Tuesday, March 20, 2018


... is just around the corner! :) 

Happy spring everyone! 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Thoughts on Makeup

Sorry if you don't think this topic is interesting. . . but bear with me please! 🙂

I've worn powder on my face since I was about fourteen --- I have oily skin, so the powder helps control the oil. I think the powder is barely tinted, but it's not clown white. When I turned sixteen Mom and I talked briefly about makeup but it never got anywhere, and I wasn't overly interested. Mom wears makeup but it's all natural stuff and all powders, so her look is really natural. She has face powder and blush. She tried eye shadow two or so years ago and it bothered her eyes. She's not worn any concealer, contour, lipsticks,  mascara or eyebrow stuff for a very long time (college days --- and even then I don't know if she did anything with concealer, contour, or eyebrows). Anyway, I think her choices have influenced me about what makeup is for and how to use it. 

For the girly girl who likes her sparkle like me, it's easy to go overboard with other things in life, so now that I am branching out on this limb (ha!), I'm being very careful about how I do things. I think everything makeup should be done tastefully, simply, and naturally. No hot pink or black lips for me! No bruised eyes (okay be honest, some smoky eyes look bruised)! But keep in mind that a girl can wear natural makeup and not be beautiful and modest --- because those come from the inside. And I don't need to wear it. I don't want to become "addicted" in a sense to it. I want to be able to comfortably walk out of the house without it and be myself. Makeup should not define me. 

Yesterday I got my first real makeup item --- an Almay rose gold eye shadow quad. It's really pretty, light and delicate. I haven't experimented with it yet, but it goes really well with my skin. There's a slightly darker matte, a metallic, a satin, and a glitter. I am excited to try it. I hope I can wear it tastefully and subtly. 

Wow, I actually posted twice this week! (hint: it's called spring break 😉)

Wednesday, March 7, 2018


Well, friends, it's been a while. A month, to be precise. . .

Dad and I just got back last night from a college visit. It went really well and I do like the college. We left on Saturday, got to the hotel at around 7pm I think, and went and grabbed some Culvers for supper. Then we went to find the church so we knew where it was. We did find it, and it was only a literal five minutes from the hotel, so that was nice.

Sunday morning we found out what "home-style" breakfast was at the hotel, and then got ready for church. The church was good, it could have been better, it could have been worse. They were having an unusual service that day, so in some respects it was hard to see what the church was really like. After the service we had some Mexican food (part of what made the service unusual was the Mexican families --- the mother of one man had made all the Mexican food for lunch). I had never had Mexican food before so I had to learn how to eat it. They had a tea --- hibiscus flowers made into a tea --- it was sweet and almost sticky. It was good though. Anyway, after church we went to the local grocer and got some supplies so we didn't have to eat out for every meal. Then we went back to the hotel and I finished reading my book and Dad rested. Then we attended the evening service at the same church, and ate supper.

Monday morning we headed over to the college and from 9am-2pm I attended classes (Graphic design II and Fantasy Fiction), had a meal at the cafeteria with a violist student who takes lessons with my teacher, and met professors. It was really great and so different from the last time I visited which was a hurried rush and go here and do this thing, so I really didn't get to enjoy it as much as this time. After that we went to a nearby state school so Dad could say hello to his co-workers and friends over there. Then it really started to blizzard, so we made our way back to the hotel. We got cozy and ended up watching The Princess Bride in the evening. 

Tuesday, yesterday, I had one more class to attend at the college, so I did that, and then we went and checked out of the hotel and checked the road conditions. They looked decent, so we grabbed some Caribou and headed home. The roads were patchy. We got home around 5pm. 

It's good to be home. 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Goodbye 16, Hello 17!

If I could only use one word to describe my 16th year it would be . . . the word CHALLENGING! In good ways and in difficult ones. 

Music: My teachers have pushed me -- not quite to the limits -- but close, and I love it. Now I love it, anyway! It's not so fun when I'm in the process of learning it all! :) Orchestra has been a great help to me technically and physically. I love the people who make it up and the way we can serve the community. I look forward to another year with my teachers and orchestra friends! 

Life: My grandma died shortly before my 16th birthday, so we didn't really have the energy or time to celebrate my sweet 16th, which was fine with me at the time, but now I kind of wish I had done a recital or something. Maybe when I turn 18?  I attended the Southwest Minnesota String Festival again, and completely wore myself out, but still learned TONS! I competed and won 2nd prize. I also had to put my horse down. I still miss her, but I have so much more freedom now. AND I got my drivers' license! :) 

Reading: One of the greatest books I read when I was 16 was The Edge on the Sword, and also the Wingfeather Saga. If you haven't read them I strongly encourage it! I also kept up with some resources regarding being a young Christian lady and living a godly life. 

While I'm 17, I hope to: 

Visit the nursing homes more and bring more smiles to the elderly!

