As we mark another Veteran's Day in a year filled with strife and pain, let us remember always those who fight or have fought for our country, for us and for all in which they believed. Let us not ever lose sight of what is important and let our words and actions reflect that always.
Thank you, Veterans (past, present and future), for your selfless dedication and service. There are no words to reflect the appreciation for the great responsibility you bear. Thank you!
Veteran’s Day Prayer
Dear Lord, Today we honor our veterans, worthy men and women who gave their best when they were called upon to serve and protect their country. We pray that you will bless them, Lord, for their unselfish service in the continual struggle to preserve our freedoms, our safety, and our country’s heritage, for all of us. Bless them abundantly for the hardships they faced, for the sacrifices they made for their many different contributions to America’s victories over tyranny and oppression. We respect them, we thank them, we honor them, we are proud of them, and we pray that you will watch over these special people and bless them with peace and happiness. In Jesus’ name we pray; Amen.
I was driving down a long gravel road on my way home the other day. The vibrant autumn colors of the trees framed the road and created this beautiful path. I was rejuvenated! Fall breathes new life and energy in me. The cooler temperatures and vibrant colors seem to foster a creativity in me that isn't typically quite as predominant other times.
This has been a particularly busy Fall, both personally and work wise, and my writing has often taken a back seat to everything else. Life and recent obligations seem to be settling down now with much of the chaos over, so when I was driving and saw this beautiful path ahead, it was like seeing the light at the end of the tunnel so to speak. And new energy, new ideas and renewed motivation bubbled to the surface. I'm excited to follow my path and see where it leads with my current WIPs as well as the new ideas gaining life.
How about you...are you balancing all and following your path or finding it difficult to make the time to write in the face of the day-to-day stresses and life happenings? I would love to hear how things are going for you.
Thank you to my mom and dad for these awesome birthday treats! New writing journals and pens always foster inspiration for me. I'm looking forward to an upcoming SCBWI writing conference this weekend and am hopeful new ideas will be plentiful. One of the quotes in this Life's Little Instruction Book really hit home for me as I often seem to let life get in the way and wait for the "perfect" time and place to write which, very often, is hard to find. I will leave you with these wise words as you embark on a new writing week...
"What are you waiting for? Perfect conditions? Conditions will never be perfect. Today's the day to dust off your dreams. So get out there. Get going. Get moving. Shoot down a star. Lasso the moon. Stare down a rhino. Life's not going to ask you to dance. You've got to run towards it with arms open and eyes flashing. Tackle it, wrestle it to the ground and kiss it on the lips. It always kisses back."
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Meet Dash...he is everywhere these days getting others excited about the upcoming Picture Book Summit 2017. October 7, 2017, is rapidly approaching. What a day it will be! Even if one is unable to attend live, replays are available for a period of time after to listen, or re-listen, to all information and presentations. It is an incredible experience and well worth every cent.
We have a wonderful SCBWI Dakotas writing opportunity in September. Consider joining us if able. It sounds amazing! Thank you to Kendra Levin for providing this terrific conference and to Betty Raum, our fearless leader, for organizing it.