Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Star of the Sea

When my family and I went to Sanibel Island for the first time, I feel in love.  You have to take a causeway over a very large bay - it takes several minutes to cross - and then you're on your own tropical island; the only other place you can get to by land is Captiva. Known for it's sunsets and sea shells, it's the perfect place for any beach-lover. And that's me! 

Having never seen the Gulf Coast until traveling to Sanibel a couple years ago, I was overwhelmed with not only the beautiful turquoise color of the ocean, but the perfect temperature: enough to cool down from the heat of the summer, but not too cold. Needless to stay I was in the ocean most of the day time. While I was basking in the sun, I came across some pretty interesting sea creatures... mostly large shells and sand dollars. But by far the most unique critters was the 6-legged starfish. 

Image Source: Five Stars and a Moon Magazine

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Divulging Divergent

Divergent, by Veronica Roth
[Spoiler Alert]

Image source: Goodreads.com 
I knew Divergent wouldn't be like The Hunger Games even though my news feed was filled with comments comparing the series to each other. So I figured I had to read the book myself to form my own opinions about the comparison. While Divergent was published several years after The Hunger Games trilogy, I don't believe it's an imitation or copy cat. Yes, the book is about a totalitarian society, but it holds its own. 

The main character, Tris, also known as Beatrice, is in a constant mental battle with her role in society; the community is split into 5 different factions (Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, and Eurdite) and at the age of 16 she has to decide which faction she wants to be a part of moving forward. As the community leaders say, "faction before blood". But Tris finds herself fitting into multiple factions, which means she's a Divergent. 

I could rehash the whole book here: How Tris chooses Dauntless and leaves her family behind. How she finds herself at the top of the initiation class because she is able to manipulate the tests she is given. How she falls in love with Four, the initiation instructor. How she rebels against the community leader commands and fights back. How the end of the book is a big cliff-hanger and forces you to read the next one.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Beacon of Hope

You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. Psalm 18:28  

Cape May Lighthouse

Have traveled to Cape May every year of my life, you would think I would have made the trek up the spiral staircase of the Cape May Lighthouse. Being one of four, I can only imagine why my parents never wanted to take us to the top (I can just visual the arguments my siblings and I would have as we trip on each others' feet while we bolt up the tall staircase, with my parents trying to keep up). While it was never in my cards as a child, my parents always reinforced the significance of the lighthouse. 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Breath of the Holy Spirit

Throughout Lent, we are encouraged to take a deep look into our relationship with God and focus on how we can become holier in our daily works. Whether it be donating time and/or money to the poor, speaking to God through prayer more frequently and personally, or testing the limits of our temptations, the days leading up to Easter serve as a essential reminder of the ultimate sacrifice and what it means to surrender oneself to God.

As I walk through my Lenten journey this year, I want focus on the place that I feel most connected to God: the beach. While we know God travels with us everyone we go, I find His presence to be most prominent while I'm surrounded by the sound of the waves rolling up the coast, bird cawing overhead, and rays of sun beaming through even dense clouds. 

First on deck, the sailboat. 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

My Version of March Madness

It's that time of year again when everyone's starting to pick their favorite teams and strategically line them up for the March Madness. While basketball is one of the sports I actually like, my version of March Madness is a lot different. With the Olympics over and "spring" shows starting up again my DVR has so many scheduled recordings, not everything is able to tape! Now that's March Madness in my world! Here's my TV show-up line-up, (starting March 9th):

Once Upon A Time - ABC - 8 PM
Revenge - ABC - 10 PM

The Following - FOX - 9 PM
The Blacklist - NBC - 10 PM

Glee - FOX - 8 PM
New Girl - FOX - 9 PM
Chicago Fire - NBC - 10 PM

Revolution - NBC - 9 PM
Modern Family - ABC - 9 PM
Nashville - ABC - 10 PM
Chicago P.D - NBC - 10 PM

Grey's Anatomy - ABC - 9 PM
Parenthood - NBC - 10 PM

Hawaii 5-0 - CBS - 9 PM

As if that wasn't enough madness, here's what's on the "To Be Watched" list so far:
  • Sons of Anarchy 
  • Bates Motel
  • Shameless
  • House of Cards
  • Game of Thrones
Is there a show that's on this list, but I'm not yet watching? Any suggestions?