Archive for 2006
Before I talk about our wonderful trip to Colonial Williamsburg, let me take time to wish all of you a very Merry CHRISTmas. I love this time of year! Celebrating Christ’s birth has a special meaning to me and I hope to you, also. And yes, I still become bogged down with all the preparations and have to prioritize from time to time….just like everyone else. I’m busy baking cookies, cleaning house, writing greeting cards, putting up the tree (tonight), and wrapping presents. But I love it all!
Our family decided to visit Colonial Williamsburg for Christmas. (Be sure to see the pictures I posted in the photo section.) My husband and I had been to Williamsburg several years ago before we had children, and we wanted to see it decorated for Christmas. It was absolutely wonderful. We walked miles and miles everyday and went to several evening activities. The Bruton Parish Church has a candlelight service with their bell choir. Fabulous!
My husband and I learned a colonial dance that was fun. If my husband had known HE would be dancing during this tour, I probably would have been alone. But God knew my husband needed to let loose with a dance. Right, honey?
As much fun as Colonial Williamsburg has been and the enjoyment I receive from the Christmas season, I pray that I never forget the real reason for this season. May it be your prayer, too.
It was a wonderful evening of fun and entertainment. What can I say! Joined by family and friends, the “Swing Machine” brought their Big Band era music to life. Over two hours of toe-tapping favorites like, “In the Mood”, “Moonlight Serenade”, and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”. Several Veterans were in attendance and had a great time.
You’re probably wondering how I landed a 17-Piece band for a private party…just for the sake of having a party. No, I’m not independently wealthly. Last spring, I bid on a 5-piece band during the “Auction 34” local PBS event….and I won. Then a member of the band made an proposition I couldn’t refuse; he offered the entire 17-member band for the same price. It was gift from heaven.
When I bid on the band my husband asked me what in the world I had in mind. Who knew? I walked around for days telling people that I had a band coming. I didn’t know when or how, but I did have a band. Originally, I had hoped to have a summer party where my father could have fun remembering those post WWII songs he loved. God called him in June and he was truly missed, but I’m hoping he was allowed to listen in….at least for a little while.
So, we had the party on November 11th…Veteran’s Day. It was a casual affair with chili and sandwiches for food. All the food was beyond delicious. Thanks to all those who came and made the precious evening possible. I’ll never forget the fun…although my back, knees, and misused muscles are reminding me today. 🙂
Check out the photo section under the “Personal” album to catch a glimpse of the evening.
Love as Always,
Greetings to All,
Aren’t the fall leaves beautiful? The temperatures have turned cooler and the crunchy leaves let me know that fall is in full swing. It’s a great season. To start off the fall festivities, our family, including my brother Jim and his wife Dorothy, went to our very first indoor waterpark. I had a blast!
The Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio, is a huge complex. Although I was scared half out of my wits, I went down several of the slides and tubes…..and lived to tell about it. The surf rider was pretty cool. Wear a shirt over your bathing suits, though, because the water pressure can nearly tear the spandex right off of you. Yikes!!
It was great time and the location is perfect. By now you know how much I love the Lake Erie region and this place is right in the heart of it. These places are usually very expensive, but watch for money-saving specials (especially during the week) and you’ll be surprised on the deals.
That’s all for now! Enjoy the fall colors and take time for a scenic walk.
Until Next Time,
Yes, it seems my best efforts to write more often have not materialized as I had hoped. But I’m writing now. That’s what counts, right? Sometimes it’s hard to find time for all the things I want to do when you’re living in the fast lane of fall.
Most of you know what I’m talking about. It’s the time of year when school starts and all the activities associated with our kids begins to fly at warp speed. And I’m sure, there are a few of you who can sympathize with a parent whose oldest child has just begun Driver’s Education. Yikes! Let me tell you…..settling yourself in the passenger seat for the first time is more stressful that I anticipated. What! No steering wheel or brake on my side? Not that I didn’t try putting my foot through the floor more than once.
All in all, my oldest really is a good driver. It does add, however, another dimension to area of motherly concern…another item to give over to God. That list seems to be growing at warp speed, too.
So, between driver’s education, volleyball, music lessons, fine arts group, and speech and debate class….life is quite full. My writing is on hold right now until I settle my father’s estate. No small task, I might add.
I hope everyone is having a blessed and full start to the fall schedule…even if the calendar hasn’t declared it yet. What does it know!
Drop me a line through the website on what’s happening this fall with your family and I might add some of your thoughts in my next blog.
This summer has been quite full and busy. Be sure to visit the photo section and look at the two pictures from the Crossroads Methodist Church Potato Festival. It’s a great gig to be judge. The food dishes were awesome and it was loads of fun.
It’s time to also start thinking about school again and those dreaded lesson plans. I’ll be teachiing a Speech and Debate class this fall for our homeschool teen group. Can’t wait. This group of teens is wonderful and I have a blast teaching.
And guess what! My oldest has her driving temps. Yikes!!! Do you know how stressful it is to sit helplessly in the passenger seat while your “Baby” takes control of a one-ton vehicle? Well, she’s really doing well……just not me. Prayers are always welcome!
