December 30, 2008

THANK YOU SO MUCH. You guys had me all teary-eyed, and I was so.....HAPPY!

This is my thank note/post for everyone that participated in the scrapbook!
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(continuing--)
NO WAY.
T4G had gotten (somehow, someway, I have NO CLUE, at all) all of my best friends from the forum to participate in at least one or two pages of my scrapbook. I was stunned. Like...AMAZED, and I loved it! You guys had paragraphs, either handwritten or typed, of notes to me. You drew pictures! You gave me poems. You were so creative, so nice, so AWESOME, that I was stunned.
Do you know why?
Not only were the pages amazing, and I was so thankful.
I was shocked because the notes that I read later on, after the zoo with T, told me how special and nice, and great and whatever, of a friend I was.
????
Where did this come from?
Everyone said I was going to cry, and I was sure I was, but when they caught me on video, it hadn't hit me how special this was. I was amazed that someone would do it for me, but I hadn't read your letters, your stories, everything. I hadn't read any of it.
So, AFTER I left T, I got in the car, and guess what? I started crying a minute after I opened it.
When I read stuff that said "I love you" "I'm praying for you" "You're such an awesome person/friend" I was so speechless. I never thought I could be a person's friend like that.
So I'm saying thank you right now. I loved it, and I still don't believe I received such an awesome gift.
I've had a couple people in my life tell me that I was inspiring. But I never ever believed it. I've had people compliment me on my writing, on the way I look, on my personality, but that was it. I had no proof any of it was there.
I've gotten gifts for birthdays, Christmas, all kinds of holidays. There were cards that should have made me cry, maybe, and gifts extremely special, but I always received those. Everyone else did too. It wasn't as special getting anything, ebcause it happened every year.
NO ONE has ever made me something like this.
Page after page, tears after tears, I felt so special, and I'm still wondering why you guys think I am. :)
I'm saying special thanks:
DoT--You're wonderful! I loved reading yours every second! It made me laugh and so happy!
Mob-- I was laughing so hard at the Mobicon page! I loved it! Thanks so much for everything :)
Masq.-- I loved your drawings, your songs, and poems! Thanks so much!
NotYourAverageGirl-- I don't care if we haven't talked much! I cried when I read yours! I loved looking at the pictures, EVERYTHING! I appreciate you just as much as everyone else I know!
H.K.-- I LOVED your page! The drawings were awesome! THANK YOU!
GLG-- What a wonderful drawing! I hope to meet you someday, too!
Zero-- This note.... You kept saying how not cool or creative it was compared to everyone else's. GUESS WHAT? Just saying what you said had me crying even harder. I couldn't believe it, because I thought you thought I was some weird person. :P
Gal-- YOUR STORY WAS AWESOME! I loved reading it!
Twirl-- That poem you did was so special. I won't ever forget it! Thanks so much! :)
T4G-- I loved the whole journal thing! I loved how you thought I was weird and annoying in the beginning and how great of friends we are now! Thanks for actually sticking to me even if I am obnoxious. (Tell your bro I say thanks too!
Yelli-- I LOVED IT! :D :D :D Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love you! ;)
Lystar_the_unicorn-- :D :D :D :D :D :D Thanks soooo much! I'm going to tell you THANK YOU, and I bet you're going to be like "for the millionth time, she's saying thanks", but I loved it! xD
There was one extra person, but T4G told me she couldn't figure out who it was... So if I do find out soon, I will thank you through PM or something!
The words you guys wrote to me made me feel so special and important, that I'm wondering if it's all true. ;) I personally think I'm some ridiculous person, never could give realadvice, inpsire, or be cool to anyone.
*glomps all of you* Most all of you I've never met in my life, but I feel like I know a lot fo you, and if you don't feel that way, then I feel so sorry for you! HAHAHA, WANT TO KNOW WHY?
Because, since you participated and stuff, it's too late to back out, because I will be posting on your profiles on the forum wayyyyy more! xD

THANK YOU!
~Bookie

An amazing day, with an amazing family, and an amazing Christmas gift.

