Thursday, June 29, 2017

WHAT HAPPENED TO JUNE??????? ft. Julia's poem book + camp nano excitement + cute things VBS kids said + two months till college + photos of my desk


So, June just happened, and it seems to have flown by so fast! It was a pretty great month. The first half was crazy busy with being in California, then going to help out with VBS at my aunts church, but all in all it was a great month. Just two more months till college, and I am hoping those months will fly by as well. I am ready, and so so excited! Bring it on! 

Awesome Stuff
  • Helping out with VBS. Lots of goldfish, water games, and singing. 
  • Taking the siblings to go swimming at a local pool.
  • Realizing that I have less than two months before college starts! *squeals*
  • Getting Julia's poem book in the mail!
  • Cool summer nights, where I can fall asleep to the sound of crickets and the breeze.
  • FaceTimeing with Julia on my birthday in the hotel stairway. SO MUCH FUN! 
  • Bob Ross. He's just awesome, k.
  • I found out I share a birthday with Erroll Garner. Like, he's dead, but its still pretty cool! 
  • Getting my desk all ready for Camp Nano!
  • Getting Hobby Lobby in my town. Best thing that has happened since the library was built. 
  • Having a JAG marathon.
  • Tent camping out in my friends back yard, building our own fire pit, and singing songs around the campfire.

Hilarious Saying from VBS Kids 

*talking to a little girl at vbs about balloons* 
Little Girl: I like balloons, but I am giving this one to Jesus. *lets go of balloon outside* 
Me: Ohh, do you think Jesus likes balloons like you?
Little Girl: Yes, and he probably have a whole bunch of them up in Heaven, and when I go see Him after I'm dead, he will give them all back to me!

Little boy: "I'm gonna run through that sprinkler, and be wet, then I'm gonna be legit!" 

Girl:"Are you an old maid?" *group of little girls asked me while playing 'Old Maid' card game* *gif perfectly explains my inward reaction* 


Kid: "Wanna hear a joke??" 
Me: Sure! I love jokes!" 
Kid: Okay, so there are two things I can't eat for breakfast, what are they?" 
Me: Um, bananas? Or Carrots?!" 
Kid: Nooooo, the two things I can't eat for breakfast are lunch and dinner!!" *evil laugh* 

Me: "What do you want for breakfast?"
Brothers friend: "Something cheap."

Awkward Stuff

  • When you get into one of those awkward homeschool vs. public school conversations with a public school kid, and you are trying to convince them that we actually do school. 
  • The second hand embarrassment that comes with watching Bill Nye The Science Guy *cringes*
  • When I find myself wondering who Pete is and why we do things for his sake??? 
  • That awkward moment when you say "What?" three times and no one answers so you just agree. 
  • That moment when you try to join in a conversation, when there is a pause, but just as you are about to speak someone else jumps in.
  • When you push on a toy that says "PUSH ME" and it won't shut up so you just walk away like nothing happened. 

June Faves

walden pond - by Ava. Gahhhh, go read this story!
things you're told  - by Ju speaks so much truth.
#rebelliouswriting (Afraid To Turn The Page)  - by Audrey was outstanding. 
Summer 2017 Bucketlist  - by Grace. She's gonna rock this summer with this epic list.
Joy Through Tears  by Lauren was so relatable and beautifully written, as always.
LIVING IN THE MOMENT || PAINTING + 17130128310 BOOKS TO READ. SEND HELP by Sare. She's just so fun guys. XD 
Last Hour of Being 19  - by Vanessa. SHE TURNED 20 Y'ALL! <3 
Made To Inspire #16 - by Autumn always makes me smile. 

Goals Completed
Get together with friends I haven't seen in a while.
Did this! So much fun!

Go walking more.
Yesssss, did this.

Make homemade ice-cream with my siblings. 
Nooooo haven't done this, but we will get to it, this summer.


Bake a really weird fancy french desert.
K, guys I did this. I made a Charlotte Royale Cake. It was so hard, and it took all day to complete, but boy, was it amazing. Go check out this recipe from The Great British Baking Show season 2. 


