Either you like the snow,or you do not….

January 19, 2012 at 11:29 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

Yesterday, it snowed here five inches, today  it is Still snowing hard . I almost got stuck in the parking lot at work because they didn’t plow it yet. Fun Times. Either you like the snow concept or you do not. Today my thoughts run in the middle. I like the snow, I think it is pretty but not when you have to drive in the stuff around the people who do not know how to drive in the stuff. The police is out patrolling the streets not to keep us safe today, they are checking the  sorry soul who was driving to fast  when the morning temperature out was a mere 16 degrees outside.

I started my new job on Monday. I am liking it so far. I am cooking at an Assistant Living facility. I worked for the Company in 2004, when the Company had a big layoff, I think most of the employees were let go. My last job ended in November , so I have been looking for work like so many are these days. It is sad how many folks can’t make the rent anymore and there are kids hungry at night. We are supposed to be one of the richest nations. I think it is sad when families raised their kids in the family home in 1960, are loosing the home today.

I had a fun time this morning watching my little dog trudge through the snow up to her belly to go poop. Gizmo likes to take a stroll around the yard to find a good place. I do however have a problem with my dog and it is not cute anymore when it is one a.m. I do have to get up and work all day while you missy dog can lounge around the house all day and sleep if you want to.(There is something wrong with this picture). I had gotten Gizmo from my last  employer. I was taking care of an elderly man and when he died in November, his daughter asked if I could take Gizmo because she loved me and would listen to me. 

I am working on a few stories to submit to a few publications this year. One story I am working on is for  ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul” There are two stories I would like to submit to. One story  is on being a parent.  I lost my husband to his disease when my son was young. As a young widowed mother, I had the awesome responsibility to raise my son. My son died in a car accident four years ago. The second story I am working on is ‘The Power of Being Positive’. Life comes at you fast .You have the choice in life when difficulties come ; You can be a lemon taster  or you can keep moving forward in the good things God still has for your life. My life changed in a moment literally. I choose to keep moving forward. Part of my being able to stay positive is a faith in God, and accepting my son’s death. There was nothing I could do about the situation.  Levi did not suffer. The next story I am working on is for a local publication called ‘Good News Northwest’. The paper has been good to publish excerpts from my book.

I am enjoying my life. I am in a good place. I enjoy my writing, my job, I have a great place to get dressed in the morning. My son’s room is my dressing room. I put his life in pictures up on the wall. I am glad I have great memories of raising my son, the best gift God could have ever given to me.

 

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A Different Day

December 27, 2011 at 8:22 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

This very morning Twenty-five years ago, Levi was born. He brought his father and I great joy. Even though those pesky teenager years could be daunting, he and I made it through. This photo was taken in Seattle when Levi went to visit a friend. This was Levi’s first and only solo trip in his new car. I treasure the memories I have of  the fine young man you had become. I still enjoy walking into my home on the carpet Levi helped to install.

I have been busy working on my second book. I have a working Title, but I am not sure if I am going to be using this Title for the new book or not. I am putting on the finishing touches for the video trailer for my first book “Healing in the Storms.” This has been a great experience to be an author and travel around meeting new people and signing books. I never thought I would write a book let alone be working on another one plus putting together a video trailer and interveiwing. Busy, busy.

It snowed again this morning. I went into Liberty Lake,Wa. this morning for a cup of coffee with a new friend I had met at a Christmas party last week. This lady had lost her daughter two years ago. it was nice to talk to someone else who knows what is has been like to go through a loss such as ours. I enjoyed our visit.

Last week I received a call from another friend who had lost both of her children. we also went and had our annual christmas cup of Starbuck’s coffee. it was nice to catch up with what she is doing for the Holiday’s. even if out time together is 30 minutes, it is nice to be able to talk to someone who has been there.

