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30 Days of Thankfulness Day 3

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.

3. Kaylee

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The next three posts are my three children. I am not posting them in any order other than oldest first.

At 16, Kaylee is our oldest child.  She is one of the biggest blessings in my life.

I have often wondered “what if” — what if I went on to medical school, as was my plan (and my FULL college scholarship) instead of marrying her dad? What if? I never allow myself to consider any more, because the answer would always end the same: I wouldn’t have Kaylee.

Kaylee is witty, smart, fun, energetic, and good. She plays volleyball and tennis, volunteers at church, is on an executive youth council for the state of Kentucky, has a 4.0 grade-point-average, can cook like no other 16-year-old out there, and drives a standard like a professional driver. She is able to have intelligent conversations with adults and *LOVES* playing with babies.

She LOVES Jesus Christ and every decision she makes, including her choice in a godly boyfriend, is based on her love for Christ. I feared, having a daughter, what the teenaged years would bring. I wasn’t a good kid, and my high school days don’t bring a lot of fond memories for me. I think it’s wonderful that she embraces being young and active and is HAPPY.

I look forward to seeing what her future brings. It is a JOY to parent her.
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Pinkalicious, Head Injuries, Romance Writers & Teen Drivers

This week has gone by SO FAST. I cannot believe that a week ago, I was preparing breakfast for the crew who came to my daughter Kaylee’s Sweet 16 party.

Where did my week go? Why no blog posts?

PinkaliciousWEBTuesday, I went with our son Scott’s Kindergarten class to see a theatrical rendition of the popular children’s book, Pinkalicious. Scott and our 4-year-old Jeb enjoyed themselves tremendously.

Wednesday was the only day I had this week to actually work on my next cookbook. I am desperately trying to get it published this month. I am making such amazing progress, but parties and children and homemaking are constantly interfering with my writing time (heh).

Wednesday night, Scott was running down the hallway at church and fell forward, landing with his entire body weight on his temple. Gregg picked him up and he closed his eyes while Gregg held him. Because he has some pretty intense sensory issues, we thought he was just hurting from the fall and drowning out the loud gymnasium where we were standing and talking to friends. But, he fell asleep on the way home (a 5-minute ride), was groggy while Gregg was putting his PJ’s on him, and fell asleep as I carried him to bed. We weren’t concerned, because his pupils were not dilated. Apparently, that is not ALWAYS an indication of something wrong.

In the early hours of Thursday morning, Scott woke me and told me Jeb was coughing — he was actually having a croup fit. It took me about 45 minutes to get him clear (steamy bathroom, 25 degrees cold air outside, steamy bathroom, finally cleared him up.) Since he does have school Thursdays, I wanted to let him sleep Friday morning, so I woke Scott and carried him downstairs to get him ready for school. When I stood him up, he swayed and gripped his head and said his brain hurt. Then he threw up.

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His pediatrician looked at him and did not like the way he acted or looked, so he sent us to the ER for a CT scan. About 5 minutes after I got there (our doctor had called ahead and immediately triaged him and put us in a room), Gregg arrived from his office, and about 5 minutes later, our pastor arrived. He anointed Scott with oil and prayed over him. (I love our pastor.) Scott was a trooper during the CT scan, even though he was scared. The results were clear – no bleeding on the brain — but he definitely has a concussion.

Gregg and I had a writers’ dinner Thursday night, but we canceled our babysitter and he sent me on without him. I enjoyed a nice dinner with my writing friends, and came home to the report that he’d had to keep Scott from jumping off of the back of the couch — already the lethargicness was fading and his energy was returning. Which will be a lot of fun this weekend since we’re supposed to be keeping him quiet.

Authors Dinner at Merrick Inn with Liliana Hart, Cherie Marks, Katherine Lowry Logan, Hallee Bridgeman, Kathleen Brooks & husband Chris Counts, and Donna Jane McDonald. Liliana is in town to present a workshop on self-publishing at the Kentucky Romance Writers Spring into Writing annual conference this Saturday at The Hyatt Place.
Authors Dinner at Merrick Inn with Liliana Hart, Cherie Marks, Katherine Lowry Logan, Hallee Bridgeman, Kathleen Brooks & husband Chris Counts, and Donna Jane McDonald. Liliana is in town to present a workshop on self-publishing at the Kentucky Romance Writers Spring into Writing annual conference this Saturday at The Hyatt Place.

And, that brings us to this morning. A Friday that my children are off from school. Kaylee is headed to the DMV to get her driver’s permit. I have a writers’ workshop this weekend with the Kentucky Romance Writers that will continue from last night, and I haven’t done a thing on this blog since Monday.

