Friday, April 18, 2014

our spirits are filled and lifted - Good Friday


"He himself bore our sins...on the tree,
that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. 

By his wounds [we are] healed."

1 Peter 2:24


He died, for me. What a blessed thought: that Jesus Christ died a horrific, inhumane death on a cross for you and me. He died for us, we who weren't even born yet. He died for us, we who nailed Him to the cross. What a beautiful, incomprehensible thought. I know that our human contrivances, our fallible minds can't even comprehend this glorious thing: a Savior, so perfect and Holy, died for the sins of a human race so undeserving. And on the third day, He rose again because although our sins held us down...they couldn't keep Christ down. He arose, conquering death and promising His children that He would come again.

Each year, when Easter rolls around, I feel like it's quite easy to get caught up in the whole "festive" feel of the holiday. But Easter isn't just a holiday where you eat lots of discounted chocolate eggs, paint eggs, or buy a spankin' new suit or spring dress for Easter Sunday. For me, Easter is a more glorious and celebrated day out of the year to remember God's unfailing love and his indescribable grace. Yet I don't just wait for Easter to celebrate in the goodness of our God. Each day of my life is a celebration of his faithfulness and His love. Each day I get to glory in my Redeemer for what He has done for me: for dying on the cross, and for redeeming me and making me His. Isn't that something we should be celebrating every. single. day. of the year? It's more than I can comprehend with my mortal mind, and more than I could ever. ever put into any form of human eloquence.

Love so amazing, 
so divine, 
demands my soul, 
my life, 
my all. 

-Isaac Watts

I'm sorry I don't have a new way of explaining Easter, nor a profound spiel on the simplicity of the Gospel or the relevance of it's truth. I'm frankly at a loss for words when it comes to who Christ is and what He's done. HE is greater than anything and anyone, and no words nor actions will ever do Him justice. My only thought and prayer this day is that you will know what Easter truly means for you. 

He had to suffer, so that we could be free. He had to die, so that we could LIVE. 
"Observing the rites of Passover and Easter, we’re linked in time to the ancient origins of our values and to the unborn generations who will still celebrate them long after we’re gone. As Paul explained in his Epistle to the Ephesians, 'He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. So then you were no longer strangers and aliens, but you were fellow citizens of God’s household.'
This is a time of hope and peace, when our spirits are filled and lifted. It’s a time when we give thanks for our blessings—chief among them,  freedom, peace, and the promise of eternal life." 


May you dear reader, this good Friday, remember and know (even in part) the glorious thing that Christ has done for you! 

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 :: Jewel Peach Photography

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

a tag - because I can.

another fantastic shot from my steampunk senior shoot with :: Jewel Peach Photography

So I've actually never done a tag before, but a lovely friend tagged me in one (and I simply couldn't refuse)! Thank you Rachel for the tag! I'm not sure that I have enough frequent friends in blogging that would be interested in participating in this tag, but if you'd like to do so please do (even if I don't tag you). 

here are the RULES:
  • Share 10 random facts 
  • Answer nominator's questions
  • Set your own questions 
  • Nominate 10 more bloggers

my answers, questions, n' all that

RANDOM FACTS:


>> Windy days make me incredibly giddy, and just plain joyful. And overcast windy days, with the feeling of a storm coming on, are exceptionally wonderful.
>> I greatly enjoy a good bowl of cabbage soup, or a dish of Brussels Sprouts (cooked just so) over just about any other dish. I'm kind of attached to my vegetables (if you can't tell). 
>> When I am depressed, anxious, or moody (in general), I like to just randomly drive around. And if you happen to be in the car with me, I'll talk your ear off until we've reached our destination. 
>> Tall socks are my thing.
>> I am a photographer. But as much as I shouldn't be saying this, I don't bring my camera everywhere I go.
>> I can turn any conversation into quoting movie lines. Try me ;)
>> I can do the splits. Betcha didn't know that! 
>> Singing brings me joy. I sing everywhere and anywhere.
>> Procrastination is my archenemy (if that's even possible). 
>> My hair is currently a mix of red and deep brown. 

