"What we do in this life, echoes in eternity."
Maximus, Gladiator
"Our creator would never have made such lovely days, and given us the deep hearts to enjoy them, above all thought, unless we were meant to be immortal."
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

We survived

We all survived the weekend apart. I missed my kids so much, Jeff had to tell me to stop calling them. They were all right. They missed me, but not so much they couldn't appreciate how fun it is to have dad home.
For me, it was another set of things I had to survive. Not having the excuse of children for not writing, sharing one bathroom with six other people, having roommates and having to turn the light off at a certain time, listening to what an agent has to say about my book. The last one was very nerve-wracking but so beneficial at the same time. I had so many people read my first chapter and tell me they love it. I thought the agent would say, "You know what? Go home and take on another hobby."
But she didn't. She was very positive about my chapter and gave me great advise.
I'm glad I attended this retreat because it made me stretch out of my comfort zone.
Have you been in this situation before, out of your element? How have you cope with the changes in order to stretch yourself and your skills? I'd love to hear what you have to say.

Friday, September 24, 2010


Do you want to know what Jeff was doing last week?
He was fishing in Alaska.
He showed me a video of him fishing on one side of the river, and a brown bear, watching him from the other shore.
And yesterday? Where was he?
He was skydiving.
I didn't want him to go. I was so scared he'd be the one case in 1, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000 whose parachute doesn't open. Being a widow at the age of 32? No, thanks.
But there was no way he'd not do it. Poor Jeff, I gave him such a hard time.
But he went to Moab, jumped from an airplane, and he lived to tell the tale. He looks ecstatic in all the pictures.
I must confess: I envy him a little. No, not the fishing trip, but the courage and faith to jump from a plane and trust that a few yards of fabric will give him wings to fly and then, land him safe and sound.
This weekend I'll be at the Writers' Retreat hosted by Fire Petal Bookstore. Agent Lauren Macleod will be there, and by now, she must have read the first chapter of Southern Cross. I'm so anxious to know what she thought if it!
But most of all, I'm anxious about leaving Jeff and the kids for two nights. I printed out schedules and instructions, the address and schedule for the conference, left El Cangri's medicine ready in case he gets stung by a bee (I pray to all the angels of heaven that he won't).
Let's see if four kids are a good match for a brown bear and jumping off a plane.
I'll let you know Monday if we all survive the weekend :-)

Do these four angels look more dangerous than a brown bear?
Don't let the smiles fool you...

Saturday, September 18, 2010

When bad things happen to awesome people

There's a girl in my neighborhood who's an angel in disguise. She always has something good to say about everyone. A couple of times, when I felt invisible at church, or the opposite, when one of my kids (or all 4 of them) was terrible during sacrament meeting and I felt every eye on me, this sweet girl has come up to me and said something like, "You have the sweetest smile," or "I love your skirt." It's always been something simple, short, but that has made my day. And her mother is just the same. Sweetest person ever. She always makes you happy just for being around her. Do you know anyone like them? You're a lucky person if you do.
Last night, during a date, this girl, this sweet, talented, 17 year-old girl, had a terrible car accident and suffered severe spinal injuries. We're all praying for a miracle. If there is one person who deserves a miracle, it's her. If there are still any readers of this blog out there, please, keep Sydney in your prayers, your positive thoughts, or your meditations. The world is a better place because of her, and right now, she needs all the positive energy/blessings she can get.