Friday, September 24, 2010


 For those of you who love to read, I thought I might let you know that Barnes and Noble is having a "Buy Two, Get the Third Free" deal on their classics until October 31st.

Here are some books that I purchased with a gift card last week.
 I can't wait to finish the book I'm reading now so I can start on these! :-)

And here's my whole Barnes and Noble Classics it stands now. ;-)  I'm planning on going back and getting more before the sale is over.  But for now, I think these will keep me quite busy.  All the ones I bought are between 600 and 800 pages! :-)

What have you all been reading lately?  What is on your plan-to-read-soon list? :-)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Higher Ground ~ My Heart's Prayer

I’m pressing on the upward way,
New heights I’m gaining every day;
Still praying as I’m onward bound,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.” 

My heart has no desire to stay
Where doubts arise and fears dismay;
Though some may dwell where those abound,
My prayer, my aim, is higher ground.

I want to live above the world,
Though Satan’s darts at me are hurled;
For faith has caught the joyful sound,
The song of saints on higher ground.

I want to scale the utmost height
And catch a gleam of glory bright;
But still I’ll pray till heav’n I’ve found,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”

Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
By faith, on Heaven’s tableland,
A higher plane than I have found;
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground. 

~words by Johnson Oatman, Jr. 

Saturday, September 18, 2010


“God made us: invented us a man invents an engine. A car is made to run on gasoline, and it would not run properly on anything else. Now God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on. There is no other. That is why it is no good asking God to make us happy in our own way without bothering about religion. God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”

- C.S. Lewis

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Updates on my Novel

H.M.S. Bounty
Writing has been going great lately.  After my ship got stuck in the doldrums (so to speak) for about a week, I finally pulled out of them and have been going at full speed, usually writing between 1,000 and 1,500 words a day.  I am on chapter 23, with (I'm guessing) fifteen chapters to go.  Wow, that seems like I a lot, especially if I am to finish by December. 

I've been able to get in a lot of study for it as well.  Last Saturday, we got to attend a Tall Ships Festival and tour some ships remarkably similar to the ones in my story.

I have chosen to model the pirates' ship, the Imperial II, after the merchant ship we visited, the H.M.S. Bounty.  The Bounty is a remake of the ship by the same name, involved in the famous "mutiny on the Bounty" (which, to be honest, I know absolutely nothing about) and has been used in several films, including the 1990 adaption of Treasure Island and Pirates of the Caribbean II.  It's a large, beautiful ship with a large deck and hold, which helped me get an idea of how to describe the interior of the pirates ship. 

The Lynx
The other ship we visited, the Lynx, is a remake of a privateer schooner used in the War of 1812.  While the model is about fifty or sixty years too late for my story, the Lion in The Marquis' Daughter is remarkably similar (with alterations to make it fit the era, of course).  Upon approaching the Lynx, I had the same reaction as Mark does in my book-- this ship is so tiny!  "I only wonder whether such a small vessel could take on a pirate ship" (to quote Mark).  But these little vessels were fast, and could take on a vessel or escape one very quickly.  There's no much room on deck or below, and it can be manned by at least ten people and be readied for sail in about fifteen minutes.

Some other study I've been doing takes the form of reading.  About a year ago, I read Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island and was less than enthusiastic about it.  I didn't dislike it, but it didn't really "do anything for me".  This time reading it, however, I was absolutely ENTHRALLED and stuck on the edge of my seat.  Not only did I find myself deeply entrenched in the adventure and finding the characters as real as anyone, but also I picked up a good deal of helps for my book.  Descriptions of the ship, nautical terms, and pirate grammar and lingo all gave me a boost in MD, and I feel like I have a better handle on the "sea flavor" now.
Me being author-ish and getting info about ships

I talked to one of the sailors on board the Lynx and she recommended a book that should help me with nautical terms for my book and a better understanding of ships and schooners so I plan to find that...somewhere.... and read it too. :-)

Please pray for me as I continue work on MD.  Of course, I love the adventurous storyline and characters, but most of all, I want to make the characters' spiritual journeys become alive and very applicable to my readers.  I don't want it to be merely a fun read; I want it to impact and, with God's help, change people's lives.  Please pray that I would be Biblical, that I would present the truth as God would have me to do, and that the plotline would not override the spiritual aspect but rather emphasize it and make it very real to my readers.  Thanks so much!

"Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established." (Proverbs 16:3)

Friday, September 10, 2010

The Essence of Christianity

A topic that has been very much on my mind lately is the essence of Christianity.   Do we who calls ourselves Christians really know what we mean when we say we are Christians?  What is real Christianity?

So many people have so many different ideas of what Christianity is and means.  To some it is attending a church as opposed to a mosque or a synagogue, believing about God, and perhaps being baptized by one form or another.  To some it is merely doing nice or good things, and having good feelings about God.  To others it is yelling, "Beware of the judgment to come!", "God hates gays!" and "You're going to crack hell wide open!" at the top of their lungs, burning Korans, and slamming various individuals who don't think just the same way as they do; or it is to dress a certain way and refrain from certain holidays and practices in order to stand out from anyone else.  I am afraid that over half of the people who call themselves "Christians" don't even know what true Christianity is, much like the Pharisees of Jesus' day did not know what true religion is, and are very tragically deceived.

Christianity is not merely a "faith" or a name by which to call oneself.  It is not doing "nice" things or violently defending a cause, however good the cause may be.  In fact, these things done apart from Him disgust Him. Over and over throughout the Bible, particularly in the prophets, God expresses his abhorrence for religionist's ritualistic practices, fancy prayers, and smart words with no true passion for Him.  Repeatedly, He voices His displeasure in those who honor Him with their lips, but whose hearts are far from Him...who teach as doctrines the commandments of men". 

However, He does tell us very clearly, and very frequently, what true religion is.

"For You will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; You will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise." (Psalm 51:16,17)

"But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word." (Isaiah 66:2b)

"For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord." (Ephesians 5:8-10)

"'With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?  Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?'  He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" (Micah 6:6-8)

INTERRUPTION:  There you have it in three simple, straightforward phrases that cannot be debated:
Do justice.
Love kindness.
Walk humbly with your God.

In the new testament, Jesus words the same message in another way and sums up the essence of Christianity in not three phrases but in one word-- LOVE, which goes hand in hand with the humility spoken of in the previous verses (because neither love or humility can have any thought of self).

"And he said to him, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.'" (Matthew 22:37-39)

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:34-35)

In the letter to the Philippians, Paul, inspired by God, confesses that everything-- his distinguished heritage, his flawless behavior, his zeal and works-- were nothing, absolutely nothing, they were all loss because of "the surpassing worth of KNOWING CHRIST." (Philippians 3:2-11)

There you have it.  These verses and hundreds more tell me that the essence of Christianity is, in the words of George MacDonald, to "know God and grow like Him".  And as we come to know God as He is, we will most certainly come to love Him, and as we grow like Him, we will think less of ourselves and come to have in us that same love for others with which He loved us.  For there cannot be true Christianity without the fruit of works pleasing to God, and there cannot be true Christianity in a heart that is marked by and full of hate or pride.  And there can be no Christianity without coming to know, for oneself, and to love with all that is in us, Jesus Christ of whom the Bible speaks, Jesus Christ who created, saves, and sustains us.

To know God and grow like Him.

This is the essence of Christianity.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Reading Tag :-)

Here's a fun tag I came across and thought I'd share. :-)

(1) Top 3 Authors:
  • 2. Jane Austen
  • 3.Charles Dickens
(2) Top 3 male characters:
  • Malcolm (The Fisherman's Lady and The Marquis' Secret by George MacDonald)
  • Henry Tilney (Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen)
  • Arthur Clennam (Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens)
(3) Top 3 female characters:
  • Fanny Price (Mansfield Park by Jane Austen)
  • Millie Keith (A Life of Faith series)
  • Danielle DeBarbarac (Ever After; I know that's a book, not a movie, but still, she's a favorite female character...)

