On our journey, whether traveling around the world or around your block, there's lots to learn about life, love, and the pursuit of happiness, so lets dive into a new ocean together!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

A Message for All Generations, Lest We Forget











Photo taken in SoCal on my granddaughter's high school graduation 2009)

Update on my life: We sold our Fort Mill house last week so I've had to speed up the packing process. But while I'm taking my afternoon coffee break today, I had to share something special that happened to me at our monthly Literary Luncheon two weeks ago.

I was feeling a bit guilty for not doing more marketing for Lady and the Sea. Then God smiled at me.

Before the critiquing began, a fellow-writer announced, "I gave Lady and the Sea to my two grown daughters for Christmas, and my 13-year-old granddaughter called me the other day and said, 'Grama, I read Lady and the Sea and I loved it. I have never heard of the Holocaust!'" My mouth dropped as fellow-writer continued, "Then my daughter got on the phone and told me, 'Mom, Lady and the Sea has opened the door for my daughter and me to talk about premarital sex, teen pregnancy, and other hot topics of interest." (yes, my debut novel touches on many hot topics of the day.)

My soul and spirit was touched by this testimony. So attention all you mothers out there, think about giving your daughter a copy of Lady and the Sea. And don't worry if she doesn't pick it up right away; I believe she will read Lady in God's perfect time. There are many layers to the story for women of all ages. My prayer is that every reader will find that certain story within the story to find faith for their future.

I will share another testimony in my next blog, but now I must put my coffee cup down and pick up another empty box. Until next time, oceans of blessings!

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Video is actual footage taken on MS Restoration in 1994.



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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Moving, Staying, Retiring

Huntington Beach CA 2012

No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.

My head is spinning. I have dived in to my new ocean and I'm swimming in the swirling waters. For those of you who don't know, upon our return home from SoCal, Rob and I bought a smaller home in Lexington, SC where we'll some day retire. Look at your map and you'll find Lexington just northwest of Columbia, the capital of SC. Our cozy brick home is on a golf course with a small lake in our backyard--yep, we're trading one lake for another-- surrounded by tall Carolina pines. The club house looks like a big barn because the property was once a dairy farm. No cows left, but lots of squirrels, geese, and deer.

Our daughter Jacquie, hubby Tom and granddaughter Destinee live on the much larger Lake Murray about ten minutes northeast us. We've been apart for over five years so having them close by is a blessing indeed. We're not too far from their office, Life Wellness Center, so that makes me a happy camper. With shops and eateries close by, it makes for a nice place to retire. Retire? What does that actually mean? I'll let you know down the road a ways.

Our Fort Mill home is still for sale so we'll be living here for awhile until Rob retires next year. In the meantime, you'll find us driving down the Interstate every week or so, taking bits and pieces of furniture and treasures (that's what I call my stuff I can't part with). But right now I have a desk full of correspondence to answer, bills to pay, a manuscript to revise, and floors to swifter, and of course, little Popcorn to take for a cold brisk walk. Bye for now ... happy sailing and oceans of blessings!

Come unto me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads,
and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28 NIV