Real Life Saturdays (Christmas Edition!)

YO LOVELIES. You all know what the winning question is: how was your Christmas? Full of awesome surprises and hugs and cookies and sprinkles and smiles, I hope. I want to hear that your Christmas was Hallmark perfect, basically. Mine was too awesome for words, and reminded me of what a beautiful life and a wonderful family I have. It also reminded me that when things so wrong, we are still here, still healthy, still going strong. We are okay. 

  • A painting for my mom. EEEEEK. She loved it and says that I’m a good artist but I really need to do it more often so I can improve. I also really love impressionistic art and would like to get better at that, so…we shall see. Maybe if I paint more often and get motivating comments on Instagram, it’ll urge me to keep going. ;)
  • Sugar cookies. Plus frosting with natural food dyes. (PLEASE NOTE: naturally colored red dye makes things orange/salmon pink, not truly red. Oh my gosh. And my mom said that my red frosting looked like red pepper hummus. So yay. HUMMUS FROSTED COOKIES, ANYONE?)
  • Turkish Delight. Yep, just like in Narnia. Well, sort of. I cross-examined SO MANY RECIPES and finally picked one that looked authentic and didn’t involve a million hours, but it was sort of…gross. Maybe I just don’t like the flavor of rose water? idek. It tastes like perfume. Pretty, but I don’t know how Edmund could love it so much. 

  • This mug (also pictured above.) Like, I never expected my sister to get it for me after I squealed over it on Pinterest. But she did. She is awesome.
  • A snazzy little record player. ISN’T IT CUTE?? Right now it’s sitting in my office, and the gorgeous white vinyl record playing is Rituals by Other Lives. (Thanks, Katie!) I AM SO HAPPY AND BLESSED OMW.
  • My gorgeous audio interface. *cries*

The fact that 100% God entered a human being’s body. Like, can we all just SCREAM for a second? Because this is amazing. God proves that he’s always loved us and has always been with us by becoming Emmanuel. He has never left us. He has been with us before the foundation of the world. That just blows my mind. All of God became a human being—a vulnerable baby, in fact—and got to see his world through human eyes for the first time. Like wow.

When my mom woke me up at six o’clock in the morning to see the full cold moon setting over the lake. It was just as magical as it sounds. The lake hasn’t frozen yet, so there was a wide path of sparkling silver light stretching from the west side of the lake to our waterfront. It’s rare to see a full moon in the dawning skies on Christmas morning – so rare, in fact, that it’s not going to happen again until 2034. SO I HOPE Y’ALL GOT A CHANCE TO SEE IT. Truly gorgeous, she was. ♥

  • FINALLY GETTING THIS WEBSITE UP. I say that every week, don’t I? WELL NO MATTER. IT’S HAPPENING THIS TIME. Because I’m super close to being done and unbelievably close to being ready to release the single. GAAAAAAH. I wilt.
  • A top ten post. Can’t tell you what of, lest ALL THE DRAMA BE DEAD. But I can tell you that it’s going to be awesome. And it involves musical things. So THERE. Stay tuned.
  • The start of a NEW BLOG SERIES on New Year’s Day! Yep, it’s happening. And I’m SO EXCITED guys it’s ridiculous. It’ll be more of an instructive/constructive series, full of awesomeness. WOW SO MUCH DETAIL RIGHT? Ha yeah just stay tuned it’ll be great.
  • Snow on Tuesday? Ugh, I hope not. But then, I’ve been so pampered with this amazing warm weather! El Nino is really bringing home the goods for Vermont, but not for southern states. I’ve been praying super hard for all those people who are experiencing crazy storms and floods this Christmas. ♥

What was YOUR Christmas like? Quiet or loud? Snowy or warm? Did YOU make any gifts? Or cookies? What gifts did YOU swoon over? Meditations? What about your favorite Christmas moment? And tell me if you saw the full cold moon! And last but not least, how many balled-up Christmas wrappings did you toss at your family members???? Just kidding – what does next week look like for YOU?




    MY Christmas was loverly and quiet and verrrrrrrrrrrrrrry different than all other Christmases. Not because it was loverly or quiet (they always are) but just because this year has been so full of change, and I felt it deeply this Christmas. It is just...odd. Different things happened...and I know that Christmas will never be quite the same again. Not that that is a bad thing, but it's different and strange and it's new water to chart. But it was quiet, it was snowy (which I love).

