Monday, August 14, 2017

Summer Update

Wow, y'all.  Here I am, finally, for the monthly update of my life😝  SO without further ado...

This summer.....
Did a photoshoot with this ADORABLE family.....
Went to Fishfest 2017!!!  
Went on vacation to Illinois:
Cats and Lizards....
And, of course, food👍😆
Went to Debate Camp!!
(Photo Credit: Spencer Rothfuss)

I've read:

The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald

Kisses From Katie by Katie Davis

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen by Joanna Faber and Julie King

Christy by Catherine Marshall

War for Mansoul by Ethel Barrett 

Start Here by Alex and Brett Harris

Frontier Wolf(reread) by Rosemary Sutcliff

I've Watched:

Captain America: The First Avenger 


Captain America: The Winter Soldier

A Bone to Pick: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery (hallmark)

Avengers: Age of Ultron

The Great British Baking Show (One episode)

Foyle's War (One episode)

Stop the Wedding (Hallmark)

The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock)

Beauty and the Beast (2017 version)

Revenge of the Sith (Star Wars)

Stage Fright (Alfred Hitchcock)

Guilty Until Proven Innocent: A Garage Sale Mystery (hallmark)

I've Listened To:

Anthem Lights mashups

Same Power by Jeremy Camp

Fix My Eyes by For King and Country

Stronger by Mandisa

We Are Not Afraid (Fearless For You) by the ZOE Group

God Help The Outcasts by Evynne Hollens

I've Written:

Snippets of Beauty From Ashes

Entries for The Life of an Ellen

I've Been Encouraged by:

"All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away."
John 6:37
"In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.  We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express."
Romans 8:26
"So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness."
Colossians 2:6-7

Thanks for reading!!  
If you want to know more about anything I talked about ⇈ let me know!! ⇊


  1. Your summer looks like it has been so fun this year!! Do you learn Chinese from Rosetta Stone? How long have you been taking Chinese? I love the donut cake! Where did you get if from? -Gracie Gomel

    1. Hey Gracie!!
      No, we take the class from a girl at church! :-) There's only been about 4 classes so far, but I'm hoping It'll go until I can speak it pretty well ;-)
      Haha, a lady in Illinois actually made it; I'm not sure who she is. It was good!! :-)

  2. Thanks for giving us an update. <3
    Jaidyn Elise<3

  3. Oh that's so cool!! 😄 What church ⛪️ do you go to again? Oh wow!! That's cool!! -Gracie Gomel

  4. Ellen,
    I totally enjoyed reading about your summer and all that you have accomplished. You have been a busy girl, and I am so thankful for all that you have done for me this summer and spring (yard and basement cleanup).

  5. HI Ellen!

    I just stumbled across your blog and wanted to say hi. I enjoyed reading your monthly post. :)
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    Have a lovely day!