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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Okay, the purpose of this post is to say 'Happy Birthday' to my sis, Abby! She is turning nine years old.

Today, at seven o'clock in the morning, Mom, Josh, Me, Abby, and Peter went to Perkins, in our PJs; well, all except Mom. Then we went to this church that we do our co-op in, and cleaned up. I got all wet when washing tables, because every kid washing tables took it into their heads to spray me... *sigh* :D Me and my friend did various odd jobs around the church, then had a picnic lunch with the rest of the families, and then played kick ball. It was pretty cool.

Oh, I would also like to summarize yesterday. Yesterday, I did slight amounts of school before jumping in our car with the rest of my family and driving to our friends' house. They drove us, along with Hannah and her sister Chloe, to this survival/ archery class.

We got there, and, after some confusion, made our way to the main checking-in place. We sat down after checking in and talked until it was time to start. My group (which consisted of all the kids from co-op...well all the kids that were there ;D) sat inside and learned some basic survival skills, and what you need to survive in what kind of situations. The other group went outside to do archery. Then my group went outside, with tarp, matches, striker, and newspaper, and split into four smaller groups. Each group had to build a shelter in ten minutes. My group's shelter was a complete failure. It was lousy. Some people actually did really good though. Then each group had to build their own fire. The leaders just gave us some instructions, and sent us off to collect 200+ small twigs, ball up newspaper, and actually start the fire. I was surprised that they actually let all the kids free with the matches, and no supervision. With the matches and all. There were no accidents or anything, but there could have been. My group started the fire, kept it going, and boiled water. The leaders didn't even expect us to start the fire. It was awesome. I actually did burn myself though, because I picked up the metal pot that we boiled water in before it had cooled.

Then everyone went back and ate lunch. I named my little cheddar bunny Nemo, and then everyone started naming their food, and it got pretty insane. Hannah kept saying, "What have you done?" to me, watching her younger sister and mine play with their food. Heehee.

After lunch, we went to archery and let me just say this: IT WAS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! The string from the bow kept hitting my arm, and the guy gave me a wristguard. That happened at camp, even to the extent that I had to go to the nurse, 'cause my arm was all bruised and bleeding. The thing was that my camp's wristguards were pretty lame, and the string kept getting caught in the leather wristguards, and the arrow would go shooting off into the woods, way off target, and I'd have to go look for twenty minutes...But this guy's wristguards were AWESOME; it totally protected my arm.

Okay, well I'm gonna go write some more.

Later,

Bekah

Monday, April 27, 2009

Tags

Okay...here we go.

