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The 3-Day Weekend That Turned Into the 9-Day Weekend

snowmanPeople are going to misread this post. But, that’s okay. I’ve been blogging for 4 1/2 years, so I know how to be misread. 🙂

I need my kids to be in school today.

Seriously.

It’s not that I don’t love my children and adore having them home. I get excited when there’s a snow day. I’m one of “those” parents. We make snow ice cream, play Go-Fish, watch silly movies, make thumbprint cookies, roast marshmallows in the fireplace.  Whatever we want to do – because snow days are free days.

But, my kids left school the Friday before MLK Day, and haven’t been back until (hopefully) this morning. I say that because I’m typing this on Sunday night and praying, praying, that the snow forecast for tonight is just a light dusting.

I must work. I have a cookbook waiting to go to press. I have a series of 8 novellas I intended to start publishing at the end of this month (anyone note the date?) and due to flu and snow days, I’ve only written 2 1/2 of the 8 books.

marshmallowsI am incapable of writing when my kids are home.  Whatever part of my brain I access to write fiction can’t get accessed if I’m in the vicinity of my children. It’s maddening, but true. Even when it’s just the teenager home, I can’t shut off listening for her to need me and turn on the fiction muse at the same time.

And, I’ll admit that I never realized that once I opened my mind up to the voices in my head, that they’d go a little crazy when they don’t get to get out. I’m experiencing that now. My mind is consumed with characters clamoring for attention, and I have no real way to give them a voice until this crazy winter weather ends and my kids go back to school.

SO, yeah, I’m not one of “those” parents – the ones who dread snow days, long weekends, and summer break. I’m the opposite.  Well, until now.  Now I’m ready to go back to work so I can get these books written and maybe hush those voices in my head.
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30 Days of Thankfulness Day 13

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.

13. My Parents

mom and dad

My parents were high school sweethearts. If you’d have asked my mom, when she was 17, what she wanted to be when she grew up, her answer was, “Bill’s wife.” Their high school year books are filled with references to their relationship. “Have a good summer! Good luck with you and Bill!” They’ve been married 45 years, have four children, and seven grandchildren. Somehow, they managed to create a functional, Godly home amongst the cultural revolution of the 70’s and 80’s.

As each one of us entered into adulthood and left home, we each, one at a time, complained to mom that what we’d had growing up wasn’t “normal” like we thought it was. The love, support, happiness, shared interests – we had something special and we knew it when we were exposed to the outside world.

The coolest thing about my parents is — they have our backs. The four of us, my siblings and I, know that there is no condemnation, no malice, no agendas in our parents’ home. There is only love, encouragement, and prayer. And God is the center of it all.

My parents encouraged us to follow dreams, be creative, be honest, be leaders. We know dad will be available with sage advice and mom with loving support. If I needed them, I would have but to call. And, I think knowing that gave me a safety net of sorts and in the end gave me courage to step out and step forward and accomplish.

I know my parents are a blessing and I am so thankful they are mine.

 
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30 Days of Thankfulness Day 5

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.

5. Johnathan (Jeb)

jeb

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

At 5, Jeb is our absolute joy. I don’t say that to take anything away from our other children, but Jeb is just…joy. He is highly emotional and has a happy nature, which means he is almost always just bubbling over with happiness. A friend at church says often that she wishes she could capture his laugh and just have it throughout her day.

He is ALL boy — superheroes, guns, swords, cars, dirt, dogs — he is everything good that little boys are made of. He prefers running to walking, and prefers running with a sword over all.

He already has a heart for God. He goes around the house signing worship songs, he is the first to volunteer to pray, he is a master at remembering Bible verses, and he LOVES going to church. Topics of faith are extremely interesting to him, and he’ll ask questions until you don’t know the answers anymore.

All he desires is to please – and to be praised. I’ve never seen a child so encouraged by words of affirmation like Jeb. He is also extremely social and has several “best friends” already. He reads on about a 2nd grade level, and can do a lot of simple math in his head – which is a real challenge for his Kindergarten teacher. His recall ability is fascinating.

I am forever fascinated with this youngest child of mine. I know God has amazing things planned for his future, and I pray every day that he stays open to the voice of the Holy Spirit in his life.
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30 Days of Thankfulness Day 4

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.

4. Scott

scott meatballs

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

At 7, Scott is our middle child. He is also our miracle.

Born at 30 weeks, weighing in at 3 lbs. 5 oz., Scott is a testimony of God’s amazing grace, and the power of prayer. There should be a dozen things wrong with him, from poor eyesight to breathing issues. As it is, he is perfectly and wonderfully healthy as any 7-year-old boy out there.

If you’ve followed our journey with Scott, you’ll know that he was diagnosed with a condition that falls under the autism umbrella known as PDD (NOS). But the changes in his coping skills and overall happiness with life in just the last year since he’s started working with an occupational therapist have been remarkable.

He is SO smart, with a memory that would almost scare you. He talks about things that happened when he was 1-years-old – things he couldn’t possibly know or remember. He is like his father in that when he is interested in something, he learns as much as he can about it, and can’t get enough information about it. He LOVES babies and animals, and has the most generous heart you’ve ever seen. If I sit down, he’s in my lap, and if I get upset at some boy mischief, he almost frantically tries to make me happy again.

No parent of a child with special needs will say she’s thankful to have a child burdened with those types of struggles through life. But, I will say that I am incredibly honored to be chosen by God to parent this remarkable boy, and I cannot wait to see what his future holds for him.

 

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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

kaylee close

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.

scott head injury

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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