Saturday, October 31, 2009

A Contest Of My Own!

This contest is were you have to write a short story. No more than 600 words if you can. If you have 610 then that counts. You can choose the theme of the story. Write the story, post it on your blog and I will read it and post the winner. Yes, there will be a prize. Comment on this post if you are going to enter. The due date is November 15th.

Have a good Reformation day!


Monday, October 26, 2009

The Tag (And more)

I just realized our computer will not allow me to post the movie trivia award that Nahla gave me. Sorry!

And this is a long overdue tag that somebody tagged me with, Here I go:
1.Do it as soon as you can
2. Have fun
3. Pass it on

1. What is your favorite childhood memory?
I don't really have one. I liked this past summer though.

2. What is your favorite junk food?

3. When is your birthday?
October 15, 1994

4. Do you like to sing in public?
Sometimes, if I'm with a choir

5. What is your favorite time of day?
When ever I'm happy

6. Do you have an active brain?
I would have to say yes

7. Do you like sports?
No. I like badmitton though

8. When was the last time you danced (any kind)?
A Looooooooooonnnggg time ago

9. Have you ever made a 7 course meal?
No, but I helped serve a 5 course meal a couple weeks ago at a fancy dinner

10. Are you a shy person?
Yes, but more quiet than shy

11. Do you like to wrestle?
Not really, unless its rolling around on the grass with our dog

12. What is your favorite past-time?
Listening to my Mp3, reading, watching movies, being with friends or by myself

13. Do you want to live in the country or city?

14. What do you want to be when you grow up?
A wife and a mother, maybe with nursing on the side, I dunno

15. Are you getting tired of this tag?
Not really

16. Are you an aunt/uncle?
Sadly, no, but I want to

17. What are you most thankful for?
My Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ

18. Are you happy this tag has only two more questions?
Yes and no

19. What is your favorite website?
Every blog that follows me and that I follow, as well as some of the blogs Laurel follows

20. Did you enjoy this tag?

I tag any body who comments and says that they want to be tagged

OK, now I would like to tell everybody that I will be banning myself from the Internet until this Saturday, as I feel like I have been spending to much time on here and not concentrating on other things like I should be. Thus, unless my sisters post, this I will not be commenting or responding to any comments. (You can still comment though, I'll check it on Saturday =)
That's it for now.
In Christ,

Jillian Faith Carstensen.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Diccusions Abound: Movies

Well, its time for the next discussions abound, and movies were voted on. I picked three, as I could not decide between them all. I would have done more but I fear I would bore you. I hope you enjoy this:
I'll start with one of my all time favorites, the Charles Dickens novel BLEAK HOUSE. An 8 hour long film, it was not put in theaters, but was made for TV.

[BleakHouse2.267[1].jpg]Gallery BBC costume dramas: Bleak House a multitude of Characters, deaths, and love stories, this movie will keep you watching until you've got the mystery solved.
BBC did a wonderful job at making this movie intriguing, with different camera views that you would never expect. That's basically what it is...the unexpected. It is not rated, being made for TV, and is rather dark all the way through, with some disturbing images to those who are 10 and under. Over all it is not very scary, although the unknown may give you the creeps. :) I really recommend this one.
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Yea, I know, big difference of movie styles, isn't it? =)
Hood winked is a fun twist on the original story of little red riding hood. Although rather dumb at some parts, it oddly has a good message about the different sides of a story and different perspectives. It also has some parts in it that just hits my type of humor, especially the wolf in it.
If your not into animated movies, then don't watch it, but if your feeling ready and willing, give it a go! ;)
Anne Hathaway plays Little Reds voice, and although I'm not a fan of hers, she does a good job at it, and I've seen her in a couple other good movies.

