Vote for Abigail...and birthday reflections...

I found out today that Abigail has been submitted as a book club nomination for members of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Book Club for May 2010. Here's the info I received: The ACFW Book Club is currently voting on the book we will read in MAY 2010 and YOUR book is on the voting list. We've got a lot of great books to choose from for May. Feel free to encourage your reader base to join the ACFW Book Club and join the fun!

MAY 2010 - Historical - GENRE Polls will CLOSE in SEVEN DAYS from today.

ABIGAIL by Jill Eileen Smith THE SHERIFF'S SURRENDER by Susan Page Davis BECOMING LUCY by Martha Rogers FIT TO BE TIED by Robin Hatcher A STRAY DROP OF BLOOD by Roseanna M. White

CLICK ON THE LINK TO PLACE YOUR VOTE. (You will have to sign into Yahoo and join the book club to vote, but the club is free. You can also join by sending a blank e-mail to, but you still have to go to the Yahoo site to vote.)

Honestly, I think the list of books all looks great and it could be tough to choose just one. But if you're so inclined to vote for Abigail, that would be great! Thanks!

In other thoughts... Yesterday I celebrated my birthday. Actually, the true family celebrating happened on Saturday, but the official day was yesterday. Randy, Ryan, and I went to Red Lobster Saturday night, then came home and I got to open the gifts my guys had gotten me over Skype with Jeff and Chris. While Skype isn't as nice as in person, it came close.

The guys bought me a Kindle, which is an e-book reader for those who haven't heard of it. E-book readers are available from Barnes and Noble (the Nook) and there is also a Sony E-Reader, but the Kindle had the features I wanted. I've been playing with it today a little and have downloaded some free books for starters. I'm checking out a couple of Bible versions and I hope to find a purse that might have a Kindle slot that might keep it protected as I take it places. Haven't looked for one yet, so if you know of any, please email me and let me know.

I started prayer journaling again today. For some reason that I can't recall (probably too busy) I stopped journaling in November last year. Then a friend reminded me of how cathartic it can be, and so I picked it up again this morning. There is nothing like writing to help me focus my thoughts and calm my spirit.

I read a Facebook status update today that talked about living life in color rather than gray. I like that! It reminded me of a quote Francine Rivers keeps in her office shared from a fellow author. The quote says:

“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up and totally worn out, loudly proclaiming…WOW. What a ride!”

As I start a new year at this new age of life, I would remember both thoughts and add to them Psalm 39:4-5

"Show me, O LORD, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life.

You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man's life is but a breath." Selah

But a breath in living color, used up and poured out for Him!