What I Learned In 2017

That’s a really cliche clickbaity title, but it was going to accurate.

I was going to write a post about how I grew this year and what I learned, but then Mrs. Dawnlizjones wrote this post on INSPIRATION with an ATTITUDE, and I realized that her main theme was going to be my main point! ūüėÜ So, I’m gonna just let you read hers, and then give a recap of my year.

From INSPIRATION with an ATTITUDE

After a painful, drama-filled beginning of year, I felt like a terrible human being. When I was offered a chance to work at a Christian summer camp, Camp Gilead, I jumped at it as a chance to follow God’s will instead of mine.

That was the greatest decision of my life because I grew SO. MUCH. over the span of just a few months and cultivated friendships that are still bearing fruit.

Due to camp, I drove two hours on the highway multiple times after only having my license for a couple months… My mom is still confused on how she ever let me do that, haha.

I became a lot more independent and responsible this year — you can ask my mom. I’ve gotten gas by myself multiple times, run errands for my mom once in a while, and drive myself and my sisters around very often. It’s been cool to have that level of freedom. ūüôā

I had had my own room at the beginning of the year, but I moved in with my sister after camp. Sharing a room is harder than I remembered, but we’re working on it. ūüôā

At the beginning of the Lunar year (in the fall), Jews around the world read a section of the Torah each week, starting in Genesis. My family started doing this too this fall, and I’ve gained soooo much knowledge and perspective on the first book of the Bible (we just finished Genesis) because we’re watching some videos in conjunction with each week’s parsha (portion in Hebrew). The videos are non-Messianic, but Rabbi David Fohrman is an incredible teacher with incredible insight into the Torah. Often, we discuss his videos and say, “If only he knew the rest of the story! What he could do with the New Testament!” I can’t wait for Exodus!

My family also joined GCHFA this year, which is the culmination of my childhood dreams: playing in a band and singing in a choir. The fact that it’s with other Christian homeschoolers is just the coolest thing ever. Our Christmas concert went splendidly, as did our assisted living facility outreach the week after. Yay!

My mom got some pics… ūüôā

I know that there are more things that were relatively important this year, but also that I’ll only remember them once I publish this, so I’m not going to sweat it. Regardless, it was a really good year, and I’m excited to see what God has in store for 2018.

Happy New Year!

-Squid

End Of The Year… A Recap

First of all, thank you.

You guys rock. ¬†Yes, I’m talking to you. ¬†You who entered your email address into that follow widget or clicked the follow button to add me to your WordPress Reader. ¬†I can’t put into words (though I’m going to try) how much your support, comments, and likes have meant to me. ¬†I still remember the first random stranger who followed me, and the feeling of being stalked. ¬†And although that person never liked or commented on my posts, (why are you following me again?) nothing bad happened to me, so I realized I was fine. Then I started branching out and reading other people’s posts, and people started following me back! ¬†I was so surprised! ¬†You all were so supportive, and encouraged me to pursue this mystery of the bloggerverse. ¬†You nominated me for two awards, the Liebster Award,¬†and the Sunshine Blogger Award, and even a challenge! ¬†You made me feel like one of the community, and I appreciate it so much.

I follow a lot of amazing blogs, but I’d like to give a few shout outs…

  • Generally Normal Science¬†Brand new blog by my friend Wesley. ¬†Content includes theoretical Star Wars science, so check it out.
  • Mitch Teemly¬†is a Christian comedian and book writer who is hilariously funny and awesome. I am honored that he follows me and likes what I post.
  • Math With Bad Drawings¬†takes stereotypes about math and illustrates them with a dose of wry humor.

A lot has changed in this blog since this time last year… as my long-time followers will know. ¬†I don’t post as many of my pictures anymore, but I will try to remedy that. ¬†I’m going to post a little less often as my schoolwork-load increases, but I’ll try to make the posts that I do publish as special as possible. ūüôā

Like they do with all WordPress users, WordPress sent me an end-of-the-year recap, but I won’t bore you with ALL of the details, instead I’ll share the highlights that YOU made possible.

The busiest day of the year was August 14th with 92 views. The most popular post that day was Beach Birds.

The most popular posts of the year were:

The post that received the most comments was one on spiders, surprisingly…¬†Tallahassee Trip: Day 1, Part 3 (Spiders).

Now for my favorite posts of this year.  The ones I am most pleased with and had the most fun writing, no matter what the numbers say.

I did attempt to make a Daily Thankfulness List, but as I only got 11 published, I think that the “Daily” part isn’t quite appropriate, lol. ¬†I might do weekly ones now, I’m not sure.

Thank you all so much for all the love, God has truly blessed me with you all.

Happy New Year!!

Squid

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