Sunday, May 14, 2017

Dear Mom...


Dear Mom,
One of my first memories of you is when the guys were wrestling in the family room, you and I would be sitting in the comfy chairs watching them.  I wanted to join them so bad, but I was scared to because they were so rough.  Then you would give me a smile and tell me to go play, and you made sure they weren't too rough with me.
I also remember you taking me to get my booster shots.  I was scared to death, but you sat right beside me and tried to keep my attention off the needle and the pain even though it didn't work.
I remember rinsing dishes while you washed them, and how proud you made me feel when I could stand at the sink without a chair.
I remember filling my hands with suds, and smearing them on your face and neck.  I had no idea how you would react, but you in turn did the same to me, and it turned being a sud-war, ending with us giggling so hard and suds on the kitchen walls.
You taught me how to read, how to add and subtract, how to tell time and how to tie my shoes when I was little, then how to play the piano, how to do laundry, how to marinade a steak and how to plant and care for a garden when I got older.
You have been patient with me even when I was a little twerp when I was little and when I've been grumpy.
You and Daddy taught me what true beauty is, by telling and showing; that "man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart".  Y'all were and are my role models, and you've lived up to that.
You've taught me life lessons, and have brought me up to know the Lord and what it is to know Him.
Mom, you're amazing.  I love you.
~Kaitlyn

Sunday, May 7, 2017

April Showers Bring... {April Recap}

Hi people!


Another month has come and gone.  Can you believe it?

Life/Random:
-The baseball season started for the KC Royals!!

-Palm Sunday; a group of us from the area went to some nursing homes to sing the Golden Belt songs. :)

-The guys found David, a horned toad, out in a pasture (well, my sis named him David, but all the rest of us call him Steve. B-))
In case you were wondering, they did take him back where they found him. ;)


-Easter Sunday: a sunrise service at 6:40 AM, with a delicious potluck breakfast afterward.
Plus, a family gathering in the afternoon.

The sunrise; it was so cloudy, we didn't get to see the sun. ;P
-I got to meet Emily, an amazing gal from WA state!

-During school, in the dining room, Kordell would pick up my camera and take several random pictures. For several days straight.  I have a strange twin.

-Rain.  Lots and lots of rain.

-It's that time of year again: time for the crop dusters to be flying around everywhere and the sprayers to go flying down the road.  (I also was informed of another meaning for the term 'crop duster'.  I won't go into the details.)

-I was introduced to these amazing yet sad songs:



-The lilacs bloomed!  For some reason, our tulips didn't. :(


-My birthday!!  :D

-A dear friend visiting from out of state.

Books:


Finished:
But Not Forsaken by Helen Good Brenneman: 3 stars
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A Question of Honor by Jesseca Wheaton: 5 stars
Gift Horse by Dandi Daley Mackall: 5 stars
Friendly Foal by Dandi Daley Mackall: 5 stars
Buckskin Bandit by Dandi Daley Mackall: 4.5 stars
The Calling of Emily Evans by Janette Oke: 3 stars
Heart of the Wilderness by Janette Oke: 3.5 stars
Where the Lilies Bloom by Vera and Bill Cleaver: 3 stars
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: 2 stars
Sunlight and Shadows (unpublished) by Livi Jane: 4.5 stars
Isle of Swords by Wayne Thomas Batson: 4 stars
Angry Water by Bernard Palmer: 3.5 stars
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Started:
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Timber Wolf by Paul Hutchens

Snippets:
So, I didn't really do much writing at all this month... I'll just pick something random from a random doc. ;P
Ok, this is from JW!  I had a lot of fun writing this scene:

He walked up the stairs, past five-year-old Katie’s room, and into the bedroom he shared with Joey.  He had just stopped beside the bed and unscrewed the lid of the shaving cream jar when he heard the floor creak behind him.  He whirled around, nearly upsetting the cream, and sighing when he saw his father leaning against the door post.

“You scared me!” He exclaimed in a whisper.

