My family celebrated Christmas on the 26th, since the day before were busy with other stuff, like Church. 🙂 Even though I wasn’t feeling too well, it was still a really good day!!
For breakfast we made Buñelos, a Mexican Christmas treat, which is a fried flour tortilla with cinnamon and sugar. So yummy!! We also had eggs and bacon. (Sorry the photo is kind of dark. It was still dark outside, so I didn’t have good lighting.)
When breakfast and chores were done, we read Luke 1 and 2 in the Bible. After that, one of our Christmas traditions is the saran wrap ball. My mom wraps up a bunch of stocking stuffer type gifts in saran wrap to make a big ball, then we take turns unwrapping it and seeing what we get. I don’t know if that makes sense, but it’s fun! 😂 😄 Then a few people had some of their own gifts to give out.
For lunch, we made a charcuterie board! We’ve never done one of those before, and it was a lot of fun to put together! And it was so pretty!!!! 😍
What I Got
Washi tape from the saran wrap ball. I didn’t get all that myself, but one of the funnest parts of the saran wrap ball is the trading that happens afterward. So I traded to get a bunch of washi tape… 😂
Some snacks and healthier candy from the saran wrap ball. Some of this was also traded for. And my brother got me the Doritos. 😄 😋
I got the gel pens in the ball, and traded my brother for the fiber tip pens. I’m excited to use these!
The notepad and hair claw are from my sisters, and the rest from the ball. I’m excited to learn the Clue card game – that should be interesting!! And those Dr. Suess book earners are adorable. 😍
And that’s what I got! My gift to my family was a one month subscription to the Adventures in Odyssey club.
That evening, for supper we had leftovers from the charcuterie board. (We continued eating those leftovers for the next couple of days, haha!!)
Then we watched a Christmas movie together. We usually try to watch one Christmas movie every year. This year we watched The Christmas Shoe. Everyone but my dad had already seen it multiple times, but we wanted to watch it with him. I really love that movie! I cry every single time. (If you don’t, do you even have a heart?!?!) 😭 💔
It was a really good Christmas!! Praise God for the gift of His Son.❤️
I’m sad it’s over, but I’m so, so, SO excited for the New Year and 2023. CAN’T WAIT!!!!! I’m so ready for it. 😂 Lol.
Tell me what you did for Christmas! Have you watched The Christmas Shoes, and if so, did you cry? Are you excited for 2023?
This is just to be a real quick post, with a fun piece of news. I started an Instagram account! I haven’t posted much on it yet, but I’m really excited to get it figured out, and begin posting more. I hope to post about my family, things I’ve doing, books, lifestyle, and ANOTHER fun announcement I have yet to announce. 😉 Click the button below to check it out, and give it a follow if you’re interesting in seeing more from me over there! I have lots of fun post ideas for the future. 🙂
So… as you may have noticed I haven’t been very motivated when it comes to consistently posting on my blog… Lately I’ve been more focused on making videos for my youtube channel. I want to get back into it though! I didn’t really have any ideas for a post, so I thought it’d be a good time to do a blog tag, or in this case, multiple blogs tags. Specifically, book themed tags, which are the funnest in my opinion. 😀 Let’s go ahead and get into it!
Kaley @Words nominated me for this fun looking tag! It’s called “I’ll Get Around to it Later”, referring to books I’ve been meaning to read, but haven’t yet. i.e. quite a few. Lol!
You may use the included graphic anywhere in your post, but you don’t have to.
Fill all seven categories.
You can either leave this tag open so anyone can do it or tag up to seven people.
A classic book that you have been meaning to read forever but haven’t yet
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I’ve owned this for a couple of years, but haven’t gotten around to actually reading it yet…
2. A book on your shelf that you haven’t read yet
There are several! A few of them are Sanctuary by Beverly Lewis, and a couple of books by Jannette Oke.
3. A book that you got recently that you haven’t read
I recently bought The Green Ember, and I can’t wait to read it! I’ve heard a lot of good things about it.
