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Part 13 If Oak Trees Could Talk

12 Aug

Part 13 If Oak Trees Could Talk

Welcome back to Part 13  If Oak Trees Could Talk! Once again it is my pleasure to bring my story to you each week! I am excited as I do these blogs each week as I am working on another Inspirational Romance Novel along with a sequel to a Juvenile fiction entitled Caleb’s Cereal.   I would love to complete at least one of them in time for Christmas! In the meantime let’s read or listen to Chapter 7 A Father’s Love!

Chapter 7

A Father’s Love

Once Henry was alone he looked at the journals that Amelia had left him. He then stared at the old Oak tree hanging before him and with pencil in hand began once again to fill pages with memories. This time the memories of his Dad came to life.

Henry’s father, Russell William Tyler was a very hard worker. His philosophy was if you’re going to do a job, do it right or don’t bother. He sometimes come off very rough and short tempered and so Henry felt like he wasn’t pleasing unto his father. However, there was an event between Henry and his Dad that changed Henry’s life forever.

Both Henry and his Dad were driving to Crawford County one afternoon to pick up some automobile parts for Henry’s Dad’s car, when a deer came barreling out of the woods and stood right in front of the car.   Henry’s Dad was driving and before he could steer the car in any direction, the deer lunged right into the windshield. Henry wasn’t hurt; however Mr. Tyler was knocked completely out and was bleeding profusely. Henry tried to wake his Dad with no response. He then realized that he had to get help, so he was able to scoot his father over enough for him to get into the driver’s seat. Henry drove his Daddy’s car for about two miles to the nearest house to summons help. Henry was only nine years old at the time and acted very mature and responsibly. Mr. Tyler suffered a concussion and had several stitches in his face but was fine because of Henry’s quick response. Henry remembered the gentle way that his Dad patted his hand as he was being loaded into an ambulance. He smiled at Henry in a way that Henry had never seen or never noticed before. Henry had the assurance that he needed from that afternoon that he was well pleasing unto his Dad.

While Henry penned the memories of his Dad, he found himself once again exhilarated. He stared intently at the picture of the old Oak tree hanging before him and a floodgate of memories came back to him.  

“It’s out of here!” Henry yelled, as he recalled hitting a baseball completely over the fence when he was only seven. He was on the Tigers pee wee team where he had a baseball glove that seemed entirely too large and a cap to match.   He remembered the proud look upon his Dad’s face when he looked up in the stands.

“It wasn’t at all what I thought it was! My Dad was always pleased with me wasn’t he old friend?”

As Henry sat alone in his room it was as if he heard his old friend saying “Yes, Henry, your Dad was always pleased with you!”

As one event after the other played in Henry’s mind, the memories of Henry’s Dad smiling at him flooded Henry’s heart. It was as if Henry could feel those gentle pats of assurance from his Dad once again as in the evening of the deer accident. Henry gently smiled as he penned every emotion and tears stained the journal’s pages.

As his fingers stiffened to the demand that Henry placed upon them, he felt almost as desperate as he felt that night that his Dad hit the deer. He felt that the freedom he was trying to achieve challenged him to do things that were scary but necessary, as in the time he drove his Daddy’s car in the night to get help for his Dad. In Henry’s thoughts he was even more desperate to get help for himself and his dear Helen. As another page was completed and the tears seemed fewer, Henry tenderly closed the journal. He then found himself giggling as joy of discovering that his Father loved and was pleased with him seemed to free him even more. He could feel guilt and condemnation of the past loose it’s hold and roll away. Henry took a deep breath, while winking at his old friend. Placing the journal back inside the bedside table, once again, he closed his eyes in sweet sleep.

 

Thank you for reading or “tuning in” today. I have so enjoyed sharing If Oak Trees Could Talk!   As you can tell I have quite the imagination so it is not difficult to imagine myself sitting across the table from you my readers as if we’ve been friends for a long time!

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Until next time, thank you again for “Tuning in!”

Part 6 If Oak Trees Could Talk!

24 Jun

Part 6 If Oak Trees Could Talk

Book Cover for If Oak Trees Could Talk

Welcome back to my Video Blog!  I have been so thrilled with the response that I am receiving as I am attempting to do something new or at least new for me! My hope is to truly Inspire One Dreamer at a time!  I hope that you are that dreamer! This past week was Father’s Day!  Even though my characters are fictional in my books I always model them after people that have impacted my life!

