Monday, March 20, 2017

New Additions

Hi people!


As promised, here are the baby animals. ;)
First off the goat kids, or the goatlets, as they're called around here. ;)
Danny Duffy
Little Joe (he's the biggest one out there! XD)
Roscoe
Hannah (brown) and Brooklyn
Brooklyn and Lillian are twins, Roscoe and Hannah are twins, and Little Joe and Danny Duffy are twins.

Danny & Joe nursing
Goatlets are so fun to let you suck on your finger... until their teeth get sharp. ;)


Goats love to climb/chew on everything... including people XD
Calves:


Sam









Just in case you noticed the pattern and was wondering... yes, they're all three-letter names on purpose.  He started out with Sam and Max, and from there... he kept the system. ;)



Oops, somebody's on the wrong side of the fence! ;)
Well, I hope y'all enjoyed! ;)
Stay tuned for a sibling chat!
~Kaitlyn

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Better Late Than Never, Right? (February Recap)

Hi people!


Well, even though it's mid-March already (where does the time go?!), I'll go ahead and do my Feb. recap. ;P

Life:

-6 more baby calves were born! (Yes, a post is coming with all the little ones, and I promise I'll work to get it up ASAP!)


-I vanquished NaNo Makeup!! With a total of just over my goal, 20k. ;)

-I grew closer to God, through the help of some friends. <3

-I realized how tall my brothers are. O.o

-I found a new fascination with playing the dobro.


Books:



Finished:
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis: 4.5 stars
For One Moment by Christmas Carol Kauffman: 3.5 stars
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Not Regina by Christmas Carol Kauffman: 4 stars
Courageous Love by Susan K. Marlow: 5 stars
No Way Up by Mary Connealy: 3 stars
The Pharaoh's Daughter by Mesu Andrews: 3 stars
The Horse and his Boy by C.S. Lewis: 4.5 stars
The Bridge by Jeri Massi: 3.5 stars
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Started:
Crown and Jewel by Jeri Massi
By Searching by Isobel Kuhn

Snippets:

Oh boy, I worked on 4 stories this month, 3 of them brand-new.  Um... hmm.
Ok, here are some snippets from a brand-new story that will currently remain unnamed.  I do have a title for it, but it will likely be changed, so I will not share the title right now.  (Well… that and the title may just happen to spoil the plot for someone I know. B-))

The hot, late-evening desert sun beat down unmercifully on my neck as I rode.  I didn’t know where I was going, so that made the heat even more unbearable; for all I knew, I could be simply going in circles, and I’d wind up dead in the middle of the desert.
I didn’t care.  My life had no purpose.
I wasn’t even sure how long I had been wandering around; I had been keeping track in a small calendar I carried around in my pocket, but I eventually gave up.
My pack horse lagged behind me, ears drooping.  I would have to find some water soon, or my canteens would run dry and I’d be stuck.  Not that I cared.
I didn’t have much of a backstory; I was a drifter, and my story matched that of most drifters: my parents died when I was young, my siblings and I were separated, and when I became a man, I struck out on my own for fame and fortune.
Fame and fortune.  Ha, I soon found out that neither were easy to come by; nearly impossible for a man of my standings, really.  So finally, after being left by my wife, swindled, and broke, I packed two horses chock-full of goods and set out for the west.  I had heard that there was gold over in California, but after being in the desert for longer than I cared to, I finally decided that if I ever got out of that place alive, I would never go west again.
But now, I was so miserable that I didn’t even care if I lived or died.  My water–and food–rations were running low.
Suddenly, out on the horizon, among the shimmering waves of heat, I spotted something that made my heart leap, then die.  It was the unmistakable sight of trees; but I knew it was only a mirage.  I’d had several mirages in my wandering, so this wasn’t exactly a surprise.  I just wished it didn’t have to be such a disappointment each time.
But then my horse, Shalimar, picked up his head and his ears swiveled forward.  Looking back, I saw that the two-bit packhorse did the same.  Horses don’t have mirages… do they?
I gradually allowed myself to hope.  Could this really be what I had been longing to see for days, perhaps weeks?
Shalimar picked up the pace with no urging, and soon the trees on the horizon became bigger and more lifelike.  My horse whinnied, and I was shocked to hear an answering nicker.
“What’s going on here?” I wondered to myself.
Finally we were there.  My thirsty eyes were met with a sight that quenched any other want from my mind.  I had finally found water.
I quickly dismounted, wondering how this pool appeared in this god-forsaken wilderness, but then remembered hearing about men finding an oasis or two in the middle of the desert.
I stumbled to the edge of the clear pond and drank my fill, then I almost spewed it back out when I looked up at the other side of the pond and saw something that made my stomach heave.
A man lay unmoving, face down in the burning sand.  I swallowed hard and shoved myself to my feet.  I still felt weak from not enough water, but this new liquid refreshed me.
As I cautiously approached the prostrate figure, I froze when I saw his hand, outstretched… gripping a six-gun.

