. Like, "*gasp* OH MY GOSH THEY'RE WEARING MAKEUP!!!" That's when I was younger.

Now, I don't think makeup's bad. I think it can be really good and enhance your features. Sometimes you might just want to look a little nicer--like for church or a special presentation or something. Is that bad? No. I think that what's really happened is that we haven't realized our motives for wearing makeup.

If somebody's wearing it for like wrong reasons--like if makeup's an idol for them--then that's not good. (And I personally don't like a lot of makeup. But that's just personal preference.) But it's not bad to enhance your features and look your best for something. I think that if makeup is as stumbling block for somebody, they need to go to God with that.

A lot of Christians would to the verses in 1 Timothy where they talk about it how your beauty shouldn't be external but internal.
I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God. ~1 Timothy 2:9-10 (NIV)
Or in 1 Peter.
Your adornment must not be merely external-- braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses. ~1 Peter 3:3 (NASB)
Well, first off, it doesn't even mention makeup... and even if it did, does that mean that we can't ever braid our hair? I know a lot of Christian girls who wear braids. And dresses? Do we have to wear jeans to church? Or gold jewelry. We can't wear gold crosses? Or anything gold?

These scriptures aren't saying that you can't ever wear dresses or wear jewelry or braids or makeup; it's saying that your beauty shouldn't come from that. It's fine to look nice, to look pretty. But you want your beauty to come from a beautiful heart in tune with God. That's where the real beauty comes from.

If makeup still bothers you, you might decide never to wear it. And it's not bad not to wear makeup, either! It's a personal choice, one that should be made by you and your parents with the guidance of God.

Have a lovely day. :) God bless. :)

Be a hero,
Anna

P.S. I'm hoping to show that coffee cup soon, and some other pictures and an update on some exciting new things... :)

My Adventure(s)


Two days ago
November 6, 2013

I'd only been to the emergency room once before, and that was during a simulation: nobody had gotten hurt; we'd all walked out of there fine that night, glad to have helped the hospital practice and thinking it was kind of fine to ride in an ambulance. But this time was real.

My mom pulled up to the curb and we all got out, heading for the door with the red sign "Emergency" over it. We went through the sliding doors and quickly told the people what was going on. My dad had been supposed to keep a certain medicine down, but he'd thrown it up. He had to come and get it through an IV now.

We were told to sit and wait. Some kind of crime show was on the TV, but I didn't recognize it. I glanced around the room, wondering what other people were here for. Had somebody almost died? Had a heart attack? I wasn't exactly afraid for my dad's health, but I was scared--what would have happened if we hadn't gotten here? I wasn't sure. The thought scared me.

I heard the people around us. Some of the people were coming together in a group, asking over and over, "How is he? How is he?" A little child clung to what I supposed was their mother crying while the mother told them, "He's going to be alright!" I felt scared for them. Who was "he"? What had happened? Was he going to be alright? From what I could catch, it sounded like he'd broken his leg. I hoped he'd be OK. I sent up a prayer for those people.

We finally went back, where my dad's blood pressure got tested. At least, that's what I think it was. I wasn't quite sure. The woman was entering Dad's information in, Mom helping her. I stood off to the side, feeling in the way and not helpful. I held my dad's coats and got him another one of the puke bags hanging in a dispenser on the wall.

"There's a flu going around back there," the woman told us something of the kind. She glanced at Dad. "You might want to put that back on." She pointed to his surgical mask that he's been wearing to keep from getting sick. Dad quickly slipped it up.

They put Dad in a wheel chair and took him down the hallways. They'd said they wanted him in a room with a door, but that the one that they wanted was being cleaned by the house cleaning people. Instead, we were put in a good-sized room with a curtain instead of a door. Dad was put on the bed and put on a hospital gown.

There was some confusion about the medicine he was supposed to take. It was only for cancer patients, and my dad has a pretty rare type of cancer. The people down there hadn't worked with it--ever. If it hadn't been for a pharmacists, he might've never gotten what he needed.

This all started around nine o'clock. I was tired as it was. But when my mom told me that we might have to go to the hospital that night, while we were still in the hotel watching TV, I'd told her I wanted to come--I didn't want to be left by myself there. And I wanted to know what would happen. So I'd slipped on a sweatshirt and sweatpants over my pajamas and put on my Bearpaw boots and braided my hair.

