I just love a party, don’t you? And dear Esther has invited everyone over to her place at Our Simple Country Life to hang out on the front porch and get acquainted. I know I’ll be meeting some blog pals there – but I’ll be meeting lots of new bloggers, too!
Most folks in my Southern New Jersey hometown know me as Miss Kathy – the local “story lady” who, up until this summer, could have been found these past seven years every Tuesday morning at the local mall with a crowd of moms and kids for my weekly Tale Spin Stories show.
Currently, though, I’ve scaled back my travel schedule keeping busy enough, thank you, teaching drama at two local charter schools – with some limited availability for special speaking programs!!
Well, that’s the career stuff out of the way. If you check out the About Me section of my blog, here, or the little blurb on the left sidebar at the top, you’ll get a pretty good idea of all the ins and outs of what keeps me bustling to and fro – and my favorite things!
It’s something I’ve tried to do over the last five years, but could never really get it off the ground. I felt the Lord prodding me to begin my blog in February – and by the beginning of March, He had so confirmed it and put mentors in my way that I took the leap and committed to stepping into the uncharted territories of Blogworld.
How God has blessed me in these ensuing months as I’ve weathered some storms and great changes!! The Christian wisdom, love, and support I have found in so many like-minded sisters all over the world has been used of God to minister to me daily!
In addition, I have found blogging to be a marvelous source of creative inspiration to feed my artistic muse as a writer, and sometime visual artist and crafter . . .
Lover of antiques and old things . . .
Historical re-enacting and period attire . . .
Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, the richness of 19th century literature . . .
Books – old books . . .
Tea and hospitality . . . the genteel, feminine life draped in scads of lace and roses . . .
Seeing my home as a grand canvas to create a place of sanctuary for my family – the coziest of cottages –
Designing a place of warmth, beauty, comfort . . .
Yes, I said, STORY. Isn’t everything His Story? So ought my home be – every nook and cranny – telling His Story. They tell me my house is a museum. Everywhere you look I love to set up little “stories” – still life displays – each with a tale to tell.
Some serious, some meditative, some hilarious, others whimsical . . .
Stories all – pointing to God, the Father of Lights – from Whom all good stories come!
So, I toy around with my creative writing here at:
For instance, linking with tea party blog parties every Tuesday will, undoubtedly, involve some whimsical little character sneaking into the show and tell of beautiful things that minister to a woman’s heart.
And, I take great joy in considering the Lord’s gentle life lessons and spiritual truths found throughout the beauty of His Creation as I ruminate devotional thoughts occasionally.
My sidebar scroll features other blog parties I will link to – some more often than others – especially now that the school year is in full swing.
Another passion is going thrift shopping – with Jesus! What inspirations He helps me find from flea markets to yard sales to Goodwill. Taking that which would be tossed away and giving it new life as each thing I find often becomes a character/plot inspiration, prop, or costume element for one of my plays. I write and direct as part of the production team at my church’s Drama on the Vine Ministry, pictured here with the cast of our 2010 Summer Family Comedy, Kit & Kaboodles.
This season we’re taking a hiatus as we’re in the process of moving into a new building and there’s lots to be done on the physical plant before we jump back into our three productions a year – spring drama, summer family comedy, Christmas choir theatrical. I can’t wait to see the new staging the fellows design! So blessed to be able to serve the Lord within my passion and calling!
And, to do so with my husband, too – a storyteller in his own right! We minister in churches sharing the Word of God in a Wild West theme – in addition to programs on Literacy Awareness.
My daughter is often my leading lady onstage – I’ve been writing for her since she was in elementary school – and later homeschool. Now, she is a lovely young woman in her mid-twenties, serving the Lord with gladness.
My son and daughter-in-law – and grandbaby, Mackenzie – see their miracle and inspirational story HERE – serve in their church up in New England (yes – I’m the Skype grandma!) where he is the worship leader, and she teaches at the school. God is good – and faithful through hills and valleys.
Hope you take a stroll about the place at The Writer’s Reverie – and, then, plan on coming back regularly. I’m looking forward to getting to know you, too!
To all and sundry – visit Esther and the folks gathered on the Front Porch – you’re welcome there, you know – just click on the button below!
Joy in all good things and beauty!!