[why? i suppose…]


How can someone so involved in their passion, like dance, or blogging, suddenly disappear off the map? “Snap, she’s gone, doesn’t blog in months…gosh, where did she go? I suppose she lost her spark and her inspiration.” Honestly, whether you are thinking that doesn’t much matter to me. I’m not who you see of me, or read of me, or imagine me to be.

This isn’t just my story. I’ve thought this about many people or blogs I see that have been deleted or abandoned. “Why is this person gone? He/she is longer inspired, I suppose. That’s too bad.” But in reality, the identity that we demonstrate for others, especially online, is vastly different from our real life. We judge others by what we see or read of them. I know I do, many times without thinking. The lives that Internet Dominators, celebrities, and even normal people show on the outside, albeit interesting, inspiring, or depressing, are merely a picture from their “best angle,” or, rather, the angle they want you to see. I can guarantee that every writer or blogger you come across has hidden secrets that no one knows or can determine from what they read. Their writing, even if it is deep and heartfelt, can’t entirely depict how they truly live and feel, because they refine their words into what they want you, the reader, to see. You can only find complete genuinity in a face to face relationship.

Me, you ask? I’ve moved on to greater things, and I have stronger passions than what I used to have. Sure, I’m not writing, but that doesn’t mean my life is any less exciting than it was when I posted every week, or every day. If anything, it’s more compelling by far. If you want to hear about my life, please ask, and I’ll be more than happy to tell you, personally. In the meantime, the life that I live and the passions I am pursuing are inequivalent to what anyone sees or reads about, and as I have grown up, I no longer feel that it’s necessary to blast my words out loud for everyone to hear. Honestly, the season when I was an avid blogger was a time in my life that I needed to connect with those beyond my physical reach, because at the time there weren’t many people who I could reach out to in my personal life. Now, I live in a season where the people around me and close to me take priority, and the relationships I have cultivated in the past years strengthen me in a similar way that being an inspiration to my readers strengthened me in the past. It wasn’t completely fulfilling, but it was what I needed at that point in my life, and I truly needed the people with whom I connected.

By the way, just because I may stop doing something on a regular basis doesn’t mean my passion for it has died, or that I have a less interesting life, and just because I’m pursuing different dreams doesn’t mean I’ve burned away the old ones. Hence, I’m writing a blog post now, but only because I have something to say. In addition, the things I write and pour my heart into aren’t always for everyone to see–oftentimes they are solely for me. I stopped taking dance classes partly because of my schedule, and partly because it was time to move on, but that doesn’t mean I lost my passion for dance. I still love it, and I have found that teaching dance and choreographing really inspires me. My passions aren’t something that simply leave my heart. They are eternal.

I’ve put some dreams on the back burner for now, but many new ones have come into play: college classes during high school, becoming a worship leader, wanting to become a speech therapist when I graduate, and mentoring others with excellence in dance and music. Writing music. Learning about the world around me. Loving the people around me. Trusting more. Shaping my own character even in the mundanest of tasks.

So you see, I may not post often, or ever, but I am pursuing my dreams whether anyone even reads my blog or not. Who I am does not equal what others think of me, even in my non-internet life. Who I am depends on me, and on God. I want to encourage you through this. Who you are is important. The people around you can only influence and change you if you let them. I’ve learned that one, for sure. I’m not saying don’t let them. I’m just saying follow your heart, and let yourself be affected by people, places, and things that inspire you to become stronger. If your heart is pursuing something merely to appease others, you might want to reconsider your motives. Ultimately, God is your only audience. My desire is to live my life to His glory, to become who He has destined me to be, and not to live for the world to watch me.

What about you?

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[life]


As a 15 year old girl going through many, many ups and downs in my life, I have a few words of wisdom to share with you that I have learned.

Life will never be what you think, or what you plan.

I could have had so much planned for my life, and it seems like I did, at one time. Be a perfect, put together person, become a beautiful dancer, go into college, get a degree, get the perfect job, have a whirlwind romance and know exactly who I will marry from day one, have beautiful well behaved kids, and live a perfect life thenceforth.

But I have learned, and am learning, that what you expect or wish probably isn’t what will happen.

I am far from put together, I’ve had to put down dance to pursue my heart, I don’t know what college or degree I will attend, nor what job lies in store, my “whirlwind romance” will never be what it seems to be, Lord knows how my kids will turn out, and my “perfect life” is inexistent.

God has so much more planned than I could dream up in my fantasies.

