March was a long and hard month, y’all. There were lots of dark days that resulted in lots of hard decisions. It was also such an important month, though, because on March 7th I took the first steps towards healing and change. I may or may not share more about this in the future, but for now I’ll just leave it at this: I’m expectant to see how the Lord will bring me freedom and restoration during this season!
I bought my first car from my parents this month, which was completely unexpected because it wasn’t supposed to happen until July; my car is a silver Toyota named Dobby after my favorite house-elf. My dad and a few friends had birthdays. Ball season started back–practice and games for my brother, and just practice so far for me. I worked in nursery at church (you have to be 18) for the first of many times to come. Our friends came and stayed for two nights, and I played laser tag for the first time with some other friends, and I had some really good cheese dip at a Mexican place with yet other friends. I cut seven inches off of my hair! Joshua and our friends and I enjoyed doing a paraprosdokian (Google it) skit at the church talent show.
This month I’m…
Reading: Carve the Mark, Veronica Roth (OH MY GOSH I HAVE SO MANY FREAKING FEELS). The Tanglewoods’ Secret, Patricia St. John (reread–so sweet). I Am a Pencil, Sam Swope (really enjoyed). Road to Memphis, Mildred D. Taylor. Sarah’s Key, Tatiana de Rosnay. The Battle of the Labyrinth, Rick Riordan (reread). The Last of the Olympians, Rick Riordan (reread–fave). Girl in the Blue Coat, Monica Hesse. Some Kind of Happiness, Claire Legrand (ugh–too emotional). The Orphan’s Tale, Pam Jenoff. The Giver, Lois Lowry. Little Men, Louisa May Alcott (SO. SWEET. I want to be Jo March when I grow up). Anne of Ingleside, L. M. Montgomery (reread–love love love). 13 total.
Listening to: Kids, covered by the Gardiner Sisters. i can’t breathe, Bea Miller. Popular, Wicked. Closer than you Know, Hillsong. Scandal of Grace, Hillsong. The Schuyler Sisters, Hamilton. Shores, Bryan and Katie Torwalt. You’re Gonna Be Okay, Brian and Jenn Johnson. Great Divide, Humming House. Riptide, Vance Joy. All for One, Five for Fighting.
Watching: Monica Church’s stair vlogs. Maze Runner cast interviews. USAG’s Made in America. Bruin Banter. Soul Surfer. 7th Heaven. Tyler Mount. Beauty and the Beast on opening night with a friend. Old Newsies vlogs. Liv and Maddie (the little girl I nanny and I have been blazing through this on Netflix, and I won’t lie: it’s kind of cute and I kind of have gotten addicted to it). Facing Darkness.
Loving: and somehow, we find acceptance, Madyson Grace. “what’s your editing process?” // how I go through drafts, To the Barricade! How to Liven Up Your Secondary Character, Scattered Scribblings. After the Rain: Lessons from a Stormy Day, True and Pure. a study: birth, down by the willows (GO READ THIS, seriously). Riches, Lead Me to Wisdom. Some Nights, Day-Dreamer, Night-Thinker. How to Do Spring Break: A Comprehensive Guide, rockandminerals4him. Book review // Between Shades of Gray, Thriving Hope. Future Hope in the Midst of Life’s Changes, Katherine (on the Reb). Class of ’21, something much greater. MARCH IS ALL OVER LIKE WOWOWOWOW, the barefoot gal.
My blog posts this month were as follows: Why You Won’t See Me on Instagram Anytime Soon, Dear Batting Cages: Thank You., Looking for Beta Readers! (Shatter Me), Creative Moments of Grace + Pocketful of Promises (Reviews), and I’m Doing Camp NaNo?!
Writing: I took a break from Angelica to do a couple of rounds of edits on Shatter Me, which I really enjoyed. My story Hope is the Thing with Feathers (click to read) was selected out of thousands of entries in the Story Shares contest as a “Relevant Read” and formatted as an ebook–thank you Story Shares! I entered five contests and had a devotional published here. I plotted a fantasy story, did quite a bit of bookkeeping stuff–researching submission opportunities and places to pitch and HELP I NEED A RESUME–and came up with a super exciting new project that I’m doing for Camp NaNo.
Grateful for: The pistachio pie Joshua made for St. Patrick’s Day, and the banana pie we bought at the church bake sale (I like pie). My teammates. The amazing paintings that my friend Cari made me (see pictures below–I wouldn’t be getting by right now without her, for sure). Buying amazing homemade snickerdoodles from our neighbor two days in a row during the neighborhood yard sale. Driving the kids I nanny somewhere on a beautiful afternoon with the windows down (in MY CAR). Joshua’s teammate’s mom bringing me a blanket when I was cold during an early Saturday morning game. Meeting a bunch of kids from Alaska who came down here on a mission trip. Staying safe during the enormous storm that we had. Being pen pals with Sara. The Google+ community of teen Christian girls with chronic illnesses that I’m a part of. Hammocks.
What exciting things happened to you this month? What are you reading, listening to, watching, and grateful for? Let me know in the comment section!