Saturday, December 24, 2011

T'was The Eve Before Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone! I can hardly believe it's Christmas eve already~ another whole year gone by.

I wish I had more time today to post here, but that doesn't seem likely. I do have some fun stuff to share with you though, so I'll probably write about that next year. :D

In the mean time, enjoy the holiday, and God bless!

Isaiah  9:6-7
 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.    Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

How do you like the new music selection?


Monday, December 12, 2011


  My life seems a bit surreal right now~ you know when you come to one of those cross roads in your life when you're not sure what's next, but you are contentedly observing other people do exciting things? That's where I seem to be. It's rather a peaceful place~ going about, living daily life, and loving those around me. Still, the exciting anticipation of what may be around the corner....
  I've really been thinking and praying about what things may be in my future, and I've been so encouraged to just wait patiently on God~ know who I am in Him and focus on His word as I invest in my family and friends and reach out to those who are lost. This, I am content with.
  So with the encouragement and exhortations that I've been given, I also would like to encourage and exhort you.  Seek the Lord while he may yet be found, and wait patiently on Him! You never know the wonders and blessings that are given to those who are patient and content in Christ. And He loves a cheerful soul!!!

Keep the faith and be strong!


Tuesday, December 6, 2011



Arielle, at A Beautiful Journey is hosting a scrumptious Christmas giveaway!!!! She has some wonderful winter-y prizes that she will be giving away~  a small leather journal, a Christmas cd, and a starbucks giftcard, among other things. All you have to do to enter is to 'like' Arielle Elise Photography on Facebook . So head on over to her beautiful blog and enter the giveaway~ and while you're there, take a look at her photography! It's simply stunning!

Have fun!!!


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Saturday Wisdom Search

Rejoice, and be exceeding glad; for your names are written in heaven!

Recently, (over Thanksgiving), I had the God given opportunity to stand as a witness for the truth on facebook. I don't usually do much on facebook except keep in contact with friends, but I do use it as a tool to reach the lost. On this occasion, one of my friends posted a particular picture (having to do with God) on her wall that she thought was hilarious, when in truth, it was a sobering matter. So I lovingly rebuked her and prayed that God would touch her life. Then some of her friends got on there and started to comment and revile God, calling him every filthy name they could think of. But I used my sword with power and grace~ which cut to the quick of their wicked hearts. They went on still, hardening their hearts in their naughtiness. God however, was working, and conviction fell on them. If nothing else, He used my voice to show His mercies to their stony hearts once more, however ungrateful they were. These verses came to mean so much more to me, as I was being persecuted and ridiculed....

Matthew 5:10-12 
 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 
 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

 Never ever back down from sharing your faith, whatever it may cost. Christs' church is here on earth for just such a purpose! Forgiveness and love~ when the world sees this, they will know we are Christians! One thing though, is that one of the friends that commented actually gave what to me was a compliment, when she meant it to be a snide remark. She told me, "...and since you're so obsessed with your God...."~ that made me so joyful! That's exactly what I want the world to see in my life! I want them to see that I am indeed obsessed with God, to the point that I care enough about their souls to warn them of the coming judgment, tell them of forgiveness, sin, and repentance. That I count a compliment!!!

So go out and be valiant for Him; fight the good fight of faith, and rejoice~ be exceeding glad when men persecute you, for yours is the kingdom of heaven!

Be encouraged!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Giving Thanks!

1Thessalonians 5:18  
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays! A time to look back on the last year and thank God for all that He's brought us through and all the blessings He's given us~ a time to eat those once-a-year dishes your grandmother makes~ a time to visit with friends and family and spend time together laughing and building even stronger bonds in your relationships together~ a time to rest and thank God for! 
To some people, Thanksgiving is a few days off from their busy work schedule to eat all day and watch football. But I see it as a blessing! So here are just a few things I'm thankful for this year:

I am so thankful for the family God has given me~

Photo Credit: Nathan Sherman

I'm so thankful for God's mercies that are new every morning!

I'm very thankful for the sweet friends that God has given me~ (I could post 
so many pictures of my friends!)

