Commit Your Way to the Lord

Commit Your Way to the Lord

Psalms 37:4&5

Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.

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A Diamond in the Rough,

Nancy

Worry-It’s A Mom Thing

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My daughter came up to me last night and told me she started her period. Now my first reaction was, you’re too young, it freaked me out. My next reaction was to question her on why she thinks it’s her period. It turns out she was right.

Now you may ask yourself, what does this have to do with infertility?

Well, my daughter is two years younger than I was when I started my period. Odd? Not really given all the hormones that are pumped into milk and meats.

What freaked me out the most was worrying if she would have endometriosis like I did. Granted, I wasn’t diagnosed until I was 17, but I’m scared that my daughter may go down that same road.

It’s in God’s hands now.

Kelly

Plotting

Hello,

Today’s featured link is a good one. If you are a suspense writer, this article is for you. If you are a writer, this is for you.

 

Recently I read a suspense novel that left me wondering what the story was all about. I couldn’t follow the storyline or figure out character motivation. Although many aspects of the novel were outstanding, I couldn’t find the plot (storyline) and that meant I had no stake in the protagonist’s life. In short, I lost interest.

After careful analyzation of story structure and my method of writing suspense, and I don’t always get it right/write, I made a checklist of what was essential to a SSS-Strong Suspense Story instead of a STOP-Suspense Totally Omitting Plot. Click here to read this helpful article.

 

Nancy and Kelly

Telling Children They Are Adopted

When Should I Tell My Child He’s Adopted?

The fact that a child is adopted should never be hidden. I believe the child should hear the word adoption even as a baby. You don’t want to overdo it, but mention it when it’s natural.

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Telling a good friend in front of them is okay, because it is the truth. Make it seem natural. Even when my son was a baby, I would tell him, “I’m glad we adopted you.”

Frame it as a good thing. Don’t give the child the impression that there is something wrong with adoption, or that they should be embarrassed about it.

Our adoption was an open adoption and most years we would get together with Kelly’s family sometime around my son’s birthday. Even when he was very young, I would explain to him that he came out of Kelly’s tummy and that he was blessed because he had two families that loved him.

This approach prevents the child from enduring unnecessary trauma when they find out the truth.

A Diamond in the Rough,

Nancy

Helpful Post and Links For Writers

Hi,

Today’s featured post is extremely helpful and chockfull of tips and links. It is worth the hop over to ACFW/Blog  to check it out.

 

Every year I anticipate this season when the brand new calendars go on sale! I always have such fun choosing the calendar that will hang on our fridge keeping track of all the important events of our lives. I get great pleasure from turning to a new page at the beginning of each month-a fresh start, a clean page. And last year’s calendar? Well, that’s what got me thinking about all the different ways I’ve tracked time in my novels. Click here to read this interesting article.

 

Kelly and Nancy

Dialogue~It’s Important!

Dialogue

Dialogue is an important element in writing a story. Today’s post takes some of the mystery out of this topic.

 

I have to confess that dialogue is one of my favorite things to write. It also is the easiest for me. Often times when I start a scene, I’ll just lay out the dialogue first.

My love of dialogue likely stems from my real life job as a pediatric ER nurse. Communication in the ER is very quick and to the point. Cutting at times. There is little room for fluffing up someone’s feathers emotionally when you’re trying to save a life. Click here to read more.

Nancy and Kelly

Words Of Wisdom

Hi,

We thought you would enjoy a few words of wisdom from a seasoned writer. This article is encouraging.

 

Twenty years ago, the world of writing was a much different scenario. Writers had fewer irons in the fire and more time to create. The internet was still new, a “social media presence” unheard of, and snail mail the order of the day.

Today, we have the ability to research from anywhere at the touch of a keypad or keyboard. We can step into whatever forms of social media we’re comfortable with. We can even upload our manuscripts and email them directly to our critique partners and agents. Because of advancements in technology, writers’ lives are easier now.

To a degree. Click here to read the rest of this helpful article.

 

Kelly and Nancy

Adoption Options

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Is adoption on the minds of pregnant teens today?

In this day and age where almost every high school has a day care service attached to the school with waiting lists, it makes me wonder if adoption is even offered as an option.

When I was a pregnant teen, I wasn’t allowed to attend high school with the regular population. I was sent to a school for pregnant teens. Now this was twenty years ago.  In school with 53 other teen mom’s, I was the only one considering adoption.

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Now, fast forward 20 years and we have in-school day care programs and pre-school programs. It’s amazing how times have changed, but have they changed too much? Have we made life too easy for teens now, where adoption is no longer a consideration for teens today?

I don’t know. What do you think?

Kelly