Tears will be gone

One day all our tears will be poured out of the bottle they’ve been stored in, poured like spring rain down an eternal drain and we will only sing and rejoice that all is made new and never weep again. Until that day we sing through our tears and give Jesus our fears, looking up […]

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All things new…

(Note:  The book  giveaway is still opened – until Friday night!  Please pass the word and link on to any of your friends whom you think might be interested in it!) Every year at our church we have an Easter art display for all ages from the tiny kids on up to the grandparents.  Every […]

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Ode to the Evil that is Legos

A friend of mine on Facebook posted today about how legos are automatic mess makers and it just hit very close to home. I’ve been battling legos for a long time. Today it made its way out as a poem. Each lego is a plastic curse. They are under the bed and then in my […]

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Random Thoughts

So my choice was either to update my Facebook status line 15 times in a row or to just write a quick blog post that lets you in on just how my brain works by telling you some of my thoughts. It’s complex. Very complex. But when it makes its way into list form it […]

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New Favorite

This is our family’s new favorite song/group/album.  Yea verily it rocketh. The song is called But to those who call my name by The Welcome Wagon – Pastor Vito Aiuto and his wife, produced by Sufjan Stevens.

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Our History Wall of Fame

I’ll probably soon write a post for Blissfully Domestic: Homeschool relating just how much I think every homeschooler needs a home laminator.  But for now I just want to share with you one of my most recent projects for making our school room a little more schooly. It’s our History Wall of Fame. I plan […]

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That feels better…

Sometimes your blog just needs to go shopping for a new outfit. My blog now feels like I feel after I get a new haircut or a new outfit or a wig. Okay, so I’ve never bought a wig. My best friend loves wigs though. She wears one whenever she has an appropriate venue. My […]

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Comfort….

Be still my soul – Libera/Fiona Pears/John Anderson/Steven Geraghty/Chris Dodd/Robert Prizeman/Ian Tilley Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for “‘In him we live and move and have our being’” Please be in prayer for Joel and Jess and their families; their arms are empty as grieve the loss of their […]

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I love this song…

It’s my birthday today!  Yay!  My son told me it was something like the reverse of my Golden Birthday as I’m turning 32 on the 23rd.  What’s the reverse of the Golden Birthday?  The Fools Gold Birthday?  I don’t know what the opposite of Gold is? This song (<– Click for audio) is my birthday […]

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Can they fix it?

I have some very punny sons. While watching the news this morning my oldest son who is always seeking out a good play on words jokingly asked if Barack and Michelle Obama were going to dress up like Bob & Wendy at the “Yes we can!” Ball. Barack The Builder and his assistant Michelle (aka. […]

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I have a very silly three year old…

He’s extremely dramatic.  I don’t know where he gets it.  I know this… he doesn’t come by it honestly from either side.  I’m just sure of it.  (Remind me to never ever dig up and share with the world my own stirring rendition of Oklahoma! caught on video by my sister when I was 18.) […]

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Cabin Fever…

Beware!  Soon you too could find yourself to be another unlucky victim of the dreaded cabin fever. “B-b-but how will I know if I have cabin fever?”  You may ask.  “Will I know that I have it or will I just think I have Diptheria?  Or Consumption?  Or Gout?  Or Pertussis?  Or Tetanus?  Or Typhoid […]

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O Come

My favorite Christmas song.  I love it. o come, o come emmanuel songs Download free music | Download free mp3 O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel, that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear. Refrain: Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel. O come, thou Wisdom […]

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They Might Be Giants

They have long been a favorite of mine. I’ve loved them since high school.  This morning I am going to provide your Saturday morning entertainment by way of They Might Be Giants and YouTube.  Your kids are almost guaranteed to love these.  I think.  Especially if they have whacked out senses of  humor like our […]

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I love weddings…

I do.  And I cry at pretty much all weddings no matter who is getting married.  Okay… I think I might not cry if I happened to end up being witness to an Elvis style Las Vegas wedding… Or maybe I would cry, but for different reasons. Yesterday one of my very dear friends got […]

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Yummy, quick taco salad

This recipe possibly seems like a total no-brainer to some but I know that sometimes in the evening I am so hungry and have thought so little in advance of dinner time that I am just too ravenous to come up with anything to eat. Here is about the quickest way I know to make […]

