Monday, August 19, 2013


I've blogged quite a bit about my family, but I don't think you've been formally introduced.  Today I'd like to take the time to introduce you to my wonderful family!

This is me!  When I first started blogging a couple summers ago, Elizabeth and I agreed to use pen-names.  I chose Aylin, and my friend became Elizabeth.  It wasn't a big deal with just the blog, but because I created a Gmail account under that name, my G+ went under that name -- and so I made my Ravelry account under that name.  And so it was complicated -- mostly when I circled friends on G+ who didn't know who Aylin was...  So now I've decided to gradually shift everything back to my actual identity.  Just thought I'd let you know ;)

Lizzie is my sister and my best friend.  She entered the blogging world last year and has since gained more followers and connections than me.  But guess what?  She totally deserves it!  Lizzie is ridiculously passionate about helping children in poverty and she has found a deep connection with the advocates and sponsors associated with Compassion International.  She's started her own line of sponsor bracelets and even an annual fundraising event to help impoverished children.  Beyond that, good things to know about Lizzie are: she will become your most devoted friend if you feed her ice cream, she is great at packing clothes into extremely small duffel bags (especially mine!  She may have my mom's magical organizing abilities), and she will persuade you to sponsor/correspond with a Compassion child if you know her long enough!

Belle is my youngest sister.  She is everything I am not -- tall, tan, and freckle-less :)  I am not sure where she got the genes from, but I think she'd make a great basketball player.  She's only ten, yet she's as tall as me.  Besides that, Belle is the resident cheerful person.  She always sees the good in people and loves chatting with anybody about whatever they want to talk about.

My Mom
My mom is the all-round amazing person around here.  She is the professional organizer, scheduler, nurse, teacher, manager, chauffeur, chef, and consultant.  She makes the most amazing food, too!  Nothing beats her bolognese, made with linguini noodles, carrots, and tomatoes.  And her carrot cake.  And banana bread with little chocolate chips...

Ahem.  Moving on -- my mom also is my teacher in every subject, because she homeschools us.  So she's taught me how to write essays, figure algebra equations, and study for exams.  The only thing she has not been quite so involved in is biology labs.  And by that I mean frogs, worms, and fish dissections.  But can you blame her?

My Dad
My dad is the hardest-working man I know.  He owns his own business, which takes a lot of hard work and commitment.  Beyond that, my dad loves the outdoors, and has passed that love on to me and my sisters.  He especially likes fishing, hunting whitetail deer, canoeing, and camping.  Hiking and kayaking are my favorite things my dad's introduced me to.  He also builds perfect bonfires and cooks perfect venison steaks ;)

Although she is not a biological part of my family, May is practically a sister of mine.  We watch her five days a week.  May is just about as smart and tall as I am (well...not quite).  She is an escape-artist, too.  Like, you know those magicians who chain themselves up inside flaming boxes and escape alive?  That's May.  Doesn't matter if she's in a play-pen or blocked into the livingroom by two couches, an ottoman, a baby gate, and my watchful eye -- she'll eventually manage to escape.  Oh, and she has a strange fascination with sheep.

So there you have it!  My strange, wonderful family condensed into a couple of sentences.  And you are?


  1. Aha! Finally get it :) I never understood why Lizzie and you had different last names until I realized that maybe you had TWO names.. and, behold, I'm right!
    I'm Emily (as you've guessed). I am a homeschooled (more of independent study-er) junior in high school. I am Australian but now live in the US. I'm a compassion sponsor/correspondent to six lovely treasures and am a committed Christian. How's that for an intro?

    1. Yep, the penname made things pretty confusing! I love that you sponsor/correspond with so many kids! That's awesome :D Right now, I have the privilege to write a wonderful little girl and boy from the Dominican Republic. Now I'm just waiting until I have a steady job to actually sponsor a child myself!

  2. How sweet that you correspondent with little ones from the Dominican Republic. I have three girls from there, all correspondents, but I haven't received letters yet from any of them :( I got them all in April. I have one more correspondent and another that I co sponsor with my parents. I only financially sponsor one, and that's through my allowance. I totally understand the need for a job to sponsor! I know God'll lead you in what's best. I am glad you can correspond with two as it is :)

    1. Yep! I love them! They are both so sweet. Rosa told me that she loves me and Ricky said that God would bless me for being part of compassion! I really can't wait to get another little one to love, but we'll see ;) You said it best -- God knows when.

  3. Hey Rachel! I just discovered you.... I've "known" your sister for a while and I look forward to getting know you better.

    I love your heart for God. I'm homeschooling my two daughters (currently 7 and 9) and when I "meet" people like you, I am encouraged to continue on the path God has called me to.

    I think I read that you are a senior...what are your plans for the future?

    1. Hi Jill! I've heard a lot about you from Lizzie, but it's good to finally "meet" you! I'd like to go to college next year for graphic design. Right now I'm interning at my church. I really love working in their creative arts department, and would love to get a job with them in the future, too.