Tuesday, August 25, 2009



Right now I'm typing from the cabin my family rented for the week. It's been sooooo awesome so far. I've swam countless times, written a little on my story, read a ton, played track ball (extremely addicting) and have made time in the morning for an hour of devotions and just sitting and marveling at God's beauty. Every night so far my family and the Frasers (the family that came with us to the cabin) have been doing kind of mini sermons around the campfire and everyone gets one night to do one. Mines tomorrow and I'm doing mine off Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. It's probably my favorite verse. :D
I can't believe school is starting up so soon!!! Ugh, summer went by so fast. But I'm kind of anticipating school also. Especially the writing class I'm doing up at WEST (a homeschooler education place that teaches various classes). Well, I better wrap this post up.
Cya guys later,


Monday, August 17, 2009

Tagged by Hannah

Before I start the tag, I just want to say that yesterday was completely amazing. Before playing with the worship band I'd prayed that I'd perform all for God's glory and not my own and I had one of the best times of my life. I loved playing up front with the band and at the end, even though I made a couple mistakes, it didn't really matter cause I didn't care what everyone thought. It was how God viewed me while playing up on stage that mattered.

After Church, my youth group, along with my friend Hunter from Travel of a Teen, attended the Rock the River concert. It was incredible. The crowd gathered was absolutely HUGE and I had a great time. The only bad thing was that their was only one rather small cluster of concession stands to feed all the people. Unfortunately, over half of my time at the concert was spent standing in line to get supper. One time while I stood in line to get one little bowl of deep-fried oreoes, I had to patiently wait for THREE hours!!! That was a little crazy but overall the bands were great and it was a really fun time. :D

Alright, now for the tag:

Who is your favorite male character and what book is he in? (Pick only one!!!)
Wow... This is a REALLY tough one. I have to say Aidan from the Door Within Trilogy.

Who is your favorite female character and what book is she in? (Pick only one!!!)
Ugh... Another hard one. It's a tie between Arya from the Eragon Series and Gwenne from Door Within.

Who is your favorite author favorite book/series by him?
Nope. There's no possible way I can name only one favorite author. Here's a list of my faves and their novels. Wayne Thomas Batson: The Door Within. Christopher Paolini: The Inheritance Cycle. Bryan Davis: The Echoes from the Edge Trilogy. Brandon Mull: Fablehaven Series. Rick Riordan: The Olympians Series. C. S. Lewis: Chronicles of Narnia. And John Flanagan: Ranger's Apprentice Series.

If you are writing a book, answer this question: Who is your favorite character in the book/series you are writing?
Mine's probably the main character of Eggbearer (the title of the novel I'm working on) named Cadyn.

If you are not writing a book, answer this question: Who is your favorite character in a book you know someone else is writing?

Any other favorites you want to mention?
Yeah, four more male characters I really like are Eragon (Inheritance Cycle) Nathan Shepherd (Echoes from the Edge) Percy Jackson (Olympians Series) and Will Treaty (Ranger's Apprentice Series).

Least favorite characters in a book you've read?
Daryl (Echoes from the Edge) and Rachel Elizabeth Dare (Olympians Series)

I tag: Seth (Musings of a Levite), Caleb (Ballin with God), Saerwen (Baking with a Red-headed Halfling) and any others who really want to do this tag. :D



Saturday, August 15, 2009

Tomorrow: Guitar Day

Wow, Sunday's coming so fast! I'm really excited but I've also been praying. You see, after practicing guitar yesterday, I finished and I was unsatisfied with my performance. I acted all selfish and I-wish-I-could-do-better-ish if I could put like that. Then when I went downstairs in my mopey attitude my mom saw me and asked what was wrong.
I told her I bet I was going to do terrible tomorrow playing guitar with the worship band on Youth Day.
And she said, "When you go up and play for Church, Jake, it is not about you. It is about God. No matter how it goes, the only reason you should play is to glorify God."
That really hit me and I saw so much truth in it because the whole time I had been thinking all about me. Would I do good? Would I look cool strumming my guitar up front? Would I make a fool of myself? I ignored the true reason people even play music in worship bands and praise in Church. It's to honor God! To praise Him! Not me. Not to make myself to look good. It's to point people through my actions to God.
So lately, I've been praying that however things go tomorrow with the worship band, that I'll do it to honor and worship God and not for any other selfish reason.
I just thought I'd share that with you guys...