Amazing Grace
Last but Definitely not least, Amazing Grace is the story of William Wilberforce and his long battle in court over the slave trade:
He fought for so long and finally won, although actual slave labor was not abolished for a long time, and there are still slaves in third world countries today, sadly. This movies brings laughter and tears, and is a great history lesson.
Romola Garai plays his lovely wife, and this picture does not quite do her justice, but oh well. I have see her in other movies and enjoyed her humor and style, and although naturally her hair color is blond, I think the red hair gives her some character. ;-) This is a must see, although dark as well, has images of what happened to the slaves, would not recommend for the younger group.
I will post my tags and award on Monday, just to let you know.
Here are others that have posted about it so far:
Nahla (Or at least I think she will)
The others have not done it yet.
In Christ,

Thursday, October 22, 2009


Yea, I know the title is a little weird, but certain selected friends of mine will know where that comes from. I know I've been tagged by Eldarwen, and I'm sorry I have not done it yet, but I will do it soon, I've just been really busy lately, so I have not had time to do the blogging thing. I have to go to a violin lesson soon, but I just want you to watch this one video that my mom found yesterday, I thought it was really neat to see her do that. What she is doing is in memory of WW2, 1945 imparticular. This happened in Ukraine... Click HERE to see it.
I will post something better soon!

In Christ,

Friday, October 16, 2009


Well, to start out, Eldarwen awarded me with a blog award. Thank you very much!

I will now award:
Megan, Hannah, and Laurel ( I would award you, Nahla, but I know you've already been awarded).If you don't know what to do, you just post about and then put it on your sidebar for all to see.
Secondly, I wanted to let you know that Eldarwen, Nahla, me, and others will all be posting their opinions about Relationships on Saturday. I will link to the others, and feel free to post your opinion in comment form. This will be interesting.
Thirdly, I was wondering how a movie trivia quiz sounds to every body out there? I know Nahla just did one, but I would wait until after hers was done.
And lastly, I made a tag, so here it is:

Do you like long tags or short tags?
Medium, And it also depends on your version of long and short.

Do you like Animals?
What was the last movie you watched?
National Treasure 2: Book of secrets
What was the last thing you cooked?
does a grilled cheese sandwich count?
Do you like to cook?
What is your opinion on fantasy?
I Think one can go to far with it, but I like it
If you absolutely had to go to college, what would you want to major in?
I think Biology, or nursing
Least Favorite subject in school?
Math. *shudders*
Favorite type of weather?
It depends on my mood and the time of season, but partly cloudy and in the 50s or 60s with a slight breeze is nice.
What was the last book you read?
The lion, the witch, and the wardrobe
Do you get along well with computers (i.e. know what buttons to press when something goes wrong, know what to do when the power goes out)?
sort of
Do you like undersea life?
It really goes back and forth

Hot dog or Hamburger?
Taco or Nachos?
Rain or shine?
probably rain
Big or small?
Fancy or simple?
simple, with a little bit of fancy

I will now tag:




In Christ,

Thursday, October 15, 2009


My wonderful sister, Laurel, did a post about me on her blog. Thank you so much, sis!
Fifteen does not feel that different at all...oh well. I will post a tag made by me soon, probably tomorrow. My dad has started to try to get a tradition going that on your birthday you say fifteen blessings in your life, or if you were turning 18 to say 18 blessing in your life, and so on. I decided to post them here, which is way easier then trying to post 100 things about myself(winks at Eldarwen:)

1 I have a wonderful God that I serve

2I have a wonderful Mother

3I have a wonderful Father

4I was born (stop smiling! ;)

5I live in the wonderful state of Montana, with a great mountain view.

6I have a great Church

7 I have wonderful friends

8 I have three loving sisters

9I am blessed with piano lessons and violin lessons

10 I have a good place to sleep and plenty of:

11Food and:


13 I have a blog, which is really fun

14 I have Blogging friends

15 I turned fifteen and made myself a carrot cake! (satisfied smile)

Well, got to go!
In Christ,


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

One of My Poems

I decided it is time to throw a wrench in the stream of tags coming in. So whether you like it or not here is a poem I have written.

The Crystal Bowl
By Caitlin Carstensen

The light of sun diffused
Sends glimmering rays around
The sparkling, dancing drops
Scattering darkness from the ground.
This the same as the joyous Christian
Scatters the light of the Holy Son.

Only water pure and clear
From the earth, the deepest wells
Wash the crystal clear and shining
To catch the beauty no one sells.
This the same as the joyous Christian
Cleansed in the holy water of Life.

May the bowl be filled with fruits
Of the sweetest, crispest kind
From all manner giving, sharing
Heaped to brimming every time.
This the same as the joyous Christian
Filled with the fruits of the Holy Spirit.

