Monday, December 10, 2012

GUEST BLOGGER KELLY LONG: "Eye on the Star" (And Giveaway!!)


I drift mentally from the paper in front of me and the bleak lesson on adverbs. Sister Cashmere (yep, like the sweater) is a sober, rotund nun, redeemed in disposition only by her apple-like cheeks, round and ruddy inside the veil of her habit. I drift and look out of the the large paned windows of St. Joseph's Elementary School only to see a strange man, fully garbed in top hat and black clothes on the roof of the building opposite. He wields a fuzzy black brush on a long handle, and well-versed in Mary Poppins, I recognize a real Chimney Sweep.

In my ten year old eyes, I see a handsome bearded man who tips his hat just for me then proceeds to work. Forget the adverbs (as I am often reminded in editing today)... I raise my hand frantically and flap my paper like a sail driving for the America's Cup. Sister Cashmere startles, cheeks flushing even rosier at the prospect of such exuberant interest in a part of speech. I cannot speak when she calls on me but point instead to the roof outside.

Sure enough, the chimney sweep still balances against the brick chimney of Doc Dwyer's office building, and we all move as one to the window; papers strewn, desks thrust aside, and an excited chorus of amazement accompanies our class--Sister Cashmere as flustered as any of us. A moment of wonder; not sought, not pursued, simply there--and then soon gone with another dip of the top hat.

We go back to our desks with the star dust of fantasy meeting reality still on our backs , but it dissolves quickly enough into the cracks of the hardwood floors. The afternoon seems flat after that. I pick up my paper and my pencil and dutifully write--shadows of the movements I will make many years later as I struggle over a plot line. But the image of the chimney sweep lingers and I begin to think that wonder is experienced only through the spontaneous, a drop of crystal from the Hand of The Loving God. So do I initially believe as I write novels...that the muse, the moment of insight, the impractical delight that fills five thousand perfect words is the dip of a top hat, a fluke even, and I must wait until it returns again.

But then I hear a sermon, in a little white church a world away from St. Joseph's (which becomes a parking lot incidentally)...I hear a sermon about the Wise Men following the star. My mind drifts---yeah, yeah, camels and harness, weird gifts that probably sat on the shelf like knick knacks, the pain of carrying the things about in the move back from Egypt-I think I've got it down. But the Pastor speaks of a different journey and I focus and listen, and then learn a very important fact about writing.

Jesus is probably about two or more when the three or more wise guys show up, and those traveling men move, believe, seek with sweat and tears, for two or more years, the distant glimmer of a single star. They hang on, through doubt and misery and strange meetings with angels and kings...and they seek a King you'd never recognize but for the light of the star. So, what did I learn about writing? I learned that the wonder, the privilege of writing before the Lord is a journey-sometimes long and cold. It is no mere sweep of consciousness and self-pride but the invoking of a will to surrender, to give gifts that cost more than the mind, to travel to unfamiliar and unfriendly places in the soul. I don't have to wait for top hats to tip...it's not about luck but direct design. It costs and hurts sometimes, but it's finding Someone in the words Who transforms my past and delivers my future. And my job? Grab the paper and mount up...eye on the Star.

ABOUT KELLY LONG:

Kelly Long is a bestselling Christian author with novels on the CBD, CBA, and ECPA Bestseller lists. She writes Amish Fiction and was nominated for a Carol Award for Lilly's Wedding Quilt. Kelly is a former English and Latin high school teacher but now spends her time with books and Bible studes. Kelly lives near Hearshey, Pa. with her husband and children and sweet Bichon rescue dog, Sophie. She enjoys hearing from readers at kellymarielong@comcast.net. And she can be found on FB FAns of Kelly Long and Twitter KellyLongAmish.
 
ABOUT THE GIVEAWAY:

Leave a comment for a chance to win a combination prize of A Marriage of the Heart and An Amish Kitchen.

Peace,
Kelly Long

145 comments:

Melissa Jagears said...

I remember the wonder of meeting my first real chimney sweep.

