Mini Post Monday

Life and Happiness

Here it is Monday again. I’ve been so busy this month that it seems like these Mondays are coming faster and faster, but July will be slower (I hope!).

This past weekend, I surprised my parents with a 50th wedding anniversary party. These two have been through so much in their lives and I wanted to make sure they celebrated this amazing achievement. My parents often remind me and my husband what our marriage vows of “for better and for worse” truly mean. They’ve been through long-term illness, lack of work, lack of funds, heart surgeries, loss of parents as well as birth of children, success in work, and the joys of putting a kid through college. They never give up on each other, themselves, or their kids. And I’m grateful to call them my parents.

Aren’t they the cutest?

Now that this stress is over (I’d planned this thing for about six months and wanted everything to be perfect!), I can move on to the next big event – writer’s conference! I leave next week for my annual trip to be with my creatives. There is a plethora of new people this year so I’m looking forward to meeting them. I’m teaching too so that should be fun. I’m not fond of being in front of people, but I like sharing my craft.

Although I’ve been busy, it’s been a good kind of busy. I’ve been planning events that will create memories well into the future – like the train ride last week and this party. I hope my parents will live for many more years, but even when they are gone, I’ll forever have these moments to hold on to. And I hope my husband and I can celebrate 50 years one day (although I’ll be 85 so… I’m not sure. I guess many things are possible.)

Because of my business level, you’ll forgive (I hope) the shortness of this post. Summer is certainly a busy time for most people, but I am grateful you took the time to read today and I pray you have a blessed and fruitful week ahead.

God bless and happy Monday!

 

 

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Mini Post Monday

Life and Happiness, Writing

Last Thursday morning I got up as I do every day before and set about my work day from home. Sometimes it gets a bit tedious and I’ve found myself straying a bit from God, my morning devotionals and also from taking care of myself. So before I dug into my work, I decided to take a walk with my pup. Many times I get too busy and don’t get proper exercise in my day so I wanted to be sure I accomplished it this time. I dug out my headphones, pulled up the music on my phone and set out. I have a set playlist that I really love on my phone (Pitbull, Iggy Azalea, One Republic, JLo, Jessie J… tunes to get you moving), but that morning I thought, “No, I’m going to try out some of my old tunes.” Boy was I happy I did! I listened to ABBA, Garth Brooks (I’m kind of on a kick since we saw him last weekend in concert!), Michael Buble, and even Selah (who sang our wedding song: Blessed the Broken Road). My step had some pep baby! Max and I ended up walking almost an hour around town and I felt energized, awake and inspired. I had two blog ideas come to me (for my A to Z Challenge – if you want to join in check it out!) and even encouraged to work more on my short fiction novel (which I hope to publish within the next month or so!)

Sometimes it’s good to break out of your comfort zones, get out into nature, and loosen up a bit.

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This past weekend was one of my favorites. It was my 6th Wedding Anniversary (which included dinner out at a new restaurant- pay attention – I might do a review!) and Mother’s Day. I got a small cake from a local bakery that was a replica of our wedding cake – lemon cake with raspberry preserve filling – and we celebrated our marriage by just trying to spend some time with one another. I got to spend my time with loved ones just enjoying love and each other. We also spent some time with friends by a nice outdoor fire, chatted about the ups and downs of our lives, sipped a few tasty drinks and relaxed under the warm May evening. It doesn’t get better than that.

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One last thing: If you’re a writer and are looking for an awesome conference to attend, meet some nice people, and hone your skills across the board – check out the St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference in Grove City, PA (near Pittsburgh – very close to Ohio!) This conference really has something for everyone – fiction, children’s writers, non-fiction, how to get contracts, how to self-publish and includes terrific fellowship and time with real authors, editors and publishers to share ideas and get your foot in the door. You won’t regret signing up for this all-inclusive conference! Hope to see you there!

Check back this Wednesday for my 2nd guest blogger! You’re going to love her!

Have a great Monday!

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