How was your week? Any exciting plans for the weekend?
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30 Days of Bloggity Bloggness: Day 1

In an effort for everyone to get to know me a little better, I thought I’d do this 30 Days of Bloggity Bloggness that I stole from my friend, Angela.

Day 1: Introduce, recent picture of yourself, 15 interesting facts

I am Hallee Bridgeman.  I am married to Gregg and I’m a mother of three kids (Kaylee, 15; Scott, 5; Johnathan [Jeb], 3).  I live in small town Kentucky and L-O-V-E living here.  This July we’ll have been here for 5 years.  Gregg and I came through here on our honeymoon and I told him I wanted to live here.  He moved us 5 years later.

I am a Christian.  That should be apparent in everything I do and everything I say.  I believe that Christians should strive to be “set apart” – different from the world around them, and always heaven-minded.  It makes me seem odd even to my Christian friends.  In everything I do, watch, read, or listen to, I ask myself two questions: Does it glorify God?  Does it not glorify evil?  If the answer is “no” to either question, I don’t do it, read it, listen to it, or watch it.

I have another blog — Hallee the Homemaker.  At that blog I talk about everything homemaker-ish, from being a wife or mother to cleaning with vinegar to how to make homemade mayonnaise, and anything and everything in between.

This blog is new for me.  I don’t know yet if my audience will be other readers, other writers, or just a mix of the two, so I’m not entirely certain what this blog will be like.  While we’re figuring that out, I’ll be doing this Bloggity Bloggness!

Now for my recent picture:

Gregg & Hallee in Kuwait

And 15 interesting facts about me:

  1. I was very nearly born in a helicopter over Nurnberg, Germany.
  2. I am an Army brat, my husband is an Army brat, and I am a National Guard wife.  I LOVE our nation’s military.
  3. I have a broken tailbone.  It’s been almost 4 years since I broke it, and the most recent x-rays show it still broken.  This complicates being a writer and blogger because of the sitting for long times.
  4. I follow a Levitical diet — meaning, if it is disallowed by the Book Leviticus in the Bible, I don’t eat it.  This includes pork and most seafood (we only consume fish that has both fins and scales.)  We also try very hard to focus on a natural diet – I grind my own wheat to make my own bread and pasta, I make almost everything from scratch, we prefer local meats, we try to purchase local or organic produce, etc.
  5. Few things bring me more pleasure than feeding friends and family good food that they enjoy.  Throwing dinner parties is one of my favorite things to do.
  6. I love to travel.  My most recent excursions included Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Kuwait.
  7. I love the change in seasons.  If I could, I’d redecorate my house for every season.  I think that’s why I love Kentucky so much — 4 textbook perfect seasons.
  8. I ran an office for a commercial general contractor for 12 years.  I am incredibly interested in architecture and engineering because of it.
  9. I am terrified of heights.  I get terrible vertigo just looking out of the window of a tall building.  I could not watch the scene in the most recent Mission Impossible that had Tom Cruise climbing the outside of the tallest building in the world.  I had a mini panic attack in the movie trying to watch it.
  10. I love movies.  It makes it hard sometimes, because our standards are so high about what we’ll watch (see my introduction).  My husband and I both love to go to the movies as a date and have been known to come out of one movie and buy tickets to another right away.  One year, we took a long weekend and went to New Orleans and Biloxi, Mississippi.  During that long weekend, we saw four war movies.  It was awesome.  Band of Brothers is one of my favorite productions of all time.
  11. The Jewel Trilogy was originally written as a contemporary romance series.  I re-wrote it for a Christian audience when Harlequin asked me for the full manuscript.
  12. My husband calls me a “coffee snob”.  I love good, rich, fresh ground, whole bean coffee.  The funny thing about that is that I grew up on instant coffee, and LOVE having instant Tasters Choice at my parents’ house.
  13. I dress almost exclusively in skirts and dresses.  That is less of a modesty/religious issue and more of a broken tailbone/pants hurt issue.  But, because of other factors in my life, most people assume I don’t wear pants for religious reasons.
  14. I am a huge World War II buff.  I love that time period and post-war recovery in American history.
  15. I hate having to sleep.  It annoys me to lose that productive time during a 24-hour period.  I try to function on as little sleep as possible and usually am out of bed about 5AM.

That concludes Day 1 of Bloggity Bloggness!  I intentionally haven’t read ahead to see what I need to blog about every day, so tomorrow should be a surprise for both of us!
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