There was this guy I liked, and the more we talked, the more "things" he had been. He'd jumped out of airplanes, been a sniper, been a bouncer, a shoe salesman, a maintenance man, a homeless man, a window washer, a (something I will not mention on the internet), (another something I will not put on the internet), I'm sure I'm missing things, and then one day he said, "Oh yeah, I'm a chimney sweep too." And then I thought, "Hold my horses, I'm not so sure I want to believe this guy anymore, how can one person have done all these things before he's turned 30?" And I asked "A real live, Mary Poppins chimney sweeper?" "Yep."
Was I falling for a tall tale spinner?

And since then he's added locksmith, security guard, machinist, knifesmith, blacksmith, private pilot, airplane mechanic, and bow maker to the list.

I married the chimney sweep/bunch of other things. :)

But let me tell you, that brush is NOT fuzzy. It's hard stiff metal and it hurts like the dickens if you make a miscalculation stepping over the collection of huge wire brushes while trying to get around in your closet!

Vince said...

Hi Kelly:

It may seem stranger than fiction but today I was working on a short story about an old man who sits in his recliner for a nap and wakes up back in the fifth grade. He is looking out the window of St. Virgil’s, when his teacher, Sister Melchior, named after one of the wisemen, asks him if he is bored and would he like to teach the class.

Since the class is about the Roman Empire at the time of Christ and since the old man, (now in a ten year old’s body), is a retired Classics teacher, he gladly teaches the class. This is the start of a lot of problems for everyone.

The nun’s name, the school's name, the daydreaming, and the offer to teach the class all really happened. The boy didn’t get to teach the class in 1955.

Vince

Please put me down for a chance to win a book.

Lyndee said...

Love the final thought - keep your eye on the Star. Powerful message, Kelly! That phrase will be my writing reminder for this Christmas season! Thanks for the post.

Mary Cline said...

Whoa, Wow, Wonderful.

Christina said...

Wow, what a beautiful post, Kelly. And so right on.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Oh, Vince, I love that story. That's a magic of Christmas story if ever there was one.... very "Polar Express"!

Write it, Vince. Please.

Kelly, hello!!!! Thank you and your creative bend so much for being here!

I brought trays of Christmas goodies for everyone... And I bought some amazing Italian pastries in Seneca Falls/Bedford Falls yesterday so I'm sharing them too... And I got to spend the afternoon with DEB MARVIN!!!!!

Oh, snap, wonderful!!!!! :) BEAMING!!!

Kelly, I love the idea of those dreams and imagination trips of childhood and how they morph into the grown-up writer.

Born a writer.

Absolutely. I'm smiling all day thinking of that!

Cindy W. said...

I so enjoyed your post Kelly. I remember looking out classroom windows and daydreaming. You painted such a wonderful piture!

I would love to be entered for your giveaway!

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.

countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Melissa, you married MacGyver.

SWEET.

Jackie said...

Hi Kelly,

I've never met a real life chimney sweep, but who couldn't love Dick Van Dyke as a chimney sweep?

Thanks for sharing with us today.

Jackie L.

Amy Campbell said...

I have been wanting to read Kelly's books. Thank you!
Campbellamyd at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Kelly,

I LOVE all your covers, but especially Marriage of the Heart. I just want to snap it up.

Ah, I've never seen a chimney sweep. Just not much need in the Texas countryside. But I loved Mary Poppins!

Connie Queen

Anonymous said...

Melissa,

I think it's great you believed he was a sniper, bouncer, and jumped out of airplanes...then thought he went a little too far w/the chimney sweep. Ha. Ha.

Connie

Jeanne T said...

Kelly, thanks for the reminder to keep my eyes focused in the right place. I think I'll look for wonder in my every day happenings too. :)

DebH said...

Kelly:i LOVE the cover for Marriage of the Heart. i love the hero without having read a word. i enjoyed this post - keeping an eye on the Star... food for thought. i don't think i really day-dreamed, looking out the window in school. i did doodle all over my notebooks, adding stories to scribbles. i think the teachers thought i was a good student since i looked busy (if they only knew...)

Vince: that sounds like a great story. i'd definitely want to read it. were you the bored little boy daydreaming out the window? somehow, i think you probably could have taught that class - if given the chance.

Melissa: laughed when Ruthy said you've married MacGyver. lucky you! i'd like to learn how to be a locksmith (especially since i'm prone to misplacing my keys).

oh, i'd love a chance at winning a book too.

Misty Russon said...

Good mental-picture description.

Bridgett Henson said...

