It started long ago when you were eleven and I wasn’t much older. Our families spent the week together. A week full of fun, laughter, games, singing, praying, story telling. I was sad to see you go. 
Three years went by.
It continued when you were fifteen and I needed a friend. Our families spent a week together. A week full of long talks, water fights, hanging out in the goat barn, stories, songs, late summer evenings and campfires. 
The years slipped away. This time we kept in contact even though we were on opposite sides of the world. The night owl in me made it work perfectly for us to have late night/middle of the day chatting conversations with the twelve hour time difference. 

“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh?” he whispered.
“Yes, Piglet?”
“Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand. “I just wanted to be sure of you.”*

When I had exciting news, I would sit down and send an email off to you. When you had exciting news, you would do the same thing. 
When you were going though a hard time, you would leave a little note in my inbox, knowing that you could count on me to pray for you and feel your pain. When I was going through a hard time, I would do the same thing. 
Somehow, we both figured out that when we were confused about a situation it helped to talk it out. And we would, with our fingers on the computer keyboard, typing away. Both of us express ourselves through writing, and so hours of chatting/emailing ensued. 

“I don’t feel very much like Pooh today,” said Pooh.
“There there,” said Piglet. “I’ll bring you tea and honey until you do.” 

It was several years ago when I realized I had found a best friend. I had always wanted a best friend. It thrilled me to little bitty bits when I found out that you had found a best friend, too. 
I discovered that friends sometimes have miscommunications, but they can be worked though. I realized that sometimes friends unknowingly hurt each other, but they can be forgiven. I realized that friendship is a lot of work, but it’s well worth it. 
Mostly I discovered that God had blessed me beyond my wildest dreams when He put you in my life. 
When you came back to the states for a couple of months last year, I loved getting to hang out with you. Our friendship grew, although now there was an added element that sometimes excited me, sometimes worried me. I loved getting to watch you fall in love, but it was scary at the same time. I knew things would never be the same, but I knew it was a good kind of ‘never the same’. Still, it was new to me and new can be frightening. 

“We’ll be Friends Forever, won’t we, Pooh?’ asked Piglet.
Even longer,’ Pooh answered.”

The way God worked out your love story will always been an inspiration to me. It taught me how to trust Him more fully. It was something I had prayed about for years and then got to watch unfold before my very eyes. 
You told me you didn’t want your courtship to mess up our friendship. We both knew it would be hard for you to keep up with me when you had your future prince charming vying for your attention (not that it was even a contest…), but it meant a lot to me to know that you valued me. 
Way back when, you told me If you ever get to come and visit me in Asia, make it be a surprise. My dream of surprising you became a reality in March when I went and spent a month with you on the island. It was during that time that I realized again how amazing you are. 

I kept thinking How in the world did she choose me to be her friend? I loved knowing that you could see though my crazy randomness and know that I deeper than most people realized. And that you appreciated both sides of me. 

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” 

Then came the day when he got down on his knee and asked you to spend your life by his side. I was in the background, taking pictures of the beautiful occasion and knowing that I was indeed blessed beyond words to have both of you in my life. 
Another dream of mine came true when you asked me to be one of your bridesmaids. I have wanted to be a bridesmaid since I was eight. To me, being a bridesmaid was a sign of how close we are to each other. Despite our differences, despite how insensitive I can be, despite the three billion other girls in the world, you chose me to be one of your bridesmaids. 
Last week when I went out to visit you and see your wedding dress and help make my bridesmaid dress, I realized anew that dreams do come true. Twirling around in the beautiful fabric you bought for me, I couldn’t wait for August 23rd to come. 

“What day is it?”
It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
My favorite day,” said Pooh.” 

Now, it’s only three days until your bridal shower I’ve been working on. I’m excited about the decorations, the food, the games. Mostly though, I’m excited about having you around. Excited about what a bridal shower means. It means you’re going to be married. You’re going to have a house, a place, a home, of your own. And, you’re going to be my neighbor. 
 Sarah, thank you for being such a wonderful friend. God has blessed me so very much with allowing you to be in my life. I love you and I’m excited about this next stage in your life. Remember, you’re amazing, wonderful, gorgeous, sweet and a blessing to everyone who knows you. 

“I was walking along looking for somebody, and then suddenly I wasn’t anymore.” 

Refreshing Rain by Sarah Rudolph

I am so very, very excited to have a poem on here today from one of my bestest friends ever.
Sarah and I first met back in 2006 or 2007 and if you’ve been hanging around Noveltea for very long at all, you’ve probably seen her mentioned. 
She’s the kind of friend that I used to pray for. She guest posted on here way back when in 2012, as one of my first guest posters. I also talked about her multiple times this past autumn when we got to see each other an exorbitant (and amazing!) amount of times. 

Sarah has always astounded me at the seemingly effortless way she can transform thoughts into a poem. I’ve read many of her poems and often come away feeling so very blessed to be her friend. Now, without further ado, let me present to you Refreshing Rain by Sarah Rudolph:

Refreshing Rain

When doubt clouds begin to gather
soon the winds begin to blow
And I hear the distant thunder
I begin to worry so.

When I hear that pitter patter
soon becoming pouring rain
then my thoughts begin to scatter
and my heart begins to strain.

Then I hear a gentle wooing,
Saying, “Child, why do you fear?
Do you know what rain is bringing?
Just you wait and persevere.

