Happy New Year
From My Home to Yours
It’s been an exciting year sprinkled with family, friends, and travel.
In February my book Heavenly Horse Sense: Inspirational Stories of Life in the Saddle was released. It’s such a popular family devotional that the publisher has asked me to write another book, entitled Great Horse Stories, which will include other peoples’ horse stories as well as my own. So if you or your friends have experienced special moments with your horses, be sure to let me know…you might just end up in a book. How Fun!
My annual spring trip with Chuck to visit Dad and Mom in Minnesota turned into a mini family reunion. Kevin, my sister Julie and her husband Michael joined us for a few days of spring chores. At the end of the week it was fun to look through the sparklingly clean windows and gaze at the manicured yard.
The picture above is of Sunrise and I on a spring hike at Como Lake, which is about an hour from my home. The beginning of the summer I climbed into the saddle every spare moment. SkySong, Sunrise and I explored some new country. But by August the forest fires raged and smoked us out of the woods. I hung my saddle on the rack because I was concerned for SkySong’s lungs.
Throughout the summer I was blessed with visits from some of my readers from California and Alabama. My editor and her sister from Oregon came over for a week in September and we took the Red Bus Tour through Glacier Park, cheered on the Dragon Boat Races at Flathead Lake, and tried to wrap our arms around one of the biggest larch trees in Seeley Lake, MT.
October was a whirlwind. I was privileged to meet one of my dear prayer partners face-to-face for the first time in Los Angeles. Ellie Kay gave me “The Tour,” which of course included Hollywood. The next day we met Steve and Elizabeth, a couple more of my prayer partners & dear friends, for breakfast. Then Ellie whisked me away to her home, where I instantly became one-of-the-family and helped work a food concession stand at her son’s football game. Prayer partners are the best!
From Los Angeles I flew up to San Jose and took a shuttle out to Monterey, CA where I met my literary agent and her clients for a retreat. In a beachfront hotel, with the waves lapping the shore, we gobbled up cutting-edge information (incredible food too) and explored Cannery Row.
Upon leaving Monterrey, I drove up to Ukiah, CA where I was the featured guest on the Barbara T. Marshall show. Barb is an incredible host. We bonded instantly like we were sisters, which we are in Christ. We taped the two episodes and they are airing now.
In late October I drove up to Maple Creek, Saskatchewan to teach a writing class and speak at a couple churches. The rolling Cypress Hills, dotted with cattle, are enchanting and the people are so gracious. The gal at the home where I stayed wanted to give me a key so I could come up and stay anytime. I fell in love with the folks up there and will be going again.
I boarded a plane bound for Minnesota in November. I stayed with Dad and Mom 16 days while Dad attended a Continuing Education Class for his attorney’s license (yes, at 86 years old he’s still learning) and then while he recovered from surgery. The first night after surgery, with over a four inch incision, he willed himself to walk up and down the basement stairs three times—WOW!
Oh, did I forget to mention that I’m still working a full-time job brokering lumber? Yup, I squeezed that in there too.
Whew! Now I’m home. I just finished catching up on my accounting bookwork for the year and I’m opening Christmas cards. Tonight I’ll start putting the Christmas family photos on the refrigerator where they’ll stay until next year. Often times I pray over all of your photos—so thank you for sending them.
I’m praying that 2013 is the best year of your life.