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Life Changes

So a lot has happened since my last post and I have a feeling I won’t be posting as frequently in the future. On May 10th, I left my house to go to an interview for a new job with a ministry that my dad has been involved with for years. They were wanting to hire a new administrative assistant and it sounded like a good fit for me, so I went to talk with them about working there.

When I drove back to the house, I saw several other cars besides our family’s at the house. I wondered if something had happened. I walked inside and found my parents and sister praying with a family friend and our hospice nurse filling out paperwork at the kitchen table. My mom told me my grandma had passed away around 10:15 am, right as I had gotten to my interview, but she had wanted me to go ahead and do the interview, so she hadn’t called me.

I hadn’t necessarily wanted to be there when my grandma passed away, so I wasn’t upset. And in some ways there was a joyful atmosphere in our home. We were glad that my grandma was home with Jesus. And my mom pointed out that an encouraging song had started playing right as she passed that reminded her that everything would be alright. And she also told me that is was exactly 40 days after Easter, or ‘Ascension Day’ when Jesus returned to heaven after His Resurrection. So it seemed appropriate that my grandma would go home on the same day.

When relatives came later, we cried some. And at her funeral and burial this past weekend there were tears shed. But overall, I’ve felt God’s peace and presence throughout these past couple weeks. And I’ve seen how perfect His timing has been.

I’ve known for awhile that my part time jobs of helping my family would be temporary. My dad is planning on retiring at the end of this year and with my grandma passing, I won’t have my job of taking care of her either. So at just the right time, God opened up this opportunity to serve in a ministry.

I’ve always thought an office job would suit me well and I’m especially excited that it is connected with a ministry that I’ve known about for years and that I know the staff personally. It’ll be good working in that kind of environment, and be a way that I can serve God and His kingdom, but also provide for myself financially.

So last Thursday May 24th I officially said yes to a new full time job as an administrative assistant for the God of Hope Ministries.

I’m just so thankful for God being with me through all these changes and that He has the best plan for my life.

On that note, because this is a full time job, and I have already started training for it, I won’t have as much free time for writing blog posts or novels. So I will still try to write posts occasionally. But I’m not as determined to write a blog post every single week. And my next novel is not as high on my to do list as it once was. I would still like to finish my 3rd novel in the Finding Home Series, but it will probably take longer. I’ll post updates on it as I get closer to publishing.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

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My First Book Festival!

 

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This week I am heading out to Giddings, TX for my first ever book festival! I’m so excited to be speaking at their Intermediate School and then joining in the festivities at the Public Library. Although I have spoken at a few schools in the past about being an author and my published novel Finding Home: The Orphan’s Journey, I’ve never been to a book fair before. It’s exciting and a bit nerve wracking to try to remember all the things I want to bring with me… books, business cards, receipt slips, tablecloth, decorations, and more.

But in honor of this new step as an Author, I thought it was high time that my blog got a few updates. So last night my brother, who is great with website design, helped me clean up my page. If you’ve been following me for long, you might have noticed that the set up is a bit different and several of the unnecessary tabs are now gone. I’ve also added a link to my book on the side of my page, so all you need to do is press the picture of the book, and it’ll take you straight to Amazon to purchase it. I had toyed with the idea of changing the theme of my blog as well, but I just love this blue background so much. I can’t change it, at least not yet.

I’m not sure how everything will come together at the book fair, but I’m hoping to have a lot of fun, meet other authors from Texas, and maybe come home with a few new books of my own to read.

I’ll try to write a post about how the book fair goes next week.

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The Liebster Award

Thank you to My Librarians for nominating me for this award.

Here’s a link to their site: http://mylibrarians.com/

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1. Why did you start your blog?
I was finishing my first novel and someone advised me to begin blogging so that people would know who I was.

2. Who is your favorite book character?
That’s tough, there are characters I love in every book I read. But I have reread the Hobbit recently and I did play Bilbo at a murder mystery party, so I’ll go with Bilbo Baggins.

3. What is one of your favorite quotes? “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

4. If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?
The child I sponsor in Haiti

5. What would you name the autobiography of your life?
“A Texas Girl”

6. What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?
I love playing board games or making puzzles inside. But outside, I love swimming, or star gazing.

7. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I’ve always wanted to learn how to do the spins and jumps in ice skating.

8. 15 hours of a train journey through a scenic route or a 1 hour plane journey?
Depends on where I’m going and who I’m with, but I’d probably lean towards the long scenic route.

9. If you were to get an opportunity to live anywhere in the world, which place would you choose?
I love where I live now, and though I’d love to visit other places and maybe even live there for a limited time, Texas will always be home to me.

10. Would you ever go skydiving/bungee jumping/deep sea diving/paragliding?
I think all of these activities would be fun, though the deep sea diving might be a bit much for me, and it would be hard for me to go through with the bungee jumping.

The rules for Liebster Award are as follows:
•Each nominee must link back the person who nominated them.
•Answer the 10 questions which are given to you by the nominator.
•Nominate 5 other bloggers for this award who have less than 200 followers.
•Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
•Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.
I have nominated the following bloggers for the Liebster Award:

Beauty Through Ashes: http://beautythroughashes.com/

A Simple Taste for Reading: http://simpletasteforreading.wordpress.com/

Getting There: http://seankrichards.wordpress.com/

The World According to Victoria: http://theworldaccordingtovictoria.wordpress.com/

Stealing All the Sevens: http://stealingallthesevens.wordpress.com/

Here are your 10 Questions:

1. Why did you start blogging?

2. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

3. What’s your favorite book?

4. Who’s had the biggest influence on you?

5. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

6. What’s one of your favorite childhood memories?

7. If you could turn one book into a movie, and it would be really well done, which one would you choose?

8. What’s your favorite animal and why?

9. What’s your favorite scent?

10. What’s the craziest dream you’ve had?

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