A Series of Miracles

This entry is part 1 of the series Florida 2010

In 2009, I started writing my book with the working title of Rise and Soar. It was based on the Scripture from Isaiah 40:31: Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up on wings as eagles. read more

In Need of a Writing Conference.

This entry is part 2 of the series Florida 2010

I gave my new book the working title of Rise and Soar, based on Isaiah 40:31, Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up on wings as eagles. I knew that I wouldn’t find a publisher for it in South Africa, and it was going to take a number of miracles, but I also knew that was God’s department. I had to write the book. He would get it published. read more

One Ocean, One Body

This entry is part 3 of the series Florida 2010

The day after I’d accepted Cec’s offer of a trip to the Florida Christian Writers’ Conference, I shared the exciting news with my Southern African Christian Writers’ Online group. A few hours later, I received a reply from one of the other members, Marion Ueckermann saying, “I’m coming with you!” How amazing. Another answer to prayer. My trip will go via Jo’burg, and Marion will meet me there. read more

We’ve Got Our Tickets!

This entry is part 4 of the series Florida 2010

Time is flying past. When I started this blog theme we had nine months to go to the conference. It’s now eight. The exciting news is that Twila, Cec Murphey’s assistant, has managed to finalise my bookings in conjunction with a S.African travel agent, Sandy Hume. Marion Ueckermann, my friend who is coming with me, has also confirmed her bookings, so we’re on our way. Now all we need to do is book for the conference!  read more

Organised Chaos

This entry is part 5 of the series Florida 2010

Life is nothing if not interesting. My first couple of nights back in the work place proved wonderful I’m blessed to have this job. I work a 12- hour shift but have plenty free time during the night. Instead of knitting or reading in between rounds, I take my laptop and write. There’s no on-line distractions, only around 60 patients/residents in the Frail Care section. And they mostly sleep—unlike the Internet. read more

The Adventure Begins – in the worst possible way

This entry is part 6 of the series Florida 2010

27 Feb – 8 a.m. Why does everyone keep asking if I’m excited? There’s too much to do, too much to think about. Excitement will come later.

11 a.m. Shattering phone call from Marion Ueckermann who’s supposed to be coming with me. She’s sitting in the emergency section of the hospital. She’s broken her wrist. Oh man. She insists she’s still coming, but I doubt it.
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Moving Swiftly On . . .

This entry is part 7 of the series Florida 2010

Between the last post and the 27th of February (Blast-Off Day) much has happened which you really don’t want to read about! However here are a few comments.

I went back to work as a nursing sister (RN) and loved it. I did four months of full-time night-duty. The work was fine but unfortunately I couldn’t sleep during the day. My circadian rhythm (a.k.a. body clock) got into a real mess and didn’t want me to sleep day or night. Not good. read more

A Long Night

This entry is part 8 of the series Florida 2010

20:30 I’m finally on the plane waiting to take off for Atlanta.

Our youngest, David, and daughter-in-law Pam came over for lunch with the two kiddies. It was so wonderful to see Timmy (6) and Sammy (4) – who jumped into my arms, thrilled to see me. We had a fabulous afternoon sitting outside at the swimming pool.

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Orlando, Mt Dora, and on to Leesburg

This entry is part 9 of the series Florida 2010

1 March: The motel is comfortable. To buy lunch/supper I had to cross a busy 6-lane highway – 3 lanes in each direction. Not as easy as it sounds. I had to keep reminding myself that the cars were coming from the wrong direction. (We drive on the left in South Africa – America drives on the right.) I discovered the lead I had brought to connect my laptop to the American system fit the wall socket fine, but didn’t connect to my laptop. Panic! As my Skype connection with Rob in South Africa died, I felt so lonely and cut off from everyone.

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Lake Yale at Last

This entry is part 10 of the series Florida 2010

3rd March contd: 5 p.m. FCWC_More treesLake Yale Conference centre is beautiful. It reminds me of Resthaven, a conference centre we used to frequent in Rhodesia many years ago, with buildings scattered amongst the trees.

The meeting places are luxurious and well-equipped with a beautiful auditorium. The centre is on the border of a huge lake which I hope to get closer to today – although you have to watch out for the alligators!

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