PS: My friend, Seth, just made a blog. Here's the URL: http://sjskogerboe.blogspot.com/
It's really awesome, so check it out!!! :D

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Rock the River and Worship Band

This Sunday at my Church is Youth Day, so my Church is trying to involve youth in a lot of things during the church service and afterwards we're all going to Rock the River:

It's a huge concert featuring (I'm pretty sure) these seven bands: Superchick, DecembeRadio, Flame, Flyleaf, kg52, Kirk Franklin, and Lecrae. I'm so excited. During the Youth Day service I, along with my bro, Alex, from Journeys of a Jesusfreak, Hannah from Aspire, and my friend Seth received the opportunity to be apart of the worship band. Alex and I both got two songs to perform on guitar with the band. He gets to play Dare You To Move and My Glorious, and I get to perform Your Grace is Enough and Wholly Yours. :D We arrived last night for band practice, which was awesome and exhilarating because I had never played with an actual band before. I really enjoyed it. It was awesome! *grins*

Also, if any of you guys haven't checked out the Big Red Button yet, scroll to the bottom of this page now, and click on it. It's hilarious! :D



Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Tagged by Marian

I was tagged by Marian for two tags. :D Here I go:

First Tag:

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go? Hmmm, tough one. I have to say New Zealand...

If you could go to any fictional place where would you go? The Realm in The Door Within Trilogy or Rivendell

Do you love to write or do you just like writing? or do you write at all? Writing-is-AWESOME!!! I love it. I'm currently writing my own story, so yeah. Writing rocks. :D

What do you want to be when your a grown up? My biggest goal would to be a published Fantasy novelist.

Favorite animal? Horses!!!

Favorite song? As of now, my two favorite songs are "Ocean Wide," by The Afters and "Beautiful Ending," by Barlow Girl.

Do you like school? Sometimes... depends on the subject

Are you a people person because I'm getting the idea that you are? I don't know!

Do you like to talk? Yeah, I guess so.

Favorite food? Chinese and Pizza

Hobbies? Check out my profile.

Favorite Author? Author as in ONE author? No way, that is impossible to decide. I think I can narrow it down to four though. Wayne Thomas Batson, Christopher Paolini, Rick Riordan, and Bryan Davis.

Favorite weapon? Broadsword.

Is this a fun tag or are you getting bored? I'm having fun. :D

Do you like Hannah Montana and all those girly people and movies like High School Musical? Well, I have to admit: I used to really like High School Musical. But don't worry, I don't anymore. :D

What are you scared of? Confined spaces

Favorite flower? Uh, I must confess I don't really know many flower names. But I'll just say... Roses I guess.

Do you always use the same password or do you use different ones? Confidential information. *grins*

Do you like blogs? Yes

What is the expression on your face? Ummm, normal?

Color of your eyes? Blue

Second tag: The question is: Who is your favorite Character in history, Why, and can you give a little history about that Character?

Wow... This is a difficult question... Y'know what, I'm going to pick Martin Luther. Although I don't have much time to give a summary on him, I can say that he trusted deeply in the Lord and fearlessly and eloquently preached the Word. Not to mention that he's probably one of the best Christian role-models of all time.