I don’t know about my future. I have no clue whatsoever what’s in store, and life has taken me on twists and turns that I could have never predicted. Right now I am facing some of the biggest decisions I will ever have to make in my life, much sooner than I had planned, and certainly sooner than I wanted. I don’t want any of this, but it’s happening.

So what next? What do I do now?

Easy answer, hard task.

Release it to God and trust Him for the rest.

He holds everything in my life. He has so much more than I could understand planned for me. I can’t see it, but I don’t have to see to know He’s got me. And I will let him guide me on this insane, beautiful, terrifying, rewarding, excruciating, bliss called life.

Don’t ever stop trusting. Don’t ever look back and wish your life choices away. There is so much more ahead than you will ever leave behind. Keep looking up towards the Way, the Truth, and the source of Life.

It’s good to see you again. Thanks for reading a piece of my heart. Blessings upon you all.
Shalom, Hannah

[this our hymn of grateful praise.]


for the beauty of the earth,
for the glory of the skies,
for the love which from our birth
over and around us lies;
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

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for the beauty of each hour
of the day and of the night,
hill and vale, and tree and flower,
sun and moon, and stars of light;
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

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for the joy of ear and eye,
for the heart and mind’s delight,
for the mystic harmony,
linking sense to sound and sight;
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

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for the joy of human love,
brother, sister, parent, child,
friends on earth and friends above,
for all gentle thoughts and mild;
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

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for Thy church, that evermore
lifteth holy hands above,
offering up on every shore
her pure sacrifice of love;
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

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for Thyself, best Gift Divine,
to the world so freely given,
for that great, great love of thine,
peace on earth, and joy in heaven:
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

{all photos copyright throughmykeyboard2013}

[it’s not about death.]


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Easter Sunday. Resurrection Day.

You tell me.
What is Easter all about?

You may say it’s about death. The death of Christ on the cross.

But you’re wrong.

Good Friday was the actual “death day”.

But Easter Sunday is about life.

Easter isn’t a celebration of Christ’s death, but of His resurrection. Easter isn’t a mourning gathering, being sad over Christ’s death. It’s a celebration that Christ is alive.

ALIVE, mind you. Not dead. Alive.

So many times when we’re celebrating Easter, and think of the Easter celebration, we focus a lot on the death of Christ. You may say it was an unjust death–and it was. But that’s what Christ came to earth to do–to save the world from the corruption of sin, and essentially, from death itself.
So He died.

He could have run away, could have used “supernatural” powers to stay alive, but no. He himself didn’t want to die, and He even prayed to His Father “Please, take this load off of my back.” But at the same time He said “Thy will be done.” So He was taken, beaten, humiliated, spit on, His clothes were gambled for, and He suffered lasting pain and humiliation hanging on a cross with nails in His feet. All because He chose to follow God’s will.

But you seem to forget the awesome part of this story. The part that we celebrate on a Sunday every year in April. (or in this year’s case, March.)

HE. CAME. BACK. TO. LIFE.

He was literally dead for three days–trust me, He wasn’t just alive in the tomb.
He. Was. Dead.

BUT HE CAME BACK TO LIFE.

And with that one miracle, He changed the world.

We don’t need to mourn any more. We don’t need to cry because Christ is gone. He’s alive!! And because with His death, He took the keys of life and death from Satan, and reclaimed His people, so that whoever believes in Him will eternally live in Heaven.

It wasn’t only Jesus who came back to life. It was every. person. who. believes. Millions. And Millions. Even Billions. Of People. Now have the chance to live. Forever.

That takes immense love.
To die for a broken, beat up, sinful beyond belief, corrupted, blackened, impure world. To die for billions of people who hate Him and scorn His open arms. And yet He still stands there, arms wide open, waiting.

His death and resurrection made a bigger impact on the world than the atomic bomb explosions. Or WW2. Or Hurricane Sandy. Or even Hitler.
Those things brought numerous death. But Jesus brought uncountable, immeasureable, indescribable life.

Yet so many people reject it. The gift that one person died for. We accept the freedom that many died for, yet billions of people don’t accept the gift one person died for.

As you go about your day today, and remember Jesus death on the cross and His resurrection, also remember the people who haven’t been led to love Christ; the people who haven’t yet accepted His gift of eternal salvation and a live in Heaven. Be praying for those people today.
And remember that the sacrifice that Jesus made–he made for you. Because of His innumerable, immeasureable, immense love.

Jesus is alive.

God bless you guys :) have a wonderful, restful Easter Sunday! –Hannah

[i need a re-charge.]


