Friday, July 29, 2016

Help Us Choose a Color

I posted this on my Cassel Crew blog, but wanted to post it here too.

I was going to touch up Kayla's walls. I used the wrong color. We have like 3 or 4 old cans of blue, and I used the one from when that was Adam's room. I decided I liked that color better. But no clue what it was. So I went to Walmart and just picked something I like. Of course this was the night before she was coming home. So it wasn't done when she got home. There are some packed full cabinets in there that are going to have to be emptied and moved. Well, she wanted to help.

I was having her carefully go around trim. Then she decided she was going to use the roller. Yes, we taped the the white trim. But that didn't seem to matter.
Because she painted right over it and onto the ceiling!

I suggested we make the white trim a different color to cover the blue. And maybe give the room a more interesting look.

I asked for suggestions on facebook about what color to do the trim. I got everything from leave it white to paint it the same color as the room. Also got suggestions of aqua, mint, yellow, navy. I also told Felicia she should come and splatter paint it for me.

But the thing is, the room has been both a boy's room and a girl's room. Single occupant and double occupancy depending on what  combination of kids is in the house. Right now Ty and Kaleb are rooming together while Kayla and Jasmine each have their own rooms. Prior to that both girls were in there. Before that Kaleb. Before that Adam. And so on. So this could become a boy's room in the future so I don't want to use lavendar or pink or anything girly. We just got rid of the bunk bed and put a single bed in, although there is a bunk that can be attached.

I looked online but only found this color combination:

We have a tile floor in the room and I don't see myself buying red carpet. But the red and blue could work for both girl or boy.

But I don't know. I could paint the walls and bottom trim the same color and do the top in red or another color.

What are your thoughts? What color trim would go well in Kayla's room?
Bottom trim blends in with the wall and top a different color?
Bedspread color? (Right now she has a choice of lavender or navy because that's what we have.

If this was your room, what color would you paint the trim? 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Are You a Good Friend?

In a few weeks you'll be headed back to school. Time for new classes, new teachers, and maybe new friends. I'm going to be posting about friends for the next few posts. Let's start with an easy quiz.

 Are you a good friend? 
Try the true/false quiz below to see how your friendship skills measure up!
     T  F  1.  I try to be friendly to everyone.
     T  F  2.  I keep secrets no matter what.
     T  F  3.  When my friends gets something really cool that I
                   don't have, I wish I had it instead.
     T  F  4.  I try to imitate (act like) how my friends act.
     T  F  5.  I listen when I am interested in what my friend is 
     T  F  6.  I try to think of my friend’s needs more than my own.
     T  F  7.  If I think my friend is doing something wrong, I tell
                   her even though it might hurt her feelings.
     T  F  8.  I only like to do things with my best friend.
     T  F  9.  When my friend and I have a fight we talk about it right
     T  F 10.  My friend and I encourage each other to live out our 
                   faith every day.

     Check your answers with the ones below to see how they compare.
     1.  True. Proverbs 18:24 says A man that hath friends must show himself friendly...   The best way to make friends is to be friendly to everyone and ask God to bring the right friends to you.
     2.  False. If you get a reputation for telling secrets, no one will trust you. BUT sometimes you have to tell a secret. A friend might tell you that he is going to do something that will hurt himself or others. In such as situation you need to talk to your parents or a teacher and let them decide what to do.
     3.  False.  We need to follow Christ’s example in thinking of others before ourselves. Philippians 2:3 says, When you do things, do not let selfishness or pride by your guide. Be humble and give more honor to others than yourselves.
     Jonathan was a good example of this. Jonathan, as King Saul’s son, should have been the next king. When Jonathan heard that God had chosen David to be the next king, he could have been very jealous. But he wasn’t. He accepted God’s choice and was happy for David. Check out 1 Samuel to read more about Jonathan and David.
     4.  False. Be yourself. Ephesians 2:10 says: God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us new people so that we would do good works. God had planned in advance those good works for us. He had planned for us to live our lives doing them. You are God's one of a 
kind masterpiece. God has something special for you to do for him. So just be the you God made you to be. A true friend will like you  for who you are. 
     5.  False. Be a good listener all the time. After all, you want friends to listen to you.
     6.  True. Philippians 2:4-5 says, “Do not be interested only in your own life, but be interested in the lives of others. In your lives you must think and act like Christ Jesus.” God wants us to think about others just like Jesus did.
          7.  True. This isn’t always easy but as Proverbs 27:17 says, Iron can sharpen iron. In the same way, people can help each other. Friends can help each other by talking about what’s right and holding one another accountable for doing it.
     8.  False.  It’s nice to have a close friend, but it’s not good to be with only one friend. Shutting others out can hurt their feelings, and you might be missing out on other great friendships.
     9.  True.  Keeping your feelings bottled up inside of you just makes you feel worse. Ephesians 4:26 says, When you are angry, do not sin. And do not go on being angry all day. Talk about your problems right away. That’s the best way to keep them from getting worse.
    10.  True.  Friends can help each other live the way God wants them to live, and that’s the best things friends can do for one another!

The Scripture for #1 is from the King James Version of the Bible. The rest are from the International Children’s Bible.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Working Life Experiences into Books

In the past, all of my books have been non fiction chapter books or devotion books. But this last year I've been working on writing teen fiction. In the last year I've also had many new experiences that will eventually find their way into stories either through character's hobbies or as part of the setting or story world.

Some of those experiences are:

certifying scuba (this was to understand a book character better)

hiking flooded trails

climbing a lighthouse

Taking community classes like photography, ukulele, and others

visiting NYC


Making things

playing beach volleyball on the sand and in the water

whitewater rafting

and tubing

So these are some of the adventures my future characters may be facing. At a recent book convention I discussed my first book with two editor who requested to read the whole manuscript. It's about a female freerunning who uses running to flee the memories of her past abuse. I don't freerun, but I think it's a cool sports.

In a book that's just in the planning process, I have twins who scuba dive. Now to create a character who whitewater rafts, hikes and plays the ukulele...