Happy Blogiversary to Me

Char Signature2Happy Blogiversary to Joy In The Moments! I’ve met my first milestone !  Yippee!

One year ago, I began this blog with big dreams and little experience. Today…it’s much the same. My experience has grown a little, but there’s still so much I need to learn.

Within the first few days of blogging, I was shocked and amazed when a few people commented and I realized they were from faraway places. Jean in India and Bridgett in Ireland were among my first readers…and I want to thank them for being so kind to a baby blogger.

Blogging has helped me connect with wonderful people all over the globe. Thanks to all of you who read and comment (and thanks to those who read and NEVER comment; I do that too sometimes, but still enjoy the blogs I peruse). Continue reading

Tips for Holiday Recovery

recovering holidaysDid you have a great Christmas? I hope you did. I loved mine, but Ginger shows how we all feel inside as we look at our messy houses with gift wrapping still stuck in the carpet and bows scattered in odd places…not to mention all the tempting candy and treats laying around on the counters. And now you have to put away all your Christmas gifts and vacuum your carpet to get rid of tinsel, tape and dog hair (if you have Continue reading

Secret to the best Christmas ever

2012-12-22 23.16.43I want to wish you a Merry Christmas. My favorite Christmas was as a 10-year-old girl. My dad was a school teacher, and we had at least 6 kids by then. We didn’t get many presents that year. I was old enough to realize we were poor and tried to put on a happy face so that mom didn’t feel any worse than she probably did for our meager gifts.

After we’d opened up presents, my mom left to visit a family in our church that had just emigrated from Nigeria. They had a large family like ours and were new to the area and didn’t know many people. Mom came back from visiting them and gathered us together. She told us that the Makani family (I’ve changed names) had NO Christmas at all—no tree, no gifts, no anything. She asked us to pick one of our own gifts and wrap it back up to give to one of the Makani children.

I will confess that I was quite upset Continue reading

The Power of Kindness

My thoughts have been turned toward the victims and survivors of the recent tragedy. It is so sad and baffling to me. Those children in that elementary school were good. Those teachers and administrators that sacrificed and did their best to protect those little ones were good as well.

But what about the shooter? Was there any scrap of goodness in him?

We will never know, since we aren’t God and can’t know all the experiences, weaknesses, troubles, and emotional drama of his life. Continue reading

Book Buffet…the holidays aren’t fattening enough

With Christmas right around the corner (Ah! Coming in at full speed!), I thought I’d spotlight some books I’ve read over the last few months for anyone who needs gift ideas or personal reading ideas.

Since writing my own books, I realize how much symbolic blood, sweat and tears are put into each tale. So today I’m offering you a buffet of books to choose from that I’ve liked. There are appetizers (fun romances), main courses (stories that stay in your mind long after you finish them), and desserts (short books with inspiring messages).

Pick what you want from my smorgasbord. Continue reading

Christmas Card Shark

DSC00725I finished getting my Christmas cards done yesterday. I’m pretty happy about that. I’m a Card Shark–not in the cheating Vegas definition, but in the Christmas sense. I love receiving cards, and that means I must send them out with shark-like vigor.

When I was much younger (and full of energy and crafty creativity) I would spend a month making homemade cards. I’d plan out my design and then buy supplies and start handcrafting each one. This method took FOREVER…and by time I was done making 75 cards, I hated that design and almost hated Christmas (not really, but I hated cardmaking).

Then I went to buying cards, but still felt I had to put a creative touch to it, so I’d crochet snowflake ornaments Continue reading

Disneyland Do’s and Don’ts

DSC00480My family and I just returned from a fun vacation at the happiest place on earth. It’s hard to come back from those kind of vacations…so I thought I’d ignore my work for a little while and return to my magical happy place through a blog post. Join me as I highlight the Do’s and Don’ts of Disneyland.


Plan to have fun. It’s the happiest place on earth, for goodness sake. Whales even smile in Disneyland. Continue reading