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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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Happy Memorial Weekend

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Memorial Day (and weekend) is a special holiday for us to remember those who gave their lives for our freedoms. In my hand is a dog tag my father had during WWII while serving in the Pacific Theater. He never talked about the war, although I remember many nights when he awoke crying out from a nightmare. I knew it was a war-time nightmare.

During that war, they didn’t talk much about post traumatic syndrome or the emotional toll our service men and women gave. They just gave. I appreciate their sacrifice then and I am so thankful for those who have served since. They are true heroes.

My father has been gone for almost five years. I wish he was here for me to tell him again how much I love him. He’s still my hero.

Let some service man or woman know how much you appreciate them. Be safe this weekend and enjoy the freedoms so many fought for.

Hugs,
Beth

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Flowers for Christine

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Just a quick note to let you know that my short story, Flowers for Christine, can be viewed in 12 chapter installments on Heartsong’s Facebook page or mine (if you do a friend request). If you do a friend request for me, just be sure note that you are a reader.

Heartsong is also doing a trivia contest this week on the story. Be sure to enter and win some books.

Hugs,
Beth

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Monday, Monday…..

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It’s officially Monday….and the first wash day of the week. It’s actually an odd day. Sometimes I look forward to the start of a new week and at other times, I’m too tired to get it jump-started. It’s usually a day when my list of calls to be made is long, and chores seems the heaviest. I’ve tried mixing up the schedule to make it an easier day, but it just doesn’t work. Maybe it’s because the day before, the day of rest, hasn’t been a day of rest.

I know there have to be people like me who feel like the “Day of Rest” is anything but that. We have morning and evening services, and if I’m lucky, a nap in the afternoon. Maybe, I need to schedule the nap every Sunday to make Monday an easier transition. Sunday should be the best day of the week as we gathered together for a public worship.

My writing is coming along. I’m still busy with the rewrite of a manuscript from long ago. So long ago, I don’t even remember some of the scenes. Now, that’s bad. I used to be amazed at how an actor could forget a scene they’d done ten years before or an author not remember a particular character they created, but now I do. The brain hard-drive can only handle so much and the rest goes into storage in some far away land.

Yard work is upon us. We are trying to beat the clock before crabgrass rears its ugly head again this year. It was brutal last year and took over the entire yard by surprise. This year, we’re fighting back…and my muscles feel it. We’ve raked over 10 yard bags of old crabgrass and it’s not finished.

Hope you have a lovely Monday…I’m trying hard to survive mine. 🙂

Hugs,
Beth

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Reviving the Old

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I’m excited to be working on a previous manuscript which came out as an e-book..well before e-books were popular. My writing habits have changed (for the better, I hope) so much that it’s becoming a major re-write. It’s also been fun. I’ve been able to change the direction of my characters and change what they say.

I wish life could be rewritten when we realize that a better choice here or a wise decision there would have made our lives better for serving God. It’s a good thing God still lets us keep plugging along and gives us another path to keep serving Him when we’ve messed up the original.

If you’re on Facebook, visit Heartsong’s page to read the weekly installment of my short story, Flowers for Christine. Every week will be a new chapter.

It’s been a busy winter and spring is just around the corner. Can’t wait. My husband has started his plants already. The cabbage has sprouted and is now growing under the lights. I think the onions are beginning to pop up, too. Wonderful.

Have a great start to the month of March and keep singing God’s praises.

Hugs,
Beth

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