July Goals
  • Meet my camp Nano goals. I will not fail by 947 words like I did in April. XD 
  • Complete college shopping.
  • Go iner-tubing.
  • Go off sugar for one week.


I've read some really great books this month. Review coming soon on Jesus < Religion by Jefferson Bethke. Such a great read. Its really challenged and encouraged me a lot, which was very needed this month! 

How was your month?
CAMP NANO STARTS IN 2 DAYS! How are you preparing?
Do you think you will try to make a Charlotte Royale Cake? 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

BUCKET LIST FOR SUMMER ft. college stuff + last summer of 'teenhood' + is that even a word???? + things I learned my senior year


I have heard the expression "opening a new chapter of your life" so many times, but last month, it truly became a reality for me. It was terrifying and wonderful all at the same time. As I turned my tassel over I realized, I am done with high school, and this fall I will be venturing out into things I have never experienced. I'm leaving the familiar behind, and I'M TERRIFIED. I've never been away from my family for more than a week, and when I'm at college, I'll be away for 3 months or more without seeing them. I am scared out of my skin, but the excitement is pushing me forward. 

I have learned so much my senior year, since the earlier version of this post at the beginning of the school year sooo I'm just gonna do it over. heh heh

-Your parents love you. They have helped you come this far, and they deserve all the 'thank you's' we can give them forever and forever. Parents are pretty amazing. 

-Life isn't always easy, but it isn't all bad either. Enjoy the good times. Love others. Be happy. And live in the moment.

-Make it a point to keep up with your friends. Get together for coffee or send them a sweet note in the mail to let them know you think about them. Relationships are important, and sometimes they are hard to maintain, but its so worth it! 

-Don't let people make fun of your innocence. I have gotten teased several times in the past year about being innocent about certain things, especially by my co-workers at work. But, I guess that I've realized through that,  that being innocent is a good thing, even though you might feel stupid about not knowing one thing or the other about the world, keep that innocence as long as you can, because those people who tease, they are probably the ones who wish they had that innocence back.

-Spend time with your family as much as you can. For me, its sort of my last year in my parents house, and I know that it will be different very very soon. The summer is gonna speed by, and I just want to enjoy the last summer of being a crazy/random/weird teenager that I am, with them! 


Summer is one of my favorite seasons, and is definitely tied with fall cuz ya know, coffee, leaves, sweaters = perfection. How can you beat dat?? But with summer you don't have school, which is a MAJOR THING. Every summer I always make a bucket list, but this one is kind of special since its my last summer of being at home/ last summer of 'teenhood'. Is that even a word????? *shrugs* 
  • Go tent camping with da squad.
  • Make a funny lip syncing video.
  • Pull an all-nighter.
  • Sing songs around a bonfire with my frens.
  • Witness total solar eclipse on August 21st, 2017.
  • Attend a concert.
  • Fill a truck bed with blankets and pillows then go stargazing.
  • Make a memory jar.
  • Go kayaking again.
  • Get ice-cream from an ice-cream truck.
  • Participate in a fun run.
  • Get good at french braiding.
  • Go get frozen yogurt really late at night.
  • Go see Dunkurk with my dad.
  • Finish two songs on the piano.
  • Leave a note in a library book.
  • Dance in the rain.
  • Go swimming in a lake.
  • Watch the Parent Trap.
What are y'all's summer plans?? I know what I'll be doing all of next month, CUZ NANO STARTS IN LEGIT 5 DAYS! Time to go back to being a wreck of a hermit who hides in their room writing all day, but ya know what? I am excited. I am also nervous and scared, but whatever. Nano is gonna be awesome. 

Peace & love,

-Clara 

Monday, June 19, 2017

love is hard


i don't understand human cruelty.
i don't understand how people can hate each other, enough to kill.
i don't underestimate the power that humans have to be inhuman and merciless, because we see it everyday, and it terrifies me.
the world has truly gone insane.

for people to hate is such an easy, idle thing.
but to love, requires strength.
it takes courage, it takes faith and it
takes compassion to love.
and its hard.

c.r ryder


for those involved in the london attacks, the president of the usa + his family,
and all the law enforcement officers everywhere who protect us and our freedoms
you are the true heroes who understand what it means to love our enemies 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

I'm Seventeen!! feat. Photo Dump + 2017 Bible Conference + UNICORNS ACTUALLY EXIST.

