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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

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.

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.

The beginnings of my reading list for the year. #writerslife

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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?

Happy New Year. #2015 #goodbye2014

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2014 is Here

Goodbye 2013, hello 2014.

So much happened last year, it’s a bit crazy to think about.   From Washington to Oklahoma, to Kansas and back; from movies to coffee outings, babies born and hard goodbyes; a wedding, a cross country move…it’s been quite the year.

Through everything I’ve been overwhelmed with how great God is.  His mercy, His love, His compassion, His provision.  It amazes me still.   

I’m greatly looking forward to this coming year, with my best friend, now my husband, by my side.   I have my goals and my dreams for this year and I know God has dreams and goals of His own for me.  The adventure of 2013 is over, the adventure of 2014 is just beginning.

What about for you?

2012 Comes to a Close

The last day of 2012.

It has been quite the year and I am looking forward to the year to come.

Happy New Year everyone. May God bless you in 2013 and may He grant you the desires of your hearts.

Stick around, because I have lots of plans for this blog in the coming year. 🙂

Until next year.

~L. E. R. Jenkins

2011: What a Year

2011 was an amazing year, full of wonderful memories I will keep for the rest of my life.  My brother’s wedding, the OYAN Workshops, visiting family in California, the Renaissance Faire, my best friend’s wedding, turning 21, and hundreds of other wonderful moments all packed into the last 365 days.  There have been as many tears shed as smiles shared, and moments that will last a lifetime.  As I look back on 2011 I can smile and say, “That was a brilliant year.”  I can’t wait to see what 2012 has in store. 🙂

God bless and Happy New Year everyone!

Welcome 2011! Books, Movies, and the Best of 2010.

Here we are in a new year!  2011, can you believe it?  I remember New Years Eve 1999, the year 2000 just sounded so futuristic and strange, we thought we would never get use to it.  Now it’s 2011, eleven years later and well, we’re use to it. 🙂  This year, for me, has been one giant rollercoaster, but a good rollercoaster, (and that’s saying something since I don’t like rollercoasters. 😛 )

 Recap:  

I had the second sugary on my foot; I finished draft II of HEART OF HOPE; I got to go to Kansas and meet, in person, some amazing people; my little sister turned sixteen; my little brother turned thirteen; my niece celebrated her first birthday; I had some amazing times with close friends and family; I started writing CHOICES; I bought a car; my oldest brother asked his super awesome girlfriend to marry him (she said yes, 🙂 ); and I turned twenty.  Not to mention all the little things that happened in between.  (Not to mention Doctor Who. 😉 )

As for the books I read and the movies I saw in theaters, (I’m adding movies this year.):

Movies:

  • Extraordinary Measures (rating – **** Great story, ruined with language.)
  • Robin Hood (rating – ** Interesting story, content, not so good.)
  • Toy Story 3 (rating – ***** Great family movie.)
  • Megamind (rating – **** Hilarious and very entertaining.  I think I remember some rude comments, hence only four starts.)
  • Tangled (rating – **********  Awesome!  Perfect family movie!  One of my favorites.)
  • Voyage of the Dawn Treader (rating – ***** Fantastic!  See it.)
  • Tron (rating – **** Awesome action and adventure story set in a super cool digital world.)

 Books:   (!=good !!=great !!!=favorite/must read)

  • The Candlestone – by Bryan Davis (!!!)
  • The Circles of Seven – by Bryan Davis (!!!)
  • Tears of a Dragon – by Bryan Davis (!!!)
  • A Prisoner of Versaillies – by Golden Keyes Person(!)
  • Swords – by Ben Boos (!!)
  • Favorite Medieval Tales – by Mary Pope Osborne and Troy Howell(!)
  • The First Four Years – by Laura Ingals Wilder (!)
  • Just Friends: Guarding you heart for a wonderful someday – by Mike Ray and Cary Schmidt (!!!)
  • I know why the angels Dance – by Bryan Davis (!!)
  • By Darkness Hid – by Jill Williamson (!!!)
  • Fable Weaver – by Carlie Gernhart (!!!)
  • The Sword of Shannara – by Terry Brooks (!)
  • The Hobbit – by J.R.R. Tolkien (!!!)
  • Vienna Prelude – by Bodie and Brock Thoene (!!)
  • The Eagle of the Ninth – by Rosemary Sutcliff (!!)
  • Starlighter – by Bryan Davis (!!)
  • Comma Sense — by Richard Lederer and John Shore (!!!)
  • So Long Insecurity – by Beth Moore (!!!)

Unpublished Books: (All of which were awesome. 🙂 )

  • Night of Shadows — by Daniel Beals
  • Becoming Human — by Jared Schmitz
  • Messenger — by Sarah Ulrich

 There were lots of good books this past year, and a few good movies too. 🙂

What’s up for this year?  Tons!
I start college; my brother’s wedding; another Kansas trip; my other brother and his wife will welcome to the family another baby and much more! 

I’m super excited about this year.  God was so good and faithful through 2010, I can’t wait to see what He has in store for me in 2011.  My hopes for this year is that I will get HEART OF HOPE to a point where I can send it to publishers, finished CHOICES and do the same and just keep writing and becoming the person God wants me to be.  🙂 

May God bless you all in this new year!

-Laura

One thing I do:  Forgetting what is behind and straining foward what is ahead, I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.  Phil. 3:13-14

My Year 2010

(Starting at the top, left to right.)

The 2010 OYAN Summer workshop — Mr. and Mrs. S.  The Great Mall of the Plains, Olathe Kansas.  Blueberry Hills, Manson Washington.  My sister’s 16th Birthday. 
The Fair!  Olathe Kansas.  My Best Friends Graduation.  Demonstrating at the fair with my amazing friend. 
Leavenworth Washington.  My 20th Birthday.  The 2010 OYAN Reunion.  Haircuts! 
Rumpelstiltskin play with friends and family.  Kansas trip.  My “new” car.  OYAN Summer workshop — The OYANers!

What were the highlighs of your year?

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

 Welcome to the space age!  (But where’s our flying cars?)  😉 

 2010!  Wow!  It just seems like a few days ago we are all say the year 2000 sounded weird.  Now, that was ten years ago!  As always I wonder what this New Year will bring.  I’m filled with anticipation, a bit of dread and eagerness for some new adventure.  I have no expectations for how this year will turn out.  I have expectations for myself and what I plan to accomplish, but I’ll leave everything else to The One who has the better plan. 🙂  That’s not to say I don’t have dreams of what this year could hold, on the contrary, when it comes to 2010, I am quite the dreamer.

 I pray this year holds new wonders for you all, and that we will all turn to God for strength as He reveals new trials and the lessons He has for us in this new season.  With that I wish you a Happy New Year and God Bless. 🙂

 ~Laura Jenkins

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