Friday, April 29, 2011

Weekly Writing Prompts : Mom's Club House Writer's Club

This week’s prompts are as follows;

#1 I am human, which makes me complex. Name five things about yourself that may drive other people crazy.

#2 Did you ever date anyone you met online? Do tell……

#3- List six reason why you need him/her.

#4- Becoming a teenager is difficult. Write a letter to your 13 year-old self.

I've chosen to write a letter to my 13 year -old self.

Dear Ann,

I wish I could be there with you when you discover this letter hidden in your diary. I'm writing to let you know your life will be full of a lot of heartbreaking moments.

You will think you are in love with that handsome football player, but it's only puppy love. You will fall in love many times and get your heart broken. Don't worry, you married a great man who loves you and your children very much. Yes, you will have children(four to be exact) Don't panic! You will make mistakes as a mom, but you will learn.

You also will become a grandmother to wonderful little boy.

In two years, you will lose your dad. It will be your turning point in life. From that very moment you begin to change.

You are no longer an innocent little child, but a rebellious teen-ager.

I want you to reflect on what I am saying in this letter. We are not meant to change our future, but be aware of the choices you make from this day forward.

Oh yeah, have fun....

Regards from your 50 year-old self.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Today I will not post my usual: Tornado in my State of Alabama

Yesterday was one of the most devastating days in the history of my state. Hundred's of lives were lost, the damage is beyond belief. We live in a part of Alabama where the tornado came through, but because we are on a mountain it missed us. Other's were not as blessed. Whole towns were wiped off the map.
Please keep everyone in your prayers, not only Alabama, but Mississippi and Georgia.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

W is for Writer and 2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 27

Today we had severe weather in Central AL. I am combining all three of my challenges into one post.

A-Z, NaBloPoMo and PAD(poem a day)

The letter for today is W.
The poem prompt is take the phrase "In the (blank) of (blank)," replace the blanks with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem.
My spout pormpt is growing in your writing.

In the Writing's of Debra

In the writing's of Debra sits a facinating world
letter form, words swirl...

It all comes together
in the writing of Debra

The words concrete
the symbols complete

In the writing's of Debra words written down
swallowed up and drown...

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

V is for Vision

Today's post is a double post. V is for Vison.

As I near the end of two great writing challenges, it got me thinking about my vision.

What is my vision for the future? What goals have I set for myself?

Do I have clear vision for my writing?

I don't have an answer to these questions, because I can't see what the future holds. I want my vision to be 20/20 where my writing is concerned. I want to have clear goals, but I don't.

My vision of late has become clouded. I can't seem to see what is in front of me.

I've lost sight of myself, my writing.

I am blind to what I need to see.

What is your vision like?

RemebeRED-Looking Back

This week we want you to recall something in your life that seemed terrible at the time, but looking back, brought you something wonderful.

A positive from a negative experience.

But WARNING: Avoid cliches like "blessing in disguise" or "hindsight is 20/20".

Be creative, but succinct. Do this in 600 words or fewer.

Link up will be Tuesday, April 26.

Looking Back

I often wish I could go back in time and change the way by life should have been, not what it is...
My life was littered with many heartbreaking and hurtful moments, but the one moment that I keep frozen in time is the day my dad died.

I was fifteen when he passed away after a long illness. We had been very close and I was devastated by his death. I couldn't comprehend the why's of this tragedy.

To me it wasn't fair that he was taken away so soon from my life. We had so many things to do as a daughter and father. He was suppose to walk me down the aisle when I got married(but that wasn't never going to be).

I often reflect on that day every April 28th, which is only two days away.I ponder why he died and what good really came from his death.

Looking back I can see the good from that tragedy. I see his love reflected in the words I write. I see his love in the yellow roses I love so much. I see his face smiling down from heaven.

I miss my dad so very much. I wish he hadn't left too soon, but his death was meant to be and his legacy to me was to carry on and become the womanI was meant to be.

I love you daddy...
written in memory of
Claude Gray Jr.
06 Aug 1924 - 28 Apr 1976

2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 26

Today is the final "Two for Tuesday" prompt(s) of the month:

Write a leader poem.
Write a follower poem.

Today as I don't feel much like writing I will combine the two prompts.

