How can May be over yet?? I feel like I always say this but I seriously can’t believe it’s already June… wHaT hApPeNeD iN mAy?!
|| Highlights & Lowlights
// Sunday (May 1) my sisters and I went home from our sleepover. I ended up forgetting MY KINDLE in my friend’s room and have to live without it for exactly 7 days—until Saturday, when my friend’s brother came to help my father with something and they sent my forgotten shoes, socks, cord + cube, and kindle along with him. 😆
That Sunday I also forgot we were having the Lord’s Supper and was not mentally prepared. And for some reason having a breakdown that afternoon, the sentimentality of the occasion broke me down even further and I couldn’t stop crying throughout the whole thing… awkwardly trying to avoid catching the eyes of the people sitting in front of me… constantly getting up to go out and blow my nose… fun times… 😝
// I scored a lot of review reads, ARCs, and freebies. Is that important enough to make it here? Most certainly. 😁
(Also, speaking of books, when there’s a review where someone says how much they loved a book, what’s up with you commenting to say how much you hated it?? Like, #rude. And I really don’t care to hear it either.
((On another note, it’s really sweet to me how God is using my “reviews” (more like short collection of musings) of the books of the Bible to bless people. I didn’t want to do it and don’t think I’m doing a good job with them, but already some people have commented to say how they’ve been encouraged in some way by my words, so that’s a blessing… 💙
(((do I open a lot of parentheses? yes. do I have a problem with ending sentences with ellipsis and an emoji? also yes. do I also have a problem with remembering to put the closing parentheses? don’t judge.)))
// I’ve been learning a lot about how to stand up strongly for important things but how I don’t need to voice my opinion for everything, and how to speak truth with grace and kindness. Instagram, y’all… it do be crazy over there, both in the liberal and conservative camp. And I don’t just mean the political parties… I mean the Christian sides too. Seriously, the stupid arguments lumping people together are the same on BOTH sides of politics AND doctrine. It’s sickening. Also, we need to start living Christ more and fighting His people less, imo…
On the other hand, I’ve also really appreciated all the beautiful things I’ve been seeing on Instagram amidst the muck. I’ve been encouraged by lovely captions and sweet videos and kind tips from strangers to other strangers. I’ve honestly also been encouraged by seeing other people admit their shortcomings and mistakes. It’s amazing to me to realize that there are other people out there struggling in the same areas with a anxiety and writing and singleness, and, in particular, I really appreciate when people share the dumb, silly things they did, like mistake a muffin for a dog or forget how to say “is it yummy?” It feels so encouraging to know I am not the only one who malfunctions and that other, “real” adults do too!
// Also this happened and because I’m ~ l A z Y ~ and don’t feel like typing it out, here’s the pic. 😇
// I GOT ALL MY BOOK REVIEW POSTS WRITTEN AND SCHEDULED FOR ALL OF 2022!!! I’ve only done that once before in my life but it’s a LIFESAVER because then the posts just ✨come out✨ and I don’t have to think any more about that blog until I start prepping for 2023, except for when I have an ARC I have to review and then I can easily switch posts around and schedule it for next year. IT’S AN AMAZING FEELING AND A GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT. I’ve been working to do that since January lol.
// So Mother’s Day one of my sisters was in great pain and due to #complications she and my mother were in and out of hospitals and doctors’ offices all week, which meant my other sister and I had to teach school, amuse + supervise the kids, keep the house relatively neat, and do the laundry. And she had college. So that was an interesting week and I admit that towards the end I went downstairs and cried while petting the rabbits. The male ignored me; the female, who’s very demanding, wanted pets and wasn’t happy when I quit. Neither of them reacted to my emotional state though, so that was interesting!
(In the end my sister had broken ribs and she is recuperating but that was a scare. I was teetering between appendicitis and cancer as a diagnosis.)
// Okay y’all I FOUND IT. I FOUND THE POST THAT ALL AUTHORS WRITING FRENCH WORDS NEED TO READ.
Did you know that if you don’t add an accent to a letter (é, for instance), it could totally change the word into a DIFFERENT word??
