Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Which Little Women Character Are You?


1. Which word best describes you?
A. Mature
B. Tomboy
C. Innocent and shy
D. Dignified

2. What is your ideal pet?
A. A horse 
B. An exotic songbird
C. A little dog 
D. A kitten

3. Who would you like to marry?
A. A nice man with a steady job and income
B. Someone with a taste for adventure
C. I'm not ready for marriage
D. A Prince Charming

4. How often do you read your Bible?
A. Now and then
B. When I remember to
C. Everyday
D. I'm still working on that

5. In your spare time you:
A. Go shopping
B. Read
C. Sew or knit
D. Paint a picture or do a craft

6. Where do you go to school?
A. I'm actually a teacher
B. I don't go to school
C. I'm home-schooled
D. I go to public school

7. What are your friends like?
A. Mostly younger girls who look up to me
B. Mostly older girls who I look up to
C. I don't really have many friends outside of my family
D. Stuck up girls that I try to get to accept me

8. Suppose you got a love letter. What would you do?
A. Faint!
B. Go beat up whoever sent it to me. Its probably a joke, and its not funny!
C. Hide it
D. No one but my parents ever sends me love notes

9. Your character is:
A. Modest and feminine
B. Adventurous
C. Private
D. Bubbly

If you had mostly A's then you are:

Meg March: Meg is the  oldest of the March sisters. She is pretty, dutiful, virtuous, honest and very mature. Megs major flaw is her yearning for material wealth sense her family is poor. Meg is sensible and kind, although her role as the oldest sister can lead her to be a little bossy and overbearing at times, but she is loved and cherished by her sisters.

If you had mostly B's then you are: 
Jo March: Jo is a self-declared tomboy and the "man of the house" during her fathers absence. She is a brave, creative young girl with a talent for writing and a dramatic flair. She has trouble controlling her temper, and her attempts to do anything "ladylike" are an absolute failure, but she is a smart girl and a loyal friend. 

If you had mostly C's then you are:
Beth March: Beth is a shy, sweet-tempered, musically talented girl. She has a hard time trusting people outside her own family, but most people adore her, and once they've earned her trust is a lasting friendship. Beth is a devoted mother of a large collection of dolls and loves animals, but her greatest joy is playing the piano. Of her three sisters she is closest to Jo, to whom she is a calming influence.

If you had mostly D's you are: 
Amy March: Amy is the youngest March sister, and also the most pretentious! She envies her friends who are better off than her. She is always worrying about her looks (especially her nose) and clothes. She likes to be pampered. She has a tendency to use words inappropriately, often resulting hilariously! She looks up to Meg, whom she considers practically grown up, and wants to be just like her. Yes, she has her flaws, but is a fun loving and sweet girl.

Who I was:
I am Jo March. Really, I am exactly like her. Every bit of me is the very image of her. I was (and still am) a tomboy, I'm stubborn, I like to act and have a hard time controlling my temper at times:D And on # 8 I am totally the person who would go find the guy and give him a piece of my mind!

Who where you?
Did you enjoy the quiz? 
Would you like to see more 'which character are you' quizzes?
If so, what movies or books would you like me to make a quiz about?

Hope you enjoyed this y'all! Have a wonderful New Year!

Clara


Monday, December 29, 2014

Things You May Not Know About Me


1. I love sauerkraut:)
2. I love jeans and comfy sweaters
3. I usually judge people to harshly, then later I regret it
4. I like binoculars
5. I wish my laugh was cute and bubbly, but instead it sounds like a hippopotamus having an asthma attack
6. Music describes my feelings
7. I have a weird sense of humor
8. I love Olive Garden breadsticks
9. I like to like the yogurt lids
10. I really don't like school
11. I adore opening packages
12. I get drowsy if someone plays with my hair
13. I ain't good at grammar :D
14. I'm stubborn
14. I wish my eyes could take pictures
15. I'm the daughter of the One True King
16. I'm proud of being a girl without an iPhone
17. I like to talk
18. I go to bed lllllaaaaatttttteeeeee!!!!!!!!
19. I love to laugh even though.....#5
20. I think roller coasters are awesome
21. I have phases where I read all month and then I don't want to read for a month :P
22. My mom use to call me 'Laura' when I was little. We would pretend we were Ma and Laura from Little House On The Prairie. We had such good times! :D
23. I want to travel all around the world some day
24. When I was little I was a tomboy and proud of it! I would seriously play football!
25. I love to ski
26. I like skirts
27. I passionately detest math
28. I'm spunky
29. I like to play duets with my brother piano/violin
30. My brother is my best friend
31. I like to ride bikes
32. I'm horrible at doing hair
33. I have pretty friends
34. I like poetry
35. My favorite book is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and my favorite series is The Prairie Legacy by Janette Oke
36. My parents are awesome
37. I like going sledding
38. I want to get back into volleyball
39. Dill pickles are amazing
40. I like adventurous movies like Mission Impossible and National Treasure


