Saturday, July 6, 2019

Two Blog Tags

I’ve been nominated for a couple blogger awards by two bloggers I met through the Young Writers Workshop. Since I have procrastinated a couple months already, I am going to post those both at once today instead of my usual article. Basically, I will answer their questions, and then nominate some more bloggers and ask them questions. So you can skim through and read what interests you. Sound fun?

Let’s start with the Sunshine Blogger Award!

The rules:
#1: Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog.
#2: Answer the questions provided by the blogger who nominated you (11 maximum).
#3: Nominate new bloggers and make up 11 questions for them to answer.
#4: List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger logo in your post.

Thank you, Fe, for nominating me! You can find her blog, the Unshaken, here. If you are a Christian athlete (or even a non-athlete!) be sure to check it out! She just started a series on 1 Timothy.

Here are the questions she asked and my answers:

1. What’s your favorite book of all time? (Yes, I just went there.)

Hmmmmm… this one’s hard. I’m not much of a fan girl, I don’t reread a lot of books, and I prefer reading stand-alones, or just the first book of a series, to reading full ones. I’ve enjoyed a lot of books, but not many stand out as a favorite. Here are a few at the top of my mind in no particular order:

  • I have to include the Harry Potter books, especially Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I started reading them just last year, and was hooked at my first taste. Unfortunately, I’m only allowed to read up to the fourth book, but I will get to read the fifth one after my next birthday!
  • Keeper of the Lost Cities is one of the few series I’ve read through. It is very good, (Exile in particular,) and Harry Potter-like. I’m looking forward to Legacy, which is coming out in November!
  • Also should put The Mysterious Benedict Society in here, though I have not reread it nor read the rest of the series. Super fun!
  • Do Hard Things and This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years are both very good nonfiction for teens!
  • A few of my childhood favorites are The Black Stallion, Black Beauty, and Come Home, Candy. (Candy is the name of a puppy!)

2. Do you play sports? If so, which one?

Sorry, no. Not an athlete by any measure. No instruments either! I prefer creative exercises…

3. What’s your favorite type of music?

I am not a music nerd or anything, so I don’t know how popular my opinion is, but I like contemporary Christian music. Especially hip hop Christian music, and I really enjoy TobyMac. (I don't wanna be no backseat, don't wanna be no backseat driver!)

4. What is your favorite Bible Verse?

It’ll probably change, but right now I like 2 Corinthian 3-4.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

Sorry, that’s two verses!

5. Do you have any siblings?

Do I! I am the oldest of ten. =)

6. If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

Invisibility would be fun! Would also help with the above mentioned distractions. ;) Flying would be cool too!

7. What is your favorite joke? (I hope you have one. I love jokes. Especially corny ones with puns.)

I’ve asked Siri about this a lot, and I really like this one: When someone tells me to stop acting like a flamingo, that’s when I put my foot down.

8. What’s your favorite quote?

As of very recently, I’ve liked this C. S. Lewis quote:

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it but because by it, I see everything else.

9. Do you have any advice for all of us Christian teens?

Remember your purpose. If you are saved, your eternal life has already started! So keep trusting God, and get to know Him on a deeper level through the Word and prayer. And then live like you know Him.

10. If you could go back in time, what would you change?

I’d go meet my past self and blow up the space-time continuum. =D

11. And now for the MOST PROFOUND QUESTION IN THE BOOK OF SUPER DUPER IMPORTANT QUESTIONS… Drum roll please… what is your favorite color? XD

PURPLE! I really like rich, dark, vibrant purples. And lavender is such a calming shade…

And since I couldn’t find anybody who hadn’t already been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award, consider yourself nominated!

Here are my questions for any bloggers who take this tag:

#1: What are your top two favorite book series?
#2: What is the yummiest ice cream flavor in your opinion? Best brand?
#3: Have you traveled the US much? What is your favorite state and why?
#4: If you could instantly learn one new skill, what would it be?
#5: What is your Myer-Briggs type? (If you haven’t yet, go take the test!)
#6: What do you like writing about the most?
#7: What is your favorite insect?
#8: Do you have a dream dog? What breed?
#9: What is your biggest accomplishment?
#10: What is your favorite season and why?
#11: Any plans for the summer?

