Archive | June 2012

Here it is!!

Well, here is my story in the local paper, as well the regional paper! I can’t express how excited I am about having my name under the title of  a story that I wrote! It is just the most incredible feeling and I am still just as giddy and happy about it as a teenager who just got asked to prom by her “dream date”!

I’m already working on another story an praying that it will get accepted to run in the paper as well. Hopefully, these stories will lead to my getting paid to write! That is my ultimate goal!! Wish me luck and all prayers are greatly appreciated! Thank you all as well, for the kind compliments. They mean so very much to me!

Judy

My Story

Writing has been something that I have always loved! I have dreamed of being a “star” reporter since I was very small. Now, I just dream of being able to write and have it published. I don’t care if I never get to be a “star” so long as  get to do what  love, which is write and have others enjoy reading my piece! I do hope though, that I will eventually earn a paid writing position, either with our local newspaper, regional paper, or even a magazine. Being able to write on a regular basis, and get paid for it would just be amazing and such a blessing!

I have been asking God for a while now, what it is that He wants me to do for His kingdom. I know there is something special that He has in mind for me, but figuring it out has been difficult. We all have special gifts that God has given us to use for His glory and honor. Many people have more than one gift! Sometimes it takes a while to figure out what the gift is and how God wants us to use it.

Well a couple of weeks ago, I really was not thinking anything about writing, or becoming a journalist, but one night as I lay in bed, trying to go to sleep, I realized the reason I was unable to sleep was because God was trying to speak to me. So, I crawled out of the bed and headed to the living room where I just started praying and asking God what it was that He wanted me to know. After a short period of time, I heard a very small, quiet voice telling me “tell the story” and “write”.  I wasn’t sure if I had heard that correctly or not, so I asked God if He was telling me to write and if so, what story was he referring to. I heard again, “write” and “you have to tell the story”. So, I decided that I better figure out what He wanted me to write about and what story He was referring to!

When I signed on to my computer and checked my facebook page, there was post by a very excited grandmother about her grandson winning the state bullriding title, and he lives right here in my hometown. I felt like God was leading me to write this story. So, I made contact with the grandmother and asked if she thought the young man might be interested in giving me an interview. I explained to her that I was brand new to this and that I would basically be practicing with him, and that I had no idea if it would even get published, but she agreed to chck with him. The next morning I received a phone call from the young man’s mother, and an interview was set up! At that moment, I knew this was the direction that God was leading me!

So, now I am searching for other stories, especially positive stories, that somehow relate to my home town. We have some very bad things going on in our town right now and I just feel like God is telling me to bring attention to the good and positive things of this community, and that by doing as He tells me, it could help in the healing and peacemaking process our community needs so badly.

This brings me to a very special request of all of you. I ask you to pray for our community as we go through some very difficult times and we begin the peace making process, may it be successful and the people of this community be closer than ever before, no matter what their differences may be. I also ask that you pray for me; that I am able to find the stories that need to be written, and then write them and get them published. Prayers that through my work/words, someone may decide that Jasper, TX is not such a bad place after all, and with a little work, it can once again be known as “The Jewel of the Forest“. We need forgiveness, peace, harmony, understanding, and tolerance so badly in this community. Please join me in prayer for my home of Jasper, Texas, as our leaders.

My first news story!

I DID IT!!! First published news story!! Well, it doesn’t have my byline, which is really big in the news world, but, it is MY story!! I am really excited! Take a look and see what you all think!

http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/jasper/news/article/Jasper-s-Davis-captures-state-bull-riding-title-3663770.php

 

!!I’ve been nominated!!

I’ve been nominated for the “One Lovely Blog Award”! Thank you so much Terry 1954!! http://terry1954.wordpress.com/  If you haven’t already checked her out, go take a look at Terry’s blog. She speaks from the heart about every day parts of her life, which typically most of us can relate to in one way or another. It is partially because of Terry’s openness in her posts that I have opened up in some of mine.  

