Sunday, 2 October 2016

September Highlights // I forgot my own blogiversary // Farewell

Time is flying by so quickly! I mean, it’s only 3 months away from 2017!!! :O 

Talking about time flying. . . my blog turned two years old. Ten days ago. I COMPLETELY FORGOT about it. *bangs head on desk* It’s been so busy lately *sighs* But more on that later. Onto this month’s highlights, shall we? see all this stuff? ALL of this was under my bed. I have a loft bed, so there's kind of like a living space underneath, complete with desk, chair, and bookshelf. And this whole entire mess was crammed into every nook and cranny of my bed. I'm a packrat, in case you couldn't tell *guilty grin* 

Anyway, Mom started reading this book on cleaning, and there's this method called konmari. It includes throwing away a LOT of stuff. So I got under my bed, took all this out, and then started sorting through it. It hurts to get rid of so much stuff, but there were some pretty useless items there ;P I ended up throwing away two-thirds of that pile. My bed is now very clean. Excruciatingly clean ;) 
Dad had this weird idea that the cleaning method was called cuneiform. CUNEIFORM (you homeschoolers know what cuneiform is, right? ;) If you don't, go look it up!) When he mentioned that, Mom and I just stared at him in blank confusion. And then it slowly dawned on us what he meant and I simply died laughing xD 

Also, Tiger Lily and I had a little dispute over the word "prologue". Will someone please tell her it's pronounced "Pro-log" and not "pro-LOO-gee"?! 

Oh yes, and I did an Anna photo-shoot with a friend of mine. She made the dress herself, and it's absolutely gorgeous! Had sooo much fun taking pictures! :D 

My absolute favourite picture! :) 
Dad and Mom celebrated their 20th anniversary this year!! In honour of the occasion, they both went on a mini-vacation together and left Tiger Lily and I to man the house.

The first dinner we children all had together alone, we played Where No One Goes from How to Train Your Dragon on the speakers. We all LOVE that song so much! It was on repeat for quite awhile. But it was so much fun ;) (also while Mom and Dad were gone, coyotes came, two chickens died, I got a fever, and we thought Toblerone had caught measles. But that's another story. . . )

Our grandparents brought Tiger Lily and I on a hike, and it was so much fun! The walk was beautiful, and spending time with grandparents is always awesome :)

 Some of the girls from church also hosted a fundraiser for the church. Bake sale/craft sale, it was AMAZING. All of their hard work was so beautiful and delicious (the snacks, not the crafts ;))

And I bought a dress from Skylark Clothing! It's so pretty and I'm absolutely LOVING it. Just wish the weather would stay warmer a little longer so I'd have more time to wear it ;) 

We went to the amusement park again for the sixth or seventh time this year. And we got to go with our friends, which was SO. MUCH. FUN!!! :D

And of course, there was the blog hop/Literary Lodge/FFF/Book party this month! Which was SO much fun and absolutely amazing and fantastic! I added a LOT of books to my to-read list ;) 

Books Read
Martin Hospitality 
The Royal Ranger
A Rose Remembered
Halt’s Peril
The Battle for Skandia 
The Icebound Land
The Sorcerer in the North
Erak’s Ransom
The Graham Quartet and the Mystery of the DayMaid
The Siege of Macindaw
The Emperor of Nihon-Ja
Knight’s Fee
The Outcasts 
Letter of Love 
Journey to Love 
Betsy Was a Junior
Betsy and Joe 
The Tournament at Gorlan 

19 books. I honestly have no idea how I managed to do that. *silence* Okay, so maybe I do. Lots of midnight reading. . . But still. 19 books and they weren't all exactly that SMALL either :/ 

Blogging News
My friend Holly has started a blog! You can see her cute blog here: Holly's Berry Patch 
Let's give her a warm welcome to the blogosphere, shall we? :D 

Olivia is hosting a fun little giveaway at her blog!

Amanda released her new novella Befriending the Beast just last week! I haven't read the book yet, but I realllllyyyyyy want to!

September Goals 
Guest post on a couple of blogs, nope actually did not do that! I did write a guest post though, it will be coming out later this month :) 
Write reviews and post interview for Rebekah Morris' new short story Fitting In- check! Fitting In has now been released, so if you haven't read it yet, you totally should!!!!
Look into finding a job - check! Haven't gotten a job yet, but Tiger Lily and I cycled to town a couple days ago and I dropped into a few places. Now just have to get my resumé (or is it resumè?)  written ;) 
Participating in the Five Fall Favourites party! - done! It was, as I said above, amazing! And SO much fun!! (I don't think I can say that enough). If you weren't able to participate, that's ok. You can still see our Top Five books from the 12 genres from the party. You can see the links below to go to the hostesses' blogs or our Goodreads shelves: 

October Goals
Ok, so now it's probably time to tell you all some news. I will be taking a break from blogging for a little while. I'm finding it hard juggling over 6 school courses without adding blogging to the list. I've tried it for as long as I could, but my school is beginning to suffer and my blogging is getting kinda lax. When I DO write a post, it takes longer than I'd like, and it steals time from school and chores and stuff. So, I'm going to take a small break for about a month or so. Re-prioritize! 

