It’s been a long time since I’ve been to the gym and lately I’ve had a little voice in my head telling me I really need to start exercising again and get in better shape. I can usually shut that little voice up with chocolate and lie down until the urge to exercise goes away. However, my twelve year old son, Darion, has been bugging me to take him to the gym so he can build up his muscles for football. So, I finally gave in and succumbed this week. We started out on the ellipticals. After about five minutes, Darion said he was done. He’d done his twenty miles. I looked over at his machine and informed him the distance read 0.2 miles. After doing my mile in a record time of 18 minutes, I was rather proud of myself and decided to try the stair stepper. Everything was going great until I tripped on my own feet and fell down the moving steps, banging both my shins. So now I have big black and blue lumps on both legs. But you know what they say, “No pain, no gain.”
Do you ever wonder, like I do, what furniture and mattress sales have to do with Memorial Day? Sometimes my heart hurts for the complete disregard this generation seems to have for those who have given the ultimate price for the freedoms we enjoy. Memorial Day becomes just another day off to enjoy at the beach or a barbecue—or another excuse to make a buck. I think about the sacrifices that were made and are still being made for this nation, and wonder if our founding fathers are turning over in their graves at what this country has become. To quote Ronald Reagan, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”
Today take a moment to remember those who have gone before us in order that we may still appreciate the benefits of living in the greatest nation in the world. Thank our active duty military and our veterans for their service.
I am told by those in the know that in order to sell books and have a better chance of getting picked up by a literary agent and a big name publisher, I need a website and a blog. And not just those 2 things, but people actually have to sign up to follow my blog. Soooo, I’m asking you to sign up to follow my blog. I am in the process of trying to pitch my second book, so I need all the support I can get. Send all your friends and relatives my way! Also, if you haven’t bought my first book (WHY NOT?) it is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble in kindle and paperback. I also have some at my house which I will personally sign. Those will be worth big bucks when I’m famous! And/or dead. Then, please go on Amazon and do a nice book review for me-unless you really don’t like it. Then please don’t. Thank you so much!
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Other People’s Children is the heartwarming account based on the author’s experience as a foster mother, adoptive mother, and stepmother. Told primarily from the foster mother’s (Robin) often self-deprecating, tongue-in-cheek perspective, Other People’s Children explores the joys, sorrows, frustrations, and learning curve of being an adoptive parent and a foster parent. In addition to the quirky mix of parenting adventures, the author weaves in her relationship with her pastor husband and her fish-out-of-water experiences as a pastor’s wife. As a mid-thirties childless woman, Robin has all the answers on proper parenting. It doesn’t take long, however, for Robin to realize that her perfect parenting ideas and reality often collide—the result being an amusing journey of finding out that God, indeed, has a sense of humor. As she deals with the baggage, idiosyncrasies, unique personalities, and special gifts of each child who crosses her path, she finds that there is no “one-size fits all” to parenting. However, in spite of the challenges she and her husband face, they are determined to become the children’s strongest advocates in a flawed system that often fails the very victims it is designed to protect. The journey is often heartbreaking and frustrating, but these foster parents are firmly resolved that for whatever time they have children in their care, the children will know they are safe, protected, and loved by God, as well as by their foster parents.
ELLEN FANNON and her pastor husband, Doug, have had ten years of experience as foster parents, caring for more than forty children in their home through the years and adopting their first foster child, Darion. Ellen has been making up stories since before she could write. Other People’s Children is her second novel.
Ellen is a practicing veterinarian, former missionary, foster parent, pastor’s wife, and church pianist/organist. She originated and wrote a newspaper column on pet care for six years before taking an assignment with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board. She lives in Valparaiso, Florida with her husband, son, and assorted pets.