Joining the Fun on the Front Porch!

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.

I’m a freelance writer, storyteller, speaker, dramatist, and enrichment artist working in schools, churches, libraries, elder care facilities, adult care facilities, and community groups.

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!

Lately, though – 
Well, since March of this year –  
BLOGGING 
Has captivated me!  

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 . . .

And, story.

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:

 The Writer’s Reverie:  
Whimsical Inspirations and Devotional Ruminations! 

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!!

 

About Miss Kathy

“I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts.”

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.

Comments

  1. SO blessed! What a gorgeous family…your daughter looks so like you, Kathryn. Isn’t it great to have Skype? I have yet to try it. Looks like your life is full and satisfying. xo

  2. Your words are so beautiful and your life so interesting, I love to come over for a visit to remind me who it is we must give thanks to for all the beauty we have around us, especially our lovely blogger friends. xx

  3. I loved this. I’m so glad that someone inspired you to share all of these little details. It’s been so much fun visiting you here and I couldn’t agree more. Blogging is the bomb! Isn’t that what you said? 😉

    Blessings, Debbie

  4. You certainly seem to have a very interesting, creative, and richly filled life.

    I actually thought my home looked like a museum with all the knick-knacks and such. After viewing some of your lovely treasures in this post, you surely put my “little museum” to shambles. 🙂

    Anyway, as I don’t want this post to turn into a book, I shall end here.

    Blessings,

    ~M. Wildflower
    I like creative writing too, although the majority of my creative writing is centered around poetic musings that rhyme.

  5. What a wonderful way to get to know you better. As I scrolled down through pictures, I saw some that I recognized and some that were new to me. All together, they created a little story of Kathryn, not what she’s done or where she has been but who she IS right now.

    Our hearts have so much in common that it’s amazing.

  6. My dear Kathy, I loved learning a bit more about you. When I read your “about me” section for the first time, maybe 3 weeks ago, I felt such a connection, as we have so much in common. Reading this post, I have discovered even more in common. Did I ever tell you I homeschooled my kids? (They are now 19 and 21, so we’re all done.) We used the Charlotte Mason approach since it was big on literature. There is nothing quite like good quality literature to ignite a love of learning!!

    Your little granddaughter is totally adorable!! She will love making trips to grandma’s house…the dress-up days at your house will be awesome!!

    What a lovely and charming life you lead. Thanks for giving us a peak into it.

    Blessings,
    Patti

  7. So enjoyed YOUR STORY posted here for us to enjoy! I love some of the same things — books, tea parties, thrift stores, etc. etc. I also enjoy the blog world and your fun/inspiring/creative posts!

  8. This is just great…so enjoyed getting to know so many sides of you…your life is full. Yes, all of our lives are His Story…which becomes history. I love your zeal for life! I wish my kids could see you in action…what a plus to our home schooling. So looking forward to knowing you more…great and fun post.

  9. Hi Kathy. What a neat post…and life! I am a former professional actress and a kindegarten teacher…as well as retired pastor’s wife and music minister. You have all the gifts you need to communicate in so many ways the reality of the True Life! Thanks for visiting! Love your blog!
    Ruth

  10. Hi Kathy,
    It’s so nice to see photos of your lovely family! We really do have so much in common – writing, books, history, tea and teacups, cats, art, etc. I thought you’d probably been blogging for years! I just started at the first of June! I, too, decided at the beginning of the year to take the plunge – but it still took me until June to get it going! I’m glad you enjoyed a “walk in the woods” on my blog today! I love your “creativity is a work in progress!” Hugs, Cindy

  11. You are quite a busy gal, Kathy…I’m glad to hear you are taking more time for some simple pleasures. I hope you enjoyed your front porch social 🙂

    Blessings today and everyday,
    Marianne

  12. I loved reading parts of your story! Exciting and inspiring! Oh, and two of my favorite things? Old books and Jane Austen. 🙂

    Thanks for visiting my place the other day.

    xo

  13. So glad I stopped by…what an incrdible life you have…your blog is beautiful as is your family.

    Blessings,
    Connie

  14. What a blessing and encouragement you are! Thanks for the tour of your home, and your life. . .and all of the ways you are using the gifts the Lord has given for His glory! Blessings!

  15. Miss Kathy! I loved every ounce of this post. You put your heart of hearts into it…that is clear! What a pleasure you are to read…and having your sweet thoughts set to gentle and relaxing music like you have playing here in the background is a treat. I needed pause, a break, a quiet moment just now…and here you are providing me with just that!

    we have so much in common too….I love tea cups…Jane Austen….lace…..roses…….thrifting…writing, art…oh the list goes on and on….

    I came by here today…to let you know I’m hosting my second
    F L A S H G I V E A W A Y …and I’d love it if you came by and entered a comment or two or three or more…..for a chance to win something made by little ‘ol me!

    Your daughter looks just like you! Beautiful!

    ciao bella

    CREATIVE CARMELINA
    XOXOXOXOX

  16. Kathy, one of the grand joys of my life these past few months has been meeting and getting to know YOU!

    This was a wonderful post, adding shades to the YOU that I already feel like I know. Yes, blogging is a wonderful way to connect in the Body of Christ. And I have also been blessed by the way the Holy Spirit uses so many sisters (like you) to minister to my heart.

    Don’t change a wonderful thing about you! You bring joy to Blog Land – a touch of romance, and whimsy, and elegance. And, a simply lovely way of sharing the love of our Lord…

    GOD BLESS!

  17. Dear Miss Kathy, thank you for this post. I have been enjoying your writing and pictures each week and today you gave me a look into your private word. Oh, so nice. I’m on the shy side and seem to be attacked to the out going souls. My degree is in elementary ed and creative dramatic just about did me in. We had to learn the art of story telling. It was difficult for me until we worked with the school children and then I was just fine. I would so enjoy your story telling events.
    Your family is so sweet…how blessed you are my friend.
    I look forward to your next wonderful post!
    Love, Lady Linda

  18. Oh my goodness you are just precious! What an amazing life and story! You are just as cute as a button, love love love your pictures!

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