Name: Bekah
Sisters: 1
Brothers: 2
What are you wearing: jeans that are filthy, socks, this sweatshirt, and t-shirt
Favorite number: Ah...Um...7, 8, 3, or 9.
Favorite Drink: Sprite, water, milk, Mountain Dew, and sometimes coffee and a certain kind of peppermint tea that's from China.
Favorite Month: June.
Favorite Breakfast: This kind of health-fiber cereal-IT IS SO GOOD! Oh, I love waffles too.
Love someone so much it made you cry: My family and friends.
Broken a bone: Yes.
Been in a police car: Yes, a long time ago, they were giving rides.
Been on a boat: Yes.
Been in a hot tub: Yep.
Come close to dying: No.
Swam in the ocean: Yes.
Fallen asleep in school: No.
Cried when someone died: I don't know if I have seen anyone close to me die...but I would.
Fallen out of your chair: Yes.
**************What is**************
Your room like: Right now, it is fairly clean. Thank goodness. Tomorrow...I'm not so sure. I tend to throw my clothes and books all over the place.
Right beside you: Lotion, pen, eraser, ruler, lamp, tape, a TON more pens, a notebook, cords, CDs, and a calculator. Oh, Mentholatum and these post cards.
the last thing you ate: This granola bar
--------------------- Ever had --------------------
Chicken Pox: No.
Sore Throat: Yes.
Stitches: yes, up my left hand's middle finger. I cut it when I was a baby on this flower knick knack thing. I got like three or four stitches (it looks like a lot more).
-------------------- Do You -----------------------
Like picnics: Usually.
Like School: Depends on my mood.
------------------------ Questions ---------------------
Who was the last person that you danced with: My dad at this banquet thingiemabob.
Who makes you smile: Okay, to name a few, my family, Hannah, Jordyn, and many more random people.
------------------------ Who ---------------------
Did you last yell at: I really have no clue.
tagged you: To my knowledge, only Hannah
---------------------- Final Questions -------------------
What are you listening to now: music
Do you hate someone in your family: No way. At random times, I get upset at them, but hate? That is a very strong word. I hate no-one. There are some girls I dislike, but nobody I hate, and of course not my family!
What car would you like to have: I don't know
Are you a good singer: Not particularly. I guess I could say I'm okay. But it's not like I'm gonna be a professional singer or anything.
Do you like the outdoors or indoors better: Depends on the weather outside and the people inside. But usually inside, or outside in a warm sunny spot with a book.
-------------------------- Today did you ----------------------------
Talk to someone who you are friends with: Yes, actually with my best friend. ;D
Get sick: No.
Sing: Yes, on the way home from this outdoor survival thing I was doing. Hannah and I and Chloe and my little sister Abby were singing really loud.
Miss someone: Yes.
---------------------Last person who ----------------------
You talked on the phone with: Hannah. I actually talked on the phone with her earlier today.
Made you cry: Um...geez...I can't remember.
You went to the mall with: My fam.
---------------- Have you ----------------------------
Been to Europe: I've been to China. Right now I am blanking out on whether that's Europe or Asia ;D
Been to Asia: China? Otherwise, no.
Been to Mexico: No.
----------------------Random Questions ------------------
Future kids names: I don't know. I like tons of names.
Favorite Location: Somewhere warm and cozy and near my best friends.
What is under your bed: Random things.
Do you have a job: Well, not an official job. But serving God with my whole heart is my occupation right now, and learning school ;)
Do you sleep with a stuffed animal: Yes. Her name is Violet, and she is a bunny, and I got her when I was five or somewhere around there. I am attached to her, although she is pretty worn out. Her whiskers were pulled out by a younger me. Her ribbons are tatters from me chewing on them (*moan* I know that's gross). Her brilliant violet jump suit that she was named after has faded to a grey. Her fur is clumpy and worn. Yeah, pretty worn is an understatement. :D

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Okay, next one.

~*~*~*~*~
~Sixteen Things You'd Never Guess~

1. I used to chew on my hair, but in the last two years or so, I have realized that that is totally disgusting, so I have taken to twirling it around on my finger.
2. I used to be really intoxicated with Webkinz.
3. When I was five or somewhere around there, I used to want to get kidnapped, and then I could escape and make a dramatic entrance upon my weeping family. I know, really stupid. Kidnapping isn't even something to joke about...
4. I like shredding my socks.
5. I used to like playing school, and then I thought: "Why do school in your free time?" so I abandoned that game.
6. My sister and I have a closet-full of American Girl Doll stuff between us...and twelve dolls.
7. I love writing in my diary while listening to the radio.
8. I like being weird. Though anybody that knows me probably could guess that...
9. Thank goodness for calculators. Without calculators, I would be nowhere.
10. I like Press Play, Toby Mac, Lanae Hale, Group 1 Crew, Red, Run Kid Run, Vota, Franscesca Battestelli, Addison Road, Superchick, Bebo Norman, Brandon Heath, Mandisa, Firefly, and Plumb, just to name a few bands.
11. The Overland Chronicles are AWESOME! (Gregor the Overlander books)
12. I can't wait until I can drive.
13. I hate flossing my teeth, especially with braces.
14. My neighbor has a trampoline, and I love jumping on it. :D
15. I have memorized the books Philippians and James, and am in the middle of Second Thessolonians.
16. My nails are dirty.
Gotta go,
Bekah

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Tag

Hi everyone, I have been tagged by Hannah, and I don't know who else, and today I finally found the time to do it!
Okay. My memories...

The first thing I can remember is China. I'm not sure how old I was.

