Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Earliest Memory Tag

Faith from Stories by Firefly tagged me for this fun tag. It was a lot of fun going down memory lane. :) Here are the questions and my answers. 

1. What is your earliest memory?
When I was 3 my family and I went to a family reunion in Illinois. I remember that my two older cousins had these really nice, expensive dolls that I loved. I really wanted one too, but I wasn't quite old enough. But my cousins were really sweet and let me carry around their dolls.

2. What is your earliest memory of a birthday?
My earliest memory of a birthday was when I turned 6. My mom made me my own little cake. There was a big cake for everyone else, but I got my own special one. I was so excited.
Another memory of a birthday was when I turned seven. One day when my mom and I were at the store I saw in the store bakery this cake with tie-dye frosting and Hello Kitty decorations on top. I wanted that cake so bad. Well, on my birthday my mom and I went to go pick it up. I was so excited. It looked really cool, but it did not taste the best. It was a white cake and I absolutely don't like white cake. But it was still really fun. 

3. What is your earliest memory of a food?
When I was at that family reunion I mentioned before, my grandma gave my siblings, cousins, and I something that I always called candy lipstick. It was a Smarties type candy that was in this colored little container that looked somewhat like a chap-stick bottle. I thought it was really good and lots of fun. 

4. What is your earliest memory of a gathering?
My earliest memory of a gathering was the family reunion in Illinois when I was 3.

5. What is your earliest memory of family?
One day when I was maybe 5 my dad, my siblings, and I went over to my granny's house to visit. When we got home later that afternoon we went into our backyard and there was my mom and her aunt and uncle visiting together. I remember being really surprised to see them.
I didn't know this until later, but not only was I surprised to see them so were my parents! My great aunt and uncle have a habit of coming to visit with only a couple hour notice. :) Well, I don't remember a lot about their visit except that my uncle played outside for quite awhile with my sister and I. I don't know where my brothers were, but the two of us had a bunch of fun having our uncle all to ourselves. 

6. What is your favorite memory?
My mom told me on a Friday afternoon that the following Friday I would start violin lessons. I was 7 and it seemed like that week lasted forever. I was super excited. :)

7. What is your earliest memory of a gift?
 When I was 5 and I got these dolls for Christmas. I had wanted them for a while and was so happy when I opened them up that morning. The dolls were called the two cute twins. It was a girl and a boy and they came with a stroller and some other accessories, they could also talk.

8. What is your earliest memory of an embarrassment?
The earliest embarrassment that I can remember was when I was 12. I was at my cousins bridal shower. It was outside and there were tables and those white, plastic, lawn chairs set up all over the yard. The backyard was on a bit of a hill. Well, we were all eating lunch and I was sitting at a table with my mom, my aunt, and one of my cousins. We were talking and enjoying the afternoon. I leaned back slightly in my chair and before I knew what was happing I tipped over backwards and was on the ground. I was wearing a skirt and as I fell my feet went right up in the air. Well, as soon as I fell I got up quickly off the ground, set my chair upright and sat back down. It was really embarrassing and I didn't know if I should laugh or cry. My aunt tried to lighten the mood by saying that my feet went up into the air like a graceful ballerina, but I didn't think so. 

9. What is your earliest memory of when you were scared?
When I was 5  1/2 my family and I went on vacation to the Oregon coast. One day while we were there we went to visit this one lighthouse. Before we went on the tour we went into the information center next to the lighthouse and looked around. They were showing a video about the lighthouse and its history so we all sat down to watch it. The person on the movie started telling this legend about the lighthouse. It was some ghost story about a girl who disappeared in the lighthouse. I was so scared. I thought that the story was actually true and to make things scarier we left with a tour guide to go into the lighthouse. That story scared me for a long time after that.

10. What is your earliest memory of a camp? 
When I was 9 my family and I went to the Oregon coast and stayed in a yurt. It was so much fun. I remember roasting hot dogs and marshmallows and playing on the beach.

11. How young were you when you received Christ? (optional)
I was 9 years old.

My tie-dye cake

Me when I was 5 months old

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Photograph

From the Back Cover:

When her sister Lily disappears only months after their widowed mother's passing, Eva Esch fears she has been wooed away from the People. Yet Lily's disappearance isn't Eva's only concern: She and her sisters must relocate once their older brother takes over the family farmhouse. Then Jed Stutzman, an Amish buggy maker from Ohio, shows up in Eden Valley with a photo of a Plain young woman. Eva feels powerfully drawn to the charming stranger, but the woman in the forbidden photograph is no stranger at all…. 

This is Beverly Lewis' latest book, it was released in September of 2015. It was pretty good, although not quite as good as most of her Amish books. The ending was somewhat predictable.
I give this book 8.5 out of 10 R's

Friday, January 8, 2016

The Wonderful Book Tag

I just thought that this would be a fun tag to do.

Here are the rules:
1. Answer the 10 questions
2. Tag at least 3-5 people
3. Have fun! : ) 

So here are the questions and my answers: 

What are your top two favorite books?
"A Gown of Spanish Lace" by Janette Oke and "Child of Mine" by David and Beverly Lewis

What are your top two favorite series?
"A Life of Faith: Millie Keith" and the "Circle C Adventures/Milestones"

Who is your favorite fictional character?
Millie Keith from the "A Life of Faith" books.

If any one of your favorite books could be made into a movie which one would you want it to be?
Probably "A Gown of Spanish Lace" as long as the story didn't get changed. : ) 

What is your favorite genre to read?
Amish Fiction

Do you have a favorite author?
Yes, Beverly Lewis. 

Is there a book that you can hardly wait for it to come out?
Yes! I am so excited for"The Last Ride" by Susan K. Marlow and "The Atonement" by Beverly Lewis. : ) 

What was one of your favorite childhood books?
"We're Going on a Bear Hunt". I used to love that book. Whenever we went to the library I always got it. Eventually my mom ended up buying the book because my brothers and I liked it so much.

What was one of you favorite books when you were late elementary to middle school age?
I used to read a lot of the Dear America books. Some of my favorites are: "Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie", "My Secret War", Standing in the Light", "Like the Willow Tree", and "The Fences Between Us".

What is your favorite book of the Bible?

Here are the people that I tag: