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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Armed Forces Day

Hey y'all!

Yes, I disappeared again. Life has been, well, crazy. I didn't have access to a computer that accommodated Blogger, hence why the posts have been scarce lately.

Anyway...

This past Saturday was Armed Forces Day, a day to recognize and show appreciation to those serving in the Armed Forces.

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I started the day off by running my first 5k ever to support the police officers injured in a shooting last July. It was SO much fun (even though I was dying XD), and thankfully the bad weather held off until the race finished up!

So, in honor of the men and women who selflessly risk their lives to serve our country, I have a poem to share. Hope you enjoy. 

And remember, freedom comes at a price!


Some Gave All
~A Poem by Livi Jane~

All gave some, but some gave all,
Only a few answered the call.
To risk their lives, to fight for our land,
They were the brave, they took a stand.
Our thankfulness for their courage reaches no end,
We're grateful for their willingness to fight and defend.
We pray for their protection, God’s guidance and direction,
As they keep this country safe.


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What did you think? 

Hope everyone is having a wonderful day!

~Livi Jane









Tuesday, May 16, 2017

From Where Did God Come?

Hello, all!

How was everyone's Mother's Day? Ours was a blast! The whole weekend was spent with family, food, and fun! :D

Hope your week has been wonderful so far!

I apologize in advance for the fact that my posts may become a bit scarce, as I'll be very busy these next few weeks. ;)

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Book of the Week Challenge:

I'm keeping up with this much better than I thought I might, just with the craziness of life this month. But, so far, I've kept up, and actually a little bit ahead!

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Today, I'm dropping in with a quick video. I heard this a while back and was amazed at this man's answer to the question, "Where did God come from?"
His answer is wonderful:



(If you can't/don't want to watch the video) here's a summary:
  • The question 'where did God come from" displays you are thinking of the wrong God. Because the God of the Bible isn't limited by time, space, or matter. If He were, He wouldn't be God.
  • Time, space, and matter must all come into existence at once. If you had time and matter but no space, where would you put it? If you had space and matter but no time, when would you put it? So they must all come together at once. The Bible answers that in ten words. "In the beginning (time), God created  the heavens (space) and the earth (matter)."
  • If I could fit the infinite God in my three-pound brain, He wouldn't be worth worshiping, that's for sure.
  • If your brain is just a random collection of chemicals, how can you trust your own reasoning and the thoughts you think?

Hope y'all enjoyed (I know I did)! 

Have a happy Tuesday!

~Livi Jane

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Send a Book!

Hello, peoples!! *waves*

*Gasp* Three posts in one week? What's up with that? I guess it's a good thing! XD

How has life been? Mine, honestly, has been a little stressful lately! But God is in control! :) Plus, I'm at Fine Arts districts right now with our youth group!! Eek! I'm so nervous to see how my entries come back from the judges! (I have two friends who also entered some of the same categories I did, so it'll be interesting to see the results!)

Today, I have something really cool to share with you all! (Hint: it includes BOOKS!!)

So welcome to the...

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The rules are simple and the results are awesome! (It's about books, so what could be better?)

Contact me by email, the Contact Me form on the right sidebar, or Google Hangouts (livi.81700@gmail.com) for the full info and rules!

All you have to do to participate is send a favorite book of yours to a stranger (I'll send you the name/address). You only have to send one book. The books that show up at your door, in return, will be other people's much loved stories!!

Again, please contact me if you're interested or would like more details! :D Also, you can just comment on this post if you are interested in particpating and I'll send you the info!

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~Livi Jane

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Already May!

Happy May, folks!

Can you believe we're already five months into 2017?

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Let's dive right into April's highlights! ;)

April Highlights:
  • I sent in my Fine Arts writing entries! (Eek!)
  • I had a fun hangout one afternoon with one of my best friends. :D
  • I discovered the Overdrive app!! Endless books!!!!!
  • I read the first two books in the Montana Rescue series (and surprisingly enjoyed them, despite the main theme being romance) and now I'm looking forward to the next book coming out this summer! (Why can't I ever seem to find complete book series???)
  • One of my friends read my draft of S&S and designed a beautiful cover for me! 
Writing:

I didn't end up participating in Camp NaNo this year, but I did manage to get some writing done! I had a random plot that I've had a little idea about for almost a year now that jumped out at me when I was looking through my writing stuff, so I went with it and ended up writing a lot there... Although honestly now that I've gotten it out of my head, I have no clue what to write and no motivation. Yay. XD
On the plus side, I picked up a western that I started from last Camp NaNo (in July 2016, I believe). I'm working a little bit on that, but I also have another western idea (sorta) that wants to make an appearance. Trying to decide what to go with on this... Honestly I just need to get back in the groove of consistently writing. I feel like I'm getting nothing worthwhile done XD

Reading:

I actually did more reading this past month than I have...I just seem to have been having trouble finding books to read lately...But I did find a couple I enjoyed! I even read several romance-themed books (laced with adventure, of course) and enjoyed them more than I thought I would...still not a romance fan at all. Bleck! Give me adventure, military, and sibling relationships any day! (P.S. Any book reccomendations welcome! XD)


Full of suspense, and even a bit of my favorite...brother relationships ;)

Looking forward to the release of this book in the summer!

