About

Hello! Xin chào! Bonjour! Suilad! Hola! Здравствуйте! 你好! Γεια σας!

(I apologize for all the languages I didn’t include…and for including a made-up one. XD)

I’m Elisha (ee-LEE-shuh), a teenager who, first and foremost, loves her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and who, second and secondmost, is always voyaging to new places. These places include the Earth, music (which is totally a place), Quilvanya (a planet in a different dimension), and brains (don’t worry, the only one I’ve visited is my own.)

A huge part of my love of exploring, besides for the exciting adventures, is the stories I unearth along the way. Stories, I believe, exist everywhere, from every country to every person to every leaf, yearning to be discovered. Just like people and leaves, stories are individually special and can change lives (if you doubt that leaves can change lives, think of the transformative powers of spinach, lettuce, and kale.)

Because of the power of stories, I’ve made it one of my life’s goals to write down mine, the ones I live and the ones I imagine. This little cave in the internet is the place where I share them, be it through written words, music, or photos, so you can come voyage with me, and perhaps experience a bit of God’s unconditional love along the way.

To get an idea of the stories I live, here are some fun (and some not-so-fun) facts about me:

  • I’m a thalassophile, bibliophile, and Jesusophile. These fancy words mean that, respectively, I love the ocean, books, and Jesus (in case you were wondering, yes, I made up that last word.)
  • I live in mortal dread of creatures with more than six legs, ever since a scorpion lurked in my shoe, a tarantula sunbathed next to my window, and a centipede crawled out of my sink.
  • I’m a trinstamentalist. This (made-up) word means that I play three instruments. In my case, piano, guitar, and violin. You can find out more about that here.
  • My heritage spans across three continents. I’m 50% Vietnamese, 25% French, 25% Austrian/Hungarian/Czechoslovakian/who-knows-what-else, and 100% American. Having family all over the world and wanderitis-infected parents has allowed me to travel more than most, a blessing I’m extremely grateful for. You can read about our voyages around the Earth here.
  • The brain intrigues me. I marvel at the mysteriousness of how a 3 pound organ controls my every thought, behavior, and emotion while also working every millisecond to keep me alive. My fascination with the brain and desire to unveil the unknown makes up a large part of who I am, which is why I intend to one day pursue the fields of neuroscience and cognitive science.
  • Some of my favorite storytellers include J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Arthur Conan Doyle, Frank Peretti, Jennifer Nielson, Alexandre Dumas, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Lindsay Franklin, and (I never thought I would say this) Charles Dickens.
  • I love words. I also love putting them together, more commonly known as writing, be it in novels, short stories, or poems. However, I have yet to appreciate the writing of essays.
  • I love making up words. As proof, in this short page alone, I’ve mentioned three of them.
  • I hold all forms of chocolate in utter contempt. Notice how I saved this controversial opinion for last.


Looking forward to seeing you on future voyages! In the meantime, as the Irish say…

Bon voyage!

8 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi, Elisha! My name is Esther and I’m twelve. I found out about your blog through a comment on Africa Boy (Elisha McFarland’s blog), and I really like it!!! 🙂 I believe you had requested access to my blog as well (which is called Esther’s Nook), and I had been wondering if you had a blog. I’m so glad I found yours!! I play piano as well, though from watching one of your YouTube videos I’m definitely not as talented! 🙂 Still, I really enjoy it and hope to further my skills.

    I can’t wait to see more great posts!! ❤ Have a blessed day!

    ~Esther

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    1. Hi Esther, nice to meet you! Thank you so much, I’m so glad you like it. Yes, I did request access to your blog, and it looks awesome!! I just gave it a follow. 🙂 It’s so cool that you play piano too! How long have you been playing? And what type of music do you enjoy playing? Aw, thank you! Practice is everything. 😉

      Thanks so much for dropping by! Have a blessed day as well!

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      1. 🙂 Thank you so much for replying!! I’m glad that you like my blog, and thanks so much for following it. I was just clicking around on your blog recently and I really enjoy your posts. I especially loved reading about your trips to Europe and New York!! It is my dream to go visit those places someday. 🙂

        I’ve been playing piano for about six years, though I haven’t taken lessons for all six years since we moved to Louisiana in early 2019 and we moved again to Texas just over a month ago. We are still looking for a piano teacher here in Texas, though the corona virus has stopped us from looking very far! I do still practice when I’m not taking lessons, though it isn’t as fun when you don’t have something new to work on! 😉

        I enjoy playing mostly classical and romantic music, and I also like playing hymns. ❤ My favorite composers are Mozart, Haydn, a bit of Tchaikovsky, and a few others. 🙂

        ~Esther

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    2. I’m glad you enjoyed reading them! I’m very blessed to have gotten the chance to visit so many places, so I’m happy that I could share parts of it with you. I hope you get to visit them one day too!

      Yes, having a teacher helps a lot. I’ll be praying that you find a good one after everything returns back to normal. If there’s a piece you like, there are many places online where you can print out free sheet music and start learning them. IMSLP is one of my favorites.

      I love Tchaikovsky as well! His music is so fresh and full of energy. It reminds me of Russia. 🙂

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      1. Thank you so much; I really appreciate your prayers!! ❤ And thank you for the sheet music recommendation!! I will definitely look into that. 🙂 Have a great day!

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