Child the rain won’t last forever
But it needs to come today
It is doing you a wonder
you’re afraid child, you can pray.

When it stops things will be greener
and you’ll see what you have faced
was a strong revealing torrent
washing of your dirt and waste.

When it’s over you’ll see clearer
why you needed rain to come
and you will be on step nearer
to who I’ve made you to become.”

I Finished! Grins!

Can y’all believe that it’s almost October! Seriously, where is time going? I mean, it seems like I was just getting excited about September, and now it’s time to get pumped up about October. That’s not hard of course, seeing how October is like one of the coolest months ever… =D

So a little over a week ago, I decided to try and write a kids book that would end up having around 10,000 words. I was kinda nervous about it, because it was something that I hadn’t tried before (the particular style) and I didn’t know how it would turn out. Plus, I wanted to hurry up and get it finished so I could order a sample copy to give to my ‘adopted’ parents so they could tell me what they thought when I see them this coming week.

{Pictures in this post taken by my ‘adopted’ mom} 

Well, with everything else I had going on (mainly stuff for my friend’s wedding), it got pushed back on the priority list. I worked on it for a day or two and then hit a bump, got stuck and put it away for the next four or five days.

Then yesterday, I had gotten caught up with the wedding pep, and so I was like “Great! I can work on my book again!” Only one slight problem, I was stuck. Like good and stuck. I knew I had to find another element for the book, or it wasn’t going to be worth anything.

Well, I was up in the barn, milking, turning my book over, and over and over in my mind… When the solution came to me! Isn’t it so much fun when you suddenly figure out how to fix a problem your book has? Anyway, so I had a few things to iron out of the ‘solution’ but that came pretty quickly.

So, I went and swung for a few minutes (believe me, there’s nothing like swinging *yes, on a swing set* to get ideas coming), then I headed to my room/office where I wrote. And wrote. And wrote.

Ok, it was only almost 7,000 words, which I know isn’t a ton, but for me at least, there’s a huge difference between writing 7,000 words on a book, and writing that many words on a kids story that’s only going to have under 10,000 words at completion. (It took me a little over five hours, by the way.)

Yeah, that’s what I’m here to say. I finished the ‘book’ yesterday, so I’m happy. And now I better scamper off, because I have got a *huge* day!

Oh yes, but before I go, I’d thought I’d remind you all of my facebook page. Remember, you don’t have to be ‘on’ facebook to see a public page. (And mine is public.) So yeah, just thought I’d point that out.

One more thing, then I am going: This is a great blog. You should really check it out! 

Where Am I?

Let’s just say my life has been pretty crazy recently. I’m still here, doing all my normal stuff (except for updating my bog), plus doing tons of other stuff as well.
Here’s a little glimpse of my life:

* Company all of last week
* Company most of this week
* One of my best friends getting married on Sat. I’m doing the programs (doing, yes, as in they’re not done yet), and my sister is in charge of most of the decor, so I’m going to be helping her with that
* My birthday is on Sunday (Yikes!)
* I have something to go to few hours from here on Tuesday, then I’m heading a few hours further away on Wednesday and I’ll be gone until Saturday
* I have a Retreat starting that week, and I have all the menu planning to do
* Like two days after that I’m flying out to the West Coast for a week

So yeah, that is some of the *extra* stuff going on right now. And that’s all gonna happen in less than a month. I’ll be gone for almost two weeks during the next 25 or so days. Can you tell that I feel a bit overwhelmed, maybe?

Picture from my ‘adopted’ mom

Ok, so you remembered when I said I had some exciting news to share with you? Well, I wanna tell it to you really quickly, then I’ve got to go! (And this is not why I’ve been negligent in blogging, just sayin’!)

Quick Version:

I now have my own domain name: (Yea!!!)
I now have a public facebook page: Facebook/AidylEwohAuthor
I am now on google+: And yeah, I don’t know how to get you a link, but of course you can just look up “Aidyl Ewoh”

Anyway, there’s a lot more I want to tell you about my writing, but I’ve got to go get on with my day!
Thanks, y’all for sticking around. I really am thrilled to ‘know’ you through blogging. (Thinking about giving up my blog – story for another day- made me realize how much y’all mean to me!) 

A Winning Mindset

{Note: when talking about Winners & Losers, I’m focusing on the mindset aspect}
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Winners align themselves with like-minded people…
Winners understand the importance of being part of a team.

“Teams make you better than you are, multiply your value, enable you to do what you do best, allow you to help others do their best, give you more time, provide you with companionship, help you fulfill the desires of your heart and compound your vision and effort.” -John Maxwell

This is so important: We become like those with whom we associate.
Choose your friends wisely. Make sure to limit your time with negative people.
Spend time with those whom you’d like to emulate.

Winners create win-win relationships.
Losers think that somebody has to lose in order for somebody to win.

Winners know how to Relax. Winners “Earn” their recreation time. 

Winners work hard so they can play hard.

Losers view work as something they are required to do in order to “pay their bills”.

{Pictures taken by my adopted mom}

Winners work on their Communication Skills. Winners are Constant Learners.
Losers don’t care about “Self-Improvement”.

Losers are glad that they’re “out of school”.

Winners stay busy. Winners are productive and proactive. 
Winners “get out there” and “get the job done”.
Losers lay on the couch or sit in an easy chair, thinking about “doing”, but never actually doing it.