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Life

Hey all! Its the winter season. I love this time of year! Life has been busy for me this season! It always is. I am doing so much this year, besides school of course. :) My dad and I have been in the college choir here in town, and it has been a blast! We had our last concert last week, and did a flash mob a day or two after that. I enjoyed it so much!
I am also in a musical theater class, hoping to take a american sign language course at the college, possibly take voice lessons and I also got an offer to help some little 1st graders learn to read at the small Christian school my brothers go to, but I don't know if I'll be doing that yet. Yeah, busy huh? But I love being occupied with things and being able to interact with other people.
This year I have been struggling a lot with math. Its been horrible to where I will pretty much break down crying in my room while doing it. My mom knew I was really struggling with understanding it. So she said after Christmas break she was going to start teaching me some practical math instead of doing the math books that I do. For the first two weeks of January and I am going to do the family grocery shopping and all the cooking. My friends and my mom said that I am really going to miss doing the math books once I get a taste of shopping and cooking. I don't know I might. :D Its going to be nerve wracking to get a certain amount of money and have all the things I buy be with in the  price range of money given to me, but great things never come from comfort zones you know! Its going to be interesting thats for sure!
Two weeks ago I wrote our Christmas letter. It was the first time in months that I wrote anything of that type. Last summer I tried to write a book. I had a lady I knew edit it, and when we got together she made me feel that I was just an amateur, and I felt really discouraged afterwards. I had lost my inspiration to write. This spring I read The Book Thief, and afterwards I was very, very obsessed (I still am, ask my best friend:) so I would go through all the book quotes on Pinterest and such and I found this one by Markus Zusak.
Yeah, I've been 'sitting on the couch' with my writing. The thing that I enjoyed to do was thrown away by me. I got discouraged to easily after only one try. I started writing another short story recently and I'm going to edit it, even if it takes me years. I'm going to try again. I really like to write. In another quote by Markus Zusak, he said when he first started writing he would have to drag himself to his desk. I might have to do that! :D
I also took a few months of Ju-jitsu with one of my best friends earlier this year. It was a blast, and I learned so much! I learned a lot of self defense! It also taught me to have a lot of confidence, which is good because I don't have much! Well, that all the highlights of my year! What are some of yours? List them in a comment below if you like. What important lessons have you learned this year?

Clara





Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Making A Good First Impression.


If you were just introduced to, say a shy person at a dinner or activity, how would you handle starting a conversation If you are also shy and nervous? How can you break the ice? What if the person is really talkative?

1. Compliment the person. Say something like "Oh! I really like that bow you are wearing in your hair! Where did you get it?" Or if it is a boy say something like "I really like your shirt!" You might touch on a topic that they enjoy and they just might take off and won't be able to stop talking! If the person is so shy that they answer your questions and then thats it, its hard to keep the conversation going. You just want to say "Gotta go!" But don't do that.... Try to find questions to ask that require more than a yes or no answer. 

2. Eye Contact. Look the person in the eye! Its not gonna kill you, I promise! Its hard, but worth it! It makes the person feel that you really care! Its also just polite, and it makes you look professional! I never use to look people in the eye until I did a Junior Homeschool Toastmasters class we had in our community! Is a great program that teaches you all the elements of public speaking! Its awesome!

3. Smile! No matter if you are talking to a shy person or maybe a person you know, but don't get along with very well, its always nice to smile! :D It also helps the person feel more comfortable getting to know you and will help them open up and talk! Aaaannnnnddddd.......smiling only uses 11 muscles in your face and frowning requires 12! Its lesser work to smile so do it!
This is a short post, but I hope will be helpful to you!
~Clara~


Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Blogger Recognition Award

Hey y'all! I just got nominated for the Blogger Recognition Awarded by Katie from over at Lillies Of Grace! Thank you so much for nominating me, Katie! I am really excited about this!
So here are the rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and share a link to their blog.
2. Give a short story of how you stared your blog and some tips for other bloggers
3. Choose 15 bloggers to nominate for the award, and comment on each of their blogs so they know you nominated them.
4. Have fun!