Dad smiled apologetically.  “I wanted to see this,” he whispered back with a smirk.

Joey shrugged, smiled, and turned back to his brother. Joey lay on his back, and one of his hands lay underneath his head, the other flopped out beside him, palm up.  Perfect!  Jerry slowly dipped the spoon into the jar, brought out a dollop of shaving cream, and slowly, carefully, placed the cream on Joey’s outstretched hand.  Now for the feather.  He set the jar and spoon down on the nightstand between the two beds and picked up a feather he had pulled from his pillow the night before.
He turned back to Joey’s bed.  Jerry leaned over the bed, paused and glanced in his father’s direction with a look that said, this is going to be good!  Then tickled Joey’s nose with the feather.
Joey’s eyes fluttered, but never opened.
“Try again,” Dad urged in a whisper.
Jerry tickled Joey’s nose.  This time he got results.
Joey’s hand came up and, on its way to scratching his itching nose, caught Jerry’s chin.  Joey then brought his hand up and rubbed his nose, and promptly dropped back to sleep.

****

Once in the bathroom, Joey went straight to the mirror and gasped at what he saw, a large grin spreading across his face.  “Hey, look!” he exclaimed.  “I’m Santy Claus!”
Jerry rolled his eyes. “Santa Claus, Joey.”
“Santy Claus.”
“Santa Claus.”
“Santy Claus.”
“Santa Claus.”
“Boys!”
Both boys jumped at their father’s warning voice.  Then Jerry grinned slyly and said, “Dad, which do you think it is?  Santa Claus or Santy Claus?”
Dad thought for a moment, then replied, “Neither.”
Jerry grinned triumphantly at Joey.  “See?”
“He never agreed with you, Jerry.”
“But he didn’t agree with you either, which is what I was wanting anyway.”  Jerry smirked mischievously.

Music:
The visiting friend that I mentioned can yodel amazingly.
So that kinda got us in a yodeling craze.
We found this:


 I don't know a word that he's saying, but his yodeling blows me away. ;P
Or, if you'd like more of a "normal" video of yodeling:


And there's the month of April in a nutshell. (Speaking of nuts, I had pecan pie for my birthday instead of cake. ^_^)
~Kaitlyn

Friday, April 28, 2017

A Talk With My Twin: Birthday Edition

Hi people!


Yup, it's time for another talk with my twin!
Hello Kordell, and thanks for joining me again today!

Hullo and your welcome

Um... I'll try to ignore you're terrible punctuation and grammar.

:P

Wait... did you just stick your tongue out at me?!

Why yes I did and thank you for noticing 

*eyeroll* Yeah sure whatever.
So.  Do you know why I asked you to do this post with me, Little Jim?

Ummm.... because I'm special

I'm not sure how to reply to that.

For once I have you speechless

Don't count on it, buddy.
But anyway, no, that's not exactly why I asked you to do this with me.
It's our birthday!! (As if you didn't already know this.)

Oh yeah it is isn't it

Don't play dumb.  You know it is.
Anyway.
So, what is your favorite birthday that we've had?

That's like... that's like... that's like... *groans* that's like trying to choose between deer hunting or turkey hunting

No comment.

Once again I have you speechless

Ha, nice try.
Well then, since you can't think of anything, I'll start out with one of my favorites.
Do you remember our 6th birthday?

kinda

We really wanted a cowboy-themed birthday party.  So we invited a bunch of our church friends, and their older siblings came along to be bucking broncos and wild bulls and such.

yup

Don't you have anything to say about that?  What was your favorite birthday?  You never answered me.

I don't know

*sigh*
What's one of your favorite birthday traditions?

No school and getting to pick the foods I eat

Ohh, yes, although that's one of the downfalls of being a twin: you have to agree on the food, 'cause Mom isn't going to cook what we want for two days.  She tried that once. XD

I don't remember that, and I think she ought to try that again

Of course you do.
In honor of our birthday, Kordell, please list three or more random things about yourself that people may not know.

