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Holiday Week Challenge

School is out and many of us are on vacation. People in business are doing the basics. Families gather and we look to do things for each other. I challenge everyone to keep this giving spirit all through 2011.

I was a single mom for several years with three children. We loved getting together with friends and family. January and February seemed kind of a let down after the holidays. What do you look forward to? There are special people and others who need assistance all 12 months of the year. When we can do something for other people, then  we make a difference and when that person does something for someone else it spreads.

Celebrate 2011 in new ways.

  • Volunteer some of your time to a cause that you believe in.
  • Walk for a cause.
  • Write an article in your local paper or send a letter to the editor in support of an important cause.
  • Use some of the profits from your own writing as a fund raiser for your cause.
  • Write stories and books that raise awareness of social issues.
  • Get together with friends or neighbors and adopt a nursing home or assisted living facility.
  • What kinds of things can you think of? I’d love you to share them here.


Watch for the Spirit of Christmas Catalog

I know that some people may already have their Christmas or holiday shopping completed. I’m not one of those. When my children were small, I used to collect small gifts from the starting in August and accumulate them until it was time to wrap and put them under our Christmas tree. However, as they have gotten older (now all adults) I don’t do that any more.

I am excited to tell you about the Spirit of Christmas Catalog that is coming out to help all of you do some shopping from home. There will be books, videos, and music. There may also be other gift items. I’m excited to be included in it myself and at the same time anxious to see all the things that everyone else is submitting. My books Rebekah Redeemed will be included, as well as my novel that is coming out just in time for the holidays, Shelter from the Storm.

When I think about Christmas catalogs, I remember as a child being so excited when they would come in the mail. My brother and I would pour over them. It was all part of the excitement of the season. I’ll be getting the url for you as soon as it comes out. I know it’s early, but I can’t resist. Merry Christmas!