Heads Up – Part One

Watch this Heads Up intro that I made first! I actually like it so much that I’ve been playing it over and over and over all day long and my entire family is getting annoyed. XD It also gives you little hints of what’s to come and the name of Taryn’s sister if you hate my cliffhangers. XD

 

It’s with a groan that I answer my alarm clock. Usually, I love getting up early and getting a productive head start on my day, but I just came back from the hospital a week ago, and I still get colossal headaches from when I fell out of a tree and was knocked unconscious.

The alarm from my phone is on my dresser so it forces me to climb out of bed to turn it off, but I miserably moan again as I decide to ignore it.

It’s Josefina’s sweet, concerned voice that makes me turn my head from being buried in my pillow. “Are you okay?” She asks softly.

I sit up — slowly. I nod my head, even though I am feeling the opposite of okay.

“You set your alarm early again, didn’t you?” She smiles at me. “Mama told you not to do that this week.”

“But — I still have school to catch up on. I don’t want to be lazy.”

“You’re not being lazy,” Josefina reassures. “Taryn, you are one of the most hard-working people I know. You’re so proactive and productive!” Then she adds sweetly, “You are going to make a great business owner some day.”

“Not if I don’t graduate,” I mumble, forcing myself to climb down the ladder although my head begins to scream at me.

When my feet hit the floor, Josefina wraps her arm around mine. I’m not much of a hugger, but it really makes my day even though I slam my hand on my phone in an attempt to smash it to smithereens or turn the alarm off — one of the two. “Have you tried praying about your headache?” She asks.

That’s right. I became a Christian just last week, when I regained consciousness. After the most life-changing experience I have ever had, I accepted Jesus into my heart and am still just a baby Christian. I’m still getting used to my epic new life of repping the Most High.

“I haven’t,” I admit quietly.

Josefina smiles. “Can I pray for you?”

I nod my head enthusiastically, which proceeds to make it hurt even worse. However, I am utterly surprised when Josefina grabs my hand and prays a determined, authoritative prayer that seems quite strong for her quiet personality.

When she finishes, I don’t notice any immediate change and frown. “It didn’t work.”

“Keep your head up!” She encourages with a laugh. “And have faith that your head will feel better despite what it feels like right now.”

“Um, okay.” It’s all so new to me.

After I get dressed and ready for the day and Josefina leads me into the kitchen, I notice Chloe and Ellie are already there, crouching on the table. They are usually the second ones to wake up after Josefina and I, and we both are startled and jump of surprise.

“What are you guys doing up this early?” Josefina questions quietly as they both jump down from the table and land in some martial arts pose. “Weren’t you up all night pretending to be ninjas?”

“Ninja,” Ellie corrects her Japanese plural form usage by wagging her finger in her face after standing up. “And we are ninja, thank you very much.”

“I though you guys were just spies.”

“Shh!” Chloe hisses sharply. “Spies are our cover. We’re undercover ninja with the cover of international super spies.”

“Ah,” Josefina nods to humor them. “And the reason you’re telling me this is…”

Ellie smiles and puts her hand on Josefina’s shoulder. “Because, dear Josie, we trust you. You would never blow our cover to the Evil Ones, would you?”

“Evil Ones?”

“Shh!” Chloe hisses sharply again. “We mustn’t speak of them!”

“Err… no,” Josefina answers. “I would never blow your… cover.”

I can’t contain it anymore and bust out laughing. I don’t know what the taco goes on in their imagination, but I like it.

This results in flaming glares at me from both Ellie and Chloe, which makes me laugh harder until they huff and turn back to the refrigerator.

“What are you guys doing up?” Josefina asks again as she reaches for a pan and turns on the stove.

Ellie shoves what she was about to pull out back in the fridge. “Nothing. Absolutely nothing.”

Josefina looks away from her pan and stares at them blankly. I seize the liberty of taking the words right out of her mouth; “That was the worst lie I have ever heard in my entire life.”

Ellie’s mouth drops open and hangs like that in horrified offense. Chloe pats her shoulder comfortingly. “Don’t worry, Ellie. Taryn just doesn’t appreciate sarcasm like you do.”

“Yeah! Sarcasm!” Ellie’s face lights up with a smirk to cover her bluff. “I was being sarcastic.”