Now for the Liebster Award!
The rules:
#1: Acknowledge the blogger who gave it to you and display the award.
#2: Answer 11 questions that the blogger gave you.
#3: Give 11 random thoughts about yourself.
#4: Nominate 11 other bloggers and notify them of their nominations.
#5: Ask your nominees 11 questions.

Thanks for the tag, Mary Grace! Mary Grace blogs lovely encouragement for ladies at Hopes and Joys. She has written many letters to women of the Bible!

Now I will answer her questions:

What’s your favorite flower?

Dahlias and tulips are very pretty!

Have you ever written a novel (or are in the process of writing one)?

No, in order for something to be a novel it has to be over 50,000 words. I have written a 19,000 word novella, and am working on the second draft now.

If you could time travel, when would you go?

I would go listen to one of Jesus’ sermons.

What personality trait has gotten you into the worst trouble?

I am an INFJ-T, and the combination of F (Feeling) and J (Judging) and T (Turbulent) can sometimes not be very fun. I am thrown off my guard when things don’t go according to plan.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

The first thing that comes to mind is “be a [insert alien word starting with ‘g’ and meaning jellyfish, as I don’t remember what it was].” My Bible study was watching Galaxy Buck: Mission to Sector 9 and that point stood out to us. We need to be like jellyfish: float in the current of God’s love and go where he takes us.

If you had to pick a new name for yourself, what would you pick?

I like my name! If I had to, maybe Josephine? It would be just as hard to spell though!

Do you feel like a leader or a follower?

It depends! I am definitely a leader at home, but if there are other more qualified people who can lead, I’m a follower. I think that when there is a choice, and the team in question is made up of younger/less-knowledged-when-it
-comes-to-what-we’re-working-on people rather than older/more-knowledged people, I’m a leader.

Which movie sequel do you wish you could erase from history?

I can’t think of any! What can I say? Bad sequels are unmemorable!

What’s your favorite book?

See other blog award answer.

What fictional character do you wish you could meet?

Hermione, maybe?

If your life was a movie, what songs would be on the soundtrack?

As I said in the other blog award, I like TobyMac music!

My 11 thoughts:
#1: Homeschooled. =)
#2: Will be 15 relatively soon.
#4: Rats make great pets.
#5: May have been bitten by a black widow before.
#6: My bed sheets are purple.
#7: My pillow cases are purple.
#8: My bedroom walls are purple.
#9: One wall has stripes.
#10: I say “my” bedroom, but I share with an 11-year-old, 4-year-old, and 3-year-old
#11: My baby brother just turned one!

Whom I am nominating for the Liebster Award: (These are all other young Christian writers who are a part of the Young Writer’s Workshop.)
Allison Grace @Allison Grace (a fabulous writer’s blog!)
Julia Nelson @Julia Nelson (another lovely blog for writers!)
Bekah B. @The Narrow Road for Teens (so much wisdom for Christian teens!)
And whoever else would like to do it, feel free!

My questions for them:

#1: What are your top two favorite book characters?
#2: What is the yummiest candy in your opinion?
#3: Have you looked at clouds much? What is your type (e.g. nimbocumuli)?
#4: Do you wear hats much? Why or why not? And what kind of hat?
#5: Is your head in the clouds a lot or are you sensitive to the real world around you?
#6: How do you get photos for your blog (if you do)?
#7: What is your favorite bird?
#8: What is your favorite number?
#9: What did you want to be “when you grow up” when you were younger?
#10: What do you now want to be “when you grow up” now?
#11: Favorite school subject?

DISCLAIMER: I came up with most of my answers on the spot, so they are very liable to change!


  1. Thank you for nominating me, Eliana! :D

  2. Thanks for answering my questions! My favorite color is purple too. My room is lavender. (: TobyMac is awesome - have you heard “Scars” yet? Also, I’ll go with you to travel back in time to Jesus’ sermons. And happy birthday to your baby brother!

    1. Thank you for tagging me! =) Your questions were fun!
      Such a pretty color!
      I think I have listened to “Scars” - needed to listen again to make sure when you mentioned it. XD
      Yes! That would be awesome!
      Thanks! He’s already climbing stairs. I wish he didn’t grow so fast!

  3. Oh, so fun, Eliana! I loved reading these. ;)