A Life Worth Living


How on earth is it December, peeps?

It seems like yesterday I wrote a "Welcome To 2014" post, and I was sitting at the kitchen table writing out a long, long list of things I wanted to do.  Heaven knows where that list is, and I probably didn't even do anything on it.  Maybe one or two things.

So, what did I do this year?

  I can think of a lot of things I didn't do.  Things I failed at.

Like finishing 9th grade.
Getting to bed on time and getting more sleep.  
Walking my dog consistently.  
Reading my Bible consistently.  
Like being a good housekeeper and helping with cleaning more.  
Like reorganizing my room and keeping it clean.

It is really easy to get thinking about what we failed at.  What we didn't do.  So sometimes I have to stop and look at what I did do.

Like getting my drivers permit.  
Like learning to live with a cast on my arm, and overcoming joint problems and pain.
Like living with a mom for 4 days and helping care for her 3 little children.
Like going to camp with my best friend.  
Like taking standardized testing and getting good scores.
Like driving to Maine and back, and having all those adventures.
Like volunteering at the library.
Like spending probably over 3 months of time with my grandparents this year.
Like still plugging along at school, despite being really far behind and getting discouraged.
Like volunteering twice at a distribution center for Operation Christmas Child.
Like making plans to go to Texas and see one of my very best friends for the first time ever.
Like making plans to, once I turn 16, get a job.
Like spending time building relationships with people
Like helping with our church through community dinners, weddings, and nursery.

   School is my biggest stress for me.  I'm way behind.  I can't keep up and sometimes I just feel like I should just give up.  Like I'm a failure.  But, when I look at it, some weeks we are out of the house 3 or 4 of the 5 school days.  And in the end, I learning to decide; I would rather take a couple extra years to finish school, and live life, than stay caught up and not live.

Volunteering, babysitting, driving, spending time with my grandparents; these things won't always be around.  I'm not saying to forgo all responsibility.  I'm just saying to let go of the stress of responsibility.  If worrying about getting behind is hindering you from spending time with and helping others, than maybe it's time to take a look again at what is important.  

I know this blog has been a little wacky lately.  My life has been too.  

Just keeping plugging along guys.  We can do this.

We are Daughters of the King.


ps. Check out my "Find Me Elsewhere // Contact Me" page. I just added it. =)


  1. How do you manage to do it Jess? Every time I need to hear something you post about it! Awesome post Jess!!!!! =D
    Love ya!!

    1. Awh! I'm so glad!! =D That's really awesome. <3

      Love ya s'mores!!! (I typed "more", and accidentally put a "s" on the end, and then decided that it looked too much like "s'more" to not be...)

    2. I don't mind being loved "s'mores" ;D JESS!!!! Now you made me hungry again!! Stop doing that!!!!! ;D

    3. Haha, good. ;) Sorry!! It's becoming a habit........... ;D

    4. It is, you need to break it cause you keep making it hungry about an hour before the meal. ;D

  2. Great post, Jessica! You did a lot of great things. I know what you mean. Being behind in school is soooo stressful. But my dad told me that it doesn't matter what year you're in as much as it matters that you're learning. Have a great rest of the week!

    1. Thank you! Being behind is stressful. That is really good advice. I'd rather learn than just whiz through it to simply to "get through it."

      Have a wonderful day!

      Love ya'

  3. I'm sorry that you are so stressed out about schoolwork, but you are extremely lucky to be homeschooled! I have gone to public school for the past 3 years, and it was a good change for me because I needed to be able to share the gospel with other people.
    You are very lucky to be able to live life to the fullest as you can work on your schoolwork at your own pace! I think even though I'm not home-schooled I can still take the opportunity to live life to the fullest though :)
    -Lauren <3
    P.S. I think I'm going to email you soon :)

    1. Yes, I try to remember that. I considered, pretty seriously, actually, going to public school this year, but ended up staying homeschooled. I am still disappointed about it sometimes, but I'm still overall happy that I did. I'm glad that you are able to share the Gospel! =)

      =) Jess

      ps. I would LOVE that! =D

  4. Great post, Jessica! Kinda on the topic we were talking about the other night.. ;) Ohhh, Texas?! How about coming up, rather than going down? ;) haha! JK! I hope you can go!

    1. Yes, very close actually! ;) Yup! Haha, I'm sorry. I'm sure we will make our way up there someday! ;) How about coming down here? We have Chick-Fil-A, I mean, seriously. ;D

  5. Loving your post!
    Can you check out my 100th post contest? It's here- http://weezasjournal.blogspot.com/2014/12/contest-time.html Thank you! It means tons! X
    - June

    1. Thank you! I sure will, is the contest still open? Sorry I'm so behind in everything I'm not sure if I missed it. If it's closed, I'll be sure to do the next one! Thank you! =D <3

  6. 2014 has been a good year indeed. Ups and downs, yes, but it has been good. I love your point of looking at what we HAVE done instead of what we HAVEN'T.
    PS Can I just email you for grins & Giggles? :)

    1. Thank you! Yes, lots of downs, but I have to remember the ups too!! Thank you, I'm trying to learn to do that! =)

      YES YOU CAN! I would love that. =) <3


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