In the main character is Henry William Tyler, I wrote this character based on my Precious Dad!  My Dad was a loving, passionate, larger than life man that I loved with all of my heart!  As I wrote the characters of Henry and Helen, it was my hope and desire to honor my wonderful parents!  So again I thank you for taking the time to “Tune in” or to read along as I continue to read today If Oak Trees Could Talk beginning in Chapter Three entitled Henry’s Homework!

Chapter 3

 

Henry’s Homework

The morning light came in unusually bright and Henry found himself awakened early and alone. His precious Helen had awakened even earlier and went back to her room before the nurses came to their rooms.  Henry squinted for a moment until his eyes adjusted themselves to the light. As he sat on his bed, he remembered some of what the Oak tree helped him to remember, but he really did not know if he had actually remembered it or if he had only dreamed about it.  Regardless, Henry decided to take action and regain some of his life.  He rang the on-call button frantically and impatiently for a nurse to come to him.

“Well, aren’t you up early and raring to go this find and glorious morning?  What’s your big emergency that you hit that button a dozen times or more?”

At first Henry did not recognize Nurse Wanda, but then he answered her.

“Pencil and paper, I want pencil and paper please.”

“Now why do you want a pencil and paper Mr. Tyler?   Are you fixing to write yourself a letter?”

“Yes, a letter sounds good.”  Henry answered with an urgent plea in his voice.

“Okay, Mr. Tyler, if you want a pencil and paper, then a pencil and paper you’re going to get!”  Nurse Wanda said as she was glad that Henry seemed to want to do something besides sit and stare.

It wasn’t long until Nurse Wanda returned to Henry’s room with his medicine, breakfast tray, and of course, a pencil and paper.

“What’s this for?”  Henry asked.  “You want me to do homework or something?”

“It’s for your letter that you were going to write.  Do you not remember asking me for a pencil and paper so that you could write a letter?”  Nurse Wanda probed.

“Yes, Mrs. Stone, I’ll take them home so that Mom can help me with my homework.”

“Yes Sir, Mr. Tyler, you just let your Momma help you okay?”

As Nurse Wanda left Henry alone once again, he stared at the blank piece of paper.  He thought as he looked upon it, that this is how his life had been, just a blank space that he couldn’t remember.  What kind of homework was he supposed to do? Henry wondered.  Before long, he found himself with pencil in hand.  He put the pencil on the paper and even to his amazement he began drawing a picture of his dearest friend.  As he drew, he drew branches extended wide and a huge trunk to an old tree.  He thought of how his friend towered above the others and so he drew it the entire length of the sheet of notebook paper.  As quick as a bolt of lightning, the memories from the night before came flooding back to him.  Henry began writing what he had remembered. As he penned the events of the night before, more and more thoughts kept coming into his mind. He wrote as fast as his stiff hands and fingers would allow him.  He wanted to capture every memory before they vanished away, possibly for forever.

At first the memories came just as a flash of something that seemed to be real.  However, then another image would come and still yet another one until finally Henry once again had enough of the pieces to realize that he had  real memories of a  whole event.  Every one of them always involved his old friend.   He frantically wrote down what he could see in his mind’s eyes.  He tried to pen down all the emotions as he experienced the events again, so that when Helen and dear Amelia read his letters, they would know why what they were reading was important to Henry.  Henry felt hope for the first time in months.  He felt as though he was reclaiming some resemblance of his life.  He knew that in his memory bank was a treasure chest of precious hidden treasures.  For whatever reason, the old Oak tree was serving as a key to help him open his treasures to share with others.

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God’s got a plan!

15 Oct

God’s got a plan!

Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV) For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

 

As I’ve sat down at the computer and considered starting my blogs, I first had to ask myself, what do I know that anyone would be interested in? Well, my answer to that is honestly I know a little about a lot of things, but I also realize that sometimes the more I think I know and more I feel I haven’t a clue.  This is not a bad thing, because as long as I remain teachable, I can learn so much along my journey.  So I guess one reason I wanted to start my blogs was to try to encourage others who don’t feel like they have a clue either. One thing I do know is there is a place to go, when I don’t have a clue.  The bible states that if any lack wisdom, let them ask.