Good morning, Seekerville. I'm back in the country and very thankful for clean water, electricity and toilet seats. We had limited wi-fi at the orphanage in Guatemala. I was able to read the posts last week, but blogger wouldn't let me comment. :)

Kelly, great post. Please enter me for the books. The ladies in my church love Amish fiction. Your book will make a great addition to our church library.

Jessica Nelson said...

Hahahaa, I'm still looking out the window.

Sandra Leesmith said...

Morning Kelly, Welcome to Seekerville and thanks for the reminder to keep our eye on the true meaning of Christmas.

Our chimney sweeper calls himself Roof Dancer. Love it.

Sandra Leesmith said...

Melissa, I'm with Connie. You believed all that and doubted chimney sweep. Too funny. And he sounds like a wonderful real life hero. woo hoo


Vince. Love the story. I too daydreamed a lot in school. Was bored to tears most of the time. But it led me to become a writer. Guess that was God's plan all along. LOL

Bridgett, Welcome home. I know what you mean but didn't you just love Guatamala? I did. It was so pretty there and the people were so friendly.

Jan Drexler said...

Hi Kelly,

Beautiful post. And yes, I'm a window daydreamer, too.

But daydreaming doesn't get the words on the page, does it? I love the way you moved us from magic inspiration to inspired perspiration in your post :)

Melissa, your chimney sweep would find lots to do here in the Black Hills. MANY people have wood burning stoves and/or fireplaces, and everyone burns the pine that's so prevalent around here, so chimney sweeps are in high demand!

Jamie Adams said...

What a beautiful post. I feel inspired and can't wait till I find time to sit down and write later today.

No need to put my name in the drawing. I have both those books and loved them. The second story in A Marriage of the Heart, Christmas Cradles, is one of the best stories I've ever read. Could not put it down once I started reading.

I use to be a die hard historical romance reader until writers like Kelly led me astray :) I'm hooked on Amish fiction. I'm so glad you stopped by today. Can't wait to read your next book.

Julie Lessman said...

OH MY, like my mama used to say, I'm nothing but a "bed jockey" because I just rolled out of bed and WHOA ... comments galore!!

Is this not a beautifully written post?? Teared up when I read the last paragraph, Kels, so GREAT JOB!!

Thanks, Ruthy, for the Italian pastries, but were they made my an Irish woman???

I've brought Christmas Kringle (Snickerdoodle with nuts and plums), DOZENS of my favorite Christmas cookies (Russian Teacakes and Spritz) and lots of Hazelnut coffee, so dig in!!

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

MELISSA!!! LOL ... soooo glad you got "swept away" by your very own chimney sweep!! ;)

VINCE: I'm with Ruthy, my friend -- WRITE IT!! You have one of the most fertile (and deep) imaginations I have ever seen!!

JESSICA NELSON SAID: "Hahahaa, I'm still looking out the window."

LOL, Jessica ... me too!!

Hugs,
Julie

Kelly M. Long said...

Melissa,
Great story...you know they're supposed to be lucky!

Kelly M. Long said...

So accurate about the brush...but lookd fuzzy to a little kid!

Kelly M. Long said...

Dear Vince,
That is odd but we must be sympatico on some level...Write your tale, my friend and change the world one word at a time.

Kav said...

What an exquisite and inspiring post! I was a window daydreamer student as well. And guess what I picked up on Saturday at the bookstore? An Amish Kitchen! Am I prepared or what? :-)

Kelly M. Long said...

Lyndee,
Thanks for reading!

Kelly M. Long said...

Dear Mary,
Yeah, Gott is the One Who is wonderful! Thank you for reading.

Kelly M. Long said...

Christina,
Thank you for reading! I appreciate your affirmation!

Kelly M. Long said...

Dear Ruth,
Love your feedback and the fact that you like the writing. I appreciate it so much!

Kelly M. Long said...

Jackie,
I know, right...I always wanted Mary Poppins to have married him!

Kelly M. Long said...

Amy,
Thanks for reading!
Blessings for the holidays.

Kelly M. Long said...

Connie,
One of my best friends is from Texas...do you know her? Beth Wiseman

Kelly M. Long said...

Jeanne,
It is sooo hard to keep focused...glad I could help a bit!

Kelly M. Long said...

Deb,
Yeah, I liked this cover model...handsome Amish guy...er, Englisch guy posing as Amish guy!

