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Writing Wins and Woes: Random Thoughts

This is my last blog of the year and I thought I’d share some random thoughts.

First of all, I am blessed beyond all measure. Things happened this year. They seemed like they could be bad. My mom got cancer. My little grandson came into the world with the cord wrapped around his neck. My youngest daughter continues to make her home far, far away from me. My boss died. I hurt my knee in a bad fall. I could continue but…

These are the results:

  1. My mom had cancer surgery. They removed the cancer and found no cancer in the lymph nodes or anywhere else in her body despite their belief in the beginning that this couldn’t be.
  2. My grandson was born with a few, tiny complications, otherwise happy, healthy and wonderful. A day doesn’t go by that I don’t thank God for the blessing he is in my life, and for the way he has brought my daughter and I closer together.
  3. Yes, Autumn lives far, far away. Yes, it still hurts. Yes, I still miss her.  However, I’ve found that life goes on. I can be happy knowing that she’s happy. And I can continue to hope that someday we will be together again. The Lord holds her in his hand and I trust Him.
  4. When my boss died, my life was thrown into a topsy turvy whirlwind. I had to embrace a new job, even start thinking about permanently taking over this new job. I was looking toward full time work and I wasn’t very excited about it. I’d miss my husband and not have time for my family, especially my new grandson, but God had it all under control. Someone from the high school moved into the position and I moved back to my old position where I belonged. That someone turned out to be one of the few supports I have in the work place. Again, God greatly blessed me.
  5. For months after my fall, I wondered if I’d ever heal. I hobbled around in my jobs, many times in intense pain, but gradually God let me heal. I never thought I’d be able to have full movement of my knee again, but I do. No, I am not completely pain free because I’m old but I am better.       So, this Christmas, I am extremely thankful. Yes, I went through the wringer, but I came out of it pressed and clean and maybe not completely wrinkle free but no worse for the wear.
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Writing Wins and Woes: I Finished Something.

I think we’re probably about two-thirds through what is my summer because summer ends for me when school is back in session and I finally finished something. Yay! I did write a few articles over the summer for GAK but I’ve been working on a real story for a while and yesterday I finally finished it. It may need some fine tuning and it needs to be typed and submitted but it is written. I’m still so old school that I  often write my stories in a notebook. I can just write my story on a laptop but I like the feel of paper and pen. It’s just a preference for me.

Finishing things does not come easy for anybody. Starting projects is fun but after a while they can get boring or not work out the way we had hoped. Also, I tend to overthink. Well, this will probably be rejected anyway. Nobody will want to read it. It sounds kind of weird. When I was writing it, I thought it was great but now that I’m re-reading it, it’s kind of lame. On and On. I really do beat myself up quite a bit.

I really have to look back at what I’ve accomplished so far to spur me on to the next step. Our church has that motto: taking your next step. We all need to do that. Take the next step. We don’t have to make a giant leap, just a step.

Next week I will again be MIA. I am taking a little half week break to stay with my dear daughter and beloved grandson. Be back in two weeks. Until then, finish something.Miles smiling