letters for life

My church hasย  a group of youth that are pro-life. Our goal is to spread awareness about abortion and God’s view on it, and eventually end abortion in Canada forever. We were told about Letters4Life. Letters4Life is a campaign to write 100, 000 letters to our Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, by May 10, the annual March for Life on Parliament Hill. I encourage you to do this, because your letter could save an unborn baby’s life.

Please take a moment to save lives. Postage is free, and you can even send a form letter if you’d like, signed by you.


Goย here to make a difference!

bucket list update


Although I’ve posted about bucket lists before, I only had 14 so far. Until like three days ago. Now I have 41. (The 4 and 1 just got switched around! cool.)

So I thought I’d give an Emily’s bucket list update.

my bucket list.

1. learn Dutch

2. visit Holland

3. go to the East Coast

4. make a quilt

5. visit St. Jacob’s

6. gallop bareback down moonlit beach

7. live on a farm ๐Ÿ˜‰

8. go to Bible college

9. learn how to surf

10. swim in clear blue ocean

11. own a vintage Schwinn bike

12. get driver’s license

13. own a poodle skirt

14. climb a silo

15. make a sock monkey

16. experience a realย snowday

17. learn French

18. learn Spanish

19. read through whole Bible

20. read To Kill a Mockingbird

21. go backpacking (camping)

22. pull an all-nighter

23. see abortion made illegal in Canada

24. get 90% average (1 semester)

25. visit New York City

26. go on a cruise

27. fly in an airplane

28. get a pedicure

29. hug a llama ^_^

30. go to Reid’s Dairy with Bailey (my wonderful friend ๐Ÿ™‚ )

31. ride in a Volkswagon Bug

32. go to a Mandarin restaurant

33. watch Courageous

34. go to South America

35. eat a leek

36. learn how to play guitar

37. get my grade 8 piano

38. get baptized

39. read Mere Christianity

40. go on a road trip!

41.go to drive-in movie theatre

set apart girl

My friend recently showed me an online magazine by Leslie Ludy, called Set Apart Girl.

It’s a really good magazine for Christian teen girls. It is released bi-monthly, and the November-December issue is out now. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s in a real magazine format, on the website issuu.com. I’ve been browsing through it and I love it! All its content is God-glorifying and is a great read for any Christian teen girl striving to serve the Lord in everything.

You can go to it here: issuu.com/setapartgirl

This is a sample of what your screen will look like when you read it. It’s full-screen, the pages actually turn ( ๐Ÿ™‚ ), and it’s a very easy-to-read format because of the page previews on the bottom.

Some more screen shots…

I highly recommend this magazine! I hope they put it into print soon…it would be nice to get a hard copy of it! Check it out! It’s free, easy to read, interesting and will help you grow in your walk with God.



the modesty survey

A few posts back, I posted about the book Do Hard Thingsย by Alex and Brett Harris. They are the authors of the popular Christian website therebelution.com. Anyhoo, in connection to that site is the Modesty Survey. It’s an excellent resource for Christian girls who desire to dress modestly. It has hundreds of opinions from Christian guys ages 12 – 19 who have done the survey, as well as many open questions which many guys have answered. A quick preview below:

It’s probably a bit difficult to see; but essentially, there are several categories you can select, such as “Swimwear,” “Skirts,” etc. You then click on a statement you would like to see survey results on. These statements are not the results on the survey but are “questions” asked those who took the survey.

You can then view a bar graph which shows what guys chose: strongly disagree, disagree, neutral, agree, strongly agree. As you can see in the picture above, the statement is: “Bikini swimsuits are immodest.” Just over 50% of guys said “Strongly Agree”, and about 25% of guys said “Agree.” That’s over 75% of guys who agreed. Only a very small amount disagreed (strongly or otherwise).

As one anonymous 21-year-old said on the website:

A girl who is immodest presents her body as something that anyone can stop by and partake of. She is selling herself for nothing. A girl who is modest presents herself as a pure and beautiful prize that must be won. She will not easily give herself to any other. She may be attractive to many, but she keeps her body for Christ and for marriage. That, I think, is the primary difference between immodesty and attractiveness.

I think this paints a beautiful picture for modesty and describes it very well. ๐Ÿ™‚

This survey, as said on the website, is to be used as guidelines, not as a set of rules to be followed. You must make your own decisions but basing them on this survey is extremely helpful. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have also linked to this survey on my sidebar, along with TheRebelution.com. I strongly urge you to check it out!



do hard things

I have started reading the book Do Hard Thingsย by Alex and Brett Harris, nineteen-year-old twins. It’s great so far; I can’t wait to finish it so I can do a review on it!!

It’s about, as the cover reads, a teenage rebellion against the low expectations today’s culture expects of us.

They talk about how the teenage years shouldn’t be seen as a time to goof off and have fun, but a time to be challenged and grow.

Of course, they make it sound waaay better than I do…so you should read it. ๐Ÿ™‚

You may have browsed the site The Rebelution. Here you can view their blog, pictures of conferences they’ve hosted (as far away as Japan!) and much more.

At first, I had heard my friend talk about it, mentioning she was reading it and it was “a really good book.” But I was like, “oh…another book on how teens should act…probably all about social justice. Blah.” But it’s not about that! It’s about you. Your personal life. Your personal fears. Your personal challenges. There are tons of stories of real-life people (they’ve met!) and how Brett and Alex challenged them to be…well, challenged.

Did I mention they’re the little brothers of the author of the book I Kissed Dating Good-bye, Joshua Harris? Which also looks really good, might I add…I hope I can pick it up sometime and read it. Maybe it’ll be my next review….

It’s a great book and I recommend it to everyone! Who’s a teenager, that is…or even young adults! It’s amazing what teenagers can accomplish when they put their mind to something.

Today’s the “prime of your life!” Don’t waste it!


I Finished the Sock Monkey…

I did it. Yesterday. It took me a while because of the handsewing that had to be done, but I did it. Finished. Fini. Complete-o. (That’s not a cool “finished” word in another language…unless you count my personal language.)

I said I would post about little “bumps in the road” I found in my sock monkey adventure as I sewed…but I didn’t really find any. Of course, if you try it out and have problems, comment! I’ll gladly help you fix the problem. ๐Ÿ™‚

But aside from a few things, I was okay. There were some pretty minor ones; but I just figured them out on my own pretty quickly…

  • The head. The instructions don’t actually tell you exactly how to do the head…so I basically stuffed the whole thing, then about 1 1/2 – 2 in. from the top of the potential head (the toe of the sock), I just squished it and moved the batting around until I could take an extra-strong thread and wrap it around enough times to make a neck. It was if I just took the top part and twisted and twisted it, until it was all scrunched in.
  • The legs and arms. For the rounded-ness at the end of the legs and arms, I just took a spool of thread and traced it partway around to form a rounded end…then when I sewed it, I just followed the pencil mark.

ย In case you can’t see, the stitching is the dotted line and the rest is the leg. The body would be on the bottom of the picture. ๐Ÿ™‚

If there’s anything else you don’t really get, you can comment and I’ll reply. ๐Ÿ™‚


Cute Zippered Pouch Tutorial

This is a super-cute zippered pouch tutorial! I really want to try and make it — soon. ๐Ÿ™‚ It is super-easy and makes a great make-up bag (if you wear make-up), pencil case, or just an “anything” case! You could use it as a cosmetic bag, etc., and can make it different sizes.

For a square one, you can click on the image below.