My Dad had a business opportunity in China for about three-four months, and we all went with him (Mom, my older brother [7 or around there...], me [Maybe...5?] my younger sis [I'm betting...3 or 2 years old], and my younger brother [newborn...RIGHT before we came to China]).

I remember scorching heat, all day, every day.

I remember sitting on top of the high wall that surrounded our large home every day with my older brother, waiting for my Dad to get home from work. Waiting...waiting...Watching the people go by below us, watching the banana grove right across the street. Waiting...waiting...And when Dad did get home, we would climb down (scooting onto the mango tree that brushed the wall and sliding down) and give him a big hug.

I remember eating pills that tasted like chocolate. I loved them.

I remember climbing our mango tree. I loved doing that, although I hated mangos.

I remember playing in this little blue car. We (my older brother and I) would take turns pushing each other down the "Rocky Road", which was this uneven cobbled path that wound around the house. We eventually broke the car. My parents left money to pay.

I remember playing with our Chinese nanny. Unfortunately, I cannot remember her name. She was kind and loving and gentle, and dearly enjoyed jabbering at us in Chinese. I think her name was Mrs. Chang or something... *scratch head* maybe I'm way off...idk...

I remember climbing these huge rocks in our front yard.

I remember walking up the red-cloth-covered spiral staircase, and stepping over lizards that were laying on them. I squished one accidently, one day. I cried.

I remember one night asking my Mom if we (the kids...I was a spokesman :D) could watch Stuart Little. She said no. I asked Dad (I was desperate... *sigh*), and he, unknowing of Mom's decision, said yes. We got in trouble.

I remember looking out my window, and seeing lizards climbing all over it. I didn't like them.

I remember eating doughnuts on sticks.

I remember going on bike rides.

One night, I went out with my Dad on his electrical scooter in the streets of China. We got arrested. I can't remember why. All I remember is tons of Chinese people staring at us through trees...like monkeys...I had nightmares later. Of all those faces...staring...

We went back to Chicago.

My best friend was named Sierra. She was so kind, and loving, and fun. She was born on the same day as I was, the same year, and everyone called us twins. We were inseperable.

Across the street, was a dear family friend named Judy West. I was somewhat her favorite of the kids, I think. She invited me, and just me, over every Christmas to help decorate her tree. Later, the whole family would come over and celebrate Christmas with her. Or maybe that is just a faulty memory...

We would play in Judy's garden, chasing butterflies. A beautiful time. Judy's husband, Ben, I think was his name, would give us gifts and play games with us. I miss them. They were wonderful people, a little like the grandparents that we never knew. Both sets of grandparents lived in Minnesota, so I never remember them until we moved.

I remember once a sleepover I had with Sierra. I forgot my toothbrush. Her Dad made a game of it, and taught us both how to brush our teeth with our fingers. I miss Sierra, even though my memories of her are fuzzy and indistinct. I wonder who and where she is right now...

I remember block parties, with tons of friends and fun. Police cars would come and we would take turns sitting in the car with the police officer, driving around, siren wailing, lights flashing.

I had a neighbor who could look one way with one eye, and the other way with the other eye. Her name was Emily, I think.

For a long while, I cannot remember anything. However, I know that we moved to Minnesota, and lived in a farm house on my grandparents' land. There were tons of bugs. I screamed a lot. I hate bugs.

I remember a lot of freedom in those days. I could run around, watch the cows and horses eat their straw, play with my siblings, dig in the dirt...be a happy little girl, carefree and innocent. Growing up makes that kind of freedom impossible. Now, I worry about things that I certainly should not worry about-my appearence, my friends, my possessions...stupid things. In those days at the farm house, none of that mattered to me. I was free.

Then we found a house, and we moved into the house we live in today.

A car pulled up, a woman got out. She was the mother of my best friend for the next four-five years.

I scootered down to a neighbors house and asked if he had any kids. He said yes. His daughter was/ is my friend.

That pretty much sums it up.

Bekah

Thursday, April 16, 2009

THANK YOU HANNAH!

