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Monday, July 17, 2017

Brothers - A Pinterest Picture Prompt

Howdy, all! *waves*

I'm dropping in real quick today with a story I mentioned in my monthly recap. I found a picture scrolling through Pinterest, and next thing I knew, I had a 700+ word story!


So it started with this pic... 


And then this gif (hope it works on here! XD)

So without further ado, Brothers.

They say I'm a traitor. Maybe I am. All I know is that I did what I had to do.
I felt brave, valiant at the time I made the decision.
Now, sitting with my back pressed up against a cold, rock hard wall, my hands cuffed in irons behind me, I'm not so sure.
Bloodlines run deep, I argued back with myself. I did what was necessary.
I closed my eyes and winced. The left one was still swollen from the cut just inches to the side.
I never liked Asher. But I never knew how quickly he would be willing to turn on one of his own men.

Shifting in my prison, I glanced up toward the lone window up near the ceiling--far out of reach. Rays of sunlight drifted in, bouncing off the walls that held me captive in a cheery dance. I sighed. I had done what I truly thought to be right in the moment.
What is one to do when he is brought to the choice of whether or not to kill his own flesh and blood?
I let my head lean back against the cold dungeon wall. My eyes drift closed.
“You wouldn't.” The, deep, sure voice echoed in my memory. The hint of a smirk amidst the raw fear of the steel blade at his neck as he gave his full dark head a slight shake. “Not your own flesh and blood. Not your own brother.

That's what decided it. Friend or foe, I knew wouldn't--I couldn't--kill my older brother.

The slight hesitation on my behalf was all he needed to thrust my sword to the side and roll out of its path. He was on his feet and gone before I had a chance to blink.

It wasn't moments later that I was surrounded by the others, all demanding to know where the enemy prisoner was--and why I had let him go.

A rumor was spouted off of me being a spy, and that was all it took. I was apprehended and questioned. None of my short answers satisfied Asher. He did not put up with much of my “foolishness” before he threatened me with his own sword. Sealing my lips only earned a slice across the face with the sharp tip. Asher ordered me put in chains and imprisoned for the time being.

Why? After all these years, why my brother? We were never what either of us would call close, but the true bond of brotherhood always lurked somewhere under the surface. Just like my conscience. The reason I wouldn't dare kill my brother or an innocent civilian.

I swallowed. I knew the penalty for losing a captive and disregarding direct orders. It wouldn't be long.

A rustling caught me off guard, and I jerked my head up toward the window. Silence reigned for a moment. I squinted through the sunlight, a frown creasing my forehead.

There. A shadow appeared for a split second and was gone again.

Then a familiar face peered through the bars covering the prison window, searching.

My voice caught. “Peter?”

“You must keep silent.” His dark eyes darted back and forth, but there was a calm air about him. “We haven't much time.”

He came back? My mind whirled.

“But why--?”

“Did you think I would leave you once I realized?” He gave his dark head a jerk. “I had to trick you so I could get away. It was my only chance of both of us escaping.”

I stared, dumbfounded. “But--”

“No more senseless questions,” he barked gruffly, scanning the interior of the dungeon. Then his voice softened. “I'm mighty glad to see you again, Will.”

My heart fluttered with a feeling I hadn't known for a long time.

I had missed him. The first few years after our last meeting had passed painfully, but I quickly learned to ignore the pain in my heart, to replace it with bitterness and anger.

But now…

“Keep attentive, little brother!” Peter hissed. “We haven't much time,” he repeated.

How he expected to assist my escape was beyond me. But then, he always had his mysterious ways.

I nodded, knowing his words rang true. I listened to his instructions with attentive ears. Because any minute now, they would arrive. And then it would be too late.

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 How'd you like it? I know, it's not any particular time period, really. More medieval-ish, but I suppose you could say it's a fantasy world-type story. But I enjoyed writing it, and I hope you enjoyed reading it! I'd love to hear any thoughts!

~Livi Jane 

Monday, July 10, 2017

July!!!

Seven months into the year! Crazy!

July is one of my favorite months, mainly because it contains one of my favorite holidays: The Fourth of July! (Go here to read my Fourth of July post(s).)

Sorry for the delay in my monthly post, but I had so many other posts going up in such a short period of time that I decided to take a break in between those and this post. :)

Recap!

June Highlights:


  • Two of my sisters had birthdays!
  • I went to Repticon. It was so awesome! I actually like snakes when they're non-venomous... XD
  • I trained four new people at work...in less than three weeks. Whew!
  • Our youth group/church is selling fireworks as a fundraiser. A couple of us girls had the most fun time the other night. We held signs by the road to advertise... and a couple of us got a little, uh, crazy. XD It was super fun!

Writing:

Writing went really well for me in June!! I jotted down a couple of stories based of picture prompts (planning to post some this month), and started a brand-new story! (Although I'm unfortunately a little stuck in that one already...)

Reading:

I didn't do so well with my 'Book a Week" challenge this month... :'( But I can always start it again any time! ;p


Music:

  • Woke Up in America - Matt Maher
  • Tongue-Tied - Paul Ruark
  • 100 x Better with You - The Willis Clan
  • My Lighthouse - Rend Collective
  • Desert Song - Hillsong United
I just discovered this song by Matt Maher yesterday...and haven't stopped listening to it since! XD

Woke up in America...

