Today part of our family is celebrating Thanksgiving, so I thought I’d share a list of ten things I’m thankful for, in a random order, of course.

1. My writing. Despite all the frustrations, stress and heartache that goes into being an author, I’m thrilled that I get to be one and I’m very thankful for the opportunity.

2. My family. Seriously, I have the best family. I’m actually quite privileged to have two families and both of them are top-notch. I can’t imagine life without them. They encourage me, make me laugh, inspire me and love me no matter what.

3. Living out in the country. I can’t imagine living in a city or town. I’m a country girl through and through. I’m so very thankful that my parents decided to raise us kids where hay fields and woods go as far as the eye can see.

4. All the opportunities I’ve had this year. Not only have I gotten to do some pretty amazing things at home such as publish a book, move to our house we built and be the maid of honor in my wonderful friend’s wedding and but I’ve also spent four months travel through Asia, Europe and the States.

5. Friends. Friends. What can I say? They’re amazing. They are so good at encouraging me at just the right moments. I get notes, texts, emails and voxes letting me know they’re thinking of me. They are something I’m very thankful for.

6. Blogging. Blogging inspires me. It helps me to connect with other people. It provides an instant outlet for my writing. Blogging is one of my favorite things to do. I’m so very thankful to be a blogger.

7. My Office and Library. Let’s just say they’re everything I dreamed of. I feel incredibly special and happy and privileged when I think that this is my workspace that envisioned and then with the help of my parents made into a reality. Such a wonderful writing environment.

8. The Bible on audio. Despite loving to read, I’m an audio learner and listening to the Bible is wonderful. I get so many thoughts that I haven’t ever got while reading the Bible. I feel as if I know the people in the Bible personally. I can relate to them. The Bible has become so much more real to me during the last few years when I’ve listened to the audio over and over again.

9. Candles. I know some people might consider this a small thing, but we weren’t able to have candles at our old house, so moving and being able to have candles burning is something I do not take for granted.

10. Books. Books are wonderful, helpful, interesting, entertaining little things. I’m very thankful to have them in my life. Both for reading and writing.

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Today I’m posting over at Sam’s Blog, so if you get a chance, you should really check it out!

And don’t forget to check back over at Writings of Rosie to enter the giveaway I’m hosting on her blog. 

Check out this post for your chance to win a $50 gift card and this post to see the prize for the quote puzzle and comments game. 

Find Action Kids’ Club here (e-version) and here (paperback). 

Blog Tour! // Life

Only two more days until the kick-off post for the December Blog Tour! Y’all are going to have so much fun with it! I have multiple giveaways planned, all sorts of behind-the-scenes info waiting to be posted, as well as tons of other cool, fun things.  
I was up until almost 1:30 last night (this morning, actually), because I got caught up in writing some of the posts and lost track of time. My sibs and I were taken over by fits of laughter last night when I was working on my tour in our living room as we were all visiting together. At one of the tour stops I’m going to talk about my top favorite childhood books. As I was asking them which their favorites were, and trying to remember the exact names so I could look up my favorite, we started remembering all sorts of cool memories that had to do with the different books, hence the laughter. 
I feel blessed beyond belief at the thought of providing some of that same enjoyment and future memories to a new generation of kids. 

We still have family here from the Thanksgiving activities of this week, not as many as the last couple of days though. My plan for the rest of the day is to finish up my goals for this week (I have several things, including two hours of audio to listen to and cleaning my bedroom/office that I still need to do), make lunch, hang out with my lovely family and do more work on the blog tour.

Ok, so, I can’t seem to stop talking about the blog tour, can I? I just wish y’all could imagine how cool it’s going to be and how excited I am about it. It’s going to be three weeks long! Yes, folks, that’s right! If everything goes according to plan, it will start on my blog on December 2nd, and move to each new blog every day (except for Sunday) for three weeks. Peoples! It’s going to be amazing! Ok, yes, I am excited. And not only excited but maybe overwhelmed, too. 🙂 Until you’ve done a blog tour of your own, it’s hard to imagine the huge amount of work that is put into one. It will be worth it though!

And now I’m off to clean my room.
What are you up to today? Have you ever followed along with a blog tour before? What are your thoughts on blog tours? 