Hey everyone,
Let's all give a round of applause to Hannah Martin, for making my wonderful header!
*loud applause*
Isn't it beautiful?
THANKS HANNAH!
:D
Love to y'all,
Bekah

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

100 Random Things About Me

Okay, here we go!

1. I frequently get athlete's foot (gross thing to start off the list :D)

2. I bite my nails a lot... *examine nails and turn away, wincing*

3. I got my first babysitting job lined up today! *excited scream*

4. I am currently reading Dragonspell, by Donita K. Paul, and am totally in love with it.

5. I just came home from visiting this co-op called STAR (stands for something, 'cept I can't member what...). My family has been deciding whether to quit the co-op I'm in now (FICHE) and go with STAR or go another year with FICHE. Even though all the kids wanted to continue with FICHE, my parents wanted to check out STAR. My parents are still deciding. I really hope they decide to continue with FICHE.

6. I have frequently got in trouble for doodling on my skin. Whenever I'm bored (which is kind of a lot) I pick up an ink pen and start mindlessly scribbling faces or hearts or my name on my palm, the heel of my foot, or the knuckles of my hands.

7. I usually have a ponytail around my wrist.

8. I am excited to go to youth group tonight! (:D)

9. I love watching movies-especially LOTR, the new Star Wars, Ratatoille, etc.

10. I love to write.

11. I love learning new languages! I am learning Chinese and French, and want to learn Arabic, Italian, and German. (Arabic is such an awesome language! It sounds so cool!)

12. I am reminded about how much I am looking forward to my twelfth birthday (June 27th).

13. I just read this sad story for my writing class, in which the main character's younger brother dies :( I am so mad!

14. I have rubber bands in my mouth right now-they're attached to hooks on my braces. I dislike them.

15. I hate sour cream...

16. ...and love cottage cheese...

17. ...and love any kind of chocolate...

18. I just got invited to two birthday parties, and to both I can come. :D

19. I love playing memory games of any sort-they are so fun!

20. Wow, I have a lot to go. Well, anyway...oh, I love to play the violin!

21. I like the shows American Idol & Extreme Home Makeover.

22. I am on page 453 of Les Misérable-I started it Saturday afternoon.

23. I got my hair trimmed today.

24. Right now, I am craving chocolate...

25. While I'm trying to think of random things about me, I'm biting my nails.

26. I have gone through four diaries, and am 'bout half-way through my fifth one.

27. I went on errands today, with my mum, younger bro and younger sis. (Target, the bank, the library, and my grandma's office)

28. My favorite authors are Tolkien, Lewis, Paolini, Hugo, Rowling, Collins, and Funke.

29. I used to detest hot dogs, but now I don't hate them so much. I'd rather eat a hamburger, but hot dogs are okay.

30. Right now I want somebody to either email me or chat with me! (a.k.a. I'm bored)

31. I love to play golf and tennis.

32. I am not wearing socks right now

33. I just realized this was how old Jesus was when he died.

34. Air 1 is my favorite station, although I like KTIS too, and The Refuge, and, I guess, Spirit.

35. My toenails are painted purple, and my fingernails light blue. I love nail polish!

36. I am doing Algebra 1 right now...and disliking it...Everyone says things like, "Oh, I love algebra!" and I'm like, "Uhh I don't." I mean, its math. Math isn't exactly fun. Well, not for me, anyway.

37. I am enrolled in my fourth online writing class.

38. My favorite subject in school is music. I don't mind history, either. Or writing, but my schoolwork writing is this online class's writing assignments, so its not the greatest or the funnest, but its okay.

39. I am loving the warm weather!

40. I have the awesomest family in the world.

41. My dream last night was that my dad and my younger brother died in an earthquake. My neighbor's dad and younger brother died (what's with the dads and younger brothers dying?) in the earthquake and she was seriously hurt, and her mom was hurt too. I was crying during the whole dream. Oh, and I had all these dragon eggs (I'm reading Dragonspell, and the main character, Kale, has all these dragon eggs :D) and they would hatch and out would come swans, or geese, or snakes, or green worms, or fish. I would line them up and cry. I was scared when I woke up, and was so happy when I remembered it was a dream! :D

42. I have this ugly scar winding up my left hand's middle finger, marring the skin of my palm and finger. As a young child, I cut my finger on this sharp vase, and had to go to the hospital. My tendon for the last...segment...or whatever it's called, on my finger was cut, and I was thinking recently about having surgery to get it connected, but I decided against it. If you can avoid surgery, why have it?