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His Eye is on the Sparrow…

We went to the neighbor’s yard today to check and make sure our baby sparrow was not there anymore.  But sadly, he was right where we last left him.  It was hard to know when we found him the second time in our yard yesterday if he was hurt or not.  He was shivering and […]

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Baby Birds

Today was apparently nest leaving day somewhere in the vicinity of our backyard for a family of Chipping Sparrows.  Initially I found a shivering baby bird and my motherly instinct took over before I Googled what to do for a baby bird.  I really just didn’t want the poor thing to be eaten by our […]

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Intermission…

I’m not up to posting a lot lately. Please be entertained by my friend Weird Al in the mean time… Sorry I couldn’t embed them all. They have embed disabled on most of them. :^( Stuck in the Drive Thru White and Nerdy One More Minute I’m Fat Amish Paradise

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Update…

At around noon Calgary time, my mom’s breathing tube was removed and she’s breathing on her own with just oxygen. She’s worn out and we’re still awaiting the doctor’s news/recommendations for what’s next. Thanks for praying.Pastor Shawn At this point we still have no idea what this really means long term but we’re very happy […]

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We've got trouble…

(Lyrics slightly altered by yours truly…) Oh yes folks we’ve got trouble… (You see this one thinks he’s the boss and he’s not too fond of little people who are so audacious as to completely scorn his will. He’s the boss and he’s not too happy.) Trouble, oh we got trouble, (You see he feels […]

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Breakfast in bed…

I told my kids this morning that I think I’ll turn 31 every day because I really enjoyed the special treatment.  This morning was the first time I ever had the joy of my children bringing me breakfast in bed.  They have been planning this for weeks.  My oldest even saved a wet nap that […]

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Birthday week

This is birthday week in our house.  It’s the only week in the year in which two family members have birthdays, my five year old and…. moi!  We celebrated his birthday yesterday evening by having our neighbors over for dinner and ice cream cake (which I decided to store in the garage since it’s been […]

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Eery tree shadows…

I can’t seem to get enough of them. I love the squirmy feeling I get when I look at the eery empty shadows of trees, especially on the untouched snow. They are so bleak. So lonesome. So ghostly. So, get me out of this godforsaken forest please, sinister like aren’t they? I would make a […]

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Look

One of my sons, who shall remain nameless (as usual), last week decided that it would be fun to cut the cord to his oscillating fan whilst it was yet plugged into the wall. Other than a bolt of lightning (which an innocent bystander ran from, like a bat out of hell, and declared, “I […]

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EEEEKKKKK!! I'm up for a vote at Ree's!!!

I’ve read Ree’s blog since the day it was born. And I’ve entered every single one of her contests. I’ve even managed to get honorable mention three times but NOW my entry, Unbridled Soul, is up for a vote!!! YEEHAWW!!! (Did I just say that?!) Unless it was taken by someone else first, which I […]

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For all you apron addicts….

Lee Ann of Thrift Shop Annie and Annie’s Attic is holding a Christmas giveaway in honor of her hundredth blog post! Go over to her place and leave a comment telling what you love about Christmas on this post to be entered for a chance to win! ALSO… Hostess with the Mostess is holding a […]

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Warning.

Be careful about nurturing honesty in your children. It can backfire sometimes. Example: Nan: We must cut out desserts. Particularly anything with whipped cream in it. The very moment it passes my lips it lands directly on my hips. It’s bad. It’s really bad. (You see, this being pumpkin season and my husband having a […]

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A new plan

Psalm 1:1-3 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. My husband sometimes comes home with […]

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This is so cool…

I have a little obsession to confess to you all. I like ogling doggies online. Because my last attempt at dog ownership did not work out due to a little dog that bit my kids, I have felt sorry for myself that I am once again dogless. I realize, I’m totally pathetic. Anyways, when I […]

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CONTEST #4: Stoneheart Farm

One thing I have really loved about hosting all of these soap giveaways is seeing how the businesses that these ladies run are truly their passions. It very much reflects her character when a woman works with her hands to prepare something good, that she might help provide for her family and in so doing […]

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The Foil Hat Soaps

If you want someone to thank for inspiring me to do this week of giveaways you would have to go here and meet Amy, the woman behind The Foil Hat, Inc., home of some of the yummiest ever soaps, scrubs and lotions. I will tell you the truth, out of all of the soaps that […]

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I'm in love.

