Monday, December 30, 2013

The lost blogger has returned

Well hello there lovelies! So sorry it's been over two weeks since I last posted. I've never gone that long without posting O_o but anyway- I hope you all have a splendid Christmas! Ours was great.
 Best mess ever!   good page title for Christmas scrap page
 We had a great time with family and I finally got a bow---future archery, Olympic champion here I come ;) lol; I wish.

So most of you all know this but my grandpa made it through the surgery fine and thank the Lord we had a wonderful Christmas with him once again =)
   
Pic of me and my grandpa =)
 
Me and my grandma

 Also another reason I haven't posted in such a long time is because we've been so busy with our house for sale and stuff. We just got an offer last week! Pray it all goes through- we are so ready to sell our house and move. It's taken forever! but anyway just keep us in your prayers. 

  I have one more piece of exciting news! This January I'm going snow tubing with the youth group from KY! I am so so so excited. I just can't even wait =) I have always wanted to go snow tubing! Have any of you all ever been? Was it fun?


Well anyway hopefully I'll get back to my normal posting schedule soon...but if we do sell our house I will be so busy with packing,etc. I won't have time to post much =/ 

Hope you had a blessed Christmas! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Snowed in

 

So yeah. The title pretty much describes the situation! We are stuck at my grandmas house because it snowed all night (and still is) so we aren't able to go be with my grandpa today =/ But the snow is gorgeous! Snow is just so magical looking to me. I just love the beauty of whiteness all over the place! It's like it covered the world in soft-white splendor! Snow is so magical =) God is so amazing.

....Sleigh bells ring-Are you listening
In the lane Snow is glistening
A beautiful sight,We're happy tonight
Walking in a winter wonderland....

....Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we've no place to go
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!!...



Friday, December 13, 2013

Sneak Peak

 
 
Ok so just thought I'd post an update real quick and some other things. MY GRANDPA MADE IT THROUGH THE SURGERY JUST FINE =D He still has to be in the hospital till Monday. Please pray for his recovery though. Me and my mom will be staying up here probably till Christmas. But anyway thought I'd just let you all know that. Also I'd just like to post the first two chapters to a book I'm writing right now. I'd love to know what you all think about it and I'd love if you all would comment with some feedback =)

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Chapter 1

Summer


I sat up straight in bed, beads of sweat pouring down my face.  My eyes darted around the room in fear and my heart beat started to slow knowing that it was just a nightmare and I was just in the cottage.
“Another bad dream?” Verna called out.
I mopped away the sweat; my neck was hot and sticky and I hated my thick hair that stuck to my skin in a hot mess more than ever.
“They are nightmares Verna. Not dreams.” I said still trying to regain my normal breathing.
“Same difference.” She mumbled under her breath.
I huffed and rolled out of bed, “A fox got into the chicken pin last night again. You’re going to have to make a new fence.”
I moaned. Like I don’t have enough chores to do today.
“I’m going to go riding today.” I said curtly.
“Funny how you tell me what you’re doin’.” Verna said with a snort, “Last time I checked I’m the boss in this home.”
“You’re not my mom. I am my own boss.”
“Then why don’t you move your lazy carcass out of my house then!” Verna said spitting out her words, “You wouldn’t last two seconds in the real world without me.”
I looked at her with spite, “I think I’d last longer on this world without you!”
“Just go feed the chickens you lousy girl and I guess there’s no stopping’ you from ridin’. You’re as stubborn as a mule.” She said with an icy tone.
I rolled my eyes and pulled an old, dirty calico dress out of my trunk. It was so stained with dirt I couldn’t even see the original pattern, but I only had two dresses and the other one was just as bad.
“Make sure ya do your chores before you go ridin’ girl!’ Verna said before I stepped out the door, “I know you won’t leave those chickens out in danger, and you’ll feed the horses. But takin’ care of the animals is all I can get ya to do. Why don’t ya scrub the floors for once instead of leaving me with my old back to do it?” Verna complained.
My eyes flickered back at her, “Hazel loved the animals. So I’ll love them too.” I said and then I quickly ran out the door my heart breaking in two.
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After I fixed the chicken coop, fed the chickens, fed the horses, and the rest of my unpleasant chores it was already late and the sun was already beginning to lighten. I headed for the small pasture with our horses and headed straight for my best friend- Valor. He had been my horse from when I was a young girl and even though I disliked Verna I always held thanks in my heart for her letting me keep Valor. If she had sold him I wouldn’t still be living with her. “Hey there Valor!” I cooed into his ears stroking his long silky mane. He was a beautiful horse. He might not me a purebred but he was a one-of-a-kind to me. He was tall and majestic and he served the role as my best friend so I didn’t care if he was limp and ugly – I would still love him. He was the only friend I ever had…besides Hazel of course. At the thought of her name I tucked my face into Valor’s mane and tried to keep my tears at bay. It had been two years since she was taken captive but it still hurt every day. Pain like that could never go away; and knowing-knowing that she could still be out there and me still sitting here made it all the worse. But there was no way I’d be able to find her. And if I tried I’d probably be crushed finding out that she was in fact-dead. No; I wouldn’t put myself through that. I’d gone over it a million times in my head- Not knowing was better than knowing. Hope once lingered in my heart, but it is gone now. I would never see my sister again. I just had to believe that she was dead. Gone forever; and that there was no way I could get her back. Hope is my enemy. Why hope for something that will never happen? It’s better for me to just shrink in the shadows and forget. Forget all the things those pirates did to me-did to my family.