Sometimes we’re on low battery, we’ve been working hard–maybe even too hard–physically or emotionally.  You’ve just run a marathon or worked in the yard for hours–or there’s a problem with your school, job, church, friendship………
What do you do when you’re on low battery physically? Some take a nap, drink tea or soda, or may just relax and read a book or watch a movie. It seems to work because we feel refreshed and ready to go again.
Sometimes we try to do this for the emotional exhaust as well.

But it doesn’t work.

We try and forget our problems by taking ourselves into that resting moment of bliss, but once it’s over you may be “rested,” but your problems are still there. Your body may have recovered, but it doesn’t work that way with your emotions, and you can feel desperate.

If you have an MP3, laptop, or iPod, you know the only way to charge it is to connect it to a charger. If you let it “sleep” or shut it down, when you wake it up again, it’s still going to be on low battery. But if you connect it to a charger, after a while it will be running and ready to go again.

That’s the way it works with our emotions–if we turn them off or distract them, they will still be there full throttle when you come back to them. But if we give our emotions to God, the ULTIMATE “charger,” He will take all of the battery into His hands and send it back to us fully charged. He takes the low charged battery, and replaces it with a new, fresh one. Or He transfers His charge into it so the battery meter is full.

Sometimes, we even try and use the wrong charger. Your device is plugged in and ready to charge, and you think it’s charging, but it’s not really, because it’s the wrong charger. When you realize this you’re worse off than before, and your device has even less battery because it’s been sitting there wasting away all day. That wrong charger can be someone/something who constantly fills your mind with a different emotion that you seem to like, but it doesn’t really charge you. The only one who can truly charge you is God.

Have you been holding out on God, and not letting Him charge you? Have you been using a wrong charger with your emotions? Do you try and give your problems to the world instead of God?

I hope this post affected you and made you think! Have a wonderful Sunday!
~Hannah

[butterflies and lovelies]


I know I haven’t been posting as much lately, and I am very sorry–I haven’t gotten as much inspiration lately, I guess. And we’ve been a little busy. So to make up, I am leaving you with these pictures that I took of these magnificent butterflies!

Those pink flowers you see in most of the pictures are my mom’s zinnias. She called me into our backyard, and lo and behold, there were tons of butterflies and moths flying around and landing on them! It was so cool! Three of the black kind, one yellow butterfly, and two moths [the orange ones.]

The other pictures with the yellow swallowtail were taken a couple days prior. It was the most amazing yellow swallowtail I had ever seen, with that blue on the lower part of its wings. It was amazing! Oh, and the flowers featured are called yellow lantana.

Enjoy! Click on the pictures to view, scroll through, and comment on them! :D

Each picture has its own comment box, and each photo has it’s number in the title of the photo if you wish to refer to it. Hope you like them!
love, Hannah

[just random me #10]


A Just Random Me linkup, another linkup, and a coupla photo challenges! And guess what’s happening tomorrow…………… [!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!]

10 things that made me happy this week:

1. that the GIVEAWAY is ending TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!!

2. Chatting with wonderful friends!

3. TOMORROW IS FRIDAY!!!

4. Being random. Like the quote above.

5. Using PicMonkey to help me memorize stuff! LOL

6. Classical music, and thinking of this lovely lady when I hear the Moonlight Sonata. Love ya girl! :D

7. New emails!!

8. Being asked to be a sponsor for a bunch of people! It’s always fun for me!!!

9. Having a song you once sung to come on shuffle and yelling it out because no one else is listening [hehehehehe]

10. Hearing Tchaikovsky come on when I’m listening to Classical music on shuffle. LOVE!

Linked up:

Me!

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And we also have Britt’s Q & A linkup!!

Here are the questions….

1. What is your favorite Bible story? That’s a hard one, but one that I like is the story of Mary and Martha!
2. What colors are your room? My walls are a teal color, with accents of lime green, purple, and zebra–maybe someday I will show pictures!
3. What is your favorite meal? (lunch, breakfast, dinner?) I don’t know. That’s hard! ………….Probably lunch.
4. What is/was your favorite subject in school? Well I LOVE to read!!!
5. Are you a shy or outgoing person? Well I can be very outgoing with friends but can be a bit shy with people I don’t know or don’t know well.
6. Are you a more reserved or expressive person? I don’t know. I guess it depends.
7. How many brothers and sisters would you like to have? Well I think it would be cool to have an older sister, or a younger sister to take care of!