How I ever came to start a blog:
Well, my mom came across the Seven Farm Girl Sisters blog, and she showed it to me thinking that I would like it. And I did! Its a great blog! I read their blog for awhile, and that is when I started looking around at other girls blogs, and I was like "I want a blog to!" So thats when I started to blog!

Tips for other bloggers:
I think if you want to blog you need to have a passion for it, and put yourself into it. Be yourself! Thanks what matters! Make your blog interesting by posting about things you enjoy!

And the nominees!
Sarah: Trusting the Lord Day By Day
J: Journeys of My Beating Heart
Jubilee: Hello Strawberry
Rebecca: The Silver Flute
Eve: Eve Of Womanhood
Brittany: Daughter Of The King
And anyone and everyone else that whats to join in! I nominate you! Sorry I don't have 15! I'm not that big in the blogging world yet! This was fun! Thank you again Katie for nominating me!

~Clara~





Thursday, November 6, 2014

A Day in the Life of Me

Hey y'all! Today I will be sharing with you a day in the life of me, myself and I!

1. So, first thing in the morning I get up to watch the beautiful sunrise!
Now that is is dark until 7:30-8:00 I get some time to enjoy the beautiful colors in the morning sky! I have always thought that God must have fun painting the sky!

2. Next, breakfast. We eat pretty healthy so we have things like homemade oatmeal, muffins, homemade yogurt, apples, eggs, toast.....that sort of thing .
3. Lately I have been trying to make it a habit to read my Bible every day, whether it be before or after breakfast or in the middle of the day. 

4. 
Then guess what?! I do school! I am homeschooled, and I love it! Although sometimes I do not enjoy school! Especially math! Yeah, I believe its Mental Abuse To Humans! :D

5.

After school, or when ever I need a break, I practice piano. not everyday I get to it, but I do practice church hymns for church. :D

6. 
I can't skip reading any day! Right now I am reading the Book Thief all over again. I read it last spring, and it was absolutely AMAZING! So I am reading it again. I am also reading Roses For Mama by Janette Oke.

7. 
I might sew in the afternoon or knit. Right now I am sewing an apron with my mom shown above:D

8. Some nights of the week I may have play practice for Beauty and the Beast or choir, but every night depending on the week I have........dishes:(

9. An night I make it a point to watch the sunset! Its so pretty!
I hope you enjoyed a peek into the life of Yours Truly! :D
~Clara~






Saturday, October 25, 2014

Paul Smith

Paul Smith was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1921. He was born with severe cerebral palsy. He lost his ability to control his hands and face which made it impossible to dress, feed himself and attending school. When he was at a young age he started using a typewriter and discovered the technique of using it to create pictures! This man is an amazing person! He really has perseverance and God has blessed him with a amazing talent despite his disibility.......

Heres some of his art! All done with just a.........typewriter.




~Clara~





Thursday, October 23, 2014

DIY Homemade Raspberry Latte!

Fall is here! Its time for good books, crackling fires, tea, and cozy attire! Today I really wanted to do a diy post and my mom suggested I make a latte! Ive tried to make lattes a few time but it didnt turn out. Im so glad this one did! Hold on for this diy post on an awesome fall drink and maybe some exciting news at the end of the post! :)



Ingredients:
Milk (about 1-1/2 cups)
Coffee beans (just enough to fill a cup or two)
Flavored syrup (any flavor, I used raspberry. 2Tbs)
This makes about 1-2 cups of latte. Lets break it down, shall we?

So first boil water for the coffee or just make a cup or two in your coffee maker. We have a french press coffee maker. Just make it strong like espresso! :) Yeah!

Heat up the milk, but don't burn it! Then put it in the blender to make it foamy. 

I'll give you my latte making story now. We lost our ring for our blender around the lid so I put a towel over it so milk didn't spill out the top or the bottom of the lid..........

Um.....yeah....fat chance! But at least some of the milk was saved and it turned out frothy and nice!
So, now that you have the coffee and milk all done, you are ready to put the latte together!

This is how Starbucks does it. So you just follow this picture. 

Add the syrup in the bottom of the cup.....

Add the coffee on top of the syrup....