Sure. I smile at them and then turn to the eggs Josefina is making for us. “Thanks!” I say. I love her sunny-side-up eggs. They remind me a lot of my sister back at the AG Doll Orphanage — she and I would always crack jokes about the sunny-side-up eggs they would serve. Our taste buds deemed that they had some serious issues going on.

When Chloe and Ellie scamper away from the already crowded kitchen, Josefina and I sit down with our eggs. After just one bite, I notice how especially delicious they are today. “These are awesome!” I tell her. “I love it when you make eggs, Josie. They remind me of my sister and how she–” the words are out before I know it and I catch myself in the middle of the sentence.

Josefina smiles at me sweetly. “It’s just until summer. Two more months, right? Then you can go with Mama to get her.”

“But summer is so far away!” I cry, much too loudly for seven in the morning. Embarassed, I lower my voice. “I really miss her.”

“Tell me about her, Taryn,” Josefina urges.

“She’s such an awesome older sister. She can be protective at times, but that’s just because she herself is reckless and she doesn’t want me following in her footsteps.”

Josefina laughs, and I laugh, too. Continuing, I add, “She’s really competitive, but a lot of fun. And… she loves me a lot.” My voice drops to a mutter. “We were really close.”

Josefina smiles sincerely. “I bet she misses you every single day.”

“I don’t know,” I mumble. “She’s good at toughening up and can hide her emotions well.”

Josefina nods knowingly. “She misses you, I promise. And you’ll see her soon. Just keep your head up until then.”

I smile back at her. Josefina is a really good friend. And I notice all the pain I felt in my head is completely gone now. “Thanks.”

But it’s hard to keep your head up when everything in you wants to keep it down.

What gives me the strength to keep my head up? And how am I going to keep it up until summer? I honestly don’t know how I’m going to make it that long without my sister. I miss her every day. Does she really miss me, too, like Josefina said?

 “Josefina,” I ask as I finish off the last of my eggs, “how do I keep my head up when I feel so low?”

Josefina smiles. “God gives you the strength.”

Whoops. Right. I’m still trying to get use to the victorious, new-life-with-Jesus way of doing things.

“Just ask Him,” Josefina tells me as we clear our dishes. “He loves it when we ask Him for things and believe big.”

As I grab the carton of orange juice off the table, I say my own little prayer, just in my head. Lord, give me the strength to keep my head up.

It’s then that we hear the doorbell ring. “Would you get that, Taryn,” Josefina requests as I stuff the OJ in the fridge, “since I’m doing the dishes?”

“Of course!” I nod, walking out of the kitchen and toward the door.

To be continued… in Heads Up – Part Two!

Yeah, I ended it there. I’m terrible, I know. A very big annoyance, I’m aware. If I make you annoyed, I’ll make you even more annoyed. It’s what I do. 24/7. XD

Just kidding. I don’t try to be annoying. Most of the time.

You guys will NEVER guess who’s on the other side… but just in case, like the post and comment your guesses below! I bet 99.999% of you can’t guess it. 😉 But maybe I’m just saying that to throw you off?

Love you guys! Thanks for being patient with the most annoying me as I got this photo story ready! I’m having a lot of fun with it. >:)

‘Til part two! 

By | 2017-04-28T22:43:14+00:00 April 28th, 2017|All, Photostories|62 Comments

62 Comments

  1. M&M April 28, 2017 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    Ohhhhh! STOP POSTING CLIFFHANGERS!! THEY ARE DRIVING ME CRAZY!! YOUR SO EVIL!! (actually you are a very nice person, other than that you post cliffhangers ALL THE TIME!)

    M&M-

  2. Christina April 28, 2017 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    Your new doll! How exciting! I hope the next part will be up soon!

    • Madison
      Madison April 28, 2017 at 2:45 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Christina! The next part is definitely coming soon!

  3. Rebcake April 28, 2017 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    UGH Madiiii. Why on earth did you have to end it there????? When’s the next part????

    Aww, poor Taryn… <3 <3 but Ellie and Chloe are so hilarious! XD XD

    Also, do you have any tips for indoor photography? My indoor photography always turns out a mess…yellow lighting, fuzziness, some weird reddish glow, dark edges…your's always looks so nice and clean! 🙁

    • Madison
      Madison April 28, 2017 at 2:56 pm - Reply

      *maliciously evil laugh* Because I am The Evil Madison Lorfing. ? Ahh, as soon as I can get it up — I have the pictures for part 3 taken but not part 2, so IDK. XD

      Yeah… <3 Tehehe! I died laughing out loud so many times while writing their dialog and my family around me was all like what ?

