Wednesday, March 25, 2015

How Not to Write a Title

So it has been two weeks since I wrote anything. I have been so busy! I would love to say that I was busy with some important thing. Honestly, I'm busy teaching and trying to keep the house clean. There is a little bit of homework and soccer practice in there plus extra choir practice for the Easter Cantata.

I have also been wasting time with Netflix because after all of the above stuff, I really don't have the energy to do fun stuff, like reading and blogging. And I've been missing it. I'm in desperate need of time to sit and read. I have been reading some great blogs and thinking why couldn't I do that. The answer is that I haven't been paying attention to the things in my life worth writing about.

So I now have two paragraphs about not having anything to write about. I had probably better give you something useful, hence the title. To be honest, I hate writing titles. I'm not sure how I got college having virtually no experience in writing titles. I had some awesome English teachers who taught me so much about writing, reading, analyzing text, and life. For all that greatness, I didn't learn about writing titles. I'm not saying they didn't teach it because they probably did. I didn't learn it, so I arrived in college and saw everyone titling their papers. I was horrified because I had absolutely no clue what I was doing. And I was an honor student! I couldn't go ask anyone for help. So, I stumbled through as best I could.

Today I'm still stumbling. And these are the common mistakes that I find myself making:

Capitalize the wrong words
Don't capitalize words
Use too many words
Use too few words
Use confusing words
Create a non-descript title
Create a forgettable title.

I would love to tell you how to make it better, but I have no clue. I am open to your suggestions. What can you teach me about writing titles?

Friday, March 13, 2015

Happy Birthday Lily!!

I can't believe my little girl turns 1 on Sunday. It really doesn't seem like we have been through all the holidays, Easter, the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's Day and all the others. It doesn't seem like she's old enough to be eating solid foods and getting rid of her bottle. I can't believe she is in 18 month clothing. I can't believe we had to change out her car seat already. Wow her first year went fast and eerily easy.

She isn't walking yet, but she is close. She has 6 teeth now and loves picking up her food to eat it. She just learned to throw her hands in the air and say, "Yay." She is not fond of baths and hates getting her diaper changed. She won't leave headbands on and almost has enough hair to clip a bow in it. She hates being in layers, but hates being cold even more.

She is full of personality. She thinks her brother is the greatest thing since sliced bread. She is not a cuddler. She loves to clutch at your shirt when she's falling asleep. She does not lay on your shoulder. She must be cradled if you want her to go to sleep. She hates being woken up because it scares her. When she gets up in the morning, she often bounces, talks, and giggles until you pick her up. When you pick her up, she grabs on to your shoulder and turns her head away from you. She is ready to go discover the world.

Happy Birthday Lilyanne! You have been so much fun this year. We look forward to discovering God is making you to be.

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