Well, today was my 18th birthday.  I believe my littlest siblings were more excited about it than I was (cake and celebrations are so fresh and new in their young minds).

When I was but 10 I often said, “I only have 8 years left before I become officially an adult”…and thus be able to vote.  The thought came to me as I observed the arduous Election 2000.  I kept a daily journal fairly consistently since I was 8, but in 2000 I began what later became my tradition of keeping a “World Journal” in which I recorded national and international events.

Notice that GOD is clearly honored in the voter’s registration.

Great....Uncle George Read

Well the “d” on the end of my signature is sort of similar…any family resemblance? {Haha..}

Here are some pictures I took of my siblings playing with some new homeschool friends this month (Joy and Amy are the friends pictured).

Last night Rachel and I listened to Symposium on Creating Scripts that Glorify God by Geoff Botkin.  It helped pep me up about screenwriting.  Recently we watched the William Wilberforce biopic Amazing Grace, which was also an inspiration.  Thus far, I have 130 pages.  I’ve been struggling to find ways to take 10 pages off of that and yet tell more about the history dramatically than I’ve already done.  Apparently I want perfection, though I don’t really need it because that’s technically the director’s job.  Some people have taken 20 years to write a screenplay, which I don’t feel I have the liberty to do at this moment.  I think this movie needs to be made now, as the history in it has been ignored for so long.  My dad knows someone (or two) that has some producer contacts, so I’m trying to polish up my treatment as best I can to show them the story’s potential for the big screen.  Yesterday a new idea for the story came to mind, which I think I can pull off.  I hope to print out my final draft before the end of this week and have it registered.
To be honest, what has held me back, oddly enough, is the amount of research I’ve discovered at old New York Times archives, etc.  It’s amazing how much more about the history I know now compared to how much I knew about a month or two ago!
Anyway, today was very nice.  I wore my Pride & Prejudice inspired dress that my grandmother helped me make.  My grandparents came over this evening.  My presents of nice clothing and a book of paintings and a little headset CD player (for listening to all of those World Views audios) and money (earlier this month) were much appreciated.
Abigail’s photography is superb.  I apologize for any faults of appearance.

Oh, and do read about Snowbald on my homestead blog.
Take care and MAY GOD BLESS,
~Amanda~

Comments

Wednesday, January 23, 2008 – Untitled Comment

Posted by BlogBoy
Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to Amanda! Happy Birthday to you!

I was the first person to say it on here too 😉

Eric
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Thursday, January 24, 2008 – Untitled Comment

Posted by littlebrowngirl
Yep.
You too ^_^
-Hannah
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Thursday, January 24, 2008 – Happy Birthday Amanda!

Posted by Anonymous
I am glad you had such a nice birthday. Hard to believe you are an adult now! You’ve grown into a very beautiful lady, inside and out! Happy belated birthday, Diane Kneuper
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Thursday, January 24, 2008 – Happy Birthday!

Posted by BrielleCostumes
Dear Amanda,
I wanted to wish you a very happy birthday… I sent you a message the other night with the same birthday wish because I was unable to comment you due to my internet connection speed…or lack of it.

I like your dress you made with your grandma. Very nice… was your gown inspired by the one worn by Lizzie in the 2005 version?

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Sincerely,
Brielle
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Friday, January 25, 2008 – Happy 18th Birthday!

Posted by Anonymous
May God bless your life this year and all of the years of your life!
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Friday, January 25, 2008 – Untitled Comment

Posted by bookwormbethy5
Happy belated birthday!
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Sunday, January 27, 2008 – Untitled Comment

Posted by IloveyouGod
Hello!

I am inviting female teens to join us on a “female challenge” that I am hosting on my blog. Please stop by and check it out! I hope you will join us 🙂

Here’s the link: http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/IloveyouGod/468968/

Blessings,
Brooke
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Monday, January 28, 2008 – Hello Amanda

Posted by nancysnook
Here are the wedding pictures of the young lady and her new husband that I wrote to you about. They are very beautiful! I love all of them…the first kiss, the first hug and the 6 inch rule abolishment for the couple…The blog belong to her mother-in-law.

http://juliesjewels062694.blogspot.com/

Nancy
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Saturday, February 2, 2008 – Untitled Comment

Posted by BlogBoy
Thanks Amanda, the template did turn out really nice. It is also improved by the header which ended up looking slightly like the Casting Crowns album “Lifesong.”

The thing is that first born children normally turn out to be really wordy. Type A personalties tend to be more “newsie” and the other personalties tend to be more laid back and simple.

Writing however is a tool that can be mastered and once you get really good you can write in any style you want. If you look at Lewis’s Christian books, he was an excellent descriptive writer. The reason why he wrote Narnia so simplisticly was because it was pointed towards children.

Anyway, enough running on. I actuality just contacted Alex and Brett Harris and asked to be added. However the blogroll on my sidebar is not their Rebelution blogroll, that is my personal blogroll. Would you like to be added? You are on the one on the left hand side of the page 😉

Eric
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Sunday, February 3, 2008 – Hi

Posted by queenbee
You Welcome Amanda~

~Abigail~

~GOD Bless~