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It's amazing when my 5-year-old comes home talking about the history behind MLK day. When I was in Kindergarten, we learned our color...

Monday, January 28, 2013

Facing Redempton best seller in Kindle store

Now granted it's a best seller in the free program right now - but giving away something for free isn't overrated.  Crack dealers do it all the time.  And, word will spread and they will come ...

But in two short days, out of thousands of books, my humble little book has shot up to #7 in Women's Fiction, #10 in Christian Fiction, and from #400 to #135 overall in books.  So, I'm doing my happy dance.

If you're a kindle prime user - go be one of the thousands that have downloaded it this week!  Here's a link for your convenience.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Terri's Book Review for Facing Redemption

Of all the reviews, Facing Redemption has received to date, this one is the most heartfelt yet.  It even comes with some special pictures, of some of my favorite readers ... my favorite blogger friend, Terri Terri, and my new for legged fans, as seen in the photo below.

Terri is a wonderfully creative person, whose heart is always in what she writes.  And, one of these days, I know she'll write a book of her own.  

To prove my point, she could have just written a nice review about the book and left it at that.  No ... being the awesome girl that she is ... she delved deeper and blogged about our friendship and blogging history.

She's a sincere and quirky young lady, who you need to be reading.  Go read her blog and you'll see what I mean.  

And go read her review of Facing Redemption to see what she really thought.

Thank you Terri for being my friend, supporter, and favorite literary critic!!

Friday, January 25, 2013

The Sex Talk

As a parent, I try to be proactive with certain conversations, like sex, as my child is getting older. I'd rather him hear from his father and myself, than at recess, from his peers, like I did (at a whole younger age than he is).

Sex is something that can and will be skewed by his peers' perceptions, based on how it was told to them (by their parents or a peer) and by what they see in the media. There are a whole lot of confusing messages out there, and I don't want my kid lost in the shuffle. However, that being said ... I don't want to bring something up that he's not prepared for either. So treading lightly is a good thing, as I introduce the subject. That may not be every parent's perspective ... but it's mine.

Every child needs to have the talk, but each child is so different and when they're ready for the talk will vary on their social circumstances and their mental capacity to understand.

Last week, we were sitting at church with another family. Their son and mine are best friends. They were chatting incessantly and laughing, like I'd never seen before. I wondered what was so funny, and was happy he was having a good time.

I remember smiling down at him and thinking how beautiful his smile was when he was this happy. The next thing I know I hear both boys use the word, 'sex'. My head snapped over to meet mom's gaze, and our eyes went wide. They're talking about sex ... okay. All I could think of is that it was time for the talk and I hope I didn't miss my window.

So I waited a couple days, to figure out how to bring it up without making it a bigger deal than it was. As we were driving this week, I thought I'd casually bring it up. Here's how it went...

Me: So I heard you and your friend talking about sex the other night at church ... (pausing to let my son take it from there)

Kiddo: Yep.

Me: (hoping he would clarify and thinking quick what do I say next??) What was so funny? 

Kiddo: Oh, we were counting in Latin and six in Latin is spelled, s - e - x. It's pronounced with a soft 'e' so it sounds different than the word sex, but we were saying sex for six and laughing.

Me: I didn't know that. So? ... Anyone else talk about sex at school?

Kiddo: Yeah. People talk about it alllllll the time!

Me: Really? What do they say about it?

Kiddo: I have no idea. I just know they talk about it.

Me: Older kids, like fifth grade? (my son's in fourth)

Kiddo: Well, actually the third graders mom!

Me: (almost wrecking my car) What? The third graders are talking about sex?

Kiddo: Well, duh mom! That's when they learn Latin in our school - and they learn their numbers!

Me: (Laughing like crazy before continuing on) Okay, well that makes sense. But ... you know daddy and I have a lot of wisdom on any subject. So if the topic of sex comes up again, you know you can come to us right? Like if something is said that you don't understand?

Kiddo: Of course.

I'm still giggling that he had no clue what I was talking about. We were obviously on two very different planes. I know the real 'talk' is coming very soon. But atleast I've bridged the gap and planted the seed with my kid. So next time - when it's a sit down talk with his father and I - he won't be too unprepared to have the sex talk.

Kids crack me up!!!

Friday, January 04, 2013

Life's Ups and Downs

So I've not been posting a lot - as a lot has been going on that has kept me from the computer. And to be quite honest, my computer isn't really up to date, so I use my phone a lot more than my keyboard. With iphone's auto-type issues ... let's just say I'm not completely comfortable letting my fingers type a blog from my phone.

Since I had a few minutes today, I wanted to share something that I hope will evoke something meaningful for you. Recently a few doors have been closed on me ... doors I've been knocking on for a while and a few new ones. But to top it all off, a large project I've been working on is just taking a lot longer than I'd hoped for. Every time I think we're moving forward, we've taken two steps back.

And, it's left me feeling like ... well, ummm - like that live in girlfriend, who wants to get married, but is told 'why marry when you get the milk for free?'.

So I'm forced to recollect times when I was at my lowest, through some dark times in college. At one point in my younger life I was at a very low point.

This is when God stayed after me, encouraging me to let go and allow myself to be weak enough for Him to carry. It was then when I felt the strength of His love and tenderness of His mercy. So now, as I'm facing something that some might feel is very stressful - His peace and strength are what I cling to.

What could be considered a trial is already a triumph for me, as I'm looking forward to seeing what He's going to do in my life at this transitional time. I know that His plans are perfect, and if a door is closed - then it wasn't meant to be. I just have to keep on knocking on new ones and wait for Him to guide me to the right one.

Today, I encourage you to never give up. Never be afraid to go after what you want. However, keep Him in the center of it. So as you go through the roller coaster of your path - you'll have something solid to stand on.