Monday, October 18, 2010

Newest Family Photo

Hey Friends!
Life has been full and rich for me the past few months. It's been wonderful! Unfortunately, I haven't been blogging very often. :( I've been doing more real-life activities instead of being at the computer. Which is good in some ways but not so great in others. So, a few news snippets before I share the newest family picture (The impatient reader will have already scrolled down to see it by now...) Yes, I've got you pegged. :D

News Snippet 01:
I'm writing a book. Not like I haven't always written little stories here and there, kept a journal since I was 11, and blogged for 2+ years, but this time it's.... different. I have the whole framework already written out in notes, and all that remains is to fill in the nooks and crannies and flesh out my creation.

The book is about a young woman named Felicity living in the 1800's in Derbyshire, England. My story was hugely inspired by none other than Jane Austen. I've loved her work for a long time, and then one day I thought, "Hey, what if I tried writing my own Jane Austen story?" and... Lissie was born.

I wrote one third of the book just thinking I was doing it for my own pleasure and would never actually share it with the outside world. But then I mentioned it to a few friends, and the response was so enthusiastic that I decided that I just 'might' publish it in e-book format once the whole thing is complete.

So that's where that news snippet ends. I'll let you know when I'm done with the book. (I currently have about a hundred pages written and it's going to be a full 350+ page novel, so I'm about one-third of the way there). :)

News Snippet 02:
We have baby chicks! Well... actually, they'll be a month old this saturday, but they're still small and adorable compared to our huge adult hens. We ordered a whole batch of Buff Orphingtons after getting one in a mix of chickens and loving it the best. They have a sweet disposition and are excellent for either meat or egg chickens. (Ours will be kept for the eggs!!) :D And, they should be laying by this spring.

News Snippet 03:
My mom and I have joined the local Fitness Center (our ladies' gym closed about a year and a half ago... sniff!) and we are both getting back into a regular workout routine. I am already seeing a big difference in muscle strength, and mama has been more flexible recently after swimming in the pool. Yaaaay! :)

News Snippet 04 - The Picture!
I took this family picture yesterday with the timer on my new camera on Sunday afternoon (Before we'd changed out of our church clothes) and we are going to send it along with a letter to our little orphan boy in Thailand that we've supported for ten years. It's a pretty great picture, so I thought I'd share it with you! :)

Awww... I love my family. :)

DISCLAIMER: The height is actually not accurate in this picture, because the kids are standing downhill. I am taller than Mom, and the boys are a couple inches taller than Daddy. :D

I wuv it, regardless! :)


  1. How sweet. =) And your story sounds very interesting, too! ~*~

  2. Aww.. what a great picture, Julia! Wow, your hair is so long! Pretty! :)

  3. 1. I was a good girl and waited - read it all before seeing the photos. ;) Lol!

    2. Wow! That's great that you have started a book! I can't wait to hear more about it and possibly read it! :D

    3. I am so happy you and your mom have found somewhere to be able to workout again. :) Happy exercising! ;)

    4. GREAT photo! Goodness, I think your brothers have shot up since the last photo you took. ;) It's such a nice family picture. :)

    It was so wonderful to hear from you again sweetie! Oh, how I've missed our chats! :( *sniff* Maybe someday we'll have a bit more time to write to each other. ;) HeHe! But I think it's wonderful all the things the Lord is giving you to do right now in this season of your life. :)

    I'll be praying for the next conference/craft fair and your family's businesses! ;)

    Blessings, a lot of Love, and ton's of Hugs! :D

  4. That's a great picture Julia! I am going to try and take our family picture this Sunday. It will be the first one with Baby Hannah!

    I can't wait to read your book! I love Jane Austen novels.


  5. I like the picture! And your hair is amazing. (-:

  6. It was fun to catch up on what you have been doing!
    I can't wait to read your book!!! I had to write a novel for school last year and I am trying to finish it up now.

    Great family photo!!

    Love you dearly...


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