Jesus can use any act of love to change a life

Joy4“Jesus can use any act of love to change a life.” This was the sermon message yesterday from guest pastor – Pastor Ron Johnson at Oakville Presbyterian church. It was a great sermon I hope it got recorded because it is one I think I could easily listen to over and over again.

I finally, finally finished a section in the book that I was finding almost impossible to write. That was the part of my younger brother’s Tony’s death. It had a big miracle in it which was why I wanted to include it but still was very hard to get into it. I know for a fact it was Pastor Ron’s sermon that gave me the push to do it.

I now have most of the pieces of the book completed. A few more content edit corrections (or maybe a lot) and then I can move into grammar editing. This did not become a 30 day wonder as I was hoping but at least that 30 day push got most of the book written and that was a major. The biggest obstacle to all endeavors is getting started.

I am hoping to have it laid out in book form in the next few days and then anyone who is willing to give it a read and give some feedback on it I will be very grateful for. Part of the slow down with the book is that I entered that slump period where it seems, “too long, too boring and why in the heck am I doing this anyway,” period. So its very important to get fresh eyes looking at it and give honest feedback on what to cut back, cut out, build up, forget, etc.

Now it’s time to get going. Pudge wants to go for a walk and I’m not ready for work. Zooom!

Today’s Hangman: December 29
All Games | Mahjong, | Simon Says, | Word Search | Memory Games

“Only if people change will the world change; and in order to change, people need the light that comes from God, the light which so unexpectedly [on the night of Christmas] entered into our night.” Pope Francis


Come, let us adore Him



It’s almost Christmas. I hope yours is filled with all the gifts of Advent – Peace, Joy, Hope and Love.

Yesterday was a fun day. I went to Salem to do the paper work for my new job as a Direct Care provider. It didn’t take too long though because I have not been in Oregon for five years (almost though!) I had to go across the street and get fingerprinted at the Police Station. Hope they don’t find my criminal record!  (Just kidding – I don’t think I’ve gotten caught so there shouldn’t be one.) God already knows my finger prints and my criminal record.

Then I went to the Catholic book store which I have been wanting to go to for a long time but never made the trip to Salem to do it. I didn’t spend much time there because I didn’t want to find things to buy! I did talk with the store people there who are very nice and I gave them some free copies of my books and hopefully people will buy them and they will order some more. They did say they have had my books in the store before though so that was nice.

I work today at Oakville and not sure about Friday. Can use the money though so it will be okay if I do. On Saturday I am going to dog sit, Abbie for my favorite sitting job. The lady that I do this for says I can make a fire (it will already be laid out) and I can just sit and enjoy the beauty of their Christmas tree and a fire. How lovely is that!

Don’t start my new job until January 5th. A bit nervous about it – but will probably do fine.

Hope you have a wonderful, wonderful Christmas!





New job, new energy, new enthusiasm

memory4nativityI have found a new job! I know I switch jobs faster than some folks switch TV channels but each one gets better so it’s all a good thing. Least I hope so. It’s a part time job so I can still keep working at Oakville as their Church secretary which was my hope in job searching.

My new job (haven’t done all the testing yet so not solid yet) will start on Monday, January 6th. It is working as a direct care giver for one of five Paragon homes run by Catholic Charities out of Salem, Oregon. This one is only a mile and a half from my home so it makes for an easy commute. I think it will be challenging but I think I will like it. There are only five in this home so there will be lots on one-on-one time. The hours are from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday through Sunday and 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Monday. It’s 32 hours a week which is the best job I’ve found so far for number of hours and I will be getting full benefits after two months. That will be good.

So now I can continue to work on my book and the Joy in Jesus site without feeling I have to make money off of them. Can just make them more of a ministry work rather than help support me work. That takes the pressure off. The book is well under way. It’s getting a content edit by a friend in my copywriting mentor group. Then when I have all the bits and pieces fitting together in logical order I will work on the grammar editing. Of which, the good Lord knows the cup runneth over with!

AND I am working with renewed enthusiasm on the Joy in Jesus site. Since it has laid low for months at a time there is a lot of catch up work to do. I’m going to be redoing all the puzzle pages plus adding more. Also will be doing more memory cards, Wordsearch and hangman puzzles… and I’m going to work on the E-Card site and get that up to a better level. Lots to do for the start of an almost new year!

What I am really happy about with this new job is that I will not be working on the computer doing stuff for other people – so when I come home I will have enthusiasm and energy to work on the Joy in Jesus ministry. It’s hard to work a lot of hours for someone else on their stuff and have any energy to turn around and do the same thing for myself. Because this new job works over the weekend and my church job works only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday – I will have Tuesdays and Thursdays completely off from either job. The two jobs together will work very well.

Yipee doo dah day! Like my sister Euli says, this is an early Christmas present!

Since I will be making enough money I am going to pay for a professional cover and have that done sometime in January. Thinking now of having the “official” publication date be March 19th the feast of Saint Joseph for the print version. The eBook version may be sooner not sure yet!

An inspirational video

Wanted to share this inspirational video that O’Nell shared with me. I am sure you will like it too.

I’ve done it again

Take-the-Next-Exit---Paperback-1-450pxOkay – this is the umpteenth, zillionith time I have changed the book cover – but I am sure I am coming in on the home stretch now. New title and new cover.

I decided I want to move away from the “Not Me” title – and also be more clear about what the book is about. So I hope this is it! It is not me on the cover but it could certainly be me and Pudge. It fits and I like it.

What do you think?