A True WHITE Christmas

Where I live, we only get snow once a year or mostly ever other year. This we we got snow twice!!! (You, Coldeners, please don't make fun of my excitement :) Here are some pictures:

 Love this picture!!

You ladies who are used to snow, thanks for letting me ramble on! :D

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! May we all remember the real reason for the season!! I got a camera, hair straightener, and some other things. What did you get for Christmas?

It's Christmas Eve Eve

It's Christmas Eve Eve Day!!! Here are some pictures of decorating the tree (we decorated it a few weeks ago)

 The tree
 Liz, the little light girl
 a light!
 The lights!
 Mary, Joseph, Sheperd, Wise Men and Jesus gaze up at the stars :D
Mary, Joseph and Jesus

Merry Christmas Eve Eve!!


Just found out I'm getting braces for the 2nd time. Can't decide to be happy,mad, or sad. Getting them on January 5th, ahhh!! :D

Countdown 2 Christmas-DAY ONE!

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So today, you had to read Luke 2:1-7 blog about what it means to you:

So in Luke 2:1-7, I realized really how Jesus was born. I think I sometimes I just think "Oh yeah, Jesus was born in a nice red barn with a few *nice smelling* sheep to cuddle up next to" BEEP wrong, AK! Jesus was born to the lowliest of the lowly in the lowliest of lowly of places. It might not have even been a barn, it might have been a cold, hard cave!

The other thing you had to do is post a picture of a family member and say what you THINK their favorite part of Christmas is and what it really is. Let's see...

(Liz is on the left)

I think that her favorite part of Christmas is waking up and drinking hot cocoa by the fire.

She's napping right now and I barely got her to talk. She said her favorite part is:
Waiting on the Steps
I'm assuming this means on Christmas morning when our parents make us wait for what seems like an hour (only a minute) until we can come an open presents. :D 

Countdown 2 Christmas-confused

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The fact that NOT ONE person has joined my Countdown 2 Christmas is kinda sad.Maybe you didn't join because it's too much, maybe because YOU don't have time. Maybe you looked at it and said "Oh surely some other people will join and it won't matter that I didn't." Just so you know, if ONE person joined it maybe I would feel better. Countdown to Christmas was made to help you remember that...

Who wouldn't want to do something that helps you remember that? Well, I'm not saying you HAVE to join, I'm just saying that it would mean a lot if you would. It's not THAT time consuming, you just read about 6 verses and post a picture of your Christmas tree or what I assigned for that day. Maybe joining this could help when one day the government takes Christmas out of Christmas. When singing O Come All Ye Faithful is illegal and when we don't celebrate CHRISTMAS, we celebrate the HOLIDAYS. Maybe I can send a letter to the White House with the link to how many people joined this and MAYBE that would make  a difference.  

Guest Post: Kendra at Ismikendra

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Hello there! I'm Kendra, and I'm excited to be doing a guest post for Anna Katherine! I'm honored to be adding a few of my thoughts to her awesome blog. *wink* 

Well, I'm a thirteen-year-old Christian missionary girl who lives in Egypt. I kinda posted this Christmas on my blog already, but they were both Christmas related. 

I need to stop rambling. This is on somebody else's blog. :-o 

I'm sure everyone is excited about Christmas. Who wouldn't be? It seems as if this year I'm not as excited as I was the last year. Maybe it's because I'm getting older? I mean, Christmas is just one of the 365 days of the year. But it's special. Jesus came down to us, as a tiny little baby. Maybe not on December 25th [we don't know the exact date], but that is the day we celebrate Christmas. 

A few of the other reasons why I'm not as excited about Christmas are these: I'm not going to be seeing my extended family. There won't be any snow. We probably won't get any presents [we didn't have enough room to pack much].  We don't have Christmas decorations. There really aren't any other people in Egypt that celebrate Christmas. 

Being a missionary kid is hard sometimes.  You may be feeling sorry for me right now. Don't. Because what is Christmas really about? 

C H R I S T. 

It's not about seeing your family, it's not about snow, it's not about getting more earthly stuff, it's not about Christmas trees, candles, and lights. 

When you're sitting around the fire drinking hot chocolate, laughing with family, and opening presents, remember that's about Jesus, coming into the world as a baby and dying for you. 

But -- don't get me wrong! It's not like you can't have fun on Christmas! *wink* Don't get too caught up in all the jolly fun though. 

What is your favorite part of Christmas? 

Oh, and if you'd like to stop by my blog you can do so here: 

Hope you have an awesome day!

Kendra Lynne

Countdown 2 Christmas-annoucement

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Sorry it's late!!!!