Until next time,
Deep appreciation and a great big hug to all of you for your prayers, kind e-mails, cards and calls. You’ll never know how much it meant to me. My father’s promotion to Heaven was difficult and joyous at the same time. Let me share with you the power of our loving God. My earthly father had claimed to know Christ since he was a child, but he was never one to talk about the things of God or go to church. Somehow, he said, he had a ‘deal’ with God. Most of us realize that we don’t make deals with God. Needless to say, I’ve always been burden for my father to know Christ personally. That happened a week before he died!
Two pastors from my sister’s church took turns visiting my dad everyday for six weeks while he was in the hospital and eventually Hospice Care. During that time, they talked with him about God and what it meant to have a personal relationship with Him. These pastors were able to reach my Dad’s heart in a way that I had previously not been able. Frankly, I never cared “who” the person reaching my dad would be since God receives all the glory anyway. Right!!! It made his dying much more tolerable. Never give up on the ones you love. God is truly merciful.
Now I’ll have to tell you about my mid-July week as camp nurse. God graciously gave me another nurse to work with—and with nearly 200 kids the help was very much needed. Terri Phillips was great to work with and was a wonderful encourager. We weathered quite a few serious medical problems that God saw fit to give us wisdom. It was a tremendous week spiritually for the campers. Be sure to look at the photo gallery to catch a glimpse of the week.
May God shine on you with His mercy this week.
Just a brief blog for right now. My father, James Davis, stepped into Glory last night (Sunday, June 25) and I’m praising God for his mercy. It has been a tough journey the past 6 weeks for my dad and I thank all those who uplifted him and our family in prayer. My dad is at peace now and waiting for me when my time comes to cross that river. God bless you all!
Shining in God’s Love,
It’s June already and so much has happened since the last blog. Life can be very difficult as many of you know, but I am reassured that God is always good.
Four years ago my father suffered a stroke which dramatically changed his life. He was never able to return to his home of 50 years, lost his driving abilities and had to move into an assisted living facility. His independence was gone! He has been such a trooper through all of these hardships. He lost the use of his right leg and despite his valiant efforts at physical therapy, he has spent most of his time in a wheelchair. His health has been on the decline since that time with several hospitalizations.
Two weeks ago he had yet another set back and two major abdominal surgeries. His life has once again dramatically changed. He has spent several days in the I.C.U. and is now barely clinging to life. We had to move his furniture out of the assisted living place he’d called home for the past four years and I said goodbye to the friends he’d made. It all seems so unfair.
As I watch my 82-year-old father go through this new season in his life, I pray that God will extend His grace to my dad and to others who are also suffering. My father’s time on this earth feels like it’s coming to a close. Yes, I do ask God questions and yes, I plead my father’s case before Him, but I also know that God and His promises are always true. Although my heart grieves, it also rejoices to know my Heavenly Father is very much involved in the situation.
As always, your prayers are greatly appreciated. Pray that God might be able to use our family to show His powerful love to others who are hurting.
Keep Looking UP,
The May flowers are beautiful. There’s color everywhere with the tulips, hostas, and even dandelions. And yes, it’s time to mow the grass every five days….but I’m loving it.
Be sure to check out the new photos in the website book album. Our family visited Put-in-Bay island and Marblehead a few weeks ago and had a glorious time. I drove my family nuts everytime we passed a police officer in the area. LOL! I was sure Officer Larry Newkirk was in one of those cruisers. There were plenty of places similiar to Bay Island and I tried to take as many pictures as possible.
Homeschooling is winding down for the school year. I’ll be able to get back to writing. I’m excited about the next book, Bay Hideaway, which is due out in January. If you liked the two previous Bay Island books, you won’t want to miss this one. There’s a touch of mystery surrounding the plot.
Keep your chin up and praise the Son!
The most frequently asked question seems to be: How do you create your characters and plots? In two short words—I’m crazy! My mind never stops working in overdrive. It drives my family up a wall. We’ll be traveling on the highway and I’ll be looking at the other cars and passengers wondering what’s going on in their lives. Of course, I have to share exactly what I think the other people might be saying or doing. In a short time, I have an entire plot and characters to go with it. My kids just roll their eyes and my husband wants to know why I’m so negative. It’s hard for him to understand that without tension and conflict, an entire book would sink unnoticed to the bottom of the ocean. Being negative is a positive thing (just like two negatives in algebra) when it comes to plots.
Sometimes characters develop on their own. I know this sounds wacky, but it’s true. Even I’m surprised at times. The character just takes over and suddenly he or she is revealing something from their past or possibly what they are going to do in the future….and I didn’t see it coming. I’ll sit back in my chair and stare at the screen. I can’t believe the character just said so and so. Trust me..it happens. In the just-released Thunder Bay book, Michael’s character wasn’t even in the original synopsis. He just popped up in the first chapter and decided to stick around long enough to become a significant character. He’s a bit pushy if you ask me!
Our world is full of lively characters. All you have to do is sit in a mall or at a bus stop to watch people in action. Gather all the goofy or unique quirks people exhibit and it’s not long before an imaginary character takes form. It’s fun…try it some time.
Until then…enjoy the warm spring weather and remember that Jesus loved you enough to die on the cross. There is no greater love!