Interview with AK!!

Welcome back, everyone! Today I’m here with an interview with Audrey Kate (AK)! I’m super excited about this interview so let’s get started! My questions are in bold!

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1. Hi Audrey Kate…AK! Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself? (include a picture if you would like). 
Hi there! Well, first off, my name is Audrey Kate, but once people get to know me, it’s not long before I’m called AK! I am a daughter of the King, the one true God. I have one brother, and a puppy, and a lawnmower (well, that’s actually my Dad’s) that I love. 
I spend lots of time outdoors and when I’m not outside you can usually find me writing a letter, listening to Adventures in Odyssey or audio dramas, watercoloring, or brush lettering.
2. You write The Junebug Blog right? Please tell us a little bit about it! Why did you start it?! What does the name stand for?
Yes, I do! I started TheJunebugblog for a place where I can share my creative pursuits with others. I love to share tips and tricks, ideas and inspiration. The name actually came from my Mom, who, for many years (and still does every now and then), called my “Junebug” because I’m a June baby(:
3. What are three of your main hobbies?
Ooh, tough question! I would say some of my main ones are most artsy things, piano, and photography.
4. Can you go into detail about one of your hobbies above?!
Well, I will go with photography. I bought my first DSLR camera when I was 11, and I use it all the time. I love to take pictures of nature and peoples most. 
5. I read your about page and it said you have a fluffy puppy!!!!! Can you tell us about her?!!! Maybe share a picture or 12?!
Haha, yes! Her name is Maisy (also known as Maisy Lou, Lou, Dogbert, and Dogwinkle. *cough*) We got her one month after we moved in our new house as a surprise from our parents. She is a Maltipoo, which is a mix of a Toy Poodle and a Maltese. She has changed a lot since her puppy days (pictures of two months old and recently)!
I’m just curious how you got all those different nicknames for her!
6. Do you play any musical instruments? Which would you say you like the most?
Yes, I do. I play piano, guitar, and ukulele. I’ve played piano for about 9 years, and Guitar and Uke for 2. I like piano the most, and I spend the most time on it now that my music is getting harder and harder, but I love ukulele a lot as well(:
7. You love photography right? Would you like to share something that inspires you when you do photography? Maybe share your favorite picture? (I know it’s hard to choose just one)!
Yes! I really do. Well, something that inspires me to take pictures is just nature. I love all the different angles with the sunlight you can get and many objects around to choose from. Ooh! My favorite picture… that is hard! Here’s one I really like: UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_22d2
8. What’s one of your favorite holidays?
I love Christmas and Easter. 
9. What’s one thing that could help all of us, you’d like to share with us?
Jesus Christ loves and cares for you so much! He will forgive you for anything, and he will never, EVER turn you away from him!
10. Okay, final question (which is always the most fun)! If you were given a choice to buy: a barking tree frog, a mountain lion, or a cat that can’t meow it only hiccups which would you get?!
Ooh, interesting questions! A mountain lion! That would be neat (:
Thanks so much for doing this interview with me AK! I super enjoyed it!
You’re so welcome, AbbyRose! I enjoyed it (:
Thanks so much for stopping by guys! Just wanted to ask you to run over to AK’s blog The Junebug Blog and follow it to see some really awesome posts! See you guys soon!

Guys, I just read this and it was amazing and beautiful! Please go check it out!!

I know there was mention of me posting a short story about a medic today, but I decided I’d give my readers a story that was a little more light-hearted. Enjoy! ——————————– Ellie ducked behind the corner of the wall, clutching the glass of purple punch in her hands. It was demoralizing for any red-headed […]

via The Girl in the Red Dress – A World War Two Christmas Story — ~ Beautiful Things ~

Sunshine Blogger Award

Hello, all of my wonderful readers! The minute I found out I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Ezra from Ezra’s Everything Spot I sat down and wrote my answers and new questions…unfortunately my computer didn’t understand my creative mind and decided it would reboot……….deleteing every wonderful answer and question I thought of. So without further ado, you get to read my part 2 version of Sunshine Blogger Award. And thank you so much, Ezra!!!! I have to admit this is one of my favorite awards yet!

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Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.
  • List the rules and display an award logo on your blog post.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and notify them by commenting on any of their posts.
  • Ask the nominees 11 new questions.