James 1:5 (KJV) If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

Maybe as the saying goes “two heads are better than one” and together we might just find that we have more wisdom and understanding than we thought we had.  Another thing that I have found as I’ve walked along my journey is that no matter what happens whether it is good or bad, God has a plan! If anyone has read my blogs very long, they know that I always encourage that no matter what it looks like, God has a plan and He always has the last word!  I have learned to trust Him!  He is faithful that promised!

Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV) For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Perhaps also at times because we may feel as those we are groping at the air as if we are the “blind leading the blind.” We may even fall into a ditch or two, but another thing I have learned and  I say is  the key  is to always climb back out, dust ourselves off and start again.  I encourage you today, if you feel as though you are in a “ditch” so to speak, please let this blog be your hand to grab onto to.  Let me help you climb back out!  For honestly, I felt for a long time that falling into ditches and climbing back out was how I was supposed to do life!  Experience is a great teacher! I’ve had some wonderful blessings in life, but I’ve also fallen and even been thrown in a few ditches along the way.   Again, the key is that I’ve climbed back out of the ditch, dusted myself off and started on my journey again. How could I do that you may ask?  My answers always repeat themselves

  • I’ve learned that GOD’s got wisdom for me that I can learn from the experience.
  • HE has a good plan for me!
  • I can trust Him and His word. He had proven Himself faithful time and time again to me!

 

I wanted to share these words of truth with you because the word of the Lord is truth that will make us free! We have to hear it and believe it and then ultimately act on it or put it to the test! I hope that no matter where you’re at that you are continuing your journey as well….and maybe, just maybe we can extend a helping hand to one another and pull each other up.  The bible says a righteous man may fall seven times, but that he will get back up….Get back up, God’s got a plan for you!

Cleaning out the Old to make room for New!

8 Oct

 

Cleaning out the Old to make room for New!

Have you ever wanted to just make over a room in your house, or just do something different to change it up a bit?

“Hey let’s put down hardwood floors” I pleaded with my husband. For years I begged, “Let’s get rid of the carpet, it will help the whole family breathe better!”  Well finally a few weeks ago, we went and purchased flooring.  We ordered a huge pallet of flooring and brought it home on Saturday.  Yay!  I am so excited! Well, since we decided to change out the floor, of course I purchased paint for the walls, and bought paint for a few other projects that I want to do to coordinate with the walls and flooring!  I’ve got just one more stop at my local home decor store to purchase draperies and a few other little accessories to bring it all together!

Well the whole idea sounded wonderful, so this blog is to remind myself that “It will be worth it after I go through all the stuff! My Living room will be beautiful once everything is finished!”  Call me naïve but I had no clue what tearing up carpet would be like!  I knew it would be a dirty job of course, I wasn’t totally oblivious!  After all we’ve had the same carpet down for fourteen years.  However, those big ol’ two pronged staples in the padding, that had to be pried up out of the plywood floor, well let’s just say “Pain in the Neck and a few other places, literally!”   After crawling on all fours, cutting carpet, prying, pulling, sweeping, vacuuming, and pulling some more, let me just say, “UGH! But it will be worth it when the remodeling is complete!”

As I was thinking of all of cleaning out of the old to make room for the new, I really became inspired! Isn’t this really what life is about?  I am constantly ministering to others who are really going through rough times!  I always tell them “Whatever you are going through will pass!  It did not come to stay!”  This is not just a little quick fix thing that I tell them.  No I realize depending on the circumstances that they are going through, sometimes it takes a long time for something to pass or to change!  This applies to good or bad things in our lives.  Life is a series of change!  Change has to take place to cause us to be what God the creator created us to be!

A picture comes to mind of a beautiful butterfly! The butterfly begins its life cycle as an egg, then larva (caterpillar), pupa (cocoon) and then finally when it goes through complete metamorphosis or change the adult butterfly struggles to emerge!  Wow, how beautiful that adult butterfly is!   I love this picture as it holds in my opinion just a true picture of all God’s creation.  We as humans are in a constant mode of change!  This is why we should never judge others! God’s not through with them yet, or with you or me!  That person that you may think will never amount to anything may be on their road to becoming the greatest Evangelist,  President,  Teacher, Mother, Nobel Peace Prize winner…they may be the ones who have the answers to cure cancers or other diseases!  The point being, they are in a state of change, even though  your  first impressions of  them  may be that act like “Hellions!”  They are not going to be like they are forever!  The Bible says that if we are in Christ that we are being changed from faith to faith and from glory to glory!

