Resting In God When The World Is Going Crazy

This past year, my senior year, I duel-enrolled at a local college. During my second semester, I took Bio 2 and found it fascinating (minus one section *ahem* parasites/bacteria/etc).

Anyway.

We were learning how everything on Earth is connected and how global warming is affecting it. Here’s the short spill on it – I promise you’ll be able to understand it and I’ll try my best to not spend several paragraphs on it 😉

Because of Earth warming, the Indian Ocean has been steadily warming as well. You’re probably thinking, “ok. so the ocean is a little bit warmer, what’s the big deal?” I’m glad you asked! XD

The increasing temperature of the Indian Ocean has caused the North Atlantic oscillation (aka two air masses) to become stuck on its “intense” cycle. The North Atlantic oscillation has never been completely calm, but there are usually periods or breaks where the intensity lets down and it is more docile. However, with the increasing temperatures that has not been happening.

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It’s amazing how the entire world is so intricately connected. In Africa, there is a body of water called Lake Chad. Wikipedia says, “The United Nations Environment Programme and the Lake Chad Basin Commission concur that at least half of the lake’s decrease is attributable to shifting climate patterns.” As Lake Chad has dried up, the dust and dirt that was beneath the water has been exposed.

You can imagine what sorts of algae, fungi, and other gross things lie at the bottom of the lake. With the dust being out in the open, the pathogenic soil fungus it contains has been swept into the air from the Saharan and blown towards the Caribbean.

Interestingly, this dust has caused an ironic increase in pediatric asthma cases and coral sea fan disease. Which is obviously not good.

Now, I’m going to be honest. I kind of started to worry, because wow, how the heck are we supposed to fix all of this. ITS SO MUCH.

God, knowing this, led me to this verse.

“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near,” ~ Luke 21:25-28

WOW. Like, anyone else amazed??? I mean that’s literally what’s happening! And there it is, right in the Bible. It makes me feel so much better, to know that God knew this was going to happen. None of this is a surprise to him.

Thank you Jesus for that!

~ Southern Dreamer

Sandbox ~ Creative Writing Awards

Gianna:

Best Drama/Dramatic Moment

Best Supporting Male Character – Anthony

Best Quote (“Welcome back to my glamorous life as a New York City dancing sensation”)

Ally:

Best Historical Fiction

Best Supporting Female Character – Lucille

Best Opening Line (“Too ripe. Too soft. Too hard. It’s near impossible to find some simple, organic food nowadays and we’re in 1933 too! You’d think we’d at least know how to grow fruit by now,” complained the middle aged woman to the buck teeth brunette twirling impatiently in the Market”)

Joshua:

Best Mystery-Sherlock Holmes

Cherri:

Best Description/Sentence (“As I round the corner the wind catches my hair and my heart trips, for stretched before me is such elaborate magnificence. I cannot take it all in. It’s too much. Much too big”)

Grace Anne:

Best Fantasy

Once Upon A Time Season 6 Finale

Wow.

Where do I even start?

There is literally so much to discuss and my brain is kind of exploding right now with #ONCERFEELS, so, I’m going to try and break down my review and thoughts on the finale.

***WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW, IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE FINALE AND DO NOT WANT MAJOR SPOILERS ON THE FUTURE OF ONCE UPON A TIME DO NOT READ THIS***

Alright, with that out of the way, first things first.

  1. The Black Fairy

Seriously. Y’all. I cannot even EXPLAIN how much I despise and hate her. Watching her psychologically play Emma like a chess piece was just *screeches* absolutely horrible.

Kudos to the writers for coming up with such a terrible villain, but sheesh! I have a particular loathing for characters who twist others emotionally and psychologically (Palpatine aka Darth Sidious being another example).

My poor family had to endure me *ahem* yelling *ahem* at the TV XD

Seriously though, the Black Fairy is just wow…really hate her.

2. The Black Fairy’s Curse

I really had no idea what this would look like, but honestly, I was not expecting for the townspeople to be affected in such a way!

AND BELLE. Y’all. Apologies if I rant, but…SHE DESERVES EVERYTHING GOOD IN THIS WORLD AND THE BLACK FAIRY IS A HORRIBLE MONSTER *cough* Anyway. I’ll leave you with that thought on what she did to Belle.