Photo Credit: Yours Truly

I'm thankful for the people who wrote hymns inspired by God, 
and the many beautiful instruments with which to play them~

I am really thankful for the wonderful Fall weather we have had!

I am thankful that I had the opportunity to spend a wonderful Summer at
Peniel Ranch~

Photo Credit: Dani Marie

and I'm so thankful for the children in my life; especially for this little 
man, Micah~ I love investing in their lives!

Photo Credit: Dani Marie

What are you thankful for this thanksgiving? 


Saturday Wisdom Search

Hi all~ it's been a little while since I wrote a Saturday wisdom search post! I really apologize for the lateness of this; I would have liked to publish it last week but I caught a pretty bad head cold, and it has had me in bed half of each day for nearly a week trying to catch up on the sleep I didn't get the night before. So I'm almost over it except for a slight cough, which is easier to tolerate.

What I wish to share with you is a few thoughts and verses that have been in my mind for a while now~

Ephesians 4:29  Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

Colossians  4:6  Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

Psalms 141:3  Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.

These verses are such good reminders. Often we may find ourselves letting hurtful or unkind words slip from our mouths, or saying things that do not build one another up. My prayer of late is that God would give me a carefulness of speech, that it might be edifying and uplifting, administering grace to the hearers~  thus showing love to those around me.The Bible makes it very clear that this is something of great importance, for;    

Matthew 12:34 & 35  O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

The words that we speak tell the world what is in out hearts. Angry words speak of an angry heart, resentful words speak of a resentful heart, loving words speak of a loving heart, and uplifting words speak of a heart that wants to encourage others and edify them. You can tell what things a person loves and hates by the things they talk about all the time. That's why the Bible says this:

Matthew 12:36 & 37  But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

According to your words will you be either justified or condemned because your words are a direct show of what is in your HEART.

I truly hope that this post is an encouragement to you! Stand strong, keep the faith, and be valiant for Him!

You Never Can Tell

You never can tell when you send a word
Like an arrow shot from a bow
By an archer blind, be it cruel or kind,
Just where it may chance to go.
It may pierce the breast of your dearest friend,
Tipped with its poison or balm,
To a stranger’s heart in life’s great mart
It may carry its pain or its calm.

You never can tell when you do an act
Just what the result will be,
But with every deed you are sowing a seed,
Though the harvest you may not see.
Each kindly act is a an acorn dropped
In God’s productive soil;
You may not know, but the tree shall grow
With shelter for those who toil.

You never can tell what your thoughts will do
In bringing you hate or love,
For thoughts are things, and their airy wings
Are swifter than carrier doves.
They follow the law of the universe ~
Each thing must create its kind,
And they speed o’er the track to bring you back
Whatever went out of your mind.
~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

25 Random Things About Me

Isn't this beautiful???? *sigh* Summertime....

This was so amusing and enjoyable to write! I thought you all would appreciate it, so I decided to share it here on my blog. :) More yummy posts coming this week and next...

25 Random Things About Me

Except for the first one, these aren't in any particular order.