Go link up here! It’s always so fun to link up with Britt! :D

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[doncha love that button? :D ]

Entering here, into Carrie’s photo contest! You take a picture associated with your favorite verse! I put mine actually on the photo. :)

You should go and check out her blog and enter–she’s such an awesome girl, and one of my awesome friends!!! Be sure to go soon, it ends tomorrow!! :D

PS this is the lovely rose that I convinced my lovely mom to buy a couple years ago, because its smell is HEAVENLY! It’s called “Tranquility” and the name perfectly fits!

Entering at Elizabeth’s blog, one of my newest blogger friends! Subject: anything you like! :D

Don’t you ADORE the bokeh in this photo! I love it! You should check out Elizabeth’s post and enter into her challenge! PS: they are my grandma’s flowers! :D

PSS: sorry this photo didn’t come until I added it, I had thought it was in the post but it turns out not. :( But here it is now! Sorry!

[giveaway. the giveaway.]


Yes.

The giveaway.

Is here.

THE 25 FOLLOWER GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m sooooooooooooooooooo excited!!!

Or maybe we should call it the “28 follower giveaway” instead….You guys are so amazing!!

[Britt made my button–thanks so much, girl!]

And our loverly sponsors!!

BRITT will be sponsoring a BLOG DESIGN!

Some examples:

She does SUCH an amazing job!!!

RUBY will be sponsoring a ANIMAL BUTTON, with the animal of your choice!

RUBY will be sponsoring a HEADER, BACKGROUND, and BUTTON, for those who have WordPress designs and are not able to use Blogger designs! [it would work for a Blogger design too! :D ]

and RUBY is also sponsoring a PICTURE-INTO-ART DESIGN!

Aren’t these so cool? She can take ANY picture and turn it into a work of art!

EMMA is sponsoring a BLOG DESIGN! Her design blog is [here]!

Here are some of her examples:

http://www.mainegirlsgrowingup.blogspot.com/

http://klarabellecandy.blogspot.com/

http://sixfarawayfriends.blogspot.com/ (she did the header)

http://sarahelizabethfoto.blogspot.com/

She does a great job! :D

RACHEL is sponsoring a PERSONALIZED TEDDY BEAR DRAWING!

I mean, personalized?! Can’t get any better than that! You will tell her what kind of drawing you want and she makes it! That is *cool,* people!

GODSGIRLZ1 is sponsoring a BLOG BUTTON!

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She can make you any kind of button you would like! :D

and I will also be sponsoring a SIGNATURE, or A PERSONALIZED CONTACT BUTTON! [your choice of either]

Examples of all of the buttons, and the shapes and fonts for signatures [here]!

NOTE: For the contact buttons you may choose up to 5, but if you want over that number I will require my blog button on your blog sidebar. Kay?

MANDATORY: YOU MUST BE A FOLLOWER TO ENTER

Fill out this form to enter!

SPONSORS CAN ENTER!

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PS: As it says in the form, if you first enter but then you do an “extra entry” thing, you can enter again and click that it’s your second or third entry so that you can record your extra credit. So to speak.

The giveaway will end on August 10th [a Friday], so be sure to enter soon!

[blogger of the week–jodie]


Today I am interviewing Jodie–thanks so much for letting me interview you! :D

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1. When did you start blogging? I started blogging when I was 11 years old. that was 2011.

2. How did you start blogging? Saw my co-homeschooler made one, so I also made one! hahahah! :-)

3. Is there something/someone that encourages you to blog? Yes, people who still don’t know Jesus. I’m trying my best to share the Good News.

4. What is your *reason* for blogging? So I can share God and to meet bloggers all around the world! :)

5. Do you have any tips for new bloggers? Hmm.. Stay nice and be EXTRA friendly. :)

6. What is an inspiration for you, both in the blog world and in real life? My inspirations are: My family and my pets! :)

7. Describe your blog(s) in a couple words. Just a blog about a friendly young lady.

8. What do you want to do in the future, both in the blog world and in real life? Someday, I want to be a celebrity chef, food critic, professional swimmer, teacher. (Can I do that?) Hahaha! :-)

9. Is there something you encourage bloggers *not* to do? Hmmm, Don’t be mean, be friendly, and not to post “nasty” things.

10. Can you give me links to your blog(s)?

Heart Strings

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Thanks, Jodie, it was awesome to learn a bit more about you and your lovely blog! Everyone be sure to check her blog out! :D

Other Blogger of the Week interviews–feel free to check out previous Blogger of the Weeks!