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Movies:

I don't normally do this topic, but I really wanna mention that the other night, my sister and I watched Faith of our Fathers, and oh. My. Goodness. Y'all need to see this movie!!!!!!!! If you're like me and enjoy brotherhood, soldiers, and don't mind crying, WATCH THIS MOVIE!

Faith of Our Fathers: A Story of Fatherhood, A Journey of Brotherhood | #FaithofOurFathers #FlyBy

I'm not usually a crier during movies, but wow. My sister kept dozing off, and she woke up at the climax and I'm just sobbing in a puddle of tears and she's like, "Uh...you okay?"

No.

No. I was not okay. I was a train wreck.

But yes, go check this movie out! I loved it!


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Verse of the Month:

"Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite."
Psalm 147.5 (KJV)

I love this reminder that our Father's understanding is infinite... He feels every pain, every hurt that we experience, and He does understand us, even if no one else does! <3

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Time to check out goals!



Goals:

  • Write at least 3,000 words. Thanks to a couple of my friends, I have a new story idea (possibly a sequel to S&S), so I'm hoping I will meet this goal amidst the craziness of work and school this month. :) YESSSS!!! I'm really happy with how writing turned out! I got about 5k words written!
  • Finish planning and start writing my new story (no title at the moment). Eh, halfway... I did get several thousand written, but I'm kind of stuck now...help... XD
  • Keep up with Book a Week Challenge. Ha...haha...hahaha... no.
  • Survive month one of summer at work XD Barely, but yes! I got yelled at by customers a couple times, though... *grimace*
  • Continue reading the Bible every day. Keeping up with the One Year Bible!! :D
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July Goals:

  • Write at least 2,500 words. (I'm dropping this down a bit because I'm starting school this month and not sure if I'll have much time aside to write...hopefully I can still beat this goal, though!
  • Start my senior year of school! (pray for me, y'all XD)
  • Get moved into my new/own room! (Two sisters moved out, so for the first time in my life, I'll be getting my own room! Just have to repaint it!)
  • Celebrate the Fourth of July! (Shouldn't be too difficult...it's one of my favorite holidays!!)
  • Continue reading the Bible every day.
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I think that's it for today, everyone! Hope you enjoyed!

Let me know how your July looks! Any vacations? Plans for the Fourth? Camp Nanoers?

~Livi Jane

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!!!!!

Guys.

It's one of my very favorite days of the whole year.

4Th Of July #Card Free #Printable #4thOfJuly


I love the Fourth of July so much!!!!!!  (Check out last year's FoJ post here!!)


For us Americans (and even many non-Americans), today is a very, very important day. A special day for us to remember what happened all those years ago on July 4, 1776.

So what actually happened on that day that was such a momentous occasion?

:D

It wasn't the day the Continental Congress decided to declare independence from Great Britain (that happened on July 2, 1776).

And it wasn't the day the American Revolution started (that happened back in April 1775).

And it wasn't even the day that the Declaration of Independence was signed.
(Although there are many disputes about whether or not that is true, the majority of historians believe it was signed on August 2, 1776. Several members, however, did not sign it until a later date, and two others never signed it at all.)

So what is so special about July 4, 1776?

Well, that was the day the Continental Congress officially adopted the Declaration of Independence.

Fifty-six men eventually signed their names at the bottom, knowing as they did so, they were putting their lives at risk. But they were willing to do that, willing to die for the sake of America. That America, their country, would be a free and independent nation.

Happy 4th of July


I am so thankful that I live in America... Even though sometimes it seems as if all is lost, we are still a blessed nation, and if we turn back to God, he will forgive our nation's sins and heal our land!

Love this song!!

I shared this poem last year, but it's gone through several edits and even won a contest since then!

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If My People

~A Poem by Livi Jane~

The war may be over, the Revolution won,

But now, centuries later, it seems the battle’s just begun.

What happened to our rights, our liberty, our freedom?

Many think they are gone, that we’ll never again reach them.

Everything seems hopeless, our government a mess,

In my sorrow I wail, “Will anything turn out for the best?”

I lift my eyes upward, gaze out at endless sky,

I see an eagle soaring, gracefully flying high.

It suddenly hit me, my mind was cleared,

I recall a verse in my Bible held dear.

I know right at once what we need to do,

Fall on our faces and cry out to You.

For so many years we’ve ignored Your Name,

Promoted ourselves, we wanted the fame.

Turned away from our fathers’ beliefs and their ways,

Expecting to make it on our own, we swayed.

Wicked and evil as our nation is now,

Revival can come if we’re willing to bow.

Pray for the Lord to restore our great land,

Beg for His mercy, guidance by His hand.

Then the Star-Spangled Banner can continue to fly,

As the people beneath it lift the Lord high!

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"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)


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And now, I have a story I jotted down last month based off of these picture prompts:


My apologies if the second pic doesn't show up!


