Big Smiles for Summer

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Yes, Yes…I missed the entire month of May. But I’m back to the blog just in time for summer. Graduation (and parties) are over. The high school reunion is around the corner, and the BBQ is fired up. One camping trip is under my belt for the year. Life is good.

Our oldest daughter is situated in Michigan for her master’s program. She’s busy with research on Lake Huron. Way to go, Jess!

Erica is registered for the fall semester with college. She is busy with summer plans that include a missions trip and VBS. We’re very proud.

The knee replacement surgery is next month…and coming too fast. It seemed so far away in April. I’m gearing up for the transition. Please pray for a quick recovery.

Writing has been non-existent for the past two months. I’m looking forward to some writing time in late July. 🙂

Have a great summer.

Beth

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New Changes

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Life is always changing. We travel from one phase to the next. Our oldest daughter has been accepted to Central Michigan University for their masters program in aquatic biology. Under the wings of a professor, she will be doing research and teaching. We are very proud of her.

The youngest is graduating high school as I mentioned in the last blog. I’m cleaning off my shelves of textbooks and trying to figure out what the next phase of my life is going to be. God always has something in mind. I just want to make sure I’m doing what He wants.

Maybe there will be more time for writing. I’m eager to get back to two stories that I’m in the midst of writing. I’ve been away from it for far too long.

The high school senior is also writing dramas this spring to use on a mission’s trip in June. I was very impressed with the growth in her writing. It’s great to know she loves to write.

Have a Happy Mother’s Day. May God bless all of you.

Hugs,
Beth

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Spring Happenings

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Welcome Spring! It’s been wonderful to have a mild winter and an early warm weather. The trees and flowers are beautiful. Everything smells new and fresh. Wonderful.

It’s going to be a busy spring with one of our youngest graduating from high school and another starting grad school. Congratulations to both of our daughters. Homeschool will also be officially over. It’s a happy time all around.

In other news, I’ve finally come to the point where I need to have my first knee replacement. The pain and limited movement has crossed that fine line and it’s time to bite the bullet. July will be the month. Maybe I can get some writing done during recovery.

I wish everyone of you a Happy Easter.

Hugs,
Beth

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Feburary Came Fast

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Where did January go? I missed my blog in some type of time warp. I’m still here, however, and back on track. It’s been a great winter so far. Little snow and almost spring-like temperatures every other week. Wonderful. Those who make a living plowing snow probably don’t like this turn of events. I do feel bad for them. But they have had several good snow years and I was more than ready for the break.

Writing is very slow right now….and might continue to be until our youngest graduates from high school. When did parents become as busy as the students for graduation? As a student, even I wasn’t this busy. It’s a fun time, though, and the senior banquet isn’t far off.

I have been reading Love Inspired books…especially the suspense line. Great stuff while snuggled under a warm blanket. What have the rest of you been reading?

Been watching the ME Network that has shows from the 60s-80s. It takes me back in time. Some of it is hokey, but the content is always decent. It also gives me ideas for good story lines with a twist for our modern age. Love to see their “computers” in the 60s. It was so advanced then, but looking like a huge dinosaur now. Too funny.

Hope everything is going well for you. May God’s peace be with you.

Hugs,
Beth

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Christmas Blessings to All!

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First, I want to wish each and everyone of you a Merry Christmas. It’s a blessed time of year that brings about many happy memories and a thankful heart for God sending His Son. For the most part, I’m ready…the cookies and fudges (chocolate & peanut butter) are done, the presents are wrapped and the tree is in place. It’s time to celebrate Jesus!

For some people, however, this time of year is hard. Whether it’s an empty chair or an empty heart, it’s difficult to muster the feeling of joy they used to feel. Maybe the memory has begun to dim and they no longer remember past Christmas celebrations. There will come a time when these may be true for all of us, including me. May I remember that the very basis of Christmas will give me much more than the best celebration I’ve had here. I’ll have eternity with family and friends…a true celebration with the One who made it possible.

Until then, I plan to enjoy my family. Our oldest graduated college and is home for a few days. Everyone is together again and the house is alive with the sounds of laughter. May your house be full of laughter and joy, as well.

Have a beautiful New Year. Be sure to visit me on Facebook. Just let me know you’re a reader (and not some kook 🙂 ) wanting to be my friend. I post different pictures on Facebook than I do this website.

