Friday, November 30, 2012

She Did It Again

And just what did she do, you ask?

Our Caitlin has met the challenge to write a novel in a month. She met her goal earlier today, writing over 50,000 words in the month of November. WaaaHoooo!!
The National Novel Writing Month website has proclaimed her a winner, and everyone here agrees. She's a winner alright!

This novel, yet to be titled, is a sequel to On the Line, the novel she wrote last year. She likes to keep her writing under wraps until finished, and so we have yet to read it, but we are looking forward to helping her polish and proofread and pull it all together for publishing this spring.

NaNoWriMo is open to anyone and everyone. I'm thinking the younger kids and I may all take the challenge next year. What better way to improve your English/Grammar/Writing/Communication skills?
Her first book-hot off the presses
While you are waiting for her next novel, On the Line is available at in both Kindle and paperback format. It would make a terrific Christmas gift for that special someone who loves a good adventure story or who always wanted to be in on a treasure hunt or who just likes an enjoyable story.


A couple of months ago I came across Five Minute Friday and have been wanting to join in. LisaJo posts one word early on Friday morning and you are to write - unedited - for five minutes. that's it. easy. fun. Now I see she is taking the month of December off, but I thought I give it a try today anyway. Hoping to pick it up again in January!

Today's word:  Wonder 
I'm thinking on the word 'wonder' this morning. 
"I wonder . . ."  "Isn't it a wonder?" "Don't you think he's wonderful" "Are you wondering about something this morning?" 
My youngest children will be singing tonight. Singing wonderful words, proclaiming a most wonderous event - the birth of a child. Not just any child, but THE Child.  
Our oldest daughter is due to give birth very soon. Our third grandchild. I wonder, boy or girl? I am so looking forward to meeting him (or her)!
Thinking on these things I am overwhelmed with the wonder of it all, in awe of my God and Creator who knit these little babes together, fashioned them to be just who they are, to be born into this very time. 
I know who the babe in the manger was. Who He grew up to be. Who He IS. Do you?


oh my is it ever hard to not go back and do some editing! 
You can read what others were thinking and writing this morning over at

Sunday, November 25, 2012

A Beautiful Season

I love this time of year, as we move from a time of focused Thanksgiving 
right into a time of focused Praise for our Lord and Savior.
May your days be blessed.

 photo credit goes to  my amazing daughter Caitlin

Monday, November 5, 2012

Menu Plan Monday - 11/5 to 11/11

Gotta have a plan. Last month we did a lot of fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants meal planning. Why add more stress to our days when we can have a plan in place for smooth and easy days?

Last week I got back on track, with my meal plans, anyway. Aahhhhhhh! Feels good! It really does make a difference. Linking up with others at helps me keep accountable, too. It's going to be a full week around here, so it's a good thing I have our menu posted and at-the-ready!

breakfast-breakfast burritos
lunch-rollups (fill a tortilla with whatever you can find in the frig)

breakfast-baked oatmeal
lunch-tuna salad sandwiches

breakfast-whole wheat toast, fruit
lunch-chicken nuggets
supper-venison stew  
(daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren are moving back to the states tonight YAY!!!
 and so the rest of the week we'll be having meals they have especially requested)



(opening weekend of deer season so the guys are occupied, 
Mom leaves on her girlfriend-weekend-getaway, so family is on their own)

breakfast-bagels, cereal, oatmeal
lunch-leftovers, soup, or whatever Caitlin whips up

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