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December 9 — WUWW2I?

Today is the day I share what’s up with Write2Ignite. I hope you’re ready! ūüôā

1. Check out our blog, Fire It Up!, for a great guest post by award winning YA author, Jonathan Friesen.

2. If you are looking for a Christmas present for a teen in your life who loves to write, how about giving them them gift of a prepaid registration to Write2Ignite? Jonathan Friesen, (aformentioned award winning YA author!), is teaching the Teen Track workshop.

3. Through the generosity of Cecil Murphey and the Cecil Murphey Foundation, ten scholarships are being offered to cover the cost of the W2I conference.  Click HERE for more information and application instructions.

4. Next week, I’m planning to post the¬†list and description of¬†the conference workshop sessions. You’ll want to get plenty of rest the Friday night of the conference…b/c Saturday is going to be¬†a busy day!

5. I posted a new bio on our presenters page. Scroll down to the last name and pic on the list. If you’ve ever wanted to submit to Clubhouse, jr. magazine, then you’ll definitely want to find out who it is!

That’s all for now. If you have ANY questions, feel free to ask. I’ll try to have an answer for you soon!

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Writing conference and the flu

The conference and the flu have absolutely NOTHING to do with one another. One thing at a time…

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I have the blessing of being on the Write2Ignite conference team this year. I’m the website/blog admin and it has been a fun experience for me as well as a learning one! If you are interested in attending our conference in February, please check out our website¬†Write2Ignite¬†and our blog Fire It Up!

On our website you’ll find registration, scholarship and conference presenter information (and much more!).¬† I hope you’ll check out our site and leave us a note on the blog (Fire It Up).


AND now for the FLU portion:


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appropriate expression for how they feel right now!

I mentioned yesterday that my two of my kiddos have both had fevers for the last few days. They’ve also had sore throats, congestion, fatigue and are feeling rotten.

The Nurse Practicioner checked the younger for strep and noted that the middle one has a sinus infection, but did NOT check either for the flu even though they had flu-like symptoms (especially the younger). I appreciated her reasoning. She said if it IS the flu, there is nothing to do but wait it out and treat the symptoms, keeping them comfortable.

As of right now, my youngest is snuggled up in bed watching cartoons and the oldest is working on her schoolwork (we homeschool) while¬†coughing and developing a sore throat. The middle one is still coughing, stuffy and sickly — but no fever as of this moment.

Can I just say, that as much as I love Autumn and Winter, I despise the sickness that sometimes accompanies it?

*sigh* And now I must go to the store for more Motrin. I actually ran out.

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Monday, Monday…

skies opening upA new song on the horizon

the melody is drawing near

the harmony of dawn approaching

the rhythm’s beating in my ear

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† —— me

It’s Monday! And guess what? I love Mondays. Yes…I do! I know it’s weird. Most folks hate them.

But for me, Monday is like a mini-New Year’s Day. I love waking up and knowing that I have a brand new week ahead of me. I also love that Monday is the one day of the week I don’t have a full plate. I can stay home (and catch up on laundry, blogs, Monk¬†and dishes) or I can gather up my little chickadees and take them where we decide to go. If I’m feeling extra spunky, I’ll do both! ¬†So what will I do today? I’m sure you’re dying to find out. ¬†Here’s my plan:

  1. Promote Write2Ignite and our new blog, Fire It Up!¬†¬†Kristi¬†Butler is our¬†blogger today.¬†I hope you’ll head over and check it out! ¬†(promo? check!)
  2. Fold mini-mountain of clothes on my bed and pair up socks while catching up on Monk (and maybe Psych).
  3. Celebrate Columbus Day with my kiddos by¬†chatting about all the OTHER folks that discovered our country first. We’ll also chat about the real Columbus versus the watered down version we read about in history books.
  4. Make out a menu for the week. (White chicken chili is at the top o’the list!)
  5. Make out an exercise routine for the week on my new Wii fit Plus game. That thing rocks!
  6. Enjoy the rain!

What do you have on your plate for this beautiful Monday?