Like the Crystal Sea of heaven
Radiant in the glorious light
Stretching out into the distance
Always full and glimmering bright.
This the same as the joyous Christian
A crystal bowl diffusing Christ.

I hope you were blessed.


Yes, its ANOTHER Tag!

Nahla tagged me! I feel so loved. :) Here goes:

Trivia Tag

Describe the cover of your favorite book without looking at it.

I have to pick a favorite? O.K, its Burgundy leather with My first and middle name on it written in gold, My Bible.

Describe the cover of your favorite movie without looking.

1. Keira Knightly with her head tilted slightly, and a guy walking up behind her, they are out in a field. Pride and Prejudice.

2.All silver with a picture of a lion face in the middle. The Lion, the witch, and the wardrobe, extended edition.

3.A blend of Narnian animals and the like, and on top the Pevensie children and Prince Caspian. Prince Caspian.

4. A bunch of guys in WW2 outfits, with red and white back ground. Valkyrie.

These are NOT in the order I Like them best in, and I did not even get to all the Lord of the Rings series .

Name the main character's full name in your favorite book.

God, the holy spirit, three in one, the alpha and Omega, the everlasting one.

Name the weather at your home (or wherever you are).

Rainy and Wet. It's better than snow at least

Are you writing a book?

Which One? (Which means yes)

What is your character's name?

Rose, Katie, Tasha, and Brixie, Latika, and Shara.

What race is your character?

The first three are Humans, I can't remember what Brixie is, Latika's a gnome, and Shara's and elf.

Name three things near you that are green.

The tissue box, The Websters 1828 dictionary, and a marker.

Last question: What is your favorite thing to do?

I hate favorites, I have so many of them. I guess reading.

Okay, THIS is the last question: Did you like answering the questions above?


Now I tag:




I will make my own soon! And I'll try to post something soon other than a tag.
In Christ,


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Random Questions Tag

What kind of car would you like when you're older?
Me? A nice Dodge-Ram, red or black truck

Where would you want to live when you're older?
Right were I am going be when I'm older.

Do you want to go to college?
NOO. That's a big no

How many siblings do you have?
Three. All older. Sister's. Very bossy

How many children would you like to have when you're married?

Boys or girls?
Boys. Girls. What's the difference?

This or That

City or Country girl?

Gourmet meals or steak with a big salad?
Uhhh... neither

Flying or driving?
I'd fly like the wind

Bike riding or swimming?

Sports or no sports?

Books or movies?

Outside or inside?
School or chores?

Wednesday or Sunday?

Friends or Family?

This or that?

Fried or scrambled eggs?
Scrambled. Totally.

Pancakes or cereal?
I'm kinda in the cereal mode

Big meal or something small?
In between

Movie or tv show?


What is your favorite thing to do outside?

What is your favorite meal?
Come and get your PIZZA!

What is your favorite pass-time?
Doing anything but school or chores

Where is your favorite place to read a good book?
Almost anywhere

What is your favorite vegetable?
uh... I don't have a favorite.

Now I tag...


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Tagged Again

Eldarwen Failareil tagged me again! I really should make one of my own. Quick question: Is it very complicated to make a blog award or a button?

Random Questions Tag

What kind of car would you like when you're older?
A little dark red Ford truck. Built tough. No gas guzzlers if you please.

Where would you want to live when you're older
A quiet, small Cabin/Cottage in the woods, far
away from civilization. :)

Do you want to go to college?
No, but I do like to study, biology is the best.
I believe God called me to be a wife and a mother first.

How many siblings do you have?
Three sisters:Caitlin, Laurel, and Hayley. I am the third in line.

How many children would you like to have when you're married?
As many as God will bless me with

Boys or girls?
Sure. ;)

This or That

City or Country girl?
Country girl! I hate the city. Montana is the best!
No offense to non-Montanans

Gourmet meals or steak with a big salad?
steak with a big salad. Make that fruit salad.

Flying or driving?
Flying, just because I've never flown before so I want to experience it.
Just another way Eldarwen and I are alike. :)

Bike riding or swimming?
That's a really hard one... I think I'll do bike riding, just because it that time of year.

Sports or no sports?
No. I'm not big on that stuff

Books or movies?

