The Honeymoon

Hi! I’m back! I made it through the wedding, married my beloved, disappeared from the internet world (mostly) for about 2 weeks, and now I’m back. And still not online much because I have a house to put together. But I took today off of house work for the most part. So here I am to post a bit about my honeymoon. And yes that is coming before the wedding pictures because I don’t have those yet. You can get those pictures later.

I’ll give a few more details as we get to the pictures, but for now, a summary. We took three days to drive out to Montana starting in Wisconsin, going through Minnesota, North Dakota, and finally getting to Montana where our final destination was in Great Falls. We never saw any wildfires, although they did prevent us from going to Glacier National Park as well as Yellowstone. We stayed in Great Falls for three days before making our way slowly back via Deadwood, Mount Rushmore, seeing a few people in Minnesota, Niagara Cave, and Wisconsin Dells.

From North Dakota Plains…

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July Goals (and an exciting announcement!)

Monthly Goals

Can you believe another month is here? I know I can’t! It seems like just yesterday I wrote up my goals for June. A lot has happened, and I’m not just saying that tritely. A LOT has happened. In fact, it was something life-changing. Continue reading

Not an endorsement, but…

Before I begin, I must note that this is not an endorsement, nor am I making any excuses or defending anyone in this post. This post is meant to simply point out a few facts I have not heard from anyone about this particular issue.

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Surprise, surprise. A presidential candidate is getting attacked. For something that he said 11 years ago? Wait, what?

First of all, did they really have to go back to something he said 11 years ago in order to attack him? But that isn’t the main reason I have a problem with the way EVERYBODY, both left and right, attacking Donald Trump for what he said about women.

usa-1327105_1280My problem with the attacks is two-fold:

  1. He said it in private, not knowing it would be recorded
  2. Most importantly in my mind is that a lot of the people attacking him talk the same way he did, they just didn’t get caught saying it on tape.

It’s called “locker room talk” for a reason, right? So Donald Trump is being attacked by hypocrites who have either said or heard someone they know say the exact same things. Yes, there is the possibility that he has sexually harassed or assaulted women. He’s never been charged for it, though, at least not that I have heard.

Two lessons

I found two lessons in this whole hypocrisy and lambasting. There are probably more, but these are the two that are most relevant:

One-Watch what you say. You never know who might be listening or how it could be used against you.

Two-Take heed of Matthew 7:5: “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” (NASB)

What are you doing to keep your mouth out of trouble? One piece advice I’ll probably always remember is this quote from Thomas Jefferson: “If angry, count ten. If very angry, an hundred.” I think this can apply to almost anytime you open your mouth, not just when you are angry.

Are there any logs in your eye you need to take out before you can even think about the speck in your brother’s eye?

I’m preaching to myself here, too, so don’t get too up at arms with me. I know none of what I’m saying is probably very popular, but I’m not concerned about doing what is popular, just what I believe is right and Biblical. This election is supercharged with debate, controversy, and confusion. We should all be in prayer for wisdom, patience, and perhaps you should turn your TV off and study your Bible and pray for our leaders, both the current and future ones.

God bless and I pray we will all listen to James 1:5-8:

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

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A falling update, er, Fall update, and new goals

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Can you believe it’s Fall already? I know I can’t. And now it’s October. And at the end of the month, I have to start saying I’m a different age. One that nobody will believe yet. I keep being told it’s a good thing to look younger than you really are. It just gets rather annoying to have people stare at you in disbelief and question you truthfulness. At 25+ is there really any reason to lie?

Anyway, I’m supposed to be updating you on my goals from September. To refresh your memory, here they are:

  • Get Savior, Like a Shepherd ready and sent to beta-readers Done on September 13
  • Start He Hideth My Soul rough draft (handwritten) Started on September 16 and currently have 17,000+ words written
  • Get Faith is the Victory ready for publication Done and Published!!
  • Edit All The Way (if time) Did not have time 😦
  • Get everything together for book fairs (Sept. 18 & 24) and conference (Sept. 24) Barely, but I did it. The conference was great!
  • Don’t go crazy (or is it too late for that?) I decided it was too late for that, but I managed to stay almost stress-free.
  • Plan Truth through the Ages Facebook Party with Amanda Done! And the giveaways are still open for a couple of days!

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August updates, an announcement, and new goals

August ended up being a busier month than I expected. But it was a good month and I got a lot done.

Updates

In August, I orchestrated a couple of blog tours for some clients which was fun and I was thankful for their business. I also finished as much of the rough draft of Savior, Like a Shepherd as I decided to. I wasn’t sure how to write the end, so I left that for the typing up phase which I have been working on the last week. I am now about 3/4ths of the way through that process with the goal of finishing by Saturday so I can send the manuscript to my beta-readers.

I also published my third novella of the summer (and personal favorite), Blessed Assurance. If you haven’t had a chance to see anything about it yet, scroll down to yesterdays post and meet the main character, Adelaide Brown.

Besides some real life things, I think that’s about it for what happened in August. So now I can share with you the exciting news I found out on Wednesday night! Continue reading

Keep Your Friends, Give Me Enemies

A couple weeks ago, a fellow Homeschool author of mine asked if any bloggers wanted guest posts. I jumped at the opportunity. Below is the post she wrote up for you, my readers. Enjoy!

Keep Your Friends, Give Me Enemies

Guest Post by Hope Pennington

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As sad as it may sound in a movie or a book enemies are more interesting than friends.

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Favorite Screen Characters Tag

My friends Jaye and Morgan were kind enough to tag me in what is called “Favorite Screen Characters Tag.” Can I just say this was really hard? I don’t watch TV or movies a whole lot and even of the ones I do watch, I don’t have a lot of favorites. I found 5 easily enough. The last five were tough. So, without further ado – and in no particular order – here are my top 10 screen characters. Continue reading