      Ooh, of course! What kind of camera do you use? One of my biggest tips is lots of lighting. For all the pictures in this post, I had my overhead room lights on, the window shades open, and then I always use a studio light called a soft box (or maybe it's a soff box...). I have a reflector shield, but I haven't gotten around to practice using it or anything yet. And I always shoot my indoor photos at the time of day where the lighting hits my room perfectly and evenly. So be sure you have lots of even lighting to rid of weird shadows and all. I hope that helps! If you have any questions... well, I love questions. ?

      • From a Doll's Perspective (Anna) April 28, 2017 at 3:01 pm - Reply

        So, YOU are one of the Evil Ones? ????

      • Rebcake April 28, 2017 at 3:10 pm - Reply

        XDDD. YES THEY ARE HILARIOUS.

        I use a Canon Rebel EOS, I think.Thank you so much for the tips, I’ll definitely be using them for my next photostory! Yeah, good lighting is kind of a problem for me. I might have to consider moving my stuffed animal room somewhere other than the basement…the office has decent lighting…but does my dad want a bunch of stuffies hanging around? I think not… ?I always struggle with either terrible direct sunlight or dim reddish yellow light. XD I guess it just takes practice. 😉 Thanks again for your wonderful, amazing, phenomenal, mind-blowing….um, what I meant was, great tips!

        • Madison
          Madison April 28, 2017 at 10:43 pm - Reply

          XDDD I’M GLAD. XD

          Okay! That’s a great camera. You’re so welcome! I’d suggest a place with lots of windows. Natural light is really wonderful. XD Hehe, it does! You should see my photos from early 2016. O_O Actually, wait, no, don’t. They’re terrible. XD Aw, you’re so welcome! ❤️ I’m glad they were somewhat helpful, seeing as I couldn’t get the name soft / soff box right… XD I found out it’s a “fluorescent light with diffuser”. 😛

  4. Christian Homeschooler April 28, 2017 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    This is so good, Madison, and I’m excited to read Part 2! I will forgive you for the “annoying” ending to Part 1. 😉
    And my guess is that K.C. is at the door. 🙂
    ~Christian Homeschooler
    P.S. How do you style your dolls’ hair so perfectly? Taryn’s curls looks especially gorgeous.

    • Madison
      Madison April 28, 2017 at 2:59 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad! 😀 Tehehe, thank you. 😉

      Ooh! Great guess!

      P.S. Aw, that means so much! I mist their hair with water and style it before I take each picture if need be so that it always looks nice. (I use my fingers and a water spritzer to style their hair during the shoot and only brush / pick their hair when I’m creating a style beforehand).

  5. Sara April 28, 2017 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    Oooohhhhh!!! You stopped at the best part!!! You are horrible!!(just kidding)? hmm…? And you are not annoying! (Sometimes)? I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE NEXT PART!! SERIOUSLY! HOW ROOD! ( just kidding again! ? I’m SO excited for the next part! Madison! I wonder what when where how and who that unnamed doll is?? WHO IS SHEEEEE!!!!???

    • Madison
      Madison April 28, 2017 at 3:00 pm - Reply

      MWAHAHAHA! Just kidding. 😉 The next part is coming soon! ;D ?

      • Sara April 28, 2017 at 3:06 pm - Reply

        Hahahaha that’s not funny! Ok I’m excited and cat wait!

  6. From a Doll's Perspective (Anna) April 28, 2017 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 I LOVE it! I burst out laughing when I read the whole ninja/spy thing! 😀 And YAY! I spied correctly about Delaney's name! My guess is that K.C. is at the door.

    • From a Doll's Perspective (Anna) April 28, 2017 at 2:48 pm - Reply

      Oh, and just curious- where did you get that music?

      • Madison
        Madison April 28, 2017 at 5:17 pm - Reply

        LOLOL! I’m so glad you liked that, I was laughing the entire time I wrote it. ? Ahaha, yes you did! Ooh, good guess. 😉

        That song is Adventure by Matthew Parker. He’s an amazing Christian electronica / dance music artist and I just got introduced to his inspiring music. I’ve listening to Adventure about 500 times in the past two days, I can’t get enough of it! ?