1) To start things off, God and the reading of His word daily is the most important thing to me. Without Him, I would be a wreck! All praise and glory to Him!
2) My middle name is Marie.
3) I love to play my violin in the styles of country/bluegrass, Irish, and classical.
4) I love to sing~ especially singing alto harmony although I'm soprano. Just the glorious way voices blend.....
5) I'm the eldest of 10 children
6) I love fashion~ my style of fashion that is. After all, fashion is what you think it is! And it's not  skinny jeans lol.... one of my dear friends calls them 'pencil pants' ROFL!
7) I'm an avid photographer~ and *hopefully* will be getting a new camera for my soon coming birthday! 
8) I'm in love with coffee and all those wonderful Autumn/Winter creamers they have out around this time of year. Just smelling it is enough of a treat! And I can't forget to mention chocolate...luff chocolate!
9) Shabby Chick with the theme of antique die-cut flowers, birds, and bird cages is one of my favorite styles of art. (as evidenced by the whole look and feel of my blog:)
10) Hats are not my 'thing' unless I find one that's just the right look....sometimes I wear the hood on my jacket.
11) I'm a calligrapher, and my joy & pleasure is in illuminating inspiring words.
12) I wear a knife in my pocket almost constantly (sometimes two lol), even if I'm just around the house. It has come in handy more times than I can count.
13) I love botany and herbs~ oh yeah, I'm an herb girl....
14) I love to ride horseback at break-neck speed through fields of waving grass in the warm sun. There's just something epic about it!
15) Writing, and reading many books are a few of my 'fortes'. And I love old antique book covers~ some are so ornate!
16) My favorite brand of candles is 'Yankee Candles'....I love candles.
17) Soap making is one of my favorite hobbies.
18) I enjoy music! But not just any has to be a certain style. Anything fiddle, Classical music, Hymns and *some* movie scores.  AND anything Celtic or Irish.:)
19) My favorite mediums to work with in my art are acrylics, inks, dyes, chalk, watercolors and different shades of drawing pencils.
20) I love and enjoy little people! They're all my favorite! I relish the time I spend with the littles around me~ teaching, training, and building relationships.
21) I've learned to play a few chords on the guitar, and hope to learn much more.
22) Autumn and Summer are my favorite seasons~ loving Nature as I do.
23) I've seen 20 winters (Yay!)
24) Strange as it may seem, I like house cleaning~ I think it's the reality that I'm making the world better and more enjoyable for my family and those around me. Plus, everything sparkles in my cleaning wake~ it gives me a certain underlying peace of mind to know that even the places you don't see as you walk by (like the inside of drawers and under cabinets) are clean, organized, and free of dust. It's not always just so, but I like things to be uncluttered and spotless....
25) I very much like to fold just-from-the-dryer sweet clean laundry! (what a note to end on lol)

lol, So what do you think of me now:)????   

And for an extra little randomness, I truly hope our beautiful world looks just like this when it stops snowing...

Is it snowing where you are?


I need to ask a quick question: can any of you see my followers on my blog? Most of the time I can't personally see them, but I guess it doesn't really bother me as long as everyone else can. I'm in process of finding what the problem is, but I wanted to hear from my readers. :) If you can't see them, then something really is wrong.....thanks so much!     

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


A new and wonderful blog! I have been helping to put it all together, and am very pleased with it. The authoress? My very own mother~ She has been wanting to have a blog dedicated to encouraging fellow Christians to take up their cross and follow Christ as a true and valiant fight the good fight of faith and don the full armor of go out into this sin-sick world and reach the lost for Christ as we, being sons and daughters of God, have been commanded to do. Here is a taste of our inspiration:

I'm very excited to introduce this blog, and I hope you all find it encouraging. It was fun to design ~ be sure to leave a comment telling what you thought. We always appreciate feedback!

And now, the link: Valiant Christianity


Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Autumn~ that beautiful season. I can't help but love it! And what's there not to like about colorful trees painted in hues of orange, yellow, and deep burgundy, warm fluffy sweaters, hot coffee, foggy mornings, fresh crisp air, and absolutely crystal blue skies? Nothing at all! I look around in wonder, and thank the God of the whole universe for creating such a beautiful place, and for putting me right in the middle of it all~ HE is greatly to be praised!

And of course there's all the many fun things that come with this time of year. One of which is baking with fresh pumpkins right from the garden. There's nothing better that I like to do for an afternoon than to bake some of this yummy spicy pumpkin bread. I've made 2 batches so far, and we're practically obsessed with it! Another of our much loved faves is this cinnamon swirl pear bread. I've made it with apples too~ how's that for a salubrious hot-from-the-oven fragrance? On the whole, and all things considered, this is my favorite time of year!

So while we are admiring the magnificent splendor of God's handiwork and thanking Him for it, take time to encourage and uplift a weary soul. Even just a soft answer or a small act of kindness can go a long way! And  to end this post on a slightly different note, I'd like to close with this poem by Amy Carmichael that a sweet friend of mine sent to me. Food for thought!