Ezra’s questions:

  1. What so far has been your favorite grade in school? I think I liked 1st grade as it was the easiest but 9th grade was also cool as it was challenging but still not super hard!
  2. Favorite veggie (if you have one XD)? Cucumbers!!!! I eat them with everything! Pizza, mac & cheese, lasagna, spaghetti, etc….  
  3. If you had to make a choice to stay inside for the rest of your life or stay outside which would you choose? Outside as long as I have a tent! I love being outside…though I rather have sunny weather than rainy.
  4. Favorite fast food place? Chick-Fil-A (I’ve never gone to McDonald’s)!
  5. What’s your favorite way to workout? Confession time, I can’t touch my toes  I don’t really exercise but we do take walks a lot! I once tried to do sit-ups and after about 6 I was worn out and couldn’t bend over for a month.
  6. Is there something awesome you’re looking forward to this summer? Vacation!!! I love going on (camper) camping trips with my family. It’s so fun and it also helps remind me how lucky I am to have a beautiful big bedroom!
  7. Captain America or Iron Man? Another confession…I’ve never watched Captain America or Iron man. I’ve seen clips though! My family isn’t really into superhero movies so the only one I’ve seen was The Incredibles.
  8. Cheeseburgers or pizza? Pizza!!! It’s soooo good! Though cheeseburgers are amazing on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July!
  9. Basketball or football? So I’m not really a sports fan and we don’t really watch it. But I guess if I had to choose I’d say football just because I really enjoy seeing how far and powerful the football thingy can go! I also think it’s kinda cool to know that those guys are so dedicated and love it so much that they don’t mind getting tackled by tons of guys!
  10. Favorite drink? Iced tea (in the summer), ginger ale (on trips), and water all the rest of the time! I love the feeling you get after drinking a cup of water on a really hot day!

My Nominees: 

Rosy’s Writings

Crazy A

Chickalou

Lydia’s Blog

Ani’s Books

Clara & Co

Lit Aflame

Faith on the Farm

Maddy’s Digital Diary

Soldier Girl Stories 

My Questions:

  1. Can you try to describe yourself in three words?
  2. What is two of your favorite quotes?
  3. What activity takes the most of your time?
  4. How did your blog get its name and why did you start it?
  5. Who is the most important person/people in your life?
  6. Favorite season and color that goes with it?
  7. Would you rather sing or play an instrument?
  8. What’s your favorite board game and why?
  9. Your dream home could be either a modern design or rustic…which would you choose?
  10.  Are you a morning person or night person?
  11. I’m borrowing this question from Ezra…what’s the latest time you’ve ever slept in?

 

I hope you guys enjoy answering the questions as much as I had fun writing them!!

Mothers Day

Happy Mothers Day guys! I wanted to take some time and honor our mothers through a post! 

What is mothers day? 

History of Mother’s Day: Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.”

My definition: Mother’s day to me shouldn’t be the only day we only give our mom’s flowers, a gift, or just a hug. Shouldn’t we tell them that their important every day? Because…we wouldn’t be here without them or we wouldn’t be the person God wants us to be without them.

How should we honor our mothers? 

Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you. … In the Talmud, the commandment to honor one’s human parents is compared to honoring God. According to the prophet Malachi, God makes the analogy himself: “A son honors his father, and a servant his master.

My definition: I guess I would say I like surprising them with little things throughout the year or just helping out around the house when you see it’s needed. Not arguing about doing school work, cleaning your room, or just straightening up the kitchen.  

Thanks, mom! For being there and for helping us with pretty much everything! Love you!

Interview with Hannah!

Hey guys! Welcome back…today I have another interview with Hannah from A Need to Breathe
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1. Welcome! Tell us about yourself, Hannah 
Thanks for having me! I’m a New England native. I grew up half the time near the ocean, so I still LOVE it. I’m a canine enthusiast and I’m planning to become a service dog trainer. However, if I wasn’t going to do that, I’d probably get involved in youth ministry. I’m part of an amazing youth group, so it’s given me a heart for that mission field. 🙂
2. Can you tell us about your blog?
A Need to Breathe is my primary blog, and I use it as a platform to raise awareness for food allergies. I’m anaphylactic to wheat and have oral allergy syndrome for most citrus and cantaloupe. Food allergies aren’t talked about enough, and a lot of people are put in danger every day because of misinformation.
 3. What made you want to start A Need to Breathe?