LOVE. Check out this company. Can someone please make me a kid again, adopt me and buy me all of this? (not that I really think I needed any of this as a child…. but goodness…. how I would have loved it!) Barn Dandys *sigh* I’m in love. Nan

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It is my theory…

And feel free to argue with me if you must… It is my theory that if evolution were really true mothers really would have eyes in the back of their heads by now. Am I right? Or am I right? Or am I right? Nan

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And the answer is….

Ceiling tiles in an old General store from the Victorian era. Good on ya Heather for knowing what it was. I was standing right under it but took the picture from an angle with the background and foreground both out of focus. Okay, I was going to post a couple more pictures but I’m having […]

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Prayers Answered!

I know you all were praying and we were praying and God answered! We got the title in the mail today! Because of timing of when the export/import offices are open (ie. not on the weekends) we will have to leave Thursday in order to cross the border on Monday and arrive home on Tuesday. […]

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PRAYERS NEEDED!!

I am afraid we have hit (a fairly major) glitch with our “new” (to us) car that my parents have given us. The title has not yet come in the mail and we absolutely HAVE to have it in order to export the vehicle. We have to fax it 72 hours in advance to the […]

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4th of July Giveaways @ 5 Minutes for Mom!

They are doing a series of July 4th Giveaways at 5 Minutes for Mom and the first is a Krups GVS1 Ice Cream Maker and a 4 piece set of Rosanna Sweet Dreams Bowls courtesy of SplendidLife.com Um… Color me THERE. I wouldn’t dream of not entering this creamy dreamy contest!! Go and throw your […]

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I've been teaching myself…

I’ve been told that, “for a student to teach her teacher is presumptious and rude…” (by Mr. Turpentine on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory if you must know the source) And lately I have been both the student and the teacher so am I the rude student or the all knowing teacher? I can’t figure […]

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I'm in a book.

Did I tell you all about this? I’m actually in a book. No, that’s not me in the lotus position there. My NAME is in this book. My writing is in this book. While it’s just a self-published anthology by a group of Bay Area writers, not some sort of widely read book of high […]

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Hopeful…

I am on a mission to get published somewhere. If you are new here you may not know that I am working on a children’s novel that I really and truly hope to have published in the next few years. The children’s market is incredibly hard to break into no matter what but it’s even […]

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Now that's smart…

Every once in a while I hear of a little idea that makes life easier or more interesting (it’s never interesting enough you know with four little boys and a dog.) So today I am here to pass on three little fun tidbits, in the Real Simple kind of way. All of these ideas are […]

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Organizational Boost

Do you have a secret cupboard or closet that is home to everything you can’t seem to find a home for? Do you secretly stash stuff there (here and everywhere) when guests are coming over? Is there an overflowing mass of papers, old mail, two year old birthday cards that you can’t part with and […]

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My song for the day

Here’s my latest, must play it over and over again until I’m absolutely sick of it Jars of Clay song that I have latched onto. I think we’re going to see them next month. I can’t wait. If you want to hear a clip, go to this page and click on The Eleventh Hour (or […]

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Monday Miscellany

FIRST First I must tell you about what I received in the mail today! It was a great birthday present!! I received a calendar and a year in photos of my buddy Ree’s beautiful photography. About three or four weeks after she started her blog last year I told her she better publish a coffee […]

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Stuff about me

Places I’ve lived (in no particular order)Mount Hermon, CA San Leandro, CA Dallas, TX Carrollton, TX Calgary, AB Hayward, CA Langley, BC College Station, TX Famous People I’ve Met (very briefly)   President Bush Sr. Mikael Gorbachev Prime Minister Stephen Harper DCTalk The Newsboys (ate lunch with them!) Derek Webb and Sandra McCracken   Schools […]

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Gentle rejection is easier to take

As some of you may remember I posted a few months back about sending out my first query letter and hence preparing for my first rejection letter. As prognosticated I did receive that first rejection letter today, however it was not as painful as I thought it might be. First, some of the sting is […]

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Say it ain't so!

