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Friendship Magazine February, 2013

Verse for the Month: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up their wings as eagles: they shall run and not be weary; and They shall walk and NOT faint. Isaiah 40:31


We just want to thank you for all the effort you put for this magazine! WE are under construction with our name and if you have any ideas we would really apreciate the imput! Several sections have been added; These sections however, are just temporary and are only used when we have something to put in. Your contributions helps us a lot! Send in your contributions to:, or The deadline will be February 24. Anything sent in after will not be issued till the following issue. -Sincerely, Editor- Elisa Knicely

Quote for the month:

"A warm smile is the universal language of kindness." ~ William Arthur Ward

Meet a Reader Name- Hannah Joy Gassman Age- 14 State- Wisconsin How many siblings do you have? 9 What do you like to do, and would do it any day and at any time? Ride Horses! What’s the longest time you stayed away from home? 1 month. Favorite pop? Grape or Pepsi What’s the furthest place you traveled? South Carolina Favorite Season? Spring or summer Favorite part of the Magazine? All of it!

Age: 13 State: Pennsylvania How many siblings do you have? I have four siblings What do you like to do, and would do it any day and at any time? I enjoy being with friends and would be with them any time of the day if possible!!! What’s the longest time you stayed away from home? Probably over the time when my Dad and Mom were down in Guatemala. It was approximately 2 weeks. Favorite Pop? I really like Pepsi and Mountain Dew. What is your absolute favorite color? Hot Pink! What’s the furthest place you traveled? California What is your favorite season? I really enjoy all the seasons! What is your favorite part of the Magazine? I like All of it!

Meet a Reader Questions: 1. Name 2. Age 3. State 4. Picture

What’s your favorite day of the year? Do you like strawberries or blueberries better? What’s on the floor of your closet?

How many states did you live in? Do you prefer Plain, cheesy or spicy hamburgers? Favorite Dog breed? Favorite day of the week? Why? Do you like being hot, or cold?

Favorite part of the magazine?

The cupcake evolved in the United States in the 19th century, and it was revolutionary because of the amount of time it saved in the kitchen. There was a shift from weighing out ingredients when baking to measuring out ingredients. According to the Food Timeline Web, food historians have yet to pinpoint exactly where the name of the cupcake originated. There are two theories: one, the cakes were original cooked in cups and two, the ingredients used to make the cupcakes were measured out by the cup. In the beginning, cupcakes were sometimes called "number" cakes, because they were easy to remember by the measurements of ingredients it took to create them: One cup of butter, two cups of sugar, three cups of flour, four eggs, one cup of milk, and one spoonful of soda. Clearly, cupcakes today have expanded to a wide variety of ingredients, measurements, shapes, and decorations - but this was one of the first recipes for making what we know today as cupcakes. Cupcakes were convenient because they cooked much quicker than larger cakes. When baking was down in hearth ovens, it would take a long time to bake a cake, and the final product would often be burned. Muffin tins, also called gem pans, were popular around the turn of the 20th century, so people started created cupcakes in tins. Since their creation, cupcakes have become a pop culture trend in the culinary world. They have spawned dozens of bakeries devoted entirely to them. While chocolate and vanilla remain classic favorites, fancy flavors such as raspberry meringue and espresso fudge can be found on menus. There are cookbooks, blogs, and magazines specifically dedicated to cupcakes.

Credit: Totally Cupcake

My Favorite colors is dark red, a light orange, maybe a brown. (fall colors : ) – Elisa Knicely

My favorite color is a light blue. Katriel Knicely My favorite color is: BLUE!! Moriah Garza My favorite color is Blue. Sylvia Yoder favorite color-hot pink and lime green!! Andrea Stoltzfus What is your favorite color? Blue--a shade between sky blue and teal. :) Victoria Martin favorite color: red. Julie Anna Esh My Favorite color is: Pink! –Sarah Ebersole My two favorite colors are: yellow and purple! I love them both the same!- Addie Imel My favorite color is lime green! Hannah Gassman My favorite color is HOT pink! Bethany Gehman I really don’t Know!  Leticia My favorite colors are red and brown! Elesa Stoltzfus