Butterfly

 

Yes, I am cleaning out the old to make room for the new in my home, but spiritually God is constantly helping me to do the same in my life. I am going through some remodeling! I think the main thing to remember is that we need to constantly be aware of the changing process.  We need to learn how to enjoy our journey and become excited about the changes especially if we are Christians!  If we are Christians then we know that we have a Heavenly Father that only has our best interest at heart and is always for us. He sees the beginning from the end and everything in between!  I am a firm believer in the saying that “If He takes you to it, He will take you through it!”  As I stated at the beginning of this blog, “It will be worth it after I go through all of the stuff!   It will be worth it after the remodeling is complete!  I encourage you my friend, it will be worth it!

 

Distractions!

1 Oct

Distractions!.

Tomorrow is September 23, 2014-Official First Day of Fall and a Mother’s True Confession!

24 Sep

Tomorrow is September 23, 2014-Official First Day of Fall and a Mother’s True Confession!.

Tomorrow is September 23, 2014-Official First Day of Fall and a Mother’s True Confession!

24 Sep

Tomorrow Septemeber 23, 2014-Official First Day of Fall and a Mother’s True Confession!

Caleb and Colin Fall 2006

It is amazing to me that a few short weeks ago, we were enjoying the swimming pool and looking forward to the July Fourth fireworks! My children and I were going to the summer movie festival at our local cinema every Tuesday and Wednesday and milking every minute of summer that we could as we knew that the “dreaded” Fall season was right around the corner!

We love the season of Fall for all of the obvious reasons which include the cool crisp air, the beautiful foliage, hot cocoa, pumpkins,hay rides, fall festivals, hoodies, football, and for my boys Soccer and Basketball! Our dread comes in ending our summer vacation with no home school and moving forward to the work load!  If you’ve been following my blogs then you know that I am a home school Mom.  There is nothing like having my children home and watching them become who they are going to be. I love having the freedom in playing a vital role in that process! However, there are always flip sides to every coin and for us it is really getting a mindset to plow through the work load as it becomes heavier every year, especially for my oldest son who is now in the Ninth grade.  His home school curriculum is pretty intense, so of course, it is more time-consuming and more involved than my Fifth graders schooling.  As I encourage my Ninth grader every day to press in to finish his day’s assignments, we talk more and more about life and responsibility! We talk often of him driving, which I honestly do not want to think about, his first job, etc.  In saying all of that, I have a true confession to make!  I think somehow with each summer that passes that in my heart of hearts the real “dread” of going into another fall season, is not the season itself, it is also not the work load of home school,  but it is that I know that my children are getting older.  Yes, they are not little babies any longer and with each passing season they are growing older and seemingly further away from home!

Now this is not an excuse, but I waited twenty long years before I could conceive children. When I finally got to hold that first little bundle in my arms, I couldn’t believe how much love my heart could hold!  Four long years later, I finally got to experience that kind of love again. I have never found more satisfaction in anything than I have in being a wife and a mom.  I was and still am smitten with these two boys! Even though they are fourteen and ten now, I still stand in the doorway of their bedroom as they sleep and feel hot grateful tears fill my eyes! I have cherished every precious moment with them.  Yes, even the times when it felt as though we were at war. I am being real, there are times when we go at it like junk yard dogs! But…… We’ve learned valuable life lessons in those times as well. We’ve learned to quickly forgive and move on and to keeping loving, no matter what!

Like any loving parents, my husband and I, of course, want only the best for our children.  Our hope is that they will become the people who God has created them to be. Our prayer is that they find out while they are young what their passionate about, so that they will not waste time pursuing wrong avenues that will cause them frustration and pain.  We want them to enjoy life with a passion, not simply muddle through life while wishing that they would have made better choices! I, however, as their home school Mom, am being taught a few lessons about trying to live in the moment while still letting them go.  This blog is my confession, so that I can put this hidden season sadness behind me and snap out of the “dread” of what is to come and enjoy the time with them now, this very day!  After all, I will always have the precious gift of being their Mom, regardless of where they are or what they are doing, that is one thing that will never change with any season!

Nothing says “FALL” like Homemade Applebutter!

18 Sep

Nothing says “FALL” like Homemade Applebutter!.

The sweetest of life is not without a price!

18 Sep

Hummingbird and Hornet

Take No Thought!

17 Sep

Take No Thought!.

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