Wednesday, August 3, 2016

IWSG 30 Years of Friendship, 20 Years of Marriage

Big hair first date, Jr. Prom 1991



Well, my July writing goals fell by the wayside, but it's okay. First, I'll report that I'm physically all better from last month's tumble down the hillside with my car. Even the poison ivy or whatever it was is finally on the mend. I've managed to let go of most of the guilt associated with the accident, but I still need to work on letting the fact that I've made things harder on my family go as well. I'll get there. I'm lucky to have a very loving husband who constantly reminds me I'm more important than a car or car payment.

*sigh*

August is usually one of my favorite months of the year. It's my birthday and our anniversary. Last year I had big plans for this year. I've been married to my best friend for 20 years this year! I had hoped to do something special. Ideas included going somewhere foreign (because we never have--cruises don't count!), going back to where we spent our honeymoon, getting a cabin in the mountains closer to home (when the house didn't sell, and didn't sell, and didn't sell...), but none of that is going to happen. Sadly, my dear hubby will be traveling for work over our anniversary.

You'd think as a writer I could figure out how to put my thoughts and emotions into words. However, there really is no way to explain how much I love this man who works so hard to take care of our family. This amazing man didn't even blink when I asked if my mom could move in with us! He's usually quiet on the emotion front himself. After 20 years we are just comfortable together, and yet he still knows how to make me feel loved and cherished. It's wonderful knowing that my best friend is right beside me for this crazy life journey.

Happy 20th, Nathan!


IWSG AUGUST 3Rd QUESTION:

What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?

Well, how far back should I go for this question? I have a folder with some handwritten pages of a story I started in high school. It's about two best friends, a good guy, a bad guy, and one of the girls gets hooked on drugs. I didn't get very far into it because at the time I was pretty clueless about the nitty underbelly of teen drugs and love triangles. What can I say? I grew up pretty naive. :)


There's also a few pages of dot matrix printed pages with an LDS teen romance. LOL, not much better than the other story, but they will probably continue to move with me until I die.


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

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Lauren @ Pensuasion
Stephen Tremp
Julie Flanders

17 comments:

  1. Happy anniversary, and happy birthday. I do follow your posts on FB and will continue to do so...this one was special, and hope your getting better and better each day.

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    1. Thanks Sandy, I sure appreciate your good thoughts!

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  2. You are a lucky woman to have a sweet husband that you still love after all this time :)

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    1. Hee hee, and you know I've made it hard at times! He is a definite keeper.

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  3. Happy anniversary and birthday! I'm married to my best friend as well. And you are far more important that the car.

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    1. Being with your best friend makes everything bearable doesn't it?

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  4. Happy anniversary! I'm so glad you came out of the accident okay.

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  5. Happy anniversary! What a sweet, sweet post. I think cruises count. They totally count. In fact, you should go on another one. =) (That's my favorite kind of vacation.)

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    1. Mine too! All the amenities without the stress of planning for them. We've planned a cruise this fall with all of our kids. It will be the first time we've taken them, and possibly the last one for a long time. By the end of the year our family dynamics will change forever--two of my kids will be moving on to college and mission trips for church. We all know that things are never the same after that.

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  6. Happy anniversary and happy birthday! Glad to hear that you're back on your feet and can plan a wonderful month.

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  7. Such a warm and loving post, Charity. Thanks for sharing. Life is good!! So pleased you are all better.

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  8. Charity you definitely have the life you deserve. Yay that you're okay and for that lovely husband you have. At least you started writing something you wanted to put on paper. Writing is a journey after all. Look at yourself now. Glorious!

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  9. What a lovely tribute to your husband. He sounds like a great guy. Happy anniversary and happy birthday.

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  10. Happy anniversary and happy birthday. The car accident was probably a message--you need to take it easy. But guilt... I know what you mean. Take a deep breath. It'll all be all right.

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  11. Sorry to hear about the car accident, and glad to hear you're okay. You really are lucky to have such a great husband.

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  12. I love this post so much, Charity. The pictures are wonderful. Happy 20th anniversary!

    And I'm very sorry to hear about your difficulties, but I'm so glad you're okay.

    The descriptions of your early stories were hilarious, especially the gritty underbelly of the teen drug scene. :) I love reading your posts.

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