Thursday, July 17, 2014

Yearly Blog?

It seems like I only blog here once a year. Actually, it's not that I'm not blogging, I'm more active on my website. Trying to maintain so many places is impossible, especially when I'm trying to keep my writing platform active and keep writing. That being said, I'm abandoning this blog site. If you'd like to keep up with what I'm doing, jump on over to my website.

Happy Writing,

Friday, July 19, 2013

It's been over a year??

It's been more than a year since I blogged last. You might be wondering what I'm up to, but if you follow me on Facebook, you'll know I've been living life--added a new grandson (bringing the total to 15), writing (not like crazy like I was, but some). I finished The Penny Project and now I'm trying to find an agent. The good news is that one publisher said that if I didn't find a home for it in a year, they would publish it. So that's the good news. I'm seriously working on Mystic's Tale.

This has also been a tough year career-wise. It has occurred to me that perhaps I don't want to be a teacher any more. I did not enjoy my last year at all, but I'm going back--mostly because I've got a missionary to support. Thomas's mission call should come in the next week or so. We're all anxiously waiting to see where the Lord will send him.

If you're interested in writing and some of the ins and outs of it all, you might want to check out my website.

Until later (hopefully I don't wait a whole year).

Sunday, April 1, 2012

National Poetry Month

April!! Not only is it a great month because it's my birthday--gifts graciously accepted, but it's National Poetry Month. I know, I know...not a poet you say? Me either! I'd like to give a good try, but I don't know that I'll post one every day. Stephanie Abney  is my inspiration and you can check out her blog for the poetry challenge of the day. So here is what I wrote, per her prompt which is to write a couplet.

I can write poetry, dad-gum-it!
Everyone thinks I can write a great poem.
Haha, says I'll, and then I'll show 'em!

Laugh if you want! Go ahead, get it out of your system.
Come back tomorrow and let's see if I can top that!

So what couplet did you write? Post it in your comments.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!

Dear Friends,
So many of your have been so wonderfully generous and kind. 
Thanks to all who donated to make Isaac's hearing aids a reality. 
He leaves on Wednesday for Utah, then he's off to Romania. 
He will be an amazing missionary.

Here are some fun pictures taken since he got his hearing aids on Friday!
The proud mother, Theresa and her son Isaac

You can barely see them

Holding his hearing aid

Isaac and I at Latter-day Cottage in Mesa

Stephanie Abney, Theresa, Isaac and I at his farewell last night

Monday, September 26, 2011

A Boy with a Mission-and a GREAT need

I know a boy, a very handsome boy,
who happens to be a miracle. His name is Isaac Sneed. He just got his mission call for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My family got to be there when he read the letter that explained where he will be serving. He is going to the Romania Bucharest Mission and reports to the Mission Training Center in Salt Lake City on Dec. 14, 2011.  

Let me back up about 11 years, a time I remember well. Isaac's mom, Theresa Sneed is my best friend. Her son started complaining about his "tummy". You know, the kinds of complaints all kids have. Only his ache never went away. 

Long story short--he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer. This cancer is almost always fatal, and most children who get this kind of cancer are diagnosed by the age of 2.  By the time it is discovered, the cancer usually spreads to the point of no return. Through a miracle, his tumor was completely intact and the doctors were able to remove it. Isaac was 8.

As a result of his treatment (chemotherapy, radiation and stem cell transplant), Isaac's suffers from significant hearing loss.

So why am I writing today? Because Isaac needs hearing aids to be the best missionary he can be. Learning a new language is challenging for a normal missionary with a set of good ears, so you can imagine what Isaac's challenge will be with significant hearing loss. 

The cost of hearing aids is approximately $6500. His parents are currently without health insurance and cannot afford to purchase them. If you have a heart, and I know you do, would you please make a donation to get them for him. Every little bit helps. So far $110 has been collected in his behalf. But that's a long way from the total we need. Even small amounts add up. You can go to any Chase bank and deposit funds. The account number is: 2996079725. 

Thank you for your generosity and Christ-like love! Your donation may remain anonymous if you'd like.