I'm seventeen.

I thought this day would never come. As a little kid, the age 17 and being an actual graduate, seemed  forever away and so 'old', but right now I still feel so young. I'm still super young. Its so funny how your perspectives change from age to age. XD

I really liked being 16. It was a pretty amazing year. So much happened and I grew so much. I got my drivers license, I drove alone for the first time, I got my first 'official' job, I traveled to NYC and sang in Carnagie Hall, I graduated, I'm legit going to college! *flails* Its all happening so fast. God has blessed me soooooo much this year! I've got plans. I've got goals, and I am so ready to get started on achieving them. I want to make a difference in the world, and I never want to let that feeling die within me. I'm honestly terrified of the future, but my excitement outweighs that fear. I am ready.

But today I turned 17. I'm spending the day with my dad, and pastors family. We are out of town at an annual leadership conference in the big state of California where I will be attending Bible college, and its literally been the best. I've got to meet a lot of really amazing, genuine people, (I got to meet Ron Hamilton, who plays Patch The Pirate EPPPP SOOO COOL, cuz I literally grew up on his audio drama's) listen to some awesome preaching, take my dad to eat at his first In and Out burger, FaceTime with my bestie, meet my first official "college friend", and stay up till 1am at Marie Callenders eating pie. XD

Its been such a blast to hang out with friends, and have one-on-one time with my dad, but its also been nice to leave this conference spiritually refreshed and ready to go back to reality, feeling challenged and encouraged.

Okay, so I have some really awesome news. UNICORNS ACTUALLY EXIST. No joke, dude. Go grab your Bible, and look these verses up for yo-self. There are 9 verses that mention unicorns in the Bible, and I thought that was pretty cool, cuz you always hear about unicorns, and I personally thought they were ridiculous, but it was interesting to learn they where/are real. But SHHHHHH don't tell Starbucks. XD
  • Job 39:9  Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?
  • Numbers 24:8 God brought him forth out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn: he shall eat up the nations his enemies, and shall break their bones, and pierce them through with his arrows
Whatcha all been up to?
Any fun summer things going on? Camps? ect.
Are ya all getting excited about NaNo?  
 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

eyes.


6.8.17

sometimes i just watch people.
and sometimes i listen to what they don't say.
those words are held deep within their eyes,
screaming to be spoken.
in their eyes, i see pain
i see broken-ness
i see the hard, cold display of hate and bitterness.
i see the power of love, i see determination.
i see quiet hope.
and once in a great while, i will see those young,
bright and beautiful eyes, that seem to say,
"i am here to make a difference. i am here to change the world."
and i tell myself, "i want to be like that."

c.ryder

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Uniquely Me. + why I stopped caring about my personality type. + GIVEAWAY WINNER!!


According to the Myers Briggs Personality Test, I came out as an ESTP.....or an ENFJ. Whatever. I got different ones every time I tried the quiz. xD At first I thought this thing was really fun. It was neat to read about the personality the site generated for me, and how it matched up (or didn't) with who I really am. But I started to take this personality stuff a little too far. I started reading the 'your relationship section' and the 'what kind of parent will you be' category. and I realized that this thing was pretty much telling my fortune. This site, had my whole life planned out for me. And I didn't like that. I started to see that this test is literally stereotyping people.

Admit it, we all have weird quirks about us. Maybe we push our tooth paste tube from the middle and not the end, or maybe, we like our coco puffs with orange juice instead of milk (i actually know a guy who eats his cereal this way. seriously.), or maybe you always have to have your television volume set to an even number, or drive on the opposite side of the road. Okay, thats a little bit drastic, but do you see my point? This personality stuff, leaves no room for Gods great creativity that shines within each of us. We are all gonna be different no matter the 'category' we are placed in. Not all ENFJ's are gonna end up being a marriage and family therapist or mechanic, like the site says, and not all ISTJ's are gonna marry an ESTP. Maybe that INTP will marry an INTP, and everything would work out fine! Each and every person that God created is gonna be different, and I think we need to embrace that. Out of the 7.347 billion people in the world, not one of us is the same.


