A dear, sweet friend of mine, Ingrid Lochamire, invited me to do a World Blog Tour. The idea intrigued and terrified me. Ingrid is an inspiration and encourager to me and I absolutely treasure her friendship. How could I say no? She is a direct answer to prayer from God in this season of my life. I have only known her for about 3 years, but I have learned much from her and am in awe of her love for our Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you, Ingrid, for your kindness, outgoing personality, insight, and friendship. To see why I love this woman, she reveals her heart in Reflections on the Journey at: ingridlochamire.com.
The World Blog Tour asks us to answer a few questions. So here we go…
What am I working on?
I am currently working on a journal about my relationship with my mother. She became sick over the last year, and I have become her caregiver. She has been living in my home for the past 4 months. I thought the journal would be about our relationship; I wanted to capture my mother, and everything she had to give, before any disease took her away. And yes, it is about our relationship –the good, the bad and the ugly — however, her illness has taken many forms, and the diagnosis has been illusive to a long list of doctors. The journal has been about survival, hers — and mine. I’m not quite ready to share that journal. Maybe some day…
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My blog is about people and things I love, yet it has a little different flavor because of my history. I just celebrated a 40th wedding anniversary with my high school sweetheart. For 35 years of our marriage, he was a Certified Public Accountant. We lived in the suburbs of a “larger” Indiana city. But a few years ago, he decided to become a farmer. Much of my writing has been inspired by that career change and our move to the country. Does the name Zsa Zsa Gabor mean anything to you?
Why do I write what I do?
Even though I am relatively new to this writing thing, putting thoughts on paper has long been a passion of mine; something I was interested in exploring, but never found the time to do. For years, a couple of books about writing have called to me from my bookshelf. Books I had picked up in some quaint small town bookstore on vacation. But recently I was challenged in an online Bible study to do a blog hop. After one blog post, I was hooked. I often write about something that happened years ago. I don’t have a lot memories; my brain just didn’t store them. Writing helps the preservation process — these things I shall not forget. I also journal about current happenings in my life as I don’t want these memories to fade as others have. My writing is about me and for me. Think therapy. But if I can inspire, touch or help anyone, I give all the praise to God. He takes our burdens and blunders, and if we are willing, uses them to provide healing.
How does my writing process work?
I rely heavily on inspiration. I may go weeks without putting “pen to paper”, and then something just starts rattling around in my head, and I have to start typing. My writing is raw — nothing poetic from these keys. I just try to be honest and transparent. Honesty comes naturally to me; transparency not so much. So writing is my release. The way I share my heart.
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I’d like to send you to a fun blog about rural life: Rural Housewives of America. Follow their link at ruralhousewives.com. The blog started after one fun, lighthearted post went viral. Their vision for their site is a venue for rural women to share their stories of joy, success, failure and fear. The contributors to this blog are hand-picked by the co-hosts, Jenny and Katie, and represent an amazing group of strong, independent women of the rural world. From farm wives, to girlfriends, daughters, mothers, and friends, follow along with our amazing journeys living the rural life.