What Life Has Been Like Rough Tough Scary 😀 Oh okay…it hasn’t been that bad. It’s been so much worse! Maybe you’ve noticed I haven’t updated y’all on my life? Well, I haven’t. I have been… More
“It is with a heavy, heavy heart that I write to ask your fervent and continual prayers for my dear brother and friend, Lorimer Arendse, who was diagnosed 2 days ago with Stage 4 Lung Cancer that has apparently spread “all over his body”.”
~from an email
this is a post that I had planned to write a while ago. But I didn’t end up partially because I didn’t have many details–and partially because I wasn’t sure what I could possibly say. But now the way to help is made clear!
I am here today to ask all of you who might be willing to 1) pray and 2) donate.
Now if this makes zero sense, let me explain.
You know how I’ve mentioned some dear friends from Texas several times? Well, this sad news concerns them. The Arendse family have been our friends for many years and we love them dearly. Just a little while ago Lorimer Arendse (the head of the family, my bestie’s father) was diagnosed with Stage iv Lung cancer. It was completely unexpected and about as out-of-the-blue as it could get.
The news is devastating even for those that aren’t privileged to know the family. In earthly terms, this is the worst possible news that anyone can hear.
But despite this heart-breaking news, there is HOPE.
Fellow brothers and sisters in our Lord (and anyone else who may read this blog)…I urge you to consider donating and helping this dear family reach their goal. What’s the goal? $100,000. While the hospitals say there’s nothing THEY can do…their are other options.
The Arendse family is currently considering two medical options. One in California and one in Mexico. For either of these places they will need to pay out-of-pocket and as you can imagine it’s very expensive.
Would you like to help?
There are two primary things that would be much appreciated.
- Go to the Arendse’s GoFundMe page and donate!
- Pray among other things:
a. That they would be able to raise their goal on the page.
b. That the Arendse family would trust the Lord and be drawn closer together through this terrible time.
c. That the LORD would be pleased to heal Lorimer.
d. That the LORD’S name would be be praised through this.
Every little thing helps. I am so thankful that people all across the world bond together during tough times. Praise the LORD!
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“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
~2nd Corinthians 1:3-4
The Captain’s Daughter
By Jennifer Delamere
London Beginnings Book One
My rating- 3 stars
HERE’S my monthly review for Bethany House! The book is The Captain’s Daughter by Jennifer Delamere.
*following review may contain mild spoilers
When I started up the book I was pretty intrigued. A young woman accused of a crime she didn’t commit? Good. Increases the tension. Almost gets stuck in a brothel? Good. More tension increase.
But after that things started getting less good (in my humble opinion). When I originally read the synopsis I was looking forward to seeing some cool theater acting in a way. I like acting and so I wanted to get a peek at it. But this…was just not what I wanted. As the main character gets more interested in acting…I felt that she was becoming less good. Less worth having. I did not like the way acting was portrayed in the book—and therefore, when the main character started loving it…that was a turn-off. I might not have minded quite so much if the main character had steadfastly ignored the attention she got from other actors at the theater. But no, in my opinion she was a little flaky.
She was VERY VERY foolish with another male character. And instead of stopping his flirtatious advances she encouraged them. Huge turnoff for me. That is one thing I absolutely cannot abide in a novel. If you stick a strong love interest for the main gal in the story…she HAS to know her heart in regards to him. And she has to be faithful in thought, word, and deed. And the main guy was SO obviously better.
Which brings me to my final thoughts on the story.
The main guy made it worth it to read until the end. Because I wanted to know what happened to him. He had chapters told from his perspective which gave me an in-depth peek at who he is as a person. BUT…I couldn’t help but feel he deserved someone better than the main girl in the end. And then when the conclusion came…I felt their relationship was somewhat lacking. I didn’t feel connected enough to both of them to enjoy the climax. That said, I liked the start of the book—and the parts with the main man in it. If I could transport this guy into another book I read recently (where the gal was good, but I didn’t like the guy 😀 ) I totally would.
So anyway this book wasn’t really my thing, thus the three stars.
Note: I received a copy of the book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. As you can tell…if they wanted a positive review—I would be officially busted right now. 😉 All opinions are my own (I have no accomplice and wasn’t aided or abetted 😆 ).
Post: Tag Category: Lifestyle
The Blue Sky Tag
I was tagged for this by Natasha from A Camera and a Dreamer
Thanks for the tag! I will enjoy this (but I have no idea how I’m going to get eleven people tagged??? 😀 )
1) What was one of your scariest moments?
I hate to say this but it was probably a roller coaster. One of the only ones I have been on…at Dollywood. I HATE roller coasters.
2) What is one thing you want to experience\do in life?
I would most like to experience the specialist relationship on earth. Marriage. I’ve probably dreaded it and dreamed of it since I was little. There’s just something so wonderful about the thought of sharing the relationship closest to Christ’s relationship with His church.
3) Favorite vegetable (even if you don’t like any 😛 )?
Caaaaaarrrrooootttttssss! I’m bugs bunny all the way.
4) What’s one of your favorite Bible verses?
