Saturday, May 28, 2011

Bethany's Blog Party

Bethany, over at The Five Subject Notebook, is having a blog party. I linked up to enter her giveaway so here are my answers.

1. What is your favorite color? Pink

2. Do you floss? Yes

3. Coffee or hot chocolate? Hot Chocolate. I do not like Coffee.

4. Fudge or caramel? Fudge

5. Grape juice or apple juice? I think I would have to go with Apple Juice

6. Would you rather swim in- a swimming pool, a lake, the ocean, a pond, or a swamp? A swimming pool

7. If you could be ANYTHING, what would you be? I think I would be a dog

8. If you owned a really big hotel that had 20 floors, would you put the 13th level in? Yes

9. Would you rather be- a dragon, a bird, or an airplane? A bird

10. If you could have four different kinds of ANY super power, what would they be? flying and being super-strong


Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Amy graduated from high school May 21, 2011!

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Amy, thank you for being the great sister that you are. Thank you most of all for being a great example to me. I really enjoy being with you. I look forward to seeing what God has planned for your future. Congratulations on finishing high school!!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Lots of Giveaways


Grace over at Grace's Garden Walk is having a May Garden  Party. She is having a lot of giveaways.

The first giveaway is for three handmade cards. The giveaway ends later this month so make sure to enter.

She is also having a giveaway for: Your Choice of a Regency or 1860's paper doll dress kit. Make sure to enter these two wonderful giveaways.

Click here to enter a giveaway for $20 credit from Whimsy Pics Etsy. Make sure to enter these three wonderful giveaways!!

The Perfect Summer - A Story

Hi, my name is Jennifer Ross. I am eleven years old and am part of the most amazing family ever. There is Daddy, Mommy, Jonathan, Jessie, and Jeremiah. Mommy said I am to write about the best summer ever. Many people think that the best summer ever is going to the park and having a picnic, drinking cold lemonade, biting into juicy watermelon, reading good books and doing absolutely nothing. I have to disagree with them. That may be their idea of the perfect summer but that is not mine. Here is my idea of a perfect summer.
“Hurray, school is out,” I shouted. Mother looked up from the book she was reading. “You’re all done?! Very good, I didn’t think you would be done until the end of the month.” She smiled at me and then turned back to her book. Just then my brothers and sister and Daddy walked in. Daddy was rubbing his hands and his eyes sparkled. He would rub his hands and his eyes would sparkle whenever he had an idea. He turned to me, “So, Jennifer, you are all done with school. That is just wonderful because I know what you are going to do for the summer.” In our family Daddy always decides what we will do during the summer. We might go somewhere, do a project together, camp out or whatever else he decides. “Jennifer, you will be making food for the next door neighbor. You will be mowing the lawn to. Your brothers and sister will help you. If you do this faithfully, diligently and correctly you will be awarded a week before school starts again.” I was quite surprised when I heard this but decided that I would rather enjoy it. I like mowing lawns, cooking, and I was quite ready to help the neighbor. Our neighbor was in her 70’s. She was a very sweet lady and when we moved in about three years ago she made us a big meal.
The next day I awoke and got ready for the day. I then sat at my desk and wrote out what things I could do to help her. My list included: making meals, making just small things like muffins, cookies, etc, mowing the lawn, tending the gardens, feeding the animals, filling the bird feeder with feed and making sure the bird bath was full of water. As I looked over my list I surprised myself with saying, “This is going to be fun.” I did think it would be fun. I enjoyed helping other people. I liked cooking, mowing, keeping the yard tidy, taking care of the animals and filling the bird feeder and bath. As we had breakfast I went over my plan with Mommy. I would clean the breakfast kitchen and then make a meal which would include a croissant sandwich, a bowl of fruit, and some cookies. I would then mow the lawn, clean the house feed the animals and tidy up the yard.
Breakfast cleanup was over, the meal was made and I was heading over to our neighbor’s house. I nervously knocked on the door and waited for her to answer. The door was pulled open and our neighbor, Rose, stepped out.
“Hello there, Jennifer,” She said. “Hello Mrs. Johnson. I made you this meal. Also this summer I am going to be making you meals, taking care of the yard, animals, cleaning the house and doing anything you want done.” I answered. “That’s so sweet of you. Thank you so much, honey,” she replied. “I am going to start with mowing the lawn,” I said. “Thank you so much.” She took the meal from me and then went inside.
This went on all summer long. A week before I was to start school Daddy called us all into the family room. “You did a wonderful job, Jennifer. You could continue through the fall and winter. Now, I said that I would give you a prize at the end. You have definitely earned that prize. It is,” he paused and waited for us to grow impatient, “it is a week to Florida! I am taking my vacation time now. You will be able to swim with dolphins. We will be staying right next to the beach.”
We headed down to Florida and had an amazing week which consisted of swimming with dolphins, seeing white beaches, being with my family and just enjoying the warm weather of Florida. With the week vaction over we headed back to our home - the state of Iowa.
That is my idea of the perfect summer. You might be saying: “How could you think that is the perfect summer?” My answer is: “What could be a more perfect way then serving others? The Bible commands that we serve others. Also serving others is more important in light of eternity then spending our time on ourselves. Why waste our time in this life when we can be using our time to glorify our KING?” Serving others is a better way to spend your summer than all on yourself. That is the perfect summer

A Giveaway Tag

Here is a tag that Grace at Grace's Garden Walk designed for her May Garden Party. Here are my answers.
1. Hello, my dear guest! My dear wish and hope is that you enjoy yourself here at my May Garden Party. 
Let us start by your telling us a bit about yourself and giving us a little insight into your daily life, family, 
et cetera. 
Well, I am 12 years old (about to turn 13!). I live with my two wonderful parents and my six fun siblings (four sisters and two brothers). I usually get up around 7:00 I do my devotions until 7:40 then I have breakfast. During the morning I clean up, do laundry and watch the little girls. After my work is done I enjoy using my time on reading, writing, blogging and other past-times
2. Write a little description about your personality. 
I am not that outgoing but not shy.