So this completely selfish post is all about my day.
BUT GUESS WHAT?!
I met Twin4God today! And that was so cool! And I'll tell you all about it, along with a twist that I never expected.
NEVER.
EVER.
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I was super excited today. I was going to the zoo, and though that never REALLY makes me excited, I was spending it with my family, a friend of mine, and a penpal I had never met before--but knew too well. ;) I told T4G that I Was going to give her a huge hug the moment we met.
SHE KNEW IT WAS COMING.
She said she'd give me a huge hug too. But I guess she wasn't expecting a "run-up-and-hug-and-squeal", because I felt like some weirdo after that.
YES. I was the only one running.
And the only one giving the tight hug.
;) JKJK, nah, I think T4G was weirded out at first, but that's cool--I'm still wondering, though, if she's dissappointed or regretting today. :D
I had a blast at least, and I'm sure she had fun too! We saw animals, laughed, took pictures, joked around, ate... Passed out in the heat. All that fun stuff, you know?
Well, I told her earlier through an IM that I wanted to give her a present for Christmas--but this was before I met her. This was before I even knew I was, and so therefore, I was making my present small enough to fit in an envelope to send.
Ho-hum, it was a dinky little friednship bracelet that took less than a day to make. How stupid is that? Why do I think it was stupid, you ask? WELL, everytime I talked to her, she said that everyday she was working on her present for me.
EVERY DAY. Do you know how awful I felt? Then I found out I was meeting her.
Wants to know what my prayers sounded like?
"Lord, please let her think I'm a good friend." "Lord, when I meet her, don't let her be scared or freaked. Don't let her think I'm a weirdo." "Lord, when I meet her and give her my present, can you please give her some kind of feeling so she'll like it for the time I'm with her, at least? PLEASE?!" And then when I gave it to her, she said she left her's in the car so I wouldn't have to walk with it everywhere.
And I'm like, excuse me? Like, please don't tell me it's big. She unwrapped mine, said she liked it, gave me a hug, but we all knew the truth. And, coincedentally *wink* the beads that spelled her name on the bracelet kept falling off. I was like "Forget it, T" :P
Then we had an awesome day at the zoo, soooo amazing, and it got better.
By the time we were dead tired, I was like, oh gosh, I still have to wait and get the present she made me, and beleieve me, I was excited, but extremely nervous (like right before I met her too).
Her brother got the gift and brought it to me, and it was a nice size. I was like "WHOA". Then everyone started pulling out their cameras, putting it on video setting.
What in the world could this BE?!
Everyone said I was going to cry, and I was just...not sure. What could it be? Because nothing makes me cry THAT easily...At least, never a gift, for sure.
So I start feeling it. And I start....You know....Feeling a sort of scrapbook thing under the wrapping paper.
I open it....
And guess what?!
It is a scrapbook.
Oh yeah, that made me cry. :P (T4G, you know I'm joking, I'll tell you for real what I thought!)
Not only was a scrapbook thatI thought was empty, it was the most AMAZING and PRECIOUS scrapbook ever.
Want to know what was inside it? It most definitely wasn't empty.
On the cover it says (for it's in my lap right now) "Bookie's Book", and on top of that, where I picture should belong, it says (on a piece of paper) "Bookie's Picture Goes Here". :D WAIT, that may seem super nice, but that's not the twist or the best part at all!
I was thinking, "Ooh, a scrapbook, how nice! But... Why would that make me cry?"
GUESS WHAT WAS INSIDE.
JUST GUESS! Because I couldn't whatsoever!
It was filled with pages. But pages of what?! I had no pictures of myself with T until today!
INSIDE were pages filed from friends on the DIOM forum.
NO WAY.
NO WAY, NO WAY, NO WAY.