” 11 The saying is trustworthy, for:
If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
12 if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he also will deny us;
13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful—
for he cannot deny himself.”
~2nd Timothy 2:11-13
5) If you could write one message to the entire world, what would it be?
Don’t waste your life pursuing the wrong things. This life is a breath, use it for Christ.
6) One book you hope to read this year?
Beloved Hope and Cherished Mercy by Tracie Peterson.
7) If you were to go into a movie and be the main character, which movie would you choose?
Maybe I would be Belle or Cinderella. Or maybe Lucy from Narnia. There are so many movies! 🙂
8) What is your description of the perfect day?
A nice book, a warm cup of tea, a princess dress, a beautiful person to use as a model to photograph them, a tv show I enjoy, a picnic, and baking. (I feel like I’m missing something…but… 😀 ) Add some acting practice and it’s all fun. And a good dose of adventure. + a golden hour. Okay…I’m going overboard here.
9) Italian food or Mexican?
I like Mexican food for the meat and the corn. But I’m going to have to stick to my Italian roots and say Italian.
10) What is one of your favorite stores?
I love Hobby Lobby, TJ Max (the discount section), and Marble Slab (ice cream!).
11) What’s your favorite season and why?
My favorite season is winter. I love the snow. Taking pictures of it, jumping in it, making snow angels–and just playing in it. I like writing words in frozen snow and making snowball stashes so I’ll always be ready for friends stopping by. 😀 I also love icicles, and ice. HOT CHOCOLATE.
But then I also half-love fall just as much. Confusing, right? I like the leaves, the fall crafts, the county fair, the pictures…don’t even get me started on fall golden hours and lighting. And no, I didn’t take the picture. All the pictures in this post are from Pixabay.com .
Thank you, Natasha, for tagging me. I always enjoy tags. ❤
Charis @ Charis Rae (go check out her new website! Link in the link 🙂 )
And that’s as many as I have that I can tag. But I tried, right? 😉
- What is one thing that inspires you?
- Favorite movie?
- One era that you love the clothes from?
- What is your favorite book to reread?
- If you could go anywhere for a week, where would it be?
- You’re transported to a magical world. Which world is it?
- You meet someone you’ve always looked up to. Who is it?
- What is one thing that happened in your life that is now a beautiful memory?
- What do you most like to blog about?
- What was your favorite school subject and why? (or what is)
- If you could be any character in any movie, who would you be? Name three.
The ‘Rules’ ❤
- Thank the person who tagged you
2. Answer the 11 questions
3. Tag 11 people
4. Give them 11 questions to answer
Today I will show you an update on my latest drawing. A vintage girl with sunglasses and full lips in graphite. Continue reading “Vintage Drawing+ Change 2”
It’s been a few days…right? Well, here I am! Over the past few months I have been making various changes to my blog. I have been attempting to organize and get things straight.
But when it comes to this blog…one thing has never changed. What’s that?
It is simply…my blog’s name! The reason for that is I am rather attached to my blog name. The Misty Mountain has always been my title and I always have liked it.
But as I make several announcements (which will change my blog slowly) over the next few days…or weeks…there will be a change. If not a few.
The first change is the name. It makes me sad to wave goodbye to The Misty Mountain, as it’s been my title for four years (this blog’s whole life 😀 ). But it’s time.
So without further ado…my new blog name!
Surprise! And you wondered what happened to Crystal Ice Studio 😉 . So that is change #1.
Keep an eye out for the next changes.
Welcome to #3. of Art Swirls!
Today we will be doing Hot Glue Canvas Painting.
YOU WILL NEED
- a canvas of any size.
- Acrylic paints.
- a hot glue gun +extra glue sticks.
- A semi-steady hand +good handwriting, or letter stencils.
I found the below lovely image on Pinterest, and decided to put my own spin on things. I will probably do one similar to the picture eventually.
STEP ONE~ FIRST DETERMINE A DESIGN AND SKETCH IT LIGHTLY ON YOUR CANVAS WITH A PENCIL.
IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THE ‘SHEEP’, I USED THIS MAGNET AS A STENCIL.
STEP TWO~ NEXT, BEGIN TRACING OVER YOUR PENCIL MARKS WITH THE GLUE GUN. WATCH THE CONSISTENCY OF THE HOT GLUE AND TRY TO BE CONSISTENT IN THE AMOUNT OF GLUE ON THE CANVAS.
GET RID OF THE ‘SPIDER STRING’S’ AS YOU GO!
STEP THREE~ NOW CHOOSE YOUR PAINT COLORS AND BEGIN PUTTING THEM ON IN THE ORDER YOU WANT THEM. THE DESIGN IS UP TO YOU. I MADE THE SHEEP PLAIN OLD WHITE.
STEP FOUR~ STRENGTHEN AND DEEPEN THE COATS OF PAINT AS YOU GO UNTIL SATISFIED WITH YOUR WORK. MAKE SURE THAT THE PAINT IS EVEN. ALSO MAKE SURE ALL THE HOT GLUE IS PAINTED OVER EVENLY. AND YOU’RE DONE!
Welcome to the May book of the month, which I received from Bethany House!