Follow the Leader
I don't feel much like a leader
today I am a follower

My head and heart are just not in the game
I must go on still the same

So today I choose not to lead
but to follow

My thoughts are distracted
I guess I may have overreacted

So today don't follow me...

    Monday, April 25, 2011

    Day 25 April NaBloPoMo(National Blog Posting Month) - Past

    It's almost over! The NaBloPoMo for April will soon be a thing of the past. Today, I want to reflect on the past.
    You have to know the past to understand the present. Dr. Carl Sagan

    The past is part of our sprouting process. You can't grow without it.
    You learn from the pasts' mistakes, you learn to go forward from the past.

    Dr. Sagan was right, you can't understand the future without knowing the past.

    The past is what makes you who you are today.

    I hear a lot of people say the past is the past or forget the past. Well. the past just isn't the past and you really can't forget it.

    You were planted in the past, you sprouted in the present and you grow into the future....

    Don't forget your past. It's an important part of your being. It's part of the growth process.
    It's part of you!


    2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 25-Falling Without A Net

    For today's prompt, write a falling poem. This could be about the physical act of falling (like someone tying your shoelaces together), or it could be symbolic falling (such as falling in love). With only five days left (after today), we're quickly falling out of another poem-a-day challenge. Make these last few days count, or at least, fall forward toward the finish line.

    Falling Without a Net

    I balance high upon a tight rope
    afraid of falling
    out of control





    no net below...

    Day 21 Blogging from A-Z Challenge: U is for Uplifting

    The final days are winding down... I'm actually going to miss this challenge.

    My word today is uplifting.

    I chose this word in relation to my writing.

    When I write, I try to make everyword I write to mean something. I want my words to have an impact on the person reading them.

    I want to provide a sense of peace.

    I want to uplift the broken with gentle words of encouragement.

    I was given a great talent and I feel if I don't use what I was given to uplift, then my words are null and void.

    Be an uplifting force in your readers lives.


    Sunday, April 24, 2011

    Day 24 April NaBloPoMo(National Blog Posting Month) - Easter

    Today is Resurrection SONday or Easter Sunday which ever you prefer.

    My little sprouts of faith are growing stronger with each passing day.

    This pass week I've been reflecting on my faith and wondering are my sprouts strong enough to withstand what might destroy what Jesus is trying to grow.

    I write about faith everyday, but am I growing my faith?

    Action speaks louder than words and faith can't grow without action.

    It needs to be nurtured and tendered.

    Are your faith spouts growing with your action?

    Are you letting them wilt with the passing of time?

    Jesus is the gardener of your faith... let Him till what He planted

    Don't rely on outsider's to reap your harvest!

    2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 24-Heavenly Father

    For today's prompt, write a prayer poem. Your prayer poem could be religious, but it doesn't have to be. People can pray to make it to work on time. Or to be rich. Or even for the rain. It's completely up to you what you're poem is about.

    Heavenly Father
    Heavenly Father
    I pray for the sinner
    who does not care
    I pray for the believer
    who says a prayer
    I pray for the lost soul
    who does not know
    I pray for the found one
    whose heart will grow
    I pray for the life He lost
    when He died upon the Cross

    Resurrection of the Soul

    This month I have the honor of participating in ChristianWriters Blog Chain on the topic of resurrection.

    I picked today because it is Easter Sunday(the day Christ was resurrected.)

    Jesus died on the Cross and on the third day was resurrected.

    I want to focus on the resurrection of the soul...

    I want to know Christ – yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death. Philippians 3:10 NIV

    When we think of His death on the cross naturally we think of the horrific pain He went through.

    He died on the Cross so we may live...

    We celebrate Easter as the day of His ressurection...
    but do we celebrate the resurrection of our soul?

    Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. I Peter 1:3 NIV

    Is your soul still hanging on the cross? Are you still lying in the tomb?

    If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. I Corinthians 15:13 NIV

    Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Colossians 3:1 NIV

    On this Resurrection Sunday, are you prepared to resurrect your soul?

    "Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you." Isaiah 60:1 NIV

                Jesus said to her, I am [Myself] the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on) Me, although he may die, yet he shall live.  John 11:25 AMP

    Today when you go to SONrise Service, think about what Jesus really did for you...
    Let your soul be resurrected!         

    To read more wonderful stories of the resurrection click on the links to the left.

