Just popping in to say hello!

Hello everybody!

I’m starting out not really knowing what to talk about, but I’m sure I’ll find something!

I’ve been busy this week sewing, something that I’m going to try to do more of in this new year. I’m hoping to learn how to sew clothes (preferably wearable clothes), an ambition started by watching a garment sewing competition called the Great British Sewing Bee (this can be found on the Britopia Facebook page).

Anyway, I’ve been making pillow cases to kick-start my  new-found sewing aspiration. I’m making them as Christmas presents, birth day presents and just little gifts and I’m thrilled with the way they’ve turned out (the one below is mine)!Photo on 12-27-15 at 3.15 PM

I got the pattern from http://www.danamadeit.com/2008/07/tutorial-conkerr-cancer-pillowcases.html and it was really easy to follow, especially with my mom’s help!

Since I seem to be on the topic of New Year’s resolutions, I will talk some more about them! Along with sewing, I want to get into a good devotion. Though unlike sewing, I don’t know where to start. It seems like I’ve tried everything! One thing is working, though I’m not sure it can continue. My friend Claire (her blog is clairevanduinenbooksandsmore.wordpress.com) lent me the book 365 Devotions for Girls by Denise Axelson and I really like it. The devotions are short but really relevant. They are nice to do while eating breakfast or an after school snack. But I’ve had it for about 6 months and I should probably give it back:) If you have any suggestions of good devotion, PLEASE let me know!Photo on 12-27-15 at 3.35 PM

The New Year is going to be so amazing. I’ll finish 6th grade (hopefully with some pretty good grades) and over the summer I’ll go to some camps including Camp Hayowentha in Traverse City, MI. It’s a camp for girls who want to get better at riding horses, which is me. In 7th grade, I’ll be starting PATH at Hope College where I can go to get some enriched curriculum. I’m going to keep doing dance at Turning Pointe School of Dance (and hopefully get more flexible!). And I just can’t wait to get blogging some more to let you know about what I’m reading, writing, and doing on this roller coaster of life!

Yours Truly,

Abigail June

 

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I’m back!

Dear Readers,

I have NOT been posting enough so this is going to be a long one.

So far winter has been full of injury and sickness. Over Thanksgiving break I got strep and had to miss a sleepover with my friend that I had been looking forward to for weeks. I was running in my neighbors basement on Friday and I tripped and sprained my elbow. I got a cold and a sore throat that I am still recovering from, but there is good news in the midst of the bad. During a white elephant gift exchange at my youth group last night, I got a betta fish named Firebolt.

This opened my perspective a bit more. Also, reading my friend, Hannah’s, blog, http://www.lookingforsonshine.wordpress.com, helped me realize two BIG things.

Last night I couldn’t get to sleep because I thought I was going to die. It sounds silly but it makes sense when I explain it.

God is big. He’s great. He’s God. He knows what is going to happen to us and he has a great big plan for us. What scares me though is His plan is a whole lot different than mine. Mine is to live a happy, long life. Maybe His is that I die tomorrow. I thought I was going to have an awesome Thanksgiving and an awesome sleepover but that wasn’t what God had in mind. He wanted me to get strep. But that’s okay. That’s was what was best for me.

Another example: My cousins, aunt, and uncle were going to visit us from New York a while back. I was so excited. We didn’t get to see them very often but I love them. Anyway, my uncle cut his finger with a table saw and couldn’t come. I was completely and utterly devastated. But that week it was rainy and cold and my cousins are boys and they are very much outdoors people. See the connection? This is just proof that God’s plan is so much better than mine, even if I don’t understand it at first.

So that was the first thing I realized. God’s plan is greater than mine. What finally calmed me to sleep was understanding that God loves me and if I need to go home, I need to go home.

The next thing I realized, only just this morning, as I peered down at Firebolt, was the impact of prayer.

I’ve never been very good at praying an actual prayer that isn’t just about me. I don’t really do it on a daily basis, the reason being that God never seems to answer me. But I pray and pray and hope and wish for a pet. As an only child, sometimes I get lonely. God’s perfect timing made it so, a few days before Christmas, I get a betta fish named Firebolt at the most unlikely of places. That is a God thing. I don’t know how long Firebolt may last because like I said, God’s plan is different than mind but I’ve always wanted a betta fish. This is how last night went.

I got to church and realized I didn’t have a white elephant gift. My friend lent me one so I could play. All good. We went, delivered the cards for the shut ins. Done. Then, during the gift exchange I got fuzzy slippers. They got stolen from me and then I ended up with the yellow bag. The yellow bag which the friend, Ashley, who had lent me the gift had told me contained a betta fish in a slushy cup. I opened it and low and behold, Firebolt. He lasted the night.

This is prayer.

I will pray. I will remember to listen to God and His plan. And I challenge you to do the same.

Your sister in Christ,

Abigail June

 

 

Rainy Day Writing

Hello!