And shall I pray Thee change Thy will, my father,
Until it be according unto mine?
But no, Lord, that never shall be.
Rather, I pray Thee, blend my human will with Thine.

I pray Thee hush the hurrying, eager longing,
I pray thee soothe the pangs of keen desire-
See in my quiet places, wishes thronging-
Forbid them, Lord, purge, though it be with fire.

And work in me to will and do Thy pleasure
Let all within me, peaceful, reconciled,
Tarry content my Well- Beloved’s leisure,
At last, at last, even as a weaned child.


Photo Credits: Autumn Cool

Monday, October 17, 2011

{hello monday}

{hello early morning~ early enough that it's dark outside still}

{hello welcoming warm shower}

{hello brisk morning walk in the foggy air}

{hello breakfast of peanut butter toast}

{hello Bible time with the family}

{hello organizing the food cupboard}

{hello lunch and those delicious shiny little apples}

{hello language arts, penmanship, and copy work~I'm a teacher now and enjoy my little students very much!}

{hello violin and practice time}

{hello wonderful dinner and family time}

{hello random few hours to entertain myself}

{hello good night!}

If you want to participate in {Hello Monday} too, then please give credit to Lisa in your post. She is the first one to start this weekly blog series.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Saturday Wisdom Search

So as promised, here is the video sermon on repentance by Jesse Morrell. It is an hour or so long, but I encourage everyone to watch it all the way through. I found this sermon very encouraging and thought provoking, as he makes several good points and shares some of his testimony. Let me know what you think!


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Happy B-day

Happy 17th birthday to my little sister Jessica!
I love you because....

You're cute...

You're ridiculously funny...

You're caring...

You're a good student...

You're way to smart for your own good...

You're lovable....

You're playful....

You're mischievous...

And you're a good friend!
Our lives have flown by so fast, but I trust that God will give us many more years to spend together~ hope you had a wonderful day, and may God continue to bless you dear!
All my love,

Monday, October 10, 2011

{hello monday}

This is a new series I'm starting called 'hello monday.' One of my blogger friends linked up with one of her blogger friends, and all the credit goes to Lisa.

{hello loud alarm clock; too early for my liking}

{hello wonderful breakfast}

{hello family bible time, learning about Solomon's temple}

{hello spending time with baby}

{hello welcoming warm shower}

{hello lunch time}

{hello cup of wonderful spicy sweet coffee, perfect for this rainy wet day}

{hello my new fragrant Yankee candle~ I love you!}

{hello chatting with mom}

 {hello garden and the sweet smell of rain~ fall is one of my favorite seasons}

 {hello daddy, home from work and tired~ we missed you today!}

{hello helping my dear sis make dinner}

{hello hamburgers and fried potatoes!}

{hello family time and blog. Sitting around the living room and just enjoying each other is the way it should be}

{hello sweet bedtime and rest!}

If you want to participate in {Hello Monday} too, then please give credit to Lisa in your post. She is the first one to start this weekly blog series.

Saturday Wisdom Search

I know~ this post is late by a few days. Better late than never though, I guess!
I finally decided that for this week, I'd post a video about the true grace of God~ and how it is abused by the mainstream church. My personal opinion is that it is a must see; as well as this other video that I had wanted to post. Next week, I think I'll share a video about repentance by Jesse Morrell. And Flame, I truly am sorry that you can't view youtube videos. I wish I could find these sermons in type so I could actually post them in words. But these videos are worth the seeing~ *food for thought.*

 The true grace of God~

Wake up church~

Share your thoughts!

