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Hobbit Day

Of course I’ve been thinking of Middle Earth today! ¬†I’m sure some of you have too. ūüėČ

I’ve heard so many people say that they wished they could visit Tolkien’s beautiful world, and I must say that I don’t blame them. . . ¬†But I’ve never really seen it that way.

For me, Middle Earth has never been farther than my backyard. ¬†Tolkien did not try to make¬†The Lord of the Rings allegorical, but in the introduction to my version of The Fellowship of the Ring he said he thought it ‘applicable’.*

I believe I am a better person because I read fantasy. ¬†I know there is a lot of really bad fantasy out there, but I say it’s worth sifting through it. ¬†Because there’s books out there like The Hobbit.

Middle Earth is right here, right now. ¬†Fangorn is every tree I’ve ever climbed, and Aragorn is every hero I’ve admire. ¬†I see him in friends of ours, I see him in my Dad. ¬†I saw him in the police officer standing in the middle of the street picking up trash. ¬†I never want to underestimate the Strider’s around me–like so many people in Middle Earth did. ¬†I feel the pull of the Ring every time I’m tempted to snap at someone, or not bother to do what’s right. ¬†I pray I can resist like Frodo did. ¬†I see Arwen and Pippin and Merry¬†in my family, and in my friends.

Whatever character you’ve been dying to meet, you can meet. ¬†They’re in you, in your heart, in those around you.

What Aragorn/Legolas/Eowyn/etc.¬†in your life have you been¬†missing? ¬†Middle Earth is right here around us–are we¬†ready to fight the darkness?


*Forward to The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien, page x

The Describe Tag

So. . . as you can see, the book reviews are only sort-of happening. ¬†I apologize. ¬†I am planning on doing more reading soon though, so that should help. ¬†In the mean time, I’m going to do a tag instead, because. . . I have a lot of tags I need to get done.

Before we start though, ya’ll need to read the last post on our family’s adoption blog. ¬†I am sooo excited!


Okay, now for the tag: my sweet friend Savannah tagged me on this one, and it looks like all kinds of fun! ¬†Sadly, I can’t link to her post, as her blog is private. ¬†Here’s the description of the tag:

¬†¬† ‘The basic idea of this tag is to take five characters of your creation, answer the six questions for each of your characters, then describe him/her/it in your own words in a paragraph, posts the answers like I did down below, and then tag 1 person per character.’¬†

Okay, sounds good! ¬†Most of my characters are from stories that are not yet written, because all the (good) on-paper stories by yours truly have been posted on here, so you all know the characters already. ¬†I’m starting with the main character from Catania’s Forest, because I’m sure you all want to know about her–and because I need to buy myself time because I’m not getting a description of it up on my stories¬†page as soon as I thought. ūüėČ ¬†Anyway, here goes nothing:

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Lauritzen Gardens

I know these have been a long time in coming. . . better late than never, right? ¬†Anyway, I’m very happy with how they turned out!

If you don’t like hundreds of pictures of flowers, feel free to skip this post. ūüėČ ¬†And, believe it or not, this is the narrowed-down version.


I got a lot of good pictures of Little Brother. ¬†I guess he’s just picturesque.




I am so excited about this picture!  My pictures of bugs never turn out this clear!

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The Storybook Cave

I started this picture in Colorado, and brought it home to finish it. ¬†I’d been wanting to do something like this for a long time, but the exact details–a dragon sitting on a pile of gold, reading a story to some other fun creatures–came all of a sudden while I was drawing with our friends. ¬†They’re good for inspiration. ūüôā ¬†And thanks, Brianna and Emily, for your help with my unicorn’s face!













Happy Thursday!

(Which means tomorrow’s Friday. . .)


Hi, ya’ll! ¬†Sorry I haven’t posted in so long. ¬†We got back from a short trip to Colorado last Thursday. ¬†It was only a few days long, but a great trip–spending time with my family and the friends we stayed with, being outside, reading in the car (I love road-trips!), and. . . (drum-roll please!) my first time skiing.


It was a cross between the scariest, most stressful thing I had ever done, and the funnest and most exciting. ūüôā


So. . . I have a love/hate relationship with skiing, at the moment.


But, I’m glad we went! ¬†It was fun, and the weather was perfect, and the scenery was to die for.


But I didn’t die for it (I survived skiing!), so I’m back, and I’m hoping to start posting more. ¬†I know I’ve been a wee bit sparse¬†lately.


P.S. Can you get too old for dressing up? ¬†We stayed with some friends of ours, and they had the best dress up clothes ever–and they even fit a fifteen-year-old! ¬†What more could a girl ask for?


Happy Sunday! ūüôā