Chapter 2

Two years earlier

  I looked up at the clouds gathering in the sky and frowned- rain again. It seemed that all it did was rain and it put a dull, dark damper on Devinport. “Hazel!” I called out, “I think we should head home. It’s going to rain…again. And it’s getting dark anyway.”
Hazel’s head popped up from a berry bush a few feet ahead of me, “oh come on Kendra! Just a few minutes longer! I just got to load this basket full!” She said lifting her half full basket of berries up, her little eyes sparkled and her smile spread out from ear to ear.
I smiled down at her. She had the most beautiful smile and it always crept into my heart and filled it up with warmth.
“I know; I know! But we must head home. Didn’t you hear about that boy who got struck by lightning? They said they just found him laying there; hair stuck up a foot high and his clothes charred right off him!” I said with a smirk, “We couldn’t let this beautiful braid just get ruined like that now can we?” I said fingering her silky hair.
She giggled, “Oh Kendra. You with your tall tales!”
“Well we really can’t stay Hazel. Momma wouldn’t want us out here in this storm.”
Hazel rolled her eyes, “It hasn’t even started raining yet-“She said but was interrupted by a sudden outburst of drizzling rain.
I laughed at her shocked expression, “Come on now! I’ll race you to the cottage! Last one there is a rotten cabbage!”
Hazel giggled, “It’s a rotten egg!” She corrected.
I snorted, “I was trying to rhyme! Respect my choice of words. Besides rotten cabbages smell worse!” And then I took off on a run to the cottage, Hazel close at my heels.
   
