Where Do I Lay Me Down to Sleep?

(FRIENDS OF THE COVERED BET WILL RETURN NEXT WEEK)

8mmLong about the Middle Ages, eight-millimeter film – the first home movies – came into being. Do you remember?

I inherited miles of footage from my parents and more miles from my uncle and aunt and procrastinated about making decisions What to do with the jumpy, blurry scenes of precious people and places?

Aha! That’s why God gives us children! Our second son, inclined to save stuff because he has a tender, sentimental heart, has grown into a man of practical wisdom. This last week he spent a couple of days with us. His dad and I persuaded him how fun it would be to sit for hours making decisions. It didn’t take long after pictures like this of “Little Roberta in front of this house and that house,” to realize how many dwelling places I’ve had in my life!

That night I found it hard to get to sleep because I counted and counted. Considering a “place” as somewhere I received mail, I counted nineteen places where I’ve laid me down my head.

Children of the Military know the moving van drill and being the new kid in class – often in the middle of the year. Others have moved with parents’ jobs – like me. There are lots of reasons people go from this apartment to that house or to someone else’s “places.” Does that describe you? Or have you known one or two “abodes?”

My friends who lived in the same house most of their lives projected a feeling of stability which spoke volumes to me.

houseYet, during that night when I counted places instead of sheep, I realized I am the person I am because of the many moves. It’s easy to put myself in the shoes of someone who feels lonely; of someone who doesn’t quite “belong.” Without knowing it, every time I walked into a new classroom or tried to pick up with friends I had left two years before, growth was added to my dimensions.

How about you? I would be interested in hearing if you have a travelogue to look back on or if you had a life like the house above – sturdy, everlasting and projecting Thanksgiving and Christmas images. Count your “places” and leave a quick comment. You may help me write another book!

Dear God you were there with each of us in the places we lived. You knew our thoughts and heard us when we called. Thank you for what you did with those places in our lives—to bring us to now.

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Last week’s winner is DK Stevens. Congratulations!

Friends of The Covered Bet – a Wonderful Gut Writer

amishbuggySlow down! A horse and buggy in front of you! Look at the manicured cornfields and pastures. See the straw hats and white caps. Let’s stop for raspberry shoo-fly- pie and coffee! Where are we?

If you said “Amish country” give yourself a high five! Whether or not you’ve been there, this week’s spotlighted author can show you Amish culture, food and romance. (And you’ll know that “gut” is pronounced “goot!”)

I was in my fourth rewrite of The Covered Bet when she came on board to our critique group. She has an eye and memory for detail. “Umm, I might be wrong but did you say he had red hair and now it’s brown?” Invaluable!

She’s an artist in every way – painting, photography, singing and of course writing. Please welcome my friend:

Kate Lloyd

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Each book in Kate Lloyd’s Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy is brim full of Amish culture and tangled webs. A native of Baltimore, Kate has spent much time in Lancaster County, PA doing exhaustive research for her books so everything is: “meet, right and salutary.”

MargueriteShe and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest, the setting for Kate’s first novel, A Portrait of Marguerite. She’s worked a variety of jobs, including car salesman and restaurateur.

Her stories gave me an appreciation for many aspects of the Amish life. They are romantic, fun and always have a message. You’ll be very happy you read them:

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Learn more about Kate Lloyd on her website:www.katelloyd.net
 and her blog: http://katelloyd.net/blog.

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The Bible tells us to think on things that are good and right and lovely—to dwell on the good things in others and things about which to be glad. I thank God for Kate Lloyd who gives us those things in her novels. This week let’s put everything else out of our heads and mouths. And the God of peace will be with us.
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