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Stay The Course

The past forty-eight hours has not gone smoothly for me. This becoming a new author at 58 has been a challenge to say the least. I have great "ideas" for books to write but the publishing process is challenging. Every step the past few months or so has been a new adventure. This must be why so many people quit.

I am not going to quit.

And considering I am a person riddled with self doubt, I am amazed I am going to finish this journey. But I knew in my heart that this book, Not Really A Princess, had to be written. And I have been continually amazed how with each new step I have been shown what to do and how to do it. And as it has become clear now that it really will actually happen--there are still many steps laid out before me that I am not familiar with doing.

Between marketing, social media, publicity and edits... I feel like I am learning a foreign language. However, I am good at foreign languages.

I have had a date of November 1 for all the content edits to be complete…

The Pursuit of Happiness

Guest Blogger: Jessica Everett
Jessica is a mom of three. She loves music and is an avid reader of anything and everything.


The constitution of the United States guarantees every man, woman, and child the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Well I agree with this statement in the fact that you can only pursue happiness not achieve it. Happiness is a fleeting thing. Here one moment and gone the next with only a small change in circumstances.
And frankly, happiness isn’t what we should be pursuing anyway. It is an unattainable goal. You can hear your favorite song on the radio and feel happy, you can get a free lunch or a promotion at work and feel happy. But the minute you are cut off by another car on the way home or step through the door to one child whining and the other crying that happiness is gone. What was the value in it but for that brief moment.
However, you can CHOOSE joy. It is a moment by moment, day by day decision. A conscious decision that takes boldn…

Loving October

October. Love October. Driving along streets lined with bright golds, oranges and reds makes me want to stop and take a photo every block. I can't help myself. I am an artist and a lover of our Great Creator. So I pull over, take a picture, go on my way. I am trying to capture the beauty. Maybe I will post it later to share some of the moment with dear friends.

The beauty of creation is something that always beings a smile to me. It doesn't have to be trees. Sometimes its a doggy in a car, ears flapping in the wind with the biggest smile, feeling free. Or maybe its holding a grandbaby with their chubby little fingers holding tight to a bottle or toy.


We continually hear of fires, hurricanes and earthquakes. Creation is also powerful. We are overwhelmed with it as it surrounds us.

I have been to many other countries. Places with huge mountains, islands surrounded by oceans, fabulous waterfalls and rolling hills. I am so amazed by the diversity of it all. It doesn't have to …

Nothing To Squawk About

I never did post this blog. I thought it was such a common occurance that I wondered if it was perhaps not interesting enough to post. This morning I decided that not all blog posts will be out of the ordinary but should really exist to help us through the day to day life.

I did, by the way, make it to my destination. A little bit late but it was not much to squawk about. The following was written last weekend.


Sitting at an airport this morning with my flight delayed. Then delayed again. My connection has now changed three times. I am hoping that I really do make some sort of connection today. It is easy to feel discouraged or irritated. Two hours ago I was very frustrated but now...not so much. I mean I hope I am not stranded here forever but I know that I will eventually get there.

I think this is true of many things in life. We initially get irritated at things in life not lined up just the way we wish. And sometimes life just "happens" and plans are tossed aside. Or cha…

The Other Love Chapter

Growing up on a small horse ranch in Western Washington with unsteady income and going through some fiery trials as a child, I have grown to feel the need to help others. Living with a widow with no income as a teen I learned to be so thankful for any little helps from others. Consequently I feel very burdened for people as an adult.

In my study of 1 John chapter 3 the past couple weeks I discovered that this chapter is really the essence of a true believers heart. If others cannot see our love for others then are we truly following God? He is all about love and if we are to be like Him then love and compassion should flow from us.


In referencing this passage this week in my Bible study I gleaned a few quotes from my MacArther Study Bible. These come from verses 14-24. "Christian love is self sacrificing and giving, Christ giving up His own life for believers epitomized the true nature of Christian love...A practical love that finds motivation in helping others. Where it does not…

NO MATTER WHAT!

I drove into the mountains along the scenic Payette River to a ladies retreat on Friday with my daughter and her 6 month old. Being at a mountain retreat is a favorite thing of mine. What could be better than visiting with other women, sharing meals together and listening to an amazing speaker? And the music. Love. Hearing dozens of voices in harmony. My daughter was playing bass. There was also a guitar, keyboard and a friend of mine on violin. She doesn't ever use music with her violin but plays by ear as if the violin is a part of her. One can just shut their eyes and listen to all the parts.

The speaker shared about not just loving God above all else but that we also need to love our neighbors. Really love them. Not get irritated because the neighbors have 10 cars or their dog barks all day. A more practical approach like learning all their names, making sure they know they can count on you if they need to and truly showing you care. NO MATTER WHAT.

I have to admit it is so e…