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Snowball and the Missing Apple Blog Tour: Interview with Amie! (+A Giveaway!!!)

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Snowball and the Missing Apple Blog Tour: Interview with Amie! (+A Giveaway!!!)

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Hey everyone!!! Today I’m super, duper excited to be here with my friend  Amie ,from Crazy A!


About the Author:

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Amie is a wild, crazy writer who is either daydreaming or talking a hundred miles an hour.  When she is not doing those two things, she is probably reading or jamming on one of the four instruments she plays.  Writing is her overwhelming passion, but she is also passionate about horses, music, acting, photography, blogging, and living life to glorify her Creator and Lord.  She is the second oldest of seven children and enjoys being dramatic with her four sisters. Whether it is in Amie’s writing or in her words, she enjoys making people laughing.

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About the Book:

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Snowball loves apples.  When his apple goes missing, he knows that he must find who took it.  A charming children’s book with funny pictures, an engaging message, and animals.  Perfect for early readers or to read aloud to your 2-5 year old.


 

Guys, does that not look like the cutest book EVER?!?!? Seriously, it’s adorable!!! 😀

Anyway, I have had the great privilege of interviewing Amie about her book. Here we go!

 

So Amie, when did you start writing, and why?

I started actually writing at eight, though I’ve always been coming up with stories and trying to write them down.  When I was little I would scribble things in a notebook and tell my older brother they were a story. Then when he told me I didn’t write words, I tried to write wordless picture books…But finally, I learned how to spell.  I didn’t begin to write seriously until I was twelve, and I started then to help me process and avoid a hard time of my life.

 

Do you listen to music while writing? If so, what music do you listen to the most?

I do.  Throughout writing this book, I mostly listened to Southern Raised, Lawson Bates, and the Bontrager Family Singers.
What is your favorite childhood book?

Ooh, good questions!  I loved “The Complete Book of Farmyard Tales” by Usborne.  I think that started my love for farming. I also liked Max Lucado’s “Oak Inside the Acorn.”

 

How do you deal with writer’s block?

Honestly, I don’t know if I’ve ever dealt with writer’s block, though I have been discouraged a few times.  Try walking away from a project, and if that doesn’t work, try pressing on. Just write words, and make them into a story.
What would you say to a new writer, who’s struggling?

*clears throat* Listen, it’s hard now, just like after starting to run, you’ll be sore, but after the soreness passes, it’s way worth the work.  Just keep pressing on, and don’t look back.
How often do you write?

I write every day, and multiple times a day.

 
What time of day do you like write?

Mostly early in the morning, mid day, and in the evening.  Or in other words, when I can.
Which of the Seven Wonders of the world do you want to visit the most?

The Pyramid, definitely.

 

Why did you publish this book?

Because I thought it would be fun to let other children read the story my siblings love.  And I’m looking forward to reviews. 😀

 

Do you plan to publish more books in the future?

Lord willing, I do.

 

Bonus Question: What is your personal opinion on blue cheese?

BLAH.  You might love blue cheese, but you can keep it, and PLEASE keep the blue cheese dressing away from the ranch.  They look slightly similar, and might be confused.

 

Thanks for interviewing me, Rosy!

Thank YOU, Amie! And apparently, we share opinions on blue cheese. Yuck… 😛 XD


Oh, one last thing….. THERE’S A GIVEAWAY Y’ALL!!!!! Yay!

Click on the picture to enter!

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And be sure to check it out soon, as this is the very last day to enter!

In Christ,

Rosy Joy ❤ 😀 

 

 

Blog Collab with Ani!

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Hey all! Over the past week, my new friend, Ani, and I have been working on this blog collab! We had a blast asking and answering each other’s questions, and comparing our answers. Oh, and be sure to check out Ani’s awesome blog, here! 

Ani came up with half of the questions, and I came up with the other half. And we both answered all of them! So, here they are!!!


What are you most afraid of?

Ani: Spiders. For some reason ever since I was little, I have been scared to death of spiders. I do not just dislike them–I am scared of them!