Merry Christmas,
Beth

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Blessings for Thanksgiving

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How did we get from June to Thanksgiving without my knowledge? One blink and it will Christmas. If the radio stations are any indication, Christmas started November 1st. I’ve held off listening. I love Thanksgiving and enjoy the fact that the entire nation takes time to reflect on their blessings. I’d like to spent time on this before moving onto Christmas.

There are times when it feels like our blessing are few and the trials are many. It’s hard (very hard) to keep a thankful heart during these times. As I look back, though, it’s quite evident that these bumps in the road are no match for the blessings God has given….even when the bumps become more frequent and bigger as life goes on. So, I’m thankful for all God has given me. I’ll never ask for the trials (I’d be crazy to, right?), but I will try to keep a thankful heart during them.

Our oldest daughter is graduating early from college. We’re very proud of her and can’t wait for the graduation next month. I’m sure she’s ready, too. We are doing the college search for the youngest. Anyone else find that job stressful???? Writing is coming along slowly, but surely. I hope to have something finished by the end of January.

I wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. Blessings to all.

Hugs,
Beth

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Lions, Tigers and Bears

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I’m sure most have heard about the wild, exotic animals that were on the loose in Ohio. Very scary for those in the area. We were far enough away to keep out of danger. How terrible for the animals, sheriffs and residents. There were some very stressful hours in the town of Zanesville. When people say life is crazier than fiction, it’s true. I couldn’t have written anything so bizarre.

People ask all the time where my book ideas come from. Honestly, I can say my ideas are real life with several tweaks. Sometimes I will see a plot on TV and I think, this would be so much better if…. Lots of “ifs” makes for a great story.

Enjoy this great fall. It won’t be long until the holidays will be upon us. Until then….

Hugs,
Beth

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Heartsong Again

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The last post was about Heartsong and the unfortunate closing of my favorite book line. I have started a Facebook page for Heartsong authors and avid readers. Come on over if you want to join. I don’t want to lose contact with anyone.

The Davis Family Reunion was wonderful. What a blessing family members can be. God held off the rain and everyone was able to play corn hole and other games. Glow sticks were extremely popular when dusk came. It’s great to see kids (and adults) having fun.

Unofficially, fall came in with a 30 degree drop in temperature. Crazy weather! Hopefully, the sweating is over and there will some pleasant weather before snow falls. My calendar is already filled to the brim with fall happenings: school, school and more school. In that order, of course.

Sadly, I haven’t written one word in my manuscript since my last post. I’m writing in other areas that have to be done. In two weeks, however, it’s back to the manuscript. I’m excited thinking about it.

Enjoy the cooler weather. Hugs to all.

Beth

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Heartsong Presents

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I heard sad news today that Heartsong Presents will no longer produce a book club after this year. This has been a great Christian romance line that has really brought this type of fiction into the hearts of many. Barbour will still produce Christian fiction and romance. Let’s pray that they are able to fill this void. They are a great publisher.

This summer has been another hot one. It’s making the tomatoes grow fast which is good news. Makes me in the mood for writing on my fiction manuscript where the corn grows tall. I would like to write a Christmas novel at some point. Wonder if other authors listen to Christmas music to keep in the mood? Sounds good to me.

I’m excited about our big family reunion in August. It’s been many years since we’ve been together. Many are no longer with us. I’m thankful for the opportunity to see everyone again. Hopefully, I’ll have some pictures to share next month.

Until then, take care.

Hugs,
Beth

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Nipped in the Bud

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Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer. The flowers are loving the warm weather. My cherry tree, however, is very sparse. It had beautiful blooms in spring, but the spring cold snap must have nipped it in the bud….as Deputy Barney used to say. Sometimes, I feel like that. I’m blooming just right and a cold snap nips my excitement right in the bud. That’s why I’m so glad God never changes and He sees me through those times.

The characters in my latest manuscript are also getting nipped in the bud. One is a believer and one is not. Both are struggling with God’s role in the difficulties of life. Soon, they will find out that God knows exactly what he’s doing. I’m praying the message comes through.

The garden is slow growing, but progressing. One little green tomato is hanging on for dear life….just like my characters. Can’t wait until the fruit is red and ripe.

Happy Fourth of July! I’m grilling ribs for the first time in my life. It’s good to try something new. If it turns out good, my oldest daughter will be very happy indeed.

Hugs,
Beth

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