(4) Top 20 fictional books:
  • Malcolm (George MacDonald)
  • Northanger Abbey (Jane Austen)
  • Mansfield Park (Jane Austen)
  • What's Mine's Mine (George MacDonald)
  • For One Moment (Christmas Carol Kauffman)
  • Christy (Catherine Marshall)
  • North and South (Elizabeth Gaskell)
  • The Curate's Awakening (George MacDonald)
  • Bleak House (Charles Dickens)
  • Our Mutual Friend (Charles Dickens)
  • Treasure Island (Robert Louis Stevenson)
  • Little Women (Louisa Mae Alcott)
  • Little House series (Laura Ingalls Wilder)
  • Calico Captive (Elizabeth George Speare)
  • A Life of Faith: Millie Keith series
  • Prisoners of the Sea (Florence M. Kingsley)
  • Four Girls at Chautauqua (Isabella Alden)
  • Emma (Jane Austen)
  • Facets of Fantasy (a collection of short novels by Sarah Scheele)
(5) Top 3 books most recently read:
  • What's Mine's Mine/The Highlander's Last Song (George MacDonald)
  • Eric Liddell: Pure Gold (David McCasland)
  • Halogen Crossing (Sarah Scheele)
(6) Worst 3 books ever read:
  • THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK!!! (I couldn't even make it through it!!)
  • The Scottish Chiefs (Jane Porter) (the overly flowery language and massacres every other chapter were a little too much for me :-) )
  • The Rivers of Judah series (probably the worst-written series of books I have ever read!!)

(7) Top 5 scenes from any books:
Oh my-- that's not fair! Top FIVE scenes? How am I supposed to decide??
  • The riot scene in North and South :-D :-D :-D
  • The final confrontation between Malcolm, Florimel, and Lord Liftore in Malcolm/The Marquis' Secret
  • When Henri Baillot escapes from the castle in Prisoners of the Sea-- hilarious and exciting at the same time! :-)
  • Dark Island... This scene has "come back to me" many a time when I've found myself on my own "Dark Island, and it is so beautiful and comforting and encouraging. :) "Courage, dear heart!" <3>
  • FAVORITEST: In Our Mutual Friend, the scene in which Mr. Boffin fires Rokesmith, and Bella comes to the point of realizing that she loves Rokesmith; that she was a foolish, worldly girl; and that money means nothing in light of the truly important things in life. Reading/watching her come to the decision to leave the Boffins and the wealth she could have there to live a life of poverty with her family, and then with her love, brings tears to my eyes! I love that scene. Oh, and of course, when Rokesmith appears: "My dear girl! My gallant, courageous and noble Bella. You are my love?" "Well I suppose I am if you think me worth taking." The sweetest thing ever!!! Love that scene. Love that story. :-D
(8) The book(s) that made me cry the most:
  • Definitely Kathleen's Enduring Faith.... WAAAAHHH!!!! I was nearly sobbing towards the end of that. Though I was sobbing near the end of Bleak House too.
(9) The books that made me laugh the most:
  • goodness, I don't know. Possibly the Methuselah Chronicles. I don't read comedy too often.
(10) The books that made me feel good the most at the end:
Well, "feel good" isn't exactly a term I think in when I finished a book. How about the books that leave me feeling inspired? :-)
  • The Curate's Awakening (George MacDonald)
  • Mountain Rain (biography of J. O. Fraser)
  • Green Leaf in Drought (Isobel Kuhn)
  • Christy (Catherine Marshall)
  • Eric Liddell: Pure Gold (David McCasland)

(11) Contemporary or Historical?
  • HISTORICAL, DUH! (Hasn't this quiz been reading the titles I've been putting down? The only contemporary book I listed was in my "dislikes" section!!)
(12) Science fiction, Fantasy or Horror?
  • fantasy (though I don't read much of it). Definitely not horror (I don't think I've ever read or watched anything of that genre, for which I am grateful), and I don't care much for Sci Fi except the mild kind that doesn't involve robots or aliens taking over the world :-P
(13) Hardback, Trade Paperback, or Mass Market Paperback?
  • Nice paperback or hardback is fine.
(14) Barnes and Noble or amazon?
  • I've never ordered from Amazon... and I have a Barnes and Noble gift certificate to use... so I'd have to say Barnes and Noble for right now
(15) Bookmark or Dog ear?
  • Bookmark, definitely! I like to keep my books looking like new, if possible. :-)