        • From a Doll's Perspective (Anna) April 28, 2017 at 6:30 pm - Reply

          I’ve pretty much been laughing hysterically about Chloe and Ellie all day. ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

          Cool! I’ve probably watched the intro about 100000000000 (Possibly an exaggeration.) times because I like the song so much. ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? It also may or may not have sparked the idea for- HEY WAIT I can’t tell you about that yet!!!

          • Madison
            Madison April 28, 2017 at 10:48 pm - Reply

            ??? Oh my gosh, I think about their dialog sometimes and just bust out laughing at random moments. I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks they’re absolutely hilarious. ?

            ??? I’ve been playing it literally all day because I love the way the photos go with the music. ? I actually have the entire song I’m totally obsessed with it — would you like me to send it to you? OOH IDEA? TELL MEEEEE. Aw, okay. XD

            • From a Doll's Perspective (Anna) April 29, 2017 at 8:47 am - Reply

              ?????????You would never blow our cover to the Evil Ones, would you???????

              Yes! (This next sentence probably has very poor grammar.) Like how when it says black and blue Taryn is wearing a black a blue outfit and how when it say the word call Taryn has a phone and when it says together we touch the sky Taryn and Delaney are together and OK, I’ll stop now. ???

              Ooh! Yes, that would be great! 😀 😀 😀

              • From a Doll's Perspective (Anna) April 29, 2017 at 8:48 am - Reply

                Wow! That’s probably the longest comment I’ve ever left!

              • Madison
                Madison May 2, 2017 at 12:43 pm - Reply

                ?????

                ????? You, like, never fail to make me laugh. ???

                Here’s the link to the song on YouTube, but if you’re not allowed to go to it or anything I can upload the song to a page on DWOD.

                • ???? Well, thanks to YOU, I’m laughing hysterically 24/7.????

                  Hmm… could you put it on a page? I’m only allowed to go on certain YouTube channels.

            • From a Doll's Perspective (Anna) April 29, 2017 at 9:26 am - Reply

              Ooops I forgot to reply to the last part.

  7. Taryn April 28, 2017 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    Aww. Madi! Tell us what happens!!!? I can’t wait for the next part!?
    ~ Taryn

    • Madison
      Madison April 28, 2017 at 5:20 pm - Reply

      NEVER! 😉 Yay! 😀

  8. From a Doll's Perspective (Anna) April 28, 2017 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    Sorry for the crazy amount of comments.

    • Madison
      Madison April 28, 2017 at 5:20 pm - Reply

      LOL! I love comments, comment away! ❤️

  9. EnniMorgan April 28, 2017 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    ??????????

  10. Rutvi April 28, 2017 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    Hmmmm… is it your new doll? Or… *gasp* her sister?!?!

  11. Allison April 28, 2017 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    Oooooh! 😀
    Well I was going to guess that the person that opens the door is a new doll or Taryn’s sister, but that might be too obvious for 99.999% of readers not guessing it, so I don’t know! I suppose I shall have to wait and see! Hee hee! (Oh, that rhymed. O.o XD )

    • Madison
      Madison April 28, 2017 at 10:52 pm - Reply

      Oooh! Hehehe! 😉 Thanks for commenting! (XD)

  12. Olive April 28, 2017 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    You are very annoying. -_-
    but other than the ending, it was awesome! 😀 Ellie and Chloe….*snicker* can join their team? I just need to figure out how to shrink… XD
    I’m guessing that it’s K.C. or Delaney. or both! 😛 🙂
    I rate it 5/5 for quality, 5/5 for humor, 5/5 and for managing to drive us all crazy with the ending. XD
    Most crazily, ~Olive

    • Madison
      Madison April 28, 2017 at 10:53 pm - Reply

      Oh, I excel at that.

      Tehehe! Thanks! XDDD They want to be a trio of troublemakers, so why not? XD

      Ooh, both! :O Very good guess. 😉

      Ahh, thank you. *bows* XD

      • Olive April 29, 2017 at 7:12 am - Reply

        😀 😀 😀 😀

  13. Samantha April 29, 2017 at 9:19 am - Reply

    Aggh! I can’t wait for the next part! I laughed out loud at the part where Taryn almost smashed her phone. XD I LOVE THE NEW HEADER! So cute! Now, I have to go take MY new header, since I got some new additions…My new doll has an artist mark too! I REALLY hope it’s he new sister, entering the door, because if not, who the heck would it be! Until next time,
    ~Samantha

