Friday, December 13, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Posted by Suzie Grant
Miracles never cease to amaze me and I’m not one who easily believes in them. But when they do happen, words cannot describe the feeling of awe. On the coldest weekend we've had thus far a family of six decided to go play in the snow and never returned. I’m sure you have heard the story on the news and like me you prayed for their safe return.
The awful feeling of helplessness grips you while you listen to the tragic events unfolding. But after all the horrendous stories on the news this particular story has a happy ending. I can’t tell you how wondrous it is to hear good news on TV for once. Am I right? We’re so bombarded with one horrifying event after another that it’s any wonder we have any hope left in this world at all. But then that something special happens and for a second, you’re reminded of the beauty of this world and its inhabitants. It’s a welcome change.
Though it may be difficult to convince me that miracles happen “all the time,” there are some you just can’t deny. This weekend was one of those events. I love stories like these. They remind me to cuddle my children and be grateful for the wonderful people in life.
While it was a miracle they survived two days in brutal weather, I’m a realist. That father was fully prepared and very creative in his survival techniques that really saved his family’s life. The heated stones were brilliant and something I’ll add to my arsenal of survival knowledge. And much like that father I like to be prepared for anything. Having a husband who is former military may have something to do with that though. Despite living in an area of the nation where it rarely gets below thirty degrees, my husband has doggedly prepared me for every disaster, including getting caught out in the snow.
My husband's first piece of advice is to never go anywhere without letting someone, somewhere know where you are going and for how long. If am even ten minutes late, I fear one day he will call in the National Guard to find me. That’s just the way he is. And I love him for it. But that’s good advice at any rate.
Second we have an emergency survival kit in the car: Blankets, MRE’s (Meals ready to eat) jumper cables, flashlight, roadside flares, Ice scraper, a first-aid kit, water bottles, tire jack (hubby says this is great to break open a window in a sinking car. It’s amazing what this man thinks up.) Pocket knife to cut a seatbelt, matches, emergency money, a small collapsible shovel, a rope or a bungee cord, and a whistle so you can be heard.
As Christmas is upon us I want to wish everyone Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas. With life comes many surprises and as such I have a lot on my plate so this will be my last blog here on The Lady Scribes. I've been fortunate to be here since our inception and I think Amy and I had something to do with the name. We kind of came up with together. It’s been so awesome to watch the LS’s grow and evolve over the years. It feels like raising a child. But at the same time I feel like I've run my course. Blogging doesn't come easy for me anyway and I struggle to put one together. I feel like it would be better for me to step aside and perhaps focus my energies elsewhere. I’ll be returning to college in January to study cosmetology. If you know my personal story and how I struggled as a pregnant teen you’ll realize this is a huge milestone for me and I am very excited for the things to come in my future. My life will be busy with school, work, and family.
So while I leave you with the warm, fuzzies of this wonderful Holiday miracle, a story of survival and family, I’ll leave you with my husband's great advice and a few survival tips too. Have a wonderful Holiday season and remember to stay safe during these rushed, crazy days. Hug your loved ones close and always be prepared for emergencies.
It’s been a long and wonderful journey with the Lady Scribes. I am very grateful to have shared so many life events together. I feel like we’re family here. This is a wonderful community of writers and readers, and I am very blessed to have been welcomed here. I’ll be certain to swing by because I just don’t think I can stay away. Thank you for sharing these years with me and my adventures.
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at 11:38 PM
Posted by Samantha Grace
I used to dream of the perfect Christmas. A gorgeous tree straight from the pages of Better Homes and Gardens. A tree trimming party with hot apple cider, Christmas carols, and cuddly sweaters. A fire crackling in the fireplace. Large fluffy snowflakes falling softly outside. Maybe a snowball fight and building a snowman together. Exquisitely wrapped gifts under the tree.
|Our tree circa 2013|
Then reality hit… It is too flipping cold in Wisconsin to be outside most of the time. I'm not really crazy about apple cider, and it gives me a stomachache. My gift-wrapping efforts often dissolve into tirades. "Where is the blankety-blank tape and who took the scissors now?" Plus, I don’t like giving up control over the placement of ornaments on the tree, which should be a red flag.
I remember trimming the tree with the kids when they were little, and our tree looking like it had been decorated by a bunch of elves that had gotten into the eggnog. I would bite my tongue when they hung five ornaments on the same branch and only the bottom half of the tree got decorated. I used to tell myself some day we would have two trees. My magazine perfect tree, and the kids’ tree. But you know what’s funny? Now that we can afford that second tree, I realize the one we have is perfect just the way it is. Yes, it may still look a little like drunken elves got ahold of it, but that’s okay. It’s filled with years of memories that make it special.
|First ever tree ornament|
|I collect Santas. Love the helicopter hat!|
|One of many homemade ornaments|
|Doesn't tree have a Vader head?|
No matter what holiday you celebrate, or even if you don't celebrate at all, the Lady Scribes wish you peace, love, joy, and good health now and for the coming year. Thanks for sharing many good times with us 2013.
What defines a perfect holiday for you?
Lady Scribes Holiday Haul
Contest runs from Dec 11th – Dec 26th
How to qualify for prizes:
(1) Follow the LS on Facebook if you aren’t already. Post a picture of either your holiday decorations OR your favorite reading spot. (If you’re part of the photo, that’s even better, but not required.)
(2) Invite your friends to “Like” your photo between Dec 11th and Dec 26th (6:00 pm Central time).
What you can win:
(1) Everyone who posts a photo on the LS Facebook page will be entered into a drawing to win all 4 books in my Beau Monde Bachelor series, signed copies. (Open internationally)
(2) The top three photos with the most “Likes” will win one of three prize packages.
Suzie Grant - The Devil's Daughter and The Devil's Defiance. (signed print copies)
Terry Spear - Bound by Danger (ebook)
Ava Stone - A Scandalous Pursuit (audiobook)
Jane Charles - Compromised for Christmas (ebook novella) and A Reluctant Rake (audiobook).
Julie Johnstone - Echoes in the Silence (ebook)
Samantha Grace - One Rogue Too Many (signed print copy)
Olivia Kelly - The Lady and the Duke (ebook novella) & It Could Only Be You (audiobook novella)
Jerrica Knight Catania - The Robber Bridge (signed print copy)
Jerrica Knight Catania - The Robber Bridge (signed print copy)
Christi Caldwell - A Season of Hope (ebook novella)
Suzanne Johnson - Absolution and River Road (signed print copies)
Deb Marlowe - An Unexpected Encounter (audiobook download)
Aileen Fish - Helena's Christmas Beau (ebook)