School Started Y’all and Ohhh Boy……

Hey guys! So school started for me a few weeks back, and let’s just say it’s been “interesting”. First day of school for me was kicked off by a 3 day trip to a camp for activities, Bible study, and white water rafting. Here’s a few pictures from that!

First day of school…wow, it was definitely hard. All of them didn’t know me so it definitely took a toll on my mental state. After a few days (weeks actually) I’ve made some friends and am adjusting to my subjects.

So everyone in my grade is required to do a leadership class…just saying, it’s INCREDIBLY difficult. The challenge above really showed leadership as we all had to just let a few people lead and not everyone at once. The teacher showed grace to us and allowed us to try again a second day as we failed the first time.

So my subjects I’m taking in school are:

Spanish 1

US History



American Literature


Old Testament Bible

What are you doing for school? Let’s chat in the comments!

19 Years Later….We Haven’t Forgotten

Hey guys! 19 years ago the United States experienced one of the scariest moments in history.

On September 11, 2001 at 8:45am an American Airlines Boeing 767 crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center. The impact immediately left a huge hole on the 80th floor leaving hundreds dead and trapped on the higher floor levels. Instantly people fled the building, running in all directions as firetrucks, ambulances, and police quickly got to the scene…..18 minutes later United Airlines Flight 175 appeared out of the sky and crashed into the 60th floor of the south World Trade Center.

In less then 20 minutes it became clear that America was under attack.

As millions of people turned on their tv’s, called their loved ones, and cried for someone to stop this terror; American Airlines Flight 77 circled over downtown Washington D.C., before crashing into the west side of the Pentagon military headquarters at 9:45am.

Less than 15 minutes after the attack on the military headquarters the south tower of the World Trade Center collapsed. Then at 10:30am the once beautiful north tower built to withstand winds and even a large conventional fire could not hold against the burning jet fuel filling the building. Now only 6 people are alive in this rubble of fire, fuel, twisted metal, and debris.

Meanwhile United Flight 93 was fighting to protect their country. When four hijackers took over the flight the passengers hearing about the twin towers and Pentagon were determined to not let the hijackers get their own way. Well knowing they would all die, they called their loved ones and then attacked the hijackers, pouring boiling water on them and attacking the cockpit with a fire extinguisher. The flight filled with 44 people crashed in a rural field near Shanksville in western Pennsylvania. The hijackers target is unknown but even though we may never know, those passengers on that flight showed true heroism.

A total of 2,996 people were killed in the 9/11 attacks; the World Trade Center, 2,763 died after the two planes slammed into the twin towers. That figure includes 343 firefighters and paramedics, 23 New York City police officers and 37 Port Authority police officers.

At the Pentagon, 189 people were killed, including 64 on American Airlines Flight 77, the airliner that struck the building. On Flight 93, 44 people died when the plane crash-landed in Pennsylvania.


September 11th, 2012…the attack on Benghazi commenced. At 9:45pm armed men began their assault on the US mission. A battle commence killing U.S Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith and two CIA operatives Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, both former Navy SEALs.

Benghazi might not be as well known but the attack made it clear that the US should not be tampered with. I’m proud to be an American and saddened to read and write about these terrible events that happened.

Check out the 19 years later blog tour that Life of Heritage and Soldier Girl Stories are heading up! It’s in honor of 9/11 and Benghazi, and I’m so excited I could be apart of it!

Have a blessed day y’all! Be safe ❤

Pine Desk Build!

Hey guys! At the moment I’m trying to switch my WordPress account to its normal editor but right now I’m going to post from my phone!

This past week school started and I noticed quickly that it’d be nice to have a desk to do my school work on…So I went to dad and drew up a plan! Here’s the process and end result. I really love how it turned out….

We cut the top of the desk 42″ long and I think 26″ wide. We wanted to really work on making them all line up and be almost seamless.

We glued them together and held them together with pressure. We let that set for a day.