4. A book that you’ve had forever but haven’t read
A Tale of Two Cities… 😜 Other than that… XD The Valkyries series by Jeri Massi.
5. A book a friend recommended that you haven’t read
The Price to Pay: A Muslim Risks All to Follow Christ. My friend Hattush recommended this book to me when I asked for books about Muslims coming to Christ. I really want to read this one sometime!
6. A book you’re procrastinating on
A Tale of Two Cities.
7. The next book on your TBR
Lots….??? I’m not entirely sure what book I’m planning on reading NEXT. There are literally so many I want to read, and I always have to sift through my tbr and make that (hard) decision each time I pick out my books for the month. But I think next month I’ll be reading… The Green Ember…. Probably a book or two by Chautona Havig and Sarah Holman… You guys will just have to see. I’m sure I’ll be talking about my next reads in a later blog post as always. 😉
Next up, The Nerdy Bookworm Tag!! Caleb @Caleb E. King created this tag, and it looked really fun so I decided to do it! 😀 (Also, go check out the original post!)
Thank the blogger who nominated you.
Include the Nerdy Bookworm Tag Image in your post.
Answer the five Nerdy Bookworm Questions.
Nominate two or more bloggers.
The 5 Nerdy Bookworm Questions:
What is your favorite book(s) of all time?
Ooh, super hard one. Other than the Bible, maybe… The Minstrel by Malachi Cyr, The Star Under the City by Maggie Joy, and Volition by Chautona Havig. Of course, I have a lot more favorite books, and it also always changes, since I’m always reading more. 🙂
2. What’s your biggest pet peeve when it comes to people handling books?
Opening a brand new book super wide and cracking the spine before it’s time… 😢
3. In your opinion, how big does a book have to be for you to be intimidated to read it?
Pretty large… I really love long books so. As long as it’s a good book that I enjoy, it could be thousands of pages. 😂
4. What’s your favorite book format? (Paperback, Hardcover, Ebook, Audiobook, ect.)
Paperback and hardcover. It’s hard to decide between those two, but if I had to pick one it’d probably be paperbacks because they’re cheaper and easier to hold. Hardbacks are so pretty though!
5. What are the first things you do when you pick up a book?
(Let’s assume this is at a used book store and prices are not crazy high) I look at the author’s name first probably, then the front and back cover. Then I flip through the book and see if the writing style looks interesting… Then I’ll probably smell it… And then I might buy it… (Or at least long for it…) 🤣
That was a really fun tag! Thanks for making it, Caleb!
I’m really excited about this last one called the My Life in Books blog tag!! I saw this one on the blog Quote, Unquote. (Cute name!!) Check our Leisl’s post over there. 🙂
–Find a book for each of your initials.
My name: Rosanna Joy Marr
R: Roses for Mama by Jannette Oke
J: Journey’s of Four by Rebekah Jones
M: Manuscript for Murder by Chautona Havig
– Count your age along your bookshelf: what book is it?
I have two shelves, so I decided to do this for each one. I got Little Women by L.M. Alcott, and The Cross and Switchblade by David Wilkinson. (I haven’t read that one yet) 🙂
– Pick a book set in your city/country
Well, I’m pretty much for SURE not going to find one in my city…. And I haven’t read that many books in Mexico either, lol! XD Let’s go with Marita by Evelyn Hege. I haven’t read that one in years!
–Pick a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to.
Most books….! I want to go just about everywhere. 🤣 Let’s go with…
-Anne of Green Gables (Prince Edward Island, Canada)
– Hunting in the Highlands (Scotland)
– Emma (England)
– Pick a book that’s your favorite color
I seriously don’t even know what my favorite color is anymore…! I just love all colors. XD I like blue a lot, so I’ll go with that. I think this cover for Treasures of the Snow is so pretty!!
–Which book did you have the fondest memories of?
The Sugar Creek Gang series by Paul White!
–Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?
I had a difficult time getting through David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. So difficult that I didn’t even finish it, so…XD I do want to try again someday though, because I am curious about what happens…
-What book on your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?