Special shout out to Kaitlyn K., who was so generous as to beta this for me! <3

The Choice:

By Olivia Jane

“I don't think I can do it.”
Those were the last words Carter Drechsel ever expected to hear himself utter. He was always sure. It didn't matter how impossible a mission seemed. He was in the Air Force, and did what needed to be done. The word “can't” wasn't in his vocabulary.
“You have to think about what's best for Saylee,” the calm voice of Dr. David Manning, the vet, told him.
“Doc, she's been with me for years. She's saved my life more times than I can count, and even though we don't work together anymore, she's still my best friend.”
Carter tightened his jaw to keep it from quivering. He glanced down at the German Shepherd lying at his side. Just as he’d told the doc, Saylee had been with him from nearly the beginning of his time in the Air Force. She was a bomb-sniffer, and did her job excellently. Saylee and Carter had seen and done just about everything, from jumping out of planes to performing dangerous missions on the ground. The bond between them was fierce. So much, in fact, that Carter had adopted the dog when the time came for her to retire. She'd lived a relaxing life back at home in Texas. Carter hung out with her as much as his busy military schedule allowed.
“I know it's a hard decision, Carter.” The old vet smiled sadly, sympathy glimmering in his silvery-blue eyes. “But it's a necessary one.”

Carter rubbed a hand over his face. “I mean, isn't there some sort of treatment or surgery she can have to remove the tumor?”

“Yes, but at her age, it would be risky. Besides that,” Dr. Manning continued, adjusting his glasses, “the cancer isn’t the only issue at hand here.”

Carter knew what he meant. Poor Saylee was nearly blind and hard of hearing. Her legs were stiff; they didn't work as well as they used to. Moving around much was a chore for the dog.

The white-haired vet gave Carter’s shoulder a squeeze. “At least think about it. It's the humane thing to do.”

Carter swallowed. “Thanks, doc.” He gave his dog’s leash a gentle tug and clicked his tongue. “C’mon, girlie.”

Saylee moaned and clambered to her feet. Her tail waved back and forth as she hobbled after her owner out to his sleek black truck.

Carter hoisted the dog up and into the passenger seat of the truck before climbing in the driver’s side and starting it up.

He sighed and shifted the gear. The vet was right, he knew. Saylee had lived a long, exciting life. She deserved to not have to suffer through her last days.

Out of all of the difficulties Carter had faced before in life, none of them compared to this. “Never leave a man behind,” they said in the Air Force. He felt that's what he would be doing if he put Saylee down.

Carter took his eyes off the road to cast a glance at his dog. The German Shepherd was watching out the window, seemingly content.

This is not going to be easy.

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The day dawned bright and sunny. Birds sang joyful songs, squirrels chittered and the breeze blew gently.

Carter noticed none of it. All his focus was on Saylee as they headed into the vet clinic for the last time.

“It's gonna be okay, man.” Jourdan Gorsuch, a fellow airman and one of Carter’s best friends, appeared at his side. “We’re prayin’ for you.” He smiled and clapped the man on the back.

The smile was forced, Carter could tell. Nonetheless, he was grateful for his friends and their immediate offers to come with him to the clinic.

The morning had been spent stuffing Saylee up with as many treats as she could eat. One of the guys had even brought a hunk of steak for her to gobble up.

“You ready?” The gentle voice of Dr. Manning greeted Carter’s ears when they entered the room.

“Ready as I'll ever be,” he responded. He knew it was what he needed to do, but he didn't have to like doing it.

A blanket was laid out on the floor, and the German Shepherd was laid down on it. Each of the guys gave her a pat and whispered in her ear before backing away, allowing Carter to move in close.

Dr. Manning appeared, a syringe in his hand. “You know I hate being a vet at times like these,” he told the young airman.

Carter turned one corner of his mouth upward in an attempted smile, but his attention was all on Saylee. He closed his eyes as the vet administered the shot, injecting the needle into the German Shepherd.

Silence followed. Carter hugged Saylee, holding her halfway in his lap. She glanced up at his face and kissed him on the nose with her pink tongue, as if trying to say, “don't be sad.”

A sudden peace fell across Carter. He would miss his dog like crazy, but he knew had made the right decision by not letting her suffer any longer.

The minutes ticked by in a somber silence. Carter could tell the end was drawing near. He was vaguely aware of his comrades’ comforting hands on his shoulders.

With a final, shuddering sigh, Saylee’s eyes dropped closed, and she lay still. It was over. She was gone.

Suddenly, Carter couldn't contain himself. Tears streamed down his face, dripping down his cheeks and onto his dog’s still form. He felt someone slide Saylee out of his arms.

“Hey, bro, it's gonna be all right,” Hunter Webster promised, giving his friend a tight hug.

The embarrassment of sobbing uncontrollably in front of his fellow airmen was the furthest thing from Carter’s mind.

Memories of Saylee flew through his head, one after the other. The times she saved him and his friends’ lives. When they skydived together. The days they simply messed around and played tug-of-war.

He felt pats on the shoulder and back. The others knew what he was going through. They were losing one of their own.

When Carter’s cries had quieted to silent tears and he lifted his head from Hunter’s shoulder, one of the men turned him around.

Saylee had been moved to the nearby table. Jourdan held a folded American flag in his hands. Together, he and Lane--another one of the airmen--draped it over the form of Saylee.

Carter stepped forward, moving up to the table. He leaned over and put his arms around his dog one last time.

“I love you, Saylee,” he whispered in her ear. “I'll never forget you. Not ever.”

With one final squeeze, he turned away.

Hunter threw a comforting arm around his shoulders. “You okay?”