We then found 2×4’s in the scrap pile and trimmed them up. We glued and screwed them together to start forming the base of the desk.

My dad had the genius idea to drill them on a curve so we could put it together more seamlessly. It turned out super lightweight and sturdy.

We trimmed the ends (we also ended up cutting down the legs to shorten the desk), and also used a router to give the top of the desk a soft edge. It honestly turned out amazing!!

We decided to stain it to match my room better! We had a ton of old stains that we could use so we stained a piece of leftover wood from the desk and above you can see all the different stains.

We ended up using the stain walnut because I just loved the color and what it did to the grain of the wood!!

We decided to put a seal of polyurethane on it. We applied it with a foam brush at first but it gave the table a super bumpy feel so we lightly sanded it and used a brush to give it a final coat of polyurethane.

I ended up wrapping warm fairy lights from amazon around the legs of the desk so it really gives an extra cool factor.

Now let’s talk cost. The desk materials cost:

Wood: free we had to laying around

Screws: $5.00

Stain: free we had it laying around and needed used up

Polyurethane: $15.00 (and we still have more for other projects).

Foam brushes: $2.00

Brush: free had it laying around

All in all the project was super simple and easy. I absolutely love how the desk turned out! What do you think?

CAMmadeCosmetics Announcement – Please READ!

Hey guys! Beka and I here to announce something so exciting, so exhilarating, so insane that I can’t even wrap my mind around it…..our close friend Camryn has started a cosmetics store on Etsy – CAMmadeCosmetics!!!!



Camryn is a young entrepreneur excited to share her work with others and bring joy and healthy products for them! She was inspired by other people’s talent for cosmetics and thought it would be fun and a blessing to others!

Her business is self-made and made from scratch! Each product is made with love and (after witnessing for ourselves), a ton of hard work! After asking Camryn I learned that we will be seeing more products from her in the future (honestly, I can’t wait)!!

She currently sells only Moisturizing and Exfoliating Vanilla Lip Scrub, Lip Gloss, & Eyelash/Eyebrow Growth Serum.


You can find CAMmadeCosmetics HERE or on Etsy if you just write in CAMmadeCosmetics!


Abby’s Review: So far I’ve only been using the lip gloss. I’m usually very against any colored lip gloss but I’m finding that I absolutely love it! The gloss stays on for hours and doesn’t come off immediately every time I drink water! The color in the product is not overwhelming and not at all noticeable (unless you have red or pink, then it does show more). I’m in love with the gloss and can’t wait to try out her other products! 


Annnnd the second exciting thing in this post is…..we’re doing a small giveaway of CAMmadeCosmetics!!

We’re giving away Eyelash/Eyebrow Serum, Moisturizing Lip Scrub, and Gold Lip Gloss 

The giveaway runs from TODAY to Saturday the 8th!

So enter HERE and I’ll announce it on the 9th!


See you all soon! -Abby & Beka ❤

Awesome Blogger Award -Abby

Hey, guys (Abby here)! Rosy from Rosy’s Writings nominated me for the Awesome Blogger Award back in April and I’m doing it now, thanks Rosy!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Credit the creator (Maggie @ Dreaming of Guatemala)
  3. Answer the questions you were asked.
  4. Nominate at least five bloggers and inform them of their nomination.
  5. Give them ten new questions to answer


Questions from Rosy (her questions are in bold): 