Finishing my entire TBR would be a pretty huge accomplishment. Other than that, I’m not really sure what one book would be a bigger “accomplishment” than the rest. 🙂
Also, I’m going to tag a few people right here, and they can choose which of these tags they want to do, should they decide to do one. 🙂
Hey guys! July was a really fun month for me. I got to travel and see lots of friends, which is always a blast!!
I don’t remember much of what happened before July 14th, which is the day my mom and I left on our trip to Arizona. That was definitely the highlight of my month!!! (And year…)
My dad drove us to the airport in El Paso, Tx. Some of my siblings came along too.
The plane trip there was SO much fun! It’d been a long time since I’d flown, and I had a blast looking out the window. The view was so incredible and breath-taking!!
I got a starbucks drink for the first time ever at the airport! I got a caramel ribbon crunch frappuccino – or something like that. It was so good!!! 😋
We went to the Arizona Homeschool convention the next day, which was really good. I had a great time listening to some of the speakers, doing a fun photography class, and hanging out with my friends. 😀
So that went really well. I also bought three books, which I can’t wait to read! 😂
The next day was Sunday, and we had a really good time at church. I don’t have any pictures, but if you stay until the end of this post I will be sharing a video. 🙂
On Monday I spent the day with some amazing friends of mine! We went out thrifting and had a blast.
I found a pink princess-y dress with *very* large puffed sleevesNeedless to say, I felt very much like Anne of Green Gables, lol. XD I didn’t get it, but I thought it was really fun. XD
AndI love this picture of Susie and I! ❤ I didn’t get that dress either. 😂
For lunch we all went to Chipotle. It was my first time eating there, and it was delicious!!! The burrito I got was HUGE, and lasted me both lunch and supper…. lol!!
I spent the night with the Hublers, and we watched Emma (2009)- all 4 hours. After that I talked with Susie for a while, and finally went to bed at 3 am. Only to get up at 5:30. So yeah, I didn’t get much sleep, but that was fine. It was the time for sleeping, I could always catch of later. 🤣
The next day I hung out for the morning with Gaby, which was so much fun!
That afternoon, we flew back to El Paso, and Dad picked us to take us home again. The trip was so much fun, and I was sad it was over. It was good to be home again though! 🙂
I vlogged the whole trip! I really love how the video turned out. It’s full of a lot of amazing memories!! 💕 Go check it out!!
I don’t know if anyone noticed, but I took a needed break from bullet journaling in April. I tried to put something together, but it just wasn’t working out and was getting stressful, so I just decided to skip a month. 🙂 But now I’m back, with my set up for May! The theme is…
🌸 Spring flowers!! 🌸
I didn’t feel up to doing anything super artistic on the cover page, so I decided to make a collage with some Spring-y photos and quotes I got printed recently. I think it turned out really pretty!
I did an activity tracker (which I probably should have called a workout tracker) and a sleep tracker, both of which I hadn’t done in a while. I decided that since I did nothing in April, I wanted to do extra in May, so. 😂 😁
There are several different trackers here, including a gratitude tracker, social tracker, and a little section for goals and rewards.
My favorite spread, the book tracker of course. I’m really excited about the books I’m reading this month. As you can see, I’ve already read quite a bit…. 😂 (And by the time I’m writing this I’ve already finished a couple of them….) XD
I really like how this set up turned out. My favorite thing about it is probably all of the pretty colors! I’m really excited to be getting back into bullet journaling. 😀
If you guys have any themes that you’d like to see me do in the future, please let me know in the comments. I’d love to see your ideas!!
How are you all? I’m so sorry I haven’t posted in quite a long time! 23 days to be exact… Yikes!! Things have been pretty busy here, and I’ve just been lacking the necessary motivation for blogging. I’m here now, but I can promise how consistent I’ll be, hehe! I will try though. 😀 I really want to get back into it.
