Anne of Green Gables

January 30, 2014

Anne of Green Gables is my most favorite girl in book land! Along with Diana of course. No story is a good story without a bosom friend!

"What would you call this?" -Anne
"I was afraid that you would say that..."-Anne

No girl ever thinks of Megan Follows as Megan Follows. We always think of her as Anne.

Such a perfect quote! It never gets old because there is always a tomorrow!

"Hey! Hey! Carrots!" -Gilbert
"How dare you!"-Anne
crack- slate!

How perfect. I'm sure every girl dreams of going on a boat with her best friend. I know I do!

"I'm not scared of any boys!"-Anne
That says it all...
"Anne Shirley! what have you done to your hair?!" -Marilla
"I've...dyed it..."-Anne
What a terrible way to have to cut your hair!

How peaceful! Until...
"Congratulations on winning, Gilbert Blythe."-Anne
"Anne, Anne! Wait a minute! We tied!"-Gilbert

Anne's hair is getting longer!
Look how happy they are..♥
The second movie! Anne of Avonlea. ♥

I love her sweater!



I must apologize if some of these photos are a bit blurry. I enlarged them, so they are not perfect. But, hey! Did you enjoy that Anne post or what? I sure did! I love Anne! She is such a joy to be friends with. :D

Love in Christ,
 Julia Ryan♥

Sunshine award! Wow!

January 28, 2014
A week or so ago I found out that I was awarded the Sunshine Award! Jessica Joy at awarded me! Thank you Jessica Joy!

First off, I am going to answer the 11 questions Jessica asked me.
1. What is your dream job?
Being a mother and wife one day, Lord willing. ♥

2. If you could visit any foreign country, where would you visit and why?
I think I would go to Europe. I would love to go to Paris. I also think that Ireland would be awesome! It is such a beautiful place! Hmm...I don't think I really have a why... Haha! 

3. What is you favorite food?
Mashed potatoes and ice cream! Not together of course! Haha! 

4. Do you like salsa and chips?
I do! Though I only dip the chips in the juice of the salsa. Hehe

5. If you could travel back to any time period, what period would it be and why?
 1700's! July 4th, 1776 to be exact! I would so want to be their when the Declaration on Independence was signed! 

6. How many languages do you speak and what are they?
I know English! Haha! I know a little French, a good amount of Sign language and some Ukrainian.

7. How many different countries/states have you been to?
I have been to Maine, New Hampshire, Indiana and all the states along the way to Maine! Haha! 

8. How many siblings (includes even those moved out or adopted) do you have?
I have 8 siblings. ♥

9. How long have you been blogging?
I have been blogging since October 27, 2013! 

10. What's your favorite word?
Love! ♥ It reminds me of my love for God, my family and my friends and reminds me of how God loves me! 

11. How did you choose your blog title?
I really don't know. I sat down one day, decided I wanted to start a blog and then a name popped into my head! "Writing for His glory"! I liked it a lot because that is what I am trying to do. ♥ 

Wow! That took a lot of time! Now, onto my nominations. 

Rachel B my new blog follower (Rachel doesn't have a blog, but I thought it would be fun if she answered the questions in a comment on my blog!)

Hmm... I can only get 8 blogs (9 people). I'm not a big blog reader, so that will have to do. Here are my questions! This is going to be fun!!

  1. What is your favorite chore?
  2. What is your favorite book?
  3. Do you like making pies?
  4. Have you ever been on a train? And if so, where were you going?
  5. Would you rather be cold or hot?
  6. What is your least favorite chore?
  7. Have you ever gotten a ripped up letter in the mail? If so, who was it from?
  8. What is your favorite birthday that you ever had, and why?
  9. Did you like the last meal you ate and what was it?
  10. When was the last time you laughed and why? 
  11. What was the first thing you did this morning?
I liked doing that much more than answering! Haha!! I cannot wait to see every one's responses. A few of these nominations have been nominated before. So instead of writing up a whole new blog post, maybe they could just answer the questions on my blog as a comment? I know that I wouldn't want to write up another blog post about basically the same thing. So, it is just an idea.

 So, here are the rules that I am following:

1.) You have to answer 11 questions asked by your nomination blogger
2.) You have to nominate 11 other blogs. (I only did 9, so it doesn't have to be perfect.)
3.) You have ask 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
And have fun!!

In Christ,
 Julia Ryan♥

(sorry that my fonts, sizes and colors are messed up a bit. Something is wrong with blogger today...)

