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Nature Is Life

Hey, everyone! Decided to switch it up with a song. This song is inspired by my girlfriend and LGBTQIA+ Pride Month. Here’s some related blog posts: https://lilliandarnell.com/2020/03/15/the-princesses-grand-adventure/https://lilliandarnell.com/2019/12/09/top-17-songs-to-conquer-and-encourage-you-to-defeat-your-fears/https://lilliandarnell.com/2015/06/21/in-the-good-ole-summertime-lillians-version/. Anyway, I hope you enjoy!

Wind blowing through
the palm trees a-wavin’

While butterflies drift
like rain a-blowin’ through
a rainbow

Chorus:

Nature is life
Nature is life (x2)

Nature is love
Nature is loveee (x4)

(Instrumental music)

Roses survive throughout
Love, love love

While butterflies drift
like rain a-blowin’ through
a rainbow

Chorus (x4):

Nature is life
Nature is life (x2)

Nature is love
Nature is loveee (x4)

(Instrumental Music)

Love, love love
Love, love love (x4)

Yeah!

That’s the end of the song! Hope you enjoyed! Peace out and remember to be proud of who you are!

The Sugar Touch

Hey, everyone! I decided to do a sugary themed poem this time. Here are some other poems: https://lilliandarnell.com/2020/04/01/water-of-summer/https://lilliandarnell.com/2020/03/19/roses-of-spring. I hope you enjoy!

Sugar flies through
the sweet air;
landing softly on
your lips

Licking lips
as you taste
the sweetness
pf sugar

You eat the sugar
only to want more
as you start
on your day.

This is the end of the poem. I hope you enjoyed!

Water of Summer

Hey, everyone! This poem is a little late but this is a poem for World Water Day & World Poetry Day. Here is some related poems: https://lilliandarnell.com/2020/03/19/roses-of-spring/https://lilliandarnell.com/2019/03/21/poems-of-nature/, and https://lilliandarnell.com/2018/03/21/fun-poem-extravaganza/. I hope you enjoy!

Water waves
swirlin’ through like a waterspout;
splashing energetically

Dancing waves
of water curl
and touch you

As you catch a ride
on a huge wave
the wave of water
comes up to greet you.

That’s the end of the poem. I hope you enjoyed!

Roses of Spring

Hey, everyone! Happy First Day of Spring! Here are some related poems: https://lilliandarnell.com/2019/03/21/poems-of-nature/https://lilliandarnell.com/2018/03/21/fun-poem-extravaganza/, and https://lilliandarnell.com/2019/06/16/peaceful-summer/

Anyway I hope you enjoy!

The Roses Of Spring

Soft as silk
red like a strawberry;
sometimes pink as cherry blossoms

Running through
roses of spring;
colorful as the rainbow

As I lay
in  roses of spring,
I hear the whisper of the wind.

That’s the end of the poem. I hope you enjoyed!

The Princesses’ Grand Adventure

Hey, everyone! Here are some related stories: https://lilliandarnell.com/2017/04/10/princess-beauty/https://lilliandarnell.com/2020/03/09/lisa-and-the-huge-storm/https://lilliandarnell.com/2019/11/03/an-incredible-day/. You are about to enter a kingdom full of joy. I hope you enjoy!

Once in a land far far away there lived two princesses named Leslie and Brianna. Brianna was sometimes called Brie by her family while Leslie just liked to be called by her first name without royalty titles.

One day, Princess Brianna was out for a stroll in a very exquisite garden while Leslie was taking a swim in the castle pool when King Finn called them inside. He said, “Brie! Leslie! Come inside quickly!”

Brianna and Leslie came inside and asked, “What is it, father?” King Finn said while rubbing his beard, “I have a mission for you girls”. “Sounds interesting,” said Brianna and Leslie looking at King Finn with suspense.

King Finn laughs and says, “Yes, it’s very interesting. Brie, your part of the mission is to talk to Knight Anthony to find out what happened in Kingdom Rosalita. Leslie, your part of the mission is to go to Kingdom Rosalita to help out.”