Anyway, about half way though March, I realized something terrible… I forgot to do a February review!!!! That’s the first time I’ve downright forgotten in… probably the history of me doing these. I’ve skipped some I think, but never forgotten. So I’m just going to do both of the last two months in this post. February was waaay too long ago to remember almost anything… But I’ll do my best! 😂
*Long, awkward silence*
Yep, I told you I wouldn’t be able to remember much… LOL. XD
Our friends Pablo and Anna, and their kids visited us one Sunday for, and after church. We had a fun time with them!
Enjoy the Poodle Skirt by Kate (Willis) Hopman (5 stars)
Through the Fire by Dianne Nobler (4 stars)
A Soldier Finds Grace by Katherine St. Clair (5 stars)
Questions Jesus Asks by Israel Wayne (5 stars)
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (5 stars)
Penelope’s Pursuit by Chautonna Havig (5 stars!)
Eat that Frog by Brian Tracy (3.4 stars)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare (4 stars) (Not pictured)
My favorites were probably A Soldier finds Grace, Little Women and Penelope’s Pursuit.
I spent the month of March doing TONS of math, so that I could start 12th grade. I finished most of 11th awhile ago, but was behind in math, so…. not fun….!! Eventually I got caught up enough to start 12th grade, which was really exciting!! Hopefully I will do a post on what I’m doing for 12th grade for you all. 😀
I also appear to have taken little to no photos in March. Ugh, I’ll have to work on that in April. Meanwhile, let me go scrounge up what I can from March. 🙂
Selfies with siblings 😂. ❤️
My grandparents visited us fora few days! We had a lot of fun with them. 😀
A few of our goats have kidded! I don’t have a particular liking for goats (at all), but the little kids are adorable!!! 😍 Unfortunately, the mother was not accepting them for a while, and we had to hold her down to help them nurse. XD I helped with that for a bit, and did not enjoy it one little bit, LOL! I survived though. 😀 By now, the mother is letting them nurse, a lot more at least. 🙂
My entire family signed up for the Spring100, a challenge where you try to walk 100 miles in Spring. A few of us have done it in past years, but this year we’re all doing it. 😀 It’s been a lot of fun, taking walks together!! I think I’ve done around 12 or 13 miles so far. 🙂
I spent the last bit of March feeling pretty sick with a cold… I’m still bit sick, but getting a lot better, thankfully!
Stressed Out: A Practical, Biblical Approach to Anxiety by Todd Friel (4 stars)
Today I thought it would be fun to show you guys what a fairly normal school day in my life sometimes looks like. 😀 I hope y’all enjoy!
Thursday, February 10th, 2022
6:45 – Woke up
I woke up around 6:45, which was nice, since lately I’ve been waking up 20 or more minutes later. I got up (code for I physically forced myself to somehow climb out of bed… I’m not a morning person…!) I made some tea and read my Bible. 😀
7:20 – Got dressed
I got dressed and ready for the day. I washed my face, put on a little bit of makeup and smoothed out my hair a bit. My bangs were kind of funny, but I’ll be fixing that later. 🙂
And yeah, I know my the last pick is really random, but….. They’re new shoes and I love them, so. There ya go. 🤣
My dad made oatmeal for breakfast. 🙂
8:15-Picked up our maid
I was a little bit late on this today – I usually leave at 8, but that’s fine. 🙂 She comes to help out twice a week. 🙂
I just got a flat iron, and decided to straighten my hair today! It’s only the second time I’ve done it, and it’s really fun. 😄 My hair always feels so long after I straighten is, haha!
9:30 – Worked a bit on this blog post
I’m just writing all these things down shortly after they happen, so that I don’t forget it later. 🙂 Also, more tea. 😋
9:50 – Worked on school
I spent the next good while working on school, mainly math and writing, since I’m a bit behind on those subjects.
11:00 – Class
On school mornings at 11:00 to 12:00 I do a class with my three youngest siblings. I do math, science and learning to read with them, and I also sing some songs and read aloud to them.
12:15 – Store
I had to run to the store real quick grab some things for lunch. I meant to take a picture inside the store, but I forgot, so here’s this. XD
12:45 – Ate Lunch
Again, I forgot to take a picture, haha. XD But we had beans.