The last part...part 4

January 26, 2014

Locked Closet

Written by Julia Duffy
Part 4

She praised God for her parent’s safety. God had been with them, in good times and bad!
“You did a wonderful job on the decorations, Amanda and Abigail! Sorry I didn’t come and help. I just wasn’t in the mood.” Isabel said while sipping on a glass of punch. “Oh, we are so glad you came!” Exclaimed Abigail and Amanda nodded her head in agreement. “I couldn’t miss the 14th birthday of my best friends, could I?” smiled Isabel. “Here, this is my gift for both of you. You will have to share it...I hope you don’t mind,” Isabel lowered her head. The Twins un-wrapped it together, it was too small for a dress, but bigger than a book. It was a light blue picture frame with little decorations all over it. Flowers, birds and butterflies covered it and at the bottom a little Bible verse; “The poor man is hated even by his own neighbor, but the rich has many friends.” Proverbs 14:20 “You two have made me rich!” Isabel said smiling at their glittering faces. “I thought we could all take a picture together, so we will always be together.”
“I wish you didn't have to move away!” cried Amanda. “We will miss you so much!” The three girls had been crying all week, ever since Isabel’s dad said he found work in a town... two states away! “I-I” Isabel could hardly speak with so many tears running down her cheeks. “I don’t want to go either, but daddy needs to start over.” Hugs lasted until Isabel got into the car and closed the door. Tears lasted a long way down the road, and two states away. However Amanda, Abigail and Isabel knew that they were together still, just a bit farther away. Letters flew back and forth. They never forgot each another. Every year at the Twins birthday they all went to the little party shop and giggled until the cashier closed the store.    They never forgot how God had brought them together.
“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
Ecclesiastes 4:12

Well, that is the last part of my story. How did you all like it? I feel so blessed that I have been able to share this with all of you! You all have been so sweet and encouraging, and I thank you! ♥

 Love in Christ,
   Julia Ryan♥

Guess what! Part 3! :D

January 22, 2014

Locked Closet
Written by Julia Duffy

Part 3

Isabel’s room looked untouched, except for the pile of clothes by her closet door. She had left her dirty clothes by her closet door in the intention of washing them, but she forgot. Now the pile was pushed against the wall as if the door had been opened. Isabel walked over to the door and grabbed the door knob. It was locked. Isabel never locked the door, it was too much of a hassle to unlock it every time she needed something. Isabel quickly ran her finger on top of the trim above the door. Dust went into the air, but no key. Isabel then remembered that because the house was old all of the closet keys were the same. She ran across the hall to her parent’s room, grabbed the key above their door, and then ran back to her closet door in her room. Thoughts ran through her mind as she put the golden key into the paint worn door knob. “What would she find?” The creaking noises reminded Isabel that the door had opened.
Twenty-four hours later, Isabel was rejoicing with her parents that all was well. “Isabel, if you hadn’t found us…” Isabel’s mom started, but broke into tears before finishing her sentence. Isabel understood what she meant. All the pieces made sense now. When Isabel was outside, two men had broken into the house wanting everything, anything that was worth even the littlest amount of money. When Mrs. Carson called asking if Isabel could go to the party shop with Amanda and Abigail, she agreed so Isabel wouldn’t come into the house. Just as the men were about to leave Isabel’s dad walked into the house, he had come home early from work. He had lost his job, and because he couldn’t do anything against two men, he had to give in. His own wallet, watch and wedding ring were taken. They both ended up in the closet tied up. Nothing had ever been so scary to Isabel in her life.

To be continued...

I want to thank all of you for your wonderful comments! They are all really encouraging and such a blessing to me. Thank you all and God bless!
Love in Christ,
 Julia Ryan♥

Psalm 28:7...

Part 2 of the Locked Closet

January 18, 2014
Locked Closet

Part 2! For part 1 go here 

The small golden bell welcomed the trio into the shop. There were decorations everywhere! Party hats on one wall, streamers on another. There was even a whole aisle just for birthday wrapping paper. Shopping was such a blast that all worries were forgotten. “Amanda, look at this!” “Isabel, do you like this color?” “Abigail, what do you think of this style of hat?” Laughter, giggles and little disagreements on color burst from every corner of the small store. Before the girls knew it the cashier came and told them the store would be closing in ten minutes. So, the battle of deciding began! “I think you should choose a color first and then pick everything else to go with that color,” Isabel suggested. “What color do you think?” Amanda asked excitedly. “Blue or red, they are both so pretty.” Isabel said gleefully.