My Sister was getting married and I woke up the morning of the wedding and I was sick with the flu, so I wasn't able to see them get married, I call that HISTORY!!! – Sarah Ebersole

It Is Well With My Soul This hymn was written after several traumatic events in Spafford’s life. The first was the death of his only son in 1871 at the age of four, shortly followed by the great Chicago fire which ruined him financially (he had been a successful lawyer and had invested significantly in property in the area of Chicago which was decimated by the great fire). His business interests were further hit by the economic downturn of 1873 at which time he had planned to travel to Europe with his family on the SS Ville du Havre. In a late change of plan, he sent the family ahead while he was delayed on business concerning zoning problems following the Great Chicago Fire. While crossing the Atlanti the ship sank rapidly after a collision with a sea vessel, the Loch Earn and all four of Spafford's daughters died. His wife Anna survived and sent him the now famous telegram, "Saved alone . . .". Shortly afterwards, as Spafford traveled to meet his grieving wife, he was inspired to write these words as his ship passed near where his daughters had died. ~Wikipedia

-Contributed by: Victoria Martin

It Is Well With My Soul When peace like a river, attendedeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well, with my soul. Refrain: It is well, (it is well), With my soul, (with my soul) It is well, it is well, with my soul. Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, Let this blest assurance control, That Christ has regarded my helpless estate, And hath shed His own blood for my soul. My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought! My sin, not in part but the whole, Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more, Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live: If Jordan above me shall roll, No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life, Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul. But Lord, 'tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait, The sky, not the grave, is our goal; Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord! Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul. And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight, The clouds be rolled back as a scroll; The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend, Even so, it is well with my soul. Horatio Spafford

The distinctive sound of Libera has travelled the world in the last few years. The group's albums have topped both mainstream and classical charts in many countries, and their recordings hold their place in top-ten artists. The boys who make up the vocal band Libera have been described as “normal” and “ordinary”. However, as their recordings and performances demonstrate, the music they produce is truly extraordinary. With shimmering, mystical chords and ecstatic harmonies, they are unlike any other group you have ever heard. These are truly sounds to lift the soul. The extra high chords, are worth listening to and celestial sounds for a new time. The singers of Libera who are aged seven to sixteen attend many different local schools in South London and come from a variety of backgrounds. They go to many churches around South London. Although they are boys and they sing, they do not think of themselves as choirboys, but rather as an alternative kind of boy band. There are around 40 members in 2012. While the unique sound of Libera may be impossible to pigeonhole, its universal appeal has endeared the group to fans all over the world, particularly in the US, the UK, the Philippines, South Korea and Japan, where their CDs top the mainstream and classical charts and where they pack concert halls appearing in their trademark flowing white robes on imaginatively lit stages. Source: Wikipedia, and Official Libera-UK Site

Website: if you want a track of one of their songs, feel free to ask:! They sing, hymns, classical pieces (example- canon in D), and Christmas Carols!

Funny Note: You can’t say the letter P with your tongue sticking out!

1.When will water stop running downhill? 2. What falls but doesn’t break, and what breaks but doesn’t fall? 3. What did the mother sardine say to her baby when they say a submarine? 4. Why is a banana peel like a sweater?

1. In the game room of her host, little Margie gazed with fascination at the huge stag’s head on the wall. “Mother,” she said finally, “May I go in the next room and look at the rest of him?” 2. One day Mother told her son, Tommy, “Please, go to the story and ask the butcher if he has pig feet. He looked startled. “Oh Mom! I’d be scared to ask him such a rude question!” 3. A little boy in the park was proudly showing off his shiny, new watch. He admired it so many times that finally a man on the next bench remarked: “That’s certainly a handsome watch. Does it tell you the time?” “No Sir” Replied the youngster, “this is an old fashioned watch. You have to LOOK at it!”

