The Grace Project - Day 9

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The thing about the Grace Project is that someday it will complete.  I mean, grace does a lot of magic in the here and now… but the grand finale is a whole different type of world. This is one renovation project that WILL BE finished on time and of the highest quality.  God promises to take this world and recreate it into something new.

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The Grace Project - Day 8

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Do you think I’m sometimes melodramatic? Don’t answer that!  In between the end of our potato growing season and the start of harvest, we have about 3 weeks of down time. The potatoes are nestled underground, ripening. 

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The Grace Project - Day 7

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This weekend my husband and I travelled to Portland, Oregon where I attended the Oregon Christian Writer’s conference.  It was a lot of driving and by the end we were slightly delirious. In fact, we had come up with the idea of building a Bed & Breakfast on our farm and calling it McNasty’s. After a good night’s sleep, it didn’t seem like such a great idea. 

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The Grace Project - Day 6

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I have been reluctant to share this story for fear of several things. One, what if the Bonanza school board revokes my high school diploma? Two, I feel like my parents are going to ground me. Three, this story is why I could never run for President (too many skeletons).

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The Grace Project - Day 5

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I was halfway listening to the radio yesterday while applying my makeup. The DJ was talking to the manager of a local Humane Society. He asked her to explain exactly what their organization does. She replied that she would just read their mission statement. Clearing her throat, she proceeded:

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The Grace Project - Day 4

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Please don’t be offended by my language. I have discovered that a record number of my blog posts include references to… poop. I don’t know exactly what that says about my personality or character. I’m pretty sure it’s something like, “she’s so sparkly and wonderful she has to go low to balance her shine out.”

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The Grace Project - Day 3

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This one’s late because… LIFE! And yet, even during a busy day, God’s extravagant love shows up when I'm not expecting it. I was driving to Klamath Falls and Faithfully (by Journey) came on the radio. I was transported back in time to the 80s (I think my hair got a little bigger just listening to the song). And I also got goosebumps, because I imagined God singing this to me.

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The Grace Project - Day 2

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Judgment.com

Deep at my core, the greatest need I have is to be accepted. Valued. Approved of. Cherished, in fact.

And if I can’t get those things, I’ll at least take someone’s neutrality towards me. 

What I can’t handle, however, is judgment. 

I’d like to share a few of the reviews I received about my book… and my typing fingers are itching to argue with some of the opinions expressed (*slaps self*).

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The Grace Project

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Have you ever felt like somebody’s project?

I once had an older woman from church call me unexpectedly, voice trembling with excitement. She wanted to mentor me. She had been reading in the book of Titus about older women teaching the younger women to be good wives and mothers (Titus 2:3-5). And she wanted to offer her time and knowledge to me.

I’ve just been feeling kind of stale in my walk with God, and this idea has really brought new life to me!" she exhaled.

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Five Tips for Coping with Criticism

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This recently happened to me. A good bit of criticism. I actually paid people to do it, but still. :) I entered my book in the Published Nonfiction category in the 2017 Oregon Christian Writer's awards contest. "Humble brag" alert: It is now one of three finalists!  Good news, amazing, how does that happen?

Of course, that's not what I'm choosing to focus on. I'd rather dwell on the critique sheets I received from the judges. You know... criticism.  I specifically signed up to be judged, spending the money to send copies of my book to judges for that very reason. Yet, how dare they! :)  The following five tips aided my criticism recovery time tremendously. I hope they help you too.

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Ashland, Oregon... Where Monsters Go to Skirmish

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Next Saturday (Oct. 8) I am going to Ashland, Oregon to participate in LitFest, a literary festival with over 40 authors. There will be workshops, readings, and more. If you’re going to be in the area, stop by the Hannon Library at the SOU campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Parenting Socially Anxious Children

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So here's the thing about parenting: nobody says it, but deep down I think we get it. WE DON’T KNOW WHAT WE ARE DOING.  I mean, think about it. Virtually every step of parenting comes with absolutely no experience. 

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