Cure = treatment
Curé = priest
Entre = between
Entré = enter
Ferme = Farm
Fermé = closed
That’s not even all. Here’s a whole list. If you write French, PLEASE check this stuff out. It’s so disrespectful and silly otherwise. #isaidwhatisaid
// Guys. Remember this little tag I created?
I made it back in 2019, hoping and dreaming a few friends would do it. No one did, so I relaunched it in 2021, wondering if it would do better now that I had a larger audience. Nothing happened, and then all of a sudden EVERYONE is doing it—even Kate Willis!! (Kate’s was like one of the first blogs I followed and loved and stuff so that means a lot to me.) It’s so sweet and exciting and I am so grateful to you all for making little 18-year-old Katja’s too-good-to-be-true dream come real. 🥰
// My sister and I got tickets to fly in early June to go see our grandparents and come back with them on the cross-Canada trip they’ll be undertaking to move here with us. It’s gonna be epic and terrifying and I am equal parts nervous and excited, haha! I’m sure it’ll be okay but I’m having a hard time with the unknown of it. And airports absolutely terrorize me. ‘There go more italics! But a few italics really do relieve your feelings.’1
1. Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery.
// I have a love-hate relationship with meal planning right now. It’s epic and useful when done, but a beast to do. However, it’s been fun to try more recipes—or rather, take a recipe idea and fly off with my own creation, haha. I’m learning and enjoying it. I made stirfry twice this month—the first time with rice because I forgot I was going to do couscous 😢 and the second time with couscous… although nearly not. The stupid instructions were messed up and the couscous didn’t turn out that great, although I don’t know for sure because I was sick and didn’t eat any yet.
// I’ve seen friends graduate, get engaged, get married, plan their wedding day, and become pregnant. It’s amazing to see the dreams of people you love come true…
// Earlier this winter my family saw a car crash caused by speed. My father pulled over and went to check on the people. In the end, the driver and his little daughter were fine—she wasn’t even phased. My family, however, was quite shaken, especially the 5-year-old and special needs sister who had a front row seat by sitting in the front of the van. This month, we witnessed a merciless crash once more caused by speed. We couldn’t stop this time, and no one cried, but my 5-year-old sister told me when she went to bed that all she could see was that crash. We now have a passionate disgust and anger towards speeders, and we’re rather afraid of the highway. #SLOWDOWN
// So earlier this week the amazing Kellyn showed us her epic master schedule on Instagram and I decided to totally copy her. I love it so much I am going to share it with y’all in a post dedicated to it. But in the meantime, the exciting news is I am working on planning and writing posts for LBFJ so no matter what happens to me this month, posts will go up AND I’m working on sending out newsletters again. They’re going to be filled with extra information and early news, so be sure to head over and subscribe!
Reading wasn’t great this month. I read 35 books… but many were kids’ books that I binged on the 30th lol. But I enjoyed almost all the books I read, so there’s that. I joined Life Of Heritage’s Book Club but I ended up with a flood of ARCs/review copies and some impending deadlines, so I didn’t read in the end. I did finish the Read Another Page Reading Challenge (whew!!) and now I’m working on my own March–June Reading Challenge. I doubt I’ll finish in time but we can try. I also gave up on the Book Lovers’ Reading Challenge, but hopefully I’ll be back sometime soon…
As for the ARCs I’ve been working on—
- I reread books 1–3 of Livy Jarmusch’s Tales of Tarsurella in preparation to read my ARC of book 4 (AND I JUST FOUND OUT THERE WILL BE A BOOK 5 Y’ALL!!!!). They were epic and I’m both really excited and really anxious to read The Revolution! (And if you’re interesting in joining the launch team… here’s the signup link!).
- I also have an ARC of Kellyn Roth’s rereleased Souls Astray (signup form here) AND am awaiting my ARC of A Prayer Unanswered, the Chronicles of Alice & Ivy book 5 (signup form here).
- I have an ARC of Jayna Baas’ Preacher on the Run, because I’m joining in her July 4th Giveaway Blog Tour. The sign up for participating (and getting a review copy of POTR!) is here.