My plans for the new years are as follows: Just Get Through It! I mean it, just get through the new year. Sometimes this sounds easy. But you all know as well as I do there are always hidden curve balls life sometimes can throw at you. (I personally just throw the curve ball back .) All kidding aside. I choose everyday to get out of bed, make my morning coffee, after I wake up, get dressed and eat breakfast. Sounds easy to some. Sometimes it is not so easy. I have to make myself get going. Like this morning.

I hope your new years is not full of pot holes in the road of your life and you can laugh a little bit more this next year. besides, we vote on a new President this next year. And I am laughing a little bit more these days. I have been busy the last couple years working, taking care of my mom nad writing. I hope you all have a safe Holiday. Thank yu for all your support and I continue to be grateful for all your comments and friendship.

God Bless all of my readers

Julie

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Christmas Eve Morning

December 24, 2011 at 7:26 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

It is once again Christmas Eve Morning, when all through my house,the dog has just started stirring to go tell me it was time for her to go outside. My dog had just come back in and settled next to her food, I came into the office to clear my head. As I sit here in my office sipping a cup of Christmas tea(coffee was hours ago) I look outside my window at the snow. I get a brilliant idea for my Christmas Blog.

My mind goes back to a time when Mary and Joseph had baby Jesus. There was not room for him so he was born in a stable. Jesus grew up with his brothers and sisters as we all did and went on to his public ministry. Jesus died a very painful death for our sins.

I write this story because when I was thinking about a Blog for this morning, I was married to a good man for 6 years. Jerry died on 12/17/1990 from his disease. I was left to raise our four-year old son Levi alone. I struggled to raise Levi as I think Mary sometimes did. At one point in Mary’s life, Joseph died. Back in those days a woman was not allowed to work outside of the home. I know her family helped to take care of her and her family,but I bet it was hard for her. Mary lost her first-born son. Jesus was from Heaven above,but He walked on this earth for 33 years. I was given the awesome privilege of raising a fine young man as Levi. My son died in a tragic car accident at age of 20 in July 2007.

I know as a mother and a wife Mary had many hard days. She missed her husband and I know she missed Jesus for a very long time. Some people want to put limits on someone who is in a time of grieving. The Bible does not tell us how long Mary grieved the death of Jesus. The Bible does not tell us how long the desiples grieved either. I can tell you that this Christmas Season is like the last 4 christmases without my son. It is an empty spot in your life that nothing will fill. I am Blessed to have loving family and friends who care when I am going through a hard time  and I know I can count of them even to have a cup of coffee and talk.

In this Christmas Season of joy and giving, give your spouces an extra hug and an extra Christmas kiss to your children and loved ones you hold dear. I wish you all the Very Merriest Christmas and the most prosperous New Year to come.

God Bless You

Julie DeGon

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Today is hard

October 15, 2011 at 4:19 am (Uncategorized) (, , , )

Today is hard for me in a lot of ways. My son died 4 years ago today and I also found out a dear friend of mine passed away from cancer. I just was surprised that it happened so fast. She was a sweet strong christian woman who would do anything for you. She will be very missed indeed.

I am doing okay. I  planted 6 lavender plants around my shrubs and in my back yard by the fence in levi’s honor. I try and do something pretty in my yard to have something to remeber him by. This year it was lavender.

Thank you for your continued support for the blog, and my FB pages.

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The End Of Vacation…..

August 15, 2011 at 3:32 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Tonight is the end of my week vacation. . I had a good week anyway.

Wednesday I went with a good friend who happened to have her vacation the same time I did,how did this happen? We went around Hauser Lake, had lunch and then went part way around Hayden Lake. it was a beautiful day for a drive. we haven’t been able to get together in a long time. we both have different schedules.

Thursday I went to the Post falls the chamber to get some info on becoming a member. I also would like to become a member of the Post falls Women in Business. I look forward to the business opportunities they have to offer this author.