QUESTIONS ANSWERED: 

1.  Do you like The Princess Bride? Why or why not? I particularly like The Princess Bride because I grew up watching it as a child, and with it just comes a lot of memories. Of course it has an extremely cheesy plotline, the acting is so-so, and the special effects are hilarious in their amateurism. Nevertheless, because I grew up watching it, I love it all the same.

2. Do you have any niecelings or nevvies? Not yet, however my oldest sister is expecting sometime in September! I am very excited to welcome in a little niece or nephew into the family, plus I'll get to be auntie Cherry for the first time! 

3. What is your favorite book genre? I’d have to say historical, historical fiction, and mystery. Although in general I like old novels (Sayers, Dickens, Lewis, Tolkien, Milne, Wodehouse, etc). Once in a while I'll pick up a fiction piece (Phantases by George MacDonald, anyone?), but only when I have more time to spare. Should you be interested to know more about my book musings, you can check out my library for more muses.

4. Who is your favorite British actor? My word, that's hard! Well a few of my favorites (at least of the top of my head) are: Andy Serkis, Billy Connolly, Tom Hiddleston, Luke Evans, and James Nesbitt. And would I be like every other fanatic out there if I said Benedict Cumberbatch? I just happen to really enjoy his kind of acting. That's all I can think of right now (although I am sure I am missing someone).

5. Have you ever read an indie-published novel? Yes indeed! Particularly, I just finished Fly Away Home by Rachel Heffington, and it was quite splendid! I'd say more about it, but I'm too good with words in that aspect. So just go read the book yourself!

6. Who is your favorite non-christian musical artist? One of my particular favorites is Sleeping At Last. Singer and songwriter, Ryan O'Neal, has absolutely outdone himself with awe-inspiring masterpieces of lyrical beauty. Cinematic in nature, his songs capture the heart of his listeners with rapture at the simplicity and brilliance of his songs. A few of my other favorites are Russell Watson, The Tenors, Philip Philips, and Michael Bublé.

7. Do you wear nail polish? If so, what's your favorite brand/color? I do wear nail on occasion. But I don't have any specific brand favorites. However, when it comes to colors, I like to do blues (although not very professional), corals and samon colors, and yellow for summertime. 

8. Who is your favorite fashion blogger? One of my current favorite fashion blogger is Framboise Fashion. She's got a really fun, quirky kind of style that intrigues me.

MY QUESTIONS
1. Tea or Coffee?
2. Ideal Job?
3. If you could live in any era, which would it be?
4. Which Literary character(s) do you most identify with?
5. Favorite painter(s)?
6. If you could have any pet in the world (regardless if it's tame or not), what would it be?
7. If you could meet one actor/actress (past or present) and ask them one question, who would it be and what would you ask them?
8. Rain or Snow? Why?
9. If you could recommend one book to every person you know, what book would that be?
10. If you could change your name (first, middle, and last) or create a pen name, what would it be?

TAGGED
(even if you're not tagged, you are absolutely welcome to join along)

MaryRachel B | Lhen | Susanna | Sarah Elizabeth | Chloë | and anyone else!

If you end up doing this tag, I'd love for you to comment below with your link! 

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

Monday, March 24, 2014

Spring Break Recap


Just about two weeks ago I posted my ideal spring break to-do's list. It turns out that even without having school to do, my week was still immensely busy. Would you like a recap of what I accomplished? Of course you would.