1. When it reaches the bottom 2. Night falls but doesn’t break, and day breaks but doesn’t fall

3. Don’t be afraid it’s only a can of people 4. Because you slip on both!

Fastigiate fa-STIJ-ee-it \ , adjective

Meaning- rising to a pointed top. Origin- Fastigiate comes from the Latin word fast朝gi which meant "height Sentence- Amy looked up and saw a fastigiate mountain.

Quilled Valentines and Cards Quilling, or paper filigree, is the art of creating intricate shapes from strips of paper. The technique is simple: After a long, narrow ribbon of paper is rolled around a needlelike tool, the strip is slipped off, arranged with your fingertips into the desired shape, and then glued to a background of contrasting paper, fabric, or wood. Quilled motifs such as flowers and hearts express sweet sentiments for Valentine's Day and Mother's Day, but they also add an elegant touch to cards for any occasion. These open hearts begin as single strips of paper; crease them at the center and then roll inward from each end. Glue several to a card, and write candyheart sentiments beneath them. Or slip one to a best friend and let it speak itself. Classic valentine messages never go out of style. You can shape individual strips of paper, curling the ends as you would a ribbon, to form letters that resemble calligraphy. Use carefully placed dabs of craft glue to hold each letter in place on a card. Create a trio of fringed flowers, such as daisies or zinnias, and glue them to folded card stock. Use an opaque pen to add a message in your own script. Embellish handwritten poems, messages, and family photographs with intricate combinations of quilled shapes. The scroll, the marquise, the tight circle, and the teardrop are all easy to master; quill the shapes first, and then combine them to create borders. Or draw a border design and curl strips of paper to match.

Tools and Materials Mat board Craft knife Colored marker Spray adhesive Colored paper

Watercolor paper Fast-drying glue, such as Magna-Tac etc.

Valentine Candy Boxes How-To 1. Print the heart template. The largest heart is for the lids; the two smaller hearts, for positioning the edges. Trace the largest heart onto mat board twice, and cut out with craft knife. With marker, color along cut edges of mat board. 2. Spray 1 side of mat board heart with spray adhesive, and attach to colored paper. Cut along edge with craft knife. Repeat on reverse side, and then with second heart. 3. Position medium-size template on 1 paper-covered heart, leaving about 1/8 inch all around, and trace with a pencil to create the guideline for gluing the edge. Position the smallest template on the other paper-covered heart, leaving about 3/8 inch all around, and trace with pencil to create the guideline for gluing the edge. 4. Cut box edges according to lengths on template: Make four 1-inch-wide strips of watercolor paper and eight 7/8-inchwide strips of colored paper. With marker, color the exposed edge and about 1/4 inch down the sides of the mat board. 5. Working with a few inches at a time, squeeze glue along guideline, and bend side strip to attach. Repeat with all side strips, and let dry. Using spray adhesive, attach colored paper to both sides of each strip, exposing some of the marker-colored edge. Fill with candy, and close. 6. Surprise a loved one by hanging a heart-shaped container filled with candy on his doorknob or near his computer.

7. 1. Fold and unfold a square of plain or patterned lightweight card stock to score it as pictured.

8. 9. 2. Fold the card stock in half vertically, and open.

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3. Fold it horizontally.

12. 13.

4. Open.

14. 15. 5. Draw two opposite corners of the square inward, tucking in the other two corners.

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6. Trace the heart template, below, and cut out.


Cupcakes: 1 ¼ Cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking Powder 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon. 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/ 2 cup unsalted butter -



¾ cup sugar. ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 2 large eggs 1/3 cup milk 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries, blueberries etc.

