Dear Summer,

Dear Summer,
I love your warmth. And the cool evenings that you bring. Cloudless nights and stargazing. A bat flying over my head here and there. I enjoy the smell of butterfly blossoms drifting in through my open window. That smell is heavenly. The way the sun feels on my bare feet. Oh how I love it. All the activities that we are able to do in your season. School is out when you come around. I guess people reserve time for you because they love you so much.
Camping and swimming. Eating fruit and berries until the day ends. Listening to the sound of the wind rustling the leaves under a clear, blue sky. Just lying on my back with my eyes closed because I can. Sprinklers and the occasional bee sting or two. I adore waking to the twittering of birds and your light. Going outside early in the morning to see the sunrise. Breathing in the fresh air with so many various aromas. -Some good, some not so good.
Summer, you create so many memories. Not only for me though, but for many other people as well. I bet you like that.
Why do you have such a short season here in Oregon? Do you envy Winter and Fall because they get to spend more time with me? What do you do when you're not casting your warmth and brightness for me?
Oh, Summer, I especially adore reading a good book under the shade of a tree. I enjoy the warm breeze that comes over me, pulling at my hair, and flipping the pages of my book. I like the laughter I hear often from children playing and splashing in a kiddie pool nearby.
I love the light that comes from the sun going down. How quiet the night seems to get when your sun leaves us.
I prefer Winter and Fall most of all. I hope this doesn't offend you. Those seasons suit me best. I can't help but love them a bit more than you. I get tired of the heat. I don't like to be hot and sweaty. It makes me...irritable sometimes. (Plus, winter wardrobes are better. And I love wearing sweaters) I hope you'll understand Summer. Don't worry, it's not you. It's me. I just wasn't made to be a summer kind of girl.
Anyway, thanks for all the photography opportunities. They were spectacular.
See you next year.

I Still Love You,


Have a listen [here!] I just bought this song from iTunes. I love it!
 It's perfect for summer. -Well, the end of summer.

~What are your favorite things about summer?~


Cubed Apple German Cake

This morning I woke up early (6:30 to be exact) and I began to put together a little surprise for my siblings. I had the thought last night. The thought that I should do something special. Something out of the norm.
I got the idea when I was tidying up my room and I found a folded up piece of paper on the ground. This folded up piece of paper turned out to be a recipe that a German girl named Yulia gave to me a few months ago at a church Young Women's activity. Yulia's recipe was called " German Apple "French Fries" Cake". So obviously I changed it up a bit. (And no, it does not involve french fries.) I put in a cup of whole wheat to healthy it up and I added a half a teaspoon of cinnamon because her recipe didn't call for any. (I like cinnamon, okay.) I also didn't cut the apples like french fries, which is what the directions told me to do. So, I switched a few other things around until I realized, the recipe was no longer precisely like Yulia's. I thought I should give it a different name, because I cubed the apples.
And.......I came up with Cubed Apple German Cake! I like the sound of it. (No offense, Yulia.)

My initial desire was to fill the entire house with the aroma of apples and cinnamon. That way, when everyone wakes up, they will be greeted by a mouthwatering smell and an urge to run to the kitchen. But, like with most of my plans, it didn't work out. Some of my siblings were already awake. They were still surprised though. Which makes me happy.
There's something about food that brings people together. That makes a home feel like......home. It makes everyone content and creates a pleasant atmosphere. 
I love being in the kitchen. It's where my mom always is. It's where I hope to often be when I am a mother. Memories are made in the kitchen. And memories are what life is about. Make as many as you can.
~Memories should be cherished and remembered frequently, and held dearly to our hearts. <3

P.S  I apologize for posting three apple cake pictures. I just couldn't pick a favorite.



Hey everyone, <3
Yes, I am aware that I haven't posted in a while, but I think what I needed was a break from Blogger. You know what I mean? I felt that I was too obsessed trying to find the "perfect" blog name, look, style, ect... you name it. Searching for something that just wasn't.....ME.
Well, now I'm back, and I've come with a different perspective on things. I won't be posting every single day. That's a bit excessive. But I will post every now and then or whenever I feel like it. I have to let the inspiration come to me. I can't go looking for that inspiration or I'll chase it away.
Now here's a recap of the few things that have happened in my life since I abandoned you guys.
[And of course, there are pictures to go along with this recapitulation.]

1. I got an incredible new camera for my eighteenth birthday!

2. My mom had the twins! Ahh! They're so adorable! I love them dearly! <3
Their names are Greyson and Truman.


3. I went to Girls Camp! It was a fabulous experience and I'm saddened that it was my last year.
But, I'll have a boatload of incredible memories!
Unfortunately, I don't have many pictures.

4. I plan on going to college in the fall! Oh, I'm so excited and looking forward to that.
~Wish me luck, guys!~

Besides the four things I've just listed, life has been fantastic. I feel so blessed that I have such an extraordinary life. Although, as the oldest of 9, my life is anything but ordinary. (and I mean that in a good way!)
I adore my family!

Well, I covered nearly everything that I can think of at the moment. I realized that my post turned into some sort of slideshow/rambling creation. (Sorry about that)

*Trust me, the next posts will have a bit more inspiration involved.*

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