Rosy: Me? Afraid? Just kidding, lol! Well, I’m not sure on one thing I’m scared of more than anything else. But one thing I am afraid of is failure. And rejection… oh wait, that was two things… 😛

 

If you could choose one country on the world to visit, which would it be?

Ani: I have always thought it would be so cool to go abroad, so definitely Europe. Plus, there is so much history there!

Rosy: There’s quite a few places I’d love to visit. Europe is one of them. It would be so cool to go to London! Russia would be awesome too. So would Australia… 😀

 

What color do you think looks best on you?

Ani: I would say dark colors look best on me. Specifically navy blue, black, and burgundy.

Rosy: I’d say the color blue. Most of my clothes are either blue or green!!! XD

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What kind of shoes do you wear the most?

Ani:  I wear sneakers (like Vans) a lot because they are very comfortable and I walk a lot.

Rosy: I wear canvas shoes or boots a lot, especially in the fall and winter. In the summer I usually wear flip-flops, or just go barefoot! XD

 

What was the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Ani: I’ve done a lot of crazy things in my life (like hiking Rim-River-Rim in the Grand Canyon in just one day when i was 10)! However, the craziest thing I’ve done that I’m most proud of is reading the entire Bible through in just 2 weeks when I was 12 years old. My Sunday school had a competition that whoever read the entire Bible from cover to cover first would win 100 dollars. So while I came away from the competition 100 dollars richer, I also came away 100 times closer in my walk with the Lord–which is the most important!

Rosy: I honestly don’t know… I mean, I never do crazy things. Jk, I probably do. My sister says I do. 😉 Well, one crazy thing I did once, was when my mom told me to throw a banana peel away, I wouldn’t do it, and held it over the trash can for two hours, stubbornly refusing to let go!!! Hopefully I will set your mind at ease when I tell you I was only two! XD

 

Click “shuffle” on your Youtube playlist, and name the first 3 songs that play.

Ani: I don’t listen to songs on YouTube, however, I listen to Spotify all the time. These are the first three songs off my Spotify playlist: 1.) “Priceless” by For King and Country, 2.) “A Million Dreams” by the Piano Guys, and 3.) “Fight Song/Amazing Grace” by the Piano Guys

Rosy:

He Who is Mighty

Lit High the Name of Jesus

In Times Like These

 

How many U.S. states have you ever been too?

Ani: Nine. Arizona, California, Wyoming, Idaho, Michigan, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, and Utah.

Rosy: I think 10. 🙂 Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi , Alabama, and Georgia.

 

Describe the area you live in.

Ani: I live in a very dry, very hot desert. When I look out my windows, I see saguaros and other cactus, mesquite trees, and dirt all surrounded by beautiful, tall mountains! I also see my donkey, and my dogs! :))

Rosy: We live in Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua, Mexico. It’s a prairie like area, but surrounded on almost sides by mountains.

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Ask a family member or friend to describe you in 4 words. What did they say?

Ani: Determined, Studious, Focused, Diligent.

Rosy: I asked my friend, and she said, “talkative, fun, ornery, and sweet. In other words: A really good friend.

Oh whew, that was not as bad I thought it might be! 😛 Except for the ornery. Hmmm, I have no clue where she got that… 😉

 

Do you like snakes?

Ani: They’re okay. I don’t hate them but I don’t love them either.

Rosy: Actually, I kinda do like small, non-venomous snakes. I really want a pet Garter Snake! And it would be so cool to at least touch a Giant Anaconda, lol!

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This snake was in our tree. It was sooo fun to photograph!!!

Would you rather wear shoes every single second for the rest of your life or never be allowed to wear shoes ever again?

Ani: I would rather always have to wear shoes. I am a wimp when it comes to walking barefoot.

Rosy: That’s a bit hard, because I go barefoot so often in the summer, but I think I’d rather wear shoes all the time.

 

What was the last thing that you did for the first time?

Ani: I flew in an airplane for the first time about a month and a half ago!! (It was a private plane flown by my friend’s dad).

Rosy: Well, I’m doing a blog collab for the first time right now… 😉

 

What’s the first thing you do when you are bored?

Ani: Me? Bored? Haha, I’m just kidding XD. I think I probably either pick up a book, or my tablet (I’m sorry–that is 2 answers!).