I'll still be reading all y'all's blogs, but I'm not sure if I'll be commenting. But even if you don't see any comments from me, be assured, I AM reading your posts! :D 

The "Counting Our Blessings" series will be put on pause, but it will start up as soon as I get back, promise! Same for any other series of posts that hasn't been finished (Liv!!! We gotta finish Adventure Camp!!!! xD) 

For those of you whom I have agreed to beta-read for, DON'T WORRY. I'll still be reading your lovely, crazily-awesome stories and I will get it back to you before the deadline :) 

And a shout-out to the people who have recently followed my blog! You are all so awesome! :D Thank you so much for joining me. I am SO sorry that I have to pause my blogging right after you joined, but I will try to make it up to you all when I come back! :) 

To all of you who have been following my blog for awhile, THANK YOU for your support throughout the past two years. I simply couldn't do it without you all! ❤️ 

Farewell for now! I look forward to catching up with all of you when I get back :)  


  1. Aww, I'll miss your posts Blessings! I should probably do a blogging break myself though...especially since I'm hoping to get "Alice & Alyssa" and "The Princess & I" published by Thanksgiving and Christmas respectively. X-/ Have NOT spent enough time editing recently. This post was fun to read, and I look forward to seeing you back again soon. :) Good luck with all your school!

    1. Thank you, Rebekah! Oh, I hope editing goes well for you! :D

  2. You've had some great posts these 2 years, Blessing! I've enjoyed reading them, but I so understand the need to take a break! :)
    And yes, the Party was such fun! I'm so glad you could be a part of it! Hopefully we can do it again next fall. :) Think you'll have all your "to-read" books read by then? Ha!
    Enjoy your break, your school work and your family!

    1. Haha, yes, I think I should be able to get all those books read by then. I HOPE anyway ;)

      Thank you so so much, Rebekah! ^_^

  3. I enjoyed reading about your highlights, Blessing! :D
    Your new dress is so pretty! I really like it.
    Out of the books that you've read this month, I have just read "Dare". :)
    Happy (late) blogiversary, Blessing! :) I really enjoy your blog. I'll miss you, but I do understand. Life can get pretty busy sometimes. Have a nice break. :)

  4. Haha. The "prologue" bit made me smile. :) It's this English language. Why can't they spell things the way they sound? ;)
    Great job on the photo shoot! The pictures look lovely!
    Aww. You're leaving us? :( You will certainly be missed, but I do understand your need for a break. Things can get SO crazy sometimes. And school is important...I guess. Ha! :P Have an awesome break and hurry back as soon as you can!! :D


    1. Haha, your comments always make me smile :) Thank you so much, Miss March! And haha, is important ;)

  5. AW, YES! We need to finish the Adventure Camp posts! Maybe when you get back? :)
    Happy Blogiversary!! :D I think I'm coming up to my one year blogiversary. :D

    1. Definitely!

      Thank you, Livs! Oohhh....exciting!! :D

  6. Great wrap-up, Blessing!! :D

    Sorry, Tiger Lily, but I'm going to have to side with your sis. It's "pro-log." ;)
    Ahhhh, that photoshoot with that GORGEOUS DRESS... It's sooo pretty!! :D That last photo is outstanding. I also love the third one. :)
    Oh no! A fever, measles, and dying chickens -- all while your parents were away! Sounds like quite the adventure, girl. ;)
    OHMYGOODNESS!! Your dress is so pretty!! :D I absolutely love the red...the print...the belt. Eeps! <3
    You read 19 books??!?! O.O *is jealous* I have also read "Martin Hospitality" and "Dare". :D Both "Journey to Love" and "Letter to Love" are on my ASAP-TBR. :P
    YES! Reading "Befriending the Beast" is AHHHMAZING. ('s only 99¢ until the 8th. XD)
    Good luck on getting a job! Hmm...I don't know about "resumè" vs. "resumé". *tries it* Autocorrect says its "résumé". O.o Oookkaaayy.
    Aww, I'll miss you around the blogging world, Blessing!! But I hope you have an awesome break. :) See you NEXT Friday! *wink*

    1. THANK YOU, Faith!! Tiger Lily… see? *winks*
      Glad to hear you liked the pictures! :) And yes, haha, quite an adventure ;) Awww…thanks! Yep, that dress is a huge favourite of mine :)
      Thanks, Faith! And yes, I’ll ‘see’ you this Friday!!! Maybe even actually see you if Mr. Dally has us turn our webcams on ;)

  7. Tell Tiger Lily it is pronounced 'Pro-log'
    Wow your friend did a beautiful job on the dress!
    That part where you guys were alone and played 'where no one has gone before' HILARIOUS!!!
    Befriending the Beast sounds interesting, I'll have to check it out.
    I love the dress you got at Skylark Clothing - so pretty and modest. I love retro styles.
    Midnight writing! Ha - I know all about that.
    Enjoy your break, Blessing - can't wait to hear more from you!


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