    Saturday, April 23, 2011

    The Versatile Blogger Award

    I must say, that I could not expected my blog to have gone this far. When I started blogging I really wasn't sure where I would end up.

    I share my deepest thoughts on this blog and I am honored that Johanna for Mom's Tree House has passed on this award to me.

    There are rules of course, but I enjoy sharing.
    List seven things about yourself and pass on to these deserving bloggers.

    7 things about me:
    1. I don't celebrate my birthday
    2. I don't want anymore grandchildren
    3. When I was expecting my third child, I craved lemons and freezer ice(the kind from old freezers)
    4. I wanted to be a pirate
    5. I love horses, but are afraid of them
    6. I don't get on escalators
    7. I've never flown

    Now to my bloggy friends

    1. The Voices Within Unleashed
    2. Among the Pots and Pans
    3. Hoofprints In My Garden
    4. Sophisticated Lunacy
    5.Discoving The Purpose of Our Lives

    Day 23 April NaBloPoMo(National Blog Posting Month) - Jesus

    Today I am sprouting(reflecting) on what Jesus went through all those many years ago.

    Can you imagine what HE felt? What HE went through?

    Tomorrow is Resurrection Sunday and today we need to sprout(reflect) on our faith.

    Remember, HE died so you may live!

    2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 23

    For today's prompt, write a quit doing what you're doing poem. This could be about something you need to quit doing or that someone or something else should quit doing. 


    The days have become unbearable
    I can't stand the way you open
    your mouth to speak...

    Every word you say is an argument waiting to happen

    Why don't you quit while you're ahead
    you don't have to dispel my every word, my every thought...

    I beg of you
    quit being so

    100 Word Challenge-The Distance Between My Children

    The 100 Word Challenge is a weekly writing challenge for writers. And by “writers”, I mean those who call themselves writers, aspiring writers, closet writers, those writers who don’t dare call themselves a writer, those who read and wish — I mean you, whoever you are.

    What’s the Word?

    April 20 - April 23
    The following is in response to Velvet Verbosity’s 100 Word Challenge: Distance.

    The Distance Between My Children

    It started before I even had time to gather my thoughts, my feelings....

    The distance was wedged between my children and myself. I couldn't blame them nor did I want too.

    It wasn't their fault. They were children.

    It began over twenty-four years ago. I was in the middle of a bitter custody battle and lost custody of my four children. It was painful, beyond pain, my heart had been ripped out of my chest.

    My boys didn't forgive the mistakes I made and now I suffer, for they hate me. I still love them!

    Day 20 Blogging from A-Z Challenge: T is for Typing

    We're already on the letter T...
    six days left.
    I've enjoyed this writing adventure and all the great feedback.

    Today is T for typing...

    As a writer which do you prefer? To type out your words or write them long handed?

    I have to admit, I've become somewhat lazy and prefer to type my words onto a Word program.
    Yes, this can be a mistake. I've lost work doing it this way. You would think I would learned my lesson and write everything down in a notebook.
    Well, I haven't!
    I still type every word, every sentence onto my computer screen.

    Whichever method you prefer, make sure it's the Write one for you!

    Friday, April 22, 2011

    My Blog was Featured!

    Cher over @ cher cabula's mindbox is hosting the Lady Bloggers Blog Hop and my blog was featured along with these great blogs:

    Lion Girl Blog
    NC Sue’s Blog
    Perfect Parties
    Teaching Tiny-tots

    Be sure to stop by and check them out!

    2011 April PAD Challenge: Day 22-Only One Jesus

    For today's prompt, write an "only one in the world" poem. This only one in the world might be a person, an animal, a place, or an object. Think of someone or something unique and write.

    Since today is Good Friday, I am staying on my theme of Jesus...

    Only One Jesus

    He died upon the cross for me
    from sin to set me free...

    There's only one Jesus

    He loved me to His death
    with His last breath

    There's only one Jesus

    He sacrifice was made in love
    His tears mingled with His blood

    There's only one Jesus


    Haiku Friday

    Good Friday

    Jesus died for you
    nailed to the cross His blood wept
    so you are forgived

    Day 22 April NaBloPoMo(National Blog Posting Month) -Good Friday

    Today is Good Friday, the day Jesus was crucified. It is also Earth Day.