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Story Of My Summer Part 2

  Ahem, now for part two :)

  Our days where pretty full of work; we got up early in the morning, had breakfast, and started right off working with Heidi in the garden til lunch. But all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy; so after lunch on most days, unless we were preparing for a retreat or were doing some odd jobs, we spent the afternoon having fun. Our activities included playing volley ball, (one of my absolute favorite outdoor games) horseback riding, basking in the sun down by the river, swimming, hanging out with friends, and playing pool (which I also love!)~ that's not all of course, but just to name a few. :) We also spent a lot of time with Heidi and her husband Leval. They always liked to include us in the things they where doing, and wanted to make us feel welcome. Well, just this summer, Leval bought a speed boat to take out on the river and to the lake. He invited us to go out with him several times, and we always had such a blast! When he floored it, that boat went about 65 or 70 mph. Now that's what I call a boat ride lol! Alas, I have no pictures of it; I would have liked to take many pictures while I was there at the ranch, but I didn't have a camera. Ruth was very gracious to allow me to borrow her camera while we where on the hike.
   Another fond memory I have is the day us girls (Heather, Jess and myself) worked away in the warm sun bucking hay! Yes it was such a welcome change from working in the garden pulling weeds; we actually enjoyed the manual labor very much surprisingly! :) Leval helped us, and we bucked a 9 acre field in about 7 hours. Some of the bales were around 60 lbs, but most were 80-100 lbs bales. We loved it, and that night we slept out on the hay stack. Not to comfortable naturally, but in that area of Washington, there is almost no light pollution, so the sky was absolutely beautiful in all it's wonder! We gazed at the stars for hours, talking of it's vastness and pointing out constellations. It was such a clear night; we could even see an arm of the Milky Way! Oh, and how many shooting stars we saw! I would so do it all again!
  Then there was the music camp~ the highlight retreat of the whole year! And we prepared  for it many days in advance. But it was all so worth it.:) We worked hard in the kitchen too so that we could have more time during the retreat to visit and play music. One of my favorite things about this retreat was the singing~ I LOVE to sing! So we had a whole choir and orchestra and we practiced every day of this week long retreat for the performance at the end of the week. And there where specials every day...some people sang, and some played their instruments. I did a special with some friends~ we organized a quintet (5 violins) and played two hymns; 'Channels Only' and 'Once And For All.' It was four part harmony, and sounded just beautiful!

Practicing for our special
  L-R: Victoria, Yours Truly, Anna, Charles, and Natalie   
  In the free time between sessions, we all just gathered around and played our instruments together. Guitars, violins, penny whistles, flutes, and banjos. Oh, and you can't forget the harmonica!

Anna, Zack, Mrs. Sherman, Daniel, Nathan, Mr. Owens, and me
  Those were the times I loved~ when everyone got together and played. I just enjoy the company of Godly people. That's what I like the most about this ranch!

Gotta love this picture of Nathan and my baby brother Micah; he's so darling, and he was Nathans' little buddy all week :) Everyone enjoys this sweet boy!

  Now I'd like to thank my parents for raising me in such a Godly way, and for teaching me to love the Lord. I missed them so much while I was at the ranch and I prayed often for them. I appreciate their sacrifice in allowing me to spend my summer at Peniel Ranch~ as you can guess, it was a little of a challenge for some of Moms best helpers to be away for a while! But God worked in all of us, and blessed us mightily too! :) 

 L-R: Gracie, Marisa, Lindsay, me, Kathy, Katelyn, and Kathlyn.
 Some of my wonderful friends and I at the ranch.

  So that's how my summer went.:) I miss the ranch naturally, and can't wait to go back, but it's good to be home and be with my family.

For now, good night world!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Story Of My Summer Part 1

L-R: Jessica, Me, and Heather. Taken at the ranch a few weeks before we came home:)

   Oh the joys of a summer spent in meeting new friends, working hard in the garden and kitchen, laughing and visiting, and singing God's praises with those you love. The time flew so fast~ but good memories where made, and God blessed me so much while I was there at the ranch. Lord willing, I'll be going back next summer also. Fun times!

  Probably one of the first exciting things we did  was to go on a (what turned out to be) hours long hike! I'll never forget the fun we had that day! We all started out across the river, and then up into the hills.