Knight Anthony likes to be called Tony sometimes.by King Finn, Leslie, Brianna, and Queen Maddie (who just likes to be called Maddie). “Sounds awesome. I always love a good adventure”, said Leslie.

Meanwhile Brianna was happy enough to chat with Anthony. So Leslie and her maid Gabrielle (who just likes to be called Gabby) went to help her pack for Leslie’s adventurous mission.

After Leslie headed out to Kingdom Rosalita, Brianna thought about what she wanted to wear to meet Knight Anthony. She decided on a sparkly gold accented reddish orange dress.

-Leslie’s P.O.V.-

I look out the window of my royal plane wondering what I’ll see in Kingdom Rosalita when the flight attendant, Nicole came asking if I needed anything. I said, “No thanks though. I appreciate it.”

“Are you sure?”, asked Nicole. And so I started talking to Nicole about like what it’s like to be a princess among other things. While Nicole shared what’s it like being a royal flight attendant.

And by the end of the royal flight, Nicole and I had become best friends. Nicole and I hugged and Nicole said, “I’ll see you when you are done with your mission.”

I said, “Thanks for everything, Nicole! I appreciate it.”

-Brianna’s P.O.V.-

As Maid Gabby gets my dress out of my clothes room, I think about what to say and how to approach Tony. As I finish thinking about it, I put on my sparkly gold accented reddish orange dress that Maddie handed to me.

“Brie, are you ok in there?’, asked King Finn. I said, “Yes, Father I am fine.”

I walk outside to where Tony stands.

-Narrator P.O.V.-

Anthony squints when he sees the sparkly gold accented reddish orange dress on Brianna. Anthony asked, “Brie, why are you dressed like that?” and Brianna said, “I’m here to talk about Kingdom Rosalita, Tony. And I just thought the dress was perfect for the occasion.”

Anthony shrugged. “So what happened to Kingdom Rosalita?” asked Brianna curiously. “Well, Kingdom Rosalita’s king and queen had gotten very sick for one thing. A few days after that, there was a huge tornado destroying everything in sight, ” said Anthony.

“You’ll be happy to know that my sister Leslie is there helping people out of these disastrous times,” said Brianna smiling. Queen Maddie walked up just then and she said, “Hey, Brie. I’m glad you completed your part of the mission.”

Brianna said, “Hey, Mother. Thank you! May I fly over to Leslie to help her?” and Queen Maddie said, “Of course you can, Brie. See you in a couple of days.”

Brianna gave Anthony a kiss on the cheek before heading to pack. Brie and Maid Gabrielle quickly packed for the trip and boarded the royal plane. Brie was looking out the window amazed at the scenery when Nicole came offering drinks.

Nicole said, “I miss Leslie already. I can hardly wait to see her again”. Once they arrived in Kingdom Rosalita, they saw Lesley immediately. When Lesley saw Nicole and Princess Brianna, she ran over as fast as she could.

Lesley ran into Nicole’s arms and Nicole kissed her on the cheek. “I missed you, my bestie.” And so Lesley went back to helping people with Nicole, Brianna, Maid Gabrielle by her side.

After a month Queen Maddie; King Finn, and Knight Anthony flew to Kingdom Rosalita to join them. When they arrived Lesley; Princess Brianna; Maid Gabrielle; and Nicole all ran over to greet them.

When Princess Brianna saw Knight Anthony, she ran into his arms and kissed him on the cheek. “I missed you, my knight.” And Anthony said, “I missed you too, my princess.”

And so all was well. They lived happily ever after.

That was the end of the story. I hope you enjoyed!

 

Lisa and The Huge Storm

Hey, everyone! You are about to enter a huge mystery story. Anyway, here are some related stories: https://lilliandarnell.com/2019/11/03/an-incredible-day/, https://lilliandarnell.com/2019/07/17/adventures-of-marigold-springs/, and https://lilliandarnell.com/2019/06/16/peaceful-summer/. I hope you enjoy!