Who's excited about Christmas?? I certainly am! So I'm hosting "Countdown2Christmas" which counts down the 12 days counting up to Christmas.So, this is how it works:
If you would like to join, you link up your blog at the bottom of this post (doing this means you will participate in EVERY thing and do all of the required things. You also MUST put this button on your sidebar.But you can't do any of this until....you read the schedule below! :)

  • On December 13-TODAY! read Luke 2:1-7 and blog about what that means to you and post a picture of a family member along with what you think there favorite part of Christmas is, then ask them and and post below your guess, what their favorite really is. You might get it right! :)
  • On December 14- read Luke2: 8-15 and blog about what that means to you, post a picture of your family (if you have a picture with aunt, uncle, cousins, etc. that would be great!)
  • On December 15- read Luke2: 16-25 and blog about what that means to you then tell us in the same blog post your favorite lights at Christmas: white or colorful and tell us why.
  • On December 16- read Luke2: 26-31 and blog about what that means to you, then post your favorite Christmas movie and why.
  • On December 17- read Luke2: 32-36 and blog about what that means to you, then post where your dream vacation for Christmas would be.
  • On December 18- read Luke2: 36-40 and blog about what that means to you, then post a tradition your family does every year at Christmas.
  • On December 18- read Luke2: 41-45 and blog about what that means to you and post what you would like for Christmas.
  • On December 20- read Luke2: 46-49 and blog about what that means to you and post what you would like to improve over Christmas break.
  • On December 21- read Luke2: 50-51 and blog about what that means to you, then post a picture of your Christmas tree.
  • On December 22- find a Christmas card with a bible verse on it and read that, then blog about it and tell us what you bought your dad for Christmas (don't share if he reads your blog regularly:)
  • On December 23-Read your FAVORITE bible verse and post about it and what it means to you
  • On December 24-Blog about what God has shown you through reading Luke 2 and then... REST. Go to church, eat dinner, open presents,etc.
  • On December 25- take a blogging break! Celebrate Christmas!
If you have any questions, just comment! I will be doing all of this with you all here at Forever Faithful, so check back every day to see what I posted!

3rd Narnia movie- Voyage of the Dawn Treader

I just went to see this movie TODAY! I don't think I have EVER seen a movie, the first day it was in theaters! Anyways.. about the movie, not how/why I was there. :)

It was probably the most intense, yet best Narnia movie ever made.

I loved Reepicheep, this cute little thing. (Oww!!! what was that? Don't call me little. Sorr... OR CUTE! Okay.....) Sorry, back to the story (Hey! Be quiet, Reep!) As I was saying before this strong, large warrior mouse (That's more like it. I SAID be quiet!) interrupted me. Reep was a great character in the story and I will tell you no more about Reep, you will just have to find out for your selves)

Haha, Oh.. Eustace! At the beginning of the story I truly thought that Eustace was, well, useless! I thought that they could have left him out, but BOY was I wrong!

Do you wonder who the dragon above is?? Haha! Suspense? Eh? Or do you think he looked a bit like Peter and Lucy's self centered, freckled cousin, at all?

You all will just have to.... WATCH the movie!! Haha!

Mr./Mrs. Anon.

This this girl/guy, (let's just call him Mr. Anon.) left me a funny comment:

Wow all I can say is that you are a great writer! Where can I contact you if I want to hire you?

First of all he commented on my post that said I had gotten X award from X. Haha! Second of all, even if he had commented on a post I actually had WORDS, it would not have been good! :) And ONE more thing, if he were a regular reader of my blog, he would have seen my email somewhere on the site! Also, no one can hire an 11 year old!  The things that spammers come up with, haha!

Interviews with AK: Tirzah at Tirzah's Delights

Tell me a little about your blog and what you post about. Well, I started my blog a few months after my mom had created hers, at first it started out private with only a few followers but recently I've switched it to an open blog, which is why I'm doing this interview!

What is your favorite part of being on Blogger? (the design, meeting other girls, writing posts, giveaways, etc.) Probably everything! I love contests, posts, but probably my most favorite is receiving comments and followers, they're very fun to have.

When did you ask Jesus to be Lord of your life? Quite a few years ago... it's probably safe to say I don't remember the exact date! =D

How was that experience? Amazing.

What are your siblings' names and ages? Is it okay that I use their blog names? Lets see, Banana Taffy, he's 15, Chocolate Taffy, he's 14, Strawberry Taffy, that's me, 12, Blue Raspberry Taffy, turning 8, Bubblegum Taffy, 5, Taffy Taffy, turning 3, and “mystery” taffy, she's on the way! (hopefully a girl!)

What is your favorite part about Christmas? Oh boy, this is the hardest question by far... I have no idea! I absolutely love everything about Christmas! Music the most though! I'm probably the only one who can crack up for no particular reason when seeing fake Christmas tree's at Costco in October!

What 3 characteristics do you most strive to have? Patience, Faith, Cheerfulness.

I'm sure she'd love for you to follow her blog, Tirzah's Delights here!

