Hi NQA readers!
I can’t believe that we are knee-deep into November! Where did 2012 go? I hope you stick with us through the holidays because we have some great posts ready with you mind.
One of the highlights of the end of the year for me is traveling to my hometown for Christmas! While I’m able to go up to Michigan a few times a year, Christmas is always tops all of the visits. Any time I go to Michigan, I visit with my grandma, or Mammie (mah-meh), as often as possible. She just turned 86 in October and is still Amish. She’s such a special lady, and I wanted to share her with all of you.
I was fortunate enough to attend our family reunion. This is always a great event. One of the best parts of the reunion is the auction! This year I had my eyes on a certain family piece. Not only had I seen it at my grandma’s house throughout the years, but it actually originally belonged to my great-grandma, my grandpa’s mom Annie. I did win this item and though it’s only a clothespin holder, it’s so special to me because I know the decades it belonged to two wonderful women. This item assisted in their responsibilities as a wife and mother.
Isn’t it adorable!? Though I know I met my great-grandma Annie several times, I only remember the last time just before she died when I was about four. I know that she had fire-red hair, a sunshine spirit, and loved by anyone who met her. One of my grandma’s first memories of meeting her mother-in-law was watching her make meatloaf! She’d never had it before and LOVED it. Now I have a piece of Annie with me. Any time I look at it, I will be reminded of God’s faithfulness to my family through so many generations.
This is my grandma Lydia. Isn’t she precious!
My mom snapped this picture with her phone. I will cherish it forever. During family events, since there are several families now that aren’t Amish, our Amish family allows us some photos. This one, however, my grandma didn’t even know was taken, though it looks posed. It’s just beautiful and a treasure.
My book Seasons: A Real Story of an Amish Girl is about my grandma, Lydia Lee Cobletnz. It follows her life through the Great Depression. She experienced such tragedy but through it all the faithfulness of God comforted and sustained her. Writing her story . . . her memories . . . her haunts . . . her life reminded me of this passage of scripture:
1For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
2 A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
3 A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
4 A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
5 A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
6 A time to search and a time to quit searching.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
7 A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
8 A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.
This is where the title first came to mind. When I sign a book to a reader I always sign it by saying, “Celebrate your Season!” And that is my message to you. Celebrate where God has you. Sometimes it is very easy to do this. I think we can all admit, however, that sometimes it is so very difficult. But, what a testament to His love and power in our lives if we can celebrate in all things. How His light could shine brighter if we aren’t always just looking forward to the next season or dwelling on the happenings of a past season . . . but living and growing in the season He has us in.
This has not always been easy for me . . . but I pray that we can all ask for the strength it takes to always celebrate our seasons.
In honor of the upcoming holiday season, I am giving away TWO Seasons books!
Please take a moment and comment on this blog post and tell me what you are most excited about in the season of life that you are living at this moment. Is it raising children or spoiling grandchildren? Is it a new career move or retiring from one? I’d love for you to share a small piece of you with me.
The drawing is open from November 8th to the 15. That’s one week! I will randomly pick 2 winners using www.random.org and notify you by email. PLEASE PLEASE leave your email in the comment section. If it’s not there, I will have to choose another winner.
By the way, the winner of yesterday’s giveaway is Linda McFarland. You have an email waiting in your inbox for you!