Archive for 2009
Just a quick note to let you know I’m trying to upload the Christmas pictures, but I’m having a problem. Either I’ve uploaded too many and will have to take some off…..or the individual pictures are too big. I’m working on it.
Hope everyone had a merry Christmas. Now, I wish you a Happy New Year!
Everyone is busy wrapping presents, baking cookies and preparing for all the family traditions that make Christmas fun. It’s a time when the world stops, believers and unbelievers, to contemplate the Lord Jesus. It is with that spirit that I celebrate this wonderful season.
In my last blog I warned about going full steam ahead and I have. The Christmas Outreach drama at our church reached many people and delivered a strong message about the birth of Jesus. With the exception of one mishap on the first night (a main character tripping and falling two feet down and off the back stage in the first twenty seconds of the first scene) the drama went beautifully. The falling character did survive (PTL) without injury to himself or the prompter behind the backdrop. He climbed back onto the stage and announced, “That was fun”, and on went the play.
Later the night after the last performance, I began to feel ill and a new chapter began. One ER visit followed by a partially, expense-paid 4-night stay at a luxurious hospital in town, I returned home. I now have the dubious diagnosis of ulcerative colitis. What fun it was. I am much better now, but did miss one night (and an entire week of Christmas preparation) as a character at the Ohio Village.
But all is well. The Ohio Village “Dickens of a Christmas” went well and was beautiful. We even had a visitor from London, England. I will post pictures today or tomorrow. Be sure to check out my husband. He looks very dashing in his Dickens outfit.
I do wish all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Remember….Life is tough, but God is good. Even in the bad times he is in control.
Christ is King,
Okay, I know the Christmas merchandise and music begins earlier and earlier every year, but let’s not shove Thanksgiving out of the way. Case in point, I needed new Thanksgiving hand towels. I waited patiently until the day after Halloween to make my search. Imagine my surprise when the orange pumpkin towels disappeared and were replaced not with Thanksgiving emblems, but Christmas. Bam! No Thanksgiving.
This was not just one store, but every store I visited. There were a few “harvest” kitchen towels, but no turkeys or “Give God Thanks” towels to be found.
So, I’m here to declare Thanksgiving is alive and well at our house. Although our attitude of thanksgiving is year-round, this is the official day we can come together as God’s people to celebrate what He’s done for us.
I wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving. If you are a Heartsong subscriber, be sure to look for my new novella, Flowers for Christine in next year’s Romantic Notions newsletter.
It is now official. Time to gear up for the holidays. The stores already started a month ago. Hallmark is always in the lead with their July release of ornaments. 🙂
Every year I plan how to make the holidays less stressful and time consuming. Yet, every year it seems that events pop up that make it impossible to relax. Maybe I’m not supposed to relax. So, this year I’m throwing all caution to the wind. I’m busy praying and directing the Christmas Outreach drama (A Respectable Birth) that will be performed for two nights in December. This is a good and worthy type of busy. I also plan to volunteer for the Dickens of a Christmas event (again) at the Ohio Historical Village. I will have to post pictures of the 1850s dresses my daughter and I have made in preparation.
I will concede to making fewer cookies and fudge, buying most of my gifts before Thanksgiving, and reading a few good Christmas fiction books. How’s that for a plan!
I welcome you to share (if my comments section works right) how you plan to spend the holidays this year. Family traditions are a wonderful thing and sharing the Good News of Jesus is something the world needs.
Have you ever wondered what our world would be like without color? Boring? Sad? Lazy? All of us have our favorite colors. Mine is a peachy orange like an orange sherbert Pushup. Yum! I try to use color when writing, because it can bring a story to life. Fall is full of color this year….a bit early perhaps…but the reds, oranges, yellows and purples look beautiful. These colors can reflect the differences and the similiarities of life. We all have our happy and sad times, and many times they are very different, just like the fall colors.
Currently, I’m bending my characters into different lives and moods….just like colors. It gives them more dimension. Now, if I can just find more time to write. 🙂
It’s camping time again. Fall is my favorite for camping. There is a cool nip in the air as the sun sets early and the fire roars. It’s warm during the day while basking in the sun. There is plenty of time for reading and working puzzles.
My website is also in the midst of change. Webmaster Jeff is working on making the site different and refreshing. Be patient as he uploads different features and we work the bugs out.
Shining in Him,
When I was a kid, it seemed like summer lasted forever. We didn’t head back to school until after Labor Day and August was still a month of freedom. Now, school starts about the third week of August which makes this time a “school” month. College has started once again for our oldest and homeschooling started today for our family. I’m not ready to let go of summer, because that means fall is coming.