My own experiences with severe food allergies were the main motivation. I also wanted to be able to reach out to other teens experiencing the incredible isolation caused by allergies.

4. You are training dogs, right? Can you tell us about that?

Gladly! 🙂 I’m working towards becoming a service dog trainer. In my state, there are virtually no trainers or organizations dedicated to service dogs. There’s a real need for them. It’s not just a growing niche, it’s a mission field. Service dogs can help with disabilities like PTSD, anxiety, chronic illness, seizures, diabetes, and even food allergies. We’re learning more about how dogs’ minds work every day. It’s helping trainers make better decisions and reach more people all the time. I’m so excited to be part of that.

5. What are 3 of your favorite hobbies (besides training dogs)?

Does hanging out with my youth group count as a hobby? Okay, writing is one, going for walks, and taking pictures/drawing.

6. Can you explain more about one of your hobbies named above?

We have tons of trails around our house. If you can avoid the bugs in the summertime, the woods are so beautiful to walk in. Plus our dogs really like going on adventures with us, and we have a cat that will literally walk a half a mile with us if she feels like it. 🙂

7. You were given a million dollars…what would you do with it?

Oh, I would give some of it away, to local animal shelters and national ministries. But there would be enough left over for a state-of-the-art swimming pool, a Hummer, and . . . a trip to Ireland.

8. Cool a Hummer! What’s a favorite verse you’d like to share?

Probably my all-time favorite verse is 2 Corinthians 3:12-18. My favorite part: “Therefore since we have such a hope, we are very bold.” It doesn’t get much more inspiring than that.

9. What is one thing you’d like to share with us?

I thought about this for a while before answering. I know we all have someone in our family or acquaintances who do not know the Lord. If you do, then Jesus tells us we have a responsibility to share the truth with them – gently, through our actions as much as our words. But I’d like to say this: As difficult as that might be, don’t shirk the responsibility. I lost a family member this year and she wasn’t saved. We who have accepted Christ’s salvation must remember: “. . . since we have such a hope . . .” we should be very bold. Thanks for letting me get that in there!

10. You have a choice to buy a turtle, a dove, or a hamster…which would you buy?

Easy! A turtle! I’ve always had this fascination with turtles. I should use some of that million dollars in question 7 and open a fresh-water aquarium. Can I get a vote on that??

Totally! Let me know when you build one and I’ll come by hehe!
Okay! Thanks for joining me Hannah! See all you guys soon!

Spring pictures!

Hi guys! I’m back with some spring photos for you all! The weather was amazing yesterday so I went outside and took some photos of the weather and wonderful flowers! Let’s get started!

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I’m cute and I know it!
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Dramatic Tirzah
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Is that chicken I smell??!!
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I just had to use this photo…it’s kinda blurry but so cute!
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My grandfather! 
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Dandelion fluff!
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FINALLY FLOWERS!!
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I love the creek in the background!
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What do you see…pink or red?
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What do these cloud shapes look like?!

Let me know what you think of the pictures in the comments below! See you guys soon!