I love tacos, I love hamburgers, I love bacon, I love brenig (referred to in this post)

Oh goodness. XD
Well... thank you for that very... enlightening piece of information.
Now I'll list three (or more) things about myself.
1. I'm not very fond of jewelry (not that I have anything against it, I just don't care for wearing it much).
2. I love aquariums (at least, I did last time I went to one).
3. I'm not really fond of cooking.

Are we about done

Wipe that devious little smirk off your face.
Thank you.
But yes, I think this post is long enough.  Before we go, do you have anything else you'd like to add, Kordell?

Ummm... I like my cows

And thank you for that very random piece of information.

Just ask anytime, I'd be happy to oblige you

Yeah... sure.
Well, thanks for coming, Kordell!  And happy birthday to you!

Happy birthday and goodbye

Well people, thanks for joining us for this very... interesting conversation. XD
~Kaitlyn

Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Liebster Award

Hi people!


Faith from Chosen Vessels tagged me for the Liebster Award—thank you, Faith! ;)

The Rules:
-Link back to the person that tagged you (check!)
-Answer the eleven questions.
-Tag eleven bloggers, and let them know you tagged them.
-Ask your tagged bloggers eleven questions.

Questions:

1.) What made you want to start a blog?

Probably seeing all the other tags/interactions between other bloggers.  It made me want to join. ;)

2.) What does your first name mean?


3.) Did you know when you were younger what you wanted to be/do when you grew up? Do you know or have any idea now what you want to do?

Um, not really, aside from the fact that I wanted to be just like my mama. ;)
Now?  Actually, I don't know.  Sometimes I feel like I want to be a writer, sometimes a graphic designer, sometimes a musician.  We'll see what God has planned for me.

4.) If you could see yourself from someone else's perspective, who's perspective would you choose and why? (It could be a family member's, a friend's, your local librarian's, etc.)

Um… oh boy.  That's a tough question. ;P
I'll say… the little kids that I like to play with.  Not necessarily any one in particular, but… I'd like to know what they think of the crazy teenager that messes around with them. ;)

5.) What was the last book you read? What was your opinion of it? Did you like it, or not so much?

The last book I read was Where the Lilies Bloom by Vera and Bill Cleaver.  I enjoyed it, though the style was a bit different from what I'm used to and therefore I wouldn't want to read it every day.

6.) What was the last movie you watched? What was your opinion of it? Did you like it, or no?

From Google
"Last Ounce of Courage".  It was AMAZING, and I would HIGHLY recommend it!!

7.) What is your favorite movie adaptation of a book?

From Google
"Swiss Family Robinson".  I've seen that movie several times, and it never grows old.  Especially the part with fighting the pirates. ;)

8.) What quote (from a book, movie, or YouTube video) do you find yourself saying often?

"How 'bout no."  
Yes, that is really a quote from a YouTube video that a friend once showed me.


9.) If you could live in any other previous time period, which one would you choose?

Uh… probably 1800's.  That's when a lot of the westerns took place, you'll remember. ;)

10.) What would you consider your favorite thing to do in your free time? What do you ACTUALLY end up doing in your free time? 

Do I have to pick just ONE favorite?  How 'bout no. B-)
I'll give three favorites: Reading, writing, and watching old westerns. 
And, that's a lot of what I end up doing during my free time, along with writing emails, chatting with friends, and blogging.

11.) What is one thing that you always want people to remember about you after you're gone?

I lived, I laughed, I loved.  And that "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  Finally, there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the Righteous Judge, with give to me on that day, and not to me only, but also to all who have loved His appearing."


I Tag:
Karyssa
Livi
Blessing
Bethany
Emily
Carissa

Shhh, I know that's not 11 bloggers.  Who's counting?

