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    Hello! My name is Laura, welcome to my blog! I write weird stories, collect dragon plushies and stay up too late with my nose in a book. I am a wife, mom and child saved by grace. My hope is that you find encouragement here or at least a smile or too.
    God bless!

  • “Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book that it may be for the time to come forever and ever.”
    ~Isaiah 30:8.

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    We have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed only by myth-making, only by becoming 'sub-creator' and inventing stories, can Man aspire to the state of perfection that he knew before the Fall. Our myths may be misguided, but they steer however shakily towards the true harbour, while materialistic 'progress' leads only to a yawning abyss and the Iron Crown of the power of evil.
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

    "The only just literary critic," he concluded, "is Christ, who admires more than does any man the gifts He Himself has bestowed."
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

    “Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don't we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we're partisans of liberty, then it's our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

    "Writers who see by the light of their Christian faith will have, in these times, the sharpest eye for the grotesque, for the perverse, and for the unacceptable. To the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost-blind you draw large and startling figures."
    ~Flannery O'Connor

    You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.
    ~Arthur Polotnik

    Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.
    ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

    "There are forms of insanity that condemn people to hear voices against their will, but as writers we invite ourselves to hear voices without relinquishing our hold on reality or our right to control."
    ~Writing Fiction by Janet Burroway

    Christians have sometimes been suspicious of stories, because they really can influence you. If you read the Twilight novels once a month for a year, I think you'd be a different human afterward—and not a sparkly one.
    ~Nate Wilson

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New Year and New Goals

It’s a new year and we’re back home from our holiday travels.  I have my 2015 planner out and have already started to fill in the blanks.

A lot happened in 2014, and a lot is coming in 2015.

It’s still sinking in that this year we will welcome a new member of our family into the world.

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15 weeks. #pregnancy #secondtrimester

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Now when I think of the future I think of tiny toes and hands, being mommy to my husbands daddy.  It just makes me smile.

Even with a baby on the way and all the planning and decision making that comes along with it, I still hope to get back into writing regularly this year.  Even if that just means blogging and reading books on writing.

God has taught me a lot this year.  He’s pointed out things I’ve been holding onto and not trusting Him with, changes I need to make and places where I have a lot of growing to do.  He also blessed us so beyond what I had imagined, and continues to.  It still blows my mind when I think back.  I know I’ve probably said this a lot, but I will say it again, His provision is just inconceivable sometimes.  I’m looking forward to seeing the blessings that 2015 may hold.

It’s a new year with new plans and new goals.  What was your favorite part of 2014 and what are you looking forward to about 2015?

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Happy New Year. #2015 #goodbye2014

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