Ok, so that was just one long snippet. *hides* Sorry, I'm one of those authors that loves writing cliffhangers but hates reading them... so you have my sympathy. ;P

Pun of the Month:

Jokes about German sausages are the wurst. B-)

Music:

Like I said, I love playing dobro.

Here's a video of a dobro solo, so you can see how cool it sounds. ;)
This is a popular Johnny Cash song, "Folsom Prison Blues," for those of you who like/know old country. ;)


Well, that's all for this post!
Thanks for reading!
~Kaitlyn

Thursday, March 2, 2017

A Question of Honor: Blog Tour

Hi people!  


Today I'm participating in the blog tour for my friend Jesseca's latest book, A Question of Honor!

About the Book:

An awesome cover to go with an awesome book! ;)
A man. A child. A war. 
When German soldiers invade France during World War II, young Joyanna's perfect world is shattered. In the hands of those who hate her, she battles to comprehend why people can be so ruthless and cold toward those whom they have never met. 
David Sullivan, pilot in the Royal Air Force, was certain he would never hate, but a painful loss forces him to either reconsider or do the inconceivable—forgive. He is suddenly challenged by the realization that doing God's will is not easy, but most important. With the lives of freedom-fighters relying on him, he must learn the difficult lesson that he is not in control, but merely one who must surrender his heart of obedience to One greater.
A sudden turn of events lands Joyanna and David in the same country—but for far different reasons. When their paths cross, David finds he must make a decision that will affect them both for the rest of their lives. 
Will he choose vengeance, or will he let his life be ruled by a higher standard? A standard of Honor.

Find on Amazon and Goodreads


About the Author:


Jesseca is an 18-year old daughter, sister, and a child of God. Her days are spent reading, cooking, spending time with siblings, or playing piano.  And writing, of course! At an early age words fascinated her, and her love for the printed page has only grown. She lives with her parents and seven siblings in the sunny state of Kansas, and she’s convinced there’s no place like home.

This time, I will be doing an author interview! :)  So, on to the questions:

1. What inspired A Question of Honor?
That seems like it was so long ago. The story idea actually came from some pictures on Pinterest, if I remember correctly. The story has changed a TON since then, and it's completely different than what I started out with, in more ways than one. But yes, pictures from pinterest, and an interest in WWII is what sparked the story idea. 

2. What was your favorite part of writing A Question of Honor? (the researching, editing, writing, etc.)
Ohhh, definitely the first edit! Well, unless I decide to drastically change the plot. The story is down on paper, so I don't have to try and plot, or figure out what happens next. The first edit is also when, for me, a lot of research comes in, which I really enjoy! As you might have guessed, research is one of my very, very, VERY favorite things to do!

3. Are your characters completely from your imagination, or are they based off of real people?
Do you seriously expect me to answer this question? Why in the world would I tell you something like that?! It's my secret!
I mean, I could say that Elaine is based off of me and David is my future husband, but I'm sure that's not what you're getting at . . . 
*grins* Okay, I'll be serious. No, not really. Their decision to go fight in Europe is loosely based on the decision of American pilots who went overseas to fight with England, but my characters aren't really based off any one person. I'm sure I've unintentionally added little bits of people that I know into them, but they're all from my imagination. 

4. What do you want your readers to take from the story?
That no matter what circumstances are going on in our lives, no matter what we're dealing with, God is in control. And he has a plan and a purpose, even when we can't see it. And when life seems to be more than we can handle, He is there waiting for us to give up trying to do it on our own, and waiting for us to fix our reliance on Him. 


