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30 Days of Thankfuless Day 23

I often post a list of all the things for which I’m thankful on Thanksgiving. But, in an effort to get back into the habit of daily blogging, I’ve decided to do a post a day for the month of November.

23. Hallee the Homemaker

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I started this blog on a whim. I woke up one morning having no idea what a homemaking blog even was, and went to bed that night having written my first post. It has been an incredible 4-year journey. Through that blog I’ve learned, I’ve opened up, I’ve searched inside of myself, and I’ve made many friends. More so, I’ve grown closer daily to God by having a ministry so focused on Him that when I sit down at my computer, He is sitting right next to me.

Gregg and I have poured our hearts, souls, and finances into that ministry. We have never made a dime off of what we do there, and we never will. We work closely together and it’s helped us even grow closer together.

I am thankful to the direction of the Holy Spirit to start the blog. I’m thankful for the wherewithal to keep going with the blog. And, I’m thankful for the readers who come to this blog by the thousands a day. It’s a blessing to me in ways I can never express.
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30 Days of Thankfulness Day 10

I often post a list of all the things for which I’m thankful on Thanksgiving. But, in an effort to get back into the habit of daily blogging, I’ve decided to do a post a day for the month of November

10. Social Media

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I have a love-hate relationship with social media. I hate it because it sucks my life away. In order to have a presence there, you must be a presence there. So, when I could be doing a million other things, I have to be present.

I love it because I have made so many incredible friends through social media (including meeting my husband in a long ago pioneer form of social media called an AOL chat room). I also know that I know that if it weren’t for social media, this blog and my writing career would only have a fraction of the success they’ve had.

So, it’s a blessing and a curse to have a social media presence.

When I get overwhelmed with life, I start resenting it and the time it takes to “do it” right. But, I’ve learned in the last year that if I have to pull away for a couple of days, then I do. I almost always pull away during election time, because I can’t stand politics and hatred and social media is filled with both.

I have started to find a good balance, scheduling specific times to be online, using a tool like Hootsuite to schedule social media presence when I may not actually be there, and training myself not to get sucked into time wasters that aren’t productive. And as I’ve gained these skills and disciplines, I hate it a little less and enjoy it a little more.

But, I am thankful for the people I’ve found through social media: either other authors, other bloggers, friends, fans, distant family — THAT is the blessing of the platforms. And because of that blessing, and despite my love/hate relationship, I am thankful for social media.
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30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 7

I often post a list of all the things for which I’m thankful on Thanksgiving. But, in an effort to get back into the habit of daily blogging, I’ve decided to do a post a day for the month of November

7. The Gift of Storytelling

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1 Peter 4:10 tells us that God, through His grace, has given each of us gifts, and wants us to use those gifts to minister to one another. I am so grateful that He has given me the gift of storytelling.

Whether it’s a full length novel of Christian romantic suspense or a blog post about parenting a special needs child, I am able to entertain, engage, or enlighten. God determined that my ministry would be the written word, and for years now, I have I given of it freely, using it to minister to the world. My words reach thousands of people a week, and I do it all with a mind for ministry. Sometimes I’m convicted to write blog posts like Brokenness that are ripped from my chest, and the entire time I’m almost begging the Holy Spirit to have me write something else, something less open, something less raw. And sometimes I’m able to do something fun, like making a watermelon shark for my sons’ birthday party. Every word put on the blog is done with a heart to serve others with my words. I have never made money off of Hallee the Homemaker, and I never intend to.

Beyond blogging, I give of my fiction work, too. To date, I’ve given away over 150,000 copies of Greater Than Rubies, and use that book as a platform to share a strong evangelical message.

It’s a wonderful feeling, to know that you’re doing what God would intend for you to do. Whenever I hear from a reader about how something specific encouraged them, touched them, convicted them — be it a blog post, cookbook, or fictional story — I am uplifted in ways I cannot explain with mere words.
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Military Spouse Appreciation Day Blog Hop

Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day!  During this time of war, being a military spouse is one of the hardest jobs out there.  If our spouse isn’t deployed, we live in a constant state of waiting for the next deployment.  So, if you’re a military spouse, THANK YOU.

For those of you who read me who are not in the “military blogging world”, this weekend is also huge military blogging conference called Milblog. Many of us could not attend for various reasons.

As such, Ann Marie at Household6Diva  and Roller Coaster at RidingtheRollerCoaster came up with a beautiful idea of having a Meet and Greet for those of us who aren’t at Milblog. All of our blogging friends are going to be standing around, sipping drinks, admiring each others’ shoes and passing out business-blog cards while chatting up their little corner of the Internet.

So, if you’re here visiting from another blog, and attending this Meet and Greet, it’s wonderful to meet you. I’m Hallee Bridgeman. Here is my card:

My husband, Gregg, is in the Kentucky National Guard.  Gregg and I have been married for 10 years this year. We have three children, Kaylee (15), Scott (5), and Johnathan *Jeb* (4). Gregg recently returned home from a 3-year absence that included military duty AND a civilian contract in Afghanistan .  On my homemaking blog, I blogged a series entitled “Surviving Separation” that offered practical and emotional tips to survive separation.

This year has brought some exciting changes to my life.  First, Gregg came home.  I cannot tell you how amazing it is to have him sleeping next to me in the same bed every.single.night without dreading the end of a short time together.  It has been BLISS.

Second, I launched my writing career.  During Gregg’s last year in Afghanistan, he really encouraged me to pull out my novels and really work on them.  So, I finished The Jewel Trilogy.  In March, I released Sapphire Ice, in April I released Emerald Fire (which is just $0.99 until May 21st!), and the 21st of this month, I’ll release Topaz Heat.   In fact, I’m giving away autographed copies of all three books in my Jewel Trilogy.  You can find those and other great giveaways for this blog hop on Roller Coaster’s blog.   I have only received 5-star reviews on these books, and every review is an encouragement that I really can do this thing with these books.

Third, I am training to walk the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day 60-mile walk in Boston — the city where my novels are set.  I will be doing that at the end of July.  I am currently running a fundraiser for that thanks to my beautiful friend and stunning photographer, MJ.  If you want to see some amazing photos she has for sale to help me fund my walk, click here, and it will take you to the post on my homemaking blog.

And for those of you who haven’t heard yet – go write yourself an intro post, link to the Linky (after 12:00 PM EST) at Household 6 Diva & Riding the Roller Coaster, then join the fun by surfing some lovely new blogs!  Also be sure to post a button in your sidebar to be eligible for one of the wonderful sponsored giveaway items!

As an added bonus, if you comment on this post, you will be entered to win all three of my novels in e-book form.  I will do the giveaway on Wednesday, May 16th, at 1700 EST (that’s 5PM for those of you who are not military spouses.)  You can also find me at Hallee the Homemaker, where you have a chance to win the books in e-book form as well.

I love that we’re having our own little cocktail party here. I am so looking forward to spending the evening browsing through your blogs and making new friends.   By the way – those are the cutest shoes I’ve ever seen. Where did you find them? And, yes, I’d love to meet for coffee sometime. That would be wonderful.
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