Rosy: Read a book or go outside and take pictures… 😀

 

If you could have dinner with any three people from history, who would they be?

Ani: Desmond Doss, George Washington, and Esther.

Rosy: Haha, wow, good question! And hard! Hmmm… George Washington… Oh, can I do Bible characters? It would be sooo amazing to talk to Jesus!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀 And Joseph. 🙂 

If you were given a million dollars today, how would you spend it?

Ani: I would buy the last 5 books I need to complete the Mandie series by Lois Gladys Leppard (I have been wanting to complete this series for ever!) and save the rest for a car, college, etc.

Rosy: Cool! XD I would buy a really good camera, and some photography equipment, and save the rest.

If you had to make an alias, what would your name be?

Ani: Hmmm…I really like my name, but if I was forced to come up with an alias, I might pick Keanna  (pronounced Kee-o-nu) since it is my pen name!

Rosy: Um, never thought about it. :/ like, I honestly never have… I like my name… XD

 

If you had to eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Ani: THM Cinnamon Bundt Cake (it’s a sugar free and gluten free bundt cake that my mom makes that is literally the BEST thing EVER!! You can definitely not tell that it has no sugar and is healthy for you!)

Rosy: Ew, I hope that never happens… Maybe salad? It’s healthy, yummy, and I wouldn’t get sick of it too fast.

 

If a genie granted you 3 wishes right now, what would you wish for?

Ani: Unlimited books, wishes, and love.

Rosy: If a genie granted me any wishes, I would be shocked and horrified!!! But hmmm, 3 wishes… I’d wish for a better camera with equipment. All the books on my wishlist. Aaaand… A lifetime supply of wishes! 😛 XD 😉

 

If you could have personally witnessed anything, what would you have wanted to see?

Ani: I would have loved to watch Jesus walk on water! I bet that would have been the coolest thing!

Rosy: Good question. I guess there are a lot of things I would have loved to have watched. I’ve always wondered what the parting of the Red Sea was like… That’d be so cool to see!!!

 

What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten?

Ani: Well, I have eaten crickets and menudo before…and…are you ready for this?….I am not proud of it…dog poop. When I was around 3, my older sister dared me to eat a small piece and told me that if I ate it she would eat it too. Well me being the sweet and naive 3 year old I was, I ate it. (I didn’t find out until years later that my sister just pretended to eat it….) Yes, I know…WAY too TMI!

Rosy: Well, I haven’t eaten a whole lot of strange things… I’ve eaten grasshopper. I’ve eaten alligator. I tried dog food once once, but I ended up feeling sorry for our poor puppy… 😛 🙂

What does a normal day look like in your house?

Ani: I agree with Rosy–it depends on what day. Almost every day of the week is different for us. However, I always get up at 5 AM and work out with my mom. I do this every single day of the week except Sundays and unless we don’t have jump rope practice. If we don’t have piano lessons, jump rope practice, or if I don’t babysit, this is what the rest of the day will typically be like. 6:15(or whenever I finish my workout)-7 Bible time; 7:00-8:00 math; 8:00-9:00 breakfast and clean up; 9:00-12:00 School; 12:00-1:00 lunch; 1:00-4:00 Finish school and practice piano; 4:00 Cleanup; 5:00 Free time, work on my blog, read, spend time on my tablet, or make dinner; 6:30 Dinner and family time 8:00 read and write in diary; 9:00 sleep

Rosy: It depend on which normal day… XD Most days, I get up, get dressed and read my Bible, eat breakfast, do chores, and work on school until lunch. We eat lunch (usually beans), do lunch chores and then I work on school until I’m finished. After that I usually have another chore, and then free time. We have supper, supper chores, family worship, and sometimes free time until bed. 🙂

 


Wow, that was a long post. And very wordy.  😛 (1,682 words!) But that’s not bad, sooo! XD Yeah. If you read through this whole thing, then congratulations! You made it! Finally. 