(16) Alphabetize by Author, Alphabetize by title or no organization whatsoever?
  • By author. Always. And size, if "author" doesn't apply. :-)
(17) Keep, Throw Away, or Sell?
  • Keep!! Why would I buy a book to throw away or sell? Except I did throw away The Diary of Anne Frank...good riddance...
(18) Little Women or Anne of Green Gables?
  • Little Women
(19) Short Story or Novel?
  • Novel
(20) Stop Reading when tired or chapter breaks?
  • Depends on the book. I like to finish at a chapter break, but if my attention span is particularly limited that particularly day, I might stop in the middle of a chapter.
(21) "It was a dark and stormy night" or "Once upon a time"?
  • "It was a dark, and stormy night"... makes me think of Snoopy, actually ;-) Anyway, it's more adventurous feeling. Though "once upon a time" is nice too.
(22) buy or borrow?
  • Buy, if possible
(23) Standalone or series?
  • I think I prefer stand-alones best, though I do like some series. Trilogies are pretty cool. :-)
(24) Tidy Ending or Cliff Hanger?
  • Tidy ending, of course. Unless there's a sequel.

I tag......
all my literary friends! :-)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A Chance to Die...

"One day, in this woman's hearing, something was said to a younger helper which almost drew from her a flashing, angry remark.  But at that moment, a word was spoken to her inwardly: 'See in this, a chance to die.'

"And though spoken inwardly, it was far more clearly heard than many a word addressed to the outward ear.

"'See in this'-- this provoking, this rebuke that should not have been-- 'a chance to die.'  To self, and the pride that comes from defending self.

"'See in anything'-- anything that rouses you to claim your 'rights', or even to consider them at all-- 'a chance to die.'

"Welcome anything that calls you to your only true position: 'I have been crucified with Christ...' (Galatians 2:20).

"A crucified life cannot be self-assertive.  It cannot protect itself.  It cannot be startled into resentful words.  The cup that is full of sweet water cannot spill bitter-tasting drops, however sharply it is knocked."

-Amy Carmichael, Gold by Moonlight

Saturday, September 4, 2010

A Walk

I had been inside all day.  I had woken up late, and my afternoon had been spent in between my computer, my fabric, a BBC miniseries playing on the TV, and dinner.  The sky overhead was bleak and cloudy, the air was cold coming in my window, and the never-ending hum of electricity was growing old.  A feeling of dullness hung over me.  Very undesirable.  Hardly uplifting.

Then I was checking my facebook (not feeling like doing much else) and a friend of mine posted that they had just seen a double rainbow.  While I knew I likely wouldn't see a rainbow, still I felt the urge to get outside, out of the house, out from the hum of electricity, and take a walk with just myself and God.

So I pulled on my hoodie and slipped on my sneakers and headed outside.  For those who don't know our house, we live on a very short road that is part of a series of three short roads all at a right angle to each other and connecting with a main country road coming out of town.  We have trees surrounding us on all sides, in a similar fashion to a clearing.  And as some of you know, I've had it with trees.  Well, too many trees at once, that is.  On a day like today, I felt I couldn't even see the sky for all the trees-- there was just a flat blanket of dark clouds overhead.  Suffocating.

Anyway.  I walked down "John Street" and turned onto the other short road that leads down to the main road.  As I did so, a fresh breeze greeted me, coming up through the tunnel of trees on either side of me.  And down at the end of the road was our neighbor's field, and there I could see... the sky!  It was no longer a flat blanket of dark clouds but the dome of beautiful sky.  There were still clouds, but they were light-colored, happy clouds, not dark, gray, angry ones. And in the midst of them, there were two patches like eyes, and through these patches poured brilliant golden sunlight in radiant shafts.  Once I reached where the roads met, I stepped off to the side and stood there, gazing at the resplendent display and feeling the breeze pressing against my face.  After a whole day of gray clouds overhead and dull fluorescent light inside, the sunshine and breeze sent a thrill to my heart and filled my spirit with happiness.  There is something so beautiful about the things God made.  There is something so wonderful about stepping away from man's little creations and being alone with God, enjoying His creative power and beauty.  And there is something so freeing about talking into the wind and knowing only the birds and the squirrels and my Creator can hear me. 

