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Happy New Year 5781!

Last night at sundown marked the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, or, The Feast of Trumpets.
This is the celebration of the earth’s physical birthday (happy 5781!) on the 1st day of the month of Tishri (which happens to fall as the seventh month in the Jewish calendar.) Rosh Hashanah means head of the year.
Trumpets (shofars) will be blown today.
Those who still wait for a messiah consider the sound of the shofar a rousing call to repentance on the part of each individual. They will spend the next the next ten days seeking forgiveness from people they have wronged and searching their hearts for evil thoughts and deeds. Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) will be spent fasting and praying and seeking God’s forgiveness for those sins.
For the followers of Jesus, the blowing of the trumpets is a sign of the return of Christ and a memorial of God’s grace to Abraham when he substituted a ram to be sacrified instead of Isaac (who foreshadows Jesus).
Psalm 81 was written for Rosh Hashana.
We will celebrate today by feasting and eating sweet things (traditionally, apples and honey; however, I have a bag of carrots so I’m making a carrot and apple cake.) The sweet foods represent the sweet year to come. This will be our prayer as we partake of the sweet dessert: Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the universe, creator of the fruit of the tree.” (Baruch atah adonai eloheinu melech ha’olam, borai p’ri haetz.)
Happy birthday, Earth! Happy New Year, friends!
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Monday Morning Coffee and Chat 9/14/20 – Where Do You Get Your Creative Inspiration?

Hello! Welcome to Monday Morning Coffee and Chat! Today I’m answering the question, “Where do you get your creative inspiration?”

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Monday Morning Coffee and Chat 8/17/20 – Why Do You Write Christian Fiction?

Hello! Welcome to Monday Morning Coffee and Chat! Today I’m answering the question, “Why do you write Christian fiction?”

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Monday Morning Coffee and Chat 8/10/20 – The Whys and Whatfors of Homeschooling

Hello! Welcome to Monday Morning Coffee and Chat! Today I’m talking about our decision to homeschool our 7th and 8th graders, and how we came to that decision.

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“I’m Tired of You” – Parenting in the Time of Corona

I read a blog post yesterday from a blogger that I have followed since Hallee the Homemaker was brand-new. So, about twelve years. This article completely gave me pause and I have been mulling over what a read for the last twenty-four hours and really feel like I need to address it. The gist of it was, in the face of Corona parenting, she was sitting at dinner with her family and looked at everyone and said, “I’m tired of you.” And then she followed that up with the fact that that phrase, “I’m tired of you,” is not in any parenting book, but it should be.

Y’all, no.

It’s possible that I’m coming at this with the perspective of someone who already has a grown child. My oldest is twenty-three, and she is grown and gone. And I miss her. On a good month, I see her twice. On a normal month, I see her once. And I love spending time with her, I love talking to her, I love interacting with her via text messages and Instagram and the ways that we interact as mother and daughter. But the fact is, there is a hole in our family because she’s not here anymore. Gregg and I had a job to do with her. We were to raise a wise, independent, functional adult who loves Jesus and obeys God. And we did that. We did it really well. But it doesn’t change the fact that that seat next to me at dinner time is empty.

I understand that perspective is unique to some people in regards to this concept.

Nevertheless.

I have a family because I want those people in my life. I married Gregg because I love him and respect him and want to live and do life with him. We made a family together and we love and cherish our children. We discipline them, mold them, love them, pray for them, pray with them, teach them — and that’s our job. There’s nothing about that job that’s easy. But, there’s nothing more rewarding than the end of the day as I think back to the day about what we learned and what we talked about and what I was able to teach our children. There is truly nothing more rewarding.

Like everyone else, our family has been home since mid-March. Unlike a lot of families, my husband’s job is something that can be done remotely. Because he is high risk, he has been home since February. We still don’t go to church . We don’t go to Bible study. We still don’t have play dates. Because Gregg is high risk. It is our family…all the time.

We are together two meals a day, sitting across from the table with each other. We come together we go apart. We come together we go apart. The boys have bedrooms that they go to and we have a large living room that they come back into. Gregg and I have offices that we go to and we have a large living room that we come back into. We watch movies, we play games, we talk to each other, we laugh with each other, and we are together most of the time.

And I don’t feel like I am tired of my family. I don’t feel like I need to break away from them. If I need a moment, I can go outside or go take a bath or something. And no one will bother me.

My point is, those words are not helping any parent. The perpetuation that that is a normal thought is not a healthy thing to put out to the world.

The concept that it’s not in any parenting handbook but it should be.

No!

No, it shouldn’t be. If that’s how you’re feeling, then there is something deficient in your mind, your heart, or in your parenting. And that is something that should be a very sincere and serious focus of reflection and prayer. Why am I feeling this way? What is deficient? How can I fix it? Here is a great resource where you can start exploring: https://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/

It’s not something for which we should strive, this normality of feeling like I’m tired of my family.

Also, to say that to your children in this terrifying, unprecedented time, when NOTHING in their lives are normal and they don’t even know how to process the news they hear or the conversations adults have in their presence… ya’ll, just NO.

Again, like I said, maybe I’m coming from a perspective of someone who already has a child out of the house and so I know what it feels like once they’re gone. Or maybe I am the one unique.

How do you feel about it?

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Monday Morning Coffee and Chat 07/20/20 – New Project!

Hello! Welcome to Monday Morning Coffee and Chat! Today I’m talking about finishing a project, signing a contract, and starting a new project.

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