Music:
  • I found a really cute song that I've had on repeat for a while. It's called Something Just Like This. :)
  • Live Like You're Loved by Hawk Nelson. <3
  • Hey Brother by Avicii
  • Ready Set Go by Royal Tailor
...and more! :p

April Goals:
  • Write at least 3,000 words. Yes!! I ended up writing 3,483 words this month! Which is good for me... At least I've kept up pretty well with this goal. It's mostly to keep me writing! Because if I didn't have it as goal, I'd probably do next to nothing... 
  • Organize my writings and figure out what project(s) on which I want/need to work. LOL, nerp!! The only thing I accomplished was going through all of my drafts and wanting to work on all of them but having no motivation. Yay Livi! XD
  • Completely finish chemistry. YASSSS!! Goodbye high school science! Getting closer!
  • Register for Fine Arts. Yep, plus I got my entries sent in and everything!! So close! Getting nervous!
  • Continue reading the bible every day. YES! :D
So, as you can see, I've accomplished most of my goals--excluding most of the writing ones. *nervous grin* I'm trying to work on that!

May Goals:
  • Write at least 3,000 words.
  • Do more reading than I have been recently.
  • Go to Fine Arts Districts competition (prayers would be appreciated!! I'm not doing any live performances this year, but I'm still nervous about how the results for my entries will come out)!
  • Finally go to a crawfish boil this year... (Hopefully happening next week for our workplace's annual crawfish boil/party. ;P)
  • Continue reading the bible every day.
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How was your April? For those of you who participated, how did Camp NaNo go?

What's on your to-do list for May? Let me know!

~Livi Jane

Monday, May 1, 2017

Book a Week Challenge

Morning, friends!

By the title, you can probably guess what this post will be about. :p

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So, I'll admit I haven't been doing the best with reading lately. Which is sad, because I love reading...I think I've just been too focused on finding the "perfect" book to read, one that I'll love. Obviously, there's very few books that will totally be everything you expect/love to read.
Honestly, sometimes you even need to read that one non-fiction book or genre you dislike.

Anyway, all that to say, I'm going to start a challenge for myself and anyone who wants to join in (I know many of you already have your own reading goals, but you are more than welcome to jump in if you'd wish)!

All you have to do is, well:

Read at least one book every week! (Two weeks if you think the book is too long to take on in just one week.) ;)

Doesn't matter how long or short it is, just read one! Then let me know in the comments (or your own blog post) which book you read and (if you want) your basic thoughts on it (you can even just say if you loved it, hated it, or didn't care for it). ;p Or, you don't have to tell anyone, just read the book! That works, too!

But I want to have accountability to others, you, my blog readers, so that I don't just wave it away with an "I'll read it later" kind of thing. ;)

I'm going to start this off by saying I'll try it out for a month (starting today, May 1) and see how it goes.

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Ready, set....

READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

~Livi Jane

P.S. Monthly recap coming Wednesday!!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Liebster Award!

Hello, everyone!

Kaitlyn K. from Twin Thoughts tagged me for the Liebster Award! :D Thanks so much, Kate! 

Some of you may remember me doing this sometime last year, but of course, the questions are different every time. I'm so excited to do this! Let's dive right into it...

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

The Questions:

1. What is your favorite hobby?
Reading, writing, sports... They're all my favorite. ;)

2. What does your first name mean?

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There's kind of a cool story surrounding my parents' decision to name me Olivia, but I'll stick with the simple explanation that God told my mom to name me that, and this verse:

"Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table."
Psalm 128:3 (KJV)

3. What is your favorite family memory?
Oh, that's a tough one; there are too many! One of my recent favorites is definitely our family trip to San Antonio, and another family vacation a few years back when we went to the Creation Museum! :D

4. What's your personality type?
INFJ fits me the best, and it's the one I've gotten the most after taking the quizzes. :) The N/F can be traded given the situation, though. It all depends, and no personality type always fits anyone perfectly (or at least not to my knowledge). ;p
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5. If you had the opportunity to have a 4-course meal, all with foods you choose, what would the meal consist of?
Food!!! xD Um, boiled crawfish, steak, BREAD, steamed broccoli, something chocolate for dessert (I'd take a milkshake, cheesecake, as long as it's chocolate!). :D

6. Would you rather have a pet dolphin or a pet bear?
Probably a dolphin, because they're awesome and I could swim with them!

7. What's one random thing about you that few people know?

I'm left-handed!

8. What's your favorite holiday?
Hm... I think Christmas would have to be my absolute favorite, but the Fourth of July is very close behind!! :D

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

Oh goodness, there's too many. My sisters and I have tons of inside jokes with quotes... Pretty much any line from the movie National Treasure. ;p

"I don't know what that means!" (in a strange accent) is another we use often. I think it was from some kids cartoon XD

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

The 1800s in the west! (I know, I know, it's probably not all the movies have made it out to be, but I think it'd still be pretty awesome!)

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.)
That's a hard one, too! How about everybody? Hm, maybe some of friends (online and/or in real life). This is partly where my INFJ personality comes into play. 

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And that's it for the questions! Thanks again, Kaitlyn!

And now, I tag...

-Anyone who is reading this (which probably makes it eleven bloggers, right?). XD

Y'all's Questions:

1. What is your personality type? 
2. What's your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
3. What would be your dream job?
4. Puppies or kittens?
5. Do you play an instrument? If so, which one(s)?
6. If you could go on vacation anywhere, where would you pick to go?
7. What's your favorite season of the year?
8. What was the last thing you ate?
9. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
10. What was the last book you read? Did you like it?
11. What does your first name mean? And if you could change it, would you and what would it be?

That's it for today, y'all! Have a wonderful week!

~Livi Jane

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Circle C Milestones - Missing Scene

Good morning!!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Thursday!

For those of you who read the Circle C books by Susan K. Marlow (if you don't, you should so check them out!), I wrote a "missing" scene from book one of the Milestones series, Thick as Thieves.

If you'd like to check it out, go HERE.

~Livi Jane