12 flat bottom ice cone cups BUTTER FROSTING: ½ cup unsalted butter, softened. ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 1 ½ cups confectioner’s (icing) sugar. 1/8 teaspoon pink food coloring. 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners. CUPCAKES- Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl. Beat the butter, sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until pale and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time beating until just blended after each addition. With Mixer on low speed, add the mixed dry ingredients, alternating with the milk, Stir fruit of choice in by hand. Spoon the batter into the prepared cups, filling each one three quarters full. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and firm to the touch. Cool completely before removing the cupcake. Remove the paper cases from the cupcakes. Shape the bottom of the cakes with a serrated knife so they sit inside the cones. BUTTER FROSTING: Beat the butter and vanilla in a small bowl using an electric mixer till creamy. Gradually Add the confectioners’ sugar until combined. Divide the buttercream evenly among three small bowls. Add the pink food coloring to on, stir the cocoa powder into another and leave the other plain. Spread the frostings over the cupcakes, creating four of each color.

Cupcakes: ¾ Cups all-purpose flour 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon baking Powder 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/ 2 cup unsalted butter ¾ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar. ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 2 large eggs 3 tablespoon milk ½ cup raspberry or strawberry preserves (jam) Chocolate Buttercream: 6 oz. dark chocolate 1 cup unsalted softened butter ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon Milk 2 cups confectioners’ (icing) sugar 1/3 cup raspberry preserves (jam)

Preheat the oven to 350 Degrees. Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners. Cupcakes: Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Bea the butter, sugar and the vanilla in a medium bowl. Beat the butter, sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until creamy. Add eggs on at a time beating until just blended after each addition. With mixer on low speed, add the mixed dry ingredients, alternating with the milk. Spoon half the batter into the prepared cups. Place some raspberry preserves in the center of each one and spoon the remaining batter over the top, filling each one three-quarters full. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Let cool completely before removing the cupcakes. Chocolate Buttercream: Melt the chocolate in a double boiler over barely simmering water, stirring till smooth. Remove from heat and let cool. Beat the butter and vanilla in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on medium high speed until pale and creamy/ Pour in the milk and cooled chocolate, beating until blended. Gradually add the confectioners’ sugar, beating until blended. Pile the frosting on top of each cupcake using the back of a spoon or spatula to create volcano shape. Make an indent at top. Thin down the raspberry preserves with a little hot water. Spoon the raspberry preserves into the top of each “volcano,” allowing it to run down the sides a little. Taken Out of the Book: Wild About Cupcakes -Over 130 Recipes Author: Rachel Lane

Brownie Heart Cupcakes 

Yield Makes 24

Ingredients          

Vegetable oil, cooking spray 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt 3 sticks unsalted butter, cut into pieces 12 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped 3 cups sugar 6 large eggs, room temperature 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract Basic Buttercream

Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Coat an 8-inch square cake pan with cooking spray, line bottom with parchment, then spray parchment. 2. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Place butter and chocolate in a heatproof mixer bowl set over a pot of simmering water, stirring until chocolate melts. 3. Attach bowl to mixer, add sugar, and whisk on medium-high speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, then vanilla. Reduce speed to low, and add flour mixture. 4. Divide batter among muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full. Spread remaining batter in square pan. Bake until set but still soft, about 18 minutes. Let cool in tins and pan on wire racks. 5. Frost cupcakes with buttercream. Cut out 24 hearts from brownie in pan using a 1 1/2-inch heart-shaped cutter. Top each cupcake with a heart.

Oreo Cupcakes. Ingredients: 1 stick unsalted butter at room temp., 1 cup milk, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 2 and 1\4 cups flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1\2 tsp salt, 1 and 2\3 cup sugar, 3 large egg whites at room temp., 1 package of Oreo cookies (about 45 cookies). Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 F. Insert liners into a medium cupcake pan. Twist apart 24 Oreos. Place the wafer with filling on it, filling side up, in the bottom of each paper liner. Cut the other wafers in half. Save 24 halves for later use. Crush the other wafer halves. Cut the remaining Oreo cookies into quarters with a sharp knife. Toss with 2 Tbsp flour and set aside. In a large bowl cream the butter until fluffy, about 3-5 min. Add milk and vanilla and mix to combine. In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the dry mixture to the butter mixture. Mix until integrated. Stir in sugar. With an electric mixer on low speed, beat for 30 sec. Turn the mixer up to medium speed and beat for 2 minutes. Add the egg whites. Beat for 2 more min. Stir in the quartered cookies. Fill the cupcake liners three quarters full with batter. Bake for about 20 min. or until a toothpick inserted in the center of cupcakes comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in the pan. Assemble the cupcakes: Once cupcakes have cooled completely, frost with frosting (you can make your own or you can just do it the easy way, get a can of frosting at the store!). Sprinkle the cupcakes with the crushed Oreos and place 1\2 of an Oreo on the frosting of each cupcake. Enjoy!! ~ Submitted by: Addie Imel