(okay, this continues to another post, this one was only so I could tel you about how wonderful my day was, my next one is my Thank You post)

I'm so happy,
~Bookie

December 29, 2008

The Negotiator && Just Fun Stuff

WOW. Okay, so since I'm obsessed with my blogging, and I check it everyday, and I don't have any important topics today (which, by the way, it's 1:01 AM Monday morning), I've decided to just post for fun! =]

So here we go:
This is one of my new favorite books! I mean, honestly, it was exactly my type. But for those of you who don't like those Romance/Mystery books, then maybe it's not for you. But if you don't mind that stuff, it's sooooo great. And it's Christian too! Dee Henderson is an amazing writer, and extremely clever with her books. I plan on borrowing the rest of the O'Malley series through the library, and maybe her other ones (age appropriate of course :D). So yes, I loved it. And I know some of you will, too. :)
On to other things...
I went to church today. Pretty nice, compared to the empitness last week (a couple families were gone, and so...It wasn't the same without those people). But yeah... :D
I decided to do a short "Not Me Monday" that my friend Twin4God has been doing. It looks kinda fun. ;) So yeah, let's see how I can do it.
Giving you guys hints, I'm basically NOT telling you the rules by NOT cheating, because I'm NOT saying that you have to say "I did NOT" do this last week.
Do you NOT get it??
1) I did NOT go to a park this week and take billions of pictures with my twin sister. =]
2) I did NOT just type a little less than 1k this week in my NaNoWriMo story (which is still in progress at an irritating 54k) <_<
3) I did NOT feel weird and confused this whole week. :P
4) I did NOT spend any time going crazy over hte holidays. (PSH. ME???? DO THAT?!?! I'm not hyper at all!) :D
And I'll list more....Next week? it's already 1:27 AM. So yeah.

Have a nice week.

Peace out,
~Bookie

December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
Aren't you so excited that today is....well, TODAY?!
I am! I had a blast yesterday and today both. I have 3 Christmas times all together. One's spent with my grandfather (on my mom's side) sometime during Christmas week, then another one is spent with my abuela (on my dad's side) ALWAYS on Christmas Eve till past midnight, and then the last one is spent with my grandmother (on my mom's side--my grandparents divorced, that's why) on Christmas morning.
It's SOOOOOO much fun! I used to love receiving the gifts so much, but now the more I think about it, I receive more joy and I love it more just spending it with family. :)

I love just laughing, playing games, watching TV, opening gifts, eating, talking with everyone during these times. Everyone's so much more happier than they are doing the year. It's sad, but I hope you notice it too. I mean, everyone's just more JOYFUL during Christmas time.
Maybe because of CHRIST. :D CHRISTmas would be nothing without Christ. :D (I would say, CHRISTMAS would be mas without Christ, but 'mas' in espanol --spanish, for those of you-- is more. ANd that wouldn't be very right, would it?)

I got somereally nice gifts. Some of them extremely important to me. And I'm so thankful for them. They were given out of love, thoughtfulness, and money from their pockets. :D
My most special ones is a sweatshirt (that I secretly picked out, because my abuela wanted my mom to get me my gift, and my mom let me tag along), an MP3 player, and The Door Within Trilogy. Veryyyyy thankful!

What were/was your most special/favorite gift this year?

Be back soon,
~Bookie

December 20, 2008

I wish I really did have lemonade at this moment...:)


I've been awarded this I think before, but I didn't really know what to do. It confused me, but now I get it. And, unfortunately, I forget who the first person was, so if you remember, you're thanked! I also thank A Girl of Many Colors/DoTella for awarding me the Lemonade Award, and A Twin for God for the honerable mention. ;)

(anyone I mention is in my blog roll, so look 'em all up, okay, guys?)

Thank you, DoT/AGoMC for giving me this award! This is a blog award called THE LEMONADE REWARD.

"THE LEMONADE AWARD: The concept behind this award is that the blog creators have shown an uncanny knack for silver linings and making the best of bad situations (i.e., lemonade from lemons)."

Rules: Name blogs that reflect this silver linings philosophy.

WOOHOO, so I'm not excited for listing only 6 blogs (and I think it's limited to that number, because I've seen two people only use 6 blogs, so....I assume I'm supposed to do that too?)!!! I mean, I'd list my whole blog roll, but I guess I can't do that, can I?
Alrighty...
(no specific order)----> CHECK THEM ALL OUT ON MY BLOG ROLL. I did not connect any links to the names.
1)Araken
2)Zoey
3)Princesses K, S, & A
4)Lydia =]
5)Ian
6)Paris

:D I didn't award any people who awarded me, or you have been as of this moment, I think. So I hope I got everyone. :)

Posting soon,
~Bookie <3

December 15, 2008

Jesus... El Gran Regalo de Amor.