Picture taken by my Aunt Catherine
I stood for a couple minutes thus, and then turned to walk back up the little hill to our road.  As I did so, the wind whispered in the tops of the trees, and I had to pause and look back at the beautiful sun, not really wanting to go back to the veil of trees shutting out its light.  In fact, I couldn't resist two more rounds of the walk, coming back to this point with the sunlight at a different angle each time, pushing back the clouds gradually for a brilliant finale before disappearing into the west.  How I love moments like this!  What a wonderful God we serve, that He should give us these glimpses of His glory.  Truly, "the heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth his handiwork."

Friday, September 3, 2010

New Poll

Which continent would you like to visit the most?

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Highlander's Last Song / What's Mine's Mine

What's Mine's Mine. The original title of George MacDonald's unique and compelling novel paints, in those three word, an accurate picture of both the spiritual and historical context of its story. Originally published in 1886, it was then edited by Michael Phillips and reprinted in 1986 by Bethany House Publishers under the title of The Highlander's Last Song.

Set in the rugged Scottish highlands in the mid-19th century, The Highlander's Last Song captures in print a crucial and life-changing era in the history of Scotland. For centuries, the hardy Scotsmen had clung to their land, working at the stubborn soil and keeping in close-knit clans. Then rich landowners from the south took notice of the region and of the wealth it could bring them. Impoverished clansmen and farmers were often expelled from their homes as the rich Southerners sought to use the land for their own gain, thus scattering the clans and changing the course of the highlanders' history.

Among those men seeking gain from the land in George MacDonald's novel is Peregrine Palmer, a selfish and mercenary man with two grown sons and four daughters. They have just moved to the region of Strathruadh and they find a culture and a people very unlike that which they are used to. Perhaps the most unusual people in their new acquaintance are the brothers Alistair and Ian-- Alistair in particular, because he is not only a Highlander, but he is also the chief of his clan. Alistair's great love for his land, his people, and his God manifests itself in his dealings with his clan as well as with the money-loving Palmer.

The two oldest Palmer girls, Christina and Mercy, take an interest in the brothers at first because they find them handsome and interesting to be around, and the girls are used to flirting. However, they soon find that the young men are not to be swayed by good looks or playful flirtation; they have something the girls do not have and can hardly even imagine-- a living relationship with God. Together, the brothers share their heart for God, and slowly, the girls' eyes begin to open to the spiritual realities around them. At the same time, their hearts also begin to open to the stirrings of true love.

Mr. Palmer, however, is not interested in spiritual realities or love-- only in the land that can bring him wealth and prosperity. This selfish desire and inner pride kindles within him until an unexpected and pure-hearted move of Alistair's, coupled with conscience, cause it to burst into full flame. Palmer will stop at no ends to get what he wants, even if it means casting people out of their own homes and disrupting the clan life; he is fueled by the thought,"What's mine's mine!". As financial and personal troubles close in around Alistair, he comes to learn to depend not on earthly things but on God alone, who provides all good things and never loses sight of his children, and he must learn to say submissively to God, "What's mine is Yours."

Knowing little of the story, I let this book sit on our shelf for a couple years without picking it up, sitting down, and reading it. Once I did, however, I quickly found it not only to be a fantastic read, but also to rise among The Fisherman's Lady and The Curate's Awakening in the ranks of my absolute favorite MacDonald novels.

I found it one of the best-crafted plots I have read of George MacDonald's. While the spiritual message is very similar to The Laird's Inheritance, the whole storyline, as well as the characters' journeys, was much stronger and much more endearing to me. Unlike some of his books that peter out towards the end with no climax and leave the reader feeling somewhat depressed, this book built throughout to a sensational climax in both the outward circumstances and inner lives of the characters. Also, the spiritual journey and the actual plot ran alongside each other beautifully, rather than running like two separate streams which cross paths every so often (which I felt was the case in The Laird's Inheritance.) That made it seem much more real to me.