Now I was sitting in not the most comfortable of chairs in Dad's room, feeling more and more exhausted by the moment. I tried sleeping, but it just wasn't working. (I just couldn't get comfortable. It was awful.) Not to mention I was dying of thirst. I felt like my throat was shrieking at me. Dad started sleeping with the IV in his arm while Mom did some stuff on the kindle. There was a TV, but we hadn't turned it on--I supposed that was because we didn't want to wake up Dad. I understood. I was just and bored. Really tired and bored.

You know that feeling when you're really tired but you can't get to sleep, and your head's hurting like crazy, and you're starting to feel a tad bit moody, because you're just so tired and suddenly wish you could even just sleep on the floor? Add that in with a horrible thirst and fear and you'd have about what I was feeling like. =P

The nurses came in and out, doing different stuff--first putting in the IV, then I think giving him a shot of some kind, then talking to Mom, etc. It was rather confusing. I finally ended up getting the kindle. Guess what I did? I went back through old posts on here, reading things and smiling at your lovely words you left me and showing my mom funny things. I also went and played this like matching game on the kindle. At least it kept me awake.

Mom asked if we could have some water (because we found out that both of us were dying of thirst) and this really nice nurse went and got us some ice water. I just about hugged somebody.

We stayed for what seemed like just about forever. Finally, at like 1:30 in the morning of November 7th, we finally got to leave. I started falling asleep on the way over. We got to the hotel and I literally like fell on the bed and went to sleep.

I woke up the next morning and found out that my mom wasn't there--she was in the hospital. She'd driven to the emergency room about 3:00 that morning because she'd thought she was having a heart attack. I was scared--really scared. What was going to happen? Why did this have to happen now? We had some friends living in the same town as the hospital and they drove us over so that Dad could have his last round of chemo. We didn't know anything for what seemed like forever.

And then guess what?

My mom walked through the door.

She hadn't had a heart attack, just like extreme stress. She now has to take this special medicine whenever she feels like that again. I was filled with relief. She was alright. We could do this. We were all going to be alright.

We spent the rest of the day at chemo and then went back to the hotel. I had another great night's sleep, thanks to my exhaustion.

And then this morning, November 8th. Dad just had one more shot, and then we could go home. I was so excited. We'd planned originally on going home on Thursday (yesterday) night, but had had to stay because of Dad's emergency room visit. (And I believe some other stuff.) And guess what else?

We hadn't been able to go and see about the cello because we were so busy with everything else. Finally, today, we got to go and see the cellos. I was so excited. We pulled into the parking lot and went through the door. The music shop that we went to? We've been there before. But this time, unlike the other times, I was looking around for cellos. I spotted some, but I was pretty sure they weren't the ones that we were looking for--Mom had gone to their website and saw this thing about renting cellos. These ones were for sale.

The lady came out with a cello for rent and we went into another room. She talked to us about it and how to hold it. It was so beautiful. She showed me how to hold the cello--I felt like I was hugging somebody or something, except different. I've only ever played the piano before (and killed myself briefly on guitar strings), so it was so strange and beautiful and wonderful all at the same time when she handed me the cello's bow. She showed me how to hold it--I'm pretty sure I didn't get it quite right--and then showed me how to play it on the cello.

I was kind of expecting the slightly shrill voice of the violin when you first play, and how that doesn't sound the greatest. But no. I pushed the bow over the strings, and this beautiful sound came out. I couldn't believe that I was making it. It was so amazing! Mom and the woman talked while I just pushed it back and forth, just getting used to it, not playing any notes. Then Mom tried. She told me later it was like her heart beat slowed and she could finally relax.

We didn't buy the cell or start renting it today--that was never our plan. (Though my mom told me she was sorely tempted. So was I. It was an amazing instrument, and I almost started thinking, "This is mine.") But we're planning on going back in January to rent one. I'm so excited. This is what I want. I love the piano, but not like this. I love the cello--the sound, the look, the way you play it. I don't know everything, obviously, and it's going to be hard, and I'm going to have to learn a lot and be patient and everything. But I want to. I want to. I love the cello.