Carter looked up and met his friends eyes. Through his tear-filled vision, he whispered, “Yeah, I think so.” He smiled. “Thanks for coming.”

“We wouldn't have missed being here for anything,” Lane jumped in, appearing from behind.

“And we’re always here if you need anything, man,” Jourdan added, giving his dark head a firm toss.

“Thanks.” Carter feared that if he said much more, he'd start crying again. He looked around at his buddies. “I'll be all right.”

And for the first time since he’d made the decision to put Saylee down, he believed the words.

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Thoughts? :)

I think that's about it for today! Just remember what the Fourth of July is really all about! 

And remember...
Let us not forget this Memorial Day. Thank you to all who have served and are currently serving!

They sacrifice so much for our freedom....we can never repay them. <3


~Livi Jane

Saturday, July 1, 2017

A Question of Courage - Cover Reveal!

Good morning, everyone!

IT. IS. JULYYYYYYY!

Crazy! Another month slipped right on by!

Normally, the first of each month is reserved for monthly recaps, but we're going to push that back a few days, because have something special planned for today!

A COVER REVEAL!!!! YIPPEE!

(Yes, I know, this is the third book-related post I've had in one week, but how could you NOT like books??)

Before I reveal the cover of this lovely book to you, you probably want to know who wrote this book and what exactly it's about. ;)

Jesseca Wheaton, a fellow blogger and friend of mine, is back with her second book in the Questions of War series, and I couldn't be more excited! If you haven't checked out her first book, A Question of Honor, do it. :D You won't regret it!

I had the privilege of beta reading the first book and alpha reading this one. It's amazing. Seriously.

Ahem.

By now, I'm sure you're ready to scroll all the way down to see the cover. But first, take a peek at the synopsis! 

About the Book:

A man. A decision. A destiny. 

Rafe Sullivan never imagined the war would come to his doorstep. But when Pearl Harbor is attacked and America's focus suddenly shifts to the pacific, he finds he can't ignore the problem anymore. 
Leaving the life he loves behind, he joins up to do what he does best. Fly. 
Yet, nothing could have prepared him for the horrors of war, and the struggle that is going on in his own heart. As an outstanding navy pilot, he is stationed on one of the few Pacific carriers. But could God be calling him to step out in faith, and go beyond the call of duty? 

Lily Wilson gives her all to help the hurting community around her. With the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the war is brought home to many American families. And as a nurse, she longs to be able to relive some of the suffering. Yet, her own grief is still fresh in her heart, and though she's made the decision to get on with her life, she can't seem to leave the past behind. When healing at last comes, the guard she placed around her heart slowly begins to crumble. 
But when she receives the news she hoped she would never again hear, can she trust that God’s plan is always right?

Arthur Warrington saw the Navy as an escape from the life he left behind. And it seems good for him. He is able to forge new friendships and distance himself from his past. But when his best friend makes a decision that rocks his world, he is left grappling with the question: what is true courage? 

Three lives. One War. And a search for the Courage to go on.

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Add it on Goodreads

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Okay, I won't make you wait any longer...

Without further ado, I present the awesome cover for A Question of Courage!!!

*Squeals* Isn't it just gorgeous?? I love it so much! 

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About the Author: 


Jesseca is a 19-year old daughter, sister, and a child of God. Her days are spent reading, cooking, spending time with siblings, or playing piano. And writing, of course! At an early age, words fascinated her, and her love for the printed page has only grown. She lives with her parents and seven siblings in the sunny state of Kansas, and she’s convinced there’s no place like home. 
Though being in the sky is pretty awesome, too. Website~Blog~Amazon~Goodreads~GooglePlus~Pinterest~Instagram


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Stay tuned for more information on AQOC and when it will be published!


~Livi Jane

Friday, June 30, 2017

Dandelion Dust - Release Day + Review

DANDELION DUST HAS BEEN SET FORTH INTO THE WORLD. GO FIND IT!

Ahem.

Today, Faith P. releases her book Dandelion Dust. I'm so excited for you, Faith!


You might remember seeing the book spotlight I did on DD just the other day. Well, today I'm back with a review of this story! (Check out Faith's blog for a list of other bloggers participating in this tour!)



~My Review~


*Five stars*


Wow. That's about the only word I have. This story was amazing. Like, awesome.

So, I'll start off with the point that I normally am not a fan of romance. I can handle some here or there, but usually I dislike when it's more of the main focus of a story. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Dandelion Dust, however. The romance involved was clean and sweet. (Have I mentioned I can't stand most sappy romance books?)

Anyway, I absolutely loved Dandelion Dust. The "showing" aspect was great. I definitely felt as if I was watching the characters actions.

It's also one of those stories you can read more than once and not get bored of it. (Trust me, I've come across a lot of those.)

I loved Hannah. And Drew. Like, I need a story solely based on him. (Okay, Faith?) He was so sweet and worried about his brother and AHHH.

Ahem.

Charity was pretty awesome, too. (That's also saying something for me, because I'm usually not a fan of the girl in romance stories. While I've read plenty that do have amazing female leading role characters, there are some that just...ugh. I find many of them sappy, annoying, and just want the guy. xD)
But Charity was sweet and considerate of everyone around her. (Plus, while the story was based on her relationship, it still sorta wasn't. Not in a sappy way, anyway.) <3

And of course, Ryder. Besides the fact that he has such an awesome name, he was an all-around awesome character. :D

Also, how could I leave out Katydid? She was the cutest little thing.