Cookies and Cream Frosting Yield: Frosting for 12 to 15 cupcakes Prep Time: 10 min

Ingredients: 3 cups powdered sugar 1 cup salted butter, at room temperature 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 to 2 Tablespoons whipping cream 12 Oreo (cream-filled sandwich cookies- chocolate or vanilla), crumbled finely 12 to 15 additional Oreo's for garnish (optional)

Directions: 1. In a large bowl, with a hand or stand mixer, cream together sugar and butter on low speed. Mix until well blended. Increase speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes. 2. Add vanilla and cream and continue to beat on medium speed for 1 minute more, adding more cream if needed for desired spreading/piping consistency. Add the cookie crumbles and mix just until combined. 3. Scoop into a piping bag with a wide tip and pipe decoratively onto cupcakes, or spread onto cupcakes as desired. Garnish with a whole Oreo cookie.

Amazing Spice Cake

Preparation time: 20 minutes Servings: 15-20 Ingredients for cake: 21/2 cups flour 2 cups brown sugar, packed 1/2 cup cornstarch 2 tsp. baking soda 2 tsp. allspice 2 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. cloves (we use a little less) 1 tsp. salt 2/3 cup cooking oil 2 Tbsp. vinegar

2 cups water Ingredients for caramel frosting: 1/2 cup margarine 1 cup brown sugar, packed 4 Tbsp. milk 3/4 cup powdered sugar Note: If you add more powdered sugar and make a thicker frosting, it can be spread more evenly over the cake. The amount listed in this recipe makes the frosting too thin, and it ends up being very thick on the edges and corners and thin on top, because the cake rises slightly. Directions: 1. Mix all cake ingredients with whisk until well blended. Pour batter into 9" x 13" pan. 2. Bake at 325* F for 35-40 minutes. Cool cake before frosting. 3. To prepare frosting melt margarine and brown sugar over low heat, stirring for 2 minutes. Add milk and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and cool completely. Slowly add powdered sugar, beating until smooth and creamy. 4. Enjoy! Delicious if served with ice cream. ~ Submitted By: Victoria Martin

My favorite sport is probably soccer because you can run a lot. – Katriel Knicely Age-10

Favorite sport:: volley ball/kickball/soccer....why? Because they are active and least their supposed 2 be=)Sylvia Yoder Age-12

favorite sport-volleyball reason---don't really’s an awesome game that requires team work and attention!! such a blast!! Andrea Stoltzfus Age-14

I enjoy playing volleyball, even though I'm not very good at it. (yet) I like it because it's a team sport and a great way to spend time with friends. It's also very involving and active. Victoria Martin Age 13 favorite sport: volleyball—It’s a very fun, active game if you put your heart into it

at least ;). I could play after a long day’s work or even 2:00 in the morning!!!!! hard up or what? Julie Anna Esh Age 13 Favorite Sport: Volleyball` Sarah Ebersole Age 12

My favorite Sport is riding Horses cause I LOV it! Hannah Gassman Age 14

My favorite sport is volley-ball because I LOVE hanging out with my friends and I LOVE the action! –Elesa Rose Stoltzfus Age 13 (co-editor)

Defintily horse riding! And if not that…. Volleyball! Hannah M. Age 15

My favorite sport is probably Volleyball because it usually involves a lot of friends and its quite active. – Elisa Knicely Age- 12 (-editor)

