30 August, 2016

Winter Blessings

I typically share my seasonal recapitulations (because that’s what ‘recap’ is short for, and I like big words) in a series of unconnected paragraphs, but seeing that a change is as good as a holiday, here’s this winter’s happenings. It’s a list of blessings, because truly, every good thing comes from Him.

Playing with sparklers
Being blessed by my brother for seventeen years (happy birthday, Bro!)
A night camping with the siblings
Starting a diploma of Christian counselling
Passing a violin exam (and God was right there, holding my hand)
Singing and being part of an orchestra again
Having an article published
Having fun photoshoots with my sister (thanks for your patience ;)
Eating at a vegan café
Grown-up things (and who knew job applications could be so complicated?!)
Nineteen years of life.
Thoughtful friends (you guys bless me so much)
So much rain
Knitting my first pair of socks
Super kind and thoughtful family
Making baked avocadoes, pumpkin pie, stuffed onions, custard slice, and pizza

Favourite books:
The book of Psalms – there’s always something for every situation
How Then Should We Live?
Between A Rock and a Hard Place
The Father Heart of God
Chasing Jupiter (have you read it yet?)

Updating my about page
Nina’s post –The Test of the Talents
Kate's post - I'm in the Closet Too 
Hosanna's Post - Miracles Still Happen Today
Elissa’s post - I Serve One Master 

How was your winter/summer? What books have you been reading recently? (Or, what have you been eating recently, if you prefer?) What fabulous-ness in the internet world have I failed to mention?


  1. Your life sounds really fun, Jessica!!! And one of your favorite books is Chasing Jupiter?? I was going to read that one really soon! Have you read Interrupted?? I liked that one a lot except for a bunch of words that I don't like to use. :/ But the writing and everything was so beautiful!!!

    1. Yes, it is often - with plenty of lessons to learn along to way too. :) Yes, Chasing Jupiter was one of my favourite books from this month - I'm sure you'll like it! I haven't read Interrupted, but it's on my list. Thanks for the recommendation - and for reading and commenting! :)

  2. I love posts like this so much! They make me so happy:)

    1. Oh, thank-you - I'm glad! Your comments make me happy. :)

  3. Sounds like you had a really neat month/season! :)

  4. GAHHH PHOTOSHOOTS AND VEGAN CAFES. this = goodness. <333 I keep forgetting that it's winter there and it's summer here! So cool and fascinating! :D This is a beautiful recapitulation (i like that word too <3) and it gave me all the feels.


    1. Yay - someone else likes vegan cafes and the word 'recapitulation'! :D Thanks for your comment, Abbiee - and enjoy your autumn. :)

  5. Hi Jessica,
    What great pictures of sparklers! So intricate. I recently came across your blog, and was encouraged to see your list of blessings over the summer and how God has guided your walk of faith.
    Glitzy Girl.
    P.S. I would so appreciate it if you would come for a visit over to my recently new blog glitzymevida.com. Thanks so much!

    1. Thank you, and praise God! I'm glad it could be an encouragement to you. :) Thanks for your comment - and I will go and check out your blog. Blessings!

  6. Fun reading this!
    I would love, love, LOVE, to be in an orchestra! That would be so much fun!

    1. Thanks, Paige! Yes, the being in the orchestra was a great experience! What instruments do you play?

      Thanks for reading, and leaving a comment. :)

  7. Those photos are G O R G E O U S.
    And I love this post. I've also been reading Psalms, it is truly beautiful and heartfelt.
    And...I've also been eating pizza. Oh, pizza. It's such good comfort food.


    1. Oh, thank you! Praise God. :)

      Psalms is such an amazing book. What's been your favourite psalm recently? And yes to pizza - it is good for comfort. :) Thanks heaps for commenting!

  8. That was a fun list to read, and I loved the photos :)
    I'm thankful for my fought full friends who bless me so much, too. You are one of them!
    I think it would be so cool to go camping with my siblings the way you did, but I don't think any of mine would think so haha... I'll just have to wait until I have kids and go with them. Or with a willing friend. Who knows.. We'll see.. :)

    1. Thanks. :) And thanks, again - praise God! The blessing definitely goes both ways. ;)

      Haha - I'm sure they just don't know what they're missing out on. Maybe we'll have to plan for a camping trip next time you're down. That would be fun. :)

  9. Christian counseling? Oh my goodness, that sounds amazing. ^.^ And ahh, the fifth sprinkler photo is just beautiful! I've never held a sparkler, let alone see people use one in person, since they're banned from usage in the city. DX

    xoxo Morning

    1. Yes - it is amazing too! I've only been doing the course for a couple of months, but I'm already recommending it to everyone I see. :)

      Oh, that must be annoying for you sometimes - that sparklers are banned. Maybe one day you'll get to go for a country trip and try them out. :)

      Thanks a lot for reading, and for your comment, Morning. xx

  10. I loooove your way of writing, Jessica!! Your words seem to flow so smoothly - they seem so fit (like apples of gold?). ;) I'm actually reading a book called 'Apples of Gold' at the moment, and whenever I stop to consider the title, it makes me think of you and your blog. So yeah, please keep writing to God's glory!

    1. Wow, thanks Jordy! You comment was a huge encouragement to me. :) Praise God if my words read like apples of gold - that's an amazing compliment, and could only be because of Him. :)

      Who's the author of that book? It sounds really interesting! Thanks again for commenting following! xx

    2. Yes, may God be praised!

      The book, 'Apples of Gold', consists of hundreds of quotes from various authors, compiled by Jo Petty and organized into nine "chapters" according to the fruit of the Spirit. It's purely quotes; no comments by Jo Petty apart from a brief note included in the beginning of my edition.

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    4. Thanks for replying! I'll check out that book - I'm pretty intrigued, given the title. :)

  11. Wow, your photos of the sparklers are so lovely! Truly, I always struggle with those, and you have several gorgeous takes.
    Also, I too like big words. But I did not know that one, nor do I have my own special dictionary.

    1. Oh, thank you! They were fun to take. :) And yay for fellow word lovers! Do you have a favourite big word you like to use?

      Anyway, thanks for reading and commenting, Skeler! I hope you have an excellent day. :)

    2. Oh, there are too many to choose from. I've always been particularly fond of the word loquacious, seeing the irony in loving a word that means I've been saying too many words because it's a big word. ;)

    3. Ooh, that's a good word! It sounds nice too - kind of eloquent. :) I see the irony there too..


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