  A sudden feeling of caution entered my heart when we neared the village. It was quiet but in the distance I could hear noises- angry voices. I could hear Hazel’s nearing footsteps and heavy breaths behind me. “Hold up!” I whispered to her putting out my hand to stop her.
“What’s wrong? It’s raining harder. I’m already soaked! We need to hurry up and get to the cottage.”
“Something’s wrong.” I whispered.
“What?” Hazel said this time fear creeping into her voice. I turned around and grabbed her by the shoulders, “I’m sure it’s nothing serious.” I said with a smile on my face, “I’m sure it’s nothing; but I need to make sure! Okay!?!”
Hazel’s eyes met mine, “Okay.” She said.
 “All right. Now stay with me and do what I say…and be quiet.” I let go of her and started in the direction for our cottage which was also the direction the sound was coming from. Before I stepped three feet Hazel grabbed the back of my cloak, “Kendra.” She whispered.
 “Yes?” I whispered back keeping my eyes ahead of me.
“Promise me…promise me you won’t leave me.”
I swirled around, “Of course not!” I said quietly, “I’d never leave you.”
“Promise?”
“Always and forever.” I said with a smile. She smiled her beautiful smile back at me.
We began walking forward-towards the voices. We didn’t make it far when we heard a scream. And then the whole village came alive. People ran down the dirt streets in alarm- screaming. Sounds of fighting sounded in the distance. We couldn’t see much; the rain pounding down around us. But the noises-the screams were awful. Hazel cried out in alarm from behind me and grabbed my hand. Her eyes were as big as saucers filled with fear. My heart squeezed and I looked ahead at the shadows scurrying through the streets. I took a few steps forward and tried to listen to what the people were shouting. I listened and I heard. It was only one word they screamed but it sent shivers through every bone of my body. My legs went numb with fear. One word.
Pirates.
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I took in a deep breath and tried to recover from the shock. I had to be strong. I didn’t have time to stand here in a daze. I quickly grabbed Hazel’s arm, “Hazel!” I called out.
“Yes.” Her voice was so weak and quiet I could barely hear her.
“You are going to be fine.” I reassured her. “This is just like a game okay!?!”
 “Kendra it’s not a game it’s-“
“I don’t have time to argue Hazel!” I said firmly, “We are going to run okay!?!” Once I said that I realized how stupid of a plan it was to drag my sister up to the village being attacked by pirates. It was probably a bloodbath up there. I sucked in my breath; a sudden wave of nausea attacking me.
“Okay. Hazel I need you to do exactually what I say!” I was interrupted by an ear-splintering scream filling the air. I looked at the direction it was coming from but the sky was getting dark and the rain was heavy. I couldn’t see far ahead. I’ m running out of time.
I looked back down at Hazel. She looked as white as a sheet and her eyes were filled with terror that broke my heart. “Hazel,” I said again for she’d look at me in the eyes, “I need you to be brave. Okay!?!” She nodded her head. “You need to be strong. You are going to be just fine…we all are. Now you need to do what I say all right!?!” She nodded again, “I need you to get low down in this grass right here.” I pointed to the tall grass at our feet. Stay here and I’ll go get momma and pa.”
Hazel let out a sob, “No! No! You said you wouldn’t leave me!” She screamed. I quickly covered her mouth with my hands to muffle her voice. “Hazel. I love you; and this is the safest thing for you! I asked you to be brave. Now I need you to be more brave than you ever have been before.”
“But-“
“I don’t have time for buts Hazel,” I said my voice cracking but I cleared my throat trying to stay strong for my sister. “You stay here. Be quiet. I’ll be back.”
She nodded this time; but tears silently fell down her cheeks.
Tears began to flow down mine and I prayed to God I’d see my sister again. “That’s a brave girl!” I said smiling; my salty tears flowing down.
“I’ve got to go get momma and pa now. I’ll be back.”
“You’ll be safer here.” She cried out.
“I’ll be back!”
I turned on my heels before I thought of staying there with Hazel. With all my heart I wanted to, but I had to get to my parents. I had to make sure they were safe.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

I confess...

Ok so I thought this would be a fun post to do and I also thought it would be a cool linkup =) So if you want to I'd love for you all to linkup!

...Let the Unusualness begin...


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So what I'm going to do is just like write a random list of normal unusual things about me! Well really confessions...Beware I am a very normal  unusual person and this is like really weird things that I do that I don't normally tell people I do! lol.

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I confess that...

 

When I'm shopping I act like I'm in a movie or something (this is dumb and weird but I'm still like a little kid) and I walk around like I'm in undercover mode and when my brother's with me we like walk through the aisles like super agents and make retarded faces at each other and pretend that we are spying on my mom... (Yes i know I'm 15 and yes I know I act like I'm 5 =P )

I confess that when the nutcracker or Swan Lake starts playing on my Christmas station I dance around the house doing ballet like a moron.

 

I confess that when I make a good joke I just sit there thinking that it was the biggest accomplishment in my life! lol.

 

When I type super fast on the computer I feel like I'm some kind of genius hacker =P

 

I confess that I love animated Disney movies probably more than little kids do. Animated movies are amazing!

 


I admit that I think bow and arrows are so awesome and when I use one I feel like I'm Robin Hood or something.

 

I confess that I'm a total klutz and I can not wear heels or I'll fall flat on my face.

 

I confess that I've never had a tan in my life and I am very pale.

 

I confess that I'm the crankiest person in the universe in the mornings

 

I confess that I hate marine life because to be honest "The deep blue sea" and the terrors in the sea are the only things I'm terrified of!