43. This is how young my mom is! She just turned 43 yesterday!

44. My feet are really dirty from playing outside with my neighbors.

45. My basement is really messy right now...Well, not my basement...my family's basement :D

46. I am listening to Addison Road right now. *cheering* I love this band! They are awesome! The lead singer, Jenny Simmons, is pregnent...no, I think she just gave birth. Yeah, she has a little...person...now. I don't know the gender :D

47. Three CDs I would like to own: Bebo Norman's, Press Play's, and Flyleaf's. I don't know the names of the CDs, but those are the bands.

48. I am really really odd.

49. I just got two emails! Thanks, Emily! :D

50. My aunt just moved to England. I am so sad, she was my favorite aunt. :( She even published a book! She is awesome!

51. I just made up three words:

Flissitic – wonderful
Brolter – cold
Serbeld – dying and/or fatally sick

I know, they're weird, but I made them up for this email quiz thing.

52. I love coffee...even black. It is just...delicious.

53. Tomorrow we have a field trip with my church, and I get to go over to a friend's house afterwards!

54. I was going to go on a run today, with the warm weather and all, but I never got around to it *irritated sigh*

55. My favorite laughs: heehee, muwahahaha, and hehe. Or a single: ha.

56. My least favorite characteristic in any person is shallowness...

57. ...and what makes me sad is that, as I'm homeschooled, the place where I see/interact with the most shallow girls on the planet is at my church...where everyone is supposed to be all about God. :(

58. I think texting is kind of fun. Once, I borrowed a friend's phone and was texting one of my other friends who was on the other side of the parking lot. I am saving up for a phone of my own. (heehee, I made up a rhyme.)

59. I love the restuarant Culver's. It is such an awesome place!

60. I like moccas and hot chocolate...

61. ...I don't drink either of those a lot though. Mainly because my parents are what you might call, in a crude light, "health freaks", and none of those drinks are good for you. I am actually kind of grateful though, because I would rather have "health freaks" for parents then junk-food-addicts.

62. My favorite books are the Inheritance Cyle, the Harry Potter books, Les Misérables, the Lord of the Rings, Narnia, the Christy Miller series, Inkheart & Inkspell, Gregor the Overlander books...that's all I can think of right now.

63. I just finished making meatballs for supper.

64. I have a heart eraser that says: From Anna. On it. My little brother got it from this one girl on valentine's day. :D. He gave it to me...or...I took it?

65. I am eleven, twelve in June.

66. I do not have my ears pierced...

67. ...though I really want to.

68. I have a black boom box.

69. I love calculators.

70. My favorite font is The King & Queen font. It's pretty sweet. I also like Sylfaen.

71. What irritates me in books is when the author uses multiple punctuation marks (such as: !! or ?! *tear out hair* ARGH it makes me want to scream.)

72. My hands are CHAPPED...

73. ...my mum is constantly reminding me to put lotion on, but I never get around to it.

74. Tomorrow I have my writing class.

75. I like this number. I don't know why.

76. My church is cool.

77. Right now, I am reading a Christy Miller book, Princess Academy, Pride and Prejudice, and Les Misérables.

78. I have this song stuck in my head from this singing card that my friend got. Here are the words: I just want to celebrate another day of living. I just want to celebrate another day of...life. I put my faith in the people, but the people let me down. So I journey the other way and I carry on...anyhow. That's why I say I just want to celebrate...yeah...another day of...life... I know. Odd. And annoying!

79. I am cold right now.

80. I am wearing jeans and a Sundance shirt. No socks, and my hair is in a ponytail...

81. ...I tend to shed my socks a lot :D...

82. ...even in cold weather.