Kelly M. Long said...

THanks for reading, Misty!

Kelly M. Long said...

Dear Bridgett,
Thank you for serving, in all the places that I am sure that you do!

Kelly M. Long said...

Jessica,
Keep looking...you never know!

Kelly M. Long said...

Sandra,
Thank you for the warm welcome!

Kelly M. Long said...

Jan,
Oh, loove the perspiration on the page...I think mine is more like plain sweat!

Debby Giusti said...

Lovely blog, Kelly, with much for writers to focus on as we await the coming of the Christ Child. Love this season of anticipation and expectation.

When we open our hearts to accept Him fully as King of Kings, amazing things can happen.

So glad you could be with us today as we journey to Christmas.

Kelly M. Long said...

Jamie,
Thank you so much for loving my work, esp. Christmas Cradles...Asa was named after someone I know...fairly true to the story!

Kelly M. Long said...

To the sweetest Miss Julie,
Thank you for your kindness in having me here...and I love Russian Tea Cakes!

Kelly M. Long said...

Oh Kav,
Thank you for the word "exquisite"--love that and feel like it so describes our Saviour!

Kelly M. Long said...

Debby,
I love the idea of US JOURNEYING to Christmas...you're right...it's not a mad dash or a scramble...lovely!

Mary Connealy said...

First of all.........Melissa Jagears married a homeless person?

Wow, hmmm...., very ... um... I guess the word I'm looking for is BRAVE.

Mary Connealy said...

Kelly, what a beautiful blog post and so perfect for us in the Christmas season.

I always hope my work is better than I am able to make it on my own. My prayer is that God will bless my words and make them WORTHY of this honor he has allowed me, to be published in the Christian fiction world.

Kelly M. Long said...

Dear Mary,
Love your words...both on the page and here! Peace to you and yours this Christmas!

Mary Connealy said...

WAIT! Sandra has a chimney sweep?
I thought you lived in a mobile home and drove around all the time.

Do mobile homes have chimneys?

Check, Sandra, because this guy might be conning you.

Mary Connealy said...

Kelly, you wanted Dick Van Dyke and Mary Poppins to get married??? Me too!!! Even then we wanted a romance novel!

:)

Janet Dean said...

Welcome to Seekerville, Kelly! Your post was a lovely, lyrical reminder that writing is both a wonderous gift and hard work from and for our God. Thank you. I needed this.

I brought breakfast sandwiches and pears.

Janet

Kelly M. Long said...

Dear Mary,
Yep...scented romance even then...wish life was as simple, but then again, where would the plot be?

Kelly M. Long said...

Dear Janet....love the idea of lyrical...so describes Our Lord!

Janet Dean said...

Vince, love that you get to rewrite the past. :-)

Melissa, you are Seekerville's Mary Poppins. Fun!!

Janet

Sandra Leesmith said...

Mary, We do have a chimney sweep for our house in Northern ARizona. When we get to it, we get to visit Glynna. yeah.

And you never know. Some of these RV's do have fireplaces. So fun.

Sandra Leesmith said...

Wow, snickerdoodles from Julie and pears from Janet. I'm in heaven.

Maggie Brendan said...

Ahh...my brillant BF and Crit partner. So beautifully written. Come back to GA. I miss you so!Don't I deserve a gift copy of your new books? Sending you a cyber {{hug}}! Julie, I told you you'd love her! Mags

Unknown said...

It sounds so magical getting to meet a real chimney sweep guy,
like from the Movie "Mary Poppins".
God has blessed you with such a wonderful talent. I have been blessed to read some of your books.

Cheryl B

CherylB1987@hotmail.com

Kelly M. Long said...

Dear Maggie....my dear!!! Wish I could come home. Thank you for your praise! Love you.

Kelly M. Long said...

Dear Cheryl,
Thank you so much for seeing talent as coming only from God!

Myra Johnson said...

How beautifully said, Kelly! Your post reminds me of the many times people have asked me where my story ideas come from. That question always takes me aback, because honestly, most of the time I really don't know. A lot of daydreaming and wool gathering is definitely involved.

But the real truth is that the ideas are gifts. They may be sown like seeds in the bits and pieces of my life, but it takes patient listening to the Spirit before they start to come together as a coherent story.