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Confessions and “do-overs”

FAKER. My husband and I use that word to describe my youngest when she is shedding crocodile tears. Then, through the tears, she displays her Cheshire Cat grin Рand proves us right.

Her “faker” moments are deliberate and (and sometimes calculated) – but mostly ¬†ineffective. We see through her facade and she quickly strips it away.

My two other girls have “faker” moments, too. “I know…I know…I know…” is their battlecry.¬† They¬†fight for their right to be right —¬†though it is clear¬†(to anyone within shouting distance) – that both are wrong.

Thus, after reading the newest post on the Fire It Up! blog¬†(this week’s blogger is Jill Roman Lord), I was compelled to confess:

There are days when I feel like a faker, too.

That’s right – a faker.


Unlike my youngest daughter, my moments of “fakerdom” are not calculated NOR are they rehearsed, deliberate or otherwise billed as a deceptive act to manipulate, conjole or trick any other invested party.

And I can honestly say they they don’t fall into the same category as the “faker” moments my other two daughters tend to share.¬†(Though I have been known to say, “I KNOW”, even when it is clear (to everyone else)¬†that I do NOT know! )

No…I¬†usually recognize¬†my “faker” tendencies AFTER the actual event or in the midst of said event. For instance:

I recently wrote an article and sent it to a P31 Woman magazine. The editor liked it. She wants to print it! But first…she wants a revision!

I’m VERY glad to write the revision. Matter of fact, I welcome revisions. They are¬†some of the few times in life we get “do-overs”. So what’s my problem?

Well, as I’ve started the process of rewriting the article, of course, I’ve reread it. As soon as the words flashed before my eyes- the neon sign of “FAKER” flashed over my head.

The topic of the article is about managing my time so I can spend MORE time with the Lord doing what I’m called to do. It’s a good article – it’s a true article. That really IS my heart’s desire. But am I living it?

DO I live out what I SAY¬†I believe? Do I talk a good talk… but trip over backwards, flipping, rolling and landing my backside during my walk?

¬†¬†¬†¬† I’m back in a good “groove” of housekeeping (shocker, I know!).

     My homeschool is coming along at the right pace (though some days are more trying than others).

     And my writing schedule is heading in the right direction (thought it still needs tweaking).

But what about my walk? What about those times I’m supposed to be spending with Jesus? Am I simply filling them up with other things?

Writing this post even reeks of the FAKER stench. What right do I have to write this column when I haven’t spent a ONE moment in the Word in the week?

Well… as I said in the beginning…this is a confession. Confessing our sins one to another is a good thing, yes?¬†Seeing this in print is not easy. To be quite honest, it’s painful.¬† It’s MUCH easier to continue saying how much I want to be close to Jesus and going on with my every day duties -and yet not addressing the thing that is missing. THE TIME WITH JESUS!

BUT just as the kind editor is willing to give a “do-over” – Jesus has, in his infinite grace and mercy, afforded me the same thing.

I get a type of “do-over” every day when I wake up. This verse says it all:

Lamentations 3:21-23 (New International Version) 

 21 Yet this I call to mind
       and therefore I have hope:

¬†22 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
       for his compassions never fail.

 23 They are new every morning;
       great is your faithfulness.

ALL IS NOT LOST! Regardless of how I “fake” I feel…HE is real. And it’s because of HIM that my “fakedom” is replaced by the hope of my salvation. He sees through the facade and strips it all away.

It’s because of HIS mercy that my day is NOT a loss…but a chance for renewal. It’s because of HIM that I can say, “I don’t know all the answers…but YOU do”…and KNOW it’s the truth. I can swallow my pride, get on my knees and get to back to my walk.

To quote DC TALK…

“Honesty becomes me
[theres nothing left to lose]
The secrets that did run me
[in your presence are defused]
Pride has no position
[and riches have no worth]
The fame that once did cover me
[has been sentenced to this earth]
Has been sentenced to this earth

Tell me, whats going on inside of me?
I despise my own behavior
This only serves to confirm my suspicions
That I’m still a man in need of a savior…”