Get my first real job! 

Be even more (it's definitely possible) joyful! 

To serve much more, and to find more ways to do it!

Anything you think is obvious I should add the list? 

And no, it doesn't feel any different to be 17. :) 

Monday, January 29, 2018

How I Use a Planner for School

Someone gave me a weekly planner this year, and I'm mostly adjusted to using it now. :) Anyway, I thought I'd share how I use it without getting carried away with planning the future (which has its problems).

Thankfully it's a weekly one, and not a daily-in-half-hour-segments one. It takes too long planning like that and I don't know exactly what's going to change or happen every half hour, since I'm not God, you know! 😉
Tuesday and Thursdays are my busiest days, and it's helpful to have a general idea of the day sketched out!

On the section under the picture, I've been putting Scripture verses I find encouraging! 

It's already helping me feel organized and put together! I can see this becoming really foundational for my schedule! Plus then if someone asks if I'm available at such and such a time, I can reference the planner and have a clear answer --- rather than being like "Um, well, I should do school and such and such this afternoon, but I don't know how long that will take, so let's see, should I come at 3? If I'm not free at 3 then I'll let you know." It gets chaotic that way, and you're not as reliable.

Have you ever used a planner? 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

I Will Never Perform in Church

   Hi guys! Thank you for the 20+ views on my latest post! It's so encouraging to see the stats. :) I hope you like what you're reading!

   I suppose you wonder why I am even writing this post? Well, a friend was speaking of another friend about how said friend always used church services to show off; to give a mini recital. Something about this really bothered me, so I've been hashing it out in my head, and finally decided to write about it. What are your thoughts on the subject? I'm curious. 😊

   I must make a distinction between performing and playing for the church. Yes, both require careful technique and effort, both definitely should reflect God and not focus merely on the musician doing it. But there is an element of care for the music itself and abilities of the musician in performing that I do NOT want to show up in a church service. I will only accompany, support, and work alongside the other musicians and the congregation in the church, and I don't want it to be a soloistic thing. 

Soli Deo Gloria! 

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Home Sweet Home

I'm HOME! It's amazing. And my furry friends were happy to see me again, not to mention my not-so-furry sister. :) 

Our flights going and coming were mostly uneventful. I had a fever going, and I learned that flying is much more enjoyable when you're not sick. However, I did get a window seat for the longer flight, so that was nice. Coming home, on the first flight, we were on the runway and speeding up, and then the captain hit the brakes and we stopped rather suddenly, which is not what you're expecting. We had to go back to the gate because a door light came on, probably meaning that one of them was open a crack. So they had to write up a ticket and call the mechanic, and then we got in the air, finally. Thankfully it didn't delay us so much that we lost our connection! We didn't have much time in Midway, but that's okay with me --- it's such a busy airport. 

When we finally got our own truck packed up and headed West, we grabbed some Hot Cocoa and snacks at the edge-of-the-Cities Kwik Trip, and drove home. It was so nice to sleep in my own bed again, rather than on an air mattress that was flat every morning. :P

Now that we're home, it's time to unpack and get back in the groove, just in time for classes to start Monday, and I'm at the college Tuesdays and Thursdays. Here we go! 

Have you ever been on an airplane? Do you like flying?

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Goals for 2018

Hello again and what? It's 2018 already?!?! 

Some goals I have this year: 

Win the competition

Get my drivers' licence 

Get on a regular blogging schedule

Do well at SMSF again 

Do more photography and drawing

Be creative 

What are some things you hope to do this year? 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Top posts of 2017!

*sniff sniff* *cough* *takes meds for fever* 

Hello guys! Ahem. Right. I hope you are healthy, I really do. While I've been sitting here I've seen a few posts pop up with popular posts in 2017 and I thought maybe I would do the same. 

First off my About Me page has had 229 views! It's the most viewed item on my blog! :) 

Next, for posts. 

Ways I help my father and mother at home and on the farm! A total of 84 views! 

Outward beauty in this age Had 80 views!

Bonus Post! Nature Walk! Had 79 views! 

Sewing Projects! Had 64 views, and

Bonus post! Why I chose the name A Glittering Jumble of Order! Had a whopping 51 views. 

Thanks so much to my readers, from here in the US, to the Philippines, Russia, Brazil, Canada, Armenia, Australia, Germany, the UK, and France! Even if you don't comment it's nice to see someone reads my blog! :) 

I have had a total of 5, 674 page views this year! My goal for 2018 is to get up to 10,000! 

Monday, December 25, 2017



I hope you can all find time to dwell upon the glory of our great Redeemer! 

I'll be gone until almost a week after the new year, so I'm afraid you'll have to wait for another post. In the meantime, enjoy some Christmas music. After all, it's only the first day of Christmas!
Bach's Christmas Oratorio, part 1. The other parts can be found right next to this one as well.