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To me, it's amazing when my 5-year-old comes home talking about the history behind MLK day. When I was in Kindergarten, we learned ou...

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

2 week break

This is the first time I've had this much time off from anything since I was in college. Although it's not paid time off, it's time off just the same. Since I quit my sales career to work around my son's school schedule, I've taken up waiting tables. It also allows me the time I need to write and work on my photography. All good things.

Even though we've struggled financially, the investment I make in my son is the best investment on the planet. AND it's time I'll never get back.

My manager understands that when my son is sick or out of school, I will not be at the restaurant. I'm blessed with a winter break, like all the kids! My gosh I'm amazed at how wonderful it is!

Today we went to a movie and ate at the food court. Tomorrow we'll run errands and play games. I need to find time to write, but for now it's nice just to have time ... for me to do anything and nothing at all.

I hope you all have a happy and safe New Year! Here's to a magical and peaceful 2009!

And here's a little something to all you gator fans out there in college football land:

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

My list

Here are some things I want for everyone that reads this - tomorrow:

*No family drama
*No anxiety of any kind
*A house full of loved ones
*Snow if they so desire
*Peace in their hearts that God loves them no matter what
*Thanks in their hearts that He sent his son, Jesus
*Lots of memories to look back on fondly

I love each one of you and pray you have a wonderful day tomorrow. Reflect on the real reason we all come together to celebrate, and don't get too caught up in the commercialism of Christmas.


Merry Christmas to you all.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Thank YOU and you

Colleen, at Short Stories in the Making, just surprised me by leaving me such a kind comment on my Daily Blessings blog. What a delight to have a reader, who has just finished your book, send a genuinely kind email and leave a blog comment about their thoughts on your work.

So far I am so excited by people by Colleen, who have showed love for Finding Kylie and genuine interest in the sequel. It drives me to get this second book done, and it also puts pressure on me somewhat to make it the best it can be.

So Thank YOU Colleen for your kind words and for writing a review for my book - without me even asking. You're very kind!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Naughty or Nice?



It's true -- today he made his bed, folded kitchen towels from the laundry basket, and put up toys...all without me asking.

Hmmmm...should we have the promise of Santa year round??

Monday, December 15, 2008

Won't you be my nieghbor? Not!

This was the sweetest neighborhood for a while. I know every area has it's cycles depending on who moves in or out, but my neighborhood is just getting ridiculous. AND with the economy the way it is now and the housing market, I don't see how we're going to be able to move out any time soon.

Over the last three years, the kids that moved in down the street have slowly begun tagging or vandalizing all the houses on this street. Now I can't blame every bad word chalked on our driveways on them, as we live near some apartment complexes as well. The kids from those apartments filter through our streets daily. So who really knows how many kids are involved now.

BUT

when mail boxes are uprooted...
when Christmas lights are uprooted and unplugged...
when cars are egged...
when cars are broken into...
when police on patrol tell me their concerned at the crimes that have spiked in our housing area...
and when I drive down my street to go to work today and see a stop sign spray painted with some very inflammatory words...

IM VERY CONCERNED!

I have called the police to do more patrol.
I have called the city's action line to document vandalism or neighbor's break ins.
I have alerted my neighbors to be on watch.

Other than locking my kid in my house, and putting up security cameras -- I'm at a loss of what to do. This is not a bad area I live in, but somehow crime is filtering it's way in.

Any suggestions people??

Friday, December 05, 2008

Facing Redemption

So the sequel to Finding Kylie is called Facing Redemption. I'm 12 chapters in and am so ready to get it finished. With Finding Kylie, I would dream different scenes or character traits and wake up knowing what direction I needed to head with my next chapter.

So far with this book, I've not dreamt as much at night but can't stop day dreaming during the day.

I need to pull my head out of the clouds and focus on my own life a little more. Lately it seems all I eat, drink, and sometimes sleep is this sequel. I think mostly because every time I turn around I've been getting emails, phone calls, and questions from readers of 'Finding Kylie' wanting to know 'when the next book will be out'.

It's exciting to know they've fallen in love with my characters so much that they're chomping at the bit to have closure on some of the things I've left open ended with the first book. To me this means I'm making a difference with my writing. I've impacted them in a way that I'd hoped too.

If you've not read Finding Kylie yet, and you're a book lover ... I encourage you to click on the book cover over there -------> and go to Amazon and get it. Let me know you're thoughts on Chastity and her plight to find out about her history and her mother's past.

I hope you fall in love with the characters as much as I have and what it seems most of the readers have too.

Look for Facing Redemption ... the sequel to Finding Kylie ... next Spring or Summer.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Family Circle





My mom is working on a centennial project for her old high school. Her school unfortunately had a big fire a looong time ago, and all the archives were burned with it. All the original files from the early 1900's were gone forever.

So she's been calling children of children to see if they may have old yearbooks or photos to use for this project. At the same time, I'm scanning them in to store and re-stock the archives. This last week she actually found someone, who had an original copy of the first yearbook and she's so excited. So am I! It held so many cool pics of my grandparents. The one above is my grandmother's sophomore high school pic.

It's a labor of love for my mother, and for me as I get to see old pictures of my grandmother and grandfather before they were even married. I lost my grandparents in my twenties, and miss them so badly. I would encourage you to read a little about them here, as it will explain why they were so special.


This is the school's first women's basketball team, which my grandmother was a part of. I didn't even know she played, as my sister and I did when we were in high school. She's the one holding the ball.

My grandparents were one in a million, and I can't wait one day to join them in heaven. They were such strong Christians, who loved and cared for everyone they met. They were a fine example of what it was to love like Christ, and I wish everyone had someone like them in their lives.

This pic is when they were just friends, before they were dating. My grandfather was on the back row, second to the right. My grandmother, on the front row ... second to the right.


I think old pictures are so cool. And today I just needed to remember them. Sharp dressed pics and all. I love you Grama and Papa.