Campfire= S'MORES!!

May 31, 2014
 First you toast them over the hot coals...
Mmm..the smoke adds a wonderful flavor!
Then you spread egg less cookie dough and Nutella on the graham cracker, 

 and press toasted marshmallow in between another graham cracker.  
 I found this dandelion in our garden. My older sister tilled the whole garden yesterday. This is just one of the many tall dandelions. Hehee! 
One thing I just adore about Summer is how the grass, driveway and dirt road all look. No leaves, snow or mud in the way. Just plain beautiful!
This is one of my most favorite trees in our whole yard! I love how it is totally different then all the maples, oaks and mulberry around.

What do you love about Summer? What do you like in your s'mores?

Love in Christ,
  Julia Ryan♥

Helen Keller - Ladies in History

May 23, 2014
 Helen Keller was born June 27, 1880. 
 When she was born she could see and hear. But, when she was 18 months old she became sick and she lost her sight and hearing. 
 When Helen was 7 years old, Anne Sullivan, came to teach her. Helen's parents were told that Helen could learn how to talk with her hands. 
 Anne Sullivan had a lot teaching to catch up on. For 7 years Helen had lived in darkness. 
 Because Helen's parents loved her so much they had a hard time seeing her struggle. But, Anne knew that Helen needed to struggle to have a victory. 
 After many long weeks, Helen finally had her first big victory! She finally understood that the letters being made with her fingers meant something. 
 Helen wouldn't stop learning. She wanted to know how to write just like everyone else. 
And she did!!
 After writing, she wanted to know how to talk. Anne told her that it would take a lot of work, but, Helen didn't care. She worked hard and her first sentence was, "I am not dumb now!". 
 Anne Sullivan's eyes hurt her very much. When she was younger she went blind and because of a surgery she was able to see again, but that surgery wasn't helping anymore...
Helen was determined to go to collage. Not just any collage though - Harvard. Anne told her that it would take a lot of work, and once again, Helen didn't care. And because of that, she had another huge victory!
She graduated with honors! 
 After many years, Anne Sullivan died.. but Helen remembered everything she taught her and kept on going. During World War 2, she went to hospitals where men had become blind from an injury during battle. She helped those men by giving them hope. 

American Sign Language

This was her signature! 

Helen Keller died June 1st, 1968. She was almost 88 years old, and in those 87 years of her life she conquered more mountains than most people who can see do! She didn't give up, she didn't loose hope. And because of that, many people who are blind or have an eye injury, have a hope as well. 

Love in Christ,
 Julia Ryan♥

Long awaited bike post!

May 22, 2014
Me! Hehee
 My bike!! ♥
My most favorite sound in the whole world! Dirt against tires... sigh

 Yes... I am now in a brace... For what is going to seem an eternity.
 Lilacs have one of the best smells out there.. so home-y! 
 Raindrops on roses (grass in this song) and whiskers on kittens (and we just had 6 kittens born!), brown paper packages tied up with strings, these are a few of my favorite things!
(one of my favorite songs)

Loving Summer,
 Julia Ryan♥

P.s. I am working on a new "Ladies in History" post! It should be up soon!


May 17, 2014
Do you have a list of things you would like to do in your life? 
You know, go to Paris, or winning a 1,000 dollars? 

Well, one thing on my list was beating my Dad in a game of chess. I am now able to check that one thing of my list. 


Another thing I always thought would be interesting is having my arm in a sling. 
Well.... I can check that off my list as well, with a frown on my face.

Love in Christ,
  Julia Ryan♥

Did you know that........

May 14, 2014

Arkansas is the home of the only active mine in the US?

New Jersey built the first world's first drive-in movie theater in 1933?

Wisconsin invented the first typewriter in 1867?

The average store in the US wastes about 3,000 pounds of food every year?

In California the grizzly bear is the official state animal, but no grizzly bears have been seen since 1922?

In the US there are three towns named "Santa Claus"?

The Mississippi and the Missouri Rivers combined form the longest river in the US and the fourth longest in the world! 

Just 2.5 million people lived in the US in 1776, now it is 314 million?

If you have $10 in your pocket and no debt, then you are wealthier than 25 percent of the people in the US?

8 billion chickens are eaten every year and 22 million every day?

Every second, Americans collectively eat 100 pounds of chocolate?

Love in our Lord,
  Julia Ryan♥

Random pictures I took..

May 7, 2014
 Yeah, you know you really want Summer when you are excited about dandelions!  
Mmm! Ice cream... I told you about my weakness.... hehe!

Love in Him,
  Julia Ryan♥

25 not-so-well-known facts about me!

May 3, 2014
25 not-so-well-known facts about me! ( least to some people)

1. I am allergic to dogs
2. I love mashed potatoes!!
  3. Ice cream is my weakness... 
4. Bike rides are so peaceful to me ♥
5. I like reading in bed
6. I love writing long letters
7. "Saving Mr. Banks" is at the top of my new, favorite movies.
8. I love painting 
9. Don't give me scissors, you will regret it
         10. I am a notebook addict
11. I love being cold 
12. Cashews are my favorite nut

13. I have to know the time, or I will go CRAZY!
14. I can't stand dry hands *shiver*
15. I'd rather wear no shoes any day of the week
16. I can't stand spicy foods!
17. Change is really hard for me...
18. I have blonde hair
19. I have watched Frozen, and I think it is really strange....

20. I am often a klutz

21. I don't know what I would do without my headphones

22. If the pen isn't right, I can't write
23. I can't stand only hearing one side of a conversation; "I remember that... *laughs really hard*" It drives me crazy!
24. I like Algebra
25. I don't like the taste of black licorice ANYTHING!

What did you already know about me? What did you find out that you thought was funny?

Hoping for Summer, 
 Julia Ryan♥