One would hope things like this were mere rumors. False rumors. Really bad rumors like the one they told about how you… well, I won’t bring that up here. No folks, it’s no lie. There really is a video game based on the Left Behind series. The game is rated T for Teen because of […]

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Mom! You killed the sea monkeys!!

A week or so before Christmas my four year old was pestering us with regards to what some of his Christmas gifts were. We had bought him his main present from us but we had yet to purchase anything with the money Grandma had sent for Christmas gifts. I know you will find this impossible […]

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What is PCA?

I have been asked what these three letters could possibly stand for — these letters that so prominently stand before my title as a Pastor’s Wife. The answer could be many things. A quick Google search will provide you with a myriad of possibilities. I will let you pick which one you would like to […]

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Poltergeist toys

Do you have any? Have you had any? I’m not talking about gap tooth red headed bestriped shirt wearing talking dolls… though if you have one of those, please do feel free to fess up. I’m talking about toys that randomly go off in the night. That start talking or counting or singing at the […]

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Wrapping paper alternatives?

I hate wrapping paper. I hate buying it, I hate throwing it away. I REALLY hate storing it. It seems like a terrible waste. I saw in a Family Fun magazine how some people make personalized cloth bags that the children ceremonially lay under the Christmas tree on Christmas eve and when they awake they […]

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A sneak peek…

My computer came home from the hospital yesterday. The Mac Doctors were able to recover all of the data that was stored on my old defunct hard drive. As I mentioned, I was quite concerned about losing my book (which is still in progress.) I guess I needed the fear of losing it as a […]

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Serious prayer request…

Her name is Karen. She and her husband are friends of the family (in particular they are my brothers’ best friends – like family to him). She has been found to have a brain tumor.Please pray that she will experience healing, that the doctor’s would have wisdom, that it would not be cancerous, that they […]

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Unbelief

I’ve heard it said through taking a Sonship course that the big problem that underlies it all is unbelief. No joy? Unbelief. No motivation? Unbelief. No excuses… just unbelief. I know I struggle with it! I don’t want to admit it because I can argue theology and think about how to defend the scriptures but […]

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You can tell I'm having trouble!!

I have given my blog a new look about 4 times since last night. For some reason it seems that my photo bucket is not getting along well with my blog spot. I don’t know quite what to do but it seems that whatever I change and save doesn’t stay for very long. And now […]

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Well Poo poo.

I really liked my celtic look but for some reason the link for my photo-hosting is not working for just that one image. Maddening!! I tried some other cool looks like gum balls, Coffee beans, chunks of dark chocolate and pure liquid chocolate. But I don’t want to be tempted to run out and buy […]

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You gotta love Canadian town, city, landmark and street names.

Here are some of my favorites:ShagganappiHead Smashed In Buffalo JumpWaskaganishKamloopsMiramichiMedicine HatGuelph (doesn’t that sound like a cat coughing up a hair ball?)WiniskChic-ChocsKaskawulshTuktoyaktukNanaimoSookeCoquihalla (Coke-eh-hala)Come by ChanceConception BayJoe Batt’s ArmDeadman’s FlatsSober IslandMoose JawSucker RiverUranium City (Yikes!)Whiskey GapSalmon Arm Nan

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Inspiration Induced Insomnia

“insomnia” courtesy JasonGraphix A terrible ailment that I’m sure plagues anyone who writes for a living, either for money or for sanity or purely for satiating the drive to do so. III (pr. eye-eye-eye, not Roman numeral 3) can strike a writer at any time, not only before a deadline, real or self-imposed. III can […]

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Writer's Confession of the day…

I use too many exclamation marks. Will the gods of Strunk & White ever forgive me? Or will I forever be banished to outer Mongolia and forced to eat shoots and leaves? How does one overcome the overuse of certain punctuations?Be comforted in knowing that I really only have this problem on the internet. If […]

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Inspiring quote of the day…

Especially for homeschoolers!! “My heart is singing for joy this morning. A miracle has happened! The light of understanding has shone upon my little pupil’s mind, and behold, all things are changed.”— Anne Sullivan, Teacher of Helen Keller I just found this on Michelle’s blog Nan

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Just an observation…

But I’d like to note that My Man has commented on my blog all of ONE time and then it was only to defend his nose. Vanity! Vanity! But at least it got him to comment! Honestly, I really do love his nose. He used to make fun of his own nose (when he was […]

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Can I tell you all what I want for Christmas?