1:10 – Organized bookshelves
2:00 – Emailed
I caught up on some emails I’ve been meaning to write for forever! I also answered some comments on my blog.
3:00 – Made bread
I hadn’t made bread in quite a while – my younger sisters have mostly taken over that job – so I had to kind of re-learn! XD
The bread is rising, and while it rose, I read for a bit, and talk with my friend Kyra. 😀 Then, I put the bread in the oven, and did some more reading and talking to Kyra. XD
I read Enjoy the Poodle Skirt by Kate (Willis) Hopman. It’s so good! And guess what…. You can get a kindle copy for FREE on Amazon. So go check that out! It’s adorable… 😍
Bread’s out of the oven. It’s so pretty!
6:30 – Supper!
You’ll notice there aren’t many people in this photos, and that’s because my mom was doing a zoom meeting, and my Dad had taken three of the kids to preach in another town. 🙂
7:00 – Dishes!
8:00 – Watched Andy Griffith
After the chores were all finished, we sat down to watch a of couple episodes of the Andy Griffith show. 😀
After that, I kind of forgot to keep track of what I did when. The kids went to bed after that, and I read for a little while. I went to bed around 10, and probably fell asleep around 11:00. XD It takes me a while sometimes. Usually it doesn’t take me that long though.
And yeah, I hope you guys enjoyed seeing a little peek of what my day was like! Ever day is different of course, but I think that that’s a pretty good representation of what most of my school days are like. 🙂
I have a really fun post for today. I recently bought several books from Thriftbooks, and I’m going to do a book haul, and show you guys what I got!!
Thriftbooks is my favorite place to buy books, as you can often get them for an incredibly cheap price. They are used, but are generally in good condition. 🙂
As you can see, I was pretty excited to get the packages! Getting books in the mail is one of the bestest and funnest feelings ever…!!! 😀 📚
I bought 9 books altogether, for around 35 dollars. To me, that seems like an awful lot of money, but when you consider that it’s only a little over 3 dollars per book…. Super good deal!! Anyways, here’s what I got, and what I spent on them!! (And believe me, I spent a long time very carefully contemplating which books to get!) 😂
Roses for Mama by Jannette Oke ($4.67)
I haven’t read this one yet, but my mom really loved it when she was younger, so I’m excited to read it!
A Gown of Spanish Laceby Jannette Oke ($4.19)
Another one by the same author, because I love her books!
A Father’s Promiseby Donna Lynn Hess ($3.99)
Several of my siblings love this book, so I had to get it. Plus, I love WWII stories. I have a feeling this book is going to make it into my list of favorites. 🙂
Through the Fire by Diane Noble ($4.39)
The first books of the Mysteries and the Minister’s Wife series.
A State of Grace by Traci Depree ($3.99)
And the second book! I read these a long time ago, and loved them. I’m excited to read them again!!
Deepest Roots of the Heart by Chautona Havig ($4.39)
Another WWII story!!! I’m just starting to read this author’s books. 🙂
Emma by Jane Austen ($3.99)
Been wanting to read this one for quite awhile! So far the only Jane Austen books I’ve read is Pride and Prejudice, which I loved. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Emma. 😀
Joni – And Unforgettable Story by Joni Earekson Tada ($4.79)
An autobiography by a very inspiring lady! I’ve watched a movie about her, but haven’t yet read any of her books. 🙂
Calico Captive by Elizabeth George Speare ($3.99)
The is another one my siblings have read and liked. I’ve wanted to read it for a long time, and I also love the other books by this author!
And there you go! I’m SO excited to read these books!! I had some credit from past orders, so one of these books was free, but I don’t remember which. Also, since I spent over $10, shipping was free, which was awesome! I would totally recommend Thriftbooks to anyone who loves books, but doesn’t have a lot of money to spend on them. (Also, if you don’t mind your books being a little worn, if you choose the cheapest option) 🙂 It’s awesome!!
