Friday, November 25, 2011

We did it! and more....

I feel like I’ve been gone for weeks- busy in a sort of fog of accomplishing a life-long goal of writing a book.  But, today it is official—  I wrote a novel!  

I actually met the 50,000 word goal on November 17, and finished up the story on November 20 but today the NaNoWriMo website validated my novel and pronounced me a winner amid the cheers of the website staff!  Then I proceeded to enter my children’s novels (with their help, of course) into the system and hear the shouts of joy all over again-   because they too met their goals and wrote whole novels successfully in *less than* one month!  The experience required lots of prayer and lots of creative time management, but we did it!  It was quite a journey and SO MUCH FUN!  My son is already planning his novel for next year.  I am too busy editing, editing, editing to worry about that yet.

Believe it or not, life did go on in the midst of the writing and a few significant things happened between plot twists and character development.  

            So here is a sort of catch-up post on our November happenings….

            Tim and I renewed our wedding vows in a beautiful ceremony with our children and my parents present.  I have always wanted to do that and, as I suspected, the words meant every bit as much, maybe more, the 2nd time around!

            My oldest daughter decided to have her hair cut and since we were doing it anyway, we looked into Locks of Love and ended up donating her thick, curly, auburn ponytail to them to be turned into a wig for a child in need.

            Of course, yesterday we celebrated Thanksgiving.  It was a lovely day that we spent with my parents and a few of their wonderful friends.  We got to try real English Yorkshire pudding for the first time.  My children took advantage of the gorgeous Florida day and went swimming in the heated pool for quite a while.  Then, too full to drive home, we spent the night there, which is always another super special treat for the kids!  The only down side to it all was that our oldest son woke up this morning not feeling too well. :(  I guess we can all be thankful his tummy did not hurt on Thanksgiving Day.

            Now, we are all looking forward to the beginning of Advent and the changes at Church on Sunday as we start with the New Roman Missal.    

There is just never a dull moment but, still mindful of yesterday’s day of giving thanks, I am grateful for the love of God and family to see us through it all.


  1. Yay!!!! Good for you!!!! Congratulations!!!

    Congratulations on your vow renewal too, how special. I do think the vows would mean so much more to do them again, many more tears that's for sure. I'm sure you fell in love with your husband all over again.

    Did you know that Great Clips cuts Locks of Love doner hair for free? They do, we've done it a couple t imes!! They take care of the packaging too. I guess it takes 3 ponies to make one wig. Amazing.

    Her hair looks great!!

  2. Congratulations on your novel Kari! I was so pleased to see your comment on my blog. I left a reply. And then I saw your post so I had to come and read!

    Congratulations also on your wedding vows renewal. Did you cry? We attended a vow renewal at our local monastery a few months back. I felt so emotional!!

    God bless

  3. Locks of Love what a great organization. Our Twinnie daughters had a hair drive when they were in Catholic Middle School for Locks of Love!

    I wanted to stop by and say hello. I found you and your blog when you and I were commenting about a blog post I wrote Duggar V Glee on the Association of Catholic Women bloggers.

    You wrote so elegantly and profoundly I loved the statement you made about their decision to have more children it does seem to me (in what I have heard)there is never any responsible discernment, or prayer, involved in the decision to add to their family.

    I was hoping that I could "steal" that phrase for a blog post I wish to write about responsible discernment and moms on my blog Spiritual Lives Of Women

    Blessings to you and yours and I hope this past Thanksgiving was filled with family and much love

  4. Congratulations on finishing the novel! How exciting!



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