History- John F. Kennedy and Lincoln Coincidences. 1. Abraham Lincoln was elected to congress in 1846, Kennedy was elected to congress in 1946. 2. Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860, and Kennedy was elected to President in 1960. 3. Lincoln’s Secretary was named Kennedy, and Kennedy’s secretary was named Lincoln. 4. Both of their names contain seven letters 5. Both Presidents were shot on a Friday. 6. Both Presidents were shot in the head. 7. Both were assassinated by southerners 8. Both were succeeded by southerners. 9. Andrew Johnson who succeeded Lincoln was born in 1808 Lyndon Johnson who succeeded Kennedy was born in 1908. 10. John Wilkes Booth who assassinated Lincoln was born in 1808. 11. Lee Harvey Oswald who assassinated Kennedy was born in 1908. The assassins are both none by all three names. 12. Both names are contained of fifteen letters. 13. Lincoln was shot in a theater named Kennedy and Kennedy was shot in a car named Lincoln. 14. Oswald ran from a warehouse and was caught in a theater, and Booth ran from a theater and was caught in a warehouse. 15. Booth and Oswald were both assassinated before there trials.


Photography! The Animal Village! : )

Next Time send in a picture of Signs of Spring‌

Addie Sent in these really neat pictures of cupcakes!!

Hannah M. sent in these fantastic pictures!

Chapter One ‘I Get Out of Summer Cleaning’ Author: Adeline Imel Age- 13

My crazy summer vacation started with what everyone else’s always starts with: boredom. I sighed as I sat on my bed and stared out my window imagining what it would be like to have an adventure, a vacation, or at least a glass of lemonade. It didn’t help that I live in a tiny town smack dab in the middle of Kansas. My town consists of two houses (one’s mine and the other is abandoned), a tiny post office, and a bad excuse of a bed and breakfast. I sighed again. This was only my second morning of vacation and I was already depressed. All the other girls at my school would be on their way to the beach, in there swimming pool, or visiting relatives. Me? Oh, I would just spend the summer melting in the heat. You see, my parents have something against going on vacations. They think that summer is for work. When we aren’t working...oh, never mind. We’re always working. Fixing the roof, cleaning the house, and trying to get grass to at least grow in a little patch of our front yard. The grass thing never worked. We might as well have tried to grow grass in a hot deep fryer. “Avery, are you ever going to get up?” my mother called up the stairs. “Sure.” I sighed for the third time and looked at myself in the mirror. Wrinkled pajamas, shoulder length red hair in a tangled heap, green eyes with purple rings under them, and pale skin with thirteen years’ worth of freckles. Yeah, I was decent enough to go downstairs. “Avery, you could have at least brushed your hair, it looks like a rats nest!” Mom greeted me with her usual compliments. “I thought you wanted me to get up!” I protested. “Well, I just wanted help with breakfast. I have to get the twins ready for the day. Big day you know, spring clean-oops, I mean summer cleaning the bedrooms!” My mom giggled at her joke all the way up the stairs. I yawned and walked over to the cabinet to get out some bowls and cereal, it was the only breakfast I knew how to make. After I got breakfast out I slumped over on the couch into a perfect face plant. Of course, just before I could fall asleep again my twin brothers (three years old) came bounding down the stairs, the smell of their freshly washed hair trailing after them. “Avery, didn’t you sleep well last night?” my mom asked me. I lifted my head from the couch and blew the hair out of my eyes, “Oh, yeah. Great sleep.” “Then why are you trying to fall asleep again?” She asked. “Wha-oh, just waiting for you and the twins for breakfast.” I said groggily. After we ate breakfast I tromped back up the stairs to my room. I shut and locked the door then sat on the edge of my bed again. I stared out the window and looked longingly at the abandoned