>> Read at least five books I only read one book. But at least it was an absolutely splendid one! This item is definitely going on my summer bucket list, but perhaps as 20 books (at least) rather than just five.
>> Update Blog bio (if you go to my About page, you'll see it needs updating!) Still working on this, I promise!
>> Read/study Bio (BIG test coming up right after Spring Break) I studied hard, only to find out that class was cancelled last night due to snow! I am a HAPPY soul. And none of this icky studying going on my summer bucket list.
>> Read the looong list of articles I've made (I've found articles over the past weeks, but haven't had much to any time to read them. So I saved them all on a Pinterest board) Instead of reading the growing list of articles I already have, I've simply added a few more to it. Oh well. Summer bucket list I think?
>> Get into a more consistent workout routine DID THIS! And am feeling jolly for it. Interested in my workout/eating adventures? Email me.
>> Go to sleep before 10:30 (except on the weekend) Totally didn’t happen. Ha. I tried, in vain I tried.
>> Write long letters to dear friends I got to write at least one letter to a dear friend. I still have many more to compose, however.
>> Sleep, sleep, and sleep I really didn’t do this either…up early and going to bed inexcusably late (2am+). But all in all, I wasn’t totally deprived of my sleep either.
>> Get together with friends/family (I already have three four different get-togethers planned for this week) Did this in succession, and it was a ruddy blast! I got to spend a consistent amount of time with my more distant-living family, as well as see dear friends I hadn’t seen in ages. Yes, it was a good week only for the very reason of splendid communion with dear hearts.
>> Experiment with some new recipes I did actually get to do this some! Although it wasn’t as exciting as I’d hoped it would be. My ‘experiments’ mainly consisted of trying new ways to cook vegetables (Brussels, asparagus, cauliflower) and create various forms of salads. This is another item that shall find itself on my summer bucket list, and will consist more of baking and not just cooking experiments. 

Plus I did a fantastic (belated) senior shoot with the amazing Jewel from :: Jewel Peach Photography. It was steampunk inspired (if you aren't sure what steampunk is, check out this Steampunk Inspired board), and quite fun! The photo above is from that shoot (I'll be posting more in the next few weeks, as I receive them from Jewel). 

Did you get a spring break? If so, what did you do? If you're one of the lucky ones out of school (even as much as I love learning), what does an ideal "spring break" week look like to you?

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

Monday, March 10, 2014

Spring Break TO-DOs




Spring break, for me anyways, is this week! And guess what that means for this studious girl over here? FREEDOM! Well, not quite. But I will have this whole week without school (still have work though) to do a bunch of things I've been wanting to do for a good while. 

So I've decided to share with you all my spring break to-do list. If you will, it's a mini Summer bucket list. Should I not be able to finish some of these items, you'll definitely be seeing them on my Summer Bucket List (which I'll be posting on the blog in a week or two). 

SPRING BREAK TO-DO LIST

>> Read at least five books
>> Update Blog bio (if you go to my About page, you'll see it needs updating!)
>> Read/study Bio (BIG test coming up right after Spring Break)
>> Read the looong list of articles I've made (I've found articles over the past weeks, but haven't had much to any time to read them. So I saved them all on a pinterest board)
>> Get into a more consistent workout routine
>> Go to sleep before 10:30 (except on the weekend)
>> Write long letters to dear friends
>> Sleep, sleep, and sleep
>> Get together with friends/family (I already have three four different get-togethers planned for this week)
>> Experiment with some new recipes 

There you are! Just a few spring break muses of mine. Did/are you having spring break? If so, what did/will you do? 

Cherrio n' all that!
All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

Thursday, February 27, 2014

the wonder of - quotes on books



Tonight seems like a splendid night to post quotes about books. For quotes are jolly, and books are even better. Don't you agree?

I am in a particularly book-reading mood tonight, but unfortunately studying is at the top of my list (and alas, not the book reading type of studying).

So please enjoy some quotes on books by fantastic peoples. And should you have a moment, I'd love to hear what sort of books (I'll accept articles too) you're currently reading. 

QUOTES ON BOOKS: 
heads up, a lot of the quotes may or may not be from by C.S. Lewis

>> You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” 
C.S. Lewis 

 >>One can never have enough socks," said Dumbledore. "Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn't get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.” 
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 

 >> A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.” 
G.K. Chesterton, Heretics 

 >> A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” 
C.S. Lewis 

 >> Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.” 
Jane Smiley, Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel 

 >> Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”
C.S. Lewis 

 >> The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” 
Jane Austen 

 >> It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.” 
C.S. Lewis 

 >> What a pity every child couldn't learn to read under a willow tree...” 
Elizabeth George Speare, The Witch of Blackbird Pond 

