Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Good news to celebrate!

I shared some exciting news over at Coffee Cups & Camisoles last week. Click on the link below to read about some upcoming titles that are in the works!


Monday, June 16, 2014

A Church Lady

Our Church, Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church in Rochester, MN

Last week I asked my kids what they hoped they saw when they looked back at the end of their lives. Some things they said were things I expected.

But one thing my daughter said surprised me. She said she hoped to be a wife, a mom, a good teacher...then she said she hoped she would be a 'church lady.'

When I asked her to explain, she said she had always wanted to grow up to be a church lady, helping in the kitchen, helping in the nursery and Sunday School, always in church, a part of a congregation.

This made my heart happy.

Monday, June 09, 2014

Tweaking the routine

 I love my routine. I love the rhythm of my days. I love that things are fairly predictable around here.

And when I get thrown out of my routine, or there is a significant change, I feel out of sorts and uncomfortable.

Recent changes include a college graduate moving back home, and a child graduating from high school and no longer being formally home-schooled. 

We've also finally transitioned from winter to summer here in MN, with more daylight, warmer temps, and an overall uptick in my outlook on life.

All these are good things, but they've created a need to change my routine a bit. I've found I've got more time and energy than I've had in quite awhile. 

I'm not sure that this will translate into more writing time. I've added gardening to my activities list during the warmer months, both to enjoy and to get me outside more. And I've rediscovered my love of cross-stitching, which is time-consuming.

How about you? Are you a creature of routine, or do you thrive on spontaneity? Do you find yourself better able to focus during the long, sunny days of summer, or during the shorter days of winter? 

Monday, June 02, 2014

Planning a trip

My husband and I are planning a little road trip to Florida in a few weeks. The vast majority of Civil War sites lie between me in Minnesota and the Sunshine State, so many that it's hard to pinpoint where we should stop and what we should see.

I'd love some help. If you have a favorite Civil War site or museum, share it with me here. Our schedule is wide open for some adventure!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Happy Memorial Day!

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day.

Thank you to all who have served and are serving.

God Bless!

Monday, May 19, 2014

75% Frustration

Our patio project last summer. It's about 85% finished. :)

This past weekend, my husband was a little out of sorts, which is not at all like my even-keeled spouse. Though we got many things accomplished, including planting the last of the flowers in the new flowerbed,  and laying the last few blocks to complete that flowerbed, he seemed to be feeling the pressure to get stuff done.

When I asked what was wrong, he said it was because he had so many projects that seemed to be about 75% done, but none were finished. 

Which got me to thinking...I can totally relate! I hate not getting things DONE, having half-finished projects lying around. 

The current pebble in my mental shoe is a manuscript I started last fall that is sitting at about 2/3 of the way finished. I quit working on it to start a new project for NaNoWriMo, one that an editor was interested in, and I've never gotten back to it. So, my goal is to replot, rework, and to FINISH this story. It's entitled Trouble's Brewing (though the title will probably change) and it's set in a tea shop on St. Paul's historic Grand Avenue.

How are you with unfinished projects? Do they bother you, or are you okay with them? What is your current project?

Monday, May 12, 2014

Mother's Day Memories

Yesterday was Mother's Day, and it was a lovely one here, in spite of the rain. The ladies of our church were treated to a Mother's Day breakfast cooked by the men of the church. It's an annual tradition, and we love it. Pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice, doughnuts, muffins, laughter, and fellowship.

The picture above is of President Woodrow Wilson, who is the man who signed the proclamation to make the second Sunday in May officially recognized as Mother's Day, 100 years ago. So, happy birthday, Mother's Day? 

What did you do for Mother's Day? Do you have any traditions?