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God Sized Dream

I attended a "Transitions of the Heart" webinar given today, and the speaker was author and blogger Holley Gerth, cofounder of the (in)Courage blog. What an encouraging time for me to listen to her answer questions about how to find our God-sized dreams, how to confirm them, how God affirms them.
It was, in its own way, an affirmation for ME. Because people who know me in real life as well as in my cyber-life know that I love writing, and that my big huge dream is to have a book published.
I'm not naive. I know this is a nearly impossible task. I read author blogs, and I keep up with publishing news. I know how very difficult, long, and hard the road to publication is. How fraught with conflict, littered with discarded pages and flash drives, marked by rejection.
I know. But God will not let me let go of this dream. This is why I believe it's from Him.
A very long time ago, I wrote a note to author Robin Jones Gunn, telling her I loved her books (it was when the Glenbro…

God Sized Dream

I attended a "Transitions of the Heart" webinar given today, and the speaker was author and blogger Holley Gerth, cofounder of the (in)Courage blog. What an encouraging time for me to listen to her answer questions about how to find our God-sized dreams, how to confirm them, how God affirms them.
It was, in its own way, an affirmation for ME. Because people who know me in real life as well as in my cyber-life know that I love writing, and that my big huge dream is to have a book published.
I'm not naive. I know this is a nearly impossible task. I read author blogs, and I keep up with publishing news. I know how very difficult, long, and hard the road to publication is. How fraught with conflict, littered with discarded pages and flash drives, marked by rejection.
I know. But God will not let me let go of this dream. This is why I believe it's from Him.
A very long time ago, I wrote a note to author Robin Jones Gunn, telling her I loved her books (it was when the Glenbro…

absence

I've been absent from this blog for a bit, and I could claim busyness, but it's been more than that.
I've been adjusting.
It's not easy, adjusting. Being the new girl everywhere I go. Not knowing where to find certain things, or getting lost, or knowing what to do or where to go when your molar crown breaks.
Those of my readers who are military wives, or wives of men who have transitory careers, may understand more than those who are not. When our husbands report for duty, they have a built-in network of people in their new coworkers. Especially in a one-year program like my husband's, team-building is a necessary part of the training, but it also affords him instant friends.
Not so for me, especially since we live off base. It takes a whole lot more work and a whole lot more bravery than I feel most of the time, to make new friends.
I have plenty of friends. Shoot, I have hundreds if my Facebook profile is to be believed. I even have a few friends in this area. I hav…

Good Girls Don't Have to Dress Bad Part 2

Welcome to Day Two of the Good Girls Don't Have to Dress Badbook blog tour at Fresh-Brewed Writer! Shari Braendel's book is exactly what it says it is: help for the fashion-challenged gal like me!
About the Book: Read my post from yesterday.Pattie's Review:
First of all, I really like this book. It's easy to read and easy to understand, because Shari does not talk down to the fashion challenged. Nor does she assume anything. She gives step-by-step instructions about clothing, makeup, how to find your proper sizing for foundational undergarments, jeans and swimsuits, accessorizing for those of us who don't wear many accessories, and on and on.
I highly, highly recommend this book.
Pattie's Story:
I used to be a teacher, and when I was in the classroom I wore simple but nice dressy-casual clothing: slacks and shirts that were neat and clean, that required minimal to no ironing, and comfortable shoes from Payless, usually. I was not expected to be a paragon of fashion,…

Good Girls Don't Have to Dress Bad Part 1

Welcome to the Good Girls Don't Have to Dress Badbook blog tour! Shari Braendel's book is exactly what it says it is: help for the fashion-challenged gal like me!
Today is part one, an intro to the book and the author. Tomorrow is part two, my story and new adventure.
About the Book :
From the product description: In Good Girls Don't Have to Dress Bad, Shari Braendel teaches you how to appreciate the body God gave you and how to always look your best---from conquering the battle of finding the right swimsuit, to choosing how many bangles you should wear or how big your purse should be, to wearing the right style jeans that will best flatter your thighs or hips, to finding the best places to shop to suit your unique personal style.
Many of us are watching reality TV shows to get a clue on how to dress right and look good. We hungrily purchase fashion magazines any time the cover article has something to do with how we can hide our despised body parts. We make mad dashes to the …

Beguiled

Beguiled, by Deeanne Gist and J. Mark Bertrand
About the Novel:
In the shadows of Charleston, someone is watching her...

Rylee Monroe, a dogwalker in Charleston's wealthiest neighborhood, never feared the streets at night. But now a thief is terrorizing the area and worse, someone seems to be targeting her.

Reporter Logan Woods is covering the break-ins with the hope of publishing them as a true-crime book. The more he digs, the more he realizes this beguiling dogwalker seems to be at the center of everything.

As danger draws ever closer, Logan must choose: Chase the girl, the story, or plunge into the shadows after the villain who threatens everything?

Pattie's Review:
I enjoyed Beguiled. It is a good Christian suspense novel: Intrigue without too much violence, romance but not so much as to be overwhelming, the right amount of mystery, and well-written.The cover of this novel, in this case, is a bit misleading. It implies a historical novel, when in fact it's a contemporary nov…

Happy Birthday (in)courage!

Happy 1st Birthday to (in)courage!
I'm supposed to link to my "about me" page, but I don't have one...so here is a bit about me:
* Proud Air Force chaplain's wife of 19 years (only 8 in the military--before that he was a pastor) * Proud dance mom (my girls are 13 and 10--almost 14 and 11) * Recently moved (or in military speak, we PCSed) to Texas from North Dakota--can we say extremes?! * Former high school and college English teacher * Former Curves circuit coach * I write--I have at least three unfinished novels, one NaNoWriMo novel that I finished enough to get past the 50K word mark, a slew of nonfiction pieces, and I blog for Wives of Faith. I've been published in print twice, and quoted in books twice. I also write book reviews (see the archives of this blog for those, if you're so inclined). * I love reading. LOVE IT.
So there you have it, a bit about me :)

Calling all Chaplain's Wives

I've wanted to do something like a chaplain's wife network, but I don't know where to begin. Or if there's something else out there already.
If you're a chaplain's wife and know of one, please let me know! Or if you're interested and don't know of one, also please let me know.
And if you're a chaplain's wife blogger, I'd really love to know. This is only hubby's second assignment and we're not "attached" to a chapel this year. So I feel a bit at loose ends.

On the edge

Here's a freewriting post for today, for the handful of people who occasionally stop by. I know I have not been regularly posting, but it's summer. I've been in transition since, well, spring. And I don't foresee any regular pattern until the girls go back to school in a couple weeks.
This morning I found this post from my Twitter feed. These two quotations hit me in the solar plexus: “Sometimes it’s just not your turn…yet” (Angela Thomas)“While you’re waiting for it to be your turn, become the woman who is ready” (Angela Thomas) Wow. I need to be ready. Because it's pretty obvious it's not my turn. And it's pretty obvious that the reason it's not is because of myself. My procrastinating, easily-distracted nature.I don't know when or how, but something will be changing. I hope.