5.  And lastly, do you have any words of wisdom for aspiring authors?
First of all, write what you want to read, or a subject that is close to your heart.  Because if you do that, it becomes something you're passionate about. Also, find someone you trust to critique you work. Preferably not a family member. I know it can be so difficult to hand over something you've written to someone else, but if you want to grow and improve in writing, you need constructive feedback. And I've learned form experience; it's not as scary as it all seems. ;) 

Excellent answers! :)  Jesseca is also hosting a giveaway:


Blog Tour Schedule:


Wednesday: March 1st

Angela Watt -- Review/Author Interview @ The Peculiar Messenger

Faith Potts -- Author Interview @ Stories by Firefly


Thursday: March 2nd
Kellyn Roth -- Review @ Reveries Reviews
Faith Potts -- Review @ Stories by Firefly
Kaitlyn K.--Book spotlight/Author interview @ Twin Thoughts

Friday: March 3rd
Deborah C.--Book Spotlight @ Reading in June
Soleil B.-- Book Spotlight @ Reviews by Soleil
Victoria Lynn: Book Spotlight/Review @ Ruffles and Grace
Brianna Henderson -- Review/Author Interview @ Ramblings of a Pilgrim on the Way
Anika -- Review/Author Interview/Book Spotlight @ Anika's Avenue
Rebekah Ashleigh -- Review @ Rebekah Ashleigh

Saturday: March 4th
Livi Jane--Review @ Living for the Other Side
Victoria Lynn -- Author Interview @ Ruffles and Grace
Emily Putzke -- Author Interview @ Taking Dictation
Julia Ryan -- Review @ The Barefoot Gal
Rebekah Eddy -- Book Spotlight/Author interview @ Rebekah's Remarks

A Question of Honor releases tomorrow, March 3rd.  I've had the privilege to read it, and trust me, get AQoH and you won't be disappointed. ;)
~Kaitlyn

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Princess and I: Cover Reveal

Hi people!
Happy Valentine's Day!
I'm excited to be a part of the cover reveal for Rebekah Eddy's latest book, The Princess and I.
I was privileged to be one of the many beta-readers for this book, and I would definitely recommend it!!
But anyway, on with the cover reveal!

Synopsis:
Megan is content with her life, despite her parents' death and her brother Malcolm's job that keeps him busy at the King's castle. But when she is offered the position as Princess Christine's lady-in-waiting, Megan is glad of the change in scenery and accepts it with the hope that she can spend more time with her brother. The promise from Malcolm of lessons in swordsmanship only adds to her enthusiasm.

However, helping keep an eye on the emotional and excitable young lady proves to be much harder than becoming her friend. As rumors of war circulate the castle, Megan strives to encourage her new friend even as she tries to settle the doubts and fears in her own heart when her responsibility in protecting the Princess is put to the test. Follow the unwanted adventure which serves to teach her that loyal friendship, true love, and God's amazing grace will always triumph over revenge, greed, and hate.


About the author:

Rebekah grew up surrounded by family members who appreciated and read good literature. First, she fell in love with the stories her parents read aloud to her from the Bible and books like The Chronicles of Narnia, Great Expectations, The Hobbit, and Anne of Green Gables. After learning to read on her own, she discovered other fantastic books which helped to build her ever growing imagination.

She completed her first written work at the tender age of eight and now uses it to humble herself whenever the need arises. The story did serve to show her that God had given her a desire to write, however, and from that moment on Rebekah has never looked back or regretted picking up her pencil and becoming an author.

This eighteen-year-old homeschool graduate lives in rainy Western Washington and is currently working on receiving her BA in English in order to further her passion for creating worlds on paper.



Isn't it so gorgeous?!  I hope it makes you want to read the book as soon as it is released on March 3rd. ;)
~Kaitlyn

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Writing, Inaugurations, The Baby Bonanza (January Recap)

Hi people!


Can you believe it's already been over a month since Christmas?!  This is crazy.
So, since monthly recaps was the most popular choice in the poll, here I am!
In January, not only did school start back up again, but so did my reading in general.
I didn't read much for the past few months, but January went better and it will hopefully continue improving.

Top events from January:
-New Year's, of course.  No, I didn't make a bunch of resolutions that I knew I probably wouldn't be able to keep.  So I do what I can and thank the Lord that I'm able to do that much. ;)

-I entered the NaNo Make-up hosted by Emily and Ivy!  It started on the 15th and goes until Feb. 15.  My word goal for those 30 days is 20k.  We'll see if I make it ;P

-I saw my very first inauguration.  Trump, the United States' 45th president, was sworn into office.  Let's all pray that God gives him wisdom to lead our country.