Today I was sitting down and decided to write a story that had come to me on a recent walk. It was thunderstorming as I wrote this and maybe electricity waves from the lightning got to my brain because this is kind of crazy, but I like it. 🙂

Juliet’s platter of pickled potatoes smelled furiously as she walked briskly to Mrs. Inglethorp’s private quarters. She rang the bell next to the door and called out,

“Food tray servant!” as Mrs. Fatalina, the head cook, had told her to. The door swung open and behind it stood a woman with fiery red hair that curled and frizzed in a way that hair shouldn’t be able to do. Behind her Mr. Igglethorp reclined on a bed eating blueberry flavored potatoe chips.

         “Come in deary!” Mrs. Igglethorp chimed, popping Juliet on the nose. 

“Your Ladyship, I have brought the potatoes as requested-” the platter clanged to the ground which was layden with a new orientle rug. Juliet’s mouth dropped open and her eyes filled with tears. She had only been here for a week and she had already messed up. 

“Oh don’t worry about that silly old carpet! We’re getting a new one tomorrow anyway, aren’t we Georgie dear?” Mrs. Igglethorp smiled brightly as she turned to her husband who nodded absently, his eyes still fixed on the T.V. screen in front of him.

“Hola amigos! I’m Dora!” the T.V. shouted.

“Oh and honey buns! Don’t call me ‘your Ladyship’! It makes me sound far too old! I’m Ceillia-poo and that’s,” she turned to her husband, “Georgie!” Juliet’s mouth dropped open once again. 

         “Ceillia-poo and Georgie!” muttered Mr. Igglethorp. They had just gotten that orientle rug a few days ago and now they were buying a new one?! Ceillia-poo and Georgie?! What had Juliet gotten herself into?

Thank you for reading the most recent section of my interesting story. Each time I get a new little bit done I will post it. Let me know if you have any suggestions for the title or for the book itself. Thanks!

Happy Writing!

Abigail June

Catch Up Day – Savvy and Listen

Hi! (Again:))

Today must be Catch Up Day because I have already posted on the Shadow Children Series but here I am posting on two more books! I was checking my Summer 2015 Books I’ve Read page and I forgot to post on the books Savvy and Listen.

Savvy is a very good fantasy book about a girl named Mississippi Beumont whose family gets a savvy, or special talent, when they turn thirteen. This is a special occasion that Mibs is looking forward to until her father gets in a terrible accident. She is so sure that her savvy will help her father wake up from his coma that she boards a rickety bus in secret along with her family and friends and heads off to Salina Hope Hospital where her father, mother and older brother are. Along the way Mibs discovers many things about the people she meets and she learns how to cope with being a teenager. This is an excellent book by Ingrid Law that just warms anyone’s heart!

Listen is another book that is to die for! It is a book by Stephanie S. Tolan about a girl named Charley who thinks she has lost everything. Her mother died in a terrible plane crash and her leg was shattered in a tragic one-car-one-tree accident. Her father is so involved in his work that she thinks he doesn’t care about her and she has no friends since her best friend is gone for the summer with some other girl. Charley is just angry but when a dog she names Coyote comes around she begins the Taming. Her leg begins to heal and she makes new friends. She realizes that her father really does love her. This story is about a girl who learns to make do with what she’s got and who learns that she doesn’t have to hide her memories.

That’s about all for Catch Up Day!

Happy Reading!

Abigail June

Shadow Children Series

Hi there!

Today I want to give a shout out to my friend Hannah for doing me a huge favor and saying to me on the way to ballet, “You should totally read these Abigail! They are so good!” I took her advise and I have already finished 5 books in the seven-book series. That took me three days. They are amazing! That’s all I can say.

The Shadow Children series is a futuristic series, but don’t let that frighten you off. These books are page turners if I ever read one! There were famines once and the Government wanted to fix it. Not enough food meant to them that they must have too many people. So the Population Police are born. Now third children must hide from the Popultation Police. If you are the third child in your family, you are illegal and will be killed by the Population Police. This book is not for the faint of heart. Innocent children’s lives are in danger and the only way to help is to hide even more by getting a fake I.D. But some children stand up. Some adults even realize this is wrong. This thrilling saga makes you hold your breathe to find out what happens. Will shadow children be free and out of harm’s way or will the Government continue to harass the peace?

Excellent, excellent series they is a must-read (though I understand if it’s not your type;)) First book in the series is called Among the Hidden, then Among the Imposters, Among the Barons, Among the Brave (this is as far as I’ve read), Among the Enemy, and Among the Free. So good! Thanks again Hannah and thank you Margaret Peterson Haddix for writing these outstanding stories!

Happy Reading!

Abigail June

All Four Stars

Hi there,

I apologize for the delay in posting recently, the cause being books. I have been reading a ton recently and would like to share with you one of the books I have read. All Four Stars was suggested to me by Claire and so I read it.