  14. Kendall April 29, 2017 at 10:52 am - Reply

    Wonderful Madi! I loved it!
    As for guessing, I say it’s K.C. 🙂

  15. EmeraldPhoenix April 29, 2017 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    WOW. (In a good way.)
    This was the absolute third best thing that has ever been on your blog! (Beaten only by The Goodbye and Hang on to Hope!)
    Delaney…. hmmm…

  16. Rebekah April 29, 2017 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    So interesting 😀

  17. Sara April 29, 2017 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    Really, Madi?!? You stop right when I’m getting interested?! You must have some sort of problem that makes you write cliffhangers. XD Oh Madi…tsk, tsk, tsk. Now, you hurry up and post the next part. XD

    -Sara ❤

    P.S. I plan on sharing about your awesome AGSM on Monday. 😉

  18. AAG April 29, 2017 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    Hey Madi!
    10 dolls? Wow! I only have 3 dolls and my parents will never let me get 10, your a lucky ducky!

  19. agsparklesisters April 30, 2017 at 8:20 am - Reply

    Oooooooo! You really need to stop leaving us hanging! It’s driving us bananas! How dare you! You’re always so nice and then you leave us like this! ?

  20. Somebody......aka sara April 30, 2017 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    Oohh ?i didn’t see her name in the heads up video last time but I watched It again and and her name is Delaney??? And haha that’s funny you played the song over and over hahahah I like that song alot to???I listened to it like 10 times today! Lol?
    when are you posting #part 2? Im too excited! ??????????????????

  21. Mia April 30, 2017 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    That was really good! I can’t wait till the next part!
    What’s the name of the song in the trailer?

  22. Maddie April 30, 2017 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    Yeah, girl, that trailer is so perfect I think this grandma’s face is just in shock in the amount of awesomeness she just witnessed ?? XD And DELANY IS THE BEST NAMMEEEEE EVVVEEERRRRRR!!!! Love, love, love it. And I feel like it’s gonna be Delaney at the door, but at the same time something tells me it’s gonna just be Ellie and Chloe, or I mean it could be a Girl Scout selling cookies for goodness sakes….why would a Girl Scout be selling cookies at 7 a.m? I have no idea :/

  23. Olivia Bell (aka Livy) April 30, 2017 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    I’m so excited about Delaney!! (did I spell her name right?) She’s so pretty, and I can’t wait to see her and Taryn reunited!! Yeah, I know exactly how Taryn feels after having a pretty bad concussion in 2015… it was just like that, so many headaches. Me and Taryn share a bond! Haha!

    My guess is that Delaney is on the other side of the door, but I thought that last time, so maybe it’s the “Evil Ones” or something! AHAHAHA! I loved this, Maddi, you’re so creative!! My favorite is still Chloe, and I love Ellie too, but I really like Taryn too! I love how you put the message of Hope in your stories, you are such a light for Jesus! 😀

  24. Staff April 30, 2017 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    WHY MADI!!!! I HATE CLIFFHANGES, BUT I LOVE THEM, BUT I HATE THEM!!!!!

    What song did you pick for the intro? I love it! I could watch that intro forever!

    • ???? May 2, 2017 at 4:02 pm - Reply

      She picked for the intro the song by Matthew parker- adventure!

  25. Miri April 30, 2017 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    Guesses….guesses…DARTH VADER? TARYN’S SISTER?

  26. Daisymermaid May 1, 2017 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    I feel ya, Taryn, BABY CHRISTIANS UNITE!!!

    • Madison
      Madison May 2, 2017 at 12:32 pm - Reply

      Taryn: OH PHEW I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE!!! *high-fives Daisymermaid*

  27. Katy Bell May 2, 2017 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    I bet its Delany and KC at the door! Ha! (XD yes I did just read part 2 do not judge my amazing guessing skills) 😉

  28. JR.JEANSK8 May 11, 2017 at 11:05 am - Reply

    Hmm, let me guess. Either K.C or Delany! Funny, I have the doll that K.C is. I also got her as a TLC doll, I am just not allowed to do much in the line of fixing with her (my mom is afraid that it would lower the retail value, like I’m EVER going to sell my dolls!). Mine had her ears pierced, does yours?

    • Madison
      Madison May 16, 2017 at 5:10 pm - Reply

      LOL great guesses ? That’s awesome! Aw, too bad 😛 (LOL!) Mine doesn’t have ears pierced, that’s really cool yours does!

  29. J July 15, 2017 at 11:53 pm - Reply

    😀

You have a voice. I'd love to hear it!

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