Ratatouille!

Well. . . Sorry I’m posting this so late, but I was busy cleaning the majority of my day.

I got up, exercised for an hour and a half and then went straight to cleaning.

It’s good for me, though; it’s almost therapeutic.

So, after cleaning for four hours, I crashed.

I often will get sick after cleaning “violently” for a long period of time; it’s not like a cold or fever but more like headaches and pain. It’s okay, though. I enjoy cleaning. 😁

So, I was woken up by my sisters. . .

And, they had dimmed the lights and busted out the candles and literally made ratatouille for dinner!

Alyssa has French decorations in her bedroom so they decorated the kitchen with them and made the table all cute!!!

Unfortunately, I slept through all the cooking, but my sisters are getting the hang of cooking healthy dishes; it was delicious!

They went off recipe though, but next time I’ll post the recipes they use!

It was a perfect night and definitely worth all of the cleaning. 😊

I write this to you half alseep, so please excuse any spelling errors because my eyes literally won’t stay open as I type.

On another note. . .

Zach had his knee surgery today and is doing well! He’s doped up on meds but feeling “pretty good” when he lays down. . .

Keep him in your prayers as he now battles recovery and getting his life back to normal!

Here’s him after the surgery, but he’s now at home resting! 😏

Stay tuned for my next post. . .

Love,

Grace πŸ’œ

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Plans of a Preteen

Hey y’all!

I’m now back to my normal cheerful, self again! Typically I just have one “blahhh” day of the week or month, so now you’ve experienced the feelings I push too down inside for others to find. . .

Yesterday got me thinking about my future and past and how the plans I made as a little girl haven’t really been fulfilled yet. . .

So, I’m currently 17 1/2 as y’all know by now, and I would like to share my life plan with you that I had mapped out when I was 11 1/2, barely surviving 6th grade. . .

Sixteen.

I was supposed to graduate High School at 16.

I was pretty close. I graduated High School two weeks after I turned 17; I finished my last class before my 17th birthday so technically I did finish High School at 16.

I also was supposed to get a job. . .

That hasn’t happened yet. πŸ˜£πŸ˜‚

Seventeen.

I was supposed to have a boyfriend at 17 while working my way through community college.

Ummm. . . I don’t have a boyfriend but I am going to a community college, just not the community college I had expected to be attending.

Eighteen.

I was supposed to get engaged to this said boyfriend after about a year of dating.

I was supposed to finish my basics at the community college. . .

I’m still seventeen, so I don’t know how that’s going to play out.

Nineteen.

This is where I gave myself two options, two paths in life to choose from.

I could either get married to said fiance, or I could go to a university to study to be a marine biologist.

Well, I am now planning on majoring in English, so no marine biology degree, and I still don’t have a boyfriend so. . . Yeah.

Twenty.

I had planned on finishing my degree or starting a family. . .

Man, literally NOTHING I planned as an 11 1/2 year-old has happened!

Do you know how discouraging that is?

Yeah. . . But at 11 I also wanted to marry a cowboy Prince and live on a ranch in Texas. Somehow, I doubt THAT is going to happen. 😊

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my eleven-year-old thoughts!

Stay tuned for my next post. . .

Love,

Grace πŸ’œ

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Our Disease

Hi y’all. . .

I’m often reminded of how I choose to live life by my sister.

She’s always asking me if I’ve done my homework or college project. She doesn’t understand that school comes third in my life.

First, my faith.

Second, family.

Then, school.

Family is all I have in this world, so why would I waste the precious moments I have with family doing school work that I can push off until later???

I spent all of my High School years putting family and faith first, and yet, I still got straight A’s. It’s a choice to choose family over school. . .

I’ve been feeling weird lately.

I feel defeated.

For the past few months, the life in me has been draining. I’m physically fine, but mentally. . . I’m not so sure.

In these past months, my family seems to be plagued by a disease. It’s not a physical, tangible disease, but rather an aura or presence that fills our house.

My family’s lives are filled with constant medical appointments whether it’s related to my mom’s Cancer diagnosis, or my sisters’ dentist appointments, pediatrician appointments, dermatology appointments, orthodontist appointments, scoliosis appointments, or WHATEVER is “wrong” with them! It’s just been hanging over my head lately. . .

Because I don’t go to any of these said appointments.

Because I choose to believe that I’m well and perfect just the way I am. . .

Needless to say, I’m left alone with one sister or the other as my mom and a sister go to these appointments.

My dad is at work all day, so when it’s just me and my sister at home, the elder will stay in her room all day making Tik Toks, while the other disappears into her game of Among Us. And then there’s me. . .

I don’t have social media unless you count this blog, and I don’t play video games because they rot my brain.

Both of them are deadly to the mind, because that’s what both of them are used for. They’re just two different ways that one can manipulate their mind into thinking that their utopia actually exists.

When in reality, all they’re doing is distracting you from what you’ll have to face sooner or later. . .

So, I’m left alone mentally most of my days, and physically, but my mental state will determine my fate.