  And so we hiked for a while, carrying our lunch and our water with us. I snapped photos along the way, and ended up taking quite a few! Up steep hills, through sagebrush and weeds, and down into a small canyon. There where plenty of trees where we stopped for a rest, and we played around for a bit. The guys found a mud puddle of water and decided to dig it out a bit so the dirt would settle down to the bottom, knowing we'd need more water for our group on the way back. There were 8 of us in our group: Ruth, Marcus, Malachi, Mya, Joe, Jeremy, Rebecca (my sis), and yours truly.   

Going down into the canyon; yup, that's Jeremy and Ruth way down there!
Digging in the mud puddle...the rest of us where just hangin' out in the cool shade. It was about 95 degrees or so outside.

Marcus, (red shirt) and Jeremy
L-R: Malachi, Joe, Jeremy, Rebecca, and Ruth. Jeremy is blowing through a piece
of grass:)

Then they took it upon themselves to weave grass hats, and declared it was actually cooler; a wonderful shade from the sun. Yes, we are weird~ no, we don't care :) Lol!
L-R: Jeremy, Mya, Malachi and Marcus
  And so we were off again...out of the canyon and across a big field. 
L-R: Malachi, Marcus, Jeremy, Ruth and Mya. Oh, and Cassy, Ruth's Dog.

And down a long road~ I was enjoying it the whole way!

Jeremy; juggling bottles as he ran :)
  We walked for quite a long while, stopping to take one more break. I took some pictures of the scenery and flowers. You should be able to tell by now that I am an avid photographer, and love every minute of it!

  We'd been hiking for about two hours when we stopped for lunch in a shady clump of bushes and trees. This is where the story turns very interesting. I noticed that Rebecca didn't eat much for lunch~ not such a good thing for the type of dry hot weather we were walking in.

Eating our delicious lunch
Resting after lunch
  So we started hiking up the hill again, and our goal was to get to the top of the third plateau which was a long way up. Everyone was encouraged to drink plenty of water, and so we all did...or so we thought. At this point, I'll add a few photos of the scenery to give you an idea of the vastness of the landscape, how far up we hiked, and the beauty of it all!
Here in the distance you can see the big field we crossed, coming from the river, and the long road we walked up. Note the black specs in the great expanse of that land. Yes, that is a herd of cows; just for perspective.

And this is where I stopped to take a short rest; the top was in sight and a few of us had already made it to the top. But Rebecca, Joe, and Marcus legged behind and where still a ways down. Then they stopped 
climbing altogether and Marcus yelled up to me that Becca needed me. I was alarmed and dashed down the hill til I reached them. Rebecca was sitting there crying saying she couldn't go any farther. I felt her~ hot. So I grabbed her water bottle~ almost full. We determined that she came down with heat exhaustion and I was ever so thankful to have Ruth with us on that hike; she has some medical experience that came to be useful. After talking it over, we decided that because she didn't have the physical ability at this point to even get up and walk, that we would have to move her someplace that was shady, and then send someone back to the ranch to get help. Joe, Jeremy, Marcus and Ruth took turns carrying her, which was no small thing as you can imagine. It was also stressful for Becca, having to be moved, because of nausea.

Once we got her to an 'ideal' place to rest, Jeremy, the fastest of us all, ran the whole way back to the river; it took him 45 min. to an hour to get back, and he only took two 30 second breaks. Then he got into the boat, crossed the river and got back to the ranch. Him and his dad reached us by back roads in the excursion in another hour. So all in all, we ended up waiting for about 2 1/2 hours which wasn't so bad. 
Waiting in the shade~ she started to feel better :)
   Finally they came, and we all piled into the excursion. All felt relieved and better thanks to the ac. :) To get back to the ranch, we drove through Grand Cooley City and Jeremy treated us all to ice cream; which, of course, makes everything better!  
Driving back on that long road we walked on.
We stopped at Grand Coulee Dam to take some photos and eat our ice cream~ and that marks the end of our adventure!
  In conclusion, it was one of the most event filled adventures of the summer, and I cherish the memories! I shall tell some more of my memories in the next post, and I hope that this one wasn't too long! Maybe it will help make up for the summer when I couldn't do much blogging lol.:)