Aside from the few grammatical errors (which is expected in a self-published book), my only negative comment would be that I felt like Charity didn't have many character flaws. She wasn't perfect by any means, but I personally also thought she was a very mature believer for her age. She didn't do a whole lot of questioning why God let bad things happen, or why it was happening to her/her family. I feel like there should have been a little more of a struggle for her. (Toward the latter half of the story, there was, but considering the circumstances, I think it could've come into play a little bit sooner.)
There was a lot of praying for Ryder (I hate to say "too much", because when can you pray too much, especially considering they were Christians in such a situation, but I do think it became a little too repetitive).

But yes, this story was amazing. GO READ IT.

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~About the Author~


Faith Potts is a teenage writer, living with her family and beloved yellow labs in the southeastern US. When she's not writing stories, consuming large amounts of coffee, reading books, or creating pottery, she can be found laughing harder than is healthy, daydreaming, and – of course – blowing dandelions.
Writing blog: Stories by Firefly // Faith blog: Chosen Vessels // Social media: Goodreads // Pinterest // Instagram
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And now, the moment you've all been waiting for... *drum roll*


Enter here:
~Livi Jane

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Dandelion Dust - Book Spotlight

Morning, readers!

How is everyone doing?

A wonderful friend of mine, Faith P., is releasing her beautiful book, Dandelion Dust, into the world in just a couple of days!

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I'll be back on release day with a review, but today, just a quick book spotlight!

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Isn't this cover gorgeous??

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~Synopsis~ 

Like a speck of dandelion dust riding the tides of a prairie wind, life is fleeting. Though I never realized just how fragile it was until that day . . .

Charity always had a dream. It was simple, really. Find a guy, fall in love, and get married.
The day she met Ryder, Charity knew he was the man God had chosen for her. But she never expected their relationship to be tested and tried through the fires of a freak accident. Suddenly, her world is thrown into chaos, and the bleak, white walls and sterile smells of a city hospital fill every spare minute. And then there comes the dreaded news. It was likely Ryder would never make it out of the hospital bed.
As her carefully laid plans for the future come crashing down around her and the sun seems to set on her dreams, can Charity still find hope in the dark of night?

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Doesn't it sound amazing? 

Be sure to check back on Friday for my review of this book and a giveaway! Why would you want to pass up a chance to win a copy of this book? :D

~Livi Jane

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's Day - Dad

Happy Father's Day to tall the dads out there, and a special shout out to my own dad! I love you!

Dad

~A Poem by Livi Jane~
One of the greatest gifts I’ve ever had, came from God, and I call him Dad.
Before we even met, you loved me from the start,
No love is more special, than the kind that comes from the heart.
You always love, you're always there,
You show how much you really care.
Though I might not always say it, I appreciate all you do,
And I cannot believe how blessed I am to have a dad like you!


~Livi Jane

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

D-Day...

June 6, 1944 dawned overcast and stormy. The weather wasn't ideal, but it was good enough. It was now or never.

*From Pinterest

The invasion had been carefully thought out and planned, and now it was time.

As the Allied troops prepared to storm the beaches of Normandy, they didn't know whether or not they would be one of the many ushered into eternity that day.
Would it be them or the man standing at their side? Would a one of them live to step off of the foreign soil and return to their homeland? Would they see their families again? See the war come to an end?
The answers to these questions were uncertain, but the troops knew one thing: 

Freedom wasn't free. It would have to come at a cost. And they were willing to pay that price.

#NeverForget #DDay

~Livi Jane

Goodreads Tag!

Good morning, all you lovely readers!! I hope you are doing fantabulous!

So.... Faith over at Stories By Firefly was awesome and tagged me for the Goodreads Tag! Thanks, girl!

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~Rules ~
 -Thank the person who tagged you 
-Answer the questions 
 -Tag at least three people 

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Let's get started, shall we?

Let me just  begin by saying I only made a Goodreads account sometime last year, and haven't been super active on it, especially before this past March or so...so...it's pretty lame. XD Plus, I use the app, and I have so much trouble with it. I still can't figure out half of anything on there. Is it just me?

A n y w a y, onto the questions!

1. What was the last book you marked as read?
A Question of Courage by Jesseca Wheaton. That was actually an alpha read. And it. Was. AMAZING.

2. What are you currently reading?
Um, I actually don't have any books on my 'currently reading' list. *grimaces* Well, I did pick up a book I found on one of our many bookshelves the other day. It's called The Whole Guy Thing by Nancy Rue (a favorite author of mine). But, I do need to go to the library, because I have a list of books to check out!!

3. What was the last book you marked as to read?
Choosing Courage: True Stories of Heroism from Soldiers and Civilians by Peter Collier. A friend (wait a sec, that was Faith!!) marked this as 'reading', and I thought it looked super interesting!