And, I have now contracted this impulse to clean anything in sight. It’s my way to cope with the loneliness and medical disease that linger over our house.

And, when I’m not cleaning, I’m exercising, and when I’m not exercising, I’m writing to escape life and all its problems. . .

I have learned this past year that nothing is definite in life, and yet we treat our lives, our years, our days as if we have a tomorrow, but when in reality, we don’t.

So, I value family and the time we spend together so much more than I value my school life in college.

That’s why I don’t particularly care for gifts or “things” anymore. I cherish memories instead.

Because one true memory with the people you love is more valuable than a billion material gifts. . .

Remember that.

Stay tuned for my next post. . .

Love,

Grace πŸ’œ

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When Junkie Meets Vegan

So, last night we sisters made dinner for our parents again. . .

Um. . . It actually went by much faster without too much complaining.

I quit asking Glory for directions and just looked at the recipe myself 😊

Anyway, we made vegetable pasta primavera and it tasted SOOO good!

I’m telling you, eating Vegan isn’t so bad!

At first I was totally against it because I love my junk food, pizza, and soda. . . But now, it’s as if I CRAVE the taste of vegetables!

GUYS! A year ago I wouldn’t be caught dead eating vegetables, and now that’s all I think about!

Don’t get me wrong, I do like to eat pizza now and then, and I had my first Dr. Pepper in months just last week, but it’s not a daily thing anymore.

And, to be honest, I feel awful after I eat junk food anyway.

But back to the Dr. Pepper I had. . . So, I poured it into one of those paper coffee cups at church and as I was passing this guy in the hall (he runs a coffee business, and knows that I DESPISE coffee) and he glanced at me with one of those shocked gazes, asking, “Is that coffee?” 🀣

I just smiled and walked away. 😊

And, now he’ll never know that I was just drinking my soda without anyone noticing. . . πŸ˜„

Anyway, back to our whole Vegan lifestyle.

So, when I first moved to Oregon, I noticed that everyone eats A LOT. Like even the women who are SUPER thin.

And they eat SUPER healthy.

So, now I know why they eat so much!

It’s because they’re STARVING, because vegetables don’t fill you up!

Literally, I eat like three portions of vegetables because I wasn’t full after the one portion. . .

Oh, but it was SOOO delicious!

I was a straight up junkie, turning my nose up at vegetables, and now my body craves our Vegan lifestyle!

How the tables have turned. . .

Stay tuned for my next post. . .

Love,

Grace πŸ’œ

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Home Sweet Home

I wrote this Friday evening. . .

I write this to you from my backyard. . .

It’s so beautiful in our forest of a yard!

The wind is blowing as if to kiss my face, and yet the clouds release a few drops that compete with the wind for my affection.

I’m wearing shorts for I don’t feel chilled in the least while contemplating the magnificent display of God’s artistic, wild earth.

My hair is in disarray, but I love it!

Even the smell is relaxing as the fragrance of pines overtakes the common air.

There’s nothing more tranquilizing in the entire world!!!

And, yet, I can’t help but think that I waist my days inside when I could be out here admiring all the world has to offer. . .

I love my life, my family, my home.

Even just being outside, raking up the pine needles that serve as my dad’s mortal enemy is such a priviledge!!!

I love Oregon! I love my Oregon!

Sorry if I got all poetic on y’all but I can’t help describing the beauty around me in such a way!

Stay tuned for my next post. . .

Love,

Grace πŸ’œ

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Silly Songs with. . .

Okay, guys. . . This is silly problems with Grace, the part of the blog where Grace comes out and explains a silly problem. . .

(I know you heard Archibald’s voice, don’t deny it! πŸ˜‹πŸ˜)

Anyway, I’ve been writing down all of my blogs in a journal so that I can give it to my great-grandfather for his birthday in January. And, yes, this blog will be in it.

So, I’ve spent the last three or four days, writing all these blog posts down for him. . .

Well, I would get interrupted with school or chores or questions. You know, the norm. . .

And, I kept losing my pencil!

Like, do other people endure this too?!

Or do their pencils just sit there like the good writing utensils they were born to be?

So. . .

It was there one minute and gone the next, and I’m like, “Hey, where did it go?! I’ve misplaced it five times in the past twenty minutes! Give me a break!”

(And, then Archibald referred me to a therapist, and I’m all better know, but we kept talking about my lips for some reason πŸ˜‚)

I am SOOO joking! I don’t go to therapy!!!

Anywayβ€”I kid you notβ€”I then tore apart my room for thirty minutes (because I wasn’t going to be defeated by such an insignificant wooden object as a pencil! NO!) instead of just grabbing a new pencil from my bag that was literally two feet away. . . just to find out that my pencil was inside my journal the entire time. . .

*sigh, smack to the forehead

I give up!

I need to just take a day off from life to get my priorities straight so that I won’t spend thirty minutes searching for a pencil that was staring at me the WHOLE time I was searching for it!

Yep.

Guys. . . it’s okay. I know what y’all are thinking. I’m getting help. πŸ˜†

I’ve been watching all the Veggie Tales we have in the house. . .

