Well, two weeks of a white sand beach, starlight, and white edged waves. Two weeks of soft sea breezes, azaleas bright pink blossoms , moonlight on the Gulf of Mexico. Ahhh, those wonderful Florida sunsets and dinners of seafood, breakfasts of raspberry filled donuts. Let’s just say the plans for weight loss, were not realized .
The peace of staring up an an endless canopy of night sky opened my eyes and made me think that I miss really seeing the Creation around me. Most days I am focused ,as most of us are, on what needs to be done and what I need to respond to on the computer. All of you sitting there reading this, take a walk outside and remember that there is really beauty to stir your soul out there!
I spent some of those days combing the beach for just the right shells for my grandaughter , who had charged me with finding some “medium sized” shells (in other words , not those tiny ones that are so common along the Florida shoreline), and my grandsons request for a rock collection (a little harder to come by) kept me busy making sure my homecoming would not be a dissapointment!
I was thinking that it is important to make sure our little people get out and see that they can be more awed by what God has made, than by the next video, or computer game!
In the world of writing and publishing books for children, there are some wonderful moments, when the purpose you set out to accomplish comes full circle and you see in a child’s life something that makes all of it worthwhile. Paula and I have been blessed lately with that experience. We have been spending the past months from October through this past week, preparing our second book, We Serve Too!2, A Child’s Reunion Book. This book was created to touch the children of those in the process of reunion and reintegration.
The process of publishing a book,is somewhat tedious ,with many decisons to be made. Many small tests must be passed to make sure that the books we produce for the littlest members of our honored Military, will end in resources worthy of the calling.
I am going to post here a special letter, and picture from one Military Family that is dear to our hearts. Thank you for encouraging us as we forge ahead! This letter was written in regard to our first book: We Serve Too! A Child’s Deployment Book.
Alex (Christians Mom) writes:
Dear Paula & Kathleen,
Christian wrote a little note for you. He really love the creed in the back of the book. He lights up when he reads it. The book brings tears to his eyes because that Daddy had to leave just like his Daddy. He feels bad for those kids and hurts for them. I think it is good since he is really articulating his feelings and letting us in his pain, sharing his fears. I am glad hea can open up about it and talk about it now. He was a very worried and scared little boy. Iam enclosing a picture of Scott & Christian.
Thank you again,
Christian’s note says,
“My favorite part of the book was the poem. It was my favorrite part because it had a lot of nice words. When I read it, it made me feel proud. it made feel proud because i’m a Military kid and my Dady(sic) is fighting for us.
Christian 7 years old.
(and a hand drawn picture of “Dady”)
Thanks Christian! A compliment like that from you, is truly a treasure to us!