And lastly the steamed/warmed milk! And cheerio! You've got your latte!

So my exciting news you say? Well, I just got a part in a BIG production of Beauty and the Beast where I live! I got the part of Madame de la Grande Bouche! You know the wardrobe? I have only seen the movie once and I don't remember it because it was a very long time ago! So my question for you guys is how does she act? I am trying to get a good idea of her character which is hard without remembering! :) Ha ha!


Hope you enjoyed this!
~Clara~




Saturday, October 18, 2014

Lately

Lately I have been.......

Smelling....homemade pretzels

Helping..... fill Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes at a local church

Excited about.....hopefully putting together a diy post soon! (about what I have no idea!)



Reading....The Kathleen Mackenzie books by Tracy Leniger Craven

Loving....the beautiful sunsets!

Listening....to classical music

Watching.....19 Kids and Counting episodes!

Sewing.....and apron for a possible Etsy shop venture

Happy.....because its the weekend! Who shouldn't be excited?!

Reading....old e-mails!


Missing.....summer.......

Practicing.....Ju-jitsu Shrimping to be specific!

Knowing.....I have to clean my room! :) Ugg!

Singing.... Morning Has Broken


What have you been up to?

~Clara~



Monday, October 13, 2014

You Are Going To Die....


*A small fact* You are going to die
-The Book Thief

Yes, I know, this might shock you. Interesting title I must say! This is a subject that has been on my heart for awhile. Wasted time. I really haven't been living what I am writing right now, but I was determined to try this morning, and I still am. We waste time all the time! :) We say "Oh I'll witness to that person some other time." or "I don't have time, I'm to busy to read my Bible." Well we could see the end anytime. We have no idea what God has for us. We could be gone tomorrow.......
Sobering thought. We need to be ready for God to come anytime and where we are going to. 
~Clara~

Friday, October 10, 2014

Chocolate Book Tag

Hey y'all!
Julia, tagged me for this wonderful tag that I am so excited to do! I love books and reading!

1. Dark Chocolate (A book that covers a dark topic)
Night by Elie Wiesel is about teenaged Elie Wiesel and his father in concentration camps at Auschwitz and Buchenwald during World War 2. Elie becomes weary of taking care of his elderly father, he considered him as a burden on himself. But when his father was beaten to death when Elie was sixteen. Elie listened from an above bunk, afraid of being beaten to. Elie had lost all of his faith in God, and in mankind. What happens next? I can't tell you. I only read half of it and if was just so depressing and also very eyeopening! To just read what Elie had to go through was amazingly tragic! We do not know what hardship is. You will be a different person after reading this book.

2. White Chocolate (A lighthearted and humorous read)

Oh, how I love this book! It is about Laura Ingalls Wilders daughter Rose and her years growing up in the Land Of The Big Red Apple! Full of fun and adventurous stories, this is a must read for young and old!

3. Milk Chocolate (A book with a lot of hype that you're dying to read)
Iv'e heard a lot about this book! And It loos good! Wikipedia says that it is a book about a girl who went through a terribly bad car accident, and falls into a coma. In her dreams she is trying decide weather she will leave the world or stay. I heard that she loves music, especially Ludwig van Beethoven, which is my favorite composer! So I was like "Hey, she loves music!" If anyone has read the book please tell me if it is any good:)

3. Carmel-filled Chocolate (A book that makes you feel all gooey inside)
I'm not (at all) the type that loves to read romantic books. But......this lovely book by Janette Oke is perfect for me. It is filled with Godly character, adventurous western stories and very clean Christian romance. Mrs. Oke wrote this for young girls so that they can see how courtship is really supposed to be. This book didn't make me exactly feel gooey inside, but it was wonderful!

4. Wafer-less Kit-kat (A book that surprises you)
I would have to say the Book Thief, but I will spare you since all I have been talking about is the Book Thief ever since I read it! *(whisper)* "But it really is a good book! But I will have to choose
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor is an eyeopening story of an african american family during the Depression. A time where the african americans were being persecuted because of the color of their skin. After I read this book I think I realized how much the african americans had to go through at that time and how they just 'stuck with it' even though they were being accused of stealing, sent to jail, being refused by the community, anything really. We have no idea of what hard times are compared to these people. I highly recommend this book!