Heidi Schneeberger said...

I really love Amish Fiction Books. I am always looking for more for my Library.

Melissa Jagears said...

Mary, he WAS homeless for awhile, Jan, while he was in Montana (where he learned to be a chimney sweep)

And Mary, if I had thought a little harder about the list, the many many things he was before moving on to be another, um, the homeless thing kind of made sense (and should have thrown up a red flag!). . . . Thank goodness children make a man a ton more worried about providing instead of the next vocation he could try!

Oh, and I looked up the definition of fuzzy, count me in for being wrong about a definition of a word TWICE this month already. Think I need to sit down and read the dictionary. And here this whole time I thought fuzzy necessitated being soft.

Wendy Newcomb said...

A great giveaway, thank you Kelly Long for writing such good books.

wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

Cj Lawson said...

Love to read and the giveaway is a great way to get people to purchase books and I'm all for it! Good luck to all and if i don't win then I'm happy for winner just wasn't meant for me.
Merry Christmas,

rbooth43 said...

I haven't read any of your books Kelly, but I am very interested! With Beth's recommendation and the other commenters, I am hooked!
Merry Christmas!
Rebecca
rbooth43(at)yahoo(dot)com

Deborah Dunson said...

Love that post, it was so beautiful.

Jean Smith said...

Your post was really inspiring and i would love to win these book. Th
ank you for the opportunity. ejs8741@hotmail.com

Virginia Carmichael Munoz said...

Gorgeous post.

Virginia Carmichael Munoz said...

Vince-

No P.S. 'I'm kidding'...

You had Sister Melchior and I had a best friend named Baltazar. A boy from some other country (I didn't catch where, I was 7 and those things didn't matter).

All we need is Caspar.

And good story- I would read that.

Kim F said...

What a beautiful story and great reminder for this holiday season - thanks, Kelly!

Anonymous said...

Kelly,

I don't know Beth Wiseman, but I looked her up and her books sound great too.

We had a very light dusting of snow last night! Went from being in the 70's and 80's to the 20's. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...Finally.

Connie

Sandy Barela said...

Growing up, I love how reading and writing can take you to a far away place you have always dreamed of! As an adult, I am thankful to find authors who not only take me away, but show me about God in their writing. I am blessed by your books!

Anonymous said...

Love reading your post! I also love your books:-) thanks for a giveaway:-) in my book Marypopins did get maried;-) Jennie T the_tabers@comcast.net

Kelly M. Long said...

Dear Myra,
Thank you for the idea of story ideas as seeds/gifts...it is so true!

Kelly M. Long said...

Dear Heidi...yeah, love the Amish books and love to explore the culture!

Kelly M. Long said...

Dear Wendi,
Thank you so much for your praise!

Louise said...

love these stories...........

Pam Hillman said...

Vince, I think I'm going to try that tactic...a not-so-old lady who naps in her recliner on a cold, rainy winter day and....

I'll get back with you on the results.

Mary E said...

Awesome blog post, Kelly Long. Would love to have "A Marriage of the Heart" and "An Amish Kitchen". I absolutely love reading the Amish romance fiction and also about the Amish way of life. Love the Amish cookbook I have ~ a gift from my Mom. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the contest. Mary E
mdegram218@centurylink.net

Kelly M. Long said...

Dear CJ,
WhAT A great attitude!
Great blessings to you!

Kelly M. Long said...

Dear Rebecca,
Yes, I value Beth's thoughts so much! Thank you.

Cindy Adams said...

Hello, Kelly! I loved your post and had to go back and read it twice. I really enjoyed it....beautiful!

jociadam at hotmail dot com

Kelly M. Long said...

Dear Jean,
Thank you so much! Cheers!

Kelly M. Long said...

Dear Virginia,
I appreciate your praise so much!

Kelly M. Long said...

Dear KIm.
Thank you so much! Great blessings for Christmas!

Kelly M. Long said...

Dear Connie,
Love the blessing of snow...."sheep on the hillside of Bethlehem were whiter then snow..."

Anonymous said...

I so enjoy reading your books! They are such a blessing. They bring excitement, laughter, and also sadness at times. Thank you for the joy that you bring to so many! God bless you!

Nana CAS said...