-The Baby Bonanza is what I've dubbed it.  *Calculates* We've had... 9 babies born around here in the past month.  Wowwww.  Going from 0 to 2 to 9 in the span of 4 years is... a LOT. For us, anyway. ;)  They are SO ADORABLE.



There's just a glimpse of what's coming in a later post!! :D

Books I read:
Skip this part of the post if you wish; I don't mind.  But I do know that there are some book lovers that would love to get some recommendations. ;)


Avery's Battlefield by Deanna K. Klingel: 4 stars
Avery's Crossroad by Deanna K. Klingel: 4.5 stars
Hostage Lands by Douglas Bond: 4 stars
The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis: 3.5 stars
Hand of Vengeance by Douglas Bond: 4.5 stars
Hammer of the Huguenots by Douglas Bond: 4 stars
Started The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis and For One Moment by Christmas Carol Kauffman 

Snippets:
I'll put a few snippets of my writing here.  If you don't think this should be a part of the recap, let me know :)
These snippets are from a Snow White retelling that I'm tentatively calling The Staircase in the Corner. But I don't know if that title will stay.

Aralt laughed, a booming laugh, but quickly stifled it when the others shushed him, thinking of Bruadar upstairs.  "Oops, sorry, gents."
Bruadar's voice came ringing down the stairs, "Will ye blackguards stop that blatherin' and let a bushed man sleep?"
"Och, go to sleep, Bru," Camden retorted.  "Ye snore loud enough to wake the dead; 'tis not likely that ye'll hear us."  He turned to Brianna with a smirk.  "I dinnae think that he remembered that we have a lady in the house."
Aralt stared at the ceiling, as if he could see right through the boards and into Bruadar's head.  "The man doesnae much care about such things when he’s especially tired.”
“Ain’t that the truth,” Dermot muttered behind his hand so that only Brianna could hear.

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Brianna watched with wonder as he gently, almost tenderly, pulled dress after dress from the trunk and handed them to her until he was finally to the bottom.  He pulled out a paper-wrapped bundle, and Brianna peered curiously around the mound of dresses in her arms to see him open the parcel and bring out several items: an ivory comb with a blue flowered pattern, a brush with a rich wooden handle, a mirror in a beautifully carved silver frame.
"Oh, Grill," she whispered, "they're beautiful."
Grill set the items on the floor beside him, stood, took the clothes from Brianna's arms and set them back into the trunk.  "They were me wife's," he explained simply.  "She's gone now, and I'll have no more use for them.  Here." he picked up the brush and handed it to the girl.
Brianna took it, wide-eyed, and held it gingerly in her hands.  Then she brought it to her head and drew the bristles through her hair, wincing as it snagged the tangles unmercifully.  Finally she gave up and smiled at the little man standing beside her.  “I thank ye, Grill.  ‘Tis so thoughtful of ye… thank ye.”

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Camden started with mock astonishment.  “Ye mean to say that Grill was actually nice to ye?”  He pretended to faint.  “Och, yer never full of surprises, are ye, Grill?”
Grill’s mouth opened, and he raised his eyebrows, but finally snapped his jaw shut.  “Eh,” he grumbled as he walked back to the chair he had used before going upstairs with Brianna and sat down, glaring at Cam.  “We should be playing the trick on ye, not Bru,” he muttered.


Pun for the month:
I believe this is something that no one else has in their recaps. ;)  Chowboy and Birdo (Chowboy especially) are obsessed with puns and often come up with their own.  So, I shall give you a pun:

Disappearing warships are fleeting.

Ha, ha, ha.  The credit for that one goes to Birdo. XD

Music:
Since I love music, I'll share a song/something musical each month. :)

I don't normally like this song, but I love the Wissmanns' version. :D

And, that's all for this month's recap!  Thanks for reading!
~Kaitlyn

Friday, January 20, 2017

Reader's Choice

Hi people!
You might have noticed that I put up a poll on the sidebar.
I'd like y'all to give me some input as to what you'd like me to post.
I'll probably get around to posting all of these, but your job is to tell me what you'd most like to read, so I can therefore work harder on providing those posts.
Your choices are:

-Farm life 
-Food for thought (devotional, scripture, etc.)
-Stories
-Writing challenges
-Chats with my siblings
-Photography
-Monthly recaps
-My favorite things (a series about my favorite music, books, etc.)