house. Mom never let me or anyone even go near it for “safety reasons”. She thought the house was going to fall on us or something. I mean, the thing looked sturdy...sort of, anyway. I got up and walked over to my closet. Closing my eyes I reached my arm in and pulled something out (my usual way of deciding what to wear). Today it looked like a neon green T-shirt and jean capris. I threw on my clothes and ran a comb through my hair. Looking in the mirror I frowned. My hair stuck out in all directions making odd lumps on top of my head. I combed it again. No luck. Sighing, I put it in a ponytail and smiled. “I might have found a new hairstyle.” I whispered to myself. I wouldn’t let myself care about things like makeup and hair, but it did bother me a little when I went to school looking like Bozo the clown. I smiled again thinking that I would stick with the ponytail for a while. I glanced out the window one last time and a crazy idea formed in my head. Don’t do it, my conscience whispered. “I’m gonna do it!” I whispered. I smiled to myself because I, Avery Thompson, might have found a way to escape spr-I mean, summer cleaning.

To Be Continued!

What is do you like on YOUR cupcake? a) jellybeans b) sprinkles c) chocolate kisses d) A lot of Colorful icing!

Victoria Martin- Chocolate Kisses I like sprinkles and jellybeans.- Moriah Garza Probably Chocolate Kisses! – Julie Esh Jelly Beans- Sarah Ebersole I’d rather have TONS of icing on my cupcake! YUMMY! Addie Imel A lot of colorful icing, probably! Bethany Gehman Sprinkles AND colorful Icing! Hannah Gassman d) A lot of icing!  Andrea Stoltzfus chocolate kisses! Elesa Stoltzfus (co Editor) probably chocolate kisses! (with Carmel in the middle!) – Elisa Knicely (Editor)

Sprinkles probably! Katie Knicely Colorful icing and sprinkles. Hana Knicely Sprinkles. Sylvia Yoder

The Next Poll: In my spare time I like to 

Sew  bake  swim jump on the trampoline  socialize

Decorating Basics Tips taken from: DECORATING Basics by the Wilton Method of Cake decorating Course 1

Slow Dance Author unknown

Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round? Or listened to the rain slapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight? Or gazed at the sun into the fading night? You better slow down. Don't dance so fast. Time is short. The music won't last. Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask ‘how are you?’, do you hear the reply? When the day is done do you lie in your bed With the next hundred chores running through your head? You'd better slow down. Don't dance so fast. Time is short. The music won't last. Ever told your child, we'll do it tomorrow? And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch, let a good friendship die Cause you never had time To call and say,' Hi'. You'd better slow down. Don't dance so fast. Time is short. The music won't last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere, You miss half the fun of getting there. When you worry and hurry through your day, It is like an unopened gift.... thrown away. Life is not a race. Do take it slower Hear the music Before the song is over. Submitted By: Andrea Stoltzfus

My Princess… “You are my precious daughter”

You are a daughter of the King, and not just any king. You are MY daughter, and I am the God of all heaven and earth. I am delighted with you! You are the apple of my eye. You’re Daddy’s girl. Your earthly father may love and adore you, but his love is not perfect, no matter how great- or small-it is. Only My love is perfect…. Because I AM love. I formed your body. I fashioned your mind and soul. I know your personality, and I understand your needs and desires. I see your heartaches and disappointments, and I love you passionately and patiently. My child, I bought you with a price so that we could have an intimate relationship together for all eternity. Soon we will see each other face-toface- Father and daughter-and you will experience the wonderful place I have prepared for you in paradise Until then, fix your eyes on heaven, and walk closely with Me. You will know that-although I am God- My arms are not too big to hold you, My beloved Daughter. Love, Your King and Daddy in heaven

This is a new section! It comes along with His Princess. Feel Free to send in Prayer requests, inspiring bible verses, poems, stories or even up lifting songs. Thanks for your participation!

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.

God didn't promise days without pain Laughter without sorrow Nor sun without rain But He did promise Strength for the tears Comfort for the day and Light for the way


Make a joyful Noise unto the Lord all ye lands, serve the Lord With Gladness come into his presence with Singing! Psalms 100:1 Sarah Ebersole The Lord is my light and my salvation. Whom shall i fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall i be afraid? Psalm 27:1 Andrea Stoltzfus And We know that in all things God works for the Good of those Who love him. Who have been called for his purpose. Romans 8:28 Hannah M.