This is has been rather crazy, but it's been my last few days. Thank you so much to everybody who's been praying for us. <3 It's so amazing. <3 God bless you guys. <3

Be a hero,
Anna

P.S. At the hotel I was at, they had the cutest little hot chocolate cups. I'm hoping to show you a picture soon. :)

Whoa (just read)

Hiya.

So, I'm sitting in a chair in a hospital-type building somewhere where you will probably never be at a strange and different computer writing a post and hoping nobody's looking over my shoulder. (Is there anybody? *checks* Nope. OK, good, let's continue.. >>)

So my dad has needed some more chemo because of his cancer, so that's what we're doing here. I was going to actually write a post yesterday but didn't get around to it... =P (That TV was quite diverting... as was my work that I had to do.)

Anyway, guess what? Yesterday my mom was a sweetie and took me out to Wendy's. (It tasted really good, despite the fact that my mom's pancakes are thicker then their hamburgers.... at least the hamburger I got... lol) And then last night we went to a buffet. (I'm serious, I think the only time I've ever felt like a pig is at a buffet... seriously! I mean usually it's like "don't take too much, everybody else wants some" but at a buffet?! It's all like "eat up!" [I seriously felt like a pig though.])

Thanks so much for everybody who decided to do #letsmakethemsmile with me. It just made me smile as I read all of your comments on the kindle. (Yeah, I swiped it for a few moments yesterday...) It was just so sweet. (But as I'm on like a strange computer, I'm probably not going to be commenting on your blogs. Like... for several days. *bad me!* Can't even do my own resolution. =P [Well, normally I would. This is like kind of out of the ordinary...]) But thanks so much for everybody who's doing that. It's just so awesome. <3

I have a question... does anybody else like/watch NCIS? (I know some of the stuff isn't the greatest, but we just skip it/look away/etc.) And, come on, it's one of the most interesting things (I think) on TVs nowadays. (I actually looked it up on Wiki. It's like America's favorite TV show....[???] I mean, who knew, right?!) It's like either that or Disney Channel, but my dad thinks it's kind of...um...not intelligent. Yeah.

Guess what! I'm pretty sure I'm going to be checking out cellos today! I'm really excited. We're just looking for rentals, of course, because we're not quite sure if it's all going to work out. But I'm seriously excited. I just love the sound of the cello. It's so beautiful. <3 (It's OK if you think it's ugly. I understand. I don't like harmonicas. =P [or horns, really...])

Yesterday, my mom and I were getting some games on the kindle. Very interesting. Believe it or not, she likes Star Wars Angry Birds. (This is me: ??) It's kind of funny, because I thought the game was really boring. =P But she likes it for the challenge. (She's good at that kind of stuff.) I was the one who saw the hunting game and got it installed for free and was laughing while I killed the deer. =P Oh dear, me... (Actually, my mom ended up liking that game, too, and I'm pretty sure she's now way ahead of where I was.)

Guess what. I broke my brace. It was on accident, yes, but I did it. Actually, it wasn't even my fault. I was just pulling it on and it... broke. Wow. Yeah. So now I can't use it, which means no running, jumping, etc. I miss my brace. A lot. (I promise I won't break down crying on you. JK :D)

Anyway, I suppose I should get going. God bless! :)

Be a hero,
Anna

P.S. Last night we watched Hogan's Heroes. Oh dear.... :D

Let's Make Them Smile


I have some of the most amazing blogger friends in the world, some of whom I don't know what they look like, maybe don't know their real name, and don't know where they live. But there's something that connects us. We're friends. We have smiles, laughs, and beautiful words that we share together on our blogs. It's a kind of bond that's different from anything else.

I think sometimes we don't appreciate these awesome people enough. There's so many there for me... I can't even mention them all. Everyone always surprises me with their kindnesses. And I just wanna say... you're all amazing. You're all the most amazing people in the world. God's used you in such amazing ways in my life. I love being here with you. I love talking to you. I love reading your words and replying. It's just something that I love so much.

This month, this November, I've heard people talking about counting one thing that they're thankful for every day. That's a lovely thing. But what if, along with that, we made a sort of resolution.

Up until Thanksgiving, let's comment on every blog post that shows up on dashboards. (Unless it's like offensive or something to you in some way.) Let's show those people who have been so amazing to us just how amazing they are.