Day After Thanksgiving // Blog Tour Thoughts

For some reason it it me late last night (or was that early this morning?) how rapidly the second of December is approaching. December 2nd is when the kick-off to the blog tour is supposed to take place. Am I ready for it? Well, that depends on whether you’re asking about physically (is all the info in place) or emotionally (am I geared up and excited about it)? 
Emotionally? I’m super hyped and can’t wait to share everything with you. Physically? There’s just so much to share with you that… No, I have not narrowed everything down. It will come though, it will come… 
When will it come? Well, seeing how we have company here until Sunday or maybe Monday, I’m not really sure. 😉 But who needs sleep any way? (Note: I need sleep and lots of it, so I guess that question really doesn’t help me out at all.) 

So, how did all y’alls Thanksgivings go? Mine is still in full swing. I got up this morning and wrote a list in my prayer journal of 102 things I’m thankful for. Then, after seeing the vast amount of things I have to give thanks to God for, I sat here and wrote several emails to people who have helped me in huge ways this year. (If I had more time, I could have spent all day writing letters/emails.) After I’m done with this post, I’m going to go downstairs and hang out with my amazing family who spent the night here, as well as other family members who were busy yesterday but will spend today sitting around playing games and eating leftovers.

Really, I don’t mean to brag (too much), but God has blessed me with an absolutely great family who shows each other unconditional love and sticks together, even when times are hard. We get together as often as possible, which is getting to be less and less often as everyone grows up and kids get married, jobs, move or go to college. It still rocks when we are together though.

What are some of your plans for today?
Are you getting all excited about the blog tour? Because really, that should be one of the highlights of next month. 😉

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

I awoke to a beautiful snowy morning and a very busy day ahead of me. I adore this time of year, the weather, the memories, the time spent with family… Yet for some reason, I’ve also been rather stressed. Probably because this is also a very busy time of year. 😉 Listen and reading the Bible really helps me when I’m feeling stressed. 

I thought today would be a great day to share some amazing verses with y’all. Maybe if you’re going through a hard time, overwhelmed with your busy life, or just in need of some encouragement (which, by the way, everyone is 🙂 then these verses will be just what you’re looking for:

Snow pictures taken this morning 
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. – John 14:27 

For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. -2 Timothy 1:12b

Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. -Philippians 4:4-9

Novel wanting to play fetch with me – that’s her ball at the edge of the pic ^.

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. -Colossians 3:15-16

 Aren’t those wonderful? I’m so thankful for the Bible. This year it’s really begun meaning a lot more to me than previous years. I’m also thankful for all y’all who read my blog. Really, I am. 

And now I’m off to clean the house… What’s on your plate for today? Business? Also, what are some of your favorite verses? 

Book Blog Tour // Hosting Me On Your Blog

I am going to do… A Christmas time Book Blog Tour! Eeeek! So totally exciting, right? Don’t you want to jump up and down for joy? Oh wait, you don’t know what that is? Well, it’s like doing a book tour, only on blogs instead of in real life. Different blogs will host me and I’ll write fun, entertaining posts and different facts about my book. There will also be different giveaways that people will be able to enter, as well as all sorts of other coolness. Kinda like a party. And I’m excited! It’s totally perfect for this time of year! (Which is my favorite time of year, by the way.)

Cave Secrets of the Pterodactyl

 I’m still looking for some blogs to host me, and, well, anyone interested? It will be a great time for your blog to get some extra exposer, plus for you to join in with some great fun. It’s not as if you’re going to have to write a review or anything (although that is an option), you’ll just host me on your blog. I’ll be doing almost all the work. 😉 (If you want to see what a blog tour is like, you can look here. Although mine won’t be quite like hers, it’s still a good place for you to get the basic idea.) 

So if you are interested (even a little bit) then you can either leave your email address in the comments, or email me at aidylewoh(at) and I’ll send you some more information. Your blog doesn’t need to be about books, by the way, for you to participate. 😉  I’m so excited about this and hope that some of y’all who read my blog regularly will take part in it, because that will make it way cooler! Also,  pass on the word if you know of anyone who might like to take part in it. Thanks, y’all!

First Snow

I had a lot to post about, but then I awoke yesterday morning to snow, and the first snow of the season pretty much takes precedence over everything else. 
Here are some things I’m thankful for about winter (even though it technically isn’t winter, since it’s snowed, I’m just acting like it is. =) 

1. Coming into a cozy, warm house after being out in the cold
2. Soups and stews and other warm food 
3. The smells: snow, chili, baking, coldness, wood-burner, smoke, coffee… 
4. The holiday season: Thanksgiving and Christmas, plus all the joy, happiness, music, visiting, memories and giving that surrounds them
5. Swinging on crisp, freezing nights and watching the stars that seem ever so bright
6. Checking the thermometer to see how cold it’s gotten 
7. Gazing at the beauty of a snow covered world
8. The sky, of course 😉 
9. Curling up under a blanket with a book
10. The changing season and all the memories that come with it
11. Seeing the animals all cozy and huddled together outside
12. Walking along our back roads with the crunching of undisturbed snow under my feet
13. Anticipating what kind of weather the next day will bring 

I hope y’all aren’t tired of my ‘thankful lists’ because I’m having a lot of fun with them! I’ve been quite overwhelmed the past while, so finding things I’m thankful for helps a lot. =)

What do you like most about snow/winter? 