4. Do you use the star system?
Sometimes. :)

5. Are you doing the 2017 Reading Challenge?
No, but I'm doing my own Book a Week challenge!!

6. Do you have a wishlist?
Um...I don't think so. Not on GR, anyway. *is feeling lame that I know literally next to nothing about GR* 
But OF COURSE THERE ARE BOOKS I WISH I HAD *wonders who doesn't want more books*

7. Who are your favorite authors? 
Well, see, I read a ton of books from a bunch of different authors, sometimes only one or two from one author, so...these are some recurring faves:

Nancy Rue
Susan K. Marlow
Franklin W. Dixon
Jesseca Wheaton
Faith Potts

8. Have you joined any groups? 
Yep! I'm not active really, though... Like I said, I'm not on GR often.

9. How many Goodreads shelves do you have?
Just the four with which I started...I honestly haven't had the time to go on and mark ALL the books I've read in my lifetime...yikes. That would take a LOOOOONG time. XD

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I tag:

(Shh, no one will ever know that Kate was already tagged)

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And that wraps it up! Thanks again for tagging me, Faith!

How is your week going? Are you enjoying summer so far?

~Livi Jane

Friday, June 2, 2017

June! + May Highlights

HAPPY JUNE!!!!!! (One day late.)

Guys. We are SIX months into 2017!! Like, whaaaaat?

June means summer, which means unbearably hot temperatures here! (Although, I sadly won't be taking a break from school.

Anywayyy, let's move on to last month's highlights! :D

May Highlights:
  • I went on a trip with (most) of my youth group to the Fine Arts districts! It was a super fun trip!!! (More on that later.)
  • I got promoted at work! Meet one of Chick-Fil-A's newest Team Leaders! :D
  • Mother's Day weekend was nice! Us kids put together to buy Mom a hammock...and spent the rest of the evening testing it out. B-) Then my sisters and I went to the store and bought stuff for s'mores and made a fire in the outdoor pit! :D We also visited with our grandparents, which is always tons of fun!!
  • I ran a 5k!!!! (And, most importantly, didn't die!)
  • My critique partner and a couple of friends read my draft of Sunlight and Shadows... 0.0 (AND THEY SAID IT WASN'T AWFUL XD)
I think that about settles it for highlights! ;)

Ohhh! So, technically this isn't a May highlight because it happened yesterday, but um, work today was interesting. Our power flickered and went out at 8:30 am... 0.o (This was in addition to our headsets STILL not working because they mess up every time there's a storm, which means we have one person outside at the DT speaker relaying orders over the phone to someone inside.)
Needless to say, we ended up closing and everyone got an hour break to eat pretty much whatever food (since it would go bad sitting there and we heard we wouldn't have power until possibly 11). One of the ladies even braided all of us girls' hair! ;p
Thankfully, the power came back on about an hour later, and we were able to get things back up and running! Whew! It was fun/exciting in a really bad sort of way. XD

Writing:

I think I did well with writing this month, although I still haven't really organized or written much of anything in my already-existing stories.
So, I wrote three short stories/flash fictions this past month. One was for Faith's Imagine This challenge, one came from this picture prompt:

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*From Pinterest
Isn't it just SO heartbreakingly amazing??

The other was a sudden idea I had after reading more in depth about 9/11 in American History and chatting with some friends about heartbreaking stories...yeah. XD

Reading:

I read the first two books in Ronie Kendig's Tox Files series. They were interesting! I didn't like the second one as much because of the romance thrown in (nothing inappropriate, I just reallyyy did not like the girl. At all.) But, I am excited for the next book in the series to come out, and plan to read more of Kendig's stories in the upcoming future. Anyone who has read books by her is welcome to give feedback on what your thoughts are on her novels!

Music:
  • Thank God For Something, Sold Out, and Live Like You're Loved all by Hawk Nelson (yes, I've had a recent obsession with this band :D) 
  • Love You Like the Movies by Anthem Lights
  • The Irish Rover, Fields of Glory, and The Rocky Road to Dublin all by the High Kings
  • Keep Your Change by Paul Ruark
Disney songs:
  • Touch the Sky
  • How Far I'll Go
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Keep Your Change by Paul Ruark. Awesome song! :D

This song by Hawk Nelson has blessed me tremendously. Even when things aren't going as well as we wished they were, we can always find something for which we can thank God!!

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Verse of the Month:
(Yes, this a new section I'm adding in! What do y'all think?)

"The Lord hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death."
Psalm 118:18 (KJV)

<3 The day I read this hadn't been the best, but it reminded me that no matter how far away God may seem, or how hopeless things may be, He has not given up on us! :D
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Next up, goals!

Goals:
  • Write at least 3,000 words. Check! I'm super excited because I was thinking I wouldn't hit my goal, and then after a history lesson on 9/11, I wrote a story that surpassed my goal in two days. :D My final word count for the month was over 5k!!!! :D
  •  Do more reading than I have been recently. I did a little better! Keeping up (at the moment) with my book a week challenge!
  •  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)! YESSSSS!! And it was soooo much fun! Story time! After competition day was over and we made it back to the hotel, us girls decided to go get ice cream. Well, about five of us took the stairs, while our leader and my sister (also a leader) took the elevator with two of the girls. So, uh, we ended up going out the wrong door (because Rachel had no clue where we were going and should not have been the line leader XD) and got locked out of the hotel...on the complete opposite side from where the van was. *grin* As if things weren't interesting enough, one of the girls accidentally dropped her phone and shattered the screen... *grimace* We walked around for at least ten minutes before we found the others XD But we got our ice cream, and that's what counts, right?? Also, I merited (got first) in my poetry category, and came in second with my flash fiction!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was so excited! Then they asked me to read my poem aloud in front of everyone. I almost died, but I did it! XD
  •  Finally go to a crawfish boil this year... (Hopefully happening next week for our workplace's annual crawfish boil/party. ;P) Yep!! It was fun and the crawfish was yummy!!
  •  Continue reading the bible every day. Yes! Whoop whoop! :D
June Goals:
  • Write at least 3,000 words. Thanks to a couple of my friends, I have a new story idea (possibly a sequel to S&S), so I'm hoping I will meet this goal amidst the craziness of work and school this month. :)
  • Finish planning and start writing my new story (no title at the moment). 
  • Keep up with Book a Week Challenge.
  • Survive month one of summer at work XD
  • Continue reading the Bible every day.
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That wraps it up for today! How was your May? Any fun summer plans? 