~Rosy Joy

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Morning at the Marr House

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Merry Christmas Adam!!! (For those of you who are unfamiliar with that term, Christmas Adam is the day before Christmas Eve. Get it? 😛 )

Today, I am going to give you a small glimpse of our life… At least, of our life this morning!!! 😀

In the mornings it’s usually pretty cold, so Dad starts a fire in the stove before most of the family is up and going. (Well, they are often up, just not going…) 😉 I usually get up at about 6:45 or 7:00. It’s so hard to get up early these days, because it’s so cold in our bedroom! There really isn’t any heat source in there, so we’re freezing we we first get up. xD ❄️☃️🧥 When I get to the main room, which is our kitchen, dining room, and living room, I sit on the couch. Within minutes I have at least three small kids on my lap, and/or around me. ❤️

This morning was no exception. In fact, the amount of kids there were was doubled this particular morning, as I was reading aloud the book, “Go Dog, Go!”, my little brother Philip’s favorite book.

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On the other couch are my sisters Gracie and Lizzie… (And Andy, who apparently thought that this picture needed him! 😛 )

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Mom, James and Bekah on the other couch!

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Aaaaand (this last pic was taken a few minutes later), Mom and Dad standing by the fire! 🙂 ❤ ❤ ❤ Oh, and Susy is there too. 🙂

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And then, we ate breakfast, which was oatmeal, listened to a sermon by our pastor back in the U.S., and ate lunch, etc, etc, etc… 😀 😛

Welp, that’s wrap!

Love,

Rosy

Let’s Talk!

Have you ever heard of “Christmas Adam”?

What did you eat for breakfast today? 

What time do you usually get up in the mornings?

Are you ready for Christmas? 

 

 

 

 

Blog Tour: Through All Things

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Hey everybody! Today I am happy to be participating in my friend Malachi’s blog tour! I will be interviewing him about the cool book he just published called, Through all Things.

Before we start though, let’s take a look at what this book’s about.

Synopsis

   Loved ones must be rescued.

   His brothers depend on him for survival.

   The trail behind him is already stained with pain and loss.

   Allen is only seventeen, but tragedy and a strong sense of duty already weigh on his shoulders. As the French and Indians wage brutal warfare on the English settlers, Allen embarks on a treacherous journey to free his captive sister and her friend.

   With little hope of survival and even less for success, Allen knows he needs God to do the impossible. But if God is able to do all things, why does everything seem to be going wrong?

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Looks pretty good, huh? Well anyway, on to the questions!

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What inspired you to star writing “Through all Things”? 💡

There wasn’t exactly a single inspiration, but if I had to pin it down to one thing, it would be the movie Alone yet Not Alone. I actually started writing it a long time ago in a little composition book. As far as the story went, the only similarities were the basic concept of Indians capturing his family and his name. It wasn’t even the same voice, since it was in third person, while now it’s in first person. I tried again a few years later in another composition book, and that second try shaped some more of the story and set the time period and switched to first person.Watching Alone yet Not Alone kinda got me re-inspired about it, so I decided to pick it up again because I already had the idea and I needed a project for NaNoWriMo.

What was the hardest part of writing “Through all Things”? 🤔

That depends. As far as logistically, it was either the standard problem of Writer’s Block or having the patience to go through the document over and over again during editing. There were difficult to write because of what was going on in the story emotionally. I can’t say anymore about that subject or I’ll be throwing spoilers all over the place 😉

Who is your favorite character? 👥

Ooh, that’s tough. They’re all different, and I like them in different ways. In certain ways Allen is a lot like me, so I can connect with him pretty well. I like Ben’s personality and how wise he tends to be for such a little boy. I like Charlie more and more throughout the story as he grows and matures. I like Jess, I like Betty, I like Jason. Pa was really cool. I got to like Nootau by the end. So if I have to choose one character that is my favorite, it would have to be Behr. He is such a awesome, faithful, big, Newfoundland dog, and the way he–wait, I’m trying not to give away spoilers…

When you first started writing Through all Things, were you originally planning on publishing it? 📘

Yes and no. When I first started in the little composition books, I dreamed of having it as a book (even dreamed of having it as a movie) but I didn’t know it was really possible. When I began it this last time, I had full intention of publishing it, and by the grace of God, it is now in print! 😀

How long have you been writing? ✍🏼

For a loooong time, but never seriously until I joined Noble Novels in 2015. Then in 2016 I was challenged to join a few friends for NaNoWriMo two weeks before it started. I did, and wrote my first book, Agent C (it’s not in print.) From there those same friends got me into the world of self-publishing.