And with that, I conclude my two tags.
I tag:
Alex and Ryan

So yeah! Oh, and anyone else who wants to do them, feel free. :D



Sunday, August 9, 2009

Horse Camp

Alright, so my horse camp at an amazing ranch called Roselawn Stables ended Friday, but I haven't been able to post on it yet because yesterday my families computer was shut down because of a huge storm and today, I've been gone at Church, working on props for a section of my church, and going to my youthgroup, 180, so yeah. :D
Anyways, now I have the time to summarize it:
AWESOME. I could wrap it up with that one word but that would make this post pretty ridiculous so here's the rundown. I arrived early Monday morning extremely nervous (cause I hadn't been at camp for a year and because this year I was also taking a step up into the intermediate camp for more experianced riders). I was astonished because there were about a billion girls and only... 3 boys. Yes, you heard me right. T-H-R-E-E-!!!!! It was crazy. I already knew one of them (Hunter from Travels of a Teen) and the other was named Toemose. He was really cool and we became friends fast.
Entering the stables, I was estatic as I saw all the horses I'd become so well acquainted with over my years of going. The one in particular that caught my eye though, was the tall, large, American Quarter Horse called Champ. I'd ridden him my last two years and he was by far my favorite horse. This year though, we were told we would not be riding one, single horse. We'd be riding a wide variety of different ones, which was a prospect that greatly excited me. Luckily, we would still be choosing a horse to groom every morning so I immediately chose Champ. :D
Now, to get to the riding. Honestly, this had to be one of the most beneficial years for me in developing the skill. I received the oppertunity to ride bareback, Western saddled, and English saddled on all sorts of horses. On bareback, I practiced trotting, lopping, and tandem (two people on one horse). Hunter and I teemed up for this part and it was so much fun. We took turns riding in the front and back, and when in the back, we occasionally were instructed to close our eyes while the person in the front turned the horse in all sorts of disorientating angles, making the person behind develop a good sense of balance while bareback. English saddle was pretty fun too, but not as fun as I thought it would be, so I won't dwell on it. Western Saddle: Amazing. I love it. I got to practice barrels, keyhole, four-in-a-row, and poles in a lope and tons of other awesome things.
Friday, the final day of camp, came all to soon for me, but I had anticipated it since it was the day of the show: when all the parents came and watched while all of us displayed techniques and skills we'd learned throughout the week. I loved it. The best thing was that I got to ride Champ!!! There were alot of people requesting him to ride for the show and I was SO lucky I got him. :D The show was awesome. I rode and didn't make any serious mistakes besides knocking down a pole while demonstrating four-in-a-row. So yeah, I really enjoyed it.
Man, I wish I had pictures! I was supposed to get some e-mailed to me so I could post them on my blog but I guess Roselawn's administrator must have forgotten. I'll post the pics if I get them though.

Just a quick update. I finished "The Echoes from the Edge," series by Bryan Davis a little while ago... And it was so good. Very well written. If any of you are searching for a novel series to read, check them out!!! :D

By the way, thank you Elrania for the award! And also, thanks Marian for the tag! I'll do it as soon as I can. :D



Saturday, August 1, 2009

Hanover Harvest Festival

I am exhausted! Since this morning, I've been working at a festival in Hanover (a city close to mine) with my church to raise money to pay off the expenses of the FLY convention. Although it was tiring, I enjoyed it.
I was placed in charge of the "Golfing Range." An area where kids paid a dollar to putt and chip golf balls to win candy bars, sodas, ect. At first it was extremely tedious because we had absolutely no customers for about an hour. And then suddenly, people just started showing up. Soon, there was a crowd of kids just huddled around, sipping the pops and eating the candy they'd won while watching the numerous participants lined up test their luck at the golfing as well. Our church's goal was to earn 1,000 dollars at the fair. In the end, it was estimated we had gained 2,000 dollars, so everyone was pretty pleased by the outcome. :D

Also, my horse camp begins on Monday! Since I've been attending it for four years, I've qualified to go to the "Intermediate Camp" for more experianced equestrians. I'm so excited. The camp runs from Monday to Friday and is incredible. The horses are awesome, and the people there are really cool, so yeah, I can't wait!!!

Quick shout out to Josh and Bekah: WELCOME BACK!!! :D The missions trip sounded so AWESOME!!!