Thursday, November 17, 2016

A Poem of November // Poem

Hello everyone, I wrote this poem yesterday, on the 16th. It is my original work, so I ask you do not copy or use it in any way unless you have my permission. If you do want to use it, just contact me via a comment or the contact form on the side of this blog, and I will probably say yes. If you are a blogger, and you might be interested in sharing this poem, or any other poems of mine, I would love if you would; but please contact me first.

A Poem of November

Written by Amy L. : 11-16--16
The Wind's voice is an autumn breeze,

The Bird's song is the twittering in the trees. 

An American flag boldly flies where we're living,
And soon, we shall celebrate America's Thanksgiving. 

And Though the leaves now crunch 'neath my feet,
Sweet Autumn's end, soon shall we meet. 

But for now, the deer hunter, from a tree stand does peek,
And the squirrels, for winter's supply of food, they seek. 

For autumn does not last,
And once it's gone, we can't relive what's past. 

So take a walk sometime, maybe today,
And you might find extra thanksgiving words to say. 

So let's cherish autumn--and it's joy, let's share,
For the color falls from the trees, and soon autumn trees are left bare. 

This is a poem of November,
For upon us soon, will be December. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Thanks Be To God! // U.S.A. 2016 Election Result

EXTRAORDINARY turnout last night with the election! Thanks be to God!
God bless America with these new leaders He has selected!
And we need to pray for all of them to continually seek to serve the Lord with every area of their lives. Amen! So be it!


"Have I not commanded you, be strong and of good courage. Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."Joshua 1:9

I will have to write a post about all this later, but here is future President Donald Trump's acceptance speech from last night. It was like 2 something when we heard it last night, but it was worth staying up. And I think Donald Trump did an excellent job last night.
He may not have been everyone's first choice in the beginning, but he is the one that God chose to lead this country. We the people may vote, and tally up the results, but God is the one who does the true choosing. And though I don't know what the future of America will be like for the next four years, God is in control, and He's got this. He knows our every thought, our every breath, our every movement...therefore He knows what tomorrow will bring, and God has planned it beautifully, all working for good, even if things don't always go like we want them to, or how we planned.
And no matter which candidate was elected last night, God still would have been in control. God is sovereign, and He cares about every person ever.

And even if you didn't actually want Republican Donald Trump to win last night, know this...God has a plan and a purpose for everyone's life. And God, no matter what happens, will use Donald J. Trump in His plan for great things, no matter what it may be. All we can do (no matter where you stand in your opinions) is humble ourselves before God, and pray that Trump will follow God in every action and word.

"Then if my people who are called by My Name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land."
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NLT)

HAVE A BLESSED LIFE, God's protection and healing, and joy and wisdom in every area of your life--spiritually, soulishly, physically, socially, and financially.
Amen!

Also, before I go, as some of you know, I live in Missouri. Well, last night, we got ALL Republican candidates elected for the major positions! That is amazing!

-Amy

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The '40's on Tuesday // GUEST post // History of the United States Air Force

 Hello, readers! Today is an exciting day for my new blog series, The '40's on Tuesday! Today I will be hosting a guest post from one of my favorite bloggers, Faith; from Chosen Vessels and Stories By Firefly. Faith is a passionate writer, potter, and Christian teenager, who does a great job with both her blogs, and is actually in the process of writing a book based in World War II. So have a wonderful week everyone, and I hope you enjoy Faith's post! -Amy
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"Hey everyone! I hope you are all having an awesome day today. :) I'm so excited to be guest posting here on my friend’s lovely blog! (Thanks for inviting me over here, Amy!)

 While on the subject of the 1940s, my goal today is to enlighten you all on the history of what we now know as the United States Air Force – which during the Second World War was actually a branch of the U.S. Army. I discovered these super cool facts while researching about the Air Force for a book I'm working on that's set in WWII. I hope you enjoy…

(If you're familiar with this time period and anything comes off to you as odd or incorrect, please let me know! I'm certainly not an expert on the subject. ;))

A Boeing B-17, Flying Fortress – a common
bomber plane during WWII.