Ok, there ya go!
I'd appreciate it if you would take the time to just click on one or two :)
Thanks people!
~Kaitlyn

Monday, January 9, 2017

2016 Highlights (Prepare for a Picture Overload)

Hi people!
Most bloggers have published their year-in-review posts already.  But obviously not me.  I haven't even done any monthly review posts.  I wasn't sure if I wanted to get into that or not.
But, I figure I'd give it a try.  I mean, a whole year has gone by. 365 whole days.  This is worthy of a year-in-review post, is it not?
*nods* yes, it is.

If there was one thing I learned this year, it was that Abraham Lincoln was a very wise man.  My dad likes to quote him:

It is far better to keep silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

Wise words, Abe.  This quote has become my new motto.
I've opened my mouth way too much this past year, and hopefully I've learned my lesson.

So, on to the big part of the post.

Highlights of 2016

January:
Kordell's cows, Sally Mae and Viola (compliments of Hank the Cowdog), had their calves!
Dixie
Dolly
As you can see in the second picture, we got snow!!! :D 

February:
-We went to visit cousins in OK.  Had a great time going to ball games, playing dodgeball (best game ever!!), and hanging out.

-A trip to the zoo.  I hadn't been to a zoo in years, so this was awesome. :)






March:
I participated for the second time in the Golden Belt Vocal Festival.  GBVF is a choir made up of homeschoolers from all over Kansas.  We start practicing in February and the concert is in March.  It's an amazing opportunity for me to sing and meet people who loves music/singing as much as I do. :D


-EASTER!!!  We had a sunrise service Easter morning, and 'twas beautiful--except for the fact that it was cloudy so we didn't get to see the sun rise. XD  But, the night before, it had snowed!  A wonderful reminder of how Christ's death washes us white as snow.


April:

My brothers (Kordell & Birdo) went turkey hunting for the first time!



-My sister and I performed in our homeschool co-op drama production!  It was an allegory of how to get to heaven.

May:

-Kordell got some adorable bucket calves! (You can read all about them in this post)


-My brother Chowboy (yes, that's a pseudonym) got goats!  My dad has never had any goats.  In fact, I don't know of any goats in the history of the Krispense family.  But, Chowboy decided to diversify, and now we have 5 does: Lauren, Moby, Charlotte, Anne, and Ashleigh.  They'll kid any time now.



-I won 3rd place in the Writer's Unite Contest with Katie's War.

June:

-Wheat harvest.


-I got to personally meet Jesseca, a good blogging friend of mine!! :D

July:

A picture Birdo took for the occasion
-Independence Day.  A day we celebrated the freedom of our country, as well as our freedom to worship God.  That day we had a cookout with our church, and then afterwards went to a friend's house to shoot off some firecrackers.




-Our family went to a KC Royals baseball game!  It was Faith & Family day at the K (Kauffman Stadium), so after the game was a Casting Crowns concert.  'Twas awesome.



August:

Our family went to an air show.  To put it simply, it was awesome. :D


September:





-Chowboy finished restoring his 1978 Ford Pickup!  It used to be my dad's, and Chowboy brought it out of being in the shed with packrats and redid the inside, repainted the bed, etc.

Old Blue
-Jesseca's family went camping near us, so I got to re-meet her.  :D

October:




November:

-I got my braces off!

-Thanksgiving.  We had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with my mom's side of the family (which also includes the annual football game), and celebrated an early Christmas with my dad's side. :)

December:

-His Little Feet came to town!  We got to have three girls and a leader from Ethiopia stay with us for three days, and it was a blast. :D

-I participated in the 12 Days of Christmas Linkup hosted by Faith @ Stories by Firefly.  It was an excellent opportunity to find some other bloggers. :)

-The Krispense family (well, most of us) went to western KS to give a Christmas program with the Living Hope String Quintet!  


-Christmas Eve, we did the same program at our church.  You can find some of the songs here.

-Christmas!!  Celebrating the birth of our Savior, God's Son sent to earth.

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Ok, there you have it! 2016 in a nutshell. 
(Ok, that was a rather big nutshell, but that's the gist of it.)

And now, I shall leave you, saying to never forget that yesterday was the past, tomorrow is the future, and today is God's gift; that's why we call it the present.

~Kaitlyn