On Solar eclipses… 

Although Floridians only get a partial viewing of this solar eclipse, I’m still really excited!!  

As I write this, my dad and sister are in the pool (the true Floridian way to wait), and I’m monitoring the camera equipment. 

Focusing on the sun is fun… *not*

I found a great blog post on the incredible design God put into our world as evidenced by perfect solar eclipses.  It’s amazing!  

Enjoy the eclipse, where ever you are!


Naples Trip Pics

Hey, guys!

Our family recently took a mini vacation for the weekend at a beachfront condo in a town not too far from here but far enough away to feel like far away. 🙂  

While we were there, it rained.  But, it didn’t just rain, it deluged the entire area for a short period of time.  

This made for awesome cloud cover!! Naturally, I took pictures. 

These are the lower-quality versions, so, if you want to see the high-res originals, head over to my Flickr page (link on the side widget with the pics!) and check them out!  


What I’ve Been…



  • I eat salads for the croutons and cucumbers.  So, I asked my mom to buy me some croutons for the express purpose of snacking.  SHE DID!  They are amazingful and perfectuous to the extent that I have to make up words to describe them.  *absent-mindedly eats entire bag and regrets nothing*
  • Ginger soda (NOT ginger ale) with a motherload of ginger and sugar.  Super epic flavor and kick!
  • Minty stuff:
    • Wintergreen Altoids are my favorite breath mints and they don’t have any horrible artificial sweeteners in them, just art. colors and flavors.  Hmmm.
    • Spry gum is the healthiest gum that I know of — sugar-free because it’s only sweetened with xylitol.


I’ve been reading a lot of great books lately, including (but not limited to):

  • Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis

If Christianity was something we were making up, of course we could make it easier. But it is not. We cannot compete, in simplicity, with people who are inventing religions. How could we? We are dealing with Fact. Of course anyone can be simple if he has no facts to bother about. (Mere Christianity, p. 165)

  • The Enchanted Forest Chronicles [series] by Patricia C. Wrede
  • The Ninja Librarians [series] by Jen Swann Downey
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Homles by A. Conan Doyle (which I bought at the library bookstore for $1… it is an unabridged facsimile collection (published in 1975) of the original stories that were published in London, 1892). *squeals of booklover joy*
  • Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (REALLY good book!!)

Listening to:

  • Lots of NoCopyrightSounds (NCS) and Monstercat artists (their Spotify playlists are my go-to)
  • Peaceful acoustic guitar music
  • Michael W. Smith – Sky Spills Over
  • Elevation Worship – O Come to the Altar (Not something I would often choose, but I had to learn it for worship.   Now it’s one of my favorites!)
  • Alan Walker
  • Rich Mullins – Creed
  • And so much more you don’t even have time to read about.  Find me on Spotify under squidtea if you’re curious! 🙂

An eclectic history of the past 4-5 months (?).

  • I learned how to knit!  My lovely friend Emily taught me and she’s an amazingly patient teacher. 🙂 A WHOLE NEW WOOOOORLLLLLD! #mylifeisamusical
  • I grew a lot closer to my mom (through not-so-pleasant circumstances, but that’s life sometimes…) and it’s been a huge blessing to have her as not only my parent but also now as my friend and mentor.  I love you, Mommy! 🙂
  • I got my driver’s license!  It’s been awesome to be able to chauffeur my siblings around, and I know it helps my parents out, so that’s cool too. 🙂
  • I became First Aid and CPR certified last week during Camp Gilead’s staff training week!
  • I survived CG’s staff training week! (as mentioned above)  It was probably the rainiest week I’ve ever experienced, and I didn’t bring any jackets, but my tiny umbrella and I did just fine. 🙂
    I won’t be actually working as a Junior Counselor until the first week of July, due to my school schedule, but that’s OK because, once I get there, it will be a well-oiled machine, right?  😉
  • I worked at Mr. D‘s booth at the FPEA Homeschool Convention!  It went super well; we beat our sales record, and I met some crazy cool new friends/Mr. D students. 😀 (Plus, I got paid, so that’s a plus! 🙂 )
  • Saw a lot of rare migratory birds around our area during the spring migration.  Check out my eBird profile for the lists!
  • Took the DISC profiling test. I found that I am a C/I, but very balanced.



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Now, What I’m Currently Doing:

  • Trying to finish school by the last Friday in June
  • Trying to remember to pack a jacket during this *rainy* season
  • Remembering to turn on my lights whenever I turn on my wipers (FL law)
  • Growing my hair out for ponytail purposes.
  • Contemplating getting a nape undercut for pretty practical ponytail purposes. (boom)
  • Praying for the campers and counselors at Camp Gilead.
  • Practicing my instruments (I’m on the worship team at CG).
  • Saving my money from all these summer jobs (yay!!).
  • Enjoying God’s peace.
  • Editing a friend’s book(s).
  • Procrastinating going through/editing my recent photography.
  • Volunteering at my local library
  • Wavering between finishing this post and —

Squid 😉

To My Mommy,


This picture makes me so happy inside.

I love my Mom, and I really like telling her random things, even when it’s not practical.  I think I do this because I love her and because I really really really want her to know that I want her to be the one to whom I tell the things I think about.  So, this is what I’ve really been saying. 🙂

Dear Mom, if that hasn’t been clear, I apologize.  Please take this as a coupon for a free hug.  It’s reusable, never expires, and my hugs are never out of stock. 🙂

My Professional-Mommy-and-Co-ruler-of-Household is really great and tolerant.  Wanna know why?  Her birthday is the 16th, which means it’s really close to Mother’s Day.  Like those with birthdays near Christmas or Father’s Day, it often leads people to only giving her one set of cards, presents, or blog posts. (sorry!)

This year, I got her a present and wrote her a blog post.  Hopefully, that covers it… it’s kinda hard on us kids because we never know what to write on her cards/blog titles.

So, in honor of my mother, I’m going to formally extend “Mother’s Day” to “Mother’s Three Days” so that this post isn’t late we can celebrate her even more; I mean, she deserves it.

And, it was her partially her niceness that made this post late… you see, she let us go over to our pastor’s house yesterday after church.  They left for vacation this morning, and we won’t see them for more than a couple weeks, *cries*, so it was an unexpected blessing to be able to spend almost the entire day with them instead of just the morning at church.
Although the parents told us many times that we would leave soon, they actually allowed us to stay for much longer than we were originally told, and it was an incredible blessing to stay so long with such awesome friends.  Because of this, I was not able to compose this post until today.  So, Mom proved her own awesomeness at her own expense, therefore proving again how selfless she is. 🙂


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