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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." —  Henry David Thoreau credit My phone died recently. Not like died because of its charge — permanently died. I'm not the only one whom this has happened to, I'm sure, and this isn't a complaint. Rather, it's an observation on how different the landscape of my life has been without it. I've been reading more, watching more TV, doing less doomscrolling. I found that I've missed my phone a lot less and simultaneously a lot more than I expected. And I've been noticing a difference in my mental state. My mental health is, apparently, linked in part to the device I hold in my hand 99% of the time. Who knew? However, it's still been challenging lately, for more reasons than just my phone, and my sister invited me to go outside with her. Th

My Heroes {Day 15: People I Admire}

This post is dedicated to just a few of the people I admire.

  1. Corrie Ten Boom. She had such courage; such faith. I admire her so much. She was so ready to forgive, even in the face of all she'd gone through in the concentration camps. She is my role model, and an example of what it truly means to love and forgive.
  2. C.S. Lewis. He's the writer of my favorite series, but he's so much more. He was a devoted Christian; a child of God; and a man who truly followed Jesus. He's my role model (as far as his heart for God). I want to write like him someday.
  3. Owl City. I admire the way he's able to take pictures, sing, and write lyrics. The way he's able to make a song speak to me, whether it's about Jesus or Seattle. And the way he gives credit to God alone, letting Jesus' light shine through him.
  4. My dad. I admire him in so many ways. His wisdom; his heart for God; the way he talks to me on my level in a way no one else can. I admire his strength, and the way he has hope in the face of difficulty. I admire the way he can talk to God about anything and everything; and the fearless trust he has in God. I admire the fact that he has sacrificed so much to raise me in the ways of God, and that I am so important to him that he would die for me. I admire the way he is courageous and ready to die for his faith, no matter what may come. And I admire his heart; the way he is brave and strong. I love you, Daddy.
  5. Jesus. You're my ultimate role model, and I love you. Thank you for giving your all so I could have You. 
Blog readers, I'd like to introduce you to these five people. They are my heroes.


  1. What wonderful choices; how precious that your father is on here :) It makes me feel all teary-eyed...but I do tend to be an emotional person ;D
    And Corrie Ten Boom was such an amazing, inspiring person...she really is a hero :)

    ~Lauren :)

  2. Wow! Mom told me that you wrote about me on your blog. Thank you, Skye, for including me. I think you know that I am not as great as you make me sound, but I still appreciate your thoughts very much! It is an honor to be your dad!


    PS: He told me He was honored by your words too.

  3. Aww, what you said about your dad is so sweet!!

    I didn't know that Owl City took pictures (I feel like I should say Adam Young instead)!


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