Thank you for welcoming my friend, Ane Mulligan last month. You guys are awesome! She’s a great gal and an awesome writer.
I will say that 2018 has already had its highs and lows for me. My father, who had cancer, passed away on Valentine’s Day. I’m glad he’s not consumed with that disease any more, but the heart ache of missing him is real and daunting at times. We live in Georgia and he was buried in northern Ohio, so the family flew up there for the funeral the week after he passed away. When we returned home I had 10 days before a left on a trip that had been planned for months.
My dad’s passing, low point.
Israel, high point.
I don’t have the words to describe Israel. It literally changed my life.
My absolute favorite place we went was the Temple Mount. This picture is taken from the Temple Mount and that is the East Gate.
We worshipped on Mr. Arbel where Jesus would retreat to pray–the Sea of Galilee is in the background.
I wasn’t sure whether to go so soon after my father’s passing, but my husband told me it would be good.
He was right.
I had time to think, process, pray, cry and experience all the other emotions that come with a life change.
I did take my computer, but I didn’t use it. I didn’t write, but I did feel. I did experience.
I was refreshed in SO MANY WAYS.
Including my writing life. While I don’t think I’ll be setting a story in Israel, I will draw on that time as I write. I hope I can explain it, but reading a book is discovery. Traveling to new areas is discovery. It brought to mind details and setting, two things I struggle with in writing. So, I hope I can carry over the new attention to my writing. It’s amazing how much of that trip I still remember, still savor. (the food was amazing!)
There were God stories that have impacted my life as well while we were there. My heart needed an uplift, and the trip certainly did that, and more.
I mean, who wouldn’t be uplifted by riding a camel.
At a gas station.
So, it’s back to real life, now. The day job, the books to be written. I know I’m a different person than I was when 2018 rang its way into being. And that’s okay.
How is your 2018 going? I’d love to hear about some good books you’ve read. (I’ve also been doing some reading!)
I’d like to do a giveaway today.
This is my Single Dad Next Door Collection. 4 novellas, 1 town. I’ll choose a winner from the commenters.