    I made...well I made my sister a baby doll that turned out SOOOO snuggly. It seems like an odd gift to give an engaged young lady, but yeah my family is weird like that and I'm basically bizarre. XD I did not make any cookies or candy or anything (sidenote, though, I love the taste of rosewater Turkish Delight... the other stuff is just way too sweet and gross. But that stuff. It definitely is interesting. But I really liked it. So maybe I'm the Edmund here...) but I ate plenty. XD

    Gifts I swooned over... pretty much all of them because my family's incredible. But the ones that stand out are an AMAZING duffel bag from my sis (*dies*), a book of Paddington Bear stories (DON'T JUDGE, I AM IN LOVE WITH IT) also from my sis, and this awesome plaid jacket that's lined with fleece. :-D

    Meditations: Basically what my latest Advent poem is about. Peace. And that paired with lots of thoughts about storytelling and its merits, as well as a passion for seeking and saving the lost, with thoughts about the new Star Wars movie all mixed in there, and all tied together by a single, all-important thread: God Himself, who is the only one who can move me.

    Favorite Christmas moment: Seeing my brother, happy and home. Hard to explain.


    And how did I not throw balled-up wrapping paper at people? *shakes head at self* XD

    Next week looks like... DOING NOTHING! Well, at least I hope so. XD I want to sit back and do only the things I want to do. Like reading my Bible, reading books, maybe some drawing, writing, playing music, and just hanging out with the fam. So yup. It's looking pretty amazing so far. :-)

    1. GURL. So glad to hear that your Christmas was a lovely one! :) "...but it's different and strange and it's new water to chart." < THAAAAT is a great description. Okay, so I wanna give you bear hugs. But cyber ones will have to do. Change can definitely be hard. I'm glad you got some snow. ^.^

      DUDE IT'S NOT WEIRD IT'S AWESOME. And making gifts is so much fun and just gaaah yeaahhhh. ♥ You must be the Edmund yo. xD Rosewater definitely seems like something you'd either love or hate. Hehe. EEEEEYEEEESSS it's really HARD for me to not just SCREAM OVER EVERYTHING I UNWRAP, Y'KNOW? I'm a hyper child. Closely resembling the 4-year-old. (Yes the. 4-year-old is its own species. XD) Duuuude I don't judge. Actually I think Paddington Bear looks super cute. ^.^ EEEP WARM JACKETS TOO YUMMM.

      I NEEEED TO GO REAAAAD YOUR LAST POSSSST YO. x) OH MY GOSH LIKE THAT IS SO weird (I'm gonna calm down on the caps here sorry) that you mentioned the Star Wars movie in there because that has been a recurring thing floating around in my brain and also conversations with my I don't even know. But it's interesting and reflective and huh. LOTS OF HUH GOING ON THESE DAYS. xD

      Ohhh dude the moon was pretty. ^.^ It's called a full cold moon because it's the first full moon after winter solstice (I think..??) and it was just SHINY. Gah, throwing wrapping paper at people is so much fun. xD "I want to sit back and do only the things I want to do." < MY EVERYDAY WISH. But seriously, like...I want that too. Right now. RIGHT NOWWWWWWWW. Okay I'm done being wild. Just kidding when am I eVER DONE BEING WILD????

      I wuv you so much. ♥

    2. Oooooh you shall have to tell me what your thoughts were on the Star Wars movie. NOW I'M CURIOUS. I want to see it again, because it was great and also because I want to process the things it made me think more fully. BUT I WANNA TALK ABOUT IT WITH YOU. :-D

      Anyways. LOVE YOU!!!!

      (and no you are never done being wild. So come visit me and we can be wild together.)

    3. YUS WE SHOULD. We need to. ^.^ and I should reply to your email. tonight. GOALS. ♥ and yes to the last invitation. yes yes yes. ;)

  2. Mine was super loud and and way too warm (repulsed facial expression like when you're surprised by how sour that lemon actually is) I hand-lettered Isaiah 40:31 and framed it and made a hot cocoa emergency kit for friends. OH AND I made waffles with my new waffle maker this morning!!!!!!! I loved this post. and, yes, turkish delight is gross.