1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; 2(For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) 3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. 5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

By the end of this 7 step sequence, you will experience the joy of creating WOW! photos. Are you are tired of feeling the pain of disappointment from taking bad pictures? Discouraged with inconsistent quality? Not feeling on top of your camera?

Follow the monthly lessons and you quickly and easily catch on! STEP ONE | Identify your subject (and move in close to it) Many uninspiring photos turned out that way because the subject wasn’t properly identified. As today’s mini-lesson will show, you want to get clear on what’s most important in your composition. Enjoy this months’ lesson and keep shooting!

Question: What do you like doing when a friend is at your house? It’s fun to do each other’s hair, a craft, soap making or even take pictures of each other! (And don’t forget the talking!) - Elisa Knicely (Editor) I really enjoy jumping on the trampoline and talking. - Katriel Knicely Take OUTSIDE pics of each other!!!- Sylvia Yoder

Something I like to do when a friend is at my house--play Dutch blitz, scum, or round town!! Sing!! ~ Andrea Stoltzfus Taking a walk, discussing books, showing each other piano pieces, just TALKING...a lot. :)~ Victoria Martin

What I enjoy doing when a friend comes over--- talking ,laughing, just hang out!!! ;) ~ Julie Anna Esh When I have a friend over for the night one of the highlights is sitting around eating and talking late in the night or early morning. –Bethany Gehman Talk. Leticia Talk! Brenda Eshleman

Denise Amstutz turns 15 on February 9! Julie Anna Esh turns 13 on February 12! Mary Louise Brubaker turns 13 on February 16! Destinee Lynn Stoltzfus turns 16 on February, 23! All the best in the coming year!

Q. If you breathe oxygen during the day, what do you breathe at night? The answer is: NIGHTdrogenn

The Answers Sent in:

1. Oxygen! Andrea Stoltzfus 2. I think… oxygen!  Sarah Ebersole 3. NIGHTdrogen- Sylvia Yoder 4. Oxygen. Letitia 5. I'm quite certain that we breathe oxygen at night too! Victoria Martin 6. NIGHTdrogen- Bethany Gehman 7. Moriah Garza, Julie Esh, and Kaylynn said Nitrogen.

Designer Challenge! In the December issue, we mentioned a photo challenge. However, if it doesn’t bother any of you any, we will change it! This will be similar to a photo challenge: a Designer Challenge! Locate pictures of your own hobbies and design them into a masterpiece! Find the pictures that best fit your hobby! They are to have what the hobbies are and your name somewhere on the art. We will vote on our favorite ones. They will be issued in the April, 2013 issue you will send in the name who you think did the best job; and the winning one will be issued in the May, 2013 issue. The deadline for this contest is: March 31, 2013; Any issued after the deadline, will not be issued

When you enter the contest fill the form out below! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Name: Age Town, State/ Country Birthday Entry! Example is below:

Elisa Knicely Age: 12 Floyd, Virginia/USA Birthday: April, 2000

The NEW Contest! Enjoy writing? Here is something for you! With 200 words as a minimum and 335 words as the limit, write a story with the title of: A Baking Disaster. It can be about you, or even fiction! Send them to Bethany Gehman: The Deadline is: February, 24.

The Winning Story will be issued in the April Issue!

Jessica Anne Gehman 2. Age and Birthday 10, February 20 3. State, country PA, USA 4. How many Siblings 4 5. Who told you about this? Bethany Gehman

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Name: Adrianna Nicole Ropp Age and Birthday: Age 12. July,1,2000 State and Country: Oriental, North Carolina USA

Birthday: August 1, 1997 State: PA Siblings: 6 Who told you about the magazine? Britney

Name; Jamie Sauder Age and Birthday*13/ August 5 1999 State/country: Lancaster County Pennsylvania, U.S

The Questions For Next Month: 1. What’s your favorite Bible Character 2. What is your Pet Peeve?

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