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.
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?
Posted by Laura Beals on January 3, 2015
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?
OYAN Winter Workshops
Area 51 critique group
Ren. Faire Bonney Lake Washington
God’s Thumb Oregon
Cannon Beach Oregon
New Years Eve
Posted by Laura Beals on January 1, 2014
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
Posted by Laura Beals on December 31, 2012
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!
Posted by Laura Beals on January 2, 2012
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. 😛 )
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.):
- 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!
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
Posted by Laura Beals on January 1, 2011
(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?
Posted by Laura Beals on December 31, 2010
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. 🙂
Posted by Laura Beals on January 1, 2010