I think that sometimes we get caught up and just treat one person that they're the most amazing person ever, you know? It's really hard being on the other end of that, I know from personal experience. It just makes me think, "Oh, great, so I guess I'm chopped liver." And the truth is... everyone is amazing in their own special way. We don't have to feel bad. Blogging isn't about getting followers, getting comments... it's about sharing and making friends and being the person that God calls you to be. Some people who have like 5 or 10 followers have the most amazing words. Just because you don't get comments doesn't mean you're not read or that you don't have good things to say. You're all special. You're all amazing.

So, this month, let's spread the love. Hashtag #letsmakethemsmile in a comment below if you're with me.

Let's make them smile. :)

Be a hero,
Anna

P.S. You all make me smile.

November+

made my moi. [photo from here]
I can't believe it's already November. It seems like October was like really long and the rest of the months just sped past. Soon enough, it's going to be December, and then Christmas, and then New Years, and then... *gasp* 2014. DOES THAT JUST SOUND OLD TO ME?! OR DOES 2014 MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'VE JUST BEEN SENT INTO THE FUTURE BY TIME TRAVEL?! OK, ANNA, YOU CAN DO THIS... breath deeply, breath deeply. DON'T. FREAK. OUT.

But seriously. Like... that's really old. (Though I do admit 2013's sounding just a tad bit old. Like there was this car commercial on the TV saying "2013 model!" and I found myself thinking, "That's like last year's... oh, wait..." *face palm*) It makes me a little freaked out. Like... I'm getting older, too. So much has happened this year that it's crazy almost. Like seriously.

I tore my ACL in March. That's when I first started to realize that big things don't just happen in books. Then I realized that that person was actually moving on. And then my dad got cancer. (I didn't do an official post about it, I don't believe, but just put it on the prayer requests.) It's... it's been hard. With my dad's cancer, our lives have kind of been thrown upside down. We've had to go to places we would've never been to if this hadn't happened, we had to have experiences that we would've never had... I even went with my parents when we were gone away from our home for a month, and suddenly I felt like what it was like to be the new girl again. It was so... strange. Everything was strange. 2013 is a year of change for me and my family.

What does 2013 signify for you?

OK, guess what. I didn't write anymore on the Unusuals, but now I know KNOW EXACTLY WHAT TO DO NEXT!!!!!! YES!!!!! :D That's because I went back through like ALL OF THE FOUR OTHER BOOKS (no joke) to make sure that my hunch was right. (It was wrong, by the way.) So today was really a researching today, mostly. And believe me, it was FULL of laughs. =D I actually laughed out loud several times... like with D and Josh?... don't even get me started... lol :D

Guess what? I'm going to be checking out cellos in just a little bit! I'm pretty excited. If you didn't know, I got hooked on the sound of the cello from ThePianoGuys, and I just love the sound and the instrument so much. My mom loved it, too, and was really open to looking into getting a rented cello for the both of us to learn to play. We got some books and are looking around for maybe a teacher, too. (The books are self-teaching, but it's always good to have a real person who you can ask things and such.) I'm really excited about checking out the cello. I've heard that they all sound different and look different, which makes sense, and that sometimes people want prettier ones or better-sounding ones etc. I was just like, "I don't care what it looks like, I want it to sound awesome!" That's me for you... lol Anyway, I'm really excited about checking out the cellos. #excitementlevelover9000 :)

Do you play an instrument? What's your fave?

I have a question--so, has anybody else ever read the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series? I read like all of the story ones and got stuck on the first history one. =P (Seriously, owl history is boring. Sorry... No offense to the author--she's really good.) But the rest of them were pretty interesting. I haven't read them in what seems like forever. I remember that the main character was called Soren and that they always said, "Goodlight," when they went to sleep instead of "Goodnight" because, like, they're owls and so they sleep in the daytime instead of night. =P Anyway, if you have read them (or... if you haven't), did you know they made a movie?! I found out about it when it first came out, and watched it when my library got it. Seriously, I don't really remember about really anything that happens in the movie, except for the fact that they combined several books and revealed a big secret from the books.... (no spoilers here! ;)) I'm going to watch it tonight. #hopeful #hopeitsgood

Anyway, have a great day! God bless! :)

Be a hero,
Anna

P.S. My friend is awesome. She gave me some nacho cheese and chips. #yum