Hurricane Harvey

One month and two days ago my family was evacuating from the path of the storm. We went east because that was the only path open to us. My husband had found a hotel in Rayne, Louisiana that would allow us to bring our cat with us. We loaded belongings into two vehicles and drove two hours and forty five minutes to a safe place.

Six days later the flood waters finally receded enough for us to drive home, by a round about path, taking six hours to get home. We arrived to our home and walked in to a smell of mildew that was so strong we didn’t stay long. We put our kitty in the garage for the night and headed to my husbands work site to get information about the hotel where they were putting their employees. That evening we checked in to the hotel. A nice double queen suite with a desk for our laptops a couch and coffee table. Enough storage for clothing for the three of us.

The next morning we got up, had breakfast downstairs and then drove home to see what we could do. We were met by a group of my husband’s co-workers and some friends who were ready to help us pack up and clean up.

The work went ahead for over a week, working from can till can’t (or way past that actually). The blessings just kept coming. From help with everything at the house and honestly we were very grateful for those who helped us focus and make decisions. Another service paid for by my husband’s company began as soon as we were through with most of the moving of our things. Service Pro came to tear out floors and walls and spray for mold, then they set up fans and dehumidifiers to clear the house of moisture.

After 26 days we are still waiting for the insurance adjuster to come and give us a quote. We’re working as we can, driving thirty minutes to get to the house, pulling nails, cleaning floors, installing insulation, packing the rest of the stuff from the house, small décor pieces, pictures, food, etc.

Tomorrow we move to a new hotel, one we will have to pay for, and that’s okay. We’re grateful that we have had a month to recover. We will be closer to the house and it will be easier to go back and forth several times a day to check on the cat and work and then go back to a comfortable place to take a nap.

What lies ahead we don’t quite know yet except that it will be different. Praise God for His continued mercies and blessings. I’ll check in next month to let you know how things are going. Until then may your days and families be blessed.

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Crown Of Souls

Cole (Tox) Russel is back from the grave. Silenced with threats by government bureaucrats. He’s faced with two choices, do what the government wants on their terms or join in another “brother” and his fight against that government bureaucracy.

His life finally has possibilities, he has hope, but can he trust it?

Haven is a blessing he never thought he’d have. But is he good enough for her? What if she knew?

The team is together, when it happens. Attack. From a professional. One of their own is shot, on the beach, as they spend much needed down time together. Losing blood fast, they work to save him.

What lies ahead for Wraith?

Master craftswoman, Ronie Kendig has created another awesome story. One that will have you holding your breath. The action and drama bring excitement to the story while the interaction between characters increases the perception of the workings of the family within the team.

Thanks again Ronie, for challenging us to think outside the box. And thank you for always bringing us a wildly exciting ride.

Crown Of Souls
By: Ronie Kendig
ISBN# 978-0-7642-1766-1
Bethany House Publishers
$15.99 US

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Second Anniversary

Tomorrow, January 12, 2017 will be the second anniversary of my last radiation treatment. I praise God for His mercy and grace, for His provision and promise.

God’s abiding presence fills me with peace. He is the source of everything we need. Through it all; fear that threatens to swallow us whole, financial craters that we know we can’t fill on our own, health issues that though we do our best still rears it’s ugly head, loss-deep and painful. Through it all His voice continues to calm, “I’ve got this.”

That promise got us through the months of uncertainty when cancer was the diagnosis and it continues through days when all I can do is hold on to Him and proclaim, “I will praise You through it all, through pain, through tears, through sickness, through difficulty. Because You are worthy Lord. I will praise You!”

The present burden, death of my Daddy & knowing that my Mom is alone at the nursing home. That is the hard part. Learning to forgive myself for not calling more often, not asking all those questions, because God allowed me time with them, over the years, to tell them how thankful I was to be their little girl. How blessed I was to have such God fearing parents. So it isn’t all bad, though I wish I lived closer so I could visit Mom on a weekly basis. I must trust God to provide what she needs and call as often as I can.

Getting over another bout of strep along with ‘the crud’, I am slowly, oh so slowly gaining energy. I praise God that He has provided for everything I need and that He gives me the wisdom to care for myself and the strength to choose to do just that. Taking care of our bodies is a choice. We often neglect ourselves while taking care of others but with this anniversary I am reminded that life is precious and every thing that can be done to improve our health should be done.

That said, to celebrate I am going to take my family out to dinner/supper tomorrow night. I’ll pick a place we all enjoy and tell them it’s my treat. And on this anniversary may I wish you all a blessed year. May God touch you and your families in a way that will bring such joy that it can not be contained. God bless.

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Life

I have heard that life is what happens when you are busy, well, life has been busy. January of this year I celebrated one year cancer free. In April we went to Las Vegas and celebrated one of our granddaughter’s birthday. In June we celebrated my Dad’s 89th birthday. In August we said goodbye to my Dad and later that month we celebrated my Mother’s 86th birthday.