Outside or inside?
Outside, plain and simple. Buildings are so... confining

School or chores?
I love school and chores(Well, selected parts of both ;)

Wednesday or Sunday?
Sunday and Wednesday. Sunday because I love church and Wednesday because it means I'm
closer to Sunday!

Friends or Family?
Friends...Family., family. I don't know

This or that?
I don't care, whatever works best for you.

Fried or scrambled eggs?
Depends on my mood

Pancakes or cereal?
Pancakes. I get cereal a lot. Besides, I like to cook and that's hard to do with just cereal.

Big meal or something small?
If I spent all day outside walking or working in our garden, big meal.
If all I did was school all day, small meal.

Movie or tv show?
Movie...We don't watch TV, But I do have to make an exception because I like the show Stargate Atlantis


What is your favorite thing to do outside?
As long as it's outside, I'll do it for you. The thingie is stuck on italics.
I hate it when that happens.

What is your favorite meal?
I like food in general, but I think mashed potatoes, Ham, and green bean casserole, with nice soft rolls will do the trick. But then again, I like lasagna, and a lot of Mexican food

What is your favorite pass-time?
Reading, writing, playing piano, spending quality time with friends, visiting blogs, and a whole
host of other things...

Where is your favorite place to read a good book?
As long as it's quiet and comfortable, I'm pretty happy

What is your favorite vegetable?
I'll take fruit...but I guess since I have to answer the question I'll do corn and broccoli, yes I like broccoli, isn't that weird?

I think I'll tag:
Megan again, since she responded so fast

Brent Hartley, since I see they follow our blog. I hope you get this!

and Hannah again

In Christ,


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

I've Been Tagged!

Eldarwen over at The Faithful Elven Princess Tagged me! Thank you so much! Here goes:

What is a very interesting fact about you?
I love Fords and knives ;)

What are two things in this world that you love very much?
My family and my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

What was the last thing you ate?
Chocolate chip cookies.There's some in the oven right now. :)

Who is your favorite movie/book character?

What is your favorite color?
Green. Dark green

Are you random?
Oh Yeah

Do you have a totem animal?

How many people follow your main blog?
Just six *sniff*

What is your favorite animal?
Dogs, birds, horses, cats, rabbits, any baby animal out there


Downhill or Cross-Country skiing?

Soda or water?
Water. Soda's too sugary

Weekends vs. School days?

Trees or flowers?
Trees all the way. I love climbing them.


What is your favorite movie?
Both Narnia's, all of the Lord of the Rings, Princess of Thieves,
Fireproof, Cranford, Pride and Prejudice, the list goes on...

What is your favorite book?
The Bible, The Return of the King, and all of the
Chronicles of Narnia

How long have you been on blogger for?
About a year

Now I get to tag someone!

I choose:



And, of course:

It has been really fun. I'll have to make up my own sometime soon!
In Christ,


Monday, October 5, 2009

In the Autumn

Our family loves the season of autumn. We love sweaters and jackets, hot tea, decor in magnificent colours. I enjoy harvesting and setting the garden into sleep mode after a busy summer, and taking long walks on hidden paths not frequented by the general public. For every season God bountifully supplies our needs and the changes remind us of His wonder.

Laurel, Jillian, and my father make special claim on fall as it is the settings for their birthdays. Laurel recently turned 18, celebrating with s'mores, a campfire, a friends. Jillian will have her golden birthday turning 15 on the 15th. She hopes to celebrate by getting her braces removed very soon. My father is after that and we will find some way to spend the time outdoors which is his favorite way to celebrate. When we were younger we would go camping. If he could we would do that again. More things to love about fall.

I have two beautiful sisters.

Laurel, please don't get mad at me, but this is a great pic of you.

Jillian, you are very elegant indeed.

He is one of the few men I know willing to put a costume on. It is his Martin Luther costume.

Our great joy, maiden Hayley.

I guess the outfit looks better than I perceived. The mirror is deceiving.

An autumn stream. A beautiful fall wish to you all.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Hard Times

No, it's not that tragic. Its just hard to find the right background and "decor" for our blog.
Also having a hard time figuring out what to write that will spark peoples interests and not bore them to death, or something like that. It's rather a challenge when ones number of readers is so small. Suggestions, anyone? Requests? I'd like to know.


P.S I hear people are having trouble commenting. I have no idea what that is or why it is doing that. Sorry!