Once many years ago, there lived a girl whose name was Lisa. Lisa lived with her parents in a huge castle. Her parents were Leah and Andy. Lisa loved having fun. They lived happily in the castle.

But one day, a huge storm came and damaged their spring water moat. At that point, everything changed. Lisa no longer had time to have fun. And Lisa never saw her parents as they were often fixing damage around the castle.

But one day, everything changed as Lisa grew up. Lisa started working on their castle repairs. Lisa looked at repairing the castle as fun. And the best part was she got to see her parents all the time again.

After several years had passed. Lisa and her parents finally finished repairing their castle. And they moved on to investigating the storm now so long ago. They were able to figure out that it was not Mother Nature causing the storm.

Lisa figured out that it was an evil witch all on her own. So they moved on to figure out how to confront the evil witch. Lisa and her family figured that out by secretly putting a tracker on the witch’s broom.

So for a long time, they tracked the evil witch until they found her little cottage. Surprisingly, the cottage was cute and not evil looking. So Lisa and her parents headed to the witch’s cottage.

WHen Lisa and her family arrived, the evil witch was waiting outside for them. The witch apologized and said, “I am really a sorceress and I didn’t mean to make such a storm.”

The sorceress gestured to her garden and continued speaking, “These flowers would’ve died if I hadn’t given them the moisture they needed.” Lisa, Leah, and Andy all huddled together to speak privately

“The witch seems like she’s telling the truth. But what can we do to help?,” said Lisa cautiously. Leah & Andy said,”I think you are right. Let’s give her and her plants a room  and greenhouse in the castle.”

Lisa nodded and said, “That sounds like a great plan to me”. Lisa, Leah, and Andy walked over to the sorceress and Lisa sad, “Me and my family decided to let your plants stay in our royal greenhouse.”

Lisa pauses for dramatic effect and continues talking, “We’ve also decided to let you stay in the castle with us. We could use a sorceress. Don’t worry though, you can come back here anytime. Also one more thing I forgot to ask what’s your name?”

The sorceress smiled and said, “Thank you, Your Highness. I am Sorceress Brianna but please just call me Brianna or Bree.” Lisa grins and says, “It’s nice to meet you Bree. Oh by the way, you don’t have to say any royal titles to me and my family you can call me Lisa.”

The sorceress said, “I am honored, Lisa. ” And so from that day forward Princess Lisa’s castle and kingdom stayed pristine and undamaged. Princess Lisa and her family had much more fun for years to come.

That’s the end of the story. I hope you enjoyed!

Two butterflies resting on lavender.

Top 17 Songs To Conquer & Encourage You To Defeat Your Fears

Hey, everyone! Since it is almost the end of the year, I decided to put together a top 17 songs that have helped inspired and encouraged me over the years. May these songs help you with your fears!

Here are a few blog posts that are similar: https://lilliandarnell.com/2018/01/18/wonderful-book-enchantment-sarah-plain-and-tall-by-patricia-maclachlan/https://lilliandarnell.com/2018/01/16/wonderful-book-enchantment-starfields-by-carolyn-marsden/, and https://lilliandarnell.com/2018/01/18/wonderful-book-enchantment-sarah-plain-and-tall-by-patricia-maclachlan/. I hope you enjoyed! Also happy holidays!