    Today I am posting about Jesus instead of Earth Day.

    To sprout means to grow. We must grow out of sin into salvation.

    We all have sinned!

    Bold isn't it?  But it's a fact, not a fairy tale...

    How many wrongs and sins have I committed? Show me my offense and my sin. Job 13:23 NIV

    Yes, we sin, but are sins were forgiven when our Lord, Jesus Christ died upon the cross...
    He is our Savior!
    For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 NIV

    Through Jesus, our sins were taken away through His blood... we were given another chance through
    salvation, another chance to live!

    For you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. I Peter 1:9 NIV

    Sin + Savior = Salvation

    So today if you celebrate Earth Day, remember today is also the day Christ died for YOU!

    Mom's Tree House Writing Club- Betrayed

    This week’s prompts

    #1 If you had the means to change one thing about the world, what would it be?

    #2 I always feel guilty when …..

    #3- Were you ever betrayed? Describe if you were able to forgive and forget, or not.

    #4- Name five things you totally obsess about and why.

    Today is another editon of Mom's Tree House Writing Club and for my assignment I've chosen # 3


    Were you ever betrayed?  I could answer yes a thousand times over, but today because it's Good Friday I want to only talk about the one time I felt betrayed and couldn't forgive.

    About 25 years ago I was going through a bitter custody battle with my ex husband. Things were on the brink of destruction and I felt my world was crashing in on me. I couldn't turn to my mother, for she had taken my ex husbands side.

    This was a very devastating moment for me and the seed of hatered was planted. I couldn't forgive her for what she had done. I felt because of her actions I lost my children.

    Have I forgiven her? She's gone now. She was a heavy drinker and my life was not a bed of roses. It took me many years , but a part of me has forgiven her for what she did, but I can not ever forget.

    Day19 Blogging from A-Z Challenge: S is for Storyteller

    S is for storyteller...

    A writer is a storyteller!

    He is gifted with the ability to tell a wonderful story. He shows images and paints a picture.

    I remember sitting on my grandmother's front porch and listening to her for hours on end tell stories.
    I wanted to be like her. She wasn't a writer, she was a storyteller.

    To write is to tell a great story. Yes, writer's must show the reader things, but a storyteller is a writer.
    He tells of great wonders and leads the imagination on a wonderful journey.

    Be a storyteller, not just a writer!

    Thursday, April 21, 2011

    Another Versatile Blogger Award

    I have been honored with another Versatile Blogger award from Cat @ The World Crafter's Inkspot

    Now 7 more things about me you don't know:

    1. I was raised in the Morman Church
    2. Parts of my past are very tragic.
    3. I am a distant relative of novelist Maria Edgeworth(1767-1849)
    4.  I believe in soul mates.
    5. My biological father was a drummer in a bar band in 1960.
    6. My favorite place on earth is Scotland(though, I've never been)
    7. I don't own a passport.

    Now, to pass this award on to other deserving blogs.

    1. Linda @ Lind-guistics
    2. Jen @ Jen's Ink Pen
    3. Connie @ Inspirational Poetry of Joy and Peace

    Theme Thursday-Television

    Today's theme is televison, so I am going to talk about my favorite long-ago televison shows.

    Petticoat Junction is an American situation comedy produced by Filmways which originally aired on the CBS network from 1963 to 1970.
    I had a big crush on Steve.

    Dark Shadows is a gothic soap opera that originally aired weekdays on the ABC television network, from June 27, 1966 to April 2, 1971.
    I couldn't wait to get out of kindergarten to go watch Dark Shadows. I remember when Barnabas came to Birmingham.
    Nanny And The Professor is a U.S. fantasy situation comedy created by AJ Carothers and Thomas L. Miller for 20th Century Fox Television. During pre-production, the proposed title was Nanny Will Do.[1] The series first aired as a mid-season replacement on January 21, 1970, on ABC and was last telecast on December 27, 1971.

    A refreshing show...

    I have favorite television shows from other era's, but these are my favorite from a different time.
    They don't make them like this anymore.


    National Poetry Month Honorable Poet Award

    Imagine my surprise when I click on my email and found out I had won this awesome award.
    I am very honored. Thanks to Thursday Poets Rally and Jingle Poetry.

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