I enjoyed reading your blog, staring out the windows,even in public schools was the "norm" for learning adverbs! Even though I loved English as a subject, the adverbs were enough to make anyone stare out the window and daydream! Still can't have enough books to read, even now, as a grandmother! Books keep me sane, with chronic pain of fibromyalgia and back issues. I wish we could have a "lid" on our kids & grandkids' heads that we could open and 'pour in' the love of reading! With some children, you just can't get them to see how great it is to read & see the world through someone else's eyes, then the next one needs no convincing! I would love to win these books! Keep up the wonderful blog!

dngrams@comcast.net said...

I enjoy reading books especially since I retired. It just amazes me how a writer can put a story together. Many books just seem like you are 'reading as they living the story'. It just flows. I read anywhere from 5- 7 books a week. Keep writing and I'll keep reading.

Jasmine A. said...

What a lovely story/memory about the chimney sweep.
I remember several years ago, I was walking in the grocery store and saw an older man with a green hat that had a yellow feather, he looked just like a human size leprechaun. He tipped his hat to me and I smiled back. So now I tell people I once had a leprechaun tip his hat to me.

Anonymous said...

I met a Chimmny Sweep up close in stairs as I was going up to my apt in Germany. Loved my German housfrau and her hubby. This was in '60.
I would sooo love to win these books. I like to read both of you. Merry Christmas and God bless, Patti in VA == pag1936@yahoo.com

susanlulu said...

I'd love to win!!!!
susanlulu@yahoo.com

Amy said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your books! I wish they would never end while I'm reading them, but I realize there has to be an end to the story to have a start to another one! :)
I would love to win the books!!! :D
ratliffamy@yahoo.com

Kelly M. Long said...

Dear Anonymous.....Thank you so much!

Kelly M. Long said...

Dear Sandy,
Yes, I love the womb-like escape that reading brings us!!

Kelly M. Long said...

Nana Cas,
Love your name...makes me feel emotionally at home!

Kelly M. Long said...

Dearest Amy....thank you for loving my books! They are so hard to do at times but words like yours keep me going!

Kelly M. Long said...

Jasmine,
We build lepruchan traps every March...weird but fulfilling!

Mary Ellen Ashenfelder said...

I really enjoyed reading the blog. Love reading/hearing anything related to the Christmas. Love the wonder of the season. Please accept my entry into this wonderful giveaway. Blessings to you and yours for a Merry Christmas.

Karen Sue Kimberly said...

I would love to win these two books.

Barbara Ann Beers said...

Kelly -- I always jump at a chance to try to win your books! Thank you so much for the opportunities.

Barbara
barbarabeers (at) verizon (dot) net

Wendy Kari said...

What a beautiful message. I would love to win one of these books. I can't wait to read all your books in the future. Thank you

CatMom said...

Welcome Kelly, and thank you for an amazing post today. What a great reminder to stay focused. Also, congrats on your writing success! ~ Hmmmm....now I'm humming songs from Mary Poppins (which really happens to be one of my VERY favorite movies of all time). Blessings from rainy Georgia, Patti Jo

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

KELLY!!!!! Yes, I am yelling, just like I do in the phone, lol! So very happy to see you here on Seekerville today! I love your books and love you, you are such a God-fearing woman and so obedient, like Julie, which is why I am so crazy about both of you!!! Love this post--neato. Many blessings sweetie!!! Thanks Julie for having Kelly here! Hugs all around!!!

pol said...

I am late today and so many post to read, you have such a way with words, must be why you are authors ...
I like Vince's story I would read it, let us know if you write it...
would love to read these books Kelly , dont have them yet so would like to be in the drawing.
it is always nice to stop and visit with ya and see all the great comments, have fun today everyone.

Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

Kay Bossard said...

Wow, Kelly! Thanks for the great post! I would love to win your books. You are a wonderful writer and I enjoy reading your books. Merry Christmas!
Kay

Kimberly Gentry said...

LOOKs wonderful, cant wait to read the book
prov31lady61@ymail.com
Kimberly

Kimberly Gentry said...

cant wait to read the book
Thanks!
Kimberly

Michelle said...

What great inspiration on a day when it is needed. Thank you for a wonderful post!

Linda said...

Does a fat little squirrel with a bushy tail(or tale as the case may be)count as a Chimney Sweep?
Thank you for the giveaway! Keep using your God given talent to keep the rest of us from becoming mired in the reality of life.