Friday- I went to the Parade of Homes in Post falls and in Hayden Lake. A friend and I were able to veiw some beautiful homes in our area. I always look forward to this event the end of summer. I submitted another story to the GoodNews Northwest Publication. Let’s see if they print this story. I have been attempting for the past 3 months to have 2 stories published. I am still waiting to hear back on the submission to the Chicken Soup story. It would be an honor to have one of my stories printed They go all over the world.

Saturday- Had my assistant help me to get the ol computer started up and running again. It just got disconnected. I also posted a few more pictures in my Healing in the Storms page on FB.

Sunday- Doing laundry now. Earlier today, I went around Fernan Lake to see a couple homes in the Parade of Home Tour. I couldn’t find the house, so I drove around the Lake. it was fun to see all the families out fishing on the banks and in boats. The Lake was a pretty blue/green today. Perfect day to be out and about. I did find a couple more houses to look at on my way home. Now it is almost 8:30 and I am winding down and get ready for work tomorrow.

I am looking into a few more book signings for the last part of summer. I will keep yu posted on more info. I am also looking into a couple more interveiws to post of my FB page.

Thank You for your continued support and looking at my various pages and web sites. It helps to know a few of you are out there and reading my blog and seeing my FB pages.

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A Company Of Women Gathering

July 18, 2011 at 3:14 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I had a great time yesterday at the ACW gathering after the conference. It was so nice to see everyone. I work, so Rosalie was gracious enough to let me come and enjoy the fellowship. I will post photos next week as I get them from other ladies who attended.

I created a new FB page for the book. I will post book signings, bloopers of my videos,those were fun to watch me bomb…

I will also be posting my interveiws I have been part of. This has been such a fun expierence. I never would have dreamed my book would be published last year, or I would be able to meet wonderful people and tell them about my life, my family hardships, and sign a book. I don’t think I have ever had my picture taken so often in all of my life. I couldn’t be where I am today if it were not for all you friends and family who support mre by purchasing a copy of my book, asking about how I am doing, or just stopping by a book signing with a coffee and just saying hi. It means a lot to me.

I will keep you posted on my radio interveiw scheduled sometime in the next couple weeks. So much is happening this summer. I can’t keep up. I am grateful that I even have one person that takes the time tom read my blog or look at one of my pictures. Thank you friends.

Have a great week.

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My Biggest Responsibilities

July 12, 2011 at 4:24 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )

Signing my book “Healing in the Storms” at a local coffee house in my home town.

My dad had Cancer, so I took him to his Doctors appointments when I was in High School. The second thing is my husband had Diabetes. I took him to Dyalisis for 3 years untill he passed away from his illness. The third biggest responsiblity would be being a single parent of my 4 year old son.

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First chapter of Healing in the Storms

July 12, 2011 at 3:43 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , )

I added a new page to the blog. It is the first chapter of my book. The address to my blog is http://www.HealingintheStorms.wordpress.com

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Have A Happy And Safe Memorial Day

May 29, 2011 at 11:35 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

I would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You to all of you who are now serving and the ones who have served in our Military in the past. Words can not express our gratitude for all of your sacrifice.

I hope everyone has a great day tomorrow,some of you like I will be working and are thannkful we have a job to go to.I have the best employer.I am like part of the family and it is a great feeling to be able to go over and just hang out and visit.Last weekend,my boss and I went to the estate sale together and then to the farmers market.I love taking care of my older gentleman.I took some kidding when I first got the job,but I like what I am doing,and God wanted me there,and I had the time to write my first book while taking care of Rich. I have learned that sometimes people wonder why you like doing something,but when God plants the desire in your heart,there is nothing else you would want to be doing in it’s place.

May God richly bless where you are in Him,always be still and know He is God,and know all things work out for good for those who love him.I hope you reall Know how much you are loved by the father and by your friends and family.I am blessed you read my blog.

The cutest story I can think of is one day I was browsing through my son Levi’s My Space, the general question was”Who was your hero?’ Levi said”The guy who invented gatorade.” God Bless Julie

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