Not that I have anything against the fall. I love it. It’s the winter months that follow that I would like to avoid. How about going from New Year’s right into spring? Now we’re talking.
All joking aside, the fall season does bring me back into an organized schedule that allows me to accomplish many more tasks. God knew what He was doing when he gave us weather changes. 🙂
The garden is still blooming like crazy. Red ripe tomatoes color the yard and my Stella’s are still blossoming with beautiful yellow flowers. I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer and enjoying the warm weather.
May God’s Son shine on you!
Vacations are a wonderful thing and coming home is always good, too. Remember when you couldn’t wait to leave for the trip and the sense of hope you had a few weeks before going knowing you would have a few days away from work and the daily grind. As good as it is to get away, however, there’s security in the normalcy of my “daily grind”.
When something upsets my sense of normalcy such as illness or a death in the family, I long for things to just be the way they were…even if I wasn’t completely happy with the way things were. And so I’m happy to report that our oldest daughter will be returning in a few days from her summer ministry in VA Beach. It’s been a long 10 weeks without her. Even if its only for 3 weeks before setting off for another year of college, it will be good to be back to “normal”….whatever that is. 🙂
I hope everyone is having a blessed summer and enjoying one of the best weather patterns we’ve had in years….at least in Ohio.
Do you have times when you feel like all you’re doing is “Coming and Going”? I do! And right now, that seems to be the status MO of our family. Between camps, mission trips, Vacation Bible School, family vacation, camping (of course) and even driver’s education classes (Yikes), it’s a coming-and-going summer. But everyone is happy! God has blessed us with great weather and bright spirits.
I’m back to writing on my manuscript again and getting into the swing of the story. Just like when I’m reading a book, if I stray too long from the story, I have to read it again from the beginning. But it’s good to be back into the little farm town of Summer Grove and it seems right since the our garden is tall and green. It’s easy to visualize the corn fields when there is green outside and not snow. 🙂
A wonderful praise report: God spared my nephew in a miraculous way. A week ago today he was completely impaled (front to back) through the chest by a ten-foot piece of wood while on the job. He was life-flighted to a nearby hospital where a surgical trama team waited for him. They were able to remove the board, repair his lung, diaphram, stomach and remove the spleen. Unbelievable as it might seem, he’s ready to go home for further recovery. God is so gracious. Now, I’m anxiously awaiting what God has ahead for him. He was spared for something special.
On that note, I’m wishing all of you a blessed Fourth of July. I thank God for his protective hand over our country.
I promised to write an update about the Citizen’s Police Academy classes I’m taking. Wow! I’m learning so many things about police work and the unfortunate traits of criminals. This class is giving me plenty of book material. It’s also giving me a brand new appreciation for the difficulties faced by law enforcement.
There are only a few pictures to post from my classes due to the type of content. One really cracks me up. The “paddy” wagon that is used to transport criminals to the county jail has instructions on the inside of the back door. “Insert bad guy here”. Guess a sense of humor is much needed in this job.
Our oldest daughter came home from college and is off again for a summer adventure with a group called Great Commission Ministries. This 10-week leadership training and outreach program will be another spiritual growing time for her. She has also obtained her scuba diving certification. Way to go! Check out her scuba picture in my personal photo album.
In other news: Camping is just around the corner and I can’t wait. Yippee! My youngest daughter and I have successfully completed our 1850s dresses. We have been taking sewing lessons since January and having a blast. I will try to post a picture soon so you can see the finished products. She will also be taking a missions adventure this summer along with various camps. And she is of driving age now. Yikes!
That’s all for now. Hope all of you are enjoying the wonders of spring and the new life it brings.
With the new digital era our non-cable TV now receives more channels. One such channel is the Retro Television Network that has great shows from the 1970s such as “Emergency!”. As a teenager I loved that show. I think it was responsible for me going into nursing.
It’s been a lot of fun to watch this show again (and a few more like ‘Alias Smith and Jones’) and it reminds me that good script and plot writing doesn’t need sex and violence to sell. It was just plain well-written material by talented writers. The story drives the show.
For fun, I dug out the ancient photo album from my teenage years and posted a camp picture from what I believe is 1976. We always thought we would never, ever forget a date or face, right? So, why write dates, names, etc., on the back of photos?
Be sure to check out my photo section where this “old time” photo is posted under the personal gallery. This camp photo shows me pointing to a set of pictures of my two favorite paramedics: Johnny Gage and Roy DeSoto. Guess I couldn’t leave home without them.
In other news, my husband and I are currently taking classes with the Citizen’s Police Academy. I’m hoping they will allow me to take a few pictures to post. I’ll keep you informed of our progress.
Writing is slow, but coming along. Summer is just around the corner and I’m loving it.
Until Next Time,