Another superior quality I found in this book was the character development. Sometimes MacDonald's protagonists end up being too much like each other, and sometimes the characters are either too good or too simple to seem real. In The Highlander's Last Song, the characters live. Alistair has a sincere and inspiring passion for God, but at the same time he is very human, and struggles with pride, anger, and dependence on material things. Through seeking God and through trials, he learns to turn things over to God, and his spiritual growth is evident throughout. Likewise, Christina and Mercy are very real, and their growth from spiritual "deadness" to a consciousness of and desire for God could be true for any person. Mr. Palmer is perhaps one of the most alarmingly realistic of all the characters: his apathy towards God, his resentment towards God-fearers, and the gangrene-like effect of selfishness in his life are a very true, but sad, reality in so many people today. All of these characters I grew to know and feel for; the good characters I came to love and cheer for, and the bad characters I felt, with the Highlanders, like charging and pummeling down and at least attempting to knock some sense into their heads.

Of course, rising above all these things, is the excellence of MacDonald's use of the pen to bring the message of true Christianity to the hearts of his readers. Throughout his writing, he frequently takes a pause to speak directly to the reader about their own spiritual need, or about some Biblical truth-- a practice which would cause many editors today to shake their head, the spiritually dead to sneer in disgust, and the seekers of God to bow their hearts and say "Amen". Treasure chests of spiritual wealth lie within the pages of this book, ready to be discovered, ready to change lives. MacDonald had not that painted-glass-window view of religion. His Christianity was real, and his protagonist's Christianity is real; he came as close as humans on earth can get to grasping the truth of knowing Christ-- as Alistair says to Mercy, "What is saving but taking us out of the dark into the light? There is no salvation but to know God and grow like Him."

MacDonald does not use theological arguments to try to convince his readers or his characters of things. He realized that no end of talk cannot change the life of a person not willing to be changed. One character speaking to another, says, "I will not try to convince you of anything about God. I cannot. You must know Him. I only tell you I believe in Him with all my heart. You must ask Him to explain Himself to you, and not take it for granted that He has done you a wrong because He has done what you do not like. Whether you seek Him or not, He will do you justice. But He cannot explain Himself unless you seek Him." The same can be true for you.

I definitely encourage you to take the time to read this book. It is no longer in print, but it can be found on and at used bookstores and thrift stores. You will find not only a gripping story and sweet, clean romance, but also a message that could change your life-- a soul-searching question: "Is my heart fully surrendered to whatever God has for me? Am I willing to let what is mine be His?"

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Meet Sonali

 Today my new "model"/AG doll arrived!  
Her name is Sonali; technically she is one of the "best friends" of last year's "Girl of the Year", Chrissa.  As she is retired/archived, it was a long search for one of her that didn't cost $130 or more, but I finally was able to purchase her from a board member on the American Girl Fans page at about the same price as I could have bought her from the catalog plus shipping. I'm so excited! :-D

In the AG book, Chrissa, Sonali starts out as a bully in school, but throughout the story realizes how wrong she was and begins to stand up against bullying instead.
But that's not my Sonali.

 My Sonali is a sweet ten-year-old girl and is, at first, quiet and shy (in contrast to Rebecca's extremely excited and enthusiastic nature and Kirsten's "oldest-sister" outgoing personality).  And yet, despite being shy, she has a huge heart for others and longs to reach out to people with the Gospel of Christ.  Just as her dark skin, deep brown eyes, and gorgeous black hair reflect her Indian/Tamil heritage, so does her passion for winning souls reflect her Christian heritage.  Her grandmother's life was impacted by the ministry of Amy Carmichael in India; now Sonali wishes to impact others the same way.  One of the ways she'd like to do that is by writing.  We'll have to see what she  comes up with! :-)

Sonali's new family is making her feel very welcome.  Kirsten, especially, as oldest sister, is helping her to get acquainted with things and people in her new home, and Rebecca is ever so excited to have a younger sister and teach her all she knows.

Sonali loves her new family and is also excited about her new job with the Dashwood Sisters Etsy Shop.  She has already modeled an adorable, plaid corduroy "back-to-school" jumper!
Sonali with her sisters, Kirsten and Rebecca!