Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Twenty Things That Make Me Happy!

This super fun idea courtesy of Beth over at Adventures of an Elven Princess (her link is down below; you should totally check our her blog... she's awesome)

Okay, so here goes nothing!
1. Helping people
2. Playing with my 4 and 2 year-old nieces and 1 year-old nephew... they're just so much fun!
3. Being absolutely crazy with my brother
4. Haribo gummy bears... my favorite candy, of all time. Period. End of story.
5. Chocolate, because what girl doesn't love chocolate ;P
6. Curling up with a blanket and a good book
7. Watching great movies (I couldn't possibly name them all)
8. Eating a whole bag of popcorn all by myself
9. Laughing with my best friends
10. Dreaming about what's to come in my life
11. Finding God in the simple things
12. Smelling fresh roses
13. Watching snow fall
14. Looking up at the stars... and being struck with awe
15. Walking down cobbled streets
16. listening to Mattia Cupelli's music on Youtube; I'll put some links at the bottom for some of my favorite songs ;)
17. drifting off to sleep while praying the rosary... such a beautiful way to end the day
18. knowing God loves me <3
19. getting all dressed up for something
20. watching the sun rise and set

So, that was really fun! Thanks for the idea Beth! I'll probably make a second list sometime soon, but until then, what makes you happy?

Links  http://adventuresofanelvenprincess.blogspot.com/ & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsLqQtOJT8c (this is such a beautiful song...)

The Words of C.S. Lewis

Now, you probably guessed by now that I love quotes. But how can I not, with all the inspiration they hold. So today, I'm going to share with you some of my favorite words of C.S. Lewis. I apologize if this isn't very fun :)

(I love this one; lady's, we don't have to lower our standards. Men must rise to meet God's own for our lives)
(I love the picture too :p)
(how beautiful is this truth...)

Friday, January 30, 2015

The Edge of Recall: Book Review

   Amidst a world plagued by malice and hatred, a world lacking hope and permeated by doubt, a world weighed down by darkness, a lone candle can illuminate the dusk. At times, that candle reveals itself in the most unlikely of people. That person grants a solacing hand to guide us through the maze of life.
   Tessa Young’s life is overshadowed by doubt. Having lost both her parents at a young age, her subconscious mind is trapped within an endless labyrinth, an ominous monster in pursuit. Her feelings are easily betrayed and she perceives affronts where there are none. Her life lacks faith and hopefulness. She specializes in landscape architecture and though labyrinths haunt her mind, she finds herself drawn to their creation. When charismatic Smith Chandler first enters her life, he becomes a caring mentor who brings to her troubled life the optimism she lacks. Their friendship flourishes and begins to grow into something deeper. Yet when she resolves to traverse a career path which he believes futile and a lack of appreciation for his mentoring, he opts to dissuade her. Overhearing a discussion Smith has with his friends, Tessa feels betrayed and deceived. Now, years later, when Smith requests her assistance in reconstructing a Colonial-era labyrinth, she must decide whether to deny him and regret the loss of a remarkable opportunity or agree and confront someone who once left her wounded. 

   Once she consents and begins the restoration, Tessa feels a vague foreboding and danger lurking. And though she at first denies Smith any associations outside the professional and is all but friendly, she soon comes to develop feelings for him.   

Thursday, January 29, 2015


           The following is a short presentation I did in 8th grade on the Greek Goddess Artemis:
         Artemis is the Greek goddess of hunt, wild animals, wilderness, childbirth, virginity.The name Artemis comes from the Greek word arktos meaning bear.  She is also known as a protector of young girls, both bringing and curing disease in women.She is often shown as a huntress carrying a bow and arrows.
        She is the daughter of Zeus and Leto and twin sister to Apollo. ¨Hera, Zeus’ wife, forbid Leto to give birth on the mainland or an island. But the island Ortygia disobeyed and Artemis and Apollo were born there. Artemis was said to have been born first, aiding in the delivery of her brother, Apollo.
        At age three, it is said that Artemis, while sitting upon her father’s lap, asked Zeus to grant her six wishes: 1) to forever remain a virgin 2) to have many names to set her apart from Apollo 3) to be Phaesporia or "Light Bringer" 4) to have a bow, arrow, and a knee-length tunic for hunting 5) to have 60 "daughters of Okeanos", all nine years of age, for her choir 6) to have twenty Amnisides Nymphs as handmaidnes to watch her bogs and bow while she rested.

Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies Review

The Battle of the Five Armies is the final film in the Hobbit trilogy, prequels to the famous Lord of the Rings Trilogy. It is the culmination of Bilbo Baggins journey with the company of Dwarves. The stakes have been raised as the estranged Elves, Men, and Dwarves must join forces to combat the evil armies of Orcs. But something much more ominous is going on than anyone has expected...
I'll be honest, I went into this film not expecting much, especially after my disappointment in the rumors I had heard. But that just goes to show you shouldn't believe all the rumors surrounding movies....  This was by far the best of the three Hobbit films, though nowhere near the brilliance of Lord of the Rings. The actors performances were absolutely amazing, especially Richard Armitage as he traversed the darker facets of Thorin’s character. The ending of this film was beautiful, but heart wrenching. It certainly hurts to lose characters you have grown to love dearly....
Yes, some things drove me crazy, mainly the cheesy and unnecessary love story between Tauriel and Kili and the fact that my favorite character was not given nearly enough screen time. But overall, it was beautiful. By the end, I found myself asking "Why does it hurt so much?" and Thranduil's answer brought me comfort: "Because it was real." To Tolkien fans, these stories are real, they inspire us and give us hope. 
So was it worth watching? Absolutely! 
P.S.  That favorite character I was speaking about was Fili. At the end of this film, Fili had become the character closest to my heart. 

Lucerne, Switzerland

One of the most beautiful European countries, Switzerland is home to the elegant city of Lucerne. This city is seemingly born from the very pages of a Christmas tale.
Straddling the Reuss River, Lucerne features many bridges, including the famous Chapel Bridge, the oldest covered bridge in Europe. One of the most touching sights, the Lion Monument has brought many British tourists to Lucerne. For fans of C.S. Lewis' Narnia, the sculpture resembles Aslan at the stone table. Tourists can visit the magnificent Church of St. Leodegar or the vast Lucerne Concert Hall  which has hosted the Lord of the Rings Symphony. The Old Town of Lucerne, on the right bank of the Reuss, still preserves many old houses and little squares with fountains and the Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten), is an amazing relic of the Ice Age.
              As for natural wonders, Mount Rigi, the “Queen of Mountains”, is the most visited scenic mountain range in Switzerland. This magnificent landscape is surrounded by Lake Lucerne, Zug and Lauerz. In winter, Rigi offers sled runs, ice-rinks, panoramic cross-country courses, horse-drawn sleigh rides and 30 km of winter rambling paths. Between June and September, visitors can enjoy sunrise cable car rides and take in the scenery by hiking the trails.

              If I ever get the chance to visit Switzerland, Lucerne is the place I hope to experience firsthand. I’m keeping my fingers crossed….

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Few of My Favorite Things: Part 2

These are the fangirl related ones ;)
  •  Lord of the Rings/ The Hobbit
This is literally my favorite book/movie series of all time. It makes me laugh and then cry. It is both inspiring and heartbreaking. It is something I will never grow tired of reading or watching because it's a timeless story of light conquering darkness, of unexpected heroism in the face of unfathomable fear.
              "There's some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for."  - Samwise Gamgee
  •  Star Wars
              I'll admit to liking the new Star Trek movies, especially Into Darkness. And that's only because of a man named Benedict Cumberbatch ;)
              But I'm really a Star Wars fan at my core. Original trilogy all the way. And as for the prequels, I couldn't understand why in the world my brother was making me watch A New Hope first. I mean, why not start at the beginning with Phantom Menace? Let's just say I learned his reasoning pretty quickly :) For me, the only saving grace of Episode 1 was Liam Neeson. And Revenge of the Sith wasn't terrible. But that's a discussion for another time.
  •  British Actors
              Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, Theo James, Tom Hiddleston, Liam Neeson, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, Dean O’Gorman… Okay, so maybe they’re not all British. And I do like some American actors (Chris Evans, anyone?), but again, that’s another discussion. 
  •  Pinterest
  •  Superheroes (as you already know)
  •  Writing/ Reading (particularly the World War II era)

And… the many other things I like but don’t have room for in this post.