Traveling….Again // Thankfulness

I’m heading to Pennsylvania with two of my siblings this weekend. For some reason I thought we were leaving Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. (Hint for my reasoning: The disadvantages of traveling a lot and missing out on every-day family chatter.) 
Then my sister casually mentioned yesterday afternoon that we were leaving on Friday around noon. Which is today. So yes, that means I’m a very rushed little girl. I still have a retreat going on at work, which means yikes! A good kind of yikes though, because I’m happy to be going on this trip. =) 

Gray-ness from our trip to CA last October
Today I’m thankful for: 
1. Music
2. A successful first try at making a soufflé
3. A dog that adores me
4. A road trip today with two of my amazing siblings 

5. That God has blessed me with the life I live
6. That even when I get really stressed out (like yesterday) I can still think of things to be thankful for
7. Coffee creamer. Really. I eat it by the spoonful sometimes – you should give it a try!
8. Having a family that accepts my randomness unquestioningly

What are y’all thankful for? 

Thankfulness // Autumn

This past month of my life has been so very, very busy. Actually, this past year of my life has been extra busy. And from what I’ve heard, the busy-ness only increases with time. Goodness! I have quite the life to look forward to I guess. =)
On the way to my adopted parents from the Creation Museum. So totally beautiful!

As of Sunday night when I arrived home at almost midnight my total amount of traveling this year now peaks over three months. Ninty-five days is my best estimate. I know of at least two more over-night trips planned, and who knows what else will pop up in the meantime?

Have I mentioned recently that I’m tremendously satisfied and thankful for my life? Not that everything is easy and that I don’t sometimes feel completely and totally overwhelmed, because I do. Over all though, it’s pretty amazing.

Shooting a cross-bow for the first time… That is a cross-bow, right? 

Thanksgiving is this month. That rocks because I like Thanksgiving a lot. Being thankful ranks pretty high on my list of necessary characteristics. Every morning when I awake up, one of the first things I do (as in as I’m pressing snooze on my alarm) is think of ten things/thank God for ten things I’m thankful for. It’s one of the coolest habits I’ve ever incorporated into my life. It’s an absolutely wonderful way to start out the day with the right mindset! (I know I’ve probably told y’all that dozens of times!)

The rest of these pictures I took on a walk this morning. 

A random list I just wrote, writing the first things that came to mind:
1. I’m thankful for gray skies
2. I’m thankful for getting caught up with letter writing
3. I’m thankful for being back with my family after being gone for 12 days
4. I’m thankful I could be with my adopted parents for a week
5. I’m thankful I got to ride Cowboy
6. I’m thankful I could go on a two mile walk today
7. I’m thankful for my amazing cousins and sisters
8. I’m thankful for my fun blogging community
9. I’m thankful for the retreat starting at work today
10. I’m thankful for paleo pancakes and sugar-free syrup

Being sick for six years gave me a lot of practice in finding things to be thankful for. It’s hard to when you’re laying in bed, listening to everyone moving around downstairs. It did make my time a lot better though when I would decide to stop feeling sorry for myself and make a list of things that I had I could be thankful for.

Oh my goodness, so I had more to say about that but I had to stop, because LOOK AT THE PICTURES! Seriously! Aren’t they totally beautiful? I can’t get over how breathtaking they are. I know some people don’t enjoy Autumn as much as I do. Ok, let’s face it, in reality there probably aren’t that many people who could. (I can just imagine the world being overrun with autumn-crazy girls who gush over blue skies and gray skies and sunny skies and rainy skies and…)

Quick sad note here: When I was in Georgia I missed out on the first snow at our place. Oh well. I got over it. I’m still pretending like it never happened. Just imagine! Snow. Yes, we have finally entered upon the snowy part of our year. Yes. Life is looking up 

Yes, this post is random and not totally what I started out to say, but it fits my mood pretty well. And now I’ve got to get busy at work!

What are y’alls favorite things about November? Or, what’s a list of things you’re thankful for?