    1. AHAHAH I LOVE YOU SO MUCH. Emergency hot cocoa kits sound AMAZING. GAH AND WAFFLES ♥ waffles are liiiifffee. xD Oh my word, I have to agree. *happily gives Turkish Delight to guests* hahaa.

  3. AAAHHH Those pictures are literally the bomb. they're screaming awesome christmas <3
    well, my christmas went fairly uneventful. actually this year was a lot quieter than other years, i've gotta say. we didn't go all out on gifts like other times, just because of the way life goes, but it was still a beautiful time. waking up and realizing it's christmas has got to be one of the best feelings ever. well, i actually didn't make any gifts this year, most of the stuff was bought junk, but at least i tried to pick up things that would mean more. a lot of my friends weren't even around this year, so that was sort of sad, but yeah well :)
    and as for cookies, how could i not make cookies is what i wonder. that would be a miracle :P i made oreo truffles and chocolate chip cookies in like big batches, and yeah. so yum ♥
    GAHHH that full moon sounds gorgeous <3 that's true epic.
    Can't wait for your song!!

    1. AWW thank you girl! ♥ We didn't go all-out on gifts either. In fact, I felt rather cheap. xD but I justified it by saying that I was being minimalist. It's true though -- all that matters is the love that goes into the time spent together. (I know that sounds totally Hallmarkesque, but...) Yeah. THOSE COOKIES SOUND GLORIOUS. And eeep, I can't wait to release the song. *jumps out of skin*

  4. gorgeous. the photos are perfect <3

    warm. warm. WARM. it was so sunny and hot out.

    i did make a few gifts and cards of sorts but school has been crazy busy and i'm glad for the break- a time to relax with my family and friends, things in my life that should be one of my first priorities.

    i love my knee high socks i got (they have crazy prints like galaxy and donuts and unicorns) and i got a Polaroid camera. i was thrilled and i still am about that :). i also got a few books of course.

    hmm, well i choose to launch the pretty present bows at my brother xD

    i didn't get to see the moon-clouds blocked the way so i could only see the light.

    next week i have physical therapy and a dentist appointment- fun :/ other than that, family friends are coming over for dinner tomorrow night and they have the sassyest 6 year old.


    1. LIKE WHAT IS WITH THIS WARM WEATHER?!?! I don't understand it. But I don't mind it either... XD I'm lovin' it, yo. Breaks are definitely good -- especially when feeling deprived of those things that make you feel truly alive and present. "galaxy and donuts and unicorns... OMW THAT SOUNDS AMAZE. ♥ aaaahhh, and a Polaroid camera?? duuuuude. O,O That is so cool! Hahaa, have fun with the sassiest 6 year old!! That sounds like something I would describe in a story. XD thank you for reading, Emily! :)

  5. WHYYYY do you always have such beautiful pictures? I'm officially done. Also SAD MOMENT: I bought some Turkish Delight for myself a few months ago and didn't like it either!! It honestly did taste like perfume or fancy soap or something! I prefer to think of it as this exotic, rich warm sweet food, like caramel or fried chicken or something equally delicious. Narnian Turkish Delight is obviously very different. :p

    I swooned over the Sherlock Chronicles - a book about BEHIND THE SCENES of the BBC show that my sister bought me. I read it in a day and can't stop talking about it. Also, my brother so thoughtfully bought me copies of some of my favourite childhood books IN THE SPECIFIC COVER THAT I LOVE. Because he is extremely thoughtful. :) And we played games and drank egg nog and had a quiet, peaceful day at home.

    1. ACK OH MY WORD THANK YOUUU. ♥ Ugh, I know right? It does taste like soap of some kind XD I was amused to watch everyone else try it. Yessss! I imagined it to taste like caramelized strawberries, or something. x) "Narnian Turkish Delight is obviously very different." < YESS. I agree. *nods*

      OKAY SO YOUR CHRISTMAS SOUNDS PERFECT. Gaah, your siblings know exactly what you need. ^.^ Those books sound fabulous. Thank you so much for reading, Olivia!! ♥

  6. I just love when you do this every Saturday. These Christmas pictures make mah happy :)
    Anyway, I can't wait to continue reading your blog in 2016 and the upcoming posts sound really exciting :) I'm so glad I followed your blog!
    -Lauren <3

    1. Aww, Lauren! Your comment warmed my small pink heart. ♥ So glad you like this post, and my humble blog. ^.^ You're such a sweetheart.