83. I can't wait for school to be over. I mean, who wouldn't?

84. We went to Cold Stone's today for a belated outing to celebrate my mom's birthday.

85. My dad works in Edina...

86. ...or somewhere around there...

87. ...I think. :D

88. This is how young my great grandma is!

89. I'm going to camp this year. With my friend...

90. ...I'm so excited...

91. ...I get to go horseback riding!

92. I love pens.

93. I used to be obsessed with American Girls...

94. ...and now I'm not...

95. ...and I have a closetful of stuff left over from my passion...

96. ...luckily, my younger sister still likes them, so its not all a waste.

97. My family and I are planting a huge garden at my grandma's house!

98. We have three apple trees in the back of our acre of land...

99. ...dumb deer are eating them though :I

100. Okay, gonna end this thing with an interesting random fact. Hm... *scratch chin* ...Okay, I have met an author named Jonathan Freisan. He has written a book called Jerk California, about a guy who has this problem where he can't control his body. Like he twitches at random times, and he has not control over it. Jonathan taught me writing for about a year and a half...he was awesome. He also gave me my Peabody tests.

Phew! I finally finished it.

Thanks for taking the time to read it,

Bekah

Monday, April 13, 2009

French

Hey everyone!

So how was every body's Monday? Mine was pretty cool. I had violin today, and my teacher is leaving for ten weeks to go on this missionary thing. *Hysterical crying* no I'm not that upset, though I'm gonna miss her :(

Today my lil' sis's best friend invited her to a day at the Mall of America-I was jealous! She (my sis) got to skive off school and go hang with her bff at the funnest place in the universe! *sigh* :D jk I was excited for her.

Oh, guess what? I'm learning French. French is such a beautiful language. Okay, I don't have a teacher or anything, I'm just teaching myself off this free website. Some words in French sound just like their meaning! English has some words like that, like phlegm or thwack. They just sound like what they mean. Okay, some words in French that sound exactly like their meaning: les parents (parents, and it is pronounced: lee baho), un enfant (you guessed it: infant, and it is pronounced: un nofo), comprendre (you're right! To understand. Pronounced: cohpawndon), un mouvement, (exactly. A movement. Pronounced: un movemoe), un point (right again. Easy, isn't it? It means a point. Pronounced: un proyn) and, finally, un combat (a fight. Pronounced: un combaht). One word I just like is: mourir (to die. Pronounced: mow-rear).

Les Misérables [French for The Miserables and is pronouced: Lay mizarob] is just a spectacular book. Victor Hugo has such a way with words! *faint* :D It's one thousand, four hundred and some pages-an extremely vast book. I'm on page *screw up face* about...three hundred eighty five or something around there.

For those who don't know what Les Misérables is about, here's a synopsis. There's this ex-convict named Jean Valjean. He is released after nineteen years spent in prison, just for stealing a loaf of bread for his starving family. Valjean, worn from his long journey, fresh out of jail, knocks on a kind bishop named Myriel's door. Myriel lets him in, and gives him bed and board. In the middle of the night, Valjean gets up and steals Myriel's silver candlesticks and his solid-silver silverware. He is caught by some policemen, and brought before Myriel. Myriel says, "Why, I gave these to him! Release him! He stole nothing from me." When the policemen leave, Myriel says to Valjean, "With this silver, I have bought your soul from the Devil, and have given it back to God." Valjean then leaves the bishop of Digne, and walks along the highway to Montriel-sur-mer (or something like that :D). On the way, he meets a boy and steals a forty-piece franc from him. Valjean is horrified by what he has done, right after he was given such grace, too, and tries to find the boy from whom he stole. He fails. Valjean then goes to a town and becomes mayor, and incredibly rich. In short, Valjean turned his life around. However, his highway robbery was enough to land him in jail for the rest of his life, and so Valjean changed his name to Madeleine. Under this identity he hid for almost eight years.

Now there is this inspector named Javert, who is out to get Valjean. Javert is a troubled man, one of Valjean's jailors in the nineteen years he previously spent in a hard-labor prison. He lives by the rules, and the rules alone. Grace and mercy is nonexistent in his life. Javert has searched for Valjean for eight years, just because Valjean stole a coin. Which is wrong, but Javert is a pathetic figure, enhanced by his desperate want to send Valjean to jail.