Linda said...

Oops! Linda @lldietz@gmail.com

Barbara Michels said...

Would love to read the Amish Kitchen, I know people have been talking about it on AL and sounds like a great book.
mike_michels2005@yahoo.com

C.E. Hart said...

Beautiful post, Kelly. :)

The Marriage of the Heart cover is gorgeous and love the title to Hart's truth too. Of course I'm partial to the name. haha

Please enter me in the giveaway. :)
nicnac63 AT hotmail DOT com

Anonymous said...

LOVE Ruth Hearne's comment! Please enter me in your giveaway. Thank you.
Carol
cicicarman@gmail.com

Kelly M. Long said...

Hi Mary Ellen,
Thank you for the good wishes! Bless you.

Kelly M. Long said...

Karen Sue,
Thanks so much!

Kelly M. Long said...

Barbara Ann,
Blessings on your family this coming New Year!

Kelly M. Long said...

Wendy,
Have a great Christmas full of His Grace!

Kelly M. Long said...

Patti Jo,
How I miss Georgia!!! Where do you live? We were in Marietta...

Kelly M. Long said...

Carrie,
You sweetheart....Thank you for believing in me and caring for my heart!!! I love you, Kelly

Kelly M. Long said...

Kay,
Peace and grace to you!

Kelly M. Long said...

Kimberly,
Thank you so much! Blessings to you!

Kelly M. Long said...

Michelle,
Thank you for entering and taking time to read!

Kelly M. Long said...

Linda,
We are squirrel freaks!! So cute and intelligent by God's design!

Kelly M. Long said...

Barbara,
Thank you so much! Cheerful days to you!

Kelly M. Long said...

C.E.,
Great to hear from you! Thanks!

Kelly M. Long said...

Carol,
Thank you so much for entering! Have a blessed Christmas!

Debra E. Marvin said...

What a lovely post, Kelly, so evocative. (I hope I spelled that right...) Thank you for sharing.

Ruthy helped me see new things about my Bedford Falls yesterday. What a great day we had. I think I'm ready for a Pastry from Nonni's now.

have a wonderful week, everyone! We're getting close to the busy busy week. I'd love to stay and chat but I have a rough draft calling me... ahem.

Kelly--I have to say I am still smiling over the America's Cup reference.

Jenny Blake said...

i did a comment but safari ate it. Melissa cool about the chimney sweep.

Natalie Monk said...

Lovely post, Kelly. I needed the reminder that it's not always fun and exciting, but it's worth it. It's for Him. Thank you.

Diana said...

I,loved the review and I love all the books what a grand prize this would be to win. Thanks for the chance Kelly! :)
joeym11@frontier.com

Virginia Carmichael Munoz said...

HAHAHAHAHAHA! Love the message above mine.

Melissa, don't feel bad about any lack of the command of the English language.

Check out those descriptions (above) and breathe a sigh of relief.

Pam Hillman said...

Virginia, you talking about the Uggs promo from anonymous?

I deleted it.

Just sayin'

No telling where those links would have sent us...

lol

Mary Preston said...

Such a beautiful post to read through thank you.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Susan Collins said...

I would love to win

shelia hall said...

I love Amish stories! They seem to enjoy the simple things in life! Love to win the books too!

karenk said...

a fabulous posting...thanks for sharing ;)

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Marianne said...

Inspiring, Kelly...just like your novels are. i would love to win these two...Thanks for sharing


marianneDOTwanhamATgmailDOTcom

Anonymous said...

Excellent post. Thanks for the giveaway.

Katie Johnson
johnsonk133[at]yahoo[dot]com

Sarah said...

I would love to win,Enter me!!
Thanks for the giveaway and God Bless!!
Sarah Richmond
Blanch,N.C.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kelly. I really enjoyed reading this post of yours. I know it it's easy (or was) in school. Good way to get in trouble. LOL I sure would love to win these books. I've never won one of yours. Thanks!
Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

Sunnymay said...

Reminds me of gentle traditions and family times when everyone struggled to make ends meet and just being together with friends and family was the norm back then. Coming from a family that's large, we picked names and did a gift exchange as kids. It was fun shopping and choosing for one person and we used clues for hints of what would be delightful.

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