Sunday, November 24, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
So, I have been working night and day on it for the past few weeks. I just finished the first draft. Now I will read it out loud and work to get it ready to go to Mary Lynn. Then when she sends it back I make corrections, tweak it a bit more and then I send it off to Kay. She always comes up with some great suggestions and corrections.
After Kay reads it I am going to ask Jane and Sarah and Mary to read it out loud together. They have a unique homeschool advantage and I want to make sure the homeschooling part is accurate. It is also imperative that the characters are the correct characters in each spot. When I say Jerry's mother is Mrs. Castor, it better be Mrs. Castor and not Mrs. Maxum!
Then hopefully, the book will be out this summer. My first novel! Yeah!
Saturday, November 16, 2013
I love this photo. Grandma Shea's 75th birthday with all her grandchildren.
Look at the top, there is Michael. He was at the top there and he is at the top today. The road was long and filled with sharp dangerous curves and detours.
But he made it! Dr. Charles Michael Shea!
He sent me a reply to my congratulations and told me he was exhausted. The last week of preparation for defending his doctorate took a lot out of him.
Good! He should be exhausted! It was a huge undertaking. We should be exhausted and overworked and ready to have our eyes fill with tears of gratitude when accomplishing something great.
Otherwise it is just getting something finished.
This endeavor was much more than that. It has been a dedicated, concerted effort to be the best he can be. He set his goals high and achieved them.
We are very proud of him.
To Traverse City, of course! We found a great family restaurant. Little Bohemia on Front Street. It has been owned by the same family for 45 years.
I had their award winning Lasagna and Pat had perch. Both were great. We'll go again.
Then in the morning we went to the UP. We do love Michigan. There is something so special about having bridge connection. Then back home via 23. It was long, but we do love driving through all the little towns.
Then home. It is always good to get home, even after just an overnighter.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Thursday, November 7, 2013
I have never seen a more beautiful fall! The colors were brilliant for a very long time. We hit the peak in so many different spots this year. The UP, Petoskey, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Saginaw County has been the longest ever.
We haven't had very good color for the past several years. And if we did see it the leaves only lasted a day or two. Last year everything was very brown and dark yellow. So maybe that is why this year has seemed so extraordinary.
Thank you God, for the gift of fall. May we never ever tire of its beauty. Amen.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Even though this picture displays a romantic hug, I couldn't help but think of our friend Jim.
He gives such a good hug that everything does seem right with the world!
Thank you Jim for all your healing loving hugs these many years!
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Saturday, November 2, 2013
She said she had never thought of that and all of a sudden her "Ooohs and Ahhs" started coming from the back seat! I felt warm inside knowing I had just opened a new world to my Mom. It was such a privilege.
Today was that kind of day. A day when Patrick stopped, backed up, moved the car a little more forward. He just did everything I asked to get the picture. And he loved doing it for me. Blessed.