I went to my friend's Youth Group in Honduras, and, yes, it was in Spanish, but my friend(s) translated, so basically I know what the whole class was about.
But I'm not going to tell you the lesson for that night (it was on conviction, by the way :D), I'm going to talk about the logo in the backround. It was on some big banner, but it said 'Jesus... El Gran Regalo de Amor'. And I don't know if I would have noticed the huge letters, if it hadn't been for my friend asking me if I could translate it. Which I could, for the most part (it was all of it, except one word) :
Jesus...The Great Gift of Love.

I like it.
:D

And I think it's so true.
Jesus IS the great gift of love.
He created us.
He saved us.
He loves us.
He's there for us.
Jesus, is the great gift of love, and we know it because--HE SHOWS IT!
How does/did he show it?
*taps nogin* Think, think, think....
WELL:
Did you not just read the 1st, 2nd, and 4th statement I made up there?! Pay attention guys, you should know!
(Number one) was-- He made us, so we actually have the chance to be
(Number two,) so we could actually feel His
(Number three,) love, because He's always
(Number four) there for us.
:D
I love doing that kinda stuff, you know, listing things like that. It's so much fun! :P lol
But haven't you heard your pastor (technically my dad, for me) tell you how great God is? Haven't you heard him say how wonderful, compassionate, powerful, loving, merciful, awesome God is?
Well, have you really thought about it?
Have you really taken those sayings seriously?
Maybe they aren't sayings...They're facts.
Have you ever taken those SERIOUSLY? I mean, REALLLLLLLY seriously.
All these days lately, I've been looking around myself, I see the world, I see the people, I see what's going on all the time, I analyze what people say, do, act, think if I can help that--and I learn. I watch people constantly. But analyzing people for me is a totally different post for later on, what I want to ask is: Have you ever realized how beautiful His creation is? I mean, the trees, the grass, the people.
I went to Honduras recently as you know, and I have so many friends over there. There were a few I hung out with the most (These two guys, and my twin sis), and they were so much fun! But I think what gave them joy was that they were Christians. I mean, Honduras is so beautiful! There was this bird that was completely yellow, and I had never seen it before.
I mean, knowing GOd loves me, gives me joy, and He knows that. Knowing that if He did love me, I'd be happy, and that gives both Him and I joy.
Jesus, El Gran Regalo de Amor.
YUP.
Believe it, because it's true.
Believe because you thought about it.
Believe it because it's fact, not just a saying from your pastor.
Your pastor's smart, but looking through the Bible and actually knowing for yourself is way better.

:)

I love the great gift of love,
~Bookie

December 14, 2008

How much did you guys miss me?! --Probably not much...

Well, I'm back from Honduras!!! :D
And I had such a grea time! I'm going to post a long post, probably after this one, about what I've learned (once again) from being there.

Guess who I met, talked to, took a picture with, made a card for, and etc? JOHN MACARTHUR!!!!!!!!!!!! Please tell me you guys know of him. He's only one of the most famous teacher/pastors in history! :D lol
But yeah, I had fun there.
And it turned out my uncle, Evis Carballosa (who does not have the same last name as I do, for you nosy-rosy's), is the "John MacArthur" of Latin America, which is a smidge weird but really cool. It's just a tad strange because I'm not used to him being so famous when he visits me and my family, but he was signing books he wrote for other people and taking tons of pictures.
What was also weird was, I was about to eat a chocolate bar (a Butterfinger guys! :D), and then I decided against it because I didn't want my stomach acting up on too much junk food (that I already had), so I came up to him and offered my chocolate, and there was this photographer that had been everywhere for the past 5 days, and saw me offering it to him--so when Tio Evis decided to split it with me, he took a picture of both of us.
Talk about odd, but whatever! I had my fun then! :D lol

I had an amazing experience, and though I learned most everything the last time I was there, I still tried my hardest to find more. And that's a little strange for a teen like me--to actually try to find something hard to learn about, but I like doing that kind of stuff. :D
What I learned wasn't something really, I just liked the title of it, and so I'll probably go from there, but yeah...