 >> “Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.” 
C.S. Lewis 

 >>A room without books is like a body without a soul.” 
Cicero 

 >> Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” 
Lemony Snicket, Horseradish 

 >> If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” 
Oscar Wilde 

 >>There is no friend as loyal as a book.” 
Ernest Hemingway 

 >> No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.” 
C.S. Lewis 

 >> I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” 
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice 

 >> A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.” 
William Styron, Conversations with William Styron 

 >> I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.” 
C.S. Lewis

 >> Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” 
Charles William Eliot

>> "Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks." 
Dr. Seuss 

>> "The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read."
Abraham Lincoln 

>> The man who does not read good books, has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.” 
Mark Twain 

>> There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island…and best of all you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.”
Walt Disney

>>Master those books you have. Read them thoroughly. Bathe in them until they saturate you. Read and re-read them…digest them…a student will find that his mental constitution is more affected by one book thoroughly mastered than by 20 books he has merely skimmed.” 
Charles Spurgeon 

>> If we encounter a man of rare intellect we should ask him what books he reads.” 
Ralph Waldo Emerson


Which authors or quotes are your favorite?

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

RECIPE - Banana Oat Pancakes (Gluten Free)




Golden and fluffy whole grain, wheat-free banana pancakes with sweet, creamy interiors. A delicious and healthy, naturally sweetened breakfast for lazy mornings (or any morning, noon, or night).

Ingredients:

>> 2-3 small bananas (9.5 ounces), mashed
>> 2 tablespoons of butter, melted
>> 1 tablespoon lemon juice
>> 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup (depends on what kind of sweet taste you are looking for)
>> 2 eggs
>> 1 cup oat flour*
>> ½ teaspoon baking soda
>> ½ teaspoon salt
>> ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
>> ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Instructions:
  1. In a small mixing bowl, stir together the mashed bananas, butter, lemon juice, and honey or maple syrup.
  2. Beat in the eggs.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the oat flour, baking soda, salt, and spices.
  4. Pour wet mixture into the dry mixture. With a big spoon, stir just until the dry ingredients are thoroughly moistened. Do not overmix!
  5. Let the batter sit for 10 minutes. You may want to thin out the batter a bit with a touch of milk or water. << I added about ¼cup of Almond milk to my mixture.
  6. Heat a heavy cast iron skillet/non-stick pan over medium-low heat, or heat an electric griddle to 350 (medium) degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly oil the surface with coconut oil, butter or cooking spray. Even if you're using a non-stick pan, adding a little butter (my choice of "oil") to the pan is a good idea because it creates a really pleasant buttery outside to your pancakes.
  7. Once the surface of the pan is hot enough that a drop of water sizzles on it, pour ¼ cup of batter onto the pan/griddle. Let the pancake cook for about 3 minutes, until bubbles begin to form around the edges of the cake.
  8. Once the underside of the pancake is lightly golden, flip it with a spatula and cook for another 90 seconds or so, until golden brown on both sides. You may need to adjust the heat up or down at this point.
  9. Serve the pancakes immediately! 
:: Notes ::

>> Adapted from Cookie + Kate.
>> Yields about 9-10 pancakes.
>> These pancakes are gluten-free, in so much as you use certified gluten-free oat flour or certified gluten-free old-fashioned oats.
>> *To make oat flour out of old-fashioned oats (or quick oats), simply pour your selected amount of oats into a food processor or blender and blend until it is ground well. One cup before and after grinding measures just about the same. << An interesting tip I picked up from experience.
>> This oat flour batter is definitely thicker than most, so it’s more difficult to gauge when the pancakes are ready to flip. A note from Kate: I learned that it’s easier to go by the timer: set it for for 3 minutes for the first side, then flip and wait another 90 seconds for the other side to finish. The time will vary depending on your temperature setting, but that’s about the time it should take for pancakes that are fully cooked and golden on each side.
>> The consistency and outcome of your pancakes depends on what system you use to cook it with/on (griddle, pan, oven etc). I used a pan the first time making these, and they turned out not quite as fluffy as when I used a griddle. The importance with these pancakes is the heat they are cooked on. Medium-low to low heat is best for a pan, and medium for a griddle.
>> There is always room for improvement when baking, so if you've learned any new or interesting tips for this recipe I'd love to hear them!