Okay, this is really a movie rental recommendation too! We have gotten these at our library several times. However readily available they are at the library. I think it’s high time that I own my own mega-set of Wooster&Jeeves.It’s a great show based on the books by P.G. Wodehouse, an incredibly talented author of the […]

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I just don't see it…

Is this the hunk all the ladies are raving about? This has you all hot and bothered? This is what has turned the tide to women now being attracted to a man in make up and not because he is just connecting with his feminine side? Is it the pony tail? The hot goat-tee? (I […]

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Pictures pictures pictures

Okay, I apologize for the poor quality of the wedding pictures. I am having trouble with my scanner so they are just digital photos of the photos.Here is a picture of my hubby next to Bob Dylan. Besides the goat-t and my husband’s tamer hair, they looked quite a bit alike back then. Now, I […]

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Requesting forgiveness…

I’m afraid I may have lost some readership with my very poopcentric posts lately. It has not been intentional! I promise here and now that I will try and have at least two weeks separating posts that have anything to do with poop. At least I will try. Really hard. But you know… if someone […]

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Are you jealous?

Actually this is a rather fetching capture of the man, Bob Dylan. When you look at this picture you might just see a young Bob Dylan. I see someone who looks a heckuva lot like Mr. Revgot himself. That’s right. My husband has been mistaken for the young Bob Dylan. When my very hot husband […]

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lujvnme This was my word verification pass to make my last blog comment. This word makes me think of an Ikea product. I can picture it as a lamp. Nan

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My Cbox

I’ll get it back up soon. Last night it seemed to be having trouble loading so I just took it off because the loading problems were annoying me. I will try to get it back on sometime today! Nan

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The freak out before the first query…

I am working up the nerve to write my first query letter to an agent about my book. How many times are you supposed to read over your book and make sure it is perfectly perfect before you write your first query letter?! As if it’s even going to be answered! How many sample query […]

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Someone help the poor lady…

Ahem… that would be me! How the heck do I personalize my blog? I have an excuse for not knowing how to do this… actually I have more than one excuse. First one being… I’m an infant blogger. #2 I have a Mac which means I have to work harder to figure things out sometimes […]

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A Very Green Sidebar

You might notice that there is an alarming amount of green in my sidebar. It almost looks like a pasture. If I were a cow I would be salivating right now because it looks so lusioucly grassy.I have just joined the ranks of the Blogging Chicks! Check the sisterhood out and if you are of […]

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Tech help needed…

I just want to make certain things linkable in the body of my post. Is it because I am on a MAC that I don’t see anything here that allows me to do that?Someone comment and tell me what to do. Nan

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Conviction…

Well, this writer mom has been feeling convicted of not doing enough good reading! I haven’t read enough good books or enough of The Good Book so I am going to be working on both of those areas. Still working on a Bible Reading plan that will work for me. It’s a discipline that I […]

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Getting Published!

Wow! That was fast! The other day I wrote the story about an experience with my son (down below; Bye Bye Babyhood). My Mom, who has been involved in a writer’s group for several years, sent the piece to her teacher/facilitator. Her teacher loved it and wants to put it in their self-published anthology!It’s a […]

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3/15/06 – Publishing hopes

So I’ve been working on a children’s novel off and on for the past year. (With pretty big “off” periods in there!) However, I feel like it’s pretty much done (with plenty of opportunity for another book…) Now I just have to figure out what to do next. I really do want to get it […]

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3/09/06 – Postage Stamps and Cell phones

The Modern Age Imagine a group of about 12 friends gathered in a home setting, some having light hearted surface conversations, others discussing deep “meaning of life” kind of stuff when suddenly ((ring)) ((ring)) ((ring)). The whole room stops immediately and becomes eerily silent. ((ring)) ((ring)) ((ring)) (or beep beep or “Stayin’ Alive, Stayin’ Alive… […]

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