 The U.S. Air Force was known under several different labels before it became what it is today. Starting out as the Aeronautical Division of the U.S. Signal Corps (1907-1914), it soon changed to the Aviation Section of U.S. Signal Corps (1914-1918).
 The Division of Military Aeronautics was established May 20th, 1918 – but only lasted four days! On May 24th, the War Department changed it to U.S. Army Air Service (1918-1926) and, at the same time, established the Bureau of Aircraft Production. In July of 1926, it was again changed, this time to the U.S. Army Air Corps – a title which lasted longer than any of its predecessors.


 During the summer of 1941, with more ground in Europe being conquered by the Nazi empire with each passing day, Americans were becoming worried. No doubt they wondered when, if, or how soon the United States would be sucked into the war that already held their mother country in its evil and powerful grasp. With the threat of war gaining more severity, the U.S. Army Air Corps became the U.S. Army Air Forces on June 20th, 1941. This title lasted throughout World War II and for the years following.



 The U.S. Army Air Force played an important role in winning the war against the Axis forces (Germany, Italy, and Japan). Unlike with WWI – at which time it had been just over ten years since the Wright brothers first successful flight near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina – aircraft involvement was a profound factor of the war. The thousands of men and planes that made up the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) flew combat missions, evacuated the wounded, and dropped supplies to troops on, or near, the front lines.

Douglas C-47, a cargo plane used for troop transport,
cargo delivery – and soon into the war – air evacuation.


 At the time, the Army Air Forces was made up of sixteen different air forces stationed in various war theaters – from the Pacific, Europe and Indo-China to South America, the Mediterranean and Australia. With 2.4 million members (as of March 1944), including officers and enlisted men, and 80,000 aircraft (July 1944), the USAAF was a massive branch of the U.S. Army and an active part of winning the war.

 Falling years – decades even – behind, such air forces as the Royal Air Force (RAF, started in 1918) and the German Luftwaffe (established in 1935), the U.S. Army Air Force disbanded in the fall of 1947. Then the independent United States Air Force was created September 18, 1947, two years after WWII.


Thanks for reading and I hope you learned something from this. :D I'd love to have you visit me at Stories by Firefly or Chosen Vessels. :)

Blessings in Christ!!
~Faith"

**Not our images. Images from Wikipedia, Pinterest, and Google images.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

'40's on Tuesday // #6 // Short Story-"If Anybody"


Hello wonderful readers! How are you? Well, I am back with another '40's on Tuesday post, and this time you are in for a treat. Recently I participated in Faith's Imagine This challenge at her blog, and this is the story I came up with. Now, I am not used to writing in 1st person, but I wrote what I wrote, and I hope you enjoy it. Here is the first part, and the picture that was my inspiration.

Wife of a departing soldier lifts her son for farewell embrace. Oklahoma, 1945:
Not my picture. Source was Pinterest. Click here for source.

If Anybody

December 25, 1944.


I remember that day when he left.
It was the spring of 1942, and the sun was rebelliously shining in the bright morning sky like nothing was being torn apart— like a war wasn't raging. I wonder how many times the sun has shone over a scene like that one—a scene of longing and fear, of love and selfish wishes.

As my husband, Jackson, my son, Lawrence, and I drove to the train station, Lawrence wouldn't stop asking why Daddy had to leave. He had been told many times before that Daddy had to go defend America, but he didn't understand. When we arrived, Jackson parked the car and grabbed his things, "Well, Martha, this is it."

I just looked at him, with tears of sadness forming in my eyes, "I wish...Oh, Jackson, I wish..." My tears sufficed for words as I rushed into his arms, and cried. He gently held me, stroking my brown hair in love.
"Okay, I'll be late." I pulled away, composing myself and wiping my tear stained face, "Right, I'm sorry. I know you can't stay, but I am going to miss you."