The Questions:
1: What is your favorite hobby?
2: What does your first name mean?
3: What is your favorite family memory?
4: What's your personality type?
5: If you had the opportunity to have a 4-course meal, all with foods you choose, what would the meal consist of?
6: Would you rather have a pet dolphin or a pet bear?
7: What's one random thing about you that few people know?
8: What's your favorite holiday?
9: What quote (from a book, movie, or YouTube video) do you find yourself saying often?
10: If you could live in any other previous time period, which one would you choose?
11: If you could see yourself from someone else's perspective, who's perspective would you choose and why? (It could be a family member's, a friend's, your local librarian's, etc.)

~Kaitlyn

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Mystery on the Train: Release and Author Interview

Hi people!
Tomorrow, a fellow blogger's going to release her first-ever book, The Mystery on the Train!

About the book:

Gorgeous cover!
Ten-year-old Scarlet Paddleburrow is off to a prestigious boarding school in New York. But first, she has to travel there - by train. Along the way, she meets a new friend - Kat Davids, who is also going to the same school. The two girls become fast friends, and spend most of the day together.

When mysterious and frightening things start happening, a chain of events throws Scarlet and Kat smack in the middle of the a mystery.

Who is sabotaging the train and trying to scare the passengers? And why? It’s up to Scarlet - with the help of her new friend - to find out.

The Mystery on the Train is the first book in The Scarlet Paddleburrow Mystery Series, for girls ages 8-12.

About the author:


Lydia Dyslin is a Christian, homeschooled author living in the state of New Hampshire. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, sewing, playing the piano, or spending time with friends. She lives with her parents, her sister Jo, and her two cats, Twilight and Twinkle.
You can read more about her at her blog: Through the Wardrobe.

Author Interview:


1: What inspired you to write The Mystery on the Train?
I love an old mystery series for girls called Trixie Belden. I thought it was so different from anything I had read before - like Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys, which had been the only exposure I had to detective stories at that time. I wanted to write something like that, something girls could relate to more. So, I started The Mystery on the Train.

2: How long did it take you to write the book?
About a year, from writing the first draft to editing the final draft. Of course, I took a long break in-between writing the first draft and editing.

3: Who is your favorite character, and why?
Probably Scarlet, the main character - I've put a lot of work behind-the-scenes on her character (which will be shown more in later books.)

4: Do you feel that any of the characters represent you?
 I'm the most similar to Kat. I'm a little more on the girly side, and I even have blue eyes and short blonde hair, haha!

5: What is the purpose behind the book?
 When people finish the book, I want them to be enthralled with not only the story, but fall in love with the characters. I want younger girls to be as delighted with my story as I was with Trixie Belden. 

Thanks for answering the questions, Lydia, and congratulations on your book's release!!
~Kaitlyn

Friday, March 31, 2017

Woodchucks, Wind, and Wildfires (March Recap)

Hi people!


Well, since I don't really have anything to say right now, let's get on with the recap, shall we? ;)

Life/random (in no particular order):

-March was the windiest month of the year so far.  KS is known for wind; especially in March every year.

-Golden Belt Vocal Festival!! :D

-We need to keep the people that were victims of the wildfire(s) in our prayers. The one at Ashland in western KS was said to be the biggest grassfire in world history.

From Google

-We found out that Siri has several answers to the question, "how much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?"

"As many cookies as Cookie Monster could muster if Cookie Monster could master cooking cookies."

"Well, since a 'woodchuck' is really a groundhog, the correct question would be: how many pounds in a groundhog's mound when a groundhog pounds hog mounds?" 

"I suppose it depend on whether you are talking about African or European wood."

"None.  A 'woodchuck' is actually a groundhog, so it would probably just predict two more weeks of winter."

"Assuming a spherical woodchuck in a vacuum... about 42."

"A woodchuck would chuck as much as a woodchuck could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood."

"Just because it could doesn't mean that it would."

"A so-called 'woodchuck' (correctly speaking, a groundhog) would chuck — that is, throw— as much as the woodchuck in question was physically able to chuck if woodchucks had the capability (and, presumably, the motivation) to chuck wood."

And eventually, after you ask it enough times…

"Don't you have anything better to do?"