Well, I guess I'll talk later about what I've been doing lately. I'm soooo entirely tired, it's so not funny.
When we made it to Honduras I realized that the time difference would have to be something to get used to for a week. It's about an hour before the time I live in. So if it's 12:00 here, it'd be 11:00 over there, and that's not as bad as it could have been, but goodness, I couldn't handle it very well. For the whole week I only had about 5 or 6 hours of sleep. And, to make it worse, I was either working for 12 hours straight (with my friends though), or I chose to stay up super late. Like, me and a bunch of my friends (plus my twin sis) decided to watch the first Lord of the Rings at 11:00 PM. :/ It was fun though! We never finished it till the next day, because we all ended up falling asleep on each other--well most of us. There were about seven boys and five girls out of all of us--it was crazy! :D And so I could be nice, because all the boys were having sleep overs, I invited these 2 little girls to have a sleep over with me and my sister in our dorm room. :) It was fun, but I ended up sleeping in another one with one of them and her older sister.

So yeah, I'll tell more later!
~Bookie

P.S. I'm glad most of you like the layout! I do too! :D
And I forget right now who asked, but I haven't personally met Twin4God, we're extremely good friends, but maybe sometime soon. :D

December 5, 2008

New Layout!!!

Okay, so I got a new layout, but the picture is of me, and I would like to give ALL the credit for that picture to Twin4God and my sis for taking it.

You guys are the best! <3

~Bookie

Adios Amigos... ;)

Okay, so I TOTALLY forgot to post this until now.
I'm leaving for Honduras again--on Sunday.
I won't be back until the next Sunday.
So, all you smart people, figure out the math: I'll be gone for a week.

BUT WHO CARES?!

Comment on my blog anyway, okay?
I love the comments, and I hopefully will be checking my laptop, so maybe I will be on... Just saying I'll be in Honduras.
Oh! Oh! And John McArthur will be there! I'm so excited. It's for this class thing, and he's going to be teaching! :D
It's going to be awesome. lol

Ta-ta for now,
~Bookie

December 3, 2008

Chillaxin ;)