"I'll miss you too," Jackson said, his blue eyes shining.

As he boarded the train, I gave him one last kiss and hug, and Lawrence did also. I watched as Jackson disappeared into the train and then through the window as he found his seat on the passenger car. Jackson, smiling face, put half his body out the window, and said, "I love you, and I always will...no matter what happens, Martha Wright, remember that."

"I will," I said, trying not to choke up, for his sake.

"And I love you, too, buddy," He said to Lawrence.

"Momma, can I hug daddy again?"

"He's already on the train, Lawrence," I told him, then, looking at my husband, said, "Alright, I'll lift you up." I picked up Lawrence, and lifted him as high as my arms would carry him, halfway up to the train window. Jackson took over, and grabbed his son up till all I had was Lawrence's legs, and hugged him, saying something in his ear that I couldn't understand except for parts like "I love you", "Daddy has to", and "I'll come back".

But just as I...

Now you can go read the rest of the story on my writing blog: CLICK ON THIS SENTENCE. Thank you, and please tell me what you think in the comments, if you want.
Have a wonderful day, and thanks for tuning in!

THE SHORT STORY IS COPYRIGHTED ©2016. DO NOT COPY or use at all except by permission from the author. If you would like to use or share this story on your blog or something, please contact me via the contact form on the side of this blog.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The '40's on Tuesday // #5 // The Magic of Ordinary Days // Movie Review

MagicofOrdinaryDays.jpg
Not my picture. Click for source.
The Magic of Ordinary Days...what's that?
It is a movie that I watched 3 times in the span of 3-4 days of renting it. Yup! 3 times! That's how good it was!

Starring: Keri Russell, Skeet Ulrich, Mare Winningham, Tania Gunadi, Gwendoline Yeo, and others.

Cinematography: Good for 2005.

Actors for the parts: Very good.

Would I watch it again? Yes.

More than once? Yes.

Official Rating: I couldn't find it. I can tell you it is a Hallmark movie, though.

My Movie Rating: PG is what I rate it, except for the fact they show the girl's water breaking (being honest). Still, this movie is on my favorites list!

Story Plot: Original from what I can tell.
The year is 1944. Livy Dunn(e) is pregnant, and her preacher father sends her away to be married to a farmer, Ray Singleton, in the middle of nowhere, to prevent birth out of wedlock. Leaving her dreams, and her home, Livy travels by train to another part of the state of Colorado to meet and marry Ray Singleton—a complete stranger.
Ray Singleton is full of kindness, forgiveness, and love for both Livy and her baby, but Livy isn't as ready for that yet. Livy copes with her new life, but inside she still wishes—until she finally finds something else—happiness, love, and a new look at life.
Also, in Livy's journey, she befriends two Japanese girls, Florie and Rose, who work Ray's farm. I personally liked this addition to the story. It shows that not every single Japanese-American during World War II was living completely without freedom. But it does not ignore the simple facts of their struggles and freedoms that were taken away, but it does not pound the girls into the ground, if you know what I mean.
So with all of these new surroundings, Livy finds herself surrounded by love, and a journey of accepting things to be different—and letting herself love.



Story Speed: Good. Not too fast, but not too long, either.

Balance: It was a fine balance. I enjoyed it very much. It was like stepping into someone's real life--into a situation that is not like every other movie.
                   
This is: An excellent movie that I think you should watch. It could be a family movie, for an older family (12-13+ in my opinion). Know that it isn't really an action movie, but more an everyday life love story. :)

Things to be Cautioned of: Though none of the scenes are inappropriate, The story is about a girl who got pregnant before she was married. They do not show the birth of the baby, but they do show her water breaking. Livy also writes a lieutenant behind Ray's back.

My Overall Personal Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. You should definitely watch this movie.

Would you like more info?
You can see more about this movie at: Hallmark Channel and Wikipedia. Also, if you want reviews, you can visit Amazon.

Thanks for tuning in!




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