 

 

I confess that I'm obsessed with accents and when I'm reading out loud to someone I usually tend to use a fake accent. And I also have this huge issue that when I hear someone talk with an accent I usually then talk with a fake one and it sounds like I'm mocking them when I'm really just wishing I could talk like them!

 

And I confess that I'm probably the weirdest person I know =) well that's all I'll post! I've already revealed to many embarrassing things =P Thanks for reading my randomness and please link up!


Friday, December 6, 2013

Winds of change

 To Taste Adventure

Lots has happened in my life lately and I just thought I'd tell you all all about it! But just a FYI- this is probably going to be a long post. LOL; so read at your own risk =P Ok; let's start of with the biggest news first.

Some of you already know this but most of you probably do not...

WE'RE MOVING.

Yeah. And it's not just the moving in another house in our town moving- it's moving from GA to KY moving. So yeah. That's the big news. I guess your probably thinking that I'm not very happy about the change- I mean most people don't want to pick up, move, and start all over. I'm usually a anti-change person. Some one who hates change and always likes things to stay the way they are. But this time it's different. This time I want to move! In fact I'm rather excited. I have some friends up in KY that I've met over the last couple of months of visiting up there. In fact some of you might remember me doing a blog post awhile back about me going to NY on a mission's trip with a bunch of teens from the church we'll be going to in KY.
This is the first time I've ever really wanted to move. I've moved many times and was always very sad and upset about it. But this time I think it's the best decision.
   While I'm excited about moving it will still be a very long and difficult process. That with all the work moving comes with and of course saying goodbye to dear friends. Thankfully I already have made some friends in KY and I can't wait to get involved with the church up there! They have a bus ministry that I will be able to help with and other kid's programs as well. I've always loved kids and never really had an opportunity to work a lot with them till now =) Please pray that our house sells though. It's been for sale for three months and we still haven't had a buyer... this has been very difficult since we were hoping to already be moved and settled in KY by now.

I have some more news and this one is very urgent and I ask that you all be praying with me for this! My grandpa has five blockages in his heart and he is going to have to have open-heart surgery. As many of you probably know this is a very serious surgery. PLEASE pray for him. Me and my mom are heading up to IN to be with him during the surgery and then to help him recover and we'll probably be up there for two weeks until Christmas.
  Christmas will of course not be the same for us this year and I was a little depressed about it but I just pray that everything will work out for the good =) Christmas is about CHRIST and not about us and I need to keep my eyes on that! But I'm sure it'll still be a wonderful Christmas. God is always good, and we always have something to be thankful for.

Alright so I know that was a long post but you won't be having any more posts from me for awhile probably. While I'm in IN taking care of my grandpa I'll probably be too busy to post. We are not leaving till Monday though so I'll probably post tomorrow. But after that I most probably won't post for about a week or two!

Thank you guys for reading my blog and being such an encouragement to me. Please keep my grandpa in your prayers along with our house selling soon!


Keep shining bright
~Brittney

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Humility and Pride

  

John 3:30 - He must increase, but I must decrease

In the world today almost everyone is talking about how we must have more "self-esteem" and telling us to "love yourself." I don't believe we should love ourselves. I'm not saying we should go around talking about how terrible we are. I believe that God has made each of us unique and you are special. But God was the one who made you that way. 
   The world we live in is so full of pride. I just heard that the word used the most this year on social sites was the word "selfie." People are just really obsessed with themselves. Pride causes so many problems. Pride causes fights- prideful people are never willing to admit they are wrong and they always try to push the blame on others. I know that I also fail at this. I think that we all are a little prideful and selfish sometimes.

  Humility is one of the greatest character qualities.Humility isn't thinking less of yourself- it's thinking of yourself less. It's putting others before yourself- putting God before yourself. In order for God to have control in our life we must humble ourselves before him. We can't serve him the way he wants us to if we are proud. Prov.16:18 - Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
God made us who we are. All the good qualities in us came from him. In order to serve God, we must serve others, and most of the time serving others means putting our own selfish needs aside.
   In order for God to take control in your life you need to give him the throne in your life. You must be willing to say "God you are number one. My will and my wants are not important compared to your will for my life! God won't be able to use you if you aren't willing to live and suffer for him. 
  We must be willing to put God and others first. The prideful person will say I want "my life; my way!" but we must say "My life; God's way" We must put our wants and our will for our lives aside and let God take over!