Enjoy these fluffy, sweet and spiced, delicious pancakes!

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2013 Charity Klicka Photography

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Late Night Muses - Formerly Lists



Formerly lists as in relation to the past two weeks. A musings of my current life.

Songs I've been listening to (pretty often)
Leaving Eden by Brandon Heath
Love Me Again by John Newman
Young Dumb And In Love by Matt Kearney
Soldier by Gavin DeGraw
Who We Are by Imagine Dragons
O Sleep (feat. Ray Lamontagne) by Lisa Hannigan
Beside You by Phildel, James McWilliams
Somewhere Only We Know by Lily Allen

Books I am Reading (when I have the time)
The Style of a Law Firm by Anne Hobson Freeman
The Man Who Was Thursday (reading again!) by G.K. Chesterton
Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
A Better Freedom by Michael Card
Guest of Honor by Deborah Davis
Whose Body? - Lord Peter Wimsey by Dorothy L. Sayers

Things I should be doing right now
Sleeping
Prepping for an exam I've got to take in a few hours
Sleeping
and did I mention sleeping?

Oddities on my bed stand

Notebook pages of mused writings on a manner of things
Stack of index cards
Mint chocolate scented candle from my sis (smells ahhmazing)
Future adventure story synopsis (about 6 pages of in-the-moment inspiration)
24+ books (ask me which ones :)

Future Blog Posts (within the next week)
Bucket List - 2014
Gluten-Free Banana Oat Pancakes - RECIPE
Pride and Prejudice PARTY (REVISED - and with lots of goodies!)


So, these are my formerlies. What are some of your lists?

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography

Friday, February 21, 2014

February Muses - LINKS


This new year has been quite a thrilling one, all things considered. And not just thrilling for me, but also it seems for the world. What with the Seahawks absolutely decimating the Broncos 43-8, the Olympics in Sochi (and all that comes with it, #SochiProblems), the horrific and heartbreaking events in Kiev, all this crazy weather the east coast has been getting, and numerous other big headline news stories. 

Well to add to all that, I've compiled a small list of less significant (much less significant) events and reads that I've found interesting. So stay a minute or two, and browse my indie link selections.

My Findings (L to R, top to bottom):

1. I have been browsing (and loving) some new typographic quotes. Love the lettering and text of this particular one: Running Into Your Arms - Wilderness Love (WL Music) [2013] From the album “Awake My Soul” by Wilderness Love.

2. This is an incredibly horrific and heartbreaking before and after shot of Keiv's Independence Square. << It just makes you think...and personally, it reminds me to be thankful for the democratic government we have in place (despite all the problems we do have with it). It also burdens my heart to see such devastation, but furthermore reminds me that we have a God who cares. We often think, why do bad things happen to good people? But that's just it, there was only one good person and he died for us.
"Why do bad things happen to good people? That only happened once, and He volunteered." -R.C. Sproul Jr
It's for us to look to God and trust Him in those difficult and overwhelmingly hard times. I don't know why God has allowed so much hurt and turmoil in Kiev, other than that we are sinners. But truly it isn't my place to wonder why, it is my place to simply trust him with it and to lift up Kiev in prayer.

^Sorry about that little spiel right there, I think my heart is just profoundly heavy.

3. Really interesting Economist article about using words properly. Definitely an interesting read // Johnson: Lexical Clean-Ups. If you're interested, I'd love to discuss this article with you.

4. A really fantastic interview from Archery 360 with one of my beautiful, dear friends Emy // Emily Hyland: "I Don't Know How Katniss Does It". You've also got to watch the video embedded in the post, featuring Emy and talking about how anyone and everyone can do archery. #Adventure, anyone?

5. This is a very interesting read from Andy Greenwald (Grantland) on the BBC TV series Sherlock and it resurrection of series with its 3rd season. Greenwald discusses how Sherlock belongs to each of us, and the correlations between the timeless classic and the modern retelling. Be sure to take a look // ‘Sherlock’: Resurrection: The miraculous return of television's true detective.