  1. Strawberry Shortcake Cherry Jam Anything Is Possible makes you believe that anything is possible and reach for the stars. I used this song to help encourage me with my fear of stairs back in 2016. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbYzi6nerkg 
  2. Let It Go by Idina Menzel encourages you to let go of your fear and phobia. And also to be brave and determined to conquer fears.  I used this song to help me feel determined to conquer my fears over the years. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moSFlvxnbgk
  3. How Far I’ll Go by Auli’i Cravalho reminds you never to give up even when you feel like giving up. I used this song in 2018 and 2019 to help me be more social and less shy. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPAbx5kgCJo
  4. Boomerang by Jo Jo Siwa encourages you to conquer your fears and to ‘come back like a boomerang’. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypPSrRYOAj4
  5. Strawberry Shortcake Invincible reminds you that you can overcome your fears and nothing can stop you. I used this song in 2015 to help me be more social and friendly. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mYwgoBtexc
  6. Strawberry Shortcake Never Say Never encourages you to never say never. In other words, never say that you can’t conquer your fears or phobias. I used this song many times to help with my fears. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwjvLbscRss
  7. Barbie Princess Charm School On Top Of The World makes you believe you are on top of the world and touching the sky whenever you conquer a fear. I have used this song for conquering many fears over the years. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2NfFBh6Arg
  8. Barbie The Pearl Princess Light Up The World encourages you to jump out of the comfort zone and conquer those fears. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEdVynWbQlQ
  9. Barbie Starlight Adventure We Are Shooting Stars makes you believe you can do anything and be anything. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClEV4a7L7Dc
  10. Barbie In Princess Power Soaring encourages you to be brave. I’ve used this song to help me conquer my fear of open spaces in 2019. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTbqy3eD_2U
  11. Barbie and The 12 Dancing Princess Shine encourages you to shine and reach out of your comfort zone. I have used this song to help with many fears over the years. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCzno9dW6B8 
  12. Wings by Leslie Mills encourages you to step out of the darkness into the flow. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWD7RwdKORY
  13. Live Your Story by Auli’i Cravalho makes you believe that you are unstoppable. I used this song in summer 2019 to help with a fear. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWXqaay4tIc
  14. Home by Phillip Phillips reminds you it’s okay to be afraid. I have used this song many times for different reasons. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTg1n95–KE
  15. The Polar Express Just Believe by Josh Groban encourages you to listen to your heart. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWHPMFOPss0
  16. Elena of Avalor Steppin’ Up reminds you to keep fighting against your fears especially height. I have used this song a couple of times for my fears. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5GkHPqy6Es
  17. Sofia the First Moment to Shine encourages you to step into the spotlight and conquer your fears. I have used this song to help me with many fears over the years. This is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KWxXkqNPzo

Well, that’s the end of the list I hope you enjoyed!

An Incredible Day

Hey, everyone! The main characters in my story are based on my 2 friends Macy Miller and Lauren Martin. Here are some related blog posts: https://lilliandarnell.com/2018/07/09/a-brave-girl/https://lilliandarnell.com/2019/05/10/how-macy-and-i-met/, and https://lilliandarnell.com/2019/06/01/how-liana-and-summer-came-to-be-best-friends/. I hope you enjoy!

Once years ago, there lived Macy Helens with her parents Hannah and William. Macy Helens was fearful of heights. Meanwhile, there was a younger girl named Laura Rose who lived with her parents Amethyst and Topaz.

Like Macy Helens, Laura Rose had a fear of heights as well. Macy Helens lived happily with her parents Hannah and William while Laura Rose and her parents Amethyst and Topaz also lived happily.

Until one day, Hannah and William decided to go on a hike with Macy Helens. Meanwhile, Amethyst and Topaz decided to go to a park with a hiking trail with Laura. At first, Macy Helens was terrified.

Meanwhile, Laura was a  little scared but she felt very determined to accomplish this fear. As Macy and her parents, Hannah and William approached the hiking trail, a tiny bit of determination began to shine through.

Little did Laura Rose and Macy Helens know that they were in the same park with the hiking trails. Also while Laura and her parents Amethyst and Topaz approached a different hiking trail, Laura’s determination began to grow into excitement gradually.

Macy Helens just reminded herself to distract herself by looking up and around her instead of looking down as Macy Helens and her parents Hannah and William walked up the hiking trail.

Meanwhile, on a different hiking trail Laura Rose and her parents Amethyst and Topaz climbed on. Later, Macy Helens and her parents Hannah and William found an intersection.

Macy Helens and her parents Hannah and William were left with a huge choice on where to go next. While Macy Helens and her parents Hannah and William were pondering the decision, Laura Rose and her parents Amethyst and Topaz came to the same intersection from a different direction.

Macy Helens and her parents Hannah and William were very surprised to see them. As they walked together, both Macy Helens and Laura Rose were not scared of heights anymore.

By the end of the hiking trail, they were both sad but made plans to see each other in each other’s state. So Laura Rose went home happily and proudly. While Macy Helens and her parents Hannah and William went camping nearby.

The next day, Macy Helens and her parents left the campsite and went home happily rested while Macy Helens was very proud of herself.

Me with Macy and Lauren

Carol’s Books

Hey, everyone! I had this really interesting idea about 2 weeks ago about doing a book review in an interview style. And this is the final result of that idea. Here are some related blog posts: https://lilliandarnell.com/2013/05/27/history-of-book-reference-librarian-interview/https://lilliandarnell.com/2011/10/27/book-review-my-secret-unicorn-a-special-friend/, and https://lilliandarnell.com/2013/02/08/book-review-the-one-and-only-willa-bean/. I hope you enjoy!

Also, I would like to know if you liked it and would want me to do more if it feels right.

Carol: Welcome back to Carol’s Books! Now, please welcome, Isabelle! 

Isabelle: Thank you, Carol! Let’s jump into the questions. 

Carol: Can you tell us what the book Lost in London is all about, Isabelle? 

Isabelle: Why, yes, sure thing, Carol! Jordan Jacoby is a normal girl who longs to have excitement in her life. When Jordan gets a chance once in a lifetime, will she get to go? Find out when you read the book! 

Carol: Also, can you tell us who the author of the book is? 

Isabelle: Why, yes certainly, Carol! The author of the book is Cindy Callaghan. Click here for more about her if it feels right to you, of course.

Carol: Great! Can you tell us what the name of the series is?

Isabelle: Thank you for asking! The series of the book is Lost In. 

Carol: Neat! What can you tell us about the main characters, Isabelle? 

Isabelle: Wow, Carol! That’s a tough question. Well, the main characters are Jordan and Caroline. Jordan is daring and longs to have an adventure while Caroline despises change. And also, if you wondering they did run into several problems. 

Carol: Awesome sauce! Who is your favorite character and why? 

Isabelle: My favorite character is Jordan because she is willing to make new changes. Any more questions you’d like to ask, Carol?

Carol: Actually, yes! Could you relate to any of the characters in the story and why?

Isabelle: Yes, I can relate to one of the characters. Jordan is who I can relate to. Jordan longs to have an adventure like me. I’ve been longing to go on an adventure for many years.

Carol: Interesting! Now, where was I? Oh right! Have you ever done or felt some of the things the characters did? 

Isabelle: Yes! Again, I feel like Jordan who longs to have excitement in her life. 

Carol: Cool! Did you like the book? What was your favorite part of the book?

Isabelle: Yes, I definitely enjoyed the book, Carol! I would have to say her transformation into her daring self is one of my favorite parts 

Carol: Ok, cool! Do you have a least favorite part of the book, Isabelle? If you could change something about the book, what would it be? 

Isabelle: I don’t really have a least favorite part of the book. I think I would change her amount of time enjoying the drama. Now, what question is next? 

Carol: Would you recommend this book to another person, Isabelle? Who would you think would like this book? 

Isabelle: Yes, I would definitely recommend this book to another person. It would be 5 stars from me: ★★★★★. I think that this book is good for 16 years old, 18 years old, and up. Also 13 years old might enjoy this book too. 

Carol: Well, that’s all for today, folks! 

Carol (offscreen): Bye, Isabelle!

Isabelle: Thank you for having for me, Carol!

Isabelle (offscreen): Bye, Carol! It was nice meeting you and talking to you. 

Book in the grass.

The Annual Chromosome 18 Conference 2019: Part 9 & Part 10

Hey, everyone! I just got back to Colorado Springs from the conference on July 27th. This blog post is a summary of what I did at the annual Chromosome 18p- conference this year. In case you are wondering, these are Thomas’s, Camilla’s, mine, and Chromosome 18’s website.

Here are some related blog posts: https://lilliandarnell.com/2018/07/06/annual-chromosome-18-conference-2018-part-1/https://lilliandarnell.com/2018/06/15/my-adventure-to-surprise-part-1/https://lilliandarnell.com/2017/09/13/annual-chromosome-18p-conference-2017/ I hope you enjoy!

July 26th: 

Camilla woke me up around 6:00 am. I was very tired and not too long after I’d been awake I went to the restroom and sat there getting the food out of me for about an hour.

After I got out, I got dressed and ate some food (just because my stomach was upset it didn’t stop me!) before going down to the lobby for the last time. Unfortunately, our car had car trouble.

It took us 1 or 2 hours before getting on the road to Wyoming. Around noon, we arrived at our one gas stop and when we tried to get back on the road, our car had more engine problems.

During the trip, I drifted in and out of sleep especially since there was bad or no service and because I was tired. Once we were on the road again, I slept some more. As well as eating lunch, snacks, and other things.

Once we were about 10 seconds or minutes away from Salt Lake City, we stopped for gas again. And yes you guessed it, more car engine problems. It took about 4 hours for this to be fixed.

So right around 4:00 pm, we arrived in Salt Lake City and I woke up with a pinching stomach pain with nausea behind it. So once we reached our motel, I sat down inside while waiting for Patty, Debbie, and Frank.

I went up with Patty, Frank, and Debbie. Funny thing was that they had the hotel room next to ours. Unfortunately, there was a terrible smell in the hallway which my pain and nausea worse.

I quickly went into Patty and Frank’s hotel room and waited there for Camilla to get back with a new motor. I drank a lot of water which helped. Once I felt a little better I went to our hotel room and the pain immediately came back.

So I lay down and put the heating pad on my stomach. I kept drinking and ate a little. Eventually, I felt nearly better and I took a shower then I felt normal. So I got ready for bed.

I even read a little and used my phone until my eyes wouldn’t stay open. I finished getting ready for bed. Afterward, I turned out the light and went to sleep around 4:00 am.

July 27th

I woke up at 7:00 am. I got up and got ready to go. I sat in the restroom last as I knew that would take a while. So I went down to the lobby and suddenly my nausea swept over me again.

I waited until Camilla came back and I went outside to get in the car. As we stopped at a gas station, I started eating. After I was done eating, I started feeling tired again. I once again drifted in and out of sleep.

When we were close to the Great Salt Lake Flats, I felt Patty’s ringtone and vibration ring in my lap as my phone was in my lap. I looked and responded. It became clear that they were stopping there.

So we decided to do the same. I managed to get some really cool optical illusions although I was tired. Afterward, we went into the restrooms there. We left and went our way.

Unfortunately, I had a meltdown about my chocolate melting and Thomas had scratched me on my right arm and twice on my left hand. (One of those scratches are still there as a scar. )

I eventually calmed down. We soon reached the Nevada border and we soon stopped at Fernley’s Love gas station to go to the restroom and get gas. I eventually went and left the place.

Soon we were back on the road to Reno. I rested some more but the meltdown had scared the sleepiness out of me or at least delayed a little. Before I knew it, we were back in Reno.

We eventually arrived back home around 2:00 pm PDST. We unpacked a little and settled down. I was so tired that I didn’t even watch a movie since it was movie night. I stayed up as long as my eyes would let me.

And right around 11:00 pm, I fell asleep peacefully in my own bed.

Selfie of Me.

Optical Illusion took by me

The Great Salt Flats

Have you ever been to the Great Salt Flats, Salt Lake City, or Wyoming? I would love to hear your answers in the comments if it feels right to you.

Bonus question: What was your favorite part of my annual 2019 conference blog post series?