Vlogmas Weeks 3 and 4
Here are the last two parts of Vlogmas that I did over on my Youtube channel. Hope you guys enjoy! I posted Vlogmas Weeks 1 and 2 HERE, so go check these out if you haven’t yet!!
Vlogmas – Week 3
Vlogmas – Week 4
Rosy ❤️ 📚
Have you guys read any one these books? Do you buy from Thriftbooks, or know of any other cheap book websites?
Between Christmas, and seeing some of our family and friend, December was a great month!! For once, I don’t think that I will have any trouble finding good photos for you guys. I have lots to go through, so let’s just get into it!
In early December, we got together with some friends of ours to celebrate Thanksgiving. Late I know, but that was the time that worked for everyone. 😉 We had a really good time!
My brother, Andy, broke his arm while we were there, playing Capture the Flag. Everyone signed his cast.
We celebrated Christmas as a family on December 17th, since we were going to be on a trip for Christmas day. We had cinnamon rolls, bacon and eggs for breakfast, which was really good!!
We played the Christmas Ball together, which is another family tradition. You can see how it works HERE. It’s a lot of fun!! I didn’t get any pictures of it, but you can watch us doing it in thisvlog. 😀 It was an awesome day, celebrating the birth of Jesus. 😄
I did lot of baking in December. I made cookies, marshmallows (twice), enchiladas, cinnamon rolls, and more!
I did a mini photoshoot of my brother James (5). He’s adorable!! I love this pictures. 💕
On December 21st, we left on our trip to my grandparent’s house. We visited some friends on the way. 😀
Over the next few days, we had a great time visiting with my grandparents, uncles and aunts!
While there, I straightened my hair for the first time in quite a few years! It was a lot of fun, and I really like how it turned out. It’s so different though!!
It was a great, and memorable time! 😀
We drove home on the 25th, and the rest of December was just recovering from the trip, and getting school and chores going again. 🙂
In December, I…
~A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (5 Stars)
~A Christmas Carol Society by Rebekah Jones (5 stars)
~Mandie and the Holiday Surprise by Lois Gladys Leppard (3 stars)
~Questions God Asks by Israel Wayne (5 stars)
~Anne’s House of Dreams my L.M. Montgomery (5 stars)
~Christmas Jars by Jason Wright (5 stars)
~It’s a Jungle out There by Ron Snell (5 stars!)
I forgot to add that last book to my collage, which is too bad, since it’s one of my absolute favorites!!
I’m feeling quite un-inspired about how to introduce and start this post, lol. So I think I’m just going to call this very poor excuse for a paragraph an intro, and just get into it. 😉.😁
I seriously cannot think of much that happened in November…. So I’ll just think of things as I go, and hopefully come up with some stuff. I’ll also tell you guys about how I celebrated some of November’s National Holidays, so hopefully it won’t be too short a post. 🙂
My sister Grace, and brother Philip each had a birthday this month. Grace turned 17, and Philip turned 8! 🙂
My sister, Grace, and I get to be “twins” for a bit each year. Since we were born 11 and a half months apart, we’re the same age for about 12 days!! We took these pictures while we were both 17. 🙂
Grace, Lizzie and I decided to match plaid turtlenecks for church that day, which was really fun!
Then my 18th birthday happened the next day, which of course, you probably already know about from past posts, so I won’t talk about it here. But I’ll re-post a couple pictures. 😀
A few of my siblings and I. 🙂
This was our family’s Thanksgiving dinner! 😀
Bekah and Ruthie did a great job making the rolls!
My youngest siblings and I, while I teach them school. 😀 🥰
And my friend Kyra insists that I share this bit of writing with you all… 😛 😂 Basically, while learning about writing good news articles in school, one of my assignments was to write two different news articles about a nursery rhyme, but from two different biased points of view. I chose the old rhyme that says, “Ding dong, pussy’s in the well. Who put her in? Little Johnny Flynn.”😂 Here are my articles. They kind of silly, but they were a lot of fun to write!! XD
And this one is from the opposite bias as the last one. 🙂