6. I've been particularly longing (my own sehnsucht) after the sea the past few days. What with the weather being a wonderful mix of frosty, rainy, and foggy (probably 3 of my favorite types of weather), I've had the great urge to travel to the seashore and drink in the fresh, cold, and salty air. All that to say, I'd like to share with you some of my wanderlust through some inspiring images of the sea (and all things related). The particular image in the collage above is one I took of the book cover of The End of Barbary Terror (one of the books I read for my book challenge).
"The cure for anything is saltwater — sweat, tears, or the sea." -Isak Dinesen
7. "The terror of poverty lies in the poor person's vulnerability to violence." << Yet despite this, we have the opportunity to CHANGE THEIR EVERYDAY! How, you ask, can we change their everyday? By awakening the world to the hidden plague of violence! The Locust Effect is a book by Gary Haugen (President and CEO of IJM) and Victor Boutros is an eye-opener to the atrocious forms of social injustice happening worldwide. More specifically, it addresses the issue of violence, and how the end of poverty requires the end of violence. Please just take a minute to read more about the Locust Effect. And for anyone who is interested in justice, I HIGHLY recommend you pick up this book!

8. This is a video about an honest conversation on Beauty and Body image by SoulPancake + Darling Magazine >> We truly need more of this!

9. Here's a really fantastic desk I found through Pinterest, of course! ;) I could see myself doing some serious creating at this desk


And there you are! Enjoy all these wonderful, obscure links! Please feel free to comment about anything having to do with anything I just posted or said. I welcome comments, discussion, questions, and creativity!

all the best,
All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2013 Charity Klicka Photography, or sourced appropriately through aforementioned links.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Your Questions, Answered - Q&A


I love LOVED receiving all your questions these past few weeks! There were some deliciously excellent ones in the batch, and of which I had immense fun answering.

Thank you all for participating! You, darlings, are just fantastic!


QUESTIONS, ANSWERED.

1. Literary character with whom you most identify with? My word, that's a hard one. Most exceptionally hard. I would say that Lord Peter Wimsey would be the character I wish I most identified with: his charisma, charm, and wit are exceedingly desirable (read my few inspired muses about Lord Peter Wimsey). However, I'd have to go with a mix of Syme from The Man Who Was Thursday and Jo from Little Women

2. Favorite founding father? George Washington, no doubt about it. But James Madison comes awfully close. 

3.  Tea or Coffee? Need you ask? Tea, all the way!

4. Your fashion taste is one word: Dapper = for guys. Understated = for girls. Although my fashion tastes vary.

>> Here are some great ideas of my kind of fashionstyle. It is really a mix of dapper, classy, understated, funky, and vibrant styles. I am in love with textures (plaids, corduroy, tweeds, wools), I love sweaters (fisherman, cable knit), boots, blazers, tall socks, coats (trenches, peacoats, army, high collars) plaids, scarves (of the wool, plaid variety), trousers, wellies, vests, henleys, and comfy tees >> and just about anything striped (within reason), plaid, tweed, geometric print, and with elbow patches...

5. When/how did you become passionate about the human trafficking issue? I started getting interested in the issue of human trafficking when I was about 15 (I wish it had been sooner). I learned that human trafficking is also known as modern day slavery, and that it is an atrocious form of social injustice that happens daily worldwide. I was filled with so much sadness and pain at the thought of people who are forced to do hard labor, to sell their bodies for profit, and who aren't able to stand up for themselves. I decided then and there that I would be their voice. I don't have a lot of money or influence, but I have a voice. And that's more than most of them have. I knew that with my dying breath I would fight for their freedom, for their lives. And to the best of my ability, I am fighting human trafficking through raising awareness and funds to combat it; through educating myself and others on the atrocious forms of injustice; and through prayer. I truly don't know what it's like to live until I give my life for someone else.

6. Ever left the country? Yes, I've been to Canada twice. As for actually over-the-sea traveling, I've been to Germany, Luxembourg, and France. I am dying to visit Europe again, and you can be sure that when I do I will stay in Scotland for at least a good 2 weeks (and most certainly more, if I can spare the time). 