- And I reread Kate’s Innocence, book 1 of Kate’s Case Files to read my ARC of Kate’s Capitol (book 2), because I joined the launch & review team for the series, so I’ll be reading and reviewing all of those books between now and the launch of the final book, in 2023. (Funny story about that—Sarah has rewarding systems going and one category to get points was recruiting people. I waited till the last minute and then didn’t think anything would come of it, but still posted about it all over my social media. I ended up with 5 people recruited… and hey, there may still time for y’all… I don’t know when the form closes. Find it here!)
- And finally I’ve got an ARC of Kaytlin Phillips’ newly released World of Silence (signup form for a review copy here).
*deep breath* On my trip I will be reading a lot ;P
Favourite Book of May: “The Railway Children” – 10/10 stars (reread).
My Other 5-star Reads of the Month:
(R = Rereads)
The Case of the Abbey Grange (R 5/10 hearts)
Chez toi, chez moi (R 5/10 hearts)
The Case of the Illustrious Client (R 4.5/10 hearts)
Jack & Jill (R 9/10 hearts)
Jane Eyre (R 9/10 hearts)
Kate’s Innocence (R 5/10 hearts)
Kate’s Capitol (R 5/10 hearts)
Martine chez tante Lucie (R 5/10 hearts)
Martine découvre la musique (R 5/10 hearts)
Martine et le cadeau d’anniversaire (R 5/10 hearts)
Once I Knew (R 5/10 hearts)
Peepo! (R 5/10 hearts)
Souffles de Souhaits (R 4.5/10 hearts)
The Coronation (R 5/10 hearts)
The Monster at the End of This Book (R 4.5/10 hearts)
The Rebellion (R 5/10 hearts)
The Wedding (R 5/10 hearts)
Least Favourite Book of May: “Amelia Bedelias & the Surprise Shower” – 2.5 stars
|| Writing Update
So right after the Kings’ Daughters Writing Camp in March, and the Glory Writers Writing Challenge in April, I jumped into the Story Spinners Virtual Writing Retreat in May. I did not write very much, but I brainstorm some for a secret retelling, and some editing for The Colour Red. It was very fun and it felt very good to creative again. Although the day of editing was hard on me mentally, I’m excited to report that I did not have a bout of depression after! #smallvictories
Also I discovered two random things: 1. the setting of Kalsyia is basically inspired by my province (QC) because no one writes about it. 2. I thought of something else super cool to brainstorm—how do the Kalsyian people get ahold of weapons?
And finally, I’m participating in the 100-for-100. Officially, the first time!
|| Blog Posts
I don’t remember any other posts to be honest (I’m sorry, braindead at the moment) but this one was EPICNESS.
|| Songs, Verses, & Poems
This song really spoke to me this month ❤
I can’t really identify a poem that really spoke to me; as for a verse, can I say the whole book of Isaiah?? It’s seriously SO beautiful, amazing, encouraging… <33 But also…
|| What Did I Learn in May?
It appears I’m learning a lot again about surrender and mostly trusting God no matter what to the point of not even stressing… and praying. A lot. I finished Isaiah on the 31st and started reading the Gospels chronologically, and Luke 1 really spoke to me—how even though Zachariah & Elizabeth were excellent people, their dream/desire was not granted them until it was the right time according to God’s plan; and how Mary jeopardized her life, her position, her future, her dreams, her hopes and plans and desires, to do what God wanted and accept His will for her life. She just trusted and obeyed….
“Behold the handmaid of the Lord;
be it unto me according to thy word.”Luke 1:38 KJV
|| June Goals
- Read ALLL THE ARCZZZZZ + review them all.
- Survive the trip without worrying, enjoying instead.
- Write 2,600 words.
- Send out a newsletter and get blog posts written for the rest of the year.
- Create an Instagram schedule.
- Pray a lot about a certain thing.
- Read my Bible + pray daily.
- Try and clean my room everyday and do the laundry everyday.
- Keep walking every day or at least every two days.
It isn’t much, but it’s good stuff. As for the rest, my month is too uncertain for more concrete goals…
How was your May, cupcakes?