4. Snickers (A book your going nuts about)

I can't help it! THE BOOK THIEF! And I will add another book. Like Gold Refined is the last of four books in the Prairie Legacy. They where all great, but this one is my favorite! The first book starts out about a girl named Virginia, (Marty and Clarks granddaughter from Love Comes Softly) although she is raised in a Christian home, she becomes influenced by the wrong crowd. The books continue as she finds a new faith in God than she had before. She grows in faith, and becomes an amazing young lady and gets married, and I won't tell you the wrest. Read it for your self! I am not kidding, I read the whole series in a week! This is a beautiful story of friendship, faith and Christian character. 

7. Hot Chocolate With Mini Marshmallows (A book you turn to for comfort)
I would have to say the Bible. Though I haven't been reading much of it lately:( I always get out of the habit of reading it. I really need to try to read it more.

8. A Box of Chocolates (A series you feel has something for everyone)


Life of Faith Series Kathleen McKenzie by Tracy Craven. I love these books! Although they are for girls from 8-12 this series are AWESOME!!!!! I have seen young and old read it and absolutely love it! It is set during the Great Depression in Ohio. 12 year old Kathleen MeKenzie was living life. She had a wonderful friend Lucy, she was a wonderful student and she had a faith in God, but when her father lost his job her life shattered. They couldn't afford to live in their modern home with electricity and running water so their family of four had to move into the old farm of her fathers childhood with their aunt, uncle, cousins and grandparents. Kathleen is not a farm girl! She struggles to fit in with her 14 year old cousin Lindsay. She fights to keep her faith steadfast and her heart strong as she struggles through the Great Depression. I love these books! I read them when I was 11 and now I am re-reading them at 14! I wish I could just go back in time and live with Kathleen! She really became my friend!

I tag: 
J


Sorry this is kinda thrown together! I didn't have much time to write a good book review! Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoy my review!
~Clara~







Monday, October 6, 2014

In The Garret

Four little chests all in a row,
Dim with dust, and worn by time,
All fashioned and filled, long ago,
By children now in their prime.
Four little keys hung side by side,
With faded ribbons, brave and gay
When fastened there, with childish pride,
Long ago, on a rainy day.
Four little names, one on each lid,
Carved out by a boyish hand,
And underneath there lieth hid
Histories of the happy band
Once playing here, and pausing oft
To hear the sweet refrain,
That came and went on the roof aloft,
In the falling summer rain.

'Meg' on the first lid, smooth and fair.
I look in with loving eyes,
For folded here, with well-known care,
A goodly gathering lies,
The record of a peaceful life--
Gifts to gentle child and girl,
A bridal gown, lines to a wife,
A tiny shoe, a baby curl.
No toys in this first chest remain,
For all are carried away,
In their old age, to join again
In another small Meg's play.
Ah, happy mother! Well I know
You hear, like a sweet refrain,
Lullabies ever soft and low
In the falling summer rain.

'Jo' on the next lid, scratched and worn,
And within a motley store
Of headless dolls, of schoolbooks torn,
Birds and beasts that speak no more,
Spoils brought home from the fairy ground
Only trod by youthful feet,
Dreams of a future never found,
Memories of a past still sweet,
Half-writ poems, stories wild,
April letters, warm and cold,
Diaries of a wilful child,
Hints of a woman early old,
A woman in a lonely home,
Hearing, like a sad refrain--
'Be worthy, love, and love will come,'
In the falling summer rain.

My Beth! the dust is always swept
From the lid that bears your name,
As if by loving eyes that wept,
By careful hands that often came.
Death canonized for us one saint,
Ever less human than divine,
And still we lay, with tender plaint,
Relics in this household shrine--
The silver bell, so seldom rung,
The little cap which last she wore,
The fair, dead Catherine that hung
By angels borne above her door.
The songs she sang, without lament,
In her prison-house of pain,
Forever are they sweetly blent
With the falling summer rain.

Upon the last lid's polished field--
Legend now both fair and true
A gallant knight bears on his shield,
'Amy' in letters gold and blue.
Within lie snoods that bound her hair,
Slippers that have danced their last,
Faded flowers laid by with care,
Fans whose airy toils are past,
Gay valentines, all ardent flames,
Trifles that have borne their part
In girlish hopes and fears and shames,
The record of a maiden heart
Now learning fairer, truer spells,
Hearing, like a blithe refrain,
The silver sound of bridal bells
In the falling summer rain.
~Louisa May Alcott~


*(Photos taken of me by my brother. Please do not steal!)*


~Clara~