7. Tell me about your love of Scotland? Oh my, where do I start? Truly, I can't even recall the beginning of my love for Scotland. I really do believe I am a Scot, deep down inside. I am truly in love with the culture, people, language, land, and traditions of Scotland. I love plaids, and green, rolling hills, and mountains, and waterfalls, and fresh air, and farmland, and earthyness. I love it all. I've been learning Scottish-Gaelic for 2+ years now, and can’t tell you how much I enjoy it. Tha mi a’ smaoineachadh falbh Gāidhlig <Ask me what that says! And almost more than anything, I hope to travel to Scotland someday. It is also a secret dream of mine to marry a Scotsman, if a suitable one be found, and have a destination wedding in Scotland. The whole idea of Scotland is one of my inconsolable sehnsuchts.

8. What is your favorite season? Why? Autumn is my favorite season of the year (although Spring comes right after it), where I enjoy autumn smells, bright colored leaves, comfy sweaters, patched quilts, windy days, laced-up boots, long walks, and ever feel the pull of Lewis's Northerness.

9. I've got to ask: what's your favorite color? Blue is by far my favorite color. Blue is so fresh, soothing, so alive. Plus the sky and sea are blue (in a manner of speaking), and those are two of my favorite things.

10. Current favorite read(s)? So jolly glad you asked! I’ve really wanted to share with you all some of my favorite reads this month (end of Jan. to the middle of Feb.). A new read I picked up at my local thrift store is called The Style  of a Law Firm: Eight Gentlemen from Virginia (Anne Hobson Freeman). Despite its rather stuffy sounding title, it is actually an incredibly interesting and intriguing book! It’s a little nostalgic reading about the way the old times where, just a mere 100 years ago. Honor and respectability were in high esteem, and the style of a lawyer was much more respectable than what it has become.

Another new and absolute favorite read is The Locust Effect (Gary Haugen). An incredible eye-opener book about how the end of poverty requires the end of violence. There are so many atrocious forms of social injustice happening worldwide, and many of them are directly related to violence. This book relates the horrific events, but also provides hope for the poor (and ways WE can do something about it).

And then three old favorites I’ve picked up again this month are: The Man Who Was Thursday (G.K. Chesterton), Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis), and Lord Peter Wimsey (Dorothy L. Sayers) << These are some of my ABSOLUTE favorite reads.

11. Do you have niecelings and nevvies? Oh I wish! But with 3 sisters married, the prospect of having little nieces and nephews running (or crawling) around isn't too distant. 

12. Have you seen Miss Potter? I have seen Miss Potter. And although it's been a bit of a while since I've had the pleasure of viewing that particular film, I can recall that after watching it I was filled with an ever growing desire to paint, and write, and repeat. I think it was around that time that painting for me became more than an item on my "wish list". 

13. Your ideal road trip? My ideal road trip would be driving up the east coast with my best friend(s), drinking iced tea and blaring country and indie music all the way. We’d stay a day or two in the northern states (Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont): eating crab, donning sweaters and textured trousers, wearing tall boots and beanie hats, and I'd always having my camera in hand. I'd bring a Polaroid and a journal especially for the trip, to document all the adventures.

14. Do you write, besides blogging? Oh yes. Although my writings consist of your typical types, I have written a few short stories (I prefer writing short stories over novels, most of the time), as well as a boatload of poetry. I also greatly enjoy philosophical writings (and may or may not have a blog completely dedicated to this that is completely anonymous), as well as unedited inklings of the heart (inspired and, if you would, more emotional writings). I also LOVE writing analytic pieces on a range of topics. Writing, I have found, is a grand way to express your thoughts (who knew?), and I mainly use this blog as a form of expressing my aspirations, inklings, and all the "stuff" that goes on in my brain.

15.  Awesome trench-coat or new leather boots? Oh, that's a hard one. As much as I like both, I'd have to go with awesome trench-coat (think Sherlock). 