"I imagine that groundhogs would prefer a different question for a change."


-Homeschool conference! Lots of books.  Lots and lots of books. ;D

-Gus was born.



-I discovered that Snoopy, Charlie Brown's dog, was named after a WWI pilot.  The song "Snoopy's Christmas" was written about that pilot.


-I got a dobro strap!!

-Our church had a potato bar. Butter, ham, broccoli & cheese, bacon bits, chili... it was delicious.  And some of us got to be a bit of entertainment! Just in case you're interested...


Books:



Finished:
Crown and Jewel by Jeri Massi: 3.5 stars
By Searching by Isobel Kuhn: 4 stars
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Dandelion Dust by Faith Potts (not yet published): 5 stars
The Unexpected Request by Rebekah Morris: 4.5 stars
Escape from Warsaw by Ian Serraillier: 3.5 stars
A Horse for Kate by Miralee Ferrell: 4 stars
Choice Summer by Shirley Brinkerhoff: 3 stars
Set Free by Rebekah Morris: 3 stars
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Started:
But Not Forsaken by Helen Good Brenneman

Snippets:

I didn't do a whole lot of writing this month, and to be honest, I enjoyed my little break thoroughly. XD
These snippets are from a scene I wrote for Faith's Imagine This challenge.
If you'd like to read the whole story, click here.
And now, on to the snippets!

     “Ouch… ouch… ouch… oww!” Jerry tried not to scream as he gingerly opened the hatch again.  He pulled himself up out of the turret to sit on the rim and carefully inspected his now-bloody knuckles.  “I must be the only person that keeps smashing his hands under a tank’s hatch,” he muttered.
     With a sigh he wiped the blood on his pant leg and hopped to the ground.
     Rounding the corner of the tank, he barely saw the cannon arm before it crashed into his forehead with a dull clunk!  Jerry bit back the shout that rose to his lips, though a loud groan escaped.  
     “Jerry, what the—”
     Jerry whirled around.  “Toby, don’t say one word.”
     Toby’s eyes twinkled.  “What’s the other guy look like?”


*****

     Trent gently took Jerry’s hand in his to examine it.  “You’ll be fine after a few days of soreness,” he announced.  He set his pack on the ground and, bending over to pull something out, Jerry saw a pen fall out of his pocket.  When it hit the ground, the cap flew off and Jerry noticed a small piece of paper sticking out of the pen.  Trent glanced down at it, then casually but quickly covered it with his booted foot.  Jerry momentarily wondered about it, then dismissed it with a shrug.
     “Here we are,” Trent straightened, a roll of gauze and a bottle of antiseptic in his hands.  He quickly disinfected Jerry’s knuckles and wrapped some cloth around it.  “And there you go.  You’ll be good as new in a few days.”
     “Thanks,” Jerry said with a grin.  He turned and walked away, glancing back once to see Trent rapidly snatch  up the fallen pen and place it back into his pocket, eyes darting from side to side rapidly as if he hadn’t wanted anyone to see.
     That’s weird. Jerry shrugged and moved on.

Pun of the Month:

I tried to catch some fog but I mist.

Music:


As I mentioned earlier, the Golden Belt Vocal Festival was in March.
The songs we sang were:
"Fill-a Me Up" :20
"Down to the River to Pray/ Lord, Listen to Your Children" 2:27
"Joy Overflowing" (women's song) 6:03
"I Will Boast with The Solid Rock" (one of my favorites) 8:41
"Let Everything that Hath Breath" (my all-time favorite!!) 13:47
"The Last Words of David" 29:06 
"Pie Jesu" 32:49
"Speak, O Lord" (men's son) 35:35
"Give Me Oil in my Lamp" (another of my favorites; the guys show a hidden talent ;)) 39:56
"A Mighty Fortress is our God" 43:14

Well people, have you ever sung in a choir?  Asked Siri a question and received a funny answer?  Read any of the above books?  I'd love to hear about it! ;)
~Kaitlyn