Let me know what you're up to this June! :D

~Livi Jane

Monday, May 29, 2017

Some Gave All - Happy Memorial Day

Good morning! 

Who knows what day it is?

Memorial Day - Remember Our Fallen:
*From Pinterest

Yes, it is Memorial Day! A wonderful day set aside specifically to honor those who died in the line of duty.

Let us not forget this Memorial Day. Thank you to all who have served and are currently serving!:
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If you would like to read last year's Memorial Day post, click here. :)

I never will forget those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. I am so thankful for those who are willing to risk their lives just so that we could live in freedom.

It also reminds me of a man Who gave His life, so that we could have eternal freedom! <3 

Below is a poem I wrote sometime last year (also in last year's in MD post), but it is a better-edited version. :)

Freedom's Price
A Poem by Livi Jane

As I kneel before this grave,
Of a soldier, unknown, but brave,
Tears are streaming down my face,
And I close my eyes in silent thanks.
For the life he lived, the battles he fought,
Buried here, likely long forgot.
My eyes open, and I gaze across,
The tombstones of many soldiers lost.
Unknown to the world, they rest here,
And I brush away another tear.
I remember on this Memorial Day,
They’re the reason we can celebrate.
Our freedom, our rights, we owe it to these men,
Who fought fearlessly for our country, time and again.
To every soldier that paid with their lives,
There’s no way to thank you for your sacrifice.
So we salute our fallen soldiers, the ones in action too,
And all we can say to repay is a heartfelt thank you!

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I recently stumbled across another Memorial Day story I wrote over a year ago. It's not very long at all, just a quick reminder on what Memorial Day is actually about. :)

Remember Why: 

“Hi! Mind if I sit here?”

Without waiting for a response, nine-year-old Addison Wheeler slid into the cafeteria seat, setting her lunch tray down on the small table.

“Um, sure," the timid voice of Callie Freeman answered, although the agreement was unnecessary.

Addison wasn't sure what to think of her fellow fourth grader. Callie usually kept to herself, and none of the other classmates particularly tried to be friends with the girl.

It had been Addison’s first year at this new school after moving to Texas, and, being the outgoing person she was, had quickly become friends with most of the others in their class. It hadn't taken long for her to realize how shy Callie was. She had attempted to talk to the girl before, but with little success. Today, she noticed the girl sitting alone in the corner table and excused herself from her other friends to join Callie.

“I'm so excited that this is the last day of school!” Addy exclaimed, trying to make conversation. “I love summer!”

Callie didn't respond.

“Are you excited for Memorial Day?” Addy asked, voice rising with her own hype.

“Well—”

“We're going over my grandparents' house,” Addy chattered, shoving a loose strand of dirty blonde hair behind her ear. “We're gonna have a huge barbecue, and our cousins will be there, too! I'm so excited!” She finally paused to take a breath. “What are you doing for Memorial Day?” This time she quieted down and waited for Callie to answer.

The dark-haired girl gazed down at her tray of food for so long that Addy fidgeted in her seat, ready to burst open with her own words again.

She was just about to open her mouth when, without lifting her eyes, Callie hesitantly responded, her voice barely above a whisper.

“Well…I think we're just going to visit my daddy’s grave.”

Addison furrowed her eyebrows in puzzlement. “Why would you do that for a celebration?”

Callie’s voice dropped even lower, if that was possible. “He was killed serving in the army.”

“Oh.” Addison clapped a hand over her mouth, for once at a loss for words. “I am so sorry, Callie.”

“It's fine,” the girl responded, finally lifting her gaze to look at her classmate. “It's just that…so many people forget what Memorial Day is truly about.”

“They think it's a time to have a cookout and get together with family,” Addy agreed with a nod.

“Not that any of that's bad,” Callie hurriedly added. “But it should also be about remembering all the soldiers who died protecting us.”

“Like your dad,” Addy said with a slow nod, the wheels in her head turning as realization slowly crawled across her young face.

“I'll remember that from now on, Callie,” she promised, her blue eyes solemn. “And I'll make sure I'll never forget it.”

A tiny smile turned up the corners of Callie’s mouth.

“Thanks, Addison.”

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“Mom, look at this!”

Callie pointed down at the grass in front of the tombstone bearing her father’s name while she waited for her mother to catch up with her. “Somebody left these beautiful flowers!” She picked up the bouquet. “And there's even an American flag with them.”

