As a child, I hoped I would live until the year 2000. In my child’s mind, I considered that an amazing possibility. Now, I have lived nineteen years past that dream. In spite of all the ups and downs, I am hopeful that God will give me even more years. 2019 has been a year brimming with change. The most enjoyable event happened before Christmas of 2018. It was a miracle. Connor Corbett, my first grandchild was born. He’s a happy little guy who is making his mark at the family events. He is a gift that will keep on giving for many years.
My book, Abigail’s Exchange has been doing well. I received an award from the Eric Hoffer Book Awards for Historical Fiction. Eric Hoffer (1902–1983) was an American writer on social and political philosophy. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in February 1983, just three months before he died. One of my favorite Eric Hoffer quotes is: “The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.”
Jim and I have recognized our need to downsize, which is moving us toward more change. I sold my home in Florida, and Jim has a solid purchase agreement for his house in Empire. It happened quicker than we anticipated, and we are looking for a condo in Grand Rapids, MI. to purchase before the fall of this year. Jon, Ben and I will be driving a Penske truck from Florida to Grand Rapids, MI filled with furniture and books etc.
I am happy to report that Jim is recovering from the radiation treatments. What an ordeal that was! Each day, he gets a little stronger and manages to digest more calories from food intake. Prayers have been so helpful. He continues to manage St. Andrew’s Church STAMP program, which creates homes that are safer, warmer and drier for people in the Benzie County area.
My second novel is coming along nicely. I chose the setting to be the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo) because of its clash of cultures. It is considered an extremely wealthy country in natural resources, but one of the lowest in the Human Development Index. The story highlights one little girl’s struggle to survive in the harsh world of the cobalt mines. Her name is Esynama (aka Esy) and she strives with all of her might to find a better life for herself and her son, Mwezi. It is a fast read, filled with adventure and escapades that throw her back into the clutches of Big Boss. The book will be available to preorder before the end of the year.
I fondly appreciate your interest in my life and in my books.
God Bless you all!