The “One Lovely Blog Award” Rules

1. Include the award logo somewhere in your blog.

2. Answer these 10 questions, below, for fun if you want to.

3. Nominate 10 to 12 blogs you enjoy. Or you pick the number.

4. Pay the love forward: Provide your nominee’s link in your post and comment on their blog to let them know they’ve been included and invited to participate.

5. Pay the love back with gratitude and a link to the blogger(s) who nominated you (See above).

The Questions:

1. What is your favorite colour?  Pink

2. What is your favorite animal? Definitely a dog person! I have a lab (who is actually my husbands dog) and my two girls, my doxies, Daisy and Sassy.

3. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink? Starbucks white chocolate mocha cappuccino, anytime, anywhere!

4. Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter? I’m a facebook person. I have too much to say to limit my posts to 140 characters!

5. What is your favorite pattern? My favorite pattern would be the puffiness/fluffiness of clouds in the sky. I love clouds.

6. Do you prefer giving or getting presents? It is better to give than receive, but honestly….GIVE ME!! lol

7. What is your favorite number? This is a tough one for me! I think I would have to say 3. The number 3 is representative of many different things for me. First, the Holy trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; then would be the number in my household, my husband and myself, with the ever presence of God; we have 3 dogs; and my first daughter was born in 83 and my first grandson was born in 2003. Those last two I had not previously thought of. Lotto numbers maybe?? haha…yeah! 

8. What is your favorite day of the week? I love Sunday, going to church and worshipping, learning more about my Lord and Saviour, and then coming home to a good lunch and relaxation! Sunday is the day of rest, so enjoy your Sundays!

9. What is your favorite flower? Roses, always! I love gardenias, honeysuckle, sweet olive, anything with a nice sweet smell. Of course being from Texas, I think I would be excommunicated if I did not say the bluebonnet, which I do love by the way! I also love the beauty of dogwood blooms in the spring as well as azaleas. Honestly, pretty much any pretty, blooming flower, I love!

10. What’s your passion? I have several passions. First is my relationship with God, my Lord and Savior; next would be my family, without them, I would be nothing; next would be writing, scrapbooking, photography, shopping, good italian food, and good times with family and friends.

Now, I get to make some nominations for The One Lovely Blogger Award! hmmmm……

1. Ed Christian’s World – Ed always has a good message from God’s word. He is always encouraging and always offering prayer.

2.Post-Its and Sharpies – My dear friend Joani has a beautiful blog but an even more beautiful heart. This young lady loves God and it is very clear to anyone who meets her. She is a tremendous inspiration to me in many ways!

3. Badly  Drawn  Bible – Now what kind of person would I be if I did not nominate my pastor’s blog?? Honestly, he is such a blessing to all those he comes in contact with, whether in person, or online.

4.ValByDesign –  She’s a scrapbooker! ’nuff said!!

I sincerely hope that you will go check these blogs out. All of these people have hearts of gold and it is very evident in their postings. I promise you will receive a blessing and/or inspiration in some way as you read their words.

THANK YOU SO MUCH TERRY FOR THE NOMINATION!!!  

A New Adventure Begins

Today, I step into a new chapter of my life. Today, I am “trying on” a new career! I am, hopefully, leaping off into the world of journalism!

I have an interview scheduled today with a young man, a local hero of sorts, with hopes of my story being picked up by either the local paper or perhaps a magazine! I have spent the better part of the past two days studying interviewing techniques and suggested question types. I have written out my questions, charged the camera, prepped the mini briefcase with what I will need for the interview, and now I just have to figure out what to wear!

I’m feeling that casual dress is appropriate for this interview and I’ll explain why. This young man is a rodeo champion and I’m sure part of the interview will be done in a pasture, barn, or other part of his parents ranch. I don’t think a dress and heels will work in that setting. Also, we live in a very rural area where “black tie” dress consists of starched jeans, starched western style shirt, and probably not a tie at all! Boots are always worn. Since I don’t own boots, at least none that fit, my shoes will have to be a bit more dressy-casual, but I’m thinking good jeans, and a nice, semi-dressy blouse/shirt, with minimal jewelry.