Okay, anyway, Valjean stumbles upon Javert sending a woman named Fantine to jail. Fantine had had snow shoved down her dress by a citizen, and had struck out against the man, named Monseiur Bollabouis, or something like that. Javert had witnessed her attack and sentenced her to six months in a jail.

Now Fantine has a daughter named Cosette. Fantine had no husband, and she was shunned in her society because of it. Fantine had needed someone to care for Cosette, and had entrusted her in the care of a couple with the surname of Thénadier. Or maybe it's Thenadiér. Yeah, the accented é is the second 'e'. Sorry. Well anyway, Thenadiér is very greedy. He demands a high pay, like twelve francs per month. Fantine has no source of money, so she turns to prostitution. So, Valjean stumbles upon Fantine getting carted off to jail. Fantine cut off her hair and pulled out her front teeth for money. Valjean felt great pity for her, and demanded her release. He had power, so Javert had to give in, even when Fantine spit in Valjean's face. Valjean cares for Fantine, who is really really sick, and sends money to Thenadiér to care for Cosette, paying Fantine's debt. Thenadiér realizes that Fantine got money, and so pretends like Cosette is really sick, so that he could get more money. Thenadiér has no goal in life except to get rich.

Valjean hears about this man named Champtheiu who is mistaken for Valjean, the convict. Champtheiu is condemned to life-long work in the same labor camp that the real Valjean worked in for nineteen years. Madeleine (the REAL Jean Valjean), after an intense internal struggle that must have taken Hugo (the author) twenty pages to describe, at the least, goes to the court and sheds his skin of Monseiur Madeleine, and becomes Jean Valjean. He is arrested.

Fantine is desperately sick, and she believes that Madeleine had gone to get her daughter. That fact was the only thing that kept her alive. Madeleine rushes back after he revealed his identity and Champtheiu had been released, and she dies of shock when she realizes that Monsieur Madeliene did not have her daughter. Javert comes, and arrestes Valjean. He escapes from jail by breaking through the window or something like that. Valjean goes to Thenadiér and takes Cosette.

He brings her into Paris, or some big city, and rears her, once again hiding under a fake name, cowering from the police, but being kind and merciful to everyone he meets. You must understand that Valjean is a very godly man now.

Cosette grows up, and falls in love with a revolutioner, Muirius. Valjean has not told her anything about her mother or himself being a convict, or why he hid from the police. In turn, Cosette tells him nothing about Muirius.

But, beware of Javert! He puts all his time and energy into once again finding Valjean and landing him in jail for life. Meanwhile, Javert has spies, and sends them to watch Muirius, for he is a dangerous upriser, who is trying to stir France into rebelling against the King. The spy tells him about Cosette, and how Muirius meets her every night outside in the park, regardless of the weather. Javert decides to tell Cosette's father about her being "seduced by a dangerous revolutioner named Muirius." He has no idea that Cosette's father is Jean Valjean.

Javert goes to Valjean's house and leaves him a note, for Valjean saw him coming and hid, frantically telling Cosette to tell Javert that he is gone. Cosette, suspicious but dutiful, obeys. Javert leaves, none the wiser. Then Cosette goes to her father and demands to know why he cringes from Javert like a rabbit before a lion.

Valjean is forced into telling Cosette everything-about Fantine, prison, robbery-everything. Then he reads the note about Muirius.

Murius, meanwhile, is planning a revolution, an uprising, a mob attack on the King's men. Valjean prepares to flee, both from the violence and Javert, with his daughter.

On the night of the uprising, Murius goes to meet Cosette for the last time. Javert, waiting in hiding, captures them both. Of course, Muirius manages to wriggle away and grabs Javert's gun, bringing him back to the rebels' camp for destruction, for Javert, informed by his spy, warned the King's men of the uprising, and the King was prepared.