Brilliant move on the writers part, to have Emma’s belief be the key to winning the battle. So many battles we fight in our day-to-day lives are not against actual dragons or villains, but battling our own struggles, anxiety, whatever it may be. I thought it was appropriate, on a show centered around belief, that the secret to winning the final battle was in not losing faith.

Crazy how not believing can cause such horrible consequences – not believing in yourself, not believing that it can be overcome, not believing that you can get through it; but when you do believe, even a little, it can have dramatic, wonderful conclusion. That reminds me of when Jesus speaks about the mustard seed. How if you have faith even as small as a mustard seed (which is TINY), you can move mountains.

3. Son-in-law Hook

Some of the funniest lines came from the Hook-David and Hook-Snow interactions in this episode XD LOVED IT SO MUCH. Especially this one:

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Snow’s reaction XD PRICELESS.

I also adored Hook’s impassioned speech about Emma, when he and David were by the beanstalk. It was extremely sweet and showed how dedicated he is to her – if it wasn’t already apparent. To all my Oncer readers, did anyone one else squeal happily when Hook kept referring to Emma as his wife??? ❤

Captain Swan FOREVER.

4. Gideon

This line though…”I was hoping you could save both of us.”

OUCH. THERE GOES MY HEART. </3

Poor Gideon. He couldn’t even control his own actions (LOOKING AT YOU BLACK FAIRY), and was forced to do something he did not want to do. When he said that statement, I was just like ahhh small children getting caught up in a fight that is not theirs! (yes, I know in this instance he was an adult. that is beside the point) XD

5. Snowing, Rumbelle, basically all the characters and my ships

Snow waking Charming with a kiss…NEVER GETS OLD! Classic Once Upon A Time and I love it. I don’t think I could get tired of that scene even if I tried.

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Loved how Hook was so unconcerned, “She always finds him.” XD Truth though.

Gideon turning back into a baby = happiness. Belle above all deserves to have a happy life. She is the most forgiving, selfless, optimistic person ever and I was so thrilled that she got her happy ending and Rumple FINALLY decided to make the right decision.

Pretty, pretty please writers. Do not make Rumple betray her in Season 7. OR I WILL LOSE MY EVER-LIVING MIND *cough* #Belledeservesbetter

The image of Hook being a sheriff though is literally so hilarious to me XD I can’t really see him in that profession…Admittedly, it would make for some very humorous scenes.

The scene with them at Granny’s was SO PERFECT AND BEAUTIFUL. Finally, this messed up family came together. All of them. Snow and Charming Emma and Hook. Belle and Rumple. Regina, Zelena, Henry. The babies.

I can’t say that without referencing this though XD

[2x14] Throwback with this scene because it's Thanksgiving Hope you all ate a lot and had a great day! :

6. Season 7

Ok, so I know a lot of people are saying that aren’t going to watch season 7. I understand, but c’mon y’all! Give it a chance. At least watch the first few episodes before you judge it. Who knows, it could be really amazing! There is also this, which gives me hope that we have not seen the last of Snow, Charming, Belle, Zelena, and Emma!

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I loveeee the actor they got to play older Henry *cough* which has absolutely nothing to do with his looks XD And the little girl is super adorable!

I’m curious why he is in Seattle though, since that is on the opposite coast and really far from Storybrooke. I don’t mind them doing some of the same things in terms of similarities to Emma, however, I hope it won’t be exactly like it.

Our Once Upon A Time characters have gone through losing their memory too many times lol, so I hope that it at least won’t start out with Henry not remembering something. Even though, I know it’s likely that’s what they’ll do.

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Some people are speculating that Lucy’s mother is Moana, which honestly could be really cool and a nice tie in. Speaking of Lucy, I love that they added that reference to Narnia. The wardrobe that Emma was put in was also a reference to the C.S. Lewis stories, and I adore the fact that they named her Lucy. Since in the Narnia books, Lucy was always the one who believed in Aslan and Narnia the strongest, and seeing how this is a show about belief, I thought that was very appropriate.