Maybe I am overthinking some of this, but I really want this to go well. If this interview goes well, and the story turns out good and is actually published, it could mean great things for me! It could mean a dream come true!

So, off I go to choose my outfit for the work portion of my day today! Wish me luck, and as always, prayers would be appreciated!

 

My daughter played golf, and I played in the mud!

English: Off road gas golf cart.

English: Off road gas golf cart. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I want to be a writer! I have always wanted to be an author of some sort. I used to want to write romance novels but not anymore. Now, I just want to write something that people will enjoy without it being disgusting. I want to write something that can be helpful to others in some way. Maybe someone who has gone through similar things to what I have gone through. If I can write something that helps just one person, in some way, then it will all be worth it! Question is what do I write?

I have so many different subjects and plenty of material to write about, but do I want to make it all public? Some of it is pretty private stuff! I guess I could look at choosing a pseudonym or “pen-name”. We’ll see about that. But for now, you get this….

I could write about raising children in a world that is so frightening these days, a person doesn’t even want to go grocery shopping by themselves anymore. I could also write about raising three boys all diagnosed with ADHD, one also with ODD. I do have some good stories to tell about them!

Of course, I could skip ahead to my children’s teenage years and write about raising teenagers, who are almost as rebellious as I was. Didn’t have that much of a problem with my daughter, but those boys just about did me in!

Raising kids is really a lot of fun, especially when you and your husband enjoy sports and you get to share that with your children. My daughter played softball as a youngster and when she got into high school, she played golf. I thought she was going to be the female version of Tiger Woods! Don’t get me wrong, she was good! But she wasn’t Tiger Woods good. Still, I had many good times with her at the various tournaments. She played and was required to walk the course but I got to drive a golf cart!

Oh boy, me and the carts! Many times I choose to ignore the “stay on cart path” signs just so I could go and see where someone’s ball had landed for them. You see, with teenage girls, they don’t want to walk any more than they absolutely have to, and if the ground is even slightly damp, they walk even less! So, typically I would drive the cart over to where we last saw the ball or where we thought it had landed and begin the search. Once the ball was found, if it was found, I would then climb back in the cart and head back to the cart path I was not supposed to have strayed from in the first place!

On more than one occasion I failed to make it back to the cart path, at least without a lot of help! I even managed to get stuck a few times! Most of the time, I was able to get the cart back underway either with assistance from the players, or just pure luck, but there was once when nothing we did helped. I was stuck in mud and the girls refused to take a chance on any mud being slung on them, so I was on my own.

Fortunately for me, another adventurous parent happened along; someone else who didn’t care for the “stay on cart path” signs either. Together, with some pulling, pushing, lifting, laughing, and praying, we managed to get my cart back on stable ground! After that, I stayed on the cart path, at least for the rest of the day.

I never ‘fessed up to being the one who had damaged the fairway on that hole! Thankfully, the good Samaritan didn’t rat me out either! My daughter and her teammates had a good laugh at my expense though, and that made it worthwhile. How the coaches and everyone else did not notice the mud up the sides of my legs, I’ll never know!

Friends, photos, and fun stuff

FedEx finally  made it yesterday about 2PM and I was thrilled to say the least! I managed to actually sit down before ripping the package open, much like a kid on Christmas morning!

I took my new camera out of the box, put in the battery – praying that it had enough of a charge for me to at least turn my new toy on – and took my first picture, of my sleepy grandson on the couch!

Then my wonderful friend and I left to go enjoy an evening of fellowship, dinner, and shopping for supplies for my upcoming scrap class!!

After getting home late last night and not sleeping much, (I think I was just anxious to play with my new camera!), I was up and at ’em before dawn this morning so I had to wait for daylight!

As soon as I could get outside and see where I was stepping, I was out and snapping! Waiting for my dear hummingbirds come to the feeder, (I need to practice photographing that fast little buggers!), hoping my squirrels would come out to play, and just looking for anything worthy of a photo!