Do you have a favorite quote from Through all Things? If not, maybe just name one or two that you like. 💬

That’s tough. I think I like the last little bit best as far as the story goes.

“We’ll do it, Jess. We’ll make this place a home again,” I said with a sigh.
“Is it even possible?” Jess asked again after a moment.
I nodded and answered with a smile, “Yes, Jess, it is. For with God, all things are possible.”

There were other parts I liked too, but that’s the easiest one to throw out there. Most of the other quotes take too much background to understand or give too much away. My sister’s favorite quote was on page 199, while one friend’s favorite was a few paragraphs on page 177-178 (Why he thought it was so funny I don’t know. Maybe his fellow redheads will understand.) *Laughs* *Wants to read the book even more* XD

 What is the reason that you wrote and published this book? And what is your goal for it to accomplish? 🛣

Well, for one, I want all my writing to honor and glorify God, and that is the primary reason. Along those lines there is the fact that there is a lack of clean, edifying, God honoring fiction, and I want my book to be a story that is not only exciting, but something that is worthwhile to read (for which reason it may be good to add that I wouldn’t recommend it for younger readers, due to a couple of violent fight scenes.)

I also hope to encourage my readers to trust God, even when we can’t see what’s going on, and even when there’s no guarantee of a happy ending (not everything ends happily in this book). It’s a common theme, yes, but there will always be suffering and hard times, and the same question “why is God doing this?” is often asked. Not that I’m a great writer that will profoundly affect anyone, but I do hope it can be an encouragement to someone somewhere.

And there’s one more reason I wrote/published it, though it’s not as impressive as the others. That reason is because it’s just plain and simply a lot of fun to write.

Do you plan to publish any more books in the future? 📚

Lord willing I do hope to. The difficulty is that life is busy, and writing takes time. I’m hoping to schedule my time so that I’ll be able to spend a little time at least to write. Right now I’m working on my next novel, The Minstrel.


Author Bio and Links

Malachi

Malachi is a Christian, homeschooled teenager who highly enjoys putting the stories from his imagination down on paper. He enjoys reading, writing, airsofting, sword fighting, frisbee, woodworking, Bible studies, working with his Dad, hiking, camping, generally doing stuff with his friends, and too many other things to count.

 

He writes to:
1. Glorify and honor God in his stories.
2. Make the stories that he’s played up in his head come to life.
3. Have fun.

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Goodreads: Malachi Cyr

Generation Rising: Malachi Cyr

Thanks for visiting, and answering those questions for us, Malachi! It was super fun and informative, reading the answers.

Is anyone else as excited as I am to read Through all Things? 

Oh… And guess what. There’s a giveaway, too! Today is the last day it’s open, so you’d better hurry and enter. Check it out!

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Please note: If you’re not in the US, you will be able to win a Kindle version of “Through All Things” and a $20 eGift card to Amazon instead! 

Thanks for reading!

~Rosy

 

Blue Sky Tag!

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I was tagged by Maggie Cyr@My Attic Corner. Thank you Maggie!

These are  the rules for “Blue Sky Tag”

  1. Thank the person who tagged you
  2. Answer their 11 questions

Here goes!

  1. Who’s your favorite fictional character that you’ve made? Why?

Probably Travis from from one of my short story (which is still nameless) because he’s cute and funny.

2. If someone offered to make a movie out of a story you made up would you let them?

If they really, really wanted to I would, but it would probably make a pretty lame movie. On the other hand, maybe if we added a few details and made it longer… 🤔

3. Do you like to talk on the phone?

Yes, with my friends in AZ, but I would rather talk in person if possible.

4. What’s your favorite time period to write in?

I mostly write in a fairly modern setting.