16. Most inspiring story you have ever heard? Now this question is quite nearly impossible. I have heard so many amazing stories about hope and healing, adventure and finding oneself, forgiveness and grace, justice and standing up for the oppressed...there are so many amazing stories that have left their unforgettable mark on my life that I don't think I could chose just one. 

17. Do you watch crime/detective shows? If so, what is your favorite? I do! Crime/detective is about the only TV show genre I watch. My current favorites are Castle, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Leverage, and Foyle's War. 

18.  Thing you are most looking forward to this year (2014)? Oh, hmm, let me think. Well for one, I look forward to the new and unexpected adventures that await me this year! 2013 was quite a year, filled with plenty of change and a liberal dose trust, faith, and joy. So I am thinking 2014 is going to also be bringing a lot of trusting and joy, but also some new (and exciting?) changes. I’ve got a few devious plans up my sleeves (of which I can’t disclose yet), and I will be starting/entering some new seasons in life. Moving, transferring to a 4-year college (with an associate’s degree), job changes, a wedding, and becoming an aunt are all expected changes in the next year!

19. Are you allergic to anything? Yes, rather unfortunately. I am not privileged with a fast metabolism and jolly good immune system that can cope with all manner of lovely foods. Gluten and diary, among others, I seldom consume and consistently result in not so pleasant feelings (details, I assure you, would be too much of a bore). But I regard such allergies as a challenge to live more deliberately in the life I've been given. 

20. Favorite genre of books? I’d have to say historical, historical fiction, and mystery. Once in a while I'll pick up a fiction piece (Phantases by George MacDonald, anyone?), but only when I have more time to spare. Historical anything is my favorite. Check out my library for more muses. 

21. What are you passionate about? What drives you? Seeking justice: defending the orphan, widow, and the oppressed (Is. 1:17). Ultimately what drives me is the unconditional love of my Saviour, and that pushes me to give up my life to serve Him through loving others, creating art, writing, singing, laughing, analyzing, reading, dancing, painting, hoping and praying, seeking, trusting, giving, and so many other ways. I also take incredible inspiration from the sea: sailboats, sea air, adventures, danger and courage, a life lived vibrantly, and the courage to trust our sovereign God with the unknown.

22. Why do you love taking photos? Oh I love taking photographs! I see photography as a way to engage with the people and cultures around me. It is a way to put myself into others' shoes and to really get outside of my comfort zone. I've experienced so many stories through the art of photography, and there is always room for growing and experiencing life vibrantly through photography.

23. 
Can you fake an accent and (more importantly) do you? Absolutely! Although I don't consider myself an excellent speaker of a variety of accents, I can pretty regularly speak in an English (that is, the European variety) of refined and cockney, Irish, Scottish, Russian, Swedish/Scandinavian (when the moment arises), Italian, and French. I'd like to say I can do a Yorkshire accent, or perhaps Australian. But apart from a few words in each, I am not graced with the speakings of such accents (peoples). As for do I fake such accents? Absolutely! If I were to meet you for the first time, and under the assumption that I would probably never see you again, you can almost guarantee I'd slip into one of the accents above (specifically English, Scottish, or Russian). I consider this sort of thing (assuming another accent while around strangers) as a way to mix-up and add a little adventure to an otherwise typical day.


24. Tell me about your love for books?   Well, I collect old books, particularly favorite classics or history books. I greatly enjoy drinking a good cup o’ tea, snuggling in a comfy quilt, and a reading a good book. I read for pleasure, but I also enjoy reading to learn; such as biographies, maps and graphs, textbooks (yes, even those), analytic studies, timelines, statistics, do-it-yourself(s), and so forth. I am an avid reader of historical work, and would take a historical fiction novel over any other kind, any day. Good, logical, thinking mysteries are among my favorite genres to read. It is nearly impossible to tear me away from a good book. In summation, I am an avid reader and bibliophile all the way. 


>> Woo, that was exhausting yet jolly good fun answering all those questions! I think you might be able to better understand now where I'm coming from both in my actions and in my writings.


sincerely,
All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 Charity Klicka Photography
P.S. I'll add on a few questions to this post, when good ones are sent in.