Wednesday, July 17, 2013


Just wanted to quickly blog and let everyone know that I've been hard at work.  Last week I finished a special project, a book of photographs and a poem, of course, chronicling my sister's 60th birthday party.  Like the party, it was a complete surprise and the book arrived yesterday, so I was able to give it to my sister right away.  She was overjoyed.  I've attached the poem from the book for all of you to read.  In addition, I've also included the URL so that, if you're interested, you may view the first 15 pages of the book online.

Also, I had promised myself that I would write a poetry book that was strictly Christian-based poems, not as long as my book in the past so as to give myself the incentive to do additional volumes with different themes.   This initial part, gathering and organizing the poems for the book is the hardest and I'm almost three quarters of the way finished with that.  When that's complete it's on to the fun part, creating the book, designing each page and possibly adding some new poems as well.   Anyway, that's why you haven't heard much from me.  Over the next few months I'll be busy with that but I will try to check in with you periodically just to let you know that I'm still breathing.

Here's the URL:


Your life is going pretty well.
You haven't a complaint.
And then one day you realize
Age 30, you just ain't.

Your body aches, you've got some pains,
You know you're getting older.
A backache here and sore feet there,
Then, "ouch, I wrenched my shoulder!"

"But that's the way it is," you say.
"I realize I'm aging."
(But to yourself you whisper this:
"The aging thing's enraging.")

And then it happens, you awake
To realize so quickly
That something happened, you're surprised.
"I can't be turning SIXTY!!!"

So, as you take some time to think,
To rap your mind around it,
Your husband has this bright idea
Which really just compounds it...

Because he throws a birthday bash
To celebrate your trauma
With relatives and friends and this
Accelerates the drama!

Oh, did I mention that he did
This all as a surprise.
He pulled it off, yes, I was shocked.
For months he spun some lies...

Just so I'd never, ever guess
What he was really up to.
I can't believe how devious.
The hoops he had to jump through...

To first create an email name,
Was called partyforjill.
And all of this because his wife
Was well over the hill.

He then arranged for catering,
Invited all my friends,
My gals from work, my friends from church.
Now that list never ends.

And, O, my gosh, some traveled far,
Australia to Chicago.
I hugged each one so hard they knew
I didn't want to let go.

And Jim had slides of days gone by
When all of us were...young,
Projected some and shared old pics
And everyone had fun.

He even got his group to come,
A real command performance.
They played and sang, for the whole gang.
We watched as all the kids danced.

I can't forget my birthday cake,
The birthday song, the candles.
And even now recalling this,
It's more than I can handle.

You see, it's not the birthday things
That made this day so grand.
It's not the cake, the meal, the drinks,
The tunes played by the band.

It's Jim's desire to fill a room
With people that I love.
I couldn't want much more in life
These friendships I'm so proud of...

For I can say, it's who I am,
A friendship cultivator.
To keep in touch with all my 'peeps,'
For me there's nothing greater.

Good friendships, like a warming fire,
Require a tending hand.
And even friendship's embers must
Sometimes with love be fanned.

So as I reminisce and save
These memories so sweet,
I'll thank the Lord for those I love.
They make my life complete.

I have so much I'm thankful for
And Jim's one of the best!
He made this birthday memorable
What can I say, "I'm blessed."

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