The truth is, I don't care weather I am an ESTP an ENFJ, ISTJ, ISTP or ESFJ. I really don't. When I read the descriptions of all these personalities, I identify with something different in each. I don't think I can fit into just one category. Sooooooooooo, I guess that would make me a abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz personality. XD

I am uniquely me.

And you are uniquely you. You are special, and God made you because He loves you, individually. Not by your category.

Now, I am not trying to bash the Myers Briggs Personality test, cause I think its fun, to read all those personality types, and pick out certain characteristics that apply to me, and I'm not saying that you shouldn't take the test, because it is fun! But if you do, just remember that that test, and those four capital letters don't define who you are. Personally, just seeing all this hype all over the internet about personalities made me think about it more deeply, and how people are effected by this test. I am different and so are you. And you know what? Its okay to be different, and break the mold of those tests. We are special and divergent, and no one else in the whole. wide. world is like us.

I am me. Unique. Special. ME. And I am okay with that.

For you formed my inward parts, you covered me in my mothers womb. I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are thy works, and that my soul knows very well. 
-Psalm 139:13-14-

So, today is the 8th of June, and its time to announce THE GIVEAWAY WINNER who is.... *drum roll* Madelyn Brown! Madelyn, I have e-mailed you with instructions. Congrats! Thank you to all who entered! Every one of you really mean a lot to me! <3

Monday, June 5, 2017

You Know Your A Writer When... feat. whats in my mouth challenge w/ taryn + the unofficial 'single taters' are back + i choked on the mayo


  • You know your a writer when, you have set all the dramatic scenes to music in your imagination.
  • You know your a writer when you are willing to read through five pages of Wikipedia to insure that one sentence in your dialogue is correct. For me this usually has to do with historical fiction.....'the grueling genre'.
  • You know your a writer when you have mastered the art of singing the Phantom of the Opera soundtrack, while writing a scene at the same time.

  • You know your a writer when you spend sleepless nights trying to find the perfect name for a character.
  • You know your a writer when your family complains that they haven't seen you forever, cause you've been hiding away all month during NaNo, in your room, writing. 
  • You know your a writer when you get attached to a character that you have created but you've already plotted their death. 

  • You know your a writer when you get the best ideas for a story in the shower and there is no way to write them down. And when you get out of the shower, you forget.
  • You know your a writer when you delete paragraphs after paragraphs of your first draft, then cry over the fact that you lost so many words for Camp.
  • You know your a writer when starring into space doesn't mean your not working.
  • You know your a writer when Nano is more exciting than your birthday.


  • You know your a writer when you feel terrified but hopeful when you ask for feedback on your work.
  • You know your a writer when you have an opinion on the Oxford Comma.
  • You know your a writer when you use the right punctuation, even in text messages.



The un official Single Taters are back! Taryn and I, have a video for you today! We did the 'What's In My Mouth Challenge', which turned out to be pretty hilarious, so go check it out! #thesingletaters
Also, I will announce the giveaway winners on the 8th, so watch out for that post, as well.

-Clara


Thursday, June 1, 2017

ENTER MY GIVEAWAY ft. awesome stuff + sour patch kids + jane austen + YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING

Hey blogger peeps,

THIS POST IS FOR YOU! Thank you all so much for supporting me through my blogging journey, leaving encouraging comments, and most importantly - for showing interest in my content! You guys are the best in the whole world and I appreciate YOU! So, to show you all that I love you guys, I am hosting a giveaway here on the blog! I have a cute Barnes and Nobles book tote, 4 Jane Austen classics (book includes Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma and Persuasion) and a bag of Sour Patch Kids, up for grabs, so go ahead and enter that give away! The giveaway starts today at 12am Eastern time, and closes on June 8th at 12am Eastern Time. 





-Clara