They finally walked out of the shop and started down the road homeward. The chatter didn’t stop once. When they got back to Amelia’s house the sun was starting to make the soft orange shadows on the trees. It was so peaceful looking. “Thanks Isabel for helping! It was so much fun. Do you want to come over the night before the party and help put up the decorations?” asked Amanda. “Sure! If my parents say yes, but, I’m sure they will.” The Twins started down the hill towards their home. It had been the best day in a long time! Isabel couldn’t wait to tell her mom all about it while helping her make dinner.

“Mom, I’m home.” The house was dark, which made the cheer drain out of her. Maybe mom is on the couch sleeping because of her headache. She dimmed the lights on in the hallway slowly. What she saw startled her! It was a wreck! Picture frames that once hung on the green walls were now thrown onto the floor with glass broken everywhere. Isabel’s only photo of her great-grandmother was destroyed. Isabel’s mind raced. She was so confused! Her happy day changed into an awful day. A dark cloud shadowed her. Suddenly her mind and body worked together. “Mom, dad,” Isabel screamed as she ran around the rooms. She carefully walked around the glass on the floor and then jogged up the stairs, two by two. It looked worse upstairs than down! The walls were all torn at. Where there used to be a painting, it was now ripped up dry wall. Isabel looked around and then slowly walked into her room.

To be continued.....

Love in Christ,
 Julia Ryan♥

2014...WAIT! 2014?!

January 14, 2014
Woah! Where did 2013 go? This is my first blog post in 2014. (Which is pretty lousy!) Hehe! I got really busy with Christmas, New Year, school, etc. I guess my poor blog was put off in the back burner. I am sorry for that! I feel so bad that I haven't given you all my first chapter of my book. I keep on getting on the wrong computer! So, I don't have it on hand at the moment.. BUT! I do have another short story that I just finished the other day. I am going to post the first page of it, so if you like it, then you can ask for more.

Locked Closet

Written by Julia Duffy

Isabel always checked the mail. Every day she would open the little “mouth” of the mailbox to see if she had any mail. Usually just her parents received the mail. When she brought the little white envelopes to them, they would sigh. Money was tight and the bills didn’t help much. Isabel always remembered what her mom said when they all worried. “God is always with us, in good times and bad.” As Isabel grew, the more she understood about money and why life was so hard. By the time she was fourteen they had moved twice and had sold many valuable things along the way.

Since Isabel’s family didn’t have much money she didn’t have many friends. To be “cool” you need money, phone, computer, bike and eventually a fancy car. Isabel didn’t have those things; she wasn’t included by many people, except the identical twins who lived down the street from her friend. Abigail and Amanda Carson understood what it was like to be teased. The three girls bonded quickly and Isabel prayed that she would never move again.

On a crisp autumn day the leaves were falling so gracefully that Isabel just had to be outside. After swinging on the old, wooden swing she remembered to check the mail. The crunching noises of the leaves were beautiful and calming to Isabel. She opened the mailbox to find a pink, flowery envelope and it was addressed to her! She opened the letter quickly and read, “Isabel, we would be honored if you would attend our small birthday party. The happy day will be October 9th. If you could come at 1:00, that would be great. Gifts are not needed, but welcomed! Love your giggly friends, Abigail and Amanda.” Isabel was so excited to be invited to a party! The last time she had been to a party, big or small, was for her grandmother’s birthday. Isabel couldn’t wait to tell her parents and ask their permission.

“Isabel! Perfect! I see you got our letter. We wanted to ask you,” started Amanda, but she was interrupted by Abigail. “Will you come with us to the little party store down the street and help us pick out decorations for the party?” Isabel really wanted to go, but she wasn’t sure if she would be allowed to. “I don’t know...I will need to ask mom.” Isabel answered slowly. “Oh! That is already taken care of. Our mom called your mom asking if you could go! She said yes!” So the three girls started down the road, but Isabel felt strange. She looked back at the house to see the front shade being pulled down. “That’s strange”, she thought out loud, but Isabel quickly shrugged it off. Maybe mom was just having a bad headache and that is why she is allowing me to go to the store. 


That is the first page! I really want to know all of your honest opinions. In my next post I will post the next page.

Love In Christ,
  Julia Ryan♥