“They're very pretty,” Callie’s mom agreed. “I wonder who would have put them there? Perhaps the gardener…?”

“No.” Callie shook her head firmly, a huge smile sliding onto her face as she pulled a tiny card out of the bouquet.

Happy Memorial Day! the card read. I hope you like the flowers. My mom helped me pick them out. We are praying for you and your family!

Your friend,
Addison

Callie felt tears welling up behind her eyes at the kind words. One escaped and dripped down her cheek.
“Thanks, Addy,” she whispered as her own mother pulled her close. She squeezed her eyes shut. “And thank You, God, for sending me a friend like her.”

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I think that just about wraps up today's post! I hope you all a wonderful day honoring the men and women who died for our country and celebrating the freedom for which they have fought!

~Livi Jane

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Memorial Day Memories - A Blogging Linkup

Happy Saturday! Hope everyone is doing well!

Today, I am joining in a Memorial Day linkup, hosted by Jesseca!


Memorial Day, as many other patriotic holidays, is one of my favorites. It constantly amazes me how many are so willing to sacrifice themselves for us and our freedom! Memorial Day is a time to reflect on those who so selflessly gave their lives for us.

And that's what this linkup is all about! This weekend, bloggers are joining together to honor those from their own state/area who made the ultimate sacrifice.

For my part in this linkup, I chose to focus on Officer Matthew Gerald.

Gerald was one of three police officers killed in Baton Rouge on July 17, 2016 by a hate-filled man purposefully targeting policemen. Several other officers were wounded that day.

The reason I chose to focus on Officer Gerald was because of the story that unfolded in the months after his death--beauty in the heartache.

Dechia Gerald, wife of the fallen officer, remembered when she was deciding what to wear to the funeral, how her oldest daughter told her, "I don't know why you're complaining, because you're pregnant."

Only days later, the younger daughter told her the same thing, only elaborated more.
"Jesus told me that there is a baby boy in your tummy."

Just a couple months later, Mrs. Gerald revealed the news that she was expecting. The baby was due in April, and when they had the ultrasound to determine the gender, they found out they were having a boy!

*Taken from a news article:

Officer Matthew Gerald of the Baton Rouge Police Department died in the line of duty on July 17, 2016. It was after his death that his wife, Dechia, realized her late husband had left her something special to remember him by. She conceived just five days before he died. His brothers in blue called Gerald "Buttons," so now his little boy will carry on the name “Baby Buttons.”

God's miracle came into the world Tuesday. Falyn Matthew Gerald was born at 4:31 p.m. He weighs 6 lbs., 8 ounces and is 19.5 inches long.

Dechia has worn her husband's wedding ring as a necklace ever since the attack last summer. When she held “Baby Buttons” for the first time, he held tight to that ring.

“It was very overwhelming... very emotional. Every emotion you could imagine comes at one time, all at once, but it's very exciting,” Dechia added.

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*Photo from WBRZ

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It's amazing how God can bring such wonderful things from tragedies! <3

As Memorial Day approaches, I urge you to take some time and think on those who gave their lives for our freedom.

Thanks so much for joining me today! Check out Jesseca's blog for more posts about this linkup, and check back here Monday for a Memorial Day poem and story!

Have a wonderful weekend and happy start of summer!

~Livi Jane

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
Accurate.:
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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

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

He is Risen!

Good morning, all!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Resurrection Sunday!

We got up early Sunday morning to go to our church's seven-thirty am service (an added service for Easter Sunday). It was a wonderful service. Our church is reading through the One Year Bible together this year, and every week the sermon is based on something in our readings the past week. It was cool how our pastor related our readings to the resurrection of Jesus! :D

After service ended, I hurried to change into jeans before heading over to the staff meeting for the next service.

Our kids church service was super awesome, too! I'm a part of the praise and worship team, so we spent the few minutes before service started practicing before the real thing. It was so much fun!

When we made it home from church, my dad went to work grilling for lunch (yum!). My grandparents came over not long after, and the rest of the day was spent eating, hanging out, eating some more, decorating eggs, eating again, and finally ending with Bible reading. :)
All-in-all, it was a wonderful Easter!!

So, the other night, I jotted down a poem that I planned to share on Sunday, but I got distracted and never got around to it, so sorry!

However, the resurrection of Jesus should be celebrated all year around, right? :D

So here is my poem, titled The Gift of Salvation. Enjoy!


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The Gift of Salvation


~A Poem by Olivia Jane~


Body broken and in the grave,
The sin of the world on Him was laid.
Blood poured out and shed on the cross,
Pure and blameless, yet He paid the cost.
He spoke three words, saying, "It is finished."
And in that moment, He gave up His spirit.
He was placed in a tomb; there seemed nothing more,
But three days later, Christ emerged the victor!
He loved us so much He was willing to die,
Now He is risen, alive, and lifted high!
Because of this love, we can be forgiven,
No matter what you have done, no matter how great the sin.
The choice is yours, it's placed in your hands,
Will you accept the free gift of God's salvation?


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I don't know about you, but I'm sure glad God sent His son to Earth to die so that we could spend forever with Him (even though we don't deserve it)! That's such a crazy thought, but it only proves His love for us!!

I love this Veggietales song!

How's was everyone's Resurrection Sunday? 

Have a wonderful day!

~Livi Jane