|Romance Along the Rails will be released in January 2018|
He came with the express purpose of dying on the cross for our sins. He was the only one who could pay that awful price for us! Because of the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, every one of us is born a sinner. We have broken the law of God. We are separated from the Perfect Holy God who cannot look on sin. Yet Jesus loved us so much He was willing to take the punishment we deserved and make a way, through His shed blood, for us to be reconciled to the Father God. He has offered forgiveness to us as a free gift, the perfect Gift!! If you have never received this free gift, all you need to do is call on Jesus’ name, confess your sins and ask Him to be your Savior!! He will accept you and make you His child.
This month my special treasure is Sophie Smith. Sophie is 10 years old and in 5th grade. She was born two days after her cousin, Ridge, in Brush Prairie, WA. Made it hard for Nana and Papa to be in two places at once. Sophie now lives in Heber City, UT. She likes school and does well in her classes. She is a deep thinker and very loyal to family and friends. We are proud of our sweet Sophie!
Isn’t this a beautiful sight? The books are here. Now the job of marketing begins. I had a great visit with Sharon Kizziah Holmes, (PaperBack Press) my publisher, this afternoon. We discussed “Grandpa Forgot My Name” as well as other upcoming projects. She gave me helpful advice about marketing. Thank you, Sharon, for your expertise in publishing. The book is available on Amazon and most other online retailers.
You can purchase the book here, in paperback and Kindle versions: http://amzn.to/2hyL3E8
I wrote this story about 15 years ago after my daddy died with Alzheimer disease. I sent it to several children’s magazines for publication, but it was never accepted so I moved on to other things. Last March, I showed it to Sharon Kizziah Holmes and she agreed to publish it for me through Kids Book Press. I am so grateful to her and to Carlos Lemos, who did the amazing illustrations. My prayer is now that God will use it in the life of many children and adults who are facing the difficult circumstance of having a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other dementia.
I am also excited that my first historical fiction book Romance Along the Rails is getting closer to publication. We are working on the cover, and it is in the final editing stages. My dream of being published is finally coming to fruition.
Many years ago, when I first wrote Tables on the Prairie — now Romance Along the Rails — God gave me these verses in Habakkuk 2:2-3 “And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”
November – The Month of Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving – The word evokes so many mental images: dinners with extended family and way more food than we needed; the annual football game with brothers, cousins and friends; card games (Rook and Pit) with everyone around the table. Great, great memories! Is that really what Thanksgiving is all about?
It should be about an attitude of our heart. We have so much to be thankful for. All we have to do is look around to see our blessings. Family and friends are a big part of that, but there is so much more. First and foremost is the fact that our Father God loved us so much that He sent Jesus to Earth to live as a man and then to die in our place, taking our punishment for sin. An equally amazing blessing is that He arose from the dead and now, if we repent of our sin and accept Him as Savior, He lives in us and is with us every moment of everyday! There’s nothing better!
Turn your heart toward God and thank Him for all He has done.
This month, my special treasure is Ridge Tate! Ridge is 10 years old and in 5th grade. He was born near Cincinnati, OH on 7-7-07, two days before his cousin Sophie. Ridge loves school and does very well in his grades. He also loves sports. He just finished the 2017 season of Mighty Might Football. He’s quite a force on the defensive line. Ridge is faithful in church and loves Jesus. We are proud and blessed to have him as our grandson.
This is the season of change; of letting go. Both of the last two Octobers have brought loss into my family’s lives. A year ago, my brother, Marvin went to be with the Lord, and just this week my oldest brother, Darrel, stepped over into Heaven. They both loved and served the Lord faithfully, and I know they are experiencing the Presence of their Savior and rejoicing with loved ones. For me it is bittersweet. It’s hard to lose them, but God gives such amazing peace. They are both totally healed and walking streets of gold with all the saints who have gone on. How could I begrudge them that? Indeed, I am somewhat jealous of them. I am so thankful that I will be there with them someday soon. We all can, as a matter of fact. If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, call on Him today; confess to Him that you have sinned and ask His forgiveness. He will gladly accept you as His child and you, too, can have a home in Heaven. John 1:12
According to the calendar, we are in the middle of summer and yet school is starting again for another year. This week I will be heading back to work in the school kitchen. I pray that as well as feeding the bodies of the school children, I might also be able to share God’s love with them and with my co-workers. I want this verse to be my inspiration.
