a peek into a human

hey all 🙂

I’m excited to say we have a special new thing starting today. After talking about it practically since i started this blog, Anna and i have finally decided to actually have her as a guest author here and i’m super thrilled about it.
Anna is a kindred spirit and a beautiful soul. She’s basically the kind of person you should have as a best friend. She’s strong in the Lord, and she fights battles no one knows about, but she’s not a loner — she’s a giver. a giver of life and a giver of hope. and not like i’m biased or anything… but her writings are some of the most captivating and inspiring that i’ve ever read.
i’m happy to announce, Anna Willis — a real Wordshaker.

Hiya guys! My name is Anna!


Maggie and I have been friends since… like, the beginning of time??!! I think since I was five or so and she was seven? We were part of the same church family in AZ for years and years and did everything together (including spinning each other on the grass lawn until one of us got dizzy and begged for mercy).


We meet no ordinary people in our lives. – C.S. Lewis

Then my dad was called to pastor a tiny church way up in the corner of America, in a little place in Oregon that doesn’t even exist on maps of the area anymore. Yeah, it’s that small. During those eight amazing years in the country, Maggie and I would scratch out letters and send them over the long distance to each other. (We dug them out and read them together recently– so funny!)

When I was almost fourteen, Dad was called to pastor at the church we had come from! God said “go” and all nine of us (and eventually my oldest sister, brother-in-law, and nephews) packed up and made the hardest, most adventurous trip ever in our beater-15-passenger van. To be honest, I wasn’t happy about leaving my dear rural town. ❤

But I had no idea what God was planning! Because there was Maggie, grown up but as spunky fun as ever, ready to help me see that life is beautiful wherever God puts me!

God made us friends because He knew our mom couldn’t handle us as sisters. -SomeoneBrilliantOntheInternet



Our Message

We are so alike, I think it scares people sometimes. 😀 Not just in looks (lol Midge has been mistaken as my sister multiple times), but in spirit too!

Look at Maggie’s spectacular blog, for instance. We’ve both been struggling. We’ve both been reminding ourselves and each other that there is hope in the midst of trials. And we want to share the hope we’ve found with others!!! Big thanks to Maggie for letting me do an occasional guest post on here. 🙂

“Our world today so desperately hungers for hope, yet uncounted people have almost given up. There is despair and hopelessness on every hand. Let us be faithful in proclaiming the hope that is in Jesus.” -Billy Graham

My novel-in-the-works “Eagledare” is (obviously) on my mind a LOT right now. And its theme is hope. ❤ Set in London during World War Two, this story follows May, a girl living with her aunt’s family, who learns that there is always HOPE no matter what happens… even when she can’t see it.

Hope is such an important thing, because without hope what is there to live for? – Me

I can’t wait to explore this more (like in WHOM we find our hope ❤ ) and see what Maggie does with this blog. 🙂

Meet the Mysterious Person

*I always, always lose my shoes. Usually by accident, sometimes on purpose… call me Cinderella. 😉
*There are seven sisters in my family. We have one brother, and I’ve always been his buddy/human wood-clamp/comedy partner.
*Three of my older siblings are published authors, and I hope to be someday soon.
*I had only ever written short stories before I dove headfirst into a novel NaNoWriMo 2016, reaching the grand 50k when I rebooted the story NaNo 2017. YAY!!
*Though I never thought I could write anything but fiction, I write for the site TeensGotCents.com. Whaat?!
*I write with really short pencils… for some reason they all have teeth marks on them. 😛
*My siblings and I speak fluent movie and book quotes (and those of our own invention).


*I enjoy deep conversations with beautiful souls about a wonderful God.
*The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (edited by my darling Mamsie!) makes me cry and laugh at the same time.7f0abaf03e0da3a900b914d80c12903d*My dad, an artist, helps us see the beauty in the world, and my mom is the literary lover– reading books aloud to the family ever since we were tiny!
*Each Sunday I drag my friends at church into the foyer to make them sing with me.e75fe4bd437979bb69a3287ea8b2f7ef*I wear reading glasses… when I remember to. 😀
*When the toothbrushes come out, you know brilliance is about to happen. Honestly, we can’t get anything done in this creatively-generating family. lol

I’m looking forward to the “A-anecdote” days when I get to post on here once a month!

a short and amusing or interesting story about a real incident or person.

 What posts by me would you like to read? Huge thanks to my Jo for letting me join her in this adventure! ~Anna


Now tell me about you! Who is your best friend? Tag him/her in the comments! What should I post about on “A-anecdote”?


11 thoughts on “a peek into a human

  1. Yep, that’s a pretty good summary of you. Looking forward to reading more of your posts on this awesome blog!
    “Aggressively tries to sing all 573 parts of One Day More at the same time” lol! I know the feeling!

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