Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Miles and Months Behind Us

It’s hard to believe 2008 is already half gone! Time certainly flies…whether you’re having fun or not.

I did have some fun in June. My husband and I climbed into a little car we borrowed from our son (great on gas, not-so-great on comfort) and hit the road. We ultimately wound up in familiar places—the ones we visit every time we get a chance to—but this time we took an alternate route and actually saw some of the Country we’d never seen before and some people we don’t usually get a chance to visit. The weather accommodated us beautifully, and—even in Texas and Oklahoma—we didn’t hit any “excess” temperatures. Nothing too hot or too cold…well, aside from Rock Springs, Wyoming. Can you believe it was actually 32 degrees there one night…in JUNE??? But days were beautiful, and we enjoyed seeing our friends and family at every stop.

Because most of the states we passed through had been blessed with a generous amount of rain this year, we saw a great deal of lush green countryside—some of it so gorgeous it took my breath away. Elk, deer, antelope…they were everywhere. I even fed a couple of adorable little chipmunks right out of the palms of my hands!

So now we’re back home and, while it’s nice to be here—we were both very tired by the time we called it quits and turned that little vehicle back toward California—there’s always a bit of a let-down after a trip like that, at least it seems that way for me. Especially since we’re still a little iffy about where we’re going to ultimately wind up living…help us pray about that, please!

One of the highlights of the trip for me was getting to meet my author friend DeLyn Fisher—and her beautiful little girl, Rebekah—while we were in Texas. DeLyn drove from their home in White Oak to meet me in Gilmer, Texas. We had a great barbecue lunch at Bodacious, and talked up a storm. DeLyn and I had chatted extensively online, and I already felt as though I knew her. Now I really DO, and I’m thrilled to call her a friend! (See my pics below.)

We also passed right by the hometown of author Deborah Raney in Kansas. I was in the middle of her book, Leaving November, and it was pretty special recognizing the places she mentioned in her wonderful tale of romance and healing as we drove by or through them. I zipped off an e-mail to Deb, and she sweetly replied. I felt so special!!! :)

This month’s edition of The Bookshelf is a little short on content…hey, I wasn’t here to put it together! :D Still, I know you'll find something to enjoy in what’s here.

Christine Miller’s piece, “The Names of God,” is the first of several she’ll be contributing in upcoming months. Christine is a friend from right here in my hometown of Bakersfield. Her son is married to my niece, so she’s family, too! You’ll enjoy her articles.

Rhonda Clark’s work is always an inspiration and a delight to read. Don’t leave until you’ve checked out her “Chocolate Chip Cookies” - the first batch of several upcoming tasty treats.

Enjoy your summer, dear readers, and remember…”Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."


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