While dealing with those emotions and celebrations life continues. Housework, writing, staying connected with friends and family. Growth. Growth as a writer, as a Christian and as a wife and mother/grandmother. Learning from those situations that fill life with challenge. I think the key, for me anyway, is to keep going. Keep seeking God and keep trying to better myself when the situation can’t be controlled or changed. There are just some things we have to go through. Doing so with grace and His peace makes for the best recovery and sometimes makes that recovery quicker.

A quick recovery, as far as being able to get back to a semblance of order helps me get back on track. Oh I still have days when I can’t seem to get much done but those are fewer, as long as I remember to seek God first thing every day.

That being said, getting back into writing can be difficult when you’ve been away from the keyboard for a while. I enjoy story, getting back into the character’s lives but getting the work of writing done; proposals, marketing ideas etc. That’s the hard part, the work of writing. Keeping my focus is more difficult there. The creative part of my brain seeks outlet and sometimes demands that I listen, but controlling it is important to getting everything that is necessary accomplished.

When life intrudes I have to confront or at least give attention to those things for a while, but writing always calls me back. If I let God lead, those life situations can improve the story, adding emotion and conflict. Using those things from life makes the story real. So, here I go again, and I pray that His voice speaks through the words I put on the page.

God bless!

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A Busy Year

Warning, men, there are some terms here that you may be uncomfortable with. My apologies.

Have you ever had one of those years when nothing went as you had planned? Well, this was one of those for me. Last year this time I was getting ready for Christmas with family after undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. Visiting with family was a special blessing. The sentinel node (test lymph node) they removed was clear, as was the tissue surrounding the cancer. We sang, told stories, ate special treats, looked for Christmas lights as we drove home and praised God for His faithfulness in seeing us through this sudden change.
January was radiation therapy, specifically Brachy Therapy, a new kind of therapy. Where they place a port and leave the leads outside for easy access. The term brachy is Greek for short distance. The therapy worked well and was much easier to handle with fewer side effects.
Energy returned slowly and though I tried to get back into writing I found myself sitting, flipping through TV channels to fill the time until my guys would get home from work. I couldn’t concentrate.
My blood sugar was getting out of control so I was sent to an endocrinologist who started me on a new med. We’ve kept track of it closely and I changed my diet and added in exercise. In September while having yearly checkups done it was found that I had a polyp in my uterus. And a cyst was found at the site of the tumor that had been removed last year. Those things must be dealt with so off to more specialists I go.
Because of the blood sugar problems we had to get my A1C down and it just wasn’t happening with meds so I found another doctor. He is a functional endocrinologist, a holistic doctor. Translated expensive because insurance won’t pay. In one month my A1C was down enough to schedule the surgery I need. It’s been six weeks now and I can hardly wait until January to see what it is.
I say all of this to say that God is faithful. When He told me last September , “I’ve got this.” And He does! He has seen us through every part of this journey. I’m getting healthy and I look forward to being able to do all that I had planned this past year in the year ahead.
God Is Faithful! He’s Got This!! God bless you all.

Merry Christmas and have a Blessed New Year.

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Life

God is good and it is He who provides in every circumstance.

This year has been filled with uncertainty that most people would struggle with. Why I didn’t struggle isn’t a mystery to me, the mystery is why He chose me to enable. I praise Him in all things, but when you’ve been through years of difficulty, loss, upon loss, attacks, small disasters to your home and then after a year of peace the cancer diagnosis comes…yes, I praise Him in that too.

Not that I am such a strong or wonderful person. Not at all. But through everything else I have learned that God is faithful and it is He we must seek in Every thing.

So, dear ones. I leave you with this, (More about the big C later), Be anxious for nothing, but in all things, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving let your request be made to the Lord. And the peace of God which passes all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:6&7

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Operation Zulu Redemption: Part 3 Hazardous Duty, By: Ronie Kendig

 

Trace Weston and his team search for clues to clear up the damage created at Misrata. People are getting in the way of; the truth and the team’s safety but what can they do about it? Sam Caliguari has no idea the danger he’s created for the woman he loves. Francesca Solomon believes truth is what she searches for and she intends to use it to destroy LTC Weston.

Facing danger on all sides is nothing new to the team but they are beginning to wonder if there can be an end to this. They want resolve, and they want their names cleared so they can get on with their lives and back to their loves.

The current episode seems to create more questions than it answers, but that is one of the great things about Ronie Kendig’s writing. She draws you in and keeps you focused throughout the story until she brings everything to a conclusion. It’s been a wild ride! I’ve enjoyed it and I don’t think I’m ready for it to end. One more episode, oh, my.

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