Cosette runs to Valjean and tells him of Javert's capture. Valjean goes to the rebel camp and offers to kill Javert. Valjean takes him into the alley, has a conversation with him, and then shoots up in the air, releasing Javert, even though Javert told him that he would not stop hunting the convict until he died or Valjean was in jail.

Then, Valjean takes Muirius and tells him to go to Cosette. When they both reach their home, Javert re-captures Valjean (or something, I can't really remember, I haven't read the book before, just watched the movies of it. Javert DOES capture Valjean though. But how he went about doing that flees from my mind right now.) Valjean goes with Javert to serve his life sentence in jail, leaving Muirius and Cosette together. Before Javert turns him in, however, he talks to Valjean by the side of a river. Javert cannot live with mercy. He cannot live with grace.

Javert takes off Valjean's handcuffs, and re-cuffs himself. With a face as grave as a gargoyle's (:D that's a stupid comparison), Javert stands on the edge of the river, and falls in, drowning himself.

Valjean walks away, back to Cosette and Muirius-a free man.

It is one of the greatest stories of all time. In fact, excluding the Bible, it is the best book I have ever read in my life. It is a wonderful story of mercy and redemption, of godliness against evil. It challenges the reader to lead a better life. I highly recommend reading it.

:D that "synopsis" was really lengthy-I apologize. I have left out many main points of Hugo's Les Misérables, and reading my synopsis won't make up for missing the book. Again, if you can, read the book-it is highly worth it. I, right now, am at the part when Valjean's about to rescue Cosette from the Thenadiér's.

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We live on a golf course, and I love playing golf! Since I have glasses, its a lot easier to play the game. My whole family, up to my great grandad or even furthur, has played golf. It runs in my blood :D
I might go out to play tonight, but it's almost seven o'clock, so its a little late for a few holes...but who knows?
Love to y'all,
Bekah

Sunday, April 12, 2009

My Easter Sunday

Hey everyone!
How is y'all's Easter's going?
I just wanted to tell you about my spectacular one ;)
This morning, I woke up, dressed into these nice clothes, ate a colored hard-boiled egg, then went to church with my family, reading Les Misérables (VERY VERY GOOD BOOK! Lengthy, and Victor Hugo could have gotten his point across in fewer words, but VERY VERY GOOD!) on the way ;). My church's Easter and Good Friday services are just BREATH-TAKING! They made me want to *BAWL* but of course I didn't ;D. Our worship leaders (Stefan Van Voorst and Joel Hanson [both have CDs if you want to check them out-they are AWESOME singers]) do their jobs magnificently, and our pastors are just wonderful. Well anyway...then we came home, found our small baskets at home. And guess what I got in my basket? I got this real quill set where I can WRITE with a feather and ink in a bottle! It is SO awesome, and hard. Really hard. But it was FUN! :D Okay then we went to my grandma's house and watched various family members open birthday presents, and then went to this really expensive brunch place. The food was delicious, but heavy, so I didn't eat that much. Then we went to my Uncle and Aunt's house, and they have this three year old boy named Sam and he is just the cutest cousin you could ever want! I have my nails painted blue right now, and his mouth dropped when he saw my nails and he's like, horrified, "Bekah, did you dye your fingernails blue?" :D I was laughing so hard. He is just ADORABLE. And y'know its Easter and everything? So there's all this candy. So Sam just takes a pile of Hershey Kisses and unwraps one, bites off the tip, then shoves the rest in his mouth. That is how he eats every single kiss! In the *exact* same way! I told his mom, my Aunt, and she was laughing so hard. HE IS ADORABLE!
Last night I watched the Passion, and Easter and what Jesus did for us was never so real to me until after I watched that movie. I was basically bawling through the whole movie! One interesting fact was that the Devil was played by a woman-Rosalinda something-or-other. As soon as your parents decide that you are old enough to watch the Passion of the Christ (it *is* rated R), watch it. Easter will never be as real to you as it will be after you watch that movie. Okay, maybe that's an assumption, that's how it was for me, I have no idea about you.
Oh, the movie Ratatouille is so FUNNY! I'm gonna watch it for my birthday party :D
I am so full of candy... *moan* :D
Love to y'all,
Bekah
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