Showing posts from May, 2015

The #CharlieCharlieChallenge: Good, Bad, or Both?

The hashtag #CharlieCharlieChallenge burst onto social media recently, and has been growing enormously in popularity. Earlier this week, the BBC reported that over 2 million people used this hashtag in just one 48-hour period!

What is the #CharlieCharlieChallenge?
So, what is this challenge that seems to be taking the internet by storm? It’s a “game” any child can play because it only takes two pencils and a piece of paper. But it bears an eerie similarity to Ouija boards because the idea behind the game is to call on a demonic spirit.

I think this BBC article captured the essence of it pretty well: "It's a game which involves balancing pencils over the words 'yes' and 'no' on a piece of paper. Players ask questions which are supposedly answered by Charlie - a mysterious demon who spookily moves the pencils, if you believe in that sort of thing."

The #CharlieCharlieChallenge is popular among teens right now. It's gone viral and has jumped into the Amer…

How to Thrive in a Selfie Stick World

Dave and I traveled to a flea market this week.
We had lots of fun poking around different shops and laughing at some of the strange wares we saw displayed. Hanging under the flaps of one tent, a sign proudly boasted, "Selfie Sticks Sold Here."
For those not familiar with these sticks, they're an invention that allows you to take "selfie" pictures featuring you with more people. I think it's so strange how selfies have completely taken over the internet. Before I owned a digital camera, I used to almost exclusively take pictures of things and people other than me! I looked for the beauty in the things around me.
But the advent of the social media and selfie stick age has brought with it a cultural acceptance (and promotion of!) narcissism. Vanity. Obsession with ourselves. And that can quickly slip into a dangerous desire for the approval of others. (How well I know that.)
If I was to put together a guide for thriving in a selfie stick world, this is where …


In my personal time of studying the Bible last week, I read from 2 Kings.

I was really moved by the story of Hezekiah. He's not one of those figures in the Bible you usually hear about in a sermon or even Sunday school, but I think his story is worth being told more. Hezekiah is a descendant of David and an ancestor of Jesus. After numerous generations of idolatrous and evil kings in Judah, Hezekiah came on the scene.
He was only 25 when he became king, but Hezekiah did what so many other kings before him had failed to do. 
"He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it. (It was called Nehushtan.) Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him. He held fast to the Lord and did not stop following him; he kept the commands the Lord ha…

Molly is so cute!

Here's a new video of Molly. Because she's just so stinkin' cute!

Finding Our Dream House

Dave and I will soon kiss condo life goodbye.

We're planning to buy a house--and hope we can find a great one before Thanksgiving. Soooo excited! It'll be my first time buying a home (although Dave has walked this path before). Any advice to share for this first-time home buyer? I'm all ears.

Dave and I started to put together a wish list for our dream home, and here's what we've come up with so far:

Newer roof and good structure3+ bedrooms1.5+ baths2-stall attached garage1 story with finished basementLots of kitchen counter space & cupboardsFenced-in backyard for Molly, our dog  :)Brick homeNice, family-friendly areaClose to a library
We're willing to put a bit of work in to finish a basement, put up a backyard fence, etc. And I know we might not get everything on our wish list ... but it sure would be nice!  :D

UPDATE: Our house-buying plans have been delayed until spring of 2016. Stay tuned!

And the Winning Poem Is ...

The results are in! Before I share the winner with you, I want to say a special thank you to all who shared their votes with me. It was really fun for me to see which ones were your favorites! :)
By a slim margin, the poem from my April Poetry Challenge that received the most votes was … Amia!
Amia, a fairy, pins hair in a plait Whilst sipping a tin can Admiring light wings And a tail shining as a star A bit vain in a glass As rain drips again In a fairy lair
You may have noticed that this poem contains only three vowels: A, I, and Y. Restricting myself to words that only contain these vowels made it challenging to write, but really enjoyable, too! Glad to see that so many of you loved it. :)
Other honorable mentions:If I Could, Yellow Fabric, A Moment I'd Rather Forget, My Shadow, How a Cactus Says, "I Love You"