Thursday, December 7, 2017

Loyalty Makes You Family

Sorry, everyone, it's been a while since I've posted...I'm working on a end of semester post, but it won't be ready for a couple more days. For today, I'm going to be sharing a short story that I wrote a while back. I used this quote as a story prompt:

*Side note; I'm super excited to post this
picture because it is my second successful use of
a photo-editing software. And the first time
I've put words on a photo with it. :) 

Jane threw herself on her bed and burst into tears. It had been the worst day of her life. Her room-mate was out of town for the week, and her family was across the country…sleeping. There was no one to talk to, but Jane needed help…wait...she opened her eyes and reached for her phone. She dialed and waited. 
            Tommie picked up the phone. “Hello, Jane.”
            “Do you have a moment?” Jane asked, her voice quavering.
            “Sure, sis. What’s up? Are you okay?”
            “No,” Jane admitted. “I lost my job, failed my English class, and broke up.”
            Tommie was silent for a moment. “I’m coming to the college. Meet me at the gym.”
            “Thank you,” Jane whispered. She hung up and lay back on the bed for a moment, thinking about how thankful she was that Tommie lived nearby. 
            Her relationship with Tommie hadn’t always been this way. In fact, they had been arch enemies when they were growing up. She clearly remembered yelling at him, “I hate you” after he had broken her doll…on purpose. She had always tried to outdo him. If he won a baseball game, she HAD to be the star of her next dance recital. If he got an A in math, she had to get an A+. And he was always trying to one-up her. If she cleaned half her room, he tried to clean his whole room. He told all her secrets, and in turn, she made up evil stories about him. He ruined her garden one year, and she stole his wallet.
            But now, when there was nowhere else to turn, he was the one she called on for help.
            And this wasn’t the first time.
            It all started four years ago, in her senior year of high school, when her school had a prom. And EVERYONE was going. All Jane’s friends had been invited, but she was still the loner without a date. Three days before the prom, things looked hopeless. All the other girls were teasing her. Tommie picked up a sobbing sister from school that day. He wasn’t supposed to pick her up, mom was. But mom had got stuck in traffic, so there he was, picking up his sister. It turned out to be for the best.
            After driving a sobbing sister down the road for a few minutes, Tommie pulled over to the side of the road and insisted that Jane tell him everything. Though she resisted at first, Jane ended up telling him the whole story on the way home. He was sympathetic and quickly came up with an alternative. The day of the prom, the two of them enjoyed a nice dinner out together. 
            And when she didn’t get accepted by the college she wanted to go for, he was there as a listening ear. He drove her to visit several colleges and helped her find her social security number for the application. 
            To be sure, he had reciprocated his help. 
            He had asked her for advice when he started dating. She had helped him choose a suit for the big wedding day. She had celebrated when he had been drafted by the Padres right out of college. She had come to his major-league debut a few months later when the rest of the family was too busy. And she had been there for him when he and his wife lost their first baby.
            Now, when her world was once again crumbling down around her, he was there for her with a hug and encouragement. 

            And an extra ticket for tonight’s baseball game. 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

What I Read- November 2017

Hello Friends! 
Here is what I read this month..enjoy!

Anna of Byzantium (Tracy Barrett)

rating: 4 stars

This book went along with what we were studying in History. It is set in late Roman empire/early dark ages in the kingdom of Byzantium, which I believe is near modern turkey. It is based off a true story, but very much fictionalized. 
Anna is a princess, the oldest in a family of girls. She will inherit the throne from her father, the emperor. But then, one day, a baby boy is born. 
Slowly, bit by bit, Anna's Grandmother helps John (Anna's brother) to wrench the throne from Anna's hand, sending her eventually to live in a convent for the rest of her life.

A Daring Sacrifice (Jody Hedlund)

a daring sacrifice

rating: 4 stars 

I must say, that as much as I love a Christian Romance book every once in a while, the love at first sight in this particular series has begun to get on my nerves. I know that is not the way it happens in real life...
Anyway, this is about a girl named Juliana Wessex who was once a princess, who would inherit her father's land. But her uncle stole the land from her father, sending Juliana to live as a peasant. In her efforts to protect and care for the band of peasants that she lives with, she becomes known as the Cloaked Bandit because of her stealing. 
One day, she meets Lord Colin. When they were children, Colin had insulted Juliana's red hair, and Juliana has never forgiven him. But when she is injured, Colin takes her back to his castle and cares for her...and the two fall in love. I don't want to spoil the story for you...but they do end up getting married and living happily ever after. :) 
I rate it 4 stars instead of 5 only because I'm tired of the love at first sight. 

The Vow (Jody Hedlund)

the vow

rating: 5 stars

This broke my usual rule of one romance book a month...but it was only 7 chapters and not really romance. 
The Vow is the prequel to An Uncertain Choice. (which I read last month)
It give the background story to Rosemarie's story in and Uncertain choice. Rosemarie is in love with someone, until her parents die and she uncovers a vow her parents made saying that she would be sent to a convent at her 18th birthday. The book leaves off on a sad note, that all her hopes and dreams had been dashed. It also leaves us with some hope, as her guardian tells her he will look into the vow and see if there is a way out...and the rest of the story is told in An Uncertain Choice. 
It was nice to have the background story. :) 

In closing.....

reading quote

Friday, November 17, 2017

Favorite Song: Amazing Grace A Capella

I love the hymn Amazing Grace. John Newton was a former slave trader who had his life turned
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around by God. He experienced God's grace and then wrote a song about that grace. This is on my list of top 5 favorite hymns.
Anyway, a friend passed this arrangement on and it is absolutely beautiful.
Amazing Grace (A Capella)
by Peter Hollens and Home Free

Like I already said, I love this hymn, and this is by far my favorite arrangement of this song. Have
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you ever had something make you feel so happy that you wanted to cry? That's what I felt like when I first heard this song. I had a lump in my throat by the third verse. :) I can't tell you how many times I've watched this video over the last few weeks.
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Bible verse for this song...
"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." -Ephesians 2:8-9