So much of what we do is based on humility or pride-that's everything. And you know we are more like Christ when we humble ourselves.
~Tim Tebow

James 4:6 - But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

1Peter 5:6 - Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time


Keep shining bright
~Brittney 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

If we survive




This book was fiction- but let me just tell you that this was probably the most thought-provoking and amazing book I've ever read! (besides the Bible of course)
It has so many things that just made me stop, stare at the page, and just think. When I first started the book I just thought that it was going to be an amazing, fast pace, on the edge off your seat adventure novel! And it was- my eyes were glued to the book and at the end of every chapter I wanted to read the next one. It was probably one of the most exciting, and suspenseful books I've read. But it was even more then that. I have no idea how the author did it but he made an amazing book full of action, adventure, and life lessons I'll never forget. This book really cast a light upon the beauty of life. It's about a group of teenagers on the run for their life- death is almost inevitable; but they will do anything to live another day. This book shows the values of: True character, True bravery, Selflessness, and just seeing the beauty of life. I promise you that if you read this book you'll see what I mean. It's like I was in the book with the characters- learning the things they were through there trails. You'll see how this book made me so much more thankful for the life I have. This book is TRULY amazing.

Amazon Description:

They came on a mission of mercy, but now they’re in a fight for their lives.
High schooler Will Peterson and three
friends journeyed to Central America to help rebuild a school. In a poor,
secluded mountain village, they won the hearts of the local people with their
energy and kindness.
But in one sudden moment, everything
went horribly wrong. A revolution swept the country. Now, guns and terror are
everywhere—and Americans are being targeted as the first to die. 
Will and his friends have got to get
out fast. But streets full of killers . . .hills patrolled by armies . . . and
a jungle rife with danger stand between them and the border. Their one hope of
escape lies with a veteran warrior who has lost his faith and may betray them
at any moment. Their one dream is to reach freedom and safety and home. 

My thoughts:

well I kind of already told you how much I love this book! lol; but I could go on and on about it forever. Another thing I really liked about it was that the author did an amazing job of weaving faith, hope, and God's love into the story. One of the main things in the book was the quote "Fear nothing, but pray about everything" and it was something that gave the main character (Will) a attitude of hope- he never gave up. He was still afraid but with God he overcome his fear. There isn't enough awesome things I could say about this book! The writer has an amazing writing style and I can not wait to read more books by him =) Let me give you all amazing advice - GET THIS BOOK NOW! You won't regret it ;)

Rating:

100 out of 5 stars =P


Keep shining Bright
~Brittney

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Once upon a December...

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December.
It's definitely one of my favorite months! There is just so many wonderful things about December! Here's a little list of things I love about this wonderful season =)

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~Hot chocolate that warms the heart
~Fluffy socks that make you wrinkle up your toes in delight
~The beautiful sparks and flames in a fireplace
~ Warm blankets to snuggle up in
~ Making yummy treats for the Holidays
~ Listening to Christmas music (LOVE)
~ Putting up the Christmas tree and the joy it brings
~ The chilly weather
~ Wrapping presents for the people you love
~ Sharing the gift of joy with those around you
and the most important one of all
~ Celebrating Jesus' birth!

Hope you all are having a wonderful December so far! Christmas is coming sooner by the day =D Go spread the Christmas spirit with those around you!


Keep Shining Bright
~ Brittney

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Names that Inspire

So I got this idea from Aili and I just thought I'd just do it for the fun of it =) 

I'm just going to post some names and their meanings for future book character ideas!


Mila 
 (I'm actually using this character in a book I'm currently writing =)
Name~ Hazel
Origin~ English
Meaning~Tree

 Mia 
(I'm also using this character in a book I'm writing =)

Name~ Kendra
Origin~English
Meaning~ Water baby; Magical

Laya 
Name~ Loraine 
Origin~German
Meaning~Warrior

. 
Name~ Cassidy
Origin~Irish
Meaning~Clever

   
Name~ Macy
Origin~England
Meaning~Enduring

Leslie 
Name~ Glorianna
Origin~England
Meaning~Glorious Grace

 

Hope you all enjoyed these =) Probably won't do this again but thought I'd just do it for the fun of it!