  1. Do you like playing freeze tag? Well, I actually like playing freeze tag…but I’ve only really played it at camp and boy was it scary haha. Imagine 100 people running after you and your group *shivers* 
  2. What’s your favorite board game? I’d have to say Ticket to Ride but I love Monopoly too!
  3. Outside game? I don’t play many outside games though I really liked this game (I’m not sure what the name is) but where basically you had to run around in this circle while people who are “stuck” together tag you and then you’re stuck to them! It’s a blast!
  4. How many siblings do you have? For privacy reasons, I will answer 7 but a few of them are animals 🙂
  5. What year were you born? I can’t make this to easy for you guys, you’ll have to refer to THIS blog post and then do the math! If you can figure it out… you’re a genius! 
  6. What’s your favorite part about blogging? Being able to post pictures, stories, and life stuff! I love knowing that I could be cheering someone up without knowing it!
  7. What are a few of your favorite blogs? Just so you guys know, I’ve posted 167 times so it’s tough picking a few favorite posts! Here are two of them: New Arrival/Interview & My Story
  8. Favorite song? My favorite song would have to be A Million Dreams.
  9. Do you like broccoli? I actually love broccoli! It’s really good with vinegar and a little garlic! 
  10. What country would you most like to visit that you’ve never been to? That’s a tough one! I really like many countries so I think England would be fun or Ireland! 


My nominations are:

Life of Heritage

Julia – Litaflame

A Storynerd’s Life

Soldier Girl Stories

An Unfinished Story 


My 10 questions for you guys are:

  1. Coffee, tea, or neither?
  2. What’s your favorite color?
  3. What place in the world is your favorite?
  4. If animals could talk, what animal would be the most annoying? 
  5. What is the highlight or most anticipated thing during your year? 
  6. If you had enough money that you never needed to work again, what would you do with your time?
  7. Who has been the biggest example in your life? Why?
  8. Do you have a hobby?
  9. What’s your favorite dessert?
  10. What’s your favorite random quote?

Nature…ain’t it beautiful? -Abby

Hey guys, Abby here. This summer, I planted three rose plants…red, yellow, and pink long-stemmed bushes. So far the yellow and pink bushes bloomed the most and I was able to take 5 pictures of the blooming process!


Some more flower pictures:


And some random pictures I took today (note the quality is really low because of some upload problems):


Also, I’m getting my wisdom teeth out so wish me luck on Monday the 13th.


Mailbox project! -Abby

Hello guys, Abby here! Sorry for not posting a ton! My dad and I started this project a few weeks ago and actually just finished today! About 15 years ago my grandpa built a mailbox for the property we currently live on. That mailbox was falling over and needed a pick-me-up…

So I decided why not make a whole new mailbox with even a bigger mailbox for packages and stuff!

We then went out to our old mailbox and knocked it down…


We then went back and finished all the things on the mailbox and set it up!


Power tools used: screwdriver, saw, and chainsaw. All the materials we used were leftovers from other projects. The only cost was: screws/nails, paint, concrete, numbers, and the actual mailbox.


What do you guys think of it? Anything fun or interesting you noticed?

Happy Father’s Day! – Abby

Happy Father’s Day guys!

Abby here 🙂 I hope your day is going well! Today is the day we celebrate our fathers! Every year I always try to buy something fun for my dad! And this year he wanted…….a drill?! How is a drill exciting? Either way, my mom, siblings, and I pitched in and bought him his impact drill…

I know some families don’t get dad’s gifts and that’s totally alright! I just love doing it because it’s so much fun and I mean who doesn’t want to get a gift?!


Have an amazing day, y’all and stay safe! -Abby ❤


wanna know the history behind fathers day? Check out my post from last year! HERE

A Giveaway!!!!!

Check out this cool giveaway!

Ainsley Beth


I can’t believe it!










I never thought when I started this blog I would reach 100! You guys are such amazing followers and your comments always make my day! You are amazing! So just to show you how much I appreciate you, I’m doing a giveaway!!!

*throws confetti*

Yay! I am so excited!

A couple things before you enter:

This is for U.S.A residents only. I know I have followers from the UK and i’m sorry to say you wont be able to enter. 😢 It’s not that I don’t love you guys it’s just with shipping overseas it can be expensive.

The winner will be announced May 28th! You can enter up to the 27th!

Entering will get you 1 point. There are 2 other things you can do in the form where you enter…

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