5. What’s your favorite book that you’ve read since Jan. 1, 2017?

Oooh… This one’s hard… I’m pretty sure that I cannot give you just one answer! Let’s see, I really like For One Moment by Christmas Carol Kauffman, The Star under the City by Maggie Joy, and 24 Days Before Christmas by Rebekah Jones.

6. What is the most meaningful thing someone could say to you?

“You have been a really encouraging friend to me,” or “Do you want to talk?”

7. What book has your favorite cover?

Another hard one. Probably Pioneer Horizon by Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick. I haven’t read the actual story yet(I really want to!), but I fell in love with the cover.

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8. Have you ever ran into someone/something in a public place BECAUSE you were reading?

No, lol. But I have been bumped into, by someone else who was reading!

9. Which of your characters was the hardest to get just right?

Travis’s older sister, Tanya. She always seemed to act either too immature for her age, or too mature…

10. Mud fight or movie night?

Umm…Both?! Just not at the same time!

11. And the best for last: who is your favorite person to write with?

I haven’t really had much experience writing with anyone, but I’d probably say Rebekah Jones and Anna Willis..

 

Wow, that was a lot of fun!

If you want, you can copy/paste these questions and post them in the comments or on your blog. I would love to see what you come up with! Have fun!

  1. Who’s your favorite fictional character that you’ve made? Why?
  2. If someone offered to make a movie out of a story you made up would you let them?
  3. Do you like to talk on the phone?
  4. What’s your favorite time period to write in?
  5. What’s your favorite book that you’ve read since Jan. 1, 2017?
  6. What is the most meaningful thing someone could say to you?
  7. What book has your favorite cover?
  8. Have you ever ran into someone/something in a public place BECAUSE you were reading?
  9. Which of your characters was the hardest to get just right?
  10. Mud fight or movie night?
  11. And the best for last: who is your favorite person to write with?

 

 

Recent Happenings

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Last Sunday was our church’s first anniversary! We got a church picture. (Note: Not all the people were there that Sunday.)

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James is growing up!!!

 

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7 in a Row! James and I aren’t in this photo, because James was not even born yet, and I was standing on top of the dresser, taking the picture.  Sorry Ruthie’s face is blurry!

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James is sitting up!!

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Orange moon!  Note: The line across the moon the electric line.

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I got to take Mom’s and Dad’s Valentines Day picture!

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Pictures of Susy

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This picture was taken a long time ago, but it was so cute, I had to post it!

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Pictures of Ruthie

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Philip naming each letter, as he goes through the stack. 

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Philip on a walk. Barefoot!

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Carrying our totally demolished trampoline back home, after a severe wind storm!

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Lizzie and Andy looking at a book.

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Mom reading a book to the Ruthie, Philip, and Susy. I love how they are both pointing to the same picture at the same time!

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James is always passed around at church!

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Reading a book.

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Lizzie doing school, Chipi and Rebekah, coloring.

That’s all that I’ve got for now! Hope you enjoyed!!

 

Committee Story

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Committee Story
Here’s how it works- I post a story starter and y’all pick up where I left off by commenting with the next part of the story. Please write only a paragraph or two at a time and wait to add on again until someone else has. Try to keep the story moving along nicely, leave plenty of mystery and suspense for the next person to write about, and I will finish the story once it has come to some sort of ending. (Please make sure your writing is God honoring and appropriate for young ages. Please avoid all magic, romance, gross violence, children being rebellious or  anything else that contradicts God’s Word.) You can read each new addition here in the comments, and then I will post the entire story, once it is complete,  for everyone to read! Be creative and enjoy!!


A knock sounded on Travis’s front door. He opened it, only to be greeted by a sour face. He quickly slammed the door shut, leaning his back against it. Him again!, he thought. Why can’t he just leave me alone.

Travis stood there, looking and feeling quite pitiful. Another knock sounded a second time, several minutes later. This time he winced, turned around, locked the door, and stepped away. However, the knocks continued for the until Travis gave up, and finally,  pulled back the curtains. It was his brother, Mike. Oops! So, I’ve been ignoring my brother now! Well, I guess I had better answer it! He looks worried.

He opened the door and barely had time to say “Hi!”, before Mike started talking. “Travis, come quickly!” he gasped, “Something bad has happened!”