So... I haven't posted about how I've been doing very lately. Most of you go on the forum or see me in person, and I've just been telling you from there. But I'll tell you how me and my pal, Stomach, are doing.
:)
(This link is just in case you haven't heard what's happening and you're not confuzled. :P)
Okay, so today I had an endoscopy done today.
WHAT'S THAT YOU ASK? Shucks, you don't know?! lol, I didn't either.
It's when they look inside your stomach and whatevers, taking a tube down your throat (that's a camera), of course, and takng pictures and looking for something wrong.
Guess what?
It isn't celiac, they don't think.
Neither is it Chrone's disease, they don't think, either.
WHICH THANK THE LORD, because FINE let me have celiac, but if I had Chrone's, I think I'd be very scared. (I know what it is, my abuela has it, it's not pretty).
But they saw that the inside of my stomach is inflames, and so is something else that I forget.
-Now, on to my story at the hospital, since I know some of you are practically going crazy with curiosity (yes, you know who you are). Skip this part if you feel like it, but I found the whole thing pretty funny.-
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So I had to wake up early (well for me at least--I usually wake up at 8:30-9:00 a.m.), and it was 6:30 a.m., because I had to be at our children's hospital by 7:00 a.m. Which is absolutely not fun, especially when you live in a hot place, and it just so happens to be a November morning under 70 degrees.
I was freezing, let's just say that--even with my jacket on.
My mother and I drove to the hospital and we waited for little while in this room, and then they called us over to put me in some more records in the computer (not like they didn't have enough *rolls eyes*). Then the nice lady told us to go to the endoscopy room which was SUPER far away to the room we were currently in, but whatever.
And we did go, and we entered a very large room where there were like several curtains to make into tiny "rooms", and this other lady told us to wait there.
THAT'S WHEN I SAW THE IV BAGS. <_<
Does anybody remember my post about how TERRIFIED I am of needles in general? Especially ones that are SUPPOSED to enter through my skin? I hate all kinds, but forget it, I was not a happy little girl at the time.
So then this lady comes and starts talking to us, disturbing my reading (I had brought my book Pretties*), and starts filling me in for even MORE records or whatever. She was asking all sorts of questions, then wanted to weigh me--whoopee-- and then brought me over to do that blood pressure or whatever they do. And then this guy game, and said he was some sort of Dr. -whatever-, and then asked questions and started filling even more stuff, or maybe just grabbing information.
ANYWAY, that was when I was asked whether I wanted to get drowsy by this funny tasting drink or an IV.
Which do you think I chose?
Ha, no surprises for now. I CHOSE THE LIQUID guys. ;)
AND it did taste funny and kind of bad in the end, but hey, it was worth getting that than getting a needle stuck in me.
But then I was told that an IV would be stuck in me while I asleep. But, what the hey, I won't feel it, even when I do wake up.
Then they gave me that stupid hospital gown, got changed in that, then I had to lay in the bed that was there, and they rolled me into a room, telling my mom to go away. :P
It was kind of scary, but I wasn't going to freak out or anything. I could barely even see anything, for when I had gotten there, I had seen a bunch of nurses, and then this nice lady nurse asked if I could scoot up further in the bed, and once I did, my doctor's face popped out of nowhere, and held this mask over me with funny smells.
He started talking SUPER fast, and I was kind of getting sleepy and tired, and I couldn't understand him very well. He introduced me to this nurse, Jason, and Jason waved at me. Then the doctor started talking about the funny smells, and he said something about, "Now this is going to smell like the boy's locker room!" And I started laughing, but I was almost unconcious. "Jason's been in the boy's locker room! Have you?" And by this time, I wasn't sure of what he was asking, but he answered for me. "Nooo! You haven't been in there before! Jason once fought in the boy's locker room! Didn't you, Jason?"
So I looked over at Jason, and he was nodding and grinning, looking at me while I was laughing.
Jason then started his funny story. "Yeah, yeah! I once fought in there. I was fighting..."
Then I fell asleep. :D
I woke up EXTREMELY groggy, and I don't know who was asking me, but all of a sudden someone asked for my arm, and they wouldn't take the one I was giving them, then they grabbed my other arm and stuck that pressure thing on it.
Then I fell asleep again.
Then I woke up and my mom was there, and I was being rolled back to that same place I laid on the bed before.
I was very sleepy, and someone brought me my regular clothes, and I was changed into them, and then this guy, and I think it was Jason maybe, started that pressure whatever, and started taking off all of these stickers that were stuck onto me before I fell asleep. And they were those ones that they stick on your head with wires--or on your heart--to monitor my heart, and then he took off this thing that was attached to my finger, to monitor my pulse.
THEN came the part where he took off my IV, and I really couldn't have cared less. I was deirious (sp?), and I just felt a slight pinch. Then some other dude brought a wheelchair, and I had no idea--until I tried getting up to walk.
I couldn't stand.
Or at least, I barely could stand. For I was so sleepy, and so out of it, that I couldn't lift myself really.
So I got in the wheelchair, he wheeled me down, my mom got the car, and he wasn't a very sociable person. I mean, for someone like me, who cares if I'm sleepy?!
TALK TO ME. I want to :P
But no, he was too busy checking out his cellphone.
So it was up to me, eh? FINE.
So I told him I liekd his cellphone--which was okay, I guess. I mean, it was nice, but I was so sleepy, all I noticed was that it was flat and silver. :D
He barely answered--"Oh yeah.. I like that it's flat--OH, your mom's here."
Psh. Whatever. I didn't want to talk to you anyway.
I was taken to my car, I got home, could barely walk still, slept for hours.
Then I woke up.
AND I'M ALIVE! :D
I'm as good as knew, and I have pictures of the inside of my stomach and throat and YEAH.
So I'm happy, and I'm cool, and I didn't have any school today (even if I take breaks as a homeschooler). :)

So I thank you all for the prayers. I know some of you have been asking to be kept up to date, and I really appreciate that you care so much. :) (I honestly do!!)
I'm going to go back to the hospital/doctor in two weeks to see how I'm doing, and whether I still need to take some of the medication I'm supposed to take everyday.
Thanks for your prayers, I still need them, but I'm so happy it hasn't been anything more.

Thankful,
~Bookie