4 fictional characters that may have like 2 things in common with me.

First, here are three random facts I want to share with you: 1. I discovered Jack Johnson yesterday on Spotify and I just love his songs. Better Together is my favourite and I want to dance to it on my potential future wedding because I love it that much right now. 2. My grandma is friends with the film producer of Sherlock. (No seriously.) So my grandma practically hangs out with Benedict Cumberbatch. Guys, beat me. My grandma is the coolest. 3. I was in Scotland for a grand 15 minutes on Saturday. I walked in Glasgow and spotted four men in kilts. I have no pictures to prove it, so you'll have to rely on my word.

(Two sisters. Two very different personalities. I seem to be an odd mixture of both. Although I think more Elinor.)

My dear friend Eva tagged me with the four fictional characters tag (thank you!) and I've been wanting to do this thing for a while now, so here I am. Here I am, I hasten to add, before I start another busy week - this time less merrily occupied; replace spending time with fun-loving Christians with cleaning tables and emptying plates of breakfast in an old people's home - life is life, I shall refuse to complain! - I don't even know what this sentence is; let's just do the merry old tag, shall we. (I don't know why I say 'we' when I am writing this alone. You should not get any of the credit! :-P)

Okay, I thought this would be an easy job, but finding four characters that 'are very much like myself' is no easy feat for me. I told you in this blog post, I am a confusing human being. Extroverted one week; relishing in silence and just-me-and-wifi-and-notebooks-and-my-Bible-in-bed the other. Fond of poetical metaphors and nostalgic whimsies one week, mocking them in a Marilla-Cuthbert-no-nonsense-fiddlesticks way the other. However, of course, some things are generally and all-around Naomi traits (even though even those can differ and disappear for an odd hour or two), so okay. I'll try. But bear with me. I'll probably read this again next week and be like meh NO. :-P

Number Uno! The first that came to mind, in fact...

Jerusha Abbott in Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster

I remember when I read this first I was 100% sure I had found my fictional twin. Of course, Judy is way cooler than I'll ever be and her letters are way more entertaining than mine will ever be, but yah, we doodle odd stuff and we pop random thoughts in random places and we like reading and stuff. Just yeah, she reminds me of me. She's quirky and I want to be quirky. (She probably reminds me of the me I wish I was.)

Secondly, the gal I see myself in muchly is, and has to be, the main character from Lynn Austin's Wonderland Creek. There's reasons my blog is named so, after all.

Alice Grace Ripley from Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin

We're both book lovers. (Although, I have to be honest! I haven't been reading much lately. Eh. I still love it though, okay.) We're both not exactly animal people. We both love the idea of adventure but when it comes to sitting on a horse eh nope that's disgusting no. We both like a bath. We both love seeing people happy. Just... Alice and I are two of the same kind of peas in the same kind of pods. (Only, I'm not blonde. Although I was as a 3-year-old. There's a little tidbit about me.)

Thirdly, my friends, I must slight Celia Garth by suggesting that we have some common traits.

Celia Garth in Celia Garth by Gwen Bristow

I MUST REREAD THIS; it's been way too long, but one thing I can remember is that I wished I was like Celia Garth. Well, I'll never be like Celia Garth. But maybe we have some things in common - maybe the sense of humour, the love of being teased. Also, the things she thinks and says I really, really relate to. Maybe in a wishful way. I don't know. I'm adding her to this list anyways. I flatter myself.

And fourthly, and this is the one I had to brainstorm for for ages - I thought of Elizabeth Bennet (but I'd never go for a quiet guy and oh, I wish I was as well-spoken as Lizzy!) - I thought of Anne Shirley (but I don't talk that much and I'm not that poetical sorry) - I thought of every Montgomery heroine because I feel like I relate to ALL of them - and then I thought, well let's just be boring and go with Jo March because I like writing and... yeah, I like reading. (Lame.)

No. That will not do. I must be original.

Valancy Snaith/Stirling in The Blue Castle by Lucy Maud Montgomery

I alllmost did Rilla of Ingleside but I think I just did that because that book just wrenches the life outta me (I don't relate to Rilla that much actually), but you know what Valancy and I like the same guy. Barney. Kay, enough. (Also, we appreciate nice clothes and quirky outings and views and cosy houses. And we both enjoy a good joke and a tease. I think this gives us enough in common.) (Of course, our situations are very different, so it's hard to weigh.)



This'll have to do. (Maybe I should have said Elizabeth Bennet. We do have the same personality type, according to the Meyes-Briggs Personality test.) (Never mind.)

For those of you who know me better, do you think I chose a good sample of characters to represent me? Who would you have picked? Also. How are you doing, my friends? Tell me something about life. It's so funny, when you grow up, life seems to get harder and harder and better and better. That's because life is super super complex and every day we learn something more about its complex-ness. There, was was your philosophy session.

