Sparkles by Ashlee: faith, funny, + fulfilling dreams

Welcome to Sparkles by Ashlee, a Christian lifestyle blog over faith, funny, and fulfilling dreams. I'm Ashlee Staerk, and I'm a teenager in love with Jesus and writing stories for His glory in Iowa. Grab your fave drink (I'll take a Dr. Pepper), and peruse my blog, where I document what God is teaching me, encouragement He lays on my heart, the good and the bad in life (always keeping it real), and my journey of trusting God with my dreams!

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God's Animals and Other Completed Goals

This year we decided to go to the Blank Park Zoo, and it was a simple yet fun night seeing all of the incredible different animals that God created.


The last time we went to the zoo was two years ago, and it was a lot of fun!

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Going to the Blank Park Zoo was one of my summer goals, also!

So it began with pictures. What else? Hunter is very cooperative. Whenever I want a picture, boom, he's on it.

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This is the red panda, and it is so cute!! It kept walking back and forth, and I have a great video of it.

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We went in this cave that allowed a peek out at one of the waterfalls. It was so pretty! Poor Dad... It didn't go so well for him, though. He ended up smacking his head on the top of the cave because it was pretty low, and it actually bled.

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Then we went over a bridge under the waterfall. Of course we had to stop for pictures!

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So I don't love waterfalls at all. These frogs were so pretty!!

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Can you find the otter??? I barely could, and I was like why did I even take this... Otters are adorable!

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Meet Dad's best friend. We all had to go to the bathroom, and while Dad waited for us, he talked to this llama. Then it spit in his face. No lie. It wasn't Dad's day.

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It could not have been a more beautiful night to visit.

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And I wanted my picture by everything.

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And here is us with the lion. The real ones were sleeping, so you do what ya gotta do.

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I also rode a carousel with Hunter while we were there. I guess I'm not as old as I thought. I loved every minute of it. So now my goal of visiting the Blank Park Zoo has been fulfilled! I actually had some others I finished, too.

Like finding 5 healthy recipes! I don't know how healthy they really are; apparently somebody's idea of healthy is taking an apple and putting frosting and sprinkles on them. Well... At least we're making some progress. Of course I pinned it because that's better than donuts although I will never ever surrender my donuts. Follow me on Pinterest for "healthy" recipes and more! I also did the writing research I needed to, so I've finished about 3 goals out of 300. Yay! Progress!

I'm going to go write now. Or at least open my document and play on Facebook, Spotify, Pinterest, blogs I like, and yeah. How are your goals coming along?