It’ll be interesting to see how they’ll incorporate Neal, Robyn, and Gideon into the story. I hope they’ll include them! I think it would be really cute to have this little band of kids, children of fairytale characters, come together and fight against whatever it is.

I don’t know how I’m going to survive the hiatus!

What are y’all’s thoughts on the season finale? Do you have any theories for what season seven could be about? Let me know in the comments below!

~ Southern Dreamer

 

Graduation

Wow. It happened.

What, you may be asking, happened? Well, my wonderful readers and dreamers, the author of this blog has officially graduated from high school (for the sake of my sanity, we’re going to ignore the fact that I still have a few weeks left of school).

Yep. Eighteen years in the making and here I am.

I don’t think the fact that I’m graduating really hit me until I was standing in the church, with my peers. We all looked at each as if to say right. this is really here. this isn’t some idea in our heads anymore. we’re graduating.

Not going to lie, when the entire notion of you being DONE with your childhood, officially considered an adult by the entire world hits you…it’s a bit terrifying.

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So, when Griffin suggested that we all skip our graduation and go and get milkshakes instead…It was a terribly tempting proposition. Especially considering the fact that we had to give speeches, and anyone who knows me, knows that I abhor speaking in front of people.

Then, we all had a mid-panic, because did we just miss the music cue. Are we supposed to go in now? Later? Has it started? And because I was first, if I missed the cue, everyone else would be off.

No pressure XD

Thankfully, someone told us when to go (bless her!), and off I went down the aisle. I wore my white graduation gown and cap, with gold tassels and fringes. Wearing my two inch white wedge heels – I’m not the most coordinated person anyway, and so I thought it would be wise to steer clear of too-high shoes, I walked up the steps and took my place.

Once all five of us were on the stage, Mrs. Kim came up to speak. For those of you who don’t know her, she is a wonderful and precious lady. She was so gracious in allowing me to be a part of CHAT (homeschool co-op), even though I was not able to make the third class because of previous school scheduling. Shoutout to her for that, and for creating an amazing and intimate ceremony for the seniors! You’re the best! 🙂

Both Chelsea and Haley’s dads prayed, with the later speaking. They both did an amazing job.

For the ceremony, a video with a song and pictures of the graduate had to be created. They played each video, and after one was done…the graduate had to speak.

Deep breath.

With my notecards in hand – let’s be real, there was no way I was going to speak from memory, I stood and went to the podium. It was not quite as terrifying as I had imagined, though I certainly was relieved to be done! 😉

Miyah, who looked fabulous, walked up the steps and took the microphone. She sang Cinderella by Steven Curtis Chapman. I love that song, and she did an incredible job!

Then came time for my parents to take the stage, speak, and hand me my diploma. My mom held the diploma, while my dad took the microphone. He gave a great speech, although I suppose I’m slightly biased since it was about me xD, and was about to close when my mom interjected. In a characteristic fashion, my mom spontaneously decided that she needed to say something too. So, she did.

It’s funny standing there and having someone say so many nice things about you, even if it is your family. Like, I’m not sure I deserve all of this.

But, ONWARDS! They handed me my diploma, and the ceremony continued.

Mrs. Kim gave each of us, as graduates, a new Bible. Thank you Mrs. Kim, I will treasure it always! This is also a good point to make an important note: THANK YOU LORD FOR BRINGING ME THIS FAR. Eighteen years!

We turned our tassels, pictures were taken, and then came the time for us to exit the stage…as the official CHAT graduating class of 2017!

Once the rain had paused, we all took advantage of the break in weather and rushed outside for the throwing of the caps. The first try was a…fail. We all threw ours up at different times. Time for take two! THIS TIME, we laughingly requested a countdown. There were about eight different cameras going on at once, so I’m pretty sure we must have gotten a good picture out of one of those! xD

I’m going to be honest y’all. High School Musical was my childhood, and there was a large part of me that totally wanted to break out in that graduation number. Who’s with me? 😉

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All in all, it was a wonderful ceremony. Thank you to Mrs Kim for putting it together, you did an incredible job! Thank you to everyone who came and helped me get this far, and congrats to all of my peers who graduated as well! WE DID IT Y’ALL!

~ newly graduated, Southern Dreamer