Monday, August 17, 2009


Hoping to post pictures soon since the photographer was here...

Yes, I have officially had my "author" photo done and I am waiting to get the proofs. Seems kind of official now don't you think? Kinda weird even though it has been so many years in the works.


This is such a busy tine of year. Tomorrow Chris and I go to University of Akron for his orientation. It will be sort of weird because he is a junior but will be orienting with freshmen...

He officially withdrew from IWU.


I love that school!

Well dinner time calls and I am the cook, so that will add a quick ending to this post.

Then on to my GriefShare class.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

It's that time of year

I am sitting here smelling the wonderful sent of homemade salsa! Ummmm. It is the time of year that is a lot of work, but ever so rewarding. So far I have canned green beans, two kinds of jam and now salsa. Before and after pictures above.

I have come up with a design for my book cover. I have a good friend that is professionally tweaking it and adding a few things that I have no clue how to. I should have the "mock up" on the 21st. I am really excited. I have chosen an outfit to wear to have my picture done for the back cover. (I am not really looking forward to that part... I don't like to have my picture taken) but this guy is real professional. He has his own photography studio in Chicago. Mike (my writing partner) has procured his services to take professional photos of several things for the book.

I have colored my hair and cut it (myself) and have prepared the clothes. If you have never cut your own hair, it stinking tough. I have done it many times, but it just is not the same as if you are doing someone else's hair. An for the color.... Preference # 6 Light brown.

It has been so hot the last few days. I am not complaining, I am just mentioning it because it is finally feeling like summer. I tried to mow for a while today since everything is growing like crazy, and I got about 1/10 done and I ran out of gas! RATS! So, now I am playing "Julia Childish" in the kitchen... Here are some pictures of my handiwork the past couple of days.

Hey, I learned something new yesterday! A friend that I met at the Colorado Christian Writers Conference and I are now facebook friends. (Bonnie I am beholding to you!) Yesterday I made a comment about not having long enough arms to take a picture of myself in the outfits I had to choose from for my picture so people could see which one they liked better... any way she said use the delay on my camera. I knew some cameras had them but I have never used it and I have had my camera for about five years... I found my users guide and found out how to do it Yay!!!

So, here you can see I have actually been busy. Proof!!!

I am currently cooking our dinner (stir fried chicken and garlic & soy string beans over rice) Healthy eating yay!

I'll be on the radio Thursday (Aug. 13) sharing a portion of our story (95.9 The Light) I am on again with the Circle Of Friends at 10 AM!

Better get busy!

Monday, August 3, 2009

GO-09 Community Impact Day


This is year two for NewPointe's Community Impact Day. I have a feeling there were many blessed people that had things done for them, but I have more of a feeling that there were many blessed people doing the Impacting!

It is something that changes the way I think about the community around me. I get so caught up in the mundane things of everyday life, that I tend to forget about other things. I want to post some pictures from our small group participation yesterday.
What a blast we had. It was a bit nerve wracking when I looked at the morning sky and then at the radar images on the internet... RAIN! Rain and car washes are not exactly compatible. We tend to think that just because we have something planned to do outside that the weather will cooperate... NOPE! So, we went with plan B and began an hour later and began in the garage. What a wonderful blessing to have a four stall garage!

We had several children participate, and they were all GREAT WORKERS! Thanks Evan, Everett, Noah, McKenna and Isaiah. You guys are the best!

Thanks parents for bringing them.

These kids were having so much fun and they wanted to work!

The rest of us did various and sundry things. We took turns sweeping, scrubbing, washing windows and what ever else needed to be done!

They were so serious about the work look at these faces? Serving with joy? You bet! They never complained about the rain, but Everett was one of the first to notice the really black clouds gathering. Shortly thereafter....

Puddles....everywhere! Not a good mix for clean cars to have to drive through! Nevertheless, we continued on in faith! By 1 PM we had seven cars done! And a lot of tired and sweaty people.

The kids still had energy. They were jumping across puddles.
We had wonderful participation. There were 14 of us all together.

We had three adults that are not even in our small group help with our project. Thanks Andy, Susan, and Jeremy. Thanks Angel for bringing your boys. Thanks Jeremy for bringing your three children! In my opinion...we had the perfect jobs. It worked out great for everyone we could all participate.

Thanks for a job well done everyone!