  7. Your christmas sounded absolutely amazing. And your photography is easily as amazing, dear. <3

    My christmas this year was especially beautiful. Oh, and yes. I baked cookies and toffee crackers as well! That was easily a highlight :) Another favorite was that i got blessed with a beautiful "wreck it journal" (which i'm in love with)

    There was too much food for christmas dinner, and i'm pretty sure i've put on a few pounds (what's christmas if you don't put on weight right? hehe) But, the best is still dancing to christmas music, and watching christmas movies, and cuddling by the christmas trees. And even though it's just two days ago, oh, i'm still getting christmas vibes!

    But, oh yes, it's so easy for us to forget the REAL reason for this season, isn't it? it's amazing how Christ came down to earth just for us sinners. it's amazing, breathtaking, confusing, bewildering, mind boggling, beautiful, and touching at the same time. because really, what would we be without christmas?

    This is easily my favourite season <3<3
    XXX -nameless writing

    1. Heeyyyy, Nameless Writer! Thank you for stopping by my blog. ^.^ Ohh, aren't those journals awesome? I actually gifted one to my bestie this year. They are just too cool. Haha, yesss -- there's just so much sugar to be eaten and COOKIES HAVE TO HAPPEN, SO... xD I KNOW RIGHT? It seems like Christmas isn't quite over just seems to be lasting longer this year or something?? idek. but anyway, it's fun. :D "it's amazing, breathtaking, confusing, bewildering, mind boggling, beautiful, and touching at the same time." < DUDE YOU JUST SUMMED IT UP BETTER THAN I COULD. ♥ so beautiful and true. gah. Thank you for reading! :)



    This month has basically been missing everyone and everything. I mean, I know I miss people a lot. But recently it's been MOREEE. Like my heart is in pain at every email and message I get except I'm laughing hard because they're funny but I WANT THEM HEREEEE, you know? *run on sentence* XD

    Christmas was different this year. Hannah said it, Adelaide said it, I said it. We're different. Mmm. I don't know. It's not bad, just interesting. *nods head in thought* I don't quite have my thoughts together so sorry. XDDD


    1. EEEEEEEEE YOU DA FIRST PERSON WHO'S COMMENTED ON THE MUG. ♥ I love too so much. ^.^ hehe. AWW, dude thank you!! I'm so happy right now. Gaahhh, I know what you mean though. Tis the season for missing people and tough life changes, it seems. :/ But communication of any form is a beautiful thing and run-on sentences are basically my life. Mmmm, yes. I think I know what you mean. ;) LOVE YA GIRL. ♥

  9. I AGREE. i don't see how edmund could have betrayed anyone for those gooey pieces of yuck. bUT HANG ON I"M FREAKING OUT OVER THAT MUG. i absolutely adore it ugh ugh.

    about that full moon you saw it too?? YAS. it was stunning. gorgeous. incredible. i can't even begin to describe what it did to me. and the stars were all out and shining and the night sky was clear and God was just so, so gOOD MY HEART IS BURSTING.

    my Christmas was amazing and busy. mostly busy but amazing too. i got contact lenses and a tub of chocolate sauce (my friends know me best HAHA) and a strawberry growing kit which is going to be sO much fun. i never thought i'd enjoy gardening but we'll see how it goes !! <3<3 love ya.

    1. AIOFNSLLSK DUDE. I am CracKING uP oVEr YoUr COMment liKE STAHP oh my word. "gooey pieces of yuck. *wilts* It's so true though. AND YUS THE MUG. *cuddles it* YAAAAAAYYY I'm so glad you saw the full moon!! ^.^ Literally all the feels you just listed are so much mine too. ♥ just gah. He is amazing. EEEEEEE TUBS OF CHOCOLATE SAUCE. sounds like an awesome Christmas, girl. Thank you for reading! ♥

  10. Your photos are so amazing! I love your blog sososo much :))♥

    1. FJSDLMAKL GIRRRL. ♥ thank you so much! you rock. ;)


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