3. How long have you been blogging? Might I ask what some of your favorite blogs are? 
I started blogging in November 2010. Some of my favorite blogs include: Let my life be a light, Rejoice Evermore, and Heritage of Grace.

 4. What grade in your studies are you currently in? What subject are you particularly interested in? 
I am in grade 7 which I finished a couple weeks ago so technically I am in grade 8. I really like history and science.

5. Might you tell us a few of your favorite pastimes and/or interests? 
Reading is definitely one of my interests. I also enjoy painting, writing and being with my family and friends.

6. Are you fond of crafting? If so, what are your current projects that have been keeping you occupied? 
Yes, I am fond of crafting. I got some pillowcases to embroider which I am planning to start working on them again.

7. What type of music are you particularly fond of? 
Hymns and Classical

8. Could you please share a few of your favorite songs you like to listen to or artists? Do you play an instrument yourself? 
I'm not quite sure what my favorite songs are. I play the violin and the piano. I also taught myself the recorder.
9. Are you old-fashion or modern? 
In between them, but closer to old-fashioned

10. What are some of your favorite reading material? 
The Bible is the book that I like reading the most, after that is missionary biographies. I also like G.A.Henty books.

11. Name a few of your favorite books and authors. 
The Bible
The Princess Adelina - Julie Sutter
The Rainbow Promise - Becky Dan
I'm not really sure what others I like
12. What are a few of your favorite movies or TV shows?
Pilgrims Progress
The Radicals

13. Are you partial to traveling abroad? If so, where do you dream of visiting? What would you do at your dream destination? 
I'm fine with traveling or not traveling. It doesn't really matter. I would like to visit England. I think I would like to go and visit all the sites especially the tower of London.
14. What are your sentiments on lavender? 
I've never really thought about that and I think I would have to say that I don't really know

15. Are you partial to letter-writing or do you prefer e-mailing?
I prefer letter-writing.

16. Do you have a favorite Etsy shop? 
No, I never really visit Etsy shops

17. What are your goals/resolutions for this summer? 
I would like to read Justification and Regeneration, and finish some of my projects

18. What is your favourite Bible passage? 
I have so many favorite Bible passages but one of them is: Philippians 2:6-11. It is just so amazing that Christ would leave everything to save His people.

19. What is perhaps one of your fondest memories from your past? 
I think one of my fondest memories was going to Buffalo Ridge (a really good retreat center) and spending a couple days there with my family.

20. Do you have any recommendations concerning Grace's Garden Walk? {more giveaways, product reviews, specific posts et cetera}
I would really like to see some of your photography

Monday, May 16, 2011

When I Survey the Wonderous Cross

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died;
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ, my God;
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to his blood.

See, from his head, his hands, his feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e'er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were an offering far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

~Issac Watts~

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A Quiz

While looking back at some old posts on Bethany's blog I came across this quiz that she did. I decided it would be fun to do.

1. How old are you? 12
2. What name do you go by on blogger? Carissa
3. When is your birthday? July 19
4. If you could live anywhere in the world, besides where you live now, where would it be? I'm not quite sure but I think I would say Iowa.
5. Tell us something interesting about yourself. I really like to read.
6. What was your favorite toy when you were little? Little people and blocks.
7. What is your favorite meal? Chicken Enchiladas
8. Are you an outside person or an inside person? Depends
9. Have you ever gone swimming in deep, dark, dirty water? No
10. How many friends do you have on blogger? I have some but to the exact number I'm not sure.
11. High heels or boots? Boots
12. What time did you get up this morning? Around 7:15
13. What is your name? Carissa
14. What do you usually have for breakfast? It depends either cereal, eggs or oatmeal
15. What is your middle name? Rose
16. What food do you dislike? Celery
17. What is your favorite CD at the moment? "Let my Life be a Light" by the Wissmann's
18. What characteristic do you despise? Anger
19. Favorite clothing? Skirts
20. Anywhere in the world on vacation? Sweden, Scotland, or England
21. Are you an organized person? Somewhat
22. What was your most recent memorable birthday? My 12th birthday
23. What are you going to do when you finish this? I'm not quite sure
24. What is your birthstone? Ruby
25. Are you a morning person or a night person? A morning person
26. What is your shoe size? Size 4
27. Do you own any animals? No
28. Any news you'd like to share? I just finished School!!!
29. When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? A mommy
30. What is your favorite flower? Rose
31. What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to? July 19, my birthday
32. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? I would be a pink
33. How is the weather right now? Warm
34. Last person you spoke to on the phone? Daniel
35. Favorite drink? Water, most definitely
36. Favorite restaurant? Arby's
37. Hair color? I'm not sure if this means my hair color or hair color I like the most so I'll put both: My hair is light brown and my favorite hair color is auburn.
38. Summer or winter? Summer
39. Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate
40. Coffee or tea? Neither
41. Wish you were still young? I am still young!!
42. Do you want your friends to publish this? Sure
43. When was the last time you cried? I don't remember
44. What is under your bed? A little mattress and some tubs
45. What did you do last night? I watched the little girls, cleaned up and read
46. What is your favorite book? The Bible
47. Salty or sweet? Sweet
48. Favorite day of the week? Sunday

Monday, May 9, 2011

A Giveaway!!

Bethany, over at Joyfull Girl Creations, is having a giveaway!! Head over to her blog to enter. She is giving away Belle, a handmade silk flower pin and Jade, a handmade white flower pin.