I had the opportunity to review pencil drawings of three of the illustrations for the children’s book, Grandpa Forgot My Name. I am pleased with the early progress. The book should be out around November. I am finishing the editing of my book, Romance Along the Railroad.
We have had good success with our garden this summer. We have harvested green beans, onion, potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, spaghetti squash, and peppers. Now we are picking apples. We have had plenty to eat, preserve and give away. I have been trying new recipes such as Zucchini Lasagna and Chicken Bacon Ranch Spaghetti Squash. Here is a picture of Bob with some of our produce.
Isaiah Tate is our oldest grandson. A great young man, he is fourteen and looking forward to his first year of high school. He had a job this summer at Chick-Fil-A which kept him busy. Isaiah is a good student and a leader in his church youth group. We are very proud of him and are glad he lives close to us.
July – summertime – my favorite time of year.
We think of picnics and fireworks. July 4th, the birthday of our nation. 241 years ago, on July 4th, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress declaring freedom from England’s rule. There were 56 signers of the Declaration who pledged to each other “our Lives, our fortunes and our sacred Honor.” These Founding Fathers and our brave soldiers and veterans have secured for us our rights and liberties as citizens of this great country, The United States of America!
About 2117 years ago, God, our Heavenly Father, sent his Son Jesus to Earth. He came as a baby and grew up to be a man, but His purpose in coming was to die in our place, pay the penalty for our sins and give us liberty in Him. This liberty is a free gift to us to make us Citizens of Heaven and Children of God. We must each accept that free gift personally by asking Jesus to forgive our sins and become our Savior.
Gabby (Gabrielle) Smith is our oldest grandchild. Born 22 days after 9/11 on October 3, 2001, she can hardly wait until her next birthday, that big 16th, so she can drive. Gabby will be a 10th grader this year and enjoys sports. She has excelled as goalie on her school soccer team and also plays Rugby. She loves photography and making YouTube videos. Check out her latest one.
I have been working on my final edits of my WIP, “Romance Along the Railroad.” I plan to have some writing friends read and edit it. I need to get a cover done and hopefully get it published soon.
Hello, my name is Joyce Valdois Smith. I live in Republic, MO. I’ve been married to my sweetheart, Bob for 47 years. We have 4 married children; Kelly and Joice Smith, who live in Columbia SC; Janna and Mike Wiseley and Annette and Andrew Tate, who both live in Springfield, MO and Holly and Erik Smith, who live in Heber City, UT. (Holly married a Smith so didn’t change her name.)
They have given us 12 grandchildren to brighten our days. Gabby (Gabrielle) 15; Isaiah 14; Rylee 12
; Aidan 11; Ridge 9; Sophie 9 (Their birthdays are two days apart July 7th and July 9th; April 9 (She just had her birthday); Michaela 8; Sonja 7; Carenza 5; Blakeney 4; and Dani (Danielle) 3. These precious grandchildren have given us the esteemed titles of Nana and Papa!
Oh, I can’t forget our Cavalier King Charles, Katie! (Her registered name is Lady Catherine Smith). She is 5 years old and pretty much rules the household.
As you can tell from my title I am avid coffee drinker. My girls got me Starbucks gift cards for Mother’s day, which was greatly appreciated. I am a freelance writer. I write Historical and Contemporary Fiction and have just signed the contract for a children’s book, “Grandpa Forgot My Name.” My Father and Mother-In-Law both died from Alzheimer Disease so I want to help children deal with this devastating situation. I am also a Christ follower. I love the Lord Jesus Christ and want to honor Him in every aspect of my life.
I’ve decided to write a blog called Java drinkin’, Story writin’ Nana. Each month I will feature one of our grandchildren; tell whats going on with my writing and give an inspiritional tidbit. I will blog on the 10th of each month.
Hoping and planning to see you then!