Interview with Julia from LitAflame

1. Hello Julia! Thanks for joining us today! Can you tell us a bit about yourself (you could add a picture or something that people would recognize with you or your blog)?
Hey there Abby!  I’m a 16 year old lover of fantasies, cleanliness, and sarcasm with a rather concerning fondness of sharp things. I dwell in the reclusive Texas countryside with my parents and 6 siblings where I bemourn my ruthless nemesis: MATH, fume at my computer’s unresponsiveness whenever I attempt to do my college-work and bury myself between pages of words. My existence solely relies on the constant, never-ending mercy of my Savior Jesus Christ and I live to bring Him glory in all things.  I write about all things inspiring, from books to hobbies, every week over at LITAFLAME.BLOG
2. So you have a blog…can you tell us a bit about it and why you started it?
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My blog is called “Lit Aflame” and I started it because I’m building an empire to take over the world (obviously). 
AHEM. 
See, I was but a young…lass… of last year, reading my books, happy, blissfully bored.  And then.  I FOUND A BLOG. 
Piece of advice: If you are blissfully bored — don’t find a blog, it’ll ruin your blissful boredom.  
After that it was like a domino effect – apparently, all you people link to each other like crazy.  Which means, yes, I blame all you bloggers out there for my current state of insanity.  XD  Because after reading like, a kazillion blog posts from a zillion different blogs – what did I do?  Decided to try out blogging of course.  Now, this wasn’t a sudden thing, I’d been wanting a place to talk about books – and the such – for quite some time.  But before I went out and actually spent money on the thing, I decided to make sure I actually liked blogging, to begin with.  So I whipped out a free Weebly blog (couldn’t think of an awesome name so I settled with “Lit Aflame”) and WHAM, I published my first blog post.  
The rest is a very sad, sorry, typo-filled History.  
Unfortunately, it didn’t take me long to get slammed with a life changing realization: I actually LIKED blogging!  As in, its something I’d like to do for the “rest of my life”. . . . . . And that’s when I became officially broke
…All this was to say that what began as a little side thing where I would do book reviews, devotionals, and any random thing that fell from the sky, grew – and soon demanded a theme and purpose.  And that purpose turned out to be “inspiring lives”. 
So whether I’m talking about 4 Steps to Getting Excited About God’s Greatness Again or How to Create an Awesome Blog Tag I seek to bring glory to God and inspire the lives of those reading my posts.  
You can check out my blog here and my Instagram here
3. What would you say three of your hobbies are?
…Does….procrastination count as a hobby?
No????
Hm… Fine then.  I’d say three of my main hobbies are reading, writing, and raising rabbits.
4. Go into detail about one of your hobbies you named above!
For my tenth birthday, I got my very first rabbit (a pet I had been wanting for quite a long time).  From there I got MORE rabbits, and then – once we moved out to the country – I happily began a small business called “Bundles of Joy Rabbitry” where I breed and raise family-friendly Pedigreed Holland Lops.  As of right now, I have around 11 rabbits – three of which are from my Doe’s (a female rabbit) latest litter (they’re currently 15 weeks old).
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^This is one of my Kits (aka baby rabbit) from a past litter^
If you’d like more info about my rabbitry you can visit my website at BundlesOfJoyRabbitry.weebly.com or my Instagram @BundlesOfJoyRabbitry
5. If you could do three unique things in your life what would they be?
Be a pilot, Act in a movie, and Investigate the rumors about the Loch Ness Monster.  ;P
6. What is a favorite Bible verse of yours?
Exodus 14:14 
“The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.”
7. You write, right?! Can you tell us a little about what your writing or what you have written? 
Yes!  I love writing!  The main genre I write in is Fantasy because with Fantasy there are just endless possibilities.  Right now I’m working on creating two different “universes” – a Children’s universe and a YA Universe.  Which means, all my “children’s books” will be set in the same “realm” and their stores will in one way or another connect — likewise, my YA books will all connect to form one main underlying story and will occur in the same solar system.  So basically, right now I’m doing some serious plotting, outlining, and world-structuring.  Because before I can begin actually writing I have to have everything already planned so that it all flows. 
(…If any of that even makes sense  XD  Its really not the easiest thing to explain)
Anyway, yeah, this is rather an unfortunate predicament though – for a pantser like myself, XD
9. What’s something you’d like to tell the people reading this now?

Are you alive?

Alright fine, that answer should go without being said.  The thing is, everyone living has a life, how that life is lived. . . well, that is up to them.  

How do YOU want to live your life?

Do you want to keep going in this rut of . . . nothingness?  OR do you want your life to have meaning? Want to make a difference in this world?

Do you want to live a life actually worth living?

Because after all, you’ve only got one shot on this earth – there are no restarts, and regrets are easy to come by.
What I’m saying here is, live for God – not yourself.  In the long run, the things you do for God are going to be the only things that matter.  It’s not going to matter how much money you saved up, how many books you published, or what kind of shoes you wore to the party – what’s going to matter is the people you’ve touched and the things you’ve done for Jesus.  All the success and fame in the world will not give you a meaningful life – only Jesus can fill that void. 
So You want a life worth living?
Live for Jesus
Live for others
And live with eternity in mind.  
10. Wow! Thanks so much for sharing the awesome news above! If you had to own either a tarantula, a mouse or a tyrannosaurus rex which would you get? (money no option)
Hands down, I’d choose a T-Rex….because REASONS.  
Oh, come on!! You’re not going to be giving us your reasons???? Thanks so much for doing this interview! It was really fun to come up with questions!
Thank YOU Abby, for interviewing me!  I loved answering your questions!