Countdown 2 Christmas

I will be hosting a Countdown 2 Christmas here at Forever Faithful, very soon! I will post about it on December 12, and it will start on December 13 starti... Well, I won't tell you any more, but on December 12, be waiting for a post about it! Oh and before you decide to do it, here are the days you will have to post (note: you COULD schedule all these posts if you will be without a computer sometime. So.. you must post on:
I'll give you December 25 off! :) So that is 12 days, which means this is the 12 days Countdown 2 Christmas. I encourage you to think about joining me! But... you have until December 12 to decide!!! :)

Stella's Blog Party!

I'm entering Stella's Blog party and you should, too! The prizes are the best I've EVER seen (no kidding)
Here are my answers to the tag (I normally don't do tags, but since this is required to win, I'm doing it):

1. If you had to choose between living on a desert island or tropical rainforest for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

Tropical Rainforest.

2. What is your favorite music CD right now?

My Paper Heart by Francesa Batteselli

3. If you were given the choice between wildflowers or roses - which would you pick?


4. How much do you like notebooks? Is it mild, or are you absolutely obsessed with them?

Love them!!
5. What is your biggest goal this winter?

That's a hard one. Probably to get EVERYONE a Christmas present, haha :)
6. If you could change your hair however you wanted, what would you do?

I'd make my hair like to my chest and really curly!
7. Do you think Harry Potter is bad?

Yes, I just don't believe in all of that goblin/witch stuff, and I think that reading the books or watching the movies can impact your thinking on that matter. It is also because you could spend your time reading better things.
8. Why do you think pink is a girls' color?

You have to be either a REAL, FULL, TOTAL girl, or a REAL, FULL, TOTAL man to wear it not in between.
9. Would you be up to singing a solo in front of a thousand people?

If they paid me. hehe!
10. What colors look best on you?

Orange or green or sky blue.
11. If you had a different name, what would it be?

Probably, Mary Trenholm or Martha Anne
12. Do you like...

boots or sneakers?

flats or heels?

books or movies?

purple or pink?


long hair or short hair?

Long Hair

a best friend or a group of friends?

A group of friends

ice cream or cake?

ice cream

plaid or polka dots?

polka dots

Thanksgiving Decorations!

So we are visiting our cousins this week for Thanksgiving and my VERY creative aunt came up with these cool chalkboard place cards and acorn napkins rings...

See what I mean?! So cute! Here is the whole table:

To make these cute nature crafts, go to my aunt's blog Merrier Shopping  for the directions. 
Happy Thanksgiving!

ABC's of Thanks

Finding Joy | The ABC's of Thanks

I've decided to link up with Finding Joy's "ABC's of Thanks!"
Here are my answers

a) Acting! I am participating in the "Best Christmas Pageant Ever" at my local theater soon!
b) Bible and blogging :)
c) Christmas! Oh and the reason for it, Christ! (I should have said that first :)
d) My two great Dads! (The one in heaven and the one on earth.)
e) Elizabeth, my sweet 9 year old sis!
f) family.
g) God! (I'll probably put Him under J and L for... well I won't tell you, you have to read on :)
h) Humming. so random, but... it is my passion (just kidding!) Oh AND Heaven which I SO look forward to
i) ummm.. igloos? Just kidding, hmm..                           
j) Jesus!
k) knights, no seriously! For writing in school we are writing about Middle Ages things like knights, queens, etc. So... writing wouldn't be so fun without.. knights!
l) Lord!
m) Mom! I love you mom! You'll read this someday and cry :) maybe you'll read it tomorrow, or maybe in 2039!

n) No's..... really no's. Sometimes when I feel overwhelmed and get asked to do participate in TOO many things and I feel grateful that I can say "no" sometimes.
o) Oops, the clothing store. You may not know about this, but you should Google it.. and find one near you! I got this ADORABLE blue corduroy pants that were 10 bucks!
p) Prayer. No comments, just PURE prayer.
q) Quick cars that get me places!
r) red, the color red makes me feel so good inside because it represents Christmas and love!
s) stars, oh how their are so many BEAUTIFUL stars.
t) Tacos, I love tacos!
u)umbrellas, yesterday I realized how umbrellas are such a blessing!
v)very loyal and great friends!
w)wind! This is very good for photoshoots!
x) xylophones and all other musical instruments
y) You all! All of my blog readers!
z) zebras and their beautiful colors!

my wacky family

You may say that I am "obsessed" with editing pics and your right, because I am :)

Click on the picture to enlarge it.

A Reccomended Blog (did I spell that right?)

Sorry that the title is misspelled, but I am not really in a "spelling" mood. But, I have a really good friend (like an "I've seen her in person friend" one that when I met her, I looked into her REAL eyes, not her blogger profile pic, haha!) So she has this cute blog that she started fairly recently, I would encourage you to go check it out here: My God Given Life

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