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Turning Over a New Leaf

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As I sit here and write this, in the back of my head I know the laundry buzzer has gone off and there's a load of laundry waiting for me.

Also, I sense my little sister R's impatience for me to finish up with what I'm doing so I can put a movie on for her. She's dancing around the room currently and contemplating what movie she wants to watch.
Tonight I need to go and get sandwiches made for "the man's" work tomorrow. I also need to think about making some side dishes for dinner.
And as I contemplate these things, I look at my blog and I look at my old posts and think, Oh, Lord, how much you've changed in my life.
I have changed, a lot. My writing style has changed, my blogging style has changed. Today, I decided to step forth and brush off the blog and give it a new look that fit more of my current stage in life. You'll notice that the blog title has changed, too, from The Imaginary World of Emily McConnell to The Real Life Adventures of Emily M…

Working at a Grooming Salon

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Today I went out to a house I'm housesitting at and brought back one of their goldens to spend the afternoon with my family and I so she wouldn't be lonely. She's currently sitting on the floor in front of the couch I'm perched on, laying there like a good ol' lady and guarding our school room.

Her name is Maple, isn't she cute!?

I didn't know anything about dogs for a very very long time. My family has never owned a dog though all of us have always liked them. What with owning three cats and horses and chickens and having big gardens, dogs didn't really fit into our life style.

So when I got the job at the dog grooming salon, I was in for a bit of a culture shock.

Honestly, at first I wondered if I'd like dogs much after having to work with them every day. The answer?

I really like dogs.

I get to see so many cute dogs every day, and honestly there are some days I'd rather not see so many dogs, but the pros outweigh the cons. Sure, there are do…

BookBurn Candles: For the Pyromaniac in Hiding

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Let's face it.

We've always wondered what a burning book would smell like.

Take Little Women for example, when Amy throws Jo's writing into the fire. We feel the agony, we feel the pain and the anguish poor Jo is going through. And yet, we also wonder what that writing would smell like.

Don't you ever wonder such things? Are you obsessed with fire? Do you love to write but are too ashamed to admit you'd also love to literally burn some of your old stories?

Well now you don't have to, thanks to Ivy Rose's new and upcoming company, BookBurn Candles!

Now you can burn a candle and smell one of your favorite bookish scenes without having to literally burn the book! With three current candles to pick from and more to come in the future, Ivy Rose has created a jackpot for the pyromaniac at heart. You can enjoy the smell of Pollyanna's The Glad Game while you type away on your typewriter, or take a breather and refresh yourself with the scent of Good Strong Words to…

2017 in Review...

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I debated doing a "year in review" post but I think it seems fitting. Sure, it's been a long time since I've posted regularly, but I thought I should look back over the past year and tell you how much the Lord has helped me and changed my life around...

Goodbye, Old Friend

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To say the least, the last several months have been trying. Hard. Difficult.

But also filled with lots of blessings I never would have dreamed or expected.

Since my last post in June (or was it July?), I have since gotten most of my food allergies under control and confirmed, which has been a huge blessing and a praise to the Lord that we now know why I was so sick. Yet, today, the reason I come back to you after such a long absence is because it is time to say farewell to a major part of this blog.

This past week, my "Baby Bowdie Bow Bar Boy" has passed on.

You all know that Bodie has been instrumental in my life, he has been there with me through the last four years I've owned him and longer. He has taught me so much about myself, about horses, and most importantly, about the Lord above we serve. Bodie has been my adventuring partner, my best friend, and he was always there for me.

This past Spring I made the decision to retire Bodie from riding once I realized how much his…

The Long Medical Update

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Some of you may recall about a month and a half ago I posted about having some health issues. During that time I was also struggling a lot with bouts of nausea, anxiety, depression, things I generally don't normally struggle with. I tend to be more of a worrier than I should be and the Lord has certainly been teaching me to give everything to Him and surrender all need to know how things will go, but there seemed to be something else going on that I just couldn't pinpoint.

That is until the last couple weeks, when it became apparent I couldn't go on pushing the fact I was really struggling out of my mind anymore. I needed answers.

It's Someone's Birthday Today...

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And that someone happens to be a very good friend of mine, one I know doesn't often share when her birthday is for the sake of being modest and private.

Someone who cares so deeply for others and often stands in the sidelines giving encouragement.

Someone who dedicates herself to her writing and research, does everything she finds to do with all her might, and is probably the most mature young woman I've ever met.

Someone who loves the Lord and encourages everyone to do the same.

Someone all of you know well and love dearly, and enjoy just as much as I do.