Just remember this story the next time you lose your pencil! It’ll make me feel so much better about myself!!!

Stay tuned for my next post. . .

Love,

Grace πŸ’œ

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G’day Mate

So, y’all probably don’t know this, but I have ALWAYS wanted to go to Australia and New Zealand; it’s been my dream vacation for the past couple of years. . .

I think it became my dream vacay after I found out that the two lead singers of my favorite band are originally from Australia, and I absolutely adore their accents!

I don’t know, but maybe that’s why.

Anyway, so there’s this young guy at my church (I won’t say who he is because he has a thing about social media and stuff like that), and he just got home from New Zealand!

So, his family and mine are closeβ€”Or, maybe I should say that we speak freely with one another; I don’t know how to describe our relationship to them.

The kids are in their twenties, and their dad is just a little bit younger than my dad, so. . .

Yeah.

My parents are like mentors to the kids. . .

Okay, back to the reason why I’m blogging.

So, this guy came home and started telling us about his trip, and of course, I was FASCINATED because this guy got to live my dream vacation for like months!!!

But, he didn’t speak too highly of New Zealand. . .

He expressed how their version of barbeque was a disaster, how their Mexican food was carrots and peas rolled up into a burritoβ€”YUK!β€”how the cars were so cheaply made, how most people slept with their “partners” and didn’t get married, and how they don’t get ANYTHING done.

(Food is my life, so that’s why I mentioned it twice 😊)

He was, and is still working for his brother-in-law who actually lives here, but he (the brother-in-law) was expanding his company in New Zealand, hence the reason why this guy was in New Zealand. . .

Anyway, apparently the people there take A LOT of vacations or ‘holiday’ as they call it, so the production for the company took FOREVER to get up and running.

I was impressed at how he mentioned the whole “partners” thing wasn’t for him. He wants to actually get married which I commend him for because I know that takes guts to say. And, as a person who is a virgin, I’m grateful for him standing up for what is right, and setting a good example for me!

But, what shocked me the most was that he didn’t seem to enjoy the people’s accents, which was my favorite part about New Zealand!

He kept describing the accent as annoying, but we convinced him to “talk” like them just to demonstrate what was so annoying to him, and he did the accent!

He was so cute!

I don’t know why but accents make a guy TEN TIMES more attractive!!!

I don’t know. . .

Maybe it is annoying to some people, but I like it. . .

So, long story short, I doubt I will be going to New Zealand anymore after this guy’s experience. . . But there’s still Australia!

A girl can dream!

Stay tuned for my next post. . .

Love,

Grace πŸ’œ

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Winter Wonderland

So today is our OFFICIAL first snow!

I mean, it snowed yesterday, but I was home all day and didn’t get to experience the snow in town, so it doesn’t count. 😊

It’s so BEAUTIFUL and perfect as if it’s right out of a fairytale. . .

I love snow so much with its delicate structure and massive impact on our small town.

Just think about. . .

Snow gives us the power to cancel school, create devastating accidents, and come together as a community, a family.

It has always fascinated me how something so innocent as a snowflake could cause devastation amongst people when a blizzard hits. . .

It kind of reminds me of our words and how they can be so beautiful and yet, so destructive.

If you ask my family, most of them think that I despise the snow and getting cold and wet, but if I’m being honest, snow is one of the reasons I can’t bare to part with Oregon!

The whole concept of rain that sticks to the ground and has a form is so amazingly BRILLIANT!

I can’t help but admire its intricate beauty. . .

Oh! Hey, remember those combat boots I got that created war in my house?

Well, I just found out that they have STARS on the bottom of them!

How cool is that?!

My dad was there when I discovered this revelation. . .

And, he said, “Don’t commit a crime in those shoes. . .”

And that made me think about the fact that Glory has the same size as me in the same boots I have, SO I could totally get away with murder!

Just kidding. 😊

I would never blame my murder on my little sister. . .

That would be stupid. . . because they would totally suspect the next of kin.

I would blame someone else! 😝

Anyway, I’ve got to go to church now!

Stay tuned for my next post. . .

Love,

Grace πŸ’œ

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Prayer For a Teenager

Guys. . . One of my closest friends in this ENTIRE world has to get knee surgery within the week!

Please, PLEASE be praying for him!

He’s closer to me than my brother is, and it would mean so much to me to know that he has prayers across the United States and the world!

Here’s one of his last updates. . .

This was a few days ago, and now we know he has to have surgery with a 9 month recovery. . .

Zach is in his Senior year of High School. . .

He was in Track, Football, and Baseball, and now due to his injury he will sadly be out for the rest of his Senior year of High School, which totally sucks!

He already had to deal with the COVID conditions, but this was the cherry to top off the worst Senior year EVER!

He’s strong, though. He was my rock all through the toughest year of my life, during the end of my Seventh grade year.

He’ll make it through this. . . But, I know that it’s not easy to stay optimistic when you’re hurting and in pain.

Please, pray for my friend, Zach!

Stay tuned for my next post. . .

Love,

Grace πŸ’œ

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