All Four Stars is a wonderful tale about a girl who loves to bake, but has fast food loving parents that use the microwave for everything! One day Gladys’ new teacher tells them that they have to write an essay about what they want to be when they grow up. The winning entry will be put in the New York Standard for all to see! But Gladys is forbidden to bake or write about baking! Instead she pretends to want to be a vet, but her teacher catches on. Encouraged to write about her true passion, Gladys writes a fantastic professional letter about baking. Somehow, the letter gets switched and is taken to be a job application. Before she knows it Gladys is the new food critic for the New York Standard. Can she get into the city to do her dream job or will she fail and be devastated for life?

I loved this book and I am sure you will love it too if you read it! Don’t forget to check out all the other books I have read this summer on the tab that says “Summer 2015 Books I’ve Read”!

Thanks for reading!

Abigail June

Drizzle

Hello Readers!

Today has been a lovely hot (humid) summer day. It, in fact, was so hot that I stayed indoors half the day. In this time I finished an excellent book called Drizzle recommended to me by two dear friends, Claire and Sarah. If you two are reading this, thank you so much for getting me hooked on Kathleen Van Cleve!!!!

This extrodinary book is about a girl named Polly Peabody that lives on a magical farm with talking and spelling bugs and rhubarb that grows to be the size of trees or tastes like chocolate. All is happy and shy Polly even makes a human friend named Basford. But one day the mist that came when her grandmom died came back. Soon after, the rain that comes every Monday at 1:00 stops! Word comes that a distant relative wants to buy the Peabody rhubarb farm and Polly feels like her world is ending. Her father stops getting funds from different companies and Polly gets in a fight with her best friend Harry the rhubarb plant and kills him. To add to her misery, her brother gets a deadly illness and is about to die. Can Polly save her farm, her brother, and everything she has ever known? Read this amazing book to find out! I would definitely recommend this to someone of any age as a mystery of magic, friendship, loyalty and much more!

Have a great summer!

Abigail June

My Tree Fort

Hi!

I was at a writing workshop with my friend, Claire (she has a blog called booksandsmore.wordpress. It is very lovely), taught by Hope Colledge Proffesor Pam. It was wonderful and one of the pieces I wrote was called Tree Fort.

The wind blows and the thick tree limbs above creak. The grass below waves as if dancing to an unheard tune. The sunlight glows through the luscious green leaves above my head. The thin white clouds gently drift across the brilliant blue sky that shines brightly in the sun’s warm glow. Tiny black ants crawl in between the cracks of the boards that make up the floor of this solid fortress. Birds sing to each other in a language unknown to humans. The thick wooden ladder groans as I clamber down it. When my feet hit the soft green grass I am filled with a satisfaction that words cannot express.

With all my writing please comment below to tell me how I did and what could be better!

Happy Writing,

Abigail June

Memories

Hello!

Today I felt inspired by a movie I watch that is also a book series my L.M. Montgomery. It is called Emily of New Moon and even though I haven’t read the book series, (I have the whole series and I have been meaning to do that) the movie is AMAZING!!!!

So this story is called Memories. Thanks to my friend, Smiley Hannah, for giving me the awesome name of Analise.

A drafty wind blew through the attic, sending a chill through the air. Analise shivered and turned to the door. “No use staying here,” she thought. Analise had originally ventured into the forbidden attic to look for a sign of her mother who had died years ago, but had lived here as a child. Analise winced as the rusty, old doorknob squeeked in protest when she turned it. She stepped out into the dimly lit hallway and peered around the corner. She took a deep breathe and stepped out into the main corridor. Now certain that nobody had seen her, she skipped out onto the balcony that surrounded her fathers house. The white marble shone in the dimming sunlight. It was he house’s most famous treasure, but Analise loved it because its view stretched out across their whole property. The tall pines and the glistening lake. The tops of the trees swayed as if dancing to greet Analise. She sighed and closed her eyes to feel the gentle breeze from of the lake. She could just imagine her mother as a child on this very spot, playing with her China doll that Analise had inherited. Her father’s call broke her thoughts and she hurried down the stairs to eat her dinner.

Happy Reading or Writing,

Abigail June

Counting by 7s

Hi!

Thank you so much for reading my blog! This summer I will be going to the public library near where I live each week to borrow a book. Whenever I finish a book I will try my very hardest to record it on my blog, but we all know how that goes sometimes:)

The first book that I have read this summer is Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan. This is a fantabulous story of a girl and how she survives an epic tragedy.

Willow Chance is very different and because of this she has no friends. At least, not until she meets the brave, smart mouthed high schooler, Mai Nguyen and the shy, overweight school counselor, Dell Duke. When they arrive at Willow’s home to drop her off from the ice cream shop, the police in the driveway explain that Willow’s parents died in a fatal car crash. Willow thinks her world is over and she stops doing what she loves most, but Dell, Mai, the Nguyen family, and a taxi driver named Jairo help her to start counting by sevens again.

This is a beautiful story that I would recommend to any person, young or old, that is looking for a good book!

Happy Reading,

Abigail June