(Should I tag people? Okay, I tag any of my readers that I've met in real life and that have a blog. Emma, Sadie, Hannah... that's bout it, I think. (And you, Sarah, if you've got your blog yet!))

PS!! Oh, I just thought of a character that I relate to so much! Barbara in Call the Midwife. (Too late. Let's just click publish.)


oh, the people you meet.

That girl who looked like Angelina Jolie and always wore cute necklaces and sandals.
The lady who came to me during worship crying out 'hallelujah'.
The adorable girl who lost her voice and who thought that art museum was as boring as I thought it was.
Sarah, who grew up with Laura Ingalls and Anne Shirley and yeah why does she live in Texas.
The blonde gal with the colourful laugh and big love for Princess Diaries.
Two hardworking, kind german lads who make two amazing friends and I miss them.
That man who went barefoot or flipflopfoot in the cold and the rain. 
The 18-year-old called Charity Priscilla Charlotte who I bonded with instantly cuz we like clothes and chocolate.
The amazing, wisdom-filled young lady I prayed with and will never forget.
That girl with braids reaching her mid-thighs.
Two sisters from Aberdeen with cute smiles.
The guy who automatically speaks French to everyone because he wants to learn it.
His wife, who used to run a photographer business and is so cool and artsy.
Their baby boy called Levi who looks like a baby version of the singer in La La Land.
The Flemish preacher who wears checked shirts and uses snapchat like a teen.
The beautiful girl from Atlanta who's going to make the best primary teacher.
The red-head girl who never eats veggies and has a tattoo on her foot.
Those two girls from Holland called Naomi and Hanna who, as it turned out, we have mutual friends. It's a small world.
Rachael, who is the queen of dungarees and who says 'amazing' a lot and sometimes randomly hiccoughs.
The theology student with whom it's easy as a snap to delve into a deep conversation with.
The three guys I beat at the card game Nerves twice. It was great to beat them.
The girl with the cute northern British accent and quirky style I went hiking with.

These past two weeks have been crammed with amazing people. I love them and I miss them. And I love that literally the only thing these guys have in common is that they love Jesus. Gah, it gives me chills - so many different people from different places and with different faces... all brothers and sisters in Christ. All bonded in a deep way no-one can really explain.

Kay bye. (I urgently need sleep.)


This blog post is gonna be fun.

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(That was fun.)


This and That + Thankfulness

My July has been wonderful so far, and there is still an exciting chunk to go. I'm so grateful for all my wonderful friends, my amazing parents, my hilarious siblings, all the millions of opportunities to just LAUGH. I'm so thankful for good food - I write this as I smell waffles - and for sunshine and wet hair and butterflies and hugs and notebooks and books and 1 Thessalonians and all those other things that are filling my life right now and making something beautiful of it. I'm thankful for Jesus and everything He has done and He is doing - so so so thankful. I'm afraid no human heart will ever be able to be thankful enough for it to be matched up. Human hearts can only do so much.

We just went to England for something close to two weeks. I'm grateful for the sunshine and the swimmingly awesome sea (pun intended), for cousins and uncles and aunts and grandparents who appreciate intended puns (or if not appreciate, at least are used to them), for deep chats on singleness and challenging Bible verses such as Luke 16:9, for chips and crisps (I'm so honest around here), for underrated but my-they-could-be-so-famous artists like Northern Wonder who devote their talent to praise and worship, for new ideas, for LONG EMAILS (just yes. long emails are forever my jam.) for those random dark rainy afternoons, and for actually finding time to pray.

It's saddening and humbling to pause in this summer of mine to realise that my life is extra-ordinary. I hear of deaths - some sudden, some seen coming for years already - and I hear of difficult family situations and I hear of millions of starving people and of persecuted Christians. I don't want to not think about that; even though of course I also don't; it's tempting not to, but I don't think that's right, and I want to know and realise the extent of the goodness in my life. There is so much to pray about. Like my dear friend Thandile said in an instagram caption several weeks ago, "...I am constantly thinking of those who are in less desirable circumstances. Life is so unfair in that sense. And sometimes I feel so silly because well ok, it's all nice and whatever to post an insta captions about the plight of this world, but gosh how I sometimes wish I was out there, in the field, getting my hands dirty & doing SOMETHING about it."

Anyways, I've got to go now, but I wanted to quickly pop in with some random thoughts n stuff. Basic message of the day: I'm so blessed. And we can all benefit time by praying for people passing through hard times. Amen. Thank you for reading, and thank you God, for everything. 

I'll close off with one of my favourite songs right now. A song about friendship; real, raw, deep friendship. I am so grateful for all mine. Lately I've been feeling so terribly lucky for them and listening to this song just makes me like 'yep. yes. friends, let's stick together.' (And now I'm off to spend a week with some. Seeya.)

PS You might not believe this